College Notes:

MC hosts Open House, Minority Student Weekend for prospective students
Maryville College hosts its third and final Open House of the academic year for prospective students and their families on Feb. 3. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. in the Music Hall of the Fine Arts Center and is followed by a brief welcome session at 8 a.m. Attendees are invited to attend academic program sessions led by College faculty members.

"One of the best ways to learn about Maryville College is by experiencing it first-hand at our Open House," said Ned Willard, assistant vice president for admissions at the College. "The opportunity to meet faculty and staff and to interact with current students offers high-school students the chance to learn how they can be successful and make a difference not only at Maryville but ultimately in their careers and communities."

Following the welcome session, prospective students and their families can attend two of 10 academic program sessions, choosing between presentations on the College’s seven academic divisions and "distinctives," such as the College’s general education curriculum, the American Sign Language/Sign Language Interpreting program and the physical education/outdoor recreation majors.

Campus tours are also planned for the morning. While touring the grounds and buildings, attendees can expect to hear information about the many opportunities for involvement, leadership and personal growth through extracurricular activities. Tours will be conducted by current MC students.

Programs that promote "learning by experience" also will be highlighted for prospective students and their families.

Before noon, parents and students will separate for sessions tailored to their interests. Information about the admissions process, financial aid, scholarships, academic life and student life will be the topics of conversation at the parent session. Prospective students will have an opportunity to talk with current MC students about campus life.

Lunch will be served in the Margaret Ware Dining Room in Pearsons Hall. Tickets will be available for purchase ($3 each) at registration.

MC-Community Concert Band begins rehearsals
It’s time to strike up the band.

The Maryville College-Community Concert Band that is, which will begin rehearsals for its 2007 concert season at 7 p.m.,
Wednesday, Feb. 7, in the College’s Wilson Chapel. Rehearsals are held every Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m.

The band is seeking local brass, woodwind and percussion players with concert-band experience to share the excitement and camaraderie of being part of this excellent musical organization. Also, serious high school musicians are encouraged to participate.

The 60-plus member ensemble was established in 1992 by its director, Dr. Larry Smithee, associate professor of music at Maryville College. The band’s musicians represent a mixture of ages. Adult members hail from Blount County and other surrounding communities, and are retired or engaged in a variety of professional endeavors, while student members are from Maryville College and several of the area’s other academic institutions.

The band provides student members with an excellent opportunity to significantly enhance their performing experience, while allowing adult members the opportunity to continue a lifelong love of the concert-band genre.

To join the band or for more information, contact Dr. Smithee at 865-981-8153 or

Minority Student Weekend
Coinciding with Open House, Maryville College will host its second annual Minority Student Weekend, Feb. 2-4. Student check-in begins at 3:30 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 2 in the Bartlett Hall Atrium. A welcome reception will be held soon after at 5:15 p.m. at Willard House.

"We invite high school junior and senior minority students to our second annual Minority Student Weekend," said Willard. "You’ll meet our current students, experience life as a college student and learn how you can be successful and make a difference as a Maryville College graduate."

Following dinner at 6 p.m. in Pearsons Dining Hall, the movie "Higher Learning" will be shown and then discussed at 8 p.m.
"The Minority Student Weekend provides an opportunity for prospective students to get a taste of life here and to discover their particular ‘fit’ at MC," said Vandy Kemp, vice president and dean of students.

On Sat., Feb. 3, students will get that chance to "taste the life" of being an MC student through several activities, such as lunch in Pearsons Dining Hall at noon, meeting other prospective students who are attending Open House and attending the Club I-Dance Party in Isaac’s Café at 10 p.m.

While there is no charge for Open House or Minority Student Weekend, reservations are required and may be made by calling 865-981-8092 or 1-800-597-2687, by e-mailing the Admissions Office at

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