Millikin University - Decatur, IL
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Pixie Fennessey, Millikin University adjunct professor of psychology and sociology, has spent a decade working with children at the By Grace Disabled and Orphans Centre in Kayole, Kenya.

Fennessey, also a professor at Richland Community College, first became involved with the orphanage during an organized mission trip in 2005 for volunteer opportunities and to raise HIV and AIDS awareness through an Illinois Department of Public Health grant.

After her first visit, Fennessey began raising money for the center's needs and teaching a variety of classes to the children including creative arts, physical education and life skills.

Fennessey makes presentations throughout the Decatur community to spread awareness of the center's needs. Several community organizations have become involved with fundraising efforts.

Fennessey has worked in various mental health agencies as a psychotherapist and teaches several courses at Millikin including: Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to Sociology and Social Psychology.

Click here to read more about Fennessey's work with the By Grace Disabled and Orphans Centre in an article from the Belleville News-Democrat.
Millikin University's 2015 International Summer Program, held July 10-17, provided many experiences for 12 college students, 10 from South Korea and two from China.

The students currently attend Chung-Ang University in Seoul, South Korea, and Shanghai University of Finance and Economics in Shanghai, China.

After spending a few days exploring Chicago, the students arrived in Decatur and took part in a number of activities such as visits to Long Creek Farm and Rock Springs Conservation Area.

The students also spent mornings taking classes at Millikin's English Language Center and engaged in subjects such as American Studies, Multiculturalism and Communicative Activities.

Brandy Barter-Storm, interim director of Millikin's English Language Center, led the program along with Millikin student-coordinators Brianne Barrett, a senior early childhood education major from Mount Zion, Ill., and Matthew Gremo, a junior English education major from Decatur.

Click here to read more about the International Program in an article from the Herald & Review.
Blue Satellite Press, a Millikin University student-run letterpress publishing business, recently held a fundraiser for the American Legion Post 105 in Decatur, Ill. As part of the fundraiser, Blue Satellite Press printed and sold "Honor Our Veterans" coasters to help raise money for the American Legion and Macon County Honor Guard.

Blue Satellite Press raised $500 which was donated to the American Legion on June 22 by Dr. Stephen Frech, Millikin associate professor of English and Blue Satellite Press faculty advisor.

"I wanted to create a project with my students that reached outside of the classroom and had an impact on the community," said Dr. Frech.

U.S. Congressman and Millikin alumnus Rodney Davis '92, (R-Ill.) 13th Congressional District, was in attendance for the ceremony.

Rodney Davis was recently sworn into his second term in Congress serving the 13th District of Illinois, a 14-county district covering both urban and rural areas of central and southwestern Illinois. For the 114th Congress, Davis will serve on the House Agriculture Committee, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and the House Administration Committee.

Blue Satellite Press was started in 2008 with a mission of printing high-quality letterpress poetry broadsides. Students solicit previously unpublished work from contemporary poets, and then design a broadside that showcases what they admire in the poem. Students also engage in the editorial aspects of the press by soliciting and selecting poems, communicating with writers and distributing broadsides.

Click here to view WCIA-TV's coverage of the fundraiser.
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Millikin University - Decatur, IL
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