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Maryville ij|if Fund 

Dear Maryville College Constituents, 

Last April, Maryville College President Gerald 
W. Gibson announced his intention to retire 
effective May 31, 2010. It is fascinating to 
think that he is only the 10th president in the 
College's 190-year history. It is also amazing 
how far Maryville has come under Dr. Gibson's 
17 years as president. 

When a leader leaves an institution or 
organization in a strongei position than when 
he or she began, clearly that leader has been 
successful. One doesn't have to look long or 
hard to see that Maryville College has improved tremendously since Dr. Gibson 
was inaugurated in 1993. Alumni who visit the campus can see that the buildings 
and grounds look beautiful. I have also frequently heard comments from others 
(non-alumni) about how great Maryville College looks. This focus began with Dr. 
Gibson's vision that was implemented through campus beautification initiatives. 
But along with the enhancements seen visibly, this issue of FOCUS expounds on a 
myriad of improvements made under his presidency. 

As the MC alumni association president, I have worked "up close and personal" 
with Dr. Gibson. Our college remains strong and vibrant because he spearheaded 
immense growth and progress. Since his first days in 1993, he has established a 
culture of strategic planning. Most importantly, he was die driving force in die 
development ot a college community that strikes a distinctive balance between 
academic challenge and community spirit. 

Dr. Gibson would be the first to acknowledge that Marvvillc College's progress 
would have never taken place without the dedicated and generous support from 
alumni and friends of the College. As a means of expressing our appreciation for 
Dr. Gibson's 17 years as president, I encourage you to make a gift to the Maryville 
Fund in his honor. This fund enables the College to sustain day-to-day excellence, 
which also characterizes Dr. Gibson's leadership. It is right and appropriate that we 
honor our president in this manner. 

Attached in the center of this issue of FOCUS is a return envelope diat makes it 
easier to make a Maryville Fund gift in honor of Dr. Gibson. You may also make a 
secure, online gift by visiting: maryvillecollege.edu/givmg/maryville-fund.asp. If 
you have additional questions, please contact Eric Bellah, Maryville Fund Director, 
at 865.981.8225 or eric.bellah@maryvillecollege.edu. 

My very best wishes to all of you, your families and your communities. 
Go Scots! 

Sincerely, 

Don Hickman '70 



focus 

A Publication for Alumni & Friends of Maryville Collegi 



PRESIDENT 

Dr. Gerald W. Gibson 



EDITORIAL BOARD 

Karen Beaty Eldridge '94 
Director of Communications 



ART DIRECTION 

Jessica Stooksbury Swan 

DESIGN 

Judith Waters Staunton 



ALUMNI ASSOCIATIO 
EXECUTIVE BOARD 



G. Donald Hickman 70 
President 

Pat Jones '55 
Vice President 

Carrie Osikowicz Eaton '67 
Recording Secretary 

Kenneth G. Tuck '54 
Past President 

Kristine Tallent '96 
President-Elect 



Ibby Shelley Davis '68 

Carrie Osikowicz Eaton '67 

Jeff Flickinger '87 

Heidi Hoffecker '89 

Bob Larson '51 

Pat D'Alba Sabatelle 73 

Tim Self '03 



Mary Virginia Ferguson Bond '54 

Carey Cox Coghill 72 

Jeff Denton '87 

Clara Gowans Hardin '57 

Adam Ray '97 

Harold Turner '03 

Crissy Wieck Welhoelter '00 



CLASS OF 2012 



Amber Burley '04 

Josh Collins '04 

Carrie Callaway Denkinger '92 

Mary Jim Bevan Freeman '54 

Wade Knapper '05 

Nichole Johnson McCord '02 

Warren Morgan 71 

Erin Palmer Polly '99 

Mary "Sissy" Gravely Reinhardt '82 



MARYVILLE COLLEGE FOCUS MAGAZINE 2010 
(ISSN 314) PUBLISHED ONCE A YEAR 

502 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy 

Maryville, TN 37804-5907 

865.981.8000 | maryvillecollege.edu 

subscription price - none 

Copyright © 2010 Maryville College. 

Contents may not be reproduced in any manner, either whole or in 

part, without prior permission of Maryville College. 



from our 

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The Scots' touchdowns and field goals are celebrated 
with a canon-like boom on Honaker Field, but the 
sound comes from something that's about the size and 
shape of a shoebox, so we were intrigued when we came 
across this old photo in our Archive. 

Alumni, who are these students? What was the canon 
for, and do you know what happened to it? 

If you know, email us at alumni@maryvillecollege.edu or 
send us a letter - FOCUS, Maryville College, 502 E. 
Lamar Alexander Pkwy., Maryville, TN 37804 



focus 

CONTENTS 



3 campus 



NEWS 



THE PRESIDENT 

[R FOR THE ARTS PLANS 

G 

; March 25-29, the Clayton Center for 
xciting mix of genres from a variety of 
ages will be well-known stars, alumni 
g pianists and community groups. 



>009 

>ld, Homecoming Weekend 2009 didn't 
in alumni, students, parents and 
A revamped Alumni Reception (held 
um) celebrated reunions and alumni 



TLANDS DUDE" 

i professor of biology and chair of the 
>n, has a passion for wetlands. His 
- and his students - to unique habitats 
anitoba, Canada, and as close as 



\RS: MAKING MARYVILLE 
BLE COLLEGE' 

jeech, Dr. Gerald W. Gibson declared 
would have no less ambitious goal 
Is of fifth president Dr. Samuel Tyndale 
ible college." Seventeen years later, 
achievements and his tenure 



12 faculty NE 



26 campaign^ 



29 class 



NOTES 




Cwly Kill ev '12 

Psychology 
Knoxville, Tennessee 




Maryville ||[|] Fun< 

Dear Mctryville College Constiti 

Last April, Maryville College Presic 
W. Gibson announced his intention 
effective May 31, 2010. It is fascina 
think that he is only the 10th presic 
College's 190-year history. It is alsi 
how far Maryville has come under 1 
17 years as president. 

When a leader leaves an institutk 

i irgani/ation in a sin mgci pi >sitn >n 

he or she began, clearly that leader 

successful. One doesn't have to loo 

hard to see that Maryville College has improved tremendously since Dr. 

was inaugurated in 1993. Alumni who visit the campus can see that the 

and grounds look beautiful. I have also frequently heard comments fron 

(non-alumni) about how great Maryville College looks. This focus bega 

Gibson's vision that was implemented through campus bcautification ini 

But along with the enhancements seen visibly, dais issue of FOCUS expo 

myriad of improvements made under his presidency. 

As the MC alumni association president, 1 have worked "up close and 
with Dr. Gibson. Our college remains strong and vibrant because he spea 
immense growth and progress. Since his first days in 1993, he has establi 
culture of strategic planning. Most importantly, he was the driving force : 
development of a college community that strikes a distinctive balance bet 
academic challenge and community spirit. 

Dr. Gibson would be the first to acknowledge that Maryville College' 
would have never taken place without the dedicated and generous suppc 
alumni and friends of the College. As a means of expressing our appreci: 
Dr. Gibson's 17 years as president, I encourage you to make a gift to the 
Fund in his honor. This fund enables the College to sustain day-to-day c 
which also characterizes Dr. Gibson's leadership. It is right and appropri 
honor our president in this manner. 

Attached in the center of this issue of FOCUS is a return envelope tha 
easier to make a Maryville Fund gift in honor of Dr. Gibson. You may al 
secure, online gift by visiting: maryviilecollegc.edu/givirig/marvvillc-fui 
vi hi have additional questions, please contact Eric Bellah, Maryville Fum 
at 865.9cSl.8225 or eric.bellah@maryvillecollege.edu. 

My very best wishes to all of you, your families and your communities. 
Go Scots! 

Sincerely, 

Don Hickman '70 




WEEK 

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June 14-18 

2010 

MARYVILLE COLLEGE 



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To register for this remarkable week of volunteerism, 
please go to maryvillecollege.edu/alumni/kin-takahashi 
to download the enrollment and medical release forms. 
Deadline is May 31, 2010. 



Questions? Contact Diana Canacaris at 865.981 .8198 or email 
diana.canacaris@maryvillecollege.edu 




, focus 




CONTENTS 



2 MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT 

8-9 CLAYTON CENTER FOR THE ARTS PLANS 
GRAND OPENING 

When it officially opens March 25-29, the Clayton Center for 
the Arts will boast an exciting mix of genres from a variety of 
art forms. Taking the stages will be well-known stars, alumni 
vocalists, award-winning pianists and community groups. 



HOMECOMING 2009 

Although windy and cold, Homecoming Weekend 2009 didn't 
dampen the MC Spirit in alumni, students, parents and 
friends who attended. A revamped Alumni Reception (held 
in the Alumni Gymnasium) celebrated reunions and alumni 
award winners. 



13 MEET MC'S "WETLANDS DUDE" 

Dr. Ben Cash, associate professor of biology and chair of the 
natural sciences division, has a passion for wetlands. His 
research has taken him - and his students - to unique habitats 
in locations as far as Manitoba, Canada, and as close as 
Maryville's Pistol Creek. 



16 THE GIBSON YEARS: MAKING MARYVILLE 
'THE BEST POSSIBLE COLLEGE' 

In his 1993 inaugural speech, Dr. Gerald W. Gibson declared 
that Maryville College would have no less ambitious goal 
than to be, in the words of fifth president Dr. Samuel Tyndale 
Wilson, "the best possible college." Seventeen years later, 
Gibson reflects on his achievements and his tenure 
at Maryville. 



3 campus^ 



12 faculty news 



26 campaign 



NEWS 



29 class NOTES 



I COVER PHOTO BY JESSICA STOOKSBURY SWAN | 

ABOUT THE COVER: President Gerald W. Gibson enjoys a fall afternoon on the 
College's grounds. In the background are Thaw Hall and the Samuel Tyndale 
Wilson Center for Campus Ministry, which was restored during Gibson's tenure 
and remains one of his favorite buildings on campus. 




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Psychology 
Knoxville, Tennessee 



MESSAGE /hw/ THE PRESIDENT 




GREETINGS /n?w MARYVILLE COLLEGE! 



Folks on the Maryville College campus know that I hold in special esteem Dr. Samuel Tyndale Wilson 
(Class of 1878), Maryville's hfth president. In past issues of FOCUS, in convocations, in addresses to 
civic clubs, I have quoted liberally from his centennial history of the College. A hundred years ago Dr. 
Wilson was at the helm. He had been serving for nine vears and would continue to serve for anodier 



two decades. His presidency was a time of 
transformation - in physical plant, in enrollment, 
in financial strength, in reputation - for Maryville. 
His successor. Dr. Ralph Waldo Lloyd '15, said 
about him: "It was under Dr. Wilson's leadership 
that [Maryville] developed from a good college 
and academv to a first-rank college." 



. . . I seem to hear faint strains 
of Bob Hope's old theme song, 
'Thanks for the Memories/ 

wafting through my mind. 



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Dr. Wilson has been an inspiration to me during my own time of service. I am grateful to him for 
that inspiration and for his transformational work in the College I would, 63 years after his tenure, 
come to serve. I am likewise grateful to the many Maryville alumni with whom Rachel and I have 
visited across the country over the 17 years that I have been privileged to occupy the president's office. 
They have inspired me, too, as have the dedicated faculty and staff with whom I have served, and the 
thousands of students who have helped keep me feeling younger than my years. 

These days I seem to hear taint strains of Bob Hope's old theme song, "Thanks for the Memories," 
wafting through my mind. I treasure memories of lunches with Fred Young '37 at the Union League 
Club in Chicago, hearing stories of his time as a Maryville student during Dr. Lloyd's presidency, and of 
how he determined then to succeed in business, became a banker, wrote How to Get Rich and Stay Rich, 
and founded Wealth Watchers of America. Mary Swain Wood '29 similarly enriched my life at every 
visit to her apartment in Dallas, where she told about her days selling Dick and Jane readers in Texas, 
and where she always voiced her love of Maryville and clearly had read every word of every College 
publication, FOCUS and others, that we mailed to her. 1 recall fondly the image of Freeman Wyche 
and Donald Vandenberg, classmates from the mid 1950s, who had not seen each other in half a 
century, embracing at Maryville's celebration of re-integration in October of 2008. There was the 
50-year celebration, too, of the MC veterans - but not the winners - of the 1947 Tangerine Bowl, who 
received copies of the film of that historic battle, discovering that their recollections of the contest 
weren't totally accurate. So many memories... 

I'll miss those \isits with alumni, the lunch conversations with individual faculty and staff members, 
the campus Christmas dinners, the dedications of new buildings, the rhythm of the academic year, and 
especially the satisfaction of seeing freshmen mature into graduating seniors. But with retirement there 
will be opportunities to travel and write, and perhaps other opportunities that I can't yet foresee. Good 
Start: A Guidebook for New Faculty' in Liberal Arts Colleges, which I published back in 1992, just before 
coming to Maryville, needs revision, and I want to get that done. Liberal arts education is intended to 
prepare people for lives of citizenship and leadership, a purpose just as valid today as it was in ancient 
Greece; I will be looking for new ways that I might contribute to that endeavor. My life has always been 
in God's hands, and we'll see just what that means for the retirement years. 

It has been a true blessing to serve in the Maryville College vineyard. My thanks to all the readers of 
FOCUS who have followed the progress of the College over these last 17 years, and who have provided 
support and encouragement for the work here. 

My years of service will tall short of Dr. Wilson's 29 years, coming to a total of 17 years as this 
academic year concludes. He was younger than I when he took office, but I will retire at exactly the 
same age he did. We will have at least that in common. 



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NEWS 



FALL 2009 ENROLLMENT Reported 




For the tall 2009 semester, MamiHe College 
administrators reported a total headcount or 
1,103, indieating that the school experienced a 
slight increase in enrollment from the spring. 

Dr. Gerald W. Gibson reported that enrollment 
was up from tall 2008 in die categories of 
freshmen, transfers, readmits and other new 
students. The president also reported that 
retention of students from the freshman to 
sophomore year was 75.1 percent - the highest 
retention rate for drat population group in 1 1 
years at the College. 

Gibson called the overall report from Registrar 
Martha Hess '67 "a reassuring one," detailing 
that nearly 400 new students were on campus this 
fall, including 304 members of the Class of 2013. 
It is the third-largest incoming class in the 
modern-day history of the College. 

Like many colleges and universities across the 
country, Maryville College faced economic 
challenges last year. Gibson cautioned the campus 



against "assuming that the effects of last year's 
storm have all blown over," announcing that he 
and Cabinet members would be developing a 
multi-year enrollment plan to "get Maryville's 
enrollment growth fully back on track." 

Like previous classes, the new freshmen carried 
strong academic credentials, including an ACT 
average of 24.4 and an average high school GPA 
of 3.51. Fifty-three percent of current freshmen 
ranked in the top 25 percent of their high school 
graduating classes. 

Gender-wise, the Class of 2013 is fairly equal, 
with men making up 49 percent of the class and 
women making up 51 percent. 

The majority of the class is from Tennessee, but 
1 other states and one foreign country are 
represented. 

Collectively, science, math and engineering, 
business and the humanities were among the 
Class of 2013's top areas of academic interests. 



MC JOINS VA # S Ulow Ribbon PROGRAM 



Last spring, Maryville College signed on to 
participate in the United States Department of 
Veterans Affairs' Yellow Ribbon GI Education 
Enhancement Program, making a Maryville 
College education possible for men and women 
who joined the military after Sept. 10, 2001. 
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) 
determines the amount of each individual's 
Yellow Ribbon benefits; however, Maryville 
College is committed to paying half of the 
tuition for each eligible veteran. The VA agrees 



to pay a portion of the remaining amount 
(between 40 and 100 percent, based on the 
number of months of active duty). 

At the time of the announcement, Maryville 
College's Yellow Ribbon Scholarship, valued at 
$15,000, was believed to be the most generous 
award offered by participating colleges and 
universities in Tennessee. 

"Maryville College is excited to be a 
sponsoring college for the new Yellow Ribbon 
Program," said Bill Sliwa, the College's vice 



president for enrollment. "Veterans are the role 
models and heroes of this country, and we are 
happy to assist them as they transition back to 
civilian life and higher education." 

Eligible veterans who would like more 
information about the College's Yellow Ribbon 
Scholarship should call the Office of Financial 
Aid at 865.981.8100 or visit 
maryvillecollege.edu/admissions. 





LYNN Will Deliver 
COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS 



Dr. Naomi Burgos Lvnn '54, chancellor emerita of the University of Illinois at Springfield and 

member of Maryville College's Board of Directors, will give the commencement address for the 
Class of 2010 and receive the honorary doctor of humane letters degree during the College's 
graduation exercises set for 6 p.m.. May 16 on die campus grounds. 

Lynn, who majored in political science at the College, went on to earn a master's 
degree from the University of Illinois- Urbana and a Ph.D. from the University of 
Kansas-Lawrence. 

She is married to Robert Lynn '52. They make their home in Springfield, 111. 
Her sister is Dr. Ruth Burgos-Sasscer '53. 
For more information on Commencement Weekend, visit the MC web site. 



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DAWSON, OVERBEY70W Board 



Overbey 



Blount Memorial Hospital Administrator Joseph M. 
Dawson '69 and Tennessee State Senator and attorney 
J. Douglas Overbey have been appointed to die 
College's Board of Directors. 

After earning his bachelor's degree from Maryville 
College, Dawson completed a master's degree in 
hospital administration at Virginia Commonwealth 
University's Medical College ot'Virginia. He joined the 
staff of Blount Memorial in 1977 and was named 
administrator in 1985. 

He has been an active member of the Tennessee 
Hospital Association, the Hospital Alliance of 
Tennessee and the American Hospital Association. He 
has served on numerous boards in the local 
community, including the Blount County Chamber, 
the Blount County Industrial Board, United Way of 
Blount County, Blount County Boys' Club, the East 
Tennessee Economic Development Agency and Eirst 
Tennessee Bank. 



Dawson previously served on the College's Board of 
Directors from 1994 until 2006. 

He is married to Sue Anthony Dawson '69. They 
have two children. 

Overbey, an attorney and senior partner at 
Robertson, Overbey, Wilson & Beeler in Knoxville, 
Tenn., earned his bachelor's degree from Carson- 
Newman College and his J.D. degree from University 
of Tennessee's College of Law. 

A founder and board member of A Secret Safe Place 
for Newborns of Tennessee, Overbey serves on the 
boards of New Hope-Blount County's Children's 
Advocacy Center, Presbyterian Homes of Tennessee and 
the Blount County chapter of the American Red Cross. 
He is also on the advisor)' board for Lincoln Memorial 
University's School of Law. He is a past board member 
and president of United Way of Blount County. 

He and his wife Kay live in Maryville and attend St. 
Andrew's Episcopal Church. They have three daughters. 



Nearly 100 Students 

JOIN NEW ENTREPRENEURSHIP CLUB 



The spirit of innovation abounds at Maryville College 190 years 
after Rev. Isaac Anderson invited the first students to "do good 
on the largest possible scale." Nearly 100 students have joined 
the College's Entreprcneurship Club. 

Brandon Bruce, director of gifts and grants at 
the College, helped students organize the club 
and will serve as the club's advisor. 

"It's an exciting time for student 
entrepreneurs at Maryville College," Bruce 
said. "The downturn in the economy over 
the past 18 months has created the perfect 
environment for students to create new 
products and services. Half of the students at 
the first club interest meeting have already 
started their first business!" 

Bruce believed the timing was right to start a club 
after attending the United States Association for Small Business 
and Entrepreneurship annual conference Jan. 14-17 in Nashville. 

A new course in entrepreneurship will be offered in Fall 2010. 




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It wall be taught by Dr. Mary Kay Sullivan, the Joe D. Eakes 
Chair of Business, who is retiring in May but excited about 
returning to campus for this course. 

The start of the Entrepreneurship Club coincides with 
the launch of a Center for Entrepreneurship at 
Maryville College. "The Club and the Center will 
work together to help students start and manage 
new ventures," according to Bruce. 
Alumni can get involved right away. 
"I learned at the Nashville conference that 
alumni are key to building a successful college 
entrepreneurship program," he explained. 
"Maryville College has talented and loyal 
alumni who can serve as mentors and advisors 
to current students." 
Alumni are also invited to campus to present lectures 
and workshops on entrepreneurship. For more information, 
contact Brandon Bruce at 865.981.8191 or brandon.bruce® 
maryvillecollege .edu. 



MARYVILLE VP NAMED President 
OF LAMBUTH UNIVERSITY 

Dr. Bill Seymour, former vice president for administrative services at Maryville College, was 
named president of Lambuth University in Jackson, Tenn., on Oct. 16. 

Hired at Maryville College in 1995 as vice president and dean of students, Seymour 
was the longest-serving vice president under President Dr. Gerald W. Gibson. 

As dean of students, Seymour was integral in the planning of new facilities for 
students, the development of the student development curriculum and the 
organization the Great South Athletic Conference. 

As the head of the administrative services division, he developed a strategic 
planning process for the physical plant operation, completed a comprehensive 
facilities condition analysis, implemented a computerized work order system and 
supervised numerous projects. 

Founded in 1843, Lambuth is a liberal arts institution affiliated with the United 
Methodist Church. Current enrollment is approximately 650. 

4 foCUS | SPRING 2010 




PROGRAMS OF 

Accounting 

American Sign Language 
& Deaf Studies 

American Studies 

Appalachian Studies 



Art History 

Biochemistry 

Biology 

Business 

Chemical Physics 

Chemistry 

Communications 

Computer Science 

Computer Science/Business 

Economics 

Education, Elementary 

Education, Secondary 

Engineering 

English 

English as a Second Language 

Environmental Studies 

Foreign Languages 

French 

German 

Health Care (Nursing) 

History 

Humanities 

International Business 

International Studies 

Japanese 

Management 

Mathematics 

Medieval Studies 

Music 

Music Education, Vocal 

Music Education, General 

Music Education, Instrumental 

Music Performance, Piano 

Music Performance, Vocal 

Music Theory-Composition 

Non-Profit Leadership 
Certificate Program 

Outdoor Recreation 

Philosophy 

Physical Education 

Physics 

Political Science 

Pre-Law 

Pre-Med 

Pre-Seminary 

Pre-Vet 

Psychology 

Religion 

Sign Language Interpreting 

Sociology 

Social Sciences: 
Interdisciplinary Courses 

Spanish 

Statistics 

Still Deciding 

Teaching English as 
a Second Language 

Theatre 
Writing/Communication 




campus' 



B.S.DEGREEnow Offered for BIOLOGY MAJORS 



In addition to its bachelor of arts (B.A.) 
degree, Maryville College is now offering 
the option of a bachelor of science (B.S.) 
degree to those students concentrating their 
studies in biology. 

The B.S. degree, which was approved by the 
College's Academic Life Council during the spring 
of 2009, requires that students complete 65-67 
hours in biology, chemistry and physics or 
mathematics. In comparison, students who choose 
the B.A. degree in biology must complete 47 hours 
in biology and chemistry to earn their degree. 

