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reelings from the Maryville College campus!
"A College of Faith and learning." This is the heading on an important
section of the MC 2000 Plan, the strategic phm tliat is guiding our work at
MarvYille College in this period. The heading is a statement about the nature
of this college. Mar\'ville is a place where we seek to bring faith and learning,
spirit :uid intellect, into harmony for students preparing to take on the world.
It is a challenge that many colleges created by the church have not been able
to meet in the 2(lth centur\'. Many though they, like Mary\'ille, began as
institutions founded as an extension of church mission, have lost their way in
this centun; slipped free of their moorings in the unsettled seas of modem
Some readers dFocus have worried that Mar\'ville, too, might have lost
its way. To diose who have written with this worry, I have affimied my own
belief that Isaac Anderson's college has remained faithful to its heritage and
Without question, many of the rules that alumni of earlier eras
remember don't appear in current handbooks at Marj'ville College. They
along with compulsor)' chapel, were victims of that pivotal decade of tlie 1960s.
Before that decade ended, the whole of American society was in tumioil, and
much that m\' generation found good and holy was swept away. The genie,
some might say escaped the bottle in that decade, and all tlie nostalgia and
regret in the world won't get it back inside the glass.
Still, I can conhdently ;iffimi Mary\'ille's faitlifulness to its heritage and
mission. It is still a place that espouses education for the whole pei'son, where
both spiritual and intellectual de\elopnient get serious attention. It is still a
place where education is values-based, where character is considered ;m
important educational product. It is still a place where die curriculum
includes study of the Bible, and where tlie ethical dimension is woven into a
wide range of courses, from business to die sciences. It is still a place where
the student is encouraged to seek education, not merely for selfish ends, but to
equip him or her for service to others. The rules have changed, to be sure, and
worship is now voluntary, but die educational mission at Maryville College
remains grounded in its Presbyteri;in heritage.
I ;un often asked whedier the Presbyleri;m Church supports the College
financially That, too, has ch:inged over tlie decades. An honest answer is diat
no more than a quarter of one percent of the budget of die College will come
in 1998 from all church sources combined. But money, as important ;is it is to
serving our students well, is not what motivates and directs us in pursuit of our
mission. Despite the vicissitudes of this centur\', and despite tlie declining
financial support from the church which gave it birth ;is a seminar\' 179 years
ago, Maryville rem;iins committed to an ongoing partnership in mission.
The MC 2000 Plan is intended to assure that, ;ls we enter the new
millennium, Mary\'ille will be at its strongest in every regard. RcadeR of
Focus know that the enrollment this year is at its highest in histor)'. The
endowment of the College, having grown by nearly 70 percent since 1993, is
also at an historical high. But die strengdi of the College as we reach the year
2000 will be measured, not b\' enrollment and endowment alone, but by iLs
success in producing graduates whose hiidi ;uid learning exist in hannony and
work in concert. We remain committed to that ideal. ♦
Maryville College FOCUS maeazine Spring 1998 (issn 309)
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ApLibliaitionfor Aliiimii and Friends of Mmyi'ille College
Becoming a Thinking Christian
Dr. William Meyer, Assistant Professor of Religion and
Philosophy, and two of his students, discuss the relationship
between church and college.
Pages 4 - 5
Tales front Alumnae Travels
IWo of the many MC graduates who give their time and
energy in overseas missionary work.
Restoration of the CCM
1 This component of the MC2000 campaign sei-ves as symbol
of MC's faith.
Teaching of ethics an integral part of new MC curriculum.
Volume Ninety-Eight, Number Three
Gerald W. Gibson
Vice President for AdvaiicemenI
Elton R. Jones
Emily C. Yarborough
Director of Communication
Design and Liiroiil
Timothy M. Bryant
Director of Publications
Director of Campaigm mid
Anna B, Graham
Director of Development and
Director of Alumni and
Director of Gift Planning
Alumni Association Executive Board
Jan Rickards Dungan '65
James Campbell '53
Denise Smith Vogado '74
Tim Topham '80
President - elect
CLASS OF 1998
Debbie Mount Akins '73
Larry Durand '81
Ron Jennings '55
Rosalind Bennett iMagnuson '72
Kathleen McArthur '91
CLASS OF 1999
Carol Corbett '51
Jim McCall '57
Olivia Vawter Mills '55
Tom Scott '61
CLASS OF 2000
Matha Bess Ellis DeWitt '64
Russell Gibson '82
David King '93
Roger Nooe '62
Judy Penry '73
''What Does it Mean to be a
Church-Related College Today?"
by Dr. William Meyer
Assistant Professor of Religion & Philosophy
at Maryville College and an ordained Presbyterian minister
( _y^'^ important question continues to generate much interest, discussion, and puzzlement on many campuses across the country, including here at Marvo-ille College.
f J yVi is not an e;Lsv question to answer because being a church and being a college are not the same thing; they arc different types of institutions with different defining
goals. In short, a defining goal of a church is to proclaim and bear witness to the central convictions of the Christian faith. A defining goal of a college, on the
other hand, is to equip students to test all convictions in a thoughtful and critical way including Christian ones. Hence, to trj' to integrate these different goals into the life of a
single institution (a church-related college) is a challenging task. Most church-related colleges, it seems, ultimately fail to do this and end up being either a college without a
meaningful connection to the witness of the church or a "church" without a meaningfid witness to the goals of the college. Man'ville College is committed to succeed where
others have failed.
As p;irt of our collective effort, my colleague Dr Peggy Cow;ui h;is been selected as a participant in the Rhodes Regional Consultations on the Future of the Church-
Related College, a nationwide initiative binded by the Lilly Endowment in Indianapolis and directed by Dr Stephen Haynes at Rhodes College in Memphis. Our chaplain, the
Rev. Stephen Nickle, convenes our Faith and Learning Committee, which involves faculty, administrators, and students in an ongoing conversation about this important issue.
