10/17/2013 1:50 PM
Nationally known health care adviser, author and former Washington Post reporter Ceci Connolly will present "LANDMARK: The Inside Story of America's New Health Care Law" on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the lower level of Richards Treat University Center on the Millikin campus. This event, the 2013 Thomas W. Ewing Lectureship, is free and open to the public.
A 25-year veteran of the journalism field, Connolly served as national staff writer at the Washington Post from 1997 to 2010. She has reported on every U.S. Presidential campaign since 1984 and has written extensively about Congress. In 2001, Connolly was named national health policy correspondent for the Post, producing articles on bioterrorism, the Medicare prescription drug benefit, skyrocketing medical bills, physician-assisted suicide and President Obama's drive for sweeping healthcare legislation. She also traveled to Louisiana in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and spent five months on the ground, reporting on the worst natural disaster in modern U.S. history.
Now the managing director of the Health Research Institute for PriceWaterhouseCoopers, she guides corporations, foundations and governmental bodies on implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Connolly frequently appears as a commentator on national TV, including PBS' "Washington Week," "The Early Show" on CBS, NPR's "Diane Rehm Show" and several news programs on MSNBC and the Fox News Channel.
The Thomas W. Ewing Lectureship was created by Millikin University and Congressman Ewing's colleagues in recognition of his many years of public service. Ewing, a 1957 Millikin graduate, retired in 2001 after serving nine years in the U.S. House of Representatives from the 15th District of Illinois. Ewing served 17 years in the Illinois House of Representatives, where he was assistant Republican leader from 1982-1990 and was named deputy minority leader in 1990.
Previous speakers have included Robert F. Kennedy Jr., environmental advocate; Former House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert; Peter Hoekstra, Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence; and former congressmen Jack Buechner (R-Mo.) and William Robert Roy (D-Kansas). The lectures focus on public policy and service, and visiting lecturers are selected based on their prominence in those fields as well as their ability to inspire others to serve.
9/9/2013 2:56 PM
Millikin University has received a gift of nearly $1.65 million from the Dr. John A. Leighty Charitable Remainder Trust. The trust, which was funded by the late Dr. John A. Leighty in 1999, is designated in support of the university's natural sciences programs. This specific gift will provide ongoing financial support for essential research, instructional scientific instrumentation, performance learning enhancement needs within the division's departments, and a new endowed professorship in the natural sciences and mathematics division.
Dr. Leighty, a 1931 Millikin graduate, earned his master's degree and doctorate from Purdue University. During his 33-year career at Eli Lilly and Company, he was a member of the team that first produced penicillin for the company in the 1940s; he was also involved in development and production of the antibiotics erythromycin and streptomycin and the analgesic Darvon. His career was capped by his tenure as executive director of scientific research, responsible for 650 scientists in seven research divisions. He retired from Lilly in 1969.
Dr. Leighty served on Millikin's board of trustees from 1967 through 1970 and, together with his late wife, the former Ula Davis '33, volunteered for and contributed to Millikin's fundraising campaigns. For their efforts, the two were named co-recipients of the Alumnus of the Year Award in 1971. During their lifetimes, the Leightys established Millikin's John and Ula Leighty Research Award in Biology. In 1992, Dr. Leighty established the John and Ula Leighty Science Scholars Program. He also made multiple gifts to the science center that now bears his name and served as honorary chair of the campaign to raise the funding needed to build the facility. Dr. Leighty also received Millikin's Presidential Leadership Award in 1995, and was inducted posthumously into the Millikin Medallion Society in 2001 after his death in 2000.
3/21/2013 2:35 PM
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.
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
3/20/2013 10:51 AM
Allan Sloan, senior editor-at-large at Fortune magazine, will speak on Tuesday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Kirkland Fine Arts Center on Millikin University's campus. The event is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations required. In his talk, entitled, "Yes, It Can Be Done: The Threat to the U.S. Economy and What to Do about It," Sloan will propose some common-sense solutions to the problems of a $16 billion federal budget deficit, rising entitlement expenses, our complex tax system and the divided, partisan national government.
Before writing for Fortune, Sloan spent 12 years as Newsweek's Wall Street editor. He also has been a columnist for Newsday and held positions with Forbes and Money magazines, among other publications. Sloan has been awarded business journalism's highest honor, the Gerald Loeb Award, seven times. He received these awards over the course of four decades in four categories for five different employers and also was awarded the Loeb Lifetime Achievement Award and the Distinguished Achievement Award in 2001 after 40 years in business journalism.
Sloan earned his bachelor's degree from Brooklyn College and his master's degree from Columbia Journalism School. Originally from Brooklyn, he lives in New Jersey with his wife. They have three grown children and two grandchildren.
Sloan's appearance is this year's 2013 T.W. Samuels Lecture. The T.W. Samuels Lecture Series was created in 1977 in honor of attorney T.W. Samuels, senior partner in the Decatur law firm of Samuels, Miller, Schroeder, Jackson and Sly. Samuels was active in Decatur community affairs until his death in 1989 at age 103. Samuels' sons, William J. Samuels of Menlo Park, Calif., and the late Dr. Thomas W. Samuels Jr., created an endowment fund to finance the series in recognition of their father. The endowment is used to bring great thinkers and speakers to Millikin for the purpose of community enrichment.
