MC-themed items: Perfect for the hard-to-buy-for

MC-themed items: Perfect for the hard-to-buy-for

With Christmas only days away, opportunities for shopping are slipping away. And more than likely, most adults still have at least one person on their list to buy for.

The Maryville College Alumni Office is encouraging people to consider Maryville College-themed or College-related items for students, graduates, parents, donors and fans.

“These gifts are not only unique, they often remind recipients of pleasant memories from the campus,” said Andrea May ’07, director of outreach and alumni affairs. “And chances are, recipients are unlikely to get two of any of these.”

Among the items that May encourages people to consider are a aerial photograph of the campus, a puzzle of current and historic photos from the College, items from the MC Bookstore and tickets to an event at the Clayton Center for the Arts.

“The 16-by-20-inch aerial photograph was taken by Neil Crosby of PhotoPlay Studios and shows the campus against a backdrop of the Chilhowee Mountains in the fall. It’s beautiful,” May said. “And a portion from the sale of each print will be donated to the Maryville College Scholarship Fund.”

The print is $25. Visit for details.

A 672-piece puzzle featuring images of Maryville College taken over several decades made its debut at the 2011 Homecoming, when local artist Maggie Knight sold them at the Harvest Crafts Fair.

It sells for $22.50 and can be purchased by contacting Knight through her website,

The Maryville College bookstore sells numerous items through its website, (Click on the “Apparel & Gifts” button at the top of the homepage.) In addition to T-shirts, license plates and key tags, popular items made from the College’s official tartan, including the driving cap and scarf, are available for ordering online.

“Coffee mugs with the ‘Power M’ printed on them can be paired with a bag of Vienna Coffee’s special ‘Highland Blends’ brew for a great gift,” May suggested. “Both can be ordered online.”

Shipping orders should be received by Dec. 21. People who live in the East Tennessee area can also visit the Bookstore to do their shopping. For the week of Dec. 19, hours are 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday. The Bookstore will be closed Fri., Dec. 23.

Though not a gift that people can keep and hold on to for years to come, a ticket to a performance at the Clayton Center for the Arts is special and unique in other ways, May pointed out.

Three “Clayton Center presents” shows remain for the 2011-2012 season and include performances by the American Spiritual Ensemble, Southern Fried Chicks and Ronnie Milsap.

Prices range from $12 to $25 for tickets. Contact for details.

Finally, for friends and loved ones who really do have everything, May suggests gifts to the Maryville Fund in their names.

“The Maryville Fund annually supports scholarships, faculty and staff salaries and the maintenance of campus facilities and grounds,” May explained. “For people who value the Maryville College experience and are concerned about ensuring that it remains accessible to deserving students, a donation to the Maryville Fund in honor of a friend or loved one is the perfect gift.”

For donors who would like to honor or memorialize someone with a gift to the Maryville Fund, the College can mail them a card recognizing the commemorative gift. People who wish to do this as a Christmas present should contact Eric Bellah, director of the Maryville Fund, at 865.981.8225 or before Dec. 20.

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 1,197.