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Interest being sought for annual Keeneland trip to benefit Women’s Soccer program

Interest being sought for annual Keeneland trip to benefit Women’s Soccer program

Posted on 29 January 2016 by eestes@tusculum.edu

The annual Keeneland trip is scheduled for April 23 and 24 this year. As in year’s past it will feature a trip to Coolmore Stakes Day, a Kentucky Derby qualifier race, at Keeneland Race Track on Saturday, April 23. The trip is an annual  benefit to support the Pioneer Women’s Soccer Team.

There will be two options available. A day option includes entrance ticket to the races, lunch vouchers at the track, grandstand seating, race program and a tailgate dinner following the races. The overnight option includes all the day option amenities, overnight hotel accommodations at the Clarion Hotel and Sunday, April 24, activities to include breakfast at the hotel, a private horse farm tour (possibly to Coolmore’s Ashford Stud Farm and see Triple Crown winner American Pharoah) and a Kentucky bourbon tour.
Bus transportation will be available from Greeneville in both options.

Please contact Women’s Soccer Coach Mike Joy as soon as possible if you are interested in this trip as he is determining how many tickets to purchase. Please contact him at mjoy@tusculum.edu or 423-636-7321 (ext 5321).  The estimated cost for the trip is $119 for the day option and the overnight option is $189. However, please note the final cost will not be known until after the tickets are purchased.

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Five alumni events planned for February

Five alumni events planned for February

Posted on 29 January 2016 by eestes@tusculum.edu

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Keep up with the latest alumni news in this month’s Class Notes

Keep up with the latest alumni news in this month’s Class Notes

Posted on 28 January 2016 by eestes@tusculum.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

’80s

Stuart Hirsten ’87 of Jackson, TN, was one of 20 heads of school from around the world selected for the Columbia University’s Klingenstein Foundation 2016 Head of School Fellowship. While the two-week intensive program will provide Hirstein with the chance to attend classes and planned activities, including weekend and cultural events, he will also get to present on a topic of his choice. His presentation will focus on the life-long impacts of a strong early childhood education. Hirstein is Head of the School at the University School of Jackson.

’00s

Cody Baugh ’07 has realized a childhood dream of being a head football coach. He was recently named the head football coach at Cherokee High School in Rogersville, TN. Baugh has been serving as offensive coordinator for the Greeneville High School football team. He was named the GHS head baseball coach last summer after leading the Greeneville Middle School baseball team since 2009. He began teaching weight lifting at Cherokee as the spring semester began in January. Baugh was starting quarterback for the Tusculum football team.

 

’10s

Justin Harvey ’12 ’15 will lead the revitalized men’s golf team at Emory & Henry College when competition begins in the fall of 2016. Harvey, a Kingsport, TN, native, played golf while at Tusculum. He won the Link Hills Invitational title in 2011, finished third that year in the Tri-Cities Men’s Amateur Tour and was the 2010 Golf Channel East Tennessee Amateur Tour player of the year. Harvey is a PGA apprentice and a certified TPI professional. Emory & Henry last fielded a men’s golf team in 2007-08.

 

 

 

 

’60s

Elaine Russell Clark ’60 of Greeneville, TN, passed away January 8, 2016, after a lengthy illness. She had been married to Nayland D. Clark ’58 until his passing in 2013. Mrs. Clark worked a short time at Magnavox before starting her career with the National Park Service, serving more than 40 years at the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site and National Cemetery. For several years, she served as curator at Andrew Johnson’s home and expressed her appreciation of having the opportunity to work in that capacity and become friends with Margaret Johnson Patterson Bartlett, the great-granddaughter of President Andrew Johnson. In 2005, she was presented a certificate of appreciation for her 43 years of continuous service at the historic site by National Park Service Director Fran Mainella who was visiting the site at the time. Active in the Greeneville community, Mrs. Clark served as a member of Little Theatre and sat on its board of directors. She worked on several musicals and was in charge of costumes for children’s plays. Mrs. Clark was a member of Youth Builders and secretary of the Greeneville Arts Guild for many years. She was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church, where she enjoyed singing in the choir and taught children’s Sunday school.

 

Barbara Ann Fillers Morelock ’69 of Greeneville, TN, passed away January 21, 2016. Mrs. Morelock devoted her career to education, teaching in the Greene County School System, mostly at Mosheim Elementary School. She was a member of the Greeneville-Greene County Retired Teachers Association. Mrs. Morelock was a devoted attendee of Caney Creek Baptist Church. Her survivors include her husband and Tusculum alumnus Lloyd Morelock ’66.

