Millikin continues sweet tradition with 82nd Cookie Party
A long-standing holiday tradition, Millikin University hosted its 82nd annual Cookie Party for members of the University community on Dec. 9 in Lower Richards Treat University Center. The event is held every year as a highlight and celebration for the holiday season at Millikin, as well as to give the students a "boost" before final exams are administered.
The party showcased the baking talents of many in the University community, providing over 5,000 cookies for all to sample. The event also featured holiday music provided by students and faculty from Millikin's School of Music.
Molly Berry, director of Inclusion and Student Engagement at Millikin University says, "We are pretty proud of this event. If you were to ask people across campus what their favorite Millikin tradition is, I would reckon that most of them would say the Cookie Party. People definitely look forward to this every year."
The annual event was first held on Dec. 13, 1934, when it was known as the "Christmas Tea." The event was hosted by the Millikin Dames. The Christmas Tea, an annual holiday event in honor of Millikin students, was held in the Gorin Library until 1960.
In 1960 the location of the tea was moved to the University Center. In 1964 the Christmas Tea was renamed the Cookie Party and the event has been held in Richards Treat University Center since its opening.
Student music ensembles have long provided the musical entertainment for the Cookie Parties. Music at the Cookie Party was first officially noted in the cookie party records of 1947, with Professor Harold C. Hess providing a string quartet with piano accompaniment of music "appropriate to the Christmas atmosphere." Music has been a continuous part of the Cookie Parties from that year to the present.