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Andy Stoll’s travel adventure presentation to kick-off annual series

Andy Stoll’s travel adventure presentation to kick-off annual series

Posted on 11 August 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Andy Stoll

A presentation by Andy Stoll on Monday, Aug. 25, about his 40-country journey of self-discovery is the first event in the 2014-15 Acts, Arts, Academia performance and lecture series at Tusculum College.

The performance and lecture series is a program of Tusculum College Arts Outreach and will feature 14 events throughout the academic year. Acts, Arts, Academic is supported by the late Dr. Sam Miller in memory of his wife Agnes Ault Miller, Arts Outreach, Hearts for the Arts and the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Andy Stoll’s presentation, “How (and Why) to Travel Around the World” will begin at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on the Tusculum campus. The cost is $6 per person.

After finishing college, Stoll set off on a four-year, 40-country trip in search of experiences far off the beaten path in order to get a better understanding of how the world works. During his travels, he handed out micro-loans in China, played a 19th century British soldier in a Bollywood movie, worked in a dress factory in Bangkok for 60 cents an hour, lived in a mud hut village in Zambia and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro with 10 Tanzanian street kids.

Stoll’s presentation is much more than a travel slideshow. It is an insightful, inspiring, entertaining and often hilarious look at what it takes to find one’s place in the world and achieve one’s dreams.

The schedule for the remainder of the 2014-15 academic year includes:

“Birding in Northeast Tennessee: Quite an Earful,” a presentation by Don Miller, will be Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. in the Behan Arena Theatre (lower level side entrance of the Annie Hogan Byrd building). The cost is $6 per person.

Theatre-at-Tusculum’s production of “The Addams Family” musical comedy will be Nov. 14-16 and Nov. 20-23. All performances will be at 7 p.m. in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium except the Sunday shows, which will be at 2 p.m.

The Tusculum College Band Christmas Concert will be Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium. There is free admission to the concert

The holiday events continue with Tusculum College Community Chorus’ annual Christmas concert on Monday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium. This year’s performance, which is free and open to the public, will be “Gaudete! A Christmas Concert.”

Central Ballet Theatre returns to the stage in January with “Rapunzel: A Tangled Tale.” Performances will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 16, 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 17 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 18. All the performances will be in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium.

“Lincoln at Gettysburg” with Chris Small of the Lincoln Project will be 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, in the Behan Arena Theatre. The cost is $6 per person.

“Kaleidoscope of Indian Classical Dance,” featuring Bharatha Natyam, Kuchipudi and Kathak classical dance, will be 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium.

The Tusculum College Band Winter Concert will be Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. in Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium. Admission is free.

Theatre-at-Tusculum’s production of the musical comedy, “How to Eat Like a Child,” will be 7 p.m. Feb. 27-28 and March 5-7 in the Behan Arena Theatre. Sunday matinees will be presented at 2 p.m. on March 1 and 8.

“Back on Broadway,” dazzling production numbers performed by the next generation of Broadway stars, will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium.

“5 x 10,” five 10-minute plays by Tusculum students under the direction of English professor Wayne Thomas, will be presented at 7 p.m. on April 17-18 and 24-25 with Sunday matinee performance at 2 p.m. on April 19 and 26. Admission for the plays, to be presented in the Behan Arena Theatre, is $6 per person.

The Tusculum College Band Spring Concert will be Thursday, April 30, at 7 p.m. in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

The series will conclude with the Tusculum College Community Chorus Spring Concert on Monday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium. Admission is free.

Unless otherwise noted, admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (60 years of age and older) and $5 for children 12 and under.

For more information on these events, please contact Arts Outreach at 423-798-1620 or visit its website at http://arts.tusculum.edu.

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Make reservations today to attend Tusculum College Night at the Astros

Make reservations today to attend Tusculum College Night at the Astros

Posted on 11 August 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

The Astros will be taking on the Bluefield Blue Jays at 7 p.m. in Appalachian Minor League conference play. The Astros will have a special promotion that night – fans arriving early will receive a free Greeneville Astros stadium blanket as they enter the gates.

 

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Tusculum to host “Grills Gone Wild” barbecue contest and festival

Tusculum to host “Grills Gone Wild” barbecue contest and festival

Posted on 07 August 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Going for the hardwood smoked, tasty goodness prize, those who think they know barbecue will be on the Tusculum College campus in September for the first-ever Grills Gone Wild barbecue cook-off and festival.

