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!

Register today!

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)
Reserve before Sept. 22, 2017.

Fairfield Inn
1417 Hickory Point Drive, Forsyth
217.875.3337
$99 (1-4 people)
Reserve before Sept. 8, 2017.

Hampton Inn
1429 Hickory Point Dr., Forsyth
217.877.5577
$99 (two beds)
Reserve before Sept. 16, 2017.

Hawthorn Suites
2370 S. Mt. Zion Rd., Decatur
217.864.9311
$89 (single/one bed)
Reserve before Sept. 6, 2017.

Residence Inn by Marriott
230 Lucile Ave., Forsyth
217.872.6600
$99 (studio); $109 (1 bedroom); $159 (2 bedroom)
Reserve before Sept. 10, 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.
  • 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 the 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.
  • H.W. Wright Classic
    04:00PM-05:30PM
    Hickory Point Golf Course
    727 W. Weaver Rd., Forsyth, IL 62535

    Watch the Men's and Women's Cross Country teams compete in Decatur.
  • Homecoming Headquarters
    04:00PM-09:00PM
    Cafe, University Commons

    Check in for #BigBlueHC17 and receive a commemorative Homecoming gift!
  • Alumni Awards Dinner and Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
    05:30PM-08:00PM
    Johnston Multi-Purpose Space, 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
    Big Blue Grille, 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
    Cafe, 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-09:00PM
    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 kirklandfinearts.com.
  • 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, location to be determined; check the Homecoming 2017 website for updates.
  • Homecoming Dance Party: Black Light/Neon Party
    08:00PM-11:00PM
    Blue Gym, D.I.S.C.

    Students are invited for glow-in-the-dark fun at the Decatur Indoor Sports Center.
  • Alumni Concert Band and Millikin Wind Ensamble Post-Performance Reception
    09:00PM-10:00PM
    Kirkland Fine Arts Center, Perkinson Gallery

    Refreshments provided.

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 coffee and a photo.
  • 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
    Cafe, 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.
  • 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 information desk located on the first floor.
  • Complimentary 50th Reunion Lunch
    11:00AM-01:00PM
    Johnston Multi-Purpose Space, University Commons

    Celebrating their 50th reunion, the class of '67 will gather for a complimentary lunch and short program. Class photos will immediately follow.
  • Complimentary All-Millikin Lunch
    11:00AM-02:00PM
    Big Blue Grille, 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.
  • Games on the Quad
    11:00AM-02:00PM
    Miller Quad

    Get your competitive spirit ready for races, games and loads of fun.

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
    Rathje Lobby, 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.
  • 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 information desk located on the first floor.
  • "Intimate Apparel" by Lynn Nottage
    02:00PM-03:30PM
    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 kirklandfinearts.com.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
    Cafe, 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.
  • 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!
  • "Intimate Apparel" by Lynn Nottage
    07:30PM-09:00PM
    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 kirklandfinearts.com.
  • Step Showcase
    09:00PM-10:00PM
    Johnston Multi-Purpose Space, University Commons

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

    Enjoy a cabaret performance featuring songstress, LaVon Fisher-Wilson '95 of Broadway's Chicago, Newsies and The Color Purple. Check back soon for ticket info.
  • Step Showcase After Party
    10:00PM-12:00AM
    Johnston Multi-Purpose Space, University Commons

    The Black Alumni Network and Multicultural Greek Council invite alumni of all ages to celebrate their time at Millikin.

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-03:30PM
    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 kirklandfinearts.com.
  • 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.
2017 Alumni Award Recipients and Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees
Jack ’59 and Barb Witzeman ’60 McCoy
Jack ’59 and Barb Witzeman ’60 McCoy

Alumnus of the Year Award Recipients

 

Janet Ernst ’78
Janet Ernst ’78

Loyalty Award Recipient
 

Bruce Nims ’72
Bruce Nims ’72

Merit-Loyalty Award Recipient

Joe Machota ’93
Joe Machota ’93

Merit Award Recipient

Jason ’05 and Megan Sims ’08 Goldfarb
Jason ’05 and Megan 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

Tom Mahoney ’90
Tom Mahoney ’90

Athletic Hall of Fame: Football

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