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Six alumni events planned for early June in Philadelphia, New Jersey and New York

Six alumni events planned for early June in Philadelphia, New Jersey and New York

Posted on 24 May 2017 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Tusculum is coming to the Mid-Atlantic region in early June. Alumni, family and friends are invited to attend the event in their area to hear the latest exciting news about Tusculum from President Nancy B. Moody.

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Members of Class of 1967 celebrate 50th reunion year at Spring Commencement

Members of Class of 1967 celebrate 50th reunion year at Spring Commencement

Posted on 24 May 2017 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Members of the Class of 1967 and the bagpipers lead the procession of the morning Spring Commencement Ceremony on May 6.

Members of the Class of 1967 were celebrated with special events during the weekend of of Spring Commencement, May 5 and 6, as they reunited on campus to celebrate their 50th anniversary year.

Seven members of the Class of 1967 were able to return to campus for the Golden Pioneer events to mark their significant milestone.

During the afternoon of Friday, May 5, the newest Golden Pioneers were able to take tours of campus, led by current students, to see the changes that have taken place in recent years.

At a reception at the Allison Gallery at the Shulman Center, each class member was presented a commemorative medallion and pin by Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum.

Following the reception, class members gathered to share a fun evening of fellowship and reminiscing at Brumley’s Restaurant at the General Morgan Inn in downtown Greeneville.

The Golden Pioneers had an early start on Saturday, May 6, with a breakfast in the Pioneer Perk coffee house on campus prior to their preparation for the upcoming Commencement ceremony.

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

The Golden Pioneers led the graduating students into Pioneer Arena and sat in the front row in front of the stage. During the ceremony, Dr. Moody recognized each by name, and the group was applauded by the soon-to-be graduates and the audience. A presentation was also made to Dr. Moody during the ceremony of the combined class gift of $3,087 from the members of the Class of 1967 and the graduating seniors.

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

The Golden Pioneers pose for a photo with Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody prior to the Commencement Ceremony.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class of 1967 member George Coates is "pinned" by Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody during a reception for the newest Golden Pioneers at the Allison Gallery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gregory Heimall and Phyllis Boardman Heimall first became a happy couple at Tusculum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A gift of $3,087 from the Class of 1967 and the graduating seniors of 2017 was presented during the Commencement Ceremony. From left are Carrie Rose, who was president of the Student Government Association and chair of the group heading the senior class gift effort; Dr. Moody, and Ken Conner, representing the Class of 1967. Conner had served as president of the senior class in 1966-67.

 

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Two events for alumni and friends in the Cincinnati area scheduled for June 22

Two events for alumni and friends in the Cincinnati area scheduled for June 22

Posted on 24 May 2017 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Alumni, friends and parents are invited to join Tusculum representatives for two events scheduled for the Cincinnati area for Thursday, June 22.

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Find out what is happening with your fellow alumni in the May edition of Class Notes

Find out what is happening with your fellow alumni in the May edition of Class Notes

Posted on 24 May 2017 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Chris Poore

Chris Poore ’08 has been named the new head coach for the boys’ basketball team at Dobyns-Bennett High School in Kingsport, TN.

Chris had served as head coach at Jefferson County (TN) High School for the past six seasons, and the formal announcement of the coaching appointment was made on May 8.

“I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to assume the role of Head Coach at Dobyns-Bennett,” said Poore in a news release making the announcement. “I look forward to rising to the challenge of leading this great program and feel honored to be entrusted with its success. It is a privilege to serve this program, school and city. My family is eager to become a close part of the Kingsport community and we cannot wait to begin this journey.”

While at Jefferson County, Poore compiled a record of 138-60, including three inter-Mountain Athletic Conference championships, two TSSAA district titles and led his team to the TSSAA State Tournament in 2014. Poore was named IMAC Coach of the Year three times and was twice named Lakeway Region Coach of the Year.

As a head coach, Poore also led Jefferson County to their highest Associated Press state raking in school history, five straight District championship appearances, and qualified for the regional tournament six straight seasons. His playing career included being named South Atlantic Conference First Team All-Conference and Scholar Athlete of the Year while at Tusculum, as well as touring with the Harlem Globetrotters for two seasons as a member of the Washington Generals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

’50s

Jean Ritter Holsten ’57 of Hickory, NC, recently shared some sad news with her Alma Mater along with some encouraging words. She wrote, “My loving husband of 56 years died in his sleep on February 9, 2016, following a long fruitful life besides enduring 50 years of diabetes, 20 years of kidney disease, and two years of heart disease. We always kept an optimistic outlook on life! God has truly blessed us all and Tusculum endowed me with God’s JOY!”

