Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University > Alumni & Friends > Stay Connected > Out of The Blue > Issues
Dr. White named Millikin’s 15th president.
Dr. Patrick and Chris White

On Oct. 9, the Millikin Board of Trustees announced the election of Dr. Patrick E. White as the university's 15th president. Dr. White has been serving as Millikin's interim president since July 2013. Prior to working at Millikin, Dr. White served seven years as the 15th president of Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind. Read the October issue…

He and his wife, Chris, have three children and two grandchildren. Read the news release.

Driven by hunger, Millikin responds.
WSOY Food Drive

The Millikin community contributed more than 5,100 pounds to the 12th annual WSOY Community Food Drive in early October. “Millikin University is a caring community of students and scholars,” says President Patrick White (right). “When we see people in need, Millikin responds.”

Read the Herald & Review article.

Lindsay Medallion winners to be honored at football game.
Lindsay Medallion Recipients

At the Nov. 9 football game, spring graduates Brittany Cardott (left) and Kaley Wittrock (right) will each receive a Lindsay Medallion in recognition of their outstanding athletic achievements. Named in honor of the late F. Merrill Lindsay, trustee emeritus, and his late wife, “Sis” Lindsay, the medallion traditionally honors two student-athletes each year. Cardott will be recognized for her volleyball skills and Wittrock for her swimming talents.

Fine Arts alumni: Help us SNAAP to it!
snaap logo

Millikin is again partnering with the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) to learn more about how studying the arts has influenced the lives and careers of arts alumni. Many MU alumni who earned degrees within the College of Fine Arts during the last 20 years will receive an email invitation to participate in the user-friendly survey within the next week.

The information gathered will be used to strengthen Millikin’s program and help other arts educators across the country better meet the needs of their students.

Visit the Snaap website.

Plan now to join this alumni and friends trip to Normandy and Paris.

Next year marks the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France, by Allied forces during World War II. During October 2014, alumni and friends will travel to Europe for a very special experience: “Memorials of War: Normandy & Paris.” Highlights of the 10-day trip include Paris, the Vel d’Hiv Memorial, an Eiffel Tower dinner, Normandy, the Memorial Peace Museum, D-Day landing beaches and much more. For more information, contact the alumni and development office at 217-424-6383 or toll-free at 1-877-JMU-ALUM.

In addition, an online presentation will be held Thursday, Nov. 7, at 4 p.m.; it is accessible from any computer with Internet access. Register for the presentation.

Help us make next Homecoming even better.

No time to bask in the glow of a successful 2013 Homecoming: We need your feedback to make HC2014 the best one yet! Here’s how you can help:

Still want to remember the great times of HC13? Starting Oct. 19, visit to view and order the group reunion photos. That’s also the date to view some of the hundreds of candid photos from the weekend on Facebook. Be sure to tag your friends!

Lecture to focus on new health care law.

Nationally known health care adviser, author and former Washington Post reporter Ceci Connolly will present “LANDMARK: The Inside Story of America’s New Health Care Law” on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in Richards Treat University Center.

A 25-year veteran of the journalism field, Connolly is now managing director of the Health Research Institute for PriceWaterhouseCoopers, where she guides corporations, foundations and governmental bodies on implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

This event, the 2013 Thomas W. Ewing Lectureship, is free and open to the public, and no reservations are required.

James Millikin awards to be presented next week.

The James Millikin Awards are presented to non-alumni friends of the University who have shown outstanding financial and/or volunteer support. This year’s recipients are John Snyder and TK Partners.

Snyder has generously supported Millikin for several years and also created the fund the John C. and Carma Storm Snyder Scholarship to benefit students from Macon and Shelby Counties.

TK Partners, a joint venture between Decatur’s Romano and Demirjian families, has been instrumental providing a route to create a permanent home for Millikin’s Exercise Science and Sport department in the West Towne Square building.

Windy City alumni invited to free event.
Three generations of registrars

Chicago-area alumni and friends are invited to a free employer discussion and networking event Monday, Oct. 21, beginning at 3 p.m. in Room 15W-075 (Columbus Park), Deloitte Conference Center, 111 S. Wacker Drive. (Arrive after 4:30 p.m. if you are interested in networking only.)

From 3-4:30 p.m., MU’s Career Center Director Pam Folger will lead a discussion on how to help better prepare today’s college students to meet employer needs in the workforce. From 4:30-6 p.m., alumni and friends are invited to network and meet Gina Bianchi ’93, MU's new senior director of alumni & donor engagement.

RSVP by Tuesday, Oct. 15, to or call 1-877-JMU-ALUM (568-2586).

View the Facebook event for more info.

MU, Greek houses receive Fire Safety awards.

Margaret Foran Vaughn ’90, director of government affairs for the Illinois Firefighters Association, recently presented Fire Safety awards to Millikin president Dr. Patrick White and representatives from Alpha Chi Omega; Delta Delta Delta; Pi Beta Phi and Tau Kappa Epsilon. The Oct. 5 award ceremony honored the dedication to student safety as evidenced by the installation of sprinkler systems in all on-campus residence areas and Greek houses. Although state fire safety laws require all university residence halls and Greek houses to be retrofitted with sprinkler systems within the next 10-15 years, Millikin has mandated sprinkler systems for on-campus housing and Greek houses since 2000.

Did you know?

All Millikin alumni are automatic members of MU’s Alumni Association. Learn more about your Alumni Association benefits.

1972 alumnus to be Nov. 7 speaker on campus.

The Millikin Institute for Science Entrepreneurship (ISE) is hosting a speaker series featuring executives from science ventures and other business leaders. The November speaker and topic:

Thursday, Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m.
Lower Richards Treat University Center (LRTUC), Parquet Room
Grow Decatur
Bruce Nims ’72

Read the news release.

MU in the News



Skip navigation links
Stay Connected
Online Alumni Directory
Millikin Quarterly
Out of The Blue
MY Times

Request Information
Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL