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A Publication for Alumni and Friends of Maryville College 

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FALL 2001 


Greetings ^ 


froTTi the Maryville College Campus 

The first requisite 
of a school is a ^^ ^ "^ 

•^ quoting 

teacher. ^^ MaryviHes fifth 
president again, 
someone who has provided me with both 
quotes and inspiration over the past eight 
years. Dr. 
Samuel Tyndale 
Wilson, in his 
history of the 
College, was 
describing the 
needs lacing Dr. 
Isaac Anderson 
in the days of 

I believe 
that both 
President Wilson 
and President 
Anderson would 
take immense 
pride in the 
quality of 


teachers. In this 

issue o{ FOCUS we highlight activities of our 

current faculty, and we look as well at ways in 

which their teaching techniques are being 

shaped by technolog)'. 

Having in our family two recent gradu- 
ates of Mar)'\'ille College, Rachel and I can 
vouch personally for the qualitv' ol the 
Maryville faculty and for the quality of teach- 
ing that current students are receiving. And 
I'm confident that, if our alumni were asked 
about their experiences during college days, 
they would speak first about those teachers 
who most touched their lives, the men and 
women who taught them valuable skills, 
helped expand their knowledge and instilled in 
them values that they have carried with them 
in all the vears since graduation. I'm thinkintr 

about such teachers as Arda Walker '40, Art 
Bushing '43, Horace Orr '12, Fred Griffitts 
'25, Edwin Hunter '14, Margaret Cummings 

— the list is long, and recent graduates could 
readily add to it. 

Dr. Ralph Lloyd, in his sesquicentennial 
MC histor)', notes that "every good teacher 
becomes a better one it engaged in some cre- 
ative activit}' of his 
own. " 1 am convinced 
that this is one key to 
the effectiveness of 
Marxaille's faculty of 
today Articles in this 
issue report on taculr,' 
sabbatical projects and 
oft-campus research 
activities, as well as 
research collaborations. 
We also publish, some- 
times as a part of 
FOCUS, a more exten- 
sive account ot tacult)' 
professional involve- 
ment and stories about 
individual teacher- 

Through wit- 
nessing the continuing 
intellectual and 
creative vitality ot those who teach them, 
many Maryville students come to see learning 
as something that happens, not just in the 
classroom during college, but in myriad ways 
throughout a lifetime. The typical Maryville 
teacher, as we enter the 21st century, is surely 
"engaged in some creative activirv'," and 
Maryville's students see in them, not just 
pedagogues, but paradigms. 

The pedagog}' is, of course, changing for 
our 21st-century faculty. Technology has pro- 
vided approaches to communication, illustra- 
tion, exercises and "homework" bevond any- 
thing we could have imagined even a decade 
ago. Let me hasten, however, to assure alumni 
who might worry about education becoming 
too impersonal at Mar)Tille that we still see 

technolog)' strictly as a tool for teaching, a 
hanmsing of technology tor teaching, not a 
substitute for teacher-student interaction. 

The introduction of "smart classrooms" 
and the Internet on our campus has been 
accompanied by training in their proper use 
tor Maryville's faculty. The Sl.75-million 
Instructional Technology grant that we were 
awarded trom the U.S. Department of 
Education in 1999 has made a tremendous 
difference in teaching techniques on the 
Marwille campus, but it has not diminished 
the commitment to and enthusiasm for 
teaching at all. Quite the contran,'. 

My own teaching career spanned 17 
years, and while I won't make claims ot being 
in the same league with the MC teaching 
legends that alumni remember so fondly, I do 
claim sufficient experience to know what a 
great profession teaching is. It demands much 
ot those who choose it, but it also brings much 
satisfaction, satisfaction that is hard to match 
in other professions. I often describe education 
as the "transforming business." Teachers are 
not infrequendy trustrated and disappointed 
in their work, but the greatest payoff for their 
efforts is to witness the changes in the students 
who come into their classrooms, the transfor- 
mations wrought by good teaching. I missed 
that when I left teaching for administration, 
but I haven't forgotten the experience. 

When I visited Bill Arlington '70, Senior 
Vice President for Human Resources at John 
Wilev & Sons in New York Cit)' a few \'ears 
ago, almost the first words I heard from him 
were about his gratitude for what Art Bushing 
had taught him about writing when Bill was a 
student at Mar)'\'ille 30 years before. "I still 
use his approach today, and I've taught it to 
my sons," Bill said. 

That's the kind of transformation that 
good teachers bring about. And it's still 
happening at Marwille College as the 21st 
centut}' begins. 



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Karen Beaty Eldridge '94, Director of Public Relations 

Libby Welsh '59, Director of Donor Records 


Tracy N. Wiggins, Publicotions Manager 

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The first requisite 
of a school is a y« ' "^ 

•^ quoting 

teacher. ^^ Maryvilles fifth 
president again, 
someone who has provided me with both 
quotes and inspiration over the past eight 
years. Dr. 
Samuel Tyndale 
Wilson, in his 
history of the 
College, was 
describing the 
needs facing Dr. 
Isaac Anderson 
in the days of 

I believe 
that both 
President Wilson 
and President 
Anderson would 
take immense 
pride in the 
quality of 


teachers. In this 

issue oi FOCUS we highlight activities of our 

current faculty, and we look as well at ways in 

which their teaching techniques are being 

shaped by technology. 

Having in our family two recent gradu- 
ates of Marwille College, Rachel and I can 
vouch personally for the quality of the 
Maryville faculty and for the quality of teach- 
ing that current students are receiving. And 
I'm confident that, if our alumni were asked 
about their experiences during college days, 
they would speak first about those teachers 
who most touched their lives, the men and 
women who taught them valuable skills, 
helped expand their knowledge and instilled in 
them values that they have carried with them 
in all the years since graduation. I'm thinking 

about s 

'25, Ed 

— the 

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A Publication for Alumni and Friends of Maryville College 


Maryville College FOCUS magazine 2001 (issn 310) 

Published three times a year 

Maryville College 

502 E. Lamar Alexander Porkv^oy 

Maryville, TN 37804-5907 


subscription price - none 


Judy M. Penry '73 

Knoxville, Tennessee 


James Campbell '53 

Maryville, Tennessee 

Vice President 

Carol Callaway-Lane '92 

Nashville, Tennessee 

Recording Secretary 

Tim Topham '80 

Maryville, Tennessee 


CLASS OF 2002 


JoeT. Gilliland'55 
Marcia Williams Kling '56 
ebeccah Kinnamon Neff '6 

David G. Russell '72 
WilliamF. Lukens,Jr. '91 


CLASS OF 2003 

Beverly Atchely '76 

Sharon Bailey '69 

Carol Callaway-Lane '92 

Danny Osborne '76 

James Skeen '64 


CLASS OF 2004 

Rick Carl '77 

Chris Lilley '87 

Sylva Talmage '62 

John Tanner '93 

John Trotter '95 

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Faculty Get "Fit" for the 21st Century Page 2 

With help from a Title ill grant from the U.S. Department of 
Education, MC faculty members ore learning innovative and effective 
ways to incorporate technology into classroom instruction. 

Destination: Global Village Page 6 

Two professors travel to unique places for unique reasons. Shore 
the stories and experiences of Dr. Paul Threadgill and Dr. Kathi 

Now Entering Uncharted Territories Page 8 

Research comes to life as students collaborate with faculty 
members to bring research out of the classroom and into real life. 
Read how these groups face today's challenges together. 

Role Model: Dr. Margie Ribble Page 10 

Dr. Margie Ribble serves as a role model to students in her quest 
for lifelong learning. Find out what she did, and what Krystol 
burgers had to do with it! 

Graduation 2001 Page 14 

Enjoy this photographic montage of Graduation 2001. Students, 
faculty and guests celebrate the accomplishments of study and 
hard work. 

Alumni Profile: Melissa Walker. Page 5 

Alumni News Page 12 

Campus News Page 13 

Class Notes Page 16 

Letter from the Alumni President Page 24 


Dr. Scott Brunger, associate professor 
of economics, uses the whiteboard (a 
modern-day chalkboard), to make a 

point in a computer classroom in 

Fayerweather Hall. Brunger is one of 

several faculty members using the 

state-of-the-art classroom this fall. 


Dr. Gerald W. Gibson 


Mark E. Cote, Vice President for College Advancement 

Karen Beaty Eldridge '94, Director of Public Relations 

Libby Welsh '59, Director of Donor Records 


Tracy N. Wiggins, Publications Monoger 

Maryville College 

Faculty Get "FIT" for 

the 21st Century 

"Maryville graduates ore expected to hove 'communication, computing, 

quontitotive and second language skills that enable effective comprehension, 

analysis and expressions.' Graduates are also expected to have 'an ability to 

retrieve and synthesize information and to complete independent research.' 

Neither of these skill areas can be fully realized without the incorporation of 

state-of-the-art technology into the teaching-learning process. 

Faculty must model these skills as well as teach them . . . 

In order to achieve all of Maryville's stated outcomes, students must 

know how to use technology intelligently and effectively. 

They will only learn if it is available to them and is modeled for them." 

— taken from the Application for a Grant Under the Strengthening Institutions Program 
(H.E.A. Title III, CFDA84.031A), 1999 

In many respects, academia and technology 
are worids apart. One is concerned with the 
pursuit of knowledge; the other is concerned 
with the application of knowledge. One 
thrives in an atmosphere ot collegiality; the 
other operares in a world of extreme competi- 
tiveness. Arguably, the most visible difference 
between the two worlds - academia and 
technology - lies in the rate ot change. 

In academia, change usually comes slowly. 

Technology, on the 
other hand, knows no 
committees or task 
forces or policies. And 
while clocks hang in the 
halls of academia, it 
seems that stopwatches 
hang around the necks 
of technolog}'. 

In the mid-1990s, many faculty members 
on the Mar^Tille College campus believed that 
the technological revolution was passing them 
by And they had proof- in 1980s-era, 8 MHz 
computers, no institutional fiinds to award to 
facult)' members who wanted to learn new 
technologies and teaching strategies, and a 
growing number of students who expected 
access to better equipment and newer software. 

True to academia, committees and task 
forces pulled together to develop a plan that 
would address the technological deficiencies 
on campus. The result ot several faculty and 
staff members' research and vision was a pro- 
posal to the U.S. Department ot Education for 
hinding under Tide III of the Higher Education 
Act. The formal proposal was entitled 
"Strengthening Academic Programs by 
Incorporating Instructional Technology, 
Acquiring Equipment and Conducting Faculty 

"Among faculty members, there was a 
general recognition that technology could be a 
useful thing if used properly," explained Gina 
Roberts, instructional technolog)- director. 
"Facult)' here focused first on the College's 
mission, and then asked the question, 'How 


"What the Title Ill-funded Instructional 
Technology Initiative has done so far is 
provide faculty members with an opportunity 
to have access to resources and 
support that they've wanted for 
years," said Gina Roberts, director 
of instructional technology. 

Resources include hundreds of 
thousands of dollars worth of hard- 
ware, software, and multimedia tech- 
nology. The support comes mainly in 
the form of the Instructional Technolog)' 
Initiative (ITI) team, which includes 
Roberts; Charles Nichols, instructional 
technolog)- support specialist; and Karen 
Wentz, the Title III coordinator at the College 
and author ot the grant proposal. 


Charles Nichols; 

(Top Right) 

Karen Wentz; 

Gina Roberts 

Together, Roberts, Nichols and Wentz 
focus on the stated goals 
and objectives ot the 
Title III initiative. They 
order and help maintain 
equipment, answer 
questions and teach tech- 
based workshops that are 
open to all faculty mem- 
bers, not just Faculty 
Instructional Technology 
(FIT) fellows. 

(Last year alone, the 
ITI team conducted 29 workshops, and more 
than half of faculty members participated in at 
least one workshop.) 

The ITI team has also created - and now 
operates - an Instructional Technology Center, 
where faculty have access to more specific and 
sophisticated equipment such as image and 
audio/video capture and editing, CD-ROM 
recording and web site authoring. 

In a recent progress report to the U.S. 
Department of Education, the ITI team 
reported that goals and objects for Maryville 
College's instructional technology effort have 
been met on schedule - and in many cases, 

"The Title III Coordinator, who has 
managed other projects on other campuses and 
has evaluated several projects, has seldom seen 
such a smooth and seamless integration of 


FOCUS Fell 2001 

can technology help us fulfill that mission?'" 

While equipment and software were 
important elements of the proposed 
Instructional Technology Initiative (ITI), sup- 
port for the faculty was the major component. 
Without it, the College couldn't meet 
MC2000 Plan goals for "instructional use of 
technology that contributes significantly to the 
educational experience of students. " 

Faculty development is the very heart of 
the $1.75 million, five-year program, and the 
Faculty Instructional Technology (FIT) fellow- 
ships are the key to developing meaningful 
technology integration projects. 

asked to rate 
his skills with 
prior to being 
named one of 
the first FIT 
fellows. Dr. 

professor of 
political science, described 
himself as an "advanced beginner." 

Soon after he began teaching at the 
College in 1997, O'Gorman was putting some 
classroom lectures into Mircrosoft PowerPoint, 

then transferring the 
images to acetate 
overheads. At times, 
he wheeled televi- 
sions and VCRs into 
the classroom for 
educational viewing. For many classes, 
however, it was still "chalk and talk." 

"We were limited, considering where 
technology was," O'Gorman said. "The 
infrastructure was unable to accommodate us." 

In previous teaching appointments, 
O'Gorman had seen other colleges lay the 
groundwork for instructional technology - 
create and organize computer rooms, work- 
shops and technical support for facultv' and 
some equipment. At Hamilton College in 
Clinton, N.Y., he even received a grant to 
conduct a teleconference between an AIDS 
researcher and students in his classroom in 

Those experiences had piqued his interest 
in using cutting-edge technology in the class- 
room, so he took seriously the opportunity to 
submit a proposal for one of the College's first 
four FIT Fellowships in the spring of 2000. 

Mulling around some ideas four days 
before the FIT fellowship applications wete 
due to the Faculty' Development Committee 
for selection, O'Gorman couldn't settle on a 
project and had decided to wait until the next 

Then Katrina 
Atchley had a great 
idea. Atchley, a 
junior and a senior 
thesis advisee of 
O'Gorman, was interested in using data from 
online polls in her upcoming thesis, but she 
knew litde about the software or technological 
savvy required to conduct such polls. (See 
related story, page 9). 

"I called the ITI people to see if it [a 
project using online polling] was doable," 
O'Gorman remembered. It was. 

Like all FIT fellows, O'Gorman received 
one course release time, one summer stipend, 
S 1 ,000 travel allowance and supplies for 
developing and integrating applications of 
instructional technology in the curriculum. 

He found a lot of information about 
polling software on the Internet, so O'Gorman 
chose to put his $1,000 travel allowance 
toward the purchase of a TestPilot software 
program that would allow Katrina and students 
enrolled in O'Gorman's Political Science 321: 
American Political Process class to pose questions 
regarding the 2000 presidential race and access 
the data. 

O'Gorman's virtual voting booth and 
related web pages went up on the Marj^ville 
College website in October and November. 

"The election process became more vivid, 


Title III activities into the overall fiinctioning 
of the college," the report reads. 

Although the funding will continue 
through 2005, few people on campus - if any 
- would argue that the grant hasn't already 
made a noticeable difference in the way faculty 
members are teaching in the classroom. 

But ITI has also changed the look of 
some classrooms and faculty offices, too. 

For starters, all have been wired for 
Internet access. 

In the College's four "smart classrooms," 
overhead projectors have been replaced by ceil- 
ing-mounted multimedia projectors, screens 
have been lowered over blackboards, instructor 
consoles with built-in computers have replaced 
wooden desks or lecterns, and speakers have 
been mounted in the ceilings to play audio 
f^om VHS tapes or CD-ROMS. 

Mobile multimedia units, which are carts 

loaded with computers and multimedia projec 
tors, are available for other classrooms. 

The rebuilding of Fayerweather and the 
remodeling of Anderson Hall allowed the 
College's administrators to plan for computer 
classrooms, which are com- 
pletely wireless. The class- 
room in Fayerweather, which 
is now in use, can accommo- 
date 30 students, each with a 
laptop computer. The class- 
room in Anderson is planned 
to open in 2002. 

Like smart classrooms, the computer 
classrooms give faculty members access to the 
Internet and the ability to project their own 
computer screen onto a screen for student 
viewing. However, in the computer class- 
rooms, students use the computers as an inte- 
gral part of instruction. 

As part of the ITI, the library in the Fine 
Arts Center has been fully and electronically 

New computers and laser printers have 
been distributed to all fiill-time faculty 

members and division ofTices.'" 
And throughout the grant, 
cutting-edge hardware and 
software that is discipline- 
specific will be available to 
facult)' members for use in the 

Maryville College intends 
to remain committed to the ITI beyond the 
life of the federal funding. The Tide III grant 
proposal details how - and at what level - the 
College plans to maintain and fund an 
instructional technology program. 

For more information on MC's ITI, visit: 

FOCUS Fall 2001 

exposing students to the complexities of survey 

design, question wording and polling analysis 

as part of campaign strategy," the professor 

said. "... The experiential 

nature of constructing a poll 

helped students recognize 

the large amount of 

resources committed to 

campaigns. Early feedback 

trom students echoed their 

appreciation to be exposed 

to new technologies and 

gain a new understanding of 

elections and the Internet." 

Looking back on the time he and other 
students conducted the campus-wide online 
poll, O'Gorman described it as an "amazing 
10 weeks." Unexpected technical difficulties 
and security issues had to be dealt with, but all 
were overcome with help from staff members 

O'Gorman said the experience was well 
worth the stress. 

"With technology, the culture of the 
classroom changes," O'Gorman explained. 
"Technology can be transforming, but it has 
hurdles. Students can get buried behind the 
computer screen. We have to make a conscious 
effort to use technology in a thoughtful way - 
make sure that we're adding value, not just 
playing. " 

According to 
Chris Nugent, 
the ITI is a 
dream come true 
tor librarians. 
Not only did it 
give her an 
opportunity to 
he a FIT 
fellow, it also 
the cause of 
library research, which has seen drastic change 
with the dawn of the Information Age. 
The Lamar Memorial Library was 
automated in 1994, but Nugent, an assistant 
professor and librarian, said the automation 
was just the tip of the iceberg in information 
sciences. Online databases and other sources 
that are prevalent in libraries today make 
research more convenient, but navigating 
through them can be overwhelming and 


Current Maryville College students learn 
how to use the library during the spring 

semester of 
their fresh- 
man year in a 
Seminar 140: 
Perspectives on 
the American 
Because of the course's emphasis on 
research, Nugent is a coordinator of the faculrv' 
group teaching FRS 140. And as coordinator, 
she wanted to make sure that all faculty - new 
and veteran - could share material, advice and 
ideas from their classroom experiences easily. 
She also wanted students enrolled in the course 
to have the same opportunities to search class- 
room material (syllabi, reading, research guides 
and links to web resources for homework 
assignments and online research support mate- 
rials through the library) and communicate 
beyond class time. 

So Nugent submitted a proposal to create 
electronic space - web pages - for these two 

"In terms of web publishing, I was a real 
beginner," Nugent said. "I knew how to post a 
syllabus on the web, but that was about the 
extent of it. I attended several of Gina's 
workshops [for instructional technology]." 

Roberts also recommended Nugent attend 
a Syllabus-sponsored educational technology 
conference in San Francisco, which offered 
several hands-on workshops. 

Having attended Syllabus during the 
summer of 2000 and spending the remainder 
of the season developing web pages for faculn' 
and staff, Nugent said she was eager to utilize 
them in the FRS 140 class during the spring 
2001 semester. 

Referencing her web pages in a smart 
classroom, Nugent clicked on links to Internet 
sites like the Library of Congress' "American 
Memory Project" and hate groups to generate 
classroom discussion. She also logged into 
library materials to teach research strategies. 

When asked if her "post"-web page class 
was received by students with greater enthusiasm 
than her "pre"-web page classes, Nugent 

indicated that student course reviews were 

"The research empowers students," 
Nugent said. "That's the excitement of teaching." 

Faculty members who accessed Nugent's 
archived materials and joined in online forums 
told her that they were invaluable to their 

Nugent said she has personally benefited 
from the confidence and comfort she now has 
with technoloOT. 

Although she doesn't update the library's 
website, Nugent said she understands more of 
what's feasible and what's not; what's useful 
and what's fluff 

"The FIT fellowship gave me a language to 
talk, " she said. "Plus, it's fun to have a product." 

It's All 

At Maryville 
College today, 
1 1 faculty 
members can 
claim techno- 
ogical "fitness" 
by their 
selection as a 
FIT fellow 

from computer-assisted instruction for 
music theory to virtual pilgrimages to 
computer simulation games for economics. 

When federal funding for Tide III 
initiative concludes in 2005, 70 percent of 
faculty members will have been FIT fellows. 

O'Gorman asserts that technology in the 
2 1 St century is making teaching (and there- 
fore, education) better, but harder. 

"The concept of the classroom has 
changed," he said. "'Chalk and talk' will be 
one part of the educational experience, and 
colleges will have to be readv to accommodate 
different learning styles and learning modes. 
"There are great opportunities out there 
for teachers," he continued, "but if you're a 
professor, these changes will keep you thinking 
during the summer." 

For students entering a 21st-century 
workforce, exposure to various forms of 
technology is vital, O'Gorman said. 

"Being comfortable with technology will 
be so important to them after graduation," he 

FOCUS Fall 2001 


Outstanding Teacher Was Shaped by Outstanding Teaching at MC 

By Melissa Walker '85 

I came to Maryville College intending to 
major in English. Although I had always wanted 
to teach, I never considered majoring in history, 
in spite of having had two 
outstanding history teach- 
ers (MC alumni George 
B. Henry '61 in elemen- 
tary school and Penny 
ProfFitt Piper '69 in high 
school). I considered liter- 
ature and writing my first 

All that changed in 
the fall of my freshman 
year when I walked into a 
Western Civilization class 
taught by Dr. Arda 
Walker '40. Dr. Walker 
brought even the dusty, 
ancient past to life. She didn't just lecture about 
dead people, dates, and battles; she told us sto- 
ries — stories about real people facing real choic- 
es just like people we knew. After a few weeks in 
her class, I was hooked; 1 majored in history. 

Today I'm an assistant professor of history 
at Converse College in South Carolina, a small 
liberal arts college for women. Converse reminds 
me very much of MC, so I try to provide my 
students with the same rich educational experi- 
ence 1 received. All my MC history professors 
shaped the way I teach, but Dt. Walker's influ- 
ence was the strongest. Not only did she teach 
us that history was about real people, but she 
also talked about her own research. Her stories 
about the search for clues to an elusive French 
noblewoman in the archives and museums of 
France and England helped me to understand 
how historians reconstructed the past and gave 
me a thirst to conduct my own research. Dr. 
Walker encouraged my first effort at original 

Dr. Walker also used literature to illumi- 
nate history. In the second semester of British 
history, she asked us to write a research paper 
that explored the historical background of a 
piece of 19th century British literature; I wrote 
about Charles Dickens' David Copperfield. Both 
of these approaches — asking undergraduates to 
conduct research in original sources and using 

Melissa Walr'85 

literature to illuminate and enliven the past — 
are centerpieces of my own courses today 
Dr. Russell Parker also taught us that 

research in primary sources was 
the best way to understand the 
past with the example of his 
own exploration of the history 
of the local ALCOA plant. His 
classes were lively places where 
he mixed lectures with thought- 
provoking questions. I'll nevet 
forget the way his eyes twinkled 
and his mustache twitched as 
he played the devil's advocate to 
one of our (we thought) bril- 
liant analyses of historical 
events. Dr. Parker was my inde- 
pendent study advisor, and now 
1 tty to model his gentle prod- 
ding and high expectations when I direct stu- 
dent research. 

Dr. Marjorie Kratz introduced me to 
women's history with an interim course. I had 
always considered myself a feminist but I had 
never really thought about the invisibility of 
women in history. This was the early 1980s 
when women's history was still in its infancy Dr. 
Kratz and Dr. Walker opened up a whole new 
avenue of study for me. In my doctoral work at 
Clark University, I focused on Southern 
women's history, and my book, All We Knew Was 
To Farm: Rural Women in the Upcountry South, 
1919-1941 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 
2000) examines the experiences of farm women 
in East Tennessee during the Depression years. 
Although I didn't know it at the time. Dr. 
Wallace Lewis provided me with my first 
glimpse of the nature of graduate study in histo- 
ry. As anyone who had an upper division history 
course with Dr. Lewis will remember, he used to 
lug three-foot stacks of books into each and 
every class. He'd lecture briefly about some con- 
troversy over histofical interpretation and then 
hold up a book and say something like, "Now 
Smith argues such-and-so about this." He'd 
work his way through the stack and through the 
debate among historians that way I was mid- 
way through my first course with him when it 
occurred to me, "Oh, wow, these historians are 

interpreting the same events in different ways. 
That's really interesting." Dr. Lewis introduced 
us to historiography, the literature produced by 
historians and the intimidating centetpiece of 
graduate school courses. Like Dr. Lewis, 1 try to 
introduce my history majors to the study of his- 

The fine teachers at MC were not restricted 
to the history department, of course. Most of 
my MC professors were engaged in research and 
passionately conveyed their love of their disci- 
plines. Dr. Arthur Bushing '43, who was deep 
in his own research on Sgt. Alvin York, gave me 
a solid introduction to the connections among 
the liberal arts disciplines in his freshmen 
inquiry course on interpreting literature. Dr. 
Bushing was never too busy fot a one-on-one 
conference, usually to go over a garbled compo- 
sition and help me improve it. Dr. Elizabeth 
Fowler placed American literature in historical 
context and even brought in a friend to deliver 
Jonathan Edwards' fiery sermon, "Sinners in the 
Hands of an Angry God," bringing dry litera- 
ture to life in a new way Dr. Charlotte Beck 
peppered her American lit classes with anecdotes 
about her own research on Fugitive poet Randall 
Jarrell. Dr. Marilyn Pollio applied the theories of 
the educational psychology she taught to her 
own classroom. Dr. Bob Ramger '56 raised my 
environmental consciousness by sharing his 
research on limnology (fresh water systems) with 
his introductory biology students. 

In the end, the thing that all my favorite 
MC teachers shared was a passion for their disci- 
plines. They embodied the high standards, intel- 
lectual curiosit}', and caring for students that are 
the hallmatks of liberal arts colleges. Without 
my Maryville College professors, I'm not sure Id 
ever have dreamed of becoming a historian. 

Melissa Walker '85 worked in college administration 
before returning to graduate school In 19%, she earned 
her Ph.D. in American and women's history at Clark 
University in Massachusetts. Currently she is assistant 
professor of history at Converse College in Spartanburg, 
S. C Converse awarded her the Kathryne Amelia Brown 
Award for distinguished classroom teaching in June 
2001. Her book All We Knew Was to Farm: Rural 
Women in the Upcountry South, 1919-1941 was 
published by Johns Hopkins University Press. 





that the world is 

getting smaller and that professionals of the 21st 

century would be communicating in global villages 

and buying and selling in world economies, 

Maryville College admin- 
istrators placed emphasis on 
intercultural understanding and 
values when revising the general 
education curriculum in 1995, 
One of the nine "distinctive features" of the 
Maryville College General Education Curriculum is 
a "strong global and cross-cultural dimension." 
With the encouragement of a faculty develop- 

ment program and special funds for sabbatical 
leoves, scholarly research and professional travel, 
faculty members like Dr. Paul Threadgill and Dr. 
Kathi Shibo are modeling the attitudes and curiosi- 
ties they hope their students will emulate. 

Several Maryville College faculty members 
ore touring the 21 st century world - and returning 
to the classroom with much more than slide shows 
and souvenirs. 

From the Chilhowee Mountains to Mt. Kinabalu 

Mention the island of Borneo to many of Dr. Paul Threadgill's stu- 
dents, and the CBS reality show "Survivor" probably comes to mind . . . 
along with tribal councils, immunity challenges, edible rats and castaways 
named Richard, Susan and Kelly. 

Filmed on a remote island 40 miles east ot Kota Kinabalu, "Sur\'ivor" 
introduced approximately 16 million viewers to that part of the world. 

But Dr. Paul Threadgill was not one ot them. 

Threadgill, a naturalist and associate pro- 
fessor of biolog\' in Maryville College's 
Division ot Natural Sciences, was introduced 
to Borneo through a friend from graduate 
school and a wonderful opportunit)' to study 
the flora of Southeast Asia. He spent the fall 
2000 semester at Mission College in Muak 
Lek, Thailand, as a member ot the 
biology faculty and curator of the 
college's first herbarium. 

Mission College, founded in 1986, is 
accredited by the Adventist Accreditation 
Association of Seventh-Day Adventist 
Schools, Colleges and Universities, USA. It 
offers two programs: A traditional academic 
program in Thai; and an international 
program taught in English. 

"Setting up an herbarium was my 
primary task," Threadgill said. "1 gave one 
seminar, but I didn't teach any classes." 

Arranged through Dr. John Perumal, 
Mission College's Dean of Science and 
Biology and whom Threadgill met while 

6 FOCUS Fall 2001 

(Above) Dr. Paul Tlireadgill 

poses witli faculty membets of 

Mission College in Thailand. 

(Right) Specimens of wild otchids 

wete collected for the 

Mission College Herbarium. 

working on his doctoral degree at the University of Ontario, the sabbatical 
began in August 2000 and lasted through November. Perumal wanted to 
draw upon Threadgill's expertise in botany while promoting his college as 
one that hosts visiting scholars from the United States. 

Prior to traveling to Thailand, Threadgill was awarded a Ruth Lloyd 
Kramer Facult)' Award to study at the Harvard Universit)' Herbaria in 
Cambridge, Mass. Harvard houses the most extensive collection ot plant 
specimens from Southeast Asia in the i\mericas. 

"In a few of my classes here at Mar}'\'ille, I had covered 
tropical botany, but I knew so litrie about it, " the professor 
explained. "At Harvard, 1 studied common plant families and 
genera of Southeast Asia so I wouldn't be completely ignorant 
ot what I saw." 

