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

Posted on 28 June 2016 by srichey@tusculum.edu

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Tusculum College ranked among top American colleges by The Economist

Posted on 20 June 2016 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College ranked among the top colleges in the State of Tennessee in the first-ever rankings of American colleges and universities by The Economist. Tusculum ranked an impressive 7th among the 36 Tennessee-based schools included. Overall, Tusculum College was ranked in the 57th percentile—meaning it was ranked ahead of 57 percent of the 1267 American colleges and universities included in the rankings.

The Economist rankings are based on the premise that the economic value of a college or university is equal to the gap between how much money its students subsequently earn, and how much they might have made had they studied elsewhere.

“Tusculum College offers a solid education and foundation for a career that will pay dividends for years to come. Our students are both prepared for graduate programs and the workforce and that is reflected in The Economist’s rankings,” said Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College.

“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 that many recent graduates have gone on to very promising careers at places such as PriceWaterhouseCooper, Presbyterian College and Mountain States Health Alliance.

“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.”

Using a comprehensive statistical formula, schools are ranked according to how much each school adds to (or subtracts from) its graduates earning potential, relative to other colleges and universities. According to The Economist‘s criteria, Tusculum College graduates earn, on average, $534 more per year than they would if they had attended another college or university.

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

 

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Picnic with the Doaks event set for June 24

Posted on 15 June 2016 by srichey@tusculum.edu

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact the museum at 423-636-8554 or email dboyd@tusculum.edu for more information.

 

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

 

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Tusculum College announces alumni travel program

Posted on 08 June 2016 by srichey@tusculum.edu

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

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

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

Viking River Cruises offers a wide range of opportunities to visit a number of World Heritage sites and to participate in guided tours of the cities that are visited. River cruising provides an opportunity to explore the towns along the river in an intimate way, said Small. “You can stroll the streets and explore the markets, churches and museums. We will have an opportunity to visit Amsterdam, Cologne, Heidelberg and Strasbourg.”

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

 

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Tusculum College’s Pioneer Fishing Club finishes 9th in BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship

Posted on 01 June 2016 by srichey@tusculum.edu

The Tusculum College Pioneer Fishing Club finished in 9th place at the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship, held last week at Pickwick Lake in Alabama. More than 140 teams competed.

The championship went to Auburn University’s team, which weighed in a total of 44.21 pounds.

Tusculum’s two-man team of Nick Hatfield, a senior business administration major from Greeneville, and Cory Neece, a sophomore environmental science major from Bristol, had a two-day compiled weigh in of 31.41 pounds.

Tusculum was the second highest finishing team from the State of Tennessee, with Bethel University finishing 3rd and 12th with their two teams, and Bryan College finishing 17th and 21st. Teams from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga came in 25th and 35th and teams from University of Tennessee-Knoxville came in 58th and 106th.

The Pioneer Fishing Club is sponsor is Dr. Jason Jones, assistant professor of physical education. Anyone interested in the club should email nickhatfield.nh@gmail.com.

The Association of Collegiate Anglers, a division of CarecoTV and in association with the Bass Federation, is a sanctioning body developed to facilitate growth, development and structure within competitive collegiate bass fishing.

 

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Director named for Tusculum College Honors Program

Posted on 01 June 2016 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Meagan Stark, coordinator of academic support at Tusculum College, has been named program director of the Honors Program.

Stark received her bachelor’s degree in political science and sociology from East Tennessee State University and her master’s degree in political science from Syracuse University.

She has been part of the Student Support Services team at Tusculum College since 2014.

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Stark will direct the restructured program along with Dr. Troy Goodale, associate professor of political science and faculty moderator, who will serve as faculty director.

“Ms. Stark brings a great deal of passion to the leadership of the Honors Program,” said Dr. Goodale. “Her previous experience at Syracuse University and East Tennessee State University allow her to bring a new perspective to Tusculum’s Honors Program. As the director of Peer Tutoring services at Tusculum, Ms. Stark has developed meaningful relationships with our students that uniquely positions her to cultivate a rapport with our Honors students and collaborate with each student to create a richer Honors Program experience.”

Several changes were developed over the course of the past year by the Honors Council, which is comprised of both faculty and staff dedicated to the success of the program.

The Tusculum College Honors Program promotes a cross-discipline dialogue between students that includes three core seminar courses. These courses are taught across the semester, every semester, to provide students ample opportunities to participate.

“The Honors courses we have developed are designed to be interesting courses that the instructors and students can be passionate about,” said Stark. “The courses continue to be challenging courses, but participants will also gain experiences in other areas such as leadership and research.”

In addition to the main Honors courses, a core concentration course will be required in areas that include global awareness, peer leadership, civic engagement or research.

“The Honors Program connects like-minded students who push one another to discuss socially and politically-important ideas, news and concepts,” said Sarah Holley, a 2016 graduate who plans to serve a year with AmeriCorps before attending graduate school to become an archivist/museum curator.

