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A Publication for Alumni and Friends of Maryville College 

SPRING 2001 

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from the Maryville College Campus 

Readers of FOCUS are likely to be very 
familiar with the phrase "the best possible col- 
lege." This phrase has been the theme ot the 
MC2000 Plan, 
the strategic plan 
that set direc- 
tions for 

Maryville College 
from 1994 
through the turn 
ot the century. At 
first blush it may 
sound like a 
boastful claim, 
but we chose this 
phrase to express 
an aspiration for 
Maryville's future 
and to provide 
an inspiration for 
the work that lay 
ahead. We chose 
it, too, as a 
means of con- 
necting the her- 
itage of our col- 
lege with a vision 
for its future. 

"... the best 
possible college" is an old phrase; the author was 
Maryville's fifth president, Dr. Samuel Tyndale 
Wilson, who, in writing the centennial history 
of the College, held up the ideal for Maryville's 
second century. "[T]o be beyond all question 
the best possible college." That was the full 
phrase, and although Sam Wilson penned it 78 
years before the MC Board of Directors estab- 
lished the MC2000 Plan, it served us well 
throughout the six years of that plan. 

How far toward "the best possible college" 
ideal did Maryville progress during the MC2000 
period? In this issue of FOCUS you will hear 
various voices from the MC community answer- 
ing that question from their own points of view. 

From my own vantage point, 1 take satis- 
faction and pride in the wotk done by so many 
citizens of this college in pursuit of ambitious 

MC2000 goals and in what that work has pro- 

I can stand at my office window and see 
clear confirma- 
tion of the 
progress in walks 
and campus 
lighting - and in 
the numbets of 
students in evi- 
dence. I can stroll 
across the campus 
of spring 2001 
and see new and 
testored buildings 
that weren't there 
in 1994. 1 can 
drive down Court 
Street and see 
athletic facilities 
that now repre- 
sent Maryville 
well to passetsby. 
My first view 
of the Maryville 
College campus 
came in 
December of 
1992, when I 
drove through it prior to meeting with the presi- 
dential search committee. Honesty about that 
first impression requires me to report a mixture 
ot appreciation and depression. I saw a beautiful 
natural setting but a series ot historic buildings 
in disquieting condition. I took encouragement 
from observing that one building, old Carnegie 
Hall, was being renovated. A good sign, but 
there was clearly a major challenge represented 
by the remaining needs of the physical plant 

It brings great satisfaction in 2001 to wit- 
ness the transformation ot the physical campus 
that has taken place duting the MC2000 period 
- and particular satisfaction to see that Bartlett 
Hall, with crumbling steps in 1992, is now a 
splendid student center and major asset. 
It is not, of course, the physical 

campus alone that has been changed by the 
MC2000 Plan. The student body and faculty 
and staff ranks have all grown significandy. 
Academic preparation of students has improved. 
The financial health of the College has 
advanced. Great strides have been made in tech- 
nology for instruction and communication. We 
have a new Maryville Curriculum that has 
brought recognition from the Templeton 
Foundation for its character-building value. The 
College has been named as a top- 10 southern 
liberal arts college six times by U.S. News & 
World Report and has been included in Peterson's 
Guide to Competitive Colleges. 

Dt. Chad Berry, Elton Jones, Jennifer 
Cummings West '95, Dr. Bill Meyer and MC 
Board of Directors Chairman Dick Ragsdale all 
give you in this issue their observations about 
this era of change. 

Maryville has been blessed during the 
MC2000 period by an able and dedicated facul- 
ty and staff, by a corps of loval and enthusiastic 
alumni, by generous benefactors who believe in 
its mission and by a Board ot Directors of 
exceedingly high quality. 

One of Maryville's directors, the late Baxter 
Lee (with whom I happen to share a great-great 
grandfather!), gave us the name of our next 
strategic plan: The MC Window of 
Opportunity Plan. 

"Every college," he said, "has a window of 
opportunity. If it takes advantage of that win- 
dow, it goes on to gteatness. If it fails to take 
advantage of the window, it slides back into 
mediocrity. I believe this is Maryville's window 
of opportunity." 

I believe that, too. I believe that the 
MC2000 Plan has given us that window, and 
that we have only to take full advantage of it to 
go on to greatness. I invite all the readers of 
FOCUS to join us as we move Maryville 
through that window and into the 21st century. 

The best possible? Not yet. But we have 
surely come a long way - and the journey isn't 



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Dr. Gerald W. Gibson 


Mark E. Cate, Vice President for College Advancement 

Karen Beafy Eldridge '94, Director of News and Sports Information 

Laurie Lyza, Director of Public Relations 

Libby Welsh '59, Director of Donor Records 

Ned Willard, Director of Campaigns and Development 


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Readers of FOCUS are likely to be very 
familiar with the phrase "the best possible col- 
lege." This phrase has been the theme of the 
MC2000 Plan, 

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that set direc- 
tions for 

Maryville College 
from 1994 
through the turn 
of the century. At 
first blush it may 
sound like a 
boastful claim, 
but we chose this 
phrase to express 
an aspiration for 
Maryville's future 
and to provide 
an inspiration for 
the work that lay 
ahead. We chose 
it, too, as a 
means of con- 
necting the her- 
itage of our col- 
lege with a vision 
for its future. 

"... the best 
possible college" is an old phrase; the author was 
Maryville's fifth president, Dr. Samuel Tyndale 
Wilson, who, in writing the centennial history 
of the College, held up the ideal for Maryville's 
second century. "[T]o be beyond all question 
the best possible college." That was the full 
phrase, and although Sam Wilson penned it 78 
years before the MC Board of Directors estab- 
lished the MC2000 Plan, it served us well 
throughout the six years of that plan. 

How far toward "the best possible college" 
ideal did Maryville progress during the MC2000 
period? In this issue of FOCUS you will hear 
various voices from the MC community answer- 
ing that question from their own points of view. 

From my own vantage point, I take satis- 
faction and pride in the work done by so many 
citizens of this college in pursuit of ambitious 



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Do you know someone deserving 
of an alumni award? 

The privilege of making nominations for any alumni award is 
given to alumni, past and present, faculty and staff members and 
friends of Maryville College. 

Simply read the descriptions printed below and see which award 
is most fitting for your nominee. A reply card is printed in the 
back of this publication. You may fill out the card and drop it in 
the mail to us or enclose the card in an envelope with other 
materials (vitae, newspaper clippings, commendatory letters, etc.) 
that support your nomination. 

Alumni Citation 

An award known as an "Alumni Citation" may be made to any 
alumnus of Maryville College (alumnus to be defined according 
to the Constitution of the Alumni Association) who has rendered 
such service in professional, business, civic, social or religious 
endeavor as to benefit humankind and bring honor to the 
College, or who has rendered unusual service in any capacity on 
behalf of the College. 

Kin Takahashi Award 
for Young Alumni 

An award known as a "Kin Takahashi Award for Young 
Alumni" shall be given to any alumnus/alumna ("alumnus" to be 
defined according to the Constitution of the Alumni Association) 
who has, within 15 years of his/her graduation of Maryville 
College, lived a life characteristic of College legend Kin 
Takahashi, who, in his 36 years of living, worked tirelessly for 
the betterment of his alma mater, his church, and his society. 

Wall of Fame 

The purpose of the Wall of Fame is to recognize outstanding 
individuals who have contributed to Maryville College athletics. 
Recognition is in two categories: "Regular membership" is 
reserved for those student-athletes who competed for Maryville 
College, displaying excellence in athletic competition. Nominees 
for regular membership must be graduates of the College. 
"Special membership" is granted to those people who have been 
of outstanding value to the Maryville College Athletic Program. 

A Publication for Alumni and Friends of Maryville College 


Maryville College FOCUS magazine 2001 (issn 309) 

Published three times a year 

Maryville College 

502 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway 

Maryville, TN 37804-5907 


subscription price - none 


Tim Topham '80 

Maryville, Tennessee 


James Campbell '53 

Maryville, Tennessee 

Vice President 

Denise Smith Vogado '74 

Maryville, Tennessee 

Recording Secretary 

Jan Rickards Dungan '65 

Louisville, Tennessee 


CLASS OF 2000 

Martha Bess Ellis DeWitt '64 

Russell Gibson '82 

David King '93 

Roger Nooe '62 

Judy Penry 73 

CLASS OF 2001 

Jonathon Allison '90 

Robert Beam '58 

Priscilia Book Campbell '79 

DeAnn Hargis-Kaminski '85 

3renda Babb McCroskey '8, 


CLASS OF 2002 


Marcia Williams Kling '56 

David Russell '72 

Joe Gilliland '55 

iebeccah Kinnamon Neff '6 

William Lukens '91 


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Mapping Our Progess Page 2 

The MC2000 Period brought about eight years of change ot 
Maryville College. From conception to completion, the MC2000 
Plan has been chronicled. 

Real Stories and Happy Endings Page 6 

An adaptation of "The MC2000 Campaign Story" delivered by 
Maryville College President Dr. Gerald Gibson during the 
Founder's Day Celebration, October 14, \ 

MC Report Card Page 8 

How did Maryville College meet the strategic goals set in the 
MC2000 Campaign? Various groups of "stakeholders" gathered on 
campus for collaborative grading exercises. 

What's Next? Page 9 

Maryville College ... the view is opportunity! Read about steps 
taken for the next strategic plan. 

MC Window 

The Harwell W. Proffitt Boardroom Page 13 

The pride of Fayerweather, this beautiful boardroom will serve the 
MC Board of Directors. A photographic diary shows the boardroom 
in progress. 

Campus News Page 10 

Alumni Profile: Jennifer McCafferty Grad Page 11 

Class Notes Page 16 

Letter from the Alumni President Page 25 


Using a real map of the Blount 
County/Smoky Mountain region, roads 
depicting MC's journey of success were 

drawn in over exisiting roads. 
Each "road" is a result of the MC2000 

Plan ... the "capital" of our map. 


Dr. Gerald W. Gibson 


Mark E. Cate, Vice President for College Advancement 

Karen Beaty Eldridge '94, Director of News and Sports Information 

Laurie Lyza, Director of Public Relations 

Libby Welsh '59, Director of Donor Records 

Ned Willard, Director of Campaigns and Development 


Tracy N. Wiggins, Publications Manager 

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"Travel with me, if you will, to a time that seems so close, yet so far away: August 30, 1995. 
A brief stroll across campus treats your eyes to the rundown tennis courts, the unpainted 
tower atop Anderson Hall, broken sidewalks and streaks of mildew across the tops of Davis, 
Copeland, Gamble and Sutton Science Center. 

These, to list a few, are things that have changed at Maryville — right before our very eyes. 
Throughout that year we heard of many things; the largest one that comes to mind: MC2000. A 
plan that called for things like more campus lighting, a student center, residence hall renova- 
tion, the remodeling of the CCM and a number of other campus improvements ..." 

— Ryan Stewart, 

President of the Class of 1999 

in a letter to the editor of the 

Highland Echo, 

April 27, 1999 



Ryan Stewart '99 graduated before the cere- 
monial yellow ribbon was cut on Bardett 
Hall. He moved off campus before 
ground was broken on the new 
Fayerweather Hall. He wasn't one of the 
1,001 students who made enrollment history at 
Maryville College. 

Yet Stewart - and others of the Class of 1999 - 
saw other dramatic changes during the four years 
they called Maryville home. 

Arguably, MC students haven't been a part of 
this much change in such a short period of time since 
the early years of Dr. Samuel T. Wilsons presidency. 

Had Stewart graduated 73 years earlier, he might 
have written a similar letter for publication in the 
Echo. But instead of campus lighting and renovation 
of the Center for Campus Ministry, he might have 
mentioned the completion of Thaw Hall and a new 
Alumni Gymnasium or Maryville's official accredita- 
tion by the Southern Association of Colleges and 
Secondary Schools. He might have said that he was 
enjoying the nearly-new faculties of Carnegie Hall 
and the swimming pool. 

And he might have heard Dr. James H. 
McMurray say in a lecture that history does repeat 

Bartlett Hall 
Student Center 

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The Plan ^mS by the Plan. 

Before his inauguration as Maryville College's 
10th president, Dr. Gerald W. Gibson knew 
changes would have to take place on campus - a 
quickly - if Maryville were to survive. 

He knew the College had made significant 
progress during the Vision '94 period and cam- 
paign, but he believed momentum had to contin- 
ue, and he believed the College needed focus. 

Almost immediately, Gibson set into motion a 
course of action for a new strategic plan. Board 
minutes from Sept. 1993 show adoption of the 
"Maryville College 2000" planning processes. By 
his inauguration in October 1993, Gibson already 
was calling on people to help make Maryville "the 
best possible college." 

The MC2000 period began in 1993, when vari- 
ous campus constituents gathered for aspiration 
exercises and began asking themselves "What 
would we like Maryville College to look like in the 
year 2000?" The period ended in December 2000, 
when those same constituents evaluated the 
progress for themselves. 

Aspiration exercises revealed that the College 
needed improvement in 1 1 areas: reputation, 
enrollment, students, faculty, staff, curriculum, 
financial resources, campus facilities, the College 
community, the College in the external community 
and the College of faith and learning. Listed under 
these areas were specific objectives, such as: enroll- 
ment of 1 ,000 students, a new student center, a 
$17-million endowment. 

Under 1 1 strategic goals were 60 objectives. No 
small feat. 

Faculty and staff members were pleased with the 
planning process and resulting MC2000 Plan, 
which was more specific than Vision 94 and pro- 
vided quantifiable numbers. 

While certainly comprehensive, the MC2000 
Plan did have holes. 

There were no goals for alumni involvement, 
few aspirations for Student Development and ath- 
letics and no section detailing what the MC Board 
of Directors would look like, act like or support 
during the seven years. 

The holes concerned Gibson, but he was hope- 
ful that MC2000 successes would have "ripple 
effects" across a campus that was intertwined in 
many ways. He had to believe that the entire 

College would be positively impacted 
by the Plan 
The ripples were felt 

of ( hange 

d The best possible (looking) college 

One of the first MC2000 Plan objectives was 
achieved in fall 1994, when U.S. News and World 
Report ranked Maryville among the 10 best liberal 
arts colleges in the South. 

Members of the Board of Directors celebrated 
the U.S. News recognition with Gibson, but with a 
tour of campus and an up-close look at deferred 
maintenance during the October Board meeting, 
many Board members recognized just how much 
work was needed to improve first impressions and 
"curb appeal," which mattered greatly to Gibson - 
and to prospective students. 

In obvious disrepair was Bartlett, but other criti- 
cal restorations and repairs were needed, as well. 
Water damage from leaky roofs was common. The 
Anderson bell tower had missing or damaged slats 
and needed a new coat of paint. The ornate 
columns that supported Pearsons and Thaw halls 
were cracked and, in some cases, appeared gored. 
Desks, chairs, beds and couches in most residence 
halls were years beyond their life expectancies. 

During a Board retreat in April 1995, Gibson 
and members took an intensive look at the 
MC2000 Plan. With the help of a facilitator from 
the Association of Governing Boards, Gibson out- 
lined major goals and strategies and identified how 
the Board could help make the Plan successful. The 
president asked for members' enthusiasm and 
financial leadership. 

Board chairman Dick Ragsdale knew MC2000 
would be an ambitious undertaking, but he already 
had confidence in the new president. Ragsdale was 
impressed with Gibson's clear impressions of the 
College - its assets and its needs - and with 
Gibson's well-organized and specific plan. 

Rejuvenated in 1995, the Board's Building and 
Grounds Committee went to work to prioritize 
projects enumerated on the long list of mainte- 
nance needs. Proposals went to the Planning and 
Budgeting Advisory Committee, and major work 
began the following year. 

Major improvements were soon seen in the first 
and second floors of Fayerweather Hall, tapped as a 
temporary student center. Gifts from the Class of 
1946 funded fresh paint, couches and chairs. 

Eventually, unused space on the second floor was 
reclaimed for student publications and Residence 
Life employees. A fitness center was added to the 
first floor in 1996. 

While supportive of a new student center and 
interested in goals for enrollment growth and cam- 
pus diversity, many students grew impatient with 
conditions of campus facilities. In 1995, The 
Highland Echo featured photographs of rain buck- 
ets in the Fine Arts Center hallways, potholes in 
campus roads and water-damaged walls in the 
Center for Campus Ministry - all under the head- 
line "the best possible college ..." 

The MC2000 capital campaign brought to 
fruition the most ambitious visions for campus 
repair and restoration: the Bartlett Hall Student 
Center and the restored Center for Campus 
Ministry. Roughly $7 million was raised for those 
projects, but during the MC2000 period, several 
other improvements were made to campus 

A new physical plant building was constructed 
on the east end of campus, giving maintenance and 
grounds crews modern office space and storage 
facilities. When the College celebrated a $1.75 mil- 
lion Title III grant from the U.S. Department of 
Education for instructional technology in 1999 
(another MC2000 Plan objective), office space was 
allocated in the new physical plant facility for grant 
and technology directors. 

Title III money proved to be a boost in the arm 
of faculty morale. With it, new computers 
appeared on desks and several classrooms were 
made "smart" by installing Internet-accessible com- 
puters, high tech projectors and screens that made 
PowerPoint and digital videos teaching tools. 
Furthermore, faculty members had access to quality 
printers, scanners and other software programs spe- 
cific to their disciplines. Interested instructors 
could enroll in on-campus instructional technology 
workshops and apply for FIT fellowships that 
allowed for travel and further study as it related to 

Less glamorous - but equally important - proj- 
ects like roof repair, ttim painting, pressure wash- 
ing, campus lighting, sidewalk pouring, furniture 
replacement and adding ramps and elevators to 
comply with ADA regulations were checked off 

under the "Campus Facilities" strategic goal. 

continued on page 4 

FOCUS Spring 2001 


Dr. Chad Berry 

Assistant Professor 

of History 

Setting out from 
Indiana for Maryville 
College and my on- 
campus interview in 
1995, 1 had had six 
hours to wonder 
about, among other 
things, what the cam- 
pus would look like. 
Because these were the 
days before websites, I 
had no real idea what to expect. 

As I drove through the gates of campus 
that first time, I must confess that I was dis- 
appointed. Everywhere I looked, it seemed, 
there was work to be done. 

The Anderson bell tower looked as 
though it were rusting away. Fresh paint 
seemed a scarce commodity, since the exteri- 
ors of Anderson, Fayerweather, the 
International House, Pearsons, Crawford 
House and Thaw Hall were peeling like aging 
onions. Bartlett Hall looked as though it were 
about to implode. The old tennis courts 
looked tired and out of place, stuck as they 
were in prime campus real estate. 

As I drove around the ring road, it 
seemed to me that an advancing film of 
mildew was poised to overtake the newer 
dorms and even Sutton Science Center. 
Sidewalks were a hodgepodge of concrete, 
asphalt and bare, cattle-like paths. Fluorescent 
light strips adorned the inside of the CCM. 

Celebrating history while making 

Alumni, parents and friends who participated in 
the first Kin Takahashi Week during the summer of 
1997 completed select maintenance projects. The 
brainchild of Board member Dan Greaser '60 and 
then Vice President and Treasurer Ron Appuhn, 
"K.T. Week" revived the spirit of an 1890s-era stu- 
dent from Japan who seemed to live by the motto: 
"Where there's a will, there's a way." 

Takahashi, although long considered a legend of 
the campus for his spearheading the building of 
Bartlett Hall, was more frequently discussed. His 
name rolled off the tongues of MC2000 period 
students, who shared the Takahashi story in cam- 
pus tours, student publications and at student 

With the formation of a committee on the 
College's spirit and traditions in 1996, student 
interest in College history increased. Gibson began 

4 FOCUS Spring 2001 

But there were jewels. 

Carnegie Hall stuck out like a cocktail 
dress at a Sadie Hawkins dance. And the natu- 
ral beauty of the view from Lloyd Beach, cou- 
pled with wonderful old cedars, and sugar 
berries, ash and magnolia trees evoked a strength 
that comes with age. There were a few brick- 
lined sidewalks and a few old lighting fixtures 
that dotted the center of campus. 

And I'll never forget how bold I was with 
Dr. Gerald Gibson during my interview when 
he asked for my impressions. 

"Well," I said, feeling as if I were about 
to jump out of a cockpit, hoping my para- 
chute were properly packed, "the people 
inside these buildings are wonderful, but 
these buildings really need some attention." 

To my shock, Gerald was in total agree- 
ment, promising that within a few years, the 
campus would be transformed. 

Transformed it has become. New build- 
ings have arisen, new paint has been applied 
(although still more is needed) and new side- 
walks and light fixtures have been installed. 
Even flowerbeds have been edged and mulched. 

Scientists refer to kinesis as the move- 
ment of an organism in response to a stimu- 
lus. Maryville College has responded to the 
work of thousands of people just in the time 
that I've been here, and I am confident that 
the momentum of progress will continue to 
propel MC into an even more favorable posi- 
tion in the near future. 

using Convocation addresses to tell student bodies 
of record-breaking numbers the Maryville College 
story and educate them on historical topics such as 
the College legends, buildings, and rules. 

Just as Kin Takahashi's story intensified during 
the restoration of Bartlett Hall, so did stories sur- 
rounding the CCM during its restoration. And 
when Fayerweather Hall was struck by lightning in 
May 1999, students read or heard about - many 
for the first time - its age, origination as a science 
building, third-floor addition in 1913 and its 
namesake, Daniel Fayerweather. 

Along with the history of the College, people 
across campus were thinking and talking about 

While acknowledging incredible growth in 
enrollment, many administrators and faculty mem- 
bers became concerned that more diversity - racial, 
geographic and socio-economic - was not reflected 
in the growth. 

As fees for tuition, room and board increased 
from $15,408 for the 1994-1995 school year to 
$21,1 10 in 1999-2000, the campus consensus was 
to remain committed to the College's long-stand- 
ing mission of providing a quality education to 
those who otherwise couldn't afford it. Maryville's 
"sticker price" placed it in categories alongside 
model colleges Centre, Davidson, Wooster, 
Rhodes and Sewanee, but the College's tuition dis- 
count rate soared above the top-tier liberal arts 
institutions. Gains in net revenue were never quite 
what administrators hoped for during the 
MC2000 period. 

Frustrations arose when operational budgets did 
not keep pace with enrollment, and there were 
many who believed the College and its students 
would be better served if more students with a 
higher ability to pay - and less financial need - 

It was a dilemma not solved in the MC2000 

True to the liberal arts 

In the long history of the College, faculty staff 
and administrators had never strayed from its liber- 
al arts roots. When the time came for a revision of 
the general education curriculum in 1994, mem- 
bers of a task force started with the question "What 
does a liberal arts graduate look like?" From the 
answers, a curriculum was adopted that featured 
more integrated ireshman courses and heavier 
emphases on values, ethics and vocation. Capstone 
courses developed for the senior year provided 
opportunities to reflect on and put together the 
elements of a liberal arts education. 

The new general education curriculum was 
implemented in the fall of 1996. Faculty members 
reported to the Boatd that the new curriculum had 
a rejuvenating effect on professors and instructors. 
At times calling itself the "guinea pig class," the 
Class of 2000 sometimes voiced frustration at the 
kinks and snafus as the first group to experience 
the new curriculum. As the largest graduating class 
in MC history, however, the students also took 
great pride in their collective accomplishments as a 
class and demonstrated a great affinity for the 

Students were not the only ones exposed to the 
liberal arts. In 1996, staff and faculty members 
enrolled in the first "Liberal Arts Institute." Over 
several days, staff and faculty learned the history 
and philosophy behind the liberal arts. Gibson, a 
self-described "patriot" of the liberal arts, took seri- 
ously the need to enlist other patriots in the 
College ranks. 

