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Viking offering special for Pioneer Alumni Cruise in April

Viking offering special for Pioneer Alumni Cruise in April

Posted on 24 August 2016 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Visit sites in Holland, Germany, France and Switzerland while cruising the Rhine and enjoy seeing memorable sites of the Old World, including the Heidelberg Castle, above.

Make plans to be part of the inaugural trip in Tusculum’s new travel program, the  Pioneers to Europe Cruise.  Spend eight days on the mighty Rhine River aboard a Viking River Cruise longship, visiting four countries.

Room rates are priced per person/double occupancy beginning at $2,630.50.

Alumni who make reservations by Friday, Aug. 26, can take advantage of Viking River Cruise’s 20th Anniversary Sale. Act quickly to take advantage of this discount!

The discount is valid on new bookings only, and  offers $1,000 off per couple ($500 per guest) on 2017 river cruises in Cat D & above. This promotion can be combined with all current discounts/offers and Viking Referral Rewards, but not in combination with standard Viking Explorer Society Travel Credits.

Viking Air’s incredible August air rates can also be combined with this sale. Economy fares are available at $100 per person out of Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Newark, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Raleigh, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa, Washington D.C. Other departure gateways are also available.

Reservations under Viking’s 20th Anniversary Sale must be paid in  full by Aug 26.

For more information, contact Kristin Small, Cruise Planners, at 855-278-9377  or 423-525-7287, or visit this site.

 

 

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Alumni Night at the Astros set for Aug. 25, Inky Johnson presentation Aug. 27

Alumni Night at the Astros set for Aug. 25, Inky Johnson presentation Aug. 27

Posted on 24 August 2016 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Alumni, friends of the College, students, parents, faculty staff and the community are invited to campus this week for two special events: a presentation by motivational speaker and former University of Tennessee student-athlete, Inky Johnson, and “Tusculum College Night at the Astros.”

Thursday, Aug. 25,  is also “Tusculum College Night at the Astros,” and alumni, students, parents, faculty and staff are all invited to enjoy an evening at the ball park.

Each Tusculum alumnus, parent, faculty member and staff member to RSVP will receive free tickets to the Greeneville Astros baseball game that night at Pioneer Park on campus (limit two per family). Additional tickets will be available at a discounted rate, $4 per person. Admission for Tusculum students is free with a student ID.

The Astros will be taking on the Danville Braves at 7 p.m. in Appalachian Minor League conference play. The Astros will have a special promotion that night – $1 Dog Night, Thirsty Thursday – Hot dogs are only $1.00. Discounted souvenir sodas are available at concessions stands.

Please RSVP for “Tusculum College Night at the Astros” by Monday, Aug. 18, by calling 423-636-7303 or emailing jbparker@tusculum.edu.

Johnson’s motivational and inspirational program will be at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27,  in the Pioneer Arena inside the Niswonger Commons.  Admission to the event is $10 per person and will be sold at the door on the day of the event beginning at 4 p.m. Tusculum College students, faculty and staff will be admitted free. Students, faculty and staff in the Greeneville and Greene County school systems will also be admitted free. The event is co-sponsored by Mortgage Investors Group – Office of Nick Hirschy (NMLS Unique Identifier # 491929, TN License # 124766) and South State Contractors, Inc. The presentation had originally been scheduled for Thursday but had to be changed due to some unforeseen scheduling conflicts.

Inky Johnson’s Background

September 9, 2006, started as a normal college football game at UT’s Neyland Stadium. For Inky Johnson, though, the game changed his life as a routine tackle turned into a life-threatening injury. Nothing has been normal for Inky ever since. Not with a paralyzed right arm. Not with daily pain. Not with constant physical challenges.

His dream had always been to play professional sports, and one might imagine that his injury would have crushed his spirit. But it didn’t.

Inquoris “Inky” Johnson could be described as the survivor of an underprivileged past. He could be described as a refugee of poverty and violence. He could be described as a success story stained by tragedy.

But look deeper and discover something else. Discover a man who asked, “Am I really failing, or is God prevailing?”  Johnson is a  a man gripped by the promise that God has purposes and plans far beyond our own. Audiences have found inspiration from his story and his relentless determination.

Johnson has a master’s degree in sports psychology from the University of Tennessee. He devotes much of his time to mentoring athletes and underprivileged youth.

For more information  about Johnson’s presentation, please contact Blake Cantrell at: (423) 636-7300 ext. 7331 or email at: bcantrell@tusculum.edu.

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Former Pioneers continue their baseball dreams professionally

Former Pioneers continue their baseball dreams professionally

Posted on 23 August 2016 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Several former Tusculum College baseball student-athletes are continuing to pursue their dreams playing the game professionally throughout the world.

Pioneers still playing professionally are Placido Torres, Devan Watts, Brandon Dickson, Maikol Gonzalez, Alexi Colon, Cody Coffman, Matt Henriksen and Cameron Carney.

Torres pitched a pair of complete game victories in his two postseason starts this year for the Pioneers.

Placido Torres, who was drafted in the eighth round by the New York Mets in June, is pitching for the club’s rookie league affiliate in Kingsport.  The 2016 consensus NCAA Division II National Pitcher of the Year has made nine relief appearances out of the Mets’ bullpen where he has a 1-1 record and a 3.97 ERA.  Torres got off to a slow start with the K-Mets, but is returning to his stellar form of late, posting a 1.59 ERA in his last five outings with nine strikeouts in 5.2 innings of work.

Torres, a product of North Brunswick, NJ, captured every NCAA Division II Pitcher of the Year accolade in the finest season ever recorded by a Tusculum hurler. He swept the three national pitcher of the year awards by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and the Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CAA – selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America).  He was also tabbed the 2016 recipient of the Brett Tomko Award, which recognizes the DII National Pitcher of the Year as selected by D2 Baseball News. Torres was also named the 2015-16 Tusculum College Male Athlete of the Year and the South Atlantic Conference (SAC) Male Athlete of the Year. He posted a perfect 11-0 record in his 14 starts where he pitched seven complete games, including a Tusculum-single-season record four shutouts. He led all three NCAA divisions with a school single-season record 162 strikeouts.  His seasonal strikeout total is the second most in SAC history and the 10th most in NCAA II history.

