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SPRING 2005 












homecoming 2004 
:aptured in pictures 



Up Front & 





CHOIR TOUR 2005 took student vocalists and 
musicians to Ohio, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York and Vir- 
ginia, where they performed in six different churches and the 
PC(USA)'s Stony Point Center in Stony Point, N.Y The tour, 
held March 10-17, also included sight-seeing in New York City. 
Offering a lesson of music and peace, choir director Stacey 
Wilner explained that, "if we as humans can learn to apply these 
concepts of unity and harmony that we learn through music to learn- 
ng to deal with each other, various cultures and governments, per- 
haps the world, could become more 'in tune.'" 

With 47 members, the 2004-2005 Maryville College Concert 
Choir boasts the largest number of voices in more than 20 years. 

Special thanks to alumni Jim Moore '69, John Wesley Wright '87, 
Howard Newman '68 and Treva Lewis Sasser '96 who helped 
arrange performances, overnight accommodations and College- 
related outreach dinners in their churches. 
The choir's annual Homecoming Concert is scheduled for 8 p.m., 
March 24 in the Music Hall of the Fine Arts Center. 
For concert information, contact Wilner at 865.981 .8151. 


Sarah Brown McNiell '51 and 
Jane Huddleston '49, volunteers in the 
College's archives, were given this photo by 
the daughter of an alumnus from the 1940s. 
The banner, draped in front of Carnegie 
Hall, reads: "Merry Christmas and a Happy 
New Year to All. From S.O.L" 

Alumni, we'd like to ask you: When did this 
banner appear on campus? Was this just a 
fun holiday greeting, or is there more to the 
story? Who, or what, is "S.O.L?" 

If you know the answers to any of the above 
questions, write to us at: or FOCUS, 
Maryville College, 502 E. Lamar Alexander Pky., 
Maryviile, TN 37804. 

From Our Readers: 

Only one alumnus was brave enough 
to write in and offer clues about the 
1980s on campus! 

Regarding the 1980s-era mystery photographs published 
in the Spring 2004 issue of FOCUS, Chris Porter '85 wrote 
in to say that he couldn't name the event, but he did 
attempt the identities of a few students in the picture. 

"I believe the student in the center is Sara Jane Lindsey, 
student council president for the Class of '84. The sweater- 
sweatpants set was not a bold fashion statement; in fact 
you could not get served at Pearsons on Sundays if you 
were not wearing that exact ensemble," he wrote. 

Porter was confident that the "chap with the books to 
[Lindsey's] right" was Donald Xiques '86 and that Xiques 
"could be talking to Brian Rigell '85." Identifying those 
folks, Porter guessed that the shot was taken in early 
Spring '83 or '84. 

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Maryville College 

is an niider^raduate, 
liberal arts, residential 
community of faith and 
learninjj rooted in the 
tradition serving 
students of all ajjes 
and backgrounds. 

Maryville College 

prepares students for 
lives of citizenship 
and leadership as we 
challenge each one to 
search for truth, jjrow in 
wisdom, work for justice 
and dedicate a life of 
creativity and service to 
the peoples of the world. 

3 New leadership at the top 

Dr. Dorsey D. "Dan" Ellis becomes only the 17di person in the history of the College to 
chair the Board of Directors, and three others are 
welcomed to the Board's table. 

4 Setting - and honoring - 
our gridiron captains 

The Donald W. Story Walk of Captains, a brick-lined 
walkway leading into Honaker Field, is dedicated, 
adding another tradition to athletics. 

8 Homecoming 2004 

The busy and beautifijl fill 
weekend included the dedica- 
tion of the McArthur Pavilion 
and the presentation of the 
Maryville College Medallion to 
Jean and Harold Lambert '50. 

10 Today's College Student 

The population of Americans born afi:er 1982 is die 
topic of much research and debate. Are these youngsters 
the next "Boomer" generation, or vidll they follow in 
Generation X's footsteps? Only time will tell, but with 
Q&As, national data and personal stories, FOCUS aims 
to find out what matters to today's college student. 


Photographer and current 
student Peter Coats '08 
captures the enthusiasm, 
friendliness and camaraderie 
of current students (clocl<wise, 
from bottom) Amy Green '08, 
Anne Diener '06, 
Garrett Meyer '08, 
Michelle Wilson '08 and 
Quinn Bradley '08 outside 
Thaw Hall. 

2 Message from the President 

3 Campus News 
7 Faculty News 

19 Class Notes 


"Whatever the changes 

in this generation of 

college students, the 

Maryville College faculty 

remains committed to 

the very real students 

who enroll here." 

Greetings from the Maryville Colle_ge campus! 

ONE OF MY great great grandmothers lived in three 
centuries. I used to think about how much change she had 
witnessed between her birth in 1794 and her death in 
1900. But I wonder if our senior faculty members haven't 
seen more change in the typical college student over their 
careers of three decades than she saw in young people of 
college age over a lifetime that touched three centuries. If 
you could listen in on coffee-time conversations between 
facult\' members on any college campus, including the 
Mar^'viUe campus, you would recognize that this change is 
very much on their minds. 

In this issue of FOCUS we take a look at today's col- 
lege student. The "Mindset List" published annually by 
Beloit College has come to be a good, humorous intro- 
duction to this subject, and we have included excerpts 
from the list for the Class of 2008. There has also been 
extensive, serious research into the attitudes and behavior 
of this "Generation Y," as some call it, and what it 
reveals won't come as a surprise to faculty' members. It 
shows today's college student to be more impatient, 
skeptical, opinionated and street smart than any we have 
seen. It shows them, too, to be more family-oriented, conservative, helpfial, tolerant 
and adaptive than earlier cohorts. They're also better at multi-tasking, better at time 
management and more media sa\'\'\'. These kinds of attributes matter to marketers, but 
they matter as well to those whose task it is to teach them. 

Worth noting, too, is that today's college students, despite the observation by some 
that they are more "sophisticated," score on tests of general knowledge on a par with 
higP) school students of 50 years ago. For example, in a 2002 Zogby poll, when asked, 
"Who made the first non-stop sole trans-Atiantic Flight.>" 79 percent of 1950s high 
school graduates, but only 49 percent of current college seniors answered correctly. It was 
worse for the question, "In what coimtry was the Battie of Waterloo fought?" 44 percent 
of 1950s high schoolers, but only 3 percent of current college seniors knew the coimtry 
was Belgium. Overall, for the entire survey, current college seniors lost to 1950s high 
school graduates by 53.5 percent to 54.5 percent. Faculty will not be surprised by these 
findings, and they will tell you that students come to us now less knowledgeable about 
much that once we could assume as foundational, including the Bible and basic math. 
As someone who began teaching back when the harbinger of change was what I 
called the rising "scruffiness index" of the 1960s, a more troubling difference in today's 
students is the rising "psychological baggage index" that we see for them. Divorce, 
fimily dysfunction and related stresses come with them to campus, presenting very real 
and serious hurdles to learning. It is easy to see why the demand for counseling services 
has soared. 

Whatever the changes in this generation of college students, the Mary\'ille College 
faculty remains committed to the very real students who enroll here. Today's students 
can count on faculty who seek to meet them where they are and see them through to 
educational success. That's still the Mary\'ille way. [S9 

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Dr. Gerald W. Gibson 


Mark E. Gate 

Vice President for 

Advancement and Finance 

Karyn Adams 
Director of Communications 

Karen Beaty Eldridge '94 

Director of News and 

Public Information 


Mary Workman 
Publications Manager 


Ken Tuck '54 

Roanoke, Virginia 


Sylvia Smith Talmage '62 

Oak Ridge, Tennessee 

Vice President 

Carol Callaway-Lane '92 
Nasliville, Tennessee 
Recording Secretary 

Judy M. Penry '73 

Knoxville, Tennessee 

Past President 

CLASS OF 2005 

Beverly Atchley '82 
Sharon Bailey '69 
Carl Lindsay Jr. '50 

Sara Miller '66 
Kathy Nenninger '73 

Dave Russell '72 

Aundra Spencer '89 

Ken Tuck '54 

CLASS OF 2006 

Tammy Blaine '89 
Don Hickman '70 
Patricia Jones '55 

Adriel McCord '00 

Danny Osborne '76 
Ryan Stewart '99 

Kristine Tallent '96 
Lee Taylor '77 

CLASS OF 2007 

Rick Carl '77 

Ibby Shelley Davis '68 

Carrie Osikowicz Eaton '67 

Jeff Flicknger '87 

Heidi Hoffecker '89 

Erin Palmer '99 

Pat D'Alba Sabatelle '73 

John Trotter '95 


s news 


For the third time in five years, Maryville College reported 
record enrollment. In September, Registrar Martha Hess '67 
reported that 1,080 students had signed up for the fall 2004 
semester. Full-time students accounted for 1,062 of the 
enrollment number; 18 were registered as part-time. 

Last year, the College reported a record-breaking 1,052 
students attending classes on campus. Previous to that, the 
most Maryville College had welcomed was 1 ,026 in 2001 . 

The small but steady increases in enrollment are in sync with 
the College's plans to have 1,200 students enrolled by 2007, 
said Mark Cate, vice president for advancement and finance. 
The enrollment goal is a benchmark in the MC Window of 
Opportunity Strategic Plan. 

With 317 members, the Class of 2008 is the second 
largest in the College's history. It is one of the best-prepared 
classes on record, as well. The average ACT score for enter- 
ing freshmen is 24.6, and the average GPA is 3.62. 

MARYVILLE COLLEGE IS pleased to announce 
the additions of three new members to its board of 
directors: Mr. George W. Poland '61, Mr. James N. 
Profifitt and Dr. Ken D. Tuck '54. 

Poland, \\ho graduated from Vanderbilt 
Law School in 1964 and spent his profes- 
sional career in the legal field, is a retired 
executive Nice president, secretary and 
director of legal affairs for Citicorp Mort- 
gage, Inc., in St. Louis, Mo. He is a mem- 
ber of the Missouri Bar Association. He and 
wife Carol Greenwood Poland '62 live in 
Chesterfield, Mo., and have three children and six grandchildren. 
Proffitt, who holds degrees from Vanderbilt (B.A.) and North- 
western University' (M.B.A.), is chairman of Proffitt & Goodson 
Inc., an investment management firm in Knoxville. The son of 
the late James N. Proffitt, former MC board chairman and MC 
alumnus, and brother of Ann Proffitt Mullican '72, he is a 
member of New Providence Presbnerian Church in Mar\'\'ille. 

Tuck joins the board as president of the Marj'ville College 
Alumni Association. An ophthalmologist with Vistar Eye Center 
in Roanoke, Va., Tuck earned his medical degree fi-om the Uni- 
versity' of Virginia School of Medicine, then completed his resi- 
denq' at the Mayo CUnic. 

He is a member of numerous professional organizations, hav- 
ing served as president of the American Academy of Ophthal- 
mology, president of the Virginia Society of Ophthalmology and 
president of the Medical Society of Virginia. Tuck received the 
College's Alumni Citation in 2004. He and wife Sara live in 
Roanoke. They have three children and 10 grandchildren. 

Ellis named chair of 
MC Board of Directors 

DR. DORSEY D. "DAN" ELLIS, JR, a 1960 

alumnus of Mary\'ille College, was recentiy 
named chairman of the Maryville College Board 
of Directors, becoming the 17th person to head 
the College's go\'erning body in the school's 
185-year history. ELLIS 

EUis, who is currendy the William R Orthwein Distinguished 
Professor of Law at Washington Universit\' (Mo.) School of Law, 
has nearly 15 years of combined service on the College's board. 
He holds both the Alumni Citation and an honorary degree, 
LL.D., Doctor of Laws, from the College. 

"Dan Ellis is wise, balanced and of sound counsel," said Dr. 
Gerald W. Gibson, president of the College. "I have total confi- 
dence in the wisdom of this board in naming him chairman." 

The board's new leader received his J.D. from the University 
of Chicago Law School in 1963. In 1968, he joined the faculty 
of the University of Iowa College of Law as an associate profes- 
sor and was promoted to professor three years later. 

He and wife Sondra Wagner Ellis '60 moved to Missouri in 
1987, after he was named dean of Washington University School of 
Law. During his 10-year tenure as dean, EUis not only helped the 
school grow in size, strength and stature, he oversaw the school's 
most successflil capital campaign and the construction of a new 
state-of-the-art facilit\', the S40-million Anheuser-Busch Hall. 

EUis succeeds Richard Ragsdale of Nash\Tlle, who ser\'ed as chair- 
man for 12 of the 14 years he was associated with the board. "Dick 
was simply everything I might have hoped for when I accepted the 
Mary^-ille College presidency - encouraging; supportive; generous 
with his time, talents and gifts; a reliable counselor; a good friend," 
Gibson said. "Mary\'ille College is a different, far better place 
because Dick Ragsdale was chosen to chair the board in 1992." 


FOR THE 1 0TH TIME in 1 1 years, Maryville College has 
made U.S. News & World Report's listing of the 
country's best colleges and universities. 

The College was ranked in three categories for 
the magazine's 2005 "America's Best Colleges" 
guidebook. It was ranked fourth in the "Best 
Comprehensive Colleges- Bachelor's" category 
for southern colleges and universities, fourth in 
the "Best Value" category among southern comprehensive 
colleges and, for the first time, was included in the maga- 
zine's "Programs to Look For" section, which cited 
Maryville's First- Year Experience as an academic program 
leading to students' success on campus. 

College and university rankings for 2005 can be seen at 


Walk of Captains dedicated 

THE OFFICIAL OPENING and dedication of 
the Donald W. Story '67 Walk of Captains was 
lield Nov. 6, \\'\xh captains from the 2004 team setting 
the brick inscribed with the names of last year's captains. 
Story, a former Fighting Scot who donated $100,000 
that made the walk - and other football facilit}' improve- 
Dohald Story '67 (second mcnts - a realiDi', was recognized. (His name appears on 
from left) and wife Carol help the brick for the captains of the 1966 team.) The Walk of 
cut the ceremonial ribbon to Captains, which stretches from Morningside Lane into 
open the Walk of Captains. ^^ ^^^^ ^^^ 20ne of Honaker Field, was poured last 
summer. Lining the concrete path are bricks inscribed with the names of more than 
100 former captains, dating back to 1892. 

Head Football Coach Tony leruili '80 said his players enter Honaker field via the 
Walk of Captains every home game, and in doing so, are reminded of the College's 
proud history. Administrators plan for the "Setting of the Captains" (the event 
where the brick bearing the names of die previous year's captains is added to the 
walk), to become an annual event and tradition. 

Football team now 
part of USA South 

Maryville College has joined the USA South 
Athletic Conference as an associate member 
for football-only competition. 

This fall, the Fighting Scots will compete with 
Averett, Christopher Newport, Ferrum, Greens- 
boro, Methodist, North Carolina Wesleyan and 
Shenandoah for the USA South title. The 2005 
schedule is now posted on the College's website. 

Maryville offers six men's sports. All teams 
except football compete for championships in 
the 5-year-old Great South Athletic Confer- 
ence. "It is an exciting day for the Maryville 
College football program," Head Coach Tony 
leruili '80 said when the announcement was 
made in May. USA South provides a consistent 
schedule and conference recognition for our 
program with other institutions that share 
Maryville's vision of college athletics." 

Tobias and fellow Lady Scots 
post impressive stats 

KAREN TOBIAS, a senior volleyball player from Mason, 
Ohio, broke the NCAA record for digs (in all divisions^ 
early in the 2004 season against 
Southwestern, Texas, when she 
posted her 3,024th career dig. 
The Aug. 30 issue of NCAA 
News magazine predicted a 
new benchmark, when it fea- 
tured Tobias' impressive three- 
year statistics. In 2004, Tobias, 
the Lady Scots' libero, led the 
nation in digs per game, aver- 
aging 8.7, and was second in 

the nation for total digs with 1 ,005. 

Kate Poeppelman, a junior from Fairfield, 
Ohio, joined the 1 ,000-kill club this season 
against Lynchburg College. The middle blocker 
led the team in kills with 408 and in blocks with 82. 

The 2004 season was one of the best for the College's 
volleyball team, which went 27-7 in 
regular season and 2-0 in the post 
season, earning its fourth Great 
South Conference championship in 
five years. Invited to the NCAA tour- 
nament for the fourth consecutive 
season, the Lady Scots fell 0-3 in the 
first round to Washington & Lee. 
The seniors leave with an amazing 
1 22-30 win-loss record for their four 
years of play. 

team finished second in the Great South 
Athletic Conference championship, trail- 
ing LaGrange College. Matt Dimn fin- 
ished fotirth place (33:03) and became 
the first-ever MC runner to be a four- 
time All-Conference performer. Patrick 
Lamb finished sixth (33:45 ) and earned all- 
conference and all-freshman honors. 

Agnes Scott, the 2004 team finished second 
in the Great South Athletic Conference 
championship. MC's Amy Dial (28:30) and 
Hollie MUlsaps (28:36) finished seventh and 
eighth, respectively, in the meet. Dail took 
home all-conference and all-freshman acco- 
lades for her finishes this season. 

FOOTBALL: The MaryviUe CoUege 
Fighting Scots football team posted a 
respectable 5-5 record. 


Defense was the founda- 
tion to this season's success. 
Opponents averaged only 
124 yards rushing per game. 
Chris Howerton led the team 
in tackles with 113 (68 solo). 
Colby Townsend led the 
team in sacks with seven. Offensively, 
Patrick Foster led the Scots in rushing with 
394. Rasliid Moore rushed for 363 yards 
and led the Scots in touchdowns with four. 

MEN'S SOCCER: The 2004 squad went 
7- 1 in the conference, earning the regular- 
season conference championship tide, but 
the Fighting Scots were defeated by the 
Lions of Piedmont College during the con- 
ference tournament. Junior defender Travis 
Hawkins was named the tournament's 
MVP. Seniors T.J. McCaUum, Adam Han- 
ley, Dustin Norman, Richard Graves and 

Matt Frease were key in the Scots' 
respectable 1 1-7-2 season. 

McCallum went on to earn team MVP 
honors and was named to the All-South 
Region Second Team. Norman, who was 
named team Offensive MVP led the Scots 
in scoring with nine goals. 

WOMEN'S SOCCER The Lady Scots 
clinched both regular-season and post-season 
conference championships and earned its sec- 
ond invitation to the NCAA tournament in 
the history of the program. Hosting Emory 
University for first-round play on Nov. 10, 
the Lady Scots were defeated 2-0. Seniors 
Jessica Pope, Allison Harrell, Heather Frost 
and Elizabeth Rushworth led the 2004 
squad to an impressive 15-4-2 season. 

Junior midfielder Beth Bailey earned team 
MVP honors and was named to the All- 
South Region Second Team. 

Maryville College 
received one of two 
awards given by the Race 
Relations Center of East 
Tennessee for "contribut- 
ing to improving the qual- 
ity of life for all in East Tennessee." President 
Dr. Gerald W. Gibson accepted the award on 
behalf of the institution at a Nov. 4 reception 
held in Knoxville. This year, the College is cele- 
brating the 50-year anniversary of reintegration. 
"We have a long history of co-ed and inte- 
grated education at Maryville College, and we 
take pride in it," Gibson said. "We are deeply 
honored to receive this award." Also receiving 
an award was Robert Booker, civil rights activist, 
author and former state representative. 