A changing faculty 

While the College enjoyed a positive track 
record of hiring quality faculty members dedicated 
to the ideals of the liberal arts, an increase in both 
teaching positions and starting salaries resulted in 
the hiring of even more highly qualified faculty 
members whose doctoral degrees came from 
Syracuse and Texas Tech and various universities in 
between. In April of 2000, more than half of the 
faculty had been employed at the College for five 
years or less. Orienting new professors to the liberal 
arts - and to Maryville College - became a priority 
during the MC2000 period. 

The new faculty members seemed enthusiastic 
about the liberal arts education and close relation- 
ships with the students. Many became heavily 
involved in the College's service-learning initiatives, 
traveling with students on MOOSE (Maryville 
Outdoor Outreach Service Experience) trips to 
national parks in the west and helping organize 
campus labor for a Habitat for Humanity house. 

Salary plans that would bring both faculty and 
staff into the pay ranges of similar institutions were 
objectives of the MC2000 Plan. In 1997, a staff 
compensation plan was approved by the Board, 
and by the end of the MC2000 period, all staff 
salaries were significantly above minimum wage. 
Several positions saw substantial salary upgrades. 

The objective for faculty salaries called for wages 
to be "at or above the means in each rank for all 
baccalaureate colleges." The College's faculty 
salaries reached the mean for church-related col- 
leges in 1994, but fell short of the MC2000 Plan 
goal: to reach the average for all baccalaureate col- 
leges. Salary levels remained at competitive levels, 
however (third-highest of private colleges in the 
state), and veteran professors serving on faculty 
search committees were continually surprised and 
impressed by the caliber of candidates Maryville 
attracted for tenure-track positions. 

Opportunities for faculty development improved 
under the MC2000 Plan. The Parker Fund for 
development grants and professional travel grew, 
and the Dean Bolden Faculty Travel Fund was 
established for overseas sabbaticals. Earnings from 
the Ruth Lloyd Kramer Memorial Fund grew and 
offered faculty members additional funds for off- 
campus research. The College's membership within 
the Appalachian College Association provided 
additional grant opportunities for faculty develop- 
ment and collaborative research. 

A staff development plan was created, budgeted 
in 1994, but eventually cut. Progress was made in 
2000, when the staff development plan was funded 

at a higher level. 

Different perspectives 

Though not directly linked to staff develop- 
ment, some departments on campus did receive 
advice during the MC2000 Plan. In order to meet 
the goals of enrollment and fund-raising, 
Admissions and Advancement contracted with out- 
side consultants for help. 

George Dehne, renowned author, lecturer and 
marketing consultant, was hired to conduct market 
research and formulate a marketing and position- 
ing theme for Admissions in 1994. A year later, 
Doug Mason, a partner with Chicago-based 
Gonser, Gerber Tinker Stuhr LLP consulting firm 
began working closely with Gibson and the 
Advancement team. 

Mason pushed for strong Board development 
and involvement, building meaningful relation- 
ships with the College's constituents and expanding 
the circle of friends. Visiting campus for a few days 
every six weeks, Mason suggested programs and 
initiatives that began to pay off almost immediately. 

The Advancement team began hosting outreach 
events for alumni, parents and friends in cities 
across the country. The Alumni Board set its own 

Though I was not 
here at the beginning 
of MC2000, it is evi- 
dent that the College 
has taken fruitful 
N >^j strides in the area of 

faith and learning 
over these past eight 

One of the goals 
of the plan was to reexamine and rejuvenate 
our church-related identity as we prepared to 
enter the new century. We have successfully 
accomplished this goal in four ways. 

First, our new general education cur- 
riculum includes not only a required course 
in biblical studies but also includes a special 
emphasis on values and vocation in our 
freshman seminar and senior ethics courses. 

Secondly, we held a series of valuable 
campus-wide discussions about the meaning 
and future of our church-related identity. 
The discussions stemmed from Dr. Peggy 
Cowans participation in the Rhodes 
Consultations on the Future of Church- 
Related College. 

Dr. Bill Meyer 
Associate Professor of 
Religion and Philosophy 

goals, and Alumni Board members were called on 
frequently to explain the various ways alumni 
could get involved in the life of the College. Class 
reunions were moved to Homecoming, which 
improved attendance to the campus in the fall. 
Alumni Board members volunteered to be present 
for activities and encourage other graduates to get 

During the MC2000 period, alumni present at 
Homecoming celebrated not just the get-together 
of old friends, but the dedication of beautiful and 
functional facilities such as the Beeson Residential 
Village and the Bartlett Hall Student Center. 
Spirits ran high during Alumni Weekends. 

Members of the Board ol Directors became 
more visible on campus, and their dedication to 
the College and the MC2000 Plan was rarely in 
doubt. In 1995, the Board voted to contribute 10 
percent of the College's Annual Fund. It became a 
yearly goal through the MC2000 Period. 

Some members committed themselves to specif- 
ic projects: improving areas like the dining room, 
providing internships for current students, endow- 
ing scholarships for studies abroad. 

In expanding the circle of friends, Mason 
advised college administrators continued on page 24 

Thirdly, we established a Board of 
Church Visitors, which consists of clergy and 
lay leaders. The BCVs inaugural meeting 
was held last Spring, and we value members' 
input as well as the opportunity to reinvigo- 
rate our ties to the Presbyterian Church 

And lastly, Dr. Gerald Gibson commis- 
sioned a new Faith and Learning Committee, 
which was charged with articulating a guid- 
ing vision that would entail practical ways 
Maryville College could live out its church- 
related identity. The committee submitted its 
report to the president in December 2000, 
and in the coming months, faculty members 
and other College constituencies are expected 
to discuss the report's suggestions. 

Just as the report was being completed, 
the College was invited by the Lilly 
Endowment to submit a major grant propos- 
al as part of the foundation's initiative on 
"Theological Explorations of Vocation." (See 
page 12 for story.) 

Needless to say, such opportunities raise 
exciting possibilities for the future of faith 
and learning at Maryville. 

FOCUS Spring 2001 

By Dr. Gerald Gibson 

Adapted from "The MC2000 Campaign 

Story" as delivered during the Founder's Day 

Celebration, Oct. 14, 2000 

The MC2000 Campaign story is one I've lived 
- not alone - but with a great team of staff and 
volunteers. The campaign has occupied many 
hours of our lives. Together we have brainstormed 
and traveled and drafted proposals and strategized 
and worried and hoped and endured disappoint- 
ments and made calls and celebrated successes. 
Together we have seen ambitious dreams become 
satisfying reality. 

This is a real story with visible outcomes, a 
good story with a happy ending. 

The story starts, not with committees or 
fundraising, but with the MC2000 Plan. As 
everyone is probably aware, the MC2000 Plan is 
the strategic plan developed during the 1993-94 
year and approved by the Board of Directors in 
April of 1994. 

This plan was an effort of the Maryville 
College community - faculty, staff, students, 
alumni, directors - to shape the future of the 
College in a very purposeful way. Dreaming, 
planning and acting - these are the three steps to 
progress that we have followed. 

We began with what I called aspiration exercis- 
es. I invited a wide variety of constituent groups 
to dream about Maryville College as they wished 
it to be in the year 2000. Out of those dreams 
came a set of "directions statements," which were 
brief narrative descriptions of where the College 


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Thermometer signs 

like this one at 

the Center for 

Campus Ministry, 

kept campus 
constituents and 
visitors abreast 
of fund-raising 
progress toward 

bticks and 

mortar projects 

during the 



proposed to go over the next six years. 

Organized under 1 1 headings - reputation, 
enrollment, students, faculty, staff, cutticulum, 
financial tesources, campus facilities, the College 
community, the College in the external commu- 
nity, and a college of faith and learning - I pre- 
sented these directions statements to the Board of 
Directors in January 1994. Members gave enthu- 
siastic endotsement. 
Ftom there we devel- 
oped sets of specific 
goals to accompany 
the directions state- 
ments, and in April 
1994 the Board 
approved these to 
give the final 
MC2000 Plan that 
has served as our 
guide ovet these six 

At this point, we 
had the dreaming 
and planning checked 
off. It was time then 
for acting. We knew 
where we wanted to go; we knew what we want- 
ed to accomplish. But a lot of wotk remained to 
be done to get Maryville College to the year 2000 
condition that we had dreamed of. 

The MC2000 Plan included 60 goals. Many 
of these would require mostly will and wotk, but 
some would tequite substanrial funding. That's 
where the MC2000 Campaign came in. The 
Advancement and Finance Committees of the 
Board of Directots held a joint meeting and 
determined that a campaign should focus on 
a few, high-priority goals. These would be the 
cteation of a new student centet for students, 
the restoration of the Center for Campus 
Ministry, growth of the endowment of the 
College and the sustaining of an ambitious 
Annual Fund during the campaign period. 
The original campaign fundraising goal 
approved by the Board of Directors was $14 
There were generals who answered the 

Ryan Stewart '99 presents Dt. Gerald Gibson with a check 

fot $5,985. The money, given by the Class of 1999, went to 

putchase materials and supplies for sidewalk construction 

between Beeson Village and Fayerweather 

call to lead the MC2000 Campaign. Their names 
are on the rosters of the MC2000 Campaign 
Steering Committee and Campaign Council. Let 
me note, though, that the five-star general who 
headed the Steering Committee was Fred 
Lawson. What a great leader he proved to be! 
Fred's petceptiveness, knowledge and enthusiasm 
were all tremendous assets that were instrumental 
in achieving the ulti- 
mate victory. 

That's not to say 
that victory came 
easily or swiftly. 
Boatd Chaitman 
Dick Ragsdale and I 
put in a few miles 
by plane and car to 
call on out-of-town 
directors and get 
things going during 
that first year of the 
campaign. Fred 
Lawson and other 
members of the 
Steering Committee 
accompanied me on 
visits to local ditectors. Rachel and I joined 
Advancement staff members for gatherings with 
alumni and friends in Atlanta and San Francisco 
and Phoenix and Washington, D.C., and Tampa 
and Los Angeles and other locations around the 

The BankFirst boatdtoom became the "war 
room" for the Steering Committee. We met there 
for hours to review lists of prospects, agree on 
additional prospecrs, talk about strategies and get 
reports on progress toward campaign goals. 

On some afternoons in the war room there was 
elation, as a committee member brought a report 
of a large gift secured or an encouraging response 
from a prospective donor. On some afternoons 
there was discouragement, as we learned that a 
prospective donot had declined to support the 
campaign or had made a smaller-than-anticipated 
gift. On some afternoons, we experienced both 
emotions within a few minutes of each othet. 
Honesty tequires we admit that the campaign 

FOCUS Spring 2001 

After more than a year of viewing architect's renderings of the new 

student center, reality replaced dreams in 1999, when ground was 
broken and a new addition rose where o parking lot was once located. 

goals seemed large and distant in the early days. 
But Campaign Director Anna Graham kept the 
numbers before us, and in time clear progress 
could be read in her reports. 

The time came when it was clear that the 
endowment growth goal of $2.2 million would 
be surpassed. With the Board's approval, the 
overall goal was increased from $14 million to 
$16 million, and we continued with fundraising. 

The endowment front was moving well, but by 
1998, we were unquestionably bogged down on 
the Bartlett Hall Student Center front. Over the 
entire year only about $200,000 came in against 
the $6.3-million goal. A lot was at stake; the 
Kresge Foundation (from whom we hoped to 
secure an award of $500,000), required evidence 
of good progress toward that goal. Movement was 
slow, indeed, as we held a Knoxville gathering in 
April to show the MC2000 Campaign video and 
talk about progress and needs with alumni and 
friends. At the end of the evening, Harold 
Lambert '50 asked me, "Will you be in your 
office tomorrow morning?" 

When we met the next morning, Harold told 

me, "Jean and I want to see this thing 
happen." Harold's and Jean's $1 million 
commitment was just what the doctor 

On June 17, Kresge notified us that a 
$500,000 grant was on its way - provid- 
ed we were successful in raising the 
remaining $1.9 million that would be 
needed to build the new student center. 
That incredible gift from the Lamberts 
seemed to inspire other donors, and the 
needed gifts began to come in. 

The MC2000 Campaign has given me 
many wonderful memories, but this was 
the biggest single turning point. The $1 million 
commitment that Harold and Jean made to the 
Bartlett Hall Student Center project produced a 
surge toward the finish line and provided inspira- 
tion and confidence in a victorious outcome. 

Other wonderful moments came when Dick 
and Anne Ragsdale made the first $1 million 
commitment to the campaign, when Baxter and 
Sherri Lee pledged $500,000, when the 
Thompson Charitable Foundation gave a 
$300,000 boost to the student center drive and 
when the Lucille Thompson Foundation's 
$300,000 gift took us over the top and assured 
the Kresge gift. 

I wish there were space here for me to go on 
listing names, for success wasn't the result of 6- 
and 7-figure gifts alone. There were altogether 
1,412 gifts for the capital projects, most of them 
modest in size, but adding up to victory. 

Be assured that we who gathered for those 
BankFirst meetings are deeply grateful for every 
single person and every single dollar that pro- 
duced the new Bartlett Hall Student Center, the 
restored Center for Campus Ministry, the growth 

in endowment and the resounding Annual Fund 
attainments over the four years of the MC2000 
Campaign. I am sincere when I say that it is truly 
impossible to express that gratitude adequately. 

Well, that's the story, except for the ending. At 
the final meeting of the Steering Committee and 
Campaign Council in the BankFirst conference 
room, we looked together at the final official 
report on the MC2000 Campaign. 

On the Bartlett Hall Student Center project, 
we had gifts and pledges totaling $6,750,094. 

On the Center for Campus Ministry restora- 
tion, the total was $701,541. 

Endowment growth came to $5,341,939. 

And the Annual Fund total was $8,241,020. 

On the bottom line, where the goal had been 
increased a second time along the way, the grand 
total came to $21,034, 595, putting the 
Campaign as a whole at 1 18 percent of the 
revised goal. And this was all "real money" - real 
gifts and pledges, not deferred gifts. 

The story of the MC2000 Campaign is over. 
We celebrate all it has produced and all those who 
made it a success. 

But the story of Maryville College is not over. 

We have more to do. 

We are already at work on fundraising for what 
we're calling the MC2000 Plus Projects and ini- 
tiatives that promise to transform this campus 
further. We're already at work to develop the next 
strategic plan. It will be called the "MC Window 
of Opportunity Plan," and that plan will build on 
the accomplishments of the MC2000 period, on 
the foundation that many alumni, parents and 
friends have provided. 

May God bless all of those who helped during 
the last six years, and may His blessings follow 
this College into the new millennium. 

I served on the Colleges Board of Directors back 
in 1994 when it approved the MC2000 Strategic 
Plan. Never could I have imagined then how this 
innocent compilation of words and aspirations would 
impact my future. 

This was also about the time that I elected to take 
early retirement from my previous employer. President 
Gibson declined my offer to resign from the Board to 
make room for somebody else. A few days later, he 
asked about my plans, which were not yet certain. 

Surprise, surprise! Gerald had a plan-one that did, after all, involve my 
resigning from the Board and then joining the College fundraising staff. These 
last six years have been incredibly rewarding, occasionally frustrating, definite- 
ly challenging, and a wonderful learning experience. 

In no special order, here are a few thoughts that come to mind as I reflect 

Ehon Jones 

Assistant to the President 

on the successful conclusion of the MC2000 Capital Campaign. I am grateful: 

• To Richard Ferrin for getting Dick Ragsdale involved with MC. 

• To the late Harwell Proffitt for inviting Fred Lawson to join the Board. 

• To Mr. and Mrs. Ragsdale for the first seven-figure campaign commitment. 

• To Harold and Jean Lambert for the second - it made a dream come true. 

• To dedicated faculty and staff who make Maryville College the exceptional, 
beloved place that it is. 

• To all my associates in Advancement. Successful homecomings and record- 
breaking fundraising are not automatic, but you make it appear that way. 

• To every donor for every gift, and to every volunteer, especially Fred 
Lawson, Chair of both the Advancement Committee and the Campaign 
Steering Committee, for great leadership and for truly "expanding the 

It will be thrilling to see where the next plan takes this very special place 
of learning! 

FOCUS Spring 2001 

MC2000 Receives High Marks from College 

Various groups of "stakeholders" -faculty, staff, vice presidents, alumni and communi- 
ty members - recently gathered on campus for collaborative grading exercises. 

For every strategic goal of the MC2000 Plan, a directions statement detailed overall 
visions. Below is the consensus grade of progress made on those directions statements, as 
determined by people participating in the grading exercises. (Key: A = Goals met or near- 
ly met; B = Significant progress; C = Some progress; D = Little progress; F = No progress.) 

v Points of Pride: Recognition by U.S. News & World Report's 
annual college rankings; better media coverage in local 
rtf'v^ markets. 

Still needing work: The development of a specific mes- 
sage and marketing plan that accurately portrays Maryville's 
distinctive features. 

Points of Pride: The total enrollment of 1,001 in the fall of 
Still needing work: Retention issues; recruitment of 
more part-time students and adult learners. 

Points of Pride: Retention rates for the freshman class; 
recruitment of students with stronger academic backgrounds. 
\ Still needing work: Financial aid funds to ensure a 
diverse student body; increasing and improving the 
promotion of student achievement. 

Points of Pride: Recruitment of faculty members who are 
enthusiastic about the liberal arts; maintenance of low 
student-teacher ratio. 

Still needing work: Salary plans; a first-rate faculty 
development plan. 

Points of Pride: Recruitment of staff members who are 
enthusiastic about the liberal arts; development of staff 
compensation plan. 
^3 Still needing work: A first-rate staff development 
plan; improved promotion of staff achievements, involvement. 

Points of Pride: Growth of on-campus residence population; 
, improvements in community-building initiatives with the 
reopening of Bartlett Hall. 

Still needing work: Implementation of regular, campus- 
wide town meetings,- full realization of the MC Covenant. 

'oints of Pride: Greater student involvement in community 
service; improved town-gown relationship. 
Still needing work: A model program of internships, 
practica and employment opportunities with help from 
friends and alumni. 

Points of Pride: The restoration and expansion of Bartlett Hall 
qv3$ \ for use as a student center; the restoration of the Center for 
^° \\\\'\§f \ Campus Ministry; a fully integrated computer system and a 
r\~^ state-of-the-art instructional technology center. 

Still needing work: Improvements to the Fine Arts Center; 
resources for deferred maintenance; campus landscaping plan. 

Points of Pride: Implementation of a new and distinctive 
General Education curriculum; the creation of a Liberal Arts 
\ Institute to orient new faculty and staff to the liberal arts. 
Still needing work: A comprehensive advising program. 

Points of Pride: 12 successive years of operation in the black; 
caq\ endowment growth that reached and surpassed goal. 
^^oOT^f \ Still needing work: Dependence on tuition revenue and 
unrestricted gifts; increased budgets for instruction and 
academic support. 


Points of Pride: Educational experiences that explain the 
, Christian tradition; an atmosphere of diversity and freedom 
^^R+\ m expression of spirituality and faith. 

Still needing work: Support from the Presbyterian 
Church (USA); the College's support for churches. 

Ask Dick Ragsdale 
what he wishes the 
College could have 
achieved during the 
MC2000 period, and he 
mentions - first - the 
unbelievable strides 
Maryville College has 
made since 1993. 
Improvements in reputation. More students. 
Curriculum revision. Deferred maintenance. 

Ragsdale, who brought his son Kevin 
Ragsdale '93 to campus in the late 1980s as a 
freshman, walks around campus today and phys- 
ically sees the differences. And as chairman of 
Maryville College's Board of Directors since 
1992, he sees the differences on paper. 

Dick Ragsdale, Chairman 
MC Board of Directors 

But as a businessman and CEO, Ragsdale also 
knows what "robust fiscal health" means. And 
the College isn't there, he said, despite a success- 
ful MC2000 Capital Campaign that resulted in 
more gifts to the College's endowment, continu- 
ing support for the Annual Fund and money to 
fund much-needed deferred maintenance proj- 
ects like Bartlett Hall and the Center for 
Campus Ministry. 

"We're not quite robust," Ragsdale said. "The 
College's budgets are tight, and we depend sig- 
nificantly on annual fundraising. We need an 
endowment of about $100 million." 

(Currendy, the College has a market-value 
endowment of $24 million - up $10 million 
since 1993.) 

Ragsdale said he wishes the College could 

have made major improvements to other facili- 
ties on campus (namely, the Fine Arts Center) 
during the MC2000 period, adding that he's 
hopeful those projects will "get a good, hard 
look" in the next strategic plan and campus 
master plan. 

"The CCM and [Bartlett Hall] Student 
Center exceeded our hopes," he said. "Before 
the renovation, the CCM was dark and had 
paint peeling off the walls. 1 think that project 
turned out beautifully. What architects did with 
the student center preserved the character of the 
building and gave us a wonderful facility inside. 

"I would like to have endowed maintenance so 
that continual, regular maintenance is performed 
on all of our facilities," he said. "Of course, 
almost all of our initiatives require funding." 


FOCUS Spring 2001 


Next Strategic Plan Already in the Works 


Work has already begun on a plan that will guide 
Maryville College into the new millennium. A strate- 
gic planning commit- 

tee, co-chaired by Vice 
President and Dean Dr. 
Nancy Sederberg and 
Professor of Chemistry 
Dr. Robert Naylor, was 
formed last year. 


Several campus groups met last fall for SWOT 
(strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) 

The name for the new strategic plan - "The MC 
Window of Opportunity Plan" - came from the late 

Baxter Lee, a former member of the MC Board of 
Directors who believed the College was poised on a 
. .LirviuL. iln.lssll windowsill of greatness and 
should take advantage of 
the momentum and oppor- 
tunities provided by the 
MC2000 Plan. 

Five theme commissions 
have been formed to develop over-arching goals of 
the new strategic plan. These commissions will evalu- 
ate the educational experience, faculty and staff, stu- 
dents and the college environment, resources for 
excellence and outreach and partnerships. Five 
"weaver" commissions focused on community, diver- 

MC Window 
of Opportunity 

sity, faith and mission, stewardship and technology 
will ensure that broad-based themes are integrated 
into all of the goals. 

"This is an exciting time for Maryville College," 
said Maryville College President Dr. Gerald W 
Gibson. "The MC2000 Plan has given us our win- 
dow of opportunity, and we are poised to take full 
advantage of it. Goals set during the MC Window of 
Opportunity Plan are to assure that the College cap- 
tures the moment and reaches new heights of accom- 
plishment and reputation." 

The first commission meetings were held April 
27-28, coinciding with a kick-off dinner. Subsequent 
meetings are scheduled for June 1 5 and Sept. 27-28. 

"MC2000 Plus" Will Fund Needed 
Enhancements, Improvements 

In April of 2000, the College community began 
work on a new strategic plan that will develop goals 
and objectives leading to the next major fundraising 
campaign. The Board of Directors, however, recently 
authorized the fundraising for three very specific 
projects related to the MC2000 Plan. Dubbed the 
"MC2000 Plus Projects," these fundraising initiatives 
hope to capitalize on the momentum built through 
the MC2000 Campaign. 

