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Financial aid ‘demystified’ in Dec. 7 presentation at MC
The Maryville College Office of Financial Aid will help demystify the financial aid process for local high school students and their families during Community Financial Aid Night scheduled for 6:30 p.m., today, Dec. 7 in the Lawson Auditorium of the College’s Fayerweather Hall.

The event is free to the public.

High school students, particularly high school juniors and seniors, and their parents are encouraged to attend. Students do not have to be applicants of Maryville College, as this "Financial Aid 101" presentation will explain and clarify the process of applying for many types of financial aid. Financial aid experts will go over general financial aid terminologies, student eligibility, timelines and information on federal grant programs, loan programs and work-study programs.

"College is an investment in a young student’s life," said Richard Brand, Maryville College’s director of financial aid. "The more informed students and parents are about the intricacies of financial aid, the better prepared they are to take advantage of financial aid awards offered by any institution."

During the Dec. 7 event, attendees will learn how to correctly fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and learn about the electronic FAFSA process. Additionally, financial aid experts will share information about the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship program.

Various financial aid publications and brochures will be available for attendees to take home.

For more information, people are encouraged to call the College’s Office of Financial Aid, at 865-981-8100.

MC Youth Chorale and Off Kilter to present ‘Holiday Favorites’ concert
The Maryville College Youth Chorale and Off Kilter, a small vocal ensemble of the MC Concert Choir, will present the concert "Holiday Favorites" at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 12, at the Chilhowee Club located at 223 Clarion Avenue in Maryville.
The concert is free and open to the public.

Liz Britt and student assistants Atlean Johnson and William Sconiers will direct the 18-voice chorale in performing such favorites as "Do You Hear What I Hear?" "S’vivon," "Sing We Now of Christmas" and "The Frosty Handjive."

In keeping with the Presbyterian heritage of the college, Off Kilter will sing traditional Scottish Christmas carols during the second half of the program. Selections will include "Rorate," "Baloo Lammy" and "Auld Lang Syne."

Spring auditions announced

Director Liz Britt is looking to add approximately 15 new members, ranging in age from 9 to 14 years old, to the group.
Spring semester auditions for the Youth Chorale will be held from 2 until 4 p.m., Jan. 7, in the Maryville College Fine Arts Center Music Hall, with regular rehearsals beginning at 5 p.m., Jan. 19. For more information or to schedule an audition, please contact Liz Britt at liz_britt@webbschool.org or 865-977-1426.

Seniors’ artwork on exhibit in December
The work of two Maryville College senior art majors, Michelle Taylor and Stephanie Zilles, will be on exhibit Dec. 4 through Dec. 15 in Maryville College’s Fine Arts Center gallery. Through Dec. 15, gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free.

"The senior exhibit features works the students have prepared as part of their Senior Study requirement," said Dr. Carl Gombert, associate professor of art. "The senior project is an independent study that encourages students to create a meaningful body of work devoted to a particular subject or theme. The senior project spans two semesters and involves six credit hours of work."

Taylor, an art major with emphasis on photography, is from Oneida and wanted to focus her show on a love of dance. Taylor’s exhibit, "Dance: An Expression of the Soul," is made up of 11-by-14-inch photographs that depict different forms of dance and the emotions felt by all different types of dancers.

"Dance is my passion. I am intrigued in learning about all different forms of dance," she said. "With my study, I wanted to share how other people love dance and share this passion."

Dr. Adrienne Schwarte, assistant professor of art and Taylor’s Senior Study advisor, described the exhibit as "showing depth and breadth in the forms of dance and connection to the emotions of the dancer."

Zilles, an art major with emphasis on graphic design, is from DeWitt, Mich. Her senior exhibit, a collection of social action posters depicting stigmas associated with mental illness, is entitled "Life, Experienced."

"I’m bipolar, and I always wanted to communicate my experience with other people," said Zilles.

The exhibit features seven posters, 24 by 36 inches in size. Zilles explained the reason for the larger sized pieces: "The point is to confront people about their views [toward mental illness] and ask them to re-evaluate."

Schwarte, who also guided Zilles’ study, described "Life, Experienced" as a personal and academic accomplishment.
For more information on the exhibit, call the Fine Arts Center at 861-981-8150.

Pellissippi State registering for spring
Priority Registration for spring 2007 classes at Pellissippi State Technical Community College is now under way and continues through Jan. 4.

New students who have completed the admission process should call the Student Assistance Center, 865-694-6556, to schedule an advising appointment.

Returning students are encouraged to meet with their assigned advisors. Those students can register any time during the Priority Registration period by visiting www.pstcc.edu.

Final Registration for spring is Jan. 8 and 10 for the Pellissippi Campus on Hardin Valley Road, Jan. 9 for the Blount County Center and Magnolia Avenue Campus and Jan. 10 for the Division Street Campus.

Registration hours are 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. each day.

Spring classes begin Jan. 16.

For additional information, call or stop by Admissions and Records at 865-694-6568; Room 102, Goins Building, Pellissippi Campus.

Dotty Bushing recognized by Delta Omicron
Dorothy "Dotty" Bushing of Maryville was awarded "The Wheel of Delta Omicron" at the recent Delta Omicron International Music Fraternity Triennial Conference held at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Ill.

Delta Omicron’s highest honor, the Wheel recognizes Bushing’s 30 years of service to the organization. Initiated into the Alpha Zeta Chapter of Delta Omicron at Maryville College in 1974, Bushing, who graduated from Maryville College in 1942 with a minor in music, has served as chapter advisor and chapter mother, as well as province president for East Tennessee chapters and as national music editor. In the latter position, she developed the 50-page Conference Songbook from its mimeographed manuscript to a professional music format, then to computerized copy.

Founded in 1909 at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music by three undergraduate students, Delta Omicron International Music Fraternity is a professional fraternity in the field of music with collegiate chapters established throughout the United States and abroad. Its mission is the promotion and support of excellence in music and musicianship.

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