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.MER 2007 



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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 


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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 
grounds department, 
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 
2006/index.asp and click on the "Celebrating Our Icon" link. Alumni 
memories are posted in the " I Remember" section. 

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Maryville College 

is an undergraduate, 
liberal arts, residential 
community of faith and 
learning rooted in the 
Presbyterian/ Reformed 
tradition serving 
students of all ages 
and backgrounds. 

Maryville College 

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 

spectrum of 
service placements pursued - 
and populations served - by 
current Bonner Scholars. 

5 "Our Window of Opportunity" 
campaign unveiled 

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 
New Logos 

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 


"[Bonner Scholars] 

demonstrate every 

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 




Dr. Gerald W. Gibson 


Mark E. Cate 

Vice President for 

Advancement and Finance 

Karyn Adams 

Director of Communications 

Karen Beaty Eldridge '94 

Director of News and 

Public Information 


Mary Workman 
Publications Manager 


Ken Tuck '54 

Roanoke, Virginia 


G. Donald Hickman 70 

Knoxville, Tennessee 


Sylvia Smith Talmage '62 

Oak Ridge, Tennessee 

Vice President 

Erin Palmer '99 
Nashville, Tennessee 
Recording Secretary 

Judy M. Penry 73 

Knoxville, Tennessee 

Past President 

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 

c mp 

s news 


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. 


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,, 
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. 



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) 


Three presented alumni awards 
during Oct. 14 banquet 

Maryville College hon- 
ored three alumnae dur- 
ing the National 
Alumni Association's 
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 


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. 



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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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 


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 
Anderson Hall 
Maryville Fund 

GOAL $47.3 Million 

$6 Million 

$20 Million 

$10 Million 

PROGRESS $34,900,000 

TO DATE $1,160,000 




$83.3 Million 

■ The construction of 
the Civic Arts Center 
(CAC), a $47-million 
partnership facility with 
the cities of Maryville 
and Alcoa; 

■ 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- 
tion divisions; 

* 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 
resources, department 
budgets, academic 
programs and athletics. 
The College hopes to 
raise $10 million for the 
Annual Fund during 
the campaign. 

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FERREN draws lessons from MC's Wiley Rutledge in 
commencement address 

(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- 
ment address. 


To read Ferren's complete address to the Class of 

2007 and to see more photos from Commencement 

Weekend, visit 

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. 



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." 

Simpson named 
'Outstanding Teacher' 
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 
academic year. 

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 

/Great Souths 

\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." 


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. 




Director Randy 

Lambert '76 


presents the 

2007 J.D. Davis 

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Award to stu- 


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Adam Rosen 

'07 and Angie 

Castle '07. 

Visit for the 2006-2007 Athletic 
■ Honor Roll, which includes win-loss records, season 
, I successes and individual and team awards. 














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 




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 
pitching performances. 

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. 


Hew Faculty 


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. 



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." 


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. 


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. 


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. 


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 

lutionary Ameri 


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. 



New Faculty 

Faculty N ews 

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. 

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. 


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\' 


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 
pieces repre- 
sented a variety 
of mediums. 
Gombert's 30- 
by-22 inch 
"Kings and 
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 
Montessori Internationale. 

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 
Memphis community. 

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. 



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." 


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 

Appalachian history. 


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. 







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. 

•in iiii 



Bonner beginnings 

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 
in Tennessee. 

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 

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, 



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. 


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 
degree from 
Maryville College 

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- 
byterian Church. 

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 



Helping students, 
helping communities: 

An interview with 

Wayne Meisel 

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- 
tive change. 

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So when the Bonners approached 
Meisel about overseeing their voting 
foundation that would focus on 
hunger and education, he listened. 

And envisioned. 


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." 


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 


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 
educational opportunity. 

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 
since 2005. 

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." 

Bonner Foundation 
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 
Bonner endowment 

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 




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 manual 
labor without 
the promise 
of a tangible 
reward such 
as money or 
hours to 

(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 
border communities. 

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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 
global citizens. 

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 
and housing. 

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 
around them. 

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 
August 2005. 

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. 




Bridge Refugee Services; Peru, Mexico (group service trips); 
Ghana, China, Thailand (individual service trips) 

NAME: Megan Burgess HOMETOWN: Hixson, Tenn. 

MAJOR: Writing/Communication 

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." 


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." 



Cornerstone of Recovery, Good Samaritan Clinic, 
Helen Ross McNabb Center, Peninsula Hospital, 

Trinity Dental Clinic 

NAME: S. Jason Barnes 
HOMETOWN: Knoxville, Tenn. MAJOR: Psychology 

"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." 

New Growth 

Rooted in service, Bonners reach out through placements 


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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 


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." 



Blount County Habitat for Humanity & ReStore, 

Knox Area Rescue Ministries, Salvation Army 

NAME: RaeKenya Walker 

HOMETOWN: Chattanooga, Tenn. 

MAJOR: Child Development and Learning for 

Teacher Licensure 
"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." 




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. 



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. 

Lives Transformed 

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: " 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 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 


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 
campus minister 
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 work. 

—The Rev. Anne D. McKee 

Campus Minister and Maryville College 

Bonner Scholars Program Director 



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. 


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 

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 
Maryville College. 


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 
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 
Austin, Texas. 

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 
great grandchildren. 

'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. 


FROM MAY 1 - NOV. 30, 2006 

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 
one son-in-law. 

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 
U.S. government. 

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 


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 
recently proved. 

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 
current student. 

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." 



FROM MAY 1 - NOV. 30, 2006 

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 
Rosen Publishers. 

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." 




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.) 
school re 

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 
Carolina-Chapel Hill. 
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 
Virginia Tech. 

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, 
Aug. 10. 

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- 
nessee-Memphis. Marriah 
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, 

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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