March 2012


Upcoming Events

Lewis Art Gallery Exhibit: "I Am Not There," by Anita Jung
Through March 23, 2012

9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Daily

For more information visit Lewis Art Gallery or Millsaps Art News.

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

MBA Info Session - Starkville, MS
March 21, 2012

4 - 5 p.m. - MSU, Montgomery Hall, Career Center Conference Room

Learn about Millsaps M.B.A. programs. Pizza will be served. For more information or to RSVP, contact Melissa Meacham.

Public Lecture: Gerard Helferich
March 22, 2012

4:30 - 5:30 p.m. - Ford Academic Complex Room 137

Author Gerard Helferich discusses his new book, Stone of Kings: In Search of the Lost Jade of the Maya. For more information, contact Andrew Paxman.

Millsaps Forum: The Rabbi Perry Nussbaum Lecture Series
March 23, 2012

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. - Ford Academic Complex, Room 215

Featuring speaker Rabbi Philip M. Posner. For more information or to RSVP, contact Steve Kistulentz.

Meet the President Event: Vicksburg
March 27, 2012

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

Featuring Millsaps president Dr. Rob Pearigen. For more information or to RSVP, email

Millsaps Visiting Writers Series
March 28, 2012

7 - 8:30 p.m. - Ford Academic Complex Recital Hall

Featuring novelist Rick Moody and writer/musicians Wesley Stace (also known as John Wesley Harding) and Joe Pernice. Tickets are $10 (free for students with ID); for more information or to order tickets, visit Visiting Writers Series or contact Steve Kistulentz.

Memphis, TN Alumni Event
March 28, 2012

Quest for the Lost Maya Documentary Viewing Party
7:30 - 10 p.m. - El Toro Loco
For more information or to RSVP, email

Millsaps Forum: Dr. Michael Reinhard
March 30, 2012

5 - 6:30 p.m. - Ford Academic Complex Room 215

Michael Reinhard, assistant professor of political science at Millsaps, reports on the results of his four-year study of higher education in Afghanistan. For more information, contact Steve Kistulentz.

Atlanta, GA Alumni Event
April 5, 2012

5 - 8 p.m. - Blooms & Bubbly, Atlanta Botanical Garden
For more information or to RSVP, email

Jackson Area Clergy Alumni Event
April 12, 2012

5:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Home of Ricky and Megan James
Featuring Millsaps president Dr. Rob Pearigen. For more information or to RSVP, email

New Orleans, LA Alumni Event
April 17, 2012

5:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Location TBA

For more information or to RSVP, email

Commencement Weekend
May 11-12, 2012

Mark your calendars now for the College’s 118th Commencement ceremonies!

For more information, visit Commencement 2012.


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

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

Bobashela 2011-2012

It's time to order your Major's yearbook!

Extra yearbooks are available for family, friends and alumni, and this year it's easier than ever to purchase the yearbook.

Just visit and click on "Locate School" to begin the ordering process. Your yearbook will be shipped directly to you as soon as it is printed next fall.

For more information, contact Allie Mills.

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 (, phone (601-974-1038), or use our alumni update form.

On the Web

National Airing of Quest for the Lost Maya is March 28 on PBS

The PBS documentary Quest for the Lost Maya, including 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.

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 featuring 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."

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James Martin Among Top Finalists at American Traditions Competition

Millsaps College Teaching Artist-in-Residence James Martin recently sang his way to be among the top three finalists in the recent American Traditions Competition in Savannah, Ga.

James Martin
James Martin performs at the Mississippi Opera's
production of Madama Butterfly in 2011.

He received the Patricia and Heyward Gignilliat Bronze Medal Award and $3,000 for third place. He was one of 32 selected quarter-finalists invited nationally to participate and one of 12 semi-finalists and six finalists. The competition requires that singers perform a different repertoire each day.  Martin was also a finalist in the 2009 American Traditions Competition.

The week-long event drew contestants from across the country and featured a world-class panel of  judges:  Denyce Graves, international opera star; Liz Callaway, Broadway performer; Robert Sadin, conductor, producer and arranger for Herbie Hancock; Joseph Joubert, conductor and arranger for the Connecticut Opera, Oprah Winfrey's "The Color Purple" and "Three Mo' Tenors;" and Amanda McBroom, Cabaret performer who composed the song "The Rose" for Bette Middler.

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New CareerShift Program Offered by College Career Center

The Millsaps College Career Center recently purchased the online tool CareerShift. Alumni of the College will have access to the system through June 30, 2012.


CareerShift can be used to: search, store and record job listings; get inside contact information, including e-mail addresses, for millions of companies; upload/copy and paste multiple targeted resumes and cover letters; create unlimited e-mail campaigns; and keep notes and set reminders in a calendar feature.

You may access your confidential CareerShift account at anytime from anywhere. In order to access CareerShift:

1) Go to
2) Click "Sign Up" at the top of the page
3) Fill out required information.
4) Replace "Millsaps" with "Majors" in the group name box.
5) Select a security question and answer.
6) Answer the human verifier question.
7) Check user agreement.
8) Click Next.
9) Once you answer required questions, you will be directed to your CareerShift account.

