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Theatre-at-Tusculum to hold auditions for ‘Beauty and the Beast’ the week of Aug. 24

Posted on 31 July 2009 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Theatre-at-Tusculum will hold auditions for its fall production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” during the last week of August.

Auditions will be held for both children and adults the week of Aug. 24 for the musical based on the 1991 Disney film of the same name with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice.

All auditions will be held in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on the Tusculum College campus.
The script includes rolls for adults of all ages.  Male roles include; the Beast/Prince, Gaston, a swaggering macho male, LeFou, his sidekick, and Belle’s gentle father, Maurice.  Besides the main character Bell, female roles include: Mrs. Potts, Madame La Grande Bouche, and “Three silly Girls” who are enamored of Gaston.  Mrs. Pott’s son, Chip, is of course a junior role.

Although the script calls for an adult cast, Director Marilyn duBrisk plans to cast approximately forty children for the main castle scenes as enchanted castle cutlery, napery, china and other characters.  Costume Director Barbara Holt has already received inventive costume prototypes from some of her creative and talented volunteers.  Village children will also be needed.

Adults (ages 14 and up) will audition on Monday, Aug. 24, and Tuesday, Aug. 25. Registration on both days will be held at 5:30 p.m. with auditions starting at 6 p.m.  Those auditioning need to plan to attend both days, but if they are not able to do so, they should contact Tusculum College Arts Outreach in advance.

Auditions for children will be Wednesday, Aug. 26, and Thursday, Aug. 27. Registration for grades 6-8 will be at 2:45 p.m. with auditions beginning at 3:15 p.m. on both days. Registration for grades 1-5 will be at 3:30 p.m. with auditions for this group starting at 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. Those auditioning need to plan to attend both days, but if they are not able to do so, they should contact Tusculum College Arts Outreach in advance.

Possible call-backs for all groups will be at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 28.

All audition materials will be provided. Those auditioning are asked to please not wear flip-flops.

For more information about the auditions, please contact Tusculum College Arts Outreach at 423-798-1620 or e-mail jhollowell@tusculum.edu.

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Campus Safety Officers Complete Training Goal

Posted on 29 July 2009 by srichey@tusculum.edu

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Displaced worker assistance program will July 30 at Tusculum College

Posted on 29 July 2009 by srichey@tusculum.edu

On Thursday, July 30, Tusculum College will be sponsoring a free educational program for displaced workers as part of the Office of Institutional Advancement’s Corporate Initiative Program. The overall program will include five sessions that address topics such as resume development, interviewing skills, basic skills and higher education programs and financial aid.

The program, “Exactly what you need, exactly when you need it. Take Charge of Your Change,” is designed by the College to specifically assist those who are in the job market because of the economic downturn and local employer layoffs.

Sponsored by Tusculum College’s Office of Institutional Advancement, the program is designed for those who are in the job market and need assistance in making themselves more marketable, either through continued education, by improving their interview skills or by learning about what assistance programs are available to improve their skill sets.

The program will be held 8 – 11 a.m. at the Thomas J. Garland Library on the Tusculum College campus and will include a variety of informational sessions that range from interview skills to information on financial aid for continuing education. Other offerings will include writing effective resumes, tips on searching for a job and an overview of opportunities through adult education and advanced degree programs.

Anyone interested in participating or requiring more information should contact Kim Kidwell ’99 at 423-636-7303 to make a reservation. Participants may attend any or all of the sessions.

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Pioneer Club Campaign Kickoff Event Set for August 11

Posted on 29 July 2009 by srichey@tusculum.edu

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Former president’s daughter visits campus

Posted on 23 July 2009 by eestes@tusculum.edu

morey1In 1931, the Rev. Dr. Charles Anderson became Tusculum College’s president and moved his family from the Philadelphia area to East Tennessee. Anderson’s youngest daughter, Helen, quickly came to love her new home.

Helen remains fond of Tusculum College and visits East Tennessee regularly to attend a Doak High School reunion every other year. The latest reunion was the weekend of July 17-18, and Helen and her husband, Dave Morey, who live in Ithaca, N.Y., visited the Tusculum campus while they were in town for the reunion.

While browsing in the Tusculum College Bookstore, Helen recalled that she was six when her father became president of Tusculum College and lived in the President’s House until she was 17. While some of her older sisters who were in high school were not as thrilled about the move away from friends, Helen said she loved her new environment.  One sister has commented about her fondness for Tusculum, and she said her answer is that the older children did not spend as much time at Tusculum as she – it is where she grew up.

Helen made many friends on campus and recalls visits to the residence halls. On one such trip to Virginia Hall, she recalled going to a room to talk to a friend and while they were visiting, the Anderson’s family pet, a dog named Chuck, suddenly bounded from under one of the beds at the sound of her voice.

andersonAs the 1940s began, Helen said her father began looking to leave Tusculum although he enjoyed his time at the College as he was the type of personality who liked to keep moving and taking on new challenges. After leaving Tusculum in 1942, he went to Coe College in Iowa and then later to a position as a historian for the Presbyterian Church.

After graduating from Doak High School, Morey attended Wells College in New York. Wells College has a beautiful campus, similar to Tusculum’s, which is one reason she was drawn to the school, she said.

Note: Charles Anderson guided Tusculum College through the difficulties of the Great Depression. He was able to improve student enrollment, strengthen academic standards and significantly expanded the library during his tenure.  Anderson is also featured on some of the films that have been discovered by the Museums of Tusculum College and are being saved to digital format. The films will be screened at the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library on Friday, October 30, as part of Homecoming 2010 activities.

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Graduate and Professional Studies celebrates 25th anniversary in Morristown

Posted on 23 July 2009 by eestes@tusculum.edu

morristown3Around 50 alumni, former faculty, faculty and staff members gathered in Morristown on June 26 to celebrate Graduate and Professional Studies’ 25th anniversary.

The celebration, held at The County Club in Morristown, included brief remarks from College representatives about the Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) program and its importance to the College and the working adult students it serves.  A PowerPoint presentation was also on continuous loop in the room, highlighting the GPS program, class sites and history of the program.

However, most of the event was a time of fellowship for the attendees, a majority of which stayed during the two-hour event. Musical entertainment for the event was provided by Ben Sneyd, a rising sophomore in the Residential College program who is working this summer in the Office of Admission.

morristown2The GPS’ 25th anniversary milestone has been marked by anniversary celebration activities and events in Knoxville and the Tri-Cities as well as Morristown. The celebration will culminate with a celebration in Greeneville with a tailgate party and football game event on October 17.

The celebrations are 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 the 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.

morristown1The 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.

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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Familiar faces in new roles

Posted on 23 July 2009 by eestes@tusculum.edu

bartelThere are some familiar faces in new positions in the Office of Institutional Advancement. The Office reorganized at the beginning of this month in an effort to better meet the needs of the department, the College, alumni and friends, as well as other constituencies it serves.

Mary Bartel has assumed the position as Associate Director of Alumni and Parent Relations. Her office will be relocated to Room 301 on the third floor of McCormick Hall. Mary can be reached at 423-636-73-03 ext. 5258 or at mbartel@tusculum.edu. Mary has been part of the Office of Institutional Advancement since November 2004.

Cody Greene ’08, Coordinator of Development and Alumni Relations, remains in the same position with the same responsibilities, but will now be reporting to to Kim Kidwell ’99. His location and contact information remains the same.

greeneKim Kidwell ’99 has been appointed Director of Development. Her location and contact information remains the same.

Rebecca H. Muncy ’05 has assumed the position as Associate Director of Gift Records and Research. Her office has been relocated to Room 305 on the third floor of McCormick Hall.

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Tusculum College plans for future, moves forward new programs

Posted on 23 July 2009 by eestes@tusculum.edu

tc_cresotelogo_72More than 50 administrators, staff, faculty and Board of Trustees members from Tusculum College recently spent two days in strategic planning sessions, reviewing the past year’s successes and challenges and optimistically planning for the future.

The group met at First Presbyterian Church in Greeneville on Thursday and Friday, July 9-10, and spent the time developing the College’s next five-year plan for 2009-2014. Several new programs slated for implementation in the coming year are still on track, including a new theater minor and the piloting of the schools’ Quality Enhancement Plan focused on integrating activities to boost reflective judgment skills into the curriculum and campus life.

In the School of Education, several new teacher-licensure options will also be offered in the coming year to both residential and Graduate and Professional Studies program students. These programs will include licensure in combined special education and early childhood, which is a one-of-a-kind custom program approved by the State of Tennessee. Also, they will include a master’s degree program that leads to post-baccalaureate certification for those who have a baccalaureate degree but need additional coursework in order to be able to sit for the state teacher licensure exams.

“We are continuing to add programs that address the needs of our region,” said Dr. Kim Estep, provost and vice president of academic affairs. “As a small, private institution, we are uniquely able to make adjustments based on current research and market statistics.”

The group also reviewed the previous year and addressed issues related to the current economy.

“Many of our peer institutions have publicly announced serious cuts as a result of the economic climate we currently face,” said Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College. “We have been benchmarking the College against our peer institutions, and although we anticipate ending the 2008-09 year with a deficit, I am pleased to announce that due to early planning actions taken by the administration and Board of Trustees, there are currently no plans to cut programs, have layoffs, pay-cuts, alter employee benefits or other harsh measures similar to what several other institutions and businesses have been forced to implement.”

She added, “Tusculum College, like many other higher education institutions and private business organizations, has had to take a look at what the current economic situation of our country has meant to the way we do business. Fortunately, with planning and discussions with everyone involved, like the sessions we’ve had this week, we are able to plan for a balanced budget in 2009-2010 without affecting the quality of the educational experience for our students.”

Tusculum College has taken steps to ensure a balanced budget in the coming year, as well as growth in the number of educational programs offered in both the residential and the Graduate and Professional Studies programs.

The College continues to grow overall with the residential campus exceeding its goals for 2009-10 in student deposits and on-campus housing occupancies expected to exceed 98 percent. In new programs, a new theater minor and piloting of the Reflective Judgment Quality Enhancement Plan begins this fall, followed by the addition of a music minor and a pep band on campus in the near future.

Dr. Bill Garris, assistant professor of psychology and leader of the campus’ Quality Enhancement Plan Steering Committee, told the group that several professors have begun work on integrating reflective judgment activities into their course work for residential and Graduate and Professional Studies programs, and the initial benchmark testing will begin with the Tusculum Experience course for freshmen when residential students return to campus in late August.

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Tusculum College provides services to those affected by difficult economy

Posted on 23 July 2009 by eestes@tusculum.edu

economicsummitNurturing habits in students of good citizenship and service to others is a primary goal of Tusculum College, and the College has recently been an example of serving the community as it has reached out to assist those who are facing difficulties in the current economy.

A free educational program for displaced workers will be taking place on campus on July 30, and the College co-sponsored an economic summit in Morristown on July 16 that featured three of Tusculum’s business professors.

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On Thursday, July 30, Tusculum College will be sponsoring the free educational program as part of the Office of Institutional Advancement’s Corporate Initiative Program. The overall program will include five sessions that address topics such as resume development, interviewing skills, basic skills and higher education programs and financial aid.

The program, “Exactly what you need, exactly when you need it. Take Charge of Your Change,” is designed by the College to specifically assist those who are in the job market because of the economic downturn and local employer layoffs.

Sponsored by Tusculum College’s Office of Institutional Advancement, the program is designed for those who are in the job market and need assistance in making themselves more marketable, either through continued education, by improving their interview skills or by learning about what assistance programs are available to improve their skill sets.

According to Susan Vance ‘91, interim vice president of institutional advancement, “Through our Corporate Initiative Program we identified an immediate need in the community and put this program together as our effort to address some of the issues of local and regional displaced workers.”

The program will be held from 8 – 11 a.m. at the Thomas J. Garland Library on the Tusculum College campus and will include a variety of informational sessions that range from interview skills to information on financial aid for continuing education. Other offerings will include writing effective resumes, tips on searching for a job and an overview of opportunities through adult education and advanced degree programs.

Workshop sessions include:

* “Stretching Your Dollars – Financial Tips in Tough Economic Times,” which will focus on the top 10 ways to shrink a budget, the seven deadly money mistakes and where to turn for financial advice;
* “Basic Skills 9-1-1,” which will focus on a basic skills exam in reading and math, Test for Adult Basic Education score sheet basic skills summaries and learning about workforce investment opportunities;
* “Exactly How to Pay for College,” which will focus on how to apply for financial aid (participants need to bring 2008 federal taxes and W-2 forms), the types of financial aid available and understanding of the financial aid process;
* “Applications and Resumes,” which will cover applications, resumes, selecting references and job search strategies; “Interviewing – A How to,” which will cover knowing your company, what not to wear and the interview process, and
* “Picking the Exact Fit for Your College Career,” which covers factors to consider in choosing a school, admission requirements and college expense and financial aid.

Anyone interested in participating or requiring more information should contact Kim Kidwell ‘99 at 423-636-7303 to make a reservation. Participants may attend any or all of the sessions.

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The current economic situation in Hamblen County, strategic challenges in the economic downturn and understanding new credit card legislation were key topics of the Economic Summit held in Morristown.

The event was sponsored by Tusculum College and Lowland Credit Union in order to help local citizens get answers to financial questions in the context of the current economic turndown.

“We are pleased to have this opportunity to provide answers for our members and the community, said Mark Creech, chief executive officer for Lowland Credit Union. “And, we are very pleased to partner with Tusculum College to provide this event.”

Dr. Antonio Bos, professor of economics at the College, provided statistical information that showed why Hamblen County is specifically more vulnerable to an economic turndown or recession.

The high number of manufacturing jobs – one in three jobs in the county is a manufacturing job – and specifically automotive part and furniture manufacturing results in a higher sensitivity to a recession, said Bos.

“The overwhelming number of jobs are highly affected by a recession,” he told the group. “You can expect that whenever there is a recession, Hamblen County will be affected more.”

Dr. Stella Schramm, professor of economics at Tusculum College, addressed the issue of how businesses and individuals can strategically prepare for the future. The group was told about consolidation during times of high competition which a recession can produce.

