College Notes:

Wood named MC’s first director of wellness
Sharon Wood, head athletic trainer and physical education instructor, recently became the first director of wellness at Maryville College. In assuming this role, she will promote campus-wide wellness and develop programming to increase the general well being of students, faculty and staff.

In 2004, the college started an initiative to promote wellness and physical health campus-wide. The year 2004 saw the foundations laid and the goals set for what is now a growing wellness program. In 2005, Wood and several other faculty and staff members from the campus were placed on the Wellness Advisory Board. The board was in charge of implementing the goals that had been set by the college for the new wellness initiative.

The Wellness Council then presented the following identity statement: "Each member of the Maryville College community is
intentionally engaged and supported in a lifelong process that promotes optimum health."

Sharon Wood has a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Maryville College and a master’s degree in exercise physiology from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. In 1987, she started her career as an athletic trainer at Maryville College. Wood now works as half-time athletic trainer and a half-time wellness director. The College hired two new athletic trainers to compensate for her new responsibilities.

Currently, Wood is focusing on five major wellness objectives: 1) Making a smoke-free campus policy; 2) promoting a yearly fitness/health assessment for all students, faculty and staff; 3) promoting a campus-wide stress management program; 4) encouraging everyone in the campus community to fit within his or her own respective body weight (measured by BMI, Body Mass Index); and 5) encouraging everyday exercise in order to build a healthy physical body.

Programming to support these objectives has already begun, such as yoga and kickboxing classes offered to the campus community three times a week.

Wood claims her ambitious goal by the year 2010 is to obtain 80 percent of students, faculty and staff participation for the wellness program, while 20 to 30 percent of participation is the average for a general corporation.

When asked how she will encourage more student participation, Wood replied, "It’s a lot of fun. We make it so simple, and if so many people are doing it, it’s a kind of attitude change." She will start by emphasizing wellness initiatives with first-year students through the First-Year Seminars. Electric schedules (both online and via e-mail) will be available to notify students, faculty and staff about upcoming wellness programs.

For more information on the new wellness program at MC, please contact Sharon Wood at 865-981-8289 or e-mail

Retired MC Professor to discuss North Korean Nuclear Program
Dr. Young-Bae Kim, retired Maryville College professor, will give a presentation entitled "The Six-Party Talks on North Korea’s Nuclear Program: South Korean Perspective" at 11 a.m., Tues., April 24, in Maryville College’s Center for Campus Ministry. The event, part of the College’s annual Jackson Lecture Series, is free and open to the public.

According to Dr. Scott Henson, MC assistant professor of political science and coordinator of the lecture series, "Dr. Kim’s experience and knowledge of Korea gives him great insight into the turbulent politics of East Asia and the complex issues involving North Korea.

"It is a great privilege to have Dr. Kim as our lecturer because of his expertise on this timely subject and also because of his deep relationship with the College," Henson said. "Dr. Kim was instrumental in establishing the Jackson Lecture Series while serving as faculty in international politics and East Asian studies during his 25-year career at MC."

Kim earned his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas and taught at Graceland University in Iowa for 10 years. Dr. Kim’s areas of academic interests include a wide range of international politics but he specializes in East Asian regional politics. Russian relations with Japan and the relationship between the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and the Japanese Communist Party are areas of particular interest.

Funded through an endowment established in 1981 by MC alumna Mrs. Mary Lib Jackson in honor of her husband, the Jackson Lecture Series is an annual event, hosted jointly by Maryville College and the University of Tennessee. For more information on the lecture series, contact Dr. Scott Henson at 865-981-8260 or e-mail

MediaWorks!07 event at Pellissippi State features Scripps executive
Susan Packard, president of Brand Outreach for Scripps Networks, is the featured speaker of an April 19 MediaWorks!07 event at Pellissippi State Technical Community College. The free presentation is 7-8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at the Pellissippi Campus on Hardin Valley Road. The public is invited to attend.

MediaWorks!07 is a series of events to showcase the college’s Media Technologies program and the Bagwell Center for Media and Art, currently under construction on the Pellissippi Campus. Media Technologies includes four concentrations: Communication Graphics Technology, Photography, Video Production Technology and Web Technology.

The event is sponsored by Pellissippi State in conjunction with Scripps Networks.

In her presentation, "Innovating Ideas Into Icons," Packard will detail how great ideas can become great businesses, using HGTV’s rise to leadership in lifestyle media as an example. HGTV is owned by Scripps Networks.

The Pellissippi State Foundation will host a reception honoring Packard following her presentation.

A panel discussion by Scripps Networks representatives precedes Packard’s talk.

The discussion will focus on current issues and trends in video production, interactive Web and creative services, as well as employment opportunities at Scripps Networks. The panel includes Randy Armstrong, design manager, HGTV Creative Services; Sue Clark, vice president, Emerging Media; Loren Ruch, executive producer, Scripps Productions; and Chad Parizman, director of research and analytics.

The panel presentation will be 1:30-2:30 in the Goins Auditorium.

Packard’s lengthy list of accomplishments includes helping launch the Food Network, DIY Network, Fine Living TV Network and Great American Country. Since its beginning in 1994, Scripps Networks has developed some of the most relevant content available on television, the Internet and satellite radio and in books and magazines.

In addition to her successes at Scripps Networks, Packard was a leader at HBO, helped found CNBC and has received numerous awards, including "Woman of the Year in Cable Television."

She is active in national and local business and community affairs and received the E.W. Scripps William R. Burleigh Award for distinguished community service. She is chair of the East Tennessee YMCA board of directors, lectures at universities and is an advisor to Casa de Sara, an organization that fosters the education and health care of children and their families in Bolivia.

She lives in Knoxville with her husband and son.

For more information about MediaWorks!07, call 865-694-6522. To learn more about Pellissippi State, call 865-539-7155 or visit the Web site:

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