April 2012


Upcoming Events

Jackson Area Clergy Alumni Event
April 12, 2012

5:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Home of Ricky and Megan James
Featuring Millsaps President Rob Pearigen. For more information or to RSVP, email alumni@millsaps.edu.

San Francisco, CA Area Alumni Event - Meet the President
April 19, 2012

6 - 8 p.m. - Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge, Stanford University School of Medicine
Hosted by Dr. Bobby ('79) and Debbie Robbins; featuring Millsaps President Rob Pearigen. For more information or to RSVP, email alumni@millsaps.edu.

Millsaps Singers Spring Concert - "More Amore"
April 20, 2012

7:30 - 8:30 p.m. - Millsaps College Academic Complex Recital Hall
Singers present their spring choral concert, conducted by Dr. Timothy Coker. Brahms' sparkling miniatures of the Op. 52 "Liebeslieder Waltzes" form the center of this concert of music for chorus and piano. Free admission, with suggested donation: $10 Adults / $5 Students. For more information call (601) 974-1422.

Birmingham, AL Alumni Event
April 22, 2012

11 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Railroad Park, 1600 1st Avenue South
Picnic for the Planet hosted by The Nature Conservancy

This is a free, bring-your-own picnic event with live music. The Conservancy seeks to break the World Record for the largest picnic ever by organizing more than 24,000 people across the globe to picnic at the same time. For more information, contact Linda Montgomery at lmontgomery@tnc.org.

Nashville, TN Area Alumni Event
April 25, 2012

6 - 8 p.m. - Sunset Grill, 2001 Belcourt Avenue
Featuring Ben Morvant, Assistant Dean of Admissions. For more information or to RSVP, email alumni@millsaps.edu.

Jackson Area Lawyers Alumni Event
April 26, 2012

5:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Bravo Restaurant
For more information or to RSVP, email alumni@millsaps.edu.

Chattanooga, TN Area Alumni Event - Meet the President
April 26, 2012

6 - 8 p.m. - The Public House, 1110 Market St.
Hosted by Mary Vasser Ballard Hitchings ('86), Joe McCall ('86), Ross Ballenger ('88) and Mary Beth Riley Conklin ('91). Featuring Millsaps President Rob Pearigen. For more information or to RSVP, email alumni@millsaps.edu.

Millsaps Arts & Lecture Series: Annual Ross Moore Lecture
May 1, 2012

7 - 9 p.m. - Millsaps College Academic Complex Recital Hall
Southern Writers: Alan Huffman, Michael Rejebian, and Reese Fuller
Freelance writers and political researchers, Alan Huffman, and Michael Rejebian are co-authors of We’re With Nobody published by HarperCollins.  Louisiana journalist Reese Fuller has published a new book, Angola to Zydeco: Louisiana Lives, through the University Press of Mississippi. Fuller is a graduate of Millsaps.

Commencement Weekend
May 11-12, 2012

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

For more information, visit Commencement 2012.

Austin, TX Area Alumni Event - Meet the President
May 17, 2012

6 - 8 p.m. - Home of Sam and Marcy Greer
Hosted by: Sam and Marcy Greer, Dr. Tom McHorse ('63), Everett McKinley ('91), Stacey Oliver ('91), and Chad Songy ('09); featuring Millsaps President Rob Pearigen. For more information or to RSVP, email alumni@millsaps.edu.

Homecoming Weekend - Save the Date!
November 3, 2012

Many activities for Homecoming 2012 are being planned for alumni, friends, parents and students.  Reunions will be held for the classes of 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002 and 2007.  Join your class group on Facebook and check back often for updates on Homecoming 2012!

If you would like to help plan the activities for this year's Homecoming class reunions, need to update your contact information, or have other questions, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 601-974-1038 or 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.

Bobashela 2011-2012

It's time to order your Majors yearbook!

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

Just visit www.ybpay.lifetouch.com 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 (alumni@millsaps.edu), phone (601-974-1038), or use our alumni update form.

On the Web

Millsaps College Honored for Community Service

President's Higher Education Community Service Honor RollMillsaps College and its extensive involvement in community service earned the College the honor of being named for the fifth consecutive year to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the U.S. Department of Education. In addition, Millsaps was one of only five institutions nationwide recognized as a finalist for the 2012 Honor Roll's Special Focus Area distinction.

The Finalist distinction recognizes several programs implemented by Millsaps students during the 2010-2011 school year, including the 100% Adopt-A-Class program at Brown Elementary in Midtown, which also won a 2011 Mississippi Governor's Award for Excellence in education partnerships. For that program, Millsaps student organizations "adopted" all 15 classrooms plus the library, music program and after-school program at Brown. Millsaps students provided tutoring and mentoring, developed learning modules and provided and funded field trips and enrichment events.

