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Alumni Roger Simmons Joins Judson as Director of Diversity and Spiritual Development

Alumni Roger Simmons Joins Judson as Director of Diversity and Spiritual Development

(ELGIN, IL – July 16, 2021) Alumnus Roger Simmons joined Judson University as the new Director of Diversity and Spiritual Development. He is the President/COO of Crossinculture, a consulting firm with extensive experience in providing cultural competency training for organizations desiring to enhance their cultural awareness levels. Simmons also is an adjunct professor at Judson University and provides instruction to students about cultural diversity. Simmons has worked directly with public schools in managing cultural diversity and has provided training in cultural awareness for several non-profit organizations in the Aurora and Elgin areas.

Tyler Morris Named Judson’s Head Women’s Basketball Coach

Tyler Morris Named Judson’s Head Women’s Basketball Coach

 (Elgin, Ill. July 12, 2021) Judson University welcomes Tyler Morris as the tenth Head Women’s Basketball Coach in the program’s history. Morris brings a wealth of experience to the program as he has coached basketball for more than 17 years at the collegiate and high school levels.

Terrence Howard Was the Featured Guest for Conversations with Mark Vargas Event

Terrence Howard Was the Featured Guest for Conversations with Mark Vargas Event

(ELGIN, IL - July 9, 2021) Actor and Entrepreneur Terrence Howard was the featured guest for the second Conversations with Mark Vargas that took place on July 9 at Judson University in Elgin. Judson alumnus Mark Vargas ’04 hosted the discussion with Howard about life, business, and finding inspiration.

Before a crowd of 175, Vargas asked Howard several questions about his long and successful acting career. When asked what attracted him to acting, Howard said he enjoyed the attention and he found it fulfilling to become someone else when he was acting.

Homecoming and Family Weekend at Judson University, September 30 – October 2

Homecoming and Family Weekend at Judson University, September 30 – October 2

(ELGIN, IL – July 6, 2021) Judson University will host their annual Homecoming and Family Weekend celebration from September 30 to October 2 on the Elgin campus (1151 N. State St., Elgin). With the theme “E pluribus Unum: Out of Many, One,” the university will celebrate the richness of its community, inviting students, alumni, parents, faculty, staff and community members together for a celebration of restoration.

The Judson Student Organization (JSO) will kick off the Homecoming festivities by inviting current students to participate in Judson’s Homecoming Dance and Spirit Week starting Monday, September 27 and leading into Homecoming weekend.

Many events taking place over Homecoming will be offered in-person and online. Virtual Networking Day, taking place on Thursday, September 30, will empower all Judson alumni to network with one another, current students, and employer partners virtually through Judson’s newest online networking platform, Judson Connect and Zoom! Judson will also host its annual Network Night speaker event Thursday evening.

Edgardo Perez-Maldonado Joins Judson as Chair of the Architecture and Interior Design Department

Edgardo Perez-Maldonado Joins Judson as Chair of the Architecture and Interior Design Department

(ELGIN, IL – July 1, 2021) Dr. Edgardo Perez-Maldonado will join Judson University as Chair of Judson’s Architecture and Interior Design Department, effective July 1.

Dr. Perez-Maldonado comes to Judson having served both in the field of Architecture and in academia around the country and around the world for more than 13 years. Hailing from Puerto Rico, Dr. Perez-Malonado completed his Ph.D. in history at the Inter-American University Metropolitan Campus, concentrating on topics of urbanism, architecture, and culture. Additionally, he completed a Master of Architecture at the Savannah College of Arts and Design. For several years, he trained as a professional designer working for architecture and urban design firms in San Juan, New York, and Savannah.

Judson University Students Return to the Chicago Auto Show

Judson University Students Return to the Chicago Auto Show

(ELGIN, IL – June 29, 2021) Judson University students will complete their internships during the 2021 Special Edition of the Chicago Auto Show (CAS). Due to the pandemic, the auto show was postponed this year from February to July 15-19. It will be held at McCormick Place both inside the building and outside in Chicago. The students will work from July 14-19, but the show will be open to the public from July 15-19.

Anali Cisneros to Participate in U.S. Olympic Trials on Saturday

Alumni Anali Cisneros to Participate in U.S. Olympic Trials on Saturday

Elgin, Ill. June 23, 2021 -- Judson's most decorated athlete in the history of the school, Anali Cisneros, has the opportunity of a lifetime on Saturday as she will be competing for a spot on this summer's US Olympic team as she participates in the US Olympic Trials in Springfield, Oregon. Cisneros already has numerous accolades to her name as she is a six-time NAIA National Champion and a seven-time NAIA All-American. She has won numerous conference championships and has placed in regional and national USATF races. She is looking forward to the opportunity to arrive in Oregon, due to the significance of the race and the competition. The Elgin native and Elgin High School graduate is also looking forward to embracing the atmosphere as the entire region has prepared and embraced this opportunity, including a recent renovation of the official Nike Track Stadium in nearby Eugene. Although Cisneros is expected to finish among the national best, the preparation for this race has certainly not come without trials; the most significant being that all potential Olympic hopefuls have had to wait an extra year to compete for the Olympics thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Judson’s Literacy Conference - A Day at Judson - is June 22

Judson’s Literacy Conference - A Day at Judson - is June 22

 (ELGIN, IL – June 15, 2021) Judson University will host “A Day at Judson,” featuring educator Tanny McGregor and Trevor Bryan. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 22 in the Lindner Campus Commons (1151 N. State St., Elgin). During the seminar, McGregor and Bryan will highlight reading comprehension techniques.

The morning workshops will be segmented with McGregor presenting to educators who instruct students in K-3 grades and Bryan focusing on educators teaching to students in grades 4-12.

Judson’s Demoss Center Partners with Dark Horse Institute

Judson’s Demoss Center Partners with Dark Horse Institute

(ELGIN, IL – June 8, 2021) Judson University’s Demoss Center for Worship in the Performing Arts (DCWPA) is pleased to announce an exclusive partnership with Dark Horse Recording/Dark Horse Institute of Franklin, Tenn., one of the world’s premier recording studios. 
In an exclusive agreement signed earlier this month by Judson’s Provost, Dr. Gillian Stewart-Wells and Dark Horse founder Robin Crow, Judson’s senior Music Business and Entrepreneurship (MB&E) students will spend their final semester in Nashville, taking classes at Dark Horse Institute and rubbing shoulders with major music-industry performers recording at Dark Horse Studio. As part of the agreement, no other university in the Midwest will be able to offer a similar partnership with Dark Horse for 15 years. 

Terrence Howard to Be Featured Guest for Conversations with Mark Vargas Event

Terrence Howard to Be Featured Guest for Conversations with Mark Vargas Event

(ELGIN, IL June 1, 2021) Actor and Entrepreneur Terrence Howard is the featured guest for the second Conversations with Mark Vargas taking place on July 9 at Judson University in Elgin. Judson alumnus Mark Vargas ’04 will host a discussion with Howard about life, business, and finding inspiration.

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