September 16, 2019 at 1:15pm
Dane Lisser

Millikin Homecoming and Family Weekend 2019 set for Sept. 27-29

Are you ready to Go Big & Come Home? Join Millikin University alumni, families and friends and display your Big Blue pride at Homecoming and Family Weekend 2019, Sept. 27-29. Millikin will host a full week of activities leading up to the weekend when hundreds of alumni and friends return to Millikin's campus.

This year's theme, "Go Big & Come Home," invites Millikin graduates to come home to celebrate and reconnect with their Millikin family.

Millikin Homecoming 2019

Homecoming Week activities will start on Monday, Sept. 23 with Kick-Off on the Miller Quad featuring inflatables, food and entertainment all evening. The annual Homecoming Talent Show featuring student performers will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. at Kirkland Fine Arts Center. Millikin's annual Chalk the Walk event will be held on Friday, Sept. 27 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. behind Shilling Hall on Millikin's campus.

Millikin Homecoming 2019

On Friday, Sept. 27, the Millikin community is invited to join President Dr. Patrick White and Athletic Director Dr. Craig White for the dedication of Millikin's newest athletic facility and the new home of the Big Blue Baseball program, the Workman Family Baseball Field. The dedication ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. Following the ceremony, attendees can take a tour of the facility and watch as the Big Blue Baseball team takes the field for a team scrimmage. The Workman Family Baseball Field is located behind the Decatur Indoor Sports Center (DISC) at 1295 W. Wood St. in Decatur, Ill.

Millikin Homecoming 2019

Also on Friday, Sept. 27, Alumni Award recipients will be honored at a celebratory dinner and program held in the Bob and Debi Johnston Banquet Rooms on the 3rd floor of the University Commons from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. This year's honorees are:

2019 Alumni Award Recipients

  • Co-Alumnus of the Year: Don McIntyre '52 and Nancy Todd McIntyre '53

  • Merit Award: Sarah Smith-Raschen '98

  • Merit-Loyalty Award: Terry Peel '68

  • Loyalty Award: James "Jim" Neff '78

  • Young Alumnus Award: Dian Romonosky '11

On Saturday, Sept. 28, Millikin's Homecoming and Family Weekend Parade will kick off at 10 a.m. The parade will begin at the corner of Wood Street and Oakland Avenue, go east on Wood Street to Pine Street, turn north on Pine Street, then head west on Main Street, ending at the corner of Main Street and Fairview Avenue.

Millikin Homecoming 2019

On Saturday evening, the Big Blue Football team will take on the Wheaton Thunder under the lights at 6 p.m. at Frank M. Lindsay Field.

On Sunday, Sept. 29, Athletic Hall of Fame inductees will be honored at the Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Brunch, held in the Bob and Debi Johnston Banquets Rooms in the University Commons from 12 noon – 2 p.m. This year's inductees are:

Millikin Homecoming 2019

2019 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

  • Mark Coglianese '85, Football, Men's Track and Field

  • Jennifer Falbe Douglass '00, Women's Basketball, Cross Country

  • Terri Jones Kawczynski '85, Women's Basketball

  • Debbie Kiick, Volleyball Coach, Softball Coach

  • Kevin Wolff '85, Wrestling

Some of the Homecoming and Family Weekend events have fees and require reservations. For questions or to register by phone by the Sept. 22 deadline, contact Millikin's Alumni & Development Office at 217.424.6383 or 1.877.JMU.ALUM. Visit millikin.edu/homecoming for the most up-to-date Homecoming and Family Weekend information.

Millikin Homecoming 2019

Millikin Homecoming and Family Weekend 2019 Events

Friday, Sept. 27

3 p.m.

Workman Family Baseball Field Dedication

5:30 p.m.

Alumni Awards Dinner

Saturday, Sept. 28

10 a.m.

Homecoming and Family Weekend Parade

11 a.m.

All-Millikin Lunch and James Millikin Homestead Ice Cream Social

3 p.m.

University Choir and Alumni Choir Concert

6 p.m.

Big Blue Football vs. Wheaton College

Sunday, Sept. 29

12 noon

Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Brunch