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Hughes selected for THEC service award

Posted by on May 10, 2017 in Feature Slider, Features | 0 comments

Maryville College senior Alyssa Hughes ‘17 is among five college students in Tennessee to be named recipient of the 2017 Harold Love Outstanding Community Service Award sponsored by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC). Created in 1991, the award was named in 1997 for Harold Love, Sr., the late state representative from Nashville who was instrumental in passing legislation for community service recognition programs for higher education and was known for his compassion and good humor. The award recognizes outstanding community service at the campus level and carries a $1,000 cash prize. “The individuals selected to receive recognition represent the many dimensions of community service – volunteer work, public service, charitable service and leadership roles in community organizations,” according to THEC’s website. “They serve as ambassadors for community service among the many diverse higher educational communities in Tennessee.” Hughes,...

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Six MC Students Receive Ledford Scholarships

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Feature Slider, News | 0 comments

Six Maryville College students have been granted a total of more than $36,455 through the Appalachian College Association’s (ACA) Ledford Scholarship to fund summer research projects. Named for Colonel Lee B. Ledford, the scholarship program offers financial assistance for students who are enrolled at ACA member institutions and conducting summer research in the fields of laboratory and field work, interviews, analyzing special collections and participant observation. Five of the six recipients will utilize the money to fund research associated with their Senior Study project. “Undergraduate research has been a distinctive feature of the Maryville College curriculum since 1947, when a two-semester, faculty-supervised independent study was made a graduation requirement of all students,” said Dr. Barbara Wells, vice president and dean of the College. “And this year’s number of successful Ledford Scholarship applicants speaks to the high value we place on this type of scholarly...

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Alumnus Brian Reid ’16 paints MC-themed mural for campus building

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in Feature Slider, Features | 0 comments

Surrounded by his family, friends and former academic advisor Dr. Carl Gombert, Brian Reid ’16 unveiled the Maryville College mural that he painted as part of his Senior Study. The work, which had been painted on a large portable canvas, was installed on March 6 onto the wall next to Fayerweather Hall’s first-floor Admissions Office. The mural took more than a year to complete and features notable scenes from around the campus and several recognizable MC students. “It feels like I’m getting somewhere as an artist,” Reid said with a smile as he stood back to admire his recently installed work. “For my Senior Study, I was originally planning to do an LGBTQ campaign through painting,” said Reid, who is from Acworth, Ga. “[MC Professor of Art] Dr. Gombert just approached me one day and asked me about taking...

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MC Student writes and directs autobiographical work for senior study

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in Arts/Entertainment, Feature Slider | 0 comments

MC theatre major Trevor York is tackling a powerful subject with his Senior Study. “Fake It ‘Til You Make It” is a two-man staged reading that follows the journey of Wayne, a young man who is transitioning from high school to college while struggling with depression. The staged reading, which is presented by Alpha Psi Omega and the Maryville College Theatre Department, is written and directed by York and performed by theatre alumnus Matt Lyscas ’14 and post-baccalaureate alum and Austin East High School theatre teacher Doug James. Performances took place on March 11 and 12 in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Haslam Family Flex Theatre. Due to the subject matter, the play is intended for mature audiences. “This work is autobiographical,” York said. “I have been dealing with depression since my senior year of high school.” York’s directions lead the cast members to...

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Eva Schloss, stepsister of Anne Frank, visits Knoxville to share her story

Posted by on Mar 8, 2017 in Feature Slider, Features | 0 comments

On Feb. 21 seated in a Knoxville Civic Auditorium chair that was covered by scratchy fabric, I experienced vicariously a period in history by which I have long been fascinated. That evening, I was able to hear Eva Schloss, stepsister and childhood friend to Anne Frank, speak about her experience in hiding and as a prisoner of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. Schloss, 87, came from her home in London to visit Knoxville as part of an event sponsored by the Knoxville Jewish Community, Tennessee Holocaust Commission and East Tennessee Foundation. The evening began with spoken tributes to Schloss given by the mayors of Knoxville City and Knox County as well as the head of Stanford Eisenberg Knoxville Jewish Day School (KJDS), which were followed by a group of three young KJDS students who sang “Ani Ma’amin” a cappella, the...

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