Homecoming 2017 set for Oct. 20-22

Homecoming 2017 set for Oct. 20-22 

Oct. 3, 2017

Maryville College is inviting alumni, parents and friends back to campus for Homecoming on Oct. 20-22.

Activities include a parade, athletic events, reunions, musical performances, a “Decade Bash,” crafts festival and more. Unless indicated otherwise, all events are free and open to the public. Shuttles will run on Sat., Oct. 21 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. to transport attendees to various events on campus (look for the Scottie Shuttle Stop signs with balloons).

The Homecoming Parade begins at 1 p.m., and kickoff for the Maryville College-Methodist University football game is scheduled for 2 p.m., Oct. 21 on Honaker Field. Tickets are $8 for general admission.

“Homecoming gives the entire MC family – students, alumni, faculty, staff, parents and friends of the College – a time to gather and celebrate this special community,” said Angela Miller, director of alumni affairs and stewardship. “Homecoming also provides alumni an unparalleled opportunity to rediscover what made Maryville College ‘home’ for them and renew their lifelong connection to this extraordinary place.”

Please visit http://www.maryvillecollege.edu/homecoming for the full schedule.

Friday events

MC’s “Willard House Welcome” will begin at 8:30 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m. Alumni and friends are encouraged to stop by Willard House early for breakfast, information, a schedule of activities, messages and a special gift just for coming by. Milestone reunion classes (1957, 1967 and 1977) can pick up packets during this time.

A “Golfing at Your Leisure” event will be held at Royal Oaks Golf Course in Maryville all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with special rates for Maryville College participants (just mention Maryville College when you reserve your tee time and receive a discounted rate of $25).

A choir round table discussion, which includes current MC music majors, as well as former choir members and alumni who majored in music, will be held at 2 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall. The discussion topic is “Life After College.”

The MC volleyball team will take on the Berea Mountaineers at 4 p.m. in Cooper Athletic Center.

An education forum focusing on “How to Get Your First Teaching Job” will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Bartlett Hall, room 101, with alumni educators serving as panelists.

The Fighting Scots will prepare for Saturday’s game during a football open practice from 4:30 until 5:15 p.m. on Honaker Field.

A sustainability tour will begin at 5 p.m. at Crawford House. The walking tour will showcase some of the College’s environmental and sustainability efforts. To RSVP, please call 865.981.8125 or email alumni@mtnchallenge.com.

Off Kilter, MC’s small auditioned ensemble, is celebrating its 15th anniversary and will meet at Barley’s in Maryville for a 5 p.m. rehearsal, followed by a reunion gathering and performance at 6 p.m. For more information, call 865.981.8153 or email ashley.maynard@maryvillecollege.edu.

The Alumni Awards Ceremony will be held from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall. The event will honor three alumni award recipients: Richard Henderson ’57 and Melissa Barker Johnson ’90 will be awarded the prestigious Alumni Citation, and Shaun Hayes ’06 will be presented the Kin Takahashi Award for Young Alumni.

A “Decade Bash” is a reunion event for all MC alumni that includes dinner and dancing. Several classes are having their reunions during the event, which will begin at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ William Baxter Lee III Grand Foyer. Tickets are $20 per person, and there will be a cash bar. For more information, call 865.981.8202.

The alumni baseball game will begin at 7 p.m. on Scotland Yard. To participate, call 865.981.8280.

Saturday events

MC’s “Willard House Welcome” will begin at 8:30 a.m. and continue until 10:30 a.m. Alumni and friends are encouraged to stop by Willard House early for breakfast, information, a schedule of activities, messages and a special gift just for coming by. Milestone reunion classes (1957, 1967 and 1977) can pick up packets during this time.

The annual Service of Remembrance, which memorializes alumni and special friends who have passed away since last Homecoming, will be held at 9 a.m. in the Samuel Tyndale Wilson Center for Campus Ministry, with the Rev. Dr. Anne McKee, campus minister, leading services. A gathering for church professionals – alumni who serve as clergy, youth directors, church musicians or seminary students – will follow the service.

Several choral groups will hold rehearsals in the Clayton Center for the Arts: former and current Off Kilter members will meet from 9 until 9:30 a.m. in the Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre; current and former Voices of Praise members will meet from 9 until 9:45 a.m. in the Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall; and the Homecoming Choir will meet from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. in the Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre.

