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Poetry reading is Thursday, Oct. 2, 7 p.m. in the Allison Gallery

Poetry reading is Thursday, Oct. 2, 7 p.m. in the Allison Gallery

Posted on 01 October 2014 by

Tusculum College will host a poetry reading featuring poets Tim Earley and Abraham Smith at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 2, in the Allison Gallery on the Greeneville campus.

The reading will be held in conjunction with the senior gallery exhibition of Jack Lampley, a graphic arts major from Clarksville. A reception for this exhibit will be held from 4-6 p.m.

Earley was born and raised in Forest City, N.C. He has authored three collections of poetry, including “Boondoggle,” “The Spooking of Mavens” and “Poems Descriptive of Rural Life and Scenery.” His work has appeared in several other publications, including the “Chicago Review,” the “Southern Humanities Review,” the “Green Mountains Review” and the “Literary Trails of the North Carolina Mountains.” Earley holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Alabama.

Since receiving his M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Alabama in 2004, Smith has published three full-length poetry collections, including “Whim Man Mammon,” “Hank” and “Only Jesus Could Icefish in Summer.” His works have also appeared in numerous journals and publications, including the “Denver Quarterly,” the “American Poetry Review” and “The Volta Book of Poets.”

In 2012, Smith was awarded a Literary Arts Fellowship from the Alabama State Council on the Arts. He currently works at the University of Alabama.

This event is part of the Humanities Series, sponsored by the Tusculum College English Department. The reading is free and open to the public. Arts and Lecture credit is available for Tusculum College residential students.

For more information, contact Dr. Clay Matthews, assistant professor of English, at 423-636-7300423-636-7300.


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Learn to knit at the Doak House Museum

Learn to knit at the Doak House Museum

Posted on 30 September 2014 by

Knitting for beginners will be offered on Saturday, Oct. 11, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Doak House Museum on the Tusculum College campus. The $25 class fee covers all materials and instruction.

The class is being offered at the museum as part of its continuing series of instruction for the public in traditional arts and crafts methods. Workshop attendees will use high-quality yarn to learn the fundamentals of knitting, take home a set of bamboo needles and a beginning project.

Space in the class is limited. Call or email the museum to make a reservation. Contact Doak House Site Manager Leah Walker at 423-636-8554423-636-8554 or email for more information.


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Tusculum College named to Top Military-Friendly School List

Posted on 30 September 2014 by

For the fifth year, Tusculum College has been named to the Military Friendly Schools® list for 2015. The list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and dependents and to ensure their academic success.

Schools on the list range from state universities and private colleges to community colleges and trade schools. The common bond is their shared priority of recruiting students with military experience.

“Through the Yellow Ribbon program the college acknowledges the commitment of those who have served our country by providing them with financial support to complete their education,” said Tusculum College President Nancy B. Moody. “With the variety of locations, programs, majors, degrees and scheduling options offered at Tusculum College, we are uniquely suited to serve those whose educational path was interrupted or who are considering beginning or continuing their higher education.”

The Military Friendly Schools list is a key resource in letting military personnel, veterans and their families know which schools will offer them the greatest opportunity, flexibility and overall experience.

Tusculum College began participating in the Yellow Ribbon program in August 2009. Under the program, the school matches dollars put in by the Veterans Administration so veterans or their spouse or dependents can work toward their advanced degree, as well as qualify for money to help with housing. There are more than 35 students enrolled in Tusculum degree programs who are receiving the Yellow Ribbon benefits.

“Tusculum College is committed to helping military service personnel, U.S. veterans and their families find the right program and format to best suit them in completing their college degree in both our residential and Graduate and Professional Studies programs,” said LeAnn Hughes, vice president for enrollment management and marketing at Tusculum College.

She added, “It is a priority of Tusculum College to provide access to military and their families who are seeking higher education opportunities and to make that access as simple and affordable as possible. We are pleased with the number of military who choose Tusculum College because of the personalized program that helps them every step along the path to graduation.”

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.

In addition, Tusculum College has a long standing relationship with the United States Navy through its partnership with the U.S.S. Greeneville submarine. Since its christening, Tusculum College has partnered with the crew members, offering an annual scholarship to crewmen and/or members of their family. To date, three people benefiting from that relationship have become Tusculum College alumni and there are currently three students receiving this scholarship in the residential program.

