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Tusculum College alumni reception celebrates ties to Princeton, N.J.

Posted on 29 September 2010 by eestes@tusculum.edu

More than 70 alumni and friends of Tusculum College gathered on Saturday, September 25, in Princeton, N.J., to celebrate Tusculum’s connection to the area and reconnect those ties to the college.

The reception was held at “Tusculum House,” at the generous hospitality of its current owner, Ms. Avril Moore. This regal home is significant in both the histories of Tusculum College and Princeton University.

Among those attending were Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody, Mr. Tom Moody and Susan D. Vance, interim vice president for Institutional Advancement, who served as host and hostesses along with Moore.

During a brief program in which Dr. Moody updated the group on progress and future plans for the college, she presented Moore with a Tusculum gift basket and Tusculum afghan as a thank you for her invitation to host the event and for her wonderful hospitality.

The event, hosted on the back patio of the Tusculum House featured a variety of foods, beverages, including a whiskey tasting event, and a band. Historic tours of the home were given and the Witherspoon Barn, which dawned handmade quilts, and the Witherspoon Cellar were open for visitation.

“This was one of our most successful alumni events,” said Dr. Moody. “The combination of the opportunity to visit the historic location and the active alumni we have in the Princeton area came together for a one-of-a-kind event that was truly memorable for all.”

“We had about 70 people in attendance including two current Board members and three prior members of the Board,” said Moody. “We had many alumni, two representatives from the Charlotte Newcombe Foundation and an entrepreneur from Princeton who is contemplating starting a business in Greeneville.”

“One of the highlights was the tour, in which so much history was shared, and we learned so much about Rev. John Witherspoon,” said Vance.

Moody added, “We received a true history lesson from both Avril and her father, Thomas H. Barton, whose ancestry go back to Tennessee.”

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‘Pickin’ at the Doaks’ to continue this fall at the Doak House Museum

Posted on 24 September 2010 by eestes@tusculum.edu

pickinatdoakssept2Nine traditional musicians gathered together Friday evening (Sept. 24) for “Pickin’ at the Doaks,” the informal traditional jam session held monthly at the Doak House Museum on the Tusculum College campus. The musicians took turns suggesting tunes to play at the session, which attracted a good crowd of music fans to the museum. “Pickin’ at the Doaks” was originally intended to be a summer program, but will be extended through the end of the year. The next “Pickin’ at the Doaks” will take place on Friday, Oct. 22, at the Doak House Museum. There is no admission charge for the event, and music fans are encouraged to bring their own seating or blanket to enjoy the music as available seating is limited.

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Tusculum College Alumni Survey set to begin in late September

Posted on 23 September 2010 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College will be sending out its annual Alumni Survey later this month and is asking alumni to make every effort to take a few moments to provide input on the survey as a benefit to the college.

According to Greg Hawkins, assistant vice president for institutional research, the Alumni Survey is an important benchmark that helps college leaders to plan for the future.

The survey, which will be sent by email and will include a direct link to the online survey, will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete, according to Hawkins. It can also be accessed through the Institutional Research page of the Tusculum College website at http://www.tusculum.edu/research/.

“This survey is critical in helping college leaders continue their long-term planning for the institution,” said Hawkins. “It helps us determine to what extent we are fulfilling our mission.”

The mission of Tusculum College is “to provide a liberal arts education in a Judeo-Christian and civic arts environment.” Hawkins added that the college is continuously striving to prepare students for their futures, professional, personal and as servant leaders in their communities.

Questions on the survey range from how well graduates feel Tusculum College prepared them for their professional lives to how active they continue to be in service to their communities.

“It is important that we know how well we have done with our previous graduates so that we can continue to improve what we are offering our students today.”

For more information or to ask questions regarding the survey, contact Hawkins at 423-636-5513 or email to ghawkins@tusculum.edu.

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Cicero, civic arts and Tusculum College to be explored in lecture October 5

Posted on 23 September 2010 by eestes@tusculum.edu

billgarrisWhat is the relationship between an ancient Roman philosopher and statesman and a small, private college in East Tennessee?

That question will be answered in a lecture Tuesday, Oct. 5, at Tusculum College in a presentation by Dr. Bill Garris. The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in the Behan Arena Theatre in the lower level of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts building on campus.

The presentation is part of Tusculum College Acts, Arts, Academia/Cicero Lecture Series and is also one of the activities celebrating the Inauguration of Dr. Nancy B. Moody, which will take place on Friday, Oct. 8.

The lecture by Dr. Garris, assistant professor of psychology at Tusculum, is fittingly part of the Inauguration celebration schedule of events as it looks at subjects at the core of Tusculum’s curriculum and history. With a dynamic approach, Dr. Garris will explore the themes and values present in Cicero’s life and explain how they form the foundation of a Tusculum education.

Tusculum College is named for a hilltop city in ancient Rome, that has a history intertwined with the lives of its residents.  Two thousand years ago, one of its most notable residents, Marcus Tullius Cicero, found in Tusculum a sanctuary where thoughtful statesmen could find refuge, study, and write, while governmental breakdown and societal dissolution ravaged the population centers of Rome.

Although the original buildings and amphitheater of ancient Tusculum lies in ruins, Tusculum College carries forward the spirit of refuge, study and civic engagement as it develops students in Cicero’s virtues and practical wisdom.
Dr. Garris has been an active part of the Tusculum community since joining the college in 2008. He is the director of the college’s Quality Enhancement Plan to improve student learning in the area of problem solving with reflective judgment, which was reviewed by a committee from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools – Commission on Colleges last spring without any recommendations for changes.

Dr. Garris received his doctorate in human development and family studies from Iowa State University, a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Reformed Theological Seminary and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wofford College.
Admission is $6 per person and can be paid at the door (cash or check only please).

For more information, please call Tusculum College Arts Outreach at 423.798.1620, e-mail jhollowell@tusculum.edu or visit http://arts.tusculum.edu.

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Pioneer Pep Band makes its fall debut

Posted on 22 September 2010 by eestes@tusculum.edu

pepband2A new sound is filling Pioneer Field at home football games these days and invigorating Pioneer Spirit among fans and the student body – the Pioneer Pep Band.

The more than 40-member band made its debut at the Saturday, August 28, home opener for the football team and will play at each of the home games this season. The band includes about 20 Tusculum students and the remaining members are high school students from the region and individuals from the community.

Dressed in orange and black, the Pioneer Pep Band plays the Alma Mater and the National Anthem prior to the game, flanks the football team as they entered the field and plays during the game and at half-time. The band and the cheerleading squad coordinate cheers and songs during the game. The band has also played at the Pioneer Club tailgates prior to the games.

Watch for the Pep Band during the upcoming Homecoming festivities in the parade and at the football game. Plans are for the band to play at selected home basketball games and other events.

As part of the new music program, a concert band has also been created and will play as part of the Inauguration ceremony for Dr. Nancy B. Moody on Friday, October 8, which is part of Homecoming events as well.

Also in the plans is the formation of a jazz band to give additional opportunities for students with musical interests.

pepband3Alumni support has already been important to the band program. A number of alumni responded to the College’s request earlier this year for donations of instruments or monetary support, which are still being accepted for the band program. Support from alumni has also come most recently for the purchase of hats for the band members to help protect them from the elements.

The band program is also providing an opportunity for the College to strengthen its ties to the community. The band program and the Community Band have entered an agreement that will be mutually beneficial to both groups and provide multiple opportunities for the two directors, as well as members of each group, to collaborate.

As part of the agreement, the Community Band is rehearsing in the College’s Band Room and are allowing students to use its music stands and some of its equipment. In addition, the two groups will be encouraged to play together whenever possible.

Donations toward the band program are still being accepted. For more information, please contact David Price at 423-636-7303 or e-mail daprice@tusculum.edu.

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Learn the latest about your fellow alumni!

Posted on 22 September 2010 by eestes@tusculum.edu

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Shelly Woolsey Smith ’88 of Greeneville, TN, has been named as one of the Tennessee Principal of the Year Grand Division winners. Smith, who is principal of Greeneville Middle School, was awarded the honor for the East Tennessee Division.  Winners were chosen for the other two grand divisions of the state.  Smith has been principal of GMS since 2006.

Angela Gilmore West Crews ’89 of Huntington, WV, was recently granted tenure and promoted to full professor of criminal justice and criminology at Marshall University. Her husband, Dr. Gordon Crews, was also recently tenured and promoted in the same department at Marshall. The couple is working on a couple of books with a prisoner on South Carolina’s death row as well as several other research and writing projects.  Her oldest son, Brandon, who was not quite two years old when she started at Tusculum, is now nearly 28 years old and is an account manager at TekSystems in Louisville, KY. Her youngest son, Konnor, who will be 19 years old in November, recently graduated from the U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island, SC. Her stepson, Garrison, is enrolled in honors and Advanced Placement courses at Huntington High School. Her stepdaughter, Samantha, is a high school freshman and also enrolled in honors courses.

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Dr. Daryl Green ’97 of Knoxville, TN, has co-authored a book, “Job Strategies for the 21st Century: How to Assist Today’s College Students during Economic Turbulence,” with William Bailey. The book provides practical solutions to the challenges college students face in finding employment in an unstable economy.

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Brittany Bible ’10 of Talbott, TN, is currently enrolled in the pre-pharmacy program at Gatton College of Pharmacy at East Tennessee State University.

Ashley Bradford ’10 of London, KY, began the graduate program at University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy this past fall.

Jessica Smith ’10 of Afton, TN, has begun the physician’s assistant’s graduate program at Lincoln Memorial University.

Glenn Vicary ’10 of Oak Ridge, TN, has begun his graduate work in the pharmacy program at the University of Louisville. A standout golfer while at Tusculum, Vicary also represented the Residential College as a speaker at the May 2010 Commencement Ceremony.

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Ryan Munson ’04 and his wife Courtney of Ogden, UT, welcomed a daughter, Reese Aubrey, on April 30, 2010.

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Anita Marie Gutmann Massolini  ’30 of Stuart, FL, passed away July 31, 2010. She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Louis.

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Hermione Joy Kennard Stickle Womack ’69 of Lynchburg, VA, passed away March 8, 2010, as a result of a tragic automobile accident when her vehicle was struck by a drunk driver near her home.  She was a Spanish teacher for Timberlake Christian Schools. She had taught Spanish at public and private schools and Liberty University. She had won awards for her work with students on yearbooks for various schools. She frequently traveled to China to teach English as part of mission teams.

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Louise Carter Chamberlain ’44 of Greeneville, TN, passed away August 31, 2010. Mrs. Chamberlain was a widely known and respected former educator and public official. Fondly known as “Chuck,” Mrs. Chamberlain’s career spanned 40 years in the Greeneville City School System.  In addition to teaching in the classroom, she served 11 years as principal of Highland Elementary School. She also taught at her Alma Mater and conducted numerous classes and workshops throughout Tennessee as well as outside the state. She was known for her love of children and the belief in the power of education to help children reach their potential. Always encouraging students to continue education, she served on several scholarship committees. Mrs. Chamberlain was also politically active for many years. She was elected and served two terms as County Commissioner for Greene County in the 1980s and served as a member of the Greene County Election Commission for the decade of the 1990s. Mrs. Chamberlain was a member and officer of the Greene County Republican Women and the Tennessee Federation of Republican Women. She served as human rights commissioner for the State of Tennessee and represented Tennessee as a delegate at three national Republican conventions. Family genealogy and community history were two of her lifetime pursuits. She served on the Greene Count Heritage Trust board of directors and was frequently asked to participate on numerous government and historical committees. Mrs. Chamberlain was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society for more than 55 years and was a longstanding member of the Andrew Johnson Women’s Club. She was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church for 66 years, where was involved in the United Methodist Women and served on the administrative board of the church. Her survivors include sister and Tusculum alumna Mary Lou Carter Neas ’49. Memorial contributions for Mrs. Chamberlain may be made to the Buford and Louise Carter Chamberlain Endowed Work-Study Scholarship Fund at Tusculum College, (P. O. Box 5040, Greeneville, TN  37744). The scholarship provides funds for work study scholarships for deserving students.

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The Rev. Dr. Wiley Prugh H’90 of Greeneville, TN, passed away unexpectedly on September 15, 2010. Dr. Prugh was a life trustee of Tusculum College and had served many years as a member of the Board.  Dr. Prugh received a bachelor’s degree in math and music from Monmouth College in Illinois in 1941; a master’s degree of theology from Pittsburgh-Xenia Seminary in Pennsylvania in 1944; a doctorate degree in philosophy in church history from the University of Edinburg, Scotland, in 1955; a pastoral care/counseling degree from the Minninger Clinic in Topeka, Kan., in 1971; and an honorary doctorate degree from Tusculum College in 1990. Dr. Prugh and his wife, Winnie (his partner in life and ministry who passed away in 1990) developed two new Presbyterian churches. In 1944, they founded College Hill United Presbyterian Church in Dayton, OH, and in 1959, they founded St. Andrews United Presbyterian Church (now known as Rockville United Church) in Rockville, MD, which they served until 1974. That year, Dr. Prugh began serving as executive presbyter for the Union and Holston Presbyteries UPUSA, a position he held until 1983. He was instrumental in the merger of PCUSA and UPUSA, and served through 1985 as interim presbyter of Holston Presbytery, with which Tusculum College has covenant relationship. During his retirement, he remained active as an organist, choir member, teacher and pastoral care provider at First Presbyterian Church of Greeneville, Tusculum’s mother church. He also served as interim pastor of Timber Ridge and Amity Presbyterian churches in Greene County and Liberty Presbyterian Church in Hawkins County. Dr. Prugh also served as a professor of the Bible and chaplain at Monmouth College in the 1950s. A champion of many humanitarian causes, he served as the first president of the Fair Housing Authority in Washington, D.C.  Dr. Prugh also had the privilege of marching with the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and was part of the March on Washington during which King’s “I Have a Dream” speech was delivered. Memorial contributions can be made in his honor to Tusculum (P. O. Box 5040, Greeneville, TN 37744).

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‘Nettie Day’ tradition continues

Posted on 22 September 2010 by eestes@tusculum.edu

nettieday2010About 460 Tusculum College students could be found Thursday morning throughout the community landscaping, painting, promoting voter registration and helping others in many ways.

The students’ efforts were part of Nettie Fowler McCormick Service Day, one of Tusculum College’s longest enduring traditions. Named for Tusculum’s first benefactor, Nettie Fowler McCormick, the day was initially observed on campus as a time in which students concentrated on cleaning their residence halls and campus. The observance continued to evolve and now centers on providing service in the community, an emphasis of Tusculum’s curriculum.

Freshman and transfer students participated in “Nettie Day,” as it is affectionately called on campus, as part of their Tusculum Experience course and were joined with a number of upperclassmen volunteering their time. The students worked at 22 different sites throughout Greene County as well as one in Washington County.

One group assisted Greene County Habitat for Humanity in preparing its new Habitat ReStore and office location for opening. The group of 31 students donated their time as “sweat equity” to one of the Habitat families. The group’s total of 62 hours will be counted towards the hours that a family is required to provide toward the construction of their home or other Habitat projects.

