College's sixth annual MOOSE trip emphasizes service, history

June 17, 2003
David Rasnake, Communications Assistant

In less than a week, nine MC students will depart on a nearly month-long adventure across 12 states. The purpose of their trek: to do whatever the National Park Service asks of them.
Now in its sixth year, the annual Maryville Outdoor Outreach Service Experience, or MOOSE, will take College students and faculty Dr. Jen Bruce, professor of mathematics and trip organizer, and Dr. Carl Gombert, professor of art, on a 24-day tour with community and environmental service as the focus.

Students and faculty will work on service projects, potentially ranging from painting cabins to trash cleanup, in both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks; along the way, participants will also visit several national historic sites.

WHO: Nine MC students and College faculty members Dr. Jennifer Bruce and Dr. Carl Gombert; additionally, a student from Davidson College in North Carolina will join the group

WHAT: The sixth annual MOOSE trip, a 24-day service-learning study tour organized through Volunteer Services at Maryville College. Attending students and faculty will perform two weeks of volunteer service for the National Park Service at Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.

WHEN: The group will be leaving from the College campus on the morning of Monday, June 23, and will return to Maryville on Wednesday, July 16.

WHERE: In addition to their work in the national parks, group members will visit several natural and historic sites along the way. Scheduled stops include visits to Mount Rushmore, various points on the Oregon Trail and Devil’s Tower, a site sacred to local Native American tribes.

WHY: The stated purpose of the MOOSE trip is two-fold: to provide students with an opportunity to be involved in community service by working as volunteers for the National Park Service; and to provide students with an opportunity to learn through travel.

PHOTO/VIDEO OP: Attendees will be embarking from Copeland Hall, on the Maryville College campus, between 8:30 and 9:00 a.m., Monday, June 23.

CONTACT: Dr. Jennifer Bruce, 981.8277, for more information


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.