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Old Oak Festival to feature art exhibit, readings, writing workshops, acoustic jam session

Old Oak Festival to feature art exhibit, readings, writing workshops, acoustic jam session

Posted on 23 April 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Fine arts will be a focus of the Old Oak Festival this weekend at Tusculum College with the art gallery exhibit, literary readings, workshops for young writers and an acoustic jam session.

“Under the Old Oak,” an exhibit featuring selections from the Tusculum College Print Collection, will be open 4 – 6 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, at the Allison Gallery in the Rankin House on campus (located behind Three Blind Mice).

The exhibit features selections from some of the best known contemporary printmakers in the world, such as Gabor Peterdi, Peter Milton, Leonard Baskin, Harvey Breverman, Misch Kohn, Frank Eckmair, Frederico Castellon, Dame Elizabeth Frink and Stanley William Hayter. Art professor Clem Allison compiled the collection of prints during his tenure at the college. Most were printed by small private English presses working with the artists, and the edition sizes were typically less than 300. The prints were rediscovered in the college’s printmaking studio by Dr. Deborah Bryan, associate professor of art, and then cataloged. A closing reception will be held from 4 – 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Works by well-known contemporary printmakers are on display at the Allison Gallery on the Tusculum College campus. Above are excerpts from Harvey Breverman’s “Dubious Honor III,” Al Park’s “Chambered Nautilus” and Leonard Baskin’s “Walt Whitman.”

On Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Shulman Cente Atruim, Wayne Lee Thomas, chair of the Fine Arts Department and associate professor of English, will read from his novel-in-progress, “Birth of the Okefenokees,” for which he won the 2014 Baltic Writing Residency. Thomas, who serves as coordinator of the creative writing program and editor of The Tusculum Review, writes and publishes fiction, plays and essays.

Joining Thomas will be Joseph Borden, senior creative writing major at Tusculum from Lyles. Borden is the winner of this year’s Curtis Owens Literary Awards for poetry, fiction and script writing.

Poet Richard Greenfield will be featured at a reading at 4 p.m. on Friday in the Shulman Center Atrium. Greenfield, who taught in the English Department at Tusculum from 2005-08, is the author of two poetry collections, “A Carnage in the Lovetrees” and “Tracer.” Greenfield, who is a former editor of The Tusculum Review, now teaches creative writing at New Mexico State University. He will be joined by Britany Menken, a senior creative writing major from Maryville. Menken is this year’s Curtis Owens Literary Award winner for non-fiction.

A number of local and regional writers, including Barry Blair, Emory Rhea Raxter, Joe Tennis, Keith Bartlett, Matilda Green and Peggy Dorris, will be at the festival, located in the Pioneer Arena lobby inside Niswonger Commons.

Two workshops for young writers will be held on Friday morning from 9 – 11 in the Hurley Room, which is inside the cafeteria in the Niswonger Commons. A flash fiction workshop will be conducted by Jan Matthews, visiting assistant professor of English. Clay Matthews, assistant professor of English, will lead a contemporary poetry workshop.

On Saturday evening at about 6:30, an acoustic music jam is scheduled in the atrium in the Shulman Center. Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to bring their acoustic instruments for the informal jam session.

The 2014 Old Oak Festival will feature fine arts and crafts from more than 80 vendors as the revived festival makes its return to the Tusculum College campus on April 25-27. The arts and music festival will span three days and will feature something for everyone including liuve music, art, theater and creative writing, as well as gallery and museum exhibits.

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Museum exhibit opening reception, lantern tour part of Old Oak Festival

Museum exhibit opening reception, lantern tour part of Old Oak Festival

Posted on 21 April 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

An opening reception will be held this weekend for the new “Reaper: Nettie Fowler McCormick and the Machine that Built Tusculum College” exhibit at the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library during the Old Oak Festival.

The reception for a new exhibit, a lantern tour and “Pickin’ at the Doaks” are among the events occurring at the Museums of Tusculum College during the Old Oak Festival on campus this weekend.

A new exhibit, “Reaper: Nettie Fowler McCormick and the Machine that Built Tusculum College,” will celebrate its opening with a reception at the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Friday, April 25, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 26.

While Nettie Fowler McCormick’s donations to Tusculum College have been well documented, the new exhibit explores the machine upon which the McCormicks built their fortune. Museum Studies students and Dr. Peter Noll, assistant professor of public history and museum studies, have created this exhibit to describe the McCormick mechanical reaper and the changes wrought in farming and manufacturing ensuing from the mechanical harvest. The exhibit also explores the context through which Mrs. McCormick viewed her philanthropic mission.

