Maryville College holds ninth-annual Staff Recognition Luncheon

August 5, 2002

Maryville, Tenn. - The ninth-annual Staff Recognition Luncheon for Maryville College employees was held Aug. 2 at the Airport Hilton, with more than 130 out of 180 employees in attendance.

"This is the best attendance we've had at the luncheon, and we are very pleased that so many of our staff members could attend," said Jennifer Hunt, the College's director of human resources and coordinator of the event. "It's a day to take time away from campus to honor and thank them for their work."

Dr. Gerald Gibson, president of the College, opened the ceremony, explaining that the luncheon was designed with a purpose in mind.

"We have this luncheon because we believe that everyone sitting in this room deserves recognition, deserves public words and symbols of appreciation," he said. "Whether you recruit students, or help them enjoy a more pleasant living and learning environment, or help them get registered for courses, or help them prepare their financial aid packages, or help assure that the College has the financial means and management to give students a first-rate education, you're playing a part in transforming students. That's our mission, and I thank you most heartily for your dedication to it."

Staff who were presented the Outstanding Administrator Award, the Sharon Murphy Crane Distinguished Service Award and the Nancy B. Hunter Outstanding Staff Award at Commencement services in May were recognized for their achievements. Jack Abbott, mechanical trades manager, Cydna Savage, director of the student health center, and Richard Henderson, HVAC specialist, each won the respective awards.

At the luncheon, 30 new staff member were introduced, as well the College's Staff Council inductees.

A total of 25 MC employees were honored at the luncheon. Service awards for employees who have worked five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 40 years were recognized. Bob Kirkland, maintenance services manager, and Libby Welsh, director of donor records, each received special gifts for their 40 years of service to the College.

Both Welsh and Kirkland were honored with tales of their own history at MC. Mark Cate, vice president of college advancement and planning, and Martha Hess, long-time MC registrar, each respectively told funny and endearing stories of the honorees and their stints at MC.

Honored for five years of service were Liz Anderson, Karen Eldridge, Johnni Freer, Jennifer Hunt, Jennifer West, Willie Williams and Alice Wilson. Johnny McCulley and Sarah Coffey were honored for 10 years of service to the College; Pam Bunde and Renee Franklin were recognized for 15 years of service. Linda Moore and Kay Pritchett received plaques for 20 years, while Jeannie Bright, Howard Ferguson, Maria Hawkins, Martha Hess and Joan Hughes were honored for 25 years of dedicated employment.

Isabelle Moulden was recognized for her 30 years of continuous service in the housekeeping department.


Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2014 semester is 1,213.