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Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett to “Rock the Vote” with Tusculum College on Wednesday, Sept. 28

Posted on 21 September 2016 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Helping students and the community get registered to vote is the goal of Tusculum College’s Rock the Vote event, scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 28 in the Pioneer Arena in Niswonger Commons. The event will feature keynote speaker Tre Hargett, Tennessee Secretary of State.

The event will be held from 1:30-3:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Secretary Hargett will also be available to answer questions about voter registration and Tusculum College will provide an opportunity for voter registration on site. Also during the event a mock vote will be held and plans are also to have interactive games on the democratic system.

Hargett was elected by the Tennessee General Assembly to serve as Tennessee’s 37th secretary of state in 2009 and reelected in 2013. He is the chief executive officer of the Department of State with oversight of more than 300 employees.

Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett

In order to help increase voter registration, turnout and awareness across Tennessee, Secretary Hargett launched the GoVoteTN campaign. Through this program, during the month of September, which is National Voter Registration Month, Tennesseans should have someone take a picture of them holding an “I’m registered to vote. Are you?” sign, then post it using the hashtag #GoVoteTN.

A flurry of posts is expected on Tuesday, Sept. 27 to celebrate National Voter Registration Day.

“This is a great educational opportunity for our students and our community,” said Courtney Washburn, program coordinator for the Center for Civic Advancement at Tusculum College. “We want to educate and also get people registered to vote, and this is an open, fun way to reach those goals.”

The Rock the Vote event is a project in support of Constitution Day and is supported by the Center for Civic Advancement, the Bonner Leader Program and Tusculum’s Service Learning program. Additionally, it is part of the S.P.I.E.S. initiative, a campus-wide Individual Wellness through Community Engagement initiative.

For more information, contact Courtney Washburn, program coordinator for the Center for Civic Advancement, at cwashburn@tusculum.edu.

 

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Deadline approaching for Finish Strong tuition-paid scholarship competition at Tusculum College

Posted on 21 September 2016 by srichey@tusculum.edu

 
The deadline to apply for a full tuition scholarship to Tusculum College is approaching. The Finish Strong Scholarship Giveaway closes on Friday, Sept. 30.

“We don’t want anyone to miss this great opportunity to complete their undergraduate degree through one of our Graduate and Professional Studies programs with a tuition-paid scholarship,” said Lindsey Seal, director of Graduate and Professional Studies enrollment at Tusculum College. “The Tusculum College Finish Strong Scholarship Giveaway recognizes the hard work and sacrifices our adult students put forth when returning to school to finish their degree.”

This is the second year Tusculum College has offered the competition. This year’s winner will be able to start their program Spring 2017. Advanced registration dates have been scheduled for November 10 in Greeneville, November 16 in Morristown and December 1 in Knoxville.

“Getting people back to school to finish their degrees is life changing,” said Seal. “Through this essay contest, we learn the individual stories of our students and are able to share them with others who wish to follow in their footsteps. The bonus is that one lucky participant will receive a full tuition scholarship as a prize.”

The winner of last year’s Finish Strong contest was Aimee Teffeteller of Maryville. Teffeteller is enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program and plans to major in education. “Winning the Finish Strong scholarship has been such a blessing,” said Teffeteller.  “It has enabled me to finish my degree without the financial burden that comes with continuing one’s education.  I am so thankful to have been given this opportunity.”

The Finish Strong Scholarship Giveaway is open to all legal U.S. residents age 18 or older with a valid Social Security number at the time of entry. The winner must submit the following:  an application for admission and be accepted to an undergraduate degree program at Tusculum College, an essay and official transcripts of all college level work from regionally accredited schools demonstrating a minimum of a 2.0 grade point average and the equivalent of 54 semester hours or an associate’s degree. Currently enrolled Tusculum College students are ineligible to win.

The required essay should describe how obtaining an undergraduate degree from Tusculum College will transform the entrant’s life.

There is no charge or fee to submit the essay or enter the contest. The essay submitted must contain between 250 and 500 words to be considered a valid entry. In addition to the required essay submission, entrants are encouraged to promote actively their participation in the Scholarship Contest via social media, using #finishstrong. Social media participation is not part of the criteria for eligibility or for judging the best essays.

