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VOLUME ONE HUNDRED SIX 



SPRING 20 



A PUBLICATION 
FOR ALUMNI & 
FRIENDS OF 



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ANNOUNCED 

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BONNER^ 
SCHOLARS: 



FUNDS SOUGHT 
TO ENDOW 
BONNER PROGRAM 





Bonner Mission Statement 

Through sustained partnerships 
with colleges and congregations, 
the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner 
Foundation seeks to improve the 
lives of individuals and communi- 
ties by helping meet the basic 
needs of nutrition and educational 
opportunity. 



WITH THE ANNOUNCEMENT LAST YEAR that the Corella & Bertram F. Bonner Foun- 
dation was awarding a $4.5 million matching grant to permanently endow Maryville Col- 
lege's Bonner Scholars Program, college administrators are now engaged in a public 
campaign to raise the $2 million match required to secure the larger gift. 

Founded and supported by the Princeton, N.J. -based Bonner Foundation, the Bon- 
ner Scholars Program consists of students at 27 colleges and universities who receive 
scholarships when students commit to a certain number of community service hours for 
each year they are in college. 

The Bonner Scholars program at Maryville College began in 1 991 . Today, it sup- 
ports about 60 current students who each agree to contribute at least 40 service hours a 
month in local non-profits, schools and other agencies. 

In the last 1 5 years, it is estimated that 200 Maryville College Bonner Scholars have 
donated more than 250,000 hours of service to local and international nonprofits and 
churches. 

"The program offers an unparalleled return on investment because every donated 
dollar is matched 2.25 times by the Bonner Foundation to give bright students with 
financial need the opportunity to learn and serve," said Maryville College President 
Gerald W. Gibson. "Maximizing the impact of charitable contributions is so important, 
especially in this economy. With the Bonner Scholars Program, everybody wins. Stu- 
dents get a transformative educational experience, and community organizations get 
passionate, dedicated volunteers." 

The College has until Aug. 1, 2009, 
to raise the funds necessary for the match. 

For more information on the 
Bonner match, contact Brandon Bruce 
at brandon.bruce@maryvillecollege.edu. 
or 865.981. 8191. 



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FOCUS SUMMER '07 ISSUE 

Photographs illustrate the spectrum of service place- 
ments pursued - and populations served - by current 
Bonner Scholars. 



Out of focus? NTENTS 



Yes, it has been a while since you've seen this 
publication in your mailbox. And we apologize. 

Ironically, the reasons for the delay in publishing 
this FOCUS can be explained in the magazine's cover 
stories themselves. In those pages, you'll see the 
College's new "look," and you can read about the 
College's new marketing and branding efforts. 

The College's five-person Communications Office 
has been hard at work on these efforts in the last 
couple of years - working with consultants; conduct- 
ing research, surveys and focus groups; creating new 
admissions materials; redesigning the web site; and 
assisting with new events - (in addition to all of its 
regular responsibilities), so putting together a maga- 
zine has been difficult. 

We hope to return to a more regular schedule of 
printing FOCUS and its companion publication, 

Alumni News & Notes. We appreciate 
l5s your understanding and patience. 

The College's web site, maryville- 
college.edu, and the monthly Scot- 
e-Newsletter remain the best ways 
to keep up with the current news 
from campus. If you aren't a 
subscriber to the monthly 
e-newsletter, we encourage 
you to become one! It's 
easy - just go to 
maryvillecollege.edu/ 
alumni/publications, 
asp, click on the 
"Subscribe Now" 
link and type in 
your information. 

In the mean- 
time, if you have 
any comments 
regarding your com- 
munications with and from the 
College, please email us at 
communications@rmaryvillecol- 
lege.edu. 




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This photo isn't a mystery to us, thanks to Mrs. 
Beclee Newcomer Wilson, daughter of the late 
Andrew Newcomer '33 and Elizabeth Duncan New- 
comer '33, who sent it to us along with a fabulous 
story to share. 

"Living till the age of 92, my father regaled us 
with stories of his early years. Enclosed is one of 
them with the photo of the actual group that had the 
adventure," Mrs. Wilson wrote in her letter to us. "I 
felt you might find it an interesting subject for the 
magazine." 

The photograph was taken during the Christmas 
break of 1930, when Andrew (joined by friends Paul 
Winn '34, Frank Neff '33, Winn "Tut" Barr '34, Lila 
Barr '34 and Elinor Winn '34) embarked on a wild 
ride from Maryville to homes in the Philadelphia area. 
To read about the group's death-defying, icy adven- 
ture, go online to the e-version of FOCUS. 



A Publication for Alumni & Friends of Maryville College 



FOCUSCONTENTS 



MARYVILLE COLLEGE 

FOCUS MAGAZINE 2009 

(ISSN 313) PUBLISHED 

ONCE A YEAR 

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Maryville, TN 37804-5907 

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Copyright © 2009 Maryville College. 

Contents may not be reproduced 

in any manner, either whole or in 

part, without prior permission of 

Maryville College. 



IDENTITY 
Maryville College 

is an undergraduate, 
liberal arts, residential 
community of faith and 
learning rooted in the 
Presbyteria n/ Reformed 
tradition serving 
students of all ages 
and backgrounds. 

MISSION 
Maryville College 

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



ABOUT THE 
COVER: 

Against a 
photogra- 
pher's 
white 
backdrop 
set up in 
the Harwell W. Proffitt 
Boardroom, classmates and 
soccer teammates Rachel 
McKee '08 and Lindsay 
York '08 simulate the 
euphoria of graduation in a 
photo shoot held just days 
before Commencement. 





4-5 Class of 2008 Graduates 

Nearly 250 strong, Maryville College's Class of 2008 gradu- 
ated on May 18 in the Boydson Baird Gymnasium. A recent 
survey finds that the vast majority are gainfully employed or 
in graduate school. 



12-13 MC welcomes new 
faculty members 

Several new professors have joined the MC faculty since the 
fall of 2007. Their expertise ranges from 17 th Century English 
Literature to analytical chemistry, and their alma maters span 
the globe - from Shandong University in China to the 
University of Sydney in Australia. 



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15 Robert Naylor 
reflects on 33 
years of service 




Visiting Instructor of 
English Composition 




Before he retired, Dr. Robert Naylor, dean of the College, sat 
down for an interview to talk about the changes he has witnessed 
in students, in higher education and at Maryville College since 
1975, when he joined the faculty to teach physical chemistry. 



19 Telling Our Story: 
The Marketing of MC 

Over the last few years, Maryville College administrators have 
been working with consultants to develop a new brand initia- 
tive that will help the College better articulate what it is, 
what it offers, whom it serves and why it's special. 



2 

3 
11 
30 
35 



Message from the President 
Campus News 
Faculty News 
Campaign News 
Class Notes 



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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT 



<SveeHv\^s £voi*\ fUe Ha\yy\j\\\e College c^wpiAs! 

NOT SO MANY YEARS AGO you never heard on college campuses, Maryville College 
included, words like "marketing" and "branding." These were taken from the lexicon of 
the corporate world, and so eschewed by academic types. But all that is changing. The 
words may not yet trip lightly off the tongues of most faculty members, but at any gath- 
ering of admissions officers or college presidents, marketing and branding are very much 
part of the conversation. They're part of the conversation on the Maryville College cam- 
pus, too. 

Alumni of Maryville College know the Maryville story well. The name "Maryville" 
immediately evokes a very specific picture, calls up a place and people and experiences 
that have helped form them. Market research that we have commissioned tells us that 
although the name has some meaning for the general public in Maryville and Blount 



'Rigorous and 

supportive 'a re qualities 

that our marketing research 

tells us many associate with 

Maryville College. 

I make a distinction between "image 



County, Maryville College is not a recognizable 
"brand" beyond this region. It needs to be. In 
Knoxville, Nashville and Memphis, in Charlotte, 
Atlanta, Birmingham and Cincinnati, the name 
"Maryville" needs to communicate instandy an 
ideal place for a great college education. 

Let me hasten to offer assurance that we have 
no interest in simply creating a Maryville "image." 
and "reputation." The former is fabricated and 
ephemeral; the latter is true and solid and lasting. Marketing Maryville means getting out 
the authentic story of our College to a wider audience. Branding Marwille means assur- 
ing that the public immediately connects Marwille 's qualities with its name. "Rigorous 
and supportive" are qualities that our marketing research tells us many associate with 
Maryville College. This is a college where significant academic challenge is 
balanced with support for meeting that challenge. We want as many 
people as possible to make that association. 

Our efforts to market Maryville more effectively are most evident 
in our admissions publications. We've had quite a few very positive 
comments about the new look of those publications. That's a good 
start, but there is much more we will be doing. We will find ways to 
ommunicate more intentionally with prospective students about 
Maryville's distinctive areas of study. We will further 
improve the Maryville website. We will compile data on 
graduates' placements and share more stories of the 
transformational experience offered here. And, we will 
sponsor academic summer camps, campus programs 
and other events that will introduce new people to 
our tacultv, curriculum and campus, thus raising 
the profile of the College. 

A few years ago, when flying back to Knox- 
ville from an alumni gathering, the gendeman 
sitting next to me asked, "Do you live in 
Knoxville?" "No," I told him, "I live in 
Maryville." His response was, "Oh, I understand diey 
have a good little college there." I smiled. Even though 
no one on campus was using die word back then, it 
was surely a start on branding. If our current market- 
ing efforts are successful, that kind of experience will 
become commonplace. 09 




PRESIDENT 

Dr. Gerald W. Gibson 

EDITORIAL BOARD 

Karen Beaty Eldridge '94 

Director of News and 

Public Information 

Karyn Adams 

Assistant Vice President for 

Marketing & Communications 

ART DIRECTION/DESIGN 

Jessica Stooksbury Swan 



ALUMNI ASSOCIATION 
EXECUTIVE BOARD 



G. Donald Hickman 70 
President 

Pat Jones '55 
Vice President 

Erin Palmer Polly '99 
Recording Secretary 

Kenneth G. Tuck '54 
Past President 



CLASS OF 2009 



Tammy Renee Taylor Blaine '89 
Carrie Callaway Denkinger '92 

Pat Jones '55 

Jeanne Wilson Kruhm '62 

Adriel McCord '00 

Ryan Stewart '99 

Kristine Tallent '96 

Linda Grey Wiley '81 



CLASS OF 2010 



Ibby Shelley Davis '68 

Carrie Osikowicz Eaton '67 

Jeff E. Flickinger '87 

Heidi Hoffecker '89 

Robert A. Larson '51 

Pat D'Alba Sabatelle '73 

Timothy L Self '03 

Larry Sharpe '70 



CLASS OF 2011 



Mary Virginia Ferguson Bond '54 

Lisa Harvey Burkett '88 

Carey Cox Coghill 72 

Jeff Denton '87 

Clara Gowans Hardin '57 

Adam Ray '97 

Harold Turner '03 

Crissy Wieck Welhoelter '01 



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campus news 



FAGER NAMED DEAN 



DR. JEFFREY A. FAGER, Dean of Arts & Sciences and 
Chief Academic Officer at Averett University in Danville, Va., 
was named Vice President & Dean of Maryville College in May and 
began his job on campus July 1, 2008. 

He replaces Dr. Robert Naylor, who last fall announced his 
retirement at the end of the 2007-2008 academic year. (See related 
story, page 15.) 

Prior to his work at Averett, Fager served as assistant academic 
dean at Kentucky Weslevan College, where he also served as chair- 
person for the department of religion and philosophy, and assistant 
professor, associate professor, and professor. He received the 
Presidential Award for Teaching at Kentucky Wesleyan College. He 
was one of 12 chief academic officers to attend The Educational 
Leadership Program at Yale in 2004. 

He holds a bachelor's degree (summa cum laude), with a 
k double major in religion and psychology from the University 
^ of Evansville in 1975. In 1979, he received his master's of 
theology degree (magna cum laude), from Southern 
Methodist University's Perkins School of Theology, focusing 
on the studies of biblical literature. He received his doctor- 
ate in religion from Vanderbilt University in 1987. 
Fager's areas of professional expertise and 
research interests include Hebrew Bible, the sociolo- 
gy of Ancient Israel and ethics. 

T am delighted that Jeff Fager will be joining 
the excellent faculty and staff that make this 
an exceptional college community," said 
Maryville College President Dr. Gerald 
W. Gibson. "At Maryville, we place an 
extra measure of attention to institutional 
fit when considering new community members, and 
Dr. Fager is clearly resonant with the values and tra- 
ditions of Maryville College." 




STUDENTS RATE MC HIGHLY 
IN NATIONAL SURVEY 

MARYVILLE COLLEGE'S SENIORS AGREE that their professors 
put a "premium on writing" and provide constructive feedback 
to their students, so reported a USA Today article published in 
fall 2007. 

The article was one of several that highlighted the 2007 
National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), in which MC 
regularly participates. (The survey is conducted every other 
year.) 

According to USA Today reporter Mary Beth Markelin, NSSE is 
different from other polls and surveys about colleges and colle- 
giate programs but may be just as helpful for prospective stu- 
dents deciding where to enroll for their undergraduate degrees. 

"While many popular college guides focus on things like SAT 
scores of incoming freshmen, or a college's party-school repu- 
tation, NSSE seeks to gauge the quality of an undergraduate 
education by looking at how actively involved students are with 
their studies, professors and the campus community," Marklein 
wrote. "Decades of research shows that the more engaged stu- 
dents are, the more likely they are to learn." 

NSSE polls first-year students and seniors, then groups their 
responses into five "benchmark" categories: Level of academic 
challenge, active and collaborative learning, student-faculty 
interaction, enriching educational experiences and supportive 
campus environment. 

In each of the five benchmark categories,. MC students rated 
their school higher — several points higher — than the national 
average for all colleges and universities participating in NSSE. 
Specifically, the categories of academic chal- 
lenge and enriching educational experi- /^ 
ence got high marks from MC. students. ; 



NEW VICE PRESIDENT & TREASURER ANNOUNCED 



DANA K. SMITH, former chief financial officer of 
Salem College in Winston-Salem, N.C., is now Maryville 
College's new vice president and treasurer. 

A certified public accountant since 1987, Smith 
earned his master's degree in business administration 
from Amberton University in Garland, Tex., in 2006. He 
holds a bachelor's degree in business administration 
from West Virginia University State College and has 
studied at the University of Kentucky's College Busi- 
ness Management Institute. 

He is a member of the American Institute of Certi- 
fied Public Accountants, the National Association of 
College and University Business Officers and the 
North Carolina Society of CPAs. 

Smith served Salem College, a four-year, private 
liberal arts college for women, for six years. His previ- 



ous work experience includes service as associate vice 
president for planning, budget and institutional 
research at St. Petersburg (Fla.) College and assistant 
director of finance with the West Virginia Higher Edu- 
cation Policy Commission. 

As vice president and treasurer of the College, 
Smith has responsibility for all financial matters of the 
College, as well as oversight of employees and 
programs in the business services and human 
resources offices. In concert with the College's 
president and board of directors, Smith is 
expected to engage in strategic discussions and 
develop programs to strengthen the financial 
resources of the College and to devise effective 
methods to communicate about financial matters. 

He began his duties at the College May 1 , 2008. 



FOCUS- 



♦ 




RECENT ALUMNI HEAD OUT TO 
MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD 

Name: Erin French Dols 
Hometown: Louisville, Term. 
Major: Biology 

What she's doing now: Attending the 
University of Tennessee College of 
Veterinary Medicine 
In her own words: "Although I have 
ahvavs wanted to become a veterinarian, 
my academic advisor at Maryville College 
and all of my other major professors truly 
helped me find the confidence and knowl- 
edge I needed to get in to vet school. 

When I began classes, I felt that I was well prepared for the hard 
work to come. My career at Maryville not only gave me a 
comprehensive education but also a deeper understanding or 
mvself and mv abilities." 



Name: Scott Stevens 

Hometown: Dunedin, Fla. 

Major: Business 

What he's doing now: Staff auditor for 

Pershing Yoakley & Associates in Knoxvillt 

In his own words: "With the aid and 

encouragement from the MC faculty and 

the Center for Calling & Career, I have 

accepted a position with Pershing Yoakley 

& Associates. I plan to continue my educa 

tion with a master's degree in business 

administration and gain a CPA certification. The knowledge and 

skills that I developed through my four years at MC have and 

will be instrumental in mv life and career." 



Name: Kathleen "Katie" Warner 
Hometown: Chesapeake, Va. 
Majors: Biology & Environmental Studies 
What she's doing now: Pursuing a 
doctorate of jurisprudence (concentration 
in environmental law) at the University 
of Washington School of Law in Seattle, 
Wash. 

In her own words: "MC gave me so 
many opportunities to lay a great founda- 
tion for the future. The challenges and 

encouragement from professors and staff prepared me for what 
lies ahead. Also, programs like the Lilly Summer Internship and 
American Humanics allowed me to have fantastic experiences 
every summer. Because of these, I was not only able to deter- 
mine what I wanted in a career, I was in a better position to get 
to the next step." 



Name: Quinn Bradley 

Hometown: Clarksville, Tenn. 

Major: International Business 

What he's doing now: Interviewing with different companies. 

He plans to work for a year or two before enrolling in graduate 

school to get a master's degree in business 

management. 

In his own words: "I learned many things 

at Maryville College. I learned that in order 

to be successful in life, you have to set the 

bar high and go after your goals with hard 

work and determination. Maryville College 

also taught me what it really means to be a 

part of a community. The people I have 

become friends with are friends for life, 

and I can count on them for anything." 






Name: Lauren Sipe 

Hometown: Maryville, Tenn. 

Major at MC: Mathematics 

What she's doing now: Working toward 

a doctorate in math at the University of 

Tennessee -Knoxville and serving as a 

graduate teaching assistant. 

In her own words: "As I now narrow my 

field of study to a particular branch of 

mathematics, I am thankful to Mary\ille for 

providing an atmosphere of encouragement 

and support, and I am especially thankful to my professors. 

If it weren't for some of my professors, I'm not sure if I 

would have considered going to graduate school." 




FOCUS I SPRING 2009 




Name: Chris Asquith 
Hometown: Knoxville, Term. 
Major at MC: Biology 

What he's doing now: Earning a master's degree in biology at 
Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., and 
working as a graduate teaching assistant in a biology lab. 
In his own words: "My Maryville Col- 
lege science professors were instrumental 
in helping me understand the concepts 
and master the skills I needed to present 
myself as a desirable candidate for both a 
master's degree and a teaching assistant- 
ship. I am immensely grateful for the 
numerous research opportunities and 
educational experiences offered by 
Maryville as well as the support of all 
my professors, classmates and ramilv." 





Name: Steven Elliott 
Hometown: Franklin, Term. 
Majors: Economics and Political Science 
What he's doing now: Entering the 
Federal Bureau of Investigation to take a 
position in intelligence with the Special 
Operations Group. 

In his own words: "The ability to bring 
more to the table than simply a GPA and 
a certain major is what will make the dif- 
ference in terms of getting noticed 
beyond college. One of MC's greatest strengths is the availability 
of opportunities to become involved. Experience gained tiirough 
extracurricular activities ranging from varsity athletics to student 
publications is invaluable and has already served me well as I 
have begun to enter the world bevond Marwille." 




Six months out, 97 percent 
of Class of 2008 placed 

JUST SIX MONTHS AFTER GRADUATION, 96.5 percent of the 
College's 2008 graduating class was placed, meaning that gradu- 
ates were either employed, enrolled in graduate school or not 
actively seeking employment. Of that figure, 90 percent of mem- 
bers reported that their placements were either fulfilling long- 
term goals or were "stepping stones" to those goals. 

At the six-months-out mark, 43 percent of 2008 graduates 
reported being enrolled or actively applying to graduate schools. 

These were the findings of the second comprehensive gradu- 
ate placement survey, which now is being coordinated 
by the Center for Calling & Career (CC&C). 

In 2007, the College implemented a plan for track- 
ing recent graduate employment and gradu 
ate school placement. The survey is given 
to seniors at graduation and then six 
months and one year after commencement. 

According to Chad Luke, director of the 
CC&C, the data from MC's Class of 2008 is 
impressive. 

"Even as the economy was beginning its 
downturn during the last half of 2008, 90 
percent of our students were either 
where they wanted to be or on their 
way to where they want to be," he 
said. "Looking nationally, the 
National Association of College 
Employers reported that colleges 
and universities saw an average of 
21 percent of their 2008 graduates 
enroll in graduate school. Here, 20 
percent of our graduates were 
enrolled at the six-month mark, but 
another 23 percent were still in the 
process of enrolling." 

The survey's response rate was 
also impressive, Luke said. 

"This data is based on an 
80-percent response rate to our 
survey, compared with 68-percent 
response rates from schools of simi- 
lar size." 




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Name: Silvia Saray Roman Gonzalez 
Hometown: Minatitlan, Veracruz, Mexico 
Majors: International Studies and Spanish 
for Teaching Licensure 
What she's doing now: Teaching two 
sections of Spanish 1 and three sections 
of Spanish 2 Honors at Oak Ridge High 
School in Oak Ridge, Tenn. She also 
co-sponsors the Spanish Club. 
In her own words: "I am so grateful to 
MC for all the lifetime friendships, aca- 
demic challenges, emotional support, travel abroad experiences, 
teaching practica, dedicated staff and faculty and multiple oppor- 
tunities to explore my vocation and develop leadership skills. 
Furthermore, the College helped open doors to amazing job 
opportunities even before graduation. I could not have made a 
better choice four years ago when I decided to attend MC! 




FOCUS I SPRING 2009 





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OAK RIDGE INTERNSHIP HELPS MC SENIOR 
FOCUS ON COMPUTER SCIENCE GOALS 



BY FRED STROHL '76 



LOCATED 30 MILES from 
Maryville College is one of the 
world's most powerful supercom- 
puters. 

The National Center for Computa- 
tional Sciences at the Department of 
Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory 
(ORNL) is the home of a supercomputer 
system that can calculate 119 teraflops, 
which figures to 119 trillion calculations 
per second. 

MC senior Brandon Aaby '08 of 
Straw berry Plains, Tenn., took advantage 
of ORNL's supercomputer capabilities 
during a seven-month period during 
2007. Working on a double major in com- 
puter science and math, Aaby put his aca- 
demic background to good use while 
interning at ORNL. 

"Even though I have a double major 
and took many courses in math and com- 
puter science, I had the opportunity to 
greatly expand my scientific knowledge far 
beyond the regular course load," Aaby 
said in December as he wound up his 
internship that started in May. "The real- 
world learning experience was great in 
adding to what I had learned in the class- 
room. This internship challenged me and 
gave me a better understanding of the 
opportunities in the computer science 
field and how I want to proceed after I 
graduate from Maryville." 

Maryville College was the first under- 
graduate college invited to become a 
member institution of Oak Ridge Associ- 
ated Lmiversities, and that relationship 
is extremely beneficial to students, accord- 
ing to Dr. Barbara Plaut, associate profes- 
sor of computer science and Aaby's 



academic advisor. 

"We are so fortunate here at MC to 
have one of the best research labs in the 
world practically in our backyard," said 
Plaut, who regularly schedules ORNL 
tours for her students. "Internships of any 
kind are beneficial to students, but having 
the opportunity to intern at a top-notch 
facility gives our students an unparalleled 
experience that can lead to excellent grad- 
uate school opportunities and fulltime 
jobs. As a consequence, our students 
enjoy the benefits of a small college while 
still having exposure to real-world, world- 
class research." 

During the summer of 2007, Aaby 
worked fulltime at ORNL with a group of 
college interns from around the country. 
During the fall semester, he worked pri- 
marily on an individual basis for 20 hours 
a week under the supervision of his men- 
tor, Dr. Kalyan Perumalla of ORNL's 
Computing and Computational Sciences 
Directorate. 

His responsibility was to assist in the 
effort to increase the speed of computer 
simulations that social science researchers 
from Oak Ridge and around the world use 
to help with their particular areas of study. 
Much of Aaby's focus was on working with 
graphics processing units that compose 
parts of particular research being studied. 

Perumalla noted Aaby was a unique 
student, quick to grasp complex concepts. 

"Brandon hit the road running by 
developing software and running experi- 
ments to help in our active projects on 
large-scale, high-speed simulations of 
social behavioral systems," Perumalla said. 
"He learned a fair amount of complex 



material, such as graphics processors and 
data parallel algorithms in a short amount 
of time." 

During his tenure at ORNL, Aaby 
assisted Perumalla in the writing of a 
paper that has since gone into publication. 
The paper, entitled "Data Parallel Execu- 
tion Challenges and Runtime Perfor- 
mance of Agent Simulations on CPUs," 
received the Best Paper Award from the 
Society for Modeling and Simulation 
International and the Organizing Com- 
mittee of the 2008 Spring Simulation 
Multiconference. 

The paper is available at: http://www. 
ornl.gov/~2ip/doc/perumalla-gpu-agen- 
tsims07.pdf. 

Aaby, a 2004 graduate of Knoxville 
Catholic High School and the brother of 
Trygve Aaby '78, did not enroll at the 
College almost four years ago with com- 
putational science as his goal. 

"I came in as a freshman planning to 
major in engineering," he said. "After I 
was introduced to computational science 
in a computer class during my sophomore 
year, I decided this is what I wanted to do, 
and I changed my major. I've never 
regretted that decision." 

Hoping to be in graduate school by 
2009, Aabv said there are many possibili- 
ties for him to explore in the field of com- 
putational sciences. 

"This is a field that is definitely on the 
rise," the MC senior explained. "There are 
going to be opportunities to do some sci- 
ence and research, as well as teaching. 
There are a lot of options, and I'm excited 
about all of the possibilities." 

Other MC students who have interned 
at the national laboratory recently include 
Whitney Downing '09, who worked on 
web design, usability and communication 
with the Research Alliance in Math and 
Science group; Rachel Morris '08, who 
was selected for a Higher Education 
Research Experience (HERE) summer 
internship and designed a computer pro- 
gram; and Benjamin Peters '09, who 
worked in the Nuclear Science and Tech- 
nology Division after securing a Science 
Undergraduate Laboratory Internship 
(SULI). 

Fred Strohl '76 is a staff member with Oak 
Ridjie National Laboratory's Communications 
External Relations Directorate. 



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Gibson Hall dedicated at Homecoming 



O REMIND FUTURE STUDENTS, faculty, staff and 
administrators of the tremendous progress accomplished 
during the tenure of Maryville College's 10th president, 
the current college community dedicated the Gerald W. and 
Rachel P. Gibson Residence Hall during Homecoming festivities 
Oct. 18,2008. 

The hall, completed last August at a cost of $8 million, houses 
approximately 150 students. 

Located within a few feet of the new Lloyd Hall (completed in 
2003), Gibson mirrors the older residence hall in look and 
design. Its 
nearly 53,000 
square feet are 
arranged in 
suite-style, with 
rooms sharing 
living space and 
bathrooms. 
Twenty-five 
percent of the 
suites have 
kitchenettes. 

Fronted by 
white columns, 
the four-story 
building has a 
brick facade and 
painted wooden 
trim. Gibson's 

main entry faces U.S. Highway 321, while the back faces the 
main entry of Lloyd. The space between the two residence halls 
creates a courtyard that is a popular gathering place for residents. 

It was the courtyard where alumni, faculty and staff members, 
administrators, members of the College's Board of Directors, 
students and members of the Gibson family gathered for the 
dedication. 







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Sharing the 
podium were Dr. 
Bill Seymour, vice 
president for 
administrative ser- 
vices; Dr. Jeff 
Fager, vice presi- 
dent and dean of 
the College; Ms. 
Vandy Kemp, vice 
president and dean I 
of students; 
Andrew Alfano 

'09, MC senior and Student Government Association president; 
and Dr. Dorsey D. "0011" Ellis, Jr. '60, chairman of the Board 
of Directors. 

Ellis began his remarks by explaining that the Board had only 
one reservation when voting to name the newest building in 
honor of the Gibsons. 

"Traditionally, buildings are named for presidents after they 
complete their terms in office," Ellis explained. "Several Board 
members were concerned that Gerald would interpret a resolu- 
tion to name this building in his and Rachel's honor as a hint that 
he should retire or resign, and that was the last thing they wanted 
to happen. I was dispatched to convey that to Gerald." 

The chairman went on to talk specifically about the transfor- 
mation witnessed at the College since Gibson's inauguration in 
1993: The completion of six new buildings, the acquisition of 
four existing buildings, the major renovation of 1 1 buildings, the 
expansion and renovation of Bartlett Hall, the exterior renovation 
of Anderson Hall, the completion of the Campus Beautification 
Plan and the construction of the $47-million Civic Arts Center 
set to open in 2010. 

To read more about the dedication - including the remarks 
made by President and Mrs. Gibson - visit maryvillecollege.edu. 
(Search on "residence hall dedicated.") 





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MBERS OF THE MARYVILLE CO 
LEGE CONCERT CHOIR enjoyed a 
"Scots-American Musical Journey" in May 
2008, traveling to Scotland for the annual 
Choir Tour. 

Performing in venues such as Stirling 
Castle, Church of the Holy Rude, lona 
Abbey and St. Giles' Cathedral, the choir 
treated attendees to selections with a 
Scottish-British Isle connection. On the 
program was "Scotland Medley," an 
arrangement of traditional Scottish folk- 
songs composed by Dr. James Laster '56. 

Choir members maintained an online 
blog while traveling. To read about the trip 
and see more photos, visit scotsamerican- 
musicaljourney.wordpress.com/ 

A story about Laster's musical contribu- 
tion to the tour can be read at maryville- 

1 college.edu. Search on 

j "James Laster." 

CDs that include perfor- 
fctll mances and photos of the 
SUttllC-LJ Scotland tour are now on 
sale. To download an order 
form, visit the e-version of 
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STUDENT HELPS FORMER FACULTY 
MEMBER WITH COMPOSITONS 

BY KAREN BEATY ELDRIDGE '94 | DIRECTOR OF NEWS & PUBLIC INFORMATION 



IN DR. JERRY PIETENPOL'S small 
apartment at Maryville's Sterling House, a 
computer faces one wall, a piano faces 
another. A recliner sits between them, 
allowing the resident to be close to the 
two keyboards that have kept both sides 
of his brain busy for most of his 72 years. 

But these days, Pietenpol, who retired 
as an associate professor of computer sci- 
ence in 2000, spends more free time at 
the piano than at his PC, replaying origi- 
nal melodies that he composed in his head 
decades ago. 

He's leaving the computer work to 
Maryvilk College student William Sco- 
niers '09 and a former colleague, Dr. Sheri 
Matascik, associate professor of music. 

Armed with a high-quality digital 
recorder, Sconiers, a music major enrolled 
in MUS212: Aural Skills IV, watches 
Pietenpol's fingers glide over the keys 
while discussing key signatures, voices and 
rhythms with Matascik, who stands nearby. 

With the goal of getting onto paper a 
few of the many compositions that are 
recorded only in Pietenpol's mind, Sco- 
niers and Matascik will take riteir notes jp- 
and recording back to campus and, 
using a music notation software pro- 
gram called Sibelius, transcribe what 
they hear and see. In subsequent visits, 
they'll hand over the finished, hard- 
copv manuscript for Pietenpol to play - 
and either approve or edit. 

Matascik says all music majors are 
taught how to use Sibelius. Such tech- 
nology makes transcription work faster 
and more accurate. 

"Digital recording technology allows 
us to change die speed of the performance 
without altering the pitch, change the vol- 
ume level in sections that are difficult and 
manipulate die recording in various other 
ways to hear more easily," she explains. 
"The transcription was done on 'virtual' 
manuscript paper with Sibelius. Computer 
work allows immediate playback of the 
transcription through the computer, so 
spotting errors or problems is much easier 
than it would be with paper and pen tran- 
scription onto manuscript paper." 

Sconiers says the greatest benefit of 
this unique project is seeing the practical 
application of his academic study. 



"In addition," he says, "the process is 
sharpening my aural skills and familiarity 
with the mechanisms of notation." 

The two preludes and one rondo Sco- 
niers is transcribing are representative of 
the Classic style "with some aspects of 
Baroque and even Romantic harmony at 
times," Matascik says. 

"Dr. Pietenpol writes with a clarity of 
phrase and harmonic grace that is a joy to 
listen to and work with," she says. "Wil- 
liam and I are both grateful for this 
opportunity to work with him. For me, it 
is good to reconnect with a colleague on 
the level of composer to composer. For 
William, it is rewarding experience to get 
to know Dr. Pietenpol through his musi- 
cal compositions." 

Pietenpol, who estimates that he has 
probably composed more than 50 pieces 
for piano in his lifetime, is equally grateful. 

"I'd like to get a lot of my composi- 
tions written out so that someone can 
play and enjoy them when I'm gone," the 
former professor said. "If William can 
help me with that, I'll be pleased." 




(At top) William Sconiers '09 watches and listens 
as former professor Dr. Jerry Pietenpol plays one 
of his compositions. (Below) Sconiers discusses 
the transcription process with Dr. Sheri Matascik, 
associate professor of music. 






Griffitts donates funds for 'essential' 
instrument in MC chemistry lab 




BY KAREN BEATY ELDRIDGE '94 | DIRECTOR OF NEWS & PUBLIC INFORMATION 



NEARLY 40 YEARS AFTER her 
husband retired from teaching 
chemistry, Ruby Miller Grif- 
fitts '32 is still interested in the goings 
on of the science laboratories at 
Maryville College. 

Admittedly, she doesn't understand 
equipment more complex than her 
50-year-old kitchen stove, but she does 
understand the importance of today's 
students having access to up-to-date 
instrumentation, computer interfacing 
and laboratory electronics. 

In 2007, Griffitts decided to donate 
money to her alma mater for the pur- 
chase of a Griffin 300™ Gas Chromato- 
graph/Mass Spectrometer (GC/MS). Last 
March, the 96-year-old visited Sutton Sci- 
ence Center to see the instrument and 
meet the students enrolled in CHM365: 
Instrumental Methods who are using it. 

"It's a cute little thing," she said as she 
eyed the white and royal-blue trimmed 
GC/MS and connected laptop computer. 
"But don't ask me any questions about it." 

A plaque recognizing the instrument as a 
memorial to Dr. Fred A. Griffitts '25, pro- 
fessor of chemistry from 1925 until 1969, is 
attached to the side of the instrument. 

Entertaining the students with the story 
of how she met her husband on the MC 
campus, Mrs. Griffitts told them that Dr. 
Griffitts held students to very high stan- 
dards and she knew chemistry was still a 
strong academic program at the College. 

"I knew that this addition [of the GC/ 
MS] was going to mean a lot to the stu- 
dents and a lot to the College," she said to 
the students. "And I knew that this pur- 
chase was going to help the College 
achieve a better reputation. Maryville Col- 
lege has always had a good reputation, but 
this should raise it even more." 

NEW GC/MS IS CRITICAL FOR 
SCIENCE EDUCATION 

Dr. Terry Bunde, professor of chemistry 
and instructor of the CHM365 course, 
couldn't agree more with Griffitts' prediction. 

"It is important for those students who 
plan to continue their education after MC 
to have the opportunity to use modern, 



Ruby Miller Griffitts '32 enjoys a visit to a 
chemistry lab to see the new GC/MS and chat 
with students and Dr. Terry Bunde (far left). 

computer-interfaced instruments that will 
give them the confidence and skills to use 
more sophisticated, research -grade instru- 
ments after they leave MC," the professor 
said. "For those students who will enter 
the work force as bench chemists, experi- 
ence using up-to-date instruments and 
software is crucial to their obtaining the 
first position in a lab. Skills operating one 
instrument are easily transferable to a dif- 
ferent instrument made by a different man- 
ufacturer, but students have to have the 
confidence in their abilities to do that." 

Used to separate and identify very small 
amounts of organic compounds, the GC/ 
MS has become the best way to identify 
trace amounts of chemical compounds. The 
military uses the instrument to monitor air 
samples for nerve gases and toxic chemical 
agents in the battlefield, Bunde said. 

Griffin's patented design for the mass 
spectrometer called the "cylindrical ion 
trap" and a zero mass oven gas chromato- 
graph translates into a more compact, 
more efficient and more reliable instru- 
ment, the professor pointed out. 

PROGRESS MADE TOWARD 
CERTIFICATION 

The purchase of the GC/MS is also 
important as the College strives for the 
American Chemical Society's Committee for 
Professional Training (CPT) certification. 

"About 20 years ago the American 
Chemical Society began to recommend 
which instruments should be found in cer- 
tified undergraduate chemistry programs," 



Bunde said, explaining that in recent 
years, students have been using a GC/ 
MS built from the components of two 
older instruments donated by alumni 
Snell Mills '79 and Ed Bush '72. "The 
GC/MS is listed as an 'essential' instru- 
ment on the guidelines list." 

Bunde said the right pieces have been 
tailing into place at the College to make 
an application for CPT certification from 
the American Chemical Society very 
strong. The addition of Dr. John Gros- 
senbacher last fall gave the Natural Sci- 
ences Division expertise in four areas: 
physical chemistry, organic chemistry, 
analytical chemistry and biochemistry. 
As for instrumentation, Bunde said a few 
more are on the new guidelines list, but the 
department has made important strides. 

"Along with the purchase of the Griffin 
300™ GC/MS, the acquisition of an Ana- 
sazi Instruments upgrade of our nuclear 
magnetic resonance spectrometer two 
years ago ($74,000), the new Shimadzu 
ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometer pur- 
chased with Campus Improvement Plan 
(CIP) money ($15,000) last fall, and the 
upgrade and rebuilding of our two Perkin 
Elmer Fourier transform infrared spectro- 
phometers (donated by alumnus Todd 
Dickson '83 at Tennessee Eastman) in 
2007 will make our application to the ACS 
much stronger," Bunde said. 

PROFESSOR THANKFUL FOR 
ALUMNI INVOLVEMENT 

Considering the numerous donations of 
time, equipment and money by science 
alumni in recent years, Bunde said former 
graduates have had "a tremendous effect 
on the program." 

Referring to the \isit by Griffitts, Bunde 
said students really enjoyed meeting her. 

"I think it is a wonderful idea that 
donors get to meet the students who are 
most affected by their gifts," the professor 
said. "They see that we are not seeking 
money for money's sake but that gifts have 
real, tangible effects on the program and 
the students in the program right after the 
gift is used to purchase equipment like the 
new Griffin GC/MS." 



FOCUS I SPRING 2009 



Lambert recognized for heading athletics department 

WITH AN ANNOUNCEMENT to name the center f or t h c accolades for MC coaches selected and 



WITH AN ANNOUNCEMENT to name the center 
court of Boydson Baird Gymnasium for him, Randy 
Lambert '76 was celebrated, thanked and congratu- 
lated for his 22 years as athletics director of 
Maryville College during a reception held May 6, 
2008, in the Alumni Gymnasium. 

A crowd of current college administrators, 
faculty, staff, student-athletes, former players 
and alumni joined Lambert, his family members and 
close friends to mark the end of "the Lambert Era." 

Maryville College President Dr. Gerald W. Gib- 
son said Lambert's leadership "has been remark- 
able for the winning records of MC's Scots, for the 
honors won by so many MC student-athletes and 

WRIGHT IS NAMED WOMEN'S 
BASKETBALL COACH 

IN APRIL 2008, MARYVILLE COLLEGE intro- 
duced Todd Wright as its new women's basket- 
ball coach during a press conference held at 
Cooper Athletic Center. 

Wright, formerly the head women's basket- 
ball coach and assistant professor of health and 
physical education at Roane State Community 
College in Harriman, Tenn., replaced Jeff Par- 
due, who resigned in March 2008. 

The new coach's employment background 
has included positions utilizing both his interest 
in college-level basketball and his bachelor's 
degree in math education. He is a 1995 gradu- 
ate of Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn. He 
attained his master's degree in human per- 
formance and sport studies from the 
University of Tennessee 
in 1999. 

Prior to joining 
the staff at Roane 
State in 2005, he was 
head women's basketball 
coach, athletics direc- 
tor and mathematics 
teacher at Oliver 
Springs High School in 
Oliver Springs, Tenn. 

Wright has a career 
coaching record of 56-36 on the 
collegiate level and was 150-49 
in six seasons at Oliver Springs. 
His 2008 squad at Roane State 
was ranked No. 24 by the 
National Junior College 
Athletic Association. 



for the accolades for MC coaches selected and 
mentored by Randy Lambert." 

Gibson went on to enumerate some of 
Lambert's achievements: impressive winning 
percentages of all teams, 38 Great South 
Athletic Conference championships and 10 
Presidents' Cups, 45 NCAA national tourna 
ment selections, 29 Ail-American honors by 
student-athletes, the addition of three sports 
to the College's list of intercollegiate athlet- 
ics offerings, facility improvements, coach- 
ing honors. 

Lambert will remain as head coach of 
the College's men's basketball program. 




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SCHRAM IS NEW MARYVILLE 
ATHLETICS DIRECTOR 

Maryville College Associate Athletics Director and Head Volleyball Coach 
Kandis Schram '85 became Maryville College's athletics director in 
May 2008. 

She was recommended unanimously by a nine-person search committee 
composed of faculty, staff, students and alumni and chaired by Vice Presi- 
dent for Administrative Services Dr. Bill Seymour. 

"The Search Committee noted in particular Kandy's prior experience as a 
coach and administrator, her appreciation of the Maryville College mission and 
Division III philosophy and her energetic and forward- thinking approach to 
athletics," said Vandy Kemp, vice president and dean of students. 

As athletic director, Schram will be responsible for supervising athletic 
department staff members and the College's 14 varsity sports programs. 
Among other duties, she will be in charge of the department's annual 
budgets, give final approval to head coaches for scheduling all intercollegiate 
athletic events, enforce and interpret all NCAA and conference regu- 
lations, as well as College policies and procedures, and 
represent the College at conference, state and national 
meetings. 

Schram may act also as a consultant to the Cabinet 
on matters pertaining to the athletic program. 

A standout volleyball, Softball and tennis player as a 
student at Maryville College, Schram became an assis- 
tant volleyball coach following her graduation. 
In January of 1986, she accepted the posi- 
tion of head coach and in 2005, added 
"associate athletics director" to her title. 

With this new role for Schram, plans 
are underway to transition the College 
from a model of part-time athletics 
director to one of a full time athletics 
director with additional resources for 
coaching staff within the volleyball 
program. 

The alumna replaces longtime athlet- 
ics director Randy Lambert '76, who 
announced in February 2008 his resigna- 
tion from that position after 22 years 
of sendee. 




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Facu Ity N ews 



Meyer installed as Beeson Chair in Religion 



During a luncheon and 
installation ceremony 
held Jan. 31, 2008, in 
Maryville College's Prof- 
fitt Dining Room, Dr. 
William Meyer was named 
the Ralph W. Beeson 
Chair of Religion. 

Meyer, an associate 
professor of philosophy 
and religion, is the third professor to hold the title. The chair was 
established at the College in 1991 with funds from the estate of 
Birmingham insurance executive Ralph Waldo Beeson, who 
wished to recognize a faculty member for exemplary accomplish- 
ment as a teacher and scholar, "thereby contributing to the con- 
tinued academic excellence at Maryville College," explained Dr. 
Robert Naylor, vice president and dean, at the luncheon. 



Meyer earned his doctoral degree in ethics and society and his 
master of divinity degree from the University of Chicago. He 
holds a bachelor of divinity degree from the University of Edin- 
burgh (Scotland) and a bachelor's degree in economics from 
Northwestern University. 

He joined the MC faculty in 1997, teaching courses in ethics, 
philosophy and religion. A frequent peer reviewer for The Journal 
of Religion and The Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, 
Meyer spent a spring sabbatical working on a 660-page manu- 
script (working title Metaphysics and Christian Ethics) for publica- 
tion. He has spent eight years researching and writing the book. 

Meyer was instrumental in writing a grant for the College's 
Initiative on Vocation, which resulted in a $2 -million implemen- 
tation grant and a $500,000 renewal grant, both from Lilly 
Endowment Inc. as a part of the Endowment's Programs for the 
Theological Exploration ofVocation (PTEV) initiative. 



MC researching canines 3 impact on autistic children 

DR ARIANE SCHRATTERAND DR. CHAD SCHROCK, two faculty members in 
Maryville College's Division of Behavioral Sciences, along with several students major- 
ing in psychology, are observing and collecting data on autistic children and their 
response to service dogs provided by Wilderwood Service Dogs of Maryville. 

Much of the students' data collection involves videotaping children before their 
introduction to the dog, immediately following the pairing, during a get-acquainted 
period, and later. The students follow up with children and their parents at 3-month 
intervals. Additionally, parents assess their child's progress by filling out questionnaires 
at different stages of the child-dog relationship. 

While most experts agree that service dogs help control or prevent the self-stimula- 
tory behavior in autistic children, little research has been conducted to explain why. 
Schratter, Schrock and students are exploring several theories regarding why service 
dogs seem to benefit children with autism spectrum disorders. 

Maryville College professors and students expect to continue the research for 
several years. 




CKLIN-SOFER PUBLISHES BOOK ON 
^-INDUSTRIAL BRETON WOMEN 



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Vomen's Work and Identity in Eighteenth- 
Century Brittany, a study by Maryville College 

— ciate Professor of History Dr. Nancy JSttyta Eigh«e" 

lin-Sofer, was recently published by 
■ Ashgate Publishing Company. 
The book, a comprehensive 
{ of the pre-industrial Breton wc 
A an's role in family, society and the 
economies of their communities, 
includes information from the pro- 
fessor's 2000 doctoral dissertation 
'Women in Early Brittany: Rethink- 
g Work and Identity in a Traditional Economy," and six 
idditional years of research and writing on the subject. 



CRAIN AUTHORS 

IMPORTANT 

SCIENTIFIC STUDIES 

DR. DREW CRAIN, associate professor of 
biology, was the lead author of the study 
"Female reproductive disorders: the roles 
of endocrine-disrupting compounds and 
developmental timing" published in the 
October 2008 medical journal Fertility 
and Sterility. 

"The study indicates that exposure in 
the womb to chemicals that disrupt the 
endocrine system may be an important 
factor in painful and costly reproductive 
diseases that affect a majority of adult 
women in the U.S." read a report pub- 
lished in the Nov. 12, 2008 issue of 
Environmental Science and Technology. 
"A team of 18 scientists combed through 
more than 300 studies on the contribution 
of endocrine-disrupting compounds to 
disorders of the ovary, uterus, breast, and 
pubertal timing. Experiments with rats and 
mice reveal that many ubiquitous chemi- 
cals such as PCBs, the herbicide atrazine, 
and plasticizers have detrimental effects 
on the female reproductive tract." 

Crain has also been involved in recent 
research involving the plasticizer bisphe- 
nol A (BPA). He was an author of the com- 
mentary "Why Public Health Agencies 
Cannot Depend upon 'Good Laboratory 
Practices' as a Criterion for Selecting Data: 
The Case of Bisphenol A" published 
online in Environmental Health 
Perspectives in October 2008. For the 
study, Crain collaborated with scientists 
from leading national and international 
universities and laboratories. 



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DR. AARON ASTOR | ASSISTANT PROFESSOR 
OF HISTORY 

TEACHING AREAS: U.S. Civil War, Guerilla Con- 
flict, African -American History, History of the U.S. 
South. DEGREES: Ph.D. in American History, 
Northwestern University (2006); MA. in American 
History, Northwestern (2001); B.A. in Philosophy 
Hamilton College (1995). PREVIOUS APPOINTMENTS: Visit- 
ing assistant professor, Albion College; adjunct lecturer, teaching 
assistant and student-athlete tutor, Northwestern. OTHER 
NOTABLES: Astor's article, "I Wanted a Gun: Black Soldiers and 
White Violence in Civil War and Post-War Kentucky and Mis- 
souri," is featured in the textbook Reconstruction: The Civil War's 
Unfinished Business. 

a DR. ANITA BERGESON | VISITING INSTRUCTOR 
OF ENGLISH COMPOSITION 
TEACHING AREAS: Composition, Old and Mid- 
dle English Language and Literature, History of the 
English Language, Arthurian Literature. DEGREES: 
Ph.D. in English, University of Tennessee, Knoxville 
(2006); MA. in English, UTK (2000); B.A. in Eng- 
lish, History-Political Science, Jamestown College (1996) PREVI 
OUS APPOINTMENTS: Lecturer, publications editor, editorial 
assistant, graduate teaching assistant, tutor, UTK; Librarian, Jame- 
stown College. OTHER NOTABLES: Bergeson has given an array 
of diverse presentations, such as "Gender (R)evolution: Marilyn 
Manson, Androgyny, and the Antichrist Superstar" for the Popular 
Culture Association of the South. 

DR. TRICIA BRUCE | ASSISTANT 
PROFESSOR OF SOCIOLOGY 

TEACHING AREAS: Sociology, Sociology of Reli- 
gion, Social Movements, Discourse, Non-Profits. 
DEGREES: Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Cali- 
fornia, Santa Barbara (2006); MA. in Sociology, 
UCSB (2003); B.A. in Sociology, Communication, 
Southwestern University (2001). PREVIOUS APPOINTMENTS: 
Research assistant professor, Georgetown University; teaching 
assistant, University of California Washington Center; teaching 
associate, teaching assistant, research assistant, UCSB. OTHER 
NOTABLES: Since 2005, Bruce has also worked as a research con- 
sultant, providing organizational assessment through quantitative 
analysis and report writing. 

I DR. YUANYUAN DING | ASSISTANT 
PROFESSOR OF MATHEMATICS 
AND COMPUTER SCIENCE 

TEACHING AREAS: Computer Science, Bioinfor- 
matics, Machine Learning, Mathematics, Algorithms, 
Statistical Learning. DEGREES: Ph.D. in Engineer- ' 
ing Science with an emphasis in Computer Science 
University of Mississippi (2007); M.S. in Mathematics, UM 
(2006); M.S. in Engineering Science, UM (2003); M.S. in Eco- 






nomics, Renmin University of China (1999); B.A. in History, 
Shandong University, China (1996). PREVIOUS APPOINT- 
MENTS: Part-time graduate instructor, tutor services coordinator, 
teaching assistant for artificial intelligence, UM. OTHER NOTA- ' 
BLES: Ding has received first and third place awards in the Student 
Platform Competition at the MCBIOS Conference. 

DR. FRANCES HENDERSON | ASSISTANT 
PROFESSOR OF POLITICAL SCIENCE 

TEACHING AREAS: Comparative Politics, African 
Politics, Social Movements, Woman's Movements, 
Political Theory. DEGREES: Ph.D. in Political Sci- 
ence, Washington University in St. Louis (2007); 
M.A. in Africana Studies, Cornell University (1996); 
BA. in International Relations, Syracuse University (1994) PRE-' 
VIOUS APPOINTMENTS: Instructor, teaching assistant, gradu- 
ate student representative, WU. OTHER NOTABLES: Henderson 
served as an international election observer in Mozambique for the 
Carter Center for Democracy in 2003 and 2004. 

DR. ANDREW IRVINE | ASSISTANT 
PROFESSOR OF PHILOSOPHY 

TEACHING AREAS: Philosophy of Religion, The- 
ory and Method in the Study of Religions, Political 
Theologies, History of Philosophy. DEGREES: Ph.D. 
in Philosophy, Boston University (2002); M.A. in 
Sacred Theology (1996) and M.A. in Theological 
Studies ( 1995), Boston University School of Theology; B.A. in 
English Literature, University of Sydney, Australia (1989) PREVI- 
OUS APPOINTMENTS: Assistant professor of comparative reli- 
gion, director of senior studies, Long Island University; lecturer, 
Loyola University; lecturer, Boston University Metropolitan Col- 
lege. OTHER NOTABLES: For two years, Irvine led U.S. under- 
graduates in year-long, around-the-world programs in comparative 
religion and culture. 

SUMMAR WEST | VISITING INSTRUCTOR 
OF ENGLISH COMPOSITION 

TEACHING AREAS: English, History, Social Sci- 
ences. DEGREES: M.A. in Social Sciences, Univer- 
sity of Chicago (2002); B.A. in History and English, 
Maryville College (2001). PREVIOUS APPOINT- ' 
MENTS: English teacher, Cleveland State Commu- 
nity College; English teacher, Webb School of Knoxville; teaching 
assistant, Hyde Park Career Academy High School; resident assis- 
tant, English teaching assistant, literature and grammar tutor, MC. 
OTHER NOTABLES: Along with studying literature and writing 
poetry, West has been a programs and grants manager for the 
Knoxville Botanical Gardens and an assistant for Keep Blount 
Beautiful. 





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KELLY BATTLES | ASSISTANT 
PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH 

TEACHING AREAS: Composition, The Novel, 
17* Century English Literature, Perspectives on 
the American Community. DEGREES: Ph.D. in 
English, Michigan State University (2008); MA in 
English, Michigan State (2002); B.A. in English 
and History, Alma College (1999). PREVIOUS APPOINT- 
MENTS- Instructor of English, Michigan State; Instructor and 
Lecturer, Lansing Community College; Graduate Student Repre- 
sentative on the English Department Graduate Committee, 
Michigan State. OTHER NOTABLES: Among Battles research 
interests are gothic literature, the historical novel and early pho- 
tography and visual culture. Her dissertation was entitled I he 
Antiquarian Impulse: History, Affect and Material Culture. 

JOHN GROSSENBACHER | ASSISTANT 
PROFESSOR OF CHEMISTRY 

TEACHING AREAS: Principles of Chemistry, Ana- 
lytical Chemistry, Instrumental Methods, Perspectives 
on the Environment. DEGREES: Ph.D. in Analytical 
Chemistry, Purdue University (2001); B.S. in Chem- 
istry, Otterbein College (1995). PREVIOUS 
APPOINTMENTS: Senior Research Scientist, Principal Investiga- 
tor and Project Manager for Applications and Testing for Griffin 
Analytical Technologies; Graduate Researcher, Purdue University. 
OTHER NOTABLES: In the last five years, Grossenbacher has 
been awarded more than $750,000 in grants for research involving 
mass spectrometry. He was heavily involved in both the design and 
software programming for the Griffin 300™ Gas Chromatography 
Mass Spectrometer. (See related story, pW e 9 -) 

DANIEL HICKMAN | VISITING 
INSTRUCTOR OF SPANISH 

TEACHING AREAS: Elementary Spanish I & II. 
DEGREES: Ph.D. in Spanish Literature with a 
minor in Hispanic Linguistics, Indiana University 
(2008); MA. in Teaching Spanish, Georgetown 
University (2005); MA. in Spanish Literature, Uni- 
versity of Tennessee (2003); B.A. in Spanish and International 
Business UT (2001). PREVIOUS APPOINTMENTS: Associate 
Instructor of Spanish, Indiana University; Graduate Instructor of 
Spanish UT; English Teacher, Langtrac Centro de Idiomas (For- 
dgSiguage Institute), Puebla, Mexico. OTHER NOTABLES: 
Before earning his bachelor's degree, Hickman completed business 
and language programs and courses in Spain and Mexico. 

i^WM JENNIFER OLANDER | VISITING 
I f i% INSTRUCTOR OF MUSIC 

; N - H TEACHING AREAS: Music, Lessons (piano). 

t! I DEGREES: M.M. in Accompanying, University of 

Wr. M Tennessee I 2007 i; B.A. in Music, Maryville ( ollege 
W (2005). PREVIOUS APPOINTMENTS: Graduate 
Assistant in Vocal Accompanying, Instrumental 
Accompanying, UT; Music Director for the Tennessee Valley 
Players' production of "The Melody Lingers On: The Music of 
Irving Berlin" (2006); Music Library Assistant, MC; Music The- 
ory Tutor, MC. OTHER NOTABLES: In 2007, Olander was 
selected to participate as a student pianist at the American Insti- 
tute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. 






IN CHINA 

DR. SCOTT HENSON, assistant professor of politi- 
cal science, was awarded a Freeman Student- Faculty 
Fellows Program grant for S23,500 to research minor- 
ity populations in rural China. 

Along with MC students and recent graduates Josh 
Phillips '08, Ally Ketron '08, Amanda Brooks, Cory 
Everett and Whitney Downing, the professor spent 
three weeks in the Guizou and Sichuan provinces last 
summer, observing and interacting with the Dong and 
Tibetan populations. 

The title of Henson's grant proposal (and the focus 
of the group's study) was "Prosperity and Preservation: 
The Impact of Globalization on Rural China and 
Minorities (A Comparative Study of Kham Tibetans 
and Dong People)." 

"Our focus is on understanding the impact of Chi- 
na's rapid globalization, urbanization and moderniza- 
tion on the rural areas and within minority groups," 
Henson said during an interview before leaving the 
country. "China is ethnically diverse with over 50 rec- 
ognized minority groups. Diversity in culture, economic 
interests, power structures and even foreign relations are 
characteristics of Chinese society that have flourished for 
millennia under the umbrella of one China." 

Specifically, the study was focused on three aspects of 
globalization in the context of minority society: culture 
and family, economics and communication, and politics 
and public services. Henson expected students to 
observe tilings like satellite dishes and water quality and 
interview people on migration and family "to develop a 
picture of die changes in these areas and their impact." 

Henson, who has researched globalization in East 
Asia for several years, plans to publish the study's find- 
ings and make presentations with the group in China 
and the United States. 

"We hope our research can produce changes in pol- 
icy and also suggest strategies for maximizing the posi- 
tive aspects of change while minimizing the negative 
by-products," he said. 

