Rediscover Millikin

Millikin loved watching you grow. And over the years, we’ve done a little growing of our own! Walk through our gallery of old and new, bold and blue moments. Revisit. Reminisce. And Rock your MU pride!  

Wherever you fall on Millikin’s timeline, our story wouldn’t be complete without you. 

Presidential Predecessors

Millikin’s story has been written by a lineage of great, forward-thinking individuals who’ve helped to articulate the potential of our university. Their hearts are true; their blood is Blue. They are the Millikin University Presidents. [Pictured here: Dr. J. Roger Miller, 1989, and Dr. Patrick White, 2018]

Hear from the President

Still loud; Still proud!

Millikin’s school spirit was as loud in the ‘80s as it is today! Who can? Blue can!

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Fresh Face; Same Place!

The original Staley facility (image from 1978) was made possible through the generous contributions of the Staley family and the A.E. Staley Manufacturing Company. The University Commons building, opened in 2017, still houses the Staley Library, and includes a technology-rich media arts lab, the WJMU radio station, innovative collaborative spaces, a “Think Tank” workspace, Starbucks Coffee, banquet hall, and student dining services.

Visit the University Commons

Trombones are always in style (and at MU, always in tune!)

Featured here, trombonists from Millikin’s School of Music in 1968 and 2018. Trombone study at Millikin University includes a weekly private lesson and masterclass. All students, regardless of their major (performance, music education, music business or commercial music) receive a 50 minute lesson each week. Talent + hard work + support = the Millikin Difference.

Visit the School of Music

Decades of Dancing

This 1988 black-and-white photo features members from Millikin’s former “Singing Club.” The 2017 photo captures a Homecoming rehearsal. And-a-one, and-a-two, and-a-one-two-three!

Visit the School of Theatre & Dance

Cookie Party!

The longest-running tradition at Millikin, the holiday Cookie Party was originally created in an effort to give students a boost before final exams. This year will mark the 85th anniversary of this much-beloved campus fixture.

Visit the Annual Cookie Party

Phantoms Past; Phantoms Present

Millikin’s School of Theatre & Dance has twice delighted audiences with performances of “Phantom” once in 1988 by Maury Yeston and again in 2018 with "Phantom of the Opera" by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Our original Phantom, Mike Erikson, and our recent Phantom, Benjamin Viette, both sold out performances with their brilliant portrayals of this iconic, tortured character.

Visit the Phantom of the Opera

Blue-Blooded Royalty

The tradition of crowning a Homecoming King and Queen still reigns at Millikin University. Pictured here, the 1979 Homecoming King and Queen wave to parade-goers as the other photo features 2016 hopeful Homecoming candidates.

Visit MU Homecoming

The Graduates

Spring of 2018 marked Millikin University’s 113th Commencement Ceremony. Families, friends, faculty, and students gathered to honor the achievements of our graduates who left Millikin’s campus poised to contribute, to succeed, and to make good on the Millikin name. Pictured here, a group of proud graduates from 1989 and 2018.

Visit Millikin University Commencement

On your mark…get set…

Millikin’s men and women’s swim teams both have reputations for excellence that extend beyond the swimming pool and into the classroom. Recently, both were named College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association (CSCAA) Scholar All-America Teams when they surpassed the required 3.0 team grade point average for the semester.

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Student Dining: Revisited

Formally located in the student-center, RTUC, Millikin students now have two campus eatery options: the Dining Hall and the Late Night Grill. Both dining sites are centrally located in the University Commons and offer their own menus with a variety of choices throughout the day and evening. Students pictured here from 1979 and 2018.

Visit Campus Dining

From Carriages to Corvettes

The Millikin Homecoming Parade is a much-beloved fixture during homecoming festivities, enjoyed by the Decatur Community and campus community alike. Check out this Millikin “float” from 1911!

Visit the Homecoming Photo Gallery

SAE House

Millikin University’s fraternity and sorority community has enjoyed a strong history and connection to the institution. Founded as the Illinois Chapter on Jan. 11, 1911, SAE has initiated more than 1,500 members. This photo from 1960 originally appeared in the Decatur Herald & Review. (Just not the same without the lions, is it?)

Visit Sigma Alpha Epsilon

Alpha Kappa Alpha!

The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority was born to cultivate and encourage high scholastic and ethical standards, to promote unity and friendship among college women, to study and help alleviate problems concerning girls and women in order to improve their social stature, to maintain a progressive interest in college life, and to be of “Service to All Mankind.” Pictured here in 1990 and again in 2018, talented members rehearse for a Millikin Homecoming performance.

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From the Sky

These side-by-side aerial views give broad perspective to Millikin’s growth over the years.

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From the Studio

WJMU “The Quad” is Millikin's student-operated radio station which first went on-air in 1971. In addition to its musical responsibilities, WJMU also creates its own public service announcements, Spanish programming, Millikin sports programming, social media, and promotional materials.

Visit WJMU

From the School

Once our campus science building, the fully-renovated ADM-Scovill Hall is now home to the Tabor School of Business, thanks to gifts from ADM and the State of Illinois. This is where you'll find the Center for Entrepreneurship, undergraduate business courses, and MBA programs, all of which benefit from the technology-rich classrooms and conference rooms. Collaborative workspaces are equipped with flatscreen monitors and TVs, infrared fingerprint log-in technology, and equipment to support distance-learning and promote flexible curriculum implementation.

Visit ADM-Scovill

From the Street

A central fixture of our Oakwood Campus Town, The Winery has long been loved by Millikin students and Decaturites alike. If you know, you know: a Winery Burger will change your life.

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