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Student Alumni Association graduates recognized

Posted on 31 August 2009 by eestes@tusculum.edu

saa_recognitionThe first three graduates from the Tusculum College Student Alumni Association were recognized recently when the group met to discuss plans for the organization in 2009-2010 school year.

Cody Greene ’08, Megan Hart ’09 and Rachel Barnard ’09 were each given token of appreciation for the work they have done in growing the organization since its inception in 2006.

Greene is still shepherding the program in his role as coordinator of development for the Office of Institutional Advancement, while Hart and Barnard are still involved in providing guidance to the group as it continues to grow.

“It has been very fulfilling to watch as the Student Alumni Association at Tusculum College grows, and the involvement of our initial group of students was a key factor in the success of the new organization,” said Susan Vance, interim vice president for institutional advancement.

“Our first graduates of the program are now out in the world and continuing to serve, not only their Alma Mater, but also the community in which they live and work.”

The purpose of the Student Alumni Association is to build a body of servant leaders who upon graduation will advance the interests and connectivity of alumni and Tusculum College; establish, foster and promote the development of beneficial relationships among and between the college’s students, alumni, staff, faculty and the college community; and furthering the quality of Tusculum College as an institution of higher education.

The group has been active in a variety of service projects, including the recent “clean-up” of the Tusculum Arch, a landmark on the National Historic Register. Last year’s Student Alumni Association members also implemented the Pioneering Mentoring Program which works on two levels, allowing the college students the opportunity to work with young people, while helping the elementary students develop their ideas of what college is about and what it can mean for their futures.

“The goal of the Pioneering Mentoring Program is to motivate youth to achieve their potential by fostering inspiration to transform lives, education to change attitudes and connections to increase opportunities by pairing elementary students with Tusculum College students for weekly activities that expose the youth to the opportunities of higher education,” said Greene.

The Tusculum College Student Alumni Association is coordinated by the Department of Alumni and Parent Relations in the Office of Institutional Advancement. Students are selected to participate in the program based on their academic work, involvement in campus activities and desire to give back to the College and the community.

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Register today for Homecoming 2009!

Posted on 27 August 2009 by eestes@tusculum.edu

paradeHomecoming 2009 “Tradition Never Graduates” is packed with activities that provide alumni a chance for good fellowship, enjoyment of autumn in East Tennessee and visits to former campus haunts. Make your plans to attend today!

Registration can be made online or by sending in the form found in the inside cover of the July 2009 edition of the Tusculum magazine.

Friday’s scheduled events include something for everyone, and a presentation has been added during the afternoon. Jack Smith, director of the Thomas J. Garland Library, will be telling the story of the McCormick Hall bell from its service on a Civil War gunboat to how it came to the Tusculum College campus. Check out each of these events (listed in chronological order):

“Preserving Your Tusculum Traditions” and special showing of  films of campus life from the 1940s-1960s (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

Campus Tours (upon request)

2009 Homecoming Golf Tournament (9 a.m.)

Myers Pumpkin Patch (10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)

Brights Zoo (10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)

Chili Cook-off (11 a.m.)

“The Story of the Bell” (1:30 p.m.)

Tea with the President (3:30 – 4:15 p.m.)

Sports Hall of Fame/All Alumni Dinner (6:30 p.m.)

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‘Daddy’ Haynes’ granddaughter visits campus

Posted on 27 August 2009 by eestes@tusculum.edu

haynesIn 1940, a young Annette Haynes and her brother, Robert, unveiled the portrait of their grandfather, Dr. Landon Carter “Daddy” Haynes that was displayed for years in the residence hall on campus that bears his name.

The now Annette Haynes Kelly visited campus during the first week of August with her son, David Forrest, to show him the area where she spent her summers as a young girl. It was the first time that Kelly had been on campus for about 30 years and her son’s first visit.

Dr. Haynes taught at Tusculum College for 65 years, a period that earned him a mention in the national “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” newspaper feature. Haynes, whose time at Tusculum began as a student in 1872, returned to his Alma Mater as a professor of mathematics and natural science who also taught Greek, Spanish and theology. Much beloved by his students, Haynes became a legend of the College, one of the most prominent individuals in its history who helped shape the institution. His wife, Jane, was the second woman to graduate from Tusculum. Haynes lived less than a mile from the campus on Erwin Highway.

Kelly recalled that her grandfather would do math problems for fun around the house and always wore a starched collar even after the style had changed.

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Alumni in the news . . .

Posted on 27 August 2009 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College alumni help keep the College’s name in the public – below are some alumni who have made local news in the past month:

gcpleadershipclass• Susan Compton ’96, Cody Greene ’08 and Nick Hirschy ’02 participated in the 2009 Greene County Partnership Class and graduated earlier in the month. Compton works at Laughlin Memorial Hospital in Greeneville, Greene at Tusculum College and Hirschy at American Patriot Bank. Leadership Greene County is designed to motivate participants to develop and enhance the quality of their leadership in addressing pertinent community needs and implementing them into their everyday lives and work situations. Leadership Greene County begins in August with an overnight retreat and continues through May. Participants are exposed to a variety of viewpoints that illustrate the array of economic, political, educational, and social factors at work in Greene County. They meet with area leaders in business, media, government, education, and service organizations. In addition, participants receive training in leadership effectiveness and human behavior.

slagle• Mary Jo Solomon Slagle ’60 was recognized at the “Miss Fairest of the Fair” competition at the 2009 Greene County Fair. The Greene County Fair celebrated its 60 anniversary this year and included recognition of some of its “firsts.” Slagle was the first “Miss Fairest of the Fair.” The back of a flatbed truck served as the stage for the evening gown competition and as winner, Slagle received a crown made from cardboard covered with tinfoil. In a competition during the day, the participants had to either show an animal they had raised, display something they had sewn or enter something they had baked. Slagle showed a calf. (Slagle’s photo courtesy of Phil Gentry and the Greeneville Sun).

susanvance•  Susan D. Vance ‘91, interim vice president for institutional advancement at Tusculum College, was recently named vice president/president-elect for the Tennessee Advancement Resources Council (TARC). Vance has been with Tusculum College’s Institutional Advancement Office since 2003 and has served as interim vice president since February 2007. The Tennessee Advancement Resources Council was established in 1973 to promote both professional and educational excellence in the schools, colleges and universities of Tennessee. The council strives to serve as a forum for exchanging thoughts on how to build and enhance alumni and development programs and services.

• Leah Walker ‘04, site and events manager at the Doak House Museum at Tusculum College, has been selected to receive the 2009 LaPaglia/Historic House Museum Group Scholarship Award to attend the annual meeting of the Southeastern Museum Conference to be held in October. Only one scholarship is awarded in the 12 states that form the Southeast region. The scholarship recognizes young museum professionals who have recently undertaken expanded responsibilities and have been identified as a future leader in the profession. Walker has also been selected to be the secretary of the organization. She will serve in the position for a two-year term

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Tusculum marks the beginning of its 216th year

Posted on 27 August 2009 by eestes@tusculum.edu

The Opening Convocation ceremony on August 27 formally opened the 216th academic year of Tennessee’s oldest college.

The ceremony introduced new faculty members to campus and included the installation of the Student Government Association officers. Leading the student body this year are president – Tiffany Colbaugh of Blountville, Tenn., vice president – Brooke Haymaker of Kettering, Ohio, and secretary/treasurer – Amber Collins of Newport, Tenn. The Opening Convocation was also the first formal ceremony presided over by new President Dr. Nancy B. Moody.

Classes began on Monday, August 24, but the activity on campus had been increasing throughout the month as different groups returned to the College. During the first and second weeks of August, students who are members of athletic teams with fall seasons returned, as well as athletic training majors. Also returning during those weeks were orientation leaders and student mentor/leaders of the Living and Learning Communities. The communities are a program to create “communities of learning” inside the residence halls of students of similar interests and academic levels.

Student leadership groups, such as the President’s Society and the Student Government Association officers, and other students who participate in pre-term programming returned to campus on Monday, August 17, and all new students were welcomed on Friday, August 21.  Returning students had their Move-in Day on Sunday, August 23.

tcfestivalNew and transfer students were acclimated to college life and the campus during Orientation, beginning Friday afternoon and concluding with a “Tusculum Festival” of games, music and tethered hot-air balloon rides. This week, Welcome Week activities for all students have included a student luau, a Pioneer Pig Roast and a ’70s Love Groove dance.

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Tusculum College Bookstore now on Facebook

Posted on 27 August 2009 by eestes@tusculum.edu

facebook21The Tusculum College Bookstore has added another way for alumni to check out its latest Tusculum College memorabilia. The Bookstore now has a Facebook page.

Through this Facebook Page, alumni will be able to view  merchandise, special events, and sales the Bookstore is conducting.  Become a fan today!

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Pioneer Club kicks off 2009-2010 campaign

Posted on 27 August 2009 by eestes@tusculum.edu

pckickoff2The 2009-2010 Pioneer Club Campaign began with a kick-off celebration on Tuesday, August 11, at Pioneer Park on campus that featured food, games and some fun surprises.

The Pioneer Club is the College’s vehicle to provide athletic scholarships and program support to all athletic programs. The program began in 1991, and with the help and support of friends of the College, each year the goals have been met and exceeded in both membership and dollars raised.

The goals for the 2009-2010 campaign are 400 members and $130,000. Members of the Pioneer Club are invited to tailgates, hospitality suites or other special events prior to selected home games, matches or tournaments. Depending on giving level, members may also receive discounts at the Tusculum College Bookstore, game passes and public address announcement recognition during games.

Individuals who have been members of the Pioneer Club in the past were invited to the kick-off event, and attendees were treated to a dinner with special servers, Pioneer coaches. Volunteering to serve as a way to say thank you to the Pioneer Club supporters were Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach Katie Baldwin, Men’s and Women’s Golf Coach Bob Dibble, Head Softball Coach Fred Gillum, Head Women’s Basketball Coach Adell Harris, Head Baseball Coach Doug Jones and Assistant Softball Coach Jessica Peterka.

During a brief program, the attendees were thanked for their support of student athletes and the athletic program by President Dr. Nancy B. Moody; Frankie DeBusk, athletic director and head football coach; John Gregory, a member of football team, and Dr. Craig Shepherd, who is serving as chairman of this year’s campaign. Shepherd, who is also a member of the Tusculum College Board of Trustees, is leading the campaign for the third year. Co-chairman are Larry Coughlin and Mike Hollowell.

The event also included games for the young and young at heart. A weekend getaway to Pigeon Forge, including accommodations and tickets for several attractions, was given as the grand prize drawing, and Imogene Dobson ’66 was the winner. Individuals who joined the Pioneer Club prior to the event were eligible for the drawing for the getaway.

For more information about the Pioneer Club, visit its Web page at http://www.tusculum.edu/athletics/pioneerclub/ or contact Kim Kidwell ’99 at 1-800-729-0256 ext. 5303 or at kkidwell@tusculum.edu.

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Tusculum College Fall Fantasia Health and Wellness Fair set for Nov. 5

Posted on 27 August 2009 by eestes@tusculum.edu

medical_imageThe Tusculum College Fall Fantasia Health and Wellness Fair has been scheduled for Thursday, November 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Niswonger Commons on the Tusculum College campus.

Providers are currently being sought for participation in this annual event, which in 2008 drew more than 300 visitors and 48 providers. In addition to Tusculum College faculty, staff and students, the event is open to the public and many of the community assisted living facilities bring residents who might benefit from the services and information provided. The event is sponsored by the Tusculum College Health and Counseling Office.

Medical and health information and assessments of many types will be offered free to everyone who attends. And, according to organizers at the College, there is no charge to participate as a vendor; however, registration is required.

“The Fall Fantasia Health and Wellness Fair is an informational event for students, faculty and staff, but it is also a community outreach event that we are proud to offer each year,” said Diane Hensley, campus nurse at the College and event organizer.

“We strive to offer as many opportunities as possible and hope this year to have healthy eating information, HIV testing by Hope for Tennessee, and something new this year is the participation of the Mobile Unit of the Knoxville Comprehensive Breast Center who will be performing mammograms on site,” she added.

This year Medic Region Blood Center will be on hand conducting a blood drive as part of the College’s annual Blood Drive Bowl competition the week Tusculum College travels to Carson-Newman College for their annual football rivalry game. Last year Tusculum College won the Blood Drive Bowl 173-122 over Carson-Newman, and event planners hope the community participation in the Fall Fantasia Health and Wellness Fair will help put them over the top this year as well.

Among other topics, this year’s expanded health fair will offer multiple areas of physical and mental health education and screening, preventive care information, increased awareness of health resources in the community, alternative health/medicine sources and information on healthy food choices, cooking ideas and preparation techniques.

Additional providers are being sought, and letters to former participants will go out in the coming days. For more information about the Fall Fantasia Health and Wellness Fair contact Hensley at 423-636-7499 or Connie Kretchmar-Sitz at 423-798-7821.

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Museums of Tusculum College to host Abraham Lincoln Symposium September 10

Posted on 27 August 2009 by eestes@tusculum.edu

lincolnThe life, legacy and cultural perception of Abraham Lincoln will be explored during a special symposium on Sept. 10 at Tusculum College.

The symposium, “Lincoln’s Living Legacy: 200 Years of Interpretation” will explore the 16th president as a vital American icon. The symposium, sponsored by the Museums of Tusculum College in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in the Niswonger Commons on the college’s campus.

Four experts will discuss Lincoln as we have come know him through stories, literature, museum exhibitions and educational programs.

Dr. William Forstchen, faculty fellow and professor of history at Montreat College, will focus on “Carl Sandburg and Lincoln: A Living Relationship.” Dr. Forstchen is a noted author of more than 40 books. He has written or co-written a number of novels focusing on the Civil War period, including three novels with former Congressman Newt Gingrich. He has also authored three World War II-period novels with Gingrich.

Among his other works are the award-winning “We Look Like Men of War,” a young adult novel about an African-American regiment that fought at the Battle of the Crater in the Civil War; the “Lost Regiment” series that has been optioned by both Tom Cruise and Paramount Studies, and his latest, the apocalyptic thriller, “One Second After,” published earlier this year.

In addition to his writing, Dr. Forstchen hosts a weekly radio program about history, has led archeological and anthropological research trips to Mongolia and continues research into World War II, particularly aviation.

Thomas Mackie, director of the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum at Lincoln Memorial University, will discuss “Keeping Lincoln Alive.” Mackie began his museum career as a registrar and tour guide at a museum in Michigan and moved on to head to Virginia’s Amherst County Historical Museum for six years, during which time the museum tripled in size. He then took over the Ontario County Historical Society in New York and prior to coming to East Tennessee, he directed educational efforts at Historic Roscoe Village in Ohio.

A skilled modeler, Mackie has also served an archival manager and exhibits fabricator. He has undertaken several research projects dealing with historic architecture and material culture. Mackie also has several years of classroom teaching experience.

“The Lincoln and Seward Legacy” will be explored by Peter Wisbey, director of the William Seward House in Auburn, N.Y.  Wisbey has been the executive director of the Seward House since October 2000.  Prior to that he was curator of collections at the Genesee Country Village & Museum in Mumford, N.Y. He has also held curatorial positions at the Worcester Historical Museum, in Massachusetts and the Monmouth County Historical Association in New Jersey.

Professionally, Wisbey is New York State representative for the American Association for State and Local History, a national museum support organization.  He is a graduate of St. Lawrence University. He holds a master’s degree in history museum studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program-SUNY Oneonta and a second master’s degree in early American culture from the Winterthur Program of the University of Delaware.

Chris Small of The Lincoln Project will moderate a panel discussion of the experts following the individual presentations.  Small is well known in the region for his first-person portrayals of the 16th president. The Lincoln Project recently released two films, “Abraham Lincoln’s Faith” and “Lincoln and Emancipation” that were both filmed in Greeneville.

Early in the afternoon, symposium attendees will have the opportunity to take a special guided tour of the National Historic District of Tusculum College. The college is the oldest in Tennessee and the 23rd oldest in the country. Ten structures on campus dating between circa 1830 and 1930 are on the National Register of Historic Places.

Attendees may also want to visit the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library on campus. The 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. It also houses the Charles Coffin Collection from the original college library and the College archives containing documents related to the history of Tusculum.

The symposium has been made possible through the support of the Arts Outreach of Tusculum College, the Lincoln Project, and the Museums of Tusculum College.

The registration fee for the symposium is $10. The registration deadline is August 28. A registration form is available online at the Museums’ Web page.

For more information, please call (423) 636-7348, e-mail gcollins@tusculum.edu or visit the Museums’ Web page or the Lincoln Project Web page.

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Tennessee Civil War Trails signs in Greene County unveiled with ceremony on campus

Posted on 27 August 2009 by eestes@tusculum.edu

civilwartrail2Six Tennessee Civil War Trails signs were unveiled Tuesday in Greene County, beginning with a ceremony at the marker at the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library on the Tusculum College campus.

Greene County has the second largest number of the Civil War Trails signs in the state. “You may not have the most, but you have the most important ones,” said Dr. Van West, executive director of the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, during the ceremony.

State and local officials and state legislators participated in the ceremony, celebrating the culmination of the initial part of the initiative, a local tourism project of the Greene County Partnership. The Civil War Trails is a multi-state program that identifies, interprets and creates driving tours of both the great campaigns and lesser known Civil War sites with sites designated with interpretive markers.

“It is really important what happened here about 150 years ago,” West said. “When you think about the total Civil War period, it began here and ended here.” The important Greeneville Convention before the war was a microcosm of the struggles that the nation was facing, he continued, and some of the most significant early fighting of the war involves the story of “unbelievable bravery” by Union sympathizers who burned bridges along the rail lines in the western part of the county.

“The story represented by the building behind us over here (the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library) of President Johnson represents the end of the Civil War,” West said. “The reconstruction presidency of Andrew Johnson was central to the redefinition of citizenship and redefinition of the sense of nationalism after the tragedy of war.”

Dave Jones, representing the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, said, “What is unique about the Civil War Trails is they tell the Civil War stories that have not been told. We know about the big stories, but this is an opportunity for the local community to tell you stories and bring tourism to your county.”

George Collins, director of the Tusculum College Museum Program and Studies, spoke to some of that history, noting that the “Old College” building that houses the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library is the oldest academic building on the Tusculum College campus. It was built in 1841 for $4,500 through in-kind service and donations. One of those donations was $20 (equivalent to six months in wages at the time) from Andrew Johnson, who also served as a trustee of the college.

“Although our county, state and nation are diverse, we are linked by our common history,” Collins said. “We are honored to be a part of the Civil War Trails.”

The Civil War Trails marker at the President Andrew Johnson Museum tells of the College’s experiences during the War. The other Civil War Trails markers in Greene County tell about the Pottertown Bridge Burners, the battles of Blue Springs, the Bridge Burners’ hanging near the railroad depot in Greeneville, the Dickson-Williams Mansion and the death of Gen. John Hunt Morgan.

The benefits of tourism were noted by State Sen. Steve Southerland R-Morristown, who is chairman of the Senate’s Tourism Committee. Many people do not realize that the second largest industry in the state is tourism, and it generates about $14 billion a year in the state, he said. Other speakers noted that Civil War tourists spend more on average than other types of tourists.

State Representative David Hawk R-5th noted that Greene County is a leader in tourism in the state. Earlier in the ceremony, Collins had thanked Hawk particularly for his efforts in securing a state Community Enhancement Grant to provide funds for the project.

State Representative Eddie Yokley D-11th, said he was pleased to be attending the unveiling as there were some in the legislature who opposed the program. Fortunately, he said, the program received support and will play an important role in exposing not only tourists but also the local community to history.

Greene County has been a leader in the Tennessee Civil War Trails project as the first meeting in the state about the initiative was held here. Locally, the effort was spearheaded through the Greene County Partnership and involved a citizens committee to work towards installing the signs in Greene County.

This is a beginning for the Civil War Trails efforts in Greene County, noted Tammy Kinser, tourism director at the Partnership, as a 14-mile bike trail in Mosheim has been identified through the efforts of Donahue Bible, a local historian who has worked for years to bring greater public awareness of the story of the “bridge burners” and their significance to the Civil War.