Devan Watts was selected in the 17th round of the 2016 MLB Draft by the Atlanta Braves.  He was assigned to the Braves’ rookie league affiliate in Danville (Va.) where he pitched in only four games and didn’t allow a run in his four innings of relief while also posting a save.   Watts, a right-hander from Mooresville, NC, was promoted to Class-A Rome (Ga.) where he has continued his mound dominance for the Braves.  He has appeared in nine contests and has a sterling 1.69 ERA with a 1-1 record and is tied for the team lead with five saves.  He has recorded 12 strikeouts in his 10.2 innings of work. In Watts’ two seasons at Tusculum, the 2015 All-Region and All-SAC choice has recorded 14 saves and a 6-7 record in his 99.2 innings of work in his 43 relief appearances.  He accounted for a 2.98 career earned run average with 121 strikeouts and 25 walks.  His 14 saves are the fourth most in Tusculum history.

Brandon Dickson, a right-handed pitcher from Montgomery, AL, currently has an 8-9 record with a 4.32 earned run average in his fourth season with the Orix Buffaloes in the Nippon Professional League in Japan.  In 2016, he has appeared in 19 games and pitched in 118.2 innings and has recorded 93 strikeouts against 58 walks. Dickson is in his 11th professional season, including the first seven within the St. Louis Cardinals organization, which signed him as an undrafted free agent out of Tusculum in 2006.  He played two separate stints with the parent club in 2011 and again in 2012.  He appeared in eight games for St. Louis, posting a 4.91 ERA in his 14.2 innings of work with no decisions.  He posted 13 strikeouts and made his lone major league start on Sept. 1, 2011, against the Milwaukee Brewers.  In his only season at Tusculum (2006), Dickson went 5-2 with a 3.39 ERA. His 24 mound appearances are tied for the second most in a season at Tusculum.

Alexi Colon is playing in his fifth professional season and fourth in independent ball.  He started this year with the Lincoln (Neb.) Saltdogs of the American Association where he played the first 10 games of the season.  He was later dealt to the River City Rascals, where he has emerged as one of the power hitters in the league with his 12 home runs, which are fourth-most in the Frontier League.  His 43 walks this season are the fourth most in the league while playing for the O’Fallon, Missouri club. From 2013-2015, he played for the Schaumburg (Ill.) Boomers, where he led that club to a pair of Frontier League titles in 2013 and again in 2014.  Colon, a two-time All-SAC and All-Region selection, completed his two-year career at Tusculum as its third-leading home run hitter, belting 33 round-trippers.  In 2012, Colon finished second in the nation with 21 home runs, which were tied for the second most in Tusculum school  history and ninth most in South Atlantic Conference history.

Maikol Gonzalez is a nine-year veteran of professional baseball and is in his first year with the Winnipeg Goldeyes of the American Association.  He is batting .276 in his 72 games where he has 81 hits, including 10 doubles, two triples and three home runs.  He leads the team with his 22 stolen bases (26 attempts) and has 33 RBI with 47 walks against just 38 strikeouts in his 293 at-bats. He played the 2015 campaign with Joplin in the American Association where he batted .305 with eight home runs and 44 RBI with the Blasters.  Gonzalez stops in the American Association also include Joplin (Ill.), Lincoln (Neb.) and three seasons in El Paso (Texas). Gonzalez, a native of Maraca Ibo, Venezuela, played two seasons at Tusculum from 2007-2008 where he hit for a school record .457 in his 113 career games and was a two-time consensus All-American.  He still holds the school record for career triples and career on-base percentage (.522).  His 49 career stolen bases are second in Pioneer history, while his 13 career sacrifice flies are fourth-most.

Matt Henriksen is playing his third season with the Alpine Cowboys of the Pecos League.  In 2016, the Hingham, MA product is batting .338 with 44 hits, including five doubles and six home runs.  In his 43 games, he has accumulated 38 RBI with 22 walks and has three stolen bases to his credit. Henriksen played at Tusculum from 2010-2013 where he finished his career with a .320 batting average and is listed in the top-10 in 10 statistical categories in the TC record book.

Cody Coffman is playing in his first season with the Roswell Invaders in the Pecos League.  He is batting a hefty .418 with 22 doubles, 22 home runs and 76 RBI in his 64 games.  He has totaled 100 hits and scored 80 runs, while earning a spot on the North Division All-Star Team. Coffman, a native of Cape Coral, FL, played two seasons at Tusculum from 2011-2012 where he batted .391 with 141 hits in 361 at-bats.  During Tusculum’s 2012 SAC title run, he earned All-America honors as a utility player as he logged playing time at catcher and first base.  He led the Pioneers with his .417 batting average, which is the eighth-best by a Pioneer. He finished fourth in the country with his 90 hits (4th in TC history), including 19 doubles, a triple, nine home runs and 62 RBI.  He scored 52 runs, while drawing 41 walks against just 17 strikeouts

Former Pioneer pitcher Cameron Carney joined Henriksen on the Alpine Cowboys roster.  Carney, a native of Niagara Falls. NY, has not made an appearance for Alpine since joining the team. Carney made 17 appearances this past spring for the Pioneers, including seven starts where he posted a 4-0 record and a 4.40 earned average.  He combined on a pair of shutouts and posted a save against Catawba.  He pitched in 47 innings where he tallied 44 strikeouts against 10 walks and limited the opposition to a .272 batting average.  In his two years at Tusculum, he finished with a perfect 5-0 record in his 29 appearances, including two saves and a 5.38 ERA.  He tallied 65 strikeouts against 20 walks.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

’00s

Lauren Abramson Baes ’02 of Franklin, TN, is entering her second year as the head athletic trainer at Father Ryan High School, the largest private high school in Tennessee. Baes and her fellow staff members oversee 600 athletes and 26 sports teams. In June 2016, the school was awarded the 1st Team Safe Sports Award from the National Athletic Trainer’s Society. This award is given to secondary schools that demonstrate they are keeping their athletes safe with certain procedures and protocols in case of injuries or emergencies. Father Ryan High School is only the 15th school in the state of Tennessee to receive this award.

 

Becca Boyd ’08 of Knoxville, TN,  has been named vice president and director of human resources for SmartBank in Pigeon Forge, TN. Boyd has 17 years experience in the human resources field. Prior to joining SmartBank, she had served as director of human resources for Weigel’s.

