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Tony and Amy Hettinger Marx

Tony and Amy Hettinger Marx, both ’08

Tony: Rockford, Ill.
Amy: Philo, Ill.

Millikin majors:
Tony: Commercial Music
Amy: Music Business and Flute Performance

When, where, and how did you first meet at Millikin?
Tony: Weck Hall at the First Week orientation meeting. We went around the room and introduced ourselves to everyone. We really officially met at our Vocal Jazz auditions later that week though, in PMC.
Amy: We first officially met during our vocal jazz audition freshman year for Vocal Jazz Company. But according to Tony’s amazing memory he recognized me from a Millikin vocal festival that occurred in 2003, our junior year of high school!

What do you remember about the first time meeting each other?
Tony: Thinking she was way out of my league!
Amy: I kept looking down the audition line and noticed this guy that kept glancing my way. Finally he spoke up and said, “You’re that girl! That girl from Millikin vocal festival a couple years ago!” Which was true, our high school choir attended that festival, and our choir was the guest choir. In one of the songs, I had had a solo. Tony must have enjoyed that performance to remember my face! It was definitely a conversation opener and we became good friends after that.

What did you do on your first date?
Tony: We didn’t really have a first date. I asked her to go with me to a party, but we ended up staying in our dorm and talking through the night. Much better. And cost me nothing!
Amy: It wasn’t until after sophomore year UChoir tour that we started to notice a connection. It’s so hard to remember back then because our friendship and relationship just started to snowball into a whirlwind of fun and college experiences! But I would say our first “date” was when Tony invited me to a UChoir tour after-party at the “Blue House.” He came to my dorm to walk me there and we just actually ended up hanging out and talking the entire night!

Where was your favorite place to hang-out together at Millikin?
Tony: PMC, or the caf. We lived across the hall from each other junior and senior year, so really, our apartments were the spot!
Amy: PMC, the caf … looks like we hung out in places that had anything to do with music or food!

What is your most memorable Millikin experience as a couple?
Tony: Traveling/singing together (Dominican Republic, Canada & China, among others)
Amy: I would say our favorite experiences were the traveling and tours we were so blessed to do together. From Miami to the Dominican Republic to Washington, D.C., and China! We were very blessed by Millikin’s musical organizations to provide great life and educational experiences with these tours!

Where has your relationship taken you since Millikin?
Tony: I moved to Nashville after graduation, and she went to grad school, also in Tennessee. After she finished school, she moved to Nashville, and we are now in the process of building our first home.
Amy: We have now been married for three years and live in Nashville, Tenn. Our relationship has grown through time apart in different cities, graduate school, new jobs, to now building our first home in Tennessee.

What advice would you give young couples in love at Millikin?
Tony: Cherish your time together there. It will be some of the most memorable you’ll have.
Amy: I would say enjoy your time together at Millikin and get involved any way you can. Give of yourself, your time and talents to create memories together that make you smile years after you leave campus.


Want to share your story of how you found love at Millikin? Email Jaclyn Weisenborn '09, associate director of alumni engagement, with your expressed interest. One couple will be featured each month in MY Times.


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Millikin University - Decatur, IL
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Millikin University - Decatur, IL
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Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL