Check back soon for details on Homecoming & Family Weekend 2019, Sept. 27-29!

Looking for a sneak preview? Check out the 2018 schedule below to get an idea of some of the events you might see at #HCFW19.
 


2018 Schedule of Events

Join us for some Big Blue fun! Jump to each day's schedule of events using the links below: 

Homecoming & Family Weekend 2018 Student Events

 

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Friday, Oct. 5, 2018


Alumni IconStudent IconNoon-1 p.m. Communication Department Lunch and Learn
Collaboration Rooms 142-44, University Commons 
Bring your lunch and talk with communication alumna Britteny Dunson Soto ’10, the 2018 Young Alumnus of the Year, about her career path in the recruiting and HR field.

Alumni Icon3 p.m. 50-Year Reunion Reception
President’s Dining Room, Third Floor, University Commons 
The Class of 1968 gathers to welcome classmates to campus and prepare for the weekend's festivities. Find out what everyone’s been up to for the last 50 years!

Alumni IconStudent Icon3 p.m. School of Nursing Legacy of the Lamp
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1360 W. Main St., Decatur
Join us as we honor this year’s SON Alumnus of the Year, Jennifer Wolfe Grenier ’02

Alumni Icon4 p.m. Alumni Band Rehearsal
Kirkland Fine Arts Center
Pack up your instruments and 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 performance. Reservations required by Oct. 1. Music will be sent to performing participants in the fall.

Alumni IconFamily and Community IconStudent Icon4-9 p.m. Big Blue HQ
Jan Devore Student Lobby, University Commons 
Check in and receive a commemorative gift!

Alumni IconStudent Icon4 p.m. Biology Alumni Panel
Leighty-Tabor Science Center, Room 001
Biology alumni return to campus to share their professional experiences with current students.

Alumni IconFamily and Community IconStudent Icon5-7 p.m. After 5 Live 
Blue Connection, 117 N. Water St.
Join us for an exhibition, “East, West, Above, and Below,” featuring the paintings of Nicole Christison, BFA 2008, and reception.

Alumni Icon5:30-7:30 p.m. Alumni Awards Dinner  
Bob and Debi Johnston Banquet Rooms, Third Floor, University Commons                   
Join us in honoring the 2018 Alumni Award recipients. All alumni and friends welcome. $25 per person. Reservations required by Oct. 1.

Alumni IconStudent Icon5:30-8:30 p.m. Tau Kappa Epsilon Alumni Meet & Greet and Alumni Meeting​  
TKE House, 1225 W. Main St.                
TKE alumni are invited to meet with current members from 5:30-7:30 p.m., followed by a 7:30 p.m. alumni meeting.

Alumni Icon5:45-7 p.m. Alumni Band Dinner
Student Dining, University Commons
Join your fellow Big Blue Alumni musicians for a meal before the annual Alumni Concert Band/Millikin Wind Ensemble performance. $10 per person. Reservations required by Oct. 1.

Alumni IconFamily and Community IconStudent Icon6 p.m.-Midnight Welcome Home Oakwood Block Party
S. Oakland Ave. between the intersections of W. Main and W. Wood
Join us as we fill the streets to celebrate MU! Enjoy the sounds of several MU alumni bands, including the Eric Burgett Band, Sunshine Daydream and Illinois Nationals. Check-in to receive your free commemorative cup!

Alumni IconFamily and Community IconStudent Icon7:30 p.m. Alumni Band Performance
Kirkland Fine Arts Center
This special performance features the Alumni Concert Band sharing the Kirkland stage with the Millikin Wind Ensemble. Free and open to the public. Followed by a reception in Perkinson Gallery.

Alumni IconFamily and Community IconStudent Icon7:30 p.m. School of Theatre & Dance Production of William Shakespeares Julius Caesar
Albert Taylor Theatre, Shilling Hall
A sharp new retelling of the classic tragedy, performed by the School of Theatre & Dance. A world is thrown into chaos when the ends justify the means. Who can one trust when those in positions of power begin to fracture as democratic and dictatorial philosophies collide? Tickets required and available through the Kirkland Ticket Office.

Alumni IconStudent Icon8:30-9:30 p.m.  Alumni Concert Band and Millikin Wind Ensemble Post-Performance Reception
Perkinson Gallery, Kirkland Fine Arts Center
Refreshments provided.

Alumni IconStudent Icon9:30 p.m. MGC Eat ‘N Greek
Bob and Debi Johnston Banquet Rooms, Third Floor, University Commons
MGC invites alumni and friends to join us for Eat ‘N Greek, a place to catch up and stroll.

Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018


Alumni IconFamily and Community IconStudent Icon8:15 a.m. Milli Mile
Fleet Feet Sports, 1090 W. Wood St. 
Join the Big Blue Track and Field teams for the third annual Milli Mile fun run! All proceeds support Millikin’s Track and Field program. Cost is $20 per person and includes an aluminum water bottle, raffle ticket and post-race pancake breakfast. Registration required.

Alumni IconFamily and Community IconStudent Icon9 a.m.-5 p.m. Big Blue HQ
​Dr. Jan Devore Student Lobby, University Commons
Check in and receive a commemorative gift!

Alumni IconFamily and Community IconStudent Icon10 a.m. Homecoming and Family Weekend Parade
Surrounding Blocks
Line Pine and Main Streets for this well-loved Millikin 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.

Alumni IconFamily and Community IconStudent Icon10 a.m. Sigma Alpha Epsilon Open House
SAE Chapter House, 1164 W. Main St.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon alumni, current members and families are invited to SAE’s annual open house. The house will be open throughout the day.

Alumni Icon10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tau Kappa Epsilon Annual Alumni Golf Scramble
Red Tail Run Gold Course, 520 W. Grove Rd.
$55 per man includes golf, cart, lunch and prizes. Contact Steve Bates at 513.707.2760 or Lance Millican at 314.488.9750 to register your team. 

Alumni IconFamily and Community IconStudent Icon11 a.m. Alumnae Softball Game
Workman Family Softball Field
Watch the softball team at an alumnae vs. student-athlete game. For more information or to sign-up for the game, contact Katie Tenboer, co-head softball coach, at ktenboer@millikin.edu.

Alumni IconFamily and Community Icon11 a.m. Campus Walking Tour
University Commons
Take a guided tour around campus and learn about Millikin's history and the exciting changes happening now.

Alumni IconFamily and Community IconStudent Icon11 a.m.-1 p.m. All-MU Lunch
Student Dining, University Commons
Enjoy a complimentary lunch buffet in the new University Commons! All alumni and their families are welcome! Nametags received at Big Blue HQ check-in will serve as meal ticket. Students with a meal plan are welcome to attend. Reservations required by Oct. 1.

Alumni IconFamily and Community IconStudent Icon11 a.m.-1 p.m. UCB Street Festival and Taste of MSC
University Commons sidewalks
Various student organizations, student-run ventures and individuals will host tables with games, food, giveaways, and more! Taste food from various cultures and interact with Millikin’s diverse student body. Each ticket buys one sample of your choice (five tickets for $2). Hosted by University Center Board (UCB) and Multicultural Student Council (MSC).

Alumni IconFamily and Community IconStudent Icon11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. James Millikin Homestead Ice Cream Social
James Millikin Homestead
Enjoy a sweet treat at this complimentary open house at the former home of James and Anna Millikin. Tours of the historical home will also be given.  

Noon Women's SoccerAlumni IconFamily and Community IconStudent Icon
Frank M. Lindsay Field
The women’s soccer team faces off with the Elmhurst Bluejays on Frank M. Lindsay Field. Go Big Blue!    

Alumni IconFamily and Community IconStudent IconNoon Millikin Volleyball vs. University of Chicago
Griswold Center
Come cheer on the Big Blue as they compete in the Millikin Dig for the Cure Tournament!

Alumni IconFamily and Community IconStudent IconNoon Alumni Swim Meet
Decatur Family YMCA, 220 W. McKinley Ave.
Swimmers, alumni and alumni families (including kids) welcome. Races for all abilities! Warm up at noon; meet starts at 1 p.m.

Alumni Icon1-2 p.m. Class Reunions
Collaboration Rooms 142-144, University Commons
Alumni both on-campus and afar can get together to talk about the old, the new and, of course, the Big Blue. Informal class photos will be taken for the Alumni Facebook page during this time. Staff will also be available to shoot your group photos on your phones/cameras as well!

Not able to come back for #BigBlueHCFW18? No problem! Join virtually via Zoom anytime during the reunion:

Alumni Icon1 p.m. Millikin Big Bluegrass Band Reunion
“Of Voices and Victories” sculpture (between Perkinson Music Center and University Commons)
Millikin Big Bluegrass Band alums are invited for an old time jam. 

Alumni IconFamily and Community IconStudent Icon2-3 p.m. Back-to-Class Lectures
Kaeuper Hall, Perkinson Music Center
Get a crash course in a variety of topics during these 15-minute lessons.

Alumni IconFamily and Community IconStudent Icon2 p.m. Millikin Volleyball vs. Wisconsin  Eau Claire
Griswold Center
Come cheer on the Big Blue as they compete in the Millikin Dig for the Cure Tournament!

Alumni IconStudent Icon2-4 p.m. Alpha Phi Omega Alumni Day
Collaboration Rooms 138-140, University Commons
Alpha Phi Omega alumni are invited to meet current brothers, do a service project and share APO history. Light snacks provided.

