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The Other Side of Fear

by Margaret Allen Friend
Published in the Winter 2017-18 issue of Millikin Magazine.

Leaving your home and moving nearly 9,000 miles away to a country where you don’t know anyone or speak the language is daunting to most. But for Amy Turner ’05, moving to Cambodia to work with Hope for Justice, a global organization that fights human trafficking and slavery, was years in the making and a lifelong passion realized.

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.

Robert Fifield, BFA Studio Art 2005, went on to receive his MFA Degree in Painting/Drawing at Illinois State University. Robert is teaching painting and printmaking at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. Robert’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States. He is pictured with his daughter LoLo.  http://robertfifield.com/home.html

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.

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.


Following graduation, John moved to Springfield, IL to teach private guitar lessons. He is also a part-time faculty member in the guitar department at Millikin University. In addition to teaching, John tours with The Micah Walk Band. The group has recorded two full-length albums: Bright Side Fantasy in 2008 and Change in 2006.

Giovanni Pasotto holds the position of General Manager for Centro Studi Italiani, one of the most respected Italian language and cultural centers in Italy. Based in Urbania, in the heart of the Le Marche region, the company was founded in 1986 by his parents and hosts an average of 500 students per year come from over 180 different countries throughout the world.

Scaling the Ivory Tower

By Amanda Hamilton ’14  |  Originally published in Summer 2015 Millikin Quarterly

When Catie Huggins ’04 of Chicago originally came to Millikin, her interest was in musical theatre, but it wasn’t long before she discovered opera.

Musical Theatre

Please describe some of your accomplishments after Millikin.

Ryan Hennebry, BFA Studio Art 2004. Ryan went on to receive his MFA degree from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. Ryan currently teaches art at Lemont High School in Lemont, Illinois. He is pictured with his son Drew.  http://ryanhennebry.com/home.htm