‘Creating College Success for Veterans’ conference postponed

*This conference has been postponed until fall 2017. More details will be announced at a later date.

‘Creating College Success for Veterans’ conference set for April 1

March 15, 2017

Maryville College’s annual Creating College Success for Veterans Conference will be held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Sat., April 1, 2017 in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall.

Organized by the Maryville College Military Student Center and the MC Student Veterans Association, the conference is free and open to the public but designed for student-veterans, college administrators and staff.

Vandy Kemp, former vice president and dean of students at Maryville College, will deliver the keynote address at 10:15 a.m. During her address, Kemp will discuss bridging the gap between college administrators and student veterans.

Kemp, a champion of collegiate student veteran programs, has won state and national acclaim for her administrative guidance and grant administration in the implementation of major student veteran and military student programs.

“There was minimal student-veteran support on campus until Vandy met with one of our student veterans who expressed the need for it,” said Stephen Kasper, veteran success coordinator at Maryville College. “Fast forward a few years, and she has written two state grants that awarded the College over $200,000 to support student veterans, including the hiring of two full-time staff positions and the creation of a Military Student Center. She also helped the College create its first Student Veterans Association.

“She has become quite the expert on the topic, so she will be speaking on how to support student veterans, how to build successful relationships with them, and how to successfully collaborate with them to grow the support for them on campuses,” Kasper continued.

The conference will also include panel discussions on the following topics: veteran education benefits, Green Zone and veteran sensitivity, academic and career support, and bridging the gap from a student’s perspective.

Registration for the conference begins at 8:30 a.m., with the welcome and opening remarks starting at 9 a.m.

For more information, please contact Kasper at stephen.kasper@maryvillecollege.edu or 865.981.8123.

By Chloe Kennedy, Assistant Director of Communications


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 2016 semester is 1,197.