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Tusculum College Band performs Christmas concert after tree lighting ceremony on December 3

Posted on 25 November 2013 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Christmas caroling and a tree lighting ceremony will precede a Christmas concert presented by the Tusculum College band program at 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3. The ceremony is free and open to the public. Cookies and wassail will be served after the tree lighting in the lobby of Annie Hogan Byrd.

The Tusculum College band program will then welcome the Christmas season in its annual holiday concert. The performance will be at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building.

Interesting visuals and a few surprises are planned for the concert that will feature Christmas standards and contemporary carols. The Concert Band will be performing “Feliz Navidad,” “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “Happy Christmas (War is Over),” “Candlelight Carol” and “Christmas Lights.”

The holidays will take on a swing step as the Jazz Band performs “A Chili Pepper Christmas,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “It’s the Holiday Season,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “Everybody’s Waitin’ for the Man with the Bag.”

The Handbell Choir will perform “See Amid the Winter’s Snow,” “Bring a Torch Jeanette Isabella” and “I Wonder as I Wander.”

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.

For more information please contact Joni B. Parker, assistant director of alumi relations at 423-636-7303 or jbparker@tusculum.edu.

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Holiday events scheduled in December on campus

Holiday events scheduled in December on campus

Posted on 25 November 2013 by eestes@tusculum.edu

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

Upcoming events include the a lighting of the tree in front of the Annie Hogan Byrd Building and a Christmas Concert by the Band Program on Dec. 3, Lessons and Carols on Dec. 4, a holiday open house at the Doak House Museum on Dec. 7 and the annual Christmas Concert by the College’s Community Chorus on Dec. 9.

Tree Lighting, Band Program Concert

The Christmas celebrations begin with a tree lighting and the annual holiday concert by the Tusculum College band program on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

Join us at 5:45 p.m. at the large tree in front of Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building for a tree lighting, carol singing and refreshments. There will be a special performance by one of the choirs from a local school as well as a time for all to join together to sing some well known Christmas carols. Wassail and cookies will be served following the brief program.

At 7 p.m., the Band program will present its annual Christmas concert in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building. Performing a variety of the season’s favorites will be Tusculum’s Concert Band, Jazz Band and Handbell Choir.

The Concert Band will be performing “Candelight Carol,” “Christmas Carol,” “Feliz Navidad,” “Happy Christmas (War is Over)” and “O Come All Ye Faithful.”

Christmas gets into “swing” with the Jazz Band, which will be performing “A Chili Pepper Christmas,” “Everybody’s Waitin’ for the Man with the Bag,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and “It’s the Holiday Season (Happy Holiday – The Holiday Season).”

The Handbell Choir will be performing “Bring a Torch Jeanette Isabella,” “I Wonder as I Wander,” and “See Amid the Winter’s Snow.”

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.

Lessons and Carols

The annual Christmas chapel service, Lessons and Carols, will be at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 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

Experience a 19th-century Christmas at the Doak House Museum during its annual holiday open house on Saturday, Dec. 7.

The open house will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the museum on the Tusculum College campus. 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.

Special activities are planned during the open house, including storytelling at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and tours of the museum at 10 a.m. and noon.

Crafts and games for children will be featured during the open house. Refreshments will be available, and door prizes will be given.

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.

Community Chorus Christmas Concert

The Tusculum College Community Chorus will present its annual Christmas concert on Monday, Dec. 9.

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 singing a selection of the charming Alfred Burt carols.  Guest artist, guitarist Charles Tunstall will join the Chorus in three selections:  “We Three Kings,” “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” and the original version of “Silent Night.”  The program will include a variety of other carols and compositions for the season.

A highlight will be a recently composed work by Ann Holler, professor of music at King University, with a text by Dr. John Wakefield, a retired music professor from Milligan College.  .

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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Joni B. Parker named to alumni position at Tusculum College

Posted on 25 November 2013 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Joni B. Parker has been named assistant director of alumni and parent relations for Tusculum College, as of November 1.

Parker was formerly an advertising account representative for The Greeneville Sun and has worked with Creative Energy public relations firm in Johnson City.

Joni Parker

“We are thrilled to have Joni join the advancement, and in particular the alumni relations, team at Tusculum College. Joni will be working with all aspects of our alumni program and is already making a valuable contribution,” said Heather Patchett, vice president for Institutional Advancement at Tusculum College.

