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RENOVATIONS, UPGRADES &
ABOUND IN CAMPUS IMPROVEMENT PLAN
IN FEBRUARY, Maryville College President Gerald Gibson announced
details of a $20 million Campus Improvement Plan (CIP). Funded by a board-
approved bond issue, the CIP calls for:
mechanical and cosmetic renovations to Gamble, Davis and Copeland halls;
renovation of the Thaw Hall basement, construction of new offices for
temporarily displaced fine arts students, faculty and staff;
renovation of the Alumni Gym;
installation of air-conditioning in Cooper Athletic Center and upgrades
to the aquatic areas;
renovation of the International House;
mechanical and cosmetic renovations to the Court Street Apartments;
HVAC upgrades to Sutton Science Center;
improvements to the steam plant;
construction of a third physical plant building;
mechanical and plumbing improvements to Crawford House;
addition of new smart classrooms;
information technology upgrades;
science and lab equipment purchases; and
heavy vehicle and equipment purchases
A few of the projects included in the plan have already been com-
pleted this spring and summer, while work is underway on others and
expected to be wrapped up in August — just in time to break ground
on a new residence hall that will mirror Lloyd Hall.
When coupled with the efforts planned through the Our Window of
Opportunity campaign, the CIP represents a total of almost $70 million
nvested in buildings and campus infrastructure over the next two to three years.
"By assessing our entire campus as not only a collection of buildings and
grounds but as a place that has the power to transform the lives of our students,
our staff and our faculty," said President Gibson, "we have created a bold plan
for giving back to the campus and aiding in its next transformation.
"We're doing something responsible for our students, staff, faculty, alumni and
entire community," he continued, "and especially for the generations to come."
Ron Appuhn, former vice president and treasurer, has rejoined the MC family and is over-
seeing CIP projects as project manager.
To view more photos of the plan, visit maryvillecotlege.edu.
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a 1995 Pontiac Bonneville - have to
do with Maryville College's Bonner
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From Our Readers:
We asked for it, and we got it!
The photo of the campus topi-
ary around Anderson Hall
apparendy predated most
alumni, but we did hear from
one alumna, Mary Elizabeth
"Betty" Hunt Berlin '32,
who had an explanation and
fondly remembers taking
classes in Anderson 75 years
ago! Below, we've reprinted
the email she sent the College
back in September:
"I'm a 1932 graduate of
MC, and 'in my time' there, those shrubs were laughingly referred to as
the college 'graveyard' because they spelled out 'Founded 1819' (trans-
lated 'found dead!' Humor was simpler then.).
"I had philosophy in Anderson Hall in Dr. Orr's class. I also remem-
ber Dr. Hunter and Professor Queener, who knew how to make Ameri-
can history come alive," she wrote.
After seeing the photo in the magazine, Andy McCall, director of the
College's physical plant, called the Communications Office to let staff
members know that he had an old landscape design of "Founded 1819"
stored in his records. (See photo below.) The drawing indicates that the
topiary was located on the side of Anderson Hall that now faces Sutton Sci-
ence Center. McCall guesses that, given the time period, the topiary was
probably a privet hedge, as hybrids and more exotic shrubbery didn't exist.
He also suspects that the shrub design was short-lived on the campus.
"Topiaries are very hard to maintain," he explained. "They have to be
worked almost daily
and because the Col-
lege didn't have a
as such, they probably
grew up quickly."
Following the Summer
2006 issue of FOCUS,
the College received sev-
eral more Anderson
Hall memories from
former students. These
have been added to the
web site. Be sure to visit maryvillecollege.edu/news/pubs/focus/summer-
2006/index.asp and click on the "Celebrating Our Icon" link. Alumni
memories are posted in the " I Remember" section.
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Contents may not be reproduced
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is an undergraduate,
liberal arts, residential
community of faith and
learning rooted in the
students of all ages
prepares students for
lives of citizenship
and leadership as we
challenge each one to
search for truth, grow in
wisdom, work for justice
and dedicate a life of
creativity and service to
the peoples of the world.
" illustrate the
service placements pursued -
and populations served - by
current Bonner Scholars.
5 "Our Window of Opportunity"
A $47-million Civic Arts Center, a $6-million renovation of Anderson Hall, the addition to
$20 million to endowment and another $10 million to the Annual Fund are all focuses of
the College's most ambitious campaign in history.
7 Veteran faculty members retire
Dr. Dean Boldon, professor of sociology and former dean of the faculty, and Dr. Harry
Howard, professor of political science, both made the Spring 2007 semester their last as
faculty members of the College.
9 Maryville College Athletics Sport
The College's sports-related printing, apparel, banners and field
and court decoration underwent a makeover last fall with a new
family of logos that incorporates a fierce-looking Scot and a bold "Power M.
13 Bonner Scholars: Putting
service in the hearts and minds
of students, faculty and staff
The first class of Bonner Scholars at Maryville College
enrolled for the 1991-1992 academic year. History-makers of
sorts, these Bonners helped change the culture of the
Maryville College campus more than 15 years ago.
2 Message from the President
3 Campus News
10 Faculty News
24 Class Notes
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
day what our slogan
- c Be successful.
Make a difference. 3 -
really means. . . 33
Greetings from the Maryville College campus!
The Commencement speaker in May 2000 was Wayne
Meisel, president of The Corella and Bertram F. Bonner
Foundation. The College bestowed an honorary Doctor
of Humane Letters degree that May on Mrs. Corella Bon-
ner, but it wasn't her first visit to the Maryville campus.
She made it a practice to travel often to see her Bonner
Scholars at more than two dozen colleges around the
country, and she had included Maryville in her tour at
least twice before.
It was wonderful to witness her with our Bonner Schol-
ars. Diminutive, neatly dressed, every silver hair in place,
regal in bearing and a smile lighting her face, she asked
them about their Bonner service work and about their
lives. She cared about them, and they were inspired by her.
The Bonner experience that was the product of her vision
and the leadership of Wayne Meisel shaped those scholars.
Although Corella Bonner passed away only two years after
that 2000 Commencement, her Bonner program lives on
and is shaping students on this campus today.
In this issue, you'll read about the Bonner Scholars of
2007, as well as plans for future Bonners - thanks to a recent $4.5 million grant from
the Bonner Foundation to endow the program.
Quite a few readers of FOCUS are members of that generation known as Baby
Boomers, born in the years between 1946 and 1964, and students at Maryville from
the mid-1960s through the mid-1980s. If you're a Boomer, you may reject the "me"
generation label so often assigned to your cohorts by those who see self-indulgence as
a primary characteristic of the Boomers during their college years. However apt that
appellation may have been for Maryville students a few decades ago, it misses the mark
for the Bonner Scholars and their classmates on campus in 2007. Their trademark is
service to others. You will see that in the reports by current Bonners and in reflections
by past Bonners in this issue of FOCUS.
It is encouraging to note that in October 2006, the Corporation for National and
Community Service reported a significant rise in civic engagement by college stu-
dents in recent years. Over the three-year period between 2002 and 2005, student
volunteerism increased by about 20 percent. All told, some 3.3 million college stu-
dents, they tell us, are serving their communities and our nation. No self-indulgence
there! At Maryville, the Bonner Scholars have led the way. They demonstrate every
day what our slogan - "Be successful. Make a difference." - really means, and so
inspire other students to get involved in service activities that make a difference on
this campus and in the wider community.
Mrs. Bonner's refrigerator door in Princeton, N.J., was always plastered with pho-
tos of her Bonner Scholars. Once when I was visiting, she took me back into her
kitchen to show me a picture of a current Maryville Bonner whose service had
brought her special pride. She would take pride, I know, in the difference that her
scholars are making in 2007, and in the difference that the Bonner Scholars Program
is making in their lives, not merely by providing scholarship support for them, but of
greater importance, creating in them a commitment to helping others. H9
FOCUS SUMMER 2 7
Dr. Gerald W. Gibson
Mark E. Cate
Vice President for
Advancement and Finance
Director of Communications
Karen Beaty Eldridge '94
Director of News and
Ken Tuck '54
G. Donald Hickman 70
Sylvia Smith Talmage '62
Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Erin Palmer '99
Judy M. Penry 73
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
CLASS OF 2008
Marvin Beard '67
Jeff Denton '87
Clara Gowans Hardin '57
Carl Lindsay, Jr. '50
Kathy Mayurnik Nenninger 73
Adam Ray '97
Aundra Ware Spencer '89
Harold Turner '03
CLASS OF 2009
Tammy Renee Taylor Blaine '89
Carrie Callaway Denkinger '92
Pat Jones '55
L Jeanne Wilson Kruhm '62
Adriel McCord '00
Ryan Stewart '99
Kristine Tallent '96
Linda Grey Wiley '81
FOUR JOIN BOARD
This spring, Marvville College welcomed four members to its
board of directors: Robert Kallstrom '60, Sherri Parker Lee,
Alvin Nance '79 and Steve West.
Kallstrom is president and CEO of Softrac
America, Inc. He serves on the board of trustees
for Hood College, the Historical Society, the
Community Foundation of Frederick County and
Record Street Home. He is also on boards for the
National Museum of Civil War Medicine and the
Interagency Information Systems Authority. He
earned a master's degree in management from Frostburg State
University and attended the Installation Managers Institute at the
University of North Carolina. He and wife Maureen have two
sons and reside in Frederick, Md.
^^m^^^^h Le e -> an alumna of Texas Christian University, is
*^SiA^ I chairperson of the board of SSC Service Solutions.
-^j^ I She is a founding member and executive board
W HI member of the University of Tennessee Women's
\ > I Philanthropy Council and a member of the Interna-
I tional Women's Forum, as well as an emeritus
^^™ board member of Ijams Nature Center. She serves
on the board of the East Tennessee Foundation and on the National
Advisory Board of Churchill Archives Center at Cambridge Univer-
sity. The widow of the late Baxter Lee, a former member of the MC
Board of Directors, she has three children and resides in Knoxville.
Nance is president and CEO of the Knoxville
Community Development Corporation and
serves on the boards of East Tennessee Children's
Hospital, United Way of Greater Knoxville and
First Tennessee Bank. He is also the vice chair-
man of Leadership Knoxville, the Tennessee
^ Housing Development Agency and serves on the
Habitat for Humanity advisory board. Nance and wife Nancy have
two children and reside in Knoxville.
West is chairman of West Chevrolet, Inc., and
West Properties, LLC. The former mayor of
Maryville, he currently serves on the Maryville
City Council, is a board member of the Blount
County Parks and Recreation Commission and has
previously served as president of the Blount
County Industrial Development Board and Blount
County Chapter of the American Red Cross. An alumnus of the
LTniversity of Tennessee, he is a member of UT's President's Club.
The former president of the Tennessee Automotive Association, he
now serves as a member of NADA Charitable Foundation Board of
Directors. He and wife Ruth have two children and reside in Alcoa.
WEB SITE ADDITION SHOWCASES
ACE, "A Celebration of Excellence" in Undergradu-
ate Research and Creative Expression, is a new addi-
tion to the Maryville College web site created to
showcase students whose Senior Studies have been
deemed exemplary by their academic division.
The Senior Study (which alumni may remember as
"Special Studies," "Independent Studies" and "Senior
Thesis") is one of the distinctive features of a Maryville
education. The requirement calls for students to com-
plete a two-semester research and writing project that is
guided by a faculty supervisor.
In this area of the site, maryvillecollege.edu/ace,
people can explore the work of select 2006 gradu-
ates, whose studies range in theme from "A Day of
Grace: Evangelical Theology in Uncle Tom's Cabin" to
"A Survey of Arthropod Biodiversity in the Canopies of
Southern Red Oak Trees in the Maryville College
Woods." ACE features a profile of each student as well
as an abstract of their project. The Senior Study in its
entirety is available in .pdf format.
Members of the Class of 2007 whose studies were
selected for inclusion will soon be added to the site.
MC hosts Appalachian Studies Association
30th Anniversary Conference
Maryville was proud to serve as host for
"Piecing the Appalachian Experience,"
the milestone conference honoring the
Appalachian Studies Association's (ASA)
30th anniversary. Held March 23-25, the
event attracted more than 650 participants who chose from nearly 300 pre-
sentations encompassing Appalachian history, culture, live music, literature,
photography, planning and service initiatives.
Pam McMichael, director of Highlander Research and Education Center,
provided the keynote address. Dr. Kathie Shiba, Maryville College associate
professor of psychology, served as program chair, and Dr. Susan Ambler,
associate professor of sociology, was responsible for local arrangements.
Established in 1977 by a group of scholars, teachers and regional activists
who believed that shared community is important to those writing,
researching and teaching about Appalachia, the ASA is now more than
750 members strong.
FOCUS SUMMER 2007
WALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
The 2007 inductees into the Wall of Fame included (l-r) Leah
Onks-England '94, William Napier '65, James Thurston '51,
Maryville College Associate Athletic Director and Head
Volleyball Coach Kandis Schram '85 and Dr. Ken Bell. At right
is Maryville College Athletic Director and Head Men's
Basketball Coach, Randy Lambert '76, emcee for the event.
Members of the Class of 1956 Reunion Gift Committee pres-
ent their generous gift to President Gerald Gibson. From left
to right: Betty McKenney Horn, Ethelyn Cathey Pankratz,
Bill Wheatley, Roberta Myers Petree, Jim Cummings and
Kathy Kerns Vousden. (Not pictured: Harold Jones)
CLASS OF 1956 RAISES BAR IN
Three presented alumni awards
during Oct. 14 banquet
Maryville College hon-
ored three alumnae dur-
ing the National
annual meeting and
banquet held Oct. 14 in
the Cooper Athletic
Center on campus.
Erin Palmer '99 was
named the recipient of
the Kin Takahashi
Award for Young
Alumni during the ban-
quet. The College's Alumni Citation was presented to Corita
Erwin Swanson '58 and Mary Lee Witherspoon '56.
To read more about the recipients' lives of success and service,
From left to right: Corita Erwin Swanson '58,
Mary Lee Witherspoon '56 and Erin Palmer '99.
Presenting a generous gift to President Gerald Gibson dur-
ing the Alumni Banquet last October, members of the class
of 1956 raised the bar - again - in the arena of reunion
class giving. Reunion Class Gift Committee Co-Chairman
Bill Wheatley '56 handed over a check for $305,239 and
announced a class giving percentage of 74 percent. In addi-
tion to supporting the Annual Fund, the money will endow
"the Class of 1956 Endowed Scholarship."
"We initially set a goal of $200,000 and bypassed that
amount relatively easily. When we were presented with a
challenge of a 2-for-l match from a classmate, we then asked
our classmates to reach for $300,000," said Wheatley. "We
hope this will serve as a challenge to other classes that follow
to stretch their giving in support of their 50th reunion."
Wheadey concluded with further positive announce-
ments, stating the Class of 1956 now boasts 1 1 members in
the Society of 1819 (those who have made plans to include
the College in their wills or made other planned giving
MC TARTAN INTRODUCED
Maryville College vice presidents Jason McNeal, left, and Mark Cate
reveal the school's official tartan to attendees of the College's Founder's
Day Banquet last October. Commissioning tartan designer Marjorie
Warren of North Carolina, the College began the project two years ago
with the desire to honor the College's Scottish heritage. The tartan, a
design that features prominent orange squares outlined in light gray on a
field of rich garnet, has been authorized and approved by the Scottish
Tartans Authority and registered in the International Tartan Index. It is
unique in name, sett (the pattern of squares and lines) and color.
FOCUS |SUMMER 2007
DURING MARYVILLE COLLEGE'S
annual Founder's Day Banquet last October, board
members, volunteers and administrators publicly
announced details of the College's "Our Window of
Opportunity" campaign, an $83-million endeavor that
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The "OUR WINDOW
campaign focuses on
raising money for four
will fund two bricks-and-mortar projects, grow the insti-
tution's endowment and strengthen its Annual Fund.
"Four years ago, the Maryville College Board of
Directors approved 'the Window of Opportunity Strate-
gic Plan,'" Dr. Gerald W. Gibson, president of die Col-
lege, told the crowd of more than 300 people who had
gathered for the banquet in Cooper Athletic Center.
"With four overarching goals, or windows, the very
name of the plan suggests that we presendy find our-
selves in a unique period of Maryville College history."
Gibson went on to describe a "tremendous
momentum" currently experienced at the College:
record-setting enrollments, a rigorous academic pro-
gram, a highly qualified and committed faculty,
improvement in student quality, a stable and solid
financial position and improved facilities and grounds.
"But perhaps more important than our progress to
date is how we can leverage that progress for our stu-
dents and our institution for decades to come," the presi-
dent continued. "Now is the time for us to act boldly in
lhing out the dreams that we together dreamed in our
strategic plan. Now is the time to marshal the good
efforts and support that have provided us diis momen-
tum and live to our full potential as a College."
Gibson told the crowd that he believed the College
could become a national leader, known for its scholar-
ship and values, church-relatedness and quality liberal
arts education. "... our present momentum has us
OUR WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY PROGRESS
poised to take advantage of this window of opportunity
to broaden our reputation and enhance the educational
experience for students," he added. "We have the
unique opportunity to create a Maryville College that is
an asset to our students, our region, our country and
our world for decades to come."
At the banquet, Jason McNeal, vice president for
development, reported that the College had raised
$46 million during a "quiet phase" of the campaign,
which began two years ago.
Kexin Clayton, CEO of Clayton Homes and mem-
ber of a civic arts center fundraising committee, spoke
about the CAC, which is the highest-dollar compo-
nent of the campaign. He was recognized during the
banquet for the volunteer leadership role he took in
encouraging community support of the new facility.
"I have been involved now with tiiis project and
with this campaign for over two years," the Clayton
Homes CEO said. "And I can tell you that I have
never been involved with any other project that has as
much promise for this College, our community and
our region as the Civic Arts Center."
Providing the entertainment for the evening was
Delores Bowen Ziegler '73, professor of voice at the
University of Maryland School of Music and interna-
tional opera singer; Dr. Robert Bonham, classical
pianist and professor emeritus; and student vocalists
from the ensemble Off Kilter.
PROJECT Civic Arts Center
GOAL $47.3 Million
TO DATE $1,160,000
■ The construction of
the Civic Arts Center
(CAC), a $47-million
partnership facility with
the cities of Maryville
■ The $6-million reno-
vation of Anderson Hall,
the College's 136-year-
old educational facility
and campus icon, which
provides classroom and
office space for the
humanities and educa-
* The addition of $20
million to the College's
endowment, with the
goal of reaching $50
million by the end of
the campaign; and
m The strengthening of
the Annual Fund, which
provides key support
for scholarships, library
programs and athletics.
The College hopes to
raise $10 million for the
Annual Fund during
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FERREN draws lessons from MC's Wiley Rutledge in
(Below) Vice President and Dean Dr. Robert Naylor, left,
and Dr. Dorsey D. Ellis, Jr. '60, chairman of the Board of
Directors, place the hood on Dr. Bryan Cureton '60. At
right, President Gerald
W. Gibson, reads the
citation for honorary
degree. (Below) Dr.
John M. Ferren deliv-
ers the commence-
To read Ferren's complete address to the Class of
2007 and to see more photos from Commencement
Weekend, visit maryvillecollege.edu.
In his commencement address to Maryvuie college's
Class of 2007, Dr. John M. Ferren, noted biographer and senior judge in the
District of Columbia Court of Appeals, implored new graduates to "find
courage" and "live with honor" just as Wiley Rutledge, a Maryville College
student from the early 20th century, did.
Ferren, who was awarded an honorary degree from the College along with
Elmhurst College President Dr. Bryant Cureton '60 on May 20, published
Salt of the Earth, Conscience of the Court: The Story of Justice Wiley Rutledge in
2004. Ferren told the 223 graduates and commencement crowd that Rut-
ledge, an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1943
until his death in 1949, heard the "still small voice" described in the biblical
story of Elijah in 1 Kings 19:9-13.
"[Rutledge] heard that lirtie voice - the 'still small voice' - that calls us to do
the right thing as we perceive it," the speaker said. "Even when we are virtually
alone." Throughout his time with the Supreme Court, Rutledge was a dissent-
ing vote, Ferren pointed out, but his arguments often led to changes in the law
and greater legal protection for disadvantaged populations.
"... dissent has power. It can be prophetic," the speaker said, using a World
War II war crimes case to illustrate the point. In the 1946 case of Tamashita v.
Styer, Rutledge dissented and argued against the hanging of Japanese General
Tomoyuki Yamashita, citing international law of war, the Articles of War, the
Geneva Convention and the U.S. Constitution. "Within a few years after the
Supreme Court decided Yamashita, courts around the world began to follow
the Rutledge dissent, holding that a commander's criminal responsibility for
war crimes committed by his troops is limited to crimes the commander knew,
or had reason to know, about," Ferren said, adding that the dissent brought
about clarification of the Uniform Code of Military Justice and amendments
to the Geneva Conventions.
Ferren encouraged graduates to not only follow the law when hard choices
presented themselves but to take action. "How much time - quality time -
will you give to others in need? What just cause will you make an effort to
support because the cause needs you - really needs you? What will the small
voice say? Will you listen? Will you act?" he asked.
FOCUS | SUMMER 2007
TWO VETERAN FACULTY MEMBERS RETIRE
During the 2007 commencement exercises, Dr. Harry Howard, professor of political
science, and Dr. Dean Boldon, professor of sociology and former dean of the faculty,
were recognized for their retirements and
elections to the status of "professor emeritus"
at the College.
Howard joined the MC faculty in 1976 and "has
served with distinction during the subsequent
31 years," Vice President and Dean Dr. Robert
Naylor told the crowd, adding that Howard will
be remembered for his "benevolent mentor-
ship" of students, "his patriotic support of the
liberal arts and his deep commitment to the
holistic learning environment of [the] College."
Naylor said Boldon's 12-year deanship at the
College (1986-1998) will be regarded as "one
of the two most distinguished in the 20th cen-
tury." The professor came to Maryville Col-
lege from a senior administrative post in
Tehran, Iran, in 1979, and in 28 years has
"made a lasting difference in the lives of his
students and in the life of [the] College," Nay-
lor said, calling special attention to his col-
league's international perspective. "To be
sure," the dean said, "the fact that one in
every four members of this graduating class
has studied abroad is the direct result of his
dedication to international programming ..."
Howard was honored during a reception held
April 19 in Bartlett Hall; Boldon was feted a
week later during a reception in the Proffitt
Dining Room. At each, colleagues declared
the retiring faculty members "campus leg-
ends" and "institutional heroes."
for third time
(Above) During the retirement party for
Dr. Harry Howard, Vice President and
Dean Dr. Robert Naylor reads from the
College's history book, By Faith
Endowed, which labeled Howard a "fac-
ulty leader." (Below) Dr. Dean Boldon
looks over a collage of photos taken
during a recent travel-study course. The
collage was a gift of MC seniors Alex
Youn '07 and Zoe Sams '07, right
During commencement exercises, recognition
was given to faculty and staff members for
outstanding service during the 2006-2007
The Outstanding Teacher Award, the recip-
ient of which is nominated by juniors and sen-
iors at the College, went to Dr. Tern'
Simpson, professor of secondary education
and chair of the College's Division of Educa-
tion. Simpson, who has taught at the College
since 1990, is the first faculty member to
receive the award three times.
Dr. Sam Overstreet, professor of English and
the Ralph S. Collins Professor in the Humani-
ties, was recognized as the runner-up for the
award. He also joined the faculty in 1990.
Receiving the Nancy B. Hunter Outstand-
ing Staff Award was Ellen Smyser, administra-
tive assistant in the Office of Financial Aid.
Michelle Ballew Safewright, assistant dean of
students for campus life, was named Out-
standing Administrator. Security Officer Yosef
Addis '08 was presented the Sharon A. Mur-
phy Crane Distinguished Sendee Award.
FOCUS | SUMMER 2 00 7
\Athletic Conference J
Maryville College witnessed a pair of legendary
coaches reach the 500th-win mark during the
2006-2007 year, and for these accomplish-
ments, Maryville College President Gerald Gib-
son awarded Presidential Citations to Head Volleyball Coach and
Associate Athletic Director Kandis Schram "85 and Head Men's Bas-
ketball Coach and Director of Athletics Randy Lambert '76 during a
celebration in Humphreys Court on April 12.
Schram, who completed her 21st season at the helm of MC's volley-
ball program last fall, earned her
500th win with a sweep of Fisk Uni-
versity on Oct. 10. Lambert, who fin-
ished his 27th season as head coach,
claimed No. 500 on Feb. 24 with a
win over LaGrange College.
% f ™ | | J| Ml 111 "I guess Kandy and I are both
wondering what it takes to get a car around here?" joked Lambert to
the crowd. "Maybe that comes after 1,000."
SCOTS CLAIM THIRD CONSECUTIVE
With six conference championships and four second-
place finishes, the Maryville College Athletic Department
garnered enough points to take home the Presidents'
Cup for the entire Great South Athletic Conference.
Maryville's women won conference championships in
cross country, soccer
and volleyball. They
were second in basket-
ball, Softball and tennis.
On the men's side, Maryville won conference champi-
onships in cross country, basketball and baseball.
Maryville's men came in second in soccer and tennis.
MC's men accumulated 480 points to outdistance by
50 points Piedmont College, which posted 430. The
Scots' women dominated competition with 570 points,
surpassing Piedmont by 80 points.
In the Great South's seven-year existence, Maryville
has won five men's titles (the last four consecutively), and
four women's accolades. The 2006-2007 academic year
marks the third consecutive year the College has taken
home the collective honor.
2007 J.D. Davis
Award to stu-
'07 and Angie
Visit maryvillecollege.edu for the 2006-2007 Athletic
■ Honor Roll, which includes win-loss records, season
, I successes and individual and team awards.
WORK IN THE
HOGAN '07 WAS
OF THE KEN
KEN KRIBBS AWARD PRESENTED
At the College's annual Leadership Awards Ceremony in April, a new award - "the Ken
Kribbs Award" - was presented for the first time, with senior Kent Hogan selected for the
honor. A computer science/mathematics major from Newport, Tenn., and member of the
MC baseball team, Hogan was directly responsible for documenting play-by-play computer
statistics for more than 150 games.
The award, established by MC's Sports Information Department, recognizes a member of
the MC community who "exhibits outstanding contributions and dedicated service toward
the preservation of the history of Maryville College athletics." It is named for Ken Kribbs
'68, who wrote History of Athletics at Maryville College: 1866-1968 for his independent study
and was in the first class of inductees into the Maryville College Wall of Fame.
For more on the award, visit maryvillecollege.edu.
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MARYVILLE COLLEGE ATHLETICS
SPORT NEW LOGOS
LAST FALL, MARYVILLE COLLEGE unveiled a new
graphic identity for its sports teams that will give the Scots a
consistent, unifying image.
During a ceremony held in Bartlett Hall, MC students and
other fans were introduced to six new logos, including a fierce-
looking Scot (the College's mascot), as well as an orange and gar-
net "Power M." A new look for the words "Maryville" and
"Scots," utilizing a new typeface and the image of a sword to rep-
resent the "t" in "Scots," was also presented to the public.
Addressing the crowd in Isaac's Cafe, Mark Cate, vice presi-
dent for advancement and finance, explained the decades-old
need for a graphic identity for the College's sports teams and the
process the College followed to create the logos. Cate said the
College hired local design firm Graphic-FX in 2005 with the goal
to create a "family" of logos that would be standard in all sports
publications and for all sports-related printing, including uni-
forms and other apparel, banners and field and court decoration.
A committee of coaches, trainers, student- athletes, alumni,
administrators, faculty and staff members from the College's
Office of Communications met with designers from Graphic-FX
to discuss the need for a consistent and functional representation
of the College's athletic program. Over a period of several
months, the designers met regularly with a smaller group of peo-
ple from the College, first presenting conceptual sketches, then
later revisions as they received feedback and suggestions from
their client. After the group gave its final approval, Graphic-FX
prepared working art in several formats and developed a guide for
proper use of the marks.
"I really like what we've been able to accomplish here, and I
hope this graphic identity will serve us well for years to come,"
Randy Lambert '76, athletic director and head coach of the
men's basketball team, said at the end of the ceremony.
Rosen is ABCA Ail-American
Adam Rosen '07, a senior shortstop/relief pitcher for the
Maryville College Scots, was named to the American Baseball
Coaches Association All-American baseball team following his
selection as a First Team All-South member. Rosen
earned a spot on the national second team as a
utility player for his outstanding offense and relief
The Great South Athletic Conference's "Player of
the Year" established six new single season or
career records this year. Rosen hit .429 while play-
ing in 44 games. He surpassed the single season hit mark with
his 72 base hits and the career record with his 218 base knocks.