For mv part, I believe that the key to integrating the two goals of a church-related college is niceh- captured in the title of a recent book by the theologian John B. Cobb, Jr.
The title. Becoming a Thinking Christian (Abingdon Press, 1993), sums up what a church-related college should seek to accomplish. As a college, our primary mission
is to assist students in becoming thinking human beings who c;in critically assess ideas, data, situations, ajid possibilities. As a church-related college, with historic and
contemporary ties to the Christian tradition and the Presbyterian denomination, our mission should be to foster the development of "thinking Christians"-- men ;ind women
who thoughtfully and critically reflect on all aspects of life from economics to science to religion. For those students who hold Christian convictions, our goal is to provide them
with an opporhjnity to become thinking Christians. For those students who are not Christian, our go;d is to provide them with an opportunity' to see what a thinking Christian
looks like. Hence, the point is not to make or insist that all students be Christi:ui but, rather, to provide them with a model of what a thinking Christian is and to become one if
they so choose. Clearly the thinking or cognitive dimension is not the whole of the Christian life (and thus the need for other fomis of ministry and worship opportunities on
campus) but it is an important aspect and one that is suited to the mission of a college. Thus, the way that Maryville College, as a college, can contribute to the historic witness
of the church is by seeking to model and foster the development of thoughtful Christian men and women who can bring their critical and reflective skills into the life of the
church and community.
What 1 have in mind is illustrated by the following excerpts from essays by two of our current students, Kenny Saffles (chiss of '99) and Emily McLemore (class of
'00). Kenny and Emily who were both on the Dean's List this year, were students in my Introduction to Christian Theology course last fall. What follows is from essays that they
wrote for that course-essays that reveal their own growth and development in becoming thinking Christians.
(As part of our ongoing discussion about this vital issue, we welcome your input and response. Please direct your response to the College's Faith and Learning Committee
in care of the chaplain, the Rev Stephen Nickle.) ♦
"...I guess I was afraid to question some tilings
because it was safer to trust in what I was taught to
believe tlian to actually think about what I believed.
For some reason, tliis is considered to be wrong in
many "rehgious" circles. It is implied tliat if one
questions or has curiosity or has some degi'ee of
doubt b;ised on ignorance, then that person is not
doing what is "right." So, 1 guess diat tlie biggest
questions I had coming in were: why is it wrong to
wonder? why is it wrong to discuss these topics? and what is
the "right" way to approach religion, and who decided that
"...Therefore, I stripped everything down and
challenged a lot of what I was taught to get at die core of
what 1 believed. You know, I was proud of tlie results. My
underlying faidi didn't chajige but my understanding of it
did; I had a better understanding of faidi and Christian
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"It is difficult to find one's way out of a
garden labyrinth when one is iji the midst of it,
but when one stands on a hill overlooking it, the;
pattern becomes clear So too widi Christianity.
Only by removing ouRelves from the religion wej
are immereed in can we truly study it objectively-
and critically Cut free from die strings of ";
tradition, I have fomiulated answers to many
questions dus semester, but a few questions
remain unanswered as of yet.
"The traditional church teaching tliat Adam and
Eve had been created perfect yet had somehow fallen
from [lerfection had always seemed parado.xical to me,
and prior to the beginning of tliis class, I had struggled
widi this question of humankind's initial status. Needless
to say I was intrigued by Friedrich Schleiennacher's view
which states that die idea of perfect human beings
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Jennifer Stadtmiller '96
a core of mission to Egypt
Director of Publications
f^T^i a long way from Crescent Springs, Ky to Egypt. But MC alumna Jennifer
/^~) Sr stadtmiller '96, seems to be doing just fine, tliank you.
^— ^^ Liice so many other MC alums, her work abroad is a fusion of her faith, her religious
training and her MC experience. She found her way to Eg\pt through a volunteer program of the
Presb\terian Church (ISA), which places people in positions lasting two \eai's with a partner church
in the new countr)'. Jennifer is working at a private school - one of 20 or so in Eg\pt run b\' the Synod
of the Nile, a Presbyterian organization.
She says there is quite a bit of divine inspiration to her stor}'.
She first began exploring the possibilities of working in the Middle East during her years as a
student at MC when she did some relief work in Palestine in 1993. After inquiring about the
possibilities of returning, she found this program. Operated through the Presbyterian Church (USA),
it pays travel expenses and insurance costs. Of course, this makes it all feasible in the firet place.
Further, her private school actually began looking for a music teacher the da\' before Jennifer
sent in her application.
"You can see that it was because of MC connections that I found this opportunit}' "
Jennifer is making a difference by teaching music to elementan' students (fifth grade last year;
a group of second-through-sixth graders this year). The musical connection is not suiprising,
considering that she majored in music at MC and was involved in Maryville College Choir, the college
community choir, the choir at New Providence Presbyterian Church, the kerygma singeR (Presbyte-
rian Scholars Choir), and Delta Omicron (a music fraternity). However, the job presents numerous
challenges, despite her vast musical training.
"Since these children had basically no 'musical' education before I ciune, I had to start from scratch," she recalls. "1 was luck\' to find a curriculum in
English to have some idea of where to start. Since I came (to the school in Egypt) we have done two major shows including the whole school and one
production of a musical called Clowns. It just showed last month to a packed theater! I think it went extremely well."
The whole experience has been ven' rewarding, she says. And, it has helped her to reflect on and to refine her Presbylerian faith.
"My time at MC was full of discovering, questioning and changing. My faith, whatever it was, changed a lot
during my time there. I studied worid religions and beg:in to be ver\' interested in spirituality. I was fascinated
especially by eastern religions and was actively studying Islam. Coming here seemed to bring it all
together - my music, my cultural interests and my religious fascinations.
