AS THE COLLEGE CELEBRATES 50 YEARS
since reintegration, it also celebrates ^raduateSj
i events, policies and programs that made -
and continue to make - Maryville a
diverse community of learning.
TO BEGIN ON
BRINGS CHAUCER T(
LIFE WITH 21ST-CENTUi
Make sure to include these great authors in your summer reading!
Appalachian Lecture Series
Celebrate the Culture ^Heritage of the
Southern Appalachian Mountains!
THIS YEAR'S GUESTS INCLUDE:
One Foot in Eden
Some Days There's Pie
Make plans to join us this fall for an expanded,
17th Annual Appalachian Lecture Series, showcasing four nationally recognized writers.
Each of the programs will begin at 7 p.m. and will be held in the
Music Hall of the Fine Arts Center on the Mar)'\'iile College campus.
Cost is $30 for the Series, which includes all four lectures.
If purchased separatcK', tickets are $12 per e\ent. Following each of the talks,
die evening''s writer will be on hancl for book signings and mingling with attendees.
Reservations are required, and tickets can be purchased by calling 865.981.8265. Proceeds from
the Series go toward the support and purchase of library collections in Appalachian studies.
OK, alumni from the 1980s,
. . . it's your turn to help
us identify the mystery
The big hair, bulky sweaters and tight blue jeans dis-
played by students here led current staff members in
the Office of Communications to believe these pic-
tures were captured 20 years ago. In addition to the
fashion clues, Dr. Wayne Anderson, who served
Maryville College from 1977 until 1985, is in other
images on the roll of film.
Alumni, we'd like to ask you: What year was this
photo taken? What's the celebration? Why are people
holding hands? Why does everyone have a balloon?
Who are these smiling people?
If you know the answers to any
of the above questions, write us!
We heard from nearly ^^^9i^|H^9pH^^B
15 different alumni - ^^E^ - ^^^^^^^^B
from as far away as ^^^m^|^^^^^^^H
California and Oregon! ^^^^^
- responding to our questions about the mystery
photo in the last issue of FOCUS. While Dr. Lloyd and
Dean Massey were identified on the back of the
photo, the other individuals were not. The date and
occasion of the photo was not recorded.
A sampling of what we were told:
Ethelyn Cathey Pankratz '56 wrote in to say that the woman on the
far left was her. She helped identify two other women in the photo,
too: Ms. Mary Miles, director of student-help, standing to her left, and
Martha Jackson McCutchen '56, who is standing between Dr. Lloyd
and Dean Massey. Pankratz thought the photo was probably taken
between 1955 and 1956. Mary Bevan Freeman '54 identified the
same people and asked us "Do I get a prize?" (Sorry, Mary, we don't
have prizes to send.) Eugenia Jackson Vogel '54 e-mailed us to con-
firm that the woman in the middle was her sister, Martha McCutchen.
Henrietta Laing Chambers '55 was one of few people who
attempted the identity of the woman on the far right. She said it
was Delores Huajardo Woods '56. Other guesses came from
Madlon Travis Laster '56 and Sally Brown McNiell '53, who both
thought Alice Blackburn Ayers '57 was the mystery woman. In a
phone conversation with Alice, she admitted that it looked like her
but added, "I don't remember the event. I'd hate to say for sure!"
Several people suggested that the building in the background was
Thaw Hall, but we think Bob Murphy (grandson of longtime Col-
lege engineer Ernest C. "Brownie" Brown) is correct in his belief
that the rear of Pearsons is seen in the background. Murphy also
suggested that Lloyd and Massey must have been looking over the
plans for the "new" women's residence hall (Lloyd Hall), which was
constructed in 1958-1959.
John Moore '47 wrote to the College on an unrelated issue, but wanted
us to know that the Class of 2007 (numbering 293) couldn't be the second
largest freshman class at the College, as was reported in the Winter 2004
FOCUS. He thought the classes of 1944 and 1950 had more students. A
check of records by Registrar Martha Hess '67 revealed that the Class of
1944 had 290 freshmen but confirmed his claim that the Class of 1950
(enrolled in 1946) had 374 students, making it the largest freshman class.
So, the Class of 2007 is the third largest class. (With 313 freshmen, the
Class of 2003 holds second place.) We're happy to set the record straight!
A Publication for Alumni and Friends of Maryville College
FOCUS MAGAZINE 2004
(ISSN 313) PUBLISHED
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Copyright © 2004 Maryville College.
Contents may not be reproduced
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of Maryville College,
3 Habitat for Humanity founders
are guests at Connmencement
Millard and Linda Fuller, founders of Habitat for Humanit>' Interna-
tional, accept honorary degrees from the College, give the Com-
mencement address and help dedicate a joint MC-Maryville High
School Habitat home.
is an iindciyraditate,
liberal arts, residential
community of faith and
learninji rooted in the
students of all a£fes
prepares students for
lives of citizenship
a>id leadership as we
challenge each one to
search for truth, grow in
wisdom, work for justice
and dedicate a life of
creativity and service to
the peoples of the world.
ABOUT THE COVER:
With an early sketch of "The
Brick College" as the backdrop,
the past and present faces of
people Instrumental in and
symbolic of Maryville College's
Integrated education are seen.
Designed by an early Maryville
College alumnus before the
Civil War, the Brick College
building served as the model
from which plans for Anderson
Hall were drawn. Funds from
the Freedmen's Bureau were
Instrumental In moving Ander-
son Hall from a dream on paper
to bricks-and-mortar reality.
5 More than girl talk
"Women in Societ\'," a January Term course, puts current
students in touch with College alumnae to find out it - and
how - women's experiences on campus ha\e changed.
8 Students gain perspective
behind the lens
Challenged to capture some memorable black and white
images of Cuba, photography students Jasmina Tumbas and
Jay Haugen stop, look and release the shutter during a life-
changing January Term trip to the socialist island.
11 Maryville's Open Door
An education "for all races and colors without discrimi-
nation" at Maryville College dates back to
founder Isaac Anderson, but because of
state and national laws, integrated educa-
tion didn't follow an uninterrupted course.
As the College celebrates 50 years since
Brown v. Board of Education, it also cele-
brates graduates, events, policies and pro-
grams that made - and continue to make -
MarwUe a diverse communio' of learning.
2 Message from the President
3 Campus News
10 Faculty News
22 Class Notes
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
Other cultures inevitably
teaches more than can a
stack of textbooks. '^
Grcetitufs from the Mnvyville Collefte campus!
"THROUGHOUT ITS HISTORY Marv-xilJe Col-
lege has held sincerely to the Christian belief in dignity,
\\'orth, and freedom of all people and their equality
before God, irrespecti\e of wealtli, race, or color." This
was the fii'st sentence of an enrollment poliq' approved in
Julv 1954 bv the Maryville College Board of Directors
and announced b\' Dr. Ralph Waldo Lloyd, Mary\-ille's
sLxth president. This poiiq-, distributed to area media and
printed in the Maryville College Bulletin, went on to
declai-e that after the May 17, 1954 Supreme Court deci-
sion in Brown vs. Board of Education, all colleges in
Tennessee and all other states were "free to accept Negro
''...livina and learning students ifthe colleges u.sh to do so."
In 1954 tew people were talking about dl^'erslty,
with students from other ^nd no\\-here in Dr. Lloyd's announcement is that
ethnic backgrounds and word to be found. Dr. Lloyd was simply making clear
why the doors of Mary\-ille College, after 53 years,
were again open to all. Haifa century later, "diversity'"
for manv institutions is a matter of statistics and a basis
for "bragging rights." For Mar\a'ille, historically, it has
instead been a matter of doing what w right, and that
remains so today.
Our ficult\' in 2004 would assert that integrated education is right from both a
moral perspecti\'e (Dr. Llo>'d's immediate concern) and an educational perspective.
The "dignit)', worth, and freedom of all people" has now long been taken as a self-e^^-
dent truth - though the College has operated on that premise for far longer than has
the nation, generall\'. But it is the educational value of a dixerse student body that our
facult\' members are more likely to stress today. They imderstand tliat the student is
shaped, not by the curriculum alone, but by what we call the "total learning experi-
ence," an important component of which is relationships \\ith other students. Our
professors \vnow that smdents lixing and learning with students from other ethnic
backgrounds and other cultures inexitably teaches more than can a stack of textbooks.
Our son Paul, when he \\as a Maryx'ille College student, said to us, "You know,
one of the things I like about going to Marxaille is that 1 ha\'e friends from all over
the world." And indeed he did. His life was enriched by that experience. It added
value to his education. And so it has been for many readers of FOCUS who once
studied on this campus.
Last October we dedicated the Ralph Waldo Lloyd and Margaret Bell Lloyd Resi-
dence Hall. Attending the dedication ceremony was Nancy Smith Wright '60, one
of sbc African -American students to be admitted to Mar>'ville College following the
re-opening of the College doors in 1954. Her presence on campus was a welcome
reminder of an important milestone in our institutional history. One of her class-
mates, Shirley Carr Ciowney '60, has said about that 1954 re-integration experi-
ence that thev shared; "I don't recall being afraid; I don't remember any altercations
or confrontations from white students. We started each day in chapel, and that was a
very inspirational wav for all of us to start our da\-." That's what I sometimes
describe as "communin- with di\ersit\'," and it is that kind of di\'ersit\' that we aspire
to with Mar^'x'ille's open door.
FOCUS [spring 2004
Dr. Gerald W. Gibson
Mark E. Gate
Vice President for
Advancement and Admissions
Director of Communications
Karen Beaty Eldridge '94
Director of News and
Judy M. Penry 73
Rebeccah Kinnamon Neff '62
Raleigh, North Carolina
Carol Callaway-Lane '92
Ken Tuck '54
CLASS OF 2004
Rick Carl '77
Christopher Lilley '87
Sylvia Smith Talmage '62
John C. Tanner '93
John Charles Trotter '95
CLASS OF 2005
Beverly Fox Atchley '82
Sharon Pusey Bailey '69
Carl Lindsay, Jr '50
Sara Mason IVIiller '66
Kathleen Mayurnik Nenninger '73
David Russell '72
Aundra Ware Spencer '89
Kenneth D. Tuck '54
CLASS OF 2006
Tammy Renee Taylor Blaine '89
G. Donald Hickman '70
L Patricia Jones '55
Adriel McCord 'GO
Danny Osborne '76
Ryan Stewart '99
Kristine Tallent '96
Lee Taylor '77
(Above) Family andfiiends of Adam
Billings record the happy occasion of bis
graduation by posing for the camera.
(Far rijjht) Millard Fuller foitnda-
and president of Habitat for Hiinian-
ipy International, addresses the Class
of 2004 with advice for "Building in
a Broken World. " Wliile in Blonnt
County, Millard and Linda Fuller
helped dedicate a Habitat home that
was constructed by MC and Maryville
High School students (right).
Habitat's Fullers are guests at 1 85th Commencement
MILLARD FULLER, founder and president ot" Habitat for Huniaiiit\' International ( HFH I ) ,
was die commencement speaker for Mar^'^'ille College's 185di graduation exercises held May 16.
"Building in a Broken Worid" \\'as the tide of Fuller's address to the approximately 200 graduates
participating in die ceremony Prior to speaking to the Class of 2004 and guests, Millard and his
wife Linda were awarded honorary degrees in public service from the College.
"Unquestionably, the foimders of Habitat for Humanity' International are dreamers - and doers,"
said Dr. Gerald W. Gibson, Mar\'\ille College president, in presenting the degrees.
Fuller, who became a self-made millionaire at the age of 29,
graduated from Auburn University and the Uni\'ersit>' of
i\labania Law School. After seeing his business prosper at the
expense of his health, integrity' and marriage, Millard and Linda
decided, in the early 1970s, to sell all of dieir possessions, give
the money to the poor and search for a new focus. In 1976, they
created Habitat for Hunianit>' International.
While in Blount Count\-, the Fullers also helped dedicate the
Habitat home of Tony and Lisa Lee and their taniih'. The Lee
home was a joint project of Marxville College, Marnille High
School and Blount Count\' Habitat for Humanity'.
Students, tacult\' and staff of the rwo schools began working
on the project last tall, organizing committees, raising funds and
recriuting volunteers. Builds were held every Saturday, March 6
through Ma\' 8 . For more information
on the MC-MHS-Habitat collaboration,
Fuller's address to the Class of 2004
can be read at \\v\'\\.mar\'\illecollege.edu.
Latimer is Outstanding Senior
CHRISTIE LATIMER (second from left), a child
development major from Pfafftown, N.C., was named
the 2004 Outstanding Senior at Maryville College
during the Academic Awards Ceremony held April
17. Presenting Latimer with the framed certificate is
President Gerald W. Gibson. Finalists for the award
included (l-r) Helen Tadsen, Stevie Neifert, Scott King
and Michael Rickman II.
STUDENTS SHARE SUMMER EXPERIENCES ONLINE
BRIEFINGS WITH THE MINORITY LEADER of the United States
House of Representatives. Research at Vanderbilt university Oral-history
collection in a Honduran village.
These are just a few ways Maryville College students will be spending
their summer. As part of the College's Initiative on Vocation, 10 students
were selected to participate in the Summer Lilly Internship Program.
Funded by Lilly Endow- p- 'j^^'
ment Inc., the College's REPORTS T^ '
Initiative on Vocation ^™*^ FROM
gives students an inte- ''^^
grated four-year oppor- ~ — '
tunity to explore and consider their future lives and work in relation to a
sense of calling and wider purpose - and how that purpose relates to their
religious faith or existential convictions.
You can keep up with several of the Summer Lilly interns - as well as
other students - through a web feature entitled "Reports from the
Field." Visit www.maryvillecollege.edu this summer!
FOCUS I STRING 2004
STUDENT RESEARCH EARNS TOP AWARD
SENIOR PSYCHOLOGY MAJOR Rhyannon Bemis recently took home
an award for research presented at a professional conference.
Semis's presentation earned her the Psi Chi Regional
Research Award at the 50th annual Southeastern Psychological
Association Conference held in Atlanta, March 10-13. In recog-
nition of her achievement, Bemis received a certificate as well
as a monetary award.
Based on her senior thesis, entitled
"Did I Do That? Children's Understanding
of Truth as a Universal Value," Bemis'
presentation examined how well children
understand the concepts of truth and
falsehood. Her research suggests that
younger children evaluate the morality of
lying based on consequences rather than
ideas of truthfulness.
Maryville College Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Ariane
Schratter, who advised Bemis' thesis research, sees her findings as
making an important contribution to the understanding of child
psychology. "Rhyannon's results have important implications for
children's eyewitness testimony and the moral instruction of
children more generally," Schratter said.
Bemis was one of five Maryville College students and two
faculty members in attendance at the conference. Three other
students also presented collaborative research at the meeting.
I III I i>
The Maryville Coileye Concert
Choir and Coordinator of Choral
Music Stacey Wilner performed
an 1 1 a.m. concert at the
Presbyterian Center in Louisville,
Ky., on March 17. Louisville was
the fourth stop for the 2004
During Spring Break 2004,
the Maryville College
Concert Choir toured
Chicago and Louisville,
performing in five
PC(USA) churches and at
the Presbyterian Center in
Louisville, Ky. Special
thanks to alumni Tom '75
and Pamela Thomson
Brackbill '76 and Sharon
Youngs '79, Board of
Church Visitors member
David Young and parents
John and Melissa Atkinson
for helping to arrange per-
formances and overnight
Wesley Wright '87, who
teaches voice at the Univer-
sity of Dayton, led a master
class for the choir
IT WAS A busy year for
die Mar\'\'ille College the-
atre department. Under
die direction of Visiting
Assistant Professor of
Theatre Dr. Heather
"All in the Timing" cast members (l-r)
Glenn Jeffrey, Brian Phelps and Megan
Love take the stage in the play
"Words, Words, Words."