One grand prize will be awarded. The grand prize package consists of a tuition-paid scholarship to one of Tusculum College’s undergraduate degree-completion programs which can be redeemed at any of the Knoxville, Morristown or Greeneville locations or used for an online program. The scholarship may be applied to pay all of the regular tuition charges for an undergraduate degree-completion program in business administration, management, interdisciplinary studies (education, K-5) and psychology,  behavioral health concentration.

Enrollment into one of the four undergraduate degree programs is subject to availability at the respective class location.  The winner is responsible for paying all other charges, fees and amounts payable by a student enrolled in the program and will not be eligible to receive any additional institutional-based scholarships.

The prize may be combined with other forms of financial aid available through Tusculum College.

To enter, the essay must be submitted in writing to the Tusculum College admissions office. Entrants may visit Tusculum College’s “Finish Strong Scholarship” website at www.tusculum.edu/finish to submit the online entry form.

The Finish Strong Scholarship Giveaway is provided by Tusculum College in partnership with Food City and WIVK-Radio. Both Food City and WIVK continue to promote the contest in the greater Knoxville area during the term of the event

A complete copy of the rules may be obtained at the Tusculum College Admissions Office, 60 Shiloh Road, P.O.  Box 5051, Greeneville, TN 37743, during normal operation hours, Monday through Friday, or by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to the above address.

 

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Tusculum College’s Travis Williams publishes several articles

Posted on 19 September 2016 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College’s Dr. Travis B. Williams, assistant professor of religion, will have several academic articles published in the next few months.

“Intertextuality and Methodological Bias: A Prolegomena to the Evaluation of Source Materials in 1 Peter” will be published in the December issue of the “Journal for the Study of the New Testament,” while “Reciprocity and Suffering in 1 Peter 2,19-20: Reading Xάρις in Its Ancient Social Context,” is scheduled to appear in the upcoming issue of “Biblica.”

He has also been invited to contribute an essay to a forthcoming reference series, “The Reception of Jesus in the First Three Centuries” (Bloomsbury T&T Clark). His contribution will be entitled, “The Reception of Jesus in the Petrine Epistles and Jude.”

“Intertextuality and Methodological Bias: A Prolegomena to the Evaluation of Source Materials in 1 Peter” attempts to expose some of the methodological problems surrounding the consensus view on the similarities of 1 Peter and other New Testament epistles, and seeks to establish reliable criteria which can be used to determine literary relationships between New Testament documents.

“Reciprocity and Suffering in 1 Peter 2,19-20: Reading Xάρις in Its Ancient Social Context” looks at the ancient social dynamics which underlie 1 Peter 2:19-20. By interpreting χάρις within the framework of reciprocity and gift-exchange in the Greco-Roman world, the study not only brings fresh perspective to a problem which has long divided scholarship, it also suggests a new direction for understanding the letter’s theology of suffering.

Williams has taught for the college since 2010 and has several previous books and articles written on 1 Peter. Williams’ received a Ph.D. in New Testament from the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom.

 

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Tusculum Access Grant at Tusculum College now available for high school students

Posted on 16 September 2016 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Students considering dual enrollment options at Tusculum College have additional financial assistance available with the announcement of the Tusculum Access Grant being offered by the college.

The grant is specifically for students who have already taken or who will have completed two dual enrollment courses through Tusculum College and would cover the $400 gap in state funding that students who are eligible receive.

Tusculum offers a variety of courses and course options for high school students wanting to get a head start in their college career or needing specific classes. The courses are offered online, a convenience for students in not having to drive to campus during the school day.

High school students have the opportunity to earn both high school and college credit through the dual enrollment program at Tusculum College. Through the program, high school students can take a variety of courses, including in English, math, history, psychology, sociology, art history, computer science, religion and speech.

Students are eligible to participate in the dual enrollment program beginning the summer before their junior year in high school. Individuals must maintain a 3.0 grade point average in their dual enrollment college course work.

While the Tusculum Access Grant is specifically for students who are seeking to take their third or fourth dual enrollment course at Tusculum College, other financial assistance may be available for others who are interested in Tusculum’s dual enrollment program.

For more information about the new program or to apply, please visit http://web.tusculum.edu/dualenrollment. Individuals may also call 423-636-7349 or email bhenley@tusuclum.edu to learn more about the program.