Recognition was also received for Smart to the Core, science and literacy interventions, and Dropping In, Not Out, a series of programs designed to empower the successful transition of Midtown youth from middle school to high school.

"This is the highest standing any institution in Mississippi has ever achieved and we are very proud of our service-minded students and teachers," said Millsaps President Robert Pearigen.

This is the fifth year that Millsaps has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Honorees were chosen from applicants based on a series of factors including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service-learning is embedded in the curriculum, commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships and measurable community outcomes.

Millsaps' community service is led through the 1 Campus 1 Community initiative that places special emphasis on the development of college-community partnerships with the Midtown neighborhood and Jackson Public Schools. During the 2010-2011 academic year, 927 students engaged in over 33,000 hours of community service.

"Our students see service as a vital part of their college experience. Our focus on the Midtown neighborhood and JPS embodies the college's commitment to a place-based practice of community engagement and public service," said Dr. Darby Ray, professor of religious studies and director of 1 Campus 1 Community.

The 1 Campus 1 Community initiative receives support from the Walker Foundation, the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson, AmeriCorps VISTA, and Learn and Serve America.

The Corporation for National and Community Service, which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, admitted a total of 642 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth.

Burke Named Dean of Else School of Management

Dr. Kimberly BurkeKimberly Gladden Burke, currently professor of accounting and assistant dean, has been named the next dean at Millsaps College's Else School of Management. She will begin her new position on July 1, 2012.

Burke will oversee Millsaps' undergraduate business program, MBA program, Executive MBA program and Master of Accountancy program. The Else School has recently been recognized as one of the best business schools in the Princeton Review's The Best 294 Business Schools, and its MBA program was named a Top 10 Rising Star for 2011 by FindyourMBA.com.

"Dr. Burke is a valuable member of our faculty and has been a true leader at the Else School. She is recognized as an outstanding teacher, and her scholarship is highly regarded," said Millsaps President Rob Pearigen. "We look forward to her leadership, and I'm confident she will do great things for the Else School and Millsaps."

Burke replaces Howard McMillan, who has served as dean of the Else School since 2006. McMillan will return to his previous role of executive-in-residence, a post he held from 2002 to 2006. McMillan joined the Else School after retiring from a distinguished career in the banking industry. He is a former director of the Federal Reserve Bank in Atlanta, past president of the American Bankers Association and former president of Deposit Guaranty National Bank.

Widely recognized as a significant business leader in Jackson, in Mississippi and throughout the United States, McMillan has been involved with the Else School of Management since 2002, when he was named executive-in-residence.

As an accounting professor, Burke has taught a variety of classes including undergraduate and graduate auditing, intermediate and advanced accounting, accounting information systems, principles of financial accounting and introduction to liberal studies. In 2008, she was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education as the Mississippi Professor of the Year. She also plays a valuable role in helping Millsaps graduates secure jobs with leading accounting firms and established an executive shadowing program for accounting students.

Burke holds a B.B.A. and an M.S. in accounting from Texas Tech University and a Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University. She joined the Millsaps faculty in 1995.

Her research interests include the labor market for academics, assurance services, expectations formation and gender issues. Her research has been published in multiple publications including Advances in Accounting, Southern Economic Journal, Journal of Information Systems, Journal of Service Marketing and Internal Auditing.

Millsaps College Featured in Recently Released Book

Sweet Sixteen: Great Colleges of the SouthA chapter about Millsaps College is included in the recently released book, Sweet Sixteen: Great Colleges of the South, written by John Pulley, a Washington, D.C. writer, and published by Associated Colleges of the South.

High quality faculty and staff; distinctive academic programs that exemplify the best in liberal arts as preparation for life; and a strong sense of service and community are listed in the book as the strengths of Millsaps College.

The book features 16 nationally-ranked liberal arts colleges and universities in 12 states throughout the southeast and is meant to be a resource for high school students, counselors and parents. The colleges featured in the book are known for the preparation and success of their graduates; a high rate of student satisfaction with their college experience; a high rate of students graduating within four years; affordability with considerable financial assistance available; and locations in an attractive part of the country.

Print copies of the book are free and available by calling Millsaps College at 601-974-1033. The book can also be accessed on the ACS website at www.colleges.org/book.html.

Alumna's Gift will be Used to Enhance Human Anatomy Class

A gift from the estate of Mary Edgar Wharton Calhoun, B.S. 1947, will go to enhance pre-health education at Millsaps College.

