Archive | December, 2006

Basketball reading program

Tusculum College basketball teams help support reading program at local elementary school

Posted on 19 December 2006 by tcrabtree@tusculum.edu

Basketball reading programTusculum College varsity basketball players recently visited with students at Hal Henard Elementary School in Greeneville to give support to a reading program several of the elementary students are taking part in. Tusculum College players told the pupils about the value of reading in their own lives and its importance to career success in any field. Pictured are, front row from left: Hal Henard students Mack Mathis, Desmond Dabbs, Spencer Anderson, Matthew Bestman, Matthew Bentley, Jacob Hamilton, Charlie Boss, Katlyn Garber and Eian Hurd. In the second row, from left, are Pioneers Carlie Lake, Emily French, Chassity Martin and Kathryn Spears. In the back, from left, are Pioneers Jordan Lear, Eric Williams, Serge Poppe, Tyler White, Nora Ramsey, Corey Poindexter and Gabe Story.

Students in grades two through five who achieve a certain level in the point-based “Slam Dunk Reading” program will earn a party for their school class and attendance and recognition at a Pioneer basketball game. Students receive scores based on reading books and answering questions about those books.

Several Pioneer players visited with the pupils to give support to the reading program and describe the importance of reading skills in their own college careers and life in general. Several players autographed Pioneer basketball posters for the Hal Henard students.

Also present at the event along with their teams were Head Coaches Jim Boone and Missy Tiber of the Pioneers, and several assistant coaches, plus staff members from Tusculum College Institutional Advancement.

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Alpha Chi graduates recognized

Posted on 19 December 2006 by tcrabtree@tusculum.edu

alphachi2006.jpgRoger Jones, Denise Fliesser, Tina Collins, Luaren Hawk, Rachel Bussell and Glen Black, from left, graduating seniors and members of the Alpha Chi National Honor Society at Tusculum College, were recognized during a reception prior to commencement exercises on Dec. 16.

Juniors or seniors in the top 10 percent of their classes are invited to become members of the honor society. Graduating seniors receive blue and green cords to wear during graduation to signify their membership in the honor society.

Black of Bristol, Tenn.; Bussell of Middletown, Ohio; Collins of Mooresburg; Fliesser of London, Ontario, Canada; and Hawk and Jones of Greeneville, were presented their cords by Tusculum President Dr. Dolphus E. Henry and Dr. Kimberly K. Estep, provost and academic vice president. The event was hosted by the advisor for the honor society, Dr. Nancy Thomas, and Carolyn Gregg, co-director of the Warren W. Hobbie Center for the Civic Arts at Tusculum.

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Students in Omicron-Psi National Honor Society recognized

Posted on 19 December 2006 by tcrabtree@tusculum.edu

Sixty-four students of the Tusculum College Graduate and Professional Studies program were recognized for their membership in the Omicron-Psi National Honor Society prior to commencement exercises on Dec. 16.

During a reception in their honor, members were presented with pins, certificates, letters of congratulation, and blue and gold cords to wear when they graduate from Tusculum by President Dr. Dolphus E. Henry; Dr. Kimberly K. Estep, provost and academic vice president; and Denise Wood, vice president of extended education. Sixty-one graduated during the commencement ceremony later in the day.

Students are eligible for membership in Omicron-Psi if they are among the top 5 percent of the Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management graduates or have a grade point average of 3.5 or better in the master degree programs.

Members of the honor society from the Master of Arts in Education (K-12 concentration) program recognized were Erin Coffman and Cynthia Hardee of Kingsport, Della Gilliam and Elizabeth Kilbourne of Limestone, Daniel Myers of Parrottsville, and Tim Fuller, Melanie Smith, and Jessica Wilhoit of Greeneville.

Connie Earls and Charles Williams of Russellville, Chad Gregg and David Parr of Greeneville, Shayne Harrison and Lisa Houser of Knoxville, Susan Housley of Oak Ridge, Kyle Satterfiend and Lisa Satterfield of Greenback, Gregory Miller of Jefferson City, and Tony Watson of Pigeon Forge were inducted into the honor society from the Master of Arts in Education (Organizational Training and Education concentration) program.

Master of Arts in Education (Human Resource Development) program students inducted into Omicron Psi were Shelly Dunkel and Sara Rummage of Rockford, Donna McCall of Louisville, Amy Setzkorn of Seymour, and Sheryl Burnette, Treasa Mason, and Wakita Myers of Knoxville.

Inducted into the honor society from the Master of Arts in Organizational Management program were Chris Beach of Jonesborough, Rebecca Griffin of Greeneville, Mary Ann Condry and Jeffrey Cornett of Knoxville, Amara Doran of Gray, Kathryn Rutledge of Kingsport, Crystal Hirschy of Afton, Anne Hubbard-Rutherford of Kingston, and Doreen McCammon of Kodak.

Bachelor of Science students chosen for membership into Omicron-Psi were Martin Anderson and Natasha White of Clinton, Leslie Brooks of Whitesburg, Melissa Dixon of Church Hill, Barbara Evans of Jefferson City, Gary Evans and Daniel Matherly of Kingsport, Shannon Hargis of Knoxville, Jim Mitzel of Corryton, Michelle Reed of Limestone, Sandra Roy of Rockwood, Tammy Sharpe of Loudon, Bobbie Watson of Mountain City, Karen Sheets of Weber City, Va., and Rebecca Douthat, Kimberly Jones, and Karen Malone of Greeneville.