“With the same number of companies competing for fewer buyers, some will fall out of the market,” she said. “This will often result in consolidation, and some companies will come out of the recession stronger.”

She added that skill development for individuals and job seekers is extremely important during a down market, adding widely applicable skills that could apply to a variety of job sectors is a good strategy as the job market settles.

Dr. Cheri Jones, Tusculum College associate professor of accounting and business law, reviewed the Credit Card Act of 2009.

“More than 80 percent of Americans have a credit card with a balance. If you do not, you know someone who does,” said Jones.

With the new legislation, which affects only consumer credit cards, credit card companies must be more responsible with rate increase and fees and must be clear and open in communication with card holders about any changes being made.

Several key items included a mandatory 45-day notice of any rate increase, the prohibition of retroactive interest rate increases, the elimination of double cycle billing and reduction in over-the-limit fees.

“Credit card companies will be forced to provide clear disclosure,” said Jones. “They will be required to provide on each statement how long it would take to pay off the current account balance if only the minimum amount due is paid and the interest amount that would be accrued.”

She advised the group that several economic scams have proliferated during the economic turndown and warned them to beware of any job offer, credit service or other activity that asked for personal account information or a payment upfront.  She advised everyone to check out a questionable offers or emails with either the Better Business Bureau or the Federal Trade Commission.

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Veterans offered tuition-free education at Tusculum College

Posted on 23 July 2009 by eestes@tusculum.edu

yellowribbonVeterans of all branches of the U.S. Military can get their bachelor’s or master’s degree at Tusculum College tuition-free with the announcement of the College’s participation in the federal Yellow Ribbon program.

The voluntary “Yellow Ribbon” program, commonly referred to as the New GI Bill, makes it possible for eligible veterans who meet the College’s admissions requirements to attend tuition-free, up to the legal amount allowed by the federal program if they have 100 percent entitlement to the Post 9/11 GI Bill and qualify for the Yellow Ribbon program.

“Tusculum College has a long history of providing programs that allow the adult student to be able to achieve their dream of higher education while balancing the responsibilities of career and family,” said Jacquelyn D. Elliott, vice president for enrollment management at Tusculum College. “With the Yellow Ribbon program we can provide the opportunity to the men and women who have served our country and do it in a way that meets the needs of their current life situation.”

Formally known as the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, the Yellow Ribbon program is an effort to pay for veterans’ college expenses to a similar extent that the original GI Bill did after World War II by providing for payment of tuition and fees, a housing allowance and a stipend for books and supplies.

The program is available for eligible veterans who have served at least three years on active military duty, or at least 30 days for someone released for a service-connected disability, since September 11, 2001.

“Tusculum College is proud to participate in the Yellow Ribbon program. This program allows the College to further fulfill her mission by acknowledging the service and commitment of those who have served our country by providing them with financial support to complete their education.” said Tusculum College President Dr. Nancy B. Moody. “With the variety of locations, programs, majors, degrees and scheduling options offered at Tusculum College, we are uniquely suited to serve those whose educational path was interrupted or who are considering higher education for the first time.”

The Yellow Ribbon Program is applicable towards all Tusculum College degree programs, which include traditional undergraduate programs, as well as the Graduate and Professional Studies programs. Tuition benefits under the program are also available to both full and part-time students.

Tusculum College has long offered assistance to veterans returning to higher education and Veterans Affairs Coordinator Pat Simons is available to specifically support veterans with their admissions and financial aid questions. For more information on the Yellow Ribbon program or others assistance provided by the College, contact Simons at 423-636-7300.

The Tusculum College Office of Alumni Relations is interested in identifying our alumni who are veterans. If you served, please send an e-mail to rmuncy@tusculum.edu letting us know when you served and with what branch of the military.

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

Posted on 23 July 2009 by eestes@tusculum.edu

svanceSusan 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.

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 in 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

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Alumna featured in Johnson City art exhibit

Posted on 22 July 2009 by eestes@tusculum.edu

rahmWanda Rahm ’05 is one of the artists featured in the “From the Earth” exhibit that has been on display during the month of July at the Nelson Fine Art Center in Johnson City.

Rahm’s paintings in the display are colorful illustrations of scenes from Appalachia including some from Greene County. Rahm, who earned a degree in visual art and museum studies, is the administrative assistant for the Center for Civic Advancement at Tusculum.

The exhibit also features two other artists with Tusculum ties, Deborah Bryan, assistant professor of art, and Aurora Pope, an adjunct instructor and wife of Brian Pope, associate professor of psychology at Tusculum.  Bryan contributed some of her prints focusing on items found in nature. Pope’s abstract paintings and her artworks featuring natural materials such as egg shells and feathers are part of the exhibit.

The Nelson Fine Arts Center, located at 234 E. Main Street near the Hands On! Regional Museum, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. The exhibit is on display through July 24.

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