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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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Legacy of learning: saying goodbye to Terry Simpson

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

Maryville College recently celebrated the retirement of one of its most valued staff members. Dr. Terry Simpson, Director of Teacher Education and Professor of Secondary Education, is leaving the College after 27 years of learnedly inspiring students and faculty alike. While surely looking forward to a relaxing retirement of well-deserved rest, the shrewd professor refused to leave his post without giving one last lecture. ———— This lecture, taking place during his very own farewell ceremony on Thursday, April 12, covered topics ranging from how to deal with an angry bull to gun control in the United States. It addressed the significance of childhood, the importance of professionalism, the joys of gardening, the achievement of religious freedom, but most importantly, it addressed the values of learning and education. To Simpson, an education is not something you do just to get...

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Professors Astor and Locklin-Sofer write new books

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

As every Maryville College student knows, our college is home to a wide array of excellent and competent scholars. For many, the fine educators here at MC help to define and give value to the college experience, teaching students to fall in love with learning as well as helping them plan a future for themselves. In the Humanities Division, two such professors are putting their considerable academic talents to use by contributing books in their specific areas of expertise. They are Dr. Aaron Astor, Associate Professor of History and Dr. Nancy Locklin-Sofer, Professor of History. Astor is the college’s leading historian of United States history, with his specialization being in the era of Reconstruction. However, as Astor is quick to point out, Reconstruction is a period that is closely related to the topic of his new book: the Civil...

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Meet the Editors: Destiny Ditmore

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

The “Highland Echo” only takes the finest in terms of quality for its staff, and our Photography Editor, Destiny Ditmore, is no exception. Ditmore hails from a small and picturesque town of Knoxville. “I’ve pretty much always grown up in this area,” she said. “I chose to come to Maryville College because my family moved out towards Lenoir City. I wanted to be closer to the mountains too.” Her job as the Photography Editor is one that requires skills in both the fields of photography and teaching the craft to writers who may not have experience with advanced cameras. “My job consists of editing pictures, distributing cameras to writers, making sure they know how to use the camera and making sure they post their photos and captions online.” As a fellow editor, I’ll confess that editing photos is beyond...

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Spring cleaning tips and tricks

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

With March 21 marking the first day of spring, and mandatory health and safeties forcing students to do their monthly deep clean, the time for re-organization and new beginnings is here. Maybe you have been maintaining Martha Stewart levels of mess-free living, maybe your space looks like Residence Life has you rooming with the Tasmanian Devil or maybe you are the Tasmanian Devil. Regardless of your room’s current state, spring cleaning can be a fun and refreshing way to add order to your life.The big question is: Where do you start? You can start anywhere! The trick is to avoid getting distracted. If you want to clear your desk first, don’t start organizing your closet halfway through. If you have problems keeping yourself on task, set a timer! If you give yourself 15 minutes to complete each part of...

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Seeking Nominations for the Spirit of the Covenant Award

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

In 2002, The Keepers of the Covenant decided to develop awards called Spirit of the Covenant Awards, which serve to recognize individual members of the Maryville College community who embody the spirit of the principles of the MC Covenant. These individuals serve as models to us all in the manner in which they live their lives.   The Keepers of the Covenant present these awards with the hope that the recipients will inspire more of us to be respectful of others, to live lives of integrity and to focus our energies to pursue learning through scholarship.   At the Leadership Awards Ceremony, around three to five recipients are chosen who embody the spirit and principles of the three pillars of the Covenant: Scholarship, Respect and Integrity. The recipients can be MC students, faculty or staff. The recipients of last...

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