Featured Millikin Alumni

Alex Stevens ’14 credits Millikin’s Performance Learning program with leading him into the world of lighting design and pushing him to develop both the work ethic and wide range of skills needed to excel there. Stevens says that Performance Learning was akin to “jumping in the deep end and hoping I could learn to swim” — a hands-on environment where choices had consequences and the real-world values of leadership, integrity and responsibility were learned while “working all day every day.”


2014 Millikin graduate and philosophy major Emma Prendergast is pursuing a Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, starting fall 2014. The philosophy program at Wisconsin is a top tier program nationally. Emma was awarded a highly competitive fellowship for the first year, guaranteed financial support for six years, and was one of fifty-one students across the country to receive a $5000 Phi Kappa

When the PACE Director visited his job site and talked about the PACE program, Travis Jones of Decatur started researching to see if the program would be right for him. Following high school, Travis had studied for a year at MacMurray College, then transferred to a community college in Michigan, and later back to Richland Community College before taking a long hiatus from his education. For the past ten years, Travis has worked for the State of Illinois where he spent six years as a Correctional

The Millikin History Department shares a very close relationship with students. The faculty cares deeply for the students and wants to help them succeed in every aspect of their lives. I have spent countless hours in professors’ offices discussing class lectures, research topics, books,and my future goals. The faculty has been my sounding board and has guided me to achieve success in the classroom and in the professional field. Through the History Department, I have become a well-rounded individual.I


2010 Millikin graduate and philosophy major Justin Allen is currently an associate attorney with the firm of Plews, Shadley, Racher, and Braun in Indianapolis, Indiana. Justin concentrates in commercial litigation, environmental litigation, and insurance cost recovery actions. Prior to accepting a position with Plews, Justin was an associate with the firm of Taft, Stettinius, and Hollister in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he worked in


 

As a 2010 alumnus of Millikin, my experience in the Spanish program was fundamental in my development as an individual and the development of my career. I first became interested in studying Spanish at MU via the radio program of Dr. Eduardo Cabrera, “Español en Acción” which, as a native of Decatur, drew my attention in being the only Spanish-language radio program in Macon County.


Sport and position: Volleyball, middle blocker

Millikin major: Communication

  • Other degrees:
    • Master’s degree in educational administration from Illinois State University.

Current employment: Associate director of advisement and assessment at Heartland Community College in Normal, Ill.

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Taking the Reins

Growing up in the Midwest, Lee Larkins ’08 never expected to work with some of the most well-known rap and hip-hop artists of his generation. Throughout high school, he spent most of his extracurricular time showing horses in the summer, playing ice hockey in the winter and advocating for the skateboarders of Decatur. He also enjoyed taking photographs and splicing together short video projects on a set of VCRs, but he had little interest in a career


 

Since her piano debut with the Alton Symphony Orchestra, Han-Yuan has performed with the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra, Sangamon Valley Youth Orchestra, String Arts Ensemble, and Alton Symphony Orchestra. Han-Yuan has also attended many music festivals including her most recent trip to the European American Music Alliance program in Paris, France at the Ecole Normale de Musique, where she studied with Dr. Philip Lasser (Juilliard School) and Dr. Benjamin Boyle.

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