Millikin University - Decatur, IL
April 2010 issue Vol. 10, No. 3
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Saturday, April 17
Decatur -
 The sound of silents. Members of the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra provide live music for a screening of Charlie Chaplin’s “The Gold Rush” at the Avon Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $16.50 and may be purchased through Kirkland Fine Arts Center Box Office by phone at 217-424-6318 or online, or at the Avon box office.

Tuesday, April 20
- Millikin's Career Center host a networking event from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the
Blue Connection (117 N. Water St.). Connect with students and alumni for informational interviews, mentoring and internships/jobs. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and cash bar available. There is still time to RSVP to 217-424-6383 or

Thursday, April 22
- The Annual Distinguished Faculty Lecture & Honors Convocation celebrates scholarship, inquiry, and knowledge among students and faculty at 7 p.m. at Kirkland Fine Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Friday, April 23
On campus
Day of Scholarship. Students present the results of their research, scholarship and creative efforts to the community.

Sunday, April 25
Faculty Jazz Quintet perform jazz standards as well as original compositions at 2 p.m. at the Decatur Public Library. The event is free and open to the public.

Monday, April 26
- Millikin Night at LSB. Join students, alumni and friends at Lock Stock & Barrel from 5 to 10 p.m. as MilliSTAT (Millikin Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow) and LSB host an evening featuring LSB's famous menu and music from Millikin student bands. LSB will donate 10 percent of sales that evening to the Millikin Fund.

Tuesday, April 27
- Trustee Emeritus Robert Hanna '50 and his wife, Dorothy, host alumni and friends from the area for cocktails and dinner at the Petroleum Club of Houston, at 6:30 p.m. RSVP by April 19 to Angie Hawk '06 in MU's Alumni Office at 217-424-6355 or

April 28-May 2
On campus -
 The Department of Theatre and Dance presents "Urinetown," a musical tale of greed, corruption, love and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold, April 28-May 1 at 7:30 p.m., and May 2 at 2 p.m., all in Albert Taylor Theatre. Tickets may be purchased through Kirkland Fine Arts Center Box Office by phone at 217-424-6318 or online

Friday, April 30
On campus
- Founder’s Day. A ceremony and special picnic dinner commemorate Millikin's founding. For more info, see the article, right.

Saturday, May 1
Grafton, Ill.
- Special evening featuring OneVoice. Alumnus David Roth '63 and the Millikin Club of St. Louis will again host Millikin’s acclaimed vocal jazz ensemble, OneVoice, at the
Grafton Winery & Brewhaus, 300 W. Main St. Complimentary refreshments. Cash bar and dinners available for purchase. RSVP to 1-877-JMU-ALUM (568-2586) or by April 29.

Sat, May 8
- Jazz Bash. Millikin's jazz bands join the vocal jazz ensembles for an afternoon of jazz favorites from 2 to 6 p.m. at Lock Stock & Barrel. The event is free and open to the public.

Sat, May 8
On campus
- Cherryholmes. A family bluegrass band perform dynamic music at 7:30 p.m. at Kirkland Fine Arts Center. Tickets may be purchased through Kirkland Box Office by phone at 217-424-6318 or online.

Friday, May 21
- The Millikin Club of Chicago hosts its annual business forum and networking luncheon at Maggiano's, 516 N. Clark, 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. For more info, see the article, right

Saturday, Aug. 14
St. Louis
 - Millikin Day at Busch Stadium. Join alumni and friends in the Redbird Row Party Suites as the St. Louis Cardinals take on the Chicago Cubs at 3:10 p.m. For more info, see the article, right.

Oct. 1-3
On campus
- 2010 Homecoming. Watch here for more information.


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Celebrating James.
James MillikinAll are welcome to attend a Founder's Day ceremony on Friday, April 30, at 4:30 p.m. on the Dr. and Mrs. J. Roger Miller Centennial Quad to commemorate the founding of the university in 1901 by James Millikin (at right). The event features remarks by President Doug Zemke '66 and music from the Millikin Men. A special picnic dinner on the Quad will follow from 5 to 7 p.m. Dinner costs $8.25; no reservation necessary.

