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Amanda Musick Hale ’05 inducted into conference Hall of Fame

Amanda Musick Hale ’05 inducted into conference Hall of Fame

Posted on 26 March 2015 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Amanda Musick Hale is among the 2015 inductees into the South Atlantic Conference Hall of Fame for her outstanding career in women's cross country.

Former Tusculum College cross country runner Amanda Musick Hale ’05 has been elected to the South Atlantic Conference (SAC) Hall of Fame.

 

Commissioner Patrick Britz made the announcement on March 25 of the Class of 2014-2015, which includes Hale, longtime SAC football official Charles “Slim” Carriker, Mars Hill University football tight end David Cassell, Carson-Newman University football linebacker Mike Clowney and Wingate University graduate Dr. Russell Booker.

 

The class of 2015 will be officially welcomed into the SAC Hall of Fame at the conference’s annual banquet on June 4 in Asheville, N.C.

 

Hale posted one of the greatest running careers in conference women’s cross country program from 2001-2004.

 

During her storied career, Hale won a school record 10 individual titles, including the 2003 South Atlantic Conference Championship, to become the first Pioneer to earn SAC Runner of the Year accolades.  She owns eight of the top 13 times (5,000-meter) in school history.

 

In 2001, Hale and teammate Sue Lewis, became the first Tusculum student-athletes to compete at a NCAA Division II National Championship event when they qualified for nationals.  During that 2001 season, Hale was the SAC Freshman Runner of the Year.

 

Amanda Musick Hale '05 was inducted into the Tusculum College Sports Hall of Fame in 2010 during Homecoming festivities. At right is the Brian Stayton, "The Voice of the Pioneers" for local radio broadcasts of Tusculum athletic events.

The four-time All-SAC First Team honoree won the Tusculum Invitational a school record four times during her career, while leading the Pioneers to six team championships.

 

In 2001 during her rookie campaign, the Lebanon, Va. native finished no worse than third in her first seven races, including wins at the Creeper Trail Invitational, Tusculum/Greene Valley Invitational and the Land of the Sky Invitational.  She also posted consecutive runner-up performances at the SAC Championship and the NCAA Southeast Regional to punch her ticket to the NCAA Nationals where she posted a 124th place finish.

 

In 2002, Hale battled through an injury-plagued season, with her only win of the year coming at the Tusculum Invitational.  Despite the sluggish start, she finished strong at the SAC Championship with a seven-place showing and posted a 14th place performance at the NCAA Regional to earn All-Region Second Team accolades.

 

Her junior year was one of the best seasons ever posted by a Tusculum harrier.  She won five of her first six events, including titles at the Creeper Trail Invitational, Tusculum Invitational, Maryville Invitational, Lenoir-Rhyne Invitational and the SAC Championship with a time of 19:15 (4th in Tusculum history). Hale finished fourth at the NCAA Regional to advance to the NCAA Nationals in Cary, North Carolina for a second time in three years.  She was also named the Tusculum Female Athlete of the Year for the 2003-2004 academic year.

 

In 2004, Hale posted a solid performance as she recorded six top five showings, including a win at the Tusculum Invitational and a second-place finish at the Roanoke College Invitational. She also finished third at the Lenoir-Rhyne Invitational and Maryville Invitational in consecutive races.  Hale finished sixth at her final SAC Championship to become the first TC runner to earn All-SAC first team honors four consecutive years.  She followed with a third place finish at the NCAA Regional to advance to nationals for a third time.

 

She was named SAC Runner of the Week on six occasions, while also shining in the classroom.  Hale was a member of the Tusculum Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll and the NCAA II Cross Country Coaches’ Association All-Academic Team.  She graduated from Tusculum in 2005 with a degree in business management.

 

She is married to Les Hale and the couple resides in Lebanon, Va.  Amanda was inducted to the Tusculum College Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.

 

Hale becomes the fifth Tusculum honoree to be inducted into the SAC Hall of Fame.  Former TC and Mars Hill athletic director Ed Hoffmeyer was a member of the 2007-2008 class, while former TC women’s tennis player Lesley Murray was inducted in 2008-2009. TC All-American cornerback Ricardo Colclough was inducted into the SAC Hall of Fame in 2009-2010. Tusculum All-American offensive lineman Alan Dunn was inducted in last year’s Hall of Fame class.

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Deadline for alumni award submissions nearing

Deadline for alumni award submissions nearing

Posted on 25 March 2015 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Do you know a fellow alumnus or alumna who deserves to be honored?

Or perhaps, a faculty member or Tusculum community member whose efforts for the College are worthy of recognition?

Or do you know a former student athlete, coach, manager or someone else who works with the Pioneer athletic programs who should be recognized?

If so, let your voice be heard. Nominations are now being accepted for one of the alumni awards that are presented at Homecoming.  The deadline for submitting awards for 2015 is May 31.

A variety of awards are presented and include:

The Pioneer Award, which honors  an outstanding alumnus or alumna, in recognition of outstanding or meritorious achievement in his or her chosen field; for distinguished service to chuch, community, country and humanity, and for continuing and loyal service to Tusculum College.

The Frontier Award, an honor recognizing former students who have been graduated from the College at least five years, but no more than 15 years, for outstanding or meritorious advancement in his or her career and continuing and loyal service to the College.

