MC alumni invited 'Home to Howee' for weekend of activities, Oct. 13-15

Maryville College welcomes alumni, parents and friends back to campus for Homecoming Oct. 13-15, where activities range from reunion class get-togethers to athletic contests to the unveiling of an official Maryville College tartan.

The theme for the weekend is "Home to Howee."

Friday events include Wall of Fame inductions

On Oct. 13, alumni registration begins at 9 a.m. on the steps of Willard House.

During an 11 a.m. luncheon in the Proffitt Dining Room, former student-athletes James Thurston, William Napier, Kandis
Schram, Randy Evans and Leah Onks England and longtime supporter Dr. Kenneth Bell will be inducted into the College’s Wall of Fame. Cost for the luncheon is $12 per person.

The Coach Boydson Baird Golf Classic is scheduled to tee off at 1:30 p.m. at Lambert Acres Golf Course. The 18-hole round
for alumni, parents and friends is a Homecoming tradition. A boxed lunch will be served prior to tee-off, at noon. The $50 per-person entry fee covers lunch, greens fee and cart rental.

The annual Science Poster Presentation and Reception provides an opportunity for current students to display senior study research; presentations begin at 4 p.m. on the second floor of Sutton Science Center.

An education forum focusing on "How to Get Your First Teaching Job" will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Bartlett Hall (room 103), with alumni educators serving as panelists.

An artist’s reception with alumnus Mark Cole will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center. Cole’s colorful geometric abstractions are on exhibit in the Fine Arts Center through the month of October. The artist will talk about his work at 6 p.m. in the gallery.

The Scots’ volleyball team will take on the Sewanee Tigers at 7 p.m. in Cooper Athletic Center.

Students, alumni and community members are invited to come and enjoy an evening’s showcase of student-directed pieces at 7 p.m. in the MC Theater.

A pep rally will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Isaac’s Café (in Bartlett Hall). Join alumni and current students to cheer on the fall sports teams with the MC Dance Team and cheerleaders.

Saturday’s activities include unveiling of new MC Tartan
Isaac’s is again the place to be Saturday morning, where the Golden Scots (alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago) are invited for a buffet-style breakfast, which begins at 8:30 a.m. Cost for the breakfast is $7.50 per person.

The Alumni Science Symposium will feature a presentation entitled "Healthcare Economics," by 1980 alumnus Dr. Tim A. Poole, regional team manager in Pfizer Pharmaceuticals’ Clinical Education Consultant (CEC) Division. He will compare the healthcare systems in Canada and the U.S. and talk about pharmaceutical research, development and drug costs. The symposium will be held in Sutton Science Center (room 233) from 9 until 11 a.m.

Alumni and current students can join together to support student-athletes as they compete with other area schools during the Maryville Invitational Intercollegiate Cross Country Meet for Men and Women. The meet will begin at 9 a.m. behind the baseball field near the Court Street entrance.

The annual Service of Remembrance for alumni who have passed away since the last Homecoming will be held at 9:30 a.m. in the Center for Campus Ministry with the Rev. Anne D. McKee, campus minister, leading services.

From 10 until 12:30 p.m., the staff at Mountain Challenge in Crawford House will guide interested people up the 55-foot Alpine Tower.

The Cultural Center Reception, held at 10 a.m. in the parlor of Carnegie Parlor Hall and hosted by the director of Multicultural Affairs, will give alumni a chance to reflect upon shared experiences at MC and celebrate the diversity of the College. Attendees are encouraged to stop by and meet Paula McGhee, MC’s new director of diversity programming.

The annual Backdoor Book Sale, held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. behind Thaw Hall, will feature great bargains in non-fiction and fiction books of all subjects, record albums, and outdated reference books. Hosted by the Maryville College Library, all proceeds from the sale go toward the purchase of new library books.

The annual Student/Alumni Homecoming Parade this year will feature a procession of bagpipers, reunion classes, current students, President Gibson and Mrs. Gibson, cheerleaders, Homecoming Court candidates and others in a procession along The Corduroy and Circle Drive, starting at 11 a.m.

Alumni, family and friends are invited to join a picnic lunch on the lawn of Anderson Hall from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Cost for the meal is $9 per person; children under 5 eat free.

Alumni from the classes of 1991 to 2006 are invited to a Young Alumni Barbeque and Tailgate from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the McArthur Pavilion. The cost is $5 a person.

