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reetings from the Maryville 
College campus! 

Many FOCUS readers took with 
them from their student days fond memories of the 
College Woods. As I visit with alumni who haven't 
been back to campus in some years, I often hear sto- 
ries about May Day and Easter Sunrise Service in the 
amphitheater, about Easter breakfasts at the presi- 
dent's home in Morningside, and about visits in the 
home of the Chaplain in the House-in-the-Woods. I 
have to report that the amphitheater is no longer 
used, that Morningside hasn't been the president's 
home in 22 years, and that the House-in-the-Woods 
is now a place for meetings of groups rather than the 
Chaplain's home. But I hasten to assure alumni with 
those fond memories that the College Woods remains 
nonetheless a treasured place for current students, 
faculty, and staff of Maryville College. It is a place 
where we practice careful stewardship. The MC2000 
Plan speaks to this matter. "The College Woods will 

be preserved, and will provide educational and 
appropriate recreational opportunities for the College 
and community." 

At another point the MC2000 Plan speaks more 
generally: "Maryville College in the year 2000 will 
be characterized by... deep commitment to responsi- 
ble stewardship of all its resources." We take those 
words seriously, and in this issue of FOCUS you will 
get more of the details. You will read about environ- 
mental ethics in the curriculum and about both stu- 
dent and alumni involvement in environmental activ- 
ities. You'll get an update on the College Woods as 
well from a faculty member who cares for the Woods 
as much as anyone I know. 

We are also practicing good stewardship of the 
financial resources of the College. In the MC2000 
period we have continued to operate with balanced 
budgets and have grown the endowment of the 
College by more than 70percent. We have, to be 
sure, been assisted substantially by the MC alumni 
who have made gifts to the Annual Fund each year, 
helping us to break records there. Special thanks to 
the many FOCUS readers who helped us set a new 
record of almost 46percent for alumni participation 
in the past fiscal year! That level far exceeds the 
rate reported by our peer college group. 

Many records have been set during the MC2000 
period and many goals achieved. One event that 
alumni and friends will not forget was surely not an 
MC2000 goal, the loss of Fayerweather Hall. We are 
grateful to all those who have expressed their con- 
cern, and offer assurance that even as we lament this 
great loss, the Maryville College community is cop- 
ing and moving with continued optimism toward the 
new millennium. 


Maryville College FOCUS magazine 1999 (issn 309) 

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What Is Your Environmental Ethic? Page 2 

Enchanted Forest Page 5 

Natural Choices Page 6 

Protecting Our Water Page 8 

Through The Eyes Of A MOOSE Page 10 

MC2000: Campaign Update Page 1 1 

Alumni Giving Page 14 

Campus News Page 16 

Alumni News Page 18 

Class Notes Page 19 

Established 1819 

Volume 100, Number 1 

Summer 1999 



Tim Topham '80 

Maryville, Tennessee 



James Campbell '53 

Gerald W. Gibson 

Maryville, Tennessee 

Vice President 


Karen E. Beaty '94 

Denise Smith Vogodo '74 

Director of Alumni and 

Maryville, Tennessee 

Parent Relations 

Recording Secretary 

Mark E. Cate 

Jan Rickards Dungan '65 

Director of Development and 

Louisville, Tennessee 

Alumni Affairs 


Donna F. Davis '83 

CLASS OF 2000 

Vice President of Admissions 

Martha Bess Ellis DeWitt '64 

and Enrollment 

Russell Gibson '82 

David King '93 

Lyn French 

Roger Nooe '62 

Director of Gift Planning 

Judy Penry '73 

Anna B. Graham 

CLASS OF 2001 

Director of Campaigns and 

Jonathan Allison '90 

Principal Giving 

Robert Beam '58 

Priscilla Book Campbell '79 


DeAnn Hargis-Kaminski '88 


Brenda Babb McCroskey '82 

Elizabeth M. Moore '00 

MOOSE participant 

CLASS OF 2002 

Marcia Williams Kling '56 

David Russell '72 

Joe Gilliland '55 

Rebeccah Kinnamon Neff '62 

William Lukens '91 

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What Is Your Environmental Ethic? Page 2 

Enchanted Forest Page 5 

Natural Choices Page 6 

Protecting Our Water Page 8 

Through The Eyes Of A MOOSE Page 10 

MC2000: Campaign Update Page 11 

Alumni Giving Page 14 

Campus News Page 1 6 

Alumni News Page 1 8 

Class Notes Page 19 

Volume 100, Number 1 

Summer 1999 


Tim Topham '80 

Maryville, Tennessee 



James Campbell '53 

Gerald W. Gibson 

Maryville, Tennessee 

Vice President 


Karen E. Beaty '94 

Denise Smith Vogodo '74 

Director of Alumni and 

Maryville, Tennessee 

Parent Relations 

Recording Secretary 

Mark E. Cate 

Jan Rickards Dungan '65 

Director of Development and 

Louisville, Tennessee 

Alumni Affairs 


Donna F. Davis '83 

CLASS OF 2000 

Vice President of Admissions 

Martha Bess Ellis DeWitt '64 

and Enrollment 

Russell Gibson '82 

David King '93 

Lyn French 

Roeer Nooe '62 

Director of Gift Planning 

Judy Penry '73 

Anna B. Graham 

CLASS OF 2001 

Director of Campaigns and 

Jonathan Allison '90 

Principal Giving 

Robert Beam '58 

Priscilla Book Campbell '79 


DeAnn Hargis-Kaminski '88 


Brenda Babb McCroskey '82 

Elizabeth M. Moore '00 

MOOSE participant 

CLASS OF 2002 

Marcia Williams Kling '56 

David Russell '72 

Joe Gilliland '55 

Rebeccah Kinnamon Neff '62 

William Lukens '91 

FOCUS Summer 1999 

At first, they read like fi-eshman ini- 
tiation dares; rites of passage 
that must be endured. 

Students are given rubber gloves and 
asked to go through peoples garbage. 
In cold and wet weather, they tivmp 
through the College Woods with 
Biltmore sticks and clipboards. 

They participate in a campus scav- 
enger hunt in which the only things 
they're asked to find are leaks. 

They open the doors — and their 
minds — to compost toilets. 
In a way, it is freshman initiation. 

It is a 
rite of 
"4J 4 i j sage. 

Freshman Seminar 130: Perspectives 
on the Environment. And it is required. 

Origins and objectives 

"In the process of planning the new curriculum, College 
administrators and students realized that there wasn't a general 
education course that forced students to think about the environ- 
ment," said Dr. Peggy Cowan, coordinator of Maryville College's 
General Education Curriculum. "And part of being a liberal arts 
institution is educating people for participation in the larger 

Prior to the implementation of the new curriculum in 1996, stu- 
dents could voluntarily enroll in Save the Earth, an interim course 
taught by Adjunct Professor and MC alumnus David Powell '66. 
First offered in the late 1980s, the course evolved from discus- 
sions and field trips dealing with all environmental issues to 
focused study of one element of the environment — water, air, 

"Save the Earth was the precursor to our J-Term course on the 
environment," Cowan explained. "Students [on the Curriculum 
Task Force] said all students should have to take that course." 

January courses (often called "J-Term courses"), offered during 
the three weeks between fall and spring semester, take an experi- 

ential approach to learning. Cowan said the hands-on nature of 
the J-Term course is ideal for getting students out of the class- 
room and into the environment to see what effects modern soci- 
ety has on the planet. 

"The overall idea of the Perspectives on the Environment 
course is to make students aware of the conflicts between our 
need to extract resources from the environment and the chal- 
lenges — but the necessities — of conserving," she added. "It fits 
in with our emphasis on cultivating values, making decisions 
based on ethics, and educating students for living lives that make 
a positive difference in the world." 

Four sections are offered in Perspectives on the Environment: 
Garbology (formerly called "Solid Waste"), Forestry, Water, 
Energy. Each student chooses one topic. Four sections are 
offered per topic; 12 to 15 students are in each class. 

For the first week of J-Term, all freshmen learn about the nat- 
ural history of the area — what East Tennessee looked like 200 
years ago and how the Cherokee and the early European settlers 
lived off the land. During the second week, students are 
immersed in reading, data collection, and projects relevant to 
their topic. A speaker is invited during the third week, and stu- 
dents are asked to write essays describing their environmental 

"The pace is relentless," said Associate Professor of Biology 
and Forestry Section Leader Paul Threadgill. "It's a lot of infor- 
mation in a short amount of time. 

"But education is like farming — you plant the seeds and don't 
know when you'll reap the harvest. If we've made them think 
about the environment differently, then the course has met its 

It's a dirty job, but freshmen gotta do it 

For two years, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and 
Garbology Section Leader Jeff Bay has asked families in his 
neighborhood to save their garbage bags for a week. With their 
consent (and assurance that identities will be held in confidence), 
he takes the bags to work where freshmen in his Garbology class 
weigh them and sift through the waste to determine family size, 
ages, and lifestyles. 

The idea of looking through people's garbage came from a pro- 
ject conducted at the University of Arizona several years ago. 
While the objective of the UA study was to look at the effective- 
ness of public information campaigns for nutrition. Bay indicated, 
the basic principle remains: You can tell a lot about people by 
what they throw away. 

"We go through about a week's worth of garbage," Bay 
explained. "Students spend about one to two hours going through 
it. They have a worksheet of questions to answer. 
"Students usually have fun figuring out habits, but it's usually 
very clear which families are doing a good job at reducing waste 
and which ones are not." 
Bay said he tries to get students thinking about how they can 
reduce their waste or incorporate the 
three R's — reduce, reuse, and 
recycle — into their daily lives. 
Studying the garbage of others 
is one way to open the eyes of 
students, he said, but field 
trips to the Knox County 
Landfill and Blount County 
Recycling Center help, 

"We want students 

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to see that what they throw out goes somewhere, and there is an 
effect to that," Bay said. "Many have never thought about how 
much we throw away and how all of that goes into the landfill." 

To sell or not to sell 

In Paul Threadgill's J-Term class on Forestry, all of his students 
are landowners. Role-play landowners. 

"We wanted to engage them in a project that has some rooting 
in reality," he explained. "Because most of the forests in 
Tennessee are small parcels, owned by non-industrial, private 

Eighty-two year-old Barry Commoner, American biologist, ecologist, educator, author and 
former candidate for U.S. president, was a guest speaker at Maryville College Jan. 19-20. 
Dr. Commoner was invited to speak to freshmen as a part of the J-Term course, 
Perspectives on the Environment, but his campus-wide lecture was open to all students, 
faculty and staff members and persons in the community. Attending a reception in his 
honor in the Proffitt Dining Room were Associate Professor of Sociology Dr. Susan Ambler 
(far right) and Dr. Marion T. Hall, Commoner's friend and Ambler's father (center). 

owners, it's realistic to think that these students might come into 
some land some day." 

With that a possibility, section leaders decided students should 
be given the tools to make good decisions about land use. In 
regard to the J-Term class, students decide whether or not they 
would sell the timber on a 25-acre parcel of land in the College 

Using Biltmore sticks, students walk through a few acres of 
"their" land to measure board-feet of lumber the parcel contains. 
Students research the market value of the lumber during that 
month, and they also study the biological effects cutting the trees 
would have on the area. 

"There's not an outcome they're supposed to get," Threadgill 
said, "but most decide not to cut because it wouldn't bring 
enough money. I think many students go into the project thinking, 
'Gosh, I could build a house with the money I earn from this 
sale.' They're surprised at how little money that lumber would 
actually bring — that the pay would be eaten up in cutting costs, 
mill work and other expenses." 

Living downstream 

For English Professor and Water Section Leader David Powell 
'66, water is a complex issue — for students of his J-Term class, 
for citizens of the United States, for himself. 

"The tough part is convincing people that there is a problem," 
Powell said. "As long as they turn on the tap and there's water, 
they're slow to do something. The day they turn it on and it's not 
there, then they're interested. 

"At the moment, we have plenty of relatively unpolluted water 

in East Tennessee," Powell continued. "That's certainly not true 
for the rest of the country." 

Students enrolled in the Water J-Term explore where their 
water comes from, and they experience the process it goes 
through — from water treatment to the faucet. Habits of water 
use are studied on campus, then compared with state and national 

"There have been several projects," Powell explained. "One 
group looked at the water use patterns in the dorms, and others 
tried to find out who leaves the water running while brushing 
their teeth and who takes longer showers. One group tried to 
determine how many leaks there were on campus and the amount 
of water lost in a day because of those leaks." 

Field trips to a water treatment plant and sewage treatment 
plant are also included in the J-Term experience. Discussions are 
held about practical ways students can conserve water and keep 
the water supply clean. 

When students write their environmental ethic at the close of 
the three-week study, Powell said he hopes they see a connection 
between their actions and the state of the environment. 

"Rarely do I get a student who treats this subject lightly," he 
said. "Most admit that they had no idea what's involved — and 
that they are responsible." 

