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Winter 2012

JUDSON today A Magazine for Friends and Alumni of Judson University

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JUDSON TODAY EDITORIAL STAFF EDITOR Mary Dulabaum Director of Communications & Marketing

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ASSOCIATE EDITOR Bethany Suckrow ‘09 LAYOUT AND PRODUCTION Kat Ammann ’10 PHOTOGRAPHY Adam Ledyard Kevin Sherman ’09







SPORTS WRITER Adam Ledyard Director of Sports Information ALUMNOTES EDITOR Bonnie Bienert Director of Alumni Relations JUDSON UNIVERSITY ADMINISTRATION PRESIDENT Jerry B. Cain PROVOST & VICE PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS Dale H. Simmons VICE PRESIDENT FOR BUSINESS AFFAIRS Laine Malmquist EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF ENROLLMENT SERVICES Nancy Binger VICE PRESIDENT FOR EXTERNAL RELATIONS Tory K. Gum VICE PRESIDENT FOR STUDENT DEVELOPMENT LeAnn Pauley Heard Judson Today is a bi-annual magazine published by the Advancement Office at Judson University. Please send address changes and correspondence to Judson Today c/o Advancement Office, 1151 North State St., Elgin, IL 60123 or email



Dr. Robert Erickson receives award for 50 years of teaching from Dr. Randy Gauger, vice chair of the Board of Trustees, at Founders’ Day. F E A T U R E S

Judson’s 2011 Student Lincoln Laureate................................................. 4 Rachel Delph is among students honored by Illinois legislators.

Judson University Celebrates Founders’ Day 2011............................ 8 Judson celebrates a rich past and bright future at the Fall 2011 Founders’ Day.

Professor Receives Luther Wesley Smith Education Award.........10 Dr. Rolf Myhrman is recognized for 38 years of teaching science education.

What Teaching Psychology Has Taught Me..........................................13 Psychology Professor Dr. Rachel Shannon shares her love for teaching.

Paper Tower.........................................................................................................16 Judson visual communications alumni give back to their alma mater. I N



Faculty Accomplishments.............................................................................12 Join Us Online!

Athletics.................................................................................................................20 Season Wrap-ups on Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis and Volleyball.

ALUMnotes Alumnotes will return in the Summer issue of Judson Today. Please submit news and photos for inclusion by April 23, 2012. Digital photos may be submitted in JPG format and should not exceed 5MB in size. If you would like fellow alumni to be able to contact you, please submit your email address with your alumnote. Please send your Alumnote to: Judson University Alumni Office, 1151 N. State St., Elgin, IL 60123,

Student Lincoln Laureate Integrates Faith and Education by Bethany Suckrow ‘09

Senior visual communications student Rachel Delph was named Judson’s Student Lincoln Laureate for 2011, an honor bestowed on the school’s top senior. The Student Lincoln Laureate is an annual honor given to the top senior from each of the state of Illinois’ public and private colleges and universities who exhibits distinct academic and extracurricular excellence. Delph has taken several honors courses and has made the Dean’s list every semester of her four years at Judson. In nominating students for the Laureate, professors commended Delph’s dedication and integrity both in and out of the classroom, and her commitment to integrating her education with her faith. Delph has served Judson in several capacities, including the Judson Chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Artists and the Judson Chapter of International Justice Mission (IJM). She has been involved in IJM for four years and served as president of the chapter for two years. She also worked with the Fox Valley Pregnancy Center in South Elgin to complete her service learning hours. Delph came to Judson after learning about it from a friend that had graduated from the university. “I chose to come to Judson because I knew the graphic design department was good, and it was close to Chicago. And when I came and visited, something just felt right,” she explains. Delph attributes

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much of her positive experience at the institution to the support system of professors and peers. “I’ve had the chance to work with some amazing faculty while at Judson. Each one of them has so much passion for what they do; it’s infectious. They’re great teachers, and they care about their students, especially the faculty of the Department of Art and Design,” says Delph. “I’ve also made some incredible friends who have definitely changed my life, whose perspective and wisdom and just plain awesomeness I’m continually grateful for.” Delph will graduate in April 2012 from the visual communications program. When asked about her plans for the future, Delph explains that her goal is to continue working as a graphic designer in the Chicago area, preferably for a nonprofit organization. She also plans to earn a graduate degree in Community Development. Delph has already made a point of using her work to benefit a cause. Her work was featured in the OWNED exhibition in the fall of 2009, an exhibition led by students of the Typography I course to raise awareness about modern slavery. “Whatever I do, I want to make sure my life results in a net benefit to the world, that I’m consistently involved in things I believe in and care about,” says Delph. Delph and the other Student Lincoln Laureates were honored at a ceremony on November 5. Students were given a tour of the Old State Capitol where President Lincoln spent much of his early career. Each student was given a $500 gift, which Delph says she Delph’s design for Homecoming 2010 will put toward the production of her senior design project, a resource guide for low-income single mothers in Kane County.

Judson and City of Elgin Celebrate Their Details and Dwellings by Bethany Suckrow ‘09 “The great 19th century English critic John Ruskin said, ‘The measure of any great civilization is its cities, and a measure of a city’s greatness is to be found in the quality of its public spaces, its parks, and its squares.’ I am going to take the liberty to finish Ruskin’s quotation and also add, its commitment to the arts,” said Judson Professor and Draewell Gallery Director Joe Cory in his introduction of the reception for the “Elgin 1440” exhibit, Details and Dwellings. The Draewell Gallery housed the City of Elgin’s sixth annual “Elgin 1440” Community Photography Event and Exhibit from October 31 through November 23. The exhibit reception, held on November 4, welcomed more than 50 Elgin-area residents to examine in fine and artistic detail the city that they live and work in every day. The annual community exhibition is an event for Elgin residents “meant to capture life in Elgin within a one day period,” according to the webpage for the City of Elgin. To be eligible for the exhibit, all participants were required to submit a photograph taken between 12 a.m. and 11:50 p.m. on Sept. 10, 2011, allowing only 1,440 minutes for them to capture the perfect shot. In keeping with this year’s theme of Details and Dwellings, the photographers were asked to photograph “inside and outside the beautiful and unique homes and buildings that make Elgin an architectural treasure trove.” “After looking at this collection, I want to drive more slowly through downtown Elgin. I want to notice things,” remarked Judson President Dr. Jerry Cain during the reception introduction. The event was made possible by the City of Elgin, the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission (ECAC) and the Daily Herald. The exhibit was a celebration of the details and dwellings of Elgin, but also the relationship between the university and its city. “When a school and city work together, it enhances everything. Judson is committed to art, and we’re committed to making a life for our students. And one sees life when they see art,” Cain said.

“We thought this year’s Elgin 1440 exhibit would be a perfect fit for Judson’s gallery because of the School of Art, Design and Architecture, and because while some communities tear down old buildings, Elgin tries to save them,” explained ECAC Liaison Sylvia Grady, who organized the event. “We are excited for the opportunity to partner with the City of Elgin and the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission for this exhibition,” said Cory. “It is a wonderful way to support and display many of the photographers who live and work in the Elgin area. The arts are a vibrant part of our campus and within the greater Elgin community. This is another way to showcase that.” In his closing comments, Elgin Mayor David Kaptain drew attention to the growth of the arts in Elgin, saying, “Elgin is now the arts center for the northwestern suburbs of the greater Chicago area.” With this goal in mind, the City of Elgin and Judson University find in one another a natural partnership and support system for allowing the arts to flourish in Elgin.


