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Derreck Kayongo will discuss his journey from child refugee to international humanitarian relief champion on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in Shilling Hall's Albert Taylor Theatre on the Millikin University campus. This event is free and open to the public; no reservations or tickets required.
After fleeing war-ravaged Uganda more than 30 years ago, Kayongo and his parents settled for a time in Kenya. While visiting Kenyan refugee camps, the young Kayongo observed friends and family struggling to survive without basic necessities. Their struggles would help shape the humanitarian relief missions Kayongo would undertake as an adult.
In 2009, Kayongo and his wife, Sarah, started The Global Soap Project, which focuses on repurposing partially-used soap from hotels into new, sanitized soap for needy populations, particularly in Africa. The Global Soap Project currently produces 30,000 bars of soap per week and so far, has donated more than 500,000 bars of soap to over 20 countries, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Swaziland, Kenya, Ghana, Uganda, Haiti and Malawi. In 2013, The Global Soap Project earned an endorsement from the American Hotel and Lodging Association.
Since his arrival in the U.S. in the 1990s, Kayongo has earned a college degree, become a naturalized citizen and served in leadership roles in some of the world's most respected humanitarian aid organizations, including Amnesty International and CARE International. He is also a regular columnist with The Huffington Post. A recipient of the Maxx Entrepreneurship Award and the Refugee Services Award, Kayongo was also named a 2011 CNN Hero, recognized as one of 24 "everyday people changing the world."
Kayongo's appearance is Millikin's 2014 James W. Moore Lecture. The lecture was established in 1991 to honor the late James W. Moore of Decatur. Moore's children, Madeline and James "Mac" Moore, created the endowed fund to present speakers on campus who represent "innovative or progressive political or artistic views."
12/19/2013 3:08 PM
A family foundation established by a Millikin alumni couple has given $100,000 to the university to be used to provide scholarships for students in need. The grant was presented over the summer by the T.S. and Juanita Ballance Foundation of Decatur, which was established in 2009 by the late Thomas Stephen "Steve" Ballance, a 1941 Millikin graduate, and his wife, Juanita, a 1956 Millikin graduate.
The funds were used to establish three Millikin scholarship funds: A $10,000 scholarship for a deserving student in elementary education; a $10,000 scholarship for a deserving student in accounting or business; and $80,000 in general scholarship funds to be used by the university to assist deserving students in any field of study.
"As we discussed with the Ballance Foundation officers, Millikin is awarding these tuition scholarships to students with a demonstrated financial need who are working – contributing through their own toil to their educational expenses – while earning a Millikin degree," says Vice President of Alumni and Development Dave Brandon. "Since Mr. Ballance worked as a student to earn the money he needed to complete his Millikin degree, we at Millikin feel strongly that he would have enjoyed knowing that his support is going to 'help those who help themselves.' This investment by the Ballance Foundation will help open doors that might otherwise have remained closed for these students and help them as they strive to become the kind of high-quality Millikin graduate who goes on to serve, give back and advance the quality of life in Decatur and beyond."
Steve Ballance served as president of BJ Industries Inc. from 1975 until his death in 2011. The company operated Jarvis Drilling Company, which had formerly been known as S.D. Jarvis Company before Ballance, a long-time employee, purchased it. Ballance was a life member of the Stephen Decatur Lodge, a member of the Decatur Noon Kiwanis Club for more than 50 years, and also a member of Decatur's Central Christian Church for more than 50 years, serving as a deacon for the church for many years. Juanita Ballance is a retired teacher who taught for the Mt. Zion School District. The couple raised two daughters. Charlotte Ballance remains active in the Ballance Foundation.
"Millikin welcomes this generous philanthropy, providing students in need with the resources required to achieve their dream of a Millikin education," Brandon says.
