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German Women and the Long Shadow of National Socialism lecture to be presented at Tusculum

Posted on 27 March 2017 by

A lecture on “German Women and the Long Shadow of National Socialism” will be held at Tusculum on Wednesday, April 5.

The lecture, presented by Christine Nugent, will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the Chalmers Conference Center in Niswonger Commons on the Greeneville campus. The event is sponsored by the Thomas J. Garland Library and the Tusculum Honors Program.

Nugent’s multimedia presentation presents insights from several interconnected research projects she recently conducted in Germany. The topic of the first portion of her lecture is her oral history interviews of non-Jewish German women who grew up in Nazi Germany, specifically her examination of their memories of the Hitler Youth and the war.

As part of her research, Nugent also interviewed women of the daughter generation, born in the 1950s and 60s, asking them about recollections their mothers had shared with them and the young women of the third generation. In contrast to her earlier interviews, Nugent concentrated this study on immigrant women from Africa, Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and the Middle East.

Excerpts from those interviews shed light on the young women’s perspectives on Germany’s approach to dealing with its National Socialist past.Christine Nugent

Nugent will also share her own impressions of Germany’s present day welcoming culture, exemplified by the refugees and asylum seekers that have flocked to the country since 2015.  The presentation will conclude with remarks about the anti-refugee, right-wing protest movement PEGIDA that Nugent studied in 2016.

In summary, Nugent’s presentation weaves the various strands of her research together for a multifaceted perspective on what she calls “the long shadow of National Socialism.”

Nugent, who grew up in Hamburg, West Germany, is the director of the Pew Learning Center and Ellison Library at Warren Wilson College.  She holds degrees in library science and history from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and Western Carolina University.

Her research focuses on memory studies, concentrating on the transmission of memory from mothers to daughters, and on public memorial culture in Germany.  Her research projects were supported by a fellowship from the Appalachian College Association and by Warren Wilson College.

This event is open to the public and free of charge. This lecture is an Arts and Lecture Series credit event for residential students.


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Tusculum’s Dollie Boyd elected Tennessee Association of Museums president-elect

Posted on 23 March 2017 by

Dollie Boyd, director of Museum Program and Studies of Tusculum, has been elected president-elect of the Tennessee Association of Museums. After a two-year term, she will become president of the statewide organization.

Boyd was elected at this year’s annual conference held in March. She also presented at several sessions at the event.

Boyd’s duties at Tusculum include overseeing the operations of the museums, the Doak House Museum and President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library and the College Archives. She is also responsible for the development and implementation of on-site and outreach curriculum-based school programs offered through the Doak House Museum.

“I am honored to represent East Tennessee in our state organization. TAM does great work supporting and facilitating the work of wonderful museums state-wide. I am looking forward to working with the TAM board in this new role,” said Boyd.

Boyd joined the Tusculum staff in September 2009 as the manager of school programs. In this position, she developed several new curriculum-based offerings for the public and home-school audiences. A native of Franklin County, Tennessee., Boyd taught grades 9-12 from 1994 to 2007, served as a graduate research assistant at the Albert Gore Research Center and was an interpretive ranger at Tims Ford State Park.

Dollie Boyd

She earned her bachelor’s degree in speech and theater with minors in education and history from Middle Tennessee State University and earned her master’s in history/public history in 2013. Boyd has also made several professional presentations at the National Council of Public History, the Southeast Museums Conference, the Tennessee Association of Museums, and Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference.

She has also conducted research and an oral history project on three lost communities in Franklin County, which were inundated through the creation of a Tennessee Valley Authority lake.

The Tennessee Association of Museums was founded in 1960 and fosters communication and cooperation between museums, cultural societies, and other members of common interests. The goal of the association is to inform the public on the importance of understanding and preserving Tennessee’s cultural, historical, and scientific heritage.


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Tusculum Fishing Club secures gift with win

Posted on 14 March 2017 by


Nick Hatfield and Corey Neece accept a check along with Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody for $2,000 from Fishing League Worldwide. The money will be put into the Tusculum Fishing Club program. The financial gift came as a result of the team being one of the top 10 qualifiers at the February 25 YETI FLW College Fishing Southeastern Conference bass tournament on lake Guntersville.

