2/27/2014 3:35 PM
Millikin University art students were recognized for their outstanding efforts at the 14th annual Self Employment in the Arts (SEA) Conference, held Feb. 21-22 in Lisle, Ill. Millikin garnered three of the six awards during the 5th annual SEA College Juried Art Show.
Prior to the SEA Juried Art Show, 101 works of art were submitted by college artists, a record number. This year's Juror, Janet Bloch, kept 37 submissions for the show, 17 of which were works by Millikin students. Michael Shultz, a senior studio art major from Decatur, won Best of Show and was voted the People's Choice for his work.
Michael Shultz '14 won Best of Show at SEA Conference
"After three consecutive years at the conference, the biggest thing I've taken away is confidence in my ability to make it as an artist," said Shultz. "Each year, I interacted with the same people many times, as well as new faces, and had the opportunity to get feedback from them as I grew. In particular, winning the awards was a huge boost of confidence. I have only been practicing visual arts for two-and-a-half years, and to have my efforts validated not only by Janet Bloch, the exhibition's juror, but by popular vote, makes me feel ready to take on the world."
Jessica Brooks, a sophomore studio art major from Decatur, also received a Juror's Award for her artwork.
“The SEA Conference was a great glimpse into our future in terms of the professional art world," said Brooks. "It's a great opportunity for networking and learning things that classes can't provide."
Jessica Brooks '16 received a Juror's Award at SEA Conference
In addition to exhibiting their artwork, students attended workshops and panel discussions on topics including: How to Market Your Artwork, Copyright Law, Exhibiting in Galleries, Business Plans and Networking Strategies.
Millikin University was well represented at the SEA Conference with 32 students and seven faculty members in attendance. Ed Walker, Millikin associate professor of art, and Matt Talbott, Millikin instructor of music, presented at several conference sessions.
"Millikin art students have continued to demonstrate not only their passion, but also an understanding of what it takes to succeed in the arts in terms of professional practice," said Lyle Salmi, Millikin associate professor of art. "This is evidenced in the fact that they have been very successful when entering into, and winning awards at professionally juried exhibitions."
The annual SEA Conference is geared towards emerging visual, performing, literary, and media artists. Activities included keynote presentations, artist-led sessions, panel discussions, one-on-one mentoring sessions, round table discussions, and workshops.
The mission of the SEA is to provide educational resources to help aspiring artists gain the entrepreneurial knowledge and skills needed to establish and maintain a career as an independent artist. For more information on Self Employment in the Arts, visit www.selfemploymentinthearts.com
12/12/2013 5:29 PM
The Millikin University Honors Program will present "The Blue Docs Rock Film Festival" on Saturday, Dec. 14 beginning at 6 p.m. in Kaeuper Hall, Perkinson Music Center on Millikin University's campus. The festival is free admission.
The Blue Docs Rock Film Festival is the culminating event for Millikin's Honors Seminar on documentary filmmaking. Fourteen Millikin students, who worked in three film crews, took on the roles of director, cinematographer, audio/sound, publicist and editor. The students spent the first half of the course watching and analyzing a variety of documentaries while also formulating documentary ideas and researching their topics. The second half of the course was focused on fine tuning pre-production, production, and post-production of their documentaries.
The festivities will begin at 6 p.m. with a pre-screening hors d'oeuvres reception – by special invitation only – followed by a red carpet affair for the campus community and the general public from 6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. During this time, student photographers will take pictures of people as they enter Kaeuper Hall. It will be optional for people to take a picture in front of the VIP backdrop. Students from campus organizations will be volunteering as hosts and ushers as well.
The screening of the documentaries will be from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Ngozi Onuora, Millikin assistant professor of education, will lead the official opening of the film festival, followed by the screening of the three documentaries with brief discussion and audience questions after each film. The order of the documentaries will be as follows:
7:15 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. - The Herbal Conundrum
This film focuses on the controversy about legalizing marijuana and includes a discussion about its medicinal uses.
7:45 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. - N-Word
This film focuses on the use of the word and explores who uses it, why they use it, what the history of the terminology is, and why people should think before using it. Included in this film is a discussion about the use of the word in the black community.
8:15 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. – What's Love Got to Do With It?
This film delves into how love and love relationships impact the life decisions people make, thus making a case for how important love is or is it?
There will be an official closing from 8:45 p.m. – 9 p.m. with a cake and punch reception directly following in the Perkinson Music Center foyer for all attendees.
11/26/2013 8:45 AM
Our hearts and prayers continue to go out to all those affected worldwide from the natural disasters this fall. It was the late season tornadoes on the weekend of Nov. 15-17, however, that hit closest to home for the Millikin University campus. Several of Millikin's students, their families, and friends were affected by these terrible storms.
