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Annual lecture series will focus on how the story of Jesus was preserved by early Christians

Annual lecture series will focus on how the story of Jesus was preserved by early Christians

Posted on 12 January 2017 by

Dr. Travis Williams

Tusculum College’s annual Theologian-in-Residence lecture series in February will consider how the story of Jesus was preserved and transmitted by early Christians prior to being recorded in the Gospels.

Dr. Travis Williams, assistant professor of religion at Tusculum College, will present

the series of lectures, “Jesus in Early Christian Memory: Remembering, Reconstructing and Rehearsing the Past.”  By considering the latest research on memory and oral tradition, the series will explore how the Jesus tradition was preserved and transmitted by the earliest Christian communities and what this means for a modern faith perspective.

Lectures will take place each Tuesday of the month – Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28 – in the series, sponsored by Tusculum College and partially funded by Ron Smith. Each lecture session will begin at 10 a.m. in the Chalmers Conference Center in the Niswonger Commons. The sessions typically end around 2 p.m., and lunch in the college’s cafeteria is included. There is no admission fee to attend the lectures.

This will be the third time that Dr. Williams has led the series, now in its 26th year. He previously served as Theologian-in-Residence in 2014, lecturing on the formation of early Christian identity in response to persecution, and last year, as he presented informative sessions about the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Although a native of East Tennessee, Dr. Williams received his doctorate in New Testament from the University of Exeter in England. After moving back to the U.S., he began his career at Tusculum in 2010. His teaching duties at the college focus primarily on the Jewish and Christian traditions; however, he regularly leads courses that fall within the broader sphere of religious studies.

In his research, Dr. Williams focuses on a variety of different topics within the field of biblical studies, including the New Testament letter of 1 Peter, the Dead Sea Scrolls and the intersection between memory and ancient media culture. He has several books and articles published, including two recent articles about I Peter in academic journals and an essay about the reception of Jesus in the epistles of Peter and Jude in a reference series about Jesus’ reception in the first three centuries.

During the first session of the series on Feb. 7, “The Quest for Remembered Jesus,” Dr. Williams will provide a brief introduction to the quest for the historical Jesus. The session will consider where the search went off track and how a focus on memory could offer a helpful corrective.

“Jesus and the Cognitive Dimensions of Memory,” the second session on Feb. 14, will explore the various processes involved in the cognitive formation of memory. Most importantly, the session will focus on the different ways that distortion would have shaped the memories of Jesus.

The third session on Feb. 21, “Jesus and the Social Dimensions of Memory,” will consider the impact of social environment on the construction of memory. Part of this session will include an examination of the role of eyewitnesses in the formation and dissemination of the early Jesus tradition.

In the concluding lecture on Feb. 28, “Jesus and the Oral Transmission of Memory,” Dr. Williams will focus on the transmission of oral tradition within early Christian communities. In particular, attention will be given to the malleability and persistence of the Jesus tradition as it passed through human agents.

Although the series has no admission fee, reservations are required. For more information or to make a reservation for the series, please call 423-636-7304 or email

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Help give the Pioneer Experience to deserving students

Help give the Pioneer Experience to deserving students

Posted on 13 December 2016 by

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Alumni, family and friend events set for 2017

Alumni, family and friend events set for 2017

Posted on 13 December 2016 by

Mark your calendars and make plans to attend an alumni, family and friend events in your area. Event details will be announced at a later date.







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Nearly 300 receive degrees Saturday at Tusculum College

Nearly 300 receive degrees Saturday at Tusculum College

Posted on 12 December 2016 by

Graduates walk the faculty gauntlet following Commencement services on Saturday at Tusculum College.

Graduating from Tusculum College during winter commencement ceremonies were 287 individuals in two ceremonies held on Saturday, Dec. 10.

On Saturday 92 students earned Bachelor of Science degrees and 105 earned Bachelor of Arts degrees. In addition 63 graduates earned Master of Arts degrees and 27 received Master of Business Administration degrees.

The new graduates were addressed by Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody, who recognized the hard work of the path to graduation, saying “Commencement is an occasion of celebration and completion.” Adding, “Today is a testament to your efforts, to your persistence, and today is your day. Be proud of yourself and your accomplishment.”

She told the group, that while there was no doubt they were thinking about the many people in their lives who had helped them and supported them on this journey, that graduation day was a moment to celebrate the completion of a goal they had worked hard to attain.

“You are not finished today, but you are beginning. You have worked hard to reach this milestone, but its value will depend on what you do from this point forward.”

Calley Lawson

Two student speakers addressed the graduates, including Calley Lawson, a special education major from Gaithersburg, Maryland. Lawson was a member of the Pioneer Women’s Golf Team. She was a member and president of Alpha Chi Honor Society, a mentor for the program TNAchieves and the golf team representative for Pioneer Student Athlete Advisory Committee. She was twice named an Academic-All American.

