12/9/2013 3:38 PM
Millikin University will honor approximately 130 graduates at the 2013 Winter Commencement ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. in the Kirkland Fine Arts Center. Graduates from Millikin's traditional undergraduate program, evening degree completion program (PACE), and the Master of Science in Nursing program will be honored during the ceremony.
Dr. Betty J. Horton, Ph.D., CRNA, FAAN, will deliver the commencement address. Student speakers include Jonathan M. Williamsen II of Beecher, Ill., who will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in human services with a Spanish minor; and Tiffany Kloeppel of Savoy, Ill., who will be graduating from the nurse anesthesia track of the Master of Science in Nursing program.
The ceremony will feature musical performances by Millikin University's Guitar Ensemble I, under the direction of Manley T. Mallard, Millikin associate professor of music; and Millikin University's Chamber Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Guy Forbes, Millikin professor of music.
Dr. Horton is a native of Decatur, Ill., where she graduated from Decatur High School, Macon County Hospital's School of Nursing, and Decatur Memorial Hospital's School for Nurse Anesthetists. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1978, a Master of Arts degree in adult education in 1980, and a Master of Science degree in nursing in 1993. She also holds a Ph.D. from Rush University in Chicago.
Dr. Horton was employed as director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program in Decatur for many years. In 1990, she became the director of Accreditation and Education for the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) and Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA). During her tenure with the accrediting agency, she was instrumental in transitioning education programs from the certificate to master's degree level.
During her career, Dr. Horton has worked as a consultant to universities (including a feasibility study for a nurse anesthesia program at Millikin University), nurse anesthesia programs, and organizations on education and accreditation matters both nationally and internationally. In addition to her current consulting business, Dr. Horton is an author of numerous publications and a frequent speaker at professional meetings.
For more information on the 2013 Winter Commencement ceremony, please visit www.millikin.edu/wintercommencement
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."
to read more about the 55th annual Vespers concert from an article by the Herald & Review.
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.
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