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Nashville alumni event planned July 15

Posted on 26 May 2010 by eestes@tusculum.edu

nashvilleAlumni in the Nashville area are invited to a special alumni event in July.

Nashville area alumni will have an opportunity to get together and reminisce about their days on campus as well as get acquainted with Tusculum President Dr. Nancy B. Moody at an event on Thursday, July 15.

The alumni event will be held at the Hotel Preston near the Nashville Airport. A cash bar will begin at the Pink Slip at the hotel, at 6 p.m. with dinner to follow at 6:30 in the Cafe Isabella, the Preston’s restaurant that serves ““Italian comfort food with southern roots.” The menu for dinner will include chicken piccata, market fresh vegetables, baked bread, a house salad and carrot cake for dessert.

The cost per person is $35.

Please RSVP by July 8 by calling 1-800-729-0256 ext. 7303 or emailing bsell@tusculum.edu.

Register and pay for the event online.

Directions to the Hotel Preston

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Hand named ‘Adult Learner of the Year’

Posted on 26 May 2010 by eestes@tusculum.edu

brianhand_awardTusculum College alumnus Brian Hand ’09 was recently named Adult Learner of the Year by the East Tennessee College Alliance.

Brian Hand, who graduated with a bachelor’s of arts degree in education from Tusculum College in December, received the award at the group’s Lifelong Learning Luncheon held in Knoxville.

The East Tennessee College Alliance is comprised of 10 non-profit post-secondary institutions in the East Tennessee region.

Hand, who currently lives in Morristown, was born and raised in Great Falls, Mont. and attended classes at the Tusculum College site in Morristown. He was selected to represent the Graduate and Professional Studies program as a commencement speaker in December and has been featured in several college GPS enrollment promotions.

Brian left a lifelong career in law enforcement to return to school. His desire is to begin a second career as an elementary educator in Hamblen County.

Hand served six years in the U.S. Marine Corps and is a veteran of the Persian Gulf War. He is married to Raquel Hand, and the two are proud parents of Megan, age 9, and Kayla, age 7.

The mission of ETCA is to identify work force development needs of the business community and to provide the appropriate educational opportunities to the non-traditional working student.  For more information on ETCA visit the website at www.etnca.org.

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Keep up with the latest about your fellow alumni!

Posted on 26 May 2010 by eestes@tusculum.edu

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Bruce Shine ’60 of Kingsport, TN, has been named by Business Tennessee magazine to its 2010 list of the “Best 150 Lawyers in Tennessee.” The list has been compiled by the Nashville magazine since 2004. In 2005, he was named to its “Best 101 Lawyers in Tennessee.” In 2006, the magazine increased the listing of attorneys to 150, and Shine was named to the list that year and each year since. The magazine describes the list as those layers “whose reputations and high level of activity distinguish them from the rest.” The list is the result of peer review provided by other lawyers, judges, business executives and heads of organizations across the state. Shine is only one of three lawyers on the list who live north of Knoxville and the only one listed in the field of employment and labor law.  Shine was also recently honored by Martindale-Hubbell, the legal directory, for his 25 consecutive years being listed an as an “AV” lawyer in its publications. The “AV” rating is the highest rating for competence and ethical behavior available for a lawyer in the United States.

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Allana Hardin Hamilton ’87 of Hiltons, VA, has been named the vice president of academic affairs for Northeast State Community College in Blountville, TN. She had been serving as vice president on an interim basis since 2008 and was instrumental in developing articulation agreements between Northeast State and four-year institutions and in the college’s reaccreditation process. She is nearing completion of a doctorate in education at East Tennessee State University, where she earned her master’s degree. Allana joined the faculty of Northeast State in 1992 as a biology instructor and later served as dean of the sciences division.

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Rebecca Muncy ’05 of Greeneville, TN, has been named the head girl’s basketball coach at David Crockett High School in Jonesborough, TN. She will be teaching government at the high school beginning in the fall. Rebecca served as a varsity assistant of the girl’s basketball team at Dobyns-Bennett High School in Kingsport, TN, and was head coach of the freshman team. At Tusculum, she was a member of the Pioneer tennis team and played high school basketball, tennis and several other sports at Chuckey-Doak High School.

