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Tusculum College Upward Bound Program receives more than $600,000 per year in grant funding to serve local and regional students

Posted on 26 July 2017 by

The Tusculum College Upward Bound program was recently notified by Senator Lamar Alexander’s office that the program will receive a renewed grant of $409,521 to serve students in Greene County Schools, Hawkins County, Unicoi County and David Crockett High School in Washington County.

In addition, a grant of $257,500 was also funded to the Tusculum College program to serve 52 students in Cocke and Hawkins counties.

Between the two grants, the programs will be able to serve 144 high school students.

Jeanne Stokes, director of the TRIO Programs, said the funds will be used for continuation of the Upward Bound programs at Tusculum College.

“We were thrilled when we found that the grants had been funded,” said Stokes. “I just met a previous participant and he said that Upward Bound was the best part of his high school career. This summer nine of the12 summer staff were former participants who are currently in college or graduates. They had such a good experience that they want to give back to the program. The program affects the lives of the students in East Tennessee.”

Upward Bound is an intensive college preparatory program. Its mission, to aid low-income students and students who are first-generation college attendees, has helped many to succeed in high school while also preparing for college.

For more than 40 years, the Upward Bound program has operated on the Tusculum College campus, providing young people from regional families with an early introduction to college life and opportunities for travel, special activities and study in literature, composition, mathematics and science in the environment of a college campus.

Participants are first-generation college students, low-income individuals, individuals who are at high risk for academic failure or those who have a need for academic support in order to pursue successfully a program of education beyond high school.

The program includes academic tutoring, advice and assistance in secondary and postsecondary course selection, preparation for college entrance exams and completing the college admission applications, information on federal student financial aid and assistance completing financial aid applications.

In addition, the program provides guidance on and assistance in secondary school reentry, alternative education programs for secondary school dropouts that lead to the receipt of a regular secondary school diploma, entry into GED programs or entry into postsecondary education.

Other components include education or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of students or the students’ parents, including financial planning for postsecondary education and instruction in mathematics through pre-calculus, laboratory science, foreign language, composition and literature.


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Tusculum College announces Master of Arts in Education program with a concentration in special education

Posted on 24 July 2017 by

Tusculum College has announced a new Master of Arts in education program with a concentration in special education: interventionist K-8/comprehensive K-12, beginning August 2017.

This program is particularly important due to recent changes made by the Tennessee Department of Education, according to Dr. Tricia Hunsader, dean of the School of Education and professor of education. “Beginning in the 2017-18 school year, special educator emergency permits and waivers will no longer be accepted. This means that all special educators (new and current) must hold a full, valid license with a special education endorsement. The department will not approve any permits or waivers for the 2017-18 school year.”

Tusculum is approved by the state to recommend licensed educators for a provisional endorsement in special education if they are enrolled in Tusculum’s special education program. The Special Education coursework is offered as a concentration in the master’s degree in education program or as a 19-credit course sequence for teachers who are not seeking a master’s degree.

According to a letter received from Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen, Tusculum College has been asked to collaborate with the state in order to provide a way for teachers to earn the special education endorsement and meet the new requirements.

“This program allows educators to do just that,” said Dr. Hunsader.

Candidates for the graduate-level advanced-degree program who are seeking interventionist K-8 and comprehensive K-12 endorsement must have completed an initial licensure program at an approved institution and currently hold licensure in either the elementary or middle school grade range.

According to Dr. Hunsader, all courses in this program are K-12 and prepare candidates to instruct students across the developmental spectrum. Candidates will tailor their course assignments to the grade range for which they are seeking interventionist endorsement.

She added that the addition of this program is especially timely given the state’s recent change to the special educator credential requirement. Teachers who complete this program and pass the national Praxis exam will meet all state requirements for full licensure in special education.

In addition to this new graduate program, Tusculum has also announced that the special education: interventionist K-8/comprehensive K-12 coursework will be offered to non-degree seeking students as a concentration of six courses and a practicum experience. Completion of the non-degree coursework will also satisfy the state’s new requirements.

For more information or to enroll in the program contact Katie Tassell at 888-488-7285 or visit


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College Fair at Tusculum College to feature regional colleges and universities

Posted on 24 July 2017 by

Tusculum College will offer high school students and their parents the opportunity to explore higher education options during the Greeneville-Greene County College Fair on Wednesday, Aug. 30.

