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At the check presentation held March 19 at Caterpillar's Decatur plant are, from left, first row: Millikin student Mohand Aalsaleh of Saudi Arabia; Marilyn Davis, Millikin's Chief of Staff and Board Secretary; Carmen Aravena, Director of Millikin's Center for International Education; Millikin students Dominic Hart of Australia, Jordan Moxey of the Bahamas, and Tom Pardo of France; and Millikin's Interim President Rich Dunsworth. Second row:  Caterpillar Factory Managers Dwight Stewart, Rick Moore and Adam Mize; LeAnn McQuellon, Caterpillar Business Support Manager; and Mark Siwiec, Caterpillar EHS Manager.

At the check presentation held March 19 at Caterpillar's Decatur plant are, from left, Millikin student Mohand Aalsaleh of Saudi Arabia; Marilyn Davis, Millikin's Chief of Staff and Board Secretary; Carmen Aravena, Director of Millikin's Center for International Education; Millikin students Dominic Hart of Australia, Jordan Moxey of the Bahamas, and Tom Pardo of France; and Millikin's Interim President Rich Dunsworth.   Caterpillar Factory Managers Dwight Stewart, Rick Moore and Adam Mize; LeAnn McQuellon, Caterpillar Business Support Manager; and Mark Siwiec, Caterpillar EHS Manager.On Tuesday, March 19, the Caterpillar Foundation made its second payment of $1 million to Millikin University as part of the Caterpillar Foundation's $7 million pledge made in 2011. This charitable investment is specifically earmarked for construction and renovation to transform Aston Hall into a Center for International Education on the university's campus.

In 2011, Caterpillar Inc. Chairman and CEO, Doug Oberhelman, a 1975 Millikin graduate, announced a charitable investment of up to $11.5 million toward Millikin's "Transform MU" capital campaign, the largest show of support in Millikin's history.

The investment, made both by the Caterpillar Foundation and personally by Oberhelman and his wife, Diane, will support the creation of a new university center that will house the Oberhelman Leadership Development Center, help renovate Millikin's oldest residence hall to create a Center for International Education and double the number of students supported by the university's Long-Vanderburg Scholars Program for minority students.

The $1 million check presented March 19 by Caterpillar Decatur's General Manager Walt Hupe is designated for Caterpillar's committed total of $3 million to help renovate and develop the new Center for International Education, which will provide housing for international students and serve as a home for multicultural affairs staff, international programs, study abroad and global awareness.

Millikin University Interim President, Rich Dunsworth; Director of the Center for International Education, Carmen Aravena; Chief of Staff and Board Secretary, Marilyn Davis; and four of Millikin's international students attended the check presentation at Caterpillar's Decatur office to express their support of the project: Jordan Moxey of the Bahamas, a biology major; Dominic Hart, an exercise science major from Australia; Mohand Aalsaleh of Saudi Arabia, a pre-pharmacy major; and Tom Pardo, an international business major from France.

"Thanks to the generosity of Caterpillar and the Oberhelmans, the new Center for International Education will serve a vital role in enhancing a critical area of our university mission – to prepare our students for democratic citizenship in a global environment," says Dunsworth. "Our students are going to work in an environment, far more diverse than any previous generation has. To not only achieve professional success in tomorrow's expanding global workplace, but to have a life of meaning and value, we must understand the world around us. The development of the Center for International Education is a vital piece in developing that understanding."

Millikin's partnership with Caterpillar extends back nearly six decades to 1955 when the company made its first investment in the university.

BREAKDOWN OF CATERPILLAR’S PLAN OF SUPPORT FOR THE “TRANSFORM MU” CAMPAIGN

Creation of the Oberhelman Leadership Development Center - $6.5 million
Total funding to create the Oberhelman Leadership Development Center on the second floor of the new University Center includes a $3.5 million challenge matching grant by the Caterpillar Foundation to match donations made by Caterpillar employees and retirees, as well as $3 million donated personally by the Oberhelmans, for a total gift of $6.5 million. The proposed center will be home to more than 100 student leadership organizations, including student government, Greek life and the multicultural student council. Emerging and seasoned student leaders will have the opportunity to share their resources and practice leadership, management, marketing and technical skills. The new Center will include student organization and development areas, collaboration rooms and three flexible laboratory areas.

Creation of a new Center for International Education - $3 million
The Caterpillar Foundation has also committed $3 million to help create a new Center for International Education through the renovation of Aston Hall, originally built in 1907. The proposed center will complement the academic experience, offering a variety of cultural, educational, social and recreational programs for students. Plans for the Center provide for residence hall space for up to 70 international and domestic students, faculty offices, a lecture/conference hall, two "smart" classrooms and a resource room.

Challenge gift for donors to the new University Center - $1.5 million
The Oberhelmans have also committed to a $1.5 million personal challenge matching grant for potential donors to the new University Center. To date, Millikin has secured $1.1 million from other donors in response to the Oberhelmans' challenge.

Expansion of the University’s Long-Vanderburg Scholars Program - $500,000
The Caterpillar Foundation is also investing $500,000 in MU's Long-Vanderburg Scholars program, which recognizes high scholastic achievement among historically underrepresented students by providing scholarship support and development opportunities. The program will double from 60 to 120 students in a four-year period.

The $85 million "Transform MU" campaign was launched in May 2010 and will revitalize the east side of Millikin's campus, as well as make significant advances in creating new student scholarships, increasing endowment and faculty development funds, and improving infrastructure. To date, the campaign has raised $65.3 million dollars.

