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Tusculum College kicks-off $25 million capital campaign

Tusculum College kicks-off $25 million capital campaign

Posted on 17 October 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College kicked off a $25 million dollar capital campaign Thursday night in a gathering of college alumni and friends at the General Morgan Inn.

More than 150 people attended the dinner held in conjunction with Homecoming 2014 and the October meeting of the Board of Trustees. The campaign, Tusculum First, is designed to strengthen the college and what is offered by the institution to the community and the region.

Campaign Chairman Scott Niswonger, an alumnus of the college and member of the Tusculum College Board of Trustees, announced that to date, $18 million had been raised.

“By giving to the Tusculum First Campaign, donors will provide resources that enable Tusculum to continue to grow and thrive,” said Niswonger. “To reach our goal, we are appealing to everyone in our community – alumni, students, parents and friends of the college – to join us in making our community first in education.”

According to Niswonger, Tusculum First is designed to address the college’s areas of greatest need including a new center for science and math, growth of academic programs, endowed scholarships, student life improvements, technology, an environmental resources and facilities center and support to the Tusculum Fund.

The campaign, which follows the college’s long line of firsts, “was initiated to improve and expand Tusculum College and its programs for the benefit of both the internal and external community. It is designed to improve the areas that most affect student success and inspire them to be contributing members of society,” said Dr. Nancy B. Moody, the college’s president.

Moody went on to explain that the campaign is a continuing effort to keep Tusculum first, and that it will provide improved academic programs and scholarship opportunities to help students develop as global citizens. The overall goal of the campaign is to give the Tusculum community the best education environment possible.

“Tusculum College is in a state of becoming, one we hope to continue for centuries more. Tusculum First will make these transformational opportunities a reality,” added Moody. “The success of Tusculum First depends on every member of the Tusculum community joining together to set the next stage of transformation.”

Dr. Ken Bowman, a 1970 alumnus of the college and chair of Tusculum’s Board of Trustees, told the group how proud he was to be part of continuing the tradition of firsts that is so prominent in the institution’s history.

“We have a duty, a responsibility, to be stewards of what has been passed forward to us since the days our founders chose to take on the task of providing higher education to those on the frontier,” said Bowman. “We are up to the task, and if we stand together, can provide for our future through what we can offer to generations to come.”

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Homecoming 2014 is coming in just a few weeks!

Homecoming 2014 is coming in just a few weeks!

Posted on 23 September 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Just a few weeks remain to Homecoming 2014. Make your reservations today to return to Tusculum and enjoy time with your fellow alumni.

Check out the schedule below:

Friday, Oct. 17

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

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Memory Lane Take a walk down memory lane as the staff of the Museums of Tusculum displays outfits, slide shows, pictures from Tusculum’s past, yearbooks and newspapers in the 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. – Campus Tours Revisit and rediscover your Alma Mater. Take a tour with the President’s Society, a group of elite Residential College
students.

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.

2 – 3 p.m. Career Services Open House Alumni are invited to stop by the Career Services office in Room 307 of Niswonger Commons for “cookies and information.” Meet the staff of Tusculum’s Career Services office
and learn more about how they can assist you.

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

8:30 p.m. – Bonfire Enjoy the annual Homecoming Bonfire, located near the parking lot at Pioneer Field, with current students.

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.

6 p.m. – Alumni and Friends Social Hour General Morgan Inn
7 p.m. – Alumni and Friends Dinner Join us at the General Morgan Inn for dinner. A cash bar will be available throughout the evening.
8 p.m. – Alumni and Friends Music and Fellowship DJ Donnie Bunch will provide music.

 

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

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

8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, October 17

 

President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library

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

8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, October 17

 

 

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

 

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

Greeneville Hotel Information

Econo Lodge (former Comfort Inn and Holiday Inn)

1790 E Andrew Johnson Hwy, Greeneville

(423) 639-4185


Days Inn Greeneville

935 E Andrew Johnson Hwy, Greeneville

(423) 639-2156

 

Quality Inn (former Jameson Inn)

3160 E Andrew Johnson Hwy, Greeneville

(423) 638-7511

 

General Morgan Inn

111 N Main St, Greeneville

(423) 787-1000

 

Knights Inn (formerly Charray Inn)

121 Serral Dr, Greeneville

(423) 638-1331

 

Hampton Inn

3130 E Andrew Johnson Hwy, Greeneville

(423) 638-3735

 

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New meditation garden dedicated at ceremony Tuesday afternoon

New meditation garden dedicated at ceremony Tuesday afternoon

Posted on 23 September 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

A dedication ceremony was held for the meditation garden located at the Honor Program House at Tusculum College on Tuesday, Sept. 23. The garden was a service project of several Tusculum classes, including students in the biology and visual arts programs. The garden was designed not only as a beautiful campus space, but as an ongoing project in support of ASafeHarborHome, an organization that assists domestic abuse victims and homeless with a disability. With the help of Office of Institutional Advancement, the biology class solicited donations to purchase plants and supplies. With each group donation, a plant identification marker will be placed to represent organization or departments/group on campus. Students from the “Service Learning in the Arts” class repaired, cleaned and re-tiled the benches; repainted the bird feeder; and created the stepping stone that is a feature in the garden. Students in service-learning classes taught by Robin Fife have worked with ASafeHarborHome for several years and continue to work the non-profit organization.

