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Old Oak Festival to feature fine arts and crafts, music and more, April 25-27

Posted on 11 April 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

The 2014 Old Oak Festival will feature fine arts and crafts from more than 80 vendors as the revived festival makes its return to the Tusculum College campus on April 25-27.

The arts and music festival will span three days and will feature something for everyone including music, art, theater and creative writing, as well as gallery and museum exhibits.

The juried arts and crafts show will feature more than 80 vendors and will offer everything from watercolor painting to handmade quilts to stained glass.

“Visitors will have a wide variety of items to choose from, including an assortment of handmade jewelry and wood crafts, chainmail jewelry by Marci Million, paper-mache sculptures by Fran Church, candle accessories by W & J Scents and wind chimes. Demonstrations will also be conducted on pottery, blacksmithing and cooking,” said David Price, director of music at Tusculum College and festival coordinator.

A parade, hands-on activities, impromptu performances and other surprises are planned throughout the festival. A new event will be the opportunity to step up and test your conducting skills. The Tusculum College concert band will be set up on Saturday afternoon from 1-1:20 p.m. and will play for any conductor willing to try his or her hand at directing the musicians.

At 2 p.m. on Saturday, there will be pizza dough tossing lessons, and local celebrity chef Jan Charles will be conducting a cooking workshop at 3 p.m. in Chalmers Conference Center. She will be providing tips on cooking high-quality family meals on a fixed budget.

The festival will also feature a number of local and regional writers, including Barry Blair, Emory Rhea Raxter, Joe Tennis, Keith Bartlett, Matilda Green and Peggy Dorris. There will be two literary readings during the festival. The first will feature Wayne Lee Thomas, associate professor of English and chair of the Fine Arts Department at Tusculum College. Joining Thomas on the Thursday evening program will be Joseph Borden, senior creative writing major at Tusculum from Lyles. The event will begin at 7 p.m. and will be held at the Shulman Center. Borden is the winner of this year’s Curtis Owens Literary Awards for poetry, fiction and script writing.

On Friday, April 25, at 4 p.m., poet Richard Greenfield will be the featured reader. He will be joined by Britany Menken, a senior creative writing major from Maryville. Menken is this year’s Curtis Owens Literary Award winner for non-fiction.

In addition to artist vendors and music performances throughout the day on Friday and Saturday, there will be three performances during the festival of “Twelve Angry Men,” presented by Theatre-at-Tusculum under the direction of Frank Mengel, the technical director of the Arts Outreach program. Show times are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Performances will be held in the Behan Arena Theatre in the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Center.

A new event for this year’s festival will be the Tusculum College Old Oak Festival Annual Bed Race. The event, which features decorative, competitive racing beds, will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Two trophies will be conferred, one for most creative entry and the other for the winner of the speed competition. For more information, contact Barb Sell at bsell@tusculum.edu.

The college’s Allison Gallery will be open throughout the weekend, featuring the Tusculum College print collection, “Under the Old Oak.” A closing reception for the exhibition will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 26.

The festival will present the sounds of the region, with a wide variety of music from bluegrass to jazz to local vocalists and musicians. Pickin’ at the Doaks, which is a traditional music jam session, will be held at the Doak House Museum on Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at noon. Saturday’s performance will be a special session with a surprise guest.

Highlights of the performance schedule will be Americana band Annabelle’s Curse and Appalachian Reggae artists Ras Allen and the Lions who will perform on Friday evening. Saturday evening will feature two classic rock bands, Shiloh and the Kevin Wilder Group.

Other performers will include Tusculum College student groups, Capgun Alliance, fiddler Carson Peters, Charles Tunstall, Claxton Creek, Curtis and Jim Moneyhun, Fire Cry, Frankie B. & the New Chronic Dream, Jessica Koenig, Hinkle & Cable, Jimmie D. and the JDB, Joyce Carroll, the Kevin Wilder Group, Living Testament, Lonesome Pine, the Madisons, the Matt Sanders Group, Mike Joy, Shiloh Road, Step Cousins, Steven Brown, the Thursday Night Boys, Think Floyd and Zack Wampler.

