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Tusculum College students named to Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature

Posted on 30 November 2012 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Six students from Tusculum College were recently in Nashville to participate in the 43rd General Assembly of the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature (TISL).

“TISL is an incredible opportunity for students from colleges and universities across the state of Tennessee to represent their institutions and their communities in a mock Congressional setting,” said student Ashley Fritz, a senior political science and psychology major from Duffield, Va.

The students had the opportunity to debate and vote upon legislation they have written, participate in a moot court challenge, gain media experience and to network with the future leaders of the state and nation.

Of the participants, several are selected to serve as members of TISL’s Executive Council, which plans and helps to oversee each General Assembly. This year Tusculum student Pamela Keen, a junior political science major from Mcewen, was elected and will serve as TISL’s State Treasurer. She will oversee the TISL 44th General Assembly in 2013.

According to Fritz, TISL is also a chance for students to meet those established in careers relating to the many areas of TISL, which could lead to internship and job opportunities.

“TISL allows college students to make an impact upon actual legislation, as the top issues are passed on to the actual Tennessee state legislature for consideration,” she said. “Click it or Ticket” is an example of a piece of legislation that had its start in this manner before it became an actual law.

Tusculum College was one of 39 institutions to participate this year, with some schools sending as many or more than 16 students, Tusculum’s six student representatives managed to stand out. In addition to Keen, Fritz served as a member of the TISL media, earning a lead story for three of the five issues of the TISL Times. Michael Fernando, a freshman economics and accounting major from Sri Lanka, participated in the House of Representatives, where he received accolades for his debating prowess.

Trevor Long, a junior political science major from Atkins, Va., served in the Senate and earned attention for his sponsorship of bills. Caitlin Curtis, a sophomore business and history major from Sharps Chapel, was chosen to serve as a Deputy Clerk and Marshall and had the opportunity to experience numerous aspects of the judicial processes of the Tennessee Intercollegiate Supreme Court (TISC).

Tusculum College Student Government Association President Steven Hollingshead, a junior economics and political science major from Memphis, stood out as an exceptional lobbyist, as nearly every bill for which he lobbied passed.

 

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Arrowood honored as ‘Student of the Block’ for Second Block

Arrowood honored as ‘Student of the Block’ for Second Block

Posted on 30 November 2012 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Congratulating Robert Arrowood, center, for his selection as “Student of the Block” at Tusculum College are Dr. Tom Harlow, left, assistant professor of psychology, and Dr. Bill Garris, assistant professor of psychology.

Robert Arrowood of Unicoi has been recognized as the “Student of the Block” for the second block at Tusculum College.

Arrowood, a junior majoring in psychology, was honored for his academic excellence, activities and leadership on campus, strength of character and his service to others with this award whose recipients are nominated by faculty and staff members. He was presented the honor during a ceremony in the Living Room of Niswonger Commons, where a plaque recognizing his accomplishments will be displayed.

The Office of Student Affairs established the award to recognize students for their academic achievement, leadership on campus and contributions to the college community.

Dr. David Key, assistant professor of history, nominated Arrowood for the honor. While he is an excellent student academically, “grades alone do not prompt me to write this glowingly of a student,” Dr. Key said in his nomination. “Instead, I admire Mr. Arrowood’s character.”

In the first course Key taught this semester, Arrowood was one of a few upperclassmen in the class. The professor noted that Arrowood spent time with the freshmen in the class, making certain they were adjusting to their new surroundings. He also commented about Arrowood’s switch to a new instrument in the college’s Band Program this year without any complaint when asked to do so. Dr. Key also noted his choice of a job serving the severely disabled because it not only is preparation for graduate school but also because the severely disabled need his help.

“I cite these as instances in which Mr. Arrowood has literally and physically gone out of his way to improve his communities simply because he could and because there was a need – not because he was told to,” Dr. Key said. “I believe Mr. Arrowood is among the best of all of us; not just ‘student of the block.’ but what we strive to see in every student.  I believe that we should honor his work, his character, his ethic in any way we can. I cannot recommend him highly enough.”

