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MU announces tuition to remain at current levels for next school year.
Last month, Millikin announced a zero percent increase in tuition and housing costs for all traditional and evening undergraduate students taking classes during the 2013-14 school year. This is the second consecutive year Millikin has made a commitment to hold the line on the cost of higher education. Learn more here.

Read full March issue of Out of the Blue.

UCB Big Event brings Motion City Soundtrack to Kirkland March 21.
Punk-pop group Motion City Soundtrack takes to the Kirkland stage at 8 p.m., Thursday, March 21, for the annual University Center Board (UCB) Big Event.

Tickets for the event are $20 for the general public and may be purchased at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center box office, by phone at 217-424-6318 or online at Learn more here.

Catch the Pacers in action in Indy.
MU Day at Pacers game!Join Indy-area 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 here.
Questions? Contact the alumni office.
Hollis Prize competition set for March 23.
The 2013 Hollis Prize recipient will be named from among three outstanding music finalists at the competition recital Saturday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Kaeuper Hall, Perkinson Music Center. This year’s finalists are sophomore Chris Raymond of Bourbonnais, Ill., and seniors Amanda Saul of Quincy, Ill., and Emily Schneider of Mascoutah, Ill. The award is made possible through a gift from Dr. C. Kimm Hollis ’72, department chair and professor of music at Hanover College in Hanover, Ind. The competition is free and open to the public; no RSVPs required.

Live from MU, it’s Seth Meyers!
Seth MeyersThis year’s Goodheart Event is also a good humor event, bringing Seth Meyers of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” to Kirkland Fine Arts Center Tuesday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m. Meyers is in his 11th season on SNL and his sixth season as both head writer and anchor of the “Weekend Update” segment. Support for the Goodheart Event comes from a gift from Peggy Madden and her late husband Bill, both emeritus trustees, in memory of Peggy's father, the late William R. Goodheart, who founded the Music Corporation of America (MCA) in the late 1920s.

For ticket info, contact the Kirkland Fine Arts Center Box Office by phone at 217-424-6318 or online at

It’s a jungle in there – so bring the kids!
Alumni and friends are invited to bring their children to enter the musical jungle found at “The Carnival of the Animals,” a free 60-minute concert by the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra at the Decatur Civic Center on Saturday, April 6, at 2 p.m. The event kicks off with a 1 p.m.  instrument “petting zoo” so kids can explore the musical instruments. A reception hosted by the Alumni Association will follow the concert on the mezzanine level. Both events are free and no reservations are required.

Fortune magazine senior editor to speak on campus.
Allan Sloan, senior editor-at-large for Fortune magazine and award-winning business journalist, will speak at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 9, in Kirkland Fine Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations required. Sloan will propose some common-sense solutions to the problems of a $16 billion federal budget deficit, rising entitlement expenses, our complex tax system and the divided, partisan national government.

Sloan’s appearance is this year’s 2013 T.W. Samuels Lecture. The lecture was created in 1977 in honor of attorney T.W. Samuels, senior partner in the Decatur law firm of Samuels, Miller, Schroeder, Jackson and Sly.

Wind Ensemble and Women’s Choir perform in Chicago area.
Three performances remain in the MU Wind Ensemble’s spring break tour of northern Illinois.

Also, a select group of 65 first-year singers, the Millikin Women, will be appearing in northern Illinois April 12-13. The group performs standard women’s choir literature from classical to folk arrangements.

All performances are free and open to the public. Click here to learn more.
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 OneVoice, 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 office.
Help celebrate Big Blue women’s basketball April 13.
You’re invited to “500 Wins: Celebrating Coach Lori Kerans and Her Teams,” a reception and dinner celebration to be held Saturday, April 13, beginning at 5 p.m. on the Millikin campus. In December, Kerans, head women’s basketball coach and a 1985 MU alum, is the 15th active NCAA Division III women’s basketball coach to reach 500 victories and the first women’s basketball coach in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin to reach the coveted 500 victory mark.

Tickets are $25 per person and must be purchased in advance. For ticket info, contact Sonya Woodrum at 217-424-6340.

Nominate deserving alumni for recognition.
Do you know 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. Click here to access details and the online nomination form.

You can also help us grow our newest recognition program, the Young Alumni Spotlight. Send in nominations of young alumni, explaining how they have demonstrated innovative, responsible, professional leadership and have the potential for future success, to Jaclyn Weisenborn '09, associate director of alumni engagement. 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: Where is it?

Where can you find this on campus? (Extra credit given if you can name what it is!)

A.    Kirkland Fine Arts Center
B.    Pilling Chapel
C.    Wornick Dining Room in Richards Treat University Center
D.    Albert Taylor Theatre

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.

February trivia winners:
Jonathan Saeger ’98
Kerrie Israelson ’07
Carol Logan Sudduth ’66
Brenda Williams ’72
Dennis Bullman ’92

Each winner received an MU window cling for correctly identifying 1911 as the year President Taft came to speak on campus.

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