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The Autumn 1999 issue of 
FOCUS announced with pride 
that the John Templeton 
Foundation had recently featured 
Maryville College in its 
publication, The Templeton Guide: 
Colleges that Encourage Character 
Development. That wasn't the first 
time the foundation had 
recognized Maryville for its 
attention to building character; its 
Honor Roll of Character-Building 
Colleges had included the College 
in 1997. 

In the article entitled 
"Teaching of Ethics an Integral 
Part of New MC Curriculum," 
which appeared in the Spring 
1998 issue of FOCUS, writer Jeff 
Garv quotes from Samuel Tyndale 
Wilson's centennial history of 
Maryville College: "The never- 
forgotten objective in Dr. Anderson's life 
campaign was the development of 
Christian character in the leaders whom 
he trained for the Southwest ... In this 
character objective the moral element was, 
of course, vital." 

The development ot ethical leadets 
remains today, as it was in founder Isaac 
Anderson's day, an emphasis at Maryville 
College. Karen Eldridge, in this issue of 
FOCUS, looks at the approaches our 
faculty members are taking to that 
development in her article, "Bottom Lines 
and Final Values," and Professor John 
Gallagher writes about the value of a 
liberal arts education for business leaders. 

There can scarcely be a question 
about the images of business leaders 
current Maryville students have received all 
too often in the national media in recent 
months. Executives in handcuffs, 
executives taking the fifth amendment 
when questioned at hearings about 
accounting transgressions, corporate 
leaders dodging questions about insider 

trading - all evidence that there is indeed a 
need for more ethical leadership for the 
world of business. 

Liberal arts education was from the 
outset back in 5th century BC Greece 
focused on character education. They 
didn't call it that. They talked instead 
about teaching "virtues," a word that fell 
out of favor for some years, but seems to 
be making a comeback. Leaders need to be 
virtuous now no less than they did when 
liberal arts education was in its infancy. At 
Maryville College in 2002 the faculty still 
seeks to produce virtuous leaders, men and 
women for whom decision-making takes 
place within an ethical framework, for 
whom the rightness of a course of action 
takes precedence over its efficiency. In 
these pages we invite you to consider how 
that goal is being pursued in these early 
years of the new millennium. 


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and leadership as we 
challenge each one 
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work for justice 
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Mark E. Cate, Vice President for College Advancement and Planning 

Karyn Adams, Director of Public Relations 

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Carol Callaway-Lane '92 

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CLASS OF 2003 

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Sharon Bailey '69 

Carol Callaway-Lane '92 

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James Skeen '64 

CLASS OF 2004 

Rick Carl 77 

Chris Lilley '87 

Sylvia Talmage '62 

John Tanner '93 

John Trotter '95 

CLASS OF 2005 

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Kenneth Tuck '54 


Bottom Lines and Final Values Page 2 

Searching for the 'good' and 'should' in the business world: Corporate corruption 
hos shaken Wall Street and Main Street. See how MC faculty members, 
particularly those teaching in the Business and Organization Management 
major, incorporate ethical discussions in their classrooms. 

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How Do You Develop Ethical Sensibilities Page 5 

In Our Leaders 

Maryville College Assistant Professor Dr. John Gallagher argues that the 
liberal arts education is the best preparation for future business leaders. 

The Connecting of Our People Page 6 

A unique staff development program at Maryville College connects people to 
each other and the College's mission. 

Graduation Page 12 

Enjoy this photographic montage of Grodutation 2002. Students, faculty and 
guests celebrate the accomplishments of study and hard work. 

Gombert's Got the Big Head(s) Page 16 H > 

Maryville College Associate Professor of Art Dr. Corl Gombert was 
commissioned to create paintings that will be on permanent display 
in the new Knoxville Convention Center. 

Alumni Spotlight: Mary Swain Wood Page 8 

Campus News Page 9 

Alumni News Page 15 

Class Notes Page 18 

Letter from the Alumni President Page 24 


Dr. Gerald W. Gibson 


Mark E. Cate, Vice President for College Advancement ond Planning 
Karyn Adorns, Director of Public Relations 

Karen Beaty Eldridge '94, Director of News and Public Information 
Libby Welsh '59, Director of Donor Records 


Tracy N. Wiggins, Publications Manager 

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Dr. Mary Kay Sullivan writes this quote by Abraham Maslow on the board in her Thaw Hall 
chissroom on the very last day of class for her Business 401 students. Sullivan, a professor in the 
Social Science Division, is confident that in four years of learning and growing at Maryville 
College, her students have some answers - some very good answers - to Maslow's tough questions. 

"The students are in awe. We've built up to that day, " Sullivan explains. 
"This major is trying to prepare them for life. " 

Dr. Man' Kay Sullivan and Associate way," Gallagher says. "In the freshman courses, 

Professor Dr. John Gallagher teach several we discuss values - What's right? What's wrong? 

courses in the Business and Organization We teach students that every move they make, 

Management major, but they don't wait until even' decision they make, is an ethical decision. 
Business 201: Principles of Management to talk "Explicitly, we have a number of courses 

about organizations, decision-making or ethics. that address some specific theories of ethics." 

As teachers of the Freshman Seminar But it is the first-year foundation that sets 

sequence, Sullivan and Gallagher challenge the stage for teaching "stakeholder theory," say 

freshmen to explore values as they relate to their Gallagher and Sullivan. To one degree or another, 

own lives, their environment and their communities. all faculty members in MC's Social Science 

"We incorporate ethics into the [Business Division embrace this theoretical perspective, 

and Organizational Management] major on which argues that organizations should be 

two levels - one is in a very implicit, subliminal concerned with social ends and not just 


that education - like all social institutions 
... Age-old questions. What is the good 
woman? What is the good society and 
obligations to society? What is 

Truth? Virtue? What is my relation 
and illness? How can I live a zestful, 
responsibility to my brothers? Who are my 
What must I be ready to die for?" 

- from "On the Shoulders of Giants" by Abraham Maslow 

economic ends or the value that businesses and 
organizations create for shareholders. 

"Stakeholder theory is our whole approach 
to teaching business at Maryville College," 
Sullivan explains. "Society gives business the 
right to exist ... One of the eternal debates in 
the world of commerce is whether businesses 
exist to provide value to a much broader 
constituency - to shareholders, yes, but also 
to customers, employees, communities, the 

"In our classes, we try to drive home the 
argument that organizations exist to improve 
the quality of life for all their stakeholders." 

But Sullivan doesn't ignore financial realities. 

"There's no denying the importance of 
the owners," she said. "To carry out the 
mission of any business or organization, you 
have to be financially successful. But to be 
successful or to continue to survive, you must 

treat stakeholders fairly." 

Sitting In The CEO Chair 

If only Enron's Ken Lay, WorldCom's 
Bernard Ebbers or Tyco's Dennis Kozlowski 
had the same formula for success . . . 

When news of Enron's bankruptcy and 
Arthur Andersen's questionable auditing practices 
untolded last winter and spring, Gallagher was 
teaching Business 401: Strategic Management. 
Just like the media, the class spent time 
discussing Enron. 

"Back then, the discussions were not so 
much about what Enron actually did or didn't 
do (the precise nature of what company officials 
and accountants did is pretty sophisticated, 
and even the best experts were a bit unsure in 
the beginning), but more about how employees 
suffered while executives prospered," Gallagher 
remembers. "It was an example of stakeholder 

theory in action - 'For whose benefit was 
Enron being run?'" 

With a discussion-based format and focus on 
actual business cases, Gallagher's and Sullivan's 
Business 401 classes typically present dilemmas 
that might include hiring and firing, closing a 
plant, merging and acquiring other companies 
and of course, the reporting of finances. 

Students look at issues through the eyes 
of a chief executive officer, a manager, an 
employee, a shareholder, a customer and a 
community member. 

Sullivan says the case studies offer a good 
way to present the gray areas. It's difficult, she 
says, for young adults with limited working 
experience to comprehend the complexities of 
choices that CEOs face regularly. 

"These issues are still a bit abstract for 
students," she says. "We try to make them 
more immediate for students." 

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Another exercise in the Business 401 class 
involves a sophisticated simulation known as 
"The Marketplace." Students form their own 
companies, invest money and make decisions 
about sales, pricing and advertising, as well as 
manufacturing and investment in research and 
development. All the while, they are juggling 
legal and ethical decisions, Gallagher says. 

"It's a game. Roommates could be 
competitors, so they're also wondering, 'How 
much information should I share?'" he says. 
"Mostly, though, we're continually asking 
them to wrestle with the questions "Is this a 
good company? ... What do we mean by 
good? . . . Good for whom?" 

By the time students name their hypothetical 
businesses, they have already applied this litmus 
test to real organizations. In marketplace simu- 
lation, Gallagher and Sullivan say students 
propose ideas that not only pass this test, they 
show real thoughtful ness, creativity and possibilities. 

Business In A Wider Context 

The curriculum of the Business and 
Organization Management major includes 
several courses that one might expect to see - 
principles of accounting, organizational behavior, 
business law, marketing, investment analysis - 
but it also includes a few courses that cross 
disciplines and put the study of business in 
different contexts. 

Gallagher, whose undergraduate degree is 
in English, teaches Business 346: Management 
Through Literature, in which students complete 
a study of managers and management style as 
depicted in works like "Henry V," "Billv 
Budd," "Heart of Darkness," "Antigone" and 
"Death of a Salesman." 

"The premise is that management (or 
leadership) is a label we attach to a particular 
type of human relationship, and so to the extent 
that literature allows us to study and learn 
about human nature and human behavior, it 
can help foster good things in the context of 
that specific relationship," he says. 

Courses in general education, sociology, 
computer science, political science and math 
are required for the major. 

Economies 201: Principles of Economics is 
a requirement, but several Business and 
Organization Management majors sign up tor 
more classes in the Economics department. 
They don't escape the ethical discussion there. 

"The science of economics is concerned 

with how society provisions itself," explains 
Dr. Sherry Kasper, professor of economics and 
chairperson of the social sciences division, "so 
by requiring our students to take economics 
courses, we're already asking them to look at 
business in the wider capitalistic system." 

Students are often asked to weigh the 
tension between the maximize-profit maxims 
of business and the fair-competition laws and 
rules of economics, Kasper points out. 

Special courses, added when MC's new 
American Humanics chapter began, offer all 
students (not just Business and Organization 
Management majors) opportunities to explore 
leadership styles and practices. Cole Piper '68, 
staff advisor to the AH chapter, is scheduled to 
teach Social Science 203: Introduction to Non- 
profit Management during the January term. 

(Back in 1994, college administrators 
combined the business and management majors. 
Instead of simply "Business," and "Management" 
the major and department took on another 
word: Organization. 

"Organizations are our focus, be they for 
profit or non-profit," Sullivan says. "The words 
say a lot.") 

Business-savvy, Ethically Astute 

Recent graduate Zac Beasley '02 is a 
stakeholder. A double-major in Business and 
Organization Management and Economics, 
Beasley is now employed as a financial sales 
specialist for SunTrust Bank. He says his 
experience at MC has made him more aware 
of the ethical decisions he makes even' day. 

"Policies don't always meet eye-to-eye with 
your feelings about a particular situation," he 
explains, but adds that he understands the need 
for policies. 

Case studies and role-play situations that 
constantly challenged him and his classmates to 
see situations and dilemmas through the eyes of 
various stakeholders have helped him appreciate 
business-world realities like policies, procedures 
and profits. He says he can understand how 
business and organization leaders can be tempted 
to take the easy and most profitable way out. 

"The problem with any business is that 
you have people in charge, and people are 
ultimately fallible," he said. "Everything depends 
on a person's inner strength." 

Beaslev says one of the most important 
lessons he learned at MC was that it is a 
decision-maker's responsibility to make sure 

he or she has the "whole story" before even an 
assertion is made. 

"Before I make a decision about something, 
I try to get as much information about the 
situation as I possibly can," he says. "I do that 
more now than I ever have." 

Sullivan and Gallagher are pleased with 
Beasley's "report from the field." 

They say their hope for Business and 
Organization Management alumni is that they 
have good basic knowledge and skills in the 
science - its operation and function - but also 
that they apply ethical standards to every decision. 

"I hope we impress upon our students the 
importance of honesty and personal integrity," 
Sullivan says. "A lot of things change in the 
business world, but these standards are vital in 
making a life and making a living." 

A sense of personal responsibility is vital, 
too, Gallagher says. 

"Every decision has consequences," he 
says. "Students need to continually decide 
what consequences they're willing to accept." 

Students do not have to wait for post- 
graduation employment for opportunities that 
test their inner strength in the workforce. 
Sullivan says she regularly has current MC stu- 
dents come to her throughout the year because 
they are concerned about what employers are 
asking them to do. The students, many emploved 
part-time or temporarily while enrolled at MC, 
feel pressure to increase sales and follow policies 
that are not in the best interests of customers. 

"Our students recognize the ethical 
dilemmas right away," she says. "Our culture 
here at Maryville College imbues them with 
that sense of concern." 

Editors Note: The Business and Organization 
Management major is not the only discipline to 
infuse discussions of ethics into their curriculum. 
Exploration of values is a key educational goal of 
the Maryville Curriculum; as such, the topic is 
woven throughout treneral education courses and 
many more major-specific courses. 

As stated in the College's catalog, students 
are guided in the exploration of "informed 
ethical judgment which guides one to make 
choices leading to a responsible life." 

A senior capstone course, Ethics 490: 
Philosophical and Theological Foundations of 
Ethical Thought, is a requirement for graduation. 
In it, seniors explore the basis for ethics and the 
various theories surrounding its framework. 
Vocation, service, global citizenship and 
responsibility for the common good are also 
emphasized in Ethics 490. 


