Milligan Library Life

by the staff of P.H. Welshimer Memorial Library & Seminary Library

Milligan Archives intern mounts “Pep Rally in a Box!” exhibit

Written by Lindsay Kenderes. Photos by Gary Daught.


James Blake Stanley, Milligan Class of ‘18, worked on several interesting projects while completing an Archive Internship at The Holloway Archives at Milligan College during the 2017 spring semester. As a history major, Blake pursued the opportunity to learn how researchers search and discover historical materials representative of Milligan’s history in the Milligan archives. With an interest in Church History, he spent time processing the James DeForest Murch papers, which is a collection of research materials and publications representative of Dr. James D. Murch’s activities as a supporter of the Stone-Campbell Movement, particularly in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). This collection represents Murch’s research interests, publications and his work as managing editor for several journal publications, including Christianity Today, Lookout, Restoration Herald, Christian Standard, and the Christian Evangelist Quarterly. As Archive Intern, Blake arranged and organized the contents of this collection and re-edited the James Deforest Murch papers finding aid, making this collection discoverable online through MCStor, Milligan College’s Digital Repository.

Archive Interns also have an opportunity to curate an archival exhibit, which is displayed in the exhibit cases located on the main floor of the P. H. Welshimer Memorial Library. This spring’s exhibit was titled “Pep Rally in a Box!,” showcasing Milligan’s athletic history prior to 1950. Blake researched and gathered documents, photographs and yearbooks, including a 1910 photograph of the women’s basketball team, a 1935 photograph of the track team, and a basketball ticket dated December 7, 1946, from the Tennessee vs. Milligan game in Knoxville. Also included in the exhibit are orange and black pennants and letters for baseball and track. The “Pep Rally in a Box!” exhibit will be on display through June 30, 2017.



Before arriving at Milligan, Blake spent four years in the United States Marine Corp as an infantry rifleman in Jacksonville, NC. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in History. After graduation, he plans to pursue graduate studies in history.

Milligan’s Archive Internship opportunity

Each fall semester, students are invited to apply for one volunteer Archive Internship opportunity at The Holloway Archives at Milligan College. The internship begins the following spring semester. All majors are welcome to apply. Please stay tuned for announcements coming this fall.

Have a Milligan history question? Contact Lindsay Kenderes, College Archivist, at 423-461-8901 or

Find out more about Milligan’s archives here.

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Stress relief comes in many shapes and sizes: Visits from therapy dogs and kittens during Spring Finals Week


Continuing what has become a popular tradition with students, Welshimer Library once again hosted visits from local therapy dog trainers and their dogs to offer some stress relief during Spring Finals Week.

Mr. Lou Pesch came with his two twin 12-year-old Weimaraners, Indy and Lily; Lou’s sister-in-law, Ms. Molly Smolko, came with Rudy, a 15-year-old Toy Fox Terrier; and former Milligan biology professor, Dr. Julie Wade introduced us to her new therapy dog, a 7-year-old Golden Retriever named Burton. It was especially great to see Dr. Wade again, recalling that she was the owner of another Golden Retriever named Jake, who faithfully visited Milligan students for six consecutive semesters, beginning in Fall 2013, until he sadly passed away in July 2016.

This canine mix was nicely balanced by the return of a “puddle” of adoptable kittens, sponsored by Milligan College’s Occupational Therapy Department.

It really is true. Stress relief comes in many shapes and sizes. Here are some pics:









New Books and Media Received (April and May 2017)

The following Books and DVDs (80 items) were received into the Library collection for both the Welshimer and Seminary Libraries through the Acquisitions Budget and by donation during April and May 2017.

Seminary Library

Revolt and Resistance in the Ancient Classical World and the Near East : In the Crucible of Empire, 2016.

The world around the Old Testament : the people and places of the ancient Near East, 2016.

Philosophy, Psychology, Religion
Acts : a commentary, 2016.