In her new role, Parker will be responsible for promoting and enhancing relationships with alumni and other supporters of the College, as well as managing the reunion class giving program.

While with the Greeneville Sun, Parker composed and implemented a number of marketing campaigns for customers and focused on customer relations.

“I am excited to join such a wonderful institution in our community and look forward to working with our current and future alumni,” said Parker.

Parker has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications from East Tennessee State University.  She is currently enrolled in Tusculum College’s master’s program in human resource development.

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Check out what is happening with your fellow alumni

Check out what is happening with your fellow alumni

Posted on 25 November 2013 by eestes@tusculum.edu

 

 

 

 

’40s

The late Clifton Earle Shotwell ’47 was honored with the dedication of The Shotwell Cup for Excellence in Cross Country and The Shotwell Memorial Bench recently at the University of the South, Sewanee. The dedication was held on October 31, 2013. The cup and bench were dedicated by the undefeated 1953 and 1954 teams at the University of the South in memory of their beloved coach, who they described as their ”motivation, inspiration, and friend.”  He was cross country coach and mathematics professor at Sewanee from 1949 to 1955.

 

’50s

Mary Vogt  ’56 celebrated her 80th birthday on November 23 with more than 80 family and friends in Knoxville, TN. Her husband, son and grandson are all alumni – Joe Vogt ’53, Kelly Vogt ’83 and Joe Vogt ’12.

 

’80s

Beth Maupin Frye ’85 of Chuckey has been named the Athletic District I Female Coach of the Year by the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA). Frye is the head girl’s basketball coach at Chuckey-Doak High School. She has led the program since 1999 and has also coached volleyball, softball and cross country at the school.

 

’00s

Tusculum football alum and South Oldham (Ky.) head coach Jamie Reed ’00 ’04 was named the Kentucky 5A-District 5 Coach of the Year.

 

Three Tusculum alumni inducted into Greeneville High School Sports Hall of Fame

Three Tusculum alumni have been inducted into the Greeneville High School Sports Hall of Fame. Inducted on Oct. 25 were Tusculum alumni Cody Baugh ’07, Jim Rich ’67 and Frank Shipe ’76. Tusculum was also represented in the induction of James “Mud Turtle” Mays, who now works at the College.

Baugh was quarterback for the Greeneville High School football team, a position he also played for the Tusculum Pioneers. Baugh also played baseball at GHS. He is a physical education teacher and assistant varsity football coach at GHS. He also head baseball coach for Greeneville Middle School.

Rich coached at GHS for most of his 32 years at the school. He was the head baseball and softball coach and coached the junior varsity and freshmen basketball teams at GHS. Coach Rich began operating the clock for GHS home games in the 1980s, which he continues to do to this day. He lettered in baseball and basketball while a student at Tusculum. He enjoys attending both Tusculum and GHS athletic contests.

Shipe was an outstanding member of both the track and basketball team. He qualified for the AAU Junior Olympics in 1969 and still holds the GHS triple jump record. After teaching in the Washington County School System, he returned to GHS as a teacher in 1980 and retired as a respected teacher, coach and administrator.

Tusculum was also represented in the induction of Mays, who  made his mark as tailback of the GHS football team in the early 1990s and also starred on the basketball team. “Turtle,” as he is known on campus, works in Facilities Management, primarily on the grounds crew. Those who may have enjoyed the Facilities’ tailgate party prior to football games for the past two seasons also know Turtle as one of the grill masters for that gathering.

 

 

 

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Gerald A. Jelinek ’36 of Dillonvale, OH, passed away on Thursday, January 3, 2013. Mr. Jelinek was retired educator and served as chairman of the board for Steel Valley Bank.

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Milton Arthur Lain III ’45 of Westtown, PA, passed away on October 18, 2013. He was a retired dairy farmer and owner of Pine Island Turf Nursey, Inc. Mr. Lain was an active and faithful member of the Minisink Kiwanis Club and the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Westtown. He was a former member of the Minisink Valley School Board, Orange County Land Trust, Orange County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board, a delegate of the Orange County Farm Bureau and a member of the Masonic Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons # 365, in Goshen. He and his wife, Phyllis, volunteered for many years delivering for Meals on Wheels of Orange County. Living in accordance with his principles, he contributed in so many ways to the life and betterment of his community and took great pleasure in raising money for the causes he valued. Mr. Lain was a master storyteller and a long-suffering Mets and Jets fan.

