MC invites prospective students to ‘Meet Maryville’

High school students, adult learners, and community college students who are planning to transfer to a four-year institution are all invited to “Meet Maryville” on Saturday, Sept. 20.

Hosted by Maryville College’s Admissions staff, the “Meet Maryville” event is designed to help people become more familiar with the nationally recognized liberal arts college.

“Maryville provides a unique opportunity for students - one that challenges them academically while providing a supportive campus environment,” said Ned Willard, the College’s vice president for enrollment. “The Maryville experience is one that transforms students into adults ready to make a difference, and ‘Meet Maryville’ is our way of introducing students to that rigorous - but personal and supportive - learning experience.”

Last year, Willard and his staff of admissions counselors held the first “Meet Maryville” events. Similar to previous “Open Houses” where prospective students had the opportunity to interact with faculty, staff and students, “Meet Maryville” is a more innovative and personal introduction to the Maryville experience, Willard said.

The Sept. 20 “Meet Maryville” event begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. in the Atrium of Bartlett Hall. At 9 a.m., students will be divided up into groups for the College’s “Alterna-tour,” a unique and fun alternative to the traditional college tour. On the Alterna-tour, prospective students visit residence halls, campus hangouts and dining facilities, but also learn about classroom buildings, library resources and historic landmarks in an interactive and engaging way. The tour ends with a welcome session at 10 a.m. at Isaac’s Café, which is located in the Bartlett Hall Student Center.

“Our student-led ‘Alterna-Tour’ is a one-of-a-kind tour of campus that students don’t want to miss, but that’s only part of our student-focused program that shows our participants how they will stretch their minds at MC.”

The main information sessions, collectively entitled “Learning 24/7,” will include information on academic programs from each academic division, the Maryville Curriculum, and the College’s distinctive ‘learning by experience’ programs (such as Mountain Challenge and the Center for Calling & Career). They will be shared at various locations around campus beginning at 10:35 a.m. During these events, visitors will hear directly from MC faculty and staff members.

A lunch on the lawn of Pearsons Hall is scheduled for 12:15 p.m., followed by sessions with current MC students.

Following a wrap-up in the Alumni Gym, student-athletes will be invited to the Lawson Auditorium to ask questions about the College’s sports teams. Representatives from the College’s Fine Arts Division will be available in the Bartlett Atrium to discuss with student musicians and artists the numerous opportunities to participate with performing groups on campus.

All “Meet Maryville” guests will be given free admission to the afternoon football game on Honaker Field. The Scots take on the Panthers of LaGrange College at 1:30 p.m.

Parents and family members of prospective students are encouraged to attend, but their morning agenda is slightly different from that of their students. For example, while students are participating in the “Alternatour,” parents and family members will be welcomed in the Alumni Gym by Willard, President Gerald W. Gibson; Jeffrey Fager, vice president and dean of the College; and Vandy Kemp, vice president and dean of students..

A panel of current students will be on hand to answer questions following the welcome. Family members will be guided on a campus tour at noon, and at lunch they will be able to connect with representatives from the College’s Admissions Office.

Additional “Meet Maryville” events for the 2008-2009 academic year are scheduled for Nov. 8 and Jan. 31, 2009. For more information, call 865-981-8092 or visit

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