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A Story of Courage and Determination

As a boy, Deng fled the refugee camps of Sudan, journeyed to the United States and now aspires to help the people of his homeland.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call 217-424-6383.

BP Oil Spill Expert to Speak on Campus

Dr. Jay E. Hakes will present the 2011 T.W. Samuels Lecture, "The World We Inherit: Why Energy Matters," Monday, April 18 in Kirkland Fine Arts Center.

An energy and policy expert, he recently served as director of policy and research for the 2010-2011 BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Commission.

The Commission’s report was described by the Washington Post as the “most comprehensive narrative of what happened … a clear, readable, insightful tale.“

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more info, contact our office.

New Trustees Elected

Four new members were elected to the Board of Trustees in February. They will begin serving July 1, 2011.

  • Greg Griffin '79 of Jacksonville, Fla., Project Lifecycle Manager, IBM Corp.
  • Tom Harrington '70 of Franklin, Tenn., Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Tennessee Bun Company
  • Randy Rentfro '78 of Oakland Park, Fla., Associate Professor of Accounting, Nova Southeastern University
  • Phyllis Warkentin '70 of Omaha, Neb., Professor of Pathology and Pediatric, University of Nebraska Medical Center
Chicago Career Workshop and Networking Event
Join Chicago-area alumni and friends for a free career workshop and/or networking event on March 24 at 5-7:30 p.m. in the Deloitte Conference Center, 111 S. Wacker Dr. Reservations required. Click here for more info. RSVP by March 18 to the alumni and development office or send an e-mail to
Courtroom Champs, Again!

For the fourth straight year, a Millikin team took first place at the Model Illinois Government simulation in Springfield.

A total of 13 MU students participated, eight for the first time.

Dr. Robert Money, director of the pre-law program, coached the teams.

A Place to Thrive

Millikin recently updated its brand.

Though you will see changes in the visual presentation of the university, the brand is much more than logos and a color palette.

The Millikin brand tells the public what it can expect from the university and what it has to offer: performance-learning and the opportunity to build the confidence needed to succeed. Students, faculty, staff and alumni live the brand every day.

Faculty Recognized with Promotions and Tenure

The board of trustees recently awarded tenure and promotions to these professors:

  • Purna Banerjee, now associate professor of English
  • Linda Collinsworth, now associate professor of psychology
  • Mary Garrison, now associate professor of social work
  • Tatiana Isakovski, now associate professor of finance
  • Eric Martell, now associate professor of physics
  • Paula Weiss Stickles '94, now associate professor of mathematics
  • Peiling Zhao, now associate professor of English

In addition, these faculty members received promotions:

  • Jo Carter, to associate professor of nursing
  • Manley Mallard, to associate professor of music
  • Dan Miller, to professor of mathematics
  • Perry Rask, to professor of music
  • Joe Stickles '93, to professor of mathematics
Buon giorno Italia!

International business consulting students will travel to Italy in late May or early June to present development recommendations to Academia Barilla, an offshoot of the large pasta company.

Their findings are based on market research conducted this semester.


Doubling Down

All new or additional gifts made to the Millikin Fund will be matched by an anonymous donor now through June 30.

The impact of your gift will be doubled, and help us to reach our goal of $2.2 million!

To donate, go to our online giving site to make a one-time or recurring credit card gift, or contact Mandi Podeschi `02 at

Trivia Time

This is Spring Break week at Millikin. Starting in 1995, Millikin offered students an alternative to the stereotypical beach party with an opportunity to help others and learn on their own terms.

What was the original name for alternative break?

  1. Give Me a Break
  2. I Need a Break
  3. Take a Break
  4. Tough Break

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
  • Dawn Funk Causey '77
  • Jean Jones Trofimuk '78
  • Rich Kleinfeldt '70
  • Wally Plywaczewski '86
  • Rebecca Spires Peer '80

Each received an MU luggage tag for correctly knowing that the January course that often included offbeat subjects was Winter Term.

A few of the fun course experiences recalled by alums were:

  • furniture refinishing
  • radio broadcasting
  • sailing in the Bahamas
  • living with an Amish family
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