August 2012


Upcoming Events

Move-In Day / Welcome Weekend 2012
August 16 - 19, 2012

Millsaps College

Move-In Day begins Thursday, August 16 at 8 a.m. Click here for a full schedule of Welcome Weekend events. Contact the Office of Student Life at 601-974-1200 for more information.

Jackson Area Young Alumni Event
August 21, 2012

5:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Bravo Restaurant

Join the Jackson Area Young Alumni chapter for happy hour! For more information or to RSVP, email

Millsaps Day in Fondren
August 26, 2012

11 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Fondren Business District

Many Fondren businesses will be offering discounts for Millsaps students, employees and alumni. Kids activities, including a space jump and face painting, will be available. Millsaps representatives will be on hand to answer questions about the College.

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.

Washington, D.C. Chapter Service Day
September 16, 2012

8:45 a.m. - 12 p.m. - DC Central Kitchen

Millsaps alumni are asked to volunteer with DC Central Kitchen and help with their morning meal prep. If you would like to volunteer or would like more information, please email Ryan Zagone at

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

Events Calendar
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 in fall 2012.

For more information, contact Allie Mills.

Let Us Know!

New job? Newly married? Expecting a new addition to your family?
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. Don't forget to register with our alumni online community at!

Attention Alumni in the Legal Professions
If you are a Millsaps alumna or alumnus in the legal profession, please update us on your career. Feel free to share high points, interesting cases you’ve been involved in, and stories about your life’s journey. We’d like to feature some of our outstanding lawyers in an issue of the Millsaps Magazine. Please email updates to, or mail us at: Millsaps College, Nell Luter Floyd, Millsaps Magazine, 1701 N. State St., Jackson, MS 39201.

On the Web

Millsaps Researchers Make "Sweet" Discovery

Scientists at Millsaps College's W.M. Keck Center for Instrumental and Biochemical Comparative Archaeology have detected evidence of the presence of cacao in ancient ceramic pottery recovered from a Maya archaeological site in Yucatán, Mexico, making it the earliest documented evidence of the use of cacao in the Northern Maya Lowlands.

Dr. Tim Ward
Millsaps College Professor of Chemistry Dr. Timothy Ward in the College's Keck Lab
where cacao, or chocolate, usage in ancient ceramics was detected.

Dr. Timothy J. Ward, professor of chemistry at Millsaps; Dr. Jiyan Gu, research fellow; and students Syed Ali and Erin Redman used liquid chromatography in tandem with a triple quadrupole mass spectrometer to extract and identify two specific chemical compounds. Their research revealed a specific ratio of theobromine and caffeine compounds that provided a strong indicator of cacao usage.

The ceramics were found in 2001 at the site of Paso del Macho, a Middle Formative site dating to 600-500 B.C. in the Southern Puuc region of Mexico. This site was discovered and explored by archaeologist Tomás Gallareta Negron of Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History; Negron works as senior director of the Bolonchen Regional Archaeological Project (BRAP) along with Dr. George Bey of Millsaps College and Dr. William Ringle of Davidson College.

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Olympian Dave Wottle Joins Millsaps Administration

Olympic Gold Medalist Dave Wottle has joined Millsaps College as interim vice president of enrollment management. Wottle comes to Millsaps after 29 years at Rhodes College in Memphis, where he served as the school's dean of admissions and, later, as special assistant to the president.

Dave Wottle

While Wottle's focus today is recruiting the best and brightest for Millsaps, the start of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London brings to mind another time and another place, when the whole world was watching. It was 1972 in Munich, Germany when Wottle surprised everyone and took the gold in the men's 800-meter race.

"That three-hundredths of a second made all the difference in my life because, as you know ... a lot of people don't remember the silver medalists in the United States," Wottle said in an interview with The Clarion-Ledger on Friday, July 27.

Read Clarion-Ledger interview ...

Millsaps Day in Fondren - August 25, 2012

Don't miss this first-ever event in the Fondren Business District just north of campus! On Saturday, August 25 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., many Fondren businesses will be offering discounts for Millsaps students, employees and alumni. Kids activities, including a space jump and face painting, will be provided. Representatives from Millsaps will be available to answer questions about the College.

Millsaps Day in Fondren

Announced offers so far include: 15% off at Sal & Mookie's restaurant, 10% off at Urban Living, 10% off at Fondren Art Gallery (along with an "art corner" for student dorm rooms with many items discounted up to 50%), and 25% off at Shoe Bar.

Students, faculty and staff can redeem the discounts using College IDs; alumni can visit the Millsaps table in the parking lot of St. Luke's United Methodist Church to pick up an alumni discount coupon redeemable at all participating Fondren businesses.

Backyard Brawl 2012: Major Grudge Match

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 look to win the Backyard Brawl after losing last year's game 33-27 in overtime.

There's still time to order tickets for the 2012 Backyard Brawl online. Tickets are $10 (plus $1 shipping and handling) and may be purchased in advance at Tickets may also be purchased at the gate for $15. We hope to see you there ... Go Majors!

Millsaps Welcomes New York City Slickers

Millsaps College is delighted to welcome two alums and their bluegrass band to the campus on Tuesday, October 9 to perform for the College's renowned Arts and Lecture Series.  Alums Annie Chadwick (B.A., '72) and Faser Hardin (B.A., '72), along with daughter Abigail Hardin, founded NYCity Slickers in 2008. 


NYCity Slickers is an eight-piece, high-energy, progressive bluegrass band that combines the wailing tight harmonies and talents of three singers with the hard driving sound of five musically gifted New York musicians on banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, bass and accordion.

Based in New York City, the group's unique "Big Apple Bluegrass" sound blends elements of traditional bluegrass, zydeco, delta blues and country pop into theatrically inspired, toe tappin', rocking fun music. With female-fronted, three part harmony arrangements, NYCity Slickers depart from more traditional male-driven bluegrass resulting in a synthesis of the Andrews Sisters, the Dixie Chicks, and Bill Monroe.

NYC Slickers' debut album Layin' It Down was released in 2011. To capture the energy of the group's live performances, the album was recorded live at Dubway Studios in New York City. Composed of 13 songs, eight of which are original, the album also contains the songwriting talents of Mississippi family members Vernon Chadwick and Reeves Jones. Layin' It Down is available through iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, and

Chadwick and Hardin have several relatives who are also Millsaps alums: Annie's sister Dorothy Chadwick, brother-in-law Reeves Jones, uncles Dr. Merrill Hines and Herman Hines; cousin Linda Hines, and nephew William Chadwick Lamar, Faser's father Edward Faser Hardin, Jr; and Faser's uncle Charles Morgan Adams.

Tickets are $10 ($5 for students with ID), and are available by calling the Millsaps Continuing Education Office at 601-974-1130, or online at Millsaps College Arts & Lecture Series.

Millsaps Alumnus William McAlilly Elected Bishop of the UMC

The Rev. William McAlilly (B.A., '78) was elected a bishop of the United Methodist Church during the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference at Lake Junaluska, N.C. in July.

McAlilly, who most recently served as district superintendent of the Seashore District of the Mississippi Conference and was a key leader in the rebuilding of churches and homes on the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, is the ninth Millsaps graduate to be elected a bishop in the United Methodist Church.

He joins the list that includes Larry M. Goodpaster (B.A., '70), bishop of the Charlotte, N.C. Episcopal Area; Mary Ann McDonald Swenson (B.A., '69), bishop of the California-Pacific Annual Conference; Timothy W. Whitaker (B.A., '70), bishop of the Florida Episcopal Area; Clay F. Lee (B.A., '51), retired; the late Homer Ellis Finger (B.A., '37); Roy C. Clark (B.A., '41), retired; the late Nolan B. Harmon (B.A., '14); and the late Joel D. McDavid (B.A., '41). William Belton Murrah served as president of the College and as a United Methodist bishop, but is not a Millsaps graduate. He graduated from Southern University in Greensboro, Ala., in 1874.

A second-generation United Methodist clergy member, McAlilly said his election was a confirmation of his gift for ministry. "It was an exciting moment to be chosen and recognized as someone who could lead the church," he said.

McAlilly has served as a pastor at small and large churches, led mission trips to foreign countries, worked with teens, mentored clergy and developed new congregations.

McAlilly said he had no idea when he was a student at Millsaps that his life’s journey would include being named a bishop, but the College provided a sense of the world and prepared him to speak the words of redemption, hope and reconciliation. He names Dr. Lee Reiff, Dr. T.W. Lewis and the Rev. Ed King as members of the Millsaps community who made an impact on his life.

"For Millsaps College, I think this is a time to celebrate our church-relatedness," said the Rev. Lisa Garvin (B.A., '93), director of Ministerial Services for the Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Conference. "Millsaps is clearly a leader in shaping leadership for the Church - United Methodist and otherwise - and for the world."  

During his Millsaps days, McAlilly played football and was among Kappa Sigma  fraternity's three religion majors who formed a Bible study. "We called ourselves the God Squad," he said. McAlilly was inducted into the Millsaps Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.

McAlilly received the Pendergrass Medal for Preaching while at Millsaps. "I was the person who showed promise," he said. "It had nothing to do with preaching. Nobody ever preached a sermon as an undergraduate."