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A message from Laura Ledford, Dean of the College of Fine Arts


Feb. 28: Thank you so much!

Thanks for your generosity these past two days to help us honor a man who had such an impact on so many lives!

I'm proud to report that our total stands at $21,542. More than 100 people have given to this effort in just two days! Amazing!

We have raised 61.5% of the $35,000 needed to name the Green Room in the new Center for Theatre and Dance in honor of Doc Golden, the former department chair. The comments you have shared about Doc have been inspiring (scroll down this page to see some of them), and we will make sure that Susan and his family see each one!

What's next?

Although this two-day concentrated blitz through email and social media is ending, the effort to raise the funds will continue. We heard loud and clear from many of you that you want us to keep going until each dollar is raised for the #DocGolden Green Room Project.

And of course we will. This effort is close to my heart, just as it is to so many of you. If you weren't able to make a donation yet, know that you can still give. Please consider a gift, if you haven't already made one, and spread the word. We WILL make this happen – for Doc and his family.

With sincere thanks,


Dean Laura Ledford
Millikin College of Fine Arts

P.S. Some of you have expressed thoughts about what we should call the room. Give us your thoughts by taking the survey.

#DocGolden's Green Room Project: Total after two-day blitz is more than $21,500

With more than 100 people giving in just two days, the total stands at 61.5% of the $35,000 needed to name the Green Room in the new Center for Theatre and Dance in honor of Dr. David "Doc" Golden, the former department chair. It is clear that Doc left an inspiring impression on many of you. Here is what some said when making their gift to this project:

"Dr. Golden was the type of professor who stretched my view of timing and trust."

"Some teachers teach. Others inspire. Doc transformed me."

"Doc always believed in my ability to create beautiful theatre, and for that I am forever grateful."

"Thanks for everything, Doc. You changed my life."

"Doc always pushed you to think beyond your comfort zone"

"Doc Golden's legacy lives on to the benefit of all of Millikin. So very happy to join this effort!"

"In honor of the good things he brought to Millikin University."

"Love and peace to you, Doc. Thank you for everything...."

"I will always remember my directing class with Doc. One of my favourites!"

"To a great teacher and great man."

"Doc was an inspiration and mentor to every theatre student"

"Thank you for being my mentor, supporter and friend!"

"Doc taught me what art is. Its beauty. Its truth. He gave me a new way to experience the world."

"Untangled & enlightening, his beard and eyes could talk to you in ways that his mouth didn't have to"

"He changed my perspective, he accepted my thoughts and offered wisdom beyond this world."

"Loved by all who knew him"

"Doc was an amazing man, mentor and artist. We were lucky he helped us on our artistic journey."

"Doc was such a treasure. I will remember him always with fondness, admiration, and gratitude."

"Doc made me a better artist and a better person. We are lucky to have known and loved him."

"Doc, You were an inspiration to us all."

"Thank you for being such an inspiration, influencing so many lives and for all you have done for MU!"

"When I think of Doc Golden, the two words that jump immediately to mind are 'Wisdom' and 'Charisma.'"

"Doc sat me down & gave me a stern talk about balance... a convo I turn back to constantly in my life"

"Doc taught me that you can say so much with only a few words. Thank you, Doc!"

"Doc helped me to believe in myself and is truly missed'

"Thanks Doc. You'll never be forgotten"

"Each day I realize something new that Doc has taught me.

"Dr. Golden was a true inspiration!  He helped me realize my potential and believed in me."

"Oh Captain, My Captain!

"In loving memory"

"Doc was such an inspirational figure to so many...glad his legacy will live on through this memorial"

"Doc believed in me and made me feel like a real actor for the first time."

"In memory of a man with a Golden heart"

"I would not be the man I am today without Doc. Professionally AND personally. Period."

I will hold Doc's memory in my heart.Amazing teacher, wise mentor. So grateful to have known him.

"We actors aren't a rich lot, but we who chose 'the life' because of  Doc, know he's worth every penny"

"Thanks for everything, Doc!"

"How wise he was made it that much more surprising when he 'wise cracked.'"

Although this two-day concentrated blitz through email and social media has ended, the effort to raise the funds will continue. We heard loud and clear from many of you that you want us to keep going until each dollar is raised for the #DocGolden Green Room Project.
 
And of course we will. If you weren't able to make a donation yet, know that you can still give online or mail your gift to:

Millikin University
Alumni and Development Office
1184 West Main Street
Decatur, IL 62522

Be sure to note in the memo area on your check: Dr. David Golden Memorial.