He established new career marks in doubles and RBI, as well. On
the mound, he posted a 2.73 ERA in relief and led the nation
with his 10 saves, another MC record.
The Goodlettsville, Tenn., native is the first player in
Maryville College baseball history to be named the
team's "Most Valuable Player" on four occasions.
Rosen is the first ABCA All-American since first baseman
Mike Smickilas '86 earned the honor in 1983.
FOCUS | SUMMER 2 007
MS. KAREN BEALE I ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY
TEACHING AREAS: General Psychology courses, First-year Seminar, Sociology. DEGREES: M.A. in General Psychology, East
Tennessee State University (2003); B.S. in Psychology, University of Virginia's College at Wise (1999). PREVIOUS
APPOINTMENTS: Research Assistant, North Carolina State University; Instructor of Psychology, NCSU; Social Development
Lab Manager, NCSU; Assistant Seminar Instructor, ETSU. OTHER NOTABLES: Beale is currently working on her doctoral
dissertation, which is entided "Parents' beliefs about children affect the socialization of emotion in the family" through NCSU.
DR. JENNIFER BRIGATI I ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF BIOLOGY
TEACHING AREAS: Microbiology, Genetics, First-year Seminar. DEGREES: Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences, Auburn University
(2005); B.S. in Cell & Molecular Biology, Southampton College of Long Island University (2000). PREVIOUS APPOINT-
MENTS: Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Tennessee; Teaching Assistant, Graduate Research Assistant, AU.
OTHER NOTABLES: Brigati received a $66,000 Predoctoral Traineeship Award from the Department of Defense Breast
Cancer Research Program in 2001. Her doctoral dissertation was "Development and study of phage-derived detection probes."
DR. SCOTT HENSON I ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF POLITICAL SCIENCE
TEACHING AREAS: International Politics, World Cultures. DEGREES: Ph.D. in Political Science, Vanderbilt University (2005);
M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Queens University (2003); M.A. in Political Science, VU (2002); M.B.A., Duke University
(1994); B.A., Gardner- Webb University (1988). PREVIOUS APPOINTMENTS: Senior lecturer, teaching assistant, VU;
Instructor of Law & Politics, Johns Hopkins University; Instructor of Advanced Marketing, Tusculum College. OTHER
NOTABLES: In addition to his teaching experience, Henson has traveled to and worked in over 41 countries around the world.
DR. SHARON MAY I ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF ECONOMICS
TEACHING AREAS: Business, Economics, Sociology. DEGREES: Ph.D. in Agricultural, Environmental, and Development
Economics, Ohio State University (2006); M.A. in Economics, OSU (2001); M.A. in International Relations, Syracuse
University (2000); B.A. in International Studies, Wilson College (1998). PREVIOUS APPOINTMENTS: Graduate teaching
assistant, OSU; Graduate Administrative Assistant, SC. OTHER NOTABLES: May's doctoral dissertation "Measuring the Factor
Content of Trade" was closely tied to her research interests in international trade, country studies of trade and development economics.
DR. GEOFFREY MITCHELL I ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF SPANISH
TEACHING AREAS: Spanish Literature, Elementary Spanish. DEGREES: Ph.D. in 19th and Early 20th Century Latin
Literature, Tulane University (2006); M.A. in Peninsular and Latin American Literatures, University of Missouri at
Columbia (1992); B.A. in Spanish, Hillsdale College (1987). PREVIOUS APPOINTMENTS: Instructor of Spanish and
Portuguese, University of Southern Mississippi; Teaching Assistant, TU; Community College Lecturer, Butler County
Community College; University Lecturer, Wichita State University; Senior High School Teacher, West High School; Teaching Assistant, U
of M; Junior/Senior High School Teacher, Lewanee Christian School. OTHER NOTABLES: From 1997 through 1999, Mitchell created
and marketed International Translation Services, a home-based translation and consulting service specializing in Latin American.
MR. PHIL SHERMAN I VISITING INSTRUCTOR OF BIBLICAL STUDIES & ETHICS
TEACHING AREAS: Old & New Testaments. DEGREES: M.Div., Candler School of Theology at Emory University (2000);
B.A. in Religious Studies/German Language & Literature, Emory & Henry College (1996). PREVIOUS APPOINTMENTS:
Teaching Associate, CST; Adjunct Instructor, EU. OTHER NOTABLES: In addition to his teaching experience, Sherman is
also the website administrator for Review of Biblical Literature on Bookreviews.org.
UK! I DR. DOUG SOFER I ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF HISTORY
I TEACHING AREAS: African History, European History, Western Civilization, Colonial & Revolutionary America. DEGREES:
I Ph.D. in Latin American History, University of Texas at Austin (2003); M.A. in Latin American History, UTA (1995); B.A.
M in History and Philosophy, Hartwick College (1991). PREVIOUS APPOINTMENTS: Latin American History Professor,
wLk^. y^ University of Tennessee at Rnoxville; Latin American History Professor, Maryville College; Latin American History Professor,
Tennessee Technological University; Teaching Assistant, UTA; World Civilization Professor, Knoxville College. OTHER NOTABLES: Sofer
was awarded the prestigious Fulbright-IIE Fellowship Award in 1998; he is also fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.
FOCUS | SUMMER 2 007
Faculty N ews
nMS. REBECCA TREADWAY I ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF BUSINESS
TEACHING AREAS: Accounting, Senior Study, First-year Seminar, DEGREES: M.A. in Business Administration, Middle
Tennessee State University (1991); B.S. in Business Administration, University of Tennessee at Knoxville (1988). PREVI-
OUS APPOINTMENTS: Visiting Assistant Professor of Business and Organization Management, Adjunct Professor of
Business and Organization Management, Maryvilie College; Assistant Professor of Accounting, Full-time Instructor of
Accounting, Part-time lecturer in Accounting, Cumberland University; Part-time Lecturer in Accounting, Tennessee State University.
OTHER NOTABLES: Certified in internal auditing and public accounting, Treadway also worked as a staff accountant in the audit and tax
divisions of Arthur Young International in Nashville.
QDR. HO YAN AGNES WAN I ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF MUSIC
TEACHING AREAS: Introduction to Fine Arts in Music, First-year Seminar. DEGREES: Artist Diploma in Piano, University
of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (2006); Ph.D. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, University of Iowa
(2004); M.A. in Music Therapy, Loyola University (2001); M.A. in Piano Performance, LU (2000); B.M. in Piano
Performance, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (1998). PREVIOUS APPOINTMENTS: Graduate Assistant in Vocal
Accompanying, Choral Accompanist, U of CC; Teaching Assistant in Piano, U of I; Music Therapy Intern, Sunnyside Haven of Hope
School; Principal, The Blessed Martyrs of China Catholic School. OTHER NOTABLES: The winner of numerous piano competitions and
scholarships, Wan has performed in recital halls all over the world, including the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall.
MR. ALAN WATTS I INSTRUCTOR OF SPANISH
TEACHING AREAS: Elementary Spanish. DEGREES: M.A. in Modern Foreign Languages (Spanish), University of Tennessee
(2005); B.C. in Public Relations, UT (2003); B.A. in Spanish, UT (2003). PREVIOUS APPOINTMENTS: Spanish
Instructor, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Spanish Tutor, UT; Spanish Instructor, Roane State Community College. OTHER
NOTABLES: Wans has studied Spanish for two summers in Puebla, Mexico, and has been an active member on the Public
Relations Student Society of America, Alpha Psi Omega service fraternity and Student Alumni Associates.
Crain participates in important NIH workshop
DR. DREW CRAIN, associate professor of biology, recently participated in a National
Institute of Health (NIH)-sponsored workshop examining bisphenol A (BPA), held in
Chapel Hill, N.C., and attended by nearly 50 scientists and physicians from across the
United States and around the globe.
What he learned was incorporated into his classes at Maryvilie. While teaching about
Eb^^h the endocrine system last semester in his BIO 412: Annual Physiology
I course, Crain was able to discuss with his students the latest data and
fl thoughts regarding a real-world biological debate.
W The NIH workshop, entitled "Bisphenol A: An Expert Panel
Wl Examination of the Relevance of Ecological, In Vitro and Laboratory
y 1 Animal Studies for Assessing Risks to Human Health," was organized
r 'to gather, share data and make recommendations regarding BPA, a
manmade compound found in most plastics.
As a result of the last 50 years of plastics production, scientists are now beginning to
see the harmful effects of BPA leaching into the environment as a result of throwing
away mass quantities of plastic, heating plastic at a high rate (such as microwaving dispos-
able containers and bags) and disposing of human waste.
Workshop attendees, separated into panels according to their areas of expertise, looked
specifically at five areas potentially adversely affected by BPA. Because of his extensive
research and publication record on endocrine disrupting contaminants and environmental
toxicology, Crain was asked to not only serve on the Ecology panel but also be the author
of the panel's review article, which was completed and distributed before the Nov. 28-29
workshop convened. To read more about the workshop, visit mary\'illecollege.edu.
GOMBERT S ART
Artwork by Dr. Carl Gombert, associate
professor of art history, won a recent
juried show and, as a result, was
included in the "Introductions 2006"
exhibit at Davidson Galleries in Seattle,
Wash., Dec. 8-23.
Only five artists
were featured in
the exhibit. The
sented a variety
Queens #1 "
portrait was selected for the exhibit. It
was created by using tiny rubber
stamps of Elvis and bees.
FOCUS | S U M M E R 2 7
Faculty N ews
Newton named director of new
Center for Strong Communities
Last fall, Dr. William Newton, former chaplain and director of com-
munity service at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn., was selected
to head Maryville College's new Center for Strong Communities.
"We're delighted to announce the official opening of the Center,
which we believe overtime will significantly impact communities
across the southern Appalachian region," said Dr. Robert Naylor, vice president and
dean of the College, at the time of the appointment. "And we're excited to welcome
Dr. Newton, who comes to the College with a wealth of experience in working with and
building partnerships among community organizations and non-profit agencies."
According to the dean, the Center will foster and facilitate community service,
research and leadership initiatives that connect people, organizations and institutions
to help communities become stronger and better places in which to live and work.
Already in 2007, the Center has helped sponsor the East Tennessee Quality Growth
Conference and the Blount County Children's Advocacy Center's Mayfest celebration.
As director of the Center for Strong Communities, Newton will serve as a liaison for
the Center among faculty, staff and the various administrative networks of the College
to encourage community-based scholarship and service. He will also cultivate and
nurture relationships with local, regional and national organizations to develop collab-
orations, partnerships, projects, workshops, conferences, educational programs, pub-
lic dialogues and informational resources that serve the mission of the Center.
Ordained a minister of word and sacrament by the Presbyterian Church (USA),
Newton earned a doctor of ministry degree from Columbia Theological Seminary
in 1986. He completed undergraduate coursework at Rhodes College (Southwest-
ern at Memphis) and has a diploma and teaching certificate from the Association
While working at Rhodes for more than 15'years, Newton directed the campus-
wide Kinney Service Program, increasing student participation in community service
programs from 56 percent to 83 percent. He directed the Bonner Scholars Program
at Rhodes from its inception in 1992 and coordinated numerous workshops, pro-
grams and committees focused on service-learning. He developed service-learning
in the curriculum and formed substantive service and learning partnerships in the
Newton's office is located in the College's Alexander House. Assisting him is
Mary Amber Brooks '05.
Irish minister leads 2007 February Meetings
For the lSOth-annual February Meetings, the College
brought the Rt. Rev. Ken Newell of Belfast, former modera-
of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, to speak on "The
irch as Peacemaker."
n n 099^ Newel] was recognized by the international
:nt Pax Christi with an International Peace Award
>eace building on a grassroots level in Belfast. In 2006,
veil was given an Order of the British Empire (OBE) by
Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his work
reconciliation in Northern Ireland,
life-long resident of Belfast, Newell, in his February
gs lectures, gave the broad historical and theological
! reconciliation among churches in Northern Ireland
.jonal experiences as a church leader.
In Bookshelf, we catch up with
members of the MC community to
find out what pages they're turning.
AMANDA SPARROW '08
Major: Child Development and Learning
Tlie Purpose Driven Life
bv Rick Warren
"I found out about this book
through several of my friends. All
the good things they said about it
caught my interest and I decided
to try it out. I feel that this book
has been a positive influence on my faith and
has taught me how to be a better person."
MICHAEL "SHOTGUN" SPRATLING '07
Major: English for Teacher Licensure and
Josh Gibson: The Power and the
Darkness by Mark Ribowsky
"Being a baseball player, I am
interested in the history of the
game. That's why I'm reading
about the Negro Leagues and
one of the greatest sluggers of all
time, Josh Gibson."
Assistant Director of Admissions
Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier
It's the story of the development
of the South through the eyes of
Will Cooper, a boy from mid-
1800s North Carolina. Frazier is a
great storyteller who also wrote the National
Book award-winning Cold Mountain. I
highly recommend Thirteen Moons to all who
enjoy well-spun tales, colorful characters and
Director of the Library
■ Tlie Omnivore's Dilemma:
' ^""^B A Natural History of Four Meals
by Michael Pollan
Humans can eat almost anything,
so how do we decide what to eat? Tlie Omni-
vore's Dilemma seeks to help us decide by
tracing four meals to their origins. The book's
engrossing depiction of the processes, people
and products involved in the industrial food
chain, commercial organic food production,
sustainable agriculture and hunting and gath-
ering reads like a cross between Gourmet and
Mother Jones. I found it an entertaining narra-
tive as well as an evocative moral and philo-
sophical exploration of food.
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15 years of putting service in the hearts and minds
of students, faculty and staff
Bonner Scholars Work and Learn
THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF Maryvilk College's selection as a Bonner Scholar
school ran fairly prominently in the fall 1991 issue of FOCUS. Under the head-
line "Bonner Scholars Work and Learn," the news story
explained how 29 incoming freshmen had been selected
to each receive $3,000 grants from the Princeton, N.J.-
based Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation "for
student activities geared towards a one-to-one interaction
with youth in the community."
A photo of 25 of the 29 first Bonner Scholars and the
Rev. Stephen Nickle, then the new chaplain and director of
volunteer services, ran with the story. Dressed casually and
posing for photographer Stan McCleave '78 on the
steps of Thaw Hall, the students probably didn't
realize at the time that they were history- makers of
sorts and that the program for which they had
signed on would, in large measure, change the cul-
ture of the Maryvilk College campus.
