Alumni Citation Award & 
Kin Takahashi Award

The 2015 Alumni Awards Ceremony was held Oct. 16 in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre, as part of the College’s Homecoming festivities.

The College’s Alumni Citation was presented to George Poland ’61, retired corporate lawyer, and Steve Diggs ’88, president and CEO of Emerald Youth Foundation. (Details and Videos below) Since 1961, the College’s Alumni Citations have recognized graduates who have rendered such service in professional, business, civic, social or religious endeavor as to benefit humankind and bring honor to the College, or who have rendered unusual service in any capacity on behalf of the College.

Josh Phillips ’08, president of Pyxl, was presented the Kin Takahashi Award for Young Alumni, which is given to an alumnus who has, within 15 years of his/her graduation from Maryville College, lived a life characteristic of College legend Kin Takahashi, who, in his 36 years of living, worked tirelessly for the betterment of his alma mater, his church and his society. (Details and Videos below)

A committee comprised of the vice president and dean of the College, one faculty member and three alumni met in early 2015 to review nominations and recommend winners to the College’s president and Board of Directors.

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Alumni Awards Ceremony 2015

 

George Poland - Class of '61

George Poland

After graduating from Maryville College and majoring in political science, George Poland earned his law degree from Vanderbilt Law School in 1964 and went to work as Associate General Counsel for the Midland-Guardian Company in Cincinnati, Ohio. Spending 12 years with the company, he developed expertise in the field of law governing finance, insurance, manufacturing and transportation.

He worked with the Fidelcor Financial Management Corporation in Providence, R.I., before being recruited by Citicorp Mortgage in 1978 to serve as General Counsel for its consumer lending company in St. Louis, Mo. As Senior Vice President, Poland directed the legal, legislative and public affairs departments.

Retiring from Citicorp in 1994, he taught business law at St. Louis University, and from 1996 until 2000, he served as General Counsel of Allsup, Inc., a company dedicated to helping disabled persons receive Social Security benefits.

An active member of the Presbyterian Church in America, Poland has served as Ruling Elder of his congregation, Vice Moderator and Moderator of the Missouri Presbytery, and Commissioner to the PCA General Assembly.

In work and retirement, he has given his energy and expertise to improve housing for low-income populations, home situations for orphaned children and educational opportunities for college students.

In 1966, George, wife Carol Greenwood Poland ’62 and other family members established the John M. Poland Memorial Scholarship. Over the years, this award has helped several deserving students attend MC. They are President’s Circle members, members of the Society of 1819 and faithful volunteers for Kin Takahashi Week. From 2004 until 2008, Poland served on the College’s Board of Directors.

He and Carol reside in Missouri, and they have two daughters and six grandchildren.

Steve Diggs - Class of '88

Steve Diggs

After graduating from Maryville College with a major in business management, Steve Diggs started working as Youth Director at Emerald Avenue United Methodist Church in Knoxville. Realizing that there were more youth in need than one church could serve, Diggs, along with community and church leaders, launched Emerald Youth Foundation, a Christian, urban youth and community development ministry that serves more than nearly 2,000 children, teens and young adults each year through a network of more than 15 churches and faith-based organizations in Knoxville.

The organization has three programs: JustLead, Emerald Youth Sports and Emerald Youth Fellows. Its mission is to “raise up a large number urban youth to love Jesus Christ and become effective leaders who help renew their communities.”

In July, Emerald Youth Foundation opened Knoxville’s first charter school, of which Diggs is President. Emerald Academy is a free, independently operated, K-8 college preparatory school that gives families, including those with special education and English language learner requirements, an education option.

As President and CEO of Emerald Youth Foundation, he serves through many civic, community, education and church affiliations in Knoxville, including Kiwanis, ProjectGRAD and Tennova.

Diggs resides in Knoxville, Tenn., and is married to Sabrina Spires Diggs ’90. The couple has two children: Adam, who is a member of Maryville College’s Class of 2019, and Abby.

Josh Phillips - Class of '08

Josh Phillips

Josh Phillips, who grew up in Brimley, Mich., did not take a traditional college path. He graduated from high school in 1999 and spent four years with his family in Germany, where he assisted his parents with their engineering business. A first-generation college student, he enrolled at Maryville College in 2005 and double majored in international business and political science. He was sought out by a local entrepreneur before he graduated in May 2008 and helped rebrand a local company as a new digital marketing firm called Pyxl. Phillips worked his way up from account management to Director of Operations to his current position of President. In that role, he manages the company’s day-to-day operations and leads strategy and campaign management, among many other things.

In addition to its Knoxville office, Pyxl opened offices in Scottsdale, Ariz., in 2012; Boulder, Colo., in 2014; and in Nashville, Tenn., this year. Pyxl, which is still expanding and looking for more opportunities, now has about 60 employees and serves more than 75 clients nationwide in areas such as higher education, healthcare, technology and consumer goods.

