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Senator Durbin speaks to the Millikin community.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin visited campus Thursday, May 3, to discuss his opposition of a proposed student loan rate hike that would nearly double the minimum interest rate on Stafford loans. Two Millikin students shared the podium with Durbin to tell their personal stories.

Nearly 500 seniors to graduate this weekend.

Nearly 500 new graduates will be joining the ranks of Millikin alumni after commencement ceremonies are held this weekend.

On Saturday, approximately 100 total MBA and PACE graduates will receive their diplomas. That will be followed by a Sunday commencement ceremony at the Decatur Civic Center during which nearly 400 traditional graduates will receive their degrees. Both events require tickets for admission.

Several events are scheduled leading up to the ceremonies for the soon-to-be Millikin alumni, including a graduates dinner hosted by President Jeffcoat, a senior class picnic, an MBA reception and more, including a recently added tradition - a candlelight ceremony on campus for the graduating seniors. Learn more.

New Big Blue director of athletics is named.

Dr. Craig White, a former Decatur resident, is the new director of athletics and recreation.

He will join the Millikin staff early this summer. White comes to Millikin with more than 19 years of athletic administration experience and most recently served as associate athletic director at the University of Georgia.

Join the Summer Service Challenge

Millikin challenges you to participate in 10 hours of service this summer any time from June 1 - Aug. 31. This is a great opportunity to give back to your local community and can be done individually, with family/friends, or through your employer-sponsored social responsibility days.

Here's how:

  • Complete 10 hours or more of service in your local community
  • Engage others in service whenever possible. (This includes: family, friends, other Millikin alumni in your area and co-workers.)
  • Wear a Millikin shirt while participating in service and take photos if possible.
  • Email your photos to . And follow us on Facebook at "Millikin Serves" and "Millikin University Career Center" to post updates about your service. We'll highlight service accomplishments in the fall issue of Millikin Quarterly magazine and those who participate will be entered in a prize drawing.

Need ideas for service projects/sites? Contact the Career Center at or go to to find out about opportunities in your community.

Students and faculty celebrate Honors Convocation, Celebration of Scholarship Day.

The campus was thriving with even more activity than usual in late April during the annual Honors Convocation and Celebrations of Scholarship (CoS) presentations. Ngozi Onuora, instructor of education, was this year's Distinguished Faculty Lecturer.

The learning doesn't stop in the summer time.

Are you or someone you know wanting to advance your learning this summer? Summer classes at MU are open to a variety of students.

Learn more.

Millikin professor forms "Big Bluegrass Band."

Dr. Travis Stimeling, assistant professor of music, has teamed with students to create the "Big Bluegrass Band," a musical group focused on traditional bluegrass songs, with some modern adaptations.

Big Blue event in the Big Apple.

Millikin's newest crop of senior theatre talent is coming to NYC the week of May 21. The students will be in town all week meeting with casting directors, agents and other theatre professionals. They'd love to end their week by meeting up with MU alums to celebrate. NY alums and friends are encouraged to join them at:

Hurley's Saloon
Second floor lounge and patio
232 West 48th Street b/t Broadway & 8th Ave
beginning at 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 24.

Please send an RSVP to Scott Rollison '96 at, as we'll be ordering some snacks, and it's helpful to know how many will be there.

For more info, call the alumni office toll-free at 1-877-JMU-ALUM (568-2586) or send an e-mail to

Join Millikin Day this July at Busch Stadium.

Join alumni and friends as the St. Louis Cardinals take on the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium on Saturday, July 21, at 3 p.m. Join us in the air-conditioned Redbird Row Party Suites (right field, Rooms 215 and 216). Outside seating also available.

  • Cost is $150 per person and includes a two-hour, all-you-can-eat buffet including beverages of the adult and non-adult variety. For more info, contact the alumni and development office.
  • Tickets can be purchased online.
  • Live in the Decatur area? Make it an all-inclusive trip and let us do the driving! A motorcoach from Decatur to St. Louis will be available at an additional cost of $25 per person.
Make it a musical summer for your child.

Live in the Decatur area and have a child interested in music? Enroll your children in one of the Preparatory Department's summer music camps. Alumni families are eligible for a 10 percent discount upon showing an Alumni Association membership card. A brochure with information and registration form is available at

Contact Carol in the Prep office at 217-425-4698 for more information.

Contest: Words with Big Blue

Here in Alumni & Development, we've been playing 'Words with Big Blue,' our version of a popular word game. Will you help us play our final letters? Use all of the remaining seven letters, plus one letter already in play on the Big Blue board to complete the puzzle. Here's a clue: Fairly new to the Millikin campus, this Big Blue fan has found a home here after 10 years in the Lone Star state. Tell us the word and its board placement, and you could win a Millikin prize!

Send your best guess to, and be sure to include your name and address. Winners will be selected in a random drawing from all who respond correctly and each winner will receive a Millikin prize.

April spot the differences winners

  • Alison Brown '01
  • Rachel Drake '11
  • Andrea Svejda '04
  • Dr. Diane Bolden-Taylor '72
  • Ed Kuny '53

All winners received a deck of MU playing cards for correctly identifying the four differences in the Millikin sign photos. Thanks for participating!

Were you able to spot all the differences? If not, here is a key to last month's puzzle:

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