June 2012


Upcoming Events

New York City Area Alumni Event
Meet the President
June 8, 2012

6 - 8 p.m. - The Lotos Club, Five East Sixty-sixth Street

Featuring Millsaps President Rob Pearigen. Hosted by Jay and Julie Lindsey. For more information or to RSVP, email alumni@millsaps.edu.

33rd Annual "Mississippi in the Park" Picnic - New York City
June 9, 2012

12 - 4 p.m. - Central Park - Dead Road (also called Center Road) between the Bandshell and Sheeps Meadow at 72nd Street
Alumni and friends are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, and games for a family picnic and celebration of all things Mississippi! For more information email alumni@millsaps.edu.

EMBA Info Session/Attend a Class
June 9, 2012

11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Millsaps College
Hosted by the Else School of Management. For more information or to RSVP, email mbamacc@millsaps.edu.

Golden Triangle Area Alumni Event
Meet the President
June 21, 2012

6 - 8 p.m. - The Veranda, 208 Lincoln Green
, Starkville, MS
Featuring Millsaps President Rob Pearigen. Hosted by Whit Waide ('96) and Robika Modak Mylroie ('03). For more information or to RSVP, email alumni@millsaps.edu.

22nd Annual "Mississippi on the Mall" Picnic - Washington, D.C.
June 23, 2012

3 - 6 p.m. - Henry Bacon Drive Ballfield (NE Side of the Lincoln Memorial), Washington, D.C.
Register online at www.mississippisociety.com
Alumni and friends are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, and games for a family picnic and celebration of all things Mississippi! For more information email alumni@millsaps.edu.

Washington, D.C. Area Alumni Event
Happy Hour
June 23, 2012

6 - 8 p.m. - Circa at Foggy Bottom - 2221 I Street, NW, Suite 300
For more information or to RSVP, email alumni@millsaps.edu.

4th Annual "Mississippi Picnic in the Park" - Atlanta, GA
June 30, 2012

10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Chastain Park in Buckhead
Alumni and friends are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, and games for a family picnic and celebration of all things Mississippi! For more information email alumni@millsaps.edu.

EMBA Info Session
June 31, 2012

5:30 - 7 p.m. - River Hills Club, Jackson, MS
Hosted by the Else School of Management. For more information or to RSVP, email mbamacc@millsaps.edu.

Jackson Area Young Alumni Event
July 17, 2012

6 - 8 p.m. - Location TBA

Join the Jackson Area Young Alumni chapter for happy hour! For more information or to RSVP, email alumni@millsaps.edu.

Backyard Brawl 2012
August 30, 2012

7 - 10 p.m. - Millsaps College, Harper Davis Field

The legendary, age-old rivalry between the Millsaps Majors and the Mississippi College Choctaws returns to the gridiron and is sure to be a grudge match.
Order tickets online today!

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

Backyard Brawl Comes to Harper Davis Field August 30

The first football game of the 2012 season will be the annual Backyard Brawl with Mississippi College on Thursday, August 30 at 7 p.m. on Harper Davis Field at Millsaps College. 

2012 Backyard Brawl
Order 2012 Backyard Brawl tickets online now

The annual match-up between the two colleges will be featured in a documentary tentatively titled Grudge Match. Coordinated by the Mississippi Sports Council, the documentary features a "revenge" theme as the Millsaps Majors hope to win the Backyard Brawl after losing last year's game 33-27 in overtime.

The Mississippi Sports Council helped revive the Millsaps-Mississippi College football series in 2000 after a 40-year hiatus. The rivalry dates to 1920 and games were played nearly every season until 1960, when, in the aftermath of a fight among fans at a basketball game between the two schools, the series was terminated.

In more recent years, the games have attracted a crowd of 13,000-plus people at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Tickets for the 2012 Backyard Brawl may be purchased in advance online for $10 (plus $1 shipping and handling) at www.millsaps.edu/backyardbrawl/.

What are your memories of the Backyard Brawl? Share photos and stories on the Millsaps Alumni Facebook page.

Make a Gift, Change a Life

With all that has been accomplished at Millsaps this year, one major challenge remains.  We have less than one month left to reach our Annual Fund goal of $1.5 million in gifts, with 44% of our alumni giving.