Additional, Tusculum has a site location at the McGee Tyson Air National Guard Base in Blount County to serve the needs of students in that area.

Tusculum College has long offered assistance to veterans returning to higher education and Veterans Affairs Coordinator Pat Simons is available to specifically support veterans with their admissions and financial aid questions. For more information on the Yellow Ribbon program or other assistance provided by the college, contact Simons at 423-636-7300423-636-7300.

Criteria for making the Military Friendly Schools list included efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, results in recruiting military and veteran students and academic accreditations.


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Mark your calendars!  Valentine’s Dinner/Swing Dance benefit for band program is Feb. 14

Mark your calendars! Valentine’s Dinner/Swing Dance benefit for band program is Feb. 14

Posted on 30 September 2014 by

The Tusculum College Pioneer Jazz Band will be hosting a Valentine’s Day Dinner/Swing Dance benefit on Saturday, Feb. 14, at the General Morgan Inn. The reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. The event will include dinner and a performance of the Pioneer Jazz Band, along with special guests.

The event is a fundraiser to help raise money for much-needed equipment for the Tusculum band program, according to David A. Price, director of music at Tusculum College.

“We have planned a wonderful, romantic night of great food, great music and dancing through the evening,” Price said. “It’s the perfect event for Valentine’s Day, with a few special

surprises included. Tickets would also make a wonderful Christmas gift for someone special.”

Ticket prices are $50 per person and include dance tickets, an opening reception, dinner and a special dessert. Please call in advance to request a vegetarian substitution. A cash bar will be available.

Tickets are available for purchase at the General Morgan Inn or by contacting Price at 423-636-7303423-636-7303 or emailing A hotel package special is also available by contacting the General Morgan Inn at 423-787-1000423-787-1000. Sponsorships and table packages are also available for the event by contacting Price.

The Pioneer Band Program at Tusculum College began in 2010 with the creation of the Pioneer Pep Band. The Pep Band became a much-enjoyed feature of the 2010 Pioneer football and basketball seasons, as the band performed at the Pioneer Club tailgate parties before each home football game, during pregame and half-time festivities.

A concert band was formed in the 2010-2011 academic year as well, and the newly-formed group was honored to be asked to play at the Inauguration Ceremony for the College’s new president, Dr. Nancy B. Moody, on October 8, 2010.

To date, the music program continues to grow each year and has also formed a jazz band, several small instrumental ensembles and a Handbell Choir. The program is featured in three concerts per year. The next concert is set for Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. at Annie Hogan Byrd Auditorium.


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Annual Tusculum/Carson-Newman Blood Drive Bowl set for week leading up to Oct. 18  Homecoming game

Annual Tusculum/Carson-Newman Blood Drive Bowl set for week leading up to Oct. 18 Homecoming game

Posted on 26 September 2014 by

Fans of the Tusculum Pioneers and Carson-Newman Eagles can support their team while aiding the East Tennessee Medic Regional Blood Center by participating in the 12th Annual Blood Drive Bowl in October.

The Blood Drive Bowl is part of the festivities leading up to the Saturday, Oct.18, homecoming game at Tusculum, where the two teams face-off on the field. Kickoff is at 2:30 p.m. Tusculum has been the top donor in seven of the previous 11 drives.

There will be several opportunities to donate blood.

On Tuesday, Oct. 14, Tusculum students, faculty, staff and fans may donate on the Knoxville campus from 2 – 6 p.m. Blood donations will also be taken at the following locations: Wednesday, Oct. 15, at the Tusculum College Greeneville campus from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 16, at the Tusculum College Morristown site at 420 West Morris Blvd., from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Donors should bring a valid driver’s license or other official photo ID in order to give blood. Medical prescreening and a free cholesterol test (no fasting necessary) will be provided at the sites. One donation a year exempts donors and their IRS dependents from paying blood supplier processing fees at any U.S. hospital.

