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A new look to the Alumni & Friends website
You’re invited to explore our new and improved website and discover its many enhancements, including video and photo galleries and our office blog, plus quick links to the online alumni directory and our social media communities. You can even take a survey and tell us what you think of our new site!
Check out this blog post that discusses new features that make it easy for you to get the information you want and to keep us updated on what you're doing.
Gifts to Millikin Fund matched through June 30
Thanks to an anonymous benefactor, all new or additional gifts made to the Millikin Fund will be matched now through June 30 - doubling the impact of your gift. 
With just six weeks remaining, in the "home stretch" for the Millikin Fund, we are 75% to our goal of raising $2.2. million in support of university operations, student scholarships, technology upgrades and keeping our campus looking beautiful. 
Visit to make a one-time or recurring credit card gift, or contact Mandi Landacre Podeschi '02, associate director of development, at
Welcome new Big Blue coaches.
Mark your calendar for Homecoming 2011 - Oct. 7-9
Oct. 7-9 - "Millikin: Make It Last Forever"
This year’s Homecoming events include:
• Reunions for all graduating classes ending in 1 or 6
• 30 years of School of Nursing graduates
• 50th anniversary of the undefeated 1961 football team
• 100th anniversary of the SAE fraternity on Millikin’s campus.
Check the Homecoming website for future updates.
The SAE centennial celebration on Saturday, Oct. 8, includes:
-Alumni vs. Active Football Game
 12 p.m. (Meet at Chapter House at 11:30 a.m.)
-Centennial Banquet
 5 p.m. - Decatur Club
-Centennial Reception
 9 p.m. - Chapter House
For more information and to RSVP/register for SAE activities, visit
MU in NYC Alumni Event - May 26
Millikin's newest crop of senior theatre talent is coming to NYC the week of May 23. 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 alum to celebrate.
So, we've once again reserved a room at Molloy's Irish Pub beginning at 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 26. 
Please send an RSVP to Scott Taylor Rollison '96 at, as we'll be ordering some snacks and it's helpful to know how many will be there.
Molloy's Irish Pub (9th Avenue, just south of 50th Street)
Thursday May 26
9:00 p.m. - ?
We hope to see you there!
2011 Chicago Business Luncheon - June 22
Join alumni and friends for a discussion with Millikin’s new president, Dr. Harold G. Jeffcoat on "How a Thriving Millikin Benefits You."
Wednesday, June 22, 11:30-1:30 p.m.
$30 for three-course lunch and registration
Hosted by the Millikin Club of Chicago at the University Club of Chicago, 76 East Monroe St., Chicago.
RSVP by Friday, June 17, to the alumni office toll free at 1.877.JMU.ALUM (568.2568) or online at
For more information, click here or email
Cards vs. Cubs! Millikin Day @ Busch - July 30

Cheer on your favorite team with alumni and friends from the air-conditioned Redbird Row Party Suites (right field, Rooms 208, 209, 210) at Busch Stadium on July 30 at 3:10 pm.

Cost is $150 per person and includes a two-hour, all-you-can-eat buffet and beverages of the adult and non-adult variety. For more info, contact the alumni office.

Click here to purchase tickets online with a credit card.

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.

Caterpillar Foundation offers matching grant.
The Caterpillar Foundation will match one-to-one any contributions made to Millikin by Caterpillar employees, retirees and directors up to $3.5 million. The matching grant challenge is part of an $11.5 million total investment made to the “Transform MU” capital campaign by the Foundation and Caterpillar CEO Douglas Oberhelman '75 and his wife, Diane. Click here to access the Caterpillar Foundation Matching Gift form needed to ensure the match. 
Funds donated through the Caterpillar Foundation challenge will support creation of a new university center on Millikin's campus, as well as a Center for International Education and the Long-Vanderburg Scholars Program for minority students. More
Matching challenge available to all contributors
Mr. and Mrs. Oberhelman have also committed to a $1.5 million personal challenge matching grant for potential donors to the new University Center. Anyone may take advantage of this matching opportunity by making a gift to the Transform MU Capital Campaign (Click here and select "new University Center" from the drop-down menu).
Trivia Time - You're all wet!

The opening of Griswold Physical Education Center was celebrated with an “Appreciation Day” in September 1970 for Mr. and Mrs. Griswold and other members of the Griswold family.

Who was the first person to swim in Griswold’s MacIntosh Pool?

1. Olympic swimmer and actor Johnny Weissmuller
2. Donor John C. Griswold’s grandsons
3. Millikin President J. Roger Miller
4. Senior class members

Send your best guess to, and be sure to include your name and address. Five winners will be selected in a random drawing of all who respond correctly and each will receive a Millikin prize. Last issue's winners --
Jaime Shoup Macklin '99
Lindsey Brandtley Denault '07
Amanda Moloney '03
Sarah Brandstatter Wright '03
Kathy Beer Alan '89
Each received an MU decal for correctly knowing that the aerial photo was The Woods at Millikin.

Celebrating student scholarship
Celebrations of Scholarship, an annual showcase of the outstanding student work, was held in late April and included the Honors Convocation, Day of Scholarship, Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium and Business Creation Competition.
Over 150 students were recognized at the Honors Convocation, which included an address from the Distinguished Faculty Speaker Professor James Schietinger. His topic was "Hands and Heart and the Creative Process: How Art Comes Into Being."
Check out this link to the Day of Scholarship student presentation topics that were held throughout the campus.
Dr. Eric Bremer '75 was one of judges at the Poster Symposium. Click here to find out about the winners.
The Business Creation Competition also had several alumni judges, including Dennis Beard ‘82, Brent Campbell ’88 and Roy Hinkamper ’95. You can read about the winners here.
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Millikin University - Decatur, IL
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Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL