Faith, Arts and Culture
Fall 2011 Schedule of Events


AUGUST

August 30, 11 a.m.
Seeger Memorial Chapel

FREE EVENT

Tommy Oaks

Tommy Oaks has more than 40 years of experience in ministry and storytelling. A former campus minister at Milligan, he has traveled full time as an evangelist for the past 25 years. He returns to Milligan to share his insight on faith and God’s truths.

SEPTEMBER

September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 11 a.m.
Seeger Memorial Chapel

FREE EVENT

Fall Faculty/Staff Series

Throughout the gospels, Jesus’ invitations to come to him for unconditional love and spiritual rest live side by side with a series of seemingly impossible demands.  Love your enemies.  Take up your cross every day. Forgive, or you will not be forgiven.  Deny yourself completely. 

Led by Milligan’s own faculty and staff, “The Hard Word: Things I Wish Jesus Never Said,” is a month-long look at the “hard sayings” of a Savior who gives, and requires, more than we might think.

September 16, 7-9 p.m.
Gregory Center

 


Storytelling Performance

This storytelling performance will feature members of the Jonesborough Storytelling Guild, who delight audiences with their compelling and entertaining tales. Members of the Guild are professional, semi-professional, and hobbyist storytellers. General admission is $5, and student tickets are $3.

September 17, 7 p.m.
Seeger Memorial Chapel

FREE EVENT

Area-wide String Orchestra Concert

Milligan will host the fifth annual area-wide string orchestra workshop and concert on September 17. This all-day workshop will feature 200 high school and college string students from Dobyns-Bennett High School, Science Hill High School, and Milligan College. The workshop clinician will be the renowned conductor Dr. John Ross from Appalachian State University. The day will culminate with an evening concert showcasing the beautiful and energetic sounds of a mass string orchestra.

September 24, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Gregory Center

September 27, 11 a.m.

Seeger Memorial Chapel

FREE EVENT


Arron Chambers

Arron Chambers will present a seminar based on his book Eats with Sinners on Saturday, September 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Milligan’s Gregory Center for the Liberal Arts. Chambers is the lead minister at Journey Christian Church in Greeley, Colorado. The cost of the seminar is $25 per person ($10 per student). To register for the seminar, visit http://www.regonline.com/eatswithsinnersseminar.

Chambers will speak again in Milligan’s convocation service on Tuesday, September 27, at 11 a.m. in the Mary B. Martin Auditorium of Seeger Memorial Chapel. This event is free and open to the public.

OCTOBER

October 3, 7 p.m.
Hyder Auditorium

FREE EVENT

Faculty Lecture Series: Marvin Glover

Contrary to popular belief, mathematics is not dull, dry, and monotonous, sapping the very life from its scholarly victims. The subject has a rich history of colorful individuals, surprising intrigue and imaginative literature. Join Marvin Glover, associate professor of mathematics at Milligan, for his lecture – “Mathematics in Literature: It’s not fiction, or is it?” – offering a peek into the unexpected treasure of mathematics and creative writing. 

October 11, 7:30 p.m.
Seeger Memorial Chapel

FREE EVENT

Concert Choir & Women's Chorale Joint Concert

In a premiere joint concert, the Milligan College Concert Choir, Women’s Chorale, and Heritage will combine to launch a new tradition for the Milligan Music Department.  The Concert Choir, under the direction of new faculty member Noah DeLong, and the Women’s Chorale, under the direction of Anne Elliott, will present a musical program in a rainbow of styles, both sacred and secular.  In addition, this concert will feature the distinctive a cappella performance style of Heritage, Milligan’s select touring vocal ensemble.  

October 11, 11 a.m.
Seeger Memorial Chapel

FREE EVENT

Alathea in concert

Internationally acclaimed duo Alathea bring their energetic, harmony-driven Americana music home to Milligan College. Hailing from the mountains of East Tennessee with a fresh sound shaped by the region, singer-songwriters Mandee Radford and Cristi Johnson are increasingly being recognized for their craft—songs of community, struggle, hope, and truth.

October 18, 20, 11 a.m.
Seeger Memorial Chapel

October 21, 22
Milligan campus

FREE EVENT

East Tennessee Local Food Summit

The East Tennessee Local Food Summit will bring together consumers, producers, students, educators, elected officials, and “foodies” to discuss local food availability and other key issues in two days of dynamic panel discussions and demonstrations. A panel discussion on October 18, and a screening of a documentary called “The Farmer’s Film” on October 20, will lead up to the weekend summit.

Make plans to learn, connect, and most importantly, eat, on October 21 and 22, at various locations on Milligan’s campus. Childcare will be provided. This event is sponsored by Milligan College and East Tennessee State University’s Center for Appalachian Studies and Services, Department of Literature and Language, and the Environmental Studies Minor.

October 24-29
Milligan College

FREE EVENT

Presidential Inaugural Celebration:
Dr. William B. Greer, Milligan's 15th President


Join the Milligan College community as we celebrate the Presidential Inauguration of Dr. William B. Greer. Special events are planned throughout the week, which culminates with the Inauguration Ceremony on Friday, October 28, at 2 p.m.