Both the Doak House Museum and the President Andrew Johnson Museum will be open for tours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

The museums will host at lantern tour of the Tusculum Historic District on campus from 4:30 – 6 p.m. on Saturday. Those wishing to take the tour are asked to check in at the Doak House for a tour map and instructions. Costumed interpreters will be stationed at each of the 10 structures on campus that make up the historic district. Visitors may take the tour at their own pace and visit the stops in any order. There is no charge for the tour, but donations are appreciated.

On Friday night, the Doak House will host the monthly “Pickin’ at the Doaks” traditional jam session.  A music stage will be set up at the Doak House on Saturday when Carson Peters will perform from noon until 1 p.m. and Lonesome Pine will perform from 1 – 2 p.m.

The museums will also have a booth with children’s activities in the children’s area from 10 a.m. to 3 .m. on Saturday.

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

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Theatre-at-Tusculum to present provocative drama ‘Twelve Angry Men’ April 25-27, May 2-4

Theatre-at-Tusculum to present provocative drama ‘Twelve Angry Men’ April 25-27, May 2-4

Posted on 16 April 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Theatre-at-Tusculum will present the powerful and engaging drama “Twelve Angry Men” the last weekend of April and the first weekend of May.

The life of a young man hangs in the balance as the “twelve angry men” of the jury must decide whether he is guilty of murder in the play, which will be performed at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, April 25-26 and May 2-3 in the Behan Arena Theatre in the lower level of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building (side entrance). Sunday matinee performances will be at 2 p.m. on April 27 and May 4.

“Twelve Angry Men” was originally a teleplay by Reginald Rose, which was later adapted to the stage and also became a critically acclaimed film featuring Henry Fonda. Rose’s original work reflects the time period in which it was written in that only men served on juries. Theatre-at-Tusculum will be performing an adaption of the play by Sherman L. Sergel, which provides for jurors of both genders.

Juror Three (Will Maddux) has to be restrained from Juror Eight (Paige Mengel) during this scene from Theatre-at-Tusuclum’s upcoming production “Twelve Angry Men.”

Those who are familiar with the film will find that the play does differ from the film in several points. For example, the film’s focus is preventing an injustice whereas the play’s emphasis is how people from diverse backgrounds come to a consensus, said Frank Mengel, director of the play. Mengel is the technical director for Tusculum College Arts Outreach and has directed such productions as “The Diary of Anne Frank” and “Dogg’s Hamlet” for Theatre-at-Tusculum in recent years.

When the play opens, the jurors are almost unanimous in a “guilty” vote, except for a single dissenter. As the jury discuss their views, individual biases and prejudices are revealed and seeds of doubt about the guilt of the accused man begin to grow.

Many familiar local actors will be portraying the jurors, who are not known by name but by their juror number, including Paige Mengel, Brian Ricker, Will Maddux, Parker Bunch, Angela Bride, Sandy Nienabar, Margo Olmstead, Jeff Reese, Eva Griffin, Larry Bunton, Michael Fillers and Jeff Klepper. Zach Gass will portray the guard to the jury room.

The jury room is the scene of all the action of the play and the single set is being constructed by DeAundra Bowker, Bonnie Parks, Jacob Hoffman, Devon Suttles, Ashley Brooks, Andrew Herzig and Gary Mitchell. The stage manager is Suzanne Greene and Barbara Holt is the costume designer.

Admission for the play is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 60 and over, and $5 for children 12 and under.

To make ticket reservations, please call Tusculum College Arts Outreach at 423-798-1620 or email jhollowell@tusculum.edu.

Theatre-at-Tusculum's production of "Twelve Angry Men" is an adaptation of the original, which includes both genders as members of the jury.

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Local educators, students invited to ‘Pack the Park’ on May 3

Local educators, students invited to ‘Pack the Park’ on May 3

Posted on 15 April 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Fun and entertainment for all ages is planned for “Pack the Park for Education” activities surrounding the Saturday, May 3, Tusculum College Pioneer baseball game at Pioneer Park.

While providing a fun weekend outing for local families is one reason for Tusculum College to sponsor “Pack the Park for Education,” its primary goal is to honor those who are dedicated to providing a quality education to the community’s young people. Throughout the event, Tusculum College wants to express its appreciation to all those involved in the Greeneville and Greene County school systems whose efforts are preparing the leaders of tomorrow.

“What better way to spend a Saturday afternoon, enjoying baseball, music, food and fun, while honoring a profession central to the local community, economic development, and the future of the region, state and nation,” said Tusculum College President Nancy B. Moody.

Festivities will begin at 3:30 p.m. at Pioneer Park on the Tusculum campus with a free concert featuring recording artists Austin Baze, Michelle Leigh and Greeneville’s own Step Cousins.