GRANTS ARE COMPETITIVE 

Last summer, the Freeman Student-Faculty Fellows 
Program selected only 13 research teams from ASIA- 
Network member colleges for grant funding. Seven of 
the 13 teams traveled to China, four traveled to Japan, 
one went to South Korea and one researched Singapore. 

Among the other colleges and universities repre- 
sented in the fellows program wen 
Bard College, Earlham College and the University of 
New Hampshire. 

A consortium of more than 170 North American 
colleges, ASIANctwork strives to strengthen the role of 
Asian Studies within the framework of liberal arts edu- 
cation to help prepare succeeding generations of under- 
graduates for a world in which Asian societies play- 
prominent roles in an ever more interdependent world. 



Facu Ity N ews 




BUNDE NAMED CHAIR- 
ELECT OF THE ETACS 

Dr. Terry Bunde, professor of chemistry at 
Maryville College, was recently named chair of 
the East Tennessee Section of the American 
Chemical Society (ETS-ACS). 

With membership of more than 600 chemists 
and chemical engineers living in an area that 
stretches from south of Kingsport to Oak Ridge 
to just north of Chattanooga, the ETACS is a seg- 
ment of the larger American Chemical Society (ACS). 

Bunde, who began teaching at the College in 1977 and is a 34-year 
member of the ACS, was selected as chair-elect in 2008. In that role, he 
planned the section's month-to-month activities and oversaw several out- 
reach initiatives for K- 1 2 schools and for safety. 

Similar to the mission of the ACS, the goals of each section include 
providing members with opportunities to enhance their professional 
development, network and contribute to the public's understanding of the 
importance of chemistry. 

"I have always enjoyed the responsibilities that the ACS places on its 
members to help interpret chemistry for the lay public as a way of giving 
back," the professor said. "Maybe I see these leadership roles in that light." 

Among the ETACS' activities are the S.C. Lind Lecture Series, which 
annually brings two prominent scientists to East Tennessee. In its nearly 60 
years of existence, the series has hosted numerous Nobel laureates and other 
internationally known chemists. 

Bunde said he hopes to bring several of the lectures to the College. 
Maryville College has an affiliate ACS chapter for students, and he expects to 
involve it in section meetings and programming. (The ETS-ACS meets 
approximately nine times each year.) 

"The student chapter hosted a section meeting several years ago, and 
that was a great experience," the professor said. "It's difficult for students 
who have earlv-morning classes to attend evening meetings of the ETS-ACS, 
especially when they are at venues far awav. Bv having some of the meetings 
at MC, I hope we can have more students involved." 




'ONE VALLEY AND A THOUSAND': DAMS, 
NATIONALISM, AND DEVELOPMENT, a book 
by Associate Professor of History Dr. Daniel Klin- 
gensmith, was published by Oxford University Press 
in 2007. 

In the book, Klingensmith details 
the policies and projects of the 
Damodar Valley Corporation of 
India and the Tennessee Valley 
Authority of the United States. 

"This book attempts to explain 
how dams came to play such a sig- 
nificant role in the development 
efforts of the American and Indian governments, 
and indirectly others as well, in the decades follow- 
ing the close of the Second World War," the author 
writes in the preface. "It is a history, not of dams in 
themselves or of their effects (important though they 
are), as of the political significance attached to them 
in two specific but intersecting contexts: India and 
the United States after around 1940." 

The topics of South Asia history, environmental- 
ist history and colonialism have been of interest to 
Klingensmith since he was a graduate student. 

In 2007, he spent five months at Calcutta's Viswa 
Bharati University as a Fulbright Scholar, conducting 
independent research on his topic of interest, which 
was entitled "Nature, Empire and Nation: Environ- 
mentalist Discourse in India, 1900-1947." 



COLLEGE SELECTED TO ADMINISTER $1.8-MILLION 
GRANT FOR PUBLIC-SCHOOL TEACHERS 



MARYVILLE COLLEGE HAS BEEN AWARDED a Tennessee 
Department of Education Math Science Partnership grant, the 
East Tennessee Math Science Partnership (ETnMSP). The 
ETnMSP focuses on effective, data-driven and sustainable mathe- 
matics and science improvements in teaching and learning in the 
public schools. 

According to Dr. Terry Simpson, chair of the College's Educa- 
tion Division and project director for the grant, Maryville College 
will oversee the three-year, S1.8-million budget and commit three 
additional faculty members to work with teachers of participating 
schools. 

"Our grant will serve 80 public-school teachers who are teach- 
ing mathematics and science in eighth, ninth and 10 tn grades in 
four school systems: Blount Counts', Fentress County, Union 
County and York Institute," Simpson explained, adding that prin- 
cipals of the participating schools will also be served. "The State 
Board of Education recently announced that new curriculum stan- 



dards and an increase in rigor are forthcoming. This is especially 
true for mathematics and science. The goal is to have students 
college-ready and/or work-ready when they graduate from high 
school. 

"Partnership grants like this one are aimed at improving the 
quality of instruction in those math and science classrooms," 
he added. 

SouthEast Educational Inc., a local non-profit consulting 
group, is contracting with the College to deliver the programs 
associated with the grant. 

At the College, Dr. Terry Bunde and Dr. Drew Crain of the 
Natural Sciences Division have signed on to teach and mentor the 
public-school teachers. Dr. Margie Ribble '61, associate profes- 
sor of mathematics and a former public-school math teacher her- 
self, will also participate. 

For more information, visit maryvillecollege.edu. (Search on 
"partnership grant. ") 



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NAYLOR 





ON 33 YEARS 



AT MARYVILLE COLLEGE 



Dr. Robert Naylor came to Maryville College from Cleveland, Ohio, in 
1975 to teach physical chemistry. With a newly earned doctorate from Case 
Western Reserve University, he was hired by Gale Rhodes, chair of the 
chemistry department and at that time, the only other teaching chemist at 
the College. When Rhodes left in 1977, Naylor stepped in to the leader- 
ship position. 

He was chair of the department, and then the Division of Natural Sci- 
ences, for the next 24 years while continuing to teach numerous courses in 
the discipline and in the general education curriculum. He was elected the 
very first chair of the faculty in 1987 and chaired both the Planning and 
Budget Advisory Committee and the steering committee for the Window 
of Opportunity Strategic Plan for the College. 

In 2001, he was named interim vice president and dean of the College 
and moved his office from Sutton Science Center to a new Fayerweather 
Hall. The following year, "interim" was dropped from his tide, and he set- 
tled in to guiding the academic affairs of the College. 



IF BOB NAYLOR, vice president and dean of Maryville College, 
had attended the faculty retreat in Townsend planned for last 
August, he would have noticed that nearly half of the professors 
gathered for professional development and fellowship were his 
hires. 

But Bob Naylor didn't go to the faculty retreat last year. He 
retired, effective June 30, closing out 33 years of extraordinary 
service to the College. 

"These are the best of times," he said at a farewell luncheon 
held June 16 in his honor. The outgoing dean was referencing the 
recent graduation of Maryville College's largest class, but with a 
perspective spanning four decades, Naylor knows that the Dicken- 
sian saying is a fitting description, institution-wide. 

FOCUS editor Karen Beaty ElAridge '94 
interviewed Naylor just weeks before his 
departure. Portions of that interview follow. 

What programs are you particularly 
proud of that you had a role to play 
in their founding/formation? 

"Well, the Center for Calling & Career got 
underway right at the beginning [of my ten- 
ure] and it's grown into a real distinctive of 
the College. We opened the International 
Programming Office, and inaugurated the 
Center for Strong Communities. We also 




started the Institutional Grants Office. We began the Teaching 
Well Series for faculty development that [Professor Emerita] Mar- 
cia Keith heads. That's huge. Dr. Ron Wells helped us organize 
the Maryville Symposium on Faith and the Liberal Arts. Under 
[former Chairperson of the Core Curriculum] Dr. Peggy Cowan's 
leadership, we were selected as a foundation college in lohn Gard- 
ner's Foundations of Excellence in the First Year in College pro- 
gram. Back in 1991, we arranged for Maryville to become the first 
undergraduate college associated with Oak Ridge Associated Uni- 
versities. I think one of the things I'm most proud of- and I can't 
say that I did much other than offer support - is the rejuvenation 
of the Concert Choir and the Orchestra. Stacey [Wilner, coordi- 
nator of choral music] gets all the credit for that, but I'm glad 
M^^^^m that's happened, but we've been very intentional 
about it. We've added five new majors - art his- 
tory, philosophy, music theory/composition, 
computer science, and the theatre major for 
teacher licensure. And Community Conversations 
A. <^J started. Crystal [Coulter, associate professor ot 

psychology] really did that, but we got that series 
going and off the ground." 

How many new faculty members 
have you hired? 

"There were 63 full-time faculty when I moved to 
the Dean's Office, and there are now 79. That's a 



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25 percent increase. But I have had the good fortune to hire 
nearly half of the current faculty now as of this fall." 

What would you say about the faculty today? 

"As a group, they are as strong as we've ever had. Absolutely. And 
one of the reasons is that we've met the faculty salary plan. We can 
compete nationally for top-notch people. More than 25 percent of 
our faculty are members of Phi Beta Kappa. Their graduate 
degrees are from first-rate institutions all over the country." 



How do you feel about 
the curriculum now? 

"We've maintained a very strong com- 
mitment to a multifaceted, interdisci- 
plinary core program. And we've 
grown diversity in the disciplines, so 
the disciplinary strength is also very 
good. I think the curricular offerings 
are as plentiful as they've ever been. 
We're offering more courses now than 
we've ever offered with enhanced 
emphasis on experiential learning, par- 
ticularly international experiences." 

Do you think Maryville College's 
commitment to the liberal arts 
has remained the same over time? 

"Without question, and grown stron- 
ger! Even in the face of external counter 
pressures, the faculty and fortunately, 
the presidents, particularly Gerald [Gib- 
son, current MC president], have been 
very firm patriots. And that's the way 
our Board of Directors has been. We 
have an exceptional Board of Directors 
that understands the value the liberal 
arts bring to career preparation and 
enrichment of one's life." 




How else has Maryville College 
stayed the same? 

"Well, I think the commitment of fac- 
ulty, staff and administration to the 
mission of the institution has been very strong over time. People 
are the institution, and ours are committed to the ideals of the 
liberal arts and of producing graduates who are going to make a 
difference in the world. Those commitments have certainly 
remained the same - commitments to our values-based education. 
I think our commitment to global perspectives has grown. We 
have a strong commitment to that and sending our students over- 
seas and welcoming international students to this campus." 

What do you think are some of the biggest challenges 
faced by higher educational institutions today? 

"There are several. How to deal with rising costs. How to keep up 
with technology. How to deal with the expectations and prepared- 
ness of students who are now coming to us. How do we prepare 
for and manage accelerated change? How do we collectively 
address issues of ethical decision making? I think there's a real 
challenge, internationally, too. There was a time when a U.S. edu- 



ROBERT NAYLOR, LEFT, TAKES A BREAK ON THE PORCH 
OF THE PROFFITT DINING ROOM WITH COLLEAGUES DR 
ELIZABETH FOWLER AND DR. HARRY HOWARD IN THIS 
LATE 1970s PHOTO. 



cation was premier in the world. That's no longer the case. Why is 
that, and what do we need to do to be able to educate our citi- 
zenry for global participation? And how do we continue that com- 
mitment to service, serving others beyond our own self interests? 
That's something that Maryville is all about. There's a lot of talk in 
higher education about diversity right now. How do we ensure 
diversity of experience with a diverse student body and yet main- 
tain that critical sense of community? How do we get students to 
understand the importance of tolerance of ideas? How do we dis- 
courage isolationism? How do we foster civic engagement and 

responsibility? How do we provide real- 
world experiences for students that go 
beyond just talking about a subject? And 
how to we ignite in every student the 
passion to explore and learn throughout 
one's life?" 

What has been your reputation? 

"I remember a comment from a stu- 
dent who said, maybe in my third year 
■ of teaching, "You are almost as tough 
as [Professor of Biology] Dr. [Randy] 
Shields." And I thought, 'Now, that's a 
compliment.' Randy was always rough; 
you had to come up to his standard, so 
I always appreciated that . . . There was a 
particular student in intro chemistry 
who was a pretty good artist. In my 
early days, I was known for wearing 
velour shirts and white tennis shoes. 
Someone drew a caricature on the 
chemistry lab board of me in that garb 
and underneath it wrote: 'Dr. Naylor - 
Great guy, but a heart of stone.' I was 
tough when it came to grading, and I 
was prettv unforgiving in terms of 
meeting deadlines, and I think that's 
what that student meant with [the 
comparison to] Randy Shields. The 
rules are set out for all to follow. And 
fairness is the main thing. Everybody 
has to be held to the same standard. You 
can't change the rules arbitrarily without 
answering the question 'How do I tell 
all of these other people who had to fol- 
low the rules why I did this?' And that reputation has carried 
through, even into the dean's office now. You've got to live by 
principles. It comes down to integrity - whether it's in grading or 
it's in dealing with professional colleagues. Fairness and integrity 
in decision-making - if you lose that, there's really nothing left." 

Why retire now? 

"I've come to the point of thinking pretty seriously about the last 
quarter of my life, and I've done a lot of teaching and I've talked 
to students about how to live enriched lives. Well, maybe now it's 
time to practice the preaching. It's time to explore - OK, yes I 
could go on doing what I'm doing, but perhaps I shouldn't. My 
health is in good shape, I'd like to do some things that will require 
physical exertion, and I want to be able to do it before I get to the 
point where I can't. So there are parts of the world that I want to 
see and some personal goals that I want to achieve. I want to 



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DR. ROBERT NAYLOR ENJOYS A MOMENT WITH 

HIS WIFE, SUSAN KEITH NAYLOR '79, DURING HIS RETIREMENT 

PARTY IN APRIL 2008 AT THE HOUSE IN THE WOODS. 



spend a lot more time with my wife [Susan Keith Naylor '79 ]. 
She'll tell you that she's been waiting 30 years for this adventure. 

You mentioned travel and exploration. Anything else? 

"Maybe a bit of writing. I don't have any plans [for the type of 
writing], although there is an unfinished manuscript for a chemis- 
try study guide sitting in my desk drawer. I need to reread the 
classics through much older eyes. Gardening. Grandchildren. We 
have six; their ages range from six to 15. The thing about retire- 
ment is, I don't want to make any plans. I just want to start a new 
phase of life and let it grow. I tell people, 'I've never been retired 
before, so I don't know what it's going to be like. I've got to 
experience it.'" 

Do you think you'll still be involved in the life of 
the College? 

"I told [Associate Professor of Music and jazz pianist] Bill Swann, 
'You play, I'm there.' And, so we'll come to all the orchestra con- 
certs, most of the choir concerts, I'm sure, Community Conversa- 
tions. Why live near a small college if you're not going to use it? I 
don't have a computer at home, so all of my computing will be in 
the library. I don't have any plans to teach. That doesn't mean I 
won't; the key is 'don't have strings that bind.' We'll be around. 
I'm encouraging Jeff [Fager, next VP and Dean] and Vandy 
[Kemp, VP and Dean of Students] to continue the free newspaper 
program because I plan to come and pilfer a New York Times every 
morning and buy a cup of coffee in Highland Grounds." 

What will you miss? 

"If 'miss' means 'pining' for something, like 'I wish I could be 
doing that,' then I won't miss anything. That's a tough question 
because if you say 'I won't miss,' people might conclude that you 
don't care, and I do. But I'm one of those guys who believe if 
you don't have any control over it, why worry about it? I'll 
tell you, you can put down that I'll miss Martha Hess 
'67. I'll miss Martha for the same reason mountain hik- 
ers feel a kindred spirit - they've walked pretty much 
the same trail." B 




RESEARCH FUND HONORS 
NAYLOR'S SERVICE 

A SPECIAL FUND FOR FACULTY RESEARCH at Maryville Col- 
lege has been established to honor the service of Dr. Robert J. 
Naylor, vice president and dean of the College, who retired 
June 30, 2008. 

Announcement of the Robert J. Naylor Research Endowment 
came at Naylor's farewell luncheon held June 16 at the Airport 
Hilton in Alcoa, Tenn. Dr. Dorsey D. "Dan" Ellis Jr. '60, chairman 
of Maryville College's Board of Directors, told the crowd that 
the Board unanimously endorsed the fund and its objectives, 
which include supporting the Robert J. Naylor Research Schol- 
ars program and providing resources to encourage research 
collaboration between faculty and students. 

Scholars will be appointed by the vice president and dean of 
the College on the recommendation of the faculty develop- 
ment committee. To be considered for the award, faculty "must 
hold the doctorate and show evidence of scholarly achievement 
and promise, and the ability to make an outstanding contribu- 
tion to the College. Furthermore, faculty must provide detailed 
plans for research involving students that will extend the stream 
of knowledge within a given discipline or will encourage inter- 
disciplinary learning," according to the endowment proposal. 

Speaking at the luncheon, Maryville College President Dr. 
Gerald W. Gibson spoke of Naylor's 33 years of outstanding 




RETIREMENT LUNCHEON IN JUNE 2008, DR. ROBERT NAYLOR 
RECEIVES GIFTS FROM MC PRESIDENT DR. GERALD GIBSON. 



service and called him a "Godsend" when he assumed the role 
of interim vice president and dean of the College in 2001 . 

"... Being a dean is the hardest job on a college campus, 
and Bob Naylor has carried out his extensive and important 
duties with grace, with professional skill and with dedication. 
He has been admired by his fellow vice presidents at the Cabi- 
net table, by the faculty members with whom he worked on 
academic issues, and by our Board of Directors," the president 
said. "Bob, on behalf of all of us who value your work and your 
character and recognize your considerable accomplishments, I 
say thank you." 

Also speaking at the luncheon were Associate Dean Dr. 
Mardi Craig, Executive Assistant Johnni Freer, Associate Profes- 
sor of Religion and Chair of the Humanities Dr. Peggy Cowan 
and Vice President and Dean of Students Vandy Kemp. 



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Seven join Board 

of Directors 

Bulette is consultant for the Center for Business 
and Government Fellows at Harvard University. 
She received her bachelor's degree from Hood 
College and her master's degree from Michigan 
State University. 

Her community involvement includes former 
service on the Hood College Board of Trustees 
and the Harvard College Board of Freshmen 
Advisors. She is a former member of the National Association 
of International Educators and served on the International 
Research and Exchanges Educational Advisory Board. 

She and husband Gregory Dormitzer make their home in 
Frederick, Md. 

Cureton, president and professor of political 
science at Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, III., 
earned his bachelor's degree from Maryville. 
He earned a master's degree from American 
University and a doctorate from the University 
of Pennsylvania. He has also attended the Insti- 
tute for Educational Management. 

Prior to Elmhurst, Cureton spent 23 years at 
Hartwick College as a professor and administrator. 

A member of Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago, 
Cureton is a ruling elder, former trustee and former director of 
music. He serves on the executive committee of the United 
Church of Christ's Council for Higher Education. 

Cureton and wife Jeanette have two daughters. They make 
their home in Elmhurst. 

Harmon, who attended Maryville College in the 
mid 1960s, resides in Maryville. He attended 
Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tenn., 
where he received his associate's degree. He 
later earned both bachelor's and master's 
degrees from the University of Tennessee-Knox- 
ville. Harmon owned Country Oaks Cottages 

HARMON 

and several motels in Pigeon Forge prior to 
his retirement. 

He serves on the boards of the Blount County Chamber of 
Commerce and United Way and is a member of the Maryville 
Kiwanis Club. 

A member of Broadway United Methodist Church in 
Maryville, he is also a board member of Martin Methodist and 
the Holston Home for Children. 



Hickman serves as the Maryville College 
Alumni Association representative on the 
Board. After Maryville, he went on to gradu- 
ate from the FBI Academy in 1978. He is 
retired from TVA, where he served as assis- 
tant inspector general for investigations. 

He is a member of the Leadership Council 



In 2008, Maryville College welcomed seven members to its 
Board of Directors: Elizabeth Bulette, Bryant Cureton '60, W. 
Ed Harmon '67, G. Donald Hickman '70, Naomi Burgos Lynn 
'54, Ken Tuck '54 and James Usdan. 






for the American Diabetes Association and a member of the 
Knoxville Writer's Guild. Past board service includes the Knox- 
ville chapter of the American Red Cross and the Knox County 
Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. He is also a member of 
Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity. 

Hickman is married to Janet Houston-Hickman, and they 
have two children. They reside in Knoxville and attend St. Paul 
AME Church in Alcoa. 

Lynn returns to the Board after previously serv- 
ing for 1 1 years. She is the chancellor emerita 
for the University of Illinois at Springfield. An 
alumna of the College, she went on to earn a 
master's degree from the University of Illinois 
and a doctorate from the University of Kansas. 

Active in academic and professional orga- 
nizations, she is a member of the American 
Political Science Association, the American Society of Public 
Administration and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library 
and Museum Foundation. 

Lynn is married to alumnus Robert Lynn '54, and they 
have four children. They attend Westminster Presbyterian 
Church in Springfield, III., where they reside. 

a Tuck, who had been has been serving on the 
Board as the MC Alumni Association represen- 
tative, moved into a regular slot on the Board. 
Following his graduation from Maryville, 
Tuck earned his medical degree from the Uni- 
versity of Virginia School of Medicine, and com- 
pleted his residency at the Mayo Clinic in 
Rochester, Minn. He is an ophthalmologist with 
the Vistar Eye Center in Roanoke, Va. 

Tuck's list of community and professional involvement 
includes the Roanoke Valley Foundation, the Rotary Club of 
Roanoke, Rotary International, the American Academy of 
Ophthalmology (serving as president in 2000) and the Medical 
Society of Virginia. 

He and wife Sara have three children. Grandson Peter 
Coats '10 is enrolled at the College. 

Usdan lives in Nashville, Tenn., where he is a 
venture partner in Council Ventures, II, L.P. Jim 
graduated from Harvard College in 1971. 

He serves on the Harvard School of Public 
Health Advisory Board Executive Council, and 
is a board member of HCCA International of 
Nashville. He is the founder of the Nashville 
Chapter of America-Israel Friendship League. 
Jim has served as a member of the Maryville College National 
Advisory Council since its inception in 1997. 

Jim and wife Lisa have one son. They attend the Congre- 
gation Ohabai Sholom in Nashville. 




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BY KARYN ADAMS | ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS 

WUev\ pl<?iv\v\iv\^ began for this issue of FOCUS almost two years 
ago, the College had just embarked upon the process of imple- 
menting our new brand creative. I'm sure that many reading that sentence 
arrive at the final two words, "brand creative," and raise an eyebrow. What 
do those words mean? What do they have to do with an institution of 
higher education? The answer to both questions is "quite a bit," in fact. 



ASKING THE RIGHT 
QUESTIONS 

Toward the end of 2005, the commu- 
nications, admissions and advancement 
staff agreed that it was time to revamp the 
printed publications sent to prospective 
students. There is an entire flow of com- 
munication that goes to prospective stu- 
dents, beginning in the sophomore year of 
high school and continuing through the 
first days on campus. Much of this com- 
munication is still print based; however, 
printed pieces are increasingly comple- 
mented by a parallel electronic communi- 
cation flow. 

To us, our printed publications 
appeared outdated. We were ready for a 
fresh look. Before we redesigned based 
upon our in-house opinions, we decided 
to engage the help of a well-established 
higher education consulting firm, Stamats. 
Our initial conversation with them went 
something like this: 

Maryville: Hi, we'd like to get 
your help in redesigning our 
admissions publications. 

Stamats: Great. Why? 




Maryville: We've decided it's 
time. They're looking a bit 
dated, a bit stale. 

Stamats: Okay, but why? 

Maryville: Uhm, they're looking 
out of date, kind of dull. It's 
time to freshen them up. 

Stamats: Okay, but why? 

This went 
on for a little 
while before 
we got to 
the crux of the 
question. Sure, Col 
lege administrators and 
creatives could intuit that 
MC's printed publications 
weren't as contemporary 
as desired, but we 
weren't basing our 
move to change on 
any facts or data. We 
hadn't yet asked some 
important questions of 
our current students, of 
our prospective students, 




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even of those prospective students who 
never matriculated to the College. We des- 
perately needed to do research to know 
why and how our publications, our message, 
should be revised. 

A study was undertaken with current 
students, learning about their perceptions 
of Maryville and their opinions about our 
old materials. Next, the College undertook 
research to learn why students do not come 
to Maryville. 

Conducted via phone interview with 
150 non- matriculants and 315 non- 
responders, this second round of research 
was incredibly eye-opening. (Note: Non- 
matriculants are prospective students who 
engaged with the College at some point 
during the College search but did not 
enroll at MC. Non-responders are pro- 
spective students who never communi- 
cated with us, regardless of admissions 
office efforts.) For both of these groups, 
Maryville College didn't make the grade. 
Why not? 

If students in the non-matriculant/ 
non-responder groups had heard of 
Maryville College, they held the impres- 
sion that it was, "a pretty good school." 
Not exactly shining testimony for our rep- 
utation. But even more discouraging was 
that most of these students had never 
heard of Maryville at all. These were stu- 
dents from our primary and secondary 
markets saying they had little to zero 
knowledge about MC. We had found the 
nucleus of our problem. In real estate, 
people always say, "location, location, loca- 
tion." In higher ed, the key to success 
could justifiably be stated as, "reputation, 
reputation, reputation." Our problem 
wasn't that we had a bad reputation, it was 
that we didn't have a reputation. 

WHAT'S IN A PROMISE? 

To become known, we had to define 
what MC is — saying "small, private, lib- 
eral arts college," describes roughly 1,740 
other institutions in the U.S. Maryville had 
to establish its reputation, i.e., Maryville 
had to define its brand. Long thought to 
be a taboo word in academic circles, those 
understanding the challenges of the 
recruitment process and the marketing of 
an institution have come to use the word 
freely and see their college or university's 
success and strength as equivalent to that 
of its brand. 



The Marketing Task Force — com- 
posed of the vice presidents for enroll- 
ment, academics, student development, 
finance, advancement, the assistant vice 
president for marketing & communica- 
tions, and the president- -set to work. 
Facilitated by a Stamats consultant, the 
Task Force initiated the creation of a brand 
promise, which is a single statement that 
authentically captures the Maryville experi- 
ence and enables each staff member, fac- 
ulty member and student to consistently 
communicate the MC brand. Although 
many other statements already existed--the 
mission statement, identity statement, 
statement of purpose, the faith and learn- 
ing statement -- none of these helped with 
consistent reputation building. The brand 
promise helps establish reputation by pro- 
viding the guide for what we promise to 
deliver as an institution to those engaging 
with our College. Everytime. 

After brainstorming columns of words 
and phrases that were true descriptors of 
Maryville, the group winnowed the list of 
potential attributes by fighting for those 
believed to be most necessary and chal- 
lenging those perceived as less accurate. 
These sessions generated healthy debate 
about the identity of the College and in 
the end, produced seven different promise 
statements. These seven potential state- 
ments were then tested via an electronic 
survey sent to a variety of stakeholders, 
including current students, alumni, faculty, 
staff, the board of directors, parents and 
others. 

Of the seven statements, one was con- 
sistently selected across all constituent 
groups as the most authentically Maryville. 
It was this statement that became our 
Brand Promise. 

MARYVILLE COLLEGE 

OFFERS A RIGOROUS AND 

HIGHLY PERSONAL 

EXPERIENCE FOR 

STUDENTS WHO WANT TO 

TRANSFORM THEIR LIVES 

AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE 

IN THE WORLD. 



20 



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If used correctly, the brand promise is 
a touchstone for everything we do--from 
planning programs and events to pitch- 
ing news to the media, to directing our 
interaction with students, community 
members and alumni. 

This February, I presented an inte- 
grated marketing update to the Board of 
Church Visitors, sharing specific exam- 
ples of how Maryville lives out each 
attribute from the statement. Although 
there is only room to print one example 
for each attribute in the magazine, 
numerous examples exist and more are 
added with each semester. 

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Maryville College is one of only a handful 
of schools that requires each of its gradu- 
ates to complete a yearlong thesis project 
in the field of her or his study. Impressive. 
And not only impressive, but distinctive. 
And how does this requirement impact the 
student experience? When MC students 
who are grad-school bound go for inter- 
views, they have a significant leg-up in the 
process because they have already done 
graduate-level research and critical writing. 
In fact, the Senior Study can take some 
credit for the outstanding graduate and 
placement data we have on our students. 
(See page 5. ) These outcomes are indica- 
tors of an academically challenging pro- 
gram that prepares students for life, not 
just a diploma. 

