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WINTER 2006 







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Maryville College i Center for Campus Ministry 




Dr. Anna Carter Florence 

Assistant Professor of Preaching and Worship at Columbia Theological Seminary 

'Can I Get a Witness: Testimony and Truth Telling 


FLORENCE is the 
assistant professor of 
preaching and wor- 
ship at Columbia 
Theological Seminary 
in Decatur, Ga. An 
ordained minister in 
the Presbyterian 
Church (USA), she is 
interested in histori- 
cal, theological, aesthetic and performative 
dimensions of preaching and the ways preaching 
engages other fields and different traditions. 

Carter Florence has authored and contributed 
to numerous publications on preaching, including 
a forthcoming book entitled Preaching as Testi- 
mony. She is a frequent speaker and guest lec- 
turer at conferences and forums and in television 
and radio broadcasts. In 2000, Carter Florence 
earned her Ph.D from Princeton Theological Sem- 
inary. She holds a master's degree in divinity from 
Princeton and a bachelor's degree from Yale. 

ANNE MCKEE AT 865.981.8298 OR 


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February 25 

10:30 am new providence PRESBYTERIAN church I MARYVILLE 


February 26 

9 & 11:05am Moming Worship Sorvlces 


SINCE 1877, February Meetings have offered the College and local community an 
annual opportunity to reflect on Christian faith and action. 


We found this image among several old 
slides used by the College's Admissions 
Office for recruiting efforts. The only notation 
on it reads "Colorado." 


Who are these students? What were they 
doing out West? What year was this image 
shot? Can you safely lean against a cactus? 

If you know the answers to any of the 
above questions, write to us at: or 
FOCUS, Maryville College 
502 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway 
Maryville, TN 37804 

From Our Readers: 

The picture of a curious marble bust in our Summer 2005 FOCUS 
didn't generate many responses from readers, but it did bring to 
light some interesting College history. 

Karen Kenst, a neighbor of the College, reports that the bust 
belongs to her longtime friend, Kathiyn (Kay) Martin, a former 
MC assistant professor of Spanish and French. 

Martin, who taught at the College from 1950 until her retirement 
in 1986, purchased the bust from her friend and fellow faculty 
member, the late Richard Freidenbergs. Freidenbergs taught as 
assistant professor of French, German and Russian from 1961 to 
1968 after immigrating to the United States from Latvia via France. 
Martin believes Freidenbergs bought the marble bust in New York, 
once he arrived in the States. 


We asked who is depicted by the piece, and Martin is confident that 
the figure and visage is that of Madame Recamier, a woman who 
posed frequently for artists during the late 1700s and early 1800s. 
The sculptor of the piece, however, remains a mystery. Regardless 
of its artist or its value, Martin says 
the piece "reminds me of 
Maryville and my dear friend, 
Richard. And that," she contin 
ued, "makes this piece of art 
quite priceless." 

Martin remains a resident of 
Maryville, living close to the 
College and receiving frequent 
visits from Kenst and 
other MC friends. 

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is an nncicr^rndiinte, 
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commitnity of faith and 
Icaniinjj rooted in the 
tradition serving 
students of all a^es 
and backgrounds. 

Maryville College 

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




First-year students 
spend hours 
engrossed in books, 
but not alt required 
reading comes from traditional text- 
books (see Student Handbook and 
Founding Story). Students in the first 
year also may have to, for the first 
time, keep up with keys and ID cards, 
as well as learn how to balance their 
studies with relaxation (iPod) and a 
social life (cell phone). If you're curious 
about the prices of the books shown, 

4 College teams dominate Great 
South Athletic tournaments 

Of MC's fi\'e tall teams tliat compete in the Great South Ath- 
letic Conference, four were named conference champions 
while another took second-place honors. And MC soccer 
teams saw post-season competition in national tournaments. 

5 College's Initiative on Vocation 
receives second grant 

Lilly Endowment Inc. recendy awarded the College a 5500,000 grant, which \\ill help hind 
the College's Iiiitiati\'e on Vocation through 2009. 

9 College welcomes new faculty 

This M, three individuals joined the MC faculty- in tenure-track positions. Read all about 
their educational and professional backgrounds, teaching areas and mterests. 

11 Maryville's First-Year Experience 

Dr. Pegg\' Cowan, chair of the Man'\'ille Curriculum, associate professor of religion and 
holder of the Ralph W. Beeson Chair in Religion, explains why a student's first year is crucial 
in determining success in college and beyond. 

2 Message from the President 

3 Campus News 
9 Faculty News 

22 Class Notes 


''Small differences 

in how something 

begins can make vast 

differences in how 

things wind up. " 

Greetitigfs frotn the Maryville Colle£ie campus! 

"Whatever the changes in this j^eneration of college 

students, the Maryville Collej^e faculty remains 

committed to the very real students who enroll here. 

Today's students can count on faculty who seek to 

meet thetn where they are and see them through to 

educational success. Tlmt's still the Maryville way." 

Quoting from my own writing isn't a habit of 
mine, but I think this quote ft'om the Spring 2005 
issue oi FOCUS, witli its theme of "Today's College 
Students," is equally appropriate for this issue on the 
First-Year Experience at Mar^fxalle College. 

In seeldng to meet our freshmen "where they are," 
our facult)' and staff are currentiy deeply committed 
to "FVTi" activities and programs. FYE is the acronym 
for "First-Year Experience," and until just recently 
you \\'ouldn't find it in any of Mam'ille's publications 
or hear it in conversations on campus. Now it's ubiq- 
uitous. In tills issue of FOCUS, Dr. Peggy Cowan, 
who provides leadership for MaryviUe's FYE, gives our readers greater insight 
into our approach to meeting these first -year students where they are. 

Author James Gleick in his 1987 book C^flo.f coined the term "Butterfly 
Effect" to emphasize the fact that nature often shows a "sensitive dependence on 
initial conditions." "[A] butterfly," he says, "stirring the air today in Peking can 
transform storm systems next mondi in New York." Small differences in how 
something begins can make vast differences in how things wind up. There is 
ample evidence that first-vear college students likewise show a sensitive depend- 
ence on initial conditions, anci the FYE efforts are made in recognition of tiiat 
reality'. Many of us, looking back on our own college experiences, can ver^' likely 
point to small events from early on that made all the difference to our ultimate 
college success - an encouraging word fi-om a faculty member, a sharp admoni- 
tion fi-om a coach, an epiphany during a lecture, involvement with a student 
publication staff, discovery of an effective study habit, signing up for choir. 

If we reflect honestly on our own time in college, it is also undeniable that the 
experience of our first year was not summed up b\' what happened in the class- 
room. Curriculum is central, but \'er\' significant also are any number of experi- 
ences beyond the classroom. Volunteer work, playing on an athletic team, singing 
in the choir, semng as a student government officer, living in a residence hall - 
diese, too, help to define the total learning experience that transforms the stu- 
dent who enters college into the educated graduate who claims a diploma bear- 
ing the Maryville seal. 

Our faculty' members know that they can't assure a perfect life for eveiy freshman, 
nor do tiiey aspire to do so. Serendipity' will always play its role in student lives. But 
the Maiyx'ille faculty also Icnows that there are ways in which we can legitimately and 
profitably shape the experiences of that first crucial yeai' to maxiinize the success of 
our entering students. That's a task worthy of dreir attention. 09 



Dr. Gerald W. Gibson 


Mark E. Gate 

Vice President for 
Advancement and Finance 

Karyn Adams 
Director of Communications 

Karen Beaty Eldridge '94 

Director of News and 

Public Information 


Mary Workman 
Publications Manager 


Ken Tuck '54 

Roanoke, Virginia 


Sylvia Smith Talmage '62 

Oak Ridge, Tennessee 

Vice President 

Carol Callaway-Lane '92 
Nashville, Tennessee 
Recording Secretary 

Judy M. Penry '73 

Knoxville, Tennessee 

Past President 

CLASS OF 2006 

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

CLASS OF 2007 

Rick Carl '77 

Ibby Shelley Davis '68 

Carrie Osikowicz Eaton '67 

Jeff Flickinger'87 

Heidi Hoffecker '89 

Erin Palmer '99 

Pat D'Alba Sabatelle '73 

John Trotter '95 

CLASS OF 2008 

Marvin Beard '67 

Jeff Denton '87 

Clara Gowans Hardin '57 

Carl Lindsay, Jr. '50 

Kathy Mayurnik Nenninger '73 

Adam Ray '97 

Aundra Ware Spencer '89 

Harold Turner '03 

FOCUS I VV 1 N T E R 2 6 

camD s news 



WITH 1,146 STUDENTS enrolled for fall 2005, Man■^■ille 
College has, for the tliird conseeutix'e yeai', broken pre- 
\'iously set enrollment records. College administrators 
were expecting another banner reciiiiting year, but the actual 
number of students enrolled surpassed their earlier predictions, 
said Mark Gate, vice president for advancement and admissions. 

"We thought we might break the 1,100 mark for the first time 
this year, but we were pleasandy surprised to hear die record num- 
ber after all heads \\'ere counted," Cate said. "This is a credit to our 
outstanding admissions and financial aid team as well as our 
coaches and faculty and staff" members who all see themselves as 
recaiiters and mentors of students. 

"These are unprecedented times at Mar\'^'ille College," he 
added. "The College is certainly on a roll, and I believe that the 
momentum and a contagious MC spirit is becoming more and 
more attracti\e to prospecti\e students." 

First-vear smdents in the Class of 2009 number 333 - the largest 

incoming class of smdents since GIs reairned fi-om World War II in 
1946. Adding transfer smdents, and readmitted students, the total 
number of new smdents on campus in fall 2005 totals 429. 

The newest class to hit the campus is more diverse than pre\'i- 
ous classes, according to Ned Willard, assistant vice president for 
admissions. Ethnic minorities represent 12 percent of the class, 
compared to seven and six percent for the classes of 2008 and 
2007, respectively. Sixt>'-nine percent of the class is fi'om Ten- 
nessee. Members of last year's entering class were predominantly 
Temiessean, with 78 percent claiming in-state residency. 

Six more states and two more countries are represented in the 
Class of 2009, compared with last year's first-year class. 

Like pre\'ious classes, Willard said the new smdents cai-ried 
impressive academic credentials, including an ACT a\'erage of 24.2 
and an average high school GPA of 3.55. Fifty-seven percent of 
current first-year smdents ranked in the top 25 percent of their 
high school graduating classes. 


12 YEARS, the College was ranked 
by U.S. News & World Report in its annual 

guidebook "America's 

Best Colleges." 

Maryville was ranked in 
two categories for the 
publication's 2006 guide- 
book. Moving up a spot 
from the 2005 rankings, 
the College was ranked 
No. 3 in the "Best Comprehensive 
Colleges-Bachelor's" category for south- 
ern colleges and universities. MC was rec- 
ognized as one of the best values among 
peer institutions in the region. In a section 
U.S. News & World Report headlined 
"Great Schools, Great Prices," Maryville 
was ranked No. 2 among southern com- 
prehensive baccalaureate colleges. 

College and university rankings for 2006 
can be seen at 

Security patrol now environmentally friendly 

In August, the College's Safet)' and Securiri' Office replaced its thi-ee-quarter-ton pick-up' 
with an environmentally fiiendl)' 2006 Ford Escape hybrid \'ehicle that gets roughly 35 
miles per gallon during safety and security patrols of campus. 

The College, citing emironmental concerns, record oil prices and fiscal responsibility', 
entered into a lease agreement with Enteiprise Fleet Ser\'ices as a pajt of the company's 
fleet management program. The agreement is 
expected to save the College money on fiael pur- 
chases and also show smdents how the College 
Ih'cs out its en\'ironmental ethic. "It sets an exam- 
ple diat the College supports the green effort," 
said Jack Piepenbring, director of safet)' and secu- 
rin'. "We alread\' buy energy' from windmills in the 
[TVA] Green Power Switch [Program], so this is 
another step of progress in the same direction." 

The Escape hybrid, v\hich has a conventional 
engine as well as a large batter\' and electric motor 
electric batter\' or both gas and battePi' working together. 

The lease of the h\'brid \'ehicle is consistent with the campus' goal to be "a model of 
environmental stewardship," as stated in the MC Window of Oppormnit)' strategic plan, 
said Dr. Bill Seymour, \ice president for administratix-e senices. 



runs on regular unleaded gasoline. 





OF THE FIVE fall teams that compete in the Great South 
Athletic Conference (GSAC), four were named conference 
champions while another took second-place honors. 

"It's been a great season to wear the orange and garnet," said 
Randy Lambert '76, adileric director. "I'm veiy proud of our 
student-athletes, our coaches and our trainers. They practice and 
work exti'emelv hard year-round to bring die College diis kind of 
recognition." The men's soccer team recorded a 12-4-1 regular- 
season record and went on to cUnch the championsliip in a 1-0 
N'ictorj' against Piedmont College. And for die first time in nearly 
a decade. Coach Pepe Fernandez and his players went on to die 
NCAA Division III playoffs, making it to tiie Sweet 16 round. 
The Scots were defeated by Messiah College (which ex'enmally 
clenched the national championship) but posted one of the most 
Micce.ssftil men's soccer seasons in the MC's histoiy, 15-5-2. 
Maldng it to die first-round of the NCAA tournament 
match-up, die women's soccer team ended its season widi a 
15-4-1 record, defeating Piedmont 5-0 in the GSAC champi- 
onsliip game. 

Kandis Schram '85, in her 20di season at die helm of the 
Lady Scots Volleyball Team, coached her players to a 25-13 regular-season record. The Man'xille squad 
defeated Piedmont 3-1 by the scores of 22-30, 30-21, 30-26, 30-26 in die GSAC championship game. 

Wayne Dunn '80 coached the men's cross countn' team to a first-place finish in the GSAC 
championship. Man'\ille won the men's team e\'ent with a 27-point total, holding off second-place 
LaGrange College. With its 55-point total, the women's cross countr\' team edged out Spelman 
for second place in die championship loin. 


^Tiy-^rr^-rTT iT-T'iriraffr'Tifiir " 


was named a preseason first- 
team All-American by back in July. 
The 6-foot-4, 245-pound 
defensive end 
for the Fighting 
Scots was the 
first football 
player to be so 
honored in 
recent memory. 

The honor recog- 
nized Townsend's stellar 
sophomore season, when he 
recorded 61 tackles, eight 
sacks, 1 1 tackles for loss and 
one interception that he car- 
ried 56 yards for a Maryville 

Townsend, a 2003 graduate 
of Gulf Coast High School in 
Naples, Fla., is majoring in 
business and organization 


j^^^^Ie celebrated United States Constitution Day Sept. 17 with several campus members • 
! reading the document in its entirety. The celebration is likely to become an annual 
\ event at colleges and universities across the country. In May, Congress passed legisla- 
,' tion declaring that "each educational institution that receives federal funds for a fiscal i 
- year shall hold an educational program on the United States Constitution on Sept. ^H 
Vice President and Dean of Students Vandy Kemp (right) reads an article, while stu^H 
, (left) follow along. ^| 

THE CENTER FOR Campus Ministry has cre- 
ated a new program starting this semester, but its 
actix'ities don't take place in the busy little chapel 
tiiat sits in the center of campus. Rather, it's found 
in die residence halls. Aside from residence life staff 
members and the like, each hall now has its own 
student chaplain. 

The Rev. Anne D. McKee, campus minister at 
die College and ad\'isor to the student chaplains, 
jump-started the idea because she knows there are 
many undergraduates on campus witii actix'e spiri- 
tual and religious li\'es. "This is a good wa\' to help 
people who are hearing a possible call into the ministry, either as 
an ordained or lay leader," she said, "while also providing a helpful 
service on campus." 

Many pai'ts of the program \\'ere patterned after those fi-om Berea 
College in Kentucky'. Berea's mission statement for its program says 
that "student chaplains help fecilitate the process of turning residence 
halls into emironments where students can learn and grow spiiitually, 
socially and intellecmally, and they work alongside other staff mem- 








bers to help create healthy learning and lixing halls." 
"It is important for this campus to have students 
like this who aren't necessarily authorit\' figures but 
who can be helpfiil and comforting," added Karly 
Wilkinson '04, the CCM intern who, along with 
Director of Volunteer Services Preston Fields '03, 
is responsible for logistics of the program. 

C'haplains are expected to acquaint tiiemselves 
with hall residents and be a sort of mentor who 
remembers birthdays, congratulates accomplish- 
ments and, if necessary, serves as a peaceful middle- 
man bet\\een campus staff and students. They also 
plan Bible study sessions, comniunin' service options and odier 
programs to get students in\'olved. 

Noah Penland '08, the chaplain in Lloyd Hall, said he espe- 
cially hopes the program \\'ill help ttansfers, freshmen and others 
who are searching for a sense of belonging on campus. He sees 
the program as a sort of counseling and outreach network for 
"people who are lost in some wa\' or merely seeking guidance." 

— Excerpted from Tlic Highland Echo 




pleased to announce the addi- 
tions ot" fi\'e members to its 
board of directors: Christine 
"Teenie" Ha\'\\orth, Wayne 
Kramer '74, Sharon Miller, 
Richard E. "Dick" Ragsdale 
and Jeffi-ey Willis. 

After sen'ice on the boaixi from 1996 until 2002, 

Hayworth returns for another term. The Uni- 
versity of Tennessee alumna is owner of Pen- 
rose Farm in Knox\'ille and serves on the 
boards of Ijams Nature Park, tlie United 
States Combined Training Association and 
the Chanticleer Foundation. 
Hav'worth has se\'en children. Daughter Deborah 
Hayworth '81 is a graduate of the College. 

