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from the Maryville College Campus 

When this Summer 2002 issue of FOCUS arrives at the homes and 
offices of readers, Maryville College will just have sent out into the 

world another 170 or so graduates. 
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because of the Civil War, Maryville 
has held 172 commencement 
ceremonies during its 183-year 
history. At each, whatever the era, 
commencements have served to 
transform Maryville seniors into 
Maryville alumni. 

Commencement is, of course, 
merely symbolic of the real trans- 
formation. The claiming of a 
diploma signifies change that has 

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change of happenstance, but of a 
purposeful educational plan. We 
jride ourselves at Maryville 
College on providing whole-person 
education. Our faculty and staff 
have fashioned a program of study 
and a set of student activities 
designed to develop the intellectual, 
the physical, and the spiritual person. 

At the heart of the program of study is The Maryville Curriculum, 
which the college catalog describes as "a program of general educa- 
tion... based on the conviction that liberal learning is the best 
preparation for a satisfving and successful lite." This curriculum has 
specific educational goals set by the faculty as they seek to assure in 
Maryville's graduates the scope of knowledge, the array of skills, and rhe 
qualities of character that equip them for citizenship, leadership and 
service. Students start with Freshman Seminar, and The Maryville 
Curriculum is part of their lives in every year of college. As the catalog 
puts it, they encounter "a curricular structure with integrated freshman 
and senior experiences that provide coherence along with solid 
beginnings and a clear culmination to the liberal arts experience." 
The culmination comes in that last, senior year, the part of the 


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successful ;;; 

The Maryville 

Curriculum dates 

only from 1996, 

every alumnus 

who has graduated 

here since 1947 

still has vivid 

memories ot the 

Senior Thesis (or 

"Special Studies," 

as it was called tor 

some time), a 

tradition retained bv our newest curriculum, and a great tie-it-together 

assignment. On pages 6 and 7 of this issue, you can read about theses 

topics chosen by a few of this year's seniors. Seniors also get to 

demonstrate their overall mastery in the major with another retained 

tradition of even longer duration, Comprehensive Exams, which have 

been challenging seniors since 1937. 

There are also two requirements for seniors that are known as 
"capstone courses." One of these, Senior Seminar, you can learn more 
about from examples on pages 2-4, and on page 5, where Dr. Lori 
Schmied supplies insight into faculty aims for this course which is 
intended "to integrate across at least two of the three modes of inquiry: 
scientific, artistic, humanistic." The other, a course entitled 
"Philosophical and Theological Foundations of Ethical Thought." 
Ethics 490 — as it is more commonly called — is a January Term offering. 
The course is interdisciplinary, and calls on the senior to "reflect on 
general education, major courses of study and chosen vocation" as he or 
she "considers the ethical dimension of the human experience." So there 
is considerable opportunity — and quite a lot of encouragement — for 
seniors to tie together the extensive array of experiences they have 
accumulated over their rime at Maryville. We believe that integration is 
immensely valuable. 

The 2002 seniors have now taken on their alumni label. They are 
looking toward graduate studies, professional school, vocation and 
parenting. We trust that this issue of FOCUS will suggest what 
has happened to them here at Maryville College to ready 
them for all that 
lies ahead. 


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Curriculum is part of their lives in every year of college. As 
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A Publication for Alumni and Friends of Maryville College 


Maryville College FOCUS magazine 2002 (issn 312) 

Published three times a year 

Maryville College 

502 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway 

Maryville, TN 37804-5907 


subscription price - none 


Judy M. Penry '73 

Knoxville, Tennessee 


James Campbell '53 

Maryville, Tennessee 

Vice President 

Carol Callaway-Lane '92 

Nashville, Tennessee 

Recording Secretary 

Tim Topham '80 

Maryville, Tennessee 


CLASS OF 2002 


JoeT. Gilliland'55 
Marcia Williams Kling '56 
ebeccah Kinnamon Neff '6 

David G. Russell '72 
William F. Lukens, Jr. '91 


CLASS OF 2003 

Beverly Atchely '76 

Sharon Bailey '69 

Carol Callaway-Lane '92 

Danny Osborne '76 

James Skeen '64 

CLASS OF 2004 

Rick Carl '77 

Christopher Lilley '87 

Sylvia Talmage '62 

John Tanner '93 

John Trotter '95 


Tying It All Together in Senior Seminar 480 Page 2 

These "capstone courses" have the power to change seniors' 
lives just months before they graduate. 

Senior Thesis ... The End Of The Journey Page 6 

For three members of the Class of 2002, senior thesis memories 
will involve a wider community of people who may be affected 
by undergraduate research. 

Talkin' Trash Page 8 

Research, study and observation lead six students to help a local company 
become more socially responsible by improving its recycling efforts. 

llflC's Cool Heating System Page 8 

One alumna uncovers the innovative heating system operated at Maryville 
College. What once was considered an experiment is now an environmentally 
friendly, money-saving plan. 


Going On To Greatness... 

The MC Window of Opportunity Plan Page 1 2 

We have a plan! Read all about the strategic plan that will take Maryville 
College on to greatness through the year 2007. 

Focus on Faculty Page 16 

Thanks to a Fulbright Senior Specialists grant, Dr. Terry Simpson spent two 
weeks in Saudi Arabia working with the curriculum development team at the 
country's Ministry of Education. Find out who learned the most. 

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Integrating Educational Experiences.. 

Alumni Profile: Jack Proffitt '41 

Campus News 

Alumni News 

Class Notes 

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The four panels of a gift represent the 

four years of a Maryville College 

education. From Mountain Challenge 

experiences to classroom learning, the 

College's curriculum helps students "tie 

together" the elements of whole-person 

education before Graduation Day. 


Dr. Gerald W. Gibson 


Mark E. Cafe, Vice President for College Advoncement 

Karen Beaty Eldridge '94, Director of Public Relations 

Libby Welsh '59, Director of Donor Records 


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Tying It All Together 
In Senior Seminar 480 

The College catalog describes Senior Seminar 480 this way: "A capstone course that provides the 
student with the skills and opportunity to integrate across at least two of the three modes of inquiry: 
scientific, artistic, humanistic. The approach is thematic and draws on global perspectives. " 

When faculty members developed the current curriculum, they wanted to offer courses that would 
encourage students to tie together many of the experiences they had had throughout four years of 
study at Maryville. Today, Senior Seminar courses offer seniors such an opportunity - and a lot more. 
Senior Seminar 480 asks students to examine their own lives, their own world and their own 
expectations -just months (or days) before they walk across the Commencement stage. 

Photo captions: Page 3: Cemetery (L-R) Dr. Brian Pennington, David Hopewell Jr., Erin Verhofstadt; 

Music Hall (L-R) Katie Pilgrim. Dr. Bill Swann, josh King; Page 4: Dr. Chad Berry; 
Student group (Front row) David Ruble, Matt Ennen, Adrienne Clark; (top row) Kelli Silva, Paul Wieck 

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Out of mortality, vitality 

"How morbid." 

That's the reaction Erin Verhofstadt 
frequently received from friends and family 
when she told them she was enrolled in the 
Senior Seminar course "Meditations on 

And admittedly, parts of it 
were - a field trip to a local 
mortuary, classes in the college 
cemetery discussions on the 
biological process of dying. 
But more than anything, when 
Verhofstadt looks back on the class she took dur- 
ing the fall of 2001, she says it was enlightening. 

"Unless people ask you these types of 
questions, you really don't think about your 

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own death," said the senior biology major. 
"Talking about dying makes you think about 
living. The class was so enlightening." 

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Dr. Brian Pennington, assistant professor 
of religion, teaches "Meditations on Death." 
Having taught the course twice, he knows that 
Verhofstadt is not alone in 
her final analysis. 

"The common reaction 
is that students recognize 
their own mortality," 
Pennington said. 
The course blends 
psychology, religion, medical science and at 
times, world cultures. Pennington begins the 
course with discussions surrounding "How We 
Die," a book by Dr. Sherwin B. Nuland that 

offers a very descriptive, but very compassion- 
ate, view of the medical and 
emotional transformations that terminally ill 
people go through. 

"It's the most popular book in the class," 
Pennington said. "Students seem to like it 
because they learn a great deal about diseases 
people they know have died from." 

Pennington asks about those people and 
those losses. Students' first journal assignment 
is to describe one personal experience of death 
that they have had. 

"It's unique among my classroom 
experiences because [the topic] is deeply 
personal, but we also explore some basic 
questions about the most profound of all 
human mysteries," the professor said, adding 
that he warns students at the beginning of the 
semester that even if they don't cry during 
class, they should expect to see others cry. 

The course explores funerals and funerary 
ritual, and compares how Americans treat 
death as opposed to how other cultures treat it. 
Pennington asks students to describe, in their 
journals, what they would like their own funerals 
to look like. He also asks what students believe 
will happen to them after they die. 

Embalming is explained, as well as 
cremation and the grieving process. Students 
spend almost 1 classes discussing the lectures 
of American philosopher and psychologist 
William James and his 1902 work "The 
Varieties of Religious Experience." 

From these discussions, Pennington said 
he encourages students to think about which 
religious type represents them: An optimistic 
person who is at peace with the world, or a 

pessimistic person who constantly struggles 
against the unpleasant realities of human 

"The course in general encourages self- 
examination," the professor said. "Seniors are 
going through a transformation. They're at a 
moment in time when they're about to make 
some major decisions that will affect their 

"They make the comparison all the time 
- death and graduation," he said. 

Classes in the college cemetery are 
framing exercises, Pennington explained. 

"On the last day of class, we go to the 
college cemetery, and students sit and talk 
about their experiences in class. I ask them 
what they hope to do with the conversations 
we've had," Pennington said. "What I 
frequently hear from students is that for the 
next 50 to 70 years, they have to make sure 
that theit lives matter." 

Facing the music 

Students enrolled in Dr. Bill Swann's 
Senior Seminar course may experience deja vu 
when their professor asks them to "step outside 
of their comfort 

during the fall 2001 semester. His assignment 
was to write a report that answered who, what, 
when, where and why questions. 

"It was really eclectic," King said of punk 
rock. "I saw other kinds of music in it." 

Experiencing and dissecting music that is 
outside of students' comfort zones is only one 
assignment in the course. Other assignments 
include listening to musical recordings, reading 
books about the psychology and sociology of 
music and making presentations to the students 
in the class. 

The course description for "Music and 
Culture" explains the goals of the course this 
way: "A culture defines its music, and the 
music defines the culture. In this course, 
students will explore cultural perspectives 
regarding music of the whole earth." 

In preparing to teach the course, Swann 
knew that his students would have, from the 
general education curriculum, a good founda- 
tion in world cultures and the fine arts. But he 
knew he faced challenges when it came to 
opening up the eyes - and ears - of 21- and 
22-year-old Americans. One of the bigger 
challenges is the limited variety of music to 
which they are exposed. 

Music and Culture: 
A Finely Woven Canvas 

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zone." For MC 

students, comfort 

zones are discussed 

and defined during 

the freshman year 

and usually during 

a Mountain 

Challenge outing of 

rappelling, rock climbing or spelunking. 

Swann, a music insrructor who teaches 
"Music and Culture: A Finely Woven Canvas 
requires students to step outside of their 
comfort zone by attending a concert, festival 
or club that offers music they normally 
wouldn't listen to. 

"I want to expose students to lots of dif- 
ferent kinds of music," Swann said. 
"And not just to listen to it, but 
to understand it and to ask, 
'What's happening here?' If they 
do these things, they have a better 
chance of connecting to the culture." 

Senior Josh King, a theatre 
studies/ English double major 
who has a special appreciation for 
jazz, took on punk rock while he 
was enrolled in Swann's course 

Another challenge is 

Americans' desensitization to 

"We struggle to hear music 
the way native cultures do," 
he continued. "Native cultures 
are not bombarded with 
music, so when it's made, this 
music is a bigger deal to them [than it is for 
American audiences]." 

Swann had a diverse representation of 
majors in his fall 2001 class. Since many had 
no musical training, he spent time talking 
about musicians' emotional and spiritual 
investments in their compositions and 
performances. Swann said a group of students 

researched the history or Muzak or "elevator 
music" and were surprised to learn how 
seriously these musicians take their art and 
how purposeful the music is intended to be. 

Listening to and discussing African pop 
music, Native American music and classical 
Indian music, students begin to think about 
how the music makes them feel, Swann said. 

And armed with that philosophy and 
those skills, Swann said, students are better 
able to evaluate the musical genres thev claim 
as their "favorite." 

"By the end of the course, students begin 
to see how much of 'their' music is a commod- 
ity," he said. "That doesn't take away from its 
artistic merit, but it still has to be packaged 
and sold. 

"I want students to look beyond what 
they're being sold and try to find those things 
that they actually connect with," he continued, 
adding that he hopes graduates apply that 
litmus test to everything they encounter. 
"[Music and Culture] is the sort of 
course I wish we offered yearly," he said. "I 
think these discussions are extremely valuable." 

Challenging Graduates To 
Challenge The World 

It was music that drew Leigh Williams to 
enroll in a Senior Seminar course entitled 
"The mole World is Watching: The 1960s, 
Youth and Civic Engagement." Williams is a 
fan of Janis Joplin, the Beatles and the Rolling 

After almost completing the course and 
facing graduation, Williams isn't so much 
interested in 60s music. Instead, she's focused 
on how she is going to make a difference in 

the world. 

"In this class, I realized how self-involved 
I was becoming," she said. "Before, I thought I 
would go to law school, open up an office 
downtown, make money, 
pay off my loans. ... I was 
looking out for No. 1." 

Law school isn't out 
of the picture for 
Williams, but it will have 
to come aftet a master's 
degree in social work and a 
stint in the Peace Corps. 
She feels a strong calling to 
advocate for people's rights, but in order to 
fight for those rights, she believes she needs to 
understand the people and their struggles. 

Williams has MC and Dr. Chad Berry to 
thank for the wake-up call. Berry, associate 
professor of history, developed the Senior 
Seminar course that has, at its heart, a 
convincing argument that the young people of 
the world can rally, successfully, for change. 

