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Campus Facilities 


Dates to remember 
for 2004 


February Meetings 


Student Academic 
Awards Ceremony 

MAY 16 

Baccalaureate & 

JUNE 14-18 

Alumni College & 
Kin Takahashi Week 




Family Weekend 


Admissions Open House 

OCTOBER 15-17 

Homecoming & 
Reunion Weekend 


Admissions Open House 


Orchestra Holiday Concert 

& Christmas Open House 

(Willard House) 

DURING THE ALUMNI BANQUET held Oct. 25, the Maryville College Alumni Asso- 
ciation (MCAA) ratified a slate of 1 1 alumni for service on the MCAA's Executive Board. 

Previously, the Executive Board numbered a possible 20, but last year, bylaws were 
changed to expand the Board to a possible 29 members. 

"As our alumni body has grown substantially in the last several years, we believed 
more people were needed on the Executive Board to better represent our 8,000+ gradu- 
ates," said Helen Bruner, director of alumni and parent relations. "I'm excited about this 
change to the bylaws. It enables graduates to take greater ownership of alumni program- 
ming and have an even stronger voice in the life of the College." 

Judy Penry '73 serves as the MCAA president through May. Ken Tuck '54 will 
begin his presidency at the September meeting. Rebeccah Kinnamon Neff '62 is vice 
president, and recording secretary is Carol Callaway Lane '92. 

For more information on the MCAA, contact Bruner at 865.981.8202 or 



Atchley followed her MC education with 
an MBA degree from Bristol University. 
She is currently a vice president with First 
National Bank in Lenoir City, Tenn. Atch- 
ley and husband Jim reside in Knoxville. 


Bailey continued her education at the Uni- 
versity of Tennessee, ultimately earning a 
master's degree in nursing. She works as an 
associate nurse executive at Blount Memor- 
ial Hospital in Maryville. 


After completing his MC studies, Russell 
earned a master's degree in journalism 
from the University of South Carolina. He 
is the president of Paraclete Partners in 
Concord, Tenn., and is married to Carol 
Abel Russell '72. 



Blaine is a budget analyst with the U.S. 
Department of Energy in Oak Ridge, 
Tenn. She is married to Alec Blaine '89. 


Hickman is currently employed as assistant 
inspector general for investigations with the 
Tennessee Valley Authority. He and wife 
Janet reside in Knoxville. 


Jones continued her education at the Uni- 
versity of Tennessee, where she earned a 
master's degree. She is retired from a posi- 
tion as a computer specialist with Martin 
Marietta Energy System's Y-12 Plant in 
Oak Ridge, Tenn. 


McCord is an assistant vice president and 
branch manager with SunTrust Bank in 
Maryville. He is married to Nichole 
Johnson McCord '02. 


Osborne currently works as a vice president 
of Regions Financial Corporation in 
Gainesville, Ga. He is married to Pamela 
Patton Osborne '77. 


Stewart and wife Jeanna Beck Stewart '99 

live in Hershey, Pa., where they are both 
houseparents at the Milton Hershey School. 


Following her graduation from MC, Tallent 
earned a master's degree from Carnegie 
Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa. She is 
a senior managing consultant with Public 
Finance Management in Atlanta, Ga. 


Taylor is a vice president in sales with 
Trucklube 1 , Inc. He and wife Carol reside 
in Longwood, Fla. 


Blueprints and building designs are nothing new to 
Maryville College. In our archival photo files, we came 
across this photo of what appears to be two people hold- 
ing architectural plans for a facility on campus. 

Written on the back of the photo are the names of 
then-president Ralph W. Lloyd and then-dean of 
women Frances Massey. "This is the place where the 
P.E. Building is now" is also written on the photo's 
reverse, but we're unsure of this description. 

Alumni, we'd like to ask you: When and where 
was this photograph taken? What was the reason 
behind this gathering of administrators and 
students? What are the architectural plans of? 
Can you identify the females in the background? 

If you know the answers to any of the 
above questions, write us! 

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Maryville College 

is an undergraduate, 
liberal arts, residential 
community of faith and 
learning rooted in the 
Prcsbyteria n/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. 


A window in Maryville College's 
oldest building, Anderson Hall, 
provides expansive views of a 
campus positioned to undergo 
more physical transformations in 
the coming years. 

4 College Celebrates Record Enrollment 

1,052 students registered for the fall 2003 semester, setting a record for enrollment. 
Totaling 293 students, the Class of 2007 is the second-largest freshman class in the history 
of the College. It's also the best-prepared. 

7 MC Explores Service-Learning 
Opportunities in Ghana 

A Maryville College staff member travels from "Graceland to 
Ghana" and discovers how MC students can make a difference 
in the African country. 

8 Homecoming 2003 

A fun-filled, busy and memorable Homecoming included the 
dedication of the Ralph Waldo & Margaret Bell Lloyd Residence 
Hall and the presentation of the Maryville College Medallion to 
Dr. Joseph Copeland. 



12 Framing the Future: A 21st-century Plan for 
^ ■■ ^ Campus Facilities & Environs 

While the MC Window of Opportunity strategic plan verbally 
paints a picture of what the College should be by the year 2007, 
% a recently approved Master Plan visually paints a picture of 
what the College might look like in time for its bicentennial 
I birthday, and it asks Maryville College constituents to 
* imagine the possibilities. 

Message from the President 
Campus News 
Faculty News 
Class Notes 


Greetings from the Marwille College campus! 

AT MARYVILLE COLLEGE we believe in plan- 
ning. Longtime readers of FOCUS will recall the role 
that the MC2000 Plan played in the progress of the 
College from 1994 through 2000. This was a period 
of enrollment and endowment growth, campus 
renewal, curricular innovation, technological transfor- 
mation, strengthened ties with the church and external 
recognition. Now, with the MC Window of Opportu- 
nity Plan, we are laying out an optimistic pathway into 
the future. New goals inspire and excite us, as we build 
a new plan with the theme "going on to greatness." 

There's a distinct difference in the feel of things 
between 1994 and 2004. MC2000 was our first insti- 
Uur campus has tunona i attempt to create a true strategic plan. Truth 
confidence in planning. . . be told, not everyone on campus in 1994 took it seri- 

T -„„ , , ouslv. The Vision '94 period had seen some increase in 

In 2004, when we say ,, , . „ . 

enrollment, but there were no more full-time students 
that Maryville is taking on campus than there had been 20 years before. Cam- 

advantage of its window of P us buildin g s > exce Pt for the newly renovated Carnegie 

Hall, were in considerable disrepair. 

opportunity and going on A decade ^ our campus has confidence in plan . 

to greatness, few doubt it. ning. The historically high enrollment, the new and 

refurbished buildings and the beautiful campus land- 
scaping have made believers of just about everyone. In 2004, when we say that 
Maryville is taking advantage of its window of opportunity and going on to great- 
ness, few doubt it. 

There's something about a campus master plan that encourages confidence. The 
master plan that was created in 1995-1996 was an important element of the MC2000 
strategic plan, an architectural rendering of the campus as we envisioned it back then. 
It stood on an easel in my office, and was the focus of many conversations and plan- 
ning sessions. As the years passed, we checked off the projects as they were completed: 
the building of Beeson Village, the restoration of the Center for Campus Ministry, the 
construction of a new physical plant building, die creation of a new student center 
from Bardett Hall, new and redesigned parking lots and drives. 

A new campus master plan now stands in one corner of my conference room, 
providing fresh inspiration and excitement about the future. (You can view the plan 
on pages 12-13 of this magazine.) This Window of Opportunity version of the mas- 
ter plan proposes the renovation of historic Anderson Hall, restoration of Alexander 
House, construction of a fine and performing arts center, addition of a new behav- 
ioral science building, renovation of Thaw Hall, a pavilion for College picnics and 
many other campus improvements. Much work lies ahead as we begin our efforts to 
translate this campus master plan into reality, but we take on that challenge confi- 
dent that the whole Window of Opportunity Plan will indeed take Marwille to a 


Dr. Gerald W. Gibson 


Mark E. Cate 

Vice President for 

Advancement and Admissions 

Karyn Adams 
Director of Communications 

Karen Beaty Eldridge '94 

Director of News and 

Public Information 


Mary Workman 
Publications Manager 


Judy M. Penry 73 

Knoxville, Tennessee 


Rebeccah Kinnamon Neff '62 

Raleigh, North Carolina 

Vice President 

Carol Callaway-Lane '92 
Nashville, Tennessee 
Recording Secretary 

Ken Tuck '54 
Roanoke, Virginia 
President Elect 

CLASS OF 2004 

Rick Carl 77 

Christopher Lilley '87 

Sylvia Smith Talmage '62 

John C. Tanner '93 
John Charles Trotter '95 

new level of greatness. 



Beverly Fox Atchley '82 
Sharon Pusey Bailey '69 

Carl Lindsay, Jr. '50 

Sara Mason Miller '66 

Kathleen Mayurnik Nenninger 73 

David Russell 72 

Aundra Ware Spencer '89 

Kenneth D. Tuck '54 

CLASS OF 2006 

Tammy Renee Taylor Blaine '89 

G. Donald Hickman 70 

Patricia Jones '55 

Adriel McCord '00 

Danny Osborne 76 

Ryan Stewart '99 

Kristine Tallent '96 

Lee Taylor 77 



s news 

MC selected for national project 
that will establish the standard 
for first-year experiences 


ARYVILLE COLLEGE has been named one of 12 
''Founding Institutions" selected to participate in a 
national project known as the "Foundations of Excellence in the First College Year." 

The project, jointly sponsored by the Policy Center on the First Year of College 
and the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), will develop a model of excellence 
for the first college year. This model can be used by small, private colleges to 
develop and refine their overall approach to educating new students. 

As a CIC member institution, Maryville College was asked to participate in the 
first phase of the project in February of 2003. Headed by Dr. Peggy Cowan, 
chairperson of the College's core curriculum, a task force of six faculty members 
and two staff members responded to and helped identify the "Dimensions of 
Excellence" that constitute a model first year. Of the 94 institutions that partici- 
pated in Phase I throughout the winter and spring, Maryville College and 1 1 
other colleges were selected through a competitive application process to con- 
tinue on to Phase II of the project with the Policy Center and its research partner, 
the Center for the Study of Higher Education at Pennsylvania State University. 

Criteria for selection included a strong campus commitment to the first year 
and readiness to engage in evaluation and improvement. In addition to being the 
only institution in Tennessee selected for the project, Maryville College is also the 
only strictly undergraduate school (offering only a bachelor's degree) represented. 

Over the next 15 months, the 12 institutions will further refine and pilot use of 
the Dimensions. Specifically, colleges will measure their effectiveness in recruiting, 
admitting, housing, orienting, supporting, ad\ising and teaching new students. 
They will then be able to make programmatic improvements that will increase stu- 
dent learning, success and persistence to graduation. 

For more information, visit 



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For the ninth time in 10 years, Maryville College made the list. 

Maryville was ranked in three categories for the U.S. News & 
World Report's 2004 guidebook and in the Sept. 1 issue of the 
magazine. MC was ranked No. 3 in the "Best Comprehensive 
Colleges - Bachelor's" category for southern colleges and uni- 
versities. It was the only Tennessee institution listed in the cate- 
gory's top 10. Berea College of Kentucky ranked first. 

Maryville College was named a "Best Value" among its peers 
(ranked No. 8), and also was included in a listing of like schools in the South 
with the highest graduation rates (ranked No. 7). 

The College's first appearance in U.S. News & World Report's top-10 list 
occurred in 1994, when the College debuted at No. 7 for the 1995 guidebook. 
Since then, MC has appeared in the list that ranks best colleges and universities, 
but also has been included in categories that recognize best value and commit- 
ment to undergraduate teaching. 

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Morgan draws crowd; 

authors for 2004 





Robert Morgan, award- 
winning poet and best-sell- 
ing author, kicked off the 
Appalachian Lecture Series 
on Sept. 9, with readings 
from his collection of poetry 
and his newest novel Brave 
Enemies (Algonquin 2003). 

Approximately 225 people 
gathered in the Fine 
Arts Center Music Hall 
to hear the acclaimed 
author talk about his 
life, writings and career 
in a presentation enti- 
ded "The Voice of the 
Story." Following the 
lecture, Morgan held a 
book signing in the 
Fine Arts Center. 

Morgan, who cur- 
rently teaches English 
at Cornell University, 
spent the day at 
Maryville College, 

touring the campus and meeting with 
Maryville College professors and students. 

As dinner guests of Dr. Chad Berry, associ- 
ate professor of history, Morgan and students 
enrolled in Berry's Appalachian History and 
Literature class discussed writing and Mor- 
gan's 1995 novel The Truest Pleasure, which 
students recently read in the class. 

With participation more than double that of 
last year, the 2003 lecture series was the best 
attended in the program's 16-year existence. 

Authors who have committed to participate 
in the 2004 Appalachian Lecture Series 
include Ron Rash, Dorie Sanders and Kather- 
ine Landis. A fourth audior is expected to be 
added to the lineup. Check the College's 
website in late summer for details. 

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WITH 1,052 students enrolled this fall, the College set a 
new record for enrollment. And with 1,025 students taking 
at least 12 credit hours this fall, 2003 commemorates the first time 
the College has cracked the 1,000-mark for full-time enrollment. 

And vet another record has been broken: that of new-student 
numbers. Totaling numbers of freshmen, transfers and others, 410 
new undergraduates are on campus. 

"It is always a 
pleasure to announce 
record-high enroll- 
ment, but above and 
beyond the satisfac- 
tion of making good 
progress toward a 
long-term, institu- 
tional goal for enroll- 
ment, we're excited 
about these numbers 
because having 1,052 
students in our classrooms means that 1,052 young men and 
women are being taught the skills and given the opportunities to be 
successful and to make a difference in the world," said Maryville 
College President Dr. Gerald W. Gibson. 

The previous record for enrollment was 1 ,026, achieved during 
the fall of 2001. Last year's total headcount was 1,020. The MC 
Window of Opportunity, a strategic plan guiding the College 
through 2007, calls for a total enrollment of approximately 1,200 
students by the year 2007. 

Academically, Maryville's Class of 2007 is the best prepared of 
any previous class. Average ACT score for entering freshmen is 

24.3, and the average 
GPA is 3.56. 

Totaling 293 stu- 
dents, the group is the 
second-largest freshman 
class in the College's his- 
tory. Twenty states and 
seven foreign countries 
are represented. The 
freshmen come from 
1 50 different secondary 
schools, and while most 
are undecided about a major, several have indicated interest in sci- 
ence, business, math and engineering and the humanities. 

