by Web on March 7, 2016
Nigel Stinson wanted a college where he could easily be involved on campus, and that’s what he found at Millsaps College.
He serves as vice president and philanthropy chair for Sigma Alpha Epsilon, which recently raised about $7,000 for the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children during its annual chili cook-off known as the Chili Bowl.
“All of the money raised goes straight to Batson Hospital for Children,” Stinson said, noting that fraternity members periodically visit the hospital and entertain the patients.
As a presidential ambassador, Stinson works with the Office of Admissions to welcome perspective students and their families to campus. “I give campus tours, work at the events that the Office of Admissions hosts, and help out in any way that I can,” he said.
As a Foundations leader, Stinson helps first-year students become part of the Millsaps community and learn about activities on and off campus. He also sings in the Millsaps Singers and Chamber Singers, and works as a resident assistant and writing fellow.
Stinson, who also serves as vice president of recruitment for the Interfraternity Council, chose Millsaps because it offered the kind of college experience he desired.
“Millsaps was the one that most aligned with what I was looking for,” said Stinson, who was a member of the Wellspring Living Learning Community and a Student Body Association senator during his freshman year. “I was not looking to be a number. I wanted professors who were invested in my education. I wanted a place where I could be involved. It only took two visits to campus to seal the deal for me.”
Stinson, a sophomore from the small Mississippi town of Winona, said his professors have taught him not what to think but how to think. He names as favorites Dr. Anne McMaster, associate professor of English; Dr. Stephanie Rolph, assistant professor of history; Dr. Kathryn Hahn, associate professor of psychology; and Dr. Tim Coker, professor of music.
“They have all been influential both inside and outside of the classroom,” he said. “I would not hesitate to drop by their office if I’m having trouble with something or just to say hello. I know that they would warmly welcome me.”
Millsaps feels like home, Stinson said.
“It’s so much more than just a place where I came to get an education,” he said. “It has become a second home to me. I feel extremely connected to the campus and other areas of Jackson and part of the state that have some connection to the College.”
A psychology major who plans to eventually obtain a doctorate in clinical psychology, Stinson is a member of the Psychology Club and one of the student researchers in Hahn’s worry and anxiety research lab. He would like to pursue a career working with children with autism. “Autism has always interested me, so specializing in that would be fulfilling,” he said.