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Dr. James Hurley named 28th president of Tusculum College

Dr. James Hurley named 28th president of Tusculum College

Posted on 28 August 2017 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Dr. James Hurley

Dr. James Hurley has been named the 28th president of Tusculum College. He will begin his tenure on Oct. 1. Dr. Hurley was selected after a nationwide search that was initiated following the retirement announcement by current president Dr. Nancy B. Moody earlier this year.

The announcement came after a called meeting of the Tusculum College Board of Trustees on Saturday, Aug. 26, on the main campus in Greeneville.

Dr. Hurley comes to Tusculum from Lincoln Memorial University where he served as executive vice president, dean of the School of Business and professor of leadership and education. Under his guidance, LMU enrolled its largest class, added many new academic programs and the School of Business grew by more than 60 percent.

Dr. Hurley previously served as president of his alma mater, the University of Pikeville. During his tenure, UPIKE achieved its largest enrollment in history, experienced unprecedented programmatic growth and was named the 20th fastest-growing college in the U.S. by “The Chronicle of Higher Education.” Dr. Hurley’s vision and leadership resulted in three new colleges during his presidency including the Coleman College of Business, the Patton College of Education and the Kentucky College of Optometry. A successful fundraiser, Dr. Hurley launched an ambitious capital campaign, raising and securing more than $62 million.

“We are excited to announce that Dr.  Hurley has been named president of the college and will lead us into the next phase of Tusculum College history,” said Dr. Kenneth A. Bowman, chair of the Board of Trustees. “We are extremely confident in his ability and excited by his enthusiasm to become part of the Tusculum legacy.”

Throughout his 20-year career in education, Dr. Hurley has served as instructor, professor, dean, vice president and president. He has had extensive and varied experience at private, liberal arts, faith-based institutions and has shown an understanding of the challenges facing higher education, such as the increasingly competitive environment in which these institutions must simultaneously attract, retain and graduate students, as well as stabilize their fiscal health, grow their academic portfolio, and raise additional external funds.

“Dr. Hurley’s outstanding track record of executive leadership and administration has led to significant enrollment growth, faculty excellence, new programs and financial stability in the institutions he has served in his career,” said Dr. Greg Nelson, chairman of the Search Committee and member of the Tusculum College Board of Trustees. “His strong demonstrated capability to connect with students, faculty, staff and the greater community was evident to our entire Tusculum community during his campus visit. Not only does James bring a high energy level, knowledge, and passion for higher education in the Appalachian region, he also brings a strong network of regional and national leaders which will greatly benefit Tusculum College.”

Dr. Hurley holds a doctoral degree from Morehead State University in education leadership and finance; a Rank 1 Certification from the University of Kentucky in educational supervision; a Master of Science in education degree from Indiana University, and a bachelor’s degree in business education and management from Pikeville College. He has also completed the Institute for Presidential Leadership at Harvard University and received a certificate in higher education management from Vanderbilt University.

“I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to lead Tennessee’s oldest college with its rich history, heritage and commitment to higher education in Appalachia. I was drawn to Tusculum because of its intentional mission of educating first-generation college students, the deliberate focus on the Civic Arts and deeply committed trustees, faculty and staff. Tusculum is a special place with a prolific history and a bright future,” Dr. Hurley said. “My family and I are eager to join the Greeneville community and will pour our hearts and souls into strengthening Pioneer Nation.”

Dr. Hurley is committed to the community and region through service on nonprofit boards and community participation, which will continue throughout the Tri-Cities region. Dr. Hurley has extensive experience in globalization and diversity efforts. He has expanded international student opportunities and international campus partnerships on every campus he has served.

“Throughout his tenure at LMU, Dr. Hurley was integral in growing the university, strengthening our high-quality curriculum and recruiting excellent faculty and staff to improve our academic community. On behalf of LMU, I wish him well and offer him any support we can give,” said LMU Chairman Autry O.V. “Pete” DeBusk.

Dr. Hurley and his wife, Kindall, are expecting a child in the New Year, joining sons, Drew and Carter.

 

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It’s not too early to make reservations for Homecoming 2017!

It’s not too early to make reservations for Homecoming 2017!

Posted on 28 August 2017 by eestes@tusculum.edu

It’s not too early to make plans to attend Homecoming 2017 festivities in October.

Tusculum will be celebrating the College “Pioneering the Future,” through such events as the dedication of the new Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math as well as the class get-togethers, tailgate, annual awards presentations, parade, alumni games and of course, the football game and its half-time festivities.
Registering is as simple as clicking this link and filling out the online form. The registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 9.  Questions?  Contact the Alumni Office at 423-636-7303 or alumni@tusculum.edu. 

Below is the schedule of the daily activities during Homecoming 2017:

Thursday, October 19

8 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Registration, lobby of Annie Hogan Byrd

 

The dedication of the Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math will be Thursday, Oct. 19.

11:30 a.m. – Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center Center for Science and Mathematics Building Dedication

 

12 p.m. – Meen Center Dedication Luncheon. The Board of Trustees invite you to join us as we celebrate the Meen Center.

 

Tours of the Meen Center to follow luncheon

 

6  p.m. – 1960’s Alumni Party, hosted by Ann ‘Butch’ Van Buskirk ’61 at her home.  For address and directions, please contact the Alumni Office at 423-636-7303.

Friday, October 20

8 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Registration, lobby of Annie Hogan Byrd

Tours of the Meen Center throughout the day.

 

11:30 a.m.  – Lunch with students, terrace of the Thomas J. Garland Library

 

1 p.m. – Campus Tours, tours will depart from Garland Library Lobby

Golf Tournament – Link Hills Golf Course.  Registration begins at 12 p.m.

 

2 p.m. – Ice Cream. Social and Tusculum College Alumni Travel Preview

 

6 p.m. – Dinner at Link Hills Country Club

 

7 p.m. – Volleyball vs Lenoir-Rhyne, Pioneer Arena

7:30 p.m. Class of 1997 and Alumni Reunion, Walnut Ridge Llama Farm (1345 Chuckey Hwy.) Catered by Barbaritos

Bonfire and Pep Rally, Welty Craig/Haynes Lawn/Quad Area

Saturday, October  21

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

8 a.m. – Memorial Service, Garland Library Lobby

 

8:30 a.m. – Alumni Breakfast, Chalmers Conference Center

 

9:00 a.m. –Sports Hall of Fame Induction,  Chalmers

9:30 a.m. Alumni Softball Game

 

 

10 a.m. – Alumni Awards and Alumni Meeting, Chalmers

Alumni Band – Join the current Tusculum College Marching Band for rehearsal and event performances

 

 

10:30 a.m. – Alumni Tennis Match,  Roger M. Nichols Tennis Complex

 

11 a.m. –   5th Annual Civil War Scrimmage (Lacrosse Alumni Game), Indoor Practice Facility

 

11:30 a.m. – Student Support Services Luncheon, the Patton House

 

The Tusculum College Pioneer Marching Band performs during a Homecoming Parade.

Noon – Homecoming Parade, route between the Charles Oliver Gray Complex and Pioneer Park.

 

12:30 p.m. – Volleyball vs Catawba,  Pioneer Arena

Tailgate, enjoy a Tusculum College Pioneer Tailgate Party.

 

2:30 p.m. – Tusculum Pioneer Football vs. Catawba. Cheer on the Pioneers as they take on Catawba at Pioneer Field.

 

6 p.m. – Alumni and Friends Social Hour, General Morgan Inn

“Orange and Black” women’s basketball Inter-squad scrimmage, Pioneer Arena

 

7 p.m. – Alumni and Friends Dinner, General Morgan Inn. A cash bar will be available throughout the evening.

Alumni Baseball Game, Pioneer Park

 

7:30 p.m. – “Orange and Black” inter-squad men’s basketball scrimmage, Pioneer Arena

 

8 p.m. – Alumni and Friends Music and Fellowship, General Morgan Inn.  DJ Donnie Bunch will provide music.

Sunday, October 22

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.

 

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Dr. Nancy Moody honored with President Emerita distinction

Dr. Nancy Moody honored with President Emerita distinction

Posted on 28 August 2017 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Dr. Nancy B. Moody

Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College since April of 2009, was recognized by the College’s Board of Trustees by with the distinction of President Emerita on Saturday, Aug. 26.

