Today in Milligan History 8/21

Today in Milligan History

an ongoing project of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society

Good day, Milligan!

Proverbs 21:14 – A gift given in secret soothes anger, and a bribe concealed in the cloak pacifies great wrath.

This is Thursday, August 21, 2014 and on this day in Milligan history . . . 

1967    Milligan College’s School of the Ministry, a study/vacation time for ministers, elders, deacons, Bible School and Church leaders, opened under the leadership of Russell F. Blowers, minister of the East 91st Street Christian Church in Indianapolis, IN, and a member of the Milligan College Board of Trustees.

1970    Milligan College history professor Ivor Jones (Milligan 1942-1981) delivered an address upon the occasion of the dedication of the pulpit and communion table in Seeger Chapel. The chancel furniture was a gift of the Phillips Family in honor of Professor J. Walter Carpenter, a native of Indiana who had been called to Milligan College as Dean of the Bible Department in 1925, and who continued to serve the college until his retirement in 1943.

2012    Milligan College rededicated the newly renovated Steve Lacy Fieldhouse during the college’s first all-athletes’ meeting of the year. “The Steve Lacy Fieldhouse has been the home of the Milligan Buffaloes since 1976,” said Milligan President Bill Greer. “ . . . During the summer the field house underwent a significant face-lift, including new exterior graphics featuring images of Milligan athletes, new signage, new doors, a striking, 24-foot-tall triangular tower at the entrance, and a new hardwood floor. The new Milligan athletics logo topped the tower.  In the recessed areas around the exterior, the college added six horizontal banners depicting images of Milligan’s athletics teams and the five NAIA Champions of Character core values — respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership and sportsmanship.  On hand for the ceremony were relatives of Steve Lacy (1931, Fide et Amore, doctor honoris causa 1971, athletic director from 1933, dean and vice president 1942-1947, board member and chairman of the board 13 years).   Depicted on the panels are, from left to right, Jeanine Vaszari (mountain biking), Mickey Brown (2013, men’s tennis), Lindsey Zayas-Bazan (2014), Cheerleading, Nathan Millsap (baseball), Kelsey Jones (women’s soccer), Austin Ellis (cross country/track), Matt Murphy (2013, cross country/track), Johneshia Good (2013, women’s basketball), Hudson Fricke (men’s basketball), Chelsea Spivey (volleyball), Brent Crosby (men’s swimming), the entire 2011/2012 men’s soccer team, Morgan Holbrook (softball), Andrew Humber (men’s golf), Yolanda Migoyo (cross country/track), Kayla Kelly (women’s basketball), and Hunter Carpenter (baseball). Milligan College news release, August 21, 2012.   Thanks to Sheri Shoemaker (2003) for researching the names

2013    Teaching their first classes as members of the Milligan College faculty were Dr. Christine Browning, counseling and psychology; Dr. Sarah Lindsay, English and Humanities; Aimee DePriest, nursing, Dr. Kayla Walker Edin, English and Humanities; and Dr. Jamie Price, mathematics.

Birthdays: In 1866 Timothy Asbury Wright (1866-1923), an attorney in Rockwood, TN, who served as a trustee of Milligan College 1909-1923.   After his death in 1923 his wife, Maude Tarwater Asbury, served as an honorary trustee 1924-1927.  Their son, T. Asbury Wight, Jr., also an attorney, was a trustee 1920, 1923-1926 . . . in 1872 artist Aubrey Beardsley in Brighton, England . . . in 1906 William “Count” Basie in Red Bank, NJ. . . in 1938 Kenny Rogers in Houston, TX . . . and in 1995 Milligan College freshmen Rachel Joy Houck in Indianapolis, IN and Cody Morgan Sprouse.

Elsewhere . . .

In 1858 Abraham Lincoln met Stephen Douglas for the first of their celebrated debates.

In 1931 Babe Ruth, with the Yankees playing against the Browns, hit his 600th home run.

In 1944 diplomats at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, DC, drafted the United Nations charter.


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