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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

Amanda Voltz, BFA Studio Art/Art Education 2008. Amanda went on to complete her MFA degree in Painting at Northern Illinois University, in 2011. Amanda is currently teaching art at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, Illinois.

Painting to Farming

Amy Hoffsetter, BFA Studio Art 2008. Amy received her MFA degree in Studio Art in 2017 from the Memphis College of Art. Amy is also co-owner of Dry Creek Farms, an organic food – to-table small farm. http://www.drycreekorganics.com/

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

Elizabeth Baugher Bangtson ’07 has a unique Millikin story to tell as a non-traditional student. After moving to Decatur from Minnesota, Beth took a job at Millikin, serving the University in the Business Office and Human Resources. After working at Millikin for a few years, she enrolled in the University’s PACE program, now known as Flexible Learning, and completed her degree while working full-time.


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.

Matt played on the Men's soccer team and went to U of I and completed his MSW in December 2008.