12/2/2012 - Judson College Thanks Montgomery Area Donors
by Michael J. Brooks
Friends of Judson College gathered for a meal, music and a night of celebration at the Capitol City Club in Montgomery on Nov. 8.
Vice President for Advancement Dr. Terry Morgan presided. Morgan drew attention to the latest Judson Today magazine, the theme of which is "A Story To Tell." "We've been educating young women for 174 years," she said. "Our graduates are in many vocations and they have a story to tell. Our current students have stories that will be told in the future."
After music by the college's FAITH ensemble, Senior Jana Davenport of Jemison spoke to the group, relating how she'd agreed to her mother's suggestion that she attend a Junior Day at the college while in high school. "I really had no interest in a women's college," she said, "so my mother dragged me out the door! But I fell in love with the place. This plan was of God. I found a sisterhood, academic excellence and a Christian environment."
Interim academic Dean Dr. Scott Bullard told the group that the college seeks to develop the intellect and to mature her students into productive citizens. He spoke about the college's latest endeavors, including the Nursing and Social Work programs. "Studies show women are especially interested in education, health care and social work," Bullard said. "Thus our newest programs have been a good fit. Our mission is to care for the minds, bodies and souls of our students. Our students are nurtured in Chapel and will make a difference in a world of need."Bullard told stories about some current students who have excelled academically and in mission. He noted the college's 11:1 student/teacher ratio as another positive.
"Thank you for your support of what we do," Bullard said.
College president Dr. David Potts also thanked the friends of the college for their contribution to the work. He drew attention to the college's motto, Lux et veritas--light and truth."Larger universities around the nation are scrambling to establish smaller honor colleges on their campuses," he said. "Judson has been the Christian honors college in our state for a long time."
Potts spoke about some of the college's recent recognitions. Judson is one of four colleges in Alabama, and the only private Christian college, classified as a "community engagement school" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
Also, for the fifth consecutive year, Judson was named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, a federal recognition for outstanding commitment to community service and civic engagement. This year, Judson received the Honor Roll with Distinction commendation for the first time placing it in the same ranking as the University of Alabama and Auburn University.
Potts also noted the recent statistical measurement published in Washington Monthly. The magazine ranked Judson the top liberal arts college in the state, scoring well in three statistical measures. "Judson College is kept by her alumnae, Alabama Baptists and the friends of the college," Potts said. "You who stand with us support a dream--'lux et veritas.'"
Potts and Morgan concluded the evening with gifts of appreciation to the gathered donors and friends.
Photo: Among the donors honored at the recent event in Montgomery were (from left) Dr. George Williams of Marion, Mary Wellborn Bell and Pat Compton of Montgomery and Jackie Crowell of Enterprise.