Visit Elgin’s Gail BordenSERIES Library this spring to see the work LECTURE & EXHIBITION of Judson students on display. Art and Design work will be 2012 SPRING SEMESTER displayed during the month of March and Architecture will MOORE | the month | | of May. be up ERIN during JAN 13

FEB photos by Allen Mowers ‘12 and Adam Van Campen ‘14


Fascinated by the ways people interact with information, Moore loves watching people respond to environments, enjoys listening to how they communicate their ideas and is motivated to find the best ways to contribute to these experiences. -


Student Life


TRISTAN D’ESTRÉE STERK | ARCHITECT - CHICAGO | 4:30 P | Herrick Chapel Tristan Sterk is a professor at SAIC and founder of the Office for Robotic Architectural Media & Bureau for Responsive Architecture [ORAMBRA]. Tristan’s work and research is recognized as central in the field of responsive architecture. -



KIMMY NOONEN | INSTALLATION ARTIST - CHICAGO | 4:30 P | Herrick Chapel Performatively multi-media and intentionally engaging, Noonen’s work deals with the role of authorship in art and the challenge of seeing great value in the often overlooked subtleties of interpersonal interactions and spaces.


MAR From Left: Guitar students serenade guests at this year’s Lessons and Carols concert; Kara Gardner portrays Eve in the Fall Musical Children Of Eden; Students pose for their portrait with “Santa” (President Cain); Jesse Sault gives a stunning performance in APR The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged.

SYMPOSIUM ON CHRIST & ARCHITECTURE 15 KEYNOTE LECTURE: NICHOLAS WOLTERSTORFF | 7 P | Herrick Chapel 16 SYMPOSIUM PROGRAM | 8:30 A - 5:15 P | Herrick Chapel (registration fee) RECEPTION & EXHIBITION | 5:15 P | Draewell Gallery


DAN WHEELER | ARCHITECT - CHICAGO | 4:30 P | Herrick Chapel Co-founder of Wheeler Kearns Architects, and professor at UIC, Dan is committed to simple, direct solutions through design that celebrate a full, rich and dignified way of life. The award-winning work of his studio responds to place, material and detail. -



MARTIN DESPANG | ARCHITECT - TUCSON | 4:30 P | Herrick Chapel Despang is an architect with Despang Architekten. Martin’s work has received international acclaim & publication, including his contributions to the distinguished excellence of inclusive “Baukultur / the culture of the everyday built environment.” -


16-20 SoADA FINAL STUDIO REVIEWS | Draewell Gallery







Homecoming Happenings More than 220 alumni returned to Judson’s campus on September 29-October 1 to attend Homecoming 2011. The weekend began with an informal picnic and movie under the stars (which was moved indoors due to the weather) on Friday. Alumni sports games during Saturday were capped off by a “This is Your Judson Life” Showcase that evening in Herrick Chapel. The showcase honored long-time Judson faculty Dr. Stuart Ryder, Professor Ted Hsieh, Dr. Jim Didier, Dr. Betty Juergensmeyer, Dr. Rolf Myhrman, and Dr. Richard Besancon. Each honoree was feted with a video montage of stories from alumni along with a commemorative book titled “This is Your Life.” Judson bestowed the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year and Alumnus of the Year awards during the showcase, too. Distinguished Alumnus of the Year recipient David Reinders graduated from Judson in 1980 with a music degree. Reinders is a Certified Financial Professional and resides with his family in Stevenson Ranch, Calif. He was recently recognized by Kingdom Advisors with the 2011 Larry Burkett Award for demonstrating evangelical faith, Christian character, professional competency and biblical wisdom. Alumnus of the Year recipient Rev. Thomas Pals of Greeley, Colo., graduated from Judson as a Fine Arts major in 1978 and Bethel Theological Seminary in 1981 with a Master of Divinity degree; he was ordained in 1984. Pals currently serves as a mental health counselor and has developed an Intensive Adolescent Outpatient Treatment program for the Morgan County Probation Department and directed the Family Preservation Program for Morgan County Department of Social Services with at-risk child victims of abuse/neglect. He joined RSA, Inc. in 1996 to work in Sex Offense Specific Mental Health treatment. Students celebrated homecoming offcampus at a semi-formal dance at Chicago’s Soldier Field stadium. Mark your calendars for next year’s Homecoming on Sept. 20-22, 2012. 6 JUDSON today

Johnston Family Bequests Estate to Judson University by Jean Bednar In the late 1960s, Scott Johnston was just going through the motions without any particular direction in his life. He hated high school and nearly flunked out. He was not a church person and was not leading a Christian life. Then one evening in February of 1970, as he stood at his kitchen sink, he looked up and saw the most beautiful sunset of his life. In that moment, he says, God spoke to him. He knows it must have been God because there’s no other way to explain his obedience to what he heard, which was that he must go to college. He did not have a stellar academic record, but he decided to visit a school he knew of – Judson – and tell them of his conversion experience. Judson officials decided to accept him conditionally; he would have to maintain good grades and was given a list of extra requirements that would be expected of him. Today, if you talk to Dr. Scott Johnston ’73, he will tell you without hesitation that Judson University changed his life, gave him spiritual direction and put him in the path of mentors like Dr. Ed Thompson, Dr. Jim Didier, and Dr. Harm Weber. Scott also met his wife Debby at Judson, and he went on to post-graduate work at Bethel College and Princeton University. He became a pastor and has counseled people on death and dying for the past two decades. Scott and Debby have been married 40 years and have no children. As they discussed their planned giving, they chose to leave their

entire estate to the place that was so pivotal in the trajectory of their lives as Christians. God’s goodness has come full circle in Scott Johnston’s life. Judson University was instrumental in forming him into a fully devoted follower of God, and his gift to Judson will ensure that future students can be similarly blessed. Now, with the establishment of the Bequest Society, individuals can invest in the lives of future alumni as they gain education and spiritual guidance, just as the Johnstons have done. Each year more than 1,200 students come to Judson University seeking higher education and a firm spiritual foundation upon which to build their lives. These students go on to become business leaders, educators, architects, artists, scientific, psychologists, historians, lawyers, public servants, ministers, social entrepreneurs, and more. Their roles in society are a vital part of changing the world through Christlike leadership and service. Please contact the Advancement Office today to discuss your membership level (starting at $10,000) and establish your legacy for investing in Judson students.

