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Millsaps College
Millsaps College
is a private liberal arts college located in Jackson, Mississippi, the state capital. Founded in 1890 and affiliated with the United Methodist
United Methodist
Church, Millsaps is home to 985 students. One of 40 colleges featured in Loren Pope's Colleges That Change Lives, it is one of only 21 private colleges nationwide named a Best Buy in the 2013 Fiske Guide to Colleges.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Important dates in Millsaps history 1.2 Presidents

2 Academics 3 Campus 4 Rankings and distinctions 5 Athletics 6 Greek organizations 7 Navy V-12 program 8 Notable faculty and alumni 9 See also 10 References 11 External links

History[edit] The college was founded in 1889–90 by a Confederate veteran, Major Reuben Webster Millsaps, who donated the land for the college and $50,000. Dr. William Belton Murrah was the college's first president, and Bishop
Bishop
Charles Betts Galloway
Charles Betts Galloway
of the Methodist Episcopal Church South organized the college's early fund-raising efforts. Both men were honored with halls named in their honor. Major Millsaps and his wife are interred in a tomb near the center of campus. The current United Methodist Church
United Methodist Church
continues to have affiliations with the college. Important dates in Millsaps history[edit]

Mausoleum on the campus of Millsaps College, Jackson, Mississippi, containing the graves of Major Reuben Webster Millsaps
Reuben Webster Millsaps
and his wife.

1890: Major Reuben Webster Millsaps
Reuben Webster Millsaps
founds the college with a personal gift of $50,000. 1901: Millsaps builds the first golf course in Mississippi. 1902: Mary Letitia Holloman becomes the first female graduate of Millsaps. 1908: Sing-Ung Zung of Soochow, China, becomes the first international student to graduate from Millsaps. 1914: Old Main, one of the first buildings on campus, burns and is replaced by Murrah Hall. 1916: Major Millsaps dies and is buried on campus. 1931: The first night football game in Mississippi
Mississippi
is played on the Millsaps campus between the Majors and Mississippi
Mississippi
A&M (now Mississippi
Mississippi
State University). 1936: Millsaps College
Millsaps College
absorbs bankrupt Grenada College
Grenada College
during the Great Depression. 1943: Johnny Carson
Johnny Carson
attends Millsaps for V-12 naval officer training, entertaining his comrades with a magic and humor act. 1944: Louis H. Wilson, who graduated from the college in 1941, received the Medal of Honor
Medal of Honor
for his actions at the Battle of Guam during World War II. Wilson became a General
General
and the 26th Commandant of the Marine Corps in 1975. He was the first Marine Corps Commandant to serve full-time on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. 1953: Dean Martin
Dean Martin
and Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis
judge a Millsaps beauty contest. 1965: Millsaps becomes the first all-white college in Mississippi
Mississippi
to voluntarily desegregate.[3] 1967: Robert Kennedy
Robert Kennedy
during his presidential campaign speaks at the college about obligations of young Americans to give back to their country. 1975: President Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter
speaks to Millsaps students about the crisis in the Middle East. 1988: Millsaps initiates the first campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity in Mississippi. 1989: Millsaps becomes the first school in Mississippi
Mississippi
to have a chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa
Phi Beta Kappa
honor society.

Presidents[edit]

William Belton Murrah, 1890–1910 David Carlisle Hull, 1910–1912 Dr. Alexander Farrar Watkins, 1912–1923 Dr. David Martin Key, 1923–1938 Dr. Marion Lofton Smith, 1938–1952 Dr. Homer Ellis Finger, Jr., 1952–1964 Dr. Benjamin Barnes Graves, 1965–1970 Dr. Edward McDaniel Collins, Jr., 1970–1978 Dr. George Marion Harmon (1978–2000) - After 22 years of leading Millsaps College, Dr. Harmon announced his resignation in the Spring of 1999. His last day as president of Millsaps College
Millsaps College
was June 30, 2000.[4] Dr. Frances Lucas (2000–2010) - Dr. Lucas was the first female to hold the post at Millsaps.[5] Dr. Lucas resigned on April 23, 2009.[6] Lucas cited disagreements with faculty as the reason for her resignation.[7] Howard McMillan, Dean of Millsaps' Else School of Management took over as Interim President in August 2009.[8] Dr. Robert Pearigen, Vice President of University Relations at The University of the South, was selected to serve as the eleventh president of the college. He began his term in office on July 1, 2010.[9]