Funds from the Kramer Fellowship also 
enabled Threadgill to accompany Dn 
Perumal on an expedition ot the coastal 
rainforest of Sarawak and the plant com- 
munities of Mt. Kinabalu. Along with 
some students and other tacult}' members, 
Threadgill and Perumal gathered plant 
specimens for Mission College's herbarium. 

"As biologists, we all want to go to Mt. 
Kinabalu," Threadgill said, "It's a marvelous 
place of diverse plant and animal life." 
Mt. Kinabalu stands 13,300 feet above 
sea level and supports approximately 300,000 
different species. At its base, Mt. Kinabalu is 
tropical; at its summit, it's alpine tundra. 

"We always brag about the diversity [ot plant 
life] in the Smoky Mountains," Threadgill said. 

"They pale in comparison to tlie Southeast Asia region . . . There, orchids 
grow on the roadside Hke weeds. And there are thousands of species of 
orchids - the diversity is mind-bogghng." 

By the end of his sabbatical in November, Threadgill and others from 
Mission College had collected approximately 250 diftetent specimens of a 
"marvelous variety," from every province in Thailand and Malaysia. An 
active herbarium was not in place by the time he left Muak Lek, but he gave 
the science department a good, solid foundation with the specimens and 
suggestions tor needed supplies, refetence books and databases. On behalf of 
Mission College, Threadgill had also made contacts at major universities and 
botanical gardens in the Southeast Asian region. 

What he received in return was an experience with multiple applica- 

tions back in the Sutton Science Center at Maryville. 

"I gained a lot of knowledge on tropical botany," he said. "And I'll be 
able to take this experience into my botany and ecology classes." 

The professor said he believes this sabbatical will help him bettet relate 
to Asian students studying at Maryville College. 

"I was able to experience bits and pieces of their culture that affect aca- 
demics," he explained. "Having had a chance to spend three months there, 1 
think I have a bettet undetstanding of what's important to them and how 
they approach life." 

In the near future, Threadgill may return to Thailand with a few MC 
students. Mission College is trying to arrange its academic schedule so that 
student exchanges are possible at colleges and universities in the U.S. 

Different Worldsy Common Ground 

Dr. Kathi Shiba found Appalachia in an unusual place, and she 
hopes her experience will help students find common ground among 
different cultures. 

Shiba, associate professor of psychology, found Appalachia in 
Vietnam during a trip in 1999. Traveling to Southeast Asia to adopt a lit- 
tle boy, Shiba and husband Jeffrey Brooks had become somewhat familiar 
with the country through the Internet. But walking the streets of Ho Chi 
Minh City and Da Nang, Shiba said she was struck by the similarities 
between the Vietnamese and the residents of 

"There, I saw familial influences, connections 
with heritage, strong traditional and spiritual val- 
ues, economic and political strife," Shiba said. 
"That's typical of what we see in Appalachia." 

Observing this, Shiba's wheels were turning. 
Her Internet browsing in the months prior to her 
visit informed her that the Vietnamese government 
was encouraging communication and exchanges 
between the Vietnamese university system and col- 
leges and universities abroad. She began to envision 
opportuniries for her students back in Maryville to 
meet and learn from Vietnamese students. 

The College's Center for English Language 
Learning (CELL) proved a helpful resource when 
Shiba was trying to establish connections with 

Vietnamese professors. Pham Thahn Tam, a professor at Hanoi University 
of Technology, was studying English in the CELL program during the sum- 
mer of 2000, so Shiba met with her and talked about collaborations. At an 
ASIANetwork meeting in Ohio in April, Shiba met a professor from 
Vietnam National University. Shiba began communicating with both pro- 
fessors through e-mail. 

"[Vietnamese] students are very interested in American life and the 
colleges and universities here," Shiba explained. "And they're very interested 
in meeting students face-to-face." 

How entire classes of students could communicate with each other 
through e-mail and the Internet was relatively easy to figure out, but to 
accommodate a face-to-face meeting of students, Shiba began thinking 
about an experiential trip to Vietnam for Maryville College students during 

In a proposed January 
Term course to Vietnam, 
Maryville College students 
would be able to experi- 
ence tbe sights and sounds 
of Ho Chi Minh City (above) 
and other metropolitan areas. Dr. Kathi Shiba (left) spent 
the summer of 2001 working out the details for the trip. 

needed to travel to Vietnam again - fitst to attend a 
Council on International Educational Exchange 
Faculty Seminar in July and second, to meet people 
on the other side of the Pacific who could help with 
the trip logistics. So she wrote a proposal for the 
Kramer Eellowship and was approved for funding. 
Shiba expects the first trip to Vietnam will 
be offered for January 2003. In the meantime, 
students enrolled in Shiba's two general education 
courses. Freshman Seminar 140: Perspectives on the 
American Community and Social Science 260: 
Perspectives on the Social Order, will have the 
opportunity to meet Vietnamese students - albeit 
in cyberspace. 

When asked how valuable international 
study will be in the 21st century, Shiba answered 

"When students travel, they'te not only 
leatning about the content of a place - that is, its 
history and culture - they're realizing the diversi- 
ty of cultures in the wotld. And it gives us the 
opportunity to reflect on our own definitions of 
normal,' the professor explained. "The United 
States is a land of diversity, a land of people 
who've immigrated here. It's important that we 
leatn how to live in that diversiry." 

Shiba anticipates that Maryville College students visiting and touring 
Vietnam will experience culture shock, initially. They may be scared to cross 
the stteet because no one obeys traffic laws. They may be uncomfortable 
among the ancient architecture and Third- World-like facilities. 

The communist influence will be obvious, and MC students' percep- 
tion of the U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia during the 1960s and 1970s 
may be different than that of their Vietnamese peers. Many MC students 
will experience - for the first time in theit 19 or 20 or 21 years of life - 
what it feels like to be in the minority. 

Shiba's husband went through that experience back in 1999. Shiba, a 
Japanese-American, was in the "majority." 

"I've never experienced that before," Shiba said. "I look forward to see- 

the three-week January term. To organize such a trip, however, she knew she ing what my students' impressions will be of that experience." 

FOCUS Fall 2001 

2m]z '^iri^Mf^l. 

Student-faculty research collabo- 
rations have been ongoing at 
Maryville College since 1947, when 
the senior thesis requirement was 
added to the College's general edu- 
cation curriculum. The requirement 
thrives today, but such research isn't 

limited to the six-credit-hour project. 
Student-faculty collaborations 
look little different than they did 
50 years ago. Today, faculty and stu- 
dents have access to more grant 
opportunities, more cutting-edge 
technology and more research data. 

But with the breakthrough dis- 
coveries and constant change inher- 
ent in the Information Age, faculty 
members and students often find 
themselves entering uncharted terri- 
tories together. 

The downside: It may involve 

poisonous snakes. 

The upside: Students learn from 
faculty members and faculty mem- 
bers, modeling the College's philoso- 
phy of lifelong learning, learn from 
their students. 

Looking for snakes - 

Tim summer, Maryville College biology stu 
dents Josh Enneri and jimmy Webb have bump 
into graduate school 
biologists at the Twin 
Creeks Natural 
Resource Center in the 
Great Smoky Mountains 
National Park. 

"What graduate 
program are you 
enrolled inr they 
would inijuire, looking 
at the two students 
traps, maps and field 

"Maryville College, " Ennen and Webb 
would answer, smiling on the inside. 

"It's hard tor undergraduates to get this 
kind of experience," said Ennen, a rising 
junior, standing in a laboratory in Sutton 
Science Center lined with tunnel traps, drift 
fences, rubber boots and plastic containers 
filled with various snakes, lizards and turtles. 
"I feel luck)' to have this opportunity." 

"This opportunity" is a summer spent 
surveying the reptile population in the Great 
Smoky Mountains. Funded through a grant 
from the National Park Service and the 
Discover Life in America organization, the 
reptile survey is part of the GSMNP's All Taxa 
Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI). 

The ATBI is a research initiative that 
seeks to compile a comprehensive inventory ot 

all life forms in rhe park. Research administra- "A lot of people might expect a project of 

tors estimate that the ATBI will take between this size and scope to go to a larger, state-fund- 

10 to 15 years to complete, but ed university. That isn't necessarily the case," 

once finished, it is hoped that the Cash said. "I believe it says a great deal about 

inventory will provide a baseline the reputation Mary\'ille College has for 

from which park administrators 
can measure change and make 
informed management decisions 
"The value of the informa- 
tion is in the eye of the behold- 
er," said Assistant Protessor ot 
Biology and project coordinator 
Dr. Ben Cash. "As ecologists, we 
seek to describe patterns in the 
living world and describe their 

"But from a park standpoint, in order for 
[rangers] to protect this resource - which is 
their mandate - they need to know what they 
have and in as much detail as they can." 

Originally, the $65,000 grant for 
research assistants' stipends, supplies, 
equipment and digital cameras was 
approved for a herpetologist at the 
University of Tennessee. When the UT 
professor decided that he couldn't take 
on another project, Cash received a 
phone call from Twin Creeks. 

Two years later and having written 
prospectus of how he would coordinate 
the reptile survey over three summers. 
Cash was in the park, helping Ennen 
and Webb set traps and document 
reptile populations and their locations. 

undergraduate research that we were not 
passed up." 

For each week of this summer, the biology 
students have put in 40 hours of work in four 
days. Overnight trips to the park are frequent 
and necessar}', as many traps are set in remote 
areas of the park that are accessible only on toot. 

So far, the team has collected several 
species. Black racers, red-belly snakes and red 
salamanders are kepr in a Sutton lab, while one 
copperhead and one timber rattlesnake are 
locked down in another lab. 

Though neither student has begun work 
on his senior thesis, they both believe the 
ATBI will figure heavily into their topic 

(Above) Eiiiien and Webb check 

traps in Cades Cove. (Right) The black rater is one of many snakes 

collected for the reptile survey of the ATBI. 




selection. It may even figure into professions 
after MC. 

For Ennen, the experience has reaffirmed a 
decision he made as a freshman to conduct 
research in the great outdoors. Webb said he 
has been able to narrow down his career choices 
as a result of the ATBI, and field biology is 

definitely more attractive to him than it was 

Webb added that it has been educational 
to work with Cash because he oversees the survey, 
but ultimately trusts the students to do the work. 

"It is great student-training ground - we 
have this neat ecosystem right at our backdoor, 

and we have a good reputation [tor undergrad- 
uate research]," the assistant professor said. 
"But the park wants results. They want a prod- 
uct, and I have to trust these guys to go and 
do what needs to be done. 

"Jimmy and Josh have met all of my 

Breaking Ground - Electronically 

Following a presentation of her online 
polling project at the Appalachian College 
Associations Tech Summit 
during the fall of 2000, 
Maijville College senior 
Katrina Atchley was bom- 
barded with questions from 
faculty members in atten- 

She looked at her advi- 
sor and fellow presenter, 
Assistant Professor of 
Political Science Dr Mark 
O'Gorman, in bewilder- 
ment. Assuming thatfacidty 
would consult faculty col- 
leagues, Atchley threiv him 
an under-her-breath ques- 
tion: "Why are they asking 

He replied: "Because it was your project. " 

It was the spring of 2000, and political 
science and environmental studies double- 
major Katrina Atchley was mulling over topics 
tor her impending senior thesis. Several topics 
had come and gone, shot down for various 
reasons — too broad, too narrow, too hard to 
measure, too complicated to research in rwo 

"I was confijsed and frustrated with not 
having a topic," Atchley said. "Then I read 
this story in the Chronicle of Higher 
Education about a university studying the 
implications of online surveying. I then 
thought that it would be cool if we could do 
online polling." 

With the 2000 Presidential Campaign 
right around the corner, the MC senior said 
she knew it was the perfect time to conduct 
such a poll. While she was interested in which 
candidate students supported in the election, 
she was also interested in determining the 
impact Maryville College's general education 

course "Freshman Seminar 130: Perspectives 
on the Environment" was having on her fellow 
^^ ^ students' inter- 

est m environ- 
mental policies. 
But asking 
these questions 
online? The 
concerned her. 

She had 
several ques- 
tions: What 
kind of soft- 
ware programs 
were available 
for online 
polling, and 
would any of 
them mesh 
with the College's server? 

Assuming that a useful software did exist, 
where would the money come from to pur- 
chase it? 

How great would the learning curve be 
for someone like herself — someone who was 
familiar with word processing and e-mail but 
little else? 

In the meantime, O'Gorman was strug- 
gling with a proposal for a Faculty 
Instructional Technology (FIT) fellowship. 
(See related story, page 3.) Already using some 
technology in the classroom, O'Gorman was 
interested in the opportunity to explore newer 

"The idea for the FIT fellowship came 
from Katrina," the assistant professor admit- 
ted. "The applicarions were due on a Friday, 
and Katrina made the suggestion on a 

Atchley's project would serve as a good 
example of mutualism in a biology class. She 
would not have been able to poll people elec- 
tronically without the TestPilot software and 

the Instructional Technology Initiative consul- 
tation provided by O'Gorman's FIT fellow- 
ship; O'Gorman probably would not have 
been approved for the FIT fellowship if not 
for his advisee's plans. 

But Atchley wasn't the only student to 
benefit from the online software and the data 
it produced. 

"By collaborating, we were able to com- 
plete a great senior thesis, but Dr. O'Gorman 
was able to take the data and use it in his 
[political science] classes," Atchley said. 

Her two online polls did not generate the 
number of responses Atchley hoped to receive, 
but as O'Gorman pointed out, "the methodol- 
ogy of the senior thesis is as important as the 
numbers and the data collected." 

The senior overcame several technical 
obstacles during the project. First, she learned 
there was no complete list of student e-mail 
addresses, complicating her way to point stu- 
dents to her web pages. Secondly, she had to 
guarantee security. For the credibility of her 
results, Atchley had to make sure that students 
could vote only one time. 

"I felt so grateful to be able to do this 
kind of research on the undergraduate level," 
the senior said. "It just goes to show you that 
if you have an idea, you can make it happen." 

In addition to the ACA Tech Summit, 
Atchley's online polling project has been pre- 
sented at two other conferences and may be 
published in the Political Science Education 
newsletter later this year. 

Though her lifetime goal is to become 
the director of the Environmental Protection 
Agency, Atchley remains interested in technol- 
ogy. Following graduation in May 200 1 , she 
landed a job with Dell computers in Middle 
Tennessee, where she is a sales representative in 
the company's division of home sales. 

"Before this project, I wasn't that big on 
computers," she said. "Now I understand how 
technology can open a lot of doors." 

FOCUS Fall 2001 


Margie Rihhle Personifies 

Lifelong Learning 

Her life has 
not been the 

predictable Fibonacci 
sequence of 
numbers she 
teaches in her 
Senior Seminar 
courses at 

some of her 
Ribble '61 

Ribble 70, 
Morgie Ribble, 
of Dr Ribble's 


two years after her graduation from Maryville 
College; there was no doctoral degree by 
1968, and no teaching post by the late 1960s. 
"I never had any plans for a career," said 
Ribble, Maryville College Associate Professor 
of Mathematics. "I graduated [from MC] with 
a major in math but didn't take any math 
education courses. I was going to be a wife, a 
mother and a happy homemaker." 