Dr. Moody was presented a framed copy of a resolution honoring her with the distinction of President Emerita during a special meeting of the Trustees, in which her successor was also named. The Board named Dr. James Hurley as the 28 president of Tusculum. (Learn more about Dr. Hurley)

“Through her tenure, Dr. Moody has provided strong and capable leadership to the institution and her students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends as the first female president,” said Dr. Ken Bowman, chair of the Board of Trustees and a 1970 graduate of Tusculum. “Under her guidance, the college has served its students to a greater and unequaled sense of accomplishment than ever before, and she has embraced the opportunity to encourage faculty, staff, students and volunteers to push Tusculum College forward through creative teaching and learning, responsible stewardship and a renewed commitment to service and civic engagement.

“Dr. Moody has led Tusculum College into a new era of growth and expansion, in terms of bricks and mortar, academic programs and opportunities, and fiscal responsibility. During Dr. Moody’s tenure the college has completed the most successful fund raising campaign in its history, raising more than $26 million, has constructed two new apartment-style residence halls, a 100,000 square foot, state-of-the art science building, and has increased the endowment by more than $6 million. The Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math will impact math, science, computer science, biology, chemistry, environmental science and nursing students for generations to come. Dr. Moody’s warm relationship with Verna June Meen has led to the naming of the building, the development of an endowed scholarship and an endowed professorship.”

Dr. Bowman added that he and the Board of Trustees fully expect Dr. Moody will continue to advocate for the growth and development of Tusculum College and her students long into the future.

 

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Claridy, Gunn and Moore to be inducted into Sports Hall of Fame

Claridy, Gunn and Moore to be inducted into Sports Hall of Fame

Posted on 28 August 2017 by eestes@tusculum.edu

The 2017 Tusculum College Sports Hall of Fame class has been announced and three new members will be inducted during the College’s Homecoming festivities on Saturday, October 21st.  This year’s inductee class includes two-time All-American running back Eric Claridy, three-time All-American basketball guard Jasmine Gunn and two-time All-American guard Kyle Moore.

 

The induction ceremonies will take place at the Alumni Breakfast during homecoming weekend, which will be held at the Chalmers Conference Center in the Niswonger Student Commons on the Greeneville campus.

 

Eric Claridy (Football)

Eric Claridy

Eric Claridy accounted for the greatest playing career by a Tusculum tailback and holds the program’s all-time rushing and scoring records for more than 20 years since his time on the collegiate gridiron concluded.

 

From 1992-1995, Claridy rushed for 3,737 yards and 44 touchdowns, both school records which still stand today.  He churned out 6.9 yards per carry during his Tusculum career as he and his teammates helped usher in the reinstatement of the sport after a 41-year absence.

 

The Jasper, FL native rushed for over 1,000 yards in two of his four seasons, including a personal-best 1,319 yards in 1994 which is the second highest rushing yardage tally in a single-season in Tusculum history.  He garnered NAIA Division II All-America honors while leading the Pioneers to a 6-3 record which included victories over two nationally-ranked teams.  He scored a school record 18 rushing touchdowns, including a Pioneer single-game best five in Tusculum’s 63-22 win over Maryville.

 

Claridy, a four-time All-Mid-South Conference selection, owns three of the top-four rushing seasons in program history, running for 544 yards in 1992, 853 yards in 1993, 1,319 yards in 1994 and 1,021 yards in 1995.  He posted double-digit touchdown totals in his final three campaigns, including 18 in 1994 and 11 rushing scores each in both the 1993 and 1995 seasons.

 

He eclipsed 100 rushing yards in a school record 18 games during his Tusculum career, including two times with 200-yard performances.  His 229-yard effort against Maryville in 1994 is the third-best rushing outing in school history while his 201 yards in 1994 against Clinch Valley (now UVa-Wise) are eighth in the TC record book.

 

Claridy still holds seven career, season and single-game school records.  His 278 career points scored are still the most ever by a Pioneer, which included his 110 points in 1994, the most by a non-kicker and second-best overall in a TC season.

 

Jasmine Gunn (Women’s Basketball)

Jasmine Gunn

From 2007-2011, Jasmine Gunn produced one of the finest playing careers in the history of Tusculum women’s basketball.  The 4-11 point guard from Nashville, TN, led the Pioneers to one of the best four-year runs in the program’s storied history.

 

She helped Tusculum to four consecutive 20-win campaigns, which included three South Atlantic Conference Championships, two SAC Tournament titles and four trips to the NCAA Division II Tournament.

 

During her career, she earned WBCA Division II All-America honors three times (2009, 2010, 2011) and was a finalist for the 2010 NCAA II National Player of the Year Award.  She was named the Daktronics Southeast Region Player of the Year and SAC Player of the Year in 2010 and 2011.  She garnered Daktronics All-Southeast Region accolades three times (2019, 2010, 2011) and was a four-time All-SAC first team choice.

 

She is the holder of eight Tusculum school records as well as seven South Atlantic Conference marks.  Her 2,180 career points are the second-most in school history and fourth-best in the SAC record book.  She averaged 17.4 points per game (second in Tusculum history/seventh in SAC history) in her 125 career games (Tusculum and SAC record).  She also holds Tusculum records in career free throws made (660) and attempted (838), single-season free throws made (223 in 2009-10) and attempted (284 in 2009-10), single-game field goal percentage (1.000, 10-10 vs Virginia Intermont), single-game free throws made (23 vs Francis Marion, 3/13/2010 – most in a NCAA Tournament game) and single-game free throws attempted (29 vs Francis Marion, 3/13/2010).

 

In her first season, she averaged 13.7 points per game and led the team with her 6.1 assists per contest as the Pioneers posted a 26-5 record including a nine-game winning streak to end the regular season to capture the program’s inaugural SAC championship with a sterling 13-1 conference worksheet.  The Pioneers advanced to the SAC Tournament championship game and earned their first berth to the NCAA II Tournament.  Gunn was named the 2008 South Atlantic Conference Freshman of the Year.

 

During her sophomore campaign, Tusculum accounted for its second straight 26-win season (26-6) as the Pioneers repeated as SAC Champions and once again moved onto the SAC Tournament final.  Gunn averaged 15.5 points per game and finished the season ranked 10th in the country with her 5.8 assists per game average.  She earned WBCA All-America honorable mention honors and was a consensus All-Region pick.

 

Her best season in the Black and Orange came in the 2009-2010 campaign where she was a consensus All-American while averaging 21.6 points per game (third in Tusculum history/ninth in SAC history).  The Pioneers finished fourth in the league with a 10-6 SAC mark, but bounced back with wins over Catawba and top-seeded and 24th-ranked Lenoir-Rhyne to advance to the SAC Tournament final for a third straight year.  The Pioneers knocked off Newberry to claim its inaugural SAC Tournament crown and earn the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.  Tusculum was seeded seventh in the Southeast Regional and knocked off No. 2 seed and 19th-ranked Clayton State and defeated No. 20 Francis Marion 103-96 in the semifinal round behind Gunn’s SAC-record 45-point performance where she set a pair of NCAA Tournament marks with 23 free throws made and 29 attempts at the foul line.  The Pioneers advanced to the regional final where they upset host and No. 11 Lander 70-63 to move onto the NCAA Elite Eight.  During Tusculum’s magical postseason run, Gunn averaged 26.7 points, 3.6 assists, and 3.4 rebounds per contest in the seven-game span.

 

Following the 2010 season in which the Pioneers went 23-10, Gunn was honored when her jersey was selected for display at the National Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Ring of Honor. She was also the first Tusculum student-athlete to be named the South Atlantic Conference Female Athlete of the Year.

 

Gunn led Tusculum to a sweep of both the SAC regular-season and tournament titles in 2011 as she averaged 18.7 points per game that season as the Pioneers went 21-9 overall.  Tusculum knocked off Anderson, Newberry and Wingate in the SAC final to capture its second league postseason crown in as many years.  Tusculum was eliminated in the NCAA Regional by eighth-ranked USC Aiken.

 

During her career, she recorded 56 games with 20 or more points, including 10 outings with 30 points or better.  She finished with 629 career assists (second in Tusculum history/fifth in SAC history) and 272 career steals (third in Tusculum history/fifth in SAC history).  She accounted for 10 games with 10 or more assists, four games with 10 or more rebounds, 11 career double-doubles and the only triple-double in school history when she tallied 22 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds against the District of Columbia on Jan. 12, 2010.

 

Gunn was also named the Tusculum Female Athlete of the Year for both the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 academic seasons.

 

Kyle Moore (Men’s Basketball)

Kyle Moore

In just three seasons with the Pioneers, guard Kyle Moore accounted for the greatest scoring career during the NCAA Division II era (1998-present) of the Tusculum men’s basketball program.