McMahon, a cast of students performed Sophocles' Greek tragedy
"Elckti'a" in die fall. The spring production involved 17 cast mem-
bers in David Ives' "All in the Timing," a collection of 14 contem-
porary, quirky one-act plays. Senior writing/communication and
tiieatre major Aja Rodriguez was selected to direct the annual Alpha
Psi Omega spring perform-
ance, choosing Richard
Dresser's comedy "Wonder-
flil World" for the MC stage.
DeJuan Hathaway, Robyn
Long and Thiago Buchert
work for some laughs in
Ives' one-act play "Variations
on the Death of Trotsky."
TO WHO'S WHO
THIRTY-SIX Mar^'ville College juniors
and seniors were selected for inclusion
in the annual directory of Wlw's Who
Amonj) Students in American Universi-
ties and Colleges for 2003. _
Nominations for Wlw's Who were gath-
ered by Maryville College seniors and faculty and staff and were based
on the student's academic achievement, service to the community, lead-
ership in extracurricular acti\'ities and potential for continued success.
"I am always particularly proud of those students who are selected
for the Who's Who Award," said Bill Seymour, vice president and
dean of students. "These students are terrific examples of the Maryville
College promise of providing a 'total learning experience.' Recognized
by their peers, faculty and staff, these award winners demonstrate the
high value that comes fi-om an integrated curriculum. Each of these
students has excelled inside and outside the classroom - fiiUy engaging
our total learning environment to maximize their education."
The following students were selected: Sarah Arlinghaus, James
Ashley, Kelly Ballard, Rhyannon Bemis, Sarah Best, Wesley Blalock,
Stacey Blevins, Lx)ri Brown, Walden Buttram, Joshua Collins,
Kimberly Collins, Jamey Cook, Madalina Cristoloveanu, Christopher
Dunkel, Lydia Edrington, Lauren Emory, Rebecca Forster, Ruben
Gonzalez, Ashley Groth, Abby Guider, Diego Herrera, LauraBeth
Huffine, Miracle Hurley, Kristin Johnston, Andrey Khomenko, Scott
King, Chiistie Latimer, Marissa Mclnnis, Stevie Neifert, Vishal
Punamiya, Paul Reed, Michael Rickman, Aja Rodriguez, Hayley
Smith, Helen Tadsen and Karly Wilkinson.
FOCUS ISPRING 2004
DEYOUNG '74 was a little
surprised to get a call from Karen
Bradley, requesting that she meet
with the Mar\'\ille College
alumna to discuss \\hat life was like for
women on campus dtuing the 1970s.
"I don't think of myself as being partic-
ularly historic," explained DeYoung. "I'm
just not old enough."
But sitting down with Bradley and
recounting stories about residence hall
sign-in and sign-out policies, sharing a hall-
way telephone with 20 other girls on her
floor and walking from campus to Midland
Plaza for groceries, DeYoung said she
noticed the current MC student getting a
"We spent a lot of time in the library'
because that's where the information was,"
DeYoung said of her college days. "We
didn't have computers. And remembering
dorm life - we had no microwaves, no
microfridges, no TVs, no telephones in our
rooms. When I started telling Karen all of
this, I realized, 'Man, this does sound
FOCUS ON WOMEN
Bradle>- was enrolled in a January Term
course at the College entitied "Women in
Society," in which she was one of 18 stu-
dents - male and female - who interviewed
18 MC alumni spanning nearly six decades
for a class project.
Taught by Dr Mary Moss, assistant pro-
fessor of English, the course set out to
examine the way in which the concept of
"woman" is culturally constructed, as well
(Above) Sophomore Jessica Alagna inter-
viewed Ruth Freeman Webb '46 as part
of the "Women in Society" oral history
project. (Below) Kim Spargo '87, right,
points out some 1980s-era pop culture
images to sophomore Charise Bain.
as the impact gender has on issues of eco-
nomics, education, health, political poliq'
and personal relationships.
One of students' first assignments was to
watch the recendy released "Mona Lisa
Smile." In the movie, Julia Roberts plays a
young, idealistic art history professor at
Wellesley College who tries to con\ince her
smart and talented female students that
they can do more with their college educa-
tions than get married and ha\'e families.
Moss, who earned her undergraduate
degree in women's studies at the Uni\'er-
sit\' of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, said
she realized a certain amount of this
"ethos" existed on Carolina's campus at
"I became curious about what young
women at MaryviUe College had been
encouraged to do during their stay here,"
she said. So she added the oral history
BY KAREN BEATY ELDRIDGE '94
Director of News and Public Information
project im'ohing MC alumnae to her syl-
labus. xAlways interested in oral history,
Moss said she sees more than the obvious
benefit - answers to questions - in gather-
ing people's stories.
"I think [oral history projects] are good
ways for people across generations to make
connections and learn that each has some-
thing important to say," the assistant pro-
fessor said. "I also think people enjoy
telling their stories to others. Storytelling is
one wav that we build community'."
RECONSTRUCTING LIVES AT MC
Mar\T,ille College registtar Martha Hess
'67 pro\'ided names of potential local
alumnae to inter\iew.
Decades represented ranged
from die 1930s to die 1990s.
A few male alumni were
inter\'iewed as well. Moss
said, after students convinc-
ingly argued that male per-
spectives of women from
different periods of time
could be insightfiil. Students'
questions included whether
or not their interviewees per-
cei\'ed any gender differences
in the classroom, on campus,
or in the kinds of programs
to which they were directed.
"M\' students were also really fascinated
by the social life on campus during earlier
periods, so they asked a lot of questions
about that. They also asked where the
women's college experiences led them,"
Moss said. "And they asked their inter\ie-
wees whether they thought women could
have it all - career, husband, children."
Each student wrote a transcript of the
interview, wliich will go into the College's
archives, and a corresponding analysis. Stu-
dents built a PowerPoint presentation and
compiled a scrapbook of their oral history'
project. Both were on display Jan. 22 at the
House in the Woods, where smdents hosted
a reception for participating alumni and pre-
sented each with appreciation certificates.
(Editor's Note: To read the complete article,
visit nmnv.niaryvillccollcfje.edti. Type in
"Women in Societt'" in the Search box.)
FOCUS I SPRING 2004
Construction set to begin
on McArthur Pavilion
IN MARCH, Mar\'\TJle College announced plans for die construc-
tion of the new McArthur Paxilion, which will be located behind
Cooper Athletic Center and adjacent the College's cemetery.
Honoring the contributions of David '36 and Grace Proffitt
McArthvir '35 and their finiily to Maryxille College and the com-
munity', the pavilion will measure approximately 52 feet by 40 feet
and is expected to accommodate groups of up to 150 persons. Plans
include a brick fii'eplace on one end and a shingle roof o\'erhead.
A dedication ceremony is planned for late summer or fall.
Construction of the McArthur Pavilion is made possible by a
generous gift from Rarity Communities Inc. The Class of 2004
raised the flinds for the fireplace as part of the Senior Gift Program.
"I've known the McArthur family my whole life. They have
been reallv' good fiiends of mine throughout the years," said
Michael Ross, president of Raritv' Communities Inc. "[Raritv'
Communities] wanted to do something to honor the family and
their connection to the College."
Grace McArthur is the daughter of Fred L. Proffitt '07, who
served as the treasurer of Mar\'VLlle College from 1914 until 1943,
and Estelle Snodgrass Proffitt, who taught Latin at the College
between 1908 and 1912. The McArthurs were married in 1939
and had four children: Graham, Fred, AUda and Stainton.
Grace was a part-time instructor at the College for 20 years and
also worked as a librarian in the Bloimt Count)' school system.
David, who was a 3 5 -year employee of National Chemsearch Cor-
poration and operated McArthur Department Store in MaryviUe,
served as president of the Blount County' Chamber of Commerce,
Marwille Kiwanis Club and Maryville College Alumni Association.
He passed away in 1997.
Daughter Alida McArthur Graves '69 attended the College,
and granddaughters Kathleen McArthur Mosher '91 and
Lauren McArthur Blair '98 are alumnae.
New board members welcomed
Maryville College is pleased to announce the additions of three
new board members to its board of directors: Dr. Dorsey D. "Dan"
Ellis, Jr., Dr J. Robert Merriman, and the Hon. Gary R. Wade.
Ellis, a 1960 graduate of Maryville College, continued his educa-
tion at the University of Chicago Law School, where
he earned his J.D. degree in 1963. Dean of the Wash-
ington University (Mo.) School of Law from 1987 to
1998, Ellis is currently William R. Orthwein Distin-
guished Professor of Law at the school. He has previ-
ously served on the MC Board of Directors, and in
1998, was awarded an honorary doctorate from the
College. He and wife Sondra Wagner Ellis '60 make their home in
St. Louis. The couple has two children, Geoffrey and Laura.
Merriman received a bachelor's degree in chemical
engineering from Vanderbilt University and com-
pleted both his master's and his doctorate in the field
at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He currently
works as a private consultant in several fields, includ-
ing management, energy, the environment and
MERRIMAN national security Additionally, Merriman serves as a
director for both the Foothills Land Conservancy and Covenant
Health, He and wife Sandy reside in Walland, Tenn.
Wade, a judge in the Tennessee Court of Criminal
Appeals, earned both his B.S. and J.D. degrees from
the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Mayor of the
city of Sevierville, Tenn., from 1977 until 1987, Wade is
the current president of Friends of the Great Smoky
Mountains National Park and has presided over the
WADE Tennessee Judicial Conference, as well. He and wife
Sandra have three children, Aaron, Katherine and Sandra.
Make the campus beautiful by making
'a beautiful gift'
ALUMNI, PARENTS AND fiiends of
Maryville College now have the oppor-
tunity to ensitre that the Campus
Beautification and Improvement Plan
is completed and tliat MC retains its
attractive grounds for years to come.
"Ask alumni of the College to describe
the campus, and the word you're most
likely to hear is 'beautiftil,'" said Jason
McNeal, assistant vice president for development and alumni affairs.
But protecting, tending and enhancing the beaut}' of campus is a
significant and ongoing responsibilit}', McNeal said, adding that over
the past two years, the College has invested more than $3 million in
"We have more to do in the Campus Beautification and
Improvement Plan, and we believe alumni, parents and fiiends of
the College will help us continue what has already been a tremen-
dous transformation on campus."
People can participate in the Maryville College "A Beautifiil
Gift" campaign by making gifts of any amoimt, but for donors giv-
ing $1,000 or more by May 31, they can honor or memorialize
the name of a loved one on a Campus Beautification Plaque that
wiU be placed in the newly redesigned Humphreys Court adjacent
Fayerweather Hall. Also, they will receive a framed limited-edition
photograph of Pearsons Hall taken by Amanda Baker '03.
"For many reasons, the ongoing beautification of campus has a
huge impact on our institution, and we wanted to recognize and
say a special 'thank you' to those donors who provide leadersliip-
level giving to this important initiative," McNeal added.
Already, brochures on the campaign have been mailed, but if
you would like additional information, contact McNeal at
865.981.8197 or email@example.com.
(Right) Sidney Ellis,
who played with a
of the 2003-2004
season, was named
second team All-
Smith ends basketball career
with national honors
IT WAS QUITE a year for the Lady Scots basket-
ball team, and it was quite a year for one of its
stars, senior guard Hayley Smith.
Smith, a mathematics major from Knox^^lle,
racked up numerous honors, both during and after
the season. She earned three "Player of the Week"
honors from the Great South Athletic Conference
(two of them awarded consecuti\'ely), and at the end
of regular season was named the Great South's
"Player of die Year."
In Februar\', Smith was
named "National Player of the
Month" by Women's Dili
News for her outstanding play
Ln January. Later, the Rotary
Club of Salem, Va., named
her one of 10 female finalists
for the Josten's Trophy, an
award that honors the most
outstanding men and
women's Dixision III basket-
ball players of the year.
After the season ended.
Smith learned that she was
named to die 2004 CoSIDA
Academic All-America Team's
first team and also first team
of the NCAA Dixision III
Women's All-South Region.
Smith ended her senior year
averaging 21.6 points per
game, which placed her fifth in
scoring among other NCAA
Di\ision III \\omen's basket-
ball programs in the nation. In
tour years at Mar^'xille, she
added 2,139 points to the scoreboard. Only nvo other Lady Scots
in the history of the College's program have scored more.
(Above) Lady Scots standout
Hayley Smith leaves the program
as a finalist for the national
Smith, Rickman are winners of J.D. Davis Award
MaryvUle College student- athletes Hayley
Smith and Mikey Rickman were named recipi-
ents of the 2004 J.D. Da\is Award during the
College's annual Leadership Awards Ceremony.
Established in 1979, the J.D. Da\is Award is
given in memory of an alumnus, long-time
coach and physical education director at
Marx-x'ille College. The highest honor gixen a senior student- athlete
at the College, the award seeks to honor those who exhibit leader-
ship, athletic abilin,'. Christian values and academic achievement.
Smith was a standout basketball player for the Lady Scots for fr)ur
years. Rickman ran with the College's cross-country squad and
played for the Scots' tennis team.
News releases announcing the winners of other student-athlete
awards are posted at w\\'w.mar\'\illecollege.edu/athletics.
Ellis named Ail-American
IN APRIL, Sidney Ellis, a jimior guard for the Fighting
Scots, was named second team AU-American by the
National Association of Basketball Coaches. His is the
first .■\ll-.\merica accolade during the 24-year tenure of
Mar\'\ille's Head Coach Randy Lambert '76. The sL\-
fbot- three guard averaged 15.4 points per game, shoot-
ing 5 1 percent from the field during the season and 43
percent from bevond the 3-point line. He shot 78 per-
cent from the charity stripe.
Basketball teams see NCAA
tourney play again
ARNING THEIR RESPECTIVE Great South Ath-
letic Conference championships, both the men's
and women's basketball teams were invited to the
NCAA Division III Basketball Tournament in March.
For the fourth straight season, the Lady Scots
advanced to the second round of the tournament, easily
defeating the Fighting Squirrels of Mary Baldwin College
101-51 in a March 3 game at Boydson Baird Gymnasium. Traveling
to Abilene, Texas, however, they fell to the Cowgirls of Hardin-
Simmons University, 96-72, on March 6. Head coach Dee Bell '97
and his women's team finished the season 22-7.
It was a "Sweet 16" season for Randy Lambert '76 and his
Fighting Scots, who made it to round three. Going into the tour-
nament ranked No. 22 nationally and undefeated in NCAA Divi-
sion III South region play, the men's team earned a bye in the first
round and went on to defeat Randolph-Macon College March 6
at home in an impressive 75-68 contest. They traveled to
Wooster, Ohio, to play John Carroll University March 12 but
returned home the next day losing 76-74 in a heartbreaking
game that was decided in the last 16 seconds.
The Scots ended the 2003-2004 season with a 23-6 record. Their
appearance in the NCAA tournament was No. 1 1 for the program.
SPRING SPORTS UPDATE
The Lady Scots softball team finished 14-4 in Great South Athletic
Conference play shared first-place regular-season honors with
Huntingdon College and took home a second-place tournament
finish this spring. Overall, for the 2004 season, the women posted a
respectable 21-14 record.
A young Fighting Scots baseball team had a winning record in con-
ference play and finished third in the conference tournament. As a
team, the Scots finished 14-21, but individual honors were numer-
ous. Senior Josh Ringley was named the Great South's "Pitcher of
the Year," and Adam Rosen was named the conference's "Fresh-
man of the Year." Freshman Pete Herbert established a new single-
game strikeout record at Maryville College with 13.
The men's tennis team finished third in the conference. The
women's team was unable to post a match in the victory column.
Keep up with all sports news at www.maryvillecollege.edu/athletics.
Prior to her trip to
Cuba, MC junior
expected to see
like this billboard,
which pays tribute
T*~ri't O IRONIC THAT the images Jasmina Tum-
1. JL kj bas and Jay Haugen brought back from
Cuba are black and white. Their opinions of the socialist
island line up on a very long and complex spectrum.
