Highland Happenings draws community to Maryville College

Keith Edmunds with BB&T talks to Daniel Roselli and Keli Shipley, who are beginning their sophomore year at Maryville College, about his bank.

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Keith Edmunds with BB&T talks to Daniel Roselli and Keli Shipley, who are beginning their sophomore year at Maryville College, about his bank.

Seeing the crowd of businesses and non-profits that turned out to greet incoming freshman at Highland Happenings confirmed a key aspect of what drew Tom Bogart to Maryville College.

The pleasant weather made for an even better experience.

“No rain -- that’s always a good start,” the Maryville College president said. “We had a great turnout of area businesses and non-profits, and that was wonderful to see.”

Highland Happenings is a gathering of representatives of Blount County businesses and non-profit organizations who come together to welcome Maryville College students to the community. On Wednesday, Aug. 24, tables were set up on the lawn in front of Thaw Hall to greet incoming freshman and their parents as the new students moved into dorms.

“They were full of students checking them out,” Bogart said. “It was a win-win situation.”

Bogart said he appreciated the businesses and organizations turning out for the event. “It makes a huge difference,” he said. “One of key features at Maryville College is that individual attention to everybody, and it really backs it up when students and parents get to see how much community support we enjoy.”

Bogart, who is starting his second academic year at the college, said he is looking forward to this year. “It’s fun to know about some of the highlights so I can now look forward to them in my second year. The good thing about college is every year is a whole new group of students and whole new set of adventures in front of you.”

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