Speaker to Give MLK Day Presentation at Millikin

Speaker to Give MLK Day Presentation at Millikin

January 13 – Dr. Willie Rockward will help Millikin University celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a public presentation on January 21.

Rockward, president of the National Society of Black Physicists, will appear as part of the university’s Doug and Diane Oberhelman Leadership Impact Series. He will give his speech, titled “Martin Luther King Jr., Albert Einstein, and You,” at 3 p.m. in the Bob and Debi Johnston Banquet Room on the third floor of the University Commons. The event is free and open to the public.

Rockward serves as professor of physics and chair of the Department of Physics & Dual Degree Engineering Program at Morgan State University in Baltimore. He also serves as the research director of the Materials and Optics Research & Engineering Laboratory.

As president of the NSBP, Rockward oversees the largest organization devoted to promoting the professional well-being of African-American physicists and physics students within the international scientific community and society at large.

Millikin Named Among Top Nursing Schools in Great Lakes Region

Millikin Named Among Top Nursing Schools in Great Lakes Region

January 9 – Millikin University’s School of Nursing has been named one of the top 75 nursing programs in the Great Lakes region according to a ranking released by Nursing Schools Almanac.

Institutions from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin that offer nursing degrees were evaluated on three critical dimensions: the institution’s academic prestige and perceived value; the breadth and depth of nursing programs offered; and student success.

“Millikin University is thrilled to have its School of Nursing appraised with distinction in the Nursing Schools Almanac’s annual rankings using data gleaned from over 3,000 nursing programs across the United States,” said Dr. Deborah Slayton, dean of the College of Professional Studies.

“Millikin University, itself, consistently receives prestigious national and regional rankings for its curricular and co-curricular programming. Routinely, Millikin is recognized for its marketplace value to our graduates and for its affordability through its financial aid commitment to our current and prospective students.”

In its feature, Nursing Schools Almanac notes Millikin traditional nursing graduates scored an 86 percent pass rate on the NCLEX exam over the past decade, while Master’s graduates have achieved a perfect 100 percent pass rate.

“We are proud of our 2018 ranking with the Almanac,” said Slayton. “We are especially proud, however, of the consistent excellence demonstrated by the Millikin University School of Nursing in providing excellence in nursing care and patient advocacy in communities far flung in this country and abroad.”

Army’s Monken Wins Lombardi Award

Army’s Monken Wins Lombardi Award

January 8 – Army football coach and Millikin University product Jeff Monken has won the Vince Lombardi College Football Coach of the Year Award.

Monken guided the Black Knights to an 11-2 record to set a program record for wins, climbing to No. 22 in the AP poll. Army won its final nine games, including victories over Air Force and Navy as well as a 70-14 rout of Houston in the Armed Forces Bowl.

The Lombardi award is focused on leadership skills and is based on more than just winning football games, such as doing the most with the least, overcoming adversity, creating a successful environment, and playing by the rules with integrity, honor, and respect. It is presented as part of the Lombardi Honors Program.

Monken, who became the first Army coach with three bowl wins, also won the George Munger Collegiate Coach of the Year Award.

Millikin’s Atkins Offers Master Classes on Music Business

Millikin’s Atkins Offers Master Classes on Music Business

January 5 – Millikin University’s Martin Atkins will offer an opportunity for the Decatur community to get an insight into the business of music with three days of master classes this week.

Atkins, a producer, label owner, author, entrepreneur and drummer with 40 years of experience in the music industry, has shared his expertise as Millikin’s coordinator of music business since fall of 2017.

The three-day series runs Wednesday through Friday with Atkins and guest speakers taking classes to various Decatur locations, such as BLDD Architects and Blue Brew, Millikin’s student-run coffee shop.

Atkins’ experience in the music business spans many genres, borders and industries. His participation in almost all aspects of record production and promotion has given him a unique perspective not only on where the music industry and where it is headed.

Classes will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., covering topics such as merchandising, marketing, packaging, distribution, touring, and ticketing strategies. Afternoon sessions at various Decatur locations will address copyright basics, making extra money and crowd funding.

Atkins worked with such bands as Public Image Ltd., Killing Joke, Ministry and Nine Inch Nails. He began working on the business side of music in 1988 when he formed Invisible Records and then Mattress Factory Studios in 1996.

Early bird tickets for all three days of master classes are $299 and one day tickets are available for $125. For more information, email molly.compton18@gmail.com or visit the event website.

Millikin’s University Choir Launches Winter Tour

Millikin’s University Choir Launches Winter Tour

January 4 – The 43-member Millikin University Choir begins a five-state, 16-date tour Saturday in Springfield.

