July 2012


Upcoming Events

Jackson Area Young Alumni Event
July 17, 2012

5:30 - 8 p.m. - CS's Restaurant - 1359 North West Street, Jackson

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

Memphis Area Young Alumni Event
July 19, 2012

5:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Las Delicias Mexican Bar and Grill - 4002 Park Avenue, Memphis

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

Washington, DC Chapter Event
August 9, 2012

6 - 8 p.m. - Location TBA

Join the Washington, D.C. Alumni chapter for happy hour! For more information or to RSVP, email alumni@millsaps.edu.

Jackson Area Accounting and MAcc Alumni Event
August 14, 2012

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

Join Millsaps accounting and MAcc alumni for happy hour! For more information, contact Jane Harkins at jane.harkins@millsaps.edu.

Jackson Area Young Alumni Event
August 21, 2012

Time and 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!

Arts & Lecture Series: The Máirtín de Cógaín Project
September 4, 2012

7 p.m. - Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex Recital Hall

The 2012-2013 season of the Millsaps Arts & Lecture Series kicks off with Celtic musician and storyteller Máirtín de Cógaín and friends. Tickets are $10. More information and online tickets are available at Millsaps Arts & Lecture Series.

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 our secure Bobashela order form to place your order today. 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

Principals' Institute Celebrates 20 Years at Millsaps College

Principals' InstituteDr. Todd Whitaker, Indiana State University professor and author of "Dealing with Difficult Teachers," was the keynote speaker during the 20th annual Millsaps College Principals' Institute June 10-15 at Millsaps College. The week-long conference included 69 participants from Mississippi, Alabama and South Carolina.

Thirty-two of the 156 Mississippi school districts were represented at the Principals' Institute.

"The Principals' Institute plays a vital role in education, in both private and public Mississippi schools, by supporting meaningful school change and excellence in leadership," Millsaps College President Robert W. Pearigen said. "More and more, research points to the fact that school leadership is critical to school success."

Pearigen cited a recent Wallace Foundation study that found leadership is second only to teaching among school-related factors in its impact on student learning. The study also found that the impact of leadership tends to be greatest in schools where the learning needs of students are most acute.

Dr. Ledora Overby Harris, director of the Principals' Institute, said the institute provides professional support to administrators to become reflective practitioners in the job they are required to do every day. "This is our way of supporting school leaders in the difficult tasks they are assigned," she said.

Whitaker is a professor of educational leadership, administration and foundations at Indiana State University. Other speakers included Dr. Stephen Barkley, executive vice president of Performance Learning Systems, and Dr. Dolphus Weary, president of the Rural Education and Leadership Christian Foundation.

Principals' Institute
For the 7th consecutive year, Dr. Stephen Barkley kicks off
the schedule of national speakers to the Principals' Institute

Facilitators included: Bobby Hathorn, principal of Clinton Alternative School, Lynnette McNeil, assistant principal of Oakdale Elementary in Rankin County, Willie McInnis, retired principal and educational consultant for Memphis City Schools; Teresa Duke, assistant principal of Sumner Hill Jr. High in Clinton, and Ron Morrison, director of student assessment for Madison County Schools.

Advisory board members are: Ronald L. Morrison, director of student assessment for Madison County Schools; Bobby Hathorn, principal of Clinton Alternative School; Wayne Folkes, principal of Oak Grove High School; Teresa Duke, assistant principal of Sumner Hill Junior High School; Dr. Daphne Buckley, assistant superintendent for Quality Professionals & Special Schools for the Mississippi Department of Education; Willie McInnis, principal emeritus; Jean Massey, associate state superintendent for the Mississippi Department of Education; Temeka Shannon, principal of Verona Elementary School; Richard Morrison, principal of Northwest Rankin High School; Sherry Sterling, director of student support services & alternative education for Jackson Public Schools; Catherine Wasson, professor at Belhaven University; Charlotte Seals, administrative assistant to the superintendent of Madison County Schools; Dr. Lynnette McNeil, assistant principal Oakdale Elementary School in Brandon; and Dr. Greg Carlyle, principal Choctaw Central High School. Dr. Marlys Vaughn, chair of the Department of Education at Millsaps, also serves on the advisory board.

The Institute was made possible by charter grants from BellSouth Foundation, The Phil Hardin Foundation and Mississippi Power Company. CREATE Foundation sponsors participants from northeast Mississippi and the Mississippi Power Education Foundation, Inc. sponsors participants from southeast Mississippi.