Please consider joining Judson University’s Bequest Society. For more information, call 847.628.2080 or go to

Judson University Calendar of Events, 2012 2/13-14

Silent Auction: Fundraiser for


Spring Musical: “Nowhere Near Broadway”

Students’ Spring Break Missions Trips


Judson Community Orchestra Concert


Judson Chamber Singers Concert


Judson Symphonic Band Concert


Preview Overnight


World Leaders Forum


Worship Arts Lecture Series: Rory Noland


Judson Choir Concert


Winter Play: “Almost, Maine”


Spring Commencement


Gospel Fest: Fundraiser for


Rotary Luncheon at Judson

Jackson, Miss. Student Missions Team


Prayer Breakfast with Mr. Stuart Brisco


Midterm Week

and a Celebration of Dr. Jerry Cain’s tenure


Spring Break/Mission Trips


“A Day at Judson” with Ellin Oliver Keene


Symposium: On Christ & Architecture


Literacy in Motion 2012


Music Hour: Dr. Chip Gross on Trumpet


Merge: Youth Conference for Worship Arts


Imago Film Festival

8/24-27 Orientation/Registration


Chamber Singers Fundraiser Concert



Preview Day


Fall Semester Begins Homecoming Weekend 2012 WINTER 2012


Founders’ Day Honors the Past, Sets Course for the Future

by Bethany Suckrow ‘09

noted that in half a century of teaching, Dr. Erickson has never Donors, alumni and friends of Judson University convened for a missed a single class. full day of festivities to honor the school’s past and explore plans for The featured speaker for the chapel service was Rev. Dr. George the future at the annual Founders’ Day celebration on October 28. Tooze, who wrote The Life and Letters of Emily Chubbuck Judson The day’s events began with a rededication of the Marjorie Thulin (Fanny Forester), third wife to Adoniram Judson, who was the first Performance Hall in the Alice and Edward Thompson Center. The American missionary abroad and the university’s namesake. performance hall recently underwent renovations, including new Dr. Tooze has spent more than 30 years researching Emily Chubbuck carpeting, a new curtain, a new projection screen, and perhaps most Judson and his book is being published in seven volumes by the notably, new seating with nameplates for donors that contributed funds for the renovations. Among those benefactors that spoke at the rededication, Linda Cain, wife to Judson President Jerry Cain, spoke of the growing appreciation that she and Dr. Cain have “Just as my appreciation for the acquired for the arts. While she once regarded arts has grown, we trust our gifts the visual and performing arts as merely to Judson will enable young adults entertainment, Mrs. Cain explained that to have that same experience while her son, an artist, taught her that art is a participating in activities that will form of communication. enrich their lives as well as the lives “Just as my appreciation for the arts has of others, both today and in the grown, we trust our gifts to Judson will enable years to come.” — Linda Cain young adults to have that same experience, while participating in activities that will enrich their lives as well as the lives of others, both today and in the years to come.” During the traditional Founders’ Day chapel service, Dr. Robert Erickson, professor of Biblical and Theological studies and one of the founding faculty members of the institution when it was first established in 1963, was honored for 50 years of teaching. Erickson Mercer University Press. During his chapel message, Dr. Tooze taught for two years at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary before transferring highlighted the life and legacy of Emily Judson. to the campus of then Judson College. In Emily Chubbuck Judson, born in August 1817 in Eaton, N.Y., acknowledging the professor, President Cain was born into severe poverty. She began working in a nearby woolen factory at the young age of 11, but was still able to obtain an

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“She would see Judson University as a place where dreams can be nurtured… She would see that this is a place where God’s call for individuals can be solidified and directed.” A luncheon followed the morning chapel, during which Dr. Cain and Architecture Department Chair Keelan Kaiser, who serves as the campus planner and architect, presented the “Campus Plan 2020.” The plan outlined the major building projects that the administration hopes to accomplish in the next nine years, including updates to the soccer field, as well as additions to the science building, the dining hall, and the Alice and Edward Thompson Center. During the luncheon, Judson honored First Lady Linda Cain with the Golden Eagle Award, which is given to an individual who has displayed passionate commitment to the university through his or her outstanding service and support. Linda Powell Cain, Dr. Cain’s wife of 43 years, has faithfully served the university in many creative ways, including oversight of special projects for campus beautification, student scholarship fundraising, plus hospitality and etiquette classes for students. Over several years, Linda faithfully saved $10,000 from the Cain family grocery budget to endow a scholarship for young people who are first-generation college students like herself. Her pecan pies and golf cart for First Lady Landscaping are now Judson traditions. “Little did the Judson community know what a huge bonus they would receive “Emily Chubbuck Judson would be when they brought Dr. Cain to Judson as very comfortable here. She would president,” remarked Carol Thompson, chair see Judson University as a place of the Judson University Board of Trustees, where dreams can be nurtured… as she presented the award to Mrs. Cain. She would see that this is a place Thompson shared quotes and anecdotes from where God’s call for individuals can Judson students, staff and faculty who had the be solidified and directed.” privilege of working alongside Mrs. Cain in ­— Dr. George Tooze various capacities. One staff member was quoted as saying, “Linda radiates missionary and man of graciousness, a servant’s heart and a work ethic of thoroughness God were in jeopardy and excellence in all that she does. I have been so blessed to if he married Emily, a work alongside this woman of God, to learn from her and call her self-proclaimed “reluctant missionary.” Nevertheless, the two were married in June of 1846, and they left the following July to return to my friend.” The university also honored President Jerry Cain with a painting Adoniram’s post in Burma. commissioned by John Carlson of St. Charles. The painting depicts Though it is Adoniram Judson for whom the university is named, Dr. Cain and former U.S. President George W. Bush shaking hands, it was Emily who provided the distinctly human picture of him a pose from a photograph taken in April 2011 when President Bush for future generations to discern. Adoniram was notably adverse to history, requesting to all his correspondents that they burn his letters, visited the campus as keynote speaker for Judson’s inaugural World but Emily kept her correspondence to her husband and shared it with Leaders Forum. Kevin Noe, a 1979 alumnus of Judson and current trustee who was others, which revealed him as a loving and humorous man, much instrumental in coordinating the World Leaders Forum, presented different than his reputation as a staunch and serious missionary, a the painting to Dr. Cain. reputation he seemed set on maintaining. “On behalf of the entire Judson family, we want to thank you for “You are here because you love this school. You are here because giving Judson University a vision. Thank you for giving the World you are invested in it. Emily Chubbuck Judson would be very Leaders Forum a chance. You could have easily said no. You may have comfortable here,” Tooze said to the crowd in his closing remarks. education. She later attended the Utica Female Seminary and earned a job as a composition teacher at the school. She began writing short stories and poetry and later published two books, all under the pseudonym of Fanny Forrester. She soon became well known amidst such contemporaries as Edgar Allen Poe and Henry Wordsworth Longfellow. When Emily met Adoniram Judson in 1845, Judson asked her to begin working on a biography for his second wife, Sarah, who had died that September on their voyage back to the United States. Their relationship soon developed into romance, though the match sparked controversy among friends and loved ones. While many close to Emily saw her as a proficient writer that was abandoning her personal success for a suitor twice her age (she was 29 years old, he was 58), those close to Adoniram felt that his work as a



even second-guessed it, but at critical times, you breathed life into it,” Noe said. This Founders’ Day was Dr. Cain’s last as president of Judson University. In September, Dr. Cain announced his plans to retire at the end of the 2011-2012 academic year. Dr. Cain concluded the luncheon by quoting Adoniram Judson, who was once asked by a colleague on a return trip to the United States from his missionary post in Burma what he would do if he ever chose to stay in his home country, “I would invest in a small Christian college, and help them pave the way for the future.” Adoniram’s words aptly express the sentiment shared on campus for the school’s 48th Founders’ Day as Judson honored several key community members and shared plans for the school’s future growth.

