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Homecoming 2016 coming in less than a month!

Homecoming 2016 coming in less than a month!

Posted on 22 September 2016 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Homecoming 2016 is less than a month away, and many exciting events are planned to welcome alumni back to campus.  Make plans to attend today. A schedule for Homecoming weekend is below.

Thursday, October 20

Hotel Crawl – College staff will be stopping by the local hotels to welcome alumni back to Greeneville.

Noon – General Morgan Inn

12:30 p.m. – Days Inn

1 p.m. – Econo Lodge

1:30 p.m. – Hampton Inn

2 p.m. – Quality Inn

2:30 p.m. – Knight’s Inn

*Be sure to let us know where you are staying.

4:30 p.m. – Creative writing reading featuring faculty – location to TBD

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

 

Friday, October 21

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

9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Memory Lane  – Living Room of Niswonger CommonsTake a walk down memory lane as the staff of the Museums of Tusculum display outfits, slide shows, pictures from Tusculum’s past, yearbooks and newspapers.

10 a.m. – Arboretum Tour – The tour will showcase trees across the campus of Tusculum.  The campus of Tusculum College is recognized as a level 1 arboretum.  Tour will depart from Niswonger Commons.

11:30 a.m.  – Lunch with students – $10 – Enjoy lunch with students on the terrace of the Thomas J. Garland Library.  Reservations required.

1 p.m. – Campus Tours – Revisit and Rediscover.  The tour will showcase our growing and changing campus, and offer you the chance to experience Tusculum with the President’s Society, a group of elite residential college students.  Tours will depart from Garland Library lobby.

1 p.m. – Golf Tournament – $55 – 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 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. – Ice Cream Social and Tusculum College Alumni Travel Preview – no charge – Chalmers – Join alumni and friends as they learn about the exciting destinations that the Tusculum College Alumni Travel will be offering in the coming year. This event is open to all Tusculum College alumni and friends interested in travel.  Visit with classmates, friends, and family you may have traveled with in the past and those you look to travel with in the future.

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

7 p.m. – Bonfire, Pep Rally, and Ghost Stories – Welty-Craig/Haynes Lawn – (Quad Area) Enjoy the annual Homecoming Bonfire with current students.

 

Saturday, October 22

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

8 a.m. – Memorial Service – Garland Library Lobby – Join us in remembering alumni who have passed away since Homecoming 2015.

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

9 a.m. –Sports Hall of Fame Induction – Chalmers – Come celebrate the newest Sports Hall of Fame award honorees.

10 a.m.  – Alumni Awards and Alumni Meeting – Chalmers – Celebrate the newest alumni, learn the latest about the alumni association, and hear an update on the College.

Alumni Band – Join the current Tusculum College Marching Band in Homecoming performances.  The day will begin with a 10 a.m. rehearsal with events through the 2:30 p.m. football game.

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

11 a.m. – 4th Annual Civil War Scrimmage (Lacrosse Alumni Game) – Indoor Practice Field – Current men’s lacrosse players and alumni will hold their 4th annual scrimmage game.

11:30 a.m. – Student Support Services Luncheon – Alumni who were in the Student Support Services program or ARCHES are invited to a BBQ cookout and other festivities at the Patton House (near Pioneer Park).  Donations are optional, but welcome and can be made at the cookout.

Noon – Homecoming Parade – Watch the 13th Annual Homecoming Parade along the route between the Charles Oliver Gray Complex and Pioneer Park.  The Golden Pioneers will serve as Grand Marshals.

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

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

7 p.m. – Alumni Baseball Game – Pioneer Park – Current players and alumni.

Alumni Dinner and Dance – GMI

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

7 p.m. – Alumni and Friends Dinner – General Morgan Inn – $45 – 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 – $15 (no dinner)-  DJ will provide music

 

Sunday, October 23

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 Catawba at Pioneer Field.

3:30 p.m. – Tusculum Men’s Soccer hosts Catawba at Pioneer Field.

 

 

Campus Hours

Tusculum College Bookstore Hours

Niswonger Commons

8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday, October 20

8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, October 21

8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, October 22

 

Thomas J. Garland Library

8 a.m. – Midnight Thursday, October 20

8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, October 21

9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, October 22

2 p.m. – Midnight Sunday, October 23

 

Allison Gallery

Rankin House behind Three Blind Mice

12 – 4 p.m. Friday, October 21

12 – 4 p.m. Saturday, October 22

12 – 4 p.m. Sunday, October 23

 

Doak House Museum

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday, October 20

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, October 21

Tours are available all day Friday and by appointment on Saturday.

 

President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday, October 20

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, October 21

The new exhibit at Old College is “Prologue:  Andrew Johnson’s Political Career Before the Vice Presidency.”  At the same museum there is also an exhibit on the McCormick family and their legacy at the College, a Tusculum College History Gallery, and a gallery of Johnson collection pieces that will be re-designed this coming year.

 

 

 

Hotels in Greeneville:

Econo Lodge

www.econolodge.com

1790 E Andrew Johnson Hwy, Greeneville · (423) 639-4185

 

Days Inn Greeneville

www.daysinn.com

935 E Andrew Johnson Hwy, Greeneville · (423) 639-2156

 

Quality Inn

www.qualityinn.com

3160 E Andrew Johnson Hwy, Greeneville · (423) 638-7511

 

General Morgan Inn

www.generalmorganinn.com

111 N Main St, Greeneville · (423) 787-1000

 

Knights Inn (previously Charray Inn)

www.charrayinn.com

121 Serral Dr, Greeneville · (423) 638-1331

 

Hampton Inn

www.hamptoninn.com

3130 E Andrew Johnson Hwy, Greeneville · (423) 638-3735

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Catch up with the latest alumni news

Catch up with the latest alumni news

Posted on 22 September 2016 by eestes@tusculum.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

’50s

Dr. Ken Bowman '70, chair ofthe Tusculum Board of Trustees, had the opportunity recently to visit with Dr. Ed Kormondy '50 in a trip to California. Dr. Kormondy is a Life Trustee of his Alma Mater.

Dr. Ed Kormondy ’50 H’97 of Los Angeles, CA, celebrated his 90th birthday on June 10 with a surprise visit from family members.  As he had expected, his daughter, Lynn arrived from San Francisco the evening before his birthday and suggested that they go to their favorite Mexican restaurant for an early lunch the next day. The next day, when they arrived at the restaurant, his daughter suggested they dine on the patio since it was such a nice day.  There they found, to Dr. Kormondy’s great surprise, his two sons, Eric and Mark, and their wives, Janet and Susan, who were all wearing oversized glasses, bulbous noses and bushy eyebrows. Later, some close friends joined the family for dinner, complete with a piñata, which Dr. Kormondy “clubbed at blindfolded and missed!” A great time was had by all, and among Dr. Kormondy’s gifts was a cap bearing the words, “Made in 1926.” Dr. Kormondy, has had a long and distinguished career for which he says he is deeply indebted to his time at Tusculum, where he lived in Craig Hall and then in Rankin Hall for his senior year. A biology major at Tusculum, he went on to study at the University of Michigan, earning his master’s degree in 1950 and his doctorate in 1955 from the school. Dr. Kormondy taught at Michigan for two years before joining Oberlin College’s Biology Department, where he remained until 1968 when he moved to Washington D.C. to head a national organization promoting new approaches to the teaching of biology. In 1971, Dr. Kormondy joined The Evergreen State College in its opening year, serving as Dean of Natural Sciences in 1972-73 and as Provost from 1973-78. He spent 1978-79 in Washington, D.C. studying biomedical ethics and then served as Provost of the University of Southern Maine from 1979-82. He joined California State University of Los Angeles as Provost from 1982-86 after which he became Chancellor of the University of Hawai‘i-Hilo and the University of Hawai‘i West O‘ahu, serving until 1993. Returning to Los Angeles, Dr. Kormondy served as President of the University of West Los Angeles from 1995-97, as Special Assistant to the President of Pacific Oaks College from 2000-05 and as Acting President of his Alma Mater in 2007. He served on the Board of Trustees at Tusculum and the University of West Los Angeles until two years ago. Dr. Kormondy, who received a honorary doctorate from Tusculum in 1997, a Distinguished Service Award in 2003 and a Civic Leadership Award in 2008, is a Life Trustee for his Alma Mater.  Dr. Kormondy has also been active and provided leadership for national professional organizations. He was president of the National Association of Biology Teachers in 1981, secretary of the Ecological Society of America from 1976-78 and served on the accrediting body, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges from 1987-96. Dr. Kormondy represented the U.S. Department of Education on missions to Hungary and Poland to examine environmental education, studied and published on higher education of China’s 55 minority nationalities and served as consultant in the life sciences to some 30 institutions, including the Universidad Simon Bolivar in Caracas, Venezuela. He served three times as the lead consultant in the life sciences for the State of Florida. Dr. Kormondy is a member of MENSA, the author of more than 70 publications in ecology, biology and science education and some 20 books including “Concepts of Ecology” (1969,1976,1983,1995)in addition to serving as editor of 15 books on the relationship of the biological sciences and society. He is listed in such publications as “Who’s Who in America,” “Who’s Who in the World” and the “International Directory of Distinguished Leadership.”