National Living Faculty Award, which is presented to an outstanding member of the Tusculum faculty, who has made an outstanding contribution to the College’s academic program and shown a commitment to Tusculum students.

National Alumni Recognition Award, which recognizes an outstanding member of the Tusculum community who has demonstrated a strong commitment to students and the academic programs of the College.

The Sports Hall of Fame inducts Tusculum alumni, former coaches, managers, sports editors, team trainers and other individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Pioneer athletic program. Former student-athletes are eligible for consideration five years after their playing career has ended. In the case of a non-athlete, the individual must have maintained a relationship with the College for at least five years.

The Sports Benefactor Award recognizes a friend of the College for his or her outstanding support of Tusculum athletics.

For more information about the awards or to download the nomination form, please visit the awards page.

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Learn the latest about your fellow alumni in Class Notes

Learn the latest about your fellow alumni in Class Notes

Posted on 25 March 2015 by eestes@tusculum.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

’60s

Charles Eames ’66 has retired as a public librarian. Charles is active in community affairs in Waycross, the town in southern Georgia he has called home for nearly 33 years. He reads stories to young children, leads singing as a volunteer at nursing homes and is a sought-after speaker. Charles leads workshops about reading to children and was honored to be the keynote speaker at the Okefenokee Technical College commencement. He enjoys hearing from his fellow classmates and welcomes messages from them. His email is cbejrr@yahoo.com.

 

90s

Angie Cruze Duignan ’96 has been promoted to program director at Alta Resources in Fort Myers, Fla. In her new position, Angie is responsible for overseeing care and sales of a health care client and leads a team of care and sales representatives working with that client. She previously served as a team leader and training coordinator for Alta. Angie has more than a decade of training and supervisory experience with companies such as TDS, AT&T Telecommunications and TetraData, a division of Follettt Software.

 

’00s

Kristy Sproles ’00 has been  named the statewide teacher of the year for social studies at the high school level. Sproles, a teacher at Sullivan Central High School, is the 2015 Tennessee Council for Social Studies teacher of the year for high school. Sproles was nominated for the award by her fellow teachers and her school principal. She is known for her classroom activities to help history come alive for her students. For example, she has had students come to a banquet dressed as European historical figures and they have to stay in character throughout the event. She teaches Advanced Placement European History, Advanced World History, U.S. History, personal finance and self defense.

 

Trevis Gardner ’02 is currently vice president of operations for the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority. Trevis served 24 years with the U.S. Air Force/Tennessee Air National Guard as senior noncommissioned officer and commissioned officer. His community service includes volunteering as a Blount County GED Program tutor and serving as chairman of the Blount County Board of Education.  He is a member of the Blount Adult Education Foundation Board and the Maryville Times Reader Advisory Council. He and his wife, Candice, have two daughters, Libby Kate and Bekah Dale.
Nick Darnell ’06 was named the “Teacher of the Year” for the First Tennessee Region as part of the annual Tennessee Department of Education “Teacher of the Year” award program. Nick is an eighth grade American history teacher at East Ridge Middle School in the Hamblen County School System.  In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he is a substitute administrator, a member of the data, crisis and mentor leadership teams. He chairs the School Improvement Team and is facilitator of the school’s Colonial Day, World Culture Day, Geography Bee and Mock Elections.

 

’10s

Danielle Armstrong ’12 has accepted a full-time position as an apprentice technical writer in Orlando, Fla. She started her new position earlier this month and her new employers are working around her school/teaching schedule until she graduates in May.

 

A photo by Kristen Keefer ’12 is in the Top 10 in the Americana Category of the Smithsonian.com Photo Contest. You can vote for Keefer’s photo in the contest at http://www.smithsonianmag.com/multimedia/12th-annual-smithsonian-photo-contest-finalists-180954445/?slide=69133

 

Tyler Bright ’13 is working as a follow-up representative in the corporate business office of Mountain States Health Alliance.

 

 

 

 

 

’50s

Mr. Edwin P. Krieger, Sr. ’52 of Tampa, FL, passed away unexpectedly on July 23, 2014. A native of New Jersey, Mr. Krieger was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Krieger spent his career in public service. He joined the FBI in 1952, serving as a special language agent in New York. After attending the Defense Language School in Monterey, CA, he served in Miami, Chicago and Tampa, where he retired after 28 years of service. After his retirement from the FBI, he worked for the Florida State Attorney’s office until 1988. Mr. Krieger placed a priority on his Christian faith. He was an avid fan of the New York Yankees, Frank Sinatra and the Florida State Seminoles. Mr. Krieger loved the outdoors, especially boating, tennis and golf. He and his wife were enthusiastic travelers and one of his favorite places was Bailey Island, ME.

 

’60s

Luke McCormack ’61 of Murfreesboro, TN, passed away on March 1, 2015. Following his graduation from Tusculum, Mr. McCormack became a member of the original cadre of Peace Corps volunteers who served in the Philippines. Afterwards he did government service in Vietnam and South America before completing his career life in service to disadvantaged Tennesseans.

 

’90s

Paul Brian Guy ’93 of Greeneville, TN, passed away on March 14, 2015. Mr. Guy was a retired computer services manager and a veteran of the U.S. Army. His favorite pastimes were boating, camping and spending time with his family.

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Golden Pioneer celebration in May to honor Class of 1965

Golden Pioneer celebration in May to honor Class of 1965

Posted on 24 March 2015 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Calling all members of the Class of 1965: Tusculum College invites you back to campus in May for a celebration of your 50th reunion year.

With this milestone, members of the Class of 1965 are joining the ranks of the Golden Pioneers and Tusculum College will honor class members with activities associated with the spring commencement ceremony in early May.

Members of the Class of ’65 will be special guests at a reception at the President’s House on Friday, May 8, from 5 to 630 p.m. Class members will be presented with a commemorative medallion during the reception.

Following the reception, class members are invited for dinner at 6:45 p.m. at The Whistle Stop (dutch treat). The Whistle Stop is located in the building that housed Dobson Grocery during the Class of ’65′s time at Tusculum.

A breakfast for the Class of ’65 will be held Saturday, May 9, at 8:30 a.m. in the Pioneer Perk inside the Niswonger Commons.  Following breakfast, class members will receive their gold robes and prepare to participate in the commencement ceremony. The 50th reunion class will lead the May graduates into the arena as part of the processional and will also be recognized during the ceremony, which begins at 10 a.m.

Following commencement, the Golden Pioneers will gather again in the Pioneer Perk for a luncheon.

For more information about the Golden Pioneer celebration, contact Joni Parker, assistant director of alumni relations, at 423-636-7303. You may register for the activities online.

 

 

Members of the Class of 1964 posed in their gold cap and gowns prior to the May commencement ceremonies in 2014.

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Fiddlin’ Carson Peters and the Step Cousins among performers at Old Oak Festival

Fiddlin’ Carson Peters and the Step Cousins among performers at Old Oak Festival

Posted on 20 March 2015 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Top musicians from around the region will be featured at this year’s Old Oak Festival, returning to the Tusculum College campus April 17-19.

The arts and music festival will span across three days and will feature something for everyone, including crafts, music, art, theater, storytelling and area authors, as well as gallery and museum exhibits.

“The musical acts this year will provide a wide variety to suit all musical tastes, with some top rate performances on all three days,” said David Price, festival coordinator and director of music for Tusculum College.

The Fiddlin’ Carson Peters Band and the Old Time Travelers, a duo from Chattanooga Tennessee, will perform on the Doak House lawn on the Saturday of the festival. Picnic tables are available to the public to bring a lunch, tour the museum and hear great bluegrass and old-time music. Performance times will be announced at a later date.

Other scheduled performers include Richard and Eva, Stem Winder, Mamaw Mumaw, Charles Tunstall, Thursday Night Boys,

Carson Peters

Steve Brown, Mike Joy, Shiloh Road, the Tusculum College Alumni All-Star band, My New Favorites, the Threetles, Old Time, Carson, the Tusculum College Jazz Band, the Tusculum College Concert Band, the Tusculum College Handbell Choir, Jim and Curtis Moneyhun, John Vandiver, the Step Cousins, Fuse Worship, Josh Miller and Joyce Carroll.

In addition to artist vendors and music performances throughout the day on Friday and Saturday, there will be three performances during the festival of “5X10,” presented by Tusculum students under the direction of Wayne Thomas, the interim dean of the arts and sciences, Frank Mengel, arts outreach technical director and instructor, and Brian Ricker, arts outreach and assistant.

Performances will be held in the Behan Arena Theatre in the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Center. Show times are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. To reserve tickets, contact Arts Outreach at 423-798-1620.

The college’s Allison Gallery will be open throughout the weekend, featuring a faculty and family spotlight exhibition by Dr. Deborah Bryan, associate professor of art at Tusculum College.

The festival is being coordinated by a committee of college and community representatives who are working to promote arts and music in the East Tennessee region.

“We are expecting a wide variety of artists, including painters, craftsmen and sculptors, whose work will be available for purchase. Arts will include pottery, woodcrafts and folk art,” said Price. Demonstrations will also be conducted in pottery, blacksmithing and cooking.

The Evergreen Woodcarvers will also be on hand providing carving demonstrations .

There are limited spaces still available for artisan and crafter booths. Deadline for reserving a booth is April 8, 2015, or until all spaces are filled.

Several writers will be presenting works throughout the festival weekend. Authors include Carolyn Gregg, Emory Rhea Raxter, Joe Tennis, Keith Bartlett, Lisa Hall, Matilda Green, Shirley Butler, Claudia Ware, James Campbell, Tom Yancey, Rick Toomey, Bill Nance and George Ryan.

Both the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library and the Doak House Museum will be open to visitors during the festival and will have special activities from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 1-4 p.m. on Sunday.

For the length of the festival only, the museum will open its collections storage to display never before exhibited Appalachian chairs and other furnishings, titled “Sittin’ Pretty: Selections from the Doak House Furniture Collection.” Admission is free and donations are appreciated.

At least five antique tractors will also be on display for the duration of the Old Oak Festival.

The Doak House Museum will sponsor a batik workshop during the three days of the festival. Participan

ts will learn how to make stunning designs on natural fiber cloth using the wax-resist dyeing method. Reservations and advance deposits are required. The workshop will be held in the heart of the festival on the main campus. Reservation and deposit are required. Contact Leah Walker at 423-636-8554 or lwalker@tusculum.edu for reservations and more information.

