Driven By Determination

By Deb Hale Kirchner  |  Published in the Spring 2017 issue of Millikin Magazine.

Millikin major: Music education

  • Other degrees:
    • Master of Music in organ performance at University of Illinois
    • Master of library science at Indiana University

Current employment: Executive director at Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin, Ill.

Why did you choose MU?
I chose Millikin University because of its excellent reputation and the high quality of the School of

Millikin major: Mathematics

Current employment: Retired adjunct instructor in entrepreneurship at Millikin; retired as owner of Nims Associates in 2004, an IT consulting company.

Why did you choose MU?
The size of the university offered a more attractive environment than large public universities, and the liberal arts focus was appealing to me.

What activities did you participate in as a student at MU?

Published in the 2015 Homecoming program.

John “The Penguin” Bingham ’70 of Willow Springs, Ill., is recipient of the Alumni Merit Award for his dedication to and passion for running and encouraging individuals of all ages and skill levels to find enjoyment in a healthier lifestyle.

The late R. Michael Campbell ’67 and M. Susan Campbell ’68 are co-recipients of the 2016 Alumnus of the Year award, the highest alumni award presented by the university.

My Writing Life

by Kenneth C. Mitchell (Rev. Oct. 10, 2016)

I always loved books and the words they contained. In high school, I found a passion in reading and writing. I especially liked starting a theme paper with a long, unexpected sentence that exploded with “That…”. The resulting long, dependent clause was the subject of the sentence that would stand on stilts when I diagrammed it—just for fun.

After graduating from Silver Cross Hospital School of Nursing (cum laude) I was encouraged by the Silver Cross faculty to enroll in college and pursue a degree in education (specifically with the intention of teaching nursing). I enrolled at Millikin University and while at Millikin was offered the opportunity to be campus nurse, which I did throughout my time at MU.

Later I completed my master’s degree in psychology at Bradley University. Throughout my working career I have been involved in

Published in the 2015 Homecoming program.

David J. Rathje ’58 is the recipient of the 2015 Merit-Loyalty Award for his contributions to the Decatur and Millikin communities as a business leader and philanthropist.    

Sport(s) and position(s):

  • Basketball, guard

Millikin major: Business, psychology

  • Other degrees:
    • International Business, Universitae du Poitieu (Poitiers), France

Current employment: Chairman and CEO, American Motel Hotel Brokers Network

Personal Big Blue stats/athletic achievements:

Published in the 2015 Homecoming program.

Elta Turner Cooke ’52 is recipient of the 2015 Alumnus of the Year award, the highest alumni award presented by the university.