Austin Baze, the duo of Brian Buckner and Nick Gunter, will be joined by musicians Dave Fowler, Jack Gavin and Jason Roller, who have played with such artists as Tracy Lawrence, Charlie Daniels, Dolly Parton, Tanya Tucker, Dave Mason and others. Michelle Leigh is an up-and-coming southern-rock performer who has toured with the “Young Guns of Country.” Local band Step Cousins mixes past and present country and has played in the popular Dogwood Park Concert Series. Dave Fowler and Dave Fowler Productions have been instrumental in helping the college provide this concert to the community. (Please see the bio information below  for more information about each of the artists.)

A “fun zone” for kids and those young at heart will feature inflatables, corn hole, face and body painting and other free activities outside Pioneer Park during the event.

Concessions will be available and an area will be open to all who want to bring a blanket or chairs and tailgate prior to the baseball game against Bluefield State.

Admission to the baseball game will be free to all students, teachers, teacher assistants, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, custodians and maintenance personnel, school board members, etc. Throughout the game, local educators will be honored in a variety of ways.

A fireworks display, sponsored by Watauga Orthopaedics, will immediately follow the game to conclude the day’s festivities.

Concert Performers

Austin Baze with Dave Fowler, Jack Gavin and Jason Roller:

Austin Baze  (Brian Buckner and Nick Gunter) –  Austin Baze is a duo from the foothills of Western North Carolina and Greeneville, Tenn., carrying on their strong music heritage and deep rooted beliefs. They grew up influenced by generations of musicians in the Appalachian Mountains.  ” I remember when we sat around the porch, hill top, or just wherever…pickin and singing with all our family and friends. ” said Brian Buckner…..” We have been singing together since we were kids in church, and other venues in the later years. “adds Nick Gunter. The years have passed and now here they are; writing songs about life, love, and their experiences. They are excited to be back together in their element doing what they love. “We are working on a new project with our producer Dave Fowler of Dave Fowler Productions, and looking forward to sharing our music with all of you!!”

 

Dave Fowler: Nashville record producer, tour manager, and professional artist.  He has composed, arranged, and recorded many original songs along with producing records for a number of artists.  He was Dolly Parton’s tour manage and band coordinator from 2005 to 2009 and has managed Collin Raye. He has played bass guitar for more than 30 years and has toured with Lorrie Morgan, Tracy Lawrence, Rhett Akins, Dottie West, Edwin McCain, Cinderella, John Michal Montgomery, Chely Wright, Dolly Parton, Collin Raye, Joe Diffie and Mark Chesnut.

 

Jack Gavin - played drums for Charlie Daniels band for 15 years. He also played and tour managed Tanya Tucker for 10 years. He and Dave Fowler were also were the rhythm section for country artist Tracy Lawrence for 5 years.

 

Jason Roller - plays electric guitars. He has toured with Tracy Lawrence, Joe Diffie, Wynonna, Dave Mason, Dolly Parton and many others.

 

 

Michelle Leigh:

Edgy and honest, Michelle Leigh brings a no-holds barred approach to her writing and her music. The Southern Rock Uprising Records recording artist’s songwriting style can only be described as raw and honest. Her songs amplify real-life situations, real-life problems and real-life solutions.  She has crafted a sound and style that mixes Southern Rock (a traditionally male dominated genre) with Country and Pop elements. Michelle has toured with the “Young Guns of Country” and won the Charlotte Music Awards 2013 Women in Rock Showcase.  Michelle performs regularly throughout the region and most recently at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino.  She spends her time between her home in Marshall, North Carolina and Nashville, Tennessee.

 

Step Cousins:

A local group providing a pure mixture of past and present country, with a light alternative sense and a feel of something new. Their high energy show appeals to people of any age.  Step Cousins was formed in the fall of 2012, cultivating a sound all their own in their hometown of Greeneville. They have had many local accomplishments since their formation, including a first place finish in the Appalachian Fair youth talent show, a performance in American Downtown, Tusculum College’s tailgate series, Coffeehouse series and a slot in the Dogwood Park series.

 

Austin Baze with Dave Fowler, Jack Gavin and Jason Roller:

Austin Baze  (Brian Buckner and Nick Gunter) –  Austin Baze is a duo from the foothills of Western North Carolina and Greeneville, Tenn., carrying on their strong music heritage and deep rooted beliefs. They grew up influenced by generations of musicians in the Appalachian Mountains.  ” I remember when we sat around the porch, hill top, or just wherever…pickin and singing with all our family and friends. ” said Brian Buckner…..” We have been singing together since we were kids in church, and other venues in the later years. “adds Nick Gunter. The years have passed and now here they are; writing songs about life, love, and their experiences. They are excited to be back together in their element doing what they love. “We are working on a new project with our producer Dave Fowler of Dave Fowler Productions, and looking forward to sharing our music with all of you!!”

 

Dave Fowler: Nashville record producer, tour manager, and professional artist.  He has composed, arranged, and recorded many original songs along with producing records for a number of artists.  He was Dolly Parton’s tour manage and band coordinator from 2005 to 2009 and has managed Collin Raye. He has played bass guitar for more than 30 years and has toured with Lorrie Morgan, Tracy Lawrence, Rhett Akins, Dottie West, Edwin McCain, Cinderella, John Michal Montgomery, Chely Wright, Dolly Parton, Collin Raye, Joe Diffie and Mark Chesnut.

 

Jack Gavin - played drums for Charlie Daniels band for 15 years. He also played and tour managed Tanya Tucker for 10 years. He and Dave Fowler were also were the rhythm section for country artist Tracy Lawrence for 5 years.

 

Jason Roller - plays electric guitars. He has toured with Tracy Lawrence, Joe Diffie, Wynonna, Dave Mason, Dolly Parton and many others.

 

 

Michelle Leigh:

Edgy and honest, Michelle Leigh brings a no-holds barred approach to her writing and her music. The Southern Rock Uprising Records recording artist’s songwriting style can only be described as raw and honest. Her songs amplify real-life situations, real-life problems and real-life solutions.  She has crafted a sound and style that mixes Southern Rock (a traditionally male dominated genre) with Country and Pop elements. Michelle has toured with the “Young Guns of Country” and won the Charlotte Music Awards 2013 Women in Rock Showcase.  Michelle performs regularly throughout the region and most recently at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino.  She spends her time between her home in Marshall, North Carolina and Nashville, Tennessee.

 

Step Cousins:

A local group providing a pure mixture of past and present country, with a light alternative sense and a feel of something new. Their high energy show appeals to people of any age.  Step Cousins was formed in the fall of 2012, cultivating a sound all their own in their hometown of Greeneville. They have had many local accomplishments since their formation, including a first place finish in the Appalachian Fair youth talent show, a performance in American Downtown, Tusculum College’s tailgate series, Coffeehouse series and a slot in the Dogwood Park series.

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Voting continuing to help Tusculum qualify for $5,000 grant

Voting continuing to help Tusculum qualify for $5,000 grant

Posted on 06 April 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Your vote is needed! First Tennessee’s 150 Days of Giving continues and Tusculum College is seeking to be one of the recipients of one of the $5,000 grants that are being awarded as part of the event.

To commemorate First Tennessee’s 150th anniversary and to  celebrate its long tradition of serving communities, the First Tennessee Foundation is giving away $5,000 to a different nonprofit every day for 150 days as part of its “150 Days of Giving.”

To help Tusculum College be one of the 150 non-profits to receive a grant, All you have to do is vote! Please vote each day throughout the 150 Days of Giving. You will be able to vote for up to ten different nonprofits a day from any device at www.150DaysofGiving.com once a day until Tusculum wins or the 150 days ends.

Winners are announced daily at www.firsttennesseefoundation.com, and you can join the conversation using #FTB150.

Tusculum College is happy to celebrate with First Tennessee and is honored to be among the nonprofits eligible to participate in “150 Days of Giving.”

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Class of 1964 to celebrate 50th anniversary May 9-10

Class of 1964 to celebrate 50th anniversary May 9-10

Posted on 26 March 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

The Class of 1964 is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The newest Golden Pioneers will be the guests of honor for special events during the Spring Commencement weekend May 9-10.

Learn more.

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Mengel, Niswonger recognized with ‘Woman of Courage’ awards

Mengel, Niswonger recognized with ‘Woman of Courage’ awards

Posted on 19 March 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Paige Mengel ’88 and Nikki Niswonger were recognized for their community service and leadership Tuesday as recipients of 2014 Woman of Courage of Greene County Awards.

The awards, sponsored by the Tusculum College Center for Civic Advancement, were presented during a luncheon ceremony. The Woman of Courage Award, now in its 10th year, is presented to a woman who has displayed the virtue of courage throughout her life and made a significant contribution to the local community. Nominations for the award are submitted by community members and honorees must be residents of Greene County. Honorees must have also made a noteworthy contribution to the community in the areas of arts, education and/or social justice and exemplify the qualities of a courageous woman in the 21st century.

Rachel Edens, director of the college’s Center for Civic Advancement, said that after reading the nominations for this year’s awards, it was an honor for the Center to be able to recognize the recipients for their service to others.

Rachel Edens, left, director of the Tusculum College Center for Civic Advancement, recognizes Paige Mengel as a 2014 Woman of Courage of Greene County Award recipient for her community service in such organizations as the Exchange Club.

Paige Mengel is an active member of the Exchange Club and serves on the boards of the United Way of Greene County and CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Northeast Tennessee. She was a member of the Leadership Greene County Class of 2005. A 1988 graduate of Tusculum College, she has served on the Tusculum College Alumni Executive Board for 20 years. She has been honored at her alma mater with the Alumni Association’s Frontier Award.

A certified public accountant, she worked for a private firm until she decided to seek a change professionally so she could be able to contribute more to the community. She then became comptroller at the Greeneville Water Commission and is currently the controller at Greeneville Light and Power System.

As a member of the Exchange Club, Mengel has been an officer on both the local and district level, as well as serving on its national task force. She is currently a director on the Tennessee District Board and has served as Tennessee district president. Mengel has also served two terms as local club president. She currently chairs the Book of Golden Deeds Committee, and is active on the Americanism committee.

During her time in the Exchange Club, she has been responsible for organizing three major projects as well as smaller regular duties such as preparing the weekly bulletin and the Youth of the Month certificates. She was the organizer of the Healing Field Project in 2007, which brought attention to the issue of child abuse, and also organized the “Loads of Love” project that provided laundry services to the tornado victims in Camp Creek and Horse Creek. She recently chaired the “Flags for the Fallen” project that recognized soldiers in Greene County who had been killed in action.

Mengel is also supportive of the arts and has been active in the Theatre-at-Tusculum program, both on-stage and behind the scenes. She has volunteered countless hours in building and painting sets as well as appearing in productions. She has a leading role in the upcoming Theatre-at-Tusculum production of “Twelve Angry Men.”

Nikki Niswonger, right, was recognized for her contributions to local education and the community as a recipient of the 2014 Woman of Courage of Greene County Award. Rachel Edens, left, presented the award.

Nikki Niswonger became deeply involved in her children’s education while living in Ohio and gained a deeper understanding of the importance of parental involvement in schools. She brought her love of community and belief that all children should have a quality education to her new home in East Tennessee when she moved to Greeneville. Among her first experiences in the community were serving as a substitute teacher in the Greeneville School System and as an active member of the Greeneville Schools In Action (G.S.I.A.) parent organization. She served as president and secretary of the Tusculum View G.S.I.A., president and vice president of the Greeneville Middle School G.S.I.A. and president of the systemwide G.S.I.A. Council.

Niswonger also created a “Birthday Book Club” at Tusculum View, providing an opportunity for the school’s library to attain new books. In the “Wonder of Words” program, she served as a mentor for at-risk children in kindergarten through third grade to help improve their basic math and reading skills. Niswonger served as chairperson of the “Success by Six” Task Force, which secured a grant to provide reading enhancement to preschoolers. A founding member of the Greeneville City Schools Foundation, she has also served as its trustee. In addition, she has served as a board member for Community of Promise.

An active member of Youth Builders, Inc., whose mission is to promote the welfare of young people in the community, she has served as president, secretary, school-assistance co-chair and fundraising co-chair. In addition, she served for eight years on the United Way’s Allocation Committee, as an Arts United advisory board member and a membership drive committee member for Community Concerts. She has served six years on the planning committee for the Parenting Fair, and is a board member for Frontier Health, serving on both the finance and policy committees. She is a founding member of the East Tennessee Women’s Fund.

Her love of the community’s history is evident in her efforts as president and board member of the Greene County Heritage Trust, as a board member of the Nathanael Greene Museum and her service as co-chair for the annual Historic Homes Tour.

She has served as a board member of the Niswonger Foundation since its inception. She serves on the Niswonger Scholars Selection Committee and also serves as a member of the Niswonger Performing Arts Center board of directors.

Dr. Taimi Olsen, director of the Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, was the keynote speaker for the ceremony and challenged those in attendance to reflect on their own community service. She recalled her time as a faculty member and academic leader at Tusculum College and the community service projects she and her students enjoyed, working with such diverse groups as Rural Resources, Habitat for Humanity and Greene County Skills.

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The Old Oak Festival is returning to the Tusculum campus April 25-27

The Old Oak Festival is returning to the Tusculum campus April 25-27

Posted on 14 March 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

The Old Oak Festival is returning to the Tusculum College campus April 25-27.

The arts and music festival will span three days and will feature something for everyone, including music, art, theater and creative writing, as well as gallery and museum exhibits.

“Details on the artisans and musicians scheduled to participate are being finalized, but the dates have been confirmed, and many of the arts events are officially on the calendar,” said David Price, director of music at Tusculum College and festival coordinator.

In addition to artist vendors and music performances throughout the day on Friday and Saturday, there will be three performances during the festival of “Twelve Angry Men,” presented by Theatre-at-Tusculum under the direction of Frank Mengel, the technical director of the Arts Outreach program. Show times are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Performances will be held in the Behan Arena Theatre in the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Center.

In addition, the college’s Allison Gallery will be open throughout the weekend, featuring top student work in a “best of” show for student painting, sculpture and photography.

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 Monday, March 24 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.

Pickin’ at the Doaks, which is a bluegrass music jam session, will be held at the Doak House Museum on Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at noon. Saturday’s performance will be a special session with a surprise guest.

Woodcarver Jimmy Rader is one of the more than 70 artisans that will participate in the Old Oak Festival on the Tusculum College campus April 25-27. The weekend will feature arts and crafts, live music, theater, literary readings, craft demonstrations, festival food and non-stop entertainment.

Both the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library and the Doak House Museum will be open on Friday and Saturday to visitors during the festival and will have special activities planned for adults and children.

At 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, there will be a lantern-lit tour of the Tusculum College buildings listed on the National Historic Register.

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.

At 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 27, the festival will conclude with a 5K race. This beautiful, easy to moderate course will start and finish at the Tusculum Linear Trail Head. Pre-register by Friday, April 18, at www.oldoakfestival.org.

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. Throughout the weekend there will be storytelling performances on stage and around the festival grounds.

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

A Sunday highlight will be an outdoor chapel service beginning at 11 a.m. designed to re-create the feel of the frontier church experience. The service is open to the public and will be followed by traditional and contemporary gospel music performances throughout the day.

Food selection will include festival favorites, such as homemade strawberry shortcake, Philly cheese steak, and Amish doughnuts.

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 1-4 p.m. For more information, contact Price at 423-636-7303.

Service animals are welcome; however, no pets allowed. Coolers and alcohol are also 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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Learn the latest about your classmates!

Learn the latest about your classmates!

Posted on 07 March 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

 

 

 

 

’60s

Stuart R. Schwartz ’67 of Frisco, TX, has recently published “A Wit’s World,” a collection of six original stories. The collection employs a variety of styles, themes and emotions used to portray the characters and settings. With stories that encompass mystery, humor, drama and satire, there is definitely something for everyone. Schwartz has worked as an executive in the insurance and healthcare industries for several years. Upon retirement, he embarked on one of his lifelong goals, to become a writer. He has written several film scripts as well as an assortment of stories. This book contains six of his selected stories. He earned a B.A. degree in psychology from Tusculum and did postgraduate studies in his business field. He served in the U.S. Army, Artillery Division, for four years before embarking on a business career. He has lived in New Jersey, Tennessee and Texas, as well as Prague and the Czech Republic. His interests include his writing, reading, music of all genres, horses, cooking and sports. He would enjoy hearing from his friends and readers at stuartschwartz1956@gmail.com.

 

’00s

Alan Dunn during his time on the Pioneer football team

Alan Dunn ’04 of Chattanooga, TN, a former Tusculum College football All-American, has been elected to the South Atlantic Conference Hall of Fame. He will be officially welcomed into the SAC Hall of Fame at the conference’s annual banquet on June 5. He garnered All-South Atlantic Conference First Team honors three times (2001, 2002, 2003), including his final two seasons (2002, 2003) as he was the recipient of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, which recognizes the top offensive lineman or blocking back in the conference. Dunn is only one of four players in the 24-year history of the award to earn the honor multiple times. He earned an invitation to play in the Cactus Bowl, the NCAA Division II all-star game and was the recipient of the Jim Langer Award, which goes to the game’s most valuable offensive lineman.  An outstanding student, he was selected to the Academic All-District IV Team. Dunn never achieved his dream of playing in the National Football League, but moved back to his native Chattanooga to pursue his next goal, becoming an attorney and now has a practice in his hometown. He was inducted into the Tusculum College Sports Hall of Fame in 2011. Dunn is the fourth Tusculum honoree to be inducted into the South Atlantic Conference Hall of Fame. Former Tusculum and Mars Hill athletic director Ed Hoffmeyer was inducted as a member of the 2007-08 class followed by former Tusculum women’s tennis player Lesley Murray ’04, a member of the 2008-09 class. Tusculum All-American cornerback Ricardo Colclough ’04 was inducted in 2009-10.

 

 

 

’30s

Nina Grace Cantwell Styke ’37 passed away January 5, 2014. Mrs. Styke taught middle school in the Hamblen County School System for 42 years. She was a member of St. Paul Presbyterian Church and was involved in many activities there during her life.

 

’40s

John Milton Cathrall ’41 of Stratford, NJ, passed away on November 23, 2013. Mr. Cathrall had served his Alma Mater as a member of the Board of Trustees. He served his hometown in many capacities and retired as town historian. Mr. Cathrall was a member of the PTA, helped build the Swim Club and was on the board of the Methodist Church. In his late 80s, he wrote “The History of Stratford.” A veteran, Mr. Cathrall served as a naval lieutenant in the Pacific theater during World War II. He enjoyed dancing, bridge, riding his bicycle and golf.

 

Margaret Schaefer Lewis ’43 of Syracuse, NY, passed away on March 7, 2014, after a brief illness. She attended Tusculum for two years before transferring to Syracuse University, from which she graduated. She loved her time at Tusculum and always spoke highly of Tusculum to others. Mrs. Lewis taught elementary school for 22 years before retiring in 1984. She served as a deacon and elder at Elmwood Elementary Presbyterian Church, and for the past 15 years, she had been a member of Onondaga Hill Presbyterian Church and its Circle One. Mrs. Lewis volunteered at Community General Hospital for 33 years and founded the City View Garden Club of Onondaga Hill. She enjoyed bowling, golf and traveling. She was also a member of the Antique Club, the Historical Society and the Red Hat Society.

 

’50s

Blanche Ellenburg Sauls ’58 of Greeneville, TN, passed away March 6, 2014. Mrs. Sauls was a retired teacher from the Greene County School System and a member of Christ United Methodist Church. She was a volunteer at Takoma Hospital and a member of the Retired Teachers Association and Delta Kappa Gamma.

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A few tickets still left for Keeneland Event

A few tickets still left for Keeneland Event

Posted on 28 February 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Make your reservations today to attend the Keeneland Bluegrass Stakes Day Event during the weekend of April 12, a great opportunity for alumni to get together and support the Tusculum College women’s soccer program. A few tickets are still available for the day trip option, overnight option and tickets to the race and tailgate dinner for alumni in the Lexington, Ky. area. Once these tickets are reserved, there won’t be a chance to get anymore because the races at Keeneland are already sold out.

“Day Trip”

Departs on Saturday, April 12 at 7 a.m. and arrives back Saturday evening at 10:30 p.m. The trip via Greene Coach Charter bus includes a hot breakfast, lunch vouchers at the track, snacks and drinks, and a tail gate dinner served bus side after the races. The price of $115 per person also includes Grandstand seating, gate passes, race day program, and round trip bus transportation. Departing from Niswonger Commons main campus along with a pick up of travelers in Knoxville at the Strawberry Plains Exit.

 

“Overnight Trip”

Departs on Saturday, April 12 at 7 a.m. and arrives back Sunday evening, April 13 at 6 p.m. The trip via Greene Coach Charter bus includes, hot breakfast both Saturday and Sunday, lunch vouchers at the track and lunch on Sunday, snacks and drinks, and a tail gate dinner bus side after the races. The price of $185 per person ( based on double occupancy) includes a Hotel Stay at the Clarion full service Hotel, tour of the Ashford Stud Farm, and the Buffalo Trace Bourbon Trail tour, and at the races: grandstand seats, gate passes, race day program, and round trip bus transportation. Departing from Niswonger Commons main campus along with a pick up of travelers in Knoxville at the Strawberry Plains Exit.

 

Make reservations by contacting Women’s Soccer Coach Mike Joy at mjoy@tusculum.edu or by calling him at 423-636-7321 ( ext 5321).

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Alumni return for weekend indoor soccer tournament

Alumni return for weekend indoor soccer tournament

Posted on 27 February 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Thirty-two alumni of the Tusculum College women’s soccer team  participated in  annual indoor women’s soccer tournament on Saturday, Feb. 22. The alumni were divided into two teams for the competition that included squads from regional schools such as East Tennessee State University,  King University and Virginia Intermont College as well as a team from Lindsey Wilson College, which has won the NAIA championship twice in the past five years. After the day-long tournament, the alumni enjoyed dinner together at Monterrey Mexican Restaurant in Greeneville.

The alumni able to make it back to campus included Lisa Andriano ’11, Maggie Barta ’01, Angela Alt Bride ’95 ’99,  Kim Brown ’14, Katie Capel ’14, Aly Carrino ’13, Myra Conley ’96, Katie Dargavell ’14, Vanessa Fyffe ’10,  Tori Hadjopoulos ’11, Tiffany Holmes ’03, Jessica Hunter, Tramicka James ’13, Rachael Jennings ’13, Kourtney Kavic ’13, Michelle Meade Laight ’12, Jessica Lee ’12, Patience Leonard ’13, Amber Marceau ’11, Devan McIntyre ’12, Zaily Mejia ’13,  Cassy Melnike ’11, Amy Morford ’14,  Amy Neltner ’14, Monica Perez ’14, Melissa McAffry Piercy ’02, Katie McIntire Raby ’03 ’08, Chelsea Slayter ’13, Robin Smith ’11, Ashley Steinle ’09, Kelsa Eschmann Van Frank ’02 and Carly Whitman ’15.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Catch up with your fellow classmates!

Catch up with your fellow classmates!

Posted on 27 February 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

 

 

 

 

’70s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A mini-1970s reunion in August 2013 at the Dunellen Hotel Restaurant in Dunellen, N.J. From left are Larry Pinkiewicz ’75, Tom McCann ’75, Fred Defazio ’75, George Ryan ’75 and Al Lombardi ’76.

 

’00s

Rev. Blake S. Montgomery ’05 of Rogersville, TN, is now pastor at Sneedville First Baptist Church in Sneedville, TN.

 

’10s

Vinton Copeland ’13 of LaGrange, GA, became a licensed minister in December. Vinton is a student in the Master of Divinity program at Mercer University.

 

 

 

’50s

Joan Faulkner Weesner ’51 of Morristown, TN, passed away February 3, 2014, after a valiant battle with cancer. A faithful supporter of her Alma Mater, Mrs. Weesner was serving on the Morristown President’s Advisory Council of the College at the time of her passing. She was an enthusiastic ambassador for Tusculum College, volunteering as an alumni representative at campus events as well as attending numerous College events. Mrs. Weesner met her late husband, Murrell Weesner ’50, during the freshman picnic during her first days on the Tusculum campus. She and her husband attended Homecomings almost every year after their graduation until his passing in 2011, and she continued that tradition, having attended many of the Homecoming 2103 events. She was a charter member of the Tusculum Sports Hall of Fame, a 1990 recipient of the Pioneer Award and a 1997 recipient of the Sports Benefactor Award. A native of Pennsylvania, Mrs. Weesner made Morristown her home after her marriage, and she and her husband quickly began their lifelong support of the city’s charitable, civic and educational endeavors. The Weesners were included on the reservation lists of nearly every community fundraiser, musical concert and theatrical performance for more than 50 years. The couple was named Mr. and Mrs. Morristown in 2009 by decree of the City Council and the mayor. As a young woman, she was true Pioneer in the Morristown community. She co-founded that community’s first public daycare in the 1960s and began her teaching career in the Morristown School System in the 1950s as a sixth grade teacher and the coach of the male tennis team at Morristown High School. For several years in the 1970s, she worked with Morristown City Schools Title I Kindergarten program, organizing the first public kindergarten in the system. Mrs. Weesner later became the lead teacher for the Lakeway Educational Cooperative and the Clinch-Powell Educational Cooperative, coordinated the Title XX program with the Morristown City Schools and taught three- and four-year-olds in Hamblen and Jefferson counties. Mrs. Weesner also taught in the Morristown Adult Basic Education Program and served as a substitute teacher at all levels in the Hamblen County School System. In the ’80s and early ’90s, she worked as a junior social counselor in the foster care and adoption unit of the East Tennessee Human Resource Agency. Mrs. Weesner was also instrumental in the founding of the Friends of Hospice Serenity House, a home-like facility where hospice care is available 24 hours a day. She served on a number of charitable boards including ALPS Adult Day Services, the Rose Service Guild, the Red Cross and Friends of Hospice of the Lakeway Area. She supported and performed with the Morristown Theatre Guild, Encore Theatrical Company and in Walters State Community College productions. Mrs. Weesner was also a member of several community choirs and volunteered with numerous community organizations. Her survivors include daughters and Tusculum alumni Becky Jo Weesner Moles ’79, Mary Ellen Weesner Horner ’82 and Winnie Weesner Seals ’90 and son-in-law Kirk Horner ’80.

 

’80s

Albert Malyso ’87 of Saddle Brook, N.J., formerly of Garfield, N.J., passed away on January 29, 2014. Mr. Malyso had retired three years ago as a guidance counselor for the Garfield Board of Education.

 

Douglas P. Slizewski ’87 of Monticello, FL, passed away on October 9, 2013. Mr. Slizewski had worked for Pitney Bowes and the General Electric Foundation.

 

Joe K. Standifer ’87 of Morristown, TN, passed away on November 11, 2012. Mr. Standifer worked for the Tennessee Valley Authority. He enjoyed muscle car restoration, auto racing and golf.

 

Faculty

Dr. Theran Mugleston of Dandridge, TN, passed away on January 30, 2014. Dr. Mugleston had taught management courses in the Graduate and Professional Studies degree programs since 2002. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and the Vietnam War. In addition to Tusculum, he had taught at several other colleges of higher education. Dr. Mugleston was known for his love of God, his family, his church and the students that were under his tutor.

 

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