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Farewell to Jack Piepenbring

Posted by on May 2, 2018 in Features, Perspectives | 0 comments

Our campus will soon bid farewell to Jack Piepenbring, Director of Safety and Security, here at MC. After 14 years of service to our beloved institution, Piepenbring is retiring to spend more time with his family. Piepenbring first came to be the director of Maryville College’s Safety and Security office after retiring from his prior career of 17 years with the National Parks Services as the District Park Ranger of Cades Cove. Piepenbring’s plans for retirement would make any person feel a slight tinge of jealousy. First, he plans to spend a lot of time with his wife Barbara, and their two grandsons. Apart from that, he plans to travel out west, ride his BMW dual sport motorcycle and continue riding his bicycle. “The past 14 years have had a pretty even keel,” Piepenbring said. He attributed this to...

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Meet the Editors: Nadia Marrero-Silva

Posted by on Apr 18, 2018 in Feature Slider, Features | 0 comments

Dear beloved readers, it is my pleasure to introduce a very special young lady for this week’s “Meet the Editor:” Nadia Marrero-Silva, a Design major, and Senior here at Maryville College. Nadia Marrero-Silva was born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico and moved to the United States when she was very young. Though she has spent most of her childhood and adult life in the United States, per her request, let the record show that she is still a proud Puerto Rican. If you’ve spent any time on campus at all, you probably have met Nadia a few times, as she seems to be everywhere. She works as the marketing assistant at our Career Center, a web editor for the Echo, and as an on-campus gallery intern.  Apart from all her jobs and classes on campus, Nadia is currently gearing up...

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Switzerland in perspective

Posted by on Mar 28, 2018 in Perspectives | 0 comments

It feels like it has been a year since I last sat in this cafeteria clanking away at my keyboard. How could I have possibly processed enough to describe all the things I’ve learned and seen in the past 10 days? When I close my eyes, and think about the trip, I see the Swiss Alps. I hear the traffic of Geneva at night coming from an open hotel window. I taste the cheese, breads and chocolates. I smell the street food, sizzling its way into my heart. And I still feel the strong impact of the presentations and the discussions in which we participated regarding international child welfare. This spring break, a group of 14 students and two professors from Maryville College toured Switzerland studying international child welfare. The trip lasted for only 10 days, but will have...

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Trevathan takes to the water once again

Posted by on Mar 7, 2018 in Feature Slider, Features | 1 comment

Kim Trevathan, an Associate Professor of Writing Communications and faculty advisor of the Highland Echo, is heading off this month to have another adventure on the Tennessee River. Though this is not Trevathan’s first trip paddling the length of the great Tennessee River, this time does bring new challenges, as Trevathan will be paddling upstream and against the current the entire time. “It has been 20 years since I first paddled the length of the Tennessee River,” Trevathan said. “This trip will be an interesting exploration of how the river has changed and how I have changed.” These trips aren’t just an enjoyable pastime for Trevathan, they also provide content for his writing. As an experienced nature writer, Trevathan has authored three books that all revolve around his time on the water. A lot of that writing has documented...

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Wilderness Rescue

Posted by on Jan 24, 2018 in Sports | 0 comments

Maryville College is once again partnering up with Roane State Community College to offer the Wilderness Rescue Class this J-term. This year’s class is instructed by both Mr. Bruce Guillaume, Director of Mountain Challenge here at Maryville College, and Mr. Kirk Harris, Director of Continuing Healthcare and Safety Education at Roane State Community College. The course is a taught in both the classroom and out in the wilderness on the MC campus. “This course is designed to be fun, but at the same time it can be a challenge,” noted Harris in the syllabus. “Sometimes, because of the new vocabulary, it can seem intense. Relax, concentrate, and this material will stay with you as usable knowledge for years.” When outside, students are often challenged with a variety of scenarios in which they practice techniques and drills learned during the...

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