Millsaps College Alumni Newsletter

   October 2010


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Upcoming Alumni Events

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., location to be announced. 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.

  • 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
    Buckhead Club, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • November 18 - Memphis
    Crescent Club, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • November 30 - Houston
    Houston Raquet Club, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • 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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Presidential Inauguration and Homecoming Weekend

Millsaps College Inaugural MaceGreetings Alumni,

Millsaps invites alumni, students, parents, and all friends of the College to join us for the inauguration of our 11th president, Dr. Robert Wesley Pearigen, on Thursday, October 7, 2010.

The inauguration is a very special milestone in the life of Millsaps College, and will coincide with Fall Family Weekend and Homecoming. We hope that each of you have received the Schedule of Events for the inauguration and Homecoming Weekend; full schedules are provided below!

This is an exciting time in the history of Millsaps College, and we encourage you to take part in this wonderful celebration. I would like to bring several Alumni events to your attention during the 2010 Homecoming Weekend:

Friday, October 8, 2010

Alumni Association Meeting
4:30 p.m.
Olin Hall, Room 100
All alumni are members of the Alumni Association.

Alumni Welcome Reception
5:30 p.m.
Olin Hall Lobby
Come and help us welcome our new president, Robert Pearigen!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Tasting @ the Tents
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Plaza Area
Student organizations invite alumni, parents, and faculty to taste their special dishes while they share information about their charitable causes.

Alumni/Faculty/Parents Tailgate
12 noon - 3:00 p.m.
English House Lawn
Join us for Major memories and delicious food while watching the game from the Tailgate Zone. For individual tailgates, please join us on the lawn in front of the English House!

During the Alumni Association meeting, the new Alumni Board members will be elected. The Executive Committee of the Alumni board will present the following slate for election:

  • Dr. Faith Cotton - Class of 1978, Jackson, MS
  • Chris Cheek - Class of 1983, Bay St. Louis, MS
  • Ryan Zagone - Class of 2008, Washington D.C.
  • Ryan Beckett - Class of 1996, Jackson, MS

See below for full Homecoming and inauguration schedules!

- Maud DeLes Lancaster
President, Alumni Association Board
Class of 1984

Presidential Inauguration Schedule of Events

Millsaps College CrestSpecial events include a panel discussion on the topic of the civil rights movement including Jon Meacham, author, journalist, and former Newsweek editor; former Mississippi Governor William Winter; Jerry Mitchell, investigative reporter and MacArthur Fellow; Jeanne Luckett, owner of Luckett Communications, LLC; and Dr. Leslie McLemore, former interim Mayor and activist. See the full schedule of events below for more information on all the activities planned.

The inaugurational ceremony and events listed below are open to the public, and free of charge unless otherwise noted. If you have questions or need more information about the inauguration or other events, please call 601-974-1130.

October - December

Millsaps-Wilson Library
"A Tradition of Excellence in Presidential Leadership" and "Documenting the Past: Images and Artifacts from Millsaps' Inaugurations"
The College Archives will host two exhibits related to the inauguration of Dr. Robert Pearigen. Exhibits will be located in the library display cases, main floor and second floor.

Wednesday, October 6

8:00 - 10:00 a.m., Leggett Center          
The Else School Forum / Stephen Johnston, the founder and CEO of SmartSynch
Breakfast and the lecture are free to the public. Reservations are required. Contact Martha Lee at 601-974-1250.

2:30 - 4:00 p.m., Leggett Center
"A Shining Light: Millsaps in the Civil Rights Movement: A 50 Year Retrospective."
This roundtable discussion of the civil rights movement will feature Jon Meacham, author, journalist, and former Newsweek editor; former Governor William Winter; Jerry Mitchell, investigative reporter and MacArthur Fellow; Jeanne Luckett, owner of Luckett Communications LLC; and Leslie McLemore, former interim Mayor and activist.
For more information contact the Director of Writing and Teaching, Anita DeRouen, at

Thursday, October 7

10:30 a.m., The Bowl 
Inaugural Ceremony of Dr. Robert W. Pearigen as Millsaps College's Eleventh President
"The Liberal Arts in a Global Age" - Inaugural speaker Jon Meacham will reflect on the value of a liberal arts education in today's global society.
For more information contact Continuing Education at 601-974-1130.

