Opportunities + Experience
The RISE Program gives students with intellectual disabilities a college life experience in a Christian community and builds upon strengths for independent living and customized employment.
College Credit in High School
Through the High School Prep Program, we give high school junior or senior students the opportunity to earn up to a total of 24 hours of college credit and, in most cases, earn high school credit at the same time.
Demoss Center for Worship in the Performing Arts
The Demoss Center for Worship in the Performing Arts provides a unique synergistic bond between Music, Worship Arts, Christian Ministries, and Communication Departments, which ultimately helps to equip and energize worshipers, instruct and inspire performers, and serve and supply the church with trained musicians and worship leaders.
World Leaders Forum
The World Leaders Forum brings recognized world leaders to the Judson University campus each year with the intent to inspire and ignite a flame of leadership for all who attend. Past keynote speakers include former President George W. Bush, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev, United Kingdom Prime Minister Tony Blair, Mexican President Felipe Calderón and other world leaders..
The World Leaders Forum Inspirational Series will welcome Dr. Shawna Pandya, a physician surgeon, citizen scientist, and astronaut candidate from Alberta, Canada to Judson University in Elgin. The main event will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, at the University’s Herrick Chapel, 1151 N. State Street in Elgin. Entrepreneur Jacqueline Ruiz will hostKeep Reading “World Leaders Forum Welcomes Physician Surgeon, Citizen Scientist Dr. Shawna Pandya for its Inspirational Series Oct. 12”
The Judson University Athletic Department has announced the hiring of Terry Gaitor III as its new Head Track and Field Coach. Cam Knudsen remains on staff as the Head Cross Country coach and Assistant Track and Field Coach. “With the new track being added to the campus, the timing is perfect for the hiring ofKeep Reading “Judson Names Experienced Coach Terry Gaitor III as Head Track and Field Coach”
The Judson University Athletic Department is excited to announce Alyssa Serewicz-Wido as the Head Women’s Volleyball Coach. “The hiring of Coach Serewicz-Wido comes at the perfect moment for the women’s volleyball program,” said Athletic Director Rick Williams. “Her love of volleyball and passion for building meaningful relationships will be a welcomed addition to our JudsonKeep Reading “Alyssa Serewicz-Wido Named Head Women’s Volleyball Coach”
Tonight hundreds of people attended the 2023 World Leaders Forum at Judson University in Elgin. At this event, Scottish dignitaries Sir James MacMillan and business leader The Lord Smith of Kelvin celebrated the legacy of Olympian and Christian Missionary Eric Liddell whose feats at the 1924 Paris Olympics inspired the Academy Award-winning film Chariots ofKeep Reading “Hundreds Come to Elgin to Celebrate 100th Anniversary of the Moment that Inspired Chariots of Fire”
The Judson University Athletic Department is excited to announce the hiring of former NFL safety and return specialist Quintin Demps as Judson University Football’s next Head Coach. The San Antonio, Texas, native is a nine-year NFL veteran who played for the Philadelphia Eagles, Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs, New York Giants, and the Chicago Bears.Keep Reading “Former NFL and Chicago Bears Safety Quintin Demps Named Head Football Coach”
Michael “Mac” McAvoy will exhibit a series of mechanical sculptures in Judson’s Draewell Gallery this spring. McAvoy’s work is based on canonical science fiction novels and collectively entitled The Classics. The show opened on January 17 and will run through March 31. “Mac” will discuss the work on Friday, February 17 at 3 p.m. inKeep Reading “Judson Gallery to Show Michael “Mac” McAvoy’s Work”
Judson University announced today that Sir James MacMillan and The Lord Smith of Kelvin, KT CH, Robert Haldane Smith, in partnership with The Eric Liddell Community, will share the stage for the 10th World Leaders Forum on March 21, 2023. This event is the North American Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Eric Liddell winning theKeep Reading “Sir James MacMillan and The Lord Smith of Kelvin KT CH to Keynote the World Leaders Forum”
On National First-Generation Day, Judson University is excited to announce the new Slawek Family First-Generation Scholars Program to support our first-generation college students. Thanks to a generous donation from Joe and Mary Slawek through the Slawek Family Charitable Fund, Judson University will create the Slawek Scholars Program, which will provide scholars with mentors, leadership opportunities, participation in the World LeadersKeep Reading “Slawek Family Blesses Judson’s First-Generation Students”
Merit RecitalTuesday, November 8 | 7:00 p.m. | Thulin Auditorium Midwest Opera Theatre and the DCWPA present… “The Treasure Chest Voice Show” Saturday, November 12 | 7:00 p.m. | Thulin Auditorium | tickets through midwestopera.com Chamber Singers & Piano Ensemble Recital Tuesday, November 15 | 7:00 p.m. | Thulin Auditorium Jazz Combo ConcertFriday, November 18 | 7:00 p.m. |Keep Reading “Music Events this Fall”
Judson University welcomed trustees, former faculty, and volunteer service groups to the campus for the 60th annual Founders’ Day on October 21. Throughout the day’s celebration, the leadership of the University honored those who helped to establish Judson College in 1963. Judson began as an undergraduate college in 1913 as part of Northern Baptist TheologicalKeep Reading “Judson Celebrates Leaders During Founders’ Day”