Conscious choices 

"In short, we want students to think about energy in their 
lives," said Assistant Professor of Political Science and Energy 
Section Leader Mark O'Gorman. "We want students to think 
about the conscious acts of turning out lights, driving around in 
cars, heating and cooling their homes." 

Students enrolled in the Energy J-Term class discuss energy 
sources needed to live in a modern society and the environmental 
consequences of those uses. The economic benefits to conserving 
energy are studied as well as the benefits to the planet. O'Gorman 

During the second week of J-Term, students travel to 
Washburn, TN, and the Narrow Ridge Center, an educational 
land-trust where residents practice an ecological lifestyle. Solar 
panels line the buildings at Narrow Ridge, and a small shed in the 
yard conceals a compost toilet. 

According to O'Gorman, buildings on the Narrow Ridge 
Center are built "off the grid," meaning they have no electricity. 
Natural sources of energy are captured and stored. But to stu- 
dents' amazement, office workers at Narrow Ridge have comput- 
ers, fax machines and copying machines. 

"We have to choose when we're going to use them." 
O'Gorman said students are told by the director of Narrow Ridge. 
"For the rest of the time, they're turned off." 

O'Gorman said he wants students to think through that process 
of making daily incidental activities conscious choices. 

"I know when students go up there [to Narrow Ridge], they're 
skeptical. They think they're going to see a bunch of eco- 
freaks," O'Gorman said. "But by the end of the day. you see a 
shift occur in their thinking. The}' realize that these are just nor- 
mal people who happen to have a different environmental philos- 

O'Gorman, who came to teach at Maryville College in 1997. 
said he has been impressed with the objectives behind the 
Perspectives on the Environment requirement. 

"In a couple of years, we will have had 1 .000 students take this 
course. That's 1.000 with an environmental ethic and conscious- 
ness — 1,000 people realizing that every environmental act has a 

4 FOCUS Summer 1999 

College Woods 
provides unique 

by Karen Beaty '94 

Director of Alumni and Parent Relations 

You won't find any high-powered microscopes back there. 
Nor will you find rows of beakers or the periodic chart. 

But just like any laboratory in Sutton Science Center, the 
College Woods is a place where learning happens. 

"The College Woods is a marvelous educational resource that 
you can walk to and from in one lab period," said Maryville 
College Associate Professor of Biology Paul Threadgill. "There, 
our students can study a good diversity of habitats within a small 
area that hasn't changed significantly in the last 50 years." 

Approximately 115 acres make up the College Woods area, 
located just southeast of campus. Scientifically, it is an upland 
forest of mixed aged hardwood and pine. A flood plain runs along 
the creek. 

The area was purchased by the College in 1873, and since that 
date, the space has been a source of countless memories for stu- 
dents. Years ago, Easter Sunrise Services and May Day festivities 
were held in the natural amphitheater of the College Woods, and 
numerous chaperoned — and unchaperoned — dates were 
planned under the canopy of tree branches. 

For Maryville College faculty members, the College Woods 
has long been a source of material. Today, students majoring in 
Biology, Sociology, and Environmental Studies become very 
familiar with the College Woods because of lectures and assign- 
ments given there. And with the introduction of Orientation 110 
and Freshman Seminar 130: Perspectives on the Environment 
(see related article, pages 3-4) in 1997, all freshmen now learn 
the vegetation, the topography, and the paths that make up the 

Science comes to life 

Rattling off course numbers of classes that use the College 
Woods, Threadgill described student assignments that ranged 
from creating a herbarium to figuring board feet of lumber. 

"In Biology 222: Ecology, one of the principals we like to 
illustrate is micro-climates," Threadgill explained. "We give stu- 
dents equipment to measure the air and soil temperatures, humid- 
ity, wind speed, and incident radiation at different locations in the 
Woods. What they find is a real difference between data collected 
on the south and north slopes, in the fields and in the forest, and 
under hardwoods and under pines. 

"In Biology 405: Ecology of Populations and Communities, 
one of our goals is to teach students how to physically describe a 

plant community," he said. "We teach them the techniques to 
determine the vertical structure of a forest and the diversity of 
trees, shrubs, and herbs." 

Biology 311: Natural History of the Southern Appalachians is 
always taught in the spring because of the seasonal emergence of 
wildflowers, other flora, and fauna. 

According to the associate professor, at least one biology major 
every two years incorporates the College Woods into his or her 
Senior Thesis project. 

"It's an outstanding outdoor classroom," Threadgill said. 

A different kind of lab 

While it might be easy for people to see the Woods as a science 
laboratory, Mountain Challenge Director Bruce Guilliaume 76 has 
suggested that the area is a "social science" lab, as well. 

Mountain Challenge, a program operated out of Crawford 
House, provides on- and off-campus constituents opportunities to 
challenge bodies and minds in activities like hiking, biking, 
climbing, rappelling, camping, and canoeing. In the College 
Woods, Mountain Challenge operates a "low ropes" course. 
According to Guilliaume, the course offers 15 to 20 "problem- 
solving initiatives that demand collaboration and cooperation." 

All freshmen participate in the low ropes course during 
Orientation 110, and some classes use the College Woods to leam 
map-and-compass techniques. Guilliaume's staff members also 
use the Woods for outdoor recreation training and mock wilder- 
ness rescue. 

But considering that more than 3,500 people — students, 
church groups, and corporate teams — go through the low ropes 
course, the Woods are an important part of the Mountain 
Challenge program. 

"We would not be the kind of organization we are," Guilliaume 
said, "without the College Woods." 

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by Karen Beaty '94 

Director of Alumni and Parent Relations 

Environmental Studies 
growing in popularity 

Almost 20 current Maryville College students are 
working toward a major in Environmental 
Studies. Formally begun about five years ago, the 
major is growing in popularity, according to Assistant 
Professor of Political Science Mark O'Gorman. 

"Some students already have an interest in the environ- 
ment when they come to Maryville," O'Gorman said, 
"but in most cases, the Freshman Seminar course (see 
story, pages 3-4) is the catalyst in their decision to 
declare the Environmental Studies major." 

O'Gorman coordinates the College's Environmental 
Studies program. Course work involves both the social 
and natural sciences, but students are encouraged to sup- 
plement their studies with courses in the humanities and 
fine arts. 

"The fact that we call this major 'Environmental 
Studies' gives you a sense of how broadly defined a pro- 
gram of this study could be," O'Gorman explained. "The 
broad objectives of the course are to educate students for 
a greater sensitivity and understanding of the environ- 
ment and nature and to teach them how to translate that 
knowledge into practical activities, or praxis." 

Environmental Studies 101 : Introduction to 
Environmental Issues gives students a good foundation in 
the language of the discipline, the major players, and the 
different philosophies. The literary works of Emerson and 
Thoreau are read and discussed, as well as the works of 
Rachel Carson. 

Upper-level courses explore issues such as population, 
geography, natural history and environmental legislation. 

Because of different perceptions in the working world 
for what an Environmental Studies major might be pre- 
pared, O'Gorman said he encourages his advisees to earn 
a minor. One-third of his students minor in Business, 
one-third minor in Sociology, and the remaining third 
minor in Biology. 

According to O'Gorman, Environmental Studies is one 
of the fastest-growing majors in colleges and universities 
across the nation. That has changed significantly in the 
last 10 years. 

"You can do just about anything with this major," the 
professor said of the Environmental Studies major. "It 
really depends on your interest." 

Early ecology course 
shaped alumnus' life 

It was a proximity to campsites, lakes, and fresh air that 
led Brute Smith '68 to enroll at Maryville College, but 
when the Collingswood, NJ, native moved south in 1964. 
it was to prepare for a life on the inside of a dentist's office - 
not for a life in fields, forests, streams, and rivers. 

"Going through high school, I was impressed with our 
family dentist," Smith explained. "By the time I was a senior 
in high school, dentistry was the direction I thought I would 

Smith declared a major, Biology, during his freshman year 
at MC. During those first two years as an undergraduate, he 
was confident in his career choice and enjoyed participating 
in the College band 
and pulling pranks 
as a member of the 
infamous "Porkies." 
But during his 
junior year, he was 
faced with a life- 
changing decision. 

"I was doing fine, 
academically," the 
alumnus said, "but 
during my junior 
year I had to go to 
Atlanta for a test 
that would evaluate 
my small motor 
skills. The test was 
carving a set of teeth out of soap. 

"By the time I was finished, my teeth looked more like 
Dracula's fangs. It was a disaster," Smith added. "At that 
point, it was 'Now, what do I do?'" 

Enter the late Dr. A. Randolph Shields '34. chair of the 
Biology Department, and his ecology course of 1967. 

"'Ecology' was a new word," Smith explained. "At that 
point in time, no one was talking about pollution or protec- 
tion of the environment. People were busy enjoying the envi- 
ronment but not protecting it." 

In 1967. Shields was not only teaching ecology before it 
would creep onto the national landscape, he was exuding a 
passion about its importance. Smith said. 

"You could draw from that belief," he added. 

Despite all of his experiences in the great outdoors. Smith 
said he had never heard of "ecology" before meeting Shields 
and attending Maryville College. But the student discovered 
he had a talent studying the environment and decided to base 
his Special Studies project on that - instead of dentistry. 

After graduating. Smith served in the Army for two years. 
In January 1971, he applied for work in the newly created 
Environmental Protection Agency (see column, page 7). In 
1974, he earned a master's degree in Environmental Science 
from Rutgers University. 

Randolph Shields '34 

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by Bruce P. Smith '68 

EPA, Region 3 Energy Manager 

If you were of college-student age or older in the late 
1960s, you knew that America had a serious pollution 
problem. Many rivers and streams were polluted and 
closed to fishing and bathing. They often reeked of raw 
sewage. You could see black smoke belching from industrial 
smokestacks and feel the burning in your lungs and eyes. 
There were large fish-kills and bird-kills. 

Americans demanded a change, and they demonstrated their 
desire for a clean environment with a huge national Earth Day 
Rally in 1970. In that same year, President Richard Nixon cre- 
ated the Environmental Protection Agency 

I joined EPA, Region 3, located in 
Philadelphia, PA, in 1972 and began working 
on the Agency's top priority — water pollu- 
tion. I learned about wastewater treatment sys- 
tems and the types of pollutants in industrial 

My job involved issuing discharge permits 
to companies that contained strict limitations 
on pollutants. I brought enforcement actions 
against those companies that violated the con- 
ditions in their permits. By 1977, 85 percent of 
the industrial pollution being discharged to the 
nation's waterways had been eliminated, and 
thanks to grants from EPA, sewage treatment 
plants were much improved. 

In the late 1970s, the Agency began to address 
hazardous waste, another big pollution problem. 
Decades before EPA came along, companies in the United 
States had disposed of their toxic waste as cheaply as possible 
— often in landfills, or buried in drums deep in the earth, or 
just released from trucks along roadways. I was put in charge 
of a group responsible for finding and disposing of these 
"toxic time bombs" before they could seriously contaminate 
the environment and jeopardize public health. 

Many "midnight dumpers" were at large, hired by compa- 
nies to dispose of their hazardous waste in secret. Eventually, 
the EPA — with the help of Congress — established laws for 
managing hazardous wastes from "cradle to grave" (i.e., ori- 
gin to disposal). This stopped the midnight dumpers. 

I changed jobs at EPA to lead a team responsible for enforc- 
ing those new laws. In the following years, additional regula- 
tions made it prohibitively expensive for companies to dispose 
of hazardous wastes. Companies learned to recycle and reduce 
the waste they produced. 

I currently manage a group in EPA's air program that 
addresses global warming and pollution caused by the com- 
bustion of fossil fuels for energy. Generating electricity by 
burning coal and oil at power plants produces more air pollu- 
tion than any other industry in the U.S. 

Energy is shamefully wasted in this country because it is 
cheap. The typical coal-fired power plant is so inefficient that 

1968 photo of Bruce Smith 

it needs to produce 300 watts of electricity to light every 100- 
watt light bulb. The technology exists to produce cars that get 
over 100 miles to the gallon, but what do many Americans 
want? They want sport utility vehicles, and these get around 
13 miles to the gallon. (Interestingly enough, American com- 
panies have made car engines a lot cleaner in the past 20 
years, but people are driving a lot more, thereby offsetting 
these gains.) Such waste creates unnecessary pollution, which 
ultimately may affect your health. 
People sometimes ask me what they can do to help the 
environment. I tell them to first become 
knowledgeable about environmental issues. 
An excellent source is the Internet. All gov- 
ernment agencies maintain websites to pro- 
vide information to the public. (EPA's web- 
site address is 

People should become aware of what envi- 
ronmental problems may be impacting their 
communities and should organize community 
groups to deal with these problems. Ask 
yourselves: Is your community located in an 
ozone non- attainment area? Has the cancer 
rate or number of asthma cases been increas- 
ing in your neighborhood? Do sections of 
your community have contaminated drinking 
water? What industries near your community 
release the most toxic pollutants? What haz- 
ardous waste sites are close to your communi- 
ty, and what is being done about them? 
Community groups can rally around issues such as these 
and influence federal and state agencies, elected officials, and 
businesses to do something about them. 

