Millikin University - Decatur, IL
March 2010 issue Vol. 10, No. 2
Millikin University > Alumni & Friends > Stay Connected > Out of The Blue > Archives > March 2010 issue Vol. 10, No. 2
Thursday, March 18
Orland Park, Ill.
- MU jazz vocal groups perform. OneVoice and BluBop will 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 noon March 16.

March 24-28
On campus -
The Department of Theatre and Dance will present Neil Simon's “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” March 24-27 at 7:30 p.m. and March 28 at 2 p.m. in Albert Taylor Theatre. Tickets may be purchased at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center Box Office, by phone at 217-424-6318 or online at

Saturday, March 27
Milwaukee -
Milllikin is featured during the national television show, "Inside Business," which will air in Milwaukee on CNN Headline News on March 27 at 4:24 p.m., 4:54 p.m. and 5:24 p.m.

Saturday, March 27
 - Penguin in the Park 5K Run. John "The Penguin" Bingham '70 will join this annual event, with the race taking place in Fairview Park and a post-race party in Griswold gym. Alumni/students/faculty/staff 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 info can be found at

Friday, April 9
Springfield, Ill. -
The Millikin Men and Millikin Women Choirs perform at First Presbyterian Church in Springfield at 7 p.m. Free and open to the public.

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

Saturday, April 10
Edwardsville, Ill. -
Blue Connection On the Road. The Millikin Club of St. Louis, the Blue Connection, and the Art in Entrepreneurship program will host "An Evening of Fine Arts" from 6-9 p.m. at Edwardsville Arts Center, 310 Hillsboro Rd.

The evening features artwork of students, faculty and alumni available for purchase, complimentary hors d'oeuvres, wine-tasting and entertainment by members of MU guitar studio. RSVP by April 8 to 1-877-JMU-ALUM (568-2586) or .

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

Tuesday, April 13
On campus – T.W. Samuels Lecture. Richard Longworth will discuss the impact of globalization on the Midwest at 8 p.m. in Albert Taylor Theatre. For more info, see the article, right.

Thursday, April 15
Deadline this day: Alumni, parents and other friends of the University are invited to nominate Millikin alumni for a variety of awards to be presented by the Millikin Alumni Association and the Athletic Hall of Fame committee during this year's Homecoming activities, Oct. 1-3.

Sunday, April 18
On campus
- Cirque Voila! A free alumni family event in Kirkland's Tower Rehearsal Hall will follow the 4 p.m. Cirque Voila! performance, a pure circus event with contortionists, acrobatics and aerial performances. Tickets for the Kirkland Fine Arts Center show are: adult, $12-$24; child $6-$10. For more info or to order tickets, call 217-424-6318 or visit the Kirkland website.

Friday, April 30
On campus
- Founder’s Day. April 30 (1901) is remembered as the date the university was established by James Millikin.

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 by April 29 to 1-877-JMU-ALUM (568-2586) or

Friday, May 21
- The Millikin Club of Chicago will host its annual business forum and networking luncheon at Maggiano's, 516 N. Clark, 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. The speaker will be Sarah Parker Evans '02, a public relations and social media consultant recently featured in Vanity Fair and Forbes magazines. Cost is $25.00. RSVP by May 17 to 1-877-JMU-ALUM (568-2586) or

Saturday, June 12
Springfield, Ill.
- “A Day with Abe...Honest!.” Tour Lincoln’s home, the Lincoln-Herndon law offices and Lincoln’s tomb with resident expert Dr. Dan Monroe, assistant professor of history. Reception at the Springfield home of Sha and Bud Kelley ’54. Details to be announced soon.

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.
Out of the Blue

OneRepublic takes the Kirkland stage.

OneRepublicIt may be "too late to apologize," but it's not too late to get tickets. The band OneRepublic and opening act The Rocket Summer perform at Kirkland Fine Arts Center Wednesday, March 24, at 8 p.m. as the annual University Center Board Big Event.

The verdict is in!
MU judged best in the court.
For the third straight year, a Millikin team took first place at the Model Illinois Government simulation in Springfield, an almost annual tradition. It was the fourth time in the last six years that a Millikin team has placed first. With another Millikin team taking second place, it was the third time in the past six years that the finalists have been totally Big Blue. Two other MU teams made the quarter-final round. Dr. Robert Money, director of the pre-law program, coached the teams.