Thank you for your consideration of making a gift to celebrate the life of this outstanding professor and student mentor.
Help name a space in the new Center for Theatre and Dance in memory of Dr. David Golden

The late Dr. David "Doc" Golden, professor emeritus of theatre, was a valued member of the Millikin community from 1984 to 2006. During his time at the university, Dr. Golden helped build the Theatre and Dance department to the superior level of excellence that it continues to enjoy today.

In addition, this beloved professor and administrator was an inspiration to hundreds, if not thousands, of students, colleagues and alumni who live his legacy through their work in the theatre every day.

After his death on Oct. 30, 2013, his family requested that donations be sent to Millikin in his memory toward the goal of naming the green room in the planned new Center for Theatre and Dance in his memory. To reach this goal, we must raise $35,190.

Please join us and give today to this worthy cause. Credit card gifts may be made online here, or mail your gift to:

Millikin University
Alumni and Development Office 
1184 West Main Street
Decatur, IL 62522

Be sure to note in the memo area on your check: Dr. David Golden Memorial.

Thank you for your consideration of making a gift to celebrate the life of this outstanding professor and student mentor.
Caterpillar Donates $1 million
Millikin recieves Caterpillar's $1 million check
Walt Hupe, General Manager (center), presents a $1 million check from the Caterpillar Foundation to Millikin University in support of creating a new Center for International Education on campus. Accepting the check is Millikin’s President, Harold Jeffcoat, and Vice President for Alumni and Development, Peg Smith Luy.
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 the Caterpillar Foundation’s $7 million grant made in 2011. Presented by Caterpillar Decatur’s General Manager, Walt Hupe, this investment will help to create a new Center for International Education on the university’s campus.

One year ago, Caterpillar Inc. Chairman and CEO, Doug Oberhelman, a 1975 Millikin graduate, announced an investment of up to $11.5 million toward the capital campaign.  This investment is the largest show of support in Millikin’s history.

The investment, made both by the Caterpillar Foundation and personally by Doug Oberhelman and his wife, Diane, will support creation of a new university center that will house the Oberhelman Leadership Development Center, help renovate Millikin’s oldest residence hall to create a Center for International Education and double the number of students supported by the university’s Long-Vanderburg Scholars Program for minority students.

The $1 million donation recently received by Millikin will give Aston Hall, the university’s oldest residence hall, new life as a Center for International Education. The Caterpillar Foundation has committed a total of $3 million to help renovate and develop the new center, which will provide housing for international students and serve as a home for multicultural affairs staff, international programs, study abroad and global awareness.

“We are extremely grateful to the ongoing support of Caterpillar and the Oberhelmans,” said Millikin President, Harold Jeffcoat. “This new center will serve a vital role in enhancing a critical area of our university mission – to prepare our students to be confident, inspired global citizens by providing expanded opportunities for leadership development and international education. The Center for International Education will serve as a hub for all things related to the international experience – both for students coming here from other countries and for Millikin students who seek to study abroad.”

Millikin’s partnership with Caterpillar extends back nearly six decades to 1955 when the company made its first investment in the university.

Breakdown of Caterpillar’s plan of support for the Transform MU campaign

Creation of the Oberhelman Leadership Development Center - $6.5 million

Total funding to create the Oberhelman Leadership Development Center on the second floor of the new University Center includes a $3.5 million challenge matching grant by the Caterpillar Foundation to match donations made by Caterpillar employees and retirees, as well as $3 million donated personally by the Oberhelmans, for a total gift of $6.5 million. The proposed center will be home to more than 100 student leadership organizations, including student government, Greek life and the multicultural student council. Emerging and seasoned student leaders will have the opportunity to share their resources and practice leadership, management, marketing and technical skills. The new Center will include student organization and development areas, collaboration rooms and three flexible laboratory areas.

Creation of a new Center for International Education - $3 million

The Caterpillar Foundation has also committed $3 million to help create a new center for international education through the renovation of Aston Hall, originally built in 1907. The proposed center will complement the academic experience, offering a variety of cultural, educational, social and recreational programs for students. The Center will provide residence hall space for up to 70 international and domestic students, faculty offices, a lecture/conference hall, two “smart” classrooms and a resource room.

Challenge gift for donors to the new University Center - $1.5 million

The Oberhelmans have also committed to a $1.5 million personal challenge matching grant for potential donors to the new University Center.

Expansion of the University’s Long-Vanderburg Scholars Program - $500,000

The Caterpillar Foundation is also investing $500,000 in MU’s Long-Vanderburg Scholars program, which recognizes high scholastic achievement among historically underrepresented students by providing scholarship support and development opportunities. The program will double from 60 to 120 students in a four-year period and be renamed the Long-Vanderburg Caterpillar Scholars program.