Unlike recent years, freshman males outnumber freshman 
females, but only by a slight margin - 13. 

MACCO undergoes name change 

After many months of discussion and debate last spring, the 
15-member MACCO Advisory Board recommended chang- 
ing the name of the Maryville- Alcoa College-Community 
Orchestra to "The Orchestra at Maryville College: A College 
and Communitv Ensemble." 

"There were several reasons for the name change," explained 
i Genevieve Michael, general man- 

y'—fo ager of the Orchestra. "We dis- 

I • 1 The "1 cussed it at length, and in the end, 

\ / T*C_l1_6 ST 1*3, ever y° ne decided that the new 

M„_ •11„0„11 name was a better reflection of 
aiyville Lollege , r . , , 
J O what we do and who we are. 

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While the previous five -word 
name accurately described the organization, Michael said it 
was too long to voice, forcing most people to shorten it to its 
acronym, "MACCO." And die acronym, she argued, didn't 
offer many clues to newcomers about the mission, composi- 
tion or location of the organization. 

Now, she's hoping that when people shorten the new 
name, the result will simplv be "the Orchestra." 

With a new title, Michael said she, conductor Lee Kull, the 
Advisory Board and the 5 5 -member orchestra are hoping 
that a broader audience will be reached, raising the awareness 
and visibility of the orchestra. 

The Orchestra also hopes to attract new Board members and 
generate added interest in the civic arts center that might be 
constructed on campus in the near future, the general manager 
added. For more information, call Michael at 865.273.8871 
or e-mail her at 

Science and religion forum brings 
experts to campus 

THIS FALL, the Community Conversations Series at Maryville Col- 
lege invited students, faculty, staff and community members to explore 
"Perspectives on Science and Religion." Organized by the College's 
Community Conversations Committee, the series of four lectures 
brought experts from across the nation to campus, including Pulitzer- 
Prize winner and noted historian Dr. Edward J. Larson. 

Larson, who received national attention as the author of Summer for 
the Gods, was on campus Oct. 16 to discuss "America's Continuing 
Debate Over Science and Religion." 

Dr. Neil Greenberg, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at 
the University of Tennessee, opened the Community Conversations 
Series with a presentation entitled "Science and Religion: Sibling 
Rivalry and Reconciliation." 

Dr. Noreen Herzfeld, professor of computer science at St. John's Uni- 
versity and author of In Our Image: Artificial Intelligence and the 
Human Spirit, was on hand to discuss the issues that arise "When The- 
ology and Technology Meet," and Dr. Trinh Xuan Thuan, professor of 
astronomy at the University of Virginia, brought the series to a close 
with his presentation, "Science and Buddhism: Gentle Bridges." 

According to Community Conversations Committee Co-Chair and 
Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Crystal Wright, the series was 
designed to encourage community members to think about their own 
views on current political and social issues and develop informed per- 
sonal stances on these topics. 

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Volleyball team wraps 
up historic season 

THE 2003 Maryville College Lady Scots 
Volleyball team completed the most 
successful season in the program's history. 
Maryville's record of 34-7 broke estab- 
lished records of most wins in a season 
and fewest losses in a season. 

The Lady Scots earned a third 
consecutive trip to the NCAA 
national tournament in San 
Antonio, Texas. Although 
Maryville lost in the first 
round to East Texas Baptist 
University (25-30, 28-30, 
26-30), the Lady Scots had 
a great deal to celebrate 
in 2003. 

(Top) Kandis Schram is rec- 
I ognized for her 400th win. 

(Below) Jenna Jones goes 
| up for the ball at the net 

while Sarah Arlinghaus 

readies for the next return. 

An undefeated regular season within the 
Great South Athletic Conference and a 
GSAC Conference tournament title were 
only a few of the team's accolades this sea- 
son. Five MC student-athletes were named 
conference players of the week. Senior 
Jenna Jones was named GSAC Player of 
the Year for the second consecutive season. 
Head Coach Kandis Schram '85 took home 
conference Coach of the Year honors and 
celebrated her 400th win during the season. 

Five Lady Scots earned All-Conference 
awards for their accomplishments. Jones, 
Karen Tobias, Jennifer Francescon, Sarah 
Arlinghaus and Kate Poeppelman have all 
been honored for their prowess on the court. 

Arlinghaus finished her career with more 
than 3,200 assists as the Lady Scots setter. 
Jones ended her career with over 1,500 kills 
and 1,800 digs. 

Other individual accolades include Tobias, 
MC's junior libera. For the second consec- 
utive year, Tobias led the nation in digs 
and digs per contest. This season she 
recorded over 1,100 digs and averaged 
over 8.7 digs per contest. 

(L-R) Andrey Khomenko, 
Ben Peacock, Sara 
O'Neal and Meg Gra- 
ham work to solve a 
programming problem. 

MC's Computer Programming Team enjoying 
strong first year 

YOU KIND OF have to know 
something about computer 
programming to really appreci- 
ate the T-shirts that Maryville 
College Assistant Professor of 
Computer Science Dr. Barbara 
Plaut ordered for her computer 
programming team this fall. 

On the front of the T-shirts is the 

team name, "MC++ Computer Geeks," chosen because it 
includes Maryville College's acronym and the programming lan- 
guage (C++) that students use in competition. On the back are 
each member's numbers - combinations of binaries only - reflect 
ing the and 1 code that computers use. 

Students on the team say they don't really mind the inevitable 

"computer geek" label. They wear it - and the shirts - proudly into competition. And as 

well they should. In its first year of existence, the team has made a strong showing already 

Competing at the 17th Annual Southeastern Consortium for Computer Sciences in 
Small Colleges Conference at Georgia Perimeter College in Dunwoody, Ga., in Novem- 
ber, the College's team placed eighth among 30 other college groups and was highest- 
finishing rookie team at the competition. This March, students will travel to Mercer 
University in Macon, Ga., for more competition. 

The team is made up entirely of computer science/business or computer science/math- 
ematics majors at the College. They came together in January 2003, after Plaut 
approached some of her best students and asked them if they would be interested in 
competing in the fall. "I knew the practices and competitions would sharpen their [pro- 
gramming] skills, and they have gotten better at this," Plaut said. "I can tell." 

Meg Graham, Andrey Khomenko, Michael Andy King, Daniel Ledford, Jessica Minihan, 
Stevie Neifert, Sara O'Neal and Ben Peacock - five seniors, one junior and two sopho- 
mores - make up the College's team. 

N AMFD recenn V announced the appointment of Leigh Sterling as 


interim vice president and treasurer of Maryville College. 

Sterling, who previously served the College as director of 
information technology, will continue to provide direct supervision of that area. As 
interim vice president and treasurer, she will be responsible for one of five adminis- 
trative divisions, which includes the business office, human resources, telephone 
services, campus bookstore, mail services, information technology and the entire 
physical plant operations. "I appreciate Leigh's willingness to serve in this new 
capacity and have confidence that her leadership will prove to be of great value to 
the College and its mission," Gibson said. 

Sterling joined the College staff in 2001. Previously, she had been employed 
with BankFirst as senior vice president. She has a bachelor's degree from Bowling 
Green State University and a master's degree in organizational communication and 
management from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. 


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Freshmen Travis Copen and Emily Edwards are 
the newest recipients of Maryville College's Isaac 
Anderson Fellowship for Church Leadership. 

Copen, a member of First Presbyterian in Murfreesboro and gradu- 
ate of Riverdale High School, is interested in becoming a youth minis- 
ter. Edwards, also a member of First Presbyterian in Murfreesboro, 
graduated from Oakland High School. Her future plans include attend- 
ing seminary and eventually teaching theology on the collegiate level. 

The Isaac Anderson Fellowship is part of the College's Initiative 
on Vocation, funded by a $2 million Lilly Endowment Inc. grant and 
named for the College's founder, who started Maryville College in 
1819 as a response to the lack of church leaders in the area. 

The fellowship awards recipients SI 7,000 for tuition annually and is 
one of die College's premier scholar-ships. Recipients of the fellowship 
must demonstrate an interest in and promise for church leadership, and 
have maintained at least a 3.5 grade point average in high school and 
scored at least a 1200 on the SAT or a 27 on the ACT. 

For more information, contact Kathleen Farnham at 865.981.8217. 
Scholarship information is available at: aid-scholarships, asp. 

Princeton Seminary professor to lead February Meetings 

DR. KEN DA CREASY DEAN, associate professor of youth, church and culture 

and director of the Tennent School of Christian Edu- 
cation at Princeton Theological Seminary, will be the 
guest speaker for the College's annual February 
Meetings, scheduled for Feb. 26-27. 

Dean, who co-authored Tlie Godbearinjj Life and 
co-edited Starting Right: Thinking Tljeolqqically 
About Youth Ministry, has chosen as the February 
Meetings Theme "The Godbearing Life: Young 
Adults and the Quest for a Passionate Church." 

Presentations are scheduled for 1 1 a.m. and 7 p.m., 
Feb. 26 in the Fine Arts Center Music Hall; 11 a.m., 
Feb. 27, in Lawson Auditorium. 

For more information, watch the MC website or 
contact Campus Minister Anne D. McKee at 
865.981.8298 or 

Legacies nOW HUNDREDS OF ALUMNI pass the Maryville College experi- 
plidiblp for ence on to their children and grandchildren as though it were a 
j,_ C f\r\ i treasured heirloom. To help make this wish of former students 

4>Z,OUU awara eas j er/ Maryville College is reintroducing the MC Legacy Award, 
which will be given to students whose parents or grandparents graduated from the Col- 
lege. It will be offered for the fall 2004 semester. The new award will be worth up to $2,500 
per academic year; renewable up to four years with a minimum GPA of 2.5. 

Mark Cate, vice president for advancement and admissions, summarized the reasons 
behind reinstating the award. "Simply put, we want legacies to consider attending the 
College," he said. "It is our belief that they are more likely to understand and resonate 
with our educational philosophy. Also, our alumni are extremely loyal and committed to 
their alma mater. The Legacy Award is one very tangible way to demonstrate our commit- 
ment back to them." Alumni and eligible candidates should contact the Office of Admis- 
sions for additional information. 

A-Way successful, plans for 
2004 retreat underway 

A 2001 grant proposal that Maryville College 
submitted to Lilly Endowment, Inc., included a 
single page outlining the College's desire to 
host an annual retreat for high-schoolers to 
promote the development of strong, commit- 
ted church leaders: "We propose to host an 
annual summer retreat devoted to 'Faith, 
Leadership, and Vocation.' The aim of the 
retreat . . . will be to introduce teens to the 
notion of vocation as it relates to the life of the 
Christian faith and, in particular, to introduce 
them to a possible call to ministry" it read. 

Two years later, the 2003 Summer Youth Get- 
A-Way represented the tangible product of 
this vision. Organized through the College's 
Initiative on Vocation (the set of programs 
funded with the $2 million Lilly grant), the 
Get-A-Way was created to provide a retreat 
experience in which a select group of Presby- 
terian youth from across the Southeast could 
gather to discuss issues 
. of faith, vocation and 
k «&-\ church leadership. 

In its inaugural year, the Get-A-Way wel- 
comed 18 youth and their adult leaders to 
the College for a weeklong event. 

"I've never done anything like that before" 
has quite possibly been the most common 
response from participants to the retreat's 
various worship activities. Much of the Get- 
A-Way was designed to introduce young 
people to something new, be it an activity or 
a way of thinking. 

Planning for the 2004 Summer Youth Get-A- 
Way is already underway, with dates set for 
June 6-10. To learn more, contact Kathleen 
Farnham, 865.981.8217, or Melanie Rasnake, 


Mamille College's director of volun- 
teer services, dubbed her 2003 sum- 
mer adventure "From Graceland to Ghana," 
as it started at the Memphis International 
Airport and took her half a world away. 

Also spending the summer in Ghana was 
Frank Twum-Barimah, but he didn't give 
the trip a clever title with alliteration. He 
simply was going home for the summer 
like hundreds of his Maryville College con- 

But both West and Twum-Barimah went 
to the African nation this summer to do 
good - West to establish partnerships 
between Maryville College and non-profit 
agencies in the rural areas of Ghana; 
Twum-Barimah, a business and organiza- 
tion management major, to intern with 
World Vision International and interview 
non-profit leaders in preparation for his 
senior thesis entitled "Business as a Calling 
- Emphasis on Non-Profit Development." 


Director of News and Public Information 

MC staffer Jennifer 
Cummings West 
'95, left, traveled to 
Ghana during the 
summer of 2003 to 
visit MC senior 
Frank Twum- 
Barimah, right, and 
to establish service- 
learning opportuni- 
ties for MC students 
in the country. 

students gain a 
sense of global 
citizenship ... v 


The idea to visit Ghana originated with Dr. 
John Gallagher, associate professor of man- 
agement who is also the faculty advisor of 
Twum-Barimah. Gallagher hoped to meet 
with a variety of agencies in Ghana in order 
to help his advisee focus his 
senior thesis topic and help 
him explore vocational possi- 
bilities in Ghana. 

West decided the trip would 
be the perfect opportunity to 
make connections, utilizing 
Twum-Barimah's family con- 
tacts. She applied for funding 
from the Bonner Foundation to cover her 
travel expenses and was approved. 

"I believe these partnerships will help 
Maryville students gain a sense of global 
citizenship as they learn about government, 
economic conditions, non-governmental 
organizations, language and culture," she said. 

Staying with Twum-Barimah's family, 
West spent most of her time in and around 
the small village of Bompata. Twum- 
Barimah is the son of a Presbyterian minis- 
ter in Bompata who came to Maryville 
through the efforts of Presbyterian minister 
George Carpenter '53 and Jamestown 
Presbyterian Church (N.C.) 

Bompata has roughly the population of 
Mary\ille College's student body, but the vil- 
lage is nowhere near as modern as a U.S. 
college campus. West didn't have to wait to 

visit non-profits to 
see the needs of the 
country that was 
known long ago as 
the "Gold Coast" 
for its gold, ivory 
and slave trade. 

in the country is at 
staggering num- 
bers, and roughly 45 percent of the popu- 
lation makes less than $1 a day. Huts with 
thatched roofs are common family 
dwellings in the villages. Because of a lack 
of nutrition, immunizations and medical 
access, children often die from disease. But 
meeting with representatives from the 
Presbyterian Church, local schools and 
Habitat for Humanity, West learned how 
and where MC students could spend sum- 
mers in service to others. 

