2019 Schedule of Events

Join us for some Big Blue fun! Jump to the weekend's events using the links below: 

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Monday, Sept. 23

Student Icon5-8 p.m. Kick-off on the Quad
Dr. and Mrs. J. Roger Miller Centennial Quad
Join your fellow students for the annual Homecoming & Family Weekend Kickoff. Inflatables, food and entertainment all evening.  

Tuesday, Sept. 24

Student Icon7 p.m. Talent Show
Kirkland Fine Arts Center
Interested in participating in the annual talent show? Auditions will be held: Sept. 16, 7-10 p.m., in Pilling Chapel; Sept. 17 and 18, 6-8 p.m., in Kirkland Fine Arts Center, room 11. Contact UCB to learn more.

Wednesday, Sept. 25

Student Icon8 p.m. Hypnotist
Bob and Debi Johnston Banquet Rooms, Third Floor, University Commons      
Watch (and be entertained) as chrisjones takes the stage to hypnotize members of our Big Blue community.

Thursday, Sept. 26

Student Icon5-8 p.m. Laser Tag
Decatur Indoor Sport Center (DISC)
Tag! You're it! Grab your roomies and get over to the DISC for laser tag and pizza!

 

Friday, Sept. 27, 2019


Student Icon11 a.m.-4 p.m. Chalk the Walk
Behind Shilling Hall
Spread #HCFW19 cheer by competing in this year's Chalk the Walk. Prizes will be awarded!

Alumni IconStudent IconNoon. Lunch and Learn
Room 207, ADM-Scovill Hall
Grab your lunch and learn about artificial intelligence in the financial field from Arindom Basu, CEO of Digilytics UK.

Alumni IconStudent Icon12:30 p.m. Tau Kappa Epsilon Golf Outing
Red Tail Run Golf Club, 520 W. Grove Rd., Decatur
TKE alumni are invited for a round of golf with their brothers. Cost is $35 per person. RSVP by Sept. 22 to Steve Bates ’80 at 314.488.9750 or betatkealumni@gmail.com.  

Alumni IconStudent Icon1-5 p.m. Library Archives Open House
Staley LibraryUniversity Commons 
Visit the archives and enjoy the new library facilities.

Alumni IconStudent Icon3 p.m. Dedication of Workman Family Baseball Field
Workman Family Baseball Field
The highly-anticipated on-campus baseball field will be unveiled to the Millikin community. Following the ceremony, take a tour of the new facility and watch as the team takes the field for a team scrimmage.

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, Hannah Shoen Donoho ’10/MSN ’17.

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! NEW THIS YEAR: Fast pass the Big Blue HQ lines by letting us know you’re coming by Sept. 22! We'll have the welcome materials ready and waiting as you return home.

Alumni IconStudent Icon4-5 p.m. Life After Millikin Biology Alumni Panel
LTSC001, Leighty-Tabor Science Center 
A panel of biology alumni will serve as our guests for a discussion regarding their journeys post-graduation. All current Millikin biology majors and alumni are invited to attend and ask questions.

Alumni IconStudent Icon4:30 p.m. H.W. Wright Classic
The Former Scovill Golf Course, 3909 W. Main, Decatur
Join the men's and women's cross country teams for their home meet.

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 2019 Alumni Award recipients. All alumni and friends welcome. $25 per person. Reservations required by Sept. 22.

Alumni IconFamily and Community IconStudent Icon7-8:30 p.m. Swimming and Triathlon Open House
West Towne Square, Suite G
Meet and greet with the swimming and triathlon coaches at an open house in the new training suite.

Alumni IconFamily and Community IconStudent Icon7 p.m. Women’s Volleyball Match vs. Illinois Wesleyan​
Griswold Center
Cheer on the Varsity women’s volleyball team as they match up against the IWU Titans.

Alumni IconFamily and Community IconStudent Icon7:30 p.m. School of Music Collage Concert
Kirkland Fine Arts Center
Join the School of Music for its opening night preview event showcasing Millikin's top student ensembles in their first performance of the year. Tickets are $10 per person and may be ordered online or purchased through the Kirkland Ticket Office.

Alumni IconStudent Icon7:30 p.m. Tau Kappa Epsilon Alumni Meet and Greet
Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity house, 1225 W. Main St.
TKE alumni are invited to the house to meet with active members prior to the TKE Alumni Association meeting.

Alumni IconStudent Icon10 p.m. Step Showcase and Stroll Off
Bob and Debi Johnston Banquet Rooms, Third Floor, University Commons    
MU’s multicultural Greek organizations perform their step routines during this annual gathering for MU alumni and students.