Ki'amer, managing partner of Kramer, Rayson, 
Leake, Rodgers & Morgan, LLP, in Knowille, earned 
his law degree from Seatde University in 
1978. He concentrates his practice in areas of 
taxation, commercial and business and prop- 
erty transactions, corporate law and estate 
planning and administration. 

He and wife Sarah Hardrath Kramer '74 
ha\'e two sons. Sarah is an adjunct professor in the Col- 
lege's Division of Fine Aits. Wayne's parents were the 
late Frank Kramer '47 and Ruth Lloyd Kramer '47; 
his grandfather was the College's sixth president. Dr. 
Ralph W. Lloyd '15. 

Miller, another \JT alumna, is president 
and CEO of the Trust Company of Knox-Nille, 
a locally owned, state-chartered bank. 

Her community invoKement is extensive 
including ser\ice on the boards of the UT 
Foundation, St. Mary^'s Foundation, the 
Knox-\'ille Utilities Board, the Knox-x-ille Symphony, the 
Nature Consen-ancy and the Great Smoky Mountains 
Institute at Trcmont. 

Ragsdale is no sti-anger to the College or its board, 
after serving as chairman from 1992 until 
2004. In 1999, he was presented the College's 
Medallion. The Nash\ille-based businessman, 
who holds degrees from Ohio University and 
the Thunderbird Graduate School of Interna- 
tional Management, has spent die majority of 
his career in hospital administration. Currend\-, he is 
chairman of the board of Nashville General Hospital. 
Ragsdale and wife Anne have three children. Son 
Kevin Ragsdale '93 is an MC graduate. 

Willis is president and CEO of Michigan-based Willis 
Manufacturing. He graduated from Southern Univer- 
sity in Louisiana «ith a degree in accounting and busi- 
ness administration. 

He and wife Kimberly hax'e four children and live in 
Chatswortii, Ga. Willis is a member of the boards of 
Baylor Preparatory School and the Bright School in 
Chattanooga and is a past board member of Chat- 
tanooga's Girls Preparatory School. 

Ralph W 


Nature C 



After a snowy Spring Break in the Northeast last year, the Maryville College 
Concert Choir is heading south for the 2006 Choir Tour - to Georgia and 
Florida. The tour is still being finalized, but there were a few "knowns" at 
press time. The group will perform at First Presbyterian Church in Jasper, Ga., 
on March 16; at Westminster Presbyterian in Gainesville, Fla., on March 17; 
and Wekiva Presbyterian in Longwood, Fla., on March 19; and at Central Pres- 
byterian in Atlanta, Ga., on March 22. 

The Homecoming concert, held after the 
choir's return, is scheduled for March 31 in 
the Music Hall of the Fine Arts Center. Be 
sure to watch the MC website for updates! 

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RECEIVING ANOTHER xVlAJOR gift from Lilly Endoxvment Inc., 
MaryxiUe College will be able to extend programining for its Initiative on 
Vocation, initially launched in 2002. 

In September, die College received word diat it had 
been appro\'ed for a $499,823 renewal grant, which will 
co\'er up to one-third of the cost of the overall program 
through 2009. "The Initiative on Vocation has greatiy 
enhanced the educational experience of our students, as 
well as enriched the professional development opportuni- 
ties for our faculty and staft'," said Dr. Robeit Naylor, vice president 
and dean of the College. "We are delighted with the confidence in the 
Initiative expressed b\' the Endowment through this additional grant. 

"A key goal of a Mary\'ille College education is to graduate students 
who ^^■^\\ make a difference in the world," the dean continued. "The Ini- 
tiati\'e on Vocation is, witiiout question, helping us fulfill that mission." 

Three \'ears ago, Mar\'\'ille College was among 29 church- related lib- 
eral arts colleges and universities selected to recei\e fiinding dirough 
Lilly Endowment Inc.'s Programs for die Theological Exploration of 
Vocation (PTEV) initiative. 

With a nearly S2 million gj-ant from rite Endowment, Man^xille College 
was able to establish its Initiatix'e on Vocation. The initial grant proposal, 
authored by Dr. Bill Meyer, Maryville College associate professor of religion 
and philosophy, oudined two primaPi' goals for the three -year initiatix'e: 

"First, it seeks to gi\'e young people a sustained opportunity' to 
explore the underlving theological and philosophical roots of vocation, 
to connect diose roots to tiieir own religious faith or existential convic- 
tions, and to begin to discern their own specific calling in the world. 

"Second, it seeks to identiiv' talented young people and proxide 
them widi opportunities to explore a possible calling in the ministry', 
either as an ordained or lay leader." 

Among the man\' programs and opportunities made possible by the 
$2 million grant have been the Center for Calling & Career, 
advisor/mentor retreats, \'ocation dinners, summer internships, com- 
munit)' serx'ice and professional meetings, workshops for facult\' and 
parents, faculty explorations of vocation, the Isaac Anderson Fellow- 
ships for Church Leaderships, \'isits to seminan' and di\'init\' schools 
and workshops for pastors. 







SHERIDAN H. "DAN" GREASER '60, vice chair of 
JVIamille College's Board of Directors, was named die 2005 
recipient of the Mar\Tille College Medallion during the Col- 
lege's annual Founder's Day Celebration held Oct. 27. 

Since 1990, Maryville College has awarded die Medallion, 
the highest honor bestowed b)' the College, in recognition of 
indi\'iduals who have dedicated their efforts to advancing the 
College's reputation as a distinctive educational and cultural 

Board Chairman Dr. Dorsey D. "Dan" EUis presented 
Greaser, a former classmate, with the a\\ard. 

of die College, the Greasers are 
members of the President's Cir- 
cle, the Isaac Anderson Societ\' 
and the Societ)' of 1819. 

Among the alumnus' many 
contributions to the College is 
the annual Kin Takahashi Week, 
a fi\'e-dav summer e\'ent for 
alumni, parents and friends diat 
in\'ol\'es physical labor projects. 

Ellis told the crowd that Dr. 



Greaser, who built an impressi\'e professional career widi 
Union Carbide, Ralston Energ\' Systems and Evcready Batter\' 
Company, joined the College's board of directors in 1989. He 
actively participated in meetings, advised faculty members 
teaching international business, suggested wavs to recruit 
international students and tie them to the College after gradu- 
ation and provided some of Maryville's top students with 
summer internships with Ralston Energy' Systems in Switzer- 
land and France. 

Retiring in 1998 and moving to Knoxville, Greaser now 
serx'es on the College's Executi\'e Committee and Building 
and Grounds Committee, chairs the Advancement Committee 
and is the Board's Vice Chair. Generous financial supporters 


Gerald W. Gibson, president of 
the College, often refers to 
Greaser as "Kin Takahashi reincar 
nate." But in the alumnus, Gib- 
son sees other figures from the 
College's histoiy, die chairman 
shared. "President Gibson said it 

best: 'If all of Mar^'xille's alumni from all eras of its histor\' were 
electing one of their number to best represent the qualities that 
are tniK' Man'xillian, tiiey couldn't find a better candidate than 
Dan Greaser. He combines the \ision of Isaac Anderson with 
die can-do spirit of Kin Takahashi, the discipline of Samuel 
Tyndale Wilson, and die altniism of Clemmie Henry.'" 







FOLLLOWED BY SOME gasps from the 
aLidience and a loud applause of gratitude, the 
Class of 1955 presented President Gerald W. 
Gibson with a check for $201,961 to establish 
the Class of 1955 Endowed Scholarship. 

The check represented gifb and pledges 
raised during the College's anntial Reimion 
Giving Program. Carolyn Lime Albert '55 
and Ron "Dock" Jennings '55 made the 

"We initially set a goal of $150,000 and 
bypassed diat amount relativeh' easily. We then 

asked our classmates to reach for $200,000," 
Jennings said. "We hope this will serve as a 
challenge to other classes that follow to stretch 
their giving in support of their 50th reunion." 

Jennings, who promised to match his class' 
first $100^^000 with a gift: of $50,000, told die 
banquet audience that die class also set out to 
recruit members for the Societ\' of 1819, the 
College's planned gi\ing program. 

"Presendy, 10 members from the Class of 
1955 ha\e made plans to include the College in 
their wills or make odier planned giving 

:LASS0F 1955 





arrangements. The total gifts expected from 
these planned gifts is approximately 
$255,000," Jennings explained. "So, com- 
bining our current gifts and pledges with our 
planned gift expectancies, we ai'e pleased to 
announce that die total impact of our gifts to 
the College is approximately $455,000." 

In addition to Albert and Jennings, mem- 
bers of the gift committee included Class 
President Bill Davis, Abby Crosby 
McKean, Henny Laing Chambers, Patricia 
Claire Jones, Sarah Pledger Fechter, Bill 
Breen and Joe Gilliland, co-chair. 

three alumni during the National 
Alumni Association's 
annual meeting and 
banquet held Oct. 29 in 
the Margaret Ware Din- 
ing Room on campus. 

Adriel McCord 'GO, 

assistant vice president 
with SunTrust Private 
Banking Group, was 
named recipient of the 
Kin Takahashi Award for Young 
Alumni during the banquet. Receiv- 
ing the College's Alumni Citation 
were Martha Hess '67, MC regis- 
trar; and Robert Shelton '55, presi- 
dent emeritus of Austin Presbyterian 
Theological Seminary. 

Want to know 

more about 

Homecoming 2005? 

Be sure to visit, wliere 
you can see more photos 
and read tine releases and 
speeches from the weekend. 




Couit, Mary'\'ille 
College President 
Gerald Gibson and boai'd member Diane Humphreys -Barlow '70 
recognized the efforts - and the people behind those efforts - to 
make the MC campus even more picturesque. 

"Today we recognize those individuals who have provided lead- 
ership to our ongoing campus beautification maintenance and 
improvements," Gibson said during the dedication of the Campus 
Beautification Program held Oct. 29 as a part of Homecoming 
festi\'ities. "These are leadership gifts, perhaps to honor or memo- 
rialize someone, and will go toward continuing to enhance the 
aesdietic appeal of our campus." 

The Campus Beautification Program began in earnest during 
the summer of 2002, when all utilities were buried underground, 
parking lots were reformatted, entrances were widened and beauti- 
fied, new campus signage was installed and campus roads were 
repaved. Humphreys Court, first dedicated in 1993 to the mem- 
ory of Edward and Bernice Humphreys, was also expanded and 
enhanced in 2002, thanks to generous gifts from the board mem- 
ber and her brother, James Humphreys. The plaque, which is dis- 
played on one of the columns in the court^'ard, contains blank 
spaces. As people come forward to support ongoing beautification 
projects, their names will be added to the plaque. 

"This cedar-crowned hill has excited the imagination and enhanced 
the educational experience of Mar^aille College students for neai-lv 
140 years," said Jason McNeal, wee president for development. "We 
thank each of you for supporting our efforts to keep Maryville College 
pleasing not only to the intellect, heart and spirit, but also pleasing to 
the eye." For more information on campus beautification initiatives, 
contact the OiEce of Development at 865.981.8200. 

ENTS ON the play- 
ing fielcis and courts 
were rewarded witii 
athletic letters, 

awards and championships. During a luncheon ceremony on Oct. 28 
in the Proffitt Dining Room, five fbnner smdent-atiiletes received 
one more accolade: Induction into the College's Wall of Fame. 

Football legend Bill Cochran '64, soccer standout Julie Din- 
gels '93, basketball great Deangelo McDaniel '84 and two-sport 
athlete Danny Thomas '79 were recognized for their contribu- 
tions to the College's athletic programs. Gridiron star Paul Anag- 
nostis '85 was inducted posthumously. His wife Elisha and son 
Kyle accepted the award on his behalf. 


got out their clubs for the 

Coach Boydson Baird Golf 

Classic held at Lambert 

Acres Golf Course on Oct. 

28. This year, the event was 

named for the 1941 alumnus 

and legendaiy coach, who organized the golf tournament and 

lunch - a Homecoming tradition 
- for decades. He and wife Nancy 
attended the event. 

Several of Baird's former players 
were in attendance. "Coach" was 
presented with a framed photo of 
all tournament participants 
(shown left), signed by die 



Eev; Faces 

-acu Ity N ews 


TEACHING AREAS: First-year composition. DEGREES: Ph.D. in Education, University of Oregon (1991); M.A. in Education, 
Universit>' of California, Santa Cruz (1987); B.A. in Curriculum Development, UC, Santa Cruz (1979). PREVIOUS APPOINT- 
MENTS: Adjunct instructor of English, Mary\-ille College; Super\'isor of Student Teaching and Research Assistant, UO; 
Super\'isor of Student Teaching, UC, Santa Cruz. OTHER NOTABLES: Since 1991, Davis has owned Da\is Brothers Property 
Management, Inc. in Eugene, Ore., and has worked with non-profit organizations dedicated to helping families find and keep 
suitable housing. He is the son of former facu!t\' member Connie Da\is and former board member Carle Davis. 


TEACHING AREAS: Chcmistn', general education science courses. DEGREES: Ph.D. in Biochemistr\', University' of Tennessee 
(1998); B.S. in Biolog)', UT (1993). PREVIOUS APPOINTMENTS: Managing Editor of Publications/Medical Writer, the 
Physicians' Education Resource and Cancer Information Group; Adjunct Professor of Chemistry, Mary\'ille College; Post- Doctoral 
Research Associate at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Department of Pharmacolog\', University of Texas Southwestern 
Medical Center. OTHER NOTABLES: As an adjunct professor at the College, Gibson developed and taught SCI350: Cancer Science 
and Technology, a general education course that was closely tied to her research interests in oncolog\- and developing technologies. 


TEACHING .\REAS: Graphic design. DEGREES: M.F.A. in Multimedia Design with Educational Psycholog\' Emphasis, 
University' of Minnesota (2005); B.A. in Communication and Graphic Design, Buena Vista Universit)' (2000). PRE\TOUS 
APPOINTMENT: Graduate Instructor, Instructor of Record, U of M. OTHER NOTABLES: Schwarte's professional experience 
includes work as a graphic designer and website designer. Her master's thesis explored the effectiveness of pop-up windows 
\ersus banner advertisements on the Internet. 

Overstreet selected first recipient of Collins Professorship in the Humanities 

inaugural installation ceremony 
held Oct. 27 in the Proffitt Dining 
Room, Dr. Sam 0\'erstreet was named the 
first professor of Mar\'\'Ule College to hold 
the Dr. Ralph S. Collins Professorship in 
the Humanities. 








President Gerald Gibson presents Dr. Sam 
Overstreet with a plaque signifying his selec- 
tion as the first holder of the Ralph S. Collins 
Professorship in the Humanities. 

Overstreet, a professor of English, earned 
his doctoral degree in medie\'al studies fi^om 
Cornell University' and his bachelor's degree 
from Yale. A member of Phi Beta Kappa 
and an acrix'c medic\'al textual scholar, his 
teaching interests lie in Chaucer, earh' West- 
ern literature and history of the English lan- 
guage. He joined the MC facult\' in 1990. 

"His 1 5 years on the faculrs' chronicle a 
great many notables," said Dr. Robert 

Naylor, \ice president and dean, during 
the installation ceremon)'. "His peers 
have elected him to nearly every major 
committee of the facult\'; he has ser\'ed 
as chair of the faculn,'; the junior and 
senior classes have honored him for 
outstanding teaching; and he is a 
scholar of some renown." 


Established b\' Collins' daughter and 
son-in-law. Erica Collins Stetfe and 
William P. Stefte, the professorship 
memorializes Dr. Collins, who taught for- 
eign languages at the College from 1935 
until 1945 and again fi-om 1967 until 1981. 
Bridging his teaching j'ears at the College 
were 22 years as a foreign-service officer in 
Germany, the former So\'iet Union, Spain, 
Italy and Umguay. Prior to his return to die 
College in 1967, he was a member of the 
tacult\' of die State Department's Foreign 
Ser\ice Institute in Washington, D.C. 

The professorship recognizes exemplaiy 
accomplishment as a teacher, scholar and 
faculD,' member. The endowment funds a 
portion of the salan' and also pro\'ides a 
generous annual stipend to co\'er expenses 
for research, travel and scholarly materials. 

"[The professorship] will support both 
teaching and scholarship in the broad 
range of disciplines usually referred to as 

(Left) Dr. Ralph S. 
Collins taught foreign 
languages at the 
College from 1935 until 
1945 and again from 
1967 until 1981. 
(Below) Collins' daugh- 
ter, Erica, participated in 
the inaugural installation 
ceremony along with 
President Gibson, 
Dr. Sam Overstreet and 
Dr. Robert Naylor. 

'the Humanities,'" Naylor said. "But its 
establishment not only contributes to con- 
tinued academic excellence at the College, 
it also honors a man of great erudition and 
refinement. Professor Ralph S. Collins." 

To read Mrs. Steffe's remarks about 
her father that accompanied a 
PowerPoint presentation about his 
life, visit 


FOCUS I W I N T E R 2 5 

-acuity News 



College receives grant for French film festival 

THE FRENCH AMERICAN Cultural Exchange (FACE) program 
awarded Maryville College $1,800 to fond a new "Tournees Festival" 
film series on its campus for the tall 2005 semester. 

Screening movies such as "Les Cho7-iacs" {"^The Chorus"), "lOeme 
Chambre-Instants D'Audience" (^''The 10th District Court: Moments of 
Trial"), '%'Esquirc" {^"Games of Love and Chance") ^hich'Allah 
Dimanche" and "Tves Saint Laurent: Le Temps Retrouve" ("Yves Saint 
Laurent: His Life and Times"), the film series addressed topics related to 
the relevance of French culture, language and societal difltrences, said 
Associate Professor of French Dr. Elisabeth Lanois, 
who applied for the grant. 

In promoting the screenings, Lanois said, "The film 
festi\'al will in\'ol\'e audiences bevond MC and will be 

an efl:ective promotional event for the study of French. Immersion in 

the language and culture is entertaining." 

Lanois also added that the support of Tonrnees (a program of FACE) 

is provided for a maximum of fi\e consecuti\'e years, and all of the films 

were selected from a list of films offered from Tournees. The films were 

all in French but included English subtitles. 

The festival is made possible widi the support of the Cultural Ser\ices of the French 

Embassy and the French Ministn' of Culture (CNC). Sponsors include the Florence Gould 

Foundation, the Grand Marnier Foundation and the Franco-American Cultm^al Fimd. 

Wells receives fellowship for research 

DR. BARBARA WELLS, associate professor of sociolog\' at Man'X'ille 
College, was awarded the John B. Stephenson Fellowship from tiie 
Appalachian College Association for the 2005-2006 academic year. 

With fonding from the fellowship. Wells is spending the fall semester on 
sabbatical in Imperial Countj', Calif, conducting a qualitative study of the 
economic strategies of Latino families. Specifically, she is analyzing how a nati\'e-born 
population of Mexican-American families manages to support itself in a low-wage, high- 
povert\' rural context. 

CELL instructor receives Fulbright Scholarship 

DARCY MEIJER, senior instructor in the College's Center for English Language Learn- 
ing (CELL), is currently living and teaching in Vietnam, thanks to a Fulbright Scholarship. 

Until her return in August 2006, Meijer will lecture and demonstrate communicative 
teaching techniques for English teachers at Ho Chi Minh City Open University. She will 
provide teacher training workshops at other universities in Vietnam as well, at loca- 
tions including Hanoi, Hue, the Mekong Delta and Dalat. 

Meijer is one of approximately 850 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel 
abroad to some 1 50 countries for the 2005-2006 academic year through the Fulbright 
Scholar Program. Established in 1946, the program has become America's flagship 
international educational exchange activity. Its purpose is to build mutual understand- 
ing between the people of the United States and other countries. 

Dr Terry Simpson, chair of the College's Division of Education, was awarded the Ful- 
bright and spent the fall 2000 semester in Estonia. In 2002, he spent two weeks in 
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, as a part of the Fulbright Senior Specialist grant program. 

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

B O O K S H 


Admissions Counselor 
Killers of the Dream 
by Lillian Smith 

"This book is old and 
profound and should 
be revisited by many 
of us now. The autiior was a white 
Southerner who, in the late 1940s, 
amazingly interpreted the white south- 
ern experience under segregation. She 
connected Christianity', sexuality' and 
democracy to the psychological and 
emotional trauma of white children 
under segregation \\'ho were taught that 
the practice was necessari,' (even how 
they should continue it) by their fami- 
lies, churches and 'democratic' South- 
ern political and economic institutions. 
She was certainly before her time." 


Major: Math for 
Teacher Licensure 
Dinner with a Perfect 
Stranger: An Invita- 
tion Worth Considering! 
by David Gregon,' 

"Cun-endy, I am enjoying this short 
stor^' about a dinner discussion bet\veen 
Jesus of Nazaretii and a young, successfiil 
businessman who is, at first, very skepti- 
cal of Jesus' authenticit\'. The author 
concisely expresses the freedom that can 
be found in Christ's deatii and resurrec- 
tion. Portraying Jesus as a personal and 
caring gendeman relating to the man sit- 
ting across the table, he addresses com- 
mon questions about Christianity." 


Major: English Literature 

Ender's Game 

by Orson Scott Card 

"This is one of my 
favorite science fiction 
books. The story and 
the development of 
the protagonist, Ender, are die best fea- 
tures of this book. The way that a 
child's behavior and thought processes 
can be altered by a militaristic society is 
both chilling and awe-inspiring. It is 
truly a fantastic book. " 





Associate Professor ol' Religion and holder 
of tKe Ralph W. Bceson Chair in Religion 





-^ Thee, 






Providing a foundation for college success 

Beginnings are important. They shape what follows and 
often determine the endings, what seems like an obvious n-uth has 

not always been applied to introducing students to college life. It was assumed that if 
they were accepted into college, they \\ere ready for its challenges. Howe\'er, going 
to college is a major ti'ansition for students. As one of our faculty' members described 
the experience recendy, it is like traveling in a foreign country' for the first time. New 
students experience culture shock. The culture of critical thinking, analytical reading, 
academic inquir}', and precise communication of difficult ideas is foreign to a world of 
sound bites, video games and slang expressions. 

To negotiate this new world die\' must learn a new \'ocabular\', unfamiliar skills, 
strange customs, and meet previously unheard of expectations. Fe^\' students really 
understand the phrase 'liberal arts' and must learn that a Mar\'\'ille education is about 
enhancing their lives as citizens and \\'hole human beings, not just their job or career. 
Words take on new meanings. For example, students ha\-e heard the term 'm\th' 
used commonly to refer to a falsehood. When they arri\'e in biblical studies courses, 
they must learn the meaning that 'm\th' has in the stud\' of religion. They must also 
recognize that arguments, opinions, and theories cannot be based primarily on per- 
spectives and assumptions they ha\'e grow^n up with, but must be supported with e\i- 
dence and logical arguments. Academic discussion involves reaching shared 
understanding of a reading or topic before one can offer a valid assessment or applica- 
tion of the material. 

Perhaps the biggest change in expectations is the amount of time students need to 
spend on school work outside of class. While in high school, ver\' few students spend 
more than a tew hours a week on homework. A general guideline at Man,'\'ille Col- 
lege is 2-3 hours outside of class for eveiT hour in class. Outside of the classroom, 
students have to learn to manage their own lives, negotiate financial aid, li\'e with a 
roommate, and develop a new set of relationships. 

Thus, what was known as the freshman year in my college days is no longer simply 
the first of four years, but is the critical transitional period that lays the foundation for 
a student's academic career. What happens in that first year is crucial in determining 
whether or not they will reach a successful conclusion - graduation - and go on 

FOCUS I W I N T E R 2 6 


to become educated persons and engaged 

For a number of years, Maiyville College 
has been intentional about providing a pos- 
itive foundation in the first yeai'. When I 
first started teaching in 1990, we had a 
meaningflil orientation program and a 
seminar for new students called "Inquiry." 
Gradually we recognized that oiu' students 
needed more acculturation in order to get 
the most out of their college experience. As 
part of developing a new curriculum tiiat 
was inaugurated in 1996, we de\eloped a 

uonships that will govern their experience 
for four years. They learn to study - or not 
- and research has shown that whatever 
pattern tliey establish for use of time 
becomes the blueprint for the next four 
years. In other words, if they study for four 
hours a week in their first semester, they 
will study for four hours a week their sen- 
ior year. But it is not only the amount of 
time they spend on school work that 
becomes ingrained; the ways they use that 
time and the study habits they acquire also 
remain constant diroughout. 

catches their interest and entices them to 
select a major in that discipline. Thus, for 
many their connection with the core cur- 
riculum and their identification with a 
major area of study are set early. 

Whether or not they understand and 
value the curriculum is one piece of the 
commitment to MC, but at least as impor- 
tant is whether or not they have a signifi- 
cant relationship with a faculty member. If 
students maintain the attitude carried over 
from high school (that interacting with 
teachers is not cool), they are unlikely to 

Dr. Peggy 
leads a cli 

first-year seminar sequence lasting the fiall 
acadeinic yeai\ That sequence is described 
elsewhere in this edition of FOCUS. 
Through the 10 years this program has 
been in place, we have made minor 
changes, but have found the sequence as a 
whole to be quite effective. 

One of the keys to helping first-year stu- 
dents develop a foundation for college suc- 
cess is understanding what tiieir strengdis and 
liabilities are when they arrive on campus. 

In the first few weeks - or even days - 
new students establish patterns and rela- 

Important, too, is the establishment of a 
commitment to higher education and 
Man'\'ille College. If students are not well 
acculturated to our liberal arts culture, they 
are unlikely to decide to stay four years and 
complete their degree. Not only do we 
have to help diem establish effective study 
habits and learn fiuidamental slulls, we 
have to nurture an understanding of what 
it means to become an educated person 
and how die Mar\'\'ille Curriculum is 
designed to accomplish that goal. Very 
often, a course thev take in die first vear 

talce advantage of one of their greatest 
resources - facult\' members who are dedi- 
cated to teaching and mentoring them. 
Those who interact with faculty outside of 
class in their first year will continue to do 
so, and that connection will be a major 
source of support as diey negotiate the aca- 
demic culture. 

Staff members, too, can be an important 
source of support and connection to the 
institution. As students encounter tiiem in 
orientation, in the residence halls, as 
coaches, and through campus organizations, 


IN SEPTEMBER OF 2003, Maryville College was named one 
of 12 "Founding Institutions" selected to participate in a national 
project known as the "Foundations of Excellence in the First Col- 
lege Year." 

The project, jointly sponsored by the Policy Center on the First 
Year of College and the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) 
and funded by Lumina Foundation for Education and The Atlantic 
Philanthropies, had as its goal the development of a model of 
excellence for the first college year that could 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, chair of the Maryville Curriculum and 
associate professor of religion, a task force of six faculty members 
and two staff members reviewed and refined a draft set of "Foun- 
dational Dimensions" provided by the Policy Center. The dimen- 
sions were defining characteristics of institutional effectiveness in 

promoting learning and success for all first-year students. 

Topically, the dimensions covered 1 1 separate categories: phi- 
losophy, organization, educated person, transitions, faculty, all stu- 
dents, institutional commitment, engagement, diversity, life 
purpose and improvement. 

Of the 94 institutions that participated in Phase I throughout the 
winter and spring, Maryville College and 1 1 other colleges were 
selected through a competitive application process to continue on 
to Phase II of the project with the Policy Center and its research 
partner, the Center for the Study of Higher Education at The Penn- 
sylvania 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 CIC institution in Tennessee selected for 
the project, Maryville College was also the only strictly undergradu- 
ate school (offering only a bachelor's degree) represented. 

In the 15-month project, colleges piloted the dimensions, measur- 
ing the extent to which their programming included and/or reflected 



staft" members contribute to their ti-ansition 
into the Mary\'ille College community'. 

Another source of support - or of nega- 
tive behaviors - is the set of relationships 
new students develop with peers and cam- 
pus groups. As they begin to sort out their 
o\\n place in academic culture, the role 
models they choose can ha\e a powerful 
impact. If their primary associations are 
with students who are eager to learn and 
engaged in campus life, first-year students 
tend to de\'elop similar patterns. Campus 
organizations provide lots of opportunities 
for students to connect wixh students, fac- 

FYE Coordinating Group tiiat consists of 
faculty', student development staff and rep- 
resentatix'cs from admissions and athletics. 
Reporting direcdy to the College Cabinet, 
the Coordinating Group is charged \\'ith 
o\-ersight of all first-year programming, 
implementation of recommendations from 
the Foundations of Excellence Project, and 
informing the campus community about 
first-year programming. Most important, 
this group will be able to facilitate integra- 
tion of all pieces of the first-year so that 
new students have a coherent experience. 
The FYE Coordinating Group devel- 

Intrt)duction to the Fine Arts meet the 
needs of our entering students and reflect 
our philosophy of the FYE. Knowing 
something of the characteristics specific to 
students who have grown up in the late 
20th century gives us insight into ways to 
capture their interest. And understanding 
the stages of intellectual development 
enables us to design pedagogically appro- 
priate classroom experiences. 

Beginnings are important. As we lay a 
foundation for students' success in dieir 
first year, we are seeking to acclimate tiiem 
to a foreign culture. They must learn the 

S TAT EMENT OFPHILOSOP H Y: ne First-rear Experience at MC provides students a 
foundation for college success by helping them to connect with the mission of the College, establish roots in the 
College community, develop new ways of thinking, and live as responsible citizens. 

ult^' and staff who are engaged in positive 
efforts to enhance the college communin,' 
or contribute to the communit\' beyond the 
campus. Life-long relationships and atti- 
tudes toward civic engagement often have 
their roots in a student's first college year. 
VVliat we ha\'e discoxered more recendy 
is that we need to diink beyond orientation 
and the first-vear seminar sequence when 
tiiinking about tiie First-Year Experience. 
Culture shock associated with the transi- 
tion to college involves both academic and 
non- academic facets of campus life. Earlier 
this vear we de\'eloped t\\'o mechanisms for 
thinking about the First-Year Experience 
beyond the seminar sequence and aca- 
demic transitions. The first of those is a 

oped the second mechanism, a statement 
of philosophy for our first -year experience, 
which was appro\ed by the Cabinet and 
w ill guide us as we continue to enhance 
our programming for new students. That 
statement reads: Tfje First-Tear Experience 
at MC provides students a foundation for 
eollejje success by helping them to connect 
with the mission of the College, establish roots 
in the College community, develop new ways 
ofthinking, and live as responsible citizens. 

As we look to the future and continue to 
enhance the first year for our students, we 
also will be considering ways to make sure 
such courses as Inti'oductoPi' Psychology, 
Biblical Studies, Principles of Chemistn', 
Foundations of Western Chilization, and 

- Adopted June 2005 

vocabulary of the liberal arts and of aca- 
demic inquir\' in various discipUnes. They 
must culti\ate the habits of mind that are 
essential to genuine learning and careful, 
critical thinking. They must develop com- 
mitment to the mission of Mar\'%ille Col- 
lege and to becoming an educated person 
and engaged citizen. And they must estab- 
lish relationships that can nurture and sus- 
tain them for four years and beyond. 

If first-year students work through the 
culture shock to find themseh'es truly 
engaged in the academic world and pre- 
pared to continue the journey then the 
First-Year Experience at Mar\Tille College 
has successfiilly sen'ed both its purpose and 
our students. 


all of the dimensions. They were then able to make 
programmatic improvements that would increase stu- 
dent learning, success and persistence to graduation. 
The blueprint represented the first holistic examination 
of the many elements that get students off to the best start. 
Maryville's task force made approximately 40 recommendations 
for its First -Year Experience. The recommendations, meant to make 
the College's programs more effective and cohesive, included such 
actions as developing an explicit statement of philosophy for the 
year, articulating what it means to be an educated person, promot- 
ing the Learning Center as a valuable resource for all students, eval- 
uating needs of first-generation college students, instituting a 
co-curricular transcript and assessing outcomes more effectively. 
"The heart of the project was a year-long self study," Cowan 
explained. "Through a battery of surveys, we gathered an 
immense amount of data. We learned that we have a lot of really 
good programs in place - that we were doing a lot and doing a lot 
of the right things. 

"What was new for us was recognizing the breadth and the 
number of programs. A lot of people just didn't know what was 
going on across campus," she continued. "Establishing the First- 
Year Experience Coordinating Group, we should have greater inte- 
gration. This group will have oversight of the many pieces and will 
be able to make revisions and provide communication across the 

During a celebration held in February 2005 to mark the comple- 
tion of Phase II, Cowan said the College is proud of the work com- 
pleted but believes "that we can continue to improve." 

As a result of the recommendations that came from the Founda- 
tions of Excellence Project, concrete changes have been made to the 
first-year sequence. The group is experimenting with other ideas. 

The College's progress in first-year programming is being 
noticed. In its 2005 America's Best College's guidebook, U.S. News 
& World Report listed Maryville's First- Year Experience in its "Pro- 
grams to Look For" category. The magazine cited the College's FYE 
an academic program leading to students' success on campus. 



JOHN N. GARDNER, an educator, 
university professor and administrator, 
author, editor, public speaker and consult- 
ant, is best known as the initiator of an 
international reform movement in higher 
education to call attention to and improve 
what he has coined "The Freshman Year 

Gardner is the senior fellow of 
the National Resource Center 
for The First- Year Experience 
and Students in Transition, and 
distinguished professor emeri- 
tus of library and information 
science at the University of 
South Carolina. The Center, 
which Gardner founded in 
1986, organizes the popular 
and influential Conferences on 
The First- Year Experience and 
Students in Transition and also 
disseminates information 
through an extensive series of 
scholarly publications, videos 
and national and international 

Gardner also serves as the 
executive director of the Policy Center on 
the First Year of College. The Policy Center 
was founded in 1999 with a grant from the 
Pew Chairtable Trusts and continues with 
grants from the Atlantic Philanthropies and 
Lumina Foundation for Education. Based at 
Brevard College in Brevard, N.C., the Pol- 
icy Center is an outgrowth of the National 
Resource Center at USC. Its basic mission is 
to work with colleges and universities 
around the nation to develop and share a 
range of first-year assessment procedures 
and tools. (Maryville College was selected 
to participate in the Policy Center's recent 
"Foundations of Excellence in the First Col- 
lege Year" project. See page 12.) 

The recipient of numerous local and 
national professional awards recognizing 
him for his contributions to American higher 
education, Gardner has authored and co- 
authored numerous books, including The 
Freshman Year Experience (Jossey-Bass 
1989) and The Senior Year Experience 
(Jossey-Bass 1997). 

— Excerpted from Gardner's biography, as posted 


In September, John Gardner visited the Maryville College campus to 
speak to members of the College's National Advisory Council and faculty 
and staff members. FOCUS editor KAREN BEATY ELDRIDGE '94 inter- 
viewed Gardner during that visit to talk about his inspiration for first-year 

programs, his own first year in 
college and his belief in the 
power of post-secondary 
education. Excerpts from that 
conversation follow. 

FOCUS: In your bio, you are 
described as an 'initiator and 
scholar of the American first-year 
reform movement.' Why are you 
on this quest? 