Tumbas, Haugen and 23 other Mar^^xalle College stu-
dents spent two weeks in Cuba as a part of the College's
January Term. During "J-Term" (as the three -week aca-
demic session is more commonly known), students are
given opportunities for up-close, hands-on experience
and reflection through courses that emphasize guided
activity as the primary mode of learning.
Many courses, like the one to Cuba, take place out-
side the conventional setting of a
classroom, laboratory or library.
Fewer courses, however, take
students so far out of the area -
and outside their comfort zones.
Both upper-level photogra-
phy students of instructor Stan
McCleave '78, Tumbas and
Haugen traveled the island with 35 mm cameras and var-
ious lenses, capturing images that ranged from families
in open doorways to Cuba's famous Spanish architec-
ture. The museum-qualit)' photographs were exhibited
April 19-May 1 in the atrium of Bartiett Hall.
The J-Term trip to Cuba is the second for Maryville
College students. Associate Professor of'History Dr.
Chad Berry arranged the first trip - an educational study
trip permitted by the U.S. Department of the Treasury
- in 2003. Berry organized the 2004 tour, as well.
"Cuba is such a m\th," Tumbas said. "When we hear
about Cuba, we think about Fidel Castro and Commu-
nism and the Cuban Missile Crisis. There are lots of opin-
ions. I wanted to go on this trip because I was interested
in the political situation of Cuba and I knew that I
might not ever get the opportunity to go again."
Tumbas, who was born in Yugoslavia but moved to
Germany in 1988 after conflict in her country, said her
experiences have made her a comparatively open-
minded tourist, but she still had preconceived notions of
what she would find on the island.
"I thought I would see a lot of poverty, a strong mili-
tary presence, kids in uniforms, propaganda art, build-
ings falling apart because of economic declination,"
Tumbas explained. "Some of this was confirmed, but a
lot wasn't as evident as I feared."
There were plenty of surprises - new construction, for
example, and nice hotels. She and other MC students
saw brand-name apparel in citj' boutiques, computers in
schools and a very natural, agrarian countryside. And
they sav\' people who were proud of their culture and
identity' and the revolution that gave them that pride.
Haugen, a history major from Marietta, Ga., said he
doesn't "believe in Communism," but added that the trip
forced liim to see - and admit - what Castro has given his
feUow Cubans. Under the president's rule, Haugen said,
citizens ha\'e been helped, educated and unified.
"Instead of worrying about material goods, they focus
on each other," he said. "[Cubans] seem to understand
life in a unique way that I really appreciated."
The group visited cultural and historic attractions in
the cities of Havana, Trinidad, Santiago and Cienfuegos.
Prior to the trip, students had spent time discussing how
to be tourists - courteous, informed, inconspicuous.
They read and discussed Medea Benjamin's book Cuba:
Talking about Revolution: Conversations with Juan
Antonio Blanco and prepared group presentations on
key people and events in Cuba's history. Berry even
made time for tourist-like simulations so that students
could consider their behawors.
While the island's physical surroimdings made
Marjaille students realize they weren't in the United
States anymore, Tumbas and Haugen said the group
quickly adjusted because of the friendliness of Cubans.
Many spoke English and were honest in discussions
about the revolution's successes and failures, Cuba's
current economic state and U.S. -Cuba relations. Proud
of their lives and possessions, many families invited the
young photographers into their homes to take pictures.
"It's not politicians who make up a country," Tumbas
said. "It's people."
Once-in-a-Ufetime opportunities included visiting
famous Cuban photographer Raiil Corrales, in his
home. Corrales is famous for his images of Castro and
"Che" Guevara taken during the revolution.
"[Visiting Corrales] in Cuba and seeing the actual
prints of his work is comparable to visiting with Annie
Leibovitz or Richard Avedon and seeing images they
shot of American icons for Rolling Stone and the New
Yorker," explained Berry.
Haugen's photo of Corrales showing students his
images of Castro and the revolution is his favorite from
the crip. "[Meeting him] gave me a imique perspective
on the history of the country," he said.
Tumbas said photographic equipment provided her a
similarly unique perspective.
"Going with a camera made me more of an
observer," she explained. "But it also forced me to stop,
look closer and look from different Niews."
Haugen said the trip changed how he intends to live
his life. "Now, I am now less concerned about money
and more concerned about people," he said.
Almost 20 imafiesfrom the "Cuba Libre" exhibit can be
viewed online. Visit www.maryvillecollejfe.edu and type
"Cuba" in the search box.
8 FOCUS (spring 2004
BY KAREN BEATY ELDRIDGE '94 | director of news and public lNFORMATlO^
With a variety of lenses and
rolls of black and white film,
Maryville College photojfraphy
stude?its Jasmina Tumbas and
Jay Hansen recorded their
January Term trip to Cuba.
Hansen's favorite imajje is the
photo he shot of Raul Corrales
in Corrales' Cojiinar home
(directly above) . Corrales
became world-famous for the
photos he took of the Cuban
FOCUS iSPRlNG 2004 9
Facu Ity N ews
Chaucer brought to life in
innovative audiofiles project
FORGET ABOUT THE issue of rampant music piracy on
college campuses these days. At MarTi-x'Ule College, upper-
le\'el English students are using 21st-century technolog\' to
access some 14th-century entertainment. Students enrolled in
Dr. Sam 0\'erstreet's Etiglish 331: Chattccv in Middle Enjjlish
course can now listen to streaming audio of their
professor's voice as he narrates Chaucer's C/th-
terbtiry Teles in their original langtiage.
A scholar of medieval language and literature widi degrees from
Yale and Cornell, 0\'erstreet often found that students in his Chaucer
course - a regular offering at the College - were devoting a great
amount of time and energy to grasping the sometimes vast differences
in sound and meaning between Middle and Modern English. Over-
street recognized the great potential of new technology' as a tool for
helping students work through the difficult sounds of a new language.
"One of the main things computers can do well in a class - better than a book - is
deliver audio and video," the English professor explained. "When 1 thought of where the
availability of audio might help instruction in my
^■■^i^^i^^^^^^^^^^^i" classes, the pronunciation of Chaucer's Middle English
was the obvious need."
But the technology' needed to make the 19,334 lines
of the Canterbury Tales easily accessible in electronic
format was daunting. Overstreet, a self-proclaimed
"rank novice" with little more than a basic knowledge
of computers and programming before he began die
project, was nonetheless optimistic about liis ability to
learn the skills he needed. But this would require both
ample time and the right technology'.
Enter Mar\'\ille College's FIT fellowship. Begun in
the late 1990s and fiinded through a Tide III grant
from the U. S. Department of Education, the Faculty
Instructional Technology (FIT) program provides
frinding for College faculty to explore creative uses of
technology in the classroom and beyond. In Novem-
ber 2002, Overstreet submitted a proposal to get
"FIT" and produce the Chaucer Audiofiles Project;
like all FIT Fellowship recipients, he received a stipend
to purchase necessary sofi^vare and hardware and a
release from teaching one course to free up some time.
Technologicallv, the Chaucer Audiofiles Project is
innovative: students login to a password-protected site.
They then may select any passage of any length from
available sections of the Tales by simply entering start-
ing and ending line numbers. Students may follow-
along with Overstreet's reading of an entire section or
practice a single line or passage until they get it right.
"The more students can become comfortable in
pronouncing Chaucer's JVliddle English," Overstreet
noted, "the greater will be their comfort level and con-
fidence in handling the language, and the more free
their minds will be to figure out the word-meanings
and the syntax."
WUOT interviewed the MC professor about his
audiofiles project. Visit www.maryvillecollej^e.edu to hear
"Laurels," a Maryville College
publication highlighting and
celebrating faculty scholarship,
was published earlier this year
and can now be viewed by the
public via the Maryville College
website. Available online at
file is a .pdf, so an Acrobat
Reader plug-in is required.
The 2003 issue includes feature
stories on faculty members Dr.
Ben Cash and Dr. Kathie Shiba
and descriptions of individual
scholarship pursued by approx-
imately 50 faculty members.
FOCUS JSPRING 2004
In Bookshelf, we catch up with
members of the MC community to
find out what pages they're turning.
DR. TERRY BUNDE
William M. Bass
"I enjoy the forensic genre (I've just
started Patricia Cornwell's Portrait
of a Killer: Jack the Ripper) as well as
Garrison Keillor and other humorists
who have my same warped and jaded
view of the world! This summer I'll
be returning to books about the Viet
Nam War in preparation for die I-Term
course 1 am bringing back next year."
TOMAS MANN '07
"My host family rec-
ommended this book. It's about a
young Chinese-American woman
and her Chinese mother's life. My
dad is Chinese, and tiie way Amy
Tan describes the mother's life, it
reminds me so much of my dad."
My Dog Tulip
"When the campus library had its
last book sale, this is one of the
treasures I found. I am a huge fan
of all things canine!"
NICOLE GEERLOF '06
More Than Equals
Spencer Perkins &
"I read it as prepara-
tion tor a Spring Break
mission trip with
Intervarsity Christian Fellowship to
Jackson, Miss. It's about how the
authors, one is white and one is
black, became friends and modeled
how to live in harmony."
Marwme's OpCfl DOOT
'^'Thc Maryville story of racial integration is at many points one ofiral heroism.'^
DR. RALPH W. LLOYD, alumnus and president of
MaryviJle College from 1930 to 1961, penned these words in his 1969
book Maryville College: 150 Tears of History. Lloyd was likely referring to
the progressive and courageous stances for integrated education made by
early founders Isaac Anderson and Thomas Jefferson Lamar, but a course
of action that he and the College's Board of Directors took in 1954 was
no less historic or courageous than those taken by earlier leaders.
On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court outiawed compulsory
segregation in public schools. Two days later, Lloyd issued a report to
the Board of Directors tliat argued the Brown v. Board of Education
decision made illegal the Tennessee Education Segregation Act of
1901 (also known as the Murphy Law), which forbade the co-educa-
tion of white and "colored" students in the same institution.
"The church college ought to lead, not follow, the secular state
colleges in such ethical matters," the president wrote on May 19,
recommending that the Board vote on admitting African -Ameri-
can students for the 1954-1955 academic year. Less than three
months later, Lloyd issued a statement to the local media
announcing a return to its pre- 1901 enrollment policy.
Mar^'xille's story of racial integration didn't end in 1954. Nor
was it constrained to the boundaries of campus. In the follow-
ing pages, we tell the story of how a policy of education "for all
races and colors without discrimination" made - and continues
to make - a difference in the world.
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are beinjj planned for the 2004-2005 academic year to observe and
celebrate the 50-year anniversary of Maryville College's reintegration.
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F0ll0Wifl£f the Civil WPLT^ Mar>^ille CoUege's admission policy was
"all races aiid colors without discrimination." Although the majorit>' of the student population at
that time was white, a few African-American students did enroll and complete requirements for
graduation. Many of these alumni went on to lead careers and lives of distinction. A few examples:
FRANKLIN ESTABLISHES SCHOOL FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS
William Henderson Franklin was the tii-st African-American to
graduate from Maryville College and was believed to be one of the top
studenc in die 1880 class, distinguishing himself in writing and oration.
Following graduation, the Knoxvillc native set out for Lane
Theological Seminary. Completing a divinity degree in 1883, he
returned to Tennessee and was ordained by the Union Presbytery,
Synod of Tennessee. He began his ministry in Rogersville, Tenn.,
establishing a Presbyterian church and founding a school for
According to an early 20th-century book Among Colored Peo-
ple, Franklin began the school "under the most unfavorable cfr-
cumstances. He began at the very bottom and had no other
capital save intellectual ability, school-ti-aining, strong purpose,
perseverance, and unswerving faith in God and the righteousness
of his cause," the book reads.
For the first 10 years of the school's existence, Franklin oper-
ated Swift JVIemorial Institute out of a church building. Named tor
the Rev. Elijah E. Swift, president of die Board of Missions for
Freedmen, the school offered a high-school curriculum. Swift
de\eloped a reputation for offering a qualit\' Christian education,
and spaces filled quickly.
In 1893, a substantial brick building was erected \\'ith funds
from the Freedmen's Board. While Franklin was principal and
president of tiie institution (1883-1926), the school added other
buildings to its campus and expanded its curriculum. Part of this
growth can be attributed to Maryville College.
Franklin served on the College's Board of Directors from 1893
until 1901. As a prominent alumnus and persuasive writer, he and
other Afiican-American graduates urged the College to challenge the
Murphy Law in court. The CoUege ultimately chose to comply with
the rulings of the Tennessee Supreme Court, but in 1903, directors
voted to transfer one-tenth of its endowment to die General Assem-
bly of the Presbyterian Church "lor the education of Negro youth."
For the next 50 years, this fimd served the students of Swift.
The gift of $25,000 in 1903 carried with it a prerequisite that
the Freedmen's Board erect a dormitory and that the institution
be elevated to a four-year college. At die time of its closure in
1955, Swift was accredited as a junior college.
LAWRENCE ELECTED TO - BUT DENIED -
SCHOOL BOARD SEAT
Job Childs Lawrence was born in 1852 and enrolled at
Maryville College 20 years later. He stayed for five years, but left
for Howard LIniversity in Washington, D.C., in 1877. Two years
later, he had a divinit)' degree in hand and was serving as chaplain
of the Freedmen's Hospital on the Howard campus.
Ordained by the Presbyterian Church, Lawrence spent much of
his earh' ministry establishing churches in rural East Tennessee. In
1884, he was called to pastor Shiloh Presbyterian Church in
KnoxviUe, where he served imtil 1890. (During much of this time,
Lawrence also served on Mar^'viUe College's Board of Directors.)
On Jan. 27, 1888, the KnoxwiUe Board of Aldermen elected
Lawrence to the Knoxwille Cit)' School Board by a vote of 5 to 3.
Had he been allowed to take the seat, Lawrence would have been
the first Afiican-American elected to the school board. But the
ordained Presbyterian minister, who had led a public push for
minority' representation on pubfic boards during tire mayoral elec-
tions of 1887, was never allowed to serve. Knox-ville newspapers
incited fear in parents of schoolchildren after the election, and
Lawrence was kept from attending meetings by the board, which
ne\'er notified him of meeting dates and kept locations secret.
Lawrence filed suit against the KnoxviUe School Board, and dep-
ositions taken in the case proved the racism of other boai'd mem-
bers. The case went to the Tennessee Supreme Court, but judges
there ruled that the minister's election was invalid because one
member had tendered a blank ballot.
CANSLER WORKED FOR JUSTICE, EQUALITY
Charles Warner Cansler eirrolled at die College in 1887,
following study at the nearby Freedmen's Normal Lrstitute. Education
was important to the Cansler family; his mother, Laura Scott Cansler,
was Knoxvillc 's first black school teacher and his older brother,
William, was one of the first to graduate fi'om Knox-ville College.
Cansler's accomplishments and contributions were far-reacliing.
He studied to become a lawyer and passed the Knoxvillc Bar in
1892, and nvo shears later, ran for the state legislature on the Republi-
can ticket. He gave up law and politics for a career in education,
teaching in several Knoxville-area segregated schools and becoming
die principal of Austin High School, Green School and Beardsley
Junior High. He organized the East Tennessee Association of Teach-
ers in Colored Schools and lobbied the Andrew Carnegie Founda-
tion to fimd a Hbrary for African -Americans in Kno\-\ille in 1917.
Considered to be a "mathematical wizard," Cansler demonstrated his
sldUs tin'oughout die counn-y and wrote about liis metiiods.
In 1942, the educator was honored when the Cansler Branch
YMCA opened in KnoxviUe. A brand new facility was dedicated earlier
riiis year, still beaiing die Cansler name and honoring the man who
12 FOCUSlSPRING 2004
Open Do or
Jl/e first Afi-ican-
from Maryville College,
Willinm H. Franklin
(above) went on tofiyund
Swift Memorial Institute.