10/17/2013 1:50 PM
Nationally known health care adviser, author and former Washington Post reporter Ceci Connolly will present "LANDMARK: The Inside Story of America's New Health Care Law" on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the lower level of Richards Treat University Center on the Millikin campus. This event, the 2013 Thomas W. Ewing Lectureship, is free and open to the public.
A 25-year veteran of the journalism field, Connolly served as national staff writer at the Washington Post from 1997 to 2010. She has reported on every U.S. Presidential campaign since 1984 and has written extensively about Congress. In 2001, Connolly was named national health policy correspondent for the Post, producing articles on bioterrorism, the Medicare prescription drug benefit, skyrocketing medical bills, physician-assisted suicide and President Obama's drive for sweeping healthcare legislation. She also traveled to Louisiana in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and spent five months on the ground, reporting on the worst natural disaster in modern U.S. history.
Now the managing director of the Health Research Institute for PriceWaterhouseCoopers, she guides corporations, foundations and governmental bodies on implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Connolly frequently appears as a commentator on national TV, including PBS' "Washington Week," "The Early Show" on CBS, NPR's "Diane Rehm Show" and several news programs on MSNBC and the Fox News Channel.
The Thomas W. Ewing Lectureship was created by Millikin University and Congressman Ewing's colleagues in recognition of his many years of public service. Ewing, a 1957 Millikin graduate, retired in 2001 after serving nine years in the U.S. House of Representatives from the 15th District of Illinois. Ewing served 17 years in the Illinois House of Representatives, where he was assistant Republican leader from 1982-1990 and was named deputy minority leader in 1990.
Previous speakers have included Robert F. Kennedy Jr., environmental advocate; Former House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert; Peter Hoekstra, Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence; and former congressmen Jack Buechner (R-Mo.) and William Robert Roy (D-Kansas). The lectures focus on public policy and service, and visiting lecturers are selected based on their prominence in those fields as well as their ability to inspire others to serve.
9/9/2013 2:56 PM
Millikin University has received a gift of nearly $1.65 million from the Dr. John A. Leighty Charitable Remainder Trust. The trust, which was funded by the late Dr. John A. Leighty in 1999, is designated in support of the university's natural sciences programs. This specific gift will provide ongoing financial support for essential research, instructional scientific instrumentation, performance learning enhancement needs within the division's departments, and a new endowed professorship in the natural sciences and mathematics division.
Dr. Leighty, a 1931 Millikin graduate, earned his master's degree and doctorate from Purdue University. During his 33-year career at Eli Lilly and Company, he was a member of the team that first produced penicillin for the company in the 1940s; he was also involved in development and production of the antibiotics erythromycin and streptomycin and the analgesic Darvon. His career was capped by his tenure as executive director of scientific research, responsible for 650 scientists in seven research divisions. He retired from Lilly in 1969.
Dr. Leighty served on Millikin's board of trustees from 1967 through 1970 and, together with his late wife, the former Ula Davis '33, volunteered for and contributed to Millikin's fundraising campaigns. For their efforts, the two were named co-recipients of the Alumnus of the Year Award in 1971. During their lifetimes, the Leightys established Millikin's John and Ula Leighty Research Award in Biology. In 1992, Dr. Leighty established the John and Ula Leighty Science Scholars Program. He also made multiple gifts to the science center that now bears his name and served as honorary chair of the campaign to raise the funding needed to build the facility. Dr. Leighty also received Millikin's Presidential Leadership Award in 1995, and was inducted posthumously into the Millikin Medallion Society in 2001 after his death in 2000.
3/21/2013 2:35 PM
At the check presentation held March 19 at Caterpillar's Decatur plant are, from
left, first row: Millikin student Mohand Aalsaleh of Saudi
Arabia; Marilyn Davis, Millikin's Chief of Staff and Board Secretary; Carmen
Aravena, Director of Millikin's Center for International Education; Millikin
students Dominic Hart of Australia, Jordan Moxey of the Bahamas, and Tom Pardo
of France; and Millikin's Interim President Rich Dunsworth. Second
row: Caterpillar Factory Managers Dwight Stewart, Rick Moore and Adam
Mize; LeAnn McQuellon, Caterpillar Business Support Manager; and Mark Siwiec,
Caterpillar EHS Manager.
