Maryville in the News

Stay informed about Maryville University’s reach in the greater St. Louis community and beyond with this digest of stories about faculty and staff, programs and initiatives featured in local and national media sources.

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Maryville’s League of Legends Esports Team Wins HUE Invitational Tournament
Mpress Blog [September 21] – And they played a familiar opponent. Click to learn more.

Maryville Partners with Local Businesses to Help Local Students Learn Virtually
KPLR 11 TV [September 20] – Maryville is providing professional development to schools on how to do virtual or distance learning.

Maryville Named No. 2 Fastest-Growing College in U.S.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch [August 24] – The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked us number 2 in the nation due to our 10% increase in enrollment.

Dr. Lombardi Appears on Cheddar TV
Cheddar TV [August 19] – Mark Lombardi, PhD, President of Maryville University, joined Cheddar TV to discuss the future of higher education, specifically virtual learning.

Maryville University Reduces Undergraduate Tuition 5%
St. Louis American [August 6] – Bucking the trend in higher education, undergraduate on-campus tuition has been flat for the past four years.

Maryville University Lowers Tuition
KSDK TV [August 6] – Maryville University’s strategic plan has positioned the institution to expand access and opportunity to thousands of additional students.

How It’s Done: Workforce Development Partnerships
Tech & Learning University [June 25] – Maryville University president Mark Lombardi, PhD, discusses how Maryville has transformed workforce development.

How It’s Done: Hands-On Cybersecurity Training
Tech & Learning University [June 19] – Maryville is positioned as a front runner in online learning, including information about how the University’s cybersecurity program was launched and how the Cyber Fusion Center gives students a front-row, hands-on learning experience.

How 9 Metro St. Louis Universities Are Responding To Coronavirus Fears [March 14] – Maryville is highlighted as one St. Louis area institution that is suspending in-person instruction and transitioning to online teaching platforms.

Maryville University moves all classes online for rest of spring semester [March 10] – Students at Maryville University will be learning from home for the rest of the semester due to concerns about the coronavirus.

Children battling cancer, blood-related disorders write own songs [Feb. 9] – Maryville University’s Kids Rock Cancer program is featured.

Another local university expands to Cortex [Feb. 5] – Maryville’s new Fusion Center located inside Cortex’s 4220 building is highlighted.


Is Blockchain the Future of Academic Credentials? [Dec. 3] – Maryville has become one of the first universities in the country to issue student-owned digital credentials as part of a blockchain initiative.

Reinventing Higher Ed [Nov. 21] – Maryville is highlighted for its strategy that focuses on being nimble, addressing market needs in a time of flux for many colleges.

School of Education Dissertation Defense Goes Viral [Sept. 24] – Candace Hall, who is earning her doctorate in higher education at Maryville, was surprised by her three children with a celebratory dance. The video has gone viral and has been featured by Good Morning America, People and CBS.

Hot air balloons take off from Maryville University [Sept. 20] – Pilots practice before the Great Forest Park Balloon Race in Forest Park by putting on a demonstration for students at Maryville University.

Universities should be ‘agile facilitators’ of knowledge [May 23] – President Mark Lombardi, PhD, shares Maryville’s approach to implementing technology-based, personalized education.

Esports Help Local High School Gamers Play Their Way To College [May 16] – Maryville founded its esports program in 2015, and was one of the first universities in the nation to offer scholarships to esports student-athletes. Successful college careers can lead to lucrative professional gaming contracts.

Does your student experience foster enrollment growth? [May 1] – President Mark Lombardi, PhD, shares how Maryville has seen more than 80-percent growth within the last five years while other colleges and universities across the U.S. continue to see stagnation or decline.



Dana Levin and Carmen Giménez Smith Talk Race, Politics and Poetics [Nov. 12] – Poet Dana Levin, Maryville’s Distinguished Writer-in-Residence, is interviewed for Literary Hub on her poetry and much more.

Amendment 1: A major decision for Missouri voters 
[Oct. 22] – Alden Craddock, PhD, shares his insights about how voters can navigate the plethora of information available on current issues in order to fairly assess the topic.