Both the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library and the Doak House Museum will be open on Friday and Saturday to visitors during the festival and will have special activities planned for adults and children.

At 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, there will be a lantern-lit tour of the Tusculum College buildings listed on the National Historic Register. From 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library will feature the “Reaper: Nettie Fowler McCormick and the Machine that Built Tusculum College” exhibit. This exhibit explores the changes wrought by the mechanical harvest and explores the context through which Mrs. McCormick viewed her philanthropic mission.

The festival will feature children’s activities on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and again on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Throughout the weekend there will be storytelling performances on stage and around the festival grounds by Judy Butterfly Farlow, Jim Foote, Gregg Harrell, Saundra Kelley, Sherril Miller, Marci “The Entertainer” Nimick, Majorie “Mother Goose” Shaefer and Libby Tipton.

Llamas from the Walnut Ridge Llama Farm, previous favorites of the festival, will visit the Tusculum College campus over the weekend, with Walnut Ridge Llama Farm products available for purchase.

A Sunday highlight will be an outdoor chapel service beginning at 11 a.m. designed to re-create the feel of the frontier church experience. The service is open to the public and will be followed by traditional and contemporary gospel music performances throughout the day.

Food selection will include festival favorites, such as homemade strawberry shortcake, Philly cheese steak, and Amish doughnuts.

The festival is being coordinated by a committee of college and community representatives who are working to promote arts and music in the East Tennessee region. There are limited spaces still available for artisan and crafter booths. There is no fee to attend the festival. Artisan vendor hours will be Friday from noon until 6 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10-4 p.m. For more information, contact Price at 423-636-7303.

Service animals are welcome; however, no pets allowed. Coolers and alcohol are also prohibited during the festival.

For updates and more information, visit the website at www.oldoakfestival.org or on Facebook at www.facebook/OldOakFestival.

 

Talon Kidwell, a visitor at the 2013 Old Oak Festival, found the llamas from the Walnut Ridge Llama Farm a highlight of the weekend attraction.

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Popular choral work, “Rutter’s Requiem,” to be focus of lecture Tuesday, April 22

Posted on 09 April 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

One of today’s best loved and most performed choral works will be the focus of a lecture on Tuesday, April 22, at Tusculum College as Dr. David Hendricksen presents “Death, Music and Rutter’s Requiem.”

Hendricksen’s presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in the choir room (Room 46) on the lower level of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building (side entrance) on the Tusculum campus.

The lecture is conjunction with the spring concert by the Tusculum College Community Chorus, which will feature the “Requiem” by John Rutter. The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 5, in the auditorium in the Annie Hogan Byrd building. Hendricksen, adjunct professor of music at Tusculum who also led the 2006 Theologian-in-Residence lecture series, is the director of the Community Chorus.

In his lecture, Hendricksen will first consider the context of what a requiem is. Love and death have been two of the most significant subjects artists have addressed in their works through history.  For many centuries, composers have written requiems to mark the passage from life to death to the mystery of life after death.
The musical traditions established prior to the composition of John Rutter’s “Requiem,” including music by Mozart, Brahms, Verdi, Faure and other composers will be examined. Hendricksen will explore the ways in which Rutter’s composition both sustains that tradition and departs from it.

The lecture is part of Tusculum College Arts Outreach’s Acts, Arts, Academia 2013-14 performance and lecture series.  Admission is $6. Tusculum College faculty, staff and students are admitted free with valid Tusculum identification card.

For more information, please contact Tusculum College Arts Outreach at 423-798-1620, or email jhollowell@tusculum.edu.

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Community theater interest meeting draws about 60 people

Posted on 09 April 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

A definite interest exists for creating a community theater group in Greeneville and Greene County.

Nearly 60 people attending a meeting Sunday afternoon enthusiastically discussed their support and interest in a local community effort to establish a theatrical group for Greeneville and Greene County.