’60s

James Richmond ’66 of Swan Point, MD, retired in 2013 after 47 years in the Charles County Maryland School system. He was a teacher and principal, and served 17 years as superintendent of schools.

’70s

Following her graduation from Tusculum, Andrea Daniels ’70 of Greeneville, TN, earned a master’s degree in early childhood education from East Tennessee State University. She taught physical education and power walking at Walters State Community College for 20 years, as well as teaching at the Greene County YMCA.

’90s

Webster Booze ’95 of Greeneville, TN, was recently named Executive Vice President for SumiRiko Tennessee Inc. in Midway, TN. SumiRiko Tennessee Inc. is an automotive manufacturer servicing Toyota, Honda, Subaru, Ford and Nissan, and employs 1,400 people in two Tennessee locations – Midway and Tazewell. Webster has responsibility for both locations as senior executive.

 

Stacey Linkous ’98 of Rural Retreat, VA, became the executive director of the Brock Hughes Medical Center, located in Wytheville, VA, during 2016. Prior to this position she was an outreach coordinator of Talent Search at Wytheville Community College for 15 years.

 

’00s

Dianna Chappell ’07 of Jefferson City, TN, is retiring from her career in teaching at the end of May. She has taught for 16 years at New Market Elementary School, teaching fourth, second and first graders and helping with the Jefferson County Scholar’s Bowl.  Before pursuing her desire to teach, she concentrated on raising her three children before going to college. Dianna teaches Sunday school at Mill Springs Baptist Church, and she and her husband plan to give back to the community through service and devote more time to church activities in the coming years. She and her husband have already had the opportunity to go on two mission trips to Venezuela, where they worked with local school children. She also wants to volunteer at the elementary school.

 

Jeremy Jones ’09 is the new Coordinator at the University of Central Florida for the Multicultural Academic Support Services Office. Jeremy had served his Alma Mater for several years as part of the Student Support Services staff before seizing this new opportunity in Florida.

 

’10s

Glenn Vicary ’10 is now working at US WorldMeds in Louisville, KY.

Jesse Campbell ’13 of Johnson City, TN, graduated with honors earlier this month from the Appalachian School of Law.

Sandi Salmons ’13 is coordinator of groups, tours and assistant to visitor services at Frank Lloyd Wright’s House in Frankfort, KY.

McKenna Lewis ’16 is now Lead Graphics Artist at Glossy Finish by LifeTouch in Pigeon Forge, TN.

 

 

Sadie Burchette

 

Jessica Epley Burchette ’06 and her husband, Darrin, celebrated the birth of a daughter Sadie Marie Burchette on December 21, 2016. She weighed 6 lbs. and 3 oz. Jessica is an assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice in the Gatton College of Pharmacy at East Tennessee State University.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jane Rankin Waddell ’55 of Leesburg, VA, passed away on May 12, 2017. Mrs. Waddell had several ties to Tusculum. She was the daughter of Dr. Raymond Rankin, who was president of Tusculum in the 1950s and 1960s. Katherine Hall is named for her mother and Rankin Hall was named for grandfather, longtime Tusculum professor Dr. Samuel Rankin. Mrs. Waddell had enjoyed several occupations in her life, including serving as a magistrate in Fairfax and Loudoun counties in Virginia, as a stewardess for American Airlines, as a teacher at St. Edward’s Scholl and as manager of the Loudoun Racquet and Swim Club. She is the widow of former Virginia state Sen. Charlie Waddell and her son, Mark Herring, is the current Virginia attorney general. Mrs. Waddell was a member of Leesburg Presbyterian Church.

 

Susan Bitner-Kyger ’73 of Greeneville, TN, passed away May 18, 2017.  Mrs. Bitner-Kyger was retired after 32 years of service as a social worker at Greene Valley Developmental Center. She was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving from 1968-71, and was one of the first female air traffic controllers. Mrs. Bitner-Kyger was a member of Notre Dame Catholic Church. Her survivors include two Tusculum alumni: her son, Ryan Bitner ’07 and brother James Bitner ’69.

 

 

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Alumni and friends in Asheville area invited to May 31 event

Alumni and friends in Asheville area invited to May 31 event

Posted on 19 May 2017 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Alumni, parents and friends of Tusculum in the Asheville, North Carolina, area are invited to enjoy the good fellowship at a luncheon at the end of May as well as learn about the exciting things happening at Tusculum!

