Honors Student Publishing Opportunity

Screen Shot 2018-09-20 at 11.14.36 AMIt’s that time of year again — Scribendi is taking submissions! Scribendi is a nonprofit, annual print publication that publishes creative work from undergraduate Honors students from more than 900 institutions in the National Collegiate Honors Council. They solicit work in a number of different categories such as poetry, creative nonfiction, short fiction, foreign language, visual art, photography, and open media. The deadline for submission to the 2019 edition of Scribendi is October 5th, so don’t wait! For more information on submitting go to http://scribendi.unm.edu/ or contact them at (505) 277-7407 or scribendi@unm.edu.

What’s Next for Honors Program Grads


image003Here is a great write-up of Honors graduate Rosalie Mahler (2018) and her plans for next year. Congrats Rosalie!

New Graduate to Teach and Join Unique Mentoring Program

When she was in high school, Rosalie Mahler visited Judson on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and the energy through the gospel choir reflected the excitement and enthusiasm she was looking for in a school. Since that day, Rosalie has been part of Judson’s Education program, studying to earn a degree in Elementary Education with endorsements in ESL and LBS1.

Rosalie says her professors were easy to get to know. “At Judson, especially in the Education program, the professors care a lot about their students. One of my professors invites her classes over to her house for dinner. I even went on a mission trip to Belize with one of my professors and with the President of Judson,” she said.

She also has seized many other opportunities to get involved. “I feel I experienced so many opportunities at Judson, from being an RA for two years, being a member of the Poms team, Chapel Dance, Show Choir, the Honors Program, and the vice president of Kappa Delta Pi. I am so thankful for every opportunity I was given and seized at Judson.”

During Rosalie’s junior year, the Center for Urban Teaching (CfUT) gave a presentation in her methods classes about opportunities to teach summer school in Milwaukee. Rosalie was thrilled to find out about an opportunity where she could get invaluable experience managing a classroom and being the lead teacher even before student teaching!

“The summer after my junior year, I taught summer school with CfUT.  At the end of the summer, I was nominated to be a Program Graduate,” said Rosalie. “When agreeing to become a CfUT Program Grad, I committed to teach in Milwaukee for the next two years with the promise of job connections and support of a mentor and coaching. Last February, I attended a conference where CfUT Program Grads did speed dating with nearly 30 different school administrators. At that conference, I met my future employer, Rocketship Southside Community Prep.”

Rosalie graduated in May 2018.

2018 Student Research Day

IMG_4050The Honors Program again had the privilege of organizing Judson’s Student Research Day. Nominated by faculty, students from across campus shared their projects with an enthusiastic audience. Among the participants were several Honors students:

IMG_4046Senior biochemistry major Andrew Kennedy presented on his work on “Using CRISPR-Cas9 Gene Editing Technologies to Study and Treat Cancer.” The CRISPR-Cas9 genetic editing system has quickly gained popularity within the scientific community for its cheap, easy to use protocol for editing the genome. The technology has garnered attention for the potential it has to revolutionize how we approach disorders that are based on genetic abnormalities. Cancer, one of the world’s leading killers, is one such disorder, making it a prime target for researchers and clinicians to use CRISPR as a form of treatment. Using CRISPR-Cas9 to study and treat small changes in a patient’s genome opens new doors for the future of both medicine and biotechnology.

IMG_4073Sophomore Intercultural Leadership major James Fleshman shared his study of “Romans 8:18-39 and the Role of the Spirit in Sonship.” Throughout this passage, Paul argues that the Holy Spirit intercedes on behalf of creation and humanity to bring the redemption God intends, which is currently in the “not yet” state. God is in the process of glorifying believers in the eschaton, and he is the one who justifies believers to make this possible. Ultimately, Paul affirms that believers are strong because they are unable to be separated from God as his adopted children, upholding Paul’s rhetorical argument throughout the passage.

IMG_4047Sophomore Architecture major Max Starcevich discussed his study of Göbekli Tepe, an ancient architectural site located in Turkey dating from around at least 9,000 B.C.  Titled “Houses or Temples? Reassessing the Function of Göbekli Tepe,” the study examines recent research and offers a more nuanced consideration of the site, suggesting that these structures were not temples, but rather houses with religious meaning embedded in them. If true, this discovery has bearing on current conceptions of the dawn of history and the connection between the residential and the religious.

A lunch in honor of the presenters, sponsored by the Office of the Provost, included faculty nominators and Judson leadership.

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Thanks to all who participated!




World Leaders Forum 2018

IMG_4087Honors students joined other student leaders onstage at Judson’s 2018 World Leaders Forum.

Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich shared the stage at the event, titled “A Bipartisan Conversation about Leadership in Divided Times.” Honors students also attended a lunch and questioned a panel of national, state, and local officeholders about the current political context. Many thanks to all those responsible for Judson’s World Leaders Forum for the opportunity!