Mountain Challenge will open its Alpine Tower for climbing between 9 a.m. and noon at Crawford House. Children (ages 10 and under) must be accompanied by an adult.

The Harvest Crafts Festival and Bake Sale, held in the Clayton Center for the Arts from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., will feature a variety of crafts and baked goods. The event is sponsored by the College’s Blount County Alumni Chapter. All proceeds from the bake sales go directly to scholarships for Blount County MC students.

Former MC softball players will participate in a friendly game with current MC softball players at 9:30 a.m. on the softball field. To participate, please call 865.981.8280 or email lori.christopher@maryvillecollege.edu.

Maryville College’s Voices of Praise gospel choir will perform from 9:45 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on the plaza of the Clayton Center for the Arts.

The “Little Scotties” Children’s Area, which includes inflatable slides and kid-friendly activities, will be set up on the Scotland Yard baseball field from 10 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

The Division of Mathematics and Computer Science will host “Celebration of Mind – Recreational Mathematics and More” in the Bartlett Hall Atrium from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Activities will include making your own Hexaflexagon, Dragon Curve or Mobius Surprise; building a tiny world and watch it grow and evolve in Conway’s Game of Life; solving one of a large selection of intriguing puzzles to win a prize; challenging family members or even a total stranger in a game of strategy; learning a mathematical card trick; and more! Celebration of Mind events are held all over the world on Oct. 21 to honor the great writer, magician and "recreational mathematics" pioneer Martin Gardner. People of all ages come together in the spirit of fun and curiosity to celebrate puzzles, games, math, magic and more. Maryville College’s second annual Celebration of Mind event is suitable for ages 10 and up. 

A special tailgate and meet and greet event will be held in honor of Dr. Terry Simpson, who is retiring from Maryville College’s Division of Education at the end of the 2017-18 academic year. The drop-in event will be held from 10:30 a.m. until noon in the tailgating area near the football field.

The Homecoming Choir, featuring former MC choir members, as well as current members of the Maryville College Concert Choir, will perform from 11 a.m. until noon in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre. The concert will feature MC alumni Dr. Jim Daugherty ’70 as guest director, Chaz Barber ’71 as Homecoming Choir coordinator, and April Martin ’08 as a featured soloist.

Homecoming attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy lunch in the renovated Margaret Ware Dining Hall in Pearsons Hall between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Lunch is $8.50 per person at the door.

For those who enjoy a picnic-style lunch, a campus tailgate will be held from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on the Cooper Practice Field. Food trucks, including Big O’s Famous BBQ, Mamma Gallina’s and World of Wings, will offer a variety of lunch options (prices vary per vendor).

In Cooper Athletic Center, the MC volleyball team will take on the LaGrange College Panthers at noon and the Brevard College Tornados at 4 p.m.

The Homecoming Parade kicks off at 1 p.m. on Circle Drive, between Carnegie Hall and Anderson Hall.

The MC Fighting Scots football team will take on the Methodist University Monarchs at 2 p.m. on Honaker Field. Tickets are $8 for general admission.

The MC women’s soccer team will take on the LaGrange College Panthers on the soccer field near Lloyd Beach at 2 p.m. 

Sunday events

The annual Wall of Fame Brunch and Induction Ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. in the Alumni Gym. Established in 1975, the Wall of Fame recognizes outstanding individuals who have contributed to the tradition of MC athletics. This year, former MC student-athletes John Roszell III ’95 (baseball), Dominico “Dee” Bell ’97 (men’s basketball), Jenna Jones Campbell ’04 (volleyball), T.J. Emory ’00 (football), Ali Sohrabi ’93 (men’s soccer) and Jim Pavao (former assistant football coach) will be inducted into the College’s Wall of Fame. The cost for the brunch is $20 per person. For tickets, call the MC Athletics Department at 865.981.8280.

A Church and College Worship Service will begin at 11:05 a.m. at New Providence Presbyterian Church (703 W. Broadway Ave., Maryville, TN). This special Homecoming service will celebrate the historic connection between New Providence and Maryville College.

For a complete schedule of Homecoming activities or to register for events, please visit the website at http://www.maryvillecollege.edu/homecoming. For questions about Homecoming, please call the Office of Alumni Affairs at 865.981.8202.


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.