The President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library will sponsor a 19th Century Toys and Games booth in the children’s area. Come and play with traditional folk toys and make-and-take your very own toy as a souvenir. In addition to the museum’s activities, the education department at Tusculum College will be hosting children’s activities, which will be led by Kathryn Crumm, assistant professor of education.

The festival will feature children’s activities on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and again on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

The Walnut Ridge llamas, previous favorites of the festival, will visit the Tusculum College campus over the weekend.

Throughout the weekend, there will be everything from bed racing to surprise performances to craft workshops.

 

Food selection will include festival favorites, such as homemade strawberry shortcake, Philly cheese steak, and Mennonite doughnuts. Food vendors include Rural Resources, Mr. Turkey Leg, Mac’s Fine Foods, Creamy Cup, TopDog HotDog, Cold Water Farm, Auntie Ruth’s, and Carly’s Kettle Korn. Music and food will be available until 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and until 4 p.m. on Sunday.

There is no fee to attend the festival. Art vendor hours will be Friday from noon until 6 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information, contact Price at 423-636-7303.

Coolers and alcohol are prohibited during the festival.

For updates and more information, visit the website at www.oldoakfestival.org or on Facebook at www.facebook/OldOakFestival.

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Old Oak Festival returns to Tusculum College April 17-19

Old Oak Festival returns to Tusculum College April 17-19

Posted on 27 February 2015 by eestes@tusculum.edu

The Old Oak Festival will feature a variety of craft vendors along with musical entertainment, theater, art exhibits, poetry readings and activities for children of all ages.

The Old Oak Festival is returning to the Tusculum College campus April 17-19.

The arts and music festival will span across three days and will feature something for everyone, including crafts, music, art, theater, storytelling and area authors, as well as gallery and museum exhibits.

“I would describe this year’s Old Oak Festival to be bigger and better than last year,” said David Price, director of music at Tusculum College and festival coordinator. “There will be arts on every level and something to interest everyone.”

In addition to artist vendors and music performances throughout the day on Friday and Saturday, there will be three performances during the festival of “5X10,” presented by Tusculum students under the direction of Wayne Thomas, the interim dean of the arts and sciences, Frank Mengel, arts outreach technical director and instructor, and Brian Ricker, arts outreach and assistant.

Performances will be held in the Behan Arena Theatre in the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Center. Show times are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

The college’s Allison Gallery will be open throughout the weekend, featuring a faculty and family spotlight exhibition by Deborah Bryan.

The festival is being coordinated by a committee of college and community representatives who are working to promote arts and music in the East Tennessee region.

“We are expecting a wide variety of artists, including painters, craftsmen and sculptors, whose work will be available for purchase. Arts will include pottery, woodcrafts and folk art,” said Price. Demonstrations will also be conducted on pottery, blacksmithing and cooking.

There are limited spaces still available for artisan and crafter booths. Deadline for reserving a booth is April 8, 2015, or until all spaces are filled.

Throughout the weekend on stage, the festival will present the sounds of the region, with a wide variety of music from bluegrass to jazz to local vocalists and musicians.

Both the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library and the Doak House Museum will be open to visitors during the festival and will have special activities planned for adults and children from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 1-4 p.m. on Sunday.

The Doak House Museum will sponsor a batik workshop during the three days of the festival. Participants will learn how to make stunning designs on natural fiber cloth using the wax-resist dyeing method. Reservations and advance deposits are required. The workshop will be held in the heart of the festival on the main campus. Reservation and deposit are required. Contact Leah Walker at 423-636-8554 or lwalker@tusculum.edu for reservations and more information.

Fiddlin’ Carson Peter’s Band and the Old Time Travelers, a duo from Chattanooga Tennessee, will perform on the Doak House lawn on the Saturday of the festival. Picnic tables are available to the public to bring a lunch, tour the museum and hear great bluegrass and old-time music. Performance times will be announced at a later date.

For the length of the festival only, the museum will open its collections storage to display never before exhibited Appalachian chairs and other furnishings, titled “Sittin’ Pretty: Selections from the Doak House Furniture Collection.” Admission is free and donations are appreciated.

The President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library will sponsor a 19th Century Toys and Games booth in the children’s area. Come and play with traditional folk toys and make-and-take your very own toy as a souvenir.

From 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library will feature the “Reaper: Nettie Fowler McCormick and the Machine that Built Tusculum College” exhibit. This exhibit explores the changes wrought by the mechanical harvest and explores the context through which Mrs. McCormick viewed her philanthropic mission.”

The festival will feature children’s activities on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and again on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. There will be storytelling performances on stage and around the festival grounds.

The Walnut Ridge llamas, previous favorites of the festival, will visit the Tusculum College campus over the weekend.

Throughout the weekend, there will be everything from bed racing to surprise performances to craft workshops.

Food selection will include festival favorites, such as homemade strawberry shortcake, Philly cheese steak, and Mennonite doughnuts. Music and food will be available until 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and until 4 p.m. on Sunday.

There is no fee to attend the festival. Art vendor hours will be Friday from noon until 6 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information, contact Price at 423-636-7303.

