Many Connections. One U.

on November 13, 2012 by Janet Edwards

Maryville establishes new ties with students in Southeast Asia

Maryville University is working to expand its international reach, and no one knows that better than the University’s new Director of International Admissions Kirstin Kahaloa, who recently returned from a trip to the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.

She’s part of a new group of admissions officials from eight schools, calling itself the Missouri, Iowa and Minnesota (MIM) group. Kahaloa traveled to the Philippines independently on behalf of Maryville, but visited the countries with the MIM tour, so that overseas schools could learn more about several Midwest institutions at once.

on November 12, 2012 by Janet Edwards

Kiplinger’s, RCGA recognize Maryville with recent honors

Maryville University has received two recent honors, being recognized as a best value among private universities nationwide, and as a top instiution shaping the future of the St. Louis region.

on November 12, 2012 by Janet Edwards

Alumni Profile

The sounds of taiko drums resonated through the corridors of the Donius University Center during a recent International Fair to celebrate the many cultures and countries of Maryville students. The event included a special Maryville connection, as not one, but two, of the performers with the St. Louis Osuwa Taiko group were Maryville alumni.

Both Junsei Itoh, ’89, and Julie Wiese, ‘ 06, perform with the group. Taiko is the Japanese art of drumming associated with religious ceremonies and festivities. Performers often, but not always, play on large drums, as they use choreographed movements. “St. Louis has an interesting tie to the origins of taiko,” explained Wiese. Modern taiko was created in Suwa, Japan, a sister city to St. Louis. While taiko dates back to ancient times, it was reinterpreted in the 1950s by jazz drummer Daihachi Oguchi. He began playing taiko drums in an ensemble in Suwa, giving rise to taiko’s modern popularity. Oguchi visited St. Louis in 1986, and later donated taiko to the community. It led to the creation of St. Louis Osuwa Taiko.

on November 11, 2012 by Janet Edwards

Campus Ministry invites public to “God in the Box” documentary, discussion

What does God mean to you? What does God look like to you? In recent weeks, Director of Campus Ministry and Community Service Stephen Di Salvo has invited members of the Maryville community to reflect on these questions. He and some students have set up a portable box-like station in Gander Hall, where people can stop and write or draw an image of their understanding of God.

At 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2, the documentary God in the Box will be shown in Maryville Auditorium, followed by a question-and-answer session with the film’s director Nathan Lang. The documentary runs about 80 minutes. The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

on November 10, 2012 by Janet Edwards

Author Jon Meacham at Maryville Talks Books on Dec. 5

Jon Meacham, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of bestsellers “American Lion” and “Franklin and Winston,” has written a new biography, “Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power.” He provides fascinating new insight into this American leader.
This is a ticketed event, with complete details available by clicking through to the rest of this article. Meacham will appear as part of the Maryville Talks Books series.

on November 9, 2012 by Janet Edwards

Kaleidoscope: Photographic Perceptions in May Gallery

The Sharp Shooters and Maryville University are presenting an exhibit called Kaleidoscope: Photographic Perceptions from Nov. 1-30.

Sharp Shooters is a group of 10 artists who meet once a month to discuss photographic techniques and critique their current work.

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