Lawson encouraged the graduates to “acknowledge and appreciate the investment Tusculum has made” in each one of them and credited the supportive environment that encouraged personal connections for an “unforgettable experience.” Adding, that the “bond created here at Tusculum will keep us connected for years to come as Pioneers.”

Also speaking was Roben Hartsell, of Seymour, who received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. Hartsell addressed the challenges of adult students who return to

Roben Hartsell

school to seek their degrees, all the while managing work and family responsibilities. She talked about learning to hustle – to become resourceful, savvy and hardworking, while staying in balance and maintaining sanity. “It doesn’t end here,” she said. “You will be fully prepared to recognize the significance of hard work, and I hope you recognize and appreciate everything that encouraged your hustle.”

Dr. Ron May was the featured guest speaker at both ceremonies. Dr. May, vice president of academic affairs at Tusculum College and a 1968 graduate, has had a distinguished career in higher education, retiring in June 2014 as president of Ancilla College in Donaldson, Indiana. 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 Louisburg, North Carolina. Dr. May also holds faculty rank as professor of education.

In his career, Dr. May has been recognized by numerous organizations, including by the Leadership Marshall County program with their Leader of the Year Award in 2011. He served Tusculum College as dean of faculty from 1985 to 1988. He also served for a time as the president of the Tusculum College Alumni Association.

Dr. May earned a Doctorate of Education from Indiana University, a Master of Arts in Teaching from East Tennessee State University and an Associate of Science from Vincennes University. He returned to serve as interim vice president of academic affairs in June 2014.

He told the graduates he intended to give them one last exam before they were done. A vocabulary quiz, focused on five words: commencement, servant, leader, difference and “Sit Lux.”

He discussed commencement in the terms of beginning – a new stage in their lives that began that day. Servant leadership, he explained, go together. “It is my hope that you will all be leaders.” Adding, “Through service to others, lead and change lives, serving first with the conscious choice to aspire to lead.”

He told the graduates that difference is what they should try to make in their lives and their world, and that they should recognize those who have made a difference in their lives.  Finally he addressed “Sit Lux,” the motto of Tusculum College that means “Let there be light.” Since 1794 he said, “Graduates of Tusculum College have brought light into the world. I challenge you to continue to be the light.”

Following his address during the morning commencement ceremony, Dr. May was presented an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. During the presentation, Dr. Moody called him a “true Pioneer, who has had a life committed to education, family, faith and his alma mater.”

Dr. Ron May, vice president of Academic Affairs at Tusculum College and a 1968 graduate, was presented and Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.

She added, “Dr. May returned to Tusculum College in 2014 and has led the college’s academic programs for the past two years as vice president for academic affairs. Tusculum College is fortunate to have had the opportunity to continue to benefit from Dr. May’s leadership. His professional background has provided a vast experience in higher education administration and has support the College’s efforts to keep Tusculum first. He will most certainly leave Tusculum a better place for having been here.”


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Dr. Paul Pinckley named vice president of enrollment management and marketing at Tusculum College

Dr. Paul Pinckley named vice president of enrollment management and marketing at Tusculum College

Posted on 26 November 2016 by

Dr. Paul Pinckley has been named vice president of enrollment management and marketing for Tusculum College effective January 1, 2017. He will also serve as assistant professor of education.

Dr. Pinckley comes to Tusculum with experience in marketing, fundraising, strategic planning and working with students through the enrollment process. Most recently he has served the University of Iowa as director of MBA admissions and financial aid for the Tippie College of Business.

As vice president for enrollment management and marketing, Dr. Pinckley will be responsible for directing activities related to Tusculum’s comprehensive college-wide student enrollment, marketing and communications operation for the residential and Graduate and Professional Studies programs.

Dr. Paul Pinckley

“We are very pleased that Dr. Paul Pinckley will be joining us at Tusculum College,” said Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College. “His experience and success in enrollment management will support continuing success as the college builds upon current strategies to grow our programs.”

In his career, Dr. Pinckley has served as ship manager for The Ship of Life – Partners in Progress, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia; as executive director of student recruitment for the Graziadio School of Business & Management at Pepperdine University, and as director of admissions and vice president for enrollment management at Freed-Hardeman University.

“I am enthused about the opportunity to return home to Tennessee, and work with such a well-respected institution as Tusculum College. The mission, vision and goals of Tusculum College are needed in higher education, now, more than ever. I am honored to be a part of this great work,” said Dr. Pinckley.

He has a doctorate in organizational leadership from Pepperdine University, a master’s degree in communication and theater arts from the University of Memphis and a bachelor’s degree in communication from Freed-Hardeman University.

