12/2/2013 3:07 PM
Millikin University will welcome the holiday season with the 55th annual Vespers celebration, "Gloria," to be held at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center at 3 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 and Sunday, Dec. 8.
For 55 years, Vespers (which means "evening prayer") has signaled the beginning of the holiday season with a sumptuous evening of carols, choirs and candlelight. Over 300 musicians join together for this joyous musical feast presented annually on Millikin's campus. Songs from past centuries combined with familiar carols and arrangements create an evening of seasonal warmth for the whole family (children age 6 and above). Vespers is one of Millikin's most popular events, and has become a beloved tradition on campus and within the Decatur community.
"Each year, Vespers provides a wonderful opening for the holiday season," said Dr. Brad Holmes, Millikin professor of music and artistic director for Vespers. "The theme for this year's Vespers, 'Gloria,' will look at various perspectives of this ancient word central to the season. Audiences will experience grandeur, wonder and joy during the 75-minute program."
Tickets may be purchased at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center Box Office, by phone at 217.424.6318 or online at www.kirklandfinearts.com
. Kirkland Box Office hours are Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for seniors. A $2.50 fee will be applied for credit card purchases. This is a per transaction fee, not per ticket, and applies to online and Box Office orders.
Events at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the Midwest Arts Council.
11/27/2013 11:52 AM
Dr. J. Mark Munoz, Millikin University professor of management and international business, has embarked on a campaign to help the thousands of victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
"As many of you know, thousands of people perished and hundreds of thousands are currently displaced and suffering," says Munoz. "I was born in the Philippines and have family there. Fortunately, my family was spared and experienced only very minor property damage. We are now mobilizing efforts to help others."
Located in Southeast Asia, the Philippines has a population of about 105 million. The country is a close U.S. ally and trading partner. The country imports about $7 billion worth of products from the U.S. annually, and exports about $6.6 billion worth of products to the U.S. under the presidency of Benigno Aquino. The country is on track towards economic recovery and enhancement of social programs directed towards health and education. The country is relatively poor with a gross domestic product (GDP) per capita of $4500.
Munoz adds, "The country's infrastructure is fragile. An exceptionally strong typhoon, such as Haiyan, can create extensive damage. My understanding is that food, water and medicines are being sent to the country. An important issue to consider is lack of electricity. Many cities will likely be without power for several months."
Munoz has teamed up with the Watts of Love Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Chicago, to provide 10,000 portable solar lighting units with cell phone chargers to the typhoon victims.
"Imagine families living in darkness for several months," said Munoz. "Imagine families being totally cut off from communication. The solar powered lighting units and chargers will save lives, provide hope, and can serve as a device families can use for other emergencies in the future. In my classes, I talk about global citizenship all the time. I cannot merely sit back and watch. I need to provide help where I can."
In 2005, Munoz wrote a book about the Philippines entitled "Land of My Birth." The book was a sociopolitical critique of the Philippines and was a call for arms for economic, political and social reform. In that same year, Munoz was recognized with a Calatagan Award, a literary and cultural award from the Philippine American Artists and Writers Association.
More information on how to help is available on the Watts of Love Foundation website at www.wattsoflove.org
to read an article from the Herald & Review about Dr. Munoz's efforts.
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.
11/21/2013 2:43 PM
The Millikin University Institute for Science Entrepreneurship (ISE) 2013-2014 Speaker Series will continue on Thursday, Dec. 5 with keynote speaker Dr. Richard Lohr, D.C. The presentation will begin at 6 p.m. in Leighty-Tabor Science Center, Room 208, on Millikin University's campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Dr. Richard Lohr is a chiropractic physician at EliteCare Center, LLC, in Decatur, Ill. Dr. Lohr completed his undergraduate work in his home state of Michigan at St. Clair College where he was offered a basketball scholarship. He received his Doctor of Chiropractic from Logan College in St. Louis, Mo., in December 1986.
Dr. Lohr practiced in Bloomington, Ill., for many years and was voted "Best Guest Lecturer of the Year" at Illinois Wesleyan University. He was also an honorarium lecturer at the Illinois Wesleyan School of Nursing for many years.
Dr. Lohr has owned a small business/practice for 27 years and has started each from ground zero several times. He will share how he built a successful business without financing. He will also be sharing tips and advice on advertising and marketing strategies. The title of his presentation is "Challenges and Opportunities of Business Ownership."
The Millikin ISE Speaker Series focuses on science entrepreneurship and how an increased emphasis on entrepreneurship can fuel economic growth and social well-being. Throughout the academic year, executives from science ventures will be discussing particular aspects of their business and broader topics of interest.
Formed by Dr. David Horn, associate professor of biology, Dr. George Bennett, professor of chemistry, and Dr. Casey Watson, associate professor of physics & astronomy, the ISE serves as a bridge between external clients and faculty and students of Millikin to invent products and provide other high quality services to science companies.
The ISE was originally funded by a Millikin University Performance Learning Enhancement Grant in December 2012. Since that time, the institute received $2,000 in funding from the Coleman Foundation and $5,000 from an anonymous donor to develop the 2013-2014 speaker series.
For more information on the speaker series or the Millikin Institute for Science Entrepreneurship, contact Dr. David Horn at 217.424.6392, via e-mail at email@example.com or visit www.millikin.edu/InstituteForScienceEntrepreneurship
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