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Judson University Featured One of the Best Colleges in Illinois

Judson University Featured One of the Best Online Colleges in Illinois

 (ELGIN, IL – January 8, 2021) Judson University has been featured on Best Value Schools page as one of the best value online colleges in Illinois for its adult program. The website’s goal is to create the best resources for students who are looking at what colleges what might be best for them.

Judson University to Launch Weightlifting as Club Sport(1)

Judson University to Launch Weightlifting as Club Sport

(Elgin, Ill.  December 17, 2020) The Judson University Athletic Department begins men's and women's weightlifting as the newest addition to its growing athletic department. The programs will begin competition in the Fall of 2021. Competitive weightlifting becomes the newest sport since the launch of football in 2019. In addition, Judson has hired experienced professional weightlifter and coach Mike Tangorra as the program's inaugural head coach.

Acclaimed Pianist Huntley Brown Receives Judson Honorary Doctorate

Acclaimed Pianist Huntley Brown Receives Judson Honorary Doctorate

 (ELGIN, IL – December 15, 2020)  Judson University’s Board of Trustees awarded an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters to acclaimed pianist Huntley Brown ‘88 during Judson’s 10 a.m. Commencement Ceremony held on Saturday, December 12.

The Rev. Brown, who was ordained by the Evangelical Church Alliance International, is a concert pianist and recording artist who performs internationally. Born in Jamaica within a Christian home, Rev. Brown first traveled to the United States to attend Judson University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Music Performance. He went on to earn a master’s in piano performance and pedagogy from Northern Illinois University.

Rockford Entrepreneur Dennis Johnson to Receive Judson Honorary Doctorate

Rockford Entrepreneur Dennis Johnson to Receive Judson Honorary Doctorate

(ELGIN, IL – December 15, 2020) Judson University’s Board of Trustees awarded an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters to Dennis Johnson, a successful businessman, civic leader, and author during Judson’s 10 a.m. Commencement Ceremony held on Saturday, December 12.

Johnson has enjoyed a successful career as a business leader and entrepreneur. He served as Chief Executive Officer of the Johnson Group, a privately held award-winning company of commercial printers and related services headquartered in Rockford, Ill., with companies in East Dubuque, Ill., Louisvlle, Ky., and China. He was co-founder and treasurer of American Color Corp., which has locations in six cities across the United States. He also was one of the original co-founders of Guaranty National Bank, serving on its Board and continuing on merging boards as well as ending on the Board of Chase Bank of Rockford, Ill. He currently serves as president of the Lingonberry Group, which operates the Stockholm Inn, a Swedish restaurant in Rockford.

Judson Celebrates 108 Graduates During Fall Commencement

Judson Celebrates 108 Graduates During Fall Commencement

(ELGIN, IL – December 12, 2020) Judson University celebrated with 108 students who graduated at the university’s 84th commencement ceremonies held on Saturday, December 12, at Herrick Chapel on Judson’s Elgin campus.

Rebecca Johnson Becomes Judson University's 2020 Lincoln Student Laureate of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois

Rebecca Johnson Becomes Judson University's 2020 Lincoln Student Laureate of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois

(ELGIN, IL – December 8, 2020) Judson senior Rebecca (“Becky”) Johnson of Mount Prospect, Ill., was recognized as Judson University’s 2020 Student Laureate of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois in a special Facebook Live event held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, December 8.

Dr. Rob Currie Will Give the Keynote for Judson's Commencement on December 12

Dr. Rob Currie Will Give the Keynote for Judson's Commencement on December 12

(ELGIN, IL – December 4, 2020) Judson University will celebrate the Class of 2020 during two ceremonies on December 12. Judson Psychology Department Chair, Faculty, and Author Dr. Rob Currie will give the keynote address for the 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. ceremonies.

Dr. Rob Currie received his Ph.D. in experimental psychology from St. Louis University. He has taught psychology at Judson since 1987 and has served as the chair of the department since 2010. In addition to being a professor, he is an award-winning author whose publications include three books as well as articles that have appeared in Focus on the Family Magazine, The Chicago Tribune Online, Christian Home and School, and The Detroit News. He also is a popular speaker and has made presentations to over 50 parenting groups including two national conferences.

Concert Celebrates Christmas with Jeorge Holmes

 Concert Celebrates Christmas with Jeorge Holmes

(UPDATED ELGIN, IL – December 1, 2020) Judson University’s Demoss Center for Worship in the Performing Arts will host its annual Christmas event at 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 5, at Judson’s Herrick Chapel and two other locations on campus as well as virtually.

Jeorge Holmes, singer-entertainer extraordinaire, will be the guest artist at this Saturday's Demoss Center for Worship in the Performing Arts Christmas Concert of Worship, replacing the previously announced artist, Maria Kanyova. Jeorge is no stranger to Judson or the Chicago area, as both a Judson alum and a consummate vocalist and stage personality. Jeorge provides vocal entertainment for many nonprofit and Christian organizations around the Northwest and Chicago area, has been a guest speaker, and professionally coaches those facing trauma/transition.

Judson University Senior Wins Annual Shark Tank Event

Judson University Senior Wins Annual Shark Tank Event

(ELGIN, IL – November 20, 2020) At the seventh Judson Shark Tank event held November 19, a panel of judges considered pitches from five student contestants who shared ideas and business plans for five new products and services.

The event was watched by a small group of guests in person at Herrick Chapel and then broadcast via Facebook Live with more than 135 viewers watching at different times throughout the broadcast and voting on the ideas. The two-hour event included five student business leaders pitching their ideas in front of discerning judges representing various facets of business.

Demoss Center for Worship in the Performing Arts to Host Civic Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble and Special Virtual Events

Demoss Center for Worship in the Performing Arts to Host Civic Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble and Special Virtual Events

(ELGIN, IL – November 18, 2020) The Judson Civic Orchestra will perform in person on Sunday, November 22, at 2 p.m. in Herrick Chapel on the beautiful riverside campus of Judson University (1151 N. State Street, Elgin).

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