The Frank and Rachel Anne Laney Award recognizes the graduating senior who has written the finest essay reflecting on the value of a Millsaps liberal arts education.
In order to satisfy the Core 10 requirement, all graduating seniors must submit essays in which they reflect on the value of their liberal arts education. A faculty panel chooses ten finalists whose papers are published as a record of the seniors' reflections. The one winning essay is then selected each year for the Laney Award based upon its excellence in thought and expression. In order to pass down the wisdom of the graduating seniors, the winning paper will become required reading for incoming freshmen the following year.
The award was established in honor of Frank and Rachel Anne Laney as a tribute to their commitment to excellence in higher education. Dr. Laney was a professor of history for 34 years at Millsaps. During his tenure he served as Dean of the College from 1962-1969 and chaired the History Department from 1971-1984, during which time he was named Distinguished Professor of the Year. In 1987, he helped organize and lead the College's successful effort to secure a Phi Beta Kappa Chapter. Mrs. Laney was Frank's best friend and is loved by all who meet her. She is gracious and supportive to faculty and staff alike and attended nearly every event at Millsaps - student recitals, Singers and Players performances, football games, lecture events, and ceremonial occasions. In short, Dr. and Mrs. Laney worked tirelessly on behalf of the College.
Millsaps prides itself on being an institution that teaches students not what to think, but how to think - and we now have the Laney Award to honor and preserve our students' thoughts about the College and our philosophy of teaching and of the life well lived.
The Frank and Rachel Anne Laney Award is made possible through the generosity of the Phil Hardin Foundation.
“A Student, A Citizen”
“My Three Purple Suitcases”
“A Millsaps Experience”
“Perfection Isn’t Everything”
“‘Femininstincts:’ A Lesson by Mother Millsaps”
Sarah McLean Archer
“Core 10 Essay”
“Millsaps + ___ = SUCCESS”
"On Cores and Kinships"
"A Walk in the Garden"
"Ad Excellentiam Per Viam Millsaps"
"Understanding the World and Finding the Freedom in it: A Gabby's Guide"
“Making the Strange Familiar”
"Ad Perfectum et Ad Excellentiam”
“Building Character and Courage at Millsaps”
“On Forming Tangential Lines to a Focused Whole”
Mary Frances Ivey
“Self-Determination: A Millsaps Story”
Katie Lane Kirkland
Anthony J. Vernaci III
"Our Words Matter"
"It's Ok to Not Know"
Sara Jane Humbert
"Leaving Plato’s Cave"
"The Illusions of the Social Well: A Millsaps Undoing"
Anna Claire Gary
"1701 North State Street"
Sara Del Castillo
"On Millsaps and Coming Home"
"A Different Kind of Millsaps Bubble"
"Popping the Bubble"
"The Outlier You Want to Keep"
"Liberal Arts: A Gift that Can't be Packaged"
"Music: The True Magic of the Liberal Arts"
"Changed for Good"
"There Are Too Many Idiots in This World"
"Heritage, the Canon, and Opinions"
"Core 10 Paper"
"In More Ways Than One"
"I Am Not One"
"Ubuntu and Other Defining Moments"
"The Rhyme of All"
"The Globalization of the American Dream"
"Il faut participer: The Liberal Arts Dialogue"
"Voices: Learning to Listen"
Nadia Al Hashimi
"Millsaps: Forever Constant in My Life"
"I Ain't a Statistic"
"Scratching the Surface"
"Major Musical Moments"
"The Good Thieves"
"Deep Roots for Rich Living"
"We're All In This Thing Together"
"How I Spent My Summer Vacation"
"My Four Twins"
"So What Are You Going To Do With That?"
"Core 10 Reflective Essay"
"Niggas Don't Do That"
"My Quilt of Words"
"Track Listing: A Millsapsian's Soundtrack"
"Boxes Are What We Live In"
"Slower to Speak"
"Core 10 Paper"
"Studying Myself to Death"
"Trading My Degree for a Diamond Tiara"
"From Jackson to Jackson: The Memories of Hometown Boy"
"A Game Played to Win"
"My 4.0 Failure"
"Last Flight Out"
"Millsaps College Meets My Inner Beast"
"Life Beyond the Skeletons"
"Answering Their Question"
"The Art of Being Uncomfortable"
"Beer and the Search for Truth: A Reflection on Time Spent at Millsaps"
"Having Trouble with Language"
"Your Silence Will Not Protect You"
"The Beginning, the End, and Everything In-Between"
"Reflections with a Homeless Man"
"In Preparation for a Walkabout"
"Finding Strength in Numbers"
"The Day I Threw Away My Rose-Colored Glasses"
"A Second Hand Account"
"The Ultimate Journey"
"I Guess I'm Already There"
"Poet, novelist, tower"
"Notebook 2000-04: In Search of Glimmerings"
"Faith, Fragments, and the Search for Foundations"
"I Am No Rhodes Scholar But I'm Doing Alright"