 

From 2007-2010, Moore poured in 1,813 points, which are fourth in the Tusculum record book and eighth most in South Atlantic Conference history.  He was also one of the most prolific three-point shooters in both school and league history and one of the best free throw shooters to wear a Pioneer uniform.

 

He earned NCAA Division II All-America honors in 2009 as a junior and was a consensus All-America in 2010 as a senior, including being named to the Daktronics DII All-America second team.  He was tabbed the SAC Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons in 2009 and 2010 as he led the conference in scoring in both campaigns, averaging 21.1 and 24.8 points per game, respectively.

 

The Pioneers posted a 49-38 overall record during his tenure at Tusculum, including back-to-back winning seasons in his final two years in Greeneville.

 

He made 306 three-point field goals at Tusculum, which are the second most in school and conference history. He averaged 3.52 three-pointers made per contest for his 87-game career with the Pioneers which is the 23rd best career average by a NCAA Division II player.

 

The Gainesville, FL product earned All-SAC second team honors in the 2007-2008 season averaging 16.6 points and four assists per game as the Pioneers went 13-15, winning five of their last six regular season contests to advance to the SAC Quarterfinals.

 

In his second Tusculum campaign, he averaged 21.1 points per game to earn All-SAC first team distinction as the Pioneers posted a 20-11 record for the program’s first 20-win season since 1992-1993. Moore paced the Pioneers to an eight-game winning streak as the Pioneers made a late season surge to capture runner-up honors in the league with a 10-6 SAC record.  Tusculum knocked off Wingate and Newberry to advance to the SAC Tournament final.  Moore garnered SAC All-Tournament honors as he averaged 20.3 points per game and went 25-of-27 at the free throw line (92.6%) during his three postseason outings.

 

The Pioneers earned an at-large berth to the NCAA II Tournament where they faced top-seed and No. 4 nationally-ranked Augusta State. Moore scored 23 points in the Southeast Regional opener as the Pioneers trailed by as many as 17 points in the second half, but an upset bid by the Pioneers fell short in a 62-60 loss.

 

Moore enjoyed his best season in a Pioneer uniform in 2009-2010 as he accounted for 693 points, while leading Tusculum to a 16-12 overall record and a 10-6 in league mark to finish second in the conference standings for a second straight season.  His point tally was the second most in recorded school history and third in the league record book.  His 24.8 points per game average was third in NCAA Division II and fifth nationally for all NCAA divisions.  His scoring average was the second highest in league history and fifth in Tusculum history.

 

He was named to two All-Region first teams in 2009-2010 and earned All-SAC first team recognition for a second straight year.  He established a new school and SAC record with his 117 three-point field goals.  His 4.18 treys per game average were second in the country, while shooting 45.3 percent from beyond the arc (second d in SAC/ninth in NCAA II).  For his efforts, he was also named the 2009-2010 South Atlantic Conference Male Athlete of the Year and Tusculum College Male Athlete of the Year.

 

In his three seasons at Tusculum, Moore averaged 20.8 points per game, which is the third highest scoring average ever by a South Atlantic Conference player.  Including his rookie campaign at NCAA Division I Winthrop University, Moore scored 1,863 points as a collegiate player.

 

Moore was the model of consistency during his career, scoring 20 or more points an amazing 45 times, including 19 times in his senior campaign.  He also poured in 30 or more points on 15 occasions, including twice with 40 or more points, including his career-best 42 markers against Columbus State in 2008, the most points in a single-game during the NCAA Division II era and sixth most in school history.

 

Moore still holds the school record with his 447 made free throws.  While at Tusculum, Moore shot 85 percent from the foul line (447-of-526), which is the second highest career percentage in school history and third in SAC history.  He finished his career at Tusculum similarly to how he started it at the charity stripe.  He opened his Tusculum career making his first 24 free throws.  Moore finished the same way, connecting on his final 24 trips to the foul line.  In his last 11 contests, Moore went 64-of-68 from the free throw line (94.1%), including a string of 33 in a row.

 

Moore played in the 2010 NCAA II All-Star Game, where he garnered Co-Most Valuable Player honors while leading the West All Stars to victory at the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. In the game, Moore poured in 21 points, shooting 8-for-11 from the floor, including 5-for-8 from three-point territory and also dished out five assists.

 

Following his career at Tusculum, Moore signed a contract to play professionally in Germany for the SOBA Dragons in the Pro A League.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘60s

Capt. Dewey Holley ’65 (USN – Retired) of Greeneville, TN, and his wife, Wilma, celebrated their 50th anniversary on August 26.

 

’70s

Paul Sikora ’73 of Middletown, NJ, has taken a new position as regional account manager at PrimeSource GPO in New York City, NY.

 

’90s

Christina Naylor ’91 of Myrtle Beach, SC, has been promoted to the position of senior vice president of operations at Carolina Trust. Naylor joined the company in 2011 and has worked as director of sales and service and as vice president of branch operations. As senior vice president of operations, she will be in charge of member services, collections and card services and will oversee the branches. She has more than 20 years of experience in the banking field and held leadership roles with First Century Bank and TD Bank.

Dallas Gardner ’93 of Martinez, GA, has opened his own business, a franchise of Pillar To Post, a home inspection company. Gardner has previously spent 16 years in the nuclear construction business and also worked for Minco, Inc. in Greeneville, the Americas Collectible Network shopping channel, Nuclear Fuel Services, Honeywell Metropolis and United States Enrichment Corporation. He began moving toward his current career path as a health and safety inspector for Triangle Pacific, a cabinet and flooring manufacturer.  Gardner’s new business will provide home inspection services to individuals in the process of either selling or buying a house.

 

’00s

Timothy Elrod ’00 of Clinton, TN, is participating in Local 8 LawCall, a live-thirty minute call-in program on the CBS-television affiliate in Knoxville that addresses a different legal topic each week. Elrod is a partner at Ogle, Elrod & Baril, PLLC.

 

David and Sarah (McGar) Prichard ’01 ’02 are currently living in Crossville, TN, where David teaches physical education and is the head baseball coach at Cumberland County High School. Sarah is working in an orthodontist’s office in Crossville, and the couple have three sons.

 

Dr. Paula Davis ’04 of Morristown, TN, started the 2017-18 school year in a new position – principal of Hillcrest Elementary School in the Hamblen County School System. She has served as a fifth grade teacher, district-level professional academic coach, assistant principal and adjunct college professor. She taught fifth grade at Whitesburg Elementary School for 17 years. With the new position, Paula is returning to the school she attended during her first five years of school. She is an active member of Fernwood Baptist Church as the youth choir leader and an officer in the Women’s Missionary Union. She enjoys participating in foreign mission trips.

 

Denise Fliesser Fortin ’06 is a central midfielder on the FC London team, a member of League 1 Ontario, a pro-am, standards-based senior soccer league. Fortin, who is a full-time teacher, college assistant coach and married mother of three young children, is a leader of the team, and ranks third in minutes played for the league’s defending champion. Fortin is a physical education teacher at Monseigner-Bruyere high school and she and her husband have two daughters and a son.

 

Rustin Jones ’06 of Greeneville, TN, began the 2017-18 in a new position, as a teacher at Greeneville Middle School. Jones has been teaching at West Greene High School for the last 10 years, where he started both the girls’ and boys’ soccer teams at the school during the 2012-13 school year. Under his leadership, both teams became competitive and the boys’ team reached the district championship game and qualified for the regional tournament last year. Jones also coached the school’s first All-State player, Cheyenne Upton, who is now a student at Tusculum and a member of the Pioneer women’s soccer team.

 

Aubrey Fortson ’08 of Milledgeville, GA, is a first-year assistant football coach at Morgan County (GA) High school and is the in-school suspension coordinator for the high school this academic year. Fortson is coaching the defensive line for Morgan County and is also in charge of community outreach for the football team. This past summer, he organized three trips/tours for the team’s players, geared toward helping the players see the inside workings of important parts of the Morgan County and Madison (GA) communities.  They visited Madison Health and Rehab, Morgan County Memorial Hospital, and the Morgan County Detention Center. Aubrey’s coaching career includes his high school alma mater, Elbert County, Monticello High School and Putnam County.

 

’10s

Kenneth Hill ’12 of White Pine, TN, has accepted a full-time teaching position in the English department at Walters State Community College.

 

Brittany Connolly Purchase ’12 has earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from the University of Tampa.

 

David Nunez ’15 of Greeneville, TN, is now at the helm of the soccer program at West Greene High School. Nunez had served as assistant for both the girl’s and boy’s soccer teams for the past two seasons. Nunez is in his third year of teaching at West Greene.

