Community Events for Sept. 28, 2009

Alumni of Maryville College Ben Wicker and wife Nicole stop for a photo with their dog Lucy at last year’s MC Homecoming.

Alumni of Maryville College Ben Wicker and wife Nicole stop for a photo with their dog Lucy at last year’s MC Homecoming.

Friday, October 2

Dog Wash will benefit Girl Scouts and SMACF

On Oct. 2 from 2-5 p.m., all well-behaved dirty dogs and owners are invited by Girl Scout Troop 1053 to a dog wash to raise money for Troop 1053 and the Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation. While supplies last, dogs will receive bandannas tie-dyed by the girl scouts. Refreshments and doggie accessories will be available.

Recommended donations are $8 for smaller dogs and $12 for medium to large dogs. The event will be held at Midland Pet Emergency Center, located at 235 S. Calderwood St. in Alcoa. The event is sponsored by Midland Pet Emergency Center, which will provide the location and supplies, and Foothills Co-op, which will provide supplies.

Friday, October 2

‘Georgia Songbird’ to serenade the Smokies

On Friday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m., Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center’s Fall Music Series will present E. G. Kight.

Based in East Dublin, GA and known as “The Georgia Songbird”, E. G. Kight began perfoming at just 3 years old. She was soon performing country and pop music on stage with legends like George Jones and Jerry Lee Lewis. But in 1995, she heard a tape of Koko Taylor, an astonishing voice that left a lasting impression. As a result, Kight’s musical career took a dramatic turn toward the blues.

Kight already has six Blues Music Awards nominations, and her industry accolades continue. Two of Kight’s songs landed on Koko Taylor’s Grammy-nominated albums, and three can be found on Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women’s recent release. She has released six albums of her own, and her latest, “It’s Hot In Here”, climbed to #1 on both the Blues Roots Chart, and on XM Satellite Radio’s Bluesville channel.

Though a blues-based artist, Kight continues to mix genres, incorporating blues, jazz, country, southern rock, gospel and funk, and is often compared to the likes of Phoebe Snow and Delbert McClinton.

For more information about E. G. Kight, visit and

The Fall Music Series is sponsored by PetSafe Village. Admission to each concert is $4 per person, with Heritage Center members admitted free. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Non-alcoholic beverages and popcorn are available for purchase on-site. No drinks, food or coolers may be brought in to the event. For more information, call the Center at 865-448-0044 or visit

Friday, October 16 through Sunday, October 18

New events slated for MC’s Homecoming, Oct. 16-18

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.

“One of the biggest changes in the weekend is revamping the Alumni Banquet to an Alumni Reception,” she continued. “The event will have a more festive feel to celebrate alumni being back on campus, but will keep in the tradition of recognizing the reunion classes and highlighting three outstanding alumni.”

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 ‘96 will be performing. Admission is $5 at the door.

Homecoming events at the college will include:

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.

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.

Saturday events

“This year we have added many new events to bring even more alumni and friends back to campus,” said Caputo. “For example, we have special activities for children and pets. We want to see your children, grandchildren and pets dressed to show their MC spirit.”

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. Visit for a list of open houses.

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.

Crafts Fair, parade, sports

The annual Harvest Crafts Fair and Bake Sale, held in the Cooper Athletic Center from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., will feature a variety of crafts and baked goods. Sponsored by the College’s Blount County Alumni Chapter, the event helps provide college scholarships for current MC students.

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. During the meal, 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 Tickets may be reserved by contacting the Office of Alumni Affairs at 865-981-8200.

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