For three consecutive years, Pyxl has been named to the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest growing private companies and recognized as one of the “Best Places to Work.”

Phillips lives in Strawberry Plains his wife, Jessica White Phillips ’10. The couple has one son, Elijah. 

 

Do you know someone deserving of an alumni award?

The privilege of making nominations for any alumni award is given to alumni, past and present faculty and staff members and friends of Maryville College.  Nominations must be received by March 1 to be considered for awards in the fall.

Alumni Citation

An award known as an “Alumni Citation” may be made to any alumnus of Maryville College (alumnus to be defined according to the Constitution of the Alumni Association) who has rendered such service in professional, business, civic, social or religious endeavor as to benefit humankind and bring honor to the College, or who has rendered unusual service in any capacity on behalf of the College. 

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See past award winners here -->

2014
William O. DeWeese - 1964 
C. Randy Massey - 1981

2013
Paul C. Elliott - 1963
George Roger Schember - 1963

2012
Alvin C. Baker - 1972 
Thomas Laird Jones - 1952

2011
T. Bryson Struse - 1961 
Melissa A. Walker - 1985

2010
G. Donald Hickman - 1970 
Carl P. McDonald - 1963

2009
Alvin J. Nance - 1979 
Elizabeth Sloan Welsh - 1959

2008
Terry Lee Dykstra - 1961 
Roger M. Nooe - 1962

2007
George C. Carpenter - 1953 
James E. McCall - 1957

2006
Corita Anne Swanson - 1958 
Mary Witherspoon - 1956

2005
Martha L. Hess - 1967 
Robert McElroy Shelton - 1955

2004
George E. Ogle - 1951 
Kenneth Douglas Tuck - 1954

2003
Sue Dawson - 1969 
Penny Piper - 1969 
Sharon K. Youngs - 1979

2002
Harold N. Cones - 1965 
Sheridan "Dan" H. Greaser - 1960 
Susie Shew - 1952 
John Stewart Shew - 1951 
Sarah B. McNiell - 1953

2001
Frank Moore Cross - 1942 
Clifford H. Henry - 1950 
Stanley B. Shields - 1937

2000
James C. Fisher - 1955 
Clyde H. Flanagan - 1962

1999
Boydson H. Baird - 1941 
Joseph M. Dawson - 1969 
Henry J. Van Hassel - 1954

1998
James Coleman Campbell - 1953 
J. L. Goins - 1963 
Fred Johnson Young - 1937

1997
Charles E. Allen - 1952 
Robert Norman Navratil - 1954 
Ethelyn Gardner Pankratz - 1956

1996
Bryant L. Cureton - 1960 
Linda C. Roberts - 1961 
Lisbeth J. Vincent - 1968

1995
Brian Henry Childs - 1969 
Penny Ferguson - 1969 
Robert Brown Short - 1941

1994
Ruth Burgos-Sasscer - 1953 
Frank Aaron Kramer - 1947 
Eula Mathews - 1935

1993
Bettie Elwood - 1952 
Robert W. Mahley - 1963 
Arda Susan Walker - 1940

1992
Catherine S. Beals - 1947 
Andrew W. Loven - 1957 
Guy T. Selander - 1957

1991
Inez Elizabeth Burns - 1929 
Anderson Dean Clark - 1951 
Delores Ziegler - 1973

1990
William Houston Chalker - 1950 
Elizabeth Dee Murphey - 1956 
Harwell Webb Proffitt - 1940

 

1989
Robert Cummins Dockendorf - 1947 
Elizabeth B. Knott - 1957 
Jean C. Rokes - 1933

1988
Dorsey Daniel Ellis - 1960 
Marcia W. Kling - 1956 
Mary Anne Woodring - 1952

1987
Margaret E. Goggin - 1940 
Fred Albert Griffitts - 1925 
Margaret M. Theissen - 1968

1986
Naomi B. Lynn - 1954 
Robert A. Lynn - 1952 
David W. Marston - 1964 
Hazel Marie Nichols - 1926

1985
Earle W. Crawford - 1935 
Virgil Shields LeQuire - 1943 
Louise Palm - 1951

1984
Charles Lee Burgreen - 1944 
A. Randolph Shields - 1934 
Sarah Traylor - 1929

1983
John A. Eaddy - 1962 
Dorothy Franklin - 1925 
Donald Emanuel Rugh - 1938 
Mabel Joy Rugh - 1939

1982
Sam Henry Blevens - 1937 
Raymond Irving Brahams - 1949 
Finis Gaston Cooper - 1918 
James Raymond Holsey - 1950

1981
Robert Alexander Broady - 1925 
Catheryn Berenice Fischbach - 1936 
George Franklin Fischbach - 1933 
Roy F. Kramer - 1951
E. B. Smith - 1940

