Alumni Citation Award &
Kin Takahashi Young Alumni Award44
The criteria for nominees for the Alumni Citation are alumnus who has rendered service in professional, business, civic, social, or religious endeavors as to benefit humankind and bring honor to the College, or who has rendered unusual service in any capacity on behalf of the College.
The criteria for nominees for the Kin Takahashi Young Alumni Award are any alumnus who has, within 15 years of his/her graduation of Maryville College, lived a life characteristic of College legend Kin Takahashi, who, in his 36 years of living, worked tirelessly for the betterment of his alma mater, church, and society.
Three Maryville College alumni will be honored with awards during the annual Alumni Reception and Awards Ceremony, scheduled for October 3, 2014 in the Alumni Gym. Dr. William O. DeWeese ’64 and Randy Massey ’81 will be awarded the distinguished Alumni Citation. Lodge McCammon ’99 will be presented the Kin Takahashi Award for Young Alumni.
Bill DeWeese ’64
Born in 1942, Bill grew up in the New River Valley region where he graduated high school. He was an avid wrestler at Maryville College where he earned his B.S. in chemistry in 1964. He went on to attend and graduate Medical School at West Virginia University in 1968 and performed internships and residency training at Charity Hospital in New Orleans and the University of Pittsburgh. Bill completed his training as a Neurosurgeon at L.S.U. in 1975 and moved to Tampa, Florida where he began his long and distinguished career in Neurological Surgery. Bill is a vocal supporter of Maryville College who proudly served on the Board of Directors. He is a member of the Messiah Lutheran Church, Tampa, Florida. He spends his spare time playing bridge and tennis and flying the RV6 airplane he meticulously built over a number of years. He is still actively practicing at Florida Hospital in Tampa. During his career, Dr. DeWeese has served in many significant positions such as the Chief of Neurosurgery at University Community Hospital and Chief of Medical Staff at ST. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, FL. He is a member of the American Board of Neurosurgeons and a Fellow American College of Surgeons.
Randy Massey ‘81
C. Randy Massey is owner of Massey Group (Massey Construction, Massey Electric, Cherokee Millwright & Mechanical, and a portfolio of commercial/industrial real estate in East Tennessee). A lifelong entrepreneur, Randy grew up in South Knoxville, and from an early age worked in his family’s business. After attending Doyle High School, Randy went to Maryville College where he graduated in 1981 with a degree in Chemistry. Randy and his wife, Angela, have five grown children.
Randy has a long history of investing in, owning and working with start-up companies. Since buying Massey Electric in the mid-1980’s, he has grown it into the largest open-shop electrical contractor in East Tennessee with offices in Alcoa and Kingsport. In 1994, Randy founded Cherokee Millwright which has steadily grown over the past 20 years becoming a trusted go-to resource for industrial customers both in our area and nationwide.
Randy is a founding member of Nucleus Knoxville, past President of the South Knoxville Rotary Club, and chair of the Knox Chamber’s transportation committee. He has served on the Knox County Electrical Inspection Board since 1988 and is its current chairman. He served six years on the Knox County Planning Commission including two years as its chairman.
Since moving to Blount County in 2007, he has been very active with the Blount Chamber of Commerce and Industrial Development Board, and was in the Blount Leadership Class of 2007. In 2012, the Blount Chamber Partnership selected Massey Group as Large Business of the Year in its annual Business Excellence Awards. February, 2014, Randy was inducted into the Boys and Girls Club of Blount County Hall of Fame.
Lodge McCammon ‘99
McCammon, a specialist in curriculum and contemporary media at North Carolina State University’s Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, began his career in education in 2003 at Wakefield High School in Raleigh, N.C., where he taught civics and AP economics. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 2003. In 2008, he earned his Ph.D. from N.C. State University, where he focused on curriculum development, specifically creating and using standards-based music to teach science and math. He continued his work there by developing innovative practices and sharing them with students, teachers and schools.
McCammon developed a teaching and professional development process called FIZZ, which encourages and models best practices in implementing user-generated video and online publishing in the classroom to enhance standards-based lessons. Central to his ideas is what he calls "flipping the classroom,” in which traditional lecture is removed from class; instead, the teacher uses video lectures that can be viewed by students at any time, freeing up class time that can be used for collaboration, active learning and problem solving, according to McCammon.