"Our students could work at 

"I believe these hospitals, clinics, schools, World 

partnerships will Vision, in AIDS education, Habi- 

help Maryville 

tat for Humanity the Youth for 
Christ Movement, or just assist 
with office work," West said. 
"Getting ready to leave Ghana, a 
Presbyterian minister said to me 
'Sista, you will be coming back 
next summer with 100 students!' 

"I told him that I didn't think I'd be 
bringing one-tenth of our student body 
next year, but mavbe some vear we will!" 


West is currentlv in the process of finalizing 
details for students to intern at non-profits 
in Ghana, but the MC community is already 
making a difference in the lives of Bompata 
residents. The Student Literacy Corps has 
collected almost 4,000 children's books and 
textbooks to send to \illage schools. 

Through various fundraisers and a gener- 
ous donation from die Bonner Foundation, 
the College's Bonner Scholars have raised 
S3,000 for a borehole. Deeper than a well, a 
borehole provides longer-term water sus- 
tainability and, with its accompanying pump 


system, increases water pressure to users. 
Currendy, the \illage has only one borehole, 
which senices the medical clinic only. 


Following graduation in May, Twum- 
Barimah plans to return to his native coun- 
try and work with a non-profit that is 
assisting communities. "I want to build 
capacity there so that the people are self- 

In his internship report to World Vision, 
Twxim-Barimah included a quote from 
Renn Zaphiropoulous who said, "Do not 
follow where the path may lead. Go instead 
where there is no path and leave a trail." 
The MC senior wrote that he was glad he 
"did not follow where the path may lead" 
but rather arranged for a summer experi- 
ence that would make a difference in his 
home country. 

He hopes other MC students will do the 
same - blaze a trail for people in need 
instead of following a well-established road. 

The path from Graceland to Ghana can 
be their example. 


ABOVE: Children of Ralph 
and Margaret Lloyd (l-r), 
Louise Lloyd Palm '51, 
Hal Lloyd '43 and Vernon 
Lloyd '41, help officially 
open Lloyd Hall with a 

Lloyd Hall dedicated 

MORE THAN 300 students, College 
faculty and staff, and alumni turned 
out for the dedication of Lloyd Hall. 

Named in honor of the College's sixth 
president, Dr. Ralph Waldo Lloyd, and his 
wife, Margaret Bell Lloyd, the 52,800- 
square-fbot residence hall is currentiy home 
to approximately 150 students. Members of 
the Lloyd family, including the suniving 
children of Dr. and Mrs. Lloyd, were distin- 
guished guests at the ribbon-cutting. 

Dr. Gerald W. Gibson, president of the 
College, offered dedicatory remarks, par- 
ticularly noting the impact that Dr. and 
Mrs. Lloyd made on the Maryville College community during their 
more than 30 years of service to the institution. "... So we celebrate 
today Dr. and Mrs. Ralph Waldo Lloyd and die skilled artisans and 
tradesmen and laborers whose work has produced this newest facil- 
ity for the Maryville College campus. . . . May its presence serve to 
remind us of two people whose lives were dedicated to the students 
of Maryville College." 

During the dedication, Vernon Lloyd '41, Hal Lloyd '43 and 
Louise Lloyd Palm '51 spoke about their experiences growing up 
on campus and the spirit of community that their parents sought to 
foster. Concluding the remarks, Palm spoke of her hopes for the 
new hall. "May it be much more than just a magnificent brick 
building. . . . May it truly become a loving and nurturing home for 
all who live here, a community where people care about each other; 
a community committed to openness and hospitality, welcoming all 
people and all ideas; a community where faith is strong; a commu- 
nity striving to make the world a better place." 

To read all of Palm's remarks, as well as the remarks of other plat- 
form speakers, visit 

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ABOVE: Seniors Aja Rodriguez 
and Mikey Rickman were 
crowned Homecoming Queen 
and King during halftime of 
Saturday's football game. 

LEFT: Christen McCammon 
Khym '96 was presented the 
Kin Takahashi Award for Young 
Alumni of Maryville College by 
President Gibson during the 
Alumni Banquet. 





OCTOBER 15-17 







BELOW: Former student athletes (l-r) 
Walter Walsh '91, Leslie Henry Crawford 
'92, Kevin McKinstry '77, Wayne Risko '77 
and Don Moore '56 were inducted into 
the 2003 Wall of Fame. 

BELOW: Maryville College Head Football 
Coach Tony lerulli '80 leads the Fighting 
Scots onto Honaker Field for a match-up 
with the Bobcats of Frostburg State. 

CELEBRATING ITS 50TH year since graduat- 
ing from Maryville College, the Class of 1953 
made a strong showing - and a lasting tribute 
to the Fine Arts program - at the College's 
Alumni Banquet held Oct. 25. 

On behalf of his classmates, class president 
Curt Wilbanks '53 presented Maryville College 
President Dr. Gerald W. Gibson with a check for 
$81,565, representing gifts and pledges raised 
during the annual Reunion Giving Program. 

By the time the fiscal year ends May 31 , 2004, 

LEFT: Maryville College President 
Dr. Gerald W. Gibson presented 
Alumni Citations to (l-r) Sue Anthony 
Dawson '69, Sharon K. Youngs '79 
and Penny Proffitt Piper '69 during 
the Alumni Banquet. Citations are 
awarded to alumni whose contribu- 
tions to professional, business, civic or 
religious institutions have significantly 
benefited society and thereby brought 
honor to their alma mater. 

class members hope to contribute another 
$21 ,500 to the fund. If so, they'll meet their 
goal - "$103,000 for '53." The funds are ear- 
marked for the Annual Fund and the creation of 
a new fine and performing arts programming 
endowment fund. 

Members of the 1953 Gift Committee 
included Wilbanks, Jim Campbell, George Car- 
penter, Emerson Flurkey, Paul Merwin, Isabel 
Leitch Miller, Ruth Burgos-Sasscer, Shirley 
Atwell-Marble, and Edie McMillan Sutton. 




Dr. Copeland, 
center, was 
presented the 
Medallion by 
President Gib- 
son, right, and 
Dick Ragsdale, 
chairman of 
the MC Board 
of Directors. 

Dr. Joseph J. | the MC Board 

Copeland, presid 

emeritus of Mary\__ 

College, was named rl 

ent of the Maryville College Medallion 

during the College's annual Founder's 

Day Celebration held Oct. 23. 

According to die award's guidelines, 
the Medallion "is given to select indi- 
viduals who have demonstrated exem- 
plary service to Maryville College, their 
community and church; have displayed 
prominence and leadership in their 
chosen profession; and who have had a 
profound influence on the future 
course of Maryville College." 

Copeland, who served as president 
of Maryville College from 1961 until 
1977, was present at the celebration 
to accept the award. 

Enumerating the College's progress 
in the academic, fiscal and spiritual 
areas of the College during 
Copeland's tenure, Dr. Gerald W. 
Gibson, Maryville College's current 
president, said the seventh president's 
"profound influence" on the institu- 
tion was still being felt. 

"I wasn't here when Joe Copeland 
was president, but I've spent some 
time in the history books and I've 
talked to several people who were here 
during dtat period of time," Gibson 
said. "What's apparent is that Joe 
Copeland didn't rule with an iron fist; 
instead, he led widi a Christian heart. 
He has always believed in the potential 
and the future of this College." 

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Facu Ity N ews 


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





DR. PEGGY COWAN, Ralph W. Beeson Chair in Religion and chair 
of the core curriculum, published, with two other college professors, a 
chapter tided "The Vocation of Teaching in the Church-Related Col- 
lege" in Called to Teach: Tlie Vocation of the Presbyterian Educator 
(Geneva Press 2003). The book grew out of a national conference for 
Presbnerian faculty. The chapter includes discussion of Rhodes College, 
Maryville College and Waynesburg College as three very different mod- 
els of church-relatedness within the Presbyterian tradition. 

DR. WILLIAM PHILLIPS, assistant professor of English, published 
Nightmares of Anarchy: Language and Cultural Change, 1870-1914 
(Bucknell University Press 2003). The book is loosely based on Phillips' 
dissertation, which he completed at the University of North Carolina- 
Chapel Hill in 1996. 

"By examining the writings of Henry James, Frank Norris, Ford Madox Ford, 

Charlotte Teller, Joseph Conrad and G.K. Chesterton, and other narratives of 

the times - fiction and nonfiction, journalism and academic writing, canonical and obscure 

writers - this study traces the discourse surrounding anarchism in order to understand the 

cultural practices that supported the rise of modern capitalist culture," the publisher writes. 

Gombert's artwork purchased by West Virginia museum 

ARTWORK BY DR. CARL GOMBERT, associate professor of art, will soon find a new home 
in West Virginia. His "Family Resemblance," a series of eight portraits, was recently pur- 
chased by the Avampato Discovery Museum in Charleston, W.Va., and will be added to 
the museum's permanent collection. 

"Family Resemblance" was selected for the 
Avampato Discovery Museum's Appalachian 
Corridors exhibition, a juried show of work by 
Appalachian artists. Gombert's series was 
awarded second place among the 172 works 
selected for the exhibit, and the museum's Col- 
lector's Circle decided to purchase the artwork. 

Completed in 2001, the oil-on-canvas portraits 
that make up "Family Resemblance" depict 
eight unique but related faces. Different gender, racial and ethnic characteristics are rep- 
resented in each portrait, but all portraits resemble the artist. 

"The recent purchase of 'Family Resemblance' bolsters and expands our growing contem- 
porary art portrait collection," said Ric Ambrose, curator of art at the Avampato Discovery 
Museum. "Gombert's eight self-portrait panels raise universal questions about gender, 
ethnicity and race in today's society. Of the 1 72 works of art juried into the recent 
Appalachian Corridors exhibition, ["Family Resemblance"] was the most discussed work 
of art of school groups, the general pubic and museum staff," he added. 

"Family Resemblance" is the latest of Gombert's works to be publicly featured. In 2002, 
the artist was commissioned to create artwork for the new Knoxville Convention Center. 

Gombert joined the MC faculty in 1993. 


Major: Writing & 

While Crying 
Langston Hughes 

"This is for my the- 
sis on the Harlem 
Renaissance. I've been interested in 
Langston Hughes for a while. I saw 
a paradox between race and identity 
among black autiiors of that time." 


Director of Assessment 
Center for Calling & 

What Should L Do with 
My Life? Po Bronson 

"I'm reading this book for an on- 
campus, vocation-interest discussion 
group. Bronson asked this question 
of over 900 people and compiled 
about 50 stories that explore issues 
such as: what is the impact of money 
and happiness on the journey, who 
is able to ask and answer questions 
on 'calling' and where can the call of 
vocation come from in our lives?" 


Major: Music 

The Summons 
John Grisham 

"I really like the way 
John Grisham writes. His 
wording, the way that he describes 
things, the scenes he creates." 


Professor of Mathematics 

Division Chair, 
Mathematics & 
Computer Science 

The Lion's Game 

Nelson DeMille 

"I keep a book on 
the history of 
mathematics on the nightstand, but 
I tend to read historical fiction, like 
Michener, Jakes and Auel. The 
DeMille book is a murder mystery 
related to terrorism and was a gift." 



Faculty N ew 

Pierce is Tennessee's "Physical Education Teacher of the Year 


MARYVILLE COLLEGE Assistant Professor of Health, 
Physical Education and Outdoor Recreation Dr. Danny 
Pierce was named "Physical Education Teacher of the 
Year" for college and universities in Tennessee. 

The award was announced Nov. 7 at the 34th annual confer- 
ence of the Tennessee Association for Health, 
Phvsical Education, Recreation and Dance 
(TAHPERD) held at East Tennessee State Uni- 
versity in Johnson City. 

Pierce, who began teaching at Maryville College 
in 1998, was nominated by student Melody 
McGee. McGee said her professor "inspired stu- 
dents to be the best physical educators possible - 
to move, to bend, to get future students excited 
about physical education." 

Calling Pierce a "credit to [the teaching] pro- 
fession," Dr. Terry Simpson, chairperson for 
Mary\ille College's division of education, wrote 
that the assistant professor consistently receives 
high evaluations from his students but suggested 

that his greatest influence may lie in the area of professionalism. 
"The PE/Health for Teacher Licensure students take great pride in 
their teaching field," Simpson wrote in his reference letter. "The 
students attend professional conferences vearly, and they often 
make presentations at these conferences. As a result, they return to 
campus excited about their profession." 

Pierce earned his doctorate, master's and 
bachelor's degrees from Oklahoma State Univer- 
sity. He also studied at the University of Kansas. 
His teaching credits include the development of 
"Wellness Wednesday" for his PHR101: Human 
Health and Development class, co-creation of the 
"B-Healthy" program for Blount County home- 
school children and participation in training for 
the local public school district's "Tribes" charac- 
ter development curriculum. 

Dr. Danny Pierce, left, accepts his award for 
Physical Education Teacher of the Year from 
Dr. Judy Stewart, chairperson of the TAHPERD 
Awards Committee. 


TEACHING AREAS: Political philosophy, 
contemporary political issues. DEGREES: 
Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Mary- 
land (1999); M.A. in Political Science, New School for Social 
Research ( 1991 ); A.B. in Political Science and Philosophy, 
Boston University (1986). PREVIOUS APPOINTMENT: Vis- 
iting Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Gettys- 
burg College (Pa.). OTHER NOTABLES: During the fall 2003 
semester, Dr. Conte founded the Maryville College Philosophy 
Club, an informal reading group for students and faculty. 

TEACHING AREAS: Laboratory chemistry, 
natural science. DEGREES: Ph.D. in Chem- 
istry, Rice University (2003); B.S. in Chem- 
istry and Physics, Harding University (1997). 
PREVIOUS APPOINTMENT: Adjunct Instructor of Chem- 
istry, Department of Chemistry, Houston Baptist University 
(Texas). OTHER NOTABLES: Dr. Turner is particularly inter- 
ested in the emerging field of nanoscale science, the study of 
extremely small particles; she has contributed to several impor- 
tant publications in the field. 

Two faculty members retire 

The College community recently celebrated the contributions 
of two faculty members who recently retired. Dr. John Perry 
retired at the end of the Spring 2003 semester after 18 years 
at MC; Pam Bunde '79 put down her editing pens last sum- 
mer after nearly 1 5 years and more than 2,500 senior theses. 

