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Challenges and Triumphs: Revisiting Judson's Past

“Hey! I didn’t know I kept this!”  I am really, really bad about throwing stuff into drawers with the intention of “going through it later.” Then, when I am tired of my desk drawers being a mess, I will go back through and rediscover a card, a letter, a picture, etc.Those are always really cool moments because those trips down memory lane are usually a fun time for me. As a student, I had the opportunity to go through a few files on Milo P. Jewett with Ms. Andrea Abernathy, Judson’s librarian. For those of you who do not know, Milo P. Jewett is the founder and first president of Judson College. Ms. Andrea and I sifted through letters, pictures, and other assorted documents that were written by him or about him.

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Learn to swim with the sharks

Last year, I started watching this show called The Shark Tank. Essentially it goes a little something like this: I have this awesome widget that has made some profit, but I need a shark—one of the investors—to give me $25,000 for 35% of my company. If one or more of them agree, I get some money. If they do not agree or think my idea is horrible, I get fed to the sharks.

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Judson History 101

Fact: Judson College is 175 years old. It’s also the only women’s college in Alabama. In the heyday of the 1950s and ‘60s, there were over three hundred women’s colleges in the United States. Today, there are less than forty. What makes Judson College so special? How has it survived two fires, five wars, and numerous fluctuations in the economy of the decades?

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