Alumni Citations &
Kin Takahashi Young Alumni Award
On Friday, October 18, the Alumni Awards Ceremony will be held in the Clayton Center for the Arts' Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall at 1:30 p.m. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the College are all welcome and the event is free. Below are the winners of the 2019 Alumni Citation Award and Kin Takahashi Award for 2019.
Alumni Citation Award 2019
ARTHUR MASKER, '69
Arthur S. "Art" Masker came from a modest home in White Plains, NY. Art & Marty Frazier Masker '67 have celebrated 50 years of marriage, and this Bicentennial year, 2019, Art is a Golden Scott! Art and Marty are proud parents and grandparents of a close-knit family. Art holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Maryville College, and a master's degree in educational psychology from UT-Knoxville, with additional post-graduate work in administration and educational supervision.
At Maryville College his liberal arts education prepared him for his service directing Friendsville Academy, followed by 14 years as CEO of Holston Home in Greeneville, Tenn. Beginning in 1999 he was promoted to program administrator in 1983 and promoted again to vice-president for program services in 1997. Under his leadership, the size and scope of the agency's services more than doubled. Since that time and until he retired in 2013, Art served as director of several of Holston Home's program divisions an agency recognized by regional, state and national experts in the child care field.
In addition to his responsibilities, Masker has served in several professional leadership positions, including two terms as president of the Tennessee Association for Child Care, and two years as president of the Tennessee Conference on Social Welfare. He has served as a state representative to the Southern Leadership Council of the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) and the Residential Advisory Task Force of the CWLA. In 1996, he received the CWLA Child Advocacy Award for the 14-state Southern Region. In 2011, Masker was recognized as Children and Youth Services' Administrator of the Year by the national United Methodist Association on Health and Welfare Ministries.
Art is an active volunteer leader with the Boy Scouts of America and serves in many leadership roles at Asbury United Methodist Church in Greeneville. As a teenager, Art worked with troubled youth and was active with boy scouts.
His work has taken him throughout the country and mission trips have connected him with foreign countries. His entire life, he has always focused on making life better for young people. His passion, especially for scouts, has continued in his retirement.
Kin Takahashi Award for Young Alumni 2019
MATTHEW "MATT" MURRILL '08
B.A. PSYCHOLOGY CHEMISTRY
Matthew "Matt" Murrill was very impressive as a student and has continued to excel in his studies post-Maryville College. Matthew is currently an MD-PhD student in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. After completing undergraduate studies in chemistry at Maryville College, he moved to Kolkata, India as a Fulbright-Nehru fellow to research the sources and health effects of groundwater arsenic contamination in Eastern India with the School of Environmental Studies-Jadavpur University.
He then worked for Calcutta Kids, a non-governmental organization, to establish a childhood diarrhea treatment program aimed at alleviating the burden of undernutrition in a peri-urban community north of Kolkata. During his medical education, he became interested in infectious disease, patient support systems, and implementation science. His dissertation research focuses on understanding treatment retention and quality of life of patients with drug-resistant tuberculosis in India.
Matt has returned to campus to talk to the MC community about his research (as a Community Conversations Series lecture), and he has Skyped with students on other occasions.