Perry, who was feted Sept. 23, was presented a plaque by Dr. 
Terry Simpson, chairman of the division of education. Athletic 
Director Randy Lambert and the athletic department pre- 
sented the former physical education faculty member with a 
stadium blanket embroidered "Coach John Perry." 

At a Sept. 9 farewell party, 
Vice President and Dean of 
the College Dr. Robert Nay- 

Ilor presented Bunde with a 
signature series pen from 
m^ the College's Gold Medal- 

lion Collection. EH 

(Above) Dr. John Perry, 
right, accepts a plaque of 
recognition from Education 
Division Chairperson Dr. 
Terry Simpson. (Right) Pam 
Bunde, former senior thesis 
editor, shows the crowd 
her retirement gift. 


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T m I -J- HILE THE MC Window of 

m m/ / Opportunity strategic plan ver- 

% JL J bally paints a picture of what the 
%/%/ College should be by the year 

T T 2007, a recently approved Master 

Plan visually paints a picture of what the College 
might look like in time for its bicentennial birthday. 

A new civic arts center. A new behavioral sci- 
ences building. Renovated Anderson, Pearsons and 
Thaw halls. An outdoor pavilion and indoor soccer 
facility. Ai additional residence hall on one end of 
campus; a renovated Alumni Gym on the other. 

A 1997 Master Plan culminated in some aston- 
ishing results. (See some of the outcomes, pages 
16-17.) The 2003 Master Plan again asks 
Mamille College constituents to imagine the 


"For a college or any 
organization that has a 
campus as large as 
ours, there are always 
needs," said Mark 
Cate, Mamille Col- 
lege vice president for 
advancement and 
admissions. "When 
you complete a reno- 
vation or restoration of 
one building, there's 
likely another one in 
need of improvement, 
and it's not unusual for 

there to be a number of projects that need to get 
done. The challenge lies in deciding which ones 
are priorities. 

"A master plan helps build consensus for those 
priorities; it establishes a plan and puts budgets 
behind those plans." 

Back in August 2002, many in the college com- 
munity began reviewing the 1997 Master Plan for 
updates. Several projects had been accomplished 
already, but others remained on the "to do" list. 

"The last Master Plan had prioritized projects 
bv putting them into a time frame," Cate 
explained. "Some were slated for completion in 
one to five years, some in five to 10 years, some in 
10 to 15 years." 

Instead of putting time frames to the priorities, 
College administrators decided to group priorities 
into two phases for the 2003 Master Plan. Decid- 
ing which buildings and facilities would receive 

"... To become one of the nation's premier 
colleges known for the strength and integrity of 
its distinctive values-based, liberal arts educa- 
tion ...To create a vibrant campus community 
recognized as a model character-building envi- 
ronment that emphasizes leadership development, 
pitblic service, volunteerism and holistic well- 
being ...To build a broadly diverse and excep- 
tionally talented faculty and staff preeminent in 
their roles as teachers, mentors and partners in 
the education of students ...To establish a hall- 
mark learning environment exemplary far its 
superior facilities, unrivaled technology, and 
campus of great aesthetic appeal." 

MC Window of Opportunity 

attention in the immediate 
future ( Phase I ) and which 
would wait until a few years 
out (Phase II) was left to a 
group of college adminis- 
trators, faculty and staff, 
which made recommenda- 
tions to the College's 
Board of Directors for final 
approval. (See listing of priorities on page 15.) 

Facilities needed to meet the objectives of the 
MC Window of Opportunity Plan will be given 
priority over others, but nothing is set in stone, 
Cate indicated. College programming may dictate 
emphases, he said, as may donors' wishes. 

The plan is ambitious, the vice president 
affirmed, but vitally important. Just as the strate- 
gic plan suggests that the College is at a unique 
place in its history, so does the new Master Plan. 
Can a historic campus meet the needs of 21st-cen- 
tury students? 

"The bottom line is that facilities are here to 
support the mission of the institution," Cate said. 
"How do we ensure that we have the facilities and 
the emironment to support our mission - to pre- 
pare citizens and leaders for this world?" 

Maryville College answers the question with an 
inspiring 2003 Master Plan. 03 

Proposals for the campus 
include facilities slated for 
construction and renovation 
and added campus beautifi- 
cation projects. No exact 
location of a civic arts center 
on the campus has been 
determined. Because of 
space limitations, the steam 
plant renovation and intramu- 
ral/multi-purpose fields aren't 
shown in this design. 


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BY KAREN BEATY ELDRIDGE '94 Director of News and Public Information 




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has been called "ambitious" and "aggressive," 
as it involves several major projects with 
major price tags. Here, three priority projects 
- varying in size, scope and cost - are 
explained in detail. 


THE 2003 MASTER Plan calls for an 
estimated S4.5-million renovation of 
Anderson Hall, the oldest building on 
campus. Named for the College's founder, 
the Rev. Isaac Anderson, Anderson Hall was 
completed in 1870 and since that time, has pro- 
vided space for classrooms, offices, archives and storage. 

The Plan argues that renovation of Anderson is "imperative," 
given the building's existing condition and the College's long- 
term goals in academic programming and enrollment, and further 
recommends that interior space be reorganized to better meet the 
needs of the College's education and humanities divisions. 

"Some of the interior walls will be moved," explained Mark 
Cate, vice president for advancement and admissions. "The ques- 
tions we have to answer are: What are the appropriate number of 
classrooms and faculty and staff offices that we need? Right now, 
some faculty offices are very small. We need to provide them with 
offices and work spaces that support teaching and student advis- 
ing in the 21st century." 

On the exterior, the Plan calls for reinstalling Anderson's slate 
roof, removing old mortar between the bricks and tuck-pointing 
new mortar. The bulk of the budget to renovate Anderson is 
expected to go toward updating its mechanical systems. Other 
costs will include bringing it up to code and fitting it with an ele- 
vator to meet ADA requirements, Cate said. 

"We expect that adding new HVAC, new electrical and new 
technology will require excavation to build a structure that will 
house the building's mechanical systems." 

Currently, only pockets of space on the first-floor are equipped 
with central heat and air. A handful of second- and third-story 
offices and classrooms have window air-conditioning units. Spaces 
left without conditioning are uncomfortable and/or unusable 
during many months of warm weather. 


TWO PROJECTS ON the 2003 Master Plan can already be 
checked off. Campus signage was completed during the 
summer of 2003, coinciding with the completion of the 
Campus Beautification and Improvement Plan. Aid Alexander 
House, a nearly 100-year-old structure located at 714 Hillside 
Avenue on the edge of campus, was renovated for 4,000 square 
feet of office space during the fall of 2003. 

Five of the College's Advancement officers are working in the 
upper level, while employees of the local non-profit Leadership 
Blount program are working on the lower level. 
A dedication of the house is planned for this spring. 

mm Work completed on Alexander House, which 

S ^ totaled approximately $450,000, included re- 

# 4 building the interior walls, refinishing the 

^& hardwood floors and installing new carpet, 

\ ^§j^=c-~ B plumbing, electric and HVAC systems. Exte- 
^ ^ rior improvements included a new roof, new 

■■ gutters, downspouts and windows. The front 

porch was repaired and made handicap-accessible with 



a ramp, and the back porch was rebuilt. 
The clapboard siding got a new coat of 
white paint. 

An asphalt parking lot was added on 
one side of the house, and landscaping 
should be completed this spring. 

"As a College, we identified the space 
we needed to accommodate our people 
and programs, and it wasn't available on 
campus,'" explained Cate. "Running the 
numbers, we saw that it was as cost 
effective to renovate a vacant building 
as it was to build a new structure." 
Another factor in the decision to renovate Alexander House was 
its historical tie to the College. Built in 1906, the Colonial 
Revival-influenced residence was home to the Rev. John Alexan- 
der, an alumnus (Class of 1887) and 50-year member of the Col- 
lege's Board of Directors, and his wife, Jane Bancroft Smith 
Alexander, who taught English and history at Mar\"ville College 
for more than 30 years. 

In 1989, Alexander House was put on the National Register of 
Historic Places, and unlike the College's other buildings placed on 
the Register because of their architectural features, Alexander 
House was chosen for inclusion because of its inhabitants and 
their contributions to Blount County. 

Alexander family members, college faculty and staff used the 
home as a private residence until the late 1990s. When Fayer- 
weather Hall caught fire and was razed in 1999, the College's 
business services and human resources offices temporarily operated 
out of the house. 


THE CURRENT MARYVILLE College Fine Arts Center was 
completed in 1950 and includes a 254-seat music hall, 
music library, art studio, gallery and classroom and office 
spaces. The Wilson Chapel/Theatre Complex, wriich is nearly 50 
years old, includes a 1,250-seat auditorium and a 400-seat theatre. 

Both facilities are in desperate need of "improvement or replace- 
ment, and the MC Window of Opportunity Plan, a strategic plan 
adopted by the College's Board of Directors in April 2002, calls for 
a "newly constructed Center for the Fine and Performing Arts 
[that] will significantly enhance the educational offerings of the 
College and integrate community and regional activity in the arts." 

Last winter, the College approached Blount Counts' and the cities 
of Alcoa and Maryville to see if they would like to jointly fund and 
participate in a study that would determine the feasibility of the four 
entities partnering in a civic arts center. All voted to join the study. 

"The College is fully committed to building 
a new fine and performing arts facility," ^ ^* ></ V/ 
Cate said, "but what a great opportu- ^ 
nity we have to see if there is a 
desire to build a facility that will 
meet not only our [College's] 
needs but the communitv's needs, 
as well." 

The findings of the feasibility study 
conducted bv New York-based Webb 

Management Senices, Inc., and presented Nov. 13 in the College's 
Fine Arts Center Music Hall indicated that a new chic arts center is 
needed in Blount County, and that it makes good sense - both eco- 
nomically and operationally - for Mamille College and local gov- 
ernmental entities to partner in the construction of such a facility. 

The studv, carried out during summer 2003, looked at potential 
audiences for and potential uses of a new College-communitv 
facility, existing art- and large-group facilities in the area, and the 
broader benefits and impacts a new facility would have on the 
community and region. A 10-member task force representing local 
governments, schools and performing arts entities was convened 
for the study, and Webb representatives interviewed more than 40 
other key business and civic leaders to collect relevant information. 

Compiling anecdotal information from interviews with national 
research, representatives from Webb Management Services con- 
cluded that "a strong case can be made for new facilities - both for 
civic/social/business purposes, and for arts and culture." 

The consulting firm went on to make specific recommendations 
for the type of facility- that may serve the College and region. Those 
recommendations included a 1,200-seat proscenium theater, a 
350-seat recital hall, a 250-seat flexible theater, two or three new 
art galleries, two or three civic rooms/ballrooms/conference 
rooms that can accommodate up to 500 people, designated space 
for an Appalachian Cultural Center and support spaces. 

Webb recommended that the College own and operate the 
facilities but added that the chic arts center have some autonomy 
from the College in terms of fundraising and governance that 
would include an advisorv 
board made up of repre- 
sentatives from all con- 

tributing partners. 

Recommending that the 
facility stay "as busy as pos- 
sible," the consulting firm 
determined that a new civic 
arts center on the College 
campus could see as many 
as 85,000 concert- or the- 
atre-goers in a year and, 
combined with workshop 
and conference attendees, 
could have a significant eco- 
nomic impact from opera- 
tions and other ancillary 
spending in Blount Counts'. 

Discussions about the 
potential partnership 
between the College and 
local governments are 

No exact location of a 
civic arts center on the 
Mamille College campus 
has been determined, 
and Cate said that 
^ until the size, 
<# » scope and site 
location of the 
facility are 
-ijjr decided, con- 
^ struction costs are 
speculative. HIS 

Proposed Projects 

Below are some major construction and 
renovation projects tied to the newest 
Master Plan. "Phase I" indicates a higher 
priority and closer completion date. 


Alexander House renovation - completed 
New Civic Arts Center 
Anderson Hall renovation 
New Outdoor Pavilion 
New Residence Hall 
Pearsons Hall renovations Phase I 
Steam Plant visual upgrade 
Soccer/Softball Concession 
and Locker Room/Toilets 
Intramural/Multi-Purpose Field 
Campus Walking Trail 
Fitness Center Addition/Climbing Wall 
Crawford House renovation 
Campus Signage Phase I - completed 


Thaw Hall renovation 
New Behavioral Sciences Building 
Sutton Science Center renovation 
Pearsons Hall renovations Phase II 
Alumni Gym renovation 
International House renovation 
Physical Plant Building III 
Parking at Tennis Courts 
Promenade Extension 
New Indoor Soccer Facility 
Campus Signage Phase II 



Street signs (right) reveal the 

new names for campus roads; the 

original "Corduroy" (below) . 



" UST FOLLOW THE circle around until you pass the first 
street on your right. Across from that is Fayerweather; it's the 
big new building with a fish pond in front." How disturbingly 
familiar this mav seem to those of us who are asked directions by 
someone driving around campus. We point in the right direction, 
hoping that our instructions are easily understood. It is the way, after 
all, that we learned to get around the grounds ourselves. 

But new students and visitors to campus will have it easier now. 

Last summer, a committee was formed to suggest names for the 
streets that connect the Maryville College campus. The results: 

COLLEGE HILL (road that separates Bartlett Hall and Beeson 
Village). Originallv located in downtown Maryville, the College 
campus was relocated to a hill just south of town after the Civil War. 
This hill was long referred to as "College Hill," and older alumni 
still know it as such. 

MORNLNGSIDE LANE (lane that leads from Cooper Ad-Jetic 
Center to the House in the Woods). In 1932, Mrs. John Walker built 
what would later become the home of MC presidents. Bequeathing 
"Morningside" to the institution in 1951, Walker also gave the sur- 
rounding land that now offers a serene drive through the Woods. 

HOWEE AVENUE ( road running between Crawford House 
and Copeland Hall). There is an old College cheer that begins like 
this: "How-ee, How-ee, Chil-how-ee, / Maryville, Maryville, Tenn- 
e-ssee ..." It is the first word of this cheer that gives this avenue its 
name - and what a fitting designation it is for a street that provides 
an unobstructed view of the Chilhowee mountain range. 

CIRCLE DRIVE (road encircling campus). The one road on cam- 
pus with a name more obvious than the others is Circle Drive. Martha 
Hess '67, registrar and member of the committee for naming the 
streets, laughs when she explains. "It's been called that forever. People 
used to say 'follow die circle around . . .'," and so the name stuck. 

THE CORDUROY (road between Wilson Chapel and the Fine 
Arts Center). The most interesting street name, "The Corduroy," 
has a history that makes complete sense when told. It was not always 
smooth and even like it is todav; in fact, it was the exact opposite. 

"It used to lead right up to Broadway," explains Hess, "and it 
was so bumpy. Like the pants," she says, rubbing her leg in visual 
explanation, and we both laugh. 

Yes, friends, this is a road named after clothing. 

So now that you know, do not be afraid to use these street names, 
christened with history in mind. They are part of die campus now, 
reminding us of the past, leading us to wherever it is we may need to 
go in the future. PH — Excerpted from flic Highland Echo 


These projects, 
all completed in 

the last seven 
years, originated 

from Master 
Plan proposals. 


Headquarters for 

the physical plant 

staff before 1999, 

it's now the 

campus' student 

center thanks to a 


restoration and 

expansion project. 


The "architectural 
jewel" of the cam- 
pus saw interior 
and exterior 
in 1999. 

PHYSICAL PLANT Two of three buildings to house 
the College's grounds, maintenance and house- 
keeping departments have been completed. A 
third building is slated for the future. 


Wrought-iron gates, land- 
scaping and new struc- 
tures (below) significantly 
improve the entrance 
to Honaker Field. 








llinmstii— — - 




Originally slated for 

Construction on 

major renovation in 2010 

this residential 

to make it the College's 

village in 1997 

main administrative 

marked the first 

building, Fayerweather 

major bricks-and- 

Hall's transformation 

mortar project the 

was expedited by a 

campus had seen 

1999 fire. 

in 27 years. 



FOCUS | \VI NTER 2004 17 


EDITOR'S NOTE: The College 
received information printed 
below between June 1 and Oct. 
31, 2003. Class notes submitted 
after Oct. 31 should appear in 
the Spring 2004 issue. 

'27 MEMORIAMS: Clara Tye 

Finchum, Aug. 14. She is survived 
by one son. 

Mary Nuchols Hitch, May 25, in 
Maryville. She was a member of 
New Providence Presbyterian. Sur- 
vivors include sons Jim Giffin, Tip 
Hitch and Robert Hitch '67 and 
daughter M. Susann Hitch Ander- 
son '62, 10 grandchildren and two 

32 Julia Terry Dickinson lives at 
home. She reads a lot, watches TV 
and still "thinks about those good 
times at Maryville College!" 
MEMORIAMS: Josie Tipton Hum- 
mel, Sept. 10. She and her husband 
owned and operated Hummel Gen- 
eral Store in Chilhowee, Tenn. She 
served on the board of directors of 
Blount National Bank. Survivors 
include two sons, two daughters, six 
grandchildren and three great- 

Beulah Duggan Linn, April 30. 
Linn was the Sevier County histo- 
rian and lived in Pigeon Forge. 
She is survived by one daughter 
and four grandsons. 
: Ellen Metz Welch, Sept. 15, in 
Dallas, Texas. A math teacher at 
Roane County High School for many 
years, she was a charter member of 
Central Baptist Church in Kingston, 
Tenn. She is survived by a son, two 
grandchildren and two sisters. 

34 Mildred Schoeller Crump 
and husband John '36 report they 
are still up and around and enjoy- 
ing life at 96 and 91 . The Crumps 
live in Bean Station, Tenn. 
MEMORIAM: Mary Evelyn Russell 
Lane, Sept. 22, in Maryville. She 
was a member of New Providence 
Presbyterian, the Daughters of the 
American Revolution, Alpha Delta 
Kappa and the Blount County His- 
torical Society. She taught for 28 
years and was chairman of the 



Claire MacMurray Howard '21, abest- 

selling author and newspaper columnist, passed away July 
31 at the age of 104. 

A native of Indiana, Howard taught home economics in 
Alcoa, Tenn., after graduating from the College. She 
relocated to Cleveland, Ohio, with her husband, and 
from 1936 to 1965, she authored the "Good Morning" 
column in Cleveland's Plain Dealer. 

Howard's first book, And Beat Him When He Sneezes, 
was published in 1941 and spent seven months on the 
national bestseller's list. The work also inspired the nation- 
ally aired NBC radio comedy, "Nichols Family of Five." 
Additionally, Howard's 1944 work, Out on a Limbo, enjoyed 
its position as a national bestseller for more than a year. 

Along with five other residents, she founded the Cleve- 
land Seamen's Service in 1964 to welcome crews of for- 
eign ships to town. 

Blount County Board of Educa- 
tion. She is survived by son 
George Lane, daughter and son- 
in-law Louise Lane Talley '62 and 
Donald Talley '61, one brother, 
five grandchildren and six great- 

'36 MEMORIAM: Robert C. 

Borcer, July 17, in Hamilton 
County, Ohio. 

'37 MEMORIAM: Ann Jett 

Jones, July 22, in Atlanta. She was 
a member of Peachtree Road 
United Methodist, Sharondale 
Garden Club and Emory Hospital 
Auxiliary of Pink Ladies. She is sur- 
vived by her two sons and seven 

'38 MEMORIAMS: Stanley W. 

Phillips, April 20, in Reston, Va. He 
was retired from the Foreign Agri- 
cultural Service with the U.S. Depart- 
ment of Agriculture. Survivors 
include a son and three daughters. 
Geneva Johnson Rich, July 1 1 , 
in Asheboro, Ky. She received a 
master's in education at Rutgers 
University and taught schools in 
Elizabeth, N.J. and Pittsburgh. 
Rich is survived by one son, two 
daughters, two sisters, seven 

grandchildren and eight great- 

39 Irma Souder Baker celebrated 
her 68th show as a dance instructor 
and choreographer. Her students 
have been Tony Award winners, 
Rockettes, Broadway dancers and 
dance studio directors. In 1997, she 
was honored by the Dance Masters of 
America with a 50-year membership 
award presented at Disney World. 
MEMORIAM: Leonard J. Best, 
May 13, in Maryville. He was a 
member of the ALCOA 25-year 
club and a veteran of World War II. 
Survivors include one daughter, 
three stepchildren, two grandchil- 
dren and four step-grandchildren. 

'40 MEMORIAMS: Genevieve 

McCalmont Tevis, Feb. 6. Sur- 
vivors include husband Byron and 
two sons. 

Mignonne Myers Winn, Aug. 
31 . She is survived by a son, 
grandson, and great-grandson. 

'41 MEMORIAM: Rev. J. Robert 

Watt, Nov. 19, 2002, in Atco, N.J. 
Watt is survived by wife Elizabeth 
Brimfield Watt '37, one son, one 

daughter, three grandchildren and 
four great-grandchildren. 

42 Bina Ruth Brown, owner of 
Brown Enterprises, retired from tax 
accounting and piano tuning. At 
age 83, Lin (Ruth) Sutherlin Lep- 
icier writes that the Lord has richly 
blessed her. She is currently a soloist 
at North Bend Presbyterian in Ban- 
don, Ore., and no one there knows 
her age! Inez Johnson McRae's 
husband, James, died July 1 1 . He 
suffered from Alzheimer's disease 
and had contracted pneumonia. 
He was residing in an assisted liv- 
ing facility in Spruce Pine, N.C. 

43 Bettie Haines Ball is caring for 
husband Kenneth, who celebrated 
his 102nd birthday in September. 
Bette Clevenger Carbery has been 
visiting her daughters Suzanne (in 
McLean, Va.) and Mimi (in New 
Orleans) Doris Murray Lorenz has 
moved to a retirement home in 
Palm Desert, Calif. Also moving into 
a retirement community were 
Marion J. Avakian Slater and her 
husband. Their new residence, in 
Tinton Falls, N.J., is five miles from 
where they have lived for 46 years. 
Joseph E. Huskey recently demon- 
strated his metrigrid games for the 
third time to Dr. Arnold Davis of 
the University of Tennessee. Last 
fall Huskey introduced teachers to 




metrigrid games at Murphy Ele- 
mentary in Copperhill, Tenn. 
MEMORIAMS: Robert Welden, 
July 7, in Beaufort, S.C. He was a 
dentist, graduating from Emory 
University and serving in the Navy 
Dental Corps for 27 years. His list 
of public service contributions was 
numerous and included the Beau- 
fort County Board of Education 
and Rotary International. He was a 
past commodore and long-time 
supporter of the Beaufort County 
Water Festival. Survivors include 
wife Jeanne, two daughters, one 
son and four grandchildren. 

Ruth Johnson Farmakes, June 
20. She was a retired publisher 
and is survived by husband John 
and three daughters. 

Edward R. Rowley, Jr., Aug. 4, 
in Daytona Beach, Fla. A graduate 
of McCormick Theological Semi- 
nary, he served several Presbyter- 
ian churches in central Florida. He 
was president of the Daytona 
Beach Ministerial Association and 
helped to start a drive-in church 
service at Volusia Drive-In Theater. 
He was active in Civitan Club and 
the Salvation Army. He is survived 
by wife Esther Ann Winn Rowley, 
four children, eight grandchildren 
and four great-grandchildren. 

'44 MEMORIAMS: Dorothy 

Harned Clift, May 15, in Knoxville. 

She was a member of the First United 
Methodist in Maryville and a 30-year 
teacher in Maryville City Schools. 
Survivors include husband Lloyd. 

Grace Betts Gent, Feb. 8, in 
Northglenn, Colo. She was a home- 
maker and worked as a health care 
provider and caregiver. Survivors 
include one son, one daughter and 
three grandchildren. 

Margery DuVall Roth Hay, July 
2. Survivors include husband 
William and four children, includ- 
ing Leslee Hay Kirkconnell '84. 

Horace E. Scherer, March 21, in 
Norristown, Pa. He is survived by 
wife Alice, three sons and one 

45 Dorothy Brown DiStefano 
and daughter Margie Van Sant 
Smith '73 returned from Turkey, 
Ephesus, Athens and five Greek 
Isles. She is very active at First 
Presbyterian in Boca Raton, Fla., 
singing in the choir and leading 
the Mariners evening out pro- 
gram Winifred Sommers Hein 

has returned from a week-long trip 
to Natchez, Miss., with two of her 
Maryville College classmates - 
Anne Kerr Valentine and Peggy 
Caldwell Smith. Out in Marshall, 
Texas, William Segraves is currently 
writing poetry and children's stories. 
MEMORIAMS: Donald Black, 
June 2, in Chattanooga. An Air 
Force flight engineer in World War 
II, he received a B.S. in aviation 
maintenance engineering after the 
war. He was a fellow and life mem- 
ber of the National Speleological 
Society, and had been the national 
cave rescue coordinator and the 
U.S. delegate to the International 
Rescue Commission. He was a 
licensed emergency medical tech- 
nician in both Tennessee and 
Georgia. He is survived by wife 
Mary Curtis Black '45, daughter 
Ruth Black LeBlanc '68; sons 
Paul, Robert and Philip Black; and 
seven grandchildren. 

Carolyn Harper Yunker, April 10. 
She is survived by husband Arthur 
James Yunker '43 of Blooming- 
ton, Ind., and three children. 

46 Jeanne "Pixie" Keyes Young- 
son recently gave a talk, "Ghosts in 
British Theatre" at the Student's 
Union in Oxford, England. She con- 
tinues to lead "ghost walks" around 
Greenwich Village in New York City 
and has been invited to attend the 
British Museum's 250th Anniversary. 

'47 MEMORIAM: Mary Barn- 
well Barlow, May 8. A member of 
Bethany Lutheran in Norwood, 
Fla., she taught and performed 
music at several churches in the 
Knoxville area. Survivors include a 
son, a daughter and son-in-law, 
sister Martha Barnwell '48 and 
two grandchildren. 

'48 MEMORIAM: Merle Hender- 
son McCracken, May 29, in Clear- 
water, Fla., after a long bout with 
cancer. She taught school at Clear- 
water High School for 26 years. Sur- 
vivors include husband James, two 
daughters, five grandchildren and 
three sisters, including her twin, 
Marion Henderson Miller. 

49 Evelyn Anderson Wood 

reports that husband Mitchell died 
July 21 . She is living in Branford, Fla. 

'50 Herbert M. McCallum and 

wife Dorothy celebrated their 38th 

wedding anniversary. They recently 
moved into a retirement commu- 
nity from the home they had 
shared for 35 years. He is a retired 
Presbyterian minister. Grady Lee 
Ernest Carroll wrote the College 
that wife Betty died April 10. 
MEMORIAMS: Jack Leroy Buckley, 
Dec. 8, 2002. Survivors include 
wife Frances and one daughter. 

James Thomas Yeaworth, May 
15, in Omaha, Neb. He is survived 
by wife Rosalee, two sons, one 
daughter and his mother. 

51 David H. Grubbs and wife 
Sue Carson Summers Grubbs '53 

celebrated their 50th wedding 
anniversary with 12 family members 
on a Caribbean cruise last June. 
MEMORIAM: James Frain, May 26, 

of heart attack. Survivors include 
wife Mary and three children. 

'52 MEMORIAM: Richard 

Newman, July 7, in Boston, of a 
brain tumor. He was an activist, 
minister, bibliographer and scholar 
who spent the past decade building 
the Afro-American Studies Depart- 
ment at Harvard's W.E.B. DuBois 
Institute for Afro-American Research. 
Survivors include wife Belynda Bady, 
three step-children, one brother 
and one sister. A detailed account 
of Newman's contributions to his 
field of study will appear in the 
next issue of FOCUS. 

Dr. Glenn Ferrell Watts, Sr., 
Aug. 19, in Knoxville, of idiopathic 
pulmonary fibrosis. He was mem- 
ber and deacon of the First Presby- 
terian Church of Knoxville. A U.S. 
Army veteran, he earned a medical 
degree from the University of Ten- 

nessee in Memphis and worked at 
the first birth-control clinic in 
Knoxville. He joined with other 
doctors to form Knoxville Gyneco- 
logic Obstetric Associates. He is 
survived by wife Jane, four children 
(including Glenn "Bud" Watts Jr. 
'87) and eight grandchildren. 

53 Barbara Scott Davis continues 
to teach private piano lessons. She 
now has 18 grandchildren and lives 
in Durham, N.C Peggy Kessler 
Duke is co-chairman of the annual 
Sumi-e Society of American's juried 
oriental brush painting exhibition in 
Washington, D.C She was featured 
in a show at Tai Sophia Institute in 
Howard County, Md. Emerson Flur- 
key is an instructor for AARP Safe 
Driving in Lemoyne, Pa. Shirley 
Atwell Marble and husband Louis 
celebrated their 50th wedding 
anniversary with their children and 
grandchildren. After 35 years at 
Kennett Consolidated School in 
Pennsylvania, Barbara Miller Wil- 
son retired, but, missing the class- 
room, she's now substituting. 

54 A. Patricia Laing Stevens 

and husband Bill recently returned 
from a three-week trip to Australia, 
New Zealand and Fiji to celebrate 
their 44th wedding anniversary. 
Also traveling abroad were Wilma 
Trumbull Gray and husband Charles, 
who recently returned from a two- 
week tour of Ireland. A highlight of 
the trip was viewing The Book of 
Kelts at Trinity University in Dublin. 

56 James H. Laster played the 
part of the Rev. John Witherspoon, 
a Presbyterian minister, signer of 

, Austin '52 and Elenor 
■ Van Pelt '51 (right) 
d to Alaska and made 
inexpected Maryville 
e contacts. At breakfast 
Sheldon Jackson College 
ie morning, Judy Perov Ball 
1 (center), wearing an MC 

hirt, came over to chat. 
._., a friend shared with the 
-jn Pelts a local calendar that 
included the photo and story 
of Shirley Montgomery 
Henley '44, who has spent 
more than 50 years on the 
Kenai Peninsula as a public 
health nurse and teacher. 

focus I WINTER 





Former College employees pass away 

The College community recently mourned the deaths of three 
former employees. 

THOMAS T. "TOM" EVANS JR. '59, former administra- 
tive director of the Maryville -Alcoa College - 
Community Orchestra and fine arts assistant for 
external relations, passed away Sept. 7. 

Evans was an enthusiastic supporter of arts pro- 
grams at the College and in the community. In 
March, he received the College's Distinguished 
Concert Choir Alumni Award in recognition of 
his ongoing patronage. 

He spent more than two decades teaching literature and serv- 
ing as a church choir director and organist in Oakland, N.J. He 
retired to Maryville 's Historic College Hill neighborhood, where 
he was active in several community arts organizations. 

Services for Evans were held on Sept. 14 in the College's Fine 
Arts Center Music Hall. In remembering die alumnus, Mark Hall, 
chair of the College's fine arts division, said, "Tom Evans was 
many things to the College, to the music program and more 
importantly, to the faculty and students at Maryville College. One 
of his last acts on behalf of the choir was to contact alumni of the 
music program and ask them for donations to buy much-needed 
choral risers. They were purchased last Spring." Evans is survived 
by sister Ann Howard and brother Nicholas Evans. 

ARTHUR H. HAFNER JR., chair of the College's division of 
education from 1969 until 1976, passed away on 
Sept. 29, in San Antonio, Texas. 

Born in Altoona, Pa., and raised in Vermont, 
Hairier resided in no less than half-a-dozen states 
during his 86-year life. After earning a doctorate 
from Columbia University in New York he held 
professorships at colleges and universities in Texas, 

Missouri, Tennessee and Kentucky. 

A memorial service for Hafner was held in San Antonio. He is 

survived by four sons and daughters-in-law (including Arthur H. 

Hafner in, '72, Gail Bradley Hafner, '60 and 

Carl Joseph Hafner '73), nine grandchildren and six 


,/: 1 

NEIL MCDADE, former chief financial officer at 
the College, died Oct. 19 in Nashville. He was 81. 

McDade, an Illinois native, was a successful small 
businessman in the Chattanooga, Tenn., area for 
many years before attending Vanderbilt University. 
Following his graduation from Vanderbilt's Owens School of 
Business, McDade served as the chief financial officer at several 
colleges and universities across the Southeast. 

Services for McDade were held on Oct. 21 at Nashville's Belle 
vue Presbyterian Church. McDade is survived by wife Ruth; 
daughter and son-in-law Dana McDade Battaglia, '76, and 
Richard Battaglia, '74; son Mark McDade; and one brother, 
Everest McDade. 

the Declaration of Independence, 
president of the College of New 
Jersey, in a production of 1776. He 
also performed a part in Brigadoon. 

5/ Dick Jensen led a team of 
American professionals on a good- 
will tour of Russia May 21-31, as 
president of First Foundations, Inc. 
The group delivered supplies to a 
pediatric hospital in Moscow, per- 
formed free concerts and donated 
Russian language Bibles and other 
books to institutions and individuals. 
MEMORIAM: William H. Deerfield, 
June 30, in Philadelphia, Pa. Deer- 
field was admired for his writing and 
acting talents. He spent his early years 
with public television and the latter 
part of his career as a writer and editor 
for Guidepost magazine. Survivors 
include longtime friends Jim Hopkins 
'56 and Elinor Bass Hopkins '57. 

58 Mary J. Kirklin moved to a 
home in Wilmette, III., in September. 
She works part-time and is enjoying 
her new home. Grace M. Stineci- 

pher works at the Sanford Museum, 
Sanford, Fla., two days a week and 
writes a column for the Seminole 
Herald. She also is editor of the San- 
ford Historical Society newsletter. 

'59 Alice McCombe Block and 
Barbara Davis Tropansky enjoyed 
rooming together at the Presby- 
terian Women's Churchwide Gath- 
ering in Louisville, Ky., last July. 
Barbara and husband Joe '59 have 
enjoyed seeing alumni and partici- 
pating in the Kin Takahashi work 
week the past two summers. Last 
August, Esther Balph Holgate 
moved to New Hope, Minn., to be 
closer to her children. Arlene Jones 
Bird and husband Leon '61, have 
retired and moved into Crosskeys 
Village in New Oxford, Pa. Rev. Bird 
was the pastor of Wesley United 
Methodist in Strasburg, Pa., for 17 
years and will continue to pastor 
congregations in the New Oxford/ 
Gettysburg area. Margaret "Bonnie" 
Fortunato reported to the College 
that husband Joseph died June 15. 

'60 Robert M. Gwaltney has 

been "honorably retired" by the 
Presbytery of Denver for several 
years. He recently founded and is 
managing partner in a new real 
estate firm focusing on residential 
development in downtown 
Louisville, Ky. He is active at 

Central Presbyterian. 
MARRIAGE: Rosemary Lee Potter 

to Peter S. Hamann, Aug. 23. 

61 Leopold Chen took early 
retirement from GE Aerospace and 
Ericsson/GE then worked as a con- 
tract engineer. His work took him 
overseas and around the U.S., so he 
now limits his travels to visiting his 
children and two grandsons and 
enjoying the Virginia, North Carolina 
and Washington, DC. areas. Karen 
Kennedy visited the College cam- 
pus in September for the memorial 
service of her dear friend, Tom 
Evans '59. She was able to spend 
time with the Evans family and con- 
nect with several classmates includ- 
ing Gail Hafner '60, Margaret 
Stevenson Ribble '61 and Dave 
Styles '63. Fred G. Morrison, a 
judge in North Carolina, has been 
reappointed to serve as a member 
of the North Carolina Sentencing 
and Policy Advisory Commission for 
another two-year term. He also has 
been'elected Chair of Administra- 
tive Law section of the North Car- 
olina Bar Association for 2003-2004. 
Carolyn Cybele Sieradzki is work- 
ing as a consultant in program eval- 
uation and editing. 
MEMORIAM: Jerry Overall on 
Sept. 10, 1990. While at the Col- 
lege he sang in the Vespers Choir. 
The College was informed of his 
death by James Barber '58. 

62 Roger Nooe, professor in the 
College of Social Work at the Uni- 
versity of Tennessee, was honored 
for his exceptional public service by 
the UT National Alumni Association 
for his work with the homeless. 
MEMORIAM: Judith Helen Agee 
Washington, Sept. 2, in Frisco, 
Texas, of colon and liver cancer. 
She was a teacher before becoming 
a homemaker and was an active 
volunteer with the Girl Scouts in 
Miami, Fla., where she lived for 25 
years. She is survived by husband 
Martin, two daughters (including 
Debra Washington Ballatyne '92), 
one granddaughter, her mother 
and a brother and sister. 

'63 Edward L. Ziegler and wife 
Nancy have recently retired to 
Florida and he writes that they are 
"loving every minute of it!" Also 
newly retired are Nancy Kinsman 
Bunker and husband Doug '60. 
Nancy completed 35 years of 



teaching mathematics, and Doug 
finished 42 years of government 
service in July. They moved into an 
apartment in Leesburg, Va., and 
are deciding where to make their 
retirement home. 

'64 Marjorie Loeffler Yenter and 

husband Earl moved to Washing- 
ton to be near their sons and 
grandchildren. As they had been 
missionaries in El Paso/Juarez for 
three years (1992-95), they were 
asked to join the staff of Youth with 
a Mission. For more information go 

65 J. Thomas R. Higgins has 

had his landscape painting included 
in the Department of State Art-in- 
Embassies Program in Reykjavik, Ice- 
land. His works have been featured in 
two books, The Art of Maine in Win- 
ter and On Wilderness: Voices from 
Maine. Higgins is professor of art at 
the University of Maine at Farming- 
ton. W. Harold Laster has been 
appointed vice president and dean 
of the Music Academy of the West in 
Santa Barbara, Calif. Laster will over- 
see student life, including recruit- 
ment and admissions, as well as the 
music library and archives and the 
building and grounds department. 
He will also work as part of an artis- 
tic team in planning programmatic 
and educational activities of the 
institution. Jack Spencer and wife 
Linda Hayes Spencer '67 are in 
Phnom Penh where Jack works as 
director of the Centers for Disease 
Control Global AIDS Program in 
Cambodia. Frances Black Tocci and 
husband Leonard divide their time 
between California and Cape Cod, 
Mass. Both are now retired and enjoy 
spending the summers in the east. 
MARRIAGE: Robert Paul to Patri- 
cia Diane Arnold, May 31 . 

66 Stanford Long and wife Sally 
moved to a new home in New Ipswich, 
N.H. Stanford was a member of the 
zoning and planning board in Jaffrey, 
N.H. Currently they serve on several 
boards and committees in the 
community. Rich Reed continues 
his private practice in psychology 
and received a teaching award as 
adjunct faculty at Indiana University. 

6/ Joyce Pigge was on sabbati- 
cal fall semester through January 
2004. Her time was spent with Court 
Services in McPherson County, Kan. 

She is a professor of political sci- 
ence at Bethany College in Kansas. 
MEMORIAM: Michael C. White, 

Feb. 6, in Maryville. White was a 
long-time Blount County coach 
and teacher, spending eight years 
as assistant football coach at 
Maryville College. He was retired 
from the Tennessee Air National 
Guard. He is survived by wife 
Susan, two sons, (including Nick 
White '98), one daughter and 
three grandchildren. 

68 Linda Giesselmann Driver 

recently moved back to Tennessee 
after three years of adventure in 
Alaska. She is a procedure writer 
for Westkem LLC in Oak Ridge. 
In November, E. Gayle Walker 
began serving as associate pastor 
of Idlewild Presbyterian in Mem- 
phis, Tenn. 

69 Phil Bettis recently retired 
after a 31 -year career in education. 
He is presently contracting with 
Loudon County, Tenn., schools as 
testing and data management 
coordinator Sandra Johnson 
Eggers is director of Emmanuel 
United Methodist Kindergarten in 
Memphis. Penny Blackwood Fer- 
guson, English department chair 
at Maryville High School, was chosen 
as the local winner in Wal-Mart's eighth 
annual Teacher of the Year program. 
In honor of this recognition, MHS 
was presented $1,000. Jim Moore 
retired from a 31 -year teaching 
career to venture into a new line of 
work -he is the pro shop manager 
at O'Bannon Creek Golf Course in 
Maineville, Ohio. Wife Sue Edwards 
Moore '69 continues to work with 
special need students in the Milford 
Schools. As of January 2003, Robert 
Phillips is the store manager of Sears 
at Century III Mall in Pittsburgh, Pa. 

70 Mary Lois Brugler received 
the Special Contribution Award 
from the Department of Veterans 
Affairs in August. She is a regis- 
tered nurse in Lexington, Ky. Joel 
Tome has maintained a perma- 
nent home in Greensboro, N.C., 
for the past 18 years while working 
and traveling as a computer sys- 
tems consultant for numerous 
companies. He currently lives in 
Atlanta while working as the UNIX 
systems administrator for a hotel 
company. Recent travel has taken 
him to Montreal and Buenos Aires. 


68, vice presi- 
dent and dean of the faculty 
of Mary Washington College's 
James Monroe Center for 
Graduate and Professional 
Studies, was presented the 
Washington Medallion by 
the College's Board of 
Visitors May 15. The medal 
recognizes Braymer's dedi- 
cation to the welfare of 
the College in general and 
her exceptional leadership 
in the development of the 
James Monroe Center. 

71 Mark Hughes is a controller 
at Milner-Fenwick, Inc. in Timonium, 
Md. He and wife Linda Anne are 
raising their family in the Baltimore 
area and spend their free time sailing 
and bicycling. Robert N. Kennedy, 
a senior claims representative for 
SAFECO Insurance Company, reports 
that his son Geoffrey '07 entered 
the College as a freshman. Mary 
Jo Martin Randall and husband 
Robert '73 report that Rob has 
taken a new job as vice president 
of sales for Big Dutchman Corpo- 
ration in Holland, Mich. They will 
be moving there once Mary Jo 
retires from her teaching position 
in Sycamore, III. Ron Robertson is 
entering his 19th year of teaching. 
This year he is teaching eighth- 
grade algebra at Park Middle 
School. His daughter is a senior at 
Sacramento State University. 

72 Gaynell Harless Lawson's 

recipe for white chicken chili with 
cheddar hushpuppy crust took first 
place at the World Championship 
Cornbread Cook-Off held in South 
Pittsburg, Tenn., in April. The prize 
was $4,000 and a professional 
stainless steel range. 

73 Kathleen Mary Meier has 

been employed as a research nurse 
at the University of Tennessee, 


Memphis, and St. Jude Children's 
Research Hospital for 16 years. 

74 Louise McNair Bradford has 

a new part-time job at Linkages to 
Learning, a school-based program 
providing services to children and 
their families. She is also a substi- 
tute teacher. She and husband Tom 
have a daughter who is in fourth 
grade and a son who is starting the 
10th grade. They live in Gaithers- 
burg, Md Becky Buchanan Higgs 
has been living in Colorado 
Springs since 1993. She and hus- 
band Clarence celebrated their 
28th wedding anniversary July 26. 
Clarence retired from the Army in 
1994. Becky has been employed by 
Comcor, Inc., a community correc- 
tions agency, for the past five years. 
They have recently purchased a 
larger home and are renovating it 
to accommodate her mother. Carol 
Veltman Kariotis continues to work 
at the University of Missouri-Kansas 
City. She has a son who is a junior at 
the University of Missouri-Columbia 
and a son who is attending Drake 
University on a soccer scholarship. 

75 Art Fowler was recently rec- 
ognized with the international 
Robert Giles Distinguished Advi- 
sor Award from Phi Theta Kappa, 
the international honor society for 
two-year colleges. Fowler is chair- 
person of the math and sciences 
division at Hiwassee College in 
Madisonville, Tenn. Patrick 
Ekwom Ndoma was appointed 
the executive secretary of Science 
and Education Board and chief 
accounting officer in his home 
country of Nigeria in July 2000. He 
and wife Dinah have four children 
and have moved into a new home 
in Satellite Town, Calabar. 

77 David Adcock opened a 
new plastic surgery practice at 
Hutcheson Medical Center in Fort 
Oglethorpe, Ga., after leaving 
Vanderbilt University School of 
Medicine. A chapter he authored 
on body contouring was published 
in Operative Techniques in Plastic 
and Reconstructive Surgery. This 
was the fourth article on that topic 
he has had published in the past 
six years. Vicki Parsons Duling 
completed her doctoral disserta- 
tion in March and graduated with 
her Ph.D. in curriculum and 
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University in Fairfax, Va., in May. 
She is now assistant principal at 
Little Run Elementary in Fairfax. 

78 Rebecca Huisinga Gibbons 

is the laboratory director of North- 
west Medical Center and is chair 
of the board of directors of Ft. 
Lauderdale Christian School, 
where her children attend. Mary 
Arnold Quinlan and husband 
John have two children, a daugh- 
ter who's enrolled at Wake Forest 
University and a son who's a senior 
in high school. Mary is a freelance 
artist. Joseph F. Whitehead 
received a master's degree in 
sports management from Barry 
University in Miami, Fla., in May. 

80 Junichi J. Kasuya is living in 
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 
and is a deputy general manager of 
Idemitsu Kosan Corporation, Ltd. 
Middle East office. He would like to 
receive e-mail from friends. Contact ae. John F. 
Rhodes, Jr earned a clinical doc- 
torate in physical therapy from 
Rocky Mountain University in Provo, 
Utah. He is a partner with Total 
Rehab Services in Blairsville, Ga., 
where he lives with his wife and two 
daughters. Tim Stuart received cer- 
tification in educational media from 
the University of Central Florida and 
is in his second year at Citrus High 
School in Inverness, Fla., specializ- 
ing in online research, multimedia 
presentations and web design. For 
the past 13 years, he has moon- 
lighted with a karaoke business. 
BIRTH: Denise Hinds and partner 
Erin Donnelly, a daughter, Maura 
Clare Hinds Donnelly, Feb. 5. 

81 Leisa Ford Pertesis and hus- 
band Louis sold their home and 
plan to purchase a villa, but 
decided to relax and travel for a 
while. The couple resides in Deer- 
field Beach, Fla., where Leisa is an 
agent for State Farm Insurance. 
Sophia Shoemaker Metz writes that 
son Eric '07 has entered Maryville 
College as a freshman. He was 
awarded a Presidential Scholarship. 
BIRTH: Sallie Favrot Stroud and 
husband Steve, a daughter, Eleanor 
Serenity, July 23, 2002. (Serenity, 
from China, was adopted by the 
couple on May 26.) 

82 Janet Helwig Fortney 

recently moved with her family 

from New Jersey to the suburbs of 
Milwaukee, Wis., and is teaching 
mathematics at Whitefish Bay High 
School. John Sanders and his fam- 
ily have moved back to Charleston, 
S.C., where he is the administrator 
for the Medial University of South 
Carolina Children's Hospital. 

83 Tom Hudson has joined 
Beaufort County, S.C, School Dis- 
trict as staff writer with the office of 
communications. He returns to his 
first love, writing, following more 
than eight years in advertising with 
BellSouth. He was previously in 
public relations for the South Car- 
olina Parole Board for seven years. 
Bryan McFarland has begun a trav- 
eling music ministry, providing origi- 
nal music for local church events, 
youth and young adult events, cam- 
pus ministry programs, Presbytery 
events, listening rooms and house 
concerts. His website is www.bryan- He, wife Diane 
McDaniel McFarland '85 and their 
daughter live in Greensboro, N.C. 
Joann Ricci-Schlough and hus- 
band Robert have lived in the moun- 
tains of Colorado since 2000. She is 
now directing children's plays for the 
Creede Reperatory Theater and the 
Creede Arts and Recreation Depart- 
ment. She is also acting in several 
plays. This summer she was stage 
manager for the children's show An 
Afternoon of Mime. Laura Starkey 
earned a master's degree in applied 
linguistics from the University of 
South Florida in December of 2002. 
She is now teaching English at USF's 
English Language Institute at Hills- 
borough Community College in 
Tampa, Fla. Her 3-year-old daughter, 
Sofia Ariel Ramierz Starkey, and her 
mother joined her on a trip to 
Ecuador in August. 

84 Susan Friedmann Berman 

and husband Marc recently opened 
a national Internet travel agency. 

Their niche market is luxury travel. 
Discounts for MC alumni! Visit their 
website at 
Nancy P. Jones was recognized as a 
board-certified expert in traumatic 
stress by the American Academy of 
Experts in Traumatic Stress, and she 
holds diplomat status in the acad- 
emy. She continues to work as a 
psychotherapist at the University of 
Medicine and Dentistry of New Jer- 
sey and as an adjunct instructor at 
Brookdale Community College. 

85 Kevin G. Crothers was 

recently named director of media 
services for the Charleston County 
Public School System in South 
Carolina. S. Mark Street was 
elected pastor of Milligan Free 
Will Baptist in Johnson City, Tenn., 
in February. He reports that the 
church is growing and the Lord is 
"blessing wonderfully! " 

86 Patrick Foster and wife Lynn 
moved from Santa Monica, Calif, to 
Hinesville, Ga., where he is a coun- 
selor and assistant football coach at 
Bradwell Institute. He had been 
head coach at Cabnllo High School. 
BIRTH: Patrick Foster and wife Lynn, 
a son, Zackary Franklin, Jan. 17. 

88 Karla Beard Heidelberg 

recently was appointed as the 
coordinator for a global ocean voy- 
age of discovery, modeled after the 
Challenger Expedition, to evaluate 
microbial biodiversity using newly 
developed community genomic 
techniques Heather Farrar Kiernan 
is currently a stay-at-home mom, 
homeschooling her children and 
raising small livestock on their fam- 
ily's mini-farm north of Knoxville. 
Jennifer Chastain Shelton is living 
in Fayetteville, N.C, and husband 
Michael is in the Army, stationed at 
Ft. Bragg, N.C. Donna Clancy 
Trainer and family are living in 
Nolensville, Tenn. She is teaching 

Brian Moore '91 coached his 

Peachtree City (Ga.) Lazers soccer team 
to a national crown in the girls under-19 
division. Defeating Elk Grove United 
(Calif.) 2-1, the Lazers took home the 
Ross Stewart Cup in the 2003 Snickers 
US Youth Soccer National Champi- 
onships held July 27 at the Maryland 
SoccerPlex in Germanton, Md. 

business classes at Nashville Tech 
and coaching girl's Softball. She 
serves on the board of directors for 
a non-profit organization. 
MARRIAGE: Anne Marcum to 
Paul Pearson, Aug. 16. 
BIRTHS: Lisa Harvey Burkett and 
husband Will, a son, Austin 
Alexander, May 10. Jennifer Chas- 
tain Shelton and husband 
Michael, twin sons, Caleb and Ian, 
Feb. 17,2002. 

89 Christian Kaijser and wife 
Julie have moved to Phoenix, Ariz., 
after living in Sweden for nine 
years. Dean Walsh, head women's 
basketball coach at Carson-New- 
man College, was named director 
of basketball operations of United 
States Athletes International. He 
will be coaching teams in Holland 
and Barbados this summer. 
MARRIAGE: Dean Walsh to 
Courtney J. Dunn, July 19. 

90 K.C. Cross is the owner, 
president and CEO of Quality 
Management Group, a group of 
companies providing services to 
senior citizens in Dania Beach, Fla. 
Sarah Schaefer Wimmer received 
a master's degree and is a certified 
health education specialist. She 
has recently returned to work as 
an adjunct professor at Maryville 
College, and volunteer coordina- 
tor for Blount Memorial Hospital's 
Hospice program. 
MARRIAGE: Stacy Reagan to 
Kate Mahar, May 24. 

BIRTH: Robin Schwall Harbin and 
husband Brent, a daughter, 
Rebecca Brooke, Feb. 16, 2001. 

'91 BIRTH: Kathleen Anderson 

Dudinsky and husband Michael, a 
daughter, Abigail Elizabeth, July 21. 

92 Carrie Callaway Denkinger 

received a license in clinical social 
work in March. She and husband 
Thomas continue to live at Blue 
Ridge School (Va.), where he 
teaches and coaches. 
BIRTHS: Anna Larson Henderson 
and husband Bill, a daughter, 
Madeline Paige, March 30. Roger 
Howdyshell and wife Lori, a daugh- 
ter, Jenna Lea, Sept. 3. Heather 
Smith Powell and husband Ralph, a 
daughter, Talley Elizabeth, May 17. 
Cassie Burns Therrell and husband 
William, a daughter, Charlotte 
Claire, Dec. 3, 2002. 

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Lynette King Webb '93 

and husband John welcomed 
daughter Emma Caroline 
into their lives June 17. 

93 Jessica V. Roitman is work- 
ing toward a Ph.D. in history at the 
University of Leiden, Leiden, The 

MARRIAGES: Robin Morris to 
David Hardin, Dec. 28, 2002. Kevin 
Ragsdale to Vickie Reese, June 7. 
BIRTHS: Melissa Suder Arp and 
husband John, a son, Bryce 
Michael, Aug. 5. Jamie Kent Harri- 
son and wife Sandra Brown Harri- 
son '94, a daughter, Mariana Kate, 
May 17. Paula Eaker Priddy and 
husband James, a son, Timothy 
James, April 21. 

94 Ayesha Dastgir has been 
appointed director of community 
opportunities for the Junior Cham- 
bers Bangladesh. Recently she was 
elected to the executive commit- 
tee of the American Alumni Asso- 
ciation. Lori Schirmer graduated 
with honors from the University of 
Tennessee College of Pharmacy in 
May. She is now a pharmacy prac- 
tice resident at the Veteran's 
Administration Medical Center in 
Memphis, Tenn. 

BIRTH: Bill Godfrey and wife 
Regina, a son, Alex Ray, May 18. 

95 Rosa Rebecca Dean Duncan 

completed a master's degree in 
instructional leadership at Ten- 
nessee Tech in August 2001 . She is 
now principal of Vonore Elementary 
School in Vonore, Tenn. Stephanie 
French Jahn resigned from her job 
as a 4-H extension agent with the 
University of Georgia to follow her 
husband to his military station in 
Tucson, Ariz. 

MARRIAGE: Stephanie French to 
Jesse Jahn, May 24. 

96 Todd David Anderson joined 
USAID Foreign Service as a democ- 
racy and governance officer in 
August. He is currently based in 
Washington, DC. Letitia Inez Hall 
is currently on a one-year assign- 
ment in Japan. She is a consultant 
with AEON. She is looking to make 
contact with other College alumni 
who may be in Japan or other 
Asian countries. Contact her at btr- Kristin Kant 

is working toward a Ph.D. in cultural 
anthropology at the University of 
Kentucky, Lexington. Jeremy Lan- 
dis has been promoted to investi- 
gator with the Ohio State Highway 
Patrol Office of Investigative Ser- 
vices. Laura Culp Tansill is begin- 
ning her seventh year teaching at 
Powers Ferry Elementary School 
(Ga.), where she was named 
Teacher of the Year for 2002-2003. 
Currently she is working toward a 
master's degree in elementary edu- 
cation from Kennesaw State Univer- 
sity. Scott Moss is a lieutenant in 
the U.S. Navy. He recently com- 
pleted duty at Tinker Air Force 
Base in Oklahoma, where he was 
mission commander and received a 

Navy Commendation Medal. He 
and wife Erin Cockerham Moss 
'00 are now stationed in Pensacola, 
Fla., where he is a flight instructor 
at Training Squadron 10. Amy 
McFall Prince received a master's 
degree in human resources devel- 
opment from the University of Ten- 
nessee, Knoxville, last summer. She 
is currently pursuing a Ph.D. from 
UT in human resources. David 
"Scooter" Reagan recently gradu- 
ated from the Southeastern School 
of Commercial Lending. He is vice 
president and loan officer of Citi- 
zen's National Bank's main office in 
Sevierville, Tenn. 

MARRIAGE: Laura Culp to Ronald 
Steven Tansill, April 5. Kevin 
Patrick Ernsberger to Jessica 
Nicole Browning, June 14. Amy 
Catherine McKeehan to Darin C. 
McGowan, May 24. 
BIRTHS: Jama Cameron Ander- 
son and husband Donny, a daugh- 
ter, Kayla Joelle, Oct. 30, 2002. 
Kelli Jackson Graham and hus- 
band Simon, a son, Jackson Noel, 
May 21 Shelly Johnson Kelly and 
husband Kevin, a daughter, Madi- 
son Rae, Jan. 20. Tera Smith Tap- 
scott and husband Dewayne, a 
son, Bricen Devyaun, June 2. 

97 David Golden and his family 
moved to Chetham County, Tenn., 
where he is the new defensive coor- 
dinator at the high school. He is 
beginning a master's in administra- 
tion and supervision at Tennessee 
State University. 

MARRIAGE: David H. Hughs to 
Shawn Landreth, July 27, 2002. 
BIRTHS: William A. Caldwell III 
and wife Ashley, two children, Jor- 
den Traivone, Jan. 21, 2002; Maken- 
zey Simone, Aug. 6. Jennifer Ann 
Stewart and husband Brooks, a 
son, Braxton Cromwell, June 10. 

98 Funmilayo Eke is an educa- 
tor at Jessye Norman School of 
the Arts in Augusta, Ga. Joshua 
Gooce recently graduated from 

Kevin Ragsdale '93 

married Vickie Reese in a 
June 7 ceremony at the 
Wattles Mansion in 
Hollywood, Calif. Spears 
Driskell '94 served as one 
of Kevin's groomsmen. 

