Patrick began his teaching career as the Assistant Choir Director at Alief Hastings High School in Houston, Texas. Two years later, he joined the fine arts faculty at Anderson High School in Austin, TX as Director of Choirs and Coordinator of AP Music Theory & International Baccalaureate Music.


Jennifer was recently a Faculty Member (series regular) on ABC’s “High School Musical: Get in the Picture.” She has been seen in the Tony-winning revival of Into the Woods on Broadway and most recently originated the role of Barbara in the world premiere of Twice Upon a Time at the Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities in Redondo Beach, FL.


Professor of Trombone Columbus State University's Schwob School of Music, where he has led and developed the trombone studio since 1999. He earned his bachelor's degree in music from Millikin University, his master's degree from the University of Iowa, and he completed his doctoral work at Florida State University.


After Lorraine graduated from Millikin, she went on to earn a double MM in voice performance and choral conducting from the University of Northern Colorado and a DMA in voice performance from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Freda Herseth and frequently coached with Martin Katz.

Millikin major: Psychology

  • Other degrees:
    • Master’s degree in health administration from Indiana University, 1997.

Current employment: Chief executive officer for DuPage Medical Group, a health services organization with nearly 600 doctors, more than 3000 employees and $750 million in revenue.

Why did you choose MU?
Coach Poelker recruited me to play football, and when I visited

Published in the 2015 Homecoming program.

Tanya Reed Andricks ’95 is the 2015 School of Nursing Alumnus of the Year in recognition of her exemplary career in healthcare.

Sport(s) and position(s):

  • Football, quarterback
  • Wrestling, 158/167 lbs.
  • Track & Field

Millikin major: Education

  • Other degrees:
    • Master's degree in educational leadership, Northern Illinois University

Current employment: Assistant principal, head wrestling coach and assistant football coach, Rochelle Township High School

Sport(s) and position(s): Softball, pitcher

Millikin major: Nursing

Other degrees:
Master’s degree in nursing and administration of anesthesia from Bradley University/Decatur Memorial Hospital, 2008.

Current employment: Certified register nurse anesthetist at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln, Ill., and assistant junior high girls basketball coach for Mt. Pulaski Elementary School.

Diedra (Dede) Cowgur Stewart, MSN, RN, CNL graduated from Millikin University in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in nursing and began her nursing career at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Ill., in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). She served as a staff nurse, charge nurse and transport nurse before accepting her current position as assistant nurse manager of the NICU.