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Make plans to attend Homecoming 2017 festivities October 19-22

Make plans to attend Homecoming 2017 festivities October 19-22

Posted on 25 July 2017 by

Make plants to attend Homecoming 2017 festivities in October.

Tusculum will be celebrating the College “Pioneering the Future,” through such events as the dedication of the new Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math as well as the class get-togethers, tailgate, annual awards presentations, parade, alumni games and of course, the football game and its half-time festivities.
Registering is as simple as clicking this link and filling out the online form. The registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 9.  Questions?  Contact the Alumni Office at 423-636-7303 or 

Below is the schedule of the daily activities during Homecoming 2017:

Thursday, October 19

8 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Registration, lobby of Annie Hogan Byrd


11:30 a.m. – Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center Center for Science and Mathematics Building Dedication


12 p.m. – Meen Center Dedication Luncheon. The Board of Trustees invite you to join us as we celebrate the Meen Center.


Tours of the Meen Center to follow luncheon


6  p.m. – 1960’s Alumni Party, hosted by Ann ‘Butch’ Van Buskirk ’61 at her home.  For address and directions, please contact the Alumni Office at 423-636-7303.

Friday, October 20

8 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Registration, lobby of Annie Hogan Byrd

Tours of the Meen Center throughout the day.


11:30 a.m.  – Lunch with students, terrace of the Thomas J. Garland Library


1 p.m. – Campus Tours, tours will depart from Garland Library Lobby

Golf Tournament – Link Hills Golf Course.  Registration begins at 12 p.m.


2 p.m. – Ice Cream. Social and Tusculum College Alumni Travel Preview


6 p.m. – Dinner at Link Hills Country Club


7 p.m. – Volleyball vs Lenoir-Rhyne, Pioneer Arena

Bonfire and Pep Rally, Welty Craig/Haynes Lawn/Quad Area

Saturday, October  21

8 a.m. – 10 a.m. – Registration, Living Room of Niswonger Commons

8 a.m. – Memorial Service, Garland Library Lobby


8:30 a.m. – Alumni Breakfast, Chalmers Conference Center


9:00 a.m. –Sports Hall of Fame Induction,  Chalmers


9:30 a.m. – Softball Alumni Game


10 a.m. – Alumni Awards and Alumni Meeting, Chalmers

Alumni Band – Join the current Tusculum College Marching Band for rehearsal and event performances.


10:30 a.m. – Alumni Tennis Match,  Roger M. Nichols Tennis Complex


11 a.m. –   5th Annual Civil War Scrimmage (Lacrosse Alumni Game), Indoor Practice Facility


11:30 a.m. – Student Support Services Luncheon, the Patton House


Noon – Homecoming Parade, route between the Charles Oliver Gray Complex and Pioneer Park.


12:30 p.m. – Volleyball vs Catawba,  Pioneer Arena

Tailgate, enjoy a Tusculum College Pioneer Tailgate Party.


2:30 p.m. – Tusculum Pioneer Football vs. Catawba. Cheer on the Pioneers as they take on Catawba at Pioneer Field.


6 p.m. – Alumni and Friends Social Hour, General Morgan Inn

“Orange and Black” women’s basketball Inter-squad scrimmage, Pioneer Arena


7 p.m. – Alumni and Friends Dinner, General Morgan Inn. A cash bar will be available throughout the evening.

Alumni Baseball Game, Pioneer Park


7:30 p.m. – “Orange and Black” inter-squad men’s basketball scrimmage, Pioneer Arena


8 p.m. – Alumni and Friends Music and Fellowship, General Morgan Inn.  DJ Donnie Bunch will provide music.

Sunday, October 22

Attend the church of your choice.  First Presbyterian Church of Greeneville (110 N. Main Street) is the mother church of the College.  Early service at 8:30 a.m., Sunday School at 9:30 a.m., the traditional service at 10:45 a.m. Learn more at


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Tusculum Alumni Night at the Astros scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 22

Tusculum Alumni Night at the Astros scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 22

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Veteran Services seeking input of alumni who served in the military

Veteran Services seeking input of alumni who served in the military

Posted on 25 July 2017 by

Tusculum Veteran Services is in search of a few good men and women who served our country and are Tusculum alumni.

The newly created office values the input of Tusculum’s current and former student veterans as it works to organize events for current student veterans and alumni veterans, as well as build a distribution list to alert Tusuclum veteran students and alumni of programs and events of interest.  In addition to promoting the enrollment of veterans into Tusculum degree programs, the Office is responsible for coordinating the veteran services support program at all the College’s campuses and sites. The office, created earlier this year, is also working to enhance and maintain outreach relations between Tusculum and military institutions, veteran associations and the surrounding Northeast Tennessee community.

To ensure you receive notices of activities, programs, and events, please contact Dale Laney,  director of veteran services at Tusculum, at, to be added to distribution lists.

In addition, any alumni veterans who would like to be involved in veteran support programs as they are developed, the office would appreciate your input and the sharing of your knowledge and experience as a veteran and Tusculum alumnus.

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Tusculum alumna presented national DAR award

Tusculum alumna presented national DAR award

Posted on 25 July 2017 by

Carolyn Gregg '88

Carolyn Gregg ’88 of Greeneville, TN, was awarded the History Award Medal from the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution in May for her lifetime of activities to promote the preservation of American History on the local, regional and national level. The national award is given to a nominee whose study or promotion of some aspect of American history on the local, regional or national level has significantly advanced the understanding of the nation’s past. Five or fewer are awarded annually. Gregg, who also served her Alma Mater for several years as an education professor, is treasurer of the Nolachuckey Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.


