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Learn more about Homecoming 2014!

Learn more about Homecoming 2014!

Posted on 22 July 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

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

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

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

Friday, Oct. 17

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

 

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

 

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

 

1 p.m. – Golf Tournament – $50 – Enjoy some friendly competition on the Link Hills Golf Course.  Scramble format will be used with handicap system for a net division and gross division.  Registration is at noon pm with shotgun start at 1 p.m.  Alumni, spouses, faculty, staff and friends are invited to participate.  Dinner will be provided for participants in the golf tournament as well as those who may want to join them following the tournament.  The cost for dinner will be $20 for those not participating in the tournament.  Reservations are required.

 

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

 

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

 

Evening - Individual  Class Gatherings – cost varies

Saturday, October 18

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Noon – Tusculum Volleyball hosts Newberry, Pioneer Arena.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Sunday, October 19

Attend the church of your choice.  First Presbyterian Church of Greeneville (110 N. Main Street) is the mother church of the College.  Early service at 8:30 a.m., Sunday School at 9:30 a.m., the traditional service at 10:45 a.m.  Learn more at www.firstpresgreeneville.org.

 

1 p.m. – Tusculum Women’s Soccer hosts Lenoir-Rhyne, Pioneer Field.

 

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

 

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

Tusculum College Bookstore
Niswonger Commons

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

8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, October 17

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Saturday, October 18

 

Thomas J. Garland Library

8 a.m. – 10 p.m. Thursday, October 16

8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, October 17

9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, October 18

 

Allison Gallery (Rankin House behind Three Blind Mice)

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

3:30 – 5 p.m. Thursday, October 16

3:30 – 5 p.m. Friday, October 17

Closed Saturday, October 18

 

Doak House Museum

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday, October 16

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, October 17

 

President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday, October 16

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, October 17

 

 

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

 

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

Greeneville Hotel Information

Econo Lodge (former Comfort Inn and Holiday Inn)

1790 E Andrew Johnson Hwy, Greeneville

(423) 639-4185


Days Inn Greeneville

935 E Andrew Johnson Hwy, Greeneville

(423) 639-2156

 

Quality Inn (former Jameson Inn)

3160 E Andrew Johnson Hwy, Greeneville

(423) 638-7511

 

General Morgan Inn

111 N Main St, Greeneville

(423) 787-1000

 

Charray Inn

121 Serral Dr, Greeneville

(423) 638-1331

 

Hampton Inn

3130 E Andrew Johnson Hwy, Greeneville

(423) 638-3735

 

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

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

Posted on 22 July 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

 

 

 

 

’40s

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

’60s

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

 

’80s

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

 

’90s

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

 

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

 

’00s

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

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

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

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

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

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

’10s

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

60s

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


’80s

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

 

’00s

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

 

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

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

Posted on 15 July 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted on 02 July 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Alumnus to return to Tusculum to serve in academic leadership role

Alumnus to return to Tusculum to serve in academic leadership role

Posted on 01 July 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

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

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

Dr. Ron May

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

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

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

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Make plans to attend Homecoming 2014

Make plans to attend Homecoming 2014

Posted on 25 June 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

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

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

Friday, October 17

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

11:30 a.m. – Lunch with students – $10 – Enjoy lunch with students.  Share your Tusculum experience.

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

2 p.m. – Golf Tournament – $50 – Enjoy some friendly competition on the Link Hills Golf Course.  Scramble format will be used with handicap system for a net division and gross division.  Registration is at 1 pm with shotgun start at 2 pm.  Dinner will be provided for participants in the golf tournament as well as those who may want to join them following the tournament.  The cost for dinner will be $20 for those not participating in the tournament.  Reservations are required.

