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Tusculum to host first fall open house Thursday, Sept. 4

Posted on 25 August 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College is offering  high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to learn about college life and options available to them in continuing their education during open houses Sept. 4, Sept. 20 and Nov. 1.

The first open house will be Thursday, Sept. 4, and will include presentations on financial aid and the admission process. The event will also include a faculty fair, in which high school students can explore the academic majors offered at Tusculum and meet with professors. A tour of campus will also be provided.

Registration for the open house will begin at 3 p.m. Following the scheduled activities, participants will be guests at a tailgate with live music, food and other fun activities, and enjoy the opening home game for the Tusculum Pioneer football team.

Saturday, Sept. 20, is the date for the second open house. This event will also include presentations about financial aid and the admission process, the faculty fair and campus tour. In addition, this open house will include a parent and student panel, which will allow participants to ask specific questions. Registration for the open house will begin at 2 p.m. Participants will be invited to enjoy the football tailgate that evening prior to the Pioneers’ second home game.

The third open house in the fall will be Saturday, Nov. 1. The open house agenda will be the same as the one for Sept. 20. Registration will begin at 8 a.m., with participants invited to attend the football tailgate and the following game, which will be Senior Day for the team.

The open houses are for high school junior and seniors only.

Registration for the open houses can be completed online. Space is still available for all three events.

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Tusculum’s Williams publishes book on good works in 1 Peter

Posted on 21 August 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College’s Dr. Travis B. Williams, assistant professor of religion, has released his second book, entitled, “Good Works in 1 Peter: Negotiating Social Conflict and Christian Identity in the Greco-Roman World.”

In this work, Dr. Williams, who served as the 2014 Theologian-in-Residence at Tusculum College, examines the question of 1 Peter’s call to “do good.”

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According to Dr. Williams, “Most interpreters understand the letter’s call to ‘do good’ as an admonition to behave in a manner which was consistent with popular standards of conduct. As such, many contend that the Petrine readers could expect their good works to be favorably acknowledged by Greco-Roman society. This has been the consensus opinion in scholarship for many years, shaping and directing modern investigations of the letter’s social strategy.” The goal of this work, however, is to challenge the modern consensus regarding the meaning and function of good works in 1 Peter in order to thereby provide a fresh reading of the letter’s social strategy.

Drawing on recent insights from postcolonial theory and social psychology, the book demonstrates that the exhortation to “do good” envisages a pattern of conduct which stands opposed to popular values. The Petrine author appropriates terminology that was commonly associated with wealth and social privilege and reinscribes it with a new meaning in order to provide his marginalized readers with an alternative vision of reality, one in which the honor and approval so valued in society is finally available to them. The good works theme thus articulates a competing discourse which challenges dominant social structures and the hegemonic ideology which underlies them.

The book is available through Amazon.com or by contacting the Tusculum College Bookstore at 423.636.7300423.636.7300.

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Tusculum to host College Fair on Wednesday, Aug. 27

Posted on 18 August 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College will offer local high school and home-schooled students the opportunity to explore higher education options when it hosts its annual College Fair on Wednesday, Aug. 27.

There is no cost to attend the College Fair, which will be 9 – 11 a.m. in Pioneer Arena inside the Niswonger Commons. Participating in the event will be a wide variety of colleges and universities as well as vocational schools from the Southeast region. Each institution will have a display providing information about its academic programs. Most also have representatives on hand to answer specific questions about programs or the school.

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.

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

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‘History Night at the Greeneville Astros’ on Saturday to feature Museums of Tusculum College

Posted on 16 July 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

The Museums of Tusculum College will be featured as part of “History Night at the Greeneville Astros” on Saturday, July 19, during its game with the Danville Braves.

The evening will feature the two museums on the Tusculum campus, the Doak House Museum and the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library, and several other area museums and historic groups on the concourse at Pioneer Park, also located at the college.

In addition, the Tennessee Association of Vintage Baseball will promote living history by bringing the 19th century to life through baseball events that use the rules, equipment, costumes and culture of the 1860s.

The ball game will begin at 6 p.m. The evening will also feature a concert by Nikki Moulder at 4:30 p.m., and fans arriving early will receive a free Astros jersey of former Greeneville Astros MVP and MLB All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve as they enter the gates.

For more information, please visit the Greeneville Astros web site or contact the Museums of Tusculum College at 423-636-8554 or email dboyd@tusculum.edu.

