MC alumni invited ‘Home to Howee' for weekend of activities, Oct. 24-26

October 15, 2003

Maryville College welcomes alumni, parents and friends back to campus for Homecoming Oct. 24-26, when activities range from reunion class get-togethers to the dedication of a brand-new residence hall.

The theme for the weekend is “Home to Howee.”

“ This year’s theme was chosen to remind our alumni of the many wonderful traditions of the College, like the ‘Howee Yell,’” said Helen Bruner, the College’s director of alumni and parent relations. “The yell hasn’t been heard at football games for decades, and we felt like it was time to bring it back.

“ Apparently, lots of great memories go along with the yell – we’ve gotten lots of good feedback on the theme from our alumni.”

Organized reunions for 13 classes, stretching from 1938 to 1998, are expected to bring in hundreds of alumni. And since Homecoming is a popular event for all former students, as well as parents and former faculty and staff members, the crowd is expected to be large, Bruner said.

“ One special event this year is the dedication of the Ralph Waldo and Margaret Bell Lloyd Residence Hall,” she added. “The Harvest Crafts Fair and Bake Sale is going to be bigger and better this year with 46 booths of handcrafted items and lots of wonderful baked goods. Our alumni have lots of other choices in this year’s Homecoming schedule.

“ It’s going to be a great weekend, full of memory-making events, and we look forward to welcoming everyone ‘Home to Howee.’”

Registration is required for several events. Costs associated with meals, golf tournaments and banquets vary. For registration and price information, people are asked to contact the Alumni Office at 865.981.8200 or visit

Early start with sale

Although Homecoming does not officially begin until Friday, Oct. 24, alumni and community members can get a jump start on the weekend’s festivities and support a good cause during the first-annual Lloyd Hall Yard Sale. The selling begins Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 8 a.m. in the Lloyd Hall courtyard. Proceeds from the event will benefit Haven House, a shelter for abused women.

The Lloyd Hall Yard Sale will continue on Thursday, Oct. 23, and will conclude on Friday, Oct. 24; 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily.

Golf, Wall of Fame induction, pep rally held Friday

Homecoming officially begins on Friday, Oct. 24, with alumni registration on the steps in front of Willard House. Registration begins at 9 a.m.

Former student-athletes – named to the College’s Wall of Fame will be inducted during an 11 a.m. luncheon in the Proffitt Dining Room. Inductees include Don Moore Sr., class of 1956; Wayne Risko, class of 1977; Kevin McKinstry, class of 1977; Walter Walsh, class of 1987; and Leslie Henry Crawford, class of 1992.

The annual Scots Golf Classic is scheduled to tee off at 1:30 p.m. at Lambert Acres Golf Course. The $25 per-person entry fee covers greens fee and cart rental. A catered barbecue dinner follows the tournament; cost is $15 per person.

Alumni, their children and others who want an in-depth look at life as a Maryville College student are invited to attend the first-annual Legacy Day program. During the event, which begins at 2 p.m. in the Bartlett Hall Atrium, participants will be able to sit in on simulated class sessions conducted by current College faculty. The program also includes campus tours and a college search question and answer session, led by staff members from Admissions and Financial Aid.

The annual Science Poster Presentation and Reception provides an opportunity for current students to display thesis research; presentations begin at 4 p.m. on the second floor of Sutton Science Center.

Basketball alumni and fans are invited to watch the Fighting Scots basketball team during an open practice session, 7 to 10 p.m. in Boydson Baird Gymnasium.

Events continue with the Scots Light-It-Up Bonfire, beginning at 7 p.m. on Lloyd Beach (in front of Lloyd Hall). Alumni, current students, cheerleaders and athletes will be on hand to show their school spirit and stay for a concert by Mikel Grubb.

Friday evening’s schedule closes out at 7:30 p.m., when alumni, current music students, members of the Concert Choir and others will perform in concert at the newly renovated Fine Arts Center Music Hall. A reception will follow the performance.

Activities get underway Saturday morning

Alumni reunion registration continues at 8 a.m., Oct. 25 at Willard House. The Golden Scots (alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago) are invited to a breakfast in Isaac’s café beginning at 8:30 a.m.

The annual Harvest Crafts Fair and Bake Sale begins at 9 a.m. in the Cooper Athletic Center and continues until 4 p.m. More than 46 vendors are expected.

Alumni scientists Dr. Elizabeth Buchanan (class of 1974) and Dr. Elaine Dorward-King (class of 1979) will be guest presenters during the annual Alumni Science Symposium that begins at 9 a.m. in classroom 233 of the Sutton Science Center.

At the Maryville College Equestrian Center (located off campus) the Maryville College Equestrian Club will host an intercollegiate horse show with more than 100 riders from Zone 5, Region 1 competing. Competition gets underway at 9 a.m., and lasts until 4 p.m. The day’s schedule is repeated Oct. 26.

At 9:30 a.m., a Service of Remembrance memorializing those alumni and friends who have passed away since Homecoming 2002 will begin in the Center for Campus Ministry.

“Family time and play vs. homework: Are teachers assigning too much homework?” is the question alumni educators will debate during the annual Education Forum, which begins at 9:30 a.m. in Bartlett Hall, room 103.

At 10 a.m., campus visitors can choose to attend a Voices of Praise gospel choir warm-up in the Proffitt Parlor of Carnegie, go on a student-guided campus tour, climb Mountain Challenge’s Alpine Tower or be first in line for the College library’s Backdoor Book Sale. The sale, which promises great bargains in non-fiction and fiction books, old records and outdated reference books, continues until 2 p.m.

At 11 a.m., the Lady Scots soccer team takes on Huntingdon College on the campus soccer field.

Lloyd Hall dedicated

Lloyd Hall, the new four-story, $7-million residence hall completed this year, will be dedicated during a ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for 11 a.m., Oct. 25.

Designed by McCarty Holsaple McCarty, the 52,800-square-foot residence hall, sits close to the site of an older Lloyd Hall (which was demolished this summer), is now home to almost 150 students.

Where the previous Lloyd Hall was named for Margaret Bell Lloyd, wife of the College’s sixth president, Dr. Ralph W. Lloyd, new Lloyd is being named for both Dr. and Mrs. Lloyd.

Designed by McCarty Holsaple McCarty, contracted by Partners Development and constructed by Denark, the facility went up in 10 months.

Thirty-three suites are designed to accommodate four students; four suites are designed for three people; and two ground-floor apartments will each be home to two students. Of the nearly 40 separate living quarters, 12 contain kitchens complete with stoves and refrigerators; the remaining suites have “kitchenettes” – designated spaces with sinks and cabinets and enough countertop space for small refrigerators and microwaves.

All suites offer bathrooms and living spaces with tables, chairs and couches.

On each level of the four-story hall is a common kitchen, seating area and study room. Speakers at the dedication ceremony include Mark Cate, vice president for college advancement and admissions; Dr. Bill Seymour, vice president and dean of students; Christie Latimer, president of the Student Government Association and member of the Class of 2004; and Dr. Gerald Gibson, Maryville College president. Surviving children of Dr. and Mrs. Lloyd, Vernon Lloyd, Hal Lloyd and Louise Lloyd Palm (all MC alumni) will also speak on behalf of the entire Lloyd family.

The Rev. Anne McKee will offer the dedication prayer.

Following the dedication ceremony, the hall will be opened for the public to walk through.

Fans invited for parade, football and banquet

Reunion classes, groups of current students and other MC fans are expected to participate in a parade that begins at Wilson Chapel at 1:15 p.m. The parade route winds its way through campus, ending at Honaker Field in time for the 2 p.m. football match-up between the Fighting Scots and the Bobcats of Frostburg State.

Halftime ceremonies include the introduction of the recent Wall of Fame inductees and crowning of the 2003 Homecoming Queen and King.

A post-game reception hosted by the College’s Multicultural Center will be held at the House in the Woods, and another alumni gathering is planned for the Waterfornt Bar and Grill in Maryville.

The annual Alumni Banquet and meeting of the Alumni Association will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Margaret Ware Dining Room of Pearsons Hall. Four alumnae will be recognized with alumni awards. Receiving the College’s 2003 Alumni Citation will be Sharon K. Youngs (class of 1979), Sue Anthony Dawson (class of 1969) and Penny Proffitt Piper (class of 1969). Christen McCammon Khym, a member of the class of 1996, will be presented the Kin Takahashi Award for Young Alumni of Maryville College.

Worship service concludes weekend

On Sunday, the Rev. Anne D. McKee, campus minister, will lead worship services in the Center for Campus Ministry beginning at 10 a.m.

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 2016 semester is 1,198.