Questions? Email

Millsaps Alum Named JPS Teacher of the Year

Hope PearsonMillsaps alumna Hope Patterson Pearson, B.A. 2007, is the 2012 Jackson Public Schools Teacher of the Year. She is an exceptional education teacher at McWillie Elementary.

She was also recently named the 2011 Metro Teacher honoree for JPS. Pearson received a Bachelor's of Arts in elementary education and supplemental licensure in exceptional education and Spanish from Millsaps College.

"As a student at Millsaps, Hope had the vision to set lofty goals and the tenacity to reach her goals as both a student and an educator," said Dr. Marlys Vaughn, professor of education at Millsaps College.

"During my undergraduate studies at Millsaps, I became interested in education on a global scale," Pearson said.

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Q & A with Chris Spear, Alumni Communications Committee

Chris SpearWhat's your first memory of Millsaps?
My first memory of Millsaps is staying overnight in Franklin during summer pre-registration and meeting my first fellow students. I vividly remember the nervousness in the pit of my stomach as I started talking to others and lining up my fall classes. That also ended up being the weekend I chose IDS over Heritage, which was probably a good choice for my stress and sleep levels during freshman year.

How has your Millsaps experience shaped your professional life?
I'm using my English major to full effect as part of Ad.In Advertising, a small, full-service advertising agency in Ocean Springs. As the designated writer of the group, I write any copy needed by our clients - including project proposals, press releases, slogans, newsletter articles and more. One of my articles will be the cover story for the external newsletter of an important client, which is pretty cool.

However, just as it was at Millsaps, being part of a small firm means I wear many different hats. I also work in graphic design, handle a good deal of client relationships and build and edit websites. My favorite part of the job is never having the same daily agenda twice. There's a list of different tasks for different clients every day, and that keeps things challenging and fun.

What’s the Communications Committee and what are its goals?
The Communications Committee was created to serve as support for the Alumni Association. Right now we are focused on the launch of the MBench online community.

I volunteer with Millsaps because no other institution has had such a profound effect on my life in such a short amount of time. Not only the in-class education, but the Faith & Work Initiative, Greek life, the Honor Council and so much more were fundamental to how I perceived and lived my life after college, and continue to do so. If Millsaps provided all that to me, how can I NOT give back just a little bit of my time in appreciation?

Millsaps Team Named to Final Four of Mid-South Research Challenge

The Millsaps-Louis Wilson Fund team made the final four in the local competition of the CFA Institute's Mid-South Research Challenge held in Memphis on February 11.

Mid-South Research Challenge
The Millsaps Team

The Millsaps 2012 team members include seniors Ryan Schultz, Shaka Moody and Ben Cooper along with MBA student Andrew Hatten. The team was advised by Walter Neely, professor of finance for the Else School of Management. Tim Frye, current MBA student, competed for Millsaps in 2011 and observed the competition. Julius Ridgeway, CFA and Millsaps MBA graduate now working with Medley and Brown, acted as industry mentor for the Millsaps team.

The competition required a written report (which counted half), and oral presentations with Q&A representing the remaining part of the judges' scoring.

Universities and colleges competing in the research challenge were: Harding University, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Texas A&M at Corpus Christi, Mississippi College, Henderson State University, University of Memphis and University of Central Arkansas. Harding University won the competition.

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Lady Majors Complete Season as #2 in SCAC

The Millsaps Majors Women's Basketball Team competed for a SCAC Championship on Sunday, February 26 as they took center stage with the Centre Colonels. Millsaps battled the No. 1 team in the East all day, but the Colonels pulled away late to take the title, 60-48. The Majors season comes to a close with an overall record of 22-6.

Millsaps Lady Majors
Senior Janice Okeke set a SCAC Tournament record for total rebounds

Centre opened the game with a three-point lead thanks to a three pointer from Alyson Burke. After a free throw from Lauren Huter extended the lead to 4-0, Millsaps got on the board with a layup from senior Janice Okeke to cut the deficit to 4-2.

Centre's Maggie Prewitt and Okeke exchanged baskets before junior Lovie Love got on the board with a jumper to tie the game at six. Millsaps took its first lead of the game when Okeke came away with a steal and found freshman Samantha Perez on the fastbreak to go up 12-10.

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M Bench: A Brand New Alumni Online Experience

M BenchThe 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.

Spring Family Weekend - Fun For a Cause

Spring Family Weekend 2012 was a rousing success for Millsaps. Families enjoyed visiting with the president and faculty members at the President’s Reception on February 24, then many headed out to taste the culinary delights of Jackson while others enjoyed a theatre production of Jean-Paul Sartre's No Exit.

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Saturday’s weather was perfect for the Chi Omega Walk for a Wish 5K which raises money for  the Make-a-Wish Foundation. The men of SAE served up the Annual Chili Bowl Cook-Off, featuring over 20 competing teams and raising $6,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network and Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children.

The highlight and final program of the day was the first Faculty/Student Forum which focused on three distinctive programs. Dr. Brent Hendrixson and student Brendon Barnes discussed undergraduate research in the sciences; Harvey Fiser, accompanied by students Drew Moroux and Sarah Hartzog (Skyping in from Mexico City) spoke about the international business programs and prestigious international companies that offer internships to Millsaps Students; and Dr. Amy Forbes and student Kelly Brignac highlighted the Millsaps Honors Program which provides graduate level research experience for Millsaps undergrads.