Friday, October 8

12:30 - 1:45 p.m., Academic Complex, Room 215
Friday Forum & Summers Lecture by Professor Jack Sasson from Vanderbilt University: "Time and History in Ancient Israel"
Jack M. Sasson is the Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Judaic and Biblical Studies. Sasson retired from the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) as its William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Religious Studies in 1991. He is the author of numerous books and articles and was the editor in chief of Scribner's awards-winning Civilizations of the Ancient Near East, a 4-volume reference set that appeared in 1995. He has lectured widely, including recently as a Visiting Professor at the Sorbonne and as a Distinguished Scholar at Ben-Gurion and Brigham Young universities.
Contact Religious Studies Professor, Dr. James Bowley, with questions:

2:00 - 2:50 p.m., Lewis Art Gallery
2010 Faculty Art Exhibition / Gallery Talk 
Millsaps College faculty discuss their work which includes encaustic painting, collagraphs, mixed media, installation and video work. "Sirens and Sonnets" by Visiting Assistant Professor Colleen Keough: New works from old parts: Visual and sonic explorations of the female voice, language and identity. "Discovering the Delta Blues" by Professor of Art Sandra Murchison: An investigation into how the Mississippi Blues Trail constructs a specific past and identity rooted in music.
Contact the Chair of the Art Department, Professor Sandra Murchison, with questions:

3:00 - 3:50 p.m., Kava House
Student Perspectives on Study Abroad at Millsaps College
Join Millsaps students who have participated in both field-based faculty-led and semester-long provider programs as they share their experiences about living, learning, and exploring the world through study abroad. Refreshments will be provided.
Contact Tanya Newkirk, Associate Director of International Education, with questions:

4:00 - 4:50 p.m., Kava House
Honors Students and Ford Fellow Teaching Assistants
Students discuss their independent research and work with faculty mentors in the Honors and the Ford Fellows Programs, two distinctive Millsaps academic experiences that foster academic inquiry beyond the traditional classroom. 
Contact the Director of the Honors Program and Chair of the Classical Studies Department, Dr. Holly Sypniewski, with questions:
Contact the Director of the Ford Fellows Program & Associate Professor of Geology, Dr. Stan Galicki, with questions:

5:00 - 6:00 p.m., Kava House
Millsaps College Carnegie Award Winning Faculty / Reception
Wine and cheese reception with our award-winning professors.

7:30 p.m., Ford Academic Complex Recital Hall
Millsaps Singers Concert / "Our Wesleyan Heritage"
A choral concert featuring the Millsaps Singers choir celebrating the Anglican roots of the United Methodist Church's choral music conducted by Dr. Timothy Coker. Free admission.
Contact Linda Nix, Administrative Assistant, 601-974-1422 or

Homecoming Weekend Schedule of Events

Millsaps College Homecoming Weekend

Millsaps College Homecoming Weekend 2010 will feature campus wide events, an exciting football game, as well as reunion activities for the classes of 1960,1970.1980,1990, 2000, and a young alumni party for the classes of 2001-2010.

Homecoming Weekend Schedule of Events

Friday, October 8, 2010

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Major Generals Luncheon
Celebrates the class of 1960 and those who graduated 50 or more years earlier.
Reservations required. Call 601-974-1038.
A. Boyd Campbell College Center, Leggett Center

2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Alumni Association Board of Directors Meeting
Whitworth Sanders Conference Room

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Alumni Association Meeting 
All alumni are members of the Alumni Association. Please join us for our annual meeting to conduct alumni business and hear from our new president.
Olin Hall  Room 100

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Welcome Reception for All Alumni 
Olin Hall lobby

6:30 p.m.
Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Reservations required; Contact Anne Clark at for further information.
Leggett Center

8 p.m. - 11p.m.
Pi Kappa Alpha Reunion
Food, drinks, brotherly love, kind feeling, and tall-tale telling for Pikes from then and now. All brothers are welcome to bring their families. Prices: Entirely dependent on your hunger and thirst. For more information,visit For restaurant information, visit Que Sera Sera Restaurant.

9 p.m.
Student Homecoming Concert sponsored by SAPS

Saturday, October 9, 2010

9 a.m. -1 p.m.
Welcome Home
Stop by the tent to receive a Homecoming schedule, maps, and purple pompoms to cheer on the Majors!