 

 

’80s

Marie Trapp ’81 of Nashville, TN, has volunteer 2,500 hours in schools, churches and hospitals in her community since 2012. She is also officially in remission from cancer as of this past June.

 

’90s

Diane Ball ’96 has been promoted to vice president of information security for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee.  She will be responsible for leading the Information Security program across the health insurer. Ball joined BlueCross last year after serving as chief information security officer and vice president of enterprise risk and security for Fujitsu America, Inc., in Durham, N.C. She has more than 20 years of security and privacy leadership experience at companies including BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina and Wachovia Bank, where she served as vice president and senior information security manager.

 

Edna “Leanne” Light Miller ’98 has joined the Oak Ridge School System as a teacher at Willow Brook Elementary School. She has worked 15 years as a special education teacher in Tennessee, Oklahoma and Louisiana schools.

 

’00s

Andrew Merriman ’02 is now an assistant county manager in York County, SC. In his new position, Merriman oversees the Public Safety Communications, Emergency Management, Fire Safety, Ebenezer Park and Summer Feeding departments. He also assists in implementing policies as established by the County Council and assist other staff members in the preparation, review and monitoring of county operating and capital budgets. Merriman has 10 years of experience in local government. For the last four years, he’s served as the Assistant County Administrator for Aiken County, SC.

 

’10s

Keith Hickey ’12 has joined First Community Bank of East Tennessee as Vice President and Commercial Lender. With more than 22 years of banking experience, Hickey was previously employed at First Tennessee Bank as vice president and commercial lender for the East Tennessee market. He is also a member of the 2016-2017 Leadership Kingsport Class.

 

Phillip Justin Reed ’13 is now working at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation as public engagement coordinator in St. Louis, MO.

 

 

 

 

Chad David Ward ’07 and Joy Beth Franklin were married September 12, 2016. The couple is living in Atlanta, GA, and in Greeneville, TN. Chad is assistant manager at ReLogistics LLC’s reverse logistics center in Atlanta, and Joy is a student at Georgia State University.

 

 

 

 

Emily Hawk Moughon ’06 and her husband, Luke, of Indianapolis, IN, are celebrating the birth of a son, Gabriel Christopher, on August 30, 2016. He weighed 9 lbs and 5 oz., and was also welcomed by older siblings, Caleb and Karis.

 

Rustin and Casey (Westmoreland) Jones ’06 ’13 of Greeneville, TN, welcomed a son, Lincoln Howard, on September 8, 2016. He weighed 8 lbs and 1 ounce.

 

 

 

 

Maurice M. “Jimmy” Yates Jr. ’49 of Greeneville, TN, passed away September 12, 2016. Mr. Yates was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army Signal Corps in the European Theater of Operations. His signal battalion was attached to Gen. George Patton’s 3rd Army during the Battle of the Bulge, and he was later assigned to France where his battalion was responsible for the communication lines used by General Eisenhower. Following the war, Mr. Yates was assigned to the French Alps for a six-month tour of duty where he served as the electronics specialist and wire chief. He received campaign ribbons for Central Europe and Rhineland campaigns, as well as the American Theater Ribbon, European, African, Middle Eastern Theater Ribbons and World War II Victory Ribbon. Mr. Yates was also awarded the Good Conduct Medal. Following the war, he focused on his collegiate education and was a member of the first graduate accounting class in the history of the University of Tennessee. Mr. Yates served an internship in professional auditing and tax in the Atlanta office of Arthur Anderson & Co. He practiced as a certified public accountant in upper East Tennessee for 40 years with offices in Greeneville, Rogersville and Newport. Mr. Yates was a well-known speaker on taxation and lectured on opportunities in public accounting to advanced accounting students at East Tennessee State University for a period of years. He was a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants, for which he served as vice president and secretary. Mr. Yates was also a member of the Appalachian Chapter of the Tennessee Society of C.P.A.s, in which organization, he served as president, and the TriCities Estate Planning Council, in which organization he also served as president. He was a member of the Greeneville (Noon) Rotary Club for more than 50 years, Greeneville Lodge No. 3, F&AM, was a 32nd degree Mason, a member of Kerbela Shrine Temple in Knoxville, the Greeneville Shrine Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Andrew Johnson Post No. 1990, and the East Tennessee Management Club. Mr. Yates was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church of Greeneville for many years.

 

Dale M. Quillen ’50 of Nashville, TN, passed away August 13, 2016. Mr. Quillen practiced law for some 60 years.  A veteran, he was most proud of his association with the U.S. Marine Corps. Mr. Quillen enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1943 and fought with the Third Division on Guam and Iwo Jima. He maintained contact with his Marine buddies throughout his life. Part of his ashes will be spread over the graves of his parents and sister in Baileyton, TN, and part of his ashes will be spread over the beaches on Guam and Iwo Jima.

 

William Guy Justis Jr. ’53 of Bulls Gap, TN, passed away on September 10, 2016.  Mr. Justis was retired as superintendent of the Hawkins County School System. He was also the former three-time mayor of Bulls Gap and was serving on the governing board of the Rural Health Consortium at the time of his passing. Mr. Justis was a former director of the Upper East Tennessee Regional Health Agency, served on the Tennessee Soil Conservation board, and was appointed Grand Sentinel of the Grand Chapter of Tennessee, The Order of the Eastern Star in 1996. He was a delegate of the Democratic Party during the President Carter years, served on the Hawkins County Court and served as chairman on the Hawkins County Election Commission. Mr. Justis was a veteran of the 5th Ranger Battalion serving from 1944-46.  He was a 33rd degree Mason, Shriner of the Jericho Temple, a charter member of Bulls Gap Lodge No. 764, F&M and Bulls Gap Chapter No. 471, The Order of the Eastern Star. Mr. Justis was appointed to the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels and was a charter member of Bulls Gap Veteran of Foreign Wars Post No. 9683. He was the Wesley Class Sunday School class teacher of Bulls Gap First United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 58 years and Tusculum alumna, Ima Smith Justis ’81.

 

Betty Crabtree Drain ’69 of Chuckey, TN, passed away September 3, 2016. Mrs. Drain taught music in elementary schools in the Greene County School System. An accomplished violinist, she continued her passion for teaching, playing and enjoying music throughout her life. Mrs. Drain was also an award-winning activities director at Life Care Center of Greeneville for many years and enjoyed sharing the arts with all ages.