On Tuesday, March 19, the Caterpillar Foundation made its second payment of $1 million to Millikin University as part of the Caterpillar Foundation's $7 million pledge made in 2011. This charitable investment is specifically earmarked for construction and renovation to transform Aston Hall into a Center for International Education on the university's campus.
In 2011, Caterpillar Inc. Chairman and CEO, Doug Oberhelman, a 1975 Millikin graduate, announced a charitable investment of up to $11.5 million toward Millikin's "Transform MU" capital campaign, the largest show of support in Millikin's history.
The investment, made both by the Caterpillar Foundation and personally by Oberhelman and his wife, Diane, will support the creation of a new university center that will house the Oberhelman Leadership Development Center, help renovate Millikin's oldest residence hall to create a Center for International Education and double the number of students supported by the university's Long-Vanderburg Scholars Program for minority students.
The $1 million check presented March 19 by Caterpillar Decatur's General Manager Walt Hupe is designated for Caterpillar's committed total of $3 million to help renovate and develop the new Center for International Education, which will provide housing for international students and serve as a home for multicultural affairs staff, international programs, study abroad and global awareness.
Millikin University Interim President, Rich Dunsworth; Director of the Center for International Education, Carmen Aravena; Chief of Staff and Board Secretary, Marilyn Davis; and four of Millikin's international students attended the check presentation at Caterpillar's Decatur office to express their support of the project: Jordan Moxey of the Bahamas, a biology major; Dominic Hart, an exercise science major from Australia; Mohand Aalsaleh of Saudi Arabia, a pre-pharmacy major; and Tom Pardo, an international business major from France.
"Thanks to the generosity of Caterpillar and the Oberhelmans, the new Center for International Education will serve a vital role in enhancing a critical area of our university mission – to prepare our students for democratic citizenship in a global environment," says Dunsworth. "Our students are going to work in an environment, far more diverse than any previous generation has. To not only achieve professional success in tomorrow's expanding global workplace, but to have a life of meaning and value, we must understand the world around us. The development of the Center for International Education is a vital piece in developing that understanding."
Millikin's partnership with Caterpillar extends back nearly six decades to 1955 when the company made its first investment in the university.
BREAKDOWN OF CATERPILLAR’S PLAN OF SUPPORT FOR THE “TRANSFORM MU” CAMPAIGN
Creation of the Oberhelman Leadership Development Center - $6.5 million
Total funding to create the Oberhelman Leadership Development Center on the second floor of the new University Center includes a $3.5 million challenge matching grant by the Caterpillar Foundation to match donations made by Caterpillar employees and retirees, as well as $3 million donated personally by the Oberhelmans, for a total gift of $6.5 million. The proposed center will be home to more than 100 student leadership organizations, including student government, Greek life and the multicultural student council. Emerging and seasoned student leaders will have the opportunity to share their resources and practice leadership, management, marketing and technical skills. The new Center will include student organization and development areas, collaboration rooms and three flexible laboratory areas.
Creation of a new Center for International Education - $3 million
The Caterpillar Foundation has also committed $3 million to help create a new Center for International Education through the renovation of Aston Hall, originally built in 1907. The proposed center will complement the academic experience, offering a variety of cultural, educational, social and recreational programs for students. Plans for the Center provide for residence hall space for up to 70 international and domestic students, faculty offices, a lecture/conference hall, two "smart" classrooms and a resource room.
Challenge gift for donors to the new University Center - $1.5 million
The Oberhelmans have also committed to a $1.5 million personal challenge matching grant for potential donors to the new University Center. To date, Millikin has secured $1.1 million from other donors in response to the Oberhelmans' challenge.
