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Tusculum Band Program returns to the stage Thursday, April 28 for spring concert

Tusculum Band Program returns to the stage Thursday, April 28 for spring concert

Posted on 25 April 2016 by

After performing outdoors for the recent Old Oak Festival, the Tusculum College Band program will return to more familiar environs for its annual spring concert on Thursday, April 28.

The Concert Band, Jazz Band and Handbell Choir will be performing in the Band Program’s final concert on campus for the 2015-16 academic year in the auditorium in the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building. The concert, which begins at 7 p.m., is free and open to the public.

The Old Oak Festival served as an appetizer for the Spring Concert as extended sets by the Jazz Band and Handbell Choir featured some of the pieces they will be performing next Thursday while members of the Concert Band showed their skill and versatility during “Conduct Us,” a popular part of the Old Oak Festival that allows festival goers to try their hand at conducting the band.

After successful performances at the recent Old Oak Festival, the Tusculum College Concert Band (above), Jazz Band and Handbell Choir will be returning to the stage on campus for the spring concert on April 28. (Tusculum College photo)

Thursday’s performance will feature a variety of musical styles in the repertoire of the Concert Band, including the always popular “Phantom of the Opera” and the classic “Just a Closer Walk With Thee.” The Concert Band will also be performing “Into the Clouds,” “Perthshire Majesty,” “Lightning Field” and “Billboard March.”

Toes promise to be tapping during the Jazz Band’s performance, which will feature favorites such as “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” made famous by Duke Ellington, the Glen Miller signature tune, “Pennsylvania 6-5000,” and “September,” a hit for Earth, Wind & Fire. The Jazz Band’s set will also include the Big Band classic, “Big Noise from Winnetka;” “When I Fall in Love,” which won a Grammy in 1996 for the “duet” version by Natalie Cole with Nat King Cole, and “Life Without You.”

The Handbell Choir’s performance will provide a taste of secular, Latin, popular and classical music with a twist. The choir will be performing “Pie Jesu,” “Sway,” “The Pink Panther Theme” and “PDQ Bells.”

The band program began in 2010 with the formation of a pep band and has grown to include the Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Handbell Choir and various small ensembles.

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Music lineup announced for Old Oak Festival, April 15-17

Music lineup announced for Old Oak Festival, April 15-17

Posted on 31 March 2016 by

The Carson Peters Band will be returning to the Old Oak Festival.

Fiddlin’ Carson Peters returns again to headline the Old Oak Festival, along with the Smoky Mountain Bluegrass band and a host of regional talent as the event will once again be held on the Tusculum College campus, April 15-17.

The Old Oak Festival features a wide variety of music, food and fun, spanning across three days and featuring something for everyone, be it live music, theater, arts and crafts or fabulous festival food.

Throughout the weekend on stage, the festival will present the sounds of the region, with a wide variety of music from bluegrass to jazz to regionally-known vocalists and musicians. Musicians kicking off the show on Friday include Bean Tree Remedy featuring Ashley Bean, Dave Nunez and the Perfect World Band, Mike Joy, My New Favorites and Prism – a tribute to Pink Floyd. Friday night will also feature Jack & Michael on the Terrace entertaining for an alumni event.

On Saturday, expect good old fashion fun from Shiloh and the Tusculum College Band closing out the night, but also plan to get to the festival early to hear the Stem Winder, the Thursday Night Boys, Jake Keasly & Friends, the Dandy Lions, Absinthe Gray, Jimmie D and the House Rockers and the Madisons.

The Carson Peters Band will be on the main stage on Saturday as well. Additionally on Saturday, some favorite features will be back, including the “Conduct Us” session with the Tusculum College Band, where anyone can step up and take over the conductor’s baton.

Smoky Mountain Bluegrass Band

Sunday’s artists include Jim and Curtis Moneyhun, Steve Brown, the Tusculum College Handbell Choir, the Matthew Hurd Band and the regional favorite, the Smoky Mountain Bluegrass band.

“The musical acts this year will provide a wide variety to suit all musical tastes, with some top rate performances on all three days,” said David Price, festival coordinator and director of music for Tusculum College.

A new feature for the Old Oak Festival this year will be horse and carriage rides, sponsored by Tymley Travel, and a lineup of 10 workshops designed for high school students, through which five participants will be awarded a $500 scholarship.

The high school workshops will be offered in morning and afternoon shifts, from 9-11 a.m. and 12:30-2:30 p.m. The morning workshops will consist of an educational wetland tour and nature writing, contemporary poetry, drawing, playwriting, and music theory and songwriting. Acting, brief essay or prose poem, tree identification, photo manipulation and songwriting will be offered in the afternoon.

Another returning favorite is Joyce Carroll, puppet master. Carroll will be a puppet troubadour, appearing through the festival with spontaneous performances.

As part of the entertainment, there will be three performances during the festival of GLAWPIGT (Great Literature Alive and Well and Playing in Greeneville, Tennessee) Showcase, presented by the group comprised of local students under the direction of Arts Outreach Director Marilyn duBrisk. Show times are Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Performances will be held in the Behan Arena Theatre in the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building.

Sponsors of the event include Artistic Printers, Fatz Cafe, The Greeneville Sun, Radio Greeneville and Wayne Thomas.

There is no fee to attend the festival, other than the admission fee to the GLAWPIGT performances. Art vendor hours will be Friday from noon until 6 p.m. Author Row and the food vendors will remain open until 9 p.m. On Saturday, hours will be from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.  for art vendors and 9 p.m. for the rest of the festival. Sunday hours are 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information, contact Price at 423-636-7303.

Coolers and alcohol are prohibited during the festival.

For updates and more information, visit the website at or on facebook.

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Meen Center construction moving into new phase

Meen Center construction moving into new phase

Posted on 30 March 2016 by

The construction of the new Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math is moving into a new phase.

With concreting completed and the majority of the roofing done as well, construction of the Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math at Tusculum College moves into a new phase with permanent power being set and water proofing, windows and brick beginning.