Another group of students could be found in downtown Greeneville promoting voter registration. While one small group of students set up a table in front of the Greene County Courthouse to offer voter registration information and forms, other groups walked through downtown handing out information. The project was undertaken by the Murdock Circle, a living learning community of freshmen.

The project for one class was cleaning New Hope Cemetery in preparation for its upcoming rededication ceremony. The cemetery, near the intersection of Old Shiloh Road and New Hope Road, is all that physically remains of a Presbyterian church started by former slaves following the Civil War and has been the focus of work by several classes of Tusculum students over the years. Another group helped reset tombstones and trim around markers at historic Old Harmony Cemetery in downtown Greeneville.

Students sent to Rural Resources completed a variety of tasks – cleaning and preparing its greenhouse for the next growing season, cleaning out and washing vehicles including the Mobile Farmers Market, building a new fence area for livestock and cleaning out brush near the animal pins.

Another group worked at the new Safe Harbor Home store to create artwork to be displayed in the store, which will support the newly formed non-profit organization that will serve victims of domestic violence.

Other work sites included the Child Advocacy Center, the Crumley House Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center, Doak Elementary School, Greene Valley Developmental Center, Greeneville-Greene County Humane Society, Holston United Methodist Home for Children, Mustang Alley Horse Rescue and Plaza Towers.

raingarden_tvOne project kept students on campus. A rain garden was created at one of the residential houses on campus in conjunction with the Middle Nolachuckey Watershed Alliance, which funded its creation. The rain garden replaces a storm drain from the house and prevents erosion caused by storm water coming from the drain.

Other projects on campus included weeding and cleaning flower beds at the entrance of the Niswonger Commons and around the Charles Oliver Gray Complex. Students also helped create educational materials for programs at the Doak House Museum and weeded around the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library.

Nettie Day was coordinated by Tusculum’s Center for Civic Advancement with the Bonner Leaders student service organization providing assistance with logistics and the opening ceremony as well as volunteering at sites.

Students were sent out after the opening ceremony, which featured an address by the Honorable Marcia Parsons, U.S. bankruptcy judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee. In recognition of U.S. Constitution Day on Sept. 17, Parsons discussed the formation of the Constitution, which required compromise to create what is the longest lasting document of its kind in the world.

As the preamble to the Constitution states, it was created by the people and “all of us in this room are the people,” Parsons said. “We must too pledge and work to protect and preserve the Constitution.”

Amber Sharp, president of the Bonner Leaders organization, also spoke during the ceremony, telling the students she had learned through her service experiences in college that while one individual cannot do everything, that individual can do something and that every act of kindness matters.

Laura Rees, vice president of the Bonner Leaders, recalled that her experience in her first Nettie Day helped her discover her passion, which led to a change of majors and career direction. Rees challenged the students to take the opportunity through their service projects to learn something new about themselves.

For more photos from “Nettie Day,” please visit Tusculum College’s Facebook page.

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Art exhibit to feature work of Tusculum College students

Posted on 22 September 2010 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Drawings, prints, paintings, ceramics and sculpture by Tusculum College students will be featured in an exhibition during the month of October in the Allison Gallery on campus.

The exhibit will open on Oct. 1 and be on display from noon to 4 p.m. on weekdays throughout the remainder of the month in the Allison Gallery. The gallery is located in the Rankin House between the President’s House and the Tusculum Eatery on Erwin Highway across from main part of campus.

The opening reception will be 3:30 – 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 4. The reception is also part of the special activities on campus to celebrate the inauguration of Dr. Nancy B. Moody, the 27th president of the College.

Tusculum has more than 35 students majoring in art and design, and the exhibit will provide an opportunity for the community to see the quality of work completed by the students during their courses.

On display will be works completed by students during the past academic year in a variety of classes, including Drawing I and II, Painting II, Printmaking I and II, Ceramics I and II, Sculpture I and II and Basic Design.

