The Scot-e-Newsletter: News for Alumni, Parents and Friends of Maryville College
April 2008 Volume 7, Number 4

In This Issue
Contractor selected for CAC
Kandis Schram '85 named AD
Outstanding students honored in April 12 ceremony
Blount County Alumni Banquet set for April 14
Chemistry lab instrument donated in memory of Dr. Griffitts
Young alumni invited to Big Ed's in Oak Ridge
Carolina Chocolate Drops perform on campus April 17
Online auction of Alexander Dumas painting to benefit MC
Dr. Sheri Matascik offers recital April 11
Wright House is on April 20 homes tour
James Laster '56 pens Scottish medley for choir
We’re nearing the goal!

From the Classroom

A monthly peek inside the challenging and engaging studies offered at Maryville College. This month, experience PLS345/ENV345: Environmental Politics and Public Administration.

MC Quick Facts

In addition to the traditional bound and shelved volumes and printed periodicals available through the Maryville College Library, MC students today have access to 105,763 electronic books and more than 16,000 online newspapers, magazines and journals.

Upcoming

Center for Strong Communities

The College’s Center for Strong Communities will host a community reception on May 7 in the Proffitt Dining Room of Pearsons Hall. Scheduled for 3-5 p.m., the reception will include a program that details and celebrates the work undertaken by the CSC in its first year of service.

Kin Takahashi Week 2008 is scheduled for June 9-13, and June 9 has been designated Young Alum Monday. Make your plans now to attend! For more information or to register online, go to the MC web site.

Commencement Weekend 2008 information has been posted on the MC web site.

Campus Improvement Plan

Keeping roadways clear and providing sufficient parking have been challenges presented by construction projects on campus. The CIP has attempted to address challenges. Completed earlier this year, the new parking lot between Crawford House and the tennis courts (pictured above) provides parking for 98 vehicles.

Campaign Update

Our Window of Opportunity

Want to know where fund-raising stands for the Civic Arts Center? The Anderson Hall renovation? Endowment and the Maryville Fund? The MC web site provides regular updates.


CONTRACTOR SELECTED FOR CAC

Messer Construction Company is the apparent low bidder on construction for the Civic Arts Center. For details, visit the MC web site.

KANDIS SCHRAM ’85 NAMED AD

Kandis SchramSchram, associate athletic director and head volleyball coach, has been selected to head the College’s sports programs. The press release announcing her promotion is posted on the MC web site.

OUTSTANDING STUDENTS HONORED IN APRIL 12 CEREMONY

AwardsAwards and scholarships for current students will be presented during the annual Academic Awards ceremony scheduled for 7 p.m. at Maryville’s First Baptist Church. A press release announcing winners will be posted following the ceremony.

BLOUNT COUNTY ALUMNI BANQUET SET FOR APRIL 14

Local alumni are invited for dinner, a College update and entertainment by Off Kilter. The banquet costs $15 per person and begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Proffitt Dining Room of Pearsons Hall. RSVP to Carol Clark at 865.981.8200 or carol.clark@maryvillecollege.edu.

CHEMISTRY LAB INSTRUMENT DONATED IN MEMORY OF DR. GRIFFITTS

Ruby Miller Griffitts ’32, widow of former chemistry professor Dr. Fred Griffitts ’25, recently donated money to purchase a gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer for use by chemistry students. Mrs. Griffitts recently met with those students in Sutton Science Center. To read about her visit, link to the MC web site.

YOUNG ALUMNI INVITED TO BIG ED’S IN OAK RIDGE

Recent graduates living in Anderson and surrounding counties are invited to an informal and fun get-together planned for 6 p.m., April 17. For details, visit the Young Alumni section of the MC web site.

CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS PERFORM ON CAMPUS APRIL 17

Carolina Chocolate DropsConsidered by one critic to be “the hottest thing to hit the old-time music community in decades,” this group of young African-American stringband musicians plays in the rich tradition of music from the foothills of the Carolinas. Go online to read more about the free concert in Humphreys Court.

ONLINE AUCTION OF ALEXANDER DUMAS PAINTING TO BENEFIT MC

Dumas, Knoxville-based artist and husband of Jeannette Whitaker Dumas ‘53, has placed the painting “Water Music” in an April 19 online auction. Proceeds from the sale of the nature painting will go to fund a scholarship honoring Jeannette, who now suffers from Alzheimer’s. To view the painting and/or made a bid, go to www.caseantiques.com and click on the “complete online catalog” link. The painting is lot #165. Bids can be made online through Ebay, absentee bid or in person.

DR. SHERI MATASCIK OFFERS RECITAL APRIL 11

Sheri MatascikMatascik, associate professor of music, will perform Appalachian- and Celtic-inspired compositions on guitar. More about the recital, which will be held at 7 p.m. in Lawson Auditorium, can be read in a release posted online.

WRIGHT HOUSE IS ON APRIL 20 HOMES TOUR

The Court Street home of the late Nathalia Wright ‘33, which has been converted into a guest house for the College, is one of five homes on the 2008 Historic College Hill District Homes Tour, which begins at 1 p.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m. Tickets to tour all houses are $10 per person and can be purchased at the Wright House on April 20.

JAMES LASTER ‘56 PENS SCOTTISH MEDLEY FOR CHOIR

The choir alumnus and accomplished composer has introduced Concert Choir members to Scottish folksongs in preparation for the group’s upcoming performing tour of Scotland. Read the story on the MC web site.

WE’RE NEARING THE GOAL!

Goals for the Maryville Fund are well within reach! To date, 37 percent of alumni have committed to giving and 29 percent of parents have already given. (Our goals are 40 percent and 30 percent, respectively.) But the end of our fiscal year (May 31) isn't far away. Make a gift today – or send in your pledge – and help us realize all-time high records in number of donors and dollar amounts. To learn more or to make a gift, visit the MC web site.

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