 

The meditation garden was created as a partnership between Tusculum College and ASafeHarborHome.

Lilly Gonzelez and Daniel Velez

The dedication ceremony included a welcome from Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College. Denise Coffey, student intern at ASafeHarborHome, shared what the meditation garden means to her. Dr.Melissa Keller, assistant professor of biology; Aurora Pope, assistant professor of art, and Fife described what their students did as part of the project. Daniel Velez, chief executive officer of ASafeHarborHome, Inc., and his wife, Lilly Gonzalez, expressed their appreciation of the Tusculum students and College community for their work. Velez said it is an example of people working together to meet a common goal to better the lives of others. Tusculum Chaplain Mark Stokes offered a prayer of dedication for the garden. Rev. Ronda Gentry, director of the Center for Civic Advancement, invited those in attendance to explore the garden.

 

Lowe's of Greeneville provided donations of some of the landscaping elements used in the garden.

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Learn the latest about your fellow alumni

Learn the latest about your fellow alumni

Posted on 23 September 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

 

 

 

 

’10s

Kate Barford ’13 is working for and attending Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Kate will be working on her Ph.D. in social psychology. She began her doctoral program in September.

 

Zach Wampler ’13 of Greeneville, TN, recently made it into the top 200 for Project Greenlight, a documentary series on HBO, executive-produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. The show takes an uncensored look at the challenges facing a first-time director, and Zach beat out thousands of other candidates before missing the next cut. Zach participated in the digital competition with hopes of getting to direct his first feature film through Project Greenlight.

 

 

 

’30s

Polly Anne Carter Estes ’37 died on Aug. 9, 2014, at the home of her daughter, Margaret ’63, in Buffalo Grove, IL. Mrs. Estes was a retired elementary educator.

 

’40s

D. Oliver Burkey Jr. ’48 of Greenville, TN, passed away September 6, 2014. Mr. Burkey was a long-time supporter of his Alma Mater and served a number of years on the Council for Church Relations. He served as president of the Alumni Association from 1968-1972 and was a member of the Alumni Executive Board member for many years. He helped raise funds for Tusculum’s endowment from local area alumni and chaired the 1991 Greene County Tusculum Alumni Fund. Mr. Burkey was a retired agent for the Life Insurance Company of Georgia, serving 38 years as an agent. During most of his adult life, he had immersed himself in volunteer community service and took joy in being part of efforts to make others’ lives better. Mr. Burkey was a charter member of the Glenwood Ruritan Club, serving as its treasurer from 1959-2011. He helped with advertising and ticket sales for fundraisers and coached Little League for the team sponsored by the Ruritan Club during the 1960s and 70s. Mr. Burkey served as the chairman for the Greene County division of the local United Way Campaign for 38 years. He was responsible for raising more than $350,000 for the United Way in his lifetime, much of it personally through door-to-door visits. He invested more than 3,000 hours of volunteer time for the United Way and continued to visit hundreds of potential donors across the county until a few months before his passing. Mr. Burkey used his fundraising expertise to help raise thousands of dollars for the Orebank Volunteer Fire Department. He had served as president of the Greeneville Life Underwriters’ Association. Mr. Burkey was a member of Timber Ridge Presbyterian Church, where he had served as an elder since 1947. He was also the cemetery and building fund treasurer. He was a regular Holston Presbytery commissioner and committee member and served nine years as the Holston Presbytery-appointed board member for the Sunset Gap Community Center, which serves children and families in Greene and Cocke counties. Mr. Burkey was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific theater as a liberty ship gunner. He was a charter member of the Andrew Johnson VFW Post 1990. He was a lifelong active member of the Greene County Republican Party and was the 25th District Party Chairman for decades, recruiting election poll workers for the Glenwood precinct up to the time of his passing.

Dr. Dale Self ’48 of Jefferson City, TN, passed away February 7, 2014. Mr. Self served as a medic in the U.S. Army during World War II. He graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in 1952 and practiced dentistry in Morristown for 32 years. Basketball was a love of his, having played both at Tusculum and East Tennessee State University. In his later years, gardening became a passion.

 

’50s

Helen Oakley Sherwood ’50 of Mechanicsville, VA, passed away August 17, 2014. Mrs. Sherwood taught school in Maryland and also in West Germany, where her late husband Samuel, was stationed while serving in the U.S. Army. She was a founder and originator of the First Baptist Church Day Care Center, from which she later retired.