The meeting was scheduled to gauge interest in the formation of a community theater group for the local community and discussion ranged from expressing individual visions for a local community theater group to types of theater productions and possible venues. Those attending represented a wealth of theatrical experience, from actors to directors, dancers to choreographers, stagehands to setbuilders, along with those who enjoy live theater.

A second meeting is scheduled for Saturday, May 3, to discuss the next steps for the formation of a community theater group, including its structural organization and leadership and a mission statement. The meeting will be at 2 p.m. in Room 46 of the lower level of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building.

Facilitating the meeting was Marilyn duBrisk, artist-in-residence and director of Tusculum College Arts Outreach, with assistance from Brian Ricker, assistant to the director of Arts Outreach. duBrisk emphasized that Arts Outreach wish to help facilitate the discussion and provide assistance but does not want to take a leadership role in the actual organization effort.

In her experience, duBrisk noted, community groups that succeed are those that start at the grass roots level and grow from that solid base.

Ideas were not in short supply about what a community theater could be. Several people mentioned children’s theatrical productions, acting and training classes and non-musical plays as they expressed their vision of what the community theater could provide.

Also mentioned were productions that would reach out to all parts of the community, dinner theater, use of both small and large venues and a self-contained school for the arts.

In addition, brainstorming also yielded a number of options available for the development of a community theater group.

Again, ideas varied. Several people spoke of the need for education through school programs and working with home-school groups to introduce students to live theater. Also mentioned was seeking advice and guidance from successful community theater groups in the region.

Possible venues for productions, including Dogwood Park, the Crescent Building Auditorium and the Capitol Theatre, were also discussed.

High quality productions are a necessity for any community theater to succeed, it was agreed.

In addition, Organizational structure, leadership, venues, rehearsal space, financial issues and creating a mission statement were mentioned, all issues which will be discussed further at the May 3 meeting.

Anyone who was unable to attend Sunday’s meeting and is interested in the community theater group is encouraged to attend the May 3 meeting.

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Borden and Menken win 2014 Owens Literary Prize competition

Borden and Menken win 2014 Owens Literary Prize competition

Posted on 04 April 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College students Joseph Borden and Britany Menken  are the winners of the 2014 Curtis and Billie Owens Literary Prize, which is given annually to recognize the literary achievements of the college’s creative writing students.

Menken, a senior from Maryville who won the competition’s nonfiction category, submitted a work titled “A Girl, Not the Girl.”

Borden, who won the competition’s fiction, poetry and scriptwriting categories, submitted a fiction piece titled “Hell or High Water” and poems titled “We Should Have Rained,” “Clockstop Blues,” “Down in the Valley,” “For Austin, Long Age,” “It’s Seasonal,” “Like Clockwork” and “On the Line.” He also submitted a script titled “Backover.” Borden is a senior from Lyles.

Of the four categories, fiction, nonfiction, poetry and scriptwriting, four students received an honorable mention for the works they each submitted. Madilyn Elliot, a sophomore from Johnson City, was recognized for “Lenses” in the fiction category, Ginny Lay, a senior from Laurel Bloomery, was recognized for “Snake, Drop, and Roll” in the non-fiction category, Melissa’s Mauceri, a senior from Pigeon Forge, was recognized for “Madness is Genius” and “I Pray to the Lord My Soul to Keep” in the poetry category and Caitlin Hobgood, a sophomore from Greeneville was recognized for her script, “Losing Face.”

The winners’ works will be included in a publication to be released during the 2014 Old Oak Festival, April 25-27.

The literary award was established by Curtis Owens, a 1928 graduate of Tusculum College who went on to a teaching career at what is now Pace University in New York, and his wife, Billie.  He and his wife established the Owens Award at his alma mater to encourage and reward excellence in writing among Tusculum College students.

The announcement of the winners was made during a reading by scriptwriter David Muschell. Muschell served as the judge for the final round of competition. The reading was part of the annual Humanities Series, sponsored by the Tusculum College English Department.

