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Goodbye to a generous friend of Millikin
Millikin lost a good friend and a generous benefactor with the death of Charles "Perk" Perkinson, on May 31. He and his late wife, Patricia '45, helped reshape Millikin through their $8 million gift to renovate and endow the School of Music building, which was renamed Perkinson Music Center in their honor.
As long-time Millikin supporters and donors, the Perkinsons’ many gifts to Millikin also included naming Perkinson Gallery in Kirkland Fine Arts Center, as well as bringing the iconic Mr. B.B. statue to campus. MORE
Chicago Business Luncheon - June 22
Join alumni and friends and meet Millikin’s new president, Dr. Harold G. Jeffcoat, and hear his thoughts on "How a Thriving Millikin Benefits You."
Wednesday, June 22
11:30 a.m.-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. (Valet parking available for $20.)
RSVP by Friday, June 17, to the alumni office toll free at 1.877.JMU.ALUM (568.2586) or online at
For more information, click here or email
Millikin Day at Busch Stadium, July 30 - Cards vs. Cubs - Get your tickets NOW!

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.

Millikin recognized for commitment to community service

Millikin University has been named to the President's 2010 Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for completing over 146,000 hours of community service in 2010.


The University was honored with this recognition once before, in 2006. MORE

2011 Spring Commencement
More than 300 diplomas were awarded to bachelor, PACE and MBA graduates during the two commencement ceremonies held May 21-22.
Honorary degrees were presented to commencement speaker Doug Oberhelman ’75, Chairman and CEO of Caterpillar Inc., and Millikin President Emeritus Doug Zemke ’66.
See a collection of photos taken at commencement on our Millikin University Alumni Facebook page.
UChoir live from Ireland
A group of alumni and friends recently accompanied the University Choir on a tour of Ireland, Scotland and England. Many Uchoir fans who were unable to travel to Ireland were still able to enjoy the group’s May 25th performance from St. Mary's Church, Irishtown Clonmel, when it streamed over the Internet. Alan Held ’81 tweeted as he watched in Baden-Baden, Germany.
Check out a few of the photos taken on the tour on the Millikin University Alumni Facebook page.
University Choir in Ireland
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. 
In the "home stretch" for the Millikin Fund, we are closing in on 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
Lab school partnership being considered

A study by officials of Millikin and the Decatur School District could turn Dennis Elementary School into a lab school for Millikin students. The school, which serves students from kindergarten through sixth grade, is located only a few blocks from campus in the historic West End of the city.


The issue is currently under study and a decision is expected sometime this summer. If the lab school concept is approved, it will be implemented in fall 2012. MORE

Trivia Time: He's big and he's bronze
Charles Charles “Perk” and Patricia '45 Perkinson donated the statue “Mr. Big Bronze Man on Campus” to the university as part of a campus beautification plan.
What year did Mr. B.B. arrive on campus?
1. 1995
2. 1996
3. 1997
4. 1998
(Check out our growing Facebook photo album, Mr. B.B. and Me.)
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 --
Patricia Bissey-Greaves '77
John Harris '74
Donald Hildebrand '50
Andrew Kirchgesner '03
Tricia Bechman '99
Each received an MU decal for correctly knowing that the first people to swim in MacIntosh Pool were the grandchildren of John Griswold.
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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