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Judson University celebrated Founders Day on Friday, October 26, 2012. A luncheon was held in the Betty Linder Campus Commons, where Robert D. Erickson, Judson’s professor of Biblical and Theological Studies, received the Golden Eagle Award for 51 years

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Updated: December 26, 2012 6:22AM

The Donor Club held their annual book review with well-known “academic entertainer” Barbara Rinella (featured in costume) at the Elgin Country Club for their September meeting.

More than 240 guests enjoyed a delightful afternoon of dessert and a great book review by renowned reviewer Rinella. This year’s event was held at the beautiful Elgin Country Club.

The featured book was “Catherine the Great—Portrait of a Woman” by Robert K. Massie. Needless to say, this book and life story of Catherine the Great received this comment from many in attendance: “She sure led quite an interesting life, that’s why it was such a great read.”

Strong-willed, she helped her country due to her many romantic connections. It’s the story of an obscure young German princess who traveled to Russia at 14 and rose to become one of the most remarkable, powerful and captivating women in history.

The Donor Club offered their gently used books, cookies, breads and candies for sale to benefit the families, especially the children, of the area. Each guest was able to buy homemade cookies for a great cause.

Those attending included Susan Pepa, president; co-chair Fran Channon, treasurer and Maureen Broitzman. For more information about the organization, call 847-695-6287.

Judson Founder’s Day

Judson University celebrated Founders Day on Oct. 26. A luncheon was held in the Betty Linder Campus Commons, where Robert D. Erickson, Judson’s professor of Biblical and Theological Studies, received the Golden Eagle Award for 51 years of teaching and service to the Judson community. Attending with Erickson was his wife Gladys.

The Founders’ Day Luncheon featured a fall-like lunch and was enjoyed by all in attendance. The Founders’ Day speaker was Dr. Paul R. Corts.

Golden Eagle Award recipient Erickson, Ph.D., is the last of Judson’s founding full-time faculty. Erickson earned his doctorate in New Testament and Early Christian Literature from the University of Chicago, his bachelor of divinity from Bethel Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. and his bachelor of science from the University of Minnesota.

In 1961, while teaching New Testament Greek in the collegiate division of Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Chicago, Erickson became captivated by the vision of Benjamin P. Browne to move the college division of the seminary to Elgin and continue its ministry as Judson College.

Erickson was honored at last year’s Founders’ Day for 50 years of teaching and is renowned for having never missed a single class in his entire career with Judson.

Erickson is an ordained minister with the Baptist General Conference. He has served as the pastor of Hillside Baptist Church, now Crossroads Community Church in Hillside and as an interim minister for several other churches. He and his wife, Gladys, are currently members of First Baptist Church of Geneva.

Located in Elgin, Judson University is a Top-Tier College in the Midwest, according to U.S. News and World Report. With an academically challenging environment and encouraging spiritual community, Judson shapes lives that will shape the world.

For more Judson information, call 847-628-1119.

Hospital Auxiliary Gala

Reminiscent of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, The Royal Fox in St. Charles was the site for the Provena St. Joseph Hospital Auxiliary 2012 Gala, “A Time to Celebrate.” This major fundraiser, attended by 230 friends, raised more than $55,000 to benefit the development of The Healing Gardens. Platinum sponsors included the PSJH Medical Executive Committee and Associated Imaging Specialists.

Dr. Chilakamarri Yeshwant was honored by the Medical Staff with the Vikram V. Shah M.D. Award. This prestigious award is presented to a physician who is distinguished through conscientious, compassionate care of patients, along with dedicated commitment to self-improvement, professional enhancement and the betterment of the community.

According to Eugene J. McMahon, MD, MBA, FCAP, President and CEO: “The past year has been quite a year and ‘A Time to Celebrate’ honors the 110th anniversary of the hospital, recognizes the 40 years of commitment the hospital’s Auxiliary has provided, and celebrates the launching of the largest Catholic healthcare system in Illinois—Presence Health of which Provena St. Joseph Hospital is now a member.”