 

’60s

Robert Arthur Lapsley ’66 of Savannah, GA, passed away September 4, 2014. Mr. Lapsley played both baseball and basketball at Tusculum. He was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army. In 1968, Lapsley joined Goodwill Industries of Detroit, later joining Goodwill Industries of the Coastal Empire, Inc. in Savannah in 1972. In 1979, he was appointed president and CEO, providing inspired leadership through difficult times for seventeen years until his retirement in 1997. During his tenure, the Second Chance Program was established, which provides community re-entry training for individuals with traumatic brain injuries and is the only program of its kind in Georgia outside of Atlanta. He was also instrumental in establishing a Teleride service in Savannah to greatly increase the mobility and opportunities for people with disabilities. He was a 30-year member of the Lions Club of Savannah and served as its president in 1996. He was honored by his fellow members as a Melvin Jones Fellow, the highest honor in the Lions Club.

 

’80s

Barbara Deming Burke ’88 of Kingsport, TN, passed away February 28, 2014, after a year-long courageous battle against several illnesses. Mrs. Burke worked was employed at Holston Defense for many years before retiring and attending college. After earning both a bachelor’s and master’s degree, Mrs. Burke began teaching at Northeast State Community College.

 

Eric Alfred Roline ’89 of Morristown, TN, passed away September 18, 2014, following a courageous 14-month-long battle with brain cancer. He was an engineer and had worked at TRW in Rogersville, TN. Mr. Roline was a member of Arrowhead Church, where he volunteered with the lighting/sound system. He was an avid sailor. Mr. Roline was a member of the Cherokee Lake Sailing Club for the past 18 years and had been awarded many trophies for his sailing abilities.

 

’90s

Vivian Lee Calloway McClendon ’94 of Spring City, TN, passed away March 5, 2014. Mrs. McClendon was retired from the TVA Watts Bar Nuclear Plant after 27 years of service. She was a member of the Reed Chapel United Methodist Church and the TVA Retirees Association.

 

Mr. Kenneth Robson ’94 passed away on March 7, 2014.

 

Mrs. Janet Evelyn Breeden Harvey ’96 of Jonesborough, TN, passed away July 29, 2014, at her home. An educator, she taught at David Crockett High School and Greeneville High School for 35 years and was a member of Jonesborough Presbyterian Church.

Michael James Butts ’98 of Warner Robins, GA, passed away September 2, 2014.

’00s

Matthew James Chakales ’03 of Knoxville, TN, passed away July 31, 2014. Mr. Chakales had a career in finance. He was passionate and highly skilled in wrestling, serving as assistant wrestling coach for Powell High School. Mr. Chakales was a member of Middlebrook Pike United Methodist Church and founded the church’s prison ministry. He also volunteered with Cornerstone Recovery and the Blount County Detention Center.

 

Joshua D. Olmstead ’03 of Kingston, TN, passed away September 26, 2013. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

 

 

Faculty

Dr. Nancy Naff Boardman of Athens, TN, passed away July 28, 2014. A dedicated and accomplished educator, she served as a classroom teacher, a curriculum supervisor, a principal, a superintendent and a college professor. She taught at both Tusculum and Tennessee Wesleyan College. She was named Business and Professional Woman of the Year by the Athens Chamber of Commerce in 1988.

 

Dr. Douglas H. Manley of Athens, TN, formerly of Cleveland, TN, passed away on July 12, 2014. At the time of his passing, he was an associate professor of music and director of keyboard studies at Tennessee Wesleyan College. He had also taught at Tusculum and at Cleveland State Community College. Dr. Manley had also served in the music ministries of several area churches.

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Pioneer Pete Tailgate providing family fun prior to home football games

Pioneer Pete Tailgate providing family fun prior to home football games

Posted on 22 September 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

The cheerleading squad provides face painting during the tailgate. During the Sept. 20 tailgate, the cheerleaders raised money for the Wounded Warrior Project.

Football games are becoming more of an event for the whole family with the Pioneer Pete Tailgate Party this year.

Designed as an event for Tusculum students and the community, the Pioneer Pete Tailgate Party features music, games, food and activities for all ages.

The tailgate includes games, inflatables, face painting, special displays and other activities.  Food and other concessions from local vendors will be available.

There is no charge for any of the tailgate activities except for food and a ticket to the game. The tailgates begin about two and a half hours prior to kickoff.

The Pioneer football team was victorious in its home opener against the College of Faith, setting two NCAA defensive records and tying another.

The remaining home games are on Oct. 11 Oct. 18, Nov. 1 and Nov. 6.

Tusculum first  South Atlantic Conference contest at home finds the Pioneers taking on Newberry College  at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, for Breast Cancer Awareness Day and Local Church Day.  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month as the Pioneers and their fans will be donning pink and will be raising funds and awareness in the battle against breast cancer.  Tusculum will also be recognizing and honoring churches in the community as the Pioneers take on the Wolves at 2:30 p.m.

Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Frankie Debusk leads the Pioneer football team in its walk-through the tailgate area prior to the game.

The Pioneers will take on arch-rival Carson-Newman on Saturday, Oct. 18. for Homecoming 2014 as the game is slated to begin at 2:30 p.m.  Be there for all the pageantry and tradition of homecoming weekend with the parade, alumni reunions and the homecoming court.  It is also Sports Hall of Fame weekend as members of the 2014 induction class will be honored during the game.