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Old Oak Festival accepting vendor registrations through March 31

Posted on 13 March 2017 by

The deadline for vendors to register to participate in the Tusculum Old Oak Festival is Friday, March 31.

There are limited spaces still available for artisan and crafter booths, and the deadline for reserving a booth is March 31, or until all spaces are filled. The Old Oak Festival returns to Tusculum campus April 21-23.

Featuring a wide variety of music and food and fun, the Old Oak Festival will span across three days, featuring something for everyone, be it live music, theater, arts and crafts or fabulous festival food.

Throughout the weekend on stage, the festival will present the sounds of the region, with a wide variety of music from bluegrass to jazz featuring local vocalists and instrumentalists.

“We are very excited about the wide variety of art and craft vendors that we have committed to this year’s festival,” said David Price, director of music and band programs at Tusculum and coordinator of the festival.

“This year’s vendors offer something for everyone and show off amazing artistic talent from folks in our region and beyond.”

While the list of musical performers is not complete, currently several bands have announced plans to perform and include the Brother Boys, My New Favorites, Shiloh, Ashley Bean, Sigean, the Dread Scots, Poplar Hill Reunion, the Tusculum Jazz Band, the Tusculum Marching Band, the Tusculum Concert Band, the Tusculum Handbell Choir and the Bluegrass Outlaws.

There will also be jam sessions during the festival and visitors are encouraged to bring their instrument and join for a weekend of fun with other musicians.

Workshops for high school students will be held on Friday and include sessions on the Math and Science of Tree Identification, Contemporary Poetry, Instrumental Master Class (Band), Vocal Master Class, Introduction to Programming with Python, Drawing, the Brief Essay or Prose Poem, Medieval Siege Warfare, Songwriting, Playwriting, Political Jeopardy, Flash Fiction, SM-Art! Sensational Mathematical Art, as well as Animation.

Workshops are presented by faculty of Tusculum and other experts in the field.

There is no charge for students to participate in the workshop sessions and lunch will be provided.  Students need to register by Wednesday, April 12. To reserve a spot, contact Kelsey Trom, assistant professor of English at or (423) 636-7420 ext. 5420.

Other special events planned for this year’s festival include an art show at Allison Gallery, student theater productions and literary readings.

There is no fee to attend the festival. Art vendor hours will be Friday from noon until 6 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Entertainment and food continues into the evening, with the final performers ending at 10 p.m.

Service animals are welcome; however, no pets allowed. Coolers, firearms and alcohol are also prohibited on the Tusculum campus property during the festival. Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged.

For updates and more information, visit the website at or on facebook. For more information on registering as a vendor or performer or volunteering at the festival, contact Price at 423-636-7303.


The Old Oak Festival returns to Tusculum campus April 21-23.


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Tusculum hosts local high school students for College Summit

Posted on 10 March 2017 by

Students from the four county high schools were given information to help them prepare for the college application process during the annual College Summit at Tusculum on Friday, March 10.

Eleventh graders from North Greene, South Greene, West Greene and Chuckey-Doak high schools attended the event at Tusculum, hosted by Advise TN. Students also attended a College Fair at Walters State Community College in Greeneville as part of their day.

Advise TN is a college advising and capacity building program developed by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and the Office of Governor Bill Haslam. Advise TN aims to increase the number of Tennesseans accessing higher education by partnering with high schools and providing college advising services to up to 10,000 junior and senior students across Tennessee.

“The ultimate goal of the program is to develop a college-going culture in the Greene County School System,” said Ruth Ann Tipton, a college advisor for Advise TN. “We want every high school student to know they can go to college and that through Tennessee Promise, the financial resources are available to them to make it happen.”

Welcoming the high school students to campus, Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody encouraged the juniors to pursue education following graduation whether it is at a technical school, a community college, a state university or a private college.

Following the opening session, the students met with enrollment representatives who discussed college admission test preparation, college interviews, financial aid and admission processes and college life.

The students were then treated to a tour of the Tusculum campus.


