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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

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

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.








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.



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.



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.



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

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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Commencement address available for online viewing

Commencement address available for online viewing

Posted on 30 May 2016 by

Dr. David Baker

Dr. David Baker delivered the commencement address to students at both ceremonies on Saturday, May 7, in the Pioneer Arena in Niswonger Commons on the Greeneville campus. Dr. Baker provided some valuable advice to the graduates about success in the workplace from what he has learned in the more than three decades of his career. You may view the commencement address at this site:


Dr. Baker oversees DIRECTV Group’s national network of installation and service providers and is charged with improving the quality of the customer experience at the point of installation and service. Additionally, he is responsible for DIRECTV Home Services, which is DIRECTV’s owned and operated field services operation. He is currently based in DIRECTV’s Denver offices.


Dr. Baker’s career includes more than 20 years with The DIRECTV Group and its former parent company. Between 1998 and 2006, he held leadership positions with DIRECTV Latin America and DIRECTV Japan, as well as several senior-level financial and operational roles.


Most recently Baker was executive vice president and chief operating officer for On Command Corporation, where he led the integration of On Command into its new parent company, LodgeNet. Also, as a managing director at Nightingale and Associates, LLP, Baker restructured a $350 million construction company to return it to profitability.


Prior to DIRECTV, Baker was at Weyerhaeuser Company as an engineer in raw materials and research and development in Federal Way, WA, and then worked as an operations research analyst for Getty Oil Company in Los Angeles, Calif.


Dr. Baker holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in industrial engineering from West Virginia University and earned his doctorate in mineral economics at the Colorado School of Mines.


Dr. Baker and wife, Nancy, reside in Parker, Colorado, and have one daughter who is nearing graduation from West Virginia University.


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College now enrolling for family nurse practitioner program

College now enrolling for family nurse practitioner program

Posted on 26 May 2016 by

Tusculum College is now enrolling for its new nurse practitioner master’s degree program in family nurse practitioner, having received final approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The college received approval by the Tennessee Board of Nursing in February to move forward in planning the new degree program and has received initial approval to start the program from the Tennessee Board of Nursing.

The family nurse practitioner program is a graduate level Master of Science degree designed to address the need for more primary healthcare providers in the community. It will be led by Dr. Linda Garrett, assistant dean of nursing, health sciences and human services and chair of graduate nursing.

“We are very happy to be able to start this new program in the fall,” said Dr. Lois Ewen, dean of nursing, health sciences and human services. “The family nurse practitioner program will provide nurses in our area with a local choice for earning their master’s degree,” she added.

“Nurse practitioners provide primary care across the lifespan to people of all ages with simple to complex illnesses. We provide care for patients that have comorbidities. We have the same privileges that family physicians have, such as prescribing medications,” said Dr. Garrett.

Applications for enrollment in the program will be available in late spring.  The first class is tentatively set to graduate in fall 2017.

“One of the things that is special about this program, especially in this part of the country, is that we plan to develop an RN to MSN program, which will allow nurses with associate degrees to obtain their master’s degree in six semesters,” said Dr. Garrett.

With this bridge component, Dr. Ewen hopes to serve more nurses in the area and serve the community with quality advanced practice nurses. The nurse practitioner program will be housed in the Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Math and Science, where the students will have access to state-of-the-art equipment specialized for their degree.

“The Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Math and Science will provide students with a lab separate from the lab for the undergraduate program,” said Dr. Garrett. “The undergraduate lab is styled like a hospital, the nurse practitioner labs will be designed much like a typical medical office with high technological recording capabilities.”

Dr. Garrett hopes to work with the theater program at Tusculum and have people trained as “standardized patients.” These standardized patients would act as real patients through scenarios developed by the nursing faculty in order to assist nurse practitioner students in patient interaction and diagnosis.

“My vision is to provide the community with primary care providers–this is an area of need—to provide the folks in this community access to good quality care and to get the nurse practitioner program going and graduating students.”

Individuals with interest in attending the family nurse practitioner program should contact the nursing department at or 423-636-7430 for more information.  Tusculum College is now accepting applications for admission into the college.


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Class of 1966 celebrate 50th reunion during commencement weekend

Class of 1966 celebrate 50th reunion during commencement weekend

Posted on 23 May 2016 by

Members of the Class of 1966 and their spouses gather for a group photo with Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody following the reception on May 6.

Members of the Class of 1966 were in the spotlight during the weekend of of Spring Commencement, May 6 and 7, as they reunited on campus to celebrate their 50th anniversary year.

Seventeen members of the Class of 1966 returned to campus to mark this significant milestone.

During a reception for the class members at the President’s House, each was presented a commemorative medallion by Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College.

A welcome surprise for the class members was the arrival of Dr. Douglas Trout at the reception. Dr. Trout was serving as president of Tusculum during 1966, and members of the Class of 1966 had voted that year to make him an honorary member of their class.  Dr. Trout participated in the activities as a member of the class.

Following the reception, the members broke bread together at a Brumley’s Restaurant at the General Morgan Inn in downtown Greeneville.

Activities started early for the newest Golden Pioneers on Saturday with a breakfast in the Pioneer Perk coffee house on campus prior to the commencement ceremony.

Following breakfast, the class members donned their gold robes and mortar boards along with their medallions and posed for a few photos before lining up in the hallway to be part of the processional in the morning Commencement ceremony.

Members of the Golden Pioneers pose with Dr. Moody and Dr. Trout.

The Golden Pioneers led the graduating students into Pioneer Arena and sat in the front row in front of the stage. During the ceremony, Dr. Moody recognized each by name, and the group was applauded by the soon-to-be graduates and the audience. A presentation was also made to Dr. Moody during the ceremony of the combined class gift of $50,818.32 from the members of the Class of 1966 and the graduating seniors. The funds are to be used in the creation of an endowed Tusculum First scholarship to benefit future students.

Following the ceremony, the Golden Pioneers returned to the Perk for lunch and more fellowship.

Presenting the class gift to Dr. Moody were, left, Michael Fernando, representing the Class of 2016, and Bruce Howell, representing the Class of 1966.

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Alumnus Justin Reed’s essay selected as one of nation’s best of 2016

Alumnus Justin Reed’s essay selected as one of nation’s best of 2016

Posted on 23 May 2016 by

Justin Phillip Reed '13

Justin Phillip Reed’s essay, “Killing Like They Do in the Movies,” has been selected for Best American Essays 2016, edited by Pulitzer Prize nominee Jonathan Franzen.

Justin is a 2013 graduate of Tusculum and a South Carolina native. He is the author of the “YesYes Books” chapbook and “A History of Flamboyance.”

The full publication of Best American Essays 2016 is available for pre-order on, and Justin’s essay can be read at…/killing-like-they-do-in-the-movies.

His poems will also appear in future editions of “Boston Review,” “Vinyl Poetry,” “joINT,” “PLUCK!,” “Muzzle” and in other publications. His work has been anthologized in the “Best Undergraduate Writing,” section of “plain china” and nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

While earning his bachelor’s degree in English at Tusculum, Justin served as assistant managing editor of “The Tusculum Review.” He currently lives in Saint Louis, MO, where he is a Master of Fine Arts candidate in the writing program at Washington University.










Dana Matlock ’89 of Oak Ridge, TN, was selected as one of the “Teachers of the Year” in the Morgan County School System. Matlock has taught at Sunbright School for 21 years



Joseph Elphingstone ’15 has completed his graduate program in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine at the University of Southern California. Elphingstone is a native of Calhoun, GA, and played tennis while at Tusculum.


Emee Herbert

Emee Herbert ’15 has participated in the LPGA Kingsmill Championship in Williamsburg, Va., her first LPGA event. The native of Johns Creek, GA, played two seasons for the Pioneers, earning South Atlantic Conference Freshman of the Year in 2012 and was named conference Player of the Year in 2013. She holds the Tusculum career record with a stroke average of 76.81 in 43 rounds, which is also good for second-best in conference history. Herbert completed her collegiate career at NCAA Division I Coastal Carolina University, where she was named All-Big South.






Estelle Burrows Thornley ’42 of Selbyville, DE, and formerly of Fair Lawn, NJ, passed away March 31, 2016. Mrs. Thornley was a retired computer programmer with the Ridgewood School District in New Jersey. She was a member of Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church in Ocean View, DE.


Mary Mitchell Yowell ’44 of Bealeton, Va, passed away October 13, 2015. Mrs. Yowell worked in Oak Ridge, TN, on the Manhatten Project during World War II as a librarian. She later taught in Rappahannock and Faquier counties in Virginia, finishing her career at Margaret M. Pierce Elementary.


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Trustees approve new academic programs, track and field

Trustees approve new academic programs, track and field

Posted on 19 May 2016 by

The Tusculum College Board of Trustees approved the addition of several new degree programs and a track and field program at its spring meeting, held May 13-14 on the Greeneville campus. With the addition of men’s and women’s track and field teams, the number of NCAA sports offered at Tusculum increases to 18.

The Board gave full approval to a Bachelor of Science in health care administration degree program. A Bachelor of Science in computer science, a Bachelor of Science in information technology and a Master of Accountancy were preliminarily approved pending development of the curriculum. Also approved was the development of a minor in web design.

The new programs will be initiated between now and 2019.

“As an institution it is important that we continue to be responsive to the students we serve as well as the communities around us,” said Dr. Kenneth A. Bowman, chair of the Board and 1970 alumnus of the college. “Changing, and particularly adding degree programs, allows us to serve the needs of students today and into the future.”

The Board also received a report on the recent Mock Disaster Scenario conducted on campus in March. The simulation was a tornado which had collapsed Katherine Hall at approximately 2 a.m. during an academic day. Participants included: Greene County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, Greene County Sheriff’s Office, Tusculum Volunteer Fire Department, Greeneville Police Department, Greeneville Fire Department, Greene County EMS, Greene County 911, Laughlin Memorial Hospital, and Takoma Regional Hospital. Tusculum College provided volunteers from employees and students to act as casualties.

The intent of the drill was to test Tusculum’s ability to initially respond to a natural disaster and communicate with local emergency responders in order to provide emergency care to the Tusculum community. Specifically, the college tested its ability to initially respond to a catastrophic emergency, its ability to handle a large number of casualties and displaced persons and its ability to perform long-term recovery operations and continue business operations.

The initial assessment immediately following the event from Tennessee Emergency Management Agency was that the Tusculum College initial response and Emergency Operations Center performance was “excellent.”

As a result of recent state legislation, the Board reviewed its policies on guns on campus. As a result, both the faculty and student handbooks will be amended to state that the “Board of Trustees of Tusculum College has determined that Tusculum College and all of its property is a weapon-free school,” as described in Tennessee Code Annotated. “No person, except a person who is a sworn peace officer, is allowed to carry a firearm on any property owned or operated by Tusculum College.”

According to Jon Gresham, director of campus safety for Tusculum College, while new wording was adopted, the intent and extent of the policy remains consistent with the policy that had been in operation prior to recent legislation.

The Board also recommended preliminary approval of the 2016-2017 operating budget. The next meeting of the Tusculum College Board of Trustees will be October 2016.


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Dr. Morris Katz honored with Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Morris Katz honored with Distinguished Service Award

Posted on 16 May 2016 by

Dr. Morris E. Katz '37, right, was presented the Distinguished Service Award in absentia during the President's Dinner on May 13. The photo above was made of Dr. Katz and Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody when she visited with him a few years ago in Florida.

Dr. Morris E. Katz, a 1937 graduate of Tusculum College and long-time friend of the college, was presented in absentia the Distinguished Service Award during the annual Tusculum College President’s Dinner on Friday, May 13.

Dr. Katz was recognized for his service and support of Tusculum College. The award was presented via video link. Dr. Katz accepted the award surrounded by friends and family. Dr. Katz is a native of Athol, Massachusetts, who now resides in Sarasota, Florida. Tusculum President Dr. Nancy B. Moody and Dr. Kenneth A. Bowman, chair of the Board of Trustees and 1970 alumnus of the college, presented the award.

The Distinguished Service Award is given to an individual or individuals who have a history of outstanding support of Tusculum College. The award is presented at the President’s Dinner, which honors the college’s major donors.

“It gives me great pleasure to pay tribute to a son of Tusculum College, an excellent student and athlete; a man very dedicated to his family and also dedicated to improving the human condition and making the world a better place; to a very humble person who has loved and celebrated life for 101 years and is dedicated to providing others the opportunity for an education, the gift of a lifetime,” said Dr. Moody.

While a student at Tusculum, Dr. Katz excelled in the pre-med program and was a member of the Outing Club, as well as a member of the cross country and swimming teams. He also served as president of his senior class.

Following his time at Tusculum, Dr. Katz interned for a year at W.W. Backus Hospital in Norwich, Conn.  Through the support of Tusculum College President, The Reverend Dr. Charles Anderson, Morris was admitted to and subsequently graduated from the University of the Oklahoma School of Medicine in 1941.

As a Major in the Medical Corps, Dr. Morris Katz began service as a Battalion Surgeon in the 28th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army, seeing action in the European Theater in World War II.  Upon his discharge in 1945, Dr. Katz received additional training at Beth-Israel Hospital and the Boston City Hospital.  In July 1950, he opened a practice in Norwich, Connecticut, where his specialty was eye-ear-nose and throat.

Board certified in ophthalmology and otolaryngology, Dr. Katz served the community for approximately 46 years until his retirement in 1987.  His professional memberships included the New London County Medical Association, the Connecticut State Medical Association and the American Medical Association. Dr. Katz retired to Florida where he served as a medical volunteer for the Senior Friendship Center until recently. In memory of his wife, Freda, Dr. Katz established The Morris E. and Freda Hillson Katz Endowed Scholarship Fund in 1996. Freda was born in 1914 in Malden, Massachusetts and passed away in 1994. With gifts and a generous planned gift by Dr. Katz, this scholarship seeks to support able and deserving pre-medical students and other science majors.

“With his commitment to education and health care in the community and at Tusculum College,” said Dr. Bowman, “Dr. Katz has made a significant impact. His legacy will continue to impact the lives of students for many, many years to come.”

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Nearly 300 receive degrees Saturday at Tusculum College

Nearly 300 receive degrees Saturday at Tusculum College

Posted on 09 May 2016 by

Graduating from Tusculum College during spring commencement were 295 individuals in two ceremonies held on Saturday, May. 7.

On Saturday 102 students earned Bachelor of Science degrees and 134 earned Bachelor of Arts degrees. In addition 41 graduates earned Master of Arts degrees and 18 received Master of Business Administration degrees.

Walking with this spring’s graduates were 17 representatives of the Tusculum College Class of 1966 who are celebrating their 50th anniversary year. Representatives walked in the procession, clothed in golden caps and gowns and were recognized during the ceremony by Dr. Moody.

The new graduates were addressed by Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody, who recognized the hard work of the path to graduation, saying “Commencement is an occasion of celebration and completion. It is a culmination event for the graduates.” Adding, “Today is a testament to your efforts, to your persistence. Each of you made sacrifices, made adjustments and made some tough decisions along the way.”

She told the group, that while there was no doubt they were thinking about the many people in their lives who have stood by them on this journey, that graduation day was a moment to celebrate the completion of a goal they had worked hard to attain. “Relish the victory that you claim today.”

The Golden Pioneers, represented by Bruce C. Howell, of  Hackettstown, N.J. and the Class of 2016, represented Michael Fernando, a business major from Sri Lanka, presented a check to Dr. Moody for $50,818 as a gift to the college to be used to endow the Tusculum First Scholarship.

Commencement speakers David Baker, at left, and Nicholas Wasylyk

The new graduates were addressed by Dr. David Baker, senior vice president of field services for the DIRECTV Group, Inc. and a member of the Tusculum College Board of Trustees. Dr. Baker shared with the graduates in both ceremonies things he has learned in the more than three decades of his career.

Among his advice, he told graduates to never pass up a chance to help someone or to say something nice. Adding, that this is the base level for building relationships, which are critical throughout life in all capacities.  He also told the audience to always be positive, and when in doubt to smile. “It is easy to go negative,” he said, “Be openly and visibly positive.”

Afternoon Commencement Speaker John Shaw, Jr.

He stressed the importance of communication skills and creative thinking, which he said are skills that grow in value as one progresses in his career.