The event is scheduled for September 12-13 on the Tusculum College campus. The Grills Gone Wild Barbecue Festival is organized by the Inferno Group of Harrogate, Tenn., and will feature top-flight barbecue masters competing for the $5,000 competition prize.

This is the first year for the event, and organizers hope to draw people from around the region to participate and attend the festivities. The event has previously been held in London, Ky.

Grills Gone Wild is a family-friendly event, which will include a barbecue cook-off, a car show, a 5K fundraiser run and many other activities. The event will be held in front of Pioneer Park.

The public is cautioned that professional barbecuers will not be offering samples of their barbecue, but there will be food vendors available during the Festival.

On Saturday, the car show begins at 2 p.m. and will include awards for Best of Show, Best Engine, People’s Choice and many others.  The “Run in Glow Motion” 5k Run/Walk begins at 8 p.m., with registration beginning at 6:30 p.m.  A post-race party will be held at 9:30 p.m. Registration for the race includes a gift bag with t-shirt, glow glasses and various glow products.

Other weekend activities include vendors, inflatable attractions for children, live music and a cornhole tournament.

This is a Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned event, where the teams will prepare their best ribs, chicken, beef brisket and pork.

Grills Gone Wild activities will be tied in to Orange Rush weekend on campus, a series of events on the Tusculum campus to encourage engagement among new students joining Tusculum as freshmen or as transfer students.

“We are very excited to blend the events of this festival with those set for Orange Rush Weekend,” said Dr.  Lisa Johnson, interim vice president for Academic Affairs. Encouraging our students to become part of the community is a big part of what the Orange Rush Weekend wants to achieve.”

For more information on the event, contact David Martin, director of facilities at Tusculum College at 423.636.7300.

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Learn more about Homecoming 2014!

Learn more about Homecoming 2014!

Posted on 22 July 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

The "fun photo booth" was a hit with alumni last year at the tailgate prior to the football game.

Although it is the height of summer, it is not too early to begin planning for the fall and to attend Homecoming 2014. Plans have been finalized for the annual celebration, scheduled Oct. 17-18 this year.

Check out the updated schedule below, which includes hotel information.

Friday, Oct. 17

8 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Registration – 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. – 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.

 

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

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.

 

7 p.m. – Alumni and Friends Dinner – General Morgan Inn – $38 – Join us for social hour beginning at 6 with dinner at 7.  A cash bar will be available throughout the evening.

 

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

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday, October 16

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, October 17

 

President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday, October 16

9 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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News from alumni from six decades featured in this month’s Class Notes

News from alumni from six decades featured in this month’s Class Notes

Posted on 22 July 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

 

 

 

 

’40s

Oliver Burkey, Jr. ’48 of Greeneville, TN, was presented with the Quilt of Valor recently by the Greene County Quilters group. He was nominated by his son Paul Burkey, a Navy Captain. Oliver served in the Navy during  World War II from 1943 to 1946.  For more read the Greeneville Sun article about the presentation.

’60s

Bette J. Hendrickson Walsh ’64 has recently relocated to a life-care campus in Vero Beach, FL. She is active in volunteer positions in Vero Beach, where she has lived for the past 18 years. Bette is looking forward to attending her 50th class reunion during Homecoming this year. She will be traveling with classmate Ellen Ajan Seidler ’64.

 

’80s

Jim Hughes ’80 of Blairsville, GA, has been elected president of the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association. He has retired from coaching/teaching after 33 years to follow his daughter, Angie, who is a softball pitcher for Lee University. He and his wife, Jackie (Laughner) ’81, are celebrating their 33rd wedding anniversary this month. His older daughter, Kellie,  is a physical therapist, who recently got married. He would like to hear from his classmates. His email is jihughes1457@gmail.com.

 

’90s

Jim Hackworth ’94 of Clinton, TN, has  retired from Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Married to Brenda Hackworth. Member of the Business Advisory Board for Emory Valley Center in Oak Ridge and the Clinton Rotary Club.

 

Rev. Roxianne Sadler Sherles ’97 of Loudon, TN,  has been named the new pastor for St. Mark A.M.E. Zion Church in Athens, TN.  She is also retired from CDM Federal Services, where she was an environmental scientist for 35 years.