 

 

 

 

Virginia Shelton Miller ’43 of Surgoinsville, TN, passed away on August 5, 2017, after a brief illness. Mrs. Miller was a teacher for more than 30 years, beginning her career as a home economics teacher in her native Rogersville followed by several years teaching English in the Surgoinsville middle and high schools. After retiring, she loved traveling with family and visited numerous places around the country and Europe. She treasured her grandchildren’s long summer visits to the family farm as well as regular visits to Florida and later New York to see them. In recent years, she also enjoyed attending a variety of theater performances and classical music concerts with family and friends. She was a long-time member of New Providence Presbyterian Church.

 

 

 

 

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2017-18 Acts, Arts, Academia series to feature a variety of stage and musical performances

2017-18 Acts, Arts, Academia series to feature a variety of stage and musical performances

Posted on 14 August 2017 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Everything from Shakespeare with a twist to the musical Oliver to a nationally known a cappella vocal group will be featured in the 2017-18 Acts, Arts, Academia performance and lecture series at Tusculum College.

The Acts, Arts, Academia performance and lecture series is a program of Tusculum College Arts Outreach and supported by the late Dr. Sam Miller in memory of Agnes Ault Miller, Hearts for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, Arts Outreach and generous donors and volunteers.

The series begins with a performance on Wednesday, Aug. 16, by MO5AIC, an a cappella vocal group, which has appeared on “America’s Got Talent” and won the “Top Pop Group” talent competition on MTV and also won the CBS News’ The Early Show’s nationwide search for the next great a cappella group.

MO5AIC, who will be appearing in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on campus, performs a unique blend of R&B, pop, rock, jazz, big band and Top 40 songs with a twist. Offering a different face of a cappella music, the five-man group performs with no instruments, using just their voices and microphones to create a full sound that has audiences frequently puzzled about where the band is.

The Acts, Arts, Academia series will continue on Tuesday, Sept. 19, with “Breakneck Hamlet,” a whirlwind of a performance by Tim Mooney of the popular Shakespeare stage classic. The performance will be in the Behan Arena Theatre, located in the lower level of the Annie Hogan Byrd building.

The 2017-18 Acts, Arts, Academia series at Tusculum College will begin with a performance by MO5AIC a cappella vocal group on Wednesday, Aug. 16, left, and Tim Mooney’s “Breakneck Hamlet” on Tuesday, Sept. 19.

On Oct. 11, the stage in the Behan Arena Theatre will come again to life with an evening of improvisation. Blue Plate Special’s “Improv Night in the BAT!” brings the popular group, who perform regularly in downtown Greeneville, to campus for an evening of fun and the unexpected.

Theatre-at-Tusculum will bring Lionel Bart’s musical, “Oliver” to the stage in November. Performances are scheduled for Nov. 10-12 and 16-19 in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium.

Christmas will be celebrated in performances by the Tusculum College Band Program and Tusculum College Community Chorus. The band program’s annual holiday concert will be on

Thursday, Nov. 30, in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium. The Community Chorus’ Christmas concert will follow on Monday, Dec. 4, also in the auditorium.

The first performance in 2018 will be Central Ballet Theatre’s presentation of “The Twelve Dancing Princesses.”  Performances are scheduled for Jan. 26-28 in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium.

“The Legacy of the Late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia” will be the topic of a lecture Tuesday, Feb. 6, by Dr. David Scott, an instructor in political science at Tusculum.

Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” will be Theatre-at-Tusculum’s spring production. Performances are scheduled for Feb. 23-25 and March 2-4 in the Behan Arena Theatre.

The Tusculum Band’s winter concert is scheduled Tuesday, Feb. 27, in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium.

Acts, Arts, Academia’s series continues on Tuesday, March 20, with the lecture, “Upstream Approaches to Preventing Human Trafficking.” Featured speaker will be Dr. Hannah Britton, director of the Center for the Study of Injustice, and of the Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Initiative at the University of Kansas.

Special youth performances will be the highlight of the GLAWPIGT (Great Literature Alive, Well, Playing in Greeneville, Tennessee) Showcase during the Old Oak Festival. Performances will be April 20-22 in the Behan Arena Theatre.

The series will conclude with the spring concerts by the Tusculum Community Chorus and the Band Program. The Community Chorus will perform on Monday, April 23, and the band program’s presentation will be Thursday, April 26.

Admission to the events is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors above the age of 60 and $5 for children 12 years of age and under except for the Central Ballet Theatre performance, the lectures, the GLAWPIGT Showcase and the Tusculum Community Chorus and Band Program concerts. Admission to the Central Ballet performances will be $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. For the GLAWPIGT Showcase, as well as the Supreme Court and human trafficking lectures, admission will be $7. Admission is free for the Tusculum Band Program and the Tusculum Community Chorus concerts.

For more information on any of these events, call Tusculum College Arts Outreach at 423-798-1620 or email jhollowell@tusculum.edu.

 

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Make plans to attend Homecoming 2017 festivities October 19-22

Make plans to attend Homecoming 2017 festivities October 19-22

Posted on 25 July 2017 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Make plants to attend Homecoming 2017 festivities in October.

Tusculum will be celebrating the College “Pioneering the Future,” through such events as the dedication of the new Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math as well as the class get-togethers, tailgate, annual awards presentations, parade, alumni games and of course, the football game and its half-time festivities.
Registering is as simple as clicking this link and filling out the online form. The registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 9.  Questions?  Contact the Alumni Office at 423-636-7303 or alumni@tusculum.edu. 

Below is the schedule of the daily activities during Homecoming 2017:

Thursday, October 19

8 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Registration, lobby of Annie Hogan Byrd

 

11:30 a.m. – Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center Center for Science and Mathematics Building Dedication

 

12 p.m. – Meen Center Dedication Luncheon. The Board of Trustees invite you to join us as we celebrate the Meen Center.

 

Tours of the Meen Center to follow luncheon

 

6  p.m. – 1960’s Alumni Party, hosted by Ann ‘Butch’ Van Buskirk ’61 at her home.  For address and directions, please contact the Alumni Office at 423-636-7303.

Friday, October 20

8 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Registration, lobby of Annie Hogan Byrd

Tours of the Meen Center throughout the day.

 

11:30 a.m.  – Lunch with students, terrace of the Thomas J. Garland Library

 

1 p.m. – Campus Tours, tours will depart from Garland Library Lobby

Golf Tournament – Link Hills Golf Course.  Registration begins at 12 p.m.

 

2 p.m. – Ice Cream. Social and Tusculum College Alumni Travel Preview

 

6 p.m. – Dinner at Link Hills Country Club

 

7 p.m. – Volleyball vs Lenoir-Rhyne, Pioneer Arena

Bonfire and Pep Rally, Welty Craig/Haynes Lawn/Quad Area

Saturday, October  21

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

8 a.m. – Memorial Service, Garland Library Lobby

 

8:30 a.m. – Alumni Breakfast, Chalmers Conference Center

 

9:00 a.m. –Sports Hall of Fame Induction,  Chalmers

9:30 a.m. Alumni Softball Game

 

10 a.m. – Alumni Awards and Alumni Meeting, Chalmers

Alumni Band – Join the current Tusculum College Marching Band for rehearsal and event performances

 

 

10:30 a.m. – Alumni Tennis Match,  Roger M. Nichols Tennis Complex

 

11 a.m. –   5th Annual Civil War Scrimmage (Lacrosse Alumni Game), Indoor Practice Facility

 

11:30 a.m. – Student Support Services Luncheon, the Patton House

 

Noon – Homecoming Parade, route between the Charles Oliver Gray Complex and Pioneer Park.

 

12:30 p.m. – Volleyball vs Catawba,  Pioneer Arena

Tailgate, enjoy a Tusculum College Pioneer Tailgate Party.

 

2:30 p.m. – Tusculum Pioneer Football vs. Catawba. Cheer on the Pioneers as they take on Catawba at Pioneer Field.

 

6 p.m. – Alumni and Friends Social Hour, General Morgan Inn

“Orange and Black” women’s basketball Inter-squad scrimmage, Pioneer Arena

 

7 p.m. – Alumni and Friends Dinner, General Morgan Inn. A cash bar will be available throughout the evening.

Alumni Baseball Game, Pioneer Park

 

7:30 p.m. – “Orange and Black” inter-squad men’s basketball scrimmage, Pioneer Arena

 

8 p.m. – Alumni and Friends Music and Fellowship, General Morgan Inn.  DJ Donnie Bunch will provide music.

Sunday, October 22

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.

 

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Tusculum Alumni Night at the Astros scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 22

Tusculum Alumni Night at the Astros scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 22

Posted on 25 July 2017 by eestes@tusculum.edu

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Veteran Services seeking input of alumni who served in the military

Veteran Services seeking input of alumni who served in the military

Posted on 25 July 2017 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Tusculum Veteran Services is in search of a few good men and women who served our country and are Tusculum alumni.

The newly created office values the input of Tusculum’s current and former student veterans as it works to organize events for current student veterans and alumni veterans, as well as build a distribution list to alert Tusuclum veteran students and alumni of programs and events of interest.  In addition to promoting the enrollment of veterans into Tusculum degree programs, the Office is responsible for coordinating the veteran services support program at all the College’s campuses and sites. The office, created earlier this year, is also working to enhance and maintain outreach relations between Tusculum and military institutions, veteran associations and the surrounding Northeast Tennessee community.

To ensure you receive notices of activities, programs, and events, please contact Dale Laney,  director of veteran services at Tusculum, at dlaney@tusculum.edu, to be added to distribution lists.

In addition, any alumni veterans who would like to be involved in veteran support programs as they are developed, the office would appreciate your input and the sharing of your knowledge and experience as a veteran and Tusculum alumnus.

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Tusculum alumna presented national DAR award

Tusculum alumna presented national DAR award

Posted on 25 July 2017 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Carolyn Gregg '88

Carolyn Gregg ’88 of Greeneville, TN, was awarded the History Award Medal from the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution in May for her lifetime of activities to promote the preservation of American History on the local, regional and national level. The national award is given to a nominee whose study or promotion of some aspect of American history on the local, regional or national level has significantly advanced the understanding of the nation’s past. Five or fewer are awarded annually. Gregg, who also served her Alma Mater for several years as an education professor, is treasurer of the Nolachuckey Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

 

She began her history projects by adding Greene County history to her third-grade curriculum at Tusculum View Elementary School and creating workbooks for children to learn about local heroes such as David Crockett, William Dickson, Samuel Doak and Andrew Johnson. Gregg wrote and directed musical plays for the students to perform each spring from 1988-2001. She also taught a summer Greene County history class that included field trips daily for several weeks to local and regional historic sites. Gregg and her students mapped seven cemeteries during the classes, and she added five more cemetery maps before submitting them all to the USGenWeb Tombstone Project.

 

After retiring from Tusculum View Elementary School, Gregg began researching for “The History of Nolachuckey Chapter NSDAR,” the first of 17 books that she has compiled. Some are oral histories, such as “Stories From the South of Greene County,” compiled with Nolachuckey Elementary School and Tusculum College students, “Reflections From the Past in Chuckey, Afton, Tusculum and Eastern Greene County,” compiled with Chuckey-Doak Middle School and Tusculum College students, “Remembering Greene County Mills,” compiled for Greene County Heritage Trust, and “Tales of the Rails,” compiled for the George L. Carter Railroad Museum at East Tennessee State University. For other books, Gregg researched community and church histories, such as “Saint James Lutheran Church Celebrates 200 Years — 1811-2011,” “The History of Asbury United Methodist Church,” “The History of Blue Springs Lutheran Church,” “Blue Springs Church, Community, and Colleges,” and six volumes of Harden, North Carolina, Community Research from 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017. Two books focused on Gregg’s family history: “The Ancestors and Descendants of Willie Albert Patterson and Minnie Corriher Patterson” and “The Photo Story of the Gregg Family of Miles and Mandy Tweed Gregg.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

’40s

Dr. Sara Lippard Hoyt ’45 of Asheville, NC, was presented a Distinguished Medical Alumna Award during the Alumni Reception and Awards Banquet at the Spring Medical Alumni Weekend for the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill School of Medicine. A retired pediatrician, Dr. Hoyt was a member of the first four-year graduating class of the medical school in 1954 and one of the only two women in the class. Following her career as a physician and raising three daughters, Dr. Hoyt continued working as an advocate for others in various ways, including serving on the Rome (GA) City Board of Education, the Board of Hospitality House that serves abused women and children and the Rome Arts Council among others. Dr. Hoyt and her husband, the Rev. William Hoyt, have remained busy after they retired and moved to Asheville in 2001. She maintains her medical volunteer license and continues to further her medical education, attending lectures twice monthly at MAHEC (Mountain Area Health Education Center).

’60s

Andy Still ’61 of Bluff City, TN, has been named a 2017 inductee into the J.I. Burton High School Hall of Fame. Still was a star basketball player at the Norton, VA, school, graduating in 1957. Still credits Joe Stallard, a 1956 graduate of Tusculum and a 2016 inductee into the J.I. Burton Hall of Fame, with inspiring him to become a basketball player. Still continued playing basketball at Tusculum, where he majored in math and physics. After graduating, Still spent three years teaching physics and chemistry at J.J. Kelly High School and served as head basketball coach at Clinch Valley College during 1963 and 1964. Still then went to work for Raytheon, where he worked for 28 years until retirement and his responsibilities included upgrading missile software.

 

Fred Johnson ’65 has been fully retired for the last four years after serving as president of a real estate and development company in the Washington, D.C., area. He and his wife, Donna, are living in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, a few miles south of Asheville. They are enjoying traveling, playing golf and enjoying mountain life. Fred would love to her from his old friends from Tusculum at fredanddonna1@gmail.com.

 

’90s

Dr. J. T. Vogt ’90 recently accepted a position as Project Leader for the U.S. Forest Service Insects, Diseases and Invasive Plants in Southern Forests research unit with personnel in Asheville, NC, Athens, GA, and Pineville, LA. He will be relocating to the Athens area with his wife Karen, son James, and daughter Samantha ’17 (who graduated from Tusculum with honors earlier this year and has been accepted into physical therapy school at Belmont). He is very happy to be returning to a more research-oriented position in entomology. Classmates can reach J.T. at bug_doctor@hotmail.com

 

Denise Carr ’96 began working in June as Senior WIOA Career Specialist at East Tennessee State University. She previously served in a similar position at Walters State Community College.

 

Janice Jones ’98 of Bristol, TN, has been appointed to the Tennessee Financial Literacy Commission. She is the President and CEO of United Southeast Federal Credit Union. Jones has 47 years of experience in credit unions, rising through the ranks to her current position of President and CEO. Active in the community, Jones is a member of the Bristol Morning Rotary Club, serves as chairman of the board of the Bristol TN/VA Chamber of Commerce, served on the Credit Union National Associations Federal Credit Union Subcommittee for four years, and most recently served as a board member with Volunteer Corporate Credit Union.

 

‘00s

Nick Neura ’08 has been named offensive line coach for the football team at Gadsden City (AL) High School. He was previously serving as offensive line coach for the Hueytown High School. He also served as a graduate assistant at the University of Alabama-Birmingham from 2010-12.

Robin Street ’08 will be serving as assistant principal of Grandview School in the Washington County (TN) School System when school starts in the fall. Street began her 11-year teaching career at Gray School and subsequently moved to Jonesborough Middle School where she taught math, social studies and science.

Jarrell NeSmith ’09 has accepted a position at the Immediate Care in Gaffney, SC, for half urgent care and sports medicine after his current fellowship in sports medicine ends in June 2018. Jarrell writes, “I feel blessed beyond belief! Thank you to everyone who has prayed for me and supported me along the way!”

 

Rachel Macola Price ’10 will be serving as the new principal of Grandview School in the Washington County (TN) School System when school opens in the fall. She previously served two years as assistant principal of Jonesborough Middle School. Prior to that positin, Price was a first and fourth grade teacher at Jonesborough Elementary School. 

 

’10s

Nikki Taylor ’11 and Logan Goodin ’11 have married and had their first child, a son, Jackson Dean Goodin, on December 30, 2016.  He was 8 lbs. and 4 oz. at birth. The couple is currently living in Maryville, TN, where Nikki is staying home with Jackson and Logan is an honors algebra teacher at Maryville Junior High and is coach of the school’s first baseball program.

 

Sara Howard ’14 has graduated with a master’s degree in public health epidemiology from East Tennessee State University and has begun her career as an epidemiologist at Oak Ridge Associated Universities.

 

Joni Blake Parker ’15 began serving earlier this month as the new general manager of the Greene County Partnership. Parker duties include fundraising, which she became familiar serving as the director of alumni relations at Tusculum College.

