Homecoming 2017: Let the Games Begin

This year’s Homecoming festivities are scheduled for Oct. 6-8, and planning is already underway for a winning weekend. The theme is Let the Games Begin, so grab your team, race back to campus and get ready to play hard at this year’s celebration!

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Have questions about #BigBlueHC17 or want to share your idea for a great event? Contact Erika Brewer, associate director of alumni engagement, or Alyse Knust, senior director of alumni engagement.

 


Area Accommodations

Decatur Conference Center & Hotel
4194 U.S. 36 West, Decatur
217.422.8800
$109 (1-4 people)
Limited rooms available. Reserve before Sept. 22, 2017.

 


Homecoming 2016

Thanks to everyone who took a Big Blue Road Trip, to join us for a fun-filled weekend, Sept. 30-Oct. 2!

Homecoming 2016 Feedback

Alumni Awards Ceremony Video

HC16 Photos

Friday, Oct. 6

  • Library Archive Open House
    01:00PM-05:00PM
    Staley Library, University Commons

    Visit the archives and enjoy the new library facilities.
  • Art Alumni Career Panel
    02:00PM-04:30PM
    Kirkland Fine Arts Center, K128

    MU art alums Mike Paiser ’02, Eric Weatherford ’14, and Laramie Street ’10 return to campus to speak about their Millikin education and how it has changed, guided and made their journey in life a success. Followed by an exhibition at Blue Connection Art Gallery (see more details below). 
  • School of Nursing Legacy of the Lamp
    03:00PM-04:30PM
    Westminster Presbyterian Church
    1360 W. Main Decatur, IL 62522

    Celebrate with fellow alums and School of Nursing faculty at the annual Legacy of the Lamp ceremony, featuring Diedra Stewart ’92/MSN ’09, 2017 SON Alumnus of the Year.
  • Women's Tennis vs. Carthage College
    03:00PM-05:00PM
    Fairview Park Tennis Complex, 640 Monument Hill Dr., Decatur, IL 62522

    Enjoy a morning of Big Blue tennis and meet Alex Covington, Millikin's new director of tennis. Rain Location: Decatur Athletic Club, 1010 W. South Side Dr., Decatur, IL 62521
  • Alumni Band Rehearsal
    04:00PM-05:30PM
    Kirkland Fine Arts Center

    Pack up your instruments and join Dr. Gary Shaw at Homecoming 2017 as he celebrates his 36th year of teaching, conducting and playing trombone at Millikin University. Relive your MU days with fellow Big Blue musicians, and share your experience with current Millikin students. The Alumni Concert Band will share the stage with the Millikin Wind Ensemble for a special #BigBlueHC17 performance. Reservations required by Oct. 1. Music will be sent to performing participants in the fall.
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon Open House
    04:00PM-06:00PM
    Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE)
    House
    Sigma Alpha Epsilon alumni, current members and families are invited to SAE's annual Homecoming open house. 
  • Homecoming Headquarters
    04:00PM-09:00PM
    Dr. Jan Devore Student Lobby, University Commons

    Check in for #BigBlueHC17 and receive a commemorative Homecoming gift!
  • Alumni Art Exhibition
    05:00PM-07:00PM
    Blue Connection Art Gallery, 117 N. Water St., Decatur, IL 62523
    Check out the work of three MU alumni artists, Mike Paiser ’02, Eric Weatherford ’14 and Laramie Street ’10.
  • Alumni Awards Dinner and Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
    05:30PM-08:00PM
    Bob and Debi Johnston Banquet Rooms, University Commons

    Join us in honoring the 2017 Alumni Award recipients and Athletic Hall of Fame inductees. All alumni and friends welcome. $25 per person. Reservations required by Oct. 1.
  • Alumni Band Dinner
    05:45PM-07:00PM
    Student Dining, University Commons

    Pack up your instruments and join Dr. Gary Shaw at Homecoming 2017 as he celebrates his 36th year of teaching, conducting and playing trombone at Millikin University. Relive your MU days with fellow Big Blue musicians, and share your experience with current Millikin students. The Alumni Concert Band will share the stage with the Millikin Wind Ensemble for a special #BigBlueHC17 performance. $10 per person. Reservations required by Oct. 1.
  • Men's Soccer Alumni Game
    07:00PM-09:00PM
    Frank M. Lindsay Field

