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Millikin President Harold Jeffcoat retires.

Vice President of Enrollment Rich Dunsworth (right) has been named interim president for Millikin following the recent retirement of President Harold Jeffcoat.

“After 37 years in higher education, including my 13 years as a university president, both [my wife] Marie and I felt it was time for a change,” said President Jeffcoat. “Millikin needs to have in place a long-term president. I am at retirement age, and now is a good time for the board to recruit a new president."

"This is a good thing for us and for Millikin," he continued. "We wish Millikin students, faculty and staff all the best and thank them for the opportunity to serve Millikin in the last few years.”

Dunsworth, who has served a total of 22 years at Millikin, will serve as interim president for three months. During that time, he will work in conjunction with the Millikin board of trustees to identify an acting president to lead the University for approximately 12 to 18 months while a national search for the next president is conducted.

The 65-year-old Jeffcoat had served as Millikin’s president since April 2011 after previously retiring from Texas Wesleyan University.

“Can 21 million people and the rainforest share the same space?"

“Shark Loves the Amazon,” a 60-minute film documentary about the struggles of South America’s Amazon region, will be presented by the film’s producer in Albert Taylor Theatre on Millikin’s campus on Monday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, no tickets required.

Film writer and producer Mark London, an attorney who has also coauthored two books about the Amazon, developed the film after three decades of extensive travels in the region. London says his film offers a “provocative alternative” on the issue of rapid deforestation in an area containing “Earth’s last great forest and its unparalleled concentration of biodiversity.” London will be answering questions from the audience after the film.

This event is the 2013 James W. Moore Lecture.

For more info, contact the Alumni and Development office.

Recent graduates: Please check in with us!

Did you graduate in August 2011, December 2011 or May 2012? Millikin invites you to complete a Graduate Follow-up Survey. Find it here:

Annual Vocal Jazz Festival to feature OneVoice performance.

The 24th annual MU Vocal Jazz Festival begins at 9 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 16, in Kirkland Fine Arts Center. Featuring more than 25 high school and collegiate vocal jazz ensembles in non-competitive performance, the festival also includes an appearance by Millikin’s award-winning vocal jazz ensemble, OneVoice, at 1 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.

For more info, view the news release.

St. Louis area alums – reconnect at Fast Eddie’s.
Fast Eddie's

Join area alums Friday, Feb. 22, at Fast Eddie’s in Alton, Ill., from 7-9 p.m. Appetizers will be provided. All alumni, guests/spouses are welcome. Come for the friends, food and fun! Sponsored by the Millikin Club of St. Louis.

Fast Eddie's Bon Air
1530 E. 4th St.
Alton, IL 62002

For more info, contact the Alumni and Development office.

Indy-area alumni and friends: Catch the Pacers in action.
Pacers vs. Bucks

Join Indy-area Millikin alumni and friends Friday, March 22, as the Indiana Pacers take on the Milwaukee Bucks. Game time is 7 p.m. at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse Arena in Indianapolis. Club-level seats in section 113 have been reserved just for us, and tickets are specially priced at $42 per person (regularly $80). Limited tickets are available, so reserve your spot by March 15!

Buy tickets.

Questions? Contact the Alumni and Development office.

Join the Penguin's 5K Run/Walk.

Join Millikin alumnus and running expert John “The Penguin,” Bingham for the eighth annual Penguin in the Park 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, March 23, at 9 a.m. in Decatur's Fairview Park. It's a race for both the speedy and those who want to take their time and enjoy the course. Proceeds benefit a Millikin sports management student scholarship named in honor of Bingham, as well as the Decatur Indoor Sports Center’s youth programs. A post-race party will be held in Millikin’s Griswold Center.

For more information or to preregister, visit, email at or phone at 217-615-0511. The $20 entry fee increases to $25 as of Saturday, March 16; MU alumni and other selected groups receive a slight discount on the entry fee.

Plan now to jazz up your spring!

Help celebrate “50 Years of Jazz” at Millikin on Saturday, April 13. All alumni who have participated in MU’s jazz band or vocal jazz programs are invited to the celebration, which begins with a complimentary lunch at noon, followed by alumni jazz band and alumni vocal jazz ensemble rehearsals (for those still actively playing or singing) at 2 p.m., and a commemorative concert at Westminster Presbyterian Church at 7:30 p.m. The concert will feature One Voice, Jazz Band I and alumni instrumental and vocal jazz members. Cap off the evening with a reception at the alumni & development center.

For more info, contact the Alumni and Development office.

Help celebrate Big Blue women’s basketball April 13.

You’re invited to “500 Wins: Celebrating Coach Lori Kerans and Her Teams,” a dinner celebration to be held Saturday, April 13, at 6 p.m. on the Millikin campus. In December, Kerans, head women’s basketball coach, became only the 15th active NCAA Division III women’s basketball coach to reach 500 victories and the 19th women’s coach all-time in Division III to reach that coaching mark. The 1985 Millikin alum is also the first women’s basketball coach in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin to reach the coveted 500 victory mark. Watch for more details of this event in the next issue.

You’re invited to participate in a bird food study.

Do you like to feed birds and other wildlife? Millikin’s ornithology lab is conducting a scientific study of bird seed preferences and needs your help to collect data for the study. Participants will receive free bird seed and are asked to record the number of birds visiting each food blend over a six-week period.

Interested in participating? Email for more information.

Wind Ensemble to perform in Chicago area.

Northern Illinois alums – here’s your chance to catch an MU Wind Ensemble performance near you! Seven performances are scheduled March 11-14; all performances are free and open to the public.

For a full list of tour dates, view the calendar event.

Millikin at the Grammy Awards.

Melanie Melcher Cuthbertson ’97 sings with The Kansas City Chorale, which won two Grammy awards (Best Choral Performance and Best Engineered Album, Classical) for their recording, “Life & Breath: Choral Works by René Clausen.”

Matthew West ’99 was nominated for two Grammy awards: Best Contemporary Christian Song for “Jesus, Friend of Sinners,” co-written with Mark Hall, and Best Contemporary Christian Album for “Into the Light.”

Nominate deserving alumni for recognition.

Do you know of an alum worthy of recognition? Nominations are being accepted through April 15 for individuals worthy of alumni awards and induction into MU’s Athletic Hall of Fame during Homecoming 2013, Oct. 4-6. For more details, view the online nomination form.

And help us grow our newest recognition program, the Young Alumni Spotlight. Send in your nominations of young alumni who have demonstrated innovative, responsible professional leadership and have the potential for future success. Email Jaclyn Weisenborn '09, associate director of alumni engagement, with a short write-up of why you or your nominee should be considered for this profile, along with a list of achievements. Attach a portrait or headshot if available. One alum will be featured each month in MY Times, the young alumni enewsletter.

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Trivia Time

U.S. president William Howard Taft came to visit the then-named James Millikin University to speak to students, faculty and almost 100 Civil War veterans on Feb. 11 of what year?

  1. 1910
  2. 1911
  3. 1912
  4. 1913

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.

January trivia winners:

  • Sue Logan Prange ’62
  • Suzanne New ’85

Each received an MU leather coaster for correctly identifying the alumni and development center as the home of the lion’s head sculpture featured in last month’s photo.

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