 

Jeremiah Luke Fullen ’11 of Greeneville, TN, passed away unexpectedly on August 24, 2016. Mr. Fullen was an outstanding member of the Pioneer men’s golf team from 2009-2011. His 74.71 career scoring average is fourth in the Tusculum record book. Mr. Fullen was also an outstanding student and was named a two-time Golf Coaches Association of America All-American Scholar. After earning an accounting degree, he remained faithful to his Alma Mater and was a regular attendee at the Pioneers’ home golf tournaments every year. Mr. Fullen worked for Carrier Construction and was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church.

 

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Tusculum receives $381,170 ARC grant for new facility

Tusculum receives $381,170 ARC grant for new facility

Posted on 19 September 2016 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College has received a $381,170 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission to purchase instructional equipment to enhance the academic programs housed in the new Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math.

The grant will be used to purchase equipment for programs in biology, chemistry, environmental science, math, geology, physics, computer science and nursing, according to Michelle Arbogast, director of foundation and donor relations at the college.

“This contribution from the Appalachian Regional Commission will have a tremendous impact on the region for years to come,” said Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College. “The purchase of state-of-the-art instructional equipment will allow Tusculum College to enhance the educational programs and achievements of students to strengthen the capacity of the Appalachian Region to compete in the global economy through workforce and economic development.”

The Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math will replace Tredway Hall, long known as Science Hall, on the Tusculum College campus as the home of science and math. Tredway was constructed in 1928 for a much smaller student population, at a time when scientific research and instrumentation was much different.

The new Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math will also bring changes to the teaching of math and the sciences at Tusculum College. More spacious classrooms will accommodate students comfortably, with ready access to technology. Labs will incorporate the latest instrumentation and safety features. With additional labs, all students will have the opportunity for hands-on experiences in scientific research.

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.

 

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Fall enrollment numbers up from previous year

Fall enrollment numbers up from previous year

Posted on 16 September 2016 by srichey@tusculum.edu

The first weeks of Tusculum College enrollment for 2016-2017 has passed last year’s numbers. This year’s entering residential class totals 368 incoming freshman and transfer students, an increase of 15 percent over 2015-2016.

The official registration total was announced by LeAnn Hughes, vice president for enrollment management and marketing and director of the Graduate and Professional Studies program for Tusculum College, who said that the number includes 296 entering freshmen, 52 transfer students and 20 new international students.

“Tusculum College’s residential program continues to grow for a number of reasons,” said Hughes. “Our unique Civic Arts focus takes the liberal arts a step further in a nationally recognized approach to educating individuals of integrity and ideals. Additionally a wide range of majors – from museum studies to nursing – are combined with service learning and travel opportunities to create a completely unique environment.”

Officials at the college are pleased to see the fruits of its expanded enrollment and retention efforts, furthering the goal of serving the region with accessible, affordable higher education opportunities.

Dean of Students David McMahan also reported that housing numbers are up for this fall at the college.  There are currently 792 in-residence students, up 46 from fall 2015.

“Tusculum College was founded in 1794 to serve a population that had no other access to the opportunities of higher education,” said Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College. “Today we continue that tradition by continuing to provide access and opportunity to many students who would not otherwise be able to further their dreams through higher education.”

Hughes said the college will continue to recruit new students and is still accepting applications and registrations for students who will be able to start classes in either Block Two or in January, the beginning of the spring semester.

Enrollment numbers also reflect an increased focus on keeping enrolled students on campus until graduation. Tusculum’s support service for students provides everything from tutoring to book loan programs to help students achieve their dream of a college education. To this end, Tusculum College retained 68.2 percent of the first-time, full-time undergraduate students who enrolled during fall 2015.

“We are reassured that students and their parents are realizing that even in difficult economic times, an education is a valuable investment, and we are pleased that so many of those families have chosen Tusculum College as a place where they feel confident their student can be successful,” said Hughes.

In addition to the college enrollment, Tusculum College currently has 63 students from high schools across the region enrolled in dual enrollment courses. Tusculum offers a variety of courses and course options for high school students wanting to get a head start in their college career or needing specific classes. The courses are offered online, a convenience for students in not having to drive to campus during the school day, and scholarship and financial aid assistance is available.

Anyone interested in enrolling at Tusculum College, may still register. For registration information, contact the Office of Enrollment at 423-636-7374.

 

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First class to graduate from Tusculum College in fully online degree program

First class to graduate from Tusculum College in fully online degree program

Posted on 07 September 2016 by srichey@tusculum.edu

The first students to complete a fully online degree program at Tusculum College are set to graduate in December with a Master of Arts in education, human resource development concentration.

According to Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of the college, this will be the college’s first graduates in a fully-online degree program, although Tusculum has a successful history of the delivery of online coursework.

Graduates will include 24 students from a variety of locations in Tennessee, from Memphis to the Tri-Cities, as well as one student from Fairburn, Georgia. In the online format, the program participants are able to complete the program in 12 months.

The HRD concentration is designed to prepare professionals with the practical wisdom they need to be effective in helping organizations, groups and individuals work more effectively. As part of their degree program the students completed a consultant/client focused capstone project.

“One of the wonderful things about the HRD program is the variety of experiences our students bring,” said Dr. Jeff Burleson, assistant professor of education. “Our HRD students bring unique skills from local and global companies including Eastman Chemical Company, McGhee Tyson Air Force Base, Pepperidge Farms, the U.S. Pentagon, Jewelry Television, Wilderness of the Smokies, Knox Catholic Schools, Whirlpool, and many more. This diversity creates an engaging learning environment. Their client/consultant capstone projects are always interesting. There is always something new.”

The curriculum addresses the major segments of HRD by focusing on concepts, models, skills and methods. Courses are designed so that theoretical foundations are complemented with practice and application that enable students to build skills and competence. And while the curriculum is identical to the program taught in the traditional in-class format, the entire program has been transitioned to an online delivery system.

“The current trends in education and the need to provide accessible programs to adult and non-traditional students have led the college to decide that the time had come to develop a program that could be offered fully online,” said Dr. Moody. “Tusculum is making strong investments to offer fully online degree programs. Over the last three years, the college has spent $2.2 million dollars on technology, including software programs and data management systems, as well as the hardware to support college-wide wireless access.”

The online format has been popular with adult students as well.

“Being an older adult student at Tusculum College has been an amazing experience for me because I did not expect to feel so welcomed by the entire student body due to my advanced age as an enrolling freshman.,” said Lori Vance, a master’s program student who is part of the group graduating in December as the first fully-online degree recipients from Tusculum. “Deciding to stay to do my graduate studies was an excellent choice for my educational and career goals, as well as my very busy family life because the program had very supportive instructors and it was 100 percent online.”

For more information on any of Tusculum’s academic offerings or degree programs, contact the Tusculum College Admission Office at 1-800-729-0256.

 

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Viking offering special for Pioneer Alumni Cruise in April

Viking offering special for Pioneer Alumni Cruise in April

Posted on 24 August 2016 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Visit sites in Holland, Germany, France and Switzerland while cruising the Rhine and enjoy seeing memorable sites of the Old World, including the Heidelberg Castle, above.

Make plans to be part of the inaugural trip in Tusculum’s new travel program, the  Pioneers to Europe Cruise.  Spend eight days on the mighty Rhine River aboard a Viking River Cruise longship, visiting four countries.

Room rates are priced per person/double occupancy beginning at $2,630.50.

Alumni who make reservations by Friday, Aug. 26, can take advantage of Viking River Cruise’s 20th Anniversary Sale. Act quickly to take advantage of this discount!

The discount is valid on new bookings only, and  offers $1,000 off per couple ($500 per guest) on 2017 river cruises in Cat D & above. This promotion can be combined with all current discounts/offers and Viking Referral Rewards, but not in combination with standard Viking Explorer Society Travel Credits.

Viking Air’s incredible August air rates can also be combined with this sale. Economy fares are available at $100 per person out of Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Newark, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Raleigh, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa, Washington D.C. Other departure gateways are also available.

Reservations under Viking’s 20th Anniversary Sale must be paid in  full by Aug 26.

For more information, contact Kristin Small, Cruise Planners, at 855-278-9377  or 423-525-7287, or visit this site.

 

 

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Alumni Night at the Astros set for Aug. 25, Inky Johnson presentation Aug. 27

Alumni Night at the Astros set for Aug. 25, Inky Johnson presentation Aug. 27

Posted on 24 August 2016 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Alumni, friends of the College, students, parents, faculty staff and the community are invited to campus this week for two special events: a presentation by motivational speaker and former University of Tennessee student-athlete, Inky Johnson, and “Tusculum College Night at the Astros.”

Thursday, Aug. 25,  is also “Tusculum College Night at the Astros,” and alumni, students, parents, faculty and staff are all invited to enjoy an evening at the ball park.

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

The Astros will be taking on the Danville Braves at 7 p.m. in Appalachian Minor League conference play. The Astros will have a special promotion that night – $1 Dog Night, Thirsty Thursday – Hot dogs are only $1.00. Discounted souvenir sodas are available at concessions stands.

Please RSVP for “Tusculum College Night at the Astros” by Monday, Aug. 18, by calling 423-636-7303 or emailing jbparker@tusculum.edu.

Johnson’s motivational and inspirational program will be at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27,  in the Pioneer Arena inside the Niswonger Commons.  Admission to the event is $10 per person and will be sold at the door on the day of the event beginning at 4 p.m. Tusculum College students, faculty and staff will be admitted free. Students, faculty and staff in the Greeneville and Greene County school systems will also be admitted free. The event is co-sponsored by Mortgage Investors Group – Office of Nick Hirschy (NMLS Unique Identifier # 491929, TN License # 124766) and South State Contractors, Inc. The presentation had originally been scheduled for Thursday but had to be changed due to some unforeseen scheduling conflicts.

Inky Johnson’s Background

September 9, 2006, started as a normal college football game at UT’s Neyland Stadium. For Inky Johnson, though, the game changed his life as a routine tackle turned into a life-threatening injury. Nothing has been normal for Inky ever since. Not with a paralyzed right arm. Not with daily pain. Not with constant physical challenges.

His dream had always been to play professional sports, and one might imagine that his injury would have crushed his spirit. But it didn’t.

Inquoris “Inky” Johnson could be described as the survivor of an underprivileged past. He could be described as a refugee of poverty and violence. He could be described as a success story stained by tragedy.

But look deeper and discover something else. Discover a man who asked, “Am I really failing, or is God prevailing?”  Johnson is a  a man gripped by the promise that God has purposes and plans far beyond our own. Audiences have found inspiration from his story and his relentless determination.

Johnson has a master’s degree in sports psychology from the University of Tennessee. He devotes much of his time to mentoring athletes and underprivileged youth.

For more information  about Johnson’s presentation, please contact Blake Cantrell at: (423) 636-7300 ext. 7331 or email at: bcantrell@tusculum.edu.

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Former Pioneers continue their baseball dreams professionally

Former Pioneers continue their baseball dreams professionally

Posted on 23 August 2016 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Several former Tusculum College baseball student-athletes are continuing to pursue their dreams playing the game professionally throughout the world.

Pioneers still playing professionally are Placido Torres, Devan Watts, Brandon Dickson, Maikol Gonzalez, Alexi Colon, Cody Coffman, Matt Henriksen and Cameron Carney.

Torres pitched a pair of complete game victories in his two postseason starts this year for the Pioneers.

Placido Torres, who was drafted in the eighth round by the New York Mets in June, is pitching for the club’s rookie league affiliate in Kingsport.  The 2016 consensus NCAA Division II National Pitcher of the Year has made nine relief appearances out of the Mets’ bullpen where he has a 1-1 record and a 3.97 ERA.  Torres got off to a slow start with the K-Mets, but is returning to his stellar form of late, posting a 1.59 ERA in his last five outings with nine strikeouts in 5.2 innings of work.

Torres, a product of North Brunswick, NJ, captured every NCAA Division II Pitcher of the Year accolade in the finest season ever recorded by a Tusculum hurler. He swept the three national pitcher of the year awards by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and the Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CAA – selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America).  He was also tabbed the 2016 recipient of the Brett Tomko Award, which recognizes the DII National Pitcher of the Year as selected by D2 Baseball News. Torres was also named the 2015-16 Tusculum College Male Athlete of the Year and the South Atlantic Conference (SAC) Male Athlete of the Year. He posted a perfect 11-0 record in his 14 starts where he pitched seven complete games, including a Tusculum-single-season record four shutouts. He led all three NCAA divisions with a school single-season record 162 strikeouts.  His seasonal strikeout total is the second most in SAC history and the 10th most in NCAA II history.

Devan Watts was selected in the 17th round of the 2016 MLB Draft by the Atlanta Braves.  He was assigned to the Braves’ rookie league affiliate in Danville (Va.) where he pitched in only four games and didn’t allow a run in his four innings of relief while also posting a save.   Watts, a right-hander from Mooresville, NC, was promoted to Class-A Rome (Ga.) where he has continued his mound dominance for the Braves.  He has appeared in nine contests and has a sterling 1.69 ERA with a 1-1 record and is tied for the team lead with five saves.  He has recorded 12 strikeouts in his 10.2 innings of work. In Watts’ two seasons at Tusculum, the 2015 All-Region and All-SAC choice has recorded 14 saves and a 6-7 record in his 99.2 innings of work in his 43 relief appearances.  He accounted for a 2.98 career earned run average with 121 strikeouts and 25 walks.  His 14 saves are the fourth most in Tusculum history.

Brandon Dickson, a right-handed pitcher from Montgomery, AL, currently has an 8-9 record with a 4.32 earned run average in his fourth season with the Orix Buffaloes in the Nippon Professional League in Japan.  In 2016, he has appeared in 19 games and pitched in 118.2 innings and has recorded 93 strikeouts against 58 walks. Dickson is in his 11th professional season, including the first seven within the St. Louis Cardinals organization, which signed him as an undrafted free agent out of Tusculum in 2006.  He played two separate stints with the parent club in 2011 and again in 2012.  He appeared in eight games for St. Louis, posting a 4.91 ERA in his 14.2 innings of work with no decisions.  He posted 13 strikeouts and made his lone major league start on Sept. 1, 2011, against the Milwaukee Brewers.  In his only season at Tusculum (2006), Dickson went 5-2 with a 3.39 ERA. His 24 mound appearances are tied for the second most in a season at Tusculum.

Alexi Colon is playing in his fifth professional season and fourth in independent ball.  He started this year with the Lincoln (Neb.) Saltdogs of the American Association where he played the first 10 games of the season.  He was later dealt to the River City Rascals, where he has emerged as one of the power hitters in the league with his 12 home runs, which are fourth-most in the Frontier League.  His 43 walks this season are the fourth most in the league while playing for the O’Fallon, Missouri club. From 2013-2015, he played for the Schaumburg (Ill.) Boomers, where he led that club to a pair of Frontier League titles in 2013 and again in 2014.  Colon, a two-time All-SAC and All-Region selection, completed his two-year career at Tusculum as its third-leading home run hitter, belting 33 round-trippers.  In 2012, Colon finished second in the nation with 21 home runs, which were tied for the second most in Tusculum school  history and ninth most in South Atlantic Conference history.

