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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.

Judson University Celebrates 194 Graduates During Commencement for Class of 2020

Judson University Celebrates 194 Graduates During Commencement for Class of 2020Judson University Celebrates 194 Graduates During Commencement for Class of 2020

(ELGIN, IL – Sept. 21, 2020) Judson University celebrated 194 graduates during the 83rd commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Sept. 19. Judson’s spring commencement was delayed until Homecoming weekend following the COVID-19 outbreak. Business Leader Dr. K. Shelette Stewart give the keynote address for the 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. ceremonies which were held in Herrick Chapel (1151 N. State St., Elgin). During the 8 a.m. ceremony, Judson recognized Businessman Daniel Perlman with the President’s Award for Exceptional Achievement for his study of insects and butterflies. Pearlman and his family own D & M Perlman Fine Jewelry in Dundee, which is the largest fine jewelry and gift store in the Fox Valley, and one of the largest in Illinois. During the 10 a.m. commencement ceremony, Judson awarded School District U-46 CEO Tony Sanders with an honorary doctor of letters. The award recognizes Superintendent Sanders dedication and commitment to improving educational opportunities and outcomes for all students.

Judson Welcomes New Faculty Members for the 2020-2021 School Year

Judson Welcomes New Faculty Members for the 2020-2021 School Year

(ELGIN, IL – September 15, 2020) Judson University welcomes 10 new faculty members to campus during the 2020-2021 academic year.

They are: Elliot Anderson, Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology and Pastor to Faculty and Staff; Jeremy Butler, Assistant Professor of Exercise Sport Science; Tim Carlson, Assistant Professor of Business; Ron Daniel, Interim Chair of Architecture and Special Advisor to the Provost; Jack Groppel, Professor of Exercise Sports Science and Business; Jennifer Mattingly, Chair of Division of Professional Studies/Chair of Faculty; Michael Meissner, Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture; Marcos Petroli, Assistant Professor of Architecture; David Richards, Associate Professor of Science and Math/Chemistry; Kimberly Schellin-Rog, Assistant Professor of Division of Professional Studies and Chair of Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. (Photos in alphabetical order.)

Judson University Recognized for Three Elements of the U.S. News & World Report Rankings

Judson University Recognized for Three Elements of the U.S. News & World Report Rankings

(ELGIN, IL – September 14, 2020) Judson University was listed #80 overall in the Best Regional Universities Midwest and #69 in “Top Performers on Social Mobility” in the U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Colleges 2021” rankings published today. U.S. News also noted that Judson demonstrates a strong commitment to access for all based on the number of Pell grants awarded to low income families.

Judson Leadership Scholars Named for 2020-21 School Year

Judson Leadership Scholars Named for 2020-21 School Year

(ELGIN, IL – September 9, 2020) Judson University has announced that four incoming freshmen have been selected to participate in the Judson Leadership Scholars (JLS) program. This is the seventh year for the program that offers leadership training and financial aid to students based on academic merit, leadership qualities and financial need. The 2020-21 Judson Leadership Scholars are Abigail Belsan of Lemont, Ill., who will major in Architecture; Daniel Gilbreath of Bolingbrook, Ill., who plans to major in Sports Management; Treyton (Trey) Lehman of Berne, Ind., who will study Architecture; and Bethany Newman of Appleton, Wisc., who will study Studio Art.

Judson’s Virtual and In-Person Network Night Features Alumnus Dan Shaver

Judson’s Virtual and In-Person Network Night Features Alumnus Dan Shaver

(ELGIN, IL – Sept. 8, 2020) Judson University will host a Network Night Alumni Insider Event on September 17 as part of the university’s 2020 Homecoming and Family Weekend Celebration.

Judson’s Alumni Insider event will welcome alumni and current students with an opportunity to network at a safe distance and learn by offering the event both virtually and in person. The in-person event will take place in the Reed Room of Lindner Tower (1151 N. State St., Elgin), with networking and mingling beginning at 6:30 p.m. The keynote presentation will feature Alumnus Dan Shaver ’01, District Manager at Amazon Web Services, the $40B cloud computing division of Amazon. Dan’s presentation, titled Innovation at Amazon – How to Delight Customers the Amazonian Way, will emphasize his experience working at Amazon, highlighting the company’s culture, as well as their customer-centric products, services, and platforms, and how Amazon intentionally works backward to innovate.

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