Let’s Meet Brett

Hello! I’m Brett Martin, I’m a Pre-Law major at Millikin. I intend on doing criminal prosecution in the future. My favorite interests are being around people I like, sleeping, and good food. I’m super excited to move to Hawaii or Italy in the future. I’m a big fan of Hawaiian weather and culture, but Italy definitely has its perks. This semester I’ll be bringing the best of all subjects I can think of. Generally along the lines of bachelor cooking, bringing news about campus events and being cool in general.

The Saddest Day of Your Childhood: Santa Doesn’t Exist!

We all, at one point in our lives, believed that the best man in the world, Santa Claus, existed and that he traveled all around the world, delivering presents to all the good boys and girls. Sadly, as time went on and we got older, we either figured out or were told that Santa Claus doesn’t actually exist. I reached out to my friends on Facebook, asking them to divulge their story on how they found out that Santa doesn’t exist. These are their stories.

Holly Klockenga: She heard some kids talking about it, but she didn’t want to believe it. However, she knew for sure when she went shopping with her mom, who bought her brother a specific tractor. When he opened the first from “Santa,” she knew he wasn’t real.

Nora Kocher: At age 6, she found some gifts in the car that she later got from “Santa.”

Naomi Jacobs: Her dad used to tell her and her siblings how he got coal from Santa as a kid. When she was 8, however, she realized that her dad was Jewish and wouldn’t have gotten “coal from Santa.”

Heather Wallaert: At age 9, her dad turned around in the middle of a store and told her that Santa rode a motorcycle.

Kelly Kaufenberg: When she was 10, she had been mulling about it for a year. Around Christmas, she finally asked her mom. Her mom told her that Santa didn’t exist; she also told Kelly that this meant that the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy didn’t exist either. Devastating!

Crystal Quint: When she was 4, her preschool teacher told her that her mom was lying and that Santa, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy didn’t exist.

Now, I know this article makes me sound like an old Scrooge that doesn’t like Christmas. Let me assure: Christmas is awesome! Keep the spirit of Christmas alive! It’s a time to be with your family and friends, and who doesn’t love that? Merry Christmas from all of us at Millikinect!

How did you find out Santa wasn’t real? (Was it from reading this article?) Let us know in the comments!

For Millikin Students: Should You Study Abroad? (Answer: YES!)

Here at Millikin, students are thrown into a small liberal arts world where classes consist of 10-15 people. You’re stuck in a small plot of land that is called a “campus.” And you can’t walk outside without messing up your hair. People think that because Millikin is here in Decatur that there isn’t anything exciting you can do other than walking in Fairview Park. Are we so trapped?

Hardly! There is this tiny little office called the Center for International Education. This little office may seem small, but it has its hand in just about everything. This office can provide you with the experience of a lifetime: studying abroad. With possible locations across North America and around the world, this can be the experience that gets you out of the Millibubble and off to fabulous adventures somewhere new.

In 2011, during my sophomore year at Millikin, I traveled to Chile for a Winter Immersion course. Eight of us visited the cities of Santiago, Pucón, Viña del Mar, and Valapariso. All of these cities were absolutely beautiful and taught me so much about other cultures. While I was there I learned about the Chilean culture, human rights, and the life of Pablo Neruda, a Chilean poet, diplomat, and politician.  I also visited the University of Santiago and talked with students and professors there. This whole experience was so much to take in and being there just over two weeks was not enough time to enjoy what was given to me. I realized that what I have at Millikin is so much different than what is in Chile. Education is taken for granted here in the United States. In Chile they value the education they are given, unlike many students in the United States and students that I encounter at Millikin.

Other than Chile, students can travel to Canada, Germany, China, and even spend a whole semester in London. Every year, the Theatre department takes a number of students to study in London, England and every other year Communication students are granted the opportunity. Jamie Shriner, a junior Musical Theatre major recently arrived back to the States and had wonderful things to say about her experience this past semester,

“There is something uniquely humbling and awe-inspiring in travel, and a study abroad opportunity gives a student the chance to really step outside of their comfort zones and discover what they truly stand for. I lived and took lessons through Millikin in London, however, my experiences in the other 19 European cities I traveled to influenced my soon-to-be JMS project.”