Muschell has won awards for his plays from MultiStages in New York City, Stage 3 Theatre in Sonoma, Calif., Feedback Books in Bloomington, Ill., The Southeast Playwright’s Project, The Deep South New Play Contest, The Beverly Hills Theatre Guild and The Alleyway Theatre in Buffalo, N.Y.

Thirteen of his plays have been published, including “The Jesus Trip” by Baker’s Plays of Boston, “Mixed Emotions” by the Dramatic Publishing Company and “The Invisible Princess” by Brooklyn Publishers. His work has been produced in 23 states, Canada and Japan.

From left to right, Madilyn Elliot, Caitlin Hobgood, Britany Menken, Playwright David Muschell, Ginny Lay, Joseph Borden and Melissa Mauceri.

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Old Oak Festival returns to Tusculum College April 25-27

Posted on 03 April 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

The 2014 Old Oak Festival will feature fine arts and crafts from more than 60 vendors as the revived festival makes its return to the Tusculum College campus on April 25-27.

The arts and music festival will span three days and will feature something for everyone including music, art, theater and creative writing, as well as gallery and museum exhibits.

The juried arts and crafts show will feature more than 60 vendors and will offer everything from watercolor painting to handmade quilts.

“Visitors will have a wide variety of items to choose from, including custom jewelry, wood crafts, handmade furniture and sculptures. Demonstrations will also be conducted on pottery, blacksmithing and cooking,” said David Price, director of music at Tusculum College and festival coordinator.

At 2 p.m. on Saturday, there will be pizza dough tossing lessons, and local celebrity chef Jan Charles will be conducting a cooking workshop at 3 p.m. in Chalmers Conference Center. She will be providing tips on cooking high-quality family meals on a fixed budget.

The festival will also feature a number of local and regional writers, including Barry Blair, Emory Rhea Raxter, Joe Tennis, Keith Bartlett, Matilda Green and Peggy Dorris. There will be two literary readings during the festival. The first will feature Wayne Lee Thomas, associate professor of English and chair of the Fine Arts Department at Tusculum College. Joining Thomas on the Thursday evening program will be Joseph Borden, senior creative writing major at Tusculum from Lyles. The event will begin at 7 p.m. and will be held at the Shulman Center. Borden is the winner of this year’s Curtis Owens Literary Awards for poetry, fiction and script writing.

During the weekend of the Old Oak Festival, there will be roving entertainment including storytellers such as Mother Goose (Marjorie Shaefer), as well as musicians, re-enactors, puppeteers and more.

On Friday, April 25, at 4 p.m., poet Richard Greenfield will be the featured reader. He will be joined by Britany Menken, a senior creative writing major from Maryville. Menken is this year’s Curtis Owens Literary Award winner for non-fiction.

In addition to artist vendors and music performances throughout the day on Friday and Saturday, there will be three performances during the festival of “Twelve Angry Men,” presented by Theatre-at-Tusculum under the direction of Frank Mengel, the technical director of the Arts Outreach program. Show times are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Performances will be held in the Behan Arena Theatre in the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Center.

A new event for this year’s festival will be the Tusculum College Old Oak Festival Annual Bed Race. The event, which features decorative, competitive racing beds, will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Two trophies will be conferred, one for most creative entry and the other for the winner of the speed competition. For more information, contact Barb Sell at bsell@tusculum.edu.

The college’s Allison Gallery will be open throughout the weekend, featuring the Tusculum College print collection, “Under the Old Oak.” A closing reception for the exhibition will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 26.  Throughout the weekend, the Tusculum Digital Media Department will be hosting video game competitions.

The festival will present the sounds of the region, with a wide variety of music from bluegrass to jazz to local vocalists and musicians. Pickin’ at the Doaks, which is a traditional music jam session, will be held at the Doak House Museum on Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at noon. Saturday’s performance will be a special session with a surprise guest.

Highlights of the performance schedule will be Americana band Annabella’s Curse and Appalachian Reggae artist Ras Allen who will perform on Friday evening. Saturday evening will feature two classic rock bands, Shiloh and the Kevin Wilder Group.