Millsaps College Annual Fund

Because the Annual Fund is the foundation for all other gifts to the College, it is an indicator of strength. Every outstanding liberal arts college with which Millsaps competes for students, foundation support, and national rankings strives for high annual giving and high alumni participation.

The inspiring life-changing stories, accomplishments of Millsaps faculty and students, and exciting programs featured in this Bulletin are all great reasons to give to the Millsaps Annual Fund. That's because the Annual Fund supports every student, every faculty member, and every program on campus. It also provides resources for immediate use: while endowed funds are invested for long-term sustainability, Annual Fund gifts are "now" gifts that allow the College to meet today's priorities.

Our success depends on you. Read this Bulletin. Appreciate the difference Millsaps has made in your life or the life of someone close to you, and share the satisfaction of knowing you are part of this extraordinary place by giving to the Annual Fund today.

Gifts of all sizes matter and are important to our success. So please give now.

Thank you.

Hunter Scott
Director of Annual Giving

Give Now

Summer Picnics in New York City , Washington, D.C. and Atlanta

Upcoming summer picnics in New York, Washington, D.C. and Atlanta offer great opportunities for Millsaps alums to connect with old friends and make new ones.

2012 Summer Picnics

The famous Mississippi in the Park in New York City's Central Park will be held on June 9. On Friday, June 8, join President Rob Pearigen at the Lotos Club from 7 to 9 p.m. Then on Saturday, look for our Millsaps College tent from noon to 4 p.m. at Dead Road (located between the Bandshell and Sheeps Meadow at 72nd Street) in Central Park.

For alums living in the nation’s capital area, join Millsapians from 3 to 6 p.m. at Henry Bacon Ballfield for the 22nd Annual Mississippi on the Mall.  A happy hour will follow at Circa at Foggy Bottom from 6 to 8 p.m.

Chastain Park will be the site of the Atlanta Picnic celebrating the Magnolia State and featuring blues music, great food and old friends on June 23 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information on these and other alumni events, contact Alumni Relations at 601-974-1031 or alumni@millsaps.edu.

Millsaps Receives $1 Million Endowment Gift

Millsaps College has received an anonymous $1 million endowment gift from the parents of a Class of 2012 graduate.

"This gift is evidence that we are actually changing the lives of our students each day," said Dr. Robert W. Pearigen, president of Millsaps. "The gift was made by parents in honor of the professors and mentors who have changed their child’s life forever and in appreciation of the inspiring experiences that mark a Millsaps education."

$1 Million Endowment Gift

Those "inspiring experiences" are one of the reasons Millsaps is one of 40 colleges profiled in Loren Pope's Colleges That Change Lives.

College leaders hope the endowment will be an inspiration to others to support initiatives associated with the new strategic plan, "Across the Street and Around the Globe:  Partnerships and Influence at Millsaps College." The five-year plan for the College was developed during the past school year with input from faculty, staff, trustees, alumni and students. 

"One of the key pieces of the strategic plan is a new and distinctive educational and leadership program that leverages our location in the capital city of Mississippi and in the communities we touch around the world," said Dr. Keith Dunn, senior vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College. "The program is designed to expand the reach of our classrooms - embracing opportunities in our neighborhood and within our reach internationally to allow students to graduate with real-world skills and experiences that will be an advantage to them in their careers and in their future contributions to their communities."

The endowment supports the College's new strategic plan by providing resources for local, national and international internships for students, enabling them to work, study and serve. It will support students pursuing honors projects and collaborative research and teaching experiences with their professors. It will also provide funds for students to study abroad, particularly students whose resources do not allow for international travel.

"This gift reminds us of the privilege and joy we have as educators in helping transform the hearts and minds of our students, even as our students shape our own hearts and minds. It also reminds us of the sacred trust that families place in us," Pearigen said.

Discover Millsaps' New Minor in Archaeology

The Millsaps Department of Sociology/Anthropology is launching a new interdisciplinary minor in archaeology which will begin in the fall semester of 2012.

