I choose to support mathematics at Millikin because that was my major. The professors were beyond fantastic. They were all patient and had so much passion in what they were teaching their students, whether they were mathematic majors or not. They kept us engaged with monthly meetings and went beyond to help me in my classes and homework – they truly cared about me and my advancement.

Alex Stevens ’14 credits Millikin’s Performance Learning program with leading him into the world of lighting design and pushing him to develop both the work ethic and wide range of skills needed to excel there. Stevens says that Performance Learning was akin to “jumping in the deep end and hoping I could learn to swim” — a hands-on environment where choices had consequences and the real-world values of leadership, integrity and responsibility were learned while “working all day every day.”

Darrah Hulva is 2014 communication graduate of Millikin University and current graduate student obtaining a Master’s in Nursing Education. Darrah is actively involved in the Decatur community through Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club, Junior Welfare Association, the Alumni Association Board of Director’s, and Decatur Memorial Hospital’s Now and Tomorrow organization.

Job Title: Marketing Specialist
Employer: Clark-Lindsey


2014 Millikin graduate and philosophy major Emma Prendergast is pursuing a Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, starting fall 2014. The philosophy program at Wisconsin is a top tier program nationally. Emma was awarded a highly competitive fellowship for the first year, guaranteed financial support for six years, and was one of fifty-one students across the country to receive a $5000 Phi Kappa

The Millikin History Department shares a very close relationship with students. The faculty cares deeply for the students and wants to help them succeed in every aspect of their lives. I have spent countless hours in professors’ offices discussing class lectures, research topics, books,and my future goals. The faculty has been my sounding board and has guided me to achieve success in the classroom and in the professional field. Through the History Department, I have become a well-rounded individual.I

When the PACE Director visited his job site and talked about the PACE program, Travis Jones of Decatur started researching to see if the program would be right for him. Following high school, Travis had studied for a year at MacMurray College, then transferred to a community college in Michigan, and later back to Richland Community College before taking a long hiatus from his education. For the past ten years, Travis has worked for the State of Illinois where he spent six years as a Correctional


Family information: Fiancé Edward Bills

Sport(s) and position(s): Soccer, forward​

Millikin major: English with an emphasis in journalism

  • Other degrees:
    • Master’s degree in journalism, DePaul University, 2013

Current employment: Telluride.com/Telluride Alpine Lodging, social media and marketing manager

Personal Big Blue stats/athletic


Spouse name and family information: 
Raul Soto ’13; two children: Madison Maliah, 5; Jaxon Raul, 10 months

Millikin major:  Communication

Current employment: Senior recruiter for Green Thumb Industries, Chicago

Why did you choose MU?
The campus sold me – it was beautiful. But beyond the campus, it was the genuinely good, quirky people, from my admissions rep Jessica to all the students I met. It


 

As a 2010 alumnus of Millikin, my experience in the Spanish program was fundamental in my development as an individual and the development of my career. I first became interested in studying Spanish at MU via the radio program of Dr. Eduardo Cabrera, “Español en Acción” which, as a native of Decatur, drew my attention in being the only Spanish-language radio program in Macon County.

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