MC Homecoming 2012 events

Oct. 10, 2012
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer
865.981.8209; chloe.kennedy@maryvillecollege.edu

Maryville College is inviting alumni, parents and friends back to campus for Homecoming on Oct. 19-20.

Activities range from sports match-ups to musical performances to a parade led by the Knoxville Pipes and Drums.

Kickoff for the Maryville College-LaGrange College football game is scheduled for 2 p.m., Oct. 20, on Honaker field. Tickets are $6 for adults; $4 for students; and free for children 6 and under.

“Homecoming is one of the most meaningful and exciting times of the year,” said Andrea May, director of alumni affairs and outreach. “It gives the entire Maryville College family – students, alumni, faculty, staff, parents and friends of the College –

a time to gather and celebrate this special community.”

Registration for alumni will begin at Willard House at 8 a.m. and will continue until 6 p.m.

At 10 a.m., former student-athletes Molly Hewa Sers ’93, Thomas Smith ’93, Scott Fletcher ’89, Lee Taylor ’76 and Jennifer McCafferty ’94 will be inducted into the College’s Wall of Fame, along with former Head Football Coach Phil Wilks. Tickets are $12 per person and should be purchased in advance.

The annual Coach Boydson Baird Memorial Golf Classic begins at 1 p.m. at Lambert Acres Golf Course. The 18-hole tournament for alumni, parents and friends is a Homecoming tradition. The $50 entry fee includes greens fee and cart rental.

“How to Get Your First Teaching Job” is the topic of a panel discussion led by alumni educators at 4:30 p.m. in Bartlett Hall, room 101.

The Blue Shades Rock ‘N’ Roll Band from the 1960s decade at Maryville College, which performed during last year’s Homecoming for the first time in 45 years, will reunite once again for two free performances in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ William Baxter Lee III Grand Foyer. Band members Dr. Hugh McCampbell ’66, Russ Bright ’68, Dr. Red Prudhon ’65 and Dr. Ken Arentson ’67 will perform 1950s favorites at 5:30 p.m. and again at 8 p.m.

Maryville College alumna Ginger Frye ‘07 will exhibit her photographs in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Blackberry Farm Gallery, which will be open during the weekend.

An Alumni Baseball Game and pep rally in Isaac’s Café round out the events at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively.

Registration for alumni will be held from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. at Willard House.

From 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., about 50 vendors will be set up in the main building of the Clayton Center for the Arts for the annual Harvest Crafts Festival and Bake Sale. Among the items expected for sale this year are paintings, handmade jewelry pieces, pottery, quilts, embroidery, soap, seasonal decorations and wood crafts. Baked goods will be available for sale on the balcony level, as well as in the Atrium of Bartlett Hall.

A “Now and Then” walking tour of the MC campus will begin at 9 a.m. on the steps of Fayerweather Hall, followed by an Anderson Hall Alumni Open House at 10 a.m., which will showcase the plans for the interior renovation of the 142-year-old building.

The annual Service of Remembrance, which memorializes alumni and special friends who have passed away since last Homecoming, will be held at 9 a.m. at the Samuel Tyndale Wilson Center for Campus Ministry, with the Rev. Dr. Anne D. McKee, campus minister, leading the services.

A retirement reception for Dr. Terry Bunde, professor emeritus of chemistry, will begin at 10 a.m. in Sutton Science Center, room 223. The event will include a formal dedication of the Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer, which was funded by generous donors in honor of Bunde’s 35 years of teaching at the College.

From 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., the staff of Mountain Challenge will be stationed at the 60-foot Alpine Tower for people who want to climb. Children (ages 10 and under) must be accompanied by an adult. The outdoor company is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

A Music Medley on the outdoor plaza of the Clayton Center for the Arts will begin at 10 a.m. and will include performances by Voices of Praise, the MC Concert Choir, Off Kilter, the Lads & Lassies and the Alumni Choir. Off Kilter is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and this year’s Music Medley will feature a special performance by the Off Kilter Reunion Ensemble.

The “Little Scotties” Children’s Area, which includes inflatable slides, face painting and balloon animals, as well as a children’s train offering rides around the outside of Anderson Hall, will be held from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on the Anderson Hall lawn.

At 11 a.m., the women’s soccer team will take on North Carolina Wesleyan on the Soccer Field, and the men’s soccer team will take on North Carolina Wesleyan at 1 p.m.

Lunch will be served starting at 11:30 a.m. on the lawn in front of Pearsons Hall. Tickets are $10 per person (children 5 and under eat free).

The annual Student and Alumni Parade will start at 1 p.m. and will include reunion classes, current students, President Tom Bogart and family, alumni award winners, cheerleaders, dance team members, Homecoming Court candidates and Little Scotties.

In addition to the alumni inducted into the College’s Wall of Fame over the weekend, Dr. Thomas Laird Jones ’52, Alvin C. Baker ’72 and Christine Latimer Knapper ’04 will be recognized for outstanding achievement.

The three will be honored during the Alumni Reception & Awards Ceremony, which will begin at 5:30 p.m., Oct. 20 in the Alumni Gymnasium. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served, and the Off Kilter Reunion Ensemble will perform a medley of songs. Tickets are $25 per person and should be reserved in advance.

Jones and Baker will be awarded the prestigious Alumni Citation, and Knapper will be presented the Kin Takahashi Award for Young Alumni.

For a complete schedule of Homecoming activities, visit the College’s Homecoming website at http://www.maryvillecollege.edu/alumni/. Tickets may be reserved online or by calling the Office of Alumni Affairs at 865.981.8200.


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 2013 semester is 1,168.