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Humans of Maryville: Katy Haas

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What made you want to pursue a career in physical therapy and what are your your goals?

“After going through two years of physical therapy after my ACL surgeries, it opened my eyes to what all the profession entailed. I liked how it incorporated teaching, helping others and science. As of right now, my main goal would be to specialize in sports rehab. I’d also love to work in a clinic that helps professional athletes.”

What do you look forward to most?

“I look forward to helping my patients. I’m ready to start making a difference in peoples’ lives and helping them in any way that I can. It’s always just been something that I’ve done. Plus, my friends call me the mom of the group. I always just assume the role of the helper. I know it will be such a rewarding job, and I can’t wait to get to that part of my life.”

How has Maryville University prepared you for your future?

“Maryville has prepared me in numerous ways. I work as a Pack Leader and that’s taught me how to be a good ambassador, have great communication skills and how to teach people about our university in a fun and exciting way. Also, in each of our classes we are taught professionalism and how to best represent ourselves in all that we do. When we finally get to go out on clinicals, that will be the best way that Maryville helps prepare us for what’s to come. They teach us all of the basic information we need to know at school, but having so many different types of clinical experience will be what really makes us the most prepared for our future.”




The Gift Guru: Finding the Perfect Presents

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Its that time of year again when people are trying to figure out what gift to get their significant other. This might be one of the largest challenges some people face the entire year. It is important that the gift will be remembered and mean something special to him or her. Listed below are several tips to the perfect present.

Create a list of everything they like.

For a few minutes create a list of things your significant other likes and enjoys. Write down everything that can be thought of, big or small. This can Include; favorite color, food, state, sport, restaurant, etc. Creating a list will help fire up your brain and potentially produce you with some really great gift ideas.

Ask their family and friends.

Who better to ask than the people that your significant other grew up with? It is almost guaranteed that their friends and family will have inside knowledge about what your significant other would love to receive. Maybe they wanted a certain toy growing up but never got it or they have a secret obsession that they would never dare tell anyone about.

Make some handmade crafts.

Nothing is more personal and unique than a gift that was made by hand. A handmade craft shows how much time, effort and thought was put into the gift. Handmade gifts can be personalized for your significant other and shows how important they are. It is also a great way to test and show off your artistic talent. Examples of handmade gifts: picture book, quilt, gift basket, necklace, etc.

“Personally, I enjoy receiving gifts that are homemade and sentimental. It shows a lot about how much the person cares about you and is a creative way to show affection,” William Stimic, junior, said.

Monogram or customize it.

Imagine receiving a blanket with a blown up picture of you and your significant other, or imagine receiving a coffee mug with your favorite quote from “The Office.” There are several websites out there that create customized gifts for a cheap price. All you have to do is upload a picture or write a quote, choose what you want it on, such as a pillow, blanket, coffee mug, shower curtain or shirt and they will make it and ship it to you. Again, this is a very personal gift that you have a lot of control over what it looks like.

“One of my favorite gifts that I received was a personalized photo album of me and my boyfriend. I could tell he put a lot of thought and effort into it. This Christmas, I made a very special love book for my boyfriend. It is a cartoon picture book about how we met and all of the wonderful things we do together,” said a girl that wants to stay anonymous so she does not ruin the surprise.

Picture of the Love Book anonymous got for her boyfriend.

Buy some bling.

If you don’t have the time or the artistic ability to make something, you can always fall back on buying a valuable, wearable object. If the significant other is a female, you can never go wrong with buying jewelry. If you know their favorite color, you can buy a necklace or earrings that has that color incorporated in it. If the significant other is a male, a great gift could be a watch, necklace, hat, sunglasses, etc.

The holiday season is a great time for giving gifts, but they are not the only way to show love and affection. Often times the best gift is spending time with your significant other. Go for a walk, look at Christmas lights, make a dessert or go shopping for a Christmas gift you both could use. Gift or no gift, it is important that whatever the significant other receives is memorable.

