3/6/2014 2:27 PM
Millikin University is pleased to announce that registration for Millikin Summer Immersion courses will begin on Thursday, April 10, 2014. The catalog of Summer Immersion course offerings is currently available online at www.millikin.edu/immersion
Summer Immersion provides opportunities for students to earn credits during summer break and complete challenging courses with great topics. Summer Immersion is designed to fit the needs of current Millikin students, incoming first-year students, adult learners, students attending other universities, and high school students wanting to gain credits in escrow.
"At Millikin, we love the fact that during summer immersion courses our faculty can explore new approaches and teach new topics," said Dr. Randy Brooks, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. "The students get to learn in a variety of ways, whether it's behind the wheel of a car or online. The students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in several explorations."
A wide range of classes are offered with a variety of different subjects covered. This year's program also offers hybrid online and several travel courses, including the following.
Chemistry of Art
Class Dates: June 2 – July 3
This course is a laboratory-centered course for non-majors in which the fundamental concepts in
chemistry will be investigated within the framework of their relevance to art. This course will explore the concepts of light, elements, organic and inorganic compounds, solubility, pH, chemical reactions, and more.
Introduction to Driver's Education
Class Dates: May 19 – 24 (Hybrid Online)
Meeting Days: Monday, May 19, 9 a.m. & Online
This online course covers the basic knowledge of safe and responsible driving techniques including vehicle control, driving environments, and emergencies. This course is the first requirement for the new Illinois Board of Education's Driver Education endorsement curriculum.
Baseball in America
Class Dates: May 19 – 30
Baseball in America will study the development of the game as it influences the history and culture of the United States. The class will look closely at the history of the game and focus on specific issues that have affected American life. Students in this class will travel to Peoria, Ill., on May 28 to attend a Peoria Chiefs Single-A Minor League baseball game and interview players.
Civil Rights, Then and Now: Retracing the Steps of the 1961 Freedom Rides
Class Dates: May 19 – June 1
This travel course on civil rights offers students the unique opportunity to learn about the civil rights movement, community organizing, allyship, and student activism. Students will retrace the steps of the monumental 1961 Freedom Rides through several historical southern cities: Nashville, Tenn., Birmingham, Ala., Montgomery, Ala., Selma, Ala., Jackson, Miss., and Memphis, Tenn. Students will travel to various landmarks, museums and other educational sites to foster dialogue and learning.
Millikin is offering discounted tuition for summer courses. Individuals may register via phone at 217.424.6205 or by fax at 217.420.6789. Registration forms are available online at www.millikin.edu/immersion
and in the Registrar's Office, located in Gorin Hall, Room 16, on Millikin University's campus.
Millikin University encourages students and adults to take advantage of Summer Immersion and develop new skills and concentrate on required courses. This unique opportunity can enable students to graduate early, improve grade point average, or provide a great experience.
3/4/2014 2:46 PM
Millikin University's Center for International Education (CIE) has pledged to join the Institute of International Education's (IIE) Generation Study Abroad
initiative to double the number of American students who study abroad by the end of the decade.
The Center for International Education has proudly committed to a pledge of increasing Millikin University's study abroad enrollment to a total of 18 percent by the end of the decade. In the coming months and years, the CIE also pledges to expand activities and services for education abroad through the launching of new initiatives, scholarships, alumni contacts, and services.
Leading up to IIE's centennial celebration in 2019, Generation Study Abroad will engage educators at all levels and stakeholders in the public and private sectors to drive meaningful, innovative action to increase the number of U.S. students who have the opportunity to gain international experience through academic study abroad programs, as well as internships, service learning and non-credit educational experiences. Millikin University is among the lead partners who have committed to specific, measurable actions that will help reach this ambitious goal; the result will be thousands more American students graduating with the international experience necessary for success in a globalized world.
Building on its nearly 100-year commitment to study abroad, IIE has committed $2 million of its own funds to this initiative over the next five years.
"Making this pledge to the Institute of International Education to double our study abroad enrollment is a logical next step for further internationalization on Millikin's campus," said Carmen Aravena, director of Millikin's Center for International Education. "We truly want to prepare our students for democratic leadership in a global society, and making a commitment that pushes our mission onto more students will undoubtedly have lasting positive effects on the general student population."
More than 150 higher education institutions from 41 U.S. states have already signed the Generation Study Abroad Commitment, including large state and private universities, liberal arts colleges, community colleges, and historically black colleges and universities and other minority serving institutions. The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and several foreign governments, as well as key higher education associations and study abroad provider organizations, have also pledged to support the goals of the initiative. Recognizing the importance of an internationally focused workforce, IIE is also actively seeking the participation of corporations and the business community.
"Globalization has changed the way the world works, and employers are increasingly looking for workers who have international skills and expertise," says Dr. Allan Goodman, president of IIE. "Studying abroad must be viewed as an essential component of a college degree and critical to preparing future leaders."
IIE is launching Generation Study Abroad because the number and proportion of today's students who graduate with an educational experience abroad is far too low. Currently, fewer than 10 percent of all U.S. college students study abroad at some point in their academic career. According to the Open Doors Report on International and Educational Exchange released by IIE last November with support from the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, 295,000 students studied abroad in 2011-12 in credit-bearing and non-credit programs. Generation Study Abroad aims to grow participation in study abroad so that the annual total reported will reach 600,000 by the end of the decade.
Jacob Cushing, Millikin coordinator of International Student Services says, "Pledging to increase Millikin's study abroad enrollment is a wonderful way to show our community that an international education is not only important, but necessary to be fully prepared in our global society."