Dr. Pinckley has served on the Board of Directors of the California Education and Training Export Consortium, was selected to serve on Business School Advisory Board for the Graduate Record Exam, was selected to serve on School Advisory Group for the Graduate Management Admission Council and was twice named Teacher of the Year at Faulkner University. He is married to Debbie Pinckley.


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Discount to ‘Candlelight Christmas Evenings’ at Biltmore still available

Discount to ‘Candlelight Christmas Evenings’ at Biltmore still available

Posted on 26 November 2016 by

Through the Education Partners program, Tusculum alumni and friends are eligible for a discount on admission to “Candelight Christmas Evenings” at the Biltmore House in Asheville, NC.

Admission will include a reserved evening visit to Biltmore House to enjoy the extravagant holiday décor glowing in the warmth of candlelight, firelight and live music. Also included is daytime access to Biltmore’s Gardens, Antler Hill Village and Winery, the Farm, shops and restaurants on the same day as the Candlelight visit or the following day. Free parking is included.

The discounted admission for Sundays through Thursdays, December 16 through January 7, is $70 for adults and $35 for youth. For Fridays and Saturdays, the admission is $75 for adults and $37.50 for youth. Biltmore will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Regular gate pricing for the Candlelight Christmas Evenings are $70 to $85.

Alumni and friends should call Biltmore to order tickets. Reservations can be made by calling toll free 866-851-4661 and reference promo code 500.


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Thank you for your support of Tusculum College

Thank you for your support of Tusculum College

Posted on 22 November 2016 by

In this season of thanks, the students, faculty and staff of Tusculum College would like to express our appreciation to you, our alumni and friends, for your support. Donations to Tusculum College positively impact each and every student on campus. Students are grateful for the generosity of those alumni and donors who have gone before them setting the example for how to be engaged and active citizens supporting their communities and Alma Mater.



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Unexpected guest joins D.C.-area alumni gathering

Unexpected guest joins D.C.-area alumni gathering

Posted on 22 November 2016 by

Tusculum College alumni in the Washington, D.C. area gathered for an event on September 26, and were joined by an unexpected guest. John Boehner (R-OH),  53rd Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, was in the restaurant where the alumni were gathered and spent some time with the group. Standing from left are Ed Flournoy, Dr. Ken Bowman ’70, Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody and John Boehner, and seated are, Mary Flournoy; Heather Patchett, Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Tusculum and Susan Goodwin Jacobs ’74.










Dennis Wolford ’68 was honored recently by the Tennessee Hospital Association at its 2016 annual meeting. Wolford received the Distinguished Service Award, recognizing him for his 32 years of service as Chief Executive Officer of Macon County General Hospital in Lafayettte, TN. He has served on the Tennessee Hospital Association Board of Directors and its Council on Clinical and Professional Practices.


Bobby Greene ’78 of Cleveland, TN, has been inducted into Tennessee Boys & Girls Clubs Hall of Fame, the highest statewide honor given by the organization. Greene is an alumni and board member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Ocoee Region in Cleveland. It was noted in the award presentation in September that Greene is known for his heart of service and has a deeply giving spirit for the clubs, viewing his service as a means of “paying forward” what the clubs meant for his personal life. On days when the clubs were closed, he dedicated his time and painted, landscaped, cleaned and repaired equipment at the clubs, serving privately to avoid praise and recognition. He remains highly engaged with the members of the executive staff, checking in often for updates on the functioning of the clubs and offering his help. Greene has been an active board member for the past 36 years. He currently serves as the Board Development Committee Chair and previously served as a secretary and the President of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Ocoee Region board of directors. He also serves as a Boys & Girls Clubs Tennessee Alliance Board Member, where he has been a part of the Resource Development Committee. His service has gained him recognition from Boys & Girls Clubs of America as one of the strongest board members in the nation. He received the President’s Award from the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Ocoee Region in 2007, a National BGCA Medallion in 2008, Board Member of the Year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Ocoee Region in 2015, Board Member of the Year for the state of Tennessee in 2015, Board Member of the Year for the Southeast Region in 2015, and is a past graduate of the BGCA Advanced Leadership Program. He has helped support and guide several local Youth of the Year winners, two of which became Southeast Regional Winners in 2010 and 2013. Greene was introduced to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland, now the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Ocoee Region, around the age of 10. He often speaks of his memorable experiences when advocating for the movement today, recalling the staff as though they were family, and his heart for the clubs during his youth led him to be recognized as Cleveland’s Boy of the Year.



