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Judson Graduates 128 Students During Fall Commencement 2019
Judson Graduates 128 Students During Fall Commencement 2019

(ELGIN, IL – December 7, 2019) Judson University celebrated the 128 students who graduated during the university's 82nd commencement exercises held at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 7, at Herrick Chapel on the Elgin campus.

During the 10 a.m. commencement ceremony, 77 students graduated from the Division of Professional Studies’ Masters (MBA, Master of Arts in Human Services Administration and Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership) and Adult Undergraduate (evening adult students) Bachelor of Arts programs.

At the 2 p.m. commencement program, 51 students graduated from the Traditional Undergraduate program, the Master of Architecture, Master of Education in Literacy (MLIT), and Master of Leadership in Ministry (MLM) programs.

The day’s commencement address was presented by Dr. Gillian Stewart-Wells, Judson’s Provost and Chief Academic Officer since 2018. Since arriving at Judson in 2008, she has served the institution in several roles from professor in Judson’s undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs to co-directing Judson’s first doctoral program to leading many committees and initiatives on campus.

Anali Cisneros Named Judson's Student Laureate

Anali Cisneros Named Judson University's 2019 Lincoln Student Laureate of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois  (ELGIN, IL – December 6, 2019) Judson senior Anali Cisneros of Elgin, Ill., was named the 2019 Student Laureate of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois. Every fall, a meritorious senior from each of the four-year, degree-granting colleges and universities in Illinois is awarded the Abraham Lincoln Civic Engagement Award and becomes a Student Laureate. 

Cisneros is majoring in Biochemistry in the Honors Program, while balancing coursework, lab research and volunteering with her aspiration to be an Olympic race-walking athlete. Academically, she is known as an enthusiastic learner with excellent laboratory technique who excels at analyzing and interpreting data. She presented her honors research project on the Molecular Phylogenetic and Genomic Evolution of Rbm45, a Neural Development Protein, in Metazoans at the Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area Student Symposium last April. Cisneros’ athletic achievements are formidable. She has represented the USA Track and Field for the Pan American Race Walking Cup in April 2019 and placed 4th in the Women’s 20,000m Race Walk for the USA Track and Field Outdoors. She is a four-year member of Judson’s Track and Field and Cross Country teams. Cisneros is a five-time NAIA National Champion in Women’s Race Walk winning three outdoor titles and two indoor titles. At the conference level, she has six CCAC championships (three outdoor, three indoor). She also received Judson’s Women’s Athlete of the Year award in 2018 and 2019, was a Women’s Cross Country NAIA Scholar Athlete of the Year, and has been on the Dean’s List every year. Cisneros regularly gives back to her peers and the community. She has been a math and science tutor in the Student Success Center since 2017. She volunteers for the AMITA St. Joseph Hospital Emergency Department in Elgin to assist nurses in organizing supplies and helping patients be more comfortable as directed by health professionals. She continues to help the Elgin YWCA with its Clothing Center to arrange donations and help with the annual prom dress event Cinderella’s Closet. “Anali is friendly and lacks hubris. … She always displays a positive and respectful attitude working well in a diverse environment. She is well liked by her fellow students and professors. Anali demonstrates a strong work ethic and high moral and ethical standards,” states Dr. Jeffrey Henderson, William W. Brady Chair of Science at Judson. This view is shared widely by Cisneros coaches, who note how ready she is to cheer on her teammates during practice and competition. Following graduation in May, Cisneros plans to take a gap year to pursue her dreams of being an Olympic athlete before going on to medical school.

Dr. Gillian Stewart-Wells to Speak at Judson's Fall Commencement
Dr. Gillian Stewart-Wells to Speak at Judson's Fall Commencement

(ELGIN, IL – December 4, 2018) Judson University will welcome Dr. Gillian Stewart-Wells as the keynote speaker during Fall Commencement exercises at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.on Saturday, Dec. 7, at Herrick Chapel.

Dr. GillianStewart-Wells, Ph.D. became Provost and Chief Academic Officer at JudsonUniversity in October 2018. Since arriving at Judson in 2008, she has been a professor in Judson’s undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs; and co-directed Judson’s first doctoral program.

Judson Senior Wins Annual Shark Tank Event
Judson University Senior Wins Annual Shark Tank Event

(ELGIN, IL – November 22, 2019) Judson University’s sixth Judson Shark Tank event held November 21 in Herrick Chapel was energized by great ideas for new products and services by the contestants.

Dr. Jeffrey Henderson Named William W. Brady Chair of Science
Dr. Jeffrey Henderson Named as William W. Brady Chair of Science

(ELGIN, IL – November 20, 2019) On November 12, Judson University installed Dr. Jeffrey Henderson to a three-year term as the William W. Brady Chair of Science. He was recognized for his excellence in academics, faith, and his contributions to science in particular and Provost Gillian Stewart-Wells shared a brief history of endowed chairs at the University. The installation ceremony was held in Creekside South on the Campus of Judson University (1151 N. State St., Elgin).

Music Composition Major Tiger Khokunthod Presents New Musical
Music Composition Major Tiger Khokunthod Presents New Musical

(ELGIN, IL – November 14, 2019) Tiger Khokunthod of Elgin, Ill., will present his senior project of “finding home,” a new musical that he composed, at 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, November 16 and 17, in the Thulin Auditorium in Thompson Hall (1151 N. State St., Elgin). This event is free and open to the public.

Judson Mourns Loss of Faculty Emeritus Richard Clossman
Judson University Mourns Loss of Faculty Emeritus Richard Clossman

(ELGIN, IL – November 10, 2019)Judson mourns the loss of faculty emeritus Rev. Dr. Richard Clossman, 91, who died on November 9 surrounding by his family. Dr. Clossman was a history professor at Judson from 1972 to 1997. After retiring from full-time teaching in 1994, he continued to teach as an adjunct professor in the History Department and was recognized as a Faculty Emeritus by the university.

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

(ELGIN, IL – Nov. 8, 2019) Judson University will again host its annual “Shark Tank” event in support of student entrepreneurship and creativity. The popular student event will take place on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. in Herrick Chapel (1151 N. State St., Elgin). The finalists will compete for a total prize of $2000, divided among the three winners and an “audience choice.” This event is free and open to the public.

Decision Support Services and Judson University to Launch Certificate Programs in Applied Data Science in Early 2020
Decision Support Services and Judson University to Launch Certificate Programs in Applied Data Science in Early 2020

(Elgin, IL November 7, 2019) Judson University along with Decision Support Sciences, a data science consultancy in Chicago, announce today the launch of seven, distinct two week-long certificate programs in applied data science at Judson University in early 2020.

Judson Coaches and Athletes Honored at Elgin's Sports Hall of Fame Banquet
Judson Coaches and Athletes Honored at Elgin's Sports Hall of Fame Banquet

(Elgin, Ill. November 5, 2019) Judson University was well represented at the Fortieth Annual Elgin Sports Hall of Fame Banquet Sunday evening. Twenty-Four Judson athletes, three coaches, and one former Judson player were all recognized at the event.

"I am deeply honored and blessed to be leading such a great tennis program for this university. We have put Judson University Tennis on the world map now, which has in part been a key contributor to the successful seasons that we have been having," said Assistant Director of Athletics and Head Tennis Coach Chris Moment about the evening and his team. "I would like to congratulate Christopher Veltkamp on this recognition as he has been an amazing player on the team and we look forward to the spring season in our quest for a seventh straight appearance at the NCCAA National Championship.”

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