The major difference between the B.A. and B.S. 
degrees now is the addition of four courses (two 
organic chemistry courses and two physics or 
mathematics courses) for the B.S. degree. 

"We have always believed that our B.A. degree 
is as rich as a B.S. degree at other institutions after 
students supplement their coursework. Our 
biology students do very well in getting into 
medical school and other graduate programs, and 
one requirement of our curriculum drat helps 
diem stand out among other applicants is our 
Senior Study," explained Dr. Ben Cash, associate 
professor of biology and chair of die College's 
Natural Sciences Division. "Every degree 
candidate completes a unique Senior Study in the 
major field under die guidance of a faculty 
mentor. The two-semester project allows the 
student to exercise initiative and plan and 



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complete a substantial piece of work. 

"But recent graduates have indicated that 
during their graduate school interviews, they have 
been questioned about the number and diversity 
of science classes that they took for their B.A. 
degree," he continued. "It is a general 
perception that a B.A. degree in biology is a less 
rigorous, less science-rich degree than a bachelor 
of science degree." 

In addition to adding the B.S. degree, the 
College made a small change to the B.A. degree 



for biology majors. 
Dropping one upper-level 
biology requirement, 
administrators hope that B.A 
candidates will have more 
time to pursue a program 
of elective coursework 
(developed in consultation 
with their academic 
advisor) that will support 
their career plans. 





MC COMMUNITY JOINS THE BIG READ 



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During the fall of 2009, approximately 350 
1 Marwille College students and 20 professors 
"A participated in The Big Read, a nationwide 

\ initiative of the National Endowment for 
the Arts (NEA) designed to restore 
reading to the center of American 
culture. 

The novel chosen for the 2009 Big 
Read was Bless Me, Ultima by Latino 
author Rudolfo Anaya. The coming-of- 
age story revolves around the main 
character, Antonio Luna Marez, a young boy 
living in New Mexico. In the story, Antonio 
deals with questions about faith and doubt, 
good and evil, ancient traditions and modern 
education. 

The College participated in The Big Read 
« in three ways, explained Angela Quick, the 

jjfc . College's library director who worked 

with the Blount County Big Read 
*-■ organizing committee. 

All first-year students read Bless Me, 
Ultima as part of their FRS120: Perspectives on the 
Individual course. 

Third-year Spanish students created an online 
glossarv containing Spanish vocabulary found in 
die novel, as well as English definitions and 



pronunciations. Audio and visual files were 
uploaded to the MC website, maryvillecollege. 
edu/bigread. 

Finally, the campus library featured the novel 
and resources such as study guides and author 
interviews and assisted with Blount County Big 
Read events scheduled throughout die mondis of 
September and October. 



Correction: Fershee was Fulbright 

In the Fall 2009 issue of Alumni News & Notes, we reported that 
Matt Murrill '08 was "believed to be the first MC student or recent 
graduate to be awarded a Fulbright." 

Since then, we have learned that Susan Fershee '69, a 
foreign languages major, was awarded a Fulbright fellowship in 1969 
to study German language and literature at Germany's University 
of Tuebingen. 

"At the time of my award, both [advisor] Dr. Ralph Collins and Dr. 
Carolyn Blair checked the college records and told me that I was the 
first Fulbright recipient from Maryville," Fershee wrote in an email to 
the College. "It is not important to me whether I was first or not, but 
I think it is important that the College know that its Fulbright 
recipients extend back further than just a couple of years." 

We agree completely and regret the error. 



foCUS | SPRING 2010 5 




ATHLETICS PROGRAM 
Celebrates Successes \N FALL 2009 



MC CELEBRATED THE 

ITS FIRST GOLF TEAMS 
DURING FALL 2009 

Approved for funding in fall 2008, the golf program 
really got off the ground in the spring, when Ron 
Waters, accomplished amateur golfer and retired high 
school golf coach, was hired to coach both the men's 
and women's teams. 

With their additions, the College now boasts 15 
varsity sports. 

In a story printed in the Daily Times in October 
2008, Maryville College Athletics Director Kandis 
Schram '85 said it was a goal of hers to bring more 
"lifetime" sports into the school's varsity offerings. 

After a successful recruiting season, Waters' golf 
teams earned respectable finishes in fall 
tournaments. Teams also compete in the 
spring. Student-athletes practice and play at 
Lambert Acres, Green Meadow and Egwani 
Farms golf courses. 

Follow the teams at maryvillecollege. 
edu/athletics. 




Business 
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By 

Wow! What a fall season of athletics at 
Maryville College! 
The Scots sent a pair of programs, volleyball 
and women's soccer, to the second round of the 
NCAA tournament. Maryville claimed direc 
Great South Athletic Conference (GSAC) tides in 
men's soccer, women's soccer and volleyball while 
raising its GSAC league championship total to 48. 
MC went undefeated (19-0) against conference 
competition and finished with an outstanding 
winning percentage of 76 after going 61-19-4 in 
all contests. 

Maryville College had 38 student-athletes earn 
All-GSAC accolades and 10 players take home the 
league's "Player of the Week" honors. Lindsy 
Little TO (volleyball) and Jessica Petersen '11 
(women's soccer) were named "Players of the 
Year" in their respective sports by the GSAC. 

All five of MC's fall sports are also proud of 
their athletes' commitment in the classroom. 
More than 60 student-athletes were named to the 
USA South and GSAC league All-Academic 
squads. The Scots' athletic department was 
honored with the program's 60th and 61st Ail- 
Americans. Kyle Chewning TO was named to 
the national team after a stellar senior season on 
the gridiron and earned a selection to play in the 
2009 Division 111 Football Senior Classic. 
Petersen earned Academic Ail-American 
honors as a soccer standout. 

While Petersen is on die doorstep of 
several Scots soccer records and will look 
to eclipse those marks next season, senior 
running back Rommel Hightower '11 
finished his career as Maryville 's career 
rushing leader. 

At the conclusion of fall 
competition, Maryville has a 
substantial lead on the women's 
side to recapture the GSAC 
Presidents' Cup. MC has a 
50-point lead over Piedmont and 
Salem going into winter 
competition. The men are in 
second place ( 10 points behind 
Piedmont) going into die 
basketball season. MC has 
captured 12 different GSAC 
Presidents' Cups in only eight 
seasons. The Scots have swept the 
:up results for the past five years in 
a row. 

fn basketball news that was 
reported in November, 6-fbot-3 
guard Eryk Watson '11 was named 
an Pre-Season Ail-American bv 



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D3hoops.com. As a sophomore, he led the team 
in scoring for the 2008-2009 season and was 
named an All-South performer. 

In January, the Scots learned that, because of 
their conference titles and competition in national 
tournaments, they were ranked 43rd in the 
Learfield Cup national standings of 177 ranked 
institutions. 

The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup was 
developed as a joint effort between the National 
Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics 
(NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded 
based on each institution's finish in up to 18 sports 
- nine women's sports and nine men's sports. 

In odier news, the athletic department has 
begun meetings to implement a strategic plan for 
the future of the adtletic programs. The 
committee is charged with identifying and 
visioning the future needs of the College's 
student-athletes. 

Finally, the GSAC announced 
that < ovenant < ollegc in 
Lookout Mountain, Ga., will 
be the ninth member of the 
league, beginning in the 
2010-11 academic season. 
This addition will give 
the conference nine 
female- 
participating 
institutions and 
five male- 
participating 
institutions. 




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cycling added to Growing List 

OF CLUB SPORTS 

After recognizing an existing interest in the sport among the student body, the College's Student 
Government Association approved the cycling club on Nov. 19. 

But students weren't alone in their desire to start seeing Maryville College on two wheels. 

"Given our location, Maryville College has an ideal setting for a cycling club," said Brandon 
Bruce, whose full-time position at the four-year, liberal arts institution is as director of grants and 
gifts. An avid cvclist himself, Bruce saw a cycling club as a potential avenue for students, faculty and 
staff to collaborate, to get to know one another better, as well as get fit. 

"Maryville, Tennessee, enjoys mild, four-season weather, has miles of well-paved roads and well- 
cut trails for either road or mountain bike riding and a community of seasoned cyclists and cyclist- 
friendly businesses interested in this kind of activity," he added. 

Jack Piepenbring, director of safety and security, brings years of cycling experience and 
enthusiasm as one of three sponsors of the student club. 

"I'm excited about the opportunity to share my riding experience with colleagues and students," 
he said. "If the cycling club exposes students, faculty and staff to a new way of incorporating fitness 
into their lives, or a new way of experiencing the beautiful environment we have, then we'll have 
accomplished quite a lot." 



board approves Bridge to Distinction strategic plan 




In the last issue of FOCUS, Dr. Jeff Bay, associate 
professor of statistics and chair of the Strategic 
Planning Steering Committee, wrote about 
becoming a "college of distinction" as a result of 
a new strategic plan that would follow the 
Window of Opportunity Plan and campaign, 
which guided the College from 2002 until 2007. 
However, with the challenges presented by the 
economy and the upcoming retirement of 
President Dr. Gerald W. Gibson, the 
committee stepped back and 
reconsidered the College of 

Distinction Strategic Plan. The 
end result is a "bridge 
plan" that will help 




guide the College through this transitional time. 

The new Bridge to Distinction Plan, which was 
approved by the Maryville College Board of 
Directors last October, is designed to lead the 
College through the fall of 2012. 

The newly revised strategic plan outlines 
specific objectives in six categories: Students; 
Faculty and Staff; Foundations for Distinction; 
Seamless Educational Experience; Faith, Learning 
and Service; and Stewardship. 

For example, an objective in the "Students" 
category reads: "Programs will be developed to 
meet the aspirations of students with exceptional 
potential." One big objective under 
"Stewardship" is tire addition of SS million to the 
College's endowment through new gifts. 

The plan explains: "Maryville College 
recognizes its responsibility to efficiently care for 

of its resources. Building on successful strategic 
planning, tire endowment will be of a magnitude 
to effectively reduce tuition dependency, sustain 
institutional growth, and ensure that a Maryville 
education is affordable..." 

The original College of Distinction Plan was 
designed to guide the College to the year 2015. 

"We changed the timeframe from the typical 
five years to two years, primarily so that we could 



engage in tire planning process with the new 
president soon after he arrives," Bay explained. 
"The Presidential Search Committee felt that this 
was important if we were going to be able to 
attract someone committed to the culture of 
planning that exists at Maryville. 

"The shorter timeframe also helped alleviate 
concerns by some that it was difficult to construct 
a longer term plan at the same time that we were 
dealing with budget challenges," Bay added. 

In addition to Bay and Gibson, members of the 
Strategic Planning Steering Committee included: 
Chelsea Barker TO and Darrick Edmonson 
TO, student representatives; Dr. Jeff Fager, vice 
president and dean of the College; Dr. Jenifer 
Greene, associate professor of management; Don 
Hickman '70, alumni association representative; 
Diane Humphreys-Barlow '70, director, MC 
Board; Hollv Jackson-Ludlow, vice president for 
advancement and community relations; Vandy 
Kemp, vice president for student development; 
Kandis Schram '85, athletic director; Bill Sliwa, 
vice president for enrollment; and Dana Smith, 
vice president for finance. 



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The Clayton Center foe the Arts is 
on schedule to hold its grand 
opening the last weekend in March 
2010. The Center boasts an exciting 
mix of genres from a wide variety of 
forms of art in the first few weeks 
that the doors will be open. 

"After more than a decade of 
dreaming, planning and discussing, 
the Clayton Center will come to lili- 
in early 2010, and we're excited that 
very soon, the public will be able to 
enjoy it," said John Cherry, director 
of marketing for the Center. "We're 
striving tor the Center to be East 
Tennessee's home for the arts - not 
just music, but all of the arts, and our 
upcoming events demonstrate that." 

GRAND OPENING 
EVENTS SCHEDULED 

The Crand Opening events of 
March 25-29 are intended to be 
representative of the variety and 
quality of entertainment and arts 
that will be offered at the Center 



in the months and years to come. 
Events of the Grand Opening 
include: the Maryvillc College 
Choir Concert, March 25; Jo 
Dee Messina Concert, 
March 26; Adams 
Foundation Piano 
Concert, March 28; 
and the joint recital of 
alumni vocalists 
Delores Bowen 
Ziegler '73 and John 
Wesley Wright '87 
and the Banff Film 
Festival, both set for 
March 29 .The main 
event of the Grand 
Opening weekend, 
however, is the Gala 
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Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre. 
The Gala will feature artists from 
East Tennessee demonstrating the 
wide variety and high quality of 
talent available in the region. 

Constructed through a 
partnership of the College, the cities 
of Maryvillc and Alcoa, and state 
and federal governments, the 
$47-million Clayton Center for the 
Arts will celebrate the art and 



Its design will also accommodate 
plays and musicals, concerts by 
touring musicians and orchestras, 
traveling art exhibits, film series, 
children's plays and presentations by 
nationally recognized speakers. 

The first large-scale performance 
scheduled for the theatre was 
"Chasing George Washington." 
This production came to Maryvillc 
direct from the Kennedy Center 
Theater for Young Audiences on 
Tour. "Chasing George 
Washington" played to more than 
2,000 school children from Blount 
and Knox counties on Feb. 24. 

The Maryvillc High School 
Orchestra held its Valentine's Day 
concert on Feb. 14 in the Nutt 
Theatre. A (acuity art exhibit is open 



month of March. 

Amv Moore Morton, artistic 
director of the Appalachian Ballet 
Company, has announced that 
the company will be performing 
"Peter Pan" at the Clayton Center 
in late April. 

"This will be the first production 
from one of the four resident arts 
organizations that will call the 
Clayton Center home," Cherry said. 
"The Appalachian Ballet Company 



is East Tennessee's premier classical 
performing company, and we're 
particularly excited that area 
children - both those performing 



with it and those attending the 



performances - will benefit from this 
relationship." 

Bluegrass royalty and three-time 
Grammv Award winner Dr. Ralph 
Stanley and his Clinch Mountain 
Boys will perform April 2°. 

Cherry said the Clayton Center 
staff is referring to the spring season 
as a "mini season." 



from September to May, to match 
up with the academic calendar of 
Maryvillc College," he explained. 
"By moving into the facility in 
January, we're kind of opening in 
the middle of a typical season." 

CENTER IS TICKETS 
UNLIMITED OUTLET 

Tickets Unlimited will be handling 
sales for Clayton Center events, and 
the Clayton Center's box office will 
be a full-service location for 
reserving tickets for other events 
made available through Tickets 
Unlimited, something Cherry and 
other Clayton Center staff arc 
excited about. 



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chandeliers in the buildingls grand foyer. 

PPOSITE PAGE: Identical twins Richard and John Contiguglia, one of 
the most acclaimed and versatile piano duos in the world today, will perform 
March 28 as a part of the Clayton Center's grand opening weekend. Alumni 
vocalists Delores Bowen Ziegler '73 and John Wesley Wright '87 will per- 
form in a joint recital. Country star Jo Dee Messina will also perform during 
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Putting the final touches on the grand opening are five members of the 
Clayton Center for the Arts staff. 

Executive Director Robert Hutchens '71 is responsible for the daily 
operations of the Center. He previously served as an assistant director at 
Maryville College's Center for International Education, as an adjunct 
instructor at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville (UTK) and as a 
professional actor. He attended Maryville College and holds a bachelor's 
degree in speech and theatre from UTK, where he also pursued graduate 
studies in theatre and earned a master's degree in foreign language 
education. 

Marketing Director John Cherry is responsible for the publicity and 
community outreach programs for the Center. Retired from military service 
in 2005, he was an award-winning public affairs officer for the United States 
Air Force. Prior to joining the Clayton Center staff, he was public relations 
manager for the Tellico Village Property Owners Association in Loudon 
County. Cherry is one of the founding members of the Foothills 
Community Players. 

Administrative Coordinator Margaret Forrester is responsible for the 
business and gallery operations, overseeing grant proposals and acting as 
liaison for the Center and community arts organizations. She has worked 
for UTK's Clarence Brown Company; Compass, the United Kingdom touring 
theatre company in London; and the BBC. 

Jessica Popek is the booking agent and box office manager and 
oversees the programming, box office and event management for 
commercial and rental events. Popek has worked for the Knoxville 
Symphony, Knoxville Opera, AC Entertainment and the Bonnaroo Festival. 

As operations manager, Bryan Smith is responsible for the facility's 
technical needs, as well as coordinating the needs of touring acts. He has 
worked with Murlin's Music World, the City of Maryville, the City of Alcoa 
and The Shed at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson. 



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McConkey Joins College's 
ADVANCEMENT STAFF 

Carrie McConkey has been named the College's new regional 
advancement officer and soon will be visiting alumni and friends 
on die East Coast, helping complete the College's Window of 
Opportunity campaign, as well as launching the campaign for the 
new Bridge to Distinction Plan. 

McConkey, who was previously the director of placement in 
the College's Center for Calling & Career, holds a master's 
degree in human resource development from the University of 
Tennessee and a bachelor's degree in family and consumer 
sciences from Carson-Newman College. 
Her work experience includes positions as a human resources 
intern, a senior placement assistant, a customer service specialist, a 
certified speaker/presenter and an entrepreneur/designer. 
McConkey was recently named one of the Greater Knoxvillc 
Business Journal's "40 Under 40." 

"Carrie brings to this position a tremendous 
amount of energy and experience with the local 
business community," said Holly Jackson-Ludlow, 
vice president of advancement and community 
relations at the College. "We are looking forward to 
introducing her to donors, as well as looking for ways 
that allow her to continue her work with businesses." 



TOUR SCHEDULE 

March 11 - 7:30 p.m. 

First Presbyterian Church of 
Greeneville, Tenn. 

March 12-7 p.m. 

Black Mountain Presbyterian 
Church of Montreat, N.C. 

March 14 - 8:30a. m & 11 p.m. 
services; noon concert 

First Presbyterian Church of 
Burlington, N.C. 

March 14 - 7 p.m. 

Westminster Presbyterian 
Church of Columbia, S.C. 

March 15-7 p.m. 

Trinity Presbyterian Church of 
Surfside Beach, S.C. 

March 16-7 p.m. 

Sardis Presbyterian Church of 
Charlotte, N.C. 

April 11-11 a.m. service 

New Providence Presbyterian 
Church of Maryville, Tenn. 

May 7 - 7:30 p.m. 

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church 
of Maryville, Tenn. 



2010 TOUR INCLUDES 

Performance at Biltmore 



The Carolinas will be the destination 
for the 2010 Maryville College 
Concert Choir Tour, and one 
highlight of the six-day trip will be a 
performance at Biltmore House and 
Gardens in Asheville, N.C. 

As part of his retirement 
celebration, MC President Dr. 
Gerald Gibson will be present for 
the festivities. 

The choir is scheduled to perform 
at 1 p.m., March 13, in die estate's 
Winter Garden following an 11:30 
a.m. luncheon in the Stable Cafe. A 
$50 per-person fee covers the price 
of admission to die Biltmore estate, 
the concert and the midday meal. A 
$30 per-person fee covers only the 
concert and admission to the estate. 



Reservations are required by March 
5 and can be made online by visiting 
maryvillecollege.edu. 

The 2010 tour begins March 11 
with a mini-concert scheduled for 
10:30 a.m. in the Grand Foyer of 
the new Clayton Center for the 
Arts (CCA). 

The choir's annual 
Homecoming Concert is 
scheduled for 8 p.m., March 
25, and will usher in die 
Grand Opening weekend of 
the CCA. (See pages 8-9.) 



Great Scots! . . . 

IT'S A NEW 

VOLUNTEER 

PROGRAM! 

Due to die success of Kin Takahashi Week, 
many MC alumni, alumni spouses, students 
and friends frequently express interest in 
volunteering at the College year-round. 

In response to these requests, Diana 
Canacaris '02, director of stewardship and 
alumni board relations, launched the Great 
Scots! volunteer program in September. 

"Great Scots! is 'volunteer-friendly,' as 
projects are well-organized and designed for all 
skill levels," she explained. "Volunteers have die 
flexibility to choose die level of their 
involvement and the commitment of dieir time." 

Great Scots! opportunities are grouped into 
six categories: Administrative, Athletics, 
Hospitality, Friends of die College Woods, 
Landscaping and Archives. 

People interested in participating may contact 
Carol Clark at 865.981.8200 or alumni® 
maryvillecollege.edu. More information - 
including online registration - is available at 
maryvillecolleee.edu/alumni/GreatScots. 




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Contact: Stacey Wilner, coordinator of choral music, at 
stacev.wilner@maryvillecollege.edu or 865.981.8151. 

Contact: Carrie McConkey, regional advancement officer, 
at carrie. mcconkev@maryvillecollege.edu or S65. 981. 8197. 
Please make checks payable to "Maryville College Concert 
Choir" and mail to Maryville College, Office of 
Advancement, Attention: Carrie McConkey, 502 E. Lamar 
Alexander Pkivy., Maryville, TN 37S04. 



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Yes, it was overcast, windy and cold, but 
alumni and friends reported having a 
great time during the 2009 
Homecoming and Reunion Weekend. 

If you weren't able to make it to 
campus Oct. 1 6-1 8, enjoy a few of the 



celebrations highlighted on this page. 

A more comprehensive look at the 
weekend can be found at 
maryvillecollege.edu. More than 50 
photos are available on the College's 
Flickr photostream. 



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fjenna Thorp '1 and Earl Coleman '1 were crowned 
fthe College's Homecoming Queen and King. 



REUNION CLASSES DONATE, $300,000 
IMPACT ESTIMATED 

At the annual meeting of the Maryville College National Alumni Associa- 
tion held Oct. 17, members of the 25th, 40th and 50th reunion classes 
proudly presented checks reflective of their reunion fundraising efforts. 
Combined, the reunion class giving resulted in nearly $300,000 of total 
impact while specifically raising roughly $1 80,000 to assist with various 
current projects on campus. 

The Class of 1984, represented by alumna Margaret Andrews 
Huntzinger '84, raised $9,1 65 that will be used toward the ground 
floor entrance in Anderson Hall, which is slated for renovation in the 
near future. Alan Cropper '69 reported that his class raised $74,520 
that will be combined with gifts from the classes of 1968 and 1970 
to provide funds for the reception area in Anderson Hall, as well as 
establish an endowed scholarship. Jack Emery '59 presented to 
Maryville College President Dr. Gerald W. Gibson the check from 
his classmates. In celebration of 50 years since graduation, Emery's 
class raised $98,085 that will be used for the establishment of a new 
endowed scholarship and funding a seminar room in Anderson Hall. 

With the addition of 1 2 members to the Society of 1 81 9, the College's 
planned giving society, the three classes added $1 15,000 to reunion giv- 
ing impact. 

"Special thanks to all of the reunion classes for their hard work to 
date," said Holly Jackson-Ludlow, vice president for advancement and 
community relations. "We are so grateful for each and every gift. We 
know that alumni have a choice about what they support, and we are 
honored that they choose to give to their alma mater so generously 
and faithfully." 