Kinser said there are many people to thank for the success of the project including the Tennessee Department of Transportation, Governor Phil Bredeson, Tennessee Tourism Commissioner Susan Whittaker, Mitch Bowman of the Civil War Trails organization, Dr. Van West, the local Civil War Trails Committee, the Greene County Commission, the Andrew Johnson Bicentennial Committee, the Town of Mosheim, the Town of Greeneville, the City of Tusculum, Food Country, Tim Massey of Morgan’s Men, Greene County Heritage Trust, Cindy Lucas, Claudia Moody of the Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association and Russell and Sheila Ooten for providing a Greene Coach bus for the tour of the sites that followed the ceremony.

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Tusculum College professor secures 12-book deal for Smoky Mountain-set fiction series

Posted on 27 August 2009 by eestes@tusculum.edu

steppTusculum College’s Dr. Lin Stepp, who teaches developmental and educational psychology and a research writing course at the Knoxville Regional Center, has reason to smile these days. With a recent acceptance for publication of her 12-book Smoky Mountain Series and a glowing review from Dolly Parton, Dr. Stepp is enjoying positive reviews from the first book, released this spring.

“Well, I’ve finally come across someone that believes in all the things that I do … love, family, faith, intrigue, mystery, loyalty, romance and a great love for our beloved Smoky Mountains. Dr. Lin Stepp, I salute you,” reads the inscription from Parton on Stepp’s novel, “The Foster Girls.”

According to Stepp, the series is set in the Smoky Mountains, with “The Foster Girls” set in Wear’s Valley. The second book in the series, “Tell Me About Orchard Hollow,” is set in Townsend and will be published this spring.

“The Smoky Mountain series are all contemporary southern fiction – with a generous sprinkling of romance, a dash of suspense, a touch of inspiration and a big dollop of Appalachian flavor,” said Stepp.  “Unlike many series books, each novel is a complete story in itself – with a warm, satisfying ending.  The link in the series is that each book is set in a different region of the Smoky Mountains, giving the reader a visit to those areas around the mountains with each read.”

She added that the books are interwoven in a way in which characters from one book might walk into another book.  For example, a minor character and social worker in “The Foster Girls” becomes the main character in the third book in the series called “For Six Good Reasons.”

“I am fortunate to have nationally-acclaimed artist Jim Gray’s beautiful art work on the cover of all my novels and very grateful to have the praise and support of Dolly Parton for my books,” said Stepp. “My national and regional reviews have been very good – such as the one from the well-known Midwest Review.”

Stepp is frequently out promoting the new series and has an upcoming book signing scheduled for Saturday, September 5, from 2-4 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble store at the Franklin Terrace in Johnson City.

“Many of my students from the past have come out to support me,” said Stepp. “That has been very heartwarming.  I love my students – and often keep in touch with them for many years.”

Stepp has taught at Tusculum College for almost ten years and teaches in organizational management program at the Knoxville Regional Center. In the past she has also taught a wide variety of psychology courses.

“My husband’s explorations and hikes in the Smoky Mountains since the 1990s inspired the basis for my novels,” said Stepp. “I found that there were few contemporary novels set in the Smokies region – and yet the Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited park in America.  My own relatives trekked down the Appalachian Trail to settle this East Tennessee area. I liked the idea of celebrating this area with contemporary, warm and wholesome novels set right here in our part of the world.”

For more information about Stepp and her novels, see her author’s Web site.

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Tusculum College President’s Society works to beautify campus for the fall semester

Posted on 26 August 2009 by eestes@tusculum.edu

beautification1Entrances to the Tusculum College campus are more colorful and tidier thanks to a beautification project by the college’s President’s Society. Members of the President’s Society spent the morning of Aug. 18 helping prepare the campus for the arrival of new students and return of upperclassmen for the beginning of the fall semester. The 12 members of the President’s Society cleaned around the campus entrance sign near the intersection of Erwin Highway and Shiloh Road, planting flowers and shrubs near the brick sign. George Collins, director of the College’s Museum Program and Studies, helped in providing the pressure washer for the brick sign and guidance in the cleaning, planting and mulching. Members also pulled weeds and cleaned up brush from around the Tusculum Arch and cleaned around the brick entrance sign near the intersection of Erwin Highway and Gilland Street. The President’s Society is an elite student organization dedicated to promoting and fortifying the mission of the college.  The students serve as ambassadors to the college, serve as hosts for campus visits, participate in leadership and ethics training and assist with campus events.

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