11/26/2013 8:45 AM
Our hearts and prayers continue to go out to all those affected worldwide from the natural disasters this fall. It was the late season tornadoes on the weekend of Nov. 15-17, however, that hit closest to home for the Millikin University campus. Several of Millikin's students, their families, and friends were affected by these terrible storms.
In response to these tragedies, the Millikin Office of Student Development and the Department of Athletics organized a group of students to help with the relief efforts in both Gifford and Washington, Ill. Over 100 students assisted in the efforts.
Additionally, the Millikin Fraternity & Sorority Life community led donation drives for money, non-perishables, toiletries, and clothing. An active donation link is available to give funds to the relief efforts at www.crowdrise.com/CITornadorelief/fundraiser/BetaTKE
The Millikin campus also rallied around this cause through social networking, encouraging all to spread the word by using #MUGives.
The picture above shows a group of Millikin students who traveled to Washington, Ill. on Saturday, Nov. 23. The students worked with Bethany Community Church and AmeriCorps to help homeowners clean up their devastated homesites.
11/19/2013 11:38 AM
Millikin University's Human Service Connection hosted its 4th annual Box City event on Nov. 15, 2013 in observance of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. Over 30 Millikin students spent the evening outside in cardboard boxes on Millikin University's Miller Quad to simulate an accurate perspective on homelessness. After spending the night outside, Millikin students walked to the Decatur Salvation Army on the morning of Nov. 16, 2013 to perform service work at the men's shelter. Click on the links below for further coverage on Box City from WAND-TV and the Herald & Review.
8/13/2013 3:40 PM
First year students at Millikin University will get a jump start on their college experience during Millikin's First Week program, to be held Aug. 20-26.
The week of activities is designed to help students become acclimated and immersed in their new Millikin home before regular classes begin on Aug. 26. First Week activities begin with Move-In Day on Tuesday, Aug. 20 and continue through Monday, Aug. 26.
An integral part of the First Week experience is the Millikin men's and women's identity summits. The summits allow first year students to address pertinent topics that they will face throughout their college career at Millikin.
Millikin's First Week experience will also feature speaker Jessica Pettitt on Aug. 20. Jessica Pettitt is a three-time nominee for Best Diversity Artist by Campus Activities Magazine. Her programs are direct, customized, and highly interactive. Her keynote sessions take participants on a journey weaving together politics, theory, current events, and storytelling. Pettitt will open First Week with her keynote address, "Be the Change you Want to Be."
The First Week program also features Mission IMPROVable on Aug. 21. Mission IMPROVable is Chicago's award winning improv comedy group that provides an exciting new form of comedy. The on-the-spot randomness provided by the audience makes each mission truly unique and very often hysterical.
A highlight of the week's activities will be the Class of 2017 Day of Action, which will take place on Saturday, Aug. 24. Day of Action is Millikin's opportunity to give back to the Decatur community by sending students into the neighborhoods for service opportunities. This year, Millikin will be combining with the United Way's Day of Action to perform services at 19 different sites including the Decatur Fire Department, Dennis Elementary Lab School, Dove, Inc., and Easter Seals of Central Illinois.
The week concludes with Opening Convocation on Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Kirkland Fine Arts Center, where Millikin faculty and students gather to celebrate the beginning of the academic year. The program will feature Millikin faculty and student speakers.
For a full list of First Week activities, visit www.millikin.edu/firstweek
5/14/2013 7:55 PM
Millikin University is pleased to announce the winners of the 20th annual Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium.
The annual Poster Symposium provides students with an opportunity to share their scholarly work, and in the process increase campus and community awareness of the variety of scholarly activities conducted by students and faculty. In addition, the Poster Symposium is an excellent means of introducing and encouraging students to explore and participate in research opportunities at Millikin.
Participation in the poster symposium is open to all Millikin students, regardless of major or class rank. The requirement to enter is a letter from a faculty sponsor certifying a poster submission as B or better grade work. The poster presentation may consist of scholarly work completed in regularly scheduled courses, seminars, independent study, directed study, internships, SURF, Leighty Scholars, or James Millikin Scholars.
Students participating in the poster symposium are eligible for cash awards provided by the Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society and the Judith & G. Richard Locke Awards.
