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More than 200 alumni enjoy Homecoming 2014 activities

More than 200 alumni enjoy Homecoming 2014 activities

Posted on 23 October 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Friendships were renewed and new memories made on the Tusculum College campus this past weekend as more than 200 alumni returned for Homecoming 2014 activities.

Alumni enjoyed two days packed with activities on campus and in the surrounding community October 17 and 18.

Friday’s highlights included a trip to Bright’s Zoo, which is home to exotic and endangered animals from across the globe; a luncheon with students; campus tours led by members of the President’s Society; an herb workshop at the Doak House Museum; an open house at the Office of Career Services, and reunion year get-togethers.

Alumni and friends of the College enjoyed the bright, sunny fall afternoon on the links during the annual Homecoming Golf Tournament, held this year at Link Hills Country Club. Winning the net division was the team of Skip Bishop ’63, Derek Cantrell, Wade Nystrom ’64 and Matt Poff ’12. The team winning the gross division included Bobby Bowers ’57, Eldon Duncan, Jack Kilday ’57 and Bill Smith ’66.

Winning the net division of the golf tournament were Skip Bishop '63, Derek Cantrell, Wade Nystrom '64 and Matt Poff '12 (not pictured).

 

Winning the gross division of the golf tournament was Jack Kilday '57, Bobby Bowers '57, Bill Smith '66 and Eldon Duncan.

Saturday’s activities began with the annual Memorial and Chapel Service, which recognizes those alumni who have passed away since the previous year’s Homecoming. The service included a special performance of “Hymn of Promise” by the Tusculum Alumni Choir, which included daughters of Joan Faulkner Weesner ’51, who passed away earlier this year.

Chalmers Conference Center was filled for the Alumni Breakfast and annual Alumni Association meeting. The meeting included greetings to the alumni from various groups and an update on the College and the new Tusculum First Campaign from Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody.

A highlight of the meeting was the presentation of awards and the Sports Hall of Fame induction. Four awards were presented from the Alumni Association, and a coach and two former Pioneer student-athletes were inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame.

Dr. Nancy B. Moody

The first award presented was the National Alumni Recognition Award, which is presented to individuals who have excelled during their service to Tusculum by demonstrating a commitment to the students of the College and her programs. Lynn Battle, president of the Alumni Association, presented the award. Noting that he did have about three pages of biographical information to read about the recipient, he noted that would not be necessary as her contributions to the College are well known as he called Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of the College, to the front to receive the award.

Amy Brooks

The National Living Faculty Award was presented to Amy Brooks, director of the athletic training program, assistant professor of athletic training and assistant athletic trainer. At Tusculum, she also serves as the certified athletic trainer for the sports of volleyball and women’s basketball. Angelo Botta ’75, who presented the award to his fellow faculty member, said Brooks goes above and beyond in her duties, often coming in early and then staying late to help students.

The Sports Hall of Fame inductions were then made. Added to the Sports Hall of Fame this year were Pioneer golf coach Bob Dibble; 2003 All-American football linebacker Craig Pritchett; and 2007 South Atlantic Conference women’s golfer of the year Shannon Palenkas Stone.  (To learn more about the inductees, please visit this webpage.)

 

Inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame were Golf Coach Bob Dibble, women's golfer Shannon Palenkas Stone '07 and football linebacker Craig Pritchett '04.

Brett Purgason

Brett Purgason ’02 was presented the Frontier Award, which recognizes outstanding alumni who have graduated between five and 15 years ago from the College. Purgason, who earned his bachelor’s degree through the Graduate and Professional Studies Program, is a dedicated member of the Tusculum College Alumni Executive Board. He is employed by the RMS Building Division, where he serves as building division manager. Purgason is active in local politics, previously serving as the chairman of the Greene County Republican Party. He serves as a board member of the Greene County Partnership and is a graduate of the Greene County Leadership Program, where he received the Outstanding Character Award.

The Pioneer Award, the highest honor presented by the Alumni Association, was given to George Ryan ’75. In presenting the award, Larry Pinkiewicz ’75 noted that Ryan, a CPA who owns his own firm, has been a strong ambassador for his Alma Mater, encouraging prospective students to come to Tusculum. He has volunteered his time to college fairs in his region in New Jersey to represent Tusculum. Ryan was unable to attend Homecoming because of a death in his family, but his award was accepted by his daughter, Ciara, a freshman at Tusculum who said she decided to come to Tusculum because of her father’s love for the school.

Ciara Ryan, a freshman at Tusculum, accepts the Pioneer Award for her father, George Ryan '75, from his classmate Larry Pinkiewicz '75.

Following the meeting, alumni were invited to have class photos made in front of the Niswonger Commons while awaiting the beginning of the parade, which passed in front of that building. Members of the Golden Pioneer Class of 1964 were grand marshals for the parade.

The parade ended at the area of the tailgate held prior to the football game against long-time rival Carson-Newman. Although the Pioneers were not victorious, the alumni were treated to an exciting game with a series of lead changes. During half-time, the Homecoming King and Queen were crowned. Chosen through a vote of the student body, crowned were seniors Forrest Trent of Morristown and Sarah Jackson of Duluth, Ga. Both students are psychology majors and have been active leaders on campus. Trent is serving this year as a student intern in the Office of Student Affairs. Jackson is a member of the President’s Society student ambassador group.

Homecoming festivities concluded Saturday evening with an alumni dinner and dancing at the General Morgan Inn.

To view more photos from Homecoming,  please visit the Tusculum College Facebook page.

 

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Alumni respond to ‘Loose Change for a Chapel’ during Homecoming activities

Alumni respond to ‘Loose Change for a Chapel’ during Homecoming activities

Posted on 22 October 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Santo Cicirello '63 explains the "Loose Change for a Chapel" effort while modeling one of the hats made by Mary Manners '61. The hats were sold during the Alumni Association meeting and the proceeds donated toward the chapel effort.

Around $1,000 was raised for “Loose Change for a Chapel” during last weekend’s Homecoming activities.

Santo Cicirello ’63 is appreciative of all the alumni who made donations this weekend to “Loose Change for a Chapel,” and says he is humbled by their generosity and response to the effort.

At a meeting of the Alumni Executive Board a few years ago, Cicirello recalls he was sitting next to Margaret Gaut ’40, who expressed a desire to have a chapel built on campus. He agreed and the idea for “Loose Change for a Chapel” was soon born.

Cicirello set aside a jar to collect his loose change, and then challenged himself to give in another way. Each time he stops to put gas into his vehicle, Cicirello says he buys two one-dollar lottery tickets. Whatever he wins goes into his “Loose Change for a Chapel” jar and if he doesn’t win anything, he donates $2 to the jar.

