Featured Millikin Alumni

Scaling the Ivory Tower

By Amanda Hamilton ’14  |  Originally published in Summer 2015 Millikin Quarterly

When Catie Huggins ’04 of Chicago originally came to Millikin, her interest was in musical theatre, but it wasn’t long before she discovered opera.


Eric is currently a public relations/media consultant with Urquhart Media, LLC, a Chicago-based public affairs firm that specializes in crisis communications, issue advocacy and e-communications. At present, Eric manages a roster of over a half-dozen public and private sector clients.


Ken Potts currently serves on the faculty of College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL and Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, IL where he teaches courses in the Humanities and Music departments. Ken is currently engaged in projects to develop materials for online and alternative delivery of music and humanities courses.


Joel became an in demand freelance drummer in Chicago's jazz and rock scenes shortly following graduation. He was soon recognized as a highly sought-after percussion instructor, and became a faculty member of the Old Town School of Folk Music, one of Chicago's most respected and diverse music schools.


Amy is currently the Manager of Licensing and Royalty Administration for Naxos of America and Ariadne Music Resources. Amy went on to Graduate School at the University of Miami in Miami, FL. While there, Amy interned with BMG Music Publishing, US Latin division for a year.

After completing her Master's in 2004, Amy moved to Nashville, TN. She was hired at Naxos of America as their Music Licensing Administrator. During her first year with Naxos, she developed an administration


Stage director Andrew Ryker is the Artistic Director of Boston Opera Collaborative and teaching fellow at New England Conservatory in Boston, MA. He has served on the directing staff at Opera North and New Jersey Opera Theater and has directed productions for New England Conservatory, Boston Opera Collaborative, and the Intermezzo Chamber Opera Series.

Published in the 2015 Homecoming program.

Nathan Carden ’03 of Rockford, Ill., was an award-winning, two-sport athlete at Millikin. A defensive lineman and four-year letterwinner for the Big Blue football team, Carden was  team co-captain and most valuable player in 2002. He also earned College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) first team all-conference honors and was twice named CCIW Player of the Week that season. He was named CCIW second team all-conference in 2001


I graduated from Millikin University in 2002 with a Bachelor’s degree in History and Spanish. I went immediately on to the Ph.D. program at the University of Illinois, where I am now planning to take my doctoral exams and to apply for funding for my advanced dissertation research. I look back on my years at Millikin with incredible fondness, not for nostalgic reasons,but for the extreme openness and availability of the faculty while I was there and in every year since I graduated.

Millikin major: Athletic training

  • Other degrees:
    • Master of Science in kinesiology (sports medicine concentration) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2004
    • Doctor of Health Science in health science (leadership and organizational behavior concentration) at A.T. Still University of Health Sciences, 2016

Current employment: I currently work at Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio,

You and your friends are inserting a lot of colorful fun into the Summer Olympics -- from your patriotic outfits to your overwhelming enthusiasm for the USA team. In fact, this has led to a lot of attention from media, including USA Today and the Today show. Are you hearing from Millikin friends who've seen you in the news?