Other performers will include Tusculum College student groups, Capgun Alliance, fiddler Carson Peters, Claxton Creek, Curtis and Jim Moneyhun, Fire Cry, Frankie B. & the New Chronic Dream, Jimmie D., Joyce Carroll, Living Testament, Lonesome Pine, Mike Joy, Shiloh Road, Step Cousins, Steven Brown, the Madisons, the Matt Sanders Group, the Thursday Night Boys, Think Floyd and Zack Wampler.

Both the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library and the Doak House Museum will be open on Friday and Saturday to visitors during the festival and will have special activities planned for adults and children.

At 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, there will be a lantern-lit tour of the Tusculum College buildings listed on the National Historic Register. From 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library will feature the “Reaper: Nettie Fowler McCormick and the Machine that Built Tusculum College” exhibit. This exhibit explores the changes wrought by the mechanical harvest and explores the context through which Mrs. McCormick viewed her philanthropic mission.

The festival will feature children’s activities on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and again on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Through out the weekend there will be storytelling performances on stage and around the festival grounds.

Llamas from the Walnut Ridge Llama Farm, previous favorites of the festival, will visit the Tusculum College campus over the weekend, with Walnut Ridge Llama Farm products available for purchase.

A Sunday highlight will be an outdoor chapel service beginning at 11 a.m. designed to re-create the feel of the frontier church experience. The service is open to the public and will be followed by traditional and contemporary gospel music performances throughout the day.

Food selection will include festival favorites, such as homemade strawberry shortcake, Philly cheese steak, and Amish doughnuts.

The festival is being coordinated by a committee of college and community representatives who are working to promote arts and music in the East Tennessee region. There are limited spaces still available for artisan and crafter booths. 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 1-4 p.m. For more information, contact Price at 423-636-7303.

Service animals are welcome; however, no pets allowed. Coolers and alcohol are also prohibited during the festival.

For updates and more information, visit the website at www.oldoakfestival.org or on Facebook at www.facebook/OldOakFestival.

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Tusculum College names LeAnn Hughes vice president of enrollment management and marketing

Posted on 31 March 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

LeAnn Hughes has been named vice president of enrollment management and marketing at Tusculum College, officials announced today. Hughes has held a similar position for the past two years at King University.

Hughes comes to Tusculum College with experience in marketing, fundraising, strategic planning and working with students through the enrollment process. She will take over responsibilities at Tusculum College on April 7.

“We are very pleased that LeAnn Hughes will be joining us at Tusculum College,” said Moody. “Her experience and success in enrollment management and marketing will support continuing success at the college in recruiting both adult and traditional age students. She will also bring expertise to our rejuvenated branding and marketing efforts in both traditional and emerging venues.”

Hughes began her career at King University in July 2002 in the position of director of communications. She served as vice president of marketing and development and most recently as King’s vice president of marketing and enrollment management, where she was heavily engaged in efforts to expand the Graduate & Professional Studies and online programs.

She was also instrumental in King’s 14 years of record enrollment. At King she served as a member of the president’s five-member cabinet, responsible for the strategic visioning process of the college and implementing policies and procedures.

“I am delighted to be a part of Tusculum College and look forward to applying my skills and background to such an exceptional institution,” said Hughes. “It is an honor to have been selected for the position, and I anticipate a mutually exciting and rewarding opportunity as we work to reach Tusculum’s enrollment and marketing strategic goals.”

Hughes has previously served as the director of marketing and sports development for the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce; marketing and events director for the Downtown Kingsport Association and computer instructor/publications director for Bailey Computing Technologies, Inc. She was a member of the 2001-2002 Leadership Kingsport Class.

Hughes earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where she was initiated into Phi Beta Kappa and a Master of Arts degree in English from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tenn., graduating in the top two percent of her class.

In addition, she has earned a certificate in fundraising management from the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.