Gifts and pledges can still be added to these totals until the end of 
the fiscal year- May 31, 2010 -and will be counted toward final class 
fundraising numbers, she added. 



SEVERAL ALUMNI HONORED 

Maryville College honored three alumni during die 2009 Alumni Reeeption. 

The College's Alumni Citation was presented to Elizabeth "Libby" Sloan 
Welsh '59, who served 47 years in numerous capacities for the advancement and 
development divisions of Maryville College, and to Alvin Nance '79, president 
and chief executive officer of Knoxville's Community Development Corporation. 
(Wife Jacquelvn Nance accepted the award on his behalf.) 

Yvette Prinsloo Franklin '98, who is currently working toward a doctorate in 
cultural studies in education, was named the recipient of the Kin Takahashi 
Award for Young Alumni. 




2009 Wall of Fame inductees included (l-r) Randy Schaurer '75, Alan Rock '49 
(wife Jean Cobb Rock '48 accepted on behalf of her late husband), Ken Adair '81 , 
Les Rock '43, Ben Sohrabi '92, Denise Penzkofer '86 and Kelvin Richardson '93. 










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Circuity 



NEWS 






TWO Faculty ANNOUNCE RETIREMENT PLA N S 



Dr. Mary Kav Sullivan, professor of 
management and the Joe D. Eakes 
Chair of Business, will retire at the 
conclusion of the 2009-2010 
academic year after more than 20 
years of service. 

Sullivan earned a bachelor's 
degree from die University of 
Arkansas in 1963 and a master's 
degree from Bryn Mawr College in 
1966. She obtained a master of busi- 
ness administration and a doctorate 
from the University of Tennessee 
(UT) in Knoxville in 1985 and 
1989, respectively. She also attended 
the University of Florence (Italy) as 
a Fulbright Scholar. 

The two-time Outstanding 
Teacher Award recipient is a recog- 
nized expert in strategic manage- 
ment, principles of finance and 
principles of management. She is a 
member of many professional and 
scholarly organizations and boards, 
including the East Tennessee Foun- 
dation and the Nature Conservancy. 

Dr. Barbara Wells, associate 
professor of sociology and chair ot 
the division of social sciences, said 




Dr. Mary Kay Sullivan 

Sullivan would be deeply missed. 

"As much as Dr. Sullivan's 
colleagues appreciate her leadership 
and good cheer, I believe it is our 
students who have benefited most 
from her work at the College," 
Wells said. "Her support has been 
especially valuable to some of our 
first-generation college students 
who have surmounted significant 
obstacles to graduation thanks, in 
part, to Dr. Sullivan's dedicated 
efforts on their behalf." 



Dr. Margaret Ribble '61 

Sullivan is eligible to receive the 
designation of professor emeritus by 
vote of the tenured faculty members 
this spring. If selected, the 
announcement will be made at 
Mav's Commencement. 

Dr. Margaret Stevenson Ribble 
'61, associate professor ot 
mathematics, is also retiring in May 
after more than 25 years of service. 
From 1968 until 1971, she worked 
as supervisor of the printing office at 
the College. While earning a 



teaching certificate for secondary 
math at MC in 1985, she was hired 
to help students through remedial 
math courses. Working part-time 
at the College, she continued her 
studies at the UT, pursuing a 
master's degree, which she obtained 
in 1991. Ribble became a full-time 
faculty member at MC in 1998 and 
obtained her doctorate from UT in 
1999 - just a month before her 
60th birthday. 

Dr. John Nichols '61, professor 
of mathematics and chair of the 
division of mathematics and 
computer science, praised Ribble. 

"She is a model professor and is 
loved by her students. She is an 
accomplished violinist, a world trav- 
eler, a two-time winner of the Most 
Outstanding Teacher Award, a great 
academic advisor and counselor, an 
excellent teacher and much more," 
he stated. "She, in all respects, rep- 
resents what Maryville College is all 
about. We could all benefit from 
emulating her style and her commit- 
ment to the education of students." 



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MATASCIK PRODUCES CD of Original Music 



When Mr Sheri Matascik says she kepi hei 
self-produced CD "At the End of the Day" 
personal, she really means it. 

The associate professor of music at 
Maryville College recorded her original 
compositions in her 10-year-old studio. She 
worked with her brother on the CD's 
artwork, and her beloved dog is the star of 
a bonus track. 
But the idea for producing a CD 
commercially wasn't her own; it was her fans'. 

Following her Spring 2008 recital, colleagues, students and local 
music followers persistently asked Matascik if she would release her music 
to the public. 

"Basically, people just wanted to hear the music," she said. 
So last vear, the MC professor released "At the End of the Day," a 
collection of guitar compositions that celebrate classical, contemporary folk, 
Appalachian, jazz and Celtic styles. For a piece entitled "Simple But True," 
she also performed on ukulele in a style that evokes Asian folk music. 
"At the End of the Day" can be purchased through cdbaby.com. 
The musician and Maryville College professor started playing at age 5, 
when he i parents gave hei a ukulele Growing up in a large i atholic t.unih 

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By Annie Brown Standridge '10 | Communications Assistant 

with four siblings, she didn't receive her first guitar until she was 9. Matascik 
beamed when she thought back to her first guitar - a Stella Harmony. Her 
father was her first instructor. 

Her steel-string solo guitar playing is influenced by her current instructor, 
Grammy Award-winning guitarist Al Petteway, who opened her ears to more 
contemporary styles and helped her learn to record acoustic guitar. 

The CD was her first experience with recording acoustic guitar. 

"I made lots of mistakes figuring out how to splice things together," 
Matascik said. She also kept picking up the sounds of cars passing by, as 
well as noises from her beloved dog, Twinkie, who, sadly, passed away 
last summer. 

"Twinkle's Commentary," which is the very last track of the CD, contains 
sound clips of her canine friend snoring - snoring that prevented her from 
recording music successfully on many occasions. Also on the CD is a piece 
entitled, "Aunt Rosie's Hill," which was inspired by her childhood memories 
on her late Aunt Rosie's farm. 

She has begun work on her next commercial CD, which will contains 
pieces with more upbeat rhythms. The local national parks have inspired her 
to create music themed around the Smoky Mountains. She may also 
incorporate other instruments in her second release. 

"The first [CD project] went so well, I thought 'Why not?'" 




MC'S 'Wetlands Dude' 
WADES IN WITH 
STUDENT SCIENTISTS 

Whether they're located at the Arctic Circle or 
within the Maryville City limits, wetlands are a 
passion for Dr. Ben Cash. 

Cash, chair of the College's Division of 
Natural Sciences and an associate professor of 
biology, sums it up quite easily. 

"I'm a wetlands dude." 
His expertise in these unique habitats has 
taken him to the Churchill Northern Studies Centre 
(CNSC) in Manitoba, Canada, over seven summers and, 
most recently, to the Pearsons Springs wetland located in Maryville. 

"Wetlands are disproportionately rich in biodiversity," he explains, "and 
we know from a lot of research that they are so important to water quality 
because, essentially, they filter the water." 

His wetlands research has included everything from water quality to 
species inventory and population genetics. And, thanks to grant support, it 
has almost always involved Maryville College students. 

Since 2004 and with generous funding from Earthwatch Institute, Cash 
has taken nearly 10 students to the CNSC, which is considered one of the 
premier facilities for subarctic research and education and a year-round host 
to some of the world's best paleontologists, ornithologists, climatologists 
and mammologists. Most MC students have spent between two weeks and 
one month at the Centre. Two have earned academic credit for an arctic 
ecology course. 

Describing the opportunity for college students to study at CNSC as 
"awesome," Cash points to the opportunity some former students had to meet 
and work with the late Dr. Robert Jeffenes, a member of the 
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that received 
tire Nobel Peace Prize (along with former U.S. vice- 
president Al Gore) in 2007. 

Jefferies, an ecologist at the University of Toronto, 
was a frequent resident of CNSC. 
"A Nobel Laureate. And students sat at the meal table 
with him and worked in the lab with him," Cash says. 
"That's the kind of opportunity we're talking about." 

Closer to home, Cash and Dr. Mark O'Gorman, 
associate professor of political science and 
coordinator of environmental studies, have 
been involved in the Pistol Creek 
Environmental Protection and 

Education Project, a Maryville City 
initiative to preserve a lowland 
wetland area located near 
Pearsons Springs just off 
Montvale Station Road. With a 
grant from the Environmental 
Protection Agency, the city is 
constructing an open-air 
classroom, an outdoor 
laboratory and an elevated 
boardwalk in a floodplain. 
Maryville College was involved early on. In 
2007 and 2008, professors and students 
conducted an inventory of existing wetland 
vegetation and wildlife, made 
recommendations for what native plants were 
suitable to that area, and began water quality 



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ate Professor of Biology i 




ABOVE: In 2006, biology major Kelsea Morse '07 conducts research at Churchill 
Northern Studies Centre in Manitoba, Canada. 

BELOW: MC students Adam Bean '10 and Kaycee Dortch '10 stroll the newly 
constructed boardwalk of the Pistol Creek Environmental Protection and 
Education Project in Maryville. The two are assisting with signage and educational 
materials for the project. 




monitoring. Biology students also developed curriculum packets for 
schoolteachers and created pamphlets and brochures that will be available for 
the general public at tire outdoor classroom once opened. 

"How could I not jump at a chance to enhance a wetlands site and 
educate the public about the importance of wetlands at die same time?" he 
says of the project. "It's an awesome experience." 

Pointing out that the Pistol Creek project is one example of the 
importance of understanding urban ecology, Cash says the students involved 
have gotten to see the importance of having small natural areas amidst 
development. And, they've been exposed to the role of government in 
preserving the environment. 

As for the "wetlands dude," it's gotten him and his students into the field. 

"Books are important. Classrooms and labs are important," Cash says. 
"But in my discipline, you cannot be a complete expert in the field without 
having the hands-on experience. 

"Standing thigh-deep in a wetland is when you truly begin to understand 
the concepts." 

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MC'S ASTOR PREPARES for Civil War A 



anniversary 



Next year, Dr. Aaron Astor, assistant 
professor of history at Maryville 
College, will participate in numerous 
events commemorating the 150th 
anniversary of the start of the 
American Civil War. Personally, he'll 
celebrate the publication of his book 
on the border states (Missouri, 
Kentucky, West Virginia, Maryland 
and Delaware ) and the Civil War and 
Reconstruction by LSU Press. 

The working tide of Astor's book 
is Belated Confederates: Black Politics, 
Guerilla Violence, and the Collapse of 
Conservative Unionism in Kentucky 
and Missouri from 1860-1872. It is 
expected to go on sale early in 201 1 
as part of LSU Press' "Conflicting 
Worlds: New Dimensions of the 
American Civil War" series. 

Astor's book began as his 
dissertation for a doctoral degree in 
American Historv from 
Northwestern University in 
Evanston, 111. Completing it in 2006, 
he joined die MC faculty in 2007. 

For his doctoral dissertation, he 
focused on certain towns in 
Kentucky and Missouri. Looking 
more broadly, he concentrated on 




Kentucky's Bluegrass Region, and in 
Missouri, he focused on the so-called 
"Little Dixie Region" along the 
Missouri River. These were two areas 
that relied fairly heavily on slavery 
but exhibited divided lovalties 



toward the Union and the 
Confederacy. 

"What I found was just 
enthralling and understudied," said 
Astor, explaining that historians have 
discussed Reconstruction in the 



Groundbreaking Research in Autism and 
5E CE D " Continues at MC 




For more than two years, the College's 
Division of Behavioral Sciences has been 
working widi Wilderwood Service Dogs 
in Maryville, Tenn., to collect scientific 
evidence for what many had long been 
eyewitnesses to - service dogs being able 
to interrupt self-stimulatory behaviors, 
calm anxieties and improve communication 
in autistic children. 
Several of the College's psychology professors, including 
Dr. Ariane Schratter, teamed up with MC students to 
embark on this ground-breaking research. The psychology 
and child development majors have been volunteering in the 
lab and receiving practicum credit for their involvement in 
the research. 

Early on, Andrew Salpas '09 was tasked with helping 
devise studies for other psychology majors that would yield 
useful data. 

When the time came for him to select his Senior Study 
topic, he focused on a particular area of interest - the effect 
of a service dog on an autistic child's pragmatic language 
skills. Following one child made the study more manageable- 
given the one-year timeframe. 

"Pragmatic language is the language of socialization," the 
recent graduate explained. Current research suggests that 
deficits in pragmatic language are a unifying feature of 
autistic disorders." 

14 foCUS SPRING 2010 



Using standardized psychological instruments, filming 
and other measurements with one autistic child, Salpas 
found that the child's "echolalic utterances" and tendency to 
repeat phrases that weren't contextually appropriate lessened 
with the introduction of the service dog. Parents reported 
(through the standardized tests) specific areas of 
improvement, such as the child searching for the right words 
in conversations, answering questions with enough 
information without being overly precise and showing 
flexibility in adapting to unexpected situations. 

Working with two to three children every three months, 
Schratter said that it takes some time to build a sufficient 
sample size. 

"Two years of preliminary data shows promising trends," 
stated Schratter. "We would like to expand our research to 
include the effects of service 
dogs on different levels of 
severity of autism." 

With diese new goals in 
mind, the team recently 
submitted a grant to the 
National Institute of Health in 
order to acquire funding to support 
further research efforts. 




Deep South in great detail but have 
not studied Reconstruction in the 
border states. 

"How can you have 
reconstruction in a place where 
congressional radical reconstruction 
did not apply?" he asked. 

Recognized for his expertise in 
the subjects of border states and the 
Civil War, Astor has been asked to 
present conference papers and share 
his research among peers. Most 
recently, he participated in the 
Southern Historical Association's 
annual meeting in Louisville, Kv. 

Now a resident of East 
Tennessee, Astor has expanded 
the geographical area of his 
research and has gotten involved 
in Tennessee Civil War preservation. 

Last October, Astor applied for a 
large humanities grant that would 
help fund the creation of a web- 
based geographical information 
system ( GIS ) project diat would map 
the loyalties of East Tennessee 
during die Civil War. He hopes this 
will be a collaborative project with 
genealogists and local historians 
throughout the area. He also plans 
to enlist Maryville College students 
for data collection. 

Astor would like to begin the 
project in Blount and Knox Counties 
this fall and expand into other areas 
to gather information about who 
sided with whom in the war. 

One project already underway has 
him working with Adam Duggan 
'13 and Steve Dean, producer of 
WBIR-TV'S award-winning 
"Heartland Series." (Astor serves on 
the East Tennessee Civil War 
Alliance, which is headed by Dean.) 
The team is creating a documentary 
about die various forts in Knoxville. 

Astor said he can't help but be 
interested in die history of the area. 

"This is a part of the country that 
is very conscious of its unique past. 
It's not like the rest of the South or 
die rest of America," he said, 
theorizing diat residents of die 
area know dieir roots better 
because diey are 

descendents of original 
European settlers 
rv^":^ more commonly 
than anywhere 
else in the U.S. 




faculty NEWs 

From NFL Stats to Dutch Philosophers: SENIOR STUDIES 
REFLECT RANGE OF INTERESTS, CURIOSITIES 




Ever wonder what current students are 
focusing their Senior Study research on? Here's 
a look at 12 exemplary studies that were 
added to the library collection last year. 

"Statistical Analysis in the NFL" 

Kyle Prince '09, a mathematics for teacher 
licensure major, explained a ranking system he 
developed for players and teams that may be 
superior to the NFL's. Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Bay, 
associate professor of statistics. 

"My Days as a Fighting Scot" 

Pulling on a football jersey for the first time 
since high school, writing/communication major 
Kevin Wheatley '09 trained, practiced and 
played with the Scots to better inform his Senior 
Study on participatory journalism. Advisor: Mr. 
Kim Trevathan, assistant professor of writing/ 
communication. 



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"Art Deco Fabric Design" 
A big fan of Art Deco, art major Ashley 
Hubbard '09 studied the style in-depth, 
designed patterns for textile that incorporated 
key elements, and worked with a screen printer 
to get them created. Advisor: Ms. Adrienne 
Schwarte, assistant professor of art. 

"A Silent Crisis in Japan: The Petroleum 
Discovery Within the East China Sea and its 
Politico-Economic Effects" 

International business major Makoto Hara 
'09 delved into diplomatic disputes surrounding 
the discovery of oil off the Senkaku Islands, 
proposed possible solutions to the arguments, 
and figured the economic impact of drilling and 
refining the oil in Japan's Okinawa Prefecture. 
Advisor: Dr. Scott Brunger, associate professor 
of economics. 

"Fluorescent Technology in Medulloblastoma 
Research" 

Kara Whitlock '08 traveled to St. Jude 
Research Hospital in Memphis to assist with 
cancer research. Using several fluorescent 
techniques, the biology major studied the role 
of certain genes in tumor formation in the 
cerebellum. Advisor: Dr. Jerilyn Swann, 
associate professor of biology. 

"Health Care Analysis: Blount County, 
Tennessee and Shangri-La, China" 

Economics major Cory Everett '09 looked at 
the similarities and differences of modern health 
care in two communities on opposite sides of 
the globe. Advisor: Dr. Sherry Kasper, professor 
of economics. 

"El Gaucho Negro: Argentina's Literary War 
Against Blacks, Cowboys and Amerindians" 

While studying at the Universidad Catolica 
de Cordoba, Spanish major Gabriel Turner 

'09 became familiar with two famous 
Argentine works and how they affected 
Argentina's racial landscape. Advisor: Dr. 
Geoffrey Mitchell, assistant professor of 
Spanish languages and literature. 

The Effect of the Use of a Service 
Dog on Pragmatic Language in a 
Child with Autism" 

Conducting groundbreaking 
and "real world" research, 
psychology major Andrew 
Salpas '09 collaborated with 
faculty members, a non-profit 
agency, autistic children and 
their families. Advisor: Dr. 
Jason Troyer, assistant 
professor of psychology. 



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"Collective Behavior and the Factors that 
Cause Prison Riots" 

Sociology major Julie Pate '09 looked at 
three well-known prison riots and factors that 
could have caused the uprisings. Advisor: Dr. 
Tncia Bruce, assistant professor of sociology. 

"Spinoza's Political Philosophy: An 
Unrecognized Consequentialism" 

History and philosophy major 
W. Austin Newsom '09 analyzed 17th-century 
Dutch philosopher Baruch Spinoza's political 
writings and offered his own interpretation of 
Spinoza's political philosophy. Advisor: Dr. Bill 
Meyer, professor of philosophy. 

"The Comparison of the Effect of Dietary 
Changes or Dirlotapide Treatment on Canine 
Obesity in a Small Animal Veterinary Practice" 
Biology major Anna McRee '1 collected data 
from nearly 600 dogs and looked at therapies 
effective in weight loss. Advisor: Dr. Drew Crain, 
associate professor of biology. 

"Stretching and Strength Training in Anterior 
Cruciate Ligament Rehabilitation" 

Physical education major Matt Dunn '09 

researched various ACL rehab processes 
Advisor: Dr. Traci Haydu, assistant professor of 
physical education. 




foCUS | SPRING 2010 15 






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IN LATE 1992, DR. GERALD W. GIBSON was one of three candidates 
invited to the Maryvillc College campus by a presidential search committee. 
Then dean of Roanoke College in Roanoke, Va., Gibson, who held a doc- 
toral degree in organic chemistry from the University of Tennessee-Knox- 
ville, had applied to become the 10th president of Maryvillc College after 
conducting research and asking colleagues what they knew of the 173-year- 
old East Tennessee institution. 

He looked first to data on academic reputation published by U.S. News 
arid World Report, which showed Maryville College in an upper tier - defi- 
nitely worth his consideration to apply for the presidential position. 

But a friend and dean at another college told Gibson that he thought 
Maryville was close to bankruptcy and closing. 

Driving around the campus in December of 1992, Gibson was reminded 
of his friend's earlier assessment of Maryville College's financial status. Those 
first impressions of the College - neglected facilities, grounds void of much 
landscaping, unimpressive roadways - would stay with Gibson throughout 
the next several years as president of the College and would influence his ear- 
liest decisions about strategic plans and funding. "You never get a second 
chance to make a first impression" was a phrase many at die College heard 
Gibson say after his inauguration in 1993. 

They would hear the phrase "best possible college" more. Borrowing the 
words of Maryville College fifth president Dr. Samuel T Wilson, Gibson, 
during his inauguration address, recommitted Maryville's resources to make 
tile College "the best possible college" during his tenure. 

Recently, FOCUS Editor Karen Beaty Eldridge '94 interviewed the pres- 
ident about die last 17 years, focusing especially on those areas of growth 



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challenge that it was going to be. 
Carnegie was under construction, 
so that was the one hopeful sign 
that I saw of the physical condition 
of the campus, but buildings were 
obviously dilapidated. I thought 
Bartlett was a deserted building 
when I saw it. My first impression 
was that definitely there was much, 
much work to be done on the 
campus and the buildings. 



when I got there and the statistics 
here with freshman retention and 
graduation rate. They were in 
better financial condition there, 
but they weren't financially flush 
by any means. But they also had 
a lot of deferred maintenance just 
as we did here. And that made 
me confident that we could turn 
the picture around here and that 
it wouldn't take that long to do 
it. At Roanoke, we had moved 



n that kind of condition to a 
:h, much improved condition 
bout five years. So I had some 
a from that about how long we 
Id expect it to take not to be 
>erfection, but to be at a place 
;re we were confident that the 
ire would be better than the 
t had been. 

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E THINGS THAT YOU KNEW 
EDED TO BE ADDRESSED? 
'.SON: I would have said I was 
■ck by the poor condition of 
the campus and buildings. And a 
lot of that was deferred main- 
tenance, but a lot of it was just 
not doing things that didn't cost 
much money that could be done. 
... I felt there was work to do on 
the church relationship. We had a 
chaplain at that point, but I didn't 
feel that there was a high level 
of attention given to the church 
relationship. And of course, the 
financial position of the College 



was atrocious. And I knew there 
was a lot of work to do there. But 
the financial position was more a 
function of enrollment than it was 
of endowment. That's a mistake 
a lot of people make - they think 
the wealth of a college being in 
its endowment, and that's true at 
a place like Berea or the Univer- 
sity of Richmond or someplace 
that has hundreds of millions 
(or even billions of dollars in the 
endowment), but at most small 
colleges, far more money comes 
from tuition, and that means 
enrollment, and enrollment was 
another big problem; in fact, the 
most fundamental problem that 
we had, I would say. Enrollment 
hit the bottom in the mid-1980s 
here, and there had been a couple 
of years of big enrollment gains 
after [ninth president] Dick Ferrin 
came here as president, but then 
that stopped. And the year I came, 
there had been about a 10 percent 



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IN LATE 1992, DR. GERALD W. GIBSON was one of three candidates 
invited to the Maryville College campus by a presidential search committee. 
Then dean of Roanoke College in Roanoke, Va., Gibson, who held a doc- 
toral degree in organic chemistry from the University of Tennessee-Knox- 
ville, had applied to become the 10th president of Maryville College after 
conducting research and asking colleagues what they knew of the 173-year- 
old East Tennessee institution. 