The Rev. Lester Lattany ’87 ’91 of Johnson City, TN, will be retiring from the helm of the United Way of Washington County at the end of the year. Under his leadership, $25,405,440 has been raised over the years for community health and human services organizations and the local children, adults and seniors those organizations serve. With work currently underway to raise $1.725 million in the 2016 United Way campaign, which wraps up in mid-December, Lattany is poised to increase that total to more than $27 million in United Way contributions raised before he steps down at end the year. Lattany’s retirement will also top off a long career with the city of Johnson City, where he was employed for 23 years as director of Community and Economic Development and simultaneously worked as assistant to the city manager and finally as the city’s interim chief financial officer. He was first tagged to serve as campaign chairman for the United Way in 2001 and came on board as United Way CEO and president the following year. Under his leadership, the United Way expanded its agency base to include Keystone Dental Care, Coalition for Kids and the Family Promise of Greater Johnson City among the 17 organizations that currently receive annual support for United Way; and also awarded community impact grants to nonprofit service groups including Good Samaritan Ministries, The Dispensary of Hope, The Crumley House, Court Appointed Special Advocates and Children’s Advocacy Center. As United Way CEO, Lattany also served as the Local FEMA board chairman and as fiscal director of the Heisse Johnson Hand Up Fund and the Johnson City-Mountain Home Combined Federal Campaign. Outside the United Way, he served as vice chairman of the Mountain States Health Alliance Washington County Board, a member of the Frontier Health Foundation Board and Frontier Health Governing Board, chairman of the board for Tri-Cities Christian Schools, member of the Northeast State Foundation Board and member of Tusculum College Board of Trustees. A longtime Baptist minister, Lattany will also continue to pastor the New Jerusalem Baptist Church he founded in 2010, and to serve as moderator of the Bethel District Baptist Missionary and Educational Association.



Jessica P. Sykes Morgan ’02 ’13 of Knoxville, TN, achieved the dream of publishing her first novel, “Take Me Home” in 2015 and followed it quickly with her second novel, “In the Shadow of the Falls” this year. “I realized while working toward my second bachelor’s degree in 2013 that I missed the opportunity to write on a continuous basis,” she said. “While I enjoy some topics more than others, I find a great satisfaction in creating a world and characters from faint, disjointed ideas full of passion and soul.” Morgan is working on her third novel for publication in 2017.


Justin Johnson ’08 is now Manager of Ticket Sales and Guest Services at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, VA.





Brittni Oliver ’11 has been named director of women’s basketball operations at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Oliver, who is entering her fifth year at the school, previously served as the program’s administrative assistant.  Oliver is serving under Head Basketball Coach Adell Harris, who was Oliver’s coach in her final two years on the Pioneer women’s basketball team. After earning a degree in sports management from Tusculum, Oliver completed a Master of Science degree in sport psychology from the University of Tennessee in December 2012. While at UT, she served as a graduate assistant in the university’s Dean of Students office.


Rev. Vinton Copeland ’13 will be installed Sunday, December 4, as a pastor at Powell Baptist Church in Talbotton, GA.


Justin Reaves ’14 Greeneville, TN, has joined the Greeneville Real Estate and Auction Team. He is a member of the Northeast Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. Prior to joining Greeneville Real Estate and Auction Team, Reaves worked in the banking and financing industry, most recently as an assistant vice president and branch manager.





Rustin and Casey (Westmoreland) Jones ’06 ’13 of Greeneville, TN, are excited to announce the birth of their son Lincoln Howard Jones born on September 8, 2016.  Rustin is a government and economics teacher and head soccer coach at West Greene High School.  Casey is a third grade teacher at Glenwood Elementary School.  Proud grandparents include Charles ’95 and Susie (retired employee of Tusculum) Jones and Lori and Rick Fannon and Gary Westmoreland all of Greeneville.  Lincoln’s uncles are Eben Jones ’95 and Frank Jones ’99. Rustin was on evening WCYB-TV newscasts on Nov. 7 regarding a mock election he conducted at West Greene High.





Dr. Morris E. Katz ’37 of Sarasota, FL, passed away October 28, 2016, his 102nd birthday.  Dr. Katz had been honored earlier this year by his Alma Mater with the Distinguished Service Award, presented during the annual President’s Dinner. After graduating from Tusculum, he went on to the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine where he earned his medical degree in 1942. He interned at the William W. Bacchus Hospital in Norwich, CT,  in 1941-1942 where he met Frieda Hillson whom he married in 1943. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in that same year and served as a battalion surgeon with the 28th Infantry Division under the command of General Omar Bradley until 1945, retiring with the rank of Major. In 1950 Dr. Katz opened an Ear, Nose and Throat practice in Norwich that he maintained until his retirement in 1987 when he and Frieda moved to Sarasota. She passed away in 1994. Dr. Katz had been a very active member of the Glenridge on Palmer Ranch community where he lived independently until just a few weeks before his passing.