GARDNER; Because Fm a child of 
die 1960s, and I was in college 
when John Kennedy was in the 
\Vliite House and when Lyndon 
Johnson initiated the Great Society. 
And I'm also a child of privilege 
and I feel that, through the acci- 
dent of fate, I am much more fortunate than most Ameri- 
cans. I think that we have an enormous distance to ti'avel 
yet to fulfill the potential of American lives and yet in many respects, we've been 
mox'ing backwards in the past 20-25 years. I think that one of the keys to 
reversing that is using higher education more effectively as the primar)' access 
route to greater opportunity in American society. And to do that, students have 
got to be able to get into college, and they've got to get through die first initial 
hurdles. The first year is an enormous hurdle for a ver\' large propoition of stu- 
dents. So, pait of this [endeavor] appeals to my social justice interests and what 
unapologetically for me is undiluted liberalism and a belief that society can 
improve its members' lives . . . Another basis for my work is the fact that I had a 
miserable first-year experience myself 

FOCUS: I'd like to hear about that. 

GARDNER: It was near disaster. I was on academic probation my second 
semester. My first-semester grades.' Three Fs, two Ds and one A. So I am an 
almost-not-survived-the-first-year-of-college person, and that gave me a tremen- 
dous amount of insight into failure - poor transition, depression, homesickness, 
maldng a lot of bad choices. I was from an affluent family and was ver^' well pre- 
pared, academically - the odds [of academic success] were in my favor. And if I 
had difficult^' adjusting to college, what about people today who are first-gener- 
ation college students who come fi"oni grinding, abject poverty.* So I have a lot 
of empathy for what it's like to not be successtlil in college, and I would like all 
students to have a better experience than I did, initially. The other major learn- 
ing from my own experience was that the things that turned me around were 
occurrences of chance - happenstance, serendipity' - and were not the result of 
things diat mv institution did for me, intentionally. 

FOCUS: To what extent do you hear that [first-year programming] is coddling - 
that students should adapt to educators, not that educators adapt to students? 

GARDNER; That's a very widespread belief And this whole movement to do 





tilings to improve student retention is viewed by many in 
the academy as a grand-scale coddling eftbit. VVlien I get 
that thrown at me, I just say 'Yep, you're right. I acknowl 
edge it.' And then I'll ask my critic to gi\'e me an opera- 
tional definition of coddling. And the\- generally ha\'e to 
tliink about that. I end up offering a definition of codcHling. 
I'll say, 'If coddling means giving students more attention, 
more support, more understanding, a more realistic 
response gi\'en who they are in that time of their li\'es, then 
yea, I'm guilts' as accused. That's v\'hat I do if that's what 
you mean by coddling.' I think when you push people to 
actually define what is meant by 'coddling,' it forces them 
to open up a little bit and think that through. ... The 
notion of coddling gets confiised or intermingled with the 
perception that we're lowering standai'ds. And there's no 
question - we have lowered standards in that higher educa- 
tion traditionalh' in the United States was something for 
the elite. As long as you were tn'ing to mn an elite, higher 
education model, [those standards] would work very well 
for die elite. But when you decide as a societ\' that you're 
going to run a much more egalitarian form of higher edu- 
cation, where you're going to provide access to higher edu- 
cation for anybody, you create a different kind of higher 
education experience, which is what we've done. We've 
made going to college in this countr}' a birthright - not 
getting through it, but getting into it. The way I look at 
this is, it's taken us 40 years to make this transition to say, 
'OK, access to higher education should not be something 
just for the pri\'ileged, it should be for all who want it.' And 
that's what's happening now. Now they can walk in the 
door, so we've finished part of this transition as a societ}', 
but we haven't yet fijUy made the commitment to do what 
we need to do if we're a,oin^ to take in all these students. 

FOCUS: What is the promise of helping mass numbers of 
students in this country earn a college degree? 

GARDNER: The promise is that tliesc people will be more 
able to enter and competendy participate in a knowledge- 
based economy. Ver\' few people are going to earn their liv- 
ing literally making things or working in agriculture. They're 
going to be working with ideas and information and in order 
to do diat, they've got to have post-secondary education. The promise also is diat it 
diey receive a post-secondary education, they're going to live differently. They're 
going to li\e longer, they're going to have fewer children, diey're going to stay 
married longer to the same person, they're going to be less likely to die of alco- 
holism or tobacco use. They're more likely to be elected, they're going to raise 
their children differently if they get a college education, and they're going to have 
different dietar)' habits, different healtii maintenance habits. There are enormous 
differences in the society as a consequence of higher education obtained. . . . And ot 
course, the difference that most students think about (because it's die only one 
they realK' understand when they come in die door) is tiiat college-educated people 
are going to eani more money - two and a half times the amount of a non-college 
graduate. And diat's true, but that's not all die differences that die)''re going to 
encounter. I recognize the importance of the income differential, but I'm also very 
interested in die other differences that come about as a result of degrees. 



In a follow-up memorandum written 
to Vice President and Dean of the 
College Dr. Robert Naylor after the 
visit, Gardner enumerated 25 
"strengths" of Maryville College's 
FYE. Below is a sampling of what he 
was impressed by: 

■ Mission clarity - botii in pliilosophy for the 
first year and in overall institutional mission. 

■ "Intentionality- [MC] is one of the most 
intentional places I have been in a long 

■ The extent of common experiences for stu- 
dents that generate greater bonding. 

■ "Real" and coherent first-year curriculum that 
is part of a larger plan and grand design for 
new students. 

■ "An ambitious and substantive" orientation 

■ Faculty and staff who understand the charac- 
teristics of today's students and design 
first-year components on such an under- 

■ Mountain Challenge. 

■ January Term. 

■ A portfolio option for probationary students. 

■ An FYE Coordinating Group and a Student 
Intervention Team. 

■ Academic advising that is integrated into 
the first-year seminars. 

■ High aspirations as a college. "You are con- 
cerned about retention but that hasn't led 
you to dumb anything down." 

■ An interesting and well-written catalog that 
thoroughly explains what the First-Year 
Experience is for students. 

■ A campus that takes assessment seriously. 

■ Participation in the Foundations of Excel- 
lence Project and implementation of items 
from the College's improvement/action 
plan that was a result of the project. 

To read more of the interview, visit 




Orientation gives students a meaningful start 


Offered: Fall (one class 

offered in Sprinjj) 
Length: Five weeks 
Credit Hours: 1 


Introduction for freshmen 
to Maryville College and 
college life. Topics and 
activities include college 
policies, campus life, 
Maryville College history 
and traditions and Moun- 
tain Challenge experi- 
ences. Course activities are 
scheduled during an orien- 
tation period prior to the 
beginning of fall classes 
and are completed no later 
than the end of the fourth 
week of the fall semester. 


Enhanced communication, 
computing, quantitative 
and second language 
skills that enable effective 
comprehension, analysis 
and expression. 

Enhanced interpersonal 
skills that foster coopera- 
tive work, mentoring and 

Enhancement and integra- 
tion of all dimensions of 
personal well-being. 


lege fi-om Muenster, Germany, Jan Hoep- 
' per '09 iaiew vety little about the place 
that was to become his home-away-from-home. 
From the College's website, he knew it was one of 
the top 10 colleges in the South, and he l<jie\\' it 
was a "small college in a little town in Tennessee." 

After completing ORNllO: Perspectives on the 
College, Hoepper not only knows the campus, its 
policies and procedures, he knows the College's 
history and mission. He made some good friends 
and had a lot of flm. And according to Bruce 
Guillaume '76, coordinator for ORNllO, that's 
mission accomplished. "There's so much evidence 
in the realm of student dc\'elopment that says the 
sooner you can connect students in meaningful 
ways, the easier their transition and the greater 
likelihood that they'll stick around," Guillaume 
said. "It's common sense, actually." 

ORNllO, which lasts approximately five weeks, 
starts with frve jam-packed days before the first day 
of fall semester classes. The course commences 
with a \velcome session in Wilson Chapel. New 
students, sitting with their Orientation groups for 
the first time, listen to a brief recounting of the 
College's founding b\' President Gerald Gibson. 
Dr. Robert Naylor, vice president and dean, fol- 
lows with a reading of ^-.^^^g,-, 
the College's mission -'"" 

(Left) First-year students 
climb the Alpine Tower dur- 
ing a Mountain Challenge 
outing. (Right) Peer Mentor 
Jennifer Mantegani and 
instructor Roger Myers 
introduce themselves to 
their Orientation group; 
students pose next to the 
Covenant Stone following 
the annual ceremony. 

statement. And with 

encouragement from 

Dean of Students Vandy Kemp to always begin 

with the end in mind, students walk across the 

stage in graduation-like procession to receive a 

student handbook from President Gibson. 

The opening program ser\'es as first steps in 
acfiieving the course's t\vo objectix-es, which are to 
introduce new students to Mar)'\ille College and 
to build cohesive groups. "The idea is that the 
more students understand our mission, the more 
they can understand all of our institutional 
actions," Guillaume explained. "Its OK when stu- 
dents don't like some of our requirements, but it's 
not OK when they ask 'Why am I doing this.>'" 

The mission is fiirther emphasized when saidents 
read Maryville Collc/je: Tlje Fonndiiijj Story. The 24- 
page history, which tells the College's stoiy from 

1801 to the mid 1950s, includes interesting stories 
about MC notables and lesser- l<jiown figures who 
left their mark on the College. The story has inspired 
a Jeopardy-Hke tri\ia game and timeline that 
ORNllO instructors can use in their classrooms. 

Among the most popular acti\ities of ORNllO 
is Mountain Challenge, a program headquartered 
out of Crawford ITouse ±at provides high-quality 
safe outdoor experiences that are designed to 
buiki teamwork, enhance communication and 
teach problem-solving skills. Climbing the 55-foot 
Alpine Tower, struggling through the College's 
ropes course and canoeing down a river does a lot 
to build cohesive groups, Guillaume said. 

To fiirther knit groups, students also attend var- 
ious events together, like campus worship and the 
Opening Convocation ceremon\'. They play 
together in the New Student Olympics and Stu- 
dent Programming Board Luau. 

Composed of approximately 15 suidents each, 
ORNllOdisses are lead by faculty' and staff" mem- 
bers. Rounding out each group is a Peer Mentor, 
an upperclassman w ho has been selected to ad\ise 
new suidents and give credible, current student 
perspecti\'c to issues that first-year students discuss. 
(See page 20). 

Bridging ORNllOwith FRS120 (which most 
take concurrendy), new students write per- 
sonal mission statements and create collages 
that pictorially illustrate the goals they have for 
their lives. Later, they're required to attend 
the College's annual "Opportunities of a Life- 
time Fair" to learn more about campus organ- 
izations and envision where and how they 
might contribute to the life of the College. 

ORNllO comes to a close to%\'ard the end 
of September, when all Orientation groups 
meet outside on the lawn surrounding the 
CoN'enant Stone. Before touching the stone, 
they're asked to sign the Maryville College 
Covenant, signifving that they promise to 
uphold the tenets of scholarship, respect and 
integritv' and that they accept fiill responsibil- 
it\' as active, knowiedgeable and committed mem- 
bers of the Marv-ville College communitv'. 

Years from now, Hoepper knows he'll remem- 
ber OR NiiO activities like the Covenant Stone 
Ceremony and the peers he stood next to as peals 
firom the Anderson Hall bell brought the course 
to a close. 

"They were so much fun, and we leai-ned some- 
diing at the same time," he said of the activities. 
"That's where I noticed that our group really grew 
together. We tried to handle even' task together in 
order to succeed, and that was great." 

To play the Maryville College history 
game, read the Covenant and find the 
link to download a student handbook, 


16 FOCUSIwiNTER 2006 

Seminar probes: ^Who are TouV ^Whatdoyou believe?^ 

Bern''s syllabus for FRS120: Perspectives on 
the Individual is a Socratic imperative, a 
Buddhist apothegm and quotes from noted 
authors and philosophers like Alfred Korzybski, 
Ralph Ellison and Studs Terkel: 

Tlie imreflective life is not worth living. 

There are two ways to slide tboiijjb life: To believe 
everything or to doubt everything; both ways snve us 
from thinkinjf. 

Wlien I discover who I am, I'll be free. 

"The course is based on the belief expressed 
by Plato centuries ago that 'the unexamined life 
is not worth living,'" explains Berr)', associate 
professor of histoiy and FRS120 coordinator. 
"In this course, we ask first-year students to 
examine their li\'es thus far, and we pose ques- 
tions like 'Who are you.'' 'Why are you here?' 
'What do vou believe?' 'Where do you go from 
here?' The hope is that by thinking about these 
questions, students will be able to connect their 
beliefs with who they are." 

Recognizing the transition period that charac- 
terizes the first semester of die freshman year, the 
theme for the seminar is "The Individual," with 
topics including "Identity'," "Vocation," "Lifestyle 
Choices," and "Belief and 
Unbelief" Students explore the 
topics through shared readings, 
materials and experiences tliat not 
only represent different modes of 
delivery, but also allow the stu- 
dents to sample the liberal arts. 

In addition to various essays 
collected in a College-published 
textbook entitled Perspectives on 
the Individual., FRS120 classes 
watch related documentaries and 
read novels such as Brad Land's 
Goat, Mitch Albom's Tuesdays 
with Morrie, Homer Hickam's 
Rocket Boys, Don Jose Ruiz' The Four 
Agreements, Khaled Hosseini's TIjc Kite Rutmer 
and Yann Martel's Life of Pi. 

Students discuss the themes in class and 
through Blackboard, an Internet-based educa- 
tional platform. And they're required to keep a 
journal, where they record their reactions to and 
reflections on readings, discussions and projects. 

Assessments from the College's Center for 
Calling &: Career are incorporated in FRS120 to 
help students think about vocational callings. 
Prior to fall semester enrollment, students take a 
batten,' of tests to gauge their interests, values and 
personalin,' txpes. In the tall, students meet indi- 
vidually with Assessment Director Maria Whipple, 
who helps them interpret the findings and decide 
how they should explore their vocational leanings. 

FRSI20 projects include intcnicwing people 

about their vocational choices and developing a 
one-week wellness plan that includes physical, 
emotional and spiritual aspects. Students also take 
online quizzes about time management, learning 
st^'les, stress, spiritual U'pes and tolerance. 

Their final assignment is a 1,600-word essay 
about themselves and their experiences from the 
semester. Writing it, they are required to cHraw 
from their personal journals. 

"The primary goal of the course is tor students 
to become an active agent of change, so we \\'ant 
them to reflect on 'Where did I begin?' 'Where am 
I now?' 'Were these experiences good or bad, ben- 
eficial or harmflil, static or dynamic?' 'Am I better 
or worse because of the experiences?'" Berr\' said. 
"Then we ask them to conclude the paper with 
consideration about where diey would like to be in 
terms of these issues a year from now." 

Also on the FRSI20 syllabus is time for stu- 
dents to register for the spring semester. 
Academic advising goes hand-in-hand with the 
course; until students declare their majors, they 
are paired with their FRS120 
tacult\' member for help with 
ever\'thing from registering for 
courses to working through 


Offered: Fall (one class 

offered in Spring) 
Lenffth: Semester-Ion^ 
Credit Hours: 2 


Focusing on the theme of 
"The Individual," this is the 
first in a series of related 
first-year seminars designed 
to provide academic and 
personal skills essential for 
college success. Sense of 
identity, vocation, spiritual- 
ity and wellness philosophy 
are topics covered. Analyti- 
cal reading, critical thinking 
and communication skills 
are emphasized. 

(Left) Dr. Chad Berry chats 
with FRS120 student Elliott 
Sylvester following class. 
(Right) Academic advisl"'=" — 
goes hand-in-hand with 
FRS720. Dr. Lori Schmi^ 
professor of psychology, 
helps a first-year student 
with her schedule. 

the emotional 
pressures of 
being a new col- 
lege student. 
Elliott Sylvester '09 recendy met with Berr)', 
his ad\isor, to plan a second-semester schedule 
that will include courses necessaiy for an art major. 
The first-year student from Co\ina, Calif, credits 
Bern', the seminar course and his classmates with 
helping him answer some important questions. 

"[In the class] I can really take some time to 
see who I am and where I am going," he said. 
"We have deep discussions about life, work and 
individualit\' - all of which lead us on a path to 
independence and self discover}'. I have learned 
so much about myself and truly have been able 
to see what I really want. 

"I think that if it were not for this class, I 
would not have been able to adjust so well to 
college ...," he continued. "I now ha\c a clear 
outlook on who I am, and 1 know that [outlook] 
will lead me to where I need to be." 


Enhanced communication 

Enhanced personal 

Expanded critical thinking 

Increased familiarity with a 
variety of modes of 

Enhanced academic skills. 

Greater enthusiasm for 

FOCUS I W I N T E R 2 6 


Students weigh environmental issues during J-Term 


Offered: Jamtary Term 
Length: Three weeks 
Credit Hours: 3 


An experiential, interdisci- 
plinary course that engages 
students in a broad study 
of the nature of their envi- 
ronment and addresses the 
basic question of what it 
means to be a steward of 
the environment. In class- 
room and field settings, 
students explore how 
human beings have 
changed and adapted the 
local environment of the 
Southern Appalachians and 
how human beings have 
used environmental 
resources in the develop- 
ment of their culture. 


=i' wb: 

HIKING TO THE Little Greenbrier 
Schoolhousc and touring the Walker Sis- 
ters Cabin in the Great Smoky Moun- 
tains National Park can make lasting impressions 
on 21st-century students - especially if the air is 
frigid and the ground is frozen. 

