Campus improvements made during summer

Campus improvements made during summer

Aug. 16, 2019

As Maryville College students and faculty return to campus this month, they’ll notice several improvements that were made over the summer.

The largest summer campus construction project was installing drainage for the softball field, which involved digging up the current field to install drains and reinstall irrigation (and replace the dirt and grass).

Additional drainage was installed outside of the field to help channel water away from both the softball field and the soccer field, and “topdressing” work also was completed on the soccer field and the football practice field, which involved a thorough deep-tine aerification followed by the distribution of sand to both improve drainage and help level the fields. All drainage work was funded by private support.

“It is great for spectators to have fields located next to large hills, but that terrain presents a challenge for maintaining the fields,” said Maryville College President Tom Bogart. “The work completed this summer should make those fields much more resilient to the inevitable rain.”

The softball field saw another improvement this summer: a new scoreboard. Both the scoreboard and installation were funded through a generous donation from Sevier County Utility District (SCUD).

“SCUD is committed to the growth and development of our next generation,” said Matt Ballard, president of SCUD. “Sports and academics are key for teaching perseverance, excellence and team work. SCUD is proud to partner with Maryville College and support student athletes.”

Other important campus projects completed this summer included replacing the chiller that serves three residence halls (Davis, Gamble and Gibson); repairing broken or uneven sidewalks; and removing dead and damaged trees.

“The campus is not only home to buildings but is also a thriving environment for plants,” Bogart explained. “To maintain that environment, it is sometimes necessary to remove and replace trees for safety reasons. Our campus physical plant team is very focused on maintaining an attractive campus; in fact, their excellent efforts were again recognized with a BRAVO! Award from Keep Blount Beautiful this year.”

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 2019 semester is 1,148.