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Get connected - Homecoming 2011 - Oct. 7-9
Homecoming 2011 will be here before you know it, so start making your plans now! Reunion packets have been mailed to all alums whose class year ends in 1 or 6.
Check out the online schedule of activities planned for the weekend and make your reservations online NOW. Click here to see who has already made their reservations. The list will be updated often.
Highlights of this year’s events include:
• A special reunion for the undefeated football team of 1961.
• A celebration of the 100th anniversary of Millikin’s SAE chapter.
• An alumni swim meet.
• Men’s basketball team alumni game.
• Men's and women’s soccer reunion on Oct. 1.
• A celebration of 30 years of School of Nursing grads.
• Pompon and dance team alumni to perform at half-time of the football game.
Several alumni will be recognized on Friday, Oct. 7, at a dinner honoring Alumni Awards recipients and Athletic Hall of Fame (AHOF) inductees. Come to Homecoming and help us recognize them!
Millikin recognized by two national college ranking guides.

The Princeton Review selected Millikin as one of the Midwest's best colleges and Forbes magazine included MU on its online list of “America’s Top Colleges. More
Enjoy Reds baseball Aug. 28 with Zemkes (Deadline Aug. 19)
Join President Emeritus Doug Zemke ’66 and his wife, Ellen, as the Cincinnati Reds play the Washington Nationals at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati on Sunday, Aug. 28, at 1:10 p.m.
We’ve reserved Triple Play Suite No. 8 (left field club level), a climate-controlled area with an outside deck. Cost is $78 per person and includes all-inclusive ballpark buffet and beverages of the adult and non-adult variety.
For reservations or information, contact the Alumni Office toll-free at 1-877-568-2586 or email:
Click here to purchase tickets online with a credit card.
Reservations and payment due by Aug. 19.
New Alumni Association board of directors named.
The Millikin Alumni Association welcomes new officers:
• President - Matt Andrews ’99
• President Elect - Martha Gulick Leeper ’89
• Vice President - Carol Bailey Barnes ’72
• Secretary - Nick McNamara ’07
Click here for a complete list of board members and more information about the Alumni Association.
Two alums accept Millikin coaching positions.
Dirk Doehring ‘02, who started his collegiate coaching career as an assistant track and field coach at Millikin from 2004-06, has been named director of track and field and cross country.
Sam Osborne ’10 has been named head men’s golf coach after serving as assistant men’s golf coach last year at Millikin.
BMX cyclist alum competes on “America’s Got Talent.”
Matt Wilhelm ’01 will perform again Tuesday, Aug. 23, on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” Click here to watch how Wilhelm wowed the judges and the crowd last week as he wheeled his way into the semifinals. Tune in this week and vote for Matt!
Two Millikin TKE members receive national recognition.
Two members of MU's Beta chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, David Anderson and Robert Gregory, both ’11, were selected for the 2011 Top Teke Award. The two were among only six students selected out of more than 250,000 active members across the U.S. and Canada to receive the award.
Gregory served two years as his chapter's house manager and was a chemistry major. He was published in a journal for his research at Archer Daniels Midland Co., where he worked to develop an oil dispersant for the BP oil spill.
Anderson served as his chapter's chaplain and new member educator, as well as the IFC vice president of recruitment. He was a Presidential Scholar, a member of the "Most Outstanding Team" at the 2011 Illinois Moot Court Competition and founded Millikin’s Student Honors Advisory Council.
Their selection continues a legacy of national honors for the Millikin TKE chapter. Last year, Sam Osborne ’10, MU's new men’s golf coach, was chosen as a national Top Teke, and in 2008, the entire MU chapter was recognized as a Top Teke Chapter.
Links to alumni, students, and faculty in the news
Alumni in the news
• Shawn Maxwell ‘00 - Releases fourth jazz CD.
• Matt Wilhelm ’01 – Finalist on “America’s Got Talent.”
• Gretchen Feiertag Nollman ’06 - Decatur Business Journal’s “20 under 40.”
• Mary Herrod ’08 – Performs in musical, "Jekyll & Hyde."
Faculty links

Students in the news
• Andrew Purcell ’12 – Directs Missoula Children’s Theater.
Calendar of Events.
• Monday, Sept. 5 - Millikin Decatur Symphony Orchestra Labor Day Pops (Nelson Park, Decatur).
• Saturday, Sept. 17 - Almost Elton John (Kirkland Performing Arts Series)
• Friday-Sunday, Sept. 23-25 – Fall Family Weekend (including Alumni Association food booth, Sept. 24)
• Saturday, Sept. 24 - Collage Concert
• Sunday, Sept. 25 – Cantus (Kirkland Performing Arts Series) MU alumni members include Chris Foss '05 and Aaron Humble '00.
• Saturday, Oct. 1 - Blue Connection at Columbia, Ill., Arts Walk.
• Friday-Sunday, Oct. 7-9 – Homecoming 2011
Trivia Time: Crowning the queen.
Thanks to Dona Morine Burwell '49 for submitting the news clipping that led to this month's trivia question:
Homecoming 1947 saw a big-name orchestra play for the annual dance. The leader of that nationally known band was given the honor of choosing that year’s homecoming queen.
Who was the band leader who selected Patsy Shumate Lumm ‘48 as homecoming queen from the candidates shown in the photo below?
1. Artie Shaw
2. Jimmy Dorsey
3. Tommy Dorsey
4. Stan Kenton
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 --
Ryan Ho '11
Emily Anderson '11
Rachel Drake '11
Andrew Merkle '11
Travis Swinford '10

Each received a surprise gift for correctly knowing that the JMU architectural feature in the photo is on the north side of Gorin Hall.
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