Job C. Lawrence (rijfht) was
a minister and political and
social activist in East Tennessee.
o\'ercame numerous injustices and obstacles to succeed.
Cansler did not graduate from Mar\'\'illc College, and
the reasons \\iiy are clear in his 1939 book Tliree Genera-
tions: Tlie Story of a Colored Family ofEastei'n Tennessee.
Cansler's account of his time spent at Maryville College
describes the tragic disconnect between the College's aspi-
ration of education "for all races and colors without dis-
crimination'" and students' actual experiences. Administi-ators and
facult}' members of the late 19th centun,' may have supported inte-
grated education in die College's admissions policies, but policies
couldn't force a change in the hearts and minds of racist students.
Cansler's stor\' of going to college at 16 is a painfiil one: "From
the first day of my entrance there I had ever\' manifestation of evi-
dence that as a brown boy 1 did not belong," he wrote in Tljree
GeJierations. "If die reminder did not come through some overt act
it would come through a deliberate and studied effort on the part of
some members of my class to avoid any personal contact with me."
"If 1 had been some dread leper whose approach and contact
might have caused instant flight I could not ha\'e been more
shunned and a\'oided than I was by some members of this class.
My friend, the other brown boy in class with me, and I usually
had one long seat all to ourseh'es which we enjoyed with much
delight and satisfiction when the other seats were badly crowded."
WALLACE WAS 'GOOD SHEPHERD'
After giladuating from MaixTille College in 1892, Oliver Wal-
lace moved north to Pittsburgh, Pa., where he enrolled at Western
Theological Seminary. Graduating in 1901 and ordained that same
year, the Maryville native accepted a call to preach in Beaufort, S.C.
In 1905, the Presbyterian Church's Board of Missions for
Freedmcn (BMF) asked Wallace and his wife to move to Monti-
cello, Ark., to serve a church there and reopen its school for
Special thanks to the Beck Cultural
Rvcljanjje Center in Kno.wille,
Tenn., for sharing images of
Franklin, Lawrence and Cansler.
Wallace's portmit was donated to
the Maryville College Archives by the
& Blount County organization.
African-American children. Racial
tension and threats made to the
previous principal and facult\'
members by white residents had closed Monticello Academy, leav-
ing young African -Americans with little hope of receiving a formal
It was Wallace's patience, prudence and hard work that opened
the doors of the school to 62 students shorti\- after he arri\ed. It
wasn't long before more progress was made. In 1910, Wallace and
his wife moved Monticello Academy to a 16-acre farm outside
Monticello, making it more self-sufficient and allowing the addi-
tion of industrial training and farming into the curriculum. By
1916, the student body numbered 121.
Wallace left Monticello in 1920 to become a minister at the
First Congregational Church in Little Rock. In 1927, he and his
famil\' returned to Mar\'^ille, where he became the pastor of Sec-
ond Presbnerian Church, an African-American congregation.
As minister of Second Presbyterian, Wallace saw the chiuch's mem-
bership gi'ow and a new building erected. Upon his deadi in 1955
at the age of 84, the session of the church WTOte: "Reserend Wallace
served his flock as the good shepherd. . . . His chief objective was sav-
ing of souls and making the world a better place in which to li\'e."
Fhstorical information for these profiles came from se\eral sources:
Two Hundred Tears of Black Culture in Kno.xville, Tennessee by
Robert J. Booker (Donning, 1993); By Faith Endowed hy Dr. Car-
oh'n Blair and Dr. Arda Walker (Mar\T,ille College, 1994); and mate-
rials shared by die Beck Culmral Exchange Center in Kno.wille and
the African-Americans ofAppalachia & Blount Count\' organization.
FOCUS ISPRING 2004
Toward greater diversity:
FtOM the Colle^fC'^S foUndin^f, the doorsoi'MaryviWcConcgc'schssmoms,
libraries and dining halJs swoing open for African -Americans and Native Americans, but years
passed before other minority populations were represented on tiie alumni roll. Diversity' at MC
wasn't achieved without conflict; administrators and other decision makers had to be influenced
by local, regional and national events. Proudly, progressive thinkers and policies usually prevailed.
closes due to out-
break of Civil War.
1 867 - William Thaw makes Hi
first gift to Maryville College because
of its open-door enrollment policies.
1 870 - 75th Amendment passes, guaranteeing
U.S. citizens tlie right to vote regardless of race,
color or previous condition of servitude.
1 873 - The Freedmen's Normal Institute, a
school open to African-Americans w/ho want to
become teachers, is erected in Maryville (on
present-day Maryville High School campus).
1 901 - Maryville College is forced to rewrite its enrollment policy following the passage
of Tennessee's Murphy Law. Introduced by Rep. John Murphy, the law makes it illegal for any
school - public or private -to allow "white and colored persons to attend the same school,
academy, college or other place of learning."
1 91 9 - Class of 1851 alumnus
Reuben Louis Gates defends
accused African-Americans in
Knoxville Race Riots.
1 956 - Clinton High School becomes the
first public school integrated in Tennessee;
bombing two years later is attributed to
1 963 - Alabama Gov. George ^
Wallace blocks African-American
students from enrolling at the
University of Alabama.
1 970 - "Black Studies 220: A Survey of Blackness" is offered at the
College; course description says students will explore "the Black Ameri-
can's experience from slavery to the present, interpreted through the dis-
ciplines of history, sociology, psychology, religion, literature and the arts."
14 FOCUSlSPRING 2004
1 947 - Jackie 1 954 - Following the Supreme Court's decision in Brown '
Robinson becomes the Board of Education banning segregation in public schools,
first black player to play MC's Board of Directors immediately votes to reopen enroll-
major-league baseball. ment to African-American students; six enroll for the fall term
1 957 - Members of the Arkansas National Guard, on
orders from the governor, deny black students entrance to
Little Rock's Central High School. President Eisenhower
enforces the law with the help of the 101st Airborne Division
Two months later, Martin Luther
King, Jr., gives his "I Have a Dream"
speech on the steps of the Lincoln
Memorial in Washington, D.C.
^964 - Civil Rights .,
adopted, paving the w
to public facilities and
tion in employment an
1 974 - College offers Sign Language int!
preting as a major; believed to be the first
college or university in the country to do so
Hearing-impaired students begin to enroll.
I oT 5 - Isaac Anderson bonds
himself to the Blount County Court
for the freedom of George Erskine,
a black slave.
1819- The constitution for the Southern and
Western Theological Seminary (forerunner of
Maryville College) is approved by the Union
Presbytery. Founder Isaac Anderson establishes
open-door policy to qualified students.
1 875 - Mary Wilson becomes the first
woman to graduate from Maryville College; is
believed to be the first woman to earn a
bachelor's degree in Tennessee.
I 868 - The Freedmen's Bureau awards the College $3,000. In the next two
years, the College receives $13,000 more from the federal program set up to
aid new "freedmen." Subsequent bureau grants help fund the construction of
\ 876 - P/essy V. Ferguson decision sets the precedent that
"separate" facilities for blacks and whites are constitutional as
long as they are "equal. "
1 903 - MC Board of Directors turns over $25,000 of the College's
endowment funds (1 /1 of the endowment at that time) to the Presbyterian
General Assembly to be used for the education of Negro youth. Swift
Memorial Institute becomes a beneficiary of the fund. (See page 12).
PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF GEORGE E. WEBB, JR
1 955 - Rosa Parks
refuses to give up her
bus seat to a white man
in Montgomery, Ala.
1 956 - The College hires James H. Hamlett, an African-American,
to teach Spanish on a part-time basis. The Maryville Times reports that
MC is the first integrated institution of higher learning in the South to
employ a black faculty member.
1960 -Nancy Smith
becomes the first African-
American to graduate from
Maryville College since 1898.
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1 961 - University of Tennessee-Knoxville admits Its first African-
American students in the university's undergraduate program. Sit-ins
and stand-ins organized to protest segregated lunch counters and the-
aters in downtown Knoxville.
of 1964 is
or equal access
1 967 - Maryville College
general education curriculum
revised; studies of non-Western
cultures required in curriculum.
1 968 - Martin
Luther King, Jr., is
1 969 - College students form
Black Interest Group; student
organization evolves into Black
1 976 - Dr. Russell Parker, Maryville CoHeg^
professor of history, publishes "The Black Com-
munity in a Company Town: Alcoa, Tenn., 1919-
1939" in the Tennessee Historical Quarterly.
1 991 - Larry Ervin organizes the
first Voices of Praise choir.
1 993 - Programming is in place
for Minority Student Services.
Maryville College observes 50-year
anniversary of reintegration with
special programs and celebrations.
FOCUSJSPRING 2004 15
For Wright, graduation was more
than historic - Ht WPLS fieceSSCtry^
It Wasn^t until the faces of Medgar Evers,
James Meredith, Vivian Malone and Jimmy Hood
appeared on the national scene that Nancy Smith
Wright '60 hilly understood the significance of her
own graduation fi-om MaryviUe College.
"Without the Civil Rights Movement and Dr. King, I wouldn't
ha\'e thought about my graduating from Maryxillc C'oUege as a
movement," Wright said. "I remember watcliing public universi-
ties and their desegregation efforts and thinking how horrible it
must have been for black students."
Wright, who retired in 2002 after nearly 30 years of teaching and
ad\'ising at die University of Tennessee, entered MaryviUe College in
the tall of 1954, just a few months after tlie U.S. Supreme Court
oudawed school segregation and the Mar\'\'ille College Boai'd of
Directors resumed its eai^lier polic\' of integration. Bv graduating in
1960, Wright became the first Alrican- American sttident in 62 years
to leave the MaryviUe campus with a bachelor's degree in hand.
And she remembers that day - May 17, 1960 - very well. Not
unlike her otlier days on campus, it was filled with mixed emotions.
"[Maiyville CoUege President] Dr. Lloyd - when he handed me
my diploma said some very nice, comforting, consoUng private
words to me as 1 came across the stage. That was a very, very good
feelina, ... And I Icnew it was different. Well, obviouslv, I could look
Dnrinjj a recent clmpcl scries celebi'atiiiri Black History Month,
Nancy Smith Wright '60 spoke to faculty, staff and students about
her experiences as the first post-inte^jration African-American grad-
uate ofMaryi'ille Collejje.
out across the audience and see it was different," she said. "But
you see, there are times in vour Ufe when you don't want to be dif-
ferent - you want to be a part of, you want to blend."
Prior to coming to MarwiUe CoUege, Wright was a part of a segre-
gated Knoxville. "Nothing was integrated back then," she remem-
bered. "We dicin't think in terms of separation."
In the siunmer of 1954, young Nancy would begin thinking in
those terms. Her pastor, the Rev. Franlc R. Gordon of Shiloh Pres-
byterian, shared with her his desire to test the Supreme Court
Ruling and the Presbyterian Church's response to it. Gordon,
who had served in northern Presbyterian churches and worked in
the NAACP, encouraged Wright to apply to Mar5'\'ille CoUege.
Thinking that a decision would be months, possibly years in com-
ing, she applied, but dicin't believe she would ever go.
"1 knew nothing about MaryviUe CoUege," Wright said. "My gjrl-
fiiend and I had appUed to a school in Virginia. We were going to be
roommates, and I was looking forward to that." When an acceptance
letter fi-om MC reached her maUbox that summer, Wright, with the
encouragement of her pastor and her community', made plans to
enroU. She said she admired the "stand and stance" of Dr. Lloyd. He
pubUcly promised diat die CoUege would obey die law.
At 17 years of age, Wright said she was hoping to find in a col-
lege experience what every other 1 7 year-old at the time hoped to
find: friends, a good education, a sate environment. "1 was think-
ing about meeting new people, buying new clothes and new lug-
gage. Mv excitement overruled what was going on with the testing
of the system," she said.
So withotit ever visiting the school, Wright packed her bags and
headed to Mar^'X'iUe for the start of the 1954-55 school year.
At first, the College didn't allow Wright to have a roommate.
The only African-American living on campus in 1954, Wright said
she initially felt isolated in her second-floor room in Baldwin Hall.
But meals ser\'ed family-st\'le in Pearsons Hall helped her feel a
part of die MaryviUe College family, as did being PresbMcrian.
"1 believe die church was very influential in setting the tone for
the CoUege. See, many of the students who were there came from
church homes, or they were the children of missionaries who came
from overseas," she said. "There was a cultural openness and an
intellectualism that prevailed more than at some of the state
schools ... so making ti-iends reaUy was not a problem."
Going \\itii tnentis to still-segregated downtown eating establishments
and shops was a different stoiy, however. As a student, Wright said she
heard that disapproving business owners were calling the CoUege.
PAIN AND PERSEVERANCE
There were odier Atiican-Anericans enroUed at MaryviUe CoUege dur-
ing the mid 1950s, but many of them lett before graduating. Wright
said she knew of some smdents who ti-ansterred to black coUeges.
Wright herself did not return for the 1955-1956 school year.
Declaring a biology' major her freshman year, she decided to enroll
at nursing school. It was not for her. And afiier the year in nursing
school, she wondered if MaryviUe was for her, either.
Wright described her educational experience at Maxyvi\le as "top
FOCUS I SPRING 2004
^^Dr. Lloyd - when he handed me my diploma said
some very nice, comforting, consoling private words to me as I came across tlie
stage. That was a very, very good feeling . . . And I knew it was different."
notch, marx'elous" but described her experiences associated with the
histor^'-making poliq' as "painliil." At Man'sille, she had become a
reluctant public figure, asked to speak at churches and clubs about
desegregation. Not being welcomed at the same downtown lunch
counters and stores deepened her feelings of isolation. The ad\ice
from administrators to "not go into town by yourself' made her
fearful. And even her friends fi"om high school weren't always sup-
portive, accusing her of "diinking white, acting white."
"I didn't want that," she said. "I had not grown up ai^ound con-
troversy. That was foreign to me." But quitting was foreign, too.
"I felt like I had to finish what I had started," Wright said. "I
felt obligated to go back because no other black students were on
campus, and I really thought that if I dicin't go back, then there
would be that gap - and no otlier black students would go there."
Rev. Gordon, too, was still encouraging his parishioner: "He
would say to me, 'We want you to finish. We need you to finish.'"
Looking back, Wright said she is proud of what she accomplished
because her graduation may have opened the door of opportunity'
to other minorities.
The Mar\'\Tlle College experience, both social and educational,
"prepared me for Ufe," she said. Whether she wanted the responsibil-
ity' or not, Wright believes she was "called" to enroll at Mar\'\ille and
earn a degree there - for herself, her family, her church and her race.
"My minister says you have to get out of your comfort zone to
make change come about. If I had to do it all o\'er again, I would
because I would know that it was necessary."
. . . in their own words
"I must admit that I brought along plenty of
baggage as I stepped onto the MC campus
as a freshman in September of 1967. Today,
one might even say that 'my computer was
overloaded' or maybe 'too much television:'
race riots, Civil Rights marches and sit-ins,
assassinations (President Kennedy, Malcolm
X, and in 1968, King and Bobby Kennedy),
the Vietnam War and anti-war demonstra-
tions, and public officials and national
guardsmen (along with angry white citizens)
still blocking the doorways of public col-
leges and universities.
"I relish the positive education that I
received from the faculty, administration and
students during these trying times. The road
that I traveled after MC led me to teach art
in the inner-city public schools for 31 years.
A small pebble on the beach can make a
difference. Thanks, Maryville College, for
keeping your doors open."
TERRY L. COLLINS '72
'"And the 1997 Homecoming Queen is ...
