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

Posted on 26 July 2016 by

Progress continues on the construction of the Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math at Tusculum College, with the exterior brickwork progressing to completion.

According to David Martin, director of facilities for Tusculum College, brick and brick washing is progressing and the drywall is now completed on the ground floor.

Elevators are being installed this week. According to Martin, temporary enclosures have been installed to seal up the building at the large openings in order to condition those areas for lab casework and millwork.

It is expected that the construction will be completed by the end of the year and will be ready for utilization when students return for spring semester 2017.

The Meen Center for Science and Math, expected to be completed in January 2017, will be a four-story structure of approximately 100,000 square feet. Interiors include wings for biology, chemistry, mathematics, computer science and environmental science. There will also be lab space and research areas for both faculty and students.

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


Brickwork is nearing completion on the Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math at Tusculum College. Completion of the construction is expected by the end of the year.


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Tusculum College is a stop on the Tennessee Civil War Trail

Posted on 25 July 2016 by

Summer is in full swing and what better time to check out local and regional history by hitting the Tennessee Civil War Trail. There are seven sites in Greeneville, including Tusculum College.

The President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library (Old College), as well as the College itself is part of the state wide history trail. An interpretive sign in front of the museum details the College’s experience during the Civil War and provides information about Andrew Johnson’s connection to the college.

Located in the oldest building on campus “proper,” the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library houses exhibits and personal artifacts of the Johnson family as well as Andrew Johnson’s personal library. This museum also serves as the repository for the college archives. Tusculum College is the oldest college in Tennessee and the 23rd oldest permanent college in the country.

The “Scholars then Soldiers: Tusculum College and the American Civil War” exhibit opened in 2012. The student-created exhibit features information about the 19 alumni who fought during the war and the effect that the Civil War had on Tusculum College, including the merger with Greeneville College that had most of its assets destroyed due to the conflicts. This exhibit won an Award of Excellence from the Tennessee Association of Museums.

The Tennessee Civil War Trails is part of the national Civil War Trails program that has installed nearly 800 markers at Civil War sites in the country to increase awareness of these sites and enhance tourism to the sites. Driving tours of sites have been created. Maps and other information about the Tennessee trails can be found at

Other Civil War Trail sites in Greene County include the Battle of Blue Springs, the death of General John Hunt Morgan, the Dickson-Williams Mansion, the hangings at the Depot, the Pottertown bridge burners and Greene Conty’s role as a Unionist stronghold. Each of these is marked with an interpretive sign.

Tennessee is the only state designated in its entirety as a Civil War Heritage Area and is second to Virginia in number of Civil War sites. When Tennessee entered the program, the goal was to have at least one marker in all 95 counties.

Participating in trail programs covering the various topics that touch local history and attractions helps draw new visitors to the region who may not have planned to visit otherwise.



Civil War Trail sign at the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library


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Higher education for veterans offered tuition-free at Tusculum College through Yellow Ribbon program

Posted on 25 July 2016 by

Veterans of all branches of the U.S. Military can get their bachelor’s or master’s degree at Tusculum College tuition-free with the College’s participation in the federal Yellow Ribbon program.

The voluntary “Yellow Ribbon” program, commonly referred to as the New GI Bill, makes it possible for eligible veterans who meet the college’s admissions requirements to attend tuition-free.

“Tusculum College has a long history of providing programs that allow the adult student to achieve their dream of higher education while balancing the responsibilities of career and family,” said LeAnn Hughes, vice president for enrollment management and marketing and director of Graduate and Professional Studies at Tusculum College. “With the Yellow Ribbon program we can provide the opportunity to the men and women who have served our country and do it in a way that meets the needs of their current life situation.”

Formally known as the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, the Yellow Ribbon program is an effort to pay for veterans’ college expenses to a similar extent that the original GI Bill did after World War II by providing for payment of tuition and fees, a housing allowance and a stipend for books and supplies. The program is available for eligible veterans who have served at least three years on active military duty, or at least 30 days for someone released for a service-connected disability, since September 11, 2001.