Expansion of the University’s Long-Vanderburg Scholars Program - $500,000
The Caterpillar Foundation is also investing $500,000 in MU's Long-Vanderburg Scholars program, which recognizes high scholastic achievement among historically underrepresented students by providing scholarship support and development opportunities. The program will double from 60 to 120 students in a four-year period.
The $85 million "Transform MU" campaign was launched in May 2010 and will revitalize the east side of Millikin's campus, as well as make significant advances in creating new student scholarships, increasing endowment and faculty development funds, and improving infrastructure. To date, the campaign has raised $65.3 million dollars.
For more information, visit the campaign website at www.millikin.edu/transform
3/20/2013 10:51 AM
Allan Sloan, senior editor-at-large at Fortune magazine, will speak on Tuesday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Kirkland Fine Arts Center on Millikin University's campus. The event is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations required. In his talk, entitled, "Yes, It Can Be Done: The Threat to the U.S. Economy and What to Do about It," Sloan will propose some common-sense solutions to the problems of a $16 billion federal budget deficit, rising entitlement expenses, our complex tax system and the divided, partisan national government.
Before writing for Fortune, Sloan spent 12 years as Newsweek's Wall Street editor. He also has been a columnist for Newsday and held positions with Forbes and Money magazines, among other publications. Sloan has been awarded business journalism's highest honor, the Gerald Loeb Award, seven times. He received these awards over the course of four decades in four categories for five different employers and also was awarded the Loeb Lifetime Achievement Award and the Distinguished Achievement Award in 2001 after 40 years in business journalism.
Sloan earned his bachelor's degree from Brooklyn College and his master's degree from Columbia Journalism School. Originally from Brooklyn, he lives in New Jersey with his wife. They have three grown children and two grandchildren.
Sloan's appearance is this year's 2013 T.W. Samuels Lecture. The T.W. Samuels Lecture Series was created in 1977 in honor of attorney T.W. Samuels, senior partner in the Decatur law firm of Samuels, Miller, Schroeder, Jackson and Sly. Samuels was active in Decatur community affairs until his death in 1989 at age 103. Samuels' sons, William J. Samuels of Menlo Park, Calif., and the late Dr. Thomas W. Samuels Jr., created an endowment fund to finance the series in recognition of their father. The endowment is used to bring great thinkers and speakers to Millikin for the purpose of community enrichment.
2/15/2013 12:23 PM
Attorney, author and producer Mark London will showcase his 60-minute documentary, "Shark Loves the Amazon," on Monday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Albert Taylor Theatre, Shilling Hall on Millikin University's campus. A question and answer session will follow the film presentation, which explores critical issues in the Amazon region, including the decimation of its rain forest. The event is Millikin's 2013 James W. Moore Lecture and is free and open to the public; no reservations or tickets required.
"Shark Loves the Amazon" written and produced by London in 2011, provides his personal view of the history of the Amazon region, highlighting perennial problems and providing ideas for solutions that have shown success. London originally traveled to the region during his last year of study at the George Washington University Law Center of Washington, D.C. to fulfill a childhood dream. His visit turned into a 30-year mission to advocate for the rain forest and improve the standard of living of the people in and around it.
A full-time Washington, D.C. attorney in the area of commercial litigation, London is co-author of "Amazon" (1983: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Editora Record) and "The Last Forest: The Amazon in the Age of Globalization" (2007: Random House, Editora Martins Fontes). Along with the Amazonas Sustainability Foundation and Marriott International, London helped create the Rio Juma Reserve in the State of Amazonas, a revolutionary project tying the sale of environmental services to carbon avoidance.
The James W. Moore Lecture was established in 1991 to honor the late James W. Moore of Decatur. Moore's children, Madeline and James "Mac" Moore, created the endowed fund to present speakers on campus who represent "innovative or progressive political or artistic views."
For more information on this event, please contact the Millikin University Alumni & Development Office at 217.424.6383.
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