World Cup victor, gold medal winner, proud St. Louisan returns home [March 9] – Lori Chalupny Lawson, Maryville women’s soccer coach, is featured.

South City student who almost gave up dream of going to college gets full-ride scholarship [March 9] – D’Aundre Fitzpatrick, a recipient of Maryville’s Dr. Donald J. Suggs Scholarship, is featured.

Maryville University Shines Through Kids Rock Cancer Charity [Feb. 21] – A preview of #1000Saints night at Moloney Arena and the support Maryville receives for its Kids Rock Cancer program.

Girl with cerebral palsy joins Maryville University swim team [Jan. 21] – Anna Rose, who joined the Saints’ swim and dive team through TeamIMPACT, is featured.

Inside the world of collegiate e-sports in St. Louis
St. Louis Magazine ( [Jan. 18] – Maryville’s Esports team is featured in an article on the rise of collegiate Esports teams in St. Louis.

Pulse of St. Louis – Honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. [Jan. 13] – Austin Davis, president of the Association of Black Collegians, and Turan Mullins, assistant dean for diversity and inclusion, discuss a play presented on campus in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

BenFred: Easy Ed’s grandson Nolan Berry back in love with basketball [Jan. 11] – Nolan Berry, a student-athlete on the men’s basketball team, is featured.

Stricker, local talent produce quick turnaround at Maryville [Jan. 10] – The success of the Saints men’s basketball team is highlighted.

Maryville University Men’s Basketball Winning With Local Flavor [Jan. 10] – The Saints Men’s Basketball team is featured, highlighting our local coach and players.


A personalized approach launches Maryville to rocket growth
[Dec. 29] – A Q&A with President Mark Lombardi about Maryville’s innovative model of personalized learning.

Maryville U. Hillel Receives Campus Partnership Award
St. Louis Jewish Light
[Dec. 13] – Maryville University Hillel is recognized for its Hillel International Campus Partnership Award.

Industry Insiders: Clerkie’s Fire and Desire [Nov. 26] – A feature story on the rise of Maryville’s Esports team through the eyes of Dan “Clerkie” Clerke, the student who helped breathe life into the program as director of Esports.

Maryville U expanding online programs [Nov. 16] – Maryville University is adding 10 bachelor’s degree programs to its online offerings, beginning in Fall 2018.

Maryville more than triples the number of online bachelor degrees with new options [Nov. 16] – Maryville University’s announcement of 10 new online undergraduate degree programs is featured. The programs begin next fall and include communication, criminal justice, forensic psychology, general studies with a concentration in health care, liberal studies, organizational leadership, psychology, financial services, management information systems and marketing.

By adding sports like lacrosse or wrestling, small St. Louis area colleges getting bigger [Nov. 6] – Maryville University and other higher education institutions in the region are building athletic programs, which has boosted enrollment.

Missouri, home of collegiate Esports
ESPN [October 24] – A video featuring Maryville Saints Esports team explores the popular sentiment that “collegiate Esports has become synonymous with the state of Missouri.”

College Esports is the next big thing in varsity athletics
ESPN [October 23] – The NCAA is exploring the opportunities for growth in collegiate Esports. Maryville’s Esport team is featured in photo images, and the executive director of the National Assn. of Collegiate Esports, of which Maryville University is a founding member, is quoted.

26 scholars receive $620K in scholarships
St. Louis American [October 18] – Maryville is recognized as one several area schools that award Dr. Donald J. Suggs scholarships.This year’s scholarship recipient is Destinie Jones. In 2018, Maryville will award two Suggs scholarships.

First-generation college students deal with stress, conflicted feelings
[August 24] – Jen McCluskey, PhD, vice president for Student Success, discusses the challenges facing first-generation college students. Brittany Pomilee talks about her personal experience as a first-generation student.

Maryville University STEM Program
KPLR 11 [August 5] – President Mark Lombardi, PhD, and Steve Coxon, PhD, assistant professor, are interviewed about STEM initiatives offered through Maryville’s new Center for Access and Achievement in the School of Education. Coxon serves as executive director of the center.