Maikol Gonzalez is a nine-year veteran of professional baseball and is in his first year with the Winnipeg Goldeyes of the American Association.  He is batting .276 in his 72 games where he has 81 hits, including 10 doubles, two triples and three home runs.  He leads the team with his 22 stolen bases (26 attempts) and has 33 RBI with 47 walks against just 38 strikeouts in his 293 at-bats. He played the 2015 campaign with Joplin in the American Association where he batted .305 with eight home runs and 44 RBI with the Blasters.  Gonzalez stops in the American Association also include Joplin (Ill.), Lincoln (Neb.) and three seasons in El Paso (Texas). Gonzalez, a native of Maraca Ibo, Venezuela, played two seasons at Tusculum from 2007-2008 where he hit for a school record .457 in his 113 career games and was a two-time consensus All-American.  He still holds the school record for career triples and career on-base percentage (.522).  His 49 career stolen bases are second in Pioneer history, while his 13 career sacrifice flies are fourth-most.

Matt Henriksen is playing his third season with the Alpine Cowboys of the Pecos League.  In 2016, the Hingham, MA product is batting .338 with 44 hits, including five doubles and six home runs.  In his 43 games, he has accumulated 38 RBI with 22 walks and has three stolen bases to his credit. Henriksen played at Tusculum from 2010-2013 where he finished his career with a .320 batting average and is listed in the top-10 in 10 statistical categories in the TC record book.

Cody Coffman is playing in his first season with the Roswell Invaders in the Pecos League.  He is batting a hefty .418 with 22 doubles, 22 home runs and 76 RBI in his 64 games.  He has totaled 100 hits and scored 80 runs, while earning a spot on the North Division All-Star Team. Coffman, a native of Cape Coral, FL, played two seasons at Tusculum from 2011-2012 where he batted .391 with 141 hits in 361 at-bats.  During Tusculum’s 2012 SAC title run, he earned All-America honors as a utility player as he logged playing time at catcher and first base.  He led the Pioneers with his .417 batting average, which is the eighth-best by a Pioneer. He finished fourth in the country with his 90 hits (4th in TC history), including 19 doubles, a triple, nine home runs and 62 RBI.  He scored 52 runs, while drawing 41 walks against just 17 strikeouts

Former Pioneer pitcher Cameron Carney joined Henriksen on the Alpine Cowboys roster.  Carney, a native of Niagara Falls. NY, has not made an appearance for Alpine since joining the team. Carney made 17 appearances this past spring for the Pioneers, including seven starts where he posted a 4-0 record and a 4.40 earned average.  He combined on a pair of shutouts and posted a save against Catawba.  He pitched in 47 innings where he tallied 44 strikeouts against 10 walks and limited the opposition to a .272 batting average.  In his two years at Tusculum, he finished with a perfect 5-0 record in his 29 appearances, including two saves and a 5.38 ERA.  He tallied 65 strikeouts against 20 walks.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

’00s

Lauren Abramson Baes ’02 of Franklin, TN, is entering her second year as the head athletic trainer at Father Ryan High School, the largest private high school in Tennessee. Baes and her fellow staff members oversee 600 athletes and 26 sports teams. In June 2016, the school was awarded the 1st Team Safe Sports Award from the National Athletic Trainer’s Society. This award is given to secondary schools that demonstrate they are keeping their athletes safe with certain procedures and protocols in case of injuries or emergencies. Father Ryan High School is only the 15th school in the state of Tennessee to receive this award.

 

Becca Boyd ’08 of Knoxville, TN,  has been named vice president and director of human resources for SmartBank in Pigeon Forge, TN. Boyd has 17 years experience in the human resources field. Prior to joining SmartBank, she had served as director of human resources for Weigel’s.

 

’10s

Marissa Williams ’15, a native of Canton, MI, has been named an assistant coach in the men’s and women’s soccer program at Carson-Newman University.  Williams had a highly-decorated career at Tusculum, where she was the Pioneers goalkeeper for four years. Williams holds the school records for shutouts and saves in women’s soccer. She was also selected to the NSCAA All-Region team multiple times, was an All-Conference player as a senior and was named Academic All-District by the CoSIDA.

 

Mr. Thomas Seth Bragdon ’16 is teaching biology at Jefferson County High School in Dandridge, TN.

 

 

 

 

Dorothy Smith Clinard ’63 of West Loudon, TN, passed away on August 12, 2016, at The Neighborhood of Tellico Village, which had been her residence for the past two years. Mrs. Clinard’s husband, Turner, served as minister of the Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church from 1952-65. After earning her degree, Mrs. Clinard taught in the Greeneville School System until 1965, when the family moved to Emory, VA. In Virginia, she taught in elementary schools in Marion, VA, and earned a Master’s degree from the University of Virginia. Following the death of her husband in 1980, Mrs. Clinard moved to Talbott, TN, and fulfilled a life-long dream by living in a self-designed log cabin on Cherokee Lake. She lived there for more than 30 years, where she spent her days having her husband’s books published, caring for her beloved pets, hosting get togethers for family and friends and practicing her hobbies of scrapbooking and antique collecting. An expert at decoupage, Mrs. Clinard turned junk into treasure and sold many of her creations at a local artists’ co-op. Her survivors include son and Tusculum alumnus Norman Clinard ’66.

 

Jean Weems Barnes  ’67 ’88 of Greeneville, TN, passed away August 3, 2016. Ms. Barnes was a teacher in the Greeneville City School System, retiring in 2013. Motivated by her love for children and enjoyment of being around others, she continued part time in various capacities in the school system. Ms. Barnes was a member of Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church and served her church in many ways as she grew in her faith. Her greatest enjoyment in life was visiting with her grandchildren. Her survivors include Tusculum alumni, sister, Jane Weems Stroud ’78 and niece-in-law Linda Stroud ’89.

 

Herbert William Eigenrauch Jr. ’67 of Aberdeen, NJ, passed away on August 4, 2016. After graduating from Tusculum, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served from 1967 to 1971 in Okinawa and Korea. It was in Korea, that Mr. Eigenrauch met his future wife Kim, before heading back to New Jersey to start a new family. Upon arriving back in the U.S., he began a career that lasted 30 years as a sales manager for Supply King in Neptune, NJ, before he retired in 2004. At the time of his passing, Eigenrauch was a school bus driver with Helfrich & Sons, serving students of Holy Cross Catholic School in Rumson, NJ. Mr.  Eigenrauch had a true lust for life, with the simplicities that brought him the most joy. These joys were derived from his hobbies that included gardening, cooking, bird watching, traveling and conversing with friends and family daily, usually about the Mets and Jets or the children along his bus route, whom he adored. He never took his responsibilities to these children and their safety lightly and was proud to be the smiling face that greeted them each morning. In recent years, Mr. Eigenrauch reconnected with his Tusculum friends and created many more shared times and memories to be cherished with them. He was a member of the Tres Dias, an interdenominational Christian leadership movement, which served as the perfect outlet for his guitar playing, where he charitably gave of his time and efforts. In addition, he was an active member of VFW Post 4303, where he frequently spent time with friends. The greatest joy in Mr.Eigenrauch’s life were his grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family have asked that donations  be made to the Class of 1967 Tusculum College Memorial Scholarship Fund in memory of Herbert W. Eigenrauch, Jr.

 

Mayme Kay Hampton Banasiak ’01 of Harrison, TN, passed away July 18, 2016. Mrs. Banasiak was a career educator, retiring from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Math Department in 2014. She was an active member of Northminister Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga, where she served as an elder, sang in the choir, served on the Session, volunteered in multiple ministries, served on several committees with the Presbytery of East Tennessee and had a strong passion for Christian education.

 

 

 

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Inspirational presentation by hypnotist on Aug. 29 to kick off Acts, Arts, Academia series

Inspirational presentation by hypnotist on Aug. 29 to kick off Acts, Arts, Academia series

Posted on 18 August 2016 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Wayne Lee will bring his hilarious mix of hypnosis and inspiration to Tusculum College on Monday, Aug. 29, at 7 p.m. in the Annie Hogan Byrd Auditorium.