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Tusculum to offer special topic business courses online this summer

Posted on 31 March 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Six special topic business courses will be offered this summer online by Tusculum College.

Enrollment in the courses, designed for professionals in the business field who are interested in advancing their careers, is open to both degree and non-degree seeking students. Courses will be taught by Tusculum College School of Business Faculty.

The following courses will be offered:

  • Information Management in Organizations
  • Health Care Finance
  • Business Lessons Learned from Social Media Games
  • Mediation
  • Personal Income Tax, and
  • Learning QuickBooks Accounting System.

The courses are scheduled to begin on June 23 and conclude Aug. 2. The courses are being offered at a special discount price and enrollment is limited in each course.

Interested students can apply free online at www.tusculum.edu/adult. For more information, please contact the college at 888.488.7285.

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Doak House Museum wins Tennessee Association of Museums award

Posted on 26 March 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

The Doak House Museum was honored at the Tennessee Association of Museums annual meeting held recently in Greeneville. The museum won an Award of Commendation in the Temporary Exhibition category for its “Historic Textiles Popup Exhibit.” The exhibit was part of the 2013 Old Oak Festival.

The staff of the museum displayed virtually all of the Doak House’s textiles, quilts, hand-woven coverlets and fine embroidery work for the last two days of the festival. “Some of these pieces have never been viewed by the public due to their fragile nature,” said Leah Walker, site and events manager for the Museums of Tusculum.

“We were thrilled to be able to allow visitors to see the amazing handiwork of generations past.”

According to Walker, those who viewed the exhibit were astounded by the fine needle work and craft that went into the pieces of the collection.

At the conference awards dinner, Museums of Tusculum Director Dollie Boyd accepted the honor from the Tennessee Association of Museums President Adam Alfrey.

“We are very pleased to have been recognized in this way and want to thank the state association for all the work they do on behalf of Tennessee museums large and small,” said Boyd.

Adam Alfrey, president of the Tennessee Association of Museums, presents the Award of Commendation in Temporary Exhibition to Museums of Tusculum Director Dollie Boyd.

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ESL/TESOL and special education endorsement courses to be offered through Tusculum’s Summer Institute

Posted on 21 March 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Courses that will enable licensed teachers to earn endorsements in ESL/TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and special education will be offered through Tusculum College’s 2014 Summer Institute.

The Summer Institute courses will be offered at Tusculum’s sites in Greeneville, Kingsport, Knoxville and Morristown.

The ESL/TESOL endorsement includes 20 semester hours of courses with all but one course and practicum offered during the summer. Courses will be offered during three sessions during the Summer Institute. Session A courses will be May 13 through 29 on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Courses in Session B will be June 9 through July 3 with courses Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Courses will also be offered Monday, Tuesday and Thursday during Session C, July 7 through 31.

Applications for Sessions A and B are due by April 18. Applications for Session C need to be submitted by June 20.

The Special Education Modified and Comprehensive endorsement includes 16 semester hours of courses, and all the courses except one are offered during the summer. The courses will be offered during three sessions. The first, Session A, will be May 13 through June 5 with classes meeting on Tuesday and Thursday or Monday and Wednesday evenings. Session B will be June 9 through July 3 with classes meeting Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Session C classes will meet July 7 through 31 Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.

The application deadline for Sessions A and B is April 18. The deadline for Session C applications is June 20.

Students who complete either of the endorsements may earn a master of arts degree in curriculum and instruction by completing five additional courses offered one night a week during the school year.

For more information about the endorsement courses, please contact Jane Allen at 800-729-0256  for courses offered in Greeneville or Kingsport,  Stephanie Langley or Drew Story at 865-693-1177 for courses offered in Knoxville  and Kathy Joy at 423-581-5002 ext. 5903 for courses offered in Morristown.

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Non-profit partners sought for partnership with grant writing course at Tusculum College

Posted on 21 March 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College is seeking local, non-profit agencies to participate as community partners in a new grant writing course beginning Monday, April 14.

