Unique hybrid car on display at Maryville College Jan. 12 - 15

January 8, 2004
David Rasnake, Communications Assistant

During the week of Jan. 12, Maryville College students will get an up-close look at what may be the car of the future. No, it doesn’t fly, but it does go more than 600 miles on a single tank of gas.

A Honda hybrid car, belonging to TVA, will be on loan to the College for use in its First-Year Seminar 130: Perspectives on the Environment course. Required for all College freshmen, the course asks students to consider pressing environmental issues in several fields, including forestry, energy and waste management.

Perspectives on the Environment is taught during the College’s January Term, or J-Term. During the three-week term (held between fall and spring semesters), students take only one class that meets for three hours daily; J-Term classes focus on experiential learning and often utilize field trips, projects and special presentations.

WHO: Students and faculty instructors from Maryville College’s Perspectives on the Environment course.

WHAT: A Honda hybrid electric car, on loan from TVA. Students will be allowed to examine the car, which is identical to a regular Honda Civic, up close and get a chance to ride in the vehicle.

WHEN: The car is scheduled to be delivered to the College campus at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 12, and will remain on campus through noon on Thursday, Jan. 15.

WHERE: The hybrid car will be displayed in front of Thaw Hall on the Maryville College campus.

WHY: The exhibit will give students and community members the chance to learn about and discuss hybrid cars and their positive environmental impact.

PHOTO/VIDEO OPS: Course instructors will be using the exhibit as a teaching tool on Monday, Jan. 12 from 11 a.m. through the lunch hour (rides in the car), and on Wednesday, Jan. 14, from 9 a.m. until noon.

CONTACT: Dr. Mark O’Gorman, associate professor of political science and environmental sciences, at 981.8048 or mark.ogorman@maryvillecollege.edu.

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.