"The 1960s were a time of great 
optimism - an optimism I don't think this 
country has seen since," Berry said. "We 
tackled issues of poverty, inequality and 
injustice and believed that we could solve 

"There is such cynicism today that people 
of the 60s and their optimism are ridiculed," 
he continued. "That's why I wanted to teach 
this course. I want to fight this cynicism and 
light a fire under students. They have all of 
this theoretical knowledge; after graduation is 
a good time for them to put it into practice." 

Berry said he doesn't set out to glamorize 
the 1960s or give students a political agenda in 

"The Whole World is Watching." Instead, 
he strives to show ways the decade was a 
model for civic engagement and ways it was 
an anti-model. 

"The Sixties" by Terry 
Anderson is required read- 
ing, in addition to John 
Lewis' memoir and Tobias 
Wolff's "In Pharaoh's 
Army: Memories of the 
Lost War." Berry ends the 
course with class discus- 
sions of "Scars of Sweet 
Paradise," a biography of 
Janis Joplin and an exploration of the counter- 
culture that emerged. 

Anderson's "The Sixties" is an important 
text, Bern' said, because few college students 
today know very much about the issues or 
major players of the decade. What they do 
know about, he learned on the first day of 
class, is generational guilt. 

"This generation is very conscious of 
being compared to other generations. They are 
frequently asked, 'What are you all doing with 
your lives?,'" he explained. "My students said 
they could never be like the generation that 
protested and fought for change." 

They're able to live with that attitude, he 
said, because many students believe the protests 
and struggles of the 1960s solved all the problems. 

"In this course, they quickly learn that 
there are lots of societal problems remaining," 
he said. "The youth of the 60s only started the 
ball rolling." 

To show his students close-to-home, 
real-life models ot people challenging the 
status quo, Berry invited two alumni, Doug 
Gamble '68 and June Rostan '69, to class in 
February to talk about how they and other 
students fought for change at MC during the 
1960s. Gamble led the charge against the in 
loco parentis status of college policies; Rostan 
was influenced by Chaplain E. Fay Campbell, 
who challenged her to commit her life to 
service, which she did. 

More than 30 years later, Leigh Williams 
and several of her inspired classmates are 
following in Rostan's footsteps. 

"One of the sayings in the 60s was 
'Think globally, act locally,'" Williams said. 
"This means change starts in the community. 
A few people can bring about change. It 
doesn't take thousands to have a movement." 

FOCUS Summer ; 

Integrating Educational Experiences 

By Dr. Lori Schmied, professor of psychology 

I was a member of the General Education 
Task Force that developed the current 
curriculum. Under the leadership of then Vice 
President and Dean Dr. Dean Boldon and 
guidance of the faculty, my colleagues and I 
worked for two years creating the current 
structure. The Senior Seminar was a new 
concept for the general education program. 

The previous general education program 
was considered to be too front-loaded, as it 
was possible to have completed all the general 
education requirements by the junior year. The 
Task Force wanted to have a structure that was 
more balanced, and faculty particularly liked 
the idea of a capstone seminat in addition to 
the senior Ethics course. 

The designation as a senior course 
ensured that all students would have completed 
the majority of their general education require- 
ments, so we could assume a common core of 
knowledge. I supported the inclusion because I 
believe it is important for students to have 
integrative experiences in their education. We 
expect that to happen in their major, such as 
with the Senior Thesis experience, but we had 
not deliberately addressed it in the general 
education curriculum. Integration is a higher- 
order intellectual skill that cannot be addressed 
without an adequate knowledge base and 
developmental attainment. We wanted to allow 
students the opportunity to put their general 
education, as well as their major, to work in 
the analysis of an interdisciplinary topic. 

Currently, I am teaching a Senior 
Seminar course entitled "Cross-Cultural 
Healing and Alternative Medicine." I immedi- 
ately thought of this topic when I was on the 
Gen Ed Task Force. My doctorate is in an area 
of psychology now called Health Psychology. I 
have long had intetests in the mind-body 
connection and in my research have explored 
the relationship between psychology and phys- 
iology. Since the Senior Seminar is supposed to 
be interdisciplinary, this seemed an ideal topic. 

Another requirement is that the seminar 
has to have a global dimension. This is where 
the emphasis on cross-cultural healing comes 
in. Using the knowledge gained from other 

general education courses such as Western 
Civilization, World Cultures and the Natural 
Science sequence, students can contrast other 
healing traditions 
with those in our 
own culture, as well 
as critically examine 
alternative medicine. 

I also thought 
the topic of alterna- 
tive medicine and 
healing is very 
conremporary and 
high in intrinsic 
interest. This is an 
area of health care 
that is booming, and 
most students have 
had some exposure 
to alternative 
medicine prior to the 
course. It is a topic 
that is televant to everyone because we all need 
to be able to make intelligent and critical 
choices about health care. 

As I write this, the class is at the mid-term 
point and in ttansition from the cross-cultural 
healing focus to issues in alternative medicine. 
The students have just finished an integtative 
analysis of a theory about cross-cultural healing 
and a case study from our texts. We've started 
a text and discussion on midwifery because it 
is an excellent example of a health strategy that 
was once mainstream and normative in this 
country, was marginalized by the professional 
medical community and now is considered 
"alternative." We'll have a guest speaker, 
Julia Cain Phillippi '96, who is a practicing 
certified nurse midwife. Future guests will talk 
about alternative therapies at a local clinic and 
the integration of alternative medicine at a 
nearby hospital. 

In our local community, we have every- 
thing from acupuncture to yoga to sound therapy. 
With the different therapies, I've had to ascertain 
the underlying philosophy, cultural context (if 
any), methodology, physiological explanations 
(if any), credibility and efficacy of treatment. I 

do not consider myself an expert in the topics 
of alternative medicine and cross-cultural healing, 
although I might be considered a "master learner." 
To lead this course, I have 
had to do extensive reading, 
both on theory and practice, 
and in the process, really 
stretch myself, academically. 

One of the special 
things about the Senior 
Seminar experience is that 
the class is comprised of 
many different majors and 
because they are all seniors, 
they have acquired a certain 
depth of knowledge in their 
own fields now. Everyday, 
I get viewpoints from all 
different perspectives. This 
makes for an incredibly rich 
and diverse learning 
Just yesterday, one of my students came 
up to me after class to show me what she had 
just been reading in her Economic History 
text. It was an analysis that directly pertained 
to our class discussion about the legitimization 
of modern medicine, and it set the historical 
and economic context. She was amazed 
because offhand, one wouldn't think there 
would be any connection between the two 

For obvious reasons, students who are 
preparing for a career in medicine are interested 
in my Senior Seminar course. Last year, one 
student told me that several of the issues we 
discussed in class actually came up in her 
interviews for medical school and she was able 
to have a much more articulate and thoughtful 
response than if she had not taken the course. 

I see a connection between alternative 
medicine and the educational experience we 
offer our students. In alternative medicine, 
there is a longing for a more holistic approach, 
a philosophy that emphasizes treatment of the 
whole person, not just a body part. With its 
emphasis on whole-person education, the same 
is true of the liberal arts. 

FOCUS Summei 2002 

By Holly Craft '02, Public Relations Intern 

Senior Thesis 351-352. 

The words alone can bring tears to 
students' eyes. 

The images Senior Thesis conjures up are 
numerous: Struggling to choose a topic. 
Working one-on-one with a faculty advisor. 
Coordinating two semesters of research, 
writing, rewriting and deadlines. Graduating - 
or not graduating - because of its requirement 
in the general education curriculum. 

For three members of the Class of 2002, 
Senior Thesis memories will involve more than 
themselves and faculty members at MC. They 
will involve a wider community of people who 
may be affected by undergraduate research. 

Shannon Whitvvorth is majoring in child 
development and learning for teacher licensure. 
Her thesis, "Effects of Service Learning on 
Altruism and Undesirable Behavior in 
Children's Home Children" suggests a unique 
way to teach children and contains research 
related to teaching skills that may positively 
affect children's behavior. 

As a freshman from McMinnville, Tenn., 
Whitworth first overcame a fear of flying and 
boarded a plane for Texas, where she spent 
three weeks at Cumberland Presbyterian 
Children's Home in Denton. The daughter of 

Fulfilling a student teaching requirement for 
graduation, Shannon Whitworth 
instructs sixth-graders at William 
Blount Middle School. 

a Cumberland Presbyterian minister, 
Whitworth heard of the home through her 
father. She knew it was a home for 
children whose families were going 
through rehabilitation. 

As a Bonner Scholar, she used 
the experience to fulfill a service- 
learning requirement the summer 
of her freshman year. She also 
observed the behavior of children 
ages 4 to 18. 

"I got the idea for my thesis 
aftet I visited the home after my 
freshman year," she explained. "The 
first time I went there, I noticed negativity in 
the children." 

Two summers later, she went back to the 
home to research how service-learning may 
affect them. 

"The time in Denton was the most 
powerful experience I had," the senior said. 
"Evervthins; came together in that research." 


Whitworth adapted Howard Muscott's 
curriculum into her thesis. Muscott, an education 
professor at Rivier College in New Hampshire, 
created "So Prepared," a service-learning 
curriculum that focuses on emotionally and 
mentally disturbed children. By first teaching 
social skills, the children can then take those 
skills into a service environment. 
Whitworth's thesis supports the effectiveness 
of service-learning as a catalyst for altruism. 

At the children's home, Whitwotth 
taught two different topics: social responsi- 
bility and environmental 
issues, adding that 
her MC general 
education courses 
helped her discuss these 
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added research. One of her Freshman Seminar 
courses, Perspectives on the Environment, as well 
as a biology class on the 
Southern Appalachians benefited 
her thesis work, she said. 

Her thesis deals with 
mote than teaching. 

"I wanted to blend my 
teaching background, which 
deals with the curriculum, and 
my psychology background, 
which deals with altruism," she 
said. "Senior Thesis is a 
ttemendous amount of work, 
but if you take it and get creative with it, it 
can be useful." 

Dt. Ariane Schratter, assistant professor of 
psychology, found it useful. Using Whitworth's 
research, Schratter will incorporate service- 
learning inro Psychology 334: Culturally 
Diverse and Exceptional Children. A program is 
also being developed so that children enrolled 
in Blount County schools will also benefit 
from the research. 

Whitworth's after-graduating plans include 
moving to Alabama to teach. She said she 
believes she is bettet-ptepared to lead a class full 
of students, thanks to her senior thesis project. 
"I gained a lot of teaching ability and 

S service skills 

^tUtL. while work- 

ing on my 
thesis," she 
said. "And 
working with 
my advisor, 
Dr. [Sally] 
Jacob, I also 
trained a good reference." 

Like Whitworth, Mark Brininstool was 

away from Maryville College when the Senior 
Thesis lightning bolt struck. 

"The trip to South Africa was of personal 
interest," said the economics major from 
Chattanooga, Tenn. "I tried to develop a thesis 
so I could apply it to South Africa. I wanted 
to apply research to another 

The thesis Brininstool will 
give to Senior Thesis Editor Pam 
Bunde 79 at the end of the 
semester is entitled "The Harris- 
Todaro Model of Migration." 

This model of migration 
suggests that people from rural 
areas are led to urban centers 
because of an expectation of 
higher wages. Brininstool said 
this type of migration can be seen around the 
world and is not restricted to South Africa. 

"It can be related to anywhere there are 
people migrating from poor areas to areas with 
expected higher wages," he said. 

In an attempt to determine what affects 
migration the most, he examined three factors: 
education levels, income levels and the number 
of times a person visited home. By determining 
what factors are most influential in a particular 
place, programs can 


be developed to bring 
jobs into poorer areas 
so that people do not 
have to move. 

In addition to 





identifying those who 
could help him find and 
verify data, Brininstool said his 
general education class in Statistics 
120 was of immeasurable help. 

"[Understanding] statistics is a 
good basic skill because in most 
research-type settings, it is important 
to look at data and be able to arrange 
it in a way to prove or disprove 
theories," he said. 
Brininstool's research suggests that having 
more businesses in urban areas creates social 
problems. More people migrate toward those 
businesses but fewer people get jobs, creating 

"We don't want people to 
have to move," he said. 

Brininstool hopes to go on 
to graduate school following 
graduation. He said he believes 
his Senior Thesis project has been 
a good preparation for master's 
level classes and a good ending 
for an undergraduate career. 
1 "I learned a lot about 

research. I probably learned 
more from mistakes than I 
learned from the things I was doing correctly," 
he said. "Thesis is a good preparation for 
graduate school. It helps to know what you are 
getting into." 

It was a bout with chronic bronchitis - 
not depression - that introduced Dani Thomas 
to St. John's Wort. 

"I have chronic bronchitis, and my dad 
tells me to drink tea," explained the senior 
chemistry major. "I found that the tea contained 
hypericum, which is a major compound in St. 
John's Wort." 

From that revelation, Thomas decided to 
study the anti retro viral properties of 
hypericum and bring awareness to the 
many clinical uses of it and the 

medicinal herb, St. John's 






Her thesis is entitled "The Chemistry of 
St. John's Wort: An Herbal Treatment for 

Unregulated and sold mainly as a nutri- 
tional supplement in the United States, St. 
John's Wort is used extensively for depression 
in other countries. (In Germany, it is prescribed 
20 times more than Prozac.) 

Thomas, who hails from Sarasota, Fla., 
said she believes that the combination of 
general education courses and science courses 
helped her throughout her thesis work. 

"They completely gave me the tools to 
understand the implications of my thesis," she 
said, adding that her research findings indicate 
that more stringent regulations from the Food 
and Drug Administration are needed to monitor 
the medicinal herb. 

Thomas plans to enroll in medical school 
after graduation. She hopes to enter a program 
that focuses on patient-centered medicine and 
considers both traditional and non-traditional 
approaches to treatment. 

"[My Senior Thesis] has given me some- 
thing to talk about, articulately, in medical 
school interviews," she said. "It's given me the 
opportunity to explore something interesting 
on my own with appropriate guidance." 

Whether their theses will aid FDA reg- 
ulators, the improvement of children's 
behavior or the prevention of unneces- 
sary migration, these seniors will grad- 
uate knowing that, armed with the 
truths of research and rhe power of 
the pen (or word processor), they 
can make the world a better 

FOCUS Summer; 


Eat, drink and be socially 

Three students from MC and 
three students from Graafschap 
College in the Netherlands worked 
to prove that it could be done at 
the Ruby Tuesday Lodge in the 
College Woods. 

