Honors Program hosts project presentations – Delta Psi Member, Laura Thompson

Honors-Program-Presentations-5154-2MAY 23 2016

The Judson College Honors Program hosted project presentations on April 20 and May 13, 2016. The events showcased the scholarly achievements of academically distinguished students enrolled in the Honors Program. To participate in the Honors Program, students must maintain a 3.5 grade point average and be recommended by a faculty member who serves as a project sponsor. Students completing all Honors Program requirements receive special recognition at graduation, and their works are bound and displayed in Judson’s Bowling Library.

The Honors events began with remarks from Susan Jones, Senior Vice-President and Dean of Students, and Dr. Scott Bullard, Senior Vice-President and Academic Dean, and with an invocation led by Dr. Stacey Parham, Associate Professor of English. Judson seniors Margie Gunter, Hannah Patterson, Laura Thompson, and Kristi Wise presented research as the 2016 distinguished Honors Program graduates.

Margie Gunter presented her research entitled “‘Hello J-Town!’ The Role of Judson NOW as a Tool for Retention, Creativity, Involvement, and Academic Achievement.” Gunter’s work included a case study, a survey, and interviews to assess the effects of Judson NOW, the YouTube channel she produced. Gunter was guided in her research by faculty sponsors Dr. Robert Metty, Assistant Professor of Education, and Dr. Camilla Horne, Assistant Professor of Music.
Hannah Patterson presented her research entitled “Oxidation of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals by Trametes versicolor Laccase” on April 20. Her work explored the removal of harmful chemicals in wastewater through the use of a commonly found fungus. Patterson was guided in her research by faculty sponsors Dr. Kristopher McConnell, Assistant Professor of Biology, and Dr. Corey M. Johnson of Samford University.

Laura M. Thompson presented her research entitled “Environmental Analysis of the Cahaba River in Perry County.” Thompson developed a protocol for monitoring the water quality at the local Eiland Research Laboratory. Thompson was guided in her research by faculty sponsors Dr. Kristopher McConnell, Assistant Professor of Biology, and Dr. Jeremy Olson, Assistant Professor of Chemistry.

Kristi Wise presented research entitled “The Use of Bisphosphonates to Treat Navicular Syndrome in Horses,” explaining the devastating effects of navicular syndrome on the horse industry. In her work, Wise researched two newly developed drugs to help alleviate the pain and symptoms of navicular syndrome, and she completed a case study using one treatment on her own mare’s broken navicular bone. Wise’s research was guided by faculty sponsors Dr. Pamela Mitcham, Assistant Professor of Equine Science, and Jennifer Hoggle, Assistant Professor of Equine Science.

The Honors Program Committee is chaired by Dr. Lesley Sheek, Associate Professor of Education, and other members include Dr. Scott Bullard, Senior Vice-President and Dean of the College, Ex Officio; Dr. Sadie Goodman, Assistant Professor of Music; Dr. Jeremy Olson, Assistant Professor of Chemistry; Dr. Stacey Parham, Associate Professor of English; and Hannah Patterson, President of the Student Government Association.

Judson College Choir and Handbells announce spring music tour

13128577_1164174590279668_1691790886_oAPRIL 19, 2016

The Judson College Music Department announces its 2016 spring music tour, which will visit churches, schools, and other venues in Alabama and Georgia April 23-28.

The tour features the Judson Singers, FAITH Ensemble, Praise Dancers, and Hand Bell Ensemble as well as several solo instrumentalists and pianists. Thirty Judson students, accompanied by Dr. Camilla Horne, director, and Miriam Nicholson, accompanist, will kick off their 6-day music tour with performances in Selma and Montgomery (Montgomery Biscuits Game) on April 23.

The majority of the tour performances are open to the public. If you would like to attend a performance, please contact Dr. Camilla Horne for more details at 334-683-5142.