The College Summit at Tusculum on Friday gave local high school students an opportunity to hear first-hand about the college application process from Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody.


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Tusculum College announces Master of Accountancy program

Posted on 07 February 2017 by

Tusculum College has announced a new Master of Accountancy program beginning fall 2017, pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Graduates of the Master of Accountancy program have multiple career options including, but not limited to, forensic accounting, public accounting, auditing and compliance accounting, government accounting, and tax and payroll accounting.

According to Dr. Michael Dillon, dean of the School of Business and associate professor of business, earning a graduate degree in accounting is a common practice for those seeking attainment of a Certified Public Accounting license.

“The Tusculum College Master of Accountancy program was developed to provide students with a deeper and broader accounting education that prepares them for advanced career opportunities and preparation for the new set of CPA exams effective spring 2017,” said Dr. Dillon. “The Master of Accountancy program will be led by faculty that are highly qualified academically, but who also bring their extensive real world experience to the classroom.”

In the State of Tennessee, the requirements for application to complete the Certified Public Accounting examination were changed in March 2016, resulting in the requirement of 150 academic credit hours being removed. To sit for the CPA exam, candidates must now have a baccalaureate or higher degree with a major in accounting or a baccalaureate or higher degree with a major other than accounting which includes at least 30 semester credit hours in accounting (at least 24 credit hours in upper level coursework) and at least 24 semester credit hours in general business. The requirement of 150 academic credit hours is still required for the CPA license.

According to Dr. Dillon, the Tusculum College Master of Accountancy program curriculum was developed based on the announced changes to the 2017 CPA testing requirements.

“The program is an excellent option for new accounting undergraduates,” he said. “The program is also an excellent option for students who earned a business degree with some accounting coursework but need additional upper level accounting hours, or students who completed an undergraduate accounting program but have been out of the classroom for many years and need an up-to-date modern accounting curriculum.”

The Master of Accountancy program will be under Graduate and Professional Studies at Tusculum College.  While most Graduate and Professional Studies are designed for non-traditional, evening students, the Master of Accountancy program will be offered during the day.  Initially, the program will be offered at the Greeneville campus and at the Knoxville Regional Center simultaneously. The program is designed to be a one-year, full-time program beginning in the fall term and ending at the end of the summer term. The curriculum will be delivered during two afternoons each week.


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Tusculum College donates science equipment to Greene County Schools

Tusculum College donates science equipment to Greene County Schools

Posted on 06 February 2017 by

As Tusculum College settles into the new Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math, which opened for classes just after the holiday break, the Greene County School System is benefitting from a donation of science equipment from the old Tredway Hall.

According to Dr. Melissa Keller, assistant professor of biology and chair of the Department of Natural Sciences at Tusculum College, with the new building came the opportunity to purchase new equipment for the college’s science laboratories.

“Much of our new equipment has been custom installed and other items have been replaced with newer versions,” said Dr. Keller. “As a result, we are able to provide items such as microscopes and other equipment to the local school system.”

Dr. Keller added that the college is happy to be able to provide these items to local school science programs and support the work that is done by instructors and teachers in the Greene County School System.

“We realize that it would not have been possible to provide the thousands of dollars of equipment to the teachers without the generous donation by Tusculum,” said Steve Tipton, energy specialist with the Greene County School System. “The Greene County Schools are very appreciative, and much of the equipment has already been put to use in the classrooms.”

Some of the equipment was provided directly to the science departments at the four county high schools, while a “shop” was set up with other equipment that all county school teachers could access and take items that could be used in their classrooms.


Tusculum College has donated a variety of science equipment to the Greene County School System.


Students at West Greene High School display earth science instructional materials donated to the school by Tusculum College. From left are Sharnita Britt, Bayley Conkin and Jessica Cox.

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Valentine’s Dinner and Swing Dance to benefit Tusculum College band program

Posted on 03 February 2017 by

There are still tickets remaining for the Tusculum College Pioneer Jazz Band Valentine’s Day Dinner/Swing Dance benefit on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at the General Morgan Inn. The reception begins at 6 p.m. and dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. The event includes dinner and a performance of the Pioneer Jazz Band, along with special guests.

