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MC alumni invited ‘Home to Howee’ for weekend of activities

Maryville College welcomes alumni, parents and friends back to campus for Homecoming on Oct. 26-28. Activities range from reunion class get-togethers to athletic contests to the rededication of the college’s Center for Campus Ministry.

The theme for the weekend is “Home to Howee.”

Unless indicated otherwise, all events listed below are free and open to the public.

Friday, October 26:

n 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. alumni registration at Willard House.

n 11 a.m. lunch in the Proffitt Dining Room, Wall of Fame induction, $15 per person.

n Coach Boydson Baird Golf Classic at Lambert Acres Golf Course. Lunch at noon, 1:30 p.m. shotgun start. $50 entry fee.

4 and 6:30 p.m. Scots volleyball in Cooper Athletic Center.

4 p.m. Science Poster Presentation and Reception on the second floor of Sutton Science Center.

4:30 p.m. “How to Get Your First Teaching Job” in room 101 of Bartlett Hall.

7:30 p.m. pep rally in Isaac’s Café.

Saturday, October 27:

8 a.m. till noon, alumni registration at Willard House.

8:30 a.m. Golden Scots breakfast in Isaac’s Café. Cost is $8.50 per person.

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Harvest Crafts Fair and Bake Sale in the Cooper Athletic Center.

9 to 11 a.m. Alumni Science Symposium in room 233 of Sutton Science Center.

9:30 a.m. Maryville Invitational Intercollegiate Cross Country Meet for men and women behind the baseball field near the Court Street entrance.

9:30 a.m. Service of Remembrance in the Center for Campus Ministry.

9:30 a.m. “The Power of Authenticity” sponsored by the Office of Diversity.

10 a.m. women’s soccer.

10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Mountain Challenge Alpine Tower.

10 a.m. Scots volleyball in Cooper Athletic Center.

10 a.m. Multi-Culture Center Reception in the parlor of Carnegie Hall.

11 a.m. Student/Alumni Homecoming Parade at Carnegie Hall winding around Circle Drive.

11:30 a.m. till 1:30 p.m. picnic on the lawn of Anderson Hall, various musical groups will perform. Cost is $9 per person and children under 5 eat free.

12 to 1:30 p.m. Young Alumni Barbeque and Tailgate at the McArthur Pavilion. The cost is $6 per person.

Noon, men’s soccer.

12:45 p.m. special DVD presentation in Fayerweather Hall’s Lawson Auditorium of student life from 1952 to1957.

1:15 p.m., unveiling of new sign outside the Center for Campus Ministry.

1:30 p.m. Captain’s Brick Ceremony on the Donald W. Story Walk of Captains.

2 p.m. kickoff for the MC vs. Methodist University football game at Honaker Field. General admission is $6 per adult, $4 per student, and free for children under 6.

4:15 p.m. Alumni Choir will rehearse in Bartlett Hall, room 102.

6:30 p.m. Alumni Banquet in the Margaret Ware Dining Room of Pearsons Hall. Tickets are $25 per person.

For more information on Homecoming events, visit the college’s Web site www.maryvillecollege.edu and click on the Home to Howee icon. Reserve tickets by contacting the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at 865.981.8200.

Pellissippi State record-breaking enrollment

For the third semester in a row, Pellissippi State Technical Community College has its highest enrollment ever.

College officials recently announced an increase in student enrollment for the 2007 fall semester that exceeds last year’s record fall enrollment by 5.2 percent. The head count is 8,608 students taking classes for hourly credit, up by 422 over this time in 2006.

“We are very excited to see our enrollment grow again this year,” said President Allen G. Edwards. “In part, it’s the result of the state’s renewed commitment to make higher education a major funding priority. But another significant factor in our growth is that we continue to be on the cutting edge in teaching and using new technologies that students need in order to be competitive.”

Committed faculty and staff have also contributed to the growth, says Anthony Wise, vice president of Academic and Student Affairs. “This college is fortunate to have so many faculty and staff who are dedicated to ensuring student success. They are certainly a key factor in our recent growth, and we will continue to engage our students in every way possible.”

The college offers 13 career/technical programs for students who plan to earn a two-year associate’s degree before beginning a career. Numerous college transfer options are also available to students who want to earn an associate’s degree, then continue on to a four-year school.

Pellissippi State names new TRiO director

Mark Cotter is the new director of TRiO Student Support Services at Pellissippi State Technical Community College.

TRiO programs are designed to help economically disadvantaged students, first-generation college students and students with disabilities, at both the secondary and college level.

Cotter has experience in both teaching and counseling. “My goal is to be proactive with students and get them deeply involved in TRiO,” he said. “I also hope to reestablish a leadership team, which is a group of students and student tutors who will help us determine some of our future cultural and educational activities.”

Pellissippi State’s program provides students with academic success plans, career development, college planning, leadership opportunities, success seminars and transfer assistance for those continuing on to a four-year institution.

Pellissippi State offers limited residential contractor licensing course

Home builders and remodelers who complete an intensive weekend course at Pellissippi State Technical Community College in Knoxville can earn a limited residential contractor’s license without undergoing any testing normally required by the state.

The course is for anyone interested in a limited license up to $70,000. If the building is a speculation project on land the contractor owns, the $70,000 limit includes land cost as well as material and labor. If the building is being constructed for someone else who owns the land, the $70,000 limit applies only to labor and material and includes residential remodeling and additions.

Class begins Friday, Nov. 9, at 6:30 p.m. and ends Sunday, Nov. 11, by 4 p.m. at the Goins Auditorium on the Pellissippi Campus on Hardin Valley Road.

The course is endorsed by the Tennessee State Board of Licensing Contractors and taught by Tom Dorsey, a licensed contractor.

According to experts in the field, possessing the right license is becoming more important to contractors every year because lending institutions and building officials are tightening up on builders who don’t have appropriate licenses.

Class highlights include coverage of the International Residential Code for one- and two-family dwellings as it relates to residential construction, contractor law, rules and regulations and the licensing process. The instructor also will discuss the business and financial end of contracting, project management and job-site safety.

Cost is $325 and includes continental breakfasts, lunches and snacks, the International Residential Code book and all other course materials.

The course is limited to the first 60 who register. For more information, contact Business and Community Services at 865-539-7167.

Pellissippi State offers course for beginning banjo players

Dueling banjos for the adult beginner is being offered by Pellissippi State Technical Community College Tuesdays, Oct. 23 through Dec. 11 from6:30-8 p.m. at the Pellissippi Campus on Hardin Valley Road. Sign up early, as space is limited to 12.

The cost of the class is $105, and the instructor is Anna Uptain Denison, who has 23 years of teaching experience.

Students may bring their own instrument or arrange for a banjo rental prior to class. A book is required and will be available the first night. The cost is $18.

The program teaches two styles of banjo playing. The first four weeks will focus on old-style playing called “up-picking.” In this part of the course, students will become familiar with chords, tabulature reading and rhythm.

Up-picking is easy to learn. It’s also a great lead-in to the style covered in the second part of the course.

Known as “bluegrass” or “Earl Scruggs,” this is the most popular and well-known style of banjo playing. In these four weeks, students will learn the basic roll patterns and some familiar tunes. No musical experience is necessary.

To find out more or enroll, contact Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services at 865-539-7167.

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