Dorothy Jacobs of Knoxville and Matthew Smith of Lake City from the Bachelor of Arts in Education program were inducted in the honor society.
Also recognized were four students in the master’s program and five in the bachelor’s degree program who have indicated to the college that college-related news about themselves should not be released to the media.
The reception was organized by Carolyn Gregg, co-director of the Warren W. Hobbie Center for the Civic Arts who serves as advisor to Omicron-Psi, and by Nancy Thomas, director of the college’s Honors Program who serves as advisor to Alpha Chi.

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Tusculum College graduates 445 during winter commencement ceremonies

Posted on 18 December 2006 by tcrabtree@tusculum.edu

With encouragement from the Tusculum College chaplain to live their lives with a high degree of “soul” sensitivity, 445 graduates received degrees Saturday from Tennessee’s oldest institution of higher learning.

The ceremony began at 11 a.m. in the Pioneer Arena inside Niswonger Commons on campus. President Dr. Dolphus E. Henry and Dr. Kimberly K. Estep, provost and academic vice president, conferred the degrees and distributed the diplomas.

Among those who were graduated, 124 earned graduate degrees – 91 receiving master of arts in education degrees and 33 master of arts in organizational management degrees.

Earning bachelor degrees were 321 students – 81 graduated from the college’s program for traditional-age college students and 240 graduated from the bachelor’s programs that are part of the college’s Graduate and Professional Studies program for working adults. Twenty-eight students of this group earned bachelor of arts in education degrees and 212 earned bachelor of science degrees in organizational management.

The Rev. Dr. Stephen Weisz, campus chaplain, in his baccalaureate sermon, “With All Your Soul,” encouraged the graduates to “lead with soul.” A number of the graduates, he noted, will be managers in one way or another, whether in business, a classroom environment, or in service or professional care of others.

Management involves more than factual analysis and decisions, Dr. Weisz said; it requires “soul.” He noted that he had been recently lent the book, “Leading With Soul,” in which the authors, Lee G. Bolman and Terrence E. Deal, stress that good leadership requires “something that all of us can give others – that powerful, indefinable thing called soul.”

“God expects you to manage others with care, feeling, and with the unique soul that He has given to each of you,” Dr. Weisz told the graduates. “Employees under you may need compassion, empathy, a listening ear, and words of encouragement.”

Although there is a prevalent idea that praise of workers will lead to a decline in productivity, he noted, studies have shown the opposite is true as workers who were regularly praised were more creative and productive in their jobs.

Dr. Weisz recalled seeing a colleague in a long conversation with a student to give encouragement on exam day. “That is something we can all take time to do wherever we are,” he added.

“What should you do with your college career?” he rhetorically asked the graduates. “Is it only a way to make a living? . . . Is there not something more? There is, and is it not leading with soul?”

The graduates were also addressed by Susan Vance, director of development and alumni relations, who congratulated as the latest alumni of the state’s oldest college and encouraged them to remain connected and involved with their alma mater.

The commencement was well-attended, Pioneer Arena being filled and overflow visitors being placed in the Chalmers Conference Center elsewhere in the Niswonger Commons. A closed-circuit broadcast of the ceremony was piped into the overflow area.

One difference in this graduation was the absence of Jim Winfree, who usually provides organ accompaniment. Substituting for him was Carolyn Gregg, assistant professor of research and co-director of the Warren W. Hobbie Center for the Civic Arts at Tusculum College.

Director of Academic Advising Jill Jones led the singing of the Alma Mater. Bagpipe music for the processional and recessional was provided by Jon Shell and Ben Pollard.Tusculum College holds two commencement ceremonies each year, one in the spring and the other in December.

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Susan D. Vance awarded scholarship to largest fundraising conference in the world

Posted on 14 December 2006 by tcrabtree@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College Director of Development and Alumni Relations Susan D. Vance has been named a Chamberlain Scholar by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Foundation for Philanthropy and is to attend the 2007 International Conference on Fundraising in Dallas, Tex.

AFP is the largest association of fundraisers in the world and represents more than 27,000 fundraising practitioners across the globe. The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy supports programs and initiatives that help train fundraisers and increase knowledge and awareness of ethical fundraising.

Vance, a 1991 Tusculum College graduate, has been in fundraising for more than 10 years. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Mountain Empire Chapter.

AFP’s International Conference on Fundraising attracts more than 4,000 individuals and features more than 150 educational sessions on every aspect of philanthropy. The 2007 Conference will take place in Dallas, Texas March 25-28, 2007. Keynote speakers include Mary Tyler Moore and the Honorable Rudy Giuliani.

The Chamberlain Scholarship Program honors Ralph Chamberlain, CFRE, a long-time fundraiser and supporter of AFP. He helped to form one of the organization’s first chapters, the Greater New York Chapter and served as both chair of the association and the foundation. Because of his long-time support of the Foundation for Philanthropy, the AFP Board of Directors renamed the Conference Scholar Program in 2000 to honor Chamberlain’s memory and commitment to the fundraising profession.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) represents more than 28,000 fundraisers in over 180 chapters throughout the world, working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education, and certification programs. The Association fosters development and growth of fundraising professionals and promotes high ethical standards in the fundraising profession.

The AFP Mountain Empire Chapter represents more than 25 charitable fundraisers in the local area. AFP was formally the National Society of Fund Raising Executives (NSFRE). The Mountain Empire Chapter meets the first Thursday of each month at Best Western in Johnson City at 8 a.m. For more information contact Jamie Gray, chapter president, at 423-283-0963.

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