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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).

Judson University to Host Popular “Shark Tank” Virtual Event Supporting Entrepreneurship

Judson University to host Popular “Shark Tank” Virtual Event Supporting Entrepreneurship

(ELGIN, Ill. - November 10, 2020) Judson University will again host its annual “Shark Tank” event in support of student entrepreneurship and creativity. The popular student event will be broadcast on Judson’s Facebook Live at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 19. This year due to safety restrictions, a limited number of people will be present in Herrick Chapel to hear the finalists “pitch” their ideas to the judges. The finalists will compete for prizes totaling $1,800, which is divided among the three selected winners and the individual who receives the “audience choice” award by a virtual vote. Out of the 16 students who pitched their ideas through a video presentation on our YouTube channel, five finalists were chosen by voting from students, faculty and staff. These students are Praise-God (P.G.) Nkalang’ango ’23 of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Dimitri Ingrassia ’22 of Aix-en-Provence, France, Eliana Sarver ’22 of Villa Park, Ill., Natalia Szkubel ’21 of Streamwood, Ill., and Nayeli Cisneros ’21 of Elgin, Ill.

Judson University Recognized by Money 2020 Best Colleges and LendEDU

Judson University Recognized by Money 2020 Best Colleges and LendEDU

(ELGIN, IL – November 5, 2020) Judson University has received two recognitions which demonstrate the value of a Judson education and the ability of graduates to pay for their college costs. Judson was named to Money Magazine’s 2020 Best Colleges list, after studying several data points, including tuition fees, family borrowing, and career earnings. Based on the university’s ability to provide grants and financial aid to meet student needs, the listing indicates that investing in a Judson education is a good financial choice when selecting a college or university. According to the publication, Money seeks to provide students with information about finances regarding colleges and universities throughout the country. The information they have available for college students includes acceptance rates, financial aid, the early career earnings, average student debt, and more.

Judson Leaders Look Backward and Forward during Founders’ Day

Judson Leaders Honor the Past and Look Toward the Future

(ELGIN, IL – October 23, 2020) Judson University welcomed Architect H. Randolph Holmes Jr. to celebrate the 57th annual Founders’ Day on October 23. Throughout the day’s celebration, leadership of the University shared honored those who helped to establish Judson College in 1963.Judson’s Founders’ Day events began with a breakfast meeting of the Spiritual Council, which is led by council members Bishop Dr. Michael Love and Dr. Karen Love. During the meeting, Bishop Love and Dr. Love presented Judson freshman Shamaine Williams of Spanish Town, Jamaica, with the first Love Family Christian Foundation scholarship. Shamaine was recognized for her excellent academics and activities at home and in her church community. The chapel presentation from H. Randolph Holmes Jr., president and Senior Principal at Glavé & Holmes Architecture, illustrated Judson’s value of providing a Christian education as he explored how our concept of identity has changed throughout the years and as seen through the lens of architecture. He outlined how society has determined its identity, or self worth, from ideas that philosophers have interpreted as traditional, romantic and modern. He illustrated how each identity can be seen in architectural structures created throughout the ages.


Professor Publishes “Hunger Winter: A World War II Novel”

Professor Publishes “Hunger Winter: A World War II Novel”

(Elgin, Ill. -- October 15, 2020) Tyndale House Publishers has released Dr. Rob Currie’s new work of historical fiction, Hunger Winter: A World War II Novel.

This work of historical fiction tells the dramatic but little-known true story of the hardship and heroism of the Dutch when the Nazis tried to crush the Resistance by cutting off food and fuel during the final winter of the war. As a result, 20,000 Dutch civilians starved or froze to death. The story centers on young Dirk Ingelse who has to flee his home in the middle of the night his pockets stuffed with food, his little sister asleep in his arms, and his heart heavy with a dark secret.

Dr. Maria Kanyova Joins Judson’s DCWPA as Guest Artist in Voice

Dr. Maria Kanyova Joins Judson’s DCWPA as Guest Artist in Voice

(ELGIN, IL – October 8, 2020) The Demoss Center for Worship in the Performing Arts (DCWPA) is pleased to announce a new collaboration with Dr. Maria Kanyova as the DCWPA’s Guest Artist in Voice. Dr. Kanyova in the wife of Dr. Robert Kania, Chair of the Music Department here at Judson. She is also an Associate Professor of Voice at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. Dr. Kanyova comes to Judson as a singing specialist, who has sung leading operatic roles in many of the country’s largest opera houses, including the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the San Francisco Opera, the Los Angeles Opera, the Houston Grand Opera, the Dallas Opera, the New York City Opera, the Chicago Opera Theater, and the Canadian Opera Company, among others.

H. Randolph Homes to Speak at Judson's Founders’ Day

Architect H. Randolph Holmes to Speak at Judson University's Founders’ Day Celebration

(ELGIN, IL – September 29, 2020) H. Randolph Holmes, president and Senior Principal at Glavé & Holmes Architecture will speak at Judson University’s Founders’ Day Celebration on October 23.

Randy Holmes, originally from South Hill, Va., serves as president and Senior Principal at Glavé & Holmes Architecture (G&HA), an award-winning studio-based firm made up of close to 70 architects, interior designers, historians, and supporting staff. Holmes spent nearly a decade with Jaquelin T. Robertston’s firm at their Chartlottesville, Va., office.

Shanel Poole Joins Judson as Doctoral Graduate Assistant of Inclusion and Diversity

Shanel Poole Joins Judson as Doctoral Graduate Assistant of Inclusion and Diversity

 (ELGIN, IL – September 23, 2020) Shanel Poole joined Judson University as Doctoral Graduate Assistant of Inclusion and Diversity. She is currently working on campus and is the liaison to the Black Student Union. She has 15 years of experience in public speaking and event planning. She has also developed and implemented a trauma-informed curriculum which has helped many young women.

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