Wake Forest University in Winston- 
Salem, N.C. with a Master of Divinity 
degree David McGreal and wife 
Angela Hicks McGreal '99 moved 
to Rockledge, Fla., where he is a 
high-school world history teacher, 
assistant athletic director and head 
boy's basketball coach for Rock- 
ledge High School. Mike Sherrod 
was named administrator of Emerald- 
Hodgson Hospital in Sewanee, Tenn., 
in July Helen Peraza-Stewart is 
pursuing a bachelor's degree in 
cardio-pulmonary therapy at the 
University of Central Florida. 
MARRIAGES: Jonathan Brabson 
to Tarra A. McDonnell, June 22, 
2002. Elizabeth Buzzard to Wes- 
ley Logan Speights, May 3. 
BIRTHS: Dara Di Giacomo Case 
and husband Randall, a son, 
Jeremy Scott, May 8. Angie Lewis 
Chidester and husband Jason, a 
son, Aaron Bryce, April 3. Helen 
Peraza-Stewart and husband 
Michael, a daughter, Jorden Nicole, 
Feb. 16. Hallie Burger Shankle and 
husband Lex, a daughter, Bella 
Marie, Nov. 11,2002. 

99 Rebecca Bowman is currently 
working with medically at risk chil- 
dren through the "Great Starts" 


program Nicole Brabender grad- 
uated with a master's degree in 
human development from the Uni- 
versity of Tennessee, Knoxville. 
Michael Clark moved to Livermore, 

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football game, Michael 
Ramsay '00 (above) was 
recognized as a "National 
Assistant Coach of the Year" 
by Don Larson of the AFLAC 
corporation. Ramsay is an 
assistant coach for the MC 
baseball team. Criteria includ- 
ed longevity of service, knowl- 
edge, long-term success and 
special contributions to the 

Calif., in March 2002. He accepted 
a position at Sandia National Labs 
in the environmental, safety and 
health department. Angela Hicks 
McGreal moved with husband 
David '98 to Rockledge, Fla. She is 
employed with Brevard County 
Parks and Recreation as a recre- 
ation program coordinator for 
aquatics. Bridget Bell Van Gans- 
beke now lives in Columbus, Ga., 
near Ft. Benning where her hus- 
band is stationed. Bridget plans to 
pursue her education while he is in 
the Army. Ryan Stewart and 
Jeanna Beck Stewart will be in 
Costa Rica until July 2004 and offer 
this website for friends to share in 
their adventures: www.ryanstew- Ryan has also started a 
collection of College memorabilia 
which can be seen at the site. Julia 
Messer Strunk and husband Joe 
have moved to Morgantown, 
W.Va., to attend West Virginia Uni- 
versity so that she may pursue a 
Ph.D. in clinical psychology. James 
R. "Tripp" York earned a doctor of 
pharmacy degree from the Univer- 
sity of Tennessee College of Phar- 
macy. He has accepted a position 
with McGee's Prescription Shop in 
Shelbyville, Tenn. 

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MARRIAGE: Bridget Bell to Blaine 
Van Gansbeke, February. Jason 
Brooks to Christine "Chrissy" 
Newton, Aug 2 Brian Coulter to 
Wendy Fuji, June 21 . Ashley Dicus 
to Amber Rippy, April 26. Susan 
Kimberly McTeer to Roger Lowery, 
July 1 9 Kelly Willocks to Rex A. 
Bryant, June 7. 

00 Robertson Allen returned to 
Tennessee after three years in 
Japan teaching junior high school 
English. He plans to enroll in grad- 
uate school to study cultural 
anthropology beginning Septem- 
ber 2004. Andy and Casey Ander- 
son Bartow live in Maryville. She 
works at Edsouth in Knoxville, and 
he is employed as a manager at 
Blackberry Farm and also works at 
Timba Music Studio as a recording 
engineer. Aaron T. Clabo was pro- 
moted to Case Manager 2 in March 
and now oversees the interstate 
probation of the Juvenile Justice 
unit of the Knox County Depart- 
ment of Children's Services. Folami 
Ford received a Certificate of Inter- 
pretation from the Registry of Inter- 
preters for the Deaf in March. She 
is now enrolled in the Master's of 
Interpreting program at Gallaudet 
University. Reanna Myers Franklin 
moved to Cleveland, Tenn., with 
husband Curtis and is teaching 
string orchestra and choir at Tyner 
Academy and Middle School in 
Chattanooga Adriel McCord is 
branch manager and assistant vice 
president with Sun Trust Bank in 
Maryville. Emily Beth McLemore 
works as a customer billing special- 
ist for Marriott Business Services. 
Steffanie Mashburn Speck gradu- 
ated from the University of Ten- 
nessee College of Law in May. She 
has accepted a job with Lacy, 
Moseley and Crossley. Erin Cock- 
erham Moss and husband Scott 
'96 are living in Pensacola, Fla., 
where she is employed by A&E 
Associates. David Moss received a 
master's degree in health adminis- 
tration from the University of Ken- 
tucky in May, then graduated from 
Officer Indoctrination School. He is 
now a Lieutenant junior grade in 
the U.S. Navy and the Officer in 
Charge of Plans, Operations and 
Medical Intelligence at Naval Hos- 
pital in Pensacola, Fla. Shane and 
Jessica Reynolds Otto recently 
moved to Indianapolis, Ind. Jessica 
is an analytical chemist at Eli Lilly, 

and Shane is a casualty specialist 
with Progressive Insurance. Joette 
Russell received a master's degree 
in chemistry from the University of 
North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 
May Karrie Wilson moved to 
Mason, Ohio, with her fiance. She 
is teaching special education at 
Mason Intermediate School. 
Brandi Stewart Vaughn earned 
her master's degree in physical 
therapy in October 2002. 
MARRIAGES: Tonya Briggs to 
Brian Gossett, April 12 David Con- 
ner to Kendra Denise Jones, May 
24 Natasha Duckett to Adam 
John Pritchard '03, June 21 . Jackie 
Mathis to Sarah Russell, June 21 . 
Steffanie Mashburn to Chad 
Speck, May 17. David Moss to 
Tosha Crass '01 , Aug 23. Shane 
Otto to Jessica Reynolds, May 17. 
Sandra Sikes to Todd Thurman, 
May 24 Jonathon Wright to 
Christina Johnson, Sept. 20. 
BIRTHS: Jamie Baker Hagy and 
husband Albert, two sons, Eli, 
April 27, 2001; Jacob, March 21. 
Joanna Wilson McCroskey and 
husband Benjamin, a daughter, 
Najena Marie, June 16, 2002. 
Kendra Moore Shackleford and 
husband Greg, a son, Caleb, May 
8, 2001 Brandi Stewart Vaughn 
and husband Bart, a son/Bryce 
Allen, June 18. 

01 Amy Cron is a post-produc- 
tion assistant on the WB television 
show "Steve Harvey's Big Time." 
She is living in Burbank, Calif. 
Stephanie Howard Davis is a 
guidance counselor at Farragut 
High School. Vince Ingle is a third- 
year dental student at the Univer- 
sity of Tennessee Dental School. 
Kristy Love Sharpton is a kinger- 
garten teacher in Springfield, Tenn. 
Dorothy Mackay Spaulding is liv- 
ing in Wichita Falls, Texas, where 
her husband is in the Air Force and 
she is working toward a teaching 
certificate in high school science. 
Jason Nash is teaching 10th grade 
English and coaching varsity foot- 
ball at Elbert County High School 
in Elberton, Ga. He is also the head 
coach for the JV and C-Team base- 
ball squads and is enrolled in the 
University of Phoenix to receive a 
master's degree in education. 
Elisha Giles Rogers is teaching first 
grade in Polk County, Tenn., 
schools and is currently the head 
softball coach. Mark Rogers is pur- 

suing a master's degree in teaching 
from Lee University in Cleveland, 
Tenn. Scott Slatton is in his third 
year at Cumberland School of Law 
in Birmingham, Ala. Ashley Wat- 
son is moving to Ithaca, N.Y., to 
pursue a master of fine arts in cre- 
ative writing from Goddard Col- 
lege Emily Stooksbury Wilburn is 
a fourth-grade teacher at Ander- 
sonville (Tenn.) Elementary School. 
Joshua Wheatley is currently work- 
ing at ImagePoint in Cincinnati. 
MARRIAGES: Joseph W. Ballard 
to Amanda Carole Burnett, May 
31 Amanda Carson to Slade 
Smiddy, June 21 . Tosha Crass to 
David Moss '00, Aug. 23 
Stephanie Howard to Travis Davis, 
May 3. Kristy Love to Blake Sharp- 
ton, June 15,2002. Dorothy 
Mackay to Tim Spaulding, May 31 . 
Emily Stooksbury to Gary 
Wilburn, March 14. Joshua Wheat- 
ley to Laura Beth Smith, July 12. 

02 Mark Brininstool is in the 

Ukraine with the Peace Corps. He will 
be teaching English for the next two 
years to middle-school children at 
Rubizhne, a town of 70,000 in eastern 
Ukraine. His new e-mail address is Erin 
Verhofstadt Hartsell is pursuing a 
doctoral degree in physical ther- 
apy at University of Puget Sound 
in Tacoma, Wash. 
MARRIAGE: Loryn MacKenzie to 
Daniel Hoskins, May 17. Erin Ver- 
hofstadt to Jason Michael Hart- 
sell, July 19. 

BIRTH: Loryn MacKenzie Hoskins 
and husband Daniel, a daughter, 
Madison DeLaney, Aug. 1. 

03 Erin Kobs is a college intern 
with the Presbyterian Church in 
Bowling Green, Ky. Tim Self is the 
new Tuckaleechee District executive 
for the Boy Scouts of America. His 
district encompasses Blount County 
and Greenback and is in Area One 
of the Great Smoky Mountain 
Council of BSA. Sarah Stutzman is 
in her third season with the 
Knoxville Opera Chorus. She is the 

ad Davis '03 and 
Brandt '04 were | 
d May 24 at 
ingdale Baptist 
h in Johnson City, 
nn. The wedding party 
included MC students and 
alumni Bethany Horvath 
'04, Andrea Frazier '04, 
Lydia Edrington '04, 
David Ruble '02 and Todd 
Hryn '03. 

Jeremy Baucom '03 

Turkey, the two are at home 
in Moscow, where Jeremy is 
working to become fluent 
in Russian. The couple met 
in 2000, while Jeremy was a 
student at the College and 
Anna was working at the 
Great Smoky Mountains 
Institute at Tremont. 

children/youth music director at 
Unity Baptist in Maryville, and is the 
music teacher and choral director at 
Westside Elementary and North 
City Elementary in Athens, Tenn. 
Stephanie Sullivan is living in 
Nashville and is the Tennessee 
State Americorps leader. Alex 
Swann is an account representative 
for Fastenal Company. Josh Tum- 
mel has joined Thunder Enter- 
prises, a development firm. He is 
based in the Tellico region. Laura 
Wright Heffern is living in Johnson 
City, Tenn., enrolled in graduate 
school at ETSU. 

MARRIAGES: Joseph Ambler to 
Carly White Covic, Aug. 9. Gina 
McFall to Scott Jenkins, Aug. 2. 
Alex Swann to Kelly Brown, Oct. 
11. Laura K. Wright to Todd M. 
Heffern, June 7. HS 



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S o c i e t.y of 1 

At a time when most couples their age are looking at financing their children's 

college educations, Steven '74 and Deborah Welch Douglas '77 have taken a 

look further down the financial road - to estate planning. 

And they 

didn't forget 



IT'S PRECISELY THE reality of paying tuition for 
their son Zachary today and sending 17-year-old 
Alexandra to college next year that made joining 
Maryville College's Society of 1819 more compelling. 
The Douglases are well aware of the cost of higher edu- 
cation these days. With the cost of private tuition 
already high (and increasing), "nearly every student will 
need some financial aid," Steven predicted recently. 

The Douglases believe that those who went before 
should be looking back with an eye toward helping oth- 
ers receive some of the same value they did. "It is the 
responsible thing to do," said Steven, who's now Gen- 
eral Sessions Judge in Crossville, 
Term. "Nobody is asking anyone 
to give all they have, I'm just ask- 
ing alumni to remember." 

The Douglases were back on 
campus in August for a visit and a 
reunion with friends from his col- 
lege years. They all toured new 
and recently renovated Fayer- 
weather and Bartlett halls and saw 
the new Lloyd Hall. They even 
found a friendly custodian who let 
Steven visit his old room in the 
basement of Wilson Chapel. It's a 
different decade from the 1970s, 
when Steven and Debbie received 

The Douglas 
family (I to r): 

Deborah, Steven 
v and Zachary. 

their diplomas; many things have changed for the bet- 
ter, but it's no easier today to find the resources to 
fund a quality education than it was 30 years ago. 

Thanks to Steven and Debbie Douglas and many 
other generous and responsible MC graduates, worth- 
while students continue to receive 
much-needed financial assistance. 

Won't you join Steven, Debbie and 
many others bv designating a per- 
centage of your estate for Maryville 
College scholarships or other 
needs? Giving through your estate 
is a painless but important way to 
make a major difference. 

V Steven (top row, center) 

returned to campus last August to help 

celebrate the 50th birthday ofLyn "Ray" 
Stanley '75 (bottom row, right). Other 

MC buddies attending were (bottom row, 

l-r) Lou Catrett '76, Gwen Guba Stanley 
'76, (top row) Don Gilbert '74 and 

v Wayne Reynolds '76. , 

For more information, 
contact Diane Montgomery 
at 865.981.8191 or 
ma ryv illecollegc. edu. 

Maryville's Open Door 


The historic decision of the U.S. Supreme Court on 

May 17, 1954, outlawing compulsory segregation in public schools 

. . . makes all colleges in Tennessee and all 
other States free to accept Negro students 
if the colleges wish to do so. The Directors 
ofMaryville College therefore have taken 
action re-establishing the College's 
* 1 ' ; M"--MfP^r policy of accepting any qualified 

student without regard to race or color. 
Tins policy is now in effect. v 

- announcement released on behalf ofMaryville 

College's Board of Directors and faculty by dten- 

President Dr. Ralph W. Lloyd, August 1954 

for the Spring issue 
of FOCUS, where 
Maryville College kicks 
off its celebration of 
the 50-year anniversary 
of the College's re- 
enrollment of African- 
American students 
and the 1954 Supreme 
Court ruling that 
declared segregation 


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