 

’10s

Marissa Williams ’15, a native of Canton, MI, has been named an assistant coach in the men’s and women’s soccer program at Carson-Newman University.  Williams had a highly-decorated career at Tusculum, where she was the Pioneers goalkeeper for four years. Williams holds the school records for shutouts and saves in women’s soccer. She was also selected to the NSCAA All-Region team multiple times, was an All-Conference player as a senior and was named Academic All-District by the CoSIDA.

 

Mr. Thomas Seth Bragdon ’16 is teaching biology at Jefferson County High School in Dandridge, TN.

 

 

 

 

Dorothy Smith Clinard ’63 of West Loudon, TN, passed away on August 12, 2016, at The Neighborhood of Tellico Village, which had been her residence for the past two years. Mrs. Clinard’s husband, Turner, served as minister of the Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church from 1952-65. After earning her degree, Mrs. Clinard taught in the Greeneville School System until 1965, when the family moved to Emory, VA. In Virginia, she taught in elementary schools in Marion, VA, and earned a Master’s degree from the University of Virginia. Following the death of her husband in 1980, Mrs. Clinard moved to Talbott, TN, and fulfilled a life-long dream by living in a self-designed log cabin on Cherokee Lake. She lived there for more than 30 years, where she spent her days having her husband’s books published, caring for her beloved pets, hosting get togethers for family and friends and practicing her hobbies of scrapbooking and antique collecting. An expert at decoupage, Mrs. Clinard turned junk into treasure and sold many of her creations at a local artists’ co-op. Her survivors include son and Tusculum alumnus Norman Clinard ’66.

 

Jean Weems Barnes  ’67 ’88 of Greeneville, TN, passed away August 3, 2016. Ms. Barnes was a teacher in the Greeneville City School System, retiring in 2013. Motivated by her love for children and enjoyment of being around others, she continued part time in various capacities in the school system. Ms. Barnes was a member of Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church and served her church in many ways as she grew in her faith. Her greatest enjoyment in life was visiting with her grandchildren. Her survivors include Tusculum alumni, sister, Jane Weems Stroud ’78 and niece-in-law Linda Stroud ’89.

 

Herbert William Eigenrauch Jr. ’67 of Aberdeen, NJ, passed away on August 4, 2016. After graduating from Tusculum, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served from 1967 to 1971 in Okinawa and Korea. It was in Korea, that Mr. Eigenrauch met his future wife Kim, before heading back to New Jersey to start a new family. Upon arriving back in the U.S., he began a career that lasted 30 years as a sales manager for Supply King in Neptune, NJ, before he retired in 2004. At the time of his passing, Eigenrauch was a school bus driver with Helfrich & Sons, serving students of Holy Cross Catholic School in Rumson, NJ. Mr.  Eigenrauch had a true lust for life, with the simplicities that brought him the most joy. These joys were derived from his hobbies that included gardening, cooking, bird watching, traveling and conversing with friends and family daily, usually about the Mets and Jets or the children along his bus route, whom he adored. He never took his responsibilities to these children and their safety lightly and was proud to be the smiling face that greeted them each morning. In recent years, Mr. Eigenrauch reconnected with his Tusculum friends and created many more shared times and memories to be cherished with them. He was a member of the Tres Dias, an interdenominational Christian leadership movement, which served as the perfect outlet for his guitar playing, where he charitably gave of his time and efforts. In addition, he was an active member of VFW Post 4303, where he frequently spent time with friends. The greatest joy in Mr.Eigenrauch’s life were his grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family have asked that donations  be made to the Class of 1967 Tusculum College Memorial Scholarship Fund in memory of Herbert W. Eigenrauch, Jr.

 

Mayme Kay Hampton Banasiak ’01 of Harrison, TN, passed away July 18, 2016. Mrs. Banasiak was a career educator, retiring from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Math Department in 2014. She was an active member of Northminister Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga, where she served as an elder, sang in the choir, served on the Session, volunteered in multiple ministries, served on several committees with the Presbytery of East Tennessee and had a strong passion for Christian education.

 

 

 

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Inspirational presentation by hypnotist on Aug. 29 to kick off Acts, Arts, Academia series

Inspirational presentation by hypnotist on Aug. 29 to kick off Acts, Arts, Academia series

Posted on 18 August 2016 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Wayne Lee will bring his hilarious mix of hypnosis and inspiration to Tusculum College on Monday, Aug. 29, at 7 p.m. in the Annie Hogan Byrd Auditorium.

Wayne Lee will bring his hilarious mix of hypnosis and inspiration to Tusculum College on Monday, Aug. 29, in the kick-off event of  the 2016-17 Acts, Arts, Academia performance and lecture series.

Lee’s performance will be at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on the Greeneville campus. The Acts, Arts, Academia performance and lecture series is a program of Tusculum College Arts Outreach and supported by the late Dr. Sam Miller in memory of Agnes Ault Miller, Hearts for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, Arts Outreach and generous donors and volunteers.

In his presentation, “Set your GPS for Success,” Lee challenges audiences to set their “Great Programmable Subconscious” to reach their goals. While keeping his audiences in stitches, Lee blends in encouraging and thought-provoking points in his presentation.

Over the years, Lee has used hypnosis to entertain, excite and mesmerize audiences across North America in thousands of shows and presentations and helped people to explore the unlimited potential of the human mind. Beginning with a childhood fascination with magic and visualization, Lee’s driving passion is to help people discover their potential, and acting on that passion has resulted in his opportunities to make presentations worldwide. As a former five-time Canadian amateur wrestling champion and a classroom instructor, Lee has practiced what he teaches.

 

Over the years, Lee has used hypnosis to entertain, excite and mesmerize audiences across North America in thousands of shows and presentations and helped people to explore the unlimited potential of the human mind.

The Acts, Arts, Academia series will continue on Tuesday, Sept. 30, with a lecture by Dr. Deborah Bryan, associate professor of art at Tusculum College. “Looking: Art Around You” will be presented at 7 p.m. in the Behan Arena Theatre on the lower level of the Annie Hogan Byrd Building (side entrance).

Theatre-at-Tusculum will hit audiences’ funny bones with its fall production, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.”  Performances are scheduled for Nov. 4-6 and 10-13 in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium.

The Christmas season will be marked by performances by the Tusculum College Band Program and Tusculum College Community Chorus. The band program’s holiday concert will be on Tuesday, Nov. 29,  in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium. The Community Chorus will perform its annual holiday concert under new director Kathy May on Monday, Dec. 5.

