Millikin University - Decatur, IL
December 2009 issue Vol. 9, No. 12
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Calendar of Events
Thursday, Dec. 17
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. - The Big Blue women's basketball team travels to Florida to take on Adrian College at 8 p.m. (EST) for the Cruzin' Classic at the Don Taft Center on the Nova Southeastern University campus.

Saturday, Dec. 19
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. - Women's basketball vs. Mt. St. Vincent at 10 a.m. (EST) for the Cruzin' Classic at the Don Taft Center on the Nova Southeastern University campus.

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.

Tuesday, Dec. 29
Belton, Texas - The Big Blue men's basketball team travel to Texas to take on Mary Hardin Baylor at 7:30 p.m. for the Cru Holiday Classic at University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. The men will also continue in the tournament Wednesday, Dec. 30, time and opponent to be announced. 

Dec. 24-Jan. 3, 2010
On campus - The Alumni and Development Center, in addition to many offices on campus, will be closed for the holidays
. Business will resume at 8 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 4.

Jan. 7-24, 2010
Various locations - Annual University Choir tour. Click here for details on their Midwest stops.

Jan. 10-17, 2010
Various locations - Annual Chamber Chorale tour. Click
here for details on their Midwest stops.

Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010
On campus - 7 p.m. student performance of Kooman and Dimond's "Golden Gate" in Albert Taylor Theatre. The show is the conclusion of the New Musicals immersion workshop. Free and open to the public; suggested donations to the College of Fine Arts Patrons Society accepted. 

Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010
Chicago - 7 p.m. student performance of Kooman and Dimond's "Golden Gate" at the Chicago Center for Performing Arts (CCPA), 777 N. Green St. The show is the conclusion of the New Musicals immersion workshop. Free and open to the public; suggested donations to the College of Fine Arts Patrons Society accepted. 

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.

Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010
St. Louis - Millikin Day at Busch Stadium. Come join alumni and friends as the St. Louis Cardinals take on top rival Chicago Cubs. Game time to be determined. See right for details.  

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Alumni in the media
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Jeff Monken '89
Garrett Taylor '05
Sarah Dowling '08

Event photos
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(click on the Millikin logo)

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Online resources:

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, Millikin's official athletic booster club.
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>> Add your event/release
>> View the list

Out of the Blue

Boggess returns to campus.
Sierra Boggess '04, who recently starred as Ariel in the Broadway production of Disney's "The Little Mermaid," returned to campus in late November to speak with students and teach several theatre and dance master classes. She is currently in rehearsals in London for Andrew Lloyd Webber's new musical, "Love Never Dies,"a sequel to his musical, "Phantom of the Opera," which will come to Broadway in November. Boggess will perform the role of Christine, a role she previously performed in the Las Vegas production of "Phantom" at The Venetian Hotel and Casino.

Welcome our newest alumni.
More than 150 students participated in yesterday's 2009 Winter Commencement Ceremony at Kirkland Fine Arts Center. Dr. Richard Pacholski, emeritus professor of English, delivered the commencement address and student speakers were Brett Morris of Vernon Hills, Ill., and Chip Wallen of Decatur. MORE

Interested in a career in nursing?
Thinking about a career change? The School of Nursing (SON) is accepting applications for the new Master’s Entry into Nursing Practice: Pre-Licensure (MENP-PL) track to its nationally-accredited Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program. The MENP-PL track is designed for students who already hold a non-nursing bachelor’s degree and are interested in entering the nursing field. A fast-paced 24-month program, successful students receive a master's degree in nursing and are prepared to take the professional registered nurse licensure exam (NCLEX-RN) as well as the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) certification exam.The first MENP-PL class will begin in July 2010. Applications are available online at or by calling 217.424.6348. MORE

Get on the FastTrac.
Dream of owning your own business? First Step FastTrac is a 12-week course on business ownership that can help make your dream a reality. Designed for those looking to start new businesses, this educational program allows you to work with certified instructors and people with entrepreneur experience on Thursdays from 5:30-9 p.m., starting Feb. 25.

An informational meeting will be held Feb. 11, 2010, from 6-7 p.m. in ADM-Scovill Hall, Room 109. For more info, e-mail Carrol Moma at or click here to view a brochure on the program.

Click here to check out the recent fall 2009 graduating class. 

They're hitting the road.
Annual tours of the University Choir and the Chamber Chorale will begin in early January. Click here to see if they are coming to a Midwest town near you!

West up for a Grammy.

Singer and songwriter Matthew West '99, 2008 Young Alumnus of the Year, was nominated for a Grammy award in the best gospel song category for his song, "The Motions." This is West's first Grammy nomination. MORE

Take them out to the ball game.
Still looking for a gift for your baseball fan? How about tickets to see the St. Louis Cardinals take on top rival Chicago Cubs Aug. 14? We have 150 tickets for the Redbird Row Party Suites (right field, Rooms 208, 209, 210) at Busch Stadium. Cost is $130 per person and includes a two-hour, all-you-can-eat buffet of Hunter Hot Dogs, BBQ beef, boneless chicken breast, nachos, baked beans and brownies and beverages of the adult and non-adult variety. Act fast - these speciality gifts won't last long! For more info or to order tickets, contact the alumni office at 1-877-568-2586 or send an e-mail to

Make it an all-inclusive trip and let us do the driving! A motorcoach bus from Decatur to St. Louis will be available at an additional cost of $25 per person. For more info, contact the alumni office at 1-877-568-2586 or send an e-mail to

'Tis the season ...
to share your good ol' days at Millikin.

As you meet with friends and family this holiday season, be sure to share your Millikin memories with those college-bound young persons and encourage them to learn more about Millikin's commitment to preparing students for professional success and a personal life of meaning and value. Just remember and you'll point them in the right direction.

Want to do more? The Millikin Admission Support Team (MAST) is looking for alumni who are interested helping recruit the next generation of MU students. For more info or to join the team, click here, or send an e-mail to or to MAST coordinator Dan Stuby.


Seasons giving.
This holiday season, remember and honor your Millikin experience with a gift to the university to help support current students. It's especially easy and secure to give online. But hurry! Gifts must be submitted online or postmarked by Dec. 31 to be eligible for 2009 tax year deductions, and all other gifts, including gifts of stock, must be received into the university's account before the close of the business day on Dec. 31 according to IRS guidelines. If you need assistance with year-end giving, please call the Alumni and Development Office, 217-424-6330 (for toll-free, dial 1-877-JMU-ALUM). Also, if you act quickly, you can take advantage of a IRA rollover provision that provides tax incentives for donors age 70½ or older to give using funds from their IRA accounts. This provision is currently scheduled to expire at the end of 2009.

MU students still need your help.
In late October, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn authorized funding for the Monetary Assistance Program (MAP) tuition grant assistance for spring semester, but finding the money 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, including more than 800 Millikin students.

How can you help? Click here to learn what you can do to help ensure MAP funding for our students.


Oh, the weather outside is frightful...
but picture trivia is so delightful! Can you identify this snow-covered campus building?

Which campus building is this?

A. Shilling Hall
B. Perkinson Music Center
C. Gorin Hall
D. Staley Library

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. Last month's winners --

John Perrings '76
Don Hartman '77

Debbie Gelfo '88
Nick Smith '83
Don Hildebrand '50 

Each received a Millikin ice scraper (except Don, who rarely sees ice or snow in Texas; he received a Millikin leather coaster) for correctly guessing that 70 performers sang at the first Vespers concert in 1921.

Happy holidays from the Alumni and Development staff!


















































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