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Thank you for your support of Tusculum College

Thank you for your support of Tusculum College

Posted on 22 November 2016 by

In this season of thanks, the students, faculty and staff of Tusculum College would like to express our appreciation to you, our alumni and friends, for your support. Donations to Tusculum College positively impact each and every student on campus. Students are grateful for the generosity of those alumni and donors who have gone before them setting the example for how to be engaged and active citizens supporting their communities and Alma Mater.



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Unexpected guest joins D.C.-area alumni gathering

Unexpected guest joins D.C.-area alumni gathering

Posted on 22 November 2016 by

Tusculum College alumni in the Washington, D.C. area gathered for an event on September 26, and were joined by an unexpected guest. John Boehner (R-OH),  53rd Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, was in the restaurant where the alumni were gathered and spent some time with the group. Standing from left are Ed Flournoy, Dr. Ken Bowman ’70, Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody and John Boehner, and seated are, Mary Flournoy; Heather Patchett, Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Tusculum and Susan Goodwin Jacobs ’74.










Dennis Wolford ’68 was honored recently by the Tennessee Hospital Association at its 2016 annual meeting. Wolford received the Distinguished Service Award, recognizing him for his 32 years of service as Chief Executive Officer of Macon County General Hospital in Lafayettte, TN. He has served on the Tennessee Hospital Association Board of Directors and its Council on Clinical and Professional Practices.


Bobby Greene ’78 of Cleveland, TN, has been inducted into Tennessee Boys & Girls Clubs Hall of Fame, the highest statewide honor given by the organization. Greene is an alumni and board member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Ocoee Region in Cleveland. It was noted in the award presentation in September that Greene is known for his heart of service and has a deeply giving spirit for the clubs, viewing his service as a means of “paying forward” what the clubs meant for his personal life. On days when the clubs were closed, he dedicated his time and painted, landscaped, cleaned and repaired equipment at the clubs, serving privately to avoid praise and recognition. He remains highly engaged with the members of the executive staff, checking in often for updates on the functioning of the clubs and offering his help. Greene has been an active board member for the past 36 years. He currently serves as the Board Development Committee Chair and previously served as a secretary and the President of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Ocoee Region board of directors. He also serves as a Boys & Girls Clubs Tennessee Alliance Board Member, where he has been a part of the Resource Development Committee. His service has gained him recognition from Boys & Girls Clubs of America as one of the strongest board members in the nation. He received the President’s Award from the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Ocoee Region in 2007, a National BGCA Medallion in 2008, Board Member of the Year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Ocoee Region in 2015, Board Member of the Year for the state of Tennessee in 2015, Board Member of the Year for the Southeast Region in 2015, and is a past graduate of the BGCA Advanced Leadership Program. He has helped support and guide several local Youth of the Year winners, two of which became Southeast Regional Winners in 2010 and 2013. Greene was introduced to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland, now the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Ocoee Region, around the age of 10. He often speaks of his memorable experiences when advocating for the movement today, recalling the staff as though they were family, and his heart for the clubs during his youth led him to be recognized as Cleveland’s Boy of the Year.



The Rev. Lester Lattany ’87 ’91 of Johnson City, TN, will be retiring from the helm of the United Way of Washington County at the end of the year. Under his leadership, $25,405,440 has been raised over the years for community health and human services organizations and the local children, adults and seniors those organizations serve. With work currently underway to raise $1.725 million in the 2016 United Way campaign, which wraps up in mid-December, Lattany is poised to increase that total to more than $27 million in United Way contributions raised before he steps down at end the year. Lattany’s retirement will also top off a long career with the city of Johnson City, where he was employed for 23 years as director of Community and Economic Development and simultaneously worked as assistant to the city manager and finally as the city’s interim chief financial officer. He was first tagged to serve as campaign chairman for the United Way in 2001 and came on board as United Way CEO and president the following year. Under his leadership, the United Way expanded its agency base to include Keystone Dental Care, Coalition for Kids and the Family Promise of Greater Johnson City among the 17 organizations that currently receive annual support for United Way; and also awarded community impact grants to nonprofit service groups including Good Samaritan Ministries, The Dispensary of Hope, The Crumley House, Court Appointed Special Advocates and Children’s Advocacy Center. As United Way CEO, Lattany also served as the Local FEMA board chairman and as fiscal director of the Heisse Johnson Hand Up Fund and the Johnson City-Mountain Home Combined Federal Campaign. Outside the United Way, he served as vice chairman of the Mountain States Health Alliance Washington County Board, a member of the Frontier Health Foundation Board and Frontier Health Governing Board, chairman of the board for Tri-Cities Christian Schools, member of the Northeast State Foundation Board and member of Tusculum College Board of Trustees. A longtime Baptist minister, Lattany will also continue to pastor the New Jerusalem Baptist Church he founded in 2010, and to serve as moderator of the Bethel District Baptist Missionary and Educational Association.



Jessica P. Sykes Morgan ’02 ’13 of Knoxville, TN, achieved the dream of publishing her first novel, “Take Me Home” in 2015 and followed it quickly with her second novel, “In the Shadow of the Falls” this year. “I realized while working toward my second bachelor’s degree in 2013 that I missed the opportunity to write on a continuous basis,” she said. “While I enjoy some topics more than others, I find a great satisfaction in creating a world and characters from faint, disjointed ideas full of passion and soul.” Morgan is working on her third novel for publication in 2017.


Justin Johnson ’08 is now Manager of Ticket Sales and Guest Services at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, VA.





Brittni Oliver ’11 has been named director of women’s basketball operations at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Oliver, who is entering her fifth year at the school, previously served as the program’s administrative assistant.  Oliver is serving under Head Basketball Coach Adell Harris, who was Oliver’s coach in her final two years on the Pioneer women’s basketball team. After earning a degree in sports management from Tusculum, Oliver completed a Master of Science degree in sport psychology from the University of Tennessee in December 2012. While at UT, she served as a graduate assistant in the university’s Dean of Students office.


Rev. Vinton Copeland ’13 will be installed Sunday, December 4, as a pastor at Powell Baptist Church in Talbotton, GA.


Justin Reaves ’14 Greeneville, TN, has joined the Greeneville Real Estate and Auction Team. He is a member of the Northeast Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. Prior to joining Greeneville Real Estate and Auction Team, Reaves worked in the banking and financing industry, most recently as an assistant vice president and branch manager.





Rustin and Casey (Westmoreland) Jones ’06 ’13 of Greeneville, TN, are excited to announce the birth of their son Lincoln Howard Jones born on September 8, 2016.  Rustin is a government and economics teacher and head soccer coach at West Greene High School.  Casey is a third grade teacher at Glenwood Elementary School.  Proud grandparents include Charles ’95 and Susie (retired employee of Tusculum) Jones and Lori and Rick Fannon and Gary Westmoreland all of Greeneville.  Lincoln’s uncles are Eben Jones ’95 and Frank Jones ’99. Rustin was on evening WCYB-TV newscasts on Nov. 7 regarding a mock election he conducted at West Greene High.





Dr. Morris E. Katz ’37 of Sarasota, FL, passed away October 28, 2016, his 102nd birthday.  Dr. Katz had been honored earlier this year by his Alma Mater with the Distinguished Service Award, presented during the annual President’s Dinner. After graduating from Tusculum, he went on to the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine where he earned his medical degree in 1942. He interned at the William W. Bacchus Hospital in Norwich, CT,  in 1941-1942 where he met Frieda Hillson whom he married in 1943. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in that same year and served as a battalion surgeon with the 28th Infantry Division under the command of General Omar Bradley until 1945, retiring with the rank of Major. In 1950 Dr. Katz opened an Ear, Nose and Throat practice in Norwich that he maintained until his retirement in 1987 when he and Frieda moved to Sarasota. She passed away in 1994. Dr. Katz had been a very active member of the Glenridge on Palmer Ranch community where he lived independently until just a few weeks before his passing.