The Acts of the Council of Constantinople of 553 : with related texts on the Three Chapters Controversy, 2012.

Beauty’s vineyard : a theological aesthetic of anguish and anticipation, 2016.

Christianity and the religions : from confrontation to dialogue, 2002.

Commentaire sur Job, 1988.

Commentaires sur les Psaumes, 2008.

Contemporary mission theology : engaging the nations : essays in honor of Charles E. van Engen, 2017.

Corinthian democracy : democratic discourse in 1 Corinthians, 2015.

Corinthian wisdom, stoic philosophy, and the ancient economy, 2014.

The cross and creation in Christian liturgy and art, 2013.

Daniel : a commentary, 2014.

Dorothy Day : the world will be saved by beauty : an intimate portrait of my grandmother, 2017.

The Eerdmans encyclopedia of early Christian art and archaeology, 2017.

Ephesians : a commentary, 2012.

Isaiah, 2001.

John : a commentary, 2015.

The many faces of Christ : portraying the Holy in the East and West, 300 to 1300, 2014.

Maximus the Confessor and his companions : documents from exile, 2002.

Micah : a commentary, 2015.

Night of the confessor : Christian faith in an age of uncertainty, 2012.

Opening the field of practical theology : an introduction, 2014.

Oral and manuscript culture in the Bible : studies on the media texture of the New Testament–explorative hermeneutics, 2013.

Oral and manuscript culture in the Bible : studies on the media texture of the New Testament–explorative hermeneutics, 2013.

Patience with God : the story of Zacchaeus continuing in us, 2009.

Paul’s letter to the Romans and Roman imperialism : an ideological analysis of the Exordium (Romans 1:1-17), 2012.

The politics of Jesús : a hispanic political theology, 2015.

Preaching Paul, 2004.

Prophetic obedience : ecclesiology for a dialogical church, 2016.

Remerciement à Origène, suivi de la lettre d’Origène à Grégoire, 1969.

Revelation : a new translation with introduction and commentary, 2014.

Scholies à l’Ecclésiaste, 1993.

Scholies aux Proverbes, 1987.

Sociology of religion : contemporary developments, 2016.

The text of Genesis 1-11 : textual studies and critical edition, 1998.

I  & II Thessalonians : a commentary, 2015.

Social Sciences
Invisible nation : homeless families in America, 2016.

Misunderstanding stories : toward a postcolonial pastoral theology, 2013.

Three stones make a wall : the story of archaeology, 2017.

Welshimer Library

The new social story book, 2015.

An American genocide : the United States and the California Indian catastrophe, 1846-1873, 2016.

Hiroshima, 1985.

Louisa : the extraordinary life of Mrs. Adams, 2017.

Juvenile – Caldecott Medal Winner
Radiant child : the story of young artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, 2016.

Juvenile – Caldecott Honor Books
Du iz tak?, 2016.

Freedom in Congo Square, 2016.

Leave me alone!, 2016.

They all saw a cat, 2016.

Viva Frida!, 2014.

Juvenile – Newbery Medal Winner
The girl who drank the moon, 2016.

Juvenile – Newbery Honor Books
Freedom over me : eleven slaves, their lives and dreams brought to life, 2016.

The inquisitor’s tale, or, The three magical children and their holy dog, 2016.

Language and Literature
American gods : a novel, 2001.

The civil wars of Julia Ward Howe : a biography, 2016.

Copyfraud and other abuses of intellectual property law, 2011.

Neurotribes : the legacy of autism and the future of neurodiversity, 2015.

Philosophy, Psychology, Religion
Ephesians, 1990.

The Evangelicals : the struggle to shape America, 2017.

Political Science
The First Congress : how James Madison, George Washington, and a group of extraordinary men invented the government, 2017.

Social Sciences
No shortcuts : organizing for power in the new gilded age, 2016.

A war for the soul of america : a history of the culture wars, 2016.

Frida, 2002.

Georgia O’Keeffe, 2010.

