Milestone reunion classes make gifts to MC -- $300,000 impact estimated

Milestone reunion classes make gifts to MC -- $300,000 impact estimated

Oct. 30, 2009
Contact: Holly Jackson-Sullivan, Vice President for Advancement

At the annual meeting of the Maryville College National Alumni Association held Oct. 17 in the Alumni Gymnasium, members of the 25th, 40th and 50th reunion classes proudly presented checks reflective of their reunion fundraising efforts. Combined, the reunion class giving resulted in nearly $300,000 of total impact while specifically raising roughly $180,000 to assist with various current projects on campus.

The Class of 1984, represented by alumna Margaret Andrews Huntzinger, raised $9,165 that will be used toward the ground floor entrance in Anderson Hall, which is slated for renovation in the near future. With the addition of two new members to the Society of 1819, the College's planned giving society, the Class of 1984's gift has a total impact of $34,165. Members of the 1984 Steering and Communications Committee included Huntzinger, Leslee Hay Kirkconnell, Dave Raulerson, Karen Spence and Laurie Winiarski.

Alan Cropper represented the Class of 1969 at the Oct. 17 meeting. His class raised $74,520 that will be combined with gifts from the classes of 1968 and 1970 to provide funds for the reception area in Anderson Hall as well as establish an endowed scholarship in honor of the three classes. With the addition of two new Society of 1819 members, the Class of 1969's gift has a total value to the College of $94,520. Members of the 1969 Steering and Communications Committee included Bill Rankin, Joe Dawson, Alida McArthur Graves, Craig Rigell, Ann Little Rigell, Jim Moore, Susan Carr Stevenson, Steve Dorner, Cathy Hallman Walker, George Brown and Charles Davies.

Jack Emery, an alumnus from the Class of 1959, presented to Maryville College President Dr. Gerald W. Gibson the check from his classmates. In celebration of 50 years since graduation, Emery's class raised $98,085 that will be used for the establishment of a new Class of 1959 endowed scholarship and funding a seminar room in the renovated Anderson Hall. With the addition of eight new Society of 1819 members, the Class of 1959's gift has a total impact of $168,085. Steering and Communications Committee members included Ted Frauman, Joe Tropansky, Bob Moses, Bill Aring, Betty Boone Best, Bill Lynch, Mary Newton Lynch, Colleen Crawford McCall, Barbara Coates Rooker, Libby Welsh and Gray Clarke Wiley.

“Special thanks to all of the reunion classes for their hard work to date,” said Holly Jackson-Sullivan, vice president for advancement and community relations. “We are so grateful for each and every gift. We know that alumni have a choice about what they support, and we are honored that they choose to give to their alma mater so generously and faithfully.”

Gifts and pledges can still be added to these totals until the end of the fiscal year – May 31, 2010 and will be counted toward final class fundraising numbers, she added.

For more information about reunion giving, contact Jackson-Sullivan at 865.273.8884 or

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 1,197.