2010 commencement speakers.
James E. Humphrey, a 1968 Millikin graduate, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Andersen Corporation, will give the address during traditional commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 16, at Decatur Civic Center. Karen DeWerff Crapse ’88, Millikin trustee and international quality leader of Cummins Inc., will speak during MBA/PACE commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 15, at Kirkland Fine Arts Center, and Dr. William G. Bodamer, Millikin professor emeritus of religion, will give the baccalaureate address on Sunday in Kirkland.

Does this feel like Millikin?
Tell us what you think of Millikin's new approach for reaching new students by completing this survey by April 30.

Show me the money.
The Tabor School of Business will launch a $100,000 student-managed investment fund in fall 2010. As part of a three-semester course sequence, finance majors will serve as security analysts and portfolio managers for the fund. Students will be advised by faculty members and professionals in the financial services industry.

Hollis Prize winner announced.
Saxophonist Stephanie Doctor, a senior music education major from Mokena, Ill., was named the 2010 Hollis Prize winner. She will perform at the Harold Washington Library in Chicago on April 23 at 12:15 p.m. The award is made possible each year by Dr. C. Kimm Hollis '72.

Pearson takes on new role.
Barry Pearson, dean of the College of Fine Arts and a member of the Millikin faculty since 1989, has been named vice president for academic affairs, effective July 1, replacing Dr. Donna Aronson who announced her resignation for the end of the school year.

Chicago-area alums:
network and learn in May.

Join in a “face-to-face” discussion with alumni and friends about social media and public relations, hosted by the Millikin Club of Chicago. Nationally recognized social media expert Sarah Parker Evans ’02 will share her thoughts on various online and new media communications and their impact on business strategies.

"Business is a Contact Sport: Are You Armed?"
Friday, May 21, 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
Maggiano’s (Bellagio Room), 516 N. Clark St., Chicago
$25 for lunch and registration

RSVP by May 17 to 1-877-JMU-ALUM (568-2586) or

Hit the links this May.
The 14th annual Big Blue Club (BBC) Golf Outing will be held May 28. Proceeds help the BBC support Millikin athletics.

Big Blue scores are just a tweet away.
Get athletics results and news on your phone or computer through the Big Blue athletics page on Search for MUBigBlue.

The rivalry continues.
Cheer on your favorite team with alumni and friends from the Redbird Row Party Suites (right field, Rooms 208, 209, 210) at Busch Stadium on Aug. 14. Cost is $130 per person and includes a two-hour, all-you-can-eat buffet. A motorcoach from Decatur to St. Louis will be available for an additional $25 per person or meet up with the MU group at the game. For more info, call the alumni office toll-free at 1-877-JMU-ALUM (568-2586) or send an e-mail to

Remember The Rift?
If you were into the local music scene in 1989 and 1990, you may remember The Rift, an all-Millikin rock band. The band plans a 20-year reunion concert at Lock Stock & Barrel on Saturday, Oct. 2, during this year's Homecoming and will be featured in the summer issue of Millikin Quarterly magazine. Share your photos (hi-rez) and/or memories of the band for the article to

Putting words in your mouth.
Staley Library hosted Millikin's Second Annual Edible Book Festival, Monday, April 12. See the entries

Trivia time: Where in the world?

If you think the buildings in the background of this photo look familiar, can you answer this issue's trivia question?

Where is President Zemke standing?

A.  On the roof of Kirkland Fine Arts Center
B.  In a lift truck bucket
C.  On the roof of Leighty-Tabor Science Center
D.  In his office (He was Photoshopped into the picture.)

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 issue's winners --

Amy Nelson Snow '02
Molly Jennings '09
Jennifer Hirsch '08
Cecila Modarelli '08

Each received an MU sticker for their correct guess that Marcia Morey '78 still holds four Big Blue swimming records, all set in 1975. She went on to co-captain the 1976 U.S. Olympic swim team. 
Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL