September 2012


Upcoming Events

Visiting Writers Series - Novelist John Dufresne
September 13, 2012

7 p.m. - Room 215, Ford Academic Complex, Millsaps College

The Millsaps Visiting Writers Series brings to campus outstanding writers from a broad spectrum of experience and talent. Each visit features a craft talk or lecture, followed by a public reading. Dufresne's new novel, No Regrets, Coyote will be published July 2013. 
Free admission.
For more information, contact Dr. Steve Kistulentz at 601-974-1305 or

Friday Forum/Gallery Talk: Mary Jane Parker
September 14, 2012

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

Artist Mary Jane Parker will discuss her exhibit "Tracings," on display in the Lewis Art Gallery until Sept. 19. Ms. Parker is chair of the Visual Arts Department at the New Orleans Center for Creative Art where she also teaches.

Millsaps Enrichment Courses for High School Students
September 15 - October 1, 2012

Dates, times, and locations vary.

Millsaps College has scheduled Enrichment classes designed specially for high school students during September and October. Millsaps professors will teach three non-credit classes: Environmental Sustainability in the 21st Century, Abnormal Psychology, Do You See What I See: Media and Meaning Mondays. For full course descriptions and registration information, click here.

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 morning meal prep. If you would like to volunteer or would like more information, please email Ryan Zagone at

Jackson Young Alumni Chapter - Happy Hour
September 18, 2012

5:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Reuben's, Millsaps College

Cash bar (beer only) or BYOB. Hosted by the Jackson Young Alumni Chapter. For more information, call 601-974-1031 or email us at

Eatin' With Else Luncheon
September 25, 2012

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Nick's Restaurant, Jackson, MS

Featured guest: Duane O’Neill, President and CEO of Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership.
Cost: $10
RSVP: or call 601-974-1250

Else School Fall Forum: Steve Battista, Senior Vice President – Creative for Under Armour
October 4, 2012

8:30 a.m. - Leggett Special Events Center, Millsaps College

"Protect This House: Building Brands From the Bottom Up" will focus on launching a brand from the early days to breaking through the billion dollar mark.
Admission: $15. The public is invited, and reservations are recommended. For more information or to make reservations, call 601-974-1250 or email

Millsaps Singers Concert: "Across the Vast, Eternal Sky"
October 5, 2012

7:30 p.m. - Ford Academic Complex Recital Hall, Millsaps College

Millsaps Singers present choral, vocal and piano works of Norwegian-American composer Ola Gjeilo.
Free admission; donations accepted For more information, call 601-974-1422.

Millsaps Arts & Lecture Series Presents: The New York City Slickers, "Big Apple Style Bluegrass"
October 9, 2012

7:00 p.m. - Ford Academic Complex Recital Hall, Millsaps College

NYCity Slickers is an eight-piece, high-energy, progressive bluegrass band from New York City featuring Millsaps Alums Annie Chadwick (B.A., '72) and Faser Hardin (B.A., '72).
Admission: $10. Order tickets online at Millsaps Arts & Lecture Series. Email or call 601-974-1130 for more information.

Shreveport Chapter Kick-off Event
October 11, 2012

5:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Ristorante Giuseppe, 4800 Line Avenue, Shreveport, LA 71106

Featuring Millsaps President Robert W. Pearigen. Hosted by Walker Coburn ('02); Will Gorham ('10); Davis ('01) and Meg Meredith Powell ('02); and Mackey Sugar Quinlan ('03). A reply is requested by the October 5 to or 601-974-1038.

Memphis Chapter Event - Alumni Tailgate
October 20, 2012

12 p.m. (Kickoff: 1 p.m.) - Rhodes College Football Stadium

Join Memphis area alums for a pre-game tailgate as the Majors take on the Rhodes College Lynx. Look for the white tent with purple/white balloons; games and snacks provided. For more information, call 601-974-1031 or email us 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

International Student Establishes Non-Profit Foundation

Millsaps College junior Jean Leon Iragena wants his homeland of Rwanda to be known not only as the land of a thousand hills, but also as the land of 11 million readers. With the help of the Millsaps community, he has established a non-profit foundation dedicated to improving the reading and writing skills of Rwandan children.

Isaro Foundation

For the name of the foundation, he chose "Isaro" - which means "bead" and is a sign of smartness in his native language.

In April 2011, Iragena met two visiting Millsaps alumni, twin brothers Kevin and Ken Blackwell, who had a special interest in Rwanda through the support their church had been providing to schools and orphanages there.

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Millsaps Receives $1.4 Million Grant from HHMI

Millsaps College has received a $1.4 million grant from the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute to redesign its science curriculum. The new curriculum is aimed at expanding the number of students interested in pre-medical education and deepening scientific training for all students.

HHMI Grant
Ryan Clark of Tchula, Miss., is a premedical student at Millsaps College. He completed a neuroscience internship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center this summer.

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute is a non-profit organization that ranks as one of the nation's largest philanthropies and plays a powerful role in advancing biomedical research and science education in the United States. Millsaps was selected from a nationwide pool of 187 schools as one of 47 colleges to receive an award based on the strength of its record in science education and the proposed initiative. This grant builds on the college's stellar community of teacher-scholars, state-of-the-art laboratories and research oriented approach to the teaching of science.

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New Vice President of Institutional Advancement Appointed

Following a comprehensive national search, Michael V. Hutchison has been appointed the new vice president of institutional advancement at Millsaps College.

Mike Hutchison

In this position, Mike will serve in a senior leadership position on the executive staff of the College and will oversee the various programs and initiatives of the office of institutional advancement.

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New Alumni Referral Scholarship Available

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Alumni Referral
Scholarship Q&A (PDF)

Beginning with the class entering in the fall of 2013, Millsaps will award a $3,000 Alumni Referral Scholarship to all rising high school juniors and seniors who are referred to us by an alumnus of the College by December 1, 2012 and who are accepted for admission to Millsaps.

This scholarship, which will be the first component of the student’s financial aid award, creates an opportunity and incentive for alumni to encourage high school students to apply to Millsaps; it promotes a positive relationship between alumni and the applicant; and it provides alumni with a new opportunity to support their alma mater.

Students who are direct legacies and are referred by an alumnus - that is, all students whose mother, father, sister, or brother are Millsaps alumni - will also receive a $2,000 Legacy Scholarship. So, a legacy student who is referred by an alumnus will receive the $3,000 Alumni Referral Scholarship as described above, plus a $2,000 Legacy Scholarship which will be added to the student’s total financial aid award. We are genuinely interested in enrolling more students who have a legacy connection to the College, and we hope this scholarship will provide an additional incentive to both prospective students and alumni. In the year ahead, the funds for this scholarship will come from gifts made to the College by alumni who serve as members of the Board of Trustees.

Alumni can refer a student to the College by completing the Alumni Referral Online Form.

Millsaps Earns High Marks in National Rankings

Fiske 2013Millsaps College is the top-ranked national liberal arts college in Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama, according to rankings in U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 Best Colleges guidebook and Forbes’ most recent list of America’s 650 Top Colleges.

Millsaps is also among 21 private universities and colleges nationwide named a "best buy" in the 2013 Fiske Guide to Colleges.

Millsaps College leads the list of 13 United Methodist-related colleges named among the top 100 liberal arts colleges by Washington Monthly magazine.

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Keck Lab Serves as Site for Analysis of Residue of "Black Drink"

Researchers from across the United States, including Millsaps College Professor of Chemistry Timothy Ward, Ph.D., and Research Fellow Jiyan Gu, Ph.D., have analyzed chemical residues in prehistoric Native American ceramic vessels that are believed to offer the earliest known evidence for black drink consumption. Their findings were published in the on-line Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in August.

Keck Lab
Dr. Timothy Ward and Dr. Jiyan Gu

Black drink is a caffeinated tea-like beverage brewed from holly leaves and stems that was used during cleansing rituals and religious ceremonies. The ceramic vessels tested date to approximately 1050-1250 A.D. and are associated with the prehistoric Native American civilization of Cahokia, once located near present-day St. Louis.

