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Founders’ Day 2019 Recalls God’s Provision Over 56 Years of Judson History

Founders’ Day 2019 Recalls God’s Provision Over 56 Years of Judson History

Judson University Recognized in Three U.S. News & World Report Rankings
Judson University Recognized in Three U.S. News & World Report Categories

(ELGIN, IL – October 11, 2019) On September 9, U.S. News & World Report released its annual “Best Colleges Guidebook”, and Judson University placed well in several notable categories. Judson was listed #72 overall among Midwest Regional Universities, #45 in “Top Performers on Social Mobility,” and, most notably, #17 in “Best Undergraduate Teaching” among Midwest Regional Universities.

Judson received the recognition of being ranked #17 for having “an especially strong commitment to undergraduate teaching.” This newly highlighted ranking reflects the hard work and dedication of Judson University’s Division of Education, which offers Doctorate, Master, and Undergraduate level degrees.

Judson ranked #45 in the “Top Performers on Social Mobility.” The U.S. News and World Report writes that “some colleges are more successful than other others at advancing social mobility by enrolling and graduating large proportions of disadvantaged students awarded with Pell Grants.” Most of these federal grants are awarded to students whose adjusted gross family incomes are under $50,000.

Caroline Kennedy Shares Leadership Journey and Family’s Legacy of Service at Judson University’s World Leaders Forum
Caroline Kennedy Shares Leadership Journey and Family’s Legacy of Service at Judson University’s World Leaders Forum

(ELGIN, IL  October 8, 2019) – Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy shared insights into political courage, service and her family’s legacy as keynote speaker for Judson University’s eighth World Leaders Forum. The interview, part of an acclaimed series of conversations hosted by bestselling author and nationally syndicated radio host Eric Metaxas, drew more than 500 attendees to Schaumburg this evening. 

Judson University Ranked “Best Online Bachelor’s” in Human Services According to Online School Report
Judson University Ranked “Best Online Bachelor’s” in Human Services According to Online School Report

(ELGIN, IL – October 4, 2019) Judson University has been ranked #18 “Best Online Bachelor’s” in Human Services according to Online School Report. This award acknowledges the strides that Judson has taken to extend into online education while maintaining its commitment to quality and academic excellence.

Among the benefits highlighted by Online School Report, the ranking cited the flexibility of class schedules and student satisfaction rates as key indicators of the program’s quality and accessibility. Specifically, Online School Report writes that, “This online bachelor’s degree program fuses Christian faith and scientific education to prepare students for the complex problems they’ll face in human service careers.”

All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten is Fall Production for Judson Theatre

All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten is Fall Production for Judson Theatre  (ELGIN, IL – October 3, 2019) Judson University’s Theatre Department will present All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten as its fall production later this month. The show will take place at 7 p.m. nightly Wednesday-Saturday, Oct. 23-26, in the Thulin Auditorium in Thompson Hall (1151 N. State St., Elgin). Based on Robert Fulghum’s best-selling books, Kindergarten takes a funny, insightful and heartwarming look at what is profound in everyday life. The tightly woven stage adaptation is an evening of theatrical storytelling that utilizes a revue format, with monologues, dialogues, and multiple voice narration. The many delightful stories feature colorful characters. These stories are about all of us and celebrate our very existence, from the whimsy of childhood to the wisdom of old age. Tickets are available from JULearn.Eventbrite.com for $10 for adults; $5 for students and staff; $8 for seniors and groups of 10 or more. For more ticket information, call the Box Office at 847-628-2625 or send an email request to jutheatretickets@judsonu.edu.

Dr. Nikki Fennern Joins Judson as New Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing

 

Dr. Nikki Fennern Joins Judson as New Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing

(ELGIN, IL – September 23, 2019) Dr. Nikki Fennern will join Judson University as Vice President of Enrollment and Marketing, beginning Thursday, October 17. Dr. Fennern has been a leader in higher education with more than 20 years of experience as an executive officer, athletic director and coach. She will join Judson upon completion of her term as Vice President for Enrollment Management at Iowa Wesleyan University in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.

Judson University’s Homecoming for 2019 Is Just Around the Corner
Judson University’s Homecoming for 2019 Is Just Around the Corner

(ELGIN, IL – September 18, 2019) Homecoming and Family Weekend 2019 promises to be an exciting, action-packed adventure for the entire family Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 26-28.

Judson students will interact with local alumni and businesses for a new Job Fair and Network Night on Thursday, Sept. 26. New this year, Judson will host a Job Fair with area businesses from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. for students and alumni to make connections for internships or jobs. Then, attendees will learn from Alumnae Kesha Kelly ’05, ’14, an empowerment speaker, author and trainer with more than 17 years of human resources experience during Network Night. Register to take part here.

Judson Leadership Scholars Named for 2019-2020 School Year
Judson Leadership Scholars Named for 2019-2020 School Year

(ELGIN, IL – September 17, 2019) Judson University has announced that four incoming freshmen have been selected to participate in the Judson Leadership Scholars (JLS) program. This is the sixth year for the program that offers leadership training and financial aid to students based on academic merit, leadership qualities and financial need.

Judson University Named Among the Best Christian Colleges and Universities for 2019 by College Consensus
Judson University Named Among the Best Christian Colleges and Universities for 2019 by College Consensus

(ELGIN, IL – September 16, 2019) Judson University has been named among the Best Christian Colleges Universities for 2019 by College Consensus. The comprehensive award from College Consensus is based on an objectively computed method, which allows universities to highlight what they do best.

Judson was ranked no. 46 nationally, particularly reflecting its high student ratings and availability of undergraduate student aid.

Judson University Announces Founders’ Day Speaker & Celebration
Judson University Announces Founders' Day Speaker and Celebration

(ELGIN, IL – Sept. 9, 2019) Judson University announces its upcoming Founders’ Day Celebration, which will feature Rev. Sharon T. Koh, Executive Director/CEO of the American Baptist International Ministries. The annual event will be held on Oct. 18 at Herrick Chapel (1151 N. State St., Elgin), and will highlight this year’s Golden Eagle Award winner. The 2019 Golden Eagle Award Winner will be Merrie Meadows, Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors for W. R. Meadows, Inc., a family-owned and operated construction materials manufacturer based in Hampshire, Ill. The distinguished award recognizes those who have made a significant contribution to the Judson community over the 56 years of the school’s history.

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