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The Big Blue see Red in Cincinnati - Aug. 28.
Join President Emeritus Doug Zemke ’66 and his wife, Ellen, as the Cincinnati Reds play the Washington Nationals at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati on Sunday, Aug. 28, at 1:10 p.m.
 
MU has reserved Triple Play Suite No. 8 (left field club level), a climate-controlled area with an outside deck. Cost is $78 per person and includes all-inclusive ballpark buffet and beverages of the adult and non-adult variety.
 
For reservations or information, contact the alumni office toll-free at 1-877-568-2586 or email alumnews@millikin.edu.
Click here to purchase tickets online with a credit card.
 
Reservations and payment due by Aug. 19.
Millikin Day at Busch Stadium - July 30 - Cards vs. Cubs!

LAST CHANCE to get your tickets!

Join alumni and friends from the air-conditioned Redbird Row Party Suites (right field, Rooms 208, 209, 210) at Busch Stadium on July 30 at 3:10 p.m., and meet our new president Dr. Harold Jeffcoat.

Cost is $150 per person and includes a two-hour, all-you-can-eat buffet and beverages of the adult and non-adult variety. For more info, contact the alumni office.

Click here to purchase tickets online with a credit card.

Make it an all-inclusive trip and let us do the driving! A motorcoach from Decatur to St. Louis is available at an additional cost of $25 per person.

Get connected at Homecoming - Oct. 7-9, 2011.
Homecoming 2011 will be here before you know it, so start making your plans now! Reunion packets are being mailed this summer to all alums whose class years end in 1 or 6. A brochure detailing homecoming activities will be sent to all alumni later this summer. Hope to see you!
 
Several alumni will be recognized on Friday, Oct. 7 at a dinner honoring Alumni Awards recipients and Athletic Hall of Fame (AHOF) inductees. Listed below are this year's recipients and inductees. Come to Homecoming and help us recognize them!
 
Alumnus of the Year
- Duane Avis ’53 and Joan Adams Avis ’53
Merit-Loyalty Award
- Julie Roe Lach ’97
Merit Award
- Sid Smith ’76
Loyalty Award
- Father Nick Smith ’83
Young Alumnus Award
- Case McGee ’98, MBA ’04
Young Alumnus Award
- Members of Chapter 6
(Award to be conferred at the homecoming
student talent show on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 
which Chapter 6 will host.)
  -Chuck Bosworth ’01
  -Mark Grizzard ’01
  -Jarrett Johnson ’01
  -Luke Menard ’01
  -John Musick ’01
  -Nathan Pufall ’03
  -Aaron Stonecipher ’01
Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees
Ali Davis Baker ’96 – Track
Angela Hawk ’06 – Track and field
Dan Lloyd ’02 – Swimming
Audrey Minott ’05 – Basketball
Thomas Sur ’05 – Swimming
 
Other highlights of this year’s events include:
• A special reunion for the undefeated football team of 1961.
• A celebration of the 100th anniversary of Millikin’s SAE chapter.
• An alumni swim meet.
• Men's and women’s soccer reunion on Oct. 1.
• Alumni men's basketball game.
• A celebration of 30 years of School of Nursing grads.
• Pompon and dance team alumni perform at half-time of the football game.
 
Taiwanese nursing students spend July on campus.
As part of a joint venture between Millikin and St. Mary’s Hospital, 20 Taiwanese nursing students and one faculty member from the University of China are visiting Decatur this month.
 
The international exchange, in its fifth year, helps the students develop a greater understanding of cultural and health care similarities and differences. In addition to classes, the students complete practicum hours at St. Mary's Hospital and Springfield Memorial Medical Center. Other real world experiences include a day at an extended care facility and a half day riding with a local ambulance service. Various cultural experiences are also held.
 
Dr. Marilyn Prasun, associate professor nursing, is coordinating this year’s exchange, the largest group since the program began.
Millikin Fund goal met.
The Millikin Fund has surpassed its 2010-11 goal of $2.2 million for the fiscal year that ended June 30. an important factor in this year's success was an anonymous donor who generoulsy matched all new gifts donated between Feb 27-June 30, 2011. The university thanks its generous and consistent supporters for providing support that makes a positive difference in the daily experience of all Millikin students.
Former assistant to President Bush to speak on campus.

David Frum will be the speaker for the 2011 Thomas W. Ewing Lectureship to be held Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Westminster Presbyterian Church next to campus. He offers detailed insights into exactly how Washington is changing - and what these changes will mean for us all, when he speaks on "Real Problems, Real Solutions: Transformative Ideas for Today's Political Landscape."

Frum is former special assistant to President George W. Bush and former senior foreign policy adviser to Rudy Giuliani. He has authored six books and is a frequent guest on "The Colbert Report," "The Daily Show," "Real Time with Bill Maher" and "The Larry King Show."

The lecture, followed by a book signing, is free and open to the public. For more information, call 217-424-6383.

Links to alumni, students, and faculty in the news.
Alumni in the news
 
Miriam Baumgart ’00 - Physician at Indiana's Wabash General Hospital.
Tim Shew '80 - Performs in production of "Guys & Dolls."
Jodi Benson ’83 – Sings at opening of a new Disney attraction.
Jason Brittsan ’99 – Performs with group on “America’s Got Talent.”
Lance Brooks ’06 - Pursues Olympic dream.
Sierra Bogges ’04 – Has fun connecting with Broadway costar.
Joe Machota ’93 – Thanked by Tony Award winners Ellen Barkin and Norbert Leo Butz.
Zane Peterson ’11 – Starts new business near Millikin.
Cameron Pettus ’97 - New head football coach at Belleville West.
Matt Wilhelm ’01 - X-Games medalist toured schools and libraries.
John Phillips ’71 – Continuing a Cobb Avenue tradition.
 
Faculty in the news
 
Stephen Frech – Authors fourth volume of poetry.
Ed Walker ’85 - Appraising family heirlooms and antiques.
 
Students in the news
 
Daniel Finney ’12 - Starts new business near Millikin.
Kari Thornton ’12 – Artist-in-residence at Blue Connection.
Colin Bridges ’15 – Talented addition to football team.
Sam Zerrusen ’15 – Promising women’s basketball recruit.
Athletes honored.

Millikin, in conjunction with the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW), announced its Jack Swartz Award Recipients and the CCIW Academic All-Conference team for Spring season of 2011. Dawn Joutras '11 and Mike Maziarz '11 were selected as recipients of the Jack Swartz Award.

Click here for more information.

Campus changes underway.
Among the upcoming campus changes is the transition of the space that currently houses Common Grounds Coffeehouse in Dolson Hall into space for the Office of Residence Life. The Big Blue Bistro located in lower RTUC (formerly known as The Sub), will expand its menu to include many Common Grounds favorites, as well as extending its hours into the evening.
Trivia Time: It's carved in stone.
Millikin’s campus buildings have a visual harmony provided by the use of distinctive red brick, but many of the buildings also have unique, decorative features.
 
On what campus building can you see this JMU architectural feature?
1. Perkinson Music Center
2. Aston Hall
3. Shilling Hall
4. Gorin Hall
 
Send your best guess to alumnews@millikin.edu, and be sure to include your name and address. Five winners will be selected in a random drawing of all who respond correctly and each will receive a Millikin prize.
 
Last issue's winners --
Julie Savia ’09
Don Hildebrand ’50
Debbie Gelfo ’88
Crystal Walline Lytle ’02
Elaine Sharp Holloway ’68
 
Each received an MU luggage tag for correctly knowing that the Mr. B.B. arrived on campus in December 1997.
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