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VOLUME ONE HUNDRED FIVE 



SUMMER 2005 



A PUBLICATION 
FOR ALUMNI & 
FRIENDS OF 
MARYVILLE COLLEGE 



MUMNI ARTISTS TAKE 
CENTER STAGE 

PAGE 14 



RISING-STAR STUDENTS 
ON THEIR WAY 

PAGE 17 



FACULTY BUILD ON A 
RICH TRADITION 

PAGE 2 





The Arts 

in the^ 
Liberal 
Arts 



w^ 



THE WHOLE 
ENCHILADA: 

THE CULTURE, POLITICS 
& SCIENCE OF FOOD" 



COMMUNITY 

CONVERSATIONS 

SERIES 



ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 




SEPT. 6 - "SETTING THE TABLE: 
BEING MINDFUL ABOUT FOOD" 

In his o\'er\'iew of the series. Dr. Chad Berry, 
associate professor of history at Marwille Col- 
lege, talks about the complex issues surrounding 
food, including world hunger, industrial agricul- 
ture, food additi\'es and organic food. 

SEPT. 22 - "NYAM: A FOOD FOLK OPERA" 

"Nyam" is the Gullah/Geechee word for "to 
eat." In her performance, Vertamae Grosvenor, 
cultural correspondent for National Public 
Radio, incorporates the rhymes and rh\thms, 

_ , pro\'erbs, songs, sayings and beliefs about food 

'4 /sfj, ';■;'// I"'' in the Low Country culture of South Carolina. 




OCT. 13 - "THE POLITICS OF HUNGER & THE 
RECIPE FOR CHANGE" 

Doug O'Brien, director of public policy and research for 
America's Second Harvest, and Elaine Machiela, executive 
director of Second Harvest Food Bank of East Temiessee, dis- 
cuss hunger in America. 

NOV. 15 - "ALTERNATIVE APPROACHES TO THE 
PRODUCTION & CONSUMPTION OF FOOD" 

A four-person panel, representing areas ranging fi'om food sci- 
ence to food cooperatives, takes on farm-to-table food issues. 

All events bcjfi?i at 7 p.m. mid are free ofcbarjje and open to the public. 
Presentations and performances will be held in the Music Hall of the 
Fine Arts Center with the exception of "Setting: the Table," which will be 
held in Wilson Chapel. For more information, call 865.981.8129. 



APPALACHLAN 

LECTURE 

SERIES 



18th -Annual Appalachian Lecture Series 

Unlike previous series that exclusively feattired a ward -winning writers, the 18th-annual 

Appalachian Lecture takes a slijjhtly different course this fall, shininri the spotlijjht on 

fibii and poetry, as well as novels. Dorothy Allison, an award-winning and best-sellinjj 

author, appears in this year's lineup of featured quests. 



Tuesday, 
September 13 




ELIZABETH BARRET, 

film director and producer 

of documentary 
"Sti'anger wddi a Camera" 




Tuesday , 
October 11 



FRANK X. WALKER, 

Affrilachian poet and audior of 

awai'd-winning poetry collection 

Buffalo Dance, 

the Journey of York 



Tuesday , 
November 8 





n 







DOROTHY ALLISON, 

author of best-selling nox'el 
Bastard Out of Carolina 



All three lectures hesin at 7 p.m. in the College's Tine Arts Center Music Hall Tickets are $12 per person per lecture, and 
reservations are required. For more information, contact Dr Chad Berry at 865. 981.8265 or chad.berry@maryvillecollege.edu. 



FROM OUR 
PHOTO 

FILES 



THE PICTURE OF 

this marble bust 
came to our 
archives recently, 
but we believe 
the actual piece 
maybe, poten- 
tially, quite old 
and have a place in 
College history. 




ALUMNI, WE'D LIKE TO ASK YOU: 

Who is the beauty captured by the art piece? Who was the 
artist? Where did the bust originate and how did it come 
to Maryville? Bo you remember seeing this piece on 
campus or in the home of a staff or faculty member? 



If you know the answers to any of the above questions, 

write to us at: alunmi@inaiyvillecoUege.edu or 

FOCUS, Maryville CoUege, 

502 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, 

Maryville, TN 87804 




From Our Readers: 

We asked for it, and we got it! 



REGARDING THE MYSTERY photo and our question 
"Who, or what, is 'S.O.L.'?" printed in the last issue of FOCUS, 
one alumnus, Harry Scapellati '46, shed some light on the 
banner and its origins. But as you might expect from any good 
prankster, Harry claims that he only knows "part of the story" ... 

He wrote: "Maryville had a Sadie Hawkins Day Dance. 
That's when the girls ask the boys for a date to the dance. At 
the time of the dance, Carnegie Hall was almost empty. Me, 
Mac Purifoy and Fred McDaniel sat in a room, dateless. We 
said we were "sh — out of luck" and jokingly, we decided to 
become the S.O.L. with Mac as president. It was more of a 
joke than anything. A short time later, I was given a pack of 
leaflets and told to put them in the seats at chapel before the 
morning exercise. I did this, and every seat had a leaflet that 
endorsed a candidate for some office from the S.O.L." 

According to Harry, the S.O.L. was successful in electing 
many of its members to campus offices and honors that year 
(1940-41), including May Queen and King. 

"We had lots of publicity, including a remark at chapel from 
[President] Dr Lloyd, who said, 'I was in the Army, and I know 
what S.O.L. stands for,'" Harry wrote. 

The alumnus went on to explain that some MC students 
stole the banner from a circus that was in town; Harry owned 
up to being one of the group's members who wrote the greet- 
ing. "The next thing I knew, it was hanging at Carnegie Hall a 
couple of days before Christmas vacation." 

Harry concluded that the S.O.L. fizzled out after about one 
year. He went into the Army in 1942. Returning to the College 
after World War II, he said no one had heard of the S.O.L. 



A Publication for Alumni and Friends of Maryville College 



FOCUSCONTENTS 



MARYVILLE COLLEGE 
FOCUS MAGAZINE 2005 

(ISSN 313) PUBLISHED 
TWO TIMES A YEAR 

502 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy 

Maryville, TN 37804-5907 

865.981.8000 

mafyvillecollege.edu 

subscription price - none 

Copyright © 2005 Maryville College. 

Contents may not be reproduced 

in any manner, either whole or 

in part, without prior permission 

of Maryville College. 



IDENTITY 
Mary\'ille College 

IS nil tmderjji-adiiate, 
liberal arts, residential 
conununity of faith and 
learninjj rooted in the 
Presbyterian/Reformed 
tradition serving 
students of all aj^es 
and backgrounds. 

MISSION 
Maryville College 

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




7 Take them out to the ballgame 

Seniors study baseball in a unique seminar that explores the game's 
history, culture and dependence on statistics. 

8 Campus Visitors 

The College was host to se\-eral influential, informational and inspirational \isitors during the 
2004-2005 academic year. See which artists, audiors, politicians, dieologians and other 
experts put MC on their tour itineraries. 



10 Why study the arts? 

Dr. Carl Gombert, associate professor of art and chaiiperson of the 
College's facult\', supplies four compelling answers. 

14 Alumni artists take center stage 

Their stories and experiences are as xaiied as what they do e\ery day, whether 
that in\'ol\'es writing a country song or photographing the cathedrals of 
Scotland. They're not all thespians or x'ocalists, but they'\'e all taken - or are 
taking - their art center stage. 




17 Rising stars 



MC students currentiy enrolled in the fine arts program are smart, talented, 
ambitious and eager to make a name for thcmseh'es. 



2 Message from the President 

3 Campus News 
9 Faculty News 

22 Class Notes 




ABOUT 

THE 

COVER: 

To showcase stu- 
:,* dent artwork in 

this issue of 
FOCUS, the magazine's editorial 
board turned to three artists 
enrolled in ART323: Visual 
Communication III to design the 
cover Working independently on 
the class assignment, the students 
presented three highly creative - 
and very different - designs. To see 
larger images of the proposed cov- 
ers, visit maryvillecollege.edu 




"I started by defin- 
ing words that were 
related to the fine 
arts: music, theatre 
and art. From there, 
I sketched images 
that I felt represented all three and 
came up with the guitar (music), 
the drama mask (theatre), and the 
paintbrush (art). The cover became 
a unique pseudo-guitar that is 
meant to represent all of the fine 
arts in the liberal arts." 

- Jennifer Francis '06 




"I wanted to create a 
I cover that incorpo- 
n rated all three divi- 
I sions of art. The grid 
is a conservative 
design that I thought 
would match the feel 
of FOCUS well. I used mainly 
PhotoShop, and I believe that work- 
ing with the grid was my greatest 
learning experience." 

- Jennifer Lange '05 



iP_.^ 

^■^ -^SS This creative juices 
p^P 9^^, concept focused on 
the driving force 
behind the fine arts. 
Most people think of 
a paintbrush, theatre 
masks and a music 
note when imagining things to rep- 
resent the fine arts. This design went 
deeper - to what actually enables us 
to create, act and perform. Everyone 
has creative juices, and the fine arts 
are what bring these juices to life." 
- Stephanie Zilles '07 




MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT 




Greetings from the Maryville College campus! 

THE MARYVILLE COLLEGE Concert Choir is 
a wonderflil ad\'ertisement for this College. Wlien 
members took tlieir tour this past spring, I knew tlieir 
performances would produce accolades by letter and 
e-mail, and so they did. The Choir, under the direc- 
tion of Stacey Wilner, has grown to its largest size in a 
quarter century and hasn't sounded better since the 
legendary Harry Harter directed it. Mar^'\'ille has long 
been known for its music education. 

Music was one of the seven original liberal arts. 
Contrary to the v^ddely shared assumption, none of 
the otlier areas of human creativity' luiown as "the 
arts" was included by the ancient Greeks or Romans 
in that se\'en. No painting or drawing. No sculpture 
or ceramics. No dance or di'ama. And music was 
there, in fact, as one of the qiiadriviiini^ the four 
ninthcmatical ZYts. Its educational \'alue lay in die 
mathematical ratios that define musical sounds. 

That doesn't mean, I hasten to emphasize, diat a 



at a liberal arts college 
like Marwille. '' 



"^I particularly like Dr. 

Gombert's observation 

that 'the arts provide the 

principal means by which 

a society enculturates the 

younj. ' That surely 

makes the arts a fitting soimd ctu-ricuJum at a liberal arts college of the 21st 
instrument for educators century ignores aU die fine ai-ts except for music. Quite 

tiie conti-ary. FOCUS readers are invited to see in this 
issue what a gifted professional artist and educator. Dr. 
Cad Gombert, has to say about die matter. "Why smdy 
the arts?" he asks us - then pro\'ides a most persuasive 
answer. I pai'ticulai'ly like Dr. Gombert's obser\ation that "the arts prowde the 
principal means bv which a societv' enculmrates die young." That surely makes the 
arts a fitting insti-ument for educators at a liberal arts college like Marwille. 

We take pride in the many MC graduates who have gone on to enjoy careers in 
the ai'ts. Brothers Jim Laster '56 and Harold Laster '65 are music educators. 
Delores Ziegler '73 and John Wesley Wright '87 are xocal artists. Tillman 
Crane '78 is a photographer, and Kevin Ragsdale '93 is a filmmaker. You will 
find more details about diese and other ai'tist alumni in this issue of FOCUS. 

We take satisfaction as well in knowing that many other alumni who studied 
the arts here at Marwille College have careers outside the arts, but ha\-e lives 
that are richer and deeper because of what they learned in choir and in art his- 
tory and painting and printmaking and sculpture classes during their time at 
Maryville. If I may use an example from our own family, our son Paul graduated 
fi-om Maryville with an art major in 2000. He has a career as a computer special- 
ist widi a company that provides Web-based learning modules for the healthcare 
industry, but he spends hours outside of work fashioning ornamental laiix'es that 
are ti-ue works of art. His art enriches his Ufe. 

Almost continually, the work of painters, sculptors, photographers, musicians, 
vocalists, thespians and otiicr artists are on exhibit or on stage here at Marwille 
College. I imite vou to campus for any and all of our fine arts-related events. 
You will be enriched b)' the experience. 09 



,<^^^^^.,^2^<W— . 



PRESIDENT: 

Dr. Gerald W. Gibson 

EDITORIAL BOARD: 

Mark E. Gate 

Vice President for 

Advancement and Finance 

Karyn Adams 
Director of Communications 

Karen Beaty Eldridge '94 

Director of News and 

Public Information 

DESIGN: 

Mary Workman 

Publications Manager 



ALUMNI ASSOCIATION 
EXECUTIVE BOARD 



Ken Tuck '54 

Roanoke, Virginia 

President 

Sylvia Smith Talmage '62 

Oak Ridge, Tennessee 

Vice President 

Carol Callaway-Lane '92 
Nashville, Tennessee 
Recording Secretary 

Judy M. Penry '73 

Knoxville, Tennessee 

Past President 



CLASS OF 2005 



Beverly Fox Atchley '82 
Sharon Pusey Bailey '69 

Carl Lindsay, Jr 'SO 

Sara Mason Miller '66 

Kathy Mayurnik Nenninger '73 

Dave Russell '72 

Aundra Ware Spencer '89 

Ken Tuck '54 



CLASS OF 2006 



Tammy Taylor Blaine '89 
Don Hickman '70 
Patricia Jones '55 
Adriel McCord '00 
Danny Osborne '76 
Kristine Tallent '96 
Lee Taylor '77 



CLASS OF 2007 



Rick Carl '77 

Ibby Shelley Davis '68 

Carrie Osikowicz Eaton '67 

Jeff Flickinger'87 

Heidi Hoffecker '89 

Erin Palmer '99 

Pat D'Alba Sabatelle '73 

John Trotter '95 



FOCUS I S U M M E R 2 5 



camp 



s news 



Benton named 
Outstanding Senior 

DARRELL A. BENTON, a chemistry major from 
Madisom'ille, Tenn., was named the 2005 Outstandmg 
Senior at MarN^x-ille College during the Academic Awards 
Ceremony in April. 

In presenting his ad\'isee at the April 16 ceremony, Dr. 
Terry Bunde, professor of chemistry and chair of the 
College's Natural Science di\'ision, said he first met the 
award winner during an interview- for a scholarship. Benton 
was then a senior in high school and considering following 
his two sisters, Suzanne Benton '02 and Elizabeth 
Benton '03, to the liberal arts college. 




^' 'oe''s:a '.'.', uiDSon, presiaer": c ; .:^w:' .e ^^oneae, Lur-yidLuidit^b 
Darrell Benton as the 2005 Outstanding Senior. Finalists for the 
award included (l-r) Brianna Merrill, Stamatia Xixis, Mary Amber 
Brooks and David Rasnake. 

"The inter\ie\\' sho\\ed me dien \\hat has come to be the 
signamre tor Darrell at Mary\'ille College - a student who 
wants to be in\'ol\'ed in anv \\'a\' he can in all aspects of die 
College: academic, ser\'ice, spiritual and social," Bunde said. 
"He was very involved in many organizations in high school, 
and Darrell said then that he wanted to come to Mar\'\'ille 
CoUege where he could be in\'ol\'ed and continue to make a 
difference. Wliat a difference he has made!" 

Finalists for the Outstanding Senior award included Mary 
Amber Brooks, a political science major from Clinton, 
Tenn.; Brianna Merrill, a religious studies major from 
Tampa, Fla.; David Rasnake, an English-history double 
major from Marysalle; and Stamatia Xi.xis of Hillsboro, 
Tenn., who majored in international studies. 

All five finalists are featured on the Mar\'\'ille College 
website. To read their stories, visit maryvillecollege.edu. 



® 




Didn't make it to Commencement? Visit the website 
maryvillecollege.edu to experience all the smiles, 
tears, hugs and well-wishes from the weekend. 



Enjoy today, but roll up your sleeves 
tomorrow. It's your turn to get in the way. 

This was the message to Maryville College's Class of 2005 from Rep. 
John Lewis (D-Ga.), a congressman from Georgia's 5th district and 
prominent civil rights leader, who received an honorary degree from 
the College and delivered the commencement address May 22 on the 
campus grounds. 

"So I say to you today, now is your time to make your contribution to 
humanity. And now, through your leadership, you must help build an 
all-inclusive world community based on simple justice, an all-encom- 
passing community that values the dignity of every individual - what I 
like to call the Beloved Community." 

In his address, Lewis, 65, shared his memories of growing up the son 
of sharecroppers in the segregated South and his experiences as a 
leader in the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee in the 
1 960s, helping African-Americans and other people of color to register 
to vote in places like Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. 

The commencement speaker told the crowd of approximately 3,000 
that he knew Andy Goodman, Mickey Schwerner and James Chaney, civil 
rights workers who were beaten, shot and killed by the Ku Klux Klan in 
Mississippi in 1964. He told graduates that they had an "obligation, a mis- 
sion and a mandate" to do their part in building a new and better world. 

"You must make sure that they did not die in vain," he said. "As a 
nation and as a people, we stand on the shoulders of these martyrs of 
the movement. Now it is your turn to lead. Now it is your turn to get in 
the way. If you are a lawyer, you want to be a doctor, a teacher, a scientist, 
an elected official - whatever your mission, whatever your call, it is your 
turn to get in the way. It is your turn to build the Beloved Community." 



FOCUS I S U M M E R 2 5 




Library, student cafe 
offering wireless 
Internet access 



First-year student Mimi Torcnon (right) 

and sophomore Al<ane Yuan try out 

the wireless laptop computers in 

Lamar Memorial Library. In a pilot pro- 
gram launched this spring, students, 
faculty and staff were able to check 
out the laptops for use in the library. 



CONSTRUCTED IN THE 19th and 
early 20th centuries, two of Maryville 
College's historic buildings have added 
some very 21st-century hardware; Wire- 
less access points (WAPs). 

The WAPs, small transmitters recently 
installed in the Lamar Memorial Library 
of Thaw Hall and in Isaac's Cafe in 
Bartlett Hall, are enabling students to 
access the Internet, via the College's network, on laptop computers that do 
not have to be connected with cables and wall data ports. 