 

’00s

This year’s Leadership Blount County class includes alumnae Amy Cowden ’01 and Joni Ann Crisp Seratt ’04, both of Maryville, TN. Cowden is the assistant to the mayor in Blount County and a member of the Keep Blount Beautiful Board of Directors. Seratt is the director of the Blount County Probation and Driving School and a member of the Blount County Drug Court Foundation Board of Directors. She currently lives in Maryville, TN

Richelle Gregory ’02 ’09 of Maryville, TN, will assume new duties on August 1 as of Director, Talent Management and GPP HQ for the Alcoa company.  She will also continue to be a member of the Global Primary Products HR Lead Team of Alcoa.  Richelle will be responsible for leading all areas of human resources for GPP HQ and she will continue to maintain her responsibilities for global GPP talent management.  She joined Alcoa in 1997 and has held positions of increasing human resources responsibility throughout her career.  This includes line and human resource roles at Tennessee Operations, GRP BU and Group level roles, and manager of the US HR shared service organization (USBS).

Amber Lynne Corn ’05 of Sevierville, TN, passed the Tennessee Bar examination in May. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Tusculum and attended the Duncan School of Law at Lincoln Memorial University.

Mitch Fine ’09 of Newport, TN, is teaching sixth grade in the  Newport City School System. He attends Unity Baptist Church.

Amanda Waddell ’09 has returned to Greeneville, TN, and been named the executive director of the Greeneville City Schools Education Foundation. She and her family had temporarily moved to St. Louis, MO, where her husband worked on an assignment for his employer. Amanda served as director of career development at Tusculum before moving to St. Louis.

Rebecca Tankersley ’11 of Marietta, GA, started a new position in July. She is now Communications Officer, Enrollment Services at Georgia Institute of Technology.

’10s

Beth Wright ’13 of Powell, TN, is now working as a web development intern at Jewelry Television in Knoxville, TN.

 

Theo Oing ’14 of Hixson, TN, has been accepted into the psychology master’s degree program at Rutgers University.

 

The first MBA class to graduate from the Northeast region earned their degrees during the May 2014 commencement. They celebrated during one of their last class nights on campus and were joined for a group photo by Tusculum College President Nancy B. Moody, who congratulated them on their accomplishments. On the steps, from left, are Chad Ricker, Drew Bishop, Christi Valentine, Don Burchnell, Lillian Burchnell and Dr. Moody. In the back, from left, are Timia Coffman, Chad Gregg, Brandi Shelton, Gary Glover, Lisa Jones, Paul Lee, Mark McGaha, Misty Christian and Kim Setser.

 

 

 

Nicholas Shaun Darnell ’06 and Emily Denise Duck were married March 22, 2014. Nicholas works at East Ridge Middle School in Russellville, TN, and now has a master’s degree in administration from East Tennessee State University. The couple are living in Morristown, TN.

 

Sonya Ramsey ’08 and Eric Shindler were married on June 7 on the terrace of the General Morgan Inn in Greeneville, TN. After a cruise to Cozumel, Mexico, and the Caymen Islands, the Schindlers are residing in Knoxville, TN.

 

 

 

60s

Geraldine E. Peeler 67 of Cleveland, OH, passed away July 17, 2014. She was retired from the U.S. Marine Corps.


’80s

Dr. Bruce Horne ’88 of Knoxville, TN, passed away May 22, 2014. Dr. Horne was an educator, teaching at several colleges. For the past 11 years, he had taught online. Dr. Horne had started a new congregation, Church of God Knoxville, in January. He was a presenter on “The World Tomorrow” broadcast, presenting messages about the second coming of Jesus Christ and Bible prophecy. Dr. Horne was a gifted musician who played the trumpet, piano and autoharp. He enjoyed riding his Triumph Cafe Racer bike and restoring his 1964 Ford Galaxy 500 hard top automobile.

 

’00s

Tiffany L. Mullins Midyett ’03 of Knoxville, TN, passed away on July 15, 2014. Ms. Midyett had been vice president of business development of Vanquish Worldwide of Maryville. In that position, she traveled throughout the United States, the Middle East and Africa. Midyett had several extended stays in Afghanistan, participating in Vanquish’s global expansion of its operations. She was known for her sense of style, her love of animals and her passion for baking and ballroom dancing.