Calhoun’s gift of $10,000 will go toward the purchase of plastinated models of the human body to be used by students in human anatomy classes. The models, derived from human tissue, retain all the complexities of the body and augment an in-depth study of the body.

Dr. Travis N. Calhoun of Christian County, Kentucky, son of Mary Edgar Wharton Calhoun, said Millsaps played a major role in the life of his mother, and the models are a fitting use of the funds because his mother was interested in pre-medical education.

Mary Edgar Wharton Calhoun majored in biology and was a member of Chi Omega, the Millsaps Singers, and Sigma Lamba. She was married to a physician, Dr. Neal Calhoun, who died in 1997, and the youngest of her four children, Travis, is a physician.

Mary Edgar Wharton Calhoun died at age 84 on Sept. 15, 2010 in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. She was a homemaker. She was a member of First Christian Church where she had also served as an elder, Sunday School teacher, and former chairman of the board. She was also active in Habitat for Humanity, the Girl Scouts, and the United Way. She was the Kentucky recipient of the Alexis de Tocqueville Volunteer of the Year Award.

The College is currently raising $100,000 to purchase three of the plastinated models of the human body. If you are interested in making a gift to help Millsaps secure this pre-health laboratory equipment, please contact Kenton Watt in the Office of Institutional Advancement at 601-974-1022.


Q & A with Ryan Beckett ('96), Alumni Association Board Member

Ryan Beckett ('96)What's your first memory of Millsaps?  My first night at Millsaps, a sophomore named Billy Crowder came into my room and invited me out with him and some of his friends. He became one of my closest friends during my time at Millsaps. Billy is a cardiologist now and lives next door to me. He is still one of my closest friends, and now our daughters are in school together (first graders at St. Andrew’s) and are best friends. That’s kind of everyone’s story at Millsaps, which makes it such a special place to be part of, both in the beginning and throughout the rest of your life. 

What are some things you remember most about Millsaps? The friendships I made at Millsaps have carried with me for 20 years now. I have been blessed to be part of a group of friends (mostly fraternity brothers) that stays in regular contact, travels together annually and uses Millsaps as the tie that binds. I remember every one of Dr. Ted Ammon's philosophy classes. I remember my first day in Dr. Allen Scarborough’s LS1000 class like it was yesterday. He had that unique ability to introduce a freshman into the liberal arts curriculum through shock and awe. I remember the terrific courses I took from Dr. Carl Brooking, Dr. Susan Taylor and Dr. Patrick Taylor. They made sure that an economics education at Millsaps did not stray from the College’s liberal arts tradition, and built courses around critical thinking and writing, rather than rote memorization of statistics.

Tell us about your family. Are they connected to Millsaps?  I was the first in my family to attend Millsaps. My wife, the former Sara Katherine Ott, also attended Millsaps and is from a "sho-nuff" Millsaps family, on both sides. Her mother and father met at Millsaps and her brother was a fraternity brother of mine. Her father Luther Ott is a long-time member of the Board of Trustees and has been involved in many different aspects of campus life for many, many years. Luther's younger brother, David Ott, graduated from Millsaps. My mother-in-law Janet Sanderson Ott is from a long line of Millsaps graduates, including her mother Anne Sanderson, for whom Sanderson Hall is named.

How did Millsaps prepare you for your future?  The critical thinking and writing skills that are the hallmark of a Millsaps education were instrumental in preparing me for law school and a professional career in the practice of law. These skills are put to work every day in my practice.

Tell us about your professional life.  I am an attorney with Butler Snow and practice in the firm's Ridgeland, Mississippi office. My practice focuses on commercial litigation matters, including antitrust, complex commercial transactions and financial institutions. I have practiced at Butler Snow since graduating from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1999.

Why do you volunteer with Millsaps College?  I value my continuing relationship with Millsaps and the opportunity of being involved and engaged in the direction of the future of the College. Millsaps has been a very special place for so many of us, and I want my children to have that same opportunity (no pressure, Eliza and Thomas!). I have been a member of the Alumni Board for two years and the Advisory Board of the Else School of Management for four years. Several years ago, I helped organize the Millsaps Lawyers Club, a group of mostly metro-area lawyers who attended Millsaps before getting their law degrees. I was genuinely surprised when I learned that there are over 300 lawyers practicing in the metro area that graduated from Millsaps. Millsaps lawyers can be found throughout the local bar making significant contributions to this community and their profession. I’m proud to be part of that tradition. The "Club" meets during the fall and again in the spring for purely social purposes, with no agenda and no program. It has been a lot of fun. Last February, Professor Harvey Fiser and I took a group of nearly 20 lawyers to the Else School's business and cultural center in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, for a three day Continuing Legal Education program. It was a truly unique experience and one of the coolest CLE’s that any lawyer has ever attended anywhere. We had terrific CLE programs in the morning followed by afternoon excursions to ancient Mayan pyramids, underground caves and most significantly, Millsaps' bio-cultural reserve at Kaxil Kiuic. We will be repeating this trip in the spring of 2013. If you were not able to make this trip before, you owe it to yourself to go.

