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First Week at Millikin University: August 19 - 24

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[August 14, 2014]  DECATUR - First-year students at Millikin University will get a jump start on their college experience during Millikin's 2014 First Week program held Aug. 19-24, 2014.

The week of activities is designed to help students become acclimated and immersed in their new Millikin home before regular classes begin on Monday, Aug. 25. First Week activities begin with Move-In Day on Tuesday, Aug. 19 and continue through Sunday, Aug. 24.

An integral part of the First Week experience is the University Seminar course. University Seminar is intended to be a unique learning opportunity for first-year students entering Millikin University. The seminar introduces students to college-level academic inquiry by focusing on two key skills: critical and ethical reasoning, and reflection.

In addition, University Seminar blends theory and practice by engaging students in service learning and by addressing specific student success topics. The seminar also provides an opportunity for first-year students to make important connections with faculty members and First-Year Experience Mentors.

A highlight of the week's activities will be the Class of 2018 Day of Action. This year's Day of Action will take place on two days: Friday, Aug. 22 and Saturday, Aug. 23, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each day.

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Day of Action is Millikin's opportunity to give back to the Decatur community by sending students into the neighborhoods for service opportunities. This year, Millikin will be combining with the United Way's Day of Action to perform services at 21 different sites including the Decatur Fire Department, Dennis Elementary Lab School, Tanglewood Village, and Easter Seals of Central Illinois.

The week concludes with Opening Convocation on Aug. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Kirkland Fine Arts Center, where Millikin faculty and students, new and old, gather to celebrate the beginning of the academic year. The program will feature Millikin faculty and student speakers.

For more information on First Week, contact the Millikin Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement at 217.424.6335. For a full list of First Week activities, visit


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