As a philosophy student as well as a history student, I find my study of history inevitably intertwined with a search for the absolute. I have found that Millikin University’ s history department has equipped me with the tools I need to undertake that search, but it has not done the searching for me. The caliber of history courses at Millikin is uncommonly high, and they have consequently forced me to think in new ways and to face difficult questions that I otherwise might not have


 

My freshman year at Millikin University, someone once asked me why I love history. At that time in my life I was not necessarily sure. However, my four years in the History Department at Millikin University has taught me to look beyond the dates, names and events and into the true study of history.


Great Scot! What a Festival!

By Katie Liesener ’03  |  Published in summer 2015 issue of Millikin Quarterly magazine.

Over a weekend each June, a field in Itasca, Ill., transforms into a curious tent city. Bagpipers bray at the entrance. Children, clacking wooden swords, run among the legs of kilted Scots in crisp Glengarry hats whose faces glow red from whiskey tastings. Now and again, the Scots raise a cheer: “For rugby scores! For hay bales heaved skyward! For the


 

Nate is an Agent Trainee at The William Morris Agency (WMA) in Nashville, TN. WMA is one of the largest talent and literary agencies in the world dealing with all aspects of the entertainment industry including music, film, television, theatre, literature, and consulting. Nate currently assists a Senior Agent in booking concerts for clients in venues across the Northeast United States.


 

Following graduation, Jessica assumed a long-term substitute position for the spring of 2006 at Waukegan High School in Illinois. In the fall of 2006, she began teaching full time at Friendship Jr. High School in Des Plaines, IL. At Friendship Jr. High School she teaches general music and drama in addition to directing the school’s three curricular choirs, and their new extra-curricular ensemble, The Firebird Singers, which has received First Place or Division I ratings at all of their

Why join the Alumni Association Board?
I still reflect fondly on my memories at Millikin and hold those friendships very near to me. I believe MU provides an environment for learning that is second to none. I also believe alumni need assistance in understanding their part in extending the Big Blue Tradition to students across the nation.


Millikin major: Applied mathematics

  • Other degrees:
    • Master’s degree in college student affairs, Eastern Illinois University, 2008
    • Master’s degree in applied statistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2014
    • Doctorate in education organization and leadership, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2014

Current employment: Statistician, State Farm Insurance Co.


 

Since leaving Millikin, Chris has been busy as a freelance bassist and educator in the Central Illinois area. He recently finished his Master's degree in Jazz at the University of Illinois in Champaign and is currently working on his Doctorate at the same University.

While studying at Illinois, Chris has become a staple of the Champaign-Urbana music scene. He also regularly performs throughout Illinois and the Midwest, including Chicago, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Milwaukee,


 

Since graduating in 2005, Garrett has had the honor of appearing as guest soloist at the National D.A.R. Convention in Washington, D.C., with the New York City Master’s Chorale, in recital work, and in numerous Cabaret performances at Don’t Tell Mama in New York City.

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