According to Mark Fugate, director of information technology, providing 
wireless access to the Internet is a trend on college campuses, fueled largely 
by an increase in sales of wireless-enabled devices. 

"Being able to bring their own computer in the library means never having 
to wait on another student to finish with a computer in the lab before they 
can login and work," he explained. "Additionally, being able to check their 
e-mail on-the-fly will enable students to be more mobile and less reliant on 
having to trudge back to their room or to the library for Internet access." 

In late February, the Maryville College library began a pilot program that 
enables students to "check out" wireless laptop computers for temporary 
use in the library. Its early 20th-century construction - concrete floors, plastered 
walls and large, open spaces - makes expanding computing capabilities with 
traditional laptops complicated and expensive, said Angela Quick, library direc- 
tor. Going wireless "makes sense" and is also in line with how new libraries are 
being constructed. 

The MC Window of Opportunity strategic plan, adopted in 2002, has four 
major goals or "windows," detailing the College's aspirations by 2007. One of 
the goals is to "establish a hallmark learning environment exemplary for its 
superior facilities, unrivalled technology and campus of great aesthetic appeal." 



PRAYER LABYRINTH DEDICATED 



WITH ENCOURAGEMENT TO slow down, to listen and to trust and 

follow God, the Maryville College commmiit^' dedicated its prayer labyrinth in 

a ceremony held April 11 on die grounds of die House in the Woods. 

More than 50 people sat or stood on die lawn of the House in the Woods 

to listen to the five platform speakers and later, to walk the lab\Tinth. 

The Re\'. Kristine Haig, associate director of the Presbyterian 
Church (USA)'s Office of Spiritual Formation, gave the dedica- 
tory address. 

The labyrinth, designed by Stuart Bardiolomaus of Knox\'ille 
and constructed by Kin Taka- 
hashi Week volunteers in 
2004, is a circuitous path 
oudined in bricks. Unlike a 

maze, wliich includes dead ends and false 

alleys, a labyrinth has one continuous, 

narrow path. Its design was funded by 

die College's Initiative on Vocation. 





UPDATE: 




Civic arts center project 
now in Phase II 

WITH A UNANIMOUS vote ft-oni 
the executive committee of the 
Mai->'\'ille CoUege Board of Directors 
March 18, planning entered Phase II for a ci\ac 
arts center that could be jointiy constructed by 
the College, Blount Count\' and the cities of 
Mar^'ville and Alcoa. 

The proposed facility' would serve as die cen- 
ter for fine and performing arts activities, cul- 
tural events and educational programs for all 
ages and as an attraction for the dex'elopnient of 
desirable tourism in the region. Located on the 
Maryville College campus, the center would 
also ser\e as its primary fine arts building. 

The Blount Count^' Commission, the last 
governmental body to consider the matter, 
\'oted 17-4 in favor of fLuiding Phase II during 
its March 17 meeting. The Mar\'\'ille Cit^' 
Cotmcil and Alcoa Cit)' Council unanimously 
approved fiinding for Phase II in earlv March. 

The projects in Phase II include finalizing 
governance agreements, conducting architec- 
tural programming and design and developing 
budgets for construction and operations, along 
with a ftuiding plan. 

Lawler-Wood L.L.C., a leading provider of 
commercial development and property manage- 
ment headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., was 
retained in April to manage the Phase II projects 
of the proposed center. The company is no 
stranger to higher education institutions or to 
Blount Count)'. Tusculum College (both 
Greeneville and Knoxville campuses) and Blount 
Memorial Hospital have utilized Lawler-Wood 
project management services. Lawler-Wood is 
currentiy serving as project manager for the 
newly completed Marv'ville Municipal Building. 

Programming meetings have been held widi 
fine arts tacult\'. College administi-ators, and citv' 
and comitv' representatives, and a public input ses- 
sion for interested citizens was held on June 2. 
These meetings ha\'e gathered ideas to help deter- 
mine how tills faciUtv' might be designed to meet 
die needs of the College and tiie community. 

Work in Phase II is progressing as intended, 
said Mark Cate, Mar5'%ille College vice president 
for advancement and finance and coordinator 
for the CAC Phase II Steering Committee. 



FOCUS I S U M M E R 2 5 




MODERATOR 
VISITS CAMPUS 
FOR FEBRUARY 
MEETINGS 





RICK UFFORD-CHASE, Moderator 
of the PQUSA) 216th General Assem- 
bly, was the College's 2005 February 
Meetings speaker Ufford-Chase's 
messages of "Crossing Borders in 
Faith" and "Crossing Borders in Ser- 
vice" were consistent with his com- 
mitment to mission work and 
inspirational to those who turned out 
to hear him. David Young, a former 
Maryville College chemistry profes- 
sor, also spoke during February 
Meetings, utilizing images he has 
photographed around the world as a 
PC(USA) staff photographer 
Ufford-Chase's visit came in response to remarks 
made during last year's General Assembly, indictating 
that he wanted to visit colleges and engage college 
students in the work of the church. Maryville College 
Campus Minister Anne McKee, in attendance, immedi- 
ately sent him an e-mail with an invitation to campus. 
Combining his Maryville visit with stops at Tusculum 
College and Knoxville College, Ufford-Chase met with 
the College's Board of Church Visitors and ate with 
groups of students. 



McKee elected to lead 
chaplains association 

THE REV. ANNE D. MCKEE, Mar>^iUe 
College's campus minister, \\'as recently 
elected president of the Presbyterian College 
Chaplains Association (PCCA). 

"It's a wonderful opportunit\' to strengthen 
the network of chaplains - 
tor mutual support and ere 
ati\'e exchange of ideas," 
said McKee. "There is a lot 
of energ}' in the Presbyter- 
ian Church (USA) around 
ministry in higher educa- 
tion right now, so it is 
exciting to be a part of it." 

The PCCA is made up of chaplains at col- 
leges and uni\'ersities related to the Presbyter- 
ian Church (USA), along with a number of 
Presb)T:erians serving as chaplains at other pri- 
vate colleges. 




COLLEGE RECEIVES PC(USA) 
GRANT FOR SPEAKER SERIES 

The Presb\terian Church (USA), National Ministries Division, and the 
Leadership and Vocation Goal Area recentiy awarded Maii'ville College 
$9,900 to fund a new "Teaching of tlie Bible" speaker series. 

Grant flinding will be spread out o\er three years and \\ill support 
one speaker per academic year. The series ^\•ill address topics related to 
the relevance of die Bible to contemporary issues and concerns. 

According to Dr. Peggi,' Cowan, Ralph W. Beeson Chair in Religion 
and chair of the core curriculum, die speaker series wU complement 
Biblical studies courses offered through the College's general education 
cmriciilum and other religion coui-ses. 

In tiie grant application summary. Cowan wrote: "The primary 
audience [for die series] will be first-year students taking the required 
Biblical Studies core couises. In addition, religion majors \\ill be invited 
to a dinner and informal conversation with the speaker before or after 
the presentation. 

"Because die courses themselves are designed primarily to enable 
students to understand Biblical texts within their ancient context, they 
do not explicitiy address die relevance of the Bible to issues of current 
concern in societ)' and the worid. The speaker series will seek to enrich 
student learning by bringing experts to campus who can help students 
begin to make such connections." 

The first speaker in die series will be FraiikUn Gamwell, the Shailer 
Mattiiews Professor of Religious Ethics at die University' of Cliicago 
Di\init\' School and an ordained Presbyterian minister. Gamwell will 
speak on "Biblical Faith and Politics Today" at 7 p.m., Sept. 19 in 
Lawson Auditorium. 



President Gibson elected to APCU board 

Maryville College President Gerald W. Gibson was elected to a three-year 
term on the board of directors of the Association of Presbyterian Colleges 
and Universities (APCU) at the association's annual meeting in April. 

APCU is an independent, not for profit, organization of 61 colleges and uni- 
versities affiliated with the PC(USA). The association exists to promote these 
institutions and to advocate the mission of higher education in the Reformed 
tradition, to strengthen the relationship of member colleges with the church 
and to be a resource to member college presidents and their staff. 

"Maryville College epitomizes what a church-related college should be," 
said Gary Luhr, APCU's executive director. "As such, Dr. Gibson's insights will 
be extremely valuable in helping APCU provide sen/ices that strengthen 
other church-related colleges." 



FOCUS ISUMMER 200S 



THEIR CUP RUNNETH OVER: Scots, Lady Scots capture GSAC President's Cup 



MARYVILLE COLLEGE TAKES great pride 

in its stringent academic standards. 

The small, private Presbyterian school did quite well for itself on 
die courts and playing fields this past year, too. 

Capturing league tides in women's volleyball and soccer and 
men's and women's basketball, Mar>'\'ille laid claim to its fourth 
Great South Athletic Conference President's Cup in 2004-2005. 

"I'm real proud of our staff,''' athletics director and men's bas- 
ketball coach Randy Lambert '76 said. "I think winning the 
President's Cup speaks very highly of their contributions. "We've 
been able to retain our coaches. We have an experienced staff diat 
knows how to compete on die (NCAA) Division III level." 

The Lady Scots, highlighted by the achievements of record-set- 
ting volleyball star Karen Tobias '05 won their first women's cup 
since the award became separate for men and women following 
the 2002 season. 

Sidney Ellis '05, an Ail-American in men's basketball, paced 
the Scots to the men's cup. 

Tobias and Ellis, winners of Maryville's J.D. Da\is Award, the 
school's most prestigious for athletics, are representati\'e of what 
sports at die school are all about, Lambert said. 

"I think both of them exemplify Mar^fville College athletics," he 
said. "The thing that stands out in mv mind, the thing I'll remem- 
ber about them, is their smiles. Both of them had die land of 
smiles that could light up Broadway." 

They could play a little bit, too. 

Tobias, a dynamic defensive specialist, concluded her career last 
fall as the NCAA all-divisions record holder for career digs. Each 
of her four seasons, Mary\'ille reached the national tournament. 
This spring, the Cincinnati native was the only Division III player 
extencied an invitation to try out for the U.S. national team. EUis 
finished his Marjaille career this winter by leading die Scots to 
tiieir fourth NCAA tournament appearance, ending his days as a 
Scot ninth on die school's all-time scoring list. 

The nati\'e of Seymour played with a left, non-shooting shoulder 
diat separated from its socket 10 times over liis last t^vo seasons. 

Their athletic achievements widistanding, it was Tobias' and 



THREE MC WRESTLERS 





Ellis' conduct away 
from the court that set 
them apart, Lambert 
said. "In four \'ears, 
you would think there 
would be an occasional 
bad moment," he said. 
"Bodi of them were 
the best possible young 
person to coach you 
could find. You could- 
n't say a bad thing 
about them. Ever." 

League superlatix'cs 
followed in due course 
for Mary\illc in 2004- 
05, with junior Beth 
Bailey '06 (women's 
soccer), junior Kate 
Poeppelman '06 (\'ol- 
Icyball) and Ellis earn- 
ing player of the year 
honors for their respec- 
tive sports. 

Volleyball's Kandis Schram '85, women's soccer's Pepe Fer- 
nandez, women's basketball's Dee Bell '97 each was extended 
coach of the year acclaim. 

Goal-scoring phenoni Laken Barnes '08 (soccer), high-flying 
outside hitter Jennifer Seivers '08 (volleyball) and slugger Ashley 
Redmon '08 ( Softball) were their sport's freshman of the year. 

There was plenty of credit to go around in securing this year's 
cups, Lambert said, not the least of which was baseball's stunning 
upset of top seed LaGrange (Ga.) College in the second round of 
the conference tournament. "That basically wrapped up the Presi- 
dent's Cup on the men's side," Lambert said. 

Excerpted from the Daily Titnes, by Stefan Cooper, sports reporter. 



CAPTURE "ALL-AMERICAN" LABEL 



MARYVILLE COLLEGE Athletic Director 
Randy Lambert '76, right, recently pre- 
sented plaques for the J.D. Davis Award to 
Sidney Ellis '05, left, and Karen Tobias '05. 

Named for alumnus and legendary coach 
J.D. Davis '30, the award is the highest 
honor given to a senior student-athlete at 
the College and seeks to honor those who 
exhibit leadership, athletic ability, Christian 
values and academic achievement. 



-v:«^u»'A7 



MQiAfflKISOISlLflJaKfl 



N-i&'A'jni^*^ 



MC wrestlers (l-r) Jonathan Shannon, Kyle Lofty 

and Donnie Floyd were named "All-American" 

following competition at the NCWA national 

championships in March. 



, Scots finished seventh out of 51 other teams. 

rding to Dunn, it had been nearly 
/laryville College celebrated three 
jstlers in one vear. 



1 the program produceci iz! All-Am;- - 
in the top 10 of the NCAA Division III 
Fes'tlSi' has tdurnarnent three times. In 2000, wrestling was reestablished as a 

lal tour- rliih -^nnrt In thp U<;t five vesrs, four All-Arnericans have com- 



FOCUS I SUMMER 2005 



L 



TWENTY-ONE MARYVILLE 
College seniors spent the Spring 
semester studving die sport 
known as "America's favorite 
pastime," but the class wasn't a 
requirement for physical education 
majors, and the students didn't 
spend lots of class time out on 
the baseball diamond. X5^ 

Pro\iding \ie\\s into his- 
tory, culture and mathematics. 
Senior Seminar 480: Baseball 
teaches students that, as a 
sport rich in history, "Amer- 
ica's favorite pastime" also 
offers lessons in race rela- 
tions, societ\' and the use 
of nimibers. 

Dr. Jeff Bay, associate professor of statis- 
tics, said of his course, "It is definitely 
interdisciplinary. When people think of 
baseball, they usually think of t^\•o things: 
history, and obviously, statistics." 

Senior Seminar is a course required of all 
Mary\'Llle College students for graduation. 
This spring, seniors chose fi-om five differ- 
ent courses with topics that ranged fi^om 
the culture and science of food to pan- 
demic disease and human history'. 

The College's catalog describes the pur- 
pose of a Senior Seminar as "a capstone 
course that prox'ides the student with the 
skills and opportimit\' to integrate across at 
least two of three modes of inquirv: scien- 
tific, artistic, humanistic. The approach is 
diematic and draws on global perspecti\'e." 

Ba\' said his thoughts about creating the 
Senior Seminar course on baseball came 
after reading Michael Lew is' best-selling 
account of how the 2002 Oakland A's 
competed successfiiUy without the larger 
player payrolls of other major-league teams. 

"One of my initial motivations, after 
reading Moneyball, was to examine baseball 
stats and business to see how scientific and 
statistical investigation are used to make 
decisions," said Bav. 

Laying claim that these modes of inxesti- 
gation are valid for almost any discipline or 
business. Bay thought it would make an 
interesting Senior Seminar. 

But just because the course is about the 
implications of a sport does not mean that 
it's not academicallv rigorous. Students in 
last semester's class were assigned readings 



xaKe 

THCm 

OUT TO THe 

BaLLGamei 



SENIORS STUDY BASEBALL 



BY MICHAEL 
ISAACS '06 

COMMUNICATIONS 
ASSISTANT 




"When people think of 
baseball, they usually 

think of two things: 
history, and 

obviously, 

statistics." 

-Dr. Jeff Ba^ 

from more than 13 different texts, includ- 
ing periodicals, printed \'olumes anci Inter- 
net sources. Some of the more popular 
texts include Brusbiii^ Back Jim Cnnr: Tljc 
Inte£fration ofMinor-Leajfue Baseball in the 




American South by Bruce Adelson; Girls of 
Summer: In Tlieir Oivn Lea/jue by Lois 
Brown; and Lewis' Moneyball: Tlic Art of 
Winninj) an Unfair Game. 

Students were also expected to show their 
hand at the statistically dri\'en Fantasy Base- 
ball, and Bav planned a trip for the stu- 
dents to attend a Cincinnati Reds 
game in Ohio. 

Statistical lab assignments 
were another expectation of the 
course. These labs were used to intro- 
duce new statistics being 
used in baseball and illus- 
trate how numbers are used 
to evaluate a plaver's worth. 
^^^^^^ Aside fi-om statistical analy- 
sis, another method for gaining 
perspective on baseball is through historical 
analysis - mostiy a study of baseball's 
impact on race relations. 

"It really enlightened me," said MeUnda 
Ste\vart '05, a business and organization 
management major. "I didn't know there 
were professional black teams that long 
ago; I only knew about the women's 
league during the war. The players of the 
professional black teams were really good, 
and they didn't really get [the recognition] 
the\' deserved." 

\\Tien Jackie Robinson broke the color 
barrier in Major League Baseball in 1947, 
seven years before pubUc schools were 
desegregated, he was able to help set a 
national mood, according to Bay. 

"Wliat strikes me when reading about 
Jackie Robinson and man\' of tiie black 
ballplayers who followed Jackie is the grace 
with wJiich they endured racial insults, 
threats to their health and other forms of 
abuse," Bay said. "That grace and sense of 
control seemed to inspire the civil-rights 
leaders who followed in the 1950s and 
1960s. To me, it is this chapter of base- 
ball's history that allows tiie sport to claim 
it is 'America's pastime.' 

"For all its weaknesses anci all its faiUngs, 
baseball can point to its leading role in the 
most important societal change in die past 
century." 

EDITOR'S NOTE: Dr. Bay's senior seminar 
on baseball was featured in the Chronicle 
of Higher Education 'j-/z(/v 1 "Syllabus" 
column. 



FOCUS I S U M M E R 2 5 



In Bookshelf, we catch up with 
members of the MC community to 
find out what pages they're turning. 