MU student reaches top 16
on FOX-TV's American Idol.
After making it to the top 16, Katelyn Epperly, a Millikin sophomore at the start of the 2009-10 academic year, was voted off TV's "American Idol" March 11.

Surviving in the Global Economy.
Richard Longworth will present the 2010 T.W. Samuels Lecture on Tuesday, April 13, at 8 p.m. in Albert Taylor Theatre. A 20-year senior writer for the Chicago Tribune and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, Longworth discusses what changes the Midwest must make to survive in the global economy.

In his most recent book "Caught in the Middle," Longworth explores the new, globalized age and what it means for America's heartland. His book, "Global Squeeze," was one of the first on globalization. Longworth is a senior fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and Distinguished Visiting Scholar at DePaul University.

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

Is now the time to make the
switch to a nursing career?
Applications are still being accepted for a new nursing education program designed to help individuals with bachelor's degrees in another field earn a master's degree in nursing in 24 months. The Master’s Entry into Nursing Practice: Pre-Licensure (MENP-PL) program is a new feature of the SON's nationally-accredited Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program. The first class will begin in July 2010. Applications are available online at or by calling 217-424-6348.

Join MAST.
Volunteer for your alma mater. The Millikin Admission Support Team (MAST) needs alumni who are interested in helping to recruit the next generation of MU students. For more info, click here or send an e-mail to or to MAST coordinator Dan Stuby, associate director of young alumni relations.

We'll StayStrong thanks to you.
Thank you to all who responded to MU's StayStrong Spring Millikin Fund Challenge Phonathon in support of our students. If you made a pledge, please send in your gift before the end of Millikin's fiscal year, June 30, 2010. Didn't get a chance to pledge? Make a gift online or call in your donation toll-free to 1-877-JMU-ALUM. Help us meet the challenge of matching the $100,000 commitment made by alumna Virginia Robbins '40 and the late Gil Bieger.

The best rivalry in baseball.
Cheer on your favorite team with alumni and friends from 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. A motorcoach bus from Decatur to St. Louis will be available for an additional $25 per person. For more info, contact the alumni office at 1-877-568-2586 or send an e-mail to



The Tone Rangers take second (but their name is first place in our hearts).
On March 8, the Millikin Tone Rangers finished second in "A Cappella BEATdown," an audience-judged vocal competition held on local public television station WILL-TV March 8. The Rangers finished in a very close second place and BluBop also captured audience hearts (if not the top votes). Phone and online voting by viewers helped select the winner.

Things to do before 2012.
According to the ancient Mayan calendar, we have two years before everything changes. So join MU students this summer when they travel to Mexico for the immersion course, “Science and Culture Among the Ancient and Modern Maya of the Yucatan Peninsula,” June 5-12. Reservations due by April 1. For more information, contact Dr. Dan Miller or Dr. Eric Martell.

There are other summer 2010 courses open to Millikin alumni and friends. Look for those that have a listing of "Adult Enrichment: Yes."

Moon shot.
Check out this photo by senior Bobby Arn, chosen as the
Earth Science Picture of the Day (EPOD) for March 3. EPOD is a service of NASA's Earth Science Division, the EOS Project Science Office and the Universities Space Research Association.

Hear them roar!
Millikin celebrates Women’s History Month with events throughout March.

Records are made to be broken.
But sometimes they stick around for a while--even decades! Can you answer this issue's trivia question about some longstanding athletic records?

How many school records does former Olympic swimmer Marcia Morey '78 still hold for the Big Blue?

A.  Two
B.  Four
C.  Six
D.  Eight

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 --

Janice Mintel Jack '72
Mike Leatherman '72
Mike Lengacher '80
Michael Meyers '74
Doug Elliott '82

Each received a Millikin chip clip for their correct guess that the first song played on WJMU-FM was "What Is Life?" by George Harrison. According to Jack O'Riley '72, the student body voted on the first song to be played using a ballot box in Lower Hall. Doug Elliott '82 remembers a framed copy of the 45 rpm record on the wall of the studio.







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