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since reintegration, it also celebrates ^raduateSj 
i events, policies and programs that made - 
and continue to make - Maryville a 
diverse community of learning. 





Make sure to include these great authors in your summer reading! 

Appalachian Lecture Series 

Celebrate the Culture ^Heritage of the 

Southern Appalachian Mountains! 




author of 
One Foot in Eden 

September 7 


author of 

October 5 


author of 

Some Days There's Pie 


November 9 


author of 

Hollow Ground 


December 7 

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. 

Maryville College 


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! 

From Our 

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! 

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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. 

Maryville College 

is an iindciyraditate, 
liberal arts, residential 
community of faith and 
learninji rooted in the 
Presbyteria n/Reformed 
tradition serving 
students of all a£fes 
and backgrounds. 

Maryville College 

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. 


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 


Other cultures inevitably 

teaches more than can a 

stack of textbooks. '^ 

Grcetitufs from the Mnvyville Collefte campus! 

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 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 

Karyn Adams 

Director of Communications 

Karen Beaty Eldridge '94 

Director of News and 

Public Information 


Mary Workman 
Publications Manager 


Judy M. Penry 73 

Knoxville, Tennessee 


Rebeccah Kinnamon Neff '62 

Raleigh, North Carolina 

Vice President 

Carol Callaway-Lane '92 
Nashville, Tennessee 
Recording Secretary 

Ken Tuck '54 
Roanoke, Virginia 
President Elect 

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 



s news 

(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, 
\isit w\vw.mar\'\' 

Fuller's address to the Class of 2004 
can be read at \\v\'\\.mar\'\ 

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. 


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 this summer! 


nipus news 


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> 

1\^^ A'- 

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 
Choir Tour. 


During Spring Break 2004, 
the Maryville College 
Concert Choir toured 
Cincinnati, Indianapolis, 
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 
accommodations. John 
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." 





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. 







in J-Term 


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 
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 
littie wide-eyed. 

"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 
predy prehistoric!'" 


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 
the time. 

"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 


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'." 


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.) 


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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' 

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 
outdoor improvements. 

"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 



(Right) Sidney Ellis, 

who played with a 

shoulder injury 

throughout most 

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 
Josten's Trophy. 

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\'\ 


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 

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. 


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 



Prior to her trip to 

Cuba, MC junior 

Jasmina Tiimbas 

expected to see 

propaganda art 

like this billboard, 

which pays tribute 

to revolutionary 

leader Ernesto 

"Che" Guevara. 

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 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 



the lens 

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^ to hear 
the interview. 


"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, the 
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. 



In Bookshelf, we catch up with 
members of the MC community to 
find out what pages they're turning. 



Professor of 
Di\ision Chair, 
Natural Sciences 

Death's Acre 
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." 


Major: Engineering 

The Bonesetter's 
Amy Tan 

"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." 


Coordinator of 
Transfer Admissions 

My Dog Tulip 
J.R. Ackerley 

"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!" 


Major: Psychology' 

More Than Equals 
Spencer Perkins & 
Chris Rice 

"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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Early African-American 

students built a proud legacy 

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: 


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 
Afiican-American youth. 

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. 


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. 


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 



Open Do or 

Jl/e first Afi-ican- 
American to^raduate 
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." 


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 
African-Americans ofAppalachia 
& 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. 



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. 

1861 -College 
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." 

, ■«^<^w^CT^a,t■ 

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 
racial tension. 

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." 


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 






J^»^fe^— -j^P^SK 


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. 

ATim line 


Open Door 

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 
Anderson Hall. 

\ 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). 



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. 

»<£illBK>..v- ' • - 

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 
ning discrimina- 

1 967 - Maryville College 
general education curriculum 
revised; studies of non-Western 
cultures required in curriculum. 

1 968 - Martin 
Luther King, Jr., is 
assassinated in 
Memphis, Tenn. 

1 969 - College students form 
Black Interest Group; student 
organization evolves into Black 
Student Association. 

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. 


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. 


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 




Open Door 

^^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." 


'"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- 
American people. 

"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." 


"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 

correct people 
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." 




Former MC student worldng tO preserve 
dfld promote African-American history 


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 


Richard B. Newman ^52: 

"America's Chief Negro-ologist'' 



Open Door 

^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 

Afro-American studies. 


on My Mind, 

published just 

prior to 

Newman's death 

chronicles his 

life's work. 

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 
Carmichael's message 

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. 



College works to reCTUlt Ctfld 
ret din students of color 



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 
per semester 

"[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. 


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 
College experience. 

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. 



(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. 

I T-i! 



Open Door 

'^' .-^w. 

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The founding ot Voices 
of Praise (VOP) choir 
predates Multicultural 
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." 


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. 


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 . 



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 
great-great-nephew Alex. 

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 
their families. 

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- 
gomery, Ala. 

■ 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 




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, 
Sept. 29. 

■ 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 
Humphrey '66. 

■ Louise Marshall on Jan. 8, at 
her home in New York City. She 

was re- tired from American Elec- 
tric Power 

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 
three children. 

■ 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 
three children. 

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- 




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.) 
public schools. 

'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 
church friends. 

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 
Counts '54. 

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 

I Winning 

Sure Beats 


& Here' 

Can Do 

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 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 
Chinese friend. 

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. 

FOCUS I SPRING 2 004 25 


'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 
"Rabbi-in-Residence" interfaith 
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 
dramatic landscape." 

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 
this semester. 

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 
Graeme '57. 

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. 




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 
Royal Family." 

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 
the Tennessee 
annual Nurse 
of Distinction 

Jackson, who 
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 
Charleston, S.C. 

'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, 
June 25. 

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, 
Dec. 27. 

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 
Maryville College! 
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- 
tion facility 

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 
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 

28 FOCUS I SPRING 2 004 

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Our success in recruiting record fi-eshmen classes is due in part to your help. Please take the time to complete this 
card and drop it in the mail. We look forward to another successful recruiting year, thanks to your input. 

Admissions Office Open House Dates for 2004-2005: October 2, November 13 and January 29, 2005 

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Award descriptions can be found at \\ww.mar\'\ You may fill out this card and drop it 
in the mail to us or enclose the card in an envelope with other materials (vitae, newspaper clippings, commendatory letters, etc.) 
that support your nomination. 

I nominate Class of for the Alumni Citation Award 

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I nominate Class of for the Wall of Fame 

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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 
Bartlett Hall. 

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 

(865.981.8198; diana.canacans® and ask 
her to mail you the information. 

See you then! 




June 14-18 



... 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 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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