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   March 2011


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Upcoming Events

Chamber Singers Concert
Sunday, March 6

5-7 p.m., University United Methodist Church
Oxford, Mississippi

Millsaps College's 20-voice auditioned touring choir presents a concert of a cappella and accompanied choral music from motets and anthems to American folk hymns and spirituals. Free admission. Google map

Annual Dunbar Lecture in Philosophy
Monday, March 7

7-9 p.m., Academic Complex Room 215
Karsten Harries, Ragen Professor of Philosophy at Yale University, will speak on the question "Should Moral Considerations Figure in Judging Art?"

Southern Circuit Film Series
Tuesday, March 8

7-9 p.m., Academic Complex Room 215
Filmmakers Paul Harrill and Ashley Maynor will screen three films, including Gina, An Actress, Age 29, Quick Feet, Soft Hands, and For Memories' Sake. Learn more about the films and watch the trailers at

Religious Diversity Matters: Dr. Laurie Patton, Emory University
Wednesday, March 9

7:30-8:30 p.m., Academic Complex Room 215
Dr. Laurie Patton of Emory University will present a lecture titled "Transcending Difference: Working for Interfaith Respect and Understanding in Jackson," addressing the idea of "pragmatic pluralism," a way of being interreligious in the 21st century.

Arts & Lecture Series
Tuesday, March 15

7-9 p.m., Academic Complex Recital Hall
Authors Alan Lange, Tom Dawson, and Curtis Wilkie will discuss the status of traditional media and new media and how new media such as blogs and radio talk shows affect public issues. Sid Salter, Perspective Editor at The Clarion-Ledger, will moderate. Individual tickets, $10; students $5; free with Millsaps I.D. More information and tickets: Millsaps Arts & Lecture Series

The Nussbaum Lecture: Hank Thomas
Friday, March 25

12:30-1:30 p.m., Academic Complex Room 215
Hank Thomas is President of Victoria Hospitality Properties, which owns and operates Marriott Hotel franchisees, and Vice President of Hayon and Hayon II, which own and operate McDonald's franchises. He is also a veteran Civil Rights foot soldier with 22 arrests, an original Freedom Rider, and a Vietnam War Purple Heart recipient. He will discuss Perry Nussbaum and the Freedom Riders.

Memphis, TN Young Alumni Event
Friday, March 25

The Memphis, TN Young Alumni Chapter will enjoy South Main Trolley Night. Meet for a quick drink at Blue Monkey Downtown, 513 South Front St, Memphis, TN, between 5 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. We will leave there around 6 p.m. to walk a block to the Trolley Night to browse stores and galleries in the South Main Historic District. For more information, contact Louise Chandler.

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.

On the Web

Women's Lacrosse Holds First NCAA Varsity Game in Mississippi

Millsaps College hosted Mississippi's first NCAA varsity lacrosse game on Friday, February 18 at 7 p.m. with a contest between the Millsaps Majors and the University of Dallas. The Majors lost 11 to 8 on Harper Davis Field.

"What an honor to be the first varsity lacrosse game at Millsaps College, let alone the state of Mississippi; we are very proud of our school and our program and what we will become," said Tracy Cepnio, women's varsity lacrosse head coach.

Women's Lacrosse
View more pictures from the game on Flickr

Also, the first men's NCAA varsity lacrosse game will take place March 27 against Fontbonne University out of St. Louis.

"Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport and the oldest sport in America," said Luke Beam, men's lacrosse coach at Millsaps College. It is becoming popular at the club level in both high schools and colleges in the state. Millsaps is the first college to offer varsity collegiate-level teams. The college had offered a women's club team for several years.

Today's lacrosse game has Native American origins and is played using a small rubber ball and long-handled sticks. The object of the game is to score by shooting the ball into the opponent’s goal, using the stick to catch, carry and pass the ball. On the defense, the goal is to keep the opposing team from scoring and to capture the ball.

"The level of contact in lacrosse is more akin to hockey," said Beam. "When watching lacrosse for the first time, some spectators have asked 'Is that legal?' as they observe the level of contact," Beam noted.

Millsaps Partnership with Brown Elementary Receives Governor's Award

Millsaps College and its partnership efforts at Brown Elementary School will receive well-earned special attention this month.

The 100% Adopt-A-Class Program at Brown Elementary is among five school-community partnerships that will receive a 2011 Governor's Award during the Mississippi Association of Partners in Education luncheon on March 23 in Jackson.