 

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Bill and Debra Jones honored with Tusculum Distinguished Service Award

Bill and Debra Jones honored with Tusculum Distinguished Service Award

Posted on 15 May 2017 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Bill and Debra Jones were presented the 2017 Distinguished Service Award during the spring Commencement exercises at Tusculum on Saturday, May 6.

The Jones’ were recognized for their service and support of Tusculum. The award was presented by Dr. Nancy B. Moody during the morning commencement service.

The Distinguished Service Award is given to an individual or individuals who have a history of outstanding support of Tusculum College. A video replay of the presentation was shown on Friday, May 12, at the President’s Dinner, which honors the college’s major donors.

Debra and Bill Jones, known better to hundreds of Tusculum students as “Mama and Papa Jones”, began the ministry now known as The SPOT (Student Praise On Thursday) at Tusculum Baptist Church in the spring of 2003.

“Thus began an amazing stream of love and support for the students of Tusculum College. SPOT ministries began with around ten Tusculum students gathering at the church for food and devotions on Thursday nights,” said Dr. Moody.

Following the presentation on Saturday, a few students stood, then all of the students were standing and then the entire auditorium was on its feet in recognition of the good works of Debra and Bill Jones. On Saturday, 47 of the graduates were participants of the SPOT Program.

The SPOT is now in its fifteenth year and hosts around 100 students each Thursday. “Mama and Papa Jones” provide parental-like support, encouragement and wisdom which so many students seek in the formative college years. Debra cooks homemade meals and leads the prayer request time, while Bill leads the Bible study and devotionals along with Tusculum Baptist’s Pastor, David Smith. The Jones’ have also, on occasion, served as a host family for students needing a place to live during a transitional time.

The SPOT has hosted approximately 365 gatherings in the past 15 years and they have served an estimated 22,600 meals. The Jones’ have also, on occasion, served as a host family for students needing a place to live during a transitional time. Bill Jones was born in Greeneville, Tennessee, and is a graduate of East Tennessee State University. He served as a teacher and then principal in the Greene County School System for 30 years. He retired from Doak Elementary School in 2000 and accepted the position of principal of Towering Oaks Christian School in 2001 where he served until 2008. Debra Jones was born in Albertville, Alabama, and is a graduate of the University of Alabama. She moved to Greeneville in 1977 to accept the position of dietitian at Laughlin Hospital.

Bill and Debra were married in 1979. In 1986 she accepted a position with Abbott Laboratories as a pharmaceutical sales representative and worked for the company until her retirement in 2012. The couple has one daughter, Molly.  They are active members of Tusculum Baptist Church.

“Debra and Bill are truly feeding the stomachs, hearts and souls of Tusculum students,” said Dr. Moody. “With this commitment to love and support of the students in the Tusculum community, Debra and Bill Jones have made a significant impact. Their legacy will continue to impact the lives of students for many, many years to come.”

 

 

Bill and Debra Jones accept the Distinguished Service Award from Dr. Nancy B. Moody at the spring Commencement ceremony.

 

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Alumni enjoy exploring Rhine River region as part of first Pioneer Travel trip

Alumni enjoy exploring Rhine River region as part of first Pioneer Travel trip

Posted on 28 April 2017 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Tusculum had a presence on a recent Viking River cruise of the Rhine River. Posing under the Tusculum flag on deck were Viking Program Director J.P. Smith, Lynn Battle '62, Jane R. Battle '62 (with Pete the Pioneer Bear), Jane L. Morse '77, Dr. Nancy Moody, Angela White-Wilson '77, Heather Patchett, Karl Wilson.

A few weeks ago, “Pete the Pioneer Bear” was featured in photos on Facebook with a group of Tusculum alumni who were exploring the Rhine River valley as part of the first Pioneers to Europe cruise, the inaugural event of a new alumni travel program.

The alumni, who included Lynn and Jane (Rausch) Battle ’62 ’62, Jane (Lovvorn) Morse ’77  and Angela White-Wilson ’77. The Pioneer tour group also included Jane’s husband, True, Angela’s husband Karl, and Jeanne Ray as well as Heather Patchett, Tusculum’s vice preisdent of institutional advancement and Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody and her daughter, Mykel. And Pete the Pioneer Bear. Alumni are encouraged to take Pete along with them on their travels and post on the “Pete the Pioneer Bear Went Where” Facebook page.
The group took a river cruise on the Viking Cruise lines and were able to visit towns along the Rhine in Holland, Germany, France and Switzerland to visit historic sites and soak up a bit of the local culture. The group were also able to visit Tusculum alumnus Jonas Winkelmann ’16 in his native Germany.
More trips are scheduled in the alumni travel program, including a cruise to Antartica and a trip to explore “Cicero’s Footsteps” in Italy. More details to come. To see more photos from the cruise, visit the Pete the Pioneer Bear Went Where Facebook page.

Jonas Winkelmann '16 (left, pictured with Tusculum President Nancy Moody, joined the Tusculum alumni group one of the cruise's stops in his native Germany.

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Old Oak Festival draws alumni

Old Oak Festival draws alumni

Posted on 28 April 2017 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Tusculum alum David Nunez, center, performed with his band, This Perfect World, Friday afternoon.

Tusculum alumni were a strong presence throughout the weekend of the Old Oak Festival, April 21 – 23.

From the Alumni/Faculty Social Event on Friday evening to alumni presence on stage and as part of the vendors, Tusculum alumni were part of the festival this past year, the sixth since the festival was reintroduced as an event.
On Friday evening, the social event all0wed alumni to reminisce and faculty to reconnect with former students, including a number of recent alumni.
Recent alumni were also part of some of the performing groups on Friday. David Nunez ’15 was part of two of the bands, This Perfect World and South Mouth. The latter band featured recent alums Chris Weems , Jack Lampley  and Kayla Tipton. On Saturday, Jon Moore ’02 performed as part of Abel Brown and Mike Joy ’03, who is the head coach of the Pioneer women’s soccer team, shared his musical talents in a set that featured his thoughtful, clever and heartfelt original songs.

Alum Jon Moore was one of the people who took an opportunity to try out their conducting skills during the "Conduct Us" session with the Tusculum Concert Band

A thunderstorm resulted in the cancellation of performances on Saturday evening, that were to include Mark and Cyn (featuring alum Cynthia Andresen ’75) and Shiloh TN, a band that started at Tusculum in the 1970s and feature Kenneth “Shadoe” Winterbauer ;73, Herb  Rubert ’74 and Wayne Hensley ’70. Festival organizers are seeking to reschedule a concert to feature those performers who were not able to share their talents because of the inclement weather. More details to be announced.

One of the many popular food vendors was Creamy Cup, offering coffee, lemonade, ice cream and other treats to festival goers. The business, located across from Tusculum, is owned by Tusculum alumnus Eric Price and his wife, Lynette.
One of the outdoor vendors, Stephen Harrison ’77, traveled through several states to share his artworks created from iron reclaimed from old ships. In his booth, “Shipwreck Iron,” Harrison had a variety of sculptures, including some Tusculum-oriented pieces, including the Pioneer image used by athletics and the baseball team logo. Harrison recounted that he had attended the first two Old Oak Festivals as a student, and had a booth of his woodwork at one of them.

Stephen Harrison featured his metal sculptures made with repurposed iron from ships during the festival. Note the Tusculum baseball logo in the right corner.

Make plans to be a part of the Old Oak Festival 2018, scheduled for April 20-22.  To see more photos from the festival, visit the Old Oak Festival facebook page.

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Learn the latest about your fellow Tusculum alumni in this month’s Class Notes

Learn the latest about your fellow Tusculum alumni in this month’s Class Notes

Posted on 28 April 2017 by eestes@tusculum.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

’60s

Lee Whitaker ’69 of Haddon Heights, NJ, is performing this month and next month in London, England. Whitaker, who is a Christian music/country artist, had two songs that topped the National Airplay Gospel Charts in 2015, “Lord Of Every Thing” and “Lord I Need A Miracle.”

 

’80s

Scott Niswonger ’87 H’06 of Greeneville, TN, was recently presented prestigious Wright Brothers MasterPilot Award from the Federal Aviation Administration in a ceremony. Named for the brothers  credited with creating the world’s first successful airplane, the award recognizes individuals who have exhibited professionalism, skill and aviation expertise for at least 50 years, while piloting aircraft as “Master Pilots.”  Niswonger took his first flight lessons at the age of 12, soloed on his 16th birthday, received his private pilot license on his 17th birthday, and followed his passion in earning a degree in aviation at Purdue University.

 

’90s

Pablo Rodriguez ’94 of Fort Dodge, IA, has been named the men’s soccer head coach at Iowa Central Community College. He has spent the past six seasons serving as an assistant coach for the team.

 

Kelley Simpson ’97 of Morristown, TN, celebrated her entrepreneurial success with an open house in early March at her store, Kelley Marie’s Chic Boutique, as well as participating in a charity fashion show to benefit a local organization. Kelley served as director of enrollment and marketing at her Alma Mater until taking an early retirement in 2008. Working with students to help them find what they needed and her desire to always dress the part led to Kelley’s interest in opening a clothing boutique in her hometown, in addition to her frustration of having to go out of town to find the clothing brands she preferred. Once she decided to follow her dream, she put much time in prayer and planning for the right time to open her store.

 

Tammi Ford ’98 was one of the government, business and law enforcement leaders inducted into The (Maryville, TN) Daily Times Wall of Fame on April 24. Ford has served as vice president of the Blount Partnership since 2011. She began her career as the Blount County Chamber of Commerce’s communications director in 1990 and was executive vice president of communications from 1998 to 2011. In her current role, Ford works with membership retention and recruitment while overseeing the Chamber’s operating budget. She is a current board member for the United Way of Blount County and a past board member of the Blount County Children’s Advocacy Center and Kingdom Design Ministries, as well as past president of the Knoxville Regional Celiac Support Group. Ford also serves as a Tennessee Achieves mentor and is a member of the East Tennessee Regional Leadership Class of 2017.

 

’00s

Kristi Strange Christopher ’05 is now working as a trainee for Edward Jones investments.

 

’10s

Joe Simpson ’13 has been named chief information officer at Securities Service Network, Inc., an independent broker-dealer and registered investment advising company. Simpson formerly served as vice president of technology for the company and will continue to head all of its technology efforts.

 

Chris Dillon ’15 has been named Promotions & Community Relations Assistant for the  Hickory Crawdads, a minor league baseball affiliate of the Texas Rangers, located in Hickory, NC.

 

Zachary Freeman ’15 has been promoted to marketing analyst at Dispenser Beverages, Inc. in Orlando, FL. He has been with the company since September 2016, previously serving as social media and digital marketing coordinator.

 

 

 

 

John W. Goode ’04 and Mrs. Ericka Harville Goode ’10 are celebrating the birth of son, John Crosby, on March 20. He weighed 9 lbs. and 11 ozs.

 

Kendra Collins Norton ’08 and her husband, Bryan, celebrated the birth of a daughter, Brynleigh Gayle, on March 18.

 

Tara Hammond Moss ’08 ’10, husband Matt, brother Even, and sister Callie welcome the addition of Luke Robert.  Luke was born April 1, weighing 8 lbs. and 4 oz.

 

Tiffany S. Greer ’15, husband Ben, and brother TJ welcomed Amelia Marie on March 29.  She weighed in at 9 lbs. and 11 ozs.

 

Steven Hollingshead ’15 and Anna Rice welcomed new baby girl Addison Anne Marie on April 27. She weighed 8lbs. and 13oz.

 

 

 

 

Mary Frances George Brumley ’43 of Greeneville, TN, passed away March 24, 2017. As a young adult, Mrs. Brumley employed as an assistant manager of Sears and in the jewelry department of Brown’s Furniture Store. In 1943, she married Hershel Orval Hamblin, who served as a radio operator on a B-24 bomber and was killed during his service in World War II. She then married Billy Frank Brumley in 1949 and was a homemaker through their 49 years of marriage. She continued to live on the family farm after his death before moving to an assisted living facility in Knoxville in 2012. An avid reader, she supported the Greeneville-Greene County Public Library throughout her life. She developed a keen interest in family genealogy in the 1970s and spent countless hours corresponding and researching her family history, including the George, McAfee, Rambo, Brumley and Bowers lineages. Her greatest achievement in genealogy occurred after many years of dedicated work when she co-authored and published The George History 1752-1979. This book contains many stories taken from conversations Frances had with her father; the last taking place the day before his death. In 1986, she and her husband spent many days documenting inscriptions on all tombstones and grave markers in the Timber Ridge Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Their work was recorded in the book “Timber Ridge Church, A Two Hundred Year Heritage of Presbyterian Faith, 1786-1986.” She was a member of Timber Ridge Presbyterian Church for 62 years.

 

Harris Cecil Porter ’54 of Lenoir City, TN, passed away April 6, 2017, following a long illness. Mr. Porter enjoyed a successful career at East Tennessee Natural Gas Company, where he was manager of Gas Control for almost 40 years. Mr. Porter was a member of St. Mark United Methodist Church in Knoxville. His hobbies included reading, fishing, sports and growing azaleas. His survivors include his wife of 62 years and Tusculum alumna Betty Chandley Porter ’58.

Gerald Stanley “Jerry” Williams ’57 of Radford, VA, passed away March 25, 2017. Mr. Williams was a retired police officer with 30 years of service with the Radford City Police Department. He was a member of Fairlawn United Methodist Church.

 

Alexander Harold Hunter ’63 of Port Orchard, WA, passed away on March 13, 2017. Mr. Hunter was a Navy veteran, serving for 20 years in submarine service and earned the rank of chief petty officer. He was retired from Northrop Grumman.  After retirement he volunteered at Sunnyslope Elementary School of Port Orchard, as a tutor in the computer lab.  His survivors include sister and Tusculum alumna Mary Meier ’65.

 

James D. Williams ’65 of Dallas, GA, passed away on March 7, 2017. Mr. Williams had retired as assistant principal of Atlantic High School in Florida. He and his wife, Judy Vaughan Williams ’65, had been living in Dallas for about two-and-a-half years, where she continues to live.

 

Sidney Courtney ’72 of Dover, DE, passed away March 11, 2017. Mr. Courtney was a social worker for the State of Delaware Department of Health and Social Services. He was a history buff who enjoyed posting historical documents on facebook. Beyond his fascination with history was his love of sports, including football and baseball; he even umpired little league. Mr. Courtney also enjoyed photography, cruises with family and a good laugh. He had a wonderful sense of humor. He is survived by his wife of 46 years and Tusculum alumna Claudia (Strohmaier) Courtney ’73.

 

Cleo Laws Broyles ’79 of Chuckey, TN, passed away March 21, 2017. Mrs. Broyles was a retired teacher after 30 years of service with the Washington County Department of Education. She was a member of Philadelphia Cumberland Presbyterian Church, where she was also involved with the Cumberland Presbyterian Women.

 

Bobby Boles ’82 of Greeneville and Bean Station, TN, passed March 30, 2017.  Mr. Boles sang with the Continental Singers, traveling to all the states, Poland and the Czech Republic. In his later career, he worked as a studio musician and an art director. His survivors include his mother and Tusculum alumna Marma Lee Boles ’58.

James B. “Joe” Gaston ’91 of Etowah, TN, passed away on April 24, 2017. Mr. Gaston was a long-time employee of the McMinn County School System, serving as a classroom teacher, the system’s federal projects coordinator and as assistant director of schools.,   He also served on the McMinn County Commission for 12 years, from 1982-86 and 1994-2002.

Tever Louise Parton ’15 of Sevierville, TN, passed away on March 26, 2017.

 

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Tusculum named Best Value School

Tusculum named Best Value School

Posted on 27 April 2017 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Tusculum has been named to the 2017 Best Value School List. With more than 8,000 colleges, universities and career schools in the United States, Tusculum is honored to be one of the few to make the list.

The Best Value School award is not based on a ranking system. There is no certain order of schools on the list. The objective of this award program is to honor the often overlooked schools—those small- to medium-sized colleges, universities and career schools that are struggling to attract the attention of potential students, but are affordable and loved by the majority of their students.

Schools honored with the Best Value School Award belong to an elite “club” of high quality, affordable higher learning institutions. Each Best Value School has been selected because it meets criteria important to postsecondary students of all ages. While each individual’s criteria may vary, all have basic requirements which include: a place where they fit it; where they find appropriate, top-notch academic programs and where the costs to attend are reasonable and financial aid is available.

Each Best Value School Award recipient has been subjected to a difficult process conducted by the higher education experts at University Research & Review and has met many strict requirements.

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

Dr. Pinckley added 75 percent of recently surveyed alumni reported obtaining a position in their field of study within nine months of graduation. Additionally, 95 percent of recently surveyed alumni reported that Tusculum prepared them well for their current job or graduate studies.

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

The full list can be found at http://www.bestvaluecolleges.org/award-recipients.php.

 

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Alumni events coming to New Jersey, Philadelphia and Albany

Alumni events coming to New Jersey, Philadelphia and Albany

Posted on 27 April 2017 by eestes@tusculum.edu

June will be here before long. Make your plans to attend one of the upcoming alumni events in June if you are going to be in the Philadelphia, New Jersey, New York City and Albany areas.

 

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Special event scheduled for alumni Friday, April 21, during Old Oak Festival

Special event scheduled for alumni Friday, April 21, during Old Oak Festival

Posted on 13 April 2017 by eestes@tusculum.edu

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