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Matching gift challenge announced

Posted on 28 April 2010 by srichey@tusculum.edu

The Office of Institutional Advancement is excited to announce a Matching Gift Challenge! Several anonymous donors have agreed to match new gifts made after May 1, 2010, up to a maximum of $13,000 to inspire you to make a gift in support of the Tusculum College Fund. In order for your dollars to be matched, i.e. your $25 gift becomes a $50 gift, you must make your gift prior to June 30, 2010.

The sooner you make your gift, the sooner we can maximize the generosity of our anonymous donors. Thank you for your consideration of a gift that will make a difference in the life of Tusculum College and in the lives of the deserving students who we seek to serve.

To give online, visit http://www.tusculum.edu/giving/gift or mail check to P.O. Box 5040, Greeneville, TN  37743. You may also make a gfit by calling toll-free 1-800-729-0256, ext. 5303.

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Tusculum College Community Chorus to perform spring concert May 3

Posted on 25 April 2010 by eestes@tusculum.edu

The Tusculum College Community Chorus will feature “Requiem” by the French composer Fauré during its spring concert on Monday, May 3.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on the Tusculum College campus. David Hendricksen is the conductor for the group, and James Winfree is accompanist.  The concert is free and open to the public.

The concert will begin with several short selections, including “This Land is Your Land,” three evocative choral poems by Swedish composer Hildor Lundvik and “The Excursion, “ a charming piece by Gioachino Rossini for chorus and piano. The opening will also feature “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands,” arranged for women’s voices by chorus member Susan McNabb who will conduct the piece.

Following a brief intermission, the chorus and orchestra will present the comforting “Requiem” by French composer Gabriel Fauré. Many requiems and other compositions contemplating death have been produced, some with the intention of being a grand memorial to one who has recently died and others with the aim to comfort to those who mourn.  Fauré’s setting of the “Requiem” certainly falls into the latter category.

The orchestration omits violins, using only violas, cellos and basses in the string section.  The rich texture this provides, along with the chromatic, harmonic language of the composition and some ethereal choral passages combine to make a wonderfully comforting setting of these age-old texts.  For this work, the chorus will be joined by the Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra and soloists Jill Jones, Zack Smith and Phil Thwing.

Founded in 1996 as a way to involve singers from throughout the community in a broad range of sacred and secular repertoire, the Tusculum College Community Chorus has grown to more than 50 singers.

For further information, please contact conductor David Hendricksen by phone at 423-638-0409 or email conductordavid@embarqmail.com.

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Tusculum College associate professor emeritus of music honored by national association

Posted on 21 April 2010 by eestes@tusculum.edu

thomas_award1Ruth Thomas, associate professor emeritus of music at Tusculum College, was recently honored as a Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Fellow for the State of Tennessee.

Thomas’ recognition is an honor bestowed by her peers.

“We are excited to honor Ruth for a lifetime of dedication to her students, to her community and for her exemplary service to the Tennessee Music Teachers Association and to the Music Teachers National Association,” said Deane K. Gray of the Smoky Mountain Music Teachers Association and the Tennessee Music Teachers Association Executive Board.

Thomas joined the College’s music department in the mid-1960s with her husband, Arnold, who passed away in recent years. The two decades that the couple served the College was marked by the success of the well-respected choral program that significantly touched the lives of students.

As a team, the husband and wife directed the Tusculum College Singers, creating three choirs from a small group of singers: the mixed chorus, men’s chorus and women’s chorus. She accompanied the men’s and mixed choruses on piano and directed the women’s chorus. According to former students, Thomas was always calm and cheerful – a trait which was needed during last-minute rehearsals before choir tours.

thomas2Teaching such classes as music theory and history, she also found time to teach piano in a studio at Tusculum, which she continues to this day. Her students found she had high expectations and helped them achieve results that they had not thought possible. Her attention to detail in playing music was not just valuable in regards to piano, but also one that benefited her students later in life.