CAMPUS GUESTS IN 2004-2005 



The College was host to several influential, informational and inspirational visitors 
during the 2004-2005 academic year. Visitors included: 



^4^\,' Len Barron, 
' ji»J« artist/educator-in- 
Wi^m^ residence 

Robert Booker, local histo- 
rian and Civil Rights activist 

Dr. Carlos Camp, conserva- 
tionist and professor of biol- 
ogy at Piedmont College 

Stacy Campfield, Tennessee 
State Representative, 3rd 
District 

Robinella Contreras, visual 
artist and musician 

Scott Crisp, Cherokee 
headman dancer, demon- 
strator, storyteller and edu- 
cator 

Donald Davis, author and 
professor of Sociology at 
Dalton State College 

Linda Jo Dees, Democratic 
candidate, 8th District seat, 
Tennessee State Senate 

John J. Duncan, 

_ , Tennessee's 2nd 
Congressional Dis- 
trict representative 

Rev. Willa Estell, pastor of 
Maryville's St. Paul AME Zion 
Church 

Raymond Finney, 

Tennessee State Senator, 
8th District 

Dr. Anna Carter Florence, 

associate professor of 
preaching at Columbia The- 
ological Seminary 

Charles W. Goolsby, artist, 
department chair and asso- 
ciate professor of art at 
Emory & Henry College 

Jim Gray, local economist 
and Knox County Democra- 
tic Party Chairman 

Justin Green, professor of 
political science from Vil- 
lanova University 

Rev. Kristine A. Haig, 

Associate for Spiritual 
Formation with the Congre- 
gational Ministries of the 
Presbyterian Church 



Dr. Melissa Harris-Lacewell, 

assistant professor of politi- 
cal science at the University 
of Chicago, author and affili- 
ated faculty member with 
the Center for the Study of 
Race, Politics, and Culture 

Bo Henry '50, former 
appointee of Tennessee 
Board of Regents (1986) and 
Tennessee House of Repre- 
sentatives (1974-1982) 

Jeff Hutchison, "EnterTrain- 
ment" consultant 

Chris Irwin, Food Not 
Bombs activist 

Catherine Landis, author of 
S>ome Days There's P/e and 
Harvest 

John Lewis, Georgia's 5th 
Congressional District repre- 
sentative, civil rights leader 
and social activist 

Lisa Discepoli Line, artist 

Stephen Marion, author of 
Hollow Ground 

Shedrick McCall '95, coun- 
seling psychologist with the 
Department of Juvenile 
Justice 

Ed McMahon, nationally 
renowned authority on sus- 
tainable development, land 
conservation and urban 
design 

Jim Melton, Independent 
candidate for Tennessee 
State Senate, 8th District 

Rodger Nishioka, 

associate professor 
of Christian educa- 
^ tion at Columbia 
Theological Seminary 

Kevin Powell, author, com- 
munity activist and former 
cast member of IVITV's "The 
Real World" 

Ron Rash, author of One 
Foot in Eden and Saints at 
the River 

Janisse Ray, author, environ- 
mental activist and naturalist 




Dr. John E. Rickard, Gen- 
eral Presbyter for Blackhawk 
Presbytery, Illinois 




Dori Sanders, 

author of Clover, 
^^ Her Own Place: 
^ >V«i A Novel and Dori 
Sanders' County Cooking: 
Recipes and Stories from the 
Family Farm Stand 

Yongyi Song, leading bibli- 
ographer and scholar on 
China's Cultural Revolution, 
faculty member and librarian 
at California State University- 
Los Angeles 

Marjorie Lockett Stewart, 

Maryville City School System 
teacher and developer of 
the "Diversity Trunk," an 
award-winning collection of 
teaching materials 

Bob Juke, Tennessee Chair 
of Kerry/Edwards campaign, 
Tennessee Veterans for Kerry 

Rick Ufford-Chase, Modera- 
tor of the PC(USA) 21 6th 
General Assembly 

Jeannie Wall, 

Patagonia® 
'y^-^ employee and 
' 1 extreme athlete 

Shamille Wharton, program 
specialist for the National 
Conference for Community 
and Justice 

Nancy Smith Wright '60, 

retired university academic 
advisor, first African-Ameri- 
can to graduate from 
Maryville College after rein- 
tegration 

John Wesley Wright '87 

acclaimed professional 
tenor, Alumni Artist-in-Resi- 
dence 

James A. Yancey, Jr. '77, 

attorney 

David Young, PC(USA) 
national staff photographer 
and former MC Chemistry 
professor 

Dolores Ziegler '73, inter- 
national opera star 




OOKSHELF 



HDR. JENIFER GREENE 
Assistant Professor of 
Management 
Tl)c Greatest Generation 
Tom Brokaw 
"This text provides compelling portraits 
of those who served during WWII not 
onl\' in combat but on die home front, 
as well. This book choice was spurred 
by my realization that the indi\'iduals in 
my extended family who served in 
WWII are quickly leaving us; Fm 
inspired by tlie sacrifices of these veter- 
ans and their lox'ed ones." 



DANIEL MOUNGER '05 

Major: English 

'TIm Lottery' and Other 

Short Stories 

Shirley Jackson 

"I was really frustrated witli the book 

because its fascination for details made it 

seem mundane. However, I find it very 

entertaining because of its wide range of 

st^'le, and tliat has led me to really 

appreciate her work." 



BRIANNA MERRILL '05 

Major: Religious Studies 
Tlie DaVinci Code 
Dan Brown 
"The book was \'ery easy to read and it 
held my attention. It was semi-informa- 
tive - I went out of my way to reference 
people, art, etc., alluded to in the story 
- but all should be taken \\'ith a grain of 
salt. Being a religion major, I thought it 
was ftm to read." 



MARK FUGATE '98 

Director of Information 

Technology' 

Tlie Picture of Dorian Gray 

Oscar Wilde 

"Oscar Wilde's writings contain subject 

matter diat forces me out of my 'comfort 

zone.' TIjc Pieture of Dorian Gray is 

Wilde's only no\'el and is a look into tlie 

dai'k world of a young man who gives in 

to die temptation of drugs, hedonism 

and self-servitude. Picture is on a 100- 

books-you-must-read-before-you-die 

type list diat I'm U-^ing to complete." 





8 FOCUS I S U M M E R 2 00 5 



Fa cu Ity N ews 



Hinduism is topic of MC professor's book 



IS "HINDUISM" A LEGITIMATE term for the 
varying religious practices of India that are com- 
monly called by that name? Dr. Brian Penning- 
ton, associate professor of religion, dicorizes in 
his book Was Hinduism Invented? Britons, Indi- 
ans, and the Colonial Construction of Religion, 
recendy published by Oxford University' Press. 

The book, which draws from research pre- 
sented in Pennington''s Ph.D. dissertation, is the 
result of 10 years of study and writing and trips 
to the United Kingdom and India, where he \is- 
ited uni\'ersities, libraries and missionary societies. 

"My interest in the topic stems from x'igorous 
debate in recent years among both Indian and 
western-trained scholars about whether Hin- 
duism is actually a religion or is more like a con- 
glomeration of many different religious traditions 
and communities in India that were collected 



under one concept for the con\'enience of British 
rule," Pennington explained. "My book shows 
how missionaries, amateur scholars \\'orking for 
the East India Company and orthodox Hindu 
leaders all contributed to the development of the 
modern concept. 

"Hindu traditions radically changed in this 
period, but Hinduism was not 
invented by foreigners for their 
convenience because, e\'en if the 
idea of a single religion in India 
\\'as new, Hindus readily 
accepted the concepts and ne\er 
objected to it." 

Was Hinduism Invented can 
be ordered through an\' online 
retailer, including OUP, Ama- 
zon and Barnes & Noble. 






""l^'ruc, 



""""Aft-Ao 




Kim retires after 26 years at MC 

WITH A FAREWELL reception that began with students reading a resolu- 
tion passed by the Tennessee State Senate and ended with an epic saga 
entitled "The Ballad of the Kimchi Kid," Dr. Young-Bae Kim, professor of 
political science, was celebrated and thanked for 26 years of teaching and 
advising in the College's Social Sciences Division. 

The May 5 event, attended by numerous administrators, faculty and staff 
members, current and former students and members of Kim's family, was 
held in recognition of the professor's retirement. 

Kim, who was born in Korea and 
earned his bachelor's degree at Seoul's 
Yonsei University before moving to the 
United States, was applauded for lead- 
ing international education initiatives 
and creating the popular Model United 
Nations program at the College. 

"I'm leaving with lots of good, fun 
memories of this College. This is a 
wonderful, educated faculty, a hard- 
working administration, a supportive 
staff," he said, adding that he would 
always consider himself a part of the 
campus community. 
"I'm looking forward to a new phase in life," he added. "But I know our 
College will prosper I have confidence in that." Kim and wife Sook-Hyun 
plan to relocate to California, where their two children live. 




the Division of Social Scie 
ents a plaque to Dr. Youn 
in recognition of his 26 years at MC 




Brunger selected for 
Salzburg Seminar 

Dr. Scott Brunger, associate 
professor of economics, was 
appointed as a fellow to the 
Salzburg Seminar for its 
session Tlje World Trade 
Negotiations: Tlie Politics of 
Economics and Trade that 
was convened at Schloss 
Leopoldskron in Salzburg, June 5-10. 

The purpose of this session \\'as to examine 
the complex issues and challenges the World 
Trade Organization (WTO) faces in trying to 
successfrilly conclude the Doha Roimd. Fellows 
focused on the most critical and contentious 
issues tiiat must be resolved as die WTO moves 
toward the next ministerial meeting in Hong 
Kong and looks to its fiiture beyond. 

Since 1947, the Salzburg Seminar has been 
a leading forum for global dialogue dedicated 
to die professional advancement of tomor- 
row's leaders from government, business, aca- 
demia and the non-profit sector. 

Through a highly competiti\'e process, the 
Seminar selects fellows from ai^ound the world 
to participate in its sessions on global issues, 
characterized by engaged dialogue and the 
intellectual exploration of significant, timely 
subjects with preeminent faculty drawn from 
the public, pri\'ate and non-profit sectors. E[9 



FOCUS I S L' M M E R 2 5 




STUDY 




Arts? 

BY DR. CARL GOMBERT 



IN THE INTRODUCTION to his 

Treatise on Painting, Leonardo da 

Vinci makes a case for including 

painting among the liberal arts, 

arguing that painting is no mere 

mechanical art, but rather a 

science requiring the same rigorous 

intellectual training and acumen 

as mathematics, astronomy or any 

of the other sciences of the day. 



CARL GOMBERT, Associate Professor 
of Art History; Chairperson, MC Faculty 

EDUCATION: B.F.A., University of Akron; 
M.F.A., Kent State University; Ph.D., Texas 
Tech University. 

JOINED MC FACULTY: 1993 

AREAS OF TEACHING: Painting, drawing, 
art history, fine arts. First- Year Seminar, 
Senior Seminar 

APPROACH TO ART: Just like a coffee 
maker Coffee beans represent different 
areas of study and experience; "Grind 
them down, add water and see what drips 
out later." 

APPROACH TO TEACHING ART: "Teach- 
ing fine arts is like living in the world's 
biggest candy store, and periodically enter- 
taining visitors by leading tours through 
countless aisles stuffed to overflowing with 
every kind of sweet," Gombert said. "Of 
course, many visitors/students assume that 
they already know how to eat candy (and 




many also try to convince me that they don't 
enjoy being there one bit and that eating 
candy is a complete waste of time). 

"My goals are first to show them how 
much they really do like candy even though 
they claim otherwise, then to gently explain 
that they do not really know how to eat 
candy yet, and finally to convince them that 
if they come to understand how the candies 
were made, how they are similar and how 
they differ, as well as the preferred methods 
for eating different types of candy, the can- 
dies would both taste better and satisfy 
longer. I also get to choose from a vast array 
of the best candy ever made, and I tend to 
choose those whose richness and complexity 
continues to increase overtime." 

"And every once in a while a student 
sends a note, sometimes years after taking 
the course, saying in effect that he or she has 
indeed come to love some candy for which 
they once had no appetite at all. That tastes 
pretty good, too." 

FOR MORE FINE ARTS FACULTY 
PROFILES, TURN TO PAGE 20. 



10 



FOCUS I SUMMER 2 00 5 



The Arts in the Liberal Arts 



Despite the reasonableness of da Vinci's suggestion, no modern 
liberal arts curriculum includes the study of painting as a universal 
requirement, nor is there likely to be an\' immediate public outcrv 
demanciing art training as essential to die preparation of young 
people for lives of engaged citizenship. But, the critical and histor- 
ical study of the fine arts - not as disciplines to be mastered, but as 
a broad, muJti-ficeted part of the human experience - is at the 
heart of the modern liberal arts tradition. There are a nimiber of 
reasons why this is so; a few of the more compelling are that: 

UNDERSTANDING THE ARTS IS AN ESSENTIAL 
COMPONENT OF LITERACY. 

Clearly, a principal aim of education is tiie development of literaa' - 
beyond tiie basic abilitx' to speak, read and write - as a refined and 
sophisticated capacit\' for nuanced communication, including an 
understanding of symbolism, allusion, implicit meanings, historical 
context and significance and so on. But words are not the only 
medium of human communication. Galileo's observation that 
nature's book is written in the language of mathematics suggests that 
to understand nature, one must be both linguistically and mathemat- 
ically literate. The medie\al reformulation of classical ideals that we 
recognize as the beginning of the modern liberal ai^ts tradition culti- 
vated both proficiencies: the ti'ivimn (grammar, rhetoric and logic) 
pro\'ided linguistic proficiency' while the qttndrivitim (aridimetic, 
geometry, astronomy and music) supplied mathematical proficienc\'. 

Proficiencs' with words and numbers though, even at the highest 
level and inclutiing the study of music as madiematics, is insuffi- 
cient. Both xisual and auditory literacy' are as essential as linguistic 



SOME 

IMPORTANT 

DATES IN THE 

FINE AND 

PERFORMING 

ARTS AT MC 



EH^N/taEcfe/es 
West hired to head 
Expression Depart- 
ment. She retires in 
1947 as associate pro- 
fessor of dramatic art. 



HORNE 




DAVIES 



1870s -Music and Art 
Departments organized. 

1 880s - Student Charles Alexander 
(later song leader for the world- 
wide revival crusades of R.A. Torrey 
and J. Wilbur Chapman) organizes 
the Alexander Brass Band. 

1 888 - Academic program 
requires all students to learn how 
to sing. 



1898 -Men's Glee 
Club organized; stu- 
dent member John 
Ritchie pens the lyrics 
to "Make the Welkin 
Ring;" song evolves 
into the College's 
Alma Mater 



1899- Expression Department 
(forerunner to Speech and Drama) 
established. 

1 906 - Vorhees Chapel com- 
pleted; its stage and classrooms 
are home to Music and Expression 
Departments until 1947 fire. 



and mathematical literaq'. We are bombarded with sounds and 
images, and while we may naively believe, for example, that pic- 
tures are innocent, innocuous ancf efficient (worth a thousand 
words each), a fiilly developed \'isual literaq' is as difficult to obtain 
( and correspondingly as satisfying and x'aluable ) as any other kind 
of litcracN'. Just as it takes years to achie\'e true linguistic proficiency 
c\en though we are born with the capacity' to hear and vocalize, so 
too does xisual proficiena' develop slowly over time and with con- 
siderable effort. Understanding how pictures and music work are 
essential components of a well-rounded education. 

THE ARTS REMIND US OE THE IMPORTANCE 
OF PLAY AND TEACH US NEW WAYS TO PLAY. 

Play is an essential aspect of the arts, and much of the benefit of 
studying art is that it encourages us to experience the world with 
die wonder and willingness of childhood. Much art springs from 
playfiil sources. Artists try 
new things. They combine 
the uncombined, they req'cle, 
they borrow, they create, and 
they destroy. The arts allow us 
to explore, not just the world 
as it is, but how it could be, as 
well as worlds that exist only 
in imagination. The arts allow 
us to see the unseen and hear 
the imheard. They make sur- 
prising and novel connections. 




L^/> 



■ VJ^J-i Katharine Currie Davies hired 
to teach music; chairs newly estab- 
lished Fine Arts Division until 1964. 

Dorothy Home hired to teach music 
and theory; is a member of the fac- 
ulty until 1953. 







tiililA Harry Harter begins 
his 34-year tenure at the 
College; leads choir to 
national prominence; 
chairs division from 1964 
until retirement in 1981. 



1917 -Vesper Choir formed to 
complement vesper services led 
by the College's first chaplain, 
William Stevenson. 



1913-TheMaryville Col- 
lege Orchestra organized, 

1 91 4 - Renowned painter 
Anna Belle Smith hired to 
teach art; heads Art Depart- 
ment from 1915 until 1921. 






1932 -Handel's "Messiah" 
first performed on campus by 
the Maryville Oratorio Soci- 
ety; becomes an annual event 
at the College until the 1980s. 

1936 - Fine Arts Division 
organized. 



FOCUS [SUMMER 200 5 



11 



They give form to ideas and provide us with an endless array of 
models for fashioning and understanding our existence. 

But play in the arts is not always eas\' or even ftm. Some artistic 
play is extremely serious and exceptionally difficult. The training 
and discipline required of a traditional Cambodian dancer, for 
example, rix'als that of any Olympic athlete. Or, consider Johann 
Sebastian Bach or John Coltrane or Jimi Hendrix who played in 
wavs unimaginable and unavailable to most of us. 




THE UBIQUITY AND ANTIQUITY OF THE 
ARTS IN HUMAN HISTORY MERIT SOME 
CONSIDERATION. 

Every culture in every historical period has art-making traditions. 
From the earliest ca\e paintings down to the present, people hive 
modified and decorated their environments and recorded their 
experience in images. They have developed special rhythmic pat- 
terns of speech and movement, told and acted stories and made 
music. The fact that all human societies have artistic traditions 
suggests that it is good for societies to do so. Most of the time the 
arts promote social cohesion and cooperation, and when diey 
don't, they often play equally valuable roles as agents of social crit- 
icism and change. Moreox'er, if the arts both create and inex'itably 
reflect the spirit of die times, as the Romantics believed, the study 
of die arts enriches our understanding of the breadth and deptli of 
the human experience and bv showing us where we've been, 
affords some guidance in plotting a course for where we're going. 

In many ways, die arts pro\'ide the principal means by which a 
societ)' enculturates the young. The arts - literature, theater, 
music, the visual arts, dancing and ail the rest - are the means by 
which one understands one's heritage. Think of how intimately 
bound up one's identity' can be with the songs, stories, dances and 
customs of the homeland. The arts mark some parts of life as 




Katherine 
Crews '43 

hired to 
teach music: 
stays 12 
years. 




