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From races to readings, make plans to attend a Maryville event

on March 7, 2012 by Janet Edwards

There are plenty of opportunities in upcoming weeks to listen to nationally known leaders or celebrated authors, to race in support of a cause, to view art or listen to music with other Maryville alumni and friends.

Race Against Violence on April 1

The 6th Annual Race Against Violence is themed “Stand Up, Speak Up, Step Up.” It will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 1. Students, staff, faculty and athletes join together to support victims of violence. Past participants say the event is a powerful education and awareness event — and a fun, high energy gathering.

It includes a one-mile fun walk, a 5K run and 5K walk. The Race Against Violence is $5 for students, $20 for others and children 12 and under are free.

On-campus registration will be held the two weeks before the race in the Gander Dining Hall.  Participants can also register online at

Anyone who wants to register a group can contact Assistant Professor Carrie Ellis-Kalton at  Ellis-Kalton says the race provides an opportunity for service learning, that it raises money and awareness, but also gives participants an understanding that they can engage in social activism and work for change.

Participants receive a “Stand Up, Speak Up, Step Up” T-shirt and students are entered into a drawing for a $100 Visa gift card. Proceeds are donated to Safe Connections to support victims of domestic violence. The race is co-sponsored by the Maryville Coalition to End Interpersonal Violence, M*PWR, Maryville Athletics, Maryville Student Government and an NCAA CHOICES grant.

General McChrystal to appear on campus and at St. Louis Speakers Series on April 3

Stanley McChrystal, retired four-star general and former commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan, will give brief remarks in the Maryville Auditorium at noon on Tuesday, April 3. McChrystal’s remarks will be followed by a 28-minute question-and-answer session.  The event is free and open to the public.  Register here. Those seeking additional information should contact the Alumni Relations office at 314-529-9338.

At 8 p.m. on April 3, McChrystal will appear at the St. Louis Speakers Series presented by Maryville University at Powell Hall.

Opportunities still available to support Team Kids Rock Cancer

Alumni and friends of Maryville University are invited to join Team Kids Rock Cancer, a group of runners and walkers who will take part in GO! St. Louis events on April 14 and 15 to benefit a music therapy program for children battling cancer. Kids Rock Cancer Project Director Kristie Skor says opportunities remain for people to be involved as runners, fundraisers and volunteers.

Whether a person wants to walk a 5K or run a marathon, they are welcome to join the team. The Kids Rock Cancer program offers children battling cancer or other blood disorders a session with a certified music therapist who helps them compose and record their own song on a CD. The program provides a vehicle of self-expression for the children. Kids Rock Cancer is under the direction of the Music Therapy program at Maryville University and is currently offered at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center and Cancer Support Community of Greater St. Louis.

To join Team Kids Rock Cancer, participants raise or donate funds at specific levels. For anyone who is not a runner, it’s not a problem! There’s also a Kids Rock Cancer cheer team. This team allows people to act as a virtual runner or sponsor a runner with donations. For more details, visit or contact Kristie Skor at or 314-504-3767.

Maryville sponsors Abigail Washburn at the Sheldon on April 12

Abigail Washburn combines old-time string band music with indie pop, bluegrass and even Chinese lyrics and melodies to create a modern sound.  The Illinois native has become a sought-after talent on three continents. She has opened for Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers in the U.S., performed with Robyn Hitchcock, Richard Thompson and John Paul Jones in England, and become the first American to perform in Tibet at the request of the Chinese government.

Maryville University is sponsoring her 8 p.m. performance on April 12 at the Sheldon Concert Hall. Otis Gibbs opens.

Hear Author Alexander McCall Smith on April 16

Author Alexander McCall Smith will speak at a Maryville Talks Book event at 7 p.m. on April 16. The event will be held at Chaminade College Preparatory School in the Skip Viragh Center for the Arts, located at 425 S. Lindbergh.

Smith, who has written more than 60 books including academic works, short story collections and children’s stories, is best known for his No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series. The latest book in the series is “The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection (#13),” where detective Precious Ramotswe must resolve a difficult situation at a time when her personal and professional lives intersect.
The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection (#13)

This is a ticketed event. Each ticket admits two people to a talk, question-and-answer session and book signing. It comes with one hardcover copy of “The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection,” which participants will receive at the event. Tickets are available for purchase at Brown Paper Tickets ($27.32 each). Tickets are also available at Left Bank Books, 399 N. Euclid Ave. in St. Louis, 314-367-6731. For more information, contact Chris Hollenbeck at or by calling 314-529-6854.
Maryville Talks Books is co-sponsored by St. Louis Public Radio, Left Bank Books and HEC-TV.

Alums Jaudes, ’95, Chittakhone , ’01 hold exhibit in Morton J. May Foundation Gallery

Alumni Sherri Jaudes, ’95, and Pak Chittakhone, ’01, have opened an exhibit in the Morton J. May Foundation Gallery inside the Maryville library. The show runs from March 12 to April 5 and features a range of works, from a towering copper, steel and patina sculpture of bamboo to intricately detailed copper and enamel pieces that capture features of the natural world, from butterfly wings to falling leaves.  The opening reception is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 15. More details at

Free concerts and recitals

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