Academics[edit] Despite its religious affiliation, the curriculum is secular. The writing-intensive core curriculum requires each student to compile an acceptable portfolio of written work before completion of the sophomore year. Candidates for an undergraduate degree must also pass oral and written comprehensive exams in their major field of study. These exams last up to three hours, and may cover any required or elective course offered by the major department. Unacceptable performance on comprehensive exams will prevent a candidate from receiving a degree, even if all course work has been completed. "Comps" are usually associated with graduate degree requirements, so their inclusion at the undergraduate level is a source of pride (and possibly pressure) for Millsaps students.[citation needed] Millsaps offers B.S., B.A., B.B.A., M.B.A. and MAcc degrees and corresponding programs. The current undergraduate population is 910 students on a 103 acre (417,000 m²) campus near downtown Jackson, Mississippi. The student to faculty ratio is 1:9 with an average class size around 15 students. Millsaps offers 32 majors and 41 minors, including the option of a self-designed major, along with a multitude of study abroad and internship opportunities. Millsaps employs 97 full-time faculty members. Of those, 94 percent of tenure-track faculty hold a Ph.D. or the terminal degree in their field. The professors on the tenure track have the highest degree in their field.[citation needed] The college offers research partnerships for undergraduate students, and a variety of study abroad programs. Millsaps reports that 57% of their student body comes from outside Mississippi; a large portion of out-of-state students are from neighboring Louisiana. Millsaps is home to 910 undergraduate, 75 graduate students from 26 states and territories plus 23 countries. The college also offers a Continuing Education program and the Community Enrichment Series for adults in the Jackson area. Campus[edit]

Millsaps College
Millsaps College
campus.

