Prospective students invited to ‘Meet Maryville’

All prospective students are invited to ‘Meet Maryville’ Saturday, Nov. 10. Hosted by the Maryville College admissions staff, the event is designed to help people become more familiar with the nationally recognized liberal-arts college.

“We held our first ‘Meet Maryville’ this September,” said Ned Willard, vice president for enrollment. “It was very well-attended and the feedback we received from students and families was very positive. Actually coming to campus, experiencing the place, getting a sample of the classes and meeting current students and faculty - these continue to be the most effective and dependable ways for students and their families to determine if an institution is the right fit for them.”

Meet Maryville registration is at 8:30 a.m. in the atrium of Bartlett Hall. At 9 a.m., students will be divided into groups for the college’s Alterna-Tour, a unique and fun alternative to the traditional college tour. On the Alterna-Tour, prospective students participate as a group to explore campus and successfully complete activities. The tour ends with a welcome session at 10 a.m. at Isaac’s Café, which is located in the Bartlett Hall Student Center.

Parents and family members of prospective students are encouraged to attend. While students are participating in the Alterna-Tour, parents and family members will be welcomed by Maryville College President Gerald W. Gibson, Dr. Robert Naylor, vice president and dean, Vandy Kemp, vice president and dean of students, and Ned Willard, vice president for enrollment. In the second half of the welcome session parents will hear from a panel of current students and be able to ask questions.

Information on academic programs, the curriculum and the ‘learning by experience’ programs, such as Mountain Challenge and the Center for Calling and Career, will be shared at various locations around campus beginning at 10:30 a.m. During these events, visitors will hear directly from MC faculty and staff members.

Lunch in Pearsons Hall is at 12:15 p.m., followed by sessions with current MC students.

After a wrap-up in the Alumni Gym, student-athletes will be invited to meet with coaches and ask questions about the college’s sports teams. Representatives from the college’s Fine Arts Division will be available to discuss with student musicians and artists the numerous opportunities for on-campus involvement.

All Meet Maryville guests will have free admission to the afternoon football game at 1:30 p.m.

Another Meet Maryville event is scheduled for Feb. 2, 2008. For more information, call 865-981-8092 or visit

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