October 25, 11 a.m.
Seeger Memorial Chapel

FREE EVENT

Academic Lecture: Michael Miller

Michael Miller, director of programs at the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty, will present a lecture titled “The Role of Business in Expanding God’s Kingdom.” Acton Institute is a non-profit, ecumenical think tank that works internationally to “promote a free and virtuous society characterized by individual liberty and sustained religious principles.”

October 26, noon
Mary Sword Campus Commons

 

Luncheon for Church Leaders

Church leaders are invited to attend a luncheon to meet with Milligan College President William B. Greer. Ben Cachiaras, senior pastor at Mountain Christian Church in Joppa, Maryland, will speak. To register for the luncheon, visit www.milligan.edu/president.

October 27, 11 a.m.
Seeger Memorial Chapel

FREE EVENT

A Service of Blessing

Dr. Aaron Wymer, minister at Grandview Christian Church in Johnson City, Tennessee, will lead this service of blessing for Dr. William B. Greer, Milligan’s 15th president, and First Lady Edwina Greer. Join us for a time of prayer and worship.

October 27 & 29,
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
October 28,
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
P.H. Welshimer Memorial Library


Library's Fourth Annual Homecoming Book Sale

There is something for everyone at the library’s Fourth Annual Homecoming Sale. Browse nearly 5,000 items—books, media, Milligan College yearbooks, and much more. Everything is $2 or less, and all proceeds benefit the Million Pennies Campaign for library renovation.

October 28, 2 p.m.
Seeger Memorial Chapel

FREE EVENT

Inauguration of Dr. William B. Greer

The community is invited to the inauguration of Dr. William B. Greer, the 15th president of Milligan College. The guest speaker is U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander.

October 28 & 29
Milligan campus

 

Milligan College Homecoming

Festivities begin for Milligan’s annual Homecoming weekend. For a complete schedule of Homecoming events, visit www.milligan.edu/homecoming.

October 28 & 29, 7 p.m.;
October 30, 2:30 p.m.

Gregory Center

 

The Secret Garden

The magical musical The Secret Garden transports audiences to the world of Mary Lennox, an orphan sent to England to live after the death of her parents.  There at the lonely manor house, she discovers a walled garden and releases the magic and adventures locked inside. The musical, based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, is directed by Dennis Elkins, designed by Pamela Adolphi, with Charlotte Anderson as vocal director and Kellie Brown as conductor. Tickets are $10 for general admission; $8 for patrons age 62 or older; and $5 for students. Tickets are available for advance purchase October 14, in the Milligan College Bookstore, 423.461.8733.

October 29, 12:30-2 p.m.
Art Gallery in Derthick Hall

FREE EVENT

Art Exhibit: Carrie Theobald Buell

This exhibition by Carrie Theobald Buell, a 1997 Milligan fine arts graduate, examines the mysterious harmony of both the joy and the ache where true, artful beauty lies. The exhibit, titled From My Neck of the Woods, opens October 29.

October 29, 9 p.m.
McMahan Student Center

FREE EVENT

Alathea in concert

Internationally acclaimed duo Alathea bring their energetic, harmony-driven Americana music home to Milligan College. Hailing from the mountains of East Tennessee with a fresh sound shaped by the region, singer-songwriters Mandee Radford and Cristi Johnson are increasingly being recognized for their craft—songs of community, struggle, hope, and truth.

NOVEMBER

November 4
Seeger Memorial Chapel

FREE EVENT

Music Scholarship Auditions

The music department will hold auditions for freshmen or transfer students entering Milligan in Fall 2012. Auditions are open to voice and all instruments, and scholarship awards are given for participation in music ensembles regardless of the intended major. For more information or to schedule an audition, call the music office at 423.461.8723.

November 5, 7:30 p.m.
Seeger Memorial Chapel

 

Milligan Concert Choir performs
with Johnson City Symphony


The Milligan Concert Choir, under the direction of Noah DeLong, is returning as the featured guest of the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra for its November concert. The work is the glorious Choral Fantasy by Beethoven. The Milligan Choir has also invited the choir from King College in Bristol, directed by Dr. Patrick Flannagan, to join them on this concert. Maestro Rob Seebacher, in his third season with the JCSO, will conduct the concert. The concert is free for Milligan faculty, staff, and students. For other ticket information, please contact the JCSO at (423) 92-MUSIC or visit www.jcsymphony.com.

November 8, 11 a.m.
Seeger Memorial Chapel

FREE EVENT

Leadership series: Dr. Nancy Dishner

Dr. Nancy Dishner, the director of the scholarship and leadership training program for the Niswonger Foundation, will speak as part of Milligan’s Leadership Series. Established in 2001, the Niswonger Foundation is the brainchild of businessman and philanthropist Scott M. Niswonger, who remains the foundation’s sole benefactor. He and his wife, Nikki, started the Niswonger Foundation with a dream of preparing East Tennessee for the 21st century and the changes it would bring.