Over the last 15 years, the scope, requirements
and benefits of the Bonner Scholars Program have
expanded, but Nickle's 1991 explanation of the
endeavor rings as true today as it did 15 years ago:
"The program is . . . structured to get others on the campus involved in commu-
nity service. The Bonner Scholars will be looked upon as 'yeast' for programs
involving the whole college and the community."
As Maryvilk College observes its 15-year affiliation with the Bonner Founda-
tion and celebrates the announcement of a $4.5 million grant to endow the pro
gram (see page 17), the campus considers how Bonners have put community
service front and center in the hearts and minds of students, faculty and staff.
FOCUS | SUMMER 2007
DURING THE SPRING of 1991,
David Powell '66 was asked by Dr. Dean
Boldon, then dean of academic affairs, if he
would work as a liaison between the Col-
lege and the Princeton, N.J. -based Corella
& Bertram F. Bonner Foundation in estab-
lishing a scholarship program that would
provide access to higher education and an
opportunity for students to serve their
Powell, who was a writing instructor at
the College at the time, agreed to take on
the duties, which meant communicating
regularly with people at the foundation
who were trying to iron out the specifics of
a relatively new program. The Bonner
Scholars Program had been piloted at Berea
College in 1990, and foundation founders
Corella and Bertram Bonner, along with
foundation president Wayne Meisel, were
looking to add to the number of participat-
ing colleges in the Appalachian region.
"Dean knew my interest in service was
high," Powell said. "I told him that I was
interested and saw a wonderful opportunity
for the College to focus on service. With
the Bonner Scholars Program, I believed
that we could market ourselves as a school
^^^^^ that had service programs."
In 1998, Dave Powell '66
(second from left) made his
first MOOSE trip with MC stu-
dents. The Bonner Scholars
Program has helped grow the
three-week service trip to
western national parks.
Certainly, the College already
had a long history of service to
the community. With his per-
sonal commitment to "do good
on the largest possible scale,"
founder Isaac Anderson was an
excellent example of munifi-
cence for his young students -
traveling the countryside to preach and
organize churches, securing the freedom of
an African slave, opening his home to poor
pupils, founding a seminary. Flis attitude
toward service was passed on through fac-
ulty and staff members, and for decades,
Maryville College students could be
counted on to give of their time in
churches, schools and community centers.
It was this legacy that Powell believed
could be built upon, and Bonner Founda-
tion officials seemed to agree, naming
Maryville College one of 1 1 participating
Bonner Scholar schools in 1991. Carson-
Newman College in Jefferson City was the
only other Bonner Scholar school selected
Working with Donna Franklin Davis
'83, then vice president for admissions,
Powell went through prospective students'
applications for the Class of 1995, search-
ing for incoming freshmen who met the
foundation's criteria for the program.
Qualified students included those who
demonstrated financial need (providing
Appalachian students access to higher edu-
cation was very important to the Bonners),
academic and leadership abilities and a pre-
vious interest in community service.
With 29 selected for that first class, Pow-
ell and the Rev. Stephen Nickle, who had
just been hired as chaplain and director of
About Corella & Bertram F. Bonner
BERTRAM AND CORELLA BONNER
established the Bonner Foundation with the
hope and, indeed the expectation, that the
impact of their support would be far-reach-
ing in the areas of hunger and education.
Drawing on their own personal experi-
ences, as well as the knowledge of friends
and visionaries in the philanthropic and
educational communities, the Bonners cre-
ated the Crisis Ministry and Bonner
Scholar programs. These programs prom-
ised that their expectations would be met.
The Crisis Ministry Program does more
than give grants to food banks - it distrib-
utes the money through congregations of
all faiths and asks that they become
involved in feeding the hungry. Similarly,
the Bonner Scholars Program does more
than provide scholarships - it gives stu-
dents the impetus to become involved in
changing their communities.
Both Bertram and Corella Bonner's per-
sonal journeys played a significant role in
the development and direction of the foun-
Bertram Bonner, describes his wife, was
born "without a dime" in 1899 in Brook-
lyn, N.Y. At the early age of 22, after put-
ting himself through college at night, Mr.
Bonner was named Head Treasurer for
Heda Green Banks. He had been working
with Green since the beginning of his
teenage years and had learned much from
the eccentric and well-known woman. As
head treasurer, he made many loans to
New York builders, which inspired him to
become involved in the real estate business.
He was successful from the beginning, but
in the stock market crash of 1929, like so
many others, he lost everything.
Unlike others, with hard work and a
tremendous acumen for business, Mr. Bon-
ner quickly made back his fortune. His
career spanned six decades and can be
credited with the building of more than
30,000 homes and apartments.
Corella Allen Bonner, like her husband,
was born into poverty. But she began her
journey in the rural south - in the town of
Eagen, Term. As a 14-year-old, after living
in coal-mining towns in West Virginia,
14 FOCUS I SUMMER 2007
volunteer services and
would take over the Bon-
ner Scholars Program,
attended a Bonner Foun-
dation retreat during the
summer in North Car-
olina, meeting coordina-
tors from other schools.
When the academic
year opened (and for
many subsequent years),
Powell continued to stay involved with the
Bonners by leading their Orientation class.
Today, he said he's "amazed" at the
number of service organizations and proj-
ects that students are involved in. In 1998
- seven years after the Bonner Scholars
came to campus - he led the first group of
Maryville College students on the
Maryville Outdoor Outreach Service Expe-
rience (MOOSE) trip. MOOSE takes stu-
dents west for a three-week period during
the summer, where they camp and volun-
teer at national parks. Typical work com-
pleted at the park includes painting, brush
removal and campsite clean-up.
The interest in MOOSE has always been
high among students, and Powell credits
this to the Bonner Scholars Program.
Because of it, students understand why
service is important and aren't afraid to get
their hands dirty. Because of the Bonner
Scholars Program, students also know how
uplifting it can be to make a positive differ-
ence in the lives of others.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Bonners who choose to partici-
pate in MOOSE can count
those hours toward the 280
hours of service that are
required during the summer,
and to keep the scholarship, stu-
dents are required to volunteer
two of their three summers as an
enrolled MC student. The Bon-
ner Foundation provides up to
$1,500 to each student for travel and living
During the school year, students are
asked to devote at least 10 hours a week at
their Bonner service placement. Volunteer
duties and work sites can range from men-
toring youth at a local middle school to
reading to the visually impaired at a retire-
ment center. (See pages 20-21.) Students
are encouraged to find and arrange their
own placements, taking into account their
own vocational interests and personal call-
ing, but Preston Fields '03, coordinator
for the Bonner Scholars Program, does
assist in making placements.
Annually, each Bonner receives a $2,100
stipend that can go toward tuition, as well
as a $300 check every semester for books.
In the last five years, the Bonner Founda-
tion has instituted trips for first-year Bon-
ners and junior-year Bonners and provides
funding for them. Students in their first
year in the program choose an area of need
to focus on (homelessness, literaq', health-
care, etc.), research it together and then
take an off-campus trip so that they can see
the need up close and participate in activi-
ties that address it. Since the Bonner Foun-
dation introduced these trips, Maryville
College students have spent the first week
of their summer vacations on Native Ameri-
can reservations in Oklahoma, with border
patrol agents and immigration ministries in
Arizona and at homeless shelters and soup
kitchens in Washington, D.C.
Bonners finishing their junior year are
given the opportunity to experience service
abroad. During the summer of 2006, sev-
eral students traveled to Peru, where they
assisted missionaries and helped construct a
wall around a village.
Orientations and "reorientations" (for
returning students) at the beginning of
each school year are required of Bonners.
Fields organizes other retreats and regular
meetings. Reflection is a major component
of the Bonner Scholars Program; he and
students gather frequently to talk about
placements, service work, what they're
observing and learning. Often, students are
required to turn in journals and reflection
papers after special projects and trips.
Today, Maryville College welcomes 1 5
Bonners with each new class, guaranteeing
a group of 60 in the student body at any
given time. Fields said within the larger
group, the Bonner Foundation encourages
the College to use the scholarships to
achieve gender, racial and ethnic diversity.
(Left) Corella and Ber-
tram F. Bonner.
(Below) Mrs. Bonner
received an honorary
Tennessee and Kentucky,
Corella, along with her
mother, sought opportunity
in the northern city of
Detroit. Arriving penniless,
the young Allen soon found
work as a cashier at a cafete-
ria, attended Wayne State
University at night, and
made sure that her younger
siblings went to school.
She worked her way
up from cashier to man-
ager and was eventually
transferred to the Statler
chain's New York hotel.
It was there she met
Bertram Bonner. They
married in 1942.
The Bonners' involve-
ment in community service emanated from
their early work providing food for desti-
tute families in Fort Lauderdale, where the
Bonner family lived. When the Bonners
moved in 1956 to Princeton, N.J., they
began a broad-based ecumenical crisis min-
istry program housed in the Nassau Pres-
In 1990, after working with the late
John B. Stephenson, president of Berea
College, Bertram and Corella established
the first Bonner Scholars Program at Berea
College. It was designed to provide access
to higher education and an opportunity for
students to serve.
Mr. Bonner passed away in 1993. Mrs.
Bonner, however, continued to carry on
their legacy of hope, service and gratitude
until her death in July 2002.
— text from bonner.org
FOCUS |SUMMER 2007
An interview with
WAYNE MEISEL is the president of The
Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation,
a non-profit organization he's helped guide
since 1989 - much to his surprise. "I took
the job at age 29 and thought I might lead
the foundation for a couple of years, 1 ' he
explained. "Anything longer than that, I
thought, was just way over the top."
What's kept Meisel at the foundation
and motivated are the successes of the
Bonner Scholars Program, the Bonner
Leader Program and the Crisis Ministry
Program. According to the Bonner Foun-
dation web site, the foundation has pro-
vided more than $9.5 million in grants to
thousands of religious, community-based
hunger relief programs across the country
in the last 1 1 years and has awarded more
than S12 million in scholarship support to
more than 2,500 students at 27 colleges.
The son of a Presbyterian Church
(USA) minister, Meisel met the Bonners
through Nassau Presbyterian Church in
Princeton, N.J., where his father was serv-
ing as pastor and they were parishioners.
"They took a real interest in me," he
said of the couple.
And they had reason.
Meisel, who had overcome struggles
with dyslexia as an adolescent and gone on
to not only enroll at Harvard University
but graduate cum laudewixh a bachelor of
arts degree in government, had shown an
extraordinary passion for service and social
justice as a young man. Awarded a John
Finley Traveling Fellowship in 1982, he
walked from Maine to Washington, D.C.,
visiting some 70 colleges and universities
along the way to champion student and
campus involvement in community sendee.
One year after his graduation from Har-
vard, he founded the internationally known
Campus Outreach Opportunity League
(COOL), a platform for students and grad-
uates to lead, sustain and challenge their
peers to serve others and bring about posi-
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So when the Bonners approached
Meisel about overseeing their voting
foundation that would focus on
hunger and education, he listened.
CREATING A MODEL
The Bonner Foundation was already operat-
ing a crisis ministry program for the hungry,
but Meisel wanted to expand the non-
profit's scope. Seeing huge promise in col-
lege students, he proposed the Bonner
Scholars Program, an initiative that would
provide scholarships to students in exchange
for hours given in community service.
"I consider myself something of a com-
munity artist," Meisel explained. "I like to
take what's already around and try to build
something better. With the Bonner Schol-
ars, I saw a real variety of challenges and
opportunities within the same program.
"Society had an idea of what it meant for
college students to do community service -
things like all-night dance-a-thons and
opportunities to join a Big Brother/Big
Sister program," he added, explaining that
the foundation's vision was geared toward
making a larger, more long-term impact.
"And in the beginning, people didn't think
it could be as bold as it has been."
Specifically targeting students of limited
financial means, the scholarships, he pro-
posed, would make college affordable to
young people, thereby fulfilling the founda-
tion's mission of serving the underprivi-
leged. And focusing on college students in
the Appalachian region would please Mrs.
Bonner, a native of Eagen, Term. "We
started at Berea College," Meisel said.
"Then we said, let's look around the area.
We ended up including 1 1 colleges and
universities in that first round of proposals."
Maryville was among that first group
asked to participate. Meisel was vaguely
familiar with MC, having traveled to cam-
pus with Earl Rash, who led a February
Meetings in the mid 1980s. Other than its
location in Appalachia, the College fit two
other criteria: It demonstrated a commit-
ment to making a difference in its commu-
nity and region; and fiscally and curricularlv,
it operated from a point of strength.
From the beginning, the Bonner Schol-
ars Program has been dedicated to provid-
ing students access to education and an
opportunity to serve, but it has also been
interested in how it impacts campus cul-
tures and surrounding communities.
Over time, it has become a nationally
recognized service-scholarship model.
Giving students the tools and opportuni-
ties to learn servant-leader concepts and
providing support and resources to faculty
and Bonner coordinators to build the infra-
structure to create and sustain a "culture of
service," the Bonner Scholars Program was
designed to remind participating schools
(most of which were liberal arts colleges) of
their institutional missions and in doing so,
have a significant impact in the community.
"It is a goal of the Bonner Scholars
Program for [the college or university] to
be a telling presence in the community,
fully engaged in the community," Meisel
said. "We're not just sending forth an army
of volunteers, students are not just 'show-
ing up.' Instead, what we have is a
thoughtful strategy of service."
ASSESSING MC'S PROGRAM
Making his annual tour of the 27 Bonner
Scholar schools last fall, Meisel said he is
and has been pleased with the program at
Maryville. "It's a strong Bonner program
that we're proud of," he said. "In some
respects, the story of the Bonner Scholars
Program at Maryville College is the story
of the Bonner Scholars Program in general.
Sort of like a bellwether, we've asked 'How's
Maryville doing?' when considering how the
Bonner program is doing at other schools."
Although they are linked by common
requirements and a clear mission, Bonner
Scholars Programs vary from school to
BONNER MISSION STATEMENT
Through sustained partnerships with
colleges and congregations, the
Corella and Bertram F. Bonner
Foundation seeks to improve
the lives of individuals and
communities by helping meet
the basic needs of nutrition and
school and have their own kinds of suc-
cesses, Meisel said. Learning best practices
from the various Bonner schools, the foun-
dation is able to "raise the bar" in expecta-
tions and outcomes.
One area where MC is paving the way
for other Bonner Scholars Programs is in
international service, Meisel said. Groups
of MC Bonners have completed service
projects abroad, but individual Bonners
have traveled also to China, Thailand and
Ireland during the summer to volunteer
with non-profits and missions.
"In the area of international service,
Maryville College is providing real leader-
ship, making it work and not just be 'vol-
unteer tourism.' The students here have
arranged trips and service that make sense."