She began her history projects by adding Greene County history to her third-grade curriculum at Tusculum View Elementary School and creating workbooks for children to learn about local heroes such as David Crockett, William Dickson, Samuel Doak and Andrew Johnson. Gregg wrote and directed musical plays for the students to perform each spring from 1988-2001. She also taught a summer Greene County history class that included field trips daily for several weeks to local and regional historic sites. Gregg and her students mapped seven cemeteries during the classes, and she added five more cemetery maps before submitting them all to the USGenWeb Tombstone Project.


After retiring from Tusculum View Elementary School, Gregg began researching for “The History of Nolachuckey Chapter NSDAR,” the first of 17 books that she has compiled. Some are oral histories, such as “Stories From the South of Greene County,” compiled with Nolachuckey Elementary School and Tusculum College students, “Reflections From the Past in Chuckey, Afton, Tusculum and Eastern Greene County,” compiled with Chuckey-Doak Middle School and Tusculum College students, “Remembering Greene County Mills,” compiled for Greene County Heritage Trust, and “Tales of the Rails,” compiled for the George L. Carter Railroad Museum at East Tennessee State University. For other books, Gregg researched community and church histories, such as “Saint James Lutheran Church Celebrates 200 Years — 1811-2011,” “The History of Asbury United Methodist Church,” “The History of Blue Springs Lutheran Church,” “Blue Springs Church, Community, and Colleges,” and six volumes of Harden, North Carolina, Community Research from 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017. Two books focused on Gregg’s family history: “The Ancestors and Descendants of Willie Albert Patterson and Minnie Corriher Patterson” and “The Photo Story of the Gregg Family of Miles and Mandy Tweed Gregg.”










Dr. Sara Lippard Hoyt ’45 of Asheville, NC, was presented a Distinguished Medical Alumna Award during the Alumni Reception and Awards Banquet at the Spring Medical Alumni Weekend for the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill School of Medicine. A retired pediatrician, Dr. Hoyt was a member of the first four-year graduating class of the medical school in 1954 and one of the only two women in the class. Following her career as a physician and raising three daughters, Dr. Hoyt continued working as an advocate for others in various ways, including serving on the Rome (GA) City Board of Education, the Board of Hospitality House that serves abused women and children and the Rome Arts Council among others. Dr. Hoyt and her husband, the Rev. William Hoyt, have remained busy after they retired and moved to Asheville in 2001. She maintains her medical volunteer license and continues to further her medical education, attending lectures twice monthly at MAHEC (Mountain Area Health Education Center).


Andy Still ’61 of Bluff City, TN, has been named a 2017 inductee into the J.I. Burton High School Hall of Fame. Still was a star basketball player at the Norton, VA, school, graduating in 1957. Still credits Joe Stallard, a 1956 graduate of Tusculum and a 2016 inductee into the J.I. Burton Hall of Fame, with inspiring him to become a basketball player. Still continued playing basketball at Tusculum, where he majored in math and physics. After graduating, Still spent three years teaching physics and chemistry at J.J. Kelly High School and served as head basketball coach at Clinch Valley College during 1963 and 1964. Still then went to work for Raytheon, where he worked for 28 years until retirement and his responsibilities included upgrading missile software.


Fred Johnson ’65 has been fully retired for the last four years after serving as president of a real estate and development company in the Washington, D.C., area. He and his wife, Donna, are living in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, a few miles south of Asheville. They are enjoying traveling, playing golf and enjoying mountain life. Fred would love to her from his old friends from Tusculum at



Dr. J. T. Vogt ’90 recently accepted a position as Project Leader for the U.S. Forest Service Insects, Diseases and Invasive Plants in Southern Forests research unit with personnel in Asheville, NC, Athens, GA, and Pineville, LA. He will be relocating to the Athens area with his wife Karen, son James, and daughter Samantha ’17 (who graduated from Tusculum with honors earlier this year and has been accepted into physical therapy school at Belmont). He is very happy to be returning to a more research-oriented position in entomology. Classmates can reach J.T. at


Denise Carr ’96 began working in June as Senior WIOA Career Specialist at East Tennessee State University. She previously served in a similar position at Walters State Community College.


Janice Jones ’98 of Bristol, TN, has been appointed to the Tennessee Financial Literacy Commission. She is the President and CEO of United Southeast Federal Credit Union. Jones has 47 years of experience in credit unions, rising through the ranks to her current position of President and CEO. Active in the community, Jones is a member of the Bristol Morning Rotary Club, serves as chairman of the board of the Bristol TN/VA Chamber of Commerce, served on the Credit Union National Associations Federal Credit Union Subcommittee for four years, and most recently served as a board member with Volunteer Corporate Credit Union.



Nick Neura ’08 has been named offensive line coach for the football team at Gadsden City (AL) High School. He was previously serving as offensive line coach for the Hueytown High School. He also served as a graduate assistant at the University of Alabama-Birmingham from 2010-12.

Robin Street ’08 will be serving as assistant principal of Grandview School in the Washington County (TN) School System when school starts in the fall. Street began her 11-year teaching career at Gray School and subsequently moved to Jonesborough Middle School where she taught math, social studies and science.

Jarrell NeSmith ’09 has accepted a position at the Immediate Care in Gaffney, SC, for half urgent care and sports medicine after his current fellowship in sports medicine ends in June 2018. Jarrell writes, “I feel blessed beyond belief! Thank you to everyone who has prayed for me and supported me along the way!”


Rachel Macola Price ’10 will be serving as the new principal of Grandview School in the Washington County (TN) School System when school opens in the fall. She previously served two years as assistant principal of Jonesborough Middle School. Prior to that positin, Price was a first and fourth grade teacher at Jonesborough Elementary School. 



Nikki Taylor ’11 and Logan Goodin ’11 have married and had their first child, a son, Jackson Dean Goodin, on December 30, 2016.  He was 8 lbs. and 4 oz. at birth. The couple is currently living in Maryville, TN, where Nikki is staying home with Jackson and Logan is an honors algebra teacher at Maryville Junior High and is coach of the school’s first baseball program.


Sara Howard ’14 has graduated with a master’s degree in public health epidemiology from East Tennessee State University and has begun her career as an epidemiologist at Oak Ridge Associated Universities.


Joni Blake Parker ’15 began serving earlier this month as the new general manager of the Greene County Partnership. Parker duties include fundraising, which she became familiar serving as the director of alumni relations at Tusculum College.


U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Richard A. Williams Jr. ’15 graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio Lackland, San Antonio, TX. Williams earned distinction as an honor graduate. He is the grandson of Shirley Goodwin and nephew of Robin Rawls of Columbia.


Creighton Wilke ’16 has signed with the Lincoln (NE) Saltdogs. The infielder participated in spring training with the professional team in the American Association of Independent Baseball. At Tusculum, he was a power hitter. In his senior season for the Pioneers, the first baseman hit .333 with eight home runs and 11 doubles. He knocked in 43 runs in 53 games.

Jennie Frost ’17 has been selected to write for “The MFA Years.” Frost will attend the Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing at Ole Miss in the fall.





Claude Fulton Simpson Jr. ’70 of Roanoke, VA, passed away July 5, 2017.  His survivors include sister and Tusculum alumna, Ellen Simpson Deane ’78.



Tom Ferguson

Tom Ferguson, who served as a member of the Tusculum College Board of Trustees from 1997 through 2014, passed away July 15, 2017, after a brief illness. Mr. Ferguson was former president and chief executive officer of the Greene County Partnership. He was instrumental in the formation of the Greene County Partnership after moving to Greeneville from Miami, FL, in 1992.


Hired to oversee economic development efforts for the community at a time of skyrocketing unemployment, he quickly formed a team of community leaders that created the unique concept of combining local non-profit organizations under one umbrella organization. Under the guidance of the team and Mr. Ferguson, the Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development Board, the Tourism Department and Keep Greene Beautiful were combined to form the Partnership, with the Partners In Education entity, now called Education and Workforce Development, being added a few years later.


During his tenure at the helm of the Partnership, the community saw phenomenal economic growth with the location of 17 new industries and numerous industrial expansions that brought thousands of new jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in capital investments, as well as the location of many new restaurants and businesses. Mr. Ferguson played a key leadership role in developing Mount Pleasant Industrial Park and Hardin Industrial Complex, and was involved in the location of such industries as Wal-Mart Distribution, DTR Tennessee, now called SRK Tennessee, Old Castle Building Envelope, Worthington Industries and John Deere Power Products, all of which remain among Greene County’s largest employers. He worked with property owners to assist in bringing the General Morgan Inn and Conference Center into existence, and also helped lay the groundwork for developing the Fairgrounds Plaza and Crockett Crossing.


Among his many accomplishments was the initiation of a local community goals conference in 1993, which provided a forum in which all interested local residents could participate. This effort introduced numerous forward-thinking ideas to the local scene, including a semi-pro baseball team and a city administrator position in local government, both of which have become realities.


Mr. Ferguson led the Partnership for more than eight years before departing in 2001 to form his own business, Ferguson Development Network. He later served for 22 months as interim president for the Regional Alliance for Economic Development, Tri-Cities TN/VA, an organization responsible for marketing a 10-county region including Greene County, before returning to the Partnership in 2010 where he remained as the president/CEO until 2016.


He was affiliated with numerous local and state economic development organizations, having served on many of their boards through the years. Mr. Ferguson was a member of Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Memorial gifts may be made to Tusculum College, P.O. Box 5040, Greeneville, TN 37743.



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2017-18 Pioneer Club Campaign to raise community awareness and support of Tusculum Athletics

2017-18 Pioneer Club Campaign to raise community awareness and support of Tusculum Athletics

Posted on 24 July 2017 by

With a $100,000 goal, Tusculum College kicked off the 2017-18 Pioneer Club campaign with a breakfast held at the Greeneville campus on Thursday, July 20.

“We appreciate all you do,” Tusculum Athletic Director Doug Jones told the campaign leaders and volunteers at the breakfast. “What you do and the support you provide helps us to be better able to make a positive difference in the the lives of our student-athletes.”

This year’s Pioneer Club campaign will be led by five team captains, Angelo Botta, Doug DeBusk, Justin Jeffers, Curtis Morrison and Dr. Craig Shepherd, with support from Blake Cantrell, director of athletic development at Tusculum, and Jones. These captains will lead groups of volunteers who be working in the community to raise awareness and support for Tusculum athletics over the coming year.


Team captains for the 2017-18 Pioneer Club campaign are preparing for the annual effort to provide resources for the Tusculum College athletic programs. From left are Tusculum Director of Athletics Doug Jones, team captains Angelo Botta, Dr. Craig Shepherd and Doug DeBusk, and Blake Cantrell, director of athletic development at Tusculum. Not pictured are team captains Justin Jeffers and Curtis Morrison.

The Pioneer Club is the fundraising organization of Tusculum Athletics and provides financial support to 20 athletic programs. The Pioneer Club began in 1991, and year after year, has been built on a solid foundation of support from alumni and friends of Tusculum College.

Athletics at Tusculum College are a big part of campus life; there will be almost 600 student-athletes on campus in the fall, about half of the traditional student body. Jones outlined some of the projects that will be supported through the Pioneer Club campaign, including the resurfacing of Pioneer Field with synthetic turf. The field is used for both fall and spring sports, including football, men’s and women’s soccer and men’s and women’s lacrosse.

In addition, projects that the Pioneer Club effort will support include a resurfacing of the tennis courts, updates to the softball facilities, weight room enhancements and a continuing upgrade in equipment for live streaming of games.

The purchase of equipment to enhance live streaming of Tusculum Pioneer athletic events online was one of the major projects that was supported through Pioneer Club efforts in the last year. Online streaming has provided Pioneer fans and parents of student-athletes a way to watch events when they cannot attend in person, and Tusculum is now receiving inquiries about its live streaming by fellow schools in the South Atlantic Conference.

For more information on the Pioneer Club or to become a member, contact Blake Cantrell at 423-636-7303 or


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Nominations open for annual alumni awards

Nominations open for annual alumni awards

Posted on 28 June 2017 by

Do you know someone who deserves to be recognized for their contributions to Tusculum College?

Nominate that person for a once-in-a-lifetime award and let the world know what significant difference that individual has made in the Tusculum College community.

Nominations are now open for the annual awards presented by the Alumni Association during Homecoming. They include the Pioneer Award, the Frontier Award, National Living Faculty Award, National Alumnni Recognition Award, the Sports Hall of Fame and the Sports Benefactor Award.
Learn more about these awards and access the nomination form on this page. The awards will be presented during Homecoming 2017 festivities at the All-Alumni Meeting on Saturday, October 21.

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Three Tusculum alumni mark milestones in pursuit of professional sports careers

Three Tusculum alumni mark milestones in pursuit of professional sports careers

Posted on 28 June 2017 by

Former Pioneer stars in three sports have celebrated milestones in the past month in their pursuit of careers in professional sports. Brandon Bartlett ’16 was drafted by the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.Brad Hawkins ’16 has celebrated his first victory as a professional golfer. Devan Watts ’17 was named an all-star and was promoted to a higher level minor league affiliate of the Atlanta Braves in the past month.

Brandon Bartlett

Bartlett was selected by the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the Canadian Football League supplemental draft earlier this month. A linebacker for the Pioneer football team, he recorded 229 tackles in his three seasons at Tusculum which are 13th-most in program history.  During his 31-game career, Bartlett accounted for nine tackles for loss with four sacks.  His six career fumbles forced are tied for fifth in the Tusculum record book, while also posting two fumble recoveries and an interception.

Bartlett led the Pioneers with his 94 tackles in 2015 as his 8.5 stops per game average was second in the South Atlantic Conference.  He earned All-Region and All-Conference first team honors and forced a team-high three fumbles, which were second in the league and 36th in the country.  During that 2015 campaign, he tallied double-digit tackles on five occasions. Bartlett graduated from Tusculum this past December and was a member of the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll while majoring in sport management.  He becomes the 28th Pioneer during the NCAA Division II era (1998-present) to ink a professional football contract.

Hawkins recorded his first victory as a professional golfer at 2017 Charlotte Classic.  The 54-hole GProTour event was held earlier this month at the par-72, 6,757-yard Palisades Country Club. This was his second GProTour event as he tied for eighth place at the Starmount Forest event. Hawkins, a native of Knoxville, TN, starred on the Tusculum golf team from 2014-2016 where he accounted for one of the best playing careers in school history.

Brad Hawkins

His career scoring average of 71.37 established a new school and South Atlantic Conference (SAC) record. His five career medalist wins are tied for third most at Tusculum, while his 24 career sub-par rounds are a Pioneer record.  He was also a semifinalist for the 2016 Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award. Hawkins was named to the 2016 GCAA Division II PING All-America Team and recognized as the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Player of the Year, becoming the fourth Pioneer in program history to earn the league’s top golf honor. His seasonal stroke average in 2016 was also a new SAC-best.  Hawkins finished in the top-five in nine of his 12 events, including medalist honors at the State Farm Intercollegiate, Pioneer Classic and Hargett Memorial Intercollegiate.  He qualified for the NCAA II Super Regional where he finished 15th. Hawkins posted a school single-season record 16 sub-par rounds, with nine of those in the 60s, including an 18-hole Tusculum and SAC record 63 at the 2015 Pioneer Classic.  During the Pioneer Classic, he carded the lowest 36-hole score in school and SAC history with an eight-under par 132.  He also established the 54-hole Pioneer and SAC record with a remarkable 16-under par 200 at the 2015 State Farm Intercollegiate.

Hawkins graduated from Tusculum with honors while majoring in sport management. He earned CoSIDA Academic All-America® first team honors and was named to the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll, Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, Dean’s List, Charles Oliver Gray Honors List and was a two-time GCAA All-America Scholar. He played his first two collegiate seasons at Walters State Community College, where he guided the Senators to a 2014 NJCAA National Championship while earning All-America honors for a second straight year at the Morristown, TN, school.

Devan Watts

Watts was named in early June as an All-Star selection for the 2017 season in the Florida State League. Watts was playing in his first year with the Florida Fire Frogs, a minor league affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, at the time. Later in the month, Watts was promoted to the Mississippi Braves, Atlanta’s Double-A affiliate.

He had been selected by the Braves in the 17th round of the 2016 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft and made his professional debut last summer with Danville, the Braves’ Rookie-League Affiliate in the Appalachian League squad before being moved up to the organization’s Single-A affiliate in Rome (GA).  He became that team’s closer as he posted a 3-1 record with eight saves and helped lead Rome to a league championship.  Watts worked out with the Braves during spring training this year and was activated on the Atlanta roster on March 18, though he did not make an appearance.

In Watts’ two seasons at Tusculum (2015-2016), the NCAA Division II All-Region and All-South Atlantic Conference choice recorded 14 saves and posted a 6-7 record in 99.2 innings of work in his 43 relief appearances. He accounted for a 2.98 career earned run average with 121 strikeouts and 25 walks. His 14 saves are the fourth most in Tusculum history. He earned a spot on the 2016 SAC All-Tournament Team. Watts came through with two victories in two appearances during the SAC Tournament, including the win in Tusculum’s 6-5 rain-shortened victory over Catawba that resulted in the Pioneers being named conference  co-champions. He helped the Pioneers advance to the 2016 NCAA Division II Southeast Regional as Tusculum claimed third place honors.  He pitched four shutout innings in his two relief appearances in the NCAA Tournament.  Watts completed his degree and graduated from Tusculum with honors this past spring.  He was a member of the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll, Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, Dean’s List and Charles Oliver Gray Honors List.








Paul Lawless '70, Kathleen Cheek Schwartz '58 and Barbara Robinson '78 attended a recent alumni in Cherry Hill, NJ. Dr. Nancy B. Moody, Tusculum’s president, and Heather Patchett, vice president for institutional advancement, shared the latest news about the college to alumni in events in New Jersey, Philadelphia and New York in June. From left are Lawless, Patchett, Dr. Moody, Schwartz and Robinson.














The Rev. Don Wright ’53 and Dorothy Jaynes Wright ’54 recently celebrated their 64th anniversary. The couple were married on June 1, 1953, at First Presbyterian Church of Greeneville by the Rev. Robert Clyde Johnson, the pastor and adjunct professor at Tusculum. Don became a Presbyterian minister and served churches for 60 years and Dorothy supported his ministry. The couple has four children, nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren. They are living in Canton, MI.


The Rev. Marwood B. “Woody” Meredith ’71 has been elected President of the Board of Directors of the Athens Christian Preparatory Academy located in Athens, TX.

William Schulte ’72 of Hillsborough, NJ, has taught 43 years as the physical education teacher at South Plainfield High School, his high school alma mater.  Schulte was a member of school’s baseball and basketball teams as a student at Tusculum. In college he was initially a business major and then changed his area of study to history, but at the suggestion of a professor, he ultimately went on to earn a degree in physical education instead. He landed his first teaching job in 1973 at SPHS and over the years has also coached various levels of basketball and football.


Mary Beth New ’86 is participating in her eighth mission trip to Los Tambos, Belize, with two of her grandsons.

Charles Dietrich ’88 has been named assistant vice president of Bank of America in Jersey City, NJ.


Kimberly Faith Shelton ’92 just marked her 20th year anniversary as a math teacher at South Greene High School in the Greene County School System. She has taught for 22 and a half years.

David Stoika ’99 recently retired as a well-respected wrestling coach with more than 300 wins. Stoika retired as McMinn County (TN) High School’s wrestling coach after this past wrestling season, ending a coaching career of 37 years. At his last match, all the wrestlers and coaches gave him a plaque and a standing ovation for his hard work and success, which included 302 wins despite not having a feeder program directing young talent to McMinn High. During his career, Stoika coached former University of Tennessee football player Shazzon Bradley, who was also a two-time state wrestling champion.


Nick McBride ’05 is running for the office of Knox County (TN) register of deeds in an August general election. McBride is currently the chief deputy of the office. The current register is running for another position in county government. He has served in the office since 1990 and since 2007 in his current position. He is a past treasurer of the Knox County Republican Party and past vice chairman of the Knox County Retirement and Pension Board. He’s on the board of the Epilepsy Foundation. He’s also immediate past president of the Tennessee Elks Association.

Amanda Weaver Smith ’06 of Rogersville, TN, has has been named the new principal of Surgoinsville Elementary School. Smith has served as the assistant principal at Surgoinsville Middle School for the past two years and has 15 years of experience in education in the Hawkins County School System. She has worked at both the elementary and middle school levels as a teacher, RTI facilitator and administrator. Smith participated in the Governor’s Academy for School Leadership in the 2016 cohort, served as the teacher leader for Surgoinsville Elementary in 2014-2015 and was the Surgoinsville Elementary School Teacher of the Year and the Hawkins County K-4 Teacher of the Year in 2012-2013.


John Craft ’08 has been named to the new position of assistant fire chief in the Greeneville Fire Department. Craft has been with the fire department for 29 years and has served in the ranks of lieutenant, captain and battalion chief. Craft is certified as an advanced emergency medical technician, hazardous materials technician and an instructor. As assistant chief, Craft will oversee daily operations of the department, will fill in during the chief’s absence, and will be responsible for the department’s budget and personnel matters.

Brandon Broyles ’09 has taken an assistant coaching position at Tennessee High School in Bristol, TN. He had served the last five years as the boys’ basketball coach at North Greene High School, leading the Huskies to their first district championship in 27 years. The North Greene position was his first as a head coach. He had served seven years as an assistant at Daniel Boone High School.



Max Gaubert ’16 of Athens, GA, just completed his first year teaching self-contained special education at Monroe Area High School and was selected as the teacher of the semester during his first year.






Dr. David Baker

Tusculum Trustee Dr. David Baker recently received the coveted Captains of Industry award in May. The Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers honored Dr. Baker with the Captain of Industry Award, one of its most prestigious awards at the IISE Annual Conference and Expo in May. Captains of Industry Awards honor leaders in business, industry and government such as presidents, CEOs, senior vice presidents and directors of organizations with substantial sales, assets, employment or other resources. Dr. Baker retired in December 2016 from DirecTV after more than eight years as senior vice president of field services for AT&T. He oversaw the company’s national network of installation and service providers for DirecTV and was charged with improving the operational efficiency and quality of the customer experience. Previously, Dr. Baker served as executive vice president and COO for On Command Corp. and as CFO and COO for DirecTV Japan. He holds a Ph.D. in mineral economics with a specialization in operations research from the Colorado School of Mines, as well as master’s and bachelor’s degrees in industrial engineering from West Virginia University.






Nick Darnell ’06 and wife Emily welcomed a baby girl, Madeline Claire Darnel,l on June 1. She weighed 7 lbs. 11 oz. and was 21.25 inches long.


Megan Hart Chapman ’09 and her husband, Clint, welcomed baby Amelia Carol Chapman on April 19, 2017. She weighed 6 lb. 15 oz. and was 19.5 inches long.

Amelia Chapman










Mary Pauline Crews Scott ’46 passed away June 8, 2017. Mrs. Scott was a lifelong member of Christ United Methodist Church. She was a very devoted mother and always considered the needs of her children above her own. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought an extra sparkle to her eyes, and she loved spending time with each of them. She had a special love for her four Pomeranian dogs, with each one taking their turn being her faithful companion during many years of her life. Her love for animals was shown in her willingness to always adopt stray animals that found their way to her home. She was a longstanding member of the Greeneville-Greene County Humane Society. In addition to her love for animals, she enjoyed reading, playing cards, word search puzzles and visits from friends. Her survivors include Tusculum alumni: son and daughter—in-law Dr. Haden Scott ’75 and Debra (Cox) Scott ’74 and son Paul E. Scott ’83. Her son-in-law John Fisher has been the architect to design several buildings on the Tusculum campus, including the recently completed Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. George E. Scott ’50.


J.W. Douthat ’53 of Mohawk, TN, passed away June 18, 2017. Mr. Douthat was a lifelong farmer and co-owner of the former Tri-State Tractor. During the administration of Tennessee Gov. Ned McWherter, he served on the State Tobacco Advisory Board.  Mr. Douthat also served on the Greene County Soil Conservation Board from 1981-2000. He was named Outstanding Conservation Farmer in 1969 and was presented the J.W. Massengill Award for Distinguished Service in Agriculture in 1993. Mr. Douthat served as chairman of the Old Knoxville Highway Water District for 40 years. He was a current member of the Greene County Industrial Development Board and had served on the Greene County Partnership Economic Development Board. Mr. Douthat was a director emeritus of Greene County Bank and served on the Greene County Bank Agriculture Advisory Board. He was a founding member of the Laughlin Health Care Board of Trustees, and attained emeritus status. Mr. Douthat served as a Greene County magistrate (commissioner) for 12 years. He was a member of Concord Baptist Church and the Warrensburg Masonic Lodge. Mr. Douthat was a strong supporter of Greene County Schools, especially the West Greene Fellowship of Christian Athletes and West Greene Future Farmers of America.


Addison Stitt ’61 of Howell Township, NJ, passed away February 21, 2017. Mr. Stitt served in the Army Reserves. He was a Technical Sales Director and in sales for most of his career with Pamarco, Passaic Engraving and retired from PanGraphics.  Mr. Stitt was a past member of First Presbyterian Church of Cranford. He was known for his sense of humor, his love of cars, Nascar driver Jimmie Johnson and Frank Sinatra.


Hal ‘Buddy’ Pruitt ‘62 of Midway, TN, passed away June 7, 2017, after a five year struggle with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease. Mr. Pruitt was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He served as an educator in the Greene County school system for 32 years. He taught and coached at St. James High School and South Greene High School, and was principal at Mosheim Elementary School. Mr. Pruitt retired as principal at West Greene High School after serving in that capacity for 22 years. For several years, he worked as an auctioneer for Greene County Land & Auction Company.  Mr. Pruitt was an active member of Sinking Springs Lutheran Church, where he taught Sunday school, was a member of the choir and served on the church council. He enjoyed traveling, as he and his wife had visited all the continental United States and Alaska.
Michael Wallace ’68 of Pittsford, NY, passed away on April 5, 2016. A veteran, Mr. Wallace served his country as a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, where he was stationed in Dover, DE. Following his honorable discharge from the military, he relocated to Rochester, NY, and began his more than 30-year career with the Xerox Corporation. After his retirement from Xerox, Mr. Wallace was offered the opportunity to become a college professor, passing on business acumen to the young professionals enrolled in his business classes at Medaille College and several other local universities. Beyond his professional accomplishments, he was an active lay leader and member of the United Church of Pittsford family. Mr. Wallace volunteered his time on the boards of several local non-profit organizations, including the YMCA and Heritage Christian Services. He was an avid pupil of the game of golf, where he spent innumerable Saturdays out on the greens enjoying the game with those he held dear. Mr. Wallace was also a competitive card player and had a love for all sports. He was described as a man that lived life to the fullest and will forever be known for his larger-than-life personality, his devotion to friends and family, and his infectious sense of humor. Mr. Wallace was a good, fun-loving, trustworthy soul that will truly be missed by those he leaves behind.


Dr. Ed Campbell ’75 of Sparta, NC, passed away on Saturday, June 10, 2017. Dr. Campbell was president of his senior class at Tusculum.  Dr. Campbell was a graduate of Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University. He was a Navy scholarship student while in medical school.  After graduation, he served in the Navy’s Medical Corps from 1981- 1988.  Dr. Campbell’s life was dedicated to medicine, his family and the Lord Jesus. From September 1988 through March 2017,  Dr. Campbell served people in Mooresville, NC, and surrounding areas as a family physician at Lake Norman Family Medicine.  In the mid 1990s, the practice joined with Piedmont Health Care. He was a self-taught woodworker and enjoyed making all sorts of projects and furniture.  Dr. Campbell loved the outdoors and enjoyed hiking, kayaking, and exploring the woods.  He was an avid reader and stargazer and a friend to all.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are greatly appreciated by the family and may be made to Tusculum ‘s Science Department, P.O. Box 5040, Greeneville, TN 37743.


Armand Martin Hammer ’89 of Mount Juliet, TN, passed away June 19, 2017. Mr. Hammer began his military career as a private in the U.S. Marines and retired as a Major General in the U.S. Army.  For over 35 years, Major General Hammer served the country with integrity, honor, pride and respect for his fellow man. He was a noted athlete, a superior marksman and a disciplined soldier, always searching for perfection and always responsive to the needs of his troops. Maj. Gen. Hammer led by example. He was a true “Mustang” having successfully performed in eight officer and seven enlisted grades. These grades included: major general, brigadier general, colonel, major, captain, first lieutenant, second lieutenant, gunnery sergeant, staff sergeant, sergeant, corporal, lance corporal, private first class, and private. The unique experience gained through holding several officer and enlisted ranks provided Maj. Gen. Hammer with a leadership perspective seldom found in one officer. Having “walked in the other man’s shoes” provided Maj. Gen. Hammer with an understanding of military “do’s and don’ts” regarding the appropriate style of leadership needed to successfully accomplish any mission or task. His military career consisted of 10 years in the U.S. Marines, 22 years U.S. Army, and three years assigned to the Military Department of Tennessee, for a total of 35 years. The Major General began his career as a private in the Marines, rose to the enlisted rank of gunnery sergeant, received a combat commission as a second lieutenant in Vietnam. He was awarded several decorations and commendations for service in Vietnam and while performing in every position from private to senior non-commissioned officer (NCO) to commanding general. His awards include the Navy Cross, Bronze Star, three Purple Hearts, three Meritorious Service Medals, Air Medal, Army Commendation, Navy Commendation, Navy Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation,  Navy Unit Commendation, USMC Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Medal, Vietnam Cross Gallantry, Army Overseas Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and several medals and commendations awarded from the reserve components. Additionally, he received parachute wings, rifle and pistol expert badges. After his military career, he held the position of state adjutant for the Department of Tennessee from 1994 until 2012, then served as Department Commander from 2012-2013.


Friends of the College

Emily Doak

Emily Ogburn Doak passed away June 11, 2017. Mrs. Doak was the wife of Samuel L. Doak ’49 H’14, a life trustee of Tusculum and a direct descendent of college founders, the Rev. Samuel Doak and the Rev. Samuel Witherspoon Doak. After moving to Greeneville, the Doaks lived across from campus and were frequently attended college events such as plays, receptions, exhibits and athletic events. Mrs. Doak was a long-time volunteer for the Museums of Tusculum and served for a number of years as membership chairman for the Andrew Johnson Heritage Association, which supports programs of the museums. Mrs. Doak was a veteran, having served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. She was a member of the Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach, the Tuesday Book Club and numerous organizations in Greeneville. She was the recipient of the DIANA award for her volunteer work in the community. Mrs. Doak worked with the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery and the Look Good, Feel Better programs as well as Bosom Buddies. She and her husband were honored in 2016 by the Greeneville Exchange Club with the Book of Golden Deeds Award that celebrates dedicated volunteers who give of their time and talents to make their community a better place to live. Mrs. Doak was an associate member of Calvary Moravian Church in Winston-Salem and attended the Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church of Greeneville. Memorial gifts may be made to the Samuel Doak Endowed Scholarship Fund at Tusculum, P.O. Box 5040, Greeneville, TN 37743-5040.



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Tusculum College’s BSN program receives accreditation

Tusculum College’s BSN program receives accreditation

Posted on 12 June 2017 by

Undergraduate students practice skills in one of the nursing labs in the new Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math.

Tusculum College has achieved accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nurse Education for the Bachelor of Science in nursing and the RN to BSN program. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education is a nationally recognized accrediting agency for baccalaureate and graduate degree programs in nursing and post-baccalaureate nurse residency programs.

In a letter dated May 24, 2017, the CCNE staff stated that the nursing program fully met all accreditation standards.

According to Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum, development of the new program has been a partnership effort from the very beginning.  “Thank you to everyone who worked hard in ensuring our success with the accreditation process,” said Dr. Moody.

According to Dr. Moody, the program represents a new avenue for student success as well as a commitment to serve the surrounding community and region.

“Thank you to faculty, students and community partners who have provided their support during the accreditation process. Everyone worked diligently to ensure that we were successful in our efforts to obtain national accreditation of our baccalaureate nursing program.  Our graduates are already making a significant impact on our community,” said Dr. Lois Ewen, dean of the school of nursing, who has coordinated the efforts in obtain accreditation. “We look forward to CCNE’s accreditation site visit of our new Master of Science in nursing – nurse practitioner program in September.”

The Tusculum College Bachelor of Science in nursing degree prepares graduates for beginning practice as a generalist registered nurse in a variety of settings. The BSN is the professional degree that is the cornerstone of education for professional practice, career mobility and advancement.

Partnerships with local hospitals and other health care agencies and providers are already in place to work with Tusculum College to educate and train those participating in the new nursing program.

Upon completion of the four-year baccalaureate program in nursing, graduates are eligible to take the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensure exam to become a Registered Nurse.

The Nursing Program consists of nursing and non-nursing courses taken over four academic years. Students enter Tusculum College as pre-nursing majors and must complete the first year of the nursing curriculum consisting of general education courses that are nursing program prerequisites.

The program provides students with the opportunity to provide nursing care in a variety of practice settings. Small classes and clinical groups allow for individualized attention. The BSN program has experienced faculty that provide mentorship and support to students.

According to Dr. Ewen, the emphasis of the program is on use of knowledge and skills to plan and implement nursing care. However, critical thinking and decision-making skills are also emphasized and upon completion of the program, students are prepared for graduate study in nursing.


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Dr. Kathryn Wilhoit named special assistant to the dean for healthcare management at Tusculum

Dr. Kathryn Wilhoit named special assistant to the dean for healthcare management at Tusculum

Posted on 08 June 2017 by

Dr. Kathryn Wilhoit has been named special assistant to the dean for healthcare management at Tusculum.

Dr. Wilhoit joined the college in May and is responsible for providing vision, leadership, and oversight of the healthcare management academic program. She will work collaboratively with college academic leadership, enrollment, faculty and advising to offer a superior and up-to-date learning environment and assure program success.

Additionally, Dr. Wilhoit will take lead in marketing and student recruitment for the healthcare management program and will provide input for revisions of program policies, admissions, academic progress and graduation competencies.

Dr. Kathryn Wilhoit

According to Dr. Wilhoit, the bachelor’s degree in healthcare management at Tusculum intentionally combines business and healthcare administration courses, with the purpose of providing students with an understanding of the evolution in the healthcare industry towards operating as an outcomes, performance-based business.

The program is offered both in a fully-online format in Tusculum’s Graduate and Professional Studies programs and on-site on the Greeneville campus for traditional program students. The program will begin for all students Fall 2017.

“We are pleased to add Dr. Wilhoit to our capable staff in the School of Business and Technology. Her experience as a healthcare professional and as an educator makes her particularly suited for this position,” said Dr. Michael Dillon, dean of the School of Business and Technology.

Dr. Wilhoit is a doctoral prepared professional nurse with over forty years of practical and research-based nursing, administration and licensed nursing home administration experience in not-for-profit and for profit environments. She comes to Tusculum from Mountain States Health Alliance Health Resources centers where she served as community educator. Dr. Wilhoit assumed this position after her retirement from Mountain States where she served as corporate vice president for fourteen years.

She has previously served as associate dean at East Tennessee State University and as adjunct faculty.

She holds a Ph.D. from ETSU, as well as a master’s degree from the University of Virginia in nursing administration and a bachelor’s degree from ETSU, in nursing. Her doctoral dissertation focus was healthcare information systems. Dr. Wilhoit is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

The online healthcare management bachelor’s degree offers individuals working full-time the opportunity to attain a degree to enable employment advancement and other opportunities in the field of healthcare, an employment area that is projected to continue to grow rapidly in the future, said Dr. Wilhoit.

Anyone interested in the Tusculum healthcare management program may contact Dr. Wilhoit at 423-444-3324 or Information may also be found at


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Tusculum launches new scholarship program with

Tusculum launches new scholarship program with

Posted on 06 June 2017 by

Tusculum is excited to announce a new scholarship program aimed at motivating students to do better in high school and help them become more competitive for the college application process.

Through an online program called, students may now earn micro-scholarships from Tusculum starting in ninth grade for a wide range of individual achievements. For example, scholarships may be earned for making good grades, visiting college campuses, scoring well on the ACT/SAT exams and logging community service hours.

In addition to improving clarity and access around financial aid, the new program allows students to track specific goals they want to accomplish throughout high school, helping them become more competitive college applicants and more successful college students. Students may earn up to an $8,000 maximum in scholarships to Tusculum. is a social enterprise focused on expanding access to higher education, especially among low-income and first-generation students. The program was developed in response to the fact that most scholarships and grants today are awarded by colleges at the very end of high school. At this time a student has already done well or not, applied to a college or not, and been accepted or not – which is often too late to impact a student’s college ambitions or choices.

“Through the program, students can see their scholarship money increase as a direct effect of the efforts they are making to do well in school, by taking challenging courses and by participate in community service,” said Dr. Paul Pinckley, vice president of enrollment management and marketing at Tusculum. has partnered with a diverse set of nearly 150 schools, including Carnegie Mellon University, Colby College, Georgia Tech, Penn State, the University of Rochester and Tulane University. is free for students and also provides a free portal for high school counselors to help students track their progress.

Students, educators and parents can learn more by visiting the Tusculum admissions site at or by calling 423-636-7312.


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Six alumni events planned for early June in Philadelphia, New Jersey and New York

Six alumni events planned for early June in Philadelphia, New Jersey and New York

Posted on 24 May 2017 by

Tusculum is coming to the Mid-Atlantic region in early June. Alumni, family and friends are invited to attend the event in their area to hear the latest exciting news about Tusculum from President Nancy B. Moody.

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Members of Class of 1967 celebrate 50th reunion year at Spring Commencement

Members of Class of 1967 celebrate 50th reunion year at Spring Commencement

Posted on 24 May 2017 by

Members of the Class of 1967 and the bagpipers lead the procession of the morning Spring Commencement Ceremony on May 6.

Members of the Class of 1967 were celebrated with special events during the weekend of of Spring Commencement, May 5 and 6, as they reunited on campus to celebrate their 50th anniversary year.

Seven members of the Class of 1967 were able to return to campus for the Golden Pioneer events to mark their significant milestone.

During the afternoon of Friday, May 5, the newest Golden Pioneers were able to take tours of campus, led by current students, to see the changes that have taken place in recent years.

At a reception at the Allison Gallery at the Shulman Center, each class member was presented a commemorative medallion and pin by Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum.

Following the reception, class members gathered to share a fun evening of fellowship and reminiscing at Brumley’s Restaurant at the General Morgan Inn in downtown Greeneville.

The Golden Pioneers had an early start on Saturday, May 6, with a breakfast in the Pioneer Perk coffee house on campus prior to their preparation for the upcoming Commencement ceremony.

Following breakfast, class members donned gold robes and mortar boards along with their medallions and posed for a few photos with Dr. Moody before lining up in the hallway to lead the processional during the morning Commencement ceremony.

The Golden Pioneers led the graduating students into Pioneer Arena and sat in the front row in front of the stage. During the ceremony, Dr. Moody recognized each by name, and the group was applauded by the soon-to-be graduates and the audience. A presentation was also made to Dr. Moody during the ceremony of the combined class gift of $3,087 from the members of the Class of 1967 and the graduating seniors.

Following the ceremony, the Golden Pioneers returned to the Perk for lunch and more fellowship.

The Golden Pioneers pose for a photo with Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody prior to the Commencement Ceremony.













Class of 1967 member George Coates is "pinned" by Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody during a reception for the newest Golden Pioneers at the Allison Gallery.












Gregory Heimall and Phyllis Boardman Heimall first became a happy couple at Tusculum.
















A gift of $3,087 from the Class of 1967 and the graduating seniors of 2017 was presented during the Commencement Ceremony. From left are Carrie Rose, who was president of the Student Government Association and chair of the group heading the senior class gift effort; Dr. Moody, and Ken Conner, representing the Class of 1967. Conner had served as president of the senior class in 1966-67.


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