Virtual town hall planned to answer questions about MC

Maryville College is inviting prospective student families to discover the College without ever leaving home.

The College is maximizing its efforts to reach the largest number of people by holding a live virtual town hall meeting Thursday, Jan. 13, and inviting thousands of families across the nation to join the online event. Families will be able to participate in the live Internet video broadcast and submit questions in real time on the Web page.

The digital platform will showcase what the four-year, private, liberal arts college has to offer.

“We’re excited about this campaign that is aimed to demystify the financial aid process for families and discuss affordability with our online audience,” said Vice President of Enrollment Management Dolph Henry. “At the heart of this event is one more great way for our interested families here in East Tennessee and in other states to find out just how affordable a great liberal arts college can be and to hear more about what we believe is the Maryville Difference.”

The College panel for the hour-long event will include Henry, Financial Aid Director Richard Brand and Julie and Phil Julian of Clinton, whose daughter is a Maryville College sophomore.

DV Communications, a film production company headquartered in Knoxville, will produce the online meeting, and knox ivi, an Internet video broadcast network also based in Knoxville, will stream the event live from 8 until 9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 13.

“It’s a 21st-century conversation,” said Mary Leidig, marketing director for Maryville College. “Right from their home computers, our audience members will be able to talk with our panel just by emailing their questions. It’s that simple - using the old-fashioned town hall idea.”

Directly from a link on the Maryville College homepage (maryvillecollege.edu), viewers will go straight to the web page to watch and participate in the event. No login or registration is necessary.

“The Julians are such an inspiring student family to have on our panel, and they will share their own experience in applying to the College as well as talk about what a great experience it continues to be,” said Leidig. “We know this will help our interested families to embrace Maryville College.”

During December, paper and digital postcards went out to prospective families, inviting them to join Maryville College for the virtual town hall.

“We know when people visit our campus and see what Maryville has to offer that we have great success in enrollment,” said Henry. “This is another great way interested families can get to know us - right from their homes.”

The town hall event schedule and information can be seen by visiting maryvillecollege.edu. Click on the event link at the bottom of the homepage. The link will take viewers to the event web page, where the town hall will be broadcast on Jan. 13. Viewers will also see a video of the Julians.

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