June 23, 2015 at 11:45am

Giving Back

Blue Satellite Press, a Millikin University student-run letterpress publishing business, recently held a fundraiser for the American Legion Post 105 in Decatur, Ill. As part of the fundraiser, Blue Satellite Press printed and sold "Honor Our Veterans" coasters to help raise money for the American Legion and Macon County Honor Guard.

Blue Satellite Press raised $500 which was donated to the American Legion on June 22 by Dr. Stephen Frech, Millikin associate professor of English and Blue Satellite Press faculty advisor.

"I wanted to create a project with my students that reached outside of the classroom and had an impact on the community," said Dr. Frech.

U.S. Congressman and Millikin alumnus Rodney Davis '92, (R-Ill.) 13th Congressional District, was in attendance for the ceremony.

Rodney Davis was recently sworn into his second term in Congress serving the 13th District of Illinois, a 14-county district covering both urban and rural areas of central and southwestern Illinois. For the 114th Congress, Davis will serve on the House Agriculture Committee, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and the House Administration Committee.

Blue Satellite Press was started in 2008 with a mission of printing high-quality letterpress poetry broadsides. Students solicit previously unpublished work from contemporary poets, and then design a broadside that showcases what they admire in the poem. Students also engage in the editorial aspects of the press by soliciting and selecting poems, communicating with writers and distributing broadsides.

Click here to view WCIA-TV's coverage of the fundraiser.