Jamie’s words flowed as she rapidly answered the questions I had asked her. The same went for her fellow London-er, Patrick Jordan. Senior Communication major, Patrick Jordan had very similar things to say about his education across the pond, “Classes would have been more rigorous and honestly more routine. It was great having such relaxed system while learning new courses”.

Having this similar experience is a first hand look at what positive things can come out of traveling out of the country. Money may be an issue, but Millikin and the CIE can work with you to every degree to let you have the best possibly experience you can have.

Emily Crutchfield, another student I talked to, said, “The classes I took could never be duplicated here because I could never get the hands-on experiences or the real life memories of visiting the camps and ghettos in Eastern Europe.” Former student Matthew Hall visited Canada on a summer immersion course, “It was almost like going to a private tutor.”

All of these students went to completely different cultures and studied completely different things. Their reasons for going were not the same, but they all received the same view on education and experience. It was all well worth it.

I also talked to a student who didn’t study abroad with the Millikin program but rather went through a different group to arrange the trip. “If I had taken the courses I did here instead of in Italy, I don’t think I would have gained as much from it. You put yourself in a different mindset when you’re overseas!” Junior Vocal Performance major, Morgan Bothwell put it best: “It’s an important part of life to go explore and grow from them.”

Exploring, learning, and growing are the most important aspects of traveling and taking in new cultures. We are all growing and constantly learning. Part of growing up is to explore places you haven’t before, being literal or figurative. If there an opportunity in front of you to travel or to explore something you haven’t, you should take it. There is no other time to do it. Once you graduate, you immerse yourself into the real world and get a job, or maybe start a family. That will make spending weeks or months abroad a lot more difficult! Very few people get the chance to do these things again so take advantage while you can.

Are you planning a trip abroad, to study or for pleasure? Have you studied abroad yourself? Let us know about your plans or experiences in the comments!


Selling or Buying?: A Millikin Success Story

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Are you looking at buying or selling a house or office space? If so, then I have the man for you, Seth Goodman! Seth Goodman graduated from Millikin University with a degree in Business Management. For over five years now, Seth has worked for ME Realty in Lincoln IL, as a Real Estate Broker. As a Real Estate Broker, Seth’s responsibilities are marketing/listing properties and selling properties, taking the property from negotiations to closing. Seth didn’t start out as being a Real Estate Broker at ME Reality; he started out as an office assistant and worked his way up.

Working as an agent or broker in the real estate business, you are dedicated to your clients and responsible for helping them find or sell a home. Seth helps buyers determine what price range they can afford, determine which properties to show them, helps them make an offer, and deals with negotiations during the home-buying process (like what repairs they should require for the seller to make before the closing). When Seth works with the sellers, he helps them to set a realistic price on their home, educates them as to when to reduce the list price of their home, schedules and runs open houses, negotiates with potential buyers, and finalizes sales.

I talked to one of Seth’s clients, and she said that their (her and her family’s) experience was great. It was their first time looking at buying a home, so they had a lot of questions. Seth was always available with a quick answer. The family looked at several properties and just when they were about to give up, Seth was able to show them a house that was about to go on the market. That house was exactly what they were looking for and was in the kind of neighborhood they wanted; it is now their home.

Seth was especially proud to win the 30 Under 30 and $30 plus million in sales (participation in that amount of sales) in 2012, after a rigorous application process.  The 30 Under 30 is National Association of Realtors top 30 agents under the age of 30 nationwide. Winners are featured in Realtor Magazine. These 30 realtors have demonstrated skill, success, creativity, and leadership in their careers.

Seth’s life after college isn’t all work, however. When Seth has free time, the two things he enjoys the most are running and hot air ballooning. Seth has been flying his hot air balloon for 5-6 years and has been a pilot for just over a year.  Seth partakes in the Lincoln Art and Balloon Fest, which happens on the last weekend of August every year.

Seth is just one great example of the fantastic careers Millikin graduates go on to have! Millikinect is proud to feature his story as a role model for Millikin students.

For more information on Seth Goodman you can go to his website: http://sethsellslincoln.com and for more information on the 30 Under 30 you can visit: http://realtormag.realtor.org/30-under-30/about

MU Bucket List: Millikin Events You Have To Go To Before Graduation

With so many events happening at Millikin each year, which ones are truly worth your time? Here are the events that we at Millikinect think you absolutely must attend before you graduate!