The full Spring Music Concert schedule is below:

Saturday, April 23rd

2:30pm – Vaughn Place Senior Living Center, Selma, AL
6:35pm – National Anthem at the Montgomery Biscuits Game – 200 Coosa Street Montgomery, AL 36104
Sunday, April 24th

11:00am – Installation Service of Rev. Taraus D. Fuller at Shiloh Baptist Church – 452 Cramer Ave, Montgomery, AL 36104
6:00pm – Camden Baptist Church – 300 Broad St, Camden, AL 36726
Monday, April 25th

12:15pm – LoveLady Center – Birmingham, AL
2:00pm – Kirkwood by the River Assisted Living Center, Birmingham, AL
7:00pm – First United Methodist Church – 202 E 3rd Ave, Rome, GA 30161
Tuesday, April 26th

10:00am – Community Worship Service at Beeson Divinity School, Samford University – 800 Lakeshore Dr, Birmingham, AL 35209
Wednesday, April 27th

11:25am Indian Springs School – Pelham, AL
4:00 – 4:45 – Fair Haven Assisted Living – Irondale, AL
5:45 pm – Brief Concert before Bible Study, Vestavia Hills Baptist Church – 2600 Vestavia Dr, Birmingham, AL 35216
Thursday, April 28th

8:15am – Chapel at Decatur Heritage Christian Academy – Decatur, AL
10:45am– HarborChase of Huntsville Senior Living Center – Huntsville, AL

Spring Music Concert scheduled for April 14

APRIL 11, 2016

The Judson College Music Department announces its annual Spring Music Concert on Thursday, April 14th at 7:00 pm in the Alumnae Auditorium.  The concert will feature musical selections by members of the Judson Singers, FAITH Ensemble, Judson Hand Bell Ensemble, and Judson Instrumental Ensemble. The performance is free and open to the public.

For further information regarding the Spring Concert, call (334) 683-5142.

Judson piano students to give junior recitals

APRIL 4 2016

The Judson College Department of Music is pleased to present Sara Jean Lane, a junior from Conyers, Georgia, in recital on Thursday, April 7, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. in Alumnae Auditorium.  Lane will present a program featuring works of J.S. Bach, Haydn, Brahms, and Muczynski.

Yaw Nam and Seng Hkawn, exchange students from the Kachin Theological College & Seminary in Myanmar, will present a joint recital on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. in the Alumnae Auditorium.  Their program will feature works of J.S. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Grieg, and Prokofiev.

Both recitals are open to the public and free of charge.  For more information, please contact Cindy St. Clair, Assistant Professor of Music, at 334-683-5187 orcstclair@judson.edu.

Christopher C. Jordan and Cindy St. Clair to perform in recital featuring African-American spirituals

FEBRUARY 26, 2016

The Judson College Department of Music is pleased to host American Baritone, Christopher C. Jordan, with Pianist and Assistant Professor of Music, Cindy St. Clair, in recital on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Alumnae Auditorium.

Mr. Jordan has a dynamically diverse performance and academic background. His repertoire encompasses opera, oratorio, art song, musical theatre, pop, and gospel.  He has appeared in numerous operatic productions, recently making his debut with Opera Birmingham. Jordan has also been featured on stage with pop and gospel artists including Roberta Flack, Peabo Bryson, James Ingram, Sheena Easton, and the Clark Sisters. He is featured on the recording “We Study, We Shout, We Serve!”

As a sought-after recitalist, Mr. Jordan regularly sings a wide array of songs by new and notable composers of various nationalities. A dedicated champion of American art song, he often performs recitals specializing in the song literature of the African American composer. He is an advocate for the performance and preservation of the African American spiritual.

The recital is open to the public and free of charge.  For more information, please contact Mrs. Cindy St. Clair at 334-683-5187 or cstclair@judson.edu.

Judson English and Music departments host African-American Read-In

FEBRUARY 24, 2016

This year marked the fifth anniversary of the Judson College African American Read-In.  Judson College’s Departments of English and Music hosted this event on Thursday, February 11 in the Ramsey-McCrummen Chapel. As a sponsor institution, Judson College embraces the National Council of Teachers of English’s (NCTE) call to “make literacy a significant part of Black History Month.”

Judson students, faculty, staff, and administrators participated in this event by sharing the voices of African American writers, artists, visionaries, and trailblazers.   Participants read texts from scholars including Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, Sojourner Truth, Rita Dove, Alice Walker, and Paul Laurence Dunbar, among others. The Judson Hand Bells Ensemble, Judson Singers, and FAITH Ensemble shared musical performances of spirituals and anthems during the program to highlight the achievements of African American composers and lyricists.