The overall goal for the MC200 Plus Projects is 
approximately $4 million and plans call for raising 
the money by the end of 2002. 
Fayerweather Hall enhancements 

The fire of May 23, 1999, left many people on 
campus wondering if the College would ever recover 
from such a tragedy. Intense negotiations with the 
College's insurance provider netted a $5.7 million 
settlement, forming the basic budget for rebuilding 
Fayerweather. But after a thorough study by the 
College's architects, it became clear that additional 
funds would be needed to complete the building to 
fulfill current needs. 

Currently, approximately $345,000 has been 
raised on a $500,000 goal. More than $200,000 has 
been given or pledged to the Harwell W Proffitt 
Boardroom, which will be located on the top floor of 
the new building. 

"The Harwell Proffitt Boardroom is going to be 
unbelievable," noted Mark Cate, Vice President for 
College Advancement. "We've had so many folks get 
behind this project because of their love and appreci- 

ation for Harwell. He truly was a 
great man." 

Board Chairman Dick Ragsdale 
and his wife Anne joined MC2000 
Campaign Chair Fred Lawson and 
his wife Sharon in providing $100,000 to fund the 
President's Suite. The Admissions offices and a tech- 
nologically savvy tiered classroom are also on the list 
of projects in need of funding. Diane Humphreys- 
Barlow 70 has pledged $50,000 toward the 
Admissions Office project. 

A special "brick campaign" is being planned so 
that interested donors will have an opportunity to 
buy and personalize a brick for commitment of 
$1,000, payable by the end of 2001. Money raised 
from the brick campaign will be used for furnishings, 
equipment and to begin an endowment for building 
Campus Beautification and Improvement Plan 

Last year, Ruby Tuesday's provided funding for the 
development of a landscaping plan. The plan, which 
had heavy input from campus constituents and the 
local community, was later merged with the College's 
1997 master plan to capture the major landscaping, 
roadwork and infrastructure needs most pressing. 
The Campus Beautification and Improvement Plan 
(CBIP) has an approximate $3 million price tag and 
could take a couple of years to implement depending 
on funding. 

"In my opinion, this is without a doubt our most 
pressing capital need," said President Gerald Gibson. 

The Campus Beautification and Improvement Plan (CBIP) has an 

approximate $3 million price tag and could take a couple of years to 

implement depending on funding. 

"We have made major progress on our physical plant 
in the past five years and most of the buildings are 
looking great. But we must get the grounds and 
roadways looking good as well." 

While helping to create a more aesthetically 
appealing environment for current students, faculty 
and staff, the plan is targeted more at improving the 
"first impressions" that directly impact student 
Fine Arts Music Hall 

The future of the Fine Arts Center and Wilson 
Chapel are major issues to be dealt with in the new 
strategic planning process. But until that can be 
determined, the Board noted the need to raise 
money for basic improvements to the Music Hall in 
the FAC. 

The Music Hall gets much use from both on and 
off campus constituents. Concerts, lectures, commu- 
nity forums as well as local community meetings fre- 
quently occur in this 51 -year-old building. 
Fundraising will focus on basic renovations like seat- 
ing, flooring, lighting, disability access and rest- 
rooms. The fundraising goal is $500,000. 

For more information regarding any of the 
MC2000 Plus Projects, please contact Mark Cate at 
(865) 981-8199. 

FOCUS Spring 2001 


Alumni.. .Participate to Help Break a Record! 

lating overall rankings. In last year's report, 
Maryville College finished fourth in alumni giv- 
ing among all colleges in the southern regional 
liberal arts area. 

"Alumni participation has obviously helped us 
maintain our prominence as a 'top 10' Southern 

^^^^^^ ^^^ regional liberal arts college in U.S. 

■ 4k ^ News," Willard said. 

Mf'll 10/ theMC2 l "W 1 

^^BLliilB fll / u\ ar >d the bricks-and-moi 
l^^flV'V^^V projects included in 

^ ^^ ^^ ^p that fundraising effort has been sig- 
nificant, Willard added, but donors can- 
not forget the Annual Fund. 

"We celebrated some great successes with the 
recent renovations of our Center for Campus 
Ministry and Bartlett Hall and the growth of our 
endowment," he said, "but without a strong base 
of support for the Annual Fund, we would be 
unable to provide the quality instruction, pro- 

The Maryville College Alumni Association's 
Executive Board is hoping 2000-2001 will be a 
banner year for the College's Annual Fund. 

Board members set a goal of 50 percent partic 
ipation among alumni in support of the College. 
A record 46.1 percent of all alumni contributed 
last year, but Board President 
Tim Topham '80 and others 
would like to see the record 

"The Annual Fund is a crit 
ical component to the on- 
going successes of the 
College," said Ned Willard, 
Director of Development. "Year in and year out 
the College seeks support from alumni, parents 
and friends to offset the cost of attendance for 
current students." 

A student paying the tuition "sticker price" 
and receiving no financial aid to attend Maryville 
pays only two-thirds of the actual costs. The 
remaining one-third comes from alumni and 
friends through fundraising efforts. Add to this 
the fact that more than 90 percent of MC stu- 
dents receive scholarships and grants to make col- 
lege more affordable, and one can see that sup- 
port from all constituents is needed to meet the 
demands of a quality education. 

Participation from all of Maryville's con- 
stituents is important, but alumni participation 
carries significant weight. U.S. News & World 
Report, which annually ranks colleges and univer- 
sities, considers support from alumni when calcu- 

grams and services that are offered in those build- 

With the May 31 end-of-fiscal-year deadline 
looming, alumni can make their gift through the 
Internet. On-line giving provides a safe, secure 
and immediate way to participate in the Annual 

Other options include sending gifts before 
Mav M or calling Advancement staff members 
(865/981-8200) who can process a credit card 
gift over the phone. Remember, unpaid pledges 
will not count when the final figures are tallied. 

On-line Giving... 

Make Your Donation Now 

It's a SNAP! 

Colleges around the nation have implemented 
safe, secure ways to allow donors to make gifts 
online, and Maryville College is pleased to offer 
alumni, parents and friends the same opportuni- 
ty to support the College via the Internet, said 
Director of Development Ned Willard. 

Making a gift through the MC website is con- 
venient, and makes an immediate impact. It 
eliminates the need for pledge reminders or 
phone calls. 

"Just like phonathon and direct mail appeals, 
on-line donations allow supporters to designate 
their support to specific areas," Willard said. 

Selection of a web-based company that could 
provide security of constituent's credit card num- 
ber was of utmost importance, Willard said. 

All on-line gifts are protected by VeriSign, a 
company that encrypts card numbers to ensute 
the privacy and protection of credit card infor- 

"While we will continue to make appeals 
through student callers during our phonathon 
campaign and by sending direct mail, we look 
forward to the new possibilities that this creates," 
Willard added. 

To make a gift on-line, check out On the alumni page, 
click on "Making a Gift." Instructions follow. 

Bruner is Director of Alumni, Parent Relations 

Helen Bruner 
didn't graduate from 
Maryville College, 
but she has long felt 
a part of the MC 

As the daughter 
of Lottie Lavender 
Dean '47, Bruner says she understands the histo- 
ry and tradition of the College, and is looking 
forward to her new position in Willard House as 
director ot alumni and parent relations. 

Bruner began working at the College as direc- 
tor of annual giving back in October 2000. 

Enumerating teamwork, sharp students and con- 
stituents' shared commitment to the College and 
its mission, Bruner said she has been impressed 
in the last seven months. 

A graduate of the University of Tennessee, the 
new director has a history of work with several 
non-profit boards and civic clubs, including East 
Tennessee Children's Hospital, the Knoxville 
Civitan Club, Knoxville Juniot League and local 
chambers ot commerce. 

"I think this job is important because we 
want the alumni to feel like they continue to be a 
part of the school and hopefully, they will want 
to be a part of what is happening on campus," 

she said. 

Bruner said she is looking fonvard to working 
with parents, as well. 

"As a patent of two college graduates, I remember 
how much I enjoyed parent activities on campus," 
she said. "I think it is very important to have the 
parents involved as much as possible." 

Mark Cate, vice president for college advance- 
ment, said he is pleased to have Bruner assume 
the job. 

"Helen has many connections to MC and a 
true love for the school," he said. "She has a 
warm and ftm-loving personality that I think will 
be well received bv our alumni and parents." 


FOCUS Spring 2001 


Alumna Remembers Service on MC2000 Committee 

As a student representative on the MC2000 Steering 
Committee in 1993, 1 was not very clear what my role would or 
should be. 

I recall going into the first meeting completely intimidated 
and sure that the other committee members, mostly faculty and 
administrators, would have a fairly uniform view of the future of 
MC. Moreover, since most of the committee, myself included, had 
not worked closely with Dr. Gerald Gibson yet (he had only been 
inaugurated that fall), I remember being a bit unsure at how we 
would interact as a group. The first meeting was essentially a no- 
holds-barred brainstorming session the likes of which I had never 

In contrast to my pre-conception of a uniform view for the 
College, as I left the meeting, I was not certain that we would ever 
reach a consensus. It was clear, however, that this committee was 
charged with an amazing responsibility: to steer the College into 
the next century. 

Two aspects of the MC2000 planning process have stayed 
with me since that year and still stand out as the most inspiring 
parts of the process. First is the fact that a student was able to par- 
ticipate in the process at all. I did not feel as if I was a token stu- 
dent representative. I was never asked to leave the room when 
potentially sensitive matters arose; I was truly an equal member of 
the committee. I had responsibilities to write sections for discussion 
and was expected and encouraged to offer my perspective on any 
topic. Faculty, administrators, staff and board members alike solicit- 
ed my opinion on obvious matters like student life issues as well as 
more delicate topics like scholarship allocations and overall fiscal 

Many times I have heard the phrase "the Maryville College 
Community." Participating in the MC2000 planning process pro- 
vided me with tangible evidence of the place students hold at MC. 
Although MC students are probably still concerned about rising 
tuition costs and insufficient scholarship monies, I hope that they 
also realize the dedication of the staff, faculty and administrators to 
address student concerns and ensure that students are actively 
involved in the governance processes of the College. In that sense, 
MC enjoys a rare and precious community that requires patience 
and understanding on all sides. 

The second aspect of the planning process that continues to 
resonate with me is the leadership of Dr. Gibson. When the 
MC2000 Steering Committee first met, few people had had the 
opportunity to work closely with Dr. Gibson. Since the former pres- 
ident left rather abruptly, the College community needed a steady 
hand to take the helm. 

From the beginning, Dr. Gibson displayed true vision for the 

By Jennifer McCafferty Grad '94 

future while continually offering links to the rich history of our 
College through anecdotal references to past presidents. One theme 
in particular began to shape our shared goals, namely to make MC 
"the best possible college." Dr. Gibson guided the committee to be 
mindful of MC's strong tradition of stewardship. This concept of 
stewardship and the 
challenge to be skill- 
ful stewards of our 
resources - be they 
financial, human, or 
otherwise - pervaded 
the MC2000 Plan in 
the early stages. 

The MC2000 
planning process was 
a huge undertaking 
with outcomes that 
could not always be 
anticipated. From a 
student's perspective 
the renovation of 
Bartlett Hall as a new 
student center was 
central to the growth 
of the College and 
the MC2000 Plan. 
Many students did 
not believe enroll- 
ment would reach 
the projected 1,000 
students without a student center. 

While on campus for my class reunion in 1999, 1 had the 
chance to witness the incredible growth since my graduation. The 
construction of Beeson Village, the renovation of the CCM and the 
restoration of Bartlett are true testimonies to the strength of the 
MC community. 

All in all, taking part in the MC2000 planning process was an 
incredible experience for me, almost like a personal capstone to my 
MC education. The strategic planning process was a real life lesson 
about setting goals and attaining them. As a community, we were 
charged with taking stock of where we were as an institution, form- 
ing a consensus about where we wanted to be and formulating a 
strategy on how to get there. Few undergraduate institutions offer 
such opportunities to their students, and MC can be proud of 
maintaining a heritage of setting the standard for trends in higher 

FOCUS Spring 2001 



Lilly Endowment Awards MC Planning Grant 

The Lilly Endowment of Indianapolis, Ind., 
named Maryville College a recipient of a $46,100 
planning grant. The grant, awarded in mid-January, 
is currently funding the tesearch and planning for 
an implementation grant proposal that could 
translate into an award worth between $500,000 
and $2 million. 

The Lilly Endowment is a private philanthrop- 
ic foundation that supports the causes of religion, 
education and community development. Colleges 
and universities are selected and invited to submit 
proposals for grants to fund the foundation's 
specific initiatives. 

The Lilly Endowment's invitational gtants program 
in which MC administrators hope to be included - 
"Ptogtams for the Theological Exploration of 
Vocation 2001" - seeks to "identify and nurture a 
new generation of highly talented and religiously 
committed leaders," stated Christopher Coble, reli- 
gion program director of the Lilly Endowment, in a 
letter to MC President Dr. Gerald W. Gibson. 

"We seek to support selected colleges and uni- 
versities in establishing or strengthening programs 
that (1) assist students in understanding their 
future work in light of their faith commitments 
and in terms of vocation, (2) identify talented 
young people and provide them with opportuni- 
ties to explore ministry, either lay or ordained, as 
their life's work, and (3) enhance a school's capac- 
ity to draw on the resources of its mission, her- 
itage and religious tradition in preparing a new 
generation of leaders for church and society," 
Coble wrote. 

Dr. Bill Meyer, associate professor of religion 

and philosophy at MC, has been named project 
director of the grant proposal. Meknie Rasnake 
'00 has been named project assistant. 

Maryville was one of 35 colleges and universities 
across the country, and one of only two institu- 
tions located in Tennessee, invited to participate in 
the Lilly Endowment's second round of grant 
applications. Duke University, the University of 
the South, Wake Forest University, College of the 
Holy Cross and other similar institutions were all 
awarded planning grants in January. 

The $46,100 planning grant is funding collab- 
orative meetings, outside consultants and inves- 
tigative travel, according to Meyet. 

"This money provides us with the resources to 
put together a comprehensive proposal for the 
implementation grant," he said. "We hope to put 
together a proposal that will be fitting to our mis- 
sion and effective in helping meet the goals of the 
Lilly Endowment." 

Meyer said he believed the "inner calling" of 
ministers was important, but added that the 
"outer call" is important, as well. 

"'Calling' is the idea of viewing one's work as 
serving the public good; 'career' is more of a pri- 
vate connotation," he explained. "We do that 
kind of reflection - finding one's calling in life - 
in our freshman seminar courses and then in the 
senior ethics course. 

"We can influence the lenses through which 
students view their future work," he said. 

Proposals are due Sept. 1, 2001. Notification 
of grant proposal acceptances are expected Dec. 

Campolo is February 
Meetings Speaker 

Dr. Tony 

speaks with a 
student after 

his final 
during MC's 


Meetings held 

Feb. 20-21. 

Dr. Tony Campolo, popular author, profes- 
sor, ordained Baptist minister and social evangelist, 
was the guest speaker for MC's February Meetings, 
held Feb. 20-21 on the campus. 

The theme of Febr uary Meetings was 
"Engaging Students in the Year 2001." 

To packed audiences in the Fine Arts Center 
Music Hall, Campolo challenged students, faculty 
and staff members and members of the communi- 
ty to reject the consumet-driven world and to 
"commit [themselves] to that which is significant." 

Detailing stories of his mission work in 
Third World countries, Campolo told people in 
attendance that being a Christian and following 
Jesus Christ meant responding to the needs of the 
poot and oppressed. 

"Let your heart be broken by the things that 
break the heart of Jesus," he told the audience 
gathered fot the Feb. 21 lecture. "Be instruments 
of radical change and agents of transformation." 

College Welcomes McKee, New Campus Minister 

On June 1, the 
Maryville College com- 
munity will welcome the 
Rev. Anne D. McKee as 
campus minister. McKee 
fills the position vacated 
by the former chaplain, 
the Rev. Stephen Nickle, who left in May 2000 to 
assume the chaplaincy at Trinity University in 

As campus minister, McKee will provide pas- 
toral counseling to students, lead campus worship 
services, supervise the Center for Campus 
Ministry staff" and provide leadership for volunteer 

12 FOCUS Spring 2001 

services and church relations initiatives. In addi- 
tion, she will coordinate February Meetings and 
serve as advisor to student teligious organizations. 

McKee graduated from Rhodes College in 
Memphis with a bachelor of arts degree in reli- 
gion. She earned the master's of divinity degtee 
from Yale Divinity School and is currently work- 
ing on completing the doctor of ministry degree 
from McCormick Theological Seminary in 
Chicago. She was ordained by the Presbyterian 
Church (USA) in 1985. 

A pastot for 1 5 years, McKee's most recent 
role has been that of associate pastor at Farragut 
Presbyterian Church in Farragut, Tenn. She serves 

on several committees for the Presbytery of East 

McKee is married to Mark Hulsether, an 
associate professor in the University of Tennessee 
Religions Studies Department. They have three 

"I'm excited about my new role as campus 
ministet and I look forward to serving not only 
students, but faculty and staff as well," she said. "I 
value preaching and worship in my ministry and 
look forward to developing the worship life of the 
Center for Campus Ministry, both through weekly 
chapel services and through helping the students 
grow in their spiritual lives and commitments." 



When the subject of research is discussed 
among faculty members at Maryville 
College, the point is invariably made 
that projects undertaken in the realm of 
research should always complement teach- 
ing and learning. The faculty consensus 
is that research enhances the professional 
and personal experiences of the professor, 
and also enhances the educational expe- 
riences of the students they teach. The 
tesearch and professional activities out- 
lined in this edition of Laurels demon- 
strate these convictions. 

Over the past year, the faculty at 
Maryville College have represented the 
research interests of the College to the 
academic and professional world, through 
presentations at conferences and meet- 
ings, publication of papers in numerous 
scholarly journals, and service on many 
boards and editorial review panels. Just 
as important, faculty members have intro- 
duced to our students the importance of 
research as a means to expand their own 
educational horizons. 

I commend our faculty members on the 
comprehensive body of research repre- 
sented in this edition of Laurels and 
for their dedication to the students they 

Nancy C. Sederberg 

Vice President and Dean of the College 

Faculty Laurels 

f I 

DR. SUSAN H. AMBLER, Associate 
Professor of Sociology, while on a 
semester sabbatical during Spring 2000, 
working with George Loveland, Librar- 
ian, Ferrum College, wrote and obtained 
a three-year ACA Teaching & Technol- 
ogy Grant on "Participatory Research 
Across the Curriculum" in conjunction 
with Dr. Kathie Shiba, Maryville Col- 
lege, and representatives from Emory & 
Henry College, Union College, Carson- 
Newman College, Big Creek People in 
Action, and the Woodland Community 
Land Trust. The project involves devel- 
oping resources for faculty and com- 
munity members to teach and conduct 
community-based participatory research, 
which focuses on issues and problems in 
the community. One of the goals of the 
project is to create a nonprofit organiza- 
tion called Just Connections to serve as a 
networking mechanism between colleges 
and communities. Dr. Ambler serves as 
coordinator of the ACA grant project. 
Dr. Ambler and George Loveland pre- 
sented at Loka's Third Annual Commu- 
nity Research Network Conference. Dr. 
Ambler planned and held the first work- 
shop on "Participatory Research Across 
the Curriculum" in July at Union Col- 
lege, Kentucky. In October, Dr. Ambler 
and George Loveland were presenters at 
the annual ACA Conference, "Making 
Connections: Teaching, Learning, Tech- 
nology" in Knoxville, Tenn. Dr. Ambler 
wrote a work plan for Just Connections 
to receive and administer funding from 
the Bonner Foundation's Learn & Serve 
Grant for a "National Higher Education 
Community-Based Research Project — 
Phase II." Just Connections is serving 
as the subgrantee for the Appalachian 
region. Maryville College will receive 
some money from this grant to support 
workshops on doing community-based 
participatory research. Dr. Ambler, JEN- 
NIFER WEST '95, Bonner Coordina- 

tor, and others in the grant project will 
develop these workshops this spring for 
Maryville College faculty and students. 
Money will also be used to support 
faculty and student community- based 
research projects. Dr. Ambler attended 
a conference on the "National Higher 
Education Community-Based Research 
Project." In November Dr. Ambler 
hosted the second workshop on "Partici- 
patory Research Across the Curriculum" 
at Maryville College. At the workshop 
the grant participants signed incorpora- 
tion papers for Just Connections, formed 
its board of directors, and hired its first 
staff member to serve as Coordinator. 
Dr. Ambler is serving as Treasurer of Just 
Connections. Dr. Ambler attended the 
Appalachian Studies Association Annual 
Meeting and the Southern Sociological 
Society Annual Meeting. Dr. Ambler 
serves as the Archivist for The Sociolo- 
gists for Women in Society 

DR. JEFF BAY, Assistant Professor 
of Statistics, attended the Joint Statis- 
tical Meetings in Indianapolis, Indiana, 
August 13-17, 2000 where he presented 
the paper "Adjusting Data for Measure- 
ment Error to Reduce Bias when Esti- 
mating the Coefficients of a Quadratic 
Model." The paper, which was pub- 
lished in the American Statistical Associ- 
ation 2000 Proceedings of the Section on 
Survey Research Methods, covers recent 
work extending the research completed 
for his Ph.D. dissertation. While at the 
Joint Statistical Meetings, Dr. Bay par- 
ticipated in a roundtable discussion enti- 
tled "Getting the 'Learning' into Co- 
operative Learning Groups" and took 
a half-day continuing education work- 
shop on developing a capstone course for 
undergraduate statistics majors. Immedi- 
ately preceding the Joint Statistical Meet- 
ings, he attended the two-day workshop 
"Improving the Workforce of the Future: 

Opportunities in Undetgraduate Statis- 
tics Education" sponsored by the Under- 
graduate Statistics Education Initiative. 
Last summer also saw the publication of 
a paper for which he was a co-author, 
entitled "Assessment of the Condition 
of Agricultural Lands in Six Mid-Atlan- 
tic States." This paper summarizes find- 
ings of the Environmental Monitoring 
and Assessment Program's Agricultural 
Lands Resource Group, with whom Bay 
worked before joining Maryville Col- 

fessor of English in the Division of 
Humanities, has published an essay, 
"Caroline Gordon and Flannery 
O'Connor: An Enabling Anxiety of 
Influence" in the Flannery O'Connor 
Bulletin. She organized and chaired a 
session on Robert Penn Warren's literary 
criticism at the 1 999 convention ot the 
South Atlantic Modern Language Asso- 
ciation , and at the 2000 convention she 
was the respondent to the papers read in 
the Warren session. Dr. Beck is currently 
chairing the Program Committee of the 
South Atlantic Modern Languages Asso- 
ciation and will publish a paper entitled 
"Robert Penn Warren's Critical Anxiety 
of Influence" in the first issue of the 
Robert Penn Warren journal. Her book, 
The Fugitive Legacy: A Critical History 
was released in January by the LSU Press. 