"Experiential" is the name of the game in 
TRS130: Perspectives on the Environment, and for 
that first week of Januan' Term, students are asked 
to experience a little of what life was like - sans 
automobiles and electric heat - for early setders. 
"Someone can read article after article on the 
way diat European setders adapted to the frontier 
land of East Tennessee and not really understand 
the setders' perspective on the environment," 
explained Dr. Drew Grain, associate professor of 
biolog\' and coordinator for FRS130. "But \\hen 
students actually walk the steps of these setders 
and touch die buildings that dieir hands built, 
they are experiencing the environment as the set- 
tlers did." 

While students have similar discussions 
and experiences about the historical per- 
spectives on the environment during the 
first v\'eek of Januan' Term, their second 
week is spent intensely studying and 
researching one of four subtopics: 
Energ)', forestry, solid waste or 
water. Students have the opportunin 
to sign up for the one subject that 
most fits \\ ith their interests. 

(Left) Students visit the primi- 
tive Walker Sisters Cabin in 
the Great Smoky Mountains.^" 
National Park. (Right, to " 
Drew Grain. (Right) Usir| 

Biltmore stick, Erin Mer^ ., 

'08 and Laura Pier '08 mea 

board-feet of lumber in 

College Woods. 

'^:-^i ir^>%f-';r^ 


Enhanced skills of 
information retrieval 
and synthesis. 

Enhanced critical 
thinking skills. 

Increased familiarity 
with data collection, 
statistical analysis and 
computer skills. 

Enhanced communication 

Increased oral presentation 

"Each topic has different trips and data collec- 
tion projects," Grain explained. "Eor instance, in 
forestry, we examine how forests are managed on a 
small scale (fi-om 10 to 1,000 acres) through exer- 
cises in die College Woods and on a lai-ge scale 
(hundreds of thousands of acres) through exercises 
in the Cherokee National Forest." 

Students enrolled in the water sections visit 
water ti'eatment facilities, and research projects 
include sampling \'arious water sources and testing 
for variables such as pH, nitrate and fecal colifbrm 
bacteria presence. 

Those studying energy' focus their discussions 
and research on renewable energ)' sources. They 
visit wind-generated power facilities and homes 
powered with solai- energy' and conduct projects 
on hybrid vehicles. 

Solid waste groups ( also called "garbology 
groups" ) visit local landfills that use different 
means of waste processing. 

"They also have the odoriferous - but not oner- 
ous - task of examining one family's trash for a 
week," Grain said. "Students are always enlight- 
ened to discover how much waste a family can 
generate, and it is always firn to see how much 
obsen-ers of trash can surmise about the family." 
The culmination oi' FRS130\s students' forma- 
tion of dieii- personal emdronmental ethic. In the 
third and final week, all students take part in a simu- 
lation of a congressional hearing on whedier tax dol- 
lars should be spent to purchase prix-ate lands for 
increasing existing national park or national forest 
lands. In this simulation, students are assigned a char- 
acter (e.g., hunter, land de\'eloper, mayor, senator, 
forester) ajid present an argument based on die per- 
spective of diat chai-acter. Such an exercise empha- 
sizes critical thinking skills as well as the complexity 
invoK'ed in environmental protection. 

Also during die final week, students 
and faculty' attend a lecture by an in\ited 
guest who discusses his or her environ- 
mental ethic. And on the last day of Janu- 
aiy Term, students are required to answer 
the question "What is my Environ- 
mental Ethic?" in a 750-word essay 
written in class. FRS130 isn't the last 
time they'll see - or reflect on - their 
zrhic. In Ethics 490: Philosophical and 
Theological Foundations of Ethical 
Tlwiight, professors hand out those 
three-year-old compositions and ask 
the authors, "Wliat's chaiiged.'" 

"The experiential nature of FRS130 
is the reason that it is so successful at 
being an 'eye opener' for students," 
Grain said. "Most all students leave 
the class with a much greater aware- 
ness and appreciation of the en\iron- 
ment and en\ironmental resources." 
The enxironmental ethic written by Erin 
JVIentzer '08 last year proves this. Prior to the 
course, she said she recycled and didn't litter, but 
that was the extent of her emironmental concern. 

"Like many others, 1, in theory, wanted to pre- 
serve nature's beauti,'," she wrote in her environmen- 
tal ethic essay. "However, I assumed that this massive 
task was best left to others to implement. In essence, 
1 was choosing not to actively participate in caiing for 
the emdi-onment; I wanted to enjoy the benefits of 
clean air and water without doing the work to ensure 
purit\'. After completing J-temi, I ha\e to honesriy 
say that 1 am tar from where 1 began, but equally far 
fi-om w here I would like to be ..." 


To read Mentzer's ethic in its entirety and 
to read details about the environmental 
simulation, visit 



Faculty link research and civic engagement 

ON THE FIRST day of class in First-Tcnr 
Research Seminar 140: Perspectives on the 
American Community^ Dr. Shern' 
Kasper reads the Mani'\'ille College Promises 
aloud to her students. 

Ending on the last promise - "MaiA'N'ille College 
students are taught the skills and gi\-en die oppor- 
tunities to be successfiil and to make a difference in 
the world" - Kasper, a professor of economics and 
die filSi 40 coordinator, explains that die course 
in which students are now enrolled will not only 
help them succeed in their upcoming years at MC, 
it will help them succeed in life beyond. 

'Tn this course, we focus on research methods," 
Kasper explained recendy, "but dicre is an o\'erall 
theme of civic engagement." Kasper said psycho- 
logical research on current students shows that 
dicv come to college \\idi a x-ery black and white 
view of the world. Their idea of an argument orig- 
inates from TV shows like "Crossfire," and their 
concept of civic engagement probably extends as 
far as \'oting and \'olunteering in the communit^'. 

"We ha\e to meet the students where thex'Ve 
coming from and lead them from there," she 
explained. "We're trx'ing to get them to the next 
le\'el, and in this course, we stress that part of 
being an engaged citizen is researching a question 
and understanding the issues." 

Much like FRS130, where students can choose 
fi"om \\'ater, energy, solid waste and foresti'A', stu- 
dents in FRS140 can choose from se\'eral different 
topics, including: "Science vs. Religion on Human 
Origins," "Muslims in America," "Pox'eily" and 

Concurrendy, students are enrolled in CMP120: 
Advanced Composition and Speech, where instruc- 
tors focus on the mechanics of writing and how to 
use writing to build an argument. Wliilc FRS140 
instructors reinforce those skills, their emphasis is 
how to conduct research and synthesize informa- 
tion. Learning how to write abstracts of scholarly 
articles that inform \'arious arguments is one goal 
for students; they also learn how to identifi,', locate 
and e\'aluate sources for a bibliography. 

The major assignment is a 1 ,200-\\'ord research 
paper. The process of putting it together comes 
with a slight twist. "Wliat we used to do [in earlier 
FRS140 courses] was have students form a thesis 
statement, then require them to go out and gather 
arguments to support it," Kasper explained. 
"Now, we have students start with a question. 
This helps them be more open-minded in their 
approach to the research. They start to see the 
grayness in the world." 

And they end their reseaixh \\ idi a hypothesis 
instead of beginning with it, the professor added. 

Last spring, Brandon Brewer '08 was enrolled 
in Kasper's FRS140 chss on social justice. When 
the time came for students to choose a topic for 

their research papers. Brewer wanted to find out if 
financial aid in today's higher education svstem was 
adequate in its job of proxiding a way for middle - 
and low-income students to pay for college. The 
question was a personal one tor the 19 year-old. 

A \\'riting/communication major from Alcoa, 
Tenn., Brewer said he began the Spring 2005 
semester with serious plans to transfer. 

"To be honest, I felt like I could get the same 
education for a cheaper price at a public state 
school," the MC sophomore said. "I felt like I was 
paying too much for a pri\ate school when I could 
go up the road to another unix'ersity, never have 
to do anything, get a degree and be in little or no 
debt at all." 

Brewer's reseaixh re\'ealed problems in financial 
aid, but he came to the conclusion that student 
loans were a viable \x'ay to finance an education. 
Meeting with his professor several times through- 
out the project, he shared with her his plans to 
ti'ansfer. Citing Brewer's own findings and draw- 
ing on her own expertise in economics, Kasper 
helped him see that the loans were 
investments in an enriched life 
that would include, among other 
benefits, higher-earning jobs. His 
ending thesis statement was: "The 

(Clockwise from right) Dr. Sherry 
Kasper, Dr Mark O'Gorman, i 
Dr. Kathie Shiba and Dr. Jenifer 
Greene discuss plans for the 
upcoming semester. Since 
F/?S740's debut in 1996, faci 
members have collaborated 
make topics interdisciplinary 
and share best practices. 

Brandon Brewer '08 (rigPf^BTOed to stay 

at MC as a result of his FRS140 research and 

discussions with Dr. Sherry Kasper. 

current financial aid crisis in America can be allevi- 
ated bv reforming the Pell Grant to model die 
meritocrac\' for which America is known." 

For Brewer, FRS140 was also a good lesson in 
the nature and spirit of Man'xille College. 

"Dr. Kasper didn't let me fill through the 
cracks. She didn't let me become a statistic, and I 
believe a teacher at a state school would never have 
cared enough about me personall}' to make sure I 
understood diat I had options," he said. "After my 
research, I believe the higher education system 
needs a major overhaul. I hate student loans, but 
because of Dr. Kasper, I know that the options I 
ha\'e now will pay off for me in the ftiture." 


Offered: Sprinjj (one class 

offered in Fall) 
Lenjjtb: Semester-lotig 
Credit Hours: 2 


A course in research meth- 
ods examining issues and 
ideas that inform the expe- 
rience of community and 
diversity in the United 
States. The culminating 
project is an independent 
research paper 


To read the Maryville College Promises in 
their entirety, visit 


To develop in students the 
skills and attitudes 
neceesary for independ- 
ent research. 

To analyze a significant pub- 
lic issue in U.S. society. 

To consider the roles and 
responsibilities of citi- 
zens in a democratic 

To foster civic engagement 
in students. 

To expose students to sci- 
entific, humanistic and 
artistic modes of inquiry. 



DTTTTTATP TUT7DTT?PT7QTnPrT"P"T7"D I co-cumicularactivities 

rUl lllNLr lMLritLr.0 lULrtlntn I support educational goals 

While first-year classroom experiences are intentionally designed to give new students a strong foundation for college and life beyond, 

administrators in Student Development have instituted various programs to reinforce and supplement academic learning. Some concrete 

examples of the Maryvilte College Promise to provide "a personal and total learning experience" are explained below. 

With an official "hand-off" from Admissions to Student 
Development, prospective students are officially recognized 
as Maryvllle College students during "Great Beginnings," a 
one-day event in July. On this day, students come for place- 
ment tests and have opportunities to meet with academic 
advisors, tour residence halls again and have their student ID 
cards made. Parents and family members attend sessions like 
"Becoming a Great College Parent," where they can learn 
how to partner with the College in the educational process. 
Other sessions introduce parents to the Maryville College 
Curriculum and the First- Year Seminars and give parents an 

opportunity to ask current stu- 
dents about campus life. 


Because the majority of new 
students live on campus, staff members in the 
College's Residence Life Office work to make living in Davis, 
Copeland and Gamble halls comfortable, safe, fun and con- 
ducive to study. A lot of time is put into pairing together 
compatible residents in hall rooms. In their acceptance packet, stu 
dents are sent a housing information form, which asks for prefer- 
ences in music, room conditions, sleep patterns and study 
conditions; hobbies and interests; and special considerations such 
as allergies and disabilities. Assistant Dean of Students Michelle 
Ballew Safewright takes the responses and assigns roommates. 

New students are given their roommates' names and contact 
information in the beginning of July and are encouraged to con- 
nect prior to the move-in date. 

"For the most part, that [pairing] works 
out like a dream," said Vandy Kemp, vice 
president and dean of students. "It's 
almost magical what she does." 

Also during Great Beginnings, new students can meet 
their Peer IVIentors. Each ORN1 10 class (see page 16) has 
an upperclassman who is required to attend all classes and 
activities with the group of new students. Being selected 
as a peer mentor is considered prestigious, according to 
Vice President and Assistant Dean of Students Andy 
Lewter, who coordinates the program. "They tend to be 
the best, all-around, kind of student - very involved and 
very good, academically," he said. 

In addition to attending classes and going on trips with 
the group. Peer Mentors are required to plan one activity 
for the group outside of class and make weekly contact with 
students after the course is completed in 
September. "Their role is important," Lewter 
explained. "New students feel like they can 
ask upperclassmen questions that they may 
not be comfortable asking their professors." 


Once students move into their rooms, resi- 
dent assistants conduct a special six-week 
program for the first-year students. Labeled "For 
Starters," the program includes weekly educational 
sessions that address some important how-to's - how 
to effectively manage time, study for success, get 
along with roommates, build relationships and deal 
with temptations. Though not mandatory, the ses- 
sions are usually well-attended, according to Michelle 
Ballew Safewright, assistant dean of students. 

"The program is designed to 
help new students make that 

transition the best they can," 

she added. "We want them to 

become more independent and 


|, New to the ORNIIOsyllabus this year is AlcoholEdu for College, an online, non-opinionated alcohol education program. Used 
on more than 350 campuses nationwide, the course uses science-based research to educate college students about alcohol and 
its effects. Three surveys included in the program measure students' alcohol-related attitudes and behaviors. 

"Whether students drink or not, AlcoholEdu empowers them to make well-informed decisions about alcohol and helps 
them to better cope with the drinking behaviors of their peers," said Vandy Kemp, vice president and dean of students, 
adding that the program was added following discussions last year about the College's alcohol policies. 

"What we realized was that there was little or no teaching about the effects of alcohol. Students were going on what they 
had learned in their high-school health class," she explained. "We're being very intentional about this now." 



A senior reflects on the first year 


^'Enlightenment is man's release from 
self-incurred tutelage. Tutelage is man's 
inability to make use of his understanding 
without direction from another. Self- 
incurred is this tutelage when its cause 
lies not in lack of reason but in lack of 
resolution and courage to use it without 
direction from another.''^ 

-Immanuel Kant in M/lmt is Enlightenment'? 

sophomore year, I could not help but 
think of my first-year experience at 
Mar\'\ille College. That year was the first time in 
my lite that I \\'as fi-ee fi-om the tutelage of my par- 
ents, church and high-school teachers. I realized I 
was at a college that, in order to succeed, forced 
me to engage the \\'orld conscious of these lenses 
anti how they manipulated my vision of the world. 

From die moment I arrived, e\'en' aspect of me 
as an individual was challenged — physically, as I 
pushed my boundaiies in Mountain Challenge 
events; inteUecmally, as I separated myself fi'om 
assumptions; academically, as I learned discourse; 
and communally, as I resided in the halls and ate in 
the dining hall. 

Looking back, I realize nothing has been as lib- 
erating and litde has e\'er been as daunting. For 
example, I remember sitting in Dr. Harr^' 
Howard's classroom, nesded on the second floor 
of Tha\\' Hall with an antique rug hanging on die 
back wall, for FRS120: Perspectives on the Individ- 
ual. My peers and I spent the class tr)'Lng to dis- 
tance ourseh'es from who we thought we were in 
order to better comprehend our identit^'. Dr. 
Howard encouraged us to live life deliberately. 

In FRS120, we were told to begin college with 
the end in mind, and to do this, we were asked to 
search for our most pressing conxiction in life and 
to pursue a vocation that maximizes that convic- 
tion. Since the course required active reflection and 
journaling in order to achie\e these goals, I 
remember long nights filling these journals with 
questions that can be only answered by the way I 
choose to live my life. 

That Januarv' I found myself enrolled in Dr. Amy 
Gibson's FRS130: Perspectives on the Environment, 
where I was asked to apply what I had learned 
about myself in FRS120 to a specific en\'ironmental 
topic and later, compose my own en\'ironmental 
ethic. We took numerous field tiips and engaged in 

never-ending debate. The overai'ching question, 
which never stops haunting a liberal arts student, 
was, "Where, why and how do my conxictions 
manifest themselves in all facets of the world?" 

Then Dr. Sam Oversteet showed me the most 
valuable academic tool — written and sustainable 
discourse. In FRS140: Perspectives on the American 
Commimity, all students are required to write a 
1,200-word research paper on a ceitain topic des- 
ignated by course section. The section taught by 
Dr. Ox'erstreet looked at religion, science and the 
earth's origins. Looking back, my research paper 
wasn't ver^' good, but the process was in\aluable. 




A native of Cincinnati, 
Ohio, Michael is majoring 
in English at the College. 
He is editor of The High- 
land Echo, a staff member 
of Impressions and a mem- 
ber of the Peace and World 
Concerns Committee. 

Researching, taking notes, creating oudines and 
writing draft papers were all separate graded 
assignments. Eyer\' research paper I ha\'e written 
since (and tmst me, I have written a lair share) has 
been enhanced by this experience. The course cat- 
apulted my skUls for writing sustainable, academic 
arguments about controversial issues. 

This first-year sen'ed as a bridge, but it also 
ser\'ed as an equalizer that equipped each of us 
with the tools we need for college - it fi-eed us 
from our "self-incurred tutelage." It also gave us 
die abilit\' to discern our callings and to li\e life 
accordingly so that we do not ignore our deepest 
convictions. With Dr. Howard I learned how to 
live deliberately; wth Dr. Gibson, I applied those 
con\ictions to ethics; and with Dr. 0\'erstreet, I 
was given the academic tools for a fiill experience 
in higher education. 

And for my enlightenment, I'd like to thank 
them. Sa 

Michael Isaacs leans 
against the Covenant 
Stone, the campus 
landmark that he 
touched after signing 
the Maryville College 
Covenant as a first-year 

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EDITOR'S NOTE: The College 
received information printed 
below between May 1 , 2005 
and Oct. 1 , 2005. Class notes 
received after Oct. 1 will 

supplement this spring. 

