Today in Milligan History (2/22)

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Today in Milligan History

an ongoing project of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society

Good Day, Milligan!

Proverbs 22:13 – The sluggard says, “There’s a lion outside! I’ll be killed in the public square!”

This is Friday, February 22, 2013, and on this day in Milligan history . . .

1952    Legendary journalist William L. Shirer, author of Berlin Diary and The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, spoke at Milligan College. The Stampede January 14, 1952

1959    George W. Kelly (1934) wrote an article in the Sunday edition of the Johnson City Press-Chronicle touting the recent accomplishments of Milligan College under the leadership of president Dean E. Walker (1899-1988): discontinuance of inter-collegiate football and reorganization of the athletic program; the development of a student union building built by the students themselves (the present Paxson Communication Center); the construction of Sutton Hall; the construction of Webb Hall; plans for the new P. H. Welshimer Memorial Library; more than $100,000 spent renovating existing buildings; the remodeling of the Crouch building; the addition of eighteen acres to the campus, including the Hopwood House;  $50,000 or more raised annually for operating expenses; doubling of the endowment; an acceleration of alumni giving; improvement of the academic quality of the faculty; expansion of curriculum; and increase of enrollment from 165 in 1950 to 462 in 1958-59. The Mill-Agenda, Vol. 8, No. 6, January-February 1959.

1963    Billy Joyce Vance (1963) – “Renee” – and Jerry Carroll (1964) – “Rex” – reigned over “Milli-Gras” in Cheek Gymnasium.  Among the events of the evening was a booth where students, for a small fee, could throw “gooy pies” at Professors Robert Wetzel (Milligan 1961-80 and again since 2009), Orval Crowder (at Milligan 1957-1982), and Euel J. OwnbyRobert Hull (1965), and Fred Rogers sang solos; Gretchen Graf played the accordion; Fred Norris (1963) and Carol Brooks (1965) ”brought the house down in gales of laughter with a skit.”  Emcee for the evening was Jack Waugh (1965); Marilyn Sharp (1965) broke the piñata “and showered goodies on all.” The Stampede, March 25, 1963.

2007    Roger W. Babik (1979) of Master Provisions Ministries spoke in chapel about how Milligan students could get involved in distribution of clothing and the Gospel in Ukraine.

Birthdays: In 1732 George Washington in Westmoreland County, Virginia . . . in 1866 Milligan College alumnus John Preston McConnell (1890) who, as an early champion of formal education for women, went on to teach at Emory & Henry College, and to become the founding president of the State Normal and Industrial School for Women at Radford, now known as Radford University, Radford, VA. Radford’s McConnell Library is named in his honor. . . . in 1892 Edna St Vincent Millay in Rockland, ME . . . and in 1994 Milligan College freshman Ashton Brooke Whitley in Charlotte, NC.


In 1819, by the AdamsOnís Treaty, Spain renounced any claims to the Oregon country and Florida.

In 1906 evangelist William J. Seymour arrived in Los Angeles and began holding revival meetings. The “Azusa Street Revival” later broke out under Seymour’s leadership at 312 Azusa Street in Los Angeles

In 1972 President Nixon met with Chinese Premier Chou En-Lai in Beijing.

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