Partnership for 
Civic Arts Center 
still being discussed 

What about the Civic Arts Center? 

In the Winter 2004 issue of FOCUS, the CoUege 

reported that it was in discussion with the citizens 
and elected officials of Mar\'\ille, Alcoa and 
Blount Count}' to determine whether or not the 
three governmental entities would be interested in 
partnering with the College in the construction 
and ongoing operation of a state-of-the-art ci\ic 
arts facility' on the MC campus. 

Since then, nimierous individuals have joined 
Citizens for a Ci\ic Arts Center (CCAC) to mobi- 
lize the aJread)' existing support for a faciUt\' that 
could include a proscenium theater, a recital hall, a 
flexible theater, two or three art galleries, n^'o or 
three civic rooms (ballrooms and conference 
rooms) that can accommodate up to 500 people, 
designated space for an Appalachian Cultural Cen- 
ter and support spaces. 

Presentations ha\'e been made to Mar\'\'ille and 
Alcoa cit\' councils and to the Blount Count^' Com- 
mission. Mar\'\'ille College administrators hope to 
have a decision on the pai'tnership this Spring. If a 
partnership is not formed, the College will begin 
plans for a new fine and performing arts center, as 
outlined in the MC Window of Opportunit\' strate- 
gic plan. A College-only facility' would be smaller 
in size and scope than the one proposed by the 
Webb Management Serxiccs feasibilit\' study. 

A website has been dex'eloped to keep inter- 
ested people informed of the proposed center. 
Members of the CCAC, information on upcom- 
ing meetings and suggestions for how to get 
involved can be found at ww\ 

Students visit seminaries 

NINE MARYVILLE C O L L E G E students traveled to Chicago 
recentiy to explore educational opportunities at theological seminaries. 

The trip, sponsored b\' the College's Initiative on Vocation and the Center for 
Campus Ministry, w'as the second of such out-of-town seminary \isits for stu- 
dents. In Spring 2004, a group visited schools in the Adanta, Ga., area. 

The trip to Chicago included \isits to McCormick Theological Seminary, Gar- 
rett- E\-angelical Theological Seminary and the Unh'ersit^' of Chicago Di\inin' 
School, as well as indi\idual visits to other seminaries that fit the denominational 
identities of each student. 

MC students who went on the trip were Joe Chait, Jarrod Cook, Andrew Mas- 
terson, Jessica Parks and Chuck Taylor of Knowille; Noah Penland of Sevierville; 
Jason Gather of Townsend; Michael Isaacs of Cincinnati, Ohio; and Bachel Wha- 
ley of Muncie, Ind. 

In order to be eligible for the trip, students had to show an interest in pursuing 
seminary after graduation from Mar^'ville College. 

"The purpose of the trip is to help students who have expressed an interest in 
ministry, or in pursuing fiirther theological education, to imderstand the variety 
of schools that are available to help them achie\'e their goals," said Re\-. Anne 
McKee, campus minister at the College and chaperone tor the excursion. 

One of the primary goals of the College's Initiative on Vocation is to identif^' 
talented young people and proxide them with opportunities to explore a possible 
calling in ministry, either as an ordained or la\' leader. 

Funded bv a S2-million grant fi'om LUly Endowment Inc., the Initiative on 
Vocation is currentiv in its fourth year of ser\ing Mar\T.ille College students, fac- 
ulty, staff and alumni. With hinding guaranteed through August 2006, future 
seminary trips and ministry-related experiences are planned. For more informa- 
tion on the program, \isit 

Courses for Summer Institute announced 

ROBINS AND DAFFODILS haven't yet arrived, but Maryville College is 
already looking forward to warmer days and announcing plans for its 2005 
Summer Institute. Enrollment and registration for all summer courses began 
Jan. 31, with classes in sessions one, three and five expected to start May 
25. Session two begins June 16, while classes in session four begin June 30. 
(Sessions last either three, five or 1 1 weeks.) 

Approximately 30 different for-credit courses are offered through the Summer 
Institute, although people may sign up for audit Fees are $265 per credit hour. 

Additionally, four non-credit programs are offered. Alumni qualify for dis- 
counts of $100 or $400 for select non-credit courses. 

Complete schedules, course descriptions, class times and application 
information are all available online, 

For additional information or to obtain printed materials, interested per- 
sons should contact Dr. John Gallagher, director of the Summer Institute, at 
865.981.8235 or Martha Hess, registrar, at 865.981.8211. 



regional advancement officers, 
Mar^'x^ille College is reaching out. 

Holly Jackson-Ludlo\\', Dianne Miller and J. 
Ryan Stewart '99 have joined the College's 
development division and are sharing ne\\'S of 
MC with people whose last trip to campus might 
have been as recend)' as Homecoming 2004 or as long ago as 
Commencement 1939. 

A regional outreach approach was implemented after studying 
similar models at other colleges and determining that it was the 
most effective and efficient use of the College's resources, 
explained Jason McNeal, vice president for development. 

"In order for the College to continue the momentum we presendy 
enjoy, we know we ha\'e to maintain and strengtlien relationships 
with alumni, parents, and friends all across the countr\'," he said. 

Taking a map of the United States and considering where the 
College's over 10,000 alumni and other constituents live, McNeal 
and other administrators di\ided the countr\' into three territories: 
Southeast, Northeast/Mid-Adantic and Midwest/VVest. Each 
advancement officer is assigned one region, spending 50 to 60 




percent of their time in their assigned area. 
McNeal said the regional officers are vis- 
iting people to provide them with CoUege 
updates as well as explore wavs thev can 
assist the College in meeting strategic goals. 
"We've been fortunate to hire capable offi- 
cers to bring Maryville College to the peo- 
ple," McNeal added. 
Jackson-Ludlow, a graduate of the Universitv' of Tennessee, was 
previously \ice president of membership for the Knoxville Area 
Chamber Partnership. Miller, a graduate of Western Michigan Uni- 
versitv' and the University' of Michigan Law School, was most 
recentiy legislative director and counsel for U.S. Rep. Maurice 
Hinchey of New York. 

Stewart has served as a senior pharmaceutical representative for 
Eli Lilly and Co. He and wife Jeanna Beck Stewart '99 relocated 
to Mar\T,ille after living in Hershey, Pa., and working at the Milton 
Hershey School. 

In related news, Jim Moore '69 is now the regional admissions 
counselor for Ohio and the Northeast, including Pennsylvania, 
New Jersey, Delaware and New England. He is assisting with 
alumni events in those areas, too. 

Kemp named VP and dean of students 

RETURNING TO THE campus community 
after a five-year absence, Vandy Kemp 
assumed her new role as Maryville College Vice 
President and Dean of Students on Nov. 1 . 

Kemp, who served the College as director 
of the Denso Learning Center throughout the 
1990s, left MC in 1999 to become principal of 
Blount County's Heritage High School. 
"Campus evaluations following [Kemp's] campus visit and 
interview were very positive, and there was clear consensus that 
she should be invited to assume this important leadership posi- 
tion," said Dr. Gerald W. Gibson, president. "We believe her 
zeal for learning, her understanding of young adults and her 
love for this institution and its mission will serve Maryville Col- 
lege students well." 

Kemp earned a master's degree in educational psychology 
from the University of Tennessee and has completed 34 post- 
graduate hours in educational administration. Her bachelor's 
degree was awarded from Radford University in Radford, Va. 
Her 30-year career in education has included positions in grant 
writing, counseling and teaching in church, high-school and 
college settings. 

Kemp replaced Dr. William Seymour, who was named vice 
president for administrative services in June. As vice president 
and dean of students, she will supervise the student develop- 
ment division of the College, which includes residence life, stu- 
dent activities, student government, student organizations, 
multicultural affairs, orientation, campus ministry, volunteer 
services, athletics, counseling, health services, safety and secu- 
rity, judicial affairs and the Mountain Challenge program. 

Gate assumes oversight of finances, 
McNeal joins Cabinet 

During the fall, Marvaille College President Dr. Gerald W Gibson 
announced changes in the organization of MC's administration. 

Addressing a vacancy in the position of vice president and treas- 
urer and a need to restructure the College's Cabinet to make the 
College more effective as it focuses on the goals of the MC Win- 
dow of Opportunity,' Strategic Plan, Gibson announced that Mark 
Gate would assume the leadership of some of the departments and 
■ initiatives formerly held by the College's treasurer. 

Gate, who previouslv held the vice president for 
advancement and admissions tide, was named vice 
president for advancement and finance. In his new 
role, he continues to oversee admissions and finan- 
cial aid, communications, and communit)' and 
church relations, but has added business services, 
human resources and investments to his duties. 
The change in Gate's areas of supervision meant that a reorgan- 
ization of the College's development activities was needed. 

Jason McNeal, previously Marvville College's 
assistant vice president for development and 
alumni affairs, was promoted to vice president 
for development, where he now oversees annual 
giving, major gifts, alumni and parents pro- 
grams, development services and the coordina- 
tion of capital campaigns. 

"These changes v\ill allow Maryville CoOege to better position 
itself for success in the coming years," Gibson said. "The MC 
Window of Opportunit)' Plan includes some very ambitious goals, 
and it's important that the College is structured and staffed 
according to the gifts and skills of individuals." 



Faculty N ews 


TEACHING AREAS: Physical education, healtii aiid outdoor recreation. DEGREES: Ph.D. in Education, University of Tennessee- 
Knoxville (2000); JvI.S. in Human Performance and Sports Studies, UT-K (1999); B.S. in Sports Medicine, Eastern Michigan Uni- 
versity (1994). PREVIOUS APPOINTMENTS: Adjunct Faculty Member, UT-K; independent assessment physician recruiter for the 
Chattanooga-based company, Unum Pro\ident. OTHER NOTABLES: Haydu's areas of interest include biomechanics, physical 
activity and positive health, kinesiology' and exercise science. Her clinical experience im-olves proxiding consultation for health and 
safety initiatives and working as a physical therapy technician and fitness instructor. 


TEACHING AREAS; Theati'e studies. General Education. DEGREES; Ph.D. in Theatre and Drama, Indiana University (2003); 
M.S. in Theatre and Drama, Illinois State University (1998); B.A. in Theatre and History, Belmont University (1996). PREVI- 
OUS APPOINTMENTS; Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre, Marx-x-ille College; Associate Instructor, Indiana University. 
OTHER NOTABLES: McMahon's research interests include 19th-century American theatre, American Civil War theatre and 
drama, melodrama and women in theatre. 


TEACHING AREAS; Economics, Social Sciences. DEGREES: Ph.D. in International Economics, University of California-Santa 
Cruz (2002); M.A. in International Economics, UCSC (1998); M.A. in International Relations, International University of 
Japan (1993); B.A. in Economics, University of Cape Coast, Ghana (1990). PREVIOUS APPOINTMENTS; Lecturer and Instruc- 
tor, UCSC. OTHER NOTABLES: Oteng is a columnist for nvo Ghana-related websites, and 
His is also a regular contributor to nvo newspapers, TIk Ghanaian Chronicle and Tlie 'African Abroad. 


TEACHING AREAS: Psychology, General Education. DEGREES; Ph.D. in Counseling Ps\'cholog\', University of Kansas (2004); M.A. 
in Counseling, Truman State Uni\'ersit\' (1998); B.S. in Psychology, Truman State (1996). PREVIOUS APPOINTMENTS; Adjunct 
Professor, Rockhurst University; Graduate Teaching Assistant, UK OTHER NOTABLES; Troyer's counseling and cHnical experience 
includes serving as a career specialist at UK and as the psycholog\' testing clinic coordinator at the Kansas Cit)' VA Medical Center. 



Journal showcases College's 
efforts in international education 

A RECENT JOURNAL published by the College of 
Education, Health and Human Sciences at the Uni- 
versity of Tennessee-Knoxville heavily promotes Maryville 
College and its commitment to international education. 

Of the nine individuals listed as contributors to the fall 2004 issue of Inter- 
national Education, eight have Maryville College connections. Dr. Chad Berry, 
associate professor of history and chair of the College's International Pro- 
gramming Committee, and Dn Lori Schmied, professor of psychology, sen/ed 
as guest editors of the special issue entitled "International Education: What 
Does it Take?" Berry and Schmied also co-wrote one article in the journal. 

Dr Dean Boldon, professor of sociology and Middle Eastern studies; Dr 
Kathie Shiba, associate professor of psychology; Kirsten Sheppard, coordi- 
nator for MC's International Programming Office; Dr Gary Baines, visiting 
scholar from Rhodes University in South Africa; and Charles R. "Dick" Bow- 
ers, retired U.S. Ambassador and chairperson of the College's National 
Advisory Council, all authored papers on topics ranging from building 
international programs on small campuses to global citizenship. Junior art 
major Jennifer Francis designed artwork for the cover 

"The initial idea for a special issue emerged from my contacts with 
Maryville College," wrote Dr Karl Jost, International Education editor and 
professor at UT-K. "Discussions indicated that roughly 80 percent of their 
faculty are involved in international programs, exchanges, curriculum, 
etc., and involvement is highly valued and encouraged as part of one's 
career contribution to the institution." 

International Programming Office opens 

DURING THE FALL 2004 semester, the Maryville College 
International Programming Office began operations, hiring 
Kirsten Sheppard to work with students who wish to study, 
work or \'olunteer abroad. Sheppard also organizes pro- 
grams and acti\ities to assist international students with their 
adjustment to Mar\'\ille College and to the United States. 

The opening of die office is in line with the MC Window 
of Opporttmity strategic plan, which has as an objective; 
"The College will establish and support \igorous programs 
for international study, research, work and travel by 
Marwille College students, faculn,' and staff and for recruit- 
ment of international faculty and students." 

Under the leadership of the College's International Pro- 
gramming Committee, Sheppard coordinates three types 
of studv abroad; a direct exchange program, the I-Term 
tra\'el/study abroad trips, and the International Student 
Exchange Program (ISEP). Each year, the College has 
about 60 to 70 students who opt for a College-sponsored 
experience and has a goal of raising that number to 200. 

A native of Calgary, Canada, Sheppard earned a bache- 
lor's degree from the University of Calgary in leisure, 
tourism and society; and kinesiology. She eai-ned a master's 
degree in international education fi-om the School for Inter- 
national Training in Brattieboro, Vt. She is fluent in Spanish 
and English, is conversant in French, and is at the basic level 
in German. She has worked Ln the field of international edu- 
cation for the last seven years, exploring issues and trends 
related to international and smdv-abroad smdents. 


H O M E C O M 

I N G 
L L E G E 

(Above) It was stniiduui 
room only for the dedication 
of the new McArthiir Pavil- 
ion. Helping cut the^rand- 
openiiijf ribbon were (l-r) 
Christie Latimer '04, 
President Dr. Gerald Gibson, 
Fred McArthur (holdiyijj 
jiranddanjjhter), Grace 
Proffitt McArthur '35 and 
donors Evelm and Mike Ross 
of Rarity Commnnities Inc. 

(Larjje photos fi-om left) Brother-and-sister pipers Rebecca and Zac Abbott 
entertain the crowd Scottish-style. ■ Seniors Adam Mabe and Marriah 
Wojjomon, members of the Homecoming court, enjoy a smooth ride 
aronnd campus dnrinfi the parade. ■ Bryan Kildav and Stephanie Milsap 
were crowned Homccominjj Kinjj and Qjteen dtiririg halftime of the foot- 
ball £ame. ■ Nancy Smith Wright '60, the first African-American to 
graduate from MC after reintegration, was honored with a Presidential 
Citation. ■ Hal Laster '65 shows granddaughter Grace around campus. 



and Jean Lambert were named die 
2004 recipients of the Mars'\Tlle 
College Medallion during the 
College's annual Founder's Day 
banquet, held Oct. 14. In atten- 
dance at the event, the Lamberts 
were joined bv their tliree chil- 
dren, Kathy Painter, Randy Lam- 
bert '76 and Sherry Miller, and 
dieir families; other relatives; and 
special friends. 

Since 1990, Mar\'\'ille College 
has awarded the Medallion, the highest honor bestowed by the 
College, in recognition of those individuals who have dedicated 
their efforts to ad\'ancing the College's reputation as a distinctive 
educational and cultural institution. 

Longtime Blount County residents, the couple has been sup- 
portive of Mar^JAdlle College for more than 30 years. Harold, who 
attended the College in the late 1940s, served on its Board of 
Directors from 1975 until 1984 and has served on several 

Dr. Gerald Gibson, center, presented 

the Marwille College Medallion to 

Harold and f can Lambert. 

fiindraising committees. They ha\'e supported the Scots Club, the 
Orchestra and numerous bricks and mortar projects. 

In 1999, Harold and Jean gave the MC2000 Campaign a "shot 
in the arm" with a large gift for the renovation and expansion of 
the Bartiett Hall Student Center. In gratitude, the College named 
the new addition "the Lambert 'Wmg." 

Members of the College's Society of 1819, Harold and Jean 
established the Harold D. and Jean T. Lambert Scholarship Fund 
for Blount County' students in 1996. 

Alluding to Harold's half-century of work in the rock quarry 
business - first with Lambert Brotiiers, then Vulcan Materials Co. 
(where he spent nearly 25 years as president of the company's mid- 
South division) - Mar)'\'ille College President Dr. Gerald W. Gib- 
son said the Lamberts' faithfiilness to the College was solid, strong 
and dependable. 

"1 have ah\'ays belie\'ed that the rock business «'as an appropri- 
ate one for the Lamberts," Gibson told diose in attendance. "They 
have been a rock for Maryville College for decades, even during 
times when the support of others wavered. Their gifts - of money, 
equipment, materials, time and expertise - have made a world of 
difference to students, faculty', staff and administrators." 


HC 2004 

^ (Below) 2004 Wall of 
Fault' ijifinctct'S (l-r) 
Ken Haniia '78, 
Wade Edmoiid '79, 
Elizabeth Miii-phey '56, 
]of Malloy '68 njid 
Biyson Striise '61 were 
hiiiioird ditniij] a litnch- 
con on Fridm 


CELEBRATING ITS 50TH year since graduating 
from Mar)'^'ille College, the Class of 1954 made an 
impressive showing - and some bold challenges - at 
the College's Alumni Banquet held Oct. 16. 

On behalf of their classmates, Drs. Ken Tuck '54 
and Naomi Burgos Lynn '54 presented Mar\'\'ille 
College President Dr. Gerald W. Gibson widi a check 
for $239,298.07, representing gifi:s and pledges 
raised during the College's annual Reunion Giving 
Program. The gift, the largest ever raised by a single 
class, will go to support die College's Annual Fund 
and the upcoming renovation of Anderson Hall. 

Tuck and Burgos Lynn, co-chairs for the Class of 
1954 Gift Committee, issued challenges along with 
die check presentation. "... this is a new high mark 
for giving to the College by a 50th reunion class, 
and we hope that other classes that follow us take 
our gift totals as a challenge to increase dieir own 
giving to the College," said Burgos Lynn, adding 
diat 76 percent of classmates had either given or 
pledged to the College. 

The co-chair went on to report that one classmate 
had agreed to double his or her planned gift to the 
College if the Class of 1954 would add six more 
members to the Societ)' of 1819, Mar^Tille College's 
planned giving program, by May 31, 2005. 

Since 1997, reunion classes have been asked to 
participate in an expanded reunion giving program, 
which seeks to increase the amount of support classes 
generate for the Annual Fund 
and to increase die class-giving 
percentage. A reunion gift com- 
mittee made up of classmates 
works to meet both goals. 

Members of the 1954 Gift 
Committee that included Tuck, 
Lynn, Janice Akin Campbell, 
Bill Dartnell, Rolfe Duggar, 
Alice Kelly Feehrer, Wayne 
Feehrer, Mary Jim Bevan 
Freeman, Donald Moffett, and 
David Gates. EZS 

(Above) Julie Walker Danielson 
'94 was honored as recipient of the 
Kin Taknhnshi Award for Toiinjj 
Alumni. Ken Tuck '54 and George 
Ogle '51 were celebrated as the Col- 
lejjc's Alumni Citation winners. 

{Below) Ken Tuck, far left, and odjcr 
members of the Class of 1954 Gift 
Committee present President Gerald 
Gibson with a check for $239,298 
during the Alumni Banquet. 









Up Close, Up Front & Personal 

Generation Y. 



The 14th Generation. 


The Internet Generation, 

A uthors and academics interested 
/ \ in understanding the population 
^^^% of Americans born after 1982 
have assigned several labels to the gen- 
eration of students currently enrolled in 
college. In much the same way that 
people born after World War II were 
named "Baby Boomers" and have been 
communally generalized by society and 
the media, "Generation Y" has come 
into its own collective persona. 

According to Neil Howe and William 
Strauss and their 2000 book "Millenni- 
als Rising: The Next Great Generation," 
individuals of this group have seven 
characteristics in common: They're con- 
ventional, confident, special, sheltered, 
pressured, achieving and team-ori- 
ented, "with attitude and behaviors 
running exactly counter to trends 
launched by the Boomers ..." 

Howe and Strauss believe that Millen- 
nials have "a chance to become the next 
great generation in American society." 

But are they? Do they? 

Gathering eight current MC students, 
we asked what they think about them- 
selves, their world and what it's like to be 
a college student in 2005. What follows 
are excerpts from that conversation. 

FOCUS: Why did you enroll In college? 

Students said they saw college as a way to^et a better job, but they also saw 
college as a way to satisfy' intellectual curiosities and tojjrow, personally. 

TRISHA: It just seems like what you do when you get out of 
high school - like an expectation. 

FOCUS: What do you like about being a college student? 
Students report building relationships with peers and faculty members 
among the vnemory-makers. They also cited experiences in the classroom 
and residence halls as recollections that will make them look back and smile. 

LAURAN: I really like the schedule because I work a lot, and so I 
like being able to make my schedule and get out of class early. 
FOCUS: What do you dislike about being in college? 

NATHAN: Homework. 

MIKE: Sometimes, it seems like there's this genuine lack of inter- 
est - like people are going through the motions. Some students 

aren't really concerned about class, especially those classes tliat 
aren't their major. . . People aren't as excited about it as I'd like for 
them to be. It can be discouraging. 

RACHEL: Well, I'm a freshman, and I really like it here, but I 
s till kind of miss being home and with all my friends. 

TRISHA: Sometimes, I think there's a stigma attached to being a 
college student - that all college students ever do is go out and get 
drunk and party, and they sleep through class and fail after one 
semester. That doesn't happen to a lot of people. It seems that we 
don't get the recognition for our accomplishments. 
FOCUS: Think about your major. What was the driving force 
behind you choosing that major? 

NATHAN: It was something I was interested in. Growing up and 
watching people in their jobs, I wanted to enjoy work instead of 
being like, 'Oh, man, I got to go to work again today!' I want to be 
able to have ftin, enjoy my job and make a difference, and be able 
to take care of my family also. 

LAURAN: I based my major on the job I want to do. I want to 
be a pharmaceutical rep. 


Without question, technology plays a huge role in the everyday lives of 
today's college students. Not all of the eight assembled said they brought a 
computer to college, but all reported that they used the College's com- 
puter labs quite a bit. (The College provides each student with an e-mail 
account with the requirement to check it daily for homework assignments 
and messages from faculty, staff and administrators.) 







In addition to computers, the fonts jjroup reported that 
stereos, cell telephones, dijtital cameras, TVs, PlayStations, 
VCRs, DVDs are common in campus rooms. 
FOCUS: Are you all on the Internet every day? 
All eijjht students said they were "connected " every day, 
and they thought that was typical of most college students. 

ALEX: I'd say the Internet is constantly connected, 
whether that's playing music or watching TV or a com- 
bination of stud\ing and listening to music on the Inter- 
net. With AOL messenger - something pops up, and 
you can talk to someone then, but when you ask 'Are 
you on the Internet all die time?' it's not like we're sit- 
ting at the computer all the time, staring at the monitor. 
FOCUS: Do you watch TV? 

Students livinjj in the residence halls can plu/i into cable 
access that^gives them appro.xiniately 70 channels, hi addi- 
tion, they have SWANK, a closed-circuit channel that con- 
tinuously plays nnvly released movies and, in betiveen 
tnovies, displays a campus bulletin board. With all of the 


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inri assijinments. Residence hall rooms remain the 
favorite place to study; the library in Tlmw Hall comes in 
a, close second. 

FOCUS: Do you still check out hardbound books 
from the library? 

With a connection to "McQjiest," the College's online cat- 
aloj], .students can access about 10,500 different journals 
and periodicals and almost 50,000 c-books from their 
computers in residence hall rooms or homes. Still, it is 
sometimes necessary to check out hardbound books fi'om 
the library. Students in this focus ^roup weren't unani- 
mous in their feelings about information accessed elec- 
tronically. At least one admitted to preferring something 
he could hold in his hands and leaf through. 

NATHAN: Last year, I checked out four or five 
books. Last semester, I checked out one book. 

JOE: For my history class last semester, writing 
research papers, the professors made you check out so 
many hardboimd books because, going online some- 
times, the sources ai'e not credible. 

temptations, students in this focus group said TV was nei- 
ther a big temptation nor a big distraction. 

TRISHA: I rarely watch TV. Last semester, my room- 
mate had it on a lot (primarily for background noise). I 
don't think I'xe had it on since she moved out. 

MIKE: There's actually a TV boycott in my suite. 
FOCUS: Do the majority of students own a cell phone? 
Of the eight students in the focus group, seven have cell 
phones. None reported to use the College's long-distance 
service provider. In addition to cell phones, students today 
have calling cards to contact parents and fiends outside 
the local service area. 

TRISHA: If you were out here in front of Bardett 
and you saw someone talking on a cell phone, the 
chances are incredibly high that they were talking to 
someone on the other side of campus. 


Not unlike generations of Maryville College students ivho 
attended before them, students report being challenged in 
the classroom. However, how 21st-century students go 
about homework and research is different. 
FOCUS: Would you say that you studied a lot? 
Where do you study? 

All said they studied a lot and studied "whenever [they] 
can." Weekends remain a good time to catch tip on read- 


Cincinnati, ( 

GIHANI: I feel a hardbound book is more credible. 
MIKE: And they're easier to cite. 


When they're not studyiiig at night and on the weekend, 
these students say they spend their time hanging out with 
fiends in the residence halls and attending sports games 
or other campus events. If they get off campus, they enjoy 
dinner and a movie and shopping. Dating still occurs, 
but the students said they didn't feel any pressure to date. 
FOCUS: Are you close to your parents? 
All eight students said they were close to their parents, 
talking to them at least tipice a week. A few reported talk- 
ing to their paretits four or five titnes a week, while one 
said she called home every day. Cell phones make calling 
convenient and inexpensive, and while e-mail does, as 
well, these students said they preferred the imtnediacy of 
the phone. 


When asked to list the challenges of living on campus, "hav- 
ing a roommate" ranked amofig the first responses -probably 
not a big surprise considering that only one student in the 
focus group bad ever shared a room with a sibling at home. 

All of the eight reported having a car on campus, 
although the fi-equency with which they started it up varied 
fi'om once a week to n^ery day. (Last fall, 632 parking 



CLASS OF 2008 

Since 1998, Beloit 
College in Beloit, 
Wis., has distributed 
to its faculty and staff 
the Beloit College 
Mindset List.® 

According to a press 
release issued by the 
College prior to the 
2008 edition, "One 
of Ithe list's] primary 
purposes has been, 
in the words of co- 
editor Tom McBride, 
an attempt to slow 
the onset of 'harden- 
ing of the references' 
experienced by some 
faculty. " 

Here's a glimpse of 
the points of refer- 
ence current college 
freshman have: 

Most students enter- 
ing college this fall 
were born in 1986. 

@ Desi Arnaz, 
Orson Wells, Roy 
Orbison, Ted Bundy, 
Ayatollah Khomeini 
and Cary Grant have 
always been dead. 

® "Heeeere's 
Johnny!" is a scary 
greeting from Jack 
Nicholson, not a 
warm welcome from 
Ed McMahon. 

® Photographs have 
always been processed 
in an hour or less. 

® Baby Jessica 
could be a classmate. 

® Alan Greenspan 
has always been set- 
ting the nation's 
financial direction. 

@ They never 
saw Roseanne 
Roseannadanna live 
on Saturday 
Night Live. 

continued on 
next page 



T O D A Y '^ 

^ O L G 



CLASS OF 2008 

® Robert Downey, Jr. 

has always been 

in trouble. 

® Martha Stewart 

has always been 

cooking up 

something with 


@ They have always 

been comfortable 

with gay characters 

on television. 

® There have always 

been night games at 

Wrigley Field. 

® Rogaine has 

always been available 

for the follicularly 


® Computers have 

always suffered 

from viruses. 

® We have always 

been mapping the 

human genome. 

® Politicians have 

always used 

rock music for 

theme songs. 

® Ivan Boesky has 
never sold stock. 

© Svelte Oprah has 
always dominated 

afternoon television; 

who was Phil 

Donahue anyway? 

® AZT has always 

been used to treat 


® Oliver North has 

always been a talk 

show host and news 


© They have done 

most of their search 

for the right 

college online. 

For the complete list, or 
to read previous lists, 

stickers were issued to students.) Students do, occasionally, 
walk to places in downtown Maryville. 

Off-campus work necessitates a car, and a lot of stu- 
dents have part-time jobs, workiufi between 10 and 25 
hours a week beyond the Colkjje jjntcs. TIjey can earn 
more money in the local community and, with under- 
standing; bosses, work schedules for non-Collejfe jobs can be 
x'ery flexible. 

All said they were in some kind of extracurricular 
activity on campus, and reasons j'or their selection of activ- 
ity ranged from genuine interest, interest by association 
(roommate or fiend) and the need to ''strike a balance" 
between academics, work and life. 

College is stressful, they said. 

NATHAN: "There's pressure to succeed more than 
the generation before us. And then there's a pressure to 
do your best in everything you do. ...A lot of people 
say, Tm involved in this, this, this, this, and there's 
pressure to do all of those things well." 

hnw people should look, act and think concerns students 
Life after college weighs heavily on the minds of stu- 
dents, particularly the seniors in this focus group. Will a 
bachelor^ degree be enough for the vocations they've cho- 
sen''! How much of a factor will grades be during the job 
hunt? Tljcy don't have the answers to these questions, and 
bigger concerns loom. 

ALEX: It seems to me that someone else is in con- 
trol, and [older generations] can make all the changes 
they want and hand [the consequences] off to us. The 
Baby Boomers are about to retire, and there's a con- 
cern about jobs and taxes going to health care and 
retirement. How will we li\'e? I mean, we're working 
hard and worried about all this stuff and worried about 
reaching the watermark of previous generations. Hon- 
estly, I'm worried about failure - Wliat do we do if we 
fail? Wliere will we start? If we can't come up with the 
answers to the questions they've left for us, what then? 
I don't know if that makes any sense or not, but it 

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TRISHA: "It's almost a status symbol to say you're 
involved in so much." 


Only three students said they made it a habit to read or see 
a neri's source every day. Because up-to-the-dnte news is 
posted on the Internet, digital media seems to be the choice 
of students wanting to know what's happening off campus. 

ALEX: If it doesn't directly affect them, or if they 
diinl< it's going to happen down the road, people don't 
care. I think people are mad about some things, but they 
don't know how to change things. I think people in our 
generation feel a lack of power, but time is also an issue. 

JOE: I tliink our generation has a voice, but it's 
important for us to act, not just to talk about situations 
or how we feel about certain things. 
FOCUS: Do you volunteer? 

Some in thefocusgroup said they volunteered for causes 
they believed in; others said it didn 't seem as important to 
them or their circle of friends. 

JOE: Sometimes, I think our generation volunteers for 
tlie wrong reasons. Maybe tliey do it because it looks 
good on a resume or it's going to make diem mai'ketable. 


FOCUS: What do you worry about? 

TIjc power of the media to influence culture and dictate 

seems like they've pushed a lot of [questions] off on us, 
and it's our time to answer them. 
FOCUS: What ticks you off? 

RACHEL: Reality TV. 

ALEX: Ignorance. 

GIHANI: A lack of energy' in people and a lack of 
passion for what they do. 

TRISHA: Some people's lack of appreciation - or 
even acknowledgement - for what they have. 

NATHAN: People who complain about things but 
never do anything about it. 

FOCUS: What difference do you hope your genera- 
tion makes in this world? 

Students in the focus group hope their generation will be 
able to define success in ways different than previous gen- 
erations. To them, success will mean having a career that 
makes some positive difference in the world and being 
able to spend time with their families, among other 

NATHAN: I hope we see that there's more to life 
than having a big house, a nice car and lots of jewelry. 
Maybe learn to appreciate the things we take for 
granted, too. 

JOE: I would like to see our generation teach or at 
least emphasize to individuals the need to be open- 
minded. Some people are so close-minded. 

MIKE: I hope that people can live more peaceftiUy. OS 



S T U D E 

CIRP sheds light on college students in the U.S. 

SINCE 1966, THE Coop- 
erative Institutional 
Research Program (CIRP) 
has been conducting annual sur- 
veys of first-time, full-time fresh- 
men in American colleges and 
universities. In their 1985 report 
"The American Freshman: 
Twenty Year Trends, 1966-1985," 
CIRP project staff members 
Alexander Austin and Kenneth 
Green w/rote that the survey was 
intended to "profile the charac- 
teristics, attitudes, values, edu- 
cational achievements, and 
future goals of the students who 
enter college in the United 
States. Compiling the results ... 
provides an extremely interest- 
ing and informative portrait of 
the changing character of Amer- 
ican college students." 

Maryville College first admin- 
istered the CIRP survey to fresh- 
men in 1974, and since then has 
participated in the program 
approximately 15 times. Accord- 
ing to Maryville College Direc- 
tor of Institutional Research Dr. 
Mardi Craig, the College is now 
on an every-other-year schedule 
of participation, with faculty giv- 
ing the one-hour survey to stu- 
dents enrolled in 
First-Year Seminar 

\Afhy QO to COMSQ© . Across the decades, students cited "better jobs" and the opportu- 
nity' "to learn about things that interest [them]" as important reasons for deciding to go to college, but the 
desire to make more money and "to gain a general education and appreciation for ideas" also ranked high. 
In 2003, 79.5 percent of students said they expected to earn a bachelor's degree, but only 52 percent 
expected to be satisfied with their college of choice. 

CIRP data shows that an increasing number of students plan to extend their education beyond their bac- 
calaureate years. In the 2003 sur\'ey, nearly three-tburths of freshmen reported that they planned to earn a 
graduate or professional degree. In 1975 nearly 54 percent of freshmen planned to pursue an advanced degree. 

Other than academics, how do they spend their time? 

In 1995, CIRP researchers reported that freshmen of that year were "increasingly disengaged from the 
academic experience," with only 35 percent of students reporting diat they spent six hours or more on 
homework per week during their senior year of liigh school. They also reported spending less time talk- 
ing with teachers outside of class. Data from 2003 revealed little change in this area. 

So how are high school seniors spending their time? Socializing with friends, working for pay, partici- 
pating ill student groups or clubs, competuig in organized sports or exercise and watching TV were cited, 
but the 2003 CIRP sun'ey also reported aiiother year of "record-setting volunteerism," with 83.1 percent 
of students reporting participation ui volunteer work during their last year in high school. 

Is it still "Animal HOUSe?"ln 1968,52.4 percent ofsmdents owned up to having a 
beer in the last year. The drinking percentage hit an all-time high in 1982, when 73.7 percent of freshmen 
said they consimied alcohol either "frequently" or "occasionally." Freshmen in 2003, however, reported 
"lower rates of drinking and smoking than any freshman class in the history of the sur\'ey." Roughly 45 per- 
cent of students in die 2003 CIRP survey reported frequent or occasional beer drinking. 

"Consistent with these trends is that students report spending less time 'partying' than ever before, with 
24.1 percent part>'ing six or more hours per week in 2003, a significant drop from 36.8 percent in 1987, 
the year this question was first asked," the report read. 



Are they blue or red? a Uttle more tlian so percent offreshmen in 2003 described themselves as 
"middle-of-the-road," while rouglily 24 percent claimed to be "liberal" and 21 professed "consen'ative." Since 1970, die 
CIRP surve>' has included questions of political ideology', with die majorir,' of students reporting moderate wews. 

Howe\'er, die 2003 report noted a "resurgence in students' political concern" that was reversijig a long-term trend toward 
political disengagement. Nearly 34 percent of freshmen in 2003 responded that they diought it was 'Very important" or 
"essential" to keep up to date -svith political aflairs. More than 22 percent of diem said diey discussed politics on a regular- basis. 

Percentage of students answering that they agree 
"strongly" or "somewhat" 

Marijuana should be legalized 
Abortion should be legal 

Percentage of students answering that the following 
objectives were considered to be "essential" or "very important" 

Raising a family 






Becoming a community leader 






Becoming an authority in my field 






Being very well-off financially 






Developing a meaningful 
philosophy of life 






Becoming involved in programs 
to clean up the environment 






Influencing the political structure 






Influencing social values 






It is important to have laws 
prohibiting homosexual relationships 

The activities of married women are 
best confined to the home and family 

Racial discrimination is no longer a 
major problem in America 


Wealthy people should pay a larger 
share of taxes than they do now 

Realistically, an individual can do little 
to bring about changes in our society 32.1 

19.4 47.2 




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— — 




— 28.3 




. — — 




— 76.0 




32.1 47.9 









^ Day in the Life of 

The easy life, right? Well, that's debatable. As sophomore Sarah Hailey shows, a day in the life of a MC 
student can be a lot of things: educational, challenging, busy and stressful. It can also be comical, 
comfortable and predictable. But with a beginning time of 8:42 a.m. and an ending time nearly 18 

hours later, it's hard to argue that a day in the life of one particular Maryville College student isn't full. 

Name: Sarah Elizabeth Hailey 

Age: 19 Major: History Minor: Philosophy 

Hometown: Kingston Springs, Tenn. Class Year: Sophomore 

Extracurricular Activities: Bonner Scholars, Student Literacy Corps, 
Environmental Action Team, Peace and World Concerns Committee 

The Deal with the Dreadlocks: "What can I say? I'm only young once, and once I got the idea in my head, I just couldn't shake it off. I had 
to try it. And so far, I'm glad I did. A few words of wisdom from our old friend Thoreau: 'What I am must make you forget what I wear.'" 

^(^f ■ u-'^ AW\ Before 1 even open the drapes of my eyes to let the light in, I hear 
( the opening of drawers and shuffling of books - signs of life from my 

roommate, Len. Then comes the realization that it is Monday, and yes, I do have 
class (which just happens to require the act of removing oneself from bed). Most 
days the strength to make my feet hit the floor comes from knowing that a tall cup 
of coffee awaits me, but today I won't have time for that. When I actually realize the 
time, I jump up, stumble to the bathroom, and stick a toothbrush in my mouth. 
Then I proceed with my daily stroll out onto the balcony of Davis Hall to check the 
temperature while I scrub the morning taste from my mouth. The forecast is partly 
cloudy and calls for a light jacket and a bandana, no prob. 


• /it aA —5^ ' ^^"^ ''^*° Anderson 302, stifling the heavy breathing that 

exposes just how much of a challenge an early-morning climb up 
those two flights of stairs is. Walking into the classroom I see that Dr Meyer has 
already filled the board with notes, and the class hasn't even started. I vow that I 
will get to class 10 minutes early from now on, just as I did last Friday, and the 
Wednesday before that. Just a moment after I sit down, we dive into the lesson. 
Discussing Gamwell's criticism of the liberalism that was birthed out of the Enlight- 
enment has been both a breath of fresh air and a serious challenge to my own phi- 
losophy. When the class is winding down 50 minutes later, I've got so many 
thoughts dancing around my brain; I use the walk over to Thaw as a transition from 
philosophy to politics. 







' ^-— • Sitting in the back of the classroom, i say hey to Travis and get 

in a minute or two of small talk. I must say, this class is quite different from the 
previous one. I'm not exactly ecstatic about the fact that I'm in a classroom full 
of freshman business majors (Don't get me wrong. It's not that I don't like fresh- 
men or even business majors - it's these particu/ar freshmen business majors 
that I don't see eye-to-eye with), but I get a kick out of the approach Dr Conte 
takes to the class. I find his sarcastic humor most entertaining. After discussing 
the topic of international institutions, I am left feeling quite disillusioned about 
the nature of international politics. I walk down the steep stairs of Thaw Hall, 
feeling that struggle within as I once again see reality stripped of its fantastical 
trappings. I remind myself to pick up The Times sometime today. . . 


^ r\ _ rTCT '-*''■ Klingensmith is putting today's topic on the board, and 

-*^-' ' -'^ /T" / more snippets of conversation with peers help me to 
shed the encumbering thoughts from the previous class and get into Middle 
Eastern History mode. Today we are discussing the historical context of the 
current Palestine-Israel conflict. The sheer severity of the situation makes me 
anxious for a solution, yet I am left with little more than frustration toward 
those who walked this planet before us. Maybe I should temper my feelings 
with a bit of grace; after all, I hate to think of how future historians will 
describe the events of my own time. 

— , Back in the room, I throw my bag on the bed and put 
, -^ in a CD with one of my favorite tunes. I call up to 
^ Rebekah's room to make sure we're still on for dis- 

cussing the Lit reading over lunch. While I'm switching out my books, Len 
comes in. As for how Monday is going — so far, so good. I get my backpack 
and head for Pearsons. 

^ \n • '7 I I am pretty excited about lunch today; they're serv- 

l ■ ' ing my favorite spicy fried fish. Now I know what 
you're thinking ... "Poor college students -They'll eat anything!" And while 
this is true, you have no idea what you're missing with this dish. Rebekah sits 
down. Now usually when Rebekah and I plan to study together, a 30-minute 
assignment quickly turns into a two-hour one. But it's getting toward the end 
of the semester, and we're both a little nervous about our grade in Lit 290, so 
Rebekah is talking about the assignment before she even plants her rear in 
the chair We leaf through the reading, trying to understand exactly what 
Thomas Mann was thinking when he wrote "Death in Venice," but we seem 
to be more focused on the meal and soon close the books. 

We walk to Lit with a little pep in our step, but we know that 
IQ- • O^^ since the class moved from Anderson to Thaw Hall, Dr 

Schneibel will likely be a little late, so we're not in too much 

of a hurry. We get settled and ask for some insight from peers and try to fig- 
ure out what question she's going to ask on the quiz today. (By the way, did I 
mention that I hate quizzes and I think they're harmful to students' health?) 
Today there will be no quiz, and I manage through class relatively unscathed. 
I walk to Spanish class with the motivation that it's the last class of the day. 

On the way to class I remember the vocab quiz, so as soon 
as I take my seat, I open the book and read over the words. 
Dr. Perez-Reilly covers the bases with the past participle and 
the past progressive and at 3:15, I slide out the door. 

FOCUS IsraiNG 2 05 






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ttUJlHta^^^l '^ ' 1 

f-r . . / / Christin and I go 1 

y- "y^V^ .[ since last Thursda 

I to check our mail. I haven't checked it 
Jay, yet the only thing I got was a his- 
tory quiz, the results of which I'd rather not share with the world, thanks. 
Walking back, Christin and I talk about our Bonner service a bit, and then I set 
off to the library to start my work, only to be distracted by e-mail and conver- 
sation with friends. 



I finally sit down to do some reading, and within 30 minutes, I 
^^ realize it's time for a 1 0-minute power-nap to get me through 

the afternoon. I wake up almost an hour later (I guess I 
needed that nap more than I thought). I get a drink of water and start in on 
my reading assignment for Middle Eastern History. 

•-t50c>N\. '-''^^ clockwork, it's time for dinner I find a seat with some 
friends in Pearsons and sit down to a sandwich and chips. 
Ji-Hyang (my best friend who is also an exchange student from South Korea) 
asks me about my day and I discover that she has a 12-page Econ paper due 
tomorrow, and she hasn't typed the first word. But this doesn't really surprise 
me; her theme is quickly becoming, "Better Late Than Never." The language of 
choice at this table isn't English, and since I don't feel like recruiting an inter- 
preter, I zone out and opt to get some more work done back at the library. 

H ' <rTf'^^ I look over my notes in the Bartlett sitting room while waiting 
T for the board members to arrive so that we can start the Liter- 

acy Corps meeting. It has been a rocky start for me as I have just taken over 
leadership of the group, but just sitting in this meeting and hearing about the 
different volunteer sites - from the elementary schools to the jail - reminds 
me of what an amazing organization the Lit Corps really is. 

""~T That librarian has the unfortunate job of getting us last few stu- 
> I ' " / dents out of the library at closing time. But you know, we have 
no choice when she turns the lights out on us. 


'( 17 • \0^'V^\i\\^ ' "^^'^^ '* back to the room, and since I got so much 
» ' done today, I think I'm going to hang out a little bit. I 

play catch-up with Len and figure out that she's got four tests this week; I 
don't think I'll be seeing much of her the next few days. I head upstairs and 
find Rebekah in Anna's room. As has become our ritual, late-night talks in 
Anna's room serve for a comedy break from studying. An hour later, I decide 
to tackle half of the Lit assignment before bed. 



t--^'' After a hot shower, I go to the lounge with coffee in hand 
to read some Lit. After about 15 pages, sleepiness hits 
me hard. (The caffeine doesn't even phase me anymore.) 
I crawl into my bed and set the alarm. Just before I wonder off to sleep I once 
again remember why I love this part of my day the best - it is a chance to just 
be and not do. I have just a moment of reflection; then reality gives way to 
dreams, and another day is in the past. W& 






^Co lege still 

meets financial 

s of students 

almost can't believe it herself \\'hen 
she sees it. But it's there - in black 
and white - printed on her invoice from 
the business office. Attending Marwille 
College costs her and her family as much as 
if she had enrolled at either of the t\vo 
public universities she considered. 

"MaryfNille was my first choice," she 
said, "so I'm so happy. I'm getting a great 
education at a bargain - at the school I 
\\anted to go to." 

Attending Loudon High School in 
Loudon, Tenn., last year, Chenault was 
looking for a small school that would chal- 
lenge her, but she didn't want to go too far 
from home. Visiting the College while her 
younger brother attended a summer soccer 
camp, she fell in love with the buildings 
and the layout of the campus. And when 
she learned more about MC's commitment 
to the liberal arts and how students 
received a "whole-person education," her 
mind was made up. 

But like so many prospective students 
and their families, Chenault suffered sticker 
shock when she saw totals for the school's 
tuition, room, board and other fees for 
2004-2005: $27,565. 

That's why she can't believe it when she 
goes through the registration lines now 
and pays less than $2,000 out-of-pocket 
for the year. 

How does she do it? 

Just like the majority of other students - 
with scholarships and grants from the Col- 
lege, scholarships from outside sources like 
churches and clubs, help from state and fed- 
eral go\'emments and a small amoimt of loans. 

"I get the question a lot - How can stu- 
dents and parents today afford a Marwille 
education? The short answer is 'With 
financial aid,'" explained Mark Cate, vice 
president for advancement and finance. 

According to the vice president, the 
majority of families represented in 
Maryville's student body are "very, very 


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middle class." About 50 percent of stu- 
dents report one or both parents ha\'ing 
college degrees. This year, 30 percent of 
freshmen are considered first-generation 
coUege students. 

"Our average financial aid package - 
including institutional monies, state and 
federal aid and the (TN) lottery scholarship 
- is around $16,700," he said. "That usu- 
ally leaves the student and families con- 
tributing $10,500." 

Chenault's financial aid package is D,'pical 
of a lot of her peers. She receives a $5,910 
need-based institutional grant, an $8,000 
MC Scots Scholarship, a $2,500 Cultural 
Diversity' Scholarship and a $3,000 Ten- 
nessee Education Lottery Scholarship. A 
Bonner Scholar, she receives institutional 
work-study checks that she can choose to 
sign over to the College. To pay room and 
board costs, Chenault and her family have 
taken out approximately $6,000 in subsi- 
dized and unsubsidized loans. 

"Before I got my financial aid package 
[in the mail], we were thinking big loans," 
Chenault said, "but working with the Col- 
lege's Financial Aid Office, we kept seeing 
the bottom line go lower and lower." 

In terms of total costs, Mar>'\ille's sticker 
price places it fourth among colleges and 
universities in Tennessee. (According to the 
most recent report fi-om the College Boai-d, 
the national average for tuition, room and 
board at a four-year, private institution is 
$27,516.) In terms of net costs (what stu- 
dents pay after financial aid is factored in), 
Mar^'^ille's ranks about 15th. 

It's that net-cost figure that catches the 
eye of arbiters of U.S. News & World 
Report's "Best Value" category, Cate 
pointed out. They see students receiving 
more in terms of educational \alue than 
what they pay. 

"For a private school, we give a lot of 
institutional aid," Cate said, "but this has 
been our mission for years - to provide an 
outstanding liberal arts education to those 
who may not receive it otherwise." 

It's likely that Chenault would have 
enrolled at the CoUege without such gen- 
erous aid but with it, the financial burden 
on her family is substantially less. Her 
mother is employed by Viskase Companies, 
Inc., a manufacturer of cellulose, fibrous 
and plastic casings, in Loudon. Her stepfa- 
ther owns and operates a TV satellite busi- 
ness. Three younger children are at home. 

Chenault, who has declared a major in 
child de\'elopment and learning for teacher 
licensure, said she isn't worried about the 
loans. The payback terms are reasonable, 
and she considers them an in\'estment in 
her fiiture. 

According to Dr. Mardi Craig, the Col- 
lege's director of institutional research, fig- 
ures from the Class of 2002 show that 
graduates left Marwille College owing an 
average of $17,026 - a littie less than the 
$18,900 national average for bachelor's 
degree earners, according to student loan 
company Nellie Mae. 

In advising prospective college students 
and their parents about educational expenses, 
the College Boai'd reminds its constituents to 
factor in costs for books, transportation and 
other living expenses. Estimates for titese 
are $870, $671 and $1,238, respectively, 
according to the College Board. 

These costs, according to Cate, are sig- 
nificandy different than those students 
faced 50 and 60 years ago. ^S 

For more information about scholarships 
and awards at Maryvillc Collejje, as well as 
a PDF file of sample financial aid packages, 
visit maryvillecolle£ 




19th-century politician offers 
some 21st-century lessons in 
student's senior study 

Dr. Will Phillips, left, discusses pages of the senior 
study with advisee David Rasnake. Rasnake's study 
focused on Irish politician Charles Parnell (bottom). 

DAVID RASNAKE IS proof that stu 
dents of today aren't interested only in tech- 
nology, instant gratification and themselves. 

Don't get the wrong idea: He can surf the 
hiternet as well as tlie next guy, and he's 
rarely without his cell phone. But unlike 
some of his peers, Rasnake has an interest in 
history's lessons and those who came before. 

Rasnake's senior study, entitled '"The 
Champion of Ulla:' Parnell, the GacUc Hero, 
and Irish Nationalism" is evidence. Combin- 
ing a natural curiosity in political philosophy 
and history, a respect for the written word 
and a good understanding of research in the 
21st century, Rasnake put together a senior 
study that his advising professors agree is 
graduate-level work, if not publishable. 

"Mary\'ille's senior study requirement 
gives students a chance to pursue their 
interests and stretch their abilities," says Dr. 
Will Phillips, assistant professor of English 
and one of Rasnake's advisors. "David has 
shown how satisfying that process can be." 

Satisfying - and interesting. 


"There was a passing reference to Charles 
Parnell in James Joyce's 'Portrait of an Artist 
as a Young Man,'" explains Rasnake, who's 
majoring in history and English. "In that 
book, tlie main character's family is split 
over a political situation. Joyce's audiences 
of the 1920s would have understood the 
argument, but I didn't. "I thought, 'That's 
interesting. There are plenty of controversial 
politicians out there, but they usually don't 
incite screaming matches between families.'" 

He finished Joyce's book but later came 
back to Charles Parnell when the time came 
to select a senior study topic. Rasnake, 
whose minor is philosophy, was struck by a 
theory he came across during a reading 
assignment. In Benedict Anderson's 1983 
book "Imagined Communities: Reflections 
on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism," 
the author argues that without mass media, 
nationalism wouldn't exist. "I take issue 
with some of Anderson's smaller points, but 
overall I think his general framework is 
right," the 22-yeai--oid says. "We begin to 
think alike when we have a common lan- 
guage and we read and see the same things. 

"In trying to pick a topic for my senior 
study, I was looking at this idea of Ander- 

son's and wanted to do an 
applied case study." 

Enter Parnell, the 19th-century 
politician who became a hero to 
manv during the Irish's sti'uggle 
for Home Rule. A media baron 
dunng his time, Parnell was the 
first "truly modern politician," 
Rasnake claims. "He understood 
tire value of tire media. He 
believed in having a public per- 
sona that didn't necessarily con- 
form to the real person." 

Sam' enough to realize his owm 
limitations (he was not particularly well- 
versed in Irish history or literature, nor 
was he a great orator), Parnell, while 
campaigning for a seat in British Parliament, 
traveled with an entoui-age of family members 
and reporters working for the newspapers he 
owned. "He was silent and aloof, and people 
sumiised that he was a deep-thinker," Rasnake 
says. "He managed to keep his name in die 
newspapers and paid attention to public opin- 
ion. People started vieviing him as a hero - 
someone who had come to set h'eland fi-ee." 

Parnell was a wealthy Protestant who, 
without such media attention and mystique, 
would never have been elected by poor 
Catholics, Rasnake claims. Through his news- 
papers and spokesmen, Parnell pushed for 
agitation. In the process, he not only earned 
increased political fi^eedoms for Ireland; he 
stirred nationalist feelings among the Irish. 

Parnell's political career came to an 
abrupt end when word surfaced that he 
was courting a married woman. Demysti- 
fied and defeated, Parnell suffered an 
untimely death in 1891. 


Rasnake has a filing cabinet at home hill of 
research. It's a "weird mix" of hand-writ- 
ten notes, photocopies of arcane docu- 
ments, images of newspapers taken from 
microfilm and printouts of web pages. 

With a double major, Rasnake's thesis 
combined historically-based analysis with 
literary criticism. "Insights from each field 
are reinforced by insights from the odier," 
says Dr. Dan Klingensmith, associate pro- 
fessor of history and one of Rasnake's advi- 
sors. "A great diing for [Phillips and 

myself] was that we could see 
David processing and using 
"* ^ information or perspectives 
from other courses. He has a 
mind that resists the everyday compart- 
mentalization of knowledge." 

Through an interlibrary loan, Rasnake 
was able to access information from the 
Irish Studies Collection of Notre Dame 
University. Visiting Emory University, Ras- 
nake read through W.B. Yeats' papers. 
Searching old Irish newspapers on micro- 
film, he was able to gauge popular political 
opinion through poetry and song lyrics 
that were printed about Parnell. 

And the Internet was a great research 
tool, as well. Much of what he found online 
was unprocurable 10 years ago, he guesses. 
"Archiving information electronically is a big 
trend, and with the Internet, there only has 
to be one other person out there interested 
enough [to gather and post information]." 


Completing his study in time to observe the 
2004 presidential elections, Rasnake says 
his research revealed to him the dangers in 
ignoring the complexities of issues and peo- 
ple. "Nationalism is not an ideology - it 
doesn't prescribe things. But when there is 
excessive media emphasis on something, we 
just accept [reports] with very litde discus- 
sion," he says. "Nationalism can be scary 
because it's often an exercise in group-think. 

Rasnake says he has no political ambi- 
tions, but that doesn't mean he'll ignore 
the political arena. 

"My study showed me the importance of 
being involved but also being suspicious 
without being cynical. We need to ask ques- 
tions without presuming an answer." ES9 










EDITOR'S NOTE: The College 
received information printed 
below between Feb. 29, 2004 
and Nov. 1, 2004. Class notes 
received after Nov. 1 should 
appear in the Summer 2005 issue. 

'29 MEMORIAM: David S. 

Marston, Jan. 28, 2004, A retired 
part-time consultant, he is survived 
by daughter Joan Marston '59 
and four sons, including David W. 
Marston '64 and Thomas 
Marston '69 and daughter-in-law 
Linda Zacherle Marston '67. In 
1967, he was presented the Alumni 
Citation for his work as director of 
Rohm and Haas's Public Relations 
Office in Philadelphia, Pa. 

'30 MEMORIAM: A. Elizabeth 

Myers, April 24, at her home in 
Chattanooga. She was a lifelong 
member of St. Andrews United 
Methodist Church. Interested in 
civic affairs, she was a leader in the 
Pilot Club of Chattanooga, a pro- 
fessional woman's service club. 
She was employed by TVA until 

32 Louis B. Blair is the author of 
numerous newspaper and profes- 
sional journal articles on healthcare 
administration and reform. He is a 
retired CEO at St. Luke's Methodist 
Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 
MEMORIAM: Messina Lee 
Howard, April 8, in Maryville. Sur- 
vivors include special friends 
Dorothy Cogburn and Glenda 
Hawkins and several cousins. 

'33 MEMORIAM: Willlmae Rene- 
gar Tripp, Sept. 19, at her home in 
Aurora, Ohio. She was a retired 
teacher in Alliance (Ohio) Public 
Schools. Survivors include husband 
Robert '34; four daughters, includ- 
ing Tanya Tripp Shively '64; sister 
Alice Renegar Porter '31; brother 
D. Edward Renegar '47, and niece 
Elizabeth Welsh '59, the College's 
director of donor records. 

'34 MEMORIAMS: Helen Mahan 
Payne, June 5, at her home in Sig- 

Huber pens book on rarely heard 
stories from American history 

Robert F. Huber '45 has just written his third book on 
American history and dedicated it to the late Dr. Vernon M. 
Queener, a Maryville College professor who inspired him to read 
and write about history. The 186-page book, entitled "Lost Chap- 
ters in American History: Stories You Never Heard in School," fea- 
tures 40 stories ranging from the origin of the abbreviation "O.K." to the fir 
nickname given Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson. 

Huber, who lives in Lexington, Va., with wife Carolyn Ulrich Huber '47, is 
hard at work on another book, entitled "Women with a Wallop," which wil 
focus on those "second-stringers whose support was essential for success in 
the various campaigns for women's rights," he says. 

Huber's career as a writer and editor began with the College's Highland 
Echo. Before retiring in 1976, he worked for the Washington Post, the 
Philadelphia Inquirer and the Pacific Stars and Stripes (Tokyo). 

A hardback edition of "Lost Chapters" may be purchased for $30 from the author. Contact 
the College's Alumni Office for details. 

nal Mountain, Tenn. She was an 
active member at First Baptist 
Church of Chattanooga. A social 
worker, she attended specialized 
studies at Vanderbilt University. 
Survivors include husband 
Lafayette, one son and his family. 
■ Isabella Harrison Uhrich, June 
12. She was a retired teacher at 
Wilshire Elementary School in San 
Antonio, Texas. She is survived by 
husband Jacob and two daughters. 

36 R. Stuart Gillis has moved to 
a one-level apartment in Lake- 
wood, Colo. "The Lord has been 
real good to me," he writes. "I get 
along pretty well and still ride my 
bicycle down paths around Denver" 
Leola Halsey Blackwood Lightowler 
attended Kin Takahashi Week, trav- 
eling from her home in Walnut Creek, 
Calif, with her daughter, Barbara 
Blake. K.T Week 2004 was the first 
time she has been back on cam- 
pus since graduation. Son William 
Blackwood '68 is an alumnus 
MEMORIAMS: Camille Lavender, 
Sept. 2. She was a longtime member 
and deacon of Graystone Presby- 

terian Church and attended Mid- 
dlebrook Pike United Methodist 
Church later in her life. She retired 
from the Knoxville School System, 
having taught at Perkins Elementary 
School. She is survived by two 
nephews and four nieces, including 
Helen Bruner, the College's director 
of alumni and parent relations. 

■ Robert Lodwick, Oct. 20, at his 
home in Wooster, Ohio. A retired 
missionary/pastor, he received 
degrees from McCormick Presby- 
terian Theological Seminary, Ober- 
lin Graduate School of Theology 
and Vanderbilt Divinity School. 
Ordained by the Chicago Pres- 
bytery, he and his wife served as 
missionaries in Brazil. He served as 
pastor for three different churches 
before retirement. Survivors include 
his wife Irene Alderton, three sis- 
ters, five children and their families. 

■ David Woodling, July 5. He was 
a retired welding engineer with 
the United States Coast Guard. 

37 Charlotte King Kraay was 

divorced at age 70 and since then 
has traveled alone to West Africa, 

Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, 
Korea, Venezuela, Israel, Egypt, 
Hong Kong and China. Presently, 
she lives in Sebring, Fla., volun- 
teers for Hospice and the Blood 
Bank and relieves the mate of an 
Alzheimer's patient. 
MEMORIAMS: Lillian Cassel 
Driskill, Aug. 10, at her home in 
Duarte, Calif A retired missionary 
to Japan through PC(USA), she 
served Japanese-American 
churches in the Los Angeles area 
for 12 years after retirement. Hus- 
band Larry, two children and their 
families survive her. 

■ Dorothy Leaf Gallant, May 16, 
2003. She was the retired deputy 
director of Gloucester County (N.J.) 
Social Services. Survivors include 
husband Wayne and two children. 

■ Robert Peery, Oct. 5 in his 
home in Maryville. A retired 
accountant at ALCOA Inc., he 
loved Blount County and the 
Great Smoky Mountains, He 
belonged to the First United 
Methodist Church and was an 
assistant scout master for Troop 
88. Survivors include wife Minnie 




Belle Watson Peery '36, a son 

and his family and several cousins. 

■ William Whiteley, June 1 1 . He was 
a retired chemistry/biology teacher. 
Survivors include two children. 

'38 MEMORIAMS: Martha 
Steed Watson Galbreath, June 3, 
in her home in Boyce, Va. She was 
retired high school biology 
teacher in North Carolina and 
Maryland. She was a member of 
the Chevy Chase Presbyterian 
Church and the Daughters of the 
American Revolution. Survivors 
include a daughter and a son. 
B Edward C. Gillingham, July 24, 
2002, in Houston, Texas. He is sur- 
vived by wife Doris, one son and 
daughter Nancy Gillingham '67. 

■ Mary Ruth Hammontree Brown, 
April 20, at her home in Maryville. 
A retired teacher of the Blount 
County School Systems, she was 
also a member of New Providence 
Presbyterian Church. She is survived 
by husband Kenneth, one brother, 
two nieces and their families. 

■ Jessie Cassada Buhmann, 
Sept. 21. 

■ Ruth Haines Killian, Aug 30, 
in her home in Medford, N.J. 

A retired teacher, she was the 
chairman of Region One and a 
member of the national board of 
Girl Scouts in Merchantville. She is 
survived by husband Donald. 

39 Bill McGIII had emergency gall 
bladder removal. After four weeks in 
the hospital, wife Joy Corrigan 
McGill '40 reports that he is "back 
to the walker and back pains." 
MEMORIAM: Frances Bowditch 
Garner, Nov. 17, in her home in 
Maryville. She was a member of the 
Maryville First United Methodist 
Church and a retired teacher from 
Mitchell County Schools (Charlotte, 
N.C.) and the Blount County 
School System. Survivors include 
husband George, three children 
and their families and two sisters, 
including Miriam Elizabeth 
Bowditch '45. 

'40 MEMORIAMS: Gale Hol- 

brook Hedrick, July 7. He was the 
vice president of investments at 
Presidential Securities in Chicago, 
III. He is survived by three children. 

■ Miriam Berst Wintermute, 
June 5, in her home in Selmer, 
Tenn. She was a retired social 
worker at the McNairy County 
Department of Human Services in 



Harter, revered professor and choir director, dies at 88 

Dr. Harry H. Harter, former chairman of the Mar^'ville College division of 
fine arts and recipient of die 1998 MC Medallion, died Aug. 8, at Asbiiry 
Acres Health Center in Maryville. He was 88. 

Following an Aug. 15 memorial service at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in 
Maryville, a reception was held at Willard House on die Mar\'ville College campus. 

Harter's 34-year service at Mar\'\'ille College began in 1947, when he was 
hired as an assistant professor of music. In 1958, he was named associate profes- 
sor, then ftill professor three years later. In 1964, he was named chairman of the 
department of fine arts. Under liis direction, bodi the fine arts and con- 
cert choir developed a reputation for excellence and liigh achievement. 
Harter received an A.B. degree fi-om San Jose State College in his 
native California, a master of music degree in 1947 fi-om die Univer- 
sity of Nebraska and a doctorate of sacred music in 1961 from Union 
Theological Seminary in New York. He also studied at Northwest- 
ern, Colorado College, and Indiana University. 

Prior to service in the U.S. Army Air Force, he spent a year in 
Hollywood, Calif, working for Rudy Vallee Management as first 
tenor and choral arranger for a male quartet, "The Kingsmen." He 
appeared on radio, screen and in person as a member of the quartet. 

A composer and arranger, he saw his "Requiem For The Fallen 
Nineveh" published in 1953. Some of his odier compositions include "Blessed 
Be the Lord" and "Shepherds fi-om the Field." He arranged numerous choral and orchesti-a 
works, as well as scoring a ballet lor a Knoxville Symphony concert in 1964. In 1974, he was 
cornmissioned by the Tennessee Arts Commission to compose a work for the Bicentennial. 
Wl-icn news of Harter's death spread among alumni and former choir members, several sent 
tributes to the College. W. Hal Laster '65, vice president and dean of 
die Music Academy of the West and former dean of the Aspen Music 
Festival, wrote diat his own career would not have been possible without 
the mentoring of Harter. 

"I lived for those arduous rehearsals," Laster wrote. "One wouldn't 
dare be late, because he locked the door at the designated start time. 
'^sJ jU ^^^ And if one was late (fortunately, I never was!) those penetrating eyes 

yK^W ^^k \\'ould stare you all the way to your assigned seat. 
^^ ^^ ^^H "Yes, I looked forward from one day to the next to those ai-duous 
^^H^7 ^^H rehearsals ... To sing ... To make wonderftil music . . . To be elevated to a 
level of music-making diat brought tears to liis and our eyes when the 
choir sang particularly well .... He taught us to appreciate the art of singing; he taught us the art 
of music-making." 

And Fran Murphy '71 wrote to the College to say that on the day of Harter's memorial 
service, she proudly wore her choir pin in her Mississauga, Ontario, home and watched the 
tape of die 1988 Alumni Choir Concert. "I let die sound and die pictures wash over me.... 

"He was so particular over so many little things that we complained bitterly about - how to 
stand, sit with straight posture, never gesture or scratch your nose while singing, mark time, 
wear a white t-shirt underneath those hot robes, black flats - but it was that attention to detail 
that made the choir so disciplined," Muiphy wrote. "He instilled in us a pride and loyalty' and 
joy of singing that has carried on throughout our lives. 

"... By now, I'm siu-e that wherever he is, he has gathered around former MC choristers 
and is leading them in song. Thank you. Dr. Harter, mentor and fnend. 'The Lord Bless You 
and Keep You.'" 

Gifts in Dr. Harter's memory may be made to the Maryville College Choir Scholarship 
Fund and sent to: Advancement Office, Maryville College, 502 E. Lamar Alexander Pky., 
Maryville, TN 37804. 


20 FOCUS I S I' R I N G 2 5 


Selmer. She is survived by hus- 
band John and five children. 

'41 MEMORIAM: Louise Wells 

Maglll, May 1 2, in her home. She 
was a charter member of Chapter 
GD of the PE.O. Sisterhood of Cape 
Coral (Fla.), a member of the 
Law/rence Kearney Chapter of D.A.R. 
and a member of the Faith Presbyter- 
ian Church of Cape Coral. She is sur- 
vived by husband John '39, one son, 
one daughter and their families. She 
is interred in the College Cemetery. 

42 Kathryn Estes Anthony now 

has five great grandchildren, enjoys 
life and stays busy in Ripley, Tenn. 
Elizabeth Bryant Phillips teaches 
Bible class in her community of 
Winter Park, Fla., exercising her 
master's degree in religious educa- 
tion. Garden club and reading 
keep her busy 

MEMORIAMS: Sarah Youngs 
Crosby, May 9. She was a retired 
homemaker. She is survived by 
two children. 

■ Francis McLain Seely, Sept. 12. 
He was a retired Presbyterian mis- 
sionary to Thailand for 31 years, 
where he was in charge of a mis- 
sion station that included schools, 
a hospital and a leprosarium. In 
Thailand, he established the Foun- 
dation for Inter-Religious Dialogue 
and served as director for the 
Dharma Logos Project. He is sur- 
vived by 11 children and stepchil- 
dren, including Clarissa Seely 
Barnes '63, Joyce Seely Ross- 
wagg '71 and Jennifer Seely 
Durant '72 and their families. 

L William Boyd Rich, March 1 , 2004, 
in Fairfax, Va. He was a retired Air 
Force reservist, NASA publicist and 
school administrator. During his mil- 
itary service, he was assigned to the 
Pentagon in the Air Force office of 
public affairs. Survivors include a son. 

■ Fred Griffin Shelfer, Jan 11, 
2004, in Tallahassee, Fla. He is sur- 
vived by wife Betty and five children. 

43 Elizabeth Mains Ball reports 
husband Kenneth died April 4 at 
the age of 102. She will retain her 
North Carolina address but will 
winter at Lakeview Terrace Retire- 
ment Village in Florida, 
MARRIAGE: Sarah Cameron Patter- 
son, to Edward G. Gillen, Sept. 1 1 . 

44 Viola James White wrote 
back in October that she and her 
friend of 64 years, Jean Boyd 

Douling, were "off to England and 
the Orient Express. ... Our swan 
song?" Jessie Fowler Leonard 
reports husband John died Oct, 15. 
MEMORIAM: Nancy McClaskey 
Aylor, Feb. 4, 2004. Husband Stan- 
ley and three children survive her. 

45 Nancy Rusell Lynn went to 
China to teach English with the 
100th group of Global Volunteers. 
It was her second trip. 
MEMORIAM: Jane Hays 
Swartzback, March 16, 2004, at 
her home in New Marshfield, Ohio. 
A homemaker, she was an active 
member of Athens First Presbyter- 
ian Church. Survivors include hus- 
band Raymond Swartzback '47, 
three daughters and their families 
and one brother. 

'48 MEMORIAMS: Matteo 

Angelo Cardella, Oct. 15, in his 
home in Ames, Iowa. Following serv- 
ice in the Korean War, he worked as 
a microbiologist at Fort Detrick in 
Frederick, Md. He continued his 
career at the National Animal Disease 
Lab in Ames until retirement. He was 
a member of the Lions Clubs of Iowa, 
where he served as secretary-treas- 
urer He is sun/ived by one daugh- 
ter, three sons and their families. 

Richard Rowley- 

Maryville College friends and their spouses in Tucson, Ariz., 
on March 8. Attending were (l-r) Raymond Saunders '49, 
Edward Vanderslice '50, Curt Barnett '50, Rowley, Lewis 
Evans '51 and Wiiiard Rahn '51 . (Helen Gentry Saunders '49 

was also present.) Rowley wrote to the College that some 
friends hadn't seen each other since graduation, but " ... it 
was almost like we had ended a conversation in Maryville 
and picked it up 54 years later." 

:. Kenneth Talbott, May 8, in his 
home in Maryville. He was a 
retired chemist from Oak Ridge 
National Laboratory. A charter 
member of Gideons International, 
he was an active member of East 
Maryville Baptist Church. Survivors 
include wife Jean, three children 
and their families. 
■ Virginia McArthur Todd, March 

2, 2004, in Jackson, Miss. Survivors 
include husband Wilbur, two chil- 
dren and their families; two broth- 
ers, including Irvin McArthur '47; 
five sisters-in-law, including Grace 
Proffitt McArthur '35; and 26 
nieces and nephews. 

'49 Mary Elizabeth "Buffie" 
Carver Fay wrote that husband 


Beloved 'St. Margaret' mourned by 
former students, colleagues 

Margaret McClure Cummings, instructor in Bible and Christian 
Education from 1940 until 1969, passed away June 24 at Shannondale of 
Mar\'\ille. She was 101. Affectionately nicknamed "St. Margaret" and "Ma 
Cummings" by former students, Cummings enjoyed good health and inde- 
pendence well into her 90s, staging active in her communit)' and church 
(Ne\\' Providence Presbyterian), where she served as elder, Sunday School 
teacher and Bible Circle leader. In retirement, she enjoyed reading, traveling, 
baking and \isiting with Maryville College alumni. 

"During my 1 1 years here, as I traveled aroimd the country and met witli alumni, 1 ha^'e often 
been asked about former facult)' and staff of Mar\'\-ille College," said President Gerald Gibson. 
"Many of those alumni have inquired about Mrs. Cummings, then have gone on to sing her praises 
as a teacher and mentor She is clearly seen by countless former students in a category all by herself" 

For an article in the Spring 2003 issue of FOCUS announcing her 100th birthday, die oldest 
living former facult)' member said that the nicest compliment she received from former students 
is that they "learned to lo\'e die Bible in [her] courses." Born in Blairsville, Pa., Cummings was 
married to Dr. John W. Cummings who taught at Trinit^' Universit\' and MC. After his death in 
1936, she earned a degree from Biblical Seminary (New York Theological). 

She is sur\i\'ed by three children and their spouses, G. David '49 and Margaret Cummings 
Campbell '50; James and Janet Cummings Martin '51; and Jim Cummings '56 and Marilyn; 
nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Cummings Endowed Scholarship Fund at Mal-^'^'ille Col- 
lege, 502 E. Lamar Alexander Ph., Maryville, TN 37804. 




Andy died May 16 after suffering 
nearly 17 months from complications 
from diabetes and a major stroke. 
They were married almost 45 years. 

'50 Muriel Headrick Smith, a 

retired elementary school coun- 
selor, recently moved into a 
"mother-in-law" apartment with 
her daughter Brenda Damario. 
She is volunteering at an elemen- 
tary school and riding her bicycle 
as much as possible. Jack C. 
Young, a retired industrial admin- 
istrator from Oak Ridge, Tenn., 
turned 80 in June, acquired a 1931 
Ford rumble-seat roadster and is 
doing well with his family. 
MEMORIAM: G. Nelson Forrester, 
Oct. 31 . He was a widely known 
Tullahoma (Tenn.) attorney and 
civic leader. He headed the Coffee 
County District Attorney General's 
Child Support Division and held a 
private law practice. He was a char- 
tered member of the Motlow Col- 
lege Foundation and a member of 
First Baptist Church, the Tennessee 
Trial Lawyers Association, the 
American Bar Association and 
other organizations and non-prof- 
its. Wife Geraldine Hopkins For- 
rester '51, two daughters, two 
sons and their families and five 
brothers and sisters survive him. 

'51 In 2003, George P. Barber 

celebrated his 50th wedding 
anniversary with wife Gail and family 
in Niagara Falls, Canada. In 2004, 
he celebrated a 50-year anniversary 
of his theological seminary gradua- 
tion and ordination. John Laney 
moved to the Nashville (Tenn.) area 
following his wedding. James 
Edwin Watt and wife Joan Duerig 
Watt '53 celebrated 50 years of 
marriage with a family vacation in 
West Virginia and a celebration din- 
ner in Wooster, Ohio. 
MARRIAGE: John Laney to Joan 
Yarborough, June 12. 
MEMORIAM: James Everett 
Latham, April 17. He was a retired 
pastor of the Presbyterian Church, 
an administrator of Park Vista Retire- 
ment Home and chief executive of 
the Copeland-Oaks-Crandall Med- 
ical Center Retirement Community 
in Sebring, Ohio. He is sun/ived by 
wife Juanita, four children, two 
step-daughters and their families. 

52 William Clarke and wife 
June celebrated their 50th wed- 
ding anniversary with family and 

friends during a nearly five-hour 
program of music, dining, dancing 
and speaking held at the Old City 
Hall in Lake Charles, La. Mary Kel- 
ton Grisso, a retired teacher from 
Shreveport, La., enjoyed partici- 
pating in the College's Kin Taka- 
hashi Week in June and catching 
up with her former college room- 
mates, Ann Leader Pickett and 
Lynn Miller Berkey. The three 
reunited for the first time since 
graduation 52 years ago. 
MEMORIAMS: Walter Evans Eng- 
lish, Oct. 12, at his home in Mack- 
eyville. Pa. A retired pathologist, 
he was a devoted tenor in the 
choir of United Lutheran Church 
and enjoyed fishing and painting. 
He is sun/ived by wife Susan, 
seven children and their families, 
a John Laurence Thompson, July 
2, 2003. Receiving a doctorate in 
education, he retired from school 
administration with the Salt Lake 
City (Utah) School District. He also 
served as a Presbyterian missionary 
in Iraq and Venezuela. He is survived 
by wife Dolores and two children. 

'53 MARRIAGE: Barbara 

Rogers Greenly to Raymond R. 
Smith, June 24 
MEMORIAM: Betty Hyman 

Thurston, Aug. 3 at her home in 
Largo, Fla. She was a homemaker, 
a member of Christ Presbyterian 
Church and a member of the Largo 
Junior Women's Club. Survivors 
include husband James, three 
daughters, one son and their families. 

'54 MEMORIAMS: Joe Hopkins, 

Feb. 18, 2004- He is sun/ived by wife 
Virginia Davenport Hopkins and 
sister Gerry Hopkins Forrester '51 . 

■ Charles Reese Miller, May 15 

He 15 survived by wife Carolyn. 

■ Donald Young, July. He is sur- 
vived by wife Eleanore and three 

55 Martha Freeny Cummings 

reports that she has been enjoying 
short trips around the South. Her 
husband, who is an Alzheimer 
patient in a nearby Adairsville, 
Ga. -nursing home, is doing well. 
Evelyn Celeste Miller is still in 
Pasadena, Calif., and has been 
busy traveling, staying active in 
church, education and politics. 
MEMORIAMS: Carol Moore 
Waite, March 24, 2004, at her 
home. She was a retired journalist 
for the Waukesha (Wis.) Freeman, 

"At a recent family reunion 
at Menucha Conference 
and Retreat Center east of 
Portland, Ore., five alumni 
were caught singing the 
alma mater!" Ron 
Jennings '55 wrote to the 
College in July. Singing 
were (l-r) Marilyn 
Baumgartner Jennings 
'57, Mari Jennings Todd 
'84, Ron, Helen Cone 
Zerwas '42 and Stephen 
Zerwas '71 . 


director of development at Hart- 
land's University Lake School, exec- 
utive director of the Zoological 
Society of Milwaukee County and 
of the National Multiple Sclerosis 
Society of Wisconsin. She was also 
the CEO for her husband's manu- 
facturing business, Waukesha 
Metal Pipe. She was the founder 
and director of the etiquette train- 
ing firm, Polite Company. She is 
survived by two daughters, three 
sons and their families and two sis- 
ters and one brother. 
■ Neubert R. Harless, Aug. 29, at 
his home. He had worked in the 
Blount County (Tenn.) School Sys- 
tem for over 40 years and was a 
retired principal at Rocky Branch 
Elementary School. Survivors 
include wife Shelby daughter and 
son-in-law Jennifer Harless Robi- 
nette'90 and Jesse Robinette '91, 
one brother and two sisters, includ- 
ing Gaynell Harless Lawson '72. 

5o Susan Cook Driver, an artist 
and a teacher, had a picture in the 
Governor's Capital Art Exhibition at 
the State Museum (Wyo.) in the fall 
of 2003; had a one-woman show in 
Laramie last fall. Richard and 
Nancy Lou Dodge Hughes report 
that they enjoyed a trip to Scotland 
in 2004. James Laster, professor 
emeritus at Shenandoah University 
in Winchester, Va., played the part 
of Father Jacob in an independent 
film, "Darkest Days," played the 
part of Willie Clark in Wayside The- 
atre's production of "Sunshine 
Boys" as well as the part of Rev. 
Chasuble in "The Importance of 

Being Earnest" and was the musi- 
cal director and conductor for 
Shenandoah Summer Music The- 
atre's production of "Seven Brides 
for Seven Brothers." Last July 
Maryel Smith Vogel and husband 
Robert had the "Chautauqua Expe- 
rience" in New York and played 
violin and piano at the Lutheran 
House and Presbyterian House. 

5 7 Suzanne Marion Burton 

Abbott reports that she has retired 
from the Houston Public Library as 
well as from the PC(USA), having 
served as a missionary to Korea 
from 1964 until 1975. Jean Boyd 
Williams, a math teacher at Green- 
hills Schools (Mich.) was awarded 
the Michigan Council of Teachers 
of Mathematics Service Award in 
October of 2003. She and husband 
David '56 attended Elderhostel in 
El Rito, N.M., to learn Spanish. L. 
Adiai Boyd, a retired research psy- 
chologist and Presbyterian minis- 
ter, reports that he is in his first 
year as chair of the Montreat Zon- 
ing Board of Adjustment and his 
secorid year as president of the 
Asheville (N.C.) Choral Society, 
which is enjoying grovrth in con- 
certs, roster, audiences and 
fundraising. His son, who is in 
graduate school for film scoring at 
New York University, conducted his 
own film score at the Lincoln Cen- 
ter in May and received a student 
Oscar from the Motion Picture 
Academy in June. Perry T. Fuller, a 
retired senior clinician and family 
therapist, has been ordained as 
the transitional deacon in the Epis- 
copal Church and is anticipating 
ordination to priesthood in 2005. 
Mildred Beard Sieber of Maryville 
was elected to the board of direc- 
tors for the Tennessee Storytelling 
Association. A retired teacher, she 
is a member of the National Story- 
telling Network and the Smoky 
Mountain Storytellers Association. 
MEMORIAM: Clifford Edward 
Irwin, Aug. 28, at his home in 
Maryville. He was a retired educa- 
tor of the Blount County School 
System. He worked as an official 
with Parks and Recreation, Ten- 
nessee Secondary Schools Athletic 
Association and the NCAA. He 
was also an active member and 
negotiator with the Blount County 
Education Association and the 
Tennessee Education Association. 
Survivors include six children and 
their families. 

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58 Anna Fuhrmann Allcroft and 

her husband enjoyed spending time 
with her classmate Opal Miller 
Chapman in Washington State and 
Hawaii in 2003 Anita Cole Ezelle 
recently moved from her Miami 
home of 34 years and has retired to 
Eustis in Central Florida. She has 
survived three hurricanes since the 
move! Robert Hassall is a volunteer 
instructor of AARP's Driver Safety 

Program, where more than 1 ,800 
students have taken the eight-hour 
course with him. He recently 
received his five-year pin. Nancy 
Peters Meise reports that she is 
currently serving as president of her 
PEO chapter, singing in an a cappella 
choral group and volunteering for 
the police department. Her son John 
August wrote the screenplay for 
the 2003 film, "Big Fish." 


College mourns death of 
President Emeritus Copeland 

The Rev. Dr. Joseph J. Copeland, president 
emeritus of Maryville College, passed away 
June 21 at his home in Gatlinburg. He was 90. 

In 1961, the Mar^aille College Board of 
Directors named Copeland the seventh presi- 
dent of the institution, a post that he held 
until his retirement in 1977. During his 16- 
\'ear tenure, Mar\'\'ille College not only weath- 
ered one of the most difficult periods in its 
history but achieved unprecedented success in 
the qualit\' and renown of its curriculum and facilities. 

Financiall\', his leadership secured more than $7 million of 
investment in the physical plant of the College. A new science 
faciliti,', a new health and physical education facility and three 
new dormitories (including one named in his honor) were all 
constructed during his term in office. 

Following retirement, Copeland continued to be both an active 
community' member and an a\id supporter of Maryville College. 
A familiar face on campus for more than 20 vears after his official 
retirement, Copeland served on several college committees. 
Born in Ferris, Texas, in 1914, Copeland earned a bache- 
lor's degree in English from Trinitv' University' in 1936. Three 
years later, he received his bachelor of divinit\' degree from 
Chicago's McCormick Theological Seminary and went on to 
pastor churches in Oklahoma and Texas. In 1952, Copeland 
accepted the position as pastor of Knoxville's Second Presby- 
terian Church. He served on the College's Board of Directors 
before accepting the position of president. 

In 2003, Copeland was awarded the Maryville College 
Medallion in recognition of his "profound influence" on the 
College and in the wider community-. 

Personal experience also led Copeland to devote much time 
and energN' during his later vears as a spokesman and advocate 
tor patients and families dealing with vMzheimer's disease. During 
wife Glenda's 15 -year battle with die illness (which ultimately 
took her life in 1992), Copeland became an actix'e member of 
the Alzheimer's Association, advocating for medical research and 
caretaker support. He established the Glenda MuUendore 
Copeland Endowed Scholarship at the College in 1994. 

"Joe Copeland loved Mars-Nille College," said the College's 
current president. Dr. Gerald W. Gibson. "Throughout my time 
here, he remained a strong supporter and a constant cheerleader 
He read ever\' issue of FOCUS and rejoiced at even,' new mark of 
progress. . . .It is with deep sadness that we report his death." 

Following a June 24 funeral, Copeland was interred in the 
College Cemetery. 

59 Carl Boyer, retired mayor of 
Santa Clarita, Calif, is writing a 
history of the formation and 
organization of Santa Clarita, the 
largest newly incorporated city in 
history. Barbara Mueller had her 
artwork displayed in an exhibition 
entitled "Nine Connections: 
Works by 9 Women Artists" at the 
Topeka and Shawnee County Pub- 
lic Library in Kansas. 

60 William Aring of Columbus, 
N-J. reports that he is nearing his 
10th year of retirement. His hob- 
bies include "flea marketing," hik- 
ing, fishing, skiing and playing and 
working on accordions. Carolyn 
Thomas Bair reports that her hus- 
band George died suddenly in 
May Ann Barnes Carpenter 
retired in May 2003 after 30 years 
as a kindergarten teacher with the 
Metro Nashville School System. 
She also made a second trip to 
Scotland in 2003 and is currently 
enjoying volunteering and being 
with her family and new grandson. 

61 George B. Henry celebrated 
50 years of marriage with wife Betty 
Lones Henry on Aug. 15, at the 
Friendsville (Tenn.) Friends Meet- 
inghouse, where they are active 
members Fred Morrison Jr. 
reported in September that he was 
a candidate for the North Carolina 
Supreme Court. He left his position 
on the board of trustees for the 
Synod of the Mid-Atlantic in April. 
MEMORIAM: Nancy Joan Martin 
Ivey. Survivors include husband 
James and five children. 

62 Carolyn Ingram-Slack, a 

social worker through the Ohio 
Department of Youth Services in 
Delaware, Ohio, continues to work 
with imprisoned youth. In 2003 she 
became a social worker at the girls 
prison after the small boys prison was 
closed due to budget cuts. Marjorie 
Walden Morrow reports the death 
of her mother, Margaret Walden in 
March 2004. Barbara L. Tierney 
moved from Oceanside, Calif, to 
New Bern, N.C., where she is near 
the water and in her own home. 
MEMORIAM: Richard S. Horn- 
buckle, Sept. 22, 2003, in his home in 
Melbourne, Fla. He was a retired sales 
associate at Sears. He is survived by 
wife Joan Ellis Hornbuckle '62. 

63 Lynn Hill Couser and hus- 
band Dyrk '61 celebrated their 

44th wedding anniversary Aug. 27. 
They bought their first RV and wel- 
comed their 14th grandchild in 
2003. Lynn had a CRT-D inserted 
into her heart. In good spirits, she 
writes that people visiting Pennsyl- 
vania and Punxsutawney Phil 
should stop by and say "Hello!" 
MEMORIAM: Laura Wendy 
Compton DePaola, Aug. 1 1 . She 
was a retired social welfare worker 
in Toms River, N.J. She is survived 
by her mother and two brothers. 

'64 Phyllis Deloteus Garrett 

retired in July after teaching kinder- 
garten for 21 years in Monett (Mo.) 
Schools. Arthur Herron retired June 
1 from LifeWay Christian Resoures in 
Nashville, Tenn., after 20 years. He is 
an ordained Baptist minister. He and 
Jane Hickey Herron returned to 
MC to celebrate their 40th wed- 
ding anniversary. The two met dur- 
ing their sophomore year and 
married June 3, 1964 -the same 
day they graduated. The trip to 
campus included lunch and a visit 
with President Gibson and Alumni 
Director Helen Bruner and browsing 
in the bookstore. In an e-mail to 
Gibson following the trip, Art wrote 
"Our love for the college was truly 
re-confirmed because of the time 
on the campus. ... We spent some 
time walking around the campus on 
our own. It was a joyous experience 
filled with fond memories and a 
great deal of joy." David Lee West, 
a retired educator of the Maryville 
city schools, reports that he enjoys 
hunting, farming and gardening in 
Greenback Tenn. He and wife Bar- 
bara Morgan West '71 have four 
grandchildren. Roger Thompson 
continues to present programs on 
"Lumberjacks and Tall Tales" for 
schools, libraries, museums and 
historical events around Michigan. 
He, wife Sue and son Ben use the 
names "Sheepshank Sam," "Old 
Time Michigan Lumberjack" and 
"Teller of Tall Tales." 

'65 Harold N. Cones, chairman 
of the biology department at 
Christopher Newport University in 
Newport News Va., was awarded 
the Distinguished Leadership and 
Service Faculty Award by the uni- 
versity. Elenora Easterly Edwards, 
editor of the Tennessee Press Asso- 
ciation, reports that the Fifth Annual 
Great Baldwin Hall Girls Reunion, 
held Oct. 7-10 in Crossville, Tenn., 
included herself, Pat Dobbin 
Chambers, Michelle Douglas 

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College mourns 
deaths of former 
faculty, staff 

Evelyn Grace Guss, assis- 
tant professor of Greek arid 
Latin during the 1950s, 
passed away June 1 1 in 
Gettysburg, Pa. She was 75. 

Guss was a graduate of Gettys- 
burg College and earned her mas- 
ter's and doctoral degrees from the 
University of Pittsburgh. After teach- 
ing at Maryville and Juniata College, 
she entered the mission field, teach- 
ing at Birzeit University on the West 
Bank in Palestine. She later served 
on the staff of the Board of World 
Missions and Ecumenism of the 
Lutheran Church in America and was 
librarian and tutor at Concordia Col- 
lege. She is survived by one brother, 
three nieces and one nephew. 

Paul Henry, 94, treasurer 
of Maryville College from 
1948 until 1954, died Aug. 
12 at East Alabama Medical 
Center in Auburn, Ala. 

A graduate of the University of 
Tennessee, Henry worked for 
ALCOA before serving in the U.S. 
Air Force during World War II. Fol- 
lowing work at Maryville College, he 
was appointed assistant business 
manager for Alabama Polytechnic 
Institute, now Auburn University. At 
the time of his retirement in 1976, 
he was the university's director of 
auxiliary enterprises. 

Henry is survived by two daugh- 
ters and their families. 

Former Maryville College librarian 
Virginia Turrentine passed 
away Sept. 24 in Shelbyville, 
Tenn. She was 90. A native 
of Bell Buckle, Tenn., Turren- 
tine attended the College in 
1935-1936 and went on to graduate 
from the University of Tennessee. 
She earned a master's degree in 
library science from Peabody Col- 
lege in Nashville. Prior to her 20-year 
appointment at Maryville (1953- 
1973), Turrentine was an assistant 
librarian at Florida State University. 

Services were held Sept. 26 at 
Bell Buckle Methodist Church. 

Sabine, Martha E. Cook, Vicki 
Green Cothroil and Gail Smitin 
Stinnett. The six women began 
Maryville College life together at 
Baldwin Hall in 1961. David S. King 
reports that he recently became a 
pastor of Central Presbyterian 
Church in Pine Bluff, Ark, His wife 
Patricia IVlurphy King is a first- 
grade teacher in the Little Rock 
school district Kenneth and Polly 
Ballantine IVIacHarg both continue 
their ministry work in Costa Rica, 
where Kenneth is developing a 
communications department at the 
Evangelical University of the Ameri- 
cas (UNELA) and Polly is beginning 
an ESL program. Kenneth's most 
recent book is about how Chris- 
tians in developing countries can 
develop quality radio programs. 
For more information, visit their 
website at 

65 Janis Rose Bell reports that 
husband John is serving his sec- 
ond term as the mayor of the City 
of Gloucester, Mass. She is affec- 
tionately known as the "First Lady 
of Gloucester" 

66 Elizabeth Robinson Gaidry 

and husband Jim worked with Red 
Cross shelters in three hurricanes 
that hit central Florida. They worked 
as local Red Cross Disaster Mental 
Health volunteers and helped 
national volunteers during the recov- 
ery. SueAnne Blair Lewis reports 
that she is teaching interior design 
at Pellissippi State Technical Com- 
munity College in Knoxville, Tenn. 
MEMORIAM: Martin J. Papp, 
Sept. 25. He was a retired mail- 
room supervisor with the Y.M.C.A. 
in New York City. He was a mem- 
ber of Christ Episcopal Church, a 
member of Boy Scout Troop 10, an 
assistant scout master with Boy 
Scout Troop 53 and 51 and a 
recipient of a 50-year scouting pin. 
He is survived by wife Elizabeth, 
one sister, one brother and several 
nieces and nephews. 

67 Janet Lynn Bogle reports 
that husband Ed Lowry died May 1 
in a fire at the Hotel Parco de Prin- 
cipi in Rome, Italy, while they were 
on vacation. Nancy Gillingham is 
now a licensed eucharistic minister 
and the Ministers Coordinator at 
St. Mark's Episcopal Church in 
Berkeley, Calif. Tom Dickson, 
reports that he retired from his 
position of Superintendent of 
Whitfield County (Ga.) Schools in 

2003 and was elected to serve as 
state representative for Georgia's 
sixth district. 

68 K. Jean Ferguson Beaulieu, 

a dispatch supervisor with the Ver- 
mont State Police, graduated from 
the State of Vermont's Supervisor 
Training Program. She has been a 
police dispatcher for nearly 30 
years. Jean Bettis Franklin and 
husband Carl, now own Black 
Mountain Books and Cases, a used 
and rare bookstore with adjacent 
woodworking shop in Black Moun- 
tain, N.C. Gayle Walker reports 
that she is currently serving as 
associate pastor at Idlewild Pres- 
byterian Church in Memphis, Tenn. 
In July, she attended the World 
Alliance of Reformed Church con- 
ference in Ghana, West Africa. 
MARRIAGE: Linda Giesselmann 
Driver to Michael Machen, Oct. 16. 
MEMORIAM: Floyd Orus Rupe, 
June 20. Survivors include wife Lau- 
rie Waller Rupe, one daughter, 
one son and their families. 