Marjorie “Margie” Taylor Bright ’38 of Greeneville, TN, passed away on November 20, 2016. Marjorie had married the love of her life, J.C. Bright, at age 19 and they celebrated 70 years of marriage prior to his passing in 2007. Mrs. Bright began her teaching career in a one-teacher school called Campbell’s School. While teaching and raising her family, she earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees at Tusculum. Mrs. Bright was an award-winning teacher who loved her students and devoted much of her life to education, retiring from Doak Elementary School after 38 years of teaching Greene County children. Her devotion to teaching and to her students is demonstrated by how frequently former students speak with respect and admiration of their “favorite teacher ever.” Of all the roles she embraced with love and enthusiasm, the ones that she treasured most were wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Friendly and gregarious with a quick, mischievous humor, Mrs. Bright  touched many people during her life. Her caring influence made a positive difference in many lives. An outstanding cook, she often fed family and friends her delicious feasts and never-to-be-forgotten pies. Her membership in Mount Zion United Methodist Church spanned more than 80 years. After retirement from teaching, Mrs. Bright began volunteering at Durham-Hensley Health & Rehabilitation Center, where she experienced much joy with her “little people.”  She volunteered there for almost 20 years until she was unable to due to her husband’s declining health. The couple moved to Wellington Place of Greeneville, now Brookdale Assisted Living, where Mrs. Bright lived until her passing. Because she was so active and engaged in the Wellington Place community, she was known as “the mayor” until her own health caused her to slow considerably.


The Honorable Ralph Zehler ’47 of Sarasota, FL, and formerly of Charlottesville, VA, passed away on October 14, 2016. He was a retired Judge of the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court in Charlottesville  and surrounding areas.


Kermit Crane ’49 of Kingsport, TN, passed away on October 14, 2014. Mr. Crane was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was retired from Tennessee Eastman Company. He was  a member of Reedy Creek Presbyterian Church.


Tony Odell ’68 of Chuckey, TN, passed away November 14, 2016. Mr. O’Dell was a public school teacher, having been tenured by the Greene County Board of Education and the Greeneville City Board of Education. He started as a classroom teacher for the county and worked at several other assignments. His last position was as program director for the Alternative Learning Program. Mr. O’Dell almost always worked more than one job at a time. He had worked for the National Park Service, Adult Education, Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency, Green Giant Company and Magnavox. During latter years, he worked as a retail supervisor for a local convenience store chain, Marsh Petroleum, usually working 12-14 stores in about six counties. In addition to his undergraduate degree from Tusculum, Mr. O’Dell had earned a master’s degree from East Tennessee State University. In addition, he studied and attended workshops at Vanderbilt University, Walters State Community College and the University of Tennessee. He studied Homiletics at Anderson University and the School of Theology in Anderson, IN. Mr. O’Dell attended Cedar Creek Church of God frequently, and Horse Creek Church of God, as long as health permitted. He held leadership roles in the district and state movements of the Church of God. Mr. O’Dell was also active in youth programs and church activities, working with one of the largest youth programs in the Church of God, “Anderson Movement.” He worked with the youth at Horse Creek Church of God and Campground Church of God. He had also served as the teacher of the senior age class at Elizabethton Church of God. Mr. O’Dell started Camp Greeneville, an active camping outreach, in the state camping program for the Church of God youth. Out of the youth work and camping program, he had at least five young men who became active full time ministers. Mr. O’Dell also spent a great deal of his time in the music program and was affiliated with the Salvation Singers Inc.


Philip Steven Hirlemann ’70 of Belvidere, NJ, passed away April 19, 2016, after a year-and-a-half battle with skin cancer. Mr. Hirlemann had served as an art teacher at Hopatcong High School for more than 25 years. Former pupils remembered him as a teacher who taught his students not only about an academic discipline, but also about how to be a good citizen, do the right thing and think outside the box.  Mr. Hirlemann enjoyed sharing his love of photography, art and cars, but his greatest joy was spending time with friends and family. After his retirement, he had helped his children with projects at their homes and spent much time with his grandchildren.

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Update on construction of the new Tusculum College science and math building

Update on construction of the new Tusculum College science and math building

Posted on 17 November 2016 by

The finishing touches are underway on the construction of the Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math at Tusculum College. Interior work continues with flooring, electrical and furniture installation well underway.

According to David Martin, director of facilities at Tusculum College, construction will be completed in the next few weeks and plans are to being moving into the building over the Christmas break. Classes will be held in the new facility beginning in January with the start of the spring semester.

The Meen Center for Science and Math is a four-story structure of approximately 100,000 square feet. Interiors include wings for biology, chemistry, mathematics, computer science and environmental science. There will also be lab space and research areas for both faculty and students.

The ground floor features the environmental science wing with a loading dock, as well as large general classroom spaces and classrooms equipped for distance learning programs. A large lecture hall will be included on the ground floor. Space is also allocated to house the Bachelor of Science degree program in nursing and the Master of Science degree in Nursing.

The facility is possible in part to the late Verna June Meen, whose $3.875 million gift towards funding the facility in memory of her husband, Dr. Ronald H. Meen, allowed the leadership of the college to move forward with plans for the facility.

Much of the laboratory equipment has been installed as the finishing touches are added to the Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math at Tusculum College.

The finishing touches on the exterior of the building are under way including sidewalk construction.



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Tusculum College named to Top Military-Friendly School List

Tusculum College named to Top Military-Friendly School List

Posted on 17 November 2016 by

For the seventh year in a row, Tusculum College has been named to the Military Friendly Schools® list. The 2017 list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and dependents and to ensure their academic success. Schools on the list earn the right to use the Military Friendly School logo.

Schools on the list range from state universities and private colleges to community colleges and trade schools. The common bond is their shared priority of recruiting students with military experience.

“Tusculum College strives to help our veterans find the right program and format to best suit them in completing their college degree in both our residential and Graduate and Professional Studies programs,” said Melissa , interim vice president for enrollment management and marketing at Tusculum College.

She added, “It is a priority of Tusculum College to provide access to any veteran who is seeking higher education opportunities and to make that access as simple and affordable as possible. We are pleased with the number of veterans who choose Tusculum College because of the personalized program that helps them every step along the path to graduation.”

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

Tusculum College started participating in the Yellow Ribbon program in August 2009. Under the program, the school matches dollars put in by the Veterans Administration so veterans or their spouse or dependents can work toward their advanced degree, as well as qualify for money to help with housing. There are more than 44 students enrolled in Tusculum degree programs who are receiving the Yellow Ribbon benefits.

“Through the Yellow Ribbon program the college acknowledges the commitment of those who have served our country by providing them with financial support to complete their education,” said Tusculum College President Nancy B. Moody. “With the variety of locations, programs, majors, degrees and scheduling options offered at Tusculum College, we are uniquely suited to serve those whose educational path was interrupted or who are considering beginning or continuing their higher education.”

The Yellow Ribbon program is applicable towards all Tusculum College degree programs, which include traditional undergraduate programs, as well as the Graduate and Professional Studies programs. Tuition benefits under the program are also available to both full and part-time students.

In addition, Tusculum College has a long standing relationship with the United States Navy through its partnership with the U.S.S. Greeneville submarine. Since its christening, Tusculum College has partnered with the crew members, offering an annual scholarship to crewmen and/or members of their family. To date, four people benefiting from that relationship have become Tusculum College alumni and there are currently four students receiving this scholarship in the residential program.

Tusculum College has long offered assistance to veterans returning to higher education and Veterans Affairs Coordinator Pat Simons is available to specifically support veterans with their admissions and financial aid questions. For more information on the Yellow Ribbon program or other assistance provided by the college, contact Simons at 423-636-7300.

Additionally, Jerry Sullivan serves as Tusculum College’s enrollment representative military liaison. He is responsible for the recruitment and marketing of Tusculum College to active duty military, veterans and their dependents. He serves as a point of contact for all military personnel, coordinating with other departments to provide academic and financial advice for current and prospective students. Sullivan may be contacted at 800-729-0116.

Criteria for making the Military Friendly Schools list included efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, results in recruiting military and veteran students and academic accreditations.


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Tusculum College program offers free tax assistance

Tusculum College program offers free tax assistance

Posted on 09 November 2016 by

Certified-IRS volunteers at Tusculum College will be available to provide income tax assistance through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

The Tusculum College Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is an IRS grant program that offers free tax preparation to qualifying taxpayers in Greeneville and the Tri-Cities region. All volunteers for the program are trained and certified by the Internal Revenue Service.

According to Dr. Harold Branstrator, associate professor of management at Tusculum College, although the program has been around for quite some time, this year marks the first year for the VITA program at Tusculum College. The Tusculum College VITA program is intended to assist a variety of taxpayers who need help in filing their own tax returns.

Person who qualify include those who generally earn less than $54,000 per year, persons with disabilities, limited English-speaking taxpayers and other urban and rural residents.

Participants in the program will be assisted by well-trained IRS-certified student volunteers.

Dr. Branstrator, a former IRS employee, oversees the VITA Program at Tusculum College. The program prepares students who are trained extensively and certified by the Internal Revenue Service to prepare returns for the citizens of Greeneville and the surrounding area. Additionally, said Dr. Branstrator, through the program, student volunteers learn valuable skills in tax preparation, professionalism and interviewing, while serving the community.


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More than 250 alumni return to campus for Homecoming 2016

More than 250 alumni return to campus for Homecoming 2016

Posted on 26 October 2016 by

More than 250 alumni could be found rediscovering campus and renewing friendships during Homecoming 2016, October 21-22.

The campus had a warm welcome for alumni who have the opportunity to visit often and those who had not been back to Tusculum in decades. There were campus tours Friday to reacquaint alumni with the campus and share with them the changes since they graduated. The Museums of Tusculum again hosted their popular “Memory Lane” display of yearbooks and memorabilia, helping alumni remember times and places of yesteryear.

Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody, right, congratulates members of the team that won the "net division" of the golf tournament. From left are Greg Pielich '69, Bob Sobas '74 and Tom Heffernan '76. Not pictured is Mike Currens '77.

Alumni had a chance to interact with some of the student leaders on campus at the “Lunch with Students.” Although rain was in the forecast, the precipitation held off to allow for an afternoon of friendly competition on the links for the annual golf tournament.

An ice cream treat was enjoyed by several as they learned about the new alumni travel program. Lynn Battle ’62 shared some of his experiences on a Viking Cruise and gave some tips for those interested in taking the Rhine River Cruise scheduled for April 2017. Kristin Small of Cruise Planners, who is working with Tusculum in the new travel program, also announced future trips that are being explored including a trip to the Antarctic region in 2018 and Italy in 2019. The Museums of Tusculum hosted a reception for its new exhibit about the political life of Andrew Johnson prior to the presidency. The professional-quality exhibit has been created by students in the Museum Studies major.

Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody presents a trophy to Matt McKeever '12 '13, whose team won the "Gross Divsion" of the golf tournament. His team members included Bob Leonard, David Konieczny '95 and Doug Fezzell.

The evening activities included dinner at Link Hills Country Club. Alumni were also invited to join students for a pep rally and telling of ghost stories in the old gym.


Saturday morning’s activities began with a Memorial Service honoring the memory of alumni and friends of the College who have passed away over the past year. This service was followed by an alumni breakfast.


Recognition of alumni for their accomplishments followed as part of the Sports Hall of Fame Induction and the annual Alumni Association meeting. Chase Carroll ’09 and Ashley Moreira ’07 were inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame and Athletic Trainer Chris Lenker was recognized with the Sports Benefactor Award.

Chase Carroll and Ashley Moreira were inducted Saturday into the Tusculum College Sports Hall of Fame.

Carroll accounted for one of the best golf careers in program history.  From 2005-2009, he posted a 74.29 career scoring average, which was a school record upon his graduation in 2009 and is currently the second lowest stroke average ever by a Pioneer.   For his career, he finished in the top-20 in 28 tournaments, including 21 top-10 finishes and 13 times in the top-five including a school-record six medalist wins.  Two of those victories including the South Atlantic Conference (SAC) Tournament titles in 2007 and again in 2009. The Knoxville, Tennessee native earned All-South Atlantic Conference honors on three occasions, including All-SAC second team accolades as a sophomore and All-SAC first team plaudits in his junior and senior campaigns. Carroll also shined in the classroom and in the community as he was named to the 2009 Academic All-America® First Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).  Carroll is a professional golfer and has played on several professional golf circuits including: Tour, PGA Latin-America Tour and the Swing Thought Golf Tour. He is married to the former Whitney Hensen of Knoxville and the couple resides in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Athletic Director Doug Jones presents the Sports Benefactor Award to Chris Lenker, head athletic trainer at the College.

Moreira was the defensive leader during one of the most successful four-year periods of the Tusculum women’s soccer program.  A product of London, Ontario, Canada, she led the Pioneers to a combined 55-18-7 record during her four years with the program, which included one SAC Championship, two SAC Tournament titles and three NCAA Tournament appearances including 2006 as Tusculum captured the Southeast Region championship and advanced to the national quarterfinals for the first time in school history.  She amassed 31 career assists which are tied for the most in program history while her 79 career starts are tied for 10th in the Tusculum record book.  She also contributed five career goals including a pair of match-winners. Moreira also excelled in the classroom where she majored in English with a literature concentration and was named to the 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-District third team.  In her senior year, she was the 2007 recipient of the Tusculum President’s Award. Moreira  is currently teaching world literature at the Greenville Tech Charter High School in Greenville, South Carolina.

Lenker was recognized for going above and beyond his duties as head athletic trainer for Tusculum student-athletes. He has served for head athletic trainer for 13 years and has been at the College for 17 years. An avid and talented photographer, Lenker has taken hundreds of photos of student-athletes at the request of the students or family members and provided those to the students at no cost.

Four awards were given during the Alumni Association meeting.

Dr. Ken Bowan '70, chair of the Tusculum Board of Trustees, presents the Pioneer Award to Dr. Larry Brotherton '70.

Dr. Larry Brotherton ’70 was presented the Pioneer Award, which is presented each year to an outstanding alumnus or alumna, in recognition of outstanding or meritorious achievement in his or her chosen field; for distinguished service to church, community, country and humanity; and for continuing and loyal service to Tusculum College. “His excellence in science and industry enhances the educational reputation of Tusculum College and his character and generosity exemplify the Civic Arts,” said his long-time friend Dr. Ken Bowman ’70, in presentation of the award.  Dr. Brotherton earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Tusculum and went on to the University of Tennessee, where he received a doctorate in chemistry in 1974. He has had a successful career as an industrial entrepreneur, research chemist and businessman. He founded and leads Ortec, Inc., a custom chemical manufacturing company he created in 1980 and also Ortec Racing, LLC, which serves the NASCAR market. Dr. Brotherton has given generously of his time to professional and civic boards and to the Tusculum Board of Trustees. During his tenure on the Board of Trustees, he has severed on the Audit Committee, the Finance and Investment Committee, the Buildings and Grounds Committee and the Executive Committee.

Dr. Ron May '68, left, is presented the National Alumni Living Faculty Award by Angelo Botta '75, president of the Alumni Association.

Dr. Ron May ’68 was the recipient of the National Living Faculty Award, which is presented each year to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the College’s academic programs. Dr. May is currently serving as vice president of academic affairs at Tusculum . His distinguished career in higher education includes serving as president of Ancilla College in Indiana and Louisburg College in North Carolina. In his career he has taught public school, as well as served as a college professor, department head, dean, vice president in addition to college president. In his career, Dr. May has been recognized by numerous organizations, including by the Leadership Marshall County program with their Leader of the Year Award in 2011. He served his Alma Mater as dean of faculty from 1985 to 1988. He also served for a time as the president of the Tusculum College Alumni Association. Although he had retired from the presidency at Ancilla, he returned to higher education to serve as interim vice president of academic affairs in June 2014 and guide Tusculum through a challenging time in its history.

Justin Jeffers '04 receives the Frontier Award from Ryan Barker '16, a member of the Alumni Executive Board.

Justin Jeffers ’04 was presented the Frontier Award, is honoring an outstanding alumnus or alumna who have graduated at least five years but no more than 15 years from the College, in recognition of outstanding or meritorious advancement in his or her career. Jeffers earned his degree in Business Administration and was an All South Atlantic Conference performer on Tusculum’s golf team. He received his funeral directing and embalming license in 2007 after graduating from John A. Gupton College. Mr. Jeffers is the director from the east for the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association, is on the Executive Board for The Independent Funeral Group, the Board of Directors for the Laughlin Foundation, and a longtime committee member and committee captain the past two years of the annual Pioneer Club Campaign. He has also served as the play-by-play commentator for the Tusculum Women’s Basketball games for the local radio station. Justin is a Mason and member of The Greeneville Kiwanis Club.

Athletic Director Doug Jones, who is also head baseball coach, receives the National Alumni Recognition Award from Jackie Rose '75 of the Alumni Executive Board.

Tusculum Athletic Director Doug Jones received the National Alumni Recognition Award, which recognizes an individual for his or her contributions to the Tusculum community. Jones has  served as Tusculum’s athletic director since 2015 and continues in the dual role as Tusculum’s head baseball coach, a position he has held since 1998. Jones is in his 20th season guiding the Tusculum baseball program and is the winningest coach in school history. He has guided Tusculum to 15 consecutive winning seasons, while posting 622 victories in his 19 campaigns in Greeneville, including last year’s 10-4 club. Coach Jones has proven over the years to recruit student-athletes who perform well both in the classroom and on the field. He has high expectations for himself and for those around him including other members of the athletic staff, students and other people who he works with.

The award winners were among the participants in the Homecoming Parade. The Golden Pioneers served as marshals for the parade, which featured the student Homecoming Court, student organizations and the Tusculum Marching Band.

Scrumptious barbecue and all the fixings were enjoyed during the Pioneer Tailgate prior to the exciting football game. Recognized prior to the game were the 2006 Women’s Soccer Team and returning baseball alumni. Three alumni games were played over the weekend – softball, baseball and men’s lacrosse, bring many former student-athletes back to campus.

Homecoming activities wound down with dinner, music and fellowship Saturday evening at the General Morgan Inn.

Make plans now to join in the fun next year – Homecoming 2017 will be October 20-22.

For more photos from Homecoming, visit the album on  Tusculum’s facebook page.



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Updates on capitol campaign, science building given to Trustees

Updates on capitol campaign, science building given to Trustees

Posted on 26 October 2016 by

Brick now covers all the exterior of the new Meen Center for Science and Math. The building is on schedule to be opened for classes in January.

The Tusculum First Capital Campaign at Tusculum College is at the $23.1 million mark with eight months left in the campaign, and officials expect to move into the Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math in December.

These were among the topics covered when the Tusculum College Board of Trustees held its fall meeting on October 20-21 on the Greeneville campus.

Additionally, the Board gave full approval to Bachelor of Science degrees in computer science, environmental science, information technology and business administration. The Board approved a Bachelor of Arts degree in environmental studies and a Master of Accountancy degree program. The Board also approved changing the name of the health care administration degree program to health care management, pending approval of the faculty.

The new programs will be initiated for fall semester 2017.

According to Heather Patchett, vice president of Institutional Advancement, the Tusculum First campaign is on track for a successful finish.

“Tusculum is $4.35 million over the established goal for endowed scholarship and more than $17 million of the funds raised has been received for will be received in the next five years,” she reported.

“The amount of funds raised in the campaign for endowed scholarships truly shows our commitment to help students who most need financial assistance,” said Dr. Kenneth A. Bowman, chair of the Board and 1970 alumnus of the college. “With reductions across the board in federal aid and other federal aid programs, Tusculum is committed to continue to serve the students of our region.”

The Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math is near completion and plans are to move into the building during the Christmas break and hold classes in the facility beginning with the spring semester.

Residential enrollment numbers are up for the  2016-2017 academic year and the Board heard that this year’s entering residential class totals 368 incoming freshman and transfer students, an increase of 15 percent over 2015-2016. This number includes 296 entering freshmen, 52 transfer students and 20 new international students.

“Tusculum College’s residential program continues to grow for a number of reasons,” said Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody. “Our unique Civic Arts focus takes the liberal arts a step further in a nationally recognized approach to educating individuals of integrity and ideals. Additionally a wide range of majors – from museum studies to nursing – are combined with service learning and travel opportunities to create a completely unique experience.

“We are pleased to see the fruits of its expanded enrollment and retention efforts, furthering the goal of serving the region with accessible, affordable higher education opportunities.”

She added that enrollment numbers also reflect an increased focus on keeping enrolled students on campus until graduation. Tusculum’s support services for students provide everything from tutoring to book loan programs to help students achieve their dream of a college education. To this end, Tusculum College retained 68.2 percent of the first-time, full-time undergraduate students who enrolled during fall 2015, the highest retention rate in 10 years for the college’s residential program. This year’s retention rate was recorded at 68 percent, 9.1 percent over the previous year, and beating the previous high of 62 percent in 2014.

In other action, the Board approved revisions to the bylaws that came after previous revisions in the faculty handbook, by-laws and constitution were approved by the faculty.

Officers elected included: Chair, Dr. Bowman; Vice Chair, the Rev. Dr. Dan Donaldson; Treasurer, Dwight Ferguson, and Secretary, Mark R. Williams.

Bowman, who currently resides in Apollo, Pa., has been a member of the board since 1998 and chair since 2006. Rev. Donaldson is the pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Greeneville. He also serves as director of the Calvin Center, the Camp and Conference Center for the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta.

Ferguson joined the board in 2009. He is retired from Nuclear Fuel Services, Inc., located in Erwin, where he served as president and chief executive officer from March 1992 until January 2009. Williams, of Greeneville, joined the board in 2001. He is a broker with Century 21 Legacy.
Re-elected for an additional term as board members were Dr. Bowman; Williams; Rev. Donaldson; Dr. Larry Brotherton, a 1970 graduate of the college; and Lester Lattany, a 1987 and 1991 graduate of the college.

Three retiring Board members were recognized and presented with a resolution from the Board, recognizing the value of their service. Retiring Board members include Frank Horsman, a 1968 graduate of the college; Charlotte Gray, and Anna Gamble.

The next meeting of the Tusculum College Board of Trustees will be February 2017.

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Alumni eligible for discount to ‘Candlelight Christmas Evenings’ at Biltmore

Alumni eligible for discount to ‘Candlelight Christmas Evenings’ at Biltmore

Posted on 26 October 2016 by

Through the Education Partners program, Tusculum alumni are eligible for a discount on admission to “Candelight Christmas Evenings” at the Biltmore House in Asheville, NC.

Admission will include a reserved evening visit to Biltmore House to enjoy the extravagant holiday décor glowing in the warmth of candlelight, firelight and live music. Also included is daytime access to Biltmore’s Gardens, Antler Hill Village and Winery, the Farm, shops and restaurants on the same day as the Candlelight visit or the following day. Free parking is included.

From November 4-23, the discounted admission is available is $45 for adults (17+) and $22.50 for youth ages 10-16 on Sundays through Thursdays. During this period, the admission for Friday and Saturdays are $60 for adults and $30 for youth. Children under the age of nine are admitted free.

For the period of November 25 – December 15 the discounted admission Sundays through Thursdays is $50 for adults (17+) and $25 for youth ages 10-16. For Fridays and Saturdays during this period, admission is $70 for adults and $35 for youth.

The discounted admission for Sundays through Thursdays, December 16 through January 7, is $70 for adults and $35 for youth. For Fridays and Saturdays, the admission is $75 for adults and $37.50 for youth. Biltmore will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Regular gate pricing for the Candlelight Christmas Evenings are $70 to $85.

Alumni should call Biltmore to order tickets. Reservations can be made by calling toll free 866-851-4661 and reference promo code 500.


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Alumni continue friendship across two continents

Alumni continue friendship across two continents

Posted on 26 October 2016 by

Alumni continue friendship across two continents

It looks like a typical tourist photo – four smiling faces in front of the Emperor’s Palace in Tokyo. But, there is much more tell about these fathers and sons – a story of a friendship across two cultures born at a small private college in East Tennessee.

Nobuyuki “Nobi” Makabe ’93 and Ben Kalny ’90 met as students at Tusculum College and became friends. After leaving Tusculum, the two stayed in touch and remained close friends although living on different continents. Ben and Nobi were even in each other’s weddings – Ben’s in Kansas City and Nobi’s in Yokohama.

Eli Kalny, left, and Keita Makabe enjoy time together at the Emperor's Palace.

Over the years, both Ben and Nobi have been able to visit each other. Ben recently visited Japan for the fourth time, and Nobi has been back to the United States multiple times over the years.

In a trip last summer, Nobi visited Ben with his son Keita, who is close in age to one of Ben’s sons, Eli. Keita and Eli became friends during the visit.

“Nobi and I recognize the value of experiencing other cultures through our friendships and we want the same for our children,” Ben says. “We see tremendous value in having our sons grow their friendship.”


Eli was able to travel with Ben recently to stay a week in Japan to visit Keita and experience Japanese culture and daily life. Ben says that Eli enjoyed very much his visit and their focus was more on life in everyday Japan and less on tourist-type outings. Some of the highlights for them were visiting Keita’s school and going to “real ramen” shops in Yokohama, which feature something much different than the instant version of ramen popular in the U.S.

While Ben’s and Nobi’s friendship has remained strong over the years and distance, they also want to help their children form similar friendships and already planning their next visit.










Ralph Johnston ’39 of Greeneville, TN, celebrated his 100th birthday on October 11. A feature about Johnston appeared recently in The Greeneville Sun. It highlighted his long career in the hyrdroelectric energy. After earning a degree in mathematics from Tusculum, Johnston went to work as a generator operator at the Nolichucky Hydroelectric Plant in Greene County for the East Tennessee Light & Power Company. From the Nolichucky plant, Johnston went to Johnson City to work at the Watauga steam plant. From there, he worked at the Kentucky Dam for two years and then returned to East Tennessee to work at the Watauga Hyrdroelectric Plant. He eventually was promoted to serve as superintendent over six hydroelectric plants for the Tennessee Valley Authority.  It also told about his love of travel and his visiting 36 foreign countries.



J.C. Drewery ’15 is now a field engineer at Utilis Engineering, P.A. in Charlotte, N.C.

Samantha Eldridge ’16 has taken the position of Visitor Services Coordinator at the Morton Museum of Collierville History.






Judith “Jena”  G. Breckendridge ’08 and Timothy J Smith were married on September 3, 2016, in Greeneville, TN. Members of the Tusculum College Jazz Band played favorites of the bride and groom for an hour prior to the ceremony. Following a honeymoon to the Bahamas, the couple is living in Montgomery, AL. Jena is a self-employed, registered diagnostic medical sonographer.

Brad E. Cox ’11 and Hannah Hsu were married July 31, 2016, in Zhong Li City, Taiwan. Best man was his brother James Cox ’13. Brad is a kindergarten teacher at Frontier International Preschool in Zhong Li City.





Ann Harold Jones ’51 of Morristown, TN, passed away July 12, 2016. Mrs. Jones taught in the Morristown School System and finished her career as a typing and accounting instructor at Morristown Vocational Technical School. She also served as bookkeeper for the school. Mrs. Jones was a member of First United Methodist Church of Morristown.  She was an avid bridge player and was an active member of the Ladies Reading Circle.


Kyle Dwight Morrell ’56 of Greeneville, TN, passed away October 5, 2016, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.  Mr. Morrell was a career educator who also positively impacted many young lives through coaching various athletic teams over the years. He began his teaching and coaching career at Mosheim High School in 1956 before moving to the newly opened West Greene High School in 1966. At West Greene, Mr. Morrell coached girls’ basketball, girls’ and boys’ cross-country, and started the track program in which the 1972 and 1973 girls’ track team won the state championship. In 1975, he made a move to Morristown West High School, where he continued coaching track and cross country, as well as girls’ basketball after 1985. Over the course of his career, his basketball teams amassed more than 550 victories. After his retirement in 1992, Mr. Morrell was a volunteer assistant for the Glenwood Elementary varsity basketball teams, the Greeneville High cross-country team and the West Greene girls’ basketball and track teams. He led numerous  track and cross-country teams to conference and regional championships, and many of his track and cross-country athletes were also individual state champions Mr. Morrell was named TSAA Regional Track Coach of the Year on several occasions; the track at West Greene was named in his honor; and he was inducted into the Morristown West Hall of Fame. He was a faithful member of Timber Ridge Presbyterian Church for more than 60 years, where he enjoyed singing in the choir and serving as an ordained elder and Sunday school leader. Mr. Morrell was also a longtime member of the Glenwood Ruritan Club and was the recipient of the club’s Community Jewel Award. For most of his life, he was an avid quail hunter. Mr. Morrell also enjoyed spending time with his family at their cabin at Paint Creek and raising beef cattle on his farm. His survivors include sons and Tusculum alumni John Morrell ’93 and Bart Morrell ’94.


Rev. Gary H. Meier ’62 of Lancaster, PA, passed away on October 13, 2016. He and his wife Muriel (Hunter) ’65 had celebrated their 50th anniversary in July. Rev. Meier served in the U.S. Army Reserves for eight years. After graduating from Tusculum, he earned a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. Rev. Meier ministered at Otisco Presbyterian Church in Otisco, NY, for six years and then served Leacock Presbyterian Church of Paradise, PA, for 34 years, retiring in 2005. He was a member of Donegal Presbytery, having served as Chair of the Mission and Camp and Conference Committees and Presbytery Council. Rev. Meier served as Vice Moderator and Moderator of Donegal Presbytery and was attending the First Presbyterian Church of Lancaster.  He loved all of God’s creation, gardening and summer vacations in Ocean City, NJ. Most of all he loved his God, his church, and his family.



Barbara Marcella Fox ’66 of Greeneville, TN, passed away September 23, 2016. Mrs. Fox was retired from Weavexx and sold Mary Kay products for 28 years. Her passion was gardening, caring for her flowers and nature. Mrs. Fox attended Burnett’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school and served as secretary for several years.  She had been among the members of the Class of 1966 who celebrated their 50th reunion in May on campus, participating in a variety of Golden Pioneer activities.


Martha Ann Harrison Snelson ’73 of Bulls Gap, TN, passed away on October 18, 2016, after a courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease.  Mrs. Snelson was a career educator, having taught at Bulls Gap School for 34 years. Her passions in life were her family and teaching. It was of the utmost importance to her to help each of her students succeed.  Mrs. Snelson served for a number of years as president of the Tennessee Education Association, working to ensure teachers’ rights and for better salaries for educators. Politics were also a big part of her life. She  was a long-time strong southern Democrat. Mrs. Snelson served several terms on the Board of Mayor and Aldermen of Bulls Gap to help make her town a better place. Another passion in her life was following and cheering on the University of Tennessee athletic teams, along with the Boston Celtics, Dallas Cowboys and Atlanta Braves. She was a member of Bulls Gap First United Methodist Church and the Rebekah and Ruth Women’s Circles. Mrs. Snelson was also a member of the Bulls Gap Lions Club, the Women’s Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Bulls Gap Railroad Museum.


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‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum’ opens Friday, Nov. 4

‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum’ opens Friday, Nov. 4

Posted on 24 October 2016 by

Steve Schultz as Pseudolus (left) attempts to prevent Hero, portrayed by Maxwell Reed, from spilling the beans about their grand plans of deception during rehearsal of this scene from “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” Theatre-at-Tusculum’s production of the Stephen Sondheim musical comedy opens Friday, Nov. 4. (Rehearsal photos courtesy of Carrie Tucker)

Theatre-at-Tusculum will bring something familiar, something peculiar, something for everyone to the stage in November with its production of the comedy “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.”

Opening Friday, Nov. 4, Director Marilyn duBrisk and a talented cast and crew will present the Stephen Sondheim musical comedy for two weekends only in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Fine Arts Building on the Tusculum College campus.

“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” will be performed at 7 p.m. on Nov. 4-5 and Nov. 10-12. Two Sunday matinee performances are scheduled for 2 p.m. on Nov. 6 and 13.

This is not the first time duBrisk has brought the Tony Award winning musical to the Greeneville stage. The first time was in 1999 at the Haberstick Auditorium in the Roby Fitzgerald Adult Center through a partnership with the former Little Theatre of Greeneville. In fact the show will take place almost 17 years to the day of the last production.

“You can do a show multiple times and it will always be different,” said duBrisk. “I loved my original cast and I love the cast I have now. It is the actors that bring the material to life, that is the exciting thing about live theater.”

When deciding what the line up would be for this fall, duBrisk knew she wanted to do an all children’s show in the spring and wanted something ‘fast, fun, and witty’ for adults in the fall. (While there is no adult language in the production, audience members should note that the the show is chock-full of hilarious situations and innuendo.)

The Proteans react to something "repulsive" during rehearsal of the opening number. From left are River Donnelly. Carter DelSorbo, Grayson Reed, Reagan Bunch, Mike Willis, Micheal Emory, Courtney Rieke and Victoria Harmon.

“It’s such witty, well-written material and you can’t beat a Sondheim musical,” said duBrisk. “The music is incredible and it challenges the actors to put their own spin on it.”

The music and lyrics were written by Sondheim, and the narrative by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gilbart takes audiences to three houses on a street in ancient Rome. One is the home of Senex a philandering, wimpy husband and his shrewd, overbearing wife Domina, portrayed by Greeneville theatre veterans Tom Sizemore and Laura Dupler. Their aloof, young son Hero (Tusculum College student Maxwell Reed) falls in love with Philia, a courtesan portrayed by the Sara Claiborne.

Philia belongs to the house of Marcus Lycus (Josh Beddingfield), who is a ‘peddler of the flesh.’ His house is next door to Senex’s home and is filled with dancing courtesans portrayed by Kelsie Cox, Whitney Marshall, Jordan Reed, Angel Smith, Kendra Tarlton and Laurie Grace Weems.

The third house is that of Erronious, an old man who has been away searching for his long lost children. Erronious is being brought to life by another local theatre favorite, Wess duBrisk.

Hysterium (Parker Bunch), Psuedolus (Steve Schultz) and Senex (Tom Sizemore) discuss the importance and benefits of having a maid as they rehearse 'Everybody Ought to Have a Maid'.

To Hero’s disappointment, Philia has been sold to the great Roman army captain, Miles Gloriosus (Tusculum senior and Theatre-at-Tusculum veteran Zach Gass), who is on his way to claim his bride with his group of bumbling soldiers portrayed by Daniel Brown, Carter DelSorbo, River Donnelly, Micheal Emery, Jeff Klepper and David Presley.

This unlikely group is brought together in situations of mistaken identity, classic farce and slapstick chaos by Pseudolos (Steve Schultz) and Hysterium (Parker Bunch). Pseudolus is slave to Hero, who offers him an opportunity to be a freed in exchange for his help in the arrangement of an elopement between Hero and Philia. Hysterium, the proud slave-in-chief to the house of Senex, becomes Pseudolos’ unwilling co-conspirator.

Rounding out the cast are the Proteans, an ensemble of actors portraying various characters from slaves to citizens including Reagan Bunch, Victoria Harmon, Grayson Reed, Courtney Rieke and Mike Willis.

Along with duBrisk, the production team bringing the musical to the stage includes assistant director Brian Ricker and long-time Theatre-at-Tusculum musical director Angie Clendenon. Clendenon leads the pit orchestra consisting of accompanist Kasie Shelnutt and percussionist David Price, as well as bassist Jeff Elkins and woodwind instrumentalist Keri Savell.

Tusculum College Arts Outreach Costume Director Barbara Holt has assembled a collection of classic Romanesque costumes that pop with color and texture. Audiences will be transported to the ancient city by the set, designed by Arts Outreach Technical Director Frank Mengel. Its columns, balconies and archways serve as perfect backdrop for the wild, physical comedy in the musical. Stage managers for the production are Tusculum College Arts Outreach volunteers Suzanne Greene and Jim Holt. The show is being presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International and is supported in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Pseudolus (center) is wooed by The Geminae, courtesans from the House of Lycus; Whitney Marshall (left) and Kendra Tarlton (right).

Tickets may be reserved by calling Tusculum College Arts Outreach at 423-798-1620 or by emailing Arts Outreach Coordinator and Box Office Manager Jennifer Hollowell at Tickets will also be available at the box office on the night of the performances, payable by cash or check only. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors (60 and over), and $5 for children (12 and under).

For more information regarding this production or other Arts Outreach programming, please call 423-798-1620, visit or the Arts Outreach page on facebook.

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Homecoming 2016 coming in less than a month!

Homecoming 2016 coming in less than a month!

Posted on 22 September 2016 by

Homecoming 2016 is less than a month away, and many exciting events are planned to welcome alumni back to campus.  Make plans to attend today. A schedule for Homecoming weekend is below.

Thursday, October 20

Hotel Crawl – College staff will be stopping by the local hotels to welcome alumni back to Greeneville.

Noon – General Morgan Inn

12:30 p.m. – Days Inn

1 p.m. – Econo Lodge

1:30 p.m. – Hampton Inn

2 p.m. – Quality Inn

2:30 p.m. – Knight’s Inn

*Be sure to let us know where you are staying.

4:30 p.m. – Creative writing reading featuring faculty – location to TBD

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 21

8 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Registration – Living Room of Niswonger Commons

9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Memory Lane  – Living Room of Niswonger CommonsTake a walk down memory lane as the staff of the Museums of Tusculum display outfits, slide shows, pictures from Tusculum’s past, yearbooks and newspapers.

10 a.m. – Arboretum Tour – The tour will showcase trees across the campus of Tusculum.  The campus of Tusculum College is recognized as a level 1 arboretum.  Tour will depart from Niswonger Commons.

11:30 a.m.  – Lunch with students – $10 – Enjoy lunch with students on the terrace of the Thomas J. Garland Library.  Reservations required.

1 p.m. – Campus Tours – Revisit and Rediscover.  The tour will showcase our growing and changing campus, and offer you the chance to experience Tusculum with the President’s Society, a group of elite residential college students.  Tours will depart from Garland Library lobby.

1 p.m. – Golf Tournament – $55 – Enjoy some friendly competition on the Link Hills Golf Course.  Scramble format will be used with handicap system for a net division and gross division.  Registration is at noon with shotgun start at 1 p.m.  Alumni, spouses, faculty, staff and friends are invited to participate.  Dinner will be provided for participants in the golf tournament as well as those who may want to join them following the tournament.  The cost for dinner will be $20 for those not participating in the tournament.  Reservations are required.

2 p.m. – Ice Cream Social and Tusculum College Alumni Travel Preview – no charge – Chalmers – Join alumni and friends as they learn about the exciting destinations that the Tusculum College Alumni Travel will be offering in the coming year. This event is open to all Tusculum College alumni and friends interested in travel.  Visit with classmates, friends, and family you may have traveled with in the past and those you look to travel with in the future.

6 p.m. – Dinner at Link Hills – $20 – Join us for a buffet dinner.  Reservations are required.

7 p.m. – Bonfire, Pep Rally, and Ghost Stories – Welty-Craig/Haynes Lawn – (Quad Area) Enjoy the annual Homecoming Bonfire with current students.


Saturday, October 22

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

8 a.m. – Memorial Service – Garland Library Lobby – Join us in remembering alumni who have passed away since Homecoming 2015.

8:30 a.m. – Alumni Breakfast – $15 –Chalmers Conference Center – Come enjoy breakfast with alumni and friends.

9 a.m. –Sports Hall of Fame Induction – Chalmers – Come celebrate the newest Sports Hall of Fame award honorees.

10 a.m.  – Alumni Awards and Alumni Meeting – Chalmers – Celebrate the newest alumni, learn the latest about the alumni association, and hear an update on the College.

Alumni Band – Join the current Tusculum College Marching Band in Homecoming performances.  The day will begin with a 10 a.m. rehearsal with events through the 2:30 p.m. football game.

11 a.m. – Class Photos – $10 – In front of Niswonger Commons

11 a.m. – 4th Annual Civil War Scrimmage (Lacrosse Alumni Game) – Indoor Practice Field – Current men’s lacrosse players and alumni will hold their 4th annual scrimmage game.

11:30 a.m. – Student Support Services Luncheon – Alumni who were in the Student Support Services program or ARCHES are invited to a BBQ cookout and other festivities at the Patton House (near Pioneer Park).  Donations are optional, but welcome and can be made at the cookout.

Noon – Homecoming Parade – Watch the 13th Annual Homecoming Parade along the route between the Charles Oliver Gray Complex and Pioneer Park.  The Golden Pioneers will serve as Grand Marshals.

12:30 p.m. – Tailgate – $10 – Enjoy a Tusculum College Pioneer Tailgate Party.

2:30 p.m. – Tusculum Pioneer Football vs. Limestone – Cheer on the Pioneers as they take on Limestone at Pioneer Field.  Tickets can be purchased at the ticket booth preceding the game.

7 p.m. – Alumni Baseball Game – Pioneer Park – Current players and alumni.

Alumni Dinner and Dance – GMI

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

7 p.m. – Alumni and Friends Dinner – General Morgan Inn – $45 – Join us at the General Morgan Inn for dinner.  A cash bar will be available throughout the evening.

8 p.m. – Alumni and Friends Music and Fellowship – $15 (no dinner)-  DJ will provide music


Sunday, October 23

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

1 p.m. – Tusculum Women’s Soccer hosts Catawba at Pioneer Field.

3:30 p.m. – Tusculum Men’s Soccer hosts Catawba at Pioneer Field.



Campus Hours

Tusculum College Bookstore Hours

Niswonger Commons

8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday, October 20

8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, October 21

8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, October 22


Thomas J. Garland Library

8 a.m. – Midnight Thursday, October 20

8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, October 21

9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, October 22

2 p.m. – Midnight Sunday, October 23


Allison Gallery

Rankin House behind Three Blind Mice

12 – 4 p.m. Friday, October 21

12 – 4 p.m. Saturday, October 22

12 – 4 p.m. Sunday, October 23


Doak House Museum

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday, October 20

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, October 21

Tours are available all day Friday and by appointment on Saturday.


President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday, October 20

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, October 21

The new exhibit at Old College is “Prologue:  Andrew Johnson’s Political Career Before the Vice Presidency.”  At the same museum there is also an exhibit on the McCormick family and their legacy at the College, a Tusculum College History Gallery, and a gallery of Johnson collection pieces that will be re-designed this coming year.




Hotels in Greeneville:

Econo Lodge

1790 E Andrew Johnson Hwy, Greeneville · (423) 639-4185


Days Inn Greeneville

935 E Andrew Johnson Hwy, Greeneville · (423) 639-2156


Quality Inn

3160 E Andrew Johnson Hwy, Greeneville · (423) 638-7511


General Morgan Inn

111 N Main St, Greeneville · (423) 787-1000


Knights Inn (previously Charray Inn)

121 Serral Dr, Greeneville · (423) 638-1331


Hampton Inn

3130 E Andrew Johnson Hwy, Greeneville · (423) 638-3735

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Catch up with the latest alumni news

Catch up with the latest alumni news

Posted on 22 September 2016 by









Dr. Ken Bowman '70, chair ofthe Tusculum Board of Trustees, had the opportunity recently to visit with Dr. Ed Kormondy '50 in a trip to California. Dr. Kormondy is a Life Trustee of his Alma Mater.

Dr. Ed Kormondy ’50 H’97 of Los Angeles, CA, celebrated his 90th birthday on June 10 with a surprise visit from family members.  As he had expected, his daughter, Lynn arrived from San Francisco the evening before his birthday and suggested that they go to their favorite Mexican restaurant for an early lunch the next day. The next day, when they arrived at the restaurant, his daughter suggested they dine on the patio since it was such a nice day.  There they found, to Dr. Kormondy’s great surprise, his two sons, Eric and Mark, and their wives, Janet and Susan, who were all wearing oversized glasses, bulbous noses and bushy eyebrows. Later, some close friends joined the family for dinner, complete with a piñata, which Dr. Kormondy “clubbed at blindfolded and missed!” A great time was had by all, and among Dr. Kormondy’s gifts was a cap bearing the words, “Made in 1926.” Dr. Kormondy, has had a long and distinguished career for which he says he is deeply indebted to his time at Tusculum, where he lived in Craig Hall and then in Rankin Hall for his senior year. A biology major at Tusculum, he went on to study at the University of Michigan, earning his master’s degree in 1950 and his doctorate in 1955 from the school. Dr. Kormondy taught at Michigan for two years before joining Oberlin College’s Biology Department, where he remained until 1968 when he moved to Washington D.C. to head a national organization promoting new approaches to the teaching of biology. In 1971, Dr. Kormondy joined The Evergreen State College in its opening year, serving as Dean of Natural Sciences in 1972-73 and as Provost from 1973-78. He spent 1978-79 in Washington, D.C. studying biomedical ethics and then served as Provost of the University of Southern Maine from 1979-82. He joined California State University of Los Angeles as Provost from 1982-86 after which he became Chancellor of the University of Hawai‘i-Hilo and the University of Hawai‘i West O‘ahu, serving until 1993. Returning to Los Angeles, Dr. Kormondy served as President of the University of West Los Angeles from 1995-97, as Special Assistant to the President of Pacific Oaks College from 2000-05 and as Acting President of his Alma Mater in 2007. He served on the Board of Trustees at Tusculum and the University of West Los Angeles until two years ago. Dr. Kormondy, who received a honorary doctorate from Tusculum in 1997, a Distinguished Service Award in 2003 and a Civic Leadership Award in 2008, is a Life Trustee for his Alma Mater.  Dr. Kormondy has also been active and provided leadership for national professional organizations. He was president of the National Association of Biology Teachers in 1981, secretary of the Ecological Society of America from 1976-78 and served on the accrediting body, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges from 1987-96. Dr. Kormondy represented the U.S. Department of Education on missions to Hungary and Poland to examine environmental education, studied and published on higher education of China’s 55 minority nationalities and served as consultant in the life sciences to some 30 institutions, including the Universidad Simon Bolivar in Caracas, Venezuela. He served three times as the lead consultant in the life sciences for the State of Florida. Dr. Kormondy is a member of MENSA, the author of more than 70 publications in ecology, biology and science education and some 20 books including “Concepts of Ecology” (1969,1976,1983,1995)in addition to serving as editor of 15 books on the relationship of the biological sciences and society. He is listed in such publications as “Who’s Who in America,” “Who’s Who in the World” and the “International Directory of Distinguished Leadership.”




Marie Trapp ’81 of Nashville, TN, has volunteer 2,500 hours in schools, churches and hospitals in her community since 2012. She is also officially in remission from cancer as of this past June.



Diane Ball ’96 has been promoted to vice president of information security for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee.  She will be responsible for leading the Information Security program across the health insurer. Ball joined BlueCross last year after serving as chief information security officer and vice president of enterprise risk and security for Fujitsu America, Inc., in Durham, N.C. She has more than 20 years of security and privacy leadership experience at companies including BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina and Wachovia Bank, where she served as vice president and senior information security manager.


Edna “Leanne” Light Miller ’98 has joined the Oak Ridge School System as a teacher at Willow Brook Elementary School. She has worked 15 years as a special education teacher in Tennessee, Oklahoma and Louisiana schools.



Andrew Merriman ’02 is now an assistant county manager in York County, SC. In his new position, Merriman oversees the Public Safety Communications, Emergency Management, Fire Safety, Ebenezer Park and Summer Feeding departments. He also assists in implementing policies as established by the County Council and assist other staff members in the preparation, review and monitoring of county operating and capital budgets. Merriman has 10 years of experience in local government. For the last four years, he’s served as the Assistant County Administrator for Aiken County, SC.



Keith Hickey ’12 has joined First Community Bank of East Tennessee as Vice President and Commercial Lender. With more than 22 years of banking experience, Hickey was previously employed at First Tennessee Bank as vice president and commercial lender for the East Tennessee market. He is also a member of the 2016-2017 Leadership Kingsport Class.


Phillip Justin Reed ’13 is now working at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation as public engagement coordinator in St. Louis, MO.





Chad David Ward ’07 and Joy Beth Franklin were married September 12, 2016. The couple is living in Atlanta, GA, and in Greeneville, TN. Chad is assistant manager at ReLogistics LLC’s reverse logistics center in Atlanta, and Joy is a student at Georgia State University.





Emily Hawk Moughon ’06 and her husband, Luke, of Indianapolis, IN, are celebrating the birth of a son, Gabriel Christopher, on August 30, 2016. He weighed 9 lbs and 5 oz., and was also welcomed by older siblings, Caleb and Karis.


Rustin and Casey (Westmoreland) Jones ’06 ’13 of Greeneville, TN, welcomed a son, Lincoln Howard, on September 8, 2016. He weighed 8 lbs and 1 ounce.





Maurice M. “Jimmy” Yates Jr. ’49 of Greeneville, TN, passed away September 12, 2016. Mr. Yates was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army Signal Corps in the European Theater of Operations. His signal battalion was attached to Gen. George Patton’s 3rd Army during the Battle of the Bulge, and he was later assigned to France where his battalion was responsible for the communication lines used by General Eisenhower. Following the war, Mr. Yates was assigned to the French Alps for a six-month tour of duty where he served as the electronics specialist and wire chief. He received campaign ribbons for Central Europe and Rhineland campaigns, as well as the American Theater Ribbon, European, African, Middle Eastern Theater Ribbons and World War II Victory Ribbon. Mr. Yates was also awarded the Good Conduct Medal. Following the war, he focused on his collegiate education and was a member of the first graduate accounting class in the history of the University of Tennessee. Mr. Yates served an internship in professional auditing and tax in the Atlanta office of Arthur Anderson & Co. He practiced as a certified public accountant in upper East Tennessee for 40 years with offices in Greeneville, Rogersville and Newport. Mr. Yates was a well-known speaker on taxation and lectured on opportunities in public accounting to advanced accounting students at East Tennessee State University for a period of years. He was a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants, for which he served as vice president and secretary. Mr. Yates was also a member of the Appalachian Chapter of the Tennessee Society of C.P.A.s, in which organization, he served as president, and the TriCities Estate Planning Council, in which organization he also served as president. He was a member of the Greeneville (Noon) Rotary Club for more than 50 years, Greeneville Lodge No. 3, F&AM, was a 32nd degree Mason, a member of Kerbela Shrine Temple in Knoxville, the Greeneville Shrine Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Andrew Johnson Post No. 1990, and the East Tennessee Management Club. Mr. Yates was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church of Greeneville for many years.


Dale M. Quillen ’50 of Nashville, TN, passed away August 13, 2016. Mr. Quillen practiced law for some 60 years.  A veteran, he was most proud of his association with the U.S. Marine Corps. Mr. Quillen enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1943 and fought with the Third Division on Guam and Iwo Jima. He maintained contact with his Marine buddies throughout his life. Part of his ashes will be spread over the graves of his parents and sister in Baileyton, TN, and part of his ashes will be spread over the beaches on Guam and Iwo Jima.


William Guy Justis Jr. ’53 of Bulls Gap, TN, passed away on September 10, 2016.  Mr. Justis was retired as superintendent of the Hawkins County School System. He was also the former three-time mayor of Bulls Gap and was serving on the governing board of the Rural Health Consortium at the time of his passing. Mr. Justis was a former director of the Upper East Tennessee Regional Health Agency, served on the Tennessee Soil Conservation board, and was appointed Grand Sentinel of the Grand Chapter of Tennessee, The Order of the Eastern Star in 1996. He was a delegate of the Democratic Party during the President Carter years, served on the Hawkins County Court and served as chairman on the Hawkins County Election Commission. Mr. Justis was a veteran of the 5th Ranger Battalion serving from 1944-46.  He was a 33rd degree Mason, Shriner of the Jericho Temple, a charter member of Bulls Gap Lodge No. 764, F&M and Bulls Gap Chapter No. 471, The Order of the Eastern Star. Mr. Justis was appointed to the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels and was a charter member of Bulls Gap Veteran of Foreign Wars Post No. 9683. He was the Wesley Class Sunday School class teacher of Bulls Gap First United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 58 years and Tusculum alumna, Ima Smith Justis ’81.


Betty Crabtree Drain ’69 of Chuckey, TN, passed away September 3, 2016. Mrs. Drain taught music in elementary schools in the Greene County School System. An accomplished violinist, she continued her passion for teaching, playing and enjoying music throughout her life. Mrs. Drain was also an award-winning activities director at Life Care Center of Greeneville for many years and enjoyed sharing the arts with all ages.


Jeremiah Luke Fullen ’11 of Greeneville, TN, passed away unexpectedly on August 24, 2016. Mr. Fullen was an outstanding member of the Pioneer men’s golf team from 2009-2011. His 74.71 career scoring average is fourth in the Tusculum record book. Mr. Fullen was also an outstanding student and was named a two-time Golf Coaches Association of America All-American Scholar. After earning an accounting degree, he remained faithful to his Alma Mater and was a regular attendee at the Pioneers’ home golf tournaments every year. Mr. Fullen worked for Carrier Construction and was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church.


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