Funmi Eke.' Those words echoed as I stood
on the sideline shocked and uncertain that
my name was called ... I jumped up and
down and hugged Daniel Bechman (my
escort, who was crowned Homecoming
King). Of course, I was excited to wear the
tiara and to be named Homecoming
Queen, but the first thought that came to
mind was that my victory was unique in
Maryville College's history. At the time, not
one African-American woman had been
[L- R) Terry ColI'ms '72 (fifth student
from left) and other students talk
with then-president Dr. Joseph
Copeland on the steps of Thaw Hall;
Funmi Eke '98; Raven McMillian '03.
crowned Homecoming Queen at MC. For
me that was a big deal because I repre-
sented not only the College but African-
"The Knoxville News-Sentinel, the
Atlanta Journal & Constitution and Ebony
were among many media outlets that
seized the opportunity to interview me
about the honor of becoming Homecom-
ing Queen at such a prestigious, predomi-
nately white institution.
"The rapport that I spent four hard years
building with my professors, the relationships
that I had established with colleagues and
the ties I'd made in the community had finally
been recognized in a memorable way."
FUNMI EKE '98
"Attending Maryville College was one of the
biggest decisions that I made in my life. To
say that it was an easy experience would not
be the whole truth - being a woman and a
person of color shaped my experience.
"During my first two years I made a point
when they made gen-
eral statements or
allowed stereotypes to dominate how they
viewed minorities; however, I made a con-
scious decision not to do this my last two
years. At times, I believed that 1 was sur-
rounded by young people who were not will-
ing to get to know black people and instead,
content to use the [stereotyped] image they
had been given by others. Nevertheless, 1
encountered many people who were willing
to step outside their comfort zone and get
to know me.
"I was fortunate to have professors who
were willing to listen to me and give me
advice about how to handle different situa-
tions. For the most part, they are why I
remained at the College."
RAVEN MCMILLIAN '03
FOCUS I SPRING 2004
Former MC student worldng tO preserve
dfld promote African-American history
BY ELAN YOUNG, INSTRUCTOR IN THE HUMANITIES
Occupying the rotunda of
the Blount County Public
Library last February were
displays of black inventors,
a project that represents
only one part of the vision
Shirley Carr Clowney
has for reaching out to her communit\'. As
she goes about this important work of let-
ting people know just how many African-
Americans have been quietly transforming
societ}', it is clear that Clowney herself is
making a lasting impact.
Born in 1936 and raised in Alcoa,
Clowney was one of the first black women
to attend Mar\'\'ille College. (She later
transferred to Tennessee State Universit\',
earning a bachelor's degree in 1960.) She
holds a perspective of Blount County that
Shirley Can- Clowney was one of six black
students to enroll at MC in 1954. Today, she
is the executive director of African-Americans
of Appalachia & Blount County.
has inspired her passion for both commu-
nity' involvement and historical accuracy.
In 2003, her passion led to the creation
of African-Americans of Appalachia &
Blount Count>' (AAABC), an organization
dedicated to compiling artificts, photo-
graphs and information on African-Ameri-
cans who ha\'e made contributions in areas
ranging from education to economics.
Since its founding, the group, \\hich con-
sists of commimit\' members, library staff
and college professors, has published a nos-
talgic collectible calendar, enlisted inmates
to help clear an o\'ergrown black cemeteiy
in Friends\ille and sponsored die first
K\\'anzaa celebration for Blount County'.
'T hope to inspire young African-
Americans to imderstand that knowing
dicir past can help plan their friture," she
says of her desfre to affect change.
Currentiy, Clowney is collaborating with
Marj'N'ille College professors Dr. Susan
Ambler, Dr Chaci-Bern,' and Dr Kathie Shiba
in an oral history project that encourages
student involvement in local black history.
MC students collect oral histories of Bloufit County^s African-Americans
With the help of an organization called African-
Americans ot Appalachia and Blount County
(AAABC), Dr. Susan Ambler, associate professor
of sociology, expanded the curriculum of her
SOC 202: Social Problems course. Last semester,
students were given the opportimity to collect oral histories of
elderly blacks from Blount Count\' to help with the AAABCs
community research project.
With these personal histories, the AAABC hopes to better
understand and communicate the African -American experience in
Appalachia and Blount County, but as AAABC representatives and
several professors at Maryv'ille College saw it, involving students in
this project can be mutually beneficial.
"Influencing awareness and attitudes is the mission of the
AAABC," Ambler said. "The project influenced the attitudes of
the students by helping them fully appreciate the role of blacks in
the community, as well as seeing the educational value of older
people's insight about their own lives in the context of a commu-
nity' and the problems die community' faces over time."
Students asked their interviewees questions about racism and dis-
crimination that they experienced while liwng in Blount Count}'.
One student, Christie Latimer, was surprised with how personable
and welcoming her Lnterwewee, M)Tde Valentine, was. With a pot of
soup cooking on the stove in the same Mar\'S'ille home in which the
African-American woman lived since her later adolescence, Latimer
and Valentine sifted through family photos. Latimer said she became
engrossed in her interviewee's joys and struggles - and was surprised
to hear some realities of race relations in Bloimt County.
Despite Valentine's family being the only black family on her street
when she was growing up, Latimer noted, "Myrtle expressed lasting
relationships with her neighbors and a special lo\'e for her femily doc-
tor, Dr. Ellis, whom she beHeved could frx anything."
Kiana Robertson, a junior fi-om Memphis, had no misgiwngs
about the struggles blacks endured during segregation and con-
tinue to endure today and thus prepared herself for difficult stories
about prejudice. However, when Robertson interviewed Thelma
Phipps Armstrong Brown, she was surprised to hear that some of
Brown's best childhood fiiends were white.
The oral history, which took Latimer and Robertson between
two to four weeks to complete, gave them and others a chance to
experience a different kind of service learning - one that chal-
lenges students in non-traditional ways.
Most of the students wrote of learning something useftil, whether
it shattered a prewously held stereotype or helped with their voca-
tional search. Not all of the subjects interviewed felt that their sto-
ries would make a difference or contribute anything to society, but
clearly these students - and Ambler - felt otherwise.
"The patterns of indiwdual people's experiences are woven
together to produce a social problem rather than merely a per-
sonal problem, and this is insightflil," Ambler explained. "There is
potential for this research to influence how we interact and create
a more tolerant, producti\'e friture." — Elan Yomig
18 FOCUS ISPRING 2004
Richard B. Newman ^52:
"America's Chief Negro-ologist''
BY KARYN ADAMS, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
^WaS anyone watching The News Hour'
on PBS tonight?" wrote an excited Janice Marion
Stoder '52 in a July 2002 e-mail sent to the College's
Alumni Relations Office and fellow classmates.
"Gwen Ifill was interviewing Henry Louis Gates, Jr. fi-om the
DuBois Center for Afro-American Research at Harvai'd. ... Gates
mentioned that when a block of documents relating to slavery was
being auctioned at Sotheby's annual African-American materials
auction, he sent his colleague, Richard Newman, down to New
York to investigate. That's OUR Richard Newman - Maryville
College 1952 - who is a research fellow at the Institute!"
Gates, the director of Harvard's W.E.B. DuBois Center for
African American Research and chair of Harvard's
Afro-American Studies Department, recruited New-
man in 1992 from Columbia University' to be the
Center's director of research. After 1 1 years at the
Center, a terminal illness forced Newman to retire
from Harvard. He passed away in July of 2003, leav-
ing behind a legacy of work that led Gates to term
him, "America's chief Negro-ologist." In a Boston
Globe obituary. Gates noted that it didn't take long
for Newman to become "the department's 'Ask Mr.
Wizard' of black history. His encyclopedic mastery
was such that he was one of two or three of the great-
est bibliographers of the African-American ti-adition."
A month before his death, several of Newman's col-
leagues published Freedom on My Mind: Richard New-
man's Life and Work in an attempt to chronicle and
honor his significant contributions to the study, preser-
vation and articulation of African-American history
and culture. The volume presents Newman's impres-
sive Ust of publications, dating from 1955 to 2003,
including a staggering number of articles, reviews and
nearly 30 books.
Born to New York farmers, Newman's destiny for scholarship
was not one instilled or supported by his family. Seeing no practi-
cal value in a formal education, they refrised to send him to col-
lege. Nonetheless, he found Mar\'\ille and paid his own tuition
and expenses by working at the local paper. His time at Maryville,
from 1948 until 1952, took place as the social and political move-
ments of the world were pressing change in dramatic ways. New-
man was well aware of the fact tliat his classmates, professors and
administrators were all white and that non-whites were found only
in positions of service work. He was also well aware of the reason
- it was illegal for it to be any other way.
"I knew tvvo things for certain," Newman was once quoted as
saying. "Prejudicial distinctions based on race are wrong. And that
America's great unsolved problem of justice was race." Newman's
life passion had been revealed.
After graduating from Mary\ ille w ith a degree in sociology,
Newman returned to New York to attend Union Theological
Newman at his 2003 Harvard
retirement party where he received
the prestijjious W.E.B. DtiBois
Medal for his contributions to
on My Mind,
Seminary intent on becoming
a minister. Although he
accomplished this goal in
1955, the lynching of
Emmett Till, Rosa Parks'
arrest, and the handing down
of Brown v. Board of Educa-
tion a year earlier would
define his path. Newman
became active in the Ci\ il
Rights Movement and was
counseled by Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr. to help raise
funds from protestant
churches in the north.
There is a good
chance that New-
man's approach and
work would ha\'e
taken an entirely dif-
ferent path had it not
been for Stokely
to white liberals in the 1960s. Carmichael espoused diat
the leadership and de\'elopment of the Freedom Move-
ment should be the responsibility' of blacks; the energies
of whites were better spent working to change the white
establishment. Newman took this message to heart,
teaching social sciences at Boston University, undertaking
Black Studies at Harvard University' and, in 1973, assum-
ing senior editorship at G.K. Hall Publishing Company.
G.K. Hall specialized in publishing bibliographies of
unique library collections, including the library card cata-
logues of die Schomberg Center for Reseaixh and Black
Culture, the New York Public Library, the Moorland
Spingarn Collection at Howard Universit\', Fisk Unix'er-
sit\' and Schomberg's Index to Selected Periodicals by and
about Negroes. In addition to his personal dedication to the sub-
ject, it was Newman's work at G.K. Hall and later Garland Pub-
lishing in New York that gave him that vast, "encyclopedic"
knowledge of Afro- American studies recognized by Gates.
"I have always believed that die real purpose of all of the field
of Afro- American studies is both to build the historical pride
among black people and to edif\' under-educated white people,"
Newman wrote in Freedom. His role at Harxard, and his dedica-
tion to African-American studies, gax'e him the abilit)' to do this,
"Probably no other person is mentioned so often as Newman in
authors' lists of acknowledgements in their own work," noted
Ronald Richardson, chair of Boston University's African American
Studies Program, in Freedom.
The sentiment sounded by Janice Marion Stoder in her sum-
mertime e-mail is certainly worth repeating. ... Indeed, that was
owr Richard B. Newman.
FOCUS I SPRING 2004
College works to reCTUlt Ctfld
ret din students of color
BY KAREN BEATY ELDRIDGE '94, DIRECTOR OF NEWS AND PUBLIC INFORMATION
We want yoM to finish. We need you
to finish. ^^ Larry Ervin '97 has heard Nancy
Smith Wright's story of graduating from Maryville
College in 1960. He's been moved by her memo-
ries of a segregated East Tennessee. He's been
inspired by her courage to live alone in a residence
hall as a teenager and be the only African-Ameri-
can to walk across the commencement stage.
And he believes the words of encouragement from her minister
at the time - "We need you to frnish" - are still rele\'ant for the
minorit\' students he advises as the College's director of multicul-
tural affairs. "Afi-ican-American kids toda\' need to finish," he says.
"For themselves and for the race."
Ervin knows this firsthand. A 1972 graduate of nearby Alcoa
High School, Ervin enrolled at Berea College in Kcntiick\' but left
three years later to chase a music career. "I left Berea thinking I
would become a rock star-," he explains. "I was in a band, and we
had won some 'Battle of the Bands' contests in Knox\'ille. We
were hoping to sign a contract with United Artists."
But when the contract didn't materialize and with no college
degree to fall back on, Ervin faced years of struggle to support
himself and his family. He held different jobs in different cities
before c1i\'orcing and returning to Blount Count\' in the late 1980s.
He began to think about finishing his degree, and with a promise
from then-admissions counselor Annabelle Libby '52 that he
could have his bachelor's degree in less than two vears at Marxfxolle
College, Erx'in enrolled in 1990, "Little tiid I know then that it
would turn into a lifetime assignment," he says today, with a laugh.
The reason why Ervin didn't receive his diploma in two years has
more to do with the College than Ervin. Soon after enrolling, he
was asked to become the resident director of all-male Gamble Hall,
a responsibility that limited his academic work to si.x credit hours
"[The job at die College] meant more dian a roof over mv head.
I felt like I was doing some good," he says. "I think the guys
respected me, and 1 felt like I kept a lot of them out of U'ouble."
Ervin says he realized that a lot of liis residents - white and black
- may have never seen a single, Afirican-American man shoulder
such responsibilitv', follow die rules and do the right thing.
PROGRAMS BUILD COMMUNITY
Gamble Hall is no longer Ervin's address, but from his office in
Bartiett Hall, he still encourages students to study, get involved
and graduate. "1 thank God for all the blessings, trials and hope
that He has given," Ervin said. "The Lord has made my fife and
job a true calling that He anoints afresh."
The College's Office of Multicultural -Affairs aims to
improve the campus environment for students of color.
Ervin became director of the office in the mid 1990s and
since then has instituted numerous programs and initia-
tives geared to assist minorities and enrich their Maryville
Within their first montii of arrival on campus, Ervin
invites students of color to attend the Multicultural
Retreat. Wliite students are invited, as \\'ell, but discussions are
geared to helping minorities adjust to campus and to Blount
Coimty. Sessions range from where to get haircuts to how to
establish good study habits.
Ervin also encourages students to get inx'ohed in clubs and
organizations sponsored by Multicultural Alfairs, namely the Black
Student Association, the Voices of Praise gospel choir and the
Erskine Tutorial Foundation.
Currently, about five students tutor middle-school students
weekly in Alcoa through the Erskine program (named for the
African slave whose freedom was purchased by Maryville College
founder Isaac Anderson), but Ervin has high hopes for the friture
of this and other service-learning experiences - namely because of
the introduction of the Marj'ville College Diversity' Award.
Offered for the first time this tall, the Diversity' Award recognizes
- with scholarship money - minority' students who are involved in
\'olunteer-t\'pe activities and College clubs and organizations.
"It will be a way for students to take advantage of the whole
experience offered here," Ervin says. "It won't be tied to grade
point average because a lot of times, concerns over grades hinder
students' involvement on campus."
According to the director, communities everywhere are in need
of citizens committed to volunteerism, but the need is especially
acute in African-American neighborhoods. He hopes the Diversity
Award will attract more minorit)' students who are interested in
building strong communities and taking advantage of die Col-
lege's opportunities for service.
FOCUS ISPRING 2004
(Clockwise from rijfht) A minority student
himself in the 1990s, Larry Ennn '97
directs the Office of Miilticnltitrnl Affairs
today. Erskine tutor Greg Boyce '00 assists a
young student at Alcoa Middle School. In his
f-Term course entitled "TIjc Music of
Motown: A Black Historical Perspective, "
Ervin helps students explore the politics
behind the music while also teaching a few
dance moves fi'om the era. TIjc Voices of Praise
gospel choir ministers in a local church.
The founding ot Voices
of Praise (VOP) choir
Affairs, but today, Er\'in
considers the black gospel choir a "cornerstone program" of his
office. Popular among minorir\' students and white students, VOP
performs at College functions, in local churches and at special
events like Homecoming and the annual Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dav held on campus. Each year, Er\in, the choir's director, organ-
izes a few out-of-state tours.