Public support for environmental initiatives is critical. EPA 
has taken a number of actions that have directly impacted the 
lives of American citizens, but some of these actions were not 
always popular. 

I have had a very satisfying career with EPA because I can 
see the improvements to the environment that I helped bring 
about. I can walk along the banks of rivers and see the waste 
treatment plants that I required factories to construct. The 
Potomac and Delaware rivers and the Chesapeake Bay are 
much cleaner now and support a much greater abundance of 
aquatic life than when I started with the Agency. There are 
now buildings, golf courses and baseball fields atop of many 
of the landfills and hazardous waste sites that I helped to clean 
up. The air is cleaner, acid rain is decreasing, and companies 
are recycling or minimizing their waste. However, there are 
still many environmental challenges left to face including such 
things as global warming, ozone, air toxics, and an increase in 
asthma mortalities, to name just a few. 

I continuously thank Maryville College for preparing me for 
this career, and enabling me to make an important contribu- 
tion to society. 

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by Donna Franklin Davis '83 

Vice President for Admissions and Enrollment 


Ramger closes 40^year 
career at Maryville 

^r^r -T 

Young Robert Ramger of Pinellas Park, FL, came to 
Maryville College in 1952 to earn a degree and play 
baseball. One warm spring day in 1956, he graduated 
from Maryville College, returning to campus only three months 
later as Instructor of Biology. His retirement this year marks the 
close of over 40 years of service to Maryville. 

Ramger recalled the 1962 release of Rachel Carson's book, 
Silent Spring, as the awakening of environmental consciousness 
in America. Carson's vivid description of widespread ecologi- 
cal degradation placed environmental ethics on the national 
agenda and led to the founding of the Environmental Protection 
Agency (EPA) in 1970 and the ban on DDT in 1972. Ramger 
was attending graduate school at the University of Tennessee 
during this time where he earned a Master of Science in 

Robert Ramger '56 

FOCUS Summer 1999 

Embryology and a Ph.D. in Limnology, the study of lakes. 

When ALCOA needed to respond to EPA regulations requiring 
it to monitor the quality of the plant's wastewater, an ALCOA 
engineer called Ramger to see if he could provide the necessary 
testing. This marked the beginning of Ramger 's work monitoring 
coolant water from ALCOA's production facilities. Ramger 
recruited MC students to assist with the testing which consisted of 
growing ceriodaphnia (water fleas) and fat-head minnows in the 
coolant water used in the production of aluminum. For seven 
years, Ramger and his team of students provided testing services 
for ALCOA. The project ended when new regulations from the 
EPA required testing by certified labs. 

Today, Ramger is involved with the Little River Watershed 
Association (LRWA), a non-profit group of concerned citizens 
who help to maintain a high quality of water in Little River and 
its tributaries. Working with the Tennessee Valley Authority, 
Ramger and his students test mountain streams using the Index 
of Biological Integrity. To conduct the test, an electric current is 
passed through the water, temporarily stunning the fish and ani- 
mals in the stream. Volunteers scoop the fish out with nets, cata- 
log the variety and sizes of specimens, and return them to the 
stream. Ramger said that Little River, which provides the drink- 
ing water for all of Blount County, is fairly clean "...with an 
index of about 50 on a scale of 60." However, many tributaries 
are polluted by livestock that wander into creeks to drink. To 
clean up the tributaries, the LRWA is helping farmers to rebuild 
the creek banks and to plant trees and shrubs to block the cattle's 

In addition to his work in water quality, Ramger is known by 
many Maryville alumni for his three-week Human Sexuality 
course. The course had its beginnings when Dean Frances Massey 
called Ramger one day to ask him to hold an after-hours session 
in the women's dorm on the topic of human reproduction. Later, 
Ramger 's pastor at New Providence Presbyterian Church asked 
him to attend a workshop on the "Christian Response to Human 
Sexuality and Loving Relationships" to help teach parents how to 
talk with their junior high students. The course that evolved was 
a favorite of College students during the 25 years it was offered. 
Ramger reflected, "I have grown so much as a parent and hus- 
band while teaching this course, and feel that I've contributed to 
students' lives in a very real way." 

Another short course offering was Ramger 's trip to Cinnamon 
Bay on St. John's Island in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Students who 
sign up for the trip are required to prepare in advance a lecture on 
a species found on the coral reef and take turns presenting the 
information each evening. In May of this year, 26 people joined 
Ramger for the trip. Ramger said, "Every time I go to the Virgin 
Islands, I learn volumes of new information. I wonder 
why I didn't learn these things 20 years ago!" 

Ramger and his wife. Sue Kindred Ramger 70, are 
eager to begin a new chapter in their lives. 
"Looking back at my career, I am very fortunate 
that I happened to be at the right place at the right 
time," said Ramger. "Some of my colleagues have 
asked me if I will continue to teach a course now 
and then, but I think it is time to hand it off. I am 
ready to try things I've never tried before." 


by Amy Ralston Vagnier '86 

Foothills Elementary School, fourth-grade teacher 

Touching the Future 

"School is not easy and it is not for the most part very 
much fun, but then if you are very lucky, you may find a 
teacher," wrote John Steinbeck in his essay "On 
Teaching." I remember and honor my first real teacher, 
Dr. Bob Ramger. 

I felt weak in the knees when my MC advisor recom- 
mended that I take biology. Fresh in my memory was a 
high school dissecting class where my anxiety caused my 
hands to shake terribly, launching a formaldehyde- 
enriched starfish into my lap. The first day of class, I 
slipped a novel in my backpack (with hopes of hiding 
behind an opened textbook) and chose a back row seat in 
the Sutton Science classroom. 

Dr. Ramger entered the room and introduced himself, 
providing personal and actually interesting information. I 
was taken aback the next day when he used our names 
during the discussion. I can still hear him say, "Now, the 
great thing about this, Miss Ralston, is that the cells mul- 
tiply and..." He spoke quickly, with animation, and 
before I knew it the hour had passed, my notebook was 
filled with diagrams, and I found myself perched on the 
edge of the chair, becoming interested in science. 

He opened the door to learning for me by conveying 
his passion for biology. Through field trips to wade in the 
muck looking for pond critters and invitations to his 
home for study sessions, he opened his heart and life to 
his students. Guiding and leading rather than lecturing, he 
ignited a burning desire for learning. I grew to love sci- 
ence and began to think about majoring in elementary 

Dr. Ramger is the reason I became a teacher. I waited a 
long time before coming to know the true joy of learning, 
and I wanted to pass this on to young 
children. I will always be grateful 
for my outstanding education 
from Maryville College and the 
preparation for teaching gained 
from Dr. Ramger. He touched 
many lives during his years 
at Maryville and will touch 
many more through my 
teaching as I seek to follow 
his example. 

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Through the 

by Karen Beaty '94 

Director of Alumni and Parent Relations 

MOOSE participants stopped in the Badlands of South Dakota before arriving at 
Yellowstone for volunteer work. 

Students gain perspectives in national parks 

The name of the program is "MOOSE," but that's not what 
the Maryville College students are hunting for when they 
travel to national parks in the western United States. 

Instead, they're looking for work, for lessons of history, for 
their spiritual sides. And they're also looking for nature in its 
purest form. 

"This is primarily a service program, but it's such a multi-lay- 
ered experience," said David Powell '66, English professor at 
Maryville College and leader of the Maryville Outdoor Outreach 
Service Experience (MOOSE). "It's wonderful." 

Begun in the summer of 1998, MOOSE takes a small group of 
MC students out west for a trip that lasts almost four weeks. The 
destination is national parks such as Yellowstone and the Grand 
Tetons, where students complete volunteer work such as building 
and repairing trails, painting picnic tables, and building tent pads 
and corrals. 

Along the way, students see the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, 
Mount Rushmore, the Badlands, Devil's Tower, and the Little Big 
Horn Battlefield. They sleep in tents and cook their owns meals. 
They personally pay for the expense of travel, food, and camping. 

"Whoever took this trip could make it into whatever he or she 
wanted to. We give students a taste of art, botany, and history," 
Powell explained, "but what happens is that we see so many new 
things in the environment that students gain respect more on a 
spiritual level." 

According to Powell, MOOSE was conceived after Maryville 
College English Instructor Linda Clark heard Tom Coates, a pro- 
fessor at Gardner- Webb University, speak at a conference. Coates 
was sharing with the group his 15-year practice of taking 
Gardner- Webb undergraduates to the national parks for service 
projects. After returning to campus, Clark told Jennifer Cummings 
West '95, assistant director of Volunteer Services, about the trips. 
West sought out a leader for the trip. Powell was the first to say 

On July 6, 1998, eight students from MC, three from Gardner- 
Webb, and three adult leaders left Maryville in vans. Among the 
backpacks of personal belongings, boxes of food, and camping 
gear were books on the history and geography of the places they 
would visit. Powell packed a group journal and asked students to 
make regular entries during the drive. 

Of the eight MC students on the 1998 trip, only one had been 
beyond the Mississippi River. 

"When you get west and you see this different landscape and 

you labor to preserve it, there's a connection made that couldn't 
be made anywhere else," the leader explained. "They gain a 
respect for the environment and a recognition of the beauty. The 
best way to understand that is to look through their journals." 

Powell recounted one entry where a student had written of his 
"emotion and desire" for preservation of the land. Another entry 
confirmed that students were realizing preservation would have to 
be led by people like themselves — if it were to happen at all. 

"The underlying assumption" of the trip, according to Powell, 
is that if students visit the national parks and make the parks 
appealing for others to visit through their volunteer work, more 
people will be inspired to protect the environment. 

"I think it changes the way students see the Great Smoky 
Mountains," he added. 

MC programs presented 
at national conference 

A paper written on the Maryville College's MOOSE pro- 
gram will be one of 32 presentations made at the "Greening 
of the Campus III: Theory and Reality" at Ball State 
University Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 1999. Maryville College English 
Professor David Powell '66 and Tom Coates of Gardner- Webb 
University will share with other educators and environmental- 
ists the opportunities for service-learning in the national 

Mark O'Gorman, Maryville College's Assistant Professor 
of Political Science and Environmental Studies Coordinator, 
will present a paper entitled "Educating the Campus 
Community: The Freshman Course ' Perspectives on the 
Environment' at Maryville College." 

Approximately 300 people from 30 states and a few foreign 
countries will attend the conference, which is organized as an 
international exchange of ideas on environmental concerns. 
Large universities such as Duke. Emory. Baylor and Brown 
will also be represented during the paper presentations. 

"The environment has taken its rightful place on the 
Maryville College campus. We went from offering virtually 
nothing 10 years ago to something we can be proud of." said 
Powell. "And now we have so much confidence that we're 
going to a national conference where we present — not just 
one — but two papers. 

"Maryville has come a long way." 


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MC Receives 


for Student Center Project 

as reported in the june 1999 maryville college special report, the 
loss of Fayerweather Hall to fire has created a new urgency for the 

remaining project of the MC2000 Campaign - the expansion 
and renovation of Bartlett Hall as a new student center. 
Thanks to the generosity of hundreds of Maryville College's 
alumni and friends, the College has received $4.4 million in 
gifts and pledges towards the $6.3 million needed to complete 
the project. A remaining $1.9 million is required to reach our 
goal; a $500,000 challenge grant from 
The Kresge Foundation of Michigan will 
help the College close the gap. 

Grants from The Kresge Foundation 
are made toward projects involving con- 
struction or renovation of facilities and 

the purchase of major capital equipment or real estate. Grant 
recipients have raised initial funds towards their projects 
before requesting Foundation assistance. Grants from the 
Foundation are then made on a challenge basis, requiring the 
raising of the remaining funds, thereby insuring completion 
of the projects. 

The $500,000 grant to help fund the expansion and renova 
tion of Bartlett Hall as a student center will be awarded by 
The Kresge Foundation in August of 2000, provided that the 
College raises the remaining $ 1 ,400,000 needed to complete 
the project, by July 1, 2000. 

News of the Kresge Challenge comes at a pivotal time in 
the MC2000 Campaign. With the loss of Fayerweather Hall, 
the College's only student activity facility, completion of the 
campaign to renovate and expand Bartlett Hall as a student 
center is now especially important. 

"MC must raise $1.4 million 

by July 1 , 2000, to receive the 

$500,000 challenge grant." 

"Fundraising must be accelerated so that construction on 
Bartlett can begin this summer, "said President Gerald W. 
Gibson. "We believe that with the strong support of individu- 
als and organizations, the Kresge Challenge and the overall 
campaign goal can be met ahead of schedule. 
"Our standing with this important foundation will be affect- 

ed by our ability to successfully meet the 

challenge," he added. "We are hopeful 
that alumni, friends and organizations 
will rise to the occasion in support of 
Maryville College and the students it 


Throughout the next year, all alumni and friends are 
encouraged to support this important ini- 
tiative, which will provide new 
spaces for many of the 
offices displaced by the 
Fayerweather fire - as 
well as a true "living 
room" for the 
College community. 