 

Tusculum hosts 2013 NCAA Playoff participant UNC Pembroke at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, for Senior Day.  The Pioneers will honor its senior members of the football team as well as the senior members of the cheerleading squad and the Pioneer Marching Band prior to kickoff.  It is also Family Weekend on the Greeneville campus.

The Pioneers conclude their season at 7 p.m. on Nov. 6 against conference foe Brevard.  There will be a fireworks display following the game.

 

The inflatables are popular with youngsters and college students.

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Tusculum announces 2014 Sports Hall of Fame class

Tusculum announces 2014 Sports Hall of Fame class

Posted on 18 September 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

The 2014 Tusculum College Sports Hall of Fame class has been announced and three new members will be inducted next month.  This year’s inductee class includes: Pioneer golf coach Bob Dibble; 2003 All-American football linebacker Craig Pritchett; and 2007 South Atlantic Conference women’s golfer of the year Shannon Palenkas Stone.

The induction ceremonies will take place Saturday, October 18th during the College’s Homecoming weekend festivities.  The ceremony is part of the alumni breakfast, which will be held at the Chalmers Conference Center in the Niswonger Student Commons on the Greeneville campus.

The 2014 induction class will also be honored prior to the homecoming game against Carson-Newman University.

BOB DIBBLE

For the past quarter of a century, Bob Dibble has directed the golf fortunes at Tennessee’s oldest college. Dibble, a native of Peoria, Illinois has coached the men’s team for 25 years and started the women’s program in the 1997-1998 season.

His teams have captured seven conference titles and two region championships during his tenure. He guided the TC men’s squad to five consecutive national tournament appearances from 1993-1997. In the women’s inaugural campaign, the Pioneers placed 13th at the NAIA National Tournament.  In all, he has guided the Tusculum golf programs to an amazing 45 team tournament titles during his tenure.

He has been honored by his peers as conference coach of the year on nine occasions during his career, including the 2011-2012 campaign as he was named the South Atlantic Conference Women’s Golf Coach of the Year for a second time (He earned the inaugural SAC Coach of the Year accolade during the 1999-2000 season).  He led that team to a berth to the NCAA Division II Tournament as his team finished third or better in six of its 11 events, including two tournament titles.

He has mentored three All-Americans, 45 All-Conference players, four conference players of the year and three SAC Freshmen of the Year.  He has coached eight players who qualified for NCAA Division II region play, including three-time All-Conference standout Rachel McFarland who advanced to the 2003 NCAA II National Championship where she finished 16th individually.

Dibble’s players have also excelled in the classroom as 24 players have garnered All-America Scholar Athlete recognition, while five of his squads have captured the SAC Team Academic Award. He has also coached five SAC Scholar Athletes of the Year.

Dibble served as head professional at Link Hills Country Club in Greeneville, Tenn. from 1978 to 2000. He turned pro in 1957 and became a Professional Golf Association member in 1964. Dibble also squeezed in a stint serving in the United States Marine Corps.

Dibble served as Midwest PGA President from 1971-73 while living in Missouri and was a club pro in Florida as well. A veteran of the PGA Winter Tour, Dibble has qualified for the PGA National Club Pro Championship on three occasions. Junior golf has been Dibble’s passion for over 20 years. He has built one of the state’s strongest youth programs at Link Hills. Dibble has been honored on four occasions with the Tennessee PGA Junior Golf Leader of the Year Award. In 1982, he won the Tennessee PGA Horton Smith Award for his contributions to the game of golf.

Dibble played his collegiate golf at Central Missouri State in Warrensburg, Mo. He also attended the University of Missouri at Kansas City where he lettered on the basketball hardwood for the Kangaroos.

Dibble has been married to his wife Cindy for over 50 years and the couple has three grown children: Sandy, Tim and Chris. His son, Chris, is the head golf professional at Holston Hills Country Club in Knoxville. The Dibbles are also the proud grandparents of nine grandchildren.

CRAIG PRITCHETT (Tusculum, 2003)

From 1999-2003, Craig Pritchett was the epitome of the ideal college student-athlete.  He shined both on the Tusculum football field as well as in the classroom.

In his 43-game career, he recorded 277 tackles, which are the sixth-most all-time and the fourth highest tally by a TC linebacker.  He also amassed 39 tackles for loss, which are sixth in the TC record book, while his five fumbles forced and five fumble recoveries are the third and fifth most ever by a Pioneer, respectively.

The two-time All-South Atlantic Conference selection earned second team honors in 2002 and first team accolades in 2003.  He was a four-time team captain and led the Pioneers to a 31-12 combined record, which is one the most successful four-year periods in program history.  His teams recorded wins over three nationally-ranked opponents, including two times against arch-rival Carson-Newman.

During his 2000 rookie season, he posted 66 tackles, including nine for loss, two sacks and four interceptions, which are tied for the third most in a TC single-season.  He also forced two fumbles, recovered two more and tallied seven passes defended.  For his efforts, he was named the 2000 SAC Defensive Freshman of the Year.