The $85 million “Transform MU” campaign was launched in May 2010 and will revitalize the east side of Millikin’s campus, as well as make significant advances in creating new student scholarships, increasing endowment and faculty development funds, and improving infrastructure. To date, the campaign has raised $52.5 million dollars.

Caterpillar Foundation and Oberhelmans offer matching grants
The Caterpillar Foundation will match one-to-one any contributions made to Millikin by Caterpillar employees, retirees and directors up to $3.5 million. The matching grant challenge is part of an $11.5 million total investment made to the “Transform MU” capital campaign by the Foundation and Caterpillar CEO Douglas Oberhelman ’75 and his wife, Diane.
 
Funds donated through the Caterpillar Foundation challenge will support creation of a new university center on Millikin’s campus, as well as a Center for International Education and the Long-Vanderburg Scholars Program for minority students. Click here to access the Caterpillar Foundation Matching Gift form needed to ensure the match.
 
Mr. and Mrs. Oberhelman have also committed to a $1.5 million personal challenge matching grant for potential donors to the new University Center. Anyone may take advantage of this one-to-one matching opportunity by making a gift to the new University Center through the “Transform MU” capital campaign. To make a gift, Click here and select “new University Center” from the drop-down menu.
$11.5 million commitment to Transform MU campaign
Millikin announced a commitment of $11.5 million in support of the university's Transform MU capital 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.
Campus Community Challenge a Success.

Thank you to the Department of Theatre and Dance, Human Resources and School of Nursing for reaching 100% participation in the Millikin Community Challenge of the Transform MU Campaign!

The three-month Campus Community Campaign concluded in December 2010. Participation for the campus was 53 percent; gifts and pledges raised totaled $245,100!


Department of Theatre and Dance
L-R: Laura Ledford, Jana Henry Funderburk, Sean Morrissey, Mary Black, Sarah May, Mary Spencer
(Not pictured: Lori Bales, Ann Borders, Amy Chisman, Dan Derrick, Janine Evans, Vince Landro, Kevin Long, Barbara Mangrum, Alex Miller, Angie Miller, Denise Myers, Gary Shull)


Human Resources
Diane Lane and Tammy Maxwell


School of Nursing
Standing L-R: Roxie Franklin, Barb Connelley, Charlotte Bivens, Susana Calderon, Pamela Lindsey, Cheryl Hilgenberg, Elizabeth Gephart, Karla Luxner
Seated L-R: Kim Wenthe, Debra Jenkins, Mary Jane Linton, Sheila Jesek-Hale
(Not pictured: Jo Carter, Florence Folami, Pam Laskowski, Isabel Ososki, Marilyn Prasun, Sheryl Samuelson, Deborah Slayton)

Learn more about the Campus Community Support effort.

 

Campus community campaign surpasses $210,000

Thank you to the Office of Residence Life and the Alumni and Development Office for reaching 100% participation in the Millikin Community Challenge of the Transform MU Campaign!

The campus community has surpassed the $210,000 mark in gifts and pledges.


Office of Residence Life
Ellen Engh, Molly Pawsey, Raphaella Prange
(Not pictured: Aaron Copley)
 

Alumni & Development Office
Left side, from front to back: Tim Martin, Dave Brandon, Jan Devore, Mandi Podeschi, Michelle Calloway, Louise Kidd, Jill Poulos
Middle row, from front to back: Angie Hawk, Pattie Smith-Phillips, Bev Kraus, Sherri Crook, Deb Lehman, Carla Freeman, Peg Luy
Right side, front to back: Carol Sampson, Gayle Heneghan
(Not pictured: Anne-Marie Berk, Margaret Friend, Jerry Johnson, Deb Kirchner, Lynette Lambert, Paul Scherschel, Carol Streckfuss)

Learn more about the Campus Community Support effort.

Let’s Give Thanks to Two More MU Departments

 

Thank you to the Office of Student Programs and the Center for Multicultural Student Affairs for their departments' 100% participation in the Millikin Community Challenge of the Transform MU Campaign!

The campus community has raised more than $200,000 in gifts and pledges.
 


Back: Pej Clark, Paul Lidy, Allison Webster, Brooke Parrott

Front: Beth Evans, Latrina Denson

 

Learn more about the Campus Community Support effort.

Another MU Department Comes Through

Congratulations to the Career Center for their department’s 100% participation in the Millikin Community Challenge of the Transform MU Campaign!

The campus community participation rate is approximately 25% and more than $200,000 in gifts and pledges has been raised. 


Career Center
Sandy Wilcox and Pam Folger
(not pictured, Gwen Davis)

Learn more about the Campus Community Support effort.

 
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