Millsaps Archaeology in Albania
Archaeology Students Dora Lambert and George Bey screen soil in Albania

The minor involves faculty from the departments of chemistry, classics, geology, history, religious studies and sociology/anthropology, and will take advantage of field projects and study abroad programs in Albania, Greece, Israel, Italy and Mexico, as well as the $1.2 million W.M. Keck Center for Instrumental and Biochemical Comparative Archaeology.

To keep up with all that’s happening, follow the Millsaps Department of Archaeology on Facebook and Millsaps Department of Archaeology on Twitter. In addition, students working in northern Albania this summer (May 15 to June 15)  will blog about their discoveries and adventures at the Albania Archaeology Blog, and be sure to check out the new Millsaps Archaeology website for exciting content and features: www.archaeology.millsaps.edu.

Millsaps Names Hall of Fame for 2012

Millsaps 2012 Hall of Fame
Pictured from left are: Dr. Brit Katz, Wrijoya Roy, Oliver Galicki, Anne Waldrop, Amy Patterson and Millsaps College President Dr. Robert W. Pearigen

This year's Hall of Fame students include a computer programmer, Rotary Scholarship winner, Diwali dancer and future teacher for Teach for America.

Oliver Galicki, of Jackson; Amy Patterson, of Homewood, Ala.; Wrijoy Roy, of Columbus; and Anne Waldrop, of Paducah, Ky., received the honor at a recent ceremony on campus.

Galicki is a computer science major. He served as president of Kappa Sigma Fraternity and was a member of the football team. He has also served as chair of the Honor Council. He works full-time as a computer programmer at St. Dominic hospital.

"Since his freshman year, Oliver has demonstrated a maturity in leadership, scholarship and time management that defies his youth. An all-conference football player, he proved that one can also be a fraternity president and write an honors project if you prioritize well," said Dr. Brit Katz, vice president for student life and dean of students.

Amy Patterson is a religious studies major. She has been involved with the women's lacrosse program and is an active member of Chi Omega sorority. Through a Lilly Fellowship she has worked with homeless men and women at Galloway United Methodist Church. She has completed a Ford Teaching Fellowship. She will begin work with Teach for America in the fall, teaching at an elementary school in the Mississippi Delta.

"Amy is a recipient of the Souls Afire Honors for the year's most exceptional community service activist in addition to Phi Beta Kappa membership. She donated her time to every single campus cause proffered by our Faith and Work Initiative and by our 1 Campus 1 Community office. In addition, she remains one of the most unselfish servant-leaders imaginable," Katz said.

Wrijoya Roy is a public health and human development major. She is an active member of  Delta Delta Delta sorority and has served as president of the Panhellenic Council for two years. For her work she has been inducted into Order of the Omega and received the highest Order of Omega scholarship in the nation. She has been active in the Faith and Work Initiative, is president of Millsaps Masala and a member of the Leadership Taskforce for the Campus Ministry Team. She plans to attend graduate school for a master's in public health with a concentration in global health.

"Activist, leader, philanthropist and scholar, Wrijoya is an amazing combination of outstanding qualities and characteristics. In addition to her leadership in the Senior Year Experience, she will be remembered for chairing the annual Diwali tradition for three consecutive years," Katz said.

Anne Waldrop is a biochemistry major. A pre-med student, she has played soccer on the women's team for four years. She has been active with the Faith and Work Initiative, Campus Ministry Team and Kappa Delta Sorority. She is a Lilly Fellow and Foundations Leader. She will spend next year studying in Paris as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship recipient. She plans to attend medical school in the fall of 2013.

"How many scholars claim invitations to four medical schools upon their college graduation? Anne excelled in her pre-medical studies while earning all-conference honors in women's soccer. Her Phi Beta Kappa membership confirms her place as an all-time well-rounded undergraduate at the College," Katz said.

Meet Me at the MBench!

MBench Alumni CommunityThe Millsaps College Alumni Association is pleased to announce that a new alumni website, "M Bench," will launch in the next few weeks. Be on the lookout for an email containing your unique access number.

The website will re-launch the Millsaps alumni online community. This dynamic new website will include interactive features enabling alumni to connect with others, share photos, stories, and information, and to mentor undergraduates and young alumni. You’ll be able to give online, register for events, see if your friends are attending and much more.

We look forward to meeting you at the M bench!