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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.
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.
My experience with the History Department at Millikin has been nothing but positive. Every day, every class, and every professor presented challenging questions and problems that made you look at history in a completely different way. The lessons I have learned have been extraordinary.
Not only that, the history department taught me to be a well-rounded person. It taught me how to read, write, debate, and most importantly, to think critically. The experiences I have had
One of the greatest attributes of the Millikin History Department is that we are so close-knit. The intimacy of our classes provided a great setting to share ideas and opinions regarding all types of social science.
Although Millikin’s History Department is small, I was able to experience an incredible variety of teaching styles, course topics, discussions, and debates. I was exposed to several aspects of the realm of history that I never thought possible
I originally came to Millikin University to become a part of its renowned music program. As a freshman music business major, I was unaware that the music program was not the only excellent course of study at Millikin. My sophomore year, I changed my major to secondary education/social sciences.
Following graduation, Jessica assumed a long-term substitute position for the spring of 2006 at Waukegan High School in Illinois. In the fall of 2006, she began teaching full time at Friendship Jr. High School in Des Plaines, IL. At Friendship Jr. High School she teaches general music and drama in addition to directing the school’s three curricular choirs, and their new extra-curricular ensemble, The Firebird Singers, which has received First Place or Division I ratings at all of their
English for Secondary Education
Please describe some of your accomplishments after Millikin.
- Hartsburg-Emden High School — English Dept. Chair
- 12th year teaching
- Named a top ten finalist in the Those Who Excel (Illinois State Teacher of the Year) competition for 2017
- Penny Kittle Book Love Grant Recipient for the 2017-2018 school year