Professor Receives Luther Wesley Smith Education Award for 38 Years of Science Education Chemistry Professor Dr. Rolf Myhrman was honored with the Luther Wesley Smith Education Award from the American Baptist Home Mission Societies during Judson University’s August 24 convocation chapel service, which marked the opening of Judson’s academic year. The American Baptist Home Mission Societies presents this award once each biennium. Individuals receiving the award must be related to the American Baptist Churches USA and have worked to strengthen the educational program at an American-Baptist related college or seminary. In nominating Myhrman for the recognition, Judson Math and Science Department Chair Peter Sandberg described Myhrman’s commitment to teaching science in this way: “Dr. Myhrman has been a professor of chemistry at Judson University for 38 years teaching science majors and the general student body. He has worked with numerous students, guiding them in research projects and laboratory experiences. As the primary chemistry instructor on campus, he has taught a broad range of chemistry subjects over the years. He has also developed relationships with industries in the area to help secure donations of chemistry equipment to use with his students.” Myhrman’s work has also included advising and guiding students who enter the health profession fields, some with the idea of becoming missionary doctors around the world.

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One of Myhrman’s most notable projects began 15 years ago when he started working with the World Hunger Research Center to study how the velvet bean could become a more viable and safe food option in tropical climates, where the bean grows rapidly. Unfortunately, the velvet bean contains large amounts of a chemical compound that can cause hallucinations and other harmful effects, making it unsafe for consumption. Due to this limitation, hunger organizations have been exploring ways that velvet beans might be prepared to remove the harmful components, thus making it a plentiful food resource to impoverished communities around the world. Myhrman has partnered with organizations in Africa and Central America to test samples of beans and bean flour with his students using Judson’s laboratory equipment to measure and report the concentrations of the harmful chemical. Several methods have been developed over the years that have significantly reduced this concentration. Back in the countries of origin, the hunger workers have been training the local populations to appropriately use this food source. In closing, Sandberg described Myhrman as a committed Christian believer. “He and his family have been an active part of the First Baptist Church of Elgin for three decades. His commitment to being a Christ follower is conveyed to his students as much as his commitment to the subject of chemistry.” It is Myhrman’s dedication to faith and science that drives his work to help his students discover methods and solutions that can answer the world’s problems. This careful balance of education and faith in an attitude of service to others has underscored nearly 40 years of dedicated teaching at Judson.

Judson President Visits Sister School in Sendai, Japan after March 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami by Bethany Suckrow ‘09 Ten months after an earthquake and tsunami shook northeast Japan, Judson President Dr. Jerry Cain spent the last week in November visiting Judson’s Japanese sister school, Shokei Gakuin University in Sendai, Japan. President Cain was invited by Shokei President Dr. Komei Sasaki to give the Founders’ Day address and speak in regularly scheduled classes. Shokei, located in a mountainous area of Sendai, survived the disaster, although some of its buildings did sustain damage. More than the physical damage to the campus, the school community was severely affected. Two students were killed and the tsunami destroyed the homes of over 200 employees, professors and students. Extreme financial measures were taken to help the victims, including half-tuition discounts for those whose homes were destroyed. The disaster came just a few months following President Sasaki’s visit to Judson’s Elgin campus in December 2010. His visit was an opportunity to become acquainted with the community and sign papers of cooperation for a student exchange program. In the wake of Japan’s national tragedy, the two schools grew close as Judson’s community offered prayers and support for Shokei. In appreciation for Judson’s friendship through this difficult

Announcing the Search for our Next President

period, President Sasaki extended the invitation to President Cain to celebrate with them for their annual Founders’ Day festivities. Dr. Cain focused his Founders’ Day address to Shokei on its vision and founding principles and the way that they helped the school in a time of grieving after the March 2011 natural disaster. As a president of a university that understands the financial burden of a school community, Dr. Cain praised the sister school on its handling of a national tragedy as it affected its own students. “Your western neighbors at Judson University commend the noble response of Dr. Sasaki and the Board of Shokei Gakuin for granting emergency scholarships to the students whose economic circumstances changed abruptly due to this great disaster,” Dr. Cain commended. “For 119 years this school was developing its character, its inner self, only to have that character revealed in March 2011. Your character proved to be solid, selfless, others-focused and practical. Let me be bold and declare that the focus of the world on this neighborhood makes the world a better place,” said Dr. Cain in his closing remarks. One year after formal agreements were begun a firm friendship has flourished for Shokei Gakuin University and Judson University to educate students on both sides of the world.

Faculty Accomplishments Stacy Beebe, Ph.D., Assist. Professor, Exercise and Sport Sciences, has completed the requirements for an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instructional Leadership from Northcentral University, Prescott, Ariz.

Jeff Carl, Professor, Art and Design, had his work “T12” accepted for inclusion in the Northern National Juried Art Competition, LRC Gallery, Nicolet College, Rhinelander, Wisc., July 26-Sept. 10, 2011. His work “David and Valerie 2” was accepted for inclusion in the Vicinity 2011 Exhibition, Norris Cultural Arts Center, St. Charles, Ill., Sept. 24Nov. 5, 2011. G.E. Colpitts, Professor, Art and Design, was re-elected to the Board of the Illinois Higher Education Art Association (IHEAA) by acclamation, Semi-Annual IHEAA Meeting, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Ill., Oct. 21, 2011. Her work, “Cenotaph Study #6 (Fragments)” and “Cenotaph Study #8 (Scatterling)” was accepted for inclusion in the 35th Beverly Juried Exhibition, Beverly Arts Center, Chicago, Nov. 12, 2011-Jan. 2, 2012. Her work, “Drawing #1,” was accepted for inclusion in the Vicinity 2011 Exhibition, Norris Cultural Arts Center, St. Charles, Ill., Sept. 24-Nov. 5, 2011, and won Honorable Mention. Keith Drew, Ph.D., Professor, Education, made a presentation titled, “Playing with Blocks to Build the Common Core Standards,” Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Springfield, Ill., Oct. 21, 2011.

James Halverson, Ph.D., Professor, History and Intercultural Studies, published an article, “Restored Through Learning: Hugh of St. Victor’s Vision for Higher Education” in Christian Scholar’s Review, XLI:1 (Fall 2011) 35-50. Ian Hoffman, Assist. Professor, Architecture, co-authored an article, “Concert Hall at a Crossroads,” which appeared in the July/August 2011 edition of Mondo*DR Magazine, a London-based international design and technology publication. Sojung Hong, Ph.D., Assoc. Professor, Music, performed at a classical music concert with the Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil de Yucatán at the Teatro Armando Manzanero, Merida, Mexico and at the Gran Salon, Izamal, Mexico, Oct. 20 and 21, 2011, respectively. She presented a lecture recital titled, “Nine Solo Piano Works Based on Korean Folk Songs” at the College Music Society International Conference in Seoul, Korea, July 3-10, 2011. Ted Hsieh, Assoc. Professor, Psychology and Sociology, made the presentation “Family Violence in Asian American Family,” at the “To Heal the Heart: Responding to Family Violence in a Community of Faith Conference,” Moody Church, Chicago, Oct. 7, 2011. Keelan Kaiser, Chair and Professor, Department of Architecture, was installed as the President of the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), Denver, Oct. 22, 2011. A new addition that he designed through his consultancy with the offices of Serena Sturm Architects opened at St. Francis High School, Wheaton, Ill., August, 2011. Leslie Kruser, Assist. Professor, Business, gave a presentation titled, “Greening the Curriculum,” June 23, 2011 at Elgin Community College, Elgin, Ill.