The first performance in 2017 will be Central Ballet Theatre’s presentation of “Sleeping Beauty: True Love’s Kiss.”  Performances are scheduled for Jan. 27-29 in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium.

On Tuesday, Feb. 7, audiences will have an opportunity to enjoy an evening with esteemed Southern author Crystal Wilkinson.

Theatre-at-Tusculum’s spring production will be “Disney’s My Son Pinocchio JR,” the classic tale of an aging toymaker and his beloved wooden puppet. Performances are scheduled for Feb. 17-19 and Feb. 23-26 in the Behan Arena Theatre.

The Tusculum Band will present its winter concert on Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium.

The Malprass Brothers will bring their brand of traditional country music to the stage on Thursday, March 16, in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium.

During the Old Oak Festival, Theatre-at-Tusculum in conjunction with the college’s English Department will present “5 x 10,” five-ten minute plays by Tusculum students. Performances will be April 20-23 in the Behan Arena Theatre.

The series will conclude with the spring concerts by the Tusculum Band Program and Community Chorus. The Community Chorus will perform on Monday, April 24, and the band program’s presentation will be Sunday, April 30.

Admission to the events is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors above the age of 60 and $5 for children 12 years of age and under except for the presentations by Dr. Deborah Bryan and Crystal Wilkinson and the “5 x 10” plays , which will be $7, and the band and Community Chorus concerts which have no admission charge.

For more information on any of these events, or to reserve tickets for the Wayne Lee  performance, call Tusculum College Arts Outreach at 423-798-1620, or email jhollowell@tusculum.edu. The Wayne Lee performance is required of Tusculum Experience students and is an Arts and Lecture event for all students.  Also, Tusculum faculty staff and students are admitted free with valid College ID, and tickets will only be available at the Box Office prior to the show.  All other tickets are will be the regular admission prices.

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Make plans to attend Homecoming 2016

Make plans to attend Homecoming 2016

Posted on 08 August 2016 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Homecoming 2016 is less than two months away, and we have many exciting events planned. 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 www.firstpresgreeneville.org.

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

www.econolodge.com

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

 

Days Inn Greeneville

www.daysinn.com

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

 

Quality Inn

www.qualityinn.com

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

 

General Morgan Inn

www.generalmorganinn.com

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

 

Knights Inn (previously Charray Inn)

www.charrayinn.com

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

 

Hampton Inn

www.hamptoninn.com

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

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Air fare deals available for Rhine River alumni cruise in August

Air fare deals available for Rhine River alumni cruise in August

Posted on 27 July 2016 by eestes@tusculum.edu

The Viking River Cruise will begin in Amsterdam, above, and explore the Rhine River to Basel, Switzerland.

Join us for the first trip as part of the new alumni travel program and explore the Rhine River valley in the Old World.

Make reservations before Aug. 31 and you may be able to take advantage of Viking River Cruise”s offer of all-inclusive round-trip air and transfers for $100 per passenger. To receive the offer, passengers must book  a”category D” and above, and departing from one of these airports: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Newark, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington D.C. If you don’t see your city, call 423.525.7287 for air fare from your departure airport.

The Viking River cruise will be an eight-day cruise on the Rhine River during April 2017.

Viking River Cruises offers a wide range of opportunities to visit a number of World Heritage sites and to participate in guided tours of the cities that are visited. River cruising provides an opportunity to explore the towns along the river in an intimate way, strolling streets and exploring markets, churches and museums. Beginning in Amsterdam, the cruise will visit towns in four different countries, such as Cologne, Strasbourg and Basel.

The Viking Longship Kvasir has a total of 95 cabins and can accommodate 190 passengers. Space will fill up quickly on this itinerary. Book your cabin now to insure you get the cabin category you want.

Tusculum College is partnering with Kristin Small of Cruise Planners to manage the new travel program. For more information about the Alumni Travel Program please contact Joni Parker, Office of Alumni Relations at 423-636-7303 or Small at 855-278-9377. More information can be found about the Rhine River Cruise at this site.

The cruise will be aboard a Viking River Cruise Longship, which features comfortable cabins and opportunities for scenic dining on the deck.

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Reception celebrates contributions of Doaks to Tusculum, community

Reception celebrates contributions of Doaks to Tusculum, community

Posted on 27 July 2016 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Margaret Gaut '40 visits with Capt. Sam Doak '49 H'14 during the reception July 19.

The Pioneer Perk was filled with smiles and laughter the afternoon of July 19 as more than 100 people turned out for a reception July 19 to reminisce and share their well wishes with Capt. Sam Doak (USN-Retired) ’49 H’14 and his wife, Emily.

The reception was planned to give the Tusculum community, as well as the community at large, an opportunity to say a fond farewell to the Doaks and say thank you for their contributions to not only the College, but also the Greene County area. The reception was coordinated by the Office of Institutional Advancement.

The Doaks have made their mark on Tusculum and the community through their service to others and leadership.

“Captain Sam and Mrs. Emily Doak have throughout the years distinguished themselves, Tusculum College and the community,” said Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College. “Through service, leadership and lifelong support of the College, the Doaks exemplify the Civic Art values that Tusculum College has promoted for 222 years.”

“As friends, supporters and neighbors of the College, their presence on campus has

Andy Daniels '69 shares her well wishes to Emily Doak during the reception, which more than 100 people attended.

been continually felt, as they are frequently seen supporting art programs, athletic events, lecture programs and other outreach programs of the College,” Dr. Moody continued. “Sam and Emily have been generous contributors to Tusculum College throughout their lives, supporting the growth, expansion and mission of the College at the highest levels. These gifts have impacted the lives of thousands of students who lead better lives today because of their time spent at Tusculum College.”

Captain Doak has deep roots at Tusculum as the great, great, great, great grandson of Samuel Doak, who founded Washington College Academy, and the great, great, great, great, great grandson of Samuel Witherspoon Doak, who founded Tusculum Academy. He has provided leadership to the College as director of alumni affairs and as a valued and influential member of the Tusculum College Board of Trustees.

Emily Doak has been a familiar face to visitors of the museums on campus. She has served as hostess at the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library and the Doak House Museum. She has also served as an officer in the Andrew Johnson Heritage Association, which supports the educational programming of the museums.