They weren't working in con- 
junction with MADD, nor were 
they espousing the importance of 
designated drivers. The "socially 
responsible" challenge had nothing 
to do with alcohol - but everything 
to do with recycling. 

"It's important [to Ruby 
Tuesday management] that the 
lodge be socially responsible," 
explained Pieter Olthof, a market- 
ing and communication major at Graffschap 
College. "They want to recycle." 

From Februarv through April, Ruby 

In a presentation at the Ruby Tuesday Lodge this spring, Maryville College 

students and Graafschap College students (l-r) Jessica Lambert, Jeroen de Vries 

Valerie Brown, Hannie Eggink, Chris Brillante and Pieter Olthof 

suggested ways the lodge could increase tecycling. 



Tuesday Lodge Manager James Prine invited 
the six students to work in the lodge's ground 
maintenance, kitchen, housekeeping and serv- 

. .*'.■ ;.: v r j!f • 

ing services. In addition to work, 
students participating in this project 
also observed how much garbage 
the lodge generated and how much 
material the lodge staff recycled. 

(Since 1997, Ruby Tuesday Inc. 
has leased the residence and property 
formerly known to the Maryville 
College family as Morningside. 
After extensive renovations and 
constructing anothet addition on 
the property, the Ruby Tuesday 
Lodge currently serves as the place 
where the restaurant chain's 
managers stay during a week-long 
training period.) 

The recycling project was co- 
sponsored by a grant administered 
by the U.S. Department of 
Education's Fund tor the Improvement of 
Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE) and Cross- 
Cultural Solutions (CCS). CCS seeks to bring 

MCs "Cool" Heatim System 

When Alyson Neville Knight '93 was 

attending Maryville College, she didn't give 
much thought to how her residence hall 
room was heated, where the "hot" in her hot 
shower came from or what the steam plant 
below the College Hill was all about. 

Entering the campus from Lamar Street, 
she frequently noticed the plant and the tons 
of woodchips piled outside, but if Knight 
thought anything at all about it, she thought 
it was a very primitive way to heat a college 

Certainly not in her scope of thinking 
was that, eight years after graduating, she 
would be writing about the plant's innova- 
tiveness for a eraduate school course. 

ared fmm MC with a ^-^ •' learned so much in 

Knight graduated from MC with a 
major in sign language and interpreting. 
While employed as an interpreter with the 
University of Tennessee's Disability Services 
department, Knight assumed some of the 
public relations duties of the department. 
Her experience there led her to pursue a 
master's degree in Public Relations at UT 
She hopes to graduate later this year. 

"In the fall of 2001, 1 took an environ- 
mental reporting course, where [classmates 
and I] learned about five major environmen- 
tal issues: energy, water, solid waste, forestry 
and urban sprawl," Knight explained. "We 
took several field trips and had speakers rep- 
resenting every issue come and speak. I 

that class about the details of the issues." 

Knight's professor encouraged students 
to publish the stories they wrote for class. 

"I was trying to come up with a story 
for my energy article," she said. "I had taken 
a tour of solar homes, but I heard that 
Maryville College used sawdust as an enetgy 

She decided to call Andy McCall, the 
Colleges physical plant director, and father 
of her MC friend and roommate for three 
years, Jana McCall Nash '93. 

From her phone conversation with 
McCall, Knight learned that the College's 
current heating plan originated from an 





By Karen Beaty Eldridge '94, 
Director of Public Relations 

t 1 1 1 

international students together with American 
students to learn problem-solving skills in a 
workplace environment. 

Maryville College was one of three colleges 
in the United States chosen to team up with 
three European schools in England, the 
Netherlands and Germany. Students chosen to 
participate in this FIPSE/CCS project travel 
abroad and work on projects that integrate 
business and environmental issues. 

"This is a significant international program, 
and we are very excited that Maryville College 
was chosen as one of the U.S. schools," said 
Dr. Mark O'Gorman, Maryville College 
assistant professor of political science and 
project supervisor. "And we are very grateful 
that Ruby Tuesday Inc. and the lodge became 
a partner in this important project." 

Goals of the Maryville College-Ruby 
Tuesday project included determining what 
could and could not be recycled at the lodge, 
investigating recycling options already available, 

determining the costs and benefits of recycling 
and recommending a waste recycling plan for 
the lodge. 

"If we can help the lodge find ways to 
recycle, then maybe other restaurants will 
follow suit," said Valerie Brown, a Maryville 
College junior majoring in business. 

Early in the project, the students learned 
that the lodge was recycling cardboard but 
nothing else. Working with the lodge's house- 
keeping staff and cleaning lodge rooms after 
guests departed, the students were able to see 
how many plastic and glass bottles were being 
used — and thrown away. 

"Bottles accounted for the largest 
percentage of garbage," Brown said. 

Researching recycling companies in the 
area, the students discovered that plastic and 
glass could be recycled at the lodge at an 
amount far less than Prine was expecting. 

Making a formal presentation at the lodge 
on April 1, students involved in the project 

recommended steps the lodge staff could take 
to make the property more recyclable-friendly. 

Building the foundations of an organiza- 
tion's recycling program was a new experience 
for the exchange students who grew up in a 
country where 75 percent of trash is recycled. 

"We live in a small country," explained 
Hannie Eggink, a banking and insurance 
major at Graafschap. "There's not much area 
to live in, so it's important for us to recycle." 

Seeing another country's approach to 
recycling was educational, Brown said, adding 
that overcoming the language barrier was a 
growth experience, as well. She and fellow 
Maryvillians Chris Brillante and Jessica 
Lambert will experience the Netherlands again 
this summer, when they go to work on the 
second half of this FIPSE/CSS project. 

Having already solved many mysteries 
of plastic and glass recycling, the students will 
tackle something a little more challenging 
(and a lot less clean): diaper recycling. 



r.' r' ,/ .' ' •;■_*< 


experiment by the Tennessee Valley 
Authority, the Department of Energy and the 
College. Coinciding with the 1982 World's 
Fair in Knoxville, the experiment tested the 
efficiency of burning wood waste (lumber 
remnants, not sawdust) as an energy source. 
In 1982, tours of the plant and demonstra- 
tions were held at the College. 

Knight learned that the College had 
saved thousands of dollars over the last 20 
years by burning wood instead of gas or oil. 
While pleased to hear that, Knight said she 
was especially proud to learn that her alma 
mater was taking an environmentally friendly 
approach to heating the campus's buildings 
and water. 

Knight said she tries her best to be a 
"responsible citizen of Planet Earth." Her 
ethic can be traced back to a suitemate at the 

College who gave her a book entitled "50 
Simple Ways to Save the Earth" and intro 
duced Knight to the idea that 
the habits of one individual 
affect the entire planet. 

From her research, 
Knight learned that it isn't 
possible for all colleges and 
universities to heat their cam- 
puses based on the Maryville 
model. (There just isn't 
enough wood waste to meet 
the demand.) But she does 
believe that colleges and uni- 
versities are in a unique posi- 
tion to take risks and experi- 
ment with new ideas that 
may answer old environmental problems. 

Knight submitted her story on the MC 

steam plant to the Maryville-Alcoa Daily 

Times, which printed it on March 19, 2002. 
She is thinking of submitting 
it to some environmental 

"In this class, I wanted to 
write positive articles," 
Knight said. "So much of 
what we hear about the envi- 
ronment is negative. There 
are people and groups out 
there who are doing some 
very good things for the 

To read Knight's story on 
the Maryville College steam 
plant, log onto http://www. 

good-wood-0 1 .html. 



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The MC Grads ... Could 'Roll With the Punches' 

Editor's Note: The following letter was written to Maryville College President Dr. Gerald W Gibson. 
The graphic below was taken from a Proffitt's advertisement that ran in the 1938 Chilhowean. 

" of the best 

things that 

happened to me 

was obtaining 

an education 

in the 
liberal arts..." 

Dear Gerald, 

I read a story in FOCUS (Winter 2002) 
about Maryville College grads being very 
happy with their school. It went on to say that 
they were more satisfied with their education 
compared to counterparts at 28 colleges and 
universities participating in the survey. I am 
glad that they found out what I have known 
for many years. 

My father, David W Proffitt '16, founded 
Proffitt's Department Stores in 1919. His 
employees at that first store came from a 
variety of educational backgrounds. Some had 
only a grammar school education; a few 
college graduates held some of the top jobs. 

I graduated from Maryville High School 
in 1937 and later enrolled at Maryville 
College. Throughout my college days, I 
worked at Proffitt's Department Store, selling 
shoes in between classes. From professors like 
Jessie Heron and Jessie Johnson, I learned 
English and how to give speeches. Choir 
Director Ralph Colbert instilled discipline and 
challenged us to give our best effort. Dr. Paul 
Wendt, my economics teacher, knew all about 
business, and would talk to me as if I were his 
friend. I remembered many of his teachings 
when I was president of Proffitt's. 

I spent three years at Maryville College, 
and went to the University of Tennessee for 
my senior year, so that I could take some 
accounting and business courses that MC did 
not offer at that time. But otherwise, I had a 
liberal arts education and as I write today at 

a?e 82, I look back and 

of the 

realize that one i 
best things that happened to me was obtaining 
an education in the liberal arts instead of 
specialized stud}'. 

At the age 65 my father retired, and I was 
promoted to follow him as president of the 
company. I served in that capacity for 21 
years. Part of my job was to hire all of the 
people needed to work at the store. I did, 
however, allow our merchandise manager to 
select anyone that he wanted, and he almost 
always wanted a university graduate who was 
trained in buying, advertising, etc. These 
people were better trained for the job at the 
beginning, but I noticed that when retailing 
started to change, the specialty people were 
not as adaptable as the people from Maryville 
College with a liberal arts education. The MC 
grads were taught to find a new way to do 
things on their own and could "roll with the 

My advice to anyone who is going to 
college is to go to a school where the liberal 
arts are taught. It's good to know history, 
psychology, sociology, mathematics and a 
foreign language. Knowledge in these areas 
allows a person to make the right decisions 
when problems come along. If specialization is 
needed for a profession, then people should go 
to a college to pursue their special interests 
after they earn a 4-year liberal arts degree. 

I appreciate Maryville College ever so 
much for not only my education, but for the 
education of people like Harwell Park '16, 
E.A. Storey '27, Carl Storey '3 1 , Frank Clark 
'35 and Cole Piper '68 - people who made 
Proffitt's successful and made some of the 
largest corporations of the world successful. 

I am proud of Maryville College and the 
wonderful job that you are doing as its leader. 
You have selected many top people to help 
you produce many of the best graduates in our 

Sincerely, / 


John W "Jack" Proffitt '41 


Nishioka, Oldenburg Visit Campus 

Rodger Nishioka and Dr. Douglas 
Oldenburg, rwo prominenr educarors in the 
Presbyterian Church, visited the Maryville 
College campus during the spring semester. 

Nishioka was the guest speaker for 
Maryville College's February Meetings, held 

Dr. Doug Oldenburg 

(above), was the keynote 

speaker for the College's 

Board of Church Visitors 

on March 7. Rodger 

Nishioka (right), led 

February Meetings. 

Feb. 24-26 on the campus and at New 
Providence Presbyterian Church in Maryville. 

Nishioka, who serves as the associate 
professor of Christian Education at the 
Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, 
Ga., shared research he is currently involved 
in that compares the participation of young 
adults in mainline Protestant congregations 
and non-denominational independent 
Christian movements. 

In his February Meetings sermons, 
Nishioka urged young adults to take their 
own spirituality - and their commitments to 
the Church - seriously. Acknowledging that in 
many cases the church needs to make some 
changes to reach a new generation, he argued 
that the church's capacity for spiritual 
community is its best strength. 

Oldenburg, retired president of Columbia 
Seminary, pastor and former moderator of the 
General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, 
U.S.A., visited campus March 6-7. 

On the evening of March 6, Oldenburg 
spoke to students interested in pursuing the 

ministry as a vocation. His visit with students 
marked the first "Advocates for Ministry 
Dinner" that is part of the College's new 
Initiative on Vocation. 

On March 7, Oldenburg was the keynote 
speaker for the Board of Church Visitors 
meeting, where he called Maryville College 
and its curriculum "a jewel in the crown" of 
higher education among Presbyterian colleges. 

Using the tragedies of Sept. 1 1 and the 
Enron scandal to illustrate his point, Oldenburg 
said: "... church-related colleges have never 
been more important than they are today." 

Kathleen Farnham, director of church 
relations, said the College was "truly grateful" 
to Nishioka and Oldenburg for their visits. 

"Although their mission differed slightly, 
they delivered a powerful common message to 
students, faculty, clergy, lay leaders and college 
advocates," Farnham said. "That message was 
this: Working together, the church and the 
college have a crucial role to play as they edu- 
cate and nurture young people for lives in a 
complex and changing world." 

Initiative on Vocation Moves 'Full-Steam Ahead' 

Having received a grant of nearly $2 million in late November from the Lilly Endowment, Maryville College is moving 

"full-steam ahead" with its new Initiative on Vocation. Programming will begin next fall but, in preparation for that, 

personnel decisions and renovation of the House in the Woods are proceeding smoothly. 

Personnel Decisions 

• Dr. William Meyer, who served as project 
director during the planning phase, was named 
executive director. Meyer will have a one- 
course reduction each semester to enable him 
to provide overall leadership for the Initiative. 

• Ms. Melanie Rasnake '00, who served as 
project assistant during the planning stages, 
was named director of operations. In this full- 
time role, she will oversee day-to-day 
planning, implementation and assessment of 
grant programs. One of the major components 
of the Initiative will entail the transformation 
of the Office of Career Services into the new 

Center for Calling and Career. 

• Dr. Harry Howard will shift over from his 
full-time teaching role to become the full-time 
director of education and discern- 
ment. In this role he will lead 
workshops for faculty and will 
work with students as they seek to 
discern their sense of calling. 

• Ms. Tracy Gartmann has been 
named director of the Center and 
director of placement. Gartmann, 
former director of admissions at Emory 
University's Candler School of Theology, will 

provide administrative leadership within the 
Center and will assist students in securing 
meaningful internships and post-college 

The House in the Woods 

The House in the Woods renova- 

Ition has begun, and a completion 
date of mid-July has been set. 
The House in the Woods will 
provide the rr^ r/> 

College with Hj^ l^h^\ 
a setting , V ^ V 
for retreat and reflection, y %\tf^~~^ ^ 

FOCUS Summer! 