Millsaps Professor Receives National Science Foundation Grant

Dr. Michael Galaty, professor of anthropology at Millsaps College and an academic trustee of the Archaeological Institute of America, is the recipient of a senior research grant from the National Science Foundation for the College's ongoing archaeological project in Shkodër, Albania.

Dr. Michael Galaty and students dig at the site of a destroyed
burial mound in northern Albania in May 2012

The grant provides support for Millsaps undergraduate students to conduct fieldwork under the direction of faculty members, including Drs. James Harris and Stanley Galicki, professors of geology. The grant is in collaboration with Dr. Lorenc Bejko, professor of archaeology at the University of Tirana, Albania. Millsaps and the Albanian university have a long-standing relationship, including a tuition waiver agreement, dating to 2010.

The grant awards Galaty and his colleagues more than $162,000 to support the Projekti Arkeologjikë i Shkodrës (PASH), which aims to advance scientific understanding of the origins of social inequality and urban societies. The project will also use the unique resources of Millsaps' W.M. Keck Center for Instrumental and Biochemical Comparative Archaeology, directed by Dr. Timothy Ward, professor of chemistry and dean of sciences. During the coming year Millsaps students will analyze clay, prehistoric pottery, and human teeth, looking for evidence of trade and migration.

At the local level, Galaty seeks to understand the causes and expressions of proto-urbanism in the Shkodër region.

"I want to understand where social inequality comes from, both in Albania and generally," Galaty said. "Why do humans the world over build cities, which requires systems of social hierarchy? This was a major transformation in human behavior and can only be studied through the careful application of archaeological methods."

Dr. Keith Dunn, senior vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College, said the project is an example of the kind of highly collaborative, interdisciplinary work that makes the Millsaps experience special.

"Our students and professors are actively involved in acquiring new knowledge and understanding, not just learning about different academic disciplines in the classroom," he said. "They're changing the ways scholars think about these ancient cultures, and our students are involved in every aspect of the project - from digging and collecting artifacts, to analyzing samples in the laboratory, to providing the theoretical framework, to understanding the workings of the society."

Galaty, Galicki, and Harris, and seven current and former Millsaps students just returned from the 2012 expedition to northern Albania. Joined by Bejko and seven University of Tirana students, they continued surveying the plain and hills near the northern Albanian city of Shkodër, which sits alongside Lake Shkodra, the largest freshwater lake in the Balkans. In three seasons of fieldwork they have documented the existence of hundreds of prehistoric burial mounds and numerous hill forts in the region.

Thanks to generous support from the National Science Foundation, Galaty and PASH will operate for two more seasons, during which they will excavate tombs and a fort. For more information about archaeology at Millsaps, visit www.archaeology.millsaps.edu.

Alumna Chelsea Rick Wins Scholarships in Miss Mississippi Pageant

Chelsea Rick studied for her comprehensive exams, completed an honors research project and prepared for the 2012 Miss Mississippi Pageant - all in the semester before Commencement.

Rick graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in biology in May and finished among the Top Five contestants in the pageant in June.

Chelsea Rick

Rick earned $5,700 in scholarships, including a $2,500 scholarship as fourth runner-up, the $2,000 Women In Medicine Scholarship, the $1,000 Briggs Hopson, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S. Medical Scholarship and a $200 scholarship as a preliminary swimsuit award winner.

"What I was most excited about were the scholarships," she said. "The Women in Medicine Award is funded by 12 to 14 female doctors, including Dr. Cris Glick and Dr. Vonda Reeves-Darby, both of whom I have gotten to know at Millsaps. The Briggs Hopson Award is named in honor of Dr. Briggs Hopson, a Vicksburg physician, and is given to a contestant going to medical school."

Rick, a contestant in the pageant for four consecutive years, said her participation led to personal growth and gave her confidence when she was required to give a presentation about her honors presentation and also when she was interviewed for admittance to medical school.

In her years of participation as Miss Historic Crossroads, Miss Alcorn County, Miss Metro Jackson and Miss Natchez Trace, Rick earned a total of $15,900 in scholarships. She will use her winnings starting this fall to help pay for her needs as a student at the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Hattiesburg.

"I hope to become a gerontologist," she said, noting that she wants to serve the elderly in nursing homes, hospice and other settings.

Rick affirmed her choice of career through the Millsaps Faith & Work Initiative when she was a Lilly Fellow and had an internship with a gerontologist and a rheumatologist. She was admitted as a junior at Millsaps to the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program and plans to complete the required four years of service in her hometown of Fulton after her medical training.

A member of Beta Beta Beta fraternity for students in biological sciences, Rick completed an honors project about how chronic stress can lead to major depression and other mood disorders.