Tusculum College has not been the only benefactor of Thomas’ talent and dedication. She was the founder and former conductor of the Greater Greeneville Chorale. She is also the long-time pianist and organist at Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Thomas received her honor at 2010 annual conference in Albuquerque, N.M., during the closing Gala and she will also be recognized in “American Music Teacher” magazine.

Thomas’s trip to receive her fellowship was funded in part by contributions from the Tusculum College community, family and friends, and Thomas thanked everyone who helped and supported her along the way.

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Find out the latest about your fellow alumni in Class Notes!

Find out the latest about your fellow alumni in Class Notes!

Posted on 21 April 2010 by eestes@tusculum.edu

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Jamie Reed ’00 has been named the football coach at South Oldham High School in Crestwood, KY. Reed had spent the five previous years coaching high school football in Georgia. While at Tusculum, he played quarterback and then was an assistant coach for three years. Reed and his family are looking forward to the move closer to Cincinnati, where his wife, Emily (Skeen ’01), grew up.

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Sara Knoblauch Lee ’00 of Section, AL, and her husband, Robert, announce the birth of their daughter, Caroline Elizabeth.  She was born on February 10, 2010 in
Gadsden, AL.  Caroline weighed 8 pounds 4 ounces and was 20.5 inches long.

Timothy Perin ’06 and Kari (Karns) Perin  ’06 ’05 of Port Clinton, OH, announce the birth of a baby girl, Charlet Elizabeth Perin (Lizzie) on Sunday, November 8, 2009. She was 7 lbs. 8 oz. and 20 inches long, perfectly healthy with blond hair and blue eyes.

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Lysbeth “Libby” Waddell Saville ’38 of Greeneville, TN, passed away March 31, 2010. A lifelong resident of Greeneville, she married Christopher McCullough Saville, a graduate of Tusculum, in 1939. The Savilles lived for many years at “Russell Hill’ a house on Old Tusculum Road near the campus. Mrs. Saville taught for 17 years in the Greene County School System at Chuckey Elementary School, where she taught reading and coached the spelling bee. She was an active member of the Retired Teachers’ Association. Mrs. Saville was a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church, and a member of the Andrew Johnson Women’s Club and the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was a founding member of Youth Builders, serving as president of that organization. Mrs. Saville was also a former president of the Tuesday Book Club and an avid reader. After her husband died in April of 1992, she left Russell Hill and took an apartment on North Main Street in a neighborhood where many of her childhood friends lived. In 2006 she moved into the Russell Hill home of her daughter and son-in-law, Beth (Saville ’72) and Jim Fairly.

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Alice Britton Carducci ’65 of Highland Lakes, NJ, passed away March 23, 2010, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.  Mrs. Carducci was retired from the New Jersey Bureau of Child Services. Her survivors include her sister and Tusculum alumna Jo Ann Britton Von Essen ’62 and a special friend Jane Weems Stroud ’78.

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Renee Williams Linebarger ’06 of Greeneville, TN, passed away March 23, 2010. Mrs. Linebarger was a member of the Sweetwater Church of God.

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Homecoming 2009 exhibit earns state award for museum

Posted on 21 April 2010 by eestes@tusculum.edu

ajmuseum_awardThe President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library on the Tusculum College campus has been presented an Award of Commendation from the Tennessee Association of Museums during its annual conference.

The museum, which is located in the oldest academic building on the campus proper, received the award for “superlative achievement” in the special events category for “Preserving Your Traditions,” an exhibit and public program held in conjunction with National Archives Month and as part of Tusculum College’s Homecoming 2009 activities. The award was presented during the Tennessee Association of Museums’ annual conference held March 30-April 1 in Nashville.

Kathy Cuff, museum assistant/archivist, planned and coordinated the event, which included special presentations by Myers Brown, outreach coordinator for the Tennessee State Museum, and Amy Collins, archivist with the Archives of Appalachia at East Tennessee State University. The two guest presenters focused their sessions on providing information and techniques on storing and preserving textiles, metals, paper, photographs and film from personal family archives. Preservation “starter kits” were provided to those who attended one of the nine 30-minute sessions.

In the periods between the presentations, films of Tusculum College and Greeneville made between 1929 and 1970 were shown. The films had been recently restored and transferred to a digital format.

archives_exhibitThe museum also featured an accompanying exhibit (one of the displays pictured above) that included rarely seen items from the archives of the college as well as examples of what happens to family artifacts that are not stored or handled properly. The exhibit, which has been visited by more than 1,800 people to date, will be on display through May 1.

The Awards Committee of the Tennessee Association of Museums was impressed not only with the scope and quality of the event but also the partnering between the museum, the college’s Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, ETSU and the State Museum.

The President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library and the Doak House Museum are operated by the Department of Museum Program and Studies of Tusculum College. In addition to the museums, the department is responsible for the College Archives and offers one of the few undergraduate Museum Studies degree programs in the country.

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Tusculum College officials pleased with outcome of recent SACS-COC on-site visit

Posted on 21 April 2010 by eestes@tusculum.edu

tc_cresotelogo_721Tusculum College officials are pleased with the outcome of a recent verbal report from the On-site Review Team of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools-Commission on Colleges.

The team was on-site April 5-8 as part of the college’s reaffirmation of accreditation efforts.

“I am pleased to report that the On-Site Review Team, consisting mostly of representatives from peer institutions, conducted a very thorough review of the College and accepted the college’s Quality Enhancement Plan on Problem-solving with Reflective Judgment with no recommendations and had no recommendations in the SACS-COC core requirements,” said Tusculum College president, Dr. Nancy B. Moody.

In addition, the On-site Review Team identified only four areas where they were unable to confirm compliance.

Dr. Kim Estep, provost and academic vice president who also serves as the accreditation liaison, reported that the next steps in this process will be for the college to receive the official On-Site Report and prepare a response to that report that would address the remaining four areas where recommendations were given.

Materials will be submitted and reviewed by a committee of SACS-COC with recommendations made by the committee to the full SACS-COC membership at the December 2010 Annual Meeting to be held in Louisville, Ky., when a decision will be made about the reaffirmation of Tusculum College.

The verbal report from the SACS-COC visitation team was made to Moody, Chairman of the Board Kenneth A. Bowman, the Cabinet and the Cabinet Advisory Council made up of a broad-based representation of faculty and staff.  In all, nearly thirty leaders of Tusculum College assembled to hear the report.

“I would like to commend everyone who contributed to any aspect of the SACS-COC report or the visit,” said Moody. “These efforts have included many members of the Tusculum College family including students, faculty, staff and members of the Board of Trustees. As President of Tusculum College, I am proud of these initial outcomes and proud to be a member of the Tusculum College team.”

Tusculum College, the oldest college in Tennessee and the 28th oldest in the nation, is a liberal arts institution committed to utilizing the civic arts in developing educated citizens distinguished by academic excellence, public service and qualities of Judeo-Christian character. Approximately twenty-four hundred students are enrolled on the main campus in Greeneville and three off-site locations in East Tennessee. The academic programs for both traditional-aged students and working adults served through the Graduate and Professional Studies program are delivered using focused calendars whereby students enroll in one course at a time.

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A new President’s Advisory Council formed for Morristown

Posted on 21 April 2010 by eestes@tusculum.edu

The inaugural meeting of the newly formed Morristown President’s Advisory Council was held on Thursday, April 14, at the Tusculum College Morristown site.

The group was greeted by Tusculum College president, Dr. Nancy B. Moody, who presented an update on the College and its activities.

The newest President’s Advisory Council is the fourth such group to be formed. The Johnson City, Kingsport and Knoxville President’s Advisory Councils were formed in 2005.

Membership in the Councils include selected alumni and friends of the College. Their mission is to assist the College with identifying opportunities for graduate preparation, professional development, career development/internships, community impact and opening doors.

Pictured below are back row, from left are Susan Vance ’91, interim vice president of institutional advancement at Tusculum College; Nicole Martin, Tusculum College admissions representative; Sherri Storer ’03 ’06, assistant director of enrollment and academic advising at the Morristown site of Tusculum College; Michael Davidson ’06; Dr. Nancy B. Moody; Joan Taylor ’02; Teal Simpson ’98 ’99; Karen Ward ’95; Lynn Elkins ’90; Peggy Brewer ’89; Robert Lydick of the Rose Center in Morristown, and Mitch Robinson ’04. Front row, from left are Walter Plankenhorn ’63; Joan Weesner ’51; Murrell Weesner ’50 and Logan Callahan, a sophomore education major from Morristown.

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Special banquet connects students and parents with scholarship donors

Posted on 21 April 2010 by eestes@tusculum.edu

donordinner_groupA group of students who receive annual or endowed scholarships and their parents were able to meet some of the people who helped make that financial assistance possible during a special dinner March 26 to recognize donors.

Donors who contribute to various annual and endowed scholarships that provide student financial aid were invited to the dinner March 26, which was organized by the College’s Office of Institutional Advancement to express appreciation to the donors, recognize them for the important benefits brought by their gifts and allow them to meet some of the students and their families who are impacted by their generosity.

Annual scholarships are those scholarship funds established by private donor(s) and maintained with minimum yearly gifts of $1,000. The continuation of the scholarship fund is dependent upon the annual gift.

Endowed scholarships are established by a private donor(s) at a level of $10,000 or higher. The interest from the scholarship fund is used to provide financial assistance to students each year.

Many of Tusculum’s annual and endowed scholarships are established in memory of loved ones or in honor of someone who attended the College.

In both the annual and endowed scholarships, the individual(s) who establishes the fund determines the criteria for awarding the assistance. For example, Tusculum has scholarships that are awarded to students in a particular major or from a specific geographical region while others have no specific guidelines other than a financial need.

Invitations were sent to donors who have contributed to Tusculum’s endowed scholarships. After responses were received, invitations were then sent to students and their parents who receive those scholarships to allow the donors to meet those who are personally impacted by their donations.

seher_holzapfelAfter the dinner, Simon Holzapfel, a junior majoring in sports science and sport management, thanked the donors for their contributions to the College. As an international student from Germany, Holzapfel said the scholarships he has received are very important in enabling him to attend Tusculum since he does not qualify for any governmental assistance.

Each of the other students attending then stood and briefly expressed their appreciation to the donors for the scholarships and told what the assistance has meant in helping them achieve their educational goals.

One student, Amber Bradley a junior from Washington state majoring in business administration, presented the donors of the scholarship she has received with bouquets of flowers to express the appreciation of her parents who were unable to attend the dinner. Holzapfel gave a box of chocolate from Germany to his scholarship donor.

Susan Vance, interim vice president for institutional advancement, and Melena Varity, director of financial aid, also expressed their appreciation to the donors for their gifts and shared information about why annual and endowed scholarships are so important to the College. Tusculum provides institutional scholarships to many of its students from its general operating funds. Annual and endowed scholarships help in that the funds they provide toward student financial aid free up a greater percentage of College operating funds to be used for other purposes such as academic program support, student services and facility upkeep.

Pianist Ben Sneyd, a sophomore majoring in English, entertained during the prelude of the event and during the dinner.

Following the dinner, photos were taken of the donors with their respective scholarship recipients and families.

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Doak House Museum to offer distinctive learning opportunities in upcoming youth camps

Posted on 21 April 2010 by eestes@tusculum.edu

dhm_homeschoolcamp2A group of home-schooled children had the opportunity last month to learn about the community’s history and how the past affects current society during a day-camp at the Doak House Museum.

Youngsters from the ages of six to 12 spent four days in late March discovering what it was like to live in the 1800s through a variety of hands-on activities including making a scarecrow for the Doak House garden. The campers also learned about one of the ways information about the past is uncovered through an archeological dig, in which they uncovered shards of pottery and other remains of daily life of past generations of the Doaks.

The museum on the campus of Tusculum College will offer in the near future additional enrichment opportunities for youth in the region to discover the wonders of history through upcoming camps. An art camp for home-schoolers is scheduled in May, and the annual summer camp, open to all children ages 6-12, will be offered two separate times in June. Sessions are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in each of the camps.

“Light, Color, Motion,” an art day camp, will be offered Monday through Thursday, May 24-27, for home-school students ages 12-16. Participants will learn about the art and artists of the 19th century with a focus on the Impressionism movement, its artists and their influences.

The camp will be led by Dr. Fran Church, art program coordinator in the Fine Arts Department at Alabama A & M University. Dr. Church holds a bachelor’s degree in art and art history from Middle Tennessee State University and two graduate degrees from the University of Oregon, where she completed a doctorate in art education in 1993. She has taught art lessons to students on every grade level and has almost 20 years experience in college instruction. Dr. Church has exhibited her papier-mâché and mixed media sculpture in juried shows in Alabama, Tennessee and Oregon.

Participants in the camp will learn how art fit into a classical 19th century education, discover the inspiration and techniques of the Impressionists, make art “en plein aire” (in the open air), learn how to properly mount and display works, make beautiful art to take home and create a show of student work for friends and family.

Coming in June will be two sessions of the “Ready, Set, Explore!” summer camp for children ages 6-12. The first camp will be offered Monday through Thursday, June 7-10. A second camp session will follow Monday through Thursday, June 21-24.

The summer camps, which are open to children ages 6-12, will allow students to learn how history shapes the society of today through a variety of hands-on activities.

During the summer camp, students will discover how history is used in daily life, learn how archeologists find clues from the past, become a history detective by learning how to “read” a building, make arts and craft projects and participate in fun and games that students from the 19th century would have enjoyed.

Cost for each of the camps is $85 per participant. If more than one child is attending from a family, the charge for the second and each additional child is $75.  Campers are to provide their own sack lunch. Snacks are included in the tuition cost.

For more information about the camps, please contact the Doak House Museum at 423-636-8554 or e-mail dboyd@tusculum.edu.

Pictured below, the group of day campers poses with “Professor” the scarecrow with camp leaders Dollie Boyd and Leah Walker; one group begins their archeological dig (center), and one camper finds that artifacts are not all that one can find in an archeological dig (bottom).

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Tusculum vice president and professor explore Biblical sites during Middle East trip

Posted on 21 April 2010 by eestes@tusculum.edu

burkas_wailingwallA Tusculum College vice president and professor brought back new insights about the Holy Land from a recent trip to the Middle East as well as ideas of how similar trips can be planned for Tusculum students in the future.

Jacquelyn D. Elliott, vice president for enrollment management, and Dr. Angela Keaton, assistant professor of history and the commons, spent three and a half weeks earlier this year in Israel and Jordan visiting Biblical, historical and religious sites, such as the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, the Dome of the Rock mosque in Jerusalem and Petra in Jordan. The two gave a presentation about their trip on March 24.

gardentomb_classThe two were “podded” with a class from Bridgewater College during the trip. Elliott explained that “podding” is a new concept whereby faculty or staff from a college or university participate in an international trip of another institution to learn about the logistics of planning such a trip and how it can be integrated academically into a course or program.

Elliott, who previously worked at Bridgewater College, said that college’s chaplain contacted her about the trip because it seemed to fit Tusculum’s curriculum and mission.

During the trip, Elliott and Keaton did the same coursework as the 15 students in the Bridgewater class, completing daily readings from the Bible and other texts as well as written assignments and journaling.

The trip’s fast-paced itinerary, which included as many as five sites a day, featured many of the sites in the Holy Land associated with Jesus’ life and ministry.

petraVisiting the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth, the group was also able to see the remains of a home from the 1st Century recently discovered by archeologists. “We were very lucky to have a glimpse of it,” Elliott said.

