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USDA partnership to lower costs, expand opportunities at Tusculum

USDA partnership to lower costs, expand opportunities at Tusculum

Posted on 28 September 2012 by eestes@tusculum.edu

A $39 million Community Facilities direct loan to allow for renovation of current space and construction of a new science and math building at Tusculum College was announced on Thursday, Sept. 27, by USDA Rural Development Administrator Tammye Treviño.

“Tusculum College is a key economic driver for the Greene County and Northeast Tennessee region,” said Treviño at a news conference announcing the partnership between Tusculum College and USDA.

“The college’s faculty and staff have a long, distinguished history of ensuring that businesses have a homegrown source of well-educated workers to keep the region competitive and our rural communities healthy,” she added.

Rep. Phil Roe, philanthropist Scott Niswonger and Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody were joined by Trevino and other officials and local leaders at the college for the announcement of a new partnership between USDA Rural Development and Tusculum that will lower overhead while also funding renovations to historic Tredway Hall and construction of a new science and math facility.

USDA Rural Development Administrator Tammye Treviño, at the lectern, makes the announcement of the loan during the news conference. From left are, Dr. Kenneth A. Bowman, chair of the Tusculum College Board of Trustees; Congressman Phil Roe; businessman and philanthropist Dr. Scott Niswonger, who is a member of the Board of Trustees; Treviño; Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College, and Bobby Goode, USDA Rural Development Tennessee state director

 

According to Moody, the lower interest rate $39 million Community Facilities direct loan from USDA will significantly lower what the college pays in debt service, making the new construction and renovation possible while also improving the college’s overall finances.

Treviño lauded Tusculum officials and community leaders during a visit to USDA projects in North Carolina and Tennessee this week. Thursday she delivered the lunch keynote address to the Federation of Appalachian Housing Enterprises’ Residential Energy Efficiency Summit at the Millennium Conference Center at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City before traveling on to Greeneville.

Dr. Kenneth A. Bowman, chair of the Board of Trustees said, “We are pleased that USDA believes in Tusculum’s mission and that we are fiscally responsible. The terms of this loan not only lower costs, but also make it possible for us to move forward on other important and needed projects, such as the Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math.”

Niswonger, also a member of the Board of Trustees, agreed that the USDA loan allows immediate needs to be addressed. “This partnership with USDA Rural Development allows us to address facility needs to positively impact students and increase their educational opportunities as soon as possible. It will also have a tremendous local economic impact.”

“I am pleased to see my good friend Scott Niswonger and Tusculum President Nancy Moody partnering with the USDA,” said Roe. “This partnership will allow for important upgrades and renovations on campus without crippling the college financially. I’ve worked with everyone involved in this partnership, and you won’t find a group of people more dedicated to Rural Development and improving lives of those in the First District. I thank the USDA, Tusculum and their Board of Trustees for all their hard work on these issues.”

Heather Patchett, vice president for Institutional Advancement, said efforts have already begun to secure gifts for the construction of the new Center for Science and Math that will provide advanced facilities for research by faculty and students and provide the room needed for Tusculum to explore the addition of new courses and programs needed in the region.

She added, “There are also several naming opportunities available as part of the project and alumni and friends of the college have already indicated great interest in the science building.”

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-one 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.

USDA Rural Development invests in jobs, infrastructure, community development, homeownership and affordable rental housing to improve the economic health and increase opportunities in rural communities. During the last four years the agency has assisted more than 1.5 million Tennessee families and businesses in 158 communities, investing more than $3.3 billion into local economies through affordable loans, loan guarantees and grants.

For more information on Rural Development programs available in Northeast Tennessee contact the Rural Development Area Office in Greeneville at 423-638-4771, ext. 4, toll free at (800) 342-3149 ext. 1490 or online at www.rurdev.usda.gov/tn.

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More than 200 guests expected in Greeneville for Homecoming activities, September 27-30

Posted on 25 September 2012 by srichey@tusculum.edu

More than 200 alumni and friends are expected to participate in activities related to Homecoming 2012 at Tusculum College, September 27-30.

“Decorations are up, students are wearing their orange and black, even the weather feels like Homecoming is here,” said Jessica Snoeyenbos, assistant director or alumni relations for Tusculum College. “It is so exciting to have a campus full of alumni and friends celebrating with our students, faculty and staff during Homecoming.”