The drawings include charcoal, pastel and mixed media on paper or drafting film. Prints to be displayed are linocuts, wood engravings and etchings. The paintings are oil on canvas.

The sculptures in the exhibit will include metal sculptures displayed on the front lawn of the Rankin House as well as smaller wooden sculptures to be on exhibit inside the gallery. A variety of ceramics by the students will also be on display.

Below are some examples of the artworks to be on display, which includes works by Ashton Hardeman, Cindy Barrett, Danielle Armstrong and Tylan Adams.

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Alumni sought to be members of Inaugural Chorus

Posted on 22 September 2010 by eestes@tusculum.edu

CB047118Calling all singers of Tusculum College!

The College is looking for alumni to join as part of an Inaugural Chorus during the Inauguration Ceremony of Dr. Nancy B. Moody, 27th president of Tusculum College, on Friday, October 8.

All alumni, students, faculty, staff, and members of the community are encouraged to participate.

The Inaugural Chorus will be led by David Hendricksen, adjunct professor of music and director of the Tusculum College Community Chorus. A practice will be held at 9 a.m. the morning of the ceremony at Chalmers Conference Center. The ceremony begins at 2 p.m.

Even those who are marching as part of the Inaugural procession are encouraged to participate, and the logistics will be worked out to allow that to happen.

Anyone interested should contact Hendrickson at 423-638-0409 or email dhendricksen@tusculum.edu . In registering for Homecoming, please indicate your interest in participating in the chorus and your vocal area.

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Tusculum College named a ‘Military Friendly School’

Posted on 22 September 2010 by eestes@tusculum.edu

militaryfriendlylogoTusculum College has been named to G.I. Jobs’ 2011 list of Military Friendly Schools. The list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students.

Schools on the list range from state universities and private colleges to community colleges and trade schools. The common bond is their shared priority of recruiting students with military experience.

“Tusculum College has a long history of providing programs that allow the adult student to be able to achieve their dream of higher education while balancing the responsibilities of career and family,” said Jacquelyn D. Elliott, vice president for enrollment management at Tusculum College.

“The Military Friendly Schools list is the gold standard in letting veterans know which schools will offer them the greatest opportunity, flexibility and overall experience. It’s especially important now with so many schools competing for military students,” said Derek Blumke, president of Student Veterans of America and a member of the list’s Academic Advisory Board.

Schools on the Military Friendly Schools list also offer additional benefits to student veterans such as on-campus veterans programs, credit for service, military spouse programs and more.

Tusculum College started the Yellow Ribbon program in August 2009. Under the program, the school matches dollars put in by the Veterans Administration so veterans can work toward their advanced degree as well as qualify for money to help with housing. There are already more than 20 students enrolled in Tusculum degree programs who are receiving the Yellow Ribbon benefits.

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

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

In addition, Tusculum College has a long standing relationship with United States Navy through its partnership with the U.S.S. Greeneville submarine. Since its christening, Tusculum College has partnered with the crew members, offering an annual scholarship to crewmen and/or members of their family. To date, three people benefiting from that relationship have become Tusculum College alumni and one more has applied to attend next year.

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

The G.I. Jobs Military Friendly School List was compiled through exhaustive research starting last April during which G.I. Jobs polled more than 7,000 schools nationwide. Methodology, criteria and weighting for the list were developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board consisting of educators from Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, Colorado State University, Dallas County Community College, Old Dominion University, Cleveland State University, Lincoln Technical Institute and Embry Riddle.

Criteria for making the Military Friendly Schools list included efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, results in recruiting military and veteran students and academic accreditations.

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Opening Convocation marks beginning of new academic year

Posted on 22 September 2010 by eestes@tusculum.edu

openingconvocation_wittThe 2010-2011 academic year was officially welcomed Thursday, September 2, at Opening Convocation, an annual ceremony that marks the beginning of the new year.

The auditorium in the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building was packed with students, faculty and staff for the ceremony that begins with an academic procession of the senior class and the faculty members.

Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody welcomed new and returning students. Reminding them of Tusculum’s rich history as a first in many areas, she challenged the students to make the most of their opportunities during the coming year.

Two faculty members, Dr. Bill Garris and Dr. Melanie Narkawicz, addressed the students. Both had received the Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award for 2009-2010.

Dr. Garris, assistant professor of psychology, compared Tusculum to a base camp for a mountain-climbing expedition. Like a base camp, Tusculum gives its students the skills and tools they will need for wherever their life journey takes them, he said.

Dr. Narkawicz, associate professor of research and director of research for Graduate and Professional Studies, told of the many things that surprised her about Tusculum from its history to where education had taken some of its graduates, challenging the students to discover what the College had to offer.

Erika Witt, a junior majoring in museum studies from Roanoke, Va., was installed as president of the student body by Dean of Students Dr. David McMahan. Speaking after the installation, Witt challenged the new students to get involved on campus whether it was in various clubs and organizations or in the Student Government Association.

New faculty members were introduced by Dr. Kim Estep, provost and academic vice president. The new faculty members include John Branscum, associate professor of English; Suzanne Byrd, visiting assistant professor of physical education; Eva Lynn Cowell, assistant professor of management; David Frazier, visiting assistant professor of computer science; Chris Jacek, assistant professor of film and broadcasting; Jason Jones, visiting assistant professor ofphysical education, and Clay Matthews, assistant professor of English.

openingconvocation_davisA number of faculty, staff and administrative personnel were recognized with longevity awards.

Dr. Bob Davis, professor of biology, was recognized for 40 years of service to the College with a certificate and gift. A native of East Tennessee, he has taught field and pre-medical courses since joining Tusculum in 1970. Dr. Davis grew up on the family dairy farm in Jonesborough and he currently farms a 150-acre beef operation known as Grandview Farms. He enjoys observing the dichotomy between practical, real-life problem solving techniques in agriculture and the hypothetical techniques practiced in academia, as well as sharing these with his students. Dr. Davis said it has been his honor to be associated with an institution such as Tusculum for 40 years and he was looking forward to many more years with the College.

openingconvocation_barnettDan Barnett, associate professor of chemistry, was recognized for 25 years of service to the College.  During his tenure at Tusculum College, Professor Barnett has focused on environmental chemistry, water and air quality as his main interests in teaching and research. He has also served as faculty moderator and on several other faculty governance committees. In the classroom, Dan has embraced the active learning culture of the block program at Tusculum College and is often mentioned by graduates as being an important influence on their future career plans and on their life.

Recognized for 20 years of service were Dr. Melinda Dukes, professor of psychology and associate vice president for academic affairs; Jeff Lokey, assistant professor of management and director of the commons program; Jack Smith, director of the Thomas J. Garland Library; Jeanne Stokes, director of the TRIO programs, and Mark Stokes, director of facilities and church relations.

openingconvocation_20yearsserviceThose recognized for 15 years of service included Deborah Davis, associate athletic director; Jill Jones, director of academic advising; Dr. Kirpal Mahal, professor of physical education, and Dr. John Paulling, professor of mathematics and chair of the Department of Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science.

Ten-year honorees were  Geri Aguilar, payroll clerk; Sandi Bible, high school educational advisor in the Talent Search program; Lora Bryant, academic advisor for the Graduate and Professional Studies program; Dom Donnelly, athletic media relations director; Robin Fife, assistant professor of social science; Karen Hartman, assistant director of the Upward Bound program; Chris Lenker, head athletic trainer; Betsy Long, academic support coordinator for the Graduate and Professional Studies program; Tonya Moreno, advisor in the Talent Search program; Dr. Rhonda Smith, director of the School of Business and professor of management, and Jane Sandusky, assistant professor of athletic training.

