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   January 2011


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Upcoming Events

Arts & Lecture Series - Amy Streeter: "The Stories Behind Southern Food"
January 11, 2011

7 p.m., Millsaps College - Ford Academic Complex Recital Hall
Amy Streeter is the oral historian for Southern Foodways Alliance, a member-supported organization of more than 800 chefs, academics, writers, and foodies that studies and celebrates the diverse food cultures of the changing American South. Individual tickets, $10; students $5; free with Millsaps I.D. See Millsaps Arts & Lecture Series for more information.

Millsaps Forum - Dr. Patrick Hopkins & Dr. Amy Forbes: "What Did Darwin Do? From Religion to Medical Practice"
January 21, 2011

12:30 p.m., Millsaps College - Ford Academic Complex Room 215
In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin and 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species, Dr. Hopkins will discuss Darwin's framework for explaining how complex beings could exist without intelligent design and with imperfections; Dr. Forbes will discuss how this framework has influenced the way doctors understand and work on the human body. Free. Visit Millsaps Forums for more information.

Jackson Jewish Film Festival
January 22 - 25, 2011

Screenings in Ford Academic Complex Recital Hall - Full Schedule
The Jackson Jewish Film Festival will screen four contemporary Israeli and Jewish films Jan. 22-25, 2011, as it celebrate three milestones: the festival’s own ninth anniversary of bringing great Israeli and Jewish-themed films to Jackson; the 150th anniversary of Beth Israel Congregation in Jackson; and the 10th anniversary of Jewish Cinema South: A Network of Jewish Film Festivals, a program of the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL) that supports local Jewish film festivals. Visit Jackson Jewish Film Festival for ticket and schedule information.

Moreton Lecture Series - Dr. Marshall G. Hussain Shuler - "Foresight: How the Brain Predicts the Future"
January 27, 2011

7 - 9 p.m., Millsaps College - Ford Academic Complex Room 215
Dr. Marshall Hussain Schuler, assistant professor of neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University, will present a neuroscience talk about reward behavior, specifically drug and alcohol addictions. Sponsored by the Psychology Department.

Save the Date - Spring Family Weekend
February 25 - 26, 2011

Family Weekend at Millsaps is always informal - a time for parents to visit with their students, meet the President, faculty and staff, and participate in a variety of student-led campus activities. The schedule allows time for enjoying some of Jackson's offerings - shopping, dining, and cultural attractions. For more information, visit A reception with the President will be held on Friday night, February 25. More details about the weekend's events and online registration will follow soon.

Meet the President
Alumni are invited to meet Millsaps' 11th president, Dr. Rob Pearigen, at one of several events across the region.

Eatin' With Else
The Else School of Management is starting a new quarterly alumni event for its alumni, "Eatin' with Else," which will feature a lunchtime speaker at Nick's in Fondren.
For more information, contact Jane Collins at 601-974-1267.

Let Us Know!

New job? Newly married? Expecting a new addition to your family?
Remember to send us your news! The easiest way is to e-mail your announcement to or call 601-974-1089.

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New Year, New Name

Millsaps BulletinDid you notice anything new about the newsletter?

We have a new name! Millsaps Bulletin was the name used for all College correspondence in the early part of the 20th century.

Today, our goal is for our monthly email newsletter to expand to a larger audience to include alumni, family, and friends of the College.

We hope to incorporate content from campus contributors to keep the Millsaps community informed about news and developments from various areas of the College.

Please let us know if you have any suggestions for improvements!

Email us at or call us at 601-974-1033.

Millsaps Hosts Mississippi Vocal Arts Week

Extravoixganza! Celebrating the Vocal Arts.

Extravoixganza! Guest ArtistsSing in the New Year with Millsaps College during Mississippi Vocal Arts Week!

Millsaps College serves host to this week-long Extravoixganza! with the state's leading cultural institutions - the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Mississippi Opera, and The Mississippi Chorus along with Jackson's finest musicians and internationally-renowned guest artists to focus on the fine art of singing.

To celebrate, the College has invited:

  • Esteemed master teacher and former Metropolitan Opera star Benita Valente
  • Rising Metropolitan Opera soprano Susanna Phillips
  • Returning favorite, mezzo-soprano Catherine Keen

"We hope to inspire new audiences, enthusiasts, students, and teachers with seven-plus days of exceptional concerts, luncheons, master classes and Informances," said James C. Martin, chair of Extravoixganza!: Mississippi Vocal Arts Week 2011."Besides bringing together Jackson’s finest classical music institutions, this event inaugurates Millsaps Lyric Opera Theatre and the Mississippi Opera’s newly-formed initiative, the Mississippi Co-Opera for Education, pulling student representatives from each of the initiative’s member schools from around the state. I think it is safe to say that this is definitely going to be something to sing about."

To find our more information and see a complete schedule for the week visit Extravoixganza!