Pritchett recorded 82 tackles in 2001 as the Pioneers posted an 8-2 record and finished the season ranked 21st in NCAA Division II.

In 2002, he finished with 90 tackles, including 17 hits behind the line of scrimmage, which are the third most tackles for loss in school history.

In his 2003 senior campaign, Pritchett made 39 tackles, while leading Tusculum to a 9-2 record, a No. 19 national ranking and the program’s first South Atlantic Conference championship.  He was named to the Daktronics All-Region Team and the D2football.com All-America team.

In the classroom, Pritchett finished his undergraduate career with a 3.76 cumulative grade point average while majoring in visual arts.  He was named the SAC Football Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2002 and again in 2003.

The two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District selection was also recognized for his numerous community service endeavors with his selection to the 2003 American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team® and was one of only 11 players from NCAA Division I FCS, NCAA II, NCAA III and the NAIA to be chosen.

In 2003, he was also the recipient of the Tusculum College President’s Award and the Walter T. Dette Spirit Award.

He graduated from Tusculum in 2003 with magna cum laude honors and was a nominee for the Eisenhower Scholar Society.

Pritchett is in his 10th season on the football coaching staff at his prep alma mater Ridgeland High School in Rossville, Georgia.  He has served the last five years as RHS co-defensive coordinator and has guided Ridgeland to playoff appearances in eight of his 10 seasons, including 2012 where his squad advanced to the state championship game.

He is married to the former Susanne Chesney, who is a 2003 Tusculum graduate and they are the parents of a seven-year-old son, Braylon and five-year-old daughter, Chesney.

SHANNON PALENKAS STONE (Tusculum, 2007)

Shannon Palenkas Stone accounted for one of the best playing careers in the history of the Tusculum women’s golf program.

From 2003-2007, the Maryville, Tenn. native posted a career scoring average of 83.44, which was a school record upon her graduation and is currently the fifth lowest in the Tusculum record book.

She garnered All-South Atlantic Conference honors on three occasions, including two times on the first team.  In her senior campaign, she shot a then-school record 78.28 scoring average, which is the fourth best currently by a Pioneer.  In the 2006-2007 season, she won two individual tournament titles and was named the SAC Player of the Year.

She claimed the 2006 Tusculum Fall Classic crown with her two-day score of 148, which is the sixth-lowest 36-hole score in school history. Included in that tally was a career-best 71 (-1).  She would later cap off her stellar career by winning the 2007 SAC Tournament title.  She is the only women’s golfer in TC history to sweep SAC Player of the Year and SAC Tournament MVP honors in the same season.

The three-time SAC All-Tournament honoree finished in the top-20 on 24 occasions, including 14 times in the top-10 along with six top-5 performances.

At the end of the 2006-2007 academic year, she was named the Tusculum College Female Athlete of the Year, becoming the first women’s golfer to earn the College’s top athletic honor.

She graduated from Tusculum in 2007 with a degree in business administration.  Shannon is a creative service manager with the Pilot Travel Centers Corporation.

Shannon is married to Cody Stone, who was a point guard on the Pioneer men’s basketball team and graduated from Tusculum in 2004.  The Stones live in Maryville, Tennessee and they are the parents of two daughters, Ella and Harper.

 

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Make your reservations to attend Homecoming 2014

Make your reservations to attend Homecoming 2014

Posted on 26 August 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Alumni should begin receiving more information about Homecoming in the mail soon or have received it in their email.  A few additions have been made to the schedule recently including a “Memory Lane” display by the Museums of Tusculum College and an informational open house at Career Services.

After you look through the schedule, make your reservations to attend the celebration, scheduled Oct. 17-18 this year.

Below is the finalized schedule.

Friday, Oct. 17

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

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Memory Lane Take a walk down memory lane as the staff of the Museums of Tusculum displays outfits, slide shows, pictures from Tusculum’s past, yearbooks and newspapers in the 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. – Campus Tours Revisit and rediscover your Alma Mater. Take a tour with the President’s Society, a group of elite Residential College
students.

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.

2 – 3 p.m. Career Services Open House Alumni are invited to stop by the Career Services office in Room 307 of Niswonger Commons for “cookies and information.” Meet the staff of Tusculum’s Career Services office
and learn more about how they can assist you.

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

8:30 p.m. – Bonfire Enjoy the annual Homecoming Bonfire, located near the parking lot at Pioneer Field, with current students.

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.

6 p.m. – Alumni and Friends Social Hour General Morgan Inn
7 p.m. – Alumni and Friends Dinner Join us at the General Morgan Inn for dinner. A cash bar will be available throughout the evening.
8 p.m. – Alumni and Friends Music and Fellowship DJ Donnie Bunch will provide music.

