Gary Workman ’65 is the recipient of the 2018 Alumnus of the Year award, the highest alumni award presented by the University. A true and faithful friend of Millikin, Workman has shown his devotion to the University through many years of service and financial support.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration at Millikin in 1965, and was a member of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity. Workman counts his activities as a Delta Sig among his most memorable experiences, and believes

After graduating from Silver Cross Hospital School of Nursing (cum laude) I was encouraged by the Silver Cross faculty to enroll in college and pursue a degree in education (specifically with the intention of teaching nursing). I enrolled at Millikin University and while at Millikin was offered the opportunity to be campus nurse, which I did throughout my time at MU.

Later I completed my master’s degree in psychology at Bradley University. Throughout my working career I have been involved in


Sport(s) and position(s):

  • Basketball, guard

Millikin major: Business, psychology

  • Other degrees:
    • International Business, Universitae du Poitieu (Poitiers), France

Current employment: Chairman and CEO, American Motel Hotel Brokers Network

Personal Big Blue stats/athletic achievements:


Published in the 2015 Homecoming program.

David J. Rathje ’58 is the recipient of the 2015 Merit-Loyalty Award for his contributions to the Decatur and Millikin communities as a business leader and philanthropist.    

Edward and Alice established the Edward and Alice Mueller LeFevre Scholarship, which provides support to deserving business/accounting students.

James Ballowe ’54 is distinguished professor of English emeritus at Bradley University.


Spouse name: Florence Hagen Heyduck ’52

Millikin major: Art

Other degrees: 

  • Maestro en Bellas Artes, Mexico City College, Mexico City, Mexico
  • M.Ed., University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois
  • D.Ed., Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania

Current employment: Retired as professor emeritus of art after teaching ceramics at Eastern Illinois University


Published in the 2015 Homecoming program.

Elta Turner Cooke ’52 is recipient of the 2015 Alumnus of the Year award, the highest alumni award presented by the university.     


The late Rev. Dr. William G. Bodamer Jr. is being recognized posthumously for his contributions to the Big Blue men’s soccer program. Instrumental in starting the men’s soccer program, he served as head coach from 1986-91. He currently ranks second in the Big Blue record book for career coaching wins with a career record of 37-63-3 (.373).

Greg and Beth established and endowed the Percussion Achievement Award and the Excellence in Information Systems Award, both given out at Honors Convocation.

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