Project Overview

Building a new University Center is an absolute necessity for maintaining the vibrant campus community that makes Millikin such an exceptional and close-knit campus. When complete, this contemporary facility will welcome and delight the Millikin community; help attract future students and make a favorable impression on visitors.

The New University Center at a Glance
Cost: $27.2 million for new construction
Location: On the site of the current Richards Treat University Center (RTUC)
Size: Approximately 72,000 square feet, nearly twice the size of RTUC
Exterior: Red brick to blend with existing Millikin structures
Floors: Three

Notable Design Features
More space for dining, meeting spaces and student organizations.
Welcome Center with enhanced traffic flow, including an open stairwell.
Extensive natural light and abundant patio and terrace space facing the Dr. and Mrs. J. Roger Miller Centennial Quad.
Performance stage/platform in large dining area.
Improved accessibility off Oakland Avenue for campus visitors.

Services to be Housed in the Millikin University Center
Campus Bookstore
Campus Radio Station
Diverse Dining Venues (including a marketplace food court and a grill/bistro)
Formal and Informal Meeting Spaces
Student Government and Other Student Organization Offices
Convenience Store
Conference/Banquet Facilities (seating more than 600 or segmented into smaller venues)
University Mailroom and Duplicating Services
03|03 A message from Laura Ledford, Dean of the College of Fine Arts
A message from Laura Ledford, Dean of the College of Fine Arts
02|28 #DocGolden's Green Room Project: Total after two-day blitz is more than $21,500
With more than 100 people giving in just two days, we have raised 61.5% of the $35,000 needed to name the Green Room in the new Center for Theatre and Dance in honor of Dr. David "Doc" Golden, the former department chair. Although this two-day concentrated blitz through email and social media has ended, the effort to raise the funds will continue. We will keep going until each dollar is raised for the #DocGolden Green Room Project. If you weren't able to make a donation yet, know that you can still give. Let's do this for Doc!
11|06 Help name a space in the new Center for Theatre and Dance in memory of Dr. David Golden
Help name a space in the new Center for Theatre and Dance in memory of Dr. David Golden, professor emeritus and former department chair. His family requested that donations be sent to Millikin in his memory toward the goal of naming the green room in the planned new Center for Theatre and Dance in his memory. To reach this goal, we must raise $35,190.
03|07 Caterpillar Donates $1 million
As a part of the Caterpillar Foundation’s previously announced investment in Millikin University, Wednesday, February 22, 2012, marked another momentous occasion as the Caterpillar Foundation made its second payment of $1 million in Millikin University. This investment is part of...


Whether you donate to the university and invest in future students, volunteer your time at the university, or advocate for the school through recruitment or other programs, your efforts benefit the entire university community. Please join me and reinvest in Millikin today. The returns last a lifetime.

(Hired Four Millikin Graduates, Guest Speaker in the Business Program, and Alumni Donor)

Scott Flora, President, Covidien Surgical Devices
Alumni, Class of 1978

When I was invited to deliver the baccalaureate address during Commencement 2004, I challenged the graduating class to give something back to their new alma mater. Soon after, I had to honestly ask myself:  “What have YOU done for Millikin?”  My answer to that question resulted in a wonderful journey to establish the Smith/Orlandini Book Award, given annually to a student with demonstrated financial need in the department of exercise science and sport. This ultimately cultivated my desire to establish a permanent fund honoring my family's connection with Millikin. 

Accordingly, I have taken steps to endow the Smith/Orlandini Scholarship. Additional support for the endowment has come from alumni family members, who share my pride in knowing that we are helping assist future generations of Millikin students.

Father Nicholas W. Smith
Alumni, Class of 1983
As anyone attending Millikin knows, the cost of fees, books and materials, and living expenses are daunting. The annual support I receive from scholarships is essential in helping me achieve my goals.
Deanna Langland
Student, Class of 2011