December 1, 2015 at 11:15am

Millikin January Immersion studies explore new subjects

January Immersion

Millikin University's January Immersion term is set to begin on Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. While registration for January Immersion courses began on Wednesday, Nov. 4, current Millikin students can still register online and non-Millikin students can register using the immersion registration form available at

January Immersion features courses for new and continuing students, visiting students, current high school students and graduates, as well as courses for adult enrichment and continuing education.

A wide range of courses are offered, with a variety of different subjects covered and flexible meeting times.

"I am so impressed with the creativity of Millikin faculty who have developed a variety of courses for the January Immersion term," says Dr. Randy Brooks, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Millikin University. "January Immersion courses are courses that meet for several hours each day, providing a unique opportunity to intensely focus on just one topic for a short term. Millikin faculty know how to mix-up learning activities in immersion courses, to maximize student engagement."

Among this year's January Immersion courses include Not-for-Profit Leadership and Governance, co-taught by Kimberly Mungaray, assistant professor of accounting, and Alan Duesterhaus, assistant professor of management. This course will focus on the particularities of not-for-profit leadership and how not-for-profit leaders need to understand the function of a board of directors and an advisory board. Additionally, the class will encompass a real world consulting project as a capstone. 

Millikin Professor of Theatre & Dance Denise Myers is leading a T'ai Chi course on movement and health and welcomes community members as an adult enrichment course. Students will learn and practice at least three different sequences and will explore the philosophy and history behind the art form developed in China and the mental and physical health benefits.

Dr. Eric Roark, Millikin associate professor of philosophy, is instructing a course entitled Conspiracy Theories in a Global Context. This course introduces students to some of the most central theoretical issues within the topics of conspiracy theories in a global context.

Dr. Brooks noted, "In addition to several film-based courses, Millikin also has courses on musical theatre production, haiku poetry, communication conflict, contemplation and consumerism. Faculty enjoy developing these unique learning experiences, and students love concentrating on just that one area of study."

The program is ideal for Millikin students, adult learners, students attending other colleges or universities wanting to earn credits while home for the holidays, and high school students looking to gain credits in escrow.

Individuals can also register by phone at 217.424.6217 or by fax at 217.420.6789.

Millikin University encourages students and adults to take advantage of January Immersion and develop new skills and concentrate on required courses. This unique opportunity can enable participants to graduate early, improve grade point average, or provide a great experience.