Esports Isn’t Just A Kids Game Anymore. There’s Big Money for the Best
Los Angeles Times
[July 21] – Maryville student Cody Altman and the University’s Esports championship team are featured in an article about the growth of Esports on college campuses.

Riverview Garden students spend summer break learning STEM, coding
[July 13] – Young students made the most of their summer break at Maryville University, learning about STEM, cyber security, and coding. This segment features interviews with Steve Coxon, PhD, associate professor of education and executive director of Maryville’s Center for Access and Achievement, and Paul Gross, assistant professor of cyber security.

Education Revolution Taking Place at Maryville University
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
[July 10] – Maryville’s remarkable growth is explored, with particular focus on the University’s successful approach to student-centered services and Maryville’s ability to respond quickly to workforce needs by enhancing and creating market-relevant academic programs.

Maryville University Researchers Study How Climate Change Disrupts Pollination
St. Louis Public Radio [July 5] – The story profiles the field research of Kyra Krakos, PhD, assistant professor of biology, and her students at Shaw Nature Reserve.

The Institutional Impact of Maryville’s 1:1 iPad Program
[June 20] – The author examines the success of Digital World, Maryville’s innovative 1:1 iPad initiative.

Introducing the first family of collegiate Esports
[June 5] – The family of Maryville’s Esports club player Cody “Walrus” Altman is profiled following the team’s title win in the League of Legends College Championship.

Maryville University wins E Game Championship [June 4] – Representatives from the national champion Esports team from Maryville dropped by to educate Rich Gould on the finer points of the League of Legends game. Team coordinator and Maryville senior Dan “Clerkie” Clerk is interviewed, along with Jarrett Fleming, coordinator of athletics and recreation.

Maryville’s Big Bet on Faculty Training
[May 31] – Maryville’s commitment to intensive training for faculty in iPad learning technology is featured.

Maryville University video game team adds 2nd championship to its resume [May 29] – The Maryville University eSport team successfully defended its title, beating the University of Toronto in the League of Legends College Championship. Team coordinator and Maryville senior Dan “Clerkie” Clerk is interviewed.

Maryville dominant in League of Legends College Championship final [May 28] – A summary analysis of Maryville’s eSport win over Toronto in the League of Legends College Championship final.

Middle School Inspires Students with College Tours [April 28] – A local middle school encourages higher education by taking students on college visits. Maryville University is featured as a host campus.

Maryville University to open center to aid low-income students with STEM programs [April 12] – Maryville announces the opening of the Center for Access and Achievement to help students in low income school districts succeed in science, technology, engineering and math.

Twitter War Helps Wentzville Teen Make College Decision [April 11] – When a St. Louis high school senior needed help deciding between two colleges, she posed her question on Twitter. Maryville students, faculty, staff and alumni weighed in and ultimately welcomed her to the Maryville community.

Curious Louis Meets the Goats Who are Waging War on Invasive Bush Honeysuckle
St. Louis Public Radio [April 11] – Kyra Krakos, PhD, associate professor of biology, talks about Maryville’s annual Goat Week, held to help eradicate honeysuckle on campus grounds.

Maryville Student Racks Up the Dough with Esports
 [March 11] – The success of Maryville’s Esports program is highlighted in this broadcast news story. Dan “Clerkie” Clerke, team coordinator, is interviewed, along with John Lewington, former dean of Maryville’s Simon School of Business.

St. Louis Residents Beat Back Invasive Honeysuckle as Spring Nears [March 13] – In a story about local efforts to combat the invasive honeysuckle bush, Kyra Krakos, PhD, associate professor of biology, talks about Maryville’s annual Goat Week, held to help eradicate honeysuckle on campus grounds.

St. Louis Startups to Benefit from $435,000 Maryville Grant to Boost Cybersecurity Program [March 7] – A generous grant from PNC Foundation will allow students in Maryville’s cybersecurity program to provide data security services to local startup companies at TRex and Cortex, and provide summer coding camps for young students in the Riverview Gardens School District.