DR. CHAD BERRY, Assistant Profes- 
sor of History, spent a week at Vander- 
bilt University in May 2000 as part of his 
Maryville College FIT (Faculty Instruc- 
tional Technology) Fellowship. He par- 
ticipated in a New Media Classroom 
workshop entitled "The Blues, Bluegrass, 
and Blue Suede Shoes: Southern Culture 
in the New Media Classroom," where he 
learned about the latest ways to incor- 
porate instructional technology in the 

classroom. He began the academic year 
by attending a Salzburg Seminar in Aus- 
tria on Youth and Civic Participation; 
he will use some of the insight gained 
in a senior seminar he will teach next 
year on youth and the 1960s. In Octo- 
ber, he appeared on C-SPAN's Book 
TV program as part of the Southern 
Festival of Books in Nashville. He pre- 
sented an overview of his book, South- 
ern Migrants, Northern Exiles. In Febru- 
ary, he presented a paper entitled "Speak 
Easily: Using an Interactive Writing Pro- 
gram to Enhance Communication in 
a Small Liberal Arts College Environ- 
ment" at the Annual Meeting of the 
American Association for History and 
Computing in Indianapolis. His panel, 
entitled "Broadening the Base of the 
Mountain: Placing Appalachia in a Wider 
Regional and Intellectual Context," was 
accepted for the March annual meeting 
of the Appalachian Studies Association 
in Snowshoe, West Virginia; he will 
serve as chair and as a commentator on 
the panel. In April, he was a featured 
speaker at the South Central Kentucky 
Festival of Books in Bowling Green, 
and later that month, he, along with 
NUGENT (accompanied by Instruc- 
tional Technology Initiative Staff GINA 
sented "Instructional Technology Inno- 
vation in the Liberal Arts Classroom: A 
Conversation with the Maryville Col- 
lege Faculty Instructional Technology 
(FIT) Fellows" at the Sixth Annual Mid- 
South Instructional Technology Confer- 
ence in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. His 
article, "Southern White Migration to 
the Midwest, An Overview," the lead 
essay in Appalachian Odyssey: Historical 
Perspectives on the Great Migration, 
appeared in July. This spring his article, 
"UponWhat Will I Hang My Hat in the 

Future? Appalachia and Awaiting Post- 
Postmodernity," will be published in the 
Journal of Appalachian Studies. He also 
reviewed the book Barrios Nortenos: St. 
Paul and Midwestern Mexican Commu- 
nities in the Twentieth Century for the 
American Historical Review. Dr. Berry 
has recently been asked to contribute to 
a roundtable in the Appalachian Journal 
on Rory Kennedy's recent documentary, 
American Hollow. He has continued to 
review grant proposals for the National 
Endowment of the Humanities and to 
serve on the Editorial Board of De Sur 
a Norte: Perspective Sudamericanos sobre 
Estados Unidos, published in Buenos 


of Music, made a presentation in April 
to the student chapter of the Chatta- 
nooga Music Teachers Association about 
the work of Dorothy Taubman, with 
particular emphasis on means of increas- 
ing keyboard facility and avoiding injury. 
He presented a multimedia piano recital 
designed around musical and visual 
images of fire and water on February 25 
for the college, repeating it for Maryville 
High School in April, and again for a 
college Community Forum in Septem- 
ber. He participated as a teacher in the 
first annual Piano Wellness Seminar held 
at Gardner- Webb College in North Car- 
olina during August. He is on sabbati- 
cal leave for the current academic year 
exploring various uses of sound. Activ- 
ities include two trips to South India 
(July and December) to study Sanskrit 

DR. SCOTT BRUNGER presented his 
interactive CD-ROM on African Art to 
the Technology Summit of the Appala- 
chian College Association on October 
13 and to the African Studies Associ- 
ation meeting in Nashville on Novem- 
ber 17, 2000. He also attended the 
Southeast Region Symposium on Afri- 
can Studies October 27-28 at the Uni- 
versity of Tennessee. As an economist, 
he participated in the Sixth Interna- 
tional Post Keynesian Workshop, June 
23-28, 2000 in Knoxville and the Allied 

Social Sciences Association annual meet- 
ing, January 5-7, 2001 in New Orleans. 

DR. BEN CASH, Assistant Professor 
of Biology, attended the Society of Inte- 
grative and Comparative Biology annual 
meeting in Chicago in January 2001 and 
participated in a symposium on stress 
in animal populations. His presentation 
entitled, "Stress and the Slider Turtle" 
recounted a significant portion of his 
recent dissertation from the University 
of Mississippi. Dr. Cash also presented 
the results of the first year of a research 
project at the annual All Taxa Biodi- 
versity Inventory meetings in Gatlin- 
burg, TN . The research project, funded 
by the National Park Service and Dis- 
cover Life in America, involves the bio- 
logical inventory of reptile species in 
Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 
Dr. Cash has also initiated life history 
and ecological research on two species 
of salamanders in Cherokee National 
Forest, including submitting a grant pro- 
posal to the United States Geological 
Survey, Species at Risk Program. 

Associate Professor of Religion and 
Philosophy, Ralph W. Beeson Chair 
in Religion, and Coordinator of Gen- 
eral Education, received a Faculty 
Instructional Technology Fellowship for 
2000-200 1 to create a website to enhance 
teaching in Biblical Studies courses. 
Her project focused on helping students 
bridge the historical and cultural gap 
between their own social and religious 
context and the context in which the 
biblical texts were written. As part of 
the project, she attended an Appalachian 
College Association Religion and Philos- 
ophy Technology Workshop at Cumber- 
land College, Williamsburg, KY, May 
21-23, 2000, and the ACA Technology 
Summit at the University of Tennessee 
Conference Center, October 13, 2000. 
As a member of the planning commit- 
tee for the Consultation on the Voca- 
tion of the Presbyterian Teacher, held 
in Louisville, KY, August 10-13, 2000, 
Dr. Cowan collaborated with Dr. Roger 
Ebertz of Dubuque University and Dr. 

Mary Shields of Trinity Lutheran Sem- 
inary to present a paper entitled "The 
Vocation of Teaching: Themes and 
Models from the Presbyterian Tradition." 
During 2000-2001, Dr. Cowan served 
as an associate regional director for the 
southeast group of the Rhodes Consul- 
tations on the Future of the Church- 
Related College. The group met on 
the Maryville College campus October 
27-29, 2000, and Dr. Cowan attended 
a meeting of directors at Rhodes Col- 
lege in Memphis, February 16-18, 2001. 
She attended the annual meeting of the 
American Academy of Religion and Soci- 
ety of Biblical Literature in Nashville, 
November 18-21, 2000 and attended 
the Best Practices in General Education 
Conference sponsored by the American 
Association of Colleges and Universities, 
February 22-24, 2001 in Atlanta. 

DR. DREW CRAIN, Assistant Profes- 
sor of Biology, has published 3 papers 
in the last year on the subject of his 
research — the way that environmental 
contaminants alter the endocrine system 
of animals. One paper entitled "Alliga- 
tors and endocrine disrupting contami- 
nants: A current perspective" was pub- 
lished in American Zoologist, whereas 
another paper entitled "Plasma dihy- 
drotestosterone concentrations and phal- 
lus size in juvenile American alligators 
(Alligator mississippiensis) from contam- 
inated and reference populations" was 
published in the Journal of Herpetology, A 
third paper entitled "Endocrine-disrupt- 
ing contaminants and hormone dynam- 
ics: Lessons from wildlife" was published 
in a textbook. All of these publications 
were co-authored with Dr. Crain's col- 
laborators at the University of Florida. 
During the year 2000, Dr. Crain and 
colleague Dr. Louis Guillette co-edited 
a book entitled "Endocrine Disrupting 
Contaminants: An Evolutionary Perspec- 
tive" that was published by Taylor and 
Francis Publishers. During the summer 
of 2000, Dr. Crain and Maryville Col- 
lege alumnus Elizabeth Hewitt submit- 
ted a paper for publication in the jour- 
nal Chemosphere. The Hewitt and Crain 
submission is based on Hewitt's senior 

thesis research. 

DR. CARL GOMBERT, Associate Pro- 
fessor of Art, exhibited paintings in 
three national juried exhibitions: the 
Grand National Exhibition sponsored by 
the Akron Society of Artists, where his 
painting Big Yellow Roger won second 
prize, Red, a thematic exhibit at Concor- 
dia College in Ann Arbor, and Face to 
Face II, at the Stage Gallery in Merrick, 
New York, where his piece was reviewed 
by the New York Times. He was also 
invited to exhibit in a group drawing 
show at Sinclair Community College in 
Dayton, Ohio in October. In December 
and January he exhibited works at the 
Scapular Nomad Gallery, an intimate 
gallery worn by the curator, Judy Freya 
Sibahan. Based in Manila, Ms. Sibahan 
invites artists to create small works 
that she carries with her in a pair of 
small pouches worn over her shoulders. 
Gombert s piece consisted of four fic- 
tional self-portraits exhibiting different 
racial characteristics. Each painting was 
cut into quarters; viewers were encour- 
aged to experiment with various combi- 
nations of reassembled pieces. In April, 
Gombert exhibited recent paintings and 
drawings at Berea College in Kentucky. 
Finally, Gombert's work was featured in 
the January-February issue of Rubber- 
stampmadness magazine. 

fessor of Psychology, attended a work- 
shop titled "A Conceptual Framework 
for Interpreting Intracognitive and Abil- 
ity-Achievement Discrepencies in the 
Assessment and Identification of Learn- 
ing Disabilities" which was presented 
by Drs. Dawn P. Flanagan and Michael 
E. Gerner (National Association of 
School Psychologists) March 28, 2000 
in New Orleans. Dr. Jacob also attended 
the 2000 Annual Convention of the 
National Association of School Psychol- 
ogists, March 29— April 1 , 2000 in New 
Orleans, and the Tennessee Association 
of School Psychologists' Workshop on 
"Identifying Students with Dyslexia with 
the Processing Deficit Model" held in 
Knoxville, TN, November 4, 2000, and 

presented by Center for the Study and 
Treatment of Dyslexia, Middle Tennes- 
see State University. On Nov. 26-29, 
Dr. Jacob attended the Mid-South Bien- 
nial School Psychology Conference in 
Point Clear, Alabama. 


Professor of Economics, attended the 
annual meetings of the Allied Social Sci- 
ences Association in New Orleans, Janu- 
ary 5-7, 2001, where she chaired a ses- 
sion entitled "The Distributional Con- 
sequences of Internationalized Markets." 
At that meeting, she also completed her 
term as a Trustee for the Association for 
Social Economics. Finally, she published 
an entry entitled "Eveline Mabel Burns" 
in the Biographical Dictionary of Female 
Economists, edited by Robert Dimand, 
Mary Ann Dimand, and Evelyn Forget, 
Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2000. 

DR. MARCIA J. KEITH, Professor of 
Education, attended a conference enti- 
tled "Strengthening Faculty Develop- 
ment at Liberal Arts Colleges" at Rollins 
College, Winter Park, Florida, March 
2-3, 2000. The conference was designed 
to consider several questions: what is the 
role of faculty developers at the liberal 
arts college? how are successful programs 
organized? why is faculty development 
important in our setting? how can we 
collaborate and learn from each other? 
This conference provided a follow-up 
to the annual meeting of the Profes- 
sional and Organizational Development 
Network in Higher Education (POD), 
held at Split Rock Lodge in Lake Har- 
mony, Pennsylvania, October 12-17, 
1999, which was also attended by Dt. 

DR. KRISTI KNEAS, Assistant Pro- 
fessor of Chemistry, attended the 27th 
Annual Conference of the Federation 
of Analytical Chemistry & Spectroscopy 
Societies in Nashville, TN during Sep- 
tember 2000. There she presented her 
invited paper entitled "The Use of Con- 
ventional, Confocal, and Multi-photon 
Fluorescence Microscopy in Photochem- 
ical and Photophysical Investigations of 

Luminescence-based Oxygen Sensors." 
A portion of Kneas' work was published 
in the November/December 2000 issue 
of Microscopy and Microanalysis as "Flu- 
orescence Microscopy Study of Hetero- 
geneity in Polymer-supported Lumines- 
cence-based Oxygen Sensors." Kneas 
also attended the January 2001 Interna- 
tional Biomedical Optics Symposium of 
the Photonics West Meeting, sponsored 
by the Society for Optical Engineering, 
in San Jose, CA, where she presented 
her invited paper entitled "Comparison 
of Conventional, Confocal, and Two- 
photon Microscopy for Detection of 
Microcrystals Within Luminescence- 
based Oxygen Sensor Films." The paper 
will appear in the 2001 Proceedings of the 
Society for Optical Engineering. During 
the Fall of 2000, Kneas was awarded 
a Faculty Instructional Technology Fel- 
lowship from Maryville College for a 
project to be completed this year. 

MS. PEGGY MAHER, Assistant 
Professor of Sign Language Interpret- 
ing, attended the Conference of Inter- 
preter Trainers Convention in Portland, 
Oregon, October 19-21, 2000. She par- 
ticipated in the Educational Standards 
Committee events and shared historical 
documents as part of her subcommittee 
responsibilities. Throughout the Fall 
2000 semester, Ms. Maher and repre- 
sentatives from Aikens Public Strategies, 
the East Tennessee Foundation, Tennes- 
see School tor the Deaf, and Maryville 
College implemented grant activities to 
encourage interaction between Maryville 
College and Tennessee School for the 
Deaf students. Events included having 
eight Tennessee School for the Deaf Stu- 
dents attend the College Open House 
and stay on campus Sept. 29-Oct 1. 
Ms. Maher, the Sign Language Club, 
and SHERI MORAN planned activi- 
ties for the visit. Ms. Maher and the 
Sign Language club also presented two 
dramatic literature adaptations at Ten- 
nessee School fot the Deaf to middle 
school and elementary school students, 
on October 29 and November 5, respec- 
tively. These included adaptations of 
excerpts from Shelley's Frankenstein, Poe's 

"The Telltale Heart," and "The Greedy 
Cat" video from Billy Seago. She, along 
with MORAN, Tennessee School for the 
Deal representatives and Aikens Public 
Strategies, presented a Christmas party 
in Willard House for 12 indigent Ten- 
nessee School for the Deaf students on 
Dec. 20. 

Professor of Music and Chair, Division 
of Fine Arts, attended a t'ai chi retreat 
on June 9-15 in Blowing Rock, NC 
with Master Yang Yang, one of the top 
Chen stylists in the world. In other t'ai 
chi developments, Dr. Matascik and her 
associate, Keith Boswell, Director of 5 
Elements T'ai Chi School, began to 
teach a new T'ai Chi for Seniors 
curriculum at Outlook Pointe, an assisted 
living community in Knoxville. Dr. 
Matascik also participated in a Microsoft 
Office Seminar, September 13 with 
her secretary, Heather Sowders. She 
attended a Spring semester 2001 class at 
Pellissippi State on Macintosh computer 
graphic technology. Dr. Matascik was 
also awarded a FIT Fellowship for 
Summer 2001 to develop a computer 
software product tor music theory study. 
In administrative work, Dr. Matascik 
attended the National Association of 
Schools of Music (NASM) meeting 
for music executives in Chicago on 
November 18-21, 2000. She participated 
in a panel discussion on women as 
music executives, sessions on the role 
of music in the liberal arts education 
and the special aspects of heading a 
smaller music unit, as well as a one-day 
seminar on preparing tor an NASM 
accreditation visit. As a composer, Dr. 
Matascik submitted a composition that 
was chosen for performance on March 
3, 2001 at the Southern Association 
Meeting of the College Music Society. 
The work, Three Sketches , is scored for 
flute and soprano saxophone. 

MS. DORI MAY, Instructor and Public 
Services/Acquisitions Librarian, gave 
a presentation at one of the TENN- 
SHARE Summer Workshops held 
August 4, 2000 at the University of 

Tennessee. The title was 'Acquisitions 
using Web-Based Resources." In 
September she and MS. CHOI PARK, 
Associate Professor and Catalogue 
Librarian, traveled to Bluefield College 
to attend an Appalachian College Associ- 
ation (ACA) Technical Services Confer- 
ence focusing on collection development 
issues. Ms. May applied for and received 
an ACA LET (Librarian Experience/ 
Training) in Technology Grant to attend 
the Charleston Conference in Acqui- 
sitions Nov. 1-3, 2000 in Charleston, 

DR. WILLIAM J. MEYER, Associate 
Professor of Religion & Philosophy, 

presented a paper entitled "The Plight 
of Modern Theism: An Alternative to 
Stout's Diagnosis," at the Southeast 
Regional Meeting of the American Acad- 
emy of Religion in Charlotte, NC, 
March 16-18, 2001. He chaired a ses- 
sion at the Annual Meeting of the Soci- 
ety of Christian Ethics in Chicago, Jan- 
uary 5-7, 2001. He served as an edi- 
torial reviewer for the 2000 edition of 
the Annual of the Society of Christian 
Ethics. He attended the Annual Meeting 
of the American Academy of Religion in 
Nashville, November 18-21, 2000. 

MR. SHANE MICKEY, Adjunct Pro- 
fessor of Art, attended the Utilitarian 
Clay Conference in Gatlinburg, TN 
in September. He also attended the 
National Council for the Education of 
the Ceramic Arts' Conference in Char- 
lotte, N.C., March 24 - 30, where he 
participated in topical discussions and 
breakout groups. Mr. Mickey was cur- 
rently part of the national invitational 
exhibit, "CLAY/WOOD/FIRE/SALT," 
at the Southern Highland Craft Guilds 
Folk Art Center in Asheville, NC from 
November 17 - January 20. 

MS. SHERI T. MORAN, Assistant 
Professor of American Sign Language 
and Deaf Studies, attended the bi- 
annual meeting of the National Associa- 
tion of the Deaf and participated in the 
American Sign Language Teachers Asso- 
ciation (ASLTA) workshops in Nortolk, 

Virginia, July 4-8, 2000. The Deaf Stud- 
ies VII conference was held in Orlando, 
Florida April 19-21 which she attended. 

MR. ROGER MYERS, Instructor and 
Reference Librarian, along with a team 
of five librarians from the Appalachian 
College Association, is working on a 
grant project for the Appalachian Library 
Cooperative and Exchange to develop 
an online library instructional toolbox of 
research instruction materials for the 33 
member institutions of the Appalachian 
College Association. A Mellon Founda- 
tion Grant funds the project. As part of 
the project, Mr. Myers visited the 
Five Colleges Inc. in Massachusetts 
to study methods of collaboration 
between the librarians in that consor- 
tium. The toolbox may be viewed on 
the Internet at 
Vcenter/toolbox. Also, in May 2000, Mr. 
Myers served as panelist and presented 
"Information Literacy in the Freshman- 
Year Seminars at Maryville College" 
for the Tennessee Library's Instruction 
Round Table program "Programs, Chal- 
lenges, and Solutions in Library' Instruc- 
tion" at the Tennessee Library Associa- 
tion's Annual Conference in Kingsport, 
Tennessee. Mr. Myers's review of Near 
You: Francis Craig— Dean of Southern 
Maestros by Dr. Robert W. Ikard is forth- 
coming in the Tennessee Librarian. 

DR. JOHN NICHOLS, Professor of 

Mathematics, completed his first year 
as Chair of the Division of Mathematics 
& Computer Science. He replaced Dr. 
Bill Dent who served in this capacity for 
several years. Dr. Nichols spent much of 
this year performing a five-year review 
of the division. Every major has been 
thoroughly reviewed with recommenda- 
tions for change forthcoming. Dr. Nich- 
ols also attended the joint meeting of 
the American Mathematical Society and 
the Mathematics Association of America 
in New Orleans in January 2001. While 
there he attended numerous lectures on 
a wide variety of topics. 

MS. CHRIS NUGENT, Assistant Pro- 
fessor and Director of the Library, 

received one of the first four Faculty 
Instructional Technology (FIT) fel- 
lowships through the Title III Instruc- 
tional Technology Initiative. Her proj- 
ect includes the development of a course 
web site for Freshman Research Semi- 
nar 1 40. The grant also supported atten- 
dance at the Syllabus 2000 Conference 
on instructional technology, held from 
July 22-28 in Santa Clara, CA July 22 to 
28. The project can be viewed at http:// . Ms. 
Nugent showcased her website at the 
Technology Summit of the Appalachian 
College Association, held in Knoxville 
from October 12-14, 2000. She received 
a LET (Library Experience Training in 
Technology) grant from the Appala- 
chian College Association to attend a 
workshop on virtual collection develop- 
ment at the University of Tennessee on 
December 5, 2000. Her article, "Learn- 
ing by Doing: The Freshman Year Cur- 
riculum and Library Instruction," co- 
authored with Roger Myers, is forth- 
coming in a special issue of the journal 
Research Strategies. 

DR. MARK O'GORMAN, Assistant 
Professor of Political Science and 
Coordinator, Environmental Studies 
Program, together with senior Envi- 
ronmental Studies (ENV) and Political 
Science (PLS) double major student 
KATRINA ATCHLEY gave a presenta- 
tion on internet voting at the Appala- 
chian College Association (ACA) Tech- 
nology Summit 2000 held in Knoxville, 
TN on Saturday October 14, 2000. The 
presentation, titled "The Politics of Get- 
ting Out the E-Vote," reviewed the con- 
struction and results from the Maryville 
College online internet voting site cre- 
ated by Katrina, Mark and Mark's PLS 
321: The American Political Process 
class. The online site — the first of its 
kind at the College — was active in Octo- 
ber and November 2000 as Katrina and 
the PLS 321 class used the site to create 
questions to survey Maryville College 
student views on the 2000 election and 
the impact of environmental issues on 
the election. The site was created by 
support from the Faculty Instruction 

Technology (FIT) Fellowship won by 
Dr. O'Gorman — one of four fellowships 
awarded to faculty on campus — as part 
of the funding from the MC Instruc- 
tional Technology Initiative (ITI) at the 
College. The results of the online site 
predicted that Al Gore would barely 
beat — by one vote — George W. Bush 
among MC students. These results accu- 
rately mirrored the national outcome 
in the 2000 election, where Gore 
won the popular vote, while Bush 
became President-elect with a majority 
of Electoral College votes. The Online 
Polling Project site can be found at 

DR. ALESIA H. ORREN, Assistant 
Professor of Education, was awarded a 
Faculty Instructional Technology (FIT) 
Fellowship to be implemented in the fall 
of 2001. Through the implementation 
of this fellowship, preservice teachers in 
Maryville College's Division of Educa- 
tion will create electronic portfolios to 
be accessed on the Internet. In the spring 
of 2001, Dr. Orren will visit the Univer- 
sity of Virginia's Education Department 
to consult with them on the integration 
of electronic portfolios into their curric- 
ulum. In June 2000, Dr. Orren attended 
the conference, Teacher Candidate Assess- 
ment: Changing Perspectives. This confer- 
ence was sponsored by Partnerships for 
Excellence in Teacher Education, a proj- 
ect funded by the Ford Foundation to 
Improve Teaching. 


Assistant Professor of Religion, pub- 
lished the article "Renaissance or 
Retrenchment? Hindu-Christian Dia- 
logue at a Crossroads" in the Indian 
Journal of Theology. The at tide describes 
the historical roots of the current crisis 
in Hindu-Christian relations in India. 
His article "Rev. William Ward and His 
Legacy for Christian (Mis)perceptions 
of Hinduism," detailing common Chris- 
tian misunderstandings of Hindu belief 
and practice, appeared in the Hindu- 
Christian Studies Bulletin. In May he 
attended a workshop in Chicago con- 

ducted by the United Board for Chris- 
tian Higher Education in Asia, on meet- 
ing the needs of visiting foreign schol- 
ars, and in November he attended the 
annual meeting of the American Acad- 
emy of Religion in Nashville. In March, 
he attended the annual meeting of the 
Southeastern Commission for the Study 
of Religion, on which he serves as chair 
for the History of Religions section. He 
continues to regularly review books on 
Hindu-Christian relations and Christi- 
anity in India for the Religious Studies 
Review and the International Journal for 
Hindu Studies. 