.4 Million 

leded to mee 

For more informa- 
tion on giving to this 
project, contact Anna 
B. Graham, Director of 
the MC2000 Campaign, 
at 423/981 -8202. 

$4.4 Million 

to date 

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Volunteers Make 
Regional Events a 

As the College "hits the road" 
across the country in support of 
the MC2000 Campaign, many 
volunteers have come together to make 
campaign events a success. 

"Volunteers make the difference for 
Maryville College," said MC2000 
Campaign Director Anna B. Graham. 
"We simply would be unable to spread 
the word about all the good things hap- 
pening here if it weren't for the help from 
alumni, parents, and friends." 

Names of campaign committee mem- 
bers are printed on this page, along with 
pictures taken at regional events in three 
regions: Sevier County (TN), Atlanta, 
and Washington, DC. Collectively, 
almost 50 volunteers helped out with 
these events. 

"My thanks to all of those people who 
helped us plan, encouraged others to 
'save the date,' and came to the events 
with much enthusiasm and optimism," 
Graham added. "My colleagues and I 
agree that these were some of the best 
events ever organized in the name of 
Maryville College." 

Like to help? Please call Graham at 

MC2000 Campaign 


Norma Lou Loetz Robinson '53 Chair 
Sally Broughton-Ives 
Robert '58 and Sue Nelson Hassall '57 
Mary Jo Pribble '52 


Nancy Gamble Bromley '73, Chair 

Hugh and Tedi Ballou 

Linda Clopton '63 

Jeffrey '70 and Carey Cox Coghill '72 

Donald Ford '56 

Sue Hardrath '73 

Charles '56 and Jean Dildy McFarland '57 

Michael Parks '72 

Pat D'Alba Sabatelle '74 

James '64 and Marianne Jefferson Skeen '66 

East Tennesee 

Cole Piper '68 and Tim Topham '80. Co-Chairs 

Robert Beam '58 

James C. Campbell '53 

Priscilla Book Campbell '79 

Jan Rickards Dungan '65 

Greg Gheen '83 

Mike and Judy McKenzie 

Roger M. Nooe, Jr. '62 

Thomas S. Scott, Jr.. '61 

John C. Trotter '95 

Peter Xiques '78 


Fred G. Morrison, Jr. '61 Chair 
Frank H. Barr '42 
John B. Emery, Jr. '59 
Richard E. Jones '59 

Charles '56 and Jean Dildy McFarland '57 (hatted with 
Vice President and Dean of the College Dr. Nancy 
Sederberg, right, at the June 1 event in Atlanta. 

(L-R) Mike '82 and Brenda Babb McKroskey '82 and Julia Pancoast 
Householder '48 were three volunteers who helped to make the 
Maryville College event in Sevier County a reality. 


FOCUS Summer 1999 


egional Committees 

Lloyd S. Kramer '71 
Rebeccah Kinnamon Neff '62 
Richard E. Nystrom '53 
Robert Ponton '76 

Sevier County 

Joseph Copeland, President Emeritus and Mike 
'82 and Brenda Babb McCroskey '82, Co-Chairs 
Don Bohanon 
Bill and Carolyn Broady 
Dale and JoAnn Can- 
James '50 and Julia Pancoast Householder '48 
Andy Hudson 
Richard Isenberg '5 1 
Johnny and Karen King '80 
Scott and Debra McCarter 
Ron and Jennifer Smith 
John B. Waters 
Lynn '62 and Penny Whaley Webb '64 


Edgar '56 and Nancy Jones Shackelford '58, 

Washington, DC 

Richard Leatherwood, Chair 

Carol Corbett '51 

JoeGilliland '55 

David D. Harris '67 

Lisa M. Harvey '88 

Thomas L. Jones '52 

Andrew W. Loven '57 

Dennis '63 and Sara Mason Miller '66 

Howard Newman '68 

J. Knox Singleton '70 

(L-R) Trenfa Swann, Roy Swann, Dr. Gerald Gibson, Jeanna Swann, and Dr. Joe Copeland were present at the 
Music Road Hotel Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, where the College hosted a reception May 1 3. At the 
reception, Gibson announced the creation of the Amos Arthur Swann Memorial Scholarships for Maryville 
College students from Sevier County. 

(Clockwise, from bottom left) Nan Elliott '83 and Gill Sallade '81, Peggy Caldwell Smith '45, Hugh and Tedi 
Ballou, Jeff Hollar '87, Joe White 70, Eyobong Usanga 74 and Ann Kuykendall Gillespie '63 enjoyed lots of 
food and lots of laughter at the Atlanta home of Nancy Gamble Bromley 73. 

Campaign Director Anna B. Graham, left, shared stories with former 
parents and long-time Maryville College friends Martin and Anita 
Gerra at the June 1 S event in Washington, DC. 

Dr. Sara Parker '66, husband Bill Strait, and Dr. Gerald Gibson discussed the College at a gathering at the 
University Club in Washington, DC. 

FOCUS Summer 1999 



by Lyn French, 
Director of Gift Planning 

"We were among the few who didn't mind the food at the 
College,'' said Lynn Ann Brown Best '36. 

"The rules didn't bother us either," chimed in her sister, Mary 
Gladys Brown Pieper '36. "They were pretty much the same as 
those we lived by at home." 

Optimistic sisters, Lynn Ann and Mary Gladys seem to see the 
glass as three quarters full, especially regarding their alma mater. 

Home for the Brown sisters was Kingsport, Tennessee, when, 
on the combined advice of their Latin teacher and their uncle, 
they made their way to Maryville College in 1932. (Mary Gladys 
could have graduated from high school ahead of her sister but 
took extra course work so they could go to college together.) 
Their uncle, an administrator at the University of Pennsylvania, 
expressed the opinion that people who "didn't have much experi- 
ence with the world" needed the protection of a small college. 

"He was quite wise because we would have been lost at the 
University," Mary Gladys said. 

They were not lost at Maryville College, and they found a 
great deal on "the hill:" knowledge, friends, and life-long inter- 
ests. Though both are now widowed, they also found husbands, 
Ed Best '36 and Archie Pieper '36. They furthermore found a place 
of their future employment. Lynn Ann became the Circulation 
and Reference Librarian of MC, and Mary Gladys taught sociol- 
ogy. Even now, in retirement, on every Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m., 
they go to Thaw Hall where they incorporate new materials into 
the College archives, according to a system formulated by Mary 
Gladys and Chris Nugent, the College's current librarian. 

Their interest in books was well established when they came 
to Maryville and has been constant ever since. 

"I don't really remember learning to read," Lynn Ann said. 
They would sit beside their mother as she read aloud to them and 
then soon they were just reading along with her. The family 
would go to the library each Saturday and pick out several 
books. Their mother, an educator and school principal, set few 
boundaries for their reading, but when she discovered the True 
Romance magazines that the sisters had been given, avidly read 
and then hid, she threw them into a fire, becoming, Mary Gladys 
said with a laugh, "a book burner." 

An English major, Lynn Ann became involved in drama, glee 
club and the choir. In the meanwhile, Mary Gladys, a political 
science major, was involved in drama, debate, and sports. 

"The joy of our varied interests," said Lynn Ann, "was that we 
brought one another different groups of friends." 

"Without cars," Mary Gladys added, "something was always 
going on. We stayed busy making our own diversions." 

Lynn Ann Brown Best '36 

An activity they shared was 
drama, then called "expression," 
led by Mrs. Nita Eckles West. 

"Our mother was a real 
stickler for correct and precise 
expression," said Mary 
Gladys. This skill, fostered at 
home and honed at MC, is 
evident today in the easy, 
vivid expression of ideas in the 
conversation of the sisters. 

Both sisters did graduate 
work. Mary Gladys earned a mas- 
ter's degree from the University of 
Tennessee. She had already 
passed the Tennessee State Bar 
exam when she went on to 
receive an M.A. from the 

Columbia University Library School. Lynn Ann took course 
work at UT before being hired in the College's library. After 
teaching sociology at Maryville College, Mary Gladys worked at 
the New York Public Library. 

Their late husbands, too, stayed involved 
with the College. Archie Pieper, a polit- 
ical science professor at Maryville, 
was active on the Alumni Board, 
and Ed Best served as secretary of 
the Board of Directors for many 

The family involvement with 
Maryville College now stretches 
into a second and third genera- 
tion. Lynn Ann's son, Edwin Best 
Jr. '68 and daughter-in-law, 
Caroline Munn Best '72 are Scots. 
Their daughter, Sarah Best '99. 
graduated this May, and a second 
daughter Katherine is a junior. 

"It all just seemed to flow," said 
Lynn Ann. 

Though both are still very 
active, Lynn Ann and Mary 
Gladys claim to have slowed 

down. World travelers, they now confine themselves to shorter 
trips. Mary Gladys used to work for hours in her yard. Now. she 
says, she still works for hours in her yard, but gets less done. 
They are both involved at New Providence Presbyterian Church, 
book groups, an A.A.U.W. seminar on art and architecture, and a 
historical district volunteer long-range planning committee. They 
work out regularly at a fitness center. 

Both are benefactors of the College, and. along with their late 
husbands, always were. Now they are also both members of the 
Society of 1819. Lynn Ann has made a provision in her will for 
the College. Mary Gladys has established a charitable gift annu- 
ity. It comes, they agree, out of a "sense of stewardship." 

As members of the Society of 1819. their presence will contin- 
ue to be felt throughout the Maryville College future. 

Mary Gladys Brown Pieper '36 


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Alumni Set New Participation Record 

It's official! Maryville College alum- 
ni have again responded to the challenge 
and set a new record for giving partici- 
pation. Forty-six percent of MC's alum- 
ni made a gift to the College during the 
1998-1999 fiscal year that ended May 
31. The new figure breaks the 43.9 per- 
cent participation record set in 1997. 

"I often brag to colleagues about the 
loyalty and commitment of Maryville 's 
alumni," President Gerald Gibson said. 
"This new record further illustrates the 
unique bond between our alumni and 
the College." 

The national average alumni giving 
percentages are 21 percent for all col- 
leges and universities and 32 percent for 
private liberal arts colleges. 

"We've worked hard to emphasize the 
importance of participation," said Mark 
Cate, Director of Development. "But we 
still have a way to go to be in the elite 
group of schools with giving percent- 
ages consistently over 50 percent." 

Alumni giving has risen dramatically 
over the past 20 years. In 1979, 22.5 
percent of the alumni made a gift com- 
pared to 37.7 percent in 1989 and the 46 
percent record this year. 

"Today, more than ever, this statistic 
is used by a number of organizations 
when they consider funding the 
College," Cate said. "And of course, it 
is used by U.S. News & World Report 
when ranking higher education institu- 

Goal set for 2000 

"One down and one to go!" 

Those were the words of National 
Alumni Association President Tim 
Topham '80 when told of the new alumni 
giving participation record set during 
the 1998-1999 fiscal year. 

"The Alumni Board was very opti- 
mistic in setting a 50-percent goal by 
the year 2000," said Topham. "Having 
reached the 46 percent mark this year is 

At its 1998 fall meeting, the National 


Alumni Board Executive Committee set 
the year 2000 goal with hopes of reach- 
ing 45 percent this year. By the end of 
the College's fiscal year on May 31, 
3,523 of Maryville 's 7,660 alumni of 
^ . record had 
*/{* made a gift. 
breaking the 
record of 
43.9 percent 
set in 1997. 

"This is a tremendous show of sup- 
port considering we finished last year at 
just over 41 percent," Topham said. 
"From what I understand, the student 
phonathon callers deserve much of the 
credit for the increase." 

Under the leadership of Phonathon 
Coordinator Chris Howard, the student 
callers increased their number of 
pledges by thirty percent. This year's 
caller roster included: David Alexander 
'00; Vicki Ayers '01; Patrick Baden '01; 
Jessica Ballou '01; Kikki Benson '02; Tomasz 
Czudowski '99; Erica Hayes '01; Tiffany 
McElyea '02; Krista Smith '02; and Erin 
Verhofstadt '02. 

"We are proud of the students' efforts 
and hope that more people will respond 
when called next year," said Topham. 
"As I've said before, every gift truly 
makes a difference when you are talking 
about participation percentages." 

Winner named in reunion 
giving race 

It was another record year for the 
Reunion Giving Program. Revived in 
1997, the program challenges reunion 
classes to make special gifts to the 
Annual Fund. 

At Homecoming, the classes with the 
most dollars raised and highest participa- 
tion rate are recognized for their efforts. 
Then at the end of the fiscal year, the 
winning classes are announced and rec- 
ognized on permanent plaques in 
Anderson Hall. 

All totaled, this year's reunion classes 
raised more than $95,000 for the Annual 
Fund, surpassing last year's $65,000 
mark. The Class of 1983 won the award 
for the most dollars raised with $13,940 
in gifts, while the Class of 1948 won the 
participation award with 65 percent of 
the class making a gift. Congratulations 

to both classes and to Susan Van Aken '83 
and Lib Crawford Roper '48 who chaired 
their respective class programs! 