Olympians Among Us

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George Ivanov

Assistant wrestling coach, Georgi Ivanov. Photo courtesy of Jordan Coker.

Georgi Ivanov is known as George around campus, but to his fans he is known as BUL Nightmare. He was born in Bulgaria, but moved to the states as a child. Ivanov was predestined to wrestle as his father was a part of the Bulgarian National Wrestling Team first, and from the young age of 5, George started his wrestling career.

For the Love of Wrestling

Ivanov explained that to do well in wrestling, you have to completely alter your lifestyle. The more you commit, the more you get out of it. Countless hours of training, eating right and staying in a positive mindset traits that make winners. Unlike other sports, wrestling is completely individual, Ivanov trains for him and himself only.

I love that you don’t rely on anyone once you step on the mat. It’s you against your opponent and whoever is more prepared that day, wins.

Sports Sponsors

Although he’s never truly considered himself a great wrestler, two large companies, Nike and BodyBuilding.com, believed in him enough to sponsor him. It takes a very talented and skilled athlete to get great sponsorships like these, “It’s humbling that two of the most well-known athletic companies in the world sponsor me. I still can’t believe it.”

In Rio, Nike had a house where all of the athletes they sponsored were invited to visit. In the house, there was a wall that all of the athletes sign. I cannot describe how it felt to be included with so many amazing athletes.

Future Plans

As assistant wrestling coach here at Maryville, Ivanov has already given back to many younger wrestlers. Although he is not sure where wrestling will take him in the distant future, he now is focusing all of his attention on the wrestlers here to prepare them for their competition season.

I would like to thank Dr. Lombardi, Marcus Manning, Jeff Miller, Coach Denney and everyone who supported me on my way to my Olympic journey. Thank you.


Giordan Harris

Giordan Harris of the Maryville University swim team. Photo courtesy of Jordan Coker.

Giordan Harris has fought hard to earn all his accomplishments thus far. Raised on Ebeye, one of the Marshall Islands, “Swimming in the ocean is something that everyone did, but competitive swimming isn’t something that happens,” said Harris.  Around the age of 6, Harris started his schooling at the military base on a neighboring island. There he met one his best friends, who convinced him to join the swim team. It was not until he was 12 and was traveling to his first international meet that his family started to realize just how accomplished Harris would become.

I remember being terrible when I started, but I eventually fell in love with swimming and just rode the wave to where I am now.

A Natural Love for the Water

Harris says that he was attracted to swimming, because it is a hardworking sport. Even after making both the national swim and basketball teams, he still thinks swimming is the harder, because of “the practice to performance ratio,” as he says. In a single practice, Harris will swims between 9,000 and 12,000 meters, but when it comes to competition time, his race is only 50 meters or under 25 seconds.

Growing up, I was only supposed to play basketball. When I decided to swim, everyone thought I was crazy.

2 Olympics, 2 Cities

Harris says his mother, Mary, has been with him every step of the way. Having sacrificed so much, it was special to be able to share his first Olympic experience with her during the 2012 Olympics held in London. He says swimming in the games was a dream come true and wants to keep chasing it, so look out for him at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Before we walked out in the opening ceremony during the 2012 Olympics… in that moment hearing the crowd screaming, all the emotions hit me. I was happy. I was proud. I was excited. I was scared. I was nervous. Every emotion hit me.


His mother started the first Marshallese swim team, The Martial Island Swim Federation, and built it from the ground up. Giordan aspires to further establish the team and help young swimmers achieve their goals.

In addition to helping with the swim team, Harris also wants to travel around the Pacific teaching children how to swim. According to Harris, drowning is extremely prevalent among the islands. He believes that the right exposure to water will lead to less drownings, and he wants to aid in that mission first hand.

Everyone assumes that because you are from an island and around the ocean all the time, you can swim. That’s the way people always view it, but because we are surrounded by water, there is more opportunity to drown.