 

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Richard A. Williams Jr. ’15 graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio Lackland, San Antonio, TX. Williams earned distinction as an honor graduate. He is the grandson of Shirley Goodwin and nephew of Robin Rawls of Columbia.

 

Creighton Wilke ’16 has signed with the Lincoln (NE) Saltdogs. The infielder participated in spring training with the professional team in the American Association of Independent Baseball. At Tusculum, he was a power hitter. In his senior season for the Pioneers, the first baseman hit .333 with eight home runs and 11 doubles. He knocked in 43 runs in 53 games.

Jennie Frost ’17 has been selected to write for “The MFA Years.” Frost will attend the Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing at Ole Miss in the fall.

 

 

 

 

Claude Fulton Simpson Jr. ’70 of Roanoke, VA, passed away July 5, 2017.  His survivors include sister and Tusculum alumna, Ellen Simpson Deane ’78.

 

Trustees

Tom Ferguson

Tom Ferguson, who served as a member of the Tusculum College Board of Trustees from 1997 through 2014, passed away July 15, 2017, after a brief illness. Mr. Ferguson was former president and chief executive officer of the Greene County Partnership. He was instrumental in the formation of the Greene County Partnership after moving to Greeneville from Miami, FL, in 1992.

 

Hired to oversee economic development efforts for the community at a time of skyrocketing unemployment, he quickly formed a team of community leaders that created the unique concept of combining local non-profit organizations under one umbrella organization. Under the guidance of the team and Mr. Ferguson, the Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development Board, the Tourism Department and Keep Greene Beautiful were combined to form the Partnership, with the Partners In Education entity, now called Education and Workforce Development, being added a few years later.

 

During his tenure at the helm of the Partnership, the community saw phenomenal economic growth with the location of 17 new industries and numerous industrial expansions that brought thousands of new jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in capital investments, as well as the location of many new restaurants and businesses. Mr. Ferguson played a key leadership role in developing Mount Pleasant Industrial Park and Hardin Industrial Complex, and was involved in the location of such industries as Wal-Mart Distribution, DTR Tennessee, now called SRK Tennessee, Old Castle Building Envelope, Worthington Industries and John Deere Power Products, all of which remain among Greene County’s largest employers. He worked with property owners to assist in bringing the General Morgan Inn and Conference Center into existence, and also helped lay the groundwork for developing the Fairgrounds Plaza and Crockett Crossing.

 

Among his many accomplishments was the initiation of a local community goals conference in 1993, which provided a forum in which all interested local residents could participate. This effort introduced numerous forward-thinking ideas to the local scene, including a semi-pro baseball team and a city administrator position in local government, both of which have become realities.

 

Mr. Ferguson led the Partnership for more than eight years before departing in 2001 to form his own business, Ferguson Development Network. He later served for 22 months as interim president for the Regional Alliance for Economic Development, Tri-Cities TN/VA, an organization responsible for marketing a 10-county region including Greene County, before returning to the Partnership in 2010 where he remained as the president/CEO until 2016.

 

He was affiliated with numerous local and state economic development organizations, having served on many of their boards through the years. Mr. Ferguson was a member of Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Memorial gifts may be made to Tusculum College, P.O. Box 5040, Greeneville, TN 37743.

 

 

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2017-18 Pioneer Club Campaign to raise community awareness and support of Tusculum Athletics

2017-18 Pioneer Club Campaign to raise community awareness and support of Tusculum Athletics

Posted on 24 July 2017 by eestes@tusculum.edu

With a $100,000 goal, Tusculum College kicked off the 2017-18 Pioneer Club campaign with a breakfast held at the Greeneville campus on Thursday, July 20.

“We appreciate all you do,” Tusculum Athletic Director Doug Jones told the campaign leaders and volunteers at the breakfast. “What you do and the support you provide helps us to be better able to make a positive difference in the the lives of our student-athletes.”

This year’s Pioneer Club campaign will be led by five team captains, Angelo Botta, Doug DeBusk, Justin Jeffers, Curtis Morrison and Dr. Craig Shepherd, with support from Blake Cantrell, director of athletic development at Tusculum, and Jones. These captains will lead groups of volunteers who be working in the community to raise awareness and support for Tusculum athletics over the coming year.

 

Team captains for the 2017-18 Pioneer Club campaign are preparing for the annual effort to provide resources for the Tusculum College athletic programs. From left are Tusculum Director of Athletics Doug Jones, team captains Angelo Botta, Dr. Craig Shepherd and Doug DeBusk, and Blake Cantrell, director of athletic development at Tusculum. Not pictured are team captains Justin Jeffers and Curtis Morrison.

The Pioneer Club is the fundraising organization of Tusculum Athletics and provides financial support to 20 athletic programs. The Pioneer Club began in 1991, and year after year, has been built on a solid foundation of support from alumni and friends of Tusculum College.

Athletics at Tusculum College are a big part of campus life; there will be almost 600 student-athletes on campus in the fall, about half of the traditional student body. Jones outlined some of the projects that will be supported through the Pioneer Club campaign, including the resurfacing of Pioneer Field with synthetic turf. The field is used for both fall and spring sports, including football, men’s and women’s soccer and men’s and women’s lacrosse.

In addition, projects that the Pioneer Club effort will support include a resurfacing of the tennis courts, updates to the softball facilities, weight room enhancements and a continuing upgrade in equipment for live streaming of games.

The purchase of equipment to enhance live streaming of Tusculum Pioneer athletic events online was one of the major projects that was supported through Pioneer Club efforts in the last year. Online streaming has provided Pioneer fans and parents of student-athletes a way to watch events when they cannot attend in person, and Tusculum is now receiving inquiries about its live streaming by fellow schools in the South Atlantic Conference.

For more information on the Pioneer Club or to become a member, contact Blake Cantrell at 423-636-7303 or bcantrell@tusculum.edu.

 

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Nominations open for annual alumni awards

Nominations open for annual alumni awards

Posted on 28 June 2017 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Do you know someone who deserves to be recognized for their contributions to Tusculum College?

Nominate that person for a once-in-a-lifetime award and let the world know what significant difference that individual has made in the Tusculum College community.

Nominations are now open for the annual awards presented by the Alumni Association during Homecoming. They include the Pioneer Award, the Frontier Award, National Living Faculty Award, National Alumnni Recognition Award, the Sports Hall of Fame and the Sports Benefactor Award.
Learn more about these awards and access the nomination form on this page. The awards will be presented during Homecoming 2017 festivities at the All-Alumni Meeting on Saturday, October 21.

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Three Tusculum alumni mark milestones in pursuit of professional sports careers

Three Tusculum alumni mark milestones in pursuit of professional sports careers

Posted on 28 June 2017 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Former Pioneer stars in three sports have celebrated milestones in the past month in their pursuit of careers in professional sports. Brandon Bartlett ’16 was drafted by the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.Brad Hawkins ’16 has celebrated his first victory as a professional golfer. Devan Watts ’17 was named an all-star and was promoted to a higher level minor league affiliate of the Atlanta Braves in the past month.

Brandon Bartlett

Bartlett was selected by the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the Canadian Football League supplemental draft earlier this month. A linebacker for the Pioneer football team, he recorded 229 tackles in his three seasons at Tusculum which are 13th-most in program history.  During his 31-game career, Bartlett accounted for nine tackles for loss with four sacks.  His six career fumbles forced are tied for fifth in the Tusculum record book, while also posting two fumble recoveries and an interception.

Bartlett led the Pioneers with his 94 tackles in 2015 as his 8.5 stops per game average was second in the South Atlantic Conference.  He earned All-Region and All-Conference first team honors and forced a team-high three fumbles, which were second in the league and 36th in the country.  During that 2015 campaign, he tallied double-digit tackles on five occasions. Bartlett graduated from Tusculum this past December and was a member of the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll while majoring in sport management.  He becomes the 28th Pioneer during the NCAA Division II era (1998-present) to ink a professional football contract.

Hawkins recorded his first victory as a professional golfer at 2017 Charlotte Classic.  The 54-hole GProTour event was held earlier this month at the par-72, 6,757-yard Palisades Country Club. This was his second GProTour event as he tied for eighth place at the Starmount Forest event. Hawkins, a native of Knoxville, TN, starred on the Tusculum golf team from 2014-2016 where he accounted for one of the best playing careers in school history.