The Church of the Annunciation, built on the alleged location where Gabriel appeared to Mary, is representative of many of the sites in the Holy Land whose claim to be a Biblically related site cannot be positively verified, Keaton explained.

The church is also representative in that it marks a notable Biblical site. “You know you have found a significant site if there is a church built on top of it,” Keaton said. “Churches were built on everything whether the site was legitimate or not.”

One of the legitimate sites that the group visited was the House of St. Peter, a church built over what is believed to be the dwelling of the apostle. Archeologists consider this a legitimate site, Keaton explained, because the house dates back to the 1st century, fish hooks were found and graffiti had been written on the walls indicating that Jesus had been there.

During the trip, Elliott and Keaton said they discovered that some of the common western perceptions of Bible stories differ from what conditions were like in Jesus’ time. For example, Elliott said, there is common perception that Mary and Joseph were alone when Jesus was born, but in the Jewish culture of the time, they were probably surrounded by people to help, especially since many others would have returned to Bethlehem for the census.

The class crossed over into Jordan for a few days. They visited the Jordan River, which now flows at about 10 percent of what it did in Jesus’ time, Keaton noted. One of several small lagoons off the main flow of the river was probably the location of Jesus’ baptism by John, she added.

seaofgalileeIn visiting Jordan, Elliott said they noted the difference in resources between that nation and Israel to preserve and maintain the historical sites. In visiting Jericho, the ancient remains are “literally melting” because they are made of mud-brick, Keaton added. The city of Petra, another popular site for tourists, is also suffering a similar fate as it is slowly eroding from the elements.

In addition to the fast-paced itinerary, it was also a challenge to keep names straight. “Everything there has multiple names,” Elliott explained. But, there was not a language barrier, she continued, as all signs were written in English, Arabic and Hebrew.

Jerusalem presented a challenge as well. “One of the most difficult things was keeping the chronology straight,” Keaton said. “You have the Canaanites, Philistines, Assyrians, Babylonians, Israelis, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Crusaders, Arabs again, Turks, British, Jordanians and then modern Israel all stacked on top of each other.”

In Jerusalem, Elliott and Keaton spent time in the Arab market, Jewish quarter and Armenian quarter. During their free time, the two had the opportunity to talk to people in the different areas, all of whom were warm and open.

While in Palestinian-controlled areas, Elliott recalled, she asked some direct questions about what the people there thought about America. “They said they loved Americans, but were not quite as sure about the American government,” she said. Keaton added that in Jerusalem they were told by people that they “wished that Americans were not so shallow – that they would read a book now and then.”

Visiting the Mount of Olives, the class discovered that adjacent to an Arab settlement, but Elliott and Keaton noted that in walking the streets in the settlement, called Silwan Village, they encountered no problems and that the people groups are not as separated as a westerner might perceive from watching media reports.

caesareaThe Church of All Nations is built adjacent to the Garden of Gethsemane on the rock on which Jesus prayed. It is believed that Jesus most likely was in the garden there, Keaton said, because of the age of the olive trees around the church. The olive trees are old enough to be from the 1st Century and are the only ones of age preserved in the garden, she further explained.

The class also visited the Temple Mount, regarded as one of the most holy sites in Jerusalem by both Jews and Muslims. The Temple Mount is revered by Jews as the location of Solomon’s temple and later Herod’s temple. It is now the site of two mosques, the Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa Mosque, and is considered the third holiest site in Islam.

The class was not permitted to go into either mosque. “The only Christian to go into the Dome of the Rock was the individual who did the tile work,” Elliott noted.

The group visited the Wailing Wall, the western wall of the Temple Mount. “It was one of my favorite places,” Keaton said. “It is important to Jews because the wall was the closest to the Holiest of Holies in the temple. The Jews believe that it is as close as they can get to the Holiest of Holies.”