Marjorie “Margie” Taylor Bright ’38 of Greeneville, TN, passed away on November 20, 2016. Marjorie had married the love of her life, J.C. Bright, at age 19 and they celebrated 70 years of marriage prior to his passing in 2007. Mrs. Bright began her teaching career in a one-teacher school called Campbell’s School. While teaching and raising her family, she earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees at Tusculum. Mrs. Bright was an award-winning teacher who loved her students and devoted much of her life to education, retiring from Doak Elementary School after 38 years of teaching Greene County children. Her devotion to teaching and to her students is demonstrated by how frequently former students speak with respect and admiration of their “favorite teacher ever.” Of all the roles she embraced with love and enthusiasm, the ones that she treasured most were wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Friendly and gregarious with a quick, mischievous humor, Mrs. Bright  touched many people during her life. Her caring influence made a positive difference in many lives. An outstanding cook, she often fed family and friends her delicious feasts and never-to-be-forgotten pies. Her membership in Mount Zion United Methodist Church spanned more than 80 years. After retirement from teaching, Mrs. Bright began volunteering at Durham-Hensley Health & Rehabilitation Center, where she experienced much joy with her “little people.”  She volunteered there for almost 20 years until she was unable to due to her husband’s declining health. The couple moved to Wellington Place of Greeneville, now Brookdale Assisted Living, where Mrs. Bright lived until her passing. Because she was so active and engaged in the Wellington Place community, she was known as “the mayor” until her own health caused her to slow considerably.


The Honorable Ralph Zehler ’47 of Sarasota, FL, and formerly of Charlottesville, VA, passed away on October 14, 2016. He was a retired Judge of the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court in Charlottesville  and surrounding areas.


Kermit Crane ’49 of Kingsport, TN, passed away on October 14, 2014. Mr. Crane was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was retired from Tennessee Eastman Company. He was  a member of Reedy Creek Presbyterian Church.


Tony Odell ’68 of Chuckey, TN, passed away November 14, 2016. Mr. O’Dell was a public school teacher, having been tenured by the Greene County Board of Education and the Greeneville City Board of Education. He started as a classroom teacher for the county and worked at several other assignments. His last position was as program director for the Alternative Learning Program. Mr. O’Dell almost always worked more than one job at a time. He had worked for the National Park Service, Adult Education, Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency, Green Giant Company and Magnavox. During latter years, he worked as a retail supervisor for a local convenience store chain, Marsh Petroleum, usually working 12-14 stores in about six counties. In addition to his undergraduate degree from Tusculum, Mr. O’Dell had earned a master’s degree from East Tennessee State University. In addition, he studied and attended workshops at Vanderbilt University, Walters State Community College and the University of Tennessee. He studied Homiletics at Anderson University and the School of Theology in Anderson, IN. Mr. O’Dell attended Cedar Creek Church of God frequently, and Horse Creek Church of God, as long as health permitted. He held leadership roles in the district and state movements of the Church of God. Mr. O’Dell was also active in youth programs and church activities, working with one of the largest youth programs in the Church of God, “Anderson Movement.” He worked with the youth at Horse Creek Church of God and Campground Church of God. He had also served as the teacher of the senior age class at Elizabethton Church of God. Mr. O’Dell started Camp Greeneville, an active camping outreach, in the state camping program for the Church of God youth. Out of the youth work and camping program, he had at least five young men who became active full time ministers. Mr. O’Dell also spent a great deal of his time in the music program and was affiliated with the Salvation Singers Inc.


Philip Steven Hirlemann ’70 of Belvidere, NJ, passed away April 19, 2016, after a year-and-a-half battle with skin cancer. Mr. Hirlemann had served as an art teacher at Hopatcong High School for more than 25 years. Former pupils remembered him as a teacher who taught his students not only about an academic discipline, but also about how to be a good citizen, do the right thing and think outside the box.  Mr. Hirlemann enjoyed sharing his love of photography, art and cars, but his greatest joy was spending time with friends and family. After his retirement, he had helped his children with projects at their homes and spent much time with his grandchildren.

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Update on construction of the new Tusculum College science and math building

Update on construction of the new Tusculum College science and math building

Posted on 17 November 2016 by

The finishing touches are underway on the construction of the Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math at Tusculum College. Interior work continues with flooring, electrical and furniture installation well underway.

According to David Martin, director of facilities at Tusculum College, construction will be completed in the next few weeks and plans are to being moving into the building over the Christmas break. Classes will be held in the new facility beginning in January with the start of the spring semester.

The Meen Center for Science and Math is a four-story structure of approximately 100,000 square feet. Interiors include wings for biology, chemistry, mathematics, computer science and environmental science. There will also be lab space and research areas for both faculty and students.