69 James C. Moore, a retired 
social studies economics teacher, 
is "pleased and proud" to be a 
part of the Maryville College 
Admissions staff as of June 1 . He 
is the regional admissions coun- 
selor in Cincinnati and for all 
northern states, including Ohio, 
Pennsylvania, New Jersey, 
Delaware and New England. 
MEMORIAM: Waynetta Bays Tal- 
ley, March 6, 2004, after a long fight 
with cancer She was a third-grade 
teacher at Lake Forest East Elemen- 
tary School in Frederica, Del., for 16 
years. She is survived by her par- 
ents, husband George, two sons 
and their families and two brothers. 

70 G. Donald Hickman recently 
retired from his position as Acting 
Inspector General at the Tennessee 
Valley Authority in Knoxville, Tenn. 
Gail Klein reports that she has 
been included in "Who's Who 
Among America's Teachers" for the 
third consecutive edition. After 
almost 34 years of teaching French 
and Spanish in the Trenton, N.J. 
public school system, she retired on 
July 1 . She will continue to be active 
in the Huntingdon Valley Presbyter- 
ian Church as a choir member and 
elder Jane Elmore Wilson is an 
adjunct professor at Pellissippi 
State Technical Community College 
in Knoxville. She has also received 
certification as a senior fitness 

instructor and is currently teaching 
classes in chair exercise and tai chi. 
She is also learning to read, write 
and speak Mandarin Chinese. 
MEMORIAM: V. Eugene Abshier, 
Oct. 13, in Atlanta. Abshier retired in 
2002 after a distinguished career in 
state government, which included 
serving as chief of staff under Geor- 
gia's superintendent of schools. He 
taught in public schools before 
entering government. Survivors 
include Michael Garbutt, one sister, 
one brother and their families. 

71 Randy Bingham recently 
retired as president of Blimp Skin- 
ner's Loyalty Lodge #1 . In June, he 
hosted Jeff '70 and Carey Cox 
Coghill for the Cicada Festival in 
Cincinnati. Ned Delaney com- 
pleted his 25th year as senior ana- 
lytical development technician 
with Eli Lilly Tippecanoe Laborato- 
ries and is a recent heart bypass 
survivor A resident of Lafayette, 
Ind., he was the assistant editor of 
the city's alternative newspaper and 
served as a state representative on 
the American Irish Political Educa- 
tionCommittee. Robert Evaul is 
now a national missionary with the 
Southern Illinois Hispanic Outreach 
Project (SIHOP). The mission aims 
to reach the Hispanic population 
with the Gospel through Bible stud- 
ies in Spanish, the formation of 
Spanish-speaking churches and the 
preparation of Spanish-speaking 
ministers and leaders. Wink Welling 
Harner is now the director of dis- 
ability resources and services and 
adjunct professor of Portuguese at 
South Mountain Community Col- 
lege in Phoenix, Ariz. She writes 
that she is also a professional story- 
teller and jazz trombone player 
Jean Hodgson reports that after 
battling multiple sclerosis for 17 
years, she has retired from her 
position as sales executive with 
the Clariant Corporation. She lives 
in Cincinnati. In Columbus, Ohio, 
Sue Ann Livingston is involved in 
cardiology research for a non-profit 
foundation located at Riverside 
Hospital. The foundation did the 
pioneering work on the drug elud- 
ing stent and recently approved 
carotid stent. Riverside does more 
angiography procedures than any 
other hospital in the world, she 
writes. Rosemary Lindner Nye was 
promoted to deputy regional admin- 
istrator of the U.S. Department of 
Transportation/National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration. In her 

24 FOCUS I STRING 2 00 5 


position, she will be providing 
financial and managerial oversight 
in highway safety for Alaska, Idaho, 
Oregon and Washington. Lynda 
Luck Stansbury was appointed to 
a post at the San Diego Museum 
of Art in 2003. She toured Russia in 
July. Barbara Morgan West 
reports that she is a Blount County 
music specialist for grades K-5. 
Leonard and Nancy Wood live in 
Salisbury, N.C., where he is Rowan 
County's public health director, 
but they write that they "love the 
Tetons and are looking forward to 

'72 James and wife Pat Marshall 
Buxton '73 celebrated their 32nd 
wedding anniversary last summer 
They both teach in San Diego-area 
school districts. They are involved in 
their church performing arts pro- 
grams. Charles Cary is now pastor 
of Moorings Presbyterian Church 
in Naples, Fla., and invites any 
alumni vacationing in the area to 
worship with his congregation. 
Terry Collins is retired from the 
Knox County Public School System 
after 31 years of teaching art. He is 
now an art consultant and graphic 
designer in Knoxville. He designed 
the covers of a DVD and VHS tape 
of "The George Washington 
Carver Project," which was pro- 
duced by a local television station 
and distributed to every elemen- 
tary, middle and high school in 
Tennessee Henry Hastings is an 
electrical engineer with Lockheed 

Martin and lives in Manassas, Va., 
with his wife and two sons. They 
are active in the Unitarian Church. 
Melissa Collins Mann has moved 
to Maryville and is now closer to 
son Chris '06 (a student at the Col- 
lege), and Chris' new daughter, 
Taylor Rose Mann. After 31 years 
as a state employee, Helen Miller 
Morefield retired and is now self- 
employed, substitute teaching in 
high schools in Greene County 
(Tenn.) and working with at-risk 
families through Solutions, Inc. 
Thomas Piper is still employed 
with May Merchandising in Mis- 
souri, working as a corporate buyer 
of men's suits. Alan Stevens was 
named principal of Lawton Chiles 
Middle School in Miami, Fla. 

'73 Jeanette Weaver Whitley is 

a high-school substitute teacher in 
the Wenatchee (Wash.) School Dis- 
trict. With sons graduated from 
college, she writes "at 54, I have so 
many blessings." Delores Bowen 
Zieglerwas appointed professor 
of voice at the New England Con- 
servatory in Boston. She continues 
to teach at the University of Mary- 
land. In September, she sang at 
the College as a benefit concert 
for the Knoxville Opera Company 

'74 Louise Marie McNair Brad- 
ford works with Kids Moving Co., 
teaching movement classes to 
children ages 9 months to 9 years. 
She's also on the board for Com- 
munity Clinic, which provides 

healthcare for the uninsured in 
Gaithersburg, Md. James Burkins 
went on a mission trip last year to 
Pitoreal, Mexico. While there, he 
assisted in building a dormitory 
and medical clinic and helped give 
medical treatment to the local 
Tarahumarra Indians. Bill and Bar- 
bara Robinson Harra founded Jet 
U.S., an on-demand jet charter 
service, which received FAA certifi- 
cation in 2003. It operates out of 
Wilmington, Del. Barb is now 
teaching full-time at Unionville- 
Chadds Ford Elementary School in 
Chadds Ford, Pa. Douglas Robin- 
son was named executive director 
of the National Association of 
State Chief Information Officers 
(NASCIO) in May Previously the 
executive director of the Gover- 
nor's Office for Technology, Office 
of Policy and Customer Relations, 
for the Commonwealth of Ken- 
tucky, Robinson brings more than 
25 years' experience to the job. 

'76 Kathy Belcher Manzella 

moved to Greensboro, Ga., where 
she teaches courses for gifted 
endorsement (K-5). She has one 
son in the Air Force, a daughter 
attending technical school and 
another daughter who's in the 7th 
grade. Bob Sturge, an officer in 
the Air National Guard, received a 
one-year assignment to the Bilat- 
eral Affairs Office to the Republic 
of Moldova. This involves bringing 
developmental resources to the 
country's military and civilian gov- 

ernment. Wife Mary Apetz 
Struge is still principal of Mont- 
claire Elementary School in Char- 
lotte, N.C. 

'77 Carolyn Phibbs Cox still 

owns and operates The Dancer's 
Shoppe in Knoxville. She recently 
adopted an ex-racing greyhound 
named Margot Deborah Welch 
Douglas has taken a position as 
the coordinator for the "Visions" 
capital campaign for Uplands 
Retirement Village in Pleasant Hill, 
Tenn. The $4-million campaign 
aims to replace the Wharton Nurs- 
ing Home. Robert von Mitch 
shows and breeds afghan hounds 
as owner of Destiny Kennels in 
Maryville. He is still active in 

'78 Keith and Meredith Thomp- 
son Henderson moved from Min- 
nesota to Orlando, Fla., to care for 
Keith's parents. Keith is now a 
branch manager with Fastenal. 
The couple celebrated their 25th 
wedding anniversary in 2003. 
Pamela Smith Potter and her hus- 
band and daughter moved their 
PotterSmith Angus Farm to Ash- 
land County Ohio. Pam is a spe- 
cial education director for the 
Tri-County Educational Service 
Center and is currently serving as 
a trustee of the National Associa- 
tion of Pupil Services Administra- 
tors. Joseph Showalter retired 
after 23 years as a machinist and is 
now a stay-at-home dad. 



John W. "Jack" Proffitt '41, longtime 

business and civic leader in Blount Count)', died 
Dec. 7 following complications from pneumonia. 
He was 85. 

Proffitt, who served on the Board from 1972 
until 1975, attended Mar)'%'ille College for three 
years before transferring to die University of 
Tennessee, where he earned a bachelor's degree in economics. He 
served 2 1 years as president of Proffitt's Department Stores, which 
was founded by his father and MC graduate D.W. Proffitt '16. In 
total, he worked with Proffitt's Inc. for 40 years. 

A member of New Pro\idence PresUterian Church for more tlian 
75 years, he was an ordained elder and deacon, taught a Sunday 
School class and sang in the choir. He was a member of die Mar\'\'ille 
Kiwanis Club for 63 years, of which he ser\'ed as president. In liis 
numerous years of civic service, he chaired the Tennessee Great 
Sniobi' Mountains Commission and ser\ed on the boards of the 
Blount County Chamber of Commerce, Mary\ille Indusuial Board, 
the East Tennessee Military Affairs Council, the Knoxville Better 
Business Bureau and the Knox-i'LUe Opera Company. 

Sur\ivors include wfe Janet Schaffer Proffitt '68, daughters 
Sherry Proffitt Bonham '66, Penny Proffitt Piper '69 and 
Mary-Gray Proffitt Hunter '72, son John W. Proffitt, son-in- 
law Hugh Hunter '73, sister Mary Lillian Proffitt Lyle, and 
numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews. 

Marilyn Virginia Yarbrough, who served on die Mar>'\'ille Col 
lege Board of Directors fi-oni 1990 until 1993, died at her home 
in Chapel Hill, N.C, on March 10. 

A graduate of Virginia State University' and the University' of 
California at Los Angeles, Yarbrough began her 21-\'ear teaching 
career in law in 1975 as a teaching fellow at Boston College Law 
School. She taught at the University of Kansas School of Law and 
was a visiting facult\' member at Duke Law School, the University' 
of South Carolina and Washington Uni\ersit\' (Mo). 

From 1987 until 1991, Yarbrough v\'as dean of the University 
of Tennessee College of Law. Leaving UT, she became the 
William J. Maier Jr. Chair of Law at West Virginia University' and 
later joined the faculty' at the Uni\'crsit\' of North Carolina-Chapel 
Hill, ser\'ing as associate prox'ost until her retirement in 1996. 


BIRTH: Joseph Showalter and 

wife Linda McPhail, a daughter, 
Sarah Lynn, March 4, 2004. 

'79 MARRIAGE: Holli Eckert to 

Judd Limbach, June 26. 

80 After nine years in the Scout 
Executi\)e position in Tampa, Fla., 
Leslie Baron was promoted to 
Scout Executive in Orange County, 
Calif, the sixth-largest council in 
the country. David Franssen was 
named assistant principal at Hunt- 
ington High School in Huntington, 
Texas. In May Sue Wenkstern Gid- 
ley received a master's degree in 
rehabilitation counseling from Vir- 
ginia Commonwealth University. 
Carole Evans Lenze retired from 
flying after 19 years and went back 
to school to become an esthetician. 
Licensed in Washington and Idaho, 
and having bought a house in 
Scottsdale, Ariz., she and her hus- 
band juggle time between Scotts- 
dale, Sun Valley and Seattle. 
Timothy Poole is the regional man- 
ager of Pfizer's 25-member Clinical 
Education Consultant Team for the 
Southeast. This division focuses on 
medical outcomes research and 
disease-focused education. He 
and his family live in Suwanee, Ga. 

81 Kimberly DeMaat Baron left 
Liberty Mutual's Tampa office after 
19 years as a senior field investiga- 
tor to follow husband Les '80 to 
California, where he has taken a 
position with the Boy Scouts. They 
both credit the College's Career 
Planning & Placement Office with 
launching their careers. Barbara 
George and her family have moved 
to the island of Oahu, Hawaii, 
where she is working as a clinical 
child psychologist. She writes that 
they live on the North Shore, "Surfer's 
Mecca- visitors welcome!" Mary 
Lowry Haynes graduated two 
children from a homeschool high 
school in Marysvllle, Ohio. After 14 
years in heafthcare, Ben Stabley 
has switched to the manufacturing 
industry, accepting a job as business 
manager for Signature Stone, Inc., 
makers of stone veneer. He and his 
family live in Lancaster, Pa. Richard 
Suttle returned home to teach in 
the Knoxville School System after 
completing graduate school and 
working in North Carolina for 16 years. 

82 In evaluating a transitional 
housing project for youth, Anita 
Baker Lerman reconnected with 

26 FOCUS I SPRING 2 00 5 

Elyse Widner, 5, and brother 
Andrew, 2, send out a big 
"Hello!" from Washington 
state to friends of their parents, 

David '81 and Lesa 
Andrews Widner '82. 

her former next-door neighbor 
from Dorm I, Denise Hinds '80, 
who was the project administrator. 
Anita writes that she has also 
reconnected with another friend, 
Jina Radozycki Lynne '84, after 
almost 20 years. "It is so great to 
keep MC connections alive!" 
BIRTH: Tim Fitzgerald and wife 
Debbie, a son, Charles Quinn, 
Oct. 16,2003. 

83 Jeff Hayes is serving as pas- 
tor of Gardendale Presbyterian in 
Alabama and working on his doc- 
torate from Princeton Seminary. 
He and wife Nancy Leisering 
Hayes '81 recently finished build- 
ing their second log home. Gene 
Wheatley was named vice presi- 
dent and private banker for Sun- 
Trust in Knox County (Terln.). He 
has been in the financial industry 
for more than 20 years, following 
12 in the not-for-profit sector. 

85 Mack Paschall received his 
Ph.D. in educational psychology 
and learning systems from Florida 
State in May. During his studies he 
worked as a research assistant, 
teaching assistant and instructional 
designer. He gained additional 
experience as a project manager 
and associate in research for FSU's 
Office of Distributed and Distance 
Learning. Mark Street is pastor of 
Milligan Free Will Baptist Church in 
Johnson City, Tenn., and is presently 
working on his M. of Div. from Trinity 
Theological Seminary in Newburgh, 
Ind. Melissa Walker was selected 
to serve for one year as master 
scholar for the Teaching American 
History in S.C. project. As master 
scholar. Walker, an associate pro- 
fessor of history at Converse Col- 
lege, developed a curriculum for 
three Summer Institutes, which pro- 
vided professional development 
to S.C. public-school teachers. Lisa 

Smith Webb finished her postdoc- 
toral fellowship at the Jackson Labo- 
ratory in Bar Harbor, Me., and is 
now assistant professor of biology 
at Christopher Newport University 
in Newport News, Va. 

'86 BIRTH: Hubert Dixon and 

wife Sarah Clark, a daughter, Olivia 
Midon Clark Dixon, Nov. 17, 2003. 

8/ Christopher Lilley relocated 
to Atlanta in 2003 to begin work in 
a graduate program at Georgia 
Tech and work full-time. He writes 
that he spends as much of his 
spare time as he can outside. 
BIRTH: Risa Stein and husband 
Keith, a daughter, Alayna Lian Had- 
dock, Sept, 16, 2003. (Alayna, from 
China, was adopted by the couple 
on June 28.) 

88 Eric Bollman is now construc- 
tion manager for Empire Corporation 
of Tennessee, working in Raleigh, 
N.C., where he is charged with grow- 
ing the Knoxville-based business. 
He writes that he would love to hear 
from other classmates, especially the 
"Lloyd Dwellers." Lisa Harvey Bur- 
kett is nowchief of the FBI's Support 
Management Development Unit. 

89 Barbara Bolt was accepted 
into the doctoral program in litera- 
ture at the University of South Car- 
olina in Columbia, She began 
classes and a teaching assistantship 
in August. Michelle Hill Mills and 
her family now live in Aurburn, Ga. 
She is a stay-at-home mom and 
loves it. As a Ph.D. candidate in 
cultural studies of education at the 
University of Tennessee, Jennifer 
Worth Spirko presented an aca- 
demic paper at the American Edu- 
cational Studies Conference in 
Kansas City in November. The paper 
was entitled "Clinton High School 
and the Contested Site of Integra- 
tion." In May Dean Walsh coached 
USA Athletes team to a gold medal 


and husband Mark, a daughter, 
Sofia Elaine, Feb. 6, 2004. 

in Holland, Hayley Smith '04 was 

a member of the team, 
BIRTHS: Stacy Beam Essary and 

husband Mike, a daughter, Marie 
Nicole, Feb, 24, 2004. Dean Walsh 
and wife Courtney, a daughter, 
Courtlyn-Olivia Jean Walsh, April 4. 

90 Peggy Kilgore is in her third 
year of teaching at Tennessee Tech. 
She has recently purchased a home 
in the country, which she shares 
with her six cats and one dog. She 
is active in animal rescue and the 
Humane Society of Putnam County. 
BIRTHS: Amy Jackson Clement 
and husband Mark, a son, Jackson 
Edward, Jan. 23, 2004, Scott and 
Marilyn McCoy Farmer, a daugh- 
ter, Morgan Lynn, Jan, 1, 2004 (Cit- 
rus County, Fla.'s first baby of the 
New Year). Rose Ballard Justice 
and husband Douglas '93, frater- 
nal twins, Skylar Rose and Thalen 
Douglas, Sept. 30, 2003. 