    Join Coach Chad Jones '93 on the field for a Men's Soccer alumni game.
  • Homecoming Welcome Reception
    07:00PM-10:00PM
    Doug and Diane Oberhelman Center for Leadership Performance, University Commons

    Check in for the weekend's activities, receive a Homecoming gift and enjoy beverages and Big Blue fellowship until late into the evening. Cash bar.
  • "Intimate Apparel" by Lynn Nottage
    07:30PM-09:45PM
    Albert Taylor Theatre, Shilling Hall

    A School of Theatre and Dance production. Esther, an African-American seamstress living in early 20th century New York, creates gorgeous corsets for her customers. Her successful business and a romantic pen pal relationship seem to fall into place until Esther realizes that some threads holding her hopes and dreams together are in danger of being cut. Tickets and more information available at millikin.edu/kirkland.
  • Millikin Wind Ensemble and Alumni Band Performance
    07:30PM-09:00PM
    Kirkland Fine Arts Center

    Join Dr. Gary Shaw as he celebrates his 36th year of teaching, conducting and playing trombone at Millikin University. Homecoming 2017 will feature the alumni Concert Band sharing the stage with the Millikin Wind Ensemble at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center. Free and open to the public. Followed by a reception in Kirkland's Perkinson Gallery (see details below).
  • Homecoming Dance Party: Black Light/Neon Party
    08:00PM-11:00PM
    Blue Gym, Decatur Indoor Sports Center

    Students are invited for glow-in-the-dark fun at the D.I.S.C.
  • Alumni Concert Band and Millikin Wind Ensemble Post-Performance Reception
    09:00PM-10:00PM
    Kirkland Fine Arts Center, Perkinson Gallery

    Refreshments provided.
  • "The Undeniable Sound of Right Now"
    10:30PM-11:59PM
    Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre

    "The Undeniable Sound of Right Now" brings hilarious and heartbreaking to life as Hank struggles to keep his legendary rock club going amid changing times and changing tastes. But when his daughter, Lena, starts dating rising-star DJ, Hank must contend with the destructive power of the "Next Big Thing." Directed by Taylor Blaze Lindemann. Tickets and more information available at pdtheatre.org.

Saturday Morning, Oct. 7

  • School of Music '72 Alumni Gathering
    08:15AM-09:15PM
    Faculty Lobby, Perkinson Music Center

    Class of '72 School of Music alumni are invited to gather for light breakfast, coffee and a photo. No cost to attend. Reservations required by Oct. 1.
  • Milli Mile
    08:30AM-10:00AM
    Surrounding Campus Blocks

    MU's Track and Field and Cross Country teams host the second annual Milli Mile street race. Registration is $20 and includes sport bottle, one raffle ticket and post-race pancake breakfast. Prizes awarded. 
  • Women's Tennis vs. Carroll College
    09:00AM-11:00AM
    Fairview Park Tennis Complex, 1640 Monument Hill Dr., Decatur, IL 62522

    Enjoy a morning of Big Blue tennis and meet Alex Covington, Millikin's new director of tennis. Rain Location: Decatur Athletic Club, 1010 W. South Side Dr., Decatur, IL 62521.
  • Homecoming Headquarters
    09:00AM-05:00PM
    Dr. Jan Devore Student Lobby, University Commons

    Check in for #BigBlueHC17 and receive a commemorative Homecoming gift!
  • Library Archive Open House
    09:00AM-05:00PM
    Staley Library, University Commons

    Visit the archives and enjoy the new library facilities.
  • Homecoming Parade
    10:00AM-11:00AM
    Millikin University Campus

    Line Pine Street and Main Street for the well-loved Millikin Homecoming tradition! Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the festivities. Parade will begin at the corner of Wood Street and Oakland Avenue, go east on Wood Street to Pine Street, turn north on Pine Street, then head west on Main Street, ending at the corner of Main Street and Fairview Avenue.
  • Pi Beta Phi Open House
    10:00AM-1:00PM
    Pi Beta Phi House
    Pi Beta Phi alumnae are invited to reminisce and reconnect at their former Millikin home.
  • University Commons Tour
    11:00AM-12:00PM
    University Commons

    Enjoy a building tour lead by some of Millikin's all-star students. Tours will leave from the Dr. Jan Devore Student Lobby located on the first floor.
  • Complimentary 50th Reunion Lunch
    11:00AM-01:00PM
    Bob and Debi Johnston Banquet Rooms, University Commons