The ground floor features the environmental science wing with a loading dock, as well as large general classroom spaces and classrooms equipped for distance learning programs. A large lecture hall will be included on the ground floor. Space is also allocated to house the Bachelor of Science degree program in nursing and the Master of Science degree in Nursing.

The facility is possible in part to the late Verna June Meen, whose $3.875 million gift towards funding the facility in memory of her husband, Dr. Ronald H. Meen, allowed the leadership of the college to move forward with plans for the facility.

Much of the laboratory equipment has been installed as the finishing touches are added to the Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math at Tusculum College.

The finishing touches on the exterior of the building are under way including sidewalk construction.



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Tusculum College named to Top Military-Friendly School List

Tusculum College named to Top Military-Friendly School List

Posted on 17 November 2016 by

For the seventh year in a row, Tusculum College has been named to the Military Friendly Schools® list. The 2017 list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and dependents and to ensure their academic success. Schools on the list earn the right to use the Military Friendly School logo.

Schools on the list range from state universities and private colleges to community colleges and trade schools. The common bond is their shared priority of recruiting students with military experience.

“Tusculum College strives to help our veterans find the right program and format to best suit them in completing their college degree in both our residential and Graduate and Professional Studies programs,” said Melissa , interim vice president for enrollment management and marketing at Tusculum College.

She added, “It is a priority of Tusculum College to provide access to any veteran who is seeking higher education opportunities and to make that access as simple and affordable as possible. We are pleased with the number of veterans who choose Tusculum College because of the personalized program that helps them every step along the path to graduation.”

The Military Friendly Schools list is a key resource in letting veterans know which schools will offer them the greatest opportunity, flexibility and overall experience. Ripley added that this is especially important now with so many schools competing for military students.

Tusculum College started participating in the Yellow Ribbon program in August 2009. Under the program, the school matches dollars put in by the Veterans Administration so veterans or their spouse or dependents can work toward their advanced degree, as well as qualify for money to help with housing. There are more than 44 students enrolled in Tusculum degree programs who are receiving the Yellow Ribbon benefits.

“Through the Yellow Ribbon program the college acknowledges the commitment of those who have served our country by providing them with financial support to complete their education,” said Tusculum College President Nancy B. Moody. “With the variety of locations, programs, majors, degrees and scheduling options offered at Tusculum College, we are uniquely suited to serve those whose educational path was interrupted or who are considering beginning or continuing their higher education.”

The Yellow Ribbon program is applicable towards all Tusculum College degree programs, which include traditional undergraduate programs, as well as the Graduate and Professional Studies programs. Tuition benefits under the program are also available to both full and part-time students.

In addition, Tusculum College has a long standing relationship with the United States Navy through its partnership with the U.S.S. Greeneville submarine. Since its christening, Tusculum College has partnered with the crew members, offering an annual scholarship to crewmen and/or members of their family. To date, four people benefiting from that relationship have become Tusculum College alumni and there are currently four students receiving this scholarship in the residential program.

Tusculum College has long offered assistance to veterans returning to higher education and Veterans Affairs Coordinator Pat Simons is available to specifically support veterans with their admissions and financial aid questions. For more information on the Yellow Ribbon program or other assistance provided by the college, contact Simons at 423-636-7300.

Additionally, Jerry Sullivan serves as Tusculum College’s enrollment representative military liaison. He is responsible for the recruitment and marketing of Tusculum College to active duty military, veterans and their dependents. He serves as a point of contact for all military personnel, coordinating with other departments to provide academic and financial advice for current and prospective students. Sullivan may be contacted at 800-729-0116.

Criteria for making the Military Friendly Schools list included efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, results in recruiting military and veteran students and academic accreditations.


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Tusculum College program offers free tax assistance

Tusculum College program offers free tax assistance

Posted on 09 November 2016 by

Certified-IRS volunteers at Tusculum College will be available to provide income tax assistance through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

The Tusculum College Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is an IRS grant program that offers free tax preparation to qualifying taxpayers in Greeneville and the Tri-Cities region. All volunteers for the program are trained and certified by the Internal Revenue Service.

According to Dr. Harold Branstrator, associate professor of management at Tusculum College, although the program has been around for quite some time, this year marks the first year for the VITA program at Tusculum College. The Tusculum College VITA program is intended to assist a variety of taxpayers who need help in filing their own tax returns.

Person who qualify include those who generally earn less than $54,000 per year, persons with disabilities, limited English-speaking taxpayers and other urban and rural residents.

Participants in the program will be assisted by well-trained IRS-certified student volunteers.