The winning school will be announced at halftime of the homecoming football game. Tusculum leads the Blood Drive Bowl series 7-3.  The Pioneers won the inaugural title in 2003, again in 2005, and five consecutive years (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012). Carson-Newman has captured bragging rights four times (2004, 2006, 2007, and 2013).

For more information, contact the MEDIC Regional Blood Center at (865) 524-3074(865) 524-3074 or at


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Ekphrasis – Image and Word Exhibit open through Sept. 24

Posted on 23 September 2014 by

Tusculum College’s art exhibit titled “Ekphrasis – Image and Word” will be open through Wednesday, Sept. 24. The exhibition is the work product of 11 students in the senior portfolio and exhibition class in the Art and Design program.

Former Tusculum Professor Clem Allison is credited with having carefully put together a collection of etchings, wood engravings, wood cuts, screenprints and lithographs during his extensive tenure at the College. Last year, Associate Professor of Art Deborah Bryan’s class put together the first exhibition of these prints since 1998, and this year, a very special selection of work has been assembled for display.

Ekphrasis is defined as “a literary description of or commentary on a visual work of art,” according to Bryan. “The word is now used to describe not only visual art influencing words, but also words influencing visual art. It is the latter meaning that is most applicable here, as most of the prints are a response to poetry or prose.”

The exhibit features works from the “Ligature 68” series, Dame Elizabeth Frink’s “Canterbury Tales” etchings and text, screenprint imagery and screenprint annotations from Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra.”

Dr. Bryan feels that this is an effective way to teach students about professional artistry and exhibition. “The best way to learn to plan, mat, hang, publicize and host a senior exhibition is to do exactly that with a group of colleagues facing the same challenge,” she said.

The exhibit is open to the public and is being held in the Clem Allison Gallery of the Rankin House. Hours are Monday-Friday from 3:30-5 p.m. For more information, contact Dr. Bryan at


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Meditation Garden dedication is Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Posted on 22 September 2014 by

A dedication of the Meditation Garden in honor of those affected by domestic violence will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23. The dedication will occur at the site of the garden at the Honors House, located across from Doak Elementary School.

Tusculum College developed the garden in conjunction with ASafeHarborHome, an agency established to aid victims of domestic violence.

The garden was completed by the Tusculum BIOL-354 class as a service-learning project. It was designed not only as a beautiful campus space, but as an ongoing project in support of ASafeHarborHome. With the help of the Office of Institutional Advancement, the class solicited donations to purchase plants and supplies. With each donation, a plant identification marker will be placed to represent organizations or departments on campus.

For more information, contact Ronda Gentry at



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Birding presentation by Ornithologist Don Miller is Tuesday, Sept. 23, at Tusculum College

Birding presentation by Ornithologist Don Miller is Tuesday, Sept. 23, at Tusculum College

Posted on 19 September 2014 by

Ornithologist Don Miller will be presenting “Birding in Northeast Tennessee: Quite an Earful,” the second event in the 2014-15 Acts, Arts, Academia performance and lecture series at Tusculum College on Tuesday, Sept. 23.

The performance and lecture series is a program of Tusculum College Arts Outreach and will feature 14 events throughout the academic year. Acts, Arts, Academic is supported by the late Dr. Sam Miller in memory of his wife Agnes Ault Miller, Arts Outreach, Hearts for the Arts and the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Don Miller’s presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in the Behan Arena Theatre (lower level side entrance of the Annie Hogan Byrd building).

As a child, Miller’s family shared their fascination of birds with him, and after college, his interest was rekindled by friends and associates in both Blacksburg, Virginia, and Northeast Tennessee. He will share this passion not only by specifying the birds of Northeast Tennessee but by giving instruction on how to learn the language of the regional birds and how to locate them by ear.

Miller worked with Tusculum College for more than eight years before assuming the position as Director of Greeneville-Greene County Public Library and its branch, the T. Elmer Cox Historical and Genealogical Library in 2000. He is a member of the Greeneville chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society, serving as president for many years. He has contributed to the seasonal reports of “The Migrant,” participated in the North American Breeding Bird Survey and is currently authoring a book that focuses on the birds of Greene County and surrounding areas.

