June 2011

Maryville Creates New Center for Sustainability

Maryville University creates a new Center for Sustainability under the leadership of Director Peggy Lauer. The Center works on programs, initiatives and renovation planning that enhance Maryville’s commitment to a responsible stewardship of our nation’s resources.

July 2011

Maryville Formally Admitted to NCAA Division II Competition

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) grants Maryville University full membership in NCAA Division II competition. As the 15th member of the Great Lakes Valley Conference, Maryville competes in 18 men’s and women’s programs.

August 2011

Forbes, Inc. Recognizes Maryville as a Top College Value

Forbes, Inc. names Maryville University one of America’s Best Colleges in its annual ranking. This ranking places Maryville University in the top 20 percent of American colleges and universities and reflects high student satisfaction, successful alumni, high graduation rates and educational value.

September 2011

Record Breaking Enrollment Rings In New School Year

With more than 3,800 students, Maryville University reports its largest total student enrollment to date. Maryville also attracts more students from across the nation. In Fall 2001, Maryville’s incoming class came from just four states, but a decade later Maryville students hail from 21 states and 26 countries.

U.S. News & World Report Ranks Maryville as a Top National University

Maryville University is honored to receive distinction as a ranked National University in the “Best Colleges 2012” report, published by U.S. News & World Report. This ranking reflects Maryville’s outstanding undergraduate and graduate programs and our substantial growth over the past five years.

Alumni Relive Maryville Memories in New Heritage Videos

Maryville launches the Maryville Heritage Video Project, a collection of video recordings featuring Maryville alumni and friends as they describe their stories of Maryville as well as their personal recollections of the University’s history. The collection is housed on two interactive donor screens on the West County campus and enjoyed by alumni and other visitors.

October 2011

School of Health Professions Launches Three Online Graduate Degrees

Maryville’s School of Health Professions launches three online programs, two master’s degrees Adult-Geriatric Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree.

Maryville Collaborates with NSF, Other Universities to Benefit STEM Fields
A five-year National Science Foundation project allows Maryville and 11 other universities to create mentoring opportunities for women faculty members in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines.

November 2011

Kiplinger’s Names Maryville One of the Best Values in Private Colleges

Kiplinger’s names Maryville University one of the best values in private colleges. Maryville University made the top 100 list for best value because it exemplifies the traits parents and students want in their higher education choice: small class sizes, strong financial aid options, high four-year graduation rate and low debt for students after graduation.

St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association Awards Maryville a Top 50 Honor
The St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association selects Maryville University as a recipient of the 2011 Greater St. Louis Top 50 Businesses Shaping our Future Award. The award is presented to institutions and companies that significantly contribute to the business community and positively impact the region. This marks the third consecutive year Maryville has been recognized as a leader by the RCGA.

Education Advocate Michelle Rhee delivers St. Louis Speakers Series Talk

Public education leader Michelle Rhee gives a talk as part of the St. Louis Speakers Series presented by Maryville University.

December 2011

Maryville Community Observes World AIDS Day


Maryville University commemorates World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, with two screenings of a documentary about the early days of the epidemic in San Francisco and a display of several panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt. Proceeds from the event benefit St. Louis-based Doorways, an organization that provides affordable housing and services for those living with HIV/AIDS.

The Trio Foundation of St. Louis Backs LEGO Competition with $10,000 Grant
The Trio Foundation of St. Louis awards Maryville a $10,000 grant to create six new LEGO competition teams in St. Louis-area public schools with high poverty rates. The funding allows the University’s Assistant Professor of Gifted Education Steve Coxon, PhD, in collaboration with the FIRST LEGO League Planning Committee of St. Louis, to identify and mentor new teams in the area.

Newman Center Opens On Campus

A Newman Center opens in Duchesne Hall to better serve the spiritual needs of Catholic students. It’s part of an overall effort on campus to minister to students of all faith traditions.

January 2012

Smoke-Free Designation Kicks Off New Year

Maryville University becomes a smoke-free campus on January 1.

Maryville Faculty Win Accolades

Maryville University congratulates three teachers recently recognized for their teaching abilities. Associate Professor of Accounting and Economics Karen Tabak, PhD, wins a prestigious accounting curriculum award from The American Institute of CPAs. She is the recipient of the 2011 George Krull/Grant Thornton Teaching Innovation Award for junior and senior-level accounting courses. Maryville alumna and adjunct professor Amy George, ’85, ’95, ’05, receives the Higher Education Art Educator of the Year by the Missouri Art Education Association. And Maryville University Adjunct Professor of Music John Gerdes is recognized as the St. Louis Public Schools’ Music Teacher of the Year at the secondary level for his work at the Compton-Drew Investigative Learning Center.

Women’s Swimming and Diving Set to Begin in Fall 2013

Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students Nina Caldwell, PhD, and Director of Athletics Marcus Manning announce that women’s swimming and diving will be added to the athletics mix for the academic year beginning in August 2013.