Dr. Branstrator, a former IRS employee, oversees the VITA Program at Tusculum College. The program prepares students who are trained extensively and certified by the Internal Revenue Service to prepare returns for the citizens of Greeneville and the surrounding area. Additionally, said Dr. Branstrator, through the program, student volunteers learn valuable skills in tax preparation, professionalism and interviewing, while serving the community.


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More than 250 alumni return to campus for Homecoming 2016

More than 250 alumni return to campus for Homecoming 2016

Posted on 26 October 2016 by

More than 250 alumni could be found rediscovering campus and renewing friendships during Homecoming 2016, October 21-22.

The campus had a warm welcome for alumni who have the opportunity to visit often and those who had not been back to Tusculum in decades. There were campus tours Friday to reacquaint alumni with the campus and share with them the changes since they graduated. The Museums of Tusculum again hosted their popular “Memory Lane” display of yearbooks and memorabilia, helping alumni remember times and places of yesteryear.

Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody, right, congratulates members of the team that won the "net division" of the golf tournament. From left are Greg Pielich '69, Bob Sobas '74 and Tom Heffernan '76. Not pictured is Mike Currens '77.

Alumni had a chance to interact with some of the student leaders on campus at the “Lunch with Students.” Although rain was in the forecast, the precipitation held off to allow for an afternoon of friendly competition on the links for the annual golf tournament.

An ice cream treat was enjoyed by several as they learned about the new alumni travel program. Lynn Battle ’62 shared some of his experiences on a Viking Cruise and gave some tips for those interested in taking the Rhine River Cruise scheduled for April 2017. Kristin Small of Cruise Planners, who is working with Tusculum in the new travel program, also announced future trips that are being explored including a trip to the Antarctic region in 2018 and Italy in 2019. The Museums of Tusculum hosted a reception for its new exhibit about the political life of Andrew Johnson prior to the presidency. The professional-quality exhibit has been created by students in the Museum Studies major.

Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody presents a trophy to Matt McKeever '12 '13, whose team won the "Gross Divsion" of the golf tournament. His team members included Bob Leonard, David Konieczny '95 and Doug Fezzell.

The evening activities included dinner at Link Hills Country Club. Alumni were also invited to join students for a pep rally and telling of ghost stories in the old gym.


Saturday morning’s activities began with a Memorial Service honoring the memory of alumni and friends of the College who have passed away over the past year. This service was followed by an alumni breakfast.


Recognition of alumni for their accomplishments followed as part of the Sports Hall of Fame Induction and the annual Alumni Association meeting. Chase Carroll ’09 and Ashley Moreira ’07 were inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame and Athletic Trainer Chris Lenker was recognized with the Sports Benefactor Award.

Chase Carroll and Ashley Moreira were inducted Saturday into the Tusculum College Sports Hall of Fame.

Carroll accounted for one of the best golf careers in program history.  From 2005-2009, he posted a 74.29 career scoring average, which was a school record upon his graduation in 2009 and is currently the second lowest stroke average ever by a Pioneer.   For his career, he finished in the top-20 in 28 tournaments, including 21 top-10 finishes and 13 times in the top-five including a school-record six medalist wins.  Two of those victories including the South Atlantic Conference (SAC) Tournament titles in 2007 and again in 2009. The Knoxville, Tennessee native earned All-South Atlantic Conference honors on three occasions, including All-SAC second team accolades as a sophomore and All-SAC first team plaudits in his junior and senior campaigns. Carroll also shined in the classroom and in the community as he was named to the 2009 Academic All-America® First Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).  Carroll is a professional golfer and has played on several professional golf circuits including: Tour, PGA Latin-America Tour and the Swing Thought Golf Tour. He is married to the former Whitney Hensen of Knoxville and the couple resides in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Athletic Director Doug Jones presents the Sports Benefactor Award to Chris Lenker, head athletic trainer at the College.

Moreira was the defensive leader during one of the most successful four-year periods of the Tusculum women’s soccer program.  A product of London, Ontario, Canada, she led the Pioneers to a combined 55-18-7 record during her four years with the program, which included one SAC Championship, two SAC Tournament titles and three NCAA Tournament appearances including 2006 as Tusculum captured the Southeast Region championship and advanced to the national quarterfinals for the first time in school history.  She amassed 31 career assists which are tied for the most in program history while her 79 career starts are tied for 10th in the Tusculum record book.  She also contributed five career goals including a pair of match-winners. Moreira also excelled in the classroom where she majored in English with a literature concentration and was named to the 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-District third team.  In her senior year, she was the 2007 recipient of the Tusculum President’s Award. Moreira  is currently teaching world literature at the Greenville Tech Charter High School in Greenville, South Carolina.