The schedule for the remainder of the 2014-15 academic year includes the following events:

Theatre-at-Tusculum’s production of “The Addams Family” musical comedy will be Nov. 14-16 and Nov. 20-23. All performances will be at 7 p.m. in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium except the Sunday shows, which will be at 2 p.m.

The Tusculum College Band Christmas Concert will be Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium. There is free admission to the concert

The holiday events continue with Tusculum College Community Chorus’ annual Christmas concert on Monday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium. This year’s performance, which is free and open to the public, will be “Gaudete! A Christmas Concert.”

Central Ballet Theatre returns to the stage in January with “Rapunzel: A Tangled Tale.” Performances will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 16; 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 17, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 18. All the performances will be in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium.

“Lincoln at Gettysburg” with Chris Small of the Lincoln Project will be 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, in the Behan Arena Theatre. The cost is $6 per person.

“Kaleidoscope of Indian Classical Dance,” featuring Bharatha Natyam, Kuchipudi and Kathak classical dance, will be 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium.

The Tusculum College Band Winter Concert will be Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. in Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium. Admission is free.

Theatre-at-Tusculum’s production of the musical comedy, “How to Eat Like a Child,” will be 7 p.m. Feb. 27-28 and March 5-7 in the Behan Arena Theatre. Sunday matinees will be presented at 2 p.m. on March 1 and 8.

“Back on Broadway,” dazzling production numbers performed by the next generation of Broadway stars, will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium.

“5 x 10,” five 10-minute plays by Tusculum students under the direction of English professor Wayne Thomas, will be presented at 7 p.m. on April 17-18 and 24-25 with Sunday matinee performance at 2 p.m. on April 19 and 26. Admission for the plays, to be presented in the Behan Arena Theatre, is $6 per person.

The Tusculum College Band Spring Concert will be Thursday, April 30, at 7 p.m. in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

The series will conclude with the Tusculum College Community Chorus Spring Concert on Monday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium. Admission is free.

Unless otherwise noted, admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (60 years of age and older) and $5 for children 12 and under.

For more information on these events, please contact Arts Outreach at 423-798-1620423-798-1620 or visit its website at


Written by Stephanie Turner, junior journalism major from Shelbyville, Tenn.


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Students recognize Constitution Day

Posted on 17 September 2014 by

Tusculum students worked tables in recognition of Constitution Day to provide information on the voter registration process.


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Tusculum College students to provide a day of service in the community as part of campus tradition

Posted on 17 September 2014 by

Tusculum College students dispersed throughout the community on Tuesday, Sept. 16, continuing one of the longest held traditions for the college.

Students took part in Nettie Fowler McCormick Service Day, also known as “Nettie Day.”  Participation in “Nettie Day” is required for all new students as part of the Tusculum Experience course, and upperclassmen from various student organizations also take part. More than 300 students, faculty and staff participated.

Students provided service hours for community and regional agencies that included Doak Elementary School, Tusculum View Elementary, Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Habitat for Humanity, the United Way of Greene County, Davy Crockett State Park, the National Park Service, Rural Resources, Tabernacle Soup Kitchen and several others.

“Nettie 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 significant benefactors to the college.

Nettie McCormick is recognized as the college’s first benefactor, a term that denotes a donor whose cumulative gifts total at least $1 million to the college. Nettie McCormick funded the 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 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, Nettie Day is also part of “Orange Rush” week on campus. Activities planned ranged from career preparation sessions to intrumaral/hall war competitions to an academic fair to live entertainment.

Tusculum College, the oldest college in Tennessee and the 28th oldest in the nation, is a liberal arts institution committed to utilizing the civic arts in developing educated citizens distinguished by academic excellence, public service and qualities of Judeo-Christian character. Approximately twenty-one hundred students are enrolled on the main campus in Greeneville and three off-site locations in East Tennessee. The academic programs for both traditional-aged students and working adults served through the Graduate and Professional Studies program are delivered using focused calendars.

Tusculum students clean out the herb beds at Rural Resources as part of Nettie Fowler McCormick Service Day.

Students worked with Habitat for Humanity on a home construction project that included a handicap ramp.

Several groups of students worked for Keep Greene Beautiful cleaning and clearing roadside trash and debris.