Finals Playlist: Music Perfect for Studying

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Music to know: Finals

The stress of finals can be a lot for students, and many find peace in music. Some prefer calming sounds with no lyrics, others relax to the sound of dubstep. Whatever your preference, here is a playlist of songs we think you should know for finals week.

If I Was A Fool by Josh Turner and Carson McKee

Okay, hear me out on this one. This song is easily the most impressive combination of guitar, mandolin and voice I have ever heard. The best part? It’s recorded live in a basement by two guys who sound amazing together. Give it a listen and find yourself in love with the storytelling lyrics and relaxed vibe. Bonus: motivation to get your work done and learn how to play an instrument like them.

Hallelujah by Lindsay Sterling

This song has no lyrics, making it a perfect studying song to keep you focused on your work, but keeping you awake and motivated with its intensity. It’s also a Christmas song, which is motivating in itself to keep your eyes on the prize: Christmas break.

Welcome Home by Radical Face

This indie song has a fast tempo which helps to keep you focused and working. The quiet lyrics are a perfect background noise to your term-paper writing and flashcard-making night. It is calming and mellow to help destress, too.

The Sound of Silence by Disturbed

Disturbed is not known for their slow songs, but rather their heavy metal sound. In this song, the balance between the gentle piano and the singer’s dark voice make for a beautiful balance and create an intense, motivational study song.

First by Cold War Kids

While being a little more mainstream, this song keeps a steady beat and uses peppy drums to establish a calm and focused atmosphere. It makes for great background noise to your next study session. Bonus: you don’t know the lyrics so you won’t be tempted to sing.

Something Like Olivia by John Mayer

As one of my personal favorite songs, John Mayer gives a mellow and fun vibe while singing about his dream girl, Olivia. A fun guitar tune combined with simple drums are a great way to get your study on.

Old Pine by Ben Howard (Peking Duk Remix)

This song has more of an electronic vibe, either to wake you up at 3 A.M. or stay focused so you won’t be up that late at 3 P.M. The original song is good alone, but I like the remix and it’s tendency to get me motivated to get done. It has gentle lyrics and does a nice job of fading out other noises to keep you focused on your work.

American Money by Borns

This is a more alternative song, with confusing lyrics and a trippy music video. I like it’s alternative feel and the way it keeps a loud, steady beat combined with loud vocals and gentle guitar. Easy to study to and stay on task, give it a try. “I like this song, because it is so upbeat. It keeps me motivated and awake when I am so bored of studying,” Kaelyn Creely, junior, said.

Good luck with studying, and don’t forget about practicing safe habits during this stressful week. Breakfast is important, sleep is important, and remember to relax. You can do it, finish strong!

Maryville’s Most Loved Restaurants

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Everyone has had a scenario where them and their group of friends keep disagreeing on where they should eat or which restaurant is the best. Now there is no need for those useless arguments. In order to find the most popular restaurant, Maryville University’s students were surveyed about their favorite pizza, sandwich, burger, breakfast, and barbeque restaurant.


 Favorite Delivery: Jimmy Johns

When it’s late at night and food is all the mind is thinking about, there is nothing better than getting a meal delivered right to your doorstep. Based on the survey, the most popular restaurant that delivers is Jimmy John’s, a sandwich shop.

Runner up: Papa John’s Pizza

Honorable mentions: Dewey’s Pizza, Global Quesadilla and Dominos



Favorite Burger Joint

The most popular burger restaurant around St Louis, as chosen by Maryville students, was Circle 7 Ranch. Circle 7 Ranch is a sports bar and grill located off Clayton Road in the New Ballwin Grove Shopping Plaza. Circle 7 Ranch offers a variety of burgers including the option to build your own. For students who are 21 and over, Circle 7 Ranch offers personal Table Taps where guests can pour their own ice-cold draft beers. There’s nothing better than that.

“Every time I go to Circle 7, I stuff myself full of food. Nothing is better than the burgers with guacamole on them. It is a great place to hang out with friends and get a few drinks while chowing down on a burger,” Erik Schafer, sophomore, said.