A true ambassador for Tusculum, Cicirello shares often his story of how God worked in his life to bring him to the College from his native New Jersey and the blessings in his life that came from attending the school. He has shared his efforts for the chapel with other alumni and encouraged them to give as well. The chapel, he says, would not need to be large, but provide a place for the weekly chapel services as well as a quiet place for students to go pray or meditate. It could also be a place that alumni could use for weddings or other special services.

During last year’s Homecoming Alumni Association meeting, an impromptu sale was held for hats made by Mary Macfarland Manners ’61 with the proceeds donated to the chapel effort after Cicirello had explained about “Loose Change for a Chapel.” A little over $500 was raised through that sale and donations made.

Manners brought more of her beautiful hats this year and the hat sale returned during the Alumni Association meeting for Homecoming 2014. Cicirello also talked with fellow alumni participating in the golf tournament and also told people about “Loose Change for a Chapel” during the alumni dinner Saturday evening.

Over the weekend, a little more than $1,000 was donated  towards the chapel effort. Cicirello says he has been asked what a chapel, once built, would be named. He said he would like to see it named the Tusculum Alumni and Friends Chapel because of all those who have given to make it happen.

 

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Catch up on the latest news from your classmates

Catch up on the latest news from your classmates

Posted on 22 October 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

’70s

Sidney Courtney ’72 and Claudia Strohmaier Courtney ’73 are now retired and living in Dover, DE. They have two sons, age 41 and 31, who are also living in Delaware. The Courtneys enjoyed their trip to campus for alumni weekend last year with Sidney’s classmate and roommate Paul Parren ’72. The Courtneys hope to return to campus again next year.

 

’90s

Cindi Gresham DeBusk ’98 was named to the Leadership Knoxville class for 2015. Cindi is the owner of GCS Group in Knoxville and is a member of the State of Tennessee Board for Licensing Contractors. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for Friends of the Smokies and the Knox Heritage Board.

 

’00s

Claude Drexel Gatlin, Jr. ’00 is a candidate for mayor in Newport, Tenn. He is retired from AT&T.

 

Justin Johnson ’08 of Gloucester, VA, has been named marketing and sales coordinator for the Richmond International Raceway. He has been with the raceway since 2013, formerly serving as consumer marketing coordinator.

Dr. Angelo Volpe H’08 was recently honored by the Brooklyn College Alumni Association for lifetime achievement. This is his 55th reunion year. Dr. Volpe, Tennessee Tech University president emeritus, received a post-50th alumni lifetime achievement award. He was Tennessee Tech’s seventh president, but he was its first to have a doctoral degree. While he was president, the university completed a $21 million capital campaign and its endowment grew from $1 million to $27 million. During his tenure, the campus Fitness Center, Hyder-Burks Agricultural Pavilion, and the library – now named for Volpe and his wife, Jennette – were built. Volpe also fought to keep the Appalachian Center for Craft open for education, created two chairs of excellence and established the Women’s Center and Leona Lusk Officer Black Cultural Center. Dr. Volpe is a member of the Tusculum Board of Trustees and served as interim president in 2007.

 

’10s

Amber Sharp-Brown ’11 has completed her Master of Science in sports medicine at Georgia State University.  She is employed as an assistant athletic trainer at Westminster Academy in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Jessica Kent ’11 is a third grade teacher at Talbott Elementary School. This is her first year teaching. She has worked the past five years as an assistant to pre-first grade and kindergarten.

 

Jessica Miller ’12 works with grades K-5 in special education and with exceptional children services at Jefferson Elementary School in Jefferson County. This is her first teaching position.

 

Marcie Stuart ’13 is a sixth grade math teacher at Jefferson Middle School in Jefferson County. This is her first full-time teaching position.

 

Eric Tobler ’13 of Oak Ridge, Tenn., is chief executive officer of Tobler Enterprises and is the managing partner for the CRWC partnership. Eric is a licensed general contractor and a licensed real estate agent.

 

 

 

 

Kirstie Lauren Gust ’12 and Collins Van Liew were married on October 5, 2014. Kirstie is a financial management associate at KPMG in Chicago.

 

Emily Shipsey ’14 and John Polny were married on September 26, 2014. Emily is a visitor services specialist at Discovery Center at Murfree Spring in Murfreesboro, TN.

 

 

 

 

’40s

Irene Bolton France ’41 of Jonesborough, TN, passed away October 7, 2014. After attending Tusculum, Mrs. France began her teaching career at Limestone Elementary School. She later taught English at Jonesborough High School and then served as librarian/media specialist there. After earning a master’s degree from East Tennessee State University, she became librarian/media specialist at University School where she served for 25 years. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma and was a past Matron of the Jonesborough Eastern Star #352. Mrs. France was also a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, the Washington County Retired Teachers Association, American Legion Auxiliary, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, the Purple Heart Auxiliary, the ETSU Retired Association and ETSU Retirees. In addition, she was a member of the Jonesborough Goodwill Circle, Garden Club and the Tuesday Club. She was a member of Central Christian Church, where she was a Sunday School teacher for many years and was active in the Dorcas Circle of the Church. Her survivors include sister and Tusculum alumna Marie Gilley ’44.

 

Winifred “Win” Mitchell ’43 of Carbondale, IL, passed away October 10, 2014. A native of Hudson, NY, she graduated from Columbia University with a degree in nursing after attending Tusculum. In 1945, she enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps as a second lieutenant and was assigned to Tilton General Hospital at Fort Dix and the English General Hospital in Atlantic City, NJ, where she worked with amputees. She was then assigned to the hospital ship Aleda E. Lutz and made four trans-Atlantic voyages to pick up ambulatory soldiers from England and France for transport to Charleston, SC. As the war ended in Europe, her ship was transferred to the Pacific Theatre. It was being outfitted in Hawaii when Japan surrendered. She married Gilbert Mitchell in 1945 and after their discharges from the Army, they settled in West Frankfort and then in Carbondale. Mrs. Mitchell spent the rest or her nursing career at Holden Hospital and Doctor’s Hospital. She taught practical nursing and nurse’s aides at Southern Illinois University and Herrin High School, retiring in 1985. Mrs. Mitchell was a member and former deacon at First Presbyterian Church in Carbondale. She was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and served as the Regent in 2008. She also served as a volunteer guardian and worked for Meals on Wheels.

