Millikin University - Decatur, IL
October 2009 issue Vol. 9, No. 10
Millikin University > Alumni & Friends > Stay Connected > Out of The Blue > Archives > October 2009 issue Vol. 9, No. 10
Tuesday, Nov. 3
On campus - Open house for PACE adult learner and master's degree in nursing MSN programs. MORE

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 Ave. Bring a dish to share; tableware and drinks provided. RSVP to

Thursday, Nov. 19
- Career Networking Workshop. See details at right.

Thursday, Nov. 19
St. Louis - Attention St. Louis area young alumni: This event’s for you! Join Millikin alumni and friends for an evening at
McGurk’s Irish Pub and Garden, 1200 Russell Blvd., 6-8 p.m. Cash bar available; appetizers on us with a full menu available for purchase. RSVP to

Friday, Dec. 11
St. Louis - Seeing double basketball night:
Women's basketball at Fontbonne University, 8 p.m. Varsity Big Blue plays Fontbonne in Dunham Student Activity Center, Mabee Gymnasium (JV plays at 6 p.m.)
Men's basketball at Webster University, 6 p.m. varsity vs. Missouri Baptist in Grant Gymnasium.
   Join the teams following the games for a Big Blue gathering at 9:30 p.m. at The Plaza Grill and Bar, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 7750 Carondelet Avenue, Clayton, Mo. Dinner and refreshments on your own, just
RSVP to let us know you're coming to

Saturday, Dec. 19
On campus - Angel Spiccia '03 performs with the Faculty Jazz Sextet at the Holiday Jazz Concert in Kirkland Fine Arts Center at 7:30 p.m.

May 27, 2010
Greek Isles - Join alumni and friends for a 12-day Crown Princess cruise along the Mediterranean. Set sail from Venice, Italy, bound for some of the Mediterranean’s greatest destinations, including stops in Greece, Croatia and Turkey. The voyage concludes with an overnight stay in Rome. This trip, including round-trip airfare and cruise costs, starts at $3,845 per person. For more information, contact Dave Brandon of the alumni and development office at (217) 424-6383.

Quick Links
We have a winner!
Brian Hunt, Millikin class of 1988, just won our "Be the 1000th Facebook friend of Jan Devore" contest. Jan is MU's alumni relations director and beginning her 32nd year at the university (which helps explain how she has so many FB friends). As his prize, Brian received a neat little Millikin softsided briefcase in the mail. Congrats, Brian!

Get news and more
>>  Millikin Quarterly magazine
Millikin Minute on Twitter
>>PACEsetter newsletter for PACE students and alumni  

Alumni in the media
Know an alum who's been in the news? Send us the link!
Doug Oberhelman '75

Tim Shew '80
Sarah Johnson '08

Stay in touch
>> Milli-Link XP online alumni directory
>> Facebook alumni group -- more than 2,000 members strong!
>> LinkedIn alumni group. Looking for professsional networking opportunities? We're more than 800 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:
>> 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

President Zemke will
retire at end of 2010.
Douglas Zemke, class of 1966 and Millikin's 13th president, announced this month that he plans to retire on Dec. 31, 2010. In a memo to the campus community, Zemke said: "This announcement will provide more than 14 months in which I can help the trustees and those inside the University to set in place best practice processes that should significantly enhance the opportunity to create a high quality candidate pool."

Zemke has served as Millikin's president since July 2003 and previously served his alma mater as dean of the Tabor School of Business and as a member of the board of trustees. A national search will be conducted for Millikin's next president. Learn more in the fall issue of Millikin Quarterly magazine, coming to your mailboxes soon.

Homecoming was great...
...and we've got the photos
to prove it. And you can also view and order group reunion photos here by clicking on the Millikin logo. The reunion photos will also be published in the winter issue of Millikin Quarterly magazine.

Nearly 5,000 pounds raised.
The Millikin community joined forces to donate 4,791 pounds in non-perishable food items to the 8th Annual Community Food Drive, exceeding last year's total by more than 300 pounds. 

May recognized in October.
Allison May, a 2009 graduate, received the Lindsay Medallion during halftime at last Saturday's football game. The award is given to a recent graduate each year in recognition of an outstanding student athlete career. May was a standout performer for the Big Blue's track and field team.

National recognition for MU.
Dr. Dan Miller, associate professor of mathematical and computer sciences, was named a 2008-09 Oustanding Chapter Advisor of the Year by the national chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS). Out of more than 700 chapters nationwide, Dr. Miller was one of only 18 advisors to receive the award, which was based on his "leadership, student leadership development, support and encouragement." Last year, the Millikin SPS chapter held dozens of education outreach events for more than 4,500 people and raised more than $10,000 for charitable causes.

Millikin's American Chemical Society's student chapter has received a Commendable [second place] Chapter Award for activities during the 2008‑2009 academic year. The award will be presented at the national meeting in San Francisco in March 2010. This is the ninth consecutive year the MU chapter has won a national award. 

Students face
tuition challenge.
More than 800 Millikin students have been in a cliffhanger situation since earlier this year, when the state of Illinois declared that funding for the Monetary Assistance Program (MAP) tuition grant assistance program could be eliminated for spring 2010 semester. As a result, about 40 percent of the Millikin student body and their families faced the prospect of no MAP awards.

Some good news came in late October, when Illinois Governor Pat Quinn authorized MAP funding for spring semester, but funding the grants for the students and their families is still an issue. Despite the governor’s public declaration of support to restore MAP funding for the students, a funding source has yet to be identified. In total, 138,000 Illinois students receive MAP funds to help them attend school.

How can you help? Find the contact information for your Illinois representatives. If you are not an Illinois citizen, you are encouraged to contact Illinois representatives to state your concerns. 


Make your best career move.

Chicago area alums, please join us
Thursday, Nov. 19, from 4 to 5 p.m. for:

"Landing Your Next Job in a Tough Economy"

...for those employed and those in transition

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

Even in a tough economy and uncertain job market, there are still opportunities for skilled professionals. 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. Bring your resume for critiquing by an expert in human resources.  

Panelists include: 
·  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
· Renee Lahey Solano '92, Human Resources Manager, GE Healthcare Technologies 

Moderator is Pam Folger, Director of Millikin's Career Center

All Chicago-area alumni are invited to open networking and refreshments following the workshop from 5 to 7 p.m. 

RSVP to the alumni office for this event by Nov. 13 calling toll-free to 1-877-JMU-ALUM. Feel free to RSVP for just the workshop, just the networking session or both. This event is hosted by The Millikin Club of Chicago and Kyle Johnson and Matt Wangard, both '96, who are providing the Deloitte facility.

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


You made it to the end!


And now it's time to compete. Ready to play some Millikin trivia? Prizes await for five lucky winners. Test your knowledge of the Big Blue:

This Millikin alumnus was one of the research team members who assisted in the development of pencillin at Eli Lilly Company. Who was it?

A. John Leighty '31
B. Bonnie Blackburn '08
C. Doug Zemke '66
D. Ralph Allan '37

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.























































































































































































































































































































































































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