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The Decaturian is Millikin's student-run newspaper. The opinions reflected may not be those of Millikin as an institution.

The Decaturian

The Decaturian is Millikin's student-run newspaper. The opinions reflected may not be those of Millikin as an institution.

The Decaturian

Millikin Breaks Ground on Athletic Facility

Photo+courtesy+of+Melinda+Potter.
Photo courtesy of Melinda Potter.

Members of the board of trustees, President Jim Reynolds, and the lead donor for the new athletic facility had a ceremonial groundbreaking event on Friday, September 19th, 2023. 

The new facility, named the David J. and Debra C. Rathje Athletic Center is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2024. 

According to Reynolds, the facility has been funded entirely by donors. 

“I feel good about the fact that we’re not taking on any debt,” Reynolds said, “I was really pleased with the response that we had from our alumni,” 

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In addition to the construction of the facility being fully funded, a direct drawdown fund to maintain the building after its completion has also been established. 

“There will be no impact to our operating budget from those buildings,” Reynolds said.

In addition to the added space for athletes, the facility will also feature multiple gender neutral bathrooms, multiple team rooms, a conference room, and office spaces for coaches of all sports. 

Anyone who may be interested in donating to the facility can still do so at:https://millikin.edu/about/alumni-friends/giving-opportunities/capital-projects/athletic-facilities-expansion-and

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Carin Houser, News Editor
Carin served as the the Editor-In-Chief of the Decaturian June 2022 thru December 2023. She studies Journalism here at Millikin University. Outside of work and school, Carin is a triathlete who aspires to successfully complete an Iron Man competition. Carin's service dog Ata makes it easy to spot Carin on campus. Ata is a saluki who has been Carin's service dog since June of 2019. Carin is set to graduate with the class of 2024. 2021 Illinois College Press Association Awards: 1st Place - Spot News Photo 2nd Place - Sports Page Design 3rd Place - Multi Media Reporting 3rd Place - Online News Site 2022 Illinois College Press Association Awards: 2nd Place - Editorial 2nd Place - Spot News Photo 3rd Place - Sports Page Design Honorable Mention - Website Design

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