 

’70s

Jonathan Arnold Fitts ’79 of Cleveland, TN, passed away on December 25, 2015. Mr. Fitts was a native of Maryland, where he was a high school All-American basketball player and Eagle Scout. He received a scholarship to Tusculum, where he played both basketball and soccer while earning a Bachelor’s degree in special education. After graduating, he spent 30 years in teaching.

 

’80s

Ronald Thomas Grant ’86 of Knoxville, TN, passed away February 15, 2013. Mr. Grant was the retired director of personnel at the Tennessee School of the Deaf. He was a member and deacon of Central Baptist Church of Bearden.

Aud Murray Ray ’86 of Spring City, TN, passed away January 1, 2016.  A veteran, Mr.Ray served in the U. S. Army. During his career he worked for Memphis Stone and Gravel, E.I. DuPont Company and the Tennessee Valley Authority. At TVA, he was a manager during the construction of the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant Unit I and later served as a manager in maintenance at Sequoyah Nuclear Plant. Mr. Ray’s faith and family were his priorities. Over the years, he served in a number of capacities in the United Methodist Church. As a longtime member of Spring City United Methodist Church, Mr. Ray enjoyed being part of the ministries within the community and district. He prayed often, offering thanks and asking blessings for others. Mr. Ray loved family gatherings, boating on Watts Bar Lake, traveling in the United States and Europe and his regular vacations to the Florida coast.

 

’90s

Susan Febuary ’96 of Elizabethton, TN, passed away July 14, 2015, following a brief illness. Mrs. Febuary was a retired teacher from the Carter County School System and had also taught the pre-school class at First United Methodist Church in Elizabethton. She was a member of Southside Christian Church and served on the Food Committee.

’00s

Joseph Stanley “Stan” Grimm ’06 of Cleveland, TN, passed away  October 4, 2014. A veteran, Mr. Grimm had served in the U.S. Navy. He was retired from the Whirlpool Corporation, where he served in the engineering department. Mr. Grimm was gifted in working with computers and used that talent to serve his church, Big Springs Baptist Church, on a regular basis.

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Dead Sea Scrolls to be focus of 2016 Theologian-in-Residence series

Dead Sea Scrolls to be focus of 2016 Theologian-in-Residence series

Posted on 15 January 2016 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Dr. Travis Williams

The nature of scripture at the time of Jesus, as revealed in the Dead Sea Scrolls will be explored in February during Tusculum College’s annual Theologian-in-Residence lecture series.

Dr. Travis Williams, assistant professor of religion at Tusculum College, will be presenting the series of lectures, “The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible: Identifying, Altering and Preserving Scripture in Antiquity.”  Lectures will take place each Tuesday of the month – Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23 – in the series, sponsored by Tusculum College and partially funded by Ron Smith. Each lecture session will begin at 10 a.m. in the Chalmers Conference Center in the Niswonger Commons. The sessions typically end around 2 p.m., and lunch in the college’s cafeteria is included. There is no admission fee to attend the lectures.

Dr. Williams is the first return speaker of the series, now in its 25th year. He previously served as Theologian-in-Residence in 2014, lecturing on the formation of early Christian identity in response to persecution. As a New Testament scholar, Dr. Williams has published extensively in the area of I Peter. More recently, the Dead Sea Scrolls have come to hold an important place in his research. He has written on the interpretive commentaries on scripture found within the scrolls, particularly as they relate to the phenomenon of inspired exegesis, and he is currently exploring the traditions surrounding the Teacher of Righteousness within the Dead Sea communities.

Although a native of East Tennessee, Dr. Williams received his doctorate in New Testament from the University of Exeter in England. After moving back to the U.S., he began his career at Tusculum in 2010. His teaching duties at the college focus primarily on the Jewish and Christian traditions; however, he regularly leads courses that fall within the broader sphere of religious studies.

During the first session on Feb. 2, “What are the Dead Sea Scrolls?,” Dr. Williams will introduce the Dead Sea Scrolls, explaining what they are and what they are not, as well as detailing the history of their discovery.

“Who Wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls,” the second session on Feb. 9, will focus on identifying the group associated with the Dead Sea Scrolls, considering various Jewish movements from the Second Temple period.

