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Judson University’s Cancels Annual Community Prayer Breakfast

 

Judson University Cancels Annual Community Prayer Breakfast While Continuing Awards Program

(ELGIN, IL – March 31, 2020) For the first time in 32 years, Judson University will not hold its annual Community Prayer Breakfast in an effort to protect the health of the community as the nation faces the COVID-19 pandemic. 

While the breakfast, which was scheduled for May 4, will not be held, Judson University will continue with its awards program to recognize community volunteers by awarding its D. Ray Wilson Community Volunteer award and the Bea Wilson Youth Award. The nomination deadline for these awards have been extended until April 20. The recognition recipients will be announced at a future Judson University event in the fall.

Judson University Announces New Leadership in Football

Judson University Announces New Leadership in Football

(Elgin, Ill. -- March 27, 2020) Judson University’s Football program has made changes in its leadership as Dan Paplaczyk has been promoted from Associate Head Coach & Offensive Coordinator to Head Coach. Longtime collegiate and high school football coach Jamie Herrick joins the staff as Executive Director of Football Operations & Defensive Coordinator. This change occurs after the resignation of previous Head Coach Brandon New, who will assume a new role with the team.

Education Alumnae Named Finalist for 2020 Golden Apple Award

Education Grad Named Finalist for 2020 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching

(ELGIN, IL – March 24, 2020) Rogelia Peña ’15 was named a finalist of the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching on January 23, 2020 in recognition of her service at Rachel Carson Elementary School in Chicago, Ill. She graduated from Judson with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education with endorsements in Middle School, Social Science, Reading, and ESL.

Judson University Honors NAIA’s Decision to End Spring Sport Seasons

Judson University Honors NAIA’s Decision to End Spring Sport Seasons

(Elgin, Ill. March 16, 2020) Judson University was informed on Monday of the NAIA’s decision to immediately cancel spring sports for the 2019-2020 academic year due to the national prevention efforts of the COVID-19 virus. With this information, the spring sport season for 2020 has come to a close.

Judson University to Move to Digital Learning

Judson University to Move to Digital Learning

After consulting University leadership, Judson University has made the decision to move to digital learning for the remainder of the spring semester for our traditional, adult and graduate programs because of public health concerns related to the coronavirus (COVID-19). By moving to digital learning, Judson hopes to limit large group exposure and minimize the risk of spreading the virus should a member of the Judson community become infected. Several other organizations are also following this practice as witnessed by recent announcements from the NCAA, NBA and several other colleges and universities.  As the university begins implementing these new measures, more information will be shared via email and a new Coronavirus Updates website page, which will be updated with news, FAQs and resources. We appreciate your patience as the situation unfolds. Please check your email regularly for updates.

Cisneros Captures National Record in Winning Sixth Straight Win

Cisneros Captures National Record in Winning Sixth Straight Win

(Brookings, SD March 7, 2020) Judson University Senior Anali Cisneros continues to build upon her incredible Judson legacy as she broke the NAIA National Record time in the 3000-meter NAIA Indoor Racewalk National Championship with a total time of 13:38.07. Anali led from wire to wire to win her third straight NAIA indoor title, her sixth straight national championship in a row, and her seventh consecutive All-American honor between the indoor and outdoor national championships. After a relaxed first lap she put the hammer down in lap two then hit pretty even splits the rest of the way to better the old record by nearly 12 seconds. Cisneros missed the record by 1 second at the 2019 championships.

Fame The Musical Jr. is the Spring Production for Judson Theatre

Fame The Musical Jr. is the Spring Production for Judson Theatre

(ELGIN, IL – March 2, 2020) Judson University’s Theatre program will present Fame Jr. as its spring production. The show, based on the hit musical and film, will take place at 7:00 p.m. nightly Thursday-Saturday, March 19-21, in the Thulin Auditorium in Thompson Hall (1151 N. State St., Elgin). There will also be a matinee show at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 21.

Fame Jr. is an adaptation of the original musical that premiered in 1988 in Miami, Fla. It was also performed Off-Broadway at the Little Schubert Theatre on 42nd Street from 2003-2004. This energetic show, filled with dancing and song, follows a group of students from their freshman year through their senior year at a performing arts high school in New York City in the 1980s.

Professor Kimberly Schmidt will direct Judson’s production of Fame Jr. and Judson alumnus Adam Moxness ’18 will choreograph. Tickets are available in advance through Eventbrite at JUFame.eventbrite.com. Tickets are also available at the door, cash or check only. Tickets are available now and cost $12 for adults, $5 for students, faculty and staff, and $10 for seniors, alumni and groups of 10 or more.

For more information, call the Box Office at 837-628-2625. All Judson theatre productions are open to the public. 

Leadership Coach Alex Demczak to Speak at Judson University Chapel

Leadership Coach Alex Demczak to Speak at Judson University Chapel

 (ELGIN, IL – February 24, 2020) Alex Demczak, former SEC quarterback for the Missouri Tigers and leadership coach, will speak to the Judson community at chapel on Wednesday, February 26 at 10 a.m. in Herrick Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.

Demczak is an inspiring communicator and trainer who challenges businesses, schools and sports teams to increase their performance, enhance their leadership, and maximize their lives. He is also author of the 2016 book Thrive U: For the Athlete: By the Athlete.

Judson University Choir to Tour Missouri for Spring Break

Judson University Choir to Tour Missouri for Spring Break

(ELGIN, IL – February 25, 2020) The Judson University Choir is preparing for a weeklong tour in Missouri from February 28 through March 8.

On the tour, the choir will sing at churches and some performance venues. This tour will feature a nearly 50-member choir, highlighting the strength of the Judson Choir as a critical outreach of the University.

Judson University Pays Tribute to Former President and Trustee Emeritus Dr. James Didier

Judson University Pays Tribute to Former President and Trustee Emeritus Dr. James Didier

(ELGIN, IL – Feb. 21, 2020) Judson University pays tribute to Dr. James W. Didier of Elgin, who in a span of 45 years, helped Judson College develop new academic programs and a legacy of providing quality programs in a Christian environment.

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