Kristine Tallent, a member of Maryville College’s Class of 1996 and finance manager for the city of Maryville, was named the recipient of the college’s 2007 Kin Takahashi Award for Young Alumni during the school’s Alumni Banquet held Oct. 27.
First awarded in 1999, the Kin Takahashi Award is given to an alumnus or alumna “who has, within 15 years of his or her graduation of Maryville College, lived a life characteristic of college legend Kin Takahashi, who, in his 36 years of living, worked tirelessly for the betterment of his alma mater, his church and his society,” said Maryville College President Gerald W. Gibson, in presenting the award.
“It is uncommon to speak of lifelong connections to Maryville College when recognizing young alums,” the president said, “but tonight I have the certain pleasure of doing just that.”
Born in Seymour, Tenn., and the daughter of Gary and Kathleen Tallent, Kristine was encouraged, as a child, to participate in a variety of programs held on the MC campus - from music lessons and sporting events to a variety of community outreach events. Before graduating from Heritage High School, she chose Maryville College as her first choice for undergraduate study.
Enrolling in 1992, she was active in the orchestra, the Church and College Scholars Program, the Learning Tables program and as a work-study student in the Financial Aid Office.
After graduating cum laude with a major in economics and a minor in history, Tallent was accepted into the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa. Upon earning her master’s in public policy , she accepted a position with Public Financial Management, a financial advisory firm to state and local governments.
In 2002, Tallent was promoted to senior managing consultant. As her client portfolio grew, she moved from Philadelphia to her firm’s Atlanta offices.
After three years in Georgia, Tallent was appointed finance manger for the city of Maryville. Since early 2007, she has served the city through coordination of its budget process, management of debt and investment portfolios and oversight of the collection and disbursement of funds.
In addition to her professional accomplishments, Tallent has consistently supported her alma mater. An active Alumni Board member since 2003, she is also a member of the Calvin Duncan Society, whose members each make a life-long promise to stay connected to the college through a gift of any amount every year.
“Kristine has continued to give back to Maryville, supporting endowed scholarships, the Maryville Fund, the endowment, Bartlett Hall, the library, and Anderson Hall,” Gibson said. “Kristine Tallent puts her knowledge and skills to work for Maryville citizens everyday, and it gives me great pride to know that Maryville College played a part in her growth, her education and her character development.”
Following the Kin Takahashi Award, George Carpenter, a member of the college’s class of 1953 and retired minister of the Presbyterian Church (USA); and James McCall, a member of the class of 1957, who spent more than 30 years with E.I. Du Pont De Nemours and Company in Chattanooga as a research chemist, were recognized with Alumni Citations.