 

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

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

8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, October 17

 

President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library

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

8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, October 17

 

 

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

 

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

Greeneville Hotel Information

Econo Lodge (former Comfort Inn and Holiday Inn)

1790 E Andrew Johnson Hwy, Greeneville

(423) 639-4185


Days Inn Greeneville

935 E Andrew Johnson Hwy, Greeneville

(423) 639-2156

 

Quality Inn (former Jameson Inn)

3160 E Andrew Johnson Hwy, Greeneville

(423) 638-7511

 

General Morgan Inn

111 N Main St, Greeneville

(423) 787-1000

 

Knights Inn (formerly Charray Inn)

121 Serral Dr, Greeneville

(423) 638-1331

 

Hampton Inn

3130 E Andrew Johnson Hwy, Greeneville

(423) 638-3735

 

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‘Pioneer Pete’ tailgate Sept. 4 to feature live music, activities for all

‘Pioneer Pete’ tailgate Sept. 4 to feature live music, activities for all

Posted on 26 August 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Live music, games, food and activities for all will be part of the Pioneer Pete Tailgate Party Thursday, Sept. 4, prior to the Tusculum football team’s home opener.

The community is invited to come and be part of the fun, which includes a performance by Carson Peters, the 10-year-old fiddler who has appeared on the Jay Leno Show and performed at the Grand Ole Opry. The tailgate will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the area just outside the Niswonger Sports Complex and Pioneer Field.

Carson Peters

The Fiddlin’ Carson Peters Band also include his father, Jamie Peters, and two Greene Countians, Tom and Bobbie Dier. Carson, who began playing fiddle at three, says his main inspiration is using “the talent God gave me to make people smile!”

The tailgate will include games, inflatables, face painting and other activities for all ages.

Tasty food will also be plentiful as Creamy Cup, Auntie Ruth Donuts and Soft Pretzels and other concessions will be part of the tailgate.

There is no charge for any of the activities except for food and a ticket to the game. Tusculum  will be taking on the College of Faith with kickoff scheduled at 7 p.m. Fireworks will follow the game.

The Pioneer Club will also be having a tailgate on Thursday with information available about how to become a member and support Tusculum student-athletes and athletic programs.

Games and inflatables will be part of the Pioneer Pete Tailgate Party.

The Thursday night game is the first of six home games for Tusculum this season. The other home games include against North Greenville (Sept. 20), Newberry (Oct. 11), Carson-Newman (Oct. 18), UNC Pembroke (Nov. 1) and Brevard (Nov. 6).

Tusculum hosts North Greenville on Saturday, Sept. 20, as the Pioneers will be celebrating Local Heroes Night and Take-A-Kid the Game Night at Pioneer Field.  Children ages 12 and under will be admitted free.  It will also be Youth Football Night as all players of the Boys & Girls Club, Greene County YMCA Flag Football League, and the Greeneville/Greene County Youth Football Association will  be admitted free.  All youth players are asked to wear their game t-shirt or game jersey to gain free admittance. (All youth must have adult supervision).  All youth football players will lead the Tusculum team out onto the field prior to kickoff.

As Local Heroes Night, the College is inviting all law enforcement, fire and emergency medical professionals and members of the Armed Forces to attend the Sept. 20  game free of charge. Members of the aforementioned agencies may either present their ID badge or be in uniform for free admission to the game. The ID badge admits the public servant and one (1) guest.

Tusculum hosts South Atlantic Conference foe Newberry College on Saturday, Oct. 11, for Breast Cancer Awareness Day and Local Church Day.  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month as the Pioneers and their fans will be donning pink and will be raising funds and awareness in the battle against breast cancer.  Tusculum will also be recognizing and honoring churches in the community as the Pioneers take on the Wolves at 2:30 p.m.

The Pioneers will take on arch-rival Carson-Newman on Saturday, Oct. 18. for Homecoming 2014 as the game is slated to begin at 2:30 p.m.  Be there for all the pageantry and tradition of homecoming weekend with the parade, alumni reunions and the homecoming court.  It is also Sports Hall of Fame weekend as members of the 2014 induction class will be honored.

 

Tusculum hosts 2013 NCAA Playoff participant UNC Pembroke at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, for Senior Day.  The Pioneers will honor its senior members of the football team as well as the senior members of the cheerleading squad and the Pioneer Marching Band prior to kickoff.  It is also Family Weekend on the Greeneville campus.

 

The Pioneers will host South Atlantic Conference foe Brevard for a rare Thursday night battle on Nov. 6, at 7 p.m.  Following the regular-season home finale, there will be a fireworks show.

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Alumni, campus community enjoys ‘Tusculum College Night at the Astros’

Alumni, campus community enjoys ‘Tusculum College Night at the Astros’

Posted on 26 August 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

About 100 people enjoyed “Tusculum College Night at the Astros” Monday evening. One part of the family section was reserved for Tusculum College alumni, students, parents, faculty and staff for the Tusculum community to enjoy an evening at the ball park. The Astros treated spectators to a close win, 3-1 over the Bluefield Blue Jays. The win allows the Astros to remain in the playoff hunt.

