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Ben Cohan, BFA 2006, went on to receive his MFA in Painting and Drawing from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Ben is Assistant Professor of Art at Lakeland College in Mattoon Illinois. Ben has exhibited his artwork throughout the Midwest. http://mbencohan.com/home.html

Artists as Entreprenuers

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 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


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.

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

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.


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

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.

I graduated summa cum laude from Millikin 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Political Science. While at Millikin I participated in the Honors Program and was inducted into Alpha Lamda Delta and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies. In addition, I was an RA and involved in several student organizations including the newly formed Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow group. At graduation, I received the Millikin Alumni Association Outstanding Alumni Scholarship Recipient.