MC Designated as Military Friendly School

MC Designated as Military Friendly School

Nov. 12, 2015

Thanks to its ongoing efforts to support veterans, Maryville College has been designated a 2016 Military Friendly school by Pittsburgh-based Victory Media. The announcement was made during a Veterans Day celebration held in the atrium of Bartlett Hall, directly outside of the College’s new Military Student Center.

This is the second recognition the College has received for its veterans program in recent months. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced in August that Maryville College would receive an $82,257 Veteran Reconnect Grant to further bolster its offerings.

Sean Hagstrom ’16, a United States Marine Corps veteran and an exercise science major who helped found the Student Veterans Association (SVA), spoke about the meaning of Veterans Day.

“Today marks the third Veterans Day that I've actually had here at Maryville College. I’ve been graciously surprised. I've had three classes, and in each of them I've had students come up to me and thank me for the sacrifices I've made,” he said.

Progress made

Lt. Col Ted Higgs, director of the Military Student Center, told the audience about the SVA’s progress during in this past year.

“We've had quite a year. We've moved into our new quarters upstairs, the new Military Student Center. We've linked up with many other colleges and university programs. We've attended several conferences. We conducted our own conference last April and we plan to make that an annual event.

“We also participated in the Governor’s educational fair for veterans in Clarksville. We've started a program out at the air base for the Air National Guard. Barbara Hutchison and I have started a veterans alumni initiative. And we've increased our veteran student enrollment significantly, which is amazing,” he said.

During the ceremony, Higgs also unveiled new logos for the military student center created by Mary Workman in the Office of Marketing and Communications.

Competitive designation

Maryville College competed with other institutions for the title of Military Friendly School by completing an extensive survey covering 10 indicators of success, including support for student veterans on campus, graduation and employment outcomes and military spouse policies.

Survey responses were scored against benchmarks, with results independently tested by Ernst & Young based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media and its independent Advisory Board.

Saturday open house

Vandy Kemp, vice president and dean of students, gave her thoughts on the meaning of Veterans Day as well.

“This sense of loss and this sense of honoring men and women who have lost their lives to make the world a better place is something that connects us all,” she said.

The Maryville College Military Student Center will host an open house at noon on Nov. 14, 2015. On that day, veterans and their families are invited to enjoy free admission to the Fighting Scots Football Game against Greensboro College starting at 1:30 p.m.

For more information about support programs for veterans at Maryville College, visit

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 2018 semester is 1,154.