29 Mabel Blackburn Fox cele- 
brated her 100th birthday in April. 
The 50-year member of New Provi- 
dence Presbyterian Church cele- 
brated at Asbury Place in Maryville. 
Son and daughter-in-law Roy and 
Ruth Light Fox '64 were among 
several who attended the party. 

'31 MEMORIAM: Dorothy 

Bassel McKeehan, June 25, in 
Knoxville. She taught school in 
Friendsville, Tenn., and at 
Knoxville's Fulton High School. 
Survivors include three sons and 
their families. 

32 Louis Blair and wife Ernes- 
tine Smith Blair '34 celebrated 
their 70th wedding anniversary on 
July 24. They live in Iowa City, 

'33 Mary Gannble Waldo is liv- 
ing with her daughter, Cathy Ste- 
ger, in Nashville. The 93 year-old is 
in good health and recently went 
on an Alaskan cruise. She writes 
that she "would love to hear from 
friends and classmates." 

'34 MEMORIAMS: Enid 

Chandler McCulloch, May 23, in 

Maryville. Survivors include one 
daughter, one son and their families; 
and one sister and two brothers, 
including Alfred B. Chandler '39. 
■ John B. Springer, Feb. 3. At 
the time of his retirement in 1978, 
he had more than 43 years of serv- 
ice in public education. Survivors 
include one son and his family. 

'35 MEMORIAM: Kern Duckett 

Johnson, June 9, in Charleston, 
S-C. She was a longtime member 
of New Providence Presbyterian 
Church in Maryville. Sun/ivors 
include one son, two daughters 
and their families. 


36 Gladys Reaves Sullivan, a 

retired schoolteacher, celebrated 
her 90th birthday on July 9. She 
lives in Haiku, Hawaii. 
MEMORIAMS: Alexander 

Christie, July 23, in Carrollton, 
Ga. The Scotland native held 
degrees from Princeton and 
Union theological seminaries. For- 
eign missionaries with the Presby- 
terian Church (USA), he and wife 
Edith served more than 30 years 
in the Philippines. In 1967, the 
College presented him with an 
honorary degree. Survivors 
include one daughter, one son 
and their families. 
■ Robert R. SmyrI, April 25, in Lan- 
caster, Pa. An ordained Presbyterian 
minister, he earned two degrees 
from Princeton Theological Semi- 
nary and served churches in New 
Jersey. In 1964, he was elected 
moderator of the Synod in Pennsyl- 
vania. Survivors include wife Marie 
Jensen SmyrI '40, two children 
and their families and one brother 

'37 At 91 ; Elizabeth Lamon 
Gillespie, writes that she "continues 
to enjoy life to the fullest." She is 
active in the Lebanon (Va.) Memo- 
rial Baptist Church and "serves the 
Lord joyously every day." 

38 A scholarship at Longwood 
(Va.) University, started by the 
friends of Paul Fox and wife 
Frances to memorialize Frances and 
honor Paul for his efforts to rebuild 
the business school, has surpassed 
$100,000. Paul was recognized 
March 3 with a distinguished serv- 
ice award at the university. 

'39 MEMORIAM: Zula Vance 

Zinavage, Dec. 3, 2004, in Asheville, 
N C, The first recipient of a degree 
in piano performance at MC, she 
taught music privately and in pub- 
lic schools. Active in church choirs 
and the Methodist Church, she 
served as president of the United 
Methodist Women and was secre- 
tary to the District Superintendent 
of the Methodist Church at Lake 
Junaluska, N.C. Survivors include 
daughter B. Carol Zinavage '78, 


Lincoln Johnson '38 

celebrated his 90th birthday 
Aug. 2. A celebration in the 
Proffitt Dining Room on the 
MC campus brought together 
150 friends and family, includ- 
ing seven great-grandchildren. 
Right: Johnson sports an MC 
blazer in 1938. 

one stepdaughter, three grand- 
children and their families. 

40 Charles Davis and wife 
Geneva celebrated 62 years of 
marriage on June 6. They live in 
Austin, Texas. He writes that he 
remembers playing baseball (third 
base) and football (halfback) with 
Boydson Baird '41 
MEMORIAMS: Ruth Crawford 
Lamon, Sept. 1, in Maryville. A 75- 
year member of New Providence 
Presbyterian Church, she served as 
an ordained elder and was an 
active member of the Women's 
Association. She also served on the 
boards of the Blount County Girls 
Home, the Blount County Chil- 
dren's Home and Church Women 
United. She was a member of 
AAUW and the Chilhowee Club. 
Survivors include two sons, one 
daughter and their families; seven 
grandchildren, including Kent 
Kyker '02; brother-in-law John 
McQueen '34; and sister Elizabeth 
Crawford Roper '48. 
14 Leslie Luxton, July 16, in Way- 
nesboro, Va. In addition to over- 
seeing a popular medical practice, 
the physician was an active church 
and civic leader, serving as Sunday 
School teacher, deacon and elder 
at First Presbyterian Church in 

Waynesboro and as president of 
the Virginia Osteopathic Medical 
Association. Survivors include wife 
Martha, three children, six grand- 
children and one sister 

'41 MEMORIAM: David M. 

Humphreys, Aug. 4, in Corpus 
Christi, Texas. An ordained Pres- 
byterian minister who attended 
McCormick Theological Seminary 
after his time at MC, he served as 
a chaplain in the U.S. Navy for 30 
years. After retiring from the mili- 
tary, he remained active as an 
interim pastor with several Presby- 
terian churches in Virginia Beach 
and the Chesapeake Bay area. 
Sun/ivors include three daughters, 
including Gwen Humphreys 
Henzi '69, and their families. 

'42 MEMORIAM: John M. 

Guinter on July 1 . At the time of his 
death, he was living in Collierville, 
Tenn. Survivors include one son, one 
daughter and their families. 

45 Barbara Buchanan Timbie 

wrote to report that Don, her hus- 
band of 62 years, passed away 
unexpectedly on Dec. 19, 2004. 
MEMORIAM: Elizabeth Hoagland 
Griffin, June 16, in Oakmont, Calif. 
In 1968, she was among the first 




graduates of Sonoma State Univer- 
sity. She taught high-school Span- 
ish and English in Napa Valley and 
was later elected to the Napa Val- 
ley Unified Board of Education. In 
her later years, she taught English 
as a second language in Santa 
Rosa. Survivors include husband 
Glenn, two sons and their families. 

46 Margaret Cross Scruggs 

and daughter Ana Tampana '71 

went on a tour of China, Hong 
Kong and Thailand. Their purpose 
was to locate the church of the 
Rev. Charles Silsby, Margaret's 
grandfather and a pioneer mission- 
ary. "We found it!," she wrote. 
MEMORIAM: Isabel Mulr Cham- 
blln, Feb. 18, in Albuquerque, N.M. 
After attending MC, she earned a 
bachelor's degree at the University 
of Maryland and completed gradu- 
ate work at Seton Hall. She taught 
school in Delaware and New Jersey 
and later worked with computers. 
She was an active member of St. 
Andrew Holy Communion Episco- 
pal Church and in 1982, served in 
the U.S. Peace Corps in West Africa. 
Survivors include husband Ralph, 
three daughters and their families. 

49 Carl Lazenby, who lives in 
McComb, Miss., e-mailed the Col- 
lege following Hurricane Katrina. 
Electricity in McComb was out for 
two weeks. "For the first week, 
one of our six radio stations oper- 
ated on generator power, and was 
the only public communication in 
a 60-mile radius. We broadcast 
from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m., and 
answered thousands of questions 
from citizens who had no other way 
of knowing what was happening." 

MEMORIAM: Clifford Porter- 
field, July 26. A retired lieutenant 
colonel in the U.S. Air Force, he 
had lived near Patrick Air Force 
Base in Florida before settling in 
Lawrenceville, Ga. His remains 
were interred in Arlington National 
Cemetery. Survivors include wife 
Celia, two sons, one daughter and 
their families. 

B Richard Sprague, March 22, in 
Ames, Iowa. His service in the 
Marine Corps during World War II 
was followed by graduate school at 
the University of Kentucky, where 
he earned master's and doctoral 
degrees. He enjoyed a 33-year 
career as associate professor of 
mathematics at Iowa State Univer- 
sity. Survivors include seven siblings, 
including Robert Sprague '52. 

50 John S. Baird has relin- 
quished his duties as director of 
mission and parish associate at St. 
James Presbyterian Church of 
Littleton, Colo. Writes the professor 
emeritus of the University of 
Dubuque Theological Seminary: 
"Now I am fully retired, so that I 
can kick up my heels and go 4- 
wheeling and biking." Clifford 
Smith retired this year from the 
Oak Ridge (Tenn.) Schools Credit 
Union. He retired from teaching in 
the Oak Ridge School System in 
1985. Mary Webb Vennema is also 
retired, residing in New York City. 
She is now a grandmother of 10. 

51 This summer, David Grubbs 
and wife Sue Summers Grubbs 

'53 toured former Communist 
countries, including the Czech 
Republic, Hungary, Serbia, Croatia 
and Romania. They also made a 

Charles Holsinger '52, a retired 

PC(USA) minister living in Seven Valleys, 

Pa., has recently published Notes from 
the Whirlwind, which he describes as a 
"semi-autobiographical reviev\/ of 50 years 
of trying to be a pastor, preacher, priest 
and prophet." It is published by Xlibris 
Corporation ( and can be pur- 
chased through several online book deal- 
ers. Charles has become a part of the chatline of the 
National Center for Science Education, which is supplying 
resources and commentary in opposition to the nearby 
Dover School District's attempt to include intelligent design 
instruction in the biology curriculum. 

r- Hi mT- \ H'<.T- ^-'^^ 

■ L'1'K1^IL*]1»L^I 

5 Keeney Smith '58 and N. Kay K 

.Q||l '58 Aq|p4Scorian44u;P^^ supjnjer pf 2005. 


side trip to see Dracula's Transylva- 
nia. Phyllis Jackson Stegall has 
returned to Texas after 35 years of 
living and practicing in the Pacific 
Northwest. Her husband passed 
away in August, and she is now in 
Austin with family. 
MEMORIAM: Delbert L. Earis- 
man on April 21, in Danville, Pa. A 
Korean War veteran, he earned his 
master's degree from Columbia 
University and his doctorate from 
Indiana University. During his aca- 
demic career, which included 
teaching English for 35 years at 
Upsala College in New Jersey, he 
wrote and published two books 
and was a freelance writer and 
poet. Survivors include wife Keigh, 
one daughter, one son, two 
stepchildren and their families. 

53 George Carpenter is cele- 
brating the birth of new grand- 
daughter, Karenna Katherine 
Porter, born May 28. 
MEMORIAM: Gertrude Furman 
Darroch, Jan. 13. Survivors include 
husband James '54, four children 
and six grandchildren. 

54 Eugenia Jackson Vogel 

wrote that last year's 50-year class 
reunion was "Spectacular- just 
not enough time and energy to 
visit with everyone I " This spring, 
she traveled to Denver to wel- 
come her 1 1th grandchild. 

55 Barbara Butrill Barber 

also wrote to say that last fall's 
Homecoming was a highlight of 
her year; she had a great time 
with old friends 

'56 Maryel Vogel Smith is the 

secretary of the Lorain County 
AGO and participates in both 
Lorain County and Cleveland 
Chapters. She lives at the Village 
Meadows Methodist Retirement 
community near Avon, Ohio. 

MEMORIAMS: Andrew Chambers 
Jr., June 19, in Maryville. He was 
retired from ALCOA and a veteran 
of the U.S. Navy, having served dur- 
ing the Korean conflict. He was on 
the Alcoa City Commission and 
served on the board of Blount 
Memorial Hospital. Survivors 
include wife Barbara, one son, three 
stepchildren and their families. 
■ Janet Whitmore Gilliland, July 
10, in Asheville, N.C. After receiving 
a master's degree in library science 
from Rutgers University, she served 
for many years as librarian of St. 
Genevieve/Gibbons Hall School 
and Carolina Day School. She was 
a 16-year volunteer for Meals-on- 
Wheels and a long-time Red Cross 
blood donor. She is survived by her 
husband Joe Gilliland '55; two 
children, including Faith Thomp- 
son McClure '83; and two stepchil- 
dren, including Anne Gilliland '79 
and Don Gilliland '83. 
B Gordon Van Pelt, Feb. 19, 2004. 
Survivors include wife Lynn McMil- 
lan Van Pelt '56, three children, 
eight grandchildren and brother and 
sister-in-law Austin Van Pelt '52 
and Elenor Kramer Van Pelt '51 . 

58 Mary Kirklin has moved to 
"The Breakers at Edgewater" in 
Chicago and is enjoying the lake 
view from her 22nd-floor apart- 
ment. Sue Settle Snijders is a 
retired special education teacher. 
Now widowed, she enjoys spend- 
ing time with her five grandchil- 
dren in Grand Rapids, Mich. 

59 The Ft. Lauderdale Historical 
Society recognized Ted Frauman 
'59 with the Elizabeth Dupuis 
Freeman Volunteer of the Year 
award. For the occasion, April 27 
was declared "Ted Frauman Day" 
in Ft. Lauderdale. Robert Moses 
lives in Port Saint Lucie, Fla., and is 
vice president emeritus of Indian 
River Community College. He also 




serves as a consultant with col- 
leges and non-profit organizations 
in strategic planning and resource 
development. Joe and Barbara 
Davis Tropansky celebrated their 
45th wedding anniversary on Aug. 
20 by participating in an Elderhos- 
tel in Sedona, Ariz. While spend- 
ing a day at the Grand Canyon, 
they were surprised to run into 
classmates Bill and Mary Newton 
Lynch, who were vacationing from 

60 William Aring is living in 
Columbus, N.J-, and enjoys good 
health and participating in seasonal 
recreation - kayaking, fishing, hik- 
ing, cross-country skiing. For the 
past three years, he has played the 
accordion every month at a seniors 
apartment complex. Richard Con- 
way lives in Milan, N.H., and is 
employed by Heritage-New Hamp- 
shire. As a researcher and writer of 
special projects, he recently put 
together materials for new informa- 
tion/story stations and also wrote 
and recorded "Tales from the Her- 
itage Journey" for a local radio 
station. Robert Kallstrom was 
recently elected to the board of 
trustees of Hood College in Mary- 
land. He continues to serve on the 
board of the Community Founda- 
tion of Frederick (Md.) County and 
the Record St. Home. Fred Tepper 
recently gave a cello duet perform- 
ance to interested retirement vil- 
lage members in Fort Worth, Texas. 
MEMORIAM: Sallie Kinsinger 
Stephens, March 27, in Mesa, Ariz. 
Survivors include husband Mau- 
rice, one son and two grandsons. 

61 Phyllis Hembree Rechtin and 

husband Jim '62 are loving retire- 
ment. She volunteers for ambu- 
lance corps, cooks for a local soup 
kitchen and is president of the 
Senior Citizen's Club. When not 
editing her church's newsletter, she 
gardens, reads and spends time 
with family. 

MEMORIAM: Leonard Vogt, Nov 

6, 2004. An ordained minister of the 
United Church of Christ, he served 
congregations in Chicago, Wiscon- 
sin, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Sun/ivors 
include his wife, sons and sisters. 

62 After 30 years in public 
school teaching in Tennessee, 
Lucille Petree Way retired in 
2003. Last year, she retired from 
25-year volunteer work as interna- 
tional chairperson of Villages for 
Children's International Summer 
Village Inc. Her hobbies now 
include world travel and an 
antique business. 

63 Dorothea L. Saint Hanton 

and husband Lloyd retired from 
the Salvation Army as active minis- 
ters on Sept. 1 . They also moved 
into a new home in Canton, Mich. 

'64 Shirley Mease Deisch is 

teaching gifted first-graders and 
plans to retire in the next five 
years. She lives in West Palm 
Beach, Fla., and has seven grand- 
children all under the age of 5. 
Marjorie Loeffler Yenter teaches 
literacy holds Bible studies and 
enjoys her five grandchildren. She 
lives in Concrete, Wash., and 
would like to contact other gradu- 
ates in the'area. 

65 David Conklin enjoys bicy- 
cling and recently completed his 
seventh 150-mile, two-day "Tour de 
Cure" for the American Diabetes 
Association (ADA). For his fundrais- 
ing efforts, he was honored at the 
2005 ADA Convention in San 
Diego this year He and wife Carole 
Webster Conklin are both involved 
in airline and airport initiatives; she 
as executive assistant for the 
National Safe Skies Alliance and he 
as vice president of marketing for 
the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport 
Authority. They enjoy traveling; last 
year, they visited Florence and the 
Tuscan region of Italy. Benny Mon- 

Evelyn Brackbill Jarrett '62 

accompanied a Presbyterian Women's 
Pilgrimage to Guatemala in November 
2004. While there, she reconnected 
with Ellen Dozier '62, who is a PC{USA) 
minister and mission co-worker in the 
Central American country. 


During the summer of 2005, the College said goodbye to ■ 

Jennifer Cummings West '95 and Rachel 

Wood Moore '67. 

West, who was the Director of 
Volunteer Services, left for 
graduate school in Bozeman, 
Mont. Moore, a longtime 
administrative assistant in the 
CCM, retired and is awaiting 
the birth of her first grandchild. 

Preston Fields '03 has 

been hired to fill West's position, and MC newcomer Angle 
Hylton is assisting the staff. 

roe has come out of retirement to 
coach the Ooltewah (Tenn.) High 
School football team. In a recent 
article in the Chattanooga Times 
Free Press, Benny said he needed 
something to look forward to. 
"When some people retire, they go 
sit on the couch and die or they 
worry about their blood pressure or 
whether they're getting enough 
exercise," he was quoted as saying. 
"I wanted to do something I'm 
good at and always had a good 
time doing." Jack Spencer retired 
from the Centers for Disease Con- 
trol after 40 years. Since then, he 
and wife Linda Hayes Spencer '67 
have traveled to Thailand to do 
tsunami relief work and to Guyana, 
South America, to assist in global 
AIDS planning. 

66 Mary Ann Wilson Biff 

recently received two awards: the 
Award of Merit from the Profes- 
sional Aviation Maintenance 
Association for her outstanding 
performance of assigned duties as 
an aviation maintenance instructor; 
and the Phillips 66 Aviation 2004 
Leadership Award for her activities 
to encourage young people to 
consider aviation careers and 
avocations. She was also featured 
in a book by Joanna Gordon, Be 
Happy at Work: 100 Women Who 
Love Their Jobs and Why. 
Margaret "Sandy" Haggart 
Keeler has moved from Florida to 
Georgia and is now teaching his- 
tory at Waycross College. 

67 Hazel DeWeese Steel has 

completed her third year of teach- 
ing ESOL and enjoys teaching 
international students. 
Margaret Hay Steward has 

recently published her children's 
book Tamsi, the Errant Lamb 
through Jawbone Publishers. 

68 Kathy Bishop Burrow 

retired from the Tracy Unified 
School District in Tracy, Calif., 
after 37 years of employment, 
most recently as a counselor and 
co-director of a four-year-old mag- 
net school. This summer, she 
moved to Knoxville to be near her 
son and his family. Marilyn Davis 
Tully is a nine-year breast cancer 
survivor, she writes, "thanks to 
God and [the University of Texas 
MD. Anderson Cancer Center."] 

69 After 36 years as a physical 
education specialist, Robert 
Dugan, Jr., retired from the Duval 
County (Fla.) School System. After 
more than two years at MC, 
Joseph Stevens departed to join 
the Army and fly helicopters. He 
spent the next 25 years doing just 
that, eventually becoming a main- 
tenance test pilot and traveling 
the world. Now he works as a con- 
tractor in acquisition and logistics 
management for Dynamics 
Research Corporation. 

70 Anne Elam De'Ah and her 

husband Malcolm live in Harrow, 
England. She worked as a personal 
assistant to three senior managers 
in the Global Strategic Marketing 
at Bayer Healthcare until last Octo- 
ber when the department relo- 
cated to Germany. In February 
2005, she joined Xerox (UK) Ltd., as 
a personal assistant to the director 
of office business. Ann Prewett 
Harris was named vice president 
of human resources for Nashville- 
based Louisiana-Pacific Corpora- 
tion. In her new role, Harris will be 
responsible for all human 
resources functions and will be a 
member of LP's senior manage- 
ment team Margaret Myers Zim- 
merman teaches intensive reading 
classes for grades 6-8, was elected 


FOCUS I W I N T E R 2 6 

Mary Louise Gross 

Davis '74 (second from 

left) and Barbara Baker 

Burri '72, friends since 
childhood, attended the 
First Lady's Luncheon in 
Washington, D.C. on May 19 
and enjoyed a photo op with 
Laura Bush and Lynne 
Cheney. Davis currently 
resides in Clifton, Va.; Burri 
resides in Jackson, Wyo. 


second vice president of the Mar- 
ion County (Fla.) Education Associ- 
ation until 2007, and owns her own 
marketing company. Her website 

71 Carol Chrlstofferson has 

been appointed as the new direc- 
tor of development for the Prince- 
ton-Blairstown Center The center 
strives to promote positive change 
in the lives of underserved urban 
youth in partnership with their 
families, Princeton University and 
community organizations. Carolyn 
Clark White is among the 20 most 
influential women in healthcare, 
according to Crain's Chicago Busi- 
ness. For 12 years, she has been 
the chief operating officer of Fox 
Valley Medicine in Batavia, III. Jim 
Showalter is in his 17th year as the 
sole history teacher at Langston 
University, a school of 2,000 stu- 
dents in Oklahoma. His older son 
is enrolled at Swarthmore and his 
younger son is in high school. He 
writes: "I keep busy ... I research 
the 1920s Klan in Oklahoma, 
rebuild my 1920s bungalow, enjoy 
my sons and three cats and dream 
of eventually living in the inter- 
mountain West." Ana Tampanna 
made two presentations at the 
19th biennial La Leche League 
International Conference in July. 
As a motivational speaker and 
author of such works as The Wom- 
anly Art of Alligator Wrestling, Ana 
uses analogous alligators to talk 
about the real issues women face. 
Visit for more 

'72 On May 20, Lindy Harris 
Bruggink was present for the 
unveiling of her portrait of Chief 
Judge Paul Michael of the U.S. 
Court of Appeals for the federal 
circuit in a newly renovated court- 
room in Washington, D.C James 
Buxton and wife Patricia Marshall 
Buxton '73 are still employed by 
the San Diego City Schools in Cali- 
fornia. He is music director and 
Deaf/hard of hearing specialist itin- 
erant for two high schools, while 
Patricia works in a secondary level 
alternative education program for 
Chula Vista Schools. Their son 
graduated from college this year 
and helped organize a non-profit 
mime troupe. They are very active 
in "The Living Word Fellowship" of 
churches. Warren Gaughan was 
recently featured in the alumni 
magazine of Warren Wilson Col- 
lege in North Carolina, where he 
has taught music for 30 years. 

73 Larry Fyre was named the 
chief of academic operations for the 
Drug Enforcement Administration 
Training Academy in Quantico, Va. 

'74 Robert Millner retired from 
teaching music in Independence, 
Mo., but after relocating to 
Nokomis, Fla., he now teaches K-5 
music in the Sarasota School Sys- 
tem. He continues to play trumpet 
professionally in the Venice Con- 
cert Band. Judson Stone started 
working as a full-time chaplain for 
First Rate Inc., in Arlington, Texas, 
after 26 years as a pastor in Maine. 
He and wife Jan celebrated 26 
years of marriage this year 
BIRTH: John Gossett and wife 
Megan, a son, Lealand Cooper, 
May 12. 

75 Kathy Royal Wassum is a 

music mentor for a Title One Grant 
Group in the Orange County (Fla.) 
Public School District. The grant is 
sponsored by the University of 
Central Florida. Son Marc recently 
received a scholarship to Mars Hill 
College in North Carolina. 
MEMORIAM: Thomas Barber, 
Aug. 22, in Hendersonville, Tenn. 
Earning advanced degrees in 
chemistry from Vanderbilt and the 
University of Tennessee, he 
worked for DuPont for 15 years as 
a new product development 
research engineer Currently, five 

patents list Tom as the inventor 
Survivors include wife Janis, two 
children, two stepchildren, one sis- 
ter, two brothers and his mother 

76 Elizabeth Haemmel is teach- 
ing paralegal courses at Marie Col- 
lege in Sacramento, Calif, since 
June 2004. Mark Herman is the 

director of museum education at 
the Midway Village & Museum 
Center, a 137-acre museum com- 
plex in Rockford, III. He and his 
family live in Oregon, III., where he 
is a member of the city planning 
commission and a radio announcer 
for local high-school sports teams. 

77 Keith Goodwin and wife 
Annalisa Mongoven Goodwin '79 


have moved back to Athens, Ga., 
and now have four children, ages 
8 to 19. They are very active in 
their church's adoption ministry, 
and Lisa is the India adoption 
coordinator for HOPE for Chil- 
dren in Atlanta. The Goodwins 
traveled to India last year to meet 
daughter Elizabeth. 

78 Karen Amos Nicholson 

moved to her family farm in Loudon, 
Tenn. Son Chase Malone graduated 
summa cum laude from the Univer- 
sity of Tennessee in December 
MARRIAGE: Karen Amos to Dar- 
rell Nicholson, Nov 22, 2004. 

79 Barbara Kees Remmey 

recently took a position with USI 


Class of 2009 includes 12 legacies 

It was a good year tor recruitment of legacies, according to 
Mai^a'ille College Assistant Vice President Ned Willai'd. 

Legacies, the children or grandchildren of Marvville CoIJege 
alumni, max c]ualif\' for tlie Man'\'ille CoUege Legac\' Award, 
which is worth up to $2,500 per academic year. 

In all, 12 members of the Class of 2009 with legacy status 
ai'e enrolled. Thev include: Emily Armstrong, daughter of 
Beth Armstrong '96; Samuel Banfield, son of Tom '79 and 
Kathy Bushing Banfield '76 and the grandson of Arthur 
Bushing '43 and Dorothy Barber Bushing '42; Taylor 
Bates-Rogers, grandson of Peggy Graham Bates '56; Megan 
Bledsoe, daughter of Sue SulUvan Bledsoe '69; William 
"Trey" Brewer, son of BUI Brewer '78; Lyndley Davies, 
daughter of Charles Davies '69; Krista Hilzinger, daughter of 
Kathy Burns Hilzinger '76; Amy Howell, daughter of 
Cathy Bates Shockley '73; Wesley Love, grandson of Bar- 
bara McNiell Handley '51 and the late George Handley 
'50; Andi Morrow, granddaughter of the late J. Defoe Pem- 
berton '27; Robert "Bradley" Robinson, grandson of Bill '52 
and Mildred Cooper Robinson '53; and Phillip Smith, 
grandson of Richard Gossweiler '63. 

Legacies enrolled in the Class of 2009 include (top row, l-r) 
Bradley Robinson, Taylor Bates-Rogers, Wesley Love; (bottom 
row, l-r) Samuel Banfield, Krista Hilzinger, Lyndley Davies, 
Emily Armstrong and Trey Brewer Not pictured: Megan 
Bledsoe, Amy Howell, Andi Morrow and Phillip Smith. 

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' (L-R) Steve Sippie '85, 
' John Taylor '91, Frank 
* Fisch '84, Ben Hornsby 
'85 and Greg Driver '84 
met Bruce Pettit '84 and 
David Raulerson '84 in 
Memphis in April to rekindle 
friendships, relive Maryville 
■ memories and get mentally 

= and physically prepared to run 

for breast cancer research. "All members performed admirably 
after tireless hours of preparation, with Steve 'Ironman' Sippie 
leading the charge," David wrote. The group is planning to 
make the run an annual event and invite other alumni to 
join in. Different locations are being discussed. 

Insurance Services in New York as 
a senior benefits consultant. She 
welcomed a new grandson, Colin 
Michael Gentile, in September. 
MARRIAGE: Debbie D'Alessio to 
Jack Schryver, July 2. 

80 Ruth Allen-Demery gradu- 
ated from the North Carolina Cen- 
tral University Law School. JunichI 
Kasuya transferred from Abu 
Dhabi, U.A.E-, to Tokyo in Decem- 
ber He is a project manager for 
Middle East operations for Idemitsu 
Kosan Co., Ltd. 

81 Linda Wiley has moved to 
Spartanburg, S.C. Her company, 
Homestead Hotels, recently pur- 
chased several other hotel compa- 
nies, and she now oversees the 
operations, training, standards 
and risk management for 670 
properties across the U.S. Bruce 
Wilson, a fifth-grade special edu- 
cation teacher in the New York 
City public schools, was awarded 
an IMPACT II Ready-Set-Tech 
Grants - one of only 12 given to 
city school teachers this year The 
grant recognizes curriculum work, 
creativity and innovation in the 
classroom in order to improve stu- 
dent achievement. 

82 Anita Baker and her family 
have moved to Brasschaat, Belgium, 
for one year Debra Nason Hester 
and husband Mike Hester '83 

have sent their oldest child to col- 
lege. Debbie is a sign language 
interpreter for the Hamilton 
School District in New Jersey, and 
Mike is a production manager of a 
chemical plant. 

83 Duran Williams, principal of 
Cosby High School, is currently serv- 
ing as the East Tennessee Adminis- 
trator on the Tennessee Education 
Association's Board of Directors, 
and he chairs the TEA's Administra- 
tors Task Force. He has decided to 
run for the Tennessee Senate. 

84 Linda Trostle Culver obtained 
her NAADAC (national) Master 
Addiction Counselor Certification 
this past spring and joined the staff 
of the Samaritan Counseling Center 
in Munster.Jnd., in August. Melba 
Petree Roberts has returned to 
William Blount High School in 
Maryville, named to the assistant 
principal position this summer 
MARRIAGE: Linda Trostle to Lyn 
Culver, Nov 27, 2004. 

— — —m 

■ Bryan McFariand '83 

■ has released a CD of original 
" songs entitled "Way" 

(Sassafrasongs 2004). A 
review of the CD in Presby- 
terians Today said that it 
"refreshes with acoustics 
and poetic lyrics. Sometimes 
relaxing and sometimes 
spunky, this PCUSA minister 
will move you to thankful- 
ness - one of Calvin's great 
themes - with his songs 
about relationships, children 
and prayer." 
Visit www. 
net to hear 


85 Laurel Woodhull Severson 

and her family have moved to 
Alabama. Husband Bill was 
offered a position at the Southern 
Research Institute, and she has 
chosen to stay at home with their 
2-year-old son. Robin Simmons 
Vann is now a teacher assistant in 
the Maryville City Schools. 

86 Ronnie Ramsey is a millwork 
manager for Anderson Lumber 
Company in Alcoa. 

BIRTH: Patrick Foster and wife 
Lynn, a son, Andrew Quinn, April 22. 

87 Margaret Fraellch was a fea- 
tured exhibitor in the fall (2004) Ft. 
Worth Arts Google. A research 
chemist with Fresnel Technologies, 
Inc., she is currently pursuing a pro- 
gram on producing and character- 
izing micro-structured optics. When 
not in the lab, she is restoring a 
home in the Fairmount National 
Historic District and preparing for 
the next Arts Google. Christopher 
Lllley has become a LEED accred- 
ited professional with the U.S. 
Green Building Council, which 
demonstrates knowledge of envi- 
ronmentally sustainable construc- 
tion practices. 

88 Julie Dodd Ramsey is now a 

senior accountant in Maryville Col- 
lege's Business Office. 

89 M. Leigh Emery Shearln is 

well on her way to earning an 
associate's degree in culinary tech- 
nology, but already she has been 
hired as head chef of in-house 
catering and distribution for the 
Carolina Mudcats, the farm team 
for the Florida Marlins. She and 
her family live near Raleigh, N.C. 
BIRTH: Christian Kaljser and wife 
Julie, a son, Johan Marshall Christ- 
ian, Oct. 27, 2004. 

90 Jesse Roblnette was named 
principal of Blount County's Her- 
itage Middle School this summer 
Previously, he was principal at 
Alcoa High School. 

92 Leslie Henry Crawford 

graduated from Lee University in 
July with a master's degree in bib- 
lical studies. She and her family 
are living in Alpharetta, Ga., where 
she teaches high-school biology 
and environmental science and is 

assistant coach of the JV volleyball 
team at Wesleyan School. 
MARRIAGES: Andrew Cole to 
Djalvina Angelica Rocha, Aug. 28, 
2004. Melissa Pankake to Thomas 
Wooten, May 7. 

BIRTHS: Leslie Henry Crawford 
and husband Joey, a daughter, 
Charli Ann, June 5, 2004. Heather 
Newell Polrlerand husband 
Jacques, a son, Jacob Richard, 
April 18. 

93 A poetry collection by S. 
Beth Bishop, Shouldering Zero, is 
scheduled to be published by 
Custom Words/Word Tech next 
fall. Beth is an adjunct instructor at 
the University of Memphis/Mem- 
phis College of Art. In May, Tom 
Friend returned from a 13-month 
deployment in Afghanistan. Tom is 
a supply sergeant with the Army. 
W. Chris Jones is a cyclotron test 
and installation engineer for 
Siemens Molecular Imaging. He 
lives in Niota, Tenn. Scott Porter 
was promoted from assistant prin- 
cipal ,to principal at Alcoa High 
School this summer 
BIRTHS: Laura Connelly and hus- 
band Rob RIehl, a daughter, Ella 
Rose, March 28. Don Evon and 
wife Wendy Ellis Evon '96, a son, 
Wesley Ellis, July 27. W.Chris 
Jones and wife Darci, a son 
William Christopher June 2. Tina 
Brantley Parton and husband 
Greg, a daughter, Cai'ly Grace, Jan. 
19. Tony Wolfenbarger and wife 
Emily St. Clair Wolfenbarger, a 
son, Caleb Timothy, Jan. 5. 

'94 MARRIAGE: Lynn Frye to 

Donald Vondrak, July 1 3, 2002. 
BIRTHS: GIna Davis Berman and 

husband Drew, a son, Joshua 
David, May 5. April Mlllsaps Gon- 
zalez and husband Miguel, a son, 
Paul Miguel, Jan. 21. 

95 Amy Lee Baggett recently 
won a merit award at the Seattle 
Design Show. She and husband 
Kip moved to Decatur, Ga. Eric 
Beard is currently completing his 
M.B.A. at Charleston Southern 
University in South Carolina. 
Andrea Cochran obtained a mas- 
ter's degree in school counseling 
from Lindenwood (Mo.) University 
Lisa Hensley Gonzalez and hus- 
band Juan have relocated to San 
Antonio, Texas, where she is work- 
ing as an HR specialist with 




S. Keith , 

'94 and wife Tina 
Walker Hackney 

'94, twins, Cade Tanner 
and Claire latum. May 28. 

Alliance Capital Management. 
Almee Shoun Morales is a US 
Air Force Medical Service Corps 
Officer (in hospital administration). 
She and her husband live in Biloxi, 
Miss. Brian Prather earned an 
M.F.A. in scenic design from Bran- 
deis University. 