Another affirmation of the success of the
MC program can be seen in its leadership,
Meisel pointed out. Jennifer Cummings
West '95, a Bonner Scholar from that very
first class, came back to work with the Col-
lege's program in 1996 and stayed for nine
years. Her successor, Preston Fields '03,
also a Bonner alumnus, has coordinated it
Stories of Bonner alumni often make it
back to Sheldon House, the foundation's
headquarters in Princeton. From those sto-
ries, Meisel and other foundation officials
are assured that the program's goals are
being met. "We hear of several Bonners
who've made service a life commitment or
at least a significant part of their life," he
said. "Nothing is more affirming."
President Wayne Meisel,
right, discusses place-
ments, overseas service
opportunities and college
life with current Maryville
College Bonner Scholars
in the Center for Campus
Ministry last fall.
College selected for $4.5 million
In April, Maryville College President Dr. Gerald Gibson received word
that the Bonner Foundation Trustees had voted unanimously to invite
the College to participate in the Bonner Endowment. The agreement
comes with a $4.5 million grant to establish the Bonner Endowment to
annually support 60 Bonner Scholars.
In a letter to Gibson, Kenneth Kunzman, chair of the Bonner Foundation
Board of Trustees, wrote: "After Mrs. Bonner's death, the Foundation's trustees
decided to endow additional institutions that met certain programmatic and financial
standards in regards to the Bonner Scholars Program. They also established an endow-
ment process that schools would follow in order to receive such an endowment."
That process includes a requirement that the College match the Bonner Founda-
tion's grant with $2 million - a $1 million "completion grant" that will be added to
the foundation's $4.5 million to create the Bonner Scholar Endowment; and another
$1 million to establish the Bonner Operating Endowment, which will be used to sup-
port activities surrounding the Bonner Scholars Program.
The College has until Aug. 1, 2009 to raise the funds necessary for the match.
To date, more than 15 participating Bonner colleges and universities have been
selected for the endowment. The goal, according to Bonner Foundation President
Wayne Meisel, is to endow every institution with which the foundation has had a
long-term relationship. Meisel said his hope is that the endowments will strengthen
both the institutions and the scholarship programs, ensuring the programs' continu-
ance. The role of the Bonner Foundation in the day-to-day operations at the schools
will likely change, he explained, but exactly how has yet to be determined.
After receiving news of the trustees' vote, Gibson said he was excited about the
Bonner Scholars Program living on in perpetuity on the Maryville College campus.
"For 15 years, the Bonner Foundation, through its Bonner Scholars Program, has
supported Maryville College's mission by making a transformational education possi-
ble for numerous students who demonstrate a high financial need and a desire to
make a difference in the world," Gibson stated. "This grant will ensure meaningful
classroom and volunteer experiences for future students and also help us engage the
whole campus in service that will empower our communities to become healthy, just
and caring places to live and work.
"I am grateful to the Bonner Foundation administrators and trustees for their sup-
port of Maryville College over the past 15 years and for their foresight in securing the
Bonner Scholars Program's future through these endowments," the president contin-
ued. "I am also grateful to the College's faculty and staff members and current and
former Bonner Scholars who have dedicated their time, energy, enthusiasm and cre-
ativity to making the program here such a huge success. Without their hard work, I
feel certain that the Bonner Foundation would not be extending this very generous
opportunity to Maryville College."
For more information on the Bonner match, contact Jason McNeal, vice president
for development, at 865.981.8197 or email@example.com.
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BY PRESTON FIELDS '03 I DIRECTOR OF VOLUNTEER SERVICES
Bonners Plant Seeds for Service
THE FACT THAT the Volunteer Ser-
vices Office is in the Center for Campus
Ministry is no accident. Maryville College's
passion to serve the world is deeply rooted
in our Christian faith and Christ's chal-
lenge to love. In fact, the best way I can
describe what happens here at Maryville
College is through a story from the Gospel
of Mark. The story is of a man who asks
Jesus, "Teacher, what must I do to inherit
eternal life?" Jesus lists the commandments
and the man eagerly replies, "Teacher, all
of these I have observed from my youth."
Then something very interesting happens.
The Gospel says, "Jesus, looking at him,
loved him and said to him, 'You are lacking
in one thing, sell what you have and give
to the poor; then come follow me.' At that
the young man's face fell and he left, for he
had many possessions."
Unlike the young man, most of our stu-
dents have few possessions. For one thing,
many of them have to share a very small
space with a roommate. But, like the
young man, most of our students are eager
to do the right thing, ask the questions and
reach their professional and long-term
goals. Most of them come to Maryville
College with a strong family background.
They have followed the rules put down by
their family and faith community; indeed,
many of our students come to us with
already strong roots. However, Maryville
College, like Jesus in the story, both
affirms a student's background as good,
but then challenges him or her to go
beyond the obligation of laws and rules
and to choose a life of deeper service - to
do one more thing, to go an extra mile, to
step beyond one's comfort zone. The Bon-
ner Scholars program at Maryville College
plays an integral part in keeping that chal-
lenge in front of the campus community.
As Director of Volunteer Services and
coordinator of the Bonner Scholars Pro-
gram, I am privileged to see the many
extraordinarv wavs our students are stepping
up to the challenge. Beyond their classes,
labs, seminars and many hours studying, our
students volunteer more than 1,000 hours a
week in the community. In fact, Marysille
College was just honored by the Corpora-
tion for National Service and put on the
President's Honor Roll for community serv-
ice with a special citation for the campus'
response to the hurricanes that devastated
the Gulf Coast in 2005. In the end, though,
the hour logs and honors only partly express
the amazing commitment of our students to
serve their neighbor and follow Christ.
And the statistics and accolades cannot
truly tell the story of how Bonners are pas-
sionately planting the seeds for senice
throughout the campus community.
How many college-age students would
be willing to give up their much-deserved
relaxation during a Spring Break to build
walls, clear debris and roof houses? How
many would agree to the aches and pains
of a tangible
as money or
(Below) With the help of a special Katrina Relief Grant from
the Bonner Foundation, 13 MC students and Director of
Volunteer Services Preston Fields '03 teamed with Presby-
terian Disaster Assistance in Mississippi to help with hurri-
cane cleanup during Spring Break 2006. (Right) Bonner
Scholars cut up carrots in a Washington, D.C. soup kitchen.
count toward scholarship requirements?
In 2006, with the help of a special Katrina
Relief Grant from the Bonner Foundation,
I took 1 3 such students who said "I will"
(along with several Bonners) to hurricane
ravaged Pearlington, Miss.
Instead of a condo on the beach, these
students found themselves in a Presbyter-
ian Disaster Assistance Volunteer Village,
sleeping in tents that twice flooded in the
middle of the night, going days without a
shower and facing a world without indoor
restrooms. When the time was right to
cease working, they put down their ham-
mers and listened to the people they were
serving, comforted them and built rela-
tionships. One elderly man, looking at his
newly landscaped yard, and said, with tears
in his eyes, "It just looks like. . .well, like
someone cares." Many of these same stu-
dents returned to the Gulf Coast for
Spring Break 2007.
When I think of Bonners setting an
example of senice for the campus, I also
think of other trips that help remind all stu-
dents, faculty and staff that there are needs
across the country and around the world.
During the summer of 2006, the
Maryville College Bonner Scholar Junior
Class organized a trip to Peru to volunteer
with health clinics and construct a wall
around a village. Of the 15
students who went, three
were not Bonner Scholars
and subsequently did not
receive Bonner Foundation
* funds for trip expenses.
However, the group
In 2005, first-year Bonner
Scholars traveled to Ari-
zona and Mexico, where
they volunteered and got
an up-close look at the
issues of immigration and
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In 2006, 12 MC Bonner Scholars spent four
weeks volunteering with Impacto Cristiano
in Peru. Funded by the Bonner Foundation,
the trip was organized by Bonners Sarah
Hailey '07 and Christin Marshall '07.
worked hard to minimize costs and make
arrangements for anyone to go who had
the desire to serve. While it was certainly
the resources and leadership of the Bonner
Scholars that made this trip a reality, the
group went to Peru as a united team of
Maryville College students and committed
Perhaps no other organization has bene-
fited as strongly from MC's Bonner Schol-
ars and their leadership and recruitment of
their fellow students as much as Habitat
for Humanity. At almost anytime during
the week you can walk into the Habitat for
Humanity thrift store and find Bonners
and other MC Volunteers on the loading
dock receiving and sorting donations,
working the cash register, or setting up
store displays. Early on Saturday mornings
at the build- sites you are bound to find
Raekenya Walker, Bonner Scholar '09 and
President of the Maryville College Habitat
for Humanity Chapter, smiling from ear to
ear and encouraging all the other students
she has convinced to wake up much earlier
then they thought possible on a weekend.
Once a year it's even become a tradition to
see Maryville College students, like Bonner
Scholar Keith Edmonds '07, faculty, like
Dr. Gombert and Dr. Moss, and staff, like
Dean of Students Vandy Kemp, sleeping
outside in boxes in order to raise money
and awareness about issues of homelessness
Jesus asked the young man to do one
more thing. As a former Maryville College
student, I know that our students can
become overwhelmed, tired and frustrated
by the constant self-examination and action
that is asked of them. At the same time, I
think students know that we challenge
them out of love and out of necessity to be
true to our calling as an
institution based on the
challenge of Jesus Christ
to love our neighbors.
We challenge them to
make those critical con-
nections between what
they are learning in the
classroom and the world
Mother Teresa once
said, "I have found the
paradox, that if you love
until it hurts, there can be no more hurt,
only love." We hope this is something our
students will learn, but we also know that
this is a lesson best learned through direct
experience. We challenge them to go forth
and love their neighbors and eventually
have the courage to ask others to become
active in their community and to create
and cultivate a larger culture of service.
Several of our Bonner Scholars see that
"larger culture of service" in local alumni
and dedicated community partners who have
truly become co-educators with Mary\ille
College faculty and staff by organizing and
supervising Bonner service placements.
For example, Julia Wickstrand Pearce
'82 at the Good Samaritan Clinic in
Maryville continually helps our medical-
school bound students gain practical expe-
rience while at the same time teaching
them about issues surrounding America's
uninsured. And Kristi Kell Falco '01 at
Keep Blount Beautiful shows students
what it means to keep sening well after
their college career.
Terry Elmore, the director of special
operations at Maryville Housing Authority,
is not only dedicated to improving the lives
of those in need of housing, but has
become a friend and mentor to many of
the students, once even driving three hours
to pick up a Bonner whose car broke down
over Christmas break.
More than 150 years ago, MC founder
Isaac Anderson challenged his institution
and those around them to "do good on the
largest possible scale." That mission - that
culture - has continued to exist through-
out the decades, and I'm pleased to be a
part of a program that gives students the
desires and opportunities to do just that.
Meet Preston Fields '03
I Neither the Bonner Scholars program nor the Center for Campus
Ministry was unfamiliar territory to Preston Fields '03 when he
was selected to head the College's Volunteer Services Office in
Fields, who was a Bonner Scholar at the College from 1999
until his graduation, also held the position of intern for service
and mission in 2004-2005, in which he coordinated Micah 6, a
Bible study designed for children in the Blount County Juvenile
Detention Center, and led training and reflection for Bonner
Scholars and members of the Student Literacy Corps.
In addition to directly supervising 60 Bonner Scholars, Fields coordinates students
in their pursuits and interests in community service and promotes service-learning
opportunities for the entire campus community.
The 1999 graduate of Knoxville Catholic High School double-majored in interna-
tional studies and religion at the College and was one of five finalists selected for the
2003 Outstanding Senior Award.
As a student, he was involved in the Student Literacy Corps, the Young Democrats
and Student Government Association and founded the Maryville College Catholic
Community. As a Bonner, he interned with East Tennessee Catholic Charities and
mentored in TRACES foster care.
Today, Fields is active in worldwide peace and justice initiatives. He serves on the
board of directors for the Ulster Project, which brings Protestant and Catholic youth
from Northern Ireland to the United States in an effort to continue peace building in
Northern Ireland. He has spoken at several conferences throughout the Roman
Catholic Diocese of Knoxville.
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BONNERS IN GLOBAL SERVICE
Bridge Refugee Services; Peru, Mexico (group service trips);
Ghana, China, Thailand (individual service trips)
NAME: Megan Burgess HOMETOWN: Hixson, Tenn.
REGULAR BONNER PLACEMENT:
United Way of Blount County
"One of the most incredible things about
the [Peru] trip for me was getting to build
relationships with those around me. Those
who made an impact on me were filled with
love and laughter. These people challenged
me to become a better person and to
encourage those around me to think
more about making a positive
impact on the world and to really
love those around me."
BONNERS IN ADULT LITERACY
Adult Basic Education Center, Asbury Place, Blount County Justice Center
NAME: Aaron Triplett HOMETOWN: Knoxville, Tenn.
MAJOR: Political Science REGULAR BONNER PLACEMENT: Asbury Place
"When we cannot read, we are
cut off from the global community,
iteracy makes it difficult to know
what is going on beyond one's imme-
diate surroundings. It leads to frustra-
tion, which can carry over
to other aspects of life."
BONNERS IN HEALTHCARE
Cornerstone of Recovery, Good Samaritan Clinic,
Helen Ross McNabb Center, Peninsula Hospital,
Trinity Dental Clinic
NAME: S. Jason Barnes
HOMETOWN: Knoxville, Tenn. MAJOR: Psychology
REGULAR BONNER PLACEMENT: Peninsula Hospital
"Almost all of my time at Peninsula is spent with
the patients, and I have found that, in most cases,
they are just like anyone dealing with a hardship
and life's setbacks. I find happiness and pride
almost every day I go to Peninsula, whether it be
juggling to make someone laugh or helping
someone take a shower and eat a meal because
they are too impaired to function properly."
Rooted in service, Bonners reach out through placements
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BONNERS IN CHILDREN'S ADVOCACY & MENTORING
AYSO Soccer, Blount County Children's Advocacy Center, Boys & Girls Clubs,
Camp Wesley Woods, Fort Craig Elementary School, Maryville Middle School,
Martin Luther King Center, Maryville Housing Authority, William Blount Middle School
NAME: Joshua Gresham
HOMETOWN: Rome, Ga.
^k MAJOR: Mathematics
REGULAR BONNER PLACEMENT:
William Blount Middle School
"I hope to be able to give children a
special type of advice as a counselor -
the type of advice that is based on
understanding how difficult it can be to
have family problems and try to remain
focused on academics. Not only has the
Bonner program given me direction in my
future career, but more importantly, it has
given me direction in my life."