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l^•^+l hmo^ 1 


^^ ILW! 


Richard and 




Blov ioins M 


^^^ Dan 


Dorathea 


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music faculty; fl 


L^ Kinsinqer 


Beard begin 


[^ Jk' 


heads division V 


5 '*"' begins 


10-year stay 




from 1981 M 


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until 1990; D 


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Tl W in 1977. 


instructors. 




ret/res in 1993. ^ 




E^S Victor and 
Sallie Warth Schoen 
hired to teach music. 
Sallie teaches until 
her death in 1994; 
Vic retires soon 
afterward. 



1936- Ralph Colbert, choir 
director and assistant professor of 
music, organizes a college-com- 
munity orchestra to accompany 
choir in "Messiah." 







1938 -The Trapp Family Singers 
perform on campus as part of the 
College's 
Artist Series, 
The College 
is among the 
Trapp's first 

stops on ^tL V ^ ■^*^, 

their Ameri- 
can tour. 




1942 - Music program 
receives accreditation from the 
National Association of Schools 
of Music; newspapers report 
that the College "is first degree- 
granting institution in Tennessee 
accredited ... that conducts its 
music work by its own faculty 
and within the College itself" 

1949- Maryville Playhouse 
organized: all dramatic production 
brought under one umbrella. 





1951 - Fine Arts Center dedi- 
cated; art gallery opens with a 
traveling exhibit of prints by 
Cezanne, Picasso, Renoir and 
Van Gogh. 



1960 - Choir named official 
broadcasting choir of the 
Department of Radio and Tele- 
vision of the United Presbyter- 
ian Church in the U.S.A. 



1 950s - Choir travels to perform- 
ances throughout the country; 
spring Choir Tours become annual 
events. 



1952-lntema- 
tionally known 
baritone William 
Warfield per- 
forms as part of 
the Maryville Col- 
lege Artist Series. 



1 954 - Samuel Tyndale Wil- 
son Chapel completed; fine 
arts offerings enhanced by 
large auditorium and theatre 




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more important than others. They make 
people, places and things sacred; indeed, 
what is religion without music, poetry, dec- 
oration or theater? The arts teach us what is 
\aluable, how to live, and how to act. 

THE ARTS MAKE LIFE 
WORTH LIVING. 

In his final no\'el, Timequake, Kurt Von- 
negut says that one of the plausible aims of artists is "to make peo- 
ple appreciate being alive at least a little bit." Although Vonnegut 
is skeptical about how often artists have actually pulled this off, I 
am convinced that this is the arts' primary importance. 

The arts bring beauU' into the world. They foster cooperation 
and are instrumental in creating and maintaining group identity. 
Far more often than not, the arts bring people together, and even 
in the infrequent instances of controversy, they make life interest- 
ing. Furthermore, the arts allow us to step outside ourselves, to 
suspend disbelief, to live and love and feel vicariously. 

Who among us has never been moved to tears by music, or 
fallen in lo\'e with, or had one's heart ripped apart b)' a character 
from a book, a pla\', or a mo\ier The arts produce heroes, heroines 
and villains, gods and monsters, agony and ecstasy. They explore 



The Arts in the Liberal Arts 



the fiiU range of human emotional experience - from the darkest, 
most terrifying corners of the human psyche to the ridiculous and 
the sublime. The arts sweeten our dreams and intensify' our night- 
mares. They feed our souls, and can drive us into the bowels of 
Hell or deliver us into the presence of the Divine. And sometimes, 
they make us laugh. EI9 




JONES 




SWENSON 



Wl'TA William Swenson 
hired to teach art; stays 
until 1978. 

Thomas E. Jones begins 
1 7-year career in the Col- 
lege's Theatre Department. 




Thelma Bianco 
begins nearly 
30-year tenure 
in the Art 
Department. 




^S^ Daniel 
Taddie hired to 
lead choir, head 
Fine Arts Division. 




taaU Mark Hall 
named chair of 
Fine Arts Division. 



1 962 - Annexes to the Fine Arts 
Center provide for a bandroom 
and art studios. 

1967 -Choir per- 
forms at New York's 
Carnegie Hall. 





1968 - Van Metre School of Dance 
moves into third-floor space of 
Fayerweather Hall. Stays until 1991. 




1969 - "Once upon a Greener 
Hill," a musical commissioned by 
the College for its sesquicenten- 
nial and v\/ritten by Paul Crabtree, 
premiers in the College's theatre. 

1972 - World premier of Richard 
Yardumian's oratorio "The Story of 
Abraham," performed with the 
Dallas Symphony Orchestra, held 
at the College. 

1 979 - The Alcoa Foundation 
enters partnership with 
College to fund the Affili- 
ate Artists program. It 
continues until 1993. 



1 991- Dr Larry Smithee founds the 
College-Community Concert Band. 

1991 - Larry Ervin '97 organizes 
the first Voices of Praise choir. 
Made up of minority and white stu- 
dents and alumni, VOP performs 
mostly black gospel music. 

1999 -Title III "Instructional Tech- 
nology Initiative" provides for disci- 
pline-specific software for faculty 
and students, a fully equipped 
multi-media classroom, graphic arts 
computer lab 
and music com- 
position lab. 
(Funds released 
over five years.) 



2001- 

Stacey Wilner 
forms music 
ensemble 
"Off Kilter." 




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^Opportunity 




2002 - Board approves MC Win- 
dow of Opportunity strategic plan; 
objectives include "a newly con- 
structed Center for the Fine and 
Performing Arts." 



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SOME CAME .:.J 
TOMARYVILLE **7 
COLLEGE 

knowing that their names 
would be in lights. Others dared 
to dream big only after faculty, 
staff and students encouraged 
their talents. 

Maiyville College is approxi- 
mately 7?5 miles from New York 
' S City and ?,?oo miles from 
Hollywood, but scores of its 
graduates have found their way 
to those meccas of celebrity - 
and to theatres, galleries and 
performance halls in between 
and beyond. 

Fifteen alumni - representing 
professions in music, theatre and 
film, photography and graphic 
design - are featured in these 
^ pages of FOCUS and on pages of 

ithe MC website. Their stories and 
experiences are as varied as what 
they do every day, whether that 
involves writing a country song 
or photographing the cathedrals 
of Scotland, organizing a band's 
worldwide tour or teaching a 
group to sing in the African- 
American tradition. 

They're not aU thespians or 
vocalists, but they've all taken — or 
are taking — their art center stage . 

WHO MISTAKENLY FLASHED the audience in 
Cologne? Whose biggest commission is traceable 
to dog hair? Which up-and-comer almost ran 
over George Clooney? Thi answers to these ques- 
tions and the profiles of more alumni in the arts 
can be found in.a website complement to 
FOCUS. Visitmarjrvillecollege.edu. 



ALUMNI MTISTS 

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JOHN WESLEY WRIGHT 

MAJORAT MC: Music I 

EOME: Mount Orab. Ohio 
WHAT HE DOES: Professional singer, artist-in- 
residence (University of Dapon), vocal consultant, 
clinician and leader of workshops on "Singing in 
the African -American Tradition." 



JOHN WESLEY WRIGHT '87 did- 
n't enter college with a solid foundation 
in music or performance, but he built that 
at Mar)'^alle through coursework, singing 
with the Concert Choir, performing with 
tlie MC Playmakers and dancing with die 
Appalachian Ballet Company. 

In 1990, he earned a master's degree 
from die Cincinnati College-ConserA'atory 
of Music and began singing, professionally. 

■He sang with the Indianapolis, Mempliis, 
Daemon and Chautauqua operas and was a 

:- voice consultant for the performers at Dis- 

|ney World and Sea World. 

His career took a slighdy different course 
while working on his doctorate. Meeting 

tYsaye Maria Barnwell of the Grammy ®- 

*Award winning African-American ensemble 

?Sweet Honey in die Rock, Jolin learned to 
sing in die African- American tradition. 
Performing die spiritual "Over My 
iHead," musical settings of three Langston 

.'Hughes poems and "Bring Him Home" 
from "Les Miserables," John claimed the 
gold medal as winner of the American 
Traditions Competition at the Savannali 
(Ga.) Music Festival in 2000. Later diat 
year, he performed for ±e King and 
Queen of Belgium in a nationally televised 
Christmas Eve concert with the award- 
winning cliildren's choir, Scala. 




DELORES ROWEN ZIEGLER 

MAJORAT MC: Music i 

HOME: Silver Spring-, Md. 
WHAT SHE DOES: International opera singer; 
voice professor at the University of Maryland 
School of Music. ■ r^ * 

DELORES ROWEN ZIEGLER '73 
made her fii-st trip to the Met while an 
MC student in the early 1970s. She sat in 
the audience then; in 1979, she returned 



Since her career took off in the early 
1980s, Delores has performed in every 
major theater and opera house in die 
world, including the Bolshoi Opera, the 
Cologne City Opera, the Lyric Opera of 
Cliicago, the New York Cit^' Opera, the 
Palis Opera, th^an Frajicisco Opera, the 
Vienna Staatsoper and Carnegie Hall. 

In February 1990, she made her Met- 



Teatro alia Scali 

production of Mozart's "Idomeneo" 

under the baton of Riccardo Muti. 

Critical acclaim has followed her per- 
formar "es as R« 
Capule i e i Montecchi," Dorabella in 
Mozarffs "Cosi fan tutte" (she is die most 
recorded Dorabella in operatic history), 
the Composer in "Ariadne auf Naxos" 
and Octa\ian in "Der Rosenkavalier." 



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By Karen Beat)- 
Eldridge '94 




TILLMAN CRANEj 

MAJOR AT MC: History, Religion 
HOME: Camden, Maine 

WHAT HE DOES: Large format fine art photogra- 
pher; adjunct faculty member and consultant for 
Utah's Waterford Fine Arts Academy. 

ATTENDING WORKSHOPS DURING 
vacations and extended leaves from a job 
with the Maryville- 
Alcoa Daily Times, — ' 

Tillman Crane '78 
broadened his knowl- 
edge of photography at 
places like the Maine 
Photographic Work- 
shops and the Missouri 
School of Journalism. 
He enrolled at the 
University of Delaware 
for graduate work and 
landed a job teaching at 
■ ■ ■ ine Photographic 



te thSis, "Cathedrals of the Industrial Rev- 
blutio ," visually captured the architecture ' 
af trai stations along the east coast. 

He las been commissioned by die Center I 
forD( umentar^ArtsandthePordand I 



;o thepcottish Royal Photographic Society. 

Woridng in an age whe^ cameras are 
nade iny and tinier, Tillnian has gone the 
oppos :e route, choosing to work with 
large-fermat cameras. His images, printed in 
ilver *d platinum/palladium, have been 
..xhibiKd in galleries across the country. 

He has published two books showcasing 
his photography: Tillman Crane/Structure, 
(2000) and Touchstones (2005). 



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STEVEN YUHASZ 

MAJOR AT MC:7Tieatre 
HOME: Stamford, Conn. 
WHAT HE DOES: Theatncal producer & direMor 

FOLLOWING GRADUATION FR(J... 
Maryville, Steven Yuhasz '75 earned his 
MFA degree in directing/set and costu|ie 
design from the Dallas Theatre Center of 
Trinity University and pursued studies in 
musical theatre at Southern Illinois University. 
In the last 30 years, Steven has built an 
impressive resume that includes work as 



the producing director for the Nationa 
Musical Theatre Network, producing 
director at Capital Repertory Theatre, — 
executive director of the New Apollo 
Theati-e (NYC), creative producer for the 
Alcazar (NYC), assistant general manager 
of the Paper Mill Playhouse and senior 
proMucer for RH Productions. Addition- 
allyihe is one of tiie founding producers 
of the New York Musical Theatre Festival. 

He appeared in two Broadway shows: 
"Peter Pan," starring Sandy Duncan; and 
"Zerba," starring Anthony Quinn. In 
2003, he assisted Tony-Award winnin"» 
director/choreographer Susan Stroma 



son Square Garden. 

Recent projects include the Off Broad- 
way hit "Streakin'!" and "Escape from 
Pterodactyl Island," both of which he pro- 
duced. He co-wrote, produced and 
directed "Tusk," whid^Bvas selected as one 
of the top five musicals featured in tlie 2004 
New York Musical Theatre Festival. 




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PEGGY KESSLER DUKE 

MAJORAT MC: BioiogK 1 

B®ME: Fukon, Md. . i 



«'SHa)OES: mtanicalilli 



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BIOLfGYmjOR, Peggy-Ann 
ssler Ouke 'S^ chose to study the 
f^ns in the College Woods as her special 
St idies project and — 

included original illustra- 
tions of their fronds, rhi- 
zemes and roots in the 
cempleted work. She 
still has those illustra- 
ti&ns, along with hun- 
dreds of others that she 
has drawn for scientific 
a id popular publications and exhibitions. 
Meeting husband James Duke wliile in 
►aduate school at Chapel Hill seemed 
"istined. His extensive research and pub- 
hing as an ethnobotanist with the 
SDA has been greatiy enhanced by her 
;n-and-ink and hand-colored prints, 
jgether, the Dukes have traveled the 
.S. and&ie world, cataloging the flora 



sia and the Caribbean. Pegg)' and lames : 
ive collaborated on several books, 
eluding Medicinal Plants of the Bible, 

le Green Pharmacy and th| CRC Hand, 
00k of Medicinal Plants. '^ 

Peggy also works in wateijcolor and 








RICHARD RATTAGLIA '74 

MAJOR AT MC: Individual Major in Science & Photography 
HOME: Nashville. Tenn. 

WHAT HE DOES: Tour manager, live audio engineer and 
studio engineer for Bela Reck and the Recktones 

As a recording and mLxing engineer on Bela Fleck and xhe Fleck- 
tones' jazz album "Outbound," Richard received a Grammy in 
2000. (The album was named Best Contemporary Jazz Album of 
the Year.) 

LINDY HARRIS RRUGGINK '7? 

MAJOR AT MC: Art HOME: Fairfax. Va. 
WHAT SHE DOES: Professional portrait artist 

Lindy does about dvee or four oil paintings each 
year by commission. In 2001, she met and pho- 
tographed then-Secretar)' of State Colin Powell while working on a 
portrait commissioned by the National War College Museum. 

LYNN GILLESPIE CHATER '71 

MAJOR AT MC: French (Spanish & Education minor) 

HOME: Nashville, Tenn. 

WHAT SHE DOES: Professional songwriter, Chater Songs 

Chater Songs' song li.st includes: "Have a Nice Day," 
performed by Mindy McCready and "You Go First (Do You Wanna 
Kiss)," performed by Jessica Andrews. "I Meant to Do That," per- 
formed by Paul Brandt, was nominated for Song of the Year-in 
Canada. Lynn's songs have gone gold, platinum and multi-platinum 
and have been featured in commercials, videos and one movie trailer. 

DEAN CLARK '68 

MAJOR AT MC: Economics & Business Administration 
nOME: Glen Ellyn. m. 

WHAT HE DOES: President and CEO. Graphic Chemical & 
Ink, an internationally known manufacturer of specialty 
printing inks 

An advocate of the arts in education. Dean fights for arts tluiding 
as a private citizen and elected official. As presicient of the Glen 
EUyn Elementary School District Board of Education from 1993 
until 1997, he was partially responsible for the addition of art and 
music rooms in the elementary buildings. 

AMYCRON'oi 

MAJOR AT MC: English Literature HOME: Los Angeles, Calif 
WHAT SHE DOES:ylssoaote Producer, 

Country Music Television/Planet Grande Pictures 

Amy's resume includes work with various studios and 
networks. For CMT's documentary series "Small Town Secrets" 
and CMT's "Most Shocking," Amy is in charge of research, 
scheduling, booldng topics, talent and locations, and serving as 
field producer at various shoots all over die country. 








MICHELLE CURLEY'o3 

MAJOR AT MC: Art HOME: Knoxville. Tenn. 

WHAT SHE DOES: Graphic designer, Ruhy Tuesday Inc. 

At Ruby Tuesday Inc., Michelle is responsible for 
everything from company/fi'anchise benefits guides and recruit- 
ment material to menus, magazine ads, banners, table tents and 
art on the company's website. 

JAMES LASTER '56 

MAJORS AT MC: Biology, Music History 

HOME: Winchester, Va. 

WHAT HE DOES: Professor Emeritus at Shenandoah 

Conservatory of Shenandoah University: organist/choirmaster: 

music composer: writer: actor in theatre and film 

Considered an aLithorit)' on choral music for women's voices, Jim 
has seen man\' of his compositions published and performed by 
acclaimed choirs. In retirement, he is acting and directing on stage 
and in films. 

" W. HAROLD LASTER '65 

MAJOR AT MC: History HOME: Palm Springs, Calif 
WHAT HE DOES: Vice President and Dean, Music 
Academy of the West: choral conductor: composer 

Though he is a talented musician, Hal's career in 
the fine and performing arts has centered in administration. He 
spent 19 years at the University' of Cincinnati College -Conserva- 
tory of Music as assistant dean. From 1995 until 2002, he was 
named dean of the Aspen Music Festival and School. 

LIRRAGILLUM MILLER '85 

MAJOR AT MC: Music HOME: Nashville, Tenn. 
WHAT SHE DOES: Commercial &fine art photographer 

Libba's commercial work is visible in regional and 
national billboards and print campaigns. Images 
taken from her international travels have been exhibited in gal- 
leries tiiroughout the South. 

KEVIN RAGSDALE '98 

MAJORAT MC: Business and Organization Management 

HOME: Venice, Calif. 

WHAT HE DOES: CFO, Pretty Dangerous Films 

Prett\' Dangerous FUms has produced "The Curse 
of El Charro," "The Nickel Childj-en" and "The Heart is Deceit- 
fLil Above All Things." "Heart," the company's first feature film, 
was screened at die prestigious Cannes Film Festival in 2004. 
"Edmond," a story by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David 
Mamet and directed by veteran Stuart Gordon, is in post-produc- 
tion. It stars William H. Macy and Julia Stiles. EiS 



Be sure to visit maryvillecollege.edu to read expanded pro- 
files on these alumni, hear music clips, view more images and 
get links to their personal websites and e-mail addresses. 