 

June Barrett Mittman ’45 of Wilmington, NC, passed away September 26, 2014. A native of New Jersey, she returned to her home state after graduating from Tusculum and met her future husband, the late Edward Mittman. Mrs. Mittman was a woman ahead of her time, balancing duties as a housewife with substitute teaching and later a position as youth director for the American Red Cross. In later life, she volunteered at various organizations including churches, thrift stores and at the Cap May (NJ) Welcome Center. For many years, she walked three miles a day and continued exercising until shortly before her death. She will be remembered for her outgoing personality, humor and wonderful pianist skills. She began playing piano professionally at age 10 and continued doing so at social events her entire life. She played various kinds of music but loved music from the 1940s best. She generally played by ear, easily playing anything she heard and transposing chords. She also played theater organ.

 

Dr. Kenneth J. Chapman ’49 of Columbus, OH, passed away on August 3, 2014. Dr. Chapman was a veteran, having served in the medical corps in the U.S. Navy in the Philippines. He was an OB-GYN in the Columbus area for 31 years, serving on the staff of Riverside Methodist Hospital.

 

’50s

Marilou Neas Humphreys ’57 passed away September 28, 2014, after a difficult journey with Alzheimer’s disease at her daughter’s home in Orlando, FL., where she and her husband had lived for the past three years. A native of the St. James area of Greene County, TN, Mrs. Humphreys taught at Doak and Chuckey-Doak schools until her family moved to Orlando in 1960s. She continued her teaching career there until retiring to take care of her parents. After her parents passed away, she and her husband retired, moving back to Greene County to the family farm. She and her husband returned to Florida after she needed more care due to her illness. She enjoyed gardening, and she and her husband enjoying traveling the country. Mrs. Humphreys was an active member of St. James Lutheran Church, where she helped with Sunday school and Appalachian Helping Hands.

 

’60s

Annette Clark Gernhardt ’64 of Chesapeake, VA, passed away on September 12, 2014. She was a retired technical editor, writer and publications specialist for Northrop Grumman.

 

’90s

Jeffery Louis Ginsberg ’95 of Knoxville, TN, passed away unexpectedly October 18, 2014.  Mr. Ginsberg was a former business owner, city councilman and president of the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce. He most recently was vice president of human resources for LeGacy Resource Corp. Mr. Ginsberg also served as president of the Tennessee Valley Human Resources Association, was a member of the Tennessee State Human Resource Association Council and was past president of the Oak Ridge Human Resource Association. He had been recently awarded the ESGR Ombudsman of the Year for his work with the Army National Guard and Reserve. One of his greatest joys was playing guitar in the Boys Night Out Band for more than 30 years.

Ruth Ellen Waller Williams ’96 of Piney Flats, TN, passed away unexpectedly on January 30, 2014. Mrs. Williams was a teacher at Sullivan East High School until the fall of 2013. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tuition, other fees at Tusculum College will not see increase in 2015

Tuition, other fees at Tusculum College will not see increase in 2015

Posted on 17 October 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

There will be no increase in tuition and room and board rates for Tusculum College students in the 2015-2016 year, as members of the Tusculum College Board of Trustees voted to freeze fees for the upcoming year at their fall meeting on the Greeneville campus, October 15-17.

The board met for three days, which included the kick-off celebration for the Tusculum First Capital Campaign held on Thursday night.

“We are pleased to announce that tuition, room and board at Tusculum College will remain at the same rate,” said President Nancy B. Moody. “It is our challenge and our duty to control costs for our students to the best of our ability.”

The tuition freeze will be applied to both the residential and the Graduate and Professional Studies programs.

In other business, the board approved revised floor plans and construction budget for the Dr. Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math.

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

The building features the environmental science wing with a loading dock, as well as larger general classroom spaces and classrooms equipped for distance learning programs. A large lecture hall will also be included on the ground floor. Additional space is earmarked for new yet-to-be-determined academic programs.

“We are ready to see this vision become a reality,” said Dr. Ken Bowman, chair of the Board of Trustees and a 1970 graduate of Tusculum College. “With the announcement Thursday night of the Tusculum First campaign and approval today on a construction budget for the science building, we have made giant strides in moving Tusculum College forward.”

Upon the recommendation of the faculty, the board approved changes in the number of credit hours required for graduation and credit hours earned per course for a large number of offerings in the academic program. Students will be required to earn 120 credits to graduate, down from 128. It is anticipated that this change will be implemented with the input of faculty, staff and administration by fall 2016.

Also approved was a fully-online degree program for the Bachelor of Science in management program.

In other action, the board gave approval to the 2014-2015 operating budget, approved December graduates and elected officers.

Officers elected included: Chair, Dr. Bowman; Vice Chair, Dr. Jerry Ward; Treasurer, Dwight Ferguson, and Secretary, Mark R. Williams.

Bowman, who currently resides in Apollo, Pa., has been a member of the board since 1998 and chair since 2006.

Dr. Ward resides in Greeneville and has served on the board since 2009.  He has served as assistant principal, principal and superintendent of schools in the Greeneville City School System. Dr. Ward served on the faculty of Tusculum College from 1994 until 2004, serving as distinguished service professor of education, department chair and division chair.

Ferguson joined the board in 2009. He is retired from Nuclear Fuel Services, Inc., located in Erwin, where he served as president and chief executive officer from March 1992 until January 2009. Williams, of Greeneville, joined the board in 2001. He is a broker with Century 21 Legacy.

Also re-elected for an additional term as board members were Dr. Ward, Dr. Alan B. Corley, Dr. Judith Domer, Anna Gamble, Dr. Paul E. Stanton, Frank Horsman and Dr. Angelo Volpe.

The next meeting of the Tusculum College Board of Trustees will be in February 2015.

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Tusculum College kicks-off $25 million capital campaign

Tusculum College kicks-off $25 million capital campaign

Posted on 17 October 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College kicked off a $25 million dollar capital campaign Thursday night in a gathering of college alumni and friends at the General Morgan Inn.

More than 150 people attended the dinner held in conjunction with Homecoming 2014 and the October meeting of the Board of Trustees. The campaign, Tusculum First, is designed to strengthen the college and what is offered by the institution to the community and the region.

Campaign Chairman Scott Niswonger, an alumnus of the college and member of the Tusculum College Board of Trustees, announced that to date, $18 million had been raised.

“By giving to the Tusculum First Campaign, donors will provide resources that enable Tusculum to continue to grow and thrive,” said Niswonger. “To reach our goal, we are appealing to everyone in our community – alumni, students, parents and friends of the college – to join us in making our community first in education.”

According to Niswonger, 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.

The campaign, which follows the college’s long line of firsts, “was initiated to improve and expand Tusculum College and its programs for the benefit of both the internal and external community. It is designed to improve the areas that most affect student success and inspire them to be contributing members of society,” said Dr. Nancy B. Moody, the college’s president.