“We are proud to participate in the Yellow Ribbon program and sincerely hope that we will have the opportunity to serve many of the returning veterans in our areas,” said Tusculum College President Dr. Nancy Moody. “With the variety of locations, programs, majors, degrees and scheduling options offered at Tusculum College, we are uniquely suited to serve those who educational path was interrupted or who are considering higher education for the first time.”

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

Tusculum College has long offered assistance to veterans returning to higher education and for information on the Yellow Ribbon program or others assistance provided by the College, contact the Veterans For more information, contact Pat Simons, veterans affairs coordinator, at


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Tusculum College is ACT Residual Testing Site

Posted on 20 July 2016 by

Tusculum College, as an ACT Residual Testing Site, will offer the college preparatory assessment test at times other than the six nationally scheduled testing dates.

As a residual testing site, Tusculum can offer the ACT college preparatory assessment test to students who were unable to take the ACT on one of the regularly scheduled testing dates. Students who are enrolled, have been admitted or have applied to Tusculum will be able to take the test at the college.

Residual testing is treated in a different manner by ACT, Inc., the company that administers the test. ACT will send student reports from residual tests only to the college where the test was taken, and students cannot order score reports be sent to any other college. Students taking the test are required to present identification to the testing center and may not take the test within 60 days of previously taking the ACT test.

The ACT is America’s most widely accepted college entrance and is a requirement for admission to Tusculum College. The ACT exam is also a requirement for all students who are juniors in high school in Tennessee.

The cost of taking the residual test at Tusculum is $40, and each testing date will be limited to 15 people on a first come/first serve basis. Students must apply to take the test and return the application by a pre-set deadline to confirm registration for the test.

Tusculum is an approved national testing site, and the college administers the test on the six national testing dates. The next national testing date will be Saturday, Sept. 10, with a registration deadline of Aug. 5. A full list of test dates may be found at Students taking the test on these dates can request that their scores be sent to multiple colleges.

Applications for taking the ACT can be requested by contacting Melissa Ripley, executive director of enrollment management operations and traditional admission, in the Office of Admission, at 423-636-7374 or by writing P. O. Box 5051, Greeneville, TN 37743.


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Doak House Museum to host Herbs & Crafts mini-workshop on July 29

Posted on 19 July 2016 by

The Doak House Museum at Tusculum College will host an Herbs & Crafts mini-workshop on Friday, July 29, from 6-8 p.m. The workshop provides participants the opportunity to explore the Doak House herb beds, take cuttings and make an herb spritz using essential oils.

Following the workshop, participants will visit the inside the 1830s home to make a special 19th century toy or craft to take home. There is no charge for the workshop; however a $5 donation per family is suggested.

Contact Katie Kelly at 423-636-8554 or for more information.


Participants in the Herbs & Crafts Workshop at the Doak House Museum will explore the Doak House herb beds and make a craft to take home.


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Tusculum College receives grant from Women’s Fund of East Tennessee

Posted on 18 July 2016 by

The Women’s Fund of East Tennessee has awarded a $12,250 grant to Tusculum College for a first generation college student mentoring program, The Women’s Search for Success and Self-Sufficiency program.

The Women’s Fund of East Tennessee will provide funding for the program to assist low-income, high school, first-generation college women to complete high school, enroll in college and then complete a college degree. Funding will provide for 18 rising freshmen, sophomore and junior high school women to attend a five-day, residential institute at Tusculum College.

Students from Carter, Cocke, Greene and Unicoi counties will be eligible.

“Since we began making grants four years ago, the Women’s Fund has made 23 grant awards totaling more than $300,000 to 16 deserving organizations serving all 25 counties in our service region,” said Judy Ingala, chair of the Women’s Fund of East Tenenssee Grants and Research Committee.

“We not only believe in providing financial support, but also want to shine the light on Tusculum College to help raise awareness, create publicity and new volunteer opportunities for this great community organization.”

Tusculum College is working with its Talent Search program to expand the Women’s Search for Success and Self-Sufficiency program, now in its third year. The Talent Search program seeks to empower underrepresented participants with the tools to achieve academic and personal success. The program accomplishes this goal through interventions to assist low-income and first-generation participants to finish high school, enter, and complete a program of post-secondary education.

The goal of the Women’s Search for Success and Self-Sufficiency program is to help girls in East Tennessee learn various life, education, and work-related skills. Various workshops are implemented to instruct participants in areas such as financial literacy, basic social skills, cognitive skills, job- and college-searching, basic employment skills and employment transitions.

Talent Search professional staff, Arts Outreach staff, Tusculum College’s Financial Aid and Career Services staff, Student Support Services, area financial advisors, etiquette coaches, hair and make-up specialists, health department officials and law enforcement officials will conduct the workshops training and activities.

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

According to Dr. Moody, 75 percent of Tusculum College students call Appalachia home, 46 percent are the first in their family to attend college and 66 percent are Pell Grant eligible, the students with the greatest financial need.

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

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

Because of the partnership with the Talent Search program, participants in the Women’s Search for Success and Self-Sufficiency will continue to be mentored, monitored, and guided throughout high school and college by professional staff and identified mentors. Skill attainments will be measured utilizing pre- and post-tests. A pre-test will be administered at the beginning of the summer institute and a post-test and the end of the week-long institute. Items on the test will cover topics including personal appearance and hygiene, personal safety, leadership, communication, and critical thinking skills, and financial literacy.

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


From left are Michelle Arbogast, associate director of foundation and donor relations at Tusculum College, Jessica Broyles, Sydnee McLaughlin, Mikenzie Rednour, Alexandra Reynoso, Madison Cole, Adrianna Aldrich, Judy Ingala, Women's Fund of East Tennessee Board Member, Heather Tunnell, assistant director of Talent Search at Tusculum College, Cynthia Burnley, Women's Fund of East Tennessee Board Member, Nita Summers, Women's Fund of East Tennessee Board Member, Courtney Workman, Megan Keasling, Brooke Woods, BreAnna Crawford, Vanessa Dubberly, Abigaile White, Brianna Johnson and Hannah Smith.


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Professor David Frazier attends computer programming security workshop

Posted on 07 July 2016 by

David Frazier, chair of the Residential College of Business and assistant professor of computer science, was selected to attend the 2016 Security Education (SEED) workshop on computer programming security at Syracuse University.

The workshop, funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, focuses on ways to teach programming students how to avoid the most common security related problems.

According to Frazier, this is accomplished by going through a series of labs that show how poorly written programs can be compromised and showing ways to correct them.

The National Science Foundation funds the SEED labs and the on-campus training workshops. The lab exercises used in the workshops are developed at Syracuse University and used all over the world for computer and information security education.


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Farewell reception planned for Captain Sam and Emily Doak at Tusculum College on July 19

Posted on 07 July 2016 by

The community is invited to join Tusculum College in saying a fond farewell to Captain Sam and Emily Doak as they prepare to move to Virginia. A reception will be held on Tuesday, July 19, at 3 p.m. in the Pioneer Perk in the Niswonger Commons on the Greeneville campus.

Friends are invited to celebrate the legacy of the Doak family and what they have meant not only to Tusculum College, but the community at large.

Capt. Sam (USN Ret.) '49 H'14 and Emily Doak

“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 a member of the Tusculum College family, Captain Doak has served as director of alumni affairs and as a valued and influential member of the Tusculum College Board of Trustees. He is 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.

Emily Doak has served as hostess at the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library and the Doak House Museum. Both she and Captain Doak are active and dedicated members of the Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church and maintain a relationship with First Presbyterian Church of Greeneville.