Eric Mason, Ph.D., Assoc. Professor, Biblical and Theological Studies, and Kevin B. McCruden, are the editors of Reading the Epistle to the Hebrews: A Resource for Students. Resources for Biblical Study 66. 2011. He also edited a two-volume Festschrift, A Teacher for All Generations: Essays in Honor of James C. VanderKam. Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism 153 I/II. Leiden: Brill, 2012. He presented

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the following papers at the Sixth Enoch Seminar, Milan, Italy, June 27, 2011: “Response to John J. Collins, ‘Enoch and Ezra’” and “2 Baruch, 4 Ezra, and the Epistle to the Hebrews: Three Approaches to Interpretation of Ps 104:4.” He also presented “A Chiastic Approach to the Affirmations about the Son in Hebrews 1:1-4 and the Biblical Quotations of Hebrews 1:5-14” at the International Society of Biblical Literature meeting, London, on July 6, 2011. Angelene Naw, Ph.D., Professor, History and Intercultural Studies, contributed the entry “Southeast Asian Mainland States” to the World History Encyclopedia, ABC-CLIO, 2010. Curtis Sartor, Ph.D., Professor, Dean of The School of Art, Design and Architecture, has been selected as an academic paper session reviewer for the 100th annual American Collegiate Schools of Architecture Conference, Boston, March 1-4, 2012. He was interviewed for a filmed session on the Oral Histories Project during the Annual National Organization of Minority Architects Conference, Atlanta, Oct. 20-22, 2011, and was awarded the Certificate of Appreciation for Excellence in Service as a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Illinois Board of Directors. Linda Sasser, Ph.D., Professor, Education, presented three workshops on learning and memory, emotional literacy and gender difference in learning at the 2011 Florida Association for Christian Colleges and Schools Conference, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Oct. 6-7, 2011. She also gave a presentation titled, “Back to the Future: Activating Prior Knowledge to Increase Student Learning,” ACCA Scholarship of Pedagogy Symposium, Dominican University, River Forest, Ill., Oct. 15, 2011. Dale Simmons, Ph.D., Provost, accepted the invitation to serve a four-year term as an inaugural member of the Institutional Actions Council of the Higher Learning Commission.

Christine Starzynski, Assist. Professor, Education, was awarded the “National Certification for Teaching Occupational Spanish” from Command Spanish on Aug. 26, 2011. Gillian Stewart-Wells, Ph.D., Assoc. Professor, Education, facilitated a session titled, “Teaching in Higher Education: Implementing Successful Strategies to Inform and Inspire!” at The Teaching Professor Conference, Atlanta, May 20-22, 2011. Kristen Stombres, Assoc. Professor, Education, won the first ever Adult and Family Literacy Project Award from the Illinois Reading Council for their creative project titled “Trick or Treat-Give Me Something Good to Read,” which promoted literacy from pre-school through second grade. Charlene Thompson, Assoc. Professor, Library, had a lesson plan titled, “Evaluating Information with the Trivial Pursuit Game,” published in the book, Let the Games Begin! Engaging Students with Field-Tested Interactive Information Literacy Instruction, July, 2011. Marsha Vaughn, Ph.D., Professor, Psychology and Sociology, has been accepted to teach at Harlaxton College, UK, for the Fall 2012 semester.

Robert Wallace, Ph.D., Assoc. Professor, Biblical and Theological Studies, had his article, “The Narrative Effect of Psalms 84-89” published in the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures, Vol. 11, May, 2011.

Terry Wandtke, Ph.D., Assoc. Professor, Communication Arts, taught a seminar titled “Open Endings: Why C.S. Lewis Recommends ‘Hamlet’ (and ‘Blade Runner’ Too)” at the Cornerstone Music and Arts Festival, Bushnell, Ill., June 30-July 2, 2011.

What Teaching Psychology Has Taught Me by Dr. Rachel K. Shannon

Dr. Rachel K. Shannon Professor of Psychology Judson University

To teach is to give students the opportunity to think about the world and their own lives within that world in a totally different way. One of the bedrocks of a liberal arts education is the change that takes place within each student during the four years they are in school. This isn’t the normal change that would occur in their lives outside of a formal education, but rather a change that is purposeful. From my perspective, that change is about growing in their understanding of their relationships, their personal identity, and how the two interact on a social and spiritual level. This is why psychology is essential to the liberal arts, because it helps students make sense of these changes and make healthier choices as a result. I have had students tell me years later that they have referred back to their class notes whenever they are struggling with their identity as a child of God. Due to the things they learned, they were able to recognize the choices they can make to connect with God and others. Studying psychology immerses a student in the importance of change in life; they are given tools for self-reflection and relationship development for both their professional and personal lives. Many businesses are correct in seeing psychology students as people who know how to relate to people; this is part of the liberal arts education a student at Judson receives. I started out my career having no intention of teaching, ever. I am a therapist; since I was 14 it’s the only career I’ve wanted. God, in his infinite wisdom, had other plans. The opportunity to teach came at a time when I felt burnt out as a therapist. I had begun to question if I even believed in the therapeutic process. Once I was given the opportunity to teach undergraduate classes at Judson, I knew within the first week that I had found my calling. It was so refreshing to be with the students. Much of my counseling practice is with adults who have already made unhealthy choices in their lives, usually related to their inability to create purposeful change. Through teaching I discovered an opportunity to speak truth into the lives of young people and give them tools so that they would make healthier choices in their lives and be purposeful about their growth. Change occurs in all of us, but studying psychology allows a person to be purposeful in that process rather than being passive. In the same way that psychology equips my students with a broader perspective on life, teaching psychology has given me new insight into my own choices. All of a sudden my therapy practice was more interesting. I had newfound motivation for the first time in years. I rediscovered my initial call to become a therapist: to walk alongside people as they journey through life and offer them a different perspective on that journey. I felt a sense of hope (something I was struggling to feel before coming to Judson) for people in difficult situations. Teaching has made me a better therapist. I enjoy living life with my students. I get to rejoice when they get engaged, get a job, or have a breakthrough in their relationships, or an ah-ha moment. I get to cry when they graduate (okay, so that’s not really my favorite part). I get to walk with students through the ups and downs of life, sometimes only for a semester, sometimes for a number of years. My life continues to be enriched at Judson. I have grown in my faith and knowledge of God through interactions with my students and my colleagues. I have found support, laughter, friendship, and people who love deep discussions. (Just as a sidebar, the registrar’s office is my “go to” place to get questions answered and howling laughter!) Paul in Philippians 1 echoes my sentiments when he says, “every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God, I always pray for you…and I am sure that God, who began the good work within you will continue his work until it is finally finished on that day when Christ Jesus comes back again.” WINTER 2012


Judson University Department of Architecture Launches Bi-annual Symposia Series in Fall 2011 by Bethany Suckrow ‘09 In September 2011, the Department of Architecture launched its inaugural symposium, a new bi-annual event that will address current trends and issues facing the industry through a series of lectures led by local and international architects. “Symposia are a tradition in higher education, and for the growing architecture department at Judson, it was clearly the next in a series of steps to professionalize the program and expose students to globally diverse practices,” says Judson’s Architecture Department Chair Keelan Kaiser. This first fall symposium, held September 8 through 9, brought more than 200 architectural practitioners and experts to campus to examine contemporary architectural practice in China and what opportunities exist for engagement with Chinese culture and building disciplines. The focus on China resulted from recently developed ties between Judson’s Department of Architecture and the Beijing University School of Civil Engineering and Architecture (BUCEA). Kaiser visited the school this past May to lecture on high performance building design in the United States and invited BUCEA Dean Linan Liu to visit Judson in the fall. “The university is making concerted efforts to expand international relations and exchanges,” says Kaiser. Kaiser has visited China twice in the past two years for the university, as well as for the National Architectural Accrediting Board, for which he was recently elected president for 2011-2012. The symposium opened with a lecture from Gordon Gill of Chicago-based firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architects. The second day’s proceedings featured lectures from expert practitioners and educators such as Dr. Linan Liu of the Beijing University School of Civil Engineering and Architecture, and architects from Chicagobased firms including Professor Thomas Kong of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Luke Lueng of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLC; Travis Soberg of Goettsch Partners, Inc.; Clark Baurer of McBride Kelley Baurer Architects; and Paul Sterner of Oculus 14 JUDSON today