"Since the choir was founded in 1991, I've had Asian sttidents,
Hondurans and Africans in VOP," Erwn says. "Not all haxe had
rh\thm, but they all love the music. Many [members] are born-
again Christians who are looking for ways to express their faith."
Ervin sees VOP as one way of promoting black culture to the
entire Marwille College campus, but he uses music in other ways
to bring students together to talk about issues of diversity and
race. During recent January Terms, he has taught courses on the
origins and characteristics of black gospel music and the political
movement behind Motown. "I do my best to dispel a lot of myths
[in these courses]," he explains. "I'm able to reach out to a lot of
students 1 wouldn't meet otherwise. Blending music and black
history gives me a great opportunity to share my life."
ADVISORY BOARD FORMED
Ervin's vision for the Office of Multicultural Affairs includes advo-
cating for more diversity' components in the curriculum and estab-
lishing strong partnerships with alumni of color so tiiat current
students can have role models, mentors and job connections.
In 2003, die College formed a Multicultural Ad\isory Board to
provide feedback and suggestions on how to improve programming
offered by Ervin's office. Membership is open to persons of color
who ai'e able and willing to mentor students and pro\ide suggestions
for making Maryxille College a more di\erse communiU'. Currendy,
nine people sen'e on the board.
MC STILL OPENING DOORS
While the number of minorit\' students has increased significantiy
since Wright and five other African-American students enrolled at
MaryviUe College in 1954, recruiting and retaining this popula-
tion is still a challenge 50 vears later. Students of color make up
about 9 percent of the current student body; international stu-
dents represent another 4 percent.
Ervin believes money, grades and motivation are obstacles many
African-American suidents face when making decisions about
higher education. "A lot are first-generation college students, and
they don't know what to expect," he says. "And unfortunately, a
lot of high schools in the urban areas of our country are still
behind, academically. Those students may be less prepai'ed than
their peers, and they may be less focused."
But Mar\'\ille College is worth it, and the African-American
population's "need to finish" is still there, Ervin says. The first in
his family to earn a college degree, Ervin has since celebrated his
son's graduation fi-om college and seen his daughter enroll for her
bachelor's degree, as weU.
"[Afiican-Americans] should enroll at Manaille because of the
well-roundedness of the degree," he says. "I've heard fi-om so many
recent graduates who say that tiieir education has put them miles
ahead of the competition when tiiey interview for jobs. They tell me
tiiat the Mary\ille College name has opened doors for diem." 09
For more information on programs offered by the College's Office of
Multicultural Affairs, contact Ervin at S65.9SL8222 or
la rry. ervin@ma ryvillecollege. edu .
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EDITOR'S NOTE: The College
received information printed
below between Nov.1 and Feb.
29, 2004. Class notes received
after Feb. 29 should appear in
the Summer 2004 issue.
'30 MEMORIAM: Christine Hun-
nicutt Young, Nov. 5, at her home
in Knoxville after a long illness. For
many years she was a member of
the board of directors for the
Knoxville chapter of the Association
for the Preservation of Tennessee
Antiquities, the Travelers Aid Soci-
ety, Talahi Garden Club, Cherokee
Country Club and National Trust for
Historic Preservation. She served as
secretary of the Knoxville Medical
Auxiliary. Survivors include a sister,
sister-in-law and their families.
'31 MEMORIAMS: Travis Hitt,
Dec. 7, in Winchester, Tenn. He is
survived by one daughter, three
grandsons, one great-grand-
daughter and three great-grand-
sons, including Travis Hawkins '06.
■ B. Calvin Bass, Dec. 10, in Rice,
Va. A former Alcoa High School
teacher and ordained elder at New
Providence Presbyterian Church in
Maryville, he taught physics and
chemistry at Hampden Sydney Col-
lege from 1944 to 1976 and in 1998
was awarded an honorary degree.
He was chairman of the Prince
Edward County School Board dur-
ing desegregation. He served as a
life-long elder and adult Sunday
school teacher at Jamestown Pres-
byterian Church and held various
Presbyterian committee positions
including moderator and was repre-
sentative to Synod and General
Assembly. He is survived by four
daughters and their families, includ-
ing Elinor Bass Hopkins '57 and
Jim '56 and Virginia Bass Eaddy
'61 and John '62; 12 grandchildren
and 15 great-grandchildren; sister
Dorothy Bass Alexander '38 and
brother Robert Bass '50.
'32 MEMORIAMS: Junius L
Allison, Oct. 13, in Asheville, N.C.
An attorney, he worked in the field
Community mourns loss of revered historians
The East Tennessee comnnunity recently mourned the loss of revered
historians Inez Burns '29 and Elmer Mize '51.
Tuckaleechee Cove-born Burns spent the vast majority of her 96 years
tracing the histories of her home community. A schoolteacher in Blount
County for more than four decades, Burns instilled the value
of preserving local and family history in the minds of count-
less students. And by requiring her students to look into
their past, the teacher learned a great deal from her stu-
dents about the history of Blount County.
In 1957, Burns put her wealth of knowledge about the
peoples of East Tennessee to use, publishing her
acclaimed History of Blount County, Tennessee, from War
Trail to Landing Strip. From this point, her reputation as a historian grew, and in
1971 Burns was appointed Blount County Historian. During her half-century career as a
professional historian. Burns was involved with the preservation of several local historic
sites, serving on the board of directors of both Fort Loudon and the Sam Houston
Schoolhouse. For her efforts, a joint resolution by the 94th General Assembly of the
Tennessee House of Representatives named her both "Preserver of Tennessee Her-
itage" and "First Historian of Tennessee."
Mize, who passed away Nov. 6 in the same bedroom where he
was born, majored in history and political science at the College.
For 32 years, he taught English, history and math in Blount and
Knox county public schools.
He began volunteering at the Blount County Public Library in
the early 1980s, serving as a resource person for the library and
community. Mize was the first person to receive the Honorary Life
Membership in the Blount County Friends of the Library. He was a founding member
of the Blount County Genealogical and Historical Society and served on numerous his-
tory-related committees, boards and associations. In 1995, he was appointed
Maryville's official historian by the city's mayor and city council. In an obituary printed
in the Daily Times, Maryville Mayor Joe Swann described this MC alumnus as "one of
the city's natural resources."
"His unselfish efforts in helping countless people research matters of history and
genealogy have helped make our community a better place," Swann said.
Mize is survived by brother and sister-in-law Bobby Mize '56 and Elizabeth Mize,
numerous nephews and nieces and their families.
22 FOCUS I SPRING 2 004
of legal aid and community medi-
ation services. He was a professor
of law at Vanderbilt University from
1971 to 1979. After retirement, he
wrote numerous books, including
stories for children.
■ Iva Elizabeth Babcock Hopper,
Dec. 23, in Bristol, Va. She was a
teacher and a member of the First
United Methodist Church in
Maryville. She is survived by a son,
daughter-in-law and their family.
'33 Emma Marshall Mclnturff
reports she enjoys reading FOCUS
magazine and would like to hear
from members of her class. She is liv-
ing in Chicago and is a member of
a Presbyterian Church in Hyde Park.
MEMORIAM: Beatrice Dreher
Bass, May 22, in Rice, Va. A long-
time member of Jamestown Pres-
byterian Church, she was involved
in many Presbyterian Women's
programs. She was married 71
years to B. Calvin Bass '31 . A life-
long student of history, she was
honored by several Beatrice
Dreher Bass scholarships for his-
tory majors at MC. Survived by
four daughters and their families,
including Elinor Bass Hopkins '57
and Jim '56; Virginia Bass Eaddy
'61 and John '62; 12 grandchil-
dren and 15 great-grandchildren.
'34 Ella Martin Kilgore Botts is
now 90 years old and lives in Fort
Pierce, Fla. She reports that her dri-
ver's license was renewed for six
more years. Elizabeth Lanterman
Hunt still lives in her home in
Raleigh, N.C., with son Joe and his
wife. She is 92 years old and still
enjoys drawing and visiting a
daughter in Asheville. Isabelle Har-
rison Uhrich is living in San Antonio,
Texas, and enjoys listening to books
on tape and giving book reviews.
MEMORIAMS: Blanche Wilson
Grooms, Oct. 19, in Knoxville. She
and her family members were
active in Graystone Presbyterian
Church and she was a charter
member and ruling elder at Park-
way Presbyterian. She was active in
the Women of the Church through-
out her life. She taught in the Knox
County School System and volun-
teered with the Red Cross at Park-
west Hospital. Survivors include
four children and their families and
sister Mary Wilson Clark '37.
■ Julia Rink, Dec. 5, in LaFayette,
Ga. Survivors include nephew
Charles "Butch" King and wife
Joyce of LaFayette and their chil-
dren and families David King '93
and M. Grace King Murphy '97
and husband Patrick '96 and
35 Ruth Perry Johnston has
moved to Colorado to be near
daughter Molly Johnston Child
'74. Other children live in northern
California, Alaska and Thailand. She
enjoys her 14 grandchildren and still
swims three times per week.
MEMORIAMS: Sydney S. Portrum,
Nov. 23, in Hollister, Calif. He was a
member of First Presbyterian
Church Morristown and a business-
man, establishing Portrum Cleaners
and Portrum's Market in Morris-
town after service in World War II.
■ Robert W. Rayburn, Feb. 5, in
Charlotte, N.C. He was a graduate
of Princeton Theological Seminary.
He attended New College Univer-
sity of Edinburgh, Scotland, and
received a master's degree in the-
ology from Columbia Seminary.
He served numerous churches in
Pennsylvania, Ohio, Georgia,
Texas and North Carolina. He was
active in Presbyterian Church
causes and also volunteered for
numerous community organiza-
tions. Survivors include wife Susan,
two daughters and their families.
■ Barbara Whitmore Thomas,
Feb. 26. She was retired and living
in Milford, N.H. She is survived by
two sons and their families, includ-
ing Joe Thomas '67.
36 Cora M. Huskey reports that
she is enjoying retirement in
Gatlinburg, Tenn., and a new
great-grandson. She lost son Larry
to cancer in 2002.
MEMORIAMS: John Crump, Nov
18, in Bean Station, Tenn, Survivors
include wife Mildred Schoeller
Crump '36, two sons and their
■ O'Neal Gray, Jan. 1, in Dallas,
Texas. A retired dentist, he is survived
by wife Ruth and two daughters.
■ Katharine Stewart Orr, Jan. 5,
in Nashville, Tenn. She earned a
master's degree in special educa-
tion and taught in Nashville public
schools for 27 years. Survivors
include sister-in-law Betty D. Orr
'37 MEMORIAM: Mary Frances
Ooten Young, Jan. 7, in Santa Fe,
N.M. She was a Presbyterian Chris-
Katherine Ogilvie Musgrave '41, a consulting dieti-
cian and professor emerita at the Univer-
sity of Maine, was recently recognized
with two awards for her work. In the past
year, Musgrave was named both Out-
standing Continuing Education Faculty
Member in New England and Maine's
Outstanding Older Worker for 2003.
Though she officially retired from her
position as professor of nutrition at the
plniversity of Maine in 1985, Musgrave
continues to teach, in her own words,
her "fav ail^^WS te" every semester and see between 1 5 and
20 patients a week. A registered dietician for more than six
decades, the Orono, Me., resident keeps in step with the
latest trends in her profession, teaching online courses and
hosting a weekly radio show.
tian educator, editor, director of
education for 31 years and for 15
years, served as a curriculum con-
sultant to the Armed Forces Chap-
lains Board. She is survived by
husband Paul and one son.
38 Francis Perrin Maude reports
she had a wonderful 87th birthday.
She plays each Sunday for the Lake
City (Tenn.) Methodist Church and
choir She had a fabulous time at
the 65th Reunion in the fall of 2003.
Her greatest interest aside from
her family is African Enterprise, a
Christian organization in Africa.
MEMORIAM: Lilian Borgquist
Briggs, Dec. 29, in Pueblo West,
Colo., following a brief illness. She
was a retired teacher of the Indi-
anapolis (Ind.) school system. Sur-
vivors include two children and
39 Harriet Barber Blizzard is
living in Peabody Mass. At age 82
she is "reasonably healthy" and
happily settled in at an independ-
ent living center She is involved in
transferring a collection of 4,000
slides onto CDs.
MEMORIAM: Lois Barnwell
Straka, Nov, 29, in Conyers, Ga,
She was a dietician for Southwest
DeKalb High School and retired
from Southern Bell in Atlanta. Sur-
vivors include husband Harold,
two sons and their families.
'40 M. Pauline Jenkins Doolittle
is living in Long Beach, Calif., vol-
unteering at Memorial Medical
Center and serving as treasurer of a
local charity. E. Vaughan Lyons, a
retired U.S. Navy Chaplain, reports
from San Diego, Calif., that he has
spent most of the summer traveling
to Seattle, Canada, Newfoundland,
England, Italy Australia and Mexico.
MEMORIAM: Patricia Kennedy
Houbler, Oct. 23, in Knoxville. She
was a dietician for the Clarksville
(Tenn.) School System and Tusculum
College. She was a member of Erin
Presbyterian Church in Knoxville.
Survivors include husband Claude,
two daughters and their families.
41 Aline Campbell Moss is liv-
ing in New Jersey and is an active
member of the General Board of
American Baptists. She attended
an annual meeting in Richmond,
Va., last June - the first meeting
ever of the American Baptists
Convention to be held south of
the Mason-Dixon Line,
MEMORIAMS: Ann E. Biggs,
June 2000. She was a retired pro-
fessor of music and living in Mont-
■ MarciaT. Ellis, Oct. 12, in
Maryville, after an extended ill-
ness. She was a graduate of the
University of Chicago and served
as personal secretary to Enrico
Fermi in Chicago during 1945,
when Dr Fermi was working on
the Manhattan Project. During the
1960s she was employed in the
Maryville College Chaplain's
office. Survivors include sons
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Thomas Ellis '68 and E. Stephen
Ellis '70 and their families.
■ Wood "Woody" Everett, Dec.
15, in Knoxvilie. He was a long-time
member of Oakland Methodist
Church in Greenback and was
employed by numerous aluminum
companies throughout the world.
He was inducted into the College's
Wall of Fame in 1995. He is sur-
vived by wife Metta Farr Everett
'42, two daughters and their chil-
dren; and five sisters, including
Blanche Everett Black '38 and
Imogene Everett Cobb '45.
■ James E. Montgomery on Jan.
1 1, 2004, in Virginia. After earning
his M.A. and Ph. D. degrees from
Vanderbilt University, he taught for
more than 40 years at various insti-
tutions: Oklahoma State, Cornell,
Penn State, Virginia Polytechnic
Institute and the University of
Georgia. He authored numerous
publications and received many
honors and awards. In 1982 he was
selected by the US. Government
to participate in the People to
People Mission to China. Survivors
include two children and their
■ Dr. Fred P. Rawlings, Jr., on
Aug. 14, in Babson Park, Fla. He
was a retired surgeon.
42 Dorothy Buchanan Hender-
son still drives and uses a computer
MARRIAGE: Marylib Karq Sharp
to Frederick P. Adams, June 28.
MEMORIAMS: Kate Powell Evans,
■ Ruby Leslie Jenkins, Dec. 5, in
Maryville. She was a member of
the Daughters of the American
Revolution and the American Clan
Leslie Society. She was a teacher
in Monroe County and retired
from the Blount County School
System. She was a member of First
United Methodist Church in Alcoa.
Survivors include husband Sam,
two children and their families,
including daughter Judith Jenkins
■ Louise Marshall on Jan. 8, at
her home in New York City. She
was re- tired from American Elec-
43 Retired minister Cecil Eanes
writes he enjoyed watching the
Maryville baseball team take two
games from Averett University in
Danville, Va., this season. He par-
ticularly liked the "spectacular
plays" made by the centerfielder
MEMORIAMS: Ernest Stoffel,
Dec. 1 1 , in North Carolina. He bat-
tled pneumonia and other health
problems prior to his death. A
graduate of Louisville Presbyterian
Seminary, he served numerous
Presbyterian congregations. Sur-
vivors include wife Virginia and
■ James Wilbur Chapman, Dec
28, 1998, in Concord, Calif. He was
a retired employee of Shell Oil
Company in Martinez, Calif. Sur-
vivors include wife Rhoda and four
'44 MEMORIAM: Francis Harris
Grosh, April 6, in Honolulu, Hawaii.