 

Genevieve Langdon Roberg ’45 of Jackson, TN, passed away on May 20, 2012. Mrs. Roberg had been a second grade teacher at the Prospect Street School in Terryville, CT. She was a member of the Eastern Stars and a member of the Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Jackson.

Dr. Donald Josephy Fernbach ’48 of Houston, TX, passed away on September 22, 2013. A native of Brooklyn, he enjoyed exploring the Museum of Natural Science in New York City and spent so much time there, they asked him to be a docent. Dr. Fernbach was active in scouting, earning the rank of Eagle Scout by the age of 14. A World War II veteran, he served in the 100th Infantry Division and was awarded a Bronze Star for bravery and heroism. After graduating, he received his medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine in 1952. Dr. Fernbach entered his residency in pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine as one of its first residents, and then completed a residency in pediatric pathology at Children’s Medical Center and Harvard University School of Medicine in Boston followed by a fellowship in hematology and oncology. In 1957, he returned to Texas and joined the faculty at Baylor College of Medicine, founding the Research Hematology-Oncology Service at Texas Children’s Hospital in 1958, now known as the Texas Children’s Cancer Center. From 1957 to 1991 Dr. Fernbach served as the Head of the Hematology and Oncology Section of the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine; Chief of the Hematology and Oncology Service at Texas Children’s Hospital; and Director of the Research Hematology Laboratory at Texas Children’s Hospital. During his tenure at Baylor, he became a professor of pediatrics and published more than 160 scientific articles. He was the co-editor and author of the first textbook on Clinical Pediatric Oncology and enjoyed being a faculty mentor to physician scientists, many of who are now leaders in this field. His research team discovered the value of cyclophosphamide, which has become one of the most effective and widely used chemotherapy agents for adults as well as children. As the director of the Blood Transfusion Services at Texas Children’s Hospital from 1957 to 1971, he was the first physician in Houston to use a plastic blood bagging system and one of the first anywhere to use blood component therapy for children. He performed the first bone marrow transplant from one identical twin to another to treat aplastic anemia. He led the effort to develop newborn screening for sickle cell disease years before it became a state mandate. In 1978, he helped start the Ronald McDonald House Houston along with pivotal parent leaders. And to protect the children in his care, he led the movement to ban smoking in the Texas Medical Center. Dr. Fernbach was awarded an American Cancer Society Professorship of Clinical Oncology and the first Elise C. Young Chair of Pediatric Oncology at Baylor College of Medicine, which he held until his retirement in 1991. Among his numerous awards, he received a citation from the Texas Division of the American Cancer Society for leadership in securing coverage for children with cancer under the Crippled Children’s Services of Texas. He received a Distinguished Faculty Award by the Baylor College of Medicine Alumni. He was honored by the Leukemia Society of America, Houston Chapter; Friends of Houston Hospice; Ronald McDonald House Houston; and received the Gibson D. Lewis Award for Clinical Activities in Cancer Control by the Texas Cancer Council. In 1993, he received the St. George Medal in recognition for outstanding contribution to the control of cancer by the American Cancer Society – National Division. In 2006, the Houston Alumnae of Kappa Alpha Theta honored Dr. Fernbach and his contributions to the treatment of pediatric cancer and his love of teaching by establishing the Donald J. Fernbach M.D. Lectureship Series at Texas Children’s Hospital. He owned a small ranch and spent countless hours in the saddle of his tractor.  Dr. Fernback was a voracious reader and particularly loved WWII history. He was also an avid letter writer and loved to write editorial letters to the Houston Post under the pseudonym Joe Bach.

Eugenia (Genie) Sheldon Kane ’48 of Gate City, VA., passed away on September 9, 2013.  After earning a degree in performance voice from Tusculum, Mrs. Kane earned a master’s degree in early elementary education from the State University of New York at Oswego. She taught kindergarten in Huntington Station Long Island before marrying the love of her life, the late Robert Kane, Jr., and moving to Gate City. She was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Gate City for more than 60 years. She directed the choir for many years and frequently performed vocally. She also enjoyed gardening and was a member of the Petite Garden Club as well as the Scott County Home Extension Club. Her other hobbies included cooking, sewing and crafts.

 

Jean Haire Kern ’49 of Cleveland, TN, passed away October 16, 2013. She lived most of her life in Kingsport, TN, and was a retired, having worked as a receptionist/assistant to Dr. George Eason at the Kingsport Veterinary Hospital. She was an active member of First Broad Street United Methodist Church, where she sang and traveled to Europe with the choir. She was also a youth counselor at the church. She loved to travel and camped all across the U.S. with her family.

 

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Charles Boyer ’50 of Kingsport passed away July 4, 2013. Mr. Boyer was a retired chemist from Eastman Kodak after 35 years of service. He was a member of Cassidy United Methodist Church.

 

Betty Heck Fendley ’51 of Auburn, AL, passed away on October 19, 2013. A native of Rogersville, TN, Mrs. Fendley worked for the TVA in Knoxville after graduating from Tusculum. While at TVA, she met and married her husband of 59-years, William E. Fendley. Moving to Auburn in 1970, she began working at Auburn University soon afterwards. While employed at the university, she received her master’s of education degree and completed classwork for her doctorate. Mrs. Fendley retired as the associate dean in the School of Architecture, Design and Construction after 31 years.

 

Elizabeth Ruble Owen ’56 of Rochester, MA, passed away on October 3, 2013. Mrs. Owen was the public librarian in the Taunton (MA) Public Library for more than 20 years. Prior to her service as a librarian, she was a school teacher in Berkley, Easton and Taunton. An avid Red Sox fan, she enjoyed going to spring training each year. She also enjoyed photography and traveling. She was a trustee for the Rochester Library and also sat on the Board of Directors for the Brick House School in Taunton and was a member of the Morton Hospital Women’s Auxiliary.

 

Randolph Lowe ’59 of Midway, TN, passed away November 7, 2013, after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Mr. Lowe had formed Midway Turning Company with his father and retired from the business in 1990. He served as chief of the Midway Volunteer Fire Department and was one of its charter members. He attended Midway United Methodist Church as long as health permitted. His survivors include grandson and Tusculum alumnus Jason Lowe  ’07.

 

’90s

Christine McGaha ’93 of Greeneville, TN, formerly of Knoxville, passed away on October 24, 2013, following an extended illness. She was retired from Bechtel-Jacobs of Oak Ridge after 28 years of service. Mrs. McGaha was a member of Central Baptist Church of Bearden, where she was active in the choir.

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Rodney K. Greene ’00 of Talbott, TN, passed away on September 14, 2013. Mr. Greene worked for LeSportsac and had also worked for Exedy America as a quality control engineer. He was a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Corryton. Mr. Greene was an avid golfer and a UT Vols fan.

 

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Alumni events scheduled for men’s basketball games at ETSU and UT

Alumni events scheduled for men’s basketball games at ETSU and UT

Posted on 22 November 2013 by eestes@tusculum.edu

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Tusculum College Medieval Europe class explores Norway on a study-abroad trip

Tusculum College Medieval Europe class explores Norway on a study-abroad trip

Posted on 22 November 2013 by erobinette@tusculum.edu

Eight Tusculum students, their professor and a community member experienced Norwegian culture from October 10-21 as a part of Tusculum’s global studies program. The trip was a part of an upper division history course on Medieval Europe and focused on Norwegian and Viking history from the 11th to the 14th century.

From left: Students Ryan Barker, Erika Allison and Tynan Shadle stand atop a medieval military fort overlooking the city of Bergen.

The group included Erika Allison, a sophomore museum studies major from Alpharetta, Ga.; Ryan Barker, a senior history and creative writing major from Laurens, S.C.; Jeremy Hobson, a business administration major in the graduate and professional studies program from Knoxville; William Jennings, a senior history education major from Greeneville; Trevor Long, a senior political science major from Atkins, Va.; Melissa Mauceri, a senior journalism major from Pigeon Forge;  Tynan Shadle, a senior museum studies major from Lubbock, Tx.; Joel Van Amberg, associate professor of history and chair of the department of history and museum While in Norway, the students visited several cities including Oslo, Tønsberg, Bergen and Trondheim. With each city settled in a different part of Norway, the group was able to experience a wide variety of cultures, environments and regions.

“My Norway experience was an eye opening adventure,” said Mauceri. “The scenery in Norway is absolutely breathtaking. There are beautiful cathedrals and ancient buildings that are fascinating.”

A student group from Tusculum College visited the Oslo Viking Ship Museum’s display of Viking ships that had been excavated from 9th Century burial mounds

She added, “The people are very friendly and easy to communicate with since they speak both English and Norwegian. I would love to go back to Norway one day and see even more of the country.”

In Oslo, the group visited several historic museums sponsored by the University of Oslo. In Tønsberg the group saw Viking burial mounds and a Viking feasting hall at the Midgard Historisk Senter. In addition, they were able to row a reconstructed Viking long ship into a fjord. Bergen, Norway’s oldest city the group learned was a major trading port in the Medieval era. When traveling in Trondheim the group was treated to a tour of the city by Dr. Geir Bergvin, Tusculum associate professor for marketing and director of the center for global studies, who is a native to the city.

Other experiences the group had on the trip included a cross-country scenic train ride from Oslo to Bergin, a traditional Norwegian dinner at Bergvin’s brother’s house and free time to explore the cities on their own. The six-hour train ride passed across several glacial formations and fjords while moving through the mountainous Norwegian countryside.

“I was very pleased that students had the opportunity to travel to Europe and experience directly the history they were studying,” said Van Amberg. “One of the strengths of our block plan is that we can enrich the classroom environment with travel to sites of historical significance without interfering with other courses students have to take.”

After returning to Tusculum the group made a public presentation on the trip which included photos from the trip. During the presentation the group elaborated on the culture, scenery, and some of the history of Norway including a civil war fought in the country during the middle ages.

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Celebrate Christmas 19th century style during the Doak House Museum open house on Saturday, Dec. 7

Posted on 14 November 2013 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Experience a 19th-century Christmas at the Doak House Museum during its annual holiday open house on Saturday, Dec. 7.

The open house will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the museum on the Tusculum College campus. 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.

Special activities are planned during the open house, including storytelling at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and tours of the museum at 10 a.m. and noon.

Crafts and games for children will be featured during the open house. Refreshments will be available, and door prizes will be given.

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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Families come from across the country to take ‘A Walk In Their Shoes’

Families come from across the country to take ‘A Walk In Their Shoes’

Posted on 14 November 2013 by eestes@tusculum.edu

The last weekend of October was a special time on campus as parents and other family members took the opportunity to take “A Walk In Their Shoes.”

A variety of activities were scheduled for Tusculum College’s Family Weekend 2013 to give families a taste of life on the Tusculum campus and share updates about the College and information about services available to students.

Families traveled from as far away as California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey and Texas to attend Tusculum College’s annual Family Weekend October 25 -26.

While families had the opportunity to experience Tusculum daily life, such as sharing a meal with their students in the cafeteria, they also were able to learn more about the college and talk one-on-one with College leaders.

Families and members of the College administration mingled during the Ice Cream Social on Friday afternoon, which was followed a panel discussion with Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum, and members of Cabinet. The panel discussion included updates about the new science and math facility, the new residence halls, new majors, parking and campus wide wi-fi access. Parents asked questions about such issues as campus security and Internet access and after the panel had one-on-one discussions with the Cabinet members.

Family members pick from their favorite flavors and toppings from the Creamy Cup at the ice cream social.

Chilly morning temperatures did not keep families from enjoying a campus tour led by current student and President’s Society member Robert Arrowood or an informative tour of the new Paul E. Hayden Wetland on campus with Dan Barnett, professor emeritus of chemistry. Barnett, who has involved in the wetland project since its initiation, shared the history of the project and plans for its next phase in the spring.

Dan Barnett, at left, professor emeritus of chemistry, explains the plans for the second phase of the wetland during Saturday's tour.

Erika and Jim Allison defended their title as champions of the Corn Hole Tournament.

Temperatures were beginning to warm under a brilliantly blue autumn sky by the start of the Corn Hole Tournament. Eight teams of students, parents, siblings and grandparents shared in the friendly competition, which ended with an exciting championship game. The father-daughter team of Jim and Erika Allison were able to defend their title as Family Weekend corn hole champs and received a gift card to Applebee’s. This is the third consecutive year that the Allisons have won the tournament!

The presentation was made at the Pioneer Club tailgate party prior to the afternoon’s football game and families were invited as special guests to the tailgate.  Great food and a special performance from the marching band and cheerleaders was enjoyed.  Coach Jones provided an update about the Pioneer baseball program and music and trivia from a mobile DJ

Families also attended the first scrimmage held by the new men’s lacrosse team at one of the practice fields prior to the football game.

A number of families enjoyed an exciting football game from the President’s Box, visiting again with College leaders. The Pioneers came from behind to almost tie the game with Wingate University in the final seconds and had Pioneer fans cheering their efforts up to the final whistle.

Plans are already starting for next year’s event. If you have any feedback about this year’s event or suggestions of how Tusculum can make it an even better event, please email Hilary Porta in the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at hporta@tusculum.edu.  We’re so glad you joined us!

For more photos of Family Weekend, please visit Tusculum’s Facebook page. Look under photos for the “Family Weekend 2013″ album.

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“Help Me, Help You” program to be offered this spring in Morristown

“Help Me, Help You” program to be offered this spring in Morristown

Posted on 13 November 2013 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College’s Center for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship (CEDE) is offering its “Help Me, Help You” course for the first time in Morristown this spring.

The certificate program, called “Help Me Help You,” is supported by the Cocke County Partnership, the Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce and Crossroads Downtown Partnership. It will be open to 15 participants who will be able to take advantage of this course starting in January.

“Help Me Help You” is a free small business support program consisting of 10 sessions between Jan. 30 and Apr. 17 at the college’s Morristown location at 420 West Morris Blvd., Suite 120.

Spring semester spots are limited, and anyone wishing to sign up is encouraged to do so as soon as possible. The deadline is January 20.

For those interested, there will be an information session on Tuesday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. at Tusculum’s Morristown location. An overview of the course as well as questions will be taken during this presentation. Please contact the CEDE coordinator Jordan Ottinger via email at cede@tusculum.edu to sign up for the information session.

HMHU, operated by Tusculum College’s Center for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship, is committed to helping participants increase profits, create a business plan, expand their network and improve practical and interpersonal skills through a variety of globally tested activities.

The program has the support of the Tusculum College administration, as well as the School of Business, the Center for Civic Advancement and the Office of Institutional Advancement.

Because of community support, participants will not be charged a fee.

Through the 10-week program, modules will focus on market definition, cost administration, pricing, marketing and sales strategies, body language in business, financing, legal issues, networking and business presentations.

The program provides an opportunity for students and local small-business owners to work and grow together both personally and professionally, thanks to community partners who have picked up expenses in order to allow the program to become established.

Each business person will become connected to a network of thousands of small businesses from all over the world, through HMHU’s global network.

The CEDE, through its seven divisions and additional programs, aims at helping students, business owners, as well as individuals and family members in a number of areas related to entrepreneurship, small business development, and personal finance. All the events and programs are free of charge to participants.

Individuals will be able to have access to skilled individuals in personal finance and attend programs that aim at helping people realize where their money is really coming from, as well as in what is actually being spent.  In addition, advice on how to improve this cycle and plan for the future will be provided in a personalized way.

Registration for the Morristown informational session is required.

Registration and information is available by calling 865-322-0583 or by e-mailing (cede@tusculum.edu).

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Doak House Museum to host holiday ‘Storytelling and Gingerbread’ for homeschooled students on Nov. 26

Posted on 12 November 2013 by eestes@tusculum.edu

The Doak House Museum will hosting its popular “Storytelling and Gingerbread” educational program for homeschooled students on Tuesday, Nov. 26.

The program will begin at 1 p.m. at the museum on the Tusculum College campus.

“Storytelling and Gingerbread” is designed for children pre-school age through third grade and features four different learning stations. The learning stations allow participants to explore the Doak House and academy building while learning about the Christmas traditions of the 19th century. This year’s program features a new adventure for Molly Mouse and a different version of the beloved Gingerbread Man story.

The cost for the program is $4 per school-age child with admission of one adult free per family group.

To make a reservation, please contact Dollie Boyd at 423-636-8554 or dboyd@tusuclum.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 honors veterans with special service Monday

Posted on 12 November 2013 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Veterans Day was marked at Tusculum College with a special service that included special readings by student, faculty and staff veterans and a performance by the Tusculum College Band.

A display of American flags marked the area in front of the Niswonger Commons for the service. Tim Ford, a member of the Facilities Management staff and a veteran of the U.S. Marines, displayed the flags as well as lead the assembled group in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Veteran and military-related texts were read by veterans representing members of the Tusculum community. David Quesenberry, above, a student who is a veteran of the U.S. Navy who served on the U.S.S. Greeneville submarine, read General Dwight D. Eisenhower’s D-Day Invasion message.

Dr. Melanie Narkawicz, professor of research who served in the U.S. Army, read a history of Veterans Day. Wayne Murphy, director of campus safety who served in the U.S. Air Force and Navy, read Abraham Lincoln’s letter to Mrs. Bixby, who lost five sons in the Civil War. Bob King, a community member who is a veteran of the Navy, read the poem, “They Did Their Share” by Joan Fuchs.  Mark Stokes, director of religious life and church and community relations at Tusculum, read scripture from John 15. Stokes, who served in the U.S. Marines, organized the service.

Members of the Tusculum College Band, below, performed the National Anthem and a musical salute to the military services, which included the official songs of each branch of the military.

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‘Convergence’ brings artwork of Tusculum alumnae to Allison Gallery

‘Convergence’ brings artwork of Tusculum alumnae to Allison Gallery

Posted on 05 November 2013 by eestes@tusculum.edu

“Convergence,” an exhibit of the artwork of four Tusculum College alumnae who represent 40 years of the college’s Art and Design program, is currently on display at the Allison Gallery.

A convergence of these four artists, the exhibit represents the passing of the torch from generation to generation. Featured are artworks by Wanda Rahm, Elizabeth Saville, Brooke Wedding and Pamela Williams. As students, these artists were under the tutelage of professors Clem Allison (for whom the gallery is named), Michael Taylor, Tom Silva, Lou Haney, Keith Herrin, Dr. Deborah Bryan and Aurora Pope.

The exhibit will be on display through Nov. 19. A closing reception will be held from 4 – 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 11. A special program has also been scheduled for 4 p.m. on Nov. 15, when artist Wanda Rahm will discuss her work. This program will be an arts and lecture credit program for Tusculum students.

Rahm, a 2005 graduate of Tusculum with a degree in art and design and museum studies, has had her work featured locally at the JamesBen Gallery, the Niswonger Performing Arts Center and at the Nelson Gallery in Johnson City.  She currently lives in Afton with her husband and children.

“My recent work is heavily process oriented with its impetus grounded in controlled chance operations,” she said. “Since the process dictates, or informs, the product, when a narrative does emerge, it does so organically out of conversation between the canvas and my conscious and subconscious selves. During the process my fundamental concerns involve the push and pull between positive and negative space and the dynamics of color and shape relationships.”

Elizabeth Saville is a 1972 Tusculum graduate who lives in Greeneville. Her cloisonné jewelry is on display in downtown Greeneville at ArtSpace 4 gallery.

“Since childhood, I have loved drawing,” Saville said. “I became attracted to cloisonné because of the ability to draw with gold wire and firing color into the forms that are defined by the wire. I am fascinated by human fantasies, everyday activities and relationships. These events are the sources of my imagery and excitement for life. I use female and animal forms performing the small but monumental rituals of life. Everyday pleasures such as reading, gardening, sharing a meal or tea, human and animal interaction become my inspiration for cloisonné.”

The work of Brooke Wedding, a 2010 graduate from the college, has been featured previously in the Allison Gallery. Most recently, her work was part of the “Rock, Paper, Scissors” exhibit on display last November in the gallery. She is a graduate assistant at East Tennessee State University where she is in her final year of study in the masters of fine art program in graphic design. Wedding has lived in Greene County with her husband and two children for more than 12 years.

Pamela Williams graduated from Tusculum in May and is working as a cultural arts coordinator and exhibiting her work in six galleries. She is enrolling in a traditional blacksmithing school and working on a woodworking collection.

The Allison Gallery is open daily from 3:30 – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Private viewings are available by appointment. The gallery is located on the first floor of the Rankin House, which is located across from the main campus beside Three Blind Mice on the Erwin Highway.

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