More than 600 hours and $15,000 in volunteer, academic, and enrichment resources were directed to the school as part of the 100% Adopt-a-Class partnership. Every student at the school received the attentions of Adopt-a-Class volunteers, whether in one-on-one tutoring sessions, small-group projects, all-class enrichment activities, or special events such as Fall Carnival, the Science Fair, or field trips to the Natural Science Museum or to Thalia Mara Hall for "The Nutcracker."

Dr. Phoebe Pearigen at Brown Elementary
Phoebe Pearigen dances with a Brown Elementary School student

Millsaps student organizations taking part include Alpha Kappa Alpha, Chi Omega, Delta Delta Delta, Delta Sigma Theta, Phi Mu, Kappa Delta, Lambda Chi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Kappa Alpha, Kappa Sigma, the leadership honorary Omicron Delta Kappa, the Wellspring community service living-leaning program, and the Campus Ministry Team. Phoebe Pearigen, wife of Millsaps President Rob Pearigen, teaches some students at thee school a weekly class in stretching, classically-based movement and rhythm exercise.

"The 100% Adopt-A-Class program has brought the Millsaps campus together in a year-long common project, which has been amazing to watch," said Dr. Darby Ray, professor of religious studies and director of 1 Campus, 1 Community, which connects Millsaps to the local community in a myriad of ways and focuses on the Midtown neighborhood in Jackson and on K-12 education. "The challenge at this point is to sustain the program for future years."

A grant from the Community Foundation of Jackson provided funds for the creation of resource and training materials for students adopting classes, a faculty mentor for Millsaps student adopters, and $200 per classroom to enrich the educational environment and experience.

Annual Fund Challenge

Annual Fund ChallengeHave you made your annual fund gift yet for the 2010-2011 fiscal year?  If not, you have until June 30 to make your gift and be counted in the Trustee Annual Fund Challenge

For this year only, our board of trustees is committing $500,000 to the annual fund ONLY IF alumni and friends increase their giving to $1 million. Last year, alumni and friends gave a total of $750,000. Also, the trustees want to see 44% participation from alumni, up from 22% last year.

This is an aggressive challenge and we need everyone to pitch in and make their annual fund gifts. Millsaps is known as a "community of scholars," and we need a community of support to reach our goals. 

If you have made an annual fund gift already, please encourage your friends and former classmates to participate as well. Millsaps College deserves and appreciates your support!

To follow our progress or to make your online gift, please visit

Take a Moment for our Millsaps Magazine Survey

Millsaps MagazineMillsaps Magazine comes out twice each year, and we'd like your feedback about it.

What kind of stories do you find appealing? Do you check the "Class Notes" to see if you recognize anyone from your class? How long do you keep your copy of the magazine?

Your input will help us make the magazine better! Please take a moment to give us your feedback by answering a few questions in our online reader survey:

"Footlights and Fame" - April 16, 2011

"Footlights and Fame" will be the theme of the evening April 16 as members of the Millsaps Alumni Community and College come together to celebrate the accomplishments of the 2011 Alumnus of the Year and Jim Livesay Service Award winners with a night of glitz and glamour.

Beginning with a reception honoring our volunteer boards, the Alumnus of the Year and the Livesay winners, attendees will be swept into a night of musical entertainment featuring both Millsaps alumni and current students. Join our host and Dean of Students, Dr. Brit Katz, as we celebrate those members of the Millsaps community who have dedicated themselves to lives of purpose and meaning.

Don't miss our annual event that honors the alumni of Millsaps College. More details will be available in the next few weeks at For more information, contact Priscilla Tillner at (601) 974-1038 or at

2011 Student Council for College Advancement Awards

The Student Council for College Advancement is currently accepting nominations through March 15, 2011 for Millsaps alumni who have demonstrated generosity globally, in their communities and to Millsaps College. Send your nominations to Vernon King at

SCCA Award for Global Philanthropist of the Year:
Nominees for this award should have a demonstrated record of outreach with an international philanthropy. Criteria for this award include substantial gifts of time and resources to an entity that helps create a better world.

SCCA Award for Community Philanthropist of the Year:
Nominees for this award should have a demonstrated record of giving back to their communities. Criteria for this award include substantial time given to community service as well as financial support of organizations that have a positive impact on the local area.

SCCA Award for Millsaps College Philanthropist of the Year:
Nominees for this award shall have a demonstrated record of giving back to Millsaps College. Qualifications for this award include substantial volunteer hours given to the College as a member of the alumni board, other committees or the Board of Trustees. All nominees must have a record of financial support to the Millsaps College Annual Fund. Demonstrated financial support is a top priority in the selection of this award.

Last year's winners were: Joe Bailey, Community; Rev. Luther Ott, Millsaps College; and David McNair, Global.