 

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‘Tusculum College Night at the Astros’ set for Monday, Aug. 25

‘Tusculum College Night at the Astros’ set for Monday, Aug. 25

Posted on 15 July 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Alumni, students, parents, faculty and staff members are all invited to enjoy an evening at the ball park Monday, Aug. 25, “Tusculum College Night at the Astros.”

Each Tusculum alumnus,  parent, faculty member and staff member to RSVP will receive free tickets to the Greeneville Astros baseball game that night at Pioneer Park on campus (limit two per family). Additional tickets will be available at a discounted rate, $4 per person. Admission for Tusculum students is $1 with a student ID.

The Astros will be taking on the Bluefield Blue Jays at 7 p.m. in Appalachian Minor League conference play. The Astros will have a special promotion that night – fans arriving early will receive a free Greeneville Astros stadium blanket as they enter the gates.

Please RSVP by Monday, Aug. 18, by calling 423-636-7303 or emailing alumni@tusculum.edu

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Volunteers still needed for RAM Clinic, Nov. 7-9

Volunteers still needed for RAM Clinic, Nov. 7-9

Posted on 02 July 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Volunteers are needed to assist with the Remote Area Medical (RAM) free-health care clinic, scheduled to be held at Tusculum College, Nov. 7-9.

RAM is a Knoxville-based organization providing free medical care for the uninsured and underinsured. Volunteers are needed for all three days. Tusculum College, which is hosting the event, and coordinators are recruiting volunteers to sign up to help.

According to Rachel Edens, director of the Center for Civic Advancement, general volunteers are needed to assist in setting up Friday afternoon, Nov. 7. On Saturday and Sunday, helpers are needed to register patients and work in the kitchen area, serving food, snacks and drinks to those who are working at the expedition. Others may be asked to direct traffic, help keep order in lines and do other duties.

Young adults under 18 may volunteer with some restrictions. Children under 14 are not allowed to work.

The RAM organization will also recruit skilled workers and students in the medical, dental and optometry fields to provide care to hundreds of people.

During the two-day, weekend clinics, commonly called expeditions, RAM provides basic medical services, dental work and optometry services and glasses on-site free that day. Health care services provided include comprehensive screening for diabetes and hypertension, procedures such as mammography, colon cancer screening, retinal screening using telemedicine technology, chest x-rays, pulmonary function studies and some gynecological procedures.

Volunteers for Saturday and Sunday will need to be at the college by 5:30 a.m. and plan to work all day, possibly 10-12 hours.

If you would like to be involved in event-planning and coordination, or if you would like to be a volunteer of any sort, please e-mail Edens at redens@tusculum.edu, or call (423) 636-7300.

On both days, the parking lot will open at midnight and RAM will begin handing out numbers to patients at 3 a.m. The doors open at 6 am.

RAM, founded by adventurer Stan Brock in 1985, is dedicated to providing medical and veterinary access in rural and remote areas to anyone who needs it, both domestically and abroad.

For more information, visit RAM’s at http://www.ramusa.org/. All volunteers must officially register to participate.

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Alumnus to return to Tusculum to serve in academic leadership role

Alumnus to return to Tusculum to serve in academic leadership role

Posted on 01 July 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Dr. Ron May has accepted the invitation to serve as interim vice president of academic affairs at Tusculum College. Dr. May, who served Tusculum College as dean of faculty from 1985 to 1988, will be rejoining Tusculum College on Monday, August 11, and has agreed to serve as vice president of academic affairs through June 30, 2015, while a national search is conducted.

Dr. May, a 1968 graduate of the college, has had a distinguished career in higher education, retiring in June 2014 as president of Ancilla College in Donaldson, Ind. In his career he has taught public school, as well as served as a college professor, department head, dean, vice president and twice as a college president, at Ancilla and at Louisburg College in St. Louisburg, N.C.

Dr. Ron May

He has been recognized by numerous organizations, including by the Leadership Marshall County program with their Leader of the Year Award in 2011. He also served for a time as the president of the Tusculum College Alumni Association.

He earned a Doctorate of Education from Indiana University, a Master of Arts in Teaching from East Tennessee State University and an Associate in Science from Vincennes University.

As a Tusculum alumnus, Dr. May was honored to be considered and is anxious to give back to his Alma Mater. Tusculum College is fortunate to have the opportunity for his leadership in academic affairs.

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Make plans to attend Homecoming 2014

Make plans to attend Homecoming 2014

Posted on 25 June 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Homecoming 2014 is less than four months away. It is the ideal time to make plans to return to campus on Oct. 17-18 for a variety of activities.

A variety of events has been scheduled to make everyone’s time on campus enjoyable. Below is a schedule of events. Please keep checking back to the Homecoming event page as more details will be added to these events and other events will be added to the schedule as they are confirmed. Reservations are required unless noted.

Friday, October 17

10 a.m. – Bright’s Zoo – $30 – Located in Limestone, TN, 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.  Share your Tusculum experience.

2 p.m. – Herbs and Herblore – no charge –  Fun make and take workshop hosted at the Doak House Museum.

2 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 1 pm with shotgun start at 2 pm.  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.

7 p.m. – Dinner at Link Hills – $20

Individual  Class Gatherings – cost varies

Saturday, October 18

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

Noon – Parade – Watch the 11th Annual Homecoming Parade.

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 game.

7 p.m. – Alumni and Friends Dinner – General Morgan Inn – $38 – Join us for social hour beginning at 6 with dinner at 7.  A cash bar will be available throughout the evening.

 

Tusculum College Bookstore Hours

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

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WANTED: Nominations for alumni awards to be presented at Homecoming

WANTED: Nominations for alumni awards to be presented at Homecoming

Posted on 23 June 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Mitch Robinson, left, was honored with the Pioneer Award during the Alumni Association meeting during the 2103 Homecoming festivities. Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody, left, presented the award.

You can determine who receives the Alumni Awards presented each year at Homecoming. Review the following award descriptions and send your nominations to the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations. The nominations, except those for Sports Hall of Fame, are reviewed by the Alumni Executive Board and honorees are chosen for the presentations during Homecoming. Sports Hall of Fame nominations are reviewed by the Sports Hall of Fame Committee.

Pioneer Award

The Pioneer Award is presented each year to an outstanding alumnus or alumna, in recognition of outstanding or meritorious achievement in his or her chosen field; for distinguished service to church, community, country and humanity, and for continuing and loyal service to the College.

Frontier Award

The Frontier Award is presented to an outstanding alumnus or alumna in recognition of outstanding or meritorious advancement in his or her career. Consideration will be given to former students who have been graduated from the College at least five years, but no more than fifteen years. Consideration for this award should include continuing and loyal service to Tusculum.

National Living Faculty Award

The National Living Faculty Award is presented each year to an outstanding member of the Tusculum College faculty who has made significant contributions to Tusculum’s academic program(s). Persons shall not be eligible for consideration until they have maintained an academic relationship with the College for at least five years. To be considered for recognition, faculty members should have excelled during their service to Tusculum by demonstrating a commitment to the students of the College and the academic program(s).

National Alumni Recognition Award

The National Alumni Recognition Award is presented each year to an outstanding member of the Tusculum College Community. The purpose of the National Alumni Recognition Award is to bestow recognition on those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the College. Persons shall not be eligible for consideration until they have maintained a relationship with the College for at least five years. To be considered for recognition, individuals should have excelled during their service to Tusculum by demonstrating a commitment to the students of the College and her program(s).

Sports Hall of Fame

Nominations are open to Tusculum College alumni, former coaches, managers, sports editors, team trainers and other individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the College’s sports program. Persons shall not be eligible for consideration until five years after they have completed their college-playing career, or, in the case of a non-athlete, maintained their athletic relationship with the College for at least five years. To be considered for induction, athletes should have excelled in their individual Tusculum sport, attaining individual honors and recognition while a student. Merely belonging to a season-winning team is not an achievement worthy of induction.

Sports Benefactor Award

The Sports Benefactor Award is presented to a friend of the College in recognition of outstanding support of the Tusculum athletic program. Consideration for this award should be based on the person’s contributions to the athletic program and loyalty to the College athletics.

 

The award nomination form can be found online.  The deadline for submission is July 31, 2014.

Nominations can also be made by sending the name of the individual, the award for which he or she is being nominated, the honoree’s class year if applicable, and reasons why the person should be honored by mail to the Office of Alumni Relations, P. O. Box 5040, Greeneville, TN 37743. Please include your name and class year with your nomination.

Make plans to attend this year’s Homecoming October 17 -18. Check the schedule online.