Homecoming 2012, set this year for September 27-30, features a schedule with four days of activities to enjoy. Those wishing to participate in any or all of the events and activities can register for Homecoming online at www.tusculum.edu/alumni or by calling the Office of Institutional Advancement at 423-636-7303.

The celebration kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 27, with a Chili Cook-off at 11 a.m. in the lobby of the Pioneer Arena in Niswonger Commons. Stop by and taste the chili recipes prepared by various departments and offices on campus. Guests may vote for the best tasting and the best showmanship.

That evening an Alumni Dinner will be held at 6 p.m. at the Whistle Stop Restaurant in Afton, as well as “Agate Hill to Appomattox” with Barbara Bates Smith. This “Arts, Acts, Academia” presentation is a one-person show that consists of theatre, music and history. Show begins at 7 p.m. and will be held at the Behan Arena Theater in the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building.

On Friday, a trip to Bright’s Zoo has been scheduled at 9 a.m. Bright’s Zoo is located in Jonesborough and is home to many rare species. Limited transportation will be provided. Those staying close to campus can enjoy a special picnic lunch with Tusculum College students at 11 a.m. on the terrace of the Thomas J. Garland Library.

Also on the agenda for Friday is the Homecoming 2012 Golf Tournament. Registration begins at noon, with a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. Held at Link Hills Golf Course, the tournament features a scramble format, with a handicap system applied for a net division and a gross division. First place will be awarded for each division. The outing will include lunch, beverages and goody bags.

From 2-4 p.m. on Friday, an Old Oak Festival Sneak Peek Show, which will be staged behind McCormick Hall on campus. The event will feature a jam session with Herb Rupert class of ’74; Kenneth Winterbauer class of ’73; Tal Hurley class of ’77, and Wayne Hensley class of ’72. Winterbauer, Rupert and Hensley played in the band, “Shiloh” when they were on campus. Other appearances will include, “Shiloh Road,” a rock band made up of current Tusculum students. The Creamy Cup will also be at the event selling refreshments.

Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. is the All-Alumni Dinner and Dance. A reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will begin at 7:30 p.m. A cash bar will be available throughout the evening.

Saturday begins with a Memorial Service at 9:15 a.m., where family members and friends of alumni lost during the past year join to remember those who have passed away since Homecoming 2011. The Memorial Service is followed by the annual meeting of the Tusculum College Alumni Association at 10 a.m.

The Homecoming Parade begins at 11:30 a.m., featuring the Homecoming Court, the Tusculum College Pioneer Band, as well as a variety of entertainment and floats. The Golden Pioneers, those alumni celebrating their 50th reunion year, will serve as Grand Marshals.
The Pioneer Club-Homecoming Tailgate Party begins at noon at Pioneer Park. The marching band and cheerleaders will entertain during the pregame meal. Game time is 2 p.m. The Pioneers take on Brevard College Tornados. At halftime, the presentation of the Homecoming Court will take place.

At 5 p.m. a tailgate will be held prior to the men’s soccer game against Bethel University at 7 p.m. The event will be held at the President’s Box at Pioneer Field.

Sunday morning is the Alumni Farewell Breakfast at 9 a.m. on the terrace of the Thomas J. Garland Library, followed by the Homecoming Chapel Service at 9:45 a.m.

For more information on the specifics of events or to register, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 423-636-7303.

 

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Students take service project beyond course requirements

Posted on 20 September 2012 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Collecting the pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House are these students from the "Theory and Practice of Citizenship" course taught by Dr. Angela Keaton, second from right, assistant professor of commons and history at Tusculum.

A service project for a group of students at Tusculum College has grown into something much more than an assignment for a grade.

Students in the “Theory and Practice of Citizenship” course taught by Dr. Angela Keaton have undertaken a project to collect pop tabs from aluminum cans for the Ronald McDonald House, a drive that will continue long after the end of the class last week.

“They have gone well above and beyond of the requirements of the course,” said Dr. Keaton, assistant professor of commons and history at Tusculum.

The group is asking all those on campus as well as the local community to save the pop tabs for Ronald McDonald House for their collection, which will continue through Dec. 5.  The group includes Allie Hartman, Jama Darnell, Tracy Morris, Bethany Farris, Brooke Sane, Cassi Ricker, Miranda Church and Katrina Holder, all of who are nursing majors.

One group member, Allie Hartman, said she wanted to continue the tab drive because there was not a good reason to end it when the class did. “It takes just a mere second of your day to take off the tab of a soda can,” she said. “Why not turn that second into a lifetime of charity for others? After all, that’s what community is all about.”

With their academic and career interest, one would expect a choice of a medically related non-profit organization for their service project, and they did select the Ronald McDonald House because it serves families of sick, hospitalized children by providing a comfortable place to stay.

Once their choice was made, the group got busy, each member with a different task. They contacted Ronald McDonald House and obtained information about the pop tab collections and other information about the charity.

Ronald McDonald House collects pop tabs rather the collection of aluminum cans because it is more hygienic to store tabs than cans, and collection and storage is easier, according to the non-profit organization’s website. After the tabs are collected, the local Ronald McDonald chapter takes the collection to a recycling center and the funds it receives in return are used for operations of the houses.

Preparing two-liter bottles to collect the tabs at various locations on campus, the group members prepared and posted flyers and posters around campus about the drive. They also prepared a three-sided display board with information and research about Ronald McDonald House as well as about the drive.

While collecting the tabs around campus, the students also set up a table in the Niswonger Commons for two days to further inform the campus community about the project and gave out cupcakes to those who stopped at the table.

The project has grown to involve a teacher at Tusculum View Elementary School, Rebecca Irwin, and her class who are collecting tabs for the project.

Collections of pop tabs can be dropped off at Dr. Keaton’s office, located in room 208 of the Charles Oliver Gray Complex. Individuals can also contact Darnell at jdarnell1@tcstudents.tusculum.edu or Hartman at ahartman@tcstudents.tusculum.edu for pick-up of tab collections.

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Tusculum named to top military-friendly school list

Tusculum named to top military-friendly school list

Posted on 19 September 2012 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College has for the third year been named to G.I. Jobs’ 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 long focused on the adult student and finding ways to help them balance continuing their education with other priorities in their lives, such as work and family,” said Dr. Tom Stein, vice president for enrollment management at Tusculum College.

The Military Friendly Schools list is a key resource in letting veterans know which schools will offer them the greatest opportunity, flexibility and overall experience. Stein added that this is especially important now with so many schools competing for military students.

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.

“Through the Yellow Ribbon program the college acknowledges the commitment of those who have served our country by providing them with financial support to complete their education.” said Tusculum College President 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 the 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 is currently a sophomore on the Residential campus.

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 other assistance provided by the college, contact Simons at 423-636-7300.

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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Constitution Day marked on campus

Posted on 18 September 2012 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Students Ryan Barker and Bobby Conwell affix their names to a sample version of the U.S. Constitution, provided by the Center for Civic Advancment.

Constitution Day 2012 was marked on campus with a variety of activities, including allowing students the opportunity to sign their “John Hancock” to an oversized version in the Niswonger Commons, provided as part of Constitution Day activities at the College.

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Alumni dinner, museum exhibit and local excursions highlight first two days of Tusculum College Homecoming activities

Posted on 17 September 2012 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends will be celebrating Homecoming 2012 with an activity-filled, four-day event September 27-30.

“In the days leading up to our Homecoming football match-up against Brevard College, we have a wide variety of activities and events for our alumni, parents, students and friends who are in Tusculum this weekend to celebrate and reconnect with old friends,” said Susan D. Crum, associate vice president for institutional advancement for Tusculum College.

Homecoming 2012, set this year for September 27-30, features a four-day schedule of activities to enjoy. Those wishing to participate in any or all of the events and activities can register for Homecoming online at www.tusculum.edu/alumni or by calling the Office of Institutional Advancement at 423-636-7303.

The celebration kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 27, with a Chili Cook-off at 11 a.m. in the Pioneer Arena Lobby in the Niswonger Commons. Stop by and taste the chili recipes prepared by various departments and offices on campus. Guests may vote for the best tasting and the best showmanship.

That evening an Alumni Dinner will be held at 6 p.m. at the Whistle Stop Restaurant in Afton, as well as “Agate Hill to Appomattox” with Barbara Bates Smith. This “Arts, Acts, Academia” presentation is a one-person show that consists of theatre, music and history. Show begins at 7 p.m. and will be held at the Behan Arena Theater in the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building.

On Friday, a trip to Bright’s Zoo has been scheduled at 9 a.m. Bright’s Zoo is located in Limestone and is home to many rare species. Limited transportation will be provided. Those staying close to campus can enjoy a picnic lunch with Tusculum College students at 11 a.m. on the terrace of the Thomas J. Garland Library.