And she was, up until 1984, when she 
returned to her alma mater at the age of 44 to 
earn a teaching certificate. Ribble earned it 
two years later, but couldn't find a full-time 
teaching position in a local high school. In 
1989, the College offered her a position on 
the staff, teaching developmental math and 
coordinating tutorial tables tor students. 
Ribble, then 49, said yes to the job offer. It 
was a decision that would change her life and 
give her the opportunit)' to become a role 
model to hundreds. 

Stirring the pot 

Ribble began working on a master's 
degree the same year she began full-time 
employment at the College. She earned the 
degree from the UniversitA' ot Tennessee- 
Knoxville in 1991, but a doctoral degree was- 
n't in her plans; husband Bill Ribble was bat- 
tling cancer. 

Bill passed away in 1992. Ribble contin- 
ued teaching at the College and threw herself 
into a home-remodeling project. 

"For a couple of years, there was a lot of 


FOCUS Fall 2001 

Left: Margie Ribble 
receives her doctorate 
from the University of 

Below: Dr. Ribble, along 
with friends and family, 
celebrates her doctoral 
accomplishment at the 
Krsytal ~ the restaurant 
that she frequented 
during her doctoral work. 

change going on 
in my life, but 
eventually things 
settled down, " 
Ribble explained. 
"Actually, they 
settled down too 

At a piofessional confeience fot math 
educatofs in Knoxville, Ribble caught up with 
a colleague she had met while the two weie 
pursuing their master's degrees. 

"She had gone on to get a doctorate," 
Ribble said. "Then the idea came to me: Why 
don't 1 do this?" 

Seeking the advice of her former advisor 
at UT-K, Ribble shared her idea. 

"I knew that my teaching needed some 
enrichment, and I knew that personally, I 
needed something interesting to do. [The 
advisor] listened and said, 'You just want to 
stir the pot.' And I did." 

Still unsure that she should enroll in a 
Ph.D. program, Ribble consulted another 

"At this time, I was beginning to have 
multiple grandchildren, and I told my friend 
that I was afraid working on a doctorate would 
take time away from them. 

"She said to me, That may be tiue for a 
while, but think of the model you'll be for them." 

So at the age of 55, Ribble set some 
professional goals, a major one being an Ed.D. 
before Jan. 28, 2000 - the day of her 60th 
birthday She made it - with more than a 
month to spare and an outstanding disserta- 
tion award from the UT College of Education. 

Finding Fibonacci, finding 

Ribble's dissertation, "Finding Fibonacci: 
An Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts Course Based 
on Mathematical Patterns " included a course 
textbook, sample lesson plans and results of 
the pilot offering of the course at MC. 

Fibonacci, a noted medieval mathemati- 
cian whose writings led to what is now known 
as the Fibonacci Sequence, comes to life for 
Maryville College seniors enrolled in a Senior 
Seminar course that looks at the relationship 

between mathematics and history, art, 
architecture, music, botany and economics. 

But even with an Ed.D. and a new course 
to teach, Ribble hasn't slowed down. A "tech- 
nologically challenged " faculty member five 
years ago who didn't know the difference 
between "Save" and "Save As," Ribble recently 
built a PowerPoint presentation for a Bridges 
Conference at Southwestern College in 
Kansas, where she presented her Fibonacci 
course. This summer, she began work on her 
own personal website that will be linked to the 
College's site. She is talking with othet MC 
facult}' members about two new interdiscipli- 
nary courses. 

Working on her Ed.D. energized her 
teaching, she said. Observing other educators 
and taking "real math" classes has made her 
more effective in the classroom, Ribble said. 

Dr. John Nichols '65, chair of the 
College's Division of Mathematics and 
Computer Science, agreed, but added that 
Ribble was never an ineffective teachet. 

"She is truly one of the most outstanding 
professors at Maryville," Nichols said. "Her 
peers and students made this honor official in 
1 994 when she was awarded the College's 
Outstanding Teacher Award." 

Commenting on Ribble's popularity 
across campus, Nichols continued: "Students 
rush to sign up for her classes, and she is often 
sought out by students for help and counseling 
... We could all benefit from emulating her 
st)'le and her commitment to the education of 

While two facult)' members down the hall 
in Sutton Science Center have recently retired 
and another has announced that the 2001- 
2002 school year will be his last, Ribble said 
she doesn't even think of retirement. She hopes 
to be teaching until she's 70 years old - at least. 

When asked what kind of example she 
hopes she is for current Maryville College stu- 
dents, Ribble said she wants them to see that 
you're never too old to learn new things or do 
new things. 

For the female students she advises, she is 
particularly concerned about the dilemmas 
they face when working and rearing children. 

"I don't have the answers for them, but I 
try to encourage each woman to be the person 
she wants to be," Ribble said. 

At age 61, Dr. Margie Ribble is. 

FOCUS fall 2001 



Homecoming Is 
October 19-21 

On October 19-21, MC alumni will have 
the opportunit}' once again to gather and relive 
the good old days and "Bleed Plaid" tor their 
alma mater. 

For this year's Homecoming, all the class- 
es ending with a T or '6' will be having spe- 
cial events on Friday night with their class- 
mates. Also on Friday night, instead ol a bon- 
fire, there will be a free concert featuring "The 
Return: A Beatles Tribute Band" performing 
on the MC baseball field. 

Saturdav morning there will be a Service 
ot Remembrance, Favenveather Hall will be 
dedicated, and alumni will have time to enjoy 
the craft fair in Cooper Athletic Building. After 
a wonderful lunch on the grounds, everyone 
will have the opportunity to cheer the Scots to 
victory over Bethel College. 

The Alumni Banquet will be memorable 
as the College honors recipients of the Alumni 
Citation and the Kin Takahashi Award. 

Own a Piece of 
MC History! 

Post Office box fronts like this one in the 
photograph are now available to people who 
would like to own a 
little piece of MC 

The box Ironts, used 
by students, faculty 
and staff for decades 
and taken from the 
post office in the orig- 
inal Fayerweather Hall 
in 1999, are made of metal and include a 
small glass viewer, dual combination and latch. 
Box numbers are printed clearly on the front. 

Post Office Manager Vicki McNutt has 
the combinations for most boxes and will 
honor requests for specific box numbers on a 
first come, first-served basis. 

McNutt may be contacted at 865/981- 
8082 or 
Deadline to request a box front is Nov. 30. 
The box fronts are $20 each with addi- 
tional costs for shipping. Proceeds raised will 
go to the College's archives. 

VISA Cards Change; More Ways to Help MC 

Last spring. First Tennessee sold its VISA Affinit}' accounts to MBNA, but with a few bumps 
in the road, all the conversions should be completed by now. 

The Maryville College Alumni Association began participating in an affinity card program 
several years ago. As a participant, the MCAA earns a percentage of net sales amount generated by 
accounts each quarter. These funds are used for special MCAA-sponsored events such as the 100 
Days Celebration, the Senior Picnic, freshman orientation, and to purchase a gift for the graduat- 
ing seniors. These all help to make the MC experience a little more special. 

This fall, all alumni should be receiving more information about the card. If you have any 
questions about the program, please contact the Alumni Office at 865/981-8200. 

en House 


Know of a young person who would benefit from a 
Maryville College education and the MC experience? 

Bring him or her to Open House this year! 

The MC Admissions Office has selected the following dates 
for "showing off" the College. They are: 

September 22 • November 10 • February 2 

For more information, contact Admissions at 865/981-8092 or 1-800-59-SCOTS. 
E-mail is good, too - type in 

(Above, L-R) Dan Ellis '60, Jim McCall 
'57, Kate Morris and Dave Morris '60 

in the amphitheatre. 

Kin Tokohashi Week 2001 was a big 
success, with more than 50 alumni and friends participating. 

During the weak, the College Amphitheatre was reclaimed, furniture in 
residence halls was refinished, buildings were londscaped, barns were 
repaired and archives were moved from one building to another 

One highlight of the week was a visit from a crew of WBIR-TV, the NBC 
affiliate out of Knoxville. In an interview during a break in work at the 
amphitheatre, Dave Morris '60 joked with the reporter: "There's poison ivy 
over there older than my daughter! That doesn't happen every doy!" 

Kin Takahashi Week 2002 is scheduled for June 10-14. For more 
information, contact the Alumni Office at 865/981-8200. 

'Tis the 
Season for 


The Mar)'ville College 
Community Chorus and 
the musicians of MACCO 
will be presenting a shared 
holidav concert Dec. 10 at 
7:30 p.m. in the Wilson 

Repertoire for the 
concert will be the 
Christmas portion of 
"The Messiah" by George 
Frederick Handel. 

Beginning at 4:30 p.m. 
prior to the concert, 
alumni, parents and 
friends of the College are 
invited to a holiday Open 
House at Willard House 
for hors d'oeuvres, 
beverages and sweets. 


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Dr. Robert Naylor Named Interim Vice President 
and Dean of Maryville College 

Dr. Robert Naylor, professor of chemistry 
and chairman of Maryville College's Division of 
Natural Sciences, has accepted an 
invitation from President Gerald 
W. Gibson to serve as the Interim 
Vice President and Dean of the 
College through 2003. 

Naylor has served as chair- 
man of the College's Natural 
Sciences Division since 1990 and 
is a recipient of the Colleges 
Outstanding Teaching Award. His 
service on College committees 
and commissions is extensive. 

"I am grateful to Bob 
Naylor for agreeing to serve as Interim Dean," 
Gibson said, announcing the position. "He has 
done an impressive job during his time as former 
Chair of the Faculty and currendy in leading the 
Natural Science Division, the Planning and 
Budget Advisory Committee and the MC 
Window of Opportunity strategic planning 

"I am confident that his leadership as 
Interim Dean will be equally committed, 
sensitive and effective." 

Robert Naylor came to Maryville College in 
1975. Prior to MC, he was a lecturer and instruc- 

tor in chemistry at Case Western Reserve 
Universit)', where he received his doctoral degree 
in physical chemistry in 1973. He 
earned a bachelor's degree in 
chemistry from Burier University 
in Indianapolis in 1966. 

His teaching and specialty 
fields include physical and quan- 
tum chemistry, materials science, 
chemical physics, astronomy and 
the philosophy of science. He is a 
member of the American 
Chemical Society (chemical edu- 
cation and physical 
chemistry divisions), the Council 
on Undetgraduate Research, the American 
Association for the Advancement of Science and 
the Planetary Society. For 1 1 years, he has served 
as a representative on the Council of Oak Ridge 
Associated Universities. 

Naylor began his new appointment Aug. 1 . 
A seaich for the new Vice President and Dean of 
the College is planned for the 2002-2003 aca- 
demic year 

Dr. Terry Bunde, professor of chemistry has 
been named chairman of Maryville College's 
Division of Natural Sciences during the interim 


Sharyn McCrumb 

Kicks Off Appalachian 

Lecture Series 

Sharyn McCrumb, award-winning 
Appalachian novelist and New York Times 
best-selling author, kicked off Maryville College's 
I4th annual Appalachian Lecture Series to a 
standing-room-only crowd Sept. 1 1 in Bartlett 

The title of McCrumb's presentation, "The 
Ballad Novels," included readings and discussion 
of each of her Ballad novels with an emphasis on 
het latest novel, "The Songcatcher" (Dutton 
Boob 2001). 

Remaining Appalachian Lecture Series pre- 
senters include Tellico Plains native and recent 
graduate Summar West '0 1 and Jack Wright, a 
published writer, documentarian, performer and 
teacher from Athens, Ohio. 

West's presentation, "Hidden Among the 
Laurel," is scheduled for Oct. 16. On Nov 13, 
Wright, a musician, stor\^eller and media pro- 
ducer, presents "An Appalachian Book of Days - 
You Can Go Home Again." 

For more information on the Appalachian 
Lecture Series, contact Chris Nugent at 

This spring, Maryville College bid farewell to faculty members 
Dr. Charlotte Beck and Dr. Sally Jacob. The two professors, along 
with former Division of Behavioral Sciences Chairperson Dr. Jerry 
Waters '57 and Associate Professor of Computer Science Dr. Jerry 
Pietenpol are among the first facidty members to retire in this new 
century. In total, their combined teaching experience represents 
almost 1 00 years of distinguished service. 

Beck began her teaching career at Maryville College in 1966 
and taught American and British literature to hundreds of Maryville 
College students. 

At a farewell reception given in honor of Beck, Dr. Susan 
Schneibel, chairperson of the Humanities Division, said, "It is safe to 
say that it will be impossible for anyone to take her place or to 
touch, as she has, the lives of her colleagues and students." 

Waters, who left the College in the spring of 2000, began his 
relationship with MC as a student in 1953, later becoming assistant 
professor of psychology in 1964 and division chairperson in 1983. 

Dr. Lori Schmied, current chairperson of the division, said of 
Waters, "He was a good model for faculty members, not just in our 

division but also college- 

1 _ 

I f ^^^^^ES Retiring MC 

(congratulated by 
Dl John 
Nichols '65) 
"""'^' ond Dr. Jacob 

Jacob came to the 

College in 1985 and retired as professor of 

psychology, earning a reputation for combining high expectations 

with sincerest care for her students, their learning and their overall 

well-being. With Jacobs departure, she leaves a legacy of innovative 

classroom ideas such as "Sniffy the Rat" and simulated M-Team 


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Frist Tells Graduates to Look for God's Plan 

Quoting Robert Goddard, Johann Wolfgang 
(ioethe. President Theodore Roosevelt and Esther, 
Queen of Persia, Tennessee Senator Bill Frist assured 
Marwille College's newest graduates that God has a 
plan for them and that they should embrace the 
moment - in opportunit)' or in crisis - when God's 
plan is revealed. 

Frist was the guest speaker for 182nd 
commencement exercises held May 20 on campus. 
Approximately 2,500 people - including 167 
graduates - were in attendance to hear Frist's 
address: "Keeping Faith Through Challenge and 

"What is your purpose?" the senator and 
board-certified doctor and surgeon asked the Class 
of 2001. "Right now, there is no way of knowing. 
But nvo things are certain: The first is that God 
has a plan for each of us, and if we let Him, He will 
guide us along its path, even when we think we are 
doing it ourselves. As Proverbs 16:9 tells us: 'In his 
heart, a man plans his course, but the Lord 
determines his steps.' 

"... In every life, there comes a moment when 
we recognize why we are here and what we must 
do," he continued. "I like to think of these 
moments as manifestations of God's providence. 
Sometimes He sends opportunity, sometimes crisis, 
but often the meaning of our whole life is deter- 
mined by how we respond to that single moment." 

Frist and Tennessee Department of Financial 
Institutions Commissioner Fred R. Lawson, a 
Maryville College Board member, were awarded 
honorary doctorate degrees from the College during the 

"Humbled" to receive the honorary doctorate, Frist joked 
that his colleagues in Washington, D.C., would now have to refer 
to him as "Dr. Dr. Senator Bill Frist." 

"You have just spent probably the most formative years of 
your life in one of the finest schools in the South, a school that 
teaches the importance of character, that believes in a connection 
between the faith we speak and the lives we live," Frist said in his 
address. "Hold fast to those beliefs - they are things the world 
desperately needs." 