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What’s new with your fellow alumni? Find out in this month’s Class Notes

What’s new with your fellow alumni? Find out in this month’s Class Notes

Posted on 23 June 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

 

 

 

 

’40s

Jack Barker ’48 of Lakeland, FL, was recently the subject of a feature profile by his local newspaper, the Lakeland Ledger. The article focused on his life as a coach and his second career as the owner of a travel service after he retired coaching. The article also mentions his late wife Jeanne, who passed away in 2009, and her artwork that decorates his home. Jack and Jeanne attended Homecoming 20 years in a row, and they had traveled extensively, visiting more than 100 countries. At Tusculum, Jack lettered in five sports and is a member of the Tusculum College Sports Hall of Fame. His brother was the famous Getta Barker, who was the second fastest in the hundred yard dash after Jesse Owens. He lived in Craig Hall and majored in physics with a minor in math. He was drafted his sophomore year and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a pilot. After his military service, he coached football, baseball, basketball swimming and gymnastics. Upon his retirement from coaching he opened a travel service, from which he retired in 1986. He will celebrate his 91st birthday next month.

 

’ 60s

Bill Gardner ’69 of Bean Station, TN, has been named the National Junior College Athletic Association National Coach of the Year following the NJCAA Division II Golf Championship. Gardner coaches the Walters State Community College men’s golf team, which won the tournament. Gardner coached an individual national champion in 1995, but this is the first time he has guided his team to the national title. The tournament was held in Ancilla, IN, which is the home of Ron May ’68, who is president of Ancilla College. May was able to have dinner with Gardner and his team during the tournament.

 

’80s

Scott M. Niswonger ’87 H’06 of Greeneville, TN, has been chosen by the Development District Association of Appalachia (DDAA) to receive the 2014 Donald R. Myers Humanitarian Award. The award was dedicated by the DDAA in 2009 in memory of Donald Myers, who was executive director of the Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association and president of the Eastern Ohio Development Alliance (EODA). Known as a dedicated public servant and champion of the people of Appalachia, Myers exemplified the humanitarian spirit the award was created to recognize and honor. Niswonger has actively promoted a philosophy of “learn, earn, and return” that has helped to empower the region’s young people and has received broad recognition in his state as well as Appalachia. In 1999, he was inducted into the Business Hall of Fame and was chosen by Ernst & Young as Entrepreneur of the Year for the southeastern United States. On a state level, Niswonger served as vice-chair of the Tennessee Board for Economic Growth and chairman of the Building and Finance Committee for the State of Tennessee.
Niswonger was cited the by the DDAA for his leadership and service in the cause of “numerous educational, community and economic development endeavors.” The award also commended him for tireless efforts that had “greatly contributed to the growth and development of northeastern Tennessee and enhanced the quality of life for many of the Region’s residents.”
The DDAA is a membership organization of the 73 local development districts (LDDs) in the Appalachian Region. The DDAA works to strengthen LDDs and their member governments and to provide leadership to support the Appalachian Regional Commission’s federal-state-local partnership.

Dave Tollett ’88 of Estero, FL, has been named the Atlantic Sun Conference Baseball Coach of the Year honors for the 2014 season. Tollett, who is head coach at Florida Gulf Coast University, has earned Coach of the Year honors from the conference four times in his career. He guided his team to its fourth conference regular-season title.

 

’10s

Micah Haney ’10 began working in March as an agent for American Home life in Knoxville.

 

Jonathan Lyons ’11 of Elizabethton, TN, began graduate school this summer in the East Tennessee State University Accelerated RN program.

 

Cory Callahan ’13 of Bristol TN, has been accepted at the  University of Dayton, OH, in the physician assistant program. He begins fall 2014.

 

Ariel Hawkins ’13 of Greeneville, TN, has begun work on her master’s degree program at the University of the Virgin Islands. She is studying marine biology.

 

John Zach Conlon ’14 of Woodlands, TX, has been accepted into Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, in the master’s degree program. He will study neuroscience and begins his studies this fall.

 

 

’30s

Dr. John Frederick “Jack” Fulbeck ’39 of Covina, CA, passed away on December 25, 2011. He was a poet and professor of comparative literature at the California State Polytechnic University at Pomona. He served two terms as president of the California State Poetry Society. His poems won numerous awards, such as “Apostrophe to Amour” and “Introspection in the Cold” which won first prizes in California state level poetry contests, and “In Fuente Vaqueros” which won an international grand prize. His poem “Challengers” was read by Taylor Wang from the orbiting Space Shuttle Challenger in 1985 and is on record at the National Archives Building. He authored three books of poetry: “I Sleep With Strangers,” “Gilgamesh” and “Sifted Ashes.” Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the United States Navy and was stationed as a fighter pilot in the South Pacific. After the end of World War II, he worked as a newspaper and magazine editor and a freelance writer. In 1960, Fulbeck received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Southern California.