Runner up:  Five Guys

Honorable mentions: Red Robin, Top Shots, Square One and Stacked STL


Favorite Breakfast Restaurant: Uncle Bill’s

Imagine waking up Sunday morning after a late night out and you can not get the thought of fluffy pancakes or an omelette out of your head. So what restaurant can fulfill this desire? There is no better place than Uncle Bills to get a stack of pancakes with a side of hashbrowns. Uncle Bill’s, located on Manchester Road, is open 24 hours and has all you can eat pancakes after 11 p.m. 

“I love going to Uncle Bill’s when it’s all you can eat pancakes. I usually go for a late night snack. It’s a great place to be social and eat delicious food,” Trevor Jost, senior and pancake enthusiast, said.

Runner up: First Watch

Honorable Mentions: The shack, IHOP, Original Pancake House, Waffle House and First Watch


Favorite Barbecue: Sugarfire Smokehouse

Everyone enjoys hot, fresh barbecued food, and the best barbecue, as voted by Maryville students, is Sugarfire Smokehouse. Sugarfire offers sausage, brisket, ribs, turkey, smoked salmon and anything else imaginable. Even better, everything is made fresh on that day, they open at 11 a.m and close when they run out of food to serve, so get there early. The closest Sugarfire is 15 minutes away in Valley Park off of Meramec Station Road.

Runner Up: Shaved Duck

Honorable Mentions: Dalie’s Smokehouse, Bandanas, PM BBQ and Pappy’s Smokehouse


Favorite Pizza restaurant: Imo’s

Runner up: Domino’s

Honorable Mentions: Dewey’s Pizza, Stefanina’s, Papa John’s and Cecil Whittaker’s


Favorite Sandwich Restaurant: Jimmy John’s

Runner up: Jersey Mike’s

Honorable Mentions: Subway, Potbelly’s, Which Which and P’sghetti’s


Physics Professor Chambers Wins Award for Class Technology

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Maryville Arts and Science professor Candace Chambers has been recently presented with an award for incorporating technology into teaching in different ways. Chambers received this honor at the Focus on Technology and Teaching conference in St. Louis. She is a physics professor at Maryville and uses the Maryville iPads in all of her lectures, labs and homework assignments to create an interactive classroom experience.

Photo Courtesy Michele Cotton.

Candace compared using iPads in the classroom to her learning to use a calculator while learning physics in college.  The assignments using the iPads have been popular among students Chambers explained and students really put a lot of time and effort into creating really nice content.

“Using technology does not make learning better, but students can learn material faster and easier,” Chambers said.

Chambers uses numerous different apps and software to always feel available to her students. She creates video lectures reviewing questions from the homework assignments and book work to send to her students. She calls them “office hours on demand”. This method allows for students to always engage in discussions and class lecture notes even under circumstances where they must miss class for a day.

Candace shown with her in office using the green screen. Photo courtesy Michele Cotton.

One of the newer apps that she uses is called Green Screen. This app is allows you to use a green screen to add a custom background to videos recorded on an iPad. To use this app, she installed a green screen in her office and can use it to put problems in the background of the videos made available to students.

Her notes, presentations and teaching style make physics look engaging and exciting. Chambers puts a lot of thought and effort behind what is posted and presented to students. 

Can OneFee Find My Books? Where You Might Have Lost Them

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We have made it to the end, finals are here and the semester is over. That calls for many additional items on your to-do list, including “get that D up to an A” and “find my textbooks I haven’t been using.” With all the additional stress from exams, the bookstore and the Maryville One Fee have made book returns easy this year! Now, onto finding those suckers. To help, I have compiled a list of places to look:

Somewhere in Your Car (Trunk, Back Seat, Dashboard…)

Thanks to the Maryville OneFee, students’ books are ordered and waiting. Make sure to check the back seat of your car where you put them after you picked them up that August day. Many students like having their books all ready to go at pick-up, but some have different opinions. “I don’t usually use all my books, so I don’t like how I paid for all of them when I don’t even use them,” Taylor Luebbers, sophomore, said. At least on the trip to the bookstore, you can try to get another one of those reusable bags.

