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Judson University Mourns the Passing of Trustee Emeritus R. James Bagnall

Judson University Mourns the Passing of Trustee Emeriti R. James Bagnall

(ELGIN, IL - September 28, 2021) Jim Bagnall, 91, of Marshalltown, Iowa, passed on Saturday, September 25. Jim was a founding member of Judson’s Board of Trustees and served from 1963 to 2012. After serving 49 years as a trustee, he became Trustee Emeritus in 2012. He served on Judson’s Business Affairs Committee, Audit Committee, and the Executive Committee for many years. In 1975, Judson recognized his years of dedicated service to the university when it honored him with the Golden Eagle Award.

Judson’s Virtual and In-Person Network Night Features Sweet Baby Ray Founder

Judson’s Virtual and In-Person Network Night Features Sweet Baby Ray Founder

(ELGIN, IL – Sept. 28, 2021) Judson University will host its annual Network Night event, taking place on Thursday, September 30 at 6:30 p.m., as part of the 2021 Homecoming and Family Weekend Celebration. Dave Raymond, founder of Sweet Baby Rays BBQ Sauce, will be the featured speaker for the event.  Dave Raymond, aka Sweet Baby Ray, and Cathy, his wife, are lifelong Chicagoans with more than three decades of passionate years of barbecue sauce, restaurants, and catering businesses behind them. As a youngster growing up on Chicago’s West Side, Dave learned early on that life is not always fair or easy—a lesson that helped to define the friend, businessman, and person that he is today.  Capitalizing on early success at Mike Royko’s Ribfest in Chicago, 1982, Dave and life-long friend, Mike O’Brien built Sweet Baby Ray’s into what is today—the best-selling barbecue sauce in the country.

Judson University Named One of the Safest College Campuses in America

Judson University Named One of the Safest College Campuses in America

(ELGIN, IL – September 10, 2021) Judson University has been featured on Universities.com as having one of the safest college campuses in America. The website aims to help students find the right college that will help them achieve their goals.

According to the release, “Judson offers an incredible array of programs aimed at many different areas of safety, including theft prevention, behavior assessment, self-defense, assault prevention and more.”

Judson University Announces the 2021 Athletic Hall of Fame Class

Judson University Announces the 2021 Athletic Hall of Fame Class

(Elgin, IL – September 9, 2021) Judson University will induct three new members in the 2021 Athletic Hall of Fame during Homecoming and Family Weekend on Saturday, October 2. Two former Judson student-athletes and one former Judson coach will be inducted during homecoming weekend. The inductees encompass Judson’s Athletic History spanning across five decades. The class includes Ed Allen (Soccer/Basketball/Track & Field, 1971), Nicole Dimiceli (Softball 2011), and Karen Swanson (Women’s Volleyball Coach, 1992-1996). The induction ceremony will take place at 11:30 a.m. in the Reed Room in Lindner Tower (1151 N. State Street, Elgin, IL 60123).

Nationally Recognized Gary Newsome Named Judson's Interim Athletic Director

Nationally Recognized Gary Newsome Named Judson's Interim Athletic Director

Elgin, Ill. August 25, 2021– The Judson University Athletic Department is thrilled to announce the hiring of Gary Newsome as the Interim Athletic Director at Judson University.

Sports Broadcasting/Sports Information Minor Now Offered at Judson University

Sports Broadcasting/Sports Information Minor Now Offered at Judson University

(Elgin, IL – August 11, 2021) Judson University’s Department of Communication Arts is pleased to announce the creation of a new academic minor in Sports Broadcasting/Sports Information beginning this fall.

“We are excited to offer this broadly based and practical minor. Judson students will have great hands-on opportunities to hone their skills in a number of areas that will set them up well for our increasingly digital world,” said Dr. Warren Anderson, Interim Chair of Communication Arts and Director of the DCWPA. Students who will add this minor to their academic work at Judson will use the Dark Rooms Studios offered through the DCWPA.

Judson University to Honor Alumni During Homecoming Weekend

Judson University to Honor Alumni During Homecoming Weekend

(ELGIN, IL – August 9, 2021) Judson University will honor alumni for exemplary work in their careers, churches, and communities during Homecoming and Family Weekend, September 30 to October 2. The individuals will be acknowledged with Distinguished Alumni Awards and Alumnus of the Year honor during a special Alumni Banquet on Friday, October 1, in the Reed Room in Lindner Tower (1151 N. State St., Elgin). The Alumnus of the Year Award is given to recognize alumni who have made significant contributions to the Church and to society. The 2021 Alumnus of the Year Award recipient is Chief Justice Susan Christensen. The Distinguished Alumni Award is given to recognize alumni who have made outstanding contributions to their profession and community as they model excellence in their vocation. Among those to be honored in 2021 are Lynn Long, Rev. Ken Morgan and Nancy (DeRolf) Morgan, and Tim Schofield.

Judson’s Demoss Center to Host GreenRoom Improv and Documentary Premiere

Judson’s Demoss Center to Host GreenRoom Improv and Documentary Premiere

(ELGIN, IL – August 6, 2021) The Demoss Center for Worship in the Performing Arts (DCWPA) will host a Green Room Improv performance and premiere the documentary Finding Light in the Dark Room at 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 28, in Herrick Chapel (1151 N. State Street). The evening event will include laughter and reflection as it features GreenRoom Improv and a special DCWPA documentary film highlighting the songwriting-to-recording journey of several DCWPA students for this year’s Dark Room project. Both events were planned for last spring but were postponed until the start of the 2021-22 academic year.

Judson University’s 2021 World Leaders Forum to feature retired Gen. David Petraeus

 

Judson University’s 2021 World Leaders Forum to feature retired Gen. David Petraeus

Petraeus to share insights from 37-year military career this October in Schaumburg

(ELGIN, IL Jul. 29, 2021) Judson University announced today that foreign policy expert and retired Gen. David Petraeus will keynote the ninth World Leaders Forum on Nov. 5  in Schaumburg. Petraeus served 37 years in the U.S. military, including as commander of U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, before being appointed by then-President Barack Obama as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency in 2011. In civilian life, Petraeus now serves as chairman of the KKR Global Institute, an investment firm, and holds various roles supporting veterans service organizations.

Alumni Roger Simmons Joins Judson as Director of Diversity and Spiritual Development

Alumni Roger Simmons Joins Judson as Director of Diversity and Spiritual Development

(ELGIN, IL – July 16, 2021) Alumnus Roger Simmons joined Judson University as the new Director of Diversity and Spiritual Development. He is the President/COO of Crossinculture, a consulting firm with extensive experience in providing cultural competency training for organizations desiring to enhance their cultural awareness levels. Simmons also is an adjunct professor at Judson University and provides instruction to students about cultural diversity. Simmons has worked directly with public schools in managing cultural diversity and has provided training in cultural awareness for several non-profit organizations in the Aurora and Elgin areas.

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