Associate Professor of Spanish, pre- 
sented a paper entitled "Direct Exchange 
Programs: How Could Your Institution 
Benefit?" at the annual meeting of 
the Association of Academic Programs 
in Latin America and the Caribbean 
(AAPLAC), which was held in Oaxaco, 
Mexico, February 23-26, 2000. Dr. 
Perez-Reilly received a travel grant from 
the Appalachian College Association to 
attend the conference. She is currently 
serving as Treasurer of AAPLAC and is a 
past president of the organization. 

DR. DANNY PIERCE, Assistant Pro- 
fessor of Physical Education, Health 
and Outdoor Recreation, received a 
51,000 Faculty Stipend from the East 
Tennessee Consortium for Service Learn- 
ing. This award was based on the devel- 
opment of the B-HEAlthy program in 
conjunction with the Blount County 
Home School Association (B.H.E.A.). 
The purpose of this program created an 
opportunity for Maryville College phys- 
ical education majors to provide instruc- 
tion in fitness, exercise, health and sports 
fundamentals to over 250 BHEA stu- 
dents from grades K-12. Dr. Pierce made 
a presentation to the Consortium at the 
annual award dinner, which was hosted 
by Maryville College on April 26, 2000. 
Dr. Pierce was a co-facilitator for the 
Maryville College MOOSE (Maryville 
Outdoor Outreach Service Experience) 
program. This three-week (July 2-26, 
program involved 12 students in 


a tour of the American West while pro- 
viding service work in Yellowstone & 
Grand Teton National Park. Dr. Pierce 
was an invited guest speaker for a panel 
discussion at the 9th Annual Adventure 
Education conference held on Novem- 
ber 3, 2000, at Montreat College, Mon- 
treal North Carolina. Six Outdoor Rec- 
reation majors attended the conference. 

DR. MARGIE RIBBLE, Assistant Pro- 
fessor of Mathematics, received the 
1999-2000 Helen B. Watson Outstand- 
ing Dissertation Award from the Uni- 
versity of Tennessee College of Edu- 
cation for her work entitled, "Finding 
Fibonacci: An Interdisciplinary Liberal 
Arts Course Based on Mathematical Pat- 
terns." In July 2000 she attended the 
third annual "Bridges" conference on 
mathematical connections in art, music, 
and science at Southwestern College, 
Winfield, Kansas. An article by Dr. 
Ribble entitled "In Memoriam: Herta 
Taussig Freitag," was published in the 
Fibonacci Quarterly Journal in Novem- 
ber, 2000. 

DR. LORI SCHMIED attended the 
Southeastern Psychological Association 
meeting March 21-24 in Atlanta, GA 
where she gave an invited paper on 
the "History of the Psychology Depart- 
ment at Maryville College." She has 
also contributed an invited chapter on 
the biography of Jasper Converse Barnes 
(1861-1931), Professor of Psychology 
and Dean of Maryville College. This 
chapter will be included in a book edited 
by James Pate on presidents of the South- 
ern Society of Philosophy and Psychology. 

DR. KATHIE SHIBA, Associate Pro- 
fessor of Psychology, attended the 2000 
convention of The Society for the Psy- 
chological Study of Social Issues in Min- 
neapolis, MN, June 16-18, 2000, where 
she facilitated a roundtable discussion, 
"Re-conceptualizing the Introductory 
Course: Teaching, Technology, & Social 
Issues." Dr. Shiba attended the annual 
ACA conference, "Making Connec- 
tions: Teaching, Learning, Technology" 
in Knoxville, TN, October 12-14, 2000. 

She and her colleagues presented a paper, 
"Transforming the Teaching of Intro- 
ductory Psychology Using Technology" 
and received the 2000 ACA Cutting 
Edge Award in Technology. Dr. Shiba 
attended the 12th Annual Thomas Jef- 
ferson District Antiracism Conference 
in Savannah, GA, February 23-24, 2001 
in Atlanta, GA. 

DR. TERRY L. SIMPSON, Associate 
Professor of Secondary Education, 

completed a Fulbright appointment as 
a lecturer to Tartu University in Tartu, 
Estonia during the 2000 Fall Semester. 
During this appointment he taught two 
courses in the Department of Educa- 
tion. On November 3, 2000, Dr. Simp- 
son presented a paper entitled "Moral 
Discourse in the Humanities and Social 
Sciences: A Model for Addressing Moral 
Dilemmas in an Academic Setting" at 
the 6th annual conference Education 
and Social Reality sponsored by the Esto- 
nian Academic Education Association, 
Department of Education and Depart- 
ment of Special Education at Tartu Uni- 
versity. On November 6, 2000, he pre- 
sented a lecture entided "Education in 
the United States: The Role of the 
School in Determining Social Mobility" 
at the United States Embassy in Tallinn, 
Estonia. On November 10 and Decem- 
ber 8, 2000, Dr. Simpson participated 
in the training of mentors for student 
teachers and first-year teachers that will 
be placed in local schools from Tartu 
University. On December 1 1 , 2000, he 
visited Annelinna Gymnasium, a school 
(grades 1-12) for Russian students in 
Tartu, and lectured on the American 
Civil War to an American Studies/ 
English Language class. Dr. Simpson 
presented a session entitled "The Way 
We Are" to Leadership Blount at High- 
land Presbyterian Church on January 
11, 2001. He presented a session enti- 
tled "Teaching About Estonia in the 
Social Studies Classroom" at the Ten- 
nessee Council for the Social Studies 
Spring Conference on March 23, 2001 
in Gatlinburg. 


fessor of Management, attended the 
annual meeting of the Academy of Man- 
agement in Toronto, August 7-9, 2000, 
where she chaired a session for the Divi- 
sion of Entrepreneurship on Venture 
Capital. She also served as a reviewer 
of academic papers for the Entrepre- 
neurship Division. She attended the 
joint national conference of the United 
States Association for Small Business and 
Entrepreneurship and the Small Busi- 
ness Institute Development Association 
in Orlando, FL, February 7-9, 2001, 
and reviewed papers for this meeting. A 
highlight of that meeting was a work- 
shop by Ambassador John Bryant, CEO 
of Operation HOPE, Inc., a non-profit 
investment banking organization that 
is developing new banking models lor 
underserved communities. She also con- 
tinues as a reviewer and member of the 
editorial board of the Journal of Small 
Business Management. In the summer of 
2000, she was appointed as the first Joe 
D. Eakes Professor of Business. 

DR. BILL SWANN, Instructor of 
Music Theory and Improvisation Stud- 
ies, finished and successfully defended 
his dissertation ("An Aural Approach 
to Teaching the Fundamentals of Jazz 
Theory") during the Fall semester of 
2000. In the fall he also participated as a 
mentor in the Youth Leadership Blount 
mentor program. He performed as a cli- 
nician at the All-State East High School 
Jazz Band Clinic in January. He recorded 
a CD with the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra 
and plans to tour with the orchestra in 
Europe in the Summer of 200 1 . He also 
presented a Maryville College faculty 
recital on February 20, 2001 in the Fine 
Arts Music Hall. 

DR. JEFF TURNER, Assistant Pro- 
fessor in Theatre, had his essay "No 
Curtain. No Scenery: Thornton Wilder's 
Our Town and the Politics of Whiteness" 
selected as one of the best papers read at 
the 2000 Theatre Symposium in Knox- 
ville this past April. Dr. Turner was asked 
to read it again at the Southeastern The- 
atre Conference (SETC) in Jacksonville 
in March 2001. Furthermore, this essay 

has been selected to be included in an 
anthology to be published by the Uni- 
versity of Alabama Press in the summer 
of 2001. Also at the Jacksonville SETC 
in March, Dr. Turner presented a paper 
entitled "Transition andTransformation: 
1930s American Culture and the Broad- 
way Stage" for a panel he organized enti- 
tled, "(Re)reading 1930s Broadway The- 

Professor of Sociology, attended the 
annual meeting of the American Socio- 
logical Association and the concurrent 
summer meeting of the Sociologists for 
Women in Society in Washington, D.C., 
August 12-15, 2000. At the latter meet- 
ing, Dr. Wells was a panelist for a ses- 
sion titled: "The Light at the End of the 
Tunnel: Post-Ph.D. Career Issues." She 
also attended the "Christianity, Gender, 
and the Family" conference at Eastern 
College, St. Davids, PA, May 22-23, 
2000. The book chapter, "Diversity 
within Latino Families: New Lessons for 
Family Social Science" (co-authored with 
Maxine Baca Zinn), from The Hand- 
hook of Family Diversity, was reprinted in 
Family in Transition 1 1th edition, edited 
by Skolnick and Skolnick (Allyn and 
Bacon, 2001). The book review essay, 
"Christian Thinking About Poverty and 
Policy" (co-authored with Ronald Wells) 
appeared in the November 2000 issue 
of Perspectives: A Journal of Reformed 

Professor of Psychology, was inducted 
into the Alpha Gamma Sigma honor 
society in the fall of 2000. She was also 
awarded a Faculty Instructional Technol- 
ogy (FIT) Fellowship. Dr. Wright con- 
tinues to serve as a Media Contact and 
Mentor for the Social Psychology Net- 
work and was an ad hoc reviewer this 
year for Division 9 of the American 
Psychological Association Convention 
(Society for Psychological Study of Social 
Issues), the journal Group Dynamics, and 
the Winter 2001 conference of the Soci- 
ety for Consumer Psychology. In Octo- 
ber, Dr. Wright attended the meeting of 

Society of Experimental Social Psychol- 
ogy in Atlanta, as well as the Person 
Memory Interest Group preconference 
in Helen, Georgia. In November, she 
presented a talk (co-authored with Diane 
Mackie of the University of California, 
Santa Barbara) entitled, "Entitivity and 
Shared Emotions in Groups" to the Soci- 
ety for Southeastern Social Psychologists 
in Macon, Georgia. At the same con- 
ference, she served on a panel entitled, 
"Surviving and Thriving at Liberal Arts 
Colleges." In Febtuary, Dr. Wright pre- 
sented a talk entitled, "If It Ain't Broke, 
Don't Practice Fixing It: The Impact of 
Preparation on the Ingratiation Success 
ol High and Low Self-monitors" to the 
meeting of the Society tor Personality 
and Social Psychology in San Antonio, 


DR. SUSAN AMBLER, Associate Pro- 
fessor of Sociology and DR. MARK 
O'GORMAN, Assistant Professor of 
Political Science, completed an evalua- 
tion research project during the summer 
of 2000 for Blount County Drug Court. 
The Blount County Drug Court is a new 
program aimed at reducing the recidi- 
vism (returning to prison over and over 
again) of individuals who have com- 
mitted drug-related crimes and face jail 
sentences. The Drug Court offers the 
option of receiving group counseling 
and other human services to eliminate 
the addiction rather than going to jail. 
The review found that Blount County's 
Drug Court Program provides a good 
model tor a drug court in a non-metro- 
politan setting. The final report is avail- 
able on Dr. Ambler's web site at http:// 

ROGER MYERS, Instructor and 
Reference Librarian, and CHRIS 
NUGENT, Assistant Professor and 
Director, Information Resources & 
Services, presented a program tided 
"Experience with Assessment Using the 
ACRL Standards" at the Library Admin- 
istrative Retreat of the Appalachian Col- 
lege Association, held at Kentucky Chris- 

tian College in Grayson, KY, October 

Professor of Sociology, and CHRIS 
NUGENT, Assistant Professor and 
Director, Information Resources & 
Services, in preparation for a review 
ot the General Education course Fresh- 
man Research Seminar 140, attended the 
American Association ot Colleges and 
Universities (AAC&U) conference on 
"Diversity and Learning: Identity; Com- 
munity, and Intellectual Development" 
in Pittsburgh, PA, October 26-29. 

Together with the 1999 FIT Fellows, 

NUGENT participated in the Sixth 
Annual Mid-South Instructional Tech- 
nology Conference, held at Middle Ten- 
nessee State University, April 8- 1 0, 200 1 . 
The conterence was entitled "Teaching 
and Learning: Today's 

Successes/Tomorrow's Horizons." The 
group presented the program: "Instruc- 
tional Technology Innovation in the Lib- 
eral Arts Classroom: A Conversation with 
the Mam'ille College Faculty Instruc- 
tional Technology (FIT) Fellows." 

DR. DANNY PIERCE, Mr. Derrick 
Stowell (MC 2003), Mr. David Ruble 
(MC 2002), Mr. Ben Fentress (MC 

2001) and Ms Corey Shubert (MC 

2002) presented a workshop entitled 
"Practicum & Internships: Gaining the 
Experience You Need," at the 9th annual 
Adventure Education Conference held 
November 3, 2000, at Montreat Col- 
lege, Montreat, North Carolina. 


PERRY, Associate Professor of Physical 
Education, attended the Tennessee Asso- 
ciation of Health, Physical Education, 
Recreation and Dance at Middle Ten- 
nessee State University in Murfreesboro, 
Tennessee on November 10, 2000. Six 
physical education majors traveled with 
them to the conference. 

DR. LORI SCHMIED, Professor of 

Psychology, has made several presen- 
tations with DR. KATHIE SHIBA, 
Associate Professor of Psychology, and 

colleagues from Emory & Henry and 
Carson-Newman Colleges regarding the 
Mellon Teaching & Technology granr 
project on "Re-conceptualizing Intro- 
ducton' Psychology," funded through 
the Appalachian College Association. 
They presented a poster, "Re-conceptu- 
alizing Introductory Psychology," at the 
annual meeting of the American Psy- 
chological Society, June 8-11, 2000, in 
Miami, FL. Schmied and Shiba also co- 
facilitated a roundtable discussion on 
"Using Technology to Re-think Intro- 
ductory Psychology." The grant team 
also presented "Transforming the Teach- 
ing of Introductory Psychology Using 
Technology: The PsychVista Project" 
at the Appalachian College Association 
Technology Summit 2000, October 
12-14, 2000, in Knoxville, TN. At that 
meeting the grant tram was named the 
recipient ot the "Cutting Edge Award 
2000" from the Appalachian College 
Association. During January 3-6, 2001 
at the National Institute on the Teach- 
ing of Psychology in St. Petersburg 
Beach, FL, the grant team presented a 
poster entided, "Re-Designing Introduc- 
torv Psychology," and hosted a round- 
table discussion on "The Psychological 
Study of Social Issues: Teaching, Tech- 
nology, and Introductory Psychology." 

DR. KATHIE E. SHIBA, Associate 
Professor of Psychology, began the 
second year of a 3-year Appalachian Col- 
lege Association (ACA) Teaching and 
Technology grant with DR. LORI A. 
SCHMIED, Professor of Psychology 
and Chair of Behavioral Sciences Divi- 
sion, Dr. Celeste Gaia (Emory & Henry 
College), and Dr. Guy L. Osborne 
(Carson-Newman College). The project 
involves the re-design ot the Introduc- 
tory Psychology course and implemen- 
tation of integrated thematic units using 
collaborative methods and new tech- 
nologies. Work on their website contin- 
ues < >. Dr. 
Shiba attended the annual meeting of 
the American Psychological Society in 

Miami Beach, FL, June 7 - 11,2000, 
where she presented a poster, along 
with DR. LORI A. SCHMIED and 

colleagues, entitled "Reconceptualizing 
Introductory Psychology." In addition, 
they facilitated a Participant Idea 
Exchange, "Using Technology to Re- 
Think Introductory Psychology." In 
addition, Dr. Shiba attended the 23rd 
annual National Institute on the Teach- 
ing of Psychology, in St. Petersburg 
Beach, FL, January 3 - 6, 2001. She, 
along with her colleagues, presented a 
poster, "Redesigning Introductory Psy- 
chology" and facilitated a Participant Idea 
Exchange, "The Psychological Study of 
Social Issues: Teaching, Technology, and 
Introductory Psychology." Dr. Shiba, 
along with' DR. SUSAN AMBLER, 
Associate Professor of Sociology, Dr. Ste- 
phen Fisher (Emory & Henry College), 
Mr. George Loveland (Ferrum Col- 
lege), Dr. G. Larry Osborne (Carson- 
Newman College), and Ms. Deborah 
Thompson (Union College) received a 
3-year ACA Teaching and Technology 
grant for their collaborative project, 
"Participatory Research Across the Cur- 
riculum." They continue work on 
their website < 
aca/jcl.html>. Their group, Just Con- 
nections, also received a Learn & Serve 
America Grant by the Bonner Foun- 
dation, and conducted a workshop at 
Maryville College, November 10 - 12, 


two other members ot the Maryville 
College Social Sciences faculty - , DR. 
JOHN GALLAGHER, Assistant Pro- 
fessor of Management, and DR. DEAN 
BOLDON, Professor of Sociology, 
have been asked to sen'e as the aca- 
demic team tor the East Tennessee Foun- 
dation as it participates in a nation-wide 
research project on social capital headed 
by Robert D. Putnam, Ph.D., author of 
Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival 
of American Community. In this capac- 
ity, Dr. Sullivan attended a workshop 
led by Dr. Putnam in Washington. D.C. 
in October, 2000. 


Fayerweather II is New and Improved 

To freshmen and sophomores, as well as first-time visitors, it 
looks like any other building under construction. But to juniors and 
seniors, faculty and staff, alumni and other veteran members of the 
Maryville College community, it is a memory brought back to life. 
Just a few weeks away from completion, the new Fayerweather Hall 
bears an uncanny resemblance to the original Fayerweather Science 
Hall, which stood on the same spot for more than 100 years before 
being destroyed by fire in May 1999. 

Because of Maryville's strong sense of history and dedication to 
preservation, the new building - from the outside - looks almost 
exactly as it did before the fire. Architects with Knoxville architec- 
tural and interior design firm McCarty Holsaple McCarty studied 
old photos of the original building and went to great lengths - even 
brick-counting - to ensure the replication. Arched windows, with 
their beige brick accents, are back, as are the "dental" accents along 
the roofline. 

In late April 2001, a few college administration and business 
services began relocating to Fayerweather, with more scheduled to 
relocate following Commencement exercises in May. 

"For more than a century, Fayerweather Science Hall was treas- 
ured by members of the College community," said MC President 
Dr. Gerald W. Gibson. "Alumni and friends of the College - as well 
as the current students, faculty and staff - had so many memories 
tied to the building, that there was certainly a great sense of loss following 
the fire. 

"We lost a part of our history that a new building can never replace, 
but we are very fortunate in that we are able to rebuild in a manner that 
both pays homage to our heritage while providing a fine facility that will 
serve us well into the future," he added. 

Although the exterior of the building will be an almost exact replica of 
the original turn-of-the-century Fayerweather Science Hall, the interior will 
be thoroughly modern, from the furnishing to the functionality of the meet- 
ing spaces and classrooms. 

Meaningful items salvaged from the fire, such as the three marble 
nameplates bearing the words "Fayerweather Science Hall" will be integrated 
into both the interior and exterior designs. 

Construction on Fayerweather Hall 

proceeded through the winter and early 

spring, with some space 

occupied by mid-April. Front views 

(above) bear an uncanny resemblance 

to the original Fayerweather Science 

Hall; the back of Fayerweather (right) 

was designed with an attractive 

entrance, as well. 

As the new building will be named Fayerweather Hall, the nameplate 
with the word Science will be put on display in the building's entryway, 
along with other mementos from the building's earlier days. The remaining 
two plates will be used on the facade, reflecting the hall's new name and 

While Fayerweather will be occupied this spring, the official dedication 
will be held during Homecoming 2001. 

Offices, Departments and Services Located in Fayerweather 

Academic Vice President • Admissions • Archives • Business Services • Financial Aid 

Information Systems and Services « Instructional Technology Initiative 

President's Office • Public Relations • Registrar's Office • Student Health Services 

Classrooms • One Tiered Classroom • Meeting Rooms * Harwell W. Proffitt Boardroom 

The Progression of a Boardroom: 

(Far left): After assembling the table in 

the room , the Corian® table pieces are 

placed into the table. 

(Middle): The table fully completed, with 
microphones in place. 

: The chairs are in place „ 
the Boardroom is ready! 

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Albert Brown Named Vice President and Treasurer 

Albert F. Brown 
has been named 
Maryville College 
Vice President and 
Treasurer by the 
College's Board of 

Brown, previously 
the business manager and director of personnel 
services at Washington and Jefferson College in 
Washington, Penn., assumed his new role May 1. 
As vice president and treasurer at the College, 
Brown will have oversight of the College's annual 
budget and endowment as well as business servic- 
es and human resources. In his capacity as Vice 
President and Treasurer, he will also be responsi- 
ble for physical plant operations, which include 

all new construction and renovation projects on 
the Maryville College campus, including a 
planned campus-wide landscaping and beautifica- 
tion effort and proposed renovations of campus 
buildings. He will serve as staff to the Finance 
Committee and Buildings and Grounds 
Committee of the Board of Directors. 

A certified public accountant, Brown holds a 
bachelor's degree from the University of Denver 
and a master's degree in business administtation 
from Oregon State University He has taught col- 
lege-level courses in economics, microcomputers, 
finance, and employee relations. 

Prior to his 1 5-year post as business manager 
and director of personnel services at Washington 
and Jefferson, Brown was director of financial 
systems for the Pennsylvania college. 

He is a member of the Pennsylvania Institute 
of Certified Public Accountants and several pro- 
fessional organizations. 

"In our search for a new vice president and 
treasurer, we were looking for an individual with 
a strong financial background in an academic 
setting combined with a history of leadership and 
genuine commitment to excellence, as well as 
someone with utmost integrity and respect for 
the liberal arts tradition," said Maryville College 
President Dr. Gerald W. Gibson. "We sincerely 
believe Albert possesses these qualities in abun- 
dance and that he will be an excellent addition 
not only to Maryville College but to the sur- 
rounding community, as well." 

Brown and his wife Merrin have three chil- 
dren. The family resides in Maryville. 

Teagle Grant Will Help Open 'Window of Opportunity' 

ing for the initiatives is recent, the relationship 
between Maryville College and the Teagle 
Foundation goes back several years. In 1991, the 
foundation provided funding for the establishment 

"Maryville College is a very good college poised 
to reach the next tier." 

So reads a segment of a grant proposal submit- 
ted to the Teagle Foundation in New York late last 
year. Happily, the decision makers at the charitable 
foundation agreed, and provided funding that will 
help make reaching that next level an attainable 

In March, the President's office received word 
that the proposal would be funded in the amount 
of $440,000 over a three-year period. The grant 
will fund specific areas identified by the College 
that will allow it to take advantage of a "window of 
opportunity" that many College leaders believe 
exists right now for Maryville to become the best 
possible college. 

In fact, "MC Window of Opportunity" is the 
title chosen for the next Maryville College strategic 
planning initiative, which will be funded in large 
part by the Teagle grant. The title was from a state- 
ment made by the late Baxter Lee, a former mem- 
ber of the Board of Directors. 

"When we presented the proposal to the Teagle 
Foundation, we shared the idea that this is indeed 
MC's window of opportunity," Gibson said. "We 
had great confidence that we could achieve great 
successes and attain a new level of excellence if we 
had the resources to meet certain objectives. 

"The leaders within the Teagle Foundation for- 
tunately shared that confidence and agreed to fund 

many of those objectives," he added. "I appreciate 
their generosity and their faith in MC. I look for- 
ward to sharing our success with them throughout 
the period." 

The Teagle grant was given to the College to 
meet very specific needs and will not be used for 
general operations, scholatships, building projects 
or any other "routine" expenses. Those identified 
areas of funding 

of the Institutional Research and Planning Office, 
and in 1993 contributed to the automation of the 
library. In 1996, an additional grant was given for 
institutional tesearch initiatives. 

include certain parts of 
the MC Window of 
Opportunity strategic 
planning process, mar- 
ket research, and a for- 
mal church relations 
program. Initiatives 
within those areas 
include surveys of 
potential, current, and 
former students; market 
positioning and mes- 
sage development; 
strategic planning 
meetings; communica- 
tions reviews; curricu- 
lum and program 
reviews; and a Director 
of Church Relations 
Although the fund- 

Banner Year for Scots, Lady Scots 

Two more NCAA banners will go up in Boydson Baird Gymnasium. 

