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Class of 2014 class gift

In a long-held Millikin tradition, the graduating class presents the university with a “Class Gift” during its senior year. Such group expressions of philanthropy are reflective of a goal to benefit the campus community as a whole and is evidence of the pursuit of Millikin's mission’s directive concerning “a personal life of meaning and value” that will be continued beyond the commencement ceremony and graduation. The university encourages lasting expressions of group philanthropy and loyalty that will serve institutional needs and/or provide for useful, interesting and appropriate material items on campus.

Past class gifts include:

  • 2008: permanent Millikin email addresses after graduation
  • 2009: celebratory banners along Fairview and Main Streets
  • 2010: floor-length banners representing MU’s four colleges
  • 2011: mosaic tile design for the planned new University Center
  • 2012: seating area on Shilling lawn in front of the historic Abraham Lincoln statue landmark
  • 2013: personalized brick design in between the J. Roger Miller Centennial Quad and Kirkland

The class of 2014, led by Senior Class President Kyli Humm, raised $4,711 and purchased a 3D “M,” which was installed on campus last month. The money was raised through fundraisers such as selling senior class T-shirts, hosting “senior nights” at LSB, selling diploma frames and partnering with several restaurants to receive a percentage of their sales during a business day. With the new M comes the start of a new tradition: “Rub the M for good luck.”

Members of the 2014 Senior Class Committee included:

  • Becky Gerk
  • Ben Murrow
  • Brett Ketza
  • Chelsea Smalley
  • Dana Bjorge
  • Drew Burge
  • Elise Scannell
  • Hannah Gifford
  • Kyli Humm (president)
  • Katie Stelte
  • Kelsey Cosley
  • Mary Gangloff
  • Miranda Lofgren
  • Nick Burge
  • Zach Minder


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Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL