First Week is designed especially for new Millikin
students to prepare them for what is ahead before classes begin on
Monday, Aug. 21. The First Week experience teaches students about
what is expected in the college environment, and how to best engage
with the Millikin community to ensure success. Students will learn
about student organizations, studying abroad, internships, student
media, intramurals and recreation, community service and many more
First Week activities begin with Move-In Day for residential
students on Tuesday, Aug. 15, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
An integral part of the First Week experience is the First-Year
University Seminar course. The University Seminar course is intended
to be a unique learning opportunity for students entering Millikin.
The course focuses on two key skills: critical and ethical
reasoning, and reflection.
The University Seminar course also blends theory and practice by
engaging students in service learning and by addressing specific
student success topics. The seminar course provides an opportunity
for first-year students to become adjusted to the Millikin
environment, and make important connections with faculty members and
First-Year Experience Mentors.
First Week will also feature Performance Learning workshops held
throughout Millikin’s campus on Friday, Aug. 18, from 2:30 – 5 p.m.
During the workshops, students will learn the various Performance
Learning opportunities within the Colleges of Arts & Sciences, Fine
Arts, Professional Studies and the Tabor School of Business.
[to top of second column]
Another highlight of First Week is Day of Action. Day of Action
is Millikin’s opportunity to give back to the Decatur, Ill., community by
sending students into the neighborhoods for service opportunities. This year’s
Day of Action will be held on Friday, Aug. 18, from 7:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
During Day of Action, Millikin students will perform services at several sites
including the Macon County Fairgrounds, Good Samaritan Inn of Decatur, Boys &
Girls Club of Decatur, Special Olympics Illinois and Dennis Lab Elementary
The First Week experience will formally close with two long-standing academic
traditions: the Candlelight Ceremony on Friday, Aug. 18, at 9:30 p.m. on the
Miller Quad, and Opening Convocation from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. in Kirkland Fine Arts
Center on Millikin’s campus.
For more information about First Week, contact Millikin’s Office of Inclusion &
Student Engagement at 217.424.6335. For a full list of First Week activities,
[Millikin University Media Relations]