The third session on Feb. 16, “The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Transmission of Scripture,” will examine the fluidity of the scriptural text as revealed in the biblical manuscripts found at Qumran and review the phenomenon of “Rewritten Bible.”

In the concluding lecture on Feb. 23, Dr. Williams will discuss the view of continuing revelation which was held by the authors of the scrolls and its impact for understanding the nature of authoritative scripture.

Although the series has no admission fee, reservations are required. For more information or to make a reservation for the series, please call 423-636-7304 or email eestes@tusculum.ed

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Valentine’s Dinner and Swing Dance to benefit Tusculum College band program

Valentine’s Dinner and Swing Dance to benefit Tusculum College band program

Posted on 14 January 2016 by srichey@tusculum.edu

The Tusculum College Pioneer Jazz Band will host a Valentine’s Day Dinner/Swing Dance benefit on Saturday, Feb. 13, at the General Morgan Inn. The reception begins at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. The event includes dinner and a performance of the Pioneer Jazz Band, along with special guests.

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

“This will be our third year for this event and it has proven to be a popular and enjoyable way to celebrate Valentine’s Day,” said Price. “Each year we have had tremendous feedback on the quality of the food, as well as the fun of dancing the night away to the sounds of jazz standards.”

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Central Ballet Theatre of Greeneville to bring “Cinderella” to the stage Jan. 22-24

Central Ballet Theatre of Greeneville to bring “Cinderella” to the stage Jan. 22-24

Posted on 13 January 2016 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Sarah Bosse and Dillon Davis portray Cinderella and the Prince in Central Ballet Theatre's upcoming performance of the classic tale.

Central Ballet Theatre of Greeneville will bring the beloved story of “Cinderella” to the stage Jan. 22-24 with some novel and interesting twists to the classic tale.

A cast of 110 local and professional dancers will present the original ballet for all ages in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on the Tusculum College campus. Four performances are scheduled: 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22; 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 24.

NOTICE: The Friday and Saturday performances of the Cinderella ballet have been postponed until next week due to weather. The Sunday, January 24 performance of Cinderella will take place at 2 pm at Annie Hogan Byrd Auditorium.

Adapted and choreographed by Central Ballet Theatre’s Artistic Director Lori Ann Sparks, this unique ballet is based on the familiar children’s story of a virtuous young woman who suffers hardships and injustice but endures and is miraculously rewarded for her courage and kindness. While she was writing the storyline of Cinderella, Sparks said she read every version of the fairy tale she could, including versions from foreign countries that helped her create a the title character as a young lady with great depth and generosity.

“Cinderella” includes something for everyone: from cute little butterflies and military mice to dancers welding swords in a wolf attack, from a fire-breathing dragon to a manly but kind prince, as well as modest yet beautiful costuming, intricate choreography, inspiring music, creative sets and lighting.

The ballet will feature three guest professional dancers, Dillon Davis, Joshua Krutzberg and Nanako Yamamoto.

Davis, a dancer and teacher at Chattanooga Ballet, portrays the Prince. Davis started his professional career as a trainee at Alabama Ballet under the direction of Wes Chapman. After completing his training at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Davis performed professionally with Nashville Ballet and Dance Theater of Tennessee.

Audiences may recognize Kurtzberg who has danced roles in previous Central Ballet productions including “Rapunzel” and “Caspian: Return to Narnia.” In “Cinderella” he will appear as the lead character’s father. Kurtzberg began his training on full scholarship with Atlanta Ballet. After four years, he was offered a company position but pursued his training with the Houston Ballet Ben Stevenson Academy on full scholarship. Kurtzberg danced with American Repertory Ballet (ARB) for six years and now resides in Atlanta

Yamamoto, a principal with ARB, appears as the Coral Fairy in “Cinderella.” A native of Japan, she attended the prestigious Royal Ballet Summer School, then auditioned for and was accepted to the Elmhurst School for Dance in association with the Birmingham Royal Ballet. Yamamoto has performed for his Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall and for the grand re-opening of Birmingham’s town hall. She has danced with ballet companies in Florida and is in her fourth season with ARB.

Sparks, the company’s resident professional dancer, returns to the stage in the role of Cinderella’s mother. In addition to serving as artistic director, storywriter and choreographer, Sparks is the founder of Central Ballet School and Central Ballet Theatre and is ballet mistress for both.