“As friends, supporters and neighbors of the College, their presence on campus has been continually felt, as they are frequently seen supporting art programs, athletic events, lecture programs and other outreach programs of the College,” said Dr. Moody. “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.”

Contact Barb Sell at or 636-7303 for more information and to RSVP.


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Congressman Phil Roe visits Tusculum College visits Upward Bound students at Tusculum College

Posted on 29 June 2016 by

Tusculum College welcomed Congressman Phil Roe to campus on Tuesday, June 28. Roe visited the campus to learn more about the college preparation programs offered by Tusculum College through the TRIO program and had a chance to hear some personal success stories.

TRIO includes three federally funded programs, Talent Search, Upward Bound and Student Support Services. These programs serve regional students who are from low-income backgrounds and if they attend college, will be first-generation college students.

While on campus, Congressman Roe visited Upward Bound students from across the region, encouraging them to stick with their education and continue on to higher education.

Dr. Roe represents Tennessee’s First District and currently serves on the federal Education and Labor Committee. He expressed a great deal of interest in programs that encourage young people to continue their education after high school. He shared his own educational experiences as well.

Dr. Roe met with students currently in the Upward Bound program and with several of those who had completed the program. Courtney Morgan is working this summer as a resident assistant in the program that she credits with changing the direction of her life.

A first generation college student now with an associate degree from Walters State Community College and working on her social work degree at East Tennessee State University, Morgan explained to Congressman Roe why the Upward Bound program had meant so much to her.

“I didn’t see myself as someone who would go to college. No one in my family had ever gone to college. Upward Bound showed me that I need something like this in my life and it prepared me,” she said, adding that her academic performance has improved over what it was in her high school years.

Dr. Roe also met with the Chris Burns, who graduated from Tusculum College in 2014 and is currently working on a master’s degree in counseling at Carson-Newman University. Burns explained how the Student Support Services program made a difference in his life.

“Student Support Services opened the doors to a lot of opportunities,” said Burns, adding that coming from an economically-challenged background, being able to borrow textbooks and have access to travel program helped him stay in school. He said it also introduced him to a group of students who had similar experiences as goals.

“It helped me by taking away the stress of how I was going to pay for things like textbooks, but it also helped me socially and that mattered when things got rough.”  He added that the program introduced him to the idea of additional education after his bachelor’s degree.

“They really encouraged all of us to think about continuing our education,” he said. Through the program, he was able to make campus visits to several schools offering graduate programs before deciding to attend Carson-Newman.

Of the three programs, Talent Search begins the earliest, with students entering the program in the sixth grade.

“We begin monitoring the courses that they take, working with students on attainable goal setting and taking them on college visits,” said Jeanne Stokes, director of TRIO programs.

Upward Bound, which serves high school students and is currently in summer session on the Greeneville campus, brings the students to the college to learn and experience life on a college campus. Students take courses and live on campus. They learn to deal with roommates and experience eating in the cafeteria.

“Our programs are very much set up like a college program,” said Stokes. “We offer courses for them to choose from, including “Creative Writing,” “Forensic Science,” “Navigating Math” and “Photography.”

The third of the TRIO programs is Student Support Services and provides a wide array of academic support services to at-risk students once they are enrolled as a Tusculum College student. Services include tutoring and counseling, among other services.



Congressman Phil Roe visited students in the Upward Bound program at Tusculum College, hearing personal success stories from students who benefited from programs offered through Tusculum’s TRIO program. From left are Dr. Ron May, vice president for Academic Affairs, Congressman Roe, Jeanne Stokes, director of the TRIO program, and Courtney Morgan, graduate of the Upward Bound program.


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Tusculum College is collection site for West Virginia flood relief; donation deadline is July 1

Posted on 28 June 2016 by

Tusculum College in Greene County will serve as a collection site for victims of the West Virginia floods, which have devastated the area, leaving thousands in need of assistance.

Collections are underway to be taken to West Virginia. Anyone willing to donate items may contact or call 423.636.7300 and ask for Courtney Washburn, coordinator for the Center for Civic Advancement at Tusculum College. Drop offs must be made by Friday, July 1, by 4 p.m. and drops may be made at the Niswonger Commons Living Room on the Greeneville campus.

Water is the number one item needed. Other specifically requested items include: packaged nonperishable breakfast items that do not require heating, including granola bars, pop tarts, etc.; cleaning supplies, including trash bags, heavy rubber gloves, bleach, tarps, shovels, bins, and trash cans; baby diapers and wipes.

There are three additional locations in Johnson City accepting donations. These include: Downtown Farming, located at 221 Cherry Street, accepting bottled water, bleach and other cleaning supplies, trash bags, tarps, nonperishable food items, and pet food; The Willow Tree Coffee House, located at 216 E Main Street, accepting diapers, diaper wipes, toiletries, basic first aid supplies, clean summer clothing, shoes, blankets and kid’s art supplies and books; and Shakti in the Mountains, located at 409 E. Unaka Ave., accepting feminine hygiene and personal care products, and baby/child care products including but not limited to: diapers, diaper wipes, diaper cream, formula, packaged nonperishable healthy snacks for children and baby food.

Donation sites in surrounding areas are still being sought. Groups, churches or organizations interested in serving as a volunteer drop off point should email The final donation drop off must be made no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, July 1. Items will be delivered to a relief station in Fayetteville, West Virginia, on Saturday, July 2.

Anyone interested in assisting with transportation costs, may make monetary donations to the Appalachian RC&D Council at the Downtown Farming collection site or to send money directly to organizations helping the victims, either of the following two sites may be used: United Way of Greenbrier Valley at; and Red Cross: 1-800-RedCross or online at and select “donate funds.”



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Picnic with the Doaks event set for June 24

Posted on 15 June 2016 by

The community is invited to join the Doak Family on Friday, June 24, to celebrate the legacy of the Doak family and the Doak House Museum in the community.

The event, which will begin at 5 p.m., will feature a catered picnic, followed by the museum’s monthly old-time music jam session, Pickin’ at the Doaks, beginning at 6 p.m.

The museum’s staff will be providing free house tours and collecting contact information for a future oral history project that will document Tusculum College and family history.

“In the next year, the museum department will begin an oral history project that focuses on the Doak family and the relationship that community members have to Tusculum College and the Doak House,” said Dollie Boyd, director of museums. “Over the years, the people in this area have visited the historic home as guests of the family, worked on one of its restorations, dined in the home when it was a restaurant, visited on field trips and had their pictures made here to document important life moments.

“We also want to hear from alumni and college community members about their time at Tusculum. Preserving local history is an important aim of this project.”

The museum is located at 690 Erwin Highway, Greeneville, TN. The event is free and open to the public, although RSVPs are appreciated.

Contact the museum at 423-636-8554 or email for more information.


Pickin’ at the Doaks jam sessions draw musicians from around the area and spectators alike.


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Tusculum College announces alumni travel program

Posted on 08 June 2016 by

A Viking River cruise will kick off the new alumni travel program at Tusculum College, according to Heather Patchett, vice president of Institutional Advancement. The inaugural event will be an eight-day cruise on Rhine River scheduled for April 2017.

Tusculum College is partnering with Kristin Small of Cruise Planners to manage the new travel program.

“The goal of the program is to continue the educational relationship between our alumni and the college,” said Patchett.  “Traveling together in a relaxed setting will foster bonds between our alumni and encourage learning in an informal setting.”

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, said Small. “You can stroll the streets and explore the markets, churches and museums. We will have an opportunity to visit Amsterdam, Cologne, Heidelberg and Strasbourg.”

For more information about the Alumni Travel Program please contact Joni Parker, Office of Alumni Relations at 423-636-7303.


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