Josh Edens ’08 of Telford, TN, has been named the head football coach at North Greene High School for the upcoming 2010 season. He has served as an assistant coach at David Crockett High School in Jonesborough, his high school alma mater, for the past three years. Josh has also served as an assistant at West Greene High School and Science Hill High School.  Edens played football while at Tusculum.  Josh’s wife Ashley works in the Office of Financial Aid at Tusculum and his mother, Kelly, works in the Graduate and Professional Studies program office.

Mark Persaud ’08 of Greeneville, TN, is currently the intramural director at his Alma Mater and assistant cheerleading coach. Mark is student life coordinator in the Office of Student Affairs and assistant to campus activities.

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Four Tusculum College alumni were reunited for the wedding of David Latty ’91, who was married in Kansas City on April 17. Latty and friends Ben Kalny ’90, Mike Sledzinski ’90 and Nobuyuki Makabe ’93 enjoyed reminiscing at David’s bachelor party and wedding. The friends met at Tusculum in the late 1980s. At the wedding (photo above) were, from left, Kalny, Sledzinski, Makabe and Latty. At the bachelor’s party (photo below) were Makabe, Latty, Kalny and Sledzinski.

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Kelley Lynette Myers ’02 of Knoxville, TN, and Wesley Todd Owens were married January 1, 2010. The couple honeymooned in Jamaica. Kelley is a third grade teacher at Luttrell Elementary School. She is also enrolled at Tennessee Technological University, pursuing a master’s degree in exercise science.

Eliza Eleanor Land ’07 and Matthew Lynn Fink were married March 7, 2010, on the beach on St. Simons Island. They honeymooned in the Bahamas. Both Eliza and Matthew are third-year students at the University of Tennessee College of Law.

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Justin Aldridge and Carrie Frisbee Aldridge ’02 ’04 announce the birth of a son, Zane Steven, on January 14, 2010. Born premature, Zane was only 2 lbs. at birth, but after a few long months he is now home and healthy.

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Carl Edward Starnes ’50 of Bulls Gap, TN, passed away on May 8, 2010. Mr. Starnes had served as the principal at Bulls Gap High School for 39 years. He was a veteran of World War II. His survivors include his wife of 57 years and Tusculum alumna Joan Becker Starnes ’52.

Barbara Jean Dobson ’56 of Greeneville, TN, passed away May 5, 2010, after a brief illness. Miss Dobson was a registered nurse, who served her profession for more than 50 years. She was remembered as having met the challenges and changes that occurred in the nursing profession with her ever present calm and quiet grace. She worked on the Medical/Surgery/OB unit at Greeneville Hospital until it was purchased by Takoma Hospital, where she continued to work until her retirement in 2009. The hospital recognized her many contributions and years of service by renaming the unit, “The Barbara Dobson Medical/Surgical Unit.” Nominated by her peers and patients, Miss Dobson was recognized by The Business Journal of Tri-Cities TN/VA in August 2008 as a “Health Care Hero.” She received the Health Care Heroes Support Service Award for her efforts to alter and improve the quality of life for residents of this region. Learning of her death, Takoma Hospital issued a news release in which her co-workers remembers her fondly. “Barbara’s legacy is that she was what every nurse should be – from her dress to her demeanor,” said one of her co-workers. “She was kind, loving and respectful, and she ministered to the whole body of her patients. She was also a teacher. She trained me when I came here 20 years ago. She was my mentor. She forgot more about nursing than most of us will ever know.” In addition to her career, Miss Dobson enjoyed making and selling crafts. Her survivors include sister and Tusculum alumna Joyce M. Dobson Freeman ’58.

Peter R. Allen ’58 of Belfast, ME, passed away on January 30, 2010. Mr. Allen was a retired teacher. He was preceded in death by his wife, Eugenia, also a Tusculum alumna. Mr. Allen had returned to campus in 2008 for Homecoming activities, and with his classmates from the Class of 1958, led the Homecoming Parade as the newest Golden Pioneers.

Evelyn Louise Bryson Warren ’60 of Rickman, TN, passed away April 15, 2010. She came to Tusculum College after her husband was hired as a minister of a Church of Christ in Greeneville. She continued her education, earning a master’s degree in social work from Richmond Polytechnic Institute and a master’s degree in library science from George Peabody College. Mrs. Warren spent most of her professional career as a librarian, working in several different middle schools in towns where her husband was preaching. Later, she served as librarian at the Medical College of Virginia and at the Emory University School of Medicine. She worked at Emory University in Atlanta until her retirement in 1994. She was a member of Netherland Church of Christ. Mrs. Warren was active in a number of professional, community and civic organizations. Her hobbies and interests were varied including reading, traveling, attending book signings and NASCAR racing. She was an avid racing fan and, for a time, when she worked for a small weekly newspaper, she wrote a column titled, “The NASCAR Granny.”