"This experience gave me the opportunity to live in a countr}' where Islam is dominant,
where I can see Christians and Muslims in a dialogue and where I can experience life with botli.
It has been wonderful.
"What this has done to my faith is hard to say It h:is reminded me that we are all
connected somehow whether we live on this side of the ocean or the other and whether we
are of one 'religion' or another. It has shown me tliat people of different faiths don't
always get along well and often get lost in trivialities, but there are the times when we all
join together and forget our differences and those are the times of tnae faith."
Though she h;is enjoyed her oversees work, she is rapidly approaching a
"My long temis phuis up until now still remain a question to me. I haven't
quite decided what I want to do. My temi is actually complete in June.
"I have the option to stay on another year in the volunteer program working in
the same position. I also have an option to stay on in some other capacity. I also have
the option to return to the states. I'm sfill not completely sure what I will do."
So in a sense, she h;is come a long way from Dixie Heights High School.
Crescent Springs, MC and her Appalachian roots. But, she may soon return - with a
broadened world view and a rededicated sense of purpose, ♦
Operation Care Lift brings iiope,
iielp to Russians ^
Kathy Bushing Banfield '76. standing in Red
Square with Russian interpreter, Lianna, and mother-
in-law, Ada Banfield
Director of Publications
^■^Xy^ytMiy Bushing Banfield '76 grew up on the Maryville College
/^X<^ campus. Literally.
^—-^^ The daughter of Dr. Art Bushing '43, she spent many childhood
houre at MC as her father served his alma mater in a variety of capacities, most notably
as head of the English Department. With her house and her home church. Highland
Presbyterian Church, located just across the street from the campus she definitely grew up
in the campus neighborhood.
"My MC experience was unique because of dad's involvement. For me, when I say
MC, that's home. I really grew up on campus. For me, attending college was just a
culmination of my experience."
But though her life at Mamllle College ;is a student in the 70's may have been
slightly different for Kathy the world around her and her peere was all too familiar
Shrouded in the height of the Cold War many eyed Eastern bloc nations as the enemy.
How could MC students have imagined, then, that by the late 1990s, communism would
fall and a missionary trip to the most rural outposts of Russia would be possible? For
Kathy, last year, those far-off dreams became a reality.
A staff member with Campus Crusade for Christ since 1987, Banfield was a part of the
staff support for a volunteer effort last winter — Operation Care Lift — a specific project
that brings humanitarian aid to needy people of the former Soviet Union. This was her
third trip to Russia; her second Operation Care Lift. Kathy's husband Tom Banfield '79. another staffer, has made more than 10 trips to Russia
with the project's director, Josh McDowell.
McDowell first went to Russia in '92 to give aid to a Children's Hospital. At that time, he saw there was an even greater need out in the countr\'side.
"There is an incredible need," she says. "This effort comes together to meet a physical need of the Russian people. As we meet the physical need, we
earn credibility that helps us to help them to meet their spiritual needs. We bring hope and help for the children of the fonner Soviet Union."
McDowell negotiated with the Russian Minister of Education to allow his group to bring in supplies — things like paper, pencils, and other school
supplies. The group also brings medicine, food and toys. In all, 81 .4 tons of goods were shipped for the relief effort. They were shipped in 1 1 40-foot
shipping containers (and an additional 20 foot container). From a central distribution center, the goods were trucked out to individual sites.
Actually, before the group ever got to Russia, they went to Dallas to train bus captains. It was a sort of orientation for the trip. In addition to
discussing logistics, the group also talked about crisis management — what do to when there is a medical emergency or if there is a fire. Kathy coordi-
nated food services for the two-day event. Then, it was off to Russia.
In addition to bringing the concrete needs. Operation Care Lift conducted a staff development program, in conjunction with a non-profit agency
called the Buckner Institute, for the staff of the education ministry.
"Social workers in Russia have inadequate training in dealing with issues like drug abuse and alcoholism. These issues have really emerged with the
fall of the old regime. It was an excellent conference. It came together really well. And, we have agreed to do hiture conferences with the Russian
education ministn' and with the Buckner Institute."
The benefits of Operation Care Lift are felt on both sides. For the volunteers and staffers, it is an enrichment in many ways.
"This builds relationships. You get to know people, you make a connection, you make a friend, you stay in touch," she says. "There is a lot of
personal and cultural exchange that goes on and that is very good.
"From the standpoint of my faith, my work is really an extension of my faith," she says. "It's hard to separate the two. This ministry is very obedient
to God's call. It reflects our choices and our love of the Father"
The Russian experience is a far cry from the days at MC. Kathy sang in the choir and worked in the bookstore as an MC student. She majored in
elementary education. Eventually she met Tom, who was also an MC student — a music major But, even though the MC experience and the Russian
experience might seem worids apart, they do actually fold back into each other.
There is a new generation of Banfields and they have learned from the Russian experience and they are planning their own lives — the oldest is a
Russian studies major at Stetson University in Florida and the second child is studying abroad in Gennany And on the recent Russian trip, die two
youngest children were a part of the American contingent.
It has become a family affair And, it has been very rewarding.
"This particular experience is an extension of my faidi," she says. "The cultures may be different but the tmth is the same. It's a wonderful thing to see." ♦
Susan Cassidy Wilhoit
Restoration of the CCM:
If the hell lower of /\iiderson H;iil is the symbol of MamUle College, the Center for C;uiipus Minislp.' is its he;irt!
