July 31, 2012
Contact: Karen B. Eldridge, Director of Communications
Local businesses that would like to introduce themselves, their products and their services to new Maryville College students are invited to participate in the College’s Highland Happening event, scheduled for 5-7 p.m., Thurs., Aug. 23.
Highland Happening is an outdoor fair held on the grounds of the beautiful Maryville College campus. Booths, each including a table and two chairs, are set up on sidewalks in the middle of the campus.
The event coincides with an outdoor picnic dinner for members of the College’s newest class, the Class of 2016, and their families. Many of the new students will have moved into their residence hall rooms earlier in the day.
“We encourage businesses to bring signage and printed materials, if they have them, and also coupons, samples and other giveaways for the new students,” said Thema McCowan, the College’s director of career resources. “Maryville College enjoys strong relationships with area businesses and organizations, and we continually look for opportunities to introduce them to our students, who are among the best and brightest of the region’s up-and-coming future graduates and community members.”
Judy Hope, administrative assistant in the College’s Center for Calling and Career, has coordinated Highland Happening for the past four years and is currently recruiting businesses for this year’s event.
“This is a fun and relaxed fair that introduces these businesses to the freshmen while also familiarizing them with the area’s offerings and making them feel at home. Students and their families truly enjoy and appreciate it,” she said. “We hope businesses will join us.”
Registration is free and paperless through the College’s CCC Works, an online career management system. Businesses and organizations wishing to reserve a table at Highland Happening also may contact Judy Hope at 865.981.8220 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state‘s third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for its academic rigor and its focus on the liberal arts, Maryville is where students come to stretch their minds, stretch themselves and learn how to make a difference in the world. Total enrollment for the fall 2012 semester was 1,093.