Other reunion gift chairs included: Art 
Bushing '43; Janet Wood '53; Sid Gilreath 
'58; Dennis Miller '63; Cole Piper '68; Janet 
Conway '73; Pete Xiques '78; DeAnn Hargis- 
Kaminski '88; and David King '93. 

Class of 1 999 breaks 

At the conclusion of this year's Senior 
Gift Campaign, the Class of 1999 had 
pledged $5,985 with 57 percent of the 
seniors participating — both new 
records! The money raised was used to 
build a new sidewalk (see photo) con- 
necting Beeson Village with 
Fayerweather Hall. Senior Gift commit- 
tee members included: Ryan Stewart. 
Chair; Joy Bailey; Sara Baker; Katie 

Brehmer; Lolo Johnson: Heather McCloud: 
Heather Menefee; Trey Murphy: Brian 

O'Connor: Sherry Oden; Erin Palmer; Bobby 
Parrillo: Adam Shepherd; Lucretia Sleeper: 
and Jennifer Windrow. 

FOCUS Summer 1999 



Faculty promoted 

Dr. Carl Gombert and Dr. Roger Miller 
were awarded tenure by action of the 
Board of Directors at the April meeting. 
Gombert was promoted to Associate 
Professor of Art, and Miller was promoted 
to Associate Professor of Physics. 

Ziegler returns to MC 

Rick Ziegler 70 returned to MC this 
summer as Vice President and Dean for 
Enrollment. Ziegler replaces Donna Franklin 
Davis '83 who resigned the position fol- 
lowing nearly 20 years of service to the 
College in order to pursue Ph.D. studies. 

Ziegler comes to MC from his post as 
Director of Admission at Susquehanna 
University in Selinsgrove, PA. 

"I am delighted to be coming back to 
Maryville at such an exciting time," he 

Ziegler worked at MC from 1970 to 
1979 in various positions including 
Residence Director of Pearsons Hall, 
Admissions Counselor, and Director of 

Mountain Challenge wins 
Quality Award 

Mountain Challenge staff learned this 
spring that its Corporate Development 
Program earned recognition as a winner 
of the Tennessee Quality Award. Awarded 
by the Tennessee Department of 
Economic Development, the competition 
included evaluation of leadership, strate- 
gic planning, customer and market focus, 
information and analysis, human resource 
focus, process management, and business 

Fire destroys 

A powerful bolt of lightning struck the 
Fayerweather Hall on Sunday evening, 
May 23, triggering a blaze that destroyed 
the 101 -year old building. 

Fayerweather was the College's student 
center and home to the Education 
Department, Treasurer's office, and 
Communications office. 

All MC students participate in this 
award-winning program as part of the 
Maryville Curriculum. For more informa- 
tion, visit the Mountain Challenge website 

College administrators are working 
with the Knoxville architectural firm 
McCarty Holsaple McCarty to rebuild the 
historic structure with plans to begin con- 
struction this fall. 

Until the new student center at Bartlett 
Hall is completed, the bookstore, post 
office, and Student Development offices 
will occupy temporary buildings located 
adjacent to Cooper Athletic Center. The 
Education Department and Treasurer's 
office are in temporary space in Sutton 
Science Center. 

Do you have memories of 
Fayerweather you would like to share 
with other FOCUS readers? Send them 
to: Alumni Office/Maiyville College/502 
E. Lamar Alexander Pky.lMaryville, 77V 
37804 or e-mail them to: heaty@maiyvil- 

College buys apartments 

Maryville College recently purchased 
Stanley Apartments located across the 
street from the Court Street entrance to 
the campus. Twenty-four MC students 
will live in the 12 apartments which will 
be renamed as the Court Street 
Apartments. The new facility, considered 
honors housing, is needed to accommo- 
date growing enrollment at the College. 

Residents are required to have high 
grades and exemplary conduct records. 
The Court Street Apartments bring the 
total on-campus housing to 730 students. 

College officials expect that all College 
residence halls will be fully occupied for 
Fall Term. 

New faculty join MC 

Three new faculty members have been 
named. Jerilyn M. Swann has been 
appointed as Assistant Professor of 
Biology. Swann earned the B.S., M.S., 
and Ph.D. at University of Tennessee. 

William Benjamin Cash will join the 
Biology Department as Instructor. Cash 
"earned the B.A. at Piedmont College, the 
M.S. at Georgia Southern, and the Ph.D. 
at University of Mississippi. 

Michelle Wilkes-Carilli joins the busi- 
ness faculty as Instructor of Business and 
Organization Management. Wilkes- 
Carilli earned the B.A. at East 
Stroudsburg University and the M.S. and 
Ph.D. at Southern Illinois at Carbondale. 

College area code 

The College's telephone area code is 
changing to "865" on Oct. 1, 1999. The 
current area code (423) will still work 
until the end of January, 2000. 

Physical plant building 

The College's Physical Plant staff will 
soon relocate to brand new facilities locat- 

ed near Gamble Hall. The building will 
provide workshops and office space 
designed for maintenance, housekeeping, 
grounds and security workers. 

Bartlett Hall, home for the Physical 
Plant employees since the early 1970s, is 
undergoing renovations to serve as the 
College's new student center. 


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Palmer Named Outstanding Senior 

Finalists for the 1999 Outstanding Senior Award were (l-r) Sarah Knisley, Marl J. 
Shields, and Rachel Roe. 

'Trey" Murphy, Erin Palmer, Joel 


rin Nicole Palmer '99, a political 
science major from Winchester, 
TN, was named Outstanding 
Senior at the Maryville College 
Academic Awards Banquet held in the 
Margaret Ware Dining Room April 17. 
She was one of five candidates nomi- 
nated for the honor. 

The Outstanding Senior Award was 
established in 1974 by the Maryville 
College Alumni Association. A com- 
mittee of students, faculty and staff 
selects the finalists from a list of 
seniors who have at least a 3.0 G.P.A. 
and who have demonstrated overall 

academic achievement and participa- 
tion in extracurricular activities. 

Palmer participated in a wide range 
of activities while at the College. 
Active in student government, she 
served as her sophomore, junior and 
senior class secretary. She also served 
on the Constitution, Residence, Budget, 
Spirit and Traditions, and Food 
Services committees of student govern- 
ment. She was a senior leadership 
scholarship recipient in 1998 and 
served on the College's Judicial Board 
and Disciplinary Review Board. 

A four-year member of the Lady 

Scots Soccer team, Palmer was a mem- 
ber of the Student Athlete Advisory 
Committee and on the MC Athletics 
All-Academic Team for four years. She 
was also a member of Fellowship of 
Christian Athletes. 

Palmer was a Maryville College 
Dean's Scholar and a Bradford Scholar. 
As a Bradford Scholar, she was a mem- 
ber of the Literacy Corps and served as 
an MC Families tutor and as a tutor at 
the Blount County Children's Home. 

She was a Spanish language practice 
teacher and took part in a summer 
study abroad in Mexico City at the 
Universidad iberoamericana in 1998. 

Palmer served as an MC Peer Mentor 
and worked in the College's 
Advancement Office as a student work- 
er. She was a staff journalist for the 
Highland Echo, Maryville College's 
student newspaper, and served as the 
Maryville College Model United 
Nations Administrative Director in 

The daughter of Lee and Gail Palmer 
of Winchester, she is a graduate of 
Franklin County High School. Palmer 
graduated in May and will attend the 
University of Tennessee School of Law 
in the fall. 

Other 1999 Outstanding Senior 
Award candidates included Sarah Knisley 
'99 and Marl (Trey) Murphy III '99 of 
Knoxville. Rachel Roe '99 of Maryville, 
and Joel Shields '99 of Troutville, VA. 
(Shields is the grandson of the late Dr. 
Randolph Shields '34. long-time chairman 
of the Biology Department at Maryville 

Three receive J.D. Davis 

(Our apologies: Due to the fire in 
Fayei-weather Hall, we have no pic- 
tures of this year's J.D. Davis Award 

Lesley Roberson '99, Lee Simmons '99, 
and Jennifer Windrow '99 were given the 
J.D. Davis Award during the All-Sports 
Banquet on campus April 26. Named 
for alumnus and long-time football, 
track and wrestling coach John A. 
"J.D." Davis '30, the award recognizes 
leadership, athletic ability, Christian 

values and academic achievement. 

Roberson, daughter of David and 
Linda Roberson of Maryville, was a 
four-year member of the Lady Scots 
Basketball team. Team captain for three 
years, she set a school record for steals 

Roberson was voted by her team- 
mates as the "Most Valuable Player" 
during the 1998-99 season, nominated 
to be a Kodak All-American, named 
second from All-South, and named to 
the third team of Division III On-Line 
Team of the Year. 

Simmons, son of Danny and Debbie 
Simmons of Fruitland Park. FL, was a 
four-year starter on the football team. 
At center, he was elected captain and 
"Most Valuable Offensive Player" by 
his teammates in 1998. 

Murfreesboro native Jennifer 
Windrow was a four-year starter on the 
Lady Scots Soccer Team. She finished 
first in career goals (70), was named to 
the All-South Team three times, voted 
"Most Valuable Offensive Player" two 
times, and, during her senior year, was 
elected team captain. 

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Five inducted into 
Wall of Fame 

(Our apologies: Because of the fire 
in Fayei-weather Hall, we have no pic- 
tures of the 1998 Wall of Fame 

Five alumni were inducted into the 
Scots Club's Athletic Wall of Fame, 
which recognizes outstanding individuals 
who have contributed to College athlet- 
ics. Inductions for the 1998 honorees 
were held April 26, 1999, during the All- 
Sports Banquet on campus. 

Football star Sheridan "Dan" Greaser 
'60, baseball, track and football legend 
Joseph Houston '05, tennis stand-out W. 
Lynn Howard '66, track record-breaker 
Stuart Snedeker '36 and basketball and 
softball All- American Sara Covington 
Matthews '85 were recognized by 
Athletic Director Randy Lambert '76. 
Houston and Snedeker were inducted 
posthumously, but members of their 
respective families were in attendance at 
the banquet. Matthews was unable to 

If you would like to nominate an 
alumnus or alumna for the Wall of Fame 
honor, please call the Alumni Office at 

Soccer games scheduled 
for Aug. 22 

Maryville College Head Soccer Coach 
Pepe Fernandez is organizing alumni 
soccer games for Sunday, Aug. 22, 1999. 
A women's game is scheduled for 1 p.m. 
at the campus field; men will take the 
field at 3 p.m. 

Following the games, a barbecue din- 
ner will be offered. 

For more information or to register to 
play, contact Fernandez at (423) 981- 

VISA contributes $5K to 
Association in 1998 

The Maryville College Alumni 
Association collected $5,686.91 from the 
VISA Affinity Card program during the 
1998 calendar year. 

Quarterly earnings were: 1st quarter. 
$1,161.38; 2nd quarter, $1,144.57; 3rd 

quarter, $1,077.60; and 4th quarter, 

First offered in 1988, the credit card 
agreement between the College and First 
Tennessee has meant 


woo fi9 iQC 1 
■ami 'J - - - 

thousands of dollars 
for the Alumni Association. With the 
income, the Association is able to pay 
for student-alumni events, fund Student 
Government projects and buy gifts for 
incoming freshmen and graduating 

The 100 Days Celebration and Senior 
Barbecue (both events that younger 
alumni may remember attending) are tra- 
ditionally funded from VISA card earn- 

Every time cardholders use the 
Maryville College VISA card to make a 
purchase. First Tennessee makes a dona- 
tion to the College. The bank pays .75 
percent (three-fourths of 1 percent) of 
the net sales amount generated by these 
accounts each quarter. 

During the spring of 1998, the 
National Alumni Board set a goal of 
adding 100 card members to the program 
by the year 2000. In March of 1999, 
active credit card users totaled 224. 

"While we are pleased with the way 
the VISA Affinity program is paying off 
for the Association, we would love to see 
more alumni, parents and friends of 
Maryville College get involved," said 
Alumni Association President Tim Topham 
'80. "This is an easy way to help stu- 
dents and the College because most peo- 
ple are already accustomed to using a 
credit card." 

An added benefit, he said, is the pub- 
licity the College gets when alumni liv- 
ing in far-off cities and towns use their 
credit cards, which carry the College 
name, Anderson Tower logo, and found- 
ing date. 

"I know staff members from the 

College carry these applications with 
them when they're on the road, and the 
Alumni Board has made these applica- 
tions available at events like 
Homecoming," Topham added. "I would 
encourage any alum, parent, or friend of 
Maryville College who cares about stu- 
dent-alumni interaction to take an appli- 
cation, fill it out, and send it in." 

To have an application mailed to you, 
please call the Alumni Office at (423) 

Florida Reunion set for 
Jan. 14-16 

The Florida Reunion. Maryville 
College's annual weekend retreat for 
alumni, parents, and friends living in 
Florida, has been scheduled for January 
14-16, 2000, at the Life Enrichment 
Center in Leesburg. 