One of the more impressive construction projects in Judson Athletics history has come to the realization as the Dawson Field ribbon-cutting ceremony took place at the field’s northwest corner on Thursday evening. The Dawson Field turfed complex will now host home soccer games as well as be a practice facility for the Football and TrackKeep Reading “Judson Dedicates New Facility With Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony”
The Heal Elgin two-day free clinic is back for the fourth year on October 8-9, 2022. The free clinic will provide dental, vision, and medical services to patients on a first-come, first-served basis at Judson University, Lindner Fitness Center, 1151 N. State St, Elgin, Illinois. All services are free and no ID is required. TheKeep Reading “Heal Elgin Free Clinic Returns”
Judson University inducted four new members into the 2022 Athletic Hall of Fame during Homecoming and Family Weekend on Saturday, September 24, during a ceremony held on campus. The class included Vusa Nkomazana (Men’s Soccer 1999), Landon Skinner (Men’s Basketball, 2012), Lana Rasmussen (Women’s Volleyball, 1998), and Matt McHenry (Baseball, 2012). Vusa Nkomazana (not pictured)Keep Reading “Four Athletes Are Inducted into Judson’s Athletic Hall of Fame”
Judson University’s Art and Design Department proudly welcomes back Conrad Egyir, whose paintings will be displayed in the Draewell Gallery from September 22 – November 18. The artist will discuss his work at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 22 in Room 221 of the Weber Academic Center. A reception will immediately follow in the DraewellKeep Reading “Conrad Egyir ’15 Will Be Featured in the Draewell Gallery”
Judson University’s Athletic Department welcomes Laura (Opie, ’01) Starkey as Head Softball Coach. “I’m really excited to be back on campus and involved in the Judson community again. It has brought back great memories and I look forward to helping build the current softball program,” said Starkey. “My experience from Aurora allows me to seeKeep Reading “Judson Alum and Established Coach Laura Starkey Returns to Campus as Head Softball Coach”
BIOCHEMISTRY, CLASS OF 2020 Judson unveiled a new banner during Homecoming weekend to honor Anali Cisneros ’20 of Elgin, Ill. as the most decorated and accomplished scholar-athlete in the history of Judson University athletics. The new banner is located in the Fitness Center, and features some of Anali’s incredible accomplishments as an athlete, specifically forKeep Reading “Anali Cisneros”
Psychology/Natural Sciences, Class of 2022 Looking to strengthen her volleyball skills, Jessica Smith met with Judson Volleyball Coach Julie Fahy and just knew that Judson was a place for her. Joining the volleyball team has made Jessica’s Judson experience unique. “Many students comment on the sense of community that Judson offers,” she says. “I am fortunate to also beKeep Reading “Jessica Smith”
MBA, 2020 Current Role: Business Administrator at Biofortis Research Shawn Williams ’20 is a Business Administrator at Biofortis Research. A graduate of Judson’s Adult programs with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and a current student in Judson’s MBA program, Shawn is incredibly grateful for the ways Judson has played a transformative roleKeep Reading “Shawn Williams ’20”
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 ofKeep Reading “Judson University Celebrates 188 Graduates During Spring Commencement 2022”
Judson University announces several changes to academic and student life leadership for the upcoming school year. Judson says farewell to Chief Academic Officer and Provost Dr. Gillian Stewart-Wells and welcomes Dr. Lanette Poteete-Young, a long-time Judson community member, to serve as the Chief Academic Officer and Vice President of Academic Affairs. Dr. Gillian Stewart-Wells joinedKeep Reading “Judson University Announces Changes to Academic Leadership”
Judson University will be closed on Monday, May 29, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. Regular business hours will resume on Tuesday, May 30. We hope you are able to enjoy this time and can honor the profound sacrifices of those who served our country in the armed services and their family members. Here are a fewKeep Reading “Judson Campus Will Close Monday for Memorial Day”
Join us for the World Leaders Forum Charity Golf Outing on Monday, June 19 at the exclusive Bull Valley Golf Course in Woodstock, Ill. LPGA Golfer Cydney Clanton will join us for the day! Prizes will be given at the 4:00 p.m. reception at the end of the day. Create your teams of four andKeep Reading “Sign Up for the WLF Charity Golf Outing on June 19”
Nearly 200 community members, local dignitaries, civic leaders, and church leaders attended Judson’s 35th Annual Community Prayer Breakfast held this morning, May 12. Attendees heard Ceitci Demirkova’s story of coming to the United States from Bulgaria with very little and relying on God’s goodness. For the first time, Judson honored two individuals with the D. RayKeep Reading “Judson Celebrates Community Volunteers at Annual Prayer Breakfast”
Judson University celebrated 182 graduates during the 89th commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 6. Former David C. Cook CEO Cris Doornbos gave the keynote address to graduates in ceremonies at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Herrick Chapel on Judson’s Elgin campus. Doornbos is a 40-year veteran in the publishing, media, and educational spaces ofKeep Reading “Judson University Celebrates 182 Graduates During Spring Commencement 2023”
Judson mourns the passing of Rev. Dr. Malcolm “Mac” Shotwell, an Emeriti Trustee, on Sunday, April 23, 2023. Mac was 90 years old. He joined the Trustee Board in 1980 and received an Honorary Doctor of Divinity from Judson College in 1990. Mac’s first daughter Donna Shotwell was killed in a car accident along withKeep Reading “Judson Mourns the Passing of Rev. Dr. Malcolm “Mac” Shotwell”
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