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Spanish professor selected for national post.

Dr. Eduardo Cabrera, professor of Spanish and chair of the modern languages department, has been selected as the chief reader designate for the Advanced Placement (AP) Spanish literature and culture program and exam given by the national College Board and the Educational Testing Service.

As chief reader, he will play a critical role in the preparation of the course description and exam for the subject, which is one of 34 AP programs offered by the College Board. AP courses and exams give students the opportunity to enter college with AP credits, which can allow them increased flexibility to move into upper-level courses, pursue a double major or study abroad while in college.

Two alumni collaborate on new book.

Millikin’s Bronze Man Books, a student-run publishing company, recently released their newest publication, the children’s book, “Am I Like My Daddy?” The book was written by Marcy Blesy ’94 and illustrated by Amy M. Kuhl Cox ’98, who spoke at a book-signing reception held on campus Nov. 10. The book tells the story of Grace, a second-grade student exploring what it means to grieve for and remember her father, who died when she was 5.

For more info or to make a purchase, visit Bronze Man Books' site.

First Step Records issues new release.

Millikin’s First Step Records, a student-operated record label and publishing company, has released “Premieres Volume One,” a collection of new and original compositions performed by the Millikin Chamber Percussion Ensemble. The group, which is under the direction of Brian Justison, professor of music, has been widely acclaimed for its performances of concert repertoire for percussion instruments.

This new CD, the group’s second release, is available for purchase through for $10.

Young alumni: Let’s celebrate the holidays!

If you live in the Decatur area or will be in town for Vespers, you’re invited to join Millikin young alums on Saturday, Dec. 1, for a cocktail reception from 4 to 6 p.m. at Millikin’s SPEC, located in the West Town Square building, 1099 W. Wood. Hors d’ouevres provided; cash bar available.

Parking is available on the building’s east side. Please RSVP by Nov. 27 to Jaclyn Weisenborn, associate director of alumni relations, at or 217-424-6383.

P.S. Going to Vespers that evening? Come by after the 3 p.m. show or before the 7 p.m. show. Still need to buy your Vespers tickets? Buy them online.

St. Louis area alumni and friends: Join our holiday gathering.

Alumni and friends in the St. Louis area are invited to a Big Blue gathering at Mike Duffy’s Pub & Grill, 6662 Clayton Road in St. Louis, on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 5:30 p.m. You’ll find the pub behind the Esquire Theater.

Join us there for appetizers. After the event, join us at Washington University as the Big Blue women's basketball team takes on the Bears at 7:30 p.m.

Please RSVP that you’ll be attending by Nov. 30 to or call the alumni office at 424-6363.

Alumni featured at annual literary festival.

Attendance at Millikin’s 10th Annual Literary Festival and High School Writing Contest, held Nov. 8-10, was the largest in the history of the festival, and included high school students and Midwest and international poets. Guest alumni readers included Jeffery Allen ’06, Aubrey Ryan ’04 and Katie Schmid ’06, a visiting lecturer at Millikin. For more info, visit the festival online.

Send us your tales of the unexpected.

Has your life after Millikin taken an unusual turn or twist? For the spring issue of Millikin Quarterly magazine, we’re seeking alumni who have experienced the unexpected in their lives, such as a change of careers, lifestyles or philosophies in their journeys after Millikin. Tell us about how your life has changed at Be sure to include your name and contact info so we can follow up if we need more information.

Calendar of Events
  • Nov. 18: Millikin Percussion Ensemble 2 p.m. performance at The Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin, Ill. For more info, contact Stacy Michel at
  • Nov. 19-23, No classes for Thanksgiving break. Campus closed Nov. 22 and 23. Classes resume and campus offices open Nov. 26.
  • Nov. 26: “Calculus the Musical,” free performance in Lower RTUC, 7 p.m. Tickets available in math department, Shilling Hall, room 203. Sponsored by Math Club.
  • Dec. 1: Decatur young alumni event at Millikin’s SPEC, 4 to 6 p.m., details above
  • Dec 1: Vocasphere “Sing-Along Messiah” performance at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 5 p.m., Vocasphere members are all alumni. Buy tickets through Kirkland Fine Arts Center
  • Dec. 1-2: Vespers on campus, four performances, tickets selling fast.
  • Dec. 5: St. Louis event for alumni and friends at Mike Duffy’s Pub and Grill, 6662 Clayton Road, 5:30 p.m., details above
  • Jan. 6-27, University Choir on tour in Oklahoma, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Mississippi, Missouri and Illinois.
  • All Millikin events
Trivia Time

A large crowd of students gathered for the annual Thanksgiving dinner in Millikin’s Wornick Dining Room on Nov. 13, enjoying a cornucopia of tradition turkey day options. What item was NOT served to the hungry students this year?

  1. Turkey
  2. Sweet potatoes
  3. Green beans
  4. Mashed potatoes

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. October winners were:

  • Peter Churukian '73
  • Patricia Aukland Reilly '61
  • Heather Sattley Johnson '00
  • Jonathan Saeger '98
  • Tricia Bechman '99

All winners received a Millikin leather coaster for correctly guessing Herbert Hoover as the U.S. president who never visited Millikin.

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