Millsaps to Host Annual MLK Day Celebration with Tougaloo College

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Millsaps College will host Tougaloo College for the College’s annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration, an open community choral event, on Monday, January 17 at 10 a.m. in the Ford Academic Complex Recital Hall at Millsaps College.

Admission is free and breakfast will be served before the event in the lobby of the recital hall.

Check for more information.

Request for Your Memories of Campus Traditions

A future issue of the Millsaps Magazine will feature campus traditions observed throughout the years such as the M-Bench, beanies, and April Fool's Day pranks.

What traditions do you recall from your days on campus? Email with your memories. Please include your name, graduation year and phone number in case we need to get in touch with you.

Spring Family Weekend set for February 25 - 26

Mark your calendars for Spring Family Weekend, February 25-26, 2011. Family Weekend at Millsaps is always informal - a time for parents to visit with their students, attend a reception on February 25 with the President, Faculty and Staff, and participate in a variety of campus activities.

Some of this year's Family Weekend events include the annual chili bowl cook-off, the SCAC Women’s and Men’s Basketball Tournament hosted by Millsaps, a Majors softball game, a visit to the campus bookstore to pick up your favorite Millsaps souvenir, or attending a philanthropy event hosted by a campus Greek organization, plus much more. There will be something for everyone to enjoy throughout the weekend!

You can shop and sight-see or enjoy some of Jackson’s wonderful dining experiences while in town. Find out more about Jackson by visiting

Millsaps Student Wins Award from Methodist Specialty Care Center

Brittany EctorMillsaps student Brittany Ector was recently presented with a Spirit Award for her outstanding work at the Methodist Specialty Care Center in Flowood, a 60-bed facility that provides long-term specialized care for severely disabled patients whose medical needs are too complex for the traditional nursing home. Brittany logged almost 100 volunteer hours during the fall semester of 2010.

Robby Scucchi, Director of Volunteer Services at Methodist Specialty Care Center says, "Volunteers like Brittany are the life line to our residents being able to do as much as they do ...  She is one example of the true spirit of volunteerism."

Congratulations, Brittany!

Else School Maintains Prestigious AACSB Business Accreditation

AACSBThe Else School of Management at Millsaps College has maintained its business accreditation by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Millsaps College shares this distinguished hallmark of excellence in management education with less than five percent of business schools worldwide and is the only private institution in Mississippi to earn accreditation.

"I am extremely proud that the Else School has been reaccredited," said Howard McMillan, dean of the Else School. "The reaccreditation process is rigorous, and our achievement in the process is a true testament to the high quality education we provide our undergraduate and graduate students. Our strong faculty have created an exceptional learning environment where we are transforming students to be future leaders in business across the state, country and world."

Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees in business and accounting. To maintain accreditation, a business program must undergo a rigorous internal review every five years, at which the program must demonstrate its continued commitment to the 21 quality standards relating to faculty qualification, strategic management of resources, interactions of faculty and students, as well as a commitment to continuous improvement and achievement of learning goals in degree programs. 

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Millsaps Announces New Board of Trustees Members

Eight new trustees have joined the Millsaps College Board of Trustees. They are:

William F. Goodman IIIWilliam “Will” F. Goodman III, B.A. 1974, is a lawyer with the firm Watkins & Eager, the Jackson firm that was founded in 1895 by his great-grandfather, William Hamilton Watkins, a Millsaps graduate. Will Goodman received a law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1977. At Millsaps, he was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Kappa Alpha, and the Millsaps Players, Singers, and Troubadours. Will Goodman’s paternal grandmother, Marguerite Watkins Goodman, was a member of the English department faculty at Millsaps from 1935 to 1967. Millsaps graduates in the Goodman family include his father, Bill Goodman, B.A. 1949; aunt, Julia Goodman Puryear, B.A. 1947; and his sisters and brothers-in-law, Pat Ammons, B.A. 1975, and Clifford Ammons, B.A. 1975, and Meg Richards, B.A.1980, and Dan Richards, B.S. 1977. He and his wife, Tommie, have two children.

Rev. Heather K. HensarlingThe Rev. Heather K. Hensarling, B.L.S. 1993, is senior pastor at Main Street United Methodist Church in Bay St. Louis. She received a master of divinity degree from Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Mo. in 1998. She has served United Methodist churches in Jackson, Star, and Braxton and was director of the United Methodist Campus Ministry at the University of Kansas. She has served on the Millsaps College Alumni Council and the Millsaps College Council on Church College Relations. She is a member of the South Mississippi Kairos Outside Advisory Council, a board member of A.C.T.S. in Biloxi, a member of Rotary Club of South Hancock County, and a member of the Bay-Waveland Habitat for Humanity Board of Trustees.

