2016-2017 school year gets underway at Maryville College

2016-2017 school year gets underway at Maryville College

Maryville College’s 198th academic year will officially be underway following the Convocation ceremony scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 1, but plenty of activities for new and returning students are scheduled in the days leading up to the first day of class on Wed., Aug. 31.

Fall sport athletes began arriving on campus in mid-August and all freshmen – members of the College’s Class of 2020 – are expected to begin Orientation on Thurs., Aug. 25, following move-in the day before.

“With about 325 members, this freshman class is expected to be one of the larger ones in the College’s history,” said Dr. Tom Bogart, Maryville College president. “We’re eager to welcome them to campus, get them oriented and have that transformational college experience begin for them.

“The start of school is always full of excitement, energy and new possibilities,” he added. “For those of us who work in higher education, late August is a favorite time of the year.”

In addition to new students, the College is welcoming six new faculty members this fall, and some veteran faculty members have new titles and responsibilities.

New courses are being introduced this fall as a result of the recent core curriculum revision, and the majority of juniors will be completing their significant practical experience (SPE) this academic year to fulfill a Maryville College Works requirement. These juniors – members of the Class of 2018 – are the first class to go through the career preparation curriculum outlined in the Maryville College Works program.

New and returning students will notice that waterproofing work around the foundation of Thaw Hall continues. The Lamar Memorial Library, located inside of Thaw Hall, remains open, and students will see that access has been made between the lower level and the College’s Academic Support Center.

Students also will notice work on the softball field, where construction crews are enlarging the field and installing a new backstop, dugouts, fencing and foul posts.

“We continue to make investments in our facilities, grounds, people and curriculum so that the student experience here is top-notch,” Bogart said. “We want students and their families to know that their decision to join the Maryville College family is an excellent one.”

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 2017 semester is 1,181.