The Valentine’s Day event is a fundraiser to raise money for much-needed equipment for the entire Tusculum band program, according to David A. Price, director of music at Tusculum College.

“This will be our fourth year for this event and it has proven to be a popular and enjoyable way to celebrate Valentine’s Day,” said Price. “Each year we have had tremendous feedback on the quality of the food, as well as the fun of dancing the night away to the sounds of jazz standards.”

Ticket prices for the event are $55 per person or $400 for a table of eight guests. Both ticket and table purchases provide dance tickets, free dance lessons, an opening reception, dinner and a special dessert. Please call in advance to request a vegetarian substitution. A cash bar will be available and the Tusculum College Band Booster Club will be hosting a silent auction.

The deadline for ticket purchases is Friday, Feb. 10.

Dr. Bob and Christine Thorpe will teach dance lessons starting at 5:30 p.m.  the night of the dinner dance. This year, in preparation for the event, the college is also featuring swing dance lessons on Thursday Feb. 9, in the Chalmers Conference Center in the Niswonger Commons on the Tusculum College campus. The lessons are free to anyone that has tickets and has signed up to attend the event or $10 per person for those who have not purchased tickets to the event.

Valentine’s Day dinner benefit tickets are available for purchase at the General Morgan Inn or by contacting Price at 423-636-7303 or emailing A hotel package special is also available by contacting the General Morgan Inn at 423-787-1000.

Contact Price for special table reservations for larger group seating.

The Pioneer Band Program at Tusculum College began in 2010, with the creation of the Pioneer Pep Band. The Pep Band quickly became a much-enjoyed feature of the 2010 Pioneer football and basketball seasons as it performed at the Pioneer Club tailgate parties before each home football game and during pregame and half-time festivities.

Since that auspicious beginning a concert band, jazz band, marching band, handbell choir and several small ensembles have been added to the college’s original band program. These groups perform on campus several times each year in addition to the community events at which they perform.



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Family Nurse Practitioner White Coat Ceremony

Posted on 31 January 2017 by

Students in the Family Nurse Practitioner program celebrated a milestone with the official White Coat Ceremony. The white coats are bestowed to the students as they begin their clinical training. The cremony was held on Jan. 30, and the event was made possible through a generous gift from Mr. and Mrs. Tom Jessee.


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Tusculum College healthcare management program enrolling for fall

Posted on 31 January 2017 by

Tusculum College has begun accepting applications for the new healthcare management degree program, which will begin fall 2017.

The Bachelor of Science in healthcare management is designed to prepare graduates for entry-level positions that manage day-to-day operations of healthcare organizations by giving them a firm foundation in the core disciplines of healthcare administration and management.

The program with be offered through both the traditional day program and the Graduate and Professional Studies program. The GPS program is a fully online program and may be completed in 21 months.

According to Dr. Lois Ewen, dean of the School of Nursing, Health Sciences and Human Services and professor of nursing, career opportunities for persons holding a Bachelor of Science in healthcare management can be found within a variety of healthcare organizations such as hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health agencies, outpatient facilities and doctors’ offices.

“Healthcare continues to be a dynamic and growing industry. Increased government involvement, new technology and changing population demographics have caused the business of healthcare to evolve, as well,” said Dr. Ewen. “With the industry facing a greater need for quality care, increased competition, decreasing financial reimbursements for provided services and the need to closely monitor costs, healthcare managers and providers are being challenged to operate more like traditional businesses, weighing how their decisions impact the quality of healthcare while assessing them from a business perspective.”

The bachelor’s degree in healthcare management at Tusculum College intentionally combines business and healthcare administration courses with the goal of preparing graduates to take advantage of the healthcare industry’s movement towards a more traditional business model, according to Dr. Michael Dillon, dean of the School of Business and associate professor of business.

The program is designed for anyone who would like to begin a career or advance their current career in healthcare and is a particularly good opportunity for current healthcare employees who have already earned an associate degree in a healthcare technical field but require a bachelor’s degree to seek a managerial position.

According to a survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, careers within the healthcare management field are expected to grow nearly 17 percent through the year 2024, 10 percent faster than the total national employment average, which is 6.5 percent. Additionally, the survey notes the median pay for medical and health service managers is $94,000 per year.


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Tusculum College rolls out master and bachelor programs in talent development

Posted on 30 January 2017 by

Tusculum College has announced two new programs to its academic catalog, the Master of Arts degree in education: talent development and the Bachelor of Arts degree in talent development.

Applications are being accepted now for both programs for the first semester of the programs, scheduled for fall 2017. The master’s program will be offered through the Graduate and Professional Studies program, while the bachelor’s degree program will be offered in both traditional and adult student programs.

According to Dr. Tricia Hunsader, dean of the school of education, career opportunities for persons holding this degree include corporate trainers, project managers, strategic planners, team developers, process analysts and performance improvement consultants, all of which are needed by a wide variety of organizations.

“The curriculum addresses the major segments of the talent development field 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,” said Dr. Hunsader.

The master’s degree program will be exclusively offered in a fully-online format.

The master’s level talent development program is designed to lead students to develop training materials and programs based upon curricular and instructional design best practices, assess organizational needs for enhancing performance, apply adult learning theory and the Instructional System Design model into practice for organizational learning needs, as well as evaluate learning and impact of learning and develop team behaviors and leadership.

The bachelor’s degree program will be offered in two formats, one a fully online program and the other a hybrid program composed of a combination of online coursework and in class instruction.

According to Dr. Hunsader, the bachelor’s degree in talent development at Tusculum College will prepare students to work in organizations as entry level training and talent development. As they work towards the completion of their degree, students will develop skills in human resource development and training, instructional design, curriculum design, leadership, employee evaluation and adult learning.

For more information on these programs or to enroll, contact Katie Tassell, senior enrollment representative, at 888.488.7285.


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Tusculum College math and computer science program for area teachers kicks-off on Feb. 10

Posted on 27 January 2017 by

A new program designed to improve the skills of area high school math and computer science teachers will kick-off at Tusculum College on Friday, Feb. 10.

This marks the first workshop of the Tusculum College Python TEAM2 Project and will include a full-day workshop for computer science and mathematics teachers from 20 area high schools who will spend the day in the new Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math.

Tusculum College has received a $74,991 grant from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission to fund the regional educational effort.

The Tusculum College Python TEAM2 project is designed to enhance the content knowledge, pedagogical skills and pedagogical content knowledge of high school mathematics and computer science teachers in the high-needs school districts surrounding Tusculum College’s home campus in Greene County and its instructional sites in Hamblen and Knox counties.

Participating educators will benefit from five on-site days of professional development in Tusculum College’s Meen Center for Science and Math along with a 10-month online credit-bearing course in the Python computer language. The content focus will be on the use of Python computer programming to solve mathematical problems. Participants will explore mathematical concepts, learn the Python programming language and develop programs to solve the kinds of problems they teach in their high school classrooms.

According to Dr. Tricia Hunsader, dean of the School of Education and professor of education, participants’ growth in content knowledge related to mathematics concepts, programming basics and the Python computer language will be assessed via a pre-test and post-test. Participant surveys will assess teachers’ perceptions of the learning experiences and their growth in content knowledge, pedagogical skills, and pedagogical content knowledge.

“The primary content objectives are to increase high school mathematics and computer science teachers’ knowledge of and practical skills in fundamental mathematical concepts directly applicable to computer programming, essential structures and algorithms used in object-oriented programming, the writing of Python code to solve mathematical problems and numerical methods applicable to the high school mathematics curriculum,” said Dr. Hunsader.

The program is a partnership among Tusculum College’s Department of Mathematics and Computer Science within the School of Arts and Sciences, Tusculum College’s School of Education and regional high-need school systems, which include Greene County, Greeneville City, Hamblen County, Hawkins County, Jefferson County, Knox County and Washington County school districts.

THEC administers this federal program, which was established to provide grants for colleges and universities to develop and implement workshops for K-12 teachers in the areas of mathematics, science and humanities. The purpose is to establish a collaborative planning partnership between higher education and K-12 education for teacher preparation and continuing professional development. – See more at:



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