FOCUS Fall 2002 

The revelation (or discovery) 
during the past year of seeming wide 
spread corporate corruption should 
provoke equally widespread outrage. 
And it has. While there are some 
differences in the actual misdeeds - Enron's 
known financial machinations ate quite 
different from WorldCom's alleged fraudulent 
practices - the story line is the same. Corporate 
executives and directors, motivated by greed, 
abetted by auditors and analysts, deliberately 
deceive us about the performance of their 
companies. In doing so, they enrich themselves, 
and steal part of the future from employees, 
customers, individual investors and communi- 
ties. They destroy our trust in (or confirm our 
suspicions about) corporate management. 

The corruption is painful evidence of the 
extent to which our social 
and economic life is 
dependent on moral 

Our outrage has 
prompted a number of 
responses, beginning with 
a desire to punish the 
guilty. Our public institu- 
tion and political leaders, 
perhaps no strangers 
themselves to schemes 
and artifice, seek to pass 
new laws, regulations and 
requirements that will prevent scandals in the 
future. As a professor of business and manage- 
ment, I've been witness to, and part of, the 
response from the academic community. We 
have come under fire for not only failing to 
teach ethics in our business curricula but, in 
some cases (particularly in our graduate MBA 
programs), for teaching business leaders how 
to accomplish the very misdeeds that anger us. 

Would that things were this simple! Most 
corporate executives are as outraged as any of 
us, some much more so. There are few who 
take their responsibilities lightly, and fewer 
still who can operate with as wanton a disre- 
gard for the consequences of their decisions as 
it appears did the leaders at Enron and 
WorldCom. The deceptive practices take place 
in gray areas where there are no clear-cut rules 
or laws, where judgment must be exercised, 
and where self-interested imagination can 
make a slope quite slippery. 

Executives who constantly seek to balance 

How Do You Develop 
Ethical Sensibiliti 




interests i 

diverse st 

holders willingly seek to 

engage the question of ethics at every oppor- preferable to alternatives. There is a quality 

tunity. Most business professors wonder why about our choices that can make some choices 

they are expected to accomplish what parents, good, others bad, and further, that even when 

family, friends, church and other developmental choices are good, some can be better than others. 

influences did not. Most relish the oppottunity Secondly, this notion about the quality of 

to incorporate ethical 
dimensions into their 
teaching, and none whom 
I know teach students how 
to enrich themselves at 
the expense of other 

There is a larger 
question here, and it is 
larger than simply not 
breaking the law. The 
larger question is how to 
best develop ethical 

sensibility in our leaders. 
And so, while I applaud any and all efforts to 
introduce, discuss, debate and explore ethics in 
business cutricula (including MBA curricula), 
and while I recognize that manifold influences choice, consequence and standards 

our choices is direcdy related to the consequences 
of those choices. A choice becomes good, bad 
ot better, dependent on the outcomes; 
therefore, all of our choices matter. Anothet 
way of saying this is to say that every choice 
we make is an ethical choice. 

Thirdly, once we have arrived here, we find 
that in order to evaluate our choices, we need 
some sort of standard against which to make 
this evaluation. Across the many years of history 
and across the diversity of human circumstance 
and culture, we have attempted to codify such 
standards - the golden rule, for example, or 
utility, or justice, or categorical imperatives, 
ot social contracts. And so the question of 
developing ethical sensibility becomes how to 
educate people to consider these questions of 

(parents, family, friends, church) are responsible 
for shaping ethical choices, the important 
question is not why don't we teach ethics in 
business school, but rather what is the proper 
role of education - of schools - in the 
development of ethical sensibility? 

It seems to me (with apologies to colleagues 
schooled in 
ethics than 
I) that there 

are three things we might consider in order to 
address this underlying question. 

First, the very idea of ethics, that is, the 
notion we have when we use language like 
"should" and "ought," is that some of our 
actions, choices and decisions are in some way 

I think this is now a quite complex matter. 
Teaching ethics suggests developing a realiza- 
tion that all choices are ethical and cultivating 
an awareness of the consequences of choices. 
This is neither easy nor perfectly possible; 
there will always be unforeseen consequences. 
It requires considering questions like, "Whom 

else might 

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business leaders is the liberal arts. " affect? 

Or, "Who 
else might have a stake in my choices? . . . 
Whose lives might I affect?, Whose environ- 
ment might I plunder? Whose future might I 
steal?" With questions like these, the broader 
the awareness of possible consequences, the 
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Crossing a stream in the College Woods on two telephone poles 
and in centipede-like fashion with other Maryville College staff 
members, a blind-folded Marsha Wynn wondered how in the world the 
exercise was relevant to her job as an advancement services coordinator 
in Willard House. 

And at that moment, the connection between that Mountain 
Challenge exercise and the College's mission seemed about as far apart 
as two ideas could be. 

"They handed me the blindfold and told me our leaders were 
going to get us from Point A to Point B," Wynn remembered. "I put 
the blindfold on and thought to myself, 'OK, I'm going to learn 
something out in the woods, with a blindfold on, that will help me 
with my job in Willard House that is basically 80 percent computer 
work. RIGHT!'" 

"It wasn't until the blind-fold was off and the group began reflecting 
that I began to understand how it - and we - all fit together." 

Wynn is one of 150 staff members who has participated in 
CO-OP, a program supported by the Staff Development Task Force of 
the College's Staff Council and facilitated by staff members of 
Mountain Challenge. 

Short for "Connecting Our People," CO-OP is in its second year 
of pulling staff together to discuss the College's mission and how staff 
members' responsibilities, day-to-day activities and interactions with 
other people impact that mission. 

According to Human Resources Director Jennifer Hunt, CO-OP is 
the brainchild of Bruce Guillaume 76, director of Mountain Challenge. 

"The Staff Development Task Force wanted a program that would 
help improve communication among employees, enhance teamwork 
and polish customer service skills," Hunt explained. "Task force members 
met with Bruce, and he said we could get at these objectives [through 
some Mountain Challenge activities]." 

But Guillaume was also interested in making sure the task force's 
goals were tied to something larger, something more fundamental. 

"I believe you have to touch the mission frequently to constantly 
be reminded what it's all about, and I didn't think that was happening 
for staff," Guillaume said. "CO-OP gave us an avenue and an 
opportunity to do that." 



Staff to Each 

Other and 

the College's 


By Karen Beaty Eldridge '94 
Director of News and Public Information 


Bruce Guillame 76 leads MC staff 
members through Phase I of CO-OP 

In his CO-OP group facilitations with 
employees, Guillaume often borrows a scene 
from Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland" to 
illustrate the importance of having a plan and 
a sense of direction in life and work. 

"There's a part in that story where Alice 
asks the Cheshire Cat which way she ought to 
go," Guillaume said. "The cat explains to Alice 
that her direction depends entirely on where 
she wants to get. Alice says she doesn't care, so 
the cat says it doesn't matter which way she goes. 

"Using that story, I tell staff members that 
the College cares a lot about where we end up. 
The road we take is the mission of the College, 
and we need to have the 
road as a backdrop to all the 
decisions we make every day' 

Phased In, 
Plugged In 

Guillaume proposed 
that the CO-OP program 
be implemented in four 
phases. Phase I involves 
small groups of staff 
members (all handpicked by the Human 
Resources Office to assure a diverse group of 
employees representing various departments), 
participating in a ropes course in the College 

Activities in Phase I range from tennis- 
ball tosses, where employees juggle tennis ball; 
and other surprise objects among each other, 
to "spider-web" passes, where employees have 
to develop a plan for moving each group 
member through a rope obstacle course with 
several limitations. 

After each activity, staff members are 
asked to draw parallels to their daily 
work routine. Facilitators ask: "As 
an MC employee, are you more 
concerned with how you catch the 
ball or how you hand it off?" "What 
happened when she dropped the 
ball?" . . . "Was it difficult for you 
to trust people to get you through 
the web?" 

"What's really neat is that you 
have people from housekeeping 
talking to people from the theatre 
talking to people from the 
Humanities office," Guillaume 

said. "That's been memorable." 

In Phase II, groups of supervisors 
discuss lessons learned in Phase I and 
what actions they regularly engage in 
that help support the mission of the 
College. The end result is a booklet 
highlighting "best practices" that all 
supervisors can utilize to build a 
team that is productive, courteous, 
happy and conscious of MC's mission. 
Small groups of employees meet 
again in Phase III, where Guillaume 
breaks the mission statement into 
phrases and asks staff members to 

talk about values and 
daily actions they might 
incorporate (or carry forward) 
that support the objectives. 
Writing responses on a 
flip-chart, he makes visual 

Phase IV is actually Phase I. 

"The idea of CO-OP is that 

it will never end," Gui 

MC staff member Nicola Turner is lifted through the "spider web" by 

fellow staff members (l-r) Jimmy McKeehan '98, Jennifer Hunt, Andy 

Lewter and Karson Leitch '98 in a CO-OP Phase I exercise held during 

the Spring of 2001 . Bruce Guillaume watches at left. 

said. "My ideal is everybody, 
every year, talking in small 
groups about the mission of the College." 

Hunt added: "We want to put people 
back in the environment again, and see how 
things have changed." 

So Far, Success 

Hunt said just as the Mountain Challenge 
program is unique to the College, the CO-OP 
program is unique to other staff development 
and training programs, especially those offered 
to college and university employees. 

In pre-CO-OP days, staff learned 
customer-service skills and communication 

A group of "blind" MC staff members makes its way across a stream 

in the College Woods with the help of each other and fellow staff 

member Kore Robinson (right). 

practices through a video training program. 
When Fayerweather Hall was struck by 
lightning and burned in 1999, the tapes and 
accompanying textbooks were destroyed. The 
training materials weren't replaced, Hunt said, 
because employees didn't like them. 

"The task force realized that we had all of 
these large corporations coming to campus for 
[Corporate] Mountain Challenge activities - 
why weren't we using the resource in our own 
backyard?" she said. "Bruce and his staff have 
been so creative." 

Hunt said interest in and support of the 
CO-OP program has been very good among 
administrators and across campus. For that, 
she and Guillaume are very thankful. 

"I think it has improved morale and 
communication. And it adds that element of 
fun to the everyday," she said, pointing to a 
CO-OP evaluation written by a staff member. 
It read: "I learned a lot about myself and the 
people I was with. [CO-OP] helped me think 
about behaviors at work, both good and 
bad. We all laughed a lot; it was fun and 
informative. I'd do it again in a heartbeat." 

Seeing how mission, values and 
everyday actions are interconnected 
cannot be stressed enough, Hunt 

"It doesn't matter what a 
person's job is here, he or she has an 
impact on the mission of the 
College... And CO-OP has 
reminded us that we're all partners 
in education," she said. "We're all 
here for students." 

To learn more about the 
Mountain Challenge program, visit 

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An Alumna Remembers Dick and Jane, Maryville College 

By Elton Jones, Assistant to the President 

"In 1946 I came with Dick and Jane to 
Texas," telates Mary Swain Wood '29, who 

was interviewed recently tor FOCUS in her 
high-rise condominium overlooking the 
skyline of Dallas. 

Her passion for reading and teaching led 
her to both an interesting career as a textbook 
consultant and to many experiences that make 
a fascinating story. 

Wood was born in Eminence, Ky, a 
small, rural community northeast of Louisville. 
Her family had a house in town and a farm in 
the country. 

"For generations we have had college 
graduates in the family," she explained. "We 
all wanted to go to college, and we knew we 
first had to go to a Presbyterian college." 

While her grandfather, father, siblings, 
and several nephews and nieces all went to 
Centre College in Danville, Ky, Wood could 
not follow the tradition. 

"Centre was merging with a women's 
college and was not accepting new women 
students in 1925 when I went off," she explained. 
"Maryville was the nearest Presbyterian school 
in which I could enroll. I had never heard of 

She majored in home economics, strug- 
gled some in chemistry, tells about taking the 
long way when walking to church with her 
boyfriend, and particularly enjoyed sewing. 

"To my great disappointment, I didn't 
finish," she said. "It was at the beginning of 
the depression, and my father lost everything - 
the farm that had been his father's and our 
lovely home in town. For the family's sake, I 
needed to stay at home and go to work." 

At first Wood worked in a bank, and 
then took a correspondence course and started 
teaching. Throughout three summers during 
her teaching years (1929-1937), she took 
elementary education courses at the University 
of Kentucky. 

One day the dean of her department at 
UK asked her to drop by his office. He 
explained she had been recommended for a 
position with a book publisher in Cincinnati. 

"They wanted a young teacher to travel 

the state and work in the 
schools with their 
material," she explained. 
"Of course, I told my 
mother about it, and she 
immediatelv started 
praying that I wouldn't get 
the job." 

After interviews in 
Lexington, Frankfort and 
Cincinnati, she was hired 
and issued her company 
car. There was one small 
problem - she had never 

After a three-day 
crash course in driving from some courageous 
friends, the new textbook consultant was on 
the road representing American Book 
Company. For seven years, she traveled 
Kentucky and worked with elementary 
teachers, taught in classrooms, and developed 
a reputation as a competent professional who 
liked what she was doing and did it well. 

During the 1930s, another textbook 
publisher, Scott-Foresman & Company, had 

Mary Swain Wood looks over illustrations created for the early 
"Dick and Jane" book series. 

say 'Look!'" 

"Mr. Foresman and the people in Texas 
wanted me to come to Dallas, so in 1946 I 
came with Dick and Jane to Texas," she said, 
beaming. "The most fun in the world was 
working with that program. Most of the 
first-grade children thought I was Dick's and 
Jane's mother." 