For the Lady Scots basketball team, the banner will show a 22-5 record. For 
the Fighting Scots, a 23-5 record and an NCAA tournament showing, too. 

The 2000-2001 basketball season proved to be another red-letter - or is that 
garnet-letter? - year for basketball at Maryville. 

Both teams were undefeated in conference play and won their first-ever Great 
South Athletic Conference championship titles, and coaches Randy Lambert 
and Dean Walsh were named "Coach of the Year" in their respective categories. 

MC hosted the first round of both 
the women's and men's NCAA tourna- 
ment teams. The Lady Scots defeated 
Christopher Newport University (Va.) 
77-65 on Feb. 28, only to fall to rival 
Centre College at home 57-63 three 
days later. 

The men defeated MacMurray 
College (111.) during the first round, 
85-69. The Scots were defeated 51-71 
by Wittenberg (Ohio) during second- 
round play. 


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Fine Arts Has Busy Spring 

The Fine Arts Division enjoyed a very busy spring, with at least one stu- 
dent art exhibit ot recital, choir concerts or theatre production occurring 
almost every week from February until the first week of May. 

The Maryville College Theatre Department produced "Medea" as its 
spring show March 8-10. Directed by Assistant Professor of Theatre Dr. Jeff 
Turner, the 2,500-year-old Greek tragedy featured several theatre majors and 
involved members of the at-large campus community. MC Playhouse favorite 
Robert Hutchens played the Messenger, and three children of 
MC faculty and staff members assumed the roles of Medea's and 
Jason's ill-fated children. Maryville College Associate Professor of 
Art Dr. Carl Gombert designed the stage set. 

The annual Choir Tour took Maryville College singers and 
musicians to New Orleans, La. Churches in Tennessee, Alabama 
and Mississippi hosted the choir, and in New Orleans the group 
enjoyed a clinic with world-renowned pianist, conductor and 
arranger Moses Hogan. Among the musical selections in the 
Choir Tour repertoire were Hogan's "Elijah Rock" and "The 
Battle of Jericho." 

"I thought [the clinic with Mr. Hogan] was the highlight of 
the tour," said freshman Lydia Edrington, an alto from Bradenton, Fla. "Mr. 
Hogan was so nice and so down to earth. The two hours with him was all 
about the music and helping us love and appreciate music the way he does." 

Above: The Maryville College Choir Tour 

poses with Moses Hogan 

(far Left, front row). 

Students attended a workshop with him while 

they were in New Orleans. 

Left: Medea is performed by the MC Theatre 

Edrington said Hogan was very complimentary of the choir, but helped 
improved the group's technique for communicating the message of his songs 
to audiences. 

The Maryville College Equestrian Team is Riding High! 

The Maryville College Equestrian Team held 
its inaugural Intercollegiate Horse Show 
Association (IHSA) Hunter Seat Horse Show 
March 3-4. 

The show, which featured 109 riders from 

seven colleges and universities in the IHSA's Zone 
5, Region 1 area, was held at Penrose Farm in 
Knoxville and hosted by Maryville College Board 
Member Teenie Hayworth. 

The equestrian team isn't exactly a neophyte 
on the campus, but com- 
pared to baseball (125 years 
old), it's in its infancy, for 

In 1994, student Christen 
McCammon Khym '96, 
then a sophomore, rode for 
and coached the College's 
first equestrian team. While a 
freshman, Khym generated 
interest and petitioned the 
student government associa- 
tion for some funding. 
Approved as a club sport in 
the spring of 1993, the team 
had five female riders and the 
use of horses and a local barn 
by the fall of 1994. 
As the IHSA Hunter Seat 

Maryville College Equestrian Team 
members and coaches (above) 
enjoyed home field advantage recent- 
ly at an IHSA Horse Show. MC sopho- 
more Sara Moore (left) and horse 
Skeeters complete a jump in the 
March 3 show. 

Horse Shows at Penrose Farm indicate, the team 
has come a long way in seven years. 

Still considered a club sport by the College, 
this year's team consists of 1 5 coeds. The coach- 
ing staff has doubled in size. (Sarah Owen, a local 
resident who has a degree in horsemanship, 
joined Khym in 1996.) With the team competing 
at several IHSA horse shows each year, word has 
gotten out about the program and as a result, 
Khym said, the quality of riders who are joining 
the program has improved. 

To join the equestrian team, students pay a 
lump sum fee for riding lessons, the lease of a 
barn and horses and entry fees, transportation 
and boarding costs for horse shows. A small 
amount of funding comes from the College's stu- 
dent government association, which allocates stu- 
dent activities fees to various campus clubs and 

"There is a quality riding experience here," 
said Leigh Ann McDowell, a junior from Florida 
and equestrian team member. "You can ride as 
much as you want, and you learn to ride on mul- 
tiple types of horses. There's good support." 

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Isabelle Harrison Uhrich '34, is now 89 years old and 
legally blind. She lives in a retirement home in San 
Antonio, TX. She has 5vo daughters, three step-chil- 
dren and five great-grandchildren. 

Estelle Greene Carhart '36, is 88 years old and a 
widow, living in Norris, TN. She has five children, 12 
grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. She writes 
that "just keeping up with mv family keeps me hopping!" 

Robert R. Smyrl '36, and Marie Jensen Smyrl '40, cele- 
brated their 60th wedding anniversary on Oct. 12, 2000. 

Helen Ridenhour Goodman '38, writes that her 
great-granddaughter is working on her Master's degree 
at UNC-Charlotte. Her youngest great-grandson will 
graduate from NC State in 2001. 

Irma Souder Baker '39, continues to teach dance les- 
sons. She and her daughter, Denise, own and operate a 
school of dance in Scotia, NY. The company presented 
a dance recital "Life is a Game," in April 2000. Irma, 
who had severe rheumatism as a child, originally took 
dance lessons in hopes of improving her health. Today, 
at age 82, she can still easily perform a split in her stu- 
dio. An article about her life's work in dance appeared 
in the Scoria "The Daily Gazette," in June, 2000. 

John Magill '39, and Louise Wells Magill '41, are the 

proud great-grandparents of tour great-grandchildren. 
John and Louise are active in the life of Gulf Coast 
Village, a retirement facility in Cape Coral, FL. He is 
secretary of the executive board and also of the 
Independent Residents' Council. Louise is chairman of 
the decorating committee of the council. Both were 
invited to share in the 50th anniversary of an interfaith 
community Thanksgiving service in their former 
church in Abingdon, PA. 

Sam Kyle Taylor, Jr. '39, and his wife, Pattie, met 
Nancy Muller Zitzner '66, and her husband, while on 

a tour of the Canadian Rockies and British Columbia 
during the summer of 2000. The four shared many 
memorable experiences and enjoyed being together so 
much that they continue to correspond. The Taylors 
live in Whitesburg, TN. The Zitzners' home is in Glen 
Ridge, NJ. 

E. B. Smith '40, was a panel discussant on "The 
Future of International Education" at the annual 
Washington, DC conference of the U. S. Fulbrighr 
Association in Nov. 2000. He has recently been 
appointed to serve on a Fulbright Senior Specialist 
Advisory Panel by the Council for the International 
Exchange of Scholars, which manages the Fulbright 
programs. He has been a Fulbright professor in Japan, 
Russia and China and has served as national president 
of the Fulbright Association. 

Thelma Ritzman Hood '41, and her husband trav- 
elled by ship last year, visiting the Scandinavian coun- 
tries, northern Germany, Estonia and Russia. They live 
in Allentown, PA. 

Aline Campbell Moss '41, is on the General Board ot 
the American Baptist Churches/USA. She also serves on 
the Executive Committee of the Essex Association of 
ABC/NJ and in various capacities in het local church in 
Kearny, NJ. She celebrated her 80th birthday in 2000. 

Lily Pinneo '41, and het sister, Rose Pinneo '43, are 

enjoying retitement. They are very much involved in 
the life of the SIM (Mission) Retirement Village where 
they live, and in the local Presbyterian church. 

Eloise Zimmerman Rogers '41, received a pin recog- 
nizing 12,000 hours of volunteer service to Alachua 
General Hospital in Florida in May 2001. 

Helen Cameron Young '42, worked on two programs 
celebrating the 100th anniversary of Court Street 
United Methodist Church and Hattiesburg Methodist 
Hospital in Hattiesburg, MS. 
Her mother was superin- 
tendent of nurses at the hos- 
pital for more than six years. 

Ellis Burcaw '43, is the 
author of "Introduction to 
Museum Work," known and 
used throughout the world. 
A Chinese edition of the 
book was published in Taipei 
in 2000. Butcaw plans to 
attend MC Homecoming 


Nancy Baird, wife of Boydson Baird '41, was surprised by family members Feb. 17, 

when a classroom in Cooper Athletic Center was dedicated in her name. The Bairds' 

children donated money for furniture and refurbishment of the room. MC Athletic 

Director Randy Lambert 76, left, leads friends in a round of applause. 

Cecil O. Eanes '43, has 

recendy retired after 55 years 
in the ministry of the 
Presbyterian Church. He 
was recently married to a 
high school classmate. They 

will live in her home in Danville, VA during the spring 
and summer months and in his Costa Mesa, CA home 
during the fall and winter. They expect to do a lot of 
traveling and will welcome friends to visit at any time. 

Joseph E. Huskey '43, demonstrated Metrigrid games 
for Dr. Davis and his 13 interns at University of 
Tennessee-Knoxville in Oct. 2000. Four carloads of 
students, parents and teachers from Ducktown 
Elementary School helped with the project. 

Ted Pratt '43, traveled with his 8-year-old grand- 
daughtet to Scandanavian ports, St. Petersburg and 
Paris in August 2000, and writes that "it was a moun- 
taintop experience, including climbing 266 steps to the 
top of Notre Dame!" 

Robert Schwarzwalder '43, recently took a "Roots" 
trip to his ancestral home in Germany. He was accom- 
panied by his son Curt. 

Winifred Hart Van Cleve '44, has remained in her 
home in Belton, TX, following her husband's death. 
She does volunteer work at a local hospital, is acrive in 
her church and has travelled all over the world. 

Jane Hays Swartzback '45. and Ray Swartzback '47, 

continue to enjoy retirement in SE Ohio. Ray pteaches 
occasionally and also carves and paints song-birds 
indigenous to the area. Jane is busy with quilting and 
grandchildren and recently helped Women of Athens 
County build a house for Habitat for Humanity. Both 
ate active in their church where they sing in the choir. 

Rosalind Garges Watlington '46, was a founding 
member of the orchestra of the Bermuda Philharmonic 
Society and has played the violin in the orchestra for 40 
years. She has completed her 25th year as a trustee of the 
Menuhin Foundation, of which she is also a founding 
trustee. They employ six string teachers from England. 

Lois Thomas McGarity '48, and Owen McGarity 

'47, are active in church and community work and 

enjoy good health. They still live in their home in 
Gonzales, TX. 

Phyllis Rainard Haxton '49, lives in Harrisonburg, 
VA, where she is now an ESL tutor 

Carl M. Lazenby '49, continues his daily half-hout 
magazine-type radio program, "This Morning with 
Carl Lazenby," on WAPF in McComb, MS. 

Joyce Hampton Pullan '50, had a great time at the 
50th class teunion in Octobet and enjoyed seeing her 
classmates and the "new" Bartlett Hall. She continues 
to make het home in Northfield, NJ, where she is 
Projects Ditector for the Northfield Cultural Community. 

Wanda Onifer Ryan '50, and her entite family vaca- 
tioned at Martha's Vineyard in August 2000. The group 
included two daughters and their spouses, two sons and 
their spouses and nine grandchildren. 


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Lambert E. Stewart '50, attended two training classes 
at Peace Presbytery River Leaderfest in October, 2000, 
at Venice (FL) Presbyterian Church. He still does com- 
puter work as a volunteer for the church. 

Ruth Humes Folta '51, and her husband have 
returned ftom their semester of mission work in China 
and write that there was an adventure every day. They 
are now in their home in Ashburn, VA. 

David Grubbs '51, and Sue Summers Grubbs '53, 

visited London, Paris, Berlin, St. Petersburg and four 
Scandinavian capitals in July 2000. 

Rev. Henry W. Heaps '51, retired in 1990, and is com- 
pleting his fourth interim ministry at the Little Britain 
Presbytetian Church in Peach Bottom, PA. He and his 
wife have five sons, four daughters-in-law and eight 

Edna Floy Brown Vas '51, is occupied full-time caring 
for her quadraplegic brother in her home in Bartow, 
FL. She is looking forward to the 50th reunion of her 
MC class, which will be held in October. 

William Wagner Willingham '51, is now in his 27th 
year of teaching English at Fruitland Baptist Bible 
Institute at Hendersonville, NC. 

Charles W. Holsinger '52, came out of tetirement to 
serve as head of staff and tempotary Stated Supply 
Pastor of the Eastminster Presbyterian Church in York, 
PA, in order to give the church more interim time to 
select a new pastor, head of staff. 

Robert Osborn '52, and his wife travelled to Italy and 
to the Passion Play in August 2000, with a NARFE 
tour. They then stayed on for several weeks, visiting 
friends and family in Germany, Hungary and Slovakia. 
They also have a new grandson, who was born in 

Neale Pearson '52, returned from two and a half months 
in Chile and Argentina in Dec. 2000. He exploted 
what the provincal governments and city governments 
in the four provinces he has been studying for the past 
four years have been doing about three public policy 
problems: (1) police and public safety; (2) garbage col- 
lection and street cleaning; (3) budget and fiscal con- 
trols. He is Professor Emeritus at Texas Tech University. 

Mary Jo Pribble '52, recently completed a term as chair 
of the Western Carolinas Section of the Ametican 
Chemical Society. She is now serving as president of the 
American Association of University Women-North 
Carolina and enjoys ttaveling about the state and meet- 
ing members in the various branches of the organization. 

Ken Upham '52, and Joy Hickman Upham '52, 

attended an Elderhostel on classical music at Mo Ranch 
in Hunt, TX Feb. 4-9, 2001 . They are looking forward 
to the 50th reunion of their MC class and hope many 
classmates will attend. 

Ruth Burgos-Sasscer '53, has retired and is now 
Chancellor Emeritus of the Houston Community 
College Systems. Part of her "free" time will be spent as 
a Senior Fellow at the University of Houston Law 
Center, Institute of Higher Education Law and 

Grace Greenawalt Nieto '53, and her husband trav- 
elled in Spain for six weeks in the summer of 2000. Her 
husband was invited to participate in the International 
Symposium honoring the 500th anniversary of the birth 
of Charles V. The symposium was held in Madrid. 

Florence Clark Raynal '53, is a stained glass artist 
with Raynal Studios, owned by her son, John. Her son, 
Clark, recently received his Master of Divinity degree 
and is in Nicaraqua for a year, sponsored by UP(USA)'s 
"Reconciliation and Mission" project. 

Robert Worthington '53, has been named to the 
board of DeCorp Americas Inc. in Nashville. He is sen- 
ior partner with the law firm of Baker, Donelson, 
Bearman and Caldwell in Knoxville. 

The Rev. Bryan Ernst '54, continues to make his 
home in Balwyn, VIC, Australia. At age 76 he assists 
the Patish ministet in a service from time to time and 
plays the organ for the Sunday service once a month. 

Emily Smith Hoyer '54, and her husband have moved 
back to het childhood home in Hardy, VA. Al Hoyer 
'56, recently retired after 33 yeats of ministry in 

Homer T. Rickabaugh '54, retired from his 
Worldwide Ministries Division PC (USA) staff position 
as of Jan. 2, 2001. He has been designated as an "hon- 
orably retired" minister by the Presbytery of Western 
North Carolina. He and his wife will continue to live in 
LaGrange, KY for the present. 

Alice Buchanan Smith '55, is completing a three-year 
term as president of Values Realization Institute, a nation- 
al nonprofit organization. She lives in Newport News, VA 

Betty Cutler Boggs '56, was on campus for 
Homecoming 2000 with her older daughter, Robyn 
DeMaat Boggs '80. She writes that "it makes a body 
feel old when their child attends het 20th reunion as 
Robyn didl" 

Madlon Travis Laster '56, retired in June 2000, from 
the Winchester (VA) Public Schools. Jim Laster '56, 
has been named Professor Emeritus at Shenandoah 
Univetsiry. He played the role of Scrooge in "A 
Christmas Carol" at Wayside Theatte in December, 
2000, and the role of F. Alexander in "A Clockwork 
Orange" at Studio Theatre's Second State in 
Washington, DC, Feb. 1 - Mar. 4, 2001. He was com- 
missioned to write a piece which was the opening num- 
ber for a concert by the St. John Neumann RCC choir's 
trip to Rome in Feb. 2001. 

Maryel Vogel Smith '56, and her husband have moved 

to a ranch home in Village Meadows, a part of Elyria 
United Methodist Retirement Community in Elyria, OH. 
She has retired from teaching elementary vocal music. 

Margaret Blackburn White '56, retired in September, 
2000. She continues to write and consult to the journal, 
"The Diversity Factor," of which she had been editor. 
She also continues as president of theTeaneck Community 
chorus, a multi-cultural chorus in Teaneck, NJ. 

The Rev. George H. Hardy '57, has retired to 
Salisbury, MA, but is currently serving as Stated Supply 
Pastor of The First Presbyterian Church (Old South) of 
Newburyport, MA. 

Ann Yater Moen '57, has retired from her position as 
librarian at Notre Dame High School in Peoria, IL. 

Isabel Easley Northcutt '57, is retired after 30 years as 
a Family Therapist, Master Social Worker. She has 
recently enoyed trips to Alaska and mid-South America. 

Virginia Marshall Ramsey '57, is retired from the 
Cobb Count)' School Ssytem in GA. She is now prac- 
ticing her art work and enrering art shows. She is secre- 
tary of the Cobb/Marietta Retired Teachers Association 
and of Delta Kappa Gamma. 

Robert F. Baker '58, has accepted a position as 
Director of Music/Associate Organist at Fitst 
Presbyterian Church in Brunswick, GA. 

Jay W. Bollman '58, retired from Wesley Homes in 
Seattle, WA, in January 2001. He had been a social 
worker there for 14 years, 

Mary Walker Huxtable '58, is still enjoying retirement 
and "lots of traveling to exotic places!" She is still a 
Medicate counselor and involved in Sun City- 
Summerlin (Las Vegas) activities. She and her husband 
have a third granddaughter, born in March 2000. 

Gerald R. Platz '58, has served five churches in New 
Jersey and New York since beginning specialized inter- 
im ministry in 1992. 

Jon D. Shafer '58, is retited, and he and his wife are 
realizing their long-time goal of traveling. They have 
taken trips to China, Turkey, Europe, Spain, Africa, 
Canada and numerous places in the US. 

Donald Vandenberg '58, and Erma Pinkston 
Vandenberg '58, have moved back to the United States 
from Austtalia and will be purchasing a home in 
Eufaula, AL. 

Dorothy Hembree Schubert '59, and her husband 
have moved from New Jersey to Lenoit City, TN. She 
is Directoi of Christian Education at the Loudon 
Cumberland Presbyterian Church. 

The Rev. Bob Smith '59, is pastor of State Stteet 
Presbyterian Church in Schenectady, NY, and Christ 
Church of the Hills in Duanesburg. He is involved in 
community organizing and with Vale Village, proposed 
for the neighborhood of State Street church. An article 

FOCUS Spring 2001 



about his work appeared in the "Times Union" of 
Albany, NY in Nov. 2000. 

Rufus Bowers '60, is serving as Honorary Mayor of 
Fallbrook, CA, for one year. His term ends in Oct. 2001. 

Robert G. Davies '60, has retired after 29 years of 
teaching and coaching at Woodberry Forest School. 
Upon retirement he was awarded a distinguished serv- 
ice award by the school. He and his wife, Bobbye 
Carson Davies '58, will be living in Orange, VA and 
invite MC friends and classmates to visit. 

Richard Gossweiler '63, visited John Vordonis '63, 

at his home in Glyfada, Greece in May 2000. They 
enjoyed remembering their days at MC and recalling 
their classmates. 

Ron Wolf '63, is retiring as executive vice president/ 
general manager of the Green Bay Packers on June 1, 
2001. He joined the Packers in 1991. 

Chris Carlisle '64, had surgery for prostate cancer in 
the summer of 2000. He reminds all men age fifty and 
over to have the annual test. The day following his sur- 
gery, his fifth grandchild was born. Chris returned to 
Haiti for his 9th mission trip in April 2001. 

Janet Dearcopp '64, was one of the 60 women hon- 
ored by being "women who made a difference" during 
the first 50 years of the LPGA. She attended 
Celebrating Women in Golf: An LPGA 50th 
Anniversary Event, held at World Golf Village in St. 
Augustine, FL. At the kick-off dinner of the 3 1/2 day 
event, each of the 60 women was given a brick dedicat- 
ed in her name in the World Golf Village Walk of 
Champions. Dearcopp is a Master Life Professional of 
the LPGA. 

Dr. Harold Cones '65, was selected by the Virginia 
State Council of Higher Education as a Virginia 
Outstanding Professor of the Year. The award carried a 
trophy and a $5,000 prize. He is a professor at 
Christopher Newport University. His latest book, coau- 
thored with John Bryant of Oklahoma State University, 
was recently released by the Naval Institute Press. 
Titled "Dangerous Crossings, The First Modern Polar 
Expedition, 1925," it was written chiefly from previ- 
ously unpublished participant log books. 

Kay Barbour Main '65, is teacher/director at 
Sunflower Montessori Preschool in Anchorage, AK. 
She has authored and illustrated her first published 
book, "Baby Animals of the North," for preschoolers. 

Gary Dutton '66, has been appointed department 
chair for Education Administration and Supervision in 
the Graduate School of Education at Lincoln Memorial 
University. The department currently has approximate- 
ly 450 students. 

Richard Reed '66, was recently given the Teaching 
Excellence Recognition Award at Indiana University for 

his work in the graduate school of G 



Judith Hannah Bright '67, retired at the end of May, 

1999. She and Russell J. Bright '68, have their first 
granddaughter, Delaney Corinne, born June 1, 2000, 
to their son Paul. 

Marilyn Caldwell Cotton '67, retired on Apr. 28, 

2000, after 27 years of service with Munich American 
Reassurance Company. She and her husband are look- 
ing forward to travelling and working on the 7.5 acres 
of property they bought in Palmetto, GA. 

Joyce Pigge '67, participated in the Oxford Roundtable, 
held at Somerville College, Oxford University, Oxford, 
England, July 20-24, 2000. The focus of the 
Roundtable was on Higher Education Law. After the 
conference, Joyce spent five days in London, with a day 
trip to Bath, England. 

Ed Smith '67, worked for 26 years in medical X-ray 
research for several different companies, including 
Dupont, Sterling and Agfa. He has now retired and has 
enjoyed several visits to the MC campus. 

John Murray Smoot '67, has retired from the FBI and 
is now a financial advisor with Allmerica Investments in 
Tarrytown, NY. 

Beverly Minear Atkinson '68, and her husband, Steve, 
live in Minneapolis, MN and write that they have a 
guestroom for visitors, but "call or email first!" Their 
son has graduated from college and is a software tech- 
nician for PPT Vision. 