"Millsaps is so special to me," she said. "It gave me the opportunity to do everything I wanted to do."

She served as president of the Student Council for College Advancement and helped organize Philanthropy Day in 2010 and 2011 and the first Millsaps Alumni Couples Dinner in 2011. She was a member of Chi Omega sorority, a presidential ambassador for the Millsaps Admissions Department, a member of the Student Body Association Executive Board, and a member of the College dance team. She was also a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and Alpha Epsilon Delta and a recipient of a Souls Afire Honor given to recognize community servants.

Rick said she chose to attend Millsaps because she wanted a small, liberal arts college where she could learn to think. Her brother, Trey Rick, is a 2006 graduate of Millsaps.

"I know no matter where I go from here I have the independent thinking skills and reasoning skills to stand on my own two feet," she said.

Move-In Day: Thursday, August 16, 2012

Calling all Parents!

It's time to plan for Move-In Day 2012! Remember the fun of moving your students into the dorms? The excitement they were feeling? Remember your relief when the pile on the curb was magically whisked away to your son or daughter's new room?

Move-In Day: August 16, 2012

You had seasoned parents and students to offer assistance and advice. We're offering you the opportunity to return the favor.

Can you help? We need traffic directors, moving supervisors and greeters. Email us at parents@millsaps.edu to volunteer. Help us welcome our new students with Major hospitality!

Q&A with Susan Eskridge Frazier, Class of '81

Susan Frazier, Class of 1981

What's your first memory of Millsaps?
Because my parents had both gone to Millsaps, it was always a part of the conversation for my sister and me growing up in Tupelo. Heck, I knew the meaning of the word Bobashela by the time I was seven.

What are some things you remember most about Millsaps?
Quickly discovering that I wasn’t nearly as smart as I thought! The hubris of thinking that all I had to do to prepare for Dr. Knox’s first pre-calculus test was to work one problem from each practice set had exactly the result you might expect.

The good news is that by the time comps rolled around my senior year, I’d learned my lesson. And decided to major in English.

Tell us about your family. Are they connected to Millsaps?
My late parents, Helen Thorne Eskridge and Jerry Eskridge, came to Millsaps from Holly Springs, Mississippi. There's a great black and white photograph of them on a large wall display upstairs in the Boyd Campbell College Center that I stumbled across by accident several years ago. Taken in the mid-fifties, it shows them studying together in the library, heads bent over a textbook. To find it among the other pictures was such an unexpected gift - it makes me smile every time I see it.

My sister Laurie graduated a couple of years after I did and is now chair of the math department at St. Stephen's Episcopal School in Austin. Several weeks ago I was in Texas with her for a family event; coincidentally that same weekend Millsaps was hosting a gathering of the Austin-area alumni, so we got to go to that as well. It was terrific! Meeting some new folks and reconnecting with others who all have a Millsaps relationship was a lot of fun. I have to say that the Austin alums are a pretty impressive bunch.

How did Millsaps prepare you for your future?
I got a fabulous education, learning to think critically, listen thoughtfully and write reasonably well. I learned the value of community service and saw compassion and grace modeled. I made life-long best friends who still make me laugh.

Tell us about your professional life.
I've spent a good bit of time working for nonprofits, both paid and unpaid, focusing on development, fundraising, and communications. In fact, I was honored to be asked to join the staff of Stewpot Community Services after serving on the board for seven years, including a term as board president. Currently I'm working at the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson. I also enjoy freelance writing and editing.

Why do you volunteer with Millsaps College?
I guess we are all attracted to things that have meaning and value for us, and my appreciation for Millsaps has only deepened over time. I've received - and continue to receive - so much by virtue of being a member of the Millsaps community of students, alumni, faculty, and staff. It's exciting to be a part of something so special.

Meet Me at the MBench!

Mbench.orgThe Millsaps Alumni Association is pleased to announce a new online community, the Millsaps Mbench.

The Mbench community website provides you with new ways to stay connected to Millsaps and to your fellow alumni. When you register, you will be able to search for and contact your friends and classmates, share photos, register for events, join online groups and more.

Easy and convenient to use, the Mbench website contains all the news and event listings that you've come to expect, as well as providing a place for secure online giving in a more accessible environment. Mbench serves as an online directory for our alumni with a searchable database; you can update your address and contact information at any time.

To get started, go to www.mbench.org and click on the Register Now link in the upper right hand corner of the home page. When you have logged in, you will create a user name and password which will give you access to the site.

Once you are verified, you will be able to complete the registration form and familiarize yourself with the MBench. If you have any problems logging in or questions about the community, contact mbench@millsaps.edu.

We think you’ll like our new community.