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Trustee Robert Robbins Named President of Texas Medical Center

Dr. Robert RobbinsEffective November 5, 2012, Dr. Robert Robbins ('79 graduate and Trustee) is the new president and chief executive officer for Texas Medical Center.

Robert (Bobby) Robbins, M.D., who currently is professor and chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Stanford and director of the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute, says he’s a longtime fan of the leading-edge research and lifesaving treatments that take place every day in the Texas Medical Center.


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Millsaps Voice Majors Study, Perform in Italy

Two Millsaps College voice majors are a step closer to achieving their dreams of careers in professional opera. Tiffany Townsend and Jordan Hammons, both seniors, spent three weeks in Italy this summer studying at the Florence Voice Seminar, a continuing education program of the Westminster College of the Arts at Rider University in New Jersey.

Music students in Italy
Tiffany Townsend and Jordan Hammons in Florence, Italy

Internationally recognized opera singers and coaches serve as faculty, focusing on vocal and dramatic coaching. About 30 advanced students and young professional singers are accepted for enrollment each summer.

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1 Campus, 1 Community Receives Gannett Foundation Grant

1 Campus, 1 Community representatives recently received a grant from the Gannett Foundation for $1,000 to help fund the annual 1C1C block party.

1 Campus, 1 Community
From left, are Ashley Prewitt, 1C1C fellow; Ann Phelps, interim director of 1C1C; Leslie Hurst, Clarion-Ledger publisher; and Bolton Kirchner, 1C1C fellow.

The 1C1C 2013 block party is an annual springtime party that brings the Millsaps and Midtown communities together for food, fun and fellowship.

Millsaps Hosts Special Visitors Luncheon

On August 13, Millsaps College hosted a special luncheon with Mississippi elected officials and Millsaps alumni. The gathering was designed to provide leaders in the community and at Millsaps an opportunity to learn more about each other's work in Jackson and in Mississippi.

Special Visitors Lunch

Attending the luncheon were, from left (front row): Miss. Attorney General Jim Hood, Miss. Treasurer Lynn Fitch, Miss. Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Cindy Hyde-Smith, Millsaps Vice President of Planning and Assessment Terri Hudson; (back row): Miss. State Representative John Moore, Millsaps President Robert Pearigen, Miss. State Auditor Stacey Pickering, Miss. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, Millsaps alumnus Andy Mullins, Miss. Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert.

Else School Fall Forum to Feature Under Armour VP

Steve Battista, Senior Vice President - Creative for Under Armour, will be the featured speaker during the Else School of Management Fall 2012 Forum on Oct. 4 at 8:30 a.m. at Millsaps College. He will speak in the Leggett Special Events Center located on the Millsaps campus. "Protect This House: Building Brands From the Bottom Up" will focus on launching a brand from the early days to breaking through the billion dollar mark.

Else School Fall Forum

Doors will open at 7:45 a.m. for a breakfast buffet and the program will get under way at 8:30 a.m.  Admission is $15 and payable at the door. The public is invited, and reservations are recommended. For more information or to make reservations, call 601-974-1250 or email

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A Message From Alumni Association President Tom Shima

Tom ShimaGreetings Millsaps Alumni and Friends! We look forward to seeing you at Homecoming Weekend on Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3. Your alumni association has been hard at work making connections with fellow alumni in our communities "across the street and around the globe." In the past year, your alumni association has held numerous events throughout the country to engage our alumni where they are.

Millsaps alumni are invited to attend a meeting of the Alumni Association Friday, November 2 at 4:30 p.m. on the Millsaps campus (Olin Hall room 100). Millsaps President Dr. Rob Pearigen will present an overview of the College Strategic Plan.

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Majors Run Wild on Choctaws to Claim Brawl

After Hurricane Isaac pushed the game back to the weekend, the Millsaps Majors and the Mississippi College Choctaws finally squared off on a hot, muggy Saturday afternoon at Harper Davis Field.

Backyard Brawl 2012

Millsaps got a huge day from sophomore Mike Barthelemy and the offensive line as they defeated Mississippi College 23-17 to snap a three-game losing streak to their local arch rivals.

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