During the reunion held Jan. 15-17, 
1999, the Florida Alumni Chapter elect- 
ed the following officers: Joe Whitehead 
'78 and son Jeremy, co-presidents: Danny 
'80 and Nancy Freudenthal Morris '81. vice- 
presidents; and Kim Dolce '79. secretary. 

The chapter set a goal of getting 60 
people to attend "Leesburg m." 

Registration materials will be sent to 
all Florida constituents later this year. 
For more information, contact the 
Alumni Office at (423) 981-8197. 

Sisters Libby Lee Burke '65 and Rosemary 
Lee Potter '60, last year's co-presidents of 
the Florida Alumni Chapter, were among 
those who attended the 1 999 Florida 
Reunion in Leesburg. Dates for "Leesburg 
III," the Florida Reunion in 2000, are Jan. 

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David S. Marston '29 writes that broken 
hips, arthritis, etc. keep him in a wheel- 
chair, but he continues to work in his 
home office with a computer and fax, 
consulting on technical manuals and writ- 
ing books. 


Louis B. Blair '32 writes that he is still 
attempting to promote national health care 
reform that provides universal coverage. 
He and his wife, Ernestine Smith Blair 
'34 live in Iowa City, IA. 

Maria Wynn Claiborne '35 and her hus- 
band celebrated their 60th wedding 
anniversary on Dec. 18, 1998. 

Ruth Perry Johnston '35 continues to live 
in Hendersonville, NC. Her husband, 
Elston E. Johnston, is deceased. She has 
four children, 10 grandchildren, and one 

Mary Gillingham Padgett '35 writes that 
she now has five grandchildren and six 
great-grandchildren. She lives in 
Savannah, GA. 

Mark L. Andrews '37 observed the 59th 
anniversary of his ordination to the min- 
istry on Apr. 16, 1999. He is still active 
as Parish Associate in Lewinsville 
Presbyterian Church in McLean, VA. 

Minnie-Lou Chittick Lynch '38 will lead a 
workshop, "Emerging Issues," at the 1999 
conference of the Louisiana Library 
Association. Emphasis will be on Internet 
policies. She was also a program partici- 
pant at the 1999 American Library 
Association Conference: "Library 
Trustees and Technology." 

Donald E. Rugh '38 celebrated his 84th 
birthday on Jan. 11, 1999, while attending 
a mission committee meeting in Concord, 
TN. He writes that, thanks to his present 
wife, Doris, of India, he keeps up contacts 
around the world. 

Howard Sams '38 notified the College of 
the death of his wife, Flora Louise Kelley 
Sams on Apr. 12, 1998. They had been 
married one month short of 56 years. 


E. B. Smith '40 and wife, Jean Smith '46 

were recently house guests in Tokyo of 
the German Ambassador to Japan. In 
1964, the future ambassador was E. B.'s 
student guide on a tour of Germany, 
including East Berlin, which they entered 
by subway to avoid the Berlin Wall. 
Peg Coats Graham '41 notified the 
College of the death of her husband 
Robert E. Graham, on Nov. 16, 1998. He 
was a retired Presbyterian minister. 

Amy Palmer '42 recently toured in north- 
western Mexico including the Copper 
Canyon. She also enjoyed a vacation at 
King Ranch in Texas with her grandson. 

Octavia Blades Edwards '43 celebrated her 
78th birthday by taking a cruise up the 
Inland Passage of Alaska. She has com- 
pleted 10 years as Enabler for 10 church- 
es and ministers for Salem Presbyterian 
Women. In November she plans to travel 
to China and will travel on the Yangtze 

Marion Magill Foreman '43 is moving to 
Racine, WI, where she is building a house 
a mile from her daughter and son-in-law, 
John 71 and Carol Foreman Randall 71. 

Robert K. Lockwood '43 continues to live 
in Farmington, MI, and still travels, gar- 
dens, plays in three golf leagues, and is 
"slowly mastering the computer." He has 
three children and four grandchildren. 

Joel Phillips '44 and Elizabeth Bryant 
Phillips '42 live in Winter Park, FL, and 
write that farming their orange groves 
takes much time and cultivation. Their 
son is also in the business and specializes 
in growing Pomeloes, similar to grape- 

Robert F. Huber '45 has written a book 
about the Mayflower Pilgrims, which has 
been published by Picton Press. "Pilgrim 
Footnotes* (With Humor)" is a collection 
of more than 60 of his articles that have 
appeared in various magazines. Bob is 
editor of the Howland Quarterly and a 
past Mayflower Society governor. Bob 
and his wife, Carolyn Ulrica Huber '47 
toured England, Scotland, and the 
Netherlands in May, 1999. He was tour 
director for 44 members of the Pilgrim 
John Howland Society. 

Margaret Cross Scruggs '46 has published 
her step-by-step book "Fanciful Phonics," 
for beginning and remedial readers. Her 
website is: 

David John Seel '46 former director of 
Presbyterian Medical Center, Chonju, S. 
Korea, received an honorary doctorate 
from Montreat College on May 15, 1999, 
and the Outstanding Alumni Award from 
Tulane Medical School on May 17, 1998. 
He has recently had two books published, 
"Suffer the Children" in 1998, and "For 
Whom No Labor of Love is Ever Lost," 
the 100 year history of Jesus Hospital, 
written for its Centennial Celebration on 
Nov. 7, 1998. 

Dr. Jeanne Keyes Youngson '46 was 
recently the guest of honor at a Henry 
Langlois Memorial Conference in Paris. 
Langlois founded the Cinematheque 
Francaise in 1936. 

Catherine Stout Beals '47 lost her hus- 
band, Dr. Joe Duncan Beals, Jr., on April 

15, 1999. He suffered a heart attack and 
died at their home in Knoxville. He was 
a neurosurgeon and served as chairman of 
the Baptist Health System Foundation 
board. A memorial service was held at 
Second Presbyterian Church in Knoxville. 
Survivors also include his sons, Joe 
Duncan Beals, III, and Brent Beals. 

Phyllis Rainard Haxton '49 and her hus- 
band have recently moved to 
Harrisonburg, VA. They enjoy spending 
vacation time doing volunteer work for 
JAARS at Waxhaw and taking two to 
three week church building trips in 
Belgium, Mexico, Nicaragua, and 


Glen Knecht '50 is now serving as 
Assistant Pastor at 4th Presbyterian 
Church in Washington, DC. Betty Jean 
Greenwald Knecht '51 is helping to care for 
their handicapped daughter and her child. 

William W. Nish '50 and Maggie Newland 
Nish '50 write that their youngest daughter 
traveled to China in May, 1 999, to adopt a 
Chinese baby girl, the fifth grandchild for 
the Nishes. 

Lambert E. Stewart '50 is an elder in 
Venice Presbyterian Church, Venice, FL. 

Laurie Dale Kluth '51 was selected to 
serve on the PCUSA team to observe the 
national election of El Salvador on March 
11, 1999. 

Bob Larson '51 retired in 1992 and has 
since served as interim pastor and/or pul- 
pit supply minister in a number of 
Knoxville Presbytery churches. He and 
his wife, Mary Wills Larson '51 live in 
Lenoir City, TN. 

William W. Willingham '51 recently 
received the J. C. Canipe Award for 
Teacher of the Year at Fruitland Baptist 
Bible Institute in Hendersonville, NC. 

Betty Lou Cutler Boggs '56 and her hus- 
band traveled in Greece and Turkey in 
March, 1999, with a group from their 
church. They plan a four-week tour of 
England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland in 

Ethelyn Cathey Gardner Pankratz '56 is the 
administrator of Providence Child Center 
of the Sisters of Providence Health 
System in Portland, OR. She has been in 
the position for 10 years and plans to 
retire in September, 1999. 

Robert L. Patterson '56 has recently 
retired from Armstrong Atlantic State 
University in Savannah, GA, after 32 
years of teaching. 

Maryel Vogel Smith '56 retired in 1 996 
and then did substitute teaching. She later 
returned to regular elementary vocal 
music teaching for three days a week. 

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Her K-5 choir gave a mini-version of 
"Carmen" with the Cleveland (OH) Opera 
in February, 1999. 

Raymond J. Van Stone '56 recently moved 
to Morganwood, a retirement facility 
sponsored by the Presbytery of 
Philadelphia in Swarthrnore, PA. 

Grace Benham Webb '56 writes that she 
and her husband now have three children 
with spouses and 1 1 grandchildren. 

David Williams '56 and Jean Boyd Williams 
'57 report the birth of a granddaughter, 
Christina Nalle Quiner, on March 22, 

Robert F. Baker '58 has retired to the 
Golden Isles of Southeast Georgia. 


Ralph Ayers '60 and his wife, Kitty, have 
recently opened the Coastal Academy of 
Fine Aits and Crafts in Port Isabel, TX. It 
features an art gallery, retail supply store, 
plaster fun house, art and dance classes. 
Their daughter, Vicki, is entering her 
junior year at MC. 

John's home, the original farm house, was 
built around 1840 — "updated of course." 

Donald C Jackman '62 recently stepped 
down as Chair of the Department of 
Chemistry & Physics at Pfeiffer 
University. He is now enjoying teaching 
and "doing chemistry." 

Betty Sue Talbott Wengert '63 received 
Honorary Life Membership in 
Presbyterian Women PCUSA from 
Orange Park Presbyterian Church 
Women, Orange Park, FL, in 1997. 

Barry Birch '64 is Food Safety Program 
Manager for the New Mexico 
Environment Department. 

Patricia O'Neill 64 is Associate Professor 
of Voice at Louisiana State University and 
performs as a recitalist and in concert. 
She was recently soprano soloist with the 
Louisiana Philharmonic (New Orleans) in 
Brahms "Requiem." She has offered 
master classes at several universities in 
the South and concerts of Irish folk songs, 
folklore and history, accompanying her- 
self on the Irish harp. She is currently 
studying at the Alexander Foundation in 

Three generations of the DeWeese family were present for a College outreach event in Tampa on Jan. 14. From left are 
Emma Narthwood DeWeese '36, her son Dr. William DeWeese '64 and grandson Bradley DeWeese '97. 

Carolyn Siera Coen '61 is moving to 
Madison, WI, where she will be establish- 
ing a consulting firm to do program eval- 
uation, grant writing, research design and 

John A. Lock '61 and his wife have 
moved to Albright Gardens in Beamsville, 
Ontario, Canada, a retirement community 
sponsored by The United Church. John is 
a minister in The United Church. Built 
on a former fruit farm, the community 
consists of some 40 houses, an apartment 
building, and a 200 bed nursing home. 

Philadelphia to become a certified teacher 
of the Alexander Technique. 

David West '64 retired from Maryville 
City School System in May, 1998. He 
lives in Greenback, TN, where is now 
enjoys farming, gardening, hunting, and 
grandparenting his four grandchildren. 

Jeanni Atkins '65 served on a Mississippi 
Press Association committee to discuss 
establishing a state Freedom of 
Information Office. She has served on 
the Mississippi Center for Freedom of 
Information advisory committee and 

wrote a proposal to establish the adminis- 
trative office, clearing house, archives and 
newsletter on the Ole Miss campus. The 
press association has accepted the propos- 
al and Dr. Atkins will be setting up the 
office. She received her Ph. D. from the 
University of Missouri School of 
Journalism; her dissertation was "The 
Genesis and Development of Open 
Meetings Laws in the 50 States." She 
worked with the University of Missouri 
Freedom of Information Center for 12 
years, prior to going to Ole Miss, where 
she is an associate professor in the 
Department of Journalism. 

John Chaki '65 writes that, after 29 years 
selling and managing for Betz 
Laboratories, a corporate takeover has led 
him to retire. He plans to spend time with 
his horses on his farm in Buckingham, 

Benny Monroe '65 was recently inducted 
into the TSS AA Hall of Fame. He 
coached football at Cleveland (TN) High 
School and at McMinn County High 
School, compiling a career record of 21 1- 
53 and leading Cleveland to four state 

W. Lynn Howard '66 represented 
Maryville College as the official delegate 
to the inauguration of Dr. John L. Carson 
as president of Erskine College and 
Erskine Theological Seminary on April 
24, 1999. 

Sara J. Parker '66 recently moved to 
McLean, VA, and married a former high- 
school sweetheart, William Saint. Her 
younger daughter, Marion Scotchmer is a 
student at the University of Virginia. 
Older daughter, Kristin Scotchmen works 
in Washington, DC. Sara's son. Jonathan 
Scotchmer. died in 1995. 

Donna Geply '67 is in her 15th year with 
Center City Ministries in Bethlehem. PA. 
The organization houses, counsels, and 
offers homeless individuals "an atmos- 
phere of Biblical hospitality." 

Ellen Hamlett Ferry '67 is listed in the 6th 
edition of "International Who's Who for 
Business and Professional Women" in the 
area of administration. She is administra- 
tive assistant for Comdata Corporation in 
Nashville, TN. Her first granddaughter 
was bom on Aug. 21, 1998. 