Window of 
Opportunity #1 

To become one of the 

nation's premier colleges 

known for the strength 

and integrity of its 



liberal arts education. 

To create a vibrant 

campus community 

recognized as a model 


environment that 

emphasizes leadership 

development, public 

service, volunteerism 

and holistic 


! FOCUS Summer 2002 

Goine On j 


On Jan. 25, Maryville College adminis- 
trators, faculty and staff members, friends and 
students ot Maryville College celebrated the 
end of a strategic planning process and the 
beginning of a new, five-year strategic period 
that many believe will take the College "on to 

Entitled "The MC Window of 
Opportunity Plan," the strategic plan gets its 
name from a quote by late Board member 
Baxter Lee who said, in 1998, that Maryville 
College had a window of opportunity to go on 
to greatness. 

"I very much wish that Baxter could be 
here this evening to join in this celebration of 
the MC Window of Opportunity Plan," said 
Dr. Gerald W. Gibson, Maryville College 
President, during the program. "But let me say 
to Baxter, whose spirit is surely with us 
tonight: Baxter, Maryville College is going on 
to greatness!" 

The celebration, held in the Margaret 
Ware Dining Room in Pearsons Hall, was 
attended by more than 1 50 people. Most of 
those in attendance were involved in the near- 
ly 24-month planning process of the College s 
strategic plan. 

Sharing the podium with Gibson Friday 
night was Mr. Mark Cate, vice president for 
college advancement and planning; Mr. Dick 
Ragsdale, chairman of the Board of Directors; 
and Dr. Robert Naylor, interim vice president 
and dean of the College and chairperson of 
the MC Window of Opportunity Steering 

The Planning Process 

During the January program, both 
Gibson and Naylor expressed thanks to the 
1 17 people who served on 10 commissions 
convened for the Window of Opportunity 

A Traditions and Values Commission was 
convened on campus early in 2000, and the 

commission's report issued in May of that year 
provided a foundation to begin visioning 
exercises across campus and across the College's 

Five "theme" 
commissions and 
five "weaver" 
commissions were 
formed in the 
spring of 2001. 
Theme commis- 
sions proposed 
over-arching goals 
of the strategic 
plan. These goals 
centered on the 
experience, faculty 
and staff, students 
and the college 

environment, resources for excellence and 
outreach and partnerships. 

Weaver commissions were formed to 
ensure that broad-based themes were integrated 
into all of the goals. These broad-based themes 
included community, diversity, faith and 
mission, stewardship and technology. 

Commissions met three times in 2001. 
From discussions held and ideas submitted 
by commission groups, commission co-chair- 
persons selected 42 objectives and narratives 
for review by the plan's steering committee. 
The steering committee reduced the number 
of objectives to 29 and wrote a final proposal 
of the plan, which was formally approved by 
the Board of Directors on Friday. 

In his address to the dinner crowd, 
Gibson admitted that the planning process 
had been sometimes chaotic, but said chaos 
could be expected when a large number of 
people are involved in planning a path to 

"The measure of success in planning is 
surely not what happened along the way, but 

) Greatness 


what kind of product the process produced, 
and what depth of enthusiasm was kindled for 
creating the bright future described in the 
finished plan," 
he said. 

"Never in 
history have so 
many people 
engaged in 
dreaming about 
and planning for 
a greater future 
for the College," 
Gibson contin- 
ued. "I believe 
that in the MC 
Window of 
Plan, they have 
helped to create 
the blueprints for a Maryville College that is 
the best and strongest in its history." 

The Blueprints 

The MC Window of Opportunity Plan 
builds on the momentum of the MC2000 
Plan, Maryville College's strategic plan that 
began in 1994 and included goals for reputa- 
tion, enrollment, students, the curriculum, 
campus facilities, financial resources and other 
areas of the College. 

The 29 objectives in the final MC 
Window of Opportunity Plan are grouped 
under four "windows" or four vision 
statements. (See windows and statements on 
these pages.) 

A Plan for the Fine Arts 

Included in the MC Window of 
Opportunity Plan is an objective that calls for 
a newly constructed Center for the Fine and 
Performing Arts that will "significantly 

enhance the educational offerings of the 
College and integrate community and regional 
activity in the arts." 

While college administrators do not have 
the specifics for a "newly constructed Center 
for the Fine and Performing Arts," they do 
expect to launch a fund-raising campaign once 
plans are finalized. 

"I see a Maryville College where the 
campus - its buildings, roads, landscaping - 
everything that meets the visitors eye - are in 
first-rate condition, declaring our heritage and 
our pride," Gibson said in his address. " ... I 
see a Maryville College that has taken as lofty 
a place in the estimation of the community, 
state and nation as it holds in the hearts of its 
loyal alumni. I see, in summary, a Maryville 
College that is in a position of unquestioned 
historical strength." 

Next Steps 

According to Mark Cate, vice president 
for college advancement and planning, the 
next logical step is the development of action 
plans that will move the College forward. 

"Just like the approach we took in 
developing the vision and objectives, we want 
to get cross-divisional and cross-constituency 
input when we develop the action plans," Cate 
explained. "We especially want - and need - 
the opinions and suggestions of those people 
who ultimately will carry out these action 

"Action officers" (mostly Cabinet 
members or senior-level administrators) were 
recently assigned to each objective and are 
heading up action teams comprised of college 
faculty, staff and students. Teams are 
responsible for writing plans and monitoring 

Action plans have been drafted, and the 
College's Board of Directors has reviewed 
them. The goal is to have working plans in 
place by June 1 . 

Window of 
Opportunity #3 


To build a broadly 

diverse and 

exceptionally talented 

faculty and staff 

preeminent in their 

roles as teachers, 

mentors and partners 

in the education 

of students. 

hallmark learning 

environment exemplary 

for its superior 

facilities, unrivaled 

technology, and 

campus of great 

aesthetic appeal. ■$ 

FOCUS Summer 2002 


Akins Recognized For 
Community Service 

The Maryville College Board of Directors 
presented Darrell Akins with the College's 
Distinguished Service Award during an April 18 
reception hosted by Denark Construction, Inc. 
and held at the home of Jim and Kay Clayton 
in Knoxville. 

Akins, who served on the College's Board 
of Directors from 1994 until 2001 and chaired 
the College's Community Campaign three 
consecutive years, was lauded tor his service to 
the East Tennessee region. 

Currently the president and CEO of 
Akins/Crisp Public Strategies, Akins served as 
president and CEO of the Greater Knoxville 
Chamber of Commerce from 1985 until 1989. 

He is past chairman of the United Way of 
Greater Knoxville and past council president 
of the Great Smoky Mountain Council of the 
Boy Scouts of America. Currently, he serves on 
the boards of the East Tennessee Economic 
Development Agency, the Knoxville Area 
Chamber Partnership, St. Mary's Hospital 

Foundation and YMCA Camp 
Montvale. He is the vice chairman 
of the Great Smoky Mountain 
National Park Commission. 

Akins is married to the 
former Debbie Mount Akins '73. 
Thev have two children, Rachel 
and Harrison. 

The April 18 reception's pro- 
gram included remarks by Raja 
Jubran, CEO of Denark 
Construction; Dan Greaser '60, 
vice chairman of the MC Board of 
Directors; and Dr. Gerald W. 
Gibson, president of the College. 

Bringing the reception to a close, Gibson 
said that Maryville College was just one of 
many institutions and organizations in the area 
that had benefited from Akins' enthusiasm, 
vision and hard work. He thanked the former 
Board member for his extensive involvement. 

First presented in 1991, the 

Darrell Akins (second from left), was honored with the College's 

Distinguished Service Award at a reception held in Knoxville April 

18. Dr. Gerald Gibson (second from right) made the presentation. 

Debbie Mount Akins 73 and son Harrison attended. 

Distinguished Service Award recognizes 
individuals who have demonstrated outstand- 
ing service to their community, church or 
chosen profession. Recent recipients include 
Price Gwynn III, Irma Young, Stanley 
"Skeeter" Shields '37, Jim Haslam II, Dr. 
Duncan Ferguson, Lindsay Young, Maggie 
Cooper and John McQueen '34. 

Generous Gift Ensures Future of MC's Sign Language Interpreting Program 

During her lifetime, few people at 
Maryville College knew of Ethel Piper, but 
from the early 1970s, Ethel Piper knew of MC. 

A special education teacher in Knox 
County and one of the organizers of Knoxville's 
Hearing and Speech Center, Piper developed a 
personal and professional friendship with Irma 
Young. When Young joined the MC faculty 
and developed the first degree program in sign 
language interpreting in the United States, 
Piper decided to include the College in her 
estate plans. 

Two years after Piper's death, Maryville 
College President Dr. Gerald W Gibson 
received a check for more than 5300,000 - 
money that will be put toward the sign language 
interpreting program. 

"She was an aggressive advocate of 
providing educational opportunities for the 
hearing and speech impaired,'' said Frances K. 
Taylor, family friend and personal representative 
of the Piper estate. "Mrs. Piper decided to leave 
this gift to Maryville College in hopes it would 
ensure the financial success of the program." 
Ethel Piper was married 
to B.W "Tom" Piper, who 
passed away in 1978. Their 
estate plans divided $1.5 
million between MC, 
Lincoln Memorial University, 
the University of Tennessee 
Hearing and Speech Center, 
Harrison-Chilhowee Academy 
in Seymour and Asbury Acres. 

"This estate gift is a 
pleasant surprise for 

Maryville College, but one for which we are 
extremely grateful and proud to receive," said 
Maryville College President Dr. Gerald W 
Gibson. "Obviously, Ms. Piper believed in the 
power of education and in Maryville College's 
mission to prepare students who will 'dedicate 
lives of creativity and service to the peoples of 
the world.' 

"Her planning, generosity and belief in 
humankind should serve as examples to us all," 
he added. 

wrestler Justin 
Ridge placed 
sixth in the 
nation at the 
national tour- 
nament for 
the National 

held March 15-17 at LaFayette College in Easton, 
Pa. Wrestling is a club sport at MC. 


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Campus Affiliate of American Humanics Organized 

MC's Non-Profit Leadership Development 
Program, a campus affiliate of American 
Humanics, was officially launched Feb. 1 1 
when charter members 
held their first meeting. 

"You have your heads 
and hearts in the right 
place," Cole Piper '68, 
campus director of the 
MC's affiliate, told charter 
members. "This is a 
historic moment for MC." 

American Humanics 
is a professional organiza- 
tion dedicated to equip- 
ping college and university 
students with the educa- 
tion and experience needed to become skilled 

Cole Piper '68 (top row, second from right) and 
seven members of the MC's new Non-Profit 

Leadership Development Program attended an 

American Humanics regional conference in 

Georgia during Spring Break. 

professionals and leaders in America's youth 
and human service agencies. Headquartered in 
Kansas City, Mo., American Humanics ensures 
students' success by 
providing leadership 
opportunities, intern- 
ships and financial aid, 
as well as education 

MC joins 87 other 
colleges and universities 
across the U.S. that 
have American Humanics 
campus affiliates. 

"For many students, 
this will be their first 
step in the professional 
world," Piper said recently. "It's one foot in 

college, one in the professional world." 

More than 30 students signed up for the 
program - a number that pleasandy surprised Cole. 

Students in the MC affiliate will be eligible 
for the American Humanics Certificate after 
completing one "Principles of Management" 
course, one January Term course on running 
non-profit organizations and many hours of 
volunteer work and internships. Attendance at 
seminars and workshops are also required for 
certification. And, participating students will 
compile a portfolio of their work in non-profits. 

The certificate is recognized by more than 
18 national sponsors of American Humanics - 
including the American Red Cross, Big Brothers 
Big Sisters of America, Boy Scouts of America, 
Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Girl Scouts of the 
U.SA. and Habitat for Humanity International. 

Spring Sports End Season With Great Success 

MC's baseball, Softball and men's and 
women's tennis teams each earned several 
awards this season. MC was GSAC champion 
in baseball, Softball and women's tennis. Men's 
tennis was runner-up to Piedmont. 

The Fighting Scots baseball team finished 
its regular season with a 27-15 record. Head 
Coach Eric Etchison '88 received his 200th 
career win against Emory University on April 
14. Jesse Cragwall was the GSACs tournament 
MVP, and Aaron Jackson was named "Pitcher 
of the Year." All-Conference players included 
Cragwall, Jackson, Mark Demi and Stephen 


The Lady Scots Softball team finished its 
regular season play with a school-best record of 
26-7. Laura Overholt was the GSACs "Player 
of the Year," and tournament MVP Jamie Edwards 
was named "Pitcher of the Year." Jennifer 
Grybash was named "Freshman of the Year," and 
Head Coach Bill Rude received "Coach of the 
Year." All-Conference players included Overholt, 
Edwards, Melissa Cavender and Alicia Parks. 

The women's tennis team ended its season 
with a 9-8 record, going undefeated in the GSAC. 
Head Coach Christian Burns received "Coach of 

the Year." Kristin Calkin was the GSACs "Player 
of the Year," and Kristina Anderson was named 
as "Freshman of the Year." All-Conference players 
included Anderson, Calkin, Mitzi Brooks and 
Corey Shubert for singles; Calkin/Maggie 
Daum and Anderson/Shubert for doubles. 

The men's tennis team ended its season 
with a 4-10-1 record, and a 2-1 GSAC record. 
Nathan Hodges received All-Conference honors 
in singles and doubles, pairing with Cody 

At press time, teams were waiting on invi- 
tations to their respective NCAA tournaments. 

Scots End Season With Tournament Appearances 

The Fighting Scots and Lady Scots basket- 
ball teams ended the season in 
the exclusive NCAA tourna- 
ment. For the seventh time in 
10 years, the Fighting Scots 
were invited to the tournament; 
for the Lady Scots, the appear- 
ance was number six in 10 years. 

The Fighting Scots won 
the Great South Athletic 
Tournament, defeating LaGrange College 76- 
71 on Feb. 23. The GSAC named Head 

Photo touitesy The Daily Timei 

Coach Randy Lambert '76 as "Coach of the 
Year," senior Matt Ennen as "Player of the Year" 
and Sidney Ellis as "Freshman Player of the Year." 

