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Youth investigate art, earth and history at Doak House Museum summer camp

Posted on 30 June 2009 by eestes@tusculum.edu

dhm_camp1Elizabeth Rowland, Katelynn Rector, Ashley Morrison and Emma Myers, at left, “prime” their recycling boxes for decorating during the summer camp at the Doak House Museum last week. Noah Seib and Cameron Conner, at right, try their hand at an archeological dig behind the kitchen of the 19th century house. Making recycling boxes and doing an archeological exploration were just part of the “Investigate It!: Art, Earth & History” summer adventure camp June 22-25 at the museum on the Tusculum College campus. About 20 young people had the chance to explore archeology, genealogy and recycling through hands-on activities such as crafting tin-punch lanterns, painting bird-house gourds, putting together corn shuck dolls and making paper and bottle bird feeders. The participants also enjoyed listening to storytellers and learning about the history of the campus of Tennessee’s oldest college. The Doak House Museum and the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library are operated by the Tusculum College Department of Museum Program and Studies.

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Alumni gather to celebrate Graduate and Professional Studies’ 25th anniversary

Posted on 25 June 2009 by eestes@tusculum.edu

About 35 alumni from the Tri-Cities region gathered June 20 at the Meadowview Conference Center in Kingsport to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Graduate and Professional Studies program.

To mark this milestone, the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations has worked with groups of volunteer alumni to organize celebrations in the four major regions served by the program that provides working adults a way to meet their educational goals while maintaining their family and work commitments.

knoxville2The Tri-Cities celebration is the second of the celebrations. A celebration in Knoxville in late April brought out about 50 alumni and students. The staff at the Knoxville Regional Center was heavily involved in the planning and preparations of the celebration, a cookout held at the Knoxville site.

Last Saturday, alumni from the Tri-Cities gathered for fun, fellowship and some heavy hors d’oeuvres in Kingsport for the second event at the Meadowview Conference Center.

The third event is set for this Friday, June 26, in Morristown at The Country Club from 5:25 p.m. to 7:25 p.m. The event will feature a celebration reception with a chance to meet and mingle with others associated with the GPS program, as well as a brief overview of the current professional studies mission and programs.

knoxville3“We hope to see all the alumni of the GPS program for the Morristown area come out and celebrate this milestone for a program that has helped so many attain their dream of higher education,” said Peggy Brewer, president of Twi-Lite, Inc. and a 1989 graduate of the GPS program. Brewer has served on the planning committee for the event.

The event is planned for all GPS graduates, including those who participated in the TALL and TAG programs, as well as for faculty, staff, current students and all who have helped this program develop into one of the top adult education programs in the state over the past 25 years.

tricities2Since 1984, more than 10,000 working adults have realized their dreams by earning a bachelor’s or master’s degree at Tusculum College. The program is specifically designed with working adults in mind, allowing them to continue to work while achieving their dream of higher education.

“We are celebrating 25 years of making dreams of a college education come true for non-traditional students,” said Dr. Lisa Johnson, director of the Graduate and Professional Studies Program in Northeast Tennessee and assistant professor of education at the College.

“Tusculum College has helped many of us complete our degrees while working full-time. For 25 years this program has helped working adults advance their education. And, this year, we celebrate the success not only of the program, but of the students,” said Sherri Storer, site director of the Morristown Center and enrollment representative, as well as a GPS graduate in both in 2003 and 2006. Storer has also participated on the planning committee for the Tri-Cities event.

The event is free of charge, however, registration is encouraged.

The Graduate and Professional Studies portion of the Tusculum College Web site has been redesigned to provide information on all the 25th Anniversary events and to allow for online registration. On the site, visitors are able to get information on each of the events, register for one or more events and see a list of those who are planning to attend each event. For more information about the celebrations, to make reservations or get updates on the events, please visit www.tusculum.edu/adult/anniversary.html.

“This is a year-long celebration of all the successes of the Graduate and Professional Studies program, and there are many exciting things planned,” said Teal Simpson, also a member of the planning committee and a 1998 and 1999 graduate of the GPS program. Simpson is a benefits consultant for Strate Insurance Group, Inc.

The culminating event for the year-long celebration will be a tailgate party and football game event in Greeneville, set for October 17.

For more information about the GPS celebrations contact Cody Greene, coordinator of development and alumni relations at Tusculum College at 423-636-7303 or email ccgreene@tusculum.edu.

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Become a Tusculum fan on Facebook!

Posted on 25 June 2009 by eestes@tusculum.edu

facebookTusculum College has had the fourth highest rate of growth in the past two weeks of fans of its site among the colleges and universities who have pages on Facebook. Tusculum had reached 907 fans on its site Thursday afternoon on one of the most popular social network pages on the Internet.

While the College wants to reach its alumni, prospective and current students, faculty and staff in as many ways as possible, a concentrated effort has been made in the past few weeks to increase the college’s “fans” on Facebook, and we need your help.

Facebook is now allowing pages to have personalized domain names if the site has at least 1,000 fans. The personalized domain name can enhance visibility of the College by making it easier for people to find the Tusculum College page.

You can help Tusculum College reach the 1,000. Just click here and become a fan of Tusculum. Send the link to your classmates to make sure their fans as well. You may even renew friendships of some classmates you may have lost touch with over the years.

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The President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library earns regional recognition and is added to Tennessee Civil War Trail

Posted on 25 June 2009 by eestes@tusculum.edu

June has been a busy month for the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library (Old College) on campus.

The museum received an Award of Excellence from the East Tennessee Historical Society for an event last fall to commemorate the President Andrew Johnson bicentennial in 2008. It also became a part of the Tennessee Civil War Trails.

museumawardThe East Tennessee Historical Society presented the museum the award for  demonstrating excellence in public history programming with the work accomplished in creating and presenting “Andrew Johnson: Heritage, Legacy and Our Constitution,” in September 2008.

The presentation included an education program for the community celebrating the Bicentennial of Andrew Johnson and the 221st Anniversary of the U.S. Constitution that featured the 113th U.S. Army Band. About 900 people attended the stirring performance by the band and the telling of the story of Johnson’s rise from ordinary circumstances to the nation’s leader by Chris Small, founder of the Lincoln Project and a Lincoln reenactor.

The award also recognized the museum for hosting and coordinating a symposium held on the campus of Tusculum College, which featured four historians in a discussion of the life and accomplishments of Andrew Johnson. Speakers included Dr. Eric Foner, one of this country’s most prominent historians who is considered the leading contemporary historian of the post-Civil War Reconstruction period.

The award was presented during the East Tennessee Historical Society’s annual membership meeting on June 2. Celebrating 175 years of service in 2009, the East Tennessee Historical Society is widely acknowledged to be one of the most active history organizations in the state and enjoys a national reputation for excellence in programming and education.

The keynote speaker for the annual membership meeting was Walter T. Durham, the Tennessee state historian, who also has ties with Tusculum College.  Durham has contributed materials for a rare book collection in the Thomas J. Garland Library named in his honor and his wife, Anna Coile Durham ‘49, is a descendant of Tusculum College’s founders, the Doaks, and briefly attended the college. Their son, Jim Durham, is a 1979 graduate of the college and serves on the Board of Trustees.

The award from the East Tennessee Historical Society is the second recognition that has been received for “Andrew Johnson: Heritage, Legacy and Our Constitution.” The event also received an “Award of Excellence” form the Tennessee Association of Museums earlier this year.

The Andrew Johnson Bicentennial was a year-long focus for the President Andrew Johnson Museum and the Doak House Museum, both operated by the Tusculum College Department of Museum Program and Studies. The Doak House Museum’s educational programming for school children focusing on the Bicentennial received a Pinnacle Award in Special Projects from the Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association last month and also received an Award of Commendation from the Tennessee Association of Museums. The Doak House Museum also received a Pinnacle Award in Multimedia for its new interactive Web site.

The museum ended its award-winning week with another recognition. A sign was installed June 5 in front of the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library marking the inclusion of the museum and Tusculum College as part of the Tennessee Civil War Trails.

civilwartrailThe interpretive sign details the College’s experience during the Civil War and provides information about Andrew Johnson’s connection to the College. At the installation were, from left, George Collins, director of the College’s Department of Museum Program and Studies; Tammy Kinser, director of tourism at the Greene County Partnership, and Mitch Bowman, executive director of the Civil War Trails.

The Tennessee Civil War Trails is part of the national Civil War Trails program that has installed nearly 800 markers at Civil War sites in the country to increase awareness of these sites and enhance tourism to the sites. Driving tours of sites have been created. Maps and other information about the Tennessee trails can be found at this site.

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Tusculum College faculty attend Teaching and Learning Institute at Brevard College

Posted on 25 June 2009 by eestes@tusculum.edu

teachinstituteEight members of the Tusculum College faculty recently attended the Appalachian College Association’s Teaching and Learning Institute at Brevard College to focus on incorporating new teaching methods into the curriculum of a course at the College they currently teach.

The conference, which was held June 1-5, focused on active learning, significant learning and effective grading. The participants spent the week in class and then while at the conference began incorporating the new teaching and learning methods into the curriculum of their existing courses. Presentations of the new curriculum were shared at the end of the conference.

The Teaching and Learning Institute provides hands-on experience with a variety of techniques for classroom instruction and assessment, particularly applicable to the learning styles of today’s college students.

Attending from Tusculum College were Anne Reever Osborne, assistant library director for distance learning; Dr. Taimi Olsen, professor of English; Dr. Kirpal Mahal, professor of physical education; Dr. Michelle Freeman, associate professor of business administration; Dr. Tom Harlow, assistant professor of psychology; Barth Cox, assistant professor of film and broadcasting; Dr. Nancy Thomas, associate professor of English, and Dr. David Key, assistant professor of history.

While the group worked independently, many of the courses focused on overall techniques that could be integrated into any classroom experience, said Osborne. “It was a chance to recharge – to rethink the way things are done.”

The program had something to offer for both new instructors and those who have been teaching for many years, according to Mahal, and he pointed out his appreciation to Dr. Kim Estep, provost and vice president of academic affairs and Dr. Lisa Johnson, director of the school of education and the director for Graduate and Professional Studies in Northeast Tennessee, for encouraging and recommending him to attend the institute.

“Even though I have three teaching and two coaching certifications from prestigious universities/institutions in India and have taught for numerous years, I learned a lot at the ACA Teaching and Learning Institute. I would like to say that if a faculty member wants to learn, change and become an effective teacher, this institute is worth the time and effort,” said Mahal.

Estep said 27 Tusculum College faculty have participated in the Teaching and Learning institutes since its inception in 2003.

“This is an opportunity to learn from scholars in the field of student learning and learning assessment, to network with faculty at similar institutions and to engage in exciting new projects to revitalize their work in the classroom. The Institute helps our faculty stay on the cutting edge of the discipline of teaching and learning, which is fundamental to carrying out our mission as a student-centered college,” said Estep.

“Kudos to Tusculum College and to the ACA organization for providing this opportunity, said Thomas. “I especially appreciated the chance to interact with and learn from ACA colleagues. I have pages of notes and stacks of information on effective grading/assessment and integrated course design that I will use to update my teaching strategies.”

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Vance completes Institutional Advancement Leadership Training at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College

Posted on 24 June 2009 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Susan D. Vance, interim vice president for Institutional Advancement at Tusculum College, recently completed a week-long Institutional Advancement Leadership Training course at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College.

Vance, who has been with Tusculum College’s Institutional Advancement Office since 2003 and has served as interim vice president since February 2007, participated in the intensive program focusing on cutting-edge theoretical explorations of institutional advancement best practices. While there, Vance was provided practical experience in applying theories derived from the social and behavioral sciences to the practice of institutional advancement on a college campus.vancesusanmediacutline

Vance said the Peabody Institute program was a significant professional development opportunity because it was designed for the professional in the institutional advancement field and allowed for exploration of various functions of the College, with the perspective that a deep, theoretical understanding of how colleges and universities work and how that understanding can build stronger advancement organizations.

“I am firmly committed to the support of the faculty and staff at Tusculum College for educational opportunities that support their work at Tusculum College,” said Tusculum College President Dr. Nancy B. Moody.

According to Moody, the Institute provides a short-term, intensive educational experience for professional educators and administrators during the summer. Each institute draws from social science disciplines and professional fields of study to inform the creation of a comprehensive, yet focused curriculum designed with the same expectations for rigor and depth as Peabody College degree programs, based on the philosophy that good practice is best derived from, and informed by, a strong theoretical base.

Vance, a 1991 graduate of Tusculum College, is a “Summer Fellow of Peabody College” and one of 17 alumni, as this is only their second year for the Institutional Advancement Leadership program.

“I feel that this was a good investment for Tusculum College as we move forward in the area of Institutional Advancement,” said Moody.

Susan noted that “This was an invaluable opportunity to engage in a professional development experience, unique in its rigor and design. As a Summer Fellow, I expanded my understanding of how educational organizations function and the theoretical perspectives which undergird good practice and leadership. After my time at the institute, I feel as though I possess a set of tools to enhance the effectiveness of Tusculum College that will propel me in my career.”

The program also featured opportunities to hone other skills that are utilized by those, like Vance, who hold cabinet-level positions and who are often charged with leading advancement divisions and participating in strategic decision-making for the whole of the College and management of the entire educational organization, said Vance.

“What we learned over the course of the week will enhance my ability to make decisions for Tusculum College grounded in theory and supported by data,” said Vance. “I have a better understanding of why specific techniques work and the capacity to tie this knowledge to real-world strategic decisions which will increase the effectiveness of the College.”

Individual sessions offered at the Institute, which ran June 15-18, consisted of in-depth examinations of each of the functional areas of university management, discussions surrounding the application of theoretical literature to the practice of institutional advancement and group discussion/presentations. Specifically, topics within the modules included History on Philanthropy; Fund Raising Ethics and Norms; ROI (Return on Investments) and Planning; VSE (Volunteer Support of Education) Survey and Benchmarking; Leadership; Two-Way Symmetrical Communication, Issues Management and Environmental Scanning; Strategic Campaign Planning; Using Data to Increase Fund Raising Effectiveness; Engagement as a Development Tool; Annual Fund – Analysis and ROI, and Crisis Management for Higher Education.

During the course of the institute, Vance spent considerable time engaged in small group analysis designed to integrate with the lectures and discussions. This experience is designed to allow each participant to discover, develop and refine individual competencies.

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Tusculum College Graduate and Professional Studies 25th Anniversary Celebration set in Morristown, June 26

Posted on 22 June 2009 by srichey@tusculum.edu

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Tusculum College’s Graduate and Professional Studies program, and the milestone is being marked by anniversary celebration activities and events planned for Knoxville, Morristown, the Tri-Cities and Greeneville.

The Morristown event is set for Friday, June 26, at The Country Club from 5:25 p.m. to 7:25 p.m. The event will feature a celebration reception with a chance to meet and mingle with others associated with the GPS program, as well as a brief overview of the current professional studies mission and programs.gps25thlogofromweb

“We hope to see all the alumni of the GPS program for the Morristown area come out and celebrate this milestone for a program that has helped so many attain their dream of higher education,” said Peggy Brewer, president of Twi-Lite, Inc. and a 1989 graduate of the GPS program. Brewer has served on the planning committee for the event.

The event is planned for all GPS graduates, including those who participated in the TALL and TAG programs, as well as for faculty, staff, current students and all who have helped this program develop into one of the top adult education programs in the state over the past 25 years.

Since 1984, more than 10,000 working adults have realized their dreams by earning a bachelor’s or master’s degree at Tusculum College. The program is specifically designed with working adults in mind, allowing them to continue to work while achieving their dream of higher education.

“We are celebrating 25 years of making dreams of a college education come true for non-traditional students,” said Dr. Lisa Johnson, director of the Graduate and Professional Studies Program in Northeast Tennessee and assistant professor of education at the College.

“Tusculum College has helped many of us complete our degrees while working full-time. For 25 years this program has helped working adults advance their education. And, this year, we celebrate the success not only of the program, but of the students,” said Sherri Storer, site director of the Morristown Center and enrollment representative, as well as a GPS graduate in both in 2003 and 2006. Storer has also participated on the planning committee for the Tri-Cities event.

The event is free of charge, however, registration is encouraged.

The Graduate and Professional Studies portion of the Tusculum College Web site has been redesigned to provide information on all the 25th Anniversary events and to allow for online registration. On the site, visitors are able to get information on each of the events, register for one or more events and see a list of those who are planning to attend each event. For more information about the celebrations, to make reservations or get updates on the events, please visit www.tusculum.edu/adult/anniversary.html.

“This is a year-long celebration of all the successes of the Graduate and Professional Studies program, and there are many exciting things planned,” said Teal Simpson, also a member of the planning committee and a 1998 and 1999 graduate of the GPS program. Simpson is a benefits consultant for Strate Insurance Group, Inc.

A reception was held at the MeadowView Convention Center in Kingsport on June 20, and a tailgate party and football game event in Greeneville is set for October 17.

For more information about the GPS celebrations contact Cody Greene, coordinator of development and alumni relations at Tusculum College at 423-636-7303 or email ccgreene@tusculum.edu.

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Endowed scholarship established in honor of Tusculum College’s Dr. Russell L. Nichols

Posted on 20 June 2009 by eestes@tusculum.edu

drn_scholarshipDr. Russell L. Nichols who has served as interim president of Tusculum College since August 2007, was pleasantly surprised as he was honored on Friday, May 15, at Tusculum College’s annual President’s Dinner, with the announcement that an endowed scholarship had been established on his behalf.

The scholarship will be designated for international travel and studies, a program Dr. Nichols has nurtured and supported during his time at the College.

“Dr. Russell L. Nichols has served as a steady hand in a time of transition for the College,” said Chairman of the Tusculum College Board of Trustees Dr. Ken Bowman. “His efforts and leadership have gone a long way in unifying the College. His calming, supporting and contributing nature has provided a contagious sense of optimism about the future of Tusculum College, at a time when it needed it most. ”

Bowman added that Dr. Nichols has been continually engaged with students, staff, faculty and the community, and his leadership has brought together the Tusculum College community in many ways and inspired a sense of collective direction and mission and a sense of optimism that was not here upon his arrival.

“The affection and respect for Dr. Nichols has been evident,” said Bowman. In the past few weeks, Dr. Nichols has been presented by the College faculty with a handmade rocking chair, as well as honored with a portrait from staff and faculty, which will hang in the Thomas J. Garland Library near the Center for Global Studies. A reception was held on campus and more than 150 people turned out with their well wishes for his future. And, he has been honored by the Class of 2009, who dedicated their Senior Gift in his honor – a new concrete walkway from Katherine Hall to Shiloh Road.

“It is with great pleasure that I announce the establishment of an endowed scholarship, named in honor of Dr. Russell L. Nichols, designated for international travel and studies, a program he has been and continues to be very passionate about, in the amount of  $18,590. The College is truly grateful to Dr. Nichols for his generous time and empathetic service and support, as well as his exceptional leadership to Tusculum College during his tenure as interim president.”

Dr. Nichols thanked the group and said that many of the friends he has made while at Tusculum College were some of the best of his life. He encouraged everyone to continue to work together and to appreciate the hard work and dedication that is prevalent among Tusculum College faculty, staff, alumni and friends.

The President’s Dinner is the College’s signature event and is hosted each spring by the Office of Institutional Advancement as a thank-you to the College’s major donors. This year’s event was held at Link Hills Country Club.

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New Board of Trustee members named

Posted on 20 June 2009 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Two new board members were recently named to the Tusculum College Board of Trustees.  Dr. Jerry F. Ward and Frank J. Horsman ‘69 are the newest members to help guide the College through service on the Board of Trustees.

wardDr. Ward was born and reared in Gadsden, Ala. He received his undergraduate degree in business and economics from King College and his master’s degree and doctorate in educational administration from East Tennessee State University. Dr. Ward has served as assistant principal, principal and Superintendent of Schools in the Greeneville City School System and was named Tennessee Superintendent of the Year in 2002.

Dr. Ward served on the faculty of Tusculum College from 1994 until 2004, serving as distinguished service professor of education, department chair and division chair.  He served on the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Elementary Commission, on the Upper East Tennessee Educational Cooperative Board, the Upper East Tennessee Office of Economic Opportunity Regional Advisory Board and the Greene Valley Developmental Center Human Rights Committee.

In the community, Dr. Ward has served on the boards of the Greene County YMCA, the Greene County Library, the Nathanael Greene Museum, the Grandfather Home for Children and the Town of Greeneville Civil Service Board. He is a current member of the Board of Directors of Sunset Gap Community Center and Holston Presbytery Commission for Chuckey Presbyterian Church.

He is a member of First Presbyterian Church, where he is an ordained elder, choir member and a member of the Finance and Facilities Committee.  Dr. Ward is married to Carolyn Lansford Ward ‘88, who is a former assistant professor of education at Tusculum College. The Wards have three sons: David, a physician in North Carolina; Tim, a detective for the Greeneville Police Department; and Jeff, an attorney for Milligan and Coleman Law Firm. The Wards have four grandchildren.

The Wards have been supporters of the College for many years and in 2008 set up an endowed scholarship to provide scholarships for able and deserving students majoring in elementary education and other deserving students majoring in education.

horsmanHorsman, who resides in Roswell, Ga., is a Tusculum College alumnus and a financial consultant in the investment industry.  Most recently he was vice president/advisor consultant with Nuveen Investments, Inc. in Atlanta. He previously served as regional vice president of Schwab Institutional, also in Atlanta.

He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1970. He is a Veteran of Vietnam and is a Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal and Flying Cross Medal recipient. He was also 101st Airborne Division’s Soldier of the Month.

Horsman received his bachelor’s of science degree from Tusculum College in business administration and in addition to his general securities licenses, holds an ABA-NS in real estate finance from Ohio State University.

He and his wife, Kay, have three children, Matthew, Rachel and Shaun.

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Tusculum College football opener to be nationally televised

Posted on 20 June 2009 by eestes@tusculum.edu

tc_helmetTo accommodate a national television audience, the South Atlantic Conference football opener between Tusculum College and Wingate University has been moved to Thursday, Sept. 24 at the Niswonger Sports Complex and Pioneer Field on the Tusculum campus.

The Tusculum/Wingate contest will be part of a six-game television package for the 2009 season announced NCAA Division II and CBS College Sports.  The game, which was originally slated for Saturday, Sept. 26, will now kickoff Thursday night for the prime time audience at 8:05 p.m. (EST).

Both programs are coming off successful seasons.  The Pioneers posted a 9-4 record winning four of their last five outings to capture TC’s second South Atlantic Conference title in school history. Tusculum also made its first-ever appearance in the NCAA II Playoffs, advancing to the Final 16. TC finished the season ranked No. 16 in the AFCA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll.

Wingate posted an 8-3 record and finished tied for fourth in the SAC.  The Bulldogs jumped out of the gate winning its first seven games of the 2008 campaign, including a thrilling 37-33 victory over Tusculum in a contest that came down to the final play of the game.

It will be the 14th meeting between the Pioneers and Bulldogs, with Wingate leading the all-time series 8-5.  The two programs have met each year since 1996.

Tusculum head coach Frankie DeBusk, the 2008 SAC and AFCA Region Coach of the Year, returns 20 starters from last year’s squad, including 2009 Preseason All-Americans John Gregory (punter), Jarrell NeSmith (tight end) and Ryan Tallent (receiver).

“We are very excited about having the opportunity to represent Tusculum College and the South Atlantic Conference in the televised football game against Wingate University,” said DeBusk.   “The game will be between two great institutions from one of the best Division II conferences in the country.  We feel privileged to have this opportunity for our student-athletes to be viewed by a national audience with a chance to showcase the Niswonger Sports Complex, the Tusculum campus and the Greeneville community.”

“This is a tremendous opportunity to showcase not only two of the top football programs in the league, but the entire South Atlantic Conference,” said Commissioner Patrick Britz. “We would like to thank the NCAA and CBS College Sports for selecting this game and providing such great exposure for these student-athletes, schools and the SAC.”

Tusculum will have a tall chore ahead of them in replacing All-American quarterback Corey Russell.  Russell smashed the school and SAC record books in 2008 as he accounted for a nation’s best 49 touchdowns (37 pass, 12 rush). While the Tusculum quarterback will be new in 2009, nearly the entire group of receivers returns.  Tallent, a 5-10, 200-pound rising senior from Maryville, Tenn., established a pair of school records in 2008 with 92 receptions, including nine touchdowns. He also posted 989 receiving yards on the year. Also back in the receiving corps is a rising senior Nate Binder, who led the SAC in receiving yards per game (78.7 ypg).

On defense, the Pioneers return five starters. Gregory, a 6-2, 210-pound native of Ooltewah, Tenn., finished third in the nation in punting average booting 43.52 yards per kick, which also established a new school single season record that lasted since 1941.

Wingate coach Joe Reich welcomes back 10 starters on defense and six starters on offense in 2009. Bulldog redshirt junior running back Nelson Woods returns in 2009. The Lawndale Burns High School graduate rushed for 1,238 yards in 2008. On defense, junior linebacker Ben Hinson had 105 tackles and seven tackles for losses during the 2008 campaign.

The six-game TV package begins Aug. 27 when 2008 national runner-up Northwest Missouri State visits defending Lone Star Conference Champion Abilene Christian in a rematch of last year’s national quarterfinal.  The following Thursday, defending NCAA II national champion Minnesota-Duluth hosts NCAA Playoff participant Central Washington on Sept. 3.

On Oct. 15, a battle of the Commonwealth of Virginia is showcased when CIAA rivals Virginia Union and Virginia State square off.  The clash between Gulf South Conference titans North Alabama and Valdosta State will be played Oct. 22.  The regular-season TV package concludes Nov. 5 as Shepherd and Glenville State in an important West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference match-up.

CBS College Sports is widely available on cable systems across the country, including Cablevision, Comcast, Cox, Insight, Time Warner, and Verizon FIOS. It currently reaches 30 million households and is also available on DIRECTV and DISH Network. FSN South reaches 12.2 million households throughout the southeast in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Kentucky. The game will also be streamed over the Internet at NCAAsports.com/dii.

The Pioneers will open the 2009 campaign, Saturday, Aug. 29 as Tusculum travels to the University of Charleston (W.Va.).

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Tusculum College faculty attend Teaching and Learning Institute at Brevard College

Posted on 18 June 2009 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Eight members of the Tusculum College faculty recently attended the Appalachian College Association’s Teaching and Learning Institute at Brevard College to focus on incorporating new teaching methods into the curriculum of a course at the College they currently teach.

The conference, which was held June 1-5, focused on active learning, significant learning and effective grading. The participants spent the week in class and then while at the conference began incorporating the new teaching and learning methods into the curriculum of their existing courses. Presentations of the new curriculum were shared at the end of the conference.

The Teaching and Learning Institute provides hands-on experience with a variety of techniques for classroom instruction and assessment, particularly applicable to the learning styles of today’s college students.tusculum-gang-and-ginny-andersoncutline

Attending from Tusculum College were Anne Reever Osborne, assistant library director for distance learning; Dr. Taimi Olsen, professor of English; Dr. Kirpal Mahal, professor of physical education; Dr. Michelle Freeman, associate professor of business administration; Dr. Tom Harlow, assistant professor of psychology; Barth Cox, assistant professor of film and broadcasting; Dr. Nancy Thomas, associate professor of English, and Dr. David Key, assistant professor of history.

While the group worked independently, many of the courses focused on overall techniques that could be integrated into any classroom experience, said Osborne. “It was a chance to recharge – to rethink the way things are done.”

The program had something to offer for both new instructors and those who have been teaching for many years, according to Mahal, and he pointed out his appreciation to Dr. Kim Estep, provost and vice president of academic affairs and Dr. Lisa Johnson, director of the school of education and the director for Graduate and Professional Studies in Northeast Tennessee, for encouraging and recommending him to attend the institute.

“Even though I have three teaching and two coaching certifications from prestigious universities/institutions in India and have taught for numerous years, I learned a lot at the ACA Teaching and Learning Institute. I would like to say that if a faculty member wants to learn, change and become an effective teacher, this institute is worth the time and effort,” said Mahal.