Coolers and alcohol are prohibited during the festival.

For updates and more information, visit the website at www.oldoakfestival.org or on Facebook at www.facebook/OldOakFestival.

 

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Keeneland trip to benefit women’s soccer program set for April 11

Keeneland trip to benefit women’s soccer program set for April 11

Posted on 27 February 2015 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College alumni and friends are invited to enjoy a day at the races in April  to benefit the women’s soccer program.

The women’s soccer program is hosting its popular trip to the Keeneland Race Track in Lexington, Ky., once again this year on Saturday, April 11. The trip is a fundraiser for the program and Tusculum College athletics.

April 11 is Coolmore Stakes Day at Keeneland, a premier pre-Kentucky Derby event.

A day trip option is available as well as an overnight option.

The day trip includes bus transportation from campus to the racetrack and back, special grandstand reserved seating, a race program, a continental breakfast, drinks and and snacks, vouchers for food and beverages at the race track and a catered BBQ dinner following the races. Movies will be shown en route during the bus trip and participants will be allowed to bring a small cooler aboard the bus (adult beverages permitted). The cost for the day trip is $119 per person.

The overnight option includes all the day trip amenities and a night on the town in Lexington, accommodations for two at the Clarion Hotel (a king or two double beds), breakfast at the Clarion Hotel Restaurant, tour of a private horse farm, Kentucky bourbon tour and lunch en route back to Greeneville. The overnight option is $189 (based on double occupancy).

The bus will leave from Tusculum on Saturday at 7 a.m. from the parking lot at the Niswonger Commons. The bus service will arrange pick-up at a Knoxville location to accommodate people in that area. The day trip bus will return to campus at 1o p.m. on Saturday. The overnight trip will return on Sunday.

Tickets are limited and a $30 deposit is required and is due by March 30. Full payment is due by April 1.  Participants on the trip must be 21 years or older.

For more information, please contact Women’s Soccer Head Coach Mike Joy at 423-636-7321 or call mjoy@tusculum.edu. Payment by credit card or check are accepted with the check made payable to Tusculum College Women’s Soccer.  Payment can be mailed to Tusculum Women’s Soccer, P.O. Box 5011, Greeneville, TN 37743.

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Alumni honored in Hamblen County school system

Alumni honored in Hamblen County school system

Posted on 27 February 2015 by eestes@tusculum.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tusculum alumni sweep Hamblen County Tear of the Year Awards

Tusculum alumni Johnathan Richardson ’02, Nick Darnell ’06 and Olivia Breeding ’12 have been announced as the system wide Hamblen County teachers of the year.

Each year, every school in Hamblen County nominates one hard-working teacher for the teachers of the year program. Once these individuals are selected, the “top teacher” from each category, elementary, middle and high school, is determined by an outside party. This year, members of the Lincoln County Department of Education made the decision.

Richardson, elementary teacher of the year, is a music teacher at Manley Elementary School. Throughout his career, Richardson has led numerous professional development opportunities for Hamblen County teachers on topics including multicultural education, music in special needs classrooms, arts integration and brain games. He also has provided training at professional conferences on the state and national levels. In his classroom, he integrates other subjects such as language arts, science, math and social studies into his music lessons.  In addition, Richardson heavily focuses on culture in his classroom. He said he believes it is essential his students understand other cultures due to the variety of backgrounds present in his classes. His favorite part of teaching is seeing the smiles of his students.

The middle school teacher of the year, Darnell, teaches eighth grade American history at East Ridge Middle School. There Darnell is a substitute administrator and a member of the Data Team, Crisis Team and Mentor Leadership Team. He chairs the School Improvement Team. He also is the facilitator of the school’s Colonial Day, World Culture Day, Geography Bee and Mock Elections. In his classroom, Darnell integrates technology in an hands-on way for his students. Darnell’s inspiration is his students and enjoys working with them each day.

Breeding, an algebra I teacher and head of the peer tutoring program at West High School, was selected as the high school teacher of the year. She was a participant in the STEPs Externship program for science, technology, engineering and math teachers with local industry. Breeding helped to teach and develop the school system’s Seeds, Roots and Fruits program. Peer tutoring is a strategy Breeding uses in her classroom. She said this has proven successful due to the success her students have experienced. At West High, Breeding is the Interact sponsor and  cheerleading coach.

 

’00s

Kristy Sproles ’00 is among six Tennessee social studies teachers the Tennessee State Library and Archives named to its Tennessee State Library and Archives Educator Working Group. This group will assist and advise the Library and Archives staff about ways to make its Tennessee history collections available to teachers and students. The group will develop lesson plans based on original Tennessee documents and images so that social studies teachers across the state can better use TSLA’s primary sources in their classroom instruction.

Sproles is a high school teacher at Sullivan Central High School in Sullivan County. She holds a master of education from Tusculum College and has been teaching for 15 years.

The Tennessee State Library and Archives education outreach program offers tours of the building for teachers and students, sponsors statewide workshops for teachers, and offers a new education outreach website that links TSLA’s primary sources in American and Tennessee history directly to Tennessee’s new social studies curriculum standards.

 

 

 

Alison Leigh David ’95 was married to Robert McKinley Hagerman on Sept. 20, 2014, at the Inn on Town Creek in Abingdon, VA. After a honeymoon in Antigua and the Florida Keys, the couple is living in Abingdon. Alison is a realtor with Jones and Associates Realty and Robert works for Trustpoint Insurance.

 

Ryan Phillip Huff ’09 and Brook Renae Johnson were married December 13, 2014, at The Charles in Johnson City. The couple are living in Knoxville, TN.

 

 

 

 

’30s

Mary Elizabeth Ross Reel ’38, a longtime resident of Rogersville, TN, passed away on Feb. 17, 2015, following a period of declining health. Mrs. Reel taught for several years in the Greene County School System at Hardins View Elementary School and retired from teaching in the Hawkins County School System as a teacher at Hawkins County Elementary School. She was a member of the Rogersville Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Reel read her Bible daily, noting many favorite verses, especially Psalms 121. After her retirement, she became very interested in her family’s genealogy and spent many hours tracing her family’s history. Mrs. Reel received the honor of membership of “First Families of Tennessee,” which extends membership to anyone who can prove direct descent from a person or persons living in any part of what is now Tennessee before or by statehood in 1796. A native of Greene County, the home where she grew up in Afton as been in her family for at least 100 years.  She had begun researching the farm history in order to apply for the “Tennessee Century Farms Program,” which recognizes farms owned by the same family for at least 100 years. Mrs. Reel was an avid reader, making weekly trips to the library for all the latest releases and her older favorites. She instilled this love for reading not only in her own children, but in her classroom students.

 

’40s

Evelyn Smelcer Holdway ’45 of Morristown, TN, passed away Feb. 7, 2015. During World War II, she worked as a civilian efficiency analyst. Following the war, she returned to the Morristown area and married W.F. “Kink” Holdway. She used her business skills to help him run a successful dairy and crop farm. She was a longtime supporter of instrumental music, frequently attending concerts and provided financial support to regional band programs, including that of her Alma Mater. She was also a frequent volunteer with the Hamblen County 4-H Club during her daughter’s middle and high school years. In addition to music, she enjoyed dancing, singing, board games, crossword puzzles and gardening and was an avid reader.

 

’90s

Michael Stan Perry ’94 of Gaffney, SC, passed away Dec. 23, 2013, at his residence. Mr. Perry was a district manager with Piedmont Natural Gas. He was a member of the Gaffney and Spartanburg Rotary clubs, a member of the Gaffney and Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce and formerly served as a volunteer with the Boys & Girls Club.

John George Kosmak ’98 of Gray, TN, passed away Jan. 7, 2015, at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville. He had been diagnosed with leukemia in December 2014. Mr. Kosmak had been serving as an adjunct professor in the Tusculum School of Business. A native of Chicago, his family was of Czechoslovakian decent and he took great pride in his family’s heritage. Mr. Kosmak had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and education, earning multiple degrees including his master’s degree in education and training from Tusculum. A veteran, he served in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years. Stationed around the world, he retired as a master sergeant and had spent time serving in the department of communications for the President’s Air Force One and Two. He had worked for the Postal Service since 1995 and started teaching as an adjunct at Tusculum in 2000. Mr. Kosmak had become a Ham Radio Operator at the age of 15. His expertise in Morse code resulted in him winning national competitions. He also spent much time in building radios and assisting others in earning their Ham licenses. In more recent years, he built customized antennas and sold them worldwide.

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Theatre-at-Tusculum to present comedic musical revue ‘How to Eat Like a Child’

Theatre-at-Tusculum to present comedic musical revue ‘How to Eat Like a Child’

Posted on 20 February 2015 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Practicing the scene “how to stay home from school” from the upcoming Theatre-at-Tusculum production of “How to Eat Like a Child” are, from left, Emma Beddingfield, Reagan Bunch and Allie Shelton.

Theatre-at-Tusculum and Actors Coming Together will invite audiences to revisit their childhood in the production of the musical comedy, “How Eat Like a Child (And Other Lessons in NOT Being a Grown-Up)” during the weekends of Feb. 27-March 1 and March 5-8.

The musical will be performed at 7 p.m. on Feb. 27-28 and March 5-7 in the Behan Arena Theatre (lower level side entrance) of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building. Sunday matinees are scheduled at 2 p.m. on March 1 and 8.

Director Marilyn duBrisk has assembled a cast of 28 talented young people for a hilarious musical romp through the joys and sorrows of childhood. Lessons in such subjects as how to beg for a dog, how to act after being sent to your room, how to laugh hysterically, and of course, how to eat like a child are presented in a series of fast-paced vignettes that should delight and amuse both the young and the young at heart.

“How to Eat Like a Child” is based on the book of the same by Delia Ephron and has been adapted for the stage with book by Ephron, Judith Kahan and John Forster, who also wrote the music and lyrics. The musical version was originally produced as a NBC prime time television special in 1981 starring Dick Van Dyke.

The stage production has been called a “musical revue for children that can also be enjoyed by adults [with] a charming and witty score” by Backstage magazine. “Applause, applause, applause!” wrote Steve Allen and the Hollywood Reporter called it “delightfully clever.” TV Guide praised the show’s Broadway-style songs and imaginative script.”

Assisting duBrisk in bringing this production to the stage are assistant director Brian Ricker, vocal director Angie Clendenon and choreographer Kim Berry. Costume creation is under the direction of Barbara Holt, and the stage and lighting design is by Frank Mengel. Pianist Christopher Beste will provide musical accompaniment.

Admission for the performance is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 60 and over and $5 for children. For ticket information or reservations, please contact Jennifer Hollowell, Arts Outreach coordinator, at 423-798-1620 or by email at jhollowell@tusculum.edu.

“How to Eat Like a Child” features a series of fast-paced vignettes about the joys and sorrows of childhood including “how to ride in a car,” featuring Dawson Ottinger, Emma Waddell and Jorja Ward, front row from left, and Jade Ward, Victoria Oliver and Dawson McGill, back row from left.

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Tusculum alumni receive education honors

Tusculum alumni receive education honors

Posted on 27 January 2015 by eestes@tusculum.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tusculum alumni sweep Teacher of the Year honors in Greeneville School System

Three Tusculum alumni have been chosen to be the system-level Teacher of the Year honorees for Greeneville City Schools for 2015. Finette Craft ’10 has been named the honoree for the pre-kindergarten-4 level; Aundrea Gunter ’08 for the grades 5-8 level, and John Morrell ’93 for the grades 9-12 level.

Craft is a third grade language arts teacher at Hal Henard Elementary School. She has been a member of the school’s faculty for eight years and participates on the differentiated instruction leadership team. She serves on the Hal Henard Leadership Team and is also the third-grade team leader.

Gunter is an eighth-grade science teacher at Greeneville Middle School. She has been a member of the GMS faculty for five years and has worked in public education for seven years. She is the GMS Science Team leader, the GMS Leadership Team and the district STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) team.

Morrell teaches Advanced Placement American, European and World History for grades 9-12 at Greeneville High School. He has 30 years of teaching experience with 25 of them being at GHS. He recently served as the Social Studies Department Chairman and was a member of the GHS Leadership Team.

Each school in the district selects a building-level Teacher of the Year, and a committee then selects the system-level representatives from those honorees. The system-level honorees advance the next level of competition for a chance to be named Tennessee Teacher of the Year in their respective divisions. The Tennessee Teacher of the Year Program is designed to promote recognition, respect and appreciation for teachers; stimulate interest in teaching as a career; and encourage public involvement in education. The program is sponsored annually by the Tennessee Department of Education and the Niswonger Foundation.

 

’50s

The Rev. Don Wright ’53 and Dorothy Jaynes Wright ’54 have moved into a new home in Canton, MI. Don has served 10 churches as an interim pastor. He is ending service to Erin Presbyterian Church in Roseville, MI, and is returning to service at First Presbyterian Church of Dearborn, MI. Don is pastor emeritus at the Dearborn church and will be serving it while the current pastor is on sabbatical leave and the church searches for a new pastor.

 

’00s

Craig Pritchett ’03 has been named the next head football at Brevard High School in Brevard, NC. Craig is currently a graphic arts teacher and the defensive coordinator for the football team at Ridgeland High School in Rossville, GA. He has served as an assistant coach at Ridgeland for the past 10 years and served as defensive coordinator for the past five years. In 2012, the high school played in the state championship and has won four regional championships since 2008. During his time at Tusculum, Craig was a four-year starter and team captain for the Pioneer football team. He was presented the 2003 President’s Award and was was named to the national American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team. He was inducted into the Tusculum Sports Hall of Fame during Homecoming 2014.

 

Rodney Ellison ’07 has been named Powell High School’s next head football coach. Rodney will join the Knox County, TN, school next August as the 2015-16 school year begins. Rodney began coaching football at Jacksboro Middle School from 1997 to 2002. He began coaching on the high school level in 2006 as an assistant coach at Bearden High School. Rodney was head coach and offensive coordinator at Wartburg Central in 2001 and has served as offensive coordinator for the past two seasons at Clinton High School in Anderson County. He is currently a physical education teacher at Norwood Middle School in Anderson County and will also teach physical education at Powell. He earned a master’s degree in recreation and sports science with an emphasis in coaching education from Ohio University in 2013. He and his Jocelyn, and their three children live in Oak Ridge, TN.

 

 

 

 

Brian L. Pike ’95 and his wife, Alexandra Mora, are celebrating the birth of their first child, Gabriel Alexander Pike. He was born at Gleneagles Hospital in Singapore on Jan. 6, 2015. Brian is stationed at the Naval Medical Research Center in Singapore.

 

 

 

 

’40s

Muriel Ann Olson Mason ’43 of Mandeville, LA, on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. She had met her husband, John Mason, while she was volunteering for the USO during World War II. Upon his return following the war, they married and lived in New Orleans, New York and Annapolis, MD, until his death in 1991. She then spent a few years with a her sister in Tuscon, AZ, before joining her son, Dr. John D. Mason, and his family, in Mandeville, after he retired from the U.S. Navy. Mrs. Mason was a devoted housewife and mother as well as a Sunday school teacher, volunteer and antique shop proprietor. She loved politics and American history, especially about Native Americans and presidential first ladies.

 

Helen Bicknel Kinser Sparling ’47 of Sweetwater, TN, passed away on December 5, 2013. Mrs. Sparling was a retired engineering statistician who worked at E. I. DuPont. She was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church of Sweetwater. She was a kind and loving neighbor and loved and cared for animals. She was a member of the Daughter of the American Revolution.

 

’60s

Louis William “Bill” Pilloni ’60 passed away on Jan. 12, 2015. Mr. Pilloni had served his Alma Mater a trustee from 1998 to 2005. He and his wife, Jane Shanks Pilloni ’59, have been true friends to Tusculum, supportive and engaged in the life of the College for many years, including serving in leadership roles in the Tusculum 2000 Campaign and Bicentennial Campaign. Mrs. Pilloni is currently serving as a Life Trustee of the College. Mr. Pilloni worked for Packing Industries and retired as a business manager with Prudential Insurance Company of Northern New Jersey. He was active in Bloomfield Presbyterian Church, the Newark Jaycees, the New York Society of Model Railroaders, the Sierra Club and the Glen Ridge Music Parents. Mr. Pilloni had coached a middle school boys basketball. He enjoyed sailing in Barnegat Bay, NJ, motor boating and water skiing. Healso had served as a life guard at Normandy Beach, NJ. After retirement, the Pillonis moved to Greeneville, attending many Tusculum events and Pioneer athletic games. Mr. Pilloni was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Greeneville, where he had married Jane in 1959. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pilloni Endowed Scholarship at Tusculum, which was established by the Pillonis in 1998 to assist deserving students with financial need.

 

’00s

Gregory Rex Hopson ’02 of Greeneville passed away on Jan. 22, 2015. Mr. Hopson was employed at Wal-Mart Regional Distribution Center.

 

 

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Women’s lacrosse to play inaugural home game Friday, Feb. 13

Women’s lacrosse to play inaugural home game Friday, Feb. 13

Posted on 27 January 2015 by eestes@tusculum.edu

The women’s lacrosse team will play their inaugural home game on Friday, Feb. 13.

The Pioneer Club is hosting a hospitality event to celebrate the beginning of this program at Tusculum from 5 – 7 p.m. prior to the game. The Pioneer Club event will be in the President’s Box at Pioneer Field.

Cost is $10 per person. No admission fee will be charged for Mountaineer level and above Pioneer Club members. Please RSVP by Monday, Feb. 9, by calling 423-636-7303 or emailing bsell@tusculum.edu. The President’s Box will be open during the entire game for Pioneer Club members and their guests.

The women’s lacrosse team will face off against St. Andrews University at 7 p.m. on Pioneer Field.

Women’s lacrosse is the 16th and newest sport sponsored by Tusculum. Head coach Jenna Handshoe has recruited 20 players to make up the 2015 roster, including 11 freshman and four upperclassmen with previous collegiate playing experience.

 

The Pioneers will play a 14-game regular-season slate this spring, including eight conference matches. The Pioneers will host seven home games overall throughout the season.

 

Tusculum will take the field for the first time on Feb. 7 when the Pioneers travel to Spartanburg, South Carolina to take on Converse College.

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Lessons added option to Feb. 14 benefit for the Band Program

Lessons added option to Feb. 14 benefit for the Band Program

Posted on 26 January 2015 by srichey@tusculum.edu

The Tusculum College Pioneer Jazz Band will be hosting a Valentine’s Day Dinner/Swing Dance benefit on Saturday, Feb. 14, at the General Morgan Inn. The reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. The event will include dinner and a performance of the Pioneer Jazz Band, along with special guests.

The event is a fundraiser to help raise money for much-needed equipment for the entire Tusculum band program, according to David A. Price, director of music at Tusculum College.

As an added bonus, swing dance lessons will be offered free of charge beginning at 5-6 p.m. Lessons will be provided by professional dancers Darian and Tiffany Chancellor. The Chancellors have been professional ballroom dance instructors and competitors for more than 12 years, and for the last 3 years have taught based out of Johnson City. They began with Fred Astaire Dance Studios and opened Johnson City Ballroom in 2012. They are finalists in the National Open Smooth division and are the recipients of a 2014 Kosbe Award for New Business this fall.

“We are thrilled to have Darian and Tiffany back as part of our program. With years of professional experience, it is a great time for beginners to learn or for more experienced dancers to pick up a few new moves,” said Price. “They were a big hit last year and we are excited to have them once again for our event.”

Ticket prices for the event are $50 per person and include dance tickets, free dance lessons, an opening reception, dinner and a special dessert. Please call in advance to request a vegetarian substitution. A cash bar will be available.

Darian and Tiffany Chancellor

Tickets are available for purchase at the General Morgan Inn or by contacting Price at

423-636-7303 or emailing daprice@tusculum.edu. A hotel package special is also available by contacting the General Morgan Inn at 423-787-1000.

Special table reservations are available for larger group seating by contacting Price.

The Pioneer Band Program at Tusculum College began in 2010, with the creation of the Pioneer Pep Band. The Pep Band became a much-enjoyed feature of the 2010 Pioneer football and basketball seasons, as the band performed at the Pioneer Club tailgate parties before each home football game and during pregame and half-time festivities.

Since that time a concert band, jazz band, marching band, handbell choir and several small ensembles have been added to the program.  The groups play several events on campus each year, as well as events in the community.

 

 

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