“One of the best things you can take into a career is a strong set of personal values. With that, you can work your way through some very difficult and complex situations.”

Speaking at the morning ceremony was Nicholas Wasylyk, a pre-med major from Ontario, Canada. Wasylyk has been a member of the Pioneer Football team and president of the Science Club. He has been a member of the President’s Society and Alpha Chi Honor Society and spent countless hours helping other students as a Tusculum College tutor.

Wasylyk told the group to cherish the wonderful memories made with friends, faculty and family. “It is an honor to receive a degree from Tusculum College. We are all now staring at an open door, and all we have to do is run head-first through it. We have the key to our future – knowledge.”

Speaking during the afternoon ceremony was John Shaw, Jr., who received his Master in Business Administration. John also received his undergraduate degree at Tusculum in 1997. He is a project manager at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge. John has been married to his wife, Brenda, for 33 years and they have two daughters, Shanna and Aleia.

His advice to graduates was to find new opportunities to put new skills and knowledge to work. “The important thing is finding your passion,” he said.  “In life, control is an illusion. Treasure and relish each moment.”

Beth Brimer, at left, accepted the Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership award for the traditional program for her late husband, Bill Brimer. At right is Dr. Michael Dillon, dean of the School of Business, who received the award for the Graduate and Professional Studies program.

Also during the ceremony, members of the Tusculum College faculty were recognized. Receiving the Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership award for the Residential College was the late Bill Brimer, accepted on his behalf by his wife, Beth. Receiving the award for the Graduate and Professional Studies program was Dr. Michael Dillon, dean of the School of Business.


After receiving their degrees, students at Tusculum College “walk the gauntlet,” receiving congratulations from the faculty.

Left front, Dr. Nancy B. Moody welcomes back former Tusculum College President Douglas Trout, right front, along with members of the graduating class of 1967. Celebrating their 50th reunion year, the Golden Pioneers walked with the graduates at the Spring Commencement ceremony.


Members of the Golden Pioneers pose with Dr. Moody and Dr. Trout.

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Class of 1966 to be special guests on campus during Spring Commencement weekend

Class of 1966 to be special guests on campus during Spring Commencement weekend

Posted on 29 April 2016 by

Members of the Class of 1966 will be in the spotlight next weekend as they reunite on campus to celebrate their 50th anniversary year.

Special events are planned on both May 6 and 7 to bring the newest Golden Pioneers back together on campus to mark this milestone for the Class of 1966.

The Golden Pioneer celebrations occur during the spring commencement weekend and include recognition and social celebration, that includes a reception at the President’s House.

Donning a golden cap and gown, each participant is presenting a commemorative medallion and be recognized by for their dedication and loyalty to the College for the past 50 years. The class members participate in the Commencement processional and will be recognized during the ceremony from the podium.

Below is the agenda for the Golden Pioneers for May 2016 Commencement:


Friday, May 6

3 – 5 p.m. – Tours of Tusculum

5 to 6 p.m. – Reception with Dr. Nancy B. Moody and Mr. Tom F. Moody at the President’s house with Medallion Ceremony

6:30 p.m. – Dinner at The Brumley’s Restaurant in the General Morgan Inn (Dutch Treat)


Saturday, May 7

8:30 a.m. – Breakfast in the Pioneer Perk, Niswonger Commons

10 a.m. – Commencement Ceremony, Pioneer Arena, Niswonger Commons

Following Commencement – Golden Pioneer Luncheon in the Pioneer Perk

Members of the Class of 1966 can register for these events by visiting this page.


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Tusculum event coming to D.C. area soon

Tusculum event coming to D.C. area soon

Posted on 29 April 2016 by

If you will be in the Washington, D. C. area next week, make plans to attend the upcoming alumni event on Tuesday, May 3. Alumni are invited to visit with Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody and learn about all the exciting developments at the College, including the construction progress for the new center for science and math (above).

Alumni will gather at 7 p.m at The Atrium inside the Crystal Gateway Marriott (1700 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Arlington, VA 2202).  Meals will be Dutch treat. Please RSVP to the Office of Alumni Relations at 423.636.7303, 800.729.0256 ext. 5303 or

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