The 2019 Winter Tour will take the choir to stops in Indiana, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida before concluding in Decatur with a January 27 show at St. Patrick’s Church.

All the concerts are free to the public, beginning with Saturday’s 7 p.m. performance at Springfield’s Central Baptist Church.

Under the direction of Dr. Brad Holmes, the University Choir features upper-class students from a variety of majors. In recent years, it has also toured internationally to Spain, Ireland, Scotland, England, China, Taiwan, Haiti, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

For more information about the Millikin University Choir, visit millikin.edu/choirs/university-choir.

Millikin Mourns Loss of Former School of Music Director

Millikin Mourns Loss of Former School of Music Director

January 3 – Millikin University has announced the death of music professor Dr. Stephen Widenhofer, who served as director of the Millikin School of Music from 2003-2017. Widenhofer died Tuesday at the age of 67.

“Steve was a distinguished and cherished professor, and his impact as a performer, teacher and band leader will always be remembered,” said Millikin President Dr. Patrick White. “Over the last 35 years, Steve inspired thousands of music students, educators and fellow musicians through his performances and teachings.”

A native of Fort Wayne, Ind., Widenhofer joined the Millikin School of Music faculty in 1983. He served as chair of Music Industry Studies from 1986-2004 following Roger Schueler’s retirement from Millikin.

“He was beloved by colleagues, students and the community, and he will always be an important figure in the School of Music,” said White. “Our heartfelt and sincere condolences go out to his wife, Debra, and other members of his family.”

Andricks to Deliver Millikin Commencement Address

Andricks to Deliver Millikin Commencement Address

December 6 – Tanya Andricks will deliver the commencement address at Millikin University’s winter ceremony on Sunday at Kirkland Fine Arts Center.

Andricks, Chief Executive Officer of Crossing Healthcare and a 1995 graduate of Millikin’s School of Nursing, will present a speech entitled “A Practical Talk on Taking Radical Risk” as part of the Winter Commencement, which will begin at 2 p.m.

More than 120 graduates will be recognized from the university’s traditional undergraduate, Master of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice and Master of Business Administration degree programs. The ceremony will include remarks from student speakers Lauren Moses and Mallory Pierson.

The ceremony will be streamed online at millikin.edu/commencement.

Annual Millikin Cookie Party Set for Wednesday

Annual Millikin Cookie Party Set for Wednesday

December 2 – A longtime Millikin University tradition arrives this week with the 85th annual Cookie Party scheduled for Wednesday.

The event celebrates the holiday season while giving students a “boost” ahead of final exams. The party will showcase the baking talents of members of the university community, providing more than 5,000 cookies for sampling. Millikin’s School of Music will perform holiday selections.

The event will be held from 2-4 p.m. in the Bob and Debi Johnston Banquet Room on the third floor of the University Commons.

For more information, call 1-217-424-6335 or visit www.millikin.edu/ISE.

Millikin Hosting Arts Tech Expo

Millikin Hosting Arts Tech Expo

December 1 – Members of the public get a chance to interact with a wide range of technology during Millikin University’s Arts Technology Expo on Tuesday.

The annual expo brings together a variety of student projects in related fields and student-run ventures under one roof. Student work on display will include: design, photography, videography, animation, audio production, marketing, interactive media and more.

Guests will have an opportunity to engage with such technology as virtual reality tools, robotics and live event lighting simulation equipment. Visitors will also get to vote for their favorite media piece.

The free event will be held from 4-6 p.m. in the Bob and Debi Johnston Banquet Room on the third floor of the University Commons. It is presented by MillikinCreates, a student-run organization that celebrates excellence in creativity, innovation and technology.

For more information, contact Arts Technology Department chair Jessa Wilcoxen at jwilcoxen@millikin.edu or visit the Facebook event page here.

Millikin Hosting ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ Event Saturday

Millikin Hosting ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ Event Saturday

November 27 – Millikin University students will hold a “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event Saturday morning to raise awareness about sexual assault and gender-based violence.

The event will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the Bob and Debi Johnston Banquet Room located on the third floor of the University Commons on Millikin’s campus. The event is free and open to the public.

During the event, participants will wear high heels and walk a mile through the Bob and Debi Johnston Banquet Room in an effort to shed light on sexual assault and gender-based violence in the community. High heels in various sizes will be provided for participants to wear.

All proceeds from the event will go to benefit Growing Strong Sexual Assault Center. The event will also feature a raffle with prizes from a number of local businesses which will contribute to the proceeds.

Millikin students worked in groups to organize the event as part of the final project for their Gender and Politics course led by Dr. Laura Dean, assistant professor of political science at Millikin.

For more information or to register, contact Dr. Laura Dean at ldean@millikin.edu or visit the Facebook event page here.