January 8, 2013
It was a historic first for Millsaps College and the Jackson City Council today. The college hosted a council meeting in their Ford Academic Complex on campus. This is the only time the council has ever met away from City Hall.
Millsaps college president Dr. Robert Pearigen said the event came about as a simple invitation to the council to have lunch on campus. Dr. Pearigen presented a welcome to the school.
“We’re here in the heart of city,” Dr. Pearigen said. “We feel we have many opportunities to take advantage of that location and to make a claim for being a part of the city for being a place that honors and recognizes the importance of civic engagement.” Dr. Pearigen called the experience democracy in action. “It’s great to have it here on Millsaps’ campus. We really appreciate the council’s willingness to do something they’ve never done before. I’m glad our students could be here along with our faculty and staff.”
As part of the visit, Councilwomen LaRita Cooper-Stokes presented the college a check for $1,000 from her brother, Dr. Larry Cooper, a graduate of Millsaps. Dr. Cooper’s gift was endowed for what he calls Michelle’s (Obama) Healthy Snack Fund for the Millsaps College Class of 2016.