Proceeds from the benefit will allow the hospital to create two Healing Gardens. “Research is now proving that access to a well-designed outdoor garden area helps reduce pain, improve well-being and speed recovery in a health care setting. These Gardens will be beneficial for patients, families and staff, providing an atmosphere that is consoling, relaxing and therapeutic,” Dr. McMahon noted.

Some Provena St. Joseph Hospital supporters in attendance were Donna and Roger Burnidge, Merrie and John Derderian, Ruth and Harry Meadows, Dr. Patrick and Mrs. Mary Jo Para, Dr. William and Mrs. Magda Nelson, Jeff and Sandy Rifken, Ralph and Vera Helm, Dan and Pat Szpekowski, Jack and Marlene Shales and Rob and Carri Laird. Others spotted enjoying the evening were Bill and Julie Lichtenberg, Dr. Carolyn Neal, Pam and George Cumpata and Dorothy Wiese, to name a few.

Guests enjoyed dancing to the music of R-Gang following dinner and as an added treat, Gala guests had the opportunity to sing Happy Birthday to Sister Marcellita, who celebrated her 91st birthday and blew out ALL the candles. Congratulations!

For over 100 years, Provena St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin has been a leading care provider in the Fox River Valley. With more than 400 physicians on staff, 1,200 employees, and 300 volunteers, they are known for providing leading-edge care and technologies to the communities it serves.

Places To Be Scene

The Elgin Symphony Orchestra presents a Magical Musical Tradition Holiday Concert, “Let It Snow”, at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 15 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 16 at at The Hemmens Cultural Center. The concert will feature Stephen Squires, conductor; Rich Ridenour, pianist; Rachel DeShon, soprano; Elgin Children’s Chorus; (Midwest) Dance Collective and The Elgin Choral Union. For ticket information, call 847-888-4000.

Save the date, Jan. 13, as the Elgin Symphony Orchestra presents The Four Seasons.

Chicago’s own world-renowned pastry guru, Chef Alain Roby, will go for a three-peat as he obtains his third Guinness World Record in downtown Geneva on 7 p.m. Dec. 8. “The World’s Longest Sugar Cane” will stretch 40 feet, beginning at the Geneva Courthouse and stretching to the intersection in front of his All Chocolate Kitchen at 33 South Third Street. A.C.K. is located at 33 South Third Street in Geneva. For more information, visit or call 630-232-2395.

Family Service Association of Greater Elgin Area invites you to an Open House to see their new offices. Come meet the governing Board of Directors and staff, from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at 1140 North McLean Boulevard, Suite 1, Elgin, Illinois. Light refreshments will be served. Call 847-695-3680 for more information.

Heartland Voices celebrates their 44th Concert Season as they present “Home Is Where the Heart Is” on Dec. 8 at First United Methodist Church in Elgin at 3 and 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 16 at St. Marceline Catholic Church in Schaumburg. The afternoon performance will feature the intermezzo/treble choir. For more detailed information, call 847-429-9496.

Illinois Commission on Diversity and Human Relations celebrates their 12th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance and Celebration Dinner on Jan. 18. The reception is at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7 p. m. at the Stonegate Conference & Banquet Center, 2401 W. Higgins Road in Hoffman Estates. Guest speaker is Toni L. Carter, consultant for Motorola Solutions and former deputy mayor for the Village of Hanover Park. For tickets and detailed information, call Reverend Clyde H. Brooks, Chairman, at 630-771-1707.

28th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration: Each year the City of Elgin and community partners celebrate the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the month of January. This year the committee has created a series of city-wide commemorative events that will begin Jan. 19 at Elgin Community College University Business Center (building E), starting at 8:30 a.m. and ending with a youth community day of service on Jan. 21. On Jan. 19, the Annual Prayer Breakfast will be held in the University Business Center and Jan. 20, the Annual Public Program will be held at the Second Baptist Church gymnasium, starting at 4 p.m. Throughout the weekend, a food drive will be held to benefit Elgin’s local food pantries. If you would like to be involved and need more information, contact The City of Elgin Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Committee, 150 Dexter Court, Elgin, IL 60120. You may also contact Janice Hare, Chair of the Prayer Breakfast, at 847-214-6959 or Cherie Murphy at 847-931-5667.

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