Marmalee Boyles picks up her tickets at the Tusculum College tent outside Pioneer Park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Members of the Office of Admission greeted spectators as they entered the ball park and provided information about the College. From left are Admission Representatives Heather Blanton '12, Jana Riddle '06, Brian Alexander '14 and Angel West '14.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jim Southerland '64 talks to Joni Parker, assistant director of alumni and parent relations, at the Tusculum College tent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Tusculum College Marching Band played the National Anthem prior to the game and performed again during the "Seventh Inning Stretch."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gizmo, the new mascot for the Astros, visits in the Tusculum section.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Grills Gone Wild” barbecue cook-off and festival coming to campus Sept. 12-13

“Grills Gone Wild” barbecue cook-off and festival coming to campus Sept. 12-13

Posted on 26 August 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Learn the latest about Tusculum alumni

Learn the latest about Tusculum alumni

Posted on 25 August 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

 

 

 

 

’60s

Wilson selected as member of inaugural Hall of Fame class for John I. Burton High School

Richard L. “Stan” Wilson ’66 of Norton, VA, has been selected as of the five individuals in the inaugural John I. Burton High School Hall of Fame Class. He will be recognized as the Norton, VA, high school’s Hall of Fame Night football game on Sept. 12 and will be honored at an induction banquet on Sept. 13. Wilson was a legendary basketball coach and player at Burton.

As a high school basketball player, Stan garnered All-State and All-Lonesome Pine District honors while scoring over 1,000 career points. He also holds the school record for the most points scored in a single game with 43.

The gym at Burton is named for Wilson and is where he spent a vast portion of his life as head coach at the school from 1970 until his retirement in 2009.

His 541 career victories at Burton give him the most wins for a Group A high school boys basketball coach in Virginia High School League history and the most wins for a high school boys basketball coach west of Roanoke.

During his coaching tenure, his teams won 12 Lonesome Pine District tournament championships, five regular-season district championships, seven Region D championships and made eight state basketball tournament appearances.

 

’70s

Bruce McKinney ’76 writes that it has been his desire for some time to contact his old friends “Bruce Jensen, Dave Moody Denise, Elsie, Linda, Ron Newman and Cindy all of the gang who hung out at Craig Hall” for those late night pinochle games, Connie’s and the trip to Ned’s for the hot fudge. He asks his fellow alums to contact him if they remember “Steady Eddie” at bemckinney@gmail.com.

 

’00s

Henri Lespinasse ’08 and his wife, Nicole, are expecting their second child in December 2014. Henri is currently working for himself as owner of Hdmi Media, a video production company. He was co-editor of the award-winning documentary “GreasePaint” (2013), which follows Joey Thurmond and his family as they travel around the country performing as circus clowns. The film is available at Best Buy, Amazon, f.y.e. and Hulu. Henri is currently working on upcoming films and documentaries.

 

 


Sarah Creutzinger ’05 and Edward Arellano Maira were married at July 5 in Greeneville, TN, at Still Hollow Farm. Following the wedding, the couple enjoyed traveling in North Carolina. The couple live in Santiago, Chile, where Sarah is a middle school principal at Lincoln International Academy. Sarah is the daughter of Scott Niswonger ’87 H’06.

Joseph John Vogt II ’12 and Christy Danielle Johnson were married June 28 at the General Morgan Inn in Greeneville. Brett DePalma ’11 was best man and the groomsmen included Brian Alexander ’14 and Joe’s father, Kelly Vogt ’83. Following a wedding trip to Jamaica, the couple is living in Johnson City, TN. Joe works in AT&T customer services. His grandparents are Joe and Kathy Vogt ’53 ’56.


Felicia Waters ’14 and Daniel Holt were married on July 28. Following a honeymoon cruise, the couple is living in Newport, TN.

 

 


’40s

Agnes Marilyn McClain Brownyer ’42 of Medford, OR, passed away March 23, 2014. A native of Oregon, Mrs. Brownyer was a school teacher for many years. She earned a master’s degree in teaching and later a doctorate in nutrition. She enjoyed playing bridge and reading.

 