Brad Hawkins

His career scoring average of 71.37 established a new school and South Atlantic Conference (SAC) record. His five career medalist wins are tied for third most at Tusculum, while his 24 career sub-par rounds are a Pioneer record.  He was also a semifinalist for the 2016 Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award. Hawkins was named to the 2016 GCAA Division II PING All-America Team and recognized as the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Player of the Year, becoming the fourth Pioneer in program history to earn the league’s top golf honor. His seasonal stroke average in 2016 was also a new SAC-best.  Hawkins finished in the top-five in nine of his 12 events, including medalist honors at the State Farm Intercollegiate, Pioneer Classic and Hargett Memorial Intercollegiate.  He qualified for the NCAA II Super Regional where he finished 15th. Hawkins posted a school single-season record 16 sub-par rounds, with nine of those in the 60s, including an 18-hole Tusculum and SAC record 63 at the 2015 Pioneer Classic.  During the Pioneer Classic, he carded the lowest 36-hole score in school and SAC history with an eight-under par 132.  He also established the 54-hole Pioneer and SAC record with a remarkable 16-under par 200 at the 2015 State Farm Intercollegiate.

Hawkins graduated from Tusculum with honors while majoring in sport management. He earned CoSIDA Academic All-America® first team honors and was named to the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll, Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, Dean’s List, Charles Oliver Gray Honors List and was a two-time GCAA All-America Scholar. He played his first two collegiate seasons at Walters State Community College, where he guided the Senators to a 2014 NJCAA National Championship while earning All-America honors for a second straight year at the Morristown, TN, school.

Devan Watts

Watts was named in early June as an All-Star selection for the 2017 season in the Florida State League. Watts was playing in his first year with the Florida Fire Frogs, a minor league affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, at the time. Later in the month, Watts was promoted to the Mississippi Braves, Atlanta’s Double-A affiliate.

He had been selected by the Braves in the 17th round of the 2016 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft and made his professional debut last summer with Danville, the Braves’ Rookie-League Affiliate in the Appalachian League squad before being moved up to the organization’s Single-A affiliate in Rome (GA).  He became that team’s closer as he posted a 3-1 record with eight saves and helped lead Rome to a league championship.  Watts worked out with the Braves during spring training this year and was activated on the Atlanta roster on March 18, though he did not make an appearance.

In Watts’ two seasons at Tusculum (2015-2016), the NCAA Division II All-Region and All-South Atlantic Conference choice recorded 14 saves and posted a 6-7 record in 99.2 innings of work in his 43 relief appearances. He accounted for a 2.98 career earned run average with 121 strikeouts and 25 walks. His 14 saves are the fourth most in Tusculum history. He earned a spot on the 2016 SAC All-Tournament Team. Watts came through with two victories in two appearances during the SAC Tournament, including the win in Tusculum’s 6-5 rain-shortened victory over Catawba that resulted in the Pioneers being named conference  co-champions. He helped the Pioneers advance to the 2016 NCAA Division II Southeast Regional as Tusculum claimed third place honors.  He pitched four shutout innings in his two relief appearances in the NCAA Tournament.  Watts completed his degree and graduated from Tusculum with honors this past spring.  He was a member of the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll, Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, Dean’s List and Charles Oliver Gray Honors List.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Lawless '70, Kathleen Cheek Schwartz '58 and Barbara Robinson '78 attended a recent alumni in Cherry Hill, NJ. Dr. Nancy B. Moody, Tusculum’s president, and Heather Patchett, vice president for institutional advancement, shared the latest news about the college to alumni in events in New Jersey, Philadelphia and New York in June. From left are Lawless, Patchett, Dr. Moody, Schwartz and Robinson.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

’50s

The Rev. Don Wright ’53 and Dorothy Jaynes Wright ’54 recently celebrated their 64th anniversary. The couple were married on June 1, 1953, at First Presbyterian Church of Greeneville by the Rev. Robert Clyde Johnson, the pastor and adjunct professor at Tusculum. Don became a Presbyterian minister and served churches for 60 years and Dorothy supported his ministry. The couple has four children, nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren. They are living in Canton, MI.

‘70s

The Rev. Marwood B. “Woody” Meredith ’71 has been elected President of the Board of Directors of the Athens Christian Preparatory Academy located in Athens, TX.

William Schulte ’72 of Hillsborough, NJ, has taught 43 years as the physical education teacher at South Plainfield High School, his high school alma mater.  Schulte was a member of school’s baseball and basketball teams as a student at Tusculum. In college he was initially a business major and then changed his area of study to history, but at the suggestion of a professor, he ultimately went on to earn a degree in physical education instead. He landed his first teaching job in 1973 at SPHS and over the years has also coached various levels of basketball and football.

’80s

Mary Beth New ’86 is participating in her eighth mission trip to Los Tambos, Belize, with two of her grandsons.

Charles Dietrich ’88 has been named assistant vice president of Bank of America in Jersey City, NJ.

’90s

Kimberly Faith Shelton ’92 just marked her 20th year anniversary as a math teacher at South Greene High School in the Greene County School System. She has taught for 22 and a half years.

David Stoika ’99 recently retired as a well-respected wrestling coach with more than 300 wins. Stoika retired as McMinn County (TN) High School’s wrestling coach after this past wrestling season, ending a coaching career of 37 years. At his last match, all the wrestlers and coaches gave him a plaque and a standing ovation for his hard work and success, which included 302 wins despite not having a feeder program directing young talent to McMinn High. During his career, Stoika coached former University of Tennessee football player Shazzon Bradley, who was also a two-time state wrestling champion.

’00s

Nick McBride ’05 is running for the office of Knox County (TN) register of deeds in an August general election. McBride is currently the chief deputy of the office. The current register is running for another position in county government. He has served in the office since 1990 and since 2007 in his current position. He is a past treasurer of the Knox County Republican Party and past vice chairman of the Knox County Retirement and Pension Board. He’s on the board of the Epilepsy Foundation. He’s also immediate past president of the Tennessee Elks Association.

Amanda Weaver Smith ’06 of Rogersville, TN, has has been named the new principal of Surgoinsville Elementary School. Smith has served as the assistant principal at Surgoinsville Middle School for the past two years and has 15 years of experience in education in the Hawkins County School System. She has worked at both the elementary and middle school levels as a teacher, RTI facilitator and administrator. Smith participated in the Governor’s Academy for School Leadership in the 2016 cohort, served as the teacher leader for Surgoinsville Elementary in 2014-2015 and was the Surgoinsville Elementary School Teacher of the Year and the Hawkins County K-4 Teacher of the Year in 2012-2013.

 

John Craft ’08 has been named to the new position of assistant fire chief in the Greeneville Fire Department. Craft has been with the fire department for 29 years and has served in the ranks of lieutenant, captain and battalion chief. Craft is certified as an advanced emergency medical technician, hazardous materials technician and an instructor. As assistant chief, Craft will oversee daily operations of the department, will fill in during the chief’s absence, and will be responsible for the department’s budget and personnel matters.

Brandon Broyles ’09 has taken an assistant coaching position at Tennessee High School in Bristol, TN. He had served the last five years as the boys’ basketball coach at North Greene High School, leading the Huskies to their first district championship in 27 years. The North Greene position was his first as a head coach. He had served seven years as an assistant at Daniel Boone High School.

 

’10s

Max Gaubert ’16 of Athens, GA, just completed his first year teaching self-contained special education at Monroe Area High School and was selected as the teacher of the semester during his first year.

 

 

 

 

Trustees

Dr. David Baker

Tusculum Trustee Dr. David Baker recently received the coveted Captains of Industry award in May. The Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers honored Dr. Baker with the Captain of Industry Award, one of its most prestigious awards at the IISE Annual Conference and Expo in May. Captains of Industry Awards honor leaders in business, industry and government such as presidents, CEOs, senior vice presidents and directors of organizations with substantial sales, assets, employment or other resources. Dr. Baker retired in December 2016 from DirecTV after more than eight years as senior vice president of field services for AT&T. He oversaw the company’s national network of installation and service providers for DirecTV and was charged with improving the operational efficiency and quality of the customer experience. Previously, Dr. Baker served as executive vice president and COO for On Command Corp. and as CFO and COO for DirecTV Japan. He holds a Ph.D. in mineral economics with a specialization in operations research from the Colorado School of Mines, as well as master’s and bachelor’s degrees in industrial engineering from West Virginia University.

 

 

 

 

 

Nick Darnell ’06 and wife Emily welcomed a baby girl, Madeline Claire Darnel,l on June 1. She weighed 7 lbs. 11 oz. and was 21.25 inches long.

 

Megan Hart Chapman ’09 and her husband, Clint, welcomed baby Amelia Carol Chapman on April 19, 2017. She weighed 6 lb. 15 oz. and was 19.5 inches long.