The Doak House Museum and the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library are operated by the Department of Museum Program and Studies of Tusculum College. In addition to the museums, the department is responsible for the College Archives and offers one of the few undergraduate Museum Studies degree programs in the country. The two museums are also part of the National Historic District on the Tusculum College campus. Follow the museums on Facebook and Twitter to learn the latest news and upcoming events or visit its Web site to learn more about the variety of programs offered at the museums.

 

 

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Ronda Gentry named director for Tusculum College’s Center for Civic Advancement

Posted on 09 July 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

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Ronda Gentry joins Tusculum College in the Center for Civic Advancement (CCA) as the director of the center.

Gentry comes to Tusculum from Virginia Intermont College where she most recently served as vice president for institutional advancement. She has a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Campbell University, a Master of Divinity from the Duke Divinity School. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Union Institute and University and is working on her dissertation.

Previously Gentry has also worked as an adjunct professor and served as dean of student development at Virginia Intermont College. In addition, she served as chaplain at the college.

“It is great to have Ronda join us in the Center for Civic Advancement, and I’m certain she will be inspiring to students, staff and faculty who participate in the various service projects and programs of the CCA,” said Dr. Lisa Johnson, interim vice president for academic affairs.

The Center for Civic Advancement is dedicated to effecting positive change by promoting social responsibility, social justice and equity through civic engagement and service learning partnerships involving students, campus and the community. The CCA promotes service-learning on Tusculum’s campuses by connecting students to volunteer opportunities in the local area. The Center also provides faculty with resources to incorporate course-related service projects into their classes.

In her new role, Gentry will lead efforts to support academic service, including action research, service-learning and public scholarship and initiate dialogue about issues of social concern through trainings, lectures, and forums. She will also assist in providing students with a variety of community-based service and learning courses and project opportunities that emphasize the virtue competencies, build moral character, encourage compassion and promote social justice and civic engagement.

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Tusculum College names Dr. Lisa Johnson interim vice president of academic affairs

Posted on 30 June 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Dr. Lisa Johnson has been named interim vice president of academic affairs at Tusculum College. Johnson steps into the position previously held by Dr. Melinda Dukes who will be returning to the classroom as a member of the Tusculum College faculty. Dr. Johnson will serve in this capacity until August 11.

Dr. Lisa Johnson

Dr. Johnson previously served Tusculum College as assistant vice president for academic affairs, as director of the School of Education and as assistant professor of education.

In her new role she will be responsible for facilitating academic affairs strategic planning goals and providing leadership as new academic programs are implemented.

“Dr. Johnson has contributed to the success of Tusculum College for many years in the various leadership and administrative roles she has held,” said Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody. “She has been part of a strong academic leadership team and extremely active in working with others to more fully engage students and faculty.”

Johnson, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in special education from East Tennessee State University, also earned her master’s degree and doctorate of education, both in educational leadership and policy analysis, from ETSU.

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Tusculum College’s Dr. Nancy B. Moody invited to be part of Leadership Tennessee class

Posted on 27 June 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College President Nancy B. Moody has been invited to participate in the second class of Leadership Tennessee.  The class was announced this week through the Lipscomb University Nelson and Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership.

The program is designed to cultivate a network of business, nonprofit, education and government leaders who are committed to addressing the state’s challenges and opportunities. The class includes 31 members from across Tennessee.

“By bringing together top leaders in the business, education, health care and the nonprofit arenas, Leadership Tennessee introduces participants to different perspectives while also helping them understand the collaborative nature of conversation and action that will continue to move our state ahead,” said Cathy Cate, executive director of Leadership Tennessee and director of community leadership programs for the Andrews Institute.

Leadership Tennessee is a 10-month program that provides collaborative learning and dialogue spanning the state’s three grand divisions, issue-specific education for demonstrated leaders, a diverse representation of participants and opportunities to affect change. It will meet several times as a group in addition to participating in other activities, research and projects throughout the program. The program was launched in August 2013.

Dr. Nancy B. Moody

The inaugural class focused on three main issues—education, government efficiency and health and wellness. During the course of the program, the group produced a plan of action designed to impact the entire state, as well as each region. The program took participants to Chattanooga, Memphis and Knoxville among other locations in Tennessee. The 2014-15 Leadership Tennessee class will also meet throughout the state and examine important issues facing Tennessee. The class will begin the program with a retreat in August.

Members of this year’s class, in addition to Dr. Moody, include Sarah Morgan,president of Benwood Foundation; Carolyn Chism Hardy, chief executive officer of Chism Hardy Investments LLC; Doug Banister, pastor of All Souls Church; Joan Cronan, women’s athletic director emeritus at the University of Tennessee; Joe DiPietro, president of the University of Tennessee; Carol Evans, executive director of Legacy Parks Foundation; Jim McIntyre, superintendent of Knox County Schools; Madeline Rogero, mayor of the City of Knoxville;

Calvin Anderson, senior vice president of corporate affairs for BlueCross BlueShield Tennessee; Darrell Cobbins, president/principal broker for Universal Commercial Real Estate; Dorothy Gunther Pugh, CEO and founding artistic director for Ballet Memphis; Teresa Sloyan, executive director for Hyde Family Foundations; Michael Ugwueke, president and chief operating officer for Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare;

A.C. Wharton, mayor of the City of Memphis; Charles Robert Bone of Bone McAllester Norton PLLC; Bo Campbell, attorney with Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP; Mark Cate, chief of staff to the governor of the State of Tennessee; Jen Cole, executive director for the Metro Nashville Arts Commission;

Jaynee Day, president and chief executive officer for Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee; Jose Gonzalez, finance director and instructor of management and entrepreneurship for Conexion Americas/Belmont University; Tre Hargett, secretary of state for the State of Tennessee; Beth Harwell, speaker of the House for the Tennessee General Assembly;

Henry Hicks, president and chief executive officer at the Nashville Museum of African American Music; Bob Higgins, president and chief executive officer for Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon; John Lowry, vice president of external affairs for Lipscomb University; Robert J. Martineau Jr., commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation; Joelle Phillips, president of AT&T Tennessee; Michael Skipper, executive director for the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization; Remziya Suleyman, director of policy and administration for the American Center for Outreach, and Ted Brown, president of Martin Methodist College.

For more information about Leadership Tennessee visit www.leadershiptennessee.org or contact Cate at 615.966.5180 or catherine.cate@lipscomb.edu.

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Former Tusculum professor publishes book

Posted on 24 June 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Dr. Rick Toomey, former assistant professor at Tusculum College, has written a book about the life of his cousin, Debbie McDonald, who experienced severe brain trauma that left her in a vegetative state, and her journey to a life dominated by joy and hope.

Toomey’s book is titled, “I’m Fine:  A Story of Overcoming Adversity Through God’s Grace.” It details Debbie’s story beginning with a tragic automobile accident in January 1965, which took the life of her brother and left her in a comatose state.  Through prayer, loving care and her indomitable spirit, Debbie regained all her mental functioning and some of her physical abilities.

Toomey is a graduate of McMinn County High School and earned his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Tennessee. He also received a Master of Religious Education from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and served in several ministerial positions for 10 years.

During Toomey’s time at Tusculum, he taught numerous courses in the master’s program for Human Resource Development and Organizational Training and Development.

The book can be purchased on Amazon on Kindle Direct Publishing.

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American Society for Training and Development Award Scholarship to Tusculum College student

Posted on 23 June 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

A $1,000 scholarship gift was awarded to Tusculum College student Michael Fawley for the current academic year. The award was presented from the organization’s Smokey Mountain Chapter.

Fawley is employed by Energizer as a marketing analyst in Knoxville and pursuing a master’s degree in education in human resource development at Tusculum College.

The American Society for Training and Development developed the annual scholarship in order to support a student or students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Education – Human Resource Development program at Tusculum College.

Michael Fawley

Recipients are selected who have high financial need and who have shown academic promise and a commitment to being active and involved in the field of training and development. Preference is given to adult students studying on the Knoxville campus of Tusculum College.

Fawley is a member of ASTD, vice president of the East Tennessee Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication and a member of the Institute for Packing Professionals.

In addition to his degree at Tusculum, Fawley has a Master’s of Business Administration and a bachelor’s degree in English, both from the University of Tennessee.

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Wayne Thomas named Interim Dean of Arts and Sciences at Tusculum College

Posted on 18 June 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Wayne Thomas has been named interim dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Tusculum College, effective July 1.

Thomas has served as chair of the Department of Fine Arts and as associate professor of English. He has served previously as the chair of the English Department. He joined Tusculum College in 2005 and has not only continuously worked to serve his students and grow his departments, but has built several strong arts and humanities programs that have become part of the College’s culture.

