Millikin University - Decatur, IL
September 2009 issue Vol. 9, No. 9
Millikin University > Alumni & Friends > Stay Connected > Out of The Blue > Archives > September 2009 issue Vol. 9, No. 9

Sept. 25-27
On campus -
Fall Family Weekend. Stop by the Alumni Association's booth on the arrival court for a quick lunch on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All proceeds go to support an alumni relations award presented annually to an outstanding graduating senior.

Sept. 27-28
On campus - Millikin Fund phonathon. Callers are needed to phone alumni from the Alumni & Development Center. Complimentary dinner provided to volunteer callers. E-mail Mandi Landacre Podeschi '02  to sign up.

Saturday, Oct. 3
Decatur - Second annual Alpha Tau Omega Ks for Kancer 5K run/walk at Fairview Park. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.; race begins at 9 a.m. Cost is $17 for pre-registration; $20 on race day. Proceeds to benefit the Decatur Race for the Cure Foundation. Click here for more info and registration form.

Oct. 4-5
On campus - Millikin Fund phonathon. Callers will phone alumni from the Alumni & Development Center. Complimentary dinner provided to volunteer callers. E-mail Mandi Landacre Podeschi '02 to sign up.

Oct. 16-18
On campus -
Homecoming. Get all the info online. Among the weekend's highlights: Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity celebrates its 60th anniversary with a Saturday evening dinner.

Thursday, Nov. 5
Chicago - Career Networking Workshop. See details at right.

Saturday, Nov. 7
Elmhurst - Annual Howard Nyberg football party from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pre-game potluck at the home of Matt Proud '90, 248 N. Evergreen Terrace. Bring a dish to share; tableware and drinks provided. RSVP to

Thursday, Nov. 19
St. Louis - Attention St. Louis area young alumni: This event’s for you! Join Millikin alumni and friends for an evening at McGurk’s Irish Pub and Garden, 1200 Russell Blvd., 6-8 p.m. Cash bar available; appetizers on us with a full menu available for purchase.

May 27, 2010
Mediterranean -
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
Just for fun
There's still time to win a Millikin prize! Be the 1000th person to "friend" alumni relations director Jan Devore on Facebook and win a Millikin prize! But act quick: She has about 984 friends now!

Get news and more

>> Millikin Quarterly
>> Millikin Minute on Twitter
>> Decaturian
student newspaper
PLUS: Browse the Dec's first 50 years --
>>PACEsetter newsletter for PACE students and alumni

Alumni in the media
Been in the news? Brag a bit and send us your links!

Stay in touch
>> Milli-Link XP online alumni directory
>> Facebook alumni group -- more than 2,000 members strong!
>> LinkedIn alumni group. Looking to network? We're more than 780 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:
Please note: The links below are working, despite a temporary glitch that is causing an error message to pop up. Click "continue" to access and complete these secure forms. 
>> 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

Submit wedding photos for the online Big Blue wedding album by e-mail, or call toll free to 1-877-JMU-ALUM (568-2586) for details. 

Out of the Blue

Welcome home.

It's almost here: Join us for Homecoming 2009, Oct. 16-18! With more than 50 events, including kid-friendly activities, it's bound to be a fun-filled weekend for the whole family. Click here to check out this year's schedule of events. Interested to see who's coming? Click here for a list of those who have already RSVPed.

Ready to make your reservation? Give us a call at 1-877-568-2586 or click here for a printable reservation form.  

Make your best career move.
Chicago area alums, please join us
Thursday, Nov. 5, 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.   

Panelists include: 

·  Pam Folger, Director of Millikin's Career Center

·  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

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.

Live in other parts of the country but also need career advice? Find help at Milikin's Career Center website.

Their hard work paid off.
WJMU, Millikin's student-run radio station, was named one of four finalists in the best feature category for the 2009 College Broadcasters Inc. National Student Production Awards. The station is nominated for "The Playground," a weekly community outreach program emphasizing the importance of music in early childhood education. The show is written, produced and performed by five WJMU staffers every Saturday at 10 a.m. Winners will be announced at the annual National College Media Convention, Oct. 28-Nov. 1, in Austin, Texas.

He's a part of the Glee club.
"Looking Back," written by Kerry Muzzey '92, is used as the love theme for the new FOX-TV series, "Glee." It was heard often on the Sept. 9 season premiere and will be featured in several upcoming episodes throughout the season.

Additionallly, he wrote the original score for the film, "Hole in the Paper Sky." Click here to read what the film's producer, actress Jessica Biel, wrote on her MySpace blog about the score.

What else is new with Kerry? Click here.

What's for dinner?
Trying to eat healthier? Looking for allergen-free recipes? Check out Lisa Sistos-Williams '92 blog, and learn the benefits of eating allergen-free foods, including recipes, cooking tips and her picks for local allergen-free restaurants. MORE

Thinking about an MBA?
Millikin's master's degree in business administration program will host a preview night Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in ADM-Scovill Hall, Rm. 207. Millikin's next MBA class starts in January 2010. Applications for admission must be received by Nov. 1. MORE

How about an MSN?
The Master's Entry to Nursing Practice (MENP) program is for students with a non-nursing B.A. or B.S. degree who would like to earn an MSN and become clinical nurse leaders. The intensive full-time program will prepare graduates to take the professional registered nurse (RN) licensure exam as well as the CNL certification exam. The first class is scheduled to begin in July 2010; however, a pre-requisite class that many will need to take begins in January. For more info, contact the School of Nursing at (217) 424-6348 or toll-free at (800) 373-7733.

Have you seen Jupiter lately?
They're back! Come check out the cosmos at a public observation night (PON). They're held every clear Wednesday on the roof of Leighty-Tabor Science Center (LTSC) from sunset to 10 p.m. These events are free and open to the general public.

Trivia break.
Ready for this month's trivia? Here it is:

In what year did Millikin start offering a nursing program?

A. 1965
B. 1976
C. 1993
D. 1998

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 --

Kim Nail '09
Kim Ryan '07
Jim Dickerson '82
Crystal Walline Lytle '02
Justin Schwartz '03

Each received a Millikin chip clip for correctly guessing that James Millikin was often called cattle king of the Prairie State.




















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