'Town and Gown' is topic of Aug. 28 Convocation address

August 8, 2003

“Town & Gown” is the title of the address that Maryville College President Dr. Gerald W. Gibson will deliver to new and returning students, faculty and staff during the College’s Convocation ceremony, scheduled for Aug. 28 in Wilson Chapel.

The ceremony, which marks the opening of the 185th academic year of the College, begins at 11:15 a.m. and is open to the public.

Over the last several years, Gibson’s Convocation addresses and accompanying presentations have incorporated stories, facts and photos from the College’s history. This year, he is expected to talk about the ongoing mutual partnership between Maryville College and the surrounding community, and the ways in which the cities and the College have influenced each other.

The Class of 2004, members of the Board of Directors, faculty and staff members and platform speakers will march in procession, led by piper Tom Gordon. Dr. Margie Ribble, associate professor of mathematics and recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award for the 2002-2003 school year, will be the mace bearer.

Ashley Burrell, adjunct organ instructor and organist at First Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, will perform the prelude.

Brianna Merrill, a member of the Class of 2005 and a Church and College Scholar, will give the prayer of invocation. Dr. Margaret Cowan, who holds the Ralph W. Beeson Chair in Religion and is chairperson of the faculty, will welcome attendees to the event. The College’s Statement of Purpose will be read by Christie Latimer, president of the Student Government Association and member of the Class of 2004.

“Speak to One Another of Psalms,” an anthem by Jean Berger, will be performed by the Maryville College Concert Choir, under the direction of Choral Director Stacey Wilner.

Joseph Andrews, a member of the Class of 2006, will give the scripture reading from the book of Ephesians. Prayers for the College will be offered by the Rev. Anne D. McKee, campus minister.

Dr. Robert Naylor, vice president and dean of the College, will give the declaration of the academic year, and following the singing of the Alma Mater, McKee will conclude with the benediction.

Classes are scheduled to begin Aug. 27.

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 offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,198.