New events slated for MC’s Homecoming, Oct. 3-5

Aug. 7, 2014

Maryville College is inviting alumni, parents and friends back to campus for Homecoming on Oct. 3-5.

Activities range from athletics to musical performances, as well as several new events that have been added this year. Unless indicated otherwise, all events are free and open to the public.

Kickoff for the Maryville College-LaGrange College football game is scheduled for 2 p.m., Oct. 4 on Honaker Field. Tickets are $8 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors.    

“Homecoming is one of the most meaningful and exciting times of year,” said Angela Miller, director of alumni affairs and outreach. “It gives the entire MC family – students, alumni, faculty, staff, parents and friends of the College – a time to gather and celebrate this special community.

“This year’s Homecoming weekend includes a number of new events and changes, so we encourage attendees to read the schedule carefully,” Miller continued. “One of the biggest changes in the weekend is revamping the Lunch on the Grounds and Homecoming parade to a campus tailgate and Alumni March on Saturday before the game.”

“Tailgating: Scots Style” is a campus and reunion tailgate scheduled for Sat., Oct. 4 from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on the Cooper Practice Field. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be served, and special tents and booths will be set up for campus groups and alumni reunion classes. The cost is $10 per person, and children under 5 years old eat free.

The Alumni March, which begins at 1:30 p.m., highlights reunion classes and alumni chapters with a special procession on Honaker Field.

“The Alumni March highlights those groups that wish to be recognized as having ‘come home’ to Maryville College,” Miller said. “We encourage milestone reunion classes and alumni chapters to line up and march through the stadium to show their MC pride!”

Friday events

Registration for alumni will begin at Willard House at 8 a.m. and continue until 5 p.m.

The Coach Boydson Baird Memorial Golf Classic will begin with an 8 a.m. shotgun start at Royal Oaks Golf Course. The 18-hole tournament for alumni, parents and friends is a Homecoming tradition. The $50 per-person entry fee includes greens fee, lunch and cart rental.

“Biology Classes at MC: Location, Location, Location,” a community lecture by Maryville College Professor of Biology Dr. Drew Crain, will begin at 1 p.m. in Fayerweather Hall’s Lawson Auditorium. Crain will discuss the unique education that MC students get in the East Tennessee outdoors, including the College Woods, the MC orchards and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. An orchard walk will follow the lecture.

An education forum focusing on “How to Get Your First Teaching Job” will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Bartlett Hall, room 101, with alumni educators serving as panelists.

Watch the Fighting Scots prepare for Saturday’s game during a football open practice from 4:30 until 5:15 p.m. on Honaker Field.

The alumni baseball game will begin at 6 p.m. on Scotland Yard.

The Soles of the City Open Cross Country 6k Race will start at 6:30 p.m. on Lloyd Beach, near Crawford House. The trail run, sponsored by the MC men’s and women’s cross country teams, is open to individual runners. The course is an over the hills and through the woods cross country race that includes open field, single and double track trails. To register, please visit www.totalracesolutions.com.

The Alumni Reception & Awards Ceremony, typically a Saturday night event, has been moved to Friday night this year. Scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the Alumni Gymnasium, the event will honor award recipients and highlight the Class of 1964’s 50th reunion. Randy Massey '81 and Dr. William DeWeese '64 will be awarded the prestigious Alumni Citation, and Dr. Lodge McCammon '99 will be presented the Kin Takahashi Award for Young Alumni. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. Tickets are $30 per person.

A Homecoming Pep Rally, led by MC’s dance team and cheerleaders, will begin at 7 p.m. at Isaac’s Café.

Saturday events

The annual Service of Remembrance, which memorializes alumni and special friends who have passed away since last Homecoming, will be held at 9 a.m. in the Samuel Tyndale Wilson Center for Campus Ministry, with the Rev. Dr. Anne D. McKee, campus minister, leading services.

The Harvest Crafts Festival and Bake Sale, held in the Clayton Center for the Arts from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., will feature a variety of crafts and baked goods. Sponsored by the College’s Blount County Alumni Chapter, the event helps provide college scholarships for current MC students.

Tours of Anderson Hall will be offered from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. The 144-year-old building, which is undergoing an extensive, top-to-bottom interior renovation, is scheduled to open in January 2015.

A Music Medley on the outdoor plaza of the Clayton Center will get started at 10 a.m. and will include a performance by MC’s Voices of Praise gospel choir. At 11 a.m., the Alumni Choir, Off Kilter and MC Concert Choir alumni will perform in the Clayton Center’s Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall.

The “Little Scotties” Children’s Area, which includes inflatable slides, face painting and kid-friendly activities, will be set up on the Cooper Practice Field, next to the campus tailgate, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Reunion events, held on Friday nights in previous years, have been moved to Saturday night. Members of the classes of 1949, 1954, 1964, 1974, 1984, 1989, 2004 and 2009 are celebrating reunions this year.

Wall of Fame Brunch held on Sunday

The annual Wall of Frame Brunch Induction Ceremony and Brunch has been moved to Sunday this year. Established in 1975, the Wall of Fame recognizes outstanding individuals who have contributed to the tradition of MC athletics.

At 10:30 a.m., former MC student-athletes Tim Topham ’80, John Mcleod ’86, Glen Cullop ’92, Jennifer Windrow Forehand ’99 and Chris Reid ’97 will be inducted into the College’s Wall of Fame. The cost for the brunch is $20 per person. For tickets, please call the MC Athletic Department at 865.981.8280.

For a complete schedule of Homecoming activities, please visit the website. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Office of Alumni Affairs at 865.981.8202.

By Chloe Kennedy, Assistant Director of Communications


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.