For more information, visit the campaign website at www.millikin.edu/transform.
Millikin's Host Family Program creates an opportunity for friendship, learning, and cultural exchange between American families and students from other countries.  Recently, WANDTV came to Millikin to learn more about our international students and the host family program.

Please click HERE to view the video.


Last week a small group of our international students walked to the Millikin Homestead for a tour and brief history of the Millikin family. The Millikin Homestead has close ties to Millikin University. Located just blocks from campus, the Homestead's grounds and buildings are cared for by the Millikin University grounds crew and security detail. Our students thoroughly enjoyed hearing tales from the late 1800s in addition to the unique and often funny stories concerning the construction and daily life within the Homestead. This event helped open the eyes of our students and showed them a brief glimpse of how the Millikin family and some Americans lived in the late 1800s. To learn more about the Millikin Homestead please visit their website: Millikin Homestead


 

 

 

 

 

 

Last week the Center for International Education (CIE) welcomed six international students to Millikin’s campus.  They have traveled to Millikin from France, Chile, Mexico, Panama, and Vietnam. The CIE would like to officially welcome Laurie (France), Victor (France), Nicolas (Chile), Pedro (Panama), Monserrat (Mexico), and Hien (Vietnam). Our new students were given tours of both Decatur and Millikin as part of their intense orientation to Millikin and the United States. The CIE is delighted they are on campus for the spring 2013 semester.  We hope that their involvement and high spirits will help foster greater internationalization on Millikin’s campus.  They are now attending their first classes while making new friends and experiencing the Big Blue and the Decatur area. WELCOME!

 







 

 

The Center for International Education extends enormous congratulations to Sultan Alamri, Rakan Algahtani, and Mohand Aalsaleh for graduating from Millikin University’s English Language Center (ELC). The ELC proudly sends these three to attend Millikin University as full time, degree seeking students.  To celebrate their advancement in their educational careers, Dr. Steven Hales and the ELC hosted a luncheon to recognize the hard work and determination that these students show towards achieving high standards.  The luncheon was also a time for all of the ELC students and teachers to share memories, thoughts, and well wishes to all who have touched their lives over the past semester.  President Jeffcoat, along with teachers and students, discussed the importance of internationalization and how programs like the ELC can only help to broaden goals and interests within higher education.  The Center for International Education couldn’t be and prouder of Sultan, Rakan, Mohand, and the rest of the students attending Millikin’s English Language Center.  We wish them all a productive and successful academic career!

 

   



Recently, the Center for International Education and Millikin University’s School of Music hosted Master Percussionist, Dr. Jose Eladio Amat.  Jose has been a percussion teacher and performer for nearly thirty-three years.  He is head of the percussion department at the National School of Art in Havana, Cuba, and has performed and recorded extensively in Cuba and internationally. Millikin’s Latin Jazz Project was very luck to have traveled to Cuba this past summer in further developing Latin rhythms and skills with Jose.  As a visiting clinician, José has taught in many universities and schools including Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, and the University of Graz in Austria.  Millikin was honored to have Jose give several lessons, master classes, and a joint performance with the Latin Jazz Project.

                     

 

 

 

 

On Thursday, November 8th the students of Millikin’s English Language Center hosted “A Discussion of Global Citizenship.” Each participant came away with the knowledge that global citizenship means being mindful that we all live on the same planet, and that our actions have an impact on people all over the world.  The CIE welcomes and fully supports events that provide opportunities for individuals to think globally.  This was a brilliant, well-planned discussion, and we hope to have many more like this in the coming months.   






Last week Millikin University played host to German exchange students participating in the Decatur Sister Cities Program.  Our visitors shadowed Millikin students for a day, were given a tour of campus, and then were welcomed by the Center for International Education for a traditional Thanksgiving meal.  The CIE welcomes opportunities to engage with international students of any age and will continue to foster greater internationalization on Millikin’s campus.  Please see the attached article for a full story: 

 








This past Friday evening the main hall of Westminster Church was filled with Latin music and rhythms from Millikin’s Latin Jazz Project.  Percussion studies at Millikin University are designed to develop the whole musician--artistically, intellectually, technically--through the integration of theory and practice. Our goal is to develop the highest possible level of musicianship and an appropriate proficiency in performance, teaching, and technology. As part of this development the group traveled to Havana, Cuba and worked with Dr. Jose Eladio Emat, Master Percussionist.   It is our hope at the CIE that Dr. Emat will be at Millikin at the end of October to perform with these talented and promising musicians!

Check out their music:
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On Thursday evening, Alicia Pedroso, Director of the School of Music for the Universidad del Pacifico in Santiago, Chile, gave an inspirational presentation to a packed house in Pilling Chapel. Her lecture was a stimulating look into how music affects everyone at all stages throughout their lives.  The audience sang, danced, and cried tears of happiness as she took us on a tour of her melodious life. Students from all over campus were delighted to learn that their passion for music is going to help guide them the rest of their lives.  The CIE extends an enormous amount of respect and gratefulness to Alicia.  We can only hope that Alicia will make it back to Millikin so her message can inspire and reach many more ears. William H. Danforth said, “One enkindled spirit can set hundreds on fire!” We can think of no more enkindled spirit than that of Alicia.

Alicia gives presentation to students in Pilling Chapel

Alicia and Vice President Dunsworth    Alicia and Vice President Pearson

Mingling with students

Alicia Pedroso, growing up with Music

Alicia, dancing and entertaining the audience.

 

 

 

 

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