Millikin University - Decatur, IL
August 2009 issue Vol. 9, No. 8
Millikin University > Alumni & Friends > Stay Connected > Out of The Blue > Archives > August 2009 issue Vol. 9, No. 8

Sept. 25-27
On campus -
Fall Family Weekend. Stop by the Alumni Association's booth on the arrival court for a quick lunch on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All proceeds go to support an alumni relations award that is annually presented to an outstanding graduating senior.

Sept. 27-28
On campus - Millikin Fund phonathon. Callers are needed to call alumni from the Alumni & Development Center; e-mail Mandi Landacre Podeschi '02  to sign up.

Oct. 4-5
On campus - Millikin Fund phonathon. Callers needed; e-mail Mandi Landacre Podeschi '02 to sign up. Callers are needed to call alumni from the Alumni & Development Center; e-mail Mandi Landacre Podeschi '02 to sign up.

Oct. 16-18
On campus -
Homecoming. Get all the info online, or watch your mailbox: Brochures with complete details are being mailed this week. Among the weekend's highlights: Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity celebrates its 60th anniversary with a Saturday evening dinner.

Thursday, Nov. 5
Chicago - Career Networking Workshop. See details at right.

Saturday, Nov. 7
Elmhurst - Annual Howard Nyberg football party from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pre-game potluck at the home of Matt Proud '90, 248 N. Evergreen Terrace. Bring a dish to share. RSVP to

Quick Links
Just for fun
Win a Millikin prize! Be the 1000th person to "friend" alumni relations director Jan Devore on Facebook and win a Millikin prize! Hurry, she has about 900 friends now!

Get news and more

>> Millikin Quarterly
>> Millikin Minute on Twitter
>> Decaturian
student newspaper
PLUS: Browse the Dec's first 50 years --
>>PACEsetter newsletter for PACE students and alumni

Alumni in the media
Been in the news? Brag a bit and send us your links!

Stay in touch
>> Milli-Link XP online alumni directory
>> Facebook alumni group -- more than 2,000 members strong!
>> LinkedIn alumni group. Looking to network? We're more than 650 strong!

Online resources:

>> History
of MU.

Support MU:
>> The Millikin Fund
>> The Big Blue Club
, Millikin's official athletic booster club.
>> The College of Fine Arts Patrons Society, Millikin's official club for support of fine arts at the university.
>> Be a Millikin Minute Facebook fan.

Shop online:

>> Bookstore
Need an MU T-shirt? Shop here for it and more MU items.
>> Blue Connection art gallery
>> Bronze Man Books
>> Kirkland tickets

Know a
prospective student?
>> Admission
>> Legacy scholarship
>> Sibling scholarship

Tell us about yourself:
Please note: The links below are working, despite a temporary glitch that is causing an error message to pop up. Click "continue" to access and complete these secure forms. 
>> Submit a class note
>> Update your info

Have you joined our business directory of alumni-owned businesses?
Big Blue Biz

Alumni performers, actors, artists and authors can post details of upcoming engagements or releases on the Millikin website:
>> Add your event/release
>> View the list

Submit wedding photos for the online Big Blue wedding album by e-mail, or call toll free to 1-877-JMU-ALUM (568-2586) for details. 

Out of the Blue

Anything look different?
A new upgrade to the Millikin website ( rolled out Aug. 11, resulting in a Microsoft-friendly, database-driven system that connects the site as a whole and offers enhanced consistency in content. It also means a new, cleaner look for this web-based newsletter.
New features on the site will include streamlined navigation that allows you to get to most links within two or three clicks, a heavy focus on photography, a "spotlight" section on the home page featuring Millikin images and stories, and several drop-down menus to aid in navigation.

Some areas of the site, including online forms, are still undergoing renovations, so please drop a line to if you have questions or comments. Stay tuned as our website -- and this newsletter -- evolve to serve you better!

Seventeen and counting.
For the 17th consecutive year, Millikin has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report magazine in its annual “America’s Best Colleges” selection guide. The 2010 edition is out now.  

Moving in and moving forward.
First year students got a jump start on their college experience during Millikin’s First Week program, held August 19-23, beginning with Move-In Day on Wednesday, Aug. 19, when they moved into their residence hall rooms.  

And high school seniors can get a jump on their college search beginning now, since Millikin is accepting applications for the fall 2010 semester. MORE

Make your best career move.
Chicago area alums, please join us
Thursday, Nov. 5 from 4-7 p.m. for:

"Landing Your Next Job in a Tough Economy/
Career Networking with MU Alumni" 

Deloitte - Conference Center, 111 S. Wacker, downtown Chicago.
Free to alumni & friends of Millikin. Refreshments served.

Who should attend: Those seeking employment, employers, seasoned professionals, alumni just wanting to meet other alumni.

We'll workshop from 4-5 p.m. followed by career networking from 5-7 p.m. This workshop will provide valuable ideas and strategies to jump start or re-energize your job search. Alumni experts in the human resources field will provide advice and answer your questions on preparing compelling resumes, researching jobs, networking, interviewing and dealing with the emotional rollercoaster of your job status.   

Panelists include: 

·  Pam Folger, Director of Millikin's Career Center

·  Kevin Bodine '90, Recruiting Manager, Robert Half Technology

·  Joyce Groves Dickerson '81, VP of Human Resources, BlueStar Energy

·  Christa Hinton '84, Director, MBA Career Management Center, DePaul University


RSVP to the alumni office for this event by calling toll-free to 1-877-JMU-ALUM.

Live in other parts of the country but also need career advice? Find help at Milikin's Career Center website.

Happy 10th Anniversary, MBA!
The Millikin MBA celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. 

Live in or near the Decatur area and interested in getting your MBA degree through this one night a week program? Learn more at a Sept. 2 preview night on campus.

Alums drum up professional success.

Two alums who graduated in the 1990s find success as professional musicians. MORE

Want more Millikin news?
You've got it.

Of course we still have a trivia contest!
This issue of Out of the Blue may look different, but we wouldn't neglect to include our popular trivia feature. This month's question:

James Millikin, founder of Millikin University, was often called...

A. "the king of Soy City"

B. "cattle king of the Prairie State"

C. "the earl of real estate"

D. "the businessman's banker"

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 (and we'll make it a special onein honor of our new look). Last month's winners --

Jim Menges '99
Ben Keeling '93
Kira Lasco McClure '91
Jim Hammer '92
Bob Feldhake '09

Each received a Millikin luggage tag and alumni decal for correctly guessing that construction on the New Halls residence facilities began in 1988.

Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL