#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, the total stands at 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. It is clear that Doc left an inspiring impression on many of you. Here is what some said when making their gift to this project:

"Dr. Golden was the type of professor who stretched my view of timing and trust."

"Some teachers teach. Others inspire. Doc transformed me."

"Doc always believed in my ability to create beautiful theatre, and for that I am forever grateful."

"Thanks for everything, Doc. You changed my life."

"Doc always pushed you to think beyond your comfort zone"

"Doc Golden's legacy lives on to the benefit of all of Millikin. So very happy to join this effort!"

"In honor of the good things he brought to Millikin University."

"Love and peace to you, Doc. Thank you for everything...."

"I will always remember my directing class with Doc. One of my favourites!"

"To a great teacher and great man."

"Doc was an inspiration and mentor to every theatre student"

"Thank you for being my mentor, supporter and friend!"

"Doc taught me what art is. Its beauty. Its truth. He gave me a new way to experience the world."

"Untangled & enlightening, his beard and eyes could talk to you in ways that his mouth didn't have to"

"He changed my perspective, he accepted my thoughts and offered wisdom beyond this world."

"Loved by all who knew him"

"Doc was an amazing man, mentor and artist. We were lucky he helped us on our artistic journey."

"Doc was such a treasure. I will remember him always with fondness, admiration, and gratitude."

"Doc made me a better artist and a better person. We are lucky to have known and loved him."

"Doc, You were an inspiration to us all."

"Thank you for being such an inspiration, influencing so many lives and for all you have done for MU!"

"When I think of Doc Golden, the two words that jump immediately to mind are 'Wisdom' and 'Charisma.'"

"Doc sat me down & gave me a stern talk about balance... a convo I turn back to constantly in my life"

"Doc taught me that you can say so much with only a few words. Thank you, Doc!"

"Doc helped me to believe in myself and is truly missed'

"Thanks Doc. You'll never be forgotten"

"Each day I realize something new that Doc has taught me.

"Dr. Golden was a true inspiration!  He helped me realize my potential and believed in me."

"Oh Captain, My Captain!

"In loving memory"

"Doc was such an inspirational figure to so many...glad his legacy will live on through this memorial"

"Doc believed in me and made me feel like a real actor for the first time."

"In memory of a man with a Golden heart"

"I would not be the man I am today without Doc. Professionally AND personally. Period."

I will hold Doc's memory in my heart.Amazing teacher, wise mentor. So grateful to have known him.

"We actors aren't a rich lot, but we who chose 'the life' because of  Doc, know he's worth every penny"

"Thanks for everything, Doc!"

"How wise he was made it that much more surprising when he 'wise cracked.'"

Although this two-day concentrated blitz through email and social media has ended, the effort to raise the funds will continue. We heard loud and clear from many of you that you want us to keep going until each dollar is raised for the #DocGolden Green Room Project.
And of course we will. If you weren't able to make a donation yet, know that you can still give online or mail your gift to:

Millikin University
Alumni and Development Office
1184 West Main Street
Decatur, IL 62522

Be sure to note in the memo area on your check: Dr. David Golden Memorial.

Thank you for your consideration of making a gift to celebrate the life of this outstanding professor and student mentor.
Help name a space in the new Center for Theatre and Dance in memory of Dr. David Golden

The late Dr. David "Doc" Golden, professor emeritus of theatre, was a valued member of the Millikin community from 1984 to 2006. During his time at the university, Dr. Golden helped build the Theatre and Dance department to the superior level of excellence that it continues to enjoy today.

In addition, this beloved professor and administrator was an inspiration to hundreds, if not thousands, of students, colleagues and alumni who live his legacy through their work in the theatre every day.

After his death on Oct. 30, 2013, 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.

Please join us and give today to this worthy cause. Credit card gifts may be made online here, or mail your gift to:

Millikin University
Alumni and Development Office 
1184 West Main Street
Decatur, IL 62522

Be sure to note in the memo area on your check: Dr. David Golden Memorial.

Thank you for your consideration of making a gift to celebrate the life of this outstanding professor and student mentor.
Caterpillar Foundation and Oberhelmans offer matching grants
The Caterpillar Foundation will match one-to-one any contributions made to Millikin by Caterpillar employees, retirees and directors up to $3.5 million. The matching grant challenge is part of an $11.5 million total investment made to the “Transform MU” capital campaign by the Foundation and Caterpillar CEO Douglas Oberhelman ’75 and his wife, Diane.
Funds donated through the Caterpillar Foundation challenge will support creation of a new university center on Millikin’s campus, as well as a Center for International Education and the Long-Vanderburg Scholars Program for minority students. Click here to access the Caterpillar Foundation Matching Gift form needed to ensure the match.
Mr. and Mrs. Oberhelman have also committed to a $1.5 million personal challenge matching grant for potential donors to the new University Center. Anyone may take advantage of this one-to-one matching opportunity by making a gift to the new University Center through the “Transform MU” capital campaign. To make a gift, Click here and select “new University Center” from the drop-down menu.
Campus Community Challenge a Success.

Thank you to the Department of Theatre and Dance, Human Resources and School of Nursing for reaching 100% participation in the Millikin Community Challenge of the Transform MU Campaign!

The three-month Campus Community Campaign concluded in December 2010. Participation for the campus was 53 percent; gifts and pledges raised totaled $245,100!

Department of Theatre and Dance
L-R: Laura Ledford, Jana Henry Funderburk, Sean Morrissey, Mary Black, Sarah May, Mary Spencer
(Not pictured: Lori Bales, Ann Borders, Amy Chisman, Dan Derrick, Janine Evans, Vince Landro, Kevin Long, Barbara Mangrum, Alex Miller, Angie Miller, Denise Myers, Gary Shull)

Human Resources
Diane Lane and Tammy Maxwell

School of Nursing
Standing L-R: Roxie Franklin, Barb Connelley, Charlotte Bivens, Susana Calderon, Pamela Lindsey, Cheryl Hilgenberg, Elizabeth Gephart, Karla Luxner
Seated L-R: Kim Wenthe, Debra Jenkins, Mary Jane Linton, Sheila Jesek-Hale
(Not pictured: Jo Carter, Florence Folami, Pam Laskowski, Isabel Ososki, Marilyn Prasun, Sheryl Samuelson, Deborah Slayton)

Learn more about the Campus Community Support effort.


Campus community campaign surpasses $210,000

Thank you to the Office of Residence Life and the Alumni and Development Office for reaching 100% participation in the Millikin Community Challenge of the Transform MU Campaign!

The campus community has surpassed the $210,000 mark in gifts and pledges.

Office of Residence Life
Ellen Engh, Molly Pawsey, Raphaella Prange
(Not pictured: Aaron Copley)

Alumni & Development Office
Left side, from front to back: Tim Martin, Dave Brandon, Jan Devore, Mandi Podeschi, Michelle Calloway, Louise Kidd, Jill Poulos
Middle row, from front to back: Angie Hawk, Pattie Smith-Phillips, Bev Kraus, Sherri Crook, Deb Lehman, Carla Freeman, Peg Luy
Right side, front to back: Carol Sampson, Gayle Heneghan
(Not pictured: Anne-Marie Berk, Margaret Friend, Jerry Johnson, Deb Kirchner, Lynette Lambert, Paul Scherschel, Carol Streckfuss)

Learn more about the Campus Community Support effort.

Let’s Give Thanks to Two More MU Departments


Thank you to the Office of Student Programs and the Center for Multicultural Student Affairs for their departments' 100% participation in the Millikin Community Challenge of the Transform MU Campaign!

The campus community has raised more than $200,000 in gifts and pledges.

Back: Pej Clark, Paul Lidy, Allison Webster, Brooke Parrott

Front: Beth Evans, Latrina Denson


Learn more about the Campus Community Support effort.

Another MU Department Comes Through

Congratulations to the Career Center for their department’s 100% participation in the Millikin Community Challenge of the Transform MU Campaign!

The campus community participation rate is approximately 25% and more than $200,000 in gifts and pledges has been raised. 

Career Center
Sandy Wilcox and Pam Folger
(not pictured, Gwen Davis)

Learn more about the Campus Community Support effort.

Campus Community Support Starts Strong

Last month, all Millikin faculty, staff, Aramark and G4S/Wackenhut employees were asked to show their support for the Transform MU capital campaign through a brief campaign drive that ends Dec. 10.


After only four weeks, the campus community has donated or pledged approximately $185,000 and two departments have achieved 100% participation!



 Office for Academic Affairs
Jacque Wrigley
(not pictured; Barry Pearson)

President's Office
Marilyn Davis, Doug Zemke, Lynne Kickle 

Learn more about the Campus Community Support effort.

Media Attend Transform MU News Conference.
Several media representatives were on hand for the May 14 news conference announcing the Transform MU campaign.
Here's what the Decatur Herald & Review had to say.


Millikin University officials today announced the official launch of “Transform MU,” a new, five-year, $85 million capital campaign. At a morning news conference, Millikin President Douglas E. Zemke noted that more than $25 million has already been contributed by alumni, parents, community leaders and friends of the university.  


The announcement outlined ambitious plans to revitalize the east side of Millikin’s 75-acre campus and increase the University’s endowment and scholarship support, underscoring the University’s commitment to its mission of preparing tomorrow’s leaders for professional success, democratic citizenship in a global environment, and a personal life of meaning and value.