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Matching Gift Challenge continues

Posted on 26 May 2010 by eestes@tusculum.edu

tcfundThe Matching Gift Challenge that was announced last month is continuing. Several anonymous donors have agreed to match new gifts made after May 1, 2010, up to a maximum of $20,900 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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Ann Parker Westervelt ’71 named new College trustee

Posted on 26 May 2010 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College has named a new member to the Board of Trustees, granted a former faculty member emeritus status and approved the promotion of four professors after approval by the Board of Trustees at their May meeting on Saturday, May 22.

In addition, officials discussed continued growth on the residential campus in Greeneville and approved a preliminary budget for 2010-2011.

awesterfeltAnn E. Parker Westervelt, a 1971 graduate of Tusculum College, was elected to the college’s Board of Trustees. Westervelt is a resident of Ticonderoga, N.Y. and has her master’s of education for the deaf from Smith College in Massachusetts.

Prior to her retirement, Westervelt spent a career in education working with the deaf and hearing impaired. She has also continued to be civically engaged, serving on various committees at the First United Methodist Church in Ticonderoga, serving as a Girl Scout leader and participating in the Carillon Garden Club and the Friends of Black Watch Library organization.

“We were very pleased when Ann accepted our invitation to join the Board of Trustees,” said Chair of the Board Kenneth A. Bowman, who is a 1970 graduate of the college. “Ann has been a supporter of arts programs throughout her life and a strong believer in service to the community. She brings great perspective to our board, and all of us look forward to working with her.”

Westervelt will attend her first meeting in October.

The Tusculum College Board of Trustees approved the designation of faculty emeritus for Wess duBrisk at the recommendation of the Faculty Affairs Committee, the provost and the president. Having come to Tusculum College in 1984, duBrisk chaired the Mass Media Department (now the Film and Broadcasting Department) for 22 years before his retirement in 2005. As director of a one-person program, he taught a wide variety of courses, including “Television/Video Production,” “Art of Photography,” “Introduction to Mass Media,” “Radio Production” and “Photojournalism,” to name a few.

As an educator, duBrisk exposed his students to many real-life situations, including taking his class to a CNN broadcast of ‘TalkBack Live.” Recently duBrisk was the recipient of the National Living Faculty Award given by the Tusculum College Alumni Association (2005).  Both inside and outside the classroom, he took to heart the civic arts mission of Tusculum College and was awarded a grant through the Learn and Serve America Higher Education.  Besides serving as chair of the Mass Media Department, he also chaired the Tusculum College Faculty Affairs Committee.

In other board action, four professors were approved for promotion in the 2010-2011 academic year. They include Dr. Ian VanLare who was promoted to professor. Dr. VanLare joined the faculty of Tusculum College in 1999 and holds a doctorate in biology from Virginia Polytechnic and State University.

VanLare recently published a peer reviewed article in the “Journal of Canadian Microbiology” and has an additional article under consideration for publication. He served as co-author of a grant through the Appalachian Colleges Association on assessment in the sciences. He has served as a member of the Faculty Affairs Committee, which he chaired in 2008-2009. He has also served as chair of the Biology Department for nine years and led a faculty study trip to Costa Rica in 2009.

Also promoted were Dr. Tom Harlow to associate professor of psychology, Dr. Elizabeth Loveday to associate professor of education and Dr. Rhonda Fawbush Smith to associate professor of management.

Harlow has been with the college since 2006 and is very active in student-faculty research, mentoring dozens of students as they developed poster presentations for the Southeastern Psychological Association.

Loveday came to Tusculum in 2007 from Carson-Newman College and is a well-known consultant for schools in Athens, Alcoa and Sullivan counties where she conducted teacher training in reading pedagogy.

Smith holds a law degree and a master’s of accountancy from the University of Tennessee and serves as director of the college’s School of Business. She initiated a vigorous annual assessment process, which for the past several years has been the strongest institutional effectiveness program at Tusculum.

The Board of Trustees also received a report from the Student and Religious Life Committee regarding growth in the demand for residential housing due to an anticipated increase in the number of incoming students and increased retention of students in the Residential College. These infrastructure concerns are being addressed to accommodate the anticipated growth on the Greeneville campus.

In the past year, housing space on campus has been at or near 100 percent capacity and it is expected that additional housing options will need to be considered for Fall 2010. Options under consideration include the opening of new residential houses and reorganization of existing residence halls in order to accommodate the additional students.  None of the residence halls will be adjusted over the designated capacity.

It was reported that parking and green space on campus are sufficient to accommodate the increased number of residents and housekeeping schedules can be adjusted to handle the increase as well.

Discussion of new residence hall construction will be continued at future committee meetings.

The Board approved a preliminary budget for 2010-2011 at the recommendation of the College Cabinet, comprised of the president and the senior administration for all areas of the college.

Additional revenue will be allocated to new and replacement positions, physical plant renovation and expenses and initiatives identified in the 2009-2014 Strategic Plan to meet strategic and programmatic needs.

Also at the meeting, President Moody recognized those who are retiring prior to the next academic year. Those recognized and invited to participate in a Board of Trustees luncheon on Friday, May 21, were George Collins, director of museum program and studies; Carolyn Gregg, associate professor of education and assessment coordinator and certification officer for the Education Department; Tony Narkawicz, director of institutional research; and Dr. Jim Reid, professor of political science.

The Tusculum College Board of Trustees will next meet on October 6-7.

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More than 230 earn degrees during spring commencement

Posted on 26 May 2010 by eestes@tusculum.edu

There was much to celebrate on Saturday, May 8, for 231 individuals who received degrees during Tusculum College’s spring commencement ceremony. Smiles were prevalent on stage and in the standing room-only Pioneer Arena.

Seventy-eight students earned Bachelor of Science degrees in organizational management and 115 earned Bachelor of Arts degrees.  In addition 38 earned Master of Arts degrees.

Walking with this spring’s graduates were representatives of the Tusculum College Class of 1960 who are celebrating their 50th anniversary year. Representatives walked in the procession, clothed in golden caps and gowns and were recognized during the ceremony by Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College.

The new graduates were addressed by Moody, who recognized the commencement ceremony as “an occasion of celebration and completion.”  Adding, “I encourage you to savor the occasion and to recognize all of those in this room who have sacrificed so that you could achieve your dream.”

vicary_gradGlenn Vicary, a pre-med major from Oak Ridge addressed the crowd as a representative of the Residential College program. Vicary has been accepted to the pharmacy graduate program at the University of Louisville.

He told the group, “Life is defined by what is achieved, and fellow students, we have achieved a college education. Every one of us came to Tusculum College hoping to earn a college degree, but none of us knew what it would encompass in the next four years.  The amount of work was often tedious, intense and sometimes overwhelming. We learned to help each other and a sense of community has arisen within our class.”

He encouraged the class to continue to achieve with action, adding, “Our lives will lead is in different directions, with some of us going on to further education, while others are going out into the workforce. Just like your career at Tusculum College, spend your life achieving great things, not just saying you will.”

keene_gradWilliam Keene of Knoxville spoke on behalf of the college’s Graduate and Professional Studies program. Keene, who received his master of arts in education degree, focused on his long and winding journey toward completion of his degree.

Keene began his road to higher education later in life, after joining the U.S. Air Force. He returned to earn his bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts and believed his school days were completed.  However, a twist in his career path placed him in the company of co-workers who wanted to enroll in the master’s program and encouraged him to “be an example.”

It was a long road, but something he would cherish, he told the crowd. “I worked hard for this. Like many of you here today, my family sacrificed so I could succeed.”

Also speaking was Dr. Stephen R. Weisz, chaplain and associate professor of religious studies. Weisz presented a sermon titled, “Be Patient.” Weisz encouraged the graduates to “be patient in things big and small” because in “the real world, things don’t happen overnight.”

He added that they should “see life as an opportunity to cherish each day.”

nichols_honorarydegreeIn addition to the presentation of the undergraduate and graduate degrees, Dr. Moody presented an honorary doctorate of humane letters to Dr. Russell L. Nichols, who served as interim president at the College from 2007-2009.

Having served as interim president during a time of transition for the college, Dr. Nichols earned the respect, friendship and admiration of those associated with the college during his tenure, said Moody.

Currently serving as interim chief executive officer of Concordia University in Michigan, Nichols also retains the title of president emeritus at Hanover College in Indiana, an institution he served as president for 20 years. At Tusculum, Nichols focused on ensuring financial stability, while at the same time he helped develop an international program and study-abroad opportunities for students and led the efforts to create the college’s Center for Global Studies.

Moody added, “While at Tusculum, Dr. Nichols gained high praise from staff, faculty, students and community members for his guiding hand in keeping the College on course as the search for a new sitting president was conducted. He was a focused leader who guided the college’s efforts in strategic planning and college-wide efforts to ensure a viable, dynamic institution for many generations to come.”

campusleadershipawardsAlso on the program was recognition of three outstanding faculty members, who were presented Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership awards. Recognized were Dr. Bill Garris, assistant professor of psychology; Dr. Rhonda Smith, director of the School of Business and professor of management, and Dr. Melanie Narkawicz, associate professor of research.

See the Commencement Program online including the listing of all the spring graduates.

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Gunn’s jersey to be displayed at Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame

Posted on 26 May 2010 by eestes@tusculum.edu

gunn_jerseyTusculum College guard Jasmine Gunn’s jersey will be displayed at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville.

Gunn’s jersey will be on display in the Hall’s “Ring of Honor” in recognition of her outstanding play during the 2009-2010 basketball season.  Gunn becomes the first player in the program’s storied history to achieve this special honor.

A native of Nashville, Tenn., Gunn posted a tremendous season for Tusculum, leading the Pioneers (23-10) to their third straight 20-win season and the program’s first NCAA Division II Southeast Region Championship. The two-time WBCA All-American ranks eighth in the nation in scoring (21.6 ppg), 27th in steals per game (2.8 spg) and 38th in assists per contest (4.8 apg).

The 2010 consensus All-American put her talents on display during Tusculum’s magical postseason run, averaging 26.7 points, 3.6 assists, and 3.4 rebounds per contest in the seven-game span to finish the season with 713 points, which is the third-highest single-season total in program history. The 2010 Southeast Region and South Atlantic Conference Player of the Year turned in one of the most impressive performances of her career on Mar. 13 against No. 20 Francis Marion in the NCAA Regional semifinal, pouring in a SAC-record 45 points on 11-of-15 shooting, while setting a pair of NCAA Tournament marks with 23 free throws made and 29 attempts at the charity stripe.

“What an incredible accomplishment for Jasmine, Tusculum Women’s Basketball and Tusculum College,” said Head Coach Adell Harris.  “She is a special individual that elevates everyone around her and now she has helped put Tusculum Women’s Basketball on a stage reserved for the “elite” in our game. The recognition is well deserved and well earned. I’m very proud of her.”

The Antioch High School graduate scored 20 points or more on 19 occasions this season, including five 30-point performances, while notching four double-doubles and the program’s first triple-double in recorded history. Gunn also established a program- and SAC-record with 216 free throws made this season, going a perfect 8-for-8 at the charity stripe in the Southeast Region Championship game against Lander to eclipse the previous conference mark.

Gunn has received numerous individual accolades this season, including region and conference player of the year honors while being named to the WBCA/State Farm Coaches’ All-America Team and the Women’s Division II Bulletin All-America First Team. The 4-11 guard was also named the Most Valuable Player of both the NCAA Division II Southeast Region Tournament and the Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Tournament.

Gunn has jumped nine spots on the program’s all-time scoring list this season, currently sitting fifth in school history with 1,619 career points through 95 games. The three-time All-SAC performer also dished out 158 assists this year to climb into third in program history, and sixth on the SAC’s all-time list with 528 career helpers. Gunn is currently ranked in the top 10 in nine categories in the program record book, including assists per game (1st/5.6), free throws made (3rd/492), free throws attempted (3rd/625), and steals (3rd/220).

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Doak House Museum to offer two summer camps in June

Posted on 26 May 2010 by eestes@tusculum.edu

doakhouse_campprelimThe Doak House Museum is offering opportunities for area youngsters to fill part of their summer vacations with a lot of fun through exploration of history.

The museum, located on the Tusculum College campus, will offer two sessions of its “Ready, Set, Explore!” summer camp in June.

The “Ready, Set, Explore!” summer camp is 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 camps will allow students to learn how history shapes the society of today through a variety of hands-on activities. 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.

The Doak House Museum is one of two on campus administered by the college’s Department of Museum Program and Studies. The museum is the 19th century home of the Rev. Samuel Witherspoon Doak, co-founder of Tusculum College, and hosts thousands of school children from the region for a variety of educational programs related to the 19th century.

The Museums also administer the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library, which houses a special collection of items relating to the 17th president, the college’s archives and volumes from the institution’s original library. The museums are also two of the 10 structures on the Tusculum campus on the National Register of Historic Places.  The museum department also offers one of the few undergraduate degree programs in museum studies in the country.

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Newest edition of Tusculum Review now available

Posted on 26 May 2010 by eestes@tusculum.edu

tusculumreviewlaunchThe newest edition of the Tusculum Review literary magazine is now availabe at the Tusculum College Bookstore.

This year’s launch party for the Tusculum Review literary magazine featured two prize-winning student readers and nationally-known poet Alex Quinlan and drew a crowd of more than 70 students, faculty, staff and members of the community.

A launch party was held on Thursday, April 29, at the Chalmers Conference Room of the Niswonger Commons on the Tusculum College campus.

The Tusculum Review features fiction and nonfiction writing, poetry, prose and art that is selected from annual submissions from writers and artists from across the country and around the world.

Students featured included Andy English, a senior English major from Greeneville and winner of the 2010 Curtis Owen Prize for Fiction, who read from his Senior Capstone Project. Also featured was Phillip Dean, a senior biology and environmental science major from Whitesburg, who took home the 2010 Curtis Owen Prize for Poetry.

Quinlan, whose work has appeared in previous editions of the Tusculum Review, is also a contributing editor. He is the recipient of the Intro Journals Prize and his poems have appeared in such literary journals at the Tampa Review and Pebble Lake Review.

Quinlan lives in Chattanooga, where he teaches classes in creative writing and humanities in the English Department at the University of Tennessee. He earned a master’s degree in fine arts at Washington University in St. Louis, where he was a post-graduate fellow in poetry.

According to Wayne Thomas, assistant professor English at the College and editor of the Tusculum Review, Tusculum College is one of only a few undergraduate colleges in the United States that offers students the opportunity to work for an international literary journal.

Thomas also thanked the assistant and student editors who helped the 2010 issue of the Tusculum Review become a reality.

The Tusculum Review offers students the chance to learn and refine their skills as reviewers of literature, critics of visual art and editors of the written word. These opportunities provide students with unique qualifications for graduate studies and employment in publishing.

“It is a great experience for them as future writers, editors and publishers,” said Thomas.

Copies of the new issue are available for sale at the Tusculum College bookstore.

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David Price joins Tusculum as director of special events, band program

Posted on 26 May 2010 by eestes@tusculum.edu

davidpriceDavid A. Price has been named director of special events for Tusculum College and will also serve as music director and lead the Pioneer Pep Band, President Nancy B. Moody announced recently.

Price, who has spent the last seven years as director of the Greeneville High School band, will join the College on July 1.

Price will be responsible for organizing, directing and supervising all aspects of special events, as well as major internal campus events. He will be charged with developing and maintaining relationships with persons, groups and organizations in the community and region who utilize the types of facilities the College has to offer.

In addition, he will assist event organizers with logistics and resources during preparation for on-campus events and will promote the College’s existing summer camp offerings and seek to increase the types of camps offered each year.

Price, through his role at GHS, has coordinated the use of high school practice and performance facilities, as well as served as a liaison with the Niswonger Performing Arts Center to ensure successful programming and use of facilities. He will continue to serve on the NPAC Board of Directors as a representative of Tusculum College.

“Tusculum College is pleased to have brought David Price into the Tusculum College family,” said Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of the College. “With his more than 31 years of active community involvement and his familiarity with facilities and event coordination, he is the perfect match for the position of director of special events at Tusculum.”

Price has also agreed to take on the new role as music director, and direct the Pioneer Pep Band, which was successfully piloted this spring. Price, along with GHS Assistant Band Director Devon Lowe and Chuckey-Doak High School Band Director Jamie Walker, has coordinated the development of the Pep Band at Tusculum.