BONNERS IN ADVOCACY FOR THE HUNGRY &HOMELESS
Blount County Habitat for Humanity & ReStore,
Knox Area Rescue Ministries, Salvation Army
NAME: RaeKenya Walker
HOMETOWN: Chattanooga, Tenn.
MAJOR: Child Development and Learning for
REGULAR BONNER PLACEMENT: Habitat for Humanity
"Despite all the theories that people have about
why people are homeless, the fact of the matter
is that affordable housing is the real issue .
Mostly due to my Bonner affiliation, I am currently
president of the College's chapter of Habitat for
Humanity. I feel by being a force behind an
organization that deals with these issues
head on, I can influence others and do
something to fix the obvious problem."
BONNER SCHOLARS AT MARYVILLE COLLEGE
typically choose to volunteer in one of five service areas: adult literacy, children's
advocacy and mentoring, healthcare, hunger and homelessness, global issues. Above,
FOCUS introduces five "spokespeople" for the main areas served by current Bonners. The quotes
printed as a part of their profiles have been extracted from longer essays that are now posted online.
Go to maryvillecollege .edu to discover how these Bonners chose their placements, what kind of
assistance they provide at various non-profits and community organizations and how the Bonner
Scholars Program is inspiring them to grow in ways they never before imagined.
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As of 2006, Maryville College has graduated approximately 150 Bonner Scholars. Many of these alumni have gone on to
earn advanced degrees in fields such as law, medicine, theology and business. Many have assumed leadership positions in
organizations dedicated to community building, education and social justice. Many have found their calling through
meaningful Bonner placements. Nearly all continue to volunteer. To serve. To give back.
Regardless of where they are and what they're doing today, the vast majority of Bonner alumni agree that the Bonner
Scholar Program transformed their lives and is helping them change the world through service.
MC's first Bonner director
remembers 'marvelous ride'
I had not even started at
MC, was not even on the
payroll yet - I had literally
just unloaded the U-Haul! -
when a strange character
named Dave Powell packed
me into his miniature pick-
up truck and set forth over
the mountains to a North
Carolina gathering of the
first 1 1 Bonner schools. Sev-
eral days and many long
conversations later, Dave returned to teaching in the
English department, the first Maryville College Bon-
ner Scholars arrived on campus, and we were off on
an adventure of self-discovery and encounter with
people whose stories differed from our own, an
exploration of new ways of serving and being served.
As part of that first orientation we rafted the Nantahala,
and then explored multiple alternatives on the bus ride
home (we were lost!), finally returning to campus several
hours late to the immense relief of college administrators
who were pacing the parking lot.
Many of the dynamics of these early weeks typified
the unfolding genius of the Bonner Scholars program:
enthusiastically leaping forth and trusting that whatever
preparation would be enough, learning as we were
being swept along by powerful institutional, commu-
nity and personal currents, finding ourselves in unex-
pected places that demanded that we act without being
reactive, and recognizing and celebrating common
cause with strangers who invited us into their lives.
As each class graduated, we remembered not only
those who had touched our lives and whose lives we
had touched, but also those whose lives we would be
influencing because of how the program had formed
us - which strikes me now as the heart of Maryville
College's purpose: "...to build and strengthen the
human community." It was a marvelous ride!
— The Rev. Stephen Nickle
Chaplain, Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas
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GREER DISTRIBUTING SUPPLIES IN A
Greer reaches out in Thailand
I think of Maryville College all the time as
I am working in other communities doing
volunteer work. While living and working
in Kuwait for three years, I helped to ini-
tiate a program called "Week Without
Walls" at the American School of Kuwait.
This is an experiential learning and com-
munity service program that students par-
ticipate in for about a week to nine days.
To take students into \-illages to see life
with a new perspective and to help others
literally changes them forever, and it
enriches my life even more.
For three years I took middle school
students to Thailand for our Week Without Walls program. Each year we
trekked to a Hmong hill tribe village to distribute school supplies, to a
Palong hill tribe village to deliver school supplies and sports equipment and
to a Karen hill tribe village to repair the flooring of an all girls' school.
Along the way we would plant coconut and jack fruit trees and clean up the
landscape and beaches. On a special occasion, a local group of orphaned
girls performed traditional Thai dances to thank our school for giving them
much needed equipment for their facility. This was such a genuine reminder
that people are people all over the world and if we reach out to each other,
as cliche as it sounds, it really does make the world a better place.
Tiffany Rudicil Greer '97
HS English Teacher, American Community School of Amman (Jordan)
Placement reinforced vocational
choice for McCord
The Bonner program gave me several opportunities that I
would not have otherwise had by giving me experience. All
of my Bonner placements helped me build my resume with
elementary education. Since my placements were mainly
with elementary schools, this helped to reinforce my vocational choice of
working with young students.
I appreciate the experience the Bonner program gave me to want to con-
tinue service work in my community. I am currently in Junior Sendee
League of Maryville, and we have to volunteer 40 hours a year. That's noth-
ing compared to all the hours I volunteered as a Bonner Scholar!
Nichole Johnson McCord '02
Elementary School Teacher, Blount County
Younger 'addicted to helping others'
In my first summer as a Bonner Scholar, I tbund myself in another
country, working with a team of volunteers from all across the
world. Few of us spoke the same language and, for me, it was a
quick course in understanding and embracing other cultures.
Despite our differences, we organized a summer camp for the underprhileged chil-
dren in a rural Welsh town.
I actually didn't realize how transformative the experience was at the time.
Looking back, I realize that I have spent virtually every summer returning to those
international volunteer camps because of those early trips. The Bonner Scholars
Program made an investment by helping me reach out to people so far away, and
I'm grateful for the formative experiences the program provided. I believe the pro-
gram's goal was to get me addicted to helping others, and I am certain it worked.
— Jarred Younger '98
Postdoctoral Scholar, Stanford University School of Medicine
Martinez continues with B&G clubs
I am one of those fortunate people who love my job. I find it challenging and fulfilling
on an intellectual and emotional level, and I am surrounded by competent people and
wonderful club members. None of this would have happened if it weren't for the
Bonner Scholars Program. I started volunteering at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Blount
County as part of my Bonner service requirement. My first day was chaotic, scan,-,
messy - and tons of fun. I was immediately hooked. I continued volunteering at the
club, working there during the summer throughout my time at Maryville College.
After graduation (and when the budget allowed), I was hired on full-time at the
club. Eventually, I decided to move to Denver to get my degree in linguistics. When I
moved, I was hired part time at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver (BGCMD).
I decided that I loved it at BGCMD and wanted to pursue my master's degree in non-
profit management instead of linguistics so that I could further my career with the
clubs. Today, I have advanced within the organization and truly believe in its mission.
None of this would have been possible without my
experience in the Bonner Program.
Erin Martinez '02
Human Resource Manager, Boys & Girls
Clubs of Metro Denver
ERIN, JEREMY & DAUGHTER
Bonner alumnus seeks work
that benefits others
As a Bonner Scholar, I adopted a criterion for my
work: I needed a job that made life better for other
people. I have the ability, as all people do, to give my
time, effort, knowledge and enthusiasm to improving
other people's lives.
Graduating in 2003, 1 have been the athletic direc-
tor for the William E. Cope Branch of the Boys & Girls
Clubs of Metro Denver. I worked with inner-city, economically deprived youth at
that job. I then moved to the Denver Inner-City Parish, where I designed and ran
Project ReNew Youth. As the project coordinator, I worked with at-risk and adjudi-
cated youth. Helping the young person return to school, graduate, find employ-
ment and learn life skills was the focus there. Today, I am the youth suicide
prevention coordinator at Colorado's Office of Suicide Prevention. I manage a fed-
eral grant to train adults who work with at-risk youth, helping those adults see
warning signs, intervene and prevent suicide. My jobs have changed since graduat-
ing a Bonner Scholar, but my underlying need to help remains.
J e remy Martinez '03
Prevention Coordinator, Office of Suicide Prevention, state of Colorado
When I became
of Maryville College in the summer of
2001, 1 was pleased to learn that "min-
istry" at the College is denned bv a deep
connection between faith and sendee. The
Center for Campus Ministry, where we
lead the College's programs of spiritual life
and volunteer service, makes that connec-
tion visible, and the Bonner program is an
incredible catalyst for the energy and tbcus
of the whole campus toward service.
As director of the Bonner Program as
well as the campus minister, I am con-
stantly grateful for this integration of the
Bonner scholars with the CCM. Many of
our students have developed their passion
for service out of a deep faith commitment,
following Jesus' teachings to care for the
poor and those in need. Others do not use
overtly religious language, but for them,
serving is a way of expressing their deep
compassion for others and sense of connec-
tion to the world. For students who are
struggling with just what they believe, as
many do in college, the steady rhythm of
serving others through the Bonner pro-
gram provides a kind of continuity and
grounding, as they slowly find words to
express their sense of life's purpose.
As campus minister, I get to watch it all
with a sense of wonder and amazement,
knowing that the daily practices of our lives
- caring for strangers, reaching beyond the
borders of our comfort, developing rela-
tionships across lines of difference - are
where authentic spirituality takes root and
grows. Lives are transformed, both the
lives of people whom the Bonners serve,
and also the Bonners themselves, as their
own hearts are shaped and expanded by
—The Rev. Anne D. McKee
Campus Minister and Maryville College
Bonner Scholars Program Director
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EDITOR'S NOTE: The College
received information printed
below between May 1 and
Nov. 30, 2006. Class notes
received after Nov. 30 should
appear in the next issue of
Alumni News & Notes.
'29 MEMORIAM: Louise Palmer
Worobrow, Oct. 14, in Wellsburg,
W.Va. Born in Brilliant, Ohio, she
earned a master's degree from
Ohio State University after MC
and taught school for many years.
She was the oldest member of the
First Presbyterian Church of Wells-
burg, a member of the Wellsburg
Shakespeare Club, the Daughters
of the American Revolution and
the Wellsburg Civic League. Sur-
vivors include sons Leigh Woro-
brow and David Worobrow '66
'32 MEMORIAMS: Ruth
McCampbell Blades, Sept. 8, in
Maryville. After graduation from
the College, she served in the
Women's Army Corps and taught
school in Blount and Knox coun-
ties. After retirement, she taught
at Everett Adult Learning Center.
She was a member of the Moun-
tain View Methodist Church. Sur-
vivors include one sister and
several nieces and nephews.
Laleah Ball Logan, July 22, in
Arlington Heights, III. She and her
husband were activists in the Civil
Rights movement in Henderson,
Ky, when schools were being inte-
grated. She sponsored refugees
from Hungary and Vietnam and
became a member of the Ken-
tucky League of Women Voters
and the Commission on Human
Rights in Lexington. She received
the Brotherhood Award from the
National Conference of Christians
and Jews. When she moved to
Arlington Heights in the late
1980s, she became a volunteer at
the Meadows Community Center
and a Sunday School teacher. Sur-
vivors include four children, eight
grandchildren and six great-grand-
'33 MEMORIAM: Amelia "Mimi"
Dickens Glass, Aug. 30, in Pitman,
N.J. After graduating from the Col-
lege, she received her master's
degree form Glassboro State Col-
lege. A teacher and later a learning
disability consultant for Gloucester
County (N.J.), Glass was a member
of the First Baptist Church of Pit-
man, National Audubon Society,
Gloucester County Nature Club and
the Wise Man's Club. Survivors
include one daughter, one daugh-
ter-in-law, three sisters, six grandchil-
dren and four great-grandchildren.
COLLEGE MOURNS DEATH OF FORMER PROFESSORS, BOARD MEMBER
E. CLINT ASH, assistant professor of physics at
Maryville College from 1955 until 1959, passed
away Aug. 14.
Ash, a Navy veteran, was a native of Mobile, Ala.
After attending the University of Washington and
graduating with a master's degree in physics, he
taught for two years at Tarkio College in Missouri
before moving to Marvville. Relocating to Florida to pursue a
position with General Electric, he operated a very early electron
microscope and was a problem-solver for many departments until
his retirement in 1982.
Post-retirement, Ash worked as a volunteer at Morton Plant
Hospital up until his death, logging a total of 8,500 volunteer
hours. He was named the hospital's "Man of the Year" for 2006.
Survivors include wife Lois, one son, three daughters and seven
MARY GLADYS BROWN PIEPER '36, sociology
professor at Maryville College from 1946 until 1955,
passed away Sept. 30, 2006. She was 90 years old.
Following her graduation from MC, she worked
for a law firm, studied for the bar and earned her
license to practice law in Tennessee in 1939. She
also earned a master's degree in sociology from the
University of Tennessee. In 1940, Mary Gladys married
Archibald Pieper '36. In 1955, the couple moved to New York
City, where she earned a master's degree in library science from
Columbia University and went to work in the New York Public
Library system. From 1956 until her retirement in 1980, she held
positions of increasing responsibility with the library.
Retiring to Maryville, Mary Gladys became involved in the
American Association of University Women, Maryville College
Library Archives, Third Friday Book Club and Presbyterian
Women at New Providence Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include one sister, Mary Emma Brown, one sister-
and brother in-law, Alice Pieper Carter and George Carter; and
three nephews and their families: Edwin J. Best, Jr. '68 and wife
Caroline Munn Best '72; Lynn W. Brown '73 and wife Joellen;
and Sutton Brown and wife Beverly.
Memorial gifts may be given to the Annual Fund Scholarships
at Maryville College.
JOHN MAGELL '39, member of the MC Board
of Directors from 1959 until 1980 and song leader
for several February Meetings, died Sept. 25, 2006.
He was 93 years old.
Following MC, Magill went on to McCormick
Theological Seminary, where he earned a B-Div
degree in 1942. Monmouth College awarded him
an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree in 1953.
As a Presbyterian minister, he led several congregations in Illi-
nois, Ohio and Florida, and served as an associate pastor for a
Lutheran Church in Pennsylvania.
In 2003, he and wife Louise Wells Magill '41 moved to
Sedona, Ariz., where they became members of the Church of the
Red Rocks and he was named "dean" of more than a dozen retired
pastors in the congregation.
He is buried in the Maryville College Cemetery next to his
wife. Survivors include daughter Carol McDougald, son David W.
Magill and their families; and sister Eleanor Jane Hickey.