Maryville University and PNC Bank Partner for Cybersecurity Training [March 7] – Maryville University debuts a new cyber security services and education program made possible by a three-year grant from the PNC Foundation.

How to Make Strategic Big Bets
Chronicle of Higher Education [Feb. 20] – Maryville University is a featured institution in this article about the rewards of strategic planning and taking bold steps in the delivery of higher education. President Mark Lombardi, PhD, is interviewed.

To Attract Students, Colleges Try Moving Brick-and-Mortar Experience Online
St. Louis Public Radio [Feb. 20] – Maryville University’s School of Adult and Online Education is featured in this article about the emergence and success of online programs. Dan Viele, dean of the school, is interviewed.

One Campus’s iPad Revolution Results in Education Evolution
Chronicle of Higher Education [Feb. 3] – President Mark Lombardi, PhD, is interviewed about Maryville’s innovative use of technology in creating an active learning ecosystem.

FOCUS Impact Fellows Tackle Region’s Inequities
St. Louis American [Feb. 3] – Turan Mullins, assistant dean for diversity and inclusion, is quoted in an article about the FOCUS St. Louis’ Impact Fellow program. Mullins and Liz Haynes, director of special projects, were among recent graduates of the year-long program.

Financial Therapy Can Be an Investment in Your Relationship
USA Today [Jan. 29] – Erika Rasure, PhD, assistant professor in financial services, shares her expertise in an article about the benefits of financial therapy for couples.

Hear Soul Man Brian Owens’ New Song ‘For You’ With Michael McDonald
Rolling Stone [Jan. 4] – Brian Owens, who partners with Maryville University, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Sterling Bank for the Life Songs Project, is featured. Through Life Songs, Maryville’s music therapy students help middle school students express their feelings through original songs. Learn more about Life Songs here.



Maryville University Kids Rock Cancer: The Power of Music
Ladue News [Dec. 29] – Maryville University’s Kids Rock Cancer program is featured.

Maryville University Teaching Coding in Riverview Gardens School District
St. Louis American [Dec. 23] – A partnership between Maryville University and Riverview Gardens School District is featured. Maryville provides student and teacher training on app development to Riverview Gardens during the school year. The partnership also will involve free coding summer camps for students.

Keep Living: Alzheimer’s Association
Town and Style [Nov. 29] – Opening Minds Through Art, a program offered in partnership with Maryville’s occupational therapy program and the Alzheimer’s Association, is mentioned as an example of successful support groups. The program was previously featured on Mpress.

Could a Reverse Mortgage Save Your Retirement?
U.S. News & World Report [Nov. 15] – David Johnson, PhD, associate professor of finance, provides expert insight in this article about the benefits of reverse mortgages.

New Maryville Men’s Soccer Coach Has His Team out to Their Best Start in the D2 Era
Hero College Sports News [Oct. 14] – Maryville’s DII men’s soccer team is on the rise; an interview with Head Coach David Korn.

Salute Stacy Gee Hollins: ‘Changing Someone’s Life Every Day’
St. Louis American [Sept. 30] – Stacy Gee Hollins, PhD, associate professor of information systems, is a recipient of the 2016 Salute to Excellence in Education Awards presented by the St. Louis American Foundation.

Walker Scottish Rite Clinic at Maryville University: Giving Children a Voice
Ladue News [Sept. 29] – The Walker Scottish Rite Clinic is featured.

St. Louis Character: Bob Bertolino Works to Keep Kids Off the Street
St. Louis Business Journal [Sept. 29] – Bob Bertolino, PhD, professor of rehabilitation counseling, is featured in the “St. Louis Character” series.

Lori Chalupny Inducted into St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame [Sept. 24] – Assistant women’s soccer coach Lori Chalupny has been inducted into the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame.

Maryville University Sees Record Freshman Enrollment
St. Louis Business Journal [Aug. 24] – “Maryville University Sees Record Freshman Enrollment”: The article features Maryville’s record-setting enrollment growth for Fall 2016.

Maryville University Welcoming Largest Freshman Class in History [Aug. 25] – Coverage of Maryville’s record-setting enrollment growth for Fall 2016.


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