James M. Gifford '67 recently was pre- 
sented with the Berea College Service 
Award for his service to the Appalachian 
region. Gifford is Executive Director of 
the Jesse Stuart Foundation. 

Linda Giesselmann Driver '69 is a technical 
writer and editor for CDI Engineering 
Group at Lockheed Martin Energy 
Systems in Oak Ridge. Her son, 
Christopher, is a senior and musician at 


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MTSU, staying to get a second major in 


Ross Hamory 70 and Christine McCormack 
Hamory '71 are living in Singapore, where 
Ross is the director of the FAA's Asia 
Pacific Region. Chris is a teacher at the 
Singapore American School. 

Jane Elmore Wilson 70 recently compet- 
ed in several tournaments doing tai chi 
chuan and Wah Lum Praying Mantis 
Kung Fu. She was awarded trophies at 
each tournament, including six first-place 

Eileen Myers Zimmerman '70 returned to 
teaching in October, 1998. She now 
teaches a multi-level class of grades 3-7 
in a charter school. She received her 
M.S. Ed. from the University of Dayton 
in 1989. 

Ana Tampanna '71 is working as a cor- 
porate trainer, consultant, and inspira- 
tional speaker. She lives with her hus- 
band and two children in Winston-Salem, 
where she is active in community service. 

M. Shepard Spear '72 was named 1998 
"Developer of the Year" by the North 
East Builders Association. He serves as 
president of the Massachusetts Builders 
Land Trust and senior vice president of 
the Home Builders Association of 
Massachusetts. He is vice chairman of 
the North Reading Community Planning 
Commission and has open space reserva- 
tion legislation pending before the 
Massachusetts "Great and General 

Doug Chase '73 has enrolled in a doctor- 
al program at Princeton Theological 
Seminary where he will begin work in 
September, 1999. 

Hardy DeYoung '73 was the winner of 
the 1998 Presidential Award for 
Excellence in Science Teaching on a sec- 
ondary level for Tennessee. He is a biol- 
ogy teacher at Alcoa High School. 

Delores Bowen Ziegler '73 sang at 
Westminster Presbyterian Church in 
Snellville, GA, recently in memory of her 
uncle, who died April 29, 1999, at the 
age of 80. She also sang the role of 
Romeo in Atlanta Opera's production of 
"The Capulets and the Montagues" in 

Sean Sullivan '74 has been appointed 
Director & Program Head, Tumor 
Endothelium Program at Genemedicine 
Inc. He received his M. S. and Ph.D. 
degrees in biochemistry from the 
University of Tennessee. 

Kathy Royal Wassum '75 recently audi- 
tioned for the Orlando (FL) Opera 

Company and has been notified that she 
has been selected to sing with the compa- 

Virginia Millner Elkins '78 is now teaching 
5th grade after 19 years of teaching 
Special Education. She and her husband 
have five children and are presently 
awaiting their eighth grandchild. They 
live in Venice, FL. 

Carol Friend Rushforth 78 and her hus- 
band, David, announce their adoption of 
Emily Grace Yamei Rushforth, who was 
born July 3, 1996. They spent two weeks 
in China in November, 1997, to complete 
the adoption process. The family lives in 
Marietta, GA. 

Mark Mortensen 79 formed Mortensen's 
Property Services in Littleton, CO, in 

with her nine cats and four dogs. She is a 
group home manager and recreation ther- 
apist for Adult Community Training in 
Blount Co. 

Jim Markle '81 has recently accepted the 
position of Vice President of Network 
Operations for Knology Holdings, Inc. in 
West Point, GA. 

Jo Ann Berretto Lemly '83 and her family 
live in Halifax, NS, Canada, where her 
husband is an exchange officer with the 
Canadian Navy. She resigned her com- 
mission in the US Navy a few years ago 
and has been working as an emergency 
room nurse since then. 

Beth Sieber-Ford '83 has been appointed 
as the Interim Director of the Webster 
Avenue Family Resource Center of the 

(L-R) Gwyneth Williams McKee '49, Rachel Bowman '02, Scott Poland 76, Bridget Bell '99, George Poland '61, Carol 
Greenwood Poland '62 and James McKee '50 attended the 1 999 Scholarship Luncheon. Bowman was the recipient of 
the John M. Poland Presidential Scholarship; Bell received the John M. Poland Scholarship. 

April of 1998. The company's primary 
focus is pruning trees and shrubs and hor- 
ticultural consultation. He recently 
demonstrated professional competency by 
successfully completing the Certified 
Arborist examination administered 
through the International Society of 
Arboriculture (ISA) and the local chapter 
of the ISA. 


Elizabeth Barrie '81 received the M. S. in 
Speech-Language Pathology in 1994, 
from Nova Southeastern University. For 
the past five years she has been working 
at three schools in Miami, FL, as a 
speech-language pathologist. 

Birdie Hilt'81 is playing on a softball 
team in Maryville with several MC gradu- 
ates, remodeling her Victorian house 
"from top to bottom" and keeping busy 

Family Resource Centers of Rochester, 
NY. She is also Director of the Miriam 
Family Resource Center and the Agency's 
Special Projects Coordinator. 

Sharon Wood '83 was selected 
College/University Athletic Trainer of the 
Year for 1999 by the Tennessee Athletic 
Trainers Society. She is Athletic Trainer 
at Maryville College. 

Susan Friedman-Berman '84 was recently 
promoted to the position of Program 
Coordinator with CATCH, a partial hospi- 
talization program in Philadelphia. She 
supervises 10 professional staff and has 
about 60 patients each day at the program 
for mentally ill older adults. 

Susan Jennings Singer '86 writes that, 
after 12 years of teaching kindergarten, 
she is looking forward to putting theories 
into practice as she stays home to raise 
her daughter. 

Alfred Chiverton '89 has completed his 

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medical residency and is currently in pri- 
vate practice in New Orleans, LA. 


Christen Anderson '91 recently took time 
off from her job as chef at the Food 
Business Restaurant in Atlanta to visit the 
Galapagos Islands and Quito, Ecuador. 

Banrin Che Daud '92 is working for the 
government in Malaysia as a superinten- 
dent of customs with Malaysian Royal 
Customs and Excise. He is stationed at 
the import and export section in the sea- 
port of Penang. 

Carrie Callaway Denkinger '92 has 
received her Master of Social Work 
degree and is now an Adult Clinician at 
Region Ten Charlottesville (VA) 
Community Service Board. 

James E. Fitzpatrick '93 moved into an 
apartment in Tipp City, OH, about 15 
miles from his parents in 1998. He is a 
network control coordinator for Emery 
Worldwide and is able to travel a great 
deal since he can jumpseat on any Emery 

Jamie Kent Harrison '93 now works as an 
internal auditor with Home Federal Bank 
in Knoxville, TN. Sandra Brown Harrison 
'94 works on staff with InterVarsity 
Christian Fellowship at Maryville College 
and part-time in MC's sign language 
interpreting lab. 

Carol Millsaps Luckey '93 has been named 
executive director of Maryville- Alcoa 
College-Community Orchestra. 

Lynette King Webb '93 was named 
Teacher of the Year at North Middle 
School in Loudon County, TN, for the 
1998-99 school year. 

Jennifer McCafferty Grad '94 completed 
her Ph. D. in Molecular & Cellular 
Pharmacology at the University of Miami 
School of Medicine in May, 1999. 

Jeffrey D. Huffman '94 is working for 
AEI Music Networks, the largest provider 
of music for businesses in the world and 
"much more specialized than Muzak." 
The corporate headquarters are in Seattle. 

Nancy Allen Lassiter '94 passed the 
Certificate of Transliteration test, com- 
pleting her Registry of Interpreters for the 
Deaf, Inc. certification. She is returning 
to a position as staff interpreter at the 
University of Georgia after a one-year 
stint working for the Department of 
Mental Health in South Carolina. 

Lori Schirmer '94 has been accepted to 
the pharmacy doctoral program at the 
University of Tennessee-Memphis and 
will begin her work in the fall of 1999. 
Lauri Ellis Coffey '95 is completing her 
master's degree in Education at 

University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She 
coaches basketball at Maryville High 

Patrick M. Cummins '95 retired March, 
1997, as Deputy Chief of the Knoxville 
Fire Department. He is starting several 
businesses that market products on the 

Amy E. Lee '95 is a commissioned officer 
in the U. S. Public Health Service/Indian 
Health Service, serving as a physical ther- 
apist at Tuba City (AZ) Indian Medical 

Shedrick D. McCall, Jr. '95 is a juvenile 
counselor with the Reception and 
Diagnostic Center in Richmond, VA, and 
an adjunct professor in Psychology at 
John Tyler Community College. He is 
also CEO and president of Unlimited 
Potential Speaking Firm. 

Erin Quigley '95 is now working at 
Developmental Services Group in 
Columbia, MD. She is a job 
developer/job coach, assisting develop- 
mentally disabled, deaf and hard-of-hear- 
ing individuals to find jobs and train 

Sarah E. Smith '95 is a first-year resident 
at Canlion Health Systems in Roanoke, 
VA, in obstetrics and gynecology. She 
graduated from UT-Memphis College of 
Medicine on June 4, 1999. 

Rachel Winter '95 is a candidate for ordi- 
nation as Minister of Word and Sacrament 
and has completed her second year of 
seminary at Columbia Theological 
Seminary in Decatur, GA. 

Ben Bendever '96 received the MBA 
from the University of Tennessee- 
Knoxville in May, 1998. He accepted a 
management position with Lucent 
Technologies and is based out of 
Greensboro, NC. 

B. J. Ewing '96 recently became R.I.D. 
Certified (C.T) Certificate of 
Transliteration. She is Social Services 
Coordinator with Interpreting Service for 
the Deaf in Memphis. 

Kristin Kant '96 is currently doing the 
research for and the writing of a master's 
thesis investigating the impact of tourism 
on art production in an Appalachian 
Tennessee town. She is a Cultural 
Anthropology graduate student at Temple 

Patrick Murphy '96 recently received a 
Master's degree in Spanish at the 
University of Tennessee-Knoxville. 

Megan Miller Strickler '96 and her hus- 
band had a number of MC friends take 
part in their wedding. Sara Goelz Carey '95 
was Matron of Honor and Rissa Miller '99 
was one of three bridesmaids. Kristi 
Kennedy '93 was the Scripture Reader. 

Also taking part were Charles Reneau '50 

and his wife, Merle, who are special 
friends of Megan's. 

Jon Davis '97 entered the University of 
Cincinnati's Ph. D. program in July where 
he will pursue research in molecular and 
cellular physiology. 

Jennifer Stables Stewart '97 is now work- 
ing at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, 

Jaclyn Lang McDaniels '98 and her hus- 
band live in Murfreesboro, TN, where she 
is a sign language interpreter at Oakland 
High School. They expect their first child 
in October, 1999. 


Ellen Hamlett Petrie '67 to William J. 
Ferry, July 2, 1998. 

Barbara J. Wagner '71 to Martin Skiles. 
June 18, 1998. 

Eric D. Booth '94 to Angi D. Giltnane, 
May 22, 1999. 

Gina Victoria Davis '94 to Drew Edward 
Berman, March 27, 1999. 

Many MC alumni were present (or the wedding of Patrick 
Murphy '96 and Grace King '97 in LaFayette, GA. 

Ben Bendever '96 to Deborah Beard. Oct. 

24, 1998. 

Megan Ashley Miller '96 to Geoffrey 
Mark Strickler. May 29. 1999. 

Patrick Murphy '96 to Grace King '97 Aug. 
1, 1998. 

Kevin Turner '96 to Julie Coltrin. April 

25, 1999. 

Jennifer Stables '97 to Brooks Stewart. 
March 6, 1999. 

Keli Jean Stewart '97 to Kevin Dayne 
Meadows, March 13. 1999. 

Jessica Shea Garrett '98 to Christopher D. 
Thomas '98. March 27, 1999. 


Paul Heinze '82 and Dorothy Carson Heinze 


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'84, a son, Jan. 9, 1998. 

Jo Ann Berretto Lemly '83 and her hus- 
band, David, a daughter, Marina 
Christine, Aug. 8, 1998. 

Kevin Crothers '85 and his wife, Patti, a 
daughter, Lindsay Eryn, May 13, 1999. 

Joanie Williams Marshall '85 and her hus- 
band, Steven, a son, Riley David, Dec. 
13, 1998, their second child. 

Susan Jennings Singer '86 and her hus- 
band, Mitch, a daughter, Madeline Nancy, 
March 25, 1999, their first child. 

Jon Allison '90 and his wife, Kim, a 
daughter, Katherine Lee, May 8, 1999, 
their second child. 

K. C. Cross '90 and Melissa Combest Cross 
'91, a daughter, Karlee Stricklin, Feb. 11, 
1999, their fourth child. 

Rae Ann Hickman McCurry '90 and her 
husband, David, a daughter, Judith Ann, 
Feb. 14, 1999, their second child. 

Kathleen North Powers '91 and her hus- 
band, Raymond, a son, Joseph Curtis, Jan. 
9, 1999. 