BIRTHS: Ron Silver and wife Lee 
Ann, a son, Ron Lee, Jr, June 27. 
Stephanie Fugate league and 
husband Kirby, a son, Calvin Eng- 
lish, July 15. 

96 Patricl< IVlurphy is a lecturer 
in Spanish at Vanderbilt University 
in Nashville. Christopher Noe is 

currently vi/orking on an M.B.A. 
(concentration in leadership) at 
Argosy University in Tampa, Fla. 
Julia Cain Phillippi was honored 
with the Kitty Ernst Award at the 
annual meeting of the American 
College of Nurse Midwives, held 
June 1 1 in Washington, D.C. The 
award, which is one of the two 
highest honors given by the 

Ashley Edwards '99 

wed Kyle Hayes, Feb. 1, on 
Mt. Paku in New Zealand. 

organization, recognizes an out- 
standing member who has been 
certified for less than 10 years. 
Eisha Neely Prather is working as 
a children's services librarian for 
Cambridge Public Library in Mass- 
achusetts and is pursuing an 
M.L.I.S- from Simmons College. 
Kevin Turner is now practicing 
medicine with Vandergriff Family 
Practice in Maryville. 
BIRTHS: Shelly Johnson Kelly and 
husband Kevin, a daughter, Olivia 
Nicole, Sept. 3, 2004 Patrick IVlur- 
phy and wife Grace King Murphy 
'97, a daughter, Emma Katherine, 
Dec. 2, 2004. 

'9/ Keli Stewart joined the 

downtown Nashville law office 
of Bass, Berry & Sims, PLC, and 
will work in the firm's litigation 
practice area. 

BIRTHS: Allison Pryor Kelly and 
husband Grant Kelly'98, a daugh- 
ter, Grace Anderson, Feb. 15. 

'98 Karen Taylor Chambers 

earned her M.B.A. degree from 
Norwich (Vt.) University in June. In 
May, Mark Fugate was named 
director of information technology 
at Maryville College. 
MARRIAGE: Mark Fugate to Lau- 
ren Stephens '04, May 7 

'99 Landon Coleman is 

employed with Anderson Lumber 
Company in Alcoa. 
MARRIAGES: Kristen Arwood to 
Martin Toth, May 28 Landon 
Coleman to Kristin Calkin '02, 
Jan. 29. 

BIRTH: Jennifer Jackson Howe 
and husband Steven, a son, Jack- 
son Elliott, Feb. 21. 

00 Linzy Brakefield is currently 
working on a master's degree in 
environmental engineering at 
Auburn University. Jessica 
DeNoyelles is in her third year of 
nursing school at the University of 
Cincinnati. She plans to enter the 
forensic nursing field. April Bright 
Eichholtz has relocated to Char- 
lotte, N.C., and is working as a 
fifth- and sixth-grade teacher for 
Branch Christian Academy Folami 
Ford graduated with a master's 
degree from Gallaudet University's 
interpreting program in May. She 
works there full-time as a staff 
interpreter Justin Leslie is cur- 
rently serving in Afghanistan with 

the Florida Army 
National Guard. Janel 
Beckley McLean gradu- 
ated in 2003 with a mas- 
ter's degree in 
environmental toxicol- 
ogy. She is now working 
toward a doctorate in 
bioanalytical chemistry at 
Texas A&M. Brian Sandlin has 
taken a position as an engineer at 
Thermo Electron Company in 
Brentwood, Tenn. Melanie Shep- 
herd has been the manager of 
Egwani Farms Golf Course in 
Rockford, Tenn., for five years. In 
between work and golf, she has 
traveled abroad and worked 
toward a master's degree in school 
counseling at Lincoln Memorial 
University Anuj Suri is in his fourth 
year of medical school at the Uni- 
versity of Tennessee-Memphis. 
Maxim Williams was recently 
selected as vice president of Telios 
Corporation, an executive coach- 
ing and organizational consulting 
firm located in Southern California. 
His clients include the San Diego 
Airport. Max is completing his last 
year of a Ph.D. consulting psychol- 
ogy program. 

MARRIAGE: Janel Beckley to 
John McLean, Jan. 8. 
BIRTH: Claude Callicott and wife 
Lee Ann Leeper Callicott, a 
daughter, Sarah Beth, Nov 2, 
2004. Melissa S. Walker Stiller 
and husband Eric, twin sons, Dylan 
Joseph and Logan Dominic, July 13. 

01 Scott Fox was recently pro- 
moted to personal banking officer 
of MBNA America, working out of 
the bank's mid-Atlantic regional 
office in Baltimore, Md. Leah Ford 
Groveman lives in Gaithersburg, 
Md., and is a research associate 
with the Institute for Genomic 
Research. R. Vince Ingle gradu- 
ated from the University of Ten- 
nessee College of Dentistry and 
has assumed the private dental 
practice of the retiring Stephen 
Ray at Blount Laser Dentistry in 
Maryville. Emily Robbins King 
and her family recently bought 
their first home in Corydon, Ind., 
about 20 minutes from Louisville, 
Ky Erin Russell McCarty recently 
received the Rising Young Profes- 
sional Award for 2005 from the 
Knoxville chapter of the Public 
Relations Society of America 
(PRSA). After four years of teach- 

Betsey Perry '01 

wed Brandon Rodgers, 
June 11, at Saints Peter 
& Paul Catholic Church 
in Chattanooga. Eleanor 
Peebles '01 was a 
soloist in the ceremony. 

ing, Nikki Noto is now building 
her own business as a real estate 
consultant with Keller Williams 
Realty. She enjoys helping clients 
buy and sell homes in the Atlanta 
area. Melanie Pohl graduated in 
December with a master's degree 
in medical science from Emory 
University in Georgia. She is now 
a physician assistant in emergency 
medicine in Atlanta. Betsey Perry 
Rogers is now a teacher at the 
Virginia Tech Child Development 
Center in Blacksburg, Va. Scott 
Slatton passed the Alabama Bar 
exam in February and is now an 
associate with the law firm of 
Jackson, Mays & McNutt in 
Haleyville, Ala. Ashley Watson is 
an alternative instructor through 
the Ithaca City School District in 
New York. She has also accepted a 
position as a professor for the 
Summer Institute for incoming 
freshmen at Ithaca College. Cody 
York is enrolled in the political 
management program of George 
Washington University in Washing- 
ton, D.C. He plans to finish his 
degree next May. 
MARRIAGES: Stacy O'Dell to 
John W. Hill II, June 1 1 . Leah Ford 
to Israel Groveman, May 14. 

'02 Catherine Ashe has com- 
pleted her first year at UT's Col- 
lege of Veterinary Medicine. She is 
president of her class and active in 
several organizations, including 
the Equine Club and the Avian, 
Wildlife and Exotics Club. Kristin 
Calkin Coleman is employed as 
an office manager for Scotty Bailes 
Builder She and husband Landon 
Coleman '99 live in Alcoa. Cherie 
DuBois graduated from the Uni- 
versity of Tennessee College of 
Law in May Jesse Friedrich lives 
in Maryville and is an auditor with 
Clayton Homes. Christina Sharp 
Kinnetz is a registered nurse, 
working in the infants/toddlers 
unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital. 
Josh Kinnetz teaches U.S. history 
and coaches the girls soccer team 
at Watkins Mill High School in 
Maryland. David Ruble is enrolled 

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Edwina Booth Merritt '03 and 
Sam Caylor '03 were each featured 
in the Spring 2005 issue of the 
Universit)' of Tennessee's College of 
Engineering (COE) newsletter. 
Edwina, who studied civil engineer- 
ing, graduated 

^ with the highest GPA in die college for 
the fall 2004 class. Sam is working with 
a team of students developing computer 
chips for NASA that may some day 
travel to Mars. Both Edwina and Sam 
enrolled at UT as part of a dual-degree 
arrangement between MC and the 


in a master's degree program in 
environmental education at Anti- 
och New England Graduate 
School in Keene, NH. Leah 
Anderson Sandlin has taken a 
position in public relations at St. 
Thomas Health Services in 
Nashville, Tenn. She is also taking 
courses in nutrition at Middle Ten- 
nessee State University. Leigh 
Williams graduated from the Uni- 
versity of Tennessee in May with a 
master's degree in clinical social 
work. She is now employed as a 
therapist with Helen Ross McNabb 
CenterPoint, a substance abuse 
and addictions treatment facility. 
MARRIAGES: Stephanie Bivens 
to Matthew Burr, Aug 16. Jesse 
Friedrich to Stasi Estep, Nov. 27, 
2004 Allyson Pierce to James 
Dunbar, April 9 

03 Amanda Baker has spent the 
last year in New Zealand, Australia 
and the South Pacific Islands, 
working as a missionary with Youth 
with a Mission. The ministry 
recently sent her to Brazil. Barbara 
Cooper bought a home in Ray- 
mond, N.H., and is the social 
recreation director for Boys & Girls 
Club of Greater Nashua. Rebecca 
Evans-Dennison is a third-year law 
student at Hamline University in 
Minnesota. She is a volunteer and 
member of the board of the Min- 
nesota Justice Foundation. Kris- 
ten Wright Heffern recently 
graduated summa cum laude from 
East Tennessee State University 

with her master's degree in com- 
munications and public relations. 
She is the director of marketing for 
Fort Henry Mall in Kingsport, Tenn. 
Jessie Melton Kinsey graduated 
with a master's degree in social 
work from the University of Ten- 
nessee. She is currently employed 
as community director of The 
Heart Remembers Inc., an assisted 
living facility that specializes in 
Alzheimer's and dementia care. 
Jessica Lambert started the mas- 
ter's degree program in environ- 
mental science at the University of 
West Florida. She is living on Pen- 
sacola Beach. Lisa Ritter earned 
her master's degree in education 
from the University of Tennessee 
in July. She is teaching geometry 
and coaching the volleyball and 
Softball teams at Lenoir City High 
School. Ben Robison is studying 
for his master's degree in nuclear 
engineering at the University of 
Tennessee. Ben Wicker is the resi- 
dence life coordinator at Mercer 
University in Georgia, Sherry 
Williams was awarded a graduate 
assistantship for 2005-2006 in the 
University of Tennessee's Religious 
Studies Department. In March, she 
attended the 19th Congress for 
the International Association for 
the History of Religion in Tokyo, 

MARRIAGES: Gisele Compos L. 
Prado to Adelmo Nunes Santos, 
Jr., March 19 Jessie Melton to 
Paul Kinsey July 2 J Andy Nel- 
son to Lindsay March 26. Ben 

Robison to Kristin Walker, June 18. 
Leslie Talbott to Joshua Tummel, 
May 14. Katie Wagner to Mark 
Dowlen, June 1 1 
BIRTH: Valerie Brown Mulligan 
and husband Scott, a daughter, 
Emma Kathryn, April 4. 

04 Josh Collins is an internal 
auditor with Ruby Tuesday, Inc. 
Jamey Cook has settled into life 
in Chapel Hill, N.C., where she is 
enrolled in graduate school and 
has a teaching assistantship in the 
Spanish department. Allyson 
Finck is the orchestra instructor for 
Oak Ridge Schools and a private 
strings instructor. It was incorrectly 
reported in the Summer 2005 
FOCUS issue that Brandi Hill and 
Nick Smith '03 were married Oct. 
1 5, 2004, Their wedding date was 
actually set for Oct.15, 2005. 
Christie Latimer is a development 
specialist with the American Heart 
Association in Knoxville. Chad 
Lussier lives in Franklin, Tenn., and 
is a financial advisor with Horace 
Mann Investors. Last year, Jamie 
Devi/ayne Martin was hired as a 
loan auditor for 21 st Mortgage in 
Knoxville. She was recently pro- 
moted to jr. land/home coordina- 
tor. Jason Proffitt lives in Knoxville 
and is pursuing a master's degree 
in curriculum and instruction at 
Lincoln Memorial University. Amy 
Norris Tindell is a second-grade 
teacher at Mt. Olive Elementary 
School in Knoxville. Brandon Tin- 
dell works for the Knoxville Utili- 
ties Board. 

MARRIAGES: Josh Collins to 
Stephanie Faust '05, July 9. 
Rebecca Poremsky to Bryan 
Schmakel, Dec. 18, 2004. Amanda 
Winn to Kevin Painter, May 21 . 
BIRTH: Jennifer Martin New and 
husband David, a son, Jackson 
Coy May 1 , 

T^OAAJ^ pl' 

King '05 and his fiancee 
was featured in the July 
2005 issue of Glamour. The 
short article was a follow-up 
to Blair's September 2003 
appearance in the maga- 
zine, in which he proposed 
to his girlfriend. 

05 Courtney Bartlett is a 

teacher with Knox County (Tenn.) 
Schools. Stephanie Faust Collins 
teaches second grade at John 
Sevier Elementary in Maryville. 
Rachael Jones is now employed 
with HGTV in Knoxville. Sonja 
Hanchar spent the summer in 
Smolyan, Bulgaria, with a theatre 
collective. Returning to the U.S. 
briefly, she left Sept. 27 for a six- 
month stay in Dreux, France. She 
is teaching English conversation 
skills to middle-school children. 
Sarah Stewart is a bookkeeper for 
Sea Ray of Knoxville. 
MARRIAGE: J. Blair King to 
Ashley Miller, July 16, EH 

Jasmina Tumbas '05 was name. 

recipient of a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation 
award to aid with graduate study expenses. i 
Tumbas, one of 76 new recipients of the foun-- 
dation's graduate and professional scholai 
ships, was chosen after a nationwide selec 
process that drew 1,290 nominees from r 
than 600 colleges and universities across the 
country. Each scholarship is worth up to $300,0(._. _ 
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For ]1M MARVIN '50, a cost accountant who 
later answered a call to the ministry, establishing a 

charitable gift annuity with Maryville College 
appealed to both his head and his heart. 

JIM AND HIS wife Shirlc\' joined the SocieU' of 
1819 in 1997, N\hen tlicy notified the Office of 
Advancement that the College was in their will. 
Later, the\' changed their estate plans to include diree 
deferred gift annuities with Mar\'\'iile College. "We'\'e 
been blessed," Jim said recently. "We feel the Lord 
has provided for our needs, and financially suppoiting 
the College is one way of gi\'ing thanks for what 
we\'e received." 

A charitable gift annuity offers an immediate income 
tax charitable deduction and benefits that allow for a 
large part of the anjiuit\' pavment to be fi'ce of income 
tax. As a result, the gift will usualK' pro\icie more 
spendable income. Gift annuities can be prepared to 
provide an immediate stream of income to its donors 
or to postpone payments to work in conjunction with 
retirement plans. The annuities come after years of 
faithfiil support iirom the Marvins, who have taidiftilly 
tidied their income to suppoit churches and church- 
related institutions. 

When asked why he supports die College, Jim said he 
first wanted to repay the school for how it had positively 
impacted his Ute. "Second, we wanted to thank the Col- 
lege tor the education our daughter [Boiiny Marvin 
White '76] receixed," he continued. "We'\'e also seen 
what the College is doing now - with enrollment and 
improvements in facilities - and have been impressed 
with the students weVe talked vwth on campus \'isits. 
These students show such niaturit\' and express such 
warm feelings for the College." 

Fans of Gerald W. Gibson, die Marvins said diey've 
also been impressed with communications they've had 
w ith the president during his tra\els to Florida, vxlicre 
the couple lives. "Dr. Gibson talks about the ftiture, 
and has done a lot to strengthen the church-college 
ties," Jim said. "That piece was missing for a while." 

Jim hopes his support will enable other young peo- 

ple to enroll at 
Man'X'ille and ha\e 
the life-changing 
experience he did. 
At 5-foot-6 and 
120 pounds, he 
came to Mar\'\'ille 
Cxjllege from west- 
ern Pennsyhania in 
1946 knowing 
mosti\' work. An 
intro\'ert in high 
school, he was not 
a member of any 
athletic team, club or musical group. But in his first 
week on Man'^■ille's campus, he was invited to wres- 
tle, and with the help of three other students, he soon 
made the vai'sity team. Wresding Coach J.D. Davis 
was among the most influential persons in his life. 

Altliough what he received at Marx'X'ille College is 
priceless, Jim knows that today, the total learning expe- 
rience offered at Marys'ille College doesn't come with- 
out costs. That's another reason he and Shirley give. 

"When I came to Mar}'\'ille College, I had saved 
$1,200, working for 50 cents an hour. That was more 
than enough to cover my tuition, room and board and 
books while I was there," Jim said. "It's impossible to 
think that students today could work and save enough 
to pay for a college education on dieir own. Financial 
aid, though, makes it possible." 

And with dieir gifts to the College, the Manins 
and others like them are making life-changing experi- 
ences possible for fiiture generations. 

¥or more information about j}ift annuities or the 
Society of 1819, please fill out the bottom reply card 
facinjf this pa£c or contact Diana Canacaris '02 at 
865.981.8198 or diana.canacaris@maryvillecolle£ 



Stru^linjf throtigh an Ethics course''! . . . Visit mjj with 
a favorite faculty member'^. . . Standing in line for 
student aid? . . . Meeting a spouse for the first time? 
. . . Being called to the president's office? . . . 

ANDERSON HALL has sened 
administrators, faculty, staff and stu- 
dents for more than 135 years. What 
are your memories of tliis MC icon? 
We'd love to have diem for the next 
issue of FOCUS! Please write and 
send your stories (before Feb. 28, 2006) to: Office of 
Communications, Maryville College, 502 E. Lamar 

Alexander Pk\'., Mar)'\'ille, TN 37804 or e-mail them 

to, karen.eldridge@mary\' 


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