According to David Martin, director of facilities for Tusculum College, the building is now “dried in” and exterior framing complete.  “Interior framing is at 80 percent and will be completed by early April,” said Martin.

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.

Windows have started to be installed as exterior framing is nearing completion.













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Interpretation of scripture by Dead Sea Scrolls authors examined during lecture

Interpretation of scripture by Dead Sea Scrolls authors examined during lecture

Posted on 10 March 2016 by

The annual Theologian-in-Residence lecture series at Tusculum College concluded Tuesday with a presentation by featured speaker Dr. Travis Williams about what scriptures were authoritative for the authors of the Dead Sea Scrolls and how they viewed prophecy.

The texts that the authors of the Dead Sea Scrolls considered authoritative, their interpretation of Biblical texts and their view of prophecy were the focus of the concluding session Tuesday of the 2016 Theologian-in-Residence lecture series at Tusculum College.

Dr. Travis Williams, assistant professor of religion at Tusculum, has presented lectures on the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible as part of the annual lecture series sponsored by Tusculum College and partially funded by Ron Smith.

The Essenes, a sectarian Jewish sect that a majority of scholars believe were the authors of the texts found in the Dead Sea Scrolls found at Qumran, were strict in their laws regarding ritual purity as indicated in the scroll texts.

“At Qumran, the importance placed on purity was not about cleanliness,” Dr. Williams said. “What is at issue in the Biblical purity laws  … is to show that the Jewish people shunned death and clung to life.”

For the Jews, purity kept them connected with God and allowed them to harness God’s holiness and power, he explained. On the other hand, becoming ritually impure put them in danger of God leaving them or even death, as God’s punishment for remaining in an impure state.

However, for the Essenes, the importance to stay ritually pure was also related to their view of prophecy and their connection to God. The Essenes believed that as a group, they had an intimate communion with God and that angels from heaven would come down from heaven to participate in their worship services, Dr. Williams said. One of the texts found in the Dead Sea Scrolls contains a series of hymns and liturgies the Essenes believed were used by the angels in heaven.

Since the Essenes believed that the angels were worshipping with them, who worshipped with them were of high importance and no one who was impure could be in the community, he continued.

The strict purity laws also reflected the Essenes’ desire to be able to remain connected to God so they could receive divine revelation on how to interpret scripture.

The classical view of prophecy by the Jews involved a direct reception of a divine message by a prophet who then communicated it orally to people, and some Jewish groups believed that prophetic activity came to an end during the Persian period.

However, Dr. Williams explained, the Dead Sea Scrolls revealed that the Essenes held a different view, not unlike what many of the early Christians also held.  The Essenes believed that prophets received a divine message through an inspired interpretation of prophetic scripture that relates in some way to the contemporary audience of the time.

“The inspired interpreter is not telling you he has a correct understanding,” he said. “The interpreter is giving you the true meaning of the ancient prophecies, what God meant is what is important.”

At Qumran, the Essenes developed a unique form of commentary on the Scriptures, known as Pesharim. These are scriptural commentaries on books of the Bible in which the true meaning of the passage is understood to speak to present day conditions rather the original historical situation.

In this view, he said, the Essenes assumed that the original prophet was used by God to write down the message but did not understand its meaning and that a modern, inspired interpreter was needed to reveal what it was about and the application to be made in the lives of people of the time.

This view of prophecy has provided a unique insight in how scripture was interpreted during the time of Christ, Dr. Williams continued, and how early Christians interpreted scripture, which can be seen in the New Testament in the references to interpretations of prophecies in the Old Testament.

During the session, Dr. Williams also examined what texts seemed to be authoritative for the Essenes. He noted that a large number of books existed in the ancient world, which were not included in the modern Jewish canon.

The Dead Sea Scrolls revealed that during the time of Jesus, there were no hard and fast lines to say what book was in or out of the Jewish canon, Dr. Williams said.

The scriptures that appeared to be authoritative for the Essenes, differed from the books that held authority for the other Jewish sects, such as the Pharisees and Sadducees, whose authoritative texts also differed.

Dr. Williams noted that a book form of the Bible became popular in early Christianity as it was easier to reference than scrolls.

Since the Jews did not have their scriptures in a book form there was not a reason to decide which texts to include in their canon.

Looking at the scrolls found at Qumran, it appears that the most important books for the Essenes were some that are in modern Old Testaments, such as Genesis, Psalms, Deuteronomy and Isaiah, but others that are not such as Jubilees, I Enoch, the Temple Scroll and the Pesharim.

On the second tier where such books as Joshua, Proverbs, Ezra, Psalm 151, I and II Samuel, Tobit, Sirach and Testament 12, and the third tier were such books as Esther and I-II Maccabees.

The Essenes appeared to have ascribed authority to a book depending on what extent it aligned to the group’s beliefs and practices, Dr. Williams said. For example, the book of Jubilees, which set out a solar calendar for the Jews, which the Essenes used, was important to them. The majority of Jews followed a lunar calendar.

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Fluidity of Jewish texts examined in third session of Theologian-in-Residence series

Fluidity of Jewish texts examined in third session of Theologian-in-Residence series

Posted on 25 February 2016 by

Dr. Travis Williams explains the phenomenon of “Rewritten Scripture” during the third session of the Theologian-in-Residence lecture series.

The fluidity of the Jewish texts found in the Dead Sea Scrolls and the phenomenon of “Rewritten Bible” were explored during the third session of the Theologian-in-Residence lecture series on Tuesday at Tusculum College.

Dr. Travis Williams, assistant professor of religion at Tusculum, is presenting lectures on the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible as part of the annual lecture series sponsored by Tusculum College and partially funded by Ron Smith.

Dr. Williams began his lecture by posing the question about why some might doubt that the text found in modern English Bibles is what the authors originally wrote. He noted some of the reasons could include the temporal difference between the ancient authors and modern readers, the lack of original manuscripts due to natural deterioration or destruction and the transmission process through numerous handwritten copies.

