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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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Page 2 

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. 

Page 6 

Restoration of the CCM 

1 This component of the MC2000 campaign sei-ves as symbol 
of MC's faith. 


Ethical Dilemma 

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 
Jeff Gary 

Director of Campaigm mid 
Principal Gii'ing 
Anna B, Graham 

Director of Development and 

Alumni Affairs 

Mark Gate 

Director of Alumni and 

Parent's Relations 

Karen Beaty 

Director of Gift Planning 
Lyn French 

Alumni Association Executive Board 

Jan Rickards Dungan '65 

Louisville, Tennessee 


James Campbell '53 

Mar^'ville, Tennessee 

Vice President 

Denise Smith Vogado '74 
Maryville, Tennessee 
Recording Secretary 

Tim Topham '80 

Maryville, Tennessee 

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.) ♦ 

Q/Xen/wu Q7a 

"...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 
it was? 

"...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 

Presbyterian faith 

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, ♦ 


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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." ♦ 

watercolor by 
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 


1/1/ Mary\'ille( 

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 
answers. " 

"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 
of ethics. 

"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." 

continued from page 3 

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 
and Philosophy. 

"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 
cooking club." 

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 
Presbyterian ministers. 

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 
Living Waters. 

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. 

Former soccer 
players sought 

Maryville College can't promise 
[cool, comfortable weather in 
[August, but It can promise a 
nice soccer field and lots of 
friendly competition. 
Coach Pepe Fernandez is inviting all soccer 
players who graduated from Maryville College - and who 

February Meetings 
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, 
"reground myself" 

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- 
tain dialect. 

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 
Through Film." 

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. ♦ 

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message from your alumni president 

Dear Friends, 

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 

Thank you! 

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. 

Thank you! 

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: 

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 
Enrichment Center. 

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 


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 
Campus Events 
Harvest Crafts Fair 
Lunch on the Grounds 
Campus Parade 
Football Game 
Alumni Banquet 

Sunday, October 18 

Worship Service 

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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