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The Arts in the Liberal Arts 

RISING STARS 

THE NEXT CHAGALL? Copland? Meiyl Streep? Only time will tell. 
Though some may aspire to less public lives in the arts, MC students currently 
enrolled in the fine arts program are smart, talented, ambitious and eager to 
make a name for themselves. Many use the word "opportunity" to sum up why 
Maiyville College is an excellent foundation for rising stars. 

Said EKvig'ht Dockeiy '05: "At a big school, I would not have nearly the 
opportunities for participation, leadership and growth as a well-rounded 
musician that 1 do here. It has been an incredible experience. 
"Maybe the reasons why there are so many wonderful 
opportunities are caring, nurturing faculty members, who 
are committed to the personal and professional growth of 
their students not only through traditional teaching, but 
also through diversity. 

1 have been so lucky to have people who care about me 
and honestly want me to succeed." 



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It wasn't her mother's 
enthusiasm for Maryville 
College that motivated 
APRIL MARTIN '08 to 
enroll. It was Stacey 
Wilner's enthusiasm for 
the College's music pro- 
gram. April, daughter of 
Genie Varker Martin 
'79, metWilner, coordi- 
nator of choral music 
and director of the MC 
Concert Choir, during a 
scholarship audition. 
Earning Dean's and music scholarships, April 
enrolled and within months had declared a music 
education major and joined the Concert Choir, 
Community Chorus and Off Kilter. She may pursue 
mission work after MC but ultimately "wants to 
experience lots of new things by teaching, perform- 
ing and traveling as much as possible." 




For someone who aspires to work in theatre production 
and direction, LIBBY PEMBERTON '06 isn't letting oppor- 
tunity pass her by. Since she 
enrolled, this theatre major 
has participated, in some way, 
in every production of the 
College's Theatre Depart- 
ment and was awarded the 
Evelyn Seedorf Prize in Dra- 
matic Arts in 2005. She played 
the role of Estelle Delauny in 
"No Exit" and Edith in "Blithe 
Spirit" and was the assistant 
director for "All in the Tim- 
ing" and "A Midsummer 
Night's Dream." A native of 
Brazil, Libby has chosen to 
translate, direct and produce 
a Brazilian play, "Sinless," as 
her senior study. Curtains will 
open on the play this fall. 




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JOHN NEWMAN '06 isn't even out of college 
yet, but his artwork is already on public display. 
Two murals were completed while he was a 
student at Gatlinburg-Pittman High School; 
another mural, a 28 by 6-foQt mountain stream 
scene, was selected by a public committee 
and will be dedicated in Knoxville's Howard H. 
Baker Jr. U.S. Courthouse this September. 

John is double-majoring in studio arts and 
art history, which he believes will be great 
preparation for graduate school, teaching col- 
lege and working as a museum curator. 

A 2005 recipient of the Summer Lilly Intern- 
ship, he has spent this summer interning with 
the Knoxville Museum of Art. 

"The arts, especially studio arts such as 



painting and drawing, have always been a 
large and active part of my life. I have been 
involved from an early age and came from a 
family that supported and nurtured my love 
for art." 

John said his family of supporters grew 
when he enrolled at MC, mentioning support 
from alumni who've given scholarships to 
make his education affordable, as well as 
encouragement from students, faculty and 
staff members. 

"My art teachers are my advisors, mentors 
and friends, and I know that respect is mutu- 
ally shared. This is something you might have 
to work hard for at a large university but at 
MC, it is very commonplace," he said. 



Though he's not the first to graduate, technically, with the 
music theory-composition major, RENNIE SALATA '05 is 

the first student to complete the study as it is currently 
outlined in the catalog. 

"I actually rather enjoyed being the guinea pig," he said, 
adding that he regularly shared his opinion through direct 
discussion with professors and written course evaluations. 
"Honestly I found very little to complain about the degree - 
it's very efficiently constructed." 

Courses like philosophy of music and advanced analyt- 
ical techniques were beneficial to his growth as a musi- 
cian and person, he said, and through the Fine Arts 
Center's computer lab, he's become technologically 




savvy with music notation software and recording 
equipment and synthesizers. 

A magna cum laude graduate, Rennie is interested 
in graduate studies in medicine, psychology and reli- 
gion, as well as music. 

He's comfortable in many different areas of music but 
could be a research scientist, as well, said Rennie's advi- 
sor. Dr. Sheri Matascik, associate professor of music. 

"He works hard and isn't satisfied to do less than 
1 10 percent," she added. "He sings in the Concert 
Choir and composes very well. He composed a piece 
for two female vocalists, a cappella, which was just 
angelic sounding." 



The grandson of the late Charles S. 
Williams '51 and the great-grandson of leg- 
endary biology professor Dr. Lyie Williams, 
EVAN WILLIAMS '07 is considered a legacy 
at Maryville. As a theatre/English literature 
double-major with aspirations to become 
something of a fine-arts "renaissance man" 
and teacher, Evan may leave Maryville Col- 
lege another - and different - kind of legacy. 

"Ever since I was very little, I've enjoyed 
performing and taking part in the arts," he 
said. "I've acted in plays, acted in and 
directed some amateur video movies, written 
and performed short skits, performed music (whether it be singing 
or playing trumpet and piano), drawn pictures and written stories." 
At Maryville, Evan acts and does technical work in the plays of 
the Theatre Department, sings with Voices of Praise and is an 
active member of the College's chapter of Alpha Psi Omega. 

"I relish the opportunity to play different characters and make 
people laugh, cry, cheer and especially think about the plays we 
produce," he said. 




AMANDA DAVIS '05 possesses the enviable combination of artis- 
tic talent and technical skill. And with plenty of real-world experi- 
ence, she's well on her way to owning her own graphic design firm 
(which, for her, would be a 
dream-come-true). 

Amanda majored in art 
with an emphasis in 
graphic design. In four 
years, she has taken the 
lessons from the computer 
lab and applied them to 
real projects and real 
clients, designing publicity 
for fine-arts related events at MC, redesigning the Fine Arts Divi- 
sion web pages, working with the College's publications manager 
and interning with Graphic-FX, a local design firm. While at 
Graphic-FX, she independently designed a United Way campaign, 
which included brochures, advertisements and T-shirts. 

No stranger to the Fine Arts Center or Wilson Chapel, 
Amanda was also a member of the College-Community Band 
and Orchestra while a student. 




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At home on the stage but not in the spotlight, JENNIFER 
OLANDER '05 will enroll at the University of Tennessee- 
Knoxville this fall and pursue master's degree in accompany- 
ing. Her professors don't doubt that she'll succeed in the 
program; musically, Jenny can do it all - sing, conduct and 
play the oboe, cello, guitar and piano. Her talents and educa- 
tion (major in music) should take her as far as she wants to go 
- she just isn't sure where that is yet. Being a member of the 
MC Concert Choir, Community Chorus, College-Community 
Band, Guitar Ensemble and Off Kilter has done more than 
whet her appetite for music and performance. 

"Hopefully, I will be able to do many things, that would be 
my dream," she said. "I don't think I can pick one thing forever 
and be okay with not doing all the other things that I love." 





He was the artist commissioned for the president's 
2004 Christmas cards, and before he graduates, 
JONATHAN HOWE '07 and his artwork are likely to 
catch the eyes of more alumni, parents and friends 
of the College. He has a natural talent for drawing 
and painting that undergraduate art professors 
rarely find in young hands. The son of Amy Whitley 
Howe '77, Jonathan enrolled at MC knowing that 
he would major in art, and, after two years, his por- 
traits are selling. An apprentice with master wood- 
carver and artist John Wilbourn, Jonathan is 
learning to express himself in media other than 
paint and charcoal. He hasn't settled on any post- 
graduation plans, but ultimately, he hopes to do two 
things in his life: "Follow Jesus. Paint portraits." 



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Considering that DWIGHT DOCKERY '05 

wants to spend his professional life putting 
circles, small marks and dots onto manu- 
script paper, it's ironic that his enrollment at 
Maryville College came about because he 
checked the wrong box on an application 

"I marked 'Early Decision' when I meant 
to mark 'Early Action.' Then, I was contrac- 
tually obligated to MC," Dwight explained. 
"It was all for the best, though. It was the 
best mistake I've ever made!" 

The educational program at the Col- 
lege, which emphasizes vocational discern 
ment, led Dwight to refine his interests. 
Originally en route to study music educa- 
tion, he discovered that the music he 
prefers to teach is mostly taught in higher 
education, so he changed his major to music theory-corn 




position. This December, he's expected to 
graduate with a bachelor of music degree. 

During his time at Maryville College, 
Dwight and the College have benefited from 
each other He has been the choir assistant 
for both the Concert Choir and Community 
Chorus. He was in the College's production 
of "The Fantasticks." This past spring, he was 
given the opportunity to rehearse and con- 
duct the concert band in an original compo- 
sition entitled "Sonata for Band." 

"He shows the most potential in com- 
posing than any student I've worked with, 
and I've worked with many exceptional stu- 
dent musicians," said Dr. Sheri Matascik, 
associate professor of music and Dwight's 
advisor "He experiments the way com- 
posers should when defining and refining their own style." 




ART Starting in the 2005-2006 academic year, Maryville College has a new major in the Division of Fine Arts - 

HISTORY art history. The major requires the addition of five courses to the catalog: ART204.: Applied Art History. ART3ia: 

ADDED TO Studies in Ancient An. ART3i3: Studies in MedievalArt. ART 814.: Studies in Renaissance Art andARTSi^: 

LIST OF Studies in An Since 1 ^5° and the replacement oiARTg 1 1 ; Ancient and Medieval An with AfiTn 1 : Survey of 

AVAILABLE Ancient Through Medieval Art. Four additional (existing) courses in art, as well as courses in the humanities, 

MAJORS history and two semesters of a foreign language above the 100-level are also included in the paradigm. 

FOCUS IsuMMKR 200. s 



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BUILDING ON TRADITION 



Since it was established in i^36. Maryville College's 

Division of Fine Arts has been revered for outstanding 

preparation in music, drama and visual arts. Faculty 

members have long been responsible for the division's 

exceptional reputation, boasting advanced degrees from 



institutions such as Northwestern University, the 
Eastman School of Music, Union Theological Seminary's 
School of Sacred Music, the Oberlin Consermtory of Music 
and the Art Institute of Chicago. The College's fine arts 
faculty in the sist-century builds on this rich tradition. 





Swann serious about music, teaching 



BILL SWANN, Assistant Professor of Music 

EDUCATION: B.M., M.M.; University of 
Tennessee; DA., University of Mississippi. 

JOINED MC FACULTY: 2000 

AREAS OF TEACHING/DIRECTING: Music 
theory, aural skills, improvisation, general 
education, Maryville College Jazz Band. 
See also www.billswann.com. 

WITH A WRY sense of humor, BiU Swann 
publicizes his musical efforts using just his 
initials - "BS" - but the acron^'m certainly 



doesn't express his attitudes toward 
creating music or teaching up-and- 
coming musicians. 

At the \'oung age of 37, hc\s serious 
about his art, ha\'ing already per- 
formed with the Hkes of Percy Sledge, 
Mar\ in Stamm and the Jimmy Dorsey 
Orchesti'a; toured Europe with the criti- 
cally acclaimed Knox\iLle Jazz Orchestra; 
and released three back-to-back CDs. 

His first set of original alternative-jazz- 
rock music, resulting in "Awake but Some- 
how Dreaming," received complimentary 
reviews drat pointed out similarities to 
Steely Dan, Paul Simon, Joe Jackson and 
even Billv Joel. 

"One World Over," Swann's 2004 
release, was also a critical success. 

"TJiree," the most recent of his musical 
efforts, is a fazz CD that showcases Swann's 
impressive improvisational skills at the piano. 
It carries a fitting tide as it is his third CD 
release as a leader, three musicians perform 
on the tracks, and three of tire tides ha\e 
something to do with the number '3.' 

Swann's off-campus projects don't detract 
from Jiis work in the classroom and student 



music studios; they greatiy enhance it. Stu- 
dents report that he is equally impressive as a 
musician and a teacher. They also say he's 
patient - ma\'be to a fault - and models for 
Iris smdents the importance of listening. 

It's a lesson he learned from music pro- 
fessor Robert Bonham. Swann admits that 
he was first intimidated by the \eteran fac- 
ulty' member but has, o\'er the years, 
formed a friendship with his coUeagtie. 

"I have used our lunch trips to Lemon 
Grass [restaurant] to get ad\ice on nearly 
e\'ery aspect of being a college facult\' mem- 
ber. There are nuinerous musical and non- 
musical ideas that I have learned fi'om 
Robert eitiier in comersation or by observa- 
tion, but there are two that seem particularly 
important to me as a teacher. One, listening 
to my students ... is the most important 
tiling I can do for them. . . . Two, that when 
dealing with students or curricula or rela- 
tionsJiips or any of the other issues that arise 
on campus, I should maintain a long \iew 
and allow small issues to fade or settie before 
acting on them. Both of these are easier said 
than done, but Robert pro\ides a good 
model for the times when I forget." 



MARYVILLE COLLEGE FINE ARTS FACULTY 



EMARK HALL, 
Chair of the Division 
of Fine Arts, Associ- 
ate Professor of Art 
EDUCATION: B.A., 
Hanover College; 
M.Div., Christian Theological 
Seminary; M.A., University of 
Louisville; M.F.A., Indiana State 
University. 

JOINED MC FACULTY: 2001 

AREAS OF TEACHING: Printmak- 
ing, drawing, art history, general 
education. 



y^H», ROBERT BONHAM, 

^^^^ Professor of Music 

^R|^ EDUCATION: B.M, 

^^^^^ Phillips University; 

^^Ki M.M., University of 

IMIl Kansas; Ph.D., Ohio 

University. 

JOINED MC FACULTY; 1965 

AREAS OF TEACHING: Piano, 
world music, music history after 
1750, general education. 



lyillll'nyi SHERI MATASCIK, 

^^ y Associate Professor 

7 ''^ "^ of Music, Music Pro- 

ki ^ ^ gram Coordinator 

EDUCATION: B.M., 
M.M., Youngstown 

State University; Ph.D., Kent 

State University 

JOINED MC FACULTY; 1995 

AREAS OF TEACHING/DIRECTING: 

Music composition, theory and 
skills, general education, tai chi. 




HEATHER MCMAHON, 

Assistant Professor of 
I Theatre 

EDUCATION: B.A, Bel- 
mont University; M.S., 
linois State University; 
Ph.D., Indiana University 

JOINED MC FACULPi'; 2003 

AREAS OF TEACHING/DIRECTING; 

Theatre production, acting, play 
analysis, theatre history and tra- 
ditions, American theatre his- 
tory, general education. 



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The Arts in the Liberal Arts 



Wilner's choirs bear resemblance to past ensembles 



STACEY WILNER, Coordinator of Choral 
Music 

EDUCATION: B.A., Concord College; M.A., 
University of Tennessee. 

JOINED MC FACULTY: 1999 

AREAS OF TEACHING/DIRECTING: 

Voice, music history, general education, 
MC Concert Choir, ensemble "Off Kilter" 
and College-Community Chorus. 

SHE DOESN'T SOUND like him when 
she siiigs. She doesn''t direct like him on 
stage. She doesn't walk like him, and she 
certainly bears no physical resemblance, 
but Stacey Wilner is as close a director to 
Harry Harter as the Mar^'xiUe College 
Concert Choir has had since Harter's 
retirement in 1981. 

Just ask some choir alumni \\ho've heard 
the group perform lately. 

In a March 18, 2005 letter to MC Presi- 
dent Gerald Gibson, Louise Lloyd Palm 
'51 wrote: "Last Monday e\ening as we sat 
in the beautiful Gothic sanctuary of Centi'al 
Presb\terian Church in New York Cit\' and 
listenecf to the magnificent sound of die 
voices of the Mary\ille College Choir, I felt 
such a surge of pride and rejoicing. Tears 
came to my eyes as they sang anthems 
which we had sung more than 50 years 
ago, and I realized in a new way that the 
same traditions of excellence and qualir\' 
li\'e on in the performance of this talented 
group of young people, and in the leader- 
ship of Stacey Wilner." 



The late Tom Evans '59, a choir alum- 
nus and organist by profession, sang the 
director's praises in a 2002 letter to the 
president. 

"Stacey is remai'k- 
able!" he wrote. "Her 
work with die 
Marwille College 
Concert Choir is so 
reminiscent of the 
choir when Harr\' was 
the director." 

VVibier and her 
choirs ha\'e been able 
to achieve such 
acclaim, she said, 
because her approach 
to music and her phi- 
losophy' for teaching 
it are similar to the 
legendary director. 

"If \'ou \\M\i to accomplish things, you 
ha\e to ha\'e discipline, and you have to 
make sacrifices," she said. "I ha\'e a reputa- 
tion for being tough." 

Wilner met the legendar)' Harter just 
after joining die MC tacult}- in 1999. 

"He sought me out," she said, describ- 
ing an introduction that occurred follow- 
ing a choir performance. "He was running 
down the aisles of Wilson Chapel widi 
tears in his eyes. He said, 'I'm so glad 
you're here.' I'U never forget it." 

From that meeting until Harter's death in 
2004, Wilner called and \isited widi him 
several times, seeking his ad\ice about music 



and learning about choirs of the past and 
tiieir traditions. He became her mentor 
If todav's choir (which numbers ai'ound 




50 voices) sounds similar to those ensem- 
bles of the past, it might be because Wilner 
has added some familial' songs to its reper- 
toire. Harter's arrangement of "Crimond" 
has been on recent programs. And of 
course, members kiio\\' the Alma Mater 
and "Lutkin Benediction" - melodies that 
unite choii- alumni across the decades - by 
heart. 

Much like the choirs of Harter's era, 
Wilner said, today's Concert Choir is a 
family. 

"I stri\e for this [sense of communin'] 
with the choir," she said. "It's not just 
about the music; it's about life." 