As a follow-up, Dr. Williams asked whether modern Bibles reflect what the authors originally wrote or if the text has been changed during transmission. The answer to that question is influenced by the definition of what “originally” means, he continued.

Most scholars agree that the Old Testament was in its earliest form an oral tradition that was later collected in written form. He added that it appears that the text as we know it may have circulated in different forms and those variations in accounts were combined in an effort to preserve all the source material the writers had.

“If the Old Testament is made up of a compilation of sources … then it is very difficult to talk about the original,” he said. “Instead of asking ‘do we have the original,’ I am going to ask a different question – does our English translation reflect the earliest compilations?”

The Dead Sea Scrolls have provided instrumental in the effort to answer that question, Dr. Williams said. The Old Testament in most popular modern translations of the Bible is based on texts from the Masoretic Text tradition, which dates from 1000 C.E., although scholars believe the Torah (the books of the law) were written in 550 B.C. The Masoretic texts do have some issues as there are a few errors and some places were words are missing.

The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls provided scholars with the earliest copies of the Old Testament that have been found and have indicated some interesting things about the transmission of the scriptures. “Around the time of Jesus and before Jesus, the text was very fluid and the Jews seemed to be okay with it,” he said. “The Dead Sea Scrolls have told us that the texts were not standardized. I would argue that there was more than one edition of every book of the Bible.”

An example of the fluidity discovered in the Dead Sea Scrolls is the two editions of the David and Goliath story found within different scrolls of Genesis that were found. One version matches what is found in modern translations, he explained, and the other is considerably shorter and has some differences such as the height of Goliath and how he died (with David beheading the giant with his sword after striking him with the rock).

“What we have found with the Dead Sea Scrolls is that for the ancient Jews, it was the book itself that was sacred, not a particular form of the book or certain readings in that book,” Dr. Williams said. “On a practical level, the ancient Jews were perfectly okay with diversity in the texts.”

The Dead Sea Scrolls have also helped scholars understand the time frame of the standardization of the text by the ancient Jews, he continued.  It appears that at some point around 1 C.E., that the text became standardized in comparison with scrolls dating from the second century that have now been found in other sites such as Masada and Nahal Hever.

In addition to the variation in the Biblical texts, the Dead Sea Scrolls have also provided insights into the phenomenon of “Rewritten Scriptures” among the ancient Jews. In “Rewritten Scriptures,” a text closely reproduces a recognizable and already authoritative base text, but modifies the text by means of addition, omission, paraphrase, rearrangement or other type of change.

“The Dead Sea Scrolls have shown us that many Jews were not hesitant to change text when they passed it on to the next generation,” Dr. Williams said. Some of the reasons for revising the scripture is to improve the base text by removing inconsistencies/contradictions or by omitting questionable or objectionable elements in the story, harmonizing the texts, clarifying issues, to justify contemporary beliefs or practices that are not explicit in the scriptural text or to authorize other existing traditions which were popular but not part of the original base text. For example, what is known as the “Temple Scroll” is a basic rewriting of the Mosaic law, he added.

The changes in the texts are across a spectrum, from variations between issues to including explanatory additions to major changes and additions that are meant to meet a unique purpose, such as what calendar should be followed in the celebration of festivals, Dr. Williams said.

The concluding Theologian session will be held on Tuesday, March 8, when Dr. Williams will discuss the view of continuing revelation that was held by the authors of the scrolls and its impacts for understanding the nature of authoritative scripture. The session will also include an examination of what books held authoritative position at Qumran and the reasons for their prominence.

The lecture session will begin at 10 a.m. in the Chalmers Conference Center in the Niswonger Commons. The session will conclude around 1:30 p.m., and lunch in the college’s cafeteria is included. Although there is no admission fee to attend the lectures, reservations are required. For more information or to make a reservation for the series, please call 423-636-7304 or email

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‘The Odd Couple’ opening at Tusculum on Friday, Feb. 26

‘The Odd Couple’ opening at Tusculum on Friday, Feb. 26

Posted on 17 February 2016 by

Laughter is in the forecast at Tusculum College as “The Odd Couple” opens on Friday, Feb. 26.

Theatre-at-Tusculum is presenting Neil Simon’s award-winning play for two weekends beginning Feb. 26. The production, directed by Marilyn duBrisk, will be in the David Behan Arena Theatre (side entrance) in the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on the Tusculum campus. Performances are 7 p.m. Feb. 26-27 and March 3-5, as well as 2 p.m. Sunday matinees on Feb. 28 and March 6.

The comedy follows the lives of two distinctly different best friends, Oscar Madison and Felix Unger. The tightly wound, hypochondriac Felix, played by Brian Ricker, is forced to move in with the slovenly and brash Oscar, played by Chris Greene. Hilarity ensues as they try to make peace with their opposing personalities. They are supported by their poker buddies: Murray, played by Will Maddux, Vinnie, played by Parker Bunch; Speed, played by Chris Sutton, and Roy, played by Josh Beddingfield.

Oscar and his poker buddies try to become accustomed to Felix and his neurotic ways during this scene from “The Odd Couple.” The comedy opens Friday, Feb. 26 at Tusculum College. From left are Parker Bunch as Vinnie, Brian Ricker as Felix, Will Maddux as Murray, Chris Greene as Oscar, Chris Sutton as Speed and Josh Beddingfield as Roy.

Greene and Ricker were last seen on stage in Theatre-at-Tusculum’s production last fall of “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” with Greene as the loving father and lead character, Caractacus Potts and Ricker as the dimwitted Vulgarian spy, Goran.

Maddux may be familiar to audiences as Juror #3 in Theatre-at-Tusculum’s 2014 production of “Twelve Angry Men” or as the King of Siam in the 2010 production of “The King and I.” The youngest member of the cast, Bunch has been growing up on stage in productions portraying characters ranging from Wednesday Addams’ love interest Lucas Beineke in 2014’s “The Addams Family Musical” to Bob Cratchit in 2013’s “A Christmas Carol.” Audiences will recognize Beddingfield as the kind-hearted Mr. Coggins in “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” and as the bride’s father, Mr. Banks in the Greeneville Theatre Guild’s inaugural production of “Father of the Bride.” Sutton who will be making his Theatre-at-Tusculum debut with this production, joins the cast all the way from Bluff City, Tennessee.