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Ex««*vfl€S: Rvst--yew Experience 

Complementary to our school's academic 
rigor is Maryville's supportive and highly- 
personal environment. It's not a sink or 
swim kind of experience. Indicative of this 
attribute is the institution's nationally rec- 
ognized First- Year Experience, a sequence 
of four courses taking place during the stu- 
dent's first year that concentrate on the 
individual and on establishing a supportive 
peer network. Both US News and World 
Reports and the Foundations of Excellence 
in the First Year organization have hon- 
ored the program as a signature experience 
for students. 




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One current student, Andrew Alfano '09, 

noted, "I don't believe these changes [in 
myself] could have taken place anywhere 
else." We hear similar comments from stu- 
dents, their parents, and from alumni. The 
MC experience is a transformational one, 
but how is it distinctive from other col- 
leges? Obviously playing an important role 
in the development of a personal and 
moral ethic is the College's environment 
of faith and learning. Maryville is truly a 
place where students can ask difficult ques- 
tions of their own faith, grow in their own 
beliefs and embrace opportunities for faith 
and learning to challenge and support one 
another. 



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Regardless of major or field of study, our 
students leave MC with a strong desire to 
make a difference in the 
world. We suspect this 
happens because they are 
given the tools and 
opportunities to make a 
difference the entire time 
they attend Maryville . 
One example is our group of Bonner 
Scholars, who receive critical scholar- 
ship funds in exchange for 10 volun- 
teer service hours per week in the 
community and 280 service hours 
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able to select their volunteer service outlets 
to closely match their interests and studies. 
The result? MC students give more than 
1,000 hours per week of volunteer service 
to our community. This is an incredible 
gift — for both our community and our 
students. 

THE SILLY PUTTY® 
CONNECTION 

What do Maryville College and Silly 
Puttv® have to do with one another? Once 
the brand promise was established for MC, 
the next step was to execute messages and 
visuals that told the story of those brand 
promise attributes in a truly authentic way. 
We again engaged the Stamats team to 
come to campus and interview our current 
students about the Maryville experience. 
What is it, exacdy? 

One reply stood out in particular. 
The comment came from then junior 
Josh Phillips '08. He noted that 
Maryville was a lot like Silly Putty® 
because when he came to MC, he was 
a lot like that hard, red, plastic egg — 
he knew who he was, what he 
thought, what he wanted to do when 
he grew up, and that was that. But 
soon, that egg was being cracked open 
by his studies and his professors, and 
he, much like that Silly Putty® inside, 
was being pulled outside of that egg. 



stretched and challenged. (Editor's note: 
For more on Josh Phillips, sec pa/je 27.) 

The whole metaphor worked. From the 
notion of getting stretched — academically, 
spiritually, socially, physically — 
which is exactly what a liberal 
arts institution is supposed to 
do for its students, to the 
cross generational and 
demographic appeal. 

Stamats developed several 
different creative concepts 
based upon "Stretch 
Your Mind" and then 
collaborated with 
MC marketing and 
communications 
folks to test the 
concepts. Focus 
groups were held 
in other states as 
well as in local mar- 
kets to see how pro- 
spective students, 
who fit our desired 
academic profile, 
responded. The 
"Stretch Your 
Mind" concept was 
very well received, 
and the prospective 
students also pro- 
vided feedback 



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The Stamats firm continually 
collects, compiles and analyzes 
data on nearly all aspects of 
higher education. Presenting 
Major Trends: Factors that will 
Impact Your Ability to Recruit 
Students, Raise Dollars and Mar- 
ket Your Institution to college 
administrators at a conference 
in July 2008, Dr. Robert A. 
Sevier, senior vice president at 
Stamats, shared the following 
predictions: 



^> There are six growth 
markets in higher 
education: 

• Students of color 

• Adult students, 
including seniors 

• Commuter students 

• Part-time students 

• Women (of almost all ages) 

• International students 

^^ The market for full-time 
residential students is 
declining and will con- 
tinue to decline for at 
least a generation. 

rr Public institutions, par- 
ticularly four-year 
regionals and two-year 
institutions in or near 
urban areas, face unpar- 
alleled opportunities. 



^^ We will continue to see 
an erosion of the 
United States as the 
world's education 
leader. 

?? We will see an increase 

in the number of tal- 
ented students from 
India, China and other 
developing countries 
coming to the U.S., 
especially graduate 
students. 

^^ We will see an increase 
in the number of U.S. 
students attending 
schools abroad. 

^^ From a student's per- 
spective, there is a 
growing blur between 
publics, privates and 
for-profit institutions of 



higher education. (Stu- 
dents increasingly see 
colleges as a commod- 
ity, especially since so 
many colleges/universi- 
ties look and sound 
alike.) 

^^ The home-school 

movement is leading 
to a home-college 
movement. 

^^ Aside from "pure" lib- 
eral arts colleges, most 
colleges/universities 
will blend "brick and 
click" (traditional class- 
room settings with 
online course offerings). 

^^ Many proprietary (tax- 
paying) institutions are 
legitimate players and 
will exert more influ- 



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STRETCH YOUR MIND 



Maryville needed to assemble a cohesive 
creative concept for the visual appearance 
of our new message. Pages 24-25 of this 
issue showcase some of the specific aspects 
of the new creative look, driven by the 
responses from the student focus groups. 

THE FOUR Ps OF MARKETING 

As important as the work detailed 
above was to the institution, it was still 
work that was addressing the surface. But 
true, integrated marketing functions on 
many levels and addresses multiple issues. 
If Promotion is the tip of the iceberg, then 
k lurking beneath the waterline are the other 
^L three Ps of marketing — Price, Place and 
^k Product. 
^k In Maryville College's case, price 

B is easily defined as tuition and fees. 
j^^^B Place is also somewhat straightfor- 
H ward, we are a residential College 
I located in Maryville, Term.; how- 
|^ ever, as Maryville works toward 

offering online courses, the defini- 
tion of place is morphing and will con- 
tinue to do so if we are staying 
competitive. 

And it is competition that directs the 
magnifying glass to that last P, Product. 






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What is Maryville College's product? I 
posed this question during the numer- 
ous rollout presentations across cam- 
pus and invariably the group would 
respond as follows: 

Faculty member A : 

"Our product is students." 

Faculty member B: "No it's not. 
Students aren't products. They're 
people. Our product is an 
education." 

Precisely. Our product is an edu- 
cation, plus the entire experience 
surrounding that education. So how 
does our product compare to that of 
the competition? Until the fall of 
2007, we had only conjecture to guide 
us. We took the summer of 2007 to 
complete a behemoth survey which Sta 
mats used to conduct an Academic 
Program Marketability Audit 
(APMA). The end result promised to 
be a competitive analysis of just how 
MC's offering stacked up against 
neighboring institutions. 

In addition to the internal survey 
data we provided, Stamats queried 
employers about their needs for future 
employees. Prospective students were also 
surveyed, in addition to a comparative 
analysis made of the academic programs of 




ence in the higher educa- 
tion community. 

^^ Institutions that serve only 
full-time residential under- 
graduates will face an 
extremely difficult future 
unless they are well- 
branded and/or well- 
endowed. 




>> This is the age of the 

never-satisfied student 
(and parent). 

^^ We can expect parents' 
role in decision on where 
to go and whether to stay 
to increase. 

ff More students will transfer 
more often. (They will start 
out at less expensive insti- 
tutions and transfer to bet- 
ter-known institutions.) 

^? Technology is the fabric of 
a teen's social network, and 
they expect a similar rela- 
tionship with their 
college/university. 

SS Online offerings will con- 
tinue to evolve as an ele- 
ment of institutions' 
success, especially with 
adult students. 



^^ The growth in the adult 
student market may slow a 
bit but overall, the trend 
holds, and adults will con- 
tinue to make up nearly 
half of higher education. 

?? Institutions of higher edu- 
cation who establish an 
institution-wide commit- 
ment to serving this [adult 
student] market will experi- 
ence financial benefit and 
position themselves as a 
resource within the com- 
munities they serve. 

^? Recruiting will become 
even more technical. 

fr Aid (both merit and need) 
will be even more impor- 
tant in the future. 



^^ The schools best able to 
recruit students will be 
those that: 

• Are near or in an urban 
area 

• Have a strong brand or 
are commodity buys 

• Have a price point in 
the middle of the per- 
ceived competitor set 

• Are able to serve 
multiple types of students 

• Have a significant 
endowment 

• Have differentiated and 
valued curriculum 



?? 



Institutions at risk: 

Rural 

Less well-known with 

uncertain value 

More expensive without 

strong brand 

Few cash reserves 



FOCUS I STRING 2009 23 



So how do we represent Maryville College and its 
brand visually? 

On these two pages, Publications Manager Jessica Swan laid out 
design elements suggested by Stamats that our audiences soon 
should be associating with Maryville College - everything from the 
new tagline ("Stretch Your Mind") to die new style of photogra- 
phy to how we explain the Silly Putty® metaphor. 

Guiding the messaging is a new brand promise: "Maryville 
College offers a rigorous and highly personal experience for stu- 
dents who want to transform their lives and make a difference in 
the world." 

Focusing on the attributes "rigorous," transforming," "guid- 
ing" and "making a difference," administrators and staff members 
who are tasked with promoting Maryville College already are high- 
lighting these essential characteristics of the Maryville College 
experience in stories, publications, presentations and events. 




New 
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Design £jev*\ev\t- #\ 

Typography: A new handwritten accent font 
to communicate a casual and approachable 
design that speaks to all audiences. This font in 
conjunction with our primary fonts accommodates 
the many different applications needed by the 
institution — from the casual to the refined. 



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New photography utilizes two types of imagery. The first 
represented here employs white space to focus on individual 
students, faculty or staff. These relaxed and playful silhouetted 
profiles are juxtaposed against academically focused images and 
are used mostly in conjunction with large quotes to further share 
the focus and voices of MC. 



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College e>cp€vlev\ce UVe?" 

Remember Silly Putty 8 ? That little 
hard ball stuck inside a plastic 
egg? You might feel like that 
when you arrive at Maryville 
College — a solid, unwavering mass, 
certain of what you know and believe. Until 
your professors crack open that hard exterior 
and start stretching you. Then, like Silly Putty® 
pressed against newsprint, you begin to carry 
the imprint of all of the experiences you have 
here. Before long, you don't fit inside that egg 
anymore. And you don't want to. That's the 
Maryville experience. 



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Brand Collateral Samples 



Revised Web Site 

Launched in early March, the "reskinned' 
Maryville College web site now has 
the look and feel of the new Admissions 
publications. Much of the structure 
and text content remain the same as 
the previous site, but improvements to 
maryvillecollege.edu are ongoing. 



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The second new type of imagery approach 
is to frame images within a picture template 
to create a 'scrap booking' effect. The goal 
is to convey the engaging atmosphere at 
Maryville College in a more playful and 
realistic manner. These images are often 
stacked to represent the multitude of 
opportunities. 






(All featured individuals are 
actual students or faculty. No 
stock photography is used. 
Highlights from our photo 
shoots can be found throughout 
this issue.) 



2008 Viewbook 
FOCUS I SPRING 2009 25 



STRETCH YOUR MIND 




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Decatur, Alabama 




three competitor schools. For 
these competitor schools, we 
chose a regional state school and 
two other regional private schools at which 
we know our non-matriculants tend to 
enroll. 

The outcomes of the APMA returned 
and we were faced with some simple, some 
challenging and some controversial recom- 
mendations to pursue it our intention was 
to keep our product (our educational 
experience) competitive with that of other 
institutions and with what our market of 
prospective students and potential future 
employers were demanding. This 
means, for example, making our 
catalog of courses available to pro- 
spective students in accessible 
language and format (that's 
simple), making decisions based 
upon what is best and most 
adaptive for our students (not 
what is easiest or most com- 
fortable for the administra- 
tion, faculty and staff- — a 
much more challenging rec- 
ommendation) and regularly 
evaluating our programs of 
study and the marketplace 
to determine if we should 
drop or add majors (that's 
controversial). 

If students are to pick 
Maryville as the place to 
invest some of die most 
important years of their 
lives, we must make sure 
MC is following through on 
its brand promise and mak- 
ing good on that investment. 
This requires taking full advan- 
tage of the great many oppor- 
tunities that Maryville has at its 



doorstep — to authentically promote the 
Maryville experience, to extend our reach 
to new populations of students and to 
maintain the known strengths of our insti- 
tution. 

We promise our students that Maryville 
is the place where they can "stretch their 
minds and stretch themselves.''' The suc- 
cess of our institution rests not only on 
our following through on that promise for 
our students, but on Maryville College 
pushing itself as an organization to also 
join in the challenging and rewarding 
activity of getting out of that little red egg, 
picking up new experiences and stretching 
its mind. 



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JosW Pkillips '02-. 

THE STUDENT BEHIND THE EGG 



STRETCH YOUR MIND 



A 



S A STUDENT at Maryville Col- 
lege, Josh Phillips '08 always tried 
o think outside the box. 

Or maybe tiiat's "think outside the 
shell" ... 

Phillips gets the credit for the College's 
new tagline "Stretch Your Mind." He's 
the reason, too, that prospective students 
visiting the campus get an egg of Silly 
Putty® to reinforce the message. 

In 2007, Phillips was one of about 25 
students asked to participate in two focus 
groups led by marketing consultants from 
Stamats. 

"The Stamats reps said they were trying 
to get a feel for the College," Phillips 
remembered. "They got us started by ask- 
ing; some specific questions. I remember 



Silly Putty pretty quickly." 

A stickler for rules, Phillips was initially 
concerned that "Silly Putty" was two 
words and not one word, as the consultants 
had asked for, but he stuck to his idea 
when die question came around to him. 

Intrigued, the consultants asked him to 
expound on Silly Putty®. 

"Besides the stretchy part, I talked 
about how you buy Silly Putty® in a shell. 
In college, people talk a lot about coming 
out of your shell," Phillips remembered 
saying. "And lots 
of people have 
that memory 
of mashing 
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one: 'If you had to describe 
Maryville College in one word, 
what would it be?' 

The consultant started with 
one student seated at the table, 
then went down the line, giving 
each an opportunity to respond 
and explain. 

"I listened to the first one or 
two responses, and then I got 
busy in my head," Phillips 
remembered. "A lot of what was 
talked about was community and 
friendship, which are all true and 
good when it comes to the Col- 
lege, but in my head, I was try- 
ing to come up with something 
different. It's hard to show 
'community' in a brochure. 

"I then started considering 
what the College had done for 
me," he continued. "I knew that I 
had grown as an individual here. I 
felt like the experience stretched me, 
stretched my mind. So I started think- 
ing about things that stretched. I came to 




over cartoons in the newspaper and seeing 
the images lifted up onto the putty. That's 
sort of symbolic of what happens at 
Maryville - as you come in contact with 
different people and ideas, you pick up bits 
of information that stay with you." 

The consultants were impressed - both 
with the idea and the experience that it 
described. 

"One of the representatives handed me 
her pen and said, 'Here, you can do my 
job,'" Phillips said. "They liked it, and from 
what I can tell in the marketing pieces that 
have been created since then, my idea 
hasn't been altered very much from how it 
was presented originally." 

"That definitely makes me proud in 
some sense," he added. "It's not a goal of 
mine to have my picture in publications 

and advertisements, but 
it was a big thing for 
me - my first 
tagline." 

It likely won't 
be his last, 
though. The 
27-year-old is now 
employed as a mar- 
keting strategy con- 
sultant with Image 
Communications, a 
Knoxville-based mar- 
keting services firm. 
Considering his suggestion to 
the Stamats consultants, Phillips acknowl- 
edges one deviation from the Silly Putty® 
metaphor - students don't return to the 
shell after the MC experience. 

"I don't fit inside that egg anymore," 
he explained. "And I don't want to." 



Hometown: Brimley, Mich. 

Major: International Business, Political Science 

Minor: International Studies 

Senior Study Title: "DynCorp International and the 

Business of Conflict Outsourcing" 

On-Campus Activities: MC Ambassadors, Model 

UN Coordinator 

Internships: Baker Scholar at the Howard H. Baker 

Center for Public Policy, market researcher for 

Voices Heard Media and Modern Sprocket 

International experience: Sydney, Australia, to work 

with Liberal Party of Australia, Queensland Division's 

political party; January Term trip to Malta and 

Tunisia; research trip to China 



FOCUS I STRING 2009 



27 



STRETCH YOUR MIND 



BY DR. JEFF BAY | ASSOCIATE 
PROFESSOR OF STATISTICS 



^W^nfegic Planning -Pov <a 

"College o-P DisHwcKon' 



IN FEBRUARY 2008 President Gibson invited me to lunch for 
what I assumed would simply be a chance to visit. But before the 
waiter (a recent MC alum who was temporarily waiting tables 
before entering the Peace Corps) took our orders, President 
Gibson asked whether I would be willing to serve on the 
Strategic Planning Steering Committee. Later, after further con- 
versation, I learned that in our College's tradition of planning, 
the chair of the Strategic Planning Committee- 
is also the Chair of the Planning and Budget 
Advisory Committee (PBAC). In keeping with 
tradition, Dr. Gibson requested that I chair 
both committees. 

My initial response was along the lines of, 
"Are you sure PBAC will be a good fit? I 
don't even handle the budget in my house- 
hold. Wouldn't one of the chairmanships be 
enough?" But it is true that, as President 
Gibson pointed out, I am comfortable with 
numbers. Aid the logic of having the same 
person in the two roles is sound — it leads to a 
built-in accountability that objectives in a stra- 
tegic plan will be supported through the bud- 
geting process. And in truth, while some of us 
on the faculty occasionally complain about the 
time that committee work requires, most of us 
value the opportunity to be involved in 
College governance. 

The first task of the Steering Committee 
was to come up with a name for the new plan. 
After much discussion, we decided that the 
new plan needed to include the term "distinc- 
tion." "Distinction," more than any other 
word, seemed to describe where we wanted 
this plan to take us by the year 2015. 
President Gibson took this term and came up 
with the simple, but appropriate name: The 
College of Distinction Plan. 

Over the summer the committee engaged in an environmental 
scan that led to an analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportuni- 
ties, and threats, the so-called SWOT analysis. Identified 
strengths included our liberal arts curriculum, undergraduate 
research program, and sense of community while weaknesses 
included student attrition and a lack of diversity and name recog- 
nition. The Steering Committee, not surprisingly given the 
ongoing construction of the Civic Arts Center, sees an opportu- 
nity in creating a fine arts niche. A clear threat, even as of last 
summer and more so now, is the economy. The complete list 
consisted of 55 items spread out over the four categories. 

We then asked the MC community to envision what we want 
our college to be like in 2015. Among the common themes were 
visions of a challenging academic program that was holistic and 
transforming, and a diverse community that was collegia! and 
service-oriented. In total, nearly 75 common themes were identi- 
fied across 12 categories. 

Feedback on the common themes was sought at a pair of com- 
munity forums held in late October and early November 2008. 
These three -hour sessions began with an exercise designed to 



The Strategic Planning 
Steering Committee 

Chair: Dr. Jeff Bay, 
Associate Professor of Statistics 

Members: Chelsea Barker '10, 
Darrick Edmonson '10 

Student Representatives 
Dr. Jeff Fager, Vice President & 

Dean of the College 
Dr. Gerald Gibson, President 
Dr. Jenifer Greene, Associate 

Professor of Management 
Don Hickman '70, 

Alumni Association Representative 
Diane Humphreys-Barlow '70, 

Director, MC Board 
Ms. Holly Jackson-Ludlow, 

Vice President for Advancement & 

Community Relations 
Ms. Vandy Kemp, Vice President 

for Student Development 
Kandis Schram '85, Athletic Director 
Dr. Bill Seymour, Vice President 

for Administrative Services 
Mr. Bill Sliwa, 

Vice President for Enrollment 
Mr. Dana Smith, 

Vice President for Finance 



help "mixed groups" of faculty, staff, students and alumni reflect 
on the College's core values. Participants were asked to evaluate 
statements lifted from three core documents: Statement of 
Purpose, College Covenant, and Faith and Learning Statement. 
Following the reflection exercise, participants shared a meal while 
listening to stories that personalized our core values. The stories 
included Preston Fields '03 drawing a parallel between his expe- 
rience taking a youth to the Foothills Parkway 
to experience a view previously unimaginable 
and what the College seeks to provide its stu- 
dents, and Rachel Rushworth '08 describing 
the impact of working in an adult literacy pro- 
gram to enable a father to write a letter to his 
children. 

The final hour of the session involved con- 
necting core values to the common themes 
from the visioning exercise — what parts of 
our vision are strengths in terms of meeting 
our core values, and where do we need to do 
better? Generally, strengths and weaknesses 
identified in this exercise were consistent with 
the results from the SWOT analysis conduct- 
ed by the Steering Committee. 

One clear message that came out of the 
forums was the need to be clear on who we 
are and whom we serve, and intentional in 
how we recruit students and support them 
once they arrive on campus. Given the chal- 
lenges presented by the current economy, and 
the fact that Maryville College and other 
small, private colleges have experienced or 
expect to experience enrollment declines, 
these issues take on a greater urgency than 
they might have in any other year. 

These concerns led to frank discussion 
among the Steering Committee and fed into 
the development of direction statements outlining where we 
want to go with the College of Distinction Plan. Seven state- 
ments were drafted for the categories of The Students, The 
Faculty and Staff, Programs of Distinction, Seamless Educational 
Experience, Faith and Learning, Stewardship, and Resources for 
Excellence. These statements, along with specific underlying 
objectives for each, will be presented for review by the Board of 
Directors at the April Board meeting. 

The campus community will have the remainder of April 
through September to review and provide essential feedback on 
the drafts of the plan. By mid-October, when the full Board meets 
again, the entire College of Distinction Plan will be proposed for 
Board approval. Once approved, The College of Distinction Plan 
will guide Maryville College for the next six years. 

Despite the success of recent years, the financial challenges of 
this year remind us that we have work to do if we are to be, in the 
words of Dr. Samuel Tyndale Wilson, "beyond question the best 
possible college." By staying true to our core values while using 
the intelligence and imagination of the Marwille College commu- 
nity, we believe the College of Distinction Plan will advance us 
toward meeting Wilson's vision. 



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FOCUS SPRING 2009 



Prospective students invited to 'MEET MARYVILLE' 



A group of eight prospective students 
huddles around a current Maryville 
College student standing outside Bar- 
tlett Hall. 

The MC student, introduced to the 
guests as an "MC Ambassador," pulls 
out of a small burgundy bag a piece 
of paper rolled up and tied with an 
orange ribbon. She hands it to a pro- 
spective student who has volunteered 
to unroll the paper and read a clue 
printed on the front. 

"Though 'library' it says a library it 
is not. You will venture here when ser- 
vice is sought," he says. 

The MC Ambassador asks students 
to consult a campus map given to 
each group. On the map, eight spe- 
cific areas are highlighted. 

"Any ideas?" she asks. 

And with that, prospective stu- 
dents are off on an "Alterna-Tour" of 
Maryville College. 

For decades, Maryville College's Admis- 
sions Office has invited prospective stu- 
dents and their families to campus on 
specific Saturdays to tour the campus, talk 
with faculty members, eat in the cafeteria 
and enjoy an athletic competition or fine 
arts event. Most recently, these Saturday 
events were called "Open House." 

Partnering with TargetX, a provider of 
interactive marketing technology and ser- 
vices to colleges and universities, the Col- 
lege's Admissions Office retooled the 
schedule to make those Saturdays opportu- 
nities to really "Meet Maryville." 

Meet it with more information. 

More interactions. 

More memories. 

"When it came to campus visits, Tar- 
getX consultants really pushed us to 
think about making sure prospective stu- 
dents' five senses were engaged," said 
Karyn Adams, assistant vice president for 
marketing and communications. "So, tor 
instance, for taste and smell, students are 
served some warm cookies when they visit 
the residence halls on the tour. At the end 
of Meet Maryville, they're 
given an egg of Silly Putty®. 
Obviously, that's touch. 

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throughout." 

The day's events begin at 8:30 a.m. with 
a registration in the atrium of Bartlett Hall. 
Prospective students and their parents are 
soon separated so that they can attend ses- 
sions geared to them. 

The first activity for students, the 
Alterna-Tour, gets guests roaming the 
campus while learning about the College's 
mission, programs, history and buildings. 
"Learning 24/7" sessions, led by faculty 
and staff, help explain the College's aca- 
demic programs, the core curriculum and 
distinctive programs like Mountain Chal- 
lenge and the Center for Calling & Career. 
Students interested in specific extracurricu- 
lar activities like fine arts and athletics are 
given an opportunity to speak directly with 
coaches and music faculty. 

One of the 
goals of the Meet 
Maryville events 
is to help pro- 
spective students 
see themselves 
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Outdoor Classroom and presenting them 
with their own carabiner at the Alpine 
Tower. Students also are asked to sign their 
name on a student organization list, indi- 
cating a student group or two that fits with 
their own skills and interests. 

And to reinforce the idea that, as 
Maryville College students, they can leave 
their mark on the campus, prospective stu- 
dents write their names in sidewalk chalk 
on the sidewalk in front of Bartlett. 

"After I visited, I knew that this was 
where I wanted to be," said Sara Carmi- 
chael, a current MC student who traveled 
from Carencro, La., to attend a Meet 
Maryville event in fall of 2007. "The stu- 
dents were all very friendly. ... I especially 
remember the session with the panel of 
current students. We got to ask questions, 
and the students' answers were thoughtful 
and honest about things." 

Carmichael's mother, who accompanied 
her on the 700-mile trip, was also sold on 
Maryville. 

"At first, she didn't want me to come to 
Maryville because it was so far away. But 
after Meet Maryville, she said, 'O.K., I'm 
not going to whine about you coming here, 
because I want you to come here, too.'" 



(At top) At the conclusion of the Alterna-Tour, Sterling Thomas 
'12 writes his name in chalk on the sidewalk. (Below) Prospective 
students look over the clues and map before leaving for the tour. 



FOCUS I SPRING 2009 



29 



? Personnel changes announced in Advancement 







JACKSON-LUDLOW 



Maryville College recently announced changes in 
its Advancement Division personnel. 

Hollv Jackson-Ludlow, Maryville College's 
Assistant Vice President for Development, was 
named Vice President for Advancement & Com- 
munity Relations by Board confirmation Jan. 23, 
2009. She replaces Jason McNeal, who left the 
College to join a higher-education consulting firm. 

In addition to leading efforts to raise the remaining funds for 
the $83-million Our Window of Opportunity Campaign, Jackson- 
Ludlow is guiding staff members in a division that is responsible 
for annual and deferred giving; marketing, communications and 
publicity; alumni, parent, church and donor relations and pro- 
gramming. 

The daughter of the late Dr. Charles O. Jackson, former associ- 
ate dean of liberal arts and history professor at the University of 
Tennessee-Knoxville, Jackson-Ludlow graduated from UT-K with 
a bachelor of arts degree in interpersonal and public communica- 
tion in 1987. 

Prior to coming to the College in 2004, she was the Vice Presi- 
dent of Membership, Vice President of Education & Develop- 
ment, and Director of Education & Operations for the Knoxville 
Area Chamber Partnership. 

Diana Canacaris '02, former Planned Giving 
Coordinator, was recently promoted to the posi- 
tion of Assistant Director of Stewardship. 

Canacaris joined the Advancement Division in 
2003 and has been instrumental in a variety of 
fundraising and recognition initiatives, including 
coordination of the College's Societv of 1819. 

CANACARIS D 

as Assistant Director of Stewardship, Canacaris is leading the 
newly formed stewardship program, which was designed to assist 
the College in the cultivation of new relationships and the 
strengthening of existing relationships. 

Among Canacaris'' new responsibilities are planning and imple- 
menting a variety of community stewardship activities and events, 
coordinating and overseeing various donor stewardship activities, 
and, in cooperation with the College's Alumni Relations Office, 
building relationships with local alumni, retired faculty and staff 
members and other constituents in the area. 

She has one daughter, Lauran Canacaris '08. 

Two new Regional Advancement Coordinators are now on the 
road, building support among alumni, parents and donors for the 
College's Our Window of Opportunity campaign. (Sec graphic 
below. ) 





Brandon Bruce, former public policy director 
for the National Network for Youth, joined the 
staff on June 16, 2008, and is visiting alumni and 
friends on the East Coast, as well as getting to 
know constituents in the East Tennessee area. 

He replaced J. Ryan Stewart '99, who enrolled 
in medical school last fall. 

A native of Los Olivos, Calif, Bruce is a graduate of the Uni- 
versity of California at Santa Barbara, where he earned a bache- 
lor's degree in political science. He holds an M.B.A. from the 
University of Phoenix. Bruce graduated with highest honors from 
Concord Law School and is a member of the American Bar Asso- 
ciation and the California Bar Association. 

In addition to his position with the National Network for 
Youth, his previous work experience includes chairing the Sacra- 
mento-based California Coalition for Youth. 