 

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Nearly 700 put in day of service as part of Tusculum College “Nettie Day”

Posted on 14 September 2016 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Getting the prop room organized and cleaned out was the task of volunteers who assisted with the Theater Guild of Greeneville.

 

Nearly 700 students, faculty, staff and alumni fanned out into the region on Wednesday to provide a day of service through helping others and improving the community.

All freshmen and first-year transfer students participated in Nettie Fowler McCormick Service Day as part of the Tusculum Experience course. Many other students, faculty, staff and alumni also pitched in totaling 651 participants, the largest group to take part in a decade, according to Ronda Gentry, director of the Center for Civic Advancement and coordinator of the event.

Nettie Fowler McCormick Service Day is one of the longest-held traditions on the Tusculum campus and involves students spending time in service to others. Some of the projects that the students will undertake include working with local non-profit organizations and schools.

“Today we celebrate what Tusculum does,” said Gentry. “Nettie Day serves as an introduction to our new students and a reminder to our entire community of the importance and value of community involvement.”

In the morning kick-off session, Gentry told the group that what they would do today would impact tens of thousands of lives.

This year, Nettie Day participants helped numerous organizations, including Rural Resources, the Greeneville Boys and Girls Club, the Greeneville/Greene County Humane Society, local parks and several schools. Service activities will be conducted at all the Tusculum sites and campus in Greeneville, Knoxville and Morristown.

Additionally, one group of students travelled to Johnson City to help set up the city’s first Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

Nettie Fowler McCormick Service Day, which is conducted under the auspices of the Center for Civic Advancement, honors the memory and altruistic way of life of Nettie Fowler McCormick, widow of reaper inventor Cyrus McCormick, who was a 19th century supporter and advocate of Tusculum College. The McCormicks, staunch Presbyterians from Chicago, learned of Tusculum College through Tusculum graduates who attended their McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago and became some of the most significant donors in the college’s history.

Nettie McCormick is recognized as the college’s first Benefactor, a term that in Tusculum usage denotes a donor whose cumulative gifts total at least $1 million. Nettie McCormick funded construction of several of Tusculum’s historic structures, including Haynes Hall, Rankin Hall, Welty-Craig Hall, Virginia Hall and McCormick Hall, which is named after the McCormick family.

McCormick Day, now often informally called Nettie Day at the college, began as a day of cleaning the campus in reflection of Nettie McCormick’s insistence on clean living environments. The day has evolved to take on a more generalized community service emphasis.

This year’s Nettie Day was made possible through a gift from the estate of Nancy and Leon Leslie. Leon “Moose” Leslie was a key member of the last football team at Tusculum College prior to it being reinstated in the 1990s. He graduated from Tusculum in 1951 with a major in economics. He married his Westwood, New Jersey high school sweetheart, the former Nancy Hill. Mr. Leslie was elected a trustee of his alma mater in 1990 and served with distinction on the Athletic Committee until his death in 1996. Mr. and Mrs. Leslie served in the Bicentennial Campaign as members of the East Coast Advance Gifts Committee. In recognition of their generous support of Tusculum College throughout the capital campaign, the Leslie Resident Apartment in Craig Hall was named in their honor.

Members of the Tusculum College Men’s Tennis Team and their coaches worked with community volunteers to install new landscaping at the Greeneville-Greene County Tennis Center.

Volunteers clear headstones at the Oak Grove Cemetery.

Nettie Day volunteers repainted structures on the playground at the Boys and Girls Club of Greeneville and Greene County.

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Tusculum College receives $100,000 Tusculum First gift from Eastman Credit Union

Posted on 13 September 2016 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College has received a $100,000 gift from Eastman Credit Union to be used for the new Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math. The gift is part of the Tusculum First capital campaign.

The gift will assist with the construction costs of the new 100,000 square foot, state-of-the-art Meen Center for Science and Math. The gift also helps to bring the Tusculum First campaign to more than $23.3 million in commitments.

“The new center will enhance academic programs with the goal of graduating students who will strengthen the capacity of the people of Appalachia to compete in the global economy through STEM education,” said Heather Patchett, vice president of institutional advancement at Tusculum College. “Strengthening STEM education requires engaging instruction from learned and innovative faculty in a flexible and well designed facility.”

