Today in Milligan History

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Happy birthday to Melissa Ann Maupin!


Good day, Milligan!

Proverbs 26:16 – A sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven people who answer discreetly.

This is Tuesday, July 26, 2016, and on this day in Milligan history . . . 


1983    The North American Christian Convention opened in St. Louis, MO (July 26-29). As part of the week’s proceedings, the convention recognized Milligan College alumnae Hazel Payne Crouch (1927) and Gladys Payne Crouch (1927) – “The Payne Sisters” – as “God’s Honored Servants.”  The women had led singing at the conventions for years. Neither was healthy enough to be present for the presentation.  Among the featured speakers at the convention was Milligan College President Marshall Leggett (1951; president 1982-1997; Fide et Amore).  Edwin V. Hayden, North American Gold: The Story of 50 North American Christian Conventions (Joplin, MO: College Press, 1989), p. 62, 130,132-133.

2011    Colleges of Distinction, a college guide for high school students, included Milligan College in its listing of only 200 colleges in a survey of schools across the nation. Other schools in the listing included institutions of 7,000 students to small liberal arts colleges of 1,000 or fewer. Milligan College press release, July 26, 2011

2013    The Chronicle of Higher Education (Vol. LIX, No. 43) listed Milligan College on its Honor Roll of “Great Colleges to Work for in 2013.” The accolade was the result of a survey involving 45,000 people working at 300 colleges and universities across the country.  One of Milligan’s unique traditions is the twice-a-week $1.50 lunch for faculty, which encourages them to mingle with students in the McCormick Dining Center.  The article featured a photograph of Dennis Bailey serving pizza to Theresa Garbe (1991; Milligan since 1998), Phyllis Fox (Milligan since 2002), Kit Dotson (1993; Milligan since 2011), Rhajon Smith (1998; at Milligan since 2008), and Jessica Elliott (photo by Mickey Brown, 2013). The survey respondents expressed satisfaction with Milligan’s “collaborative governance,” and with its compensation and benefits (average faculty salary of $50,607; average administrative salary of $54,985). They expressed confidence in the senior leadership, reported over-all job satisfaction, and approved of the college’s professional and career development programs.  People who worked at Milligan felt like they were respected and appreciated.  The faculty reported a pleasant teaching environment and approved the “clarity” of the tenure process. The college’s employees were satisfied with their relationships with their supervisors and area chairs, and reported on a healthy balance between their work and their lives. Chronicle of Higher Education, Vol, LIOX, Number 43, July 26, 2013, pp. A5, A16, A25.

Birthdays: In 1796 American frontier artist George Catlin in Wilkes-Barre, PA .  . . in 1856 playwright George Bernard Shaw in Dublin, Ireland . . . in 1875 analytical psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung in Kesswill, Thurgau, Switzerland . . . in 1894 author Aldous Huxley in Godalming, Surrey, England . . . in 1895 Gracie Allen in San Francisco, CA . . . in 1943 Mick Jagger in Dartford, Kent, England . . . and today is the birthday of Milligan College rising junior Melissa Ann Maupin in Thomasville, NC.



In 1603 James VI of Scotland was crowned King James I of England — the “King James” associated with the Bible translation published in 1611.

In 1869 Parliament passed the Disestablishment Bill, dissolving the Church of Ireland. Opponents of this legislation were “antidisestablishmentarianists.”

In 1948 President Harry S Truman issued an Executive Order directing “equality of treatment and opportunity” in the armed forces – paving the way for the racial desegregation of the United States of America.

In 1952 Eva Peron, immortalized in the Lloyd Webber-Rice opera Evita, died in Buenos Aires at age 33.

In 1956 Egypt nationalized the Suez Canal, ripping it out of the control of France and the United Kingdom.

In 1990 President George H. W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act.


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