The annual event will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Pioneer Arena in the Niswonger Commons on the Greeneville campus, and there is no admission charge.

Participating in the event will be a wide variety of colleges and universities as well as vocational schools. Each institution has a display providing information about its academic programs. Most also have representatives on hand to answer specific questions about programs or the school.

In previous years, approximately 40 colleges, universities, technical schools and the military had displays at the College Fair, and the participants included schools from Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia and across the State of Tennessee. A similar number and range of exhibitors are expected for this year’s event.

The College Fair, coordinated by the Tusculum College Office of Admission, has grown in size in recent years, and the department is appreciative of the opportunity to bring this service to area students and their families.

Students planning to attend the event are requested to visit to preregister. Preregistration will provide the opportunity to scan in contact information that can be used during the event to avoid having to fill out multiple forms. More information may be found on the website.

The event is represented on the official Tennessee Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers calendar.

For more information about the College Fair, please contact the Office of Admission at 423-636-7312 or e-mail


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Additional rag rug workshop scheduled at Doak House Museum on August 12

Posted on 20 July 2017 by

The Doak House Museum will be hosting an additional rag rug-making workshop on Saturday, August 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“We had such a wonderful response from the community over the opportunity to learn three easy techniques for making rag rugs from old t-shirts and woven fabric that we have added an additional session to accommodate those that expressed interest,” said Dollie Boyd, director of museums for Tusculum. “Rag-rugging is a great beginning project for young people and adults who are new to crafting.”

Participants will learn how to make “toothbrush” rugs, hoop rugs, and a style of shag rug. The fee for the workshop is $10, and participants are asked to bring t-shirts, old sheets or fabric remnants to upcycle. All other needed tools will be provided.

The workshop is recommended for ages 12 and up. Space for each workshop is limited, Contact Boyd at 423-636-8554 or to reserve a spot.


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

Posted on 19 July 2017 by

Veterans of all branches of the U.S. military who qualify for full entitlement of the Post 9/11 GI Bill 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. Children of veterans who have had full Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits transferred to them are also eligible.

The voluntary “Yellow Ribbon” program makes it possible for eligible veterans who meet the college’s admissions requirements to attend tuition-free at Tusculum College.

“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 Dr. Paul Pinckley, vice president for enrollment management and marketing 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.”

The Yellow Ribbon program is an agreement between Tusculum and the Veterans Administration that full tuition will be covered 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 furthered their commitment by hiring a full-time veteran services director to ensure veterans and their family members are assisted from pre-enrollment to veteran specific programs and activities during attendance.

For more information on the Yellow Ribbon program or Tusculum’s Veteran Services programs, contact Dale Laney at 423.636.7371 or email at Information may also be found at


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Tusculum Jazz Band featured at July 20 Lyrics on the Lawn event

Posted on 14 July 2017 by

Lyrics on the Lawn 2017 Summer Concert Series continues Thursday, July 20, at 7 p.m.  The free concert will be held on the lawn of the Dickson-Williams Mansion in the heart of downtown Greeneville.  The concerts take place each Thursday evening in July.  The opening act will begin at 7 p.m. with intermission scheduled for 7:45 p.m. and the headliner takes the stage at 8 p.m.  On site event food vendors for this concert include, Creamy Cup, and Top Dog Hot Dog.  Food service is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs and/or blankets and select your spot to enjoy the evening. The event is smoke-free.  Please note pets are welcome; however, they must remain within the designated Fido Friendly area during the event.



This Thursday – July 20

Tusculum Jazz Band

The Tusculum Jazz Band has definitely “got that swing.” Featuring a repertoire of swing and popular toe-tapping tunes, the Jazz Band has a growing reputation in Northeast Tennessee. The group has performed in not only concerts and activities on the Tusculum campus but also in the community. The jazz band has performed at events such as the Laughlin Foundation Derby Days, Music on the Square in Jonesborough and Main Street Greeneville’s Christmas in Downtown celebration. This group is an integral part of the Tusculum Band program, which began in 2010 with the formation of a Pep Band. In addition the program has grown to include a Marching Band, Concert Band, Handbell Choir and various small ensembles.