This wonderhil huilding, located in the center of c;uiipus, w;ls constructed as the first college lihrarv' in 1888. A memorial to Thom:Ls Jefferson Lamar,
"the second founder" of Mar\'\'ille College, the building was erected for the total cost of ^5,000. In 1922 the librar\' was moved to Thaw Hall. The L;uiiar
Memorial Librar}' building served successive generations of students ;ls a post office, bookstore and the print shop before becoming the Center for Campus
Ministry in 1982. In addition to containing the offices of the chaplain :uid volunteer services, it is a place for weekly worship and a meeting place for a v;iriet\'
of campus groups and organizations.
In celebration of their (lOtii year reunions, the classes of \%\ and I9,i2 raised the funds to restore the stained glass window in the CCM, which depicts the
resurrection scene from Durers "The Great Passion." The rest of the 5,M1 square foot building will now be restored, inside and out, witli additional office
space for the chaplain, church relations progr;mi, and student volunteer services. New lighting and mechanical systems will provide comfort ;uid interior
The restoration of the building is one of two capital projects associated with the MC2000 Plan. To date, 30 percent of the $700,000 goal has been
committed. The CCM Restoration Committee, chaired by lillie Morrow Craven, retired Executive Director of Development at the College, plans to raise the
remaining amount over the next 18 months. President Emeritus Dr Joseph Copeland is honorar\' chair of the project.
The restoration of tlie CCM represents the faith component of student life at Maryville. As Maryville College Chaplain, tlie Rev Stephen Nickle says, "A
good deal of the mission and activity' of the Center for Campus Ministr\' revolves around die biblical injunction to nurture communit\' through the practice of
hospitality. T'hrough our worship, counseling, fellowship, and outreach, we build bridges of understanding and clarif}' tlie faidi on which we b;ise our lives."
The spiritual dimension of a MarNTille education is vital to the Mar\'ville experience. In this project, we are not only restoring a valuable and beautiful project,
we're ;iffimiing that this is truly a College of faith and learning. ♦
''In the year 2000, the College will have a
strong voluntary covenant with the
Presbyterian Church (U.S. A.); will have an
ongoing exploration of the significance of
church relationship; will continue its strong
commitment to the Christian faith and will
listen attentively and humbly to the call of
God no matter how God may speak. "
Excerpt, MC2000 Plan
Drs. Cowan and Taddie Installed As
Chairs of Religion and Music
Dr. Margaret Parks Cow:in was
installed as the Ralph W. Beeson Chair
of Religion at Maryville College on
April 9, 1998. She succeeds Dr. David
Cartlidge who has retired as Beeson
Professor Emeritus. Also installed at
the ceremony was Division of Fine Arts
Chair Dr Daniel Taddie as the Sheila
Sutton Hunter Chair of Music.
Cowan h;is been Coordinator of
General Education and Assistant
Professor. Divison of Humilities at the
College since 1996. She began her
career at the College as adjunct
instructor in the Department of
Religion and Philosophy and Division
of Humanities in 1990.
Taddie came to Maryville College in 1990 from Bethel College (TN) as the first holder of the
Hunter Chair of Music. The chair was established to honor the memory of Sheila Sutton Hunter, a
1955 cum laude Mary\'ille graduate, who excelled in vocal and instrumental music during her
years at the College and in the professional arena. The endowed chair was made possible by the
generosity of Mrs. Hunter's parents, Algie and the late Elizabeth Sutton, who established a
charitable remainder trust in 1986.
The Ralph W. Beeson endowed chair is a five-year renewable appointment and provides funds
to support the faculty member named to the position. It was endowed by the estate of the late
Ralph Beeson, whose gift of over $4 million in 1990 was the largest single gift in the College's
Under the guidelines set up for endowed facult)' chairs at MC, the appointee must hold the
doctorate and show evidence of excellence in teaching, scholarly accomphshment and promise,
and the ability to make an outstanding contribution to the College.
Beyond the benefit of faculty salary, the endowed chair holder may derive other advantages,
such as travel to professional meetings, research support and scholarly materials.
Cowar,, Phi Beta Kappa, received her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University with a major in
Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and a minor in New Testament.
She received her M.A. in Biblical Studies from St. Mary's University of San Antonio, TX, and
her B.A. in religion, magna cum laude . from Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, VA.
Taddie received his M.A., M.EA. and Ph.D from The Universit)' of Iowa and his B.A. from
Marycrest College. ♦
Drs. Daniel Taddie and
Margaret l*arks Cowan
The future of
to be studied
Dr. Margaret (Peggy) Parks Cowan, the
newly named Ralph W. Beeson Chair of
Religion at Maryville College, will attend The
Rhodes Regional Consultations on the Future
of the Church-Related College beginning tliis
spring. Funded by Lilly Endowment Inc. of
Indianapolis, the workshops have been
estabhshed to initiate and encourage
reflection on the prospects of the church-
related college at the end of the twentieth
Selection for the workshops took place
tlirough a competitive application process.
There were 120 applicants from nearly as
many colleges. Cowan was one of 45 pereons
selected to participate from around the
country with only eight from the Southeast.
In speaking of the Consultations Cowan
says, "I think that tliere are two primary
implications. First, one of the expectations is
that I will organize foimal discussions of the
meaning of church-relatedness on the
Maryville Campus. Because there is interest in
this issue on our campus but little clarity or
consensus about the nature of our identity as
a church-related institution, the opportunity
to discuss tlie issue in a formal way could be
very meaningful to our community. Our
discussion would benefit from perspectives
gained through my participation in
Consultation meetings with representatives
from otiier institutions.
"Secondly anotlier expectation is that
participants seek opportunities to share the
work of the consultations through publication
and presentation. I'm looking forward to
helping Maryville College share its
commitment to this issue with the community
at large." ♦
Teaching of Ethics an
of new MC curriculum
Director of Puhlicntious
Sirjohn Templeton Foundation recognized
College as a member of its honor roll of
Character Building Colleges,' it was more than just an
award. It w:is a validation.
