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Kevin Stocks ’13, of Bloomington, Ill., a finance major on a pre-law track, was elected president of the Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) Beta chapter the second semester of his sophomore year. “Being a sophomore president was a challenge,” he says. “The good thing, though, is that sophomores are really motivated. From the start, I brought a lot of new ideas that people really hadn’t thought about.” As president, Stocks implemented an online bill pay system that increased TKE’s collections by 25 percent and overhauled recruitment to bring in the largest number of new members the chapter had seen in four years. Also under his leadership, the chapter was awarded the Five Star Chapter designation, Millikin’s award for excellence in Greek life. “It’s taught me a lot about how to approach situations and make decisions,” Stocks says. “You don’t get experience like that anywhere else.” Stocks took the lessons learned as TKE’s president and was elected president of Millikin’s Interfraternity Council his junior year. “It was the natural next step,” Stocks says. “I felt comfortable enough with my knowledge and experience that I could step into the position.”

Stocks and fellow TKE David Anderson ’11, his moot court partner, came away from the 2011 Illinois Moot Court Competition with the “Most Outstanding Team” award. This year, Stocks received the “First Runner-Up Most Outstanding Attorney” award. Stocks also uses his logical prowess for other purposes. For his James Millikin Scholar (JMS) project, he is developing strategies with the Tabor School of Business to increase enrollment. “The goal is to create an idea or program that can make a beneficial impact on enrollment,” Stocks says. “The research has been about what actually entices students.” He spent this summer interning in the bank security department at State Farm’s headquarters back home in Bloomington. “It’s an awesome company,” he says. “One of the coolest parts was that I got to meet the general counsel. I talked with him about the legal field and picked his brain.” This was a rare opportunity for Stocks, considering his professional interest. “I want to end up somewhere in the intersection of business and law. I enjoy looking at business through a legal lens.”

With his time at Millikin coming to a close, Stocks reflects on his time here and looks forward to graduate studies in law. “I’ve loved Decatur,” he says. “It has a great small town atmosphere.” Stocks has close ties to the community. His father grew up in Decatur, his grandmother still lives there and his grandfather, Robert Frederick Stocks ’59, attended Millikin after serving in the military. “I’m ready to see something different now,” he says. “I started hearing from law schools by the end of fall semester, so now I can start making decisions about where I want to end up.” Dr. Cheryl Chamblin, honors director and professor of economics, has noticed Stocks’ tenacity and drive. “Kevin is one of the strongest students I have taught in my 28 years at Millikin,” she says. “He demonstrates analytical skills I have not seen in other honors level students, and he is not content to just ‘get the job done.’

by Jackson Lewis

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Millikin University - Decatur, IL
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Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL