Chris Doughty ’10 and Liz Ciaccio Doughty ’08
Chris: Pecatonica, Ill.
Liz: Momence, Ill.
Chris: Accounting, Information Technology (double major)
Liz: Music-Business (major), Psychology (minor)
When, where, and how did you first meet at Millikin?
Chris: The first time we met was in passing. Liz and her future maid of honor were walking to the DISC and one of my friends who knew them introduced us briefly. She doesn’t remember this, so I must not have made much of a first impression!
Liz: In early September 2006, I was visiting friends at Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE). I was walking up the stairs in the house when I passed Chris on one of the landings. A friend I was walking with introduced us on the landing of the stairs, and we were inseparable the rest of the night!
What do you remember about the first time meeting each other?
Chris: She seemed to be about the nicest person you could meet from our brief meeting, but when I look back on it now I just find it funny that we don’t have the same recollection.
Liz: I remember thinking, “wow, he’s super tall … and handsome.” After a few minutes talking to him though, I remember thinking what a great sense of humor he had.
What did you do on your first date?
Chris: We had hung out quite a few times around campus, but our first real date was a movie at Hickory Point movie theater.
Liz: We met up a lot on campus to hang out at the TKE house or the AXO (Alpha Chi Omega) house, but our first official date was to the movies to see the horror flick “SAW III.”
Where was your favorite place to hang-out together at Millikin?
Chris: We used to meet up at this place on the outside of the quad with a little secluded bench under some trees. It was a good meeting point between the Tau Kappa Epsilon and Alpha Chi Omega houses.
Liz: My favorite place to meet was in this cozy spot tucked in to trees and flowers next to RTUC. There was a bench there that always seemed to be empty, waiting for us! We called it “our spot.”
What is your most memorable Millikin experience as a couple?
Chris: In summer 2008 we both stayed in Decatur for jobs/internships. This was a great time for us to spend a lot of time together without the crazy schedules we each had during the school years.
Liz: It’s hard to pick just one … I have to say that all of the homecomings we’ve been a part of have been really special. When we were undergrads making Millikin memories, and when WE were the alumni coming back to reminisce and visit friends, Chris and I have always loved Millikin homecoming! (Shameless plug by Alumni Office staff: HC14 is Oct. 10-12 this year!)
Where has your relationship taken you since Millikin?
Chris: Liz graduated the year before me, so when I graduated she was already living in the north suburbs. When I graduated I moved to the suburbs, started my job, and studied for the CPA exam. Eventually, she moved into my apartment in Elmhurst. We got engaged later that year, bought a house a few months later, and got married a short time after that.
Liz: A lot of our relationship after Millikin was long-distance. I was in grad school at ISU in Normal, Ill., pursuing a master’s degree in consumer sciences, while Chris finished his double major at Millikin. After grad school, I moved to Gurnee, Ill., for my job, and after graduating from Millikin, Chris moved to Elmhurst for his job and to prepare for the CPA exam. Eventually, I was able to move to Elmhurst, and we were finally together again! We got engaged a little while after that, bought a house, got married, and now here we are!
What advice would you give young couples in love at Millikin?
Chris: Just have fun, and don’t take your time at Millikin for granted. People tell you this all the time, but it’s so true.
Liz: Don’t rush! Relax. Enjoy college, and enjoy growing up with your significant other and learning more about each other.
Want to share your story of how you found love at Millikin? Email Jaclyn Weisenborn Cantwell ’09, associate director of alumni engagement, with your expressed interest. One couple will be featured each issue in MY Times.