Vespers: Millikin’s most popular show! This fantastic event features 350 singers and instrumentalists performing traditional and new music for choirs and brass. Don’t attend just once; attend every year!

Pancake Breakfast and Comedian: This popular event is hosted the Sunday night of Finals Week. Come and enjoy some pancakes and sausage served to you from some of Millikin’s staff. As you munch on the king of breakfast foods, laugh with the comedian as you enjoy the last night before the (sarcastic) fun of finals begins!

Holiday Cookie Party: Who doesn’t love cookies? They’re awesome and delicious! Every year, Millikin throws a cookie party where students can indulge in these goodies until you never want to have another cookie again (until next year, anyway!).

Big Event: Every year, Millikin picks several groups and allows students to decide by voting who they want to come to KFAC and perform, and MU students get to attend these events for free!

What’s your favorite Millikin event? Let us know in the comments!


Halloween Percussion Concert: Before Halloween, the Millikin Percussion Ensemble gathers in the haunted Albert Taylor Hall and conjure up a cool and fun concert for MU students and the public. Those who attend are encouraged to dress up in costumes, and prizes are awarded for the best costume.



Spread Your Wings by Getting Involved on Campus

I am almost positive that someone in your high school or college career has been like “OMG you soooooo need to get involved at school, like ASAP!!!!!” and your thought was like “OMG you have had too much coffee!!!”

That may be quite annoying (believe me, I know), but those caffeinated fools are right. I myself was only involved in student council while going to high school and then I came here to Millikin and was overwhelmed by all the different organizations.

My freshman year, I was not at all involved. I guess I was just trying to get acclimated to a new way of life, but looking back…way back (I’m a senior), I wish that someone would have pushed me a little more to get involved early on.

I am grateful for all the organizations that I have been a part of, for they have shaped the person I am today.

What are the benefits of getting involved on campus?

1. It will help build your resume, and who doesn’t want that?

2. You get to meet so MANY new people.

3. You gain leadership skills.

4. You learn how to communicate with others, especially if faced with a conflict.


So what organizations have I been a part of? The one that kind of started my joining other groups was Tri Delta. I decided to go through recruitment my first semester of my sophomore year. It was wonderful to envision a future where I was a strong individual and learner. I felt a connection to the morals and values the women of Tri Delta held themselves to every day. Three years later, I have definitely taken those values to heart and have grown as an adult.

The other organization that I joined literally a week later was UCB; it’s the activities board on campus. I remember my first meeting like it was yesterday. They asked the all-board members if they had any ideas for a Halloween event. My friend Wilfredo and I came up with a festival called UCBoo. The executive board loved it, so I got to plan my first event. It was a great success!

In both of these organizations I had the opportunity to apply for one of those executive positions. I served as Licensing Chair at Tri Delta and Special Events Chair of UCB. Both these positions put me through many trials and triumphs. I was able to learn how to communicate professionally with outside vendors and place large orders.

Then, after these positions where over, I was able to apply for another year and yet again I was granted to hold a position in both organizations, this time as Philanthropy Chair at Tri Delta and President of UCB. Both of these gave me new obstacles, such as giving people responsibilities, learning to cope with conflicts, and keeping people accountable for their responsibilities.

While serving in these positions, one of the most important lessons I learned is that getting involved is not only good for your resume, or for meeting new people, it’s also about making connections and learning more about yourself than you ever thought possible.

So if you have read to this point (and haven’t fallen asleep), then I suggest you join an organization next semester and see how far you come in the years you attend Millikin University. You may just surprise yourself at the things you accomplish.

Remember you can’t be a leader by just standing on the sideline, so take a leap, spread your wings, and fly!

Holiday Laughs

Finals are coming up and everyone could use a good laugh to take their mind off of all the studying they still have to do. Here are some pictures of people who really enjoy dressing up for the Holidays:

1. Riding around and lighting up everyone’s spirit

Car lights

2. Wearing decor on your head

Holiday Hair

3. Garland or an Ugly Sweater?

Ugly Sweater

4. Rudolph and Cats


5. Too much Holiday or not enough?

Too Much Holiday

Pictures courtesy of Mashable.com.