Staff members' service recognized at luncheon

Aug. 6, 2012
Contact: Karen B. Eldridge, Director of Communications
865.981.8207; karen.eldridge@maryvillecollege.edu

Approximately 150 staff members and administrators of Maryville College gathered in the Alumni Gymnasium Aug. 2 to welcome new employees and congratulate others for milestone years in service during the College’s 19th-annual Staff Recognition Luncheon.

In welcoming the crowd to the luncheon, Maryville College President Dr. William T. “Tom” Bogart said the event is held each year in celebration of service.

“We gather again to break bread, visit, laugh and celebrate the service of dedicated staff members of this College. Today we will honor staff for 5, 10, 15, 20 and 30 years of service. We will hand out pins, plaques, certificates and gift cards – a small thank you for the very large jobs they perform every day.

“A total of 26 employees are at one of these pivotal years. Collectively, these award recipients today represent 285 years of service to the College!” he said.

Before recognizing employees, Bogart announced that the College would begin offering long term care insurance as part of the voluntary benefit package for full time employees in 2013.

“Through the Benefit Satisfaction Survey conducted this spring, we learned that one-half of respondents were interested in purchasing long-term care insurance through payroll deduction,” he said. “This is a nice benefit and a nice opportunity for employees. I know it’s been on people’s minds.”

Employees recognized for milestone anniversaries

Five-year pins went to: Deidra Dunn, Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach; Millicent Dunn, Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach and Cheerleading Coach; Robert Earley, Grounds Superintendent; Bonnie Finn, Administrative Assistant for the Samuel Tyndale Wilson Center for Campus Ministry; Mary Anne Frost, Records Clerk; Judy Hope, Administrative Assistant for the Center for Calling & Career; John McKee, Resident Director; Tyson Murphy, Cross Country Coach and Mountain Challenge Program Manager; and Ron Wells, Director of the Maryville Symposium.

Ten-year certificates and gift cards went to: Laura Caldwell, Senior Admissions Processor and Budget Manager; Kathleen Farnham, Director of Church Relations; Mark Fugate, Director of Information Technology; Misty Gillespie, Administrative Assistant for the divisions of Natural Sciences, Behavioral Sciences and Math and Computer Sciences; Lori Hunter, Director of Learning Services; Wendy Petty, Associate Director of Admissions; Cole Piper, Director of Non-Profit Leadership Alliance and Mountain Challenge Director of Development; Jeannie Taylor, Accounts Payable Manager; and Hank Williams, Maintenance Mechanic.

Fifteen-year plaques were presented to: Karen Eldridge, Director of Communications; Elizabeth Evans, Database Administrator; and Johnni Freer, Executive Assistant to the Vice President and Dean of the College.

Among those receiving plaques for 20 years of service were: Eric Etchison, Assistant Athletics Director for Communications; and Belinda Kenny, Director of Corporate Sales and Events.

Thirty-year service awards went to Linda Moore, Associate Director of Admissions Processes; and Kay Pritchett, Student Accounts Manager and Cashier.

Other members of the College’s 25+ Year Club were recognized. They included: Diane Brandsborg, Switchboard/Console Operator; Laura Case, Assistant to the President; Bruce Guillaume, Director of Mountain Challenge; and Kandis Schram, Athletics Director and Volleyball Coach.

Randy Lambert, Men’s Basketball Coach, was recognized for more than 30 years of service at the College.

Arielle Kilday, Staff Council Chair for 2012-2013, recognized three employees who had been presented awards at Commencement 2012 for outstanding service during the 2011-2012 academic year: Bruce Holt, Director of Counseling, who was presented the Martha Hess Outstanding Administrator Award; Noah Bowman, Academic Support Coordinator, who was recognized with the Sharon Murphy Crane Distinguished Service Award; and Vivian Hill, Office Manager for Residence Life, who was named winner of the Nancy B. Hunter Outstanding Staff Award. Kilday also introduced those employees starting, completing and serving terms on Staff Council.

Bringing the luncheon to a close, President Bogart thanked staff members for their work to get the 2012-2013 academic year off to a strong start. Bogart said he expected the College to meet its enrollment goals and be able to focus resources on strategic priorities.

“The way we’ve gotten here is through the hard work of the people in this room and the people who aren’t here because they’re out there, working,” he said. “All of us matter.”


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 2013 semester is 1,168.