Judson College mourns death of former first lady

FEBRUARY 24 2016

KittyMcCrummen-238x300The Judson Community is saddened by the passing of our dear friend and former first lady of Judson, Emma Lee “Kitty” Smalley McCrummen. A graveside service will be held in Montgomery at Greenwood Cemetery on Saturday, February 27 at 11:00 a.m.

UPDATE (March 3, 2016) – Read the eulogy for Mrs. McCrummen, given by her son Norman H. McCrummen, III, on February 27.

“Kitty McCrummen was a bright light in the life of Judson College,” said Judson President David Potts of the wife of his late predecessor, N.H. McCrummen. “As the First Lady of the college from 1970-1990, she deeply loved the students, faculty, staff, alumnae, trustees, and all who were friends of Christian higher education for women.The beauty of her music, the warmth of her welcome, the boundless energy, and her devotion to family were, and remain inspirational to, all of us. Her gifts of performance and teaching organ and piano readily blessed Judson College, Siloam Baptist Church, and a host of children of faculty and residents of the community who were taught by her. Kitty McCrummen was tireless in her efforts to beautify the Judson campus with her flowers and shrubs. The flowering cherry trees and azaleas of this Spring will testify to her devotion. Much like Paul in his letter to the Philippians, we thank our God for every remembrance of her! While we are deeply saddened by our earthly loss, we are keenly mindful and celebrate her homecoming. We grieve with the McCrummen family and express our love and support for them.”

Elizabeth Holland Hutchins, president of the Judson College Alumnae Association and attorney at Sirote & Permutt in Birmingham, was a student at Judson during the McCrummens’ tenure. “Those alumnae who were fortunate enough to be students while Dr. and Mrs. McCrummen were president and first lady of Judson remember Mrs. McCrummen with great fondness,” Hutchins said. “She was a perfect example of the qualities Judson women wanted to attain – grace, poise, kindness and enthusiastic involvement in the community and the College.  We remember how she could crank up the organ like no one else when she played for chapel or for the singing of the Alma Mater, and we also remember her being around campus in her gardening gloves, making sure that the campus and the grounds of the President’s home always looked their best.  She was a marvelous hostess and spokesperson for the College as well.  After she and Dr. McCrummen left Judson, she remained a strong supporter of the College, and we could always depend on her to attend alumnae events when she was able to do so.  She will be greatly missed.”

Mrs. McCrummen’s obituary below appeared in the Mobile Press-Register on February 24, 2016.

Emma Lee “Kitty” Smalley McCrummen
December 17, 1921 – February 23, 2016
Emma Lee “Kitty” Smalley McCrummen, 94, died on February 23, 2016 in Mobile, AL. She was born on December 17, 1921 in Ringling OK and reared on the V-8 Ranch, which was homesteaded by her paternal grandparents before Oklahoma was a state.

She was preceded in death by her father, John Finis Smalley, and her mother, Margaret Fagerquist Smalley (the daughter of Swedish immigrants); also by her first husband, Captain Warren G. Collins, who was killed in service in 1943; and her husband of 67 years, Dr. Norman Henry McCrummen, II; her son, Warren G. McCrummen; and her sister, Jurhee Katherine Smalley Foot. She is survived by her son, Norman Henry McCrummen, III (Nancy Rhodes); her daughter, Lynn McCrummen Johnson (C. Austin Johnson, Sr.); her grandchildren, Warren Scott McCrummen, Stephanie Lynn McCrummen, John Martin McCrummen, Emily Austin Johnson Baker, Charles Austin Johnson, Jr., and Margaret Ruth McCrummen Fowler; by a daughter-in-law, Catherine Martin McCrummen; her brother, Clem Edward Smalley; and their sister, Marjorie Smalley Collins.