Joining the men on stage will be Oscar and Felix’s upstairs neighbors, the Pigeon sisters. The British sisters are invited to a double date and hilarity ensues. Portraying the sisters are Kendra Tarlton as Gwendolyn Pigeon and Whitney Marshall as Cecily Pigeon. Both actresses made their Theatre-at-Tusculum debut last fall in “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” playing multiple characters.

Along with duBrisk, the production team includes Ricker as assistant director, Suzanne Greene as stage manager, Barbara Holt as costume director, Frank Mengel as technical director and Jennifer Howell as box office manager.

In this scene from Theatre-at-Tusculum’s production of “The Odd Couple”, the Pigeon sisters (Whitney Marshall, left, and Kendra Tarlton, right) try to comfort Felix (Brian Ricker) as they all discuss their failed marriages.

“The Odd Couple” premiered on Broadway in 1965 with Walter Matthau and Art Carney starring in the lead roles.  Awarded several Tony Awards, the play was adapted for the big screen in 1968 starring Matthau and Jack Lemmon and became a popular 1970s television show featuring Jack Klugman and Tony Randall. A remake of the series premiered on CBS in February 2015 starring Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon.

The comedy helped Simon become one of the best known American playwrights of the 20th Century. It has become culturally iconic and an American theatre staple.

The spring Theatre-at-Tusculum production is part of Tusculum College’s annual Acts, Arts, Academia Performance and Lecture series.

Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors citizens (60 and over) and $5 for children (12 and under). For more information or to reserve tickets please call Tusculum College Arts Outreach at 423-798-1620 or email


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Lecture series focusing on Dead Sea Scrolls begins

Lecture series focusing on Dead Sea Scrolls begins

Posted on 04 February 2016 by

Dr. Travis Williams provided an overview of the more than 900 texts that are part of the Dead Sea Scrolls and detailed the story of the extraordinary discovery of the ancient writings and their lengthy journey to publication during the first session of the annual Theologian-in-Residence lecture series Tuesday at Tusculum College.

Dr. Williams, assistant professor of religion at Tusculum, is presenting a series of lectures, “The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible: Identifying, Altering and Preserving Scripture in Antiquity” as part of the annual series during February sponsored by Tusculum College and partially funded by Ron Smith.
“The Dead Sea Scrolls have profoundly shaped our understanding of ancient Judaism and early Christianity and changed the way we view both,” Dr. Williams said.

The scrolls are the oldest copies of Jewish scripture that have been found and have revealed that the Hebrew scriptures were fluid at the time of Jesus, he continued, explaining that the Jewish scriptures and what make up the books of the Old Testament in Christian Bibles were standardized at around 1000 C.E.

The Dead Sea Scrolls also provide new insights on various sects within Judaism at the time, particularly the Essenes, and provide insights into theological ideas at the time of Jesus and early Christianity, Dr. Williams said.

What are referred to as the Dead Sea Scroll is a group of more than 900 texts from what is believed to be a community of the Jewish sect of the Essenes. The scrolls date from the Third Century the First Century C.E., which were discovered at Qumran, an ancient site on the northwest shore of the Dead Sea.

There are four types of documents that have been found among the scrolls – about 25 percent of copies of Jewish scriptures (books that are included in the Old Testament in the Bible), about 27 percent are compositions that were common to Judaism in First Century in Palestine, about 38 percent are sectarian texts describing the beliefs and practices of the Essenes and 11 percent are too fragmentary to be identified.

The sectarian texts also include a book of hymns similar to the book of Psalms in the Bible, apocalyptic writings and commentaries on the Jewish scriptures. “Some of these sectarian documents were just important to them as what we consider the Bible,” Dr. Williams said. “Their Bible was much bigger if you will.”

For example, he said, many more copies of the books of I Enoch and Jubilees were found than some of Biblical books, suggesting that these sectarian books were more important and held more authority for the Essenes, he continued. The scrolls have also revealed that the Essenes were conservative in their beliefs, were stringent in their observance of purity law and were in conflict with the temple authorities in Jerusalem.

About 80 percent of the scrolls were written in Hebrew, 17 percent are in Aramaic and three percent are in Greek. The texts themselves were written on parchment, papyrus, pieces of broken pottery and copper. The copper scroll is one of the most interesting of the texts, as what appears to be a treasure map was engraved in Hebrew on the copper, telling the location of various hiding places of what calculates to between 58-174 tons of silver and gold. Dr. Williams said that many scholars think that the map may be a fake and other scholars have argued that it may detail places the treasury from the temple at Jerusalem was hidden from the Romans.


Dr. Travis Williams, assistant professor of religion at Tusculum College, answers questions from the audience during the first session of the annual Theologian-in-Residence lecture series.

The first scrolls were found either in late 1946 or early 1947 as the accounts of the Bedouin shepherds who are credited with making the initial discovery differ, Dr. Williams noted. The initial find was seven scrolls in either one or two caves, he said, and the scrolls were sold to a Syrian archbishop, Mar Samuel, and an Israeli scholar, Eliezer Sukenik.  On the day that the United Nations passed the resolution creating the nation of Israel, Sukenik was reading the scroll texts when he heard the announcement on the radio. “In his diary, Sukenik noted that he was reading a scroll written 2,000 years ago, the last time that Israel was a free state and now it was a free state again,” Williams said.

Mar Samuel moved to New Jersey and took the scrolls he had purchased with him and advertised them for sale in the Wall Street Journal, an advertisement brought to the attention of Sukenik’s son who was lecturing in the United States at the time, bringing the original scrolls back together for display in the “Shrine of the Book,” a section of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem that was specifically built to house the Dead Sea Scrolls.