7 p.m. – Dinner at Link Hills – $20

Individual  Class Gatherings – cost varies

Saturday, October 18

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

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

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

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

11 a.m. – Class Photos – $10

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

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

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

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

 

Tusculum College Bookstore Hours

Niswonger Commons

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

8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, October 17

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Saturday, October 18

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WANTED: Nominations for alumni awards to be presented at Homecoming

WANTED: Nominations for alumni awards to be presented at Homecoming

Posted on 23 June 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

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

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

Pioneer Award

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

Frontier Award

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

National Living Faculty Award

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

National Alumni Recognition Award

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

Sports Hall of Fame

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

Sports Benefactor Award

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Posted on 23 June 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

 

 

 

 

’40s

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

 

’ 60s

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

 

’80s

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

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

 

’10s

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

’30s

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

 

’40s

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

 

’90s

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

 

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

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Tusculum receives grant from Women’s Fund of East Tennessee

Tusculum receives grant from Women’s Fund of East Tennessee

Posted on 17 June 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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Rep. David Hawk discusses lawmaking with Upward Bound students

Rep. David Hawk discusses lawmaking with Upward Bound students

Posted on 16 June 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Tennessee representative David Hawk led a discussion on lawmaking with students enrolled in the Tusculum College Upward Bound program on Thursday, June 12.

Hawk explained to the students the legislative process and answered questions before leading the group through a bill development case study exercise. Students selected a topic and talked through each of the steps to creating a law from the process of developing the initial language to the requirements for passing the legislative bodies to be enacted into law.

Hawk, who attended Tusculum College, also discussed other related topics with the students, including the importance of registering to vote and career pathways in politics.

He explained to the students that the legislative term in the Tennessee House of Representatives is designed to provide for approximately 90 days every two years to work as a group to develop legislation. He explained that they are often going down to the wire to get everything done in the limited amount of time.

“In Tennessee, being a legislator is part-time,” he told the group, explaining that most legislators have another job in their home community.

Upward Bound made its debut at Tusculum in 1973 when it launched with a mission to aid first-generation college students and those challenged by socio-economic hardships. Upward Bound still strives to assist high school students in achieving success in a rigorous academic curriculum, as well as preparing them to excel in college and post-secondary education.

Tennessee representative David Hawk led a discussion on lawmaking with students enrolled in the Tusculum College Upward Bound program

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Class of 1964 honored as special participants in spring commencement

Class of 1964 honored as special participants in spring commencement

Posted on 21 May 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Thirteen members of the Class of 1964 celebrated their 50th anniversary as special participants in the spring commencement, leading the graduates in the procession during the ceremony. The weekend also included special events to welcome these newest Golden Pioneers back to campus, including a reception at the President’s House. One of those class members, James Southerland, shares his experiences with in the following article:

How could it possibly be half a century since walking across that stage to graduate from Tusculum?  A lot has happened in those 50 years, both personally and at Tusculum College. Marriages, births, deaths, more degrees and skills, successes, failures and a plethora of other events and memories on a personal level, Vietnam, September 11, a string of good and not so good presidents, a collage of national state and local events, from military involvements to weather disasters, heroes and dastardly individuals and deeds, all blurred in a collage of human destinies.

Yet, McCormick Hall and the Arch still stand as icons of Tusculum College. However, if you snap your fingers to bring you back to the present, you see many changes that have occurred on campus. There are more dorms, the faculty apartments in the Old College have been replaced by the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library, the Doak House has become a host of many events from school children and traditional music on Friday nights (but Frank Creek and the old spring still gurgle by), a new athletic complex involving baseball, football, tennis, the Niswonger Commons for basketball and other venues and buildings. Some of the old dorms no longer house students, but a plethora of teachers and administrative personnel. The old steam plant if gone, as are the old water tanks. The mighty oak at the Old College has reached new heights and has received recognition in the annals of “tree-dom” as one of the largest in the state.

A fairly new tradition of Golden Pioneers was launched a few years back; consequently us old dudes from the class of 1964 were summoned to these hallowed grounds the weekend of May 10 to reminisce and reenact some aspects of those earlier days.

 

Members of the Class of 1964 participating in the spring commencement ceremonies were, from left, Norman Wilhoit, John Peterson III, Roger Abramson, Gene Gaby, Jesse Brock, Marty Bass Bishop, Wade Nystrom, Leta Jo Ramsey Price, James Southerland, Shirley Ward Gregg, Joan Hirsch Werry, Cliff Ott and Linda Haun Plankenhorn.

Dr. Nancy B. Moody presents Linda Plankenhorn with her medallion during the reception at the President's House. The Tusculum President presented each of the Golden Pioneers with a medallion.