Architecture, Inc. Dr. Jhennifer Amundson, Judson professor of architectural history and theory, and Keelan Kaiser also gave lectures. The lecturers addressed issues of commerce and construction in the current economy, the rising influence of the built environment, and the similarities and differences between Chinese and American architectural practices. A closing reception was held in the Draewell Gallery of the Harm A. Weber Academic Center. A joint exhibit of Judson and BUCEA student work was on display for attendees to examine. The exhibition compared and contrasted the approaches to architectural education between the two schools. The bi-annual symposia series will continue to invite the Judson community and Chicago-area businesses, architects, city planners and those interested in working and serving the architectural and manufacturing industries worldwide to examine the industry and practice issues. Plans are already underway for the Spring 2012 Symposium, which will focus on more missional themes, specifically through an evangelical and Christian worldview as it relates to architecture.

Chicago-area Educators Convene for “A Day at Judson” with Debbie Miller by Bethany Suckrow ‘09

Nearly 250 Chicago-area educators convened at Judson University on October 17 for “A Day at Judson,” a day-long seminar organized by the university’s School of Education. The seminar’s keynote speaker was author and experienced educator Debbie Miller, who wrote such books as Reading with Meaning: Teaching Comprehension in the Primary Grades, and Teaching with Intention. Debbie Miller taught and learned from children in the Denver Public Schools for 30 years. She has also worked with the Denverbased Public Education and Business Coalition, a nonprofit group committed to providing ongoing support and leadership for schools locally and nationally. Miller has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver and Regis University and now presents workshops and works extensively with schools and districts on long-range planning and development of literacy programs. At the seminar, Miller addressed issues of comprehension strategy and instruction, as well as the intentional use of language, time and defining beliefs and aligning practices at work in today’s education system. In an afternoon session with attendees, Miller used such studies as “The Perils and Promises of Praise,” a recent study conducted by Carol Dweck and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. The study reveals that when educators and parents use the wrong kind of praise, they instill self-defeating behavior among students. “When you use language like ‘wow, you worked really hard on that assignment and it worked well for you’ or ‘you did a great job’ with students rather than ‘you’re so smart,’ you’re placing emphasis on

effort and growth, rather than talent,” Miller explained. “It’s all about helping students discover a new mindset.” This was the first day-long seminar ever created by Judson’s School of Education, although the school has been implementing workshops

“When you use language like ‘wow, you worked really hard on that assignment and it worked well for you’ with students rather than ‘you’re so smart,’ you’re placing emphasis on effort and growth, rather than talent.” — Debbie Miller and annual educational conferences like “Literacy in Motion” for a few years. Professor of Literacy Dr. Steven Layne, who is both a 1987 Judson alumnus and a faculty member since 2004, coordinated the event. “Judson was blessed with outstanding attendance at our inaugural ‘A Day at Judson,’” says Layne. “Our dining hall was filled to capacity as 247 educators learned from master teacher — Debbie Miller!”

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Paper Tower: Alumni give back to their alma mater by Bethany Suckrow ‘09

Brock Henderson ‘03, Adam Buchweitz ‘09, and Joel Brown ‘05

On a train from Rochester, Mich. to Bethel College in Indiana, Brenden Jones met with an unexpected passenger. Judson music professor Dr. Dale Voelker sat with Jones and the two began talking. Jones, then a senior in high school, was just beginning his search for the right college to attend the following fall. Jones was a basketball player with an interest in the visual arts. Dr. Voelker said that he was a professor at Judson, and that he would mention Jones to then basketball coach Elliot Anderson. “A week or two went by and I really did not expect anything to come of it,” says Jones. But something did indeed come of that connection with the Judson professor. Voelker passed along Jones’ information to Coach Anderson as promised, and Coach Anderson invited Jones to visit Judson. Jones was given the opportunity to play with the basketball team and learn more about the different academic programs that Judson had to offer. Though his train ride was intended to take him to Bethel College to visit a friend, that journey eventually led Brenden to Judson, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in visual communications. Between basketball practice and studio hours, Jones was a busy student, but that didn’t stop him from making formative relationships.

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There, Jones met Brock Henderson, another visual communications student a year ahead of him. Like most design students, the two spent the majority of their time working in the studio and developed a friendship. When Hendersen graduated in 2003, Jones still had a year left of school. Henderson moved to Seattle to study 3D arts and after a couple of years returned to Elgin. Jones graduated in 2004, and when Henderson returned from Seattle, the two connected again and began collaborating on their design work. Jones had been doing small freelance projects while he was still in school and as he and Henderson became reacquainted, they found in one another a natural business partner. “Brenden has complimentary skill sets, which is important to building a business,” says Henderson. They collaborated on several freelance projects while each searched for full-time work and eventually joined another Judson design alumnus, Seth Guge, at nearby firm East West, located in Lombard, Ill. Henderson continued pursuing freelance work and began building his own business, which he named Paper Tower. Jones officially joined the business in January 2005, but it was another year and a half before the business garnered full-time work for the two of them. From

Brock Henderson ’03

there, the business and its team steadily grew. Aaron Wood, another Judson alumnus ’06, joined them a year later. Judson alumni John McGrath ’03, Joel Brown ’05, Sean Cote ’07 and Adam Buchweitz ’09 also joined the team as the business grew. Paper Tower, whose base office resides in Elgin, has worked with such clients as Shales McNutt, the construction company that built the Harm A. Weber Academic Center on Judson’s campus. Paper Tower also designed the Judson architecture department’s microsite and constructed the university’s student blog. The business has worked with a variety of clients, ranging from construction companies to architecture firms to nonprofit organizations. “The things I love about my job include the variety of businesses and projects that we work with. I love figuring out ways to address their unique needs and save their businesses money,” says Jones. “We love working with non-profits and doing things that have a more eternal effect on the world, and just supporting people who are using their careers to help others build better lives.” The team of designers have branched off to different parts of the Midwest as some of the “I have a heart for Judson and its members students. It’s a great school and I’m have married happy to give back in any way that I and settled can.” — Brock Henderson with their families. Jones and Cote live near Detroit, Mich. Wood and Brown live in Wisconsin, and Henderson and Buchweitz live in Elgin. The experience with Paper Tower has also inspired and enabled other creative endeavors for Henderson and the Paper Tower designers. With the launch of smart phones and digital tablets, Henderson and crew began creating mobile applications and soon launched Crawlspace Games and Playpen Games, two development brands for gaming apps. Float, Crawlspace’s most successful app, has been a big success for the group with over 1.5 million downloads since its launch. Paper Tower has managed the development brands’ client services with web design, marketing and more. In 2012 they hope to develop a company, Elevate Entertainment, as the publisher for Crawlspace and Playpen to manage their intellectual properties. Paper Tower’s success and proximity to Judson (the Elgin office is a mere three miles from campus) has made it easy for alumni to give back to the alma mater that launched their success by offering internships to Judson’s current design students, such as recent alumni Kevin Lipp ’10 and Jessie Swenson ’08.