In response to these tragedies, the Millikin Office of Student Development and the Department of Athletics organized a group of students to help with the relief efforts in both Gifford and Washington, Ill. Over 100 students assisted in the efforts.
Additionally, the Millikin Fraternity & Sorority Life community led donation drives for money, non-perishables, toiletries, and clothing. An active donation link is available to give funds to the relief efforts at www.crowdrise.com/CITornadorelief/fundraiser/BetaTKE
The Millikin campus also rallied around this cause through social networking, encouraging all to spread the word by using #MUGives.
The picture above shows a group of Millikin students who traveled to Washington, Ill. on Saturday, Nov. 23. The students worked with Bethany Community Church and AmeriCorps to help homeowners clean up their devastated homesites.
11/19/2013 11:38 AM
Millikin University's Human Service Connection hosted its 4th annual Box City event on Nov. 15, 2013 in observance of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. Over 30 Millikin students spent the evening outside in cardboard boxes on Millikin University's Miller Quad to simulate an accurate perspective on homelessness. After spending the night outside, Millikin students walked to the Decatur Salvation Army on the morning of Nov. 16, 2013 to perform service work at the men's shelter. Click on the links below for further coverage on Box City from WAND-TV and the Herald & Review.
8/13/2013 3:40 PM
First year students at Millikin University will get a jump start on their college experience during Millikin's First Week program, to be held Aug. 20-26.
The week of activities is designed to help students become acclimated and immersed in their new Millikin home before regular classes begin on Aug. 26. First Week activities begin with Move-In Day on Tuesday, Aug. 20 and continue through Monday, Aug. 26.
An integral part of the First Week experience is the Millikin men's and women's identity summits. The summits allow first year students to address pertinent topics that they will face throughout their college career at Millikin.
Millikin's First Week experience will also feature speaker Jessica Pettitt on Aug. 20. Jessica Pettitt is a three-time nominee for Best Diversity Artist by Campus Activities Magazine. Her programs are direct, customized, and highly interactive. Her keynote sessions take participants on a journey weaving together politics, theory, current events, and storytelling. Pettitt will open First Week with her keynote address, "Be the Change you Want to Be."
The First Week program also features Mission IMPROVable on Aug. 21. Mission IMPROVable is Chicago's award winning improv comedy group that provides an exciting new form of comedy. The on-the-spot randomness provided by the audience makes each mission truly unique and very often hysterical.
A highlight of the week's activities will be the Class of 2017 Day of Action, which will take place on Saturday, Aug. 24. Day of Action is Millikin's opportunity to give back to the Decatur community by sending students into the neighborhoods for service opportunities. This year, Millikin will be combining with the United Way's Day of Action to perform services at 19 different sites including the Decatur Fire Department, Dennis Elementary Lab School, Dove, Inc., and Easter Seals of Central Illinois.
The week concludes with Opening Convocation on Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Kirkland Fine Arts Center, where Millikin faculty and students gather to celebrate the beginning of the academic year. The program will feature Millikin faculty and student speakers.
For a full list of First Week activities, visit www.millikin.edu/firstweek
5/14/2013 7:55 PM
Millikin University is pleased to announce the winners of the 20th annual Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium.
The annual Poster Symposium provides students with an opportunity to share their scholarly work, and in the process increase campus and community awareness of the variety of scholarly activities conducted by students and faculty. In addition, the Poster Symposium is an excellent means of introducing and encouraging students to explore and participate in research opportunities at Millikin.
Participation in the poster symposium is open to all Millikin students, regardless of major or class rank. The requirement to enter is a letter from a faculty sponsor certifying a poster submission as B or better grade work. The poster presentation may consist of scholarly work completed in regularly scheduled courses, seminars, independent study, directed study, internships, SURF, Leighty Scholars, or James Millikin Scholars.
Students participating in the poster symposium are eligible for cash awards provided by the Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society and the Judith & G. Richard Locke Awards.