Illustrations by Catherine Kleiss.

Under Your Bed 

Books are full of information: pages and pages of facts about rocks, medicine and marketing strategies. While this impressive amount of knowledge could be read, it also can be Googled. Many times, books find themselves covered in dust under your bed, next to a pair of old socks and that shoe you’ve been looking for, so make sure to check under there first.

In Your Desk

Yes, you have a desk. And yes, there was a time when you thought you might use it. Try checking in the bottom drawer next to the package of loose leaf you haven’t needed.

In the Northface Backpack You Definitely Needed

Look in the pocket of your backpack you never open, it could be the answer to the mystery of why your bag is so heavy and back always hurts. Mystery solved.

At Your Bae’s Apartment

Let’s reminisce on the nights where studying never included studying but rather four hours of Guitar Hero, a pizza and a walk home in the morning. Now find that book and see if there are chapter summaries we can brush up on.

Illustrations by Catherine Kleiss.

On the Coffee Table (Or Anywhere Near the Netflix Account)

That 6-inch textbook on anatomy makes an even better footrest. These textbooks are overwhelmingly useful and the options are really endless. Check the coffee table, and maybe under the couch if you’re still stumped.


Good luck in the book hunt…and with that 65 percent in humanities. Remember to find and return those books to the bookstore by December 18. The bookstore employees think “it should go a lot smoother this year than in the past. No more dealing with money which will be nice.”All you need is your ID and the books, in any condition. December 18, people!

What 4 Years’ Worth of Tuition Can Buy…

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Maryville University’s tuition for a full-time undergraduate student is $25,558. After 4 years of college, you have paid a whopping $102,232. There’s a lot that can be done with $100,000. Below is an infographic that shows what someone can do with the money that pays Maryville’s tuition.


What would you do with a $100,000?

“I would travel.” -Rachel Thomas

“Buy as many acres as possible in deer country and hunt.” -Andrew Beckerman

“Put half in my bank and invest the other in stocks and bonds.” -Landon Paul

“I’d use some of the funds to go on a nice trip post-graduation and put the rest in savings.” -Alexis Arnold

“Seeing as how my parents have paid for most of my tuition, they would get a large bulk of that money. However, with the amount I would receive, I would spend the money on a new car and then I would probably save the rest for a rainy day.” -Katy Haas

“I would travel the world for a year to places like china, japan, india, the Congo, Australia, South America any place you can imagine for.” -Erik Schäfer

“I would buy a really nice car like a Porsche or a Corvette.” -Andrew Russel

“I would purchase land and build a soccer field so I can play with my friends, teammates and host soccer tournaments.” -Bill Stimic


Get’cha Head in the Game: Check out the New Club Sports

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Join one of Maryville's many club sports. Photo courtesy of Aileen Wolk

Square off and check out some of Maryville’s club sports this semester. Compete for passion or simply join for leisure, anyone is welcome. It may be difficult to picture now with finals looming on the horizon, but once next semester begins time will clear up as well.

Club Sports provide a great balance for students academically, athletically and socially. It allows you to put as much time into your sport as you would like and doesn’t require much of your free time,” Coordinator Jarrett Fleming said.  “The students are definitely playing for their love of the sport and having fun while doing it.”

Take a peek at the new club sports now on campus:

  • Boxing
  • Chess Club
  • Men’s Club Volleyball
  • Women’s Club Basketball

The following clubs are coed:

  • Bowling
  • Gaga Ball
  • Golf
  • Paintball
  • Physique
  • Running
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee

These aren’t the only ones. For a complete list of them, click here.

When asked his personal favorite, Fleming said, “I really don’t have a favorite, I have an affinity for all sports. I would most likely start a football club due to my passion for the sport. There’s nothing like scoring a touchdown, it’s a rush; I can’t explain the feeling. I would have to work on my touchdown dance though.”