The Millsaps campus is close to downtown Jackson. It is bordered by Woodrow Wilson Avenue to the north, North State Street to the east, West Street to the west, and Marshall Street to the south. The center of campus is dominated by "The Bowl," where many events occur, including Homecoming activities, concerts, the Multicultural Festival, and Commencement. Adjacent to the Bowl is the Campbell College Center, renovated in 2000, which contains the campus bookstore, post office, cafeteria, and Student Life offices. This central section of campus also holds the Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex, Olin Science Hall, Sullivan-Harrell Hall, and the Millsaps-Wilson Library. The north part of campus includes the Hall Activities Center (commonly called "the HAC"), the sports fields, and the freshman dormitories. On the far northwestern corner is James Observatory, the oldest building on campus. Operational since 1901, the observatory underwent major renovations in 1980. It is open for celestial gazing. Upperclassmen dormitories are located on the south side of campus, with Fraternity Row and the Christian Center. Originally constructed as a memorial to students and graduates who died in service during World War II, the Christian Center houses an auditorium and the departments of Performing Arts, History and Religious Studies. Between the Christian Center and Murrah Hall, which houses the Else School of Management, is the tomb of Major Millsaps and the "M" Bench, erected by the classes of 1926, 1927, and 1928. The Nicholson Garden was added to improve the aesthetics of this area. Rankings and distinctions[edit] Millsaps was ranked 90 out of 251 national liberal arts colleges in the U.S. News & World Report of America's Best Colleges Issue; top ranked liberal arts college in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama; also, named to the list of "High School Counselors' Picks" for 2011 and 2012.[10] Millsaps College
Millsaps College
professors are ranked among the best in the nation, according to The Princeton Review's The Best 377 Colleges - 2013 Edition. The Millsaps faculty won praise in The Princeton Review's special Top 20 category: Professors Get High Marks, where Millsaps was ranked twelfth in the country.[11] The Princeton Review
Princeton Review
also named the Else School of Management at Millsaps College
Millsaps College
one of the Best Business Schools in the Southeast in the 2011 edition of its book, The Best 300 Business Schools.[12] Millsaps is one of 40 schools in Loren Pope's Colleges That Change Lives.[13] Millsaps is among 21 private universities and colleges nationwide named a "best buy" in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2013. Millsaps is the only institution in Mississippi
Mississippi
to earn the "best buy" honor from the annual guide. The guide names Millsaps as "the strongest liberal arts college in the deep, Deep South and by far the most progressive" and notes that what differentiates the school is "its focus on scholarly inquiry, spiritual growth, and community service, along with its Heritage Program, an interdisciplinary approach to world culture." Millsaps leads the list of 13 United Methodist–related colleges named among the top 100 liberal arts colleges by the 2012 Washington Monthly College Guide.[14] Athletics[edit] Main article: Millsaps Majors The school's sports teams are known as the Majors, and their colors are purple and white. They participate in the NCAA Division III
NCAA Division III
and the Southern Athletic Association. Men's sports include: baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, and track and field. Women's sports include basketball, cheerleading, cross country, dance team, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. The Majors had a fierce football and basketball rivalry with Mississippi
Mississippi
College in nearby Clinton through the 1950s before competition was suspended after an infamous student brawl at a basketball game. Campus legend says the brawl was sparked by the alleged theft of the body of Millsaps founder Major Millsaps by Mississippi
Mississippi
College students. The rivalry was considered by many as the best in Mississippi, featuring a prank by Mississippi
Mississippi
College students who painted "TO HELL WITH MILSAPS" (sic) on the Millsaps Observatory. The football rivalry resumed in 2000 as the "Backyard Brawl", with games at Mississippi
Mississippi
Veterans Memorial Stadium. The rivalry took a one-year hiatus in 2005 but resumed in 2006. Millsaps was the summer training camp home for the NFL's New Orleans Saints in 2006, 2007, and 2008. Millsaps was also home to the famous game-ending play in the 2007 Trinity vs. Millsaps football game, in which Trinity University executed 15 laterals on the way to a touchdown, defeating Millsaps by a score of 28-24. The play later won the Pontiac Game-Changing Performance of the Year award, which had never before been bestowed upon a play outside of the NCAA's Bowl Subdivision. In 2008, Millsaps quarterback Juan Joseph was awarded the Conerly Trophy, which goes to the best football player in the state of Mississippi. Greek organizations[edit] The school is home to five different fraternities: Kappa Alpha Order, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Pi Kappa Alpha, Lambda Chi Alpha, and Kappa Sigma; as well as five sororities: Delta Delta Delta, Kappa Delta, Phi Mu, Chi Omega, and Alpha Kappa Alpha. Navy V-12 program[edit] Nearly 53 years after founding the college, Millsaps was chosen as one of 131 sites for the training of Navy and Marine officers in the V-12 Navy College Training Program. In April 1943, 380 students arrived for the Navy V-12 program. It offered engineering, pre-medical and pre-dental. Thereafter Millsaps began accepting students year-round for the program. A total of 873 officer candidates went through Millsaps between 1943 and 1945. Traces of the Navy V-12 unit appear in the Bobashela (school yearbook) in 1944. That year, the Bobashela staff decided to dedicate the yearbook to the unit and Dr. Sanders, one of the unit's advisers. One section memorialized students who had been killed in action. Notable faculty and alumni[edit]

