Homecoming at Maryville College

Full weekend of events celebrate alums, community

This landscape by Lyda Plemmons, owner of Arts Alive gallery in Maryville, is an example of the work she will have as one of 31 vendors at the Harvest Crafts Fair at Maryville College, a part of MC Homecoming.

This landscape by Lyda Plemmons, owner of Arts Alive gallery in Maryville, is an example of the work she will have as one of 31 vendors at the Harvest Crafts Fair at Maryville College, a part of MC Homecoming.

Walland native Lee McKinney’s booth at Harvest Crafts Fair will feature his miniature clay replicas of historic structures found in Blount County and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Walland native Lee McKinney’s booth at Harvest Crafts Fair will feature his miniature clay replicas of historic structures found in Blount County and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Maryville College welcomes alumni, parents and friends back to campus for Homecoming Oct. 16-18, where the theme for the weekend is “Home to Howee.”

Activities range from athletics to retirement recognitions, as well as a several new events. Unless indicated otherwise, all events are free and open to the public.

“Homecoming is one of the most meaningful and exciting times of the year. It gives the entire MC family - students, alumni, faculty, staff, parents and friends of the College - a time to gather and celebrate this special community,” said Katherine Caputo, director of outreach and alumni affairs.

The Alumni Reception & Awards Ceremony, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in the Alumni Gym, will honor award recipients and highlight the 25th-, 40th- and 50th- year reunions. Elizabeth Welsh and Alvin Nance will be awarded the distinguished Alumni Citation. Yvette Prinsloo Franklin will be presented the Kin Takahashi Award for Young Alumni. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. Tickets are $20 per person.

Join alumni for live bluegrass music and fellowship from 9 until 11 p.m. at the Alumni Gym. Jay Clark , Class of ’96, will perform. Admission is $5 at the door.

Other homecoming events at the college will include:

Friday events:

• Wall of Fame inductions, golf

During a 10 a.m. brunch in the Alumni Gym, former student-athletes Walter “Les” Rock, Alan Rock, Randy Schaurer, Ken Adair, Denise Penzkofer, Ben Sohrabi and Kelvin Richardson will be inducted into the College’s Wall of Fame. Cost for the brunch is $12 per person.

The Coach Boydson Baird Golf Classic at Lambert Acres Golf Course will start with lunch at noon, followed by a 1 p.m. shotgun start. The 18-hole round for alumni, parents and friends is a Homecoming tradition. The $50 per-person entry fee covers lunch, greens fee and cart rental.

An education forum, focusing on “How to Get Your First Teaching Job,” begins at 4:30 p.m. in Bartlett Hall (room 101) with alumni educators serving as panelists.

The Scots Volleyball team takes on Agnes Scott at 5:30 p.m. at Cooper Athletic Center.

A pep rally, led by the MC Dance Team, is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the Cooper Athletic Center.

At 8 p.m., sports fans will have the chance to watch former athletes display their skills in the alumni baseball game at Scotland Yard or the alumni basketball game in Boydson Baird Gymnasium.

Saturday events:

• Retirement celebration

Registrar Martha Hess, one of 17 “Anderson Hall Legends,” is retiring in December after 35 years of dedicated service. A “Thank you, Martha!” Celebration will be held in the Registrar’s Office in Fayerweather Hall from 10:15 a.m. until noon on Sat., Oct. 17.

MC president Dr. Gerald Gibson is retiring in May at the completion of his 17th year at the College. A Celebration of Service is scheduled for Saturday from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Samuel T. Wilson Center for Campus Ministry (CCM) for Dr. Gibson and wife Rachel. Light refreshments will be served at this informal gathering.

• Harvest Craft Fair & Bake Sale

Maryville College’s annual Harvest Crafts Fair and Bake Sale will be held from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 17, as part of the College’s Homecoming Weekend. The fair will take place in Cooper Athletic Center and is open to the entire Blount County community. There is no admission charge.

To date, 31 vendors have registered for the fair and will be displaying a variety of baked goods and crafts, including quilts, handmade jewelry ornaments and other collectables.

Among the local artists and craftsmen registered is Lyda Plemmons, owner of the Arts Alive gallery in Maryville, who creates vibrant watercolors of flowers, landscapes, portraits and historical landmarks familiar to Maryville civilians, such as Bartlett and Carnegie Halls located on the Maryville College campus.

Walland native Lee McKinney, who has been recognized by the Smithsonian, will be selling his miniature clay replicas of historic structures found in Blount County and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

For more information, contact Carol Clark at 865.981.8200 or carol.clark@maryvillecollege.edu.

• The “Little Scotties” Children’s Area will be set up from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on the CCM lawn. A giant slide, highland games, face and hair painting, make your own kilt and balloon animals with Daisy the Clown will be a hit with all of the “Little Scotties.” Children’s book author and illustrator Laurie Allen Klein will be reading and signing copies of several books.

A variety of organizations and departments will host “Open Houses” throughout campus. Homecoming participants are invited to visit several open houses between 10 a.m. and noon.

An update on the Clayton Center for the Arts will be given by executive director Robert Hutchens at 10 a.m. in Fayerweather Hall’s Lawson Auditorium.

An Athletic Recognition Plaza ceremony will be held at 1:40 p.m. at the entrance of Thornton Stadium. Former student-athletes, coaches and athletic supporters who have recently purchased a brick for the plaza will be recognized.

• Parade, sports

The annual Service of Remembrance, which memorializes alumni and special friends who have passed away since last Homecoming, will be held at 9:30 a.m. at the CCM with the Rev. Anne D. McKee, campus minister, leading services.

At 10 a.m., former Scots soccer players will participate in the alumni game on the soccer field, while an alumni volleyball game will be held in the Cooper Athletic Center.

From 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., the staff of Mountain Challenge will be stationed at the 60-foot Alpine Tower for people who want to climb. Children (ages 10 and under) must be accompanied by an adult.

Alumni, family and friends are invited to a picnic lunch on the Pearsons Lawn from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Various musical groups from the College will perform, including the Alumni Choir, which will perform a mini concert on the steps of Thaw Hall at noon. Special seating will be available for all reunion classes whose graduation year ends in ‘4’ or ‘9’. Cost for the meal is $10 per person; children under 5 eat free.

The annual Student-Alumni Homecoming Parade will feature a procession of bagpipers, reunion classes, President and Mrs. Gibson, current students, cheerleaders, Homecoming Queen candidates, kids and pets. The parade will begin at 1 p.m. in front of Anderson Hall and winds around Circle Drive to finish at Copeland Hall.

Kickoff for the MC vs. Averett football game is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Honaker Field. The 2009 Homecoming Queen will be crowned during halftime festivities. General admission is $6 per adult, $4 per student and free for children 6 and under.

For more information on Homecoming events, visit the College’s web site at www.maryvillecollege.edu. Tickets may be reserved by contacting the Office of Alumni Affairs at 865-981-8200.

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