Moody went on to explain that the campaign is a continuing effort to keep Tusculum first, and that it will provide improved academic programs and scholarship opportunities to help students develop as global citizens. The overall goal of the campaign is to give the Tusculum community the best education environment possible.

“Tusculum College is in a state of becoming, one we hope to continue for centuries more. Tusculum First will make these transformational opportunities a reality,” added Moody. “The success of Tusculum First depends on every member of the Tusculum community joining together to set the next stage of transformation.”

Dr. Ken Bowman, a 1970 alumnus of the college and chair of Tusculum’s Board of Trustees, told the group how proud he was to be part of continuing the tradition of firsts that is so prominent in the institution’s history.

“We have a duty, a responsibility, to be stewards of what has been passed forward to us since the days our founders chose to take on the task of providing higher education to those on the frontier,” said Bowman. “We are up to the task, and if we stand together, can provide for our future through what we can offer to generations to come.”

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Homecoming 2014 is coming in just a few weeks!

Homecoming 2014 is coming in just a few weeks!

Posted on 23 September 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Just a few weeks remain to Homecoming 2014. Make your reservations today to return to Tusculum and enjoy time with your fellow alumni.

Check out the schedule below:

Friday, Oct. 17

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

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Memory Lane Take a walk down memory lane as the staff of the Museums of Tusculum displays outfits, slide shows, pictures from Tusculum’s past, yearbooks and newspapers in the Living Room of Niswonger
Commons.

10 a.m. – Bright’s Zoo - $30 – Located in Limestone, Tenn.,  Bright’s Zoo is home to many rare species.  Transportation will be provided.  To learn more, visit www.brightszoo.com.   A boxed lunch will be provided.

 

11:30 a.m.  – Lunch with students – $10 – Enjoy lunch with students and share your Tusculum experience with the Pioneers of today.

1 p.m. – Campus Tours Revisit and rediscover your Alma Mater. Take a tour with the President’s Society, a group of elite Residential College
students.

1 p.m. – Golf Tournament – $50 – 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 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. – Herbs and Herblore – no charge –  Fun make and take workshop hosted at the Doak House Museum.

2 – 3 p.m. Career Services Open House Alumni are invited to stop by the Career Services office in Room 307 of Niswonger Commons for “cookies and information.” Meet the staff of Tusculum’s Career Services office
and learn more about how they can assist you.

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

Evening - Individual  Class Gatherings – cost varies

8:30 p.m. – Bonfire Enjoy the annual Homecoming Bonfire, located near the parking lot at Pioneer Field, with current students.

Saturday, October 18

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

8 a.m. – Memorial Service – Join us in remembering alumni who have passed away since Homecoming 2013.

 

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

 

9 a.m. – Alumni Meeting – Learn the latest about the Alumni Association and hear an update on the College.

 

9:30 a.m. – Alumni Awards and Sports Hall of Fame Awards – Come celebrate the newest alumni and Sports Hall of Fame award honorees.

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

 

11 a.m. – Student Support Services Luncheon – Alumni who were in the Student Support Services program or ARCHES are invited to a cookout and other festivities at the Patton House (near Pioneer Park).

 

Noon – Parade – Watch the 11th Annual Homecoming Parade along the route between the Charles Oliver Gray Complex and Pioneer Park.

 

Noon – Tusculum Volleyball hosts Newberry, Pioneer Arena.

 

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

 

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

6 p.m. – Alumni and Friends Social Hour General Morgan Inn
7 p.m. – Alumni and Friends Dinner 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 DJ Donnie Bunch will provide music.

 

Sunday, October 19

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 Lenoir-Rhyne, Pioneer Field.

 

3:30 p.m. – Tusculum Men’s Soccer hosts Lenoir-Rhyne, Pioneer Field.

 

During Homecoming, you are encouraged to visit the museums, art gallery, the Presidential photo gallery at the Library and the Bookstore. Hours for each are below:

Tusculum College Bookstore
Niswonger Commons

8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Thursday, October 16

8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, October 17

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Saturday, October 18

 

Thomas J. Garland Library

8 a.m. – 10 p.m. Thursday, October 16

8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, October 17

9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, October 18

 

Allison Gallery (Rankin House behind Three Blind Mice)

The Allison Art Gallery will be hosting visiting artist, Melissa Stallard’s exhibition of digital photographs called “The Shrinking City.”  Stallard is an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Akron.

3:30 – 5 p.m. Thursday, October 16

3:30 – 5 p.m. Friday, October 17

Closed Saturday, October 18

 

Doak House Museum

8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday, October 16

8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, October 17

 

President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library

8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday, October 16

8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, October 17

 

 

Please make every effort to make your reservations prior to Friday, October 3, in order for us to provide accurate estimates on food preparations. Make your reservation online.

 

If you have questions about Homecoming 2014 registration, please contact Joni Blake Parker, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations at jbparker@tusculum.edu or 423-636-7303.

Greeneville Hotel Information

Econo Lodge (former Comfort Inn and Holiday Inn)

1790 E Andrew Johnson Hwy, Greeneville

(423) 639-4185


Days Inn Greeneville

935 E Andrew Johnson Hwy, Greeneville

(423) 639-2156

 

Quality Inn (former Jameson Inn)

3160 E Andrew Johnson Hwy, Greeneville

(423) 638-7511

 

General Morgan Inn

111 N Main St, Greeneville

(423) 787-1000

 

Knights Inn (formerly Charray Inn)

121 Serral Dr, Greeneville

(423) 638-1331

 

Hampton Inn

3130 E Andrew Johnson Hwy, Greeneville

(423) 638-3735

 

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New meditation garden dedicated at ceremony Tuesday afternoon

New meditation garden dedicated at ceremony Tuesday afternoon

Posted on 23 September 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

A dedication ceremony was held for the meditation garden located at the Honor Program House at Tusculum College on Tuesday, Sept. 23. The garden was a service project of several Tusculum classes, including students in the biology and visual arts programs. The garden was designed not only as a beautiful campus space, but as an ongoing project in support of ASafeHarborHome, an organization that assists domestic abuse victims and homeless with a disability. With the help of Office of Institutional Advancement, the biology class solicited donations to purchase plants and supplies. With each group donation, a plant identification marker will be placed to represent organization or departments/group on campus. Students from the “Service Learning in the Arts” class repaired, cleaned and re-tiled the benches; repainted the bird feeder; and created the stepping stone that is a feature in the garden. Students in service-learning classes taught by Robin Fife have worked with ASafeHarborHome for several years and continue to work the non-profit organization.

 

The meditation garden was created as a partnership between Tusculum College and ASafeHarborHome.

Lilly Gonzelez and Daniel Velez

The dedication ceremony included a welcome from Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College. Denise Coffey, student intern at ASafeHarborHome, shared what the meditation garden means to her. Dr.Melissa Keller, assistant professor of biology; Aurora Pope, assistant professor of art, and Fife described what their students did as part of the project. Daniel Velez, chief executive officer of ASafeHarborHome, Inc., and his wife, Lilly Gonzalez, expressed their appreciation of the Tusculum students and College community for their work. Velez said it is an example of people working together to meet a common goal to better the lives of others. Tusculum Chaplain Mark Stokes offered a prayer of dedication for the garden. Rev. Ronda Gentry, director of the Center for Civic Advancement, invited those in attendance to explore the garden.

 

Lowe's of Greeneville provided donations of some of the landscaping elements used in the garden.

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Learn the latest about your fellow alumni

Learn the latest about your fellow alumni

Posted on 23 September 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

 

 

 

 

’10s

Kate Barford ’13 is working for and attending Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Kate will be working on her Ph.D. in social psychology. She began her doctoral program in September.

 

Zach Wampler ’13 of Greeneville, TN, recently made it into the top 200 for Project Greenlight, a documentary series on HBO, executive-produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. The show takes an uncensored look at the challenges facing a first-time director, and Zach beat out thousands of other candidates before missing the next cut. Zach participated in the digital competition with hopes of getting to direct his first feature film through Project Greenlight.

 

 

 

’30s

Polly Anne Carter Estes ’37 died on Aug. 9, 2014, at the home of her daughter, Margaret ’63, in Buffalo Grove, IL. Mrs. Estes was a retired elementary educator.

 

’40s

D. Oliver Burkey Jr. ’48 of Greenville, TN, passed away September 6, 2014. Mr. Burkey was a long-time supporter of his Alma Mater and served a number of years on the Council for Church Relations. He served as president of the Alumni Association from 1968-1972 and was a member of the Alumni Executive Board member for many years. He helped raise funds for Tusculum’s endowment from local area alumni and chaired the 1991 Greene County Tusculum Alumni Fund. Mr. Burkey was a retired agent for the Life Insurance Company of Georgia, serving 38 years as an agent. During most of his adult life, he had immersed himself in volunteer community service and took joy in being part of efforts to make others’ lives better. Mr. Burkey was a charter member of the Glenwood Ruritan Club, serving as its treasurer from 1959-2011. He helped with advertising and ticket sales for fundraisers and coached Little League for the team sponsored by the Ruritan Club during the 1960s and 70s. Mr. Burkey served as the chairman for the Greene County division of the local United Way Campaign for 38 years. He was responsible for raising more than $350,000 for the United Way in his lifetime, much of it personally through door-to-door visits. He invested more than 3,000 hours of volunteer time for the United Way and continued to visit hundreds of potential donors across the county until a few months before his passing. Mr. Burkey used his fundraising expertise to help raise thousands of dollars for the Orebank Volunteer Fire Department. He had served as president of the Greeneville Life Underwriters’ Association. Mr. Burkey was a member of Timber Ridge Presbyterian Church, where he had served as an elder since 1947. He was also the cemetery and building fund treasurer. He was a regular Holston Presbytery commissioner and committee member and served nine years as the Holston Presbytery-appointed board member for the Sunset Gap Community Center, which serves children and families in Greene and Cocke counties. Mr. Burkey was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific theater as a liberty ship gunner. He was a charter member of the Andrew Johnson VFW Post 1990. He was a lifelong active member of the Greene County Republican Party and was the 25th District Party Chairman for decades, recruiting election poll workers for the Glenwood precinct up to the time of his passing.

Dr. Dale Self ’48 of Jefferson City, TN, passed away February 7, 2014. Mr. Self served as a medic in the U.S. Army during World War II. He graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in 1952 and practiced dentistry in Morristown for 32 years. Basketball was a love of his, having played both at Tusculum and East Tennessee State University. In his later years, gardening became a passion.

 

’50s

Helen Oakley Sherwood ’50 of Mechanicsville, VA, passed away August 17, 2014. Mrs. Sherwood taught school in Maryland and also in West Germany, where her late husband Samuel, was stationed while serving in the U.S. Army. She was a founder and originator of the First Baptist Church Day Care Center, from which she later retired.

 

’60s

Robert Arthur Lapsley ’66 of Savannah, GA, passed away September 4, 2014. Mr. Lapsley played both baseball and basketball at Tusculum. He was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army. In 1968, Lapsley joined Goodwill Industries of Detroit, later joining Goodwill Industries of the Coastal Empire, Inc. in Savannah in 1972. In 1979, he was appointed president and CEO, providing inspired leadership through difficult times for seventeen years until his retirement in 1997. During his tenure, the Second Chance Program was established, which provides community re-entry training for individuals with traumatic brain injuries and is the only program of its kind in Georgia outside of Atlanta. He was also instrumental in establishing a Teleride service in Savannah to greatly increase the mobility and opportunities for people with disabilities. He was a 30-year member of the Lions Club of Savannah and served as its president in 1996. He was honored by his fellow members as a Melvin Jones Fellow, the highest honor in the Lions Club.

 

’80s

Barbara Deming Burke ’88 of Kingsport, TN, passed away February 28, 2014, after a year-long courageous battle against several illnesses. Mrs. Burke worked was employed at Holston Defense for many years before retiring and attending college. After earning both a bachelor’s and master’s degree, Mrs. Burke began teaching at Northeast State Community College.

 

Eric Alfred Roline ’89 of Morristown, TN, passed away September 18, 2014, following a courageous 14-month-long battle with brain cancer. He was an engineer and had worked at TRW in Rogersville, TN. Mr. Roline was a member of Arrowhead Church, where he volunteered with the lighting/sound system. He was an avid sailor. Mr. Roline was a member of the Cherokee Lake Sailing Club for the past 18 years and had been awarded many trophies for his sailing abilities.

 

’90s

Vivian Lee Calloway McClendon ’94 of Spring City, TN, passed away March 5, 2014. Mrs. McClendon was retired from the TVA Watts Bar Nuclear Plant after 27 years of service. She was a member of the Reed Chapel United Methodist Church and the TVA Retirees Association.

 

Mr. Kenneth Robson ’94 passed away on March 7, 2014.

 

Mrs. Janet Evelyn Breeden Harvey ’96 of Jonesborough, TN, passed away July 29, 2014, at her home. An educator, she taught at David Crockett High School and Greeneville High School for 35 years and was a member of Jonesborough Presbyterian Church.