An example of the MC commitment to building character is the
integration of ethics into the core curriculum. This is part of the
campus ethos that dates back generations. In his histoiT of the
College, A Centuiy of Mam-'ille College .VlC's fifth President Dr.
Samuel Tyndale Wilson wrote about the Maryville founded by Dr.
Isaac Anderson. "The never-forgotten objective in Dr. Andei'son's life
campaign was the development of Christian character in the leadere
whom he trained for the Southwest.. .In this character objective the
moral element w;ls, of course, vital. "
Those words ring true today. In fact, the College has taught
ethics both implicitly and explicitly throughout its history.
When a curriculum change occurred in the early 198()s, the
course Humanities 390 (\'alues and Decisions in Contemporaiy
Society) was officially adopted. It had been taught as a special studies
course in the late 70s. Dr. Harry Howard, Professor of Political
Science, wiis one of the instructors.
* "// is important to provide the studefits
with tools, or skills, that are useful in
dealing with moral dilemmas.
What we don 7 want to do is to give them
"It w;is a coui'se in applied ethics," Howard says. "Our goal was
to help students deal with ethical dilemuKLs in concrete situations."
Taught in January Term, students received instruction for three
hours in a variety of ways. The fii-st hour. Howard says, w:is spent
examining a c;ise study in ethics. The second hour w;is more of an
academic approach to the topic. The third and final hotir each day
was spent in discussion of a contemporaiy issue.
"It was sort of a point-counteipoint format," he says. "Since we
often team taught, the professors could take opposing viewjjoints. Our
feeling was that until you understand another point of view, you don't
have the framework, necessan., in defending \'our own argument."
I'oward the end of the couree, students would examine ethical
issues in their chosen field of study.
"In teaching applied ethics," Howard concludes, "It is important
to provide the students with tools, or skills, that are u.seful in dealing
with moral dilemmas. What we don't want to do is to give them
The College rededicated iLs commitment to the integration of ethics
in the classroom when it wrote the new curriculum in 1994-95 and
adopted it with the enrollment of hist year's freshman class. The new
capstone coui-se is Ethics 490 Philosophical and Theological Foundations
of Ethical Thought. And the teaching of ethics is infused throughout the
"We introduce them to the subject in the fall freshman seminar,"
says Dr. Margaret Parks Cowan, Ralph W. Beeson Chair of Religion and
Coordinator of General Education at MC. "We talk about their fundamen-
tal beliefs — in temis of philosophy and religion. But ethics is more
than just that. It should have something to do with our behavior and a
coherent worldview; How do I believe? What does that mean?"
After the freshmen mull over those questions during winter break,
they come back to campus for a three-week January Term course —
"Perspectives on the Environment." Here again, they examine questions
"During the final week of the course, they are given models of
persons who have developed an environmental ethic. Then, they use that
as they try to construct their own."
Students all across campus come in contact with the questions of
ethical dilemmas throughout their college careers. Journalism students
discuss ethics in tenns of fair and honest news reporting, questions of the
public's right to know infomiation and invasion of privacy issues.
Literature students confront with ethical ideals in courses like Western
Civilization 180 and .i90 its well ;is Literature 270 and 290.
It is also interwoven into a number of courses in the natural sciences, in
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beliefe. I am not saying tliat I have tlie answers now, because 1 do not. But,
for myself, tlie questions I iiave are no longer tlireatening to my faitli. I
;mswered tiiose and the ones that remain ;ire there more for mental and
tlieological stimulation tliaii for living my life in fear of doubt and
"...I find m^lf in better "shape" now tlimi when I entered the class.
That is due to tlie fact that the professor provided a meiuis of exploring issues
witliout de,stroying foundations. He made tliinking a stimulating exercise
and class something that was always interesting because it was open to
anything, and in a way, it was a mystery. And that is as it should be."
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disobeying "the divine command would be so irrationd as to be untfiink-
"Having established that humans had not fallen from perfection, I
then pondered die purpose of creating imperfect beings. 1 theorized tliat
hunijins had been created so diat we might learn :uid, in learning, grow
closer to God. For tlie knowledge to have meaning, 1 believed, it would be
necessary for it to be gained dirough first-hand experience. Not long after
class began, we read a selection about the dieologian Irenaeus, and I was
pleased to discover tliat he shared my belief. Writes historiiui Linwood Lirb;ui,
"Irenaeus holds that die whole purpose of die creation :uid of the role of tlie
redeemer is to bring diese imperfect beings to tlieir fullness" (138).
"Thus 1 leave this class widi some of my questions answered, widi
support for those answers, and with unanswered questions as well. I am glad
to have had the opportunity to have been introduced to so m:my tlieologi;ms
this semester, and I will reflect upon their views as 1 answer diose questions I
face today and those 1 will face in die future."
continued from page 8
business and in the social sciences.
The head-on confrontation of ethics will take center stage, again,
when the capstone ethics course is taught during the senior year. This
year's sophomore class will be the first to enroll in this course, which is
being developed by Dr. Wilham Meyer, Assistant Professor of Religion
"There is a problem with the way our culture talks about ethics.
Everv'one talks in terms of values," Meyer says, "but our language of
values carries an underlying assumption that there are no genuinely
right or wrong answers to ethical questions. Rather, it is assumed that
everyone simply chooses their own personal values, and, thus, their own
answers to ethical questions. Ethics then becomes a matter of personal
preference and taste, which turns ethics class into something of a
One of the goals of the new ethics course, Meyer says, is to have
students carefully examine diese cultural assumptions and to compare
them with major alternatives in philosophy and theology. "My hope for
the senior capstone is that we will address these fundiunental questions.
Does ethics have any rational foundations? Are they foundations we can
share publicly in a diverse society? How does ethical responsibility relate
to a choice of vocation? Are we responsible for the public good?
"I often paraphrase Tolstoy when I define ethics," he says. "What
should we do and how shall we live?"
. On being
church related . . .
Director of Publicalions
In and around the Mary\'ille College community, you hear this statement often:
Maryville College is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA).
But just exactly what does that mean?
Of coui-se, Mar\'ville College was founded in 1819 by The Rev Isaac Anderson ;is
Southem and Western Theological Seminary. A Presbyterian minister himself, Anderson felt
'The Southwest' (as it was in those days) needed a frontier seminar\' to educate young
ministers. He submitted his plan to the Union Presbytery which endorsed it to the Synod of
Tennessee. That's where it all began.
The College officially became Maryville College in 1842 but has remained tied to the
Church over the years. Most of the Presidents of MC have actually been ordained
With the reunion in 1983 of the United Presbj'terian Church, USA, and the
Presbvlerian Church, U.S. - and the subsequent merger of Union and Knoxville
Presb\1eries in 1985 - the College and Church have continued and strengthened the
historical ties through a Covenant. The College also has such a Covenant with the Synod of
There are many specific poinLs in that Covenant between the College and Church.
Most notably Mar\'ville College has committed itself to extend the witness of the Church in
the area of higher education, provide opportunities for students to learn about the Church
and to promote the concerns of the Church which also fit with the College's educational
mission. Also, on many occasions the College h;is offered its resources to the Church
(human resources, facilities and otherwise).
MC Chaplain, the Rev Stephen Nickle says the fie between Church ;md College is a
logical one, "because the oldest continuous mission of the Presbyterian Church in the
United States beyond the congregation is our mission in higher education. It began in 1735
when the Rev. William Tennent Sr. established die Log College, the precursor to our
modem-day Princeton University."
In addition, service to the community' is a cornerstone on which the College was
founded by Dr Anderson. This unique mission h;is continued throughout the years.
The notion of Presb\1eri;misni is also unique, Nickle says. From the Greek
presbuteros, meaning elder, the word Presbjierian has also become synonymous with
■Reformed,' or in other words churches that were founded in Calvinist tradition. According
to the Presbrterian Church (\]Sk). presbuteros is mentioned 72 times in the New
In America, the first presbytery was organized in 1706, the first synod in 1717 and the
first General Assembly in 1789. This multi-fiered govemance is also peculiar to Refonned
"Also, a defining characteristic of die Presbyterian Church is its confessional nature,
that is, this part of the Christian church bears witness to God's grace in Jesus Christ in
creedal statements and confessions in which we declare to the members of the church and
to the world who and what we are, what it is we believe and what we resolve to do. These
statements identif)' us as a communit)' of people known by its convictions as well as by its
actions. They guide the church as subordinate students, subject to the audiorit)' of Jesus
Christ, the Word of God, as the Scriptures bear witness to Him.
"The notion of loving God with our minds is also ver\' important to PresbNlerians,"
Nickle continues. "The idea - again using our minds - of being a thinking Christian is not
uniquely Presbyterian, but it is ver\' important in our frnth."
Here again is tlie logical Ue between church and college. A private liberal arts college
like Maryvdie often works widi die notion of vocation. It isn't just diat Maryville College
produces many future members of the clerg)' (actually tliere have been many) . More
miportantly, however, MC works to help each student find his or her calling," Nickle says.
The Presbyterian Church (USA) has a membei-ship of more than 2 million nation-
wide. In the Presbytery of East Tennessee, there are more dian 15,000 members in 81
Projects selected for
Kin Takahashi Week
can still run and dribble - to participate in the alumni
soccer games planned for Sunday, Aug. 23. The men's
game will begin at I p.m.; the women's at 3 p.m.
Maryvllle College's annual indoor soccer tournament
has already been scheduled for 1 999. Dates for the
tourney are Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 13-14.
"We expect these to be two fun and exciting
weekends of soccer and we invite everybody back for a
good time, " Fernandez said. For more information
about alumni soccer games, call Fernandez at 1-800-
597-2687, ext. 8284 or 423/981-8284.
The second Kin Takahashi Week is upon us.
The House in the Woods, education department and
Anderson Hall basement have all been selected as
projects for Kin Takahashi Week, scheduled for June
8-1 3, Alumni, parents and friends of Maryvllle College
are invited back to campus to help spruce up, move and/
or renovate facilities. Although arrangements can be
made to stay and eat on campus for all of the six days,
volunteers would be welcome for any amount of time.
For more information, call 1-800-597-2687, ext.
Maryville College can't promise
[cool, comfortable weather in
[August, but It can promise a
nice soccer field and lots of
Coach Pepe Fernandez is inviting all soccer
players who graduated from Maryville College - and who
Generate Alumni interest
MCs February Meetings, the College's annual time of
spiritual renewal, was the occasion of a mini-reunion for two
members of the class of '83. Jeff Hayes and Brian
McFarland, both now Presbyterian ministers, ctiose to
return to campus during the scheduled February Meetings
activities in order to visit with each other and as Hayes said,
Hayes, currently pastor of New Concord Presbyterian
Church in Concord, VA, and McFarland, pastor of Dale
Presbyterian Church in Dale, IN, said they would like to see
other alumni ministers join them in future years in a form of
The pastors said that they were intentional about
attending this years February meetings and choosing to
meet during that time because the topic, "Seeing is Believing
- Visions of Life Through Film," appealed to them. Yet once
they were here, there was an aspect of February meetings
that the two had never thought about before. It occurred to
them that other alumni ministers might benefit from coming
back to the Colleges February Meetings as well.
MC 'listens to its own'
during lecture series
Maryville College will be listening to its own alumni
during the annual Appalachian Lecture Series planned
for the fall of 1998.
