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From LouieFest to Saints Club Breakfast, Alumni Weekend 2012 features exciting new additions

on September 18, 2012 by Janet Edwards

Maryville’s Alumni Weekend—Thursday, Sept. 27 through Sunday, Sept. 30—will be filled with events that are traditional favorites and plenty of new offerings, aimed at making sure there’s something for everyone.

Annual events—like the President’s Reception, the Young Alumni Bash, the Alumni Mass, the Golden Circle Reception and Luncheon inducting the 50-year class, athletic games and class photos—are back and promise to be more fun than ever. (Please consult the Alumni Weekend registration pages linked to the bottom of this article for complete details.)

“It’s getting better every year, and this year is going to be the best year yet,” said Director of Alumni Relations Erin Verry. Assistant Director Liz Haynes added, “We have something for everyone, whether you’re 10 or 80 years old.”

New events this year include Professor of Philosophy John Wickersham giving a poetry reading at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27, in the University Library, as part of the Sister Hildegarde Helmuth Poets’ Series, presented by the University’s literary magazine, Magnolia, and as part of the Medart Lecture Series. Drinks and desserts will be offered. “Wick” says he’ll be talking about his view of poetry, reading from his poems and relating his work to other poets he admires. It is the first in a series of poetry events this academic year.

The poetry series is named for Helmuth, RSCJ, who played a leadership role in the development of Maryville’s west St. Louis County campus. The Medart Lecture Series was established by the late Josephine Reynolds Medart—a 1926 Maryville graduate and philanthropist—who endowed this annual series as a way to continue the liberal arts tradition and enhance the cultural fabric of the University and surrounding community. The series, which began in 1993, features notable speakers and performances from the arts and humanities.

A Saints Club Breakfast will be held at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 28 in the President’s Conference Center, where Director of Athletics Marcus Manning and head coaches will provide an update on their programs and the future direction of athletics. That will be followed at noon by a Spirit Kick-off Lunch for current students (also known as future alumni) in Gander Dining Hall.

At 5:30 p.m. on Friday, again in the President’s Conference Center, Maryville University’s Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) Circle will offer a program in its Last Lecture Series.  It’s inspired by Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch, who delivered his Last Lecture in 2007 after receiving a terminal diagnosis. Since then, others across the country have delivered their own Last Lectures to share the most important lessons they’ve learned.  This year’s installment at Maryville will be called “Sharing Your Heart” and will feature a joint lecture by Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Tammy Gocial, Associate Dean of Students Kathy Quinn, ’85, Associate Dean of Humanities Bebe Nickolai, ’74, and Director of Student Involvement Brian Gardner, ’03, ’07.

Please note one Friday schedule change: There will not be an opening for the 2012 Art & Design Alumni Exhibit on Friday evening, as indicated in earlier printed materials. However, the popular Art & Design Alumni Exhibit and Reception at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29 will still be offered, and all alumni are invited to attend. Alumni are invited to view art on display in the Art & Design Building and in the Library Art Gallery, as well as see the new renovations to the Photo Media and Ottolini Lighting Studio. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served.

On the morning of Saturday, Sept. 29, the School of Health Professions Continuing Education will offer a program called “There is An App for That!” to educate alumni about how technology can be used successfully in everyday practice. Professor Bob Cunningham will speak in the auditorium, followed by breakout sessions specific to music therapy, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy and rehabilitation counseling and services.

On Saturday, the Music Therapy Program will have a 40th Reunion Luncheon at 1 p.m. in the President’s Conference Center. One of the program’s founders, Harriet Padberg, RSCJ, ’43, will be honored at this event.  At the same time, a 15th Reunion Luncheon will be held for the Occupational Therapy program in Buder Family Student Commons.

At 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, an art scavenger hunt in Maryville Library is a fun way for alumni to discover the art in the building. Alumni will receive a list of clues to match to art in the building. The hunt includes a prize drawing.

A family friendly event called LouieFest will be from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Gander Quad (rain location the Monsanto Room).  It will include a barbeque, live music presented by Associate Professor of English Jesse Kavaldo and the Mack Daddyz, carnival games, a caricature artist and a washers tournament. This event is for both current students, alumni and their families. The chair of Louiefest on the Young Alumni Board, Elizabeth (Erickson) Arway, ’05, said,  “Alumni Weekend has all these fantastic events, but we wanted to fill a gap by creating an event for alumni with families and involve students.”  The hope is busy parents will enjoy an event they can bring their children to, and students will come to appreciate the next phase of their time at Maryville, when they become alums.

Arway said the Campus Activities Board will raffle off a free limo ride to the Fall Formal for current students and alumni relations will raffle off two tickets, with a visit to the field, for the next day’s St. Louis Rams game.

At 7 p.m., the Art & Design Alumni Exhibit and Reception allows alumni to see others’ artwork and to view new renovations to the Photo Media and Ottolini Lighting Studio. In nearby Buder Family Student Commons, a Coffee House Social for alumni who graduated between the mid-’70s-’90s will be held at 7:30 p.m. with live music and refreshments.

Two new events have been added for Sunday, Sept. 30 : an alumni softball game on Weber Field at 11:30 a.m. and Maryville Rallies for The Rams, where alums can buy a package to save on tickets and receive a food and beverage voucher. For Rams tickets only, call Joey Pindell, ’10, at 314.425.0529 or contact or online go to (promo code: MARYVILLE)

To register for all other Alumni Weekend 2012 events, visit

If questions, call the Alumni Event line: 314.529.6867

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