He looked first to data on academic reputation published by U.S. News 
and World Report, which showed Maryville College in an upper tier - defi- 
nitely worth his consideration to apply for the presidential position. 

But a friend and dean at anodier college told Gibson that he diought 
Maryville was close to bankruptcy and closing. 

Driving around the campus in December of 1992, Gibson was reminded 
of his friend's earlier assessment of Maryville College's financial status. Those 
first impressions of die College - neglected facilities, grounds void of much 
landscaping, unimpressive roadways - would stay with Gibson throughout 
the next several years as president of the College and would influence his ear- 
liest decisions about strategic plans and funding. "You never get a second 
chance to make a first impression" was a phrase many at die College heard 
Gibson say after his inauguration in 1993. 

They would hear the phrase "best possible college" more. Borrowing the 
words of Maryville College fifth president Dr. Samuel T. Wilson, Gibson, 
during liis inauguration address, recommitted Maryville's resources to make 
die College "the best possible college" during his tenure. 

Recendy, FOCUS Editor Karen Beaty Eldridge '94 interviewed the pres- 
ident about the last 17 years, focusing especially on those areas of growth 
and improvement in which he takes greatest satisfaction. (See "Points of 
Pride" stories throughout this section.) Below are portions of that interview. 



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INTERVIEW 
WITH THE 
PRESIDENT 

FOCUS. THINK BACK TO 
YOUR FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF 
THE COLLEGE. 

GIBSON: Driving around campus 
that first visit was daunting - no 
question about that. And I think 
that first visual impression was 
pretty indicative of the kind of 
challenge that it was going to be. 
Carnegie was under construction, 
so that was the one hopeful sign 
that I saw of the physical condition 
of the campus, but buildings were 
obviously dilapidated. I thought 
Bartlett was a deserted building 
when I saw it. My first impression 
was that definitely there was much, 
much work to be done on the 
campus and the buildings. 



FOCUS: BUT YOU HAD 
RESEARCH THAT INDICATED THE 
ACADEMICS WERE STRONG. 
GIBSON: Yes, although I think I 
really was more confident of that 
after I got here than before the 
fact. I've never been afraid of a 
challenge; in fact, life is more inter- 
esting when you have a challenge. 
I enjoy making things happen that 
need to happen. Certainly one 
of the things that struck me after 
I got here was how nearly alike 
the statistics were with Roanoke 
when I got there and the statistics 
here with freshman retention and 
graduation rate. They were in 
better financial condition there, 
but they weren't financially flush 
by any means. But they also had 
a lot of deferred maintenance just 
as we did here. And that made 
me confident that we could turn 
the picture around here and that 
it wouldn't take that long to do 
it. At Roanoke, we had moved 



from that kind of condition to a 
much, much improved condition 
in about five years. So I had some 
idea from that about how long we 
could expect it to take not to be 
at perfection, but to be at a place 
where we were confident that the 
future would be better than the 
past had been. 

FOCUS: WHAT WERE SOME OF 
THE THINGS THAT YOU KNEW 
NEEDED TO BE ADDRESSED? 
GIBSON: I would have said I was 
struck by the poor condition of 
the campus and buildings. And a 
lot of that was deferred main- 
tenance, but a lot of it was just 
not doing things that didn't cost 
much money that could be done. 
... I felt there was work to do on 
the church relationship. We had a 
chaplain at that point, but I didn't 
feel that there was a high level 
of attention given to the church 
relationship. And of course, the 
financial position of the College 



was atrocious. And I knew there 
was a lot of work to do there. But 
the financial position was more a 
function of enrollment than it was 
of endowment. That's a mistake 
a lot of people make - they think 
the wealth of a college being in 
its endowment, and that's true at 
a place like Berea or the Univer- 
sity of Richmond or someplace 
that has hundreds of millions 
(or even billions of dollars in the 
endowment), but at most small 
colleges, far more money comes 
from tuition, and that means 
enrollment, and enrollment was 
another big problem; in fact, the 
most fundamental problem that 
we had, I would say. Enrollment 
hit the bottom in the mid-1980s 
here, and there had been a couple 
of years of big enrollment gains 
after [ninth president] Dick Ferrin 
came here as president, but then 
that stopped. And the year I came, 
there had been about a 10 percent 



foCUS | SPRING 2010 17 



Points/ Pride: 

IMPROVED TOWN-GOWN 
RELATIONSHIP 



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ur town-gown relationship a; nad so 

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: have a good relationship w 
be seen as an 

Evidence abounds to support Gibson's and others' claims that the College 
and surrounding communities are working together to improve life in 
Blount County and beyond. 

During Gibson's tenure, many programs have been implemented or 
expanded that take the College's expertise and manpower out into the 
community. Perhaps the best examples of this are the growth of the Bonner 
Scholars Program, which annually sends approximately 60 students to area 
service organizations, where they volunteer at least 17,000 hours; and the 
Center for Strong Communities, which aids local non-profits by 
coordinating professional development opportunities and community-based 
research projects led by MC professors. 

The Center for Calling & Career, opened in 2002, has been more 
intentional about matching students widi local businesses and non-profits 
for internships and practica experiences, as well as job placements. 

With additions and improvements in facilities and the beautification of 
campus grounds, more and more organizations and businesses from the 
community are coming to the College for their meetings, conferences 
and fundraisers. Leadership Blount, a community leadership enhancement 
and development program, now operates from campus office space in 
Alexander House. 

But when the Clayton Center for the Arts officially opens on the campus 
in March, manv will view the S47-million facility for the fine arts as the 
strongest symbol of extraordinary town-gown relations. Constructed 
through a partnership of the College, the cities ot Maryville and Alcoa and 
state and federal governments, the Clayton Center will involve 
representatives of the partners in its governance. 



drop in enrollment between the 
previous fall and the fall when I 
arrived. So, a lot of work to do in 
enrollment. And the other thing 
that I noted was that there were a 
lot of empty slots on our Board of 
Directors. We had 10 empty slots 
on the Board when I got here, so 
that was going to be a big chal- 
lenge to find 10 good people and 
attract them to the Board. 
FOCUS: ARE YOU SATISFIED 
THAT THESE ISSUES HAVE 
BEEN ADDRESSED DURING 
YOUR PRESIDENCY? 
GIBSON: I think all of them have 
been addressed. If you ask me if 
we've done all of the things that I 
dreamed we might do, I'd have to 
say there are still things on those 



fronts that I think we can continue 
to work on. We've not yet met 
our enrollment goal for the last 
strategic plan, so we need to work 
on that. And Board building is 
going to be a constant, I think. At 
this point, the Board building is 
more a matter of finding the right 
people with the fit for the time 
that we're in than it is having the 
numbers there. And of course, the 
financial position you always want 
to improve. If the stock market 
does not decline sharply again, we 
will be at the $55-million mark by 
the time of my retirement. And I 
think there's always work to do on 
the matter of church relationship, 
but we've made such great strides 
there. 




FOCUS: WHAT DO YOU 
WISH SOMEONE HAD TOLD 
YOU BEFORE YOU TOOK 
THE PRESIDENCY AT 
MARYVILLE COLLEGE? 
GIBSON: You know, there were no 
big surprises. I knew there were fi- 
nancial problems, of course, but it 
took longer to get sound financial 
footing than I had expected it to 
because we were in a little worse 
position than I had thought before 
I came in. A nice surprise was what 
a collegial atmosphere we had on 
campus. That was one thing that 
was very different than the other 
places that I had been. 
FOCUS: WHAT STRUCK YOU 
AS DISTINCTIVE ABOUT 
MARYVILLE COLLEGE? 
GIBSON: The first year I was here, 
I visited about two-thirds of the 
faculty in their offices, one-on-one. 
And I asked each of them "What 
do you think makes this place 
distinct?" And every single one of 
them cited collegiality. Because 
I had never experienced that, I 
would have put "collegial" way 
down on a list of quality indicators 
in describing most colleges I had 
known. But eventually, after I heard 
this from so many people, it struck 
me that [collegiality] is a real distin- 
guishing feature because this is so 
uncommon. The other thing that 
struck me after I'd been here for a 



little while was that Maryville was 
college that was more devoted tc 
liberal arts education, had a bette 
understanding of a liberal arts 
education and a more persistent 
sense of mission than any place 
that I had seen. I remember sayin 
not long after I'd gotten here thai 
I believed if Isaac Anderson came 
back, he would still recognize the 
College as pursuing pretty much 
the same mission that he had in 
mind for it. And I would have to 
say that at most liberal arts col- 
leges, a majority of the faculty anu 
staff know little about the history 
of the place, and they have a very 
incomplete understanding of what 
a liberal arts education is, even 
though that's where they make 
their living. 

FOCUS: AND YOU'VE SAID YOU 
NOTICED A DIFFERENCE IN THE 
ALUMNI HERE. 

GIBSON: I did, sure. Rachel and 
I attended the April meeting of 
the Alumni Banquet after I knew 
we were coming here, but we 
hadn't moved here yet. We sat 
at that banquet and came out of 
the banquet, shaking our heads. 
We had never felt that kind of 
spirit in a place before. And we've 
sensed that [spirit] as we've trav- 
eled around the country and met 
with groups of alumni. There's just 



18 foC US I SPRING 2010 




GIBSONYEARS 



something - something present 
in those groups that is the same 
wherever we are. 
FOCUS: THE COLLEGE'S 
HISTORY - HAS IT HELPED YOU 
LEAD THIS PLACE? 
GIBSON: I actually don't think you 
can be a good leader unless you 
know the history of a place. I think 
that's essential. There's always 
a danger, an arrogance even, in 
coming into a place and behaving 
as if you know where it should go 
when you don't know where it's 
been. And knowing the history, 
you learn a lot about the traditions 
and values that have propelled the 
institution to the point of where it 
is. Knowing the history has helped 
me to appreciate the College, to 



admire the people who've sacri- 
ficed to get it to the point where it 
is now and to have a sense of what 
kind of future it should have. 
FOCUS: WHO ARE 
YOUR FAVORITE HISTORICAL 
FIGURES FROM THE COLLEGE? 
GIBSON: Well, without ques- 
tion, my favorite figure is Samuel 
Tyndale Wilson. And I have been 
struck by the fact that he served 
as president in the early 20th 
century at the same point that I 
served in this century. The starting 
point wasn't the same, but 100 
years ago, he was the president. 
And that was a period of progress 
for the College that I think was 
unprecedented until we get to 
the 1990s and early 21st Century. 



Points/ Pride: 

ENROLLMENT 
GROWTH 



PRESIDENT GIBSON: "I'm certainly pleased 1 
enrollment growth that we've had because that's so fundamental to 
everything else. . . And we've seen some improvement in student quality. 
Take high school GPA average, which is the most reliable indicator of 
success - the first year I was here, that was 3.17. Now, that numbei 
about 3.55, 3.56, somewhere in that neighborhood. That is a significant 
improvement. Looking at the ACT test scores, the average has gone from 
22.9 to 24.4 this year. That's a healthy increase. " 

Even before he moved into . _ .. r~\nr\0 H/ 1 

his office in Anderson Hall lfl WC fall Of ZUU6, ikZC 

during the summer of 1993, ^^^ a ^/ hM&COUM Of 

Gibson knew what the J 

College's fundamental 1,176, which IS Ctfl enrollment 

problem was: Enrollment. 

That fall, the total WOOfd that Still St^TUlS. 

headcount was 752 - 
certainly not a historic low 

for modern-day MC, but in order for the College to operate efficientiy and 
fund some necessary improvements, he knew that the student body had to 
grow. Going into his second fall, enrollment increased by 91, and gains were 
reported nearly every year after that. In die fall of 1999, the campus 
celebrated surpassing die 1,000-student mark, and in die fall of 2008, it 
celebrated a total headcount of 1,176, which is an enrollment record that 
still stands. 

Raising enrollment numbers while also bringing in better-prepared 
students is no easy task, but both goals were included in die two strategic 
plans completed under Gibson's leadership. He and his vice presidents 
worked to recruit - and retain - those students who were good fits for 
the institution. 

The Window of Opportunity Strategic Plan, approved by the Board in 
2002, called for an enrollment of 1,200 by 2007. Gibson admits tiiat there is 
still work to do on the enrollment front - and a related issue, reputation. 
Enrollment and retention goals are included in the new Bridge to 
Distinction Plan. (See page 7.) 



And so I admire greatly what he 
accomplished. Of course, you have 
to admire Isaac Anderson for his 
commitment and persistence in 
getting the College through those 
very challenging years when he 
served as president. I can't imagine 
what it was like being responsible 
for an institution under the adverse 
circumstances that he faced. 
FOCUS: WHAT DO YOU THINK 
ARE SOME OF THE BIGGEST 
CHALLENGES FACED BY HIGHER 
EDUCATION TODAY? 
GIBSON: I think the biggest chal- 
lenge is the inability that so many 
colleges have to be adaptable, 
or nimble, in a changing world. 
One of the most difficult environ- 
ments in which you can try to bring 



change about is a college. Col- 
leges consist of people who are 
committed to what they are and 
what they do, and they don't want 
to change that. Meanwhile, the 
rest of the world is changing. And 
whether we are nimble enough to 
examine how the world is chang- 
ing and decide what we need to 
do in response to it, I don't know. 
I don't know if we're capable of 
that. And by "we," I mean the 
whole college enterprise. Just to 
take one example - I am not an 
advocate of online learning as 
a substitute for education, but 
meanwhile, we've got so many 
students and parents who aren't 
looking for an education; they're 
looking for a continued on pajjc 21 



foCUS | SPRING 2010 19 



Points/ Pride: 

THE RENEWAL OF 
THE CAMPUS 



PRESIDENT GIBSON: 'I've had community leadei 

was a time when [the College] was the last place they'd si 

e they show visitors. Certainly with the Clayton 
e even more true in the future than it has been 

in the past. The (appearance of the campus] is so fundamental to 

everyth 

: support 

a College that they think is sound." 

When Gibson arrived on campus in 1993, the only maintenance people 
seemed to talk about was deferred maintenance. While many buildings 
were, unquestionably, in poor condition, Gibson thought a lot ot cosmetic 
improvements could be made without much money. He set out to improve 
curb appeal - and, in the process, change attitudes and improve morale. 

Since 1993, Moryville College has seen approximately 10 new 
construction projects and 30 renovations or restorations. 

Carnegie Hall, a residence hall was renovated and open for students by 
the fall of 1993 - a project outlined in the Vision '94 campaign. The next 
ribbon-cutting on campus took place four years later. And nearly every 
vear since then, the College has celebrated the openings of new or 
renovated facilities. 

Major construction projects have included Beeson Village, die Bortlett 
Hall Student Center, Fayerweather Hall, a trio of new buildings for die 
physical plant, Lloyd Hall, the McArthur Pavilion, Gibson Hall and the 
Clayton Center for die Arts. 

Major restorations and renovations have included the Center for 
Campus Ministry, House in the Woods, Alexander House, Anderson Hall 
(exterior), International House, the Alumni Gymnasium and Davis, 
Gamble and Copeland residence halls. 

All playing fields and courts have seen improvements. Numerous spaces 
inside Cooper Athletic Center ( including the swimming pool ) have also 
been repaired, restored or reconfigured. 

Additionally, the College purchased the Court Street Apartments and 
assumed ownership of the Chilhowee Club. Morningside, the former 
home of the college's presidents, was leased to Ruby Tuesday, which 
renovated it as "RT Lodge," building complementary facilities and 
improving the surrounding gardens and grounds. 

A campus beautifkation plan, implemented in 2002, resulted in new 
campus entrances, new landscaping, underground utilities, curbing and 
reconfigured parking, new entrance and ticket booths at Honaker Field, 
and an expanded and enhanced Humphreys Court. 

The projects have been funded mostly tiirough donor gifts and bond issues. 





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20 foCUS | SPRING 2010 





GIBSONYEARS 



continued from page 19 
diploma. And if they can get a 
diploma by online learning and it's 
an easier path, then what do you 
think they're going to be doing? 
And we see more and more and 
more of that going on. If we ever 
get to the point where enough 
people turn to online learning 
rather than learning on a residen- 
tial campus, then the colleges are 
out of business. So I think that's a 
really big challenge. And I think it's 
made more dangerous by the fact 
that not enough people recognize 
it as a challenge. I'm not saying 
we should be conformed to the 
world - I'm saying we should take 
a realistic look at what's going on 
and decide what we do in the face 
of that. 

FOCUS: ANY OTHER 
CHALLENGES? 

GIBSON: I think a lot of people 
would say "how we're going to 
be able to afford education" is 
one, but a lot of that concern 
is perception rather than reality 
because people are just looking at 



what the list price is for going to 
college. And I have not seen a lot 
of evidence that cost has become 
a serious impediment to people 
attending college. Now, it could 
become so. We certainly have 
greatly diminished government 
support for education. Federal 
support for education has not 
nearly kept pace with the rising 
cost of education. By "cost of edu- 
cation," I mean what it costs col- 
leges to educate the students. But, 
at this point, there are so many 
different financial aid programs - 
in particular, those where college 
provides the discount up front, out 
of support out of their own funds. I 
don't see a danger of a collapse at 
this point in the financial structure 
and, therefore, the access to col- 
lege. I don't see [financial access 
to college] as a major challenge to 
education in this century. 
FOCUS: WHAT HAVE BEEN 
THE MOST CHALLENGING/MOST 
FRUSTRATING PARTS OF 
THIS JOB? 
GIBSON: I think I'd have to say 



that inertia is the most frustrat- 
ing part of the job. It's frustrating 
to know, or to feel I know, what 
needs to be done and to have 
resistance to it because people 
can't imagine changing anything. 
But that's always been true, I think, 
in academe and not just at this 
college. At most colleges, there is 
almost automatic resistance to any 
new idea. 

FOCUS: WHAT HAVE BEEN 
THE MOST REWARDING PARTS 
OF THIS JOB? 

GIBSON: I would have to say the 
most enjoyable part has been 
working in an atmosphere that 
was incredibly collegial, where I 
felt trust and collegiality were the 
prevailing quality of the environ- 
ment. That does as much to 
ease the challenge of leadership 
as inertia does in the opposite 
direction. Also, the satisfaction 
I felt in discovering that we had 
developed a culture of planning 
here. I think most people who 
work at the college - faculty or 
staff - can't imagine a future that 



3f Point 0/ Pride: 

GAINS IN FUNDRAISING 

PRESIDENT GIBSON: You always want to improve the financial position. 
If the stock market does not decline sharply again, our endowment will 
be at the $55-million mark by the time of my retirement. That's still not 
where we need to be; we need to have at least $100 million right now. 
Ideally, we need to have that much, but, there's always work to do on the 
financial front." 

The value of Maryville College's endowment in 1993 and for five years 
prior to that was around S12.5 million. It hadn't grown because College 
administrators were spending all of the money that was being earned by the 
endowment to operate the College. Gibson soon called for a halt to that 
practice, and the MC2000 Plan oudined a specific ftindraising goal for 
endowment ($2.2 million), as well as funding for two bricks-and-mortar 
projects and ongoing support of the Annual Fund (now called the Maryville 
Fund). The original MC2000 campaign fundraising goal was $14 million 
but was soon raised to $ 1 6 million when it became clear that the endowment 
growth would be surpassed. 

In the end, the campaign raised $22.2 million. During this period, the 
College also secured major grants from the Kresge and Teagle foundations 
and the U.S. Department of Education. 

"Expanding the circle of friends" has become an overarching goal during 
Gibson's tenure, and several new programs have been put into place to assist 



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donors in their philanriiropy and to recognize donors' support. 

Emphasis was placed on adding members to the President's Circle, a 
society that recognized donors who contributed $1,000 or more to die 
College annually. 

The College's Society of 1819 was begun in 1997 with the intent to 
recognize and provide assistance to those donors who include die college 
in their estate and financial plans. Today, its membership numbers more 
dian 265. 

More focused programs to encourage senior class gifts and reunion class 
gifts have also aided MC's fundraising during die Gibson years. And both 
have led to growth in the College's Calvin Duncan Society, a group of 
alumni who, individually, make a promise to make a gift of some amount to 
MC each and every year of their lives. The Calvin Duncan Society was begun 
by the Class of 2002. 

Widi the adoption of die Window of Opportunity Strategic Plan in 2002, 
planning began for what would become the most ambitious campaign ever 
undertaken at Maryville College. The $83.3-million goal for the Window of 
Opportunity Campaign is more than Maryville College raised over die entire 
20th Century, and almost four times the amount secured by the MC2000 
Campaign. To date, the College has raised more than 93 percent of the goal. 
(Gibson outlines campaign progress in greater detail on page 26.) 



foCUS I SPRING 2010 21 



Points/ Pride: 

A CULTURE OF PLANNING 

PRESIDENT GIBSON: 

e MC2000 Plan, .- 

ber one 
person asking, 'We :h of this are i to achieve 

- 

the MC2000 Plar and I went ] , retreat and 

: plan 7 '" 

Upon his arrival on the Maryville College campus, Gibson didn't waste 
anv time in getting people at the College headed in the same direction. 
Board minutes from the September 1993 meeting show adoption of the 
"Marvvillc College 2000" planning process. By his inauguration a month 
later, Gibson was already calling on people to help make Maryville "the best 
possible college." 

1'hc MC2000 period began in 1993, when various campus constituencies 
gathered for aspiration exercises and began asking themselves, "What would 
we like Maryville College to look like in the year 2000:" Aspiration exercises 
revealed that the College needed improvement in 1 1 areas, including 
reputation, enrollment and financial resources. When various groups of 
stakeholders were gathered in 2000 to "grade" the accomplishments of the 
MX 2000 Plan, five areas received As, three received Bs and three received Cs. 

And as the MC2000 Plan was wrapping up, work was beginning on die 
next strategic plan, which would be called the Window of Opportunity Plan 
after a quote from the late Baxter Lee. A member of the College's Board of 




Directors, Lee said, in 1998, that Maryville 
College "had a window of opportunity to go on 
to greatness." 

A Traditions and Values Commission was 
convened on campus in early 2000, and nearly 
120 people from the College's various 
constituencies served on 10 different 
commissions. They formulated 29 objectives. 
The result was four "windows," or vision 
statements, that outlined aspirations in 
reputation, the campus community, the faculty 
and staff and the learning environment. 

Action plans were crafted, and Cabinet members and senior-level 
administrators were charged with monitoring progress. 

"Never in Marwille's history have so many people engaged in dreaming 
about and planning for a greater future for the College," Gibson said when 
the plan was unveiled. 

Six years later, the College would gather again to begin talks for a strategic 
plan that would position Maryville as a college of distinction. (See page 7.) 



is not addressed in intentional 
way by a plan of some sort. And 
hearing stories - particularly from 
alumni - has been very reward- 
ing. It's helped me to get to know 
the College because, again, it's 
not just the College of today but 
the College that preceded this 
one that's important to know. And 
those stories helped more than the 
history books in some ways (or the 
period of history that they cover). 
FOCUS: WHAT INITIATIVES/ 
PROJECTS/PROGRAMS DO 
YOU HOPE YOUR SUCCESSOR 
CARRIES ON? 

