Renewing a Campus Landmark
The ivy-covered Old Gym, completed in 1912, was the third building to be completed on the Millikin campus. It and a separate facility to house the School of Music were constructed almost simultaneously and funded primarily through a $100,000 gift from the James Millikin Estate. After learning of plans for construction of the two new facilities from President A. R. Taylor, the university's 1,100 students erupted in wild cheers and held an impromptu parade through downtown Decatur.
During World War I, the Old Gym served as an armory and was used for mock drills, complete with trenches and simulated shell holes. The building also holds a place in Illinois history, having hosted the state basketball tournament for high school boys in its early years.
03|07 Caterpillar Donates $1 milllion
As a part of the Caterpillar Foundation’s previously announced investment in Millikin University, Wednesday, February 22, 2012, marked another momentous occasion as the Caterpillar Foundation made its second payment of $1 million in Millikin University. This investment is part of...
06|03 Caterpillar Foundation and Oberhelmans offer matching grants
The matching grant challenges are part of an $11.5 million total investment made to the “Transform MU” capital campaign by the Caterpillar Foundation and Caterpillar CEO Douglas Oberhelman ’75 and his wife, Diane.
03|28 $11.5 million commitment to Transform MU campaign
Through the combined generosity of Trustee Emeritus Doug Oberhelman '75, his wife, Diane and the Caterpillar Foundation, it is the largest pledge of support in the history of the university.
01|28 Campus Community Challenge a Success.
The three-month Campus Community Campaign concluded in December 2010 with 53 percent of the campus participating.
GIVING IN ACTION
Whether you donate to the university and invest in future students, volunteer your time at the university, or advocate for the school through recruitment or other programs, your efforts benefit the entire university community. Please join me and reinvest in Millikin today. The returns last a lifetime.
(Hired Four Millikin Graduates, Guest Speaker in the Business Program, and Alumni Donor)
Scott Flora, President, Covidien Surgical Devices
Alumni, Class of 1978
When I was invited to deliver the baccalaureate address during Commencement 2004, I challenged the graduating class to give something back to their new alma mater. Soon after, I had to honestly ask myself: “What have YOU done for Millikin?” My answer to that question resulted in a wonderful journey to establish the Smith/Orlandini Book Award, given annually to a student with demonstrated financial need in the department of exercise science and sport. This ultimately cultivated my desire to establish a permanent fund honoring my family's connection with Millikin.
Accordingly, I have taken steps to endow the Smith/Orlandini Scholarship. Additional support for the endowment has come from alumni family members, who share my pride in knowing that we are helping assist future generations of Millikin students.
Father Nicholas W. Smith
Alumni, Class of 1983
As anyone attending Millikin knows, the cost of fees, books and materials, and living expenses are daunting. The annual support I receive from scholarships is essential in helping me achieve my goals.
Student, Class of 2011