At Tabernacle Soup Kitchen, students organized pantries, as well as did minor repairs and outdoor landscaping work.


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Tusculum College names Dr. Lisa Johnson associate vice president for student success

Posted on 15 September 2014 by

Dr. Lisa Johnson has been named associate vice president for student success at Tusculum College. While not a new position, the title change is part of an organizational restructuring around college goals. She will continue with her current responsibilities which include the office of the registrar, academic advising, and the Academic Resource Center.

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

She will report to Dr. Ron May, interim vice president of academic affairs.

Dr. Lisa Johnson

“I look forward to working with the faculty, staff, leadership team and students as we pursue a variety of avenues to build and foster a sense of community that ensures the success of our students. The Board of Trustees and the administration of Tusculum College has shown long-term commitment to this effort, and it’s exciting to dive in and get to work on the projects we have in front of us,”  said Johnson.

In her new role she will serve as chair of the Retention Committee, develop and implement a comprehensive retention plan for all students, collaborate with the academic deans to establish Tusculum College as a transfer friendly institution, partner with faculty to foster engagement with students in activities both inside and outside the classroom, collaborate with core student success team to identify barriers to student success and develop an evaluation model to determine effectiveness as well as data to guide improved services.

“Dr. Johnson has contributed to the success of Tusculum College for many years in the various academic leadership and administrative roles she has held,” said Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody. “With her leadership in this new position, we are reinforcing our commitment to student success and retention.

“Having her skill sets dedicated to this endeavor will be to the benefit to our students, as she leads all the staff and faculty that have a role to play in this regard.”

Dr. Johnson, in her previous role, has led the efforts to institute Orange Rush week, a series of events on the Tusculum campus to encourage engagement among new students joining Tusculum as freshmen or as transfer students. Orange Rush activities began on Friday.

Dr. 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.

Dr. Johnson also currently serves as a program evaluator for the Tennessee Board of Examiners.


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Tusculum College offering informational session on business development program, Sept. 18

Posted on 11 September 2014 by

Tusculum College’s Center for Economic Development & Entrepreneurship is offering an informational workshop on the business development program, “Help Me Help You” on Thursday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m. in the Chalmers Conference Room in Niswonger Commons on the college’s main campus in Greeneville.

To kick off the new year, the Center for Economic Development & Entrepreneurship will host the informational session to discuss the 2014-15 goals, provide more information about the HMHU course and allow possible course attendees to meet the individuals that comprise the CEDE.

Registration for this event is encouraged. Registration and information is available by calling extension 5256 or by e-mailing

The “Help Me Help You” certificate program is supported by the Greene County Partnership, Main Street Greeneville and Rural Resources. The free program, designed to support small businesses, will consist of 10 sessions between September 25 and December 11 at the Greeneville campus. It will be open to 15 participants.

Fall semester spots are limited, and anyone wishing to sign up is encouraged to do so as soon as possible before the deadline on Sept.18.

Interested business owners will be asked to provide their name, contact information, business name and a brief summary about themselves, their business and their product or service.

Through the 10-week program, sessions will focus on market definition, cost administration, pricing, marketing and sales strategies, body language in business, financing, legal issues, networking and business presentations.

The program provides a huge opportunity for Tusculum students and local small-business owners to work and grow together both personally and professionally, thanks to community partners who have picked up expenses in order to allow the program to become established.

Operated by Tusculum College’s Center for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship, HMHU is committed to helping participants increase profits, create a business plan, expand their network and improve practical and interpersonal skills through a variety of globally tested activities. In the last three years, the HMHU course has assisted dozens of small business and organizations to reach their goals including retail operations, restaurants and other food establishments, service providers, non-profit and community organizations.

The program has the support of the Tusculum College administration, as well as the School of Business, the Center for Civic Advancement and the Office of Institutional Advancement. Because of community support, participants will not be charged a fee.

“The Help Me Help You course has been a perfect Christmas present for my business,” said Warren Verity, a participant in the course and the owner of a local photography studio.

“Two big take-aways from the class are being able to talk through and discuss the business plan in detail. The HMHU team has been there for me, encouraging, leading, understanding and providing a much-needed kick in the backside. Each team member has had my best interests at heart,” Verity said.


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