Alumni Icon2-4 p.m. Art Department Alumni Reception
Perkinson Gallery, Kirkland Fine Arts Center
Calling all art department alumni! Join us for a private viewing of an exhibition celebrating Frank Lloyd Wright’s Imperial Hotel, curated by Ed Walker ’85, associate professor of art. Constructed in Tokyo Japan in 1923, the hotel was one of Wright’s crowning achievements and helped to establish him as a world-renowned architect. The exhibit features furniture, photographs and ephemera from the hotel, as well as Japanese cultural artifacts. Enjoy complimentary refreshments, catch up with fellow art department alums and chat with Professor Walker, who will be available onsite to answer questions about the exhibition. For more information, contact the art department at 217.424.6227.

Alumni Icon2-4 p.m. English Department Alumni Reunion
Writing Center, Room 338, University Commons
Mingle with fellow alums and visit with current faculty and staff  at this reception for English department alumni, spouses and friends.  

Alumni IconFamily and Community IconStudent Icon2-4 p.m. Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Brunch
Pi Phi Chapter House, 235 N. Fairview Ave.
Pi Beta Phi invites their alumae and families to the Pi Phi House for light refreshments, house tours, and activities. RSVP by September 29 to jordangriglin@yahoo.com or 815.861.5233.

Alumni IconFamily and Community IconStudent Icon2 p.m. School of Theatre & Dance Production of William ShakespeareJulius Caesar
Albert Taylor Theatre, Shilling Hall
A sharp new retelling of the classic tragedy, performed by the School of Theatre & Dance. A world is thrown into chaos when the ends justify the means. Who can one trust when those in positions of power begin to fracture as democratic and dictatorial philosophies collide? Tickets required and available through the Kirkland Ticket Office.

Alumni IconFamily and Community IconStudent Icon2:30 p.m. Men’s Soccer Game
Frank M. Lindsay Field
Come cheer on the Big Blue as they take on Elmhurst College for the men’s soccer game!

Alumni Icon3 p.m. Class of 1968 Campus Walkabout
Big Blue HQ, Dr. Jan Devore Student Lobby, University Commons              
Modified guided tour featuring developmental and historical aspects of MU. Led by Gina Bianchi ’93, vice president for alumni and development.

Alumni Icon3 p.m. University Choir Rehearsal
Kirkland Fine Arts Center, room K-11      
University Choir members of all eras welcome.

Alumni IconStudent Icon3-5 p.m. Decaturian Reunion
University Commons, Collaboration Rooms 142/144
Calling all Dec alumni! Enjoy complimentary snacks, meet the current newspaper staff and tour the new office space.

Alumni IconStudent Icon3-5 p.m. WJMU Open House
University Commons, Room 346
Calling all WJMU alumni! Meet the current staff, catch up with fellow alums and tour the new studio space.

Alumni Icon3-6 p.m. Tabor School of Business: Grand Alumni Reunion
ADM-Scovill Hall
Join the Tabor School of Business for a chance to meet with old friends, classmates and teachers, as well as connect with current students and their families. Complimentary ​hors d'oeuvres provided and wine samples will be available, courtesy of Dave Roth ’86. RSVP to Becky Stubblefield by Oct. 1.

Alumni IconFamily and Community IconStudent Icon3:30 p.m. Tau Kappa Epsilon Tailgate
Frank M. Lindsay Field, Tailgate Area, spot #24
Alumni members of TKE and their families are welcome to join active members prior to the football game.

Alumni Icon4-6 p.m. College of Professional Studies Alumni Reunion
James Millikin Homestead
Calling all School of Education, School of Nursing and Exercise Science & Sport alumni! Reunite with former classmates and professors and tour the home of our university’s founder at this family friendly event with hors d’oeuvres, drinks and yard games.

Alumni IconFamily and Community Icon4-6:30 p.m. Class of 2008 Tailgate
Frank M. Lindsay Field, Tailgate Area, spot #23
Family and friends of the class of 2008 are invited to gather, reminisce and eat before the football game. Cost is $18, payable at the event. RSVP to Courtney Goodwin ’08 or Sarah Johnson Huenefeld ​’08 by Oct. 1.

Alumni IconFamily and Community IconStudent Icon4-6:30 p.m. Sigma Alpha Epsilon Tailgate
Frank M. Lindsay Field
Join your Sigma Alpha Epsilon brothers for some tailgating before the big game. Golf cart rides will be available from the SAE house to the tailgating area. 

Alumni IconFamily and Community IconStudent Icon4:30 p.m. MU Golf Tailgate
Frank M. Lindsay Field
Men and women's golf alumni, family and friends are invited both before and during the football game. For more information, contact Sam Osborne, director of golf, at sosborne@millikin.edu or 217.424.3948.