For more information on IIE's Generation Study Abroad initiative, and a complete list of commitment partners, visit www.iie.org/generationstudyabroad
Millikin University is a private, comprehensive university with a diverse student population of approximately 2,200 undergraduate and graduate students. A Millikin education features "performance learning," a unique learning approach offering students the chance to build the confidence to succeed before and after graduation. Students choose from more than 50 majors from the College of Fine Arts, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Professional Studies and Tabor School of Business. Millikin is located on a 75-acre residential campus in Decatur, Ill. Last year, 99 percent of Millikin graduates gained employment or admission into professional/graduate school within six months of graduation. More information is available at www.millikin.edu
2/27/2014 3:35 PM
Millikin University art students were recognized for their outstanding efforts at the 14th annual Self Employment in the Arts (SEA) Conference, held Feb. 21-22 in Lisle, Ill. Millikin garnered three of the six awards during the 5th annual SEA College Juried Art Show.
Prior to the SEA Juried Art Show, 101 works of art were submitted by college artists, a record number. This year's Juror, Janet Bloch, kept 37 submissions for the show, 17 of which were works by Millikin students. Michael Shultz, a senior studio art major from Decatur, won Best of Show and was voted the People's Choice for his work.
Michael Shultz '14 won Best of Show at SEA Conference
"After three consecutive years at the conference, the biggest thing I've taken away is confidence in my ability to make it as an artist," said Shultz. "Each year, I interacted with the same people many times, as well as new faces, and had the opportunity to get feedback from them as I grew. In particular, winning the awards was a huge boost of confidence. I have only been practicing visual arts for two-and-a-half years, and to have my efforts validated not only by Janet Bloch, the exhibition's juror, but by popular vote, makes me feel ready to take on the world."
Jessica Brooks, a sophomore studio art major from Decatur, also received a Juror's Award for her artwork.
“The SEA Conference was a great glimpse into our future in terms of the professional art world," said Brooks. "It's a great opportunity for networking and learning things that classes can't provide."
Jessica Brooks '16 received a Juror's Award at SEA Conference
In addition to exhibiting their artwork, students attended workshops and panel discussions on topics including: How to Market Your Artwork, Copyright Law, Exhibiting in Galleries, Business Plans and Networking Strategies.
Millikin University was well represented at the SEA Conference with 32 students and seven faculty members in attendance. Ed Walker, Millikin associate professor of art, and Matt Talbott, Millikin instructor of music, presented at several conference sessions.
"Millikin art students have continued to demonstrate not only their passion, but also an understanding of what it takes to succeed in the arts in terms of professional practice," said Lyle Salmi, Millikin associate professor of art. "This is evidenced in the fact that they have been very successful when entering into, and winning awards at professionally juried exhibitions."
The annual SEA Conference is geared towards emerging visual, performing, literary, and media artists. Activities included keynote presentations, artist-led sessions, panel discussions, one-on-one mentoring sessions, round table discussions, and workshops.
The mission of the SEA is to provide educational resources to help aspiring artists gain the entrepreneurial knowledge and skills needed to establish and maintain a career as an independent artist. For more information on Self Employment in the Arts, visit www.selfemploymentinthearts.com
2/26/2014 3:10 PM
Blue Connection Fine Arts Gallery, located at 117 N. Water St. in Decatur, Ill., will host "Bold is Gold," a March After 5 Live event scheduled for Friday, March 7 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Fine paintings, ceramics and other pieces of fine art will be on display. Complimentary refreshments will be provided; the event is free and open to the public.
The featured artists for the March After 5 Live event include 14 Millikin University fine art students and faculty members. The student artists were hand-selected by Millikin fine art faculty members.
Jessica Claussen, a junior art therapy major from Grant Park, Ill., says, "My pieces in the show are some of my newest, especially my paintings. It is an honor to be in a gallery with so many other wonderful artists."
Millikin's Arts & Entrepreneurship program
provides performance-based business opportunities for students to exercise self-employment. The program utilizes student-run ventures to provide students live practice in developing, launching, and growing a business.
Tyler Hicks-Oliver, a senior entrepreneurship major from Decatur, Ill., commented on Blue Connection's growth since its After 5 Live February event. "We all have a desire to put our best foot forward and not just run the gallery, but continue to make it better all the while enhancing our skill sets as future career working men and women. I see more great things to come."
For further information on Millikin University's Blue Connection, visit www.millikin.edu/blueconnection
or contact the gallery at 217.428.0112.
2/25/2014 3:28 PM
The Millikin University Institute for Science Entrepreneurship 2013-2014 Speaker Series will continue on Thursday, March 6 with keynote speaker Robin King
. The presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Leighty-Tabor Science Center, Room 001, on Millikin University's campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Robin King serves as chief executive officer and oversees all operations for EPL Bio Analytical Services, LLC (EPL BAS). EPL Bio Analytical Services, located in Harristown, Ill., focuses exclusively on agricultural science, building a reputation in the industry for quality, compliance, and customer service. While continuing its history of crop protection chemical testing, EPL BAS has expanded into cutting-edge agricultural biotechnology stimulating accelerated growth.
King earned a Bachelor of Arts in medical technology from Missouri Baptist College. She has been with EPL BAS since 2005, and has more than 25 years of experience in management of regulatory analytical services in AG food and feed safety. She has extensive experience in biotechnology including development and implementation of ELISA test methods in compliance with the EPA, AOAC and USDA - GIPSA.
The title of her presentation is "EPL BAS: Change, Change and More Change." She will share a story about a small local science-based business and how the business continues to reinvent itself in an ever-changing global economy.
The 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 Institute for Science Entrepreneurship 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 Institute for Science Entrepreneurship 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, visit www.millikin.edu/isespeakers
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