Published in the 2015 Homecoming program.

Sheri Timmons Reck ’91 was an award-winning member of the Big Blue softball team, and a force to be reckoned with on the pitcher’s mound. In 1991, she pitched the first perfect game in Big Blue history. Three of the four years Reck was on the mound, the softball team qualified for post-season play, holding season records of 34-8 (1988), 28-10 (1989) and 32-6 (1990), and qualifying for the 1988 and 1990 NCAA tournaments, as well as winning


After graduating from Millikin, John moved to Los Angeles to pursue a MM at USC. After finishing his degree, he moved to Austin, TX, where he is currently Associate Professor of jazz studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He has recorded three albums for the Viewpoint label--"Meanwhile", "Pieces of String" and "If Not Now" featuring Peter Erskine, Shelly Berg and Mitch Watkins among others.

Spouse name and family information: 
Lisa Mathews; four children: Jared, 24; Michael, 21; Jesse, 20; and Tiffany, 19.

Millikin major: Economics

Current employment: President of Genox Transportation

Why did you choose MU?
I lived in Decatur at the time and MU was close.

Sport(s) and position(s):

  • Football, defensive tackle (1985, 1986) and center (1988, 1989)
  • Wrestling, 190 lbs.

Millikin major: Mathematics, with a minor in physical education

  • Other degrees:
    • Master’s degree in education, Loyola University, 1992
    • Doctorate in education, Western Illinois University, 2017

Current employment: Superintendent, Oregon


Received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois and his Master’s degree in Trombone Performance from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. While in school, Mr. Huntoon toured with the American Waterways Wind Orchestra and the Tower Brass Quintet. He also played with the Toledo Jazz Orchestra and Perrysburg Symphony.


A native of Illinois, Kitty moved to West Lafayette, Indiana in 1987 to join Purdue Musical Organizations (PMO). In addition to acting as a musical director and arranger at PMO, she directed development, marketing, public relations and special events during her ten years with the organization.

Sport(s) and position(s):

  • Track & Field, throws (javelin, shot put, discus)
  • Women's basketball, guard
  • Women's tennis, doubles

Millikin major: Accounting

  • Other degrees:
    • Master’s degree in business administration, Illinois State University

Current employment: Southwest Corrugated Inc. in Houston

Personal Big Blue stats/athletic

Sport and position: Football, linebacker

Millikin major: Marketing

Current employment: State Farm Insurance Co. for 23 years:

  • 21 years in claims/subrogation
  • Two years in personal lines underwriting

Personal Big Blue stats/athletic achievements:

Sport and position: Football, offensive guard

Millikin major: Physical education

  • Other degrees:
    • Master’s degree in athletic administration from Eastern Illinois University, 1994.

Current employment: Athletic director/head football coach at Rochelle Township High School (RTHS) in Rochelle, Ill.

Personal Big Blue stats/athletic achievements:

Father Nick established the Smith/Orlandini Scholarship, as well as the Smith/Orlandini Award, both of which benefit Exercise Science and Sport students.

“This place meant a lot to me. It still means a lot to me. And I’ve always been taught that when something is important to you, you give back.” - Father Nick Smith ’83