Any local, registered 501(c)3 non-profit interested working with students to have a grant application written for the agency during the term of the course is invited to apply to participate. Agencies that are willing to seek to become registered are encouraged to apply as well.

“The goal of the class is for every student to write at least one grant,” said Dr. Michael Bodary, assistant professor of English at Tusculum College. “Ideally we will have one to two students working with each community agency to get a feel of how they work, to learn their mission and goals and to learn the needs of the organization.”

Students will learn during class how to identify grants, as well as how to write them, said Dr. Bodary. He added that working with a community partner, writing an actual grant to be submitted and in the process helping an organization that serves the betterment of the community will energize the students and help them to understand the power of what they are able to do.

“Our goal is to write a minimum of $20,000 worth of grants for local organizations during the 18 days of the block program course.”

Agencies will be asked to participate in class and share information with students to help them accurately prepare grant applications. Any agency interested in participating should contact Dr. Bodary at mbodary@tusculum.edu by Friday, April 11.

All applications will be reviewed and selections of agencies will be made during the first week of class.

“Connecting the curriculum of the course to helping these agencies achieve their goals with additional funding opportunities ties in so well with the Civic Arts mission of Tusculum College,” said Dr. Bodary. “We will try to pair students with an organization with which they have a personal connection to enhance the experience even further.”

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Community theater meeting set for April 6 at Tusculum College

Posted on 20 March 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Are you interested in participating in the formation of a community theatre group in Greeneville/Greene County?

If so, you are invited to attend an open meeting at Tusculum College’s Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on Sunday, April 6, at 2 p.m.

The meeting is being sponsored by the Tusculum College Arts Outreach Department and will be held in Room 46, in the lower-level of the Annie Hogan Byrd building, across the lobby from the Behan Arena.

This first meeting will be to help determine what interest there may be in forming such a group and exploring what options may be available.

Please contact Arts Outreach if you would like further information or to RSVP if you plan on attending. You may do so by calling Arts Outreach at (423)798-1620 or e-mailing jhollowell@tusculum.edu.

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‘Charles Tunstall’s World of Guitar’ scheduled for Tuesday, March 25

‘Charles Tunstall’s World of Guitar’ scheduled for Tuesday, March 25

Posted on 19 March 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Charles Tunstall

The versatility of the classical acoustic guitar and its adaptability to a variety of musical styles will be featured in Charles Tunstall’s recital Tuesday, March 25, at Tusculum College.

“Charles Tunstall’s World of Guitar” will begin at 6 p.m. in the lobby of the Thomas J. Garland Library on campus. This performance was previously scheduled in January, but was rescheduled due to inclement weather.

The performance will feature guitar music from the Renaissance to the present. Styles will include classical, sacred, folk, popular tunes from the 1960s, Broadway show tunes and more.

The recital will include some personal sacred and jazz arrangements by Tunstall, a new show-tune medley, a new 1960s medley and two or three surprise guests to accompany him on some songs.

The musical program will introduce the classical (nylon-string) guitar and the literature from several periods to the audience. Tunstall will demonstrate the versatility of the familiar instrument through his musical selections that incorporate a number of different playing styles, various voicings, chords, playing techniques and discussion about leading guitarists of the present and the past. In his program, Tunstall hopes to help the audience better understand the acoustic style of music and playing as opposed to electric or synthesized guitar music.

Tunstall, who is reference and instructional services librarian at Tusculum, has more than 50 years of playing experience. Primarily self-taught, he has been mentored by a large number of individuals. Although he prefers to entertain as a solo act, he has played in a variety of bands through the years. While he is skilled on several types of guitars, his main focus is in finger-style playing on the classical nylon-stringed guitar. He emerged from a country-bluegrass background and now enjoys playing and learning music from different periods.

As a guitarist, he has been inspired by Christopher Parkening, Chet Atkins, Rick Foster and Charlie Byrd, and he has had the opportunity to meet Parkening and Byrd.

Admission to the recital is free. Refreshments will be served, and arts and lecture credit is available for Tusculum College residential students.

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