91 Lori Smith Reno, her husband 
and son have joined the missions 
team at their church. Restoration 
International Outreach, in Maryville 
and have completed five missions to 
Panama, Brazil and Jasonville, Fla., 
building churches and spreading the 
Gospel, Loren Sumner was 
granted tenure at Mercer Univer- 
sity (Macon, Ga,) and promoted to 
associate professor 

BIRTHS: Barbara Borderieux Brun- 
ner and husband David, a daugh- 
ter, Alexandria Hope, May 12, 
David and Clare Jacobs Dannen- 
berg '92, a son, Samuel Jacobs, 
Feb. 17, 2004 Teresa Nehls Sherrill 
and husband Michael, a son, Taylor 
Isaiah Sherrill, May 3, 

92 Carrie Callaway Denkinger 

and husband moved from Blue 
Ridge School to the Asheville School 
in Asheville, N.C. Noel Royer 
Spears is now living in Decatur, 
Ga., and teaching third grade in the 
DeKalb County School System. 
John Worth is living and working in 
Nashville, where his wife is a post- 
doctoral researcher at Vanderbilt. 
BIRTHS: Debra Washington Bal- 
lantyne and husband Eric, a son, 
Joshua Enc, March 16, 2004. Janet 
Gehlbach Goodman and husband 
David, a daughter, Ashley Jordan, 
July 11. Lisa Locke McClendon 
and husband Tim, a son, Dakota 
Tyler, Aug. 16. 

93 Tom Friend is currently 
deployed in Afghanistan for Oper- 

,terian Church in , 
-e than 250 g- 


ation Enduring Freedom. Jessica 
Roitman spent two months in the 
archives in Lisbon, doing research 
on her Ph.D. at Leiden University in 
the Netherlands, Laura Stephens 
Shocl<ley invites friends to visit her 
website, httpV/home.insightbb. 
com/-brian.laura. Ginger Chap- 
man Teaster and her family are now 
living in Little Rock, Ark., where she 
is manager of community relations 
for CrossRoads Group, a faith- 
based career counseling center for 
high-school students. Tony and 
Emily St. Clair Wolfenbarger are 
living in Louisville, Ky, where Tony is 
attending Southern Baptist Theo- 
logical Seminary in pursuit of a M. 
of Div. Emily is attending Seminary 
Wives Institute to prepare for her 
ministry as a pastor's wife. 
BIRTHS: Julie Brown Ailshie and 
husband Greg, a son, Clayton 
Charles, Aug. 18. Alyson Neville 
Knight and husband Bill '94, a son. 
Jack William, May 1 1 . Janna 
McCall Nash and husband Samuel, 
a daughter, Betsy Lane, Aug. 25. 

94 Nancy Allen Lassiter pub- 
lished her third book, "Proud 
Racer: Blind Faith" in October 
2003. The story is told from the 
prospective of her greyhound. Jeff 
Rosa received a master's degree in 
sports management from Nova 
Southeastern University in August. 
He teaches and coaches at Gulf 
Coast High School in Naples, Fla. 
He is a volunteer assistant baseball 
coach at Florida Gulf Coast Univer- 
sity. Lori Schirmer is a critical care 
and metabolic support specialty 


'94 and 
Mark, a son, 
Robert Harrison, May 24. 

resident in Memphis Regional 
Medical Center's trauma center. 
MARRIAGE: Chad Brown to Cyn- 
thia Calfee, July 3, 
BIRTHS: Julie Walker Danielson 
and husband Blame, a daughter, 
Minam Piper, March 12, 2004. 
Julie Jones Hylwa and husband 
Joe, a son, Joseph Ty, Aug. 19, 
2003; a daughter, Casimira Marie, 
Aug. 18,2000. 

95 Amy Lee Baggett and her hus- 
band are now living in Seattle, 
Wash., where she is working part- 
time as a physical therapist and 
going to school to study graphic 
design Stephanie Fugate Teague 
was promoted to regional director for 
Central Texas College's Europe 
campus in Mannheim, Germany. 
Nick Wilson and his family live near 
Louisville, Ky, where he works for 
Ford Motor Company. 
BIRTHS: Amy Fenner Briley and 
husband Nath, a son, Robert 
Caleb, Feb. 5, 2004. Beth Hucke 
Ralston and husband Daniel, a son, 
Broderick Daniel, April 20. Elias 
Smith and wife Katrina Woods 
Smith '98, a son, Elias Hughe, Oct. 
18. John Trotter and wife Stevens, 
a son, Ernest Koella, Nov 30. 2003. 

'96 In May Matt Fowler was 

named head coach of the girls 
basketball team at William Blount 
High School in Maryville. 
MARRIAGE: Kelly Garrison to 

Timothy Nash, July 10. 

9/ Jessica Buchner received a 
master's of theological studies 
degree from Chandler School of 
Theology, Emory University, in May. 
Clint Wight finished his residency 
in family medicine in June and is 
now practicing in Blount County. 
BIRTHS: Michael Hodges and wife 
Heather, a son. Chase Michael, 
May 19 Patrick and Kim Schuene- 
mann Leslie, a daughter, Hannah, 

July 22. Andy Moss and wife Kelly 
twin boys, Adam Harris and Kyle 
Helton, Aug. 18. Eric Obermiller 
and wife Susan Crow, a son, Isaac 
Crow, Jan. 1, 2004. (Isaac, from Korea, 
was adopted by the couple on Sept. 
9.) David Wagner and wife Amanda, 
a son, William Jackson, April 12. 

98 Dara Di Giacomo Case and 

her family have moved to Mary- 
land. She is teaching in the Prince 
George's County Public School Sys- 
tem, Todd Smith received his Ph.D. 
in psychology from the University 
of Tennessee-Knoxville in Decem- 
ber 2003 Richelle Sissom Turner 
received her master's degree in edu- 
cation with a focus on reading and 
literacy from Walden University in 
April Staci Davis Ridner graduated 
from Quillen College of Medicine 
in Johnson City and is in residency 
in the Greeneville, S.C. area. 
MARRIAGES: Karson Leitch to 
Jason Beaty, April 24. Staci Davis 
to Courtney Ridner, May 30. 
BIRTHS: Rebecca Kiefer-Seabaugh 
and husband Chad, a son, Brandon 
Allen, July 3. Devin Koester and 
wife Leslie, a son, Kent Drake, Jan. 
23, 2004 Amy Jones Thomason 
and husband Tim, a daughter, 
Audrey Elizabeth, Aug. 30. Richelle 
Sissom Turner and husband Steve, 
a son, Noah Ryan, April 27. 

99 Emily Huffman was named a 
new account executive for Clinique 
Services, Inc. She will be based out 
of the St. Louis regional office. Jus- 
tine Turner is now working on her 
master's degree in deaf education 
at the University of Tennessee. After 
living in Italy for one year, Amanda 
McAllister Dietz and her husband 
are back in Blount County. She is a 
customer service representative 
for Egwani Farms Golf Course. 
MARRIAGES: Jason Hitson to 
Dara Williams '00, June 5. 
Amanda McAllister to Stephen 
Dietz, June 2003. 

00 After nine months of training. 
Heath Corlew was promoted to 
manager at Waffle House, He lives 
in Jackson, Miss, Brooke Daniel is 
now an area director with Emory 
University (Clairmont campus) in 
Atlanta. Whitney Black Dee and 
her husband graduated from 
ETSU's Quillen College and Medi- 
cine in May. She is now in a pedi- 
atrics residency in South Carolina. 
Corey Griffin is now branch man- 
ager of Community Bank in Elmont, 


Ala. Katie Dunn received her mas- 
ter's degree in mental health coun- 
seling in May and is now nationally 
certified, employed at Peninsula 
Village as a family therapist. T.J. 
Emory was an assistant football 
coach for Maryville College during 
the 2004 season Elizabeth Hewitt 
is in veterinary school at the Univer- 
sity of Florida. Smith Jean-Philippe 
completed his master's degree in 
education at the University of Ten- 
nessee in May and is preparing to 
start Ph.D. work in educational lead- 
ership and policies at UT or Vander- 
bilt. Paul Sacksteder received his 
J.D. from the University of Utah Col- 
lege of Law in May. Susan Wagner 
received her master's degree in 
instructional technology and educa- 
tional studies from the University of 
Tennessee in May Allison Mahlman 
Webb was promoted to the posi- 
tion of curriculum and staff coordi- 
nator at Kidworks, Inc., in Harriman, 
Tenn. Charlotte Whipkey gradu- 
ated with a dual master's degree in 
public administration and social 
work from West Virginia University. 
MARRIAGES: Carol Bailey to 
Patrick Villaverde, June 19. 
Amanda Franklin to Charles 
Welch Jr., July 31 . Smith Jean- 
Philippe to Sharon Sparks, Oct, 2. 
Cristina Wieck to Robert Welhoel- 
ter. Sept 13, 2003, Molly Winton 
to Casey Lothamer, May 8, 
BIRTHS: Andy and Casey Anderson 
Bartow, a son, Nicholas James, Feb, 
10, 2004. Corey and Erica Wright 
Griffin, a son, Benjamin Blalock, 
Dec. 5, 2003. Justin Leslie and wife 
Tina, a son, Ian Sebastian, March 
20, 2004. Parri Sikes Thurman and 
husband Todd, a daughter, Camilla 
Marie, Sept. 14. Cristina Wieck 
Welhoelter and husband Rob, a 
daughter, Gabriella Coyle, June 3. 

01 David Calhoun is living in 
Nashville, working in marketing 
and sales support for ENA®. Ken- 
neth Chan completed the MBA 
program at the University of Cali- 
fornia-Irvine in 2003 and began a 
new job at Tequila, an advertising 
agency in Marina Del Rey Ron 
Hees assumed the vice president 
position for Monarch Miliworks in 
Grayling, Mich. Teresa Dibble 
Hicks and her husband bought 
their first home and are living in 
Gray Tenn Emily Robbins King is 
now a stay-at-home mom living in 
Louisville, Ky. Her husband finished 
his five-year enlistment in the U.S. 




Daniel Bechman '98 

and wife Suzanne, twin boys, 
Dean Brooks and Dawson 
Blake, Oct. 3, 2003. 

Navy. Rob Lough graduated from 
Air Force Officer Training School in 
2002 and flight school in 2003. He 
flies on a KC-1 35 tanker and is 
based at Robins Air Force Base in 
Georgia. He is currently deployed 
in support of Operations Iraqi and 
Enduring Freedom. Mark Rogers 
earned his master's degree in 
teaching from Lee University and 
was hired to teach at Benton Ele- 
mentary in Benton, Tenn. He and 
wife Elisha Giles Rogers '01 are 
coaching middle- and high-school 
Softball. Kris Sigmund lives in 
Knoxville and works for American 
Fidelity Bank. Stan Sisk is in his 
third year of dental school at the 
University of Tennessee-Memphis. 
After almost three years of service 
with the American Red Cross, 
Kathryn Wetherbee is in law 
school at the University of Missis- 
sippi. Lindsay Whitehurst earned 
her J.D. from the George Washing- 
ton University Law School in May. 
MARRIAGES: James Coatney to 
Kelly Barber, Dec. 20, 2003. Jes- 
sica Martin to James Maples, 
April 24 Kris Sigmund to Kristin 
Bumpers '03, May 1 . Stan Sisk to 
Kellie Cobble, June 19. 
BIRTH: Ron Hees and wife Kristie, 
a son, Daniel Allen II, July 18, 2003. 

02 Mark Demi was recently pro- 
moted to sales manager at Dell, 
Inc., in Nashville. Paula Payne 
Grant is teaching at Sequoyah High 
School in Tellico Plains, Tenn., and 
has started her master's degree in 
counseling. Erin Verhofstadt 
Hartsell is now working as a con- 
tracted civilian with the Admiral's 
Office in the protocol department 
at the Naval Subase in Washing- 
ton. Shaine Jones accepted a 
research/development position at 
the Kennedy Research Center for 
Human Development in the neuro- 
science department of Vanderbilt, 
Mark Libell was promoted to leg- 
islative correspondent in charge of 


civil liberties for U.S. Senator Debbie 
Stabenow (D-MI), working in Wash- 
ington, D.C. Part-time work with the 
Boys and Girls Club of Metro Denver 
(Colo.) led Erin Saunders Martinez 
to realize that her vocation is in the 
non-profit sector, so she began work 
on a master's degree in non-profit 
management at Regis University. Her 
studies are being paid for through 
the Colorado Trust Fund, Nicole 
Johnson McCord finished her mas- 
ter's degree in educational adminis- 
tration and supervision at Lincoln 
Memorial University in May She is 
now working on her educational 
specialist degree. David Ruble is 
living, gardening and enjoying life on 
Cape Cod, Mass. Joshua and Kellie 
Silva-Noah are living in Lubbock, 
Texas, where he is pursuing his 
MFA in theatre performance and 
pedagogy at Texas Tech and she is 
working on graduate degrees in 
human development and family 
studies Chris Smelcer is teaching 
and coaching baseball at Green- 
back (Tenn.) High School. He has 
had back-to-back 20-t- win seasons 
and for the 2002-2003 season was 
named the state's 3A Coach of the 
Year Tiffany Easton Stowell is work- 
ing at BWXT-Y12 in Oak Ridge, Tenn. 
MARRIAGES: Angel Daniel to 
Nathan Babelay Dec. 27, 2003. 
Mark Demi to Rachel Gossage 
'04, December 13, 2003. 'Ashley 
Potter to David Hatch, July 17. 
Paul Wieck to Andrea Nevils '04, 
Jan. 3, 2004, 

BIRTH: Paul and Andrea Nevils 
Wieck '04, a son, Paul Lawrence 
III, Feb. 9, 2004. 

03 Crystal Buckey is living in 
Edwardsville, III., and studying 
graphic design. Kristin Bumpers is 

a case manager for the Tennessee 
Department of Children's Services, 
working in Knoxville. Barbara 
Cooper is now working as the 
youth development director at the 
Boys and Girls Clubs of Tucson, 
Ariz. Rachel Garza graduated with 
a master's degree in education 
from the University of Tennessee in 
August. She is now working for 
Hamblen County Schools as an ESL 
instructor James Sparks is now a 
branch manager for Citizens Bank of 
Blount County. As an AmeriCorps 
volunteer. Derrick Stowell taught 
environmental education in four 
low-income Knox County schools 
for Ijams Nature Center He is work- 
ing on a master's degree in thera- 

peutic recreation at UT and received 
a graduate assistantship to pay for 
school. LeeAnn Godbey Taylor is 
pursuing a master's degree in 
organizational leadership through 
an online program with Southern 
Christian University and is working 
full-time at Cancer Services, a 
United Way agency in Winston- 
Salem, N.C. Molly Tveite is in her 
second year as a medical student at 
the University of Louisville. Ben and 
Nicole Williams Wicker are living in 
Tampa, Fla., where he is in his sec- 
ond year of graduate school at USF 
and working as a resident director 
(Last summer, he helped open two 
new residence halls with 300 fresh- 
men and a 10-person RA staff.) 
Nicole is working as a parent edu- 
cator for the Child Abuse Council. 
MARRIAGES: Valerie Brown to 
Scott Mulligan, June 5, Rebecca 
Evans to Trevor Dennison, Aug. 7, 
Jacqueline French to Brandon 
Stryker, July 3, Ben Wicker to 

Nicole Williams, June 12, 
BIRTH: Amber Harris Evett and 

husband Samuel, a daughter, 
Anna Marie, Sept. 1,2003. 

04 Alan and Jennifer Beasley 
Brock are living in Memphis, where 
she teaches fifth grade and he is 
enrolled in dental school at UT- 
Memphis Darren Dachelet is par- 
ticipating in the Auburn engineering 
cooperative program, working and 
attending school in alternate 
semesters. Amanda Winn is now 
finance manager for Impact Asso- 
ciates, Inc., a consulting firm focus- 
ing on performance optimization 
for individuals and organizations. 
MARRIAGES: Alan Brock to Jen- 
nifer Beasley, July 10, Ashley Pat- 
terson to James Powell, June 26. 
Brandon Tindell to Amy Norris, 
May 21, 

BIRTH: Joanna Wilson McCroskey 
and husband Ben, a son, Reymond 
James, Oct. 2, 2003. ES 


Khodadad is youngest CPO 
for Boys & Girls Club 

In October 2003, Jason Khodadad '02 
began work as the executive director of the 
Boys & Girls Club of Baraboo/ Sauk County 
in Baraboo, Wis. At 23 years of age, Kho- 
dadad was believed to be the youngest 
chief professional officer (CPO) hired by the 
Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). 

Comprising a national network of more than 3,400 neighbor- 
hood-based facilities annually serving four million young peo- 
ple, BGCA provide guidance-oriented character development 
programs on a daily basis for children 6-18 years old, con- 
ducted by a full-time professional staff. 

Khododad grew up as a member of the Boys & Girls Club in 
Atlanta, Ga. At 13, he was earning a small stipend at the club 
as a junior staff member, a position he held until enrolling at 
Maryville College. 

A Bonner Scholar at the College and a member of the Fight- 
ing Scots football team, Khodadad continued his association 
with BGCA by completing the majority of his community serv- 
ice hours at clubs in Blount and Knox counties. After gradua- 
tion, he was hired to supervise local club sports and recreation 
programs of the Boys & Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley. 
Engaged to Anne Cocalis '03, the two moved to her home- 
town of Madison, Wis., and he soon applied for the opening at 
the club in Baraboo. 

After three months as executive director, Khodadad reported 
that the average daily attendance at the Baraboo/Sauk club 
had tripled, that after-school transportation to the club had 
been expanded, and that the club's technology center had 
been renovated. 

Khodadad said he believes his work as a Bonner Scholar and 
the research he completed for his senior thesis entitled "Cause- 
Related Marketing and Its Effects on the Non-Profit Sector" 
helped him land his new job. "Hats off to Maryville College for 
giving me this opportunity," he said. 

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Conunencement Weekend scheduled for May 20-22 


is scheduled for May 20-22, with many events planned for students, par- 
ents, alumni and friends of the College. 

The annual MC Scots Club Golf Swat Tournament will tee off at 1 p.m., 
Fri., May 20, at Lambert Acres Golf Course. For more information or to 
register for the tournament, contact Janice Braun in Cooper Athletic 
Center at 865.98L8280 before May 13. 

The ninth annual Graduation Celebration for graduating seniors and 
their families will be held at 8 p.m.. May 21, on the campus lawn. Spon- 
sored by Student Development and the Parents Association, the event is 
held to honor the Class of 2005 and their parents. Invitations will be 
sent, and reservations can be made by contacting Sheree O'Connor at 

Graduation exercises for the Class of 2005 will be held at 
6 p.m.. May 22, on the lawn between Anderson Hall and 
Sutton Science Center. Congressman John Lewis will 
receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree during the cer- 
emony. Lewis, who represents Georgia's 5th Congressional 
District, will also deliver the Commencement Address. 

Rep. John Lewis 

^ Baccalaureate services are planned for 2 p.m.. May 22, in Wilson Chapel. 

For questions concerning the Baccalaureate or Commencement ceremonies, 
please contact Laura Case at 865.981.8102. 

Details regarding Commencement Weekend 2005 will be posted at 



June 13-17 



T Week 2005 

The dates have been set for Kin Takahashi Week 2005! 

Mark your calendars and nnake your travel plans now to join alumni, faculty, staff, 
students and friends of Maryville College for the week of June 13-17! 

K.T. Week 2004 was the largest in the College's history with more than 100 volun- 
teers giving of their time, energy and expertise to make a difference with campus 
projects. And we're hoping 2005 will set a new record! 

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