Millikin University - Decatur, IL
May 2010 issue Vol. 10, No. 4
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

Thursday, June 3
- Tom Harrington ’70 and his wife, Cordia, host alumni and friends in their Franklin, Tenn., home at 7 p.m. President Doug Zemke and Alumni & Development Services Director Louise Kidd will share the latest news about Millikin and the Transform MU Capital Campaign. RSVP by May 28 to 1-877-JMU-ALUM (568-2586) or

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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Giving Back, Moving Forward.
Millikin officials launched the "Transform MU" Capital Campaign at a news conference held Friday, May 14, on campus. Even before the official announcement, generous supporters had committed $25.4 million (30 percent) of the $85 million goal.

The goals of the campaign are to:

  • Transform three outdated buildings to enrich the overall quality of student life and enhance programs in theatre and dance, and exercise science and sport.
  • Seek targeted funds for increasing student scholarships, sustaining the Millikin Fund, and providing support for faculty excellence, building endowment and infrastructure needs.

To visit the "Transform MU" website and learn more, click here.

Chicago-area alums:
network and learn at this "social" event.
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 TODAY May 17 to 1-877-JMU-ALUM (568-2586) or

Fore a good cause.
The 14th annual Big Blue Club (BBC) Golf Outing will be held May 28. Proceeds help support Millikin athletics.

Big Blue gets gold for going green.

Millikin has become the first institution of higher education in Illinois to earn an environmental certification for renovation of a campus building, ADM-Scovill Hall.

2010 Spring Commencement.
On Saturday, May 15, 53 PACE and 22 MBA graduates were awarded diplomas, with 304 bachelor’s degrees being presented on Sunday, May 16. Read about mother and daughter graduates of the class of 2010.

Brooks accepts dean position.
After a national search, Dr. Randy Brooks, dean of Teaching and Learning and professor of English, has been named the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Brooks has been a member of the Millikin faculty since 1990 and has been serving as acting dean for the college for more than a year.

Outstanding students and faculty honored.
Students and faculty from a variety of disciplines were honored at April's Honors Convocation ceremony. MORE

Marshall is hall of famer 
Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach Dick Marshall was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in April.

A celebration that was five years in the making.
Blue Connection, Millikin’s Art and Entrepreneurship learning laboratory and student-run art gallery, celebrated its fifth year in business on May 7. MORE

Annie's “24” ends with a bang.
In an unexpected plot twist, Renee Walker, a popular character on FOX-TV's series “24,” was shot by a sniper. Millikin alumni were disappointed because Annie Wersching '99 had portrayed Walker for the past two seasons.

This rivalry is hot, but you'll be cool at the game. 
Cheer on your favorite team with alumni and friends from the air-conditioned 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

Beat the June rush.
If you made a pledge to the Millikin Fund, please send in your gift before the end of Millikin's fiscal year on June 30. Didn't get a chance to pledge? Make a gift online or call in your donation toll-free to 1-877-JMU-ALUM.

Trivia Time: The Good Old Days?
If you felt going off to college was a major transition toward adulthood, take a look at this issue's trivia question.

On March 1, 1967, Millikin faculty voted 34 to 23 to discontinue what classroom-related practice?
A.  Assigned seating
B.  The ringing of bells to mark class periods
C.  Reciting the Pledge of Allegiance
D.  Students standing when speaking in class

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 --

Chris Bullock '90
Matt Andrews '99
rystal Walline Lytle '02
Cassie Logsdon '08
Marilyn Libbin McClain '70

Each received an MU sticker for correctly guessing that President Zemke was standing on the roof of Leighty-Tabor Science Center in the photo appearing in last month's Out of the Blue.

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