Wayne Lee will bring his hilarious mix of hypnosis and inspiration to Tusculum College on Monday, Aug. 29, in the kick-off event of  the 2016-17 Acts, Arts, Academia performance and lecture series.

Lee’s performance will be at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on the Greeneville campus. The Acts, Arts, Academia performance and lecture series is a program of Tusculum College Arts Outreach and supported by the late Dr. Sam Miller in memory of Agnes Ault Miller, Hearts for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, Arts Outreach and generous donors and volunteers.

In his presentation, “Set your GPS for Success,” Lee challenges audiences to set their “Great Programmable Subconscious” to reach their goals. While keeping his audiences in stitches, Lee blends in encouraging and thought-provoking points in his presentation.

Over the years, Lee has used hypnosis to entertain, excite and mesmerize audiences across North America in thousands of shows and presentations and helped people to explore the unlimited potential of the human mind. Beginning with a childhood fascination with magic and visualization, Lee’s driving passion is to help people discover their potential, and acting on that passion has resulted in his opportunities to make presentations worldwide. As a former five-time Canadian amateur wrestling champion and a classroom instructor, Lee has practiced what he teaches.

 

Over the years, Lee has used hypnosis to entertain, excite and mesmerize audiences across North America in thousands of shows and presentations and helped people to explore the unlimited potential of the human mind.

The Acts, Arts, Academia series will continue on Tuesday, Sept. 20, with a lecture by Dr. Deborah Bryan, associate professor of art at Tusculum College. “Looking: Art Around You” will be presented at 7 p.m. in the Behan Arena Theatre on the lower level of the Annie Hogan Byrd Building (side entrance).

Theatre-at-Tusculum will hit audiences’ funny bones with its fall production, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.”  Performances are scheduled for Nov. 4-6 and 10-13 in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium.

The Christmas season will be marked by performances by the Tusculum College Band Program and Tusculum College Community Chorus. The band program’s holiday concert will be on Tuesday, Nov. 29,  in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium. The Community Chorus will perform its annual holiday concert under new director Kathy May on Monday, Dec. 5.

The first performance in 2017 will be Central Ballet Theatre’s presentation of “Sleeping Beauty: True Love’s Kiss.”  Performances are scheduled for Jan. 27-29 in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium.

On Tuesday, Feb. 7, audiences will have an opportunity to enjoy an evening with esteemed Southern author Crystal Wilkinson.

Theatre-at-Tusculum’s spring production will be “Disney’s My Son Pinocchio JR,” the classic tale of an aging toymaker and his beloved wooden puppet. Performances are scheduled for Feb. 17-19 and Feb. 23-26 in the Behan Arena Theatre.

The Tusculum Band will present its winter concert on Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium.

The Malprass Brothers will bring their brand of traditional country music to the stage on Thursday, March 16, in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium.

During the Old Oak Festival, Theatre-at-Tusculum in conjunction with the college’s English Department will present “5 x 10,” five-ten minute plays by Tusculum students. Performances will be April 20-23 in the Behan Arena Theatre.

The series will conclude with the spring concerts by the Tusculum Band Program and Community Chorus. The Community Chorus will perform on Monday, April 24, and the band program’s presentation will be Sunday, April 30.

Admission to the events is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors above the age of 60 and $5 for children 12 years of age and under except for the presentations by Dr. Deborah Bryan and Crystal Wilkinson and the “5 x 10” plays , which will be $7, and the band and Community Chorus concerts which have no admission charge.

For more information on any of these events, or to reserve tickets for the Wayne Lee  performance, call Tusculum College Arts Outreach at 423-798-1620, or email jhollowell@tusculum.edu. The Wayne Lee performance is required of Tusculum Experience students and is an Arts and Lecture event for all students.  Also, Tusculum faculty staff and students are admitted free with valid College ID, and tickets will only be available at the Box Office prior to the show.  All other tickets are will be the regular admission prices.

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Make plans to attend Homecoming 2016

Make plans to attend Homecoming 2016

Posted on 08 August 2016 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Homecoming 2016 is less than two months away, and we have many exciting events planned. Make plans to attend today. A schedule for Homecoming weekend is below.

Thursday, October 20

Hotel Crawl – College staff will be stopping by the local hotels to welcome alumni back to Greeneville.

Noon – General Morgan Inn

12:30 p.m. – Days Inn

1 p.m. – Econo Lodge

1:30 p.m. – Hampton Inn

2 p.m. – Quality Inn

2:30 p.m. – Knight’s Inn

*Be sure to let us know where you are staying.

4:30 p.m. – Creative writing reading featuring faculty – location to TBD

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

 

Friday, October 21

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

9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Memory Lane  – Living Room of Niswonger CommonsTake a walk down memory lane as the staff of the Museums of Tusculum display outfits, slide shows, pictures from Tusculum’s past, yearbooks and newspapers.

10 a.m. – Arboretum Tour – The tour will showcase trees across the campus of Tusculum.  The campus of Tusculum College is recognized as a level 1 arboretum.  Tour will depart from Niswonger Commons.

11:30 a.m.  – Lunch with students – $10 – Enjoy lunch with students on the terrace of the Thomas J. Garland Library.  Reservations required.

1 p.m. – Campus Tours – Revisit and Rediscover.  The tour will showcase our growing and changing campus, and offer you the chance to experience Tusculum with the President’s Society, a group of elite residential college students.  Tours will depart from Garland Library lobby.

1 p.m. – Golf Tournament – $55 – 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 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. – Ice Cream Social and Tusculum College Alumni Travel Preview – no charge – Chalmers – Join alumni and friends as they learn about the exciting destinations that the Tusculum College Alumni Travel will be offering in the coming year. This event is open to all Tusculum College alumni and friends interested in travel.  Visit with classmates, friends, and family you may have traveled with in the past and those you look to travel with in the future.

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

7 p.m. – Bonfire, Pep Rally, and Ghost Stories – Welty-Craig/Haynes Lawn – (Quad Area) Enjoy the annual Homecoming Bonfire with current students.

 

Saturday, October 22

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

8 a.m. – Memorial Service – Garland Library Lobby – Join us in remembering alumni who have passed away since Homecoming 2015.

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

9 a.m. –Sports Hall of Fame Induction – Chalmers – Come celebrate the newest Sports Hall of Fame award honorees.

10 a.m.  – Alumni Awards and Alumni Meeting – Chalmers – Celebrate the newest alumni, learn the latest about the alumni association, and hear an update on the College.

Alumni Band – Join the current Tusculum College Marching Band in Homecoming performances.  The day will begin with a 10 a.m. rehearsal with events through the 2:30 p.m. football game.

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

11 a.m. – 4th Annual Civil War Scrimmage (Lacrosse Alumni Game) – Indoor Practice Field – Current men’s lacrosse players and alumni will hold their 4th annual scrimmage game.

11:30 a.m. – Student Support Services Luncheon – Alumni who were in the Student Support Services program or ARCHES are invited to a BBQ cookout and other festivities at the Patton House (near Pioneer Park).  Donations are optional, but welcome and can be made at the cookout.

Noon – Homecoming Parade – Watch the 13th Annual Homecoming Parade along the route between the Charles Oliver Gray Complex and Pioneer Park.  The Golden Pioneers will serve as Grand Marshals.

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

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

7 p.m. – Alumni Baseball Game – Pioneer Park – Current players and alumni.

Alumni Dinner and Dance – GMI

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

7 p.m. – Alumni and Friends Dinner – General Morgan Inn – $45 – 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 – $15 (no dinner)-  DJ will provide music

 

Sunday, October 23

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 Catawba at Pioneer Field.

3:30 p.m. – Tusculum Men’s Soccer hosts Catawba at Pioneer Field.