GIBSON: I hope that the commit- 
ment to planning continues. I hope 
the commitment to the town-gown 
and church relationships contin- 
ues. But I've long learned that you 
can't have too many aspirations for 
what comes after. You just hope 
you leave things in good enough 
condition that they will serve as 
a solid foundation for the future. 



. . . Whoever follows me is going 
to have his or her own values and 
aspirations, but I certainly hope 
that that person will take the time 
to get to know the history of the 
College and continue with those 
practices that I think can lead the 
College to the kind of destination 
that it deserves. 

FOCUS: THE AVERAGE COLLEGE 
PRESIDENCY LASTS ABOUT 5-7 
YEARS. WHAT DO YOU THINK 
ABOUT THAT? 

GIBSON: As an explanation, it 
probably comes from two things: 
One is the frequent aspirations of 
presidents to move up. In other 
words, to use one college as a 
stepping stone to another col- 
lege. If they do that, they didn't 
come in with a commitment to 
the college; they came in with a 
commitment to their careers. I 
don't relate to that. I've had long 
staying power in any place where 
I've been because I've never come 



in looking to use that [opportunity] 
as a way to get somewhere else. 
Secondly, I think there is a ten- 
dency to view the next president 
coming in as the salvation - the 
antidote to whatever had gone on 
that they didn't like with the last 
president. And if that new person 
doesn't come in and solve all of 
the problems they perceive right 
away, they grow impatient, and 
then there's pressure on that side. 
I tend to divide people who want 
to become college presidents or 
vice presidents, for that matter, 
into two groups: There are the 
people who want to be something 
and the people who want to do 
something. The people who want 
to be something are the kind who 
use the college as a stepping 
stone. The people who want to 
do something measure their time 
more in terms of what gets accom- 
plished. So, after big challenges 
are checked off, they eventually 



reach a point where they can say, 
"I've just about done what I set 
out to do." 

FOCUS: WHAT ARE YOU 
LOOKING FORWARD TO 
IN RETIREMENT? 
GIBSON: More time to write and 
travel, primarily. And there may be 
other things that I'll get involved in. 
A lot of retired college presidents 
do consultation and that kind of 
thing, but I haven't actually started 
looking into any of those opportu- 
nities in any intentional way at this 
point. Rachel and I do plan to stay 
in Maryville. We own our home, 
all of the children are here, and 
we like the community. There's no 
incentive to move elsewhere. 
FOCUS: WHAT ARE YOU GOING 
TO WRITE? 

GIBSON: I'd like to do a revision 
of Good Start, the book that I 
published when I was dean at Roa- 
noke. I started doing some work 
on adding a chapter on teaching 



22 foCUS | SPRING 2010 



Points/ Pride: 

STRENGTHENING OF THE 
COLLEGE'S RELATIONSHIP 
WITH THE CHURCH 

PRESIDENT GIBSON: "There are good indications that many of the 
other Presbyterian colleges consider us to be sort of a model with 
regard to church relations. We have a [Faith and Learning] Statement 
that was approved by the Board and the faculty. ... I think an important 
contribution to society can be made by colleges that have thought 
through what the moral implications of education should be as part of 
preparation for citizenship and leadership, and we are delivering that 
in a very intentional way." 

Gibson was impressed by the College's Statement of Furposc when he 
first read it. He believed it to be clearly rooted in die Christian tradition, 
but wondered if the College lived by it and took it seriously. He formed a 
Faith and Learning Committee and tasked members to find ways to bring 
into harmony the rhetoric in the statement and what happens on the 
campus on a day-to-day basis. The result was a Faith and Learning 
Statement that explains the College's "church relatedness" and describes 
a campus environment that provides a quality education in a "spiritually 
reflective and ethically responsible manner." 

In 2000, the College welcomed its inaugural Board of Church Visitors 
to campus, and a year later, it welcomed a director of church relations 
who began strengthening existing relationships with the PC(USA) 
Church and individual congregations locally, regionally and nationally, 
while building new relationships with other churches. 

The Initiative on Vocation, launched in 2002 and initially funded 
through a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., has enabled students to 
explore the underlying theological and philosophical roots of vocation 
and given them opportunities to explore possible callings in the ministry. 
The initiative has also funded scholarships, ministry-focused dinners, 
seminary trips, retreats for pastors and current MC students, and a 
summer program for high-school students. 

The College's relationship with the Church has also been strengthened 
by Gibson's two terms on the board of the Association of Presbyterian 
Colleges and Universities. 



at a church-related college, which 
is not in the [original]. A lot of stuff 
in the book is out of date now, and 
I need to go back and work on 
that. But I like other kinds of writ- 
ing, too. I started writing a novel 
many years ago, and I'd write for a 
while and put it aside, and I finally 
got all of it done except for what 
I think are two chapters - but it's 
not the two chapters at the end; I 
knew how I wanted to end it. But I 
got to a certain point and couldn't 
think how to get from there to the 
end, so I may go back and work 
on that again. And I may even do 
some poetry again; I haven't in a 
long time. 



FOCUS: WHAT WILL YOU MISS? 
GIBSON: Well, certainly the as- 
sociation with students and with 
colleagues. Most people in this 
business will say that being with 
students takes years off your age. I 
think that's true, so I'm sure that I'll 
miss the association with students 
and colleagues with whom I've 
grown close after years of work. 




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A One-of-A-Kind First Lady 

Rachel Gibson talks about the rewards of the job 

By Penny Gibbons | Staff Writer & Communications Coordinator 






V 




She has been First Lady of 
Marvville College for nearly 
17 years, but Rachel Gibson 
wouldn't call it a job. 

Naturally an extrovert, 
she says she enjoys attending 
alumni events, athletic games 
and a myriad of other events. 

"That is sport and 
pleasure for me. I am 
fortunate that this is part of 
my role," she admits, 
I adding that her 
4 I experiences with the 

College have enriched her 



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personal life to a point where they "have tar 
outweighed any first lady duties" she has 
accomplished. 

The most rewarding aspect of being first lady, 
Rachel says, is meeting a variety of interesting 
people locally and nationally. She makes every 
effort to accompany her husband in his travels. 

"Visiting with people who are enthusiastic 
about their school and interested in making a 
place better" is a highlight of traveling, according 
to Rachel. 

And people are drawn to her. 

"She has a great ability to sit down and interact 
with people as if she's always known them," 
shares President Gibson. "And die first thing you 
know, they'll tell her everything and ask for her 
advice. It's remarkable. It comes out of her 
genuine interest in odier people. And I think 
people pick up on daat." 

Close fiiend Susan Keith Naylor '79, wife of 
former MC Vice President and Dean Dr. Robert 
Naylor, says Rachel is the most observant person 



she has ever met. 

"Because of these powers of observation, Rachel 
always knows when there is a need - and never 
does she sense a need that she does not respond." 

Such responses include helping freshmen move 
into their rooms, cooking meals, keeping in touch 
with retired faculty and staff, and delivering 
Halloween pumpkins, just to name a few. 

"Rachel is always a step ahead, making people 
feel special," continues Naylor. 

FROM FARM TO CAMPUS 

She was raised on a tobacco and beef farm 
between Clarksville and Dickson, Tenn. The 
youngest of four children, Rachel had many of the 
traditional farm chores: milking cows, feeding 
pigs and tending to the garden. 

Her pursuit of higher education took her many 
places, including Austin Teay State University, the 
University of North Carolina at Greensboro, The 
Citadel, Spartanburg Methodist College and the 
College of Charleston. 

Rachel lived with her sister while attending 
summer school in 1968 at Spartanburg Methodist 
College in South Carolina. Her sister's future 
husband brought a friend to dinner one night. 

That friend was College of Charleston 
chemistry professor Dr. Gerald Gibson. Rachel 
and the professor started dating soon after. 

"I knew on the first date that I was going to 
manv him," she recalls telling her sister. They 
were married six weeks later. 

Rachel moved to Charleston with her new 
husband and finished her bachelor's degree in 
secondary education in 1969 at the College of 
Charleston. Her first teaching job was, in her 
words, "the hardest job on earth," teaching 
reading and science to 7th graders. 

While raising the couple's three children, 
she worked on the side as a studio potter, a 
passion that she pursued for nearly 20 years, 
selling her handmade creations at museum shops 
and craft shows. 

OPPOSITES ATTRACT 

Many who know the couple say that they are 
opposites. Rachel concurs. 

"Gerald is organized, and I am not," she 
explains. "He is very self-directed, and I can mess 
around and not have a goal in mind." 

However, she is quick to point out that they 
were drawn to each other intuitively. They share 
the "N" (intuition) function of the popular 
personality assessment, the Myers- Briggs Type 
Indicator. (For the record, Mrs. Gibson is an 
ENTP and the president is an INFJ.) 

The down-to-earth first ladv believes that she 



complements her husband with her contrasts. 
Apparently, Dr. Gibson agrees. 

"I could have been a better president if I had 
had some of her personality traits. She has all the 
charisma that I lack," he says. 

Reflecting upon his presidency, Mrs. Gibson is 
most proud of his integrity and ability to get 
people to work together. She says that he is able 
to assess a situation, plan what needs to be done 
and then carry out that detailed plan. 

"Some people view [presidency] as a career. 
Gerald views it as a calling. He has a vision, not 
just a title," she explains. 

Acknowledging that the role of president can 
be isolating in some respects, Rachel feels she has 
best supported her husband by being his friend 
and companion. 

The impact on Dr. Gibson is clear. 

"...I don't think I could have survived [this 
presidency] without her," he admits. 

ADVICE FOR HER SUCCESSOR 

So, what kind of advice does the seasoned first 
lady have for the spouse of MC's next president? 

"Be yourself. Don't force yourself to be 
someone you're not. Don't take on 
responsibilities you're not suited for," she offers. 

This advice was gleaned from years of 
experience, as she turned down many 
opportunities to lead committees and boards 
because "they weren't a good fit." Instead, she 
chooses to volunteer in their church and teach 
Bible study. 

Now on the verge of retirement, Mrs. Gibson 
doesn't expect any major changes. 

"I don't think I'll wake up depressed because 
I'm not first lady anymore... I married a chemistry 
professor. I never dreamed I'd live in Tennessee 
again or be a first lady," she states. 

Noting that the College has been the bulk of 
their social lives, she says diat they plan to 
continue attending ball games. Founder's Dav 
dinner and the like. 

After all, Rachel feels that Marvville I 
is her alma mater. She believes that the collegialitv 
and strong sense of community makes the 
College unique. 

"From the beginning of Gerald's presidency, 
she has been 100 percent supportive of the 
College," adds Naylor. "As an enthusiastic 
recruiter, an avid sports fan and patBon of the arts, 
she is an all-around hard worker." * 

And these are roles that Mrs. Gibson will, no 
doubt, easily retain long after she steps out ot the 
role of First Ladv of Marvville College. 



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At Home IN MARYVILLE 

At the time of Gerald Gibson's inauguration as Maryville 
College's 10th president in 1993, his and Rachel's children 
were 22, 1 8 and 15 years of age. 

The oldest, Holly, had just graduated from Roanoke 
College, and daughter Laura had just started her freshman 
year there. Son Paul had enrolled at Maryville High School. 

Today, the children are adults and, much to their parents' 
delight, all live in the Maryville area. 

Holly Gibson Yalove and husband Jay have two 
daughters: Alexandra, age 5, and Madeline, age 3. Holly 
works in sales and customer service at her brother's 
business while Jay works in finance. 

Laura Gibson '97, transferred to Maryville in 1995 and 
graduated in 1997. She now works for the College and 
University Professional Association (CUPA) in Knoxville, 
Tenn., in human resources and marketing development. 

Paul Gibson '00 is self-employed as a web designer and 
married to pharmacist Amanda Smeltzer Gibson '01 . 

Active and involved citizens of Blount County for the last 
1 7 years, the family has no plans to relocate. 

"It was never our intention to move away," declares 
Rachel. "Maryville is our home." 



Holly, Paul and Laura Gibson in 1993. 





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foCUS | SPRING 2010 25 



A One-of-A-Kind First Lady 

Rachel Gibson talks about the rewards of the job 

By Penny Gibbons | Staff Writer & Communications Coordinator 



\ 



She has beet) First Lady of 
Mai yvillc ( i illcgc tor nearly 
17 years, but Rachel Gibson 
wouldn't call it a job. 

Naturally aji extrovert, 
she says she enjoys attending 
alumni events, athletic games 
and a myriad of other events. 

"That is sport and 
pleasure for me. I am 
fortunate that this is part of 
my role," she admits, 
adding that her 
experiences with the 
College have enriched her 




ffi^SSggSfes 



personal life to a point where they "have far 
outweighed any first lady duties" she has 
accomplished . 

The most rewarding aspect of being first lady, 
Rachel says, is meeting a variety of interesting 
people locally and nationally. She makes every 
effort to accompany her husband in his travels. 

"Visiting with people who are enthusiastic 
about their school and interested in making a 
place better" is a highlight of traveling, according 
to Rachel. 

And people are drawn to her. 

"She has a great ability to sit down and interact 
with people as if she's always known them," 
shares President Gibson. "And the first thing you 
know, they'll tell her everything and ask for her 
advice. It's remarkable. It comes out of her 
genuine interest in other people. And I think 
people pick up on diat." 

Close friend Susan Keith Naylor '79, wife of 
former MC Vice President and Dean Dr. Robert 
Naylor, says Rachel is the most observant person 

24 foCUS I SPRING 2010 



she has ever met. 

"Because of these powers of observation, Rachel 
always knows when there is a need - and never 
does she sense a need that she docs not respond." 

Such responses include helping freshmen move 
into their rooms, cooking meals, keeping in touch 
with retired faculty and staff, and delivering 
Halloween pumpkins, just to name a few. 

"Rachel is always a step ahead, making people 
feel special," continues Naylor. 

FROM FARM TO CAMPUS 

She was raised on a tobacco and beef farm 
between Clarksville and Dickson, Term. The 
youngest of four children, Rachel had many of the 
traditional farm c I lores milking cows, feeding 
pigs and tending to the garden. 

Her pursuit of higher education took her many 
places, including Austin Pcay State University, the 
University of North Carolina at Greensboro, The 
Citadel, Spartanbun 
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Many who know the 
opposites. Rachel concurs. 

"Gerald is organized, and I am not," she 
explains. "He is very self-directed, and I can mess 
around and not have a goal in mind." 

However, she is quick to point out that they 
were drawn to each other intuitively. They share 
the "N" (intuition) function of the popular 
personality assessment, the Myers-Briggs Type 
Indicator. (For the record, Mrs. Gibson is an 
ENTP and the president is an INFJ.) 

The down-to-eardi first ladv believes that she 



complements her husband with her contrasts. 
Apparently, Dr. Gibson agrees. 

"I could have been a better president if I had 
had some of her personality traits. She has all the 
charisma that I lack," he says. 

Reflecting upon his presidency, Mrs. Gibson is 
most proud of his integrity and ability to get 
people to work together. She says that he is able 
to assess a situation, plan what needs to be done 
and then carry out that detailed plan. 

"Some people view [presidency] as a career. 
Gerald views it as a calling. He has a vision, not 
just a tide," she explains. 

Acknowledging that the role of president can 
be isolating in some respects, Rachel feels she has 
best supported her husband by being his friend 
and companion. 

The impact on Dr. Gibson is clear. 

"...I don't think I could have survived [this 
presidency] without her," he admits. 



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"From the beginning of Gerald's presidency, 
she has been 100 percent supportive of the 
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recruiter, an avid sports fan and patron of the arts, 
she is an all-around hard worker. 

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At the time of Gerald Gibson's inauguration as Maryville 
College's 10th president in 1993, his and Rachel's children 
were 22, 1 8 and 15 years of age. 

The oldest, Holly, had just graduated from Roanoke 
College, and daughter Laura had just started her freshman 
year there. Son Paul had enrolled at Maryville High School. 

Today, the children are adults and, much to their parents' 
delight, all live in the Maryville area. 

Holly Gibson Yalove and husband Jay have two 
daughters: Alexandra, age 5, and Madeline, age 3. Holly 
works in sales and customer service at her brother's 
business while Jay works in finance. 

Laura Gibson '97, transferred to Maryville in 1995 and 
graduated in 1 997. She now works for the College and 
University Professional Association (CUPA) in Knoxville, 
Tenn., in human resources and marketing development. 

Paul Gibson '00 is self-employed as a web designer and 
married to pharmacist Amanda Smeltzer Gibson '01. 

Active and involved citizens of Blount County for the last 
1 7 years, the family has no plans to relocate. 

"It was never our intention to move away," declares 
Rachel. "Maryville is our home." 



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NEWS 




Our Window of Opportunity 

A reflection on the campaign and strategic plan 



By Dr. Gerald W. Gibson | President 



The MC2000 Plan was Maryville's first strategic 
plan. At its completion in the year 2000, the vast 
majority of the objectives it included had been 
achieved. This plan created a rare window of 
opportunity for Maryville College. The late 
director and friend of the College, Baxter Lee, 
called for us to take full advantage of this 
window, and to assure that Maryville would "go 
on to greatness." 

The successful achievement of ambitious 
objectives requires that every strategic plan be 
accompanied by a fundraising campaign, and die 
MC2000 Campaign raised a total of $22.2 
million, the most successful campaign in Maryville 
history to that point. With these funds and the 
work, of many committed people, we saw the 



confidence about the future Isaac Anderson's 
College could claim. 

With Board approval of the even more 
ambitious Window of Opportunity Plan in 2002, a 
fundraising campaign of unprecedented magnitude- 
was called for, and the Board, encouraged by the 
success of the MC2000 Campaign and inspired by 
the bold vision of the Window of Opportunity 
Plan, approved the $83.3-million Window of 
Opportunity Campaign. To put this goal into 
perspective, $83.3 million is more than Maryville 
College had raised over the entire sweep of the 
20th Century, and almost four times the amount 
secured by the MC2000 Campaign. 

We started out on the formidable quest in 2002 
and were blessed that the timing was propitious. 



"$83.3 million is more than Maryville College had raised over the 
entire sweep of the 20th century, and almost four times the 



amount secured by the MC2000 Campaign 



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constructed Center for the Fine and Performing 
Arts will significantly enhance the educational 
offerings of the College and integrate community 
and regional activity in the arts." This was the 
College's opportunity to serve the larger 
community while serving its students, to become 
a major cultural center for the region while 
significantly elevating its educational programs in 
the arts. This proved to be an attractive vision for 
both political and philanthropic leaders. The 
cities of Maryville and Alcoa signed on as 
partners. Senator Lamar Alexander, who had as a 
bov taken piano lessons on this campus, helped us 
secure federal funding for the project. Governor 
Phil Bredesen, who recognized the value to East 
Tennessee, assisted with state funds. And, the 
Clavton family made a most important financial 
commitment that replaced "Chic Arts Center" 
with the name it will bear for the generations 
ahead - "Clayton Center for the Arts." 

Kevin Clavton proved to be essential to the 
success of this major piece of the campaign. His 
enthusiasm for the project and his effectiveness in 
motivating others brought new, generous donors 
to make investments. 

Beyond the creation of the Clayton Center, the 
Window of Opportunity Campaign brought 
other important accomplishments: 

• The endowment of the College 
more than doubled in value. 

• Anderson Hall received a thorough 
exterior renovation. 

• Two new residence halls have been built 
and four others renovated. 

• The Center for Strong Communities, 
the Center for Calling & Career, and the 
Office of International Programming 
have been established. 

• The Campus Beautification and 
Improvement Tlan has been completed. 

All told, through this historic campaign, 93 
percent of those ambitious objectives of the 
Window of Opportunity Plan have been achieved. 

I am grateful to the many people, both on 
campus and off, who responded generously to 
Baxter Lee's inspirational call for Maryville 
College to go on to greatness. 



endowment of the College increased by 72 
percent, a campus master plan created, die Center 
for Campus Ministry restored, Beeson Village 
built, Bartlett Hall renovated and expanded to 
create a new student center, new campus walks 
and lighting added, a new Educational 
Technology program instituted, the library fully 
automated, and much more. The results gave us 



"The stars were aligned," as some have put it. 
Usually, they arc referring to the largest 
component of the campaign, what we were at that 
point calling the "Chic Arts Center," with a 
$47.3-million price tag, accounting for 56 percent 
of the total campaign goal. 

A prominent objective of the Window of 
Opportunity Plan was worded: "A newly 



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In this photo from 2002, Mary Swain Wood '29 looks over illustrations created for the early "Dick & Jane" 
children's book series. 

MC RECEIVES LARGEST BEQUEST 
in College History 



of Kentucky and the University' of Chicago. 
Although she enjoyed her professional successes, 
Mary was always bothered by the tact she never 
received her degree from Maryville, according to 
those who knew her. 

In 2006, Maryville College bestowed an 
honorary bachelor's degree on Mary during a 
ceremony at the Dallas Country Club. 

Following her death, the Wood estate was 
distributed to many of the couple's favorite 
charities, including their church, Berca College 
and Hospital, Harvard University, Centre College, 
Austin College and several foundations. 

"Marv Swain Wood was a wonderful Maryville 
College alumna whose commitment to the 
Maryville mission was unsurpassed," said Gibson. 
"Her generosity over the years was a blessing, and 
this gift, the largest in the history of the 
College, will have an impact on 
students for vears to come." 



A lack of money and the Great Depression kept 
Mary Swain Wood '29 from finishing her degree 
at Maryville College. But nearly 80 years later, a 
bequest that she established for the College - the 
largest in its history - guarantees that many 
students will not have to leave as she did. 

Wood, 99, passed away in Dallas, Tex., on May 
16, 2007. A faithful and generous supporter of 
Maryville throughout her lifetime, she made plans 
for the establishment of the Alfred M. and Mary 
Swain Wood Endowed Scholarship upon her 
death. Last year, MC President Dr. Gerald W. 
Gibson received word that the College's portion 
of the Wood estate - $7.6 million - would fund 



the scholarship program. 

The Woods believed in the transforming power 
of education and supported their alma maters and 
other educational institutions for decades. 

After attending Maryville College for three 
years, Mary became a primary school teacher in 
Eminence, Ky., before beginning a successful 
2 1 -year career as an educational consultant for 
two book publishers, the American Book 
Company and Scott Foresman & Company. With 
Scott Forseman, she traveled the country 
promoting the company's "Dick & Jane" 
children's book series. 

She continued her education at the University 




MC'S Bonner Scholars Program ENDOWED 



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In August, Maryville College administrators 
reported that a fundraising challenge to endow 
MC's Bonner Scholars Program had been met. 
Generous gifts from alumni, parents, 
friends and other donors totaling more than 
$1.2 million helped Maryville College 
meet tire $2 million goal necessary to 
secure a $4.5 million match from 
the Princeton, N.J. -based Corella 
and Bertram F. Bonner Founda- 
tion. 