“Since its founding in 1901, Millikin has been transforming student lives by delivering on the promise of education,” remarked Zemke, a 1966 Millikin graduate. “Through the years, our commitment to the University’s mission has remained steadfast. This campaign will complete the transformation of the university and solidify its position as one of the most distinctive higher educational experiences in the Midwest. It will ensure that future generations of graduates leave here with the confidence to succeed and thrive in a world where the only certainty is that change will come.”


“We are pleased at the early response to this effort at a defining moment in Millikin’s history,” said Peg Luy, vice president for alumni and development and a 1975 Millikin graduate. Luy heads up the Millikin staff members who work with volunteers to coordinate fundraising efforts for the Transform MU campaign. “These essential improvements are needed to prepare our students to be self-assured leaders in their fields whose positive impact on our world will be felt by all of us.”


The “Transform MU” Campaign Steering Committee is co-chaired by Dr. Stephen Huss, a Decatur-based orthopaedic surgeon, and Mike Waller ’63, retired publisher and CEO of The Baltimore Sun. Other committee members include Kevin Breheny, president of J.L. Hubbard Insurance and Bonds; Mikel Briggs ’79, president of Bretford Manufacturing Inc.; Frank Tyrolt ’54, retired CEO of Dunn Company; and Margaret “Peggy” Madden, community volunteer. Douglas R. Oberhelman ’75, CEO of Caterpillar Inc., is serving as honorary chairman.


“One of the things that I remember so well from my time at Millikin is the spirit and confidence that was instilled in all of us – that we could go anywhere and do anything we wanted,” said Oberhelman. “Those early days at Millikin gave me the confidence to do anything I wanted to do. As I think about Millikin today, and that spirit rekindling, it’s really the point we’re after in our Transform MU campaign.”



Construction of the Millikin University Center           

Richards Treat University Center, built in 1979, was designed for a student body nearly half the size of the current one. The “Transform MU” campaign seeks to raise $27.2 million for construction of a new student center allowing additional room for student organizations, dining venues, print and postal services, informal meeting spaces and more. Studies have shown that in this case, new construction is less costly than attempting to renovate and expand the current facility.


“The hub of campus life at any college or university is always the student center,” said Renardo Hall, dean of student development. “This new addition to Millikin will infuse new life and vitality into the campus community for everyone – traditional students and graduate students, residential and commuter students, faculty members and alumni. It will also be a welcoming ‘front door’ to our beautiful campus for prospective students and visitors.”


Expansion of the Griswold Physical Education Center

The Department of Exercise Science and Sport is one of the most rapidly growing programs at Millikin, with more than 180 students enrolled in four learning areas. The “Transform MU” campaign seeks to raise $16 million for the expansion of Griswold Physical Education Center, which will improve classroom instruction and allow room for experiential learning opportunities, ensuring that the program continues to grow and meet the needs of future students.

“The expansion of Griswold will provide additional classroom space, establishing an academic home for our department by allowing our majors to take classes together in one place. It will also allow room for learning labs where our students can assess fitness levels, prescribe fitness plans and provide athletic training,” remarked Don Luy, chair of the Department of Exercise Science and Sport. “This additional space for hands-on learning is critical, as our majors are very much an application of knowledge.”

Also included in the $16 million is funding for enhancements to the football and soccer facilities.


Renovation and expansion of the Old Gym into a new home for the Department of Theatre and Dance

Millikin has one of the oldest and largest undergraduate musical theatre programs in the country. Nationwide, agents and theatre companies routinely hire Millikin alumni to work for network television, motion pictures and live theatre, including some of Broadway’s top shows.


However, the department’s existing spaces are overcrowded and outdated. Faculty offices, practice studios and performance areas are scattered in 12 separate locations on campus. The “Transform MU” campaign seeks to raise $15.5 million for the renovation and expansion of the Old Gym, allowing ample space for classes, rehearsals, experimental theatre and other collaborative efforts, ensuring that Millikin’s Department of Theatre and Dance has adequate space to maintain and advance its reputation of excellence.


“Our alumni have proven time and time again the superior preparation a Millikin education has given them,” said Laura Ledford, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance. “Although this success is impressive, we now find ourselves at a tipping point.”



Each year, approximately 97 percent of Millikin students receive more than $27 million in student financial aid, including scholarship support made possible by generous Millikin donors. The “Transform MU” campaign seeks to raise $10 million to ensure that future students have the financial resources available to pay for college costs.

Other significant priorities

Support of the Millikin Fund, faculty development, building endowment and infrastructure ensures future generations of Millikin students have access to high quality educational experiences, complete with excellent faculty, engaging student programs and well-maintained facilities reflective of the outstanding work taking place inside them. The “Transform MU” campaign seeks to raise $16.3 million for these priorities.


For more information or to make a contribution, visit www.millikin.edu/transform.