Arrowood came to Tusculum in 2010 and quickly immersed himself in activities, making a large network of friends, associates and supporters, all of whom provide motivation to keep up his strenuous schedule. Those activities include the college’s marching, concert and jazz bands, Psi Chi psychology honor society, Alpha Chi national honor society and Original Copy, a rock band comprised of Tusculum students. He also plays drums for his church choir.

“Playing in the marching, concert, and rock bands has allowed me to support my school and give visitors to the campus entertainment,” Arrowood said. “I have also represented the college at SEPA (South Eastern Psychological Association) with my research this year.”

Participation in the various bands has also provided opportunities for growth as a person for Arrowood.  “Mainly music has been my entire life,” he said. “Before coming to Tusculum and playing the tuba, guitar, and being vice president in the Tusculum Marching Band, I was a proud tuba and baritone player in [my high school – Unicoi County High School] band. Each of these groups allowed me to come out of my shell. If not for these activities, mainly band, I would still be the quiet, shy person who stayed away from almost anything that involved other people.”

While one of his favorite memories is playing with his rock band at the Old Oak Festival last spring, Arrowood has also enjoyed his time in Dr. Key’s courses, noting that the professor is the only person “who could make a course about politics enjoyable” and he is an instructor that he can also call a friend. He also credits Dr. Tom Harlow and Dr. Brian Pope, both assistant professors of psychology, as significant influences on his academic career.
Arrowood is the son of Diane Gentry, the grandson of Bud and Virgie Clark and brother of Ashlynn Gentry. He counts his mother and his grandfather as his greatest role models. He admires his mother’s perseverance when she was told that a woman would never be able to be a paramedic and worked hard to earn her degree. Of his grandfather, he recalls his strong Christian character and that he went through life with a smile and a good word to say to everyone. “The greatest compliment that I can receive is for someone to say that I remind them of him,” he said.

After he earns his degree at Tusculum, Arrowood plans to attend graduate school at a large research institution to obtain his doctorate in either counseling or clinical psychology with a goal of working at a psychiatric hospital and teaching psychology at the collegiate level.

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Christmas open house to be held at the President’s House on Dec. 12

Christmas open house to be held at the President’s House on Dec. 12

Posted on 29 November 2012 by eestes@tusculum.edu

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Catch up with your classmates!

Catch up with your classmates!

Posted on 29 November 2012 by eestes@tusculum.edu

 

 

 

 

’60s

Donald G. Wilson ’64 of Huntley, IL, has a book that is being published by a division of Penguin-Random House entitled, “Evidence Withheld.” “The book relates my FBI agent employment history and the true account of the Martin Luther King Jr. assassination,” he writes. The book will be released in mid-January 2013.

 

H. Donald Goble ’69 of Denville, NJ, has retired after 40 years of teaching at the Newark Academy. He served as baseball coach for 23 years. He is now a “Florida snowbird.” His daughter is now married and 31. He became a widower in 1995 after 22 years of marriage.

 

’70s

Philip Gebbia ’70 of Crossville, Tenn.,  has had a novel published, “Some Time Around Four-Thirty.” The novel chronicles the search for redemption by a group of colorful characters, who share one common trait – the experience of a life-changing loss. The book is available on Amazon.  After graduation, Gebbia spent a short stint teaching and then went to work in the trenches of the child welfare system in New York and New Jersey. This book is available on Amazon

’90s

Katie Kreeger Smelcer ’94 of Greeneville, TN, has been inducted into the Greeneville High School Sports Hall of Fame. At Greeneville High, Smelcer lettered in soccer, basketball and softball. She was on the school’s first girls’ soccer team in 1986. As a sophomore, Smelcer was selected soccer team MVP, received the basketball best defense award and received the Charles Thorpe Award, an annual scholarship given to recognize an outstanding GHS scholar athlete. In her junior year, the basketball team was conference champions and advanced to the semi-finals in the Sub-State tournament. In her senior year, the team, was the undefeated conference champion and won the district and regional championships. Smelcer played and lettered four years on Tusculum’s first women’s soccer team. She is a teacher at Greeneville Middle School where she serves as assistant girls’ basketball coach and head volleyball coach.