In 2007, the Bonner Foun- 
dation announced that it 
would phase out its annual 
support of several member 
colleges and offered an 
opportunity for those col- 
leges to assure the perma- 
nence of Bonner Scholars 
Programs through the establishment of 
a Bonner endowment. To that end, the 
Foundation issued a challenge to col- 
leges that required each to raise $2 mil- 
lion that would be matched by a $4.5 
million grant. 



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Marwille College had until Aug. 1 to raise the necessary funds. 

To bridge a gap between fundraising totals and the $2 mil- 
lion goal, college officials temporarily placed unrestricted 
endowment funds in the Bonner account. 

"We did not want to forfeit the tremendous offer made by 
the Bonner Foundation. Endowment of this vital program 
helps ensure servant leadership, education and community 
building in our cities and neighborhoods for generations to come," explained 
Holly Jackson-Ludlow, vice president for advancement and community rela- 
tions. "However, the additional $800,000 needed to secure the match were 
pulled from other areas and will need to be replaced as soon as possible." 

Fundraising has shifted to focus on unrestricted dollars for the general 
endowment, Jackson-Ludlow added. 

Donations may be sent to Maryville College, Office of Advancement, 502 
E. Lamar Alexander Pky., Maryville, TN 37804. Questions should be 
directed to Jackson-Ludlow at 865.273.8884 or holly.ludlow@maryvillecol- 
lege.edu. 

The Bonner $cholars Program, which operates on 22 campuses across the 
country, gives a select number of students substantial scholarship dollars in 
return for community service hours. 

Since the Bonner Scholars Program was implemented at Maryville College 
in 1991, it is estimated that more than 250,000 hours of service have been 
given to local nonprofits and churches, as well as programs in Africa and 
Latin America. 

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EAKES TEACHES OTHERS TO 

"pay it forward" 



Maryville College donor Doris Eakes visited 
Maryville College on Oet. 27 to have lunch with 
the student recipients of the Joe D. & Doris VV. 
Eakes Scholarship and Dr. May Kay Sullivan, who 
has been Joe D. Eakes Chair of Business for the 
last decade. Also in attendance at the luncheon 
was Dr. John Gallagher, associate professor of 
management, who will carry the title when 
Sullivan retires in May. (See story, page 12.) 

Student recipients of the scholarship include 
Kyle McClung '11, Will Donovan '11, Kirsten 
Dyer '10 and Erin Penrod '12 (who was unable 
to attend the luncheon). 

Ms. Eakes began funding the scholarships and 
professorship in 2000 on the occasion of her late 
husband's birthday. She is a firm believer in the 
concept of "paying it forward," explaining that 



these funds allow 

her to "invest" in 

professors and 

students who have a 

commitment to 

make a difference in the future of others. 

Each scholarship recipient is required to read 

Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde, as well 

as sign a contract of sorts that they will "pay 

forward" their gift by helping others. 

For more information on how to set up a new 
scholarship or endowed professorship, please 
contact Holly Jackson- Ludlow, vice president of 
advancement and community relations at holly. 
ludlow@maryvillecollege.edu or 865.273.8884. 




CAMPAIGNS LAUNCHED 

to put Harter, Schoen names 

IN CLAYTON CENTER 



Two separate campaigns are currently underway to 
name spaces in the new Clayton Center for the 
Arts for legendary music professors. 

In November 2009, the Choral Note Society, a 
group "| Maryville area musicians and music 
supporters, announced that it would be raising 
$250,000 to name the choral rehearsal room 
for the late Harry Harter, who directed the 
Maryville College Concert Choir for 34 years 
and chaired the College's Fine Art Division 
from 1964 until 1981. 

Harter, who was recognized with the 
Maryville College Medallion in 1998, passed 
away in 2004. 

In Januarv 2010, Susanne Schoen Vest '78, 
pledged to help name a practice room in the 
new Center for her parents, Victor R. Schoen 
and Sallie Warth Schoen. 

"Vic" Schoen taught several fine arts courses, 
including music theory and music history 
for 40 years and was an accomplished 
composer and musician. Sallie was an 
accomplished pianist who taught at the 
College from 1954 until her death in 
1994. Vic passed away in 2004. 

Construction on the facility, which is 
located on the MC campus, is complete. 
A grand opening for the public is set for 
March 25-28. (See pages 8-9.) 

Anyone interested in donating to 



either the Harter or Schoen campaign is 
encouraged to contact Holly Ludlow-Jackson, 
vice president for advancement and community 
relations, at 865.273.8884 or holly.ludlow® 
maryvillecollege.edu. 

Dr. Harry Harter 



CLAYTON CENTER 
WELCOMES NEW 
STEIN WAYS 

The Clayton Center now has two new Steinway 
concert grand pianos thanks to a group of donors 
who raised $210,000 for the purchase. 

The Grand Players Society, organized by Dr. 
Fred and Mrs. Jane Tolhurst of Maryville, 
gathered to celebrate Feb. 1 when the Steinways 
were delivered to campus. 

Twenty-five local individuals and families 
supported this effort, including a couple of 
surprise gifts. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and 
his wife Honey responded to publicity regarding 
the campaign by providing funds for one of the 
two pianos. That Steinway will be named "The 
Alexander" in honor the senator's parents, 
Andrew and Flo Alexander, who met in 1931 
when they were students at Mary\ille College. 

Robert Hutchens, executive director of the 
Clayton Center, said that the Grand Players' gifts 
guarantee that the main stage and recital hall will 
have excellent pianos. 

"Many of the very best concert pianists require 
Steinways, and having them will attract such 
artists," he added. 



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The College received information printed below between April 1, 
2009 and Oct. 31 , 2009. Class notes received after Nov. 1 , 2009 
should appear in the next issue of Alumni News & Notes. 



1932 

M. Ruth Guthrie is the oldest 
member of her church and 
assisted living home in 
Asheville, N.C. 

1936 

Raymond J. Wilbar recently 
returned from safari in Tanzania. 

1939 

Irma Souder Baker had her 74th 
Dance Recital on May 3, 2009. 
She writes, "If everyone danced, 
there would be no war. If 
everyone danced, they could 
still be active at 92. If everyone 
danced, they would have fun, 
be happy and healthy." She 
performed a split at the end of 
her recital. 

1942 

Amy M. Palmer has moved to 
Texas to be near her family. 

1943 

Octavia Edwards still plays the 
piano for Assisted Living 
Ridgecrest Retirement Center 
and for her church, First 
Presbyterian Church in Mount 
Airy, N.C. 

1945 

Jane Short Hower recently had a 
book published. Seven Sisters of 
Our Faith is a collection of stories 
about seven Old Testament 
women, told in first person. 

1947 

W. A. Kemp won the bronze 
medal in the 80-84 age bracket 
in horseshoes at the 2009 
Senior Games in San Jose, Calif. 
He said that he still can't 
believe two others were better 
than he was! 

1949 

Bette Alverson Coul Curran and 

husband Henry Curran recently 
celebrated their 10th anniversary. 



1950 

C. Charlton Mabry, professor 
of pediatrics and head of the 
Division of Metabolism at the 
University of Kentucky, was 
recently recognized for his 
service by the Kentucky 
Legislature. He paved the road 
to expanded metabolic screening 
for newborns, which was 
implemented in 2005 state law. 

1952 

Bettie Carroll Elwood is the 

organizing director of the 
McMinn County Anti-Drug 
Coalition and president and 
CEO for Little Children of the 
World in Etowah, Tenn. 

1953 

Phyllis West Dadisman's husband, 
Neal, passed away on Oct. 22, 
2008 in Greensboro, N.C. 

1955 

Frances Morris Bailey and her 

husband celebrated their 50th 
anniversary on May 21, 2008. 

Robert Hyne welcomed his first 
great-granddaughter into the 
world on Jan. 9, 2008, in 
Naperville, III. 

Barbara Innes Smith and her 
husband celebrated their 53rd 
anniversary in September 2009. 

1956 

James Laster reprised the role of 
Poseidon in the Theatre of the 
First Amendment's remounting 
of the play "Five Variations on 
the Art of Aphrodite," May 1 , 
2009, Fairfax, Va. He was the 
guest for the induction 
ceremony of new members into 
the International Thespian 
Society at Fauquier County High 
School, Warrenton, Va., June 3, 
2009. He played the role of 
Weller Martin in "The Gin 
Game," July 18 -Aug. 15,2009 
at the Wayside Theatre. He 
and wife Madlon Travis Laster 
recently celebrated their 50th 
anniversary. 



1957 

Dick Jensen and wife Marty 
celebrated their 50th wedding 
anniversary on June 27, 2009 in 
Greenville, S.C., with their two 
children and two grandchildren. 

Barbara Wilkie Tedford is 

president of the Higdon Family 
Association, Inc. She is also 
president of West Virginia 
AAUW and was a delegate to 
the National Convention in St. 
Louis, Mo, June 25-28, 2009. 

1958 

Carolyn Cones Fields and 

husband Mark have moved to 
Celebration, Fla. to be near 
their daughter. 
Sue Settle Snijders wrote that it 
has been five years since her 
daughter, her dad and her 
husband died within four months 
of each other. She is busy with 
church activities, volunteering 
with hospice and creative writing. 
Her five grandchildren live in her 
town of Grand Rapids, Mich. 

1959 

Betty Boone Best and husband 
Herman celebrated their 50th 
wedding anniversary with a 
reception hosted by their 
children on Sept. 13,2009. 

Marjorie Hunter Cantley has 
been retired for nine years and 
counting! She lives in Cope, S.C., 
where church, grandchildren and 
traveling keep her life very busy 
and interesting. 

Elizabeth Bixler Fortunato's 
granddaughter Sarah Beth 
Cruze'11 is attending Maryville 
College. She is very proud of her 
and her accomplishments. 

Esther Balph Holgate's 40-year- 
old daughter, Angela, passed 
away in 2009. 

Joan Marston is a substitute 
teacher in the Miami-Dade 
Public Schools in Miami, Fla. 

Susan Parkinson Pearson and 
husband Ron Pearson '61 
celebrated their 50th wedding 
anniversary on July 19, 2009 with 



Bruce Greenawalt '59 completed a 
blog site on Xanga.com under the 
name BruceStephan so classmates 
can recall events from 50 years ago. 

a houseboat journey on the 
Kentucky Lakes with their two 
daughters and their families. 

1960 

Elaine Brininger Boyer is currently 

semi-retired, remodeling a 
home, working part-time as a 
substitute teacher, Reiki Master 
Teacher and volunteer as a 
chaplain and pastor in 
Middleport, Pa. 
Edgar W. Smith, Jr. works part- 
time editing translations of 
German encyclopedia articles. 
He and wife Cheryl E. Smith '61 
live in Grand Rapids, Mich., and 
enjoy hiking, cross country 
skiing and visiting their son in 
Montana. Cheryl recently retired 
from teaching. 

1962 

Charles Feast and wife Sandra 

Malone Feast '63 have both 

retired (except for three months 

a year when Charles prepares 

income tax returns) and live in 

Marietta, Ga. Their three-year- 
old grandson, Turner, keeps 

them busy the rest of the time. 
Clyde Flanagan, Jr. teaches 

medical students and general/ 

child psychiatry residents. He 

also continues to see patients. 

He loves his work and lives on 

the shores of Lake Murray, 

Chapin, S.C., his "pot of gold at 

the end of the rainbow. " 

Dorsey "Dan" Ellis, Jr. '60 received the 
Distinguished Faculty Award on Nov. 
8, 2008 from Washington University in 
St. Louis, Mo. In July 2008, he was 
appointed Dean Emeritus and William 
R. Orthwein Distinguished Professor 
of Law Emeritus. He continues to 
teach in the law school and serves as 
academic director of the Transnational 
Law Program. 

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GO 

MARRIAGES 

& UNIONS 

Barbara Zartman '73 

to Gregory Howard, 2007 

Jennifer Moore '96 

to Cory Mason 
Sept. 2, 2008 

Jennifer Brashears '97 

to Steven Spieth 
July 19,2008 

Rebecca Stephens '97 

to David Smithy 
Sept. 27, 2008 

Sabrina Damrow '00 

to Christopher Talley 
June 27, 2009 

Teri Green '00 
to Jonathan Freeman '00 

June 21, 2009 

Sarah Overholt '00 

to Travis Stinnett 
Oct. 24, 2009 

Suzanne Benton '02 

to Joel Collier 
Aug. 8, 2009 

Arynda Cogburn '02 

to Joshua Nichols 
June 27, 2009 

Crystal Smith '02 

to Richard Manning 
Feb. 22, 2009 

Elizabeth Benton '03 

to John Nicholson 
June 13,2009 

Amelia Keller '03 
to Christopher Baker '04 

Dec. 6, 2008 

Anne Schmutzer '03 

to John Lattimore, 2009 



1963 

Paul Elliott's play, "Finding the 
Burnett Heart," premiered 
worldwide on April 2, 2009 at 
the Detroit Repertory Theatre 
in Michigan. 



Roger Thompson retired from 
storytelling. His son, Ben, has 
taken over "Sheepshank Sam," 
the tall tale storytelling 
character he played for many 
years throughout Michigan. 

1965 

Victoria Green Cothroll retired in 
January 2009 after 30 years in 
the library field. Most recently, she 
was director of the Oregon Public 
Library in Oregon, Wis. She and 
husband Ed recently moved to 
Madison, Wis. 

John Steele was elected mayor of 
Cleveland, Tenn., in Nov, 2009 
after serving eight years on the 
town's Board of Commissioners. 

Randall Wells and wife Marjory 
recently retired to Floyd, Va. 



George Derbyshire is still working 
as athletic director at Manheim 
Central Elementary schools in 
Manheim, Pa. He has also spent 
30 years as a freelance disc 
jockey in the Lancaster County 
(Pa.) area. 

Margaret Blaine Gross underwent 
a below-knee amputation in 
Sept 2009 due to serious 
infection. Adjusting to a 
prosthesis, she hopes to return 
to more active membership at 
St. John's Episcopal Church in 
Hagerstown, Md. 



William Wood's daughter 
Caroline is a student at the 
University of North Carolina at 
Chapel Hill, majoring in Spanish 
and international studies. His 
son Ben lives in Boone, N.C., 
and works in the construction 
industry. His mother Polly 
Hudspeth Wood '40 is 89 years 
old and attended MC's 
Homecoming 2009. They 
recently visited with John R. 
Moore '47 and his children 
from Chicago. 

1967 

Joyce Pigge traveled to 

Valdelavilla, Spam, last summer 
to participate in Pueblo Ingles 
and to Turnberrry, Scotland, for 
The British Open. 

William "Jerry" Weeks has retired 
after 38 years of pastoral 
ministry in the Evangelical 
Lutheran Church in America. He 
and wife Marian McCauley 
Weeks '70 recently moved 
back to Maryville, Tenn. He is 
also doing interim transitional 
ministry for the Southeastern 
Synod of the ELCA. They are 
busy gardening, cooking and 
enjoying the good life with 
the occasional visit to see 
their grandchildren in Kansas 
and Wisconsin. 

1968 

Gary Phillips has been inducted 
into the National Wrestling Hall 
of Fame as the "Outstanding 
American" on Sept. 20, 2009 
He is presently serving as the 
state coordinator/administrator 
for Georgia high school 
wrestling programs. 



Hugh McCampbell '66 presented a benefit piano con- 
cert on Feb. 6, 2010 at First United Methodist Church 
in Sweetwater, Tenn. Proceeds benefited the Prostate 
Cancer Foundation, local Boy Scouts and the Sweetwa- 
ter Valley Citizens for the Arts. Concert-goers were 
invited to a post-concert reception at the McCamp- 
bell's home. 



1969 

Penny Ferguson recently attended 
a National Endowment for the 
Humanities Landmarks of 
American History and Culture 
workshop. She was one of the 
40 participants selected for the 
"Emily Dickinson: Person, Poetry 
and Place" session. She plans to 
implement her new knowledge 
by revamping her Dickinson 
lesson and creating a curriculum 
project at Maryville High School. 

Craig Rigell, director of the 
Athens City Schools, was 
named Southeast Tennes- 
see's "Superintendent of 
the Year" during the 
recent annual meeting of 
the Tennessee Organiza- 
tion of School Superinten- 
dents. Prior to being 
named to the top position 
in Athens nine years ago, 
Rigell was a science 
teacher, vice principal and 
principal in the Oak Ridge 
(Tenn.) School System. 



Wallace Wilson has been 

enjoying various professional 
experiences as a violinist, 
registered piano technician in 
the Piano Technicians Guild, and 
Presbyterian pastor for the past 
36 years. 

1970 

Harry Burnette's body of work 
recently won him recognition 
from the national College of 
Labor and Employment Lawyers 
in Washington, D.C. The 
61-year-old lawyer was inducted 
into the prestigious organization 
in Nov. 2009, joining about 1 ,000 
members across the country. 
Members must have at least 20 
years of experience and proven 
excellence in the field. He is the 
first lawyer to be inducted from 
Chattanooga, Tenn. 



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Joel Tome has maintained a 
permanent home in 
Greensboro, N.C., for the past 
25 years while working and 
traveling as a computer systems 
consultant for numerous 
companies. He currently lives in 
Atlanta while working as a UNIX 
systems administrator at the 
Center for Disease Control. 
Recent travels have taken him to 
Montreal, Canada and Buenos 
Aires, Argentina. 

1971 

Sue Ann Livingston has a new job 

working at Columbus Arthritis 
Center (Ohio) as a clinical 
research coordinator. 

Ron Robertson and wife Kathleen 
recently became owners of 
"The Good Books," a Christian 
bookstore in Red Bluff, Calif. 
Ron plans to retire from 
teaching in February 2010, after 
33 years in education. 

James Showalter is in his 22nd 
year of teaching at Langston 
University (Oklahoma). Eldest 
son Thomas is an aide in the U.S. 
Senate Majority Education sub- 
committee in Washington, D.C 
Son David is a sophomore at the 
University of Chicago. 

Lynda Luck Stansbury has moved 
back to Dallas, Tex., and is 
working at Southern Methodist 
University as a major gifts officer. 

1972 

A. King Bennett is working as a 
buyer for DuPont and is a 
member of a band in Newark, Del. 

Caroline Munn Best recently 
retired from teaching 
mathematics at Pellissippi State 
Technical Community College in 
Knoxville, Tenn. 

Julia Sthreshley Henderson and 
husband Greg live in Signal 
Mountain, Tenn. Julia is the vice- 
president and director of risk 
management at Fletcher Bright 
Company, a shopping center 
developer for Wal-Mart and 
Target stores. Daughter Caroline 



graduated from Arizona State 
University and lives in Gilbert, 
Ariz. Daughter Mary graduated 
from the University of Tennessee 
and lives in Chattanooga, Tenn. 



Carol Newill is serving as an elder 
at Brown Memorial Park Avenue 
Presbyterian Church in 
Baltimore, Md. The diverse 
congregation has a strong sense 
of mission in the city and around 
the world. She said that the 
church has beautiful music and a 
great preacher. 

1974 

Carolyn Graham Bradley and 

husband Mike are enjoying 
living in Georgia and in their 
second home on the farm in 
Marshall, N.C. In addition to 
working full-time, they have 
developed a grass-fed beef 
company that serves customers 
in the Southeast. 

Steven Douglas and wife 

Deborah Welch Douglas '77 
write that son Zach earned his 
master's degree in mechanical 
engineering from Georgia Tech 
and is living in Florida with his 
new wife. Daughter Alexandra 
graduated from college and is 
interning with the Friends 
Committee on National 
Legislation in Washington, D.C. 

Kent Smith has been promoted to 
manager of software 
development on the National 
Harmony Project at the 
Department of Defense's 
National Ground Intelligence 
Center. His son spent his junior 
year at the University of 
Lancaster (England) studying 
Islamic culture and history. 

Anna Turner Woolard retired in 
June 2008 after 33 years in the 
classroom, but keeps busy as a 
substitute teacher at Lakeside 
Junior High School in Orange 
Park, Fla. 

Esther Yardumian-Smyth has 
been teaching 12th grade 



English, advanced placement 
English and drama for 16 years. 
She has also directed all of the 
high school plays during that 
time. She has been the English 
department chair for seven 
years and serves as the resident 
director of the girls' dormitory at 
Academy of the New Church in 
Bryn Athyn, Pa. 



Steve Ayers retired from Western 
Carolina University's faculty and 
worked in the theatre's education 
staff. He also portrayed Norman 
Thayer in Cumberland County 
Playhouse's "On Golden Pond" 
in January 2009. 

Melanie Kohn Day works at 
Virginia Commonwealth 
University's School of the Arts 
as director of opera theatre. 
She also works as artistic 
director of the Opera festival di 
Roma in Italy. 

Anna Prochazka Long served as 
elder commissioner at the 2008 
meeting of General Assembly of 
the Cumberland Presbyterian 
Church in Tokyo, Japan. She 
also toured Beijing, Xi'an and 
Kunming in China, ending with a 
stop in Hong Kong. Working 
part-time in the Cass County 
(Illinois) Circuit Clerk's Office has 
also allowed her to go on 
various mission trips to Haiti, 
Colombia, Pine Ridge 
Reservation and areas where 
disasters have occurred. 

Charlene Reams Reinauerand 
husband David Reinauer 
moved into their new lake house 
in Winnisquam, N.H., in July 
2008 and celebrated their 35th 
wedding anniversary in July 
2009. Charlene is a real estate 
agent for BH&G-The Masiello 
Group and David is an engineer 
for 3 - Com Corp. 

1977 

William Bone owns a practice in 
family medicine in Cantonement, 



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MARRIAGES 
& UNIONS 

Jack Dennis '04 

to Suzanne Cada 
July 11, 2009 

Lydia Edrington '04 
to Derrick Harmon '06 

March 15,2009 

Jerry King '04 

to Jamie Darton 
June 13,2009 

Britton Leitch '04 

to Robyn Quattlebaum 
July 26, 2009 

Kathryn Smith '04 

to Chadwick Boruff 
Sept. 6, 2008 

Michael Werner, II '04 

to Melanie Luttrell 
Aug. 8, 2008 

Richard Burchfield '05 

to Akiko Mizuno 
July 11,2009 

Edward Mendence '05 

to Mallorie Evans 
Sept. 13, 2009 

Jenna Wade '06 

to Joshua Bryant 
June 6, 2009 

Eric Weatherbee '06 

to Brittany White 
May 16, 2009 

Andrew Diggs '07 
to Hope O'Connor '08 

Aug. 15,2009 

Amanda Estes '07 

to Kent Leatherwood 
June 27, 2009 

Ramona Ferguson '07 
to Benjamin Crawford '07 

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MARRIAGES 
& UNIONS 

Whitney Garner '07 

to Steven Boring 
Oct. 25, 2008 

Crystal Harper '07 

to Timothy Fallesen 
June 1,2007 

Carrie Hyde '07 

to Randall Barnes 
Sept 19,2009 

Jessica Kitchens '07 

to Joshua Lewis 
April 18,2009 

Kristie Taylor '07 to 

Jason Kughler 
Oct. 4, 2009 

Sarah Wallace Brown '08 

to Jeremy Carroll 
June 6, 2009 

Megan Burgess '08 
to Steve Buckner '08 

June 28, 2008 

Katelin Helton '08 
to MyKael Williamson '08 

Feb. 28, 2009 

Izaak Standridge '08 
to Annie Brown '1 1 

Aug. 8, 2008 

Rebecca Thompson '08 
to Kevin Hunley '07 

June 27, 2009 

Dana Troutman '08 

to John Haines 
June 9, 2009 

Amy Watkins '08 

to Jonathan Willis 
Sept. 27, 2008 

William R. "Trey" Brewer '09 
to Brett Jacobsen '10 

July 4, 2009 



Ed Rupp '72 has been in broadcasting for more than 30 
years and currently works as traffic reporter for WBIR-TV 
and WIVK-FM in Knoxville, Tenn. He recently participated 
in the Foothills Regional Memory Walk to raise aware- 
ness and money for the Alzheimer's Association. MC's 
Men's Basketball Coach Randy Lambert '76 joined Rupp 
at the walk, held on the College's campus. 