She was on the road a great deal, but in 

Dallas Mary Swain lived in a "residential 
begun a series of reading books featuring child hotel," into which a distinguished-looking 
characters Dick and Jane. As the series grew business executive moved in 1948 after a job 

in popularity, the company recruited a team 
of consultants to represent its product 
throughout the country. 

"Scott-Foresman offered me a position, 
but I didn't take it because I didn't think it was 
quite fait to leave one company and go with 

transfer to Dallas. She learned that his name 
was Colonel Wood, but they had never spo- 
ken. A formal introduction was a prerequisite. 
She was later to learn - much later - that 
Colonel Alfred M. Wood was a fellow 
Kentuckian, a graduate of Berea Academv 

another," she explained. The next year brought (prep school ptedecessor to Berea College), a 

a second invitation; Miss Swain was undecided, decorated Navy and then Air Force pilot in 

Her mother encouraged her to go to Chicago both World Wars and a graduate of Harvard 

and then make her decision. After meeting Mr. University. He was sales manager for Proctor 

Foresman and seeing 10 floors of professors, and Gamble for the southwestern United 

authots and editors, the decision was easy. 

"I was so impressed, I immediately 
decided in 1944 to go with Scott-Foresman," 
she said. 

According to Wood, "the Dick and Jane 
reading program was based upon an under- 
standing of how children learn, feel and grow. 
The stories were familiar. The pictures would 
show what was happening, and Dick would 


"Miss Swain, this is Col. Wood; Col. 
Wood, this is Miss Swain," a match-making 
waitress finally said one evening, after they 
both had resided on the same floor and eaten 
in the same dining room for about six years. 

Sometime later he invited her to go for a 
Sunday afternoon drive. They dated for tour 
years and married in 1958 - she was 50 and 



he was 61. They enjoyed 40 years of marriage 
before he passed away. 

But this is a story about Mary Swain 
Wood and her special relationship with 
Maryville College, which may not have been 
rekindled except for a phone call to the 
campus in 1976. A gentleman explained he 
had an acquaintance who had attended 
Maryville College for three years in the 1920s, 
had never graduated, but wanted to be placed 
on the alumni mailing list. Six-weeks later his 

friend sent $3 to Maryville College for an 
alumni directory. 

She and Al Wood soon began making 
steady contributions to Maryville. The Colonel 
placed his estate in trust; it will be distributed 
to a number of their favorite charities upon 
the death of Mary Wood. As one might 
expect, the charitable beneficiaries include 
their church, Harvard University, Berea and 
Centre colleges, several other institutions of 
higher learning, and Maryville College. 

The gift to Maryville is likely to be the 
largest gift to endowment for scholarships in 
the College's history. 

Al Wood, an uncommon man by any 
standards, and Mary Swain Wood, who didn't 
tell anyone she couldn't drive or didn't have a 
degree "because they didn't ask me" and who 
became an accomplished teacher of teachers, 
will have left an extraordinary legacy that will 
make a profound difference in many lives for 
untold generations. 


Hixon Selected for Supreme Court Internship 

Christopher R. Hixon, a senior at 
Maryville College, was selected as one of two 
undergraduates in the nation to participate in 
the Judicial Internship Program at the 
Supreme Court of the United States this fall. 

As a judicial intern, Hixon is working in 
the Office of the Administrative Assistant to 
the Chief Justice. His responsibilities include 
conducting background research for speeches 
and reviewing legislation on the federal judi- 
cial system. Hixon is responsible for summa- 
rizing news articles and preparing memoranda 
and correspondence. He also gathers and 
assembles information on pre-determined 
research initiatives unrelated to the casework 
of the Supreme Court. (Interns do not work 
on cases pending before the Court.) 

"While in the majority of government 
offices an intern is only a face among countless 
other interns, this program enjoys the intima- 
cy of having only two judicial interns," states a 
description of the Judicial Internship Program 
on the program's 

website Such " f Q WOr fc fa fa 

an atmosphere 
engenders a 
environment of 
learning and 

Hixon, a 
1999 graduate 

College. His post-Maryville College plans 
include law school and a 
career in criminal 

prosecution law. 

Hixon said he feels 
prepared for the Supreme 
Court experience - but 
also awed by the 

"I've taken a course 
on constitutional law, in 
which we studied different 
Supreme Court cases, and 
I've read several books 
about the Court," Hixon 
said during an interview in July. 


everything I've studied at the College thus far 
has made me more knowledgeable about the 
world and will help me interact with people of 
this magnitude and level of intelligence. 

"But to work in the Supreme Court will 
be amazing," he added. 

"I will feel so honored 
to be there." 

Hixon's addi- 
tional - and 

Supreme Court will be 
amazing. I will feel so 
honored to be there. K 

of Largo High 
School and the son of Sharon and Terry 
Parmelee of Clearwater, Fla., is double majoring 
in political science and economics at the 

extracurricular - 
experience includes 
an administrative 
clerk position at the 
Knoxville law office 
of Ritchie, Fels & 
Dillard; a research 
assistant position 
with Capital 

Counselors Inc. in Belleair Bluffs, Fla.; and a 
legal intern position at the Office of the State 
Attorney in St. Petersburg, Fla. 

Chris Hixon, MC senior 

nvolved in the campus life of Maryville 

College, Hixon was elected 
chief justice of the 
Maryville College Judicial 
System in May and was 
elected secretary-general of 
the 2002 Maryville College 
Model United Nations 
Conference. He acted as 
head delegate to the 2002 
National Model United 
Nations Conference. 

The internship began 
Aug. 26 and concludes 
Dec. 20. In that time, 
Hixon said he plans to "soak everything up" 
and gain as much knowledge as he can. 

Dr. Sherry Kasper, chairperson for the 
College's Division of Social Sciences and 
Hixon's advisor, said the application process 
for the Judicial Internship Program is stringent 
and that the competition is keen, with 
individuals from some of the most prestigious 
colleges and universities in the United States 

"We are excited that the selection 
committee recognized the special talents that 
Chris could bring to this position," Kasper 
said. "Moreover, we are thrilled that he will 
have this opportunity to participate in the 
daily functioning of the Supreme Court - an 
experience that should serve him well in his 
desired career of prosecutor." 

She added: "We are immensely pleased 
to have an individual of Chris's character 
represent Maryville College in an institution 
so vital to the functioning of American 

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MC Makes U.S. News Rankings Again 

For the eighth time in nine years, . l a . 
Maryville College has been listed 
among the top 10 of the South': 
very best. 

MC was ranked fourth 
by U.S. News and World 
Report college rankings in the 
magazine's "Best Comprehensive 
Colleges - Bachelor's" category for 
southern colleges and universities. It was 
one of only two Tennessee institutions listed in 
the category's top 25. 

In addition to the "Best Comprehensive 
Colleges" category, MC was also listed among 
southern colleges and universities as a "best 
value." In this category, MC placed third 
among all southern comprehensive colleges. 

U.S. News and World Report, a national 
magazine, annually judges colleges and univer- 
sities for their academic excellence and pub- 
lishes rankings in its weekly magazine and 
newsstand book "America's Best Colleges." 

"We are pleased to be recognized, once 
again, as one of the best colleges in the 
South," said Dr. Gerald W. Gibson, 
Maryville College president. 
"Recognition by U.S. News and 
World Report is a recognition of our 
commitment to the liberal arts and to 
a high-quality academic experience. 
"These rankings also recognize our 
faculty and staff members who have dedicated 
themselves to excellence for the benefit of 

In addition to faculty and staff, Gibson 
recognized alumni, parents, friends, corporations, 
foundations and other donors for helping make 
Maryville College a "best value." 

"I want to take this opportunity to thank 
the extended Maryville College family," the 
president continued. "Without theit support, 
we would not be able to provide the large 
amount of scholarships and financial aid to 
deserving students that we do." 

Center for Calling & Career Open for Students 

Thanks to a S2 million grant from Lilly 
Endowment, Inc., MC has established a new 
Center for Calling & Career. Students, faculty 
and staff wete treated to an Open House tour 
of the new offices in Bartlett Hall on Aug. 27. 

Part of the College's Initiative on Vocation, 
the Center is designed to give students an 
integrated four-year opportunity to explote 
and consider theit future lives and work in 
relation to a sense of calling, widet purpose 
and religious faith. 

The Center, which replaces the College's 
former Office of Career Services, will offer 
individual assessment and information on the 
following: selecting a major, summer intern- 
ships and shadowing experiences, conducting 
job searches, writing resumes, networking, 
interviewing and applying for graduate and 
professional degree programs. Counseling stu- 
dents in exploring their future work is highly 
recommended as part of the Center's mission 
to help students find their "calling" or vocation. 

"Because we all believe that the question 
of making a life and making a living cannot be 

separated, we are not simply an employment 
agency," explained Tracy Gartmann, director 
of the Centet and directot of placement. 
"Exploting one's calling is an ongoing process 
in which the student should be personally 
involved. We will help guide students through 
this process of exploration, step-by-step." 

Gartmann will assist graduating seniots 
and others with exploting, securing, and 
responding to meaningful post-college 
opportunities. She will meet with alumni and 
corporate, professional and non-profit contacts 
to place students into valuable internship and 
shadowing experiences. 

Dr. Harry Howard, MC professor of 
political science, was named directot of educa- 
tion and discetnment fDr. Jrinjp Greeae was 
hired as the director of assessment and*™ 
Charlotte Morgan, an elder at Marwille's New 
Providence Presbyterian Church, is working as 
office manager for the Center. 

For more information on the Center and 
its staff members, visit 

Lecture Series 

Celebrates 15 Years, 

Alumna Is One of 

Three Speakers 

Poetry, women's issues, tourism, story- 
telling and song - they're all present in 
MC's Appalachian Lecture Series, which is 
celebrating its 15th anniversary this year 

The 2002 series began Sept. 10 with 
awatd-winning Appalachian poet Jeff Daniel 
"Danny" Mation teading from his collection 
of wotks. Next in the series is Melissa Walker 
'85, who will speak Oct. 8. 

Walket will present Visiting the Land of 
Do-Without: The Impact of Early Tourism on 
Sevier County Women. 
The presentation will 
draw from research 
Walker conducted 
when writing het book 
"All We Knew Was to 
Farm: Rural Women 
in the Upcountry 
South, 1919-1941." 

Walker is currently 
an associate professor of history at Converse 
College in South Carolina. 

"Come Go Home With Me" concludes the 
Series Nov. 12. Sheila Kay Adams will share 
stories, music and song with patticipants. Her 
stories will come from her 1995 book "Come 
Go Home With Me," which Life magazine 
called "pure mountain magic." 

Celebrating the culture and heritage of the 
Appalachian Mountains, the Appalachian 
Lectute Series is sponsoted by the Lamar 
Memorial Library and is made possible by 
private donations and ticket subscriptions. 

All presentations begin at 7 p.m. in the 
Lawson Auditorium in Fayerweathet Hall. 
Cost of the series is $30 per person, which 
includes tickets for the thtee lectures, dessert 
and coffee. Tickets for each individual lectute 
are $12 per person. All proceeds from the 
event go towatd the support and purchases of 
the library collections in Appalachian Studies. 

Reservations ate requited and can be made 
by calling 865/981-8192. 


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2001-2002 Was A Winning Year For Scots, Lady Scots 

Randy Lambert 76 is confident that the 
Maryville College athletic department stood 
head and shoulders above hundreds of other 
NCAA Division III programs for the 2001- 
2002 school year. He points to the depart- 
ment's own stats to make the argument. 

"I don't know if there is another Division 
III program that accomplished what we did 
last year," Lambert said. "We have 12 athletic 
programs; combined, their competitiveness 
gives MC athletics an excellent reputation well 
beyond this Southern region." 

For the second consecutive year, the Scots 
and Lady Scots posted a winning percentage as 
a department greater than .700. The entire 
department went 178-68 with a .723 winning 

MC student-athletes took home six Great 
South Athletic Conference championships: 
men's soccer, men's cross-country, men's bas- 
ketball, baseball, Softball and women's tennis. 

Six teams represented MC in NCAA 
post-season tournaments last year. The Lady 
Scots sent their soccer, volleyball, basketball 
and softball programs to national tourna- 
ments. The Fighting Scots were represented by 
the basketball program. And, the inaugural 
season of cross-country ended with a trip to 
regional competition. 

Thirty-two student-athletes received All- 
Conference accolades. Thirty MC athletes 
received conference All-Academic honors. Six 
individual athletes wete named to their respec- 
tive sports All-Region squads. Doug Loomis 

and Peter Rosenblad '02 each received All- 
American honors for their efforts last season. 

And Lambert is proud of more than just 
petformances on the field, court or course. 

"The Maryville College tradition of excel- 
lence is equaled in the classroom and in the 
community. Each athletic program is commit- 
ted to a community service project throughout 
the academic year," he explained. 

Listen To Games On Radio, Web 

the Scots and 
■ Lady Scots 
toward another 
outstanding season in 2002-2003, from the 
stands or the comfort of yout own home! 

WBCR Radio AM 1470 will broadcast 
all MC football games this season. 

WBCR will also covet all of the Scots' 

basketball games at the Boydson Baird 
Gymnasium at home and on the road. 

Additional coverage can be seen on the 
web with live and archived broadcasts via the 
Internet at 

You can also follow all Fighting Scots and 
Lady Scots action on the web at www.maryvil- Scores, stats, news, ros- 
ters and schedules will be updated regularly. 

Become A Lifetime Scot! 

