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Celebrations of Scholarship set for next week.

MU’s annual celebration of student scholarship, research and creativity will begin Thursday, April 25, at 7 p.m. with Honors Convocation in Kirkland Fine Arts Center. The Day of Scholarship, COS Poster Symposium and Senior Honors Recognition Day will follow, with presentations and focus panels all day Friday and Saturday morning. All presentations are free and open to the public.

For more information, visit the Celebrations of Scholarship webpage.

Read the April 2013 issue of Out of the Blue.

Interim president to assume duties July 1.

Millikin’s board of trustees has selected Dr. Patrick E. White to serve as interim president for approximately 12 to 18 months while a national search for the 15th president is conducted.

View the press release.

That's a lot of candles!
Aerial view of campus from 1908.

Help celebrate Millikin’s 112th birthday at this year’s Founder’s Day Celebration. Join us Tuesday, April 30, for a picnic on Miller Quad (Wornick Dining Room in case of rain) from 5-7 p.m. A ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. and entertainment includes performances by the Millikin Men and others. Decatur Mayor Mike McElroy will also share his thoughts on what Millikin means to Decatur. Cost of the meal is $8, payable at the door.

RSVP by April 25 to Jaclyn Weisenborn ’09, associate director of alumni engagement, at or 217-424-6383.

Right: Aerial view of campus from 1908.

Munoz receives teaching excellence award.
Mark Munoz

Dr. J. Mark Munoz, associate professor of management and international business, has received a Region 4 2013 Teaching Excellence Award from The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The region includes Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Ontario, Canada. As a regional recipient, Munoz is now a candidate for an International Teaching Excellence Award, to be presented in June.

Commencement speakers announced.

David Giertz ’86, president of Nationwide Financial Institution Distributors Agency Inc., and a Millikin trustee, will give the address at the traditional commencement ceremony Sunday, May 19, at 2 p.m. in the Decatur Civic Center.

Rodney Davis ’92, U.S. representative (R-Ill.) for the 13th Congressional District, is the speaker for the PACE/MBA commencement ceremony Saturday, May 18, at 7 p.m. in Kirkland Fine Arts Center.

Make connections at speed networking event.

Plan now to attend “Speed Networking” Monday, April 22, from 7-8 p.m. at MU’s alumni and development center. Co-sponsored by MilliSTAT and Millikin’s Career Center, this free event is modeled after speed dating. Millikin students rotate among alumni for a series of short networking opportunities, moving on each time the bell rings. Participating alumni are encouraged to bring business cards. Refreshments served.

RSVP by April 19 to Jaclyn Weisenborn ’09, associate director of alumni engagement, at or 217-424-6383.

Healthcare film to be screened at Albert Taylor Theatre.

The department of exercise science and sport and the School of Nursing are teaming up to host a screening of the film, “Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare” at Albert Taylor Theatre Monday, April 29, at 7 p.m.

“Escape Fire” examines the powerful forces maintaining the status quo of a medical industry designed for quick fixes rather than prevention, and profit-driven care rather than patient-driven care. For more, visit

After the screening, a panel discussion will be held with area healthcare providers.

Hollis Prize winner performs Chicago recital.
Emily Schneider and Laurie Glencross

Emily Schneider, senior flute and vocal performance double major from Mascoutah, Ill., won the 2013 Hollis Prize competition held on campus March 23. In recognition of this achievement, Schneider performed a recital on Friday, April 12, at Chicago’s Harold Washington Library Center.

Right: 2013 Hollis Prize recipient Emily Schneider with professor Laurie Glencross at the March 23 competition.

Students excel in moot court competition.

For the sixth consecutive year, Millikin students took top awards at the 35th annual Model Illinois Government (MIG) Simulation at the state capitol complex in Springfield. Millikin students won first-and second-place awards in the moot court competition and were also recognized with individual awards.

Nearly 300 students from more than 20 colleges and universities throughout the state participated in the simulation.

View the press release.

OneVoice to appear in Godfrey, Ill.

OneVoice, Millikin’s award-winning vocal jazz ensemble, performs Wednesday, May 1, at 7 p.m. in Benjamin Godfrey Chapel at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, Ill. The performance is free and open to the public. Following the concert, alumni and friends are invited to a reception in the Ringhausen Atrium hosted by the Millikin Club of St. Louis. The concert is sponsored by the North Alton - Godfrey Business Council and coordinated by Zeke Jabusch ’57.

RSVP by April 26 to the alumni and development office at or 1-877-JMU-ALUM (568-2586).

Career workshop/networking event coming to Chicago.

Join Chicago-area alumni and friends for a free career workshop/networking event Thursday, May 2, beginning at 5 p.m. in Deloitte Conference Center, 111 S. Wacker Drive (15th floor - Jackson Park). Want to network only? Arrive at 5:30 p.m.

This year’s panel:

  • Ted Bliefnick ’04, director of business operations, Aerotek
  • Kevin Bodine ’90, vice president of recruiting, Strategic Sourcers Inc.
  • Allison Lackey ’09, manager of communications, JB Training Solutions
  • Reneé Lahey Solano ’92, HR manager, GE Healthcare

The moderator is Pam Folger, director of MU’s Career Center.

Reservations required. RSVP by April 29 to the alumni and development office at or call 1-877-JMU-ALUM (568-2586).

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Trivia Time

Four* Millikin professors are retiring and will be honored at May's Commencement. Who among the four has taught the longest at the university?

  1. Cheryl Hilgenberg, professor of nursing
  2. Clarence Josefson, professor of chemistry
  3. Donald Luy, assistant professor of exercise science & sport
  4. Ronald YaDeau, associate professor of music

* The late Dr. Larry Troy, professor of sociology, will be honored posthumously at May's Commencement.

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.

March trivia winners:

  • Bill Heyduck '53
  • Sara Gottman '06
  • Pam Miller '10
  • Kristin Judelka '03
  • Todd Frick

Each winner received a leather Millikin coaster for correctly identifying Albert Taylor Theatre as the site of the impressive metal scrollwork detail found in last month’s photo. Each also received a 5 x 7 print of Shilling Hall as an “extra credit” prize for knowing that the scrollwork featured in the photo is found on the seats in AT.

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