The Golden Pioneers’ schedule started with a reception at the President’s House. Dr. Nancy Moody and Mr. Tom Moody greeted the baker’s dozen or so that returned for the occasion, along with their spouses and others.  We were all shuttled to the door in a sprinkle of rain in a golf cart from parking at the bottom of the hill. After a period of getting reintroduced and reminiscing of the good old days,  and intervening events, a toast was proposed and amended by individual contributions, including a remembrance of those who were no longer among us.  Dr. Moody and Tom circulated among us getting acquainted and prying some stories from the class ventures from us as they progressed. They were very gracious hosts.

 

The group of Golden Pioneers, their spouses and family members posed with Dr. Moody for a group photo before heading to the Whistle Stop for dinner.

After an hour and a half or so allotted to catching up, we changed venue and regrouped at the Whistle Stop restaurant, which is now housed in the old Dobson’s Store structure, at the bottom of the hill, for a very nice dinner from the menu. The food and camaraderie were enjoyed by all. A special word of thanks to Joni Parker of the College staff, my “elbow mate” at Whistle Stop, who coordinated all the events for the Golden Pioneers over the weekend.

Cliff Ott and graduating senior Addie Hancock present Dr. Moody with a combined class gift of $3,128 during the commencement ceremony.

On graduation morning, (after parking in our reserved spots) we gathered at the Perk in Niswonger Commons, for breakfast and to receive golden gowns, mortars, tassels and instructions. We were lined up in alphabetical order and marched in to the graduation arena to our reserved seats with graduating students (only half of the class as the number of graduates has grown such that there are now two sessions of commencement) marching in behind us and faculty in front of us. It was a far cry from the 80-plus graduates in 1964. There were a total of just over 300 by the time the event was concluded in the afternoon. The Golden Pioneers were recognized as a group and then individuals were asked to stand when our names were called. The obligatory speeches were highlighted by an outstanding and enthusiastic talk from a graduating scholar and athlete. A graduation ceremony is pointless without the walk of the graduates to pick up their diplomas. To friends and family and to the individual graduates is the moment to be remembered for a lifetime. To a group of old dudes in the audience it is not only a highlight of enjoyment and reflection with these individuals, but also a seemingly endless time of the marching of feet across the stage with a plethora of foot wear, ranging from tennis shoes, flats, difficult to describe spikes and amazingly thick soles. We congratulate and salute all those new graduates and wish them well.

Following the ceremony, we retired back to the Perk so to leave our golden garb and have a lunch with the other Golden Pioneers, before returning to our mostly “retired” lives. I wish to give a special appreciation to Michelle Arbogast of the college staff who volunteered to escort my almost 93-year old mother to a special seat and retrieve her at the end of the event in the ensuing crowd. The event was flawless from where we sat, and Tusculum should be proud of Dr. Moody and all staff involved, including the hospitality assistants and the Presidents house, the security staff, the maintenance staff who set up the gymnasium, and all the others involved.

By James Southerland ’64

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Tusculum College receives $5,000 grant from First Tennessee Foundation

Tusculum College receives $5,000 grant from First Tennessee Foundation

Posted on 21 May 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College will be a recipient of a $5,000 First Tennessee Foundation’s 150 Days of Giving grant.

First Tennessee is providing one $5,000 grant per day for 150 days as a way to celebrate their 150th anniversary. Supporters of Tusculum College have been voting daily in order to reach the highest spot and receive the grant.  The college is the winner for May 15.

The 150 Days of Giving campaign is First Tennessee Bank’s way of celebrating 150 years of service. A new nonprofit organization will be awarded $5,000 every day for the duration of the 150-day celebration. Winners are determined by the number of votes cast in their favor.

“We are so fortunate that Tusculum College has such avid supporters that we were able to get the number of votes necessary to secure one of the 150 grants,” said Michelle Arbogast, associate director of foundations and donor relations for the college. Arbogast said the grant will be used to support academic and student life programs at the college.

Tusculum College President Nancy B. Moody thanked everyone who supported the campaign and voted in the online competition. She added that First Tennessee has been a partner with Tusculum College in many ways throughout the years and has been a strong supporter of educational initiatives.

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