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Coming this summer to Lindsay Field – new turf.
MU Turf

Alumni and friends are invited to a ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony at Frank M. Lindsay Field tomorrow, May 16, at 11 a.m. for the new artificial turf playing surface that will be installed at the field this summer. The field turf project, part of Millikin's "Transform MU" capital campaign, is being funded by donors to the university. The project also includes the installation of field lighting and resurfacing the track. Read the May issue…

Since construction needs to begin as soon as possible to meet the scheduled completion date, Millikin will hold the brief ceremonial groundbreaking during the Board of Trustees meeting at Frank M. Lindsay Field. Alumni and friends attending the groundbreaking should park in the Kirkland Fine Arts Center parking lot that morning. Shuttle service will be available to the field.

Unable to attend? We'll be posting photos and video from the groundbreaking at, as well as construction updates throughout the summer. Follow along and watch as we celebrate this transformational chapter in Millikin Athletics!

Let the celebration begin: Commencement set for May 17 and 18.

Nearly 350 graduates will receive diplomas on Sunday, May 18, at 2 p.m. in the Decatur Civic Center at Millikin’s traditional commencement ceremony. Theatre and dance alumna and humanitarian Shawn Lent ’00 will be the keynote speaker. Graduates of the PACE and MBA programs will receive their diplomas on Saturday, May 17, at 7 p.m. in Kirkland Fine Arts Center. Dr. Randall Rentfro ’78, a member of MU's board of trustees and associate professor of accounting at the University of Tampa, will serve as keynote speaker. Tickets are required to attend either ceremony.

Read the news release.

Blue and White Scholarship Challenge exceeds goal.
Blue and White Scholarhsip Challenge

You did it! The Blue and White Scholarship Challenge featured a two-day social media campaign with a goal of raising $200,000 to help fund scholarships for Millikin students. Thanks to the generosity of more than 300 alumni, friends, faculty and staff members, $202,000 was raised on May 1 and 2. Although the initial “blitz” is over, donations to the challenge will be accepted through June 30. If you have not already done so, please consider being a part of this important effort to help make our students’ dreams of a college education come true. Make a gift of any size -- and see some fun videos -- at

Honors Convocation, Celebrations of Scholarship highlight performance learning.

Performance learning came alive on the Millikin campus late last month with the 2014 Celebrations of Scholarship. Starting with Honors Convocation, the three days also featured a poster symposium and a Day of Scholarship, as students displayed their work and shared in this annual opportunity to celebrate their academic efforts. Research topics ranged from a quantum mechanics symposium to a presentation on the relationship of the media and psychological disorders, to name just two examples.

Read more about the Celebrations of Scholarship.

View the poster symposium results.

It’s up to you, New York, New York (alums) …
New York

… to take advantage of this great opportunity to reconnect with your alma mater and classmates at an MU NYC event. Get together for drinks and reminiscing Thursday, May 22, at 9:15 p.m. on the second floor of Hurley’s Saloon, 232 W 48th St. Several Millikin faculty members will be there, including President Patrick White and his wife, Chris; Sean Morrissey, interim chair of the department of theatre and dance and director of dance; Laura Ledford, dean of the College of Fine Arts. Thanks to Scott Rollison ’96 for helping organize this annual get-together.

See you in C-U?

Champaign-Urbana area alumni are invited to join President Patrick White on Friday, June 6, in a celebration of worldwide alumni connections starting at home. Hosted by John and Terry Orchard Thies ’87 in their Urbana home, the event includes a 6 p.m. cocktail reception, followed by a program at 7 p.m. The program will include remarks by President White and Danda Beard ’85, director of development at Illinois Public Media. Know a prospective student who wants to learn more about MU and its international outreach? Bring them along! Dress code is business casual. RSVP by Friday, May 30, to 217-424-6383 or email Location and directions will be given when you RSVP.

Hey, Hoosiers – we’re coming your way!

Millikin alumni in the Indianapolis area are invited to meet MU President Patrick White and his wife, Chris, and hear the latest news from the university at a mix and mingle on Tuesday, June 10, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. EDT. Hosted by Ken and Sue Vaughan Nelson '66 in their home, this event provides a great opportunity to reconnect with your alma mater and meet fellow alumni from the Indy area. RSVP by Wednesday, June 4, to 217-424-6383 or email Location and directions will be given when you RSVP.

Golf outing to support Big Blue Club, Millikin athletics.
Big Blue Golf Outing

Get your foursome together for the annual Big Blue Golf Outing at Hickory Point Golf Club on Friday, June 27. Check-in and lunch start at noon, with shotgun start at 1 p.m. Dinner and awards immediately follow.The team registration fee of $500 includes greens fees, lunch, dinner, snacks, prizes and a Millikin polo shirt for each team member. Registration is limited to the first 36 teams, so register online today. Hole sponsorships are also available. Proceeds benefit the Big Blue Club and Millikin athletics. For more information, visit

Here comes summer … and MU’s Summer Music Camps!

Students from preschool through high school will find something to encourage their musicality at this year’s Summer Music Camps. Activities are available for children ages 2-18, and alumni families are eligible for a 10-percent discount with an Alumni Association membership card. For more info, visit

For those with band experience, the Greater Decatur Youth Band is designed for fifth- through ninth-graders with at least one year of band experience who are looking for a chance to perform at various special events. Sessions are scheduled on Mondays and Wednesdays from June 6–Aug. 4. Registration deadline is June 6. For more info, email Gary Shaw at or call 217-424-6309.

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Millikin University - Decatur, IL
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