The Fighting Scots defeated 
Webster College in first-round play, 
but no. 1 -ranked Washington 
University (St. Louis) ended the Scots' 
season with a 71-51 win. The Scots' 
season record was 24-5. 

The Lady Scots also finished the 
2001-2002 season in the second round 
of the NCAA tournament. The women were 

defeated March 2, by DePauw University, 75-58. 

It was an impressive season for the Lady 
Scots and new Head Coach Dee Bell '97, who 

ag guided the team to a 20-8 season record 

, I and second-place finish in the GSAC. 

' Haley Smith and Marquita Porter were 
named to the GSACs all-conference 


Throughout the year, the Lady Scots 
were ranked nationally in many cate- 
gories, including scoring offense. Smith 
was ranked nationally in points scored per game 

FOCUS Summer! 



Simpson Shares Western Educational Views With Saudis 

Its safe to say Dr. Terry Simpson had a more 
exotic Spring Break than any of his college snidents. 

Simpson, associate professor or secondary 
education and chair of the Maryville College 
Division of Education, spent Spring Break - 
and the following week - in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 

Simpson went as the recipient of a 
Fulbright Senior Specialists grant. He was 
invited to spend two weeks working with the 
curriculum development team at the country's 
Ministry of Education. 

"They're looking at westernizing their 
curriculum," he said of his hosts. "I lectured 
on critical thinking in our curriculum [in the 
United States]." 

But similarly to what he said after return- 
ing from a Fulbright experience in Estonia 
back in 1999, Simpson said he probably 
learned more trom the visit than his hosts did. 

"My teaching hasn't changed [since the 
return from Saudi Arabia], but my emphasis 
probably has," he said. 

Just as his visits to gender-segregated 
restaurants and his encounter with the country's 
religious police were eye-opening, Simpson 
said his eyes were further opened to the 
uniqueness - and preciousness - of the 
American educational system. 

"After this visit, some things have come 
home to me with great force. I am now firmly 
convinced of three things," he said, enumerating 
his beliefs. 

Separate but equal never means equal. 

The separation of church and state has 
saved the U.S. from much religious strife. 

Without freedom of inquiry, new discov- 
eries cannot be made. 

"Colleges and universities are places where 
you can search and 
test," he said. "This 
[system] has served 
us well." 

Simpson said 
many of the Saudi 
educators he worked 

with have degrees 

from the U.S. or 

Europe, so they teaJ- 

ize the superiority of 

the western system. 

What they are trying 

to figure out, Simpson 

said, is how to harmonize their religious views 

with a western approach to learning. 

"You should have the right to call into 
question every belief," he explained. "If you do 
not have that right, then someone or some group 
is assuming that they have the right to say what is 
true ... In Saudi Arabia, they do not question 
some things; they do not question the Koran." 

After touting two schools for boys and 
speaking with some students at Riyadh 
Teachers College, Simpson said harmonizing 
Islam with western cutficulums will be a diffi- 
cult - if not impossible - task. Similarly, filling 
2,000 teacher vacancies in the country will be 

Dr. Terry Simpson, associate professor of secondary 

education, toured two schools for boys in Riyadh, 

Saudi Arabia, during a recent visit sponsored by the 

Fulbright Senior Specialists program. 

difficult in the coming years. 

A possibility exists for Simpson to return 
to Saudi Arabia to continue his consultation 
with the Ministry of Education. But if he 
never returns, Simpson said he feels good 
about the trip, the 
rapport he estab- 
lished with the 
Saudis and the 
impression he made. 
"I saw the visit 
as building a bridge," 
he said. "If I don't go 
back, then maybe 
someone else will 
pick up where I left 

And for the peo- 
ple who maj' go after 
him, Simpson broke several American steteo- 
types that his hosts held to be true. And he 
made many friends. 

"On the first day, I told them about myself," 
he said. "I told them that I gtew up in a religious, 
Christian home whete we weren't allowed to 
dtink, to dance, or play cards. I don't think 
they had evet met an American like me." 

Simpson's strict upbringing and knowl- 
edge of biblical scriptute led the Saudis to 
believe that he would make a good Muslim. 
"They wanted to convert me. The)' told 
me that they wanted me to go to paradise," he 
said, smiling. "I took that as a compliment." 

Cartlidge, Former MC Professor, Publishes Book 

Former Maryville College Religion 
Professor and Beeson Chair of Religion Dr. 
David A. Cartlidge believes that life-long 
learning is very important and does not stop at 
tetirement. In support of his theory, he has 
recently published "Art and the Christian 
Apoctypha" (Routledge Press, 2001). 

The book, co-authored by University of 
Yotkshire Professor J. Keith Elliott, examines 
the relationship between the apocryphal stories 
and the attworks they inspired. The authots 
attempt to answet the question of whether the 
written text or the paintings have more influ- 

enced the church's faith. 

Cartlidge has been working on the sub- 
ject of apocrypha for more than 1 5 years. His 
book contains more than 100 photogtaphs 
and many exttacts from the apocryphal texts. 

According to Cartlidge, the Christian canon 
of scripture, known as the New Testament, 
excluded many of the church's traditional 
stories about its origins. Although not in the 
Bible, these popular stories have had a powetful 
influence on the church's traditions and theol- 
ogy and a particularly marked effect on visual 
representations of Christian belief. 

Cartlidge retired from full-time teaching 
at Maryville College in 1994. 

"Retirement has given me the opportuni- 
ty to keep busy at what I considet an impor- 
tant obligation tot those in higher education," 
he said. "All college professors should be 
devoted to life-long research and teaching. 
One cannot have one without the other" 

Retirement has allowed him to produce 
several academic papers and presentations. "Art 
and the Christian Apocrypha" is on loan at the 
Lamat Memorial Library on the MC campus. 
Copies are also for sale in the MC Bookstore. 


FOCUS Summer ! 


Kin Takahashi Week and Alumni College Activities 
Planned for June 10-14 

For four years now, alumni, parents and friends have had a reason 
to come back to campus during the summer. That reason has been Kin 
Takahashi Week. 

"K.T. Week," as regular participants now refer to the week of work, 
fun and fellowship, is still set for June 10-14, but in 2002, the College 
is giving its constituents another reason to set their sights for the campus. 

New this year is the addition of the Alumni College, which was 
created to provide alumni and friends with high-quality educational 
opportunities wrapped in that special Maryville College atmosphere. 

According to Jason McNeal, director of annual giving and coordi- 
nator of the Alumni College, the idea behind adding an Alumni College 
to Kin Takahashi Week is that more people will be attracted to campus. 

"We have alumni and friends who may not be able, physically, to 
participate in manual labor projects," he explained. "An Alumni College 
will give these people the opportunity to enjoy the special fellowship 
among people during Kin Takahashi Week without worrying about the 
physical demands." 


The "course 
catalog" for the 2002 
Alumni College 
includes seven classes: 
"Storytelling as 
Communication" taught by 
Millie Beard Sieber '57; "Outdoor 

Photography" led by George Willard; "The Civil War in East 
Tennessee" taught by Dot Kelly; "How the West was Drawn: Art and 
the Western U.S. Frontier" taught by Sarah Hardrath Kramer 74; 
"Guide to Wellness Through the Years" led by Sharon Wood '83; "The 
Complete Wine Course" taught by Jes Smiley; and "Truth and 
Reconciliation in South Africa" led by MC professor Dr. Chad Berry. 

For complete Alumni College course descriptions or a listing of 
work projects planned by K.T. Week organizers, log onto MCs website, (Participants can tegister on-line, as well.) To 
receive materials by mail, contact Carol Patrick at 865/981-8200. 

(Above) Ned Willard (left) and Kathleen Farnham (second from right) 
represented MC at a dinner held after a Choir Tour concert in Roanoke, 
Va. Choir members Brittany Lloyd and Michelle Reed shared in the fun. 

(Right) Carl Lindsay '50 (left) hosted an outreach event at his home in 

New Hope, Pa. on April 6. At the event, Dr. Gerald Gibson presented 

Lindsay with a framed gift for his help in the MC2000 campaign. 

(Above) Dan Greaser '60 and wife Shirley 

hosted a reception for Knoxville-area 

alumni, parents and friends at Fox Den 

Country Club on April 4. Attending were 

Ellie Morrow Craven and Rufus Bowers '60 

(right), who flew in from California for 
"some of Dan Greaser's free food and drinks." 





MC License Plate Delayed 

Due to design problems, the Maryville College cultural license plate has been delayed. 
We ask for your patience as we work with the Department of Transportation to design 
something acceptable to both parties. If you are a Tennessee resident, continue to look 
for the license plate at your local county clerk's office. For more information, contact 
Helen Bruner in the Alumni Office at 865/981-8202 or 

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Louise Palmer Worobrow '29, spent wo years at MC 
before transferring to Wooster. She is a retired school 
teacher and lives in Wellsburg, WV. 

Margaret Haynie Baker '30, celebrated her 91st birth- 
day in June 2001 with her two sons and their families. 
She now lives in Deerlake Village in Brevard, NC and 
welcomes MC visitors. 

Junius L. Allison '32, celebrated his 92nd year on 
Sept. 2, 2001, with a birthday and book-signing part)' 
at Highland Farms Retirement Community in Black 
Mountain, NC. He is a retired attorney. 

Mildred MacKenzie Hearn '32, edited and published a 
book, "More Legacies," in 1993. Proceeds from the 
sales have provided a $500 annual scholarship in horti- 
culture. Mildred lives in Birmingham, AL. 

Johnsie McCouny Holden '36, is a retired teacher and 
uses her time to do research and write. Her latest books 
are "Heartening Heritage," a church history ot Eastern 
North Carolina, and "Riverhead," a study of places and 
early settlers ot Western North Carolina. 

Mark L. Andrews '37, observed the 60th year of his 
ordination to the ministry on April 16, 2001. He is the 
as Parish Associate at Irwinsville Presbyterian Church 
in McLean, VA. 

Marian Lodwick Bauer '38, lives at Rockynol in 
Akron, OH. It is one of several independent 
Presbyterian retirement communities in Ohio. She cele- 
brated the 60th anniversary of graduation from the 
College of Nursing at Case- Western Reserve University 
in June 2001. 

Paul H. Fox '38, was elected Director Emeritus of 
Longwood College School of Business and Economics 
Corporate Advisory Board. He recently notified MC of 
the death of his wife, Frances, on Feb. 26, 2002, in 

Richmond, VA. They were married more than 60 years. 

E. B. Smith '40, was appointed by the Council tor 
International Exchange of Scholars to the U. S. Studies- 
History peer review committee for the Fulbright Senior 
Specialists Program. The committee evaluates senior 
applicants tor Fulbright grants. He was also a member 
of the Board of Foreign Scholarships, that oversees all 
Fulbright programs, and served as national president of 
the American Fulbright Association. 

Harold Wicklund '40, and Dorothy Armstrong 
Wicklund, '38, celebrated their 60th wedding anniver- 
sary on April 2, 2002. 

Aline Campbell Moss '41, lives in Kearny, NJ, where 
she is a member ot an American Baptist church. She is 
active in church work at the local, association and 
regional level, 

Elizabeth Clevenger Carbery '43, and her husband 
moved to Bonner Springs, KS. 

Althea Cable Cooper '43, received a Fifty Year certifi- 
cate from NSDAR. She was also honored by the 
Lvcoming (PA) Chapter of the American Red Cross for 
being a 15 gallon plus blood donor. 

Katherine Crews '43, finally traveled to all 50 states 
and to many foreign countries. She recently toured in 
Great Britain and Ireland and notes that "it was 
impressive to have people stop to ask if we were from 
the U.S. and offer us their sympathy." She still plays 
violin and viola and is active in three music clubs. She 
lives in Knoxville and does volunteer work. 

H. Owen Long '43, helped found Kentucky Wesleyan 
College in Owensboro, KY, and is retired from college 
teaching and administration. Since retiring he has writ- 
ten and published 37 volumes and has three more 
pending. He is listed in the 1997 edition of "Who's 

Paul Fox '38 (left) and baseball hall of famer Enos 

"Country" Slaughter golfed in the brain tumor research 

fund raiser held in Raleigh, NC on October 29, 2001. 

Who in the World." 

Sara Cameron Patterson '44, and her two daughters 
took a cruise to Mexico in early 2002. One of her 
daughters is Arlene Ignico, 77. 

Miriam Elizabeth Bowditch '45, served 27 years as 
Director of Christian Education in Presbyterian 
churches and ten years as director and/or teacher in 
Developmental Education centers in North Carolina. 

Elaine Woods Powell '45, moved to Fayetteville, TN, 
after living in Wake Forest, NC, for 56 years. 

MC Loses Former Board Member, Judson Boynton Murphy '39 

Judson Boynton Murphy '39, former 
member of Maryville College Board of Directors, 
died Feb. 27, 2002, at Blount Memorial 
Hospital. He was 85 years old. 

Murphy graduated from Alcoa High School 
in 1934 and attended MC. He then went on to 
serve in World War II as a member of the U.S. 
Navy where he achieved rank of Chief Petty 
Officer in charge of supply aboard a troopship. 

Murphy was a local automobile dealer in 
Maryville for more than 40 years. He began in 
1936 as a salesman at Davis Motor Co., working 
his way up to become part owner in 1939 and 
went on to have his own dealership in 1967. 
Murphy served on the Chevrolet and Oldsmobile 
Dealer Council on the national level several 

times and was a director of the East Tennessee 
Automobile Club in 1977. 

He developed the thriving Airport Motor 
Mile. He also was involved in the development 
of Scenic Point, Turnberry Vista and Jamestown 
Village in Maryville. 

As a member of New Providence Presbyterian 
Church for more than 50 years, he served as a 
deacon and elder, including Clerk of Session under 
three ministers and co-chaired the building 
committee of the present church. 

Murphy served as Chairman of Red Cross 
and President of Maryville Kiwanis, of which he 
was a member for 65 years. He was director of 
Blount County Chamber of Commerce, director 
of Better Business Bureau, a member ot 

Maryville Planning 
Commission and a 
member of American 
Legion Post 13. 

"Few people have 
been as active in as 
many aspects of life in 
Blount County as was 
ludson B. "Jud" 
Murphy," according to 
a Maryville-Alcoa Daily Times editorial. 