Michael James Butts ’98 of Warner Robins, GA, passed away September 2, 2014.

’00s

Matthew James Chakales ’03 of Knoxville, TN, passed away July 31, 2014. Mr. Chakales had a career in finance. He was passionate and highly skilled in wrestling, serving as assistant wrestling coach for Powell High School. Mr. Chakales was a member of Middlebrook Pike United Methodist Church and founded the church’s prison ministry. He also volunteered with Cornerstone Recovery and the Blount County Detention Center.

 

Joshua D. Olmstead ’03 of Kingston, TN, passed away September 26, 2013. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

 

 

Faculty

Dr. Nancy Naff Boardman of Athens, TN, passed away July 28, 2014. A dedicated and accomplished educator, she served as a classroom teacher, a curriculum supervisor, a principal, a superintendent and a college professor. She taught at both Tusculum and Tennessee Wesleyan College. She was named Business and Professional Woman of the Year by the Athens Chamber of Commerce in 1988.

 

Dr. Douglas H. Manley of Athens, TN, formerly of Cleveland, TN, passed away on July 12, 2014. At the time of his passing, he was an associate professor of music and director of keyboard studies at Tennessee Wesleyan College. He had also taught at Tusculum and at Cleveland State Community College. Dr. Manley had also served in the music ministries of several area churches.

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Pioneer Pete Tailgate providing family fun prior to home football games

Pioneer Pete Tailgate providing family fun prior to home football games

Posted on 22 September 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

The cheerleading squad provides face painting during the tailgate. During the Sept. 20 tailgate, the cheerleaders raised money for the Wounded Warrior Project.

Football games are becoming more of an event for the whole family with the Pioneer Pete Tailgate Party this year.

Designed as an event for Tusculum students and the community, the Pioneer Pete Tailgate Party features music, games, food and activities for all ages.

The tailgate includes games, inflatables, face painting, special displays and other activities.  Food and other concessions from local vendors will be available.

There is no charge for any of the tailgate activities except for food and a ticket to the game. The tailgates begin about two and a half hours prior to kickoff.

The Pioneer football team was victorious in its home opener against the College of Faith, setting two NCAA defensive records and tying another.

The remaining home games are on Oct. 11 Oct. 18, Nov. 1 and Nov. 6.

Tusculum first  South Atlantic Conference contest at home finds the Pioneers taking on Newberry College  at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, for Breast Cancer Awareness Day and Local Church Day.  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month as the Pioneers and their fans will be donning pink and will be raising funds and awareness in the battle against breast cancer.  Tusculum will also be recognizing and honoring churches in the community as the Pioneers take on the Wolves at 2:30 p.m.

Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Frankie Debusk leads the Pioneer football team in its walk-through the tailgate area prior to the game.

The Pioneers will take on arch-rival Carson-Newman on Saturday, Oct. 18. for Homecoming 2014 as the game is slated to begin at 2:30 p.m.  Be there for all the pageantry and tradition of homecoming weekend with the parade, alumni reunions and the homecoming court.  It is also Sports Hall of Fame weekend as members of the 2014 induction class will be honored during the game.

 

Tusculum hosts 2013 NCAA Playoff participant UNC Pembroke at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, for Senior Day.  The Pioneers will honor its senior members of the football team as well as the senior members of the cheerleading squad and the Pioneer Marching Band prior to kickoff.  It is also Family Weekend on the Greeneville campus.

The Pioneers conclude their season at 7 p.m. on Nov. 6 against conference foe Brevard.  There will be a fireworks display following the game.

 

The inflatables are popular with youngsters and college students.

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Tusculum announces 2014 Sports Hall of Fame class

Tusculum announces 2014 Sports Hall of Fame class

Posted on 18 September 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

The 2014 Tusculum College Sports Hall of Fame class has been announced and three new members will be inducted next month.  This year’s inductee class includes: Pioneer golf coach Bob Dibble; 2003 All-American football linebacker Craig Pritchett; and 2007 South Atlantic Conference women’s golfer of the year Shannon Palenkas Stone.

The induction ceremonies will take place Saturday, October 18th during the College’s Homecoming weekend festivities.  The ceremony is part of the alumni breakfast, which will be held at the Chalmers Conference Center in the Niswonger Student Commons on the Greeneville campus.

The 2014 induction class will also be honored prior to the homecoming game against Carson-Newman University.

BOB DIBBLE

For the past quarter of a century, Bob Dibble has directed the golf fortunes at Tennessee’s oldest college. Dibble, a native of Peoria, Illinois has coached the men’s team for 25 years and started the women’s program in the 1997-1998 season.

His teams have captured seven conference titles and two region championships during his tenure. He guided the TC men’s squad to five consecutive national tournament appearances from 1993-1997. In the women’s inaugural campaign, the Pioneers placed 13th at the NAIA National Tournament.  In all, he has guided the Tusculum golf programs to an amazing 45 team tournament titles during his tenure.

He has been honored by his peers as conference coach of the year on nine occasions during his career, including the 2011-2012 campaign as he was named the South Atlantic Conference Women’s Golf Coach of the Year for a second time (He earned the inaugural SAC Coach of the Year accolade during the 1999-2000 season).  He led that team to a berth to the NCAA Division II Tournament as his team finished third or better in six of its 11 events, including two tournament titles.

He has mentored three All-Americans, 45 All-Conference players, four conference players of the year and three SAC Freshmen of the Year.  He has coached eight players who qualified for NCAA Division II region play, including three-time All-Conference standout Rachel McFarland who advanced to the 2003 NCAA II National Championship where she finished 16th individually.

Dibble’s players have also excelled in the classroom as 24 players have garnered All-America Scholar Athlete recognition, while five of his squads have captured the SAC Team Academic Award. He has also coached five SAC Scholar Athletes of the Year.

Dibble served as head professional at Link Hills Country Club in Greeneville, Tenn. from 1978 to 2000. He turned pro in 1957 and became a Professional Golf Association member in 1964. Dibble also squeezed in a stint serving in the United States Marine Corps.

Dibble served as Midwest PGA President from 1971-73 while living in Missouri and was a club pro in Florida as well. A veteran of the PGA Winter Tour, Dibble has qualified for the PGA National Club Pro Championship on three occasions. Junior golf has been Dibble’s passion for over 20 years. He has built one of the state’s strongest youth programs at Link Hills. Dibble has been honored on four occasions with the Tennessee PGA Junior Golf Leader of the Year Award. In 1982, he won the Tennessee PGA Horton Smith Award for his contributions to the game of golf.