Bidwell Adam (Class of 1913), Democratic politician; Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi
Mississippi
from 1928 to 1932, lawyer in Gulfport[15] Rodney J. Bartlett, noted quantum chemist and Guggenheim Fellowship winner Michael Beck, actor Jim C. Barnett, physician and surgeon from Brookhaven; member of the Mississippi
Mississippi
House of Representatives from 1992 to 2008.[16] Turner Cassity, poet Roy Clyde Clark, Bishop
Bishop
of the United Methodist
United Methodist
Church Lisa D'Amour, Obie Award
Obie Award
winning playwright David Herbert Donald, noted historian Nancy Plummer Faxon, organist and composer Ellen Gilchrist, author James E. Graves, Jr., judge, Supreme Court of Mississippi Winifred Green, American activist from Mississippi
Mississippi
during the civil rights movement[17] Scott Tracy Griffin, author William Hester (1933), president of the United States Tennis Association from 1977 to 1978.[18] Alan Hunter, MTV
MTV
VJ Clay Foster Lee Jr, Bishop
Bishop
of the United Methodist
United Methodist
Church Ray Marshall, Secretary of Labor during the Carter administration Robert S. McElvaine
Robert S. McElvaine
history professor, noted author, and political commentator Greg Miller, poet Lewis Nordan, author Christopher Lee Nutter, author Claude Passeau, All-Star pitcher in Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
during the 1930s and 1940s Rubel Phillips, Republican gubernatorial nominee in 1963 and 1967[19] Paul Ramsey, ethicist Tate Reeves, Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi
Mississippi
and former state treasurer Robert C. Robbins, 22nd and current President of The University of Arizona and former CEO of the Texas Medical Center Vic Roby, former NBC
NBC
staff announcer Kevin Sessums, journalist and author Donald Triplett, first person to be diagnosed with autism Eudora Welty, author Ericka M. Wheeler, selected as a Rhodes Scholar for 2016[20] Cassandra Wilson, jazz vocalist and musician General
General
Louis H. Wilson, Medal of Honor
Medal of Honor
recipient and 26th Commandant of the Marine Corps (1975—1979) Gary Burghoff, actor who played Radar O'Reilly on the TV series M*A*S*H Johnny Carson, longtime host of The Tonight Show, V12 Alumnus

See also[edit]

Mississippi
Mississippi
portal University portal

References[edit]

^ As of 2016. "U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges and Universities". Retrieved February 22, 2018.  ^ " Millsaps College
Millsaps College
Profile Millsaps College". Millsaps.edu. Retrieved 2014-08-20.  ^ Millsaps College. "Millsaps timeline". Archived from the original on 2006-09-06. Retrieved 2006-08-28.  ^ The Magnolia Gazette: Southern ties launch a new era for Millsaps Archived 2008-07-05 at the Wayback Machine. ^ The Clarion-Ledger: Millsaps installs 1st female leader Archived 2006-09-05 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Jackson Free Press: Millsaps President Announces Resignation ^ Mississippi
Mississippi
Business Journal: Lucas leaving Millsaps[dead link] ^ The Clarion-Ledger: Millsaps dean selected to take on presidential duties during search ^ Robert Pearigen Archived 2010-05-10 at the Wayback Machine. ^ " Millsaps College
Millsaps College
Best College US News". Colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com. Retrieved 2014-08-20.  ^ "College Rankings". Princetonreview.com. Retrieved 2014-08-20.  ^ "Business School Rankings". Princetonreview.com. Retrieved 2014-08-20.  ^ " Colleges That Change Lives Changing Lives. One Student at a Time". Ctcl.org. Retrieved 2014-08-20.  ^ "Liberal Arts College Rankings 2012". Washington Monthly. Archived from the original on 2013-01-15. Retrieved 2014-08-20.  ^ John H. Lang, History of Harrison County, Mississippi
Mississippi
Dixie Press, 1935, p. 135 ^ "Longtime Legislator Barnett Dies at 86, July 29, 2013". Jackson Free Press. Retrieved August 3, 2013.  ^ Jackson, MS: Winifred Green Jackson Free Press
Jackson Free Press
Jackson, MS, accessdate: February 21, 2016 ^ Thomas, Robert McG. Jr. (February 10, 1993). "William (Slew) Hester, 80, U.S. Tennis Executive". The New York Times. Retrieved July 9, 2017.  ^ " Rubel Phillips Obituary: View Rubel Phillips's Obituary by Clarion Ledger". Legacy.com. Retrieved 2011-12-19.  ^ " Millsaps College
Millsaps College
Says Senior Wins Rhodes Scholarship," ABCNEWS: Wire Stories, www.abcnews.com/

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