In 2007, Bruce was named a winner of the Global Young 
Social Entrepreneurs Competition for developing the largest U.S. 
website dedicated to connecting young people with local commu- 
nity resources. He received a scholarship award to attend the 
Global Knowledge conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

Bruce's wife, Tricia, is an assistant professor of sociology at 
the College. 

Heather Mathis '06 former Director of the 
Falcon Club at Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, 
N.C., joined the Advancement staff on Jan. 5, 
2009, and is visiting alumni and friends through- 
out the Southeast. 

A four-vear letter winner on the Scots women's 
soccer team from 2002 until 2005, Mathis will 
also assist with fundraising for the Scots Club, a booster organiza- 
tion of alumni, parents and friends of Maryville College who want 
to support the College's tradition of excellence in athletics. 

Already, Mathis has impressive credentials in fundraising and 
athletics administration. In her previously held position at Pfeiffer, 
Mathis provided leadership that effectively increased financial sup- 
port for the university through annual unrestricted, restricted and 
capital improvement support of athletics. 

From June 2007 until April 2008, she worked as a governance 
intern for the NCAA in Indianapolis, Ind. She has interned with 
the University of Tennessee Athletics Department and worked in 
constituent services for U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander. 

Mathis is the daughter of Barry Mathis '80 and Lynn 
McGowman Mathis '80. 




Window of 



CAMPAIGN UPDATE 



PROJECT 

Civic Arts Center 
Anderson Hall 
Endowment 
Maryville Fund 

TOTAL 



GOAL 

$47.3 Million 
$6 Million 
$20 Million 
$10 Million 




PROGRESS TO DATE 

$40 Million 
$1.9 Million 
$20 Million 
$10.2 Million 



$83.3 Million $71.8 Million 



30 FOCUS I SPRING 2 009 



West & Ramsey families 
donate $1 million to CAC 



TO HONOR A WOMAN WHO LOVED THE ARTS, 
LOVED MARYVILLE COLLEGE AND LOVED HER 
COMMUNITY, members of the West and Ramsey families have made a 
$ 1 -million gift to the Civic Arts Center, which is under construction on the 
Maryville College campus. 




For the donation, the stage in the large per- 
formance hall will be named for Nita Eckles 
West, who taught drama and speech at the 
College for 42 years and is credited for 
starting the theatre department in 1899. 

Donors include Steve West of 
Maryville, a member of the Maryville 
College Board of Directors and a 
great-grandson of Mrs. West; Lynn 
Ramsey Cole '68 of Knoxville, 
granddaughter of the former MC 
faculty member; great-grandson 
Dave Ramsey of Nashville, Tenn.; 
great-granddaughter Lucy West Lee 
of Lebanon, Tenn.; and great-great 
grandson Charles West of Maryville. 

"Generous gifts like these have 
special meaning when they come 
from families of legendary Maryville 
College figures, and when they come 
from directors of the College," said 
Maryville College President Dr. Ger- 
ald W. Gibson. "We accept this dona- 
tion with gratitude and a promise of 
responsible stewardship to honor the 
life and work of someone so instru- 
mental in building the reputation of 
the fine arts at Maryville College." 

Steve said the families' motivation 
for the gift was what the Civic Arts 
Center would mean for the College and 
what it would mean for the community. 

"It was also a natural thing to do 
because it ties in to Granny," he added. 

Lynn Cole, a granddaughter of Mrs. 
West, added: "For Granny to have her 
name associated with the Civic Arts Center 
would thrill her to death. She never craved 
the spotlight, but in a quiet way, she 
would be thrilled." 

The cousins agreed that Mrs. West 
would be amazed by the scale and design 
of the Civic Arts Center. 

"To have all of those things - theatres, 



art galleries, a recital hall, an outdoor arts 
plaza - in one location and for all the com- 
munity to be able to enjoy - she would be 
blown away," Steve said. 

Lynn said the larger Blount County 
population was always a consideration in 




Civic Arts Center. The cousins and other family 
members have donated $1 million to name the 
stage of the large performance hall in honor of 
Nita Eckles West (photo top right), their ancestor 
who began the College's drama department. 



her grandmother's productions, even 
though her crew and cast members were 
mostly MC students. 

"So many of her drama productions 
were for the community," she pointed out. 
"They were big events that the public 
looked forward to." 

FROM MISSISSIPPI TO MC 

Nita Eckles was born in Carrell, Iowa, 
in 1877, but much of her childhood was 
spent in Holly Springs, Miss. 

She earned a bachelor's degree in ora- 
tory from Grant University in Athens, 



Tenn., and while enrolled, met fellow stu- 
dent Clyde West. The two married and 
moved to Blount County. 

While Clyde began farming land off of 
Sevierville Road in 1899, Nita became a 
member of the Maryville College faculty, 
hired to head the "Expression Depart- 
ment." She soon began directing theat- 
rical productions held in Voorhees 
Chapel or outside. She chose plays such 
as Cyrano dc Berp/erac and Hamlet that 
challenged both her students and her- 
self. May Day, one outdoor springtime 
production, became a favorite of the 
community, especially school children 
who, in later years, walked to the 
amphitheatre in the College Woods to 
watch. 

The couple had three children, and 
Mrs. West's 48-year association with 
the College was only interrupted twice 
to accommodate pregnancy and her 
children's first years. 

'A PROFESSIONAL WOMAN' 

Lynn described her grandmother as 
a "professional woman" who worked 
hard and had high standards for herself 
and those around her. 

The Department of Expression and 
Public Speaking program grew under Mrs. 
West's direction, as did its good reputation. 
During her tenure, the Leland Powers 
School in Boston accepted Maryville credits 
toward graduation there, and the College 
was admitted to membership in the national 
drama fraternity Theta Alpha Phi. 

Mrs. West retired in 1946 but remained 
active in her church and community until 
her death in 1966. 

To read this story in its entirety, go to 
maryvillecollege.edu. (Search on "Nita 
Eckles West. ") 



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31 



ERWIN'S SCHOLARSHIP RECOGNIZES 
COURAGEOUS WOMEN 



Jennifer Delaney '07 (left) 
Women of Courage Schola 
Jett Erwin '68 (right). 



LIKE MILLIONS OF OTHER 
AMERICANS, Jenny Jett Erwin 

'68 said she was forever changed by 
the terrorist attacks on the World 
Trade Center on Sept . 1 1, 2 00 1 . 

But unlike so many others, Erwin 
didn't allow that tragedy to generate 
fear, distrust or discouragement in 
her life. With a new perspective on 
her world, she established the 
Women of Courage Scholarship at 
Maryville College. 

On Sept. 11, 2001, Erwin and 
husband John Malillo were more 
than 1,500 miles from Ground 
Zero, celebrating her birthday in 
Cancun, Mexico. They learned 
about the destruction while trying 
to check out of their hotel. 

"We were told [by hotel staff] that we couldn't leave," she 
remembered. "We went to see the reports on television and were 
blown away. We weren't able to leave Mexico until that Saturday, 
and we couldn't fly to California." 

Erwin and Malillo were eventually allowed to fly to Mexico 
Citv, then Guadalajara and finally Tijuana, where they walked 
across the border with hundreds of others who had been stranded 
in places all over the world during the crisis. 

In the following weeks, Erwin listened intently to the stories of 
courage and patriotism. She was touched by a national attitude of 
cooperation. 

"I knew I wanted to do something, too. I just didn't know 
what it was," she said. 

Erwin became particularly sympathetic to the stories of women 
who had been left behind as the result of terrorist attacks. As the 
gender equity administrator for Arizona's Department of Educa- 
tion, she had vast experience helping "displaced" homemakers 
(women who were entering or reentering the workforce because 
of divorce, death or disability of a spouse, etc.) make it again. 

"I became a single parent - not by choice - when my son was 
very young. Going through that was hard, but because of my 
education, I knew that I could move forward with my life," she 
explained. "Staying connected to the College, loving my home- 
town of Maryville and being grateful to the College for the skills, 
friendships and hopefully, the courage that I had myself, I wanted 
to give that opportunity [of education] to someone else." 

According to official documents, the scholarship is to be 
awarded annually to "a non-traditional female student recognized 
for her drive and initiative to overcome personal, professional 
and/or financial burdens to complete her degree." 

Erwin initially funded the "Women of Courage" scholarship as 
an annual scholarship but in 2005, pledged a gift of $25,000 to 




endow it. 

Jennifer Delaney '07 was a 

recent recipient. At 45, Delaney 
completed her MC degree 28 
years after her high school gradu- 
ation. Delaney's undergraduate 
education was disrupted by fam- 
ily and work obligations and in 
later vears, multiple sclerosis. The 
diagnosis came just two weeks 
before the end of the fall 1993 
semester - when the then 
32-vear-old, single mother of two 
had only two semesters remain- 
ing before graduation. Declared 
disabled, she dropped out. 

After reenrolling in 2006 and 
learning that she was the recipi- 
ent of the Women of Courage 
Scholarship, Delaney communicated with Erwin through email 
and phone but the two didn't meet each other face-to-face until 
Sept. 20, 2007. Erwin said her scholarship recipient's story is 
inspirational to her, adding that Delaney is "exactly the kind of 
student [Erwin] set out to help in establishing the scholarship." 

Anvone can give to the "Women of Courage" scholarship, and 
Erwin said she would like to see more people support it. 
"Courage comes from community," she said. 
To give to the Women of Courage Scholarship, contact Holly 
Jackson-Ludlow at 865.273.8884 or hoUy.lucUo\v@maryvillecoI- 
lege.edu. 



was a recipient of the 
rship established by Jenny 




Jennifer Delaney '07 poses on graduation day with 
children Victoria and Morgan. 



32 



FOCUS I SPRING 2009 



Alumni 'give back' through scholarships 

To say Bill '49 and Vera Lusk Proffitt '49 have a deep appreciation 
for Maryville College would be a slight understatement. 




Vera Lusk Proffitt '49 and Bill Proffitt '49 in their Alcoa 
home last summer. 

The College shaped the character of Bill's family. His mother, 
Lelia Graham, was enrolled at the College 100 years ago while his 
father, Harry, attended prep school at the institution, and for 17 
consecutive years - from 1935 to 1952- at least one of his family 
members was enrolled at the College. Bill himself was starting 
lineman on the last Scots football team to have an undefeated 
regular season in 1946, which is 
how he met his future wife 
while she was a cheerleader. 

Vera was the first member of 
her family to go to college. A 
native of New Jersey, she had to 
rely on others in order to make 
the roughly 600-mile trip to 
East Tennessee. 

"Having so little money 
coming down here from New 
Jersey, if it weren't for people 
helping me, I don't know if I 
could have afforded it," she 
recalled. "One family gave me a 
$100 check, which back in 
1945 was a significant sum of 
money. 

"I felt as if people helped me 
to come, and I want to help 
someone else to be able to go 
to college who can't afford to 
financially. We want to give back 
because we've been given so 
much," Vera added. 

While their deep appreciation 
for the College undoubtedly 
contributed to their recent deci- 




sion to establish the $100,000 Proffitt-Lusk Family Scholarship, 
their own experiences while growing up in College, and their 
desires for others to contribute, aided their choice. 

Bill, who established Proffitt Realty Company and worked 
there for more than 30 years and presided over the Blount Cham 
ber of Commerce and is the current chairman of the Alcoa Plan- 
ning Commission, has seen firsthand the impact that Maryville 
College has made on the community in recent years. 

"The growth and excellence of the College that we have seen in 
the past few years is just phenomenal," Bill said. "We've always had 
the idea to give back and help students out who really need it." 

The scholarship, which will be awarded for the first time this 
fall, has been set up as an endowed scholarship, meaning the 
money will be invested, and the interest collected will be given to 
a student. The Proffitts have decided to allow the scholarship to 
be given to any student who is in financial need. 

"We did not want to limit it," Bill said. "[College administra- 
tors] told us we could put whatever limitations we wanted to on 
it, but we were not interested in doing that. We want any student 
who needs [the scholarship] financially to benefit." 

Maryville College President Gerald W. Gibson called the Prof- 
fitts "two wonderfully generous alumni." 

"This new scholarship fund will assist our college in its long- 
standing commitment to providing access to a quality education 
for students of modest means," the president added. "We are 

immensely grateful for both their 
generosity and their example." 

The Proffitts said they wanted to 
give something to the College that 
could be beneficial and change the 
lives of students well after they are 
gone. 

"There's a saying that I've sub- 
^£ scribed to," Bill said. "It goes some- 

^k ^W^ ^W thing like, 'You make money to make 

A ^P ^^. a living. You give money to make a 

■ <{v)| ^^ ^f e -' We feel like by doing this in a 

■ I 2. | scholarship situation, this is our way 

to give that will be used long after 
we are gone." 

For information about establish- 
ing a scholarship at Maryville 
College, contact Holly Jackson- 
Ludlow, vice president for advance- 
ment and community relations, at 
865.273.8884 or holly.ludlow@ 
maryvillecollege.edu. 

(At top) Senior portraits from The 
Chilhowean. (Left) Bill and Vera 
(center, back row) pose with other 
seniors selected for Who's Who. 



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FOCUS I SPRING 2009 



33 



KENNETH E. 
MARYVILLE 



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-2- A SK KENNETH E. BORING about 

EA^L his interest in the growth and con- 
-*- JLtinued success of Maryville College, 
( Q and he might share with you a little story 
/ \ about a different kind of interest. (The 
money kind.) 

In 1998, Kenneth made a gift of 
$250,000 for the renovation and expansion 
of the College's Bartlett Hall Student Cen- 
ter - a figure he arrived at by calculating 
the interest a loan of SI 5,000 would have 
amassed since August of 1955. 

"Fifty-three years ago, my father, J. 
Marcus Boring, mortgaged the family farm 
in Happv Valley, and we borrowed 
$15,000 to buy a quarry down here," 
Kenneth said recendy during an interview 
at his Dalton, Ga., business. 

The lender was Maryville College. 

"The College founded and, for many 
years, operated the Bank of Maryville," 
explained Dr. Gerald W. Gibson, Maryville 
College president. "From what I've read 
and heard from other people, it was hard 
to tell where the College stopped and the 
bank started." 

Kenneth was born in Blount County on 
Oct. 19, 1924. He served in the military 
during World War II. In the late 1940s, he 
enrolled at the University of Tennessee, 
graduating with a degree in civil engineer- 
ing in 1950. 

Kenneth's mother, Annis Alger Lam- 
bert Boring, was a sister to the five men 
who founded Lambert Brothers, one of 
the nation's largest quarrying firms head- 
quartered in Maryville. 1. Marcus Boring 
joined his brothers-in-law in the rock busi- 
ness following the Great Depression and 
the Flood of 1931 that "wiped out" - 
physically and financially - his dry goods 
business in the Calderwood area of Blount 
County. When they were old enough, 
Kenneth and his older brother, Jim, 
worked for their uncles' rock quarrv in 
Chattanooga. 

In 1955, the Boring family had gotten 
enough money together to buy one-half in 
a quarry venture and had an option to buy 
the other half. 

"We used the $15,000 loan from the 
College to exercise the option to buy," 
Kenneth explained, adding that the Col- 
lege was the only place to go to for the 
loan. 

His lather was already well-acquainted 
with the campus. Marcus had attended the 
Preparatory School prior to leaving for ser- 



BORING'S GIFTS TO 
BEGAN WITH LOAN 



vice in World War I, and one of his best 
friends was prominent businessman D.W. 
Proffitt, who was serving on the Maryville 
College Board of Directors at the time. 

"Dad always felt close to the College," 
Kenneth said. 

Kenneth, James and Marcus built Dal- 
ton Rock Products from one plant in Geor- 
gia to five plants in Georgia and Tennessee. 
They operated them until 1985, when Vul- 
can Materials began leasing the quarries. 

In 1976, the brothers bought Hardwick 
Bank & Trust as part of an investment 
group. They later acquired First National 
Bank of Northwest Georgia, eventually 
selling both to BB&T 

Today, the two work in a real estate 
investment partnership, JIvB&B Limited, 
LLC. 

Marcus repaid the loan in November of 
1958, but Kenneth said considering the 
interest accrual when making the 1999 
pledge to the Bartlett Hall project gave 
him a "lot of satisfaction." He added that 
he thought his father would deem it "the 
right thing to do" to remember the loan. 
After all, the College was instrumental in 
their success. 

"You can do more if you own all of a 
company than if you've got half," Kenneth 
said. 

BORING MAKES ADDITIONAL 
GIFT TO CAC 

Last year, Kenneth made another 
$250,000 pledge to the College for the 
Civic Arts Center. 

"I've always felt close to Maryville Col- 
lege," he said, adding that he appreciates 
the positive impact the higher education 
institution has in his native Blount County. 

"And that Civic Arts Center is going to 
be a great asset to that community," he 
said. "We wanted to participate in the 
campaign." 

According to Michael Robinson, presi- 
dent of JKB&B Limited, L.L.C. Manage- 
ment Services, education and educational 
opportunities have been passions of the 
Boring brothers for decades. 

"Ken has made education a priority for 
his own children, offering incentives for 
them to earn advanced degrees," Robin- 
son said. "He places a lot of value on edu- 
cation and wants his children to be as 
educated as they could be - for their own 
personal satisfaction and also so that they 
can help their communities." 




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Kenneth E. Boring, left, and wife Dottie visited 
MC President Dr. Gerald W. Gibson in 2007. 

Kenneth and wife Dottie have two 
daughters, Laura Boring and Leah Hill, 
and one son-in-law. Jay Hill. 

GENEROUS SUPPORTERS, 
MODEL LEADERS 

In 2001, Jim Boring established a chari- 
table remainder annuity trust with the Col- 
lege as a beneficiary. Eventually, the gift will 
support the James M. Boring, Jr., and Syble 
L. Boring Fmdowed Scholarship Fund. 

Generous supporters of various educa- 
tional institutions and initiatives in Georgia 
and Tennessee, the Boring brothers have 
supported numerous worthy causes in their 
community. For their contributions, both 
were inducted into the Northwest Georgia 
Business Hall of Fame earlier this year. 

Of the brothers, the Northwest Georgia 
District of Junior Achievement of Georgia 
Inc. said: "They are among our most 
esteemed leaders. [They] have experienced 
a lifetime of business success .\nd have 
established a legacy of leadership within 
their industries and the community. 
Through their actions and accomplish- 
ments, they serve as role models for our 
young people." 

In addition to Maryville College, the 
Boring brothers have supported, collec- 
tively, the University of Tennessee School 
of Engineering, Dalton State College, 
Reinhardt College, Big Brothers Big Sis- 
ters of Northwest Georgia, the Hamilton 
Medical Center, the Whitfield Healthcare 
Foundation and the Salvation Army. 

President Gibson commended the Boring 
brothers' example to current MC students. 

"We at Maryville College feel both grat- 
itude and admiration for Kenneth and Jim 
Boring," he said. "They have been highly 
successful businessmen, but also people 
whose generosity has had a great impact 
on others — including this College." 

Editor's Note: Since this story was written 
and distributed to local media, James M. 
Boring passed away in early December. 
We extend our sincerest condolences to the 
Borinci and Lambert families. 



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EDITOR'S NOTE: The College 
received information printed 
below between Aug. 31, 2007 
and Feb. 28, 2008. Class notes 
received after April 28 should 
appear in the next issue of 
Alumni News & Notes. 



'28 MEMORIAM: Ruth McMur- 

ray Keen, Dec. 7, 2006. She spent 
most of her life in Ann Arbor, Mich. 
Survivors include four children. 

'30 MEMORIAM: Margaret 
Haynie McDevitt Baker, Jan. 2, 
2008, in Brevard, N.C. Baker taught 
in Madison County and Asheville 
City School systems and was a 
mathematics teacher at Lee H. 
Edwards High School from 1950 
till 1962. She earned her master's 
degree in education from the Uni- 
versity of North Carolina-Chapel 
Hill in 1958. She later served as 
supervisor of high school mathe- 
matics for the state of North Caro- 
lina and was a math instructor at 
Western Carolina University. She 
was a member of Delta Kappa 
Gamma sorority, the West 
Asheville Presbyterian Church and 
the Brevard-Davidson River Pres- 
byterian Church. Survivors include 
two sons, six grandchildren, and 
11 nieces and nephews. A story 
about Baker ran in the Burlington 
(Vt.) Free Press and is linked-on 
the Maryville College web site 
(search on "Baker. ") 

'33 MEMORIAM: James W. 

Lewis, date and place unknown. 
Following MC, he earned a mas- 
ter's degree in economics from 
George Washington University and 
lived most of his life in Washington, 
D.C., employed by the D.C. Transit. 

34 John McQueen and his late 
wife Lillian were honored recently 
by South Highland Presbyterian 
Church in Birmingham, Ala., where 
it was announced Jan. 27, 2007 
that the welcome center at Living 
River: A retreat on the Cahaba for 
the Presbytery of Sheppards and 
Lapsley, would be named for them. 
The McQueens served South 



Highland for several years, and the 
naming of the center was a gift 
given anonymously by members of 
the church. The announcement 
coincided with a celebration held 
at New Providence Presbyterian 
Church in Maryville, where John 
lived before moving to Lynchburg, 
Va., this spring. 

MEMORIAM: Ernestine Smith 
Blair, April 8, 2007, in Iowa City, 
Iowa. She was employed by the 
Champion Paper Company in 
Canton, N.C, before marrying. In 
addition to being a mother and 
homemaker, Blair was active in 
church work and school organiza- 
tions in Ohio and Iowa. Travel was 
one of her many hobbies. Survi- 
vors include husband Louis Blair 
'32, four children and their fami- 
lies, a foster granddaughter, six 
grandchildren and three great- 
grandchildren. 

'35 MEMORIAM: Marie Bailey 

Alexander, Dec. 19, 2006, in Cali- 
fornia. A homemaker, wife, mother 
and active resident of Atherton, 
Calif, she assisted husband 
Theron, whom she met at Maryville 
College, in writing five books and 
texts on child psychology and trav- 
eled with him on teaching tours 
throughout Europe, Russia and 
Brazil. She was active in local chap- 
ters of the American Association of 
University Women and PEO and a 
20-year member of Valley Presbyte- 
rian Church in Portola Valley. Survi- 
vors include one daughter, one 
son, one granddaughter and two 
great-grandchildren. 

'36 MEMORIAMS: Glover 

Leitch, Dec. 17, 2007, in Lincoln, 
Neb. A PC(USA) minister, he 
earned a degree in theology from 
Princeton Seminary following 
Maryville. He served churches in 
the Midwest. Survivors included 
wife Helen Chambers Leitch '37 
and four children, including Kath- 
leen Leitch Hohenboken '63. 
■ Nina Gamble Murphy, Sept. 29, 
2007, in Maryville. After graduating 
from MC with a degree in mathe- 
matics, she went on to earn a mas- 



ter's degree in education from 
Duke University. She taught mathe- 
matics at Everett and Maryville 
high schools, eventually becoming 
MHS' guidance counselor. A mem- 
ber of New Providence Presbyte- 
rian Church for nearly 83 years, 
Murphy spent most of her life in 



Maryville, "proud that almost all of 
her life was lived within a block of 
Maryville College," according to 
her obituary. Survivors include 
three children, including daughter 
Patricia Jo Murphy King '65; two 
grandchildren and two great- 
grand children. 




Former faculty members McArthur 
and Wright fondly remembered 



Grace Proffitt McArthur '35, who 

taught Christian Education part-time at 
Maryville College for 20 years, died March 
16, 2008, in Maryville. 

Following graduation from Marvville, 
McArthur attended the New York Theological 
Seminary. She served as director of Christian 
education at two Presbyterian churches in 
Pennsylvania before returning to Maryville, 
where she became director of Christian edu- 
cation at her home church, New Providence 
Presbyterian. 

Among other notable accomplishments during her professional 
years, she taught kindergarten and elementary education in 
Maryville, served as a librarian in two high schools, was a president 
of the Chilhowee Club and an active member of DAR and the 
Blount County Historic Trust. 

In 2004, the College dedicated McArthur Pavilion, a 
1,656-square-foot wooden structure located behind Cooper 
Athletic Center and adjacent the College's cemetery, in honor of 
Grace, her late husband David '36 and their family. 

Survivors include daughter Alida McArthur Graves '69; sons 
Fred Proffitt and Stainton Proffitt and their spouses; eight grand- 
children, including Kathleen McArthur Mosher '91 and 
Lauren McArthur Blair '98; six great-grandchildren; brother-in- 
law and Wayne Haviland. 

Mary Proffitt Wright '42, who was an instructor in phys- 
ics at the College in 1947 and 1948, died Sept. 2, 2007, in 
Maryville. 

She completed graduate work at Austin Peay State University 
and taught mathematics at Harriman (Tenn.) High School and 
Maryville High School, in addition to teaching physics at the 
College. 

She was a member of New Providence Presbyterian Church, the 
Chilhowee Club and the American Association for University 
Women. 

Survivors include son Robert Charles Wright, Jr., daughter-in- 
law Anne and one granddaughter; sisters Margaret Proffitt 
Cunningham and Elizabeth Proffitt Bell '46 and brothers 
William Proffitt '49 and Robert Proffitt '51. (Margaret, her 
twin, has since passed away.) 

The Wright family requested that donations be made to the 
Robert Charles and Mary Proffitt Wright Endowment for schol- 
arships in the performing arts at the College. 



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'37 MEMORIAMS: Helen Cham- 
bers Leitch, Dec. 31, 2007, in Lin- 
coln, Neb. Alongside husband 
Glover, an MC alumnus and 
PC(USA) minister, she served 
churches in the Midwest. She lived 
only 14 days after Glover's death. 
Survivors include four children, 
including Kathleen Leitch Hohen- 
boken '63. 

■ Elizabeth (Betty) Mae Carlisle 
Lewis, July 25, 2007, in Oyster Bay, 
NY. A longtime teacher, she began 
her career in a one-room school- 
house in Stowe, Vt. She moved to 
Oyster Bay, NY, teaching mostly 
fourth grade at Theodore 
Roosevelt Elementary School. She 
retired in 1978, and became the 
first Roosevelt teacher to have a 
tree planted in her honor in front of 
the school. An active member of 
St. Paul's Methodist Church in Oys- 
ter Bay and later the First Presbyte- 
rian Church of Oyster Bay, she 
taught in prisons. Survivors include 
two sons, two grandchildren and 
one niece and many nephews, 
including Christopher Carlisle '64 

'38 MEMORIAMS: Hazel Deane 

Brown, Oct. 27, 2007, in Maryville. 
She was a lab supervisor at Blount 
Memorial Hospital for many years. 
In 1969, she served as president of 
the state organization of the 
American Society of Medical Tech- 
nologists. She was a member of 
New Providence Presbyterian 
Church since 1938 and was espe- 
cially active in choir and in the Bell 
Ringers group. 

■ James Thomas Bruce, June 12, 
2007, in Richmond, Va. Following 
MC, he joined DuPont as an ana- 
lytical chemist and. during World 
War II, was commissioned as an 
officer in the Army Air Corps, serv- 
ing as a meteorologist. He served 
in the Korean Conflict and, for 20 
years, in the Air Force Reserve, 
attaining the rank of major. He 
retired from DuPont with 32 years 
of service. Survivors include wife 
Dorothy, three children and six 
grandchildren. 

■ Dorothy Morrison Heidt, Oct. 
15, 2007, in Escambia County, Fla. 

■ Mary Haines Priggemeier, Aug. 
23, 2007, in Pitman, N.J. She taught 
English at Rancocas High School in 
Mount Holly, N.J., Woodbury High 



School and Woodbury Friends 
School, in Woodbury, N.J., and 
later Pitman High School in Pitman, 
N.J., until 1983. She earned a mas- 
ter's degree in education from 
Glassboro State College. A violin- 
ist, she played with the Haddon- 
field and Woodbury symphonies. 
She also enjoyed playing bridge 
and traveling. She was involved 
with many academic and civic 
organizations, including Delta 
Kappa Gamma, the Pitman's Wom- 
an's Club, Pitman Heritage Com- 
mission, Mickleton Garden Club 
and the Pitman Environmental 
Commission. Survivors include one 
son, three grandchildren and four 
great-grandchildren, 

'39 MEMORIAMS: Louise Kent 

Alexander, Aug. 9, 2007, in One- 
onta, Ala. She attended Maryville 
College before enrolling in the 
nursing program at St. Vincent 
Hospital in Birmingham, Ala. 
Graduating with an R.N. designa- 
tion, she practiced nursing for the 
rest of her career. She was an 
active member in the Methodist 
Church. Survivors include four chil- 
dren, eight grandchildren, nine 
great-grandchildren and numer- 
ous nieces and nephews 

■ Evelyn Darragh Cole, Jan 16, 
2008, in Bethlehem, Pa. Following 
MC, she received training in medi- 
cal technology from the University 
of Tennessee. She and her hus- 
band spent five years with the 
Peace Corps in Afghanistan, 
where Cole served as a medical 
technician. In Bethlehem, she vol- 
unteered with scouting programs, 
Meals on Wheels, soup kitchens 
and the Y.W.C.A., and was an 
active church member. Survivors 
include husband Jack, five sons, 
four daughters, 13 grandchildren 
and eight great-grandchildren. 

