Millikin kicks off academic year with First Week August 15 – 20, Move-In Day August 15

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[August 10, 2017]  DECATUR - First-year students at Millikin University will get a jump-start on their college experience during Millikin’s 2017 First Week program Aug. 15-20.

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 programs.

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.

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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 School.

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, visit 

[Millikin University Media Relations]

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