Stottie Cline '92 and his wife, Alicia, a 
son, Easton Scott, Sept. 25, 1998, their 
second child. 

Jennifer Stanley Holley '92 and her hus- 
band, Del, a daughter, Leah Elizabeth, 
May 3, 1999. 

Ted Belflower '93 and his wife, Lori, a 
daughter, Hope Elizabeth, Feb. 1, 1999. 

Shedrick D. McCall, Jr. '95 and his wife, 
Nancy, a son, Shedrick D. McCall, JU, 
Dec. 3, 1998. 

Richard Wayne Norman, Jr. '95 and Claire 
Thomason Norman '96 a son, William 
Hunter, March 16, 1999. 

In Memorium 

Denna Reaves Dame '26 on May 13, 

1999, inGaffney, SC. She had taught 
and lived in Dawson Springs, KY, for 
many years prior to moving to Gaffney to 
live with her daughter. Survivors include 
a sister, Gladys Reaves Sullivan '36. 

George Sewell Shanks '27 on March 22, 
1999, in Clarkston, MI. He had retired 
from the Pontiac Motor Division in 1971 
after completing 43 years of service. 
Survivors include a son, four grandchil- 
dren and several great-grandchildren. 

John Trevithitk Wriggins '28 on Dec. 17, 
1998, in Middletown, OH. He had been 
ordained a Presbyterian minister in 1931, 
and served churches in New York, 
Pennsylvania and Ohio. Survivors 
include a daughter, Dr. Aimee Wriggins 
Richmond '44. 

Edith Burns Little '30 on May 5, 1999, in 
Maryville. She was active in New 
Providence Presbyterian Church, D. A. 
R., Blount Historic Trust, East Tennessee 
Historical Society and a number of other 

civic and community organizations. 
Survivors include brothers, Herbert V. 
Burns '34 and John T. Burns '33, and sister, 
Inez Burns '29. 

Vera Boyd Stupak '30 on March 26, 
1999, in Bar Harbor, ME. She had 
taught school in Cleveland, OH, for 
many years. Survivors include her hus- 
band, Andrew; son, Donald Stupak '62; 
daughter-in-law, Beverly Ball Stupak '63; 
two grandsons and one great-grandson. 

Laura Jean Workizer Bailey '32 on March 
14, 1999, in St. Petersburg, FL. She had 
taught in the Pinellas County School 
System. Survivors include a daughter 
and two sons and their families. 

Carrie Lou Tweed Clopton '34 on March 

30, 1999, in Birmingham, AL. Survivors 
include her husband, J. Malvern Clopton 
'34; and two daughters, Linda Clopton '63 
and Larry Ann Bridgeman. 

Margaret Kelbaugh Ferguson '35 on Aug. 
14, 1998. Survivors include her husband 
Blundon G. Ferguson '32 of Marietta, GA. 

Virginia Doran Pennington '36 on March 
6, 1999, in Blanco, TX. She was a 
retired teacher and had been a champion 
of education for women, for capable stu- 
dents from the lower middle class and 
for migrant children in South Texas. 
Survivors include a daughter and two 

Elizabeth Kent Tomlinson '36 in Kennett 
Square, PA, following a lengthy illness. 
Survivors include a son and daughter, 
and sister, Louise Kent Alexander '39. 

Turley Farrar '37, in August, 1996, in 
Pelzer, SC. He had formerly lived in 
Memphis, where he was retired general 
surgeon and former chief of staff at 
Baptist Memorial Hospital. Survivors 
include his wife, three daughters and a 
son, and their families. 

Sara Fay Kittrell Schwam '39, on March 

31, 1999, in Maryville. She was the 
widow of the late J. Howard Schwam, 
who taught at Maryville College. She 
was a retired teacher, a member of 
Maryville First United Methodist Church 
and active in many community organiza- 
tions. Survivors include an aunt, a num- 
ber of cousins, and several nieces. 

Edward 0. Baker, Sr. '40 on Sept. 1, 

1998, in Schenectady, NY, after a brief 
illness. He had been a senior project 
engineer with General Electric Co. prior 
to his retirement. Survivors include his 
wife, Irma Souder Baker '39, two daugh- 
ters and a son, and their families. 

Suzanne Fickes Egelston '40, on Jan. 24, 

1999, in Sedona, AZ. She and her late 
husband had moved to Sedona in 1975. 
They were members of the Church of the 
Red Rocks and were avid hikers. They 
were involved with the Westerners and 
Keep Sedona Beautiful. Survivors 

include a daughter, Linda Stock. 

James H. (Joe) Etheredge '40, on Sept. 
20, 1998. Survivors include his wife, 
Elizabeth Gaultney Etheredge '41, of Fort 
Walton Beach, FL. 

Helen Trotter Miller '42, on April 13, 
1999, in Athens, TN. She was a retired 
teacher. Survivors include a daughter, 
Nancy Miller. 

Sara Jones Winkler '42 on Apr. 10, 
1999. She lived in Louisville, KY. 
Survivors include her daughter, Janice 
Winkler '69. 

Jane McFarland Holland '44 on Jan. 31, 
1999, following 39 days in the hospital. 
She had had infection following heart 
valve replacement surgery and then suf- 
fered strokes. Survivors include her hus- 
band, Clarence Holland, of Miami, FL. 

Jean Ellis McCulley '45 on Nov. 23, 

1998, in Maryville. She had suffered 
from MS for over 30 years. Survivors 
include two sons, four grandchildren, 
and sister Edwinna Ellis Coffey '43. 

Polly Lickteig Rawson '47 on Feb. 14, 

1 999. She was an active member of 
First Presbyterian Church of Monroe, 
LA. Survivors include her husband, 
Paul Rawson, four children and three 

Evelyn Marshall Bunch Tergerson '47 on 
Nov. 20, 1998, in Clifton, TX, following 
a heart attack. Survivors include a 
daughter, Kay Sawyer. 

Margaret Zoe Sayre Webster '49 on Feb. 
10, 1999, in Caldwell, ID. She was mar- 
ried to the Rev. William H. Webster, and 
together they had served churches in 
Missouri, Kansas, Wyoming and Idaho. 
Survivors include two sons. (Husband 
William died June, 1999.) 

Glenn Davis Smith '50, on Aug. 10, 

1998. He had been an engineer for the 
U. S. Federal Government. Survivors 
include his wife, Muriel Headrick Smith 
'50, of La Plata, MD; two daughters, and 
two sons. 

Mary Biggs Hicks '62, on April 8, 1999, 
in Stone Mountain, GA. Survivors 
include her brother, Morgan Biggs '56 of 

Maureen Cary Antman '71 , on May 29, 

1999. She was former advertising man- 
ager at Georgia Theatre Company and 
member of Rock Spring Presbyterian 
Church. Survivors include her husband, 
Bruce H. Antman, of Atlanta, and a son. 

Paul Anagnostis '85 on April 8, 1999. 
He was an attorney in Miami, FL. and 
died following a bone marrow transplant 
and lengthy illness. 

Charles Logsdon '92 on Feb. 23, 1999, in 
Knoxville. He had worked at BTR 
Sealing Systems North America. 
Survivors include his wife, two sons, 
two daughters, and their families. 

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Tim Tophom '80, Alumni Association President 

As I write this, summer has come to 
Maryville College. Campers and conference 
participants have temporarily moved into 
the residence halls, and an interesting mix of young 
and old stand in serving lines in the Margaret Ware 

Dining Room. A few 
buildings on campus 
are receiving some 
attention from mainte- 
nance crews while 
community residents 
walk, jog, or push baby 
strollers past trucks, 
heaps of gravel, and 

These are the 
sights I've come to 
expect as I drive 
through the campus 
during the summer. 

Although end- 
of-year doesn't come to 
the minds of many peo- 
ple in June, it does for 
the folks who work at 
Maryville College. 
With the dawn of June 
1, 1999, the College 
closed its books on fiscal year 1998-1999. In one 
specific way, it was a very good year. 

As you've probably already read in this issue of 
FOCUS, the alumni participation rate broke a 
record, and the Alumni Association's goal of having 
45 percent of alumni making gifts to the College 
was surpassed. 

Today, I'm happy to write that 46 percent of my 
fellow alumni answered our call to make a differ- 
ence. If you participated, I thank you. With these 
figures in, National Alumni Board members and I 
are confident that a 50-percent alumni participation 
rate is well within sight for the year 2000. 

That's next year, but fiscally speaking, we're 
already there. 

Five years ago, the year 2000 seemed, to me, more 
like 25 years away. With all the advertisements 
using the word "millennium" and all the Y2K talk, I 
now realize that it's just months away - five months 
away by the time this issue of FOCUS is in your 
Amazing, huh? 
About as amazing as the College's preparation 

for a freshman class — the Class of 2003 ! — this 
September that will number more than 300 new stu- 

... perhaps as amazing as erecting three new 
buildings while renovating another. 

... Or maybe as amazing as raising nearly $14 
million of the $16 million needed to, as Maryville 
College President Gerald Gibson says, "take the 
College confidently into the future" and complete 
the MC2000 Capital Campaign. 

This is where the College stands today. And 
whether you're an alum of Maryville. your child is 
an alum, or you simply love the mission of this 
180-year-old institution, we hope you're excited 
about where this College is and where it's going. 
On the inside back cover of this issue, you can 
read information about the upcoming Homecoming 
and Reunion Weekend. You can read that the theme 
for this year's celebration is "Crossroads." And 
from reading that page, you can also get an idea of 
why it's called "Crossroads." I've already alluded to 
some examples of how Maryville College is at a 
point in its history where it's never been before, but 
let me tell you who - and what - may be seen at 
these "crossroads:" 

* 1 ,000 students enrolled at Maryville College; 

* a quality liberal-arts education that is recognized 

* a dedicated alumni body and alumni participation 
percentage that distinguishes Maryville College 
from institutions of similar size and purpose: 

* campus facilities that remember and respect the 
past but operate with the future in mind: and 

* leaders and concerned constituents who realize 
the seriousness of the crossroads and approach 
dilemmas with much hope, faith, and enthusiasm. 

I hope you will put the Homecoming dates on 
your calendar and plan to visit the campus. I hope 
you will continue to be interested in what's happen- 
ing at the College and that you will continue to sup- 
port it. 

Every May, we can anticipate the end of the fis- 
cal year. However, we can never know, for sure, 
when we'll next be standing at a crossroad. 


Tim Topham '80 

Alumni Association President 


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CrOSS^roadSikfos'rodz') n. a. A place where two or more roads 
meet. b. A place where different cultures meet. c. A crucial point. 


Like the rest of the world, Maryville College is 
preparing to enter the 21st century and a new millen 
nium. 1999 is a crucial period in the College's history 
as evidenced by traveling the campus "crossroads." 

Historic Fayerweather is gone. A new building will 
soon be erected in its place. Historic 
Bartlett Hall waits to become home "' 

for student life. Residence halls and 
classrooms overflow with students. 

It's a time for big decisions; it's a 
time of great possibility. And there's 
never been a better time to come 

Mark your calendars for Homecoming and Reunion 

Weekend, October 22-24, and make plans to be in 

Maryville, Tennessee. 

At these old crossroads, you'll see the walls of new 

buildings rising up into the blue October sky. You'll 

marvel at an old building looking new again. You'll 

notice more Maryville College stu- 

— i dents than ever before crisscrossing 

' the campus sidewalks. You'll hear 
„ r , ,,-,, _, old friends and roommates, 

L, J^ J^ v_jj^ beloved professors and memorable 

— , ,. , , — staff members recounting "the old 

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You'll be very proud to be an alum, a parent or a 

friend of Maryville College. 


Alumni Citation, Young Alumni award winners announced 

Joseph Dawson '69 

Henry Van Hassel '54 

Boydson Baird '41 

Kandis Schram '85 

Four Maryville College alumni will be honored with awards during the annual 
Alumni Association Meeting and Banquet, scheduled for Oct. 23 in the Margaret 
Ware Dining Room. Joseph M. Dawson '69, Henry J. Van Hassel '54, and Boydson 
H. Baird '41 will be given the distinguished Alumni Citation. Kandis M. Schram '85 
will become the first recipient of the Kin Takahashi Award for Young Alumni. 

Since 1961, the College has awarded citations to special alumni whose contribu- 
tions to professional, business, civic, or religious institutions have significantly bene- 
fited society and thereby brought honor to their alma mater, or who have rendered 

unusual service in any capacity on behalf of the College. No other alumni recogni- 
tion by the College is more prestigious than the Alumni Citation. 

The Kin Takahashi Award for Young Alumni of Maryville College was approved 
by the National Alumni Board in 1998. Named for an 1895 alumnus, the award is 
reserved for "any alumnus/alumna who has, within 1 5 years of his/her gradua- 
tion of Maryville College, lived a life characteristic of College legend Kin Takahashi, 
who, in his 36 years of living, worked tirelessly for the betterment of his alma 
mater, his church, and his society." 



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