Partner Visual Communications

Joel Brown ’05 Designer Visual Communications

Brenden Jones ’03 Partner Visual Communications

Aaron Wood ’06 Designer Visual Communications

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“I have a heart for Judson and its students. It’s a great school and I’m happy to give back in any way that I can,” says Henderson. Henderson also taught a senior project class and a digital tools class at Judson as an adjunct professor for a year, and he served as a member of the alumni board from 2009-2010. He still participates in selecting the student finalist for the annual Homecoming design competition, which allows students to contribute design concepts for Judson’s Homecoming marketing materials. But what is it about the program and the school that keep Henderson and Jones involved as alumni? “The visual communications major is structured so that skills and ideas build on top of one another,” Henderson explains. The set of courses build each year beginning with the basics of design to the more complex elements of it and the tools needed to create quality work. “That structure and build is what helped me in this business. Step by step, we worked to make it and improve it. The same principles that help you improve your craft can help you improve your business.” The journey to success, which began well before Jones’ train ride with Professor Voelker, has been marked with both surprise and intentionality in their work. “When we were in school, we took “I appreciated the professional responsibility for community at Judson, and the our own education. spiritual mentors I found there, If we wanted to too. It has helped me be a more learn something, deliberate husband, father, and we did our research, designer.” — Brenden Jones both in and outside of the classroom,” Jones explains. The concept of life-long learning that the Judson community encourages is a concept that stuck with Henderson and Jones long after they graduated. Henderson adds, “My years at Judson were very formative. The experience helped me shape my Biblical worldview and get my priorities straight.” For Jones, the relationships he found at Judson made all the difference. “I met a lot of people that influenced me and helped me develop into the person I am today. I appreciated the professional community at Judson, and the spiritual mentors I found there, too. It has helped me be a more deliberate husband, father and designer.”

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See For Yourself! Float has had 1.5 million downloads since its launch. Download the games for your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and other Android devices by visiting the iTunes App Store.

Chief Executive Vito Glazers of the advertising firm CPATank Inc. has announced his funding of an endowed scholarship fund through Judson University. The Vito Glazers Scholarship for Entrepreneurial Studies, which Glazers plans to build to $200,000, is a tax-deductible fund established to help an entrepreneurship student receive a fully funded education for four years at Judson. Glazers first became connected with Judson in April 2011 when he attended the school’s inaugural World Leaders Forum. The event was established to help fund the new Entrepreneurship Program, and former U.S. President George W. Bush was the keynote speaker for the main event. While there, Glazers was introduced to Dr. Angelo Bravos, Judson’s Director of University Advancement. The two discovered that they both shared a passion for entrepreneurship and after meeting, Bravos informed Glazers about educational endowments. Their conversation became a catalyst for beginning Glazers’ fund for students. Although Glazers himself never graduated college, helping students further their goals of owning their own businesses is an important cause to him. “Entrepreneurs are the most crucial individuals to our great nation’s economic recovery,” said Glazers. Glazers was just 19 years old when he dropped out of college to establish his first corporation, Incorporated Consulting LTD. Glazers simultaneously ran this business and worked as a home ownership consultant until the collapse of the mortgage industry. He then transitioned into the industry of internet marketing, and went on to pioneer several successful internet ventures, the latest being CPATank Inc., a performance-based marketing solution for companies looking to advertise online. Today CPATank works with over 1,000 merchants and major brand names including Starbucks, Wal-Mart, Apple and other mainstream advertisers who are looking for exposure online. “Entrepreneurship has never been so crucial to sustaining the American Dream and helping young people build success in the midst of a tough economy,” said Bravos. “We’re excited to partner with Vito in this educational endeavor, and hope that others will consider donating to help Judson students become successful entrepreneurs.”

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JUDSON Athletics by Adam Ledyard Steffensen were named All-Region and Cevallos was named the regional coach of the year. Teevans was voted as a finalist for the National Player of the Year, too. Hoffman and Steffensen were also named NAIA National Players of the Week. Combined, the team had six CCAC Players of the Week. Judson finished 15th in the final NAIA National Poll and was ranked the last eight weeks of play. It was the first time that a Judson women’s soccer team had been nationally ranked. Judson also broke the program record for wins in a season and had a 14-match winning streak.

Changes are coming to the Judson University Athletic Department. The athletic website received a fresh look and several new features to enhance the fan’s experience. Check out the new site to see what best suits your social media experience. Stay tuned to what the Judson University Athletic Department will be launching in the near future. The athletic department has also experienced leadership transitions this year. Nancy Binger was promoted to the executive director of Enrollment Services and men’s head basketball coach Tony Tompkins became the interim director of athletics. Binger served athletics for 10 years and was instrumental in developing the department. In her time, Judson Athletics gained 12 sports, made major renovations to the softball field and tennis courts, hired several new coaches, and saw several programs enter the NAIA National Poll and win their first CCAC Championships. Binger was also involved in bringing the Chicago Bandits to campus.

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Men’s Lacrosse In their opening season, the Judson University men’s lacrosse team earned their first milestone win on April 9 in fashion with an 18-1 win over Cornell (Ia.) For their first year of competition, Judson went 1-9 but had two one-goal losses to end the season. Tim Casson led the team with four goals and three assists while Kyle Babbe had three goals and two assists for their first win as a team. Josh Elmore had 15 goals to lead the team while Babbe netted 14 and Casson put in 10. Judson will start their second lacrosse season in March.

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Freshman of the Year, Jenna Steffensen Tournament and winning the program’s first regular season CCAC Championship. Jenna Schiller and Jenna Steffensen were named NAIA All-Americans. Steffensen was also named Freshman of the Year. Diego Cevallos was awarded the CCAC Coach of the Year. Tatum Teevans (third team) and Sara Hoffman (second team) were both named College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic AllAmericans, another first for the program. Hoffman and Schiller were named to the All-CCAC first-team while Jamie Wimberly was named to the second team. For the NCCAA, Teevans, Hoffman, Schiller and

For the third year in a row, the men’s soccer team played in the NCCAA National Tournament where they finished in third place. After just missing the NAIA National Tournament by falling to Saint Xavier, 2-1, in the CCAC Tournament Championship match, Judson won the NCCAA North Central Regional Championship with a 4-3 penalty kick shootout over Trinity Christian College. Judson finished 149-2 and went 7-3 in the CCAC. In the 2011 season, Judson played five teams in which they either nationally ranked or received votes. Judson hosted 2010 NAIA National Champion Hastings College, playing their first ever No. 1 team, and fell, 5-2. Corey Burke was named the National Player of the Year, the NCCAA’s highest award. Burke is Judson’s sixth men’s soccer player to receive the award. Steven Moldenhauer was the last player to win the award in 2007. Burke then became the program’s first-ever CoSIDA Academic All-American when he was voted onto the first team. In the CCAC, Tom Kruse and Neil Thompson were selected as first-team members while Mike Tobie was a secondteam member. In the NCCAA, Burke,

Tobie, Fernando Alvarez and Santiago Munoz were All-Region selections and Steve Burke was named Co-Coach of the Year. Kruse and Munoz then made the NCCAA All-Tournament team. Heading into the 2012 season, Steve Burke will be looking for his 500th career win; he currently has 498. Coach Burke leads the record for all-time wins for coaches in both the NAIA and NCCAA. Judson men’s soccer also has the most program wins in the NAIA.

