Millikin University - Decatur, IL
February 2010 issue Vol. 10, No. 1
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Calendar of Events

Friday, Feb. 26
Bloomington -
The women's basketball team plays top seed Illinois Wesleyan in the first round of the CCIW Championships. Click here for more info about the game, including about how you can listen live.

Sunday, Feb. 28-Monday, March 1
Sunday, March 7-Monday, March 8
On campus -
Millikin Fund phonathon. Callers are needed to phone alumni from the Alumni & Development Center. Complimentary dinner provided to volunteer callers. To sign up, e-mail Mandi Landacre Podeschi '02 or call 217-424-3506.

You are also invited to explore Millikin’s online Make a Gift option.

Thursday, March 11
On campus -
 Dr. Gregory F. Barz will present the 2010 James W. Moore Lecture at 7:30 p.m. in Kirkland Fine Arts Center's Perkinson Gallery. Dr. Barz, a Vanderbilt University ethnomusicologist, will discuss his book, "Singing for LIfe: HIV/AIDS and Music in Uganda."  Additional topics will include the genocide and music of Rwanda, Central Africa.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call 217-424-6383.

Thursday, March 11
St. Louis -
 Career Workshop and Networking. Join St. Louis-area alumni and friends for this free event at 5200 Shaw Ave (The Big Club Hall) in St. Louis, hosted by Jon Tiede '92 and Jump Co.
The hour-long career workshop, "Landing Your Next Job in a Tough Economy," begins at 4 p.m. Alumni human resource experts will be on hand to provide job-search advice, including: Dave Coverstone '74, Craig Howell '93, Michelle Stremmel '95 and Bob Sanders '82. Pam Folder, director of MU's Career Center is moderator.

From 5 -7 p.m., you're invited to enjoy a repeat of the popular alumni networking event we've enjoyed annually on the Hill for the last few years, courtesy of our hosts. Come for the career workshop, the networking fun with adult refreshments that follows it, or mark your calendar to attend both!

RSVP by March 5 to the alumni office at 1-877-568-2586 or send an e-mail to

Thursday, March 18
Orland Park, Ill. -
OneVoice and BluBop perform from 7-9 p.m. in the Club Room at Silver Lake Country Club, 14700 S. 82nd Street. Complimentary event with dessert reception included. RSVP to by March 15.

Saturday, March 27
Decatur -
Penguin in the Park 5K Run. John "The Penguin" Bingham '70, will join the festivities for the fifth annual event, with the race taking place in Fairview Park and the post-race party in Griswold gym. Alumni/students/faculty/staff are welcome and will receive a $1 discount off the registration fee if registered by Saturday, March 20. Part of the proceeds will go to the Millikin Fund in honor of Bingham.  Details and registration information can be found at

Friday, April 9
Springfield, Ill. -
The Millikin Men and Millikin Women perform at First Presbyterian Church in Springfield at 7 p.m.

Saturday, April 10
Crystal Lake, Ill. -
The Millikin Women perform at 7 p.m.
with the choir of Matt Koll '05 at Crystal Lake High School, 1200 McHenry Avenue. 

Sunday, April 11
Lombard, Ill. -
The Millikin Women perform
at 3 p.m. at St. Pius X Parish, 1025 E. Madison Street.  

Saturday, April 10
Alton, Ill. -
Blue Connection @River Bend, a Millikin student, faculty and alumni art opening. The Millikin Club of St. Louis, The Blue Connection, the Art in Entrepreneurship class, and the admission staff will host an art opening at the Jacoby Art Center in downtown Alton from 6 - 9 p.m. Works will be on display and available for purchase. The opening will also feature the music of Millikin's Guitar Ensemble II. Complimnetary hors d'ouevres and wine tasting.

Tuesday, April 13
On campus –
T.W. Samuels Lecture. Richard Longworth will present the 2010 T.W. Samuels Lecture at 7 p.m. in Kirkland Fine Arts Center. A senior fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and Distinguished Visiting Scholar at DePaul University, Longworth’s newest book, "Caught in the Middle," describes the impact of globalization on the Midwest.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call 217-424-6383.

Friday, April 30
On campus -
Founder’s Day. Watch this space for an announcement of the day's activities closer to the date.

Saturday, May 1
Grafton, Ill. -
Special evening with OneVoice. Alumnus David Roth '63 will again host Millikin’s acclaimed vocal jazz ensemble, OneVoice, at the Grafton Winery & Brewhaus, 300 W. Main St. Watch this space for details of the evening's activities closer to the date.

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





























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Out of the Blue
MU student reaches top 24 on American Idol.
Katelyn Epperly of Des Moines, Iowa, a Millikin sophomore at the start of the 2009-10 academic year, performs tonight as one of 24 semifinalists on Season 9 of TV's "American Idol."

Read the Des Moines Register article in which Stephen Widenhofer, director of the School of Music, shares his insights into Katelyn’s chances.


Keep up with Katelyn at:

School of Education recommended for national accreditation.
MU's School of Education received a glowing review during a campus vsiit by representativces of NCATE, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. NCATE's Unit Accreditation Board in Washington D.C. is expected to officially announce MU's accreditation this October.

Remembering history.
Among the events held in recognition of Black History Month is a re-enactment of the historic 1970 SUB sit-in in lower RTUC by members of For Souls Only (FSO), who were seeking a home for their organization. Learn more here.

They've got tips.
Local bird feeders: MU and the National Bird-Feeding Society (NBFS) will host a public bird-feeding seminar in celebration of National Bird-Feeding Month this Saturday.

They've got business savvy.
These freshmen know their biz. 

Where can you get the latest music news?
Right here.

Look to your left for
good times ahead.

Alumni Relations Director Jan Devore has been very busy lately, collecting and developing a slate of upcoming Millikin events and gatherings open to alumni and friends of the university -- perhaps one will be held in your area. Check the calendar at left for details, including info about the Aug. 14 Millikin Day at Busch Stadium when the Cards play their perennial arch rivals, the Chicago Cubs. 

Have some UChoir
memories to share?

A Millikin UChoir website is under development and the webmaster is seeking to add memories and comments from alumni who were members of the choir during their student days. Send your memories through e-mail to Claire LeMaster at 

Spring is coming...
and so is the spring issue of Millikin Quarterly magazine. Articles we're working on for the issue include a story about the extraordinary life of Fred Long, Millikin's first African-American graduate. Other articles feature individuals who are working with the homeless, Hollywood memorabilia and a new Millikin initiative called the Hub. Watch your mailbox in early April for your free copy.

Remember the '70s...?
Even if you don't, we'll hope you'll send us your best guess of the answer to this issue's musical trivia question.

What was the first song played in 1972 when WJMU radio debuted? 

A. "Alone Again (Naturally)" by Gilbert  

B. "What Is Life?" By George Harrison
C. "American Pie" by Don McLean
D. "Without You" by Nilsson

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 --

Joe '72 & Evie Coen Gill '73
Kim Ryan '07
Bob Feldhake '09
Sarah Whitt Reed '89
Anna McGinnis Ratliff '95

Each received a Millikin chip clip for their correct guess that the photo shown was of a portion of the cornice above the front entrance to Perkinson Music Center. 























































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