Fla., and works as an emergency 
room physician at a local 
hospital. He and wife Nancy 
Millner Bone are active at 
Hillcrest Baptist Church where 
Nancy started a quilting ministry. 
She continues to pursue her love 
of art by designing quilts, doing 
watercolor and home decor. 
Both are enjoying their grown 
daughters and two grandchildren. 

Roderick Jackson is currently 
employed as executive 
director of the Blount County 
Children's Home in Maryville, 
Tenn. He is also working on a 
master's degree in social work 
at the University of Tennessee 
at Knoxville. 

Veronica Sawdon Kosky taught 
English in Kabul, Afghanistan, 
from October 2008 through 
February 2009 as part of her 
teaching duties at the Defense 
Language Institute at Lackland, 
Air Force Base in San Antonio, 
Tex. She said that life in a war 
zone brings new perspective! 

1978 

Susan "Leigh" Guyer Birch has 

been an interim pastor in six 
different congregations over the 
last decade, most recently 
serving at First Presbyterian 
Church in Windom, Minn. 
Husband William "Clyde" 
Birch '68 is also a Presbyterian 
minister. The pastor emeritus at 
Windom First, Charles Reid '53, 
officiated at Susan and Bill's 
25th anniversary renewal of 
vows service in February 2008. 
Susan is currently on medical 
disability, but hopes to return to 
ministry in the future. 
William Brewer, Jr. was recently 



elected vice president of the 
Tennessee General Sessions 
Judges Conference, 
representing all general sessions 
judges and municipal judges 
from the East Tennessee region. 
In this position, Brewer, as a 
member of the conference's 
executive committee, is 
responsible for leadership of the 
conference, proposing areas of 
focus for legislation initiatives, 
helping plan for continuing legal 
education programs and 
generally promoting the 
efficient and prompt 
administration of justice. 

Tillman Crane has been hosting 
workshops in Maine on different 
aspects of photography, such as 
soft focus photography, 
extraordinary images in ordinary 
places, platinum printing in the 
21st century and the self- 
published photography book. 

Rebecca Huisinga Gibbons has 
relocated to Nashville, Tenn., 
where she is the corporate 
director of Laboratory 
Operations for Vanguard Health 
Systems. Both of her children 
attend the University of Central 
Florida where her daughter is 
pursuing a master's degree in 
communications and her son is 
an undergraduate student. 

1979 

Wade Edmond is serving in his 
second principalship in the 
Broward County (Florida) 
School District. 

Ed Herbert has been the vice 
president for communications 
and marketing at Mountains 
States Health Alliance (MSHA) 
since 1999. He earned his 



private pilot license in 2004. A 
cancer survivor, he is still 
performing, singing and 
emceeing throughout the 
Johnson City, Tenn., region for 
MSHA and many annual events. 
He and his wife love to travel. 
His daughter is married and 
works as a high school choral 
director in the Cincinnati, Ohio 
area. She was expected to give 
birth to his first grandchild in 
September 2009. 
Anthony Norris recently retired 
after seven back surgeries. He 
owns a hunting ranch in 
Harper, Tex. 



Ruth Allen has a private law 
practice in Raleigh, N.C., 
focusing on guardianship 
matters, estate planning, abuse/ 
neglect/dependency court for 
juveniles and consumer 
bankruptcy. She loves being 
self-employed. She also works 
part-time for Legal Aid of North 
Carolina. Daughter Cami is a 
high school junior and enjoys 
riding her horse. 

Shirley Ambrister Carpenter 
transferred to the new Blount 
County elementary school, 
Union Grove Elementary in 
Friendsville, Tenn. She enjoys 
teaching kindergarten. 

Carol Cooper Evans has moved 
back to Maryville, Tenn., after 
spending several years abroad. 
She is a preschool teacher at 
Maryville Christian School. 

1981 

Katherine Culpepper currently 

serves as interim pastor of First 
Presbyterian Church of 
Allegan, Mich. 
Jim Engel and wife Laura have a 
son attending Appalachian 
State University in Boone, N.C., 
and a daughter attending the 
University of North Carolina at 
Wilmington. Three other 
children are still at home in 
Cornelius, N.C. 



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Sandy Rabun-Lind's son is in the 

Navy and her daughter is a 
sophomore at Maryville College. 
Sandy is still teaching at Eau 
Gallie High School (Florida) 
while her husband is retired. 
Ben Stabley, III and family are 
celebrating 1 years in the 
Lancaster, Pa., area. They are 
active in church, at the 
bookstore and various music 
ministries. His church band has 
opened for Michael Sweet 
(Stryper) and Seventh Day 
Slumber. He also plays in a 
classic rock band out of 
Reading, while his son plays 
bass for a local rock band. 

1982 

John Sanders was recog- 
nized by the Medical Uni- 
versity of South Carolina 
Department of Health 
Administration and Policy 
with the Alumni Achieve- 
ment Award for both 
2007 and 2008. 



1984 

Alan Rich is a chemist with 
ongoing studies in aerospace 
engineering pertaining to 
spaceflight and interplanetary 
robotics with NASA's Jet 
Propulsion Laboratory at the 
California Institute of 
Technology. He is currently a 
member of a technical public 
education program operated by 
NASA-JPLwith responsibilities 
that include interfacing with 
news media and public groups. 
Current interests focus on the 
development of new and hybrid 
propulsion engines for ground- 
to-ground and Earth-to-orbit 
payloads and high efficiency 
technologies for spaceflight 
mission operations. Other 
interests include aerospace 
spin-off technologies for 
automotive and industrial 
vehicle applications. 



Laurie Winiarski is working as an 
account manager at Atrion 
Communication Resources in 
Branchburg, N.J. 

1985 

Steve Saylor enjoys working as a 
commercial sales representative 
for Fitness Resource. He lives on 
12 acres on the Pedlar River in 
Amherst County, Va. Most of his 
spare time is spent Whitewater 
kayaking. He has re-connected 
with many MC friends on 
Facebook and encourages 
others to look him up. 

1986 

Penny Head recently accepted a 
position as assistant professor of 
physical therapy at Arkansas 
State University. 

1987 

Christopher Lilley is happy to 
report that he earned his 
master's degree in May 2009 
from Georgia Tech. 

Laura Starkey is director of 

conservation land management 
and ranch operations at her 
family's ranch near Tampa, Fla. 
She is also executive director of 
SCENIC, a non-profit organiza- 
tion created to engage the 
community with the natural 
environment. 

1988 

Karla Beard Heidelberg 

participated in "Extreme 2008: 
A Deep-Sea Adventure," a 
National Science Foundation 
expedition to explore deep-sea 
hydrothermal vents in the Pacific 
Ocean and the Sea of Cortes 
during the fall of 2008. She was 
part of a research team of 
scientists and graduate students 
who lived aboard the 274-foot 
research vessel Atlantis. 
Sherri L. Jones joined King 
College in 2009 as assistant 
professor of athletic training and 
curriculum program director. 



1989 



On Dec. 6, 2008, 
Dean Walsh, women's 
basketball coach at Car- 
son-Newman College, 
celebrated his 250th 
career win. Walsh is cur- 
rently in his eighth sea- 
son at the helm of the 
Lady Eagles' program; he 
coached the Maryville 
College women's team 
from 1998 until 2001. 



JOE GILLILAND '55 

to 
LOIS SPEAKER '55 

April, 25, 2009 



1990 

Timothy Van Beke is assistant 
professor of art at Siena Heights 
University in Adrian, Mich. 

1991 

Mark Smelser has been appointed 
executive director of Friends In 
Need, a non-profit medical and 
dental health care center that 
provides care for the working 
uninsured in Kingsport, Tenn. 
He also completed his second 
Boston Marathon, which is his 
fifth marathon since he started 
running and lost 80 pounds in 
the fall of 2006. 

1996 

Kristin Kant recently received her 
Ph.D. in cultural anthropology 
from the University of Kentucky. 

Eisha Neely Prather earned a 



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MARRIAGES 
& UNIONS 

Leslie Everett '09 

to Nathaniel Milligan 
June 20, 2009 

Joe McGroom '09 

to Erica Underwood 
May 23, 2009 

Elizabeth Villasana'09 

to Chad Loveday 
June 20, 2009 




Donna Franklin Davis '83 recently 
received the President's Excellence 
in Teaching Award from Texas Tech 
University at Faculty Honors Convo- 
cation. She is associate professor in 
the Rawls College of Business mar- 
keting department. 



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BIRTHS & 
ADOPTIONS 

Stephanie Fugate Teague '95 

& husband Kirby, a daughter, 
Anna Ezelle, Dec 29, 2008 

Kara Buechele Alexander '98 

& husband Michael, a son, 
Hunter John, March 31, 2009 

Angie Lewis Chidester '98 

& husband Jason, a daughter, 
Shelby Lee, Dec 29, 2008 

Kristen Arwood Toth '99 

& husband Martin, a son, 
Robert Preston, May 21 , 2008 

James "Tripp" York '99 

& wife Carmon, a daughter, 
Carlyn Grace, Nov. 5, 2008 

Elizabeth Moore Anderson '00 

& husband Nathan '00, 

a daughter, Ada Kathryn, 

July 28, 2008 

Whitney Black Dee '00 

& husband Jonathan, a son, 
Ephraim Daniel, May 12, 2009 

Tyrel "TJ" Emory '00 

& wife Amanda, a daughter, 
Katy Trinity, Nov. 20, 2008 

Linzy Brakefield Goswami '00 

& husband Rohit, a daughter, 
Anamaia Kaye, April 17, 2008 

Brian Nix '00 
& Brooke Ledbetter Nix '00 

a son, Griffin Maxle, 
March 13, 2009 

Clay Taylor '00 

& wife Stacey, a son, 
Austin, Dec. 13,2007 

Carol Bailey Villaverde '00 

& husband Patrick, a son, 

Owen James, Jan. 24, 2009 



Susan Wagner '00 was 

one of five Tennessee 
teachers who received 
the 2008 Award of Rec- 
ognition for Outstand- 
ing Teachings of the 
Humanities. She has 
taught third through 
fifth grades in her eight 
years of teaching. 

master's degree in library and 
information science from 
Simmons College and works in 
the division of rare and 
manuscripts collections at 
Cornell University Library. 
Laura Culp Tansill called the 
College to report that her 
parents were killed in a car 
accident on Feb 27, 2009 

1997 

Jennifer Buck Wallace joined the 
staff of the Tennessee 
Democratic Party as full-time 
director of operations. As the 
Tennessee field director for 
Obama for America, she 
organized thousands of 
volunteers across the state. 

1998 

Alice Wong is the associate 
director of FCLI and associate 
director of international 
conferences for Fordham Law 
School, where she collaborates 
on financial administration, 
programming and CLE 
curriculum. She is currently an 
executive member of OneBnck 
and previously served on the 
board of directors for APEX. 

1999 

James "Tripp" York opened his 
own community-based 
pharmacy, Bedford Drug in 
Shelbyville, Tenn,, in July 2008. 



2000 

Linzy Brakefield Goswami 

completed a master's of science 
degree in civil/environmental 
engineering at Auburn 
University in February 2008. She 
is currently working for the U.S. 
Geological Survey in Fort 
Lauderdale, Fla., as an engineer/ 
hydrogeologist. Her current 
research involves variable- 
density flow and transport and 
numerical modeling of surface 
and ground water systems. 

Jenny Hyatt is working in India as 
a manager in training and 
organizational development for 
American Home Mortgage 
Servicing. 

Laura Murphy Krysinsky is 
working for the U.S. Forest 
Service in New Ellenton, S.C. 
She maintains a Short Rotation 
Woody Crop plantation with a 
specialized focus on using trees 
for bio-fuel and bio-mass 
research. 

Jennifer Fowler Millsaps is the 
forensic expert for the State of 
Tennessee in the trials of four 
individuals accused in the 2007 
carjacking, raping, robbing and 
killing of Knoxville couple Chris 
Newsom and Channon Christian. 

Brian Nix is a teacher and 

defensive coordinator at Alcoa 
(Tenn.) High School In 2008, the 
school won its fifth consecutive 
2A football championship - a 
record for the state of Tennessee. 

Nick Phillips earned his M.D./Ph.D, 
in biomedical engineering and 
imaging in May 2009 from the 
University of Tennessee at 
Memphis. He was awarded the 
American Academy of 
Neurology medical student 
prize for excellence in 
neurology. He plans to stay in 
Memphis to continue his 
training in a combined research 



Chris McCarty '01 has been appointed to a leadership 
position by the American Bar Association's Young Law- 
yers Division. From 2009-2010, Chris will serve as a 
public service project team member and aid the ABA in 
its public service efforts throughout the United States. 



residency program in pediatric 
neurology at UT and St. Jude 
Children's Research Hospital. 

Clay Taylor is the regional state 
manager for the Southeast U.S. 
for Auto Crane Company. 

Jacqueline Thomas and husband 
Scott live near Miami, Fla. She 
graduated from medical school 
and completed three years of 
surgery residency. She switched 
into a dermatology residency 
and started her second year in 
July 2009. 

2001 

David K. Giles received a Ph.D. in 
biomedical science with a 
concentration in microbiology 
from East Tennessee State 
University in 2008. He trained at 
Medical College of Georgia 
before moving with the lab to 
the University of Texas at Austin. 
Current research involves 
examination of phospholipid 
modifications in Vibrio cholerae. 

2002 

Jeremy Baucom was recently 
promoted to marketing 
manager at Kaspersky Lab's 
global headquarters in 
Moscow, Russia. 

Sheree Darnell is currently 
employed by the Anderson 
County Law Director's Office in 
Clinton, Tenn., and is on the 
board of directors for 
community mediation services. 

Brenda Gadd is working for the 
Governor's administration as a 
legislative haison for the 
Department of Environment and 
Conservation in the Tennessee 
General Assembly. She plans to 
begin law school in 2010. 

Joshua Kinnetz teaches social 
studies and coaches the girls' 
varsity soccer team at a high 
school in a suburb of 
Washington, D.C. He plans to 
enroll in a Ph.D. program in sports 
psychology in the near future. 

Mary Eva Merrell Martin is the 
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Jason Khodadad '03 was 

honored with a "40 
under 40" award from In 
Business Magazine in 
Madison, Wis. 



Patchwork County, a childcare 
provider for families with special 
needs. She is currently pursuing 
a master's degree in social work 
at the University of Tennessee 
at Knoxville. 

Danielle Thomas completed her 
residency in internal medicine in 
June 2009 and started a 
fellowship in pulmonary/critical 
care in Tampa, Fla., in July 2009. 

Eric Weatherbee has been 
promoted to controller at Fort 
Sanders Sevier Medical Center 
in Sevierville, Tenn. 

2003 

David Kirkland is pursuing on a 
master's degree in business 
administration at Milligan 
College (Tenn.). Expected 
graduation date is Sept. 2010. 

Jessica Seifert Underwood is 
enrolled in Lincoln Memorial 

University's post-baccalaureate 
teacher licensure program and 
master's of education program 
for secondary education in 
Knoxville, Tenn. 

Melinda Roberts York is working 
at the University of Southern 
Indiana as an assistant professor 
of criminal justice. 

2004 

Jennifer Beasley Brock is 

teaching 6th grade math at 
Riceville Elementary in Riceville, 
Tenn. Husband Alan Brock 
graduated from the University of 
Tennessee's Dental School in 
May 2008 and owns a practice in 
Athens, Tenn. 
Carrie Crain earned a master's of 
science degree in counseling 
from the University of 
Tennessee in May 2007. She is a 
school counselor at Pi Beta Phi 
Elementary School in 
Gatlinburg, Tenn. 



Darren Dachelet earned a 
master's degree in structural 
engineering from Auburn 
University in August 2008. He 
works at a structural engineering 
firm in Birmingham, Ala. 

Kelly Ballard Greene earned dual 
certification as a pediatric and 
neonatal nurse practitioner from 
the University of Tennessee (UT) 
in Knoxville. She currently works 
as a neonatal nurse practitioner 
at UT Medical Center. 

Lydia Edrington Harmon is a 
certified sign language 
interpreter, freelancing in 
Maryville and Knoxville, Tenn. 
Husband Derrick Harmon '06 is 
an adult education teacher with 
Blount County Schools. 

William Johnson graduated with 
honors, earning a M.D. from 
UT's Health Science Center 
College of Medicine (Memphis) 
in May 2009. 

Lori Brown Presley has completed 
the requirements for the doctor 
of physical therapy degree from 
the Medical College of Georgia. 
She is the clinic director for Pro 
Therapy in Demorest, Ga. 

Michael D. Rickman, II is working 
as the sign language 
interpreter/teacher of the deaf 
in Newton Public Schools in 
Newton, Mass. 

Abby Guider Thomas was hired 
for the 2008-2009 school year as 
one of the inaugural teachers at 
William Blount High School's 
first freshman academy. 
Michael Werner, II is enjoying a 
successful career with ADT as a 
security analysis provider in 
Middle and Eastern Tennessee. 

2005 

Jean-Marie Donahoo is pursuing 
a master's degree in public 
health (health policy) at Saint 
Louis University. 

Jeffrey "Blair" King was selected 
as a Head Start Body Start 
physical activity consultant 
through the American 
Association of Health Physical 



Education Recreation and 
Dance for the National Center 
for Physical Development and 
Outdoor Play. He and wife 
Ashley were both baptized in 
May 2008. 

Jacqueline Reed will complete a 
master's of science degree in 
program evaluation and research 
psychology in March 2010, 
followed by her Ph.D. in research 
and evaluation psychology in 
201 2. She hopes to begin 
teaching undergraduate 
psychology following 
commencement this spring. 

Kyla Surdyka graduated with a 
master's degree from Western 
Kentucky University in 2009. She 
works at Vanderbilt University 
Medical Center researching 
Autism Spectrum Disorders. 

2006 

Georgia Lynn Copeland has been 
awarded a 2009-10 Rotary 
Foundation Ambassadorial 
Scholarship for studies abroad 
(Spain). 

Shelley Lawson is the coordinator 
and lead interpreter for the 
disability support services 
department at Pensacola Junior 
College in Pensacola, Fla. 

Shelley Schumacher moved to 
Cookeville, Tenn., in the 
summer of 2009 to begin 
working as a certified nurse- 
midwife after graduating from 
Vanderbilt University with her 
master's degree in nursing in 
December 2008. 

2007 

Ashley Shattuck Dyer is working 
as a neonatal intensive care unit 
nurse at Jackson Madison 
County General Hospital in 
Jackson, Tenn. She graduated 
in December 2008 with her 
bachelor's degree in nursing 
from Union University. 

Amanda Estes was hired in June 
of 2009 as the Lady Governors' 
new Softball coach at William 
Blount High School in 
Maryville, Tenn. 



BIRTHS & 
ADOPTIONS 

Teresa Dibble Hicks '01 

& husband Scott, a son, 
William Oliver, Jan. 21,2008 

Mark & Elisha Giles Rogers '01, 

a son, William Brodie, 
March 24, 2009 

Dorothy Mackey Spaulding '01 

& husband Timothy, a daughter, 
Charlotte Joan, June 12, 2009 

Chris Smelcer '02 

& wife Ginger, a daughter, 
Leah Brooklyn, Dec. 11,2008 

Jason Khodadad '03 
& wife Anne Cocalis-Khodadad '03, 

a son, Wilson Daniel, April 1 1 , 2007 

& a daughter, 

Lola June, Sept. 2, 2008 

Jessie Melton Kinsey '03 

& husband Paul, a son, 
Henry Blake, Aug. 21,2007 

LeeAnn Godbey Taylor '03 

& husband Chuck, a daughter, 
Salem Zannah, June 8, 2009 

Amanda Winn Painter '04 

& husband Kevin, a daughter, 
Lila Katherine, Oct. 13, 2009 



Mandon Gibson McCarter '04 

received the 2008-2009 Teacher of 
the Year Award at Northview Primary 
School in Seymour, Tenn. 

Michael Isaacs '06 received the 
Hudnut Award at Union Theological 
Seminary's May 2009 commence- 
ment. This award is given to a stu- 
dent who, by the judgment faculty, 
has the best preparation for the 
preaching ministry. 



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BIRTHS & 
ADOPTIONS 



CHRISTIE LATIMER KNAPPER '04 

& husband 
WADE KNAPPER '05, 

a son, 
Joel Garrison 

r ", 2009 



Ashley Patterson Powell '04 

& husband Brad, a son, 
Tyler Bradley, Feb. 11,2009 

Erica Greene Smith '04 

& husband Matt, a son, 
Mattox Lee, May 6, 2008 

Jeffrey "Blair" King '05 

& wife Ashley, a son, 
Payton Blair, Jan. 30, 2008 

Jennifer Wilson Starritt '05 

& husband Chuck, a daughter, 
Elizabeth Nicole, Feb. 16, 2009 

Heather Gragg Bain '06 

& husband Todd, a son, 
Briar, Feb. 21,2008 

Marian Mitchell Critzer '06 

& husband, a son, 
Trenton, July 20, 2008 

Sarah Richardson Weaver '06 

& husband Logan, a daughter, 
Blaine Reeanna, June 8, 2009 

Cheyenne Surrette Ferree '07 

& husband Jonathan, a son, 
Broedy Slade, May 19, 2009 



Clement Giraneza is pursuing a 
master's degree in public health 
at Florida Atlantic University. 

Eric Metz is pursuing a master's 
degree in healthcare 
administration at the University 
of Memphis. 



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Kerri Onks earned a nursing 
degree from Lincoln Memorial 
University's Nursing School. She 
currently works as a registered 
nurse in the cardiovascular 



surgical unit at Parkwest Medical 
Center in Knoxville, Tenn. 
Aaron Walker has returned to 
Maryville, Tenn., where he works 
at Maryville Middle School as a 
physical education teacher. 

2008 

Reuben Liebe has taken a position 
as an Americorps VISTA 
volunteer for a watershed non- 
profit in Southeast Kentucky. He 
is working on water quality 
issues in Letcher County, writing 
grants and organizing other 
environmental events. 