Murphy is survived by his wife Lois Brown 
Murphy '37, son Robert Murphy and 
his family, brother-in-law Robert Brown '35 and 
several nieces and nephews. Memorial gifts can 
be made to Maryville College. 


FOCUS Summer 2002 


Loretta Nunn Castle '48, and her husband enjoyed an 
ecology tour of Costa Rica. They also took an Intra- 
coastal Waterway cruise from North Carolina to south- 
ern Florida. 

Marguerite Priest Carroll '49, after 14 years of retire- 
ment, now teaches grammar and Ancient Literature to 
a small class of previously homeschooled 8th graders at 
Veritas Academy in Worthington, OH. 

Dr. Earl Martin '49, was named to Marquis' "Who's 
Who in America." He is senior professor of missions at 
Carson-Newman College. 

John A. Baxter '50, is a retired Presbyterian minister. 
He and his wife are enjoying retirement on their 6 1/2 
acres in the Shenandoah Valley. They have three sons 
and two grandchildren. 

Virginia Schwarz Mock '50, and several MC alumni 
enjoyed visits with each other during the winter of 
2002, in Bradenton, FL. Those included were Ruth 
Heaps Burkins, '50; Geneva Robinson, '49; Chuck 
and Debbie Deobler Parvin, '50; Ginni Schwarz 
Mock, '50; and Bernie and Grade Hilderbrand 
Welch, '49. 

Raymond A. Packard '50, and his wife took a 14-day 
cruise through the Panama Canal. They live in 
Lynnwood, WA, and are active in choir and other 
church activities. 

Charlie Roberts '50, was inducted into the Blount 
County Sports Hall of Fame in November 2001. 

Edna Floy Brown Vas '51, says it was "great to visit 
campus" when she came for her 50th class reunion in 
October 2001. She lives in Bartow, FL, and is a retired 

William W. Willingham '51, began his 29th year of 
teaching English at Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute in 
Hendersonville, NC, on Jan. 8, 2002. 

J.T. Anderson '52, and his wife traveled in Germany 
from April-June 2001 to visit relatives and friends. In 
October 2001, they attended the US Borax Retiree 
Roundup in Las Vegas, NV, and then ttaveled in the 

Ron Fleming '52, is still a half-time interim supply 
pastor at East Union Presbyterian Church in Cambridge, 
OH. They travel once a year to "some exotic place." 
Ron hopes to attend his 50th class reunion in the Fall 
of 2002. 

Richard Newman '52, is the editor of "The Narrative 
of the Life of Henry 'Box' Brown," published by 
Oxford University Press. 

Neale J. Pearson '52, researched crime and police 
reforms in the Argentine provinces of Corrientes, 
Mendoza, Salta and Tucuman from mid-September to 
the end of November, 2001. His older son, a U.S. Air 

Force Captain, escaped injury from the plane which 
struck the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. The plane 
sttuck about 100 yards from his office. 

Clarence L. Reaser '52, has visited family in Virginia; 
Chicago; London, England and Nuremberg, Germany 
since the death of his wife, Ann. She died March 29, 
2001, of metastatic liver cancer. He has resumed volun- 
teer ministry as a Parish Associate minister. 

Betty Hammers Wiley '53, and her husband, Jim 
Wiley, '54, moved to a smaller home in Purcellville, 
VA and still have a guest room ready for MC'ers. Jim is 

Pat Laing Stevens '54, lives in Burlington, NC, where 
she continues to be active with Presbyterian Women, 
North Carolina Senior Games and babysitting for two 

Marvel Vogel Smith '56, and her husband live in a 
new retirement community near Elyria, OH. Last fall 
they visited friends and family on a three-week train 
trip in the Southwest. 

Clara Joe Minarik Fisher '57, writes that "retirement 
is the busiest yet!" Her husband, Pastor Emeritus of 
First Presbyterian Church in Athens, OH, is a volunteer 
adjunct chaplain at University of Massachusetts, 
Amherst College and Smith College. They now live in 
Amherst, MA, and enjoy being only 80 miles from 
their two grandchildren. 

Joyce M. Runyon '57, has retired as a state consultant 
with the Tennessee Department of Education. She lives 
in Sevierville, TN, where she is enjoying retirement. 

Louise Ogden Wyman '57, is now retired - except for 
directing a children's choir, a church choir, teaching 
private piano and voice, playing bass in two chamber 
ensembles and singing in the Knoxville Choral Society. 
That group will be touring in Eastern Europe in the 
summer of 2002. 

Jim Colquhoun '58, is now an Anglican Benedictine 
monk of the Order of the Holy Cross. Three years ago 
the order opened a monastery in Grahamstown, South 
Africa. He is the Novice Master and known now as 
Brother Andrew. One of his neighbors is attending MC 
as an international student. 

Bob Krogh '58, and Linda Dobson Krogh, '61, visit- 
ed MC for Linda's 40th class teunion. They now live in 
Mt. Pleasant, SC. 

Stan Mont '58, retired from Macy's-Herald Square, 
NYC, where he was Vice President for Executive 
Personnel for 16 years. He now teaches fly-fishing for 
The Sports People store in Far Hills, NJ. Paula 
Kronenberg Mont, '58, is employed by Talbots Kids 
& Babies in The Mall at Short Hills, NJ, where she 
consistently ranks in the top 45 sales people in the 

Catherine Volbeda Sullivan '58, is a substitute teacher 
for San Diego City Schools and a volunteer with the 
San Diego Police and at a local hospital. In April 2002, 
she traveled to China and the Yangzte River. 

College Loses Friend, 
Former Board Member 

Leland T. Waggoner 
'38, world traveler, author 
and life insurance execu- 
tive, died March 14 at his 
home in Atlanta, Ga. He 
was 86 years old. 

The author of 
"Around the World in 40 
Days," Waggoner was an avid traveler and 
journeyed around Europe and North 
America as a newspaper correspondent. 

Following service in the Navy during 
World War II, he began a career in insurance. 
He worked many years for Mutual of New 
York and the Insurance Company ot North 
America. He retired as a senior vice president 
from Phoenix Home Life. He was a visiting 
professor at Emory University and Wharton 
School of Business. 

Waggoner served on the College's Board 
of Directors from 1971 until 1978 and was 
awarded the honorary degree in 1987. 

He is survived by one son, one daughter 
and their families; one sister, Miriam 
Waggoner Heiskell '40; and one brother, 
Fred L. Waggoner '51. 

Denver R. Childress '59, retired from his position as 
Professor of Mathematics at Carson-Newman College 
in May 2001. 

Lessie Anne Rhodes '60, has written a book called 
"Into the Dark for Gold," published by Science and 
Behavior Books. It is the story of her learning to live 
well wirh young onset Parkinson's Disease. She has been 
a psychotherapist for 25 years and has been honored 
with the Virginia Sarir AVANTA Network Living 
Treasure Award. She lives in Blowing Rock, NC, with 
her husband, J. Linn Mackey. 

Dan E. Johnston '61, retired on Jan. 1, 2002, as presi- 
dent of The Henderson Agency, Inc., in Aliquippa, PA. 
He still serves as a state director of the Independent 
Insurance Agents of Pennsylvania. He also retired from 
the US Army Reserves, wirh the rank of First Sergeant, 
after 20 years of service. 

Miriam Nightingale Hall '62, has a second grand- 
daughter, Julia Grace, born March 22, 2001. Miriam is 

FOCUS Summer 2002 



retired and lives in Snellville, GA. 

Eleanor Ross Wills '62, retired in June 2001, after 
teaching for 27 years. 

Connie Myers Moore '63, attended the Prescription 
for Hope AIDS/HIV Conference held February 17-21, 
2002 in Washington, D. C. Thete were 700 attendees 
from seven continents with 70% African. The confer- 
ence was under the auspices of Samatitan's Purse head- 
ed by Franklin Graham. 

Edward L. Ziegler '63, will retire from Weyerhauser 
Company this year and will move from Columbus, MS 
to Florida. He has three children and ten grandchildren. 

Shirley Mease Deisch '64, lives in West Palm Beach, 
FL. She has four grandchildren, three boys and a girl. 

R. Dan Park '64 is now the grandfather of two: Kelsey 
Elizabeth Park and Christopher Daniel Park. 

Rich Boyd '65 was honorably retired December 2001 
after 31 years in the ministry. He married Susan 
Arrington in May 2001. 

Virginia S. Brown '65, teaches kindergarten at 
Clearview Avenue Elementary school in St. Petersburg, 
FL. She was named to "Who's Who Among America's 
Teachers" in 2000. 

Cora Quay '65, has three grandchildren and lives in 
Perkasie, PA, where she is a sales representative for the 
"Intelligencer Record." 

Mary Lou Fuller Trout '65, moved to a new home in 
Yardley, PA. She is looking forward to a visit from Ann 
Jordan, '65. 

Dr. Hugh McCampbell '66, is back in full-time large 
animal veterinary practice (cattle and horses) in 
Sweetwater, TN. He plays the piano for church services 
and entertains with country tales, piano and banjo for 
banquets and conventions. 

Nancy L Am '67, and her husband live in El Dorado, 
AR. She is active in the First Presbyterian Church there 
and in Presbytery of the Pines. She would love to hear 
from MC classmates at 

Janet L Bogle '67, retired on Sept. 12, 2000, after 28 
years with the Atlanta Fulton Public Library System. 
She and her husband, Ed Lowry, live in Atlanta. 

Tom Dickson '67, is Superintendent of Schools in 
Whitfield County, GA. 

Ken Hitchens '67, retired from Medtronic, Inc. after 
29 years with the company. He and Barb Goode 
Hitchens, '67, have moved back to Richmond, VA, 
and recently became grandparents. 

Carol Kaufmann Jenkins '67, is completing her first 
year of teaching Algebra I & II to ninth grade students 
at Reading High School, Reading, PA. She also teaches 

Algebra III to adult vocational teachers at Reading Area 
Community College. 

Hazel DeWeese Steel '67, writes that her son will 
graduate from the University of Maryland Law School 
in May 2002. 

Beverly Minear Atkinson '68, provides academic advi- 
sory' services (both direct and programmatic) and 
administrative planning for the Department of English 
at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Campus. 

Linda Neel Berg '69, retired from Lucent Technologies 
in July 2001, and moved to Ohio to be near family. 

Alida McArthur Graves '69, moved back to Maryville 
in October 2001. She is working as a registered nurse 
at Blount Memorial Hospital. 

Rick Karns '69, is the associate pastor at Covenant 
Presbyterian Church in Upper Arlington/Columbus, Ohio. 

Miriam Gillespie McLarty '70, is Adjunct Assistant 
Professor in the School of Nursing at Florida State 
University in Tallahassee. 

Gordon Tinley 70, and Janna Eerenberg Tinley, 71, 

are now grandparents. Their daughter, Jennifer, gave 
birth to Christian Alexander Miller, in Houston, TX. 

Bob Evaul 71, and his wife, Carol, are now home 
staff missionaries with South America Mission. They 
live in Greenville, IL, and represent the Mission in the 

Jim Buxton 72, teaches for San Diego City Schools as 
a district itinerant and student consultant for deaf and 
hard of hearing students in seven schools. He is also the 
band director at James Madison High School. He is a 
certified Educator of the Deaf, fluent in ASL. 

Bob Randall 73, is now President of Lohmann 
Tierzucht Inc. N.A., a German owned genetics compa- 
ny. He and his wife, Mary Jo Martin Randall, 71, 
have twin daughters, Kellv and Katie, who graduated 
from Flagler College. 

Brenda Weiss Staples 73, and her husband, Robert, 
celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on May 22, 
2001. They have one daughter, Mayfair, at home. 

Dr. Dale White 73, is principle ttumpet with the St. 
Cloud Symphony Orchestra and member of the 
Riverside Brass Quintet. He is Professor of Brass and 
director of the College of St. Benedict/St. John's 
University Brass Choir and Wind Ensemble. This year 
he will be conducting the Minnesota Intercollegiate 
Honors Band and touring to the Bahamas with his col- 
lege's Wind Ensemble. 

Col. Bonnie Cassidy Cirrincione 74, become the 
first woman to command the 78th Air Base Wing at 
Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, GA. She is in 
charge of civil engineering, airfield operations, medical 

services, security forces and other quality-of-life areas at 
the base. Her husband, Col. Joseph F. Cirrincione, 
retired last August from the Air Force Reserves. 

Patricia Lloyd-Sidle 74, resigned her position as coor- 
dinator for global awareness and involvement in the 
Worldwide Ministries Division of the Presbyterian 
Church (USA) in order to become a mission co-wotker 
for Cuba. She will coordinate the numerous partner- 
ships between the PC(USA) and its presbyteries and con- 
gregations and the Presbyterian Reformed Church in 
Cuba. She continues to live in Louisville, KY, work out 
of her home and travel to Cuba several times a year. 

Rob Millner 74, lives in Independence, MO, where 
he continues his second year as part-time preacher in 
area retirement and nursing homes. 

Mark Paschall 74, is now living in Houston, TX, 
where he is with Business Interests, Inc. 

Pat D'Alba Sabatelle 74, and her husband Michael 
will celebrate 18 years of marriage in June 2002. Pat is 
Vice President of Grizzard, and the company continues 
to raise money for American Red Cross. She and 
Michael teach Sunday school classes for high school stu- 
dents at their church in Stone Mountain, GA. 

Earl McMahan 75, resigned as head football coach at 
William Blount High School in Blount County. He 
plans to continue teaching at the school and hopes to 
take college courses to become certified for educational 

Bob Hines 76, is pastot of First Presbyterian Church 
of Oakland, FL. Pat Jones Hines, 76, had her first 
novel, "Making the Call," published by Avalon Books. 

Sandy Chambers Reagan 77, was named a principal 
of EnSafe Inc., an environmental and management 
consulting company. She is branch manager of EnSafes 
Knoxville office, which has grown to a staff of ten 
under her leadership. She is also responsible for the 
company's Blountville and Chattanooga branch offices 
and a satellite office in Oak Ridge. 

Elspeth Robertson Blakeman 78, and her husband, 
Randolph, were honored at a dinnet for working with 
the city of San Antonio for 20 years. She is a librarian 
with the San Antonio Public Library and a member ot 
the choir at St. Mark's Episcopal Church. 