She was an active member and
volunteer of St. Andrews Episcopal
Church. A native of Maryville, she
was a member of the College's choir
and a soloist for "The Messiah"
during her student days. She is
survived by four children.
45 Dorothy Brown Distefano
enjoyed recent tours of Turkey,
Greece and all the Greek Isles.
She writes that the trip was "great
for Bible study"
MEMORIAM: Lawrence Zuercher,
May 23, 2002, in Cleveland, Ohio,
while in surgery. Survivors include
wife Esther Cleaver Zuercher and
46 Thomas E. Henderson is
suffering from Parkinson's disease
and is confined to a wheelchair,
reports wife Dorothy '42. Nell
Ousley Widner reports husband
John died Aug. 1 3. He was the
Two from College community pass away
VICTOR R. "VIC" SCHGEN, former associate professor
of music at Maryville College, passed away Feb. 15 after a brief
illness. He was 74.
Schoen, who earned degrees from Miami
(Ohio) University and Indiana University and
held a performance certificate from the Mozar-
teujn in Salzburg, Austria, came to teach at the
College in 1954. In the fine arts division dur-
ing the next 40 years, he established himself as
an accomplished composer and musician, earn-
ing numerous fellowships and grants for continued education
and invitations to seminars and music festivals. His published
works include choral pieces, chamber music, piano solos and an
organ prelude. "The Dancing Princess," a ballet he composed,
was performed by the Appalachian Ballet Company.
"Vic and I had just returned from a 10-day stay in Key West a
few days before his death. I think he knew something of what he
was facing but didn't talk about it. His doctors had told him not
to go, but his reply was the same as it had been several years ear-
lier when he was told not to go to China: T can just as well keel
over there as anywhere else,'" related Jim Bloy, former chair of the
College's fine arts division and longtime Schoen colleague. "This
says a lot about him - his bluntness, his axidness for things which
he loved (such as opera), his frankness about things which were
less than perfect (which made him an excellent proofreader). This
last characteristic made him hard to take for some students . . . But
he kept in touch with many graduates of the fine arts department,
so die circle of those who will miss him is quite large."
Schoen was active in the community, volunteering with
numerous arts and music organizations in Knox and Blount
counties, including the Knoxvilie Museum of Art, the Knoxvilie
Symphony Orchestra, the Knoxvilie Opera Company and the
East Tennessee Jazz Societ)'.
Schoen was preceded in death by his wife of 41 years, SaUie
Warth Schoen, who was also a former associate professor of
music at the College. Survivors include daughters Suzanne
Schoen Vest '78 of Augusta, Ga., and Lydia Schoen and Emily
Kiss Schoen, both of Knoxxille.
KATHRYN "COOKIE" GOSE, former print
shop manager at the College, passed away Feb. 19.
She was 62.
A resident of Sevier County, Term., Gose joined
the Maryville College staff in 1982, managing the
College's print shop in the basement of Bardett
Hall for a number of years. She is remembered for her dedica-
tion in serving the College community. In 1991, she received
the College's Sharon Murphy Crane Distinguished Service
Award. Illness forced her retirement in 1997.
Alden E. Stuart, former vice president and treasurer of the
College and Gose's supervisor for a number of years, remembers
her conscientiousness and sense of humor. "Many times. Cookie
would complain about the short deadline to have a job com-
pleted," he said, "but the job was always done correctiy and at die
requested time. She was loved by many and will be gready missed."
Survivors include husband Roy, daughter Pam Gose Grimes
and son Mark Gose, five grandchildren and two great-grand-
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vice-mayor of the City of Alcoa at
the time of his death.
MEMORIAM: Betty Lou King
Purifoy Nov. 2. She was retired
from Emory & Henry College.
4/ Sarah Enloe Munn writes
that husband Alto died April 7.
They were married 56 years. Sarah
is retired from Cartersville (Ga.)
'48 MEMORIAM: Gelolo Kell
Wilson, Sept. 28, in Tryon, N.C. A
retired teacher, she died of ovarian
cancer Survivors include husband
Robert '49 and three children.
'49 John A. Mathis and wife
Martha have returned to Knoxville
to live after 44 years away - the
last 38 were spent living and work-
ing in Alexandria, Va.
MARRIAGE: Grace Ellen Cross
Pentz to William Chalker '50, Oct 1 8
MEMORIAM: Bernard Welch,
Aug. 25, in Wisconsin. He battled
Parkinson's disease for many years.
Survivors include wife Grace
Hildebrand Welch and two
50 John A. Baxter and wife
Joan will celebrate their 50th wed-
ding anniversary in May of 2004
with a voyage to the Caribbean.
Ray Packard and wife Hilda cele-
brated their 50th wedding anniver-
sary May 9. They toured England
and Scotland in October with 14
MARRIAGE: William Chalker and
Grace Ellen Cross Pentz '49, Oct.
'51 Willard F. Rahn reports that
the fourth floor Carnegie Hall
BREVORRS are meeting in Tuscon,
Ariz., in early spring. He is in his
16th year as chaplain at Home-
wood Campus in Williamsport, Md.
'52 MARRIAGE: Carol Jones
Hutcheson to Ben Pickard, Nov 22.
53 Grace Greenawalt Nieto
and husband Jose write that they
enjoyed the 50th year reunion for
the Class of '53. Sadly they report
that daughter Christina lost her
battle with cancer Dec. 26.
MEMORIAM: Ann Hoover Stiffler,
May 31, in Kittanning, Pa. Survivors
include husband Jim and one son.
54 Maryalice "Trig" Moyer
Zebley and husband Phil '52 will
celebrate their 50th wedding
anniversary June 25, 2004. They
have three children and six grand-
children. They plan to attend her
50th class reunion at the College
in the fall.
'55 MEMORIAM: Lynn Counts,
Oct. 27, in Gainesville, Fla. He was
a 30-year employee of JCPenney
before teaching at Columbia High
School for 10 years. He is survived
by wife Katrina Wells Counts '58,
three children and brother Norris
56 James H. Kennedy reports
he is still enjoying living on the
water in the Florida Keys. He will
be 70 years old this year, but has
no plans to retire from his position
as pastor of a Presbyterian Kirk of
the Keys in Marathon, Fla. He
invites MC folks to visit.
MEMORIAMS: Marion W. Gamble,
Nov. 19, in Knoxville. He served with
the U.S. Army during World War II
and was a retired teacher from
Yonkers Public School System in
About It" is the title of a
book recently written by
fanned sports psychologist
Jack Llewellyn '68.
Published by Longstreet
Press, the book reveals
Llewellyn's philosophy and
program behind turning
survivors into winners (like
clients John Smoltz and
Tony Stewart). The New
York Times' Ginia Bellafante
wrote about the book
in a humorous Jan. 4
Yonkers, N.Y. Survivors include wife
Doris, several nieces and nephews.
■ Floyd Marshall Hamilton, Jr.,
Oct. 28, in Kentucky. He was co-
owner of Southern Printing and
Office Supplies in Maryville. Sur-
vivors include two sons and one
57 Clara Joe Minarik Fisher
asks, "Nancy Smith where are
you?" Husband Tom retired from
First Presbyterian Church in Athens,
Ohio, and they moved to Massa-
chusetts to be closer to their chil-
dren and grandchildren who live in
Lexington. Clara and Tom are now
relating to Presbyterian students at
the University of Massachusetts-
Amherst and Smith and Amherst
colleges. Dick Jensen will celebrate
the release of his third book Nor-
mandy Survivors in May of 2004, to
commemorate the 60th anniversary
of D-Day. The book includes eye-
witness accounts from living veter-
ans of WWII , liberation of France
and many rare photos. The book
can be ordered online from
www.firstfound.us. Louise Ogden
Wyman is retired but teaching pri-
vate piano and voice lessons and
directing one adult choir and one
children's choir at Holy Ghost
Catholic Church in Knoxville.
58 Stanley and Paula Kronen-
berg Mont report that Stan has
retired from Macy's, where he was
vice president for executive per-
sonnel, Macy's East. Paula is a
part-time sales associate for Tal-
bots Kids where she is ranked in
the top 30 in sales for the com-
pany. Both are enjoying good
health and life in New Jersey.
59 Barbara Coates Rooker is
now serving as chaplain to resi-
dents in an assisted living center in
LaVista, Neb. She has a new
grandson. Mary Murphy Tauber
reports she is enjoying retirement.
In addition to spending time with
family and friends, she travels, gar-
dens, volunteers for Hospice and
does discipleship training with a
Joyce PiggC '67 received the Distinguished
Citizen Award from Bethany College in Lindsborg,
Kansas, where she is professor of political science
and chair of the history/political science depart-
ment. The award, which was presented in October
2003 as part of Bethany College's Founders' Day
celebration, recognizes Pigge's "contributions to the
betterment of human life and the global society."
Pigge, who earned her doctorate at Lehigh Uni-
versity, joined Bethany's faculty in 1970 and has
taught political science classes and advised nearly
100 pre-law students during her time at the school. A
1991 recipient of the Sears Roebuck Foundation
Award for Teaching Excellence and Campus Leader-
ship, Pigge was also instrumental in the development
of women's sports programs at Bethany. In 1970, she
reestablished the women's basketball program and
coached the team through its first four years.
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'60 Carolyn Thomas Bair retired
Dec. 31 , 2002, after 20 years as a
financial secretary for Grace
Lutheran Church in Camp Hill, Pa.
She now spends her days babysit-
ting her four grandchildren. Dick
Conway is a special projects coor-
dinator for Heritage New Hamp-
shire, a privately owned historical
attraction, taking guests through
375 years of New Hampshire his-
tory. He also gives public talks on
historical subjects to various groups
and writes a weekly column for a
local newspaper, in addition to per-
forming as a singer and actor Car-
olyn Sieradzki writes that her
husband died. She will be leaving
Alabama for a less humid climate,
possibly Arizona, California, Wis-
consin or Tennessee and would
welcome contact from alumni in
those states. She is retired but con-
tinues to do some consulting work.
MARRIAGE: Donald E. Buddie to
Patricia Fowler, Nov. 1
MEMORIAM: Carleen B. Gregory,
Feb. 4, in Maryville. She was a
member of Tuckaleechee Primitive
Baptist Church in Townsend. Sur-
vivors include two brothers, two
sisters and their families.
'62 Blair Moffett was featured in
the September 2003 issue of Pres-
bytehans Today for his work with
First Presbyterian Church in Stam-
ford, Conn. He was one of three
pastors who participated in a
project. He and a local rabbi team-
taught a class on confronting social
and ideological differences and a
course on Simon Wiesenthal's
book on forgiveness. Sunflower.
'63 MEMORIAM: Edwin D.
Mitchell on Dec. 14, in Knoxville.
A graduate of Vanderbilt Divinity
School, he was a Methodist minis-
ter for many years. Survivors
include wife Virginia, one daugh-
ter, one son and their families.
65 Mary Jeanne "Frosty" Kent
Besch retired from teaching in
June of 2003. She is living in Belle-
fonte. Pa. David Conklin, vice
president of marketing and public
relations for the Metropolitan
Knoxville Airport Authority, was
named the nationwide "Marketer
of the Month" for November 2003
by the American Marketing Asso-
f"^l ^> w».i
Melissa Walker '85, associate professor of history at
Con\'erse College, recently co-edited South-
ern Women at the Millennium: A Historical
Perspective (University,' of Missouri Press,
2003). A collection of essays written by eight
scholars of women's history, the book traces
the evolution of southern women's lives dur-
ing the 20th century. Walker also edited
Country Women Cope with
Hard Times: A Collection of Oral Histories
(University of South Carolina Press, 2004),
which describes the challenges faced by
Depression-era women in eastern
Tennessee and western South Carolina and
the ways these women confronted hardship.
Cope wilh H,.r.) T.m
elation Arlene Larsen Shafer is
living in Vista, Calif., and enjoying
her first grandchild.
MEMORIAM: Alice Brownlee
Ketchum, Jan. 4, in Port Huron,
Mich. Battling cancer for several
years, she retired in 2002 on medical
disability after 1 5 years at St. Clair
County Community College as a
reference librarian. She was a mem-
ber of St. Paul Lutheran Church
where she sang in the choir and was
an active member of the women's
circle. She volunteered for Habitat
for Humanity and the American
Cancer Society. Survivors include
husband James, two daughters, one
son, two sisters and their families.
'66 Ruth Hults Murphy retired
from teaching and has relocated
to Williamsburg, Va., with husband
Merle. They are attending the new
member classes at Williamsburg
Presbyterian Church, where they
plan to transfer their membership.
Marianne Jefferson Skeen was
honored with the Appalachian
Trail Conference's honorary mem-
bership, which is the conference's
highest award. She is the current
southern vice chair and former
Georgia AT Club president. She
has assumed leadership roles in
many A.T. conference activities
during the last decade.
6/ Marion Lois Huffines has
been at Bucknell University for
more than 30 years. She enjoys the
variety in her work as current asso-
ciate vice president for academic
affairs. During the summer she
travels, having spent two recent
summers in Alaska and three
weeks last summer in Iceland. This
summer she plans to visit Nova
Scotia "in search of wildlife and
69 Diana Drake Behan is a liter-
acy coach and staff developer for
the New York City Department of
Education. She is also an adjunct
professor at Lehman College, City
University of New York. Her older
son, Robert, was married in April
2003 and her younger son, Kevin,
served as best man.
'70 Carol Fisher Mathieson,
professor of music and director of
the opera workshop at Culver-
Stockton College in Canton, Mo.,
was granted sabbatical leave to
create an historical presentation
concert of "Jenny Lind Tours Amer-
ica." She wrote and rehearsed the
performance during the fall semes-
ter and is performing at colleges
and arts societies in the Midwest
MEMORIAM: John William Held
Oct. 19, in Maryville. He was a
member of the Council at Alcoa
Maryville Church of God and a
veteran of the U.S. Army, Scout-
master and an American Society
of Civil Engineers Fellow and an
Institute of Transportation Engi-
neers Fellow. Survivors include
wife Liz Beard Heid '71, two sons
and in-laws Marvin Beard '67 and
wife Susie, Robert '64 and Jean
Currie Beard '64 and Mildred
Beard Sieber '57 and husband
71 Lawrence C. Bodine is now
teaching world history at Plainfield
High School in Plainfield, N.J.
Alice Strohmeyer Bryan retired
from teaching in June 2001 and is
now working full-time as a substi-
tute teacher. She also is the con-
ductor/music director of Sounds of
Sawnee Community Band in Gum-
ming, Ga. She plays cornet with a
vintage cornet band. She enjoyed
a Thanksgiving reunion with Carol
Buxton Hosley '71 and Sue Ann
Livingston '71 . Lloyd Kramer
recently became the Dean Smith
Distinguished Term Professor of
History and chair of the history
department at the University of
North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
MARRIAGE: G. Marcus Wood-
ward to Sandra Faye Clark, Jan. 28.
72 Jean Fiedler Buckley is
beginning her fourth year teaching
pre-school in the Long Branch
(N.J.) public schools. She writes
that it is very different than teach-
ing middle school science, which
she did for 1 3 years previously. She
is also an elder at Hope Presbyter-
ian Church in Tinton Falls, N.J.
Melissa Collins Mann-Galarza
enjoyed coming to the Scots foot-
ball games this year to watch son
Chris Mann '06, play She is chair-
person of the foreign language
department at Archbishop Carroll
High School in Miami, Fla.