    Celebrating their 50th reunion, the class of '67 will gather for a complimentary lunch and short program. Class photos will immediately follow. No cost to attend. Reservations required by Oct. 1.
  • Complimentary All-Millikin Lunch
    11:00AM-02:00PM
    Student Dining, University Commons

    Enjoy a complimentary lunch buffet in the new University Commons! All alumni and their families are welcome! Nametags received at Homecoming Headquarters check-in will serve as meal ticket. Students with a meal plan are welcome to attend. Reservations required by Oct. 1.
  • Games on the Quad
    11:00AM-02:00PM
    Miller Quad

    Get your competitive spirit ready for races, games and loads of fun.
  • Alumnae Softball Game
    11:00AM-02:00PM
    Workman Family Softball Field

    Join the women of Millikin's softball team for an alumnae vs. current team game. Questions? Contact Head Softball Coach Katie Tenboer or Assistant Softball Coach Whitney Sowers for more information.
  • Alpha Chi Omega Open House
    11:00AM-03:00PM
    Alpha Chi Omega House

    The sisters of Alpha Chi Omega welcome their alumnae to their annual Homecoming open house. 

Saturday Afternoon, Oct. 7

  • Women's Soccer vs. North Central College
    12:30PM-02:00PM
    Frank M. Lindsay Field

    Congratulate our seniors at Women's Soccer Senior Night. Alumni are encouraged to join in for tailgate fun after the game. Tickets available at the gate.
  • Class Reunion Photos
    01:00PM-03:00PM
    David J. Rathje Family Reception Area, University Commons

    Gather your classmates for a reunion photo. Family and guests welcome.
    • 01:00PM — class of '67
    • 01:20PM — class of '92
    • 01:30PM — class of '07
    • Additional class years and affinity groups are welcome to use the space for photos from 2-3 p.m. The class of 1972 will meet here at 2 p.m. for a class photo.
  • Swim Meet and Fun Races
    01:00PM-04:00PM
    Decatur Family YMCA, 220 W. McKinley Ave., Decatur, IL 62526

    All Millikin Swim alumni and their families are encouraged to join us for a fun and fabulous time! Come see the new home of Millikin Swimming! The 2017-18 squad will be introduced; there will be individual and relay events — some races include inflatables, fins, or bonus time (for alums)! Even a few races for the kids, so bring their suits. Warm ups start at 12:30 p.m., and the fun begins at 1 p.m. The team will close with a special event for the guests.
  • University Commons Tour
    02:00PM-03:00PM
    University Commons

    Enjoy a building tour lead by some of Millikin's all-star students. Tours will leave from the Dr. Jan Devore Student Lobby located on the first floor.
  • English Department Alumni Reunion
    02:00PM-04:00PM
    Shilling Hall, Room 409
    Mingle with fellow alums and visit with current faculty and staff at this reunion for all English department alumni.
  • "Intimate Apparel" by Lynn Nottage
    02:00PM-04:15PM
    Albert Taylor Theatre, Shilling Hall

    A School of Theatre and Dance production. Esther, an African-American seamstress living in early 20th century New York, creates gorgeous corsets for her customers. Her successful business and a romantic pen pal relationship seem to fall into place until Esther realizes that some threads holding her hopes and dreams together are in danger of being cut. Tickets and more information available at millikin.edu/kirkland.
  • Interfraternity Council Networking Event
    02:00PM-04:00PM
    Oberhelman Center for Leadership Studio, University Commons

    Network with your fellow MU Greek men at this event hosted by IFC. Open to all MU fraternities members and alumni.
  • Tabor School of Business Alumni/Student Networking Event
    02:00PM-04:00PM
    Lobby, ADM-Scovill Hall

    Join this fun networking event for Tabor School of Business alumni and current students. Foster new relationships, offer advice and network with all eras of MU business classes. RSVP to Becky Stubblefield by Oct. 1.
  • Women's Soccer Tailgate
    02:00PM-04:00PM
    Frank M. Lindsay Field

    Eat and socialize with the Women's Soccer team before the men's soccer game.
  • "The Undeniable Sound of Right Now"
    02:00PM-03:30PM
    Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre

    "The Undeniable Sound of Right Now" brings hilarious and heartbreaking to life as Hank struggles to keep his legendary rock club going amid changing times and changing tastes. But when his daughter, Lena, starts dating rising-star DJ, Hank must contend with the destructive power of the "Next Big Thing." Directed by Taylor Blaze Lindemann. Tickets and more information available at pdtheatre.org.
  • Men's Soccer vs. North Central College
    02:30PM-04:00PM
    Frank M. Lindsay Field