 

Doug DeBusk ’95 of Greeneville, TN, has been inducted into Greeneville High School Sports Hall of Fame. At Greeneville High, DeBusk was an outstanding member of the football, basketball and soccer teams. He received numerous awards throughout his career including All-County, Player of the Week, All-Tournament, All-District, All-State and Most Valuable Player. He was the quarterback of his undefeated freshman football team. He played quarterback, free safety, wide receiver, punt returner and place kicker on the varsity team. He remains in the record books for punt return yards in a single season. He was starting point guard on the undefeated regular season championship freshman basketball team and also excelled as point guard on the varsity team for the remainder of his time at GHS. On the soccer team, he started at forward and halfback all four years, was All-Conference all four seasons and his team won the conference title for four consecutive seasons. He was named All-State in soccer his senior year. DeBusk played point guard on the Tusculum basketball team and was inducted into the Tusculum College Sports Hall of Fame in 2002. DeBusk is executive vice president at Andrew Johnson Bank.

 

’00s

Kevin Broyles ’01 of Greeneville, TN, has been promoted to the position of agency manager of the Washington County Jonesborough Farm Bureau Insurance office. He previously served as agency manager of the Greene County Mosheim Farm Bureau office. He assumed his new duties on October 1.

 

B.J. Roberts ’04 is currently communications specialist with the University of Tennessee’s Office of the Treasurer. He creates and manages media content (video, text, graphics) websites and newsletters. He also copyedits memos, reports and other text materials that are sent to all campuses in the system and university-wide administration.

Amanda Smith Hopson ’09 of Afton, TN, has been promoted to mortgage loan officer at Andrew Johnson Bank. Her office is at the bank’s headquarters. Initially hired as a teller in 1999, Amanda has served head teller, in-house loan processor, mortgage processor and mortgage loan originator.

 

Matt Ripley ’09 of Greeneville, TN, and his partner Casey Buchanan have opened Playmore Games and Movies in Greeneville. The video game and movie store will offer new, used and traded games and movies.

 

Katie Pittser ’10 of Newport, TN, is working at The Newport Plain Talk newspaper as a general reporter and designer and has been recognized numerous times for her writing. She also is editor and designer for Visiting the Smokies, a monthly magazine circulated by the Plain Talk. She has won several Tennessee Press Association Awards for her writing and photography. She was awarded the professional organization’s Investigative Journalism Award for her part in coverage about the Pigeon River permit for Blueridge Paper Co. in Canton, N.C. In 2012, she was recognized with a third place in the feature writing category for her work in “Can you hear a mother’s heart?” – an article about a local youngster who has received two cochlear implants and her journey into the “hearing world.” She was also awarded third place in the news feature for her coverage of the tornado that struck Cocke County in April 2011.

 

Jessi Smith ’10 of Greeneville, TN, has joined Takoma Medical Associates’ family practice as a physician’s assistant. After graduating from Tusculum, she received her master’s degree in the physician assistant program from Lincoln Memorial Univerity DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine. She will be working with Drs. Daniel Lewis and Claes Svendsen.

 

Allan K. Wallace ’10 of Knoxville, TN, is executive director of the Damon and Stella Foundation for Mental Health, Inc.

 

Kenneth McClain ’12 of Knoxville, TN, is retired from the Army National Guard where he performed Human Resource and Training roles as full-time member for the Tennessee Military Department.

 

 

Brad Mercer ’04 and Chelsea K. Stinger were married on September 1 at the DelMonaco Winery and Vineyards in Baxter, TN. After a honeymoon trip to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the couple are living in Greeneville, TN, where Brad is a practicing attorney.

 

 

’30s

Dr. Charles Rankin Zirkle ’37 of Knoxville, TN, passed away January 23, 2012. Dr. Zirkle had received his medical degree from Vanderbilt University and interned at the Deaconess Hospital in Buffalo, NY. He volunteered for active duty and served as a member of the 82nd Airborne, 504 Regiment. For his participation as an active medical officer in the Campaigns of Sicily, Mt. Sammucro, Anzio, the crossing of the Wahl River for the Nijmegen Bridge and into Belgium for the 504’s last battle, the Battle of the Bulge, he was cited with two Presidential Awards and a Purple Heart with two clusters. After the war, he returned to Tennessee with his British bride, raised his family and served the Knoxville community as a general surgeon for many years. He was instrumental in starting the surgical unit of what is now the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

 

’40s

Dorothy F. Self Fernsler ’41 of Morristown, TN, passed away November 20, 2012. She was the daughter of two pioneer educators in East Tennessee, J.D. and Pearl Self. She was a retired cashier for Greeneville Light and Power System. She lived in the Philadelphia area in the 1950s and then moved to Jacksonville Beach, FL, where she was an active member and nursery school teacher at Beach United Methodist Church. She was an avid storyteller with a keen sense of humor.

 

James Louis Byrd ’42 of Kingsport, TN, passed away October 28, 2012. Mr. Byrd was a 30-year veteran of the U.S. Navy and retired as a captain. After his military service, Mr. Byrd returned to his native Greene County and began a new career in education. After his retirement, he moved to Kingsport to be closer to his children and grandchildren. He was a member of First Broad United Methodist Church for more than 20 years. His survivors include his son and daughter and their spouses, Stephen and Nancy (Paranto) Byrd ’78 ’77 and Lisa (Byrd) and John Driggers ’82 ’82.

 

Anne Coriell Fee ’45 of Omaha, NE, passed away July 18, 2012. Mrs. Fee was a retired teacher, having taught on the elementary school level in Omaha. She was also a volunteer for Good Samaritan Home, a docent/naturalist at Fontenelle Forest, a philanthropist for humanitarian causes and a Bible Study Fellowship teacher.

’50s

Janice Joanne Weldon Brown ’56 of Decatur, GA, passed away on November 26, 2010.

 

’60s

Sgt. Kenneth K. Worton II, USAF (Ret.) ’64 of Pittsburgh, PA, passed away May 5, 2009. Sgt. Worton served his country for 35 years in the Air Force during the Vietnam War and the Persian Gulf War.

 

’70s

Douglas George Campbell ’70 of Cherry Hill, NJ, passed away November 2, 2010, after a courageous battle with cancer.

 

Dr. Kevin Smith ’77 of Greeneville TN, formerly of Travelers Rest, SC, passed away on November 7, 2012. Dr. Smith graduated from Vanderbilt University College of Medicine and went on to practice medicine in South Carolina for several years. He loved farming, hunting and growing things. His survivors include his brother and Tusculum alumnus Dr. Brian Smith ’82.

 

’90s

Roberta Allene James Taylor ’90 of Greeneville, TN, passed away November 3, 2012, after a courageous battle with cancer. Mrs. Taylor had worked for her Alma Mater in the 1990s. Her survivors include sister and Tusculum alumna Patricia James ’88.

 

Victor Allen Evans ’92 of Chuckey, TN, passed away November 3, 2012, in an accident.

 

’00s

Dr. Thien Nguyen Freeman ’01 of Knoxville, TN, passed away suddenly November 1, 2012. Dr. Freeman was associate dean at the Knoxville campus of Strayer University. She served as an adjunct faculty member for Tusculum and was a member of the Knoxville President’s Advisory Council. She was also a retired accountant for the Kimberly Clark Corporation.

 

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Celebrate Christmas with events at Tusculum

Celebrate Christmas with events at Tusculum

Posted on 29 November 2012 by eestes@tusculum.edu

The Christmas season upon us, and area alumni are invited to celebrate the holidays by attending special concerts and events on campus.

Upcoming events include the Christmas Concert by the Band Program on Dec. 4, Lessons and Carols on Dec. 5, a holiday open house at the Doak House Museum on Dec. 8 and the annual Christmas Concert by the College’s Community Chorus.

Band Program Concert

The Tusculum College band program will welcome the Christmas season in its annual holiday concert on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

Tusculum’s Concert Band, Jazz Band and Handbell Choir will be joined by some special guests providing narration and vocals during the concert, which is free and open to the public. The performance will be at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building.

Visuals and a few surprises are planned for the concert that will feature Christmas standards and contemporary carols. The Concert Band will be performing “We Three Kings,” and it will be joined by the Handbell Choir for “American Bell Carol” by Robert W. Smith, “Away in a Manager,” “Carol of the Bells” and “All I Want for Christmas is You.”

The holidays will take on a swing step as the Jazz Band performs “Christmas Time is Here,” “Rest Ye Merry Samba,” “Doctor No-el,” “Santa Baby” and “Holiday Joy,” based on Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” with arrangement by Victor Lopez.

The Handbell Choir will perform “Welcome Christmas” from Dr. Seuss’s “Grinch” and “A Midnight Clear.”

The band program began in 2010 with the formation of a pep band and has grown to include a Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Handbell Choir and various small ensembles.

The Tusculum College band program is already in the Christmas spirit as it prepares for its holiday concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, in the Annie Hogan Byrd Auditorium on campus. From left are band members Kojo Abakah, Kayla Tipton, Oliver Hancock, Mark Ludvick and Chris Weems.

Lessons and Carols

The annual Christmas chapel service, Lessons and Carols, will be at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, in the lobby of the Thomas J. Garland Library. The service will featuring scripture readings, hymns and vocal and musical performances by Tusculum students and staff.

 

Doak House Museum Holiday Open House

Celebrate the holidays 19th century style at the Doak House Museum Saturday, Dec. 8, during its annual Christmas open house.

The museum on the Tusculum College campus (690 Erwin Hwy.) will be open from 5 -7 p.m.

Free tours will be given at the museum between 5 and 6 p.m. The museum, which was the early 19th century home of Tusculum College co-founder Rev. Samuel Witherspoon Doak, will be decorated for the holidays as it would have been during the 1800s.

Crafts and games for children will be featured during the open house along with a few surprises. Refreshments will be available.

Visitors will be able to explore the Doak House Gift Shop and browse through holiday goodies, period toys and other gift ideas. Special discounts will be given during the open house. Proceeds from sales in the gift shop support the museum’s events and programs.

For more information, call 423-636-8554 or email lwalker@tusculum.edu.

The Doak House Museum and the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library are operated by the Department of Museum Program and Studies of Tusculum College. In addition to the museums, the department is responsible for the College Archives and offers one of the few undergraduate Museum Studies degree programs in the country. The two museums are also part of the National Historic District on the Tusculum College campus. Follow the museums on Facebook and Twitter to learn the latest news and upcoming events or visit its Web site at www.tusculum.edu/museums to learn more about the variety of programs offered at the museums.

 

Community Chorus Christmas Concert

The Tusculum College Community Chorus will present its annual Christmas concert on Monday, Dec. 10.

The chorus will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on the Tusculum College campus. David Hendricksen is the conductor for the group; James Winfree is accompanist. There is no admission charge for the concert.

The chorus will be joined by the Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra in performing “Magnificat” by John Rutter.  This is a large-scale setting of Mary’s song from the first chapter of Luke’s Gospel, scored in seven movements for soloist, chorus and orchestra.  Soloists are Jill Jones and Beth Brimer.

Other works on the program are Mel Tormé’s popular “Christmas Song,” André Thomas’ setting of “African Noel,” “Still, Still, Still,” “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” and a motet by Renaissance composer Giovanni Gabrieli for choir and brass ensemble, featuring players from the Tusculum College band program.

Founded in 1996 as a way to involve singers from throughout the community in a broad range of sacred and secular repertoire, the Tusculum College Community Chorus has grown to over 50 singers.  For further information, please contact conductor David Hendricksen by phone at 638-0409 or email:  conductordavid@embarqmail.com.

 

 

 

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Michelle Arbogast named associate director of foundation and donor relations at Tusculum College

Posted on 28 November 2012 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Michelle Arbogast of Greeneville has assumed the role of associate director of foundation and donor relations at Tusculum College.

She has been associated with Tusculum College since 1999 when she worked with a consultant group for the college and then officially joined the college staff in 2003 as a student account associate. She has also previously served her alma mater as executive assistant to the vice president and chief financial officer and as assistant bookstore manager.

Arbogast has a bachelor’s degree in organizational management and a master’s degree in adult education with a concentration in organizational training and development, both from Tusculum College. She was named to the Dean’s List, the President’s List and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa and Omicron-Psi honor societies.

Michelle Arbogast

 

“I am honored to be given the opportunity to serve Tusculum College in this capacity. Tusculum College has supported not only my education, but also my professional career. I am proud to be able to give this knowledge and experience back to the college,” said Arbogast.

In her new position, Arbogast will be responsible for the identification of foundation prospects and grant opportunities appropriate for Tusculum College fund raising initiatives. She will work with college administration, faculty and staff to identify possible projects and resources and oversee the solicitation process. She will also work with endowment and scholarship donors and partners with the college.

“Michelle has a history with Tusculum College of excelling in everything she is asked to do,” said Heather Patchett, vice president for institutional advancement. “She brings experience, expertise and a desire to serve the college to this position that made her the perfect match for what we need to grow this department.”

She added that Arbogast is a skilled researcher and has meticulous attention to detail, which are two skills that are critical to the position of foundation and donor relations director. “We expect the department to flourish under Michelle’s leadership.”

She officially began her new duties in November.

In addition to her professional duties at Tusculum College, Arbogast has served as Staff Council president and vice president, served as chairman of the Staff Development Committee and is a volunteer for SafeHarborHome.

 

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Tusculum College Community Chorus to present Christmas concert Dec. 10

Posted on 28 November 2012 by eestes@tusculum.edu

The Tusculum College Community Chorus will present its annual Christmas concert on Monday, Dec. 10.

The chorus will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on the Tusculum College campus. David Hendricksen is the conductor for the group; James Winfree is accompanist. There is no admission charge for the concert.

The chorus will be joined by the Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra in performing “Magnificat” by John Rutter.  This is a large-scale setting of Mary’s song from the first chapter of Luke’s Gospel, scored in seven movements for soloist, chorus and orchestra.  Soloists are Jill Jones and Beth Brimer.

Other works on the program are Mel Tormé’s popular “Christmas Song,” André Thomas’ setting of “African Noel,” “Still, Still, Still,” “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” and a motet by Renaissance composer Giovanni Gabrieli for choir and brass ensemble, featuring players from the Tusculum College band program.

Founded in 1996 as a way to involve singers from throughout the community in a broad range of sacred and secular repertoire, the Tusculum College Community Chorus has grown to over 50 singers.  For further information, please contact conductor David Hendricksen by phone at 638-0409 or email:  conductordavid@embarqmail.com.

 

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Tusculum College student to intern at college football’s Discover Orange Bowl game

Posted on 28 November 2012 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College student Aly Carrino has checked one item off her Christmas list early this year. She was notified in late October that she had been selected from among the pool of national candidates for an internship opportunity at college football’s Discover Orange Bowl football game.

While working during the Christmas holidays might not be on the average college student’s Christmas list, for Carrino, it’s the opportunity of a lifetime.

“This is an opportunity to work for a high profile organization, and it is an experience that will definitely benefit me in the future,” said Carrino, a senior sports management major from Greeneville. “This opportunity will help me as I look at applying for graduate programs and in my future employment.”

According to Dr. Dale Gibson, professor of physical education at Tusculum College and coordinator of the sports management internship program, these types of experiences make all the difference for students seeking careers in sports management.

“Internships in this field are extremely important. It is extremely difficult in this day and age to get a job in sports management; however, 60 percent of students who are placed in an internship are either offered full-time employment or develop a network that leads to employment,” Gibson said. Tusculum College students have worked in internships at places such as Duke University, the Professional Golf Association and the National Basketball Association.

Ally Carrino

Carrino credits Tom Ferguson, president of the Greene County Partnership and Tusculum College Board of Trustee member, Dr. Gibson, and the other professors in the Physical Education and Sports Management programs at Tusculum College for preparing her for the internship and future success.

“Tom really got the whole process started and helped me work through the process,” said Carrino, who interned this summer at the Greene County Partnership. It was during this internship that she met Ferguson and he became aware of her potential.

“Aly’s work for us this summer was exceptional,” said Ferguson. “She was professional, prepared and worked as hard as anyone. Because I knew her potential, I felt she would be a good candidate for the Orange Bowl Committee opportunity.”

Ferguson, a lifetime member of the Orange Bowl Committee, recommended that Carrino apply for the internship and advised her on the process.

During her summer internship she worked with the Tourism Department, particularly on Sports Council events such as the NAIA golf championship.

As part of her duties during the December 25 to January 9 Discover Orange Bowl internship, Carrino will assist the Host Committee for the Orange Bowl and the Orange Bowl staff with functions of hosting the teams in the 2013 Discover Orange Bowl. She will assist with hospitality services for student-athletes and guests, work with transportation and interact with Orange Bowl Committee members, coaches, athletic administrators and student-athletes, as well as work on set-ups and coordination of various Discover Orange Bowl events. This is the 80th year for the Discover Orange Bowl game.

According to both Ferguson and Gibson, Carrino is remarkable and her intelligence and willingness to work hard are what made her a good candidate for the internship.

“I have had some really good students, but occasionally I see a remarkable one, and Aly is one of those,” said Gibson. “She has good grades and is a high achiever, but she also understands the practitioner’s side, the importance of being able to convey the theory into practice.”

Following graduation from Tusculum, Carrino plans to attend graduate school, seeking a master’s degree in sports management, as well as a master’s in business administration. She is currently looking at programs that allow the dual option, including the University of Tennessee, Florida State University, George Washington University and James Madison University.

“I’m interested in all aspects of sports, particularly professional sports or sports program management at the college level,” she said. “My programs at Tusculum College have prepared me for what’s ahead, and I have learned so much here.”

 

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Free computer literacy workshop offered at Tusculum College, November 28

Posted on 27 November 2012 by srichey@tusculum.edu

The Center for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship’s Division of Community Engagement and Interactive Learning is hosting its next program Wednesday, November 28, at 6 p.m. in the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Center Computer Lab on the Greeneville campus.

The program will be a basic computer literacy workshop to go over simple processes and functions of common computer programs. This will be the first of many programs hosted by the Division this year. The event is free of charge and open to the at-large community, Tusculum College faculty, and Tusculum College students.

“We hope everyone who feels that they need a bit of assistance in this area will come out and learn a few new tricks,” said Steven Hollingshead Jr., student coordinator of the program for Tusculum College

Light refreshments will be served.

“The Center for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship looks forward to having anyone and everyone participate in an educational and fun format, and we are glad we can provide this service to the community,” said Hollingshead.

For more information or with additional questions

 

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Doak House Museum to host Christmas open house on Saturday, Dec. 8

Posted on 26 November 2012 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Celebrate the holidays 19th century style at the Doak House Museum Saturday, Dec. 8, during its annual Christmas open house.

The museum on the Tusculum College campus (690 Erwin Hwy.) will be open from 5 -7 p.m.

Free tours will be given at the museum between 5 and 6 p.m. The museum, which was the early 19th century home of Tusculum College co-founder Rev. Samuel Witherspoon Doak, will be decorated for the holidays as it would have been during the 1800s.

Crafts and games for children will be featured during the open house along with a few surprises. Refreshments will be available.

Visitors will be able to explore the Doak House Gift Shop and browse through holiday goodies, period toys and other gift ideas. Special discounts will be given during the open house. Proceeds from sales in the gift shop support the museum’s events and programs.

For more information, call 423-636-8554 or email lwalker@tusculum.edu.

The Doak House Museum and the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library are operated by the Department of Museum Program and Studies of Tusculum College. In addition to the museums, the department is responsible for the College Archives and offers one of the few undergraduate Museum Studies degree programs in the country. The two museums are also part of the National Historic District on the Tusculum College campus. Follow the museums on Facebook and Twitter to learn the latest news and upcoming events or visit its Web site at www.tusculum.edu/museums to learn more about the variety of programs offered at the museums.

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Tusculum awarded $263,996 BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation grant

Tusculum awarded $263,996 BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation grant

Posted on 26 November 2012 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College announced the installation of a simulation laboratory for the recently added Bachelor of Science in Nursing program as the result of a recent awarding of a $263,996 grant from BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation.

The simulation lab will be used to produce highly-qualified BSN graduates skilled at clinical decision-making, who will provide safe, competent and improved health care for future generations of Tennesseans, said Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College.

The college recently added the nursing degree program to meet documented needs in the community and region and sought the partnership of BlueCross BlueShield in providing the simulation lab to provide the best available learning environment for enrolled students.

“Using simulators will allow students immediate feedback from their peers and instructors,” said Dr. Lois Ewen, dean of the School of Nursing. “Simulated clinical experiences provide the opportunity for students to administer independent nursing care and to observe the effects of their care.

Tusculum College students examine a simulated patient, one of two purchased with the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation grant for the Tusculum Nursing Program.

In addition to nursing, the lab will be utilized by other academic programs, as well as by community healthcare partners.

According to Ewen, the grant funding was utilized to purchase and install the two simulators, along with video recording equipment. In addition, the funds are being used to train sixteen college and community partner staff in using the simulation equipment.

“The programs at Tusculum College and the utilization planned for the simulation laboratory aligns with the Tennessee Health Foundation’s mission of enhancing the quality of life and improving health through educating health professionals who are effective in communicating and providing competent and safe care for Tennessee residents,” said Dr. Vicky Gregg, chief executive officer of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. “We are pleased to be a partner in this effort and look forward to seeing the community, region and state benefit from the results.”

The simulation lab has the support of both Laughlin Memorial Hospital and Takoma Regional Hospital who are working as community partners with Tusculum College to create a nursing program that provides top quality, highly-trained nursing professionals for the region.

The equipment primarily includes two simulators, computerized model humans, which can be used by nursing, emergency medical technician and other health care students and staff to simulate real-life health response situations. The simulators can be individualized by specific programs as well support existing training modules for practice and lessons.

Additionally, digital recording equipment was also purchased to be used for follow-up class work and review, as well as to create a “scenario library” for students to utilize during their coursework in the nursing program. A computer server dedicated to the simulations and the library was also purchased with the grant funding.

According to Ewen, the simulators are programmed with a wide variety of human responses including pupil dilation, secretions and responses to drug administration. Because of this, students get practice with diagnostic techniques as well as medical response.

“This partnership with BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation provides opportunities for the college, our students and the community. This is a very exciting time for us, and we are very much looking forward to seeing the facility and equipment being utilized,” said Ewen.

Vicky Gregg, chief executive office for BlueCross BlueShiled of Tennessee and third from left, presented a check for $263,996, for the nursing simulation lab at Tusculum College. Receiving the check for Tusculum were from left, Dr. Paul Stanton, Dr. Nancy B. Moody, Dr. Kenneth A. Bowman, Dr. Lois Ewen and the Rev. Dr. Dan Donaldson.

 

 

 

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Tusculum College band program to perform Tuesday, Dec. 4

Tusculum College band program to perform Tuesday, Dec. 4

Posted on 20 November 2012 by eestes@tusculum.edu

The Tusculum College band program will welcome the Christmas season in its annual holiday concert on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

Tusculum’s Concert Band, Jazz Band and Handbell Choir will be joined by some special guests providing narration and vocals during the concert, which is free and open to the public. The performance will be at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building.

Visuals and a few surprises are planned for the concert that will feature Christmas standards and contemporary carols. The Concert Band will be performing “We Three Kings,” and it will be joined by the Handbell Choir for “American Bell Carol” by Robert W. Smith, “Away in a Manager,” “Carol of the Bells” and “All I Want for Christmas is You.”

The holidays will take on a swing step as the Jazz Band performs “Christmas Time is Here,” “Rest Ye Merry Samba,” “Doctor No-el,” “Santa Baby” and “Holiday Joy,” based on Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” with arrangement by Victor Lopez.

The Handbell Choir will perform “Welcome Christmas” from Dr. Seuss’s “Grinch” and “A Midnight Clear.”

The band program began in 2010 with the formation of a pep band and has grown to include a Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Handbell Choir and various small ensembles.

The Tusculum College band program is already in the Christmas spirit as it prepares for its holiday concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, in the Annie Hogan Byrd Auditorium on campus. From left are band members Kojo Abakah, Kayla Tipton, Oliver Hancock, Mark Ludvick and Chris Weems.

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