College Notes:

Troyer joins staff at Center for Calling and Career
Jennifer M. Troyer has been named director of assessment in Maryville College’s Center for Calling and Career (CCand C).
Troyer, who holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of Kansas and a bachelor of science degree in education from Oklahoma State University, began her duties at the College Aug. 28. She replaces Marla Whipple.

As director of assessment, Troyer will be responsible for meeting with all first-year students and others to interpret career
assessments and personality inventories; developing and coordinating the assessment and interpretation schedule to accommodate all first-year students and others; presenting workshops for various groups on- and off-campus about the assessment process and the CC and C; developing and maintaining web-based resources related to career research, career information and academic major selection; organizing and leading workshops for faculty and others on properly interpreting diagnostic tools and results; and conducting program evaluation for the CC and C, as well as tracking statistics for seniors and alums.

She comes to the college with experience as a therapist, career counselor and an educator. Her most recent position was with the Helen Ross-McNabb Center in Knoxville, where she served as therapist for individual children ages 4-18 and also provided family therapy when needed.

From 2002 to 2003, she served as a career counselor at the University of Kansas, where she counseled individual college students with career concerns, interpreted career assessments, facilitated discussion groups for career-related courses and educated students concerning job-search skills, informational interviewing and networking.

She was employed also as an English teacher at Manhattan High School in Manhattan, Kan., a practicum counselor at Central Junior High School in Lawrence, Kan., and director of Youth Volunteer Corps/Americorps volunteers in Tulsa, Okla.
Associate Academic Dean Dr. Mardi Craig said the college was delighted to have Troyer join the CC and C staff.

"Jenny Troyer comes to the college with a strong interest and expertise in career assessment and counseling," Craig said. "I think that our students will enjoy working with her and will gain much from her insights and her commitment to the important work of the Center for Calling and Career."

Established in 2002 as a part of the college’s Lilly Endowment Inc.-funded Initiative on Vocation, the Center for Calling and Career fosters moral, spiritual and personal reflection on issues of vocation and vocational discernment. This is achieved though assessment, counseling and placement services. The CC and C offers information on major selection, résumé and cover letter writing, interviewing, networking, conducting a job and internship searches, applying to graduate school and other issues of professional and vocational development. Students can receive one-on-one advising in the office as well as research job and internship opportunities on the CCCNet, the center’s online database.

MC sets enrollment record for fourth consecutive year
For the fourth consecutive year, Maryville College has broken previous enrollment numbers. Registrar Martha Hess and Director of Institutional Research Luther McKinney reported to college officials last week that 1,155 students - the largest student body ever in the college’s 187-year history - had registered for the fall 2006 semester.

Last fall, 1,146 undergraduates were enrolled; total headcount for the fall 2004 semester was 1,080.

"We are starting this fall with what has become very familiar news," said Mark Cate, the college’s vice president for advancement and finance. "We again were recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top colleges in the south, and we again have a record number of students who have chosen to attend Maryville College.

"Of course these accolades and records don’t just happen," Cate said. "They are due in large part to the commitment, dedication and hard work of the college’s outstanding faculty and staff. It’s great time to be involved with Maryville College."

Freshmen in the Class of 2010 number 297. Adding transfer students, readmitted students and some international students, the total number of new students on campus in fall 2006 totals 380.

Like previous first-year classes, the Class of 2010 carries impressive academic credentials, including an ACT average of 24.6 and an average high school GPA of 3.6. Fifty-seven percent of current freshmen ranked in the top 25 percent of their high-school graduating classes.

The student body
Looking at the entire group of 1,155: female students make up 56 percent of students enrolled; more than 13 percent are ethnic minorities (figure includes international, African-American, American-Indian, American-Asian and Hispanic students); nearly three-quarters of students are from Tennessee, but 32 other states, the Virgin Islands and 23 countries also are represented;

Christianity is the dominant religious background claimed by students, with Presbyterian, Baptist, Methodist and Roman Catholic churches well represented.

Cole’s ‘Orbis Multimodis’ is art exhibit at MC
The work of Mark Cole, artist and 1998 graduate of Maryville College, will be exhibited in the college’s Fine Arts Center Art Gallery during the month of October.

Entitled "Orbis Multimodis," which translates from Latin to "circle of many ways," the collection showcases Cole’s unique work with circles and patterns. Approximately 30 pieces of Cole’s original oil paintings of various sizes will be on display. The largest measures 48 by 60 inches.

Cole found that titling his show in Latin illustrated his overall theme.

"I chose Latin for the title because pattern is a very basic principle of art, and Latin is part of the basic language that we know," he said. "Latin accentuates the idea of the basic principle of art with basic language."

"Orbis Multimodis" opened Monday, Oct. 2, and will remain on exhibit through Oct. 27. A gallery talk and reception is planned for 5-7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 13, in the Fine Arts Center’s gallery and lounge areas. The reception is one of the first events in the college’s Homecoming weekend schedule.

Cole will be present to talk with students, faculty, staff and community members about his work, techniques and inspirations. The event is free and open to the public.

Originally from Miami, Fla., Cole moved to East Tennessee to attend Maryville College. Upon graduating in 1998, he remained in the area until 2002, but now resides in Orlando.

Cole’s love of pattern developed as he studied graphic design and abstract techniques under Dr. Carl Gombert, associate professor of art.

"Going to MC is where my inspiration began," he explained. "Dr. Gombert inspired me and pushed me. He let my creativity flow."

For his Senior Study, Cole chose to continue working with pattern and credits this in-depth study with introducing him to artists who have influenced his work, such as Victor Vasarely.

"My main influence is Vasarely in the art op period. I’m not trying to create an optical illusion [with pattern], though; I create works of art through my patterns," Cole explained.

Other influences include the art of Andy Warhol, Chuck Close and minimalist sculptor, Donald Judd.

Cole acknowledges MC’s role in preparing him for life as an artist and encourages art students to pursue their dreams.
"I paint because I can’t live without it. I create patterns and images because I love it."

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For more information, contact the Fine Arts Center at 865-981-8150.

Reps from more than 70 colleges expected at fair
Representatives from more than 70 colleges, universities, technical schools and art institutes will be represented at the annual Blount County College Fair planned for Wed., Oct. 11, in the Boydson Baird Gymnasium on the Maryville College campus.

Area high school students, their parents and other persons involved in a college search are invited to attend the fair, which begins at 6:30 p.m. and concludes at 8 p.m. Reservations are not required for attendees, and there is no cost to attend the fair.

As a service to area students and their families, administrators at Maryville College coordinate and sponsor the annual event.

"While we would encourage every student in Blount County and the surrounding area to stop by the Maryville College table at the fair, we also realize that students have a myriad of interests and needs as they pursue educational opportunities beyond high school," said Ned Willard, assistant vice president of admissions. "We believe it is important for students and their families to be as informed as possible as they navigate through the college search process, and this is what the Blount County College Fair is all about - helping people make informed decisions."

While the majority of the schools represented are located in Southeast, the MC fair has typically drawn college and university representatives from across the nation. This year’s list includes schools from as far west as California and as far north as Ohio.

Space at the fair is still being reserved. For an up-to-date listing of schools and organizations, visit

The Boydson Baird Gymnasium is located in Cooper Athletic Center, which sits adjacent the college’s football field.

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