At 1 p.m. in the plaza outside Honaker Field, MC will unveil its own, official tartan. The tartan celebrates MC’s rich Scottish heritage and orange-and-garnet roots.

Kickoff for the MC vs. Christopher Newport football game is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at Honaker Field. The 2006 Homecoming Queen will be crowned during halftime festivities. General admission is $6 per adult, $4 per student, and free admission for children under 6.

At 4 p.m., the Scots women’s soccer team will play Agnes Scott.

Following the football game, at 4:15 p.m., the Alumni Choir will rehearse in the Choir Room of the Fine Arts Center. Former choir members are invited to join together for a rehearsal in preparation for a short performance at the Alumni Banquet, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. that night.

At 5 p.m., the Waterfront Bar and Grill (410 Greenbelt Drive), will be the location of an alumni post-game gathering.
The Alumni Banquet, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in Cooper Athletic Center, will feature a brief address from a representative of the 50th reunion class as well as presentations of Alumni Citations and the Kin Takahashi Young Alumni Award. Tickets for the banquet are $20 per person.

Soccer rounds out fun-filled weekend
The final day of Homecoming 2006 will close at 1 p.m., when the Scots women’s soccer team takes on Wesleyan at MC’s Soccer Field. Admission is free.

For more information on Homecoming events, visit the College’s web site and click on the "Home to Howee" icon. Tickets may be reserved by contacting the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at 865.981.8200.

‘Healthcare Economics’ the theme of MC’s annual Alumni Science Symposium
Maryville College will welcome alumnus Dr. Timothy A. Poole to its annual Alumni Science Symposium on Saturday, Oct. 14, when he will compare the healthcare systems in Canada and the U.S. and talk about pharmaceutical research, development and drug costs in a presentation entitled "Healthcare Economics."

The free symposium, held in conjunction with the College’s Homecoming activities, begins at 9 a.m. in Sutton Science Center (Room 233) and is open to the public.

Poole, who has worked as a regional team manager in Pfizer Pharmaceuticals’ Clinical Education Consultant (CEC) Division since 1996, majored in chemistry at Maryville College, graduating in 1980. He furthered his education at Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy in Atlanta, Ga., where he earned a doctor of pharmacy degree and graduated cum laude.

Joining Pfizer in September 1995 as a clinical education consultant, Pool was responsible for providing continuing education programs, disease therapy evaluations and computer-assisted pharmacoeconomic analysis.

Pfizer is considered the largest research-based pharmaceutical company in the world.

"Tim has always been a loyal alumnus to MC, and he is highly regarded by the folks at Mercer, where he serves as president of the pharmacy school’s alumni association," said chemistry professor Dr. Terry Bunde. A three-time winner of Pfizer’s Vice President’s Management Cabinet Award and two-time winner of the Florida Society of Hospital Pharmacists’ Industry Relations Award, Poole has work and consulting experience in many different healthcare settings, including hospitals, long-term care facilities and laboratories.

A complete schedule of Maryville College’s Homecoming is available at

MC Harvest Crafts Fair and Bake Sale benefit Blount County scholarship fund
The proceeds from the annual Maryville College Harvest Crafts Fair and Bake Sale, scheduled for Sat., Oct. 14, will provide college scholarships for Blount County students currently enrolled at the College.

The sale runs from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. in Bartlett Hall.

The event is organized by Maryville College’s Blount County Alumni Chapter. Local alumni Al Baker and Rob Kennedy help coordinate vendor set-up and oversee the event, which is part of a three-day Homecoming celebration held Oct. 13-15.
Approximately 24 vendors are expected, and a host of alumni and friends are preparing baked goods for the sale. Last year the Blount County Alumni Chapter provided $500 scholarships for 10 local students.

MC Library hosts Backdoor Book Sale during Homecoming weekend
The Maryville College Library is hosting its annual Backdoor Book Sale during Homecoming weekend. From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., on Sat., Oct. 14, bargains can be found at the back entrance of the College’s Thaw Hall.

"Items for sale include record albums, magazines, journals, as well as books and encyclopedias," said Dori May, assistant professor and collections development librarian. "All items are at very low prices. Our price range is anywhere from 25 cents to $2. We encourage everyone to come check out the sale."

Proceeds from the sale are used to purchase new library books.

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