■ Estle Lena Kerley Johnson, 
Jan. 5, 2008, in Knoxville, Tenn. 
She was a third-grade teacher at 
Vestal Elementary School for more 
than 25 years and a founding 
member of Lake Hills Presbyterian 
Church, where she worshipped for 
more than 50 years. She was a 
member of the Lake Hills Garden 
Club and the Mary Blount Chapter 
of the Daughters of the American 
Revolution. Survivors include three 
children and their families, two 



brothers and one sister. The 
family has requested that dona- 
tions be made to the Maryville 
College Scholarship Fund in lieu 
of flowers. 

40 E. Vaughan Lyons Jr. cele- 
brated his 90 th birthday on Oct. 
19, 2007. He lives in San Diego, 
Calif. After Maryville College, he 
attended Princeton Seminary, earn- 
ing a master's of theology degree 
in 1943. He served as a Navy chap- 
lain for 30 years, retiring as a cap- 
tain in 1973. Earning two additional 
master's degrees, he served as a 
pastor for 1 years before being 
elected as director of San Diego 
County Ecumenical Council. For 15 
years, he was a staff member of an 
award-winning weekly religious 
television program. 
MEMORIAM: Marjorie Orcutt 
Tibbetts, April 10, 2007, in Greeley, 
Pa. A homemaker while her children 
were young, she entered the 
workforce in 1971, working for 
Nashua Corporation in Nashua, 
N.H., for 10 years. She was a mem- 
ber of Bedford (N.H.) Presbyterian 
Church and sang in the Delaware 
Valley Philharmonic Chorus. Survi- 
vors include four children, includ- 
ing Beth Tibbetts '73 

'41 MEMORIAMS: Thelma Ritz- 

man Hood, Sept. 14, 2007, in 
Allentown, Pa. A biology major at 
the College, she taught biology 
and earth science courses in high 
school. She also was an ARC swim- 
ming instructor and director of a 
girls camp. Hood was an active 
member of Methodist Churches. 
Survivors include husband George, 
four children and their families. 

■ Jean McCammon Koella, Aug. 
10, 2007, in Maryville. Survivors 
include three children, six grand- 
children, six great-grandchildren 
and one brother. 

■ Edith Hitch Leitch, Nov. 30, 
2007, in Maryville. She taught in 
the Blount County School System, 
initially at Porter Elementary 
School and then at Chilhowee 
View Elementary School. Following 
her retirement, she devoted 26 
years to the Blount Memorial Aux- 
iliary in a number of areas. Previ- 
ously an active member of Logan's 
Chapel United Methodist Church, 
she had joined Broadway United 



Methodist Church in Maryville 
years ago. Survivors include four 
children, nine grandchildren, 10 
great-grandchildren and numerous 
nieces and nephews. 

■ Aline Campbell Moss, Oct 20, 
2007, in Belleville, N.J. Following 
graduation from Maryville, she 
earned a master's degree in library 
science from Columbia University 
and a supervisors certificate from 
Rutgers University. She was the 
supervisor of library/media for the 
Irvington (N.J.) public school sys- 
tem for 26 years, retiring in 1 989. 
Active in library and education 
associations, she was also a very 
active member of the First Baptist 
Church of Arlington. Survivors 
include two sons and two grand- 
children. 

'42 MEMORIAMS: Ora Grayce 

Ridings Metsopulos, Nov. 19, 
2007, in Morristown, N.J. She 
earned a master's degree in nurs- 
ing from Case Western Reserve 
University. As a registered nurse, 
she entered the Army Nurse Corps 
to serve during World War II. She 
enjoyed a long career at Morris- 
town Memorial Hospital and was 
also active in the NSDAR and the 
Florham Park (N.J.) Historical Soci- 
ety. Survivors include husband 
Peter; four children and eight 
grandchildren; and three siblings. 
Charles Ridings '68 was a nephew. 

■ Henry M. Wick Jr., Nov. 13, 

2007, in Mt. Lebanon, Pa. After 
graduating from Maryville, Wick 
served as a Navy lieutenant during 
WWII then completed law school 
at the University of Pennsylvania. 
An expert in transportation law, he 
excelled in work for many of the 
region's industrial giants, espe- 
cially rail and barge companies 
and others involving shipping. He 
also focused on employee bene- 
fits law. Civic-minded, he served 
on the Mt. Lebanon School Board 
and was committed to various 
community projects and boards. 
He served Southminster Presbyte- 
rian Church in various capacities. 
Survivors include wife Lucille, 
three children, two grandchildren 
and two sisters. 

■ Helen Cone Zerwas, Feb. 9, 

2008, in Greensboro, N.C. Follow- 
ing MC, she accompanied hus- 
band and MC classmate Jack 



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Zerwas to McCormick Theological 
Seminary. They served churches in 
Utah, North Dakota and Iowa, and 
she became a second mother to 
more than 50 young people 
(including foster children and 
exchange students) to whom they 
opened their home. She helped 



found the Iowa City Hospice. Sur- 
vivors include three children, 
including Stephen Zerwas '71; 
three step-brothers, including Ron 
Jennings '55; seven grandchildren 
and three great-grandchildren. 



'43 In October 2007, Roy and 
Dorothy Jobes Crawford 

enjoyed a visit from Thai friend 
Tasnee Yangseenat, who had lived 
with the couple from 1 973 to 1 974 
while she was an exchange stu- 
dent studying at Maryville High 
School. This is Yangseenat's sec- 



Three Alumni Citation Winners Mourned 



1, Presbyterian 
minister, college dean, education consultant and 
entrepreneurial public servant, died Jan. 15, 2008, 
in Shepherdstown, W.Va. 

After graduating from Maryville, he earned a 
degree from the McCormick Theological Seminary 
in Chicago, 111., and went on to organize and lead 
Presbyterian churches in Wisconsin. Earning a 
doctor of divinity degree in 1962, he served as 
dean of the chapel and professor of religion and 
ethics at Beloit College in Wisconsin during the 
1960s. 

In the 1970s and 1980s, Clark turned his atten- 
tion to education and literacy. He worked as a 
senior consultant to Capital Cities/ABC-TV 
Communications, launching major projects like 
Project Literacy U.S. and the Great American 
Read-Aloud Day. He was an organizing member of 
the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. 

Later, he began to work in the development of 
new technologies that benefited humanitarian 
ideas. He helped market the Vaxicool for Energy 
Storage Technologies Inc., and served on the 
boards of Wired International and Madagascar 
World Voice, which was built to broadcast the 
message of Christianity around the world. 

For his contributions, Clark received an Alumni 
Citation in 1991. 

Survivors include wife Jan Offutt, one daughter 
and her family. 

EARLE CRAWFORD '3! died Feb 7, 

2008, in Maryville. 

Following graduation from 
Maryville, he earned the 
Bachelor of Divinity degree 
from Louisville Presbyterian 
Theological Seminary. He 
served a church in Knoxville 
until he was called into the ser- 
vice in 1942. He was a chaplain 
in the U.S. Army during World War II, winning a 
Bronze Star for meritorious conduct. 

In 1950, he was called to be the minister of First 
Presbyterian Church in Wichita Falls, Texas, and 
served until 1978. Active in community activities 
in Texas, he was a trustee of Trinity University in 
San Antonio for 25 years, a trustee of the Amarillo 
Children's Home and the Albuquerque Menaul 




School, a director of the Wichita Falls Chamber of 
Commerce and a chairman of the Child Welfare 
Board. He was also very involved in Presbyterian 
Church (USA) governance and later in life led 
the campaign to build Presbyterian Manor, a 
retirement home in Witchita Falls. He was chap- 
lain of Presbyterian Manor from 1980 until 2000. 
When the "House of Hope" unit for Alzheimer's 
patients was completed in 2007, it was named in 
Crawford's honor. 

Crawford, who received an Alumni Citation in 
1985, authored numerous books, including An 
Endless Line of Splendor and One of Those Tall 
Tennesseans, which chronicles the life of grandfa- 
ther and MC legend Gideon Crawford. 

Survivors include brother and sister-in-law Roy 
'43 and Dorothy Jobes Crawford '43, sister-in- 
law Janice Graybeal Crawford '42 and several 
nieces and nephews. 

professor emeri- 
tus of biology at Florida State University, died 
Nov. 4, 2007, in Tallahassee, Fla. 

Born to missionaries serving in China, Short 
spent his childhood in Pennsylvania before enroll- 
ing at the College. Following graduation, he went 
on to earn master's and doctoral degrees at the 
University of Virginia and the University of 
Michigan in Ann Arbor, respectively. He joined 
the faculty of FSU in 1950 and built a reputation 
as a caring and effective teacher and prolific 
research scientist, especially in the field of parasi- 
tology. He earned the Association of Southeastern 
Biologists Meritorious Teaching Award in 1980 
and served as president of the Southeastern and 
American Societies of Parasitologists and the 
Association of Southeastern Biologists. 

After retiring in 1990, he tirelessly contributed 
to the growth of his community, helping local 
schools and disadvantaged youth through his 
hobby of woodworking. He was an active member 
of Trinity United Methodist Church and the local 
Optimist Club. 

The College awarded Short an Alumni Citation 
in 1995. 

Survivors include wife Margaret, one son, two 
daughters and their spouses, four grandchildren, and 
two sisters, including Jane Short Hower '45. 



ond visit to the US since 1 974, and 
she was accompanied by husband 
Wolfgang Meusberger, Marion L. 
Foreman moved into a retirement 
home in Carlisle, Pa. , in December 
2007. Her daughter, Susan Fore- 
man Viney '66, lives just one mile 
away. J. Edward Kidder Jr. and 
Cordelia Dellinger Kidder '44 
traveled to Tokyo last summer, vis- 
iting the museum of International 
Christian University on the occa- 
sion of its 25th anniversary. Ted 
was the director of the museum 
from its opening until his retire- 
ment in 1993. 

MEMORIAMS: E. June Rogers 
Aiken, Jan. 6, 2008, in Asheville, 
N.C. Following Maryville, she 
earned a master's degree from 
Western Carolina University and 
was a graduate of the EFM pro- 
gram at the University of the 
South. She taught in Buncombe 
and Madison (N.C.) counties for 
17 years and was an active mem- 
ber of Episcopal Church of the 
Redeemer. Survivors include one 
brother and one niece. 

■ Kyle William McDaniel Sr., July 
23, in Maryville. He was a WWII 
veteran, a member and Past Mas- 
ter of New Providence Lodge 
#128 F&AM, a 32 nd Degree Scot- 
tish Rite Mason and York Rite 
Mason. He was a long-standing 
member of First Baptist Church of 
Maryville, owner of McDaniel Fur- 
niture Company, and a life-long 
outdoor enthusiast. Survivors 
include his wife Evelyn, three chil- 
dren, and a sister. 

■ Sara Willis Ryden, Dec. 16, 
2007, in Johnson City, Tenn. She 
lived most of her life in Washing- 
ton County, Tenn. She was a long- 
time supporter of the Museum at 
Mountain Home. Survivors include 
two children, six grandchildren 
and two great-grandchildren. 

'44 Nettie Spraker Allen lives in 
Columbia, S.C., and is enjoying 
volunteer activities despite chal- 
lenges presented by bursitis and 
humorous "senior moments." She 
also takes great pride in her five 
children and four grandchildren 
who have completed their college 
studies and four grandchildren 
who are nearing that goal. "Tho 
sadness lingers at the loss of my 
dear husband and a son-in-law, 

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Rosalind Garges 
Watlington '46, who was 

appointed to the Order of the British 
Empire by Her Majesty the Queen in 
2002, died Dec. 17, 2007, in the 
Bermuda Islands. 

The honor was given to recognize 
Watlington's services to music. A for- 
mer student of Dr. Dorothy Horn and 
Dr. Katharine Davies at Maryville 
College, Watlington taught violin and 
viola for decades on the British colony. She was also a found- 
ing member of the Bermuda Philharmonic Society Orchestra 
(for which she played violin from 1959 until recent years) and 
trustee of the Menuhin Foundation, which brought music 
teachers from England to play in orchestras and chamber 
groups on the island and teach in the primary schools. 

Following graduation from Maryville, Watlington got a job 
with Eastman Kodak in Rochester, N.Y., a position that enabled 
her to study at the Eastman School of Music conservatory. She 
moved to Bermuda in 1950 after marrying Bermudian scientist 
and electronic engineer Frank W.H. Watlington. 

Her other accomplishments include recognition in Who's Who 
in America for her dedicated music career. 

Survivors include niece Louise Pixley "Pix" Mahler '74. 



God is still great and life remains 
good! How-ee, How-ee, Chil-how- 
ee!" she wrote. 

MEMORIAMS: Jean Lehman Dil- 
lener, Oct. 12, 2007, in Penney 
Farms, Fla. She earned a master's 
degree in nursing at Case Western 
Reserve University and worked in 
geriatrics. Survivors include hus- 
band John; three children: Jan 
Dillener '74, Jeffry Dillener '75 
and Jerrel Dillener Clark '76; and 
two granddaughters, including 
Kara Dillener '07 

■ Lyle Knaupp, Feb, 11, 2008, in 
Lake Oswego, Ore. He earned a 
master's degree from Columbia 
University. He moved to Portland, 
Ore., soon afterward to pastor 
Roseway Presbyterian Church. 
Later, Knaupp managed the wine- 
tasting division of Oak Knoll Win- 
ery. Survivors include two sons. 

■ Edith George Meador, June 1, 
2007, in Redwood City, Calif. She 
attended the University of Indiana 
Medical School for one year and 
worked for Eli Lilly. A mother of six 
and wife of a pediatrician, she was 
active in youth ministry, the Okla- 
homa City Twin Club and scouting. 
She loved gardening and bird- 
watching. Survivors include six chil- 
dren and their spouses, six 
grandchildren and one sister. 



45 Hope Pleyl Coburn and hus- 
band Horace celebrated their 60th 
wedding anniversary Dec. 24, 2007, 
with a gala dinner in Albuquerque, 
N.M., hosted by daughter Lynn 
Coburn '71 Esther Cleaver Zue- 
rcher is living in Town Square, a 
nursing home in Wooster, Ohio. "I 
am 84 and use a walker, I enjoy 
FOCUS very much," she writes. 
MEMORIAM: Marian Metcalf 
Fershee, Aug. 4, 2007, in Monroe, 
Ohio. She was director of Christian 
education in Northville, Mich., fol- 
lowing graduation. She also 
taught second grade for 24 years, 
retiring in 1983. A member of New 
Jersey Presbyterian Church in Car- 
lisle, Ohio, she was clerk of Ses- 
sion for eight years, on the United 
Presbyterian Women's Board and 
Sunday School teacher. Survivors 
include daughter Susan Fershee 
'69 and two sisters Jane Metcalf 
Sinclair '43 and Nancy Metcalf 
Anderson '48 

'46 In 2006 and 2007, Neysa Fer- 
guson Willocks '46 and husband 
Max '49 participated in mission 
projects in Kenya, Sudan, Turkey 
and Peru. They live in Phoenix, Ariz. 
MEMORIAMS: Mildred Waring 
Conrad, Jan. 10, 2008 in Scranton, 
Pa. Before retirement, she was 



employed as a teacher for 35 
years at Covenant Nursery School 
in Scranton. She was a member of 
Covenant Presbyterian Church, 
where she was an elder and a 
member of the church choir. She 
was also a member of the P.E.O. 
Sisterhood. Survivors include hus- 
band J. Edward Conrad; daugh- 
ters Phyllis Conrad Parker '72 
and Wendy Conrad Belaski '79 
and their families; and sister Phyllis 
Waring Rollinson '47 
■ Dorothy Justus Sprinkle, Jan 8, 
2008, in Knoxville, Tenn. She was a 
member of St. Luke's United 
Methodist Church, a member of 
Women's Aglow of Knoxville and 
led lay witness missions through- 
out the Southeast and internation- 
ally. She was co-owner of Padd 
Letter Service in East Knoxville. 
Survivors include two sons, one 
daughter and their families and 
sisters and brother-in-law Anna 
Mae Justus Cline '38, Margue- 
rite Justus Rankin '39 and hus- 
band Roy '40 

47 Mary Ruth Barber Garza 

wishes to announce the birth of 
her first grandchild, a girl, born on 
Aug. 10,2007. 
MEMORIAM: Annie Gilliam Hoit, 

Sept. 2, 2007, in Texas. Following 
Maryville, she earned a master's 
degree from the University of Ken- 
tucky and taught school. Survivors 
include husband William. 

48 Lois Thomas McGarity and 
husband Owen '47 are enjoying 
their activities, which often include 
five children, 13 grandchildren and 
one great-grandson. 



49 Ernestine Hutcheson Ingle 

wrote to report the death of hus- 
band Roy on July 7, 2007. 
MEMORIAMS: Elizabeth 
McChesney Browne, Jan 15, 

2008, in Houston, Tex. She married 
a botanist and over the years 
became an expert in growing 
modern irises. Her iris collection 
grew to over 1 ,700 different variet- 
ies. A longtime resident of Mem- 
phis, Tenn., she was active in the 
city's botanical gardens, especially 
the Ketchum Memorial Iris Garden. 
In 1992, she was recognized by the 
Memphis Commercial Appeal for 
her volunteer efforts. Survivors 
include one daughter, two sons 
and three grandchildren. 
■ James A. Newman, Dec. 31, 
2007, in Knoxville, Tenn. He was a 
veteran of the U.S. Navy and 
began a career in education after 
attending the College. He had a 
42- year record of active service in 
the field of education with posi- 
tions as a teacher, coach, principal 
and superintendent. He earned an 
M.S. from the University of Tenn. 
and was awarded an LL.D. from 
Lincoln Memorial University. An 
administrator of Knoxville city and 
Anderson County schools, he was 
superintendent of Anderson 
County Schools when Clinton 
High School was bombed in 1958 
by opponents of federally man- 
dated racial integration of public 
schools. In addition to local, state 
and national education associa- 
tions, he served on the board of 
St. Mary's Hospital, St. Mary's 
School of Nursing and was presi- 
dent of the Concord-Farragut 
AARP He was a member of 



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Barbara McNiell Handley '51 (second from right) hosted 
Maryville College friends for several days at the Runaway Cabin 
in Wear's Valley back in September 2007. Among them were (l-r) 
Jane McMillan Baird '51, Sarah Kemp Farrar '51, Gracie 
Scruggs Allen '52 and Gerry Hopkins Forrester '51. On Sept. 
11, these alumnae and husbands met with 15 other Maryville 
College friends for 
lunch in Townsend. 
"Of the 23 present 
for lunch, only two 
spouses were not 
Maryville College 
graduates, but they 
were made honorary 
alumni many years 
ago!" Handley wrote. 




CLASS NOTES 



Church Street Methodist Church 
of Knoxville. Survivors include wife 
Jacqueline and two children. 

50 Virginia Schwarz Mock 

finished her 13th year as chair of 
the curriculum for Learning is For- 
Ever (LIFE) elder classes at West- 
ern Illinois University. She has 
spoken recently with classmates 
Debbie Deobler Parvin, Ruth 
Heaps Burkins and Dottie 
Holverson Cowan. 
MEMORIAM: Charles H. Naun- 
dorf, Sept. 2, 2007, in West 
Bloomfield, N.Y. A WWII veteran 
who served in the Pacific theater 
and endured several injuries, he 
attended Maryville on the Gl Bill. 
A photograph he took of the 
burning Voorhees Chapel won him 
a national photography award. 
Naundorf went on to earn a 
degree in engineering physics 
from the University of Tennessee 
and worked at Bausch and Lomb 
and Kodak's Distillation Products 
Industries in addition to owning 
his own business. He was passion- 
ate about natural health remedies, 
organic farming and genealogy. 
Survivors include wife Doris Smith 
Naundorf '50, three daughters. 

51 Richard Isenberg was one of 

five former athletes inducted into 
the Sevier County High School 
Sports Hall of Fame in 2007. He 
played offensive guard in high 
school and also played football for 
Maryville College. He admitted he 
was surprised by the Hall of Fame 
selection. "I really was," he told a 
local newspaper reporter. "I fig- 
ured I was too old." Roy Kramer 
was presented with the Distin- 
guished Eagle Scout Award by the 
Boy Scouts of America. He picked 
up the honor earlier this year at a 
ceremony held at the Blount 
County home of UT Women's Bas- 
ketball Coach Pat Summitt. Boy 
Scout Council President Dale Keas- 
ling presented the award, which 
Kramer accepted with wife Sara Jo 
Emert Kramer by his side. 
MEMORIAM: Richard Ribble, 
Dec. 18, 2007, in Spring Hill, Ga. 
After MC, he earned a master of 
divinity degree from Princeton 
Theological Seminary. He was 
ordained by the Presbytery of Phil- 
adelphia, and served Presbyterian 



ECHO hierarchy 

reunite in Tampa 



Eight alumni from the 1950s - all former staff 
members of The Highland Echo - held a special 
reunion in February 2008 at the Tampa, Fla., 
home of Jim Demer '55 and wife Linda. 

The reunion was the inspiration of Abby 
Crosby McKean '55, who was the Echo's man- 
aging editor during her 1954-1955 senior year. 
Attending were Ron "Dock" Jennings '55, 
who was Echo business manager the first semes- 
ter of 1954-55, and wife Marilyn Baumgartner 
Jennings '57; and Joe Gilliland '55, who was 
editor his senior year. Demer was listed at the 
time as "senior staff editor" of the paper, which 
meant that he was in charge of sports coverage. 





Also attending the reunion were Abby's hus- 
band Bob McKean '52 and Tom '56 and Kay 
Leeth Bugenhagen '57, who winter in nearby 
Venice, Fla. 

Top: In 2008, the friendships live on 
between (l-r) Joe Gilliland '55, Ron 
Jennings, Abby Crosby McKean and 
Jim Demer. 

Bottom I - r: The Highland Echo 
newspaper staff as shown by the 
Chilhowean 53 years ago looked like 
this. From left at the desk are Carolyn 

Cones, staff reporter; Joe 

Gilliland, editor; Abby 

Crosby, managing editor; 

and Marian Hina, staff 

reporter. Standing around 

them, (l-r) are Ann Wiley, 

staff reporter; Jim Demer, 

sports editor; Jim Hopkins 

and Don Adams, associate 
editors; and Barbara Wilkie 
and Liz Frei, staff reporters. 




churches in Pennsylvania, New 
Jersey, New York, Georgia and 
Florida. He also was a pastor of 
Kobe Union Church, an interna- 
tional, interdenominational church 
in Kobe, Japan. Music was Ribble's 
avocation. He was a soloist with 
choruses in many places where he 
resided, and sang with opera 
groups. He was also one of the 
founders of the Citrus County 
Interfaith Council, an interdenomi- 
national organization of the 
county. Survivors include wife 
Jean-Vivian, two children, two 
grandchildren, and two brothers. 

'53 MEMORIAM: Gerald 

Walker, July 21, 2007, in Oak 
Ridge, Tenn. He taught school in 
the Oak Ridge school system for 30 
years, mostly at Jefferson Junior 
High, where he was a winning bas- 
ketball coach. Following retire- 
ment, he was elected to the 
Anderson County School Board 
and then Oak Ridge School Board, 
which he chaired for six years. He 
was inducted into the Oak Ridge 
Sports Hall of Fame. He was a 
member of the Kiwanis Club of 
Oak Ridge, a lifetime member of 
the National Education Associa- 



tion, and a member of Babson 
Park (Fla.) Community Church. In 
November, the Jefferson Middle 
School gymnasium was renamed 
in his memory. Survivors include 
wife Jo Ann, two children, one sis- 
ter, and many nieces and nephews. 

54 Pat Laing Stevens and 

her husband Bill welcomed a 
new grandson into the family in 
September. 

MEMORIAM: Albert Lotito, March 
20, 2007, in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. He 
was a mathematics and science 
teacher in the New York City Public 
Schools for over 40 years. He was an 
outstanding wrestler on wrestling 
teams of Coach J.D. Davis. Survivors 
include wife Antoinette "Tony." 



'55 Barbara Buttrill Barber and 

husband Jack celebrated their 
50th wedding anniversary with a 
luncheon at the Hilton in Norcross, 
Ga., last year Dick '54 and Peggy 
Evans Abbott '54 and Carol 
Fraser Kincheloe '54 and hus- 
band Sam attended. The Barber's 
three children and five grandchil- 
dren organized the celebration. 
While conducting research for a 
30-volume work on the flora of 
North America, Henrietta Laing 
Chambers (whose contribution will 
be the genus Pycnanthemum, a 
group of 19 species in the mint 
family), borrowed specimens from 
the New York Botanical Garden. 
Among the pressed, dried and 
mounted plant life was Pycnanthe- 

continued on page 42 



Jinny Longee Smith '54 (left) 

won a bronze medal in singles table tennis 
and a silver medal in doubles table tennis 
with partner Joanne Gibble at the 
National Senior Olympics in Louisville, Ky., 
last June. Classmate Pat Laing Stevens 
'54 (right) was in attendance at the games 
to cheer for husband Bill, who played on £ 
three-on-three men's basketball team, 
which won a bronze medal. 




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Alt*"** ?ev \\\vNsW^eBooks 



*"" » zfe /«5f ^«r or two, several Maryville College 
alumni have written the College to let 

h_ administrators and faculty members know of their 
recent publication. Most of the books described below are 
available online, either through major booksellers or through 
the specific publishing companies mentioned. 




GREENING 
of the U.S. MILITARY 




The Greening of the U.S. Military: Environmental 
Policy, National Security and Organizational 
Change, written by ROBERT DURANT '70 and 
published by Georgetown University Press, was 
released in June 2007. 

In a description of the book, the publisher states 
that Durant "delves into the world of defense 
environmental policy to uncover the epic and 
ongoing struggle to build an environmentally 

sensitive culture within the post-Cold War military. Through Durant 
more than 100 interviews and thousands of pages of American 

documents, reports, and trade newsletter accounts, he offers 



a telling tale of political, bureaucratic, and 
intergovernmental combat over the pace, scope, 
and methods of applying environmental and 
natural resource laws while ensuring military 
readiness. He then discerns from these clashes 
over principle, competing values, and narrow self- 
interest a framework for studying and 
understanding organizational change in public 
organizations." 

is professor of public administration and policy at 
University in Washington, D.C. 



— I 




The University of Hawaii Press recently 
published Himiko and the Elusive Chiefdom of 
Yamatai: Archaeology, History, and Mythology 
by J. EDWARD "TED" KIDDER '43. This is 
Kidder's latest of many books on ancient 
Japanese arts and culture through 
archaeology. 

Praised as "the most comprehensive and 
persuasive treatment [of the subject matter] 
in English to date" by Choice magazine, the book focuses on the 
history of Yamatai (a city in Japan which has proven problematic in 
Japanese historiography) and its female shaman leader, Himiko. In 
writing the book, Kidder turned to three sources-historical, 
archaeological, and mythological-to provide a multifaceted study of 
ancient Japanese society. 

Kidder is professor emeritus of the International Christian 
University in Tokyo. 



Christian author JANA DALTON SPICKA '91 has 

recently published two books. Unhindered: 
Revealing the Glory of a Woman, "exposes and 
explains how Hollywood falsely defines us, the porn 
culture poisons our hearts, and how the glory God 
offers is real satisfaction," Spicka writes on her web 
site. (Spicka leads women's conferences that focus 
on the same theme.) 

The Locket and the Mask, a 
children's book that puts a 
twist in the classic fairy tale of 
the toad and the kiss, promotes 
self-esteem and purity. 

Both books can be purchased 
through janaspicka.com. 




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CLASS NOTES 



MADLON TRAVIS LASTER '56 has written a book 
entitled Brain-based Teaching for All Subjects: Patterns 
to Promote Learning, which was published in January 
by Rowman and Littlefield. The book describes an 
approach to teaching that mimics the way the brain 
learns and retains information, and includes chapters 
on visual models for basic curriculum concepts and 
ways to present them to students. 

A story about Laster ran in the Winchester (Va.) 
Star and is linked on the Maryville College web site. 
(Search on "Winchester Star.") 