Gary A. Elrod 78, completed a second bachelor's 
degree, BBA, in Human Resources from Athens State 
University'. He is listed in "Who's Who Among Students 
in Ametican Universities & Colleges" for 2001. 

Debbie Kirk 78, will receive her doctor of ministry 
degree from Union Seminary-PSCE in May 2002. She 
will be seeking another call as a pastor. 

Barbara L. George '81, has returned to the US with 
her Honduran husband, after spending 3 1/2 years in 


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rural Honduras with the Peace Corps. 

Julia Adams '82, is now an agent with Rainbow Realty 
in Elizabethton, TN. 

Mary Gravely Reinhardt '82, and her husband have 
just opened their own law practice, Reinhardt & 
Associates, PLC, in Lexington, KY. 

Susan Spence Hill '83, works at the Florida School for 
the Deaf and the Blind as a Recreation Therapy 
Manager in the Deaf department. 

Faith Thompson McClure '83, was promoted to shift 
leader in the neuro intensive care unit of Ft. Sanders 
Regional Medical Center in Knoxville. She and her 
husband have two sons. 

Kathy Walker Miller '83, was named Director of 
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage in West Chestet, OH. 
She and her husband live in Hamilton, OH, with theit 
son, Walker 

Tracy L. DePue '84, celebrated her tenth year as 
Director of Music Ministry at Grace Presbyterian 
Church in Piano, TX. In June 2001, she took the 
youth choir of 75 members to Greece where they sang 
and rang handbells in area churches. 

Leslee Hay Kirkconnell '84, was awarded certification 
as Certified Christian Educator for the Presbyterian 
Church (USA). She is Director of Christian Education 
at First Presbyterian Church in Gainesville, FL. She 
also does training and helps to develop policy lor pre- 
vention ot clergy sexual misconduct and child abuse for 
the Ptesbytery of St. Augustine. She and her husband 
were recently honored as Volunteers of the Year for 
Stephen C. Foster Elementary School, where their son 
is a 5th giader. 

John Rush '84, writes that he is "still riding the love 
tractor" on his farm in the foothills of the Smokies. He 
is an environmental planner with SAIC. 

Teresa Welch Caswell '85, was awarded JD and MBA 
degrees from SMU in Dallas last May. She then passed 
the Virginia Bar exam and is now judicial affairs coor- 
dinator for Lunchburg College in Virginia. She sings 
in the city's concert choir, does occasional freelance 
writing and, with her husband, enjoys raising two sons. 

Kevin G. Crothers '85, was named national examiner 
for the Department of Energy's Performance Excellence 
Award program. He is a partner with the Kepali Group, 
LLC. He and his wife live in Mt. Pleasant, SC. 

Steve Saylor '85, still enjoys working as a commercial 
sales representative for Fitness Resource. He plans to 
buy land and build a cabin in Amherst County, VA, 
near the George Washington National Forest. 

Richard F. Carver '86, was promoted to Assistant 
Athletic Director at Bethany College, where he is head 
baseball coach and head cross country coach. He has 

become the President's Athletic Conference "win- 
ningesr" baseball coach. His winning percentage of 
.695 is second best in the 45 year history ot the PAC 
(all sports). 

Bud Watts '87, is now employed as a pilot with FedEx 
out of Memphis. He married Laura Vanderwerff in 
September 2000. They now live in Knoxville. 

Tom Scott '88, wrires that he praises God for his new 
life in Christ, begun in 1996. He and his wife, 
Rebecca, celebrated their second year of marriage on 
May 6, 2001. They live in Knoxville where he is a cus- 
tomer service representative for U. S. Cellular. 

Barbara L. Bolt '89, is currently putsuing a M.A. in 
Literature at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. 

Sybil Porter Owens '89, accepted the position of 
Director of Human Resources with The Village at 
Cook Springs. Myles Owens, '91, is Documenrarion 
Manager for Revere, Inc. They live in Alabaster AL, 
with their two children. 

Leigh Emery Shearin '89, and het family live in 
Clayton, NC. She is pursuing an Associates Degree in 
Culinary Technology. Her first husband died June 13, 
1999. She has two sons, William Thomas Lawtence, 
III, and John Frederick Lawrence. 

Mark Hurt '90, is Western Regional Manager for 
Thomson Learning. He lives in Sacramento, CA. 

Lori Chambers Howell '91, lives in Virginia. She is a 
support manager with Wal-Mart in the Tire and Lube 
Express. Her husband is attending school to prepare for 
reaching. They have one son. 

Scoval L. Blevins '92, is Associate Minister at Mt. 
Olive Baptist Church in Morristown, TN, and plant 
manager at Foamex International. He and his wife, 
Yvette, have two children, Anton and Gabrielle. 

Elithe Truett Carnes '92, is a systems analyst in the 
Information Solutions Department of CTI, Inc. She 

and her husband live in Friendsville, TN. 

Ayseha Dastgir '94, is a research execurive wirh Sirius, a 
marketing and social research firm. Sirius is affiliated 
with IMRB, a leading Indian tesearch agency. 

Nancy Allen Lassiter '94, became a charrer member of 
a new greyhound adoption and placement organization 
called The Carolina Greyhound Connecrion. Irs mis- 
sion is to find homes for retired racing greyhounds and 
others in need. 

Sara Goelz Carey '95, still teaches history as adjunct 
faculty at Roane State Community College in Crossville, 
TN. She has also been the Coordinator tor Religious 
Education at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church. 

Lisa Hensley Gonzalez '95, and her husband live in 
Maryville where she works for StaffingSolutions. Her 
husband is an engineer wirh Srandard Aero. 

Stephanie Fugate Teague '95, and her husband are 
srarioned in Mannheim, Germany, where he is a 
Captain in the U. S. Army. She is working tor Central 
Texas College as an Educational Support Services 
Program Manager. She oversees the Army testing pro- 
gram for six military education centers in southwest 

Elizabeth Waggoner '95, was accepted to the Air Force 
Institute ot Technology at Wright Patterson AFB in 
Ohio, where she is working on a Masrer's degree in 
Contract Management. She is a contracting officer 
with the USAF, currently stationed at Wright Patterson. 

Todd Anderson '96, completed his MA in Political 
Science at Central European University in Budapest, 
Hungary in 1999. He has worked tor the United 
Nations Transitional Administtation in East Timor and 
tor the Otganization for Security and Co-operation in 
Europe in Kosovo/Montenegro. He and his wife have 
one child, Camila Maria, born Sept. 17, 2001. 

Russell E. Perry '96, moved o Zurich in 2001 to join 
the management team and head the product manage- 

MC Bids Farewell to Former Faculty Member 

Harry B. Price, chairman of the depart- 
ment of economics and business at Maryville 
College during the 1970s, died April 4 in Santa 
Fe, N.M. 

Born to missionary parents in China in 
1905, Price was educated at Davidson College 
and Yale University. His career spanned teaching 
and international diplomacy. After serving as 
deputy director of the United Nations Relief 
and Rehabilitation Administration in China and 
working on the postwar reconstruction of 
Europe undet the Marshall Plan, Price wrote a 
highly acclaimed book entitled "The Marshall 

Plan and its 
Meaning" in 1955. 

Price joined the 
MC faculty in 1971, 
after returning to the 
States to retire. 

He is survived 
by one daughter, one 
son, their spouses and families. 

A memorial service was held April 28 at 
First United Methodist Church in Pigeon Forge, 
Tenn. Memorial gifts may be made to the 

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mem department of Spain's Telefonica Mobiles sub- 
sidiary in Switzerland. 

Kristie Johnson Toby '97, and her husband, Ryan, 
expect their first child in June 2002. It will be their first 
child together; Kristi's son, Evan Paschel, is excited 
about becoming a big brother. 

Matthew D. Webb '97, is an associate with the law 
firm of Wimberly Lawson SeaJe Wright and Daves in 
Morristown, TN. 

Matt Wilks '97, graduated with honors from Emory 
University's Physician Assistant Program in December 
2001. He works for Valdosta Orthopedic Associates in 
Valdosta, GA. 

Kara S. Buechele '98, teaches at Oak Ridge High 

Andrice Jones Buettner '98, her husband and daugh- 
tet live in West Palm Beach, FL. Thev are expecting 
another child in August, 2002. Andrice is a financial 
planner assistant with Barry Financial Group. 

Hallie Burger Shankle '98, and her husband moved 
back to Maryville from Columbus, MS. He is Director 
of Marketing for U. S. Dentek. She is working with 
Bush Brothers as the Business Analyst fot Brand 
Leadership and New Product Development. 

Rissa A. Miller '99, is spending a second vear travelling 
around the Mid- West in a 15-person van with 10 othet 
AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps mem- 
bers. She writes that they are "doing amazing work on a 
national level." 

Laurie Brallier '00, is putsuing a master's degree in 
Deaf Education at Western Maryland 
College in Westminster, MD. 

Jacqueline L Broeker '00, married 
Tzvika Sapojnik in March 2000. After 
living in Israel for a year, they moved 
back to Maryville. She is working in the 
CELL program at Maryville College. 

Shannon Blair Brooks '00, has been 
teaching English for two years at Seymour 
High School in Seymour, TN. 

Eric Daugherty '00, teaches and coaches 
at Union Grove High School in 
McDonough, GA. He plans to begin 
wotk on a master's degree in International 
Relations at Troy State University. 

Tyrel J. Emory '00, is a teacher and coach 
at Greenback Public School in Loudon 
County, TN. He teaches 7th and 8th 
grade science and coaches soccer, basket- 
ball and football. 

Amanda L McCarter '00, began gtadu 

ate school at UT-Knoxville in the field of Public 
Relations in the fall of 2001. 

Emily B. McLemore '00, works for Marriott Business 
Services and received two promotions during her first 
eight months with the company. She can be contacted at 

Claire O'Connor '00, will graduate from the University 
ot Illinois at Chicago in May with a Master's in Social 
Work. She plans to move back to Ireland after gradua- 
tion where she will work as a therapist. 

Rusty Walker '00, is a pharmaceutical sales tepresenta- 
tive with Eli Lilly and Company. 

Kristi Kell '01, accepted the position of cootdinatot of 
Keep Blount Beautiful. The organization leads local 
efforts to clean up and beautify the community includ- 
ing River Rescue, Little River Cleanup, Adopt-a-Mile 
programs and education programs. 

Nikki Noto '01, teaches at Henry County Middle 
School in Georgia. She is considering attending Agnes 
Scott College to earn a master's in English Education. 

Ashley D. Watson '01, enjoys the volunteer work with 
Americorps NCCC She was a member of a fire team 
that was called out to fight forest fires in Maryland and 
Virginia, where she spent Thanksgiving 2001. Her team 
later worked with the Salvation Army on the Christmas 
Angel Tree project, which provides Christmas gifts for 
needy families. 


Helena Farrar Packard '25, on Dec. 20, 2001, in 
Hammonton, NJ. She was born in India, daughter of 

missionaries. At age 12, she and her sister came to live 
with an aunt in Hammonton. She attended MC ptep 
school and College, then returned to live the rest of her 
life in Hammonton, where she taught school. Survivors 
include son, Raymond A. Packard, '50; and daughter, 
Louise Packard Butler, '52. 

Eleanor Collins Shrader '27, in Lexington, KY. She 
was a retired teacher. Survivors include her daughter, 
Joan Shrader Kuhn. 

Dorothy J. Marshall '31, on May 21, 2001. She lived 
in Limestone, TN, and was a retired teacher. Survivors 
include a niece, Shirley Campbell. 

Rev. Dr. Lynn Boyd Rankin '31, on Feb. 23, 2002, in 
Rydal Park, PA. He had served Presbyterian churches in 
Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Texas. He later served as 
Stated Clerk of the Synod ot Texas United Presbyterian 
Church, Executive Director of the Synod Foundation 
and Tteasutet of both the Synod and the Foundation. 
Survivors include his second wife; brother, Roy Rankin, 
'40; two sons and their families; daughter Helen Rankin 
Hall, '60; six grandchildren, one ot whom is Debora 
Hall, '83; and tour great-gtandchildren. Burial was in 
Denron, TX, beside his first wife, Jessie Marianne 
Rankin, who died Dec. 26. 1982. 

Evelyn Jo Roberts '32, on Sept. 17, 2001, in Winston- 
Salem, NC. She was a retired educaror. MC was noti- 
fied ot her death by Sandra Herndon. 

Anne Trewhitt Hannah '33, on March 8, 2002, in a 
nursing home in Bradenton, FL. She was preceded in 
death bv het husband, Hugh H. Hannah, '55. Thev 
were married more than 60 years. Survivors include a 
son and his family, and several nieces and nephews. 

Tom Graham 70 recently joined an expedition to visit historic bases that were once 
used for Antarctic polar exploration. Graham wrote to the College:"We encoun- 
tered lots of fascinating wildlife and narrowly escaped being trapped in the pack 
ice well below the Antarctic Circle!" Despite his T-shirt advertisement (Tom said he 
actually got warm negotiating through the birds), this alumnus said he could "find 
no penguins who wanted a Tennessee mountain home on the Maryville campus!" 

I rm.i Everett Pesterfield '33, on Jan. 19, 
2002, in Maryville. She taught tor manv 
years in Blount County schools and 
founded Tom Thumb Schoolette, a fore- 
runner to today's public kindergartens. 
She was also active in Christian education 
at First United Methodist Church. 
Survivors include her two sons and their 

Roland A. Beck '34, on Dec. 30, 2001, 
in Whittier, CA. He was retired from 
Texaco Montebello Research Laboratory 
and then was asked to join the Energy 
Research and Development Agency in 
Washington, DC. He later was a visiting 
lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, 
Scotland. Survivors include his wife of 67 
years, Jean C. Beck; two sons, tour grand- 
children and one great-grandchild. 

Mildred Harris Tate Fleenor '35, on 

March 15, 2002, in Redwood City, CA. 
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was a librarian in the public schools for many years. 
She moved to California in 1991 to be near her daugh- 
ter. Survivors include her daughter and a grandson. 

Michael J. Fogaris '36, on May 31, 1998. MC was 
notified of his death by Olga Fogaris of Passaic, NJ. 

