May 13, 2021 at 1:30pm
Alyse Knust

In 1919, Millikin area alumni groups began to take hold. Just 18 years after the University’s founding, and six after the Alumni Association itself was established, Chicago and New York became the first active regional alumni clubs.

The area organizations were closely connected to the Alumni Association and comprised of alumni luncheons, dances and even produced alumni publications tailored to each city.

Popularity and organization of these regional clubs has ebbed and flowed over subsequent years. However, with a renewed sense of purpose when the pandemic paused many in-person alumni activities, the 2020-2021 Alumni Association has diligently worked to officially re-establish these important area alumni resources. 

As of spring 2021, newly chartered Alumni Clubs exist in Chicago, Indianapolis, Nashville, St. Louis, Bloomington-Normal and Decatur. 

In December, these regional clubs hosted virtual Cookie Parties via Zoom to kick off their charters and commemorate the famous on-campus Cookie Party tradition. Each region’s unique event was hosted by the area’s volunteer alumni co-chairs, featured games/trivia, raffle prizes and were attended by special guests, President Jim Reynolds and his wife, Sue. When the Reynoldses hit the road this coming fall on a presidential tour to meet alumni and friends of Millikin all over the country, these active alumni cities will be first on their list.

Additional plans are underway for Atlanta, Los Angeles and New York group launches by the end of summer 2021.

Alumni Clubs offer a great support system for everyone, from recent graduates acclimating as new professionals, all the way to retirees reconnecting to the alma mater they love. Alumni Clubs host social and networking events maintained and supported by regional alumni leaders with basic support from both the Alumni Association and the Alumni and Development Office.

Learn more about Regional Clubs and how you can get involved here!

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