openingconvocation_15yearserviceRecognized for five years of service to the College were James Archer, warehouse specialist; Jonathan Ballinger , coordinator of library tech services in Knoxville; Dr. Geir Bergvin, associate professor of marketing; James Boone, head men’s basketball coach; Lillian Burchnell, faculty clerical assistant;  Bobbie Clarkston, coordinator of student records; Bette Dowd, assistant certification officer and COG office supervisor; Colleen Everett, director of Bachelor of  Arts in Education program and coordinator;  Dr. Dale Gibson, professor of physical education;  Robert Hall, housekeeper;  Keith Herrin, assistant professor of art; Rondon James, head cheerleading coach; Dr. David McMahan, dean of students; Kathy Munson, clerical assistant; Larson Norton, housekeeper;  Gary Quinton, instructional technology specialist; Lynn Reeves, assistant professor of economics; Michael Robinson, head volleyball coach;  Caleb Slover, assistant football coach; Teresa Smith, administrative assistant; Kimberly Squibb, enrollment representative for the Graduate and Professional Studies program; Pat Stansberry, faculty clerical assistant; Wayne Thomas, assistant professor of English; Hollie Toth, communications coordinator;  Dr. Joel Van Amberg, assistant professor of history; Amanda Waddell, director  of career development; Bonnie Weston, senior student life coordinator, and Kevin Weston, assistant football coach/defensive coordinator.

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‘Spirit Week’ welcomes students back to campus

Posted on 22 September 2010 by eestes@tusculum.edu

The first week of the fall semester was “Welcome Week” and “Pioneer Spirit Week,” sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs and the Office of Institutional Advancement.

Activities were scheduled to not only provide fun activities for the new and returning students to get to know one another,  but also to build school spirit on campus at the start of the fall athletic season.

On Monday, students and staff received a 20 percent discount on their purchases of Tusculum gear at the College Bookstore.

Tuesday’s focus was on decorating, as students, faculty and staff could pick up free “Pioneer Spirit” yard signs from the Office of Institutional Advancement as well as a free soft drink or water to refresh them after their climb to the third floor of McCormick Hall.

spiritweek2Competition was in the air on Wednesday as a scavenger hunt resulted in teams scurrying across campus in search of primarily Tusculum-related items. Several teams of students, one staff team and one student who faced the challenge solo were given the task of finding 25 items in a 30-minute time period. Most were able to find such items as Tusculum pens, apparel and promotional materials and even a yearbook, but orange nail polish, a banana and a $2 bill proved much more difficult. The teams were graciously given assistance by many departments and offices on campus as well as the Tusculum College Bookstore. The winners were Nick Atkins, a freshman from Hixon, Tenn., and Vinton Copeland a sophomore political science major from LaGrange, Ga., who found 22 of the 25 items. Each received a $20 gift certificate to the Bookstore as their prize.

“Taste of Tusculum,” on Wednesday evening provided students with an opportunity to learn about various organizations and activities available on campus.  Organizations and clubs set up informational displays that were joined by tables with samples of cuisine from local restaurants. The pizza and coffee shop tables proved popular.

spiritweek1On Thursday, students, faculty and staff had another opportunity for a treat for their taste buds. More than 130 people enjoyed the Ice Cream Social held at the Niswonger Commons. Staff members from the Office of Institutional Advancement served up chocolate, vanilla and strawberry swirl ice cream along with toppings, nuts and whipped cream. That evening offered the Bikini Tops and Flip Flops Student Pool Party in the Pioneer Pool.

Black and orange were the colors of the day as students, faculty and staff wore their favorite Tusculum apparel. Student Affairs’ Fast Break Friday gave students the chance to make their own Pioneer Spirit items for the football team’s home opener on August 28. On Friday night, students enjoyed the movie, “Hot Tub Time Machine” during Screen on the Green in the Library Bowl.

A student tailgate was held on Saturday near the football stadium, and the students helped cheer on the Pioneers to victory over the University of Charleston (W. Va.). The game also saw the debut of the Pioneer Pep Band this semester.

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