Girl rising, 2014.

Hidden figures, 2017.

The house I live in, 2013.

The hunting ground, 2015.

La La Land, 2017.

Miss Hokusai, 2017.

Nefarious : merchant of souls, 2012.

Ocean waves, 2017.

Pray the devil back to Hell, 2009.

The red turtle, 2017.

Rogue One, 2017.

Star wars. Episode VII, The Force awakens, 2016.

Donated Gift Books and DVDs to the Milligan Libraries
Associated Press stylebook 2015 and briefing on media law, 2015.           

Community Organization : traditional principles and modern applications, 1990.                           

Day of Triumph, 2016.                                                                              

The Gospel Blimp, 2016.                                                                            



New Books and Media Received (March 2017)

The following Books and DVDs (93 items) were received into the Library collection for both the Welshimer and Seminary Libraries through the Acquisitions Budget and by donation during March 2017.

Seminary Library

Philosophy, Psychology, Religion
Abounding in kindness : writings for the people of God, 2015.

Augustine : Christian truth and fractured humanity, 2000.

Being given : toward a phenomenology of givenness, 2002.

The Bible in ancient and modern media : story and performance, 2009.

A brief history of spirituality, 2007.

The Brill dictionary of ancient Greek, 2015.

Consolations : the solace, nourishment and underlying meaning of everyday words, 2015.

Creative ministry, 1991.

Eager to love : the alternative way of Francis of Assisi, 2016.

Eros for the other : retaining truth in a pluralistic world, 1996.

The erotic phenomenon, 2007.

Ethnography as a pastoral practice : an introduction, 2008.

Explorations in spirituality : history, theology, and social practice, 2010.

This far by grace : a bishop’s journey through questions about homosexuality, 2003.

Fragmentation and redemption : essays on gender and the human body in Medieval religion, 1991.

From orality to orality : a new paradigm for contextual translation of the Bible, 2009.

God, sexuality and the self : an essay ‘on the Trinity’, 2013.

The great omission : reclaiming Jesus’s essential teachings on discipleship, 2006.

The idol and distance : five studies, 2001.

In excess : studies of saturated phenomena, 2002.

Irenaeus of Lyons : identifying Christianity, 2013.

Joshua, 2014.

Joshua 1-12 : a new translation with introduction and commentary, 2015.

Mary in early Christian faith and devotion, 2016.

The messiah of peace : a performance-criticism commentary on Mark’s passion-resurrection narrative, 2015.

The Naomi story–the book of Ruth : from gender to politics, 2016.

The new asceticism : sexuality, gender and the quest for God, 2015.

Nobody cries when we die : God, community, and surviving to adulthood, 2016.

On difficulties in the Church fathers : the Ambigua, 2014.

On earth as it is in heaven : how the Lord’s prayer teaches us to pray more effectively, 2010.

Oral ethos of the early church : speaking, writing, and the Gospel of Mark, 2013.

Oral tradition in ancient Israel, 2011.

Orality and literacy in early Christianity, 2012.

Our lives matter : a womanist queer theology, 2015.

The passions of  Christ in high-medieval thought : an essay on christological development, 2007.

Paul and the gift, 2015.

Performance criticism of the Pauline letters, 2016.

Poetics of the flesh, 2015.

Postcolonial theologies : divinity and empire, 2004.

Practicing discernment together : finding God’s way forward in decision making, 2007.

Rethinking Augustine’s early theology : an argument for continuity, 2008.

Ruth : a new translation with introduction and commentary, 2016.

The strength of her witness : Jesus Christ in the global voices of women, 2016.

The subversive power of love : the vision of Henriette Delille, 2009.

Teaching for a culturally diverse and racially just world, 2014.

Text and tradition in performance and writing, 2013.

The theology of Augustine : an introductory guide to his most important works, 2013.

Translating scripture for sound and performance : new directions in biblical studies, 2012.

Uncommon faithfulness : the Black Catholic experience, 2009.