In his role as music director, Price will handle all aspects of the band from recruitment, direction, supervision and organization. He will oversee practice schedules and organize performances as well. With his expertise in working with performing groups, the College is hopeful that interest in developing additional musical groups may also develop on campus and in the community.

“I am honored and excited to be invited to join the staff of Tusculum College and to be a part of its future growth with Dr. Moody at the helm,” said Price. ”I look forward to working with new and exciting people as the director of special events. I also look forward to developing an outstanding band program with the quality of students that Tusculum attracts.

“It has been an honor to have been a part of the Greeneville City School System for the past 31 years, and I have been blessed to have worked with the children of this community as we opened the world of music for them to explore. I am excited to continue to celebrate music with the family of Tusculum students, faculty, staff and supporters.”

Dr. Moody added, “David has been a loyal volunteer for the past year helping us build our Pioneer Pep Band program. In his new capacity he will have the opportunity to continue to build and foster the young men and women who take part in the program as well as recruit new participants as the program grows.”

Price has been highly decorated throughout his career as an educator, receiving the Greeneville Middle School Teacher of the Year Award and the Greeneville City Schools Teacher of the Year Award twice, in 1988 and 1995. He received the Tennessee School Board Association Award of Excellence for the Greeneville Middle School Program in 1985 and was named Tennessee Education Association Distinguished Classroom Teacher in 1987.

Price has a bachelor’s of science in music education from East Tennessee State University and through his career has participated in numerous instrumental and vocal music clinics and technology workshops.

He is the adult handbell choir director at First Presbyterian Church, an adjudicator for marching band competitions, percussion ensembles and instrumental clinics and a percussionist in the YMCA Community Band.

Previously he has been the director for Kiwanis Kapers, Little Theatre of Greeneville and the Community Handbell Choirs.

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Doak House Museum to offer two summer camps in June

Posted on 25 May 2010 by eestes@tusculum.edu

The Doak House Museum is offering opportunities for area youngsters to fill part of their summer vacations with a lot of fun through exploration of history.

The museum, located on the Tusculum College campus, will offer two sessions of its “Ready, Set, Explore!” summer camp in June.

The “Ready, Set, Explore!” summer camp is 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 camps will allow students to learn how history shapes the society of today through a variety of hands-on activities. 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.

The Doak House Museum is one of two on campus administered by the college’s Department of Museum Program and Studies. The museum is the 19th century home of the Rev. Samuel Witherspoon Doak, co-founder of Tusculum College, and hosts thousands of school children from the region for a variety of educational programs related to the 19th century.

The Museums also administer the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library, which houses a special collection of items relating to the 17th president, the college’s archives and volumes from the institution’s original library. The museums are also two of the 10 structures on the Tusculum campus on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum department also offers one of the few undergraduate degree programs in museum studies in the country.

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First ‘Pickin’ at the Doaks’ to be Friday, May 28, at Doak House Museum

Posted on 24 May 2010 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Like to play or listen to traditional music?

Musicians and musical fans are invited to “Pickin’ at the Doaks’,” a fun and informal traditional music jam session at the Doak House Museum that will take place the fourth Friday of every month from May to September.

The first “Pickin’ at the Doaks’” event will be this Friday, May 28. Music will begin at 6 p.m. and continue until dark on the lawn of the Doak House Museum on the Tusculum College campus. There is no admission charge to this family event.

Musicians are encouraged to bring their banjo, fiddle, guitar, dobro, mandolin, washboard, spoons, jug and jaw harp and join in the jam session. The event is acoustic only, so musicians are asked to limit selections to traditional music.

Everyone is encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating.

“Pickin’ at the Doaks’” events are also scheduled for Fridays, June 25, July 23, Aug. 27 and Sept. 24. All of the events will be held at the Doak House Museum except the June 25 event, which will be held on the lawn of the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library on the Tusculum campus.

The Doak House Museum is one of two on campus administered by the college’s Department of Museum Program and Studies. The museum is the 19th century home of the Rev. Samuel Witherspoon Doak, co-founder of Tusculum College, and hosts thousands of school children from the region for a variety of educational programs related to the 19th century.

The Museums also administer the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library, which houses a special collection of items relating to the 17th president, the college’s archives, special themed exhibits and volumes from the institution’s original library. The museums are also two of the 10 structures on the Tusculum campus on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum department also offers one of the few undergraduate degree programs in museum studies in the country.

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