In his charge to the graduating class. Dr. Gerald W. Gibson, 
president of Maryville College, shared a memory fiom his boy- 
hood days in Sunday School and of a verse in Romans, chapter 12. 

"Be ye not transformed by the world, but be transformed by 
the renewing of your mind," he said. "... Leave with more than a 
diploma. Go with a resolve not to conform... Take on the world. " 


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Employees Recognized at Graduation 

The Outstanding Teacher Award, the recipient of which is nominated by 
juniors and seniors at the school, went to Dr. John Gallagher, associate pro- 
fessor of management. Dr. Dan Klingensmith, assistant professor of history, 
was recognized as the runner-up for the award. 

Receiving the Nancy B. Hunter Outstanding Staff Award was Johnni 
Freer, of Maryville, executive assistant to the vice president and dean of the 
College. Jennifer Cummings West '95, director of volunteer services, was rec- 
ognized with the Outstanding Administrator Award; and Johnny McCuUey, 
physical plant electrician and resident of Alcoa, was presented with the 

Sharon A. Murphy Crane Distinguished Service 

Dr.lohn Gallagher 





pTDoug Overbey, Elizabeth Overba Dr. Bill Frist and Fred Lawson enjoy a Willard House reception 

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Mary Nuchols Hitch '27, celebrated her 95th birthday 
on May 23, 2001, with an open house at her home in 
Maryville. She is retired from the Blount Count)' 
school system. 

Louise Palmer Worobrow '29, was in a bad automobile 
accident Feb. 13, 2001, and is no longer able to do 
many of the things she enjoyed doing. She writes that 
now "I just sit in my chair and have many happ)' mem- 
ories of Marwille." One of her sons also attended MC. 

They are missionaries in Yucatan, now in their 55th 
year there. 

Ralph Llewellyn '36, and Billie McCoy Llewellyn, '36, 

celebrated theit 61st anniversary on May 11, 2001. 
Their son, Robert, has been named Dean of Rhodes 
College in Memphis, TN. 

Lillian Cassel Driskill '37, and her husband, Larry, 
recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversar)' in 
three states: Maryland (her home); Tennessee 
(Marwille) and Virginia (Larrv's home state). 

MC Loses Former Registrar, Viola Lightfoot 

Viola M. Lightfoot 
'34, former registrar at 
Mar)'ville College, passed 
away Aug. 20, 2001, in 
Rome, Ga. She was 91 
years old. 

Miss Lightfoot began 
working in the legistrar's 
office following her grad- 
uation and continued 
until her retirement in 
December of 1974. For 
her many years of dedi- 
cated service, the College 
awarded her an honorary degree in 1972. 

Prior to moving to Rome, Ga., several 
years ago, Miss Lightfoot was a member of 
New Providence Presbyterian Church in 
Maryville. In her lifetime, she was also a 
member of the Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor 
Scholarship Society, the American 
Association of Collegiate Registrars, and the 
American Association of University Women. 

Said Martha Hess '67, current 
Maryville College Registrar: "Viola 
Lightfoot was my registrar, my mentor and 
mv friend. Her attention to detail, her 

knowledge of the curricu- 
lum and her belief in the 
mission of the College 
were invaluable resources 
to me and to generations 
of students and faculty 

"To her eventhing was a 
matter of importance, and 
every person was worthy 
of her time and sound 
counsel," Hess continued. 

Miss Lightfoot is sur- 
vived by one sister-in-law 
and several nieces and nephews. 

Following internment in the 
College Cemetery, a memorial service for 
Miss Lightfoot was held Sept. 1 in the 
Center for Campus Ministry on the 
Mar)^,'^^ College campus with Campus 
Minister Anne McKee officiating. 

Along with other alumni and spe- 
cial friends of the College who have passed 
away since Homecoming 2000, Miss 
Lightfoot will again be memorialized in the 
Service of Remembrance Oct. 20, during 
Homecoming; weekend. 

Sarah Allen Frier '31, and her husband now enjoy their 
Maryville home during the summer and return to 
Clearwater, PL to live in the winter 

Mildred MacKenzie Hearn '32, writes that, as of July 
30, 2000, she now has seven great grandchildren. She 
continues to make her home in Birmingham, AL. 

Theron Alexander '35, recently had a book published, 
tided "A Better Childhood." He is Professor Emeritus 
at Temple Universit)'. 

Ernest Mathews '35, and Eula Sibcy Mathews, '35, 
send greetings to all and especially to the Class of 1935. 

Donald Lee Parker '38, has been honored by Kings 
Mountain (NC) High School. The school has named 
its gym the Donald L. Parker Gymnasium. He is 
retired and now lives in Bloomington Sptings, TN. 

John N. Badgett '40, and his wife, Blanche, celebrated 
their 60th wedding anniversary on July 3, 2001 , with a 
private family dinner in Maryville. Judge Badgett is 
retired from the US Air Force and from Blount County 
General Sessions Court. 

Helen Weaver Casada '4L writes that, after waiting for 
79 years, she finally has three great-grandchildren. She 

does not get to see them often since they live in 
Montana and Missouri. Her home is in Charleston, TN. 

Peg Coats Graham '41, writes that she is amazed by all 
she reads in FOCUS about what MC is doing today 
She notes that the College changed her life and express- 
es her thanks. She is a retired librarian and was married 
to a Presbyterian minister for 55 years. 

Edith Hitch Leitch '41, recently lost her husband, 
Stirling Leitch. He was retired from Tennessee Farm 
Bureau Insurance. She continues to live in Maryville. 

John M. Guinter '42, has notified the College of the 
death of his wife, Ethel Siple Guinter, on June 6, 2001. 
She had worked at MC while he was in college. They 
had lived for the last eight years at Mounr Pleasant 
Retirement Village in Monroe, OH. 

Ada Summers Stillwell '42, and her husband have 
moved to a Methodist retirement communit)' in 
Greenwood, SC. 

Bertie Hains Ball '43, and her husband have sold their 
house in Florida. Their summer home in Little 
Switzerland, NC, is now their permanent address. 

Octavia Blades Edwards '43, took a cruise from Ft. 
Laudetdale on the Holland-American Line through the 
Panama Canal, touching on St. Thomas, US\T and 
Costa Rica. 

Betty J. Miller '44, hosted a reunion of MC classmates 
at her home in Hendersonville, NC. Those present 
were Meriam McGaha Anderson, '44; Victoria Hoole 
Doane, '44; and Marion Schank Houser, '44. During 
the past year, both Victoria and Meriam lost theit husbands. 

Viola James White '44, still travels extensively and has 
recentlv taken trips ro Holland, Scodand and to Malta. 
The Malta trip was taken with Jean Boyd Dowling, '44. 

John A. Dillener '48, and Jean Lehman Dillener '44, 
have been residents of the Penney Retirement 
Communit)' since 1987. John has been town manager 
of Penney Farms, FL since October, 1988. 

Argyle King Clarke '49, and her husband recenrh' cel- 
ebrated their 50th anniversar)' with their children, 
grandchildren and friends in theit new home in historic 
Marietta, OH. 

Dorothea Friedrich Williams '49, and Robert R. 
Williams, '51. celebrated theit 50th wedding anniversary 
on Feb. 26, 2001. He is a retired Presb)terian minister. 

George E. Handley '50, and Barbara McNiell 
Handley, '51, celebrated their 50th wedding anniver- 
sar)', June 2, 2001, with theit family in Mar)'\'ilk. 

ClifFord "Bo" Henry '50, has been honored by Walters 
State Community College in Morristown, TN. The 
Tennessee Board of Regents approved the naming of 
die Clifford "Bo" Henr>' Center for Business and 


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Technolog}' on the campus. Henr}' is a former state leg- 
islator from Maryville. 

Kenneth D. Boram, Sr. '51, has been undergoing 
chemotherapy treatment for cancer of lymph nodes, 
and his wife is recovering from ovarian cancer. They are 
retired and live in Jerseyville, IL. 

Richard Dosker '51, and his wife have moved to Monte 
Vista Grove, a retirement campus for Presbyterian min- 
isters and missionaries in Pasadena, CA. He had served 
for 33 years as camp director at Mount Herman 
Christian Camp and Conference Center and twelve 
years as a church pastor. 

Jim Lester '51, and Alice Huddleston Lester, '51, 
recently lost their daughter. Lydia died Ma)' 26, 2001. 
The Lesters also have two sons. Jim, Jr., graduated 
from MC in 1975. 

Hazel Holm Schuller '51, had an article entided "Some 
Good Not Enough" published in the April 2, 2001, 
issue of "Monday Morning," a magazine published tor 
Presbyterian leaders and clergy. The article deals with 
mental health justice in the US and refers to MC. 

Dick Ray '52, was recently inducted into the Business 
Hall of Fame at the Hyatt Regency in Knoxville. He 
was one of three individuals honored for their contri- 
butions to Junior Achievement of East Tennessee. He is 
former manager of ALCOA's Tennessee Operations. 

Clarence L. Reaser '52, has notified the College of the 
death of his wife, Ann, March 29, 2001, of metastatic 
liver cancer. 

Larry Wallace '52, received the Outstanding Alumni 
Award from the University of Colorado at Boulder at 
Spring Commencement on May 10, 2001. 

Carolyn Symraes Brace '53, has retired as Director of 
Christian Education of the Presbyterian Church in 
Morristown, NJ. He now does volunteer work in die church 
and community organizations and serves on the Presbytery 
of Newton's Committee on Prepararion for Ministry. 

Don Merwin '53, and his wife have lived in the retire- 
ment home they built on the Oregon coast since 1998. 
They are active in their local church and community 
and travel regularly 

Benjamin E. Sheldon '53, and his wife have 34 grand- 
children. He is a retired Presbyterian minister and notes 
that he has baptized 33 of the grandchildren, including 
four in Afghanistan. 

Bill Anderson '54, shot his age (69) before his 70th 
birthday at Bays Mountain Golf Course in Seymour, 
TN, in 1999. This information was reported by his 
brother, Lynn Anderson, '51. 

Dr. Helen Pens Cripe '54, is research editor for 
Integrated Technology Research Corp. She is also active 
in Boy Scouts as Merit Badge Counselor, Troop 

About College Friends, Memories, 
and Maybe a Miracle 

We met August 24, 1947, our first day at 
Maryville College. We graduated in the morn- 
ing, married in the afternoon, 
went "cabining" in the evening of 
the last day at MC, May 16, 

May 16, 2001 was our 50th 
anniversary. We celebrated it in 
the Alterra Advanced Care Facility 
for Alzheimer's in nearby South 
Hagerstown, Md., where wife 
Julia Breen Clark '51 now lives. 

It was special. 1 invited six of 
Julie's good friends to 
join in a conference call 
with her - six involved 
in that event of 50 years 
ago. My best man 
refused! Imagine! The 
exact words of Dr. 
Lincoln Shimomura 
'51: "Hell no. I'm going 
to be there!" He was! 

Anderson and Julie Clark on their 
wedding day, May 16, 1951. 

By Anderson Clark '5 J, Shepherdstown, W.V. 

sung the Alma Mater at least 5,043 times). 

Lincoln and 1 soon looked at each other. Julie 
had also joined. Knew the words. 
Another incredible moment 
standing tall within 50 years of 

Thanks to Miss Bassett I 
remember that the word 
"spouse" comes trom a mouthy 
Latin ancestor named spondere, 
to speak. The spouse? Yes, "the 
one with whom you talk." This 

is rough for this Alzheimer's 

More than a good man, 
a best man! 

At 3 p.m. the calls came. First, Susie Martin 
Shew '52, then Laurie Dale Kluth '51, next 
Maggie Warren Glad Terry '52 and then 
Louise Lloyd Palm '51. George StanfiU '51 
had an unavoidable conflict, but we were able to 
talk a bit about our lives in these past 50 years. 

Suspecting that the six-year long Johns 
Hopkins Alzheimer's Poster Girl would not 
remember much, if anything, of her MC past, 1 
asked each to one at a time use the name Judy 
(as she was then known) and to shate just one 
singular memory still sticking. Impossible! 
Hearing the others, the four gleefully burst into 
a festival of gab until Susie broke through with 
an unforgettable memory of the two giggling in 
the College Choir. Yes, they did giggle - imme- 
diately proved with a full chuckle from Judy 

Soon the grace that is Maryville College 
joined us. Louise started "Where Chilhowie's 
lofty mountains...." We joined (six of the seven 
having been in the acapella choir and having 

Anderson ond Julie Clark celebrate their 50th wedding 
onniversory with friends via a conference call. 

spouse. The increasing- 
ly painful, slow - now 
not-so-slow - descent 
into little (if any) back- 
and-torth talking. 
Tough tor a guy who 
lives with a phone at 
ear and mouth but 
who so misses spousing 
about those gritties of 
our lives so relentlessly 
daily Fifty years of 
great spousing now gone somewhere, soon to go 

But there's a kind of miracle, too, at least for 
me with Julie's Alzheimer's. 1 don't want to 
sound Pollyannaish but every visit with the Lady 
seems to set off a cascade of memories spilling 
one over another. Would 1 have ever consciously 
collected this ton of our doings had she not left 
while staying? I doubt it. 

It's hell to see "spousers" in a restaurant 
seemingly so self-righteously oblivious of one 
another? 1 now find myself going to their table, 
ask if 1 might join them and to their and my 
great surprise, I'm invited to join them. Believe 
it, they soon talk, talk, talk. Do they ever. It's, 
ah, great! 

"Where Chilhowie's lofty mountains pierce 
the Southern view, proudly stands our Alma 
Mater noble, grand and true." Can't stop singing 
it. Thanks, Maryville! Thanks, friends. 
Thanks, Julie. 





Committee Member and District Committee Member 
in Wilmington, DE. She also does a monthly newslet- 
ter for the troop and her church. 

Eugenia Jackson Vogel '34, writes that her grandson, 
Noa William, was born March 19, 2000. He is the 
namesake of his grandfather, the late Bill Vogel, '48. 
Gene went to Venezuela tor the graduation ot her 
granddaughter and, while there, enjoyed a trip to 
Amazonas, the southern Venezuelan jungle. 

Marcia Williams Wing '56, was recently honored with 
the Woman's Community Service Award by the Pilot 
Club ot Chattanooga. She was also included in an exhi- 
bition celebrating the lives ot Chattanooga's 23 Most 
Significant Women Leaders by the Chattanooga 
Regional History Museum. She writes that the most 
meaningful event in her life recently was becoming 
grandmother to Owen Craig Tierney, III, born June 23, 
2000, to her daughter and son-in-law in Raleigh, NC. 

James H. Laster '56, has had his book, "So You're the 
New Music Director, An Introduction to Conducting a 
Broadway Musical," released by Scarecrow Press in 
Lanham, MD. 

Ruth Nelson Paton '56, has retired from teaching at the 
University of Louisville, Kent School ot Social Work. 
She has bought a home in Tallahassee, FL, to be near 
her son and his family. 

Adlai Boyd '57, and his wife, Karen, live in Montreat, 
NC. He is on the board of the Ashevillle Choral Society 
and has sung in three of their concerts. He also sang 
Lauridson's "Lux Aeterna" and Faure's "Requiem" in the 
2001 summer Berbhire Choral Festival. His wife is the 
accompanist for the Asheville Choral Society and is the 
music director at New Hope Presbyterian Church 
where Adlai sings in the choir. Adlai and Karen were 
married Oct. 27, 2000. 