In the meantime, the growing knowledge of the valuable nature of the scrolls led to a race between the Bedouin and archeologists to discover if more scrolls were in the area. Both groups made discoveries of a total of 11 caves in the Qumran area containing scrolls. The biggest find was in what is known as Cave Four, which contained about 500 texts.

With the size of the finds by the Bedouin and archeologists, an international team of scholars was assembled to reconstruct the texts from the thousands of fragments found and translate them.

A long delay in publication of the Dead Sea Scrolls led to controversy and conspiracy theories that things were being hidden from the public by the authorities. However, Dr. Williams said, the reason for the delay is mundane when compared to some of the conspiracy theories.

A combination of factors led to the delay, he noted. The number of scholars assembled to accomplish the task of reconstructing and translating the scrolls was too small for the size of the project, and many of the texts being translated were new to the scholars.

In addition, the scholars’ only compensation for their work on the scrolls was either from books they wrote about the scrolls or academic positions they might acquire because of the work, Dr. Williams continued, thus the scholars were hesitant to share their work through a desire to become an expert on their part of the project.

No one was given access to the scrolls until after a college professor and one of his students in the 1980s was able to construct the text of the scrolls from one of the concordances of scroll texts that had been provided to a few universities over the years and published it. After this publication, microfilm photographs of many of the scrolls were found in the Huntington (Calif.) Library, and the director provided access to these to qualified scholars. The photographs had been given to the library from an individual who had provided funding for the Dead Sea Scrolls project and had received them in return. After this, the authorities gave access to the scrolls and they can now be accessed digitally through the Internet.

Lecture sessions are on each Tuesday in February.  The lecture session will begin at 10 a.m. in the Chalmers Conference Center in the Niswonger Commons. The session will conclude around 1:30 p.m., and lunch in the college’s cafeteria is included. Although there is no admission fee to attend the lectures, reservations are required. For more information or to make a reservation for the series, please call 423-636-7304 or email

Any make-up sessions scheduled due to cancellation of the lecture series due to inclement weather will be announced at a later date.

Click here for additional resources about the Dead Sea Scrolls and slides from Dr. Williams’ presentation

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Dead Sea Scrolls to be focus of 2016 Theologian-in-Residence series

Dead Sea Scrolls to be focus of 2016 Theologian-in-Residence series

Posted on 15 January 2016 by

Dr. Travis Williams

The nature of scripture at the time of Jesus, as revealed in the Dead Sea Scrolls will be explored in February during Tusculum College’s annual Theologian-in-Residence lecture series.

Dr. Travis Williams, assistant professor of religion at Tusculum College, will be presenting the series of lectures, “The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible: Identifying, Altering and Preserving Scripture in Antiquity.”  Lectures will take place each Tuesday of the month – Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23 – in the series, sponsored by Tusculum College and partially funded by Ron Smith. Each lecture session will begin at 10 a.m. in the Chalmers Conference Center in the Niswonger Commons. The sessions typically end around 2 p.m., and lunch in the college’s cafeteria is included. There is no admission fee to attend the lectures.

Dr. Williams is the first return speaker of the series, now in its 25th year. He previously served as Theologian-in-Residence in 2014, lecturing on the formation of early Christian identity in response to persecution. As a New Testament scholar, Dr. Williams has published extensively in the area of I Peter. More recently, the Dead Sea Scrolls have come to hold an important place in his research. He has written on the interpretive commentaries on scripture found within the scrolls, particularly as they relate to the phenomenon of inspired exegesis, and he is currently exploring the traditions surrounding the Teacher of Righteousness within the Dead Sea communities.

Although a native of East Tennessee, Dr. Williams received his doctorate in New Testament from the University of Exeter in England. After moving back to the U.S., he began his career at Tusculum in 2010. His teaching duties at the college focus primarily on the Jewish and Christian traditions; however, he regularly leads courses that fall within the broader sphere of religious studies.

During the first session on Feb. 2, “What are the Dead Sea Scrolls?,” Dr. Williams will introduce the Dead Sea Scrolls, explaining what they are and what they are not, as well as detailing the history of their discovery.

“Who Wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls,” the second session on Feb. 9, will focus on identifying the group associated with the Dead Sea Scrolls, considering various Jewish movements from the Second Temple period.

The third session on Feb. 16, “The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Transmission of Scripture,” will examine the fluidity of the scriptural text as revealed in the biblical manuscripts found at Qumran and review the phenomenon of “Rewritten Bible.”

In the concluding lecture on Feb. 23, Dr. Williams will discuss the view of continuing revelation which was held by the authors of the scrolls and its impact for understanding the nature of authoritative scripture.

Although the series has no admission fee, reservations are required. For more information or to make a reservation for the series, please call 423-636-7304 or email eestes@tusculum.ed

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Central Ballet Theatre of Greeneville to bring “Cinderella” to the stage Jan. 22-24

Central Ballet Theatre of Greeneville to bring “Cinderella” to the stage Jan. 22-24

Posted on 13 January 2016 by

Sarah Bosse and Dillon Davis portray Cinderella and the Prince in Central Ballet Theatre's upcoming performance of the classic tale.

Central Ballet Theatre of Greeneville will bring the beloved story of “Cinderella” to the stage Jan. 22-24 with some novel and interesting twists to the classic tale.

A cast of 110 local and professional dancers will present the original ballet for all ages in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on the Tusculum College campus. Four performances are scheduled: 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22; 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 24.

NOTICE: The Friday and Saturday performances of the Cinderella ballet have been postponed until next week due to weather. The Sunday, January 24 performance of Cinderella will take place at 2 pm at Annie Hogan Byrd Auditorium.

Adapted and choreographed by Central Ballet Theatre’s Artistic Director Lori Ann Sparks, this unique ballet is based on the familiar children’s story of a virtuous young woman who suffers hardships and injustice but endures and is miraculously rewarded for her courage and kindness. While she was writing the storyline of Cinderella, Sparks said she read every version of the fairy tale she could, including versions from foreign countries that helped her create a the title character as a young lady with great depth and generosity.