2013 Winners:Judith & G. Richard Locke & Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi 1st Prize for Research:
David D. Leimbach, a senior from Decatur, Ill.Judith & G. Richard Locke 1st Prizes for Scholarship:
Lindsey R. Baxter, a junior from Rockton, Ill.; Olivia L. Hays, a junior from Argenta, Ill.; Ryan W. Fraedrich, a junior from Sycamore, Ill.; Alexandra N. Berroyer, a senior from Taylorville, Ill.; Kelly A. Commons, a senior from Indianapolis, Ind.; Rebekah D. Carlson, a senior from Decatur, Ill.; Daniel M. Delaney, a senior from Altamont, Ill.; Seth M. Gabriel, a senior from Decatur, Ill.; Sarah J. Huber, a senior from West Dundee, Ill.; Darby J. Kirby, a junior from Decatur, Ill.; Madeline H. Knott, a senior from Bettendorf, Iowa; David D. Leimbach, a senior from Decatur, Ill.; and Edward A. Pluhar, a senior from Bethalto, Ill.Judith & G. Richard Locke 2nd Prizes for Scholarship:
Joey C. Flamm, a senior from Cobden, Ill.; Cody N. Hubble, a senior from Jonesboro, Ill.; Camille S. McClendon, a senior from Hazelwood, Mo.; Allyson B. Staudenmaier, a senior from Mt. Zion, Ill.; Jamiahus D. Walton, a senior from Peoria, Ill.; and Samantha J. Wassenhove, a senior from Aledo, Ill.Judith & G. Richard Locke 3rd Prizes for Scholarship:
Brandon Barringer, a senior from Decatur, Ill.; Brittany R. Czaplicki, a junior from Bourbonnais, Ill.; Dana C. Hunt, a junior from Mundelein, Ill.; Emily A. Cleveland, a sophomore from Mokena, Ill.; Megan K. McCauley, a junior from Decatur, Ill.; Maddison L. Harner, a junior from Lovington, Ill.; Sierra R. Goldberg, a senior from Rockford, Ill.; and Sean T. Keil, a senior from Decatur, Ill.Florence Nightingale Nursing Awards:1st Prize
– James D. White, a senior from Salt Lake City, Utah2nd Prize
– Yvonne M. Kelly, a senior from Mt. Zion, Ill.; and Kalu K. Okonkwo, a senior from Chicago, Ill.3rd Prize
– Lindsay Barlow, a graduate student from Taylorville, Ill.; Heidi L. Phillips, a graduate student from Petersburg, Ill.; Tiffany A. Stork, a graduate student from Taylorville, Ill.; Autumn R. Altheide, a graduate student from Decatur, Ill.; Kathleen N. Campbell, a graduate student from Decatur, Ill.; Jim A. Mitchell, a graduate student from Decatur, Ill.; Jenna R. Schroeder, a graduate student from Decatur, Ill.; and Katie White, a graduate student from Blue Mound, Ill.
For more information on Millikin's annual Poster Symposium, visit www.millikin.edu/academics/celebrations/ugrp/
4/1/2013 3:15 PM
The Millikin University Center Board will host "Sibs Weekend 2013" April 5-7 at Millikin University.
This event is a tradition that gives Millikin students the opportunity to share with siblings their experience as a student at Millikin. Students are encouraged to invite siblings ages 6-17 to visit and enjoy a weekend of fun activities.
Sibs Weekend will begin on Friday, April 5 at 8 p.m. on the Miller Quad with a showing of the Disney film "Wreck-It Ralph." In the event of inclement weather, the location will be moved to Lower Richards Treat University Center.
Sibs Weekend activities will continue on Saturday, April 6 at 12 noon as Millikin hosts "Springfest" on the Miller Quad. Activities include inflatables, water balloon toss, tie-dye, live music, snacks, and more. Thodos Dance Chicago will also perform at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center on April 6 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the event may be purchased at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center Box Office by phone at 217.424.6318 or online at www.kirklandfinearts.com
"Sibs Weekend 2013" will conclude on Sunday, April 7 with brunch in Wornick Dining Room from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. A special book reading provided by Bronze Man Books will also be featured on April 7.
