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Campus Notes

on April 14, 2011 by Janet Edwards

Science Cafe to Explore American Indian Ethnobotany
Maryville University and the Saint Louis Science Center will present the next Science Café at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, at Herbie’s Restaurant, (formerly Balaban’s), 405 North Euclid Avenue. Guest speaker Karen Walker, of the William L. Brown Center at Missouri Botanical Garden, will discuss “Honoring Who Came Before: American Indian Ethnobotany at the Missouri Botanical Garden.”

Traditional Ecological Knowledge is a rich part of the cultural heritage of the Lakota and Dakota (Sioux) People of South and North Dakota. For generations, they have used the Prairie Bioregion’s flora and fauna for food, medicine, dyes, and building materials. The Missouri Botanical Garden is collaborating with the Crow Creek and Standing Rock Indian Reservations to promote the preservation and use of traditional ecological knowledge among their people.

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Beverages and food will be available for purchase before and after the speaker’s presentation. For more information, contact Chris Hollenbeck; 314.529.6854.

Author Justin Cronin to Visit Campus
Justin Cronin, author of The Passage, will speak on campus at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31, in Buder Family Student Commons. The event will feature a lecture, Q & A and book signing. A reception will be held prior to Cronin’s talk at 6:30 p.m. in Buder. Admission is free and open to the public.

Now in paperback, Cronin’s hit novel The Passage is a breathtaking tale of catastrophe and survival and a mesmerizing work of sacrifice and hope. In telling this epic story of a girl given the chance to save humanity, award-winning and highly acclaimed author Justin Cronin’s ambitious vision and powerful prose combine in the perfect summer read. Stephen King says, “Read this book and the ordinary world disappears.”


Duo Recital Featuring Henderson, James
In a special music performance at Maryville University, Peter Henderson, assistant professor of music, will be joined by guest musician Will James, Saint Louis Symphony principal percussionist, for a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, in the University Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.

In this duo-recital, the instrumental colors of various percussion instruments will combine with the sound of the piano in intriguing ways. Much of the music on this program features a heavy, driving “groove.”

Bart Starr

NFL’s Bart Starr Inspires Packed House
Maryville University’s auditorium was packed to standing room only capacity last month with people of all ages sporting green and yellow, the colors of the Green Bay Packers. The audience had come to hear guest speaker Bart Starr, NFL Hall-of-Famer who spoke on “Being the Best You Can Be.”

Starr, a member of the National Football League Hall of Fame, played for 15 years as the Green Bay quarterback. At the time of his retirement, he had held several NFL passing records and led the Packers to five NFL championship titles and two Super Bowl titles.

He spoke about positive ways to achieve success and touched on key themes such as attitude, goals and objectives, courage, listening, responsibility, integrity, humility, kindness and a sense of humor.

Cheer and Dance Team Places at National Competition
At the American Dance/Drill Team® Collegiate Championship held recently in Texas, Maryville’s Cheer and Dance Team finished 1st runner-up in its division. This year, 22 colleges were in the competition.

“To finish as 1st Runner-Up in such a well established competition as first time competitors is quite an accomplishment,” said Coach Georgia Rupp-Prince. ” We surpassed several colleges that not only compete this competition every year but also attend NDA Nationals.  We are very pleased with our placement and are already gearing up for NDA summer camp as we are striving to receive a bid to NDA Nationals next spring.”


Summer Art Camp Accepting Applications
The Pre-College Art & Design Summer Program is for serious students who have completed grades 9-12 and who are interested in studying and working at the college level in an art school environment. The program is led by Maryville faculty, including Jonathan Fahnestock (teaching design and digital media) and Steve Teczar (teaching drawing and studio art).

The program concludes with a final exhibition and reception from 3:30-5 p.m. on June 24,  in the Art & Design Student Gallery. Brochure and additional information is available online.


Erica Virgin and Lauren Grigg, student workers in the Office of Marketing and Community Relations, show off their ice cream treats during the recent Student Employee Recognition Week celebration.

Student Employees Recognized
During National Student Employee Appreciation Week,April 11-15, the Maryville campus took time to congratulate all student employees who help our offices function on a daily basis. A campus-wide celebration featured ice cream treats and performances by Maryville’s Cheer and Dance team.

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