Dibble played his collegiate golf at Central Missouri State in Warrensburg, Mo. He also attended the University of Missouri at Kansas City where he lettered on the basketball hardwood for the Kangaroos.

Dibble has been married to his wife Cindy for over 50 years and the couple has three grown children: Sandy, Tim and Chris. His son, Chris, is the head golf professional at Holston Hills Country Club in Knoxville. The Dibbles are also the proud grandparents of nine grandchildren.

CRAIG PRITCHETT (Tusculum, 2003)

From 1999-2003, Craig Pritchett was the epitome of the ideal college student-athlete.  He shined both on the Tusculum football field as well as in the classroom.

In his 43-game career, he recorded 277 tackles, which are the sixth-most all-time and the fourth highest tally by a TC linebacker.  He also amassed 39 tackles for loss, which are sixth in the TC record book, while his five fumbles forced and five fumble recoveries are the third and fifth most ever by a Pioneer, respectively.

The two-time All-South Atlantic Conference selection earned second team honors in 2002 and first team accolades in 2003.  He was a four-time team captain and led the Pioneers to a 31-12 combined record, which is one the most successful four-year periods in program history.  His teams recorded wins over three nationally-ranked opponents, including two times against arch-rival Carson-Newman.

During his 2000 rookie season, he posted 66 tackles, including nine for loss, two sacks and four interceptions, which are tied for the third most in a TC single-season.  He also forced two fumbles, recovered two more and tallied seven passes defended.  For his efforts, he was named the 2000 SAC Defensive Freshman of the Year.

Pritchett recorded 82 tackles in 2001 as the Pioneers posted an 8-2 record and finished the season ranked 21st in NCAA Division II.

In 2002, he finished with 90 tackles, including 17 hits behind the line of scrimmage, which are the third most tackles for loss in school history.

In his 2003 senior campaign, Pritchett made 39 tackles, while leading Tusculum to a 9-2 record, a No. 19 national ranking and the program’s first South Atlantic Conference championship.  He was named to the Daktronics All-Region Team and the D2football.com All-America team.

In the classroom, Pritchett finished his undergraduate career with a 3.76 cumulative grade point average while majoring in visual arts.  He was named the SAC Football Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2002 and again in 2003.

The two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District selection was also recognized for his numerous community service endeavors with his selection to the 2003 American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team® and was one of only 11 players from NCAA Division I FCS, NCAA II, NCAA III and the NAIA to be chosen.

In 2003, he was also the recipient of the Tusculum College President’s Award and the Walter T. Dette Spirit Award.

He graduated from Tusculum in 2003 with magna cum laude honors and was a nominee for the Eisenhower Scholar Society.

Pritchett is in his 10th season on the football coaching staff at his prep alma mater Ridgeland High School in Rossville, Georgia.  He has served the last five years as RHS co-defensive coordinator and has guided Ridgeland to playoff appearances in eight of his 10 seasons, including 2012 where his squad advanced to the state championship game.

He is married to the former Susanne Chesney, who is a 2003 Tusculum graduate and they are the parents of a seven-year-old son, Braylon and five-year-old daughter, Chesney.

SHANNON PALENKAS STONE (Tusculum, 2007)

Shannon Palenkas Stone accounted for one of the best playing careers in the history of the Tusculum women’s golf program.

From 2003-2007, the Maryville, Tenn. native posted a career scoring average of 83.44, which was a school record upon her graduation and is currently the fifth lowest in the Tusculum record book.

She garnered All-South Atlantic Conference honors on three occasions, including two times on the first team.  In her senior campaign, she shot a then-school record 78.28 scoring average, which is the fourth best currently by a Pioneer.  In the 2006-2007 season, she won two individual tournament titles and was named the SAC Player of the Year.

She claimed the 2006 Tusculum Fall Classic crown with her two-day score of 148, which is the sixth-lowest 36-hole score in school history. Included in that tally was a career-best 71 (-1).  She would later cap off her stellar career by winning the 2007 SAC Tournament title.  She is the only women’s golfer in TC history to sweep SAC Player of the Year and SAC Tournament MVP honors in the same season.

The three-time SAC All-Tournament honoree finished in the top-20 on 24 occasions, including 14 times in the top-10 along with six top-5 performances.

At the end of the 2006-2007 academic year, she was named the Tusculum College Female Athlete of the Year, becoming the first women’s golfer to earn the College’s top athletic honor.

She graduated from Tusculum in 2007 with a degree in business administration.  Shannon is a creative service manager with the Pilot Travel Centers Corporation.

Shannon is married to Cody Stone, who was a point guard on the Pioneer men’s basketball team and graduated from Tusculum in 2004.  The Stones live in Maryville, Tennessee and they are the parents of two daughters, Ella and Harper.

 

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Make your reservations to attend Homecoming 2014

Make your reservations to attend Homecoming 2014

Posted on 26 August 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Alumni should begin receiving more information about Homecoming in the mail soon or have received it in their email.  A few additions have been made to the schedule recently including a “Memory Lane” display by the Museums of Tusculum College and an informational open house at Career Services.

After you look through the schedule, make your reservations to attend the celebration, scheduled Oct. 17-18 this year.

Below is the finalized schedule.

Friday, Oct. 17

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

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Memory Lane Take a walk down memory lane as the staff of the Museums of Tusculum displays outfits, slide shows, pictures from Tusculum’s past, yearbooks and newspapers in the Living Room of Niswonger
Commons.

10 a.m. – Bright’s Zoo - $30 – Located in Limestone, Tenn.,  Bright’s Zoo is home to many rare species.  Transportation will be provided.  To learn more, visit www.brightszoo.com.   A boxed lunch will be provided.

 

11:30 a.m.  – Lunch with students – $10 – Enjoy lunch with students and share your Tusculum experience with the Pioneers of today.

1 p.m. – Campus Tours Revisit and rediscover your Alma Mater. Take a tour with the President’s Society, a group of elite Residential College
students.

1 p.m. – Golf Tournament – $50 – 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 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. – Herbs and Herblore – no charge –  Fun make and take workshop hosted at the Doak House Museum.

2 – 3 p.m. Career Services Open House Alumni are invited to stop by the Career Services office in Room 307 of Niswonger Commons for “cookies and information.” Meet the staff of Tusculum’s Career Services office
and learn more about how they can assist you.

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

Evening - Individual  Class Gatherings – cost varies

8:30 p.m. – Bonfire Enjoy the annual Homecoming Bonfire, located near the parking lot at Pioneer Field, with current students.

Saturday, October 18

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

8 a.m. – Memorial Service – Join us in remembering alumni who have passed away since Homecoming 2013.

 

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

 

9 a.m. – Alumni Meeting – Learn the latest about the Alumni Association and hear an update on the College.