Lenker was recognized for going above and beyond his duties as head athletic trainer for Tusculum student-athletes. He has served for head athletic trainer for 13 years and has been at the College for 17 years. An avid and talented photographer, Lenker has taken hundreds of photos of student-athletes at the request of the students or family members and provided those to the students at no cost.

Four awards were given during the Alumni Association meeting.

Dr. Ken Bowan '70, chair of the Tusculum Board of Trustees, presents the Pioneer Award to Dr. Larry Brotherton '70.

Dr. Larry Brotherton ’70 was presented the Pioneer Award, which 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 Tusculum College. “His excellence in science and industry enhances the educational reputation of Tusculum College and his character and generosity exemplify the Civic Arts,” said his long-time friend Dr. Ken Bowman ’70, in presentation of the award.  Dr. Brotherton earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Tusculum and went on to the University of Tennessee, where he received a doctorate in chemistry in 1974. He has had a successful career as an industrial entrepreneur, research chemist and businessman. He founded and leads Ortec, Inc., a custom chemical manufacturing company he created in 1980 and also Ortec Racing, LLC, which serves the NASCAR market. Dr. Brotherton has given generously of his time to professional and civic boards and to the Tusculum Board of Trustees. During his tenure on the Board of Trustees, he has severed on the Audit Committee, the Finance and Investment Committee, the Buildings and Grounds Committee and the Executive Committee.

Dr. Ron May '68, left, is presented the National Alumni Living Faculty Award by Angelo Botta '75, president of the Alumni Association.

Dr. Ron May ’68 was the recipient of the National Living Faculty Award, which is presented each year to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the College’s academic programs. Dr. May is currently serving as vice president of academic affairs at Tusculum . His distinguished career in higher education includes serving as president of Ancilla College in Indiana and Louisburg College in North Carolina. In his career he has taught public school, as well as served as a college professor, department head, dean, vice president in addition to college president. In his career, Dr. May has been recognized by numerous organizations, including by the Leadership Marshall County program with their Leader of the Year Award in 2011. He served his Alma Mater as dean of faculty from 1985 to 1988. He also served for a time as the president of the Tusculum College Alumni Association. Although he had retired from the presidency at Ancilla, he returned to higher education to serve as interim vice president of academic affairs in June 2014 and guide Tusculum through a challenging time in its history.

Justin Jeffers '04 receives the Frontier Award from Ryan Barker '16, a member of the Alumni Executive Board.

Justin Jeffers ’04 was presented the Frontier Award, is honoring an outstanding alumnus or alumna who have graduated at least five years but no more than 15 years from the College, in recognition of outstanding or meritorious advancement in his or her career. Jeffers earned his degree in Business Administration and was an All South Atlantic Conference performer on Tusculum’s golf team. He received his funeral directing and embalming license in 2007 after graduating from John A. Gupton College. Mr. Jeffers is the director from the east for the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association, is on the Executive Board for The Independent Funeral Group, the Board of Directors for the Laughlin Foundation, and a longtime committee member and committee captain the past two years of the annual Pioneer Club Campaign. He has also served as the play-by-play commentator for the Tusculum Women’s Basketball games for the local radio station. Justin is a Mason and member of The Greeneville Kiwanis Club.

Athletic Director Doug Jones, who is also head baseball coach, receives the National Alumni Recognition Award from Jackie Rose '75 of the Alumni Executive Board.

Tusculum Athletic Director Doug Jones received the National Alumni Recognition Award, which recognizes an individual for his or her contributions to the Tusculum community. Jones has  served as Tusculum’s athletic director since 2015 and continues in the dual role as Tusculum’s head baseball coach, a position he has held since 1998. Jones is in his 20th season guiding the Tusculum baseball program and is the winningest coach in school history. He has guided Tusculum to 15 consecutive winning seasons, while posting 622 victories in his 19 campaigns in Greeneville, including last year’s 10-4 club. Coach Jones has proven over the years to recruit student-athletes who perform well both in the classroom and on the field. He has high expectations for himself and for those around him including other members of the athletic staff, students and other people who he works with.

The award winners were among the participants in the Homecoming Parade. The Golden Pioneers served as marshals for the parade, which featured the student Homecoming Court, student organizations and the Tusculum Marching Band.

Scrumptious barbecue and all the fixings were enjoyed during the Pioneer Tailgate prior to the exciting football game. Recognized prior to the game were the 2006 Women’s Soccer Team and returning baseball alumni. Three alumni games were played over the weekend – softball, baseball and men’s lacrosse, bring many former student-athletes back to campus.

Homecoming activities wound down with dinner, music and fellowship Saturday evening at the General Morgan Inn.

Make plans now to join in the fun next year – Homecoming 2017 will be October 20-22.

For more photos from Homecoming, visit the album on  Tusculum’s facebook page.



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