Richard K. Jensen '57, has retired from the faculty of 
North Greenville College in SC. He is now devoting 
more time to the nonprofit organization he founded in 
1986, First Foundations, Inc. of which he is president. 

Jim Barber '58, has been honored by having a scholar- 
ship to Kirkwood Camp established in his name bv 
Philadelphia Presbnery. The scholarship recognizes his 
40 years ot ministry and children will be selected each 
year to teceive a week at the camp in the Pocono 
Mountains. Barbara Godshalk Barber, '58, is a volun- 
teer in a Willingboro, NJ school with Book Mates. The 
Barbers enjoyed a visit from Marge Merrit SpurHng, 
'58, and her husband in October, 2000. 

William Hansen '58, is living in the mountains in cen- 
tral Mexico. He writes that he has made a large house, a 
small farm and has carpentry and animal husbandry for 

Ted Frauman '59, has retired after 39 years of teaching 

in Broward County, FL. He now does volunteer work 
tor the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society. 

Don Hill '59, has retired after 21 years with Lockheed 
Martin in Morrestown, N]. He and Vesta Travis Hill, 
'59, have moved to Wilmington, NC and are building 
a home in Saint James Plantation near Southport, NC. 
They hope to return to the Chesapeake and bring their 
boat down the Intercoastal Waterway to Saint James 
during the last part ot October. 

Joe Tropansky '59, retired in April 2001 from Central 
Nebraska Presbytery. In his 38 years of ministry he 
served churches in Iowa, North Dakota, Pennsylvania 
and Nebraska, as a US Army Chaplain and in church 
camping. He and Barbara Davis Tropansky, '59, have 
retired in Bella Vista, AR. 

Rosemary Barrett Byers '61, and her husband have 
moved to Merida, Mexico. Thev live three hours west ot 

Cancun and invite MC friends to visit. 

Marilynn Lundy '61, has had a book published. The 
title is "The 10 R's for Better Speaking That Can 
Transform Your Life." Lundy is the owner of Interior & 
Exterior Life Design in New York City. 

Fred Morrison '61, has been reappointed to serve as a 
member of the North Carolina Sentencing and Policy 
Advisory Commission. 

Wilma Greene Myers '62, has retired from the Knox 
County School System. She taught 1999-2001 at 
Marwille Christian School and is now retired again. 

Carl W. Dumford '63, is now Senior Minister at Third 
Presb\'terian Church in Charlotte, NC. 

James C. Renfro, Jr. '63, was recently presented with an 
Alumni Association Service Award by Sam Houston 
State Universin' in Huntsville, TX, for going "above and 

College Loses Friend, George Stewart 

George Young Stewart '60 died of a 
heart attack June 16 in Buenos Aires, 
Argentina. He was 62. 

A graduate of Maryville and Pittsburgh 
Theological Seminary, Stewart was ordained 
into the ministry ot the Presbnerian Church 
and held pastorates at Bower Hill 
Conimunit)' Church in 
Pittsburgh and Tulsa's 
Chufch ot the Advent in 

In 1980, Stewart left 
the clergy to pursue a pro- 
fession in television and 
cable television operations. 
For 21 years, he held top- 
level management positions 
in cable systems in Santa 
Fe, Sweden, the United 
Kingdom and Argentina. 
Before founding and 
directing iplan networks in Buenos Aires, 
Stewart served as chief operating officer of 
CableVision S.A., Argentina's major cable 
television MSO. 

"His lite as a clergyman was marked by 
a profound concern tor people on the mar- 
gins of societ)',' read the obituary in the 
June 24 issue of The Tulsa World. "Likewise, 
as he worked in the telecommunications 
field he maintained a deep interest in the 
well-being of all employees. He was a man of 

rare compassion, creativit}' and wit, whose 
memory and life are treasured by family and 
friends all over the worid." 

Stewart is survived by former wife and 
lifelong friend Charlotte Cathey Stewart 
'60, one brother, one sister-in-law and sever- 
al nieces, nephews and friends. Memorial 
services were held in 
Buenos Aires and at the 
Sharp Chapel on the 
Universiri' of Tulsa campus. 

Quoting from John 2 1 
and its lesson of connect- 
edness, the Rev Ted V. 
Foote, Jr., added during 
the memorial service in 
Tulsa: "George modeled 
something of that [con- 
nectedness] in his ministry 
and took something of that 
sense with him beyond his 
Advent days, working, as he did, to make 
possible a literal electronic connectedness 
between countries on other continents and 
globally. Even so, to hear you all tell about 
George, even while he was employed to link 
and connect individuals, businesses and gov- 
ernments electronically, his higher priority 
was human connectedness." 

The family requests that gifts in memo- 
ry of George Stewart be made to Matj^ville 


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beyond the call of duty" with his time and professional 
expertise. He received his master's degree from the uni- 
versity and is retired from Dow Chemical Company. 

Pete Stafford '63, was recently inducted into the 
TSSAA Hall of Fame, He has been a teacher, assistant 
and head coach, referee and administrator during his 
career. He is a member of the Knoxville Sports Hall of 
Fame, the Blount County Hall of Fame and the 
Maryville College Wall of Fame. He is currently the 
assistant principal and athletic director at South-Doyle 
High School in Kno.x County, TN. 

Connie Moore '64, writes that she had a wonderful expe- 
rience traveling to Mali, Africa on a short term mission 
trip to support and work with young African pastors. 

Patt O'Neill '64, recently graduated from the 
Alexander Alliance as a certified teacher ot the 
Alexander Technique. She is a faculty member at the 
school of music at Louisiana State University and does 
art song recitals and workshops throughout the U. S. 

E. Roger Thompson '64, turned his hobby of telling sto- 
ries about Michigan into a hill time job, after retiring 
from teaching in 1995. As "Sheepshank Sam," Old Time 
Michigan Lumberjack, he travels throughout Michigan 
visiting schools, museums, libraries and parks. 

Henry Linginfelter '65, has been a full-time evangelist 
for 3 1 years. He now takes part in mission tours spon- 
sored by Jimmy Hodges Ministry International, which 
sends mission groups to Africa and India. 

Mary Ann Wilson Eiff '66, is now a maintenance train- 
er at American Trans Air in Indianapolis. She enjoys fly- 
ing to Ft. Myers, FL to visit her grandchildren. 

Marjorie Wismer Espy '66, writes that her son has 
graduated as valedictorian from the McCallie School in 
Chattanooga. He has won a full merit scholarship to St. 
Louis University to study aviation. 

Sandy Haggart Keeler 'dd, teaches history at Lake City 
(FL) Community College. Her daughter recently grad- 
uated from the University of the South. 

Sue Anne Blair Lewis '66, teaches interior design tech- 
nology at Pellissippi State Technical Community 
College. She also operates Blair Lewis Interiors, a busi- 
ness that specializes in creating enabling environments 
for older adults. 

Lois Grinstead Patton '66, presented a paper with the 
director ot Temple Libraries at Fiesde, Italy in April, 
2001, at a conference of publishers, librarians and soft- 
ware developers. She is the Director of Temple University 

Kristin Mattson Frangoulis '67, was named Alfa's 
Teacher of the Month for February, 2001, in a program 
sponsored by Alfa Insurance Co. and the Alabama 
Farmers Federation. She teaches gifted and talented stu- 

dents at the Sprayberry Regional Education Center in 
Tuscaloosa, AL. 

Dr. Sam Wyrcan '67, is serving as Pastor in Training at 
The Open Church of Jesus Christ in Langley, VA. 

Gary Phillips '68, retired as a teacher/educator in June, 
2001, after 33 years. He is now Assistant Director of the 
Georgia High School Association, an organization gov- 
erning all state athletics and competitive activities in 

Marilyn Davis Tully '68, is a five-year breast cancer sur- 
vivor and writes that she enjoys spending time with her 
two-year-old granddaughter. Tully received her treat- 
ment at UTMD Anderson Cancer Center of Houston, 
TX, where she is a medical technologist. She invites 
those interested to email her at 

Robert C. Dugan '69, was named 2001 Teacher of the 
Year at Atlantic Beach (FL) Elementaty School where he 
is physical education specialist. He was also named May 
Teacher ot the Month by the Oceanside Rotary Club. 
He wrote a grant request and received a $20,000 grant 
for heart rate monitors and a fitness lab at Atlantic 
Beach Elementaty School. 

Penny Blackwood Ferguson '69, has been named a 
regional winner in the Chevy Malibu/Time Magazine 
Teaching Excellence Award competition. She is chair of 
the English department at Marwille High School. 

Hugh S. Livingston, Jr. '69, has been granted a cash award 
by The American Society of Composers, Authors and 
Publishers in New York for his contribution to church 
music in the year 2000. He is a freelance composer/arranger 
of church music and lives in Townsend, TN. 

Robert Phillips '69, was promoted to store manager of 
the new Sears store in Robinson Township, PA. He and 
his family will be moving to Pittsburgh when their new 
home in completed. 

Anne Deuel Elam De'Ath '70, is a senior secretaty for 
Bayer pic, Europe and Overseas Division. Her husband 
is retired. Their daughter is enrolled at the London 
Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and is starting 
university in September 2001. The family live in 
Harrow, Middlesex, England. 

Tom Taylor '70, was recently elected to the Maryville 
City Council. He is co-owner of Drake Auto Parts. 

James L. Showalter '71, has received his Ph. D. from 
Oklahoma State University, writing on the Klan of the 
1920s in Payne County, OK. He and his wife both 
teach at Langston University, Oklahoma's historically 
black college. 

Kent R. Smith '73, is Senior Consultant Engineer with 
Sun Microsystems, Inc. He is assigned to the Sun- 
Netscape Alliance known as Iplanet in the Bethesda, 
MD office. 

Margaret McArthur '74, retired from the Air Force on 
Sept. 1, 2000. She and her husband hope to relocate to 

Skip Ringler '74, recently retired from the Delaware 
State Police Aviation Section as Officer in Charge- 
North Operations. He is presently flying for Dover 
Downs Entertainment, Inc. a NASCAR track out of 
Dover, DE. 

Lynn Earnheart Herron 75, retired in May, 2001, as a 
Master Sergeant from the North Carolina National 
Guard after serving 20 years and five months. She con- 
tinues her fiill time employment as a police sergeant 
with the Greensboro, NC police department. 

Keith Goodwin '77, and Lisa Mongoven Goodwin, 
'79, have been married for 22 years and have three sons. 
The youngest, Lucas, age 7, was adopted from India in 
1999. Keith has recently completed his 3rd year as prin- 
cipal at Oglethorpe County High School in Georgia. 

Sheri Bone Mochamer '77, has started her own pub- 
lishing company and is writing children's books that 
have an educational focus. Her most recent is 
"Decimals with Desi," a book and song about adding 
and subtracting decimals. She would like to hear from 
MC friends at email address 

Tillman Crane '78, has his work featured in the May- 
June (2001) issue of "LensWork," a periodical described 
as an exploration ot the path of creative photography 
Crane is director of photography for the Waterford Fine 
Arts Academy in Utah and its Summer Mammoth 
Camera Workshop. His first book, "Structure," was 
released on June 1, 2001. 

Melinda Shannon Freels '80, and her husband and 
daughter live in Marietta, GA. She is Manager for 
Staffing for BellSouth and is in charge of staffing the 
states of TN and KY for a total of more than 20,000 

Junichi Kasuya '80, has been transferred to Muscat, 
Sultanate of Oman, as General Manager of Idemitsu 
Kosan Co., Ltd. He was previously with the Secretariat 
Dept. of the company's head office in Tokyo. His fami- 
ly joined him in August, 2001. 

Ed Davalos '81, and his family have settled in Georgia, 
after having lived in Texas, Alabama and California. He 
is Director, Solutions Development for Schlumberger 
in Norcross, GA. The family owns property in 
Townsend, TN, and expects to move there in the future. 

Ruth Wilgus Gehring '82, has moved to Richmond, 
IN, where her husband is pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran 
Church. She is doing artwork, volunteering at her chil- 
dren's school and restoring a 1915 Dutch Colonial 

Jean Plant Moeller '83, presented a workshop at a 
national conference of all interpreter trainers. She also 

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has received a "Lifetime Achievement Award" from the 
Georgia Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and was 
named "Interpreter of the Year" in 2000 by the 
Southeast Regional Institute on Deafness. 

Tony H. Teffeteller '83, is completing work on his 
Master's degree in education at UT-Knoxville, where he 
is a student manager in the Dept. of Housing. He hopes 
to become an academic advisor at the college/universit)' 

Deangelo McDaniel '85, has been inducted into the 
Lawrence County (AL) Sports Hall of Fame. He was an 

College Loses 
Young Alum 

Lanie Ann Crowell 

'96 passed away July 4 at 
the University of 
Tennessee Medical Center 
in Knox\'ille. She died of 
complications from surgery. 

At 4-foot-ll, Lanie 
didn't look like the typical 
college student, but she was vet)' much a part of campus life in the time 
between the fall of 1990, when she enrolled, and the Spring of 1996, 
when she received her bachelor of arts degree. 

Lanie graduated with a major in sociology, having changed her 
major late in her collegiate career. The science of society, social institu- 
tions and social relationships seemed better suited to her. 

Said her advisor, Associate Professor of Sociology Dr. Susan Ambler: 
"When I think of Lanie, I remember her positive and cheery demeanor 
When she came into a room, she usually had a smile on her face. She 
laughed a lot, almost as if she were intuitively aware that laughing is 

good for your health. 

'"What was most inspiring about Lanie was her spirit, her strength, 
and her perseverance," Ambler continued. "When she struggled with her 
academic work, she didn't give up. She kept trying to imptove her per- 
formance on exams in classes. She took off one semester (at our request) 
and returned even more determined than ever to complete her degree." 

Ambler added that when she gets discouraged or overwhelmed at 
wofk, she often thinks of Lanie and her determinedness. 

"She inspires me to not give up," the professor said. "In her 30 
years, Lanie Crowell set a wonderful example for us all." 

Fond of friends, family, pets and Maryville College, Lanie left 
behind many loved ones. She is survived by her parents, Dt. and Mrs. 
Michael Crowell; sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Carillon 
|r.; paternal grandparents; one niece and one nephew; several aunts, 
uncles and cousins. 

Memorial gifts may be made to the Lanie Ann Crowell Scholarship 
Fund at the College. 

all-conference basketball player at MC and has been a 
sports writer in Alabama for 16 years, winning numer- 
ous first-place awards for his sports reporting. He is 
currendy a staff writer with "The Decatur Daily" 

Laurel WoodhuU Severson '85, and her husband 
recently returned from Europe, where he presented at 
an international hanta-virus convention in Annecy, 
France. She is program director for Good Samaritan 
Retirement Village in Las Cruces, NM. 