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
"A Tradition of Excellence in Presidential Leadership" and "Documenting the Past: Images and Artifacts from Millsaps' Inaugurations"
The College Archives will host two exhibits related to the inauguration of Dr. Robert Pearigen. Exhibits will be located in the library display cases, main floor and second floor.
Millsaps-Wilson Library

9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Book Sale
Visit the Millsaps-Wilson Library for the annual Homecoming Book Sale.  Sale items include paperbacks, hardbacks, and more.  Popular fiction, academic titles, and textbooks are all available. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Library's new digital media lab.  Refreshments will be served. For further information, please visit the library's website at
Basement, Millsaps-Wilson Library

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
"Are You Here to Find an Albanian Husband?  Reflections On My Research and Travel Experiences in the Land of Eagles"
The Faith & Work Initiative welcomes back Lilly Fellow Chelsi West ('08) to speak about the insight into vocation that she has derived from her research and travel. Chelsi is in the Ph.D. program in Anthropology at the University of Texas in Austin. At Millsaps, she was the recipient of the Frank and Rachel Anne Laney Award for the graduating senior who has written the finest essay reflecting on the value of a Millsaps liberal arts education, and the Lewis and Reiff award for a graduating senior who has demonstrated a commitment to the life of the mind and the life of the spirit. For more information contact Raymond Clothier at
Olin Hall 100
Reception to follow.

10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Pi Kappa Alpha/Phi Mu BBQ Benefit for the Animal Rescue Fund of Mississippi
A great lunch for a great cause: Our famous BBQ, music, and good times. All proceeds will benefit the Animal Rescue Fund (ARF) animal shelter that serves the Jackson area and beyond. $10 for adults, $7 for children under 12 and Millsaps College students. Pets free. For more information, visit

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Geology Department Presentation for Alumni and Friends
Sullivan Harrell 143

10:30 a.m.
Dedication of the Walter Neely Conference Room and Open House in Murrah Hall
Followed by Else School Tailgate Party, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Murrah Hall Lawn

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Tasting at the Tents
Student organizations serve up tasty treats and dish about their charitable causes.

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Geology Department Cookout
North side of Sullivan Harrell

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Biology Department Drop-In
Olin Hall breezeway overlooking the Bowl

11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Class of 1960 Reunion Brunch 
Lewis Art Gallery (3rd floor Academic Complex)

12 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Alumni, Faculty and Family Tailgate 
Join us for major memories and munchies, and watch the game from the tailgate zone. Or bring your own tent and fill the English House Lawn with purple pride.
English House Lawn
12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m
Homecoming Pep Rally

1 p.m.
Homecoming Football Game (Millsaps Majors vs. Huntingdon College)
Get your tickets at the gate $5 general admission, $10 chairback seats based on availability. Free for kids 5 and under. All tickets may be purchased at the gate.
Harper Davis Field

2 p.m.
Millsaps Majors Volleyball Conference Games
See SCAC Volleyball action and support the Majors as the Millsaps Volleyball team will host conference action in the Hangar Dome on Saturday and Sunday. Eight teams from the always competitive league will be playing over these two days. Complete coverage and schedule can be found at
Hanger Dome

4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
"Celebration of Millsaps Diversity" 
Reception sponsored by the Black Student Association and MCA Diversity.
Kava House

6:30p.m. - 8:30p.m.
Delta Underground
Talent show benefitting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children; Cost is $5 in advance; $7 at the door.
AC Recital Hall 

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Memorial Service for Alumni and Friends
10 a.m. - 11 a.m. - Christian Center, Fitzhugh Chapel

Reunion Information:

Class of 1960
Saturday, October 9th - Reunion Luncheon at the Lewis Art Gallery, 3rd Floor of the Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex.11:45 a.m.
Saturday, October 9th - At the home of Derwood and Reina Boyles. 6:30 p.m.

Class of 1970
Saturday October 9th - The Cedars, 6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Class of 1980
Saturday, October 9th - Weems House, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Class of 1990
Saturday, October 9th - Pan Asia, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Class of 2000
Saturday, October 9th - Reuben's, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Young Alumni
Saturday, October 9th - Hal and Mal's, 9 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.

For updated information regarding Homecoming 2010, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 601-974-1038, toll-free at 1-86-MILLSAPS (1-866-455-7277), or email us at