“Cinderella” includes something for everyone: from cute little butterflies and military mice to dancers welding swords in a wolf attack, from a fire-breathing dragon to a manly but kind prince, as well as modest yet beautiful costuming, intricate choreography, inspiring music, creative sets and lighting.

The ballet will feature three guest professional dancers, Dillon Davis, Joshua Krutzberg and Nanako Yamamoto.

Davis, a dancer and teacher at Chattanooga Ballet, portrays the Prince. Davis started his professional career as a trainee at Alabama Ballet under the direction of Wes Chapman. After completing his training at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Davis performed professionally with Nashville Ballet and Dance Theater of Tennessee.

Audiences may recognize Kurtzberg who has danced roles in previous Central Ballet productions including “Rapunzel” and “Caspian: Return to Narnia.” In “Cinderella” he will appear as the lead character’s father. Kurtzberg began his training on full scholarship with Atlanta Ballet. After four years, he was offered a company position but pursued his training with the Houston Ballet Ben Stevenson Academy on full scholarship. Kurtzberg danced with American Repertory Ballet (ARB) for six years and now resides in Atlanta

Yamamoto, a principal with ARB, appears as the Coral Fairy in “Cinderella.” A native of Japan, she attended the prestigious Royal Ballet Summer School, then auditioned for and was accepted to the Elmhurst School for Dance in association with the Birmingham Royal Ballet. Yamamoto has performed for his Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall and for the grand re-opening of Birmingham’s town hall. She has danced with ballet companies in Florida and is in her fourth season with ARB.

Sparks, the company’s resident professional dancer, returns to the stage in the role of Cinderella’s mother. In addition to serving as artistic director, storywriter and choreographer, Sparks is the founder of Central Ballet School and Central Ballet Theatre and is ballet mistress for both.

Company dancer Parke Brumit plays the role of Lady Tremaine, Cinderella’s wicked stepmother. Brumit majored in business administration and trained in ballet technique under Sydney Warren at Virginia Intermont College. As well as dancing with the ballet, she serves as Central Ballet Theatre’s board president and has garnered financial support from the generous donors in the community.

The title role of Cinderella will be danced by Dandridge Sarah Bosse. Greenevillian Hannah Randles will portray the Fairy Godmother.

Every part of the ballet has been designed, created and built by local community members. Helping lead a host of volunteers are Courtney Beddingfield, who oversees social media; Sara Aiken, who coordinates the children’s backstage; Cindy Kricko, who manages the box office; Kimberly Boschee and Jody Johnson, who have designed costumes and coordinated the sewing process, and Dave Johnson, who had edited music and is responsible for the sound during the productions. Parents became involved by assisting in set production and working in every facet of the backstage world of a production.

Talented local artists have added their touch to the production. “We are so blessed to work with Nan Anderson and Sherry Peters who paint the huge sets,” says Blair Berry, production manager for Central Ballet. “Brian Sparks, along with master builder, Scott Gailey, do a fantastic job of building several complicated sets, and we are always thankful for Frank Mengel’s (technical director for Tusculum College Arts Outreach) technical oversight and brilliant lighting design.” Central Ballet Theatre also appreciates the corporations, local business and individuals who financially support the organization to make productions such as “Cinderella” possible.

The thirteenth production for Central Ballet, “Cinderella” continues a tradition for the company in performing story ballets. Sparks said she enjoys the story ballets “because the pieces are highly educational and fulfilling in the sense that they encompass every part of a dancer’s being – physical, mental, spiritual and emotional. The most exciting part of my job is taking an empty stage, then placing dancers on it. From there, they learn ballet movement that displays what I want them to ‘say.’ Using music that sets the tone of the scene, we add costuming, sets and props, and Frank adds lighting. Viola! We have an entire scene. The scenes add up to a ballet that tells an amazing life story.

“A nice addition to any ballet is a variation of choreography. In this ballet, four of the dances are choreographed by other professionals, Marilyn duBrisk, Jen Kintner, Joshua Kurtzberg and Elizabeth Sparks, adding different styles of dancing. Central Ballet Theatre strives for excellence in all we do so as to honor the One who gives us this beautiful art of dance and to share this gift with the community. My goal is to see the audience, and dancers alike, leaving the theater uplifted and joyful from watching and participating in the ballet.”

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors 60 and over. Tickets are available for purchase at Three Blind Mice, the General Morgan Inn, Richland Creek Gifts, and Tusculum Arts Outreach. Tickets can also be reserved by calling (423) 724-7014 or (423) 798-1620.


Portraying the main characters of "Cinderella" are, from left, Parke Brumit as Lady Tremaine, Elizabeth Sparks as Anatasia Tremain, Sophia Sparks as Styles Tremaine, Hannah Randles as the Fairy Godmother, Emma Beddingfield as Bluebird, Dillon Davis as The Prince and Sarah Bosse as Cinderella. (Photos accompanying this article and the front teaser by Hiliary Bowman, courtesy of PicsByHil Photography)

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Tusculum students recognized for academic achievements on Fall 2015 Dean’s List

Tusculum students recognized for academic achievements on Fall 2015 Dean’s List

Posted on 08 January 2016 by

The Tusculum College academic honors lists have been announced for the fall 2015 semester recognizing students for their academic achievements.

Tusculum students are recognized for academic achievements through three academic honors lists.

The Dean’s List includes full-time students who have earned a 3.5 grade point average or higher during a semester.

The President’s List includes those students who have earned a 4.0 grade point average during the semester. These students are also included on the Dean’s List.

The Charles Oliver Gray Scholars List recognizes students who have been named to the Dean’s List for two or more consecutive semesters.

Below are the listings for the the fall 2015 Dean’s List for the Traditional (residential) program and the Graduate and Professional Studies program for working adults. Students named to the President’s List are denoted with an *. Those who are listed on the Charles Oliver Gray Scholars List are noted with a +.