Dr. Michael Montgomery '72, Noriko
Chapman '90 and Lloyd Shue '42 are scheduled to
make presentations on topics related to the Appalachian
region. Montgomery, a professor of English at the
University of South Carolina in Columbia, will open the
series Sept. 8 with a presentation on the Smoky Moun-
Chapman will join MC faculty members Dr Scott
Brunger and Dr Young-Bae Kim in speaking about the
research behind their publication "Effects of Japanese
Investment in a Small American Community" during an
Oct. 1 3 session. Floyd Lopefido and his work in a coal
mining community will be the topic of Shue's presenta-
tion Nov. 1 0.
For specific times and locations, please call Chris
Nugent at 1-800-597-2687, ext. 8257.
According to McFarland, professional loneliness is a
natural part of ministerial duties, and that coming back "home"
would allow pastors to reground and to focus on their faith
and spirituality Maryville College Chaplain Stephen Nickle met
with Hayes and McFarland and is excited about the possibility
of future retreats for alumni ministers. He calls the two
"groundbreakers" and would welcome inquiries from interested
alumni. For more information contact Stephen Nickel by
writing the Chaplains office or by calling 423/98 1-8298.
The I 998 February Meetings on the MC campus featured
Dr Robert Benne and Elder TW. Carpenter Benne, who is the
Jordon-Trexler Professor of Religion and Director of the Center
for Church and Society at Roanoke College in Salem, VA, spoke
on the general theme of "Seeing is Believing - Visions of Life
Carpenter lead discussion on "Spiritual Commitments and
the Necessity of the Holy Spirit in What We Do" and "What it
Takes to be Successful in the Field of Gospel Music" in the
context of the Maryville College Gospel Music Workshop. The
workshop, which included gospel choirs from Berea, Clemson,
Davidson and the University of Tennessee was held the same
week as the February Meetings. ♦
H. ' iLUii i , »i .i.lH.ijiJH i '.» "'nWiHgl9»^TW^'''^P(M
message from your alumni president
This is my last assigned copy for FOCUS, because my temi as president of the Maryvilie College
Alumni Association is about to expire. You, too, may think I've served a long time, but in fact, the three
years have flown - as all busy times do. As the time draws near to retirement, I even think I'll miss
meeting deadlines h: FOCUS.
As an organism, the Alumni Asscxiation Ikls been pretty predictable. Yes, it has grown, ;b the
number of students enrolled in Maryvilie College has increased. Yes, it has continued to break records
- in giving, in percent participation, in sheer numbers of alumni returning to campus events, in
involved alumni participating in regional Maryvilie College gatherings, and in projects such as
student recruitment, capital campaigns and campus improvements.
We're more than predictable! We're hugely predictable! You can predict tliat Maryvilie College
alumni will get involved, will give, will support this remarkable campus in ways that outpxe your
I have represented you at alunmi meetings and at meetings of the Maryvilie College Board of
Directors. I have represented you to seniors, to freshmen, to children of alumni, to the MC National Advisory
Council, to the president and other officers of tlie College. I have spoken widi many of you on tlie telephone
and by mail. YOU DON'T ALWAYS AGREE with Alumni Board actions.
HOWEVER . . ., you have always been reasonable, always friendly always considerate, and when
provocative, always negotiable.
Serving the College in alunmi activities should entitle one to semester credit hours. This has been an
important aspect of my lifelong teaming. Dr. Gibson's lecture to the Board of Directors about the meaning of a
liberal arts education, Dr. Dean Boldon's description of the new curriculum, Donna Davis' analysis of the
critical factors in recmiting students who are a "good fit," and Bruce Guillaume's introduction of alumni to
Mountain Challenge - to name a few - inspired me with the effort, the skills, and die effect of truly competent
and dedicated leadership in the administration and the faculty and die staff of die College. We should all be so
lucky as to be enrolled in Maryvilie Coltege in 1998!
Alumni especially are privileged to enjoy die talents of the professional development staff, especially
Karen Beaty '94, who has given wisdom, leadership, great writing skills, skills to lead alumni
activities into the 21st Century, and a love for die College in her work as director of alumni and parent
In May, Tim Tophatn '80 succeeds me as president. You'll Me Tmi. For the few of you who may
not know him, he promises to give short speeches, write shorter articles for FOCUS, fish only when absolutely
necessary, and maintain die national economy on its steady rate of growth. Yes, he understands e-mail better
dian I do, too, so you will have no excuses not to communicate!
I appreciate how you kept all die home fires burning and a candle in die window for Maryvilie College.
Peace and best wishes,
Jan Rickards Dungan '65
Alumni Assockilion hresident
If you're interested in contacting your Alumni Office or sending alumni news, write to:
Maryvilie College Alumni Office, 502 E. I_amar Alexander Pky Maryvilie, IN 37804-5907
or call: 423/981-8198
or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Florida alumni reunited after three years
er a three-year hiatus, staff members in the
Maryville College Alumni Office last year
Sfganized the annual gathering of alumni, parents and
friends living in Florida. Held at the Life Enrichment Center of the
llnited Methodist Church's Florida Conference Jan. 9-11. the
Florida Reunion drew nearly 50 Ahir\'\'ille College constituents to
"Fun" and "hilfilling" were the words Rosemary Potter
'60 used to describe the weekend event. Don and Carol
Oitzenberger '56 said it was "a quite enjoyable experience."
And Robert and Sue Hassall '58 commented: "We're veiy
happ\ to be together again."
