KT Week improves, beautifies campus

July 5, 2013
Contact: Karen B. Eldridge, Director of Communications
865.981.8207; karen.eldridge@maryvillecollege.edu

Football players returning to campus will like the improvements in locker rooms and storage buildings.

Students who help build scenes in the theatre department will be more efficient, using the well constructed and labeled lumber rack.

Faculty members and students in the Mathematics/Computer Science and Natural Science divisions will cheer the fresh coat of paint in their Sutton Science hallways.

Residents of Carnegie Hall will appreciate the masonry repairs to the porch of their home-away-from-home.

The 17th-annual Kin Takahashi Week was held June 10-14, with 124 participants completing 52 projects around campus that ranged from building, repairing and painting to landscaping, cleaning and organizing.

“It was a very successful week,” said Sheridan H. “Dan” Greaser ’60, a former member of the Board of Directors. “We feel we made a valuable contribution to the curb appeal of the College.”

Greaser has helped organize Kin Takahashi Week since 1997.

The idea was sparked, actually, from a conversation he had with classmate Tom Eberhard ’60.

Eberhard hypothesized that scores of alumni – especially those who couldn’t contribute thousands of dollars to their alma mater but were no less devoted to her – would return to campus to give what they could – time. Time to complete manual labor projects like painting, constructing, cleaning, planting, pruning and cataloging that the College’s employees didn’t always have.

He was right. That first KT Week drew 43 alumni, students, parents, friends and donors, and it has grown steadily over the years. Alumna Sylvia Heard ’61 and her husband, Don, make the KT Week trek annually from Lake Oswego, Ore. It’s not uncommon to see generations of one family participate.

Participants can work one, two, three, four or five days – whatever fits their schedules. Those from out-of-town stay on campus in a residence hall (this year, they stayed in Gibson Hall) and eat in Pearsons Dining Room.

“We enjoy the camaraderie of classmates and friends,” Greaser explained. “It's not all work."

On June 14, participants were thanked with a catered dinner held at the College’s Chilhowee Club. In thanking volunteers for their efforts, Maryville College President William T. “Tom” Bogart announced that the College had been selected to receive the 2013 BRAVO! Award from Keep Blount Beautiful and the Garden Clubs of Blount County.

“Working alongside our dedicated grounds crew, you are a big part of why the campus looks so great. And now you know that not only do our faculty, staff and students notice the carefully kept grounds throughout the year, so does our community,” Bogart said.

Kin Takahashi Week 2014 is scheduled for June xx-xx. For more information, contact xxxxxxxx at xxxxxxxxxx.

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.