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New Dean of Students candidacy narrowed down to three

Posted by on Jan 25, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Since former Dean of Students Vandy Kemp announced her retirement during the fall semester of 2016, Maryville College officials have been on the hunt for new candidates to fill the position. Now, after filing through many applicants, the candidacy has been narrowed down to three top contenders. Dr. Byron McCrae, Dr. Danny Glassman and Dr. Melanie Tucker are the top three candidates for the position. Each candidate has a long list of experience in both higher education and student life. McCrae currently serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students at Hampshire College. Prior to that, he was the Vice President and Dean of Student Life at Washington & Jefferson College. Glassman currently works at the University of Tennessee as the Associate Dean of Students and is the former Assistant Dean of Students at Oglethorpe...

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MC Students Participate in TISL

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016 in News | 0 comments

On Nov. 17  Maryville College students represented Maryville College at the 47th annual Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature – most commonly referred to as TISL. TISL is a forum for top level campus leaders to exchange ideas, express their opinions and learn how government works. The MC students that participated are: Hannah Kirby, Virginia Johnson, Molly Ridgeway, Joshua Anderson, Mariah Franklin, Kory Martinez, Nicholas Peterson, Riley McMillan, Beau Branton, Corrinne McClure, Jacob Williams, Ciara Humphrey, Mariah Franklin, Claire Snyder, Coral Thayer, Sarah Gregory, Zach Cardwell and Georgia Miller. All TISL participants traveled to Tennessee’s state capitol and participated in mock legislature and judiciary processes. Participants joined the program under several different positions such as a senator, representative, lobbyist, lawyer or media personnel. The conference provided undergraduate students experience in passing legislature, pushing bills or defending someone in court. The Judicial...

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The Alexander House: Maryville College’s hidden gem

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in Features | 0 comments

There are many buildings on the Maryville College campus that students probably visit on a daily basis. One building that does not have the good fortune of getting visited as often is the Alexander House. The Alexander House is perched on the edge of campus. Hidden by the physical plant, the Alexander House overlooks East Lamar Alexander Parkway and Blount Memorial Hospital. This early 1900s farm style house bridges the relationship between Maryville College and the Blount County area—specifically in regards to churches. In 2004, when the Alexander House was renovated, Mark Cate, the past president for advancement and admissions, wanted to offer a space for Leadership Blount, as well as extra space for advancement. Leadership Blount, Blount County’s non-profit leadership enhancement and developmental organization, is currently located on the first floor of the Alexander House. The group uses...

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Dean Vandy Kemp announces retirement

Posted by on Oct 26, 2016 in News | 0 comments

Recently, Maryville College’s Vice President and Dean of Students celebrated 12 years as Dean of Students. In addition to this, Vandy Kemp announced in a community wide email that she will be retiring come January 2017. Dean Kemp has played a crucial role in shaping Maryville College for a total of 20 years. During her early years at Maryville College, she served as the Director of the Learning center. After a five-year hiatus from Maryville College, she came back to ultimately serve as Maryville College’s Dean of Students. “When Vandy came, it was just so clear. She had already worked at the college, so she knew us and she knew our values,” said Rev. Dr. Anne McKee. “She just knew the core of who we are as an institution, and truly cared about the mission of the college.” When...

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MC aims to lessen credit requirements

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

Due to recent uproar about fitting 128 credits into four years at Maryville College, Academic Dean Barbara Wells, faculty, and students aim to change the credit requirement in order to graduate. Students’ concerns have been heard, and the discussion to change four-year credit hours from 128 to 120 has launched. When Maryville College compares itself to other colleges, 120 credit hours seems to be the new academic norm. The conversation seems to be headed in favor of mimicking MC’s collegiate counterparts and reworking towards a 120 credit hour minimum. Only eight of 60 majors that Maryville College offers hit and/or exceed the current 128 credit hour limit for graduation, most of them being a science or teacher licensure major. This means that anyone who does not major in any of the eight majors hitting the benchmark has to take...

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