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

“We appreciate the opportunity to contribute to this great facility. With a new branch in Greeneville, it’s important to us that you realize our dedication and desire to support the growth of Greene County,” said ECU President and CEO Olan O. Jones. “I think it will be.”

Jones explained that he is supportive of Tusculum College as a member of their Advisory Board, and that the Meens for whom the building is named were long-time ECU members.

According to Patchett, in spite of the limitations of the current building, science majors at Tusculum College have gone on to successful and distinguished careers in scientific research, health-related fields. “Our students have been admitted to first-rate graduate and professional programs and have contributed to the body of knowledge in their chosen profession. They have made discoveries that have improved lives and have saved lives thanks to the quality education received from dedicated professors at Tusculum College.”

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

Tusculum First is designed to address the college’s areas of greatest need including a new center for science and math, growth of academic programs, endowed scholarships, student life improvements, technology, an environmental resources and facilities center and support to the Tusculum Fund.

Chairman of the ECU Board Fielding Rolston (left) and President and CEO Olan O. Jones present a $100,000 gift to Tusculum College President Nancy B. Moody. The gift will support the construction of the Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math.

 

 

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Doak House Museum to host wool rug hooking workshop on October 8

Posted on 12 September 2016 by srichey@tusculum.edu

The Doak House Museum will offer a workshop in October to teach the American folk craft, wool rug hooking. The workshop will teach the basics of this rug-making technique.

The workshop will be Saturday, Oct. 8, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

“Overlooked and undervalued for almost two centuries because they were produced by poor women, hooked rugs are an important part of American history and culture. Hooked rugs have persisted as a craft since the mid-19th century but were not appreciated as works of art until the 1970s” said Dr. Angela Keaton, instructor for the workshop. “In fact, many scholars consider hooked rugs to be America’s only original folk art.”

The cost is $25 per person and all materials are provided. Class members will start a project and take home enough materials and a rug hooking tool to finish the piece on their own. Space is limited, registration is required. Contact Boyd at 423-636-8554 or dboyd@tusculum.edu for more information or to pre-register.

 

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Tusculum College to encourage adult students to “Finish Strong” through full tuition essay competition

Posted on 02 September 2016 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College wants all students to “Finish Strong” and is offering for the second time a full tuition scholarship to one lucky contest winner.

“We are pleased to announce the launch of an exciting scholarship contest representing a great opportunity for the winner to complete their undergraduate degree through one of our Graduate and Professional Studies programs,” said LeAnn Hughes, vice president for enrollment management and marketing and director of the Graduate and Professional Studies program at Tusculum College. “The Tusculum College Finish Strong Scholarship Giveaway recognizes the hard work and sacrifices our adult students put forth when returning to school to finish their degree.”

“Getting people back to school to finish their degrees is life changing,” said Lindsey Seal, director of Graduate and Professional Studies enrollment. “Through this essay contest, we will learn the individual stories of our students and be able to share them with others who wish to follow in their footsteps. The bonus is that one lucky participant will receive a full tuition scholarship as a prize.”

The winner of last year’s Finish Strong contest was Aimee Teffeteller of Maryville. Teffeteller is currently enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program and plans to major in education. “Winning the Finish Strong scholarship has been such a blessing,” said Teffeteller. “It has enabled me to finish my degree without the financial burden that comes with continuing one’s education. I am so thankful to have been given this opportunity.”

The Finish Strong Scholarship Giveaway is provided by Tusculum College in partnership with Food City and WIVK-Radio. Both Food City and WIVK will promote the contest in the greater Knoxville area during the term of the event.

The Finish Strong Scholarship Giveaway will begin on Thursday, Sept. 1, and will end on Friday, Sept. 30. The contest is open to all legal U.S. residents age 18 or older with a valid Social Security number at the time of entry. The winner must submit the following: an application for admission and be accepted to an undergraduate degree program at Tusculum College, an essay and official transcripts of all college level work from regionally accredited schools demonstrating a minimum of a 2.0 grade point average and the equivalent of 54 semester hours or an associate’s degree. Currently enrolled Tusculum College students are ineligible to win.

The required essay should describe how obtaining an undergraduate degree from Tusculum College will transform the entrant’s life.

