Maryville College explored issues surrounding access to education during a program held at the historic Woolworth on 5th in Nashville, Tenn., on Feb. 26, 2019. Voices of Praise, MC’s gospel choir, provided the music; MC Associate Professor of History Dr. Aaron Astor gave a presentation about the College’s commitment to diversity; and a panel discussion included the insight and wisdom of faculty, staff and civil rights advocates, including Dr. Rip Patton, civil rights advocate and veteran Freedom Rider; Dr. Kathie Shiba, MC professor of psychology; Aaron Solomon '20, MC student; Larry Ervin '97, director of MC's Center for Diversity and Inclusion; and Dr. Michael Spalding, founder of Nashville-based Equal Chance for Education. W. Neal McBrayer ’86 served as moderator.
In recognition of the College’s Bicentennial, several MC friends and donors came together April 29 to host a gathering at Villa Collina, a Knoxville special events venue and Tennessee’s largest home, to introduce more Knoxville residents to the College. Country music artist Sara Evans performed for the crowd of more than 150, and MC staff members were on hand to talk to guests about the College’s academic programs, athletics and distinctive programs like Mountain Challenge, the fine arts and Clayton Center for the Arts. Four Maryville-based restaurants and caterers provided food and drinks, introducing Knoxville residents to Blount County’s excellent culinary options.
College and Community Day, held Aug. 10 on campus, included food trucks, children’s activities, campus tours and the premiere of a Bicentennial video with never-before-seen historical footage.
As the final event of MC’s year-long Bicentennial celebration, Maryville College student and community ensembles joined forces to present Handel’s “Messiah” on Dec. 6 at the Clayton Center for the Arts. Directors included Stacey Wilner, director of choral activities at MC; Alan Eleazer, conductor of the MC Community Chorus; and Eric Simpson, conductor of the Orchestra at Maryville College, director of bands, and assistant professor of music at MC. Special guest soloists included Laura Atkinson '05, April Martin '08, Jesse Neace '03 and John Wesley Wright '87.