Rev. William Geoffrey JoynerThe Rev. William Geoffrey Joyner, B.A. 1976, is senior pastor at Brandon First United Methodist Church. He received a master of divinity degree from Iliff School of Theology in Denver in 1986. He has served United Methodist churches in Vicksburg, Jackson, Lamar County and Jones County and has served as district superintendent of the Tupelo District. He is a member of the Mississippi Annual Conference Board of Trustees, East Jackson District Board of Trustees, United Methodist Foundation Board of Trustees, and Camp Wesley Pines Board of Trustees. He and his wife, Sue, are parents of three children. Their daughter, Kristi Ann Joyner Tavenner, received a B.B.A. from Millsaps in 2001.

Dr. Robert C. RobbinsDr. Robert C. Robbins, B.S. 1979, is professor of cardiovascular surgery at Stanford University. He earned his medical degree from the University of Mississippi in 1983. He completed general surgery training at the University of Mississippi and post-graduate training at Stanford University, Columbia University, the National Institutes of Health, Emory University, and Royal Children’s Hospital. He has served as director of the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute since 2004 and has chaired the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery since 2005. He serves on numerous medical organizations and has served on the board of directors of two publicly traded companies. He has lectured widely and has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles. He and his wife are the parents of two sons.

Micajah Purnell StudivantMicajah Purnell Sturdivant, Jr., B.A. 1972, is a farmer at Due West Plantation in Glendora and vice-president of Sturdivant Brothers Flying Service. He received an M.B.A. from Harvard in 1974. He is a director and member of the Executive Committee of Staple Cotton Cooperative of Greenwood, director of Delta F.A.R.M., a former director and chair of the Memphis Branch of St. Louis District of the Federal Reserve Bank, producer delegate to the National Cotton Council, director of the Chickasaw Council of Boy Scouts, past chair of Farmers Supply Cooperative of Greenwood, past president of the Delta Council, director of Mississippi Methodist Hospital and Rehabilitation Center, and an elder at First Presbyterian Church of Greenwood. He and his wife, Jan Carruthers Sturdivant, have two children.

J. Mack VarnerJ. Mack Varner, B.A.1967, is a lawyer in Vicksburg. He received a law degree in 1970 from the University of Mississippi. He established the law firm of Varner, Parker & Sessums in 1976. He has been the attorney for the Warren County Port Commission for more than 20 years and a community court judge for the city of Vicksburg for eight years. He is vice president and director of the Friends of Vicksburg National Military Park, past president and a member of the Vicksburg Rotary Club, past president and a member of the Vicksburg Convention & Visitors Bureau, past president and a member of the Board of Keep Vicksburg-Warren Beautiful, and past president and a member of the Board of Salvation Army of Vicksburg. He is chair of the Finance Committee and an adult Sunday school teacher at Crawford Street United Methodist Church. He and his wife, Penny Sanders Varner, B.A. 1967, worked closely with the Office of Admissions from the mid-1970s through the 1990s to identify and recruit prospective students in the Vicksburg area. They served as chair of the Parents Council when their daughters, Betsy Varner McIntire, B.A. 1993, and Emily Varner Shelton, B.A. 1996, were undergraduates. The Varners received the Livesay Award in 1996. They participated in 2007 in the establishment of the John Wesley statue on campus.

Mark FreemanMark Freeman, B.A. 1990, is senior vice president, portfolio manager, and director of investments at Westwood Holdings Group, a $10 billion institutional asset management firm in Dallas. He serves as portfolio manager on all Income, Balanced, and Large Cap funds and is responsible for developing the firm’s economic outlook. Freeman graduated cum laude with a degree in economics from Millsaps; he was a United Methodist Bicentennial Scholar. He received a master's of science in economics from Louisiana State University. He is a board member of the Else School of Management’s Louis Wilson Fund, a student-managed fund that was established in 1989. After completing his undergraduate studies, Freeman joined the U.S. Peace Corps and served as a program director for two years in Togo, West Africa. Before joining Westwood Holdings Group, Freeman worked as senior economist and fixed income strategist at First American Corp. Freeman achieved the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst in 1998. Freeman is a member of the American Economics Association, the National Association of Business Economics, the CFA Institute, and the Dallas Society of Financial Analysts. He and his wife, Tara Bond-Freeman, B.A. 1991, an archaeologist and adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University, are the parents of two children.

Peder R. JohnsonPeder R. Johnson, B.S. 1979, is managing partner of the Mississippi offices of the CPA and advisory firm, BKD. He received a degree in accounting from Millsaps. He has worked with large and small enterprises in telecommunications, financial services, real estate, and manufacturing and has assisted these clients in a wide range of tax and business issues, including mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, business succession planning, and entity planning. Johnson is a former managing partner of the Jackson office of a major, national accounting firm. In 2006, he established Johnson, Bruce & Host with his partners and served as managing member until the firm was acquired by BKD in 2008. Johnson is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants. He serves on several boards of directors for community organizations, including the Mississippi Museum of Art and the Andrew Jackson Council of the Boy Scouts of America.