The group waited in line for 15 minutes to approach the wall. “You could literally feel the movement and rhythm from the sound of all the people praying,” Elliott said. “It was a very interesting experience to see how dedicated they are to prayer.”

westernwallprayerAsked about the mix of the old world and modern, Keaton said conditions depended on where you were – the group encountered everything from Bedouin camps to skyscrapers. “At one point, we saw a Bedouin boy riding a donkey with an iPod,” she said. “Everybody had cell phones. In Jerusalem, you can travel to the remnants of the ancient city of David, but nearby find a modern mall with Abercrombie & Fitch.”

To a question about how the trip had affected her faith, Elliott responded that reading Scriptures is different now as she can picture the places she has visited while reading about them in the Bible. “I have a much deeper appreciation and a better understanding,” she said.

westernwallKeaton said she appreciated the academic-side of the trip, which introduced questions about the Bible and men’s religious traditions. “When you keep questioning, searching and pondering, there is always something to learn,” she said. “You also need to remember that questioning does not mean rejection of a belief.”

The two said a similar trip would be a fit for Tusculum’s curriculum and students, and an itinerary could be determined to match what a particular class was studying or wanted to see.

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Tusculum College student receives national Alpha Chi honor society scholarship

Posted on 20 April 2010 by eestes@tusculum.edu

armstrong_studentofblockTusculum College student Danielle Armstrong has been named the recipient of a scholarship from Alpha Chi, the national college honor society.

Armstrong is one of only 26 members of the honor society nationwide that have been selected to receive scholarships for the 2010-11 academic year. She is a junior from Blountville majoring in English with a concentration in creative writing.

One of 10 recipients of the Alfred H. Nolle Scholarship, Armstrong will receive a $1,500 award for her senior year.

Armstrong was inducted into the Tusculum College chapter of Alpha Chi earlier this year. Juniors and seniors who are in the top 10 percent of their class are invited to join the honor society.

Active on campus, Armstrong is an English and science subject tutor, a Student Support Services mentor, a contributing writer to the student newspaper and an editor for the “Tusculum Review,” the college’s literary magazine.

She is serving for the second year as a resident assistant in the college’s Residence Life program, is a resident assistant for the Upward Bound summer camp and is a freshman orientation leader.

Armstrong has also participated in a research project involving the English and Psychology departments and was a co-presenter about the project with other students at an Appalachian College Association (ACA) symposium with psychology professors, Dr. Brian Pope and Dr. Tom Harlow.

The Tusculum College chapter of Alpha Chi was the first one to be established at an institution of higher learning in Tennessee. Alpha Chi has active chapters at about 300 institutions in almost every state and in Puerto Rico. The society welcomes about 11,000 new members each year.

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President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library to participate in Doors Open! event on May 1

Posted on 20 April 2010 by eestes@tusculum.edu

The President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library on the Tusculum College campus will be open special hours on Saturday, May 1, as part of the Doors Open! regional event.

Special guided tours of the Tusculum College Historic District will also be provided as part of Doors Open!, a regional event sponsored by the Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.

The Doors Open! event opens some of the region’s historic sites to the public, free of charge, for a day of learning and enjoyment of the rich history and heritage of the region. It is a way to allow local residents to learn more about their community’s history and the importance of preserving the history, culture and built environment that makes the region special. Sixteen sites are participating in this year’s event.

The President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library, housed in the 1841 academic building known as “Old College” on campus, will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The museum, which is typically not open on Saturday, is featuring a special exhibit of items rarely displayed from the Tusculum College archives it houses as well as a display of memorabilia from 17th President Andrew Johnson and his family.

Guided tours of the Tusculum College Historic District will be given at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., departing from the President Andrew Johnson Museum. Eight campus buildings featuring a variety of architectural styles as well as the Tusculum Arch are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library along with the Doak House Museum are managed by the Department of Museum Program and Studies of Tusculum College, which also offers one of the few undergraduate museum studies degree programs in the country.

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