2015 Fall Dean’s List for the Traditional Program

Jemima Abimbola Adisa*

Precious Toluwani Adisa

Cynthia Paige Adkins+

Makenzi Lynn Alley

Evan R Altizer*+

Jorge Alvarez+

Andrea Jane Amettis+

Pamela Michele Ammons

Lori M Anderson

Katja Sabina Elisabeth Andersson*

Thomas Cody Armstrong

Hannah Beth Arnett+

Benjamin A. Arnold+

Cheyene Leigh Arnold*+

Grace Ann Rose Arthur+

Ashlie Katelyn Ayres+

Charles Tyler Bailey

Kyle Bailey+

Samuel Ray Baker*+

Sarah Ann Baker

Toni Lyn Bates+

Taylor Alexandria N. Battle

Cheyenne Nicole Beeler*

Miranda Leeann Beeler*+

Keegan Michael William Bell

Alexis Hope Berlin

Hannah Marie Berling+

Emily Rae Bernin

Emory Leigh Bibb

Julie Anne Bielowski

Kyle Christopher Bittner*

John Russell Bivens

Danny Ohara Black

Jonathan Blaylock*+

Cassandra Marie Born

Andrew Scott Bowerman

Jule Brass*

Cheyenne Renee Bray

Spencer Darris Brothers+

Kaitlin Brooke Brown*+

Megan Lorraine Buczek*+

Lawson Henry Burrow*+

Lindsay Ann Butler*+

Mason Ray Calhoun

Shelbi Breanne Cameron+

Alison Faith Camp*+

Brianna Richelle Campbell

Amelia Ellen Cannon

Jessie Leonard Carey+

Erin Helene Carmody+

Ethan Wayne Carpenter+

Laura Kaye Carr*

Darius O’Neil Carter+

Benjamin T Cash

Callie S. Casteel+

Cayla Brooke Cecil+

Mitchell Frank Lewis Chapman+

Matthew Keith Church

Christina Daniell Clemons

Denise Nicole Coffey

Matthew S. Cole*

Cynthia J Conte+

Dustin Daniel Conway*+

Logan Scott Cornelius+

Jacob William Countiss

Kelsie Elizabeth Cox

Heather Renee Crouch

Bailey Alexandria Culler

Craig Matthew Cutler

Caleb Michael Cutshall+

Samantha Czapik*

Jennifer Leeann Dalton+

Eliza Lucille Davis*+

Samuel George Davis*+

Corinne Louise De Rohan

Payton Alexandra Dehart+

Carmen Nereida Diaz Mercado

Kayla Brooke Dodson

Tandon Gregory Dorn+

Renee Amens Doyle+

Gary Joseph Dunlop

James Dallas Dunn

John Eric Durr

Blaine Leroy Dykes

Michael Jason Eggert+

Samantha Elizabeth Eldridge

Madilyn Joyce Elliott*+

Savannah Elliott*+

Bryana Diane Thomas Ezell+

Kasey Blake Fawbush

Hettige Joseph Michael Ruksha Fernando*+

Amber Aleice Fields

Alisha Marie Fillers+

Sean Brenden Finucane

Lia Theresa Fiore

Karli Payten Fisher*+

Harper Nicole Ford

Nicholas Larry Forsberg*+

Kevin Michael Franklin

Kelsey Lynae Freeman*+

Zachary Hamby Freeman+

Macy Amanda French*+

Jennifer Michelle Frost+

Jordan D’Ann Fullerton*

Franziska Funke*+

Rachel Eileen Garnett+

Zachary Joel Gass+

Travis Maxwell Gaubert+

Alexus Breann Gibson

Eduardo Granados Munoz

Shelby Anne Gray+

Robert Anthony Greenier*

Jose Roberto Guerrero

Guillem Guil+

Allison Marie Hall*+

Holly Brooke Hall

Tyler James Hall

Macey Leann Hance+

Edward Oliver Moore Hancock*+

Tony L. Hannah

Sierra Paige Hanson+

Zachary Lee Hartle

Kayla Michele Hartley

William Harrison Harvey

Mamie Britt Hassell+

Bradley Daniel Hawkins+

Victoria Emily Hayes

Tarah Ranae Helms

Rachael Bethany Hensley*+

Emily Elizabeth Hester*

Benjamin Luke Hillis

Bradford Blaine Hinkle*+

Andrew Colby Hollingshead

Sarah Elizabeth Holly*+

Ronnie James Holt

Sayre Catherine Hopper+

Brittney Nicole Horton+

Logan Tyler Hunter

Addison Lawrence Ingram

Katie Elizabeth James

Brandon Kenneth Jeter

Jeffrey Tyler Johnson*+

J’Quen O. Johnson

Kenleigh A. Johnson*+

Sarah Jean Johnson+

Alexis Joiner+

Morgan Deanne Jones

Shelby May Jordan

Devon Aliva Justice+

Tashique Kader+

Briana Michelle Kaltenmark+

Cody Michael Kammerzell+

Adrienne Martine Kaye

Jordan Hayley Keene+

Teresa Ann Kinley

Toby De Klerk+

Miranda Leanna Knight

Staci Nicole Knipp*+

Andrew D Kransberger

Andreas M. Kvam+

Lindsey Nell Lafitte

Pablo Laguna+

Taylor Kara Lambertsen

Zachary Aaron Lane+

Calley B. Lawson*+

Shane Allen Lawson*+

Guillermo Lazcano Carrera+

Hannah Irene Lefler+

Lindsey Danielle Lewis+

Makenna Noel Lewis

Mariah Lynn Lewis

Meghan Nichole Lively

Ryan Logan*

Chrysta Leigh Long

Felisha Marie Loveless

Preston Donald Loveless*

Daniel Ray Lowery+

Emma Catherine MacDonald*

Morgan Mahaffey*

Yared W. Mamo

Lindsey Rose Mank*

Whitney Brianna Marshall+

Miriah Elizabeth Martin+

Shawna Ann Martin

James Wayne Mayes

Chase M McAllister

Mitchell Vance McCain

Kelli Lynn McCalla*+

Joseph Bryson McCarter*+