Also on the agenda for Friday is the Homecoming 2012 Golf Tournament. Registration begins at noon, with a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. Held at Link Hills Golf Course, the tournament features a scramble format, with a handicap system applied for a net division and a gross division. First place will be awarded for each division. The outing will include lunch and goody bags.

The President Andrew Johnson Museum will be hosting its Tusculum College “home movies” exhibit from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. At 6:30 p.m. is the All-Alumni Awards Dinner at the General Morgan Inn .A reception will begin at 6:30 p.m., and dinner will begin at 7:30 p.m. alumni awards will be presented during the dinner. A cash bar will be available throughout the evening.

Saturday begins with a Memorial Service at 9:15 a.m. in the lobby of the Thomas J. Garland Library, where family members and friends gather for a special service of remembrance for those who have passed away since Homecoming 2011. The Memorial Service is followed by the annual meeting of the Tusculum College Alumni Association at 10 a.m.

The Homecoming Parade begins at 11:30 a.m., featuring the Homecoming Court, the Tusculum College Pioneer Band, as well as a variety of entertainment. The Golden Pioneers, those alumni celebrating their 50th reunion year, will serve as Grand Marshals.
The Pioneer Club-Homecoming Tailgate Party begins at noon at Pioneer Park. The Marching Band and cheerleaders will entertain during the pregame meal, and class photos will be taken. Game time is 2 p.m. The Pioneers take on Brevard College Tornados. At halftime, the presentation of the Homecoming Court will take place.

There will also be a Homecoming tailgate event prior to the men’s soccer game on Saturday evening. The event will begin at 6 p.m. Game time is 7 p.m. The Alumni Reunion Dinner will be held at the General Morgan Inn beginning at 7 p.m. on Saturday night, complete with a live band and dancing on the Terrace.

Sunday morning is the Alumni Farewell Breakfast at 9 a.m. on the terrace of the Thomas J. Garland Library, followed by the Homecoming Chapel Service at 9:45 a.m.

For more information on the specifics of events or to register, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 423-636-7303.

 

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Civil War stories to come to life on stage on Sept. 27

Civil War stories to come to life on stage on Sept. 27

Posted on 13 September 2012 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Storyteller Barbara Bates-Smith will bring the one-woman play “Agate Hill to Appomattox” to the stage at Tusculum College at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Behan Arena Theatre.

Stories from the Civil War period will be presented in a unique mix of theatre, music and history on Thursday, Sept. 27, at Tusculum College with the presentation of “Agate Hill to Appomattox.”

The one-woman play by storyteller Barbara Bates-Smith will begin at 7 p.m. in the Behan Arena Theatre in the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building (lower level side entrance). The presentation is the second event of Tusculum College Arts Outreach’s Acts, Arts, Academia 2012-13 performance and lecture series.

In “Agate Hill to Appomattox” Bates-Smith vividly tells home-front tales from a variety of perspectives in adaptations of works by best-selling authors Lee Smith, Ron Rash and Allan Gurganus. The performance includes scenes of Smith’s plucky young girl orphaned by the war, Rash’s brave young “Lincolnite” wife under threat in Confederate territory and Allan Gurganus’ “Oldest Living Confederate Widow,” highlighting episodes surrounding Appomattox, General Robert E. Lee, and President Abraham Lincoln.

Bates-Smith will be accompanied by musician Jeff Sebens on traditional instruments such as the dulcimer and banjo. Sebens is also a respected craftsman of musical instruments such as the lap dulcimers, hammered dulcimer and mandolins.

Noted for her off-Broadway performance of “Ivy Rowe,” from Smith’s novel “Fair and Tender Ladies,” Bates-Smith also tours with other Lee Smith shows, original monologues, and “Our Own Stories” workshops that help teach others how to tell their own stories.

A Southeastern Theatre Conference Best Actress award winner, Bates-Smith has enjoyed featured roles in regional productions of “Wit,” “Hamlet,” “Doubt,” “Three Tall Women,” “Driving Miss Daisy,” “Sister Mary Ignatius” and Beckett’s “Happy Days.
Bates-Smith conceived and co-directed “Jazz, Jam, No Jive,” an original play by and about Tampa’s African-American teenagers. Programs based on literary lives and works highlighted the years she headed Taproot Theater, an educational ensemble in Florida.

Admission to the program is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 60 years of age or older and $5 for children 12 and under.

For more information, please contact Tusculum College Arts Outreach at 423.798.1620 or visit the website at http://arts.tusculum.edu.

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Students serve others in the community as part of ‘Nettie Day’

Students serve others in the community as part of ‘Nettie Day’

Posted on 13 September 2012 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College students participating in Nettie Fowler McCormick Service Day worked to strip, prime and repaint outdoor furniture for use by residents at Greene Valley Developmental Center.

Groups of Tusculum College students, all wearing matching blue shirts, could be seen Thursday morning throughout the area providing volunteer service to a variety of non-profit organizations and agencies.

Thursday was Nettie Fowler McCormick Service Day on campus, one of the longest held traditions for the college that involves students spending time in service to others. Participation is required for all new students as part of the Tusculum Experience course, and upperclassmen from such organizations as the Bonner Leader student service organization and the new Alpha Phi Omega service organization also participated.

Students could be found at Greene Valley Developmental Center stripping, priming and painting all the outdoor furniture. At the Greene County Humane Society, students built a bridge for its new walkway, planted bulbs around the walking path, worked to level a picnic table and walked some of the dogs.

Groups of students could be found at the Andrew Johnson National Cemetery cleaning tombstones and learning about the cemetery and its traditions. At Plaza Towers, students cooked breakfast for the residents and organized activities that included bingo and a corn hole competition.

Tusculum College students scrub tombstones in the Andrew Johnson National Cemetery using a non-toxic detergent to remove grime.

Two groups of students went to local churches, First Presbyterian Church, the mother church of the college, and Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Students could be found painting as well as sanitizing all the toys in the nursery, making visitor gift packs and cleaning.

Picking up litter along U.S. Highway 11E, Edens Road and Ripley Island Road was the assignment for one of the classes.

Students also volunteered at Rural Resources, Mustang Alley Horse Rescue, Inc., and the Crumley House Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center.

Students do some touch-up work to an exhibit at the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library.

The President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library and the Doak House Museum on campus were also the beneficiaries of student efforts. Students did some touch-up painting in the exhibit area, cleaned windows and other tasks.

Members of the Bonner Leaders and Alpha Phi Omega had a special project for the day. They worked with Greeneville-Greene County Habitat for Humanity and provided their time helping to clean up the yard area for a local disabled woman.

This year, Nettie Day was the cumulative event of Nettie Week, all coordinated by the Center for Civic Advancement on campus. Nettie Week included the promotion of opportunities for students to get connected to non-profit organizations for which they can volunteer. To mark Sept. 11, a special showing of the film, “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” was held in Chalmers Conference Center. Students also had the opportunity to write their reflections of 9/11.

Planting bulbs to landscape around the new walkway was one of the projects for the students who went to the Greene County Humane Society.

In addition to service to others, activities will also have a focus on the U.S. Constitution in celebration of Constitution Day, which is Monday, Sept. 17.

Nettie Fowler McCormick Service Day, which is conducted under the auspices of the Center for Civic Advancement, honors the memory and altruistic way of life of Nettie Fowler McCormick, widow of reaper inventor Cyrus McCormick, who was a 19th century supporter and advocate of Tusculum College. The McCormicks, staunch Presbyterians from Chicago, learned of Tusculum College through Tusculum graduates who attended their McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago and became donors to the Northeast Tennessee school.

Nettie McCormick is recognized as the college’s first Benefactor, a term that denotes a donor whose cumulative gifts total at least $1 million to the college.. Nettie McCormick funded the construction of several of Tusculum’s historic structures, including Haynes Hall, Rankin Hall, Welty-Craig Hall, Virginia Hall and McCormick Hall, which is named after the McCormick family.

Students assigned to First Presbyterian Church had several tasks, including painting just outside the sanctuary.

McCormick Day, now often informally called Nettie Day at the college, began as a day of cleaning the campus in reflection of Nettie McCormick’s insistence on clean living environments. The day has evolved to take on a more generalized community service emphasis.

 

Students cooked some breakfast treats and spent time with residents at Plaza Towers.

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Make plans to attend Family Weekend 2012

Make plans to attend Family Weekend 2012

Posted on 11 September 2012 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Make plans to attend Family Weekend 2012 on November 2-3.

Activities are now being planned that you can enjoy with your student as part of Fanily Weekend. In addition to the this schedule, special hours are planned at the Allison Gallery to allow parents and students enjoy an exhibit featuring book artists that will be opening that weekend. The exhibit will feature Tusculum professors as well as an alumna.

Family members will be special guests for a tailgate prior to the Saturday afternoon football game. It will be senior day for the Pioneer football team who will be facing conference rival Carson-Newman College.

As the schedule becomes more concrete, announcements will be made of the list of activities and opportunities for parents to get a taste of life at Tusculum and spend some quality time with their student.

Register for Family Weekend 2012 online.

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Tusculum College student gospel choir available for performances

Posted on 10 September 2012 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Now in its second year, the Students for Christ Gospel Choir, a 20-member student choir, is recruiting new members. The Gospel Choir, which sings both traditional and contemporary gospel hymns and songs, performs at events on and off the Tusculum College campus.

“This group came together because each of us wanted to participate in a music ministry, to have the opportunity to witness to others through our music,” said Vinton Copeland, a senior political science major from LaGrange, Ga., who organized the group and serves as its director.

“The choir is a cross section of students and very diverse. There is a mixture of races, religions and backgrounds,” he added. “We all enjoy singing, and we are committed to our faith.”

Copeland added that the group has made itself available to sing at other events and meetings, as well as for churches and other organizations. Anyone interested in booking the choir should contact Copeland at the email address below.

For more information on the Students for Christ Gospel Choir, contact Copeland at vcopeland@tcstudents.tusculum.edu.

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Tusculum College students to provide a day of service in the community as part of campus tradition

Posted on 10 September 2012 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College students will demonstrate the college’s commitment to both learning and serving on Thursday, September 13, as they spend a day helping others.

Freshmen and transfer students will participate in Nettie Fowler McCormick Service Day as part of the Tusculum Experience course. Nettie Fowler McCormick Service Day is one of the longest-held traditions on the Tusculum campus and involves students spending time in service to others. Some of the projects that the students will undertake include working with local non-profit organizations and schools.

This year, Nettie Day will be the cumulative event of Nettie Week. Nettie Week will include the promotion of opportunities to provide service in the community and a special 9/11 movie showing of “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” at 7 p.m. in Chalmers Conference Center. The film will be preceded by a discussion of the events of 9/11.

In addition to service to others, activities will also have a focus on the U.S. Constitution in celebration of Constitution Day, which is Monday, Sept. 17.

Nettie Fowler McCormick Service Day, which is conducted under the auspices of the Center for Civic Advancement, honors the memory and altruistic way of life of Nettie Fowler McCormick, widow of reaper inventor Cyrus McCormick, who was a 19th century supporter and advocate of Tusculum College. The McCormicks, staunch Presbyterians from Chicago, learned of Tusculum College through Tusculum graduates who attended their McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago and became donors to the Northeast Tennessee school.

Nettie McCormick is recognized as the college’s first Benefactor, a term that in Tusculum usage denotes a donor whose cumulative gifts total at least $1 million. Nettie McCormick funded construction of several of Tusculum’s historic structures, including Haynes Hall, Rankin Hall, Welty-Craig Hall, Virginia Hall and McCormick Hall, which is named after the McCormick family.

McCormick Day, now often informally called Nettie Day at the college, began as a day of cleaning the campus in reflection of Nettie McCormick’s insistence on clean living environments. The day has evolved to take on a more generalized community service emphasis.

 

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Annual Honor Roll of Donors for the 2011-12 fiscal year now online

Annual Honor Roll of Donors for the 2011-12 fiscal year now online

Posted on 06 September 2012 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Individuals, businesses, foundations and organizations that have supported Tusculum College during the 2011-12 fiscal year are recognized through the annual Honor Roll of Donors now online on the Tusculum College website.

 

The Honor Roll of Donors pays tribute to the many generous alumni, friends, parents, foundations, businesses and organizations that support the mission of Tusculum College. The publication is one way that Tusculum can express its deep gratitude to those who have chosen to make contributions to the College. The generosity of the College’s supporters is crucial to the success of academic and athletic programs as well as the arts, museums and service programs.

 

The Honor Roll includes contributions made during the period of July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012. The Honor Roll is presented in its entirety. Specific categories can also be accessed such as alumni donors by class, friends, faculty and staff, friends, tributes and memorials and businesses, corporations and foundations.

 

To access the Honor Roll of Donors, please click here.

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