Memorial gifts may be given to the MC Choir Scholarships at
FOCUS | SUMMER 2 00 7
Members of the closely knit Class of 1952
have created and are maintaining a blog,
thanks to the creativity and persistence of
Janice Marion Stotier '52 and her
tech-sawy daughter. If you're a member of
this class and would like to get in on the fun,
e-mail Janice at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New postings go up weekly.
'36 Leola Halsey Lightowler
celebrated her 91st birthday in
May with her daughter, two grand-
daughters and four great-grand-
children. In August, she went on a
cruise to Alaska.
3/ Mark Andrews turned 92 on
Oct. 4. He recently wrote to the
College that he is "still eating,
driving, preaching and praying!"
'38 MEMORIAM: Howard
Sams, June 19, in Asheville, N.C.
An OSHA inspector, he retired
from the North Carolina Depart-
ment of Labor in 1981 after 30
years of employment. He also
taught math in the Buncombe
County School System and was an
elder at First Presbyterian Church
of Weaverville (N.C.) Survivors
include four children, brother Ned
Sams '41 and their families.
40 Geneva Davis writes that her
husband, Charles Davis, is 90
years old, slowing down, but
"happiest when talking about
Maryville College." They live in
MEMORIAM: Minerva Burn
Miller, Sept. 20, in Dover, Del. She
graduated from the University of
Delaware in 1941 and worked as a
social worker at the Delaware Old
Age Pension Bureau. After moving
to Dover, N.J., she worked as a
public librarian and was active in
the First Memorial Presbyterian
Church and Morris View extended
care facility. After retirement, she
and her husband moved to
Slaughter Beach, Del., where she
served on town council and as the
town's building inspector. She
served as a deacon for the First
Presbyterian Church of Milford,
Del., and was an active volunteer
at Casa San Francisco. Survivors
include husband Hugh; five sons,
two daughters and their families,
including Karl Miller '67; one
brother; and one sister.
'42 Charlotte Colby Anderson,
a retired teacher, now teaches art
history at Eckerd Senior College in
St. Petersburg, Fla., and has writ-
ten, You Can Tell a Book By Its
MEMORIAM: Roberta Hope
Guthmann, July 16, in Laguna
Hills, Calif. A retired registered
nurse, Guthmann worked as head
nurse at Johns Hopkins Hospital
and Presbyterian Hospital in
Chicago. Survivors include hus-
band Marvin, two sons and sister
Winifred Hope Smith '43
'43 MEMORIAM: Natalie Yelton
Morton, Aug. 7. She earned a
master's degree from New York
State University-Buffalo and
worked as a counselor for SUNY-
Buffalo/The Jewish Vocation Ser-
vices. Survivors include one son.
'44 MEMORIAMS: Margaret
Gessert Johnson, Aug. 29, in
Sacramento, Calif. She retired from
the City of Oakland Personnel
Department in 1987. Survivors
include two daughters, one son,
their spouses and children, one
brother and two sisters, including
Dorothy Gessert Lambert '42 and
L. Lisette Gessert Pemberton '45
Oliver Spears, Sept. 1 1 , in
Maryville. He served in the Army Air
Corps during WWII and returned to
Blount County become a joint
owner of Spears Furniture. Survivors
include wife Barbara, three sons,
one daughter and their children.
'46 MEMORIAM: Ruth Ander-
son Bacon, Aug. 31, in Naugatuck,
Conn. She lived in Woodbury,
Conn., for 45 years before moving
to Naugatuck. She was the organ-
ist for her church where she mas-
tered the new "exotic" pipe
organ. Survivors include husband
Henry, five sons, four daughters-in-
law, one daughter, one son-in-law,
brother Lloyd Anderson '48, sis-
ter Evelyn H. Anderson Wood
'49, 13 grandchildren and two
'48 After his return from WWII as
a U.S. Naval Aviator, Harold Rus-
sell was the first veteran to enroll
at Maryville College in Nov. 1945.
'49 MEMORIAM: Mary Laurell
Reneau, Oct. 1, in Ormond Beach,
Fla. Survivors include husband Vic-
tor, two daughters, one son, two
grandsons and cousin John
Moore '44, who notified the Col-
lege of her death.
'50 MEMORIAMS: Richard
Hamilton, Feb. 24, in Charlotte,
N.C. Born in Maryville, he earned
degrees from Catawba College and
the University of Tennessee. He
coached baseball, football and track
and taught physical education, sci-
ence and industrial arts in Lakeland,
Fla., for 22 years and in Union
County (N.C.) and Rockwell High
School (N.C.) before retiring. Sur-
vivors include wife Lloyd, three sons
and their families and one brother.
51 Xen K. Motsinger and wife
Phyllis took a trip to Hawaii last
November to celebrate their 50th
wedding anniversary and his 80th
53 Peggy-Ann Kessler Duke
has been busy with two one-per-
son shows in Maryland, jurying into
the Sumi-e Society National Show
in Bloomington, Minn., and several
others in Maryland and Virginia.
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58 Opal Miller Chapman wrote
the College about the loss of her
son Stephen, who passed away
Oct. 17 due to kidney failure. He
was the second of her four children.
'60 MEMORIAM: Opal Sherrill
McNeal, July 23, in Clearlake
Oaks, Calif. Survivors include hus-
band Clarence, one daughter and
61 Thomas Scott, Jr. was
appointed to Board of Profes-
sional Responsibility for the State
of Tennessee and was listed in
"Best Lawyers in America" in the
field of Plaintiff's Personal Injury
and Business Litigation.
62 After 40 years as pastor in
four Presbyterian churches, Blair
Moffett retired from First Presby-
terian Church of Stamford, Conn.
Chuck Moffett accepted the posi-
tion of Pastor for Equipping Min-
istries at the Venice Presbyterian
Church in Venice, Fla., on Oct. 10.
MEMORIAM: Barbara Jayne,
Aug. 12, in Kilmarnock, Va. She
was a retired cartographer for the
63 Meredith "Merelee" Knott
lives in Redmond, Wash., and has co-
authored a book, entitled The Corn-
Free Cookbook and Survival Guide,
published by Cumberland House.
'64 Emily Blessing Sayers and
husband Joseph are enjoying
retirement by running their own
Dorothy Barber Bushing '42 was awarded The
Wheel of Delta Omicron," at the recent Delta Omicron
International Music Fraternity Triennial
Conference held at Illinois Wesleyan
University in Bloomington, III. Delta Omicron's
highest honor, the Wheel recognizes
Bushing's 30 years of service to the organiza-
tion. Initiated into the Alpha Zeta Chapter of
Delta Omicron at Maryville College in 1974,
Bushing has served as chapter advisor and
chapter mother, as well as province president
for East Tennessee chapters and as national
music editor. In the latter position, she developed the 50-page
Conference Songbook from its mimeographed manuscript to a
professional music format, then to computerized copy.
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FROM MAY 1 - NOV. 30, 2006
bed and breakfast, Spring Grove
Farm, in Appomattox, Va. She
writes, "we would love to see any
alumni who live nearby."
6/ Joan Jenkins Thatcher, hus-
band Dale and daughter Sarah
moved to Paris, Tenn., in November.
68 Gary Phillips was named
"Man of the Year" in Georgia high
school wrestling by the Georgia
Wrestling Coaches Association
and the Atlanta Takedown Associa-
tion. Carol A. Vandegriff Andrews
is now retired after many years as
the clinical director of a substance
abuse clinic for the US Army.
70 Kirk Copeland has retired
from Phillips Consumer Electron-
ics. He and wife Kathleen Smith
'69 now reside in Greeneville,
Tenn. Robert Durant was elected
a Fellow of the National Academy
of Public Administration, which is
an independent, non-partisan
organization chartered by Con-
gress to assist federal, state and
local governments in improving
their effectiveness. Mary Evans
Sheddan and husband David have
served as missionaries in South-
east Asia with the International
Mission Board for 15 years.
71 G. Douglas Cox is transition-
ing from 25 years of full time orga-
nizational development consulting
to clinical work, writing and a little
farming. He and wife Elizabeth
plan to move from Maryville to
Chilhowee Mountain this year. In
January 2006, they were docents
on an MC-sponsored trip to Africa
with professors Chad Berry and
Mardi Craig and 26 students.
72 Kenneth R. Murr retired
after 30 years of service at Clem-
son University Libraries. Mary
McLeod Williams and her family
relocated to Indiana from Pennsyl-
vania after nearly 30 years. She
manages her franchise business
remotely from her home that is
closer to her daughter at Purdue
University and to friends from MC,
including Karen Piatt White '74.
The home of Nathalia Wright '33, located at 723 Court
Street, was recently opened as the College's guesthouse.
Wright, who passed away in 2004,
worked with local attorney Duncan Craw-
ford to bequeath the home and property
to the College following her death.
Last fall, the College renovated "the
Wright House," creating three separate
guest suites and common areas in a kitchen and library. Many
of the rooms have themes that pay homage to its previous
owner, who was a Herman Melville scholar and distinguished
professor at the University of Tennessee from 1949 until 1982.
The Rt. Reverend Ken Newell, former moderator of the
Presbyterian Church in Ireland and the 2007 February Meet-
ings speaker, and his wife were the first guests of the
house. To read more about the Wright House and see inte-
rior photos, visit maryvillecollege.edu.
73 Douglas G. Chase cele-
brated the 30th anniversary of his
ordination Sept. 30 at Brick Pres-
byterian Church in Asbury Park,
N.J. He is a member of the Pres-
bytery of Monmouth, is the Synod
of the Northeast Commissioner,
and has served on the Committee
of Ministry and the Presbytery
Council. Lynn Brown has been
elected to serve as the chairman
of the board of directors of the
Johnson City Symphony Orchestra
and was re-elected to serve a third
term as Criminal Court Judge for
the First Judicial District of Ten-
Three generations glad to call MC "home" during Homecoming
Classes aren't the only groups to gather for
special reunions at Homecoming, as one
three-generation Maryville College family
Bill Varker '51, his daughter Genie
Varker Martin '79 and granddaughter
April Martin '08 enjoyed time together
on the campus Oct. 12-15. Bill also cele-
brated his 55th class reunion but conceded
during an interview prior to the weekend's
festivities that he was looking forward
to spending time with family as much
as he was reminiscing with old friends.
The retired minister now lives in
Wrightsville Beach, N.C., so trips to the
MC campus are few and far between.
Genie is pastor of the First Presbyterian
Church of Burlington, N.C., and serves
on the College's Board of Church Visi-
tors. April is a rising senior. "I've said
for a long time, some time while April is
here, let's all get together," Genie said.
Touring the campus, the two
alumni shared many stories - and
admitted to many pranks - with the
Bill, a psychology major, recalled
one particular "chapel prank" that
involved stuffing the piano hammers with
paper so that no sound was emitted when
the pianist struck the keys. Genie, who
earned her degree with an individualized
music/sociology major, re-created the
prank nearly 30 years later as an April
Fool's Day joke.
"I feel like I carried on that tradition,"
she said. "I wouldn't have known to do that
if it hadn't been for [my father's] stories."
April Martin '08, left, enjoys a moment outside
the Fine Arts Center with grandfather Bill Varker
'51 and mother Genie Varker Martin '79.
Seeing how well the school is progressing
academically and fiscally and how beautiful
the grounds and buildings are makes Bill
and Genie thrilled for April's undergraduate
experience - and, perhaps, a little envious.
"I'd love to go through Maryville
again," Bill said.
April, the youngest of the Varker family,
and a music education major, toured sev-
eral campuses before deciding on her
mother's and grandfather's alma mater.
April said she felt comfortable and wel-
comed on the campus and with the faculty
members in the Fine Arts Center. She
received the Dean's Scholarship and other
music scholarships after enrolling in 2004.
Following in the footsteps of her mother,
April is a member of the Maryville College
Concert Choir. In addition to singing with
the group, the two share the connection of
holding leadership positions within the choir.
Genie was treasurer of the choir under leg-
endary director Harry Harter; April is choir
assistant under director Stacey Wilner.
And just as Genie did, April has a huge
fan in Bill Varker when she takes the stage
to sing such beloved anthems as "Cri-
mond" and "the Lutkin Benediction."
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nessee. She is an adjunct faculty
member in the criminal justice
department at East Tennessee
State University. In June, Michael
Montgomery published his 13th
book, From Ulster to America: The
Scotch-Irish Heritage of American
English. Jeanette Weaver Whit-
ley and husband Duane write their
son Brandon is now a computer
science graduate student at Geor-
gia Tech, and son Nathan is a sci-
ence teacher in Puyallup.
75 Marie-Bernarde Miller is the
Attorney Director at Gill Elrod
Ragon Owen and Sherman, PA in
Little Rock, Ark.
76 Vanessa Pettigrew Bryan
was elected to an eight-year term
as District Public Defender of Ten-
nessee's 21st Judicial District in
August. The previous 16 years, she
worked as an assistant public
77 Carolyn Phibbs Cox reports
that business is "thriving" at The
Dancer's Shoppe, her retail
dancewear store in Knoxville. She
recently retired as a church pianist,
having served at several churches
in the last 30 years. Deborah
Welch Douglas is working as the
public relations marketing director
for the Uplands Retirement Village
in Pleasant Hill, Tenn. Edward
Loper is the pastor of Marshall
Presbyterian Church in Marshall,
N.C., after having served churches
in upstate N.Y. for the last 25
years Pamela Patton Osborne
retired as principal of Chestatee
Middle School in Gainesville, Ga.,
after 30 years in education. She
and husband Daniel '76 will soon
celebrate their 31st wedding
80 Anthony N. Fox has been
selected for inclusion in the "Best
Lawyers in America" and is the
managing partner of Scott, Sulli-
van, Streetman, and Fox. He and
wife Sandra Son '80 continue to
live in Birmingham, Ala.
'81 Bill "Dewey" Doyle and
wife Kathy recently celebrated
their 22nd wedding anniversary. He
is currently active in the music min-
istry with Indian Rocks Baptist
Church and has been an Allstate
agent for 17 years in Largo, Fla.
The Fall 2006 issue of Alumni
News & Notes honored the
50th anniversary of the PC
(USA)'s ordination of women
as Ministers of Word and
Sacrament. Included was a list
of MC alumnae so ordained
and a call for additional
names that our records might
have missed. The names of
Katherine N. Culpepper '81
and Elizabeth Pankey-War-
ren '82, should have
appeared; however, Margaret
Wilkinson Muir's '57 name
was incorrectly included.
Ben Stabley recorded the latest
CD for Brian Neal, a contemporary
Christian recording artist, last
October and toured with Neal dur-
ing November and December in
Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana.