MARRIAGE: Julia Sthreshley to
Greg Henderson, Oct. 27, 2000.
'73 Kenneth Ainslie retired in
September 2003 from Northrop
Grumman in Reston, Va. He has
started his own consulting firm,
Workforce Strategies Research
Corp (WSRC), where he does
human resources metrics analysis.
MARRIAGE: Frank Hall to Bar
bara Dwyer, Nov. 28.
'74 Thomas A. Radice is currently
working in executive coaching and
organizational and management
development with Gottman Devel-
opment Strategies, an international
consulting firm. For fun, he is build-
ing a Ho-Gauge model railroad
from the Civil War era.
FOCUS I SPRING 2004
75 Nancy M. Haller Cunning-
ham earned a master's degree in
secondary school administration in
May of 2003. She is living in
Delanco, N J. Wayne A. Dans-
bury is now the external events
manager for the Mitchell Perform-
ing Arts Center in Bryn Athyn, Pa.
He also directed a production this
fall of Kaufman & Ferber's "The
76 Lisa L. Wishon moved to a
new appointment in June 2003.
She is now the pastor of Trinity
United Methodist Church in King,
N.C. Robin Dillingham Gibson
recently moved with husband Jim
and son Aidan to Florida, where
she is currently a full-time mother
and organist at St. Philip's Angli-
can Church in St. Petersburg. Jim
is vicar at St. Philip's.
78 Gary A. EIrod has been on
active duty with the 1 1 75th H ET
Co., Tennessee Army National
Guard, since February 2003. His
unit has been assigned to the
Iraq/Kuwait theater of operations
since April 2003. Deborah Kirk is
now interim associate pastor at
Westminster Presbyterian Church
in Charlottesville, Va.
79 Phillip B. Loyd is presently
working as an educational tech-
t In October 2003, Joan
' Jackson '92 received
is the assistant adnninis-
k trator and chief nurse
' executive at Blount
Memorial Hospital in
Maryville, was nominated
for the award because of
her commitment to and
success in developing
innovative programs for
i hospital patients and
nologist in the Department of
Defense Dependents Schools sys-
tem, at Pusan American School.
He and his wife and two sons are
living in Pusan, South Korea.
80 Wayne Arrants is a facilities
engineer with First Presbyterian
Church in Hilton Head, S.C. He is
married and has two children. Jill
Kinsinger Koss is director of the
Child Life Department at Cook
Children's Medical Center in Ft.
Worth, Texas. Kaoru Yoshizawa is
married to Makorto Otaka, and
they have a daughter and a son.
They are living in Japan.
MARRIAGE: Earl Byron Finley III
to Robin E. Tanner.
'81 BIRTH: David Widner and
Lesa Andrews Widner '82, a son,
Andrew Evan, Dec. 26, 2002.
82 George Cassutto published
Civics, a book of lesson plans for
overworked and out-of-certification
teachers. He teaches at Harmony
Intermediate School in Loudoun
County, Va., and lives in Maryland.
John M. Sanders has moved his
family to Charleston, S.C, where he
has been named the administrator
for the Children's Hospital of the
Medical University of South Carolina.
83 Susan Taylor Rhodenizer
teaches Spanish at Niagra Falls High
School although she lives an hour
away in metro Rochester, N.Y. Her
husband is a pastor with Incarnate
Word Lutheran Church in Rochester
Son Stephen is a kindergarten stu-
dent who commutes with her.
85 Kevin G. Crothers now
heads the audio-visual depart-
ment at the Charleston County
Public Library System in
'87 BIRTHS: Lourdes Couce
Padron and husband Orlando, a
son, Daniel Padron, April 26, 2003.
Glenn Watts Jr. and wife Laura, a
son. Hunter Glenn, June 8.
'88 BIRTH: Tom Mosher and
wife Kathleen McArthur Mosher
'91, a daughter, Hannah Elisabeth,
90 Jon Allison was named chief
of staff to Ohio Gov. Bob Taft on
Aug. 1 Rae Ann Hickman
Kelly '93 and Danielle Bu Shea Moore '94
welcomed triplet boys into their lives Jan. 7. (L-R) Hudson,
Brody and Cooper are well and at home in Acworth, Ga.
McCurry, a digital artist and pho-
tographer, had three digital paint-
ings on display in the Museum of
Computer Art 's international digi-
tal art print show and competition
at the Cork Gallery in Avery Fisher
Hall at New York's Lincoln Center.
Her work was among 80 pieces by
35 artists from 13 countries.
91 Mark Smelser is in his third
year of operation as owner of Pals
#17 in Kingsport, Tenn. Pals is the
first restaurant chain in the nation
to win the Malcolm Baldrige
Award for business excellence.
92 Megan Purcell completed
Ph.D. studies at the University of
Kansas in August 2003 and is now
an assistant professor in the
department of special education
at Eastern Kentucky University in
BIRTH: David Fletcher and wife
Kim, a son, Zachary Andrew, May
'93 BIRTHS: Stacey Keith
Harbin and husband Matt, a
daughter, Macey Elizabeth, June
27 Elizabeth Steverson Mat-
tingly and husband Charles, a
daughter, Emma Darrington, July
10 Melissa Nichols McLaughlin
and husband Patrick, a son,
Charles Kelly Dec, 27.
94 Jeff Huffman is in his second
year as president of Pacific North-
west Japan Exchange Teacher
Alumni Association (PNWJETAA).
MARRIAGES: Brian E. Lewis to
Whitney Elizabeth Parks, Nov 8.
Leann Marie Johnson to Jason
Alan Harding, Oct. 25. R. Paul Tal-
ley to Holly Elizabeth Noonan,
BIRTHS: Eric Booth and wife Angi,
a son, Levi Jackson, February
2003. Laura Obuch Thomas and
husband Ronnie, a daughter,
Rebecca Paige, July 11.
'96 Elizabeth Malloy Brakebill
lost her 18-year-old daughter,
Sara, in a car accident Nov. 27,
2003. Sara was driving home from
the family Thanksgiving dinner
when the accident occurred. Jim
Galyon earned a master's degree
in organizational management
from Tusculum College in Decem-
ber Deborah Shewfelt Halcrow
and her family have recently
moved to Kingston, Tenn. Michael
Kenady is working in pharmaceu-
tical sales and living in Raleigh,
N.C. Dayna R. Touron completed
a master's degree and Ph.D. from
Syracuse University. She recently
completed a two-year post-doc-
toral fellowship at Georgia Tech
and is settled at Appalachian State
in Boone, N.C, as an assistant
professor of psychology.
MARRIAGE: Michael Kenady to
Jessica Phipps, June 15, 2002.
BIRTHS: Deborah Shewfelt Halcrow
and husband Robert, a daughter,
Paige Ainslee, Sept. 4. Michael Lewis
and wife Angela, a daughter, Brid-
gette Kelly, Aug. 14. Treva Lewis
Sasser and husband Zachary, a
daughter, Zoe Elizabeth, Feb. 7.
FOCUS I SPRING 2 004 27
97 Jeremy Burgess and wife
Kelly reside in Knoxville where he
works as a lead recruiter for CDI
Professional Services, an engineer-
ing recruiting firm located in Oak
Ridge. Laura Gibson is working for
the non-profit College and Univer-
sity Professional Association for
Human Resources in the market-
ing and development office. Kelly
Lyon Rogers received her nursing
degree from Tennessee Wesleyan-
Fort Sander's School of Nursing in
May. She is currently an acute neuro
nurse with Fort Sander's Parkwest
Hospital in Knoville. Jason
Thompson and his wife are both
practicing law in the Atlanta area.
MARRIAGE: Jason Balne Thomp-
son to Alisha Basseen, Sept. 6.
BIRTH: Kevin Rowland and his
wife Jane Hadden Rowland '00, a
daughter, Avalon Jewel, Jan. 6.
'98 MARRIAGES: Kara
Buechele to Michael Alexander,
June 28. Kimberly Miller to
Michael J. Hale, Nov. 19.
Mealtime could only be made better with a trip to Pearsons
Hall! Jackson Noel Graham, son of Kelli Jackson
Graham '96 and husband Simon, is a potential member of
the Class of 2024.
Avery Lyon Rogers, daughter
of Kelly Ann Lyon
Rogers '97 and hus-
band Bill, was born Aug. 8.
99 Brandon Calhoun is the
account manager for Zenith Admin-
istration. He and fiancee Bethany
Triplett '01 live m Columbia, Md.
Audrey McFadden has been
accepted in her program of study at
the University of Tennessee School
of Dentistry in Memphis for 2004.
She was the first woman accepted
in her specialty, and there was only
one slot open Angela Hicks-
McGreal is employed with United
Space Alliance in conjunction with
NASA, working at the Kennedy
Space Center as a safety specialist
in the launch operations safety
department. She graduated from
the University of Tennessee with a
master's degree in safety manage-
ment. Brooklyn White is now work-
ing with the Greater Birmingham
Association of Home Builders. She
writes that the job allows her to uti-
lize the skills she learned at
BIRTHS: Holly Jenkins Child and
husband Brian, a daughter, Sarah
Katherine, Aug 3. Holley
Ratledge Grace and husband
Philip, a daughter, Lauren Eliza-
beth, Sept. 23.
00 Nathan Anderson is an asso-
ciate with the Held Law Firm in
Knoxville. Sarah Overholt Brewer
is pursuing an education specialist
degree in curriculum and instruc-
tion. Brandon Chance received his
master's degree from Emporia
State University in December 2002.
He and his wife are living in Lake
City, Tenn. Eric Daugherty earned
a master's degree in international
relations from Troy State University.
He is currently a special education
teacher and head coach of the
boys' cross-country and track
teams at Union Grove High School
in McDonough, Ga. Katie Dunn is
pursuing a master's degree in
mental health counseling and was
recently promoted from mental
health associate to intake specialist
of Baptist Hospital of East Ten-
nessee Mandy Franklin has trans-
ferred to Charleston, S.C.
Frederick Wesley Gilliland
recently accepted the position of
store manager of The Gap fran-
chise in Sarasota, Fla. Russell
Groff is currently on the adminis-
trative staff of the Center Stage
Theatre in Baltimore, Md. Morris
Lilienthal graduated from Cum-
berland School at Samford Univer-
sity in Birmingham, Ala., and was
admitted to the Alabama Bar in
September 2003. He accepted an
associate position with the firm of
Bohanan & Belt, PC. in Birming-
ham. Amanda McCarter has a
new job as advancement research
coordinator at Maryville College.
Melissa S. Walker is pioneering
Office Depot's new global content
system in the company's Del Ray
Beach corporate headquarters.
Allison Mahlman Webb is pursu-
ing a master's degree in early
childhood education. She is cur-
rently lead teacher and coordina-
tor of pre-kindergarten education
at Kidworks, Inc., an early educa-
MARRIAGES: Lara Nicole
Alexander to Jason Lee Vananda,
Oct. 7. Brandon Chance to
Stephanie Scherroden April 26,
2003. Frederick Wesley Gilliland
to Brittany Marie Jackson, Feb. 4.
Russell S. Groff to Kevin-Douglas
Olive, Oct 25 Melissa S. Walker
to Eric Stiller, Sept. 20
BIRTH: Jennifer Lee Millsaps and
husband Robert, a son, Ryan
Samuel, Nov. 1.
01 Patrick Baden graduated
from Nova Southeastern University
in the physical therapy program in
July. He is a physical therapist for
Med Diagnostic Rehab in Suntree,
Fla., working toward a doctorate in
physical therapy through distance
learning at Nova Southeastern
University in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Valerie Malyvanh Jansen is work-
ing on the Ph.D. portion of her
M.D./Ph.D. degree at the Univer-
sity of Tennessee Health Science
Center in Memphis and at St.
Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Bethany Triplett and fiance Bran-
don Calhoun '99 live in Columbia,
Md., where she is the store man-
ager for Abercrombie and Fitch.
Kevin Wingo is athletic coordina-
tor for Fayette County Parks and
Recreation in Fayetteville, Ga.
MARRIAGES: Leah Hutto to
Corey Ekrut, Sept. 25 Robert
Vinsant Ingle, Jr. to Julie Anne
Headrick Aug. 9. Brandi Grimes
to Matt Magee.
02 Sarah Berkemeier com-
pleted 10 months of service in
AmeriCorps in November. She cur-
rently teaches English to adults in
Merida, Venezuela. Adrienne Clark
recently graduated from the Uni-
versity of Wisconsin with a master's
degree in marketing research and
is working with Abbott Laborato-
ries in the Chicago area. Kenton
Kyker founded Apple-Creek.com
with brother Chad in November It
is an online distributor of high qual-
ity picnic products and baskets.
Alyssa Camille Taylor is in her sec-
ond year of teaching at Central
High School in Knoxville. She is the
advisor for the Anchor Club, which
focuses on volunteer work.
BIRTH: Crystal Smith Scott and
husband Marcus, a daughter,
Emily Jade, Sept. 1.
03 Bethany Brown is working
as an associate analyst in the com-
munications department of the
Knoxville Utilities Board. Mikel
Grubb, a guitarist, singer and
songwriter has formed a band, the
Mikel Grubb Band, that recently
was featured at Blue Cat's in
Knoxville's Old City Will Lehman
is employed byTVA.
MARRIAGES: Jessica L. Foster to
Scott Bumbalough, Sept. 13
William P. Lehman to Kristen Marie
Elliott, June 14. Jessica Seifertto
Justin Underwood, Sept. 17.
BIRTH: Jessica Seifert Underwood
and husband Justin, a daughter,
Megan Elizabeth, Oct. 31.
06 John Hultquist is currently
serving with the 489th Reserve Unit
(Civil Affairs) in Baghdad, Iraq. He
was interviewed by WIVK's Gunner
in February, when the Knoxville
radio station sent a crew to visit
local troops serving in the Middle
East During the inten/iew, Hultquist
spoke about the College's support
of his military service. WO
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It's that time of year again, alumni and
friends of Maryville College! ... Time
to roll up your sleeves and flex your
muscles for Kin Takahashi Week.
Scheduled for June 14-18, "K.T. Week" 2004 promises not only lots of
worthwhile projects, enjoyable fellowship and great weather (right!),
but also accommodations in the new Lloyd Hall! If you haven't seen
the interior of this new residence hall,
you're in for a treat.
Named for a student from
Maryville College's past. Kin
Takahashi Week celebrates
the "can-do" spirit of a
student who, during the
1890s, founded the Col-
lege's first football team
^ and led a project to build
Since 1997, Dan Greaser '60 has organized and led
volunteers in projects to landscape, refurbish, organ-
ize, repair and rebuild - the results of which have been a more beau-
tiful campus and an incredible monetary savings for the College.
Registering for Kin Taloliashi Week couldn't be easier!
news/ktw-2004/index.asp or call
or e-mail Diana Canacaris '02
maryvillecollege.edu) and ask
her to mail you the information.
See you then!
... And here's another good reason
to come to Maryville this June!
Come to campus the weekend before K.T. Week
begins, and learn how you can become a
"champion" for Maryville College! The College's
reputation is growing in numerous ways, and
one of the most successful means of promo-
tion Is through word-of-mouth contacts.
In the College's new Champions Program,
alumni and friends are invited back to campus
and while here, provided relevant and up-to-date
information and messages about the College.
Sessions led by administrators and staff will
explain various efforts and initiatives - every-
thing from student recruiting and mentoring to
church relations and public relations - in which
people can get involved to help promote MC.
Champion sessions are scheduled for June
12. Room and board are available.
Contact Jason McNeal at 865.981.8197 or
firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
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an e-mail address and a car?
What are this generation's biggest challenges
and greatest dreams for the future?
What really matters to them?
In the next issue of FOCUS, Maryville College will introduce readers
to some current students who'll answer these questions and nnore. <§?"v?'
What you learn will probably surprise you.
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