Melissa Walker '85, received the Kathryne Amelia 
Brown Award for Outstanding Teaching at Converse 
College. The award was 
presented at the college's 
commencement in May 
2001. Walker is assistant 
professor of history at 

Lisa Smith Webb '85, 
defended her Ph. D. dis- 
sertation at the 
Universit)' of Tennessee 
m May and has started a 
postdoctoral fellowship 
at The Jackson Laboratoiy 
in Maine. She did her 
graduate research at the 
ORNL Mouse House. 
Her postdoctoral work 
will concentrate on 
mouse coat color genes 
that affect 


Donald R. Xiques '86, 

has reactivated his asso- 
ciation with SCORE, a 
Knoxville volunteer 
organization counseling 
small businesses. Xiques 
is with Bechtel Jacobs 
Co. as a quality assur- 
ance-quality control 

James L. Burkins '87, is 
now working as a distri- 
bution clerk for the U.S. 
Postal Service in 
KnoxTille. He and his 
wife and their daughter 
live in Fountain Cit}'. 

Rob Freeman '87, and 
his family live in 
Lawrenceville, GA, 
where his businesses, 
Lawnmaster Services 

and Mechanical Products, Inc. continue to be successhil. 
Michele stays at home with their daughter. 

Eric Boiiman '88, has been promoted to the position of 
Facility Manager at Fellowship Church in Knoxville. 

Kirk L. Burdick '89, is working on an MFA in 
Sequential Art at the Savannah College of Art and 

Maria Cole Galyon '89, and her family have moved to 
Louisville, KY, where she is Minister of Music and 
Worship Arts at St. Matthews Baptist Church. 

Marcia Kiiby Rethwilm '89, has accepted a position as 
Associate Corporate Counsel with DeRoyal Industries in 
Powell, TN. 

Stewart Van Duzer '89, has been promoted to the posi- 
tion of Director of Field Operations-Marketing for the 
Federated Insurance Companies. He joined the compa- 
ny in 1983. 

Steve Lantrip '90, and Andi Bristol, '90 are divorced. 
Steve is remarried as of June 2001. 

H. Troy Green '91, graduated in May 2000, with a 
Master's in Marriage & Family Therapy from Trevecca 
Nazarene Universirv'. He is Director ot Community 
Relations-Senior Advantage, at Southern Tennessee 
Medical Center. 

John Taylor '92, has accepted a position as assistant 
professor in the Department of Sociology & 
Epidemiology at Florida State University. He and his 
wife, Cynthia Tie, are expecting dieir second child in 

Beth Bishop '93, has completed her Master of Fine Arts 
degree in poetry at the University ot Memphis. She 
received the Lawrence Wynn Award for the 
Outstanding Graduate Student in English. Her poem 
"Self Portrait with Monkeys" won one of the 16 
Associated Writing Programs Intro Journal Awards 
given nationallv in 2000. The poem was published in 
the Summer 2001 issue of "Quarterly West" literary 
journal. She is now working as a Humanities Librarian 
at the main branch of the Memphis/Shelby County 
Public Libran,'. 

Susan Lasater McMahon '93, teaches kindergarten at 
Cedar Bluff Elementary School in Knoxville. 

Steve Souder '93, is currently the color analyst for the 
Cocke County High School football team on WLIK, 
Newport, TN. 

Ginger Chapman Teaster '93, recently relocated to 
Alabama from Oklahoma Cin,'. She is now a network 
analyst for Jackson Thornton Technologies in 
Montgomery, Al. 

Clare Allen Wiedlocher '93, won the graduate writing 
award for literature at Belmont Universit}' in May 2001, 
for a paper on King Lear. 


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Julie Walker Danielson '94, and Carol 
Carter Lacava, '82, were recently featured in 
the cover story of "Weekend" in the 
Maryville "Daily Times. " They are shadow 
interpreters with InterAct Theatre tor the 
Deaf in Knoxville, which recently gave a per- 
formance of "Just Like Us" by Craig Sodaro. 
The play is ptesented, not only with actors, 
but with shadow interpreters who interpret 
either in American Sign Language or in spo- 
ken English. 

Brian E. Lewis '94, has moved back to 
Knoxville from Savannah, GA. He has com- 
pleted his fifst year as a Federal Agent, work- 
ing with the Department of Energy in Oak 

Will Richardson '94, teaches history at The 
Altamont School in Birmingham, AL. 

Michele Dowell Saffelle '94, graduated 
from Campbell Universit)' in Buies Creek, 
NC, in May 2000, with a degree in pharma- 
cy. She is now a pharmacist at Blount 
Professional Pharmacy in Knoxville. 

Dana Brantley '95, wants to share news of 
her recent engagement to Patrick Siedets. 
They plan to be married in the fall of 2002. 

Lydia Cobb '95, is marketing manager at Birch 
Aquarium at Scripps and lives in San Diego, CA. She 
writes that she is learning how to sutf and invites her 
MC friends to "come out to San Diego." 

Amy E. Lee '95, is working at Alaska Native Medical 
Center in Anchorage, AK. She was a volunteer, screen- 
ing athletes for musculoskeletal problems, at the 2001 
Winter Special Olympics. 

Shedrick McCall '95, has completed his Master's degree 
at Liberty University and is now enrolled in the 
University of Sarasota doctorate of education ptogram 
with a concentration in counseling psychology. He and 
his wife and son live in Richmond, VA, where he is a 
juvenile counselor and adjunct professot at John Tylet 
Community College. He is a brain surgery survivot, 
injured in an MC football game in 1993. He works as 
a therapist with the Tree of Life Services for individuals 
with traumatic brain injury. 

James Kevyn Smith '95, has received an M. S. degree in 
chemistry from North Dakota State University. 

Scott Watson '95, is head coach at Moundake Tetrace 
High School in Bothell, WA. He and his wife, Deanna, 
have two children, Matthew Scott, age 3; and Zachary 
James, born March 7, 2001. 

Rachel Winter '95, is now associate pastot at St. 
Andtew Presbyterian Church in Decatur, GA. 

Osamu Haiada '96, work for NTT DoCoMo, Inc. 

The Class of 2001 raised $6,783 as part of its class gift to 
tlie College. The money, given or pledged by 99 seniors and 
raised through the Senior Gift Campaign, went to name the 
Registrar's Office in the new Fayerweather Hall in honor of cur- 
rent registrar, Martha Hess '67. Hess, completely surprised by 
the honor, was presented the plaque at the annual Senior 
Barbecue by Class President Katrina Atchley '01. 

In thanking seniors for the recognition, Hess invited 
everyone to visit het in her "new digs" following the move from 
Anderson Hall. 

and was responsible for developing applications tor the 
company's new mobile system. He attends internation- 
al conferences and exhibitions and has occasionally met 
Russell E. Perry, '96, at those events. Harada is married 
and has twin sons. 

Megan McWhorter Jones '96, and her husband have 
purchased a home in Maryville. She is a teacher at 
Shannondale Elementary School. 

Scott Moss '96, is a Lieutenant Juniot Grade in the US 
Navy. He is an Aitbotne Communications Officer and 
Mission Commander, stationed at Tinker AFB, OK. 

Jonathan Peters '96, won the College Music Society's 
(Southern Chapter) student composition contest tot 
the second consecutive year, with an electronic piece 
titled "Waves." He is a graduate fellow at LSU. 

Erin Beth Rice '96, has completed graduate work in 
Sociology at UT-Knoxville. She moved to Texas whete 
she began work with Verizon and has now moved to St. 
Petetsbufg, FL, where she continues with Verizon. 

Bo McMichael '97, teaches psycholog}' and sociology at 
Mcintosh High School in Georgia. He also coaches the 
football team's offensive line. He has gotten his Master's 
in Education from Central Michigan University. 

Kerry L. O'Keeffe '97, is a neonatal intensive care nurse 
at Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in 
Chicago. She plans to begin a graduate program to 
work towards a Neonatal Nurse Practitionet degree at 
Rush University. 

Kevin Rowland '97, is chairman of the Blount Count)' 
Libertarian Partv'. He is also serving as the East Tennessee 
ptess sectetary for the Libertarian Part}' and as ptess secte- 
tary fot Tennesseans Opposed to an Income Tax. 

Kristie Johnson Toby '97, works for KCDC in 
Knoxville. She is a Low Income Public Housing 
Manager at Western Heights Development. 

Clint A. Wight '97, received his medical degree from 
James H. Quillen College of Medicine at East 
Tennessee State University in May 2001 . He has started 
his residency in family practice at Bayfront Hospital in 
St. Petersburg, FL. He hopes to return to Maryville to 
begin ptivate practice. 

Andrea Suddarth Craft '98, and Jake Craft, '99, have 
moved to Johnson City, TN. She is a registered nurse 
at Johnson City Medical Center in the intensive care 
nurset}'. He is a document systems analyst with Lanier 

Karson Leitch '98, has resigned her position as Assistant 
Directof of Admissions at Maryville College to attend the 
University of Tennessee graduate school of social wotk. 

R. Wes Unger '98, is now an AO/ASIF sales consultant 
fot Synthes Maxillofacial. 

Gwendolyn Keyset Adkisson '99, is attending Waltet F 
George School of Law at Metcer University in Macon, 

Sarah Christians Jamison '99, has graduated from 
Purdue University with a Master of Arts degtee in 

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Histon'-American Studies. 

Kimberly Flanders Phillips '99, is now an 8th grade 
Language Arts teacher at Bearden Middle School in 

Ellen Canupp '00, is now a Lieutenant in the LInited 
States Air Force. 

Mmph Hutson '00, and Joy Bailey Hutson, '99, live in 
Raleigh, NC, where he is pursuing a Master's in 
Accounting from the Kenan-Flager Business School at 
UNC. Joy is working on her Master's and will then con- 
tinue work on her Ph. D. at NC State. 

David Moss '00, has moved to Lexington, KY, where he 
is pursuing his master's degree in Healthcare 
Administration at the Universit}' of Kentucky. 

Erin Russell '01, has been hired as a communications 
specialist by Laine Communications in Knoxville. 


Frances R. Patterson, on April 5, 2001, in Sevierville, 
TN. She was a noted artist and briefly taught at 
Maryvilie College. 

Agnes Houghton Anderson '26, on June 7, 2001, in 
Charlotte, NC. She was preceded in death by her hus- 
band, Raymond E Anderson, '26, who had been a pro- 
fessor of music at Birmingham-Southern College. 
Survivors include a son, Richard D. Anderson, M. D. 

Nelle Nora Johnson, '27, on July 14, 2001 in Webster 
Groves, MO. She was a former business teacher at the 
Missouri School for the Blind. She had no immediate 
survivors. The College was notified of her death by her 
nephew, Thomas L Johnson. 

Anne Vanderslice Johnston West '27, on May 20, 
2001. She was a retired teacher. Survivors include a 
son, Robert K. Johnston, '62; and brother, Edward J. 
Vanderslice, '50. 

Ruth Mayer Johnson '28, on May 29, 2001, in 
Houston, TX. She was preceded in death by her hus- 
band, Wdlard M. Johnson, '28. Survivors include a 
daughter and two sons and their families. 

Edna L. Broyles '31, on May 4, 2001, at her home in 
Maryvilie. Survivors include a sister and brother and 
their families. 

2^1ma Alexander McCann '31, on May 29, 2001, in 
Berryville, VA. She was a retired elementar)' reading 
specialist and teacher with Washington, D. C. public 
schools. Survivors include her two daughters and their 
families, and a sister, Almira Alexander Beagle, '30. 

George M. Whitehead '31, on Feb. 10, 2001, in 
Marv\'ille. He was retired from ALCOA. 

Thomas Moore Cooper '32, on Mar. 28, 2001, in 
Charlotte, NC. He was a minister in the Orthodox 
Presb)terian Church and later had a second career as a 
teacher in the Tucson Public School District. Survivors 
include two daughters and their families. 

Lenore "BUI" West Ramsey '32, on May 14, 2001, in 
Maryvilie. She was the daughter of the late Nita Eckles 
West, who taught drama at the College. She was a 
retired City of Maryvilie teacher. Survivors include son 
David and his wife, Virginia Marshall Ramsey, '57; son 
Tom and his wife; and daughter, Lynn Ramsey Cole, 
'68, and her husband. Bill; and several grandchildren 
and great-grandchildren. 

Fred C. Knisely '35, on Mar. 8, 2001. He was a retired 
insurance salesman and had lived at his home in 
Burton, OH, until the last eight months of his life. 

Joseph Leybum Wdkerson '36, on June 11, 2001. He 
was a retired medical missionary. He and his wife lived 
in Black Mountain, NC. 

Wdkison Winfield Meeks '37, on Apr. 5, 2001, in 
Terre Haute, IN. He was professor emeritus at Rose- 
Hulman Institute of Technology where he taught for 
more than 27 years. Survivors include his wife, two 
daughters and several nieces and nephews. 

Edna Bramblen Chadsey '38, on Mar. 4, 2001, in a 
Chattanooga health care facility. She was a resident of 
Corpus Christi, TX for over 50 years and was a retired 
elementary school teacher. Survivors include three sis- 
ters and several nieces and nephews. 

Evelyn Scott Wilson '38, in May 2001. Survivors 
include her husband, William B. Wilson, '39, who 

continues to live at Shannondale Retirement Center in 

Alice Prime Mcintosh '39, on Jan. 26, 2001, in Dover, 
NH. Survivors include her husband, Edward D. 

J. Julian Bennen '40, on Jan. 14, 2001. He was an 
attorney in Winter Haven, FL. Survivors include a .son, 
Jesse I. Bennett, Jr. 

Andrew Farrel "Buck" Millsaps '40, on Feb. 23, 2001, 
at his home in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. He had spent time 
in the military and then was a sales representative for 
National Cash Register Company and for Gulf Life 
Insurance Company Survivors include his wife of 58 
years and a daughter. 

William E. Baird '41, on May 10, 2001, in Salem, OR. 
He retired from the Marine Corps as a lieutenant 
colonel after serving for 24 years. He then was an edu- 
catof in Oregon until 1991. Survivors include his wife, 
three sons and a daughter and their families and hrorh- 
er, Boydson H. Baird, '41. 

Doris Tittle Earle '41, on Jan. 24, 2001. She was a 
retired social worker for the State of Maryland. 
Survivors include her daughter, who notified the 
College of her death. 

Marianna Allen Peterson '41, on Aug. 15, 2000. She 
and her husband lived in Brazil, where they were retired 
missionaries. Survivors include her husband, Arthur T. 
Peterson, '41. 

George R. Howard '42, on May 27, 2001, following a 
stroke. He was a retired Presbyterian minister. Survivors 
include his wife, Anne Halabrin Howard, '43. They 
lived in New Enterprise, PA. 

Samuel R. Pickens '42, on June 2, 2001, in Maryvilie. 
He had retired from ALCOA after 43 years of service. 
Survivors include his wife and two sons, and dieir families. 

Jeanne Heckman Greenleaf '43, on May 30, 1997. She 
was a docent at the North Carolina Zoo near Cedar 
Falls, NC. Survivors include her husband, Robert A. 
Greenleaf, to whom she had been married for more 
than 52 years. They had three children and six grand- 

Martha Badgett Price '43, on May 17, 2001. She lived 
in Friendsville, TN. Survivors include her husband, and 
son, John Kent Price, Jr., '75. 