April Martin moved to Cleveland, 
Ohio, where she is pursuing a 
master's degree in vocal 
performance at the Cleveland 
Institute of Music. 

Motoyoshi Miyazaki has been 
accepted to medical school 
in Japan. 



Josh Phillips has been promoted 
to president of Pyxl, a marketing 
services firm in Knoxville, Tenn. 

Amanda Sparrow recently started 
working at The Nature 
Conservancy in Lexington, Ky, 
as major gifts manager. 

Nicci Williamson has been 
working as milieu staff at 
Johnson Group Home in 
Maryville, Tenn. She also 
directed a play, "Same Time, 
Next Year" for the Foothills 
Community Players. 

2009 

Molly Sneary is working as a field 
organizer in Knoxville, Tenn., for 
Repower America, a program 
run by Al Gore's non-profit 
organization, the Alliance for 
Climate Protection. 

Gabriel Turner has settled in 
Lome, Togo. He is teaching sixth 
through ninth grade English at 
Arc en Ciel. 




Lizbeth Opiola '98 recently graduated from the Swiss Federal Institute of Tech- 
nology (EPFL), in Lausanne, Switzerland, earning a graduate degree in sports 
marketing and management. 

In September, Opiola, who majored in sign language interpreting at MC, 
began a one-year position as an analyst/policy advisor for the International 
Committee of Sports for the Deaf (Deaflympics). She is working with an all- 
Deaf staff in the organization's Lausanne office. The next winter games for the 
Deaflympics' is scheduled for 201 1 in Slovenia. 



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BOYDSON BAIRD '41, Jan. 24, 2010, in Maryville. He was hired in 
1959 to be MC's athletics director, head football coach and assistant professor 
of physical education. He coached all major sports during his 17-year tenure and 
was instrumental in the construction of a new physical education building (now 
known as Cooper Athletic Center). 

He was inducted into Maryville College's Wall of Fame in 1978 and served on 
the Wall of Fame's selection committee for several years. He was also an active 
member of the College's Blount County Alumni Chapter. 

In the early 1990s, the College named the basketball courts in his honor and in 
2001, it presented Baird with the Maryville College Medallion. Survivors include 
children, Faith Baird Carpenter '72 and husband Kyle; Weldon Baird; Annie 
Baird Frick and husband Jay; seven grandchildren; two sisters-in-law; and several 
nieces and nephews. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Maryville College Athletic Department, 
502 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, TN 37804. 



1929 

Harry Fell 

Dec. 22, 2007, in West Chester, Pa. 

1930 

Edward "Brute" Crow 

Dec. 13, 2008, in Alcoa, Tenn. Survivors 

include one son, four grandchildren, 10 

great-grandchildren and three great-great 

grandchildren. 

1931 

Edith Olson Fairman 
Jan. 17, 2009, in Garrettsvillc, Ohio. Survivors 
include son Thomas Fairman '62 and daughter- 
in-law Roberta Jean Dick Fairman '64. 

1932 

Ruth Amanda Davis 
May 25, 2009, in Chattanooga, Tenn. 
Survivors include a nephew, a niece and 
several cousins. 

Elizabeth Wilbar LaTona 
April 28, 2009, in Newton, Mass., due to 
complications from Alzheimer's disease. 
Survivors include four children, 15 
grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and 
brother Raymond J. Wilbar '36. 

1934 

Ella Kilgore Botts 

April 11, 2009, in Fort Pierce, Fla. 



Clifford Withers Walker 
May 29, 2009, in Signal Mountain, Tenn. 
Survivors include two sons, five grandchildren 
and nine great-grandchildren. 

1935 

Frances Deal Hewitt 

April 29, 2009, in Martinsville, Va. Survivors 

include two sons, four grandchildren and a 

great-granddaughter. 

Ernest Lowe 

March 1, 2009, in Maryville, Tenn 
Survivors include one daughter, one son, 
several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, 
nieces and nephews. 

James Stevenson 
July 7, 2009, in Jonesboro, Ark. He was 
dean emeritus of the College of Science at 
Arkansas State University and a talented 
musician. Survivors include his wife, two 
daughters, including MC professor Mary Kay 
Sullivan, five grandchildren and seven 
great-grandchildren. 

Jennie Mildred Truan 

Jan 17, 2009, in Knoxville, Tenn. Survivors 

include several nieces and nephews. 

1936 

Charlotte Upp Lampe Johnson 
Feb. 22, 2009, in Black Mountain, N.C. She is 
survived by three children, three grandchildren 
and three great-grandchildren. 



Arthur Zitzner 

July 13, 2009, in West Orange, N.J. 

1937 

Agnes Goddard Compton 

Aug. 31, 2009, in Maryville, Tenn. She is 
survived by her daughter, grandchildren, 
step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

1938 

Anna Mae Justus Cline 

Jan. 29, 2009, in Polk City, Fla. Survivors 

include four children. 

Minnie-Lou Chittick Lynch 

Dec. 18, 2008, in Oakdale, La. Survivors 
include two children, a brother, five 
grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and 
cousin Ruth Cox '36. 

1939 

Samuel K. Taylor Jr. 
Feb. 21, 2009, in Whitcsburg, Tenn. Survivors 
include his wife, four children, nine grandchil- 
dren, two step-grandchildren, great-grandchil- 
dren and several nieces and nephews. 

1940 

John Newman Badgett, Jr. 
May 31, 2009, in Knoxville, Tenn. Survivors 
include his wife, three children, six 
grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, a 
sister-in-law and two sisters, including Elizabeth 
Badgett Cox '42. 



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LEE CONGLETON, Oct. 1, 2009, 

in Knoxville, Tenn. He was a member of the 
Maryville College Board of Directors from 
Oct. 1997 until Oct. 2006 and served on 
the finance and advancement committees. 
Survivors include his wife, three children and 
their families and one brother. 




MARGARET DAVIS, widow 

of MC Coach J.D. Davis '30, Dec. 
10, 2008, in Maryville, Tenn. 
Survivors include son J. Dillon 
Davis '79, daughter-in-law Pamela 
and two grandsons, including 
Matthew Davis '13. 




VERA WILSON 

GILMORE '70, Sept. 28, 2009, in 

Maryville, Tenn. She was employed by 
the College from Sept. 1, 1976 until Dec. 
31, 1986 as independent study editor and 
circulation librarian. Survivors include her 
six children, including David Gilmore 
'61, Sylvia Gilmore Jefferies '63, 
Charles Gilmore '67, Donald Gilmore 
'70, Daniel Gilmore '73, Stephen 
Gilmore '73; daughter-in-law Elsie 
Harris Gilmore '62 and son-in-law Bob 
Jefferies '63; two siblings and several 
grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 



Philip Martin Ferris 

May 9, 2008, in Hillsboro, Ohio. Survivors 

include brother John Ferris '50. 

Mary Orr Kidder 

Dec. 15, 2008, in Hackettstown, N.J. She was 
the daughter of Dr. Horace E. Orr, longtime 
MC philosophy and Bible professor. Survivors 
include husband David H. Kidder '42, three 
children, seven grandchildren, four great- 
grandchildren and sisters Mildred Orr Potter 
'48 and Ruth Orr Allen '55. 

Roy Rankin 

Oct. 20, 2009, in White Pine, Tenn. Survi- 
vors include wife Marguerite Justus Rankin 
'39; three children, including Marilyn 
Rankin Clark '67, Carol Jean Rankin '74, 
Nancv Rankin Smith '72 and husband 
Richard Smith '69; six grandchildren and 
one great-grandson. 

1942 
Dorothy Buchanan Henderson 

Dec 4, 2008, in Harrisonburg, Va. Survivors 
include three children, two grandchildren, one 
sister and one brother. 

John H. Hi 

June 23, 2009, in Gatlinburg, Tenn. Survivors 
include wife Catherine Hoelzer '44, three 
children, two grandchildren and several nieces 
and nephews. 

1943 
Patricia Carter Gr 

Oct. 22, 2008, in Toms River, N.J. Survivors 



include three children and their families. 

Williams McDaniel 

Dec. 31, 2008, in Maryville, Tenn. She was a 
lifelong member of First Baptist Church 
Maryville. She is survived by two daughters and 
their families. 

1944 

Helen "Peggy" Fisher Dillener 
April 10, 2009, in Warsaw, N.Y. of 
complications after a fall earlier in the year. 
Survivors include three daughters and a son. 

Mai i hews Neill 
July 17, 2009, in Norwich, N.Y. Survivors 
include a brother, four sons and one grandchild. 

1946 

Lucille Elizabeth Sitler Brock 

Dec. 16, 2008, in Indianapolis, Ind. Survivors 
include brother William Sitler '53. 

1947 

Charles Brand 

Oct. 26, 2009, in Green Bay, Wis. He was a 
professor at Wittenberg University in Ohio 
before becoming a pharmaceutical sales 
representative with Pfizer, Inc. Survivors 
include wife Roberta; two sons, including 
Ric Brand '84, director of financial aid at MC: 
a daughter and their families. 

1948 

William O. Largen 

May 13, 2009, in Naples, Fla. He was an 



educator and coach in the Mary\ille City School 
System for most of his career. He retired as 
principal of Maryville Junior High. He is 
survived by his wife of 63 years, Edith 
DeLaney Largen, who taught in MC's physical 
education department for more than 35 years. 

Samuel Heywood Pemberton 

March 17, 2009, in Olympia, Wash. He 
enjoyed a career in the United States Army and 
pursued a career in hospital administration, as 
well. He received a master's degree from 
Bavlor University in 1963 and worked for the 
Joint Commission on Accreditation of 
Hospitals for 20 years. Survivors include wife 
Lisette Gessert Pemberton '45, brother 
Olson Pemberton '43, a son, a daughter, two 
grandchildren and great-niece Elizabeth 
Pemberton de Oliveira '06. 

Haydn O. White 
Dec. 9, 2008, in Peoria, Ariz. Survivors 
include wife Phyllis, four children, nephew 
Dale White '73 and niece Ruth Ann White 
Tensi '48. 

1950 
Donald R\y McCammon 

Mav 26, 2009, in Louisxillc, Tenn. Survivors 
include his wife, stepsons and a granddaughter. 

1951 
Glenn Gage 

April 25, 2009, in Pennsville, N.J. Survivors 
include wife Dorothy, two sons, one brodier, 
seven grandchildren and eight great- 
grandchildren. 



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CONNIE OVERHOLT, 

Feb. 1, 2009, in Maryville, Tenn. She 
was employed by the College from 
Nov. 7, 1997 until Aug. 6, 2007 as a 
secretary in the Humanities depart- 
ment. Survivors include husband 
Lonas, children Sarah Overholt 
Stinnett '00 and Laura Overholt 
'03, parents and two siblings and 
their families. 



JOHN MCQUEEN '34, Oct. 24, 2009, 

in Lynchburg, Va. He earned a degree from 
Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary 
following his time at Maryville. An ordained 
minister, his service to the Presbyterian Church 
(USA) spanned more than six decades. He 
served five churches in Kentucky, Mississippi 
and Alabama and sent several parishioners to 
Maryville College. An honored alumnus of LPTS, 
McQueen was presented Maryville College's 
Distinguished Service Award in 1999. Survivors 
include a daughter, five grandchildren and 10 
great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to 
Maryville College. 



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1952 

Brantn Boyd 

Nov. 23, 2008, in Malvern, Pa. Survivors 
include wife Jessie Dye Boyd '52; two sons 
and their families; two sisters, including Joyce 
Boyd Fort '58; brother-in-law David Dye '66 
and sister-in-law Margarette Mahon Dye '67. 

Bob Kees 

April 13, 2008, in Newland, N.C. Survivors 
include wife Hazel Wood Kecs; five children, 
including Debra Kees Worden '77 and 
Deanea Kees Vivola '80; brother Thomas 
Kees '51; and niece Barbara Kees '79. 

Fletcher Tarpley Poole 

May 6, 2009, in Lilburn, Ga. Survivors include 

wife Ann, two children and their families. 

1953 

Carolyn Symmes Brace 
March 1, 2009, in Roanoke, Va. 

Jeannette Whitaker Dumas 

Dec. 28, 2008, in Knoxville, Tenn. Survivors 

include husband Alexander, son, son-in-law, 

step-daughter, granddaughter and several 

cousins. 

1954 

Walter Elwood 

Feb. 4, 2009, in Middletown, Conn. Survivors 

include two children. 

1955 

Diana Evans England 

May 26, 2009, in Richmond, Va. Survivors 



include husband Marshall England '54 and 
several extended family members. 

Snell Mills Jr. 

June 27, 2009, in Inverness, Fla., after a 
sudden illness. He earned his Ph.D. from the 
University of Alabama in 1965 and worked in 
the field of education for 30 years. Survivors 
include wife Olivia Vawter Mills, his mother, a 
daughter, son Snell Mills III '79, an aunt and 
several nieces and nephews. 

1956 

Harrell R. Coulter 

May 27, 2009, in Maryville, Tenn. Survivors 
include wife Mary, daughter, stepchildren, 
grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 

Ray Edwin Robinson 
March 21, 2009, in Walland, Tenn., as a result 
of a traffic accident. Survivors include wife 
Jane Robinson '57, three sisters, two 
daughters and their families. 

1957 

Grace "San" Roberts Norton 
Oct. 7, 2009, in Dillard, Ga. Survivors 
include four children, grandchildren, a 
nephew and a sister. 

1958 

Don Owenby 

Dec. 10, 2008, in Chattanooga, Tenn. 
Survivors include his wife, two children and 
their families and several siblings. 



Fredrick Sanner 

Feb. 17, 2009, in Virginia Beach, Va. Survivors 
include two sons, a brother, a grandson and 
three nephews. 

John Martin "J.M." West, Sr. 
Aug. 11, 2009, in Maryville, Tenn. Survivors 
include two sons; four grandchildren, 
including John "Jed" West '06; and brother 
David West '62. 

Lois Musick Zitzelberger 
July 31, 2009, in Midland, Ga. Survivors 
include husband John, daughter, two sons, 
sister, brother, four grandchildren and several 
nieces and nephews. 

1959 

C Eugene "Gene" Brown 

March 12, 2009, in Maryville, Tenn. 
Survivors include Iris former wife, son, 
daughter, grandchildren, sister and several 
nieces and nephews. 

1960 

Lessee Anne Rhodes 

Jan. 14, 2009, in Chapel Hill, N.C. Survivors 

include her husband, two children, 

stepchildren, mother, sisters, grandchild and 

step-grandchildren. 

1961 

David Doyscher 

Feb. 2, 2009, in Forest Lake, Minn. Survivors 
include his wife, two daughters, two 
grandchildren and siblings. 



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RALPH "DOUG" STEAKLEY '41, 

June 14, 2009, in Melborne, Fla. He was awarded 
the Distinguished Flying Cross after piloting a 
Superfortress B-29 bomber ("Tokyo Rose") over 
Tokyo in 1944 in a reconnaissance flight that re- 
sulted in more than 700 photographs of potential 
targets for bombing. After logging 2,500 hours 
in the air during World War II, he joined Pan 
American Airlines, but was recalled to the newly 
established United States Air Force in 1947. A 
staff position at the Pentagon soon followed. 

Responsible for reconnaissance and intelligence with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 
he was involved in the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Pueblo Incident and the 1967 attack 
of die Liberty, a U.S. Navy spy ship. He retired from the military in 1970 as brigadier 
general. Survivors include his wife Mary, three sons, two grandchildren and brother 
Wiley Steakley '36. 




RONALD "YOGI" WILSON, 

March 10, 2009, in Maryville, Tenn. He- 
served as the College's wresding club as- 
sistant coach in 2006 and interim co-head 
coach of the women's basketball team in 
2008. Survivors include his wife, son, step- 
daughter, two siblings and several grandchil- 
dren and step-grandchildren. 



1962 

Virginia Pratt Case 

Sept. 23, 2009, in Sacramento, Calif. Survivors 
include two children, nephew Eric Bollman '88 
and four sisters, including Louise Pratt 
Bollman '59. 

Lois Lockett Ragsdale 
March 21, 2009, in Winston Salem, N.C. 
Survivors include her husband, two children, 
two grandchildren, uncle and many cousins. 

Lynn Waddington 
Oct. 31, 2009, in Whidbey Island, Wash. 
Survivors include life partner Margaret, 
daughter, granddaughter and siblings. 

1966 

Jerry McNabr 

Aug. 25, 2009, in Loudon, Tenn. Survivors 

include an aunt and a cousin. 

1967 

I AMI -S BrECKENRIDGE 

March 27, 2009, in Weadierford, Okla. 

Survivors include his sister, nieces and nephews. 

Thomas Llewellyn 

Feb. 16, 2009, in Dallas, Tex. Survivors include 
mother Billie McCoy Llewellyn '36 and two 
brothers. 

Marty Lowe Ri- 

Aug. 19, 2009, in Cape Coral, Fla. Survivors 
include a son and cousin Ibbie Jack Muntz '67. 



1971 

Terry Cox 

Jan. 16, 2009, in Powell, Tenn. Survivors 
include his wife, tour children, granddaughter, 
mother and brother. 

1976 

Charles "Chuck" Watterson 
Jan. 30, 2009, in Churchville, Pa. Survivors 
include his wife, mother, son, brother and 
several nieces and nephews. 

1977 

Robert Kosky 

July 13, 2009, in San Antonio, Tex. 
Survivors include wife Veronica Sawdon 
Kosky '77 and two children. 

1979 

M. Lynn Rogers-Carl 
Aug. 3, 2009, in Knoxville, Tenn., after a 
batde with ovarian cancer. Survivors include 
husband Rick Carl '79, son, parents, brother, 
sister and several nieces and nephews. 

1980 

Jack Grantham 

Sept. 2, 2009, in Knoxville, Tenn. Survivors 

include his wife, children and their families. 



1984 

Jon Chesseb 

Sept 24, 2009, in Knoxville, Tenn. Survivors 
include his wife, sons, father, sister and several 
nieces and nephews. 

1992 

Gerald Pink 

March 17, 2008, in Slippery Rock, Pa., after a 
two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. 
Survivors include his wife and stepchildren. 

1993 

Mary Kathryn "Kathy" Jarrard 
Oct. 22, 2009, in Maryville, Tenn. Survivors 
include her mother, grandmother and several 
aunts, uncles and cousins. 

2005 

Jamie Archer Roberts 

Oct. 13, 2008, in Orlando, Fla. Survivors 

include husband Ryan Roberts '05. 

2009 

Russ Harris 

Oct. 7, 2009, in Sarasota, Fla., while 
snorkeling. Russ had been interning at 
Florida West Scuba School in Venice, 
working toward dive master scuba 
certification. Survivors include his parents, 
two stepbrothers and two stepsisters. 



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also be done online. 

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PRESIDENTIAL RETIREMENT NEWS 

Fund Established in Honor of President Gibson 



As Dr. Dorsey D. "Dan" Ellis '60, chairman of Maryville College's Board 
of Directors, concluded his remarks at the College's annual Founder's Day 
dinner on Oct. 15, 2009, he asked both President Gerald W. Gibson and 
wife Rachel Gibson to step forward for a surprise special announcement. 

Ellis shared with banquet attendees that the Board's Advancement 
Committee had recommended to the full governing body that a new 
endowed fund be set up to honor Gibson's service at Maryville College, as 
well as his commitment to professional development for faculty and staff 
throughout his tenure. 

At the banquet, Ellis reported that the Gerald VV. Gibson Professional 
Development Fund would provide on-going annual Rinds to be awarded 
to individuals or groups to support projects that either enhance the 
College's existing programs of distinction or contribute to the development 
of revolutionary programs or procedures that further enrich the college. 
Proposals for grants to cover release time, travel and conference fees, 
program start-up costs, etc., would be considered. 

"We thought this would be a great way to honor Gerald while insuring 
that his legacy continues to help develop current and future faculty and 
staff," stated Dr. Ken Tuck '54, chair of the Advancement Committee. 
"To review this possibility, we formed a special task force that 
included representatives from the faculty, staff, student body and 

RECEPTIONS 

Hosted and Planned 

TO HONOR GIBSONS 

The College has planned numerous receptions, dinners and other 
gatherings to give constituents an opportu- 
nity to say "best wishes" and 
"thank you" to President 
Gerald Gibson and wife 
Rachel Gibson. 

A "Celebration of Service" 
gathering was held Oct. 17 as 
a part of Homecoming activi- 
ties, and during the MarvMlle 
College Alumni Association's 
annual meeting and reception 
that weekend, the Gibsons were 
recognized with honorary as- 
sociation memberships. 

Jim and Natalie Haslam host- 
ed a cocktail reception in their Knoxville home Oct. 29 that was attended by 
approximately 60 people. 

On Jan. 7, Dr. William DeWeese '64 and wife Martha hosted a recep- 
tion and dinner at Avila Golf and Country Club in Tampa, where more than 
20 alumni and friends from South Florida came out to see the Gibsons. 

A gathering at Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C., is planned for March 13 
in conjunction with the 2010 Choir Tour (see page 10), and a reception will 
be held March 16 at the United States Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C. 

Events are also being planned tins spring for Nashville, Birmingham, Ala., 
and Columbus, Ohio. 

The public will be invited to view the new presidential portrait painted by 
Dr. Carl Gombert, professor of art, in late April. 

Please watch the MC web site and your mailbox for details. 



the community. All believed that this 
fund would be very appropriate." 

Ellis said the Board 
"enthusiastically embraced this 
creative concept." 

"Gerald's leadership has made a 
dramatic difference to this College 
over the last 17 years, and we wanted 
to honor him in a manner that would 
continue his legacy," Ellis said. 

People who would like to contribute 
to The Gerald W. Gibson Professional 
Development Fund are asked to call 
the Advancement Office 
at 865.273.8884 or email 
holly.ludlow@maryvillecollege.edu. 
Checks should be mailed to: Advancement Office, Marwille College, 502 
E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, TN 37804. Simply write "Gibson 
Development Fund" on the memo line of the check. 




Dr Dorsey D. "Dan" Ellis '60 announces the 

^establishment of the Gerald W. Gibson 

Professional Development Fund. 









FOR THE GIBSONS 



PlAf if iv\ toviHvv^! 

Can't go to a reception or make it to campus before 
President Gibson retires? Put your well wishes, thanks and 
memories in writing! 

Fill out the perforated card located in front of this page 
and mail it back to the College before April 30. It will be 
included in a memory book that will be presented to the 
Gibsons this spring. 

If you have questions, contact Diana Canacaris '02, director 
of stewardship and alumni board relations, at 865.981.8198 
or diana.canacaris@maryvillecollege.edu 



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MC WELCOMES DR. BOGART! 

On Feb. 4, the Maryville College Board of Directors announced that 
Dr. William T. "Tom" Bogart, dean of academic affairs and professor of 
economics at York College of Pennsylvania, will be the institution's 1 1th 
president. He will assume his new duties on campus July 1. 

MC alumni, parents and friends will have an opportunity to meet Dr. 
Bogart and his familv after he takes office. For details regarding that event, 
watch the MC web site and vour mailbox.