For more information, visit http://faculty.maryvillecollege.edu/finearts/ 



ALAN REIHL, The- 
atre Instructor and 
Technical Director 

EDUCATION: B.A., 
University of New 
Hampshire; M.F.A., 
University of North Carolina- 
Chapel Hill. 

JOINED MC FACULTY: 1989 

AREAS OF TEACHING: Stage- 
craft, general education. 





BURT ROSEVEAR, 

Instructor of Music 
and Music Resources 
Coordinator 

EDUCATION: B.A. 

George Fox Univer- 
sity; M.M., University of North- 
ern Colorado; doctoral work in 
vocal performance, pedagogy 
and opera. 

JOINED MC FACULTY: 1996 

AREAS OF TEACHING: Applied 
voice, vocal literature, general 
education. 




LARRY SMITHEE, 

Associate Professor 
of Music 

EDUCATION: B.M.E., 
M.M.E., Arkansas 
State University; 

Ed.D., Washington University 

(St. Louis) 

JOINED MC FACULTY: 1991 

AREAS OF TEACHING/DIRECTING: 

The history of music in the U.S., 
conducting, introduction to orches- 
tral instruments, individual music 
lessons, the Maryville College- 
Community Concert Band. 




ADRIENNE 
SCHWARTE, Assis- 
tant Professor of Art 

EDUCATION: B.A., 
Buena Vista University; 
M.F.A., University of 
Minnesota. 

JOINED MC FACULTY: 2005 

AREAS OF TEACHING: Graphic 
design, general education. 

The black and white photographs 
on these pages were taken by Stan 
McCleave '78, photography instruc- 
tor Visit www.stanphoto.com to see 
more of his work, D9 



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



'28 MEMORIAM: Anna Mae 

Coldwell Ellis, on April 9, in Mor- 
ristown, Tenn. She was 99 years 
old. She taught home economics 
at Sevier County High School for 
32 years. 

'30 MEMORIAM: Agnes 

McGuire Larrowe, Jan 7, in White 
Pine, Tenn. She was a member, 
elder and pianist at Westminster 
Presbyterian Church, a retired 
school teacher and former Glee 
Club director of White Pine 
School. She is survived by son 
Michael and his family. 

'33 MEMORIAMS: Ellen Macrae 

Pierce, Nov. 7, 2004. Survivors 
include daughter Nancy Pierce 
Tankersley '64 and her family 
Marion Pflanze TImmons, on 

March 18, in Athens, Tenn. She 
was 92. She lived in Atlanta for 
many years, where she was active 
in the Daughters of the American 
Revolution, the Girl Scouts and 
Peachtree Presbyterian Church. 
Professionally, she was a speech 
therapist. Survivors include two 
children and their families. 

'34 MEMORIAMS: Mildred 

Schoeller Crump, March 4. Sur- 
vivors include two sons and their 
families. 

Marvin Thomson, Feb. 2, 2004 
He was retired from the newspa- 
per business in Omaha, Neb. He is 
survived by his wife of 69 years, 
Charmain 

Robert Woods Tripp, April 11, 
in Alliance, Ohio. He served as 
administrator and professor emeri- 
tus at Mt. Union College for 32 
years. In retirement, he was active 
in the Retired Teachers Associa- 
tion, the AARP, First Presbyterian 
Church, the Red Cross and Salva- 
tion Army. He is survived by four 



daughters, including Tanya Tripp 
Shively '64. 

'36 MEMORIAMS: Norma 

Shields Cunningham, April 27, 
in Maryville. She taught first grade 
at Lanier Elementary, Fort Craig 
and John Sevier elementary 
schools and was a 50-year mem- 
ber of the First United Methodist 
Church of Mayville, where she 
taught Sunday School for many 
years. She is survived by two sons 
and their families. 

Margaret Brient Marshall, 
Jan. 13, in Maryville. She was a 
retired private kindergarten teacher 
and was a member of Maryville First 
United Methodist Church, Survivors 
include daughter Jane Marshall 
Domlnick '59, two grandchildren, 
nieces and nephews. 

3 7 Mark Andrews celebrated 
his 65th anniversary of ordination 
on April 16. He is still active in 
retirement. His daughter, the Rev. 
Dr Susan R. Andrews, was Moder- 
ator of the 21 5th General Assem- 
bly of the PC(USA) in 2003. Sam 
Elevens and wife Maxie cele- 
brated their 63rd wedding 
anniversary on April 30. George 
Kent was inducted into the 
Louisiana State University College 
of Basic Sciences' "Hall of Distinc- 
tion." His former LSU students 
have raised funds to endow two 
professorships in his name, 
MEMORIAM: Elizabeth "Betty" 
Spahr Jenkins, Feb, 8, in Knoxville, 
She taught school at Shannondale 
and Central High School and was 
an active member of Fountain City 
United Methodist Church, She co- 
edited her husband's book, A 
Mountain Doctor Tells His Story, 
and lectured with him on medical 
issues. She is survived by husband 
Astor, three children, including 
Larry Jenkins '62; grandchildren 
and great grandchildren, 

39 Irma Souder Baker is a self- 
employed dance instructor and 
wrote back in the spring that she 
planned to celebrate her 87th 
birthday June 10, She and her 



MEMORIAM: 



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Wright, respected Melville 
scholar, passes away 

Nathalia Wright '33, noted literary 
scholar and retired university professor, 
passed away Nov. 22 in Maryville. She was 91 . 

Between periods of graduate study at 
Yale University, she was employed by her alma mater as an 
instructor and librarian. Wright received her master's and doc- 
toral degrees from Yale. In 1949, she accepted a position on 
the faculty of the University of Tennessee in the English depart- 
ment. She would teach at UT until her retirement in 1982. 

A widely respected researcher and teacher of early Ameri- 
can literature, she is considered one of the foremost scholars 
on the works of Herman Melville. She wrote or edited more 
than a dozen books during her career. Her doctoral thesis, 
"Melville's Use of the Bible," was published by Duke Univer- 
sity Press in 1949 and was republished in 1969. 

Wright's last book (planned for posthumous publication) is 
a study of 10 American authors, including Melville. 

During her long career, she received nnany awards, fellow- 
ships and grants. In 1972, she became the first woman named 
a University Mace Bearer. Three years later, she was desig- 
nated an Alumni Distinguished Service Professor. 

The Maryville native was fond of world travel, even naming 
her Court Street home "Florence House," in honor of her 
favorite Italian city. She bequeathed her house to the College; 
it will become the College's guest house this fall. 



daughter and granddaughter all 
operate dance studios in New York, 
MEMORIAM: George W. Garner 

on Feb, 7, in Maryville, Following 
service in World War II, he owned 
and operated College Cleaners 
and retired from Burris Insurance. 
Survivors include two daughters, 
one son and their families. 

40 Helen Bewley Ashby wrote 
to say that her late husband's 
book A Comprehensive History of 
Western Ethics: What Do We 
Believe? had been reissued in a 
paperback edition. At his death in 
1985, Warren Ashby '40, director 
of North Carolina-Greensboro's 
Philosophy and Religious Studies 
Department, had completed the 
manuscript but it was another 1 2 
years for editing (by their son) and 
publishing. The cover of the 



paperback edition was inspired by 
some of Helen's original weaving. 
MEMORIAMS: Robert Arnold, 
March 9. A retired physician, he 
was living in California. Survivors 
include wife Feme, 

Martha Dean Tarwater, Jan 20, 
in Greenfield, Ind, She is survived 
by daughter Alice Tarwater 
Green '70, son Reed Tarwater 
'66, brother Matney Reed '44 
and their families, 

'41 MEMORIAM: Elizabeth Hud- 

dleston Myers, March 6, in Maryville, 
She was an active member of New 
Providence Presbyterian Church, 
She is survived by three daughters, 
including Ellen Myers McClune 
'74, brother and sister-in-law Stan- 
ley and Betty Lane Huddleston 
'46; sisters, Jane Huddleston '49 
and Alice Huddleston Lester '51. 



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CLASS NOTES 



'42 MEMORIAM: Wendell L. 

Whetstone, Jan. 14, in Miami, Fla. 
Retired fronn a career in dentistry, he 
nnade his home in Florida. Survivors 
include wife Patricia, three children 
and sister Lee Whetstone Allen '38. 

'43 E. Katherine Crews lives in 
Knoxville but spent a long holiday 
vacation in Florida with sister 
Ruthellen Crews '49. She main- 
tains membership in the Tuesday 
Morning Musical Club, Music 
Study Club and Sigma Alpha lota 
Alumnae Chapter and works with 
Seniors for Creative Learning and 
other volunteer agencies. 

'44 Nettie Spraker Allen stays 
busy in Columbia, S.C., with volun- 
teer activities. She recently wrote 
that seeing her four children and 
four grandchildren graduate from 
college fulfills her late husband's 
hopes for them and his strong 
belief in liberal arts education. 
MEMORIAM: John Kerr, March 
21, in Maryville. Following service 
in World War II, he began a 40-year 
career with ALCOA, both in Blount 
County and Pittsburgh, Pa. Addi- 
tionally, he ran the Anderson family 
farm in Rockford. A 60-year mem- 
ber of New Providence Presbyter- 
ian Church, he chaired and served 
on the Maryville City School Board 
and was active in the Maryville 
Kiwanis Club, Habitat for Humanity 
and United Way. Survivors include 
wife Helen Anderson Kerr '44 
and three children, John Kerr '67, 
Linda Kerr and Barbara Kerr '76 
and their families; and sister Lillian 
Kerr Beals '36. 

45 Winifred Sommers Hein 

moved to Venice, Fla., following her 
wedding in Loudon County, Tenn., 
and honeymoon in Gatlinburg. 
MARRIAGE: Winifred Sommers 
Hein to Robert Fritz, Feb. 13. 

'46 MEMORIAM: Edna Mae 

Watts Jackson, May 5, 2004. A 
retired teacher, she lived in Defu- 
niak Springs. She is survived by 
four children and their families. 

4/ John Moore and wife Con- 
stance '48 wrote to say they enjoyed 
their recent visit to campus and his 
60th reunion, where John saw his 
last suri'iving roommate of pre-WWII 
days, James Evans. The Moores live 
in Chicago John and Gwendolen 



Rees-Jones Shell celebrated his 
50th year of ordination July 1 1 , 2004, 
at the Presbyterian Church in Der- 
mott, Ark., where he was ordained. 

'48 MEMORIAM: Bernell Crow- 

der Clayton, Feb. 12, in Washington, 
Pa. She worked for the juvenile court 
in Knoxville and later in Pittsburgh. 
She also worked for the Department 
of Public Welfare in Lorain, Ohio. 
She retired in 1988, following 19 
years of teaching in Yough School 
District in Pennsylvania. She is sur- 
vived by two children and their 
families, one brother and two sisters. 

'49 MEMORIAM: Richard H. 

Sprague, March 22, in Ames, Iowa. 
He was a retired math professor 

50 John Baxter is enjoying his 
retirement from pastoral work with 
the Presbyterian Church (USA) and 
is living in North Carolina near his 
three sons. Virginia Schwartz 
Mock is enjoying "LIFE," a series of 
classes for retirees at Western Illi- 
nois University. She also volunteers 
as a hospice helper and takes 
books to new babies at the hospital 
for a program called "Baby Talk." 
She is active in the United Women's 
Fellowship in Macomb, III. Lambert 
E. Stewart has moved into the 
Westminster Presbyterian Retire- 
ment Community's Manor House in 
Bradenton, Fla. He writes that the 
place is "beautiful!," with "wonder- 
ful care!" and that former MC presi- 
dent Ralph W. Lloyd lived in the 
community until his death. 
MEMORIAMS: George Eugene 
Handley, on April 12, in Blount 
County. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, 
he was a longtime member of St. 
John United Methodist Church 
and was co-owner of the former 
HIR Food Distributor and former 
owner of Knoxville International 
Travel Agency. He was past president 
of Green Meadow Country Club and 
Volunteer Sertoma Club of Knoxville 
and a vice-president of Blount 
County Chamber of Commerce. 
Survivors include wife Barbara 
McNiell Handley '51, four children 
and their families. 

Sarah Jean Durant Stephens 
on Jan. 26, in Birmingham, Ala. 
Survivors include husband Gerald, 
four children and their families. 

51 In December, Bill Willingham 

completed 30 years of teaching 



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MEMORIAMS: 



Kramer and Lloyd, longtime 
supporters of MC, mourned 

Frank Kramer '47 and Marion Lloyd, t\\o 
longtime supporters of Maryxille College and 
t\\'o members of die re\'ered Lloyd taniily, both 
passed away in April. 

Kramer passed away on April 2 1 in 
Maryville. A World War II veteran, he went on 
to earn a master's degree from the University' 
of Penns\'h'ania's \^'harton School of Business 
in 1949 and work for the Fairchild Aircraft 
Company in Oak Ridge. In 1951, he began his nearly 40-year 
career with the Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA). 
At the time of his retirement, he was ALCOA's \-ice president 
for mdustrial relations. 

Married to the late Ruth Lloyd Kramer '47, daughter of 
former Maryville College president Ralph W. Lloyd '15, 
Kramer was active in community' organizations, an elder in the 
Presbxterian Church (USA) and a generous supporter of edu- 
cational and charitable institutions. In 1994, Kramer received 
the College's Alumni Citation. 

Soon after his wife's death in 1990, Kramer established die 
Ruth Lloyd Kramer Memorial Fund, which annually supports 
a student award and a generous faculty fellowship for research 
and travel. 

He is survi\ed by sons Lloyd Kramer '71 and Wayne 
Kramer '74 and daughter Alice Kramer Hood and dieir fami- 
lies. Other survivors include sister Emma Jane Kramer White 
'38; brother Roy Kramer '51 and sister- in-la\\' Sara Jo Emert 
Kramer '51; sisters-in-law Sara Kramer '40, Margaret 
Kramer '43 and Louise Lloyd Palm '51; brothers-in-law J. 
Vernon Lloyd '41 and Hal Lloyd '43; and daughter-in law 
Sarah Hardrath Kramer '74. 

Marion Lloyd, wife of die late Glen Lloyd 
'18 and sister-in-law to Marxaille College's 
sixth president, Ralph W. Lloyd '15, passed 
away April 12. She was 95. 

A 1932 graduate of Vassar College and 
longtime supporter of the arts, Mrs. Lloyd 
and her husband were instrumental in the 
design and construction of die College's Fine 
Arts Center, which was dedicated to the 
memory of their infant daughter, Anne Bald- 
win Lloyd, in 1951. 

A resident of Chicago, Mrs. Lloyd generously supported the 
Chicago Symphony and die Court Theatre at the Uni\-ersit}' of 
Chicago, where she sened on the advisory board of die arts. In 
2004, she was honored widi the Uni\-ersity of Cliicago Medal. 




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CLASS NOTES 



Institute on Peace Making for two 
weeks in August 2004, celebrating 
their 50th wedding while abroad. 

'55 Martha Freeny Cummings 

continues to live in a motor home 
and travels as much as she can. 
Husband Fred is stricken with 
Alzheimer's disease and she asks for 
prayers. Harry Robinson is retired 
and serving as stated supply for a 
Presbyterian Church in Ain/ille, Pa. 

56 Tom Bugenhagen was 

inducted into the Blount County 
Wrestling Halt of Fame Dec. 20, 2004. 
MARRIAGE: Gavin L Douglas to 
Shirley Gates, Dec. 21,2002. 
MEMORIAM: W. Townsend 
Anderson on Dec. 13, in Maryville. 
A banker and former state repre- 
sentative from Blount County, 
Anderson held numerous state- 
level positions in government. Sur- 
vivors include wife Carole Jeanne, 
two sons and their families. 

57 Clara-Joe Minarik Fisher 

wrote that it was "wonderful" to 
read the story about Nancy Smith 
Wright '60 in the Spring 2004 
FOCUS issue. She offers one cor- 
rection: "I was called during the 
summer of 1954 to ask if I would 
room with the student the College 
was admitting as a dorm resident 
as a result of Brown vs. Board of 
Education. I responded that I had 
already made arrangements to 
room with Nancy Rogers Kotz '53 
in the fall. However, I would be 
delighted to room with this woman 
during the second semester, and 

j.._. .._ g"g-aii—i 

Six from MC among honored 
seminary class 

In March, the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (LPTS) 
honored its 50-year class with the "Spirit of the Seminary" award. 
Of the 15 members honored in the LPTS Class of 1955, six 
are Maryville College graduates: Charles Allen '52, Robert 
Argle 'SO, Robert Cuthill '52, Thomas Jones '52, W. Austin 
Van Pelt '52 and Robert Williams '51. 

The "Spirit of the Seminary" award, the first of its kind given 
at LPTS, was presented during the alum luncheon held during 
the seminary's three-day Reunion and Festival of Theology 
event. According to administrators at the seminary in Louisville, 
Ky., Maryville College has sent 131 students to pursue 
^,,,,,, advanced degrees at LPTS. When he 

/=^ \ LOUISVILLE enrolls this fall, J. Charles "Chuck" Taylor 
"- ^-^ SEMINARY '05 will make the number 132. 



English at Fruitland Baptist Bible 
Institute in North Carolina. He and 
wife Joy are now great-grandparents. 
MEMORIAM: Mary Kennedy 
Stamper, Feb. 18, at her home in 
Kentucky She suffered from 
leukemia for 18 years. An educator 
for the State of Kentucky in a boy's 
boot camp program for troubled 
youth, she helped boys earn their 
GEDs. By special permission of 
the Governor of Kentucky, her stu- 
dents were released to serve as 
pallbearers at her funeral. Sur- 
vivors include husband Edward; 
two children and their families; 
and brother James Kennedy '56. 

52 J.T. Anderson and wife Edith 
are active in retirement, keeping 
busy with church and social activi- 
ties, golf and traveling. In May and 
June 2004, they visited Portugal, 
Spain and Germany, where they cel- 
ebrated their 55th wedding anniver- 
sary in the Black Forest. In August, 
they drove 1 ,900 miles through Ari- 
zona, Colorado and New Mexico. 
MEMORIAM: David M. Miller, on 
Dec. 6, 2004, in Hendersonville, 
N.C. He is survived by his sister Eliz- 
abeth Jane Miller '44, with whom 
he resided, and by his daughter, 
Joanne Miller MacDonald '79. 

