Millikin University - Decatur, IL
November 2009 issue Vol. 9, No. 11
Millikin University > Alumni & Friends > Stay Connected > Out of The Blue > Archives > November 2009 issue Vol. 9, No. 11
Wednesday, Nov. 18
 - Alumni and friends gathering at Cuba Libre Cafe, 2822 N. Henderson Ave. (at Willis Ave.), Dallas. Appetizers provided; cash bar and full dinner menu available. Hosted by Rickey Spivey '07, admission counselor. RSVPs appreciated to or phone 1-877-568-2586. 

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

Thursday, Nov. 19
St. Louis - Millikin alumni and friends gathering at
McGurk’s Irish Pub and Garden, 1200 Russell Blvd., 6-8 p.m. See at right for details.

Dec. 5 & 6
On campus - Vespers 2009, "This Wondrous Day, This Shining Night." Both 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. performances. Click here for more info. 

Friday, Dec. 11
St. Louis - Seeing double basketball night:
Men's basketball at Webster University, 6 p.m. varsity vs. Missouri Baptist in Grant Gymnasium.
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.)
   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.

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

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
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Alumni in the media
Know an alum who's been in the news? Send us the link!
Jack Millikin '41
Matt Wilhelm '01
Sarah Longtin Doremus '09 and Lucas Doremus '09

Event photos
>> Homecoming 2009
>> Reunion group photos
(click on the Millikin logo)

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

Out of the Blue
Diamondbacks president to visit campus.
Entrepreneur Derrick Hall, chief executive officer and president of the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team, will visit campus on Tuesday to speak to students and present tips for success in today’s competitive market. MORE

WJMU wins national award.
Millikin’s student-run radio station, WJMU, was recently honored with a National Student Production award at the College Broadcasters Inc. National Student Media Conference. 

WJMU’s feature program, “The Playground” received first place in the “Best Feature” category, defeating Columbia College and Ithaca College. MORE

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 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

Meet me in St. Louis.
Well, maybe not me, but Dan Stuby '07, associate director of young alumni relations. He is hosting an alumni and friends gathering, Thurdsay, Nov. 19, at McGurk’s Irish Pub and Garden, 1200 Russell Blvd., 6-8 p.m. Appetizers on MU; cash bar with a full menu available. RSVPs appreciated to or to the event page on Facebook. You can also send Dan a text (217-620-5387) to let him know you are coming.

They got literal.
The seventh annual Millikin Literary Festival was held on campus Nov. 13 and 14. The festival is open to high school and college students, and includes workshops, readings and sessions with featured writers. This year's featured writers were Jennifer Cody Epstein and Allison Joseph. MORE

WWII comes to MU.

Freshmen university seminar (IN 140-17) students invite you to check out their archives exhibit, "World War II Comes to Millikin." The exhibit explores the atmosphere on Millikin's campus during World War II, as well as the stories of individual students and soldiers who attended MU during this time. The IN 140 students completed this exhibit as their service learning project with assistance from Archives Associate Todd Rudat. The exhibit is located in the second floor gallery of Staley Library through Friday, Dec. 11.  For more info, e-mail Amanda Landacre Podeschi '02 at

Unable to make it to campus? Check out the WWII online exhibit.

Check out some
up and coming student artists...
Artwork from the Third Annual High School Invitational Juried Art Show is on display through Dec. 5 in the Perkinson Art Gallery at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center. The show was judged by Ben Gardner '01, assistant professor of art and design at Drake University. The exhibit is free and open to the public. MORE

Or take in a mid-week concert or two.
The annual Fall Jazz Concert featuring Millikin's Jazz Bands I and II will be Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 pm. in Albert Taylor Theatre. The concert is free and open to the public. MORE 

The Millikin University Concert Band and Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Albert Taylor Theatre. The concert is free and open to the public. MORE

Join MAST.
Interested in sharing your Millikin experience with prospective students? Want to help shape the class of 2014? Looking for a way to give back to your alma mater? Then the MAST program is for you! The Millikin Admission Support Team (MAST) is a program that pairs alumni volunteers with up to six admitted prospective students based on various criteria including academic area of study, athletic interest and geographic region.

Want to learn more or join MAST? Click 
here for more info or to sign up to volunteer.

Start the holiday season off right.
Nothing signals the beginning of the holiday season like Millikin's annual Vespers concerts. Join us this year for "This Wondrous Day, This Shining Night," Dec. 5 and 6. Two performances daily; an afternoon performance at 3 p.m. and an evening concert at 7 p.m. Tickets available through the Kirkland Box Office; cost is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors. For more info or to order tickets, contact the Box Office at 217-424-6318 or click here.

Save the date.
The University Choir will be heading out on its annual tour, Jan. 7-24, 2010. Destinations this year include various locations in Illinois, Wisconsin, Tennesee, Missouri and Indiana. Click here for details.

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 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, 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.


In anticipation of Vespers...
this month's trivia is all about the first Vespers concert:

How many people sang in the choir at the first Vespers concert on Dec. 15, 1921?

A. 30
B. 50
C. 70
D. 100

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 --

Jonathan Saeger '98
Christine Gloriosa '06
Dale Kenyon '52
Ben Baldridge '06
Linda Chapman Arends '61

Each received a Millikin cork screw for correctly guessing that John Leighty '31 was the alumnus who helped in the development of pencillin.

































































































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