Alumni Icon5:30 p.m. 1968 Reunion Dinner
Decatur Club, 158 W. Prairie Ave.
Class of 1968 alumni gather to celebrate, reminisce about their times together, and make new memories. Cocktail reception begins at 5:30 p.m.; dinner and program begins at 6 p.m. $25 per person. Reservations required by Oct. 1.

Alumni IconFamily and Community IconStudent Icon6:30 p.m. Millikin Football vs. Carroll University
Frank M. Lindsay Field
Cheer on the Big Blue as we take on the Carroll University Pioneers under the lights. Tickets available at the gate. Crowning of the 2018 King and Queen during halftime.

Alumni IconFamily and Community IconStudent Icon6:30 p.m. MU Swimming Tailgate Tent
Frank M. Lindsay Field
Swimmers, alumni and alumni families (including kids) are welcome.

Alumni IconFamily and Community IconStudent Icon7:30 p.m. School of Theatre & Dance Production of William ShakespeareJulius Caesar
Albert Taylor Theatre, Shilling Hall
A sharp new retelling of the classic tragedy, performed by the School of Theatre & Dance. A world is thrown into chaos when the ends justify the means. Who can one trust when those in positions of power begin to fracture as democratic and dictatorial philosophies collide? Tickets required and available through the Kirkland Ticket Office.

Alumni IconFamily and Community IconStudent Icon9 p.m.-Midnight Sigma Alpha Epsilon House Show
SAE Chapter House, 1164 W. Main St.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon alumni, current members and families are invited. Golf cart rides will be available from Frank M. Lindsay Field to the SAE house. 

Alumni IconFamily and Community IconStudent Icon9 p.m. Joel Kim Booster ’10 Comedy Show
Kirkland Fine Arts Center
Who's ready to LOL? Join class of 2010 alumnus Joel Kim Booster returns for a one-night show during Homecoming and Family Weekend! An L.A.-based comedian and writer, Booster has been featured on Conan, Comedy Central and TruTv. He was recently named as one of Forbes 2018 “30 Under 30” in entertainment and is on Esquire’s 2017 list of “10 Best Stand-Up Comedians to Watch.” Content for this show is Rated R. Tickets are required and available through the Kirkland Ticket Office

Following the show, enjoy complimentary appetizers and a cash bar at a post-show reception in Room K136, co-hosted by the Millikin University Patrons Society, Alumni & Development Office and Kirkland Fine Arts Center.

Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018


Alumni IconFamily and Community IconStudent Icon10 a.m. Millikin Golf Alumni & Friends Golf Outing
South Side Country Club, 1650 Cottage Dr.
Grab your clubs and meet your Big Blue friends on the greens  Proceeds benefit MU’s men’s and women’s golf programs. Cost is $100 per person; RSVP to Sam Osborne ’10, director of golf, at sosborne@millikin.edu by Oct. 1.

Alumni IconStudent Icon10-11:30 a.m. Women’​s Soccer Alumnae Game
Frank M. Lindsay Field
Join MU's women’s soccer team for a meet-and-greet and a quick scrimmage.

Alumni Icon11 a.m. Class of 1968 Send-off Brunch
President’s Dining Room, Third Floor, University Commons 
Members of the Class of 1968 are invited to gather one more time to reminisce with friends old and new. Who can believe it’s been 50 years?!? Be sure to trade email addresses and phone numbers so you can stay in touch!

Alumni IconStudent Icon11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Men's Soccer Alumni Game
Frank M. Lindsay Field
Join Chad Jones ’93 and the men’s soccer team at an alumni vs. student-athlete face-off.

Alumni IconNoon-2 p.m. Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Brunch
Bob and Debi Johnston Banquet Rooms, Third Floor, University Commons
Join us in honoring the 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees. All alumni and friends welcome. $25 per person. Reservations required by Oct. 1.

Not able to make it? Watch our live stream of the ceremony.

Alumni IconFamily and Community IconStudent Icon2 p.m. University Choir and Alumni Choir in Concert
Central Christian Church, 650 W. William St.
The University Choir and Alumni Choir will honor the late Kay Hoffland, former assistant director of choral music, at their annual choral performance. Admission is free.

Alumni IconFamily and Community IconStudent Icon2 p.m. School of Theatre & Dance Production of William ShakespeareJulius Caesar
Albert Taylor Theatre, Shilling Hall
A sharp new retelling of the classic tragedy, performed by the School of Theatre & Dance. A world is thrown into chaos when the ends justify the means. Who can one trust when those in positions of power begin to fracture as democratic and dictatorial philosophies collide? Tickets required and available through the Kirkland Ticket Office.