Estep said 27 Tusculum College faculty have participated in the Teaching and Learning institutes since its inception in 2003.

“This is an opportunity to learn from scholars in the field of student learning and learning assessment, to network with faculty at similar institutions and to engage in exciting new projects to revitalize their work in the classroom. The Institute helps our faculty stay on the cutting edge of the discipline of teaching and learning, which is fundamental to carrying out our mission as a student-centered college,” said Estep.

“Kudos to Tusculum College and to the ACA organization for providing this opportunity, said Thomas. “I especially appreciated the chance to interact with and learn from ACA colleagues. I have pages of notes and stacks of information on effective grading/assessment and integrated course design that I will use to update my teaching strategies.”

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The President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library receives Award of Excellence from East Tennessee Historical Society

Posted on 17 June 2009 by eestes@tusculum.edu

museumawardEfforts by the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library to commemorate the 17th president’s bicentennial in 2008 have been recognized with an “Award of Excellence” from the East Tennessee Historical Society.

The museum on the Tusculum College campus received the award for demonstrating excellence in public history programming with the work accomplished in creating and presenting “Andrew Johnson: Heritage, Legacy and Our Constitution,” in September 2008.

The presentation included an education program for the community celebrating the Bicentennial of Andrew Johnson and the 221st Anniversary of the U.S. Constitution that featured the 113th U.S. Army Band. About 900 people attended the stirring performance by the band and the telling of the story of Johnson’s rise from ordinary circumstances to the nation’s leader by Chris Small, founder of the Lincoln Project and a Lincoln reenactor.

The award also recognized the museum for hosting and coordinating a symposium held on the campus of Tusculum College, which featured four historians in a discussion of the life and accomplishments of Andrew Johnson. Speakers included Dr. Eric Foner, one of this country’s most prominent historians who is considered the leading contemporary historian of the post-Civil War Reconstruction period.

The award was presented during the East Tennessee Historical Society’s annual membership meeting on June 2. Since 1982 the East Tennessee Historical Society has recognized individuals or organizations that have made special contributions toward the preservation, promotion, and/or interpretation of the area’s history.

Celebrating 175 years of service in 2009, the East Tennessee Historical Society is widely acknowledged to be one of the most active history organizations in the state and enjoys a national reputation for excellence in programming and education.

The keynote speaker for the annual membership meeting was Walter T. Durham, the Tennessee state historian, who also has ties with Tusculum College.  Durham has contributed materials for a rare book collection in the Thomas J. Garland Library named in his honor and his wife, Anna Coile Durham, is a descendant of Tusculum College’s founders, the Doaks, and briefly attended the college. Their son, Jim Durham, is a graduate of the college and serves on the Board of Trustees.

The award from the East Tennessee Historical Society is the second recognition that has been received for “Andrew Johnson: Heritage, Legacy and Our Constitution.” The event also received an “Award of Excellence” form the Tennessee Association of Museums earlier this year.

The Andrew Johnson Bicentennial was a year-long focus for the President Andrew Johnson Museum and the Doak House Museum, both operated by the Tusculum College Department of Museum Program and Studies. The Doak House Museum’s educational programming for school children focusing on the Bicentennial received a Pinnacle Award in Special Projects from the Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association last month and also received an Award of Commendation from the Tennessee Association of Museums. The Doak House Museum also received a Pinnacle Award in Multimedia for its new interactive Web site.

The Doak House Museum, the 19th century home of the Rev. Samuel Witherspoon Doak, co-founder of Tusculum College, hosted more than 10,000 school children from East Tennessee last year for a variety of educational programs related to the 19th century and CHARACTER COUNTS!  The Andrew Johnson Museum, located in the oldest academic building on campus, houses a collection of books, papers and memorabilia of the 17th president of the United States.  The museum also houses the Charles Coffin Collection from the original college library and the College archives containing documents related to the history of Tusculum.  The museums are also two of the 10 structures on the Tusculum campus on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Department of Museum Program and Studies also offers one of the few undergraduate degree programs in museum studies in the country.

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