Maryville College alumni are heading to Blount County this month and a variety of activities are being planned to celebrate their return for homecoming.
Maryville College is inviting alumni, parents and friends back to campus for Homecoming on Oct. 21-22. Activities range from athletic match-ups to musical performances to a parade led by the Knoxville Pipes and Drums.
On Oct. 21, the Blue Shades Rock ‘N’ Roll Band from the 1960s decade at Maryville College will reunite for two free performances in the William Baxter Lee III Grand Foyer of the Clayton Center for the Arts. The first performance will begin at 5:45 p.m., and the second will begin around 8:30 p.m.
For the second consecutive year, the Clayton Center for the Arts will be the location of the annual Harvest Crafts Festival and Bake Sale. Approximately 40 vendors will be set up in the main building from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22. Baked goods will also be available for sale inside the Lambert Wing of Bartlett Hall.
A walkthrough of Anderson Hall is slated for the morning of Oct. 22. Fundraising is currently underway to raise $4 million to renovate the interior space for 21st-century teaching and learning spaces for faculty and students.
The parade around campus gets started in front of Anderson Hall at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22. Kickoff for the Maryville College-Averett College football game follows at 2 p.m. on Honaker Field.
As alums return to campus to mix and mingle with current students and renew old acquaintances with each other and faculty, they may reminisce about their own fall days at the college. Blount Today covered two of the college’s traditional events in late August and September that bring community, current students and perspective students to campus.
On Aug. 28, the 10th annual Church and College picnic was held at Maryville College. Campus minister the Rev. Anne McKee said members from 20 to 25 churches turned out to greet freshmen as well as any upper classmen who returned to campus that evening.
“It shows that whether a student makes a church connection or not, they see this is a place that welcomes all faiths. You have Unitarians next to Baptists, Mormons and Catholics,” she said. “You see this mix of a variety of faiths, and it lets our students and our community know every tradition is honored and respect at the college.”
The “Meet Maryville” event occurred on Sept. 24 and was an opportunity for high school students and their families to visit the campus. There were 134 guests, 57 of whom were students. The students were from Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia, Indiana, South Carolina, Delaware and Mississippi.
Arielle Kilday, assistant director of admissions, said the students and their families toured campus, met with professors regarding academic interests, staff members regarding extracurricular activities and their parents attended a workshop on financial aid.
“It is a glimpse of everything,” she said. “They get a little bit of everything Maryville College offers.”