53 Grace Greenawalt Nieto 

and her husband have returned 
from an 18-day cruise around 
South America in celebration of 
her husband's retirement after 38 
years of teaching at Juniata Col- 
lege Bruce and Isabel Leitch 
Miller attended the Irish Summer 



MEM ORI A M S :^ 

ormer MC employees pass away 

Tom Fuhr, former dean of students, passed away April 1. 
He was 87. Fuhr served the College from 1965 until 1968, 
after which he pastored numerous Presbyterian churches 
throughout the country. After retiring, he served several small 
PC{USA) congregations in East Tennessee and was a visitation 
pastor at New Providence Presbyterian Church in Maryville. 
Also known to be a master woodworker, he was affectionately 
referred to as the "carpenter minister." 

Survivors include wife June Garland Fuhr '47; three children, 
two stepchildren and their spouses; and five grandchildren. 

Ruby Lane DeLozier '37 passed away Nov. 3 at 
Maryville Healthcare Center. She was 88. 

DeLozier taught home economics at the College from 1941 
until 1946 and again from 1955 until 1956. 

Survivors include two children and their spouses, two grand- 
children, two great grandchildren and sisters Mildred Lane 
Curtis '40 and Ruth Lane Prewett '42, both of Maryville, 
and Betty Lane Huddleston '46 of North Carolina. 



we did. It was a wonderful and eye- 
opening experience in the segre- 
gated town of Maryville! " Perry T. 
Fuller was ordained into the priest- 
hood in the Episcopal Church on 
Jan. 23. He will engage in interim 
ministry and retreat leadership in 
spiritual formation in the Delray 
Beach, Fla., area. Louise Ogden 
Wyman is dabbling in music - 
teaching lessons, directing a cou- 
ple of choirs and playing in three 
ensembles, one of which is the 
Orchestra at Maryville College! 
MEMORIAM: Bruce G. Ingles on 
Jan. 12, in Spartanburg, S.C. He 
was a former English professor at 
Warren Wilson College and teach- 
ing missionary to Iran. A graduate 
of Princeton Theological Seminary, 
he served as the senior pastor of 
large churches in Naples, Fla., and 
Ann Arbor, Mich. Most recently he 
was the interim senior pastor of 
Trinity Presbyterian Church in Hen- 
dersonville. Survivors include wife 
Carolyn, two daughters and their 
families, one brother and sister 
Priscilla "Pat" Ingles Watson '55. 

58 Jim and Barbara Godshalk 
Barber enjoyed a surprise visit 
from Corita Erwin Swanson '58 

and hearing of her amazing experi- 
ence in Phuket, Thailand, during 
the tsunami. Fredrick Sanner was 
honorably retired by the Presbytery 
of Eastern Virginia on Sept. 1, 
2004. He is still serving in churches 
and in the Presbytery Corita Erwin 



Swanson has just completed a 
year of serving as moderator of the 
Presbytery of East Tennessee. She 
writes that this has been an excit- 
ing experience, as she worshipped 
in 42 churches during the year and 
helped approve a new operational 
structure for the Presbytery. 

59 Elizabeth Cruze Fortunato 

moved from Alcoa to Tellico Vil- 
lage in Loudon County, Tenn., 
before Christmas 2004. 
MEMORIAM: L.G. Hutchens, April 
9, in Maryville. A life-long resident 
of Blount County, he was called to 
the ministry in 1952 and served as 
pastor to several churches in Blount 
and Knox counties. From 1960 to 
1984 he was teacher of Bible and 
American history at Everett and 
Heritage High schools. He is sur- 
vived by wife Edna, one brother 
and two children, including MC fac- 
ulty member Robert Hutchens. 

60 Margaret Reynolds Popken 

just completed training to serve as 
a mediator for a community medi- 
ation service. She is still working as 
a realtor in Santa Cruz County 
Calif, and loving it. 
MEMORIAM: Judith Eldridge, on 
March 26, in Cinnaminson, N.J. 
She retired from Pennsauken 
Schools in 1994 after 33 years as 
an elementary school teacher She 
was named the district's Teacher of 
the Year in 1988-89. Sun/ivors 
include one brother and his family 



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61 Fred Morrison Jr. received the 
"Plott Hound Award" (for tenacious 
political courage) from the Com- 
mon Cause of North Carolina on 
October 24, 2004. The award cer- 
tificate commended him for "run- 
ning as a publicly funded judicial 
candidate." The Plott hound is one 
of only four dog breeds known to 
originate from America and is the 
state dog of North Carolina. Phyl- 
lis Hembree Rechtin retired from 
Thompson Health in Canadaigua, 
N.Y. She was the social worker for 
a medical adult day program. 

'62 MEMORIAM: Lewis E. 

Pelkey, Feb. 4, in Morristown, N.J. 
A graduate of Louisville Theological 
Seminary, he was former associate 
pastor of the Madison Presbyterian 
Church and retired executive direc- 
tor of the medical staff at Morristown 
Memorial Hospital. He is survived 
by wife Donna and two children. 

64 Gerald Cooper and his wife 
celebrated their 50th wedding 
anniversary Dec. 3, 2004. They live 
in Berea, Ky George Shafer was 

selected as one of three national 
finalists for the 2004 American 
Football Coaches Association Divi- 
sion III College Football Assistant 
Coach of the Year Award. Criteria 
for the award aren't limited to on- 
field coaching abilities; community 
service, participation in AFCA 
events and other professional 
organizations and impact on stu- 
dent-athletes are also factors taken 
into consideration. George has 
been coaching at Chapman Univer- 
sity in Orange, Calif, for 1 1 years. 

65 Richard Boyd is now associ- 
ate professor of religion at Mount 
Olive College at its New Bern 
campus. He and wife Susan live in 
Beaufort, N.C. Frances Black 
Tocci announces the birth of 
granddaughter Michaela Kirkman 
to her daughter and son-in-law 
who live in Blue Bell, Pa. M.L. 
Prachaksilp Tongyai reports from 
Thailand of missing old friends 
and the College Woods. Those 
wishing to reminisce may contact 
boonmapj-prachak@yahoo.com. 

66 Eric and Sue Haldennan 
Bergman are living in Bethlehem, 
Pa., enjoying their five married 
children and 16 grandchildren. Eric 
is retired and Sue continues as 




"Still eating at the same 
table, after 43 years!" is how 

Barbara Nielson 
Steinke '62 titled this 

photo of herself and class- 
mate Robert Reidenbach 

'62 eating together in 
Auckland, New Zealand, 
back in February. As stu- 
dents at MC, the two were 
assigned to the same table 
in the dining hall, along 
with other close friends. 
"... we became known to 
each other as 'The Table 
Family.' It's actually one 
of our fondest memories 
of MC," Barbara wrote. 



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executive director of the South 
Bethlehem Neighborhood Center 
Stanford Long and wife Sally have 
six grandchildren. He just com- 
pleted his second term on the 
planning board in New Ipswich, 
N.H., where he lives. He would like 
to hear from other MC alums - 
longutvols@aol.com. 



MEMORIAM: Jim Pryor, Jan. 15, 
n Knoxville. He was a former Gibbs 
High School principal and former 
football coach at Carter and Doyle 
high schools in Knoxville. He 
retired from Knox County Schools 
in 2004. He was an active member 
of Westminster Presbyterian 
Church, Survivors include wife 
Martha "Marty" Anderson Pryor 
'68, daughter and son-in-law Alli- 
son Pryor Kelly '97 and Grant 
Kelly '98 and one grandson. 

67 Joyce Pigge was planning to 
volunteer at the U.S. Women's 
Open Golf Championship at 
Cherry Creek in Englewood, Colo., 
June 23-26. For July, she planned 
to attend the Oxford Roundtable, 
St. Anne's College, Oxford, Eng- 
land, and then travel to Edinburgh 
for the final two days of the British 
Open Golf Championships and 
sightseeing William H. Porter 
coached the Mississippi Stars (22- 
1) baseball team to the National 
Amateur Baseball Federation 2004 
17 & under High School World 
Series Championship by defeating 
Team Ontario and going 8-0 in the 
NABF Tournament held July 22-28 
in Millington, Tenn. After dropping 
their daughter off at Xavier Univer- 
sity last fall, Ed Smith and wife 
Mary continued their travels north 
to Michigan, northern Ontario, 



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Niagra Falls, then turned south to 
Pennsylvania and Maryland. Son 
Michael '06 will be a senior at 
MC. Ed makes custom fishing rods 
for himself and friends. 

68 John Braymer is now listed 
as publisher of Inform, an architec- 
tural trade publication that 
encourages open discussion of 
architecture and design published 
by the Virginia Society of the 
American Institute of Architects. 
Ken Kribbs was inducted into the 
Blount County Wrestling Hall of 
Fame Dec. 20, 2004. Lizabeth Pat- 
terson Smith is chaplain for the 
Lower Schools of the Episcopal 
Academy near Philadelphia, Pa. 

69 Alan G. Cropper and wife 

Kathi relocated to the beach area 
of lower Delaware. Alan is still 
working at DuPont as a human 
resource IT consultant and is look- 
ing fonA/ard to retirement in the 
"not too distant future." Don Elia 
was inducted into the Blount 
County Wrestling Hall of Fame 
Dec. 20, 2004. Susan Ketchum 
recently helped found the Madi- 
son (Wis.) Area Flute Club and 
hosted a Flute Festival March 19, 
which was co-sponsored by the 
UW-Madison Flute Department. 
For more information go to 
vwvw.madisonfluteclub.org. June 



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Montgomery wins award for outstanding writing 

Michael Montgomery '73, linguist and distinguished professor 
emeritus at the Universiti,' of South Carolina, was presented the 
2005 W.D. Weatherford Award for outstanding writing about 
Appalachia. Berea College's Appalachian Center and Hutchins 
Library jointly sponsor the annual award, which includes a cash prize. 
Books illuminating die problems, personalities and unique qualities of 
the Appalachian Soutlt are eligible for the recognition. 

Montgomery's Dictionary of Smoky Mountain English was cele- 
brated as the first comprehensi\'e, historical record of the traditional 
speech of the southern Appalachian region. Focusing on the Smok^' 
Mountains of East Tennessee and western Nordi Carolina, it features 
more than 6,000 names, usages, meanings and folk expressions tiiat 
originated in or are exclusive to the region. 

Published by die Uiwersit}' of Tennessee Press in 2004 and co-edited by the 
late Joseph S. Hall, the dictionai-\' is a product of more than 60 \'ears of work and 
is based on hundi-eds of recordings and \\ritten sources. 

A recent re\'ie\v of the book by the New York Times declared: "This book 
proN'ides real home cooking, with the bark on. And titat is nearly an unmixed 
metaphor. But this is no compendium of archaic expressions remote from con- 
temporary usage. It's a gust of pungencc, a loam\' clump of roots, a big mess of 
pottage." Montgomery majored in English while at MC. 




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Rostan ended more than 1 7 years 
as director of Southern Empower- 
ment Project in July 2004. In Janu- 
ary, she began working as lead 
organizer for America Voice 
©Work, AFL-CIO, on a campaign 
with United Mine Workers of 
America. 

70 Harry Burnette was 

inducted into the Blount County 
Wrestling Hall of Fame Dec. 20, 
2004 William Osborne retired 
from Mountain Empire Community 
College in 2004 and is now teach- 
ing criminal justice at Virginia 
Intermont College in Bristol, Va. 

71 Deborah Forgey Gill and 

husband John moved to Los 
Alamos, N M., in December 2004. 
Richard Mara wrote to let the Col- 
lege know his wife Carol "Call" 
Bunce died Feb. 9. She was 49 
years old and an elementary school 
teacher. Stuart Smith is currently 
rector of St. Clement's Episcopal 
Church in Hawthorne, N.J. Marcus 
Woodward continues to market 
health insurance products while 
active in lobbying the Kentucky 
Legislature on insurance-related 
matters. He was recently elected to 
the finance committee of the Ken- 
tucky Democratic Party. 

73 Harry DeYoung is serving as 
the secretary/treasurer of the 
National Association of Biology 
Teachers and living in Maryville. 
Leon Hart returned to teaching 
and coaching at Paul Blazer High 
School in Ashland, Ky., after 27 
years of coaching at the college 
level. Wife Mattie died in Decem- 
ber after a sudden illness. Mark 
Humphrey was inducted into the 
Blount County Wrestling Hall of 
Fame Dec. 20, 2004. 

'74 Louise Pixley "Pix" Mahler 

has been appointed to interna- 
tional mission service by the Pres- 
byterian Church (USA) and will be 
serving as a partnership facilitator 
helping U.S. Presbyterians build 
relationships with the ministries of 
the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti, the 
PC{USA) partner in that nation. 

75 Jim Lester was named "Fan of 
the Year" at Goddard High School 
(Goddard, Kan.) during a high school 
basketball game this year. Lester 
has announced sporting competi- 



tions at the school for 20 years and 
has taught in the Goddard School 
District since 1981. In the newspa- 
per article announcing the award, 
Jim's wife Norma Edmondson 
Lester '77 was also recognized. 

76 Suzanne Phillips and her 

fiance have built a home in Salt 
Springs, Fla., surrounded by the 
Ocala National Forest. Her daugh- 
ter and son are finishing college in 
New Jersey. 

78 Virginia A. Elkins and her 

husband live in Florida and weath- 
ered the four hurricanes of the 
summer of 2004. They recently built 
a new home on an inlet. Ginny 
works for the Sarasota County 
Schools, and completed MA45, 
ESOL and gifted endorsements. 
She is learning to scuba dive. 

80 Kristyn Julian, daughter of 
Betty Vars Julian and Kevin Julian 
'81, recently won a gold medal in 
the Junior Olympics at Rutgers 
University in the 200-meter 
freestyle relay The couple lives in 
Basking Ridge, N.J. John Morton 
has joined Buffalo's Franchise Con- 
cepts Inc. (franchisor of Buffalo's 
Southwest Cafe restaurants) as the 
company's director of operations. 
John Rhodes has recently passed 
the National Strength and Condi- 
tioning Association Certified 
Strength and Conditioning Spe- 
cialists (CSCS) exam at Emory Uni- 
versity in Atlanta, Ga. Thomas 
Owlngs has been promoted to 
controller at J. L. Roth Rock, Inc. He 
lives in Greensboro, N.C. 
MARRIAGE: Susan Williams 
Lankford to William R. Anderson 
Nov 5, 2004. 

82 Cathy Angell coordinates a 
statewide technical training pro- 
gram for the National Estuarine 
Research Reserve System, She 
lives in Bellingham, Wash., with 
partner Ronna Biggs. Colette 
Kehoe is the owner of Kehoe Ink, 
a technical training and consulting 
business. She and her partner live 
in San Francisco. Kim Morris is 
director of social services at 
Ridgeview Terrace Nursing Home 
in Rutledge, Tenn. She lives in 
north Knoxville and attends 
Church of the Savior, UCC. In 
April, she wrote to the College: 
"My big life-plan was to die with 
my credit cards maxed out from 



traveling the world, but I peaked 
WAY too soon, and so I am 
presently hanging around the 
house." Alumni can e-mail her at 
mysummerhouse@hotmail.com. 
MEMORIAM: Jan McConkey 
Lamale, Jan.1, in Knoxville. Prior 
to her illness, she worked at Bap- 
tist Hospital and Baptist Hospital 
West in various nursing positions. 
She is survived by her husband, 
David; daughter, Cyndi Reed; par- 
ents, Alfred and Mary McConkey 
and three grandchildren. 

83 Susan Taylor Rhodenizer 

has moved from classroom teach- 
ing to a job as director of the 
Teacher Center for the Niagara 
Falls (N.Y) City School District. 
She coordinates professional 
development activities for the 700 
teachers of the district and other 
related personnel. Her husband 
has accepted a term call to St. 
John's Lutheran Church in Lyn- 
donville, N.Y 

85 In January Lindy Barile 

accepted a position as manager of 
engineering and operations at 
Sunoco Logistics in Reading, Pa. 
Wife Kitty Sperry Barile and chil- 
dren Tyler and Hannah were to 
join him after their house in Michi- 
gan sold. Kandis Schram was hon- 
ored March 29 as a finalist for the 
2005 Crystal Award given by the 
Maryville chapter of the American 
Association of University Women 
(AAUW). The Crystal Award recog- 
nizes a Blount County woman who 
has demonstrated a commitment 
to increasing opportunities for 
education and equality for local 
girls and women. 

'86 Charis Shamblin Wolfe is 

senior staff interpreter and special 




projects coordinator for the 
Knoxville Center of the Deaf. 

87 Marty Carpenter was 

inducted into the Blount County 
Wrestling Hall of Fame Dec. 20, 
2004. Laura Starkey is a marketing 
director for JB Starkey's Flatwoods 
Adventures, an eco-tour business 
on her family's cattle ranch near 
Tampa, Fla. For info see www.flat- 
woodsadventures.com. 
BIRTH: Glenn "Bud" Watts and wife 
Laura, a son, Hayden Lane, Jan. 5. 

89 Amy Delf King is employed 
at Oak Ridge National Laboratory 
as project manager for geographic 
information science and technol- 
ogy She is a co-researcher with 
E.A. Bright and PR. Coleman. The 
group's research project, entitled 
"Landscan Global Population," 
was used heavily by the United 
Nations and the USGS and by aid 
organizations during the 2004-2005 
Indonesian tsunami relief effort. 
BIRTHS: Lynn King Coning and 
husband Billy, a son, Frank William, 
Nov 28, 2004 Rose Ballard Justice 
and husband Douglas '93, twins, 
Thalen (son) and Skylar (daughter), 
Sept. 30, 2003. Laura Brock Lynch 
and husband Geoff, a daughter, 
Lauren Elise, Dec. 8, 2004. 




i Saffles joins law firm 

fii In November, Kenny Saffles '99 was 

welcomed as an associate into Leitner, Williams, 
Doole\' & Napolitan, PLLC, a defense firm with 
more than 75 attorneys in offices in Chattanooga, 
Nashville, Knoxville and Memphis. 