Will there be faith? : a new vision for educating and growing disciples, 2011.

Writings on the Old Testament, 2016.

An ecology of mind, 2011.

Welshimer Library

German propaganda and U.S. neutrality in World War I, 2016.

Language and Literature
Routledge companion to Latino/a literature, 2015.

Philosophy, Psychology, Religion
Acts : a commentary , 2016.

The Brill dictionary of ancient Greek, 2015.

Colossians : a commentary, 2008.

II Corinthians : a commentary, 2003.

Daniel : a commentary, 2014.

Deuteronomy : a commentary, 2002.

Dictionary of New Testament background, 2000.

Ephesians : a commentary, 2012.

Galatians : a commentary, 2011.

Isaiah, 2001.

John : a commentary, 2015.

I, II & III John : a commentary, 2008.

Joshua, 2014.

Joshua 1-12 : a new translation with introduction and commentary, 2015.

Judges 1-12 : a new translation with introduction and commentary, 2014.

Lamentations : a commentary, 2004.

Luke : a commentary, 2012.

Micah : a commentary, 2015.

The nature fix : why nature makes us happier, healthier, and more creative , 2017.

I & II Peter and Jude : a commentary, 2010.

Philippians and Philemon : a commentary, 2009.

Revelation : a commentary, 2009.

Revelation : a new translation with introduction and commentary, 2014.

Ruth : a new translation with introduction and commentary, 2016.

Song of songs : a commentary, 2005.

I  & II Thessalonians : a commentary, 2015.

1 & 2 Timothy and Titus : a commentary, 2002.

The world around the Old Testament : the people and places of the ancient Near East, 2016.

Social Sciences
The boom : how fracking ignited the American energy revolution and changed the world, 2014.

Reinventing fire : bold business solutions for the new energy era, 2011.

Sex trafficking : the global market in women and children, 2005.

Big Eyes, 2015.

The ramen girl, 2009.

Donated Gift Books to the Milligan Libraries

Behind the Gospels : understanding the oral tradition

Creating scientific controversies : uncertainty and bias in science and society

From Jesus to the New Testament : early Christian theology and the origin of the New Testament canon

Oral tradition and the New Testament : a guide for the perplexed

The Oxford handbook of Christology

The Oxford handbook of Medieval Christianity

Structuring early Christian memory : Jesus in tradition, performance, and text

We are lucky people : my teachers and the teacher I have become


Monday even more “marvelous” with 7th Annual Edible Books Festival!

Edible Books 2017

For a second year in a row Milligan Libraries’ annual Edible Books Festival — now in it’s 7th year — serendipitously coincided with Marvelous Monday (a.k.a. “Wonderful Wednesday”), the student-led Spring day of celebration at Milligan College. The weather outside was sunny and warm. Inside Welshimer Library was nice and cool, and made for a great stopover to view this year’s entries between events.

We had thirteen entries this year, including several submissions from the Humanities Creativity Project, and some group efforts from the British Fiction of the 20th Century class, and the Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society.

197 votes were cast on Monday (April 10) for Most Creative, Funniest/Punniest, and Overall Favorite. On Tuesday morning (April 11), Library staff made some initial sampling to determine the Tastiest entry. Then the doors of the Welshimer Room were opened to invite students, faculty, and staff to sample the entries for themselves.

Here are this year’s winning entries, with each winner receiving a Dunkin Donuts gift card:

TastiestWizard of Oz by student Keshia Posada


Most CreativeI Spy by Research and Instruction Librarian Mary Jackson


Punniest/FunniestHamlet by Kirstin Blackburn, wife of Milligan History Professor, Lee Blackburn


Overall FavoriteBob’s Burgers by Corbin Drinnon, son of Milligan Psychology Professor, Joy Drinnon


This year’s Edible Books Festival received some great local media attention, including this TV spot from WJHL, News Channel 11. Thanks to everyone for making this year’s festival a great (and tasty) success.