2013 Winners:Judith & G. Richard Locke & Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi 1st Prize for Research:
David D. Leimbach, a senior from Decatur, Ill.Judith & G. Richard Locke 1st Prizes for Scholarship:
Lindsey R. Baxter, a junior from Rockton, Ill.; Olivia L. Hays, a junior from Argenta, Ill.; Ryan W. Fraedrich, a junior from Sycamore, Ill.; Alexandra N. Berroyer, a senior from Taylorville, Ill.; Kelly A. Commons, a senior from Indianapolis, Ind.; Rebekah D. Carlson, a senior from Decatur, Ill.; Daniel M. Delaney, a senior from Altamont, Ill.; Seth M. Gabriel, a senior from Decatur, Ill.; Sarah J. Huber, a senior from West Dundee, Ill.; Darby J. Kirby, a junior from Decatur, Ill.; Madeline H. Knott, a senior from Bettendorf, Iowa; David D. Leimbach, a senior from Decatur, Ill.; and Edward A. Pluhar, a senior from Bethalto, Ill.Judith & G. Richard Locke 2nd Prizes for Scholarship:
Joey C. Flamm, a senior from Cobden, Ill.; Cody N. Hubble, a senior from Jonesboro, Ill.; Camille S. McClendon, a senior from Hazelwood, Mo.; Allyson B. Staudenmaier, a senior from Mt. Zion, Ill.; Jamiahus D. Walton, a senior from Peoria, Ill.; and Samantha J. Wassenhove, a senior from Aledo, Ill.Judith & G. Richard Locke 3rd Prizes for Scholarship:
Brandon Barringer, a senior from Decatur, Ill.; Brittany R. Czaplicki, a junior from Bourbonnais, Ill.; Dana C. Hunt, a junior from Mundelein, Ill.; Emily A. Cleveland, a sophomore from Mokena, Ill.; Megan K. McCauley, a junior from Decatur, Ill.; Maddison L. Harner, a junior from Lovington, Ill.; Sierra R. Goldberg, a senior from Rockford, Ill.; and Sean T. Keil, a senior from Decatur, Ill.Florence Nightingale Nursing Awards:1st Prize
– James D. White, a senior from Salt Lake City, Utah2nd Prize
– Yvonne M. Kelly, a senior from Mt. Zion, Ill.; and Kalu K. Okonkwo, a senior from Chicago, Ill.3rd Prize
– Lindsay Barlow, a graduate student from Taylorville, Ill.; Heidi L. Phillips, a graduate student from Petersburg, Ill.; Tiffany A. Stork, a graduate student from Taylorville, Ill.; Autumn R. Altheide, a graduate student from Decatur, Ill.; Kathleen N. Campbell, a graduate student from Decatur, Ill.; Jim A. Mitchell, a graduate student from Decatur, Ill.; Jenna R. Schroeder, a graduate student from Decatur, Ill.; and Katie White, a graduate student from Blue Mound, Ill.
For more information on Millikin's annual Poster Symposium, visit www.millikin.edu/academics/celebrations/ugrp/
4/1/2013 3:15 PM
The Millikin University Center Board will host "Sibs Weekend 2013" April 5-7 at Millikin University.
This event is a tradition that gives Millikin students the opportunity to share with siblings their experience as a student at Millikin. Students are encouraged to invite siblings ages 6-17 to visit and enjoy a weekend of fun activities.
Sibs Weekend will begin on Friday, April 5 at 8 p.m. on the Miller Quad with a showing of the Disney film "Wreck-It Ralph." In the event of inclement weather, the location will be moved to Lower Richards Treat University Center.
Sibs Weekend activities will continue on Saturday, April 6 at 12 noon as Millikin hosts "Springfest" on the Miller Quad. Activities include inflatables, water balloon toss, tie-dye, live music, snacks, and more. Thodos Dance Chicago will also perform at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center on April 6 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the event may be purchased at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center Box Office by phone at 217.424.6318 or online at www.kirklandfinearts.com
"Sibs Weekend 2013" will conclude on Sunday, April 7 with brunch in Wornick Dining Room from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. A special book reading provided by Bronze Man Books will also be featured on April 7.
For more information on "Sibs Weekend 2013," please contact the Office of Student Programs at 217.424.6335, e-mail the University Center Board at email@example.com or visit www.millikin.edu/ucb
10/16/2012 2:30 PM
Millikin University is pleased to announce that registration for Millikin January Immersion courses will begin on Wednesday, Nov. 7. The catalog of January Immersion course offerings are available online at www.millikin.edu/immersion
January Immersion features classes for new and continuing students, visiting students, current high school students and graduates, as well as courses for adult enrichment and continuing education.
A wide range of classes are offered, with a variety of different subjects covered and flexible meeting times. A sampling of some course titles include: “Hollywood Cinema 1927-1949,” “Physiology of Exercise,” “Ireland on Film,” “Political Philosophy,” and “Understanding World Musics.”
The program is ideal for Millikin students, adult learners, students attending other colleges or universities wanting to earn credits while home for the holidays, and high school students looking to gain credits in escrow.
Individuals may register via phone at 217.424.6217 or by fax at 217.420.6789. Registration forms are available online at www.millikin.edu/immersion
Millikin University encourages students and adults to take advantage of January Immersion and develop new skills and concentrate on required courses. This unique opportunity can enable participants to graduate early, improve grade point average, or provide a great experience.
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