If you are a former MC Letterman (or 
Letterwoman), you qualify to become a 
Lifetime Scot! 

As a Lifetime Scot, you ate entitled to 
a free Gold Card, which gives you entry to 
all regular-season, home athletic games - 
for life! 

For more information or to request a 
Gold Card, mail or e-mail Assistant 
Athletic Director Kandy Schram '85 at Be 
sure to include your name, address, phone 
number(s), the year(s) you lettered and the 
sport(s) you letteted in. 

You can also mail information to: 
Scots Club, Coopet Athletic Center 

502 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway 

Maryville, TN 37804 

Danny Fish To Head Softball Program, Other Coaches Welcomed 

Danny Fish, a graduate of Tennessee 
Wesleyan College and former fast-pitch 
softball coach for the Tennessee 
Wesleyan Lady Bulldogs, has been 
named head softball coach and 
assistant women's basketball coach at 
Maryville College. 

Fish's employment with the 
College officially began Aug. 1 . He 
replaces Bill Rude, who left MC this 
spring to pursue a coaching position 
with the University of Tennessee women's 
volleyball program. 

Fish's duties at the College include the 
general supervision, recruitment, training and 
administration of the women's softball 
program. He is also assisting Head Women's 

Basketball Coach Dee Bell '97. 

Fish earned a bachelor's degree in physical 
education from Tennessee Wesleyan 
in 200 1 . As member of the TWC 
baseball team, he was twice named 
to the Tennessee- Virginia Athletic 
All-Conference Baseball Team and 
once named to the All-Region 

In addition to coaching fast- 
pitch softball, he has also taught 
physical education courses at TWC. 

Fish inherits a softball team that finished 
26-7 in the 2001-2002 season and enjoyed an 
appearance in the NCAA tournament - a first 
in the history of the program. 

■ Other new coaches hired for 2002- 

2003 include: Defensive Coordinator Bill 
Ameral, Tight End Coach Wendell Hardin, 
Assistant Volleyball Coach Christine Hames 
and Assistant Men's Basketball Coach Spencer 
Beaty '99. 

Ameral comes to the College from 
Syracuse. He holds a mastet's degree from 
Southern Connecticut State University. Hardin 
graduated from the University of Michigan- 
Flint and received his mastet's degtee from the 
University of Tennessee-Knoxville. 

Hames, a University of Western Australia 
graduate, was a former professional beach 
volleyball player in Australia, and also coached 
high school programs in southern California. 
Beaty, a former Fighting Scot standout undet 
Lambert, pteviously worked in human services. 

FOCUS Fall 2002 



You Are Prepared 

To Take On 
The Unexpected. 

That was the encouragement William S. 
Rukeyser gave to graduates of Maryville College's class 
of 2002 during Commencement exercises held May 
19 on the College campus. Approximately 2,000 
people - including 170 graduates - were in attendance 
to hear his address entitled "Expectations." 

Drawing comparisons from the world he 
graduated into in 1961, Rukeyser assured graduates 
that, with their liberal arts education, they were 
prepared for a life of change. 

"For my graduating class, the world was 
dangerous and seemed hard to change. As you 
graduate, the world is still dangerous, but now the 
conventional wisdom is not only that change is 
permanent, as even the ancient Greeks noticed. I 
think it was Heraclitus who said, "All is flux." Now 
the wisdom isn't just that change is permanent but that it wi 
accelerate endlessly. So scrambling to keep up will be the main 
theme of life," he said. 

"Whatever surprises lie ahead, this Maryville Class of 2002 is 
especially well prepared to take on the unexpected, because of your 
solid grounding in the liberal arts and sciences. A liberal education 
such as you have been privileged to acquire is an education in 
judgment and flexibility. It's an education of coping with change. 
It's an education for leadership," he continued. "...As any good 
liberal arts student of 
literature knows, a good 
narrative requires surprises 
and suspense. And so does 
every rewarding adventure 
and every rewarding life. 
You're well equipped for 
adversity, and there'll be 
some, but there's every 
reason for you to be 
comfortable in confronting 
the unknown. You've got 
the tools. In American 
History, the optimists have 
been the realists. I hope 

that one way in which this day marks your future is that you always hear 
distant thunder and sit under sunny skies." 

Rukeyser, a print and broadcast journalist and member of 
Maryville College's National Advisory Board, was awarded an honorary 
doctorate from the College during the ceremony. 

Above: Dr. Gerald Gibson, Dr. Harold Black, William Rukeyser 

and wife Elisabeth Rukeyser enjoy a Willard House Reception. 

Below: (left to right) Loryn MacKenzie, Kristin Calkin, Erica 

Johnson, Axis Espinosa, Maggie Daum and Natalie Hood 




Maryville College Recognizes Faculty, Staff During Commencement Exercises 

During its commencement exercises 
May 19, Maryville College paid tribute to 
faculty and staff for outstanding service 
during the 2001-2002 academic year. 

The Outstanding Teacher Award, which 
goes to the faculty member nominated by 
juniors and seniors at the school, went to Dr. 
Terry Simpson, associate professor of secondary 
education and chair of the College's division 
of education. 

In recognizing Simpson, Maryville 
College Interim Vice President and 
Dean of the College Dr. Robert J. 
Naylor described him as a "teacher- 
scholar of international dimension" 
because of recent travels to Estonia and 
Saudi Arabia as a Fulbright Scholar. 
"Students describe the winner of 
this year's Outstanding Teacher Award 
as: 'exuding an aura of professionalism,' 
'a master orator,' 'the epitome of what 
a teacher should be,'" Naylor said. 

"Indeed he is that, and a good deal more. 
Terms such as 'caring,' 'challenging,' and 
'passionate about his craft' fit equally well." 

Dr. Crystal Wright, assistant professor 
psychology, was recognized as the runner-up 
for the award. 

Dr. Gerald Gibson, president of the 
College, presented outstanding administrator 
and staff awards during commencement. 
Candidates were nominated by their peers for 
outstanding individual performance; a 
committee made recommendations to Gibson. 

Receiving the Nancy B. Hunter 
Outstanding Staff Award was Richard 
Henderson of Maryville, HVAC specialist in 
the physical plant department. Jack Abbott, 
mechanical trades manager, was recognized 
with the Outstanding Administrator Award. 
Cydna Savage was presented with the Sharon 
A. Murphy Crane Distinguished Service 
Award for her work as director of the 
College's student health center. 

Two Faculty Members Retire In May 

BreAnn Daniel and Leah Anderson 


Weekend in May, emeritus faculty recognition went to 
Dr. William Dent '57 and Dr. Marcia Keith, who both 
retired this spring. Dent ended a 38-year career at the 

College as professor of 
mathematics; Keith, 
professor of education, 
taught students at the 
College for 1 5 years. 

In recognizing the 
professors during the 
commencement exercises, 
Maryville College 
Interim Vice President 
and Dean of the College 
Dr. Robert J. Naylor 
explained that "emeritus" 
status is an honor 
conferred upon retiring 
professors based on a 
vote of the tenured faculty. Eligibility includes attaining the rank of 
professor and teaching at the College for at least 10 years. 

Of Dent, Naylor said he first came to the College as an under- 
graduate in 1954, and returned as a professor in 1964 after earning 
degrees from the University of Kentucky and the University of 
Tennessee. He served as chair of the division of mathematics and 
computer science for nearly 25 years. 

"His students know him for his great depth of knowledge, 
masterful skill in articulating mathematical concepts and immense 
patience with neophytes to the abstract realm of mathematics," 
Naylor said. "His colleagues are grateful for the years of penetrating 
insight and quiet expressions of wisdom, his resolute dedication to the 
College and its mission, and, particularly, his model of indefatigable 

With degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Harvard and 
UT, Keith came to Maryville College in 1987. Naylor praised the 
professor for her work to build, nearly from scratch, a first-rate teacher 
education program. 

"The scores of our graduates now teaching across this region 
know she has succeeded beyond all expectations," Naylor said. "She is 
an educator of very great stature, an administrator of implacable 
pluck and a colleague revered for the passion of her convictions. 

"More than a few of you graduates refer to her as Dr. Marcia 
'No-Nonsense' Keith as you assert she is a 'fountain of knowledge' 
and 'the best teacher I have ever had,'" he added. 

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Summer Projects Beautify Campus 

For summer 2002, College administrators 
hoped to complete 60 percent of the projects 
slated for the two-year, $2.5 million Campus 
Beautification and Improvement Plan. 

Andy McCall, director of the physical 
plant at Maryville College, estimates that 
roughly 75 percent has been done. 

"We paved more of the loop road than we 
planned, we installed more lights, and we 
decided to go ahead and redo the entrance to 
the College from Lamar Alexander Parkway," 
McCall said. 

May, June, July and August were dust)', 
dirty and confusing months for MC employees 
and visitors, but the "temporary inconvenience 
for permanent improvement," as one college 
administtator described it, was well worth the 

Other than the entrance gates to the 
College, changes immediately noticed when 
driving onto campus include the abundance of 
lights and the absence of utility lines overhead. 
Approximately 70 gas-style lampposts have 
been installed. 

Ten major projects were slated for 
completion for summer 2002, including a new 
entrance and ticket booth at Honaker 
(Football) Field; landscaping at Cooper Athletic 
Center, Humphreys Court and Copeland Hall; 
and improvements to the Court Street entrance, 
the campus loop road and several parking lots. 
Overhead electrical wires were buried, and the 

campus's electrical system was reworked this 
summer. Except for Humphreys Court, which 
is slated for completion before Homecoming, 
all projects have been completed. 

Construction projects not related to the 
plan have kept McCall busy, too. Thaw Hall 
received new columns, roof repair and a handicap 
ramp; the House in the Woods was renovated; 
and the Margaret Ware Dining Room was 
reconfigured by the College's new food service 
provider. Three classrooms were renovated - 
two with the help or KT Week volunteers. 

The Campus Beautification and 
Improvement Plan, which is being funded 
through a bond issue, grew and evolved over 
the summer to comply with city codes and to 

take advantage of opportunities to upgrade 

Extensive landscaping remains on the 
checklist for 2002. During the summer of 2003, 
the "to do" list will include redesign and 
repaving of the Willard House and Pearsons 
Hall parking lots and completion of a new 
residence hall (see story below.) 

"Investment in the Campus Beautification 
and Improvement Plan is primarily an invest- 
ment in curb appeal," said Dr. Gerald Gibson, 
president. "'Curb appeal' isn't a term that trips 
lightlv oft academic lips ... But in today's 
world of competitive student recruiting, there's 
no getting around the fact that curb appeal 

New Residence Hall Planned 

Groundbreaking is scheduled for Oct. 16 
when the College will begin construction on a 
new, 150-bed, four-story residence hall this 
fall. This new hall, which will be built between 
Lloyd Hall and the grassy area known as 
"Lloyd Beach," will be the fifth new building 
constructed on campus in five years. 

"The new building will have similar features 
from existing buildings on campus," said Vice 
President for Student Development Dr. Bill 
Seymour. "It was important to our students, 
faculty and staff that the building look like the 
other [historic] buildings on campus - to have 
a unified feel to the campus." 

Based on student survey results and focus 

group feedback, the new residence hall will 
contain suites (10 suites per floor), four students 
per suite. While bathrooms and living rooms 
are planned for the suites, only 25 percent of them 
will have kitchens. 

"We wanted to keep our students in 
contact with other 

Currently, MC has eight residence halls 
and can house approximately 750 students. A 
new residence hall is needed to keep pace with 
enrollment projections and support MCs 
strategic goal of having 75percent of students 
live on campus. 

Seymour said. 
"This [floorplan] 
helps keep students 
utilizing the meal 
plan where they 
will socialize more 
in the cafeteria." 

An artist's 

rendering of the 

new residence hall 

shows a design in 

keeping with the 

other historical 


on campus. 




2002 Outstanding Senior Named 

Sarah M. Berkemeier '02, a senior 
Human Services major from Portland, Ore., 
was named the 2002 Outstanding Senior at 
Maryville College during the Academic Awards 
Ceremony held on campus April 27. 

Established by the Maryville College 
Alumni Association in 1974, the Outstanding 
Senior award recognizes those students whose 
overall record of academic achievement and 
participation in extracurricular activities stands 
out as most exemplary. 

Berkemeier, the daughter of Thomas and 
Linda Jones Berkemeier '70 of Portland, 
enrolled at MC in 1998 and continued a family 
tradition. In addition to the maternal connec- 
tion, Berkemeier's grandfather Alexander Jones 
'32 and great-grandfather Robert C. Jones 
(1894) were former students. A distant 
relative, John Franklin Magill (1889), is 
buried in the College Cemetery. 

In presenting her advisee at the April 27 
ceremony, Dr. Susan Ambler, associate profes- 
sor of sociology, described Berkemeier as some- 
one who is willing to take risks, who chooses 
experiences that will show her a different per- 
spective, who represents the "ultimate" liberal 
arts student. 

"She explored vocation as many fteshmen 
do," Ambler said. "She started in biology, then 
ended in the social sciences. The interdiscipli- 

narity of human services appealed to her. 
She studied Spanish as a minor, and 
even took a painting course." 

Berkemeier's list of college activities 
included the College's Wellness Council, 
the Dance Team, Student Foundation, 
Alternative Spring Break, Habitat for 
Humanity, InterVarsity Christian 
Fellowship, Circle K and Young Democrats. 

Only those seniors with a mini- 
mum grade point average of 3.0 are 
considered for nomination for the 
Outstanding Senior Award. A 
committee is given the responsibility of 
choosing five finalists. Those finalists are 
invited to respond in writing to questions 
about their view of their future role as alumni 
of MC, their goals for the future and their 
understanding of how the College has influ- 
enced them and helped shape those goals. 

In her essay, Berkemeier wrote that she 
plans to devote one year to community service 
following graduation, possibly serving in the 
AmeriCorps. Enrolling in graduate school to 
study non-profit management, law or social 
work is also in her plans. 

Berkemeier included in her essay that the 
influence of Maryville College upon her life's 
goals has been significant. 

"My experiences on Alternative Spring 






Gibson presents the 2002 Outstanding Senior Award 
to Sarah Berkemeir. 

Breaks, with service-learning requirements, and 
in leadership of a variety of campus organiza- 
tions have helped me to realize my calling to 
be in leadership for the sake of our communi- 
ties," she wrote. "Maryville College has taught 
me how to be determined and perseverant - 
two qualities essential to my desired vocation. 

"Maryville College has taught me to truly 
live out my favorite words of wisdom: 'One of 
the deep secrets of life is that all that is really 
worth doing is what we do for others,'" she added. 

Finalists for the Outstanding Senior 
award included BreAnn Daniel '02 of Xenia, 
Ohio; Ryan Newhouse '02 of Maryville; 
Aimee Olivier '02 of Springville, Tenn.; and 
Danielle Thomas 02 of Sarasota, Fla. 

Kin Takahashi Week 2002 Breaks Records 

A record 75 participants returned to campus 
June 10-14 for Kin Takahashi Week and the first- 
annual Alumni College. 

"We are excited about what the future holds for 
Kin Takahashi and Alumni College Week and are 
grateful that so many alumni, parents and friends gave 
of their time and talents," said Jason McNeal, director 
of annual giving and staff coordinator for the week. 
"Most Alumni College participants also worked on 
'K.T Week' projects, so lots of intellectual and physi- 
cal exertion was demonstrated." 

K.T. Week co-founder, lead 
volunteer and alumnus Dan 
Greaser '60 calculated that the 
75 volunteers who participated 
in K.T. Week 2002 saved MC 
$47,760 in labor alone. 

Projects ranged from pressure-washing the tomb- 
stones in the College Cemetery to painting the load- 
ing dock of Pearsons Hall. Some volunteers joined 
forces with the College's grounds crew to uproot some 
flowerbeds and plant others as part of the Campus 
Beautification and Improvement Plan. 

A gallery of K.T. Week photos are posted on the 
College's website. Look for the link at www.maryvil- 

The date for K.T. Week 2003 is set for June 9-13. 

Burk McMichael, father of Bo McMichael '97, sent this photo to 
Vicki McNutt, the College's post office manager. Mr. McMichael 
took advantage of the sale of the old metal post office boxes 
last year, mounted it on a pointed board and gave it to Bo for 
his birthday. McNutt reported recently that the sale resulted in 
$4,000 for the College's archives collection. Shelves, book 
ends, cartons, supplies and a dehumidifier were purchased. 

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Gombert's the Big Head(s) 

New Convention Center Features 
Professor's Work 

Heads are hanging in the Knoxville Convention Center, and Dr. 
Carl Gombert couldn't be happier. 

Thankfully, they're not the heads of public officials or visitors; 
they're the creations of a talented artist with boundless imagination. 

Gombert, an associate 
professor of art at MC, was 
commissioned by the 
Knoxville Convention Center 
recently to paint six giant 
heads for permanent display 
in the new $94-million 
facility. When the convention 
center holds its official 
opening in mid-October, 
Gombert's work will be one 
of 29 commissioned art 
pieces on display. 

"They're hard to avoid," 
the art professor said of his 
collection. "You put a five- 
foot head out there - it has a 
slightly greater chance of 
getting noticed." 

Each measuring five-foot by four-foot, the images are likenesses of 
six people Gombert knows - two students, one faculty member, a former 
staff member, his daughter, a friend. The genders are equally represented, 
as are the generations, but that's about as much reality as Gombert 
illustrates with his heads. 

Canvases textured with lines and small stickers give the illusion of 
dimension. Faces of the likenesses are painted in a spectrum of vibrant 
colors - red to purple. Expressions, although open to interpretation, 
range from rage to contentment. 

"There are lots of games," he said. "The images are designed to 
have an impact far away, but there are lots of mystery bonus prizes for 
people who come closer and notice." 


art he creates. What the committee particularly liked were his images 
drawn in nothing but rubber stamps. From a distance, the lifelike images 
seem to be made of pen and ink; up close, the viewer sees that the image 
is actually created with one rubber stamp - pressed thousands of times. 

Selected as a finalist, Gombert was asked to submit another 
proposal with more detailed information. Unsure about what type of 
project he should commit to in his proposal, the artist received some 
guidance from two consultants from Art Sources, the art-consulting 

firm hired to help with the 

Dr. Carl Gombert, center, poses with two of his portraits, 

"Big Red Kimiaki," left, and "Big Purple Ariel," right, 

that will be on permanent display in the new Knoxville Convention Center. 

convention center art collec- 
tion. Visiting his studio in 
Maryville, the consultants 
saw "Big Blue Nicola," and 
encouraged him to submit at 
least two proposals - one that 
included the rubber stamp 
drawings, and another that 
incorporated the big, colorful 

In the end, said Gombert, 
the selection committee 
"chose the color." The com- 
mission was made in May, he 
signed the contract June 1 
and immediately began work 
on "Faces/Emotions Series," 
his first commissioned work for a public space. 

"The committee reacted strongly to his work, and liked all of it," 
said Mike Cohen, director of communications and community relations 
for rhe Knoxville Public Building Authority and member of the art 
selection committee. "What attracted committee members to Dr. 
Gombert was the uniqueness of the work he does, particularly the 
rubber stamps. But they really liked the heads, the emotions in them 
and the brightness of the colors." 

Form, Fun and 'Big Orange Dan' 

Gombert estimated that at least 200 hours of work went into each 
painting. But for all the work that went into the heads, he said he won't 
miss them in the studio. Drawing on an old slogan from a snack food, 
he tells people they can look all they want, "we'll make more." 

That isn't to say that he hasn't enjoyed the process. 

From his "sitters" (models) to the convention center employees 
who helped him take a 45-foot stretch of wall from blank to bold, he 

It is this characteristic of Gombert's work - tiny and fun details 
seen up close - that led to an invitation from rhe Knoxville Public 
Building Authority and its selection committee to submit a proposal for said people have been good sports. 
Knoxville Convention Center wall space. He described the portraits as "fun," adding that he has thought a 

Gombert's initial proposal included slides that showed the array of lot about form and nuances with the large heads. All of the portraits are 




related to each other in some way, and similarities 
can be found between the first and last heads, the 
second and fifth, and the third and fourth. 

Wherever possible, Gombert avoided obvious 
colors and obvious compositions. 

"Big Orange Dan" is Gombert's favorite work, 
partly because orange (true orange, not Tennessee 
Vol orange) is the artist's favorite color, and partly 
because he finds the pose the most striking of the 
six pieces. 

"Dan may be the smartest person I know, but 
he doesn't look too bright here," he said. "The tilt 
of the head, the roll of the eyes, [Big Orange 
Dan] kind of has a Michelangelo quality to it, too." 

A Generous Artist 

A professor who teaches painting, drawing, art history and a few 
core curriculum courses, Gombert wanted to share the experience of 
working on commissioned work with students, so this summer, rising 


Working alongside Dr. Gombert as a paid 

apprentice, rising senior Michelle Curley adds 

the finishing touches to "Big Orange Dan." 

senior Michelle Curley and rising sophomore 
Sheena Alton worked with their advisor in the Fine 
Arts Center studio. Curley, a paid apprentice, 
documented her experience in a special feature of 
the MC website called "Field Study." 

Curley wrote in her online journal: "This has 
got to be the best summer job ever - getting paid 
to paint, to do something I love." 

Mark Hall, associate professor and chairperson 
of the fine arts division, said many students feel 
themselves lucky to be taught by Gombert, who 
joined the MC faculty in 1993. 

"When I first arrived on campus [in 2001] an 
art student said, 'Can you believe that he is my art 
professor? It's incredible!,' and I would agree," Hall said. "What is equal 
in importance to Carl Gombert's ability to creare is that both he and his 
creations are growing. 

"He is the best colleague I have had the pleasure of working with 
in my 30 years in the arts," Hall continued. "He is thoughtful, insightful, 
incredibly talented and a good person. He brings all this to his students." 

Ethical Sensibilities, continued from page 5 
to this the question of a standard. In an 
increasingly global society, where will this 
standard come from? 

Arguably, the nature of education at a 
typical business school with undergraduate or 
graduate programs is ill-suited for this. This is 
primarily because the educarion is narrowly 
focused and functionally specific, which is to 
say the curriculum is designed to produce 
management, or finance, or accounting, or 
marketing, or logistics majors. In itself, this 
leaves little room for consideration of ethical 
issues over and above the narrower issues of 
professional codes of ethics. The opportunity 
to consider broader ethical dilemmas is often 

Certainly business schools should teach 
ethics; so should all schools, all the time. But if 
we consider these issues of choices, consequences 
and standards, a liberal arts education has much 
to offer. And so, perhaps the best education for 
future business leaders is the liberal arts. 

It seems to me that the solid grounding in 
the timeless questions, the broad-based, fearless 
intellectualism that is characteristic of liberal 
arts, accomplishes a sensitivity to consequences. 
And beyond this sensitivity, it enables an 
awareness of a broader range of possible 
consequences and consideration of a greater 

number of consequences. It develops the ability 
to evaluate those consequences, to understand 
the broader implications of our choices and 
how, by the way they are linked to other 
choices, they might affect society and other 
institutions and peoples. 

The question of a standard is also better 
served by a liberal arts education. It cultivates 
sensitivity to other peoples and cultures, a 
search for more universal notions of right and 
wrong, a consideration of the bases for such 
notions and an exploration of where this sense 
of right and wrong comes from. Why do 
humans intuit understandings of concepts like 
"ought" and "should?" ... What should the 
standard be? ... Is the standard merely the law, 
or something more? Liberal arts education will 
not allow students to shy away from those 
questions, for a standard is always unfinished 

Indeed, the value of liberal arts education 
may be precisely that it takes these questions 
seriously. It deems them worthy of consideration, 
not just during a student's tenure at school, 
but throughout a lifetime. A liberal arts 
education takes seriously the idea that every 
decision is an ethical decision, every action is 
an ethical action, and that life itself is an 
awesome responsibility. On that foundation, 
ethical sensibility can be built. 

Kasper Publishes Book 

Dt. Sherry Kasper, professor of economics 
and chairperson of the division of social sciences, 
has recently written 
The Revival of 
Laissez-Faire in 
Theory: A Case 
Study of the Pioneers. 
Edward Elgar has 
published the book, 
which will go on sale later this fall. 

Kasper said her research for the book 
grew out of her Ph.D. dissertation. 

"In 1972, the overture was that govern- 
ment should be very involved in guiding the 
level of macro-level activity [of economics]," 
she said. "When I went back to graduate 
school in 1984, economic theory was arguing 
that government should not be involved." 

In her book, Kasper traces the evolution 
of American macroeconomic theory from the 
1930s to the 1980s, providing a definitive 
account of the breakdown of Keynesian 
orthodoxy in macroeconomics during the 

The book is expected to go on sale in the 
MC Bookstore and on 




Inez Burns '29, celebrated her 95th birthday on April 
14, 2002. She is a retired Blount Count)- teacher and 
has served as Blount County Historian. The General 
Assembly of the Tennessee House of Representatives 
named her "Preserver of Tennessee Heritage" and 
"First Historian of Tennessee." 

Jean Campbell Rokes '33, celebrated her 90th birth- 
day on July 11, 2002, in Maryville. She has a son, one 
grandchild and two great-grandchildren. 

Lillian Cassel Driskill '37, celebrated her 90th birth- 
day on Mar. 9, 2002, with 60 relatives and friends. 
She and her husband, Rev. Larry Driskill, served as 
missionaries to Japan for 23 years. They now live in a 
retirement community in Duarte, CA. 

Ruth Crawford Lamon '40 attended Commencement 

Weekend events May 18-19, including the gradua- 
tion of her grandson Kenton Crawford Kyker '02. 

Following graduation exercises, the two were pho- 
tographed standing near Fayerweather Hall and 

behind a brick that was inscribed with the names of 
Ruth and her late husband, Howard Lamon '40. 

William D. Morgan '37, and his wife, Joy, moved to 
Medford, OR, in 1986, to live near their only grand- 
child and his parents. 

Susanah Lupton Austin '39, and Harold G. Austin, 
'41, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on 
Aug. 1, 2002, with their three children and six grand- 
children. They live in La Grange, IL. 

Viola James White '44, and Jean Boyd Dowling, '44, 
traveled to the Baltic Republics, Yorkshire, England 
and cruised up the Inland Waterway during 2002. 
They have been friends for over sixty years. 

Robert F. Huber '45, celebrates a 60-year career in 

journalism with publication of his second book. Old 
Ghoits and Family Skeletons, a 242-page hardback 
genealogical history of his ancestors. His first book, 
Pilgrim Footnotes* (With Humor), was about the 
Pilgrims and their descendants. 

Betty Jane Meyer Petterson '45, visited her son and 
his lamilv in Norway and Sweden last year. She also 
visited Washington state where another son and his 
family live. 

Esther Cleaver Zuercher '45, still lives in Wooster, OH. 

John H. Morrison '49, is retired and lives in Colorado 
Springs, CO with his wife. 

Helen Hair Weston '50, still lives in Phoenix, AZ. 

Dorothy Downey Hollandsworth '51, and her hus- 
band moved to Sunnyside Presbyterian Retirement 
Home in Harrisonburg, VA. 

George E. Ogle '51, recently published a collection of 
short stories about certain historical events in 20th 
century Korea, where he served as a missionary for 
rwenty years with the United Methodist Church. MC 
friends may contact him at 

George W Day '52, and his wife travelled to Delhi, 
Patna, Spain, the Amazon, Peru and Machu Picchu 
last year. They also visited family all over the US. 

Peggy-Ann Kessler Duke '53, did botanical illustra- 
tions for her husband's boob, Handbook of Medicinal 
Herbs, 2nd Edition, and Handbook of Medicinal Spices. 
She also continues to paint and study Chinese brush 

Paul L. Merwin '53, works as a consultant for Matson 
Navigation Company in San Francisco, is on the 
Mainland Contributions Committee of the Alexander 
& Baldwin Foundation, which makes charitable con- 
tributions to selected organizations and provides 
matching gifts to educational institutions. 

Joe D. McMurry '54, retired after 44 years in retail. 
He most recently worked at Proffitt's in Maryville. 

Sarah Pledger Fechter '55, is completing her second 
year as president and director of eastern area Christian 
Ministries, an interdenominational food and clothing 
ministry in the eastern section of Birmingham, AL. 
Her husband also volunteers at the Mission House. 

Walter F. Hiller '55, went on a one-week medical 
missionary trip to Guatemala in May 2002, with his 
brother-in-law, who is president of Faith-in-Practice. 
As a photo journalist, Hiller took over 250 pictures 
and is producing a CD for members of the team. 

Charles L. Cureton '56, and his wife, Mary Pakosh 
Cureton, '59, retired in 2001 and moved to Wooster, 
OH, where their daughter and grandchildren live. He 

is serving as parish associate in their church. Mary is 
caring for the pre-school grandchildren. 

James W Hedden '56, received the American Medical 
Associations Physician's Recognition Award in Continuing 
Medical Education. He has been in private practice at 
Lakeside Medical Center in Chattanooga since 1961. 

Marcia Williams Kling '56, officially semi-retired from 
NewsChannel 9 in Chattanooga. She will continue to 
co-anchor a daily 30-minute show, "NewsChannel 9 
for Women." She will also anchor a twice-monthly 
program for the Alzheimer's Association. 

Joyce Runyon '57, is retired and lives in Townsend, TN. 

L. G. Hutchens '59, taught history at Heritage High 
School in Blount County until 1984. He then became 
Minister to the Homebound at Broadway Baptist 
Church in Maryville, retiring from that position in 
May 2002. 

Armen A. Saginian '59, directs four organizations, has 
written and published two books, published the 
Encyclopedia of Iranian Music, and has ten other books 
which he hopes to have published in 2002. 

Judith Perov Ball '60, spent eight months in Sitka, 
Alaska, volunteering at Sheldon Jackson College and 
met Alice Junkin Landolt, '68 and Rebekab 
McCredie Mellinger, 79 while there. Judith notes that 
"wonderful Maryville people are everywhere!" 

Bill Crisp '61, was recognized for excellence in public 
administration bv the East Tennessee Chapter of the 
American Society for Public Administration. He is Blount 
Counrv Executive and was named "Public Administrator 
of the Year" for his lifetime service and achievements. 

Eugene C. Fieg, Jr. '61, had a book published in 1988 
on periodicals in the field of religion. He is a member 
of Society of Biblical Literature, North American 
Patristic Society and American Theological Library 
Association. He is Cataloging Librarian at Claremonr 
School of Theology in California. 

Linwood Snider '61, and Jane Planitzer Snider, '60, 
are now retired and "loving it." Jane had heart surgery 
in August 2001. They still live in Walkersville, MD. 

Emma Hofmann Weyer '61, enjoys retirement. She 
spent a month this summer sailing and diving in the 
Bahamas. She then spent a week diving in the Keys 
with her grandson, a certified diver. 

Philip R. Collmer '62, retired from the Air Force and, 
for the last four years, has been a program manager 
with the Division of Child Support for the State of 
Washington. He implemented the Financial Institution 
Data Match Program, designed to unearth, in finan- 
cial institutions, the hidden assets of deadbeat parents. 
He plans to retire at the end of this year. 




Grace Rosser Bonney '63, and her husband retired to 
Ocean View, DE, where "taxes are lower and life is 
slower." They enjoy painting and photography along 
the ocean. 

Ann Kuykendall Gillespie '63, retired from the Gwinnett 
County Public School System in GA in June 2002. 

Connie Moore Myers '63, went on a mission trip to 
Malawi, Africa. She worked with World Relief staff in 
the village of Katimbira, attending AIDS patients, 
building a youth center, holding youth outreach 
events, and holding crafts and song activities for 100 
children orphaned because of HIV/ AIDS. 

Mary Gleason Boone '64, now has a granddaughter, 
Mary Louise Boone-Abraham, born Feb. 15, 1999. 

Keen Compher '64, recently retired from the faculty 
of Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA. He 
was Professor of Biology at the college. 

Arthur J. Herron '64, was promoted to editor-in- 
ehief for all collegiate resources produced by Life Way 
Christian Resources, located in Nashville, TN. He 
recently spent two weeks in mainland China visiting 
colleges and universities as a pan of his work. 

John Steele '65, is on the faculty of Joint Masters of 
Social Work Program at NC A&T State University 
and University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 

Ben F. Carney '66, is an associate professor at Bronx 
Community College, C.U.N.Y. 

David J. Ellison '66, and his wife, Janice, have two 
married daughters, one grandchild, and one on the 
way. After living all over the US, including Hawaii, 
they are back in Pennsylvania. David is national sales 
manager for 3M Company. 

Joyce Pigge '67, volunteered at the US Women's 
Open Golf Championship in Hutchinson, KS. 

Linda Giesselmann Driver '68, is Tourism and 
Convention Manager with the Valdez Convention 
and Visitors Bureau in Alaska. 

Jenny Jett Erwin '68, was named one of 14 Women 
of Achievement by the Women's Fund Silicon Valley. 
She is regional director, U. S. Department ot Labor, 
Women's Bureau in San Francisco. 

David A. Taylor '68, writes that his older son is 
attending Wake Forest University School of Law. His 
younger son is the lacrosse goalie at Salisbury University. 

Carol Cocke Todd '68, widowed, lives in Salem, SC. 

David N. Crawford '69, is now personnel director for 
the city of Gallatin, TN. 

Myrna Tener Bush 72, works for the Bristol Virginia 
School system, working with autistic children. 

Ed Bush, 72, is the chief innovation officer for 
MEDex Regional Laboratories with corporate offices 
in Kingsport, TN. 

Frank Hall 73, and two friends sailed a 37' catama- 
ran up the East Coast from Ft. Pierce, FL to New 
Haven, CT in June 2002. The trip took eight days. 
Frank enjoyed his 52nd birthday sailing around the 
infamous Cape Hatteras on the North Carolina coast. 

Kay Hurlbut Alston 74, has moved to Wichita, KS, 
where she is principal of a K-8 school. 

Kathy Royal Wassum 75, sang in the chorus of the 
Otlando Opera Company for the past two seasons. 
She teaches music at Lakemont Elementary School in 
Winter Park, FL, singing with OOC, and caring for 
her 87-year-old grandmother and two teenage children. 

Susan Coram Hind 76, and her husband own and 
operate Richmont Inn in Townsend, TN. She raises 
and shows West Highland White Terriers. In 2002, her 
first show Westie won the Best Opposite Sex in the 
National Sweepstakes. She currently owns five Westies. 

Penny Putnam 76, is the director of the child devel- 
opment center at Peachtree Presbyterian Church in 

Charles R. Watterson 76, is now starting a scientific 
software consulting business specializing in Lab Ware 

College Says Goodbye to Former Employees 

Lynn Ann Best '36, MC's librarian from 
1961 until 1975, died May 30 from injuries 
sustained in a two-vehicle wreck. She was 87. 

Best married fellow MC graduate Edwin J. 
Best in 1938. Together they promoted the 
Blount County Friends of the Library associa- 
tion to help raise funds for Maryville's library. 

Best was an avid reader and world traveler. 
She was active in the Presbyterian Women 
of the Church and was an elder at New 
Providence Presbyterian Church. 

Best is survived by her sister, Mary Gladys 
Brown Pieper '36, son Edwin J. Best, Jr. '68, 
daughter-in-law Caroline Munn Best '72, and 
three grandchildren: Sarah Best Campbell 
'99, Katherine Best '01 and John Best. 

Affectionately called "Miss Cleo" by scores 
MC students, Cleotha Fluckers passed away 
April 23 at the age of 81. 

Fluckers worked alongside Nurse Thelma 
Hall for many years in the College's 
Infirmary. At the 15th class reunion for the 

Class of 1973, she was the "Guest of Honor." 

She is survived by one niece, one nephew, 
several great-nieces and great-nephews and 

Annabelle Libby '52, director of transfer 
admissions at MC from 1980 until 1995, 
died May 5 at her home. Born and raised in 
Lisbon, Ohio, Libby received her master's 
degree from Kent State University and 
worked as a teacher and children's librarian in 
Ohio prior to moving to Maryville in 1980. 
She was also a member of the Alumni Board. 

In addition to her administrative responsi- 
bilities, Libby was also a member of the 
Executive Board of the Maryville College 
Alumni Association and served as president of 
the College's Blount County Alumni Chapter. 

Libby was an elder at New Providence 
Presbyterian Church, where she also was an 
active Chancel Choir member. She also is well 
known for her involvement in the Maryville 
College Community Chorus and Knoxville's 

Sweet Adelines choir. 

Libby is survived by a brother and sister-in- 
law, Earl and Lesley Libby, and their children. 

A memorial fund has been set up at the 
College in Libby's name. 

William "BUI" Mooney '40, director of 
development at Maryville College from 1974 
until 1979, passed away April 29. 

Prior to his tenure in development, 
Mooney received a degree from Princeton 
Seminary and served three pastorates in 
Pennsylvania over 23 years. He was a three- 
year staff member of the Christian Education 
Board and was involved in the Major Mission 
Fund of the United Presbyterian Church. 

Mooney is survived by his wife, Dorothea 
Mooney, and children, Patricia Mooney, 
Margaret Mooney Marini and William 
Mooney Jr.; their spouses and one grandson. 

Memorial gifts may be made to the 
William H. Mooney Scholarship Fund at the 

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LIMS configurations, implementations, administra- 
tion and training. Married since 1981, he lives with 
his family in Churchville, PA. 

Dave Cairick 77, and his family live in Mauldin, SC. 
He is a tennis professional and teaches tennis at Pro 
Source Tennis Management Co. in Greenville, SC. 

Bekah McCredie Mellinger 79, is recording clerk for 
the Stated Clerk and Presbytery of Donegal, Synod or 
the Trinity in Lancaster, PA. She is also employed part 
time as East Prospect Borough municipal secretary. 

David Vigh 79, is an environmental team leader, 
Mississippi Valley Division, Planning and Program 
Management Division with the Army Corps ol Engineers. 

Ruth M. Allen-Demery '80, was promoted to the 
rank of Commander in the US Naval Reserves. She 
has also been accepted to the North Carolina Central 
University School or Law where she is a first-year stu- 
dent. She and her family live in Raleigh, NC. 

Melinda Shannon Freels '80, is recovering from 
Cushing's Disease at home in Marietta, GA, after suc- 
cessful brain surgery at Emory University Hospital. She 
expects to return to her job as manager of Bellsouth 
Corporate Staffing. Her husband and daughter have 
been keeping her company during her recuperation. 

Pete Gardzina '80, has received a second master's 
degtee from Air University in Military Operations 

and Science. He is a Commander in the U. S. Air Force. 

Denise "Blinky" Hinds '80, has a master's degree in 
Social Work from Hunter College and is presently the 
assistant executive director of Good Shepherd Services, 
one of the largest social services agencies in New York 
City, providing services to troubled adolescents and 
their families. 

Allen B. Evitts '81, and his wife, Karen Lee Thomas, 
are currently artists in residence for George Perimeter 
College, Dunwoody Campus, working with GPC 
Playcrafters. Allen direcred a production of Margaret 
Edson's "Wit," featuring Karen. Ms. Edson attended 
the opening night performance. Allen and Karen will 
be featured this fall in "Much Ado About Nothing." 

Ruth Wilgus Gehring '82, teaches part time at St. 
Paul's Nursery School in Richmond, IN. This summer 
she spent time preparing art pieces for an exhibit. 

Elizabeth Sieber-Ford '83, is the director of 
"Facilitated Enrollment" for Unity Health Systems in 
Rochester, NY. The objective of the program will be 
to identify children and families who do not have 
health insurance and ro screen and regisrer them, if 
eligible, for federal and state programs. 

Melissa Walker '85, was promored to associate 
professor of history at Converse College. She recently 
received the O'Herron Award for Facultv Excellence. 

which recognizes outstanding teaching, involvement 
with students outside the classroom, and excellence in 
scholarship research. (See story, page 10) 

Margaret Callaway Ramsey '87, works part-time as a 
college counselor at Blue Ridge School in Virginia. 
She also volunteers in her children's school. Bill 
Ramsey, '89, is Dean of Students and basketball coach 
at Blue Ridge School and was named Virginia 
Independent School Coach of the Year in 2000. His 
team won the state title in 2000 and 2001 . 

DeAnn Hargis Kaminski '88, is still with Lucent 
Technologies, but in a new position. The family has 
moved back to Atlanta where they look forward to 
reconnecting with MC friends in the area. 

Darrell L. Franklin '89, and his family live in Griffith, 
IN, where he is pastor of Griffith Church of God. 

Heidi R. Hoffecker '89, joined the law firm of Baker, 
Donelson, Bearman & Caldwell in Chattanooga as an 
associate. She concentrates her practice in the area of 
litigation. She received her J. D. from the UT College 
of Law in 1996. 

Julio Pesiri '89, has been working in Venezuela's sec- 
ond largest bank since graduation from MC. He is 
now assistant to the CEO in International Affairs at 
Banco Mercantil in Caracas. He also coaches the soc- 
cer team of the Faculrv of Architecture of Central 

Rosalind Garges Watlington '46, Now Rosalind Watlington, O.B.E. 

Believed to be the only graduate of 
Maryville College so honored, Rosalind 
Garges Watlington '46 of Pembroke, 
Bermuda, has been appointed to the Order of 
the British Empire by Her Majesty the Queen. 

Announced June 14 in The London Gazette 
as part of "Her Majesty's Birthday Honours 
List," the tribute cites Watlington "for servic- 
es to music" in Bermuda, where she has lived 
since 1950. 

She is a founding member of the Bermuda 
Philharmonic Society Orchestra, in which 
she has played since 1959, and she has taught 
violin and viola for decades in the British 
colony. Her major at MC was French, but 
she credits several legendary teachers of music 
with helping to develop and nurture her pas- 
sionate interest and involvement in music. 

Young Rosalind Garges hailed from Glen 
Ridge, N.J., and had taken only one year of 
violin lessons before starting at MC, where 
she studied violin four years with Dr. 

Dorothy Horn. She also took 
music theory from Dr. Horn 
and music appreciation from 
Dr. Katharine Davies. She 
studied piano and played in the 
College orchestra, which she 
describes as "an important 
part" of her musical growth. 

After graduating, Watlington 
and classmate Louise Corbett 
Fulgham '46 worked for Eastman Kodak Co. 
in Rochester, NY, where she furthered her 
music education at the Eastman School of 
Music. She also spent 17 summers at the 
Vermont Music and Arts Center, studying 
violin with Director Samuel Flor. 

"In 1976, 1 was asked by Bermuda 
Governor Sir Edwin Leather to be a trustee of 
the Menuhin Foundation, which employs six 
music teachers from England," Watlington 
reported. "They play in the Bermuda 
Philharmonic and other orchestras, and in 

chamber groups, and they teach 
in most all primary schools." 

A highlight of her service to 
music in Bermuda was helping 
host Maestro Yehudi Menuhin 
on the 20th anniversary of the 
Foundation; he conducted a 
Bermuda Festival Gala Concert. 

"I was asked to play in this 
very select orchestra with all 
current and former Menuhin Foundation 
string teachers and other professional 
woodwind and brass players," she shared. 
Drs. Horn and Davies would be proud. 
Watlington's O.B.E. designation means 
according to The London Gazette that she is an 
"Ordinary Officer of the Civil Division of 
the said Most Excellent Order" of the British 
Empire. Her investiture in London had not 
been scheduled at press time. Rumor has it 
that some of her Class of '46 friends will be 
in England to attend the festivities. 




University of Venezuela. He hopes to hear from MC 
friends at 

Wendi Jo Medlin Uselton '89, was named director of 
the Winston-Salem location of Pediatric Services of 
America. The company provides in-home nursing care 
to critically ill children. 

Kirk Andrews '91, joined in a law partnership with 
Martha Meares in Maryville and will practice domes- 
tic law in civil court. She was previously assistant dis- 
trict attorney in Blount County. 

Jay Malone '91, is beginning his 1 1th year of teach- 
ing at Maryville Middle School, where he is also head 
football and assistant track coach. He is the faculty 
sponsor of FCA at the school. 

Jesse Robinette '91, was named principal ot Alcoa 
High School in Alcoa, TN. He was previously assis- 
tant principal at Maryville High School. 

Charles Wiggins '92, former defensive coordinator 
for MC's football team, is now the head football 
coach at Notre Dame High School in Chattanooga. 

Alyson Neville Knight '93, will complete a master's 
degree in public relations from UT in Dec. 2002. This 
summer she completed an internship in the PR Office 
at MC under the guidance of Karen Beaty Eldridge, '94. 

Eric D. Booth '94, is the Corporate Project Manager 
for Cardinal Brands, Inc., manufacturer of office sup- 
plies and business and consumer products. His wife, 
Angi, is working for the Italy Program Office at the 
University of Kansas. They live in Lawrence, KS. 

Brian E. Lewis '94, began working for the 
Department of Energy in Oak Ridge, TN, after leav- 
ing the military in 1999. 

Howard Myrick '94, received the Master of Public 
Administration degree, with an undergraduate minor 
in Japanese, from the University of Memphis. Before 
receiving his degree, he was inducted into Phi Kappa 
Phi national honor society. 

Patricia Rogers Bell '95, writes that her son, Robert 
Cross is now in the Navy. Daughter, Lisa Cross is 
looking forward to becoming an MC student in 2003. 
Youngest child, Nathan Bell, was two on May 4, 2002. 

Sarah Hull Julien '96, expects to graduate in the 
spring of 2003 with a degree in Women's Studies 
from Arizona State University. She hopes to attend 
ASU Law School in the fall of 2003. 

Christen McCammon Khym '96, was presented with 
the YMCA Volunteer of the Year award for her work 
at Camp Montvale in Blount County, TN. She has 
been a volunteer at the camp for three years. Khym is 
a broker with NAI Collins, Sharp & Koella in Knoxville. 

College Bids Farewell To Sons Of Legends 

Stuart Ross Honaker '49, son of legendary 
Maryville College coach Lombe Honaker, 
passed away April 10 at Blount Memorial 
Hospital. Honaker was a former star athlete 
at MC and went on to become a fighter pilot 
during World War II. A long-time Blount 
County sports official, Honaker was retired 
from Revco Drug Co. 

Honaker was a member of Broadway 
United Methodist Church. 

Survivors include his daughter and son-in- 
law, Elizabeth and Al Ezzell of Chattanooga, 
two grandchildren and two step-grandchildren. 

Eugene E. "Gene" McCurry '41, son of 

Carnegie Hall proctor "Mr. Mac," passed 
away June 12 at Blount Memorial Hospital. 
McCurry was an accomplished graduate. 

After attending MC, he entered the Navy and 
later established Parkway Auto Parts in 
Knoxville, of which he was proprietor for 35 
years. He was former president of Alcoa 
Kiwanis, East Tennessee Square Dancing 
Association, and the Blount County Chapter 
of AARE He was also Associate State Director 
of AARP for three years. 

McCurry was a member, deacon and elder 
of New Providence Presbyterian Church and 
past president of Presbyterian Men. He was 
known for his stories told to various groups. 

McCurry is survived by his daughters, 
Karen McCurry, Linda McCurry Rose, Trish 
McCurry, Barbara McCurry Morgan and their 
spouses; daughter-in-law Penny McCurry 
Hickman; and six grandchildren and two 

Christopher A. Noe '96, is the state executive director 
for Mothets Against Drunk Driving of Georgia. He 
invites MC friends to visit him in his Atlanta office 
and to email him at He recently 
married Leslieann Norem. 

Kathryn McDonald Devine '97, received an MS degree 
in Information Science from UT-Knoxville. She is ref- 
erence librarian for the McClung Historical Collection. 

Eric Stone '97, received his Master's degree from 
Vanderbilt University and works as a geriatric nurse 
practitioner for Wellmed Senior Services in Texas. 

Leslie Piety Stone, '98, is a Captain in the US Air 
Force and is a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner at 
Wilford Hall Medical Center at Lackland AFB. 

Andrew J. Ballou '98, graduated on May 31, 2002, 
from the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, with a 
Master ot Theological Studies degree. 

Sherrie Brents Dudley '98, received the MS degree in 
Elementary Education from UT-Knoxville and teaches 
at Corryton Elementary School in Knox County, TN. 

Darren A. Shuler '98, spent the summer as an associ- 
ate with the law firm of King & Spalding in Atlanta. 
He is a student at the UT College of Law. 

Staci Kerr Stalcup '98, received the MD degree from 
Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of 
Medicine. She is now in a family practice residency at 
the UT Medical Center at Knoxville. 

I eland C. Blackwood, III '99, works at Blessed 

Trinity Catholic High School in Atlanta. 

Carleton "Put" Ketcham '99, graduated from the 
University ot Alabama School of Law with honors. 

Angela Hicks McGreal '99, received the Master of 
Science in Safety from UT-Knoxville in May 2002. 
She is Safety Specialist for Modine Manufacturing 
Company, Automotive Division in Clinton, TN. 

Greg Muldrew '99, graduated from the University of 
Cincinnati with an MBA degree on June 7, 2002. 

Trey Murphy '99, is a graduate student at UT- 
Knoxville working toward an MS in Public Relations. 

Rachel Roe '99, completed her first year of graduate 
studies in applied math at Rensselaer Polytechnic 
Institute in Troy, NY. 

Joel S. Shields '99, received a Master's degree in 
Classical Guitar Performance from the University of 
South Carolina and is researching graduate schools to 
begin work on a DMA. Currently, he is the director 
of technological services for the USC Music Library 
and teaches at Musician's Depot in Columbia, SC. 

Scotry Stewart '99, is a member of the Tennessee 
ThunderCats semi-pro football team. 

Nathan Anderson '00 is in his final year of law school. 

Sarah Overholt Brewer '00, received her masters' 
degree in Education Administration and Supervision 
from Lincoln Memorial University. 

David Conner '00, was promoted to branch manager 




Corella Bonner Dies 

Corella Allen Bonner, philanthropist and 
co-founder and chairperson of The Corella 
and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation of 
Princeton, N.J., passed away July 21 from 
complications arising from a stroke. She 
was 93. 

A memorial service of thanksgiving was 
held Sept. 9 at the Princeton University 

Although never an MC student, nor an 
employee at MC, her contributions to the 
College through the Bonner Scholars 
Program earned her celebrity status. 

Supporting more than 1,500 students in 
24 colleges and universities across the coun- 
try, the Bonner Scholars Program has 
become a national model for service-based 
scholarships throughout the nation and rep- 
resents one of the largest private scholarship 
programs in the country. The program wel- 
comed MC into its ranks in 1991. In 2000, 
the College recognized Mrs. Bonner with 
an honorary degree. 

She spent the last several years traveling 
the country, meeting and greeting her 
Bonner Scholars. She encouraged her schol- 
ars to progress from the "feel-good" stage of 
volunteerism to a deeper understanding and 
awareness of today's social problems. 

"While all of us knew this day could not 
be far away, those who knew and saw her 
were continually amazed at her health, her 
gripping handshake, and her unending 
energy and commitment," said Wayne 
Meisel, president of the Bonner Foundation. 
"I never met anyone who had the uncanny 
ability to make everyone she met feel like 
they were important, not only to her but to 
the world ... if ever there was a person who 
established a living legacy of her life, it was 
Mrs. Bonner." 

of the Hunter's Crossing branch of The Home Bank 
in Blount County, TN. 

Smith Jean-Phillippe 00, is ,1 member of the 2001 
Tennessee ThunderCats football team. 

Elizabeth Moore '00 teaches in Alcoa 

Maxim Williams 00, lives in San Diego, CA, where 
he is enrolled in a 4-5 year graduate Ph.D. program in 
Consulting Psychology. He spent 2001 as an Americorps 
VISTA worker with the Maryville Housing Authority. 

Katrina Atchley '01, attends Syracuse University 
College of Law in New York. 

Vicki Ayers '01, attends Texas Tech in Lubbock, TX, 
where she is pursuing a Master's in Theatre. 

Carol Bailey 01, had one of her college essays pub- 
lished by Bedford St. Martin's Publishing Company on 
the companion website for the college textbook "Ways 
of Reading: An Anthology for Writers," 6th edition. She 
is choral director at Fulton High School in Knoxville. 

Jason Banlett 01, is a claims case manager with Liberty 
Mutual Insurance Company. He handles workers 
compensation claims and is currently pursuing an AIC 
insurance designation. 

Betsey Lynn Perry 01, teaches four-year-olds in the 
Child Development Center at First Ptesbyterian 
Church in Asheville, NC. 

Stanley A. Sisk '01, is a graduate student at the UT- 
Memphis College of Dentistry. 

Joseph A. Weeks '02, is pursuing a Master's in 
Computer Science at George Washington University. 
His current research is in distribured systems and 
dynamic wireless networks. 


Almira Alexander Beagle '30, on June 12, 2002. She 
had been in the advanced stages of Alzheimer's. She 
was preceded in death by her husband and a daughter. 
Survivors include sons, Walter Kelly Beagle, '65; 
Mark Alexander Beagle; and daughtet, Connie Beagle 
Fulton, '63. 

Imogene Crowley Stokes '30, on June 22, 2002, in 
Tampa, FL. 

Jane Duke Cotton '32, on May 24, 2002, in New 
Paltz, NY, of advanced Patkinson's disease. Survivors 
include a daughtet and five sons and their families. 

Juanita Law Bassel '34, on July 17, 2002, at her 
home in Springfield, TN. Survivors include her son 
and his family, and two sistets, one of whom is 
Margaret Law Burns, '37. 

Mary KatFiryn Rink King '34, on Jan. 31, 2002, in 

LaFayette, GA. Survivors include a sister, Julia M. 
Rink, '34; and a grandson, David C. King, '93. 

Maty Lou Young Preston '34, on Mar. 29, 2002, 
after a brief illness. She lived in Tucker, GA. Survivors 
include her son, James Y. Preston, who notified the 
College of her death. 

Lila Carringer Kent '36, on Apt. 15, 2002, at her 
home in Delaware Township, NJ. Survivors include 
her husband, Dr. George C. Kent, '37. 

William C. Nelson '36, on Apr. 17, 2002, in Clearwater 
FL. Survivors include his wife and daughter. 

William S. Quigley '36, on Apr. 10, 2002, in St. 
Petersburg, FL. MC was notified of his death by his son. 

Ivan C. Blake '41, on May 25, 2002, in Knoxville. 
Survivors include a daughter, a son and their families. 

Rollo W. King '41, on Apr. 21, 2002, in Maryville. 
Survivors include his wife and two sons. 

Lilian Nelle Moore Nichols '42, on Apr. 30, 2002, in 
Nashville, following an extended illness. Survivors 
include her four children and their families. 

Evelyn Ogle Williams '42, on Oct. 1, 2001, in 
Duncanville, TX. Sutvivors include her husband and 
four sons. 

William Bradford Chappell '44, on June 25, 2002, in 
Raleigh, NC. Survivors include his wife of 64 years, a 
daughter and two sons and their families. 

Jean Frances Smith '46, on July 20, 2002, from ovari- 
an cancer. She is survived by her husband, Dr. E. B. 
Smith, '40; five children, ten grandchildren and two 
great grandchildren. 

Rev. William L. Claghorn '50, on Apr. 4, 2002, in 
New Jersey. Survivors include his tour children and 
their families and a nephew, Kenneth R. Hitchens, '67. 

Bob Berrong '56, on July 12, 2002, in Maryville. 
Survivors include his wife; a daughter and het family; 
and brothers. Bunny Berrong; King Berrong, '51; and 
Leon Berrong, '50. 

Margallen Hanna Fichter '56, on May 17, 2002, in 
Albany, NY, of complications from surgery. Survivors 
include her husband, a son and daughter and their 

Donald Thiel '56, on May 7, 2002, in Ewing, NJ. 
Survivors include two daughtets. 

Joel Edward Reeves '57, on June 29, 2002, at his 
home in Rockford, TN. Survivors include his wife, 
Nancy Barton Reeves, '57; two children and their 
families, and several sisters and brothets. 

Nancy Buckwalter McGruther '65, on Feb. 6, 2002, 
in Caldwell, NJ. Sumvors include three children and 


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her husband, Dr. Robert R. McGruther, '64, who is 

pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Caldwell. 

Walter V. Saz 70, in February, 2000. Survivors 
include his wife, Peggy Davis Saz, '68, and son, Davis. 

Paul Afton Johnson, Jr. 73, on July 16, 2002, at his 
home in Maryville. Survivors include his mother, sev- 
eral aunts and uncles. 

Lynn Earnheart Herron 75, on Apr. 11, 2002. MC 
was notified of her death by her sister-in-law. 


Scott Lee Porter '93, to Ashley Webb, June 21, 2002. 

Christine Smith '93, to James Timothy Meehan, 
May 18,2002. 

Lee Fersner '94, to Capt. Bradley Harms, Feb. 17, 2002. 

Laura Kay Obuch '94, to Ronald Thomas, Aug. 26, 2001 . 

Justin Keith Phillips '94, to Ellen Adele Marshall, 
May 11, 2002. 

Jeremy D. Burgess '97, to Kelly Gee, Apr. 20, 2002. 

David A. Downs '97, to Sabrina Anne Huddleston, 
Aug. 30, 2001. 

Steven L. Huskins '97, to Laura L. Trentham, Oct. 

Kathryn McDonald '97, to Warren Devine, Mar. 10, 

Matthew Donald Webb '97, to Natosha Danielle 

Kellie Boyatt '98, to Michael Kamer, Apr. 27, 2002. 

Meghan Alicia Casey '98, to Howard Kenneth 
Cobble, III, '98, June 8, 2002. 

Paul G. Gibson '99, to Amanda E. 
Smeltzer, '00, June 1,2002. 

Greg Muldrew '99, to Meg Crowe, 
July 13,2002. 

Wanda Leann Evans '00, to Stevie 
DyronWebb, '00, June 22, 2002. 

Brooke Ledbetter '00, to Brian Nix, 
Apr. 28,2001. 

Adriel McCord '00, to Nichole 
Johnson, '02, June 8, 2002. 

Glen Cullop '96 and wife 

Maura welcomed Lillian 

Marie "Lily" into their home 

on April 11. The family lives 

in Chandler, AZ. 

Paige Christine Morefield '00, to Bowman Lee 
"Pete" Wright, May 11, 2002. 

Wade Ian Obermeyer '00, to Rhonda Kaye Thames, 
'02, Dec. 29, 2001. 

Rusty Walker '00, to Beth Wheaton, May 18, 2002. 

Angela Suzann Buckner '01, to Allan Richard King, 
Mar. 30, 2002. 

Erika Leigh Gheen '01, to William Bradley Harris, 
Apr. 20, 2002. 

Kristi J. Kell '01, to John Michael Falco, '00, May 

26, 2002. 

Amanda Michelle Milligan '01, to Michael Reece 
Thomas, Oct. 28, 2001. 


Dave Carrick 77, and his wife, Amy, a daughter, 
Megan Culzean, Mar. 5, 2002. 

DeAnn Hargis Kaminski '88, and her husband, Mark, 
a son, Bradley, Sept. 29, 2001, their second child. 

Darrell L. Franklin '89, and Denise Wilson Franklin, 
'89, a daughter, Alyssa Michelle, Apr. 6, 2001, their 
second child. 

Rae Ann Hickman McCurry '90, and her 
husband, David, a son, Joseph Patrick, 
Aug. 6, 2000, their third child. 

Jay Malone '91, and his wife, Becky, a 
son, Cameron, June 6, 1997; a daughter, 
Caroline, Aug. 26, 2001. 

Jennifer Conn Godsey '92, and her hus- 
band, Charles, a son, William Conner, 
Mar. 26, 2002, their first child. 

Libby Sullivan Hurst '95, and her hus- 
band, Russ, a son, Blake Russell, Mar. 
8, 2001, their first child. 

Beth Hucke Ralston '95, and her hus- 
band, Dan, a daughter, Brianna Elise, 
Jan. 31,2002, their first child. 

Beth Smith Thompson '95, and her 

husband, Christopher, a son, Nathan, 
Mar. 14, 2002. 

Glen Cullop '96, and his wife, Maura, a 
daughter, Lillian "Lily" Marie, Apr. 11, 

Adriel McCord '00 and Nichole Johnson '02 were married June 8 

in Sweetwater, TN. Several MC friends and professors attended 

the ceremony and reception. Adriel is now an account executive 

at SunTrust Bank in Maryville; Nichole teaches and coaches the 

cheei leading squad at Maryville Middle School. 

Paula Will Eriksson '93, and her husband, 
Dan, a son, Will Christopher, Dec. 28, 
2001, their first child. 

Doug Hof '93, and his wife, Pinki, a son, 
Ethan Patel, Jan. 22, 2002, their first 


David Forster '96, and Kelly Sanson Forster, '96, a 

daughter, Jenna Nicole, Feb. 2, 2002. 

Megan McWhorter Jones '96, and her husband, Joey, 
a daughter, Annabelle Grace, July 18, 2002. 

David A. Downs '97, and his wife, Sabrina, a daugh- 
ter, Margaret Tierra, Mar. 10, 2002. 

Bethany Hodson Pope '98, and her husband, Rick, a 
son, Connor Douglas, Feb. 22, 2002. 

Mariana T. Boero '99, and her husband, Olivier P. 
Diss, a daughter, Maria Esperanza, Apr. 10, 2002, 
their second child. 

Kristie Parker Stitt '99, and her husband, Dwight, a 
son, Matthew Larry, Feb. 27, 2001, their first child. 

Lori Wilson Watson '00, a son, Braden Drew, Jan. 
14, 2002. 

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Alumni Association 

Commends New 

Strategic Plan 

Editor's Note: The following letter was written to 
Dr. Gerald W. Gibson on July 31, 2002. 

Dear Dr. Gibson, 

During the spring meeting of the Alumni 
Association's Executive Board, an overview 
of the MC Window of Opportunity Plan 
was presented with a discussion of the 
implementation actions that will be 
undertaken which will take Maryville College 
on to greatness as one of the nation's premier 
colleges. The vision and objectives captured in 
the MC Window of Opportunity Plan reflect 
the heritage of the College but outlines an 
ambitious and focused path forward for the 
next five years. 

The Executive Board of the Alumni 
Association commends the efforts of all who 
have been involved in the 24-month planning 
process. The final product reflects the 
commitment and hard work of the total 
Maryville College community - the 
administrators, faculty and staff members; 
students; friends and alumni of the College. 
The next five years promise to be an exciting 
time for the College. 

The Executive Board of the Alumni 
Association is committed to being an active 
participant and partner with the College in 
the execution of the MC Window of 
Opportunity Plan. The MC Window of 
Opportunity Plan will provide the blueprint 
for the actions, business and goals of the 
Executive Board. Any input of the specific 
support that the Executive Board can provide 
to the College in the implementation phase 
would be welcome. 


SxxL (h.^* 

|ud(iH M. Penry, President 
Alumni Association Executive Board 

Executive Board of Alumni Association 
Welcomes New Nominees 

Five alumni have recently been nominated to serve on 
the Executive Board of the Maryville College Alumni 
Association (MCAA). The candidates' formal election will 
take place during the Alumni Banquet and annual meeting 
of the MCAA scheduled for Oct. 19. Those alumni 
nominated for a three-year term include: 

Carl L. Lindsay, Jr. '50 

Lindsay followed his MC studies with an LLB degree 
from Rutgers University. He is currently a self-employed 
attorney in New Hope, Pa. Lindsay was married to the late 
Helen Kinnamon Lindsay and has three children: Christine 
Farley, Anne Thornton and Carl Lindsay III. 

Sara Mason Miller '66 

Miller continued her education at Mississippi College 
(earning a master's degree), and at the University of 
Mississippi (earning a doctorate). Miller is a professor of 
English at Northern Virginia Community College in 
Woodbridge, Va. She also currently serves on the Board of 
the Bethany House of Northern Virginia. Miller is married 
to Dennis Miller '63. They have two children, Joey and 

Kathleen Mayurnik Nenninger 73 

Nenninger followed her MC education at Northwestern 
University's Kellogg School, attending its executive business 
program. She is a senior account manager at Dow Chemical 
Company in Matthews, N.C. Nenninger is married to Glenn 
Nenninger and is active in the Symphony Guild of Charlotte. 

Kenneth D. Tuck '54 

Tuck continued his education at the University of 
Virginia School of Medicine. He practices at the Visitar Eye 
Center in Roanoke, Va., where he is a partner. Tuck is currently 
a member of the Roanoke Academy of Medicine Board of 
Directors and was formerly the Board president of the 
Virginia Society of Ophthalmology. He is married to Sara 
Huff Tuck and has three daughters: Kathryn Coats, Mary 
Simon and Caroline Nold. 

Aundra Ware Spencer '89 

Spencer (photo not available) is an adoption specialist 
at the Youth and Family Services of Charlotte, N.C. She is 
currently a member of the Mecklenburg County Aquatics 
Advisory Board and Mecklenburg County Adoptions 
Committee and is an active scuba diver. Spencer is married 
to Welton Spencer and has two young children, Jordan and 



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generations of Maryville College students will benefit. 

And the memory of a very special sister will live on. 

In May, the College lost an outstanding friend when 
Lynn Ann Brown Best '36, retired Maryville College 
librarian, was suddenly killed in a traffic accident. 
Although long retired at the time of her death, Lynn Ann 
was still very much an involved member of the College 
community. Always present whenever there was a need for 
an informed and loyal supporter or an energetic and thor- 
ough volunteer, Lynn Ann actively applied her organiza- 
tion skills to College initiatives - initiatives that ranged 
from the College archives to Kin Takahashi Week. 

The story of Lynn Ann Best is far from complete 
without mentioning her very special relationship with her 
sister, Mary Gladys Brown Pieper '36. The sisters came to 
the College from upper East Tennessee, graduated together 
and eventually retired close to one another in Maryville. 
When one was seen on campus, the other was usually 
seen, too. As quiet, competent and discreet volunteers, 
eager to serve and willing to be unsung heroes in whatever 
role they were cast, the sisters quickly endeared themselves 
to College administrators, faculty, staff and students. 

Recently, Mary Gladys called on Maryville College 
Director of Gift Planning Diane Montgomery to discuss 
her desire to commemorate her sister's life. She told Diane 
she wanted to memorialize permanently Lynn Ann and 
her brother-in-law, MC alumnus and Board member 
Edwin J. Best. 

At the time of her decision, Mary Gladys had in 
place with the College a substantial gift annuity that paid 
her quarterly income. To permanently honor her sister and 
brother-in-law, Mary Gladys chose to donate her remain- 
ing interest in the annuity to establish the Lynn Ann and 
Edwin Best Memorial Fund. 

The Fund will provide a perpetual endowment for 
the maintenance and upkeep of Thaw Hall, which 
houses the College Library. The love shared by the 
sisters will ensure that generations of students will enjoy 
a comfortable and attractive place to enhance their 
educational experience, and the memory of a special 
couple will live on. 

If you are interested in establishing an endowed fund 
to memorialize a loved one, please contact the Director of 
Planned Giving, Diane Montgomery, at 865.981.8191 or 



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