1980
Willard David Klimstra - 1941 
Otto P. Pflanze - 1940 
Betty Louise Pinner-Poole - 1947

1979
Sarah Beatty - 1966 
Michael Presbyter Testa - 1934 
Anna M. Yoakum - 1954

1978
Carrie Lou Goddard - 1933 
George Podgorny - 1958 
John E. Talmage - 1934

1977
F. Herbert Hoover - 1952

1976
Carson Brewer - 1943 
L. Elizabeth Newcomer - 1933 
Maurine Sweitzer-Baskin - 1934

1975
John Calvin Crawford - 1927 
Alice Lester - 1951 
Mary Elizabeth Torrey - 1925

1974
Hope A. Ross - 1931 
Sayre Archie Schwarztrauber - 1951 
David J. Seel - 1946

1973
Paul James Hartman - 1936

1972
Othel Paul Armstrong - 1924 
Edward Henry Hamilton - 1926 
Kenneth Paul Kidd - 1934 
William Lupton Wood - 1938

1971
Carl Alette - 1943 
Percy Wilson Buchanan - 1922 
Agnes Lewis - 1923

1970
Samuel Wilson Blizzard - 1936 
Joe Caldwell Gamble - 1926 
Elsie Marie Klingman - 1940

1969
Lee Roy Herndon - 1922 
James N. Proffitt - 1938 
Fred M. Snell - 1942 
Hilton A. Wick - 1942

1968
Ernest Chalmers Brown - 1913 
George Brandle Callahan - 1920 
Rose Wilcox Pinneo - 1943 
Leland T. Waggoner - 1938 
Lamar Silsby Wilson - 1921

1967
Raymond Floyd Anderson - 1926 
Robert M. Arnold - 1940 
Ruth Bosworth - 1923 
David Samuel Marston - 1929

1966
Mary Sue Going - 1929 
John Albert Hyden - 1914 
Archileta Reba Lowry - 1928 
Clifford Thomas Morgan - 1936

1965
Paul Harris Fox - 1938 
Leland Shanor - 1935 
Sue Way Spencer - 1928

1964
Herrick Ransom Arnold - 1923 
Loyd H. Langston - 1913 
Roy A. Taylor - 1931 
Nathalia Wright - 1933

1963
John H. Fisher - 1940 
Wilson McTeer - 1925 
George Drury Webster - 1941

1962
Mary Kate Duskin - 1920 
George Cantine Kent - 1937 
Dan M. McGill - 1940 
Richard Edgar Strain - 1931

1961
Earl Winston Blazer - 1930 
Julian Johnson - 1927


Kin Takahashi Award for Young Alumni

An award known as a “Kin Takahashi Award for Young Alumni” shall be given to any alumnus/alumna (to be defined according to the Constitution of the Alumni Association), who has, within 15 years of his/her graduation from Maryville College, lived a life characteristic of College legend Kin Takahashi, who, in his 36 years of living, worked tirelessly for the betterment of his alma mater, his church and his society. Learn more about him →

See past award winners here -->

  • 2014 - William Gavin Lodge McCammon '99
  • 2013 - Smith Jean-Philippe, '00
  • 2012 - Christie Latimer Knapper '04
  • 2011 - Preston Fields '03
  • 2010 - John Trotter '95
  • 2009 - Yvette P. Franklin '98
  • 2008 - Kristi Falco '01
  • 2007 - Kristine Renee Tallent '96
  • 2006 - Erin Palmer '99
  • 2005 - Adriel McCord '00
  • 2004 - Julie Walker Danielson '94
  • 2003 - Christen McCammon Khym '96
  • 2002 - William F. Lukens '91
  • 2001 - John Francis Heidelberg '87, Karla Beard Heidelberg '88
  • 2000 - Jonathan A. Allision '90
  • 1999 - Kandis Schram '95


Wall of Fame

The purpose of the Wall of Fame is to recognize outstanding individuals who have contributed to Maryville College athletics. Recognition is in two categories: “Regular membership” is reserved for those student-athletes who competed for Maryville College, displaying excellence in athletic competition. Nominees for regular membership must be graduates of the College. “Special membership” is granted to those people who have been of outstanding value to the Maryville College Athletics Program. Learn more →

 
HERE'S HOW TO MAKE A NOMINATION:

  • Read the descriptions below and see which award is most fitting for your nominee.
  • Fill out our nomination form.
  • It's also helpful to have materials that support your nomination (vitae, newspaper clippings, commendatory letters, etc.). If you have such items, please either scan and email them to the Alumni Office or mail to:
    Alumni Awards
    Office of Advancement
    Maryville College
    502 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway
    Maryville, TN, 37804.

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Maryville College offers sincere congratulations and gratitude for the service of these fine alumni.