Martin Luther King Celebration Features Ernest Green

Maryville University holds a Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration called Lessons from Little Rock on Jan. 19, featuring a talk by Ernest Green about his experience as one of the “Little Rock Nine.” Green and eight other black students were the first to integrate Little Rock Central High School, following the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education that declared segregation in public schools illegal.

February 2012

New Athletics Website Unveiled

The Department of Athletics launches a new, official athletics website—

Kranzberg Family Foundation Supports Jewish Programming at Maryville
The Kranzberg Family Foundation awards a $7,500 grant, renewing the foundation’s support of University efforts to expand Jewish programming and develop ties between Jewish students, faculty and staff and the broader community.

Student Teaching Take On International Dimensions
Senior Kelsey Graczak student teaches in the African country of Burkina Faso.

March 2012

Women’s Basketball Team Wins Great Lakes Valley Conference Tourney

The women’s basketball team wins the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament, defeating Kentucky Wesleyan 75-62. The Great Lakes Valley Title is Maryville’s first, and comes in our first year of eligibility.

Keenan Hagerty Wins All-America Honors in Wrestling

Keenan Hagerty becomes the first wrestling All-American at Maryville University as he reached the semifinals of the 149-pound weight classification at the NCAA Division II National Championship in Pueblo, Colo.

Maryville Mobile App Released
A new mobile phone app links prospective Maryville students to application checklists, financial aid information and the latest University news and events.

President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll Honors Maryville
Maryville University is selected for the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the third consecutive year from the U.S. Department of Education and the Corporation for National and Community Service.

April 2012

Speakers Series Bring General Stanley McChrystal to Campus

General Stanley McChrystal, the former commander of U.S. and International Forces in Afghanistan, talks on campus as part of the St. Louis Speakers Series.

Maryville Teams Win GLVC Sportsmanship Awards

The Great Lakes Valley Conference announces the women’s basketball team and women’s indoor track and field squad as two of the recipients of the GLVC Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Sportsmanship Awards.

Men’s Roller Hockey Club Team Competes in Nationals

The men’s Roller Hockey Club competes in the National Collegiate Roller Hockey Championships from April 11-15 in Salt Lake City, Utah, after winning their regional conference in a 6-3 game against Illinois State.

Maryville Talks Books Features Sen. Bill Bradley and Frank Deford
Maryville Talks Books announces a strong lineup for May and June, featuring actress and singer Vanessa Williams and her mother, Helen Williams; former Democratic Presidential candidate Sen. Bill Bradley, renowned sportswriter Frank Deford, historian Douglas Brinkley (talking about Missouri native Walter Cronkite) and author Buzz Bissinger.

May 2012

Tom Brokaw Captures Audience Attention

Broadcast journalist Tom Brokaw tells stories from his time in media during his talk at Powell Symphony Hall as the final speaker of the 14th season of St. Louis Speakers Series.

School of Adult and Online Education Created

President Mark Lombardi announces the reorganization of Maryville’s weekend and evening programs into The School of Adult and Online Education. This school has three divisions: The Weekend and Evening College, where mainly existing programs are delivered with in-class and
blended instruction; The Institute for Online Learning, which houses those programs that will also be offered online; and The Institute for Continuing Studies, featuring excellent, non-degree training and education for the community.

Judge Jimmie M. Edwards Speaks at Commencement

The Honorable Jimmie M. Edwards of St. Louis speaks at the University’s Commencement Exercises, where degrees are conferred to more than 900 graduates. Judge Edwards receives the University’s John E. Simon Civic Service Award, named in honor of the late St. Louis businessman, philanthropist and Maryville University Trustee. The award recognizes Judge Edwards for bringing hope to troubled youth by pioneering the Innovative Concept Academy, an alternative school in St. Louis.

Cookie and T.R. Potter Hall Jr. Dedicated

A dedication ceremony is held for the newest residence hall, Cookie and T.R. Potter Jr. Hall. The building’s name recognizes Maryville alumna and former trustee Marguerite “Cookie” Potter-Feinberg, ’71, and her late husband T. Randolph Potter Jr. The University purchased the former Courtyard Marriott hotel in 2010 and converted it into a third residence hall—providing housing for about 250 students.

Dana Brown Charitable Trust awards $100,000 grant to Maryville
The Dana Brown Charitable Trust, U.S. Bank Trustee, awards a two-year, $100,000 grant to fund an expansion of Maryville University’s Young Scholars Program. This program nurtures academic potential in students historically underrepresented in gifted education programs.

Kayla Eckelkamp voted to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-American Team
Maryville University golfer Kayla Eckelkamp is voted to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-American Division II third team. She is Maryville’s 11th Academic All-American and the University’s first since moving to NCAA Division II.