Meta Robinson Braymer '68, has been named Vice 
President of Graduate and Professional Studies at Mary 
Washington College. She also serves as Dean of the 
Faculty at the college's James Monroe Center. 

Dean E. Clark '68, was recently appointed by Illinois 
Governor Ryan as the business representative to the 
Education Funding Advisory Board. Clark is President 
of Graphic Chemical & Ink Company in Villa Park, IL. 

Diane Hall Edwards '68, recently retired after 31 years 
with the Metropolitan Davidson County/Nashville 
Public Schools. She is now working part-time at First 
Presbyterian Pre-School in Murfreesboro, TN. 

Bob Lucas '68, is now pastor of St. Andrews 
Presbyterian Church in Panama City, FL. 

Richard R. Stevenson '68, was recently inaugurated as 
State Representative tor the 8th District of 
Pennsylvania. The ceremony was attended by his 
daughter, Sarah Stevenson Hatfield '97. 

David A. Taylor '68, has retired after 30 years in the 
juvenile justice system and is now an investment repre- 
sentative with Edward Jones Investments. He also 
farms 1400 acres in Eden, MD. His older son is a 
Junior at Mary Washington College. His younger son 

accepted early admission to Salisbury State where he 
will be goalie for the lacrosse team, which won a 
national championship in 1999. 

George V. Wood '68, and Elizabeth Abrahamson 
Wood '68, write that both of their children will gradu- 
ate from college this year, one from Rutgers University, 
the other from Barnard College. 

Joe Dawson '69, has been appointed to serve a three- 
year term on the Tennessee Health Facilities 
Commission. He is administrator of Blount Memorial 
Hospital in Maryville. 

Chip Slaybaugh '69, and his wife note that travel has 
become a major interest of theirs. They have recently 
spent two weeks in Venice and Tuscany in Italy and 
took a short trip to France. Thev are planning to take 
their son, daughter and daughter-in-law to the British 
Isles for an extended trip. Chip is vice president of 
PNC Bank in Delaware. 

Mary Lois Brugler 70, is a registered nurse at the VA 
Medical Center in Lexington, KY. She serves as Vice 
President for Membership for the University of KY 
Friends of Music. She and her husband enjoy their 
three grandchildren and, in her free time, she does fab- 
ric design and quilting. 

Eileen Myers Zimmerman '70, has returned to teach- 
ing 8th grade English and reading at Belleview Middle 
School in Belleview, FL. Previously, she had worked for 
seven years in various capacities in the mental health 
field. She and her husband live in Ocala, FL. They have 
two sons and three grandchildren. 

Dr. Ann Todd Abel '71, is now principal of Watauga 
Elementary School in Abingdon, VA. She received her 
doctorate in education from Virginia Tech in 2000. 
Her daughter is at Union Seminary/PSCE working on 
a Master's in Christian Education. One son is a senior 
at King College. The othet is a senior in high school. 

Alice Lewise Strohmeyer Bryan '71, will retire from 
the Fulton County (GA) school system at the end of 
this academic year. She has been teaching for 30 years. 

Linda Rowe Jennings '72, is a K- 12 classroom teacher 
in an Alutiig Native Alaskan Village (accessible by air or 
water) on the Alaska Peninsula in rural Alaska. She also 
teaches violin, piano and guitar lessons after school hours. 

Larry W. Frye '73, is now posted at the U. S. Embassy 
in Pretoria, South Africa, where he and his wife have 
served for four years. 

EmiJy Hager Morgan 73, is chairman of the SW 
Florida Episcopal Diocese Third Age Committee, 
which addresses issues of spirituality and aging within 
the society and institutional church. She lives in St. 
Petersburg, FL. 

Thomas A. Radice 74, and his wife, who is from 
Hawaii, bought a house that was built in 1 894, in Long 


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Branch, NJ. He has also finished a CD of poetry, his 
own and a few musicians. 

Thomas Leonard-Martin 75, is now Director of 
Evaluation Services for Inoveon Corporation in 
Nashville, TN. 

Charlene Reams Reinauer 75, is employed by 
Carlson/GMAC Real Estate in Nashua, NH. David 
Reinauer 75, is with 3-Com. 

Jean D. Erhardt 76, signed copies of her new book, 
"She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not," at Books-a- 
Million in Knoxville in February 2001. She is a private 
investigator and author of a mystery series set in 
Gatlinburg, TN. 

Kevin 0. Heflin 76, would like to "talk" with other 
classmates via email. His email address is 

Charles J. Craven 77, has graduated from the 
University of Tennessee Library (Information Science) 
School. He is now a part-time reference assistant at the 
Maryville College Library. 

George J. Naron 77, has been named Director of 
Development at New York Military Academy in New 
York. He has previously been Director of Admissions. 

Elspeth Robertson Blakeman 78, and her husband 
have moved from a two-story house into a one-story 
home, where she writes that it is easier for her to get 
around. She has had surgery for a torn rotator cuff, but 
is "on the mend." She lives in San Antonio. 

Gary A. Elrod 78, has retired from Naval Reserve and 
is now attending Athens State University. 

Grace Riley Price 78, opened Price Counseling 
Center on Feb. 1, 00, in Canton, GA. Her web page 
( features Grace's workbook 
"A Woman's Journey." She and her husband have two 
children, ages 12 and 7. 

Cheryl Thompson Waite 78, is now working at 
CIGNA Healthcare as a Senior Procedures Analyst. 
She and her husband have three children, one attend- 
ing the University of North Texas, one a junior in high 
school and one in third grade. 

Phillip B. Loyd 79, received the M. Ed. degree in 
Instructional Technology in August 2000. He is cur- 
rently working extended active duty in Seoul, Korea 
with the 50th Anniversary of the Korean War 
Commemoration Committee. 

Alvin Nance 79, was recently named president and 
chief executive officer of Knoxville Community 
Development Corporation. He was previously vice 
president of community relations for SunTrust Bank. 

Keith Williams 79, and his family live in Melbourne, 
FL, where he serves as chairman of Faith Fellowship 
Church. He also coaches youth football in Greater 

West Melbourne Youth Football program. He received 
his law degree from the University of Florida and is in 
private practice in Melbourne. 

Stephen Danna '80, now works as a curriculum coor- 
dinator for the Glens Falls City School District in 
Upstate New York. 

Peter M. Gardzina '80, has received his Master's 
Degree in Public Administration from Northern 
Michigan University. He is Associate Professor of 
Aerospace Studies with the US Ait Force. His wife is a 
registered dietitian. 

Maggie ('lies mitt '81, received her master's degree as 
a family nurse practitioner from Emory University. She 
is employed by St. Joseph's Mercy Care Services in 
Atlanta, providing primary care to homeless and 
Hispanic patients. 

Cathy Angell '82, was recently recognized by the 
Governor of Washington for an award-winning nation- 
al curriculum addressing non-point source pollution. 
She is Project Specialist with the Dept. of Ecology. 

Doug Berry '82, has joined Hodge Engineering Co. 
of Knoxville as senior vice president of business devel- 
opment. He will be working with officials in Cocke 
County, TN to attract tenants for an industrial devel- 
opment in the county. 

Janet Helwig Fortney '82, and her family moved to 
New Jersey in August 2000. They live on the campus of 
The Lawrenceville School, where she is a faculty mem- 
ber in the math department. 

Angela Murphy-Walters '82, notes that 2000 was a 
busy year. She had successful cancer surgery, moved 
back to Virginia, took a new job and had an article 
published in "School Library Journal." She is now 
Subject Cataloger-Children's Literature with the 
Library of Congress. She and her husband live in 
Alexandria where he designs and constructs sets for a 
nearby theater. 

John M. Sanders '82, is now the Business Director of 
TtiHealth Graduate Medical Education in addition to 
being Director of TriHealth Perinatal Services at Good 
Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati. 

Tom F. Hudson '83, has been Advertising Account 
Representative with BellSouth Advertising & 
Publishing Corporation in Columbia, SC, since 1995. 
He was recently named as a Job Steward by 
Communications Workers of America Local #3706. 
He and his wife, Jane, live in Irmo, SC, and have four 
children between them. 

Bill Muller '83, has been awarded lisiting in "Who's 
Who of Professionals" as of November 2000. 

Amy Nicholson Figgs '84, is now working at Snow 
Hill High School in Worcester County, MD, as Sign 
Language Educational Interpreter. 

Brian K. Gunter '85, is Directot of Consumer Affairs 
for the Wake County (NC) Department of Human 
Services. He lives with his long-time girlfriend in a 
house on ten acres on the banks of the Neuse River in 
Raleigh. The house was damaged by flood waters in 
1996 and 1999, but has been rebuilt and remodeled. 

Michael C. Kennedy '85, has been promoted to Chief 
Petty Officer in the United States Navy. The advance- 
ment ceremony took place on Sept. 1 5, 2000. Kennedy 
writes that he is also officially engaged to be married. 

Mary Padget Eckwall '86, has been promoted to the 
position of assistant night manager with the Quick Trip 
Service Center in Duluth, GA. This summer she will 
take a leave of absence to spend with her daughters, 
ages 10, 6, 4 and three-year-old twins. 

Mark Womack '86, has been promoted to the posi- 
tion of Program Manager and Director of Clinical 
Operations for Sunshine Behavioral Health Services, a 
private psychiatric clinic in Decatur, GA. He has been 
a psychotherapist for the past 10 years. 

Steve Katz '87, has been named head varsity football 
coach at Winter Springs (FL) High School. 

John Wesley Wright '87, won the first-place gold 
medal at the American Traditions national vocal com- 
petition in Savannah, GA in March 2000. He also 
became the first American to sing for the royal family 
of Belgium during a holiday concert held at the Royal 
Palace in Brussels. He met King Albert and Queen 
Paolaon. Dec. 21,2000. 

Wendi Katzman Ely '88, and her family have built a 
new home in Eldersburg, MD. She continues inter- 
preting and scheduling interpreters for Montgomery 
Co. Public Schools. 

Andy Walker '88, has completed work for his master's 
degree and is now working on the EDS. Melodie 
Sedgwick Walker '88, is working on her master's 
degree. Both teach in Blount Co., TN. They have two 
daughters, ages 4 and 2. 

Lars Farmer '89, now lives in Wichita, KS, after ten 
years in the Navy (Desert Shield/Storm, Bosnia in 
1993; Kosovo in 1998). He has taken a job in Cessna 
Aircraft's experimental department and is working on 
his Master's degree as a manufacturing engineer. 

Tracy Armstrong Faucette '89, recently became a lim- 
ited partner with Edward Jones Investments. She and 
her family live in Rutherfordton, NC. 

Jeff Reichert '89, and his family live in Acworth, GA. 
He has received his MBA in Finance and is Senior 
Manager of Strategic Planning & Internal Systems for 
MCI WorldCom, Inc. 

K. C. Cross '90, and Melissa Combest Cross '91, 

have four daughters and live in Davie, FL. K. C. is the 

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Chief Executive Officer of Epworth Village Retirement, 
Inc., a retirement corporation headquartered in Miami. 

Jacquelyn Athan Bailey '91, and her husband both 
teach at Fulton High School in Knoxville. 

Karin M. Rhodes '91, has moved back to Maryland 
from Houston, TX, to attend the University of 
Maryland's art history program. She is taking the 
required courses in order to attend graduate school in 
that field. 

John Worth '92, is a strategic copywriter for 
Broadchoice, Inc., a full-service interactive agency in 
San K4ateo, CA. He and his family live in Berkeley, CA, 
where his wife is a Ph. D. student. 

Ted Belflower '93, is now teaching physical science at 
Macon County High School in Montezuma, GA. He is 
also the assistant football coach and head boys' track 

Jessica Roitman de Kok '93, is a research associate 
with Forrester Research European Hqs. in Amsterdam. 
She and her husband recently bought a condo in 

Julie Dingels '93, is now a territory manager for Frito 
Lay. She works out of her home in Maryville. 

Douglas A. Justice '93, is teaching and coaching foot- 
ball at Sequoyah High School in Monroe County, TN. 

John Tanner '93, recently joined the Securities 
Litigation Practice Group of Alston & Bird, LLP in the 
Atlanta office. 

Eric D. Booth '94, is currently working on completing 
his MBA in International Business from the University 
of Kansas at the Consortium International University 
campus in Asolo, Italy. He expects to complete the pro- 
gram in June 2001. 

Julie Walker Danielson '94, is currently pursuing a 
Master's degree in Library and Information Science at 
the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. 

April Millsaps Gonzalez '94, completed her Master of 
Education degree at Ohio University, Athens, OH, in 
June 2000. She is now employed in the Career Services 
Office at Philadelphia University. 

Bradley S. Thomas '95, recently accepted a position as 
senior sales consultant with Marc Taylor Design in 

Jennifer Wells '95, is Vice President of Sales with 
VideoLink in Denver, CO. 

Rachel Elizabeth Winter '95, was ordained to the 
ministry on Dec. 17, 2000, at Second Presbyterian 
Church in Birmingham, AL. 

Kelli Jackson Graham '96, is a flight attendant with 
Delta Air Lines. She and her husband currently live in 
Atlanta. He was recently hired by ASM, a semiconduc- 

tor firm, as a field process engineer. They will be mov- 
ing to Portland, OR. 

Rachelle Wells Grigor '96, graduated from the 
Georgia School of Professional Psychology in Oct. 
2000, with a master's degree in psychology and a spe- 
cialization in professional counseling. She is now a psy- 
chometrist at Inner Harbour Hospital in Marietta, GA. 

Douglas Parris '96, is the financial manager of MCJ 
Solutions, a technical training company in Durham, 
NC. He and Jennifer LaForest '96, are engaged to be 
married in June 2001. 

Russell E. Perry '96, is Head of Products and Services- 
DATA, with ONE in Vienna, Austria. ONE is a two- 
year-old nationwide GSM 1 800 mobile operator and 
ISP with over 1 million subscribers in Austria. Russell 
also teaches a course on e/mCommerce at the Austrian 
Executive Management Academy. 

Sarah West Davis '97, has passed the Tennessee Bar 
Exam and is now an assistant district attorney in 

Chee Hill '97, has decided to "settle down" after work- 
ing for a year and a half as a wildland firefighter for the 
National Park Service. She is now in technical sales for 
Ben Meadows Company and writes that "I now live a 
stress-free life in a new house in Northwest Georgia, 
but I still dream of western forest fires." 

Douglas R. Mathews '97, and his wife recently moved 

to 42 acres in Roane County, TN, and "started living in 

the country." He writes that 

they have two hotses, a goat 

and three dogs so far. He is an 

investment representative 

with Edward lones. 

and his family will be moving to Nashville. 

Funmi Eke '98, has graduated from the University of 
South Carolina with a Master's degree in Music for Arts 
Administration. She is working with the School Arts 
Program and Fulton County (GA) to develop programs 
that will infuse arts into the classroom. She will pursue 
doctoral studies in the fall of 2001. 

David Franklin '98, and Yvette Prinsloo Franklin 
'98, live in Brooklyn, OH. He is is a student at Ohio 
College of Podiatric Medicine. Yvette is a 6th grade 
teacher in Parma, OH. 

Jim Lummus '98, now lives in Adanta, where he 
works in sales for Centex Home Team Services. 

Kimberly Whitaker Miller '98, is Vice President of 
the South Carolina Registry of Interpreters for the 
Deaf. She is staff interpreter for Richland County (SC) 
School District One. 

Amy Caroline Snider '98, is a wildlife officer with the 
Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency. She was hired in 
August 2000. 

Richard Taeuber '98, began working in tech support 
with NOVA Information Systems in August, 2000. He 
married Karin Rosenvinge in 1999, and they will be 
moving to Maryville. 

Richelle Sissom Turner '98, and her husband live in 
Falmouth, KY. She teaches 4th grade at Gallatin 
County Upper Elementary School in Warsaw, KY. 

Lee A Clevenger '99, is a pharmacuetical sales con- 

Kerry L. O'Keeffe '97, 

received a BS in Nursing from 
University of Tennessee- 
Knoxville in 1999, and is a 
registered nurse in the 
Intensive Care Nursery at UT 
Medical Center. 

LeAndra Barriage '98, is 

attending the University of 
Tennessee and will receive her 
Master's degree in education 
in August. She is also intern- 
ing at Farragut High School 
in Knoxville, where she teach- 
es 9th and 10th grade Biology 
and Physical Science. 

Daniel Bechman '98, is in 

his final semester of the MBA 
program at the University of 
Following his graduation, he 

Dorothy Horn, Former 
Music Prof, Dies at 94 

Dr. Dorothy Horn, associate professor of 
music at Maryville College from 1936 to 
1954, died Feb. 18 in Maryville. She was 94. 
Horn first came to Maryville College in 
1936 to join the faculty of the newly created 
Fine Arts Division. A native of Independence, Mo., she was a gradu- 
ate of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., where she 
received her doctorate in music theory and was a teaching fellow. 
She held bachelor's degrees in piano and violin, and a master's in 
music from the American Conservatory. 

During her tenure at Maryville and throughout her teaching 
career, Horn was considered to have been among the best music 
theory teachers in the country. She retired from Butler University in 

For nine years, Horn served on the Citizens Advisory 
Committee of the Department of Human Services and belonged to 
the American Association of University of Women. She was a mem- 
ber of the Maryville-Alcoa Music Club, the League of Women 
Votets and New Providence Presbyterian Church in Maryville. 


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sultant with Professional Detailing Inc. He writes that 
he loves having a family and "my kids teach me some- 
thing new each day." He and his wife, Natalie, have two 
children, Alex, born July 10, 1998; and Olivia, born 
June 22, 2000. 

Carleton P. Ken ham III '99, is a second year law stu- 
dent at the University of Alabama. 

Brian O'Connor '99, has received his Masters in 
Chemistry from the University of California-Riverside 
and is now supervising the Quality Control Chemistry 
lab of Alpha Therapeutics. The biologies company, locat- 
ed in Los Angeles, manufactures products derived from 
human plasma to aid patients such as hemophiliacs. 

Sherry D. Oden '99, is working on her Ph.D. at Wake 
Fotest University. 

Joel S. Shields '99, has recently been appointed 
Graduate Assistant to the Music History department at 
the University of South Carolina. He also works and 
teaches at The Classical Guitar Studio in Columbia. 

Brooklyn White '99, was recently promoted to the 
position of Marketing Coordinator of Baptist Health 
Centers, Inc., the largest network of primary care 
physicians in Alabama. She moved to Birmingham in 
August, 2000, when she accepted a position with BHC. 

Christopher T. Moore '00, has moved to Ely, MN, 
where he is insttuctot, naturalist and wilderness ttip 
leader at YMCA Camp Widjiwagan. He writes that he 
is exploring graduate school options. 

Melissa Marie Walker '00, was recently promoted to 
the position of Human Resources Coordinator at Intex 
Supply Co. in Alcoa. 


Mildred Belder '28, on Nov. 19, 2000, in Milwaukee, 
WI. She had gone into nurse's training after two years 
at MC. The College was notified of het death by het 
sistet, Ellen Petkins of Alamo, TX. 

Barbara Lyle McCann Heisey '32, on Dec. 19, 2000, 
in Lancastet, PA. She was a school nurse for 22 years for 
the School District of Lancastet, tetiring in 1973. 
Survivors include two sons and their wives, three 
grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. 

Marjorie Gould Welch '32, on Feb. 11, 2001, in St. 
Petetsbutg, FL. Survivors include two daughtets, four 
grandchildren and one great-grandchild. 

John T. Burns '33, on Nov. 4, 2000, in Medford, OR. 
He had been a Presbyterian minister, high school coach 
and teacher and retired from Medply. Survivors include 
three sons and a daughtet and their families; sistet, Inez 
Burns '29; and brother, Herbert Burns '34. 

Mary M. Cornwell '33, on Jan. 8, 2001, in North 
Carolina. She taught in Tennessee and Notth Carolina 

Dr. Charles DeSanto Dies at Age 75 

«- • 

Dr. Charles P. 
DeSanto, who 
taught in the 
Maryville College 
Department of 
Bible, Religion and 
Philosophy for two 
years in the early 1960s, passed away August 8, 
2000, in Fort Wayne, Ind., following a stroke. He 
was 75 at the time of his death and was retired 
from LockHaven University in LockHaven, 
Penn., where he had taught for 20 years. 

DeSanto earned a bachelor's degree from 
Temple University in 1949. In 1952, he received 
a master's of divinirv 7 from Louisville Presbyterian 

Seminary and was ordained to the Presbyterian 
Ministry that same year. He received a doctoral 
degree in biblical and philosophical studies ftom 
Duke University in 1957. He also earned a mas- 
ter's degree in sociology from Ball State 

In addition to MC, DeSanto also taught at 
Wheaton College and at Huntington College in 
Indiana. From 1975 to 1985, he served as the 
Chairman of the Department Sociology/ 
Anthropology and Social Wotk at LockHaven 

The author of five books, DeSanto is survived 
by his wife, Norma, their four children and 
several grandchildren. 

and later became a home demonstration agent. She 
retired as Home Demonsttation Agent in Haywood 
County, NC in 1976. She was a ttustee of Haywood 
Technical Community College and The Village of 
Yesteryear at the NC State Fair was organized under her 
direction in 1951. She had received many local and 
national awards and honors. She is survived by a cousin. 

Phoebe Underwood Kinnick '34, on Aug. 13, 2000, 
in Piano, TX. She was buried in Jefferson City, TN, but 
had lived in Texas neat het daughtet for almost five 
years. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Roy 
Kinnick, one daughter and two gtandchildten. 

Edna Haas Desnoyer '35, on Aug. 10, 2000, in 
Schenectady, NY. She had taught kindergarten thete for 
many years and later taught in the local literacy pro- 
gram. Survivors include a nephew, John E. Seymour, 
who norified the College of het death. 

Lurline McFarland Burns '36, on Dec. 2, 2000, in 
Maryville. She taught many yeats in the Alcoa School 
System. Survivors include her husband of 66 years, 
Herbert Burns '34; and two sons and their families. 

Rev. Walter K. Maude '37, on Feb. 1 8, 2001 . He was 
a resident of Lake City (TN) Health Care Center and 
was a retired ministet. Survivors include his wife, 
Frances Perrin Maude '38. 

Mary Frances Dunlap Shields '37, on Dec. 28, 2000, 
in Maryville. She was a retired City of Maryville school 
teacher. Survivors include her husband, Stanley 
"Skeeter" Shields '37, former Maryville mayor; 
daughter, Karen Lee Shields; son, Steve Shields and his 

Lucie Katherine Montgomery Slawson '37, on Nov. 
7, 2000, in San Antonio, TX, following a brief illness. 

She was rhe widow of Lt. Col. Merritt O. Slawson 
'35. Survivors include a son, daughter and their families. 

Grace Hitch Speer Wood '37, on Jan. 31, 2001, in 
Sevierville, TN. She was a member of the prominent 
John S. Hitch family of Blount Co. She had worked at 
Alcoa and retired from the University of Tennessee as 
secretaty for the Animal Science Deparrment. 
Survivors include a daughter, son, stepdaughter and 
stepson, four grandchildren, two gteat-gtandchildren 
and nieces and nephews. 

Glenn C. Evers '38, in November 2000. He was a 
retired high school principal and lived in Lithia, FL. 
The College was notified of his death by his wife. 