 

 

Campus Hours

Tusculum College Bookstore Hours

Niswonger Commons

8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday, October 20

8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, October 21

8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, October 22

 

Thomas J. Garland Library

8 a.m. – Midnight Thursday, October 20

8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, October 21

9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, October 22

2 p.m. – Midnight Sunday, October 23

 

Allison Gallery

Rankin House behind Three Blind Mice

12 – 4 p.m. Friday, October 21

12 – 4 p.m. Saturday, October 22

12 – 4 p.m. Sunday, October 23

 

Doak House Museum

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday, October 20

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, October 21

Tours are available all day Friday and by appointment on Saturday.

 

President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday, October 20

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, October 21

The new exhibit at Old College is “Prologue:  Andrew Johnson’s Political Career Before the Vice Presidency.”  At the same museum there is also an exhibit on the McCormick family and their legacy at the College, a Tusculum College History Gallery, and a gallery of Johnson collection pieces that will be re-designed this coming year.

 

 

 

Hotels in Greeneville:

Econo Lodge

www.econolodge.com

1790 E Andrew Johnson Hwy, Greeneville · (423) 639-4185

 

Days Inn Greeneville

www.daysinn.com

935 E Andrew Johnson Hwy, Greeneville · (423) 639-2156

 

Quality Inn

www.qualityinn.com

3160 E Andrew Johnson Hwy, Greeneville · (423) 638-7511

 

General Morgan Inn

www.generalmorganinn.com

111 N Main St, Greeneville · (423) 787-1000

 

Knights Inn (previously Charray Inn)

www.charrayinn.com

121 Serral Dr, Greeneville · (423) 638-1331

 

Hampton Inn

www.hamptoninn.com

3130 E Andrew Johnson Hwy, Greeneville · (423) 638-3735

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Air fare deals available for Rhine River alumni cruise in August

Air fare deals available for Rhine River alumni cruise in August

Posted on 27 July 2016 by eestes@tusculum.edu

The Viking River Cruise will begin in Amsterdam, above, and explore the Rhine River to Basel, Switzerland.

Join us for the first trip as part of the new alumni travel program and explore the Rhine River valley in the Old World.

Make reservations before Aug. 31 and you may be able to take advantage of Viking River Cruise”s offer of all-inclusive round-trip air and transfers for $100 per passenger. To receive the offer, passengers must book  a”category D” and above, and departing from one of these airports: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Newark, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington D.C. If you don’t see your city, call 423.525.7287 for air fare from your departure airport.

The Viking River cruise will be an eight-day cruise on the Rhine River during April 2017.

Viking River Cruises offers a wide range of opportunities to visit a number of World Heritage sites and to participate in guided tours of the cities that are visited. River cruising provides an opportunity to explore the towns along the river in an intimate way, strolling streets and exploring markets, churches and museums. Beginning in Amsterdam, the cruise will visit towns in four different countries, such as Cologne, Strasbourg and Basel.

The Viking Longship Kvasir has a total of 95 cabins and can accommodate 190 passengers. Space will fill up quickly on this itinerary. Book your cabin now to insure you get the cabin category you want.

Tusculum College is partnering with Kristin Small of Cruise Planners to manage the new travel program. For more information about the Alumni Travel Program please contact Joni Parker, Office of Alumni Relations at 423-636-7303 or Small at 855-278-9377. More information can be found about the Rhine River Cruise at this site.

The cruise will be aboard a Viking River Cruise Longship, which features comfortable cabins and opportunities for scenic dining on the deck.

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Reception celebrates contributions of Doaks to Tusculum, community

Reception celebrates contributions of Doaks to Tusculum, community

Posted on 27 July 2016 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Margaret Gaut '40 visits with Capt. Sam Doak '49 H'14 during the reception July 19.

The Pioneer Perk was filled with smiles and laughter the afternoon of July 19 as more than 100 people turned out for a reception July 19 to reminisce and share their well wishes with Capt. Sam Doak (USN-Retired) ’49 H’14 and his wife, Emily.

The reception was planned to give the Tusculum community, as well as the community at large, an opportunity to say a fond farewell to the Doaks and say thank you for their contributions to not only the College, but also the Greene County area. The reception was coordinated by the Office of Institutional Advancement.

The Doaks have made their mark on Tusculum and the community through their service to others and leadership.

“Captain Sam and Mrs. Emily Doak have throughout the years distinguished themselves, Tusculum College and the community,” said Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College. “Through service, leadership and lifelong support of the College, the Doaks exemplify the Civic Art values that Tusculum College has promoted for 222 years.”

“As friends, supporters and neighbors of the College, their presence on campus has

Andy Daniels '69 shares her well wishes to Emily Doak during the reception, which more than 100 people attended.

been continually felt, as they are frequently seen supporting art programs, athletic events, lecture programs and other outreach programs of the College,” Dr. Moody continued. “Sam and Emily have been generous contributors to Tusculum College throughout their lives, supporting the growth, expansion and mission of the College at the highest levels. These gifts have impacted the lives of thousands of students who lead better lives today because of their time spent at Tusculum College.”

Captain Doak has deep roots at Tusculum as the great, great, great, great grandson of Samuel Doak, who founded Washington College Academy, and the great, great, great, great, great grandson of Samuel Witherspoon Doak, who founded Tusculum Academy. He has provided leadership to the College as director of alumni affairs and as a valued and influential member of the Tusculum College Board of Trustees.

Emily Doak has been a familiar face to visitors of the museums on campus. She has served as hostess at the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library and the Doak House Museum. She has also served as an officer in the Andrew Johnson Heritage Association, which supports the educational programming of the museums.

The couple have been active and dedicated members of the Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church and maintain a relationship with First Presbyterian Church of Greeneville.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

’60s

Dr. Ruth Lane Carpenter ’60 of Morristown, TN, celebrated her 86th birthday with her church family on July 3. Gatway Church in Morristown declared that Sunday as “Ruth Carpenter Day” to celebrate her life and impact on the local community and Lakeway region. A native of East Tennessee, she achieved her goal of marrying a “preacher man” when she became the wife of Rev. Allen Carpenter 60 years ago. The couple had two children, and Ruth has also mothered a number of foster children and a host of spiritual sons and daughters through the years. She began her teaching career at a one-room school for grades one through eight in Grainger County and served as the basketball coach. During her educational career, she taught every grade through secondary school and eventually became a professor of educational psychology at Walters State Community College where she later served as the head of the behavioral science department before her retirement in 1992. After retiring from education, she began her second and third careers as a Christian therapist and an ordained minister of Gateway Church. In this season of her life, she has counseled a multitude of individuals, served as an advisor to several community organizations – including Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System and the Morristown Police Department, where continues to act as a chaplain. She is a sought-after speaker for churches and women’s groups throughout the region.  She is also known in the community as a “prayer warrior” who has faithfully interceded for her church, her community and those who come to her for counsel.

 

Andy Susong Daniels ’69 of Greeneville, TN, and her husband W.T. Daniels celebrated their wedding anniversary last month with a trip to Myrtle Beach, SC, where they honeymooned 50 years ago. Andy and W.T., who is now serving as mayor of Greeneville, were married on June 17, 1966, at the Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Roy E. Blakeburn, who graduated from Tusculum in 1984 and passed away earlier this year. The Daniels have two daughters, Angela Daniels ’90 and DeAnna Pillar, and seven grandchildren.  Andy graduated second in her class at Tusculum and later earned a master’s degree in early childhood education from East Tennessee State University.  She operated a private nursery school, Miss Andy’s Nursery, for nine years. For more than 20 years, Andy served as an adjunct faculty member at Walters State Community College and as an instructor at the YMCA. Both Andy and W.T. are active in community activities and in 2012, they purchased and renovated one of the oldest homes in downtown Greeneville.