Students Being Awesome

speaker-podiumCongratulations to Honors students Joshua LaFollette and Sara Jenkins, Stuart A. Ryder Scholarship winners in second place and honorable mention, respectively, in the 2018 Communication Arts Conference at Judson University!

The Communication Arts end-of-semester conference provides an opportunity for the members of the CA community (which includes majors in Communication Studies, English, Interdisciplinary Communication, Media Business/Management, Media Writing, and Secondary Education: English) to practice their craft in a context that goes beyond the classroom and approximates the “real life” situation of an academic conference.

Josh, a senior Media Writing major, presented on “Music in Advertising.” Sara, a sophomore Secondary Education major, presented a paper on “Graphic Novels in the Classroom.”

Great work, Josh and Sara!



Students Being Awesome

image002Congratulations to Honor student Jarod Pletcher, who was highlighted in the April 3 installment of “It’s a Great Day to be a Judson Eagle. The write-up is below:

Jarod Pletcher, a junior architecture major, is the 1151 Initiative Coordinator for JSO and next year will serve the student body as Vice President of the External Branch.  

“The 1151 Initiative was begun last year by Alan Osinski, Bryan Cherry, and Zach Hicks to create a space that would be chosen by students, designed by students, meet a student need on campus, and foster stronger relationships within the student body,” Jarod explained. “Students were given three options which were developed by JSO and the student body voted to renovate the unused Lindner Pool into an outdoor lounge.”

Marvin Reyes was a Judson Master of Architecture student last year when he created the plans and renderings that were presented at a town hall meeting in March. Now, JSO is working with Shales-McNutt Construction on an estimated budget and with Judson’s Advancement Department to begin fundraising efforts.

“Judson University is actively preparing its students not just for academic success, but also for success outside of college, and the 1151 Initiative is evidence of that. The fact that students, such as us on JSO, feel confident enough to begin a project like the 1151 Initiative shows Judson University’s care in fostering students’ ambitions,” said Jarod.

Way to go Jarod!

Students Being Awesome

Congratulations are in order for three Honors Students who have received recognition for their good work! Andrew Kennedy has an upcoming publication, and Rebekah Thompson and James Fleshman recently presented their research at an academic conference.

Their stories were publicized by Judson News and Events:

image004Judson Senior Will Publish in a Scientific Journal

Judson Senior Pre-med student Andrew Kennedy will be a published scientific writer before graduation this spring. His paper titled “Angelman Syndrome: An Autism Spectrum Disorder” was accepted for publication in the April issue of the Journal of Student Research, a peer-reviewed publication. The paper focuses on the genetic disorder Angelman Syndrome, its underlying causes and the debate over its title as an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Angelman Syndrome is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by impaired speech, uncontrollable laughter and the possible loss of total control over motor functions.

The paper was a project in Andrew’s Honors Genetic Analysis course during his sophomore year. Dr. Jeffrey Henderson, chair of the Department of Science and Mathematics, edited and submitted his paper to the Journal.

“I initially came to Judson for the caring community, to have a strong relationship with my professors, and to have the chance to pursue projects and academic excellence in a way that is not often afforded at the undergraduate level. Over my time at Judson, I have been able to achieve each aspect of these initial goals. My paper on Angelman Syndrome is a perfect example of this. I have been able to work closely with Dr. Henderson to pursue academic excellence while being surrounded by those who cared about who I am within the Judson community,” said Andrew. “Though the Judson Science and Math Program is not the largest program on campus, the Pre-Medical journey a student can go on while at Judson cannot be matched. From the personal attention, opportunities to achieve academic excellence, and a perspective and dialogue on issues in the world rooted in the church, the Judson Science and Math Program has set me up for success no matter where my journey takes me.”


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Honors Students Present at the Midwest Region Society of Biblical Literature

Congratulations to two Judson Honors students who presented papers at the Student Religious Studies Conference hosted by the Midwest Region Society of Biblical Literature, at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Ind.

Intercultural Leadership majors James Fleshman and Rebekah Thompson presented their papers titled “Romans 8:18-39 and the Role of the Spirit in Sonship” and “1 John 4:7-21,” respectively. 

 “Presenting at the Student Religious Studies Conference in Indiana was a great privilege and honor for me. After completing my exegetical work on Romans 8:18-39 last semester, Dr. Eric Mason asked me if I would be interested in presenting the paper at the conference, to which I happily obliged! At the conference, I was given the opportunity not only to read and present my paper, but I was also able to meet other students who are interested in biblical studies and exegetical research. It was a wonderful educational experience for me as I was able to apply classroom knowledge to the ‘real world’ of academia. I’m very thankful that Judson provides opportunities like this for students, and would encourage anyone else who has the chance to present to take the opportunity,” said James Fleshman. 

The conference included papers from students at the undergraduate level through the Ph.D. level, and Judson is the only school that has had students present papers every year since the inception of the conference in 2007.