 

9:30 a.m. – Alumni Awards and Sports Hall of Fame Awards – Come celebrate the newest alumni and Sports Hall of Fame award honorees.

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

 

11 a.m. – Student Support Services Luncheon – Alumni who were in the Student Support Services program or ARCHES are invited to a cookout and other festivities at the Patton House (near Pioneer Park).

 

Noon – Parade – Watch the 11th Annual Homecoming Parade along the route between the Charles Oliver Gray Complex and Pioneer Park.

 

Noon – Tusculum Volleyball hosts Newberry, Pioneer Arena.

 

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

 

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

6 p.m. – Alumni and Friends Social Hour General Morgan Inn
7 p.m. – Alumni and Friends Dinner 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 DJ Donnie Bunch will provide music.

 

Sunday, October 19

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 Lenoir-Rhyne, Pioneer Field.

 

3:30 p.m. – Tusculum Men’s Soccer hosts Lenoir-Rhyne, Pioneer Field.

 

During Homecoming, you are encouraged to visit the museums, art gallery, the Presidential photo gallery at the Library and the Bookstore. Hours for each are below:

Tusculum College Bookstore
Niswonger Commons

8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Thursday, October 16

8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, October 17

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Saturday, October 18

 

Thomas J. Garland Library

8 a.m. – 10 p.m. Thursday, October 16

8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, October 17

9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, October 18

 

Allison Gallery (Rankin House behind Three Blind Mice)

The Allison Art Gallery will be hosting visiting artist, Melissa Stallard’s exhibition of digital photographs called “The Shrinking City.”  Stallard is an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Akron.

3:30 – 5 p.m. Thursday, October 16

3:30 – 5 p.m. Friday, October 17

Closed Saturday, October 18

 

Doak House Museum

8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday, October 16

8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, October 17

 

President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library

8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday, October 16

8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, October 17

 

 

Please make every effort to make your reservations prior to Friday, October 3, in order for us to provide accurate estimates on food preparations. Make your reservation online.

 

If you have questions about Homecoming 2014 registration, please contact Joni Blake Parker, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations at jbparker@tusculum.edu or 423-636-7303.

Greeneville Hotel Information

Econo Lodge (former Comfort Inn and Holiday Inn)

1790 E Andrew Johnson Hwy, Greeneville

(423) 639-4185


Days Inn Greeneville

935 E Andrew Johnson Hwy, Greeneville

(423) 639-2156

 

Quality Inn (former Jameson Inn)

3160 E Andrew Johnson Hwy, Greeneville

(423) 638-7511

 

General Morgan Inn

111 N Main St, Greeneville

(423) 787-1000

 

Knights Inn (formerly Charray Inn)

121 Serral Dr, Greeneville

(423) 638-1331

 

Hampton Inn

3130 E Andrew Johnson Hwy, Greeneville

(423) 638-3735

 

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‘Pioneer Pete’ tailgate Sept. 4 to feature live music, activities for all

‘Pioneer Pete’ tailgate Sept. 4 to feature live music, activities for all

Posted on 26 August 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Live music, games, food and activities for all will be part of the Pioneer Pete Tailgate Party Thursday, Sept. 4, prior to the Tusculum football team’s home opener.

The community is invited to come and be part of the fun, which includes a performance by Carson Peters, the 10-year-old fiddler who has appeared on the Jay Leno Show and performed at the Grand Ole Opry. The tailgate will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the area just outside the Niswonger Sports Complex and Pioneer Field.

Carson Peters

The Fiddlin’ Carson Peters Band also include his father, Jamie Peters, and two Greene Countians, Tom and Bobbie Dier. Carson, who began playing fiddle at three, says his main inspiration is using “the talent God gave me to make people smile!”

The tailgate will include games, inflatables, face painting and other activities for all ages.

Tasty food will also be plentiful as Creamy Cup, Auntie Ruth Donuts and Soft Pretzels and other concessions will be part of the tailgate.

There is no charge for any of the activities except for food and a ticket to the game. Tusculum  will be taking on the College of Faith with kickoff scheduled at 7 p.m. Fireworks will follow the game.

The Pioneer Club will also be having a tailgate on Thursday with information available about how to become a member and support Tusculum student-athletes and athletic programs.

Games and inflatables will be part of the Pioneer Pete Tailgate Party.

The Thursday night game is the first of six home games for Tusculum this season. The other home games include against North Greenville (Sept. 20), Newberry (Oct. 11), Carson-Newman (Oct. 18), UNC Pembroke (Nov. 1) and Brevard (Nov. 6).

Tusculum hosts North Greenville on Saturday, Sept. 20, as the Pioneers will be celebrating Local Heroes Night and Take-A-Kid the Game Night at Pioneer Field.  Children ages 12 and under will be admitted free.  It will also be Youth Football Night as all players of the Boys & Girls Club, Greene County YMCA Flag Football League, and the Greeneville/Greene County Youth Football Association will  be admitted free.  All youth players are asked to wear their game t-shirt or game jersey to gain free admittance. (All youth must have adult supervision).  All youth football players will lead the Tusculum team out onto the field prior to kickoff.

As Local Heroes Night, the College is inviting all law enforcement, fire and emergency medical professionals and members of the Armed Forces to attend the Sept. 20  game free of charge. Members of the aforementioned agencies may either present their ID badge or be in uniform for free admission to the game. The ID badge admits the public servant and one (1) guest.

Tusculum hosts South Atlantic Conference foe Newberry College on Saturday, Oct. 11, for Breast Cancer Awareness Day and Local Church Day.  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month as the Pioneers and their fans will be donning pink and will be raising funds and awareness in the battle against breast cancer.  Tusculum will also be recognizing and honoring churches in the community as the Pioneers take on the Wolves at 2:30 p.m.

The Pioneers will take on arch-rival Carson-Newman on Saturday, Oct. 18. for Homecoming 2014 as the game is slated to begin at 2:30 p.m.  Be there for all the pageantry and tradition of homecoming weekend with the parade, alumni reunions and the homecoming court.  It is also Sports Hall of Fame weekend as members of the 2014 induction class will be honored.

 

Tusculum hosts 2013 NCAA Playoff participant UNC Pembroke at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, for Senior Day.  The Pioneers will honor its senior members of the football team as well as the senior members of the cheerleading squad and the Pioneer Marching Band prior to kickoff.  It is also Family Weekend on the Greeneville campus.

 

The Pioneers will host South Atlantic Conference foe Brevard for a rare Thursday night battle on Nov. 6, at 7 p.m.  Following the regular-season home finale, there will be a fireworks show.

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