 

Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019


Alumni IconFamily and Community IconStudent Icon8:15 a.m. Milli Mile
Surrounding Blocks
Join the Big Blue Track and Field teams for the fourth annual Milli Mile fun run! All proceeds support Millikin’s Track and Field program. Cost is $25 per person and includes an aluminum water bottle, raffle ticket and post-race pancake breakfast. Registration required

Alumni IconStudent Icon9 a.m-5 p.m. Library Archives Open House
Staley LibraryUniversity Commons 
Visit the archives and enjoy the new library facilities.

Alumni IconFamily and Community IconStudent Icon9 a.m.-5 p.m. Big Blue HQ
Jan Devore Student Lobby, University Commons
Check in and receive a commemorative gift! NEW THIS YEAR: Fast pass the Big Blue HQ lines by letting us know you’re coming by Sept. 22! We'll have the welcome materials ready and waiting as you return home. 

Alumni IconFamily and Community IconStudent Icon10 a.m. Homecoming & Family Weekend Parade
Surrounding Blocks
Line the streets surrounding campus for this well-loved Millikin tradition! Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the festivities. 

Alumni IconFamily and Community IconStudent Icon10:30 a.m. Alumnae Softball Game
Workman Family Softball Field
Join the women of Millikin’s softball team for an alumnae vs. current team game. Please RSVP to Co-Head Softball Coach Katie Tenboer at ktenboer@millikin.edu by Sept. 22.

Alumni IconStudent Icon10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. WJMU Open House
WJMUUniversity Commons 
WJMU welcomes you to experience the radio station during its open house.

Alumni IconFamily and Community IconStudent Icon11 a.m. Alumni Baseball Game
Workman Family Baseball Field
Members of Millikin's baseball teams past and present play a game on the newly-dedicated Workman Family Baseball Field. RSVP required by Sept. 1.

Alumni Icon11 a.m. Class of 1969 50th Reunion Luncheon
Bob and Debi Johnston Banquet Room A, Third Floor, University Commons
Members of the Class of 1969 are invited to a special luncheon celebrating their 50-year Millikin reunion. Cost is $10 per person. RSVP required by Sept. 22.

Alumni IconFamily and Community IconStudent Icon11 a.m. Campus Tour
Jan Devore Student Lobby, University Commons
Take a walking tour of the campus with current students and staff to learn more about what's new at MU.

Alumni IconStudent Icon11 a.m.-1 p.m. Delta Delta Delta Open House
Delta Delta Delta sorority house, 111 Park Pl., Decatur 
Tri Delta welcomes back alumnae for a house tour and snacks, as well as information about their philanthropic endeavors.

Alumni IconFamily and Community IconStudent Icon11 a.m.-1 p.m. Student Music Performance
Outside University Commons
Enjoy a variety of student performances!

Alumni IconFamily and Community IconStudent Icon11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. James Millikin Homestead Ice Cream Social
James Millikin Homestead, 125 N. Pine St., Decatur 
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.  

Alumni IconFamily and Community IconStudent Icon11 a.m.-2 p.m. All-MU Lunch
University Commons
All Homecoming & Family Weekend guests are welcome to enjoy a lunch in the University Commons ($5 if pre-registered; $8 at the door; youth ages 10 and younger are free).

Noon. Women's Soccer vs. North Central CollegeAlumni IconFamily and Community IconStudent Icon
Frank M. Lindsay Field
The women’s soccer team faces off against the North Central Cardinals on Frank M. Lindsay Field. Go Big Blue!  

Alumni IconFamily and Community IconStudent IconNoon. Swimming and Triathlon Meet and Gathering
Decatur Family YMCA, 220 W. McKinley Ave., Decatur
This is a fun event with something to do for everyone from the most competitive to the fully recreational. Races will take place for athletes, alums and kids. Warm-ups begin at noon, with races starting at 1 p.m.  

Alumni IconStudent Icon1 p.m. Alumni Choir Rehearsal
Central Christian Church, 650 W. William St., Decatur 
Rehearsal with three conductors including our new choral faculty, Dr. Ben Hawkinson. Members of all Millikin choirs and eras welcome.

Alumni IconFamily and Community IconStudent Icon1 p.m. Baseball Tailgate
Workman Family Baseball Field parking lot
Following the alumni game on the new Workman Family Baseball Field, baseball alumni, players and families are invited to cook out before the football game.

