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Judson to Host Homecoming and Family Weekend September 22 – September 24

Judson to Host Homecoming and Family Weekend September 22 – September 24

(ELGIN, IL – June 8, 2022) Judson University will host its annual Homecoming and Family Weekend celebration from September 22- September 24 on the Elgin campus (1151 N. State St., Elgin). Judson University looks forward to celebrating the richness of its community, inviting students, alumni, parents, faculty, staff and community members together to celebrate the power of shaping lives at Judson University!

Judson Mourns Passing of Dr. Harold R. Blatt

Judson Mourns Passing of Dr. Harold R. Blatt

 (Elgin, IL. June 3, 2022) Dr. Harold R. Blatt was born to Harold and Helen Blatt in 1928 in Reading, Pa. He attended York High School and participated in many church and YMCA activities. Following high school, Dr. Blatt enlisted in the army during World War II and was stationed in Japan, where he became involved with the G.I. Gospel Hour on his off-hours. During this time, he met Harm Weber, a former president of Judson University. Following his tour, Dr. Blatt returned to the U.S. and attended Houghton College. After he graduated in 1950, Dr. Blatt attended Eastern Seminary, where he studied philosophy and theology and served as an assistant pastor at a Philadelphia church. Following graduation, Dr. Blatt worked for Eastern Seminary as the Alumni Director.

Professor Hosts Korean Scholarship Concert

Professor Hosts Korean Scholarship Concert

(Elgin, IL  May 12, 2022) Dr. Sojung Lee Hong, professor of Music at Judson University, will host the annual Judson Korean Music Scholarship Fundraising Concert on Sunday, May 22, at 4:00 p.m. in Herrick Chapel on Judson University’s picturesque riverside campus (1151 N. State Street, Elgin, IL 60123). This year’s concert is entitled “I Love a Piano” and will feature guest pianist Ann Chang as well as several former graduates of the Music Certificate Program that Dr. Hong directs at Judson University.

Judson’s Community Prayer Breakfast Speaker Encourages All to Know Christ

Judson’s Community Prayer Breakfast Speaker Encourages All to Know Christ

(ELGIN, IL – May 11, 2022) The Judson University’s Annual Community Prayer Breakfast held May 11 brought together nearly 180 people to Herrick Chapel and the Reed Room in Lindner Tower, two locations on Judson’s Elgin campus, to celebrate community volunteers and consider the theme of “Devotion.” Community members, local dignitaries, civic leaders and church leaders came together to enjoy Christian fellowship, pray together, honor peers and hear from the morning’s guest speaker, Rev. Huron Claus. Rev. Claus is president of CHIEF, Inc., an organization that has a vision of having an effective Christian witness for every Native American First Nations tribe in this generation. He said that while there are 9.7 million Native Americans throughout the U.S. and another 2 million Native Americans in Canada, many times native peoples don’t see that Christianity is for them.

Judson University Celebrates 188 Graduates During Spring Commencement 2022

Judson University Celebrates 188 Graduates During Spring Commencement 2022

(ELGIN, IL – May 7, 2022) Judson University celebrated188 graduates during the 87th commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 7. Three-time Olympian Tracy Evans Land gave the keynote address to graduates in ceremonies at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Herrick Chapel (1151 N. State St., Elgin). National Champion and Olympian Tracy Evans Land invited Judson’s graduates to create a masterpiece of their lives by focusing on excellence, making the world a brighter place through service, and pursuing on-going learning as way to improve and grow.

Judson University Announces the 2022 D. Ray Wilson and Bea Wilson Youth Volunteer Service Award Nominees

Judson University Announces the 2022 D. Ray Wilson and Bea Wilson Youth Volunteer Service Award Nominees


(ELGIN, IL – May 3, 2022) Judson University announces the nominees for its annual D. Ray Wilson and Bea Wilson Youth Volunteer Service Awards. Both awards will be presented at the Community Prayer Breakfast on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, which will be held on Judson’s Elgin campus. The D. Ray Wilson Volunteer Service Award is awarded to the adult candidate who has contributed to the greater good within the Fox Valley community by voluntarily serving others' physical, emotional, intellectual, or spiritual needs. Last year, Judson created the new Bea Wilson Youth Volunteer Service award and scholarship to recognize the community service work of high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors in the Fox Valley.

Mick Weltman Receives Judson's Presidential Award of Excellence

Mick Weltman Receives Judson's Presidential Award of Excellence

(ELGIN, IL – April 26, 2022) Judson University’s President Dr. Gene Crume recognized the significant career of Mick Weltman when he bestowed the 2022 Presidential Award of Excellence at the recent Associated Colleges of Illinois (ACI) Board meeting on April 23.

Weltman has served as an adjunct instructor at several colleges, was President and Owner of Weltman Consulting for 16 plus years which worked with non-profit organizations and government agencies locally, nationally, and internationally. He also served as a consultant, interim executive director, and executive director for more than 30 years.

Judson Hall of Famer Rick Williams Returns to Campus as Athletic Director

Judson Hall of Famer Rick Williams Returns to Campus as Athletic Director

(Elgin, Ill. April 22, 2022) Judson Basketball Hall of Famer and 2002 alumnus Rick Williams will join Judson University as the new Athletic Director.

Williams has been an excellent administrator at Elgin Academy as he has served as the Athletic Director and Head Men’s Basketball Coach since 2016 and as the Upper School Dean of Students since 2020. As the Athletic Director, Williams has innovated and implemented the PACK (School Spirit) program designed to provide cross-divisional support to athletes. Additionally, he oversaw numerous improvement projects while at Elgin Academy. This included a full equipment and uniform overhaul, updating indoor and outdoor athletic facilities, and helping with digital platform changes including social media and website updates to represent Elgin Academy Athletics.

Midwest Opera Theater Presents Another Sunrise at Judson University

Midwest Opera Theater Presents Another Sunrise at Judson University

(Elgin, IL April 21, 2022) Midwest Opera Theater and the Demoss Center for Worship in the Performing Arts at Judson University are proud to present Another Sunrise by Jake Heggie on Saturday, April 23, at 7 p.m. in Thulin Auditorium in Judson University’s Thompson Hall (1151 N. State Street, Elgin, IL 60123). This one-woman opera is based on the life of a Polish Jew who survived the Holocaust and imprisonment in Auschwitz. Internationally acclaimed soprano and Guest Artist in Voice at Judson University Dr. Maria Kanyova will perform this moving 30-minute opera. Accompanying her on piano will be Dr. Robert Kania, Chair of the Music Department at Judson University and Professor of Music in Piano.

On Hold: Actor Edward James Olmos Event in Elgin Postponed Until August

On Hold: Actor Edward James Olmos Event in Elgin Postponed

(ELGIN IL April 5, 2022) The World Leaders Forum Inspirational Series featuring Actor Edward James Olmos has been postponed due a last-minute filming schedule conflict. The event, initially scheduled for Friday, April 8, has been rescheduled for August.

Mexican-American actor, director, producer and activist Edward James Olmos will speak on the Judson University campus in Elgin. Olmos is best known for his roles as Lieutenant Martin “Marty” Castillo in “Miami Vice” (1984–1989). During his keynote and a one-on-one interview, Olmos will discuss life, business, and finding inspiration.

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