Amelia Chapman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mary Pauline Crews Scott ’46 passed away June 8, 2017. Mrs. Scott was a lifelong member of Christ United Methodist Church. She was a very devoted mother and always considered the needs of her children above her own. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought an extra sparkle to her eyes, and she loved spending time with each of them. She had a special love for her four Pomeranian dogs, with each one taking their turn being her faithful companion during many years of her life. Her love for animals was shown in her willingness to always adopt stray animals that found their way to her home. She was a longstanding member of the Greeneville-Greene County Humane Society. In addition to her love for animals, she enjoyed reading, playing cards, word search puzzles and visits from friends. Her survivors include Tusculum alumni: son and daughter—in-law Dr. Haden Scott ’75 and Debra (Cox) Scott ’74 and son Paul E. Scott ’83. Her son-in-law John Fisher has been the architect to design several buildings on the Tusculum campus, including the recently completed Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. George E. Scott ’50.

 

J.W. Douthat ’53 of Mohawk, TN, passed away June 18, 2017. Mr. Douthat was a lifelong farmer and co-owner of the former Tri-State Tractor. During the administration of Tennessee Gov. Ned McWherter, he served on the State Tobacco Advisory Board.  Mr. Douthat also served on the Greene County Soil Conservation Board from 1981-2000. He was named Outstanding Conservation Farmer in 1969 and was presented the J.W. Massengill Award for Distinguished Service in Agriculture in 1993. Mr. Douthat served as chairman of the Old Knoxville Highway Water District for 40 years. He was a current member of the Greene County Industrial Development Board and had served on the Greene County Partnership Economic Development Board. Mr. Douthat was a director emeritus of Greene County Bank and served on the Greene County Bank Agriculture Advisory Board. He was a founding member of the Laughlin Health Care Board of Trustees, and attained emeritus status. Mr. Douthat served as a Greene County magistrate (commissioner) for 12 years. He was a member of Concord Baptist Church and the Warrensburg Masonic Lodge. Mr. Douthat was a strong supporter of Greene County Schools, especially the West Greene Fellowship of Christian Athletes and West Greene Future Farmers of America.

 

Addison Stitt ’61 of Howell Township, NJ, passed away February 21, 2017. Mr. Stitt served in the Army Reserves. He was a Technical Sales Director and in sales for most of his career with Pamarco, Passaic Engraving and retired from PanGraphics.  Mr. Stitt was a past member of First Presbyterian Church of Cranford. He was known for his sense of humor, his love of cars, Nascar driver Jimmie Johnson and Frank Sinatra.

 

Hal ‘Buddy’ Pruitt ‘62 of Midway, TN, passed away June 7, 2017, after a five year struggle with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease. Mr. Pruitt was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He served as an educator in the Greene County school system for 32 years. He taught and coached at St. James High School and South Greene High School, and was principal at Mosheim Elementary School. Mr. Pruitt retired as principal at West Greene High School after serving in that capacity for 22 years. For several years, he worked as an auctioneer for Greene County Land & Auction Company.  Mr. Pruitt was an active member of Sinking Springs Lutheran Church, where he taught Sunday school, was a member of the choir and served on the church council. He enjoyed traveling, as he and his wife had visited all the continental United States and Alaska.
Michael Wallace ’68 of Pittsford, NY, passed away on April 5, 2016. A veteran, Mr. Wallace served his country as a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, where he was stationed in Dover, DE. Following his honorable discharge from the military, he relocated to Rochester, NY, and began his more than 30-year career with the Xerox Corporation. After his retirement from Xerox, Mr. Wallace was offered the opportunity to become a college professor, passing on business acumen to the young professionals enrolled in his business classes at Medaille College and several other local universities. Beyond his professional accomplishments, he was an active lay leader and member of the United Church of Pittsford family. Mr. Wallace volunteered his time on the boards of several local non-profit organizations, including the YMCA and Heritage Christian Services. He was an avid pupil of the game of golf, where he spent innumerable Saturdays out on the greens enjoying the game with those he held dear. Mr. Wallace was also a competitive card player and had a love for all sports. He was described as a man that lived life to the fullest and will forever be known for his larger-than-life personality, his devotion to friends and family, and his infectious sense of humor. Mr. Wallace was a good, fun-loving, trustworthy soul that will truly be missed by those he leaves behind.

 

Dr. Ed Campbell ’75 of Sparta, NC, passed away on Saturday, June 10, 2017. Dr. Campbell was president of his senior class at Tusculum.  Dr. Campbell was a graduate of Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University. He was a Navy scholarship student while in medical school.  After graduation, he served in the Navy’s Medical Corps from 1981- 1988.  Dr. Campbell’s life was dedicated to medicine, his family and the Lord Jesus. From September 1988 through March 2017,  Dr. Campbell served people in Mooresville, NC, and surrounding areas as a family physician at Lake Norman Family Medicine.  In the mid 1990s, the practice joined with Piedmont Health Care. He was a self-taught woodworker and enjoyed making all sorts of projects and furniture.  Dr. Campbell loved the outdoors and enjoyed hiking, kayaking, and exploring the woods.  He was an avid reader and stargazer and a friend to all.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are greatly appreciated by the family and may be made to Tusculum ‘s Science Department, P.O. Box 5040, Greeneville, TN 37743.

 

Armand Martin Hammer ’89 of Mount Juliet, TN, passed away June 19, 2017. Mr. Hammer began his military career as a private in the U.S. Marines and retired as a Major General in the U.S. Army.  For over 35 years, Major General Hammer served the country with integrity, honor, pride and respect for his fellow man. He was a noted athlete, a superior marksman and a disciplined soldier, always searching for perfection and always responsive to the needs of his troops. Maj. Gen. Hammer led by example. He was a true “Mustang” having successfully performed in eight officer and seven enlisted grades. These grades included: major general, brigadier general, colonel, major, captain, first lieutenant, second lieutenant, gunnery sergeant, staff sergeant, sergeant, corporal, lance corporal, private first class, and private. The unique experience gained through holding several officer and enlisted ranks provided Maj. Gen. Hammer with a leadership perspective seldom found in one officer. Having “walked in the other man’s shoes” provided Maj. Gen. Hammer with an understanding of military “do’s and don’ts” regarding the appropriate style of leadership needed to successfully accomplish any mission or task. His military career consisted of 10 years in the U.S. Marines, 22 years U.S. Army, and three years assigned to the Military Department of Tennessee, for a total of 35 years. The Major General began his career as a private in the Marines, rose to the enlisted rank of gunnery sergeant, received a combat commission as a second lieutenant in Vietnam. He was awarded several decorations and commendations for service in Vietnam and while performing in every position from private to senior non-commissioned officer (NCO) to commanding general. His awards include the Navy Cross, Bronze Star, three Purple Hearts, three Meritorious Service Medals, Air Medal, Army Commendation, Navy Commendation, Navy Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation,  Navy Unit Commendation, USMC Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Medal, Vietnam Cross Gallantry, Army Overseas Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and several medals and commendations awarded from the reserve components. Additionally, he received parachute wings, rifle and pistol expert badges. After his military career, he held the position of state adjutant for the Department of Tennessee from 1994 until 2012, then served as Department Commander from 2012-2013.

 

Friends of the College

Emily Doak

Emily Ogburn Doak passed away June 11, 2017. Mrs. Doak was the wife of Samuel L. Doak ’49 H’14, a life trustee of Tusculum and a direct descendent of college founders, the Rev. Samuel Doak and the Rev. Samuel Witherspoon Doak. After moving to Greeneville, the Doaks lived across from campus and were frequently attended college events such as plays, receptions, exhibits and athletic events. Mrs. Doak was a long-time volunteer for the Museums of Tusculum and served for a number of years as membership chairman for the Andrew Johnson Heritage Association, which supports programs of the museums. Mrs. Doak was a veteran, having served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. She was a member of the Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach, the Tuesday Book Club and numerous organizations in Greeneville. She was the recipient of the DIANA award for her volunteer work in the community. Mrs. Doak worked with the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery and the Look Good, Feel Better programs as well as Bosom Buddies. She and her husband were honored in 2016 by the Greeneville Exchange Club with the Book of Golden Deeds Award that celebrates dedicated volunteers who give of their time and talents to make their community a better place to live. Mrs. Doak was an associate member of Calvary Moravian Church in Winston-Salem and attended the Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church of Greeneville. Memorial gifts may be made to the Samuel Doak Endowed Scholarship Fund at Tusculum, P.O. Box 5040, Greeneville, TN 37743-5040.

 

 

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