CCM to host Affordable Care Act presentation Sept. 10

Aug. 15, 2013
Contact: Rev. Dr. Anne D. McKee, Campus Minister
865.981.8299; anne.mckee@maryvillecollege.edu

The Maryville College Bonner Scholars Program and Center for Campus Ministry will host a presentation about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) at 7 p.m. Tues., Sept. 10 in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall.

This presentation, titled “20 Days to Enrollment: Health Reform Next Steps,” will offer information for those who need insurance, who want to learn how to help others sign up or who simply want to understand the Affordable Care Act. Enrollment for medical insurance through the ACA begins Oct. 1.

Leading the discussion will be Laura J. Sell of Vonore, Tenn., who is heading the efforts of the Blount Health Care Coalition. This coalition has been formed through the support of and in partnership with the Blount County Ecumenical Action Coalition and the Tennessee Health Care Campaign (THCC). THCC is a non-partisan group “working for affordable access to high-quality health care for all Tennesseans.” It is the state's premier nonprofit consumer health care advocacy group, which works in collaboration with advocacy groups, affected constituents, community leaders and policy makers.

Sell has been a resident of Vonore for the past nine years, retiring from her career in Michigan as a pastoral counselor, organizational consultant and human resource executive. Since moving to Tennessee, she assists individuals and organizations in transition – from developing health care plans for seniors to assisting hospice patients and families to providing case management and mental health services with the American Red Cross during disasters throughout the United States.

She is an active member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, where she coordinates the church’s participation in the Family Promise program, which provides housing and other services to families in crisis. At the church, she has served as a leadership planning consultant, a vestry member and leader of a Sunday school class.

In Michigan, Sell maintained her own counseling and consulting practice. She was also a clinical supervisor and taught courses at Oakland University in Rochester, Mich., and Spring Arbor College in Dearborn, Mich. She earned her undergraduate degree at Purdue University and her master’s degree from Oakland University.

“The Bonner Program and the Center for Campus Ministry are committed to encouraging conversation about important social issues, and Bonner Scholars will be working this fall to help let community members, both on and off campus, know about the new opportunities for insurance for those who have not had access to health care,” said the Rev. Dr. Anne McKee, Maryville College campus minister. “We are grateful for the work of Laura Sell and other members of the Health Care Coalition, and we look forward to her presentation.”

The event is part of the Center for Campus Ministry’s fall series, “Conversations About Justice,” which includes three events.

On Thurs., Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Samuel Tyndale Wilson Center for Campus Ministry (CCM), Ray Krone and the Rev. Stacy Rector will give a presentation titled “Freed from Death Row: A Story of Wrongful Conviction,” during which Krone will speak about his experience of spending 10 years behind bars and becoming the 100th person to be exonerated from death row in 2002. Rector directs Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.

On Tues., Oct. 1 at 1:15 p.m. in the CCM, an international peacemaker from Syria will give a presentation about the conflict in his home country. The speaker, whose name has not been released due to security concerns, is a pastor/theologian and international peacemaker with the Presbyterian Church.

For more information, contact the Center for Campus Ministry at 865.981.8299.


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.