The couple have been active and dedicated members of the Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church and maintain a relationship with First Presbyterian Church of Greeneville.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

’60s

Dr. Ruth Lane Carpenter ’60 of Morristown, TN, celebrated her 86th birthday with her church family on July 3. Gatway Church in Morristown declared that Sunday as “Ruth Carpenter Day” to celebrate her life and impact on the local community and Lakeway region. A native of East Tennessee, she achieved her goal of marrying a “preacher man” when she became the wife of Rev. Allen Carpenter 60 years ago. The couple had two children, and Ruth has also mothered a number of foster children and a host of spiritual sons and daughters through the years. She began her teaching career at a one-room school for grades one through eight in Grainger County and served as the basketball coach. During her educational career, she taught every grade through secondary school and eventually became a professor of educational psychology at Walters State Community College where she later served as the head of the behavioral science department before her retirement in 1992. After retiring from education, she began her second and third careers as a Christian therapist and an ordained minister of Gateway Church. In this season of her life, she has counseled a multitude of individuals, served as an advisor to several community organizations – including Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System and the Morristown Police Department, where continues to act as a chaplain. She is a sought-after speaker for churches and women’s groups throughout the region.  She is also known in the community as a “prayer warrior” who has faithfully interceded for her church, her community and those who come to her for counsel.

 

Andy Susong Daniels ’69 of Greeneville, TN, and her husband W.T. Daniels celebrated their wedding anniversary last month with a trip to Myrtle Beach, SC, where they honeymooned 50 years ago. Andy and W.T., who is now serving as mayor of Greeneville, were married on June 17, 1966, at the Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Roy E. Blakeburn, who graduated from Tusculum in 1984 and passed away earlier this year. The Daniels have two daughters, Angela Daniels ’90 and DeAnna Pillar, and seven grandchildren.  Andy graduated second in her class at Tusculum and later earned a master’s degree in early childhood education from East Tennessee State University.  She operated a private nursery school, Miss Andy’s Nursery, for nine years. For more than 20 years, Andy served as an adjunct faculty member at Walters State Community College and as an instructor at the YMCA. Both Andy and W.T. are active in community activities and in 2012, they purchased and renovated one of the oldest homes in downtown Greeneville.

 

‘80s

Beth Maupin Frye ’85 of Chuckey, TN, has been named athletic director at Chuckey-Doak High School for the 2016-17 academic year. A math teacher at the school, she has also served as the head girl’s basketball coach since 2000. She has served as head volleyball coach, assistant softball coach and started the cross country teams at both the high school and Chuckey-Doak Middle School.

 

’00s

Heather Sellers ’02 of Huntsville, AL, has joined the staff of the Cook Museum of Natural Science in Decatur, AL, as the exhibits coordinator. The new Cook Museum is scheduled to open to the public in late 2017.

Hope Sims Malone ’05 of Bluff City, TN, has been named the new principal at Church Hill Elementary School.

Keith Lambert ’08 of Powell, TN, graduated from the 264th Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA, in June. Lambert, who serves as the deputy chief of the University of Tennessee Police Department, was one of five law enforcement officers from Tennessee in the class. The academy is an invitation-only opportunity offered to the top one percent of the law enforcement community. Lambert completed 17 hours of college courses during the 10-week program, which covered drug enforcement strategies, legal updates for command level officers, advanced leadership, forensic science and other subjects in addition to the physical training associated with the program. The 29-year veteran of the UT department completed the Marine Corps Obstacle Course, called the “Yellow Brick Road.” The grueling 6.1-mile course has come to symbolize attendance and completion of the academy.  Lambert received the coveted Yellow Brick for completing all weekly physical challenges.

 

’10s

Dr. Rebecca Hunley ’12 of Talbott, TN, has been named the new assistant principal at Cherokee High School. Hunley comes to the Hawkins County School from Jefferson County High School, where she was a biology teacher for the past 11 years.  During her time in the Jefferson County system, she served as a DATA Team coach, Science Club sponsor. Science Bowl coach and STEM representative for the county.

 

Justin Reed ’13 has finished his MFA at Washington University in St. Louis and has had his first book published, “A History of Flamboyance” (YesYes Books, 2016). His first full-length book of poetry, “Indecency,”  is forthcoming from Coffee House Press in 2018. His work appears—or soon will—in ”Best American Essays,” “Callaloo,” “The Iowa Review,” “The Kenyon Review,” “Obsidian,” “PEN American,” “Vinyl” and elsewhere.

 

Altoine Wilson ’13 of Covington, GA, has joined the coaching staff of the Alcovy High School football team in Covington as an assistant coach. Alcovy is Wilson’s high school alma mater and he played football for the Tigers. He teaches in the Covington school system.

 

Cameron Carney ’16 has signed a professional contract to play for the Alpine Cowboys of the Pecos League, an independent professional league in the desert mountain region in the Southwest. Carney, a native of Niagara Falls, NY, was a pitcher for the Pioneers and made 17 appearances this past spring, including seven starts where he posted a 4-0 record and a 4.40 earned average. He combined on a pair of shutouts and posted a save against Catawba. He pitched in 47 innings where he tallied 44 strikeouts against 10 walks and limited the opposition to a .272 batting average. In his two years at Tusculum, he finished with a perfect 5-0 record in his 29 appearances, including two saves and a 5.38 ERA. He tallied 65 strikeouts against 20 walks. Carney graduated in May with a degree in criminal justice, while minoring in psychology.

 

Yared Mamo ’16 has accepted the position of intensive care unit nurse at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville, TN.

 

 

 

Brooke Wilhoit ’15 and Matt Ripley ’09 ’15 were married May 21, 2016, at Asbury United Methodist Church in Greeneville. The couple is living in Greeneville. Brooke and Matt are both teachers in the Greene County School System. She teaches English language arts and he teaches mathematics.

 

 

 

 

Dorothy “Dotti” Park Range ’45 of Burlington, NC, passed away June 14, 2016. Mrs. Range lived life with zest, enthusiasm and with appreciation for her many blessings, and she served others in many ways with equal enthusiasm. She graduated as salutatorian from Tusculum and continued her studies in history at the University of Tennessee and Tennessee State College. She began her teaching career when she and her husband, Harold, moved to Raleigh, NC, and subsequently to Burlington. She taught at North Carolina School for the Blind in Raleigh, then at EM Holt Elementary School in special needs, returning to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to expand her knowledge as she began teaching Bible studies at both Williams and Cumming high schools. Mrs. Range was active in her church and civic communities. She was a member of Front Street Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and dearly loved her church family. She participated and taught Sunday school, Bible school, Christian Women’s Fellowship as well as serving on the board of trustees and as a deacon and elder. Mrs. Range served as a counselor at Christmount Christian Camp in Black Mountain and was often invited to lead Bible study group in many local churches. Her community activities included League of Women Voters, Lady Lions, Garden Club competitions, Church Women United and Daughters of the American Revolution. Mrs. Range was an avid golfer and enjoyed many other sports and outdoor activities, including bridge, duct pin team bowling at the YMCA and camping with the Girl Scouts as leader. She was active in the Senior Olympics. She also supported and attended the high school athletics games and matches, having been involved in sports in her own high school and college. Her many activities came second to her love of family – too immeasurable to describe.

 

Ken Hood Jr. ’50 of Greeneville, TN, passed away on July 16, 2016, after enjoying 91 years of life. Mr. Hood was one of the more decorated veterans from East Tennessee, having served with the 407th Infantry Regiment of the 102nd “Ozark” Division as a Platoon Sergeant of “Rogers Raiders” during World War II.  After the war, he came to Greene County and opened a photography studio before joining the Greeneville Sun as the newspaper’s first staff photographer in 1950. Mr. Hood worked at the newspaper until he retired in 2007 as its executive editor. He was active in his church, Trinity United Methodist Church, where he served in various capacities through the years. Mr. Hood  also served for several years as a member of the Greeneville City School Board, providing leadership and guidance during the time of desegregation and the construction of Hal Henard Elementary School and Greeneville Middle School. He was a member of the Greeneville Rotary Club for many years until his health precluded him from attending, serving for many years on its board of directors and as an officer of the club. Mr. Hood enjoyed people and kept up with family and friends from near and far through email and Facebook. He was always fascinated with a good gadget and enjoyed keeping up with the latest technologies. He enjoyed telling jokes, teasing his friends, smoking his ever-present pipe, and eating anything chocolate. He was devoted to his family and throughout his life, he invested himself, his values and his work ethic in his family and friends. He will be remembered for his many acts of kindness, his words of encouragement, his firm handshake, his keen sense of humor and his warm, friendly smile.

 

Diane Leslie Russell ’70 of Asheville, NC, passed away June 29, 2016. Mrs. Russell was an educator, businesswoman and church leader. She served as guidance counselor and admissions director at Asheville Country Day School. Mrs. Russell was the founding president and director of Career and Educational Planning Service, which guided the choice of colleges and careers for students and adults. She continued in the field until the end of her life, helping many make mid-life career changes. She was a leader in the Episcopal church and served as senior warden of the vestry at The Cathedral of All Souls. Mrs. Russell led numerous committees in early career planning, teaching and consulting in an educational environment. She served on the education committee of the Western North Carolina Diocese of the Episcopal Church.

 

Carrie Ann LaPolt ’04 of Greeneville, TN, passed away July 10, 2016, due to complications from a brain hemorrhage. Ms. LaPolt was a certified yoga instructor and enjoyed her pets, arts and crafts, and watching Tennessee Volunteer football games. Toward the end of her life, she was embracing a newfound spirituality. Ms. LaPolt attended St. James Lutheran Church and her final act of kindness was to share the gift of life through organ donation.

 

Faculty

Dr. Robert Orr passed away on June 23, 2016, due to injuries received in an automobile accident. Dr. Orr had taught courses related to American history and environmental studies at Tusculum in the 1990s. A local historian with interests in East Tennessee and the Civil War, he had also been a lecturer at the College on numerous occasions. Dr. Orr was a talented musician and had also performed at various College events.

 

 

 

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Make plans to attend Homecoming 2016, October 21-22

Make plans to attend Homecoming 2016, October 21-22

Posted on 01 July 2016 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Homecoming 2016 is coming very soon, and we have many exciting events planned. A schedule for Homecoming weekend is below.

Register online today!

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 TC’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 pm with shotgun start at 1 pm.  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 – WC/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 10:00 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 am, Sunday School at 9:30 am, the traditional service at 10:45 am.  Learn more at www.firstpresgreeneville.org.

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

3:30 – 5 p.m. Thursday, October 20

3:30 – 5 p.m. Friday, October 21

 

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

www.econolodge.com

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

 

Days Inn Greeneville

www.daysinn.com

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

 

Quality Inn

www.qualityinn.com

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

 

General Morgan Inn

www.generalmorganinn.com

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

 

Knights Inn (previously Charray Inn)

www.charrayinn.com

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

 

Hampton Inn

www.hamptoninn.com

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

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Tusculum ranked among top American colleges by The Economist

Tusculum ranked among top American colleges by The Economist

Posted on 29 June 2016 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College ranked among the top colleges in the State of Tennessee in the first-ever rankings of American colleges and universities by The Economist. Tusculum ranked an impressive 7th among the 36 Tennessee-based schools included. Overall, Tusculum College was ranked in the 57th percentile—meaning it was ranked ahead of 57 percent of the 1267 American colleges and universities included in the rankings.

The Economist rankings are based on the premise that the economic value of a college or university is equal to the gap between how much money its students subsequently earn, and how much they might have made had they studied elsewhere.

“Tusculum College offers a solid education and foundation for a career that will pay dividends for years to come. Our students are both prepared for graduate programs and the workforce and that is reflected in The Economist’s rankings,” said Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College.

“There are so many considerations when choosing a college home,’ said LeAnn Hughes, vice president of enrollment management and marketing and director of the Graduate and Professional Studies program at Tusculum College. “Considering value is a critical component. When you choose Tusculum College, it is an investment you make in the rest of your life.”

Hughes added that many recent graduates have gone on to very promising careers at places such as PriceWaterhouseCooper, Presbyterian College and Mountain States Health Alliance.

“From the very beginning students at Tusculum are supported by our robust Career Services Office,” said Hughes. “Through the Pioneer Certified program students gain valuable experience related to job hunting, portfolio development, interviewing, networking, internships, meal etiquette, job shadowing, career fairs and professionalism.”

