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Coffee Culture: Bridging the gap between Folgers and Mayan Mochas

Posted by on Jan 25, 2017 in Feature Slider, Features | 1 comment

“You want cold coffee?” a waiter once asked me when I requested an iced coffee. The waiter’s puzzlement elicited mine. Why was this an odd request? My interest in coffee began during my sophomore year in high school as a friend offered me a taste of her bottled Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino. Imagining all coffee to be bitter, I was amazed by my predilection. When I decided to try my hand at coffee brewing, I was surprised to find that my grandmother, a coffee drinker, was less than thrilled by my cold caramel macchiato coffee. I began to notice a generational difference in coffee preferences. While, throughout the day, my schoolmates sipped sugary coffee in to-go cups, my grandparents enjoyed a cup of black coffee only for breakfast. What facilitated this shift in coffee consumption? As Dr. Doug Sofer, associate...

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A plight of perseverance

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016 in Feature Slider, Features | 0 comments

“Throughout its history, Maryville College has held sincerely to the Christian belief in dignity, worth and freedom of all people and their equality before God, irrespective of wealth, race or color,” Dr. Ralph Waldo Lloyd, Maryville College’s sixth president, quoted this phrase in his book “Maryville College: A History of 150 Years 1819-1969”. This phrase was part of an announcement released “in behalf of the Directors and Faculty by the President of Maryville College in August 1954” that, to Lloyd, seemed to embody the very foundation of Maryville College. According to Lloyd, given that Tennessee was not “a cotton raising or large plantation area,” Maryville’s African American population before the Civil War was not as large as that of some surrounding areas. Of the few African Americans living in the area, few had the means to attend college. Though...

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Bradford program perseveres after statewide changes

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 in Feature Slider, News | 0 comments

With the statewide restructuring of adult education programs newly completed, the seven 2016-2017 Maryville College Bradford Scholars will experience the remodeled Blount County adult education system alongside adult learners as the Bradford Scholars continue to promote literacy throughout Blount County. The Maryville College Bradford Scholarship program, in its 22nd year, was named for Tutt Bradford and encourages Bradford Scholars to serve as academic tutors throughout the community. In the past, Bradford Scholars have frequently tutored in Blount County’s several adult educational venues, created for adults lacking high school diplomas. “Historically, Blount County has had a strong adult education program,” said Maryville College Director of Community Engagement Amy Gilliland. Gilliland explained that, before the consolidation, Blount County housed several different venues for adult learners, each containing several teachers and scores of volunteers. ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) classes...

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Commencement through the years

Posted by on May 4, 2016 in Feature Slider, Features | 0 comments

  As the school year slowly winds to an end, many Maryville College seniors will begin to reflect on the fading year—recalling fond memories as they prepare for the Commencement Ceremony. Through its rich history, MC’s campus has been home to over a century’s worth of graduation sentiments. Though the class of 2016 will have an outdoor Commencement Ceremony on the lawn near the historic Anderson Hall, many alumni remember graduation a bit differently. “Until 1993, Commencement was held in the chapel,” said retired MC Registrar Martha Hess ’67. However, the term “chapel” has referred to different buildings over the years. From 1870-1907, the “chapel” was located on the second floor of Anderson Hall. In 1907, Vorhees Chapel was opened on the current site of the Clayton Center for the Arts. During Vorhees Chapel’s existence, daily attendance of chapel...

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Women in Maryville College’s History

Posted by on Mar 28, 2016 in Features | 0 comments

Daylight savings time, the first day of spring and the arrival of brightly colored flowers all seem to characterize the month of March. Though many know it only for its warmer weather, the month of March has, since 1995, been designated as Women’s History Month. Adhering to its tradition of equality, the stories of countless influential women are intertwined within Maryville College’s rich history. Even in a time when a woman’s voice was only allowed among the whispers, several women were able to help lay the foundation for what would become Maryville College. Maryville College’s founder Rev. Isaac Anderson was directly tied to women’s education in several ways. Though Anderson later received years of formal schooling, his introduction to education was through his grandmother Mary Shannon McCampbell, who taught the young Anderson how to read and spell. Later, as...

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