STREETS NAMED Wl"
HISTORY IN MIND
Dates to remember
Alumni College &
Kin Takahashi Week
Admissions Open House
Admissions Open House
Orchestra Holiday Concert
& Christmas Open 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
THOSE ALUMNI JOINING THE CLASS OF 2005
AND SERVING A TWO-YEAR TERM INCLUDE:
BEVERLY FOX ATCHLEY '82
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.
SHARON PUSEY BAILEY '69
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.
DAVID RUSSELL '72
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.
THOSE ALUMNI JOINING THE CLASS OF 2006
AND SERVING A THREE-YEAR TERM INCLUDE:
TAMMY TAYLOR BLAINE '89
Blaine is a budget analyst with the U.S.
Department of Energy in Oak Ridge,
Tenn. She is married to Alec Blaine '89.
G. DONALD HICKMAN '70
Hickman is currently employed as assistant
inspector general for investigations with the
Tennessee Valley Authority. He and wife
Janet reside in Knoxville.
PATRICIA "PAT" CLAIRE JONES '55
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.
ADRTEL MCCORD '00
McCord is an assistant vice president and
branch manager with SunTrust Bank in
Maryville. He is married to Nichole
Johnson McCord '02.
DANIEL F. OSBORNE '76
Osborne currently works as a vice president
of Regions Financial Corporation in
Gainesville, Ga. He is married to Pamela
Patton Osborne '77.
JAMES "RYAN" STEWART '99
Stewart and wife Jeanna Beck Stewart '99
live in Hershey, Pa., where they are both
houseparents at the Milton Hershey School.
KRISTINE TALLENT '96
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.
LEE TAYLOR '77
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!
A Publication for Alumni and Friends of Maryville College
FOCUS MAGAZINE 2004
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is an undergraduate,
liberal arts, residential
community of faith and
learning rooted in the
students of all ages
prepares students for
lives of citizenship
and leadership as we
challenge each one to
search for truth, grow in
wisdom, work for justice
and dedicate a life of
creativity and service to
the peoples of the world.
ABOUT THE COVER:
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
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
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
Director of Communications
Karen Beaty Eldridge '94
Director of News and
Judy M. Penry 73
Rebeccah Kinnamon Neff '62
Raleigh, North Carolina
Carol Callaway-Lane '92
Ken Tuck '54
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
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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 www.brevard.edu/fyfouniiations.
COLLEGE AGAIN RECOGNIZED BY U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT
Kn 1 1
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.
Catting *>tt*u«c Tea
Tmj#t>*Q Wa PjqM Scroott
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
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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COLLEGE SETS ENROLLMENT RECORD
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
ment, but above and
beyond the satisfac-
tion of making good
progress toward a
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
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.
I nsernbltr wn -\ \ ■ n j
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
(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
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.
STERLING MARYVILLE COLLEGE PRESIDENT Dr. Gerald W. Gibson
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:
www.maryvillecollege.edu/admissions/frn 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 email@example.com.
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,
FOCUS | WINTER 2004
JENNIFER CUMMINGS WEST '95,
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."
BY KAREN BEATY ELDRIDGE '94
Director of News and Public Information
MC staffer Jennifer
'95, left, traveled to
Ghana during the
summer of 2003 to
visit MC senior
Barimah, right, and
to establish service-
ties for MC students
in the country.
students gain a
sense of global
citizenship ... v
REASONS TO GO
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
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-
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!"
ALREADY REACHING OUT
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
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.
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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 www.maryvillecollege.edu/alumni/homecoming.
8 FOCUS | WINTER 2 04
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
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
2004 HOMECOMING WEEKEND
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
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.
son, right, and
the MC Board
Dr. Joseph J. | the MC Board
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
FACULTY RESEARCH PUBLISHED
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.
GIHANI PERERA '05
Major: Writing &
"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?"
JORDAN WELLS, '06
"I really like the way
John Grisham writes. His
wording, the way that he describes
things, the scenes he creates."
DR. JOHN NICHOLS '65
Professor of Mathematics
The Lion's Game
"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."
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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
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF
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.
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF CHEMISTRY
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.
FOCUS I W I N T E R 2 4
FRAMING THE FUTURE:
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
WHY A MASTER PLAN?
"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
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
"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-
"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.
12 FOCUS I WINTER 2 004
A 21ST-CENTURY PLAN FOR CAMPUS FACILITIES
BY KAREN BEATY ELDRIDGE '94 Director of News and Public Information
— ^_ lAMARAlWANDH PARKWAY
LAMAR ALEXANDER PARKWAY
©0 © ©0 $T q
FOCUS WINTER 2 4
PHASE I OF THE 2003 MASTER PLAN
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
FOCUS I WINTER 2004
a ramp, and the back porch was rebuilt.
The clapboard siding got a new coat of
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.
NEW CMC ARTS CENTER
COULD MEET COMMUNITY'S
NEEDS, AS WELL
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,
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-
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
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
-ijjr decided, con-
^ struction costs are
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
and Locker Room/Toilets
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
New Indoor Soccer Facility
Campus Signage Phase II
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Street signs (right) reveal the
new names for campus roads; the
original "Corduroy" (below) .
COLLEGE'S HISTORY BEHIND
NEW STREET NAMES
BY STEPHANIE ZILLES '07
" 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
all completed in
the last seven
the physical plant
staff before 1999,
it's now the
center thanks to a
jewel" of the cam-
pus saw interior
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.
STADIUM ENTRANCE &
Wrought-iron gates, land-
scaping and new struc-
tures (below) significantly
improve the entrance
to Honaker Field.
llinmstii— — -
Originally slated for
major renovation in 2010
to make it the College's
village in 1997
marked the first
mortar project the
was expedited by a
campus had seen
in 27 years.
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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
'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
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
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
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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
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
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
'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
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.
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Former College employees pass away
The College community recently mourned the deaths of three
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
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,
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
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
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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
'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
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-
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
instruction from George Mason
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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
firstname.lastname@example.org. 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-
fieldmcfarland.com. 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 www.Bermantravel.com.
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,
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
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
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
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-
email@example.com. 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
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
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,
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-
art.com. 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
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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
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
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
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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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.
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
family (I to r):
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-
and the 1954 Supreme
Court ruling that
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