    Tickets available at the gate.
  • Campus Walking Tour
    03:00PM-04:00PM
    Dr. Jan Devore Student Lobby, University Commons

    Take a guided tour around campus and learn about Millikin's history and the exciting changes happening now.
  • University Choir Alumni Rehearsal
    03:00PM-04:00PM
    Room 11, Kirkland Fine Arts Center

    University choir members of all eras welcome.
  • College of Professional Studies Reunion
    04:00PM-06:00PM
    Millikin Homestead, 125 N Pine St, Decatur, IL 62522

    Join School of Nursing, School of Education and the Exercise Science and Sports alumni, faculty, staff and current students for music, food and fun.
  • Staley Library Student Workers Reunion
    04:00PM-06:00PM
    Rooms 142-144, University Commons

    Enjoy snacks, reconnect with your friends and take a behind-the-scenes tour of the library in the new University Commons. RSVP by Oct. 1 to apippitt@millikin.edu.
  • Delta Sigma Phi Alumni Cookout
    04:00PM-06:00PM
    Pilling Chapel

    Alumni members of the Alpha Lambda Chapter of Delta Sigma Phi are invited to enjoy a cookout with current members.
  • Big Blue Tailgate
    04:00PM-07:00PM
    Frank M. Lindsay Field

    Enjoy shaved ice and camaraderie at the tailgate!

Saturday Evening, Oct. 7

  • Millikin Football vs. Wheaton College
    06:00PM-09:00PM
    Frank M. Lindsay Field

    Cheer on the Big Blue as we take on Wheaton College under the lights. Tickets available at the gate. Crowning of Homecoming 2017 King and Queen, grocery cart parade and Homecoming banner judging during halftime!
  • 45th Reunion Dinner
    06:30PM-08:30PM
    Il Forno Wood Fired Pizza and Italian Food, 1423 E. Mound Rd. Decatur, IL 62526

    Join the class of ’72 for a celebratory 45th reunion dinner. Enjoy dinner, trivia and great conversation. $35 per person includes an entree, antipasto plates served family style at the table, dessert, coffee/tea/soft drinks, and bread. Cash bar. Reservations required by Oct. 1.
  • "Intimate Apparel" by Lynn Nottage
    07:30PM-09:45PM
    Albert Taylor Theatre, Shilling Hall

    A School of Theatre and Dance production. Esther, an African-American seamstress living in early 20th century New York, creates gorgeous corsets for her customers. Her successful business and a romantic pen pal relationship seem to fall into place until Esther realizes that some threads holding her hopes and dreams together are in danger of being cut. Tickets and more information available at millikin.edu/kirkland.
  • Step Showcase
    09:00PM-10:00PM
    Bob and Debi Johnston Banquet Rooms, University Commons

    Enjoy step performances by the Multicultral Greek Council, student organizations and guests. Followed by an after-party.
  • “Blue to Broadway” Cabaret
    09:00PM-12:00AM
    Kirkland Fine Arts Center

    Enjoy a cabaret performance featuring songstress LaVon Fisher-Wilson ’95 of Broadway’s “Chicago The Musical,” Disney’s “Newsies” and “The Color Purple.” VIP tickets available for purchase, and include special stage seating and an exclusive pre-show reception with LaVon. Learn more and purchase tickets today.
  • Class of ’07 10-Year Reunion Party
    09:00PM-12:00AM
    Lock Stock & Barrel

    Music, drink specials and reserved seating for the Class of ’07 all night; just wear/bring your MU name tag after you check in for Homecoming. Get your official reunion T-shirt. Text @23gbh2 to 81010 for ’07 Homecoming updates.
  • Step Showcase After Party
    10:00PM-12:00AM
    Bob and Debi Johnston Banquet Rooms, University Commons

    The Black Alumni Network and Multicultural Greek Council invite alumni of all ages to celebrate their time at Millikin.
  • "The Undeniable Sound of Right Now"
    10:30PM-11:59PM
    Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre

    "The Undeniable Sound of Right Now" brings hilarious and heartbreaking to life as Hank struggles to keep his legendary rock club going amid changing times and changing tastes. But when his daughter, Lena, starts dating rising-star DJ, Hank must contend with the destructive power of the "Next Big Thing." Directed by Taylor Blaze Lindemann. Tickets and more information available at pdtheatre.org.