There is no charge or fee to submit the essay or enter the contest. The essay submitted must contain between 250 and 500 words to be considered a valid entry. In addition to the required essay submission, entrants are encouraged to promote actively their participation in the Scholarship Contest via social media, using #finishstrong. Social media participation is not part of the criteria for eligibility or for judging the best essays.

One grand prize will be awarded. The grand prize package consists of a tuition-paid scholarship to one of Tusculum College’s undergraduate degree-completion programs which can be redeemed at any of the Knoxville, Morristown or Greeneville locations and can be applied to pay all of the regular tuition charges for an undergraduate degree-completion program in business administration, management, interdisciplinary studies (education, K-5) and psychology, behavioral health concentration.

Enrollment into one of the four undergraduate degree programs is subject to availability at the respective class location. The winner is responsible for paying all other charges, fees and amounts payable by a student enrolled in the program and will not be eligible to receive any additional institutional-based scholarships.

The prize may be combined with other forms of financial aid available through Tusculum College.

To enter, the essay must be submitted in writing to the Tusculum College admissions office. Entrants may visit Tusculum College’s “Finish Strong Scholarship” website at www.tusculum.edu/finish to submit the online entry form.

A complete copy of the rules may be obtained at the Tusculum College Admissions Office, 60 Shiloh Road, P.O. Box 5051, Greeneville, TN 37743, during normal operation hours, Monday through Friday, or by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to the above address.

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Dr. Tricia Hunsader named Dean of School of Education at Tusculum College

Posted on 31 August 2016 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Dr. Tricia Hunsader has been named Dean of the School of Education at Tusculum College. Dr. Hunsader will also serve as professor of education.

“I am confident that Dr. Hunsader will provide key leadership to move Tusculum College forward and that she will guide our School of Education to continue to be a model for teacher education. She will be a strong mentor to our faculty in the program,” said Dr. Ron May, vice president for academic affairs at Tusculum College.

Dr. Hunsader is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in finance, a Master of Arts in elementary education, and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction with a specialization in elementary education and specialization in mathematics education.

Dr. Tricia Hunsader

Dr. Hunsader came to Tusculum from the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee where she served as coordinator of assessment for the College of Education, chair of the Quality Enhancement Plan Committee, president of the Faculty Senate and vice president of the USF System Faculty Council.

Prior to her academic career, she worked as an asset manager for a commercial real estate investment group, an elementary and high school mathematics teacher and controller and event coordinator for Hunsader Farms.

Dr. Hunsader has co-authored two books and has published more than 20 articles and book chapters. She has presented her research in mathematics assessment nationally and internationally and serves as a reviewer for national and international mathematics education journals.

Dr. Hunsader is married to Michael Hunsader, a third-generation farmer. They have five grown children (four sons and one daughter), and two grandsons, most of whom live and work on Jeter Mountain Farm in Hendersonville, North Carolina, a 400-acre tomato and apple farm and event venue.

 

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Tusculum College named Best Bang for the Buck college

Tusculum College named Best Bang for the Buck college

Posted on 30 August 2016 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College has been ranked 23rd among the Best Bang for the Buck Colleges in the Southern category of the 2016 Washington Monthly College Rankings.

Additionally, Tusculum was named 78th among all colleges and universities that offer master’s degree programs.

Washington Monthly rates institutions based on three criteria: social mobility, research and civic engagement. The ranking also includes colleges that are doing the best job of helping students attain marketable degrees at a reasonable cost.

Earlier this year, Tusculum College was ranked among the top colleges in the State of Tennessee in the first-ever rankings of American colleges and universities by The Economist.

“There are so many considerations when choosing a college home,’ said LeAnn Hughes, vice president of enrollment management and marketing and director of the Graduate and Professional Studies program at Tusculum College. “Considering value is a critical component. When you choose Tusculum College, it is an investment you make in the rest of your life.”

Hughes added 75 percent of recently surveyed alumni reported obtaining a position in their field of study within nine months of graduation. Additionally, 95 percent of recently surveyed alumni reported that Tusculum prepared them well for their current job or graduate studies.