 

’40s

Anna Belle Kyker Hankins ’49 of Greeneville, TN, passed away on June 4, 2014. She was the widow of John Hankins  ’51. The couple were married 56 years. She met John as they both studied at Tusculum College for what would be long careers in education. She began her career at Washington County Academy and served 36 years in various capacities in the Greene County School System. She was the first librarian at South Greene High School, and served in that role for 25 years. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, canning and freezing. She was a member of the Hoe and Hope Gardening Club and the Greene County Retired Teachers Association. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. Her survivors include her son and daughter-in-law Joseph Hankins ’75 and his wife Wendy (Barber) ’76.

 

’90s

Sheila Tilley Brooks ’90 of Oak Ridge, TN, passed away, November 4, 2009. She began working at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory at the age of 19 as a clerk and advanced through the secretarial field to the highest level. She received many awards during her career. At the latter part of her career, she was appointed to a leadership position the Human Resource Management Department. Shortly thereafter, she was forced to take long-term disability due to the onset of Parkinson’s disease. She was a member of Highland View Church of Christ and she enjoyed traveling and spending time with family.

 

Dr. Melissa Renee Overbey ’99 of Bristol, TN, passed away June 9, 2014, from a brain aneurysm. She was an educator at Boones Creek Elementary School. A devoted wife and mother, she loved her family dearly.

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Tusculum receives grant from Women’s Fund of East Tennessee

Tusculum receives grant from Women’s Fund of East Tennessee

Posted on 17 June 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

The Women’s Fund of East Tennessee has awarded an $11,000 grant to Tusculum College for a first generation college student mentoring program.

The grant was funded through the East Tennessee Foundation and was part of $80,000 in grants awarded by the Women’s Fund to six local organizations that work to improve the lives of women and girls.

The grant will provide for 18 rising high school juniors, who come from low income families and would be their family’s first generation to attend college, to participate in a six-day residential, mentored institute at Tusculum College. Students from Carter, Cocke, Greene and Unicoi counties will be eligible. The new program will be called the Women’s Search for Success and Self-Sufficiency.

“Tusculum College has a long history of serving first generation college students and that commitment is stronger than ever with the establishment of our summer institute,” said Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College.

According to Dr. Moody, 75 percent of Tusculum College students call Appalachia home, and approximately 35 percent of Tusculum’s students are first-generation, with parents who have no college experience.

“These students need the mentoring and support a small college like Tusculum can provide,” said Moody.

Jeanne Stokes, director of the TRIO programs who will coordinate the new program said, “This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce our students to different career options, teambuilding activities and cultural enrichment. We plan for the students to leave with a sense of self- sufficiency that will enable them to be successful as they complete high  school and enter and complete college.”

The Women’s Fund provided grants to Haven House, New Opportunity School for Women, Red Legacy Recovery, Servolution, The Next Door and Tusculum College.

“We selected these organizations with a process including letters of intent, workshops and on-site visits; and we invited membership to come in and walk through the agencies,” said Terry Morgan, director of the Women’s Fund of East Tennessee.

“After we did the research, we wanted to use the grant to focus on three priorities: women’s access to education and developing life and work skills,” said Morgan.

For more information or to donate to the Women’s Fund, visit www.womensfundetn.org or call 865-524-1223.

 

Representatives of the Women’s Fund of East Tennessee and Tusculum College celebrated on Tuesday the establishment of a new program at the college to assist high school girls who would be first-generation college students, which has been funded through a grant from the foundation. From left are Cynthia Burnley, a member of the Women’s Fund board; Michelle Arbogast, associate director of foundation and donor relations at Tusculum; Brenda Wood, a member of the Women’s Fund board; LeAnn Hughes, vice president for enrollment management and marketing at Tusculum; Carol Transou, a Women’s Fund board member; Heather Patchett, vice president for institutional advancement; Heather Tunnell, assistant director of the Talent Search program at Tusculum; Nikki Niswonger, founder of the Women’s Fund, and Kay Clayton, a member of the Women’s Fund board.

 

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