Mrs. McCrummen, called “Kitty” by her family and friends, was valedictorian of her high school class and majored in music education in college. Her postgraduate study was in organ performance. She was a recitalist of both piano and organ. For 6 decades she taught piano, organ, voice, and Scripture; she directed choirs, plays and musicals. She resigned as a full-time organist at the age of 87. She was the past-president of the Montgomery Music Club. Kitty loved gardening, reading, needle-pointing and entertaining. She was vivacious, amusing, disciplined, impeccable in her dress, sometimes unpredictable and always energetic. She had a strong opinion on every subject and found no reason to withhold a thought on any subject, even those she knew little or nothing about. She took a bright light into every room she entered and made all her friends feel that each friend was her best and favorite; and each was. Whether directing a play, giving a recital, or entertaining 300 guests, she gave the whole of herself to ensure the delight of those present. With her three children she was strict; with her grandchildren there were virtually no rules or boundaries. Few grandmothers could tell a better story or provide more fun than Kitty; however, when her grandchildren grew up, there was never a doubt on their part what their grandmother thought they should do, or the direction they should go, for in giving advice she was neither reticent nor subtle.

The love of her life was her husband of almost 7 decades. They were opposites in personality but simpatico in everything else. For over 60 years they were the closest of partners in the churches they served. During their years in Marion, when Dr. McCrummen was President of Judson College, Kitty was the consummate hostess, a tireless worker on the campus grounds, a piano teacher, and a role model for the young on how to live beautifully and fully and in service to God. Her students adored her, and they, and all who knew her, will miss her.

A graveside service will be held in Montgomery, AL at Greenwood Cemetery on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, one may wish to make a memorial donation to Judson College, 302 Bibb Street, Marion, AL 36756. Arrangements by Ascension Funerals & Cremations, 1016 Hillcrest Road, Mobile, AL.

Judson students perform in Musical Hors D’oeuvres program

JANUARY 26 2016

On  January 21, the pledge class of Judson’s chapter of Delta Omicron, the international professional music fraternity, performed pieces for the Music Department’s monthly “Musical Hors D’oeuvres”program.

The following students performed:

Sarah White (Valley, AL, junior) – “A Swan” by Edvard Grieg
Christy Miller (Birmingport, AL, senior) – “Nacht” by Richard Strauss
Destany Sherman (Decatur, AL, junior) – “Morning has Broken” arranged by Elyse Mach
Kaitlyn Garrison (Thorsby, AL, sophomore) – “Verschwiegene Liebe” by Hugo Wolf
Jordan Ross (Grand Bay, AL, sophomore) – “Green finch and linnet bird” from Sweeney Todd by Stephen Sondheim
Jaw Seng Zin (Myanmar, sophomore)- “Allegro” from Sonata in C Major, K. 545 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Sara Jean Lane (Conyers, Georgia, sophomore) – “Edward” Ballade in D Minor, Op. 10, No. 1 by Johannes Brahms
Blair Carrier (Robertsdale, AL, sophomore) – “The Lass from the Low Countree” by John Jacob Niles

The Musical Hors D’oeuvres series at Judson College consists of short musical performances that allow students and faculty of the Judson Music Department to showcase the talent and repertoire that are being developed over the course of each semester. All Musical Hors D’oeuvres performances are free and open to the public.  Notes, texts, and translations are provided in a program. For more information, please contact Dr. Sadie Frazier at 334-683-5242.

Judson music department to host master class January 29

JANUARY 16 2016

The Judson College Piano Studio with special guests from Shelton State Community College will welcome nationally certified piano instructor Amy Aberg McLelland to campus for a presentation and masterclass on “The Art of Effortless Piano Playing” on Friday, January 29.

McLelland is a MTNA nationally certified teacher of piano and a certified teacher at the instructor level with the Golandsky Piano Institute in New York. In demand as a pianist, accompanist, adjudicator, and clinician, McLelland specializes in the Taubman Approach, which instructs pianists in the art of coordinate movement, encouraging healthy motions that “maximize physiologically sound arm and hand position” (Dr. Frank Bunn, Harvard Medical School).  This approach, based on a groundbreaking analysis of the mostly invisible motions that function beneath a virtuoso technique, has helped pianists from all over the world overcome technical limitations, improve expressive playing, and cure playing-related injuries.

This event, which is to be held in the Choral Room of Marian Acree Tucker Hall from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, is sponsored by the Judson College piano studio in partnership with the Shelton State Community College piano studio.   The seminar is open to the public and free of charge; however, space is limited.  For more information or to reserve seating, please contact Cindy St. Clair at 334-683-5187 or cstclair@judson.edu.