Betsy Jean Bowman ’45 of Greeneville, TN, passed away July 28, 2014. After graduating from Tusculum, she began her working career as a news reporter at The Greeneville Sun. Ms. Bowman earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Tennessee in 1957. Her career in social work began that year as she began working with veterans at Mountain Home in Johnson City, TN. The following year she became a child welfare case worker in the Department of Public Welfare in Johnson City. Ms. Bowman then returned to the Veterans Administration in 1964 and worked with veterans until 1972. Prior to her retirement in 1974, she was director of the Area Project on Aging with the First Tennessee-Virginia Development District. After retirement, she moved to Greeneville, a community she had grown to love as a girl spending summers and holidays with her grandparents there. Ms. Bowman was a dedicated and active citizen in Greeneville. She served as Greeneville alderman from 1989 to 1997. Ms. Bowman also proved her commitment to the community as a member of many local organizations, including the Tuesday Book Club; the Greene County Heritage Trust, of which she was a lifetime member; the Greeneville Arts Council; the Pilot Club of Greeneville, and the Andrew Johnson Club. She also served on the Greene Valley Foster Grandparents Advisory Committee, the Greeneville-Greene County Humane Society Board, the Greeneville-Greene County Library Board, the Oak Grove Cemetery Association Board and the Roby Fitzgerald Adult Center Board, along with the Lost State of Franklin State Commission. The history of Greeneville was her passion, with her main focus on the downtown area. She was an active member of Main Street: Greeneville for many years. Ms. Bowman was the co-coordinator of the Greene County Bicentennial in 1983 and took a major role in coordinating Greene County activities related to the Tennessee Homecoming ’86 celebrations. She was deeply involved in the founding of the Nathanael Greene Museum in the mid-1980s and continued to be a leader and a strong supporter of the museum through the years. She also originated a Sun newspaper column focusing on the museum. Ms. Bowman chaired the Heritage Trust Committee for the restoration of The Big Spring and the development of the time capsule burial site and ceremony in Bicentennial Park. She also chaired the Christmas in Olde Greene Committee and prepared the artistically designed and informative program for the annual Heritage Trust Early American Christmas Dinner until recently. After writing several columns for The Greeneville Sun during the Bicentennial, she began writing a new column for the newspaper in 1976 known as “Nostalgia is. . .” After 10 years writing the column, she began publishing a compilation of her bimonthly articles in three volumes of “Nostalgia is” in book form in 1986, 1989 and 1990. After its original publication called “The Greene County Story,” which appeared in The Greeneville Sun’s 100th-year-in-business celebration in 1979, Mrs. Bowman edited and published “A Walk Through Greeneville” in 1991, which was a compilation written by her grandfather, William Walter Harmon, from a diary he kept during the 1920s. Her love for film and classic movies inspired her to write and publish “The World of Flickering Light and Shadow” in 2001. Ms. Bowman was a member of Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Dr. Harry Kendall ’48 of Dellwood, FL, passed away August 8, 2014. Dr. Kendall was a remarkable man who was orphaned at age 10 then raised between his brother and two sisters. He volunteered for the Marine Corps at 17 following Pearl Harbor. He served in the South Pacific during the war then using the GI bill to earn his physics degree from Tusculum. He received his master’s from Florida State University and his doctorate from the University of Florida. One of his first jobs was teaching at Chipola Junior College in Florida. He went on to teach at Emory and Henry College in Virginia and then became a charter faculty member of the University of South Florida in Tampa. Dr. Kendall had a passion for teaching, loved the outdoors, his family and his country.

Sue Overton Walker ’48 of Knoxville, TN, passed away August 6, 2014. In 1960, she was hired to be an administrative secretary at Fort Sanders Presbyterian Hospital in Knoxville. She earned the professional title of “Certified Professional Secretary” and was active in the International Association of Administrative Professionals. Mrs. Walker was recognized several times as the local Secretary of the Year and once progressed to an international competition, where she placed second. After retiring, she returned to the hospital as the part-time receptionist in the surgical lounge for 10 years. She was a member of Graystone Presbyterian Church, where she served as an elder, Sunday School superintendent, and several terms as Clerk of Session. Mrs. Walker was a member of the South Knoxville Opti-Mrs. Club. She was also a member of the McGhee-Tyson Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol. Mrs. Walker was on the board of the John Sevier Memorial Association and a long-time member of the East Tennessee Historical Society. She was also a member of the Clan Stewart Society in America and the Daughters of the American Revolution. The family asked that any donations in lieu of flowers be sent to Tusculum, Graystone Presbyterian Church or the Fort Sanders Foundation.

’60s

Arlene Arnht Roper ’63 of Scottsdale, AZ, wife of Michael Roper ’61, passed away on May 4, 2014.

 

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Earl W. Fletcher Jr. ’76 of Mosheim, TN, passed away suddenly on August 22, 2014. He was serving as executive director of the Nathanael Greene Museum in Greeneville at the time of his passing and had been elected to serve as a member of the Greene County Commission earlier in the month. Mr. Fletcher was a retired teacher and coach, having taught for 30 years in the Greene County School System. He also served as president of Washington College Academy, from which he was a graduate, for three years. He served from 1985 to 2003 as an alderman for the Town of Mosheim. Among his achievements as an alderman was his conception of the idea to hold an annual re-enactment of the Civil War Battle of Blue Springs. He served as director of the annual re-enactment for its first 10 years, which was held on a farm near Mosheim and grew to one of the largest Civil War re-enactments between Nashville and Richmond.  Known for his strong and enthusiastic interest in history, Mr. Fletcher was serving as the official Greene County Historian at the time of his passing. Under his leadership, the Nathanael Greene Museum had experienced major growth in attendance, number of galleries and new exhibits. He had been deeply involved in the last several years in the development of the museum’s Mary Gertrude K. Fox Park, located diagonally across South Main Street from the museum. Mr. Fletcher was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Greeneville. He was also a member of the Mosheim Masonic Lodge, the Greene County Scottish Rite Club and a member of American Legion Post No. 64.

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

Posted on 11 August 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Andy Stoll

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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