Rev. Ralph M. Llewellyn '36, on Nov. 28, 2001, at 
Bayonet Point Health and Rehabilitation Center in 
Florida. He was a retired Presbyterian minister. 
Survivors include his wife, Billie McCoy Llewellyn, 
'36; three sons, one of whom is Thomas M. Llewellyn, 
'67; and four grandchildren. 

She taught French at Bearden High School, where her 
flat-top classroom was famous for the replica of the 
Eiffel Tower that students built on the root. Survivors 
include two sons and their families. 

Mary Alice Minear Hunt '41, on Nov. 26, 2001, in 
Lakeland, FL. She was a member of the PEO 
Sisterhood and a charter member of Coral Gables 
Presbyterian Church. Survivors include her husband. 
Rev. George Laird Hunt, '41; two sons and a daugh- 
ter and their families; and sister, Nell Louise Minear 
Mitchell, '46. 

Rev. Dr. William F. MacCalmont 
'36, on Feb. 7, 2002, in Warwick, 
NY. He had served Presbyterian 
churches in Pennsylvania, Ohio and 
New York, and was president of 
Westminster Choir College in 
Princeton, NJ from 1956-62. 
Survivors include two daughters and 
their families, and sisters-in-law Grace 
Proffitt McArthur '35 and Louise 
Proffitt Haviland '40. 

HendrikaTol'36, on Feb. 25, 2002, 
in Maryville. She had been a missionary 
in Guyana and was active in the 
Maryville community, speaking in 
churches and schools about her expe- 
riences. Survivors include two broth- 
ers and two sisters. 

Florence Elizabeth Butman '37, on 

Feb. 17, 2002, in Maryville. She was a 

retired teacher and active in First United Methodist 

Church of Maryville. Survivors include several nieces 

and nephews. 

Stanley "Skeeter" Shieds '39, on May 6, in Maryville. 
He was the mayor of Maryville from 1967 until 1999. 
(Publication deadlines would not permit a more exten- 
sive obituary in this issue. The fall issue of FOCUS will 
include a memorial tribute to Mr. Shields.) 

Robert John Gillespie '38, on Nov. 11, 2001, in 
Orangeburg, SC. Survivors include his wife, Harriet 
Huffstetler Gillespie, '36; two sons, three grandchil- 
dren and two step-grandchildren. 

Ezelle Hayes Fugate Conway '41, on Feb. 6, 2002, in 
Maryville. She taught in various schools and retired 
from Blount County schools with 37 years of service. 
She was preceded in death by two husbands, Henry F. 
Fugate and Sanford B. Conway. Survivors include son 
and daughter-in-law, Steve and Pat Fugate, of Maryville; 
a stepson and his family; and several grandchildren, 
two of whom are grandchildren, Stephanie Fugate 
Teague, '95 and Mark Fugate '98. 

Ila Goad Hooker '41, on Feb. 13, 2002, in Knoxville. 

Lisa-Kim Dolce 79 (second row, far right) hosted Maryville College students participating 
in the Alternative Spring Break at her home in New Smyrna Beach, Fla. Students spent 
March 10-15 in nearby Glenwood, volunteering at the Duvall Home for mentally chal- 
lenged children and adults. In addition to sharing the MC connection with students, Dolce 
also worked at Duvall Home after she graduated from college. 

James M. Dracup '43, in 1993, in New York. 
Survivors include his son, Richard Dracup. 

Robert Morton '45, on Jan. 19, 2002. He left MC to 
serve in rhe Marine Corps during WWII, and later in 
the Korean war, retiring as a Captain. Survivors include 
his wife, Natalie Yelton Morton, '43; a son and six 

John W. Tyler '47, on Dec. 1, 2001, in Lancaster, PA, 
following a stroke. He was a chemical engineer at 
DuPont Inc. in Falling Waters, WV, and veteran of 
WWII. Survivors include his 
wife, two sons, three daughters 
and their families. 

Shirley Oshana Hall '48, on Jan 
8, 2002, in Bradenton, FL. She 
had been on a respirator for eight 
days, due to respiratory failure 
caused by ALS (Lou Gehrig's dis- 
ease). She and her husband had 
attended her 50th MC reunion 
in 1998. Survivors include her 
husband, Richard A. Hall, and 
two daughters and their families. 

Dr. Willis Sanderson '48, on 

Dec. 3, 2001,inTempe,AZ. He 
and his wife spent most of their 
lives in Arizona, where he prac- 
ticed medicine. He was an Elder 
in the First Presbyterian Church 
of Mesa and a Scout Master. 
Survivors include his wife, five 

Harry C. Pearson '41, on Nov. 21, 2001, in West 
Palm Beach, FL. He attended MC for two years before 
becoming a master carpenter for over 50 years. 
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Barbara; three 
daughters and five grandchildren. 

Eloise Zimmerman Rogers '41, on Dec. 10, 2001, in 
Gainesville, FL. She was a retired teacher and active in 
many community organizations. She received the 2000 
Volunteer of the Year award from the Florida Retired 
Educators Association. Survivors include two daughters 
and three sons and theit families. 

Ruth Perrin '42, on Feb. 7, 2002, in Knoxville. She 
was a retired teacher who volunteered her time to help 
children read. She was also a Fosrer Morher and Foster 
Grandmother. Survivors include four foster children, 
five foster grandchildren and sister, Frances Perrin 
Maude, '38. 

Virginia "Dolly" Stroebe Swanson '42, on Oct. 13, 
2001, in Indianapolis. She was a retired teacher and 
lived in Jackson, MI, for 45 years before moving to 
Noblesville, IN. Survivors include her husband, 
Kenneth A. Swanson; a son and daughter and their 

children and their families. 

Evelyn Vaughn Springer '48, on Oct. 10, 2001. She 
was a rerired teacher and lived in Bonita Springs, FL. 
Survivors include a daughter, Sherry Fasulka. 

Rev. Arthur R Haaf '49, on Dec. 20, 2001, in 
Newville, PA. He was a retired Presbyterian minister 
and had served churches in Pennsylvania, Ohio and 
West Virginia. Survivors include his wife of 5 1 years, 
Esther Haaf; a sister and several nieces and nephews. 

John Arthur Spears '49, on Dec. 22, 2001, at St. 
Mary's Hospice Center in Knoxville. He was a retired 
partner in Spears Furniture Store in Maryville and a 
WWII veteran. Survivors include his wife; two daugh- 
ters and a son, and their families; and brorher, Oliver 
Spears, '44. 

Annabelle Libby '52, on May 5, in Maryville. She 
was a retired educator and former administrator at 
MC. (Publication deadlines would not permit a more 
exrensive obituary in this issue. The fall issue ol 
FOCUS will include a memorial tribute to Ms. Libby.) 

Richard "Jack" Waka '52, on Feb. 16, 2002, while 
recuperating from surgery. Since a collision between his 

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bicycle and a truck some years ago, he had been a para- 
plegic. He had been a high school math teacher in 
Melrose, MA. Survivors include his wife, Barbara 
Clark Waka, '55, and a daughter 

Richard E. Patton '53, on Dec. 1, 2001, in Charlotte, 
NC. He and his wife were to attend a musical program 
when he collapsed on the steps of the theater and could 
not be revived. Survivors include his wife, Connie, four 
children and their families. 

Alfred E. Homan '54, on Nov. 7, 2001, in Greenport, 
NY. Survivors include his wife, Susan. 

Keith A. Day '61, on March 4, 2002, in Russellville, 
OH. He had been in the hospital, but was at home at 
the time of his death. Survivors include his wife, Joyce, 
and three children. The funeral service was held at the 
Presbyterian Church in Russellville. 

Robert Reichenbach '62, on March 7, 2002, in 
Brielle, NJ. He was retired from the New Jersey State 
Department or Personnel. Survivors include his aunt, 
Rita Molnar. 

William R. Yeats '62, on Feb. 12, 2002. He is remem- 
bered in Philadelphia for his work with Presbyterian 
Homes and Services, a housing agenq' for the elderlv. 
He was a Presbvterian minister and was pastot of the 
Woodland Avenue Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia 
for 32 years. 

Buddy Lynn Stinnett '66, on Dec. 17, 2001, of a 
heart attack. He and his family lived in Crossville, TN. 
He was retired. Survivors include his wife, Gail Smith 
Stinnett, '65; a daughter, son, and two grandchildren. 

Linda Palmer Greenwald '67, on Feb. 23, 2002, in 
Harriman, NY, where she was a registered nurse. 

Joyce Reimers Smith '69, on Nov. 10, 2001, in 
Jonesboro, GA. She worked for SmithKline Beecham 
Clinical Lab Inc. Survivors include her husband, Gary; 
eighteen-year-old son, Jonathan; parents and brother 
and several nieces and nephews. 

Rev. Gary Paul Lankford '81, on Feb. 18, 2002, in 
Kingsport, TN. He lived in Fall Branch, where he was 
pastor of Fall Btanch United Methodist Church and 
Logan's Chapel Methodist Church. Survivors include 
his wife, Susan Williams Lankford, '80; parents, Paul 
and Edna Lankford of Maryville; a brother and rwo 
sisters and their families. 

Terri Vichich Williams '93, on March 9, 2002, in 
Florida while she and her husband were scuba diving. 
She had been married for six months to Alan Williams. 
They lived in Maryville where she was a physical thera- 
pist at House-call Home Health Cate. In addition to 
her husband, survivors include her mother; two broth- 
ers and theit families. 


Elizabeth Bixler Cruze '59, to Joe Fortunate Sept. 

Cynthia Blanchard '64, to Thomas Kittle, July 14, 

Nancy L. Arn '67, to Rolley E. "Buddy" Worrel, Oct. 
28, 1998. 

Janet L. Bogle '67, to Ed Lowry, March 31, 2001. 

Linda Keeble '69, to James T. Hartley, Sept. 1, 2001. 

Susan Spence '83, to Tom Hill, Nov. 24, 2001. 

Glenn "Bud" Ferrell Watts, Jr. '87, to Laura Elizabeth 
VanderwerfT, Sepr. 15,2001. 

Leigh Emery Lawrence '89, to Jeffrey Portet Shearin, 
Feb. 7, 2001. 

Lisa Hensley '95, ro Juan Gonzalez, Sept. 9, 2001. 

Elizabeth Waggoner '95, to Rick Grau, June 20, 2001. 

Todd Anderson '96, to Lucia Benard, April 7, 2001. 

Jennifer Woodhouse '97, to Michael Santiago III, 
Dec. 15,2001. 

Andrice Jones '98, to Kris Buettner, Sept. 2, 2000. 

Sung Lee '98, to Eunjin Park, Feb. 24, 2002. 

Angie Lwis '98, to Jason W. Chidester, Oct. 13, 2001. 

Rennay Stephens '98, to Spencer Beaty, '99. July 7, 

Christie Merritt McCIanahan '99, to Jason Scott 
Patrick, '98, Oct. 15,2001. 

Shannon Reneau Blair '00, to |ohn Knight Brooks, 
Aug. 4, 2001. 

Sonya Moore '00, to Richard Richmond, May 19, 2001. 

Teresa Dibble '01, to Scott Hicks, June 16, 2001. 

Emily Robbins '01, to Jeff King, March 15, 2002. 

Erin Crawford Russell '01, to Christopher Warren 
McCarty, '01, Nov. 17,2001. 

Erin Marie Taylor '01, to Aaron Dale Huffstetler, 
Dec. 28, 2001. 


Marianne Harrison Bowman '75, and her husband, 
David, twins, son, John Erwin; and daughter, Devorah 
Ruth, Jan. 25, 2002, their 3rd and 4th children. 

Louise Donahue Albino '85, and her husband, Aaron, 
twin sons, Samuel Hamilton Ka Kai Alii and Garrison 
Donahue Kahiliaulani, Oct. 22, 2001. 

Amy McLeod Beisner '88, and her husband, Bryan, a 
daughter, Shelby Breann, Feb. 14, 2001, their fifth child. 

Doug McCarty '88, and Tracy Morris McCarty, '89, 

a daughter, Lydia Ruth, Jan. 14, 2002, their first child. 

Elizabeth Prior Shashaty '88, and her husband, Ray, a 
daughter, Anisa Grace, Feb. 18, 2002, their fourth child. 

Hank Snyder '90, and Kristi Mikles Snyder, '93, a 

daughter, Maci Jane, Jan. 6, 2002, their second child. 

Ginger Chapman Teaster '93, and her husband, 
Kenny, a son, Huntet Dylan, Jan. 4, 2002. 

Ryan Riggins '94, and his wife, Kristi, a son, Mason 
Heath, Oct. 7, 2001. 

Alyson Dockery Colclough '95, and her husband, 
Phillip, a son, Myers, Mar. 17, 2001. 

Peggy Smith Stone '95, and her husband, Jeff, a son, 
Zachary Yates, Dec. 22, 2001, their first child. 

Sarah Stevenson Hatfield '97, and her husband, 
Scott, a daughter, Kathetine Jane, Aug. 30, 2001. 

Holly Anderson King '97, and her husband, Steve, a 
son, Pevton Reese, Jan. 15, 2001, their second child. 

Barbara L. George '81, and her husband, Wenceslao 
Cantarero Mil 
Feb. 9, 2002. 

Cantarero Milla, a son, Estes Noe Cantarero Geotge, 

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Autumn falls across the land, the gathering hour is close at hand. 

Alumni call in search of dates to finalize their traveling mates. 

And whosoever shall be found without gray hair or extra pounds 

Must stand and face the "hows" of friends and smile inside the camera's lens. 

The bagpipe drone is in the air, The call of every Fighting Scot. 

And garnet leaves from maple trees are floating down to taunt and tease. 

And though you thought to stay away your memories shine as silver.... 

For no Maryvillian can resist the schedule of the Thriller. 

Alumni Citation, Young Alumni Award Winners Announced 




Dr. Harold N. Cones '65 Sheridan "Dan" H. Greaser '60 William F. Lukens '91 

Susie Martin Shew '52 

John Shew '51 

Parking on campus for a year: $36.00 

Buying textbooks for one semester: $350.00 
Investing in the dreams of Mikey and Amanda? Priceless 

This year, Mikey and Amanda received scholarship aid 

from Maryville College. That means investment 

and support from people just like you are helping them 

achieve their educational dreams. 

Do something today that is truly priceless. 
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