Kennv received his Juris Doctor, sunima cum laude, fi-om the 
Chapman Uni\-ersit\' School of Law in Orange, Calif, where he 
graduated as die valedictorian of the 2004 class and served as an 
ardcles editor tor the Chapman Law Review and as the Compe- 
titions Chair of the Appellate Moot Court Honor Board. 



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'90 Andi Bristol lives in Nashville 
and has been working as an attor- 
ney at the Tennessee Justice Center 
helping Tennesseans gain access to 
health care. The Tennessee Justice 
Center is trying to salvage Tenn- 
Care coverage for 323,000 people 
who are in danger of having their 
coverage eliminated. Trad 
McDonell is now the webmaster 
for the Knoxville Mayor's Office 
MARRIAGE: Tina Blevins Gould 
wed John Kenneth Daniel, Dec. 
21,2004. 

BIRTH: Karen Palka Nelson and 
husband Lee, a son, Barrett 
Edward, Jan. 3. 

9T Karen Forbes Haines has 

recently completed certification as 
a legal nurse consultant. Julie 
Hampton Murr received a mas- 
ter's degree in health services 
administration from the University 
of St. Francis in 2004. 

92 Julee Miller is living in Hous- 
ton, Texas, and is attending 
acupuncture school. She spent the 
summer of 2004 in Athens, Greece, 
as a member of the Athens Health 
Services Sports Massage Team and 
provided sports therapy to the ath- 
letes in the Olympic Village during 
the games Christopher Millsaps 
was recently named the director of 
the radiation safety department 
and radiation safety office for the 
University of Tennessee. Charles 
Wiggins, head football coach of 
Notre Dame High School in Chat- 
tanooga, was named the 2004 "All- 
City Coach of the Year" by the 
Chattanooga Times Free Press. 
After a 1-9 season in 2003, he led 
the Fighting Irish to a winning (7-3) 
regular season, reaching the semi- 
finals. 

BIRTH: Jennifer Carter LaFollette 
and husband Ronnie, a son. Chris- 
tian Carter, Jan. 19. 

93 Ted Belflower was named 
the 2005 STAR Teacher at Macon 
County (Ga.) High School. The 
STAR Teacher is chosen by the 
STAR student, who recognizes the 
person who has had the most influ- 
ence in his/her life. Lisa Branam 
Rimmell earned a master's degree 
in rehabilitation counseling from the 
University of Tennessee in 2003 and 
is working with the Knoxville Center 
for the Deaf as coordinator of com- 
munity services. Beverly Rothwell 




Jennifer LaForest 

Parris '96, and husband 
Doug '97, a son, Daniel 
Kaleb, Sept. 20, 2004. 

Tarver won the Athletic District III 
Female Coach of the Year Award, 
presented by the Tennessee Sec- 
ondary Schools Athletic Association. 
BIRTHS: Ted Belflower and wife 
Lori, a son, Robert Edward "RJ," 
April 6 Michelle Snyder Williams 
and husband Michael, a son, Bren- 
nan James, Nov. 26, 2003. 

94 Bill Godfrey was named the 
2004 National Sales Manager for 
North Safety Products. He lives in 
Valrico, Fla 

BIRTH: Andrea Maxson Roddy 
and husband Mark '98, a daugh- 
ter, Katherine Victoria Winter, 
Sept. 7, 2004. 

95 Stephanie French Jahn is a 

member of the adjunct faculty at 
Sandhills Community College in 
Southern Pines, N.C., where she 
teaches anatomy and physiology 
and other classes in the biological 
science department. She and hus- 
band Jesse are stationed in the Air 
Force at Pope AFB, N.C. Carrie 
Hooper Mobley was named Mon- 
roe County (Tenn.) "Teacher of the 
Year" on March 17. She is a 
teacher at Rural Vale Elementary 
School S. Elizabeth "Beth" 
Smith-Thompson has opened a 
private practice in obstetrics and 
gynecology in Tullahoma, Tenn. 
Rachel Winter has been the asso- 
ciate pastor at St. Andrew Presby- 
terian Church in Decatur, Ala., 
since November 2000. 
BIRTH: James Kevyn Smith and wife 
Patty, a son, Elyjah Noah, Jan. 14. 

9o Kelli Jackson Graham and 

husband Simon live in Poughkeep- 
sie, N.Y., with their two children. 
Simon is employed by ASM Amer- 
ica as a process engineer in the 
semiconductor industry. Shelette 
Johnson is a member of the Pen- 
sacola Power Women's Football 
Team in Pensacola, Fla. 



MARRIAGE: Stephen York Coleman 

to Annette Kunts, May 29, 2004. 
BIRTHS: Kelli Jackson Graham 
and husband Simon, a girl, Havt- 
land Grace, Dec. 25, 2004. David 
Forster and wife Kelly Sanson 
Forster, a son, Ryley David, Sept. 
14, 2004. 

9/ Nickolas Schell has received 
a master's degree in education 
leadership from Florida Atlantic 
University. He and wife Carrie 
Gallo Schell '95 live in Palm Coast, 
Fla., and have both accepted 
teaching positions at Flagler Palm 
Coast High School. Eric Stone has 
returned to Knoxville and works for 
Team Health as a gerontological 
nurse practitioner. Kana Yamashita 
was married four years ago and 
has a 1 -year-old son. In February, 
she and her family moved from 
Japan to Charlotte, N.C. 
BIRTHS: Dee Bell and wife Sunnie, 
a son, Braxton Cade, April 28. Nick- 
olas Schell and wife Carrie Gallo 
Schell '95, a son, Dalton Nickolas, 
Dec. 18, 2004. Jeannie Weeks Sey- 
mour and husband Tom, a daugh- 
ter, Bethany Grace, Feb. 4. 

98 Andy Byrd received a mas- 
ter's degree in instructional leader- 
ship from Tennessee Technological 
University in the summer of 2004. 
He is currently head girl's soccer 
coach and assistant boy's soccer 
coach at Cleveland (Tenn.) High 
School. Back in December, David 
Franklin wrote that he was in his 
final six months of a 36-month resi- 
dency in foot and ankle surgery. 
Following completion, he and wife 
Yvette Prinsloo Franklin plan to 
return to the Maryville area, where 
he will enter private practice and 



she will work toward her doctorate. 
Joe Malheiro was promoted to 
store team leader of Target River- 
gate in Nashville. Leslie Piety 
Stone and her family have 
returned to Knoxville, and she is 
working for Women's Health Asso- 
ciates as a nurse practitioner. 
MARRIAGES: Misunobu Hanyu to 
Carina A. Ogawa, Nov. 28, 2004. 
Charity Merritt to Dennis Twain 
Menefee, II, Oct. 30, 2004 
BIRTHS: Rennay Stephens Beaty 
and husband Spencer '99, a 
daughter, Zoe Elizabeth, March 22. 
Jonathan Brabson and wife Tara, 
a son, Jacob Wayne, Sept. 8, 2004. 
David Franklin and wife Yvette 
Prinsloo Franklin, a daughter, 
Rachel Rose, April 30, 2003; a son, 
Nehemiah Daniel, Nov. 15, 2004. 
Jamie Clanton Garner and hus- 
band Brad, a son, Jude Martin, 
May 22, 2004. Kimberly Whitaker 
Hale and husband Michael, a 
daughter, Morgan Josephine 
"MoJo," Nov 28, 2004. 

99 Sarah Knisley Arnett is living 
in Ogden, Kan., where her hus- 
band is stationed at Ft. Riley Capt. 
Arnett is serving his second tour in 
Iraq. Kelly Greaser Kerr received 
a master's degree from Walden 
University in elementary education 
with an emphasis in reading 
instruction. Brian O'Connor is liv- 
ing in Ireland, working as a supervi- 
sor of the quality control chemistry 
labforWyeth BioPharma in Dublin. 
Rachel Roe-Dale is a doctoral can- 
didate at Rensselaer Polytechnic 
Institute. She lives in Troy N.Y. 
MARRIAGES: Jennifer Jackson to 
Steven Paul Howe, Jr., Oct. 30, 
2004. Rachel Roe to Gary Ray- 
mond Dale, Oct. 9, 2004. 



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Cheekwood 
Botanical Gardens in ' 
Nashville. The bridal 
party included 
Jason Brooks '97, 
Mike Parris '97, 
Aimee Cropper '97, 
Jim Carpenter '97 
and Grace King 
Murphy '97. 



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Xio Castro '00 wed classmate Sidney 

Hidalgo '00 in her native Honduras on Dec. 
19, 2004. The wedding party included (front row) 
sister Xavi Castro-Pascua '00, Melissa Wright 
'00 and Jessica Reynolds Otto '00; (back row) 
Shane Otto '00 (second from right) and Lisa 
Hensley-Gonzalez '95 (far right). The Hidal 
gos are living in Sherman Oaks, Calif. 



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00 Robertson Allen has 

returned to the United States after 
teaching English in Japan for 
three years. He is now in his first 
year of doctoral studies in socio- 
cultural anthropology at the Uni- 
versity of Washington. Nathan 
Anderson is a partner in the law 
firm of Anderson & Long, LLP, in 
Knoxville and practices in Knox, 
Blount and Sevier counties. Andy 
Bartow is working full-time at 
Blackberry Farm and Black Dog 
Music Studio, his music engineer- 
ing business. Amy Brooks recently 
graduated with a master's degree 
in urban and regional planning 
from the University of Michigan. 
She is employed as a transit plan- 
ner in the Oakland, Calif, office of 
Urbitran and Associates, John 
Faico and wife Kristi Kell Faico 
'01 have recently started a recy- 
cling business in Maryville called 
Maryville Curbside Recycling. Visit 
www.maryvillerecycles.com. 
Andrew Hoover left American 
Bank Note Company and is now 
working at Brumfield-Gilstrap Com- 
munications, a public relations and 
marketing firm in Nashville. Jenny 
Hyatt completed a master of sci- 
ence degree in consulting psy- 
chology. Currently, she is a trainer 
and instructional designer for New 
Century Mortgage Corporation in 
In/ine, Calif Laura Murphy Krysin- 
sky is a plant health safeguarding 
specialist with the U.S. Department 
of Agriculture in Vero Beach, Fla, 
Adrlel McCord was promoted to 
assistant vice president and private 
banker at SunTrust Bank East Ten- 
nessee. He has been with SunTrust 
Bank five years. Brian Nix is defen- 
sive coordinator for the Alcoa High 
School football team. Brooke Led- 
better Nix is a physician's assistant 
with Knoxville Dermatology Group. 
Parri Sikes Thurman left her 
Roane County (Tenn.) teaching 
position to be a stay-at-home 



mom for daughter Camilla Chad 
Tipton obtained a real estate 
license in July 2004, and is now an 
affiliate broker and assisting in 
project development with Trail- 
head, LLC in Wears Valley, Tenn. 
Melissa Wright lives in Kingston, 
Tenn., and was recently promoted 
to order settlement associate at 
Kimberly-Clark. 

MARRIAGES: Laura Murphy to 
Robert Krysinsky '01, Dec. 18, 
2004 Brad Waller to Stephanie 
Rowan '04, Dec. 4, 2004. 
BIRTHS: Jodi Lloyd Archbold and 
husband Alan, a son, Benjamin 
Alan, Feb. 5 Robin Lynn Cole and 
husband Scott, a daughter, Abigail 
Meagan, June 5, 2003. Adriel 
McCord and wife Nichole John- 
son McCord '02, a son, Jaydan 
Cole, Dec. 8, 2004. Laura McMa- 
hon, a son, Cullen James, Feb. 15 
MEMORIAM: Russell Groff, Nov 
23, 2004. At the time of his death, 
he was an aspiring playwright, 
working as a member of the box 
office staff of Center Stage The- 
ater in Baltimore, Md. Survivors 
include partner Kevin-Douglas 
Olive, parents Lowell and Carolyn 
Groff, one brother, one sister and 
their families. 

'01 In April, Katrina Atchley 

wrote to report that she would be 
graduating from Syracuse Univer- 
sity College of Law in May. Ben- 
jamin Fentress is currently 
working for Big Sky (Mont.) Resort 
as a snowboard instructor During 
the 2003-2004 season, he was the 
most requested instructor at the 
resort. He is also pursuing a real 
estate career in the Gallatin Valley 
Robert Krysinsky is a specialist 
with the U.S. Army and was 
expected to be stationed in Ft. 
Gordon, Ga., as of May Jennifer 
Mann graduated with a master's 
degree in anthropology in May of 
2003. She is currently working 
toward a Ph.D. in English (with 



concentration in linguis- 
tics) at the University of 
Memphis. Nikki Noto is 
teaching theatre at Henry 
County Middle School in 
Decatur, Ga., where she is 
also chairperson of the 
Connections Department, 
Gregory Short joined the 
Kentucky National Guard 
in 2004 and recently com- 
pleted Army Basic Train- 
ing at Fort Jackson, S.C, and AIT 
training at Fort Lee, Va, He gradu- 
ated Jan, 27, Lindsay Whitehurst 
passed the Virginia Bar exam in 
2004 and is now employed as a 
contract attorney with the Wash- 
ington, D,C,, law firm of Williams & 
Connolly LLP 

MARRIAGE: David Dawson '01 
to Jennifer Ferren '02, Nov 13, 
2004, 

BIRTH: Sonya Stallings Freeman 
and husband Kevin, a daughter 
Kylee Reese, on Oct, 27, 2004, 

02 BreAnn Daniel is a licensed 
property and casualty insurance 
consultant for Capital One Insur- 
ance Services in Oak Ridge, Tenn. 
Jeremy German will enroll in the 
South University School of Phar- 
macy in Savannah, Ga,, in August, 
Gina McFalls Jenkins accepted a 
position as an attorney at the law 
offices of FD. Gibson in Maryville 
and planned to begin work after 
graduating from the University of 
Tennessee College of Law in May 
Cheryl Williams graduated with a 
master's degree from the Univer- 
sity of Tennessee at Knoxville in 
May 2002. She plans to attend Bel- 
mont University to pursue a Ph.D, 
in occupational therapy. 




Kendra Stinnett 
Pesterfield '02 and 

husband Josh, a son, Joshua 
Reese, Nov. 1 5, 2004. 



MARRIAGE: Sarah Berkemeier to 

Jesus Pena, Nov. 12, 2004, 

03 Meghan Clark recently 
moved back to Vermont and is 
working for the Vermont Division of 
the National Multiple Sclerosis 
Society, She plans to attend law 
school in the fall, Lindsay Craig is 
living in Nashville. She interned with 
the public policy group at Baker, 
Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & 
Berkowitz, PC, but is now working 
at the legislature, James Higdon 
and his family have opened LE- 
space Motorcoach, Inc, a car/lim- 
ousine service in Maryville that 
serves the greater Knoxville area. 
He hopes to enroll at Middlebury 
College next summer and begin 
work on his master's degree in 
Spanish. Meredith McCaslin is 
working as a graphic designer for 
Image Point, Inc., in Knoxville. Luke 
Pressley is a civil engineer, living in 
North Georgia and enjoying good 
friends and Scots football. Melinda 
Roberts has completed a master's 
degree in criminal justice and 
begun doctoral studies in criminal 
justice focusing on gender and the 
law (criminal and public). She pre- 
sented an original research paper 
on jury nullification with a professor 
and a colleague at the American 
Society of Criminal Justice Confer- 
ence. The paper is being consid- 
ered for publication in the Journal 
of Criminology. She presented her 
master's essay on gender, race and 
crime at the Academy of Criminal 
Justice Sciences Conference in 
Chicago in March, 
MARRIAGES: Nicholas Smith to 
Brandi Hill '04, Oct 15, 2004 Lorrie 
Thomas to John Miller July 10, 2004, 
BIRTH: Jeremy Baucom and wife 
Aya, a son, Timothy March 14, 

'04 Lori Brown is in the Ph,D, 
program in physical therapy at 
North Georgia College & State Uni- 
versity in Dahlonega, Ga, Rachel 
Hankinson is a fourth-grade teacher 
at Loudon Elementary School in 
Loudon, Tenn,, where she is also a 
representative for the Loudon 
County Educational Foundation. 
Cody Maupin is a financial coun- 
selor with 21st Mortgage Corpora- 
tion in Knoxville. Elizabeth Smith is 
working in the family business, Lin- 
dal Cedar Homes/Shelter Artistry, 
designing and building custom 
homes in Louisville, Tenn, 09 



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Please take a few minutes to let us know about the latest de\elopments in your life by filling out this card. 

D / wotdd like the news below printed in the Class Notes section of FOCUS. D It is not necessary to print this news in Class Notes. 
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DO YOU KNOW A PROSPECTIVE MARYVILLE STUDENT? 

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Our success in recruidng record fi-eshmen classes is due in part to your help. Please take the time to complete this 
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Admissions Office Open House Dates for 2005-2006: Sept. 24, Nov. 12 and Feb. 4, 2006 

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WHO DESERVES AN ALUMNI AWARD? 

The privilege of making nominations for any alumni award is given to alumni, taculty and staff members and friends of the College. 

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in the mail to us or enclose the card in an envelope with other materials (vitae, newspaper clippings, commendatory letters, etc.) 
that support your nomination. 

I nominate Class of for the Alumni Citation Award 

I nominate Class of for the Kin Takahashi Award for Young Alumni 

I nominate Class of for the Wall of Fame 

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NOJJBEEN BACK SINCE GRADUATION? 

Haven't seen the campus since last October? Wliether 50 years or 
10 montlis have passetfSince you last visited your alma mater, 
■ ■ " e to come "Home to Howee." 

This yeai-'s weekend schedule''(Oct. 28^^30) includes bluegrass by 

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FAMILY WEEKEND 2005 



Students are rolling out welcome mats and inviting their families to their home- 
away-from-home during Family Weekend, Sept. 23-25. 

See what happens on campus - explore what it takes for students to be successful 
and make a difference in sessions led by the Center for Calling & Career; have a 
cup of coffee with "Coach;" attend one of the many fine arts and athletic events; 
and try your luck at Casino Night, sponsored by the Student Programming Board. 



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