“From the very beginning students at Tusculum are supported by our robust Career Services Office,” said Hughes. “Through the Pioneer Certified program students gain valuable experience related to job hunting, portfolio development, interviewing, networking, internships, meal etiquette, job shadowing, career fairs and professionalism.”

The full rankings can be found at www.WashingtonMonthly.com/college_guide/.

For more information on Tusculum’s programs, contact an enrollment representative at 800.729.0256.

 

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Pioneer tailgate makes 2016 debut this Thursday

Posted on 29 August 2016 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Back for its fourth straight year, the Pioneer Tailgate returns this Thursday to the Tusculum College campus when the Pioneers open the 2016 football season when they take on the UVa-Wise at the Niswonger Sports Complex and Pioneer Field.

The Pioneer Tailgate begins at 4:30 p.m. next to the main entrance of the stadium and will include live music, games, food and fun for all ages will take place all the way until the 6 p.m. kickoff between the Pioneers and Cavaliers.  Live music at the Pioneer Tailgate will be provided DJ Dadre.

There will be a Kids Zone with games and events for children of all ages.  There will also be Corn Hole Can Jam and other activities for the adult fans.

Immediately following the football game, there will be a fireworks show.

The Pioneer Tailgate will be held prior to each Tusculum College home football game this season with fun and music for the entire family.

For more information, contact associate athletic director Randy Loggins at (423) 636-7300, ext. 5292 or email at rloggins@tusculum.edu.

 

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Tusculum students to provide a day of service in the community

Tusculum students to provide a day of service in the community

Posted on 26 August 2016 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College students will demonstrate the college’s commitment to both learning and serving on Wednesday, Sept. 14, as they spend a day helping others and improving the community.

All freshmen and first-year transfer students will participate in Nettie Fowler McCormick Service Day as part of the Tusculum Experience course. Many other students, faculty, staff and alumni have also made plans to volunteer. Nettie Fowler McCormick Service Day is one of the longest-held traditions on the Tusculum campus and involves students spending time in service to others. Some of the projects that the students will undertake include working with local non-profit organizations and schools.

“Community engagement is a key element of the Tusculum College experience,” said Ronda Gentry, director of the Center for Civic Advancement and coordinator of the event. “Nettie Day serves as an introduction to our new students and a reminder to our entire community of the importance and value of community involvement.”

This year, Nettie Day participants will fan out into the region helping numerous organizations, including Rural Resources, the Greeneville/Greene County Humane Society, local parks and several schools. Service activities will be conducted at all the Tusculum sites and campus in Greeneville, Knoxville and Morristown.

Nettie Fowler McCormick Service Day, which is conducted under the auspices of the Center for Civic Advancement, honors the memory and altruistic way of life of Nettie Fowler McCormick, widow of reaper inventor Cyrus McCormick, who was a 19th century supporter and advocate of Tusculum College. The McCormicks, staunch Presbyterians from Chicago, learned of Tusculum College through Tusculum graduates who attended their McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago and became some of the most significant donors in the college’s history.

Nettie McCormick is recognized as the college’s first Benefactor, a term that in Tusculum usage denotes a donor whose cumulative gifts total at least $1 million. Nettie McCormick funded construction of several of Tusculum’s historic structures, including Haynes Hall, Rankin Hall, Welty-Craig Hall, Virginia Hall and McCormick Hall, which is named after the McCormick family.

McCormick Day, now often informally called Nettie Day at the college, began as a day of cleaning the campus in reflection of Nettie McCormick’s insistence on clean living environments. The day has evolved to take on a more generalized community service emphasis.

This year’s Nettie Day is made possible through a gift from the estate of Nancy and Leon Leslie. Leon “Moose” Leslie was a key member of the last football team at Tusculum College prior to it being reinstated in the 1990s. He graduated from Tusculum in 1951 with a major in economics. He married his Westwood, New Jersey high school sweetheart, the former Nancy Hill. Mr. Leslie was elected a trustee of his alma mater in 1990 and served with distinction on the Athletic Committee until his death in 1996. Mr. and Mrs. Leslie served in the Bicentennial Campaign as members of the East Coast Advance Gifts Committee. In recognition of their generous support of Tusculum College throughout the capital campaign, the Leslie Resident Apartment in Craig Hall was named in their honor.

 

 

Each year, Tusculum College students help in the community on "Nettie Day"

 

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