Joseph N. Suitor, Sr. '43, on Mar. 13, 2001, at his 
home in Princeton, KY. He was a retired Presbyterian 
minister. He is survived by a sister and brother, three 
sons and a daughter and their families. 

Rosemary Park Williams '43, on luly 4, 2001, after a 
long illness. She was preceded in death by her husband, 
Rev. Oliver K. Williams, '41, and her memorial service 
was held at St. Andrew's Presb}'terian Church in 
Olmstead Falls, OH, her husband's last pastorate. 
Survivors include seven children, thirteen grandchil- 
dren and one great grandson. One of her sons is Oliver 
K. Williams, III, '66. She is also survived by a sister, 
Ethel Florence Park Hogue, '46. 

James C. Witt '43, on Apr. 30, 2001. He was a circuit 
court judge in Madisonville, TN. 

Estelle Farrow Craig '44, on Apr. 15, 2001, after a 
three-year battle with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. 
Survivors include her husband, three sons and five 
grandchilchen, and her sister, Esther Farrow McGarey, '45. 

Rose Wells Regenbrecht '45, on Feb. 23, 2001, at her 
residence in Beaumont, TX. She was a retired dietitian. 
Survivors include her husband and two sons, one of 
whom is Alan Regenbrecht, '78. 

Melvin Craig Grove '46, on. Oct. 16, 1998, in Mascot, 
TN. Survivors include a daughter, who notified MC of 
her father's death. 


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Mary Jamison Houdeshel, '46, on May 21, 2001, in 
Lancaster, PA. Sun'ivors include her husband, the 
Rev. John H. Houdeshel, '45; three daughters and a 
son, and their families. 

Lewis McCarroll "Mack" Purifoy '47, on Mar. 16, 
2001, in Emory, VA. He was Professor Emeritus at 
Emory & Henry College. Survivors include his wife, 
Betty Lou King Purifoy, '46; two sons and their families. 

Virginia Baler Heiss '48, on Mar. 22, 2001 in San 
Francisco, CA, following surgery. She was a retired 
teacher and librarian. 

William W. Nish '50, on May 19, 2001, after a long 
illness. He was Professor Emeritus of Georgia College. 
Survivors include his wife, Maggie Newland Nish, 
'50, who now lives in Gainesville, GA. A son and two 
daughters and their families also survive. 

William H. Swenson '50, on July 8, 2001, in 
Maryville. He had taught art at Maryville College and 
was a Docent at Knoxville Museum of Art. Survivors 
include his wife, Peggy Swenson, a son and daughter 
and their families. 

Ruby Arp Gardner '51, on Mar. 25, 2001, in 
Maryville. She was a retired teacher and librarian for 
Blount County schools. Survivors include her brother 
and his family. 

Howard L. Loveday '56, on Mar. 24, 2001. He was 
Register of Deeds for Blount County, TN, for 32 years 
prior to retirement. Survivors include his wife and 
three daughters and their families. 

Barbara Williams Phillips '61, on June 18, 2001, in 
NC. Survivors include her husband, William Phillips. 
Ernest E. Hiler '65, on Feb. 25, 2001. He lived in 
Kansas City, MO. The College was notified of his 
death by Marjorie Hiler PhilUips. 

Pamela Hobbins '70, on July 25, 2001, at her home. 
She was the public information officer for the 
Tennessee Department of Education. She entered state 
government in 1980, and had held various positions 
under several administrations. She is survived by her 
brother and a niece. 

Albert Matthew "Matt" Luther, III '82, on Mar. 11, 
2001, following a long illness. Survivors include his 
wife of 21 years, his parents and a sister, all of Knox 
County, TN. 


Robert L. Kay '50, to Joyce B. Weddington, Sept. 16, 


Paul S. Kidder '51, to Connie Ruby, Apr. 7, 2001. 

WJma Kate Greene '62, to Albert S. Myers, Mar. 18, 


Margaret McArthur '74, to Ed Orlosky, April 16, 

Todd Anderson '92, to Heather Michelle Harmon, 
May 3, 2001. 

Debra L. Washington '92, to Eric Ballantyne, May 26, 

Michele Dowell '94, to Chris Saffelle, Sept. 9, 2000. 
Will Richardson '94, to Angle Adams, June 17, 2000. 

Bryan David Langley '95, to Brook Leigh Goad, June 

Marcus Lee Farmer '96, to Teresa Gayle Cooper, '99, 

Mar. 10,2001. 

Jennifer D. LaForest '96, to Doug Parris, '97, June 2i, 

Megan McWhorter '96, to Joey Jones, July 24, 1 999. 

Scon Moss '96, to Erin Cockerham, '00, Aug. 25, 2001. 

Katie E. Greer '97, to Richard G. Anderson, Oct. 14, 

Kristie Johnson '97, to Ryan Scott Toby, Apr. 21, 

Kevin Rowland '97, to Jane Hadden, '00, May 29, 


Sahra Corinne Tinker '98, to Ralph Houston 
Radedge, 111, Dec. 30, 2000. 

Benjamin C. Petty '99, to Shawn Sadler, Jan. 20, 

Gabriel R Whinenburg '99, to Molly A. Mcintosh, 
Apr. 14,2001. 


Charles R Alongi '82, and his wife, Shari, a son, 
Alexander Paul, Sept. 22, 2000, their third child. 

Ruth Ann White Tensi '86, and Steve Tensi, '87, a 
son, Nov 12, 1999. 

Rob Freeman '87, and Michele Dozier Freeman, '86, 

a daughter, Abigale Lee, May 22, 2000, their first child. 

Aundra Ware Spencer '89, and her husband, Welton, a 
son, Matthew Daniel, May 26, 2001. 

Scott R. Farmer '90, and Marilyn McCoy Farmer, '90, 

a son. Tanner Scott, Feb. 12, 2001, their second child. 

Traci Wear Jennings '90, and her husband, Steve, a 
daughter, Caroline Elizabeth, Jan. 18, 2001, their 
fourth child. 

Karen Palka Nelson '90, and her husband, Lee, a son, 
Ryan Lee, Apr. 11, 2001, their first child. 

Ann Beaty Damron '91, and Mike Damron, '92, a 

son, Patrick Reed, March 27, 2001, their first child. 

H. Troy Green '91, and his wife, Margie, a son, 
Harrison Troy Apr. 11,2000. 

Roger Howdyshell '92, and his wife, Lori Lea, a son, 
RexEric, Feb. 17, 2001. 

Beth Steverson Maningly '93, and her husband, 
Charles, a daughter, Sabel Jean-Margaret, Nov. 10, 
2000, their second child. 

Steve Souder '93, and Julie Lillard Souder, '91, a 

daughter, Lauren Mackenzie, Apr. 14, 2001, their first 

Mickie Brannom Parris '95, and her husband, 
Stephen, a daughter, Stephanie Michelle, Feb. 1, 2001. 

John C. Trotter '95, and his wife, Stevens, a son, John 
CharlesTrotter,Jr.,Dec. 29, 2000. 

Deborah Shewfelt Halcrow '96, and her husband, 
Robert, a daughter. Piper Mackenzie, May 1, 2001, 
their first child. 

Patrick Murphy '96, and his wife, Grace King 
Murphy '97, a son, Alex, Oct. 20, 2000. 

Michael Hodges '97, and his wife, Heather, a daugh- 
ter, Kenslee Ann, Oct. 9, 2000, their second child. 

JefFGallaher '98, and his wife, Courtney a daughter. 
Chandler Myatt, May 31, 2001, their first child. 

We want to hear from you! If you have recently 

married, celebrated a birth, or reoched another 

milestone in your life send us a photograph that 

captures the moment! You con moil a quality 

color photo to us. This photo will be kept on 

file, but will not be mailed bock to you. (We 

request that you not send Polaroid pictures.) 

You may also e-mail digital photos to us. 

These must be 300 dpi, color images - JPEG or 

EPS format preferred. Whether you mail or 

e-mail photos to us, please be sure to include 

identification of folks in the image and o brief 

description of the occasion. Due to limited space, 

the editorial staff may not be able to include all 

submissions. So get out your camera ...and send 

in those pictures! 

Mail photos to: Alumni Office, Maryville 

College, 502 E. Lamar Alexander Parkv^ay, 

Maryville, TN 37804 

E-mail photos to: 

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Most of us in the Class of 1 973 are experi- 
encing a significant chronological milestone this 
year - the kind that is acknowledged with black 
balloons, over-the-hill cards, ^^^^^^^ 
and other forms ot gentle 
reminders from family and 
friends. It's during times such 
as these when we reflect on the 
events and experiences of our 
past and we peek around the 
corner with anticipation tor 
what lies in front ot us. 

As I look back at the 
path I've traveled, I realize that 
Maryville College has played a 
significant role in the journey 
I received a quality education 
that provided a lot of experiences that other 
undergraduate ptograms did not provide - 
focus on communiu' outreach, independent 
studies and requirements lor the comprehensive 
exams in your major, tor example. The liberal 
arts experience went beyond textbook learning. 
It provided the foundation tor success in any 

professional and personal endeavor. 

I have been fortunate to have had the 
opportunity to continue my involvement with 



Judy Penry 73 

Maryville College. I have 
served on the Alumni Board 
two terms since my graduation 
from Maryville - the first in 
the late 1970s and the most 
recent tenure, these last three 
years. During the 20-year span 
that I have been on the 
Alumni Board, the College has 
been faced with numerous 
challenges, resulting in oppor- 
tunities for the College to 
meet the educational needs of 
the current and future genera- 

tions of students. 

These are exciting times at the College. 
Building on the success of the MC2000 
Campaign, the Board of Directors has initiated 
efforts for the next strategic plan for the 
College. The MC Window of Opportunity 
Plan will provide the goals and oudine the nec- 

essary actions to accomplish the College's vision 
for the 21st century. 

As the incoming president of the Alumni 
Board, I encourage all alumni to support the 
College in this important endeavor. If you have 
the opportunity, get involved in the planning 
sessions. Your input is critical to this process. 

As alumni, our support to the College can 
take many forms - financially supporting the 
Annual Fund, participating in the Alumni 
Ambassadors program to attract prospective stu- 
dents and sponsoring internships for students, 
just to name just a few. The College needs our 
continued support as they develop a strategy 
and action plan for the future. 

As I begin my tenure as the President of 
the Alumni Board, I look forward to working 
with the other members of the Board and the 
staff and administration of the College. I also 
welcome the opportunity to heat from other 
alumni. I encourage you to share your thoughts 
with any of the members of the Alumni Board. 
(Our names are listed in the front of this maga- 
zine.) We are here to represent you. 

Executive Board of Alumni Association Welcomes New Members 

Rick Carl '77 followed his Maryville 

College degree 

with a master's 

degree in music 

education from 

the University 
of Tennessee in 
1982 and con- 
tinued on to 
graduate from 
UT's College ot 
Law in 1996. He now practices with the 
firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, & 
Caldwell in Knoxville, He is married to 
Lynn Rogers '79 and they _________ 

have one child, Richard 
Bachman Carl, born in 1996. 

After graduating from 
Maryville College as a mem- 
ber of the class of 1987, 
Christopher Lilley received 
his architecture degtee from 
the University of Tennessee. 
He now lives in Nashville 

Lilley '87 

where he is a project architect with Gresham 

Smith & Partners. He has been a part of the 

Volunteer Review Team with 

United Way and the Sennett 


Sylvia Smith Talmage 

'62 lives in Oak Ridge, 

Tenn., where she is employed 

by UT-Bettelle, Oak Ridge 

National Laboratory as a 

research staff toxicologist. 

Sylvia received her Ph.D. 

from the University of 

Tennessee. She and husband 

John E. Talmage, Jr. '61 have two 
daughters, Heidi Lynn and Elaine 
Elizabeth. In her spare time, Sylvia 
enjoys working with the YMCA. 

A 1993 graduate, John C. 
Tanner (photo not available), and 
his wife Marcie live in Atlanta where 
he is an associate attotney with 
Alston & Bird, LLP. He graduated 
from Georgia State University's 

College of Law in 1997. He is involved with 
the Neighborhood Watch Association and 
the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers. 
Marcie is the communications 
director for Six Flags Over Georgia. 
Aftet becoming a cettified com- 
mercial investment manager, John 
C. Trotter '95 joined Wood 
^^ Properties, Inc. in their commercial 
^^11 property sales department. John 
^^Hl and his wife, Stevens, live in 
i ffy^ l Knoxville with their son, John 
^im^mm Charles Trotter, Jr. who was born 
last year. lohn has served on the 
boards of the 
Knoxville Area 
Association of 
Realtors, the 
Association of 
Realtors and the 
Bettet Business 
Bureau ot 


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look forward to another successful recruiting year, thanks to your input. 

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Declining interest rates make this the perfect time to consider a 

Maryville College gifi annuity contract. Our gift annuity rates Name 

increase with your age! The tax advantages are excellent and your 

income is guaranteed fi)r life. Just drop this card in the mail and -rr, 

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She was devoted to education and she never stopped learning, 
teaching or sharing. To satisfy her curiosity she traveled the 

orld and corresponded with scholars, inquiring and 
challenging herself until her final days. 

n February of 2001, Dorothy Duerson Horn, retired 
professor of music theory at Maryville College from 
1936 until 1954, passed away. Maryville College lost a 
remarkable, loyal friend that day in February, but 
Dorothy fiorn will not be forgotten. 

Carrying out, even beyond her lifetime, her enduring 
commitment to the College, Dorothy left to MC her lovely 
historic home and all its contents, as well as a fund for the 
education of sight-impaired students. Although she could not 
precisely foresee the excellence of her planning, she would 
certainly share our pride and pleasure in its effects. 

The proceeds from the sale of Dorothy's home will help to fund 
a number of the Colleges priorities, but most importantly, 
students for generations will enjoy the benefits of her 
thoughtflilness. Several pieces of antique furniture from 
Dorothy's home now beautify offices in the rebuilt Fayerweather 
Hall. Her piano and music collection (including recorded tunes 
and sheet music, music theory texts and hymnals) 
have new homes in the College's music 
department, and her general library is now a part 
of the Maryville Collection. 

As with so many bequests through the years, 
Dorothy's gifts were perfectly timed to meet the 
College's needs. We are sure she would be very 
pleased with the delight her gifts have brought and 
will continue to bring. 

For more information on including Maryville 
College in your estate planning and joining the 
Society of 1819, please contact Diane 
Montgomery, Director of Planned Giving, at 
865/981-8191 or reach her via e-mail at Or, you may fill out and 

return the reply card attached at left. 

The Maryville College 
Alumni Association is in the 
process of establishing a Maryville 
College cultural license plate for 
all of the College s alumni and 
friends who live in Tennessee. 

"So many exciting things are 
happening at the College that 
[Alumni Board members] saw the 
concept of the license plate as 
another opportimity to 'spread 
the word,'" said Judy Penry 73, 
president of the Alumni 
Association. "With the license 
plates, we become a mobile 
billboard for the College." 

After the Alumni Office receives 
commitments firom 100 individuals, the 





State should begin production on the MC 
license plate. Plates shoidd be available in 
county clerks' offices early next year. 
Questions should be directed to 

Helen Bruner, the College's director of 
alumni and parent relations, at 865/981- 
8202 or e-mail her at brunerh@maryville- 



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