She added, “I met my best friend through this program, and they challenged me to become better culturally and academically. My favorite components of this program have been the special topic seminars because they facilitate discussion and create an open dialogue that spills from the classroom into daily life.”

To qualify for the program, first-time students must have a composite score of at least 25 on the ACT or 1150 on the SAT, have a high school grade-point average of 3.5 or higher and rank in the top 10 percent of high school graduating class.

“This year several recruitment events will be held on the Greeneville campus during the Advanced Registration period, and the application deadline will be Jan. 15, 2017,” said Stark. Candidate interviews will be held in February and selections made on March 1.

For more information, contact Stark at mstark@tusculum.edu.

 

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Tusculum College’s Pioneer Fishing Club currently 12th in BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship

Posted on 27 May 2016 by srichey@tusculum.edu

The Tusculum College Pioneer Fishing Club currently sits in 12th place at the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship, being held this week at Pickwick Lake in Alabama. There are two more days of competition and more than 140 teams competing.

The two-man team of Nick Hatfield, a senior business administration major from Greeneville,  and Cory Neece, a sophomore environmental science major from Bristol,  are doing more than holding their own with a first day weigh in of 16.68.

First place is currently held by Louisiana State University, Weighing in right at 23.06lbs.

To watch the teams battle it out on Pickwick Lake on the final two days, there will be a live blog for updates throughout the day at http://www.collegiatebasschampionship.com/. There will also be a live weigh in beginning at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 28, to see who will be crowned the 2016 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Champions.

The Pioneer Fishing Club is sponsor is Dr. Jason Jones, assistant professor of physical education. Anyone interested in the club should email nickhatfield.nh@gmail.com.

The Association of Collegiate Anglers, a division of CarecoTV and in association with the Bass Federation, is a sanctioning body developed to facilitate growth, development and structure within competitive collegiate bass fishing.

 

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Science, math and technology programs expected to expand at Tusculum College

Science, math and technology programs expected to expand at Tusculum College

Posted on 26 May 2016 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Science, mathematics and technology programs are expected to expand at Tusculum College with the addition of new degree programs and the investment in new facilities.

With the re-introduction of chemistry as a major in 2013, the addition of a master’s degree in nursing and a new planned Bachelor of Science in health care administration degree program, growth is expected to continue in these areas, according to LeAnn Hughes, vice president of enrollment management and marketing and director of Graduate and Professional Studies.

Earlier this month, a Bachelor of Science in computer science, a Bachelor of Science in information technology and a Master of Accountancy were preliminarily approved by Tusculum’s Board of Trustees pending development of the curriculum. Also approved was the development of a minor in web design.

The new programs will be initiated between now and 2019.

“Tusculum has a reputation for producing science graduates that have gone on to great success within their respective fields. Bringing back the chemistry major as an additional opportunity was the beginning of a process to expand these offerings,” said Hughes. “Now, with the completion of the Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Mathematics just around the corner, we expect enrollment in these programs to expand.”

Following the addition of the chemistry major, Tusculum College invested significantly by purchasing equipment and other useful tools including high performance liquid chromatography, infrared spectrometer, atomic absorption spectrometer, gas chromatography and a visible spectrometer. These new instruments, partially funded by gifts from alumni, assist the program to equip chemistry majors for a career in industry or graduate studies and further enhance already robust undergraduate research opportunities.

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

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

For more information about any of these programs, contact Melissa Ripley, director of operations for admissions at 1-800-729-0256 or email mripley@tusculum.edu.

Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math

 

 

 

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Progress continues on Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math

Posted on 20 May 2016 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Progress continues on the construction of the Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math at Tusculum College, with interior work continuing, including window installment.

According to David Martin, director of facilities for Tusculum College, exterior damp proofing and windows are complete with the exception of custom windows for the Board Room, which will be installed next week.

“The roof is dried in, metal panels and copper gutters are ongoing. Window trim and masonry in progress,” said Martin, adding that rough grading of the north lot is complete.

As work continues, drywall, insulation, drywall soffits and finishing are ongoing on all floors, and fire protection is 90 percent complete. Paint priming will begin in two weeks.

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

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

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

Interior finishing and window installation at the Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math

 

 

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Tusculum College announces nurse practitioner program

Posted on 05 May 2016 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College has  received final approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to offer the Master of Science in nursing degree with a concentration in family nurse practitioner in August. The college received approval by the Tennessee Board of Nursing in February to move forward in planning the new degree program and hopes to receive final approval in June.

The family nurse practitioner program is a graduate level Master of Science degree designed to address the need for more primary healthcare providers in the community. It will be led by Dr. Linda Garrett, assistant dean of nursing, health sciences and human services and chair of graduate nursing.

“In East Tennessee, there is a gap between the number of people who need healthcare and the number of healthcare providers,” said Dr. Lois Ewen, dean of nursing, health sciences and human services. “The nurse practitioner program will help fill that gap in our community,” she added.

“Nurse practitioners provide primary care across the lifespan to people of all ages with simple to complex illnesses. We provide care for patients that have comorbidities. We have the same privileges that family physicians have, such as prescribing medications,” said Dr. Garrett.

