Millsaps College Alumni Newsletter

   September 2010


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Upcoming Alumni Events

Politics and Cocktails
September 10, 2010

Political Science Alumni and friends are invited to join the Millsaps Political Science Club in welcoming our new college President and Political Science faculty member, Rob Pearigen. The drop-in reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 10 at the Weems House. Contact Ashleigh Powers for more information.

Houston, Texas Young Alumni Event
September 23, 2010

The Houston Young Alumni chapter will host a Millsaps Happy Hour on Thursday, Sept. 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., The State Bar and Lounge located at the Historic Rice Lofts in Downtown Houston; 909 Texas Suite 2A, Houston, TX 77002. There will be a cash bar. For more information, contact Lendy Sevick.

St. Louis Alumni Event
September 30, 2010

The St. Louis Alumni chapter will host a Millsaps Happy Hour on Thursday, Sept. 30 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Mosaic located at 1001 Washington, Ave, St. Louis, MO 63101. There will be a cash bar. Contact Brooks Brower for more information.

Millsaps Lawyers Club Jackson Area Alumni Event
November 11, 2010

The Millsaps Lawyers Club will host a Millsaps Happy Hour on Thursday, November 11, 2010 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., at King Edward Bar located in the King Edward Hotel. There will be a cash bar. All Millsaps graduates who are attorneys or currently attending law school are invited to attend. For more information, contact Mark Herbert or Ryan Beckett.

Meet the President
Alumni are invited to meet Millsaps' new president, Dr. Rob Pearigen, at one of several events across the region. Locations and other details will be announced soon ... watch the Meet the President Regional Events page for updates.
September 7 - Nashville
Mere Bulles Restaurant, 6 to 8 p.m.
September 9 - Madison
Annandale Golf Club, 6 to 8 p.m.
September 21 - Washington, D.C.
The Sulgrave Club, 6 to 8 p.m.
September 30 - Birmingham
Birmingham Country Club, 6 to 8 p.m.
October 19 - Baton Rouge
City Club of Baton Rouge, 6 to 8 p.m.
October 20 - New Orleans
Lawn Tennis Club, 6 to 8 p.m.
October 21 - Gulf Coast
Great Southern Club, 6 to 8 p.m.
November 4 - Atlanta - TBA
November 18 - Memphis - TBA
November 30 - Houston - TBA
December 2 - Dallas

Let Us Know!

New job? Newly married? Expecting a new addition to your family?
Remember to send us your news for the Classnotes section of the Millsaps Magazine. The easiest way is to e-mail your announcement to or call 601-974-1089.

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Inauguration and Homecoming

Dr. Rob PearigenAlumni and friends of Millsaps College are encouraged to make plans to attend the Inauguration Ceremony for Dr. Rob Pearigen at 10:30 a.m. in the Bowl on Thursday, October 7, and spend the weekend celebrating Homecoming.

Public events for the Inauguration and Homecoming Weekend include: a special College Archive exhibit, Else School Forum, Civil Rights Round Table Discussion featuring Jon Meacham, author, journalist and former Newsweek editor, faculty art exhibit and gallery talk and a Millsaps Singers concert.

A calendar for inauguration activities can be found here:
Presidential Inauguration.
Homecoming information, along with class reunion updates, can be found here:
Homecoming Weekend

Millsaps College Receives High Marks in National Rankings

U.S. News & World ReportMillsaps College continues to be ranked in the top tier of national liberal arts colleges according to U.S. News & World Report's 2011 edition of Best Colleges. Among other distinctions, Millsaps was also recognized in the category of "High School Counselors' Picks" based on the opinions of public high school counselors nationwide and was one of 29 institutions recognized for outstanding service learning programs in the "A Strong Focus on Student Success" listing.

"We are pleased to be recognized for academic excellence and for preparing our students for the next step in leading meaningful lives," said Millsaps President Dr. Robert W. Pearigen. "Millsaps provides a stellar academic environment along with many enriching experiences including distinctive study abroad opportunities, community service initiatives and undergraduate research activities with our nationally acclaimed faculty."

In another study, the National Survey of Student Engagement, Millsaps received outstanding marks in the "Levels of Academic Challenge" and "Student-Faculty Interaction" categories. The 2010 survey was completed by randomly selected first-year and senior students at Millsaps and results are compared with other colleges and universities nationwide.

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Millsaps College Welcomes New Faculty

Millsaps New Faculty, 2010

Front row (L to R): Stephanie Rolph, Visiting Assistant Professor of History; Emlee Nicholson, Assistant Professor of Mathematics; Ann Gleig, Faculty Teaching Fellow in Religious Studies; Colleen Keough, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art.

Back row (L to R): David Davis, Dean of the College; Bennie Reynolds, Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies; Victor Shonk, Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre; Jamie Bounds, Coordinator of Acquisitions Librarian; Marko Horn, Assistant Professor of Strategic Management and Leadership; Naila Mamoon, Pre-Health Director and Assistant Professor of Biology; David Yates, Visiting Assistant Professor of Classical Studies; Anne Applin, Visiting Professor of Computer Science.

Arts & Lecture Series Begins September 14

Millsaps Arts & Lecture SeriesThe 43rd season of Arts & Lecture opens September 14 with Vicksburg artist H.C. Porter and photojournalist/documentarian David Rae Morris whose work captured the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the land and the people of the Mississippi Gulf Coast 5 years ago and continues to resonate today in the face of the area's painstaking reconstruction.

We also look forward to music from Will Kimbrough, David Womack and Eric Stracener and the exquisite mastery of pianists Alice Rybak and Susan Grace; stories, aromas and, most important, tastes from historian Amy Streeter of the Southern Foodways Alliance and chef/author Martha Foose; moving perspectives about the struggles for civil rights in the south from authors Alex Heard and Stokes McMillan; post election insights and discussion from Jere Nash and Andy Taggart; and a timely exchange between Alan Lange, Tom Dawson and Curtis Wilkie about the quickly shifting nature and influence of media.

All programs begins at 7 p.m. in the Ford Academic Complex Recital Hall. Tickets are $10. For more information, visit Millsaps Arts & Lecture Series.

Millsaps Begins Quality Enhancement Plan

SACSAs a component of the College's SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) accreditation renewal process, Millsaps is developing a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) to make the College a stronger academic and social community. A QEP Steering Committee will guide the College's work on this important project.

Millsaps next accreditation is December 2010. Accreditation helps the College maintain high standards, fosters public confidence in the quality of the College and makes the College eligible for certain grants and federal aid programs.

Faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of the College  are encouraged to learn more about - and participate in - the QEP. More information can be found at

As part of the QEP, alumni from the years 2000-2010 are being asked to provide feeback on their experience at Millsaps. If you are an alum from those years, you are invited to answer this question:

Thinking back on your time at Millsaps, what one thing would have most enhanced your learning experience?

The QEP committee is not asking for in-depth answers (though of course you are welcome to write as much as you like). A couple of sentences will be sufficient. Our aim is simply to collect some information and feedback from alumni that will help the College determine what kinds of learning enhancements might be most useful.

Please email your responses directly to Patrick Hopkins, Chair of the QEP Steering Committee, at Your responses will be confidential and you will never be identified. The only person to see your responses will be the Chair of the QEP Steering Committee, and then only for getting a sense of overall alumni opinion.