2/15/2013 12:23 PM
Attorney, author and producer Mark London will showcase his 60-minute documentary, "Shark Loves the Amazon," on Monday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Albert Taylor Theatre, Shilling Hall on Millikin University's campus. A question and answer session will follow the film presentation, which explores critical issues in the Amazon region, including the decimation of its rain forest. The event is Millikin's 2013 James W. Moore Lecture and is free and open to the public; no reservations or tickets required.
"Shark Loves the Amazon" written and produced by London in 2011, provides his personal view of the history of the Amazon region, highlighting perennial problems and providing ideas for solutions that have shown success. London originally traveled to the region during his last year of study at the George Washington University Law Center of Washington, D.C. to fulfill a childhood dream. His visit turned into a 30-year mission to advocate for the rain forest and improve the standard of living of the people in and around it.
A full-time Washington, D.C. attorney in the area of commercial litigation, London is co-author of "Amazon" (1983: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Editora Record) and "The Last Forest: The Amazon in the Age of Globalization" (2007: Random House, Editora Martins Fontes). Along with the Amazonas Sustainability Foundation and Marriott International, London helped create the Rio Juma Reserve in the State of Amazonas, a revolutionary project tying the sale of environmental services to carbon avoidance.
The James W. Moore Lecture was established in 1991 to honor the late James W. Moore of Decatur. Moore's children, Madeline and James "Mac" Moore, created the endowed fund to present speakers on campus who represent "innovative or progressive political or artistic views."
For more information on this event, please contact the Millikin University Alumni & Development Office at 217.424.6383.
10/11/2012 12:15 PM
Millikin University is bringing two former congressmen, a Democrat and a Republican, to speak on the implications of the 2012 presidential election on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Richards Treat University Center on the Millikin campus. This event is free and open to the public and is the 2012 Thomas W. Ewing Lectureship.
The appearances of Jack Buechner (R-Mo.) and William Robert Roy (D-Kansas) are made possible through the Congress to Campus program, a program designed to connect former members of Congress with college students. The program made its debut at Millikin in 2008 during the previous presidential election. Fueled by a growing concern about young adults’ lack of interest in government and voting, the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress created the program to bring students into contact with former congressmen who can share their insights and experiences about working for the U.S. government. Over the course of two days, the former congressmen conduct lectures and meet with students and faculty, delivering a message about the importance of bipartisan cooperation and encouraging students to become involved in public service.
Former U.S. Congressman Jack Buechner, a St. Louis native, is the retired president and CEO of "A Presidential Classroom for Young Americans,” a nonprofit organization that seeks to prepare young leaders for responsible citizenship and provide outstanding high school students the chance to explore the political process firsthand.
A former U.S. Representative from Kirkwood, Mo., Buechner served Missouri’s 2nd District (St. Louis/St. Charles Counties) from 1987–1991. During his terms, he was vice-chairman of the Republican Study Committee and Deputy Whip to former Speaker Newt Gingrich. Buechner also served on the Budget Committee and the Committee on Science, Space and Technology.
From 1972 to 1983, Buechner was a state representative and minority leader in the Missouri House of Representatives and served as a Missouri Tourism Commissioner. Prior to that, he founded his own law firm in St. Louis and practiced law for 18 years before being elected to Congress.
In demand as a consultant, Buechner is also past president of the United States Association of Former Members of Congress, is of counsel to the law firm of Anderson Kill & Olick, and serves as senior counsel to the Virginia public affairs firm, The Hawthorn Group. He has represented the United States throughout the world at conferences on post Cold War developments, including The World Conference of Parliamentarians in Support of The United Nations.
Buechner earned his bachelor’s degree from St. Benedict’s College in Atchison, Kansas, and his law degree from St. Louis University in Missouri. He currently lives in McLean, Va.
William Robert Roy, a Bloomington, Ill., native, is a former U.S. representative from Kansas, a retired physician and a columnist for The Topeka Capital-Journal.
He earned his bachelor’s degree from Illinois Wesleyan University, a second bachelor’s degree and his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago and later earned a law degree from Washburn University Law School in Topeka, Kan. After medical school, he served in the U.S. Air Force for two years and was a military doctor at Forbes Air Force Base in Topeka, discharged with the rank of captain.
After practicing medicine in Topeka for 15 years, he was elected to Congress as a Democrat, serving four years. In 1974, he was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the U.S. Senate in a bitter race against Bob Dole, losing by only a few thousand votes. He ran for the U.S. Senate again in 1978 but lost to Nancy Kassebaum. He resumed practicing medicine in Topeka until 1989 and lives in Topeka.
The Thomas W. Ewing Lectureship was created by Millikin University and Congressman Ewing’s colleagues in recognition of his many years of public service. Ewing, a 1957 Millikin graduate, retired in 2001 after serving nine years in the U.S. House of Representatives from the 15th District of Illinois. Ewing served 17 years in the Illinois House of Representatives, where he was assistant Republican leader from 1982-1990 and was named deputy minority leader in 1990.
During his political career, Ewing received numerous state and national awards from business, education, environment, senior citizen and agriculture organizations. He has been recognized for his leadership in the areas of crime prevention, welfare reform, economic growth and health care. Ewing is currently of counsel with Davis and Harman LLP, a law firm in Washington, D.C.
Previous speakers have included Robert F. Kennedy Jr., environmental advocate; Former House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert; and Peter Hoekstra, Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. The lectures focus on public policy and service, and visiting lecturers are selected based on their prominence in those fields as well as their ability to inspire others to serve.
For more information on the event, call 217.424.6383.
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