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BRAIN-BASED 
TEACHING FOR 
ALL SUBJECTS 




l/BIB 




President Zachary Taylor 
The Hero President 

.* Va4« ■ Uw t*m lf«, iamc i AnAui -bra ■ 

Elbert B. Smith 



E.B. SMITH '40 recently published 
a biography in the First Men, 
America's Presidents series entitled 
Zachary Taylor: The Hero President. 
This is Smith's sixth book, and it 
chronicles the success and struggles 
of Taylor during his 40 -year military 
career (which involved four different 
wars) and his presidency. Smith 
looks at Taylor's presidency and the many turbulent 
issues he faced, namely slavery, the admission of New 
Mexico and California as states, and the threat of 
southern secession from the Union. 

Smith is a professor emeritus of history at the 
University of Maryland. Some of his previous books have 
presented in-depth studies of the presidencies of Millard 
Fillmore and James Buchanan. 



A chapter on Maryville College is included 
in Return to Fall Creek, a historical novel 
written by LOU HUTSON CROWDER 
'55. The novel spans parts of two centuries 
as main character Carrie 
Orbison returns to her 
East Tennessee roots to 
retrace her past. 

The book was 
published by Bonny 
Oakes Books. 




BARBARA BLUM MABRY '52 has written a 
book of poetry entitled In My Own Voice that 
was published by Clark Group last August. 
An anthology of 40 years of writing poetry, 
the book has been called "a blessing" by 
Kentucky Poet Laureate Jane Gentry Vance. 
A description of the book reads: "[Mabry] 
an accomplished poet who gives voice and 
depth to the broad array of life's experiences, 
joys and sorrows in this book-length collection of poems." 

Mabry, who lives in Lexington, Ky., with husband Charlton 
Mabry '50 has been busy doing readings in the region. 




.1 S... I W 

Don Hickman 




Truth KkanMB 



Former FBI Special Agent and Assistant Inspector 
General G. DONALD HICKMAN '70 has penned 
Truth Matters, a novel based around the life of a 
former mafia don's mistress and her furtive 
attempt to conceal the truth about the death of 
her spouse, a federal agent. In a press release 
issued by Hickman, the author stated that an 
inexplicable real-life murder of a coworker and 
the baffling fatality of a close friend inspired the 

writing of Truth Matters. 

"I've always wanted to write this book," he said. "The things I 

experienced during my career are too good to sit in the back of 

my head for the rest of my life. I needed to get them on paper. 

This book is the beginning of that." 

Infinity Publishing is the publisher of Truth Matters. 




DUKE'S 
HANDBOOK OF 

Medicinal 
Plants 
ok the Bible 




PEGGY-ANN KESSLER 
DUKE '52 provided 
the illustrations for 
Handbook of Medicinal 
Plants of the Bible, which 
went on sale in 
December 2007. 
Husband James Duke, 
a world-renowned 
ethnobotanist authored the 522 -page 
handbook. Peggy-Ann also provided 
illustrations for the 2nd edition of The 
Handbook of Medicinal Herbs, another of 
James' works, which has in-depth coverage of 
more than 800 of the world's most important 
medical herbs. 



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CLASS NOTES 

continued from page 39 

mum torreyi taken from the 
Maryville College Woods in 1924. 
She wrote: "I am lucky at my age, 
73, to still be able to contribute to 
my profession." The volume should 
be published in 2009. David and 
Margaret Connolly Ramsey '58 
celebrated their 50th wedding 
anniversary in May 2007 by taking a 
trip to Alaska. Last summer, their 
daughter gave birth to twins, mak- 
ing 10 grandchildren for the cou- 
ple. They live in Sewell, NJ. 
Barbara Innes Smith and husband 
Buck celebrated their 50th wed- 
ding anniversary by going to 
Hawaii. They have 12 grandchildren 
and one great-grandson. 
MEMORIAM: Joan Herschelman 
Serck, Dec. 9, 2007, in Sierra Vista, 
Ariz. Much of her life was spent in 
Illinois before moving to Arizona. In 
retirement, she was an active mem- 
ber of Sierra Evangelical Lutheran 
Church and volunteered for the 
Ramsey Canyon and Patagonia 
Nature Conservancy Reserve. Sur- 
vivors include husband Duane, two 
sons, mother Edith, three brothers 
and four grandchildren. 

56 James Kennedy is now hap- 
pily retired and has moved from 
the Florida Keys to Black Mountain, 
N.C. "I have changed the view 
from my back deck from the 
peaceful waters of the Gulf of Mex- 
ico to the great beauty of the 
mountains," he wrote. James 
Laster was hired by George Mason 
University's Theatre of the First 
Amendment to do a staged read- 
ing of one of the winning plays for 
the theatre's First Light Festival. He 
created the role of Mr. Sinclair in 
October for the premier of SKY, 
and did a four-week run of "It's a 
Wonderful Life"- a live radio play. 
But his theatrical highlight to date 
was playing Morrie Swartz for two 
and half weeks in a wonderful pro- 
duction of "Tuesdays With Morrie." 

'57 MEMORIAMS: Kristen Bow- 
man Burleson, Dec. 3, 2007, in 
West Columbia, S.C. She was a 
homemaker. Survivors include hus- 
band Alfred, two daughters and 
two grandchildren. 
■ Charles R. Frissell, Oct. 26, 2007, 
in Gainesville, Ga. After receiving 
his bachelor's degree from the Col- 
lege, he went on to earn a master 



of divinity degree from Louisville 
Presbyterian Theological Seminary 
and later served Presbyterian 
churches in Kentucky, West Virginia 
and Florida. In 1969, he joined the 
U.S. Air Force as a chaplain. He was 
awarded the Bronze Star Medal for 
his service in Vietnam from 1970 to 
1971, the Defense Superior Medal 
for his three years with the Euro- 
pean Command (Stuttgart, Ger- 
many 1991-1994) and the Legion of 
Merit in 1995 at the Air Force Acad- 
emy, Colo. He retired to Gaines- 
ville, Ga., in 1995. He was an active 
member of the First Presbyterian 
Church, where he became involved 
with Stephen Ministries, and also 
volunteered with the Northeast 
Georgia Medical Center. Survivors 
include wife Margaret, two sons 
and one granddaughter. 

58 Ann Murray Bridgeland has 

recently spent time visiting her son 
and his family in Guayaquil, Equa- 
dor, where he works for the State 
Department. Previously, she visited 
them in Honduras and Guyana. 

59 Betty Boone Best is serving 
on the boards for the Sam Hous- 
ton Schoolhouse and the new 
Blount County (Tenn.) Museum. 
She also writes for the Blount 
County Historical Society Journal 
and Smoky Mountain Historical 
Journal. Carl Boyer lives in Santa 
Clarita, Calif., and continues to 
organize medical missions to 
Nicaragua. Bill Lynch completed 
an intensive yearlong training pro- 
gram in World View called the 
Centurions. The program is run by 
Breakpoint, a part of Prison Fel- 
lowship Ministries International. 
He is teaching classes on intelli- 
gent design around New England 
as part of Centurions. Last year, 



Robert Moses '59 was recognized in 
December 2007 as the recipient of the James 
T. Rogers Meritorious Service Award from the 
Commission on Colleges of the Southern 
Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). 

He received the award based on his length 
and quality of service to SACS, including 37 
accreditation committee visits to colleges 
throughout the South and his leadership as 
chair for 19 of the visits. 

Moses is the associate vice president emeritus 
associate vice president of planning and program development 
at Indian River Community College in Fort Pierce, Fla. He has 34 
years of experience as a community college administrator and 
1 1 years in faculty positions at the high school, community and 
university level. 

Looking back, Moses credits former Maryville College profes- 
sors Robert Lynn '52 and Newell Witherspoon '52 for his 
accomplishments in education. 

"They pointed me in the right direction," he said. 



George Verwer celebrated 50 
years since the start of his mission 
agency, Operation Mobilisation. 
Based out of Kent, England, the 
agency's literature arm, called 
"Send the Light," recently merged 
with the International Bible Soci- 
ety, creating one of the largest 
Bible and Christian literature 
agencies in the world. Verwer's 
website is georgeverwer.com. The 
Burlington (Vt.) Free Press 
reported in September 2007 that 
world-renowned composer and 
Vermont resident Gwyneth Walker 
was commissioned by College 
Street Congregational Church in 
Burlington to compose a choral 
piece to honor Yonah Gogel 
Yellin, musical director and princi- 
pal organist. Yellin directed the 
piece, entitled "All the Beauty of 
the Lord," and Walker attended 
the Sept. 30, 2007 service. 

'60 MEMORIAMS: Dorcas Curtis 

Fellner, Dec. 13, 2007, in Lake City, 
Fla. She was an outstanding teacher 
in Titusville and Lake Worth, Fla., for 



more than 20 years. Survivors 
include husband Al and two sisters, 
including Emma Curtis '55 
■ Jane Planitzer Snider, Jan. 17, 
2008, in Frederick, Md. She earned 
a master's degree in social work 
from the University of Maryland 
and went on to set up the first 
Social Work Department at Fred- 
erick Memorial Hospital, where 
she worked for 25 years. She also 
help found Hospice of Frederick 
County, and through her untiring 
work and service made it a viable 
service for the community. In 
accordance with her wishes, she 
died in the Blue Room of Kline 
Hospice House, a place she loved 
dearly. Survivors include husband 
Lin Snider '61 

61 Last summer, Bill Crisp was 

named the new executive director 
of the Blount County Community 
Action Agency. As executive direc- 
tor, he will be responsible for man- 
aging agency activities, developing 
programs, supervising staff and 
serving as its chief spokesperson. 
Terry Dick Dykstra and husband 



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Evelyn Brackbill Jarrett '62 (left) report- 
ed a mini-Maryville College reunion was 
held in August 2007 when six alumnae all 
attended a Women's Connection 
Conference at Montreat Conference 
Center in North Carolina. Attendees 
included (l-r) Jarrett, Kathy Kerns 
Vousden '56, Ruth Blackburn Morgan 
'53, Debbie Kirk '78, Zaida Brown 
Gilmore '61, and Virginia Brown '65 



CLASS NOTES 



Lyle are serving as missionaries in 
Kenya, teaching at the Presbyterian 
University in Kikuyu. They serve 
January through June and teach 
clinical pastoral education skills. 

'62 Priscilla Newcomer Ratliff 

retired last June from Ashland, 
Inc., after 31 years of service as a 
chemistry librarian and registered 
U.S. patent agent. She met MC 
chemistry professor Dr. Terry 
Bunde in January 2008 at an 
American Chemical Society lead- 
ership conference in Dallas, Tex. 

63 Constance Beagle Fulton 

has retired after 1 years of service 
as an associate for Pre-Paid Legal 
Services, Inc. She is doing volun- 
teer work at Mt. Pleasant Presby- 
terian Church in S.C. 

64 Kenneth Harrison wrote 
to report that his home was 
destroyed in March 2007 by a 
tornado that passed through 
Enterprise, Ala. He lost his large 
personal library and 50 years' 
genealogical research. He has 
rebuilt. 

65 After 37 years of teaching 
psychology, Lloyd Bogart retired 
in December 2006. He lives in La 
Crosse, Wis., and is active teach- 
ing bagpiping and performing in 
the local pipe band. Richard Boyd 
continues his work as associate 
professor of religion for Mount 
Olive College and as stated sup- 
ply minister of Croatan Presbyte- 
rian Church in New Burn, N.C. He 
and wife Susan live in Beaufort, 
N.C. Harold Cone wrote in Feb- 
ruary that he would retire in May 
2008 after 40 years as a college 
professor. Wife Linda Schug Cone 
was planning to retire in June after 
28 years as a high-school librarian. 
"A new grand child and work (lec- 
turing) on cruise ships, along with 
writing, will fill the time," he wrote. 
David Conklin retired from the 
Metropolitan Knoxville Airport 
Authority (MKAA) in August 2007. 
He was the vice president of mar- 
keting and public relations. In 13 
years at the MKAA, Conklin had 
been instrumental in the success- 
ful recruitment of new air service 
and the development of aggres- 
sive policies that made McGhee 



Tyson Airport competitive in the 
aviation industry. Prior to joining 
the MKAA, Conklin was employed 
by Delta Airlines for 29 years. The 
sixth "Great Baldwin Hall Girls 
Reunion" was held Oct. 13-15, 
2007 at Lake Tansi Resort near 
Crossville, Tenn. Attending were 
Martha Cook of Farmville, Va.; 
Pat Dobbin Chambers '65 of 
Knoxville; Elenora Easterly 
Edwards of Clinton, Tenn.; 
Michelle Ann Douglas Sabine 
and Gail Smith Stinnett '65, both 
of Crossville, Tenn. The girls 
began college on the third floor of 
Baldwin Hall in September 1961. 
In July 2007, Elenora Easterly 
Edwards was presented the Ten- 
nessee Press Association's Presi- 
dent's Award by Henry A. Stokes 
of The Commercial Appeal in 



made in September 2007 at the 
Tennessee Organization of School 
Superintendents' annual confer- 
ence. Dalton, who served as direc- 
tor of Maryville City Schools for 19 
years, retired in December. In 
October, Judy Jenkins Humphrey 
retired from the Blount (Tenn.) 
County Attorney General's Office, 
where she worked as a victim/ wit- 
ness coordinator for 1 7 years. She 
started the program and was 
responsible for acting as a liaison 
between the district attorney's 
office, court system and victims. In 
February, Hugh McCampbell pre- 
sented a benefit concert in Sweet- 
water for the Sweetwater Valley 
Citizens for the Arts. The evening 
consisted of him playing the piano 
and banjo and telling tales of farm 
life and veterinary practice. 




in May 2008, Penny Blackwood 

Ferguson '69 learned that she 
had been inducted into the National 
Teachers Hall of Fame and was sched- 
uled to travel to Emporia, Kansas, in 
June, where she would be honored at 
the Hall of Fame. 

Of 80 educators named to the hall 
of fame since its inception, Ferguson is 
just the third from Tennessee to be 
recognized. 

"I'm pretty successful in getting students to do far more 
than many think they can do," she told a Blount Today news- 
paper reporter interviewing her about the award. "They know 
I'm hard on them. They think I can challenge them and make 
them work hard. They never fail to come back and say they 
were so well prepared. They're proud of what they can do." 

Ferguson also was presented the Distinguished Alumni 
Award during the 2007 Starlight Awards Ceremony presented 
by the Maryville City Schools Foundation. 

... i . -_. 



Memphis. The award recognizes 
service to the association and its 
members. Robert Paul has retired 
after working 40 years as an Eng- 
lish teacher and librarian in various 
high schools and colleges in Flor- 
ida and Tennessee as well as 
being employed as a technical 
writer for TVA. He now works part- 
time as a van driver for Asbury 
Place, a retirement community in 
Maryville. 

'66 Mike Dalton was named the 
2008 Tennessee Superintendent of 
the Year. The presentation was 



67 Marvin Beard, a rheumatol- 
ogist at East Tennessee Medical 
Group, has been recognized as a 
certified clinical densitometrist 
(CCD) by the International Society 
for Clinical Densitometry (ISCD). I. 
Patricia Johnson Wooten came 
out of retirement in 2004 and 
started teaching first grade. She 
has two grown children and three 
grandchildren. Sam Wyman 
retired from full-time employment 
but is continuing ministry through 
Barnabas Ministries, a new and 
developing regional organization 



based in Chambersburg, Pa., 
where he lives. 

68 Linda McNair Cohen retired 
from the Birmingham (Ala.) Public 
Library after working there for 20 
years as a librarian and writing two 
collection management policies for 
the library system. She now volun- 
teers at the library. After 39 years in 
education, John Forgety has 
retired as director of schools for 
McMinn (Tenn.) County. In his ten- 
ure, all 10 schools have been 
accredited, 56 classrooms have 
been built plus a new school 
added, and older school buildings 
have been improved. Randall 
Smith was recently voted into the 
International Academy of Trial Law- 
yers. The total membership is kept 
at 500 and he is one of only two 
members from the state of Maine. 

'69 In October 2007, Don Elia 
was inducted into the Tennessee 
National Wrestling Hall of Fame 
and received the chapter's Life- 
time Service Award. Elia coached 
at Maryville College for seven 
years and at Carson-Newman Col- 
lege for 30 years. He coached nine 
top-10 teams in the NAIA, 76 All- 
Americans and 22 individual 
national championships. He also 
coached and/or trained four cur- 
rent college coaches and more 
than 15 current high school 
coaches Richard Karns left Cove- 
nant Presbyterian in Upper Arling- 
ton, Ohio, in April 2007. He is now 
on disability. In December 2007, 
Wallace Wilson wrote that he is 
enjoying his first interim pastor sit- 
uation. Wife Kay is working at 
Anderson University, Anderson, 
Ind., as a special needs tutor. Their 
sons are in college. 

'70 In addition to teaching at 
New Mexico's School for the Blind 
and Visually Impaired, Lynn 
Coburn now serves on the advi- 
sory committee for the Project for 
New Mexico's Children and Youth 
Who Are Deafblind. Robert 
Durant, professor of public 
administration and policy at Amer- 
ican University in Washington, 
D.C., was selected to receive the 
2007 Leslie A. Whittington Excel- 
lence in Teaching Award from the 
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Public Affairs and Administration. 
The national award is made annu- 
ally to a professor teaching at one 
of the 250 university graduate pro- 
grams accredited in public admin- 
istration and policy in the U.S. He 
has also won over six other teach- 
ing awards and five national 
research awards in his career Carol 
Fisher Mathieson wrote to report 
the death of husband Robert, who 
died of transitional cell cancer on 
Sept. 11, 2007. Culver- Stockton 
College, where he taught physics 
and she still teaches music, has 
established a prize in his honor for 
excellent achievement in the phys- 
ical sciences. 

'71 Ned (Brookbank) Delaney 

has retired from Eli Lilly Pharma- 
ceuticals as a senior development 
technician at Tippecanoe Labora- 
tories in Lafayette, Ind. Wife 
Cherry is employed by Purdue 
University in information technol- 
ogy and security. He spends most 
of his time assisting various 
groups promoting peace and 
human rights initiatives and writ- 
ings for Amnesty International and 
91 1Truth.org. He writes that his 
"best buddy is a Wheaten Terrier 
named Casey." Robert Kennedy 
retired in September 2007 after 
more than 27 years as an insur- 
ance adjuster. He is looking for- 
ward to working on his collector 
cars and volunteering in the 
archives at MC. His son, Geoffrey 
Kennedy '07, graduated from the 
College in May 2007. Ron Robert- 
son is in his 23 year of teaching 
in California. He is currently teach- 
ing algebra and Spanish at Park 
Middle School and is looking for- 
ward to retirement after the 201 
school year. 

72 Gaynell Harless Lawson, 

senior executive vice president for 
Citizens Bank of Blount County 
(CBBC), joined the board of direc- 
tors for CBBC in August 2007. A 
graduate of the Tennessee School 
of Banking and the School for 
Bank Administration at the Univer- 
sity of Wisconsin, she has worked 
for CBBC since it opened in 1973. 
John Weston and a team of real 
estate agents helped a woman 
who suffers from rheumatoid 
arthritis build a custom house to 



suit her needs. Weston is the 
developer of McNeilly Place, a 
neighborhood designed for peo- 
ple who are disabled or who want 
a low-maintenance house. 

73 Mark Brookes was inducted 
into the Connecticut High 
School Coaches Association 
Hall of Fame in November. 
Brookes is the only baseball 
coach in the history of 
Haddam-Killingworth High 
School in Higganum, Conn., 
and as of November, had 
compiled a 486-213 record. 
Frank Hall wrote to report 
that in 2006 and 2007, he had 
been an advocate of clean energy, 
chairing the Essex Citizens for 
Clean Energy and coordinating 
the Clean Energy Task Force for 
the town of Essex, Conn. Anne 
Holmes celebrated the 25 th anni- 
versary of her ordination last year 
and in June 2007 was one of nine 
awarded the "Woman of Vision" 
award from the United Church of 
Christ. She received this award 
because when ordained, she was 
the first open lesbian ever to be 
ordained in any denomination. 
Presently, she is an intentional 
interim minister in Virginia and 
does consulting with the wider 
church Emily Hager Morgan 
graduated from Stetson University 
College of Law in Gulfport/ 
Tampa, Fla., in December 2007. 

'74 Carol Veltman Kariotis 

recently retired from her 21 -year 
position as director of residential 
life at the University of Missouri- 
Kansas City. She is currently the 
executive director/CEO of Kaw Val- 
ley Arts and Humanities, Inc. She 
has one son in graduate school 
and another son who plays profes- 
sional soccer in Greece Leanne 
Moore retired from the federal 
government after 30 years of work- 
ing for the department of defense 
- the last 20 at the Defense 
Nuclear Agency/Defense Threat 
Reduction Agency. She is now a 
private consultant in organizational 
development and strategic plan- 
ning. Son Dylan, a 9 tn grader, is a 
national competitive fencer in 
Epee and is ranked sixth in the 
state of Virginia for his age group. 



Richard Battaglia '74 

won a Grammy award in 2007 
for his production work on the 
year's best contemporary jazz 
album, Hidden Land, by Bela 
Fleck and the Flecktones. This 
is Battaglia's second Grammy, 
with his first coming from his 
production 



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BELA FLKKA * ■ 

. THE FLECKTONES 



work on the 
artists' album 
Out/and. He 
and brother 
Robert are 
sound engi- 
neers/mixers. 



76 Beth Widner Jackson will 

be serving on the 2008-2009 John 
Newbery Committee, which will 
select the best novel or nonfiction 
selection of the year for children in 
grades 4-9. This committee is com- 
prised of members of the Ameri- 
can Library Service to Children, a 
division of the American Library 
Association. She is a librarian at 
Westside Schools in Athens, Tenn. 
MEMORIAM: Donald Decker, 
Jan. 20, 2008, in Ohio. Survivors 
include mother Anna and special 
friend Elmer Yoest, three sisters 
and their families. 

77 Craig Arcos and wife Lisa 
turned their hobby of antiquing 
into a full time business when they 
started Bull Street Auctions in 
Savannah, Ga. They specialize in 
estate liquidations, imported rug 
auctions and estate appraisal ser- 
vices. Lee Taylor was named pres- 
ident of Truck PM Plus, a 
Bridgestone-Bandag commercial 
truck repair business with 100 
employees in 10 locations in 
Florida. 

78 Gary Elrod missed his class 
reunion due to serving his second 
deployment in Iraq with the 
1175 tn Transportation Company, 
Tennessee National Guard. Cheryl 
Thompson Waite has taken a 
position as a business analyst in 
technology development at 
United HealthCare. She has also 
recently moved to Dallas, Ga., 
with her son and daughter. Follow- 
ing the 2007 season, Steve 
Wright resigned as the head foot- 



ball coach of Sul Ross State Uni- 
versity in Alpine, Texas. Wife Anita 
took a job at the University of Wis- 
consin-Stevens Point, and he 
decided to move after a year of 
commuting between the two 
places through the year. They have 
a daughter in high school in Wis- 
consin and another daughter 
enrolled at Stanford. 

79 Alvin Nance was named to a 
three-year term on an advisory 
council of the Federal Home Loan 
Bank of Cincinnati. The 1 5-mem- 
ber council provides guidance to 
the board and staff on housing 
needs and programs that will 
enhance the bank's affordable 
housing and economic develop- 
ment programs in Kentucky, Ohio 
and Tennessee. 

80 Carole Evans is no longer 
married and has returned to using 
her maiden name. She has moved 
to Redlands, Calif., and resides 
with alumnus David Shankle 

81 Margaret Chesnutt 

Goolsby works as a nurse practi- 
tioner in medical oncology at the 
Veterans Administration. Husband 
Bill is a research engineer at 
Emory University School of Medi- 
cine. They reside in Tucker, Ga. 
MARRIAGE: Margaret Chesnut 
to Bill Goolsby, March 3, 2007. 
BIRTH: David Widner and wife 
Lesa Andrews Widner '82, a son, 
William Davis, July 19, 2007. 

'82 In September 2007, Teri 
Trotter Brahams was re-elected 
secretary of Areawide Develop- 
ment Corporation. Based in Alcoa, 
Tenn., the corporation markets 
and processes U.S. Small Business 
Administration Section 504 loans 
to small businesses in partnership 
with banks to help finance capital 
projects. Ed Brewer celebrated 18 
years of marriage with wife Pam in 
August of 2007. They and their 
daughters live in Boone, N.C. 

'83 J. Michael Hester transi- 
tioned to a permanent position as 
Evonik Industries' director of oper- 
ations excellence in North Amer- 
ica and has responsibility for 
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and profits. Tom Hudson has 

joined the University of South Car- 
olina's College of Education as a 
clinical faculty member. He will 
serve as director of program ser- 
vices for the S.C. School Improve- 
ment Council (SIC), which provides 
training and support to 17,000 
parents, teachers and community 
members serving on SICs in each 
of the state's K-12 public schools. 
He was previously public informa- 
tion officer for Beaufort County 
Schools and has spent the last 20 
years in various communications 
and public/media relations posi- 
tions in the public and private sec- 
tors. He lives with wife Alisha and 
daughter in Columbia, S.C. Their 
sons are enrolled in college. Jane 
Jafvert Limone-Rollins is the 
executive director for Adult Life 
Programs in Hickory, N.C. She is 



responsible for running the best- 
utilized PCUSA resource center 
and for connecting with those 
involved in Christian education in 
the local congregations. Previously, 
she served churches in Georgia. 

86 Penny Head recently com- 
pleted a master's degree in exer- 
cise science from California 
University of Pennsylvania. She is 
currently the director of sports 
medicine for Baptist Rehabilitation 
in Germantown, Tenn. 

'87 In September 2007, Nore- 
han Abdullah wrote to say that 
she is currently working on her 
Ph.D. in economics, studying work- 
ing women and child care. She is a 
lecturer and faculty member in the 
economics department at Univer- 
siti Utara Malaysia. John Wesley 



Walker is "Professor of the Year" 
in South Carolina 

I In November 2007, Melissa Walker '85 

^■^. I was named South Carolina's "Professor of 

the Year" by the Carnegie Foundation for 
the Advancement of Teaching and the 
Council for Advancement and Support of 
Education (CASE). She was among win- 
ners in 40 states and the District of 
Columbia who were recognized for their 
excellence in undergraduate teaching and 
mentoring. 

Walker just finished her 12th year of 
teaching history at Converse College in 
Spartanburg, S.C. In addition to the 
"Professor of the Year" honor last year, 
Walker was also selected to be the first occupant of the George 
Dean Johnson Jr. teaching chair in history at Converse. 

In addition to her bachelor's degree from Maryville, she holds 
a master's degree from Providence College in Rhode Island and a 
doctorate from Clark University in Worcester, Mass. 




responsible for four adult day care 
centers and community-based 
mental health services. Son Mat- 
thew Limone '10 finished his 
sophomore year (living in the 
exact dorm room she had as a 
sophomore) and, she wrote, "is 
hopefully not following in all of his 
mom and dad's footsteps! Ha!" 

84 Leslee Hay Kirkconnell was 

called to be the resource center 
director and educator for the Pres- 
bytery of Tampa Bay. She is 



Wright traveled to Japan in 
December and performed in two 
benefit concerts for the Japan 
International Volunteer Center, a 
humanitarian organization. A tenor 
soloist, Wright performed Handel's 
"Messiah" and Bach's "Christmas 
Oratorio" with three other vocal- 
ists in recital halls and hotels in 
Osaka and Tokyo. Rusman bin 
Yaacob played soccer for the 
Scots during the 1985-86 season 
while he was an international stu- 
dent at the College. He is now liv- 



ing in Malaysia and would like to 
hear from some of his old class- 
mates. His email address is 
rusmany@yahoo.com. Cesar Zam- 
brano was a visiting professor at 
Eastern Kentucky University for a 
year and a half but has recently 
returned to Universidad San Fran- 
cisco de Quito (Ecuador), where he 
was promoted to associate dean. 

88 Aidilputra Bin Omar is now 

living and working in Malaysia and 
would like to hear from old class- 
mates. His email address is 
oaidil@yahoo.com. Carol Warren 
and husband Dale have a u-pick 
blackberry farm in Franklin, Tenn. 
On June 21, 2008, they held the 
Fifth Annual Blackberry Jam Music 
Festival benefiting a local charity. 
Bubba and Selena Dockery Wells 
live outside Birmingham, Ala., and 
own a truck body and equipment 
company called WorkTrux with 
three locations across the South- 
east. They spend their free time 
keeping up with children's activities 
and unwinding at a second home 
on Smith Lake. They also regularly 
get together with MC buddies. 