Applications for enrollment in the program will be available in late spring.  The first class is tentatively set to graduate in fall 2017.

“One of the things that is very special about this program, especially in this part of the country, is that we plan to develop an RN to MSN program, which will allow nurses with associate degrees to obtain their master’s degree in six semesters,” said Dr. Garrett.

With this bridge component, Dr. Ewen hopes to serve more nurses in the area and serve the community with quality advanced practice nurses. The nurse practitioner program will be housed in the Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Math and Science, where the students will have access to state-of-the-art equipment specialized for their degree.

“The Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Math and Science will provide students with a lab separate from the lab for the undergraduate program,” said Dr. Garrett. “The undergraduate lab is styled like a hospital, the nurse practitioner labs will be designed much like a typical medical office with high technological recording capabilities.”

Dr. Garrett hopes to work with the theater program at Tusculum and have people trained as “standardized patients.” These standardized patients would act as real patients through scenarios developed by the nursing faculty in order to assist nurse practitioner students in patient interaction and diagnosis.

“My vision is to provide the community with primary care providers–this is an area of need—to provide the folks in this community access to good quality care and to get the nurse practitioner program going and graduating students.”

Individuals with interest in attending the family nurse practitioner program should contact the nursing department at nursing@tusculum.edu or 423-636-7430 for more information.  Tusculum College is now accepting applications for admission into the college.

 

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Tusculum Commencement ceremony to feature Dr. David Baker

Posted on 05 May 2016 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Dr. David Baker, senior vice president of field services for the DIRECTV Group, Inc. and a member of the Tusculum College Board of Trustees, will be the speaker at Tusculum College’s spring commencement exercises.

Dr. Baker will deliver the address to students at both ceremonies on Saturday, May 7, in the Pioneer Arena in Niswonger Commons on the Greeneville campus. The morning ceremony will be graduates of the college’s residential program and will begin at 10 a.m. An afternoon ceremony, which will begin at 2 p.m., will be held for graduates of the Graduate and Professional Studies program.

Dr. David Baker

“Dr. David Baker joined the Tusculum College Board of Trustees in October 2009 and has been an active participant in Board and institutional events,” said Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College. “He initiated an effort for Tusculum College to use a process called “Kill the Company” in an effort for institutional representatives to identify and alleviate or ‘kill’ antiquated policies and procedures directed primarily at removing barriers to student admission, progression and graduation.”

Dr. Baker oversees DIRECTV Group’s national network of installation and service providers and is charged with improving the quality of the customer experience at the point of installation and service. Additionally, he is responsible for DIRECTV Home Services, which is DIRECTV’s owned and operated field services operation. He is currently based in DIRECTV’s Denver offices.

Dr. Baker’s career includes more than 20 years with The DIRECTV Group and its former parent company. Between 1998 and 2006, he held leadership positions with DIRECTV Latin America and DIRECTV Japan, as well as several senior-level financial and operational roles.

Most recently Baker was executive vice president and chief operating officer for On Command Corporation, where he led the integration of On Command into its new parent company, LodgeNet. Also, as a managing director at Nightingale and Associates, LLP, Baker restructured a $350 million construction company to return it to profitability.

Prior to DIRECTV, Baker was at Weyerhaeuser Company as an engineer in raw materials and research and development in Federal Way, WA, and then worked as an operations research analyst for Getty Oil Company in Los Angeles, Calif.

Dr. Baker holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in industrial engineering from West Virginia University and earned his doctorate in mineral economics at the Colorado School of Mines.

Dr. Baker and wife, Nancy, reside in Parker, CO, and have one daughter who is nearing graduation from West Virginia University.

For the morning ceremony, practice begins at 8:45 a.m. For the afternoon ceremony, practice begins at 12:45 p.m. The Pioneer Arena will open for guest seating after completion of each rehearsal. Guests are asked to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the ceremony. For those who are unable to attend the ceremonies and would like to view live online, they may send an email requesting instructions to bhenley@tusculum.edu.

No tickets are required for graduation.

 

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Doak House Museum to host history camp

Posted on 04 May 2016 by srichey@tusculum.edu

The Doak House Museum, located on the campus of Tusculum College, will be offering a history camp for area children this summer.

History Camp will be held June 13-17 and is designed for children ages 6-12.

In History Camp, children will explore the Tusculum College campus and the Doak House Museum site through a variety of interactive games, crafts and activities. The camp will feature a new instructor with all new activities and curriculum.

Tuition for each camp is $85 with all materials and a daily snack included. Camp hours are 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Sibling and Tusculum College employee discounts are available. A deposit and registration are required.

“We pride ourselves on having fun, engaging, affordable camps for the families in our community,” said Dollie Boyd, director of Museum Program and Studies at Tusculum College.

Space is limited. For more information, contact Boyd at dboyd@tusculum.edu or by phone at 423-636-8554.

Students learn through fun during the Doak House Museum’s History Camp on the Tusculum College campus.

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