“Under the leadership of Mr. Thomas, many students have successfully published, graduated and been admitted to graduate programs,” said Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of the College. “Through the guidance of Mr. Thomas and other faculty members, many Tusculum students  have received scholarships and built relationships to pursue master’s degrees at a wide array of universities including Columbia University, the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, the University of Central Arkansas, the University of Central Florida, the University of Tennessee, the University of Tennessee the School of Law, East Tennessee State University, Chatham University, Eastern Kentucky University, Washington University in St. Louis, Tampa University, the University of Memphis, the Art Institute of California and the Pittsburgh School of Mortuary Science.”

Wayne Thomas

After being named the College’s first chair of the Fine Arts Department, Thomas was instrumental in the resurrection of the tradition of the Old Oak Festival, working to bring it back with a focus on fine arts, music, theater and writing.

During his time with the English Department, Thomas coordinated the annual Humanities Lecture Series, bringing guest authors to campus not only to share their works, but to meet with students and share their professional experiences through small panel sessions. He has previously served as editor of the Tusculum Review, overseeing the student-driven production of the College’s literary journal.

Professor Thomas’s essays, stories and plays have been seen in several literary journals and anthologies, including “Sudden Stories: The Mammoth Book of Miniscule Fiction” and “River Teeth. In addition, he recently co-edited an anthology of Appalachian literature, “Red Holler.”

He has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre History and Literary Criticism from Georgia College, a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing/Scriptwriting from Georgia College and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing/Fiction and Nonfiction from West Virginia University.

Thomas is the 2012 recipient of Tusculum College’s Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award. He also received the alumni-presented National Living Faculty Award for dedicated service to students in 2013.

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Tusculum College students inducted into Psi Chi Honor Society

Posted on 04 June 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College inducted 10 new students into the Psi Chi Honor Society in May.

Founded in 1927, Psi Chi recognizes psychology students whose diligent efforts have elevated them to the top 30 percent of their graduating class. This most recent induction ceremony focused on the accomplishments of Tusculum’s Graduate and Professional Studies students.

Inductees from the Morristown site included: Tracy Vandiver, Linda Burton and

Amanda Brooks. Inductees from the Greeneville campus were Jacquelyn Waddell, Toni Kingery, Nyki Bitton, Sara Cedillo, Tracy Ealey, Tara Cox and Lori Hull.

The ceremony, officiated by Dr. Brian Pope, professor of psychology and Dr. Bill Garris, associate professor of psychology, noted the importance of drawing from the social sciences to help solve complex human problems and celebrated the accomplishments of these students, inside and outside of the classroom.

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Tusculum College seeking volunteers for RAM Clinic, Nov. 7-9

Posted on 03 June 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Volunteers are needed to assist with the Remote Area Medical (RAM) free-health care clinic, scheduled to be held at Tusculum College, Nov. 7-9.

RAM is a Knoxville-based organization providing free medical care for the uninsured and underinsured. Volunteers are needed for all three days. Tusculum College, which is hosting the event, and coordinators are recruiting volunteers to sign up to help.

According to Rachel Edens, director of the Center for Civic Advancement, general volunteers are needed to assist in setting up Friday afternoon, Nov. 7. On Saturday and Sunday, helpers are needed to register patients and work in the kitchen area, serving food, snacks and drinks to those who are working at the expedition. Others may be asked to direct traffic, help keep order in lines and do other duties.

Young adults under 18 may volunteer with some restrictions. Children under 14 are not allowed to work.

The RAM organization will also recruit skilled workers and students in the medical, dental and optometry fields to provide care to hundreds of people.

During the two-day, weekend clinics, commonly called expeditions, RAM provides basic medical services, dental work and optometry services and glasses on-site free that day. Health care services provided include comprehensive screening for diabetes and hypertension, procedures such as mammography, colon cancer screening, retinal screening using telemedicine technology, chest x-rays, pulmonary function studies and some gynecological procedures.

Volunteers for Saturday and Sunday will need to be at the college by 5:30 a.m. and plan to work all day, possibly 10-12 hours.

If you would like to be involved in event-planning and coordination, or if you would like to be a volunteer of any sort, please e-mail Edens at RAM@tusculum.edu, or call (423) 636-7450.

On both days, the parking lot will open at midnight and RAM will begin handing out numbers to patients at 3 a.m. The doors open at 6 am.

RAM, founded by adventurer Stan Brock in 1985, is dedicated to providing medical and veterinary access in rural and remote areas to anyone who needs it, both domestically and abroad.

For more information, visit RAM’s at http://www.ramusa.org/.

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