MC celebrates Earth Week April 15-26

April 12, 2013
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer
865.981.8209; chloe.kennedy@maryvillecollege.edu

Maryville College students, faculty and staff will observe Earth Day with several events planned for April 15-26.

“Earth Week 2013” will include events such as film screenings, a recycling tour, an ice cream social and a litter clean-up event. All events are open to the public.

“With 43 years of history, Earth Day has become something that we shouldn’t only think about one day a year, but something we consider everyday,” said Adrienne Schwarte, MC associate professor of art and co-sponsor of Earth Week. “However, its yearly celebration is a great reminder that the earth provides us great sustenance, bountiful beauty and continual renewal, all worthy of sustainment through our actions and decisions. Earth Week at Maryville College is a host of events that are designed to remind us of what true gifts we have received in our planet and how to co-exist with it in a mutual relationship.”

Mon., April 15:

- 12:30-2:30 p.m.: RockTenn Recycling Tour

To sign up, please email Dr. Mark O’Gorman, associate professor of political science and coordinator of MC’s Environmental Studies Program, at mark.ogorman@maryvillecollege.edu.

- 7-9 p.m.: Film Screening of Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time

The Emmy Award-winning documentary film about legendary environmentalist Aldo Leopold highlights Leopold’s extraordinary career, tracing how he shaped and influenced the modern environmental movement. The film will be shown in Fayerweather Hall’s Lawson Auditorium.

Tues., April 16:

- 2-4 p.m.: Exhibition of Earth Week Posters

Students in Schwarte’s Typography 231 class will showcase their Earth Week poster designs on the second floor of the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Art and Recital Building.

Wed., April 17:

- 5:30-7:30 p.m.: Film Screening of Sun Come Up

The Academy Award nominated film shows the human face of climate change. The film tells the story of the world’s first environmental refugees, the Carteret Islanders. The film will be shown in Pearsons Dining Room.

Thurs., April 18:

- 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Upcycled Art Project: Mason Jar Herb Garden

Create your own herb garden using recycled Mason jars in the Clayton Center’s Ceramic Studio. To sign up, email adrienne.schwarte@maryvillecollege.edu.

Fri., April 19:

- 12:45-2 p.m.: Court Street Clean-Up

Dr. Mark O’Gorman and MC students will pick up litter on Court Street. For more information or to sign up, email mark.ogorman@maryvillecollege.edu.

Mon., April 22: Earth Day

- 1-3 p.m.: Organic Bake Sale

Students will sell organic baked goods at the Solar Dok picnic tables in front of Pearsons Hall. Proceeds will be added to a revolving green fund on campus.

- 3:30-5 p.m.: Homemade Ice Cream Social

Bring your own bowl and spoon and enjoy some homemade ice cream at the Solar Dok picnic tables in front of Pearsons Hall.

Fri. April 26:

- 4:30 p.m.: Mountain Challenge 25th Anniversary Celebration

Join the staff and friends of Mountain Challenge to celebrate the outdoor company’s 25th anniversary. The celebration at Crawford House will include presentations about the history of Mountain Challenge and the program’s student impact, and MC Board Chairman Wayne Kramer will present a proclamation. O’Gorman will provide an update on the LEED certification status for Crawford House, a 137-year-old farmhouse.


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.