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Black History Month celebrates “The Art of Black Culture.”
Black History Month

Although inclement weather forced some schedule changes, celebration of Black History Month is in full swing at Millikin. Festivities began with an opening dinner Feb. 6, and at least one event is planned for each week in February. Read the news release…

Read the February issue…

Decatur-area alumni and friends: STOP in the name of love!

Bring your valentine to MU Friday, Feb. 14, at 7:30 p.m., and relive the glory days of music in the Motor City. Join us as the Masters of Motown present their costumed and choreographed tributes to legendary recording stars, including The Temptations, Gladys Knight and the Pips, The Four Tops, and Diana Ross and the Supremes.

Tickets are $15-$30 for adults and $7.50-$15 for children and may be purchased at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center Box Office; call 217-424-6318 or visit

Read the news release…

Champaign-Urbana alumni and friends make a connection.

On Tuesday, Feb. 11, more than 80 alumni and friends from the Champaign-Urbana area braved single-digit cold to network and meet MU’s 15th president, Dr. Patrick White, and his wife, Chris. The event, held at Champaign Country Club, featured speaker Chris Shroyer ’87 and was hosted by Busey Bank and Millikin alumnus Harry Bond and his wife, Deborah.

See photos from the event…

1988-89 men’s basketball team to be honored.
88-89 Basketball Team

Members of the CCIW championship b-ball team of 1988-89 will be honored at MU’s game against North Park on Saturday, Feb. 15. The game starts at 7 p.m. at Griswold Physical Education Center, and members of that historic team will be introduced at halftime. Join us for this 25th anniversary celebration!

A CNN Hero tells how he did it.
Derreck Kayongo

Derreck Kayongo, founder of the Global Soap Project, will present “From Homeless Refugee to Living the American Dream” Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in Albert Taylor Theatre. This event is free and open to the public; no reservations or tickets required.

Kayongo, a child refugee from war-torn Uganda who came to the U.S. in the 1990s, has served in leadership roles for some of the world’s most respected humanitarian aid organizations, including Amnesty International and CARE International. A regular columnist with The Huffington Post, Kayongo was named a 2011 CNN Hero, recognized as one of 24 “everyday people changing the world.”

Kayongo’s appearance is Millikin’s 2014 James W. Moore Lecture.

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Dreaming of owning your own business? Millikin can help!

First Step FastTrac, an 11-week course on business ownership, is the brainchild of SCORE and Millikin’s Center for Entrepreneurship. Sessions will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on 11 consecutive Thursdays beginning Feb. 27. Cost is $275 per person and includes all materials, speakers, business coaches and meals. It also includes a one-year membership (a $100 value) to the newly formed Micro Business Network (MBN).

Learn more…

Send your daughter to camp.

Offered by Millikin’s Center for Entrepreneurship, the iSmartgirls Discovery Camp is a hands-on, one-day learning experience led by MU students and successful business professionals. Girls in sixth through eighth grade are invited to participate in the camp, which will be held on campus from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, March 1. Cost is $49 per camper and includes all activities, lunch and a camp T-shirt. A $7,000 donation from PPG Industries Foundation is helping to sponsor the camp.

Learn more…

Science entrepreneurship speaker series resumes March 6.

Next month marks the return of the speaker series sponsored by the Millikin’s Institute for Science Entrepreneurship.

The featured speaker for Thursday, March 6, is Robin King, chief executive officer and test facility management at EPL Bio Analytical Services. The presentation is at 7:30 p.m., in Room 001 of Leighty-Tabor Science Center. Free and open to the public.

For more info, contact Dr. David Horn, associate professor of biology, at 217-424-6392, or visit

Let’s go to the Science Center!
St. Louis Science Center

Alumni and friends are invited to bring family and friends to a Millikin event at the St. Louis Science Center, 5050 Oakland Ave., at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 22. Cate Edwards ’10, public programs educator at the Science Center, will host a private demo for our group featuring a colorful demonstration about fire, “It’s a Blast!”

Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP by March 14 to or 217-424-6383. Admission to the Science Center and to the demonstration is free; however, there is a $10 fee for parking. Be sure to leave plenty of time to explore the Center’s displays. The Center is open Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Apollo 13 astronaut says “Failure is Not an Option.”
St. Louis Science Center

Fred Haise (on right), Apollo 13 astronaut, plane crash survivor and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, will present “Failure is Not an Option” at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 22, in Kirkland Fine Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations required.

Although best known as a crew member on the ill-fated Apollo 13 lunar mission, Haise began his 20-year NASA career as an aeronautical research pilot, serving on the backup crew for the Apollo 8, 11 and 16 missions. In 1973, while working as a pilot on the set of the Pearl Harbor movie, “Tora! Tora! Tora!,” Haise was severely burned in a plane crash. After 14 months of recovery and rehabilitation, he regained flight status, and in 1977, he served as commander of the space shuttle Enterprise for the approach and landing program at Edwards Air Force Base. Over his 25 years in the service and with NASA, Haise logged 9,100 hours of flying time in more than 80 types of aircraft.

Haise’s appearance is the 2014 T.W. Samuels Lecture.

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