90 Jon Allison was named 
assistant vice president and direc- 
tor of government relations for the 
State Auto Insurance Companies 
in Columbus, Ohio. Before mov- 
ing to Franklin, Tenn., Victoria 
Conwell Lane coached a cheer- 
leading team at Alpine All Star 
Cheering in Parker, Colo., to three 
first-place wins. Daughter Emily 
was part of that winning team. 
BIRTH: Melissa Myers Bowers 
and husband Brad, a son, William 
Thomas Bradford, July 16, 2007. 
MEMORIAM: Kirk Lee Burdick, 
Jan. 6, 2008, in Savannah, Ga. He 
was a member of the First Presby- 
terian Church in Brunswick, Ga., 
and an elder in the Presbyterian 
Church (USA). He served in youth 
and camping ministry, worked for 
the General Assembly and con- 
tributed to Sunday school curricu- 
lum projects. For the past several 
years, he had worked as an artist 
and job coach with mentally chal- 
lenged adults at the non-profit 
organization Coastal Center for 
Development Services in Savan- 
nah, Ga. Survivors include wife 
Lou Ellen, parents Frank and Faye 



Burdick, grandmother Marion 
Burdick, brother Frank and aunts 
and uncles. 

91 Kirk Andrews has opened a 
new law office with Hilary Burgin. 
The firm Andrews & Burgin is 
located on Morganton Square 
Drive in Maryville. Lyn Fletcher 
Cherry and husband Ed Cherry 
celebrated their 50 tn wedding 
anniversary Aug. 4, 2007, with a 
dinner at Miss Olivia's Table. Mark 
Farmer is in his first year as a dep- 
uty sheriff for the Citrus (Fla.) 
County Sheriff's Office, following 
in the footsteps of brother Scott 
'90. He wrote that he "plays the 
Florida lottery constantly and plans 
to finish [his] first novel." 

BIRTH: Barbara Borderieux Brun- 
ner and husband David, a daugh- 
ter, Sarah Kristeen, April 20, 2007. 

92 David Fletcher has owned 
and operated his own physical 
therapy practice, Ergonomically 
Correct, for the past four years in 
Annapolis, Md. He, his wife, 
daughter and son live in Crowns- 
ville, Md. 

BIRTH: Jennifer Carter LaFollette 
and husband Ronnie, a daughter, 
Caitlyn Elizabeth, Oct. 9, 2007. 

93 Keith Lane and his family 
moved to Franklin, Tenn., after nine 
years in Colorado. He is now the 
new owner of Regency Furs in the 
Green Hills area of Nashville. He 
has been employed with Regency 
since 1996. Mindy Bailey Stooks- 
bury received a scholarship from 
the Association of School Business 
Officials International in 2006 to 
pursue her doctor of education 
degree with an organizational lead- 
ership concentration from Nova 
Southeastern University. She 
planned to graduate in December 
2008 Ginger Chapman Teaster is 
working for the Arkansas Student 
Loan Authority under a contract 
with Edfinancial out of Knoxville. 
She is responsible for IT, phones 
and security, as well as working 
with all departments on develop- 
ing solutions that will increase effi- 
ciencies and effectiveness. She 
enjoys spending free time with 
son Hunter, who loves superhe- 
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BIRTH: Stacy Keith Harbin and 

husband Matt, a son, Jude 
Mathew, April 30, 2007. 

94 Eric Booth and family have 
relocated to Bowling Green, Ky., 
where he accepted a job as mar- 
keting manager for HeathCo LLC. 
Eric Egan is a field technician with 
Sprint. He and wife Sarah live in 
Kingsport, Tenn. Edward "Bryce" 
Levari has been named the 
Renaissance Place trainer for Hills- 
borough (Fla.) County Public 
Schools. He will train media spe- 
cialists, technology specialists and 
reading coaches on how to imple- 
ment and utilize Renaissance 
Place within the 145 elementary 
schools. Howard Myrick was hon- 
ored with the U.S. Department of 
the Navy Meritorious Civilian Ser- 
vice Medal in November 2006. He 
recently accepted a job transfer/ 
promotion and moved from Vir- 
ginia to New Orleans, La. 
BIRTHS: Eric Booth and wife 
Angie, a daughter, Leyla Marie, 
Nov. 19,2007. 

95 Lorie Brannom Parris 

recently moved to Virginia, where 
husband Steve has opened a new 
Books-A-Million Store. She is cur- 
rently in the M.Ed, program at King 
College. 

BIRTH: Amy Lee Baggett and 
husband Kip, a daughter, Saleh 
Gayle, Aug. 19,2007. 

96 Jeremy Landis was pro- 
moted to sergeant and currently 
serves as assistant post com- 
mander of the Georgetown Post of 
the Ohio State Highway Patrol. 
Kelly Garrison Nash is now school 
counselor at Northwest Middle 
School in Knox (Tenn.) County. 
Christopher Noe is currently 
enrolled at Lynn University in Boca 
Raton, Fla. He is studying for his 
doctorate in global leadership, 
specializing in corporate and orga- 
nizational management. 

BIRTH: Kelli Jackson Graham and 
husband Simon, a son, Bennett 
Gordon, April 28, 2007. 

97 Jeremy Evans was promoted 
to director of accounting and 
logistics at Tech Data Corporation, 
a Fortune 100 Company. He lives in 
Palmetto, Fla. David Golden is the 




Andrea Maxson Roddy '94 
and husband Mark '98, a 
son, Max Allen, Sept. 17, 
2007. (At right is big sister 
Katherine.) 



defensive coordinator at Hazel 
Green High School in Hazel Green, 
Ala Stella Hamilton obtained 
licensure as a professional coun- 
selor and is serving as coordinator 
of children's ministries at St. Luke's 
United Methodist Church in Knox- 
ville. Bo McMichael is a health 
care regional director for 
Advanced Patient Advocacy and is 
living with wife Tammy in Portland, 
Maine. Aaron Stone is presently 
teaching music and chorus at Far- 
ragut Middle School in Knoxville. 
He was recently cast in Oak Ridge 
Playhouse's production of Rogers 
and Hammerstein's "Cinderella." 
He has been working on a CD. 
BIRTH: Kevin Rowland and wife 
Terri Hadden Rowland '00, a son, 
Ryne Joseph, Jan. 25, 2007 

98 Meghan Casey Cobble 

has started her own sewing busi- 
ness while staying at home with 
her two sons. Her web site is 
kmaccreations.com. Jim Lummus 
and wife Kim are living in Austin, 
Tex. He recently graduated with an 
M.B.A. from Stetson University and 
is working as the central U.S. 
regional director for Sylvan Learn- 
ing Center. Bishop Moore is 
teaching music and voice in the 
Baltimore (Md.) County Public 
Schools Brad Robbins completed 
his bachelor's and master's degrees 
at the University of Tennessee in 
agricultural economics. He has 
relocated to Anchorage, Alaska, 
where he has worked for the state's 
Department of Fish and Game as a 
research analyst since March 2007. 
Alice Wong is now an associate 
director in the office of public 
programming and CLE at Fordham 
Law School. 

MARRIAGE: Jaclyn Lang to 
David Kollar, July 7, 2007. 
BIRTHS: Andy Byrd and wife 
Heather Hendricks Byrd '02, a 
daughter, Lakelee Mia, Feb. 27, 
2008 Meghan Casey Cobble 
and husband Kenny, a son, Casey 



McGill, Jan. 22, 2007. Andrea 
Suddarth Craft and husband 
Jake '99, a son, Anderson Jacob, 
July 27, 2007. Todd Smith and 
wife Jennifer Taylor Smith '00, 
a daughter, Midori Oriah, 
April 3, 2007. 

99 Shannon Bryant Carey 

works for The Shopper-News Now, 
a community newspaper that has 
been serving North Knox (Tenn.) 
County for 40 years. She was hired 
as a reporter then promoted to 
editor of the Union County edition 
of the paper. She represented 
Union County in the 2007 class of 
East Tennessee Regional Leader- 
ship. Ashley Dicus is a funeral 
director at Hunter Funeral Home 
in Sparta, Tenn. Holli Storie Grib- 
ble is director of onsites/retail for 
World Travel Service and lives in 
Rockford, Tenn. Jason Hitson is 
pursuing a master's degree in 
computer science through 
Capella University. Lodge 
McCammon was a member of a 
four-man team from the Friday 
Institute at North Carolina State 
University that won the grand 
prize in the VMware video contest 
in September 2007. McCammon 
wrote and preformed the winning 
song and orchestrated the video's 
production. The grand prize 
included a trip to San Francisco to 
attend the giant trade show 
VMworld and cash award of 
$1 5,000, which was donated to 
the Friday Institute to underwrite 
projects to support teachers 
throughout North Carolina. Check 
out the video at YouTube - search 
on "VMware grand prize." Holly 
Paulin Witherspoon is working at 
Nokia, Inc. She and husband 
Michael live in Irving, Texas 
BIRTHS: Ashley Dicus and wife 
Amber, a son, Sam Everett, April 
5, 2007 Lucretia Sleeper Myers 
and husband Matt, a daughter, Lil- 
lian Grace, Aug. 31, 2007. Audrey 
McFadden Selecman and hus- 
band J.B., a daughter, Sammye 
Kate, July 6, 2007. 

00 Amy Brooks is now a trans- 
portation planner for the Knoxville 
Regional Transportation Planning 
Organization. According to The 
Daily Times in Aug. Whitney Black 
Dee is now a physician with 



Maryville Pediatric Group, joining 
Dr. Charles Raper, whom she saw 
as a patient throughout childhood. 
Dee earned her medical degree 
from East Tennessee State Univer- 
sity and completed her residency 
at Greenville (S.C.) Memorial Hos- 
pital. Following his wedding, Tyrel 
"T.J." Emory honeymooned in 
Scotland, where he got to play a 
couple of rounds of golf on St. 
Andrew's course E. Corey Griffin 
is now vice president of Peoples 
Bank of North Alabama in Hart- 
selle, Ala Holly Grigsby is now liv- 
ing in Seattle, Wash., and studying 
for a master's degree in counsel- 
ing psychology at Mars Hill Grad- 
uate School. Previously, she spent 
six years in the Knox County 
(Tenn.) School System, teaching 
Spanish to pre-K-12 -grade stu- 
dents. In 2006, she was featured in 
a Knoxville News Sentinel story 
about her Spanish class at Sam E. 
Hill Preschool in Lonsdale. Dara 
Williams Hitson was recently pro- 
moted to a coordinator position 
at Helen Ross McNabb in Knox- 
ville, Tenn. Janel Beckley McLean 
graduated with her doctorate in 
chemistry from Texas A&M Univer- 
sity. She started a new postdoc- 
toral position at Vanderbilt 
University in July 2007. As an 
assistant district attorney in Wil- 
liamson (Tenn.) County, Jennifer 
Moore was the second chair 
counsel for the murder trial of 
State v. Chris Koulis, which 
received national media coverage 
by 48 Hours Mystery and Dateline 
NBC. Koulis, a Nashville-area 
plastic surgeon, was prosecuted 
for the second-degree murder of 
his girlfriend. Wade Obermeyer 
is teaching at El Gabilan Elemen- 
tary School in Salinas, Calif. 
Melissa Wright Reyes was 
recently promoted to order settle- 
ment analyst at Kimberly Clark in 
Knoxville, Tenn. She and her hus- 
band live in Kingston, where they 
are foster parents to two boys. 
Susan Wagner has been 
accepted into the Ph.D. program 
in literacy studies at the University 
of Tennessee-Knoxville. Alison 
Webb has taken the position of 
Head Start lead teacher at the 
Fairmont Center in Harriman, 
Tenn. She previously served as site 
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developer for both Kidworks 
Learning Academy and Kiddie 
Korner Preschool. 
BIRTHS: Lee Ann Leeper Calli- 
cott and husband Claude, a 
daughter, Ella Catherine, Sept. 7, 
2007. Xio Castro Hidalgo and 
husband Sidney, a son, Jayahn 
Alexander, Oct. 7, 2007. Sarah 
Bozeman Lewis and husband 
Scott, a son, Owen Charles, 
Nov 16, 2007. Janel Beckley 
McLean and husband John, a 
daughter, Madeleine Eve, Nov. 28, 
2007. Joette Russell Tanner and 
husband Michael, a girl, Amelia 
Kate, Jan. 25, 2008. Brad Waller 
and wife Stephanie Rowan- 
Waller '04, a son, Brody Dutton, 
Sept. 27, 2007. 

I Amye Cole has been 
appointed as a senior admissions 
counselor for Sierra Nevada Col- 
lege. Her geographic regions for 
applicants will include the Tahoe 
Basin high schools, the San Fran- 
cisco Bay area, parts of Southern 
California, the Northeast, the 
southern states and all interna- 
tional students. She completed 
her M.B.A. from Western Gover- 
nors University. Dana Dondero is 
living in Wilmington, Del., working 
as a program and policy analyst 
intern for Nemours Health and 
Prevention Services. She is also 
completing a BSN degree. R. 
Scott Fox was promoted to assis- 
tant vice president within the Risk 
Operation Division of Bank of 
America. He lives in Kennesaw, 
Ga. Jon Gillooly is working as a 
reporter for the Marietta Daily 
Journal and neighbor newspa- 
pers. He was recognized recently 



when the Journal received The 
Freedom of Information Award 
from the Georgia Press Associa- 
tion. The award honored the 
efforts of Gillooly and his editors 
for coverage of the City of Mariet- 
ta's tax allocation district contro- 
versies. Gillooly also reported on 
the city's refusal to disclose infor- 
mation about pending land pur- 
chases until after the deal had 
closed. Allison Harrell is a photog- 
rapher living in San Francisco, 
Calif Betsey Perry Rodgers 
moved from Blacksburg, Va., to 
Candler, N.C. , so that husband 
Brandon could intern with Aspire 
Counseling Center in Waynesville, 
N.C. He's completing a Ph.D. in 
family and marriage therapy from 
Virginia Tech. Kevin Wingo has 
been working as a customer ser- 
vice representative for KB Home 
in Newnan, Ga. 

MARRIAGES: Michael Tiller to 
Jama McClanahan '03, May 27, 
2007. Lindsay Whitehurst to Mat- 
thew Cooper, Oct. 6, 2007. 
BIRTHS: Jana Chelf Simmerly 
and husband Mark, a daughter, 
Anaka Grace, Oct. 30, 2007. David 
Dawson and wife Jennifer Ferren 
Dawson '02, a daughter, Savan- 
nah Elizabeth, May 11, 2007. Chris 
McCarty and wife Erin Russell 
McCarty, a son, Tate Russell, Dec. 
12, 2007. Kevin Wingo and wife 
Katie, a daughter, Carson Jane, 
Sept. 4, 2007. 

'02 MARRIAGE: Jennifer Hill to 

LeeCroxon, Dec. 22, 2007. 
BIRTH: Erin Verhofstadt Hartsell 

and husband Jason, a daughter, 
Angelica Rose, April 30, 2006. 



r 



Nikki NotO '01 directed 
the Atlanta, Ga., premier of 
the play A Memory, a 
Monologue, a Rant, and a 
Prayer, which featured Jane 
Fonda, Emily Saliers, Eve 
Ensler and Kenny Leon. Sarah 
Stoffle '03 also performed. 
The production was a fundrais- 
er for V-Day and local organi- 
zations working to end violence against women and girls. 
Noto is the special events coordinator at the Georgia Center 
for Child Advocacy and is pursuing a degree in arts adminis- 
tration at the Savannah College of Art and Design. 




'03 Justin Caughron 

graduated from medical 
school at the University 
of Tennessee in May 
2007. He completed his 
medical internship at the 
UT Medical Center, and 
began his four-year 
medical residency in 
radiology at Parkland 
Medical Center 
through the University 
of Texas-Southwestern. 
Melanie Shire Con- 
natser is the member- 
ship services and 
communications coor- 
dinator for the Knox- 
ville Bar Association. 
Katherine Frazor is 
store manager for the 
Toys R Us near Hamil- 
ton Place in Chattanooga, Tenn. 
Amanda Baker Gillooly is an 
advancement associate for the 
East Tennessee Foundation in 
Knoxville, Tenn. Lisa Ritter Green 
is working toward her Ed.S. at Lin- 
coln Memorial University. Back in 
September 2007, Erin Kobs wrote 
to say that she was a senior at 
Columbia Theological Seminary 
and had taken a yearlong intern- 
ship at Laurel Presbyterian Church 
in Laurel, Md. The WTVA television 
in Tupelo, Miss., recently named 
Rachel Janzen Mitchell director 
of community relations and pro- 
motions. Previously, she served as 
community development director 
at The Alliance for Economic 
Development in Corinth, Miss. 
Tony Murchison earned his mas- 
ter's degree in social work from the 
University of Tennessee-Knoxville 
in 2007. He is currently on the 
board of directors for the Appala- 
chian Community Fund, organizes 
and plans community events for 
Tennessee Clean Water Network 
and writes a column for the Knox- 
ville Voice. Christina Fisher 
Ragain is a lecturer of chemistry at 
the University of Texas at Tyler. 
Cynthia Lyle Richter lives on a 
farm in Normalville, Penn., with 
her husband and their horses. Tim 
Self was able to experience his 
dream job as a morning radio talk 
show host for one day, assisting 
WNOX NewsTalk 100 star Hallerin 
Hilton Hill. Blount Today covered 
the event in the newspaper's 



C. Luke Pre 

mpson's Hollow 
Tenn. In addition to the bride and groom, seven 
Maryville College alumni were in the wedding 
party.They included (front row) Chris Cagle '02, 
John Carmack '02, (second row) Adam Hart 
'02, Blake Dotson '03, Jamie Fox '07, Amanda 
Winn Painter '04 and Gary Melton '03. 
Bagpiper Kay Irwin, familiar at many Maryville 
College events, presented a program of wed- 
ding music. The Pressleys now make their home 
in Cleveland, Ga. 



"Dream Job" section. 
MARRIAGES: Derek Caughron to 

Sarah Mistak, June 9, 2007. Lisa 
Ritter to Nicholas Green, June 16, 
2007. Cynthia Lyle to Glenn Rich- 
ter, June 24, 2006. 
BIRTH: Gentry Fischer Boles and 
husband Brian '06, a daughter, 
Grayson Elizabeth. 

i 

04 Ashley Anthony graduated 
from Lincoln Memorial University 
in December 2006 with a master's 
degree in curriculum and instruc- 
tion. She is a 3 r ° grade teacher at 
Green Magnet Math and Science 
Academy in Knox (Tenn.) County. 
Stacey Blevins is a registered 
nurse at the University Hospital 
Regional Newborn Intensive Care 
Unit in Birmingham, Ala. Randi 
Earley earned a master's degree 
in education from Lincoln Memo- 
rial University in 2005. She had 
been working as a social worker 
for a mental health institution, but 
began a new job with Vanderbilt 
Mortgage as an account represen- 
tative. Erica Johnson is a commu- 
nication coordinator at the 
University of Tennessee- 
Knoxville. Marissa Mclnnis is 
working as a program analyst in 
the budget office of the Environ- 
mental Protection Agency in 
Washington, D.C., while finishing 
up her degree in environmental 
science at Johns Hopkins Univer- 
sity. She teaches pilates at several 
studios in the D.C. area. Meghan 
Noble finished her master's 

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CLASS NOTES 



degree in counseling in August 
2007 and is now counselor and 
outreach coordinator for the East 
Tennessee State University Cam- 
pus Counseling Center Lori 
Brown Pressley graduated from 
North Georgia College and State 
University in May 2007. She 
passed the licensing exam and is 
now a licensed physical therapist. 
Jason Proffitt received his mas- 
ter's degree in education from Lin- 
coln Memorial University in 
August 2007. He now teaches col- 
lege prep and advanced place- 
ment English at Bearden High 
School in Knoxville, Tenn. Mikey 
Rickman is a customer sen/ice 
supervisor for Boston Properties in 
Boston, Mass. Kathryn Smith is 
working for the City of Gatlinburg 
Department of Tourism and writes 
to say she is engaged and plan- 
ning a September wedding. 
Michael David Werner II is run- 
ning a successful real estate com- 
pany in Sevier (Tenn.) County. 
MARRIAGES: Rebekah Carpenter 
to James King Jr., Oct. 5, 2007. 
Ashley Groth to Nicholas Hillman, 
June 9, 2007. 

'05 Elizabeth Rushworth Brad- 
ford started her third year in the 
doctor of physical therapy pro- 
gram at University of Tennessee- 
Chattanooga. Kate Bravard is 
serving in the Peace Corps in the 
Nigerian village of Gotheye. She 
serves in the agro-forestry division, 
helping people plant and sustain 
trees. Rebecca Clark Browning is 
an account manager with C.H. 
Robinson Worldwide, Inc., in New 
Hampshire. Stephanie Faust Col- 
lins received her master's degree 
in education administration and 
supervision from Lincoln Memorial 
University in August 2007. In Sep- 
tember 2007, Lindsay Chance 
Hayes wrote that she was a gradu- 
ate student at Lincoln Memorial 
University and a beauty advisor for 
Estee Lauder Marriah Wogomon 
graduated with a master's in social 
work from the University of Ten- 
nessee-Knoxville in May 2007. She 
is now working at St. Jude's Chil- 
dren's Research Hospital in Mem- 
phis and planning a wedding with 
Adam Mabe, who is in medical 
school at UT Health Science 
Center. 



On Oct. 18, 2007, Laura 

Atkinson '05 sang as the 
mezzo soloist in a perfor- 
mance of Durufle's "Requiem" 
with the New Haven (Conn.) 
Symphony Orchestra, which is 
one of the oldest orchestras in 
the nation. Laura wrote: "... 
Though I will admit I was 
absolutely terrified in the 
weeks and moments before the concert, it was most definitely 
one of the most exhilarating and exciting things I have done 
yet." She is pursuing a master of music degree in vocal per- 
formance at the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University. 



MARRIAGES: Elizabeth Rush- 
worth to Nick Bradford '06, 

June 10, 2007 Kimberly Millard 

to Craig Lovingood '06, Nov. 3, 

2007. 

BIRTH: Ashley Millner Richardson 

and her husband Bobby, a son, 
name, Nov. 7, 2007. 
MEMORIAM: Shawn Jeremiah 
Cody Bowers, Nov. 19, 2007, in 
the College Woods as a result of a 
tragic automobile accident. He was 
a native of Madisonville, Tenn./, 
and a member of South Madison- 
ville Baptist Church. As a student- 
athlete at the College, Bowers was 
a three-year starter and letterman 
for the football team. In 2006, he 
joined Coach Tony lerulli's staff as a 
volunteer receivers coach. In 2007, 
his first season as full-time staff 
member directing the secondary, 
his players recorded 19 intercep- 
tions. His defensive backs finished 
the season ranked #26 in the 
nation within the NCAA Division III. 
In addition to his love for the fields 
and courts of athletics, Bowers 
enjoyed the outdoors, especially 
trout fishing and deer hunting. Sur- 
vivors include parents Robby and 
Tami Bowers, two sisters, grandpar- 
ents, great-grandparents, a niece 
and several aunts and uncles. 

06 Nick Bradford is a math 
teacher at Lakeview/ Fort 
Oglethorpe Middle School, where 
he is also an assistant football 
coach and the boy's soccer coach. 
A decorating idea by Jessie Bur- 
khart was featured in the winter 
2007 edition of Creative Home 
magazine published by Better 
Homes and Gardens. His project 
of converting a thrift-store screen 
into a French toile room divider 
made him the "DIY Star of the 
Week" in August 2007. Heather 
Sitzlar is working as a staffing/ 



relocation coordinator with Pilot 
Travel Centers Quint Webster is a 
scavenger for Tennessee Farmers 
Mutual Insurance Company. Caleb 
Whitworth is a middle school 
teacher for the Knox (Tenn.) 
County School System. In Septem- 
ber 2007, Bruce Winbigler wrote 
to say he is enrolled at Lincoln 
Memorial University to obtain a 
teaching certificate in physical 
education. He is coaching football 
at Lenoir City High School. 
MARRIAGE: Julia Ann Cook to 
Andrew Masterson, June 16, 2007. 

07 Cori Cain is a commercial 
recruiter for Aerotek. She lives in 
Maryville. In October, Clement 
Giraneza wrote to say that he was 
working as a manager for Hertz in 
Baltimore, Md. Brittany Hayes is 
employed at Rhea County High 
School as a physical education 
teacher as well as woman's basket- 
ball assistant coach and the head 
coach for the Softball team. Sara 
Hofrichter is an educational inter- 
preter for Fairfax (Va.) County Pub- 
lic Schools. Roland Laroche has 
been named defensive coordinator 




Holley Roberts '07 (left), who is 
working with the Peace Corps in 
Benin, was visited by classmate 
Sarah Hailey '07. Here they pose 
with Odeti, a girl from a local 
village. 



for the varsity football team at Bel- 
lows Free Academy (BFA) in Fair- 
fax, Vt, which is a division three 
team. He is employed as a paraed- 



ucator at Highgate Elementary 
School, but also works at a daycare 
after school and on his family farm. 
Sarah Vincent Lavinder works for 
North Carolina State University 
Cooperative Extension as a 4-H 
program assistant and Big Sweep 
coordinator in Carteret County. She 
had 480 participants during an 
October Big Sweep and received a 
statewide award for outstanding 
community involvement. Jennifer 
Phillips is working for Youth Ven- 
ture in Arlington, Va. 
MARRIAGES: Amanda Brownett 
to Joshua Kennon, Dec. 28, 2007. 
Cheyenne Surrette to Jonathan 
Ferree, July 14, 2007. Angel War- 
wick to John Eaton, July 7, 2007. 

TRAVEL DISCOUNTS 

NOW AVAILABLE 

FOR ALUMNI 

Would you like to save money 
while you travel? 

Yes? You're in luck. 

Maryville College's Advance- 
ment Office has arranged to 
participate in a travel discount 
program. 

Maryville College alumni can 
save 15 to 25 percent off rental 
cars and hotels. The discounts 
can be applied to any travel — 
including trips to campus for 
Kin Takahashi Volunteer Week 
(June 15-19) and Homecoming 
(Oct. 16-18). 

Participating businesses 
include Hertz, Avis, National, 
Budget, Alamo and Auto 
Europe rental cars as well as 
Choice Hotels (Comfort, 
Quality, Sleep, Mainstay, 
EconoLodge, and Rodeway). 

Discount codes are available 
on the MC web site at maryvil- 
lecollege.edu/alumni/dis- 
counts.asp and easy to use. 
Simply enter a code for online 
reservations or mention the 
code for phone reservations. 

The College will also be mail- 
ing discount cards to all alumni. 
If you have any questions, 
please contact Brandon Bruce 
at 865.981.8191 orbrandon. 
bruce@maryvillecollege.edu. 



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Think establishing a scholarship at Maryville College is only 
for the over-50 set? Think you have to have beaucoup in 
the bank before you can begin to give back? 

It's not. 
You don't. 

Lindsey Whitehurst Cooper '01 and alumni couple Kyle 
Nolen '04 and Laura Robertson Nolen '03 are living, breath- 
ing, donating proof of that. 

The Nolens, Cooper and husband Matthew have made 
gifts to the Maryville Fund to establish annual named scholar- 
ships. Recipients of scholarships as students at MC, all decid- 
ed in their undergraduate years that when they were in a 
position to help, they would. So for the past two years, the 
Whitehurst-Cooper Scholarship and the John 13:35 
Compassion Scholarship have been awarded to deserving 
MC students. 

For Cooper, the scholarship program at Maryville even 
helped put her on a career path. She received the Arda 
Walker Scholarship, an award primarily funded through gifts 

by Dorsey D. "Dan" Ellis 
'60 and Sondra Wagner 
Ellis '60. 

"During my time at 
Maryville, I had the opportu- 
nity to meet Dr. Ellis. At the 




invited me to visit Washington University and stay with him 
and Mrs. Ellis in St. Louis, 
which I did. That visit weighed 
heavily in my decision to 
attend law school." 

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is a way they can repay an 
experience that has opened 
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Washington University Law 
School in St. Louis, and I 
was considering a career in 
law. He took the time to 
talk to me about the pro- 
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school, and he graciously 



in East Tennessee 
;'s a field director for 
jrthwestern Mutual; 
she's a product manag- 
er for Siemens 
Molecular Imaging) and 
a way they can open doors for others. 

"After becoming involved in the College's annual 
Community Campaign, I am now more aware of the huge 
amount of community support that exists. I would tell current 
recipients to really appreciate the scholarships that so many 
individuals are making possible," Kyle said. "It is my wish that 
students will take those gifts and make the most of them for 
themselves and for others." 

Individuals and corporations are invited to establish annual 
named scholarships. For corporations, the minimum donation 
to the Maryville Fund is $3,000; for individuals, the donation 
must be at least $1,500. 

For more information, contact Eric Bellah, director of 
the Maryville Fund, at eric.bellah@maryvillecollege.edu or 
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York Times bestselling author, will give the commencement address to 
Maryville College's Class of 2009. Graduation exercises are scheduled for 
6 p.m., May 17, on the lawn between Anderson Hall and Sutton Science 
Center. Watch the MC web site for details. 



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