Sunday, Oct. 8

  • Women's Soccer Alumnae Game
    10:00AM-12:00PM
    Frank M. Lindsay Field

    Grab your soccer cleats and join Head Coach Kate McArthur for an all-alumnae game. Warm-up at 10 a.m.; 10:30 a.m. start. Old uniforms will be provided for alumnae.
  • "Intimate Apparel" by Lynn Nottage
    02:00PM-04:15PM
    Albert Taylor Theatre, Shilling Hall

    A School of Theatre and Dance production. Esther, an African-American seamstress living in early 20th century New York, creates gorgeous corsets for her customers. Her successful business and a romantic pen pal relationship seem to fall into place until Esther realizes that some threads holding her hopes and dreams together are in danger of being cut. Tickets and more information available at millikin.edu/kirkland.
  • University Choir Alumni Concert
    02:00PM-03:30PM
    Central Christian Church, 650 W. William St., Decatur, IL 62522

    Watch the University Choir and Alumni Choir perform their annual Homecoming choral performance. Admission is free.
  • Faculty Recital Series - Ian Greenlaw
    04:00PM-05:00PM
    Kaeuper Hall, Perkinson Music Center

    Discover one of MU's new voice faculty, Ian Greenlaw, accompanied by pianist Silvan Negruitu. This event is free and open to the public.
  • "The Undeniable Sound of Right Now"
    05:00PM-06:30PM
    Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre

    "The Undeniable Sound of Right Now" brings hilarious and heartbreaking to life as Hank struggles to keep his legendary rock club going amid changing times and changing tastes. But when his daughter, Lena, starts dating rising-star DJ, Hank must contend with the destructive power of the "Next Big Thing." Directed by Taylor Blaze Lindemann. Tickets and more information available at pdtheatre.org.
2017 Alumni Award Recipients and Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees
Jack ’59 and Barb Witzeman ’60 McCoy
Jack ’59 & Barb Witzeman ’60 McCoy

Alumnus of the Year Award Recipients

 

Bruce Nims ’72
Bruce Nims ’72

Merit-Loyalty Award Recipient
 

Joe Machota ’93
Joe Machota ’93

Merit Award Recipient

Janet Ernst ’78
Janet Ernst ’78

Loyalty Award Recipient

Jason ’05 and Meghan Sims ’08 Goldfarb
Jason ’05 & Meghan Sims ’08 Goldfarb

Young Alumnus of the Year Recipients
 

Leslie Waddell-Glore ’85
Leslie Waddell-Glore ’85

Athletic Hall of Fame: Track & Field

 

Richard Harvey ’93
Richard Harvey ’93

Athletic Hall of Fame: Football and Wrestling

Tom Mahoney ’90
Tom Mahoney ’90

Athletic Hall of Fame: Football and Wrestling

Mike “Mickey” Sprinkle
Mike “Mickey” Sprinkle ’58

Athletic Hall of Fame: Basketball

2017 Reunion Chairs

Admission Office
Gorin Hall, Lower Level

  • 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday
  • 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday (Special Homecoming hours)

Alumni & Development Office
1305 West Main Street  |  Hours TBA

Birks Museum
Gorin Hall, 2nd Floor

  • 1-4 p.m., Monday-Friday
  • 1-4 p.m., Saturday-Sunday (Special Homecoming hours)

Blue Connection Retail Art Gallery
117 North Water Street

  • 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday (Special Homecoming hours)
  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday (Special Homecoming hours)

Campus Dining

  • Einstein Bros. Bagels
    Shilling Hall
    • 7:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday
    • 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday
    • Closed Saturday-Sunday
  • C3 Express
    ADM-Scovill Hall
    • 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Thursday
    • 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Friday
    • Closed Saturday-Sunday

Decatur Indoor Sports Center (DISC)

  • 5:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Monday-Thursday
  • 5:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday
  • 6 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday
  • 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday
  • Daily admission fee will apply all days.

Millikin Bookstore
Jack C. Dolson Hall (formerly Oakland Hall)

  • 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Thursday (Regular hours)
  • 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday (Special Homecoming hours)
  • 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday (Special Homecoming hours)
  • 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday (Special Homecoming hours)

Public Safety
Walker Hall

Staley Library
University Commons

  • 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday
  • 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday (Special Homecoming hours)
  • 1 p.m.-midnight, Sunday