For more information on "Sibs Weekend 2013," please contact the Office of Student Programs at 217.424.6335, e-mail the University Center Board at email@example.com or visit www.millikin.edu/ucb
10/16/2012 2:30 PM
Millikin University is pleased to announce that registration for Millikin January Immersion courses will begin on Wednesday, Nov. 7. The catalog of January Immersion course offerings are available online at www.millikin.edu/immersion
January Immersion features classes for new and continuing students, visiting students, current high school students and graduates, as well as courses for adult enrichment and continuing education.
A wide range of classes are offered, with a variety of different subjects covered and flexible meeting times. A sampling of some course titles include: “Hollywood Cinema 1927-1949,” “Physiology of Exercise,” “Ireland on Film,” “Political Philosophy,” and “Understanding World Musics.”
The program is ideal for Millikin students, adult learners, students attending other colleges or universities wanting to earn credits while home for the holidays, and high school students looking to gain credits in escrow.
Individuals may register via phone at 217.424.6217 or by fax at 217.420.6789. Registration forms are available online at www.millikin.edu/immersion
Millikin University encourages students and adults to take advantage of January Immersion and develop new skills and concentrate on required courses. This unique opportunity can enable participants to graduate early, improve grade point average, or provide a great experience.
8/13/2012 2:30 PM
First year students at Millikin University will get a jump start on their college experience during Millikin’s First Week program, to be held Aug. 21-27.
The week of activities is designed to help students make a smooth transition into college life before regular classes begin on August 27. First week activities begin with Move-In Day on Tuesday, Aug. 21 and continue through Monday, Aug. 27.
An integral part of First Week is the First-Year University Seminar Course. New students work with Millikin faculty and are assisted by First-Year Experience Mentors to understand how college courses and college life will be different than their high school experience. Personal life of meaning and value will be a part of the focus of the First-Year University Seminar Course.
First Week also offers new students a chance to learn about important student services offered at Millikin. All first year students will also take part in Millikin’s award-winning alcohol training program, Training for Intervention ProcedureS (TIPS). The training given to this year’s first year students will maintain Millikin’s campus wide alcohol training program. Millikin was the first college in the nation to offer this alcohol training program to its entire student body.
A highlight of the week’s activities will be the Class of 2016 Community Service Project, which will take place on Saturday, Aug. 25. Over 500 students, faculty, and staff from Millikin will volunteer at more than 10 sites throughout the community, including First Lutheran Church, Decatur Area Habitat for Humanity, American Red Cross, Dennis Elementary School, Special Olympics, St. Mary’s Hospital, and others.
The week concludes with Opening Convocation on Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Kirkland Fine Arts Center, where Millikin faculty and students gather to celebrate the beginning of the academic year. The program will feature Millikin faculty and student speakers.
For a full list of First Week activities, visit www.millikin.edu/studentdev/studentprograms/firstweek
5/25/2012 4:36 PM
Millikin University’s Office of Student Programs and Center for Multicultural Student Affairs will host the 2012 High School Leadership Academy (HSLA) on Thursday, June 28 through Friday, June 29.
The event is open to rising junior and senior high school students. This overnight experience is designed to provide students with the chance to learn about and develop valuable leadership skills while getting to know other high school and Millikin University students.
The theme for this year’s High School Leadership Academy is “LEADership Through Social Change.” Students will learn about leadership by using the Social Change Model to develop a better understanding of themselves and their communities.
Please submit a registration form to the Millikin University Office of Student Programs electronically at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to: 1184 West Main Street Decatur, IL, ATTN: Office of Student Programs. The event is $40; however the first 15 students who register will receive a scholarship of $30. The registration fee and form are due no later than June 15, 2012 at 5 p.m.
All students must check-in at the Blackburn Residence Hall Lobby no later than June 28 at 9 a.m. and no earlier than 8 a.m. During this time, students will receive a room key, meal tickets, and other necessary registration materials. While students are checking-in, all parents or guardians will be asked to review and sign the HSLA Standards of Conduct Agreement Form with one of the Co-Directors of the program.
All parents, legal guardians, and other family members are invited to attend a formal reception on June 29 at 1 p.m. in Lower Richards Treat University Center. During the reception, all High School Leadership Academy participants will compete by delivering small group presentations.
For more information, visit www.millikin.edu/student_programs
or contact the Millikin University Center for Multicultural Student Affairs at 217.362.6411.
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