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The Penguin Keeper
By Amanda Hamilton ’14 | Published in the Winter 2014-15 issue of Digital Millikin Quarterly magazine.
Sport and position: Volleyball, middle blocker
Millikin major: Communication
- Other degrees:
- Master’s degree in educational administration from Illinois State University.
Current employment: Associate director of advisement and assessment at Heartland Community College in Normal, Ill.
Personal Big Blue stats/athletic achievements:
Digital Art Therapy
Published in the Winter 2017-18 issue of Millikin Magazine.
A self-proclaimed “girl of many passions,” Stephanie Pezzelle Gagnon graduated from MU in 2008 with a BFA in photography and design. Her artwork includes fine-art photography inspired by some of those passions, including mental health awareness.
“I've worked through anxiety and depression issues a lot over the years,” says Gagnon. “I’m a big believer in fighting the stigma and
Millikin major: Applied mathematics with minors in political science and business management
- Other degrees:
- Master’s degree in business administration, Indiana University, 2015
- Master’s degree in business analytics, Indiana University, 2016
Current employment: Research manager, State Farm Insurance Co.
Taking the Reins
Growing up in the Midwest, Lee Larkins ’08 never expected to work with some of the most well-known rap and hip-hop artists of his generation. Throughout high school, he spent most of his extracurricular time showing horses in the summer, playing ice hockey in the winter and advocating for the skateboarders of Decatur. He also enjoyed taking photographs and splicing together short video projects on a set of VCRs, but he had little interest in a career
Since her piano debut with the Alton Symphony Orchestra, Han-Yuan has performed with the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra, Sangamon Valley Youth Orchestra, String Arts Ensemble, and Alton Symphony Orchestra. Han-Yuan has also attended many music festivals including her most recent trip to the European American Music Alliance program in Paris, France at the Ecole Normale de Musique, where she studied with Dr. Philip Lasser (Juilliard School) and Dr. Benjamin Boyle.
Published in the 2015 Homecoming program.
Christine LaPorte ’07 of Oceanside, Calif., is recipient of the 2015 Young Alumnus Award for her accomplishments in education and for her faithful service to Millikin.
As a philosophy student as well as a history student, I find my study of history inevitably intertwined with a search for the absolute. I have found that Millikin University’ s history department has equipped me with the tools I need to undertake that search, but it has not done the searching for me. The caliber of history courses at Millikin is uncommonly high, and they have consequently forced me to think in new ways and to face difficult questions that I otherwise might not have
My freshman year at Millikin University, someone once asked me why I love history. At that time in my life I was not necessarily sure. However, my four years in the History Department at Millikin University has taught me to look beyond the dates, names and events and into the true study of history.