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Millikin University
Motto In His Plenitudo Vis
Established 1901
Type Private coeducational
President Douglas Zemke
Staff 1,393, full and part-time
Undergraduates 2,400
Location Decatur, Illinois, USA
Campus City, 2,000 acres (8 km²)
Sports mascot Big Blue
Colors Blue & White

Millikin University is an American co-educational, comprehensive, independent, 4-year university, with traditional undergraduate programs in Arts & Sciences, Business, Fine Arts, and Professional Studies, as well as non-traditional, adult degree-completion programs (PACE) and graduate programs in Business Administration and Nursing. Millikin's campus is in Decatur, Illinois and serves approximately 2,400 students with student/faculty ratio of 11.6 to 1 and an average class size of 21 students. Founded in 1901 by James Millikin, a prominent Decatur businessman, it is historically affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA).


Student activities


Musical ensembles


  • Guitar Ensembles — Select guitar small ensembles directed by Manley Mallard
  • Jazz Band & Combos — Select jazz instrumental ensembles directed by Perry Rask and Randall Reyman
  • Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra — School of Music and community based orchestra directed by Michael Luxner
  • Percussion Ensembles — Select percussion ensembles directed by Brian Justison
  • String Arts Ensemble — Select chamber orchestra directed by Michael Luxner
  • Symphonic Winds Ensemble — Select syphonic ensemble directed by Gary Shaw
  • University Concert Band — Select concert instrumental ensemble directed by Neal Smith and Sharon Huff


  • University Choir — Nationally recognized Top mixed vocal ensemble directed by Dr. Brad Holmes
  • Chamber Chorale — Freshman through senior mixed ensemble directed by Dr. Guy Forbes
  • University Women — Upperclassmen, top women's vocal ensemble directed by Prof. Michael Engelhart
  • Millikin Men — Freshman through senior men's vocal ensemble directed by Prof. Theodore Hesse
  • Millikin Women — Freshman through senior women's vocal ensemble directed by Prof. Beth Holmes
  • Opera Theatre — Opera studies and performances directed by Dr. Terry Stone
  • One Voice — Top vocal jazz mixed ensemble directed by Dr. Stephen Widenhofer
  • Syren — Women's Vocal jazz ensemble directed by Prof. John Stafford
  • Blu Bop — Men's Vocal jazz ensemble directed by Michael Engelhart
  • Madrigals — Early music vocal ensemble directed by Dr. Guy Forbes
  • Tudor voices — Top early music vocal ensemble directed by Dr. Daniel Carberg


The Decaturian, also known as the Dec (official nickname), is the bi-weekly student newspaper. The Decaturian was established in 1903 and its issues are archived online from 1903-1951, made possible by the Digital-Decaturian Project. The Decaturian usually produces 10, 12-page issues a year, with 2, 16-page issues. The paper is currently in two-tone color. The Deprav is produced in the spring and is the April Fool's edition of the Decaturian. Currently, the Decaturian has five sections: News, Arts & Entertainment, Views & Opinions, Features, and Sports. The Decaturian provides for students to gain professional experience and to build their writing portfolios.

The Decaturian is a charter member of the Illinois College Press Association (ICPA) which holds an annual convention in February in Chicago where students have the opportunity to compete for awards in categories including: investigative reporting, photo essay, feature story, sports photo, and front page layout. The staff of the Decaturian have received numerous awards from the judged ICPA entries including first place in general excellence from 1999 to 2003.[citation needed] In 2008, the editorial staff received 11 awards. The Decaturian competes with other non-daily papers that have a total readership under 4,000. Schools include the Wheaton Record at Wheaton College, the Candor, and the Knox Student at Knox College.

The Dec Online is the Decaturian's website where a complete electronic file of the newspaper can be found. The Dec Online also features original content, photos, and blogs. Readers can also comment on stories.

The Decaturian's office is located on the first floor of Blackburn Hall. The adviser for the Decaturian is Dr. Priscilla Meddaugh, associate professor of English. George Irish, senior vice president of the Hearst Corporation, was once affiliated with the Decaturian.

WJMU 89.5 The Quad

WJMU is Millikin University's student-operated freeform format radio station. In addition to its musical responsibilities, WJMU also creates its own public service announcements, liners, news, Millikin sports programming and promotional materials.

Fraternities and sororities



Notable alumni

Actors and musicians

Athletes and Coaches

Millikin University was a member of the Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference from 1910 to 1937.

Authors and media figures

Business figures



  • Harold V. Lichtenberger - Member of Enrico Fermi's team at Chicago Pile-1 reactor and participant in the first artificial, self-sustaining, nuclear chain reaction there on Dec.2, 1942; project engineer at Experimental Breeder Reactor I and pulled the switch at 1:50pm on December 20, 1951, when it became the world's first electricity-generating nuclear power plant.[8]

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