They’re more than merely a fun competition. They’re a way to grow as a team and as an individual. Skills such as time management, cooperation and leadership all manifest around the club. Teammates will become closer together and treat each others as equals. Individuals will grow stronger. The experiences won’t disappear after college but will often go with graduates into the next steps of their life. It may not be until the graduation or even another 20 years down the road when one might look back and smile on these moments.

Maryville’s sports aren’t off the map either. There are plenty of heavy-hitters in the leagues. A few have made a name for themselves beyond campus. “It was really neat seeing the eSports team win a national championship last year, I don’t think they expected people all across the country to know about them. They really enjoyed competing on the national level, even though I was probably more nervous than them during the games,” Fleming said.


Club Feature: Chess Club

The winner is yet to be determined in the match between Dr. Henderson and Ben Thal. Photo courtesy of Aileen Wolk
The winner is yet to be determined in the match between Dr. Henderson and Ben Thal. Photo courtesy of Aileen Wolk.

Ever wonder what it would be like to be the king of the world? “We’re hoping to get as many people as we possibly can,’’ both Treasurer Ben Thal and President Hannah Frederick agreed. “All skill levels are welcome.” They are both really excited to have chess club as a competitive sport. “It took a lot to get to this point, all the meetings with Jarett, but it was worth it,” Thal said.

A competitive team usually has about 10 people on it, with four to five competing at a time. The club would love to have more members in general though. As long as you love the game, whether you’re an expert who can win a game in six moves or a beginner who doesn’t know a rook from a bishop, there will always be a spot open.

The group has been meeting every Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Reid 2318 this semester. Email Ben Thal at bthal1@live.maryville.edu if you’re interested in joining or have any questions.

Interested in joining a club sport or starting a new one? Fill out a questionnaire by clicking the name of the sport under the ‘Prospective Athletes’ tab. Feel free to join more than one.

Prior Prior Year: How Financial Aid Change Impacts You

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President Obama signed a presidential order in September 2015 which allowed for additional time to file for financial aid, going into effect Oct. 1, 2016. For the first time in history, students will use the same tax information for two years of financial aid. This means the 2015 tax information will be used for fall 2016 through summer 2018.

Maryville FAFSA release
Maryville’s FAFSA release. Photo courtesy of Maryville University.

“In the long run, this is a good thing,” Martha Harbaugh, director of financial aid, said. “The intent is to give people more time to review the information and make an informed decision and to have accurate data.”

While change is sometimes scary, Harbaugh and federal financial aid believe that this will make life easier. “The good news about this is that you are not going to have to worry about estimating numbers. You have already filed it and can use the data retrieval option in the FAFSA [website] to pull in the data and populate the appropriate field and do all the work for you,” Harbaugh said. “You will have to change some information, such as family size, number in college, asset information could potentially have changed. But of the 102 that FAFSA asks, this will take all of the tricky ones out of the equation.”

Harbaugh suggests that any family that saw a decrease in their adjusted family income should come to Maryville’s financial aid office and see how they can help.


Maryville Financial Aid Sign
The Maryville Financial Aid Office is located in Gander Hall.

When asked what this means to the Maryville students, Harbaugh said, “From a sense of timeline, some programs this will not affect at all. For example, if you are using the Federal Student Loan Program, it is not going to make that much difference. What you would have been eligible for next August is what you are going to be eligible for in October.”

According to Harbaugh, financial aid will begin packaging financial aid for current students in January 2017 so they can have updated GPA and credit hours. Missouri residents that are currently enrolled at Maryville should file their FAFSA no later than Jan. 15, 2017. “What the state of Missouri is saying is that if you file by Jan. 15, then they guarantee [you] funding for next year,” Harbaugh said. Those who file later than Jan. 15 will be waitlisted.

If you or a parent is concerned with this prior prior year change, please contact financial aid and schedule an appointment to review your financial aid plan. For more information please refer to Maryville University’s page of FAQs regarding prior prior year.

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