Using a comprehensive statistical formula, schools are ranked according to how much each school adds to (or subtracts from) its graduates earning potential, relative to other colleges and universities. According to The Economist‘s criteria, Tusculum College graduates earn, on average, $534 more per year than they would if they had attended another college or university.

For more information on Tusculum’s programs, contact an enrollment representative at 800.729.0256.

 

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Cruise on Rhine River in 2017 to kick off new alumni travel program

Cruise on Rhine River in 2017 to kick off new alumni travel program

Posted on 23 June 2016 by eestes@tusculum.edu

A Viking River cruise will kick off the new alumni travel program at Tusculum College, according to Heather Patchett, vice president of Institutional Advancement. The inaugural event will be an eight-day cruise on Rhine River scheduled for April 2017.

Tusculum College is partnering with Kristin Small of Cruise Planners to manage the new travel program.

“The goal of the program is to continue the educational relationship between our alumni and the college,” said Patchett.  “Traveling together in a relaxed setting will foster bonds between our alumni and encourage learning in an informal setting.”

Viking River Cruises offers a wide range of opportunities to visit a number of World Heritage sites and to participate in guided tours of the cities that are visited. River cruising provides an opportunity to explore the towns along the river in an intimate way, said Small. “You can stroll the streets and explore the markets, churches and museums. We will have an opportunity to visit Amsterdam, Cologne, Heidelberg and Strasbourg.”

For more information about the Alumni Travel Program please contact Joni Parker, Office of Alumni Relations at 423-636-7303 or Small at 855-278-9377. More information can be found about the Rhine River Cruise at this site.

 

This map shows some of the locales along the route of the Rhine River cruise.

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Doaks recognized for community service by Exchange Club

Doaks recognized for community service by Exchange Club

Posted on 22 June 2016 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Doaks presented Book of Golden Deeds award from Greeneville Exchange Club

Capt. Sam Doak (USN Ret.) '49 H'14 and his wife, Emily, were recognized for their service to the community, including Tusculum, by the Greeneville Exchange Club.

Capt. Sam Doak (USN Ret.) ’49 H’14 and his wife, Emily, were the recipients of the 2016 Book of Golden Deeds award from the Greeneville Exchange Club on June 14. The award recognizes dedicated volunteers who give of their time and talents to make their community a better place to live.

In the 50 years that the Greeneville organization has presented the award, the Doaks were only the second couple to be recognized with the honor. Sam’s service to Tusculum College includes serving many years as a trustee and now as a life trustee. His community service includes teaching senior citizen driving courses in his own senior years. During the presentation, it was noted that Emily is an Epsilon Sigma Alpha DIANA-award winner who has been involved with local organizations and a constant supporter of the arts in the area. Emily has been a longtime volunteer for the Museums of Tusculum College.

As their health has permitted, the Doaks have attended numerous events on campus, including Theatre-at-Tusculum productions, band and chorus concerts and athletic events. The Doaks have been active members of the Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church and maintain a relationship with First Presbyterian Church of Greeneville as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

’60s

Cliff Ott ’64 recently had his foot amputated and is recuperating at the Shawneespring Health Care Center in Harrison, OH. He would love to hear from Tusculum friends. He can be contacted at Shawneespring of Harrison, 10111 Simonson Rd., Harrison, OH 45030 or at (513) 367-1752.

 

’80s

Shelly Smith ’88 of Greeneville, TN, has been named principal of Chuckey-Doak High School. A Greene County native, Smith has 28 years of experience in public K-12 education, with 11 of those years in administrative roles including principal and chief human resources officer. Smith and her husband, Nathan, have twin daughters, Lauren and Lindsey.

 

’90s

Daniel Gene Thompson ’96 of Greeneville, TN, has been named assistant principal at Chuckey-Doak High School. Thompson has 19 years of experience in both private and public K-12 education, with three of those years spent as director of the Thomas Howard McNeese Educational Center, Greene County’s alternative school. He has also been an adjunct professor at Tusculum since 2005 in the Physical Education Department. Thompson is currently pursuing a master’s degree in educational leadership. Thompson and his wife, Jodie, have two sons, Ty Cooper Thompson and Trey Kolbey Thompson.

 

Stephanie Potter ’97 of Kingsport, TN, has been named director of professional learning for the Kingsport City School System. Potter will provide leadership in the area of professional learning for all aspects of the district. She has served the Kingsport system for seven years, serving as an associate principal and principal. Prior to joining the Kingsport system, Potter taught school in Virginia.

 

Dr. Amy Doran’99 of Kingsport, TN, has been named coordinator of early childhood education and a grant writer for the Kingsport City School System. Doran will supervise systemwide pre-K programs, early intervention programs and early childhood learning center programs; serve as building administrator for the Palmer Early Learning Center; and oversee all functions and activities associated with federal, state, foundation, and private enterprise grants for the district. Doran has been employed by the system for 24 years and has served as an elementary school teacher, system-wide literacy coach and associate principal. Prior to joining the Kingsport system, Doran taught school in Georgetown, SC, was an interventionist with Tennessee Early Intervention System (TEIS) and served as director of the Colonial Heights Presbyterian Day School.

 

Rev. Jonas M. Hayes ’99 has been named new head pastor of Grace First Presbyterian Church in Long Beach, CA. An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Hayes has more than 13 years of experience, including mission outreach, education, pastoral care and preaching. He graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary and began his pastorate as a chaplain at California Pacific Medical Center.

 

’10s

Sean Cotten ’11 of Mooresville, NC, was jackman in the race crew for Kurt Busch in his NASCAR win at the raceway at Pocono on June 6. A jackman is a member of the pit crew responsible for lifting the car with a jack. He was also part of the pit crew that was named Most Valuable Pit Crew of 2015. Cotten has worked for Stewart-Haas Racing since 2012 when he was hired as a gasman.

 

Chris Raasch ’16 is playing for the Forest City (NC) Owls in the summer collegiate Coastal Plain League. He started on the pitcher’s mound for the Owls in their opening night win of the season.

 

 

 

Aly Carrino ’13 and Michael Curtis Collins were married on May 28, 2016. The groomsmen included the bride’s brother, J.T. Carrino ’13. Following a honeymoon to St. Lucia, the couple is living in Greeneville. Aly is the resource development and athletics director at the Boys and Girls Club of Greeneville and Greene County.

 

 

 

 

Col. Silas Purvis (Ret. U.S Air Force) ’44 of San Antonio, TX, passed away on March 1, 2016. A native of Greeneville, TN, Col. Purvis had retired as a highly-decorated Air Force veteran with more than 30 years in the military service. He served in three wars, including extensive combat roles flying on B-26 bombers in World War II and completion of 55 combat missions in the Korean War. Col. Purvis held a major post in Air Force intelligence operations in South Vietnam during the conflict in that country and also served in high-level military intelligence-related assignments at the Pentagon. His military decorations included, among numerous others, the Legion of Merit, the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross with one oak-leaf cluster, the Bronze Star, the Air Medal with six oak-leaf clusters, the Purple Heart with two oak-leaf clusters and the French Croix de Guerre with palm. He moved back to his hometown in the mid-1980s. Even prior to moving back, he had become a widely popular and much respected figure in Greene County through his practice of writing congratulatory or appreciative notes and cards to local individuals, and through his financial support for various local civic organizations and fundraising drives. Col. Purvis took an active role in various civic organizations, including the Greene County Heritage Trust and the Greeneville-Greene County Humane Society during the time he lived in Greeneville before moving to Texas in 1989. He was one of the largest contributors to the Humane Society. Other longstanding interests included the YMCA and revitalization of downtown Greeneville. In Texas, Col. Purvis was also active in various aspects of community life. His survivors include sister and Tusculum alumna Mary Belle Purvis ’53.

 

Peggy Carson Cheezem ’47 of Florence, SC, formerly of Greenwood, SC, passed away August 30, 2015.A native of Washington County, TN, she pursued graduate studies at the University of Tennessee. She was a volunteer in her community, serving at a local museum, in the hospital auxiliary and on a hospital foundation special committee. Mrs. Cheezem was a member of Main Street United Methodist Church in Greenwood. She was able to return to her Alma Mater as recently as Homecoming 2007 and she fondly remembered her days living in the residence halls on campus.

 

Pearl Woolsey Morgan ’56 of Greeneville, TN, passed away June 15, 2016. Mrs. Morgan, who was 101 years of age at her passing, was a retired educator from the Greene County School System, having started her teaching career in 1938. She was a charter member of Harris Memorial Free Will Baptist Church, and was its last surviving founder and deacon. Mrs. Morgan was a member of the Arthritic Aerobics Class at the YMCA for a number of years and was an avid sports fan, particularly of the University of Tennessee Lady Vols.

 

Robert Harwin Cooper ’63 of Wilmington, DE, passed away on November 23, 2015, after a long battle with cancer. Mr. Cooper was a veteran, having served three as a captain in the U.S. Army’s Medical Services Corps, including a tour in Vietnam. After leaving the military, he served as director of social services for the Children’s Home in Claymont, DE. Mr. Cooper then went on to spend eight years counseling fellow Vietnam veterans and their families through the Veterans Center in Wilmington. He was a licensed clinical social worker and served as president of the Delaware Association of Group Care Agencies from 1980-82. An avid fisherman, Mr. Cooper loved taking his boat to undiscovered fishing spots in Maryland and Delaware.

Patricia McGarvey ’69 of Concord, CA, passed away on March 7, 2016. After graduating Tusculum, she taught school for a year in Camden, NJ, before moving to California. Ms. McGarvey had a 39-year career with the Social Security Administration there, working as a systems analyst. She found great enjoyment and satisfaction working with all of her colleagues at Social Security, many of whom remained close friends during her retirement. Ms. McGarvey was known for her love of swimming. Some of her most memorable swims were the English Channel Relay and her many swims in San Francisco Bay with other Dolphin Club members.

 

Betty Phaler  ’72 of Blackwood, NJ, passed away suddenly on June 13, 2015, at her home. Mrs. Phaler was a substitute school teacher and then went on to work as a bus driver.

 

Craig B. Allen ’74 of Naperville, IL, passed away October 8, 2010. After leaving Tusculum, Mr. Allen bought his own business, The Dog Patch, in Naperville. Over the next 38 years, he pioneered many practices and philosophies in pet care. Through his endless dedication and love of animals, Mr. Allen set a gold standard nationally for the entire pet industry.

 

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Tusculum receives $50,000 grant from First Tennessee Foundation

Tusculum receives $50,000 grant from First Tennessee Foundation

Posted on 06 June 2016 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College has received a $50,000 grant from First Tennessee Foundation to name the foyer area of the new Center for Science and Math. The gift is part of the Tusculum First capital campaign.

The grant for the foyer naming will assist with the construction costs of the new 100,000 square foot, state-of-the-art Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math. The grant helps to bring the Tusculum First campaign to more than $21.7 million in commitments.

The First Tennessee Foundation Foyer is located on the ground floor which will be the main entrance to the center utilized by faculty, staff, students and visitors.

“The new center will enhance academic programs with the goal of graduating students who will strengthen the capacity of the people of Appalachia to compete in the global economy through STEM education,” said Heather Patchett, vice president of institutional advancement at Tusculum College. “Strengthening STEM education requires engaging instruction from learned and innovative faculty in a flexible and well designed facility.”

The Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math will replace Tredway Hall, long known as Science Hall, on the Tusculum College campus as the home of science and math. Tredway was constructed in 1928 for a much smaller student population, at a time when scientific research and instrumentation was much different.

According to Patchett, in spite of the limitations of the current building, science majors at Tusculum College have gone on to successful and distinguished careers in scientific research, health-related fields. “Our students have been admitted to first-rate graduate and professional programs and have contributed to the body of knowledge in their chosen profession. They have made discoveries that have improved lives and have saved lives thanks to the quality education received from dedicated professors at Tusculum College.”

The new Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math will also bring changes to the teaching of math and the sciences at Tusculum College. More spacious classrooms will accommodate students comfortably, with ready access to technology. Labs will incorporate the latest instrumentation and safety features. With additional labs, all students will have the opportunity for hands-on experiences in scientific research.

Tusculum First is designed to address the college’s areas of greatest need including a new center for science and math, growth of academic programs, endowed scholarships, student life improvements, technology, an environmental resources and facilities center and support to the Tusculum Fund.

Dr. Nancy B. Moody, left, accepts the initial payment on a $50,000 grant to Tusculum College from Jennifer Keller, vice president of community banking, at First Tennessee in Greeneville. The grant from First Tennessee Foundation will name the foyer area of the new Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math.

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