Former Chemistry Professor Dr. Al Berry Dies

Professor Emeritus of Chemistry Dr. Roy Alfred Berry Jr. died Friday, March 2, 2012.

Berry began teaching chemistry at Millsaps in 1962 and was known for his soft-spoken nature and ready sense of humor. Upon his retirement, Berry was honored as an emeritus professor in 1999.

Dr. Al Berry

He is remembered as instrumental in shaping the current chemistry program. In 1976 he was awarded the College's Distinguished Professor Award. During his time at the College he served as member and chair of the Pre-Health Advising Committee, chair of the chemistry department from 1971-1976 and chair of the science division from 1983-1986.

"Roy Berry was the kind of dedicated, committed teacher that makes Millsaps the college it is," said Rod Bartlett (Class of '66), now a Graduate Research Professor in Chemistry and Physics at the University of Florida. "His was my main influence, and I know many others can say the same,  with most going on to professional or graduate school. Now many of those have gone on to educate their own students. Those I teach benefit  from what Professor Berry taught me, as will their future students. Like sherry, an educated person  acquires a special distinction from the fine old sherry that flavors in the current cask."

Under his leadership, the chemistry department received accreditation by the American Chemical Society, the first Millsaps department to be accredited by a national organization.

A native of New Hebron, Mississippi, Berry earned his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Mississippi College. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of North Carolina with a major in organic chemistry and completed post-doctoral research at the University of Florida.

He is survived by his wife Marian Jean Berry of Carmichael, California, his son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Roy and Traci Berry of Sacramento, California, his son and daughter-in-law, Jefferson Hord Berry and Dr. Peggy Elam of Nashville, Tennessee,  his three grandsons, Calvin, Mark and George Berry of Sacramento, California, his step-grandchildren, Mari and Trent Tateyama of Sacramento, California and his honorary children, Dr. Andrew Wynn and Robert Bloodworth.
Memorials may be made to the Allen Bishop, Gene Cain and Al Berry Scholarship at  Millsaps College, 1701 North State Street, Jackson, Mississippi 39210-0001.

Remembering McCarrell L. Ayers

McCarrell L. AyersMcCarrell L. Ayers, professor emeritus of voice, passed away on February 24, 2012 at American Village nursing home in Indianapolis. He was 86.

A native of Washington, Pennsylvania, Ayers received his B.A. in music from the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, NY, and his master's from Indiana University, Bloomington, where he studied with Margaret Harshaw.

In 1965, after various musical experiences and awards, he began a 27-year tenure at Millsaps, shaping the musical lives of voice majors and non-majors alike.  He sang tenor in the choir at St. James Episcopal Church, and in Musica Sacra of Jackson, a semi-professional choral music ensemble specializing in English cathedral music. After retiring from Millsaps in 1992, he moved to Indianapolis, maintaining a private vocal studio and singing in various choirs under the direction of his partner Donald D. Kilmer.  He joined the choir of All Saints Episcopal Church in 1998, where he sang until he suffered a stroke in 2000.

Many will remember McCarrell as a professor who was always educating himself, refining his vocal techniques, trying different ones. Even after his stroke, he continued to listen to his CDs and study his vocal scores, his Italian and German dictionaries always within reach. "He was certainly one of the most influential and important people in my life. The gifts he gave me are innumerable and it is always with great honor and gratitude that I refer to him as my teacher and friend. A great man," said Grady (Chip) Bailey, Class of 1986.

Others will remember his sense of humor. "McCarrell added brightness to our years together at Millsaps College. We shared many evenings at musical events, sang together in Musica Sacra, and had good laughs at the humor that was inherent in our life experiences. I greatly value those times together and the memories that have grown out of them," wrote the Reverend Don Fortenberry, retired chaplain.

A memorial service will be held in McCarrell Ayers' honor at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 28, in Episcopal Church of All Saints, 1559 Central Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202. Friends may visit his guest book page at www.harrywmoore.com.