Cross Country In the fourth year of the program, both the men’s and women’s cross country teams had great success. For the first time in the history of the programs, two runners qualified for the NAIA National Meet. Nate Nevius qualified at the CCAC Championships, making it possible for the

Men’s lacrosse team earns their first milestone win on April 9 with 18-1 men’s team to send a representative for the first time since 1994. Sarah Miller became Judson’s third female runner to participate in four years at the national meet as she also qualified at the CCAC Championships. The women’s team received votes for the NAIA National Poll four different times in 2011, earning the team national recognition. Nevius, Miller and Gabby Nystrom were named to the All-CCAC second team; Nevius and Miller each won NCCAA National Runners of the Week awards. At the NCCAA National Meet, the men finished in seventh place while the women took eighth. Both the men’s and women’s teams finished sixth at the CCAC Championships. Tim Ciochon and Murphy Kurth became Judson’s first-ever NAIA scholar-athletes, too.


Two-Time CCAC Player of the Week, Carissa Oelke

Carissa Oelke and Kasey Smith earned awards for the volleyball team in 2011. Oelke was named to the All-CCAC second team and was a two-time CCAC Player of the Week. Oelke also led the team with 424 kills and 419 digs averaging 3.42 kills per set. Smith gained NAIA and NCCAA scholar-athlete status with her grade-point average. Volleyball finished the year at 10-25 and 4-8 in the CCAC and posted a five-match winning streak in the middle of the season. The winning streak was the longest since the 2006 season for Judson. In 2012, Judson

will also have a new coach at the helm since Coach Jill Pearce resigned her post at the end of the 2011 season.

Tennis In the fall season, the women’s tennis team went 5-4 and earned two NCCAA National awards. Antigone Lowery and Alexa Schofield both were named NCCAA National Players of the Week. On the men’s side, they went 2-2 and John Mittvick was named NCCAA National Player of the Week.

Golf The men’s and women’s golf teams successfully competed in several fall meets in 2011. The men opened up the fall season in fourth of eight teams at Clarke. The women ended the fall in fourth of five teams at the CCAC meet. The men’s team achieved their top finish against Clarke University while the women achieved their top finish at the CCAC meet. Katlyn Anderberg was named the NCCAA National Golfer of the Week and was the women’s top golfer. Caleb Hess was the men’s top golfer leading them in six of their seven meets. After opening both programs with their first season in 20092010 and coaching for two and a half years, Chris Watson resigned his post as the head coach at the end of the 2011 season.



Corey Burke Makes History for Men’s Soccer Corey Burke made history for the Judson University men’s soccer program on November 29 when he became the program’s first ever College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) Academic All-American at the National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association (NCCAA) National Championship Kickoff Dinner for the men’s and women’s national tournaments in Kissimmee, Fla. Burke was also named the NCCAA National Player of the Year, an honor that only seven of his program predecessors have achieved. “Corey was totally surprised with the award,” says father Steve Burke, who also serves as Judson’s men’s soccer head coach. “It was one of those moments you cherish with your son so you will not ever forget the moment. It was an honor to be there and be a part of this special award from the NCCAA.” This is the first time that a Judson’s men’s soccer player has been named to the Academic All-American first-team by the NAIA sports information directors. Only 11 players make up the first-team out of all the NAIA programs in the United States. A total of 33 players earned awards through the first, second, and third teams. “Corey is a rare athlete because of his talents on and off the field,” says Associate Director of Athletics Adam Ledyard. “He has

combined his love for soccer with academics and service to help everyone around him. He deserves every award that is given to him.” Burke started 21 of the 22 matches he played in the 2011 season, and made four goals and four assists. He helped Judson to a 13-8-1 record and the NCCAA Regional Championship. In three years’ time on the team, Burke started 48 matches out of 62 games and has 15 goals, nine assists, and 39 points. Burke also participated in the 2009 CCAC regular season championship team and the 2009 NCCAA National Championship team. In 2010-2011, Burke was named the NAIA’s top junior athlete after he received the A.O. Duer award, an honor given to a junior athlete that best represents the NAIA on the field, in the classroom, and in service. Burke is also a two-time NAIA and NCCAA scholarathlete. Off the field, Burke is a biology major with a 3.9 grade point average. After graduating in April 2012, Burke plans to attend medical school; his long-term goal is to be a doctor in the mission field. Burke has taken several missions trips, including athletic trips to Mexico and a trip to Africa where he shadowed a doctor for two weeks. Burke is a member of Judson’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes core leadership group and has participated in community service. He also volunteers at a local hospital.

Congratulations 2012 Hall of Fame The 1970s, 1990s, and 2000s era were represented with the induction of five athletic alumni at the annual Athletic Hall of Fame banquet on January 27. Gary Shelley (1970-74; men’s basketball), Nancy (Smith) Binger (1993-97; women’s basketball/athletic administration); Rob Eastland (1997-2001; men’s soccer), Janeé (Gregory) Kazda (volleyball; 1997-2001), and Shawna (Jensen) Sipes (women’s basketball; 1998-2002) have been voted into Judson’s athletic Hall of Fame. The 2012 hall of fame banquet also featured a new addition to its festivities by honoring a special team for their accomplishments on the field or court. The first team to be recognized is the 1968-69 men’s basketball team that made history for Judson as the first team to break the 10-win barrier with 19 wins in only the fourth year of the program. The 2012 class features three athletes that hold all-time records for their respective sports, teams that won first-ever championships or went to the NAIA National Tournament for the first time, and numerous individual awards. 22 JUDSON today

From Left: Gary Shelley ’74, Nancy (Smith) Binger ’97, Janeé (Gregory) Kazda ’01, Rob Eastland ’01, Shawna (Jensen) Sipes ’02

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INSPIRE CHANGE. CREATE A LASTING LEGACY. INVEST IN TOMORROW ’S LEADERS. Join Judson University for its second World Leaders Forum on April 21 featuring PRESIDENT MIKHAIL GORBACHEV. Attendees of the VIP Reception and Keynote Address will recieve a Special Commemorative book and photo signed by President Mikhail Gorbachev.The funds raised from this event will be donated to the Entrepreneurial Studies Program Endowment Fund and the Judson Student Scholarship Fund. One of the most influential leaders of the 20th century, PRESIDENT GORBACHEV served as leader of the Soviet Union from 1985 to 1991, and met frequently with then U.S. President Ronald Reagan to discuss global concerns and the ongoing arms race between the two countries. His leadership eventually contributed to the end of the Cold War and brought about widespread change. His astonishing achievements were recognized when PRESIDENT GORBACHEV was named the 1988 Time magazine person of the year and when he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990.

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– Nobel Peace Prize Winner President Mikhail Gorbachev

vip reception and keynote address Leadership Insights: My Time with Ronald Reagan Special book and photo signed by President Gorbachev Betty Lindner Campus Commons - 3:30 p.m. Doors open at 2:45 p.m. for networking

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Winter 2012 Judson Today  

Winter 2012 edition of Judson Today, Judon University's magazine for Friends and Alumni. Judson's 2011 Student Lincoln Laureate, Judson Univ...

Winter 2012 Judson Today  

Winter 2012 edition of Judson Today, Judon University's magazine for Friends and Alumni. Judson's 2011 Student Lincoln Laureate, Judson Univ...