Firet begun in 1955 by George '53 and the late
Catheryn Fischbach '36, the Florida Reunion drew man\-
alumni, family members and friends to the Fischbachs' Circle F
Dude Ranch near Lake Wales. The reunion soon became a
tradition and wis organized by the Fischbachs and the College every year
until 1994, when Cathenai died. Attempt; to org;uiize a reunion in 1995
"It became clear to the College that the Florida Reunion was
special to many of our alumni," said Mark Cate, director of de\elopment
and alumni affairs. "We received phone calls, letters and even a few e-
mail messages asking us to revive it."
In an effort to gauge interest in the reunion.
jLi^i like being back In Tennessee - (L-R) Ted Frauman '59, Kim
Dolce '79, Alice Ayers '57, Rosemary Potter '60, Marv
Harrison, Carol Oitzenberger '56, Don Ditzenberger, Pam
Milligan and Tom Milligan '73 wondered who the chaperones
were for this Maryville College excursion
;is well as where people wanted to have it, what time of year would be
most convenient and how much people were willing to spend for
accommodations, the College sent surveys to all of its Florida constitu-
"It wasn't easy to find a place that met all of our alumni requests -
convenient location, reasonable prices, family-oriented atmosphere.
(Front row, l-r) Alumnae and spouses Betty
Lou Boggs '56, Carol Ditzenberger '56, Sylvia Crawford '55, Katherine
Vousden '56 and (back row. l-r) Scott Boggs. Don Ditzenburger and Ed Vousden
agreed ttiat a Lake Griffin sunset would make a good backdrop for a picture,
'cle:in' and 'hin' - but the Life Enrichment Center seemed to meet about
as many of these requests as was possible."
Accommodations at the Life Enrichment Center are motel-style,
with a private bath and two Uvin beds in each room. Avid campers
Sandy Rabun-Lind '83. her husbiind Don and two children found
the centers campground facilities veiy nice. Specifically Rabun-Lind
commented on the bath house.
"Good campground showere," she said. "Some people would like
to know that."
The 1998 Florida Reunion began Jan. 9 with registration and
ilinner in the conference center's cafeteria. A hayride around the property
followed dinner, and campfire stories and S'mores were shared after the
sun went down on Lake tiritfin.
After breakfast in the cafeteria the following moming, reunion
attendees enjoyed free time. While Karen and Ted Frauman '59
and others left the conference center for antique shopping in nearb\'
Mount Dora, the Linds ;md alumni couple Danny '80 and Nancy
Morris '81 and Skellie Morris '75 challenged each other to a
dangerous game of croquet.
The annual reunion banquet was held later Saturday evening. In all,
3.T adults and six children timied out for the dinner After people
introduced tliemselves :uid shared their Manville College experiences,
prizes were awarded to the oldest and youngest alumni in attendance
and the alumnus who cajiie the furthest to attend. Norma Kalbhenn
'33, NaiiCT Morris ;iiid Ted Frauman were tlie big winnen;.
Cate gave a slide presentation of the cainpus and talked about the
improvements being made in Mar}^^^. Potter who h;is attended more
than 1 5 Florida reunions, gave a brief histon' of the e\ent. explaining the
continued on next page
Terri and Trevor Und, daughter and son of Sandy Rabun-
Lind '83 and Don LInd, enjoyed the conference centers
playground equipment and friendship of Curt Morris (right),
son of Danny '80 and Nancy Morris '81 .
"It's fun to get together with others and swap stories and make plans to help with
campus projects," Katherine said.
Maryville's Florida constituents can start saving up their stories now.
"Swapping" will begin Jan. 15, 1999, and continue until Jan. 17 at the Life
Florida chapter's previous organization and function.
Before the end of the evening, Potter and her sister, Libby Lee
Burke '65, were elected to share the chapter presidency, D;mny
Morris was elected vice president and Kim Dolce '79 was elected
secretary. Discussion was held regarding next year's reunion, and
those in attendance seemed confident that at leist 60 people would
attend the 1999 Florida Reunion. The Great Scot l-,Mile Run and the
Scottie Wake-Up Walk - both established events at the reunion since
1983 - were held early Sunday moniing. The Rev. Ralph Parvin
'43 led the group in worship and song during an informal senlce
that followed breakfast.
Ed and Katherine Vousden '56 said they definitely plan to
attend another Florida Reunion. Not only are the alumni "back,"
but they're glad to have found "such a nice place to have the
reunion," she said, adding that she plans to tell more people about it.
Although only 28 alumni and spouses joined in for this
picture, 33 adults and six children attended the Saturday
night banquet at the conference center
MARK YOUR CALENDERS NOW!
Have you marked Oct. 1 6-1 8 on your calendars and made plans to attend Maryville's 1 998 Homecoming? If
not, you need to get started! Thirteen reunion classes have already begun ...
Just like last year, the Maryville College Alumni Office has many events planned for all alumni, parents and friends
during Homecoming 1 998. Departmental Open Houses, a Service of Remembrance, athletic events, campus tours, the
Blount County Alumni Associations annual Harvest Craft Fair and the Maryville College Alumni Associations annual
banquet are just a few of the many enjoyable ways you can spend your weekend on campus.
Friday, October 16
Alumni Weekend Registration
Scots Tennis Classic
Scots Golf Classic
MC Soccer Games
Reunion Class Gatherings
Friday Night Activities
Saturday, October 1 7
Services of Remembrance
Harvest Crafts Fair
Lunch on the Grounds
Sunday, October 18
Society of 1819 Luncheon
If you're a member of the class of 1 933, 1938, 1943, 1948, 1953, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973,
1 978, 1 983, 1 988 or 1 993, additional events are being planned for you in honor of your reunion
year. You should have already received a letter from your class president and a form to fill out for reunion class
booklets. If you did graduate from Maryville in the years printed above and have not received any information, please
call the Alumni Office at I-800-59SCOTS (7-2687), ext. 8198.
Come back to Maryville this October and expect to make many more good memories at your alma mater
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