Janet Talmage Keller '38, on Nov. 14, 2000. She and 
her late husband were medical missionaries in Korea. In 
1977 she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and 
retired to Black Mountain, NC. In 1980, she moved to 
a retitement community in Hendersonville, NC, and 
lived thete for the temaindet of her life. Survivors 
include her son and grandchildren; brorhers, John 
Talmage '34, William Talmage '35, Roy Talmage 
'38, and David Talmage; and a sistet, Mariella Provost. 

Jane Brunson Oakes '40, on Nov. 22, 2000. She lived 
in Ellenboro, NC. Survivors include her daughter and 
son-in-law, who notified the College of her death. 

Earl Allen Tweed '40, on Feb. 25, 2001 , in Oak Ridge, 
He was retited from Union Catbide. Survivors include 
his wife, Glendora Johnson Tweed, several grandchil- 
dren, nieces and nephews, two sistets, and special MC 
friend Ned Sams '41. 

Eldon L. Seamans '41, on Dec. 18, 2000. He lived in 
Norman, OK, and was retired from the faculty of 
Cameron University. The College was notified of his 
death by his daughter. 

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Rev. John H. Thompson, Jr. '41, on Dec. 3, 2000, in 
Orlando, FL. He had an active ministry for 50 years 
and served churches in Pennsylvania, and Florida. 
Survivors include his wife, Charlotte Sherrod 
Thompson '50; a son and daughter and their families. 

Christine Fritz Trinter '42, in December, 2000, ar her 
home in New Jersey of cancer. The College was notified 
ot her death by Edythe Mae Persing '42. 

Dr. Glenn LeRoy Winkle '43, on Nov. 19, 2000, in 
Cincinnati, OH. He practiced medicine for 38 years, 
retiring in 1989. Following retirement he enjoyed trav- 
elling with his wife, oil painting and spending time 
with his grandchildren. Survivors include his wife of 53 
years; a daughter; two sons, one of whom is Mark 
Winkle 77; and five grandchildren. 

Walter Davis Proffitt '46, on Nov. 10, 2000. He lived 
in Alcoa, TN, and was retired after 28 years as a man- 
ager of the feeds division of Tennessee Farmers 
Cooperative. He served in the armed forces during 
World War II. Survivors include his wife, Bobilee 
Knabb Proffitt '44; daughters, Kathleen Proffitt and 
Ginger Proffitt Futcher 71; sister, Charlotte Proffitt 
Paxton '47; and several nieces and nephews. 

Charles H. Hildreth '47, on Feb. 13, 1998, in Ocala, 

FL. He taught at several colleges prior to entering gov- 
ernment service. He was a retired Air Force Historian. 
Survivors include his wife, Carol Hall Hildreth '49, a 
daughter and a son. The College was notified of his 
death by MC friend, John R. Moore '47. 

Marjorie Pritchett Hatfield '48, on Jan. 30, 2001, in 
Tulsa, OK. She was a retired teacher. Survivors include 
two sisters, Margaret Pritchett Longmire '49 and 
Laura Pritchett Rogers '52; and a great-niece, Laura 
McMahon '00. 

Rebecca Maddux Robertson '48, on Jan. 29, 2001, in 
Birmingham, AL She was a retired school teacher and 
active in her church. She is survived by her husband, 
Jim, a daughter, a son, two sisters and a brother. 

Marjorie McCaleb Sapp Thomas '48, on Oct. 27, 
2000. She was a retired teacher. The College was notified 
of her death by her son, Samuel Sapp, of Macon, GA. 

Eleanor Hawley Hoover '49, on Nov. 16, 2000, in 
Arvada, CO. Survivors include her husband, Donald G. 
Hoover, who notified the College of her death. 

Lt. Col. Ivan Vincent Chambers '50, on Nov. 7, 2000 
in Maryville. He was retired from the Tennessee Army 
National Guard and from Alcoa. Survivors include two 

Maryville College Family Loses One of Its Own 

In February, Maryville College lost 
a member of its campus family 
with the death of Sherry Murrell, 
who had served as admissions 
record coordinator since July 
1995. In addition to her role 
in the Office of Admissions, 
she was pursuing a degree 
in business by taking classes 
as a part-time student. 

For seven years prior to 
joining the MC staff, Murrell 
had worked at Braun and 
Associates Appraisal Company. 

A native of Maryville, 
Murrell was married to John Murre 
In addition to her husband, she is survived by 
her sons Garrett, 7, and Landon, 19 months. 
Daughter Laney passed away shortly after her 
birth in 1998. 

At the time of Laney's death, Maryville 
College staff members planted a weeping 
cherry tree on campus in her memory. This 
spring, tor the first time, the tree is full of 
pink blooms, a beautiful and fitting tribute to 

Murrell's life, noted long-time friend 
Cheryl Frow, who worked with her 
n the Office of Admissions. 
In a memorial service 
held on campus, friends, 
family and colleagues gath- 
ered to pay tribute. 
Without exception, the 
many speakers recalled 
Murrell's kindness, her 
friendship, her serenity and 
her great sense of hope and 
Jh positive outlook even in times 

of great sorrow. 

"Sherry was one of those 
thoughtful, kind friends that you are 
so glad to have just one of in your life. She 
was extremely well loved by her coworkers, 
family and friends," Frow said. "She loved her 
family so very much. We talked about that 
every day and about our dreams for the 

"She so looked forward to finishing her 
degree and to the day her sons would graduate 
from Maryville College, too." 

sons, two daughters and their families, and three sisters. 

Fred A. Morton '51, on Dec. 17, 2000, in Maryville. 
An educator in Blount County for 42 years, he had 
been teacher, principal, supervisor and superintendent. 
He was superintendent of Blount Co. Schools from 
1982 to 1986. Survivors include his wife, Aileen 
Owenby Flynn Morton; brothers, Bob Morton and 
John Morton '53; sister, Wilma Morton '57; and sev- 
eral step-children and rheir families. 

Ralph Graf Thiesse '52, on Jan. 16, 2001, in 
Fayetteville, AR. He was President of the MC Class of 
1952. He had served Presbyterian churches in Texas 
and Arkansas since his ordination in 1955, and was 
treasurer of the Presbytery of Arkansas for the past 35 
years. Ken Upham '52, and Joy Hickman Upham 
'53, attended the memorial service on Jan. 23, 2001, in 
Fayetteville. Survivors include his wife and two sons. 

Charles LaRue Pierpont '53, on Dec. 1, 2000, in 
Uvalde, TX. He was retired from the faculty of 
Southwest Texas Junior College and had been in ill 
health for some time. The College was notified of his 
death by the executor of his estate. 

Carolyn Beatty Howard '54, on Apr. 17, 2000, from 
pancreatic cancer. She was predeceased by her husband, 
Gregory Howard '51, who was killed in a plane crash 
in 1996. Survivors include a daughter, Melva Zanella, 
who notified her mother's MC roommate, Naomi 
Burgos Lynn '54, of her death. 

Elizabeth S. Hoaster '56, on Jan. 26, 2001, ot cancer, 
in Toronto, where she had lived for many years. 
Survivors include her daughter, Heather Walsh; son, 
lian Walsh, and two sisters. The College was informed 
of her death by her MC roommate, Janet Whitmore 
Thompson '56, and Janets husband, Joe Gilliland '55. 

Ruth Keene Lancaster '57, on Jan. 19, 2001, at her 
Maryville home. She was retired from the Knox 
County School System. Survivors include two daugh- 
ters and their families. 

Robert J. Berg 70, on Dec. 1 1 , 2000. The College was 
notified of his death by Rick Ziegler 70. 

Dr. William S. Morrison 78, on Dec. 26, 1999. He 
had been employed at Cochise College in Sierra Vista, 
AZ. The College was notified of his death by his mother. 

Carrie Hendricks Wallace '80, on Oct. 21 , 2000, fol- 
lowing a two-year battle with colon cancer. She lived in 
Oakboro, NC, and was a member of Locust 
Presbvterian Church. Survivors include her husband, 
David, and children, William, 6, Rachel, 4, and John, 2. 

Scott F. Cinnamon '87, on Jan. 1, 2001, in Granville, 
NC, where he taught at South Granville High School 
and was assistant football coach. He previously taught 
at West High School in Knoxville. Survivors include his 
parents, grandmother and his sister and her family. 


FOCUS Spring 2001 



Casey L. Anderson '00, to Andy Bartow '00, 

July 1,2000. 

Todd Edwin Davis '00, to Whitney Ann 
Potter, Dec. 16, 2000. 

Jodi Lloyd '00, to Alan Archbold '00, Oct. 

7, 2000. 

Courtney Marie Lowe '00, to Matthew Niles 
Whitehead, Dec. 16, 2000. 

Natasha Smith '00, to Bartley McMurray, 
Aue. 5, 2000. 

Ceril 0. Eanes '43, to Edith Sutphin, Jan. 7, 2001. 

Jacquelyn Athan '71, to Gregory Lee Bailey, Feb. 14, 

Jessica Roitman '93, to Maarten de Kok, Oct. 7, 

Karen Elizabeth Beaty '94, to Mark Eldridge, Dec. 
16, 2000. 

Sarah Elizabeth Smith '95, to Christopher F. 
Thompson, Aug. 5, 2000. 

Kelli Jackson '96, to Simon Graham, Sept. 30, 2000. 

James C. Engel '81, and his wife, Laura, a son, Jack 
Deborah Shewfelt '96, to Robert Halcrow, Nov. 20, j ames , Oct. 11, 2000, their fifth child. 

Amy Blanc Lacy '85, and her husband, a son, Adrian 
David Franklin '98, to Yvette Prinsloo '98, July 1 5, Richard Leif, May 20, 2000, their second child. 

Jody Mullen Katz '87, and Steve Katz '87, a son, 

Douglas Stewart Perry '98, to Rachel D. Lankford, Samue ' Mever > Se pt- 9. 2001, their second child. 



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Laura Starkey '87, a daughter, Sofia Ariel Ramirez 
Starkey, Feb. 9, 2000. 

Heather Farrar Kiernan '88, and her husband, John, 
a son, Max, their fourth child. 

July 22, 2000. 

Richelle Sissom '98, to Steve Turner, Nov. 4, 2000. 

Jeanna Beck '99, to J. Ryan Stewart '99, Jan. i 
2001, in Jamaica. 

Tracy Armstrong Faucette '89, and her husband, 
Gwen Keyset '99, to Adam Adkisson, Aug. 19,2000. Frank, a daughter, Jordan Norine, Jan. 22, 2001, their 

second child. 
Jason Keith Reagan '99, to Valerie Elaine Kozel, Oct. 

18- 2000. Jeff Reichert '89, and his wife, Terri, a son, Kyle, Oct. 

27, 2000, their third child. 
Jennifer A. Windrow '99, to Michael Forehand, Jr., 

June 3, 2000. Clare Jacobs Dannenberg '92, and her husband, 

Dave Dannenberg '91, a son, Houlton Alexander, 
Nov. 5, 2000. 

Karen Beaty '94 and Mark Eldridge were married Dec. 16 in the Center 

for Campus Ministry. Karen's sister, Ann Beaty Damron '91, was a matron of 

honor, and Jerry Sullivan II '99 provided musical accompaniment. 

Charles E. Wiggins '92, and 

his wife, Tracy, a daughter, 
Ashton Elizabeth, on Dec. 1, 

John Worth '92, and his 

wife, Hanako, a son, Joe, 
Nov. 28, 1999. 

Sara Townsend Luchuk '93, 

and her husband, Alan, twin 
sons, Patrick James and 
Nicholas Peter, Sept. 19, 
2000, their second and third 

Tina Walker Hackney '94, and Keith Hackney '94, a 

son. Trey Palmer, Dec. 18,2000. 

Jason K. Reed '94, and his wife, Dawn, a son, Ian 
Thomas, Nov. 28, 2000, their second child. 

Jennifer Hearon Wells '96, and her husband, David, 
a son, Carson David, June 3, 2000. 

Daniel Bechman '98, and his wife, Suzanne, a daugh- 
ter, Anna Katherine, Dec. 6, 2000. 

Rebecca Lill Derrick '98, and Brandon Heath 
Derrick '98, a daughter, Riley Cate, Nov. 22, 2000. 

Wendi Katzman Ely '99, and her husband, Ted, a 
daughter, Kati, May 1999, their second child. 

We want to hear from you! If you have recently 

married, celebrated a birth, or reached another 

milestone in your life send us a photograph that 

captures the moment! You can mail a quality 

color photo to us. This photo will be kept on file, 

but will not be mailed back to you. (We request 

that you not send Polaroid pictures.) 

You may also e-mail digital photos to us. 

These must be 300 dpi, color images. 

Whether you mail or e-mail photos to us, please 

be sure to include identification of folks in the 

image and a brief description of the occasion. 

Due to limited space, the editorial staff may not 

be able to include all submissions. 

So get out your camera ... 

and send in those pictures! 

Mail photos to: Alumni Office, Maryville 

College, 502 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, 

Maryville, TN 37804 

E-mail photos to: 

FOCUS Spring 2001 


Jenny West 
Director of Volunteer Services 

My own 
Maryville College 
service experiences 
began with my 
enrollment in the 
first class of Bonner 
Scholars in 1991, and 
those experiences 
have continued into 
my professional life 
as the Director of Volunteer Services. As I 
reflect on the changes that have come to our 
campus since 1993, 1 am deeply moved by 
the progress that has been made. 

In 1993, there were only two classes of 
Bonner Scholars on the campus. There were 
few established partnerships with communi- 
ty agencies, and campus-wide volunteerism 
was minimal. Service programming and 
leadership has exploded on the campus, due 
in large part to the efforts of Bonner 
Scholars and their dedication to service. 

The Student Literacy Corps began in 
1994 as a small group of students commit- 
ted to improving the lives of others by 
means of empowerment through education. 
Today it has become a model program for 
student autonomy and leadership, and 
Maryville students regularly tutor in local 
service organizations, jails and at-risk family 

The Student Literacy' Corps helped 
form a strong foundation for creating the 
Bradford Scholars Program, which is named 
for MC friend Lib Bradford. Fifteen 
Bradford Scholars work each year as adult 
literacy education teachers in local service 
agencies. Many of our students participate in 

continued from page 5 

through the formation of a National Advisor)' 
Council and Board of Church Visitors. With inau- 
gural meetings in the fall of 1997 and May of 
2000, respectively, the groups involved persons 
who might not have had, otherwise, a connection 
to the College but who could offer needed expert- 
ise, resources and connections. 

Attracting students, keeping students — 

Full-time enrollment during the MC2000 peri- 
od grew 50 percent. Meeting the MC2000 Plan 
goal for 1 ,000 students meant a campus full of 
activity, parking lots full of cars and residence halls 
full of coeds. Growing pains existed, but college 

24 FOCUS Spring 2001 

MC Families, a literacy program that helps 
young mothers attain a GED and learn par- 
enting skills and assists children in their 
physical, educational and emotional develop- 

In 1993, the words "Alternative Break" 
were unknown on the campus. Today, 
Alternative Fall Break, Spring Break, 
Alternative Weekends, and MOOSE 
(Maryville Outdoor Outreach Service 
Experience) are hallmarks of the College's 
volunteer service programs. During these 
trips, students travel to various destinations 
to meet needs that range from repairing 
homes to befriending the homeless; from 
providing after-school programs for inner 
city children to volunteering at state and 
national parks. 

In 1997, students formed a campus 
chapter of Habitat for Humanity, and in 
December 2000, the College witnessed the 
culmination of that leadership at the dedica- 
tion ceremony of the first Maryville College 

Students and faculty members are also 
connecting academics and service; they are 
integrating learning into meaningful projects, 
studies and papers. Last fall, a discussion of 
American economics could be overheard as 
students sat atop a roof and pounded shingles 
into place on Maryville's Habitat House. 

Now that the groundwork has been laid 
and the infrastructures are in place, we can 
begin to move our service ethic to the next 
level. We hope to transform our student 
body into a sweeping force for social justice 
in all of the communities in which they will 
live and work 

administrators considered overbooked halls and 
tight classroom scheduling as good problems to 

The College's Office of Institutional Research 
reported increases in student quality as well as stu- 
dent numbers. Test score averages and high school 
GPAs of incoming freshman rose, and some facul- 
ty reported noticeable differences in the classroom. 

The number of student organizations grew in 
number and variety, and students were given a 
larger voice and more responsibility in campus 
governance through the Student Government 
Association, judicial boards, steering committees 
and budgetary council. In early 1994, student rep- 
resentation on the Board of Directors was 

approved, and later that year, the College's 
Covenant, which held students and other campus 
constituents to ideals of scholarship, respect and 
integrity, was approved by the Board. By the fall of 
1996, freshmen were participating in a Covenant 
ceremony and asked to sign the document. 

With enrollment and retention issues ever 
before college administrators, faculty and staff 
members took measures to enhance the Maryville 
College experience. For on-campus students, that 
meant refurbishment of all residence halls, but also 
amenities like cable television, Internet hook-ups 
in the rooms, a closed-circuit movie channel. 

The president lamented the changing times, 
concerned that students rarely had reason to leave 
their rooms for anything other than class. He 
often told alumni and parents that he believed vis- 
its to the library were inherently good, but com- 
peting for students meant offering some of the 
same perks other institutions offered. 

New student orientation became serious busi- 
ness. Upperclassmen took on the role of peer men- 
tors with every Orientation class. An enrollment 
management team was organized in 1995, and 
plans were put in place to identify and help at-risk 

An October 1999 progress report showed 
improvements in fall-to-fall freshmen retention 
and overall retention - sometimes meeting 
MC2000 Plan goals. But overall retention rates 
never made the 85 percent goal, and all retention 
rates starting slipping after 1997. In a summary to 
the straregic planning committee in August 2000, 
Gibson addressed retention as one of 10 remaining 
areas of "unfinished work" from the MC2000 

Historic strength 

In the same summary to the steering committee 
in August of 2000, Gibson wrote: "By any meas- 
ure, the MC2000 Plan has broughr us to a point 
of historic strength." Few could argue the state- 
ment's validity. During the MC2000 period, the 
College became better known and respected, 
financially stable, lareer in student numbets and 
physical plant and more in tune to student needs. 

In closing his 1999 letter to the editor, senior 
Ryan Stewart wrote: "We have laughed, cried, 
sung, danced, learned, fought, rejoiced, loved, lost. 
We have dreamed and we have grown. In short, 
we have changed." 

Of course, Stewart was speaking of his class- 
mates. But the same words applied to thousands 
linked through the MC2000 period: We have 
dreamed and we have grown ... We have changed. 

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When I graduated in 1980, I focused on finding a job and mov- 
ing to the next phase of my life. I wasn't aware of an Alumni 
Association... primarily due to my lack of interest and involvement. 
After graduation, I chose to remain in Maryville, so 1 maintained 
connections and interest in MC through athletic events. 

In the late 1980s, however, I began participating in business and 
career services seminars, and in 1994, 1 joined the Maryville College 
Alumni Association's Executive Board. 

My service on the Board coincides with the MC2000 period, so 
it goes without saying that my service coincides with a period ot 
incredible change on the MC campus - the likes of which my alma 
mater has not seen in decades. 

Perhaps living 
in Maryville has 
enabled me to 
observe the changes 
gradually, making 
some of these changes 
seem rather subtle to 
me. However, once 
involved in the 
Alumni Association, I 
have seen the not-so- 
subtle improvements 
in facilities and repu- 
tation, increases in 
enrollment and 
enhancements in aca- 
demic instruction. It 
is when I look back 
to my own era - the 
late 1970s -that I 
am most struck by 
the differences. 

Of course, one 
of my more vivid 
memories as a stu- 
dent includes living 
in a not-so-livable Carnegie Hall from 1977 until 1980. I recall 
naked light bulbs strung on wire between Pearsons, Thaw Hall, 
Anderson, Fayerweather and Sutton Science buildings. 

The renovation of Carnegie in 1993 was certainly noticeable to 
me, and the addition of Beeson Village - adding beds for 84 addi- 
tional coeds - wasn't too subtle, either. 

There are now sidewalks throughout campus with nice lamp- 
posts lighting the way. 

I have observed and enjoyed the major improvements made to 
the athletics facilities: from the early 1990s improvements made to 
the Cooper Athletic Building (dedicated in 1991 as the Boydson 
Baird Gymnasium), the Lloyd L. Thornton Stadium, men and 
women soccer fields, the women's Softball field, the baseball field 
and dugout improvements, new tennis courts and many others. 

The 1998 relationship formed with Ruby Tuesday gave the 
College much exposure while making a major change for our com- 
munity with the renovation ol Morningside Inn for use as Ruby 
Tuesday's private training facility. 

The Center for Campus Ministry, renovated in late 1999, was 
the post office when 1 attended Maryville College. It was undergo- 
ing renovation when I heard the sirens and activity from my home 
as local fire departments struggled to save Fayerweather Hall from a 
fatal strike of lightning. Today, MC students are fortunate to have 
such an impressive building as Bartlett Hall, which contains the post 
office, the student center and book store, to name just a few of the 
amenities. And though 1 haven't toured it yet, Fayerweather looks 
like it will be another architectural showpiece on the campus. 

Maryville College has been listed six times in the last seven years 
as a "top 10" Southern liberal arts college by U.S. News and World 
Report and in 1998, the college was named to theTempleton 
Foundation's Honor Roll for Character-Building Colleges. 

And then there are the improvements that aren't so easily seen in 
a drive-thru of campus ... 

One of our priorities in the Alumni Association has been to 
increase the interaction between alumni and students and improve 
the involvement of alumni in providing internships, summer/part- 
time jobs and employment upon graduation for Maryville College 
students. 1 believe that we still have work to do in these areas, but I 
think we have made great strides in the last several years. 

Alumni participation in the Annual Fund has increased to 46 
percent, placing us near our goal of 50 percent. More than 50 alum- 
ni and friends participate as speakers during the Freshman 
Orientation each fall. 

Since my involvement in the Alumni Association, I have wit- 
nessed the coming together of alumni, parents and friends of 
Maryville College to raise in excess of $20 million during the 
MC2000 Campaign ... a remarkable effort and success for the 

All of these changes that 1 mention have been made possible 
through the generous donations and time spent by alumni and 
friends of the College. In combining Alumni Weekend with 
Homecoming each year, we have experienced enormous growth in 
interest and attendance in the last four years. Dr. Gibson always 
seems to say that spirits are never higher at Maryville College than 
they are at Homecoming, and from my own personal observations, I 
have to agree with him. 

As I write my final feature for FOCUS as the Alumni Board 
President, I realize how much I have enjoyed being a part of the 
alumni and friends who have helped to make these changes. I feel 
strongly that the Alumni Board will flourish and continue to make a 
positive contribution to the success of Maryville College. 

And one more thing: You're holding what I think is one of the 
most noticeable improvements at the College in the last six years - 
our new and greatly improved magazine-style FOCUS. I hope you'll 
keep reading! 

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registration materials will be sent in 

' > August. If you are a reunion class (if your 

graduation year ends in a 1 or 6), make sure to send in your 

biographical information form before July 31! 

OCTOBER 19-21 -20C 

Associations annual meeting 

Stanley "State Shields '37 Frank Cross '42 

Ctflbid "Bo" Henry '50 

John Heidelberg ' 87 forlo Beard Heidelberg '88 

ong those 

receiving the Alumni Citation are 

Stanley "Sinter" Shields '37, 

Frank Cross '42, and Clifford "Bo" 

Henry '50. Husband and vnkjobn 

Heidelberg $7and Karla Beard 

Heidelberg '88 will receive the Kin 

Takahashi Award for Young Alumni. 


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