 

‘80s

Beth Maupin Frye ’85 of Chuckey, TN, has been named athletic director at Chuckey-Doak High School for the 2016-17 academic year. A math teacher at the school, she has also served as the head girl’s basketball coach since 2000. She has served as head volleyball coach, assistant softball coach and started the cross country teams at both the high school and Chuckey-Doak Middle School.

 

’00s

Heather Sellers ’02 of Huntsville, AL, has joined the staff of the Cook Museum of Natural Science in Decatur, AL, as the exhibits coordinator. The new Cook Museum is scheduled to open to the public in late 2017.

Hope Sims Malone ’05 of Bluff City, TN, has been named the new principal at Church Hill Elementary School.

Keith Lambert ’08 of Powell, TN, graduated from the 264th Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA, in June. Lambert, who serves as the deputy chief of the University of Tennessee Police Department, was one of five law enforcement officers from Tennessee in the class. The academy is an invitation-only opportunity offered to the top one percent of the law enforcement community. Lambert completed 17 hours of college courses during the 10-week program, which covered drug enforcement strategies, legal updates for command level officers, advanced leadership, forensic science and other subjects in addition to the physical training associated with the program. The 29-year veteran of the UT department completed the Marine Corps Obstacle Course, called the “Yellow Brick Road.” The grueling 6.1-mile course has come to symbolize attendance and completion of the academy.  Lambert received the coveted Yellow Brick for completing all weekly physical challenges.

 

’10s

Dr. Rebecca Hunley ’12 of Talbott, TN, has been named the new assistant principal at Cherokee High School. Hunley comes to the Hawkins County School from Jefferson County High School, where she was a biology teacher for the past 11 years.  During her time in the Jefferson County system, she served as a DATA Team coach, Science Club sponsor. Science Bowl coach and STEM representative for the county.

 

Justin Reed ’13 has finished his MFA at Washington University in St. Louis and has had his first book published, “A History of Flamboyance” (YesYes Books, 2016). His first full-length book of poetry, “Indecency,”  is forthcoming from Coffee House Press in 2018. His work appears—or soon will—in ”Best American Essays,” “Callaloo,” “The Iowa Review,” “The Kenyon Review,” “Obsidian,” “PEN American,” “Vinyl” and elsewhere.

 

Altoine Wilson ’13 of Covington, GA, has joined the coaching staff of the Alcovy High School football team in Covington as an assistant coach. Alcovy is Wilson’s high school alma mater and he played football for the Tigers. He teaches in the Covington school system.

 

Cameron Carney ’16 has signed a professional contract to play for the Alpine Cowboys of the Pecos League, an independent professional league in the desert mountain region in the Southwest. Carney, a native of Niagara Falls, NY, was a pitcher for the Pioneers and made 17 appearances this past spring, including seven starts where he posted a 4-0 record and a 4.40 earned average. He combined on a pair of shutouts and posted a save against Catawba. He pitched in 47 innings where he tallied 44 strikeouts against 10 walks and limited the opposition to a .272 batting average. In his two years at Tusculum, he finished with a perfect 5-0 record in his 29 appearances, including two saves and a 5.38 ERA. He tallied 65 strikeouts against 20 walks. Carney graduated in May with a degree in criminal justice, while minoring in psychology.

 

Yared Mamo ’16 has accepted the position of intensive care unit nurse at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville, TN.

 

 

 

Brooke Wilhoit ’15 and Matt Ripley ’09 ’15 were married May 21, 2016, at Asbury United Methodist Church in Greeneville. The couple is living in Greeneville. Brooke and Matt are both teachers in the Greene County School System. She teaches English language arts and he teaches mathematics.

 

 

 

 

Dorothy “Dotti” Park Range ’45 of Burlington, NC, passed away June 14, 2016. Mrs. Range lived life with zest, enthusiasm and with appreciation for her many blessings, and she served others in many ways with equal enthusiasm. She graduated as salutatorian from Tusculum and continued her studies in history at the University of Tennessee and Tennessee State College. She began her teaching career when she and her husband, Harold, moved to Raleigh, NC, and subsequently to Burlington. She taught at North Carolina School for the Blind in Raleigh, then at EM Holt Elementary School in special needs, returning to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to expand her knowledge as she began teaching Bible studies at both Williams and Cumming high schools. Mrs. Range was active in her church and civic communities. She was a member of Front Street Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and dearly loved her church family. She participated and taught Sunday school, Bible school, Christian Women’s Fellowship as well as serving on the board of trustees and as a deacon and elder. Mrs. Range served as a counselor at Christmount Christian Camp in Black Mountain and was often invited to lead Bible study group in many local churches. Her community activities included League of Women Voters, Lady Lions, Garden Club competitions, Church Women United and Daughters of the American Revolution. Mrs. Range was an avid golfer and enjoyed many other sports and outdoor activities, including bridge, duct pin team bowling at the YMCA and camping with the Girl Scouts as leader. She was active in the Senior Olympics. She also supported and attended the high school athletics games and matches, having been involved in sports in her own high school and college. Her many activities came second to her love of family – too immeasurable to describe.

 

Ken Hood Jr. ’50 of Greeneville, TN, passed away on July 16, 2016, after enjoying 91 years of life. Mr. Hood was one of the more decorated veterans from East Tennessee, having served with the 407th Infantry Regiment of the 102nd “Ozark” Division as a Platoon Sergeant of “Rogers Raiders” during World War II.  After the war, he came to Greene County and opened a photography studio before joining the Greeneville Sun as the newspaper’s first staff photographer in 1950. Mr. Hood worked at the newspaper until he retired in 2007 as its executive editor. He was active in his church, Trinity United Methodist Church, where he served in various capacities through the years. Mr. Hood  also served for several years as a member of the Greeneville City School Board, providing leadership and guidance during the time of desegregation and the construction of Hal Henard Elementary School and Greeneville Middle School. He was a member of the Greeneville Rotary Club for many years until his health precluded him from attending, serving for many years on its board of directors and as an officer of the club. Mr. Hood enjoyed people and kept up with family and friends from near and far through email and Facebook. He was always fascinated with a good gadget and enjoyed keeping up with the latest technologies. He enjoyed telling jokes, teasing his friends, smoking his ever-present pipe, and eating anything chocolate. He was devoted to his family and throughout his life, he invested himself, his values and his work ethic in his family and friends. He will be remembered for his many acts of kindness, his words of encouragement, his firm handshake, his keen sense of humor and his warm, friendly smile.

 

Diane Leslie Russell ’70 of Asheville, NC, passed away June 29, 2016. Mrs. Russell was an educator, businesswoman and church leader. She served as guidance counselor and admissions director at Asheville Country Day School. Mrs. Russell was the founding president and director of Career and Educational Planning Service, which guided the choice of colleges and careers for students and adults. She continued in the field until the end of her life, helping many make mid-life career changes. She was a leader in the Episcopal church and served as senior warden of the vestry at The Cathedral of All Souls. Mrs. Russell led numerous committees in early career planning, teaching and consulting in an educational environment. She served on the education committee of the Western North Carolina Diocese of the Episcopal Church.

 

Carrie Ann LaPolt ’04 of Greeneville, TN, passed away July 10, 2016, due to complications from a brain hemorrhage. Ms. LaPolt was a certified yoga instructor and enjoyed her pets, arts and crafts, and watching Tennessee Volunteer football games. Toward the end of her life, she was embracing a newfound spirituality. Ms. LaPolt attended St. James Lutheran Church and her final act of kindness was to share the gift of life through organ donation.

 

Faculty

Dr. Robert Orr passed away on June 23, 2016, due to injuries received in an automobile accident. Dr. Orr had taught courses related to American history and environmental studies at Tusculum in the 1990s. A local historian with interests in East Tennessee and the Civil War, he had also been a lecturer at the College on numerous occasions. Dr. Orr was a talented musician and had also performed at various College events.

 

 

 

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