Alumni IconStudent Icon1 p.m. Big Bluegrass Reunion
Outside by the sculpture between Perkinson Music Center and University Commons
A reunion and jam for all of the folks formerly involved in the MU Big Bluegrass Band. Bring an instrument or your voice and join us!

Alumni IconStudent Icon1-3 p.m. Alpha Chi Omega Open House
Alpha Chi Omega sorority house, 299 N. Fairview Ave.
Alpha Chi alumnae are invited to visit the house to reminisce and meet current members. 

Alumni IconStudent Icon1-3 p.m. Pi Beta Phi Open House
Pi Beta Phi sorority house, 235 N. Fairview Ave.
Illinois Eta alumnae and families are invited to meet and greet with active members during an open house.

Student Icon1-6 p.m. UCB Friends and Family Tailgate
Tailgate area, Frank M. Lindsay Field
Grab your friends and gear up for the big game!

Alumni Icon2 p.m. Class Reunions
University Commons
You've gone big. You've come home. Now get back together with fellow members of your class to reminisce on your time at Millikin.

Alumni IconFamily and Community IconStudent Icon2 p.m. Millikin Haiku Homecoming
Kaeuper Hall, Perkinson Music Center
Join us for a gathering featuring readings from Millikin's newest haiku anthology and listen to a short presentation on the joys of teaching haiku by Dr. Randy Brooks.

Alumni IconStudent Icon2-3 p.m. Alpha Phi Alpha Bench Dedication
Dr. and Mrs. J. Roger Miller Centennial Quad
Alpha Phi Alpha alumni and active members are invited to gather over cookies and participate in a dedication ceremony of the new Theta Omicron chapter bench.

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

Alumni IconFamily and Community IconStudent Icon3 p.m. Homecoming Concert
Central Christian Church, 650 W. William St., Decatur
The University Choir and Alumni Choir will perform their annual choral performance. Special performance by UNUM, a Chicago-based professional vocal ensemble featuring three MU alums. Admission is free. Casual concert attire preferred (slacks/skirt/no tie).

Alumni IconFamily and Community IconStudent Icon3 p.m. Campus Tour
Jan Devore Student Lobby, University Commons
Take a walking tour of the campus with current students and staff to learn more about what's new at MU.

Alumni IconFamily and Community IconStudent Icon3-4 p.m. International Friendship Family Gathering
Center for International Education, University Commons
Participants in the International Friendship Family are invited to campus during Homecoming & Family Weekend to meet and mingle!

Alumni Icon3-5 p.m. 1989 Class Gathering
Door 4 Brewing Co., 1214 W. Cerro Gordo St., Decatur
Calling all members of the class of 1989: Reunion Chairs Kimberly McLaughlin Holinbeck ’89 and Ron Kurza ’89 invite you to join them at Door 4 to grab a brew and catch up.

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 professors.

Alumni IconStudent Icon4:30 p.m. Alumni Band Reunion
K136, Kirkland Fine Arts Center
Bring your instruments! Band alumni are invited to join current members of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble to play through some of the best band music of all time, followed by a reception at Door 4 Brewing Co., 1214 W. Cerro Gordo St., Decatur. 

Alumni Icon4:30-6 p.m. Alumni Choir Reception
Alumni & Development Center, 1305 W. Main St., Decatur
Alumni members of MU choirs are invited to a special all Millikin choirs reunion.

Alumni IconFamily and Community IconStudent Icon5 p.m. Swimming and Triathlon Tailgate
Tailgate area, Frank M. Lindsay Field
Swimming and triathlon alumni, families and teams are invited to cheer on the Big Blue together at their tailgate tent.

Alumni IconFamily and Community IconStudent Icon5 p.m. Oakwood "Welcome Home" Street Festival
South Oakland Avenue, between West Main and West Wood Streets
Join us as we fill the streets to celebrate Millikin! Enjoy the sounds of several MU bands.

Alumni IconFamily and Community IconStudent Icon6 p.m. Millikin Football vs. Wheaton College
Frank M. Lindsay Field
Cheer on the Big Blue as we take on the Wheaton Thunder under the lights. Tickets available at the gate

Alumni IconFamily and Community IconStudent Icon7-8:30 p.m. Crossover Cabaret
Kaeuper Hall, Perkinson Music Center
The Millikin Cabaret series explores classical singing from the Golden Age to operetta.

 

Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019


Alumni IconFamily and Community IconStudent Icon11 a.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 2019 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees. All alumni and friends welcome. $25 per person. Reservations required by Sept. 22.