Millikin University to celebrate Homecoming Week 2014

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[October 02, 2014]  DECATUR – Millikin University invites students, alumni and friends to join the 2014 Homecoming festivities taking place Oct. 5-12, 2014.

Millikin students will celebrate Homecoming with a week full of activities that will conclude on the weekend of Oct. 10-12, 2014, when hundreds of alumni and friends return to campus.

Homecoming week officially begins on Monday, Oct. 6 with the annual Homecoming Kickoff at 5 p.m. on the Miller Quad. The annual Homecoming Fireworks will take place on Monday, Oct. 6, at 8 p.m. on Frank M. Lindsay Field, Millikin University's campus.

Students will also participate in traditional Homecoming events throughout the week, including a talent show at Kirkland Fine Arts Center on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 8 p.m., and Chalk the Walk on Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 4 p.m., where students compete to create the best chalk design behind Shilling Hall.

On Saturday, Oct. 11, the Big Blue Football team will take on Illinois Wesleyan University at 1 p.m. at Frank M. Lindsay Field. Attendees will have the opportunity to see the new artificial turf playing surface, resurfaced track, scoreboard and lights. Alumni Award recipients and Athletic Hall of Fame inductees will be honored at halftime.

Prior to the game on Oct. 11, a complimentary alumni and friends lunch buffet featuring Reunion Row will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Griswold Physical Education Center. Guests can enjoy a free lunch while walking through the new Reunion Row, a collection of mini-reunions featuring student organizations, Greek Life, athletic teams, departments and offices.

As part of Homecoming Week 2014, Millikin University welcomes Broadway star Sierra Boggess '04 back to campus for a special benefit performance on Saturday, Oct. 11, at 8 p.m. in Kirkland Fine Arts Center.

Sierra returns to Millikin directly from her recent engagement as Christine Daaé in Broadway's "The Phantom of the Opera" to present a one-night only performance sure to delight patrons of all ages. Based on her critically acclaimed cabaret appearance at New York's 54 Below, this eclectic mix of theater and pop songs brings Sierra back to the Millikin community that first recognized her star potential.

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Titled "Part of OUR World," Sierra's performance will help benefit the campaign to create a new facility for Millikin's nationally recognized Theatre and Dance program. For more information, visit online at

General ticket prices for the event benefit the campaign; and may be purchased at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center Ticket Office, by phone at 217.424.6318 or online at A $2.50 fee will be charged for credit card purchases. This is a per transaction fee, not per ticket, and applies to online and Ticket Office orders. Kirkland Ticket Office hours are Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Homecoming Week 2014 will conclude with the Homecoming Color 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, Oct. 12, starting at 11 a.m. at Fairview Park in Decatur, Ill.

A full calendar of homecoming events is available at For more information, contact the Millikin Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement at 217.424.6335, visit, or call 1-877-JMU-ALUM.

[Media Relations; Millikin University]


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