Company dancer Parke Brumit plays the role of Lady Tremaine, Cinderella’s wicked stepmother. Brumit majored in business administration and trained in ballet technique under Sydney Warren at Virginia Intermont College. As well as dancing with the ballet, she serves as Central Ballet Theatre’s board president and has garnered financial support from the generous donors in the community.

The title role of Cinderella will be danced by Dandridge Sarah Bosse. Greenevillian Hannah Randles will portray the Fairy Godmother.

Every part of the ballet has been designed, created and built by local community members. Helping lead a host of volunteers are Courtney Beddingfield, who oversees social media; Sara Aiken, who coordinates the children’s backstage; Cindy Kricko, who manages the box office; Kimberly Boschee and Jody Johnson, who have designed costumes and coordinated the sewing process, and Dave Johnson, who had edited music and is responsible for the sound during the productions. Parents became involved by assisting in set production and working in every facet of the backstage world of a production.

Talented local artists have added their touch to the production. “We are so blessed to work with Nan Anderson and Sherry Peters who paint the huge sets,” says Blair Berry, production manager for Central Ballet. “Brian Sparks, along with master builder, Scott Gailey, do a fantastic job of building several complicated sets, and we are always thankful for Frank Mengel’s (technical director for Tusculum College Arts Outreach) technical oversight and brilliant lighting design.” Central Ballet Theatre also appreciates the corporations, local business and individuals who financially support the organization to make productions such as “Cinderella” possible.

The thirteenth production for Central Ballet, “Cinderella” continues a tradition for the company in performing story ballets. Sparks said she enjoys the story ballets “because the pieces are highly educational and fulfilling in the sense that they encompass every part of a dancer’s being – physical, mental, spiritual and emotional. The most exciting part of my job is taking an empty stage, then placing dancers on it. From there, they learn ballet movement that displays what I want them to ‘say.’ Using music that sets the tone of the scene, we add costuming, sets and props, and Frank adds lighting. Viola! We have an entire scene. The scenes add up to a ballet that tells an amazing life story.

“A nice addition to any ballet is a variation of choreography. In this ballet, four of the dances are choreographed by other professionals, Marilyn duBrisk, Jen Kintner, Joshua Kurtzberg and Elizabeth Sparks, adding different styles of dancing. Central Ballet Theatre strives for excellence in all we do so as to honor the One who gives us this beautiful art of dance and to share this gift with the community. My goal is to see the audience, and dancers alike, leaving the theater uplifted and joyful from watching and participating in the ballet.”

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors 60 and over. Tickets are available for purchase at Three Blind Mice, the General Morgan Inn, Richland Creek Gifts, and Tusculum Arts Outreach. Tickets can also be reserved by calling (423) 724-7014 or (423) 798-1620.

 

Portraying the main characters of "Cinderella" are, from left, Parke Brumit as Lady Tremaine, Elizabeth Sparks as Anatasia Tremain, Sophia Sparks as Styles Tremaine, Hannah Randles as the Fairy Godmother, Emma Beddingfield as Bluebird, Dillon Davis as The Prince and Sarah Bosse as Cinderella. (Photos accompanying this article and the front teaser by Hiliary Bowman, courtesy of PicsByHil Photography)

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Alumni invited to events in Orlando, Fort Myers and Tampa this month

Alumni invited to events in Orlando, Fort Myers and Tampa this month

Posted on 08 January 2016 by eestes@tusculum.edu

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Mark your calenders for 2016 alumni events in Florida, Atlanta and Tennessee

Mark your calenders for 2016 alumni events in Florida, Atlanta and Tennessee

Posted on 17 December 2015 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Check back on the website for forthcoming details about each event.

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Alumni eligible for discounted admission to Christmas at Biltmore

Alumni eligible for discounted admission to Christmas at Biltmore

Posted on 17 December 2015 by eestes@tusculum.edu

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What’s happening with your fellow alumni? Learn in this month’s Class Notes edition.

What’s happening with your fellow alumni? Learn in this month’s Class Notes edition.

Posted on 14 December 2015 by eestes@tusculum.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bob Bailey '48 H'84

’40s

Robert H. Bailey ’48 H’84 of Greeneville, TN, received the Robert C. Austin Award for Distinguished Service to the Community during the 27th annual Farm-City Banquet on December 3. The banquet is a project of the Greene County Partnership’s Agribusiness Committee. Bailey was honored for his extensive community service activities, which includes his long membership in the Baileyton Ruritan Club. He has also served as the Ruritan zone governor, the organization’s national president, and is a Ruritan Forever. Bailey is a former president of the Greene County Heritage Trust and remains active in coordinating the organization’s Early American Christmas Dinner. He is a Life Trustee of his Alma Mater and also served on the board of directors for WSJK TV, the regional public television station, from 1983-2002. Bailey was also instrumental in the formation of the Baileyton Community Scholarship, which is awarded to students of North Greene High School. He has also helped with the Baileyton Community Chest and helped bring a medical clinic to the town. Bailey is a member of the First Church of God in Greeneville, where he serves on the church’s board of trustees, its board of elders and is a Sunday school teacher. He was also instrumental in the creation of the Locust Springs Christian Retreat Center, which is located on more than 160 acres of his Baileyton farm.

 

’90s

DeAnna Martin ’93 ’98 of Greeneville, TN, has been named the principal at Tusculum View Elementary School and will begin her new position in January. Martin will fill a position opened when  Pat Donaldson, wife of Tusculum Board of Trustees member the Rev. Dr. Dan Donaldson, was been named the new Teaching and Learning Coordinator for the Greeneville School System. Martin has been serving in the position of instructional specialist at Hal Henard Elementary School and as elementary math coordinator for the Greeneville School System for the past six years. During her tenure at Hal Henard, the school received top marks in both achievement and growth for three years in a row on the school’s report card from the state. She was selected as one of 20 educators to take part in the state of Tennessee’s mathematics coaching team and received extensive training from the University of Pittsburg’s Institute for Learning. Martin was the recipient of the school system’s Excellence in Professional Learning Award for 2015. Her husband, David ’93, is director of facilities at Tusculum.

 

 

 

 

’40s

Lt. Col. Charles L. Goode, USMC (Ret.) ’44 passed away on November 12, 2014.

Ben Kevin Britton ’76 of Morristown, TN, passed away November 30, 2015, from ALS. Mr. Britton worked at Holston United Methodist Home for Children, where he enjoyed his career as an educator. A member of First United Methodist Church of Morristown, he enjoyed singing in the choir and helped with the youth for many years. Mr. Britton was an avid sports enthusiast, outdoorsman and birder.

 

Faculty

Adrian Craig Sherman, who taught psychology at Tusculum, passed away on October 10, 2015, at Duke University Medical Center. As a clinical psychologist, he was a staff psychologist at Johnson County Mental Health in Tennessee and the Family Guidance Center in Hickory, NC. Mr. Sherman was also a clinical resident at Deer Oaks Mental Health in San Antonio, TX. At Tusculum, in addition to his teaching duties, he served a chair of the Psychology Department, dean of International and Travel Programs and director of the Wellness Center. He also taught at Appalachian State University, the Governor’s School of South Carolina and the School for International Training in Vermont. His interest in international education led him to become director of International Programs at Ithaca College, director of the Office of International Education and Programs at the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater and assistant provost for international programs and professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Mr. Sherman was a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Romania, a fellow at the Salzburg Seminars, and an interviewer for the Fulbright Foundation. Traveling extensively around the world, he spent a year as a visiting professor at Northeast University in Shenyang in China. Mr. Sherman was a writer, presenter, and consultant for programs on mental health issues in international education in this country and Europe. He was also a member of NAFSA (Association for International Educators) and the European Association of International Educators. Mr. Sherman loved culture and travel, nature and the outdoors, singing and harmonizing, swimming, surfing and boating, yoga, ice and his beloved dogs.

 

Former Trustee

Ellen Worthy Campbell of Johnson City, TN, a former Tusculum College Trustee, passed away on December 9, 2015. Mrs. Campbell moved to East Tennessee when she married Dr. Edward Malcom Campbell in 1950, becoming an active contributor to the community, both charitably and socially. The Campbells joined Watauga Avenue Presbyterian Church in Johnson City, where she served as an elder and a weekly volunteer. At the time of her passing, she was the longest standing member of the congregation. Mrs. Campbell served on Tusculum’s Board of Trustees from 1976 through 1982. She also served on the Board of Directors for the Dawn of Hope Foundation and was active in the Junior Auxiliary (now know as the Junior League-Johnson City, Inc.) where she served a term as president. She enjoyed her weekly game of bridge and all her partners and opponents. Mrs. Campbell loved to read and savored her participation in the Fortnightly Book Club and the Dilettantes Book Club. She helped found a monthly women’s lunch group, FOF. Mrs. Campbell was one of the early members of the Mountain View Garden Club and served as its president in 1954, and she was recognized for her many years of involvement at the club’s 60th anniversary.

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Nearly 200 receive degrees Saturday at Tusculum College

Nearly 200 receive degrees Saturday at Tusculum College

Posted on 14 December 2015 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Graduating from Tusculum College during winter commencement ceremonies were 198 individuals in a ceremony held on Saturday, Dec. 12.

On Saturday 86 students earned Bachelor of Science degrees and 76 earned Bachelor of Arts degrees. In addition 20 graduates earned Master of Arts degrees and 16 received Master of Business Administration degrees.

The new graduates were addressed by Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody, who recognized the hard work of the path to graduation, saying “Commencement is an occasion of celebration and completion.” Adding, “Today is a testament to your efforts, to your persistence, and today is your day. Be proud of yourself and your accomplishment.”

She told the group, that while there was no doubt they were thinking about the many people in their lives who had helped them and supported them on this journey, that graduation day was a moment to celebrate the completion of a goal they had worked hard to attain.

Two student speakers addressed the graduates, including Pamela Ammons, a nursing graduate from Midway. Ammons returned to Tusculum to complete her Bachelor of Science in nursing after having earned her associate degree 1990. “I would like to express my gratitude and thanks to the faculty and staff of Tusculum College, without each and every one of you, we would not be here today.”

She added, “We have all had a goal to accomplish and that day is today. It will forever be a day we will never forget. It has been a journey well taken.”

Also speaking was Michael Scott, of Colorado Springs, Colo. who received his MBA, after earning his bachelor degree from Tusculum College in 2013.

“We are more similar to real Pioneers than we give ourselves credit for,” he told his fellow graduates. “We didn’t fight bears or wrestle alligators, but we did work day and night and studied for hours. We moved forward no matter the sacrifice.”

The Rev. Dr. Dan Donaldson, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, the mother church of Tusculum College, and a member of the Tusculum College Board of Trustees also spoke to the graduates.

He spoke in tribute to the late Mark Stokes, Tusculum College chaplain, who passed away suddenly this fall, and had for several years provided the commencement sermon. Dr. Donaldson said that in Stokes’ nearly 30 years of service to Tusculum College he saw a remarkable amount of change.

“The world is changing so rapidly and higher education is no different,” he said. “Take your education and change with it as you go.”

Download the December 2015 Commencement Program

 

Graduation speakers representing the Class of 2015 were Michael Scott, left, and Pamela Ammons.

Graduates walk the faculty gauntlet following Commencement services on Saturday at Tusculum College.

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Two named to enrollment staff at Tusculum College

Two named to enrollment staff at Tusculum College

Posted on 10 December 2015 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Bonnie Brown and Katherine Tassell have joined the staff of Tusculum College in the Office of Enrollment Management and Marketing.

Bonnie Brown has been named admission representative and will work with potential students and advise them through the college application and selection process. In her role she will conduct campus tours, as well as promote the college through travel and telecounseling.

Bonnie Brown

In working with prospective students, Brown can draw on her own experiences as a Tusculum student. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Tusculum College in 2014.

Prior to joining the Tusculum staff, Brown worked at Mountain View Bulk Foods and at the Johnson City Medical Center. While attending Tusculum, she gained experience in working with “The Tusculum Review” and with the Tusculum Theatre Box Office.

“Bonnie is going to be part of the team right from the start,” said Melissa Ripley, executive director of enrollment management operations and traditional admission. “Her attitude and her story of her experience at Tusculum make her the right fit for this team.”

Tassell, a 2010 graduate of Tusculum, has been named enrollment representative for the Tusculum College Graduate and Professional Studies program. She is also the owner of KFit, LLC, located in Greeneville. KFit is an in-home personal training business. During her time at Tusculum, she was a member of the Tusculum College cross country team.

“We are excited to announce Katie as our new enrollment representative,” said Lindsey Seal, director of GPS enrollment. “Katie is a good fit with our team and is ready to assist working adults who want to complete or begin their college undergraduate degree or those who are ready to begin their master’s degree program.”

In her new role, Tassell will work with potential students of the Graduate and Professional Studies program through all aspects of the enrollment process.  She will serve as a recruiter, but also as a resource for anyone interested in finding out more about continuing or starting their path to an advanced degree.

Katie Tassell

For more information on Tusculum College enrollment and admissions, call 888-488-7285.

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