A memory submitted by Larry Maday, Class of 1973

Dr. Maryhelen Vannier had the greatest life-changing impact upon me at SMU. In the course of required work to secure a 2nd teaching field in physical education, I took a recreation class under her instruction. I was inspired to the point of conducting a temporary career reset which took me out to graduate school at the University of Oregon in Eugene for a Master’s degree in Recreation and Park Management. She motivated me to make a visit to UO beforehand as an SMU upperclassman while putting me in touch with some recreation department contacts of hers out there. Without Dr. Vannier, I may have never had the memorable experiences out in that unique area of this country while gaining an advanced degree.