College Notes:

Destiny Christian awards degrees
Eight Blount County residents received their associates degree from Destiny Christian College (DCC) of Maryville on Sunday, Aug. 27. College President Dr. J. Tod Zeiger presented the degrees in a ceremony at Embassy Christian Center.

Receiving diplomas from Blount were Pam Herendan, Ernie Barrentine, Charlotte Simerly, Lucile Hardimann, Teresa Anderson, Richard Stinnett, Vickie Ritter and Angela Stinnett.

Steve Streeter is vice president of the college located at Embassy Christian Center, 2505 Old Niles Ferry Road, Maryville.
Destiny Christian College opened its doors Sept. 7, 2004, at the church. The two-year school offers an associate’s degree
in leadership and biblical studies.

"It’s for those who want to enhance and broaden their knowledge of the Bible while learning principles of leadership
development," Zeiger said, in a press release.

Students meet either Tuesday evening from 7-9 p.m. or Thursday from 10 a.m.-noon each week for two hours at the center. Zeiger said students do a lot of outside work, including reading and book reports. A weekend seminar is slated twice each semester.

MC talk highlights diversity, women and the Bible
Prominent theologian and scholar Dr. Renita J. Weems will present a lecture on diversity, women and the Bible at 7 p.m., Oct. 30, in the Lawson Auditorium of Maryville College’s Fayerweather Hall.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Weems is the founder and editor of "Something Within," an online newsletter that explores issues of faith in the context of the challenges women face on a daily basis. She has taught at Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga., and taught at the Divinity School of Vanderbilt University for nearly two decades.

"Dr. Weems is a dynamic speaker who combines intellectual ideals of a scholar with the passion and spiritual life of a pastor," said Dr. Peggy Cowan, associate professor of religion at the college.

An ordained elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Reems holds a master’s degree and doctorate from Princeton Theological Seminary. Throughout her career, she has studied and written extensively on the subject of sexuality, gender and religion. Her books include What Matters Most: Ten Passionate Lessons from the Song of Solomon; Showing Mary: How Women Can Share Prayers; Wisdom and the Blessings of God; Listening for God: A Minister’s Journey through Silence and Doubt; Battered Love: Marriage, Sex, and Violence in the Hebrew Bible, and she has also contributed to several biblical commentaries.

She has provided commentary and analysis for the Discovery Channel, BBC and Washington Post and was a panelist on Bill Moyer’s award-winning "Genesis Project," an analysis of women in the Bible that aired on A&E and the Hallmark Channel.

Reem’s visit to the college is made possible by a grant from the Presbyterian Church (USA), National Ministries Division, and the Leadership and Vocation Goal Area. The church awarded Maryville College $9,900 to fund a new "Teaching of the Bible" speaker series.

Grant funding will be spread out over three years and will support one speaker per academic year. The series will address topics related to the relevance of the Bible to contemporary issues and concerns. This is the second year of the grant.

According to Cowan, the speaker series will complement Biblical studies courses offered through the college’s general education curriculum and other religion courses.

Dr. Agnes Wan performs at Maryville College

Dr. Agnes Wan, classical pianist and new assistant professor of music at Maryville College, will make her MC performance debut with a faculty recital scheduled for 8 p.m., Oct. 27, in the Fine Arts Center Music Hall.

Wan’s recital repertoire includes Bach’s "Prelude and Fugue in A-flat" from "The Well-Tempered Clavier," Book I; the four movements of Beethoven’s "Sonata in A, Op. 2, No. 2;" Maurice Ravel’s "Sonatine;" and Chopin’s "Nocturnes, Op. 62" and "Nocturne in C-sharp minor."

Prior to joining the MC faculty, Wan earned a doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Iowa, a master of music therapy degree and a master of music degree from Loyola University and a bachelor of music degree from Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and served as an accompanist at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

The recital is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the College’s Division of Fine Arts, 865-981-8150.

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