November 8, 7 p.m.
Gregory Center

FREE EVENT

Faculty Lecture Series: Dr. Kellie Brown

Dr. Kellie Brown, associate professor of music and chair of Milligan’s music department, will present “Alma Rosé and the Women’s Orchestra at Auschwitz: Lessons on Tolerance and the Triumph of the Human Spirit,” a lecture on her research into the women’s orchestra at Auschwitz concentration camp. Alma Rosé, an internationally renowned violinist and the niece of composer Gustav Mahler, was arrested in July 1943 and sent to Auschwitz where she would become the conductor of the women’s orchestra. Through her love of music and her noble spirit, she was able to save the lives of the women in her orchestra; all of whom survived until the liberation.

November 13-19
Art Gallery in Derthick Hall

FREE EVENT

Senior Photography Exhibit

The photography exhibit, titled Focus Elsewhere, will feature the work of Milligan senior Marshall Reid, of Bremen, Georgia. It includes medium format, large format, and 35 mm photographs.  The opening reception is November 13, from 2-4 p.m. in the Art Gallery.

November 15, 11 a.m.
Seeger Memorial Chapel

FREE EVENT

Leadership Series: Dr. E. LeRoy Lawson

Dr. E. LeRoy Lawson will return to campus to speak as part of Milligan’s Leadership Series. Lawson, a former Milligan faculty member and member of Milligan’s Board of Trustees, will join the Emmanuel Christian Seminary faculty as professor of Christian Ministries in January 2012. He has served as president of Hope International University and is currently the international consultant for CMF International, a missionary organization that leads cross-cultural ministries in 18 countries.

November 17, 7:30 p.m.
Seeger Memorial Chapel

FREE EVENT

Senior Piano Recital: Lucas Schmidt

Milligan College music performance major, Lucas Schmidt, of Jonesborough, Tennessee, will present a recital featuring classical, romantic, and contemporary piano works of Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, Debussy, Ravel, and Hovhaness.

November 18 & 19
Seeger Memorial Chapel & Gregory Center

FREE EVENT

Sonata Music Festival

Milligan College has again been chosen to host the renowned Sonata Music Festival. Organized by the Appalachian Classical Music Association, this festival draws student musicians from several states to perform for an elite group of judges and compete for prizes. This year’s festival will also include a Performing Artist Series that will showcase internationally renowned performers in recitals throughout the weekend. More information and registration information can be found at www.sonatafestival.com.

November 29, 11 a.m. &
7 p.m.
Seeger Memorial Chapel

FREE EVENT

Michael Card

Christian recording artist, award-winning author, and Bible teacher Michael Card will visit Milligan on November 29, to speak and sing in the college’s convocation service at 11 a.m. and perform a concert at 7 p.m. Card, who has penned such favorites as “El Shaddai,” “Love Crucified Arose,” and “Emmanuel,” has sold more than 4 million albums and written more than 19 No. 1 hits over his 30-year career.

DECEMBER

December 5, 7:30 p.m.
Seeger Memorial Chapel

FREE EVENT

Milligan Jazz Concert

The Milligan Jazz Ensemble, directed by Rick Simerly, will present “Yuletide Jazz at Milligan College.”  Back by popular demand, “Yuletide Jazz at Milligan College” will feature an evening of Christmas music in various jazz styles. These Christmas jazz selections will feature the ensemble and jazz improvisations by members of the group.  Special guest artists for this concert will be Maddy Winer, vocals, and Dave Morgan, vibraphone. 

December 8, 7 p.m.
Gregory Center

FREE EVENT

Storytelling Performance: Tales of Buffalo Creek

Tales of Buffalo Creek is an annual showcase of Milligan’s talented student storytellers.  Join them as they entertain with tales of humor, heartache, and humanity.

December 9, 8 p.m.
McMahan Student Center

FREE EVENT

Milligan College Jazz Combos Concert

Small group jazz arrangements and improvisation will be the emphasis of two Milligan College jazz combos in the McMahan Student Center’s SUB7. The SUB7 venue is much like a jazz club, where a variety of styles will be performed including swing, Latin, and rock. In addition, individual instrumental improvisations are the central focus from each individual within the two groups.

December 11, 7:30 p.m.
Seeger Memorial Chapel

FREE EVENT

Milligan Christmas Concert

The glorious sounds and sights of the season will be a great start to your Christmas festivities as the Milligan Music Department presents its annual Christmas concert. The performance will feature choirs, orchestra, brass choir, and the organ in the beautifully decorated Seeger Memorial Chapel. The evening will also include a carol sing-along and will conclude with a moving candle-lighting and singing of “Silent Night.” The concert is free, but an offering with a suggested donation of $5 will be taken to benefit the Southern Appalachian Ronald McDonald House in Johnson City.

December 15, 11 a.m.
Gregory Center

FREE EVENT

 

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Milligan's Theatre for Young Audiences

Since 1987, Milligan students have toured area elementary schools with their lively theatrical productions, which capture the attention and imaginations of audiences ages 5 to 10. Don’t miss the 2011 production in Milligan’s beautiful Gregory Center for the Liberal Arts.


The Milligan College Arts Council is dedicated to providing quality arts programming for the Milligan community and the region, supporting the
liberal arts curriculum of the college, and encouraging others to
enrich their lives through the arts.