The Brother Boys

The Brother Boys have reunited to bring their tongue and groove harmony and infectious rhythm to the stage once again.  Ed Snodderly and Eugene Wolf began their brother-duet singing back in the 90s, releasing three critically acclaimed recordings; two for Sugar Hill, Plow, produced by Jerry Douglas and the self-produced Presley’s Grocery and one for England’s Zu-Zazz Records, Mulehead. Years before the term Americana was born, they called their music New Hillbilly, which sounded good at the time; a way to distinguish the blending of country, bluegrass and rockabilly. The Brother Boys have a knack for this old sound.  The emotions and country heartache tones match the landscape of East Tennessee, where they both grew up. The Brother Boys were recently featured on the Great Smoky Mountains Association release, On Top of Old Smoky; New Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music alongside Dolly Parton, Norman and Nancy Blake, Bryan Sutton, Jody Stecher and a host of the old-time musicians paying tribute to the music of the people who left the mountains in the 1930’s so the National Park could be established.


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Information sessions to be held on Tusculum’s new online healthcare management degree

Posted on 13 July 2017 by

Two Information Sessions will be held in Knoxville and Gray to provide information and answer questions regarding Tusculum College’s new online healthcare management degree.

At the Information Sessions for Tusculum’s online Bachelor of Science in healthcare management, attendees may learn about the reduced tuition rate, meet with program leaders and explore the smooth admission process.

The first session will be held in Gray on Wednesday, July 19, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at the Appalachian Community Federal Credit Union at 5034 Bobby Hicks Highway in Gray. The second session will be held in Knoxville on Thursday, July 20, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at the Knoxville Regional Center at 1305 Centerpoint Blvd. in Knoxville.

Both sessions are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Kathryn Wilhoit at 423-444-3324 or Information may also be found at

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Nursing accreditation site visit scheduled

Posted on 10 July 2017 by

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education – a nationally recognized accrediting agency for baccalaureate and graduate degree programs in nursing and post-baccalaureate nurse residency programs – has scheduled an accreditation site visit for Tusculum College’s Master of Science in Nursing and Post-Graduate certification programs. In accordance with the CCNE Procedures for Accreditation of master and post-graduate certification programs, the Commission provides an opportunity for individuals and program constituents to submit, in writing, third-party comments concerning the program’s qualifications for accreditation status.


Third-party comments must be received at the CCNE offices by August 21, 2017. Third-party comments must be signed and must be related to the CCNE Standards for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs. Comments are shared only with the CCNE evaluation team appointed to review Tusculum’s master and post-graduate nursing programs. Please submit comments via email to; Or, if you prefer, mail your comments to:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Attn: Third-Party Comments

One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530

Washington, DC 20036


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Tusculum College’s BSN program receives accreditation

Tusculum College’s BSN program receives accreditation

Posted on 12 June 2017 by

Undergraduate students practice skills in one of the nursing labs in the new Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math.

Tusculum College has achieved accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nurse Education for the Bachelor of Science in nursing and the RN to BSN program. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education is a nationally recognized accrediting agency for baccalaureate and graduate degree programs in nursing and post-baccalaureate nurse residency programs.

In a letter dated May 24, 2017, the CCNE staff stated that the nursing program fully met all accreditation standards.

According to Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum, development of the new program has been a partnership effort from the very beginning.  “Thank you to everyone who worked hard in ensuring our success with the accreditation process,” said Dr. Moody.

According to Dr. Moody, the program represents a new avenue for student success as well as a commitment to serve the surrounding community and region.

“Thank you to faculty, students and community partners who have provided their support during the accreditation process. Everyone worked diligently to ensure that we were successful in our efforts to obtain national accreditation of our baccalaureate nursing program.  Our graduates are already making a significant impact on our community,” said Dr. Lois Ewen, dean of the school of nursing, who has coordinated the efforts in obtain accreditation. “We look forward to CCNE’s accreditation site visit of our new Master of Science in nursing – nurse practitioner program in September.”

The Tusculum College Bachelor of Science in nursing degree prepares graduates for beginning practice as a generalist registered nurse in a variety of settings. The BSN is the professional degree that is the cornerstone of education for professional practice, career mobility and advancement.

Partnerships with local hospitals and other health care agencies and providers are already in place to work with Tusculum College to educate and train those participating in the new nursing program.

