November 13, 2015 at 11:45am

Millikin's University Center Board earns regional honors

The University Center Board (UCB), a student programming organization at Millikin University, received two awards at the Mid America Regional Conference of the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA). The conference was held Oct. 29 – Nov. 1 in Grand Rapids, Mich.

The Millikin Songwriting CompetitionThe UCB received the Low Cost Program Award for its Millikin Songwriting Competition, and UCB Student President Taylor Wilson, a senior information systems major from Mt. Zion, Ill., was named Outstanding Undergraduate Student Leader.

The Low Cost Program Award is presented to a program from a member institution that was successfully implemented with a budget of $100 or less. The program must contribute to the campus community and be evidenced to have been well received by the student body. 

The Millikin Songwriting Competition was held in April 2015 inside Kaeuper Hall. During the competition, students entered their original songs and performed live in front of an audience and judging panel of faculty, staff and students. Songs were judged on a rubric and a winner was selected from the entries. The winner received a free recording session at Millitrax, Millikin’s recording studio.

The Millikin Songwriting Competition"It was the third time that we hosted the songwriting competition at Millikin University," said Valina Hoang, a junior marketing major from Chicago and coordinator of the competition. "The performers were judged on lyrical content, creative and artistic presentation." 

The Outstanding Undergraduate Student Leader Award recognizes an undergraduate student from a two-year or four-year educational setting who has made substantial contributions to the NACA Mid America Region. The NACA's Mid America Region spans Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky and Illinois.

To be considered for the award the student or nominator must demonstrate the impact the student has made on the Mid America Region in addition to his or her individual campus while maintaining his or her responsibilities within the programming board.

"It was exciting to be recognized because I think we work very hard on a number of events each year," said Taylor Wilson. "Many of the other boards at the conference did some incredible things and the fact that the NACA felt that what we did stood out was great."

Taylor WilsonTaylor Wilson has participated in UCB for three years and has been president of UCB since January 2015.

"The UCB's mission is alternative programming, and providing as many activities and opportunities for students on campus," said Wilson. "One of the biggest things is that we take student feedback into consideration and we try to repeat any events that had great outcomes."

Wilson says the student leader award was an unexpected honor. "There were so many incredible leaders at the conference and the fact I was selected meant so much. For me personally, being a good leader means being able to connect with your colleagues and having an open mind because we have so many ideas." 

Molly Berry, Millikin director of inclusion and student engagement noted, "It is a proud moment for me as the UCB advisor to see this thriving organization get recognized on a regional level for the creativity and quality of their events. I am especially proud of Taylor for being recognized as student leader of the year. She has worked diligently to provide great leadership for UCB."

For more information on UCB, visit

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