'A Beautiful World: The Gregg Milligan Story' April 23

SHU Graduate & Child Abuse Advocate Who Appeared on 'Oprah' to Speak on Campus

Siena Heights University’s 90th Anniversary Committee will present “A Beautiful World: The Gregg Milligan Story,” discussion and book signing at 7:30 p.m. April 23 in Dominican Hall.


Internationally known child abuse prevention advocate and author Gregg Milligan recently released the book, “A Beautiful World,” detailing his childhood of abuse where he overcame many obstacles, including illiteracy. The 1985 Siena Heights graduate, who appeared on the “Oprah Winfrey Show” on Feb. 15, 2010, will discuss his past as well as his incredible triumph over that past. The presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. with the book signing to follow. The event is free and open to the public.


“The presentation will concentrate on Siena Heights, by which my formal education truly began, leading to many fulfilling opportunities.  I will be focusing on my Siena experience as an integral part of the message of my book,” said Milligan, now a successful computer information systems executive, husband and father. “It will not be as graphic as the book or the discussion on the ‘Oprah’ show. I will, however, answer any questions on the subject.”


The 46-year-old resident of Canton, Mich., endured a childhood that could only be described as horrific. Beginning at age 4, he suffered through physical, emotional, psychological and sexual abuse from the most unlikely person – his own mother. At age 11 and illiterate, Milligan repeatedly made pleas for help from an older sister, who finally removed him and two other siblings from their abusive environment. Teaching himself how to read, he finally managed to complete high school. Milligan eventually attended Siena Heights, earning his bachelor’s degree and went on to earning a master’s degree in computer engineering, graduating with honors.  In addition, Milligan is an honorably discharged United States Air Force officer.


Last fall, after a nearly 10-year writing and editing process, he authored the book “A Beautiful World,” recounting his story of abuse and survival. His message relays that we can all overcome any adversity to become productive members of society. The triumph over his past has allowed Milligan to become a powerful advocate for child abuse prevention, and the message of his book has attracted the attention of national and international media.


Besides his appearance on “Oprah,” his story has appeared on ABC News Online as well as in publications such as the “Canton Observer,” “Deloitte Life” and “WOMAN” magazine – an international magazine based out of the United Kingdom. He is also a member of the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) Speakers Bureau and is a regular keynote speaker to child abuse prevention groups and organizations.


To learn more about Milligan’s story, visit the web site: http://abeautifulwrld.com/


For more information on Milligan’s visit, please contact Doug Goodnough at 517-264-7141 or dgoodnou@sienaheights.edu.

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