Upon completion of the four-year baccalaureate program in nursing, graduates are eligible to take the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensure exam to become a Registered Nurse.

The Nursing Program consists of nursing and non-nursing courses taken over four academic years. Students enter Tusculum College as pre-nursing majors and must complete the first year of the nursing curriculum consisting of general education courses that are nursing program prerequisites.

The program provides students with the opportunity to provide nursing care in a variety of practice settings. Small classes and clinical groups allow for individualized attention. The BSN program has experienced faculty that provide mentorship and support to students.

According to Dr. Ewen, the emphasis of the program is on use of knowledge and skills to plan and implement nursing care. However, critical thinking and decision-making skills are also emphasized and upon completion of the program, students are prepared for graduate study in nursing.


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Tusculum student art exhibit featured at Tipton Gallery

Posted on 25 May 2017 by

“Just Another Roadside Attraction,” a rotating collection of Tusculum student artwork, will be the exhibition at the Tipton Gallery in Johnson City throughout the month of June. Opening receptions will be held on June 1 and 2, from 6-9 p.m.

The exhibit will feature additional Tusculum student art in subsequent weekends. There will be a closing reception on Wednesday, June 28, f\rom 6-9 p.m.

“Just Another Roadside Attraction” is a presentation of various art projects that Professor Bill Bledsoe and Tusculum students have put together over the past year. The Tipton Gallery is located on 126 Spring Street in Johnson City. The Thursday exhibit coincides with the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles album Sgt. Pepper.  A special body of work was created for this occasion, for which, the students assisted with developing.

The Friday opening coincides with Johnson City’s “First Friday” celebration and the Blue Plum Festival.  The closing reception will feature a finale of artwork that celebrates the history of East Tennessee.

“Just Another Roadside Attraction” is on loan to the Tipton Gallery as a Clem Allison Gallery/Shulman Exhibit. All events are open to the public


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New English degree and minor in gender studies approved at Tusculum College Board of Trustees meeting

Posted on 16 May 2017 by

The Tusculum College Board of Trustees approved a new Bachelor in Arts in English education 6-12  and a minor in gender studies at their recent meeting held May 12-13 on the Greeneville campus.

Both programs will be enrolling for fall semester.

“As an institution it is important that we continue to be responsive to the students we serve as well as the communities around us,” said Dr. Kenneth A. Bowman, chair of the Board and 1970 alumnus of the college. “Changing, and particularly adding degree programs, allows us to serve the needs of students today and into the future.”

The Board recommended preliminary approval of the 2017-2018 operating budget. Additionally a report was made on the ongoing presidential search, as Dr. Nancy B. Moody announced in February her intent to retire at the end of the year. A nationwide search for a new president of Tusculum is moving forward as a designated search committee begins accepting inquiries from potential candidates.

Board of Trustees Member Dr. Greg Nelson is chairing the search committee and a presidential search webpage has been created to keep the campus community informed and updated on progress of the search. The webpage contains the Presidential Profile and information about Tusculum for prospective candidates.

The Board also recognized the service and success of retiring Golf Coach Bob Dibble. Dibble, who announced his retirement in June, has been the golf coach at Tusculum College for the last 28 years.

Dibble has led the men’s team for all 28 years and has guided the women’s program for 20 years. His teams have won a combined 59 tournament titles, eight conference titles and two region championships. The men’s team played in five consecutive national tournaments from 1993-97. He was the invited guest and was recognized by the Board at their lunch meeting on Friday.

The next meeting of the Tusculum College Board of Trustees will be October 2017.


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Highland Elementary student tour Tusculum’s Paul E. Hayden Wetland

Posted on 12 May 2017 by

On Wednesday, May 10, Tusculum hosted 32 fourth graders from Highland Elementary School for a tour the Tusculum College Paul E. Hayden Wetland.

The student participants toured the Wetland while identifying a variety of plant species and learning how wetlands are beneficial to the environment and water quality.

They also learned how contaminates can spread downstream, and they were able to talk about muskrats and how they are one of many mammals that surround the wetland.

Students also were able to test water quality and see the difference between the Wetland water quality and the stream’s water quality it empties into. The Middle Nolichucky Watershed Alliance and volunteers partnered with Tusculum to make this tour a success.

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