Reanna Dawn McClure*

Rory Walsh McClure

Billi L. McKenzie+

Nicole Sarah McMillen

Ragen Danielle McNair

Rachel Nicole Medley+

Charles Richard Mills

Erin Ashley Mills+

Ashlyn Nicole Misischia

James Curtis Moneyhun

AAliyah Jada Montgomery*+

Dana Stacia Morong

Pamela Kay Morong+

Margaret Ann Moss+

Yusuf Muhammed

William Frederick Munker+

Shannon Rose Murphy

David Michael New

Jordan Nicole Newby

Robert E. Nichols

Micah Brianne Nicley

William Lake Noel

Kylee Jordan Nolan+

Charla Deidre Odom

John Patrick Olzer

Erin Christian Osborne+

Fabian Paier*

Ross Gregory Parsons+

Kendall Patterson

Carly Jeannette Payne

Shaveen Perera

Matthew Ralph Pierce+

Amanda Leigh Ann Pipes

Diego C. Poore

Courtney Leigh Purkey

Rachel Elizabeth Purswell

Jasmine Ellesse Queen+

David Lee Quesenberry+

Erica K. Ramsey+

Jared Lee Ramsey

Heath Ratliff

Ciara Rattana

Troy Lee Reagan

Zachary James Redden

Tiffany L. Rednour+

Chelsey Brooke Reed*+

Michael Bryce Reed+

Treslyn Kelley Reese*+

Jonathon Gage Reynolds

Jamie Rebecca Rhea

Cassi L. Ricker

Allyson Kathleen Rines+

Rachel Elizabeth Roberts+

Terence Victor Roberts+

Carrie Leigh Rose

Kathleen J. Samples+

Norman Cody Sauceman*+

Sabrina L. Schleuger

Brooke Morgan Schreder

Blythe Elizabeth Scrivner

Leon Seiz+

Morgan Caroline Seymore

Roxanne Inez Shepard*+

Jaelyn Makelti Shoemaker

Madison Kate Shumaker

David Felix Siegle+

Payton Dakota Silcox*

Erin Janae Sims+

Zachariah William Slagle+

Cynthia Mae Smith

Garland Taylor Smith

John James Paul Smith+

Jordan Dianne Smith*

Tyler James Smith

Alexandra Marie Soldati

James William Spears

Jonathan Spicher*+

Clarissa Elaine Stanton

Danae K. Stauffer+

Tim Stierle*+

Robin Marie Stoner+

Toria Rose Strickland

Kaytlin N. Stroinski+

Teela Sullivan*+

Amanda Lynn Sumner+

Shannele Marjorie Sunderland*+

Joshua Taylor Suttles

Terrie Shea Taylor

Victoria Elizabeth Thames*

Carlie Amanda Thornber*+

Darian Dale Tipton+

Breanna Lynn Tolliver+

Elizabeth H. Tomassoni

Katherine A. Tomassoni*

Preston R Tucker*+

Britney Nicole Turner

Stephanie Marie Turner+

Taylor Linea Tyree

Cheyenne Upton+

Jane Esther Van Amberg

Samuel J. A. Van Amberg*

Samantha Jean Vogt+

Rebekah Grace Voiles

Nathan Russell Philip Wade

Brooke Elizabeth Wagner

Courtney Lynn Ward

Chase McClain Ware

Nicholas Alexander Wasylyk*+

Emily Christine Waters+

Devan Scott Watts+

Kara Lynn Webb

Daniel D. Wedding*

Amanda Marie Werder+

Brianna Michelle Werder

Nathaniel Gerome West

Carly Leeanne White+

Taylor Lindsey White

Dorothy Shynese Whitener

Kristen Faith Wiggins+

Donna Nicole Wilkerson

Roy Casey Wilkerson

Tiffany Anne Wilkerson*

Carolyn Elizabeth Williamson+

Sydney Nicole Wilson

Johnathan Cole Wilt

Jonas Burkhardt Siegfried Winkelmann+

Rachel Marie Wisner

Allison Nicole Woody+

Erica Denise Worrell+

Parker Katelyn Alisa Wright*

Rebecca L. Wyatt

Dakota Lee Younce+


2015 Fall Dean’s List for Graduate and Professional Studies

Scott Eugene Adams

Brandon Keith Allen*

Kimberly Kay Anderson+

Lisa Nachelle Anderson*+

Robert Alexander Anderson+

Tiffany Headrick Andrews

Ashley Marie Andrukonis

Jaime Lee Arnold*+

Angel Renee Arrington

Eleonora Surenovna Assadova+

Amy Jeanette Atchley*

April Suzanne Bachman+

Anthony Maurice Bagwell*+

Kristin Marie Bair*+

Crystal Annette Banken

Ashley Diane Barger*+

Mindy Michelle Barton

Candace Angelique Baxter+

Leslie Deanna Ruth Beach+

Marcus Gabriel Blair*+

Sheila D Blair+

Kimberly Renee Boles+

Matthew Tyler Booth+

Stacie Lynn Botts+

Ashley N. Bowers

Brittany Paige Bowers

Bryan Allen Bowers*+

Mercedes L. Boyd+

Casey Elizabeth Bradley+

Mindy Dawn Bradley+

David M Breeden

Kristi Michelle Breeden

Morgan Maechelle Brewer*+

Daniel Clifford Britton+

Terry Dean Brooks

Charles A. Brown

David Bryan Brown+

Shannon Kay Brown*

Joshua Adam Broyles*+

Megan D. Bruce+

Janie Danielle Bryant+

Victoria Jacqueline Bryant

Keith Christopher Buch+

Kevin W Buckner

Adam Michael Burchfield*

Lara Gail Burchfield+

Amber Nicole Burgner*+

Jessica Caroline Burgner+

Robin Annette Burnette+

James Allen Butler+

Judith Cahansa Butler*

James Winston Cable

Carrie Chae Cagle

Melissa Callahan*

Billy Carroