February 2012


Upcoming Events

Washington, DC Alumni Chapter Event
February 9, 2012

6 - 8 p.m. - Policy Restaurant
1904 14th Street NW, U Street/Cardoza Metro Stop (Green Line). RSVP:

Millsaps Chamber Singers Concert
February 12, 2012

5 - 7 p.m. - St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Jackson, MS. For more information, email musictemp@millsaps.edu or call (601) 974-1422.

No Exit - A One-Act Play by Jean-Paul Sartre
Directed by M. Shane Grant
February 23-26, 2012

All shows start at 7:30 p.m. - Millsaps College, Olin Hall Atrium
What happens when you realize hell is other people? Find out more by visiting Millsaps Theatre Events.

Spring Family Weekend
February 24-25, 2012

Attend a reception with the president, faculty and staff on Feb. 24, and participate in a variety of campus activities on the 25th. More info at Spring Family Weekend, or email alumni@millsaps.edu.

Millsaps Arts & Lecture Series
Mississippi Premiere of Green Fire
March 6, 2012

7:00 p.m. - AC Recital Hall

The first full-length documentary made about legendary environmentalist Aldo Leopold highlights his extraordinary career. Screening will be followed by a panel of Mississippi environmental specialists. Visit Arts & Lecture Series for more info or to order tickets online.

Oxford, MS Alumni Event
March 8, 2012

5:30-7:30 p.m. - Home of Melody & John Webb

For more information or to RSVP, email alumni@millsaps.edu.

Community Enrichment Classes
February-March 2012

It's not too late to sign up for several of Millsaps' 2012 Winter Enrichment Classes; visit Community Enrichment or call 601-974-1130 to register today!

Meet the President Event: Vicksburg
March 27, 2012

5:30-7:30 p.m. - Home of Penny and Mack Varner

For more information or to RSVP, email alumni@millsaps.edu.


For a full list of Millsaps events, see our public events calendar.

For the latest alumni event updates, visit the alumni events calendar.

Let Us Know!

New job? Newly married? Expecting a new addition to your family?

Know a high school student who’d be a great match for Millsaps College? Let us know using our student referral form.

The alumni relations office would also like to know your whereabouts and major news. Update your contact information by e-mail (alumni@millsaps.edu), phone (601-974-1038), or use our alumni update form.

On the Web

Spring Family Weekend Set for February 24-25

Spring Family Weekend 2012 is only a few short weeks away.  February 24-25 will be a fun-filled time for you and your student.  Many activities are being planned to offer you a well-rounded view of Millsaps.

Spring Family Weekend 2012

During the weekend, you can watch a lacrosse game, enjoy a bowl of chili at the SAE Chili Bowl, learn more about student organizations at the Organization Fair, attend an informative forum featuring both students and faculty and cap off your day with the theatre presentation of “No Exit.”  And those are just a few of your choices.

Let us know you will be attending the President’s Reception for parents on February 24, 5:30 to 7 p.m., by registering online.

This event will take place in the Leggett Center.  You will have the chance to visit with Dr. Rob Pearigen, meet faculty members, enjoy some delicious food prepared by our own Chef Dave and possibly win a door prize (yes, there are door prizes to be had!).

View Spring Family Weekend tentative schedule

National Airing of Quest for the Lost Maya is March 28

The PBS documentary "Quest for the Lost Maya," featuring Dr. George Bey and Millsaps students, will air nationally on March 28 at 9 p.m. Central/10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (check your local listings). Produced by National Geographic, the documentary was filmed in the summer of 2011 at Millsaps' Kaxil Kiuic Biocultural Reserve in Yucatán, Mexico.

Quest for the Lost Maya promo spot
View a slideshow of photos from production

National Geographic became interested in work at the reserve after an article in USA Today in August 2010 reported on Bey's research about why the ancient Maya suddenly left their homes in Kiuic. In March 2011, The Chronicle of Higher Education ran an article feauring the work of Bey and other Millsaps programs in Mexico. Bey is a professor of sociology and anthropology, Chisholm Foundation Chair in Arts and Sciences and associate dean of international education at Millsaps.

"Why did they leave? That's the question," said Bey in the USA Today article. "Things were going full-bore, construction was underway. And things stopped."

Before the national airing, National Geographic's Emmy-award winning Executive Producer John Bredar and Director Jeremy Zipple are visiting campus. The two will join Bey and students Mandi Strickland and Phillip Boyett, in a panel discussion after a special screening of the program.

The documentary is projected to have one of the highest ratings for March on PBS with an audience estimated to be 1.7 million households, or 4.5 million people. It is also being shown in France and across 53 international National Geographic TV channels. A Japanese documentary, filmed simultaneously and produced by Tokyo Broadcasting System, aired in January.

Alumni, parents, and friends of Millsaps across the country are encouraged to gather for viewing events for the premier of Quest for the Lost Maya ... and to share your event photos and thoughts on the documentary with us on Facebook!

Q&A with Alan Neuhoff ('93), Chair of the Admissions Committee

How would you describe your Millsaps experience?
Alan NeuhoffMillsaps College was my bridge between late adolescence and young adulthood.  I arrived as a green 18 year old in the fall of 1989 with many lessons ahead of me.  By the time I left four years later, I had learned the value of hard work, the necessity of always looking forward and the importance of giving back.  These are all things one expects to learn from the adults on a college campus, and for sure I learned them from many professors still walking the grounds today- Brister, Culpepper, Neely and most definitely Taylor, among many others.  But I also learned these lessons from my friends who hailed from places I had never known before like McComb, Oxford, Southaven, Tupelo, Vicksburg and many others.

What's your first memory of Millsaps?
My first memory of Millsaps is of visiting the campus while still a senior in high school.  Being from Dallas I was unsure what I would find in Jackson, Mississippi- a place I had never before been.  I fell in love with Millsaps (and Mississippi) right away.  The people were so friendly and welcoming. I knew it was the place for me.  I recall visiting Dr. Bavender’s political science class, enjoying the collegiate atmosphere in the Bowl, and hanging out at Hal & Mal’s on Saturday night.

Tell us about your professional life.
After Millsaps I worked at my high school, The Episcopal School of Dallas, in the office of admission and tuition assistance.  Four years later I was back in school earning an MBA from SMU.  I then spent nine years working in corporate finance in the radio business, most of which was for The Walt Disney Company.  In 2009 I joined AlixPartners, a consulting firm specializing in improving corporate financial and operational performance, executing corporate turnarounds and providing litigation consulting and forensic accounting services in urgent, high-impact situations.

Tell us about the Alumni Association's Admissions Committee.
I am leading our alumni effort to support the Admissions Office with recruiting and yield.  Right now I am in the midst of building teams of volunteers who want to spread the word about Millsaps in their hometowns.  We are targeting the following metropolitan cities across the southeast: Atlanta, Birmingham, Dallas, Houston, Knoxville, Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans.  If you are an alum living in one of these cities and want to host, help coordinate or simply attend a Millsaps Night in your town, or simply reach out to high school students who have expressed an interest in our alma mater, please contact me at atneuhoff@gmail.com.  We need your help.  The time commitment is minimal (I promise) but the benefit to our college is huge.

Else School of Management Wins Architecture Award

The Else School of Management at Millsaps College was awarded the 2011 Excellence in Construction for Historic Restoration under $2 Million for the Walter P. Neely Finance and Conference Room and Murrah Hall 200.

Else School Architecture Award
(L to R): Howard McMillan, dean of the Else School; Walter Neely, professor of finance;
and Richard H. McNeel, partner at JBHM.

This award was bestowed by the Mississippi Associated Builders and Contractors and the redesign of the room was completed by JBHM Architects and Copeland & Johns Construction.

Save the Date! Homecoming 2012 Kicks Off November 3

Homecoming Weekend 2012It’s never too early to mark your calendar for Homecoming.  Homecoming 2012 will take place November 2-3.  The classes planning five & ten-year reunions are: 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002 and 2007.  Click on your year to join the class Facebook group.  Tasting at the Tents and the Faculty/Alumni/Parents Tailgate are on the schedule also, guaranteeing a weekend filled with fun, excellent football, incredible food and both old and new friends.

New to Homecoming Weekend will be the Alumni Awards Ceremony on November 2.  Shifting the alumni awards from spring to this exciting weekend on the Millsaps campus will provide more alumni the opportunity to participate in a great tradition at Millsaps - honoring those who give back to Millsaps and to their communities.

You can submit nominations for the Jim Livesay Service Awards and the Alumnus/a of the Year Award to Brooks Brower at brooks.brower@millsaps.edu. To see past winners of the alumni awards, visit www.millsaps.edu/alumni.

If you are interested in volunteering for a Reunion committee, please contact Brooks Brower.  Committees are currently forming. To learn more about Homecoming and see photos from Homecoming 2011, visit www.millsaps.edu/homecoming.

M Bench: A Brand New Alumni Online Experience

MBench - Coming SoonThe Millsaps College Alumni Association is pleased to announce that a new alumni website, “M Bench,” will launch this spring.

The website will re-launch the Millsaps alumni online community, and include dynamic and interactive features enabling alumni to connect with others, share photos, stories, and information, mentor undergraduates, give online, register for events, and much more.

Be looking for more information on this exciting new opportunity for Millsaps alumni in the coming months.