Bill Clarke was promoted from
Vice President of Products and
Development to President of Thor-
oughbred Software International,
Inc., a company he has been
involved with for 25 years. He and
wife Sharon reside in Hamilton
Square, N.J. with their two sons.
82 Mary "Betsy" McCroskey
Cagle and husband Curtis cele-
brated their 23rd wedding
anniversary last November.
Daughter Jessie is attending
Roane State Community College
in Oak Ridge, while son Tyler is a
junior at Heritage High School.
'84 After 20 years out of the
classroom, Lisa Vandivort went
back to school to become a certi-
fied professional medical coder
(CPC). She writes, "Never thought
I'd make it through anatomy/phys-
iology... but I did! You can teach
an old dog new tricks!"
85 Mark Street is pursuing an
M-Div degree at Emmanuel
School of Religion in Johnson City,
Tenn. He has been a pastor for
Milligan Free Will Baptist Church
for four years Patrick Moyer
accepted the position of President
for Brumlow Home in Calhoun,
Ga., and will celebrate 22 years of
marriage in 2007.
'89 BIRTH: Laura Brock Lynch
and husband Geoff, a son, Levi
William, May 15.
'91 BIRTH: Mark Smelser and
wife Tiffany, a daughter, Nevan
Grace, Jan. 10.
'92 In 2003, David Fletcher
began Ergonomically Correct, Inc.,
a physical therapy, personal training
and wellness business, along with a
personal photography business.
BIRTHS: Roger Howdyshell and
wife Lori, a daughter, Megan Lynn,
July 6. Melissa R. Pankake and
husband Thomas Wooton, a son,
Chance Ethan, March 2.
93 Ted Belflower is teaching
science at Bleckley County High
School in Cochran, Ga., and is also
the assistant football coach and
head boys' track coach. Kelin
Mark and wife Glenda recently
started their own web develop-
ment and consulting company in
Indianapolis, Ind. In January, Sarah
Sawyer's first book about tattoos
and piercings was released by
BIRTHS: Kelin Mark and wife
Glenda, a son, Kelin Mark Jr., April
17. Paula Eaker Priddy and hus-
band Jim, a son, Jared Nathaniel,
Oct. 10. Lanai Ballard Slater and
husband Eric, a son, Nicholas
Joseph, Aug. 1. Emily St. Clair
Wolfenbarger and husband Tony,
a son, Joshua Stephen, Aug. 23.
94 Vance Grant, wife Robyn
and their two children live in Fort
Mill, S.C., where he is currently an
operations manager for Duracell.
95 Amy Lee Baggett, husband
Kip, and daughter Elisi recently
moved to Bangkok, Thailand for
Kip's work with the Center for Dis-
ease Control and Prevention.
97 Jennifer Stables Stewart is
now a full-time stay at home mom
with her two boys. Heather Everett
Tipton works at Exit Integrity Real
Estate Office. Her husband Chad
'00 opened the office in September.
MARRIAGE: Jennifer Buck to
Billy Wallace, March 22.
BIRTH: Jennifer Stables Stewart
and husband Brooks, a son, Con-
nor Edward, Nov. 27, 2005.
98 Daniel Bechman now works
for the Dollar General Corporation
in Goodlettsville, Tenn., as project
manager in the supply chain area.
Kenny Cobble currently teaches
English at Red Bank High School
in Hixson, Tenn., and is also the
defensive coordinator for the Red
Bank Lions. Meghan Casey Cob-
ble is now staying home with son
Eli after seven years of teaching. In
October, David Franklin joined
the Blount Memorial's active med-
ical staff as a podiatrist. Christy
Johnson Mowery and husband
Scott reside in Lenoir City, Tenn.,
where she is now an English
teacher for Lenoir City Schools.
BIRTHS: Kara Buechele Alexan-
der and husband Michael, a
daughter, Khloe Renee, July 20.
Aaron Damrill and wife Megan, a
son, Brody Andrew, Sept. 14.
Katherine Bravard '05 departed for Niger on
Jan. 9 to become an afro-forestry extension agent Peace
Corps Volunteer. Bravard's work will include
assisting the Natural Resource Management -
Project in rural community development and
environmental education. Her efforts will work
toward decreasing the pressure placed on
soil, forest and wildlife resources in Niger.
In a press release distributed by the Peace
Corps, Bravard was quoted: "I decided to W t
become a Peace Corps Volunteer because at r j
this point in my life I don't have any perma-
nent obligations and therefore have the ^^^a
energy and time to devote two years to doing somet
believe is worthwhile. I like the idea of spending my time in a
way that will positively affect people."
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FROM MAY 1 - NOV. 30, 2006
Alumna creates military 'wall of honor'
Dara DiGiacomo Case '98, a music teacher at
Greenbelt Elementary in
Greenbelt, Md., set up her
second annua! "Wall of
Honor" last October.
Inspired by the dedica-
d sacrifices of U.S.
members, the wall
ide of paper bricks
listing 1 15 names of staff members' and pupils' family mem-
bers who have served in the armed services in wars, ranging
from World War II to the Iraq War.
The wall, located just outside the school's main office, was
immediately visible to everyone entering the school during
the month of October. "The display is powerful and is in a
prominent location of the school. You can't miss it," Case said
in a story that ran in The Gazette. "As long as I'm teaching, I
will create this display because it's that important to me."
(Case's cousin was deployed to Iraq in October 2005 and
returned last November.)
99 Joy Bailey Hutson accepted
a position as a Credit Risk Analyst
with John Deere Credit in John-
ston, Iowa. She and husband
Travis '00 moved to the Des
Moines area on Oct. 23. Heather
Devilbiss Lawson is now married
and works at the Tennessee School
for the Deaf in Knoxville. Melissa
Warlick is a special education
teaching assistant at Willow Brook
Elementary School in Oak Ridge,
Tenn. Lori Stinnett West joined
the science department as an
assistant professor of biology at
Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn.
BIRTHS: Celeste Willocks Bryant
and husband Andy, a son, Jacob
Phillip, May 24. Michael Clark and
wife Michele, a son, Brandon
Michael, May 26. Jennifer
Windrow Forehand and husband
Michael, a son, Zachary Blake, Feb.
1 , 2005 Kristen Arwood Toth and
husband Martin, a daughter,
Madaline Grace, Aug. 23.
00 Meredith Hansel completed
her master's degree in public
administration from University of
Tennessee-Knoxville and now
works for Hands on Nashville, pro-
viding disaster preparedness/man-
agement, volunteer recruitment
and training Dara Williams Hitson
is currently working for Helen Ross
McNabb as a therapeutic foster
care specialist in the TRACES pro-
gram. She and husband Jason '99
recently purchased a home in
South Knoxville. Matthew Jones
and wife Bridget write that their
son Turner, born Feb. 16, 2005, fin-
ished the last of three major heart
surgeries on July 13, 2006 and is
now in perfect health. Melanie
Shepherd recently finished her
master's in education and is now
working as the career counselor
for Loudon and Greenback High
Schools. Chad Tipton and brother
Chase '06 opened Exit Integrity
Real Estate in Sevierville in Sep-
BIRTHS: Cherie Olivier Beasley
and husband Zachary '02, a son,
Rowan William, July 17. Andrew
Hoover and wife Phoebe, a son,
John Charles, May 2. Allison
Watts Mays and husband Bruce,
a daughter, Kyndal Danielle, Oct.
17 Pennie Schraer Wiseman and
husband Jeremy, twin boys,
Mason Carter and Hunter Christo-
pher, Aug. 8. Jessica Violet
Young and husband Cliff, a
daughter, Lily Reagan, May 21 .
MARRIAGES: Pennie Schraer to
Jeremy Wiseman, June 12.
'01 MARRIAGE: C. Jonathan Sit-
zlar to Amanda Whitley, Sept. 3.
02 Zachary Beasley was pro-
moted to assistant vice president
and branch manager of the Turkey
Creek Wal-Mart in-store office of
East Tennessee's SunTrust Bank.
Shannon Whitworth Jenkins grad-
uated from the University of Mon-
tevallo with a master's in marriage
and family counseling on Aug. 1 1 .
David Ruble is working on his mas-
ter's degree in environmental stud-
ies at Antioch University-New
England. Rachel Bowman gradu-
ated from University of Tennessee
College of Medicine in May and
received her master's degree. She
is now doing residency in family
medicine at University of North
MARRIAGES: BreAnn Daniel to
Justin Kidd, '04, June 24. David
Ruble to Catherine Rosario, July 29.
BIRTHS: Mark Demi and wife
Rachel Gossage '04, a son, Eli
Jackson, May 23. Shannon Whit-
worth Jenkins and husband Bill, a
daughter, Anna Katherine, Oct. 10.
03 Bethany Brown was recently
hired as a contract management
administrator for TeamHealth in
Knoxville and is working in the com-
pany's health care financial services
division. Tiffany Sasser is working
at William Blount Middle School as
the choir/music director. Derrick
Stowell is the new youth activities
coordinator for the Amputee Coali-
tion of America. Leslie Talbott
Tummel was awarded a doctorate's
degree of physical therapy from
Belmont University School of Phys-
ical Therapy in August. Catherine
Webb is a laboratory specialist at
MARRIAGES: Amanda Baker to
Samuel Gillooly, Oct. 28. Robert
Taylor to Katherine Headrick, Oct. 21.
BIRTHS: Blake Dotson and wife
Sara Kirk '03, a son, Kirk Bennett,
04 Frank Twum-Barimah is now
the residence education coordina-
tor at Armstrong Atlantic State
University in Savannah, Ga. Adam
Billings recently moved to Birm-
ingham, Ala., where he is working
as senior credit manager for Wells
Fargo Financial. Matt Feathers
was recently promoted from trade
marketing representative to area
training representative based out
of the New York metro region.
Rachel Hankinson is a teacher at
Loudon Elementary School, a rep-
resentative for the school to the
Loudon County Educational Foun-
dation, working at the Teacher
Workshop in Loudon County and
teaching homebound students.
She recently bought a new home
in Sweetwater. Bethany Horvath is
now working at Fillauer Compa-
nies, Inc., in the marketing depart-
ment. Kathryn Smith recently
became event manager for the
City of Gatlinburg's Convention
Center. Michael Werner II is sell-
ing real estate in East Tennessee.
Stephanie Westner is a first grade
teacher at Dutch Valley Elemen-
tary School in Anderson County.
Karly Wilkinson is now working at
Community Action Committee
(CAC) as a youth case manager.
Jonathan Young is a teacher and
head football coach at Heritage
Middle School in Maryville.
05 Hollie Bivens is now studying
for her master's of science in citi-
zenship and democracy at the Uni-
versity of Southampton in
Southampton, England. Stephanie
Cole is a countrywide ELL teacher
with Hamblen County Schools
(Tenn.) and serves nine different
schools. Matthew Frease is the
youth director at Westminster Pres-
byterian Church in Knoxville. Blair
King, a teacher and coach at
Norview High School in Norfolk,
Va., is attending Tennessee Tech
for his master's degree in exercise
science. Adam Mabe is in medical
school at the University of Ten-
Wogomon is working at St. Jude
Hospital for her field placement.
MARRIAGES: Mary Hester to
David Miller, July 15. David Rasnake
to Meghan Large '06, July 22.
06 Miranda Stutzman and hus-
band Charles live in Seymour,
Tenn., where she is currently
employed at 21st Mortgage Cor-
MARRIAGES: Miranda Gadd to
Charles Stutzman, July 1 . John
"Jed" West to Kacie Everett '08,
sept. 30. na
28 FOCUS SUMMER 2007
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WHO DESERVES AN ALUMNI AWARD?
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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.)
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SOCIETY OF 1819
AYERS MAKING THE BEST BETTER'
THROUGH ESTATE PLANNING
ALICE BLACKBURN AYERS '57 retired from her work as a 4-H
extension agent nearly 15 years ago, but she continues to live by the organiza-
tion's motto: "Make the Best Better." That's evident in her relationship with
Maryville College and in her estate planning.
Along with a history of generous and consistent giving to her alma mater, she has a
history of capitalizing on the benefits of charitable giving provided by the Internal
Revenue Service. Ten years ago, Ayers became a charter member of the Society of
1819 when she established a charitable gift annuity in celebration of her 40th anniver-
sary of her graduation and in memory of her mother, Alice Stinecipher Blackburn '28
When asked about her motivation to make a gift to the College in the form of a gift
annuity, the alumna explained: "Avery long line of Blackburns graduated from Maryville College.
This felt like a very good way to honor them while extending support to students of the future."
In addition to supporting MC, Ayers' charitable gift annuity benefits her by providing an income
stream for herself and husband David for the rest of their lives. She also received a substantial tax
deduction when she made the gift.
To celebrate her 50th reunion in 2007, Ayers is taking advantage of recent, but temporary, tax
changes that allow for a gift to Maryville College through her IRA. The Pension Protection Act of
2006 allows IRA owners aged 70 Yi or older to make gifts of up to S100,000 direcdy to a qualified
charity in 2007. In addition, this donation will satisfy all or part of the IRA
owner's required minimum distribution for the year.
"I understood that I could make this gift from my IRA widiout
any negative tax consequences," Ayers said of her decision to
give through her IRA. "I really felt like it was something I
could do to extend my normal giving for my 50th reunion
without having an impact on my retirement."
If you're interested in learning how to make Maryville College
better while enhancing your own retirement plans, contact
Diana Canacaris '02 in the Office of Planned Giving at
865.981.8198. The law allowing for IRAgifts of this type expires
on December 31, 2007.
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Circle October 26-28 on your calendar and
make plans now to come "Home to Howee!"
On the schedule are several much-loved events like the
Coach Boydson Baird Golf Classic, Harvest Crafts Fair and
Bake Sale and Homecoming parade, as well as chances to
cheer on the Scots in seven sports! Special reunion get-
togethers are being planned for classes that end in a 7' or '2.'
The annual Wall of Fame luncheon, held on Friday, will honor
2007 inductees Lewis A. "Junior" Masingo '64, Steve Savage
'78, Richard Suttle '81, Dena Godsey Barr '94 and Joe Black
(special induction for athletic training).
At the Alumni Banquet, George Carpenter '53 and James
McCall '57 will receive the Alumni Citation; Kristine Tallent '96
will be presented the Kin Takahashi Award for Young
Alumni of Maryville College.
A complete schedule will be in your mailboxes soon.
For more information about Homecoming 2007, call
the Office of Alumni Relations at 865.981.8200.
502 East Lamar Alexander Parkway
Maryville, Tennessee 37804-5907
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