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

I am a 2006 Millikin University philosophy and political science double major and a James Millikin Scholar in the Honors Program. I earned numerous awards honoring my academic achievements during my time at Millikin, including membership in Alpha Lambda Delta. Perhaps most impressively, I was honored at the spring 2006 Honors Convocation with a Scovill Award, the highest academic honor that Millikin University bestows on its students.

English - Writing

Tell us about your job:

I focus my practice in the defense of medical malpractice. In addition, I represent clients in commercial litigation, general litigation, real estate, creditor collections and estate planning matters.


Great Scot! What a Festival!

By Katie Liesener ’03  |  Published in summer 2015 issue of Millikin Quarterly magazine.

Over a weekend each June, a field in Itasca, Ill., transforms into a curious tent city. Bagpipers bray at the entrance. Children, clacking wooden swords, run among the legs of kilted Scots in crisp Glengarry hats whose faces glow red from whiskey tastings. Now and again, the Scots raise a cheer: “For rugby scores! For hay bales heaved skyward! For the


 

Nate is an Agent Trainee at The William Morris Agency (WMA) in Nashville, TN. WMA is one of the largest talent and literary agencies in the world dealing with all aspects of the entertainment industry including music, film, television, theatre, literature, and consulting. Nate currently assists a Senior Agent in booking concerts for clients in venues across the Northeast United States.


 

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

Why join the Alumni Association Board?
I still reflect fondly on my memories at Millikin and hold those friendships very near to me. I believe MU provides an environment for learning that is second to none. I also believe alumni need assistance in understanding their part in extending the Big Blue Tradition to students across the nation.


Millikin major: Applied mathematics

  • Other degrees:
    • Master’s degree in college student affairs, Eastern Illinois University, 2008
    • Master’s degree in applied statistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2014
    • Doctorate in education organization and leadership, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2014

Current employment: Statistician, State Farm Insurance Co.


 

Since leaving Millikin, Chris has been busy as a freelance bassist and educator in the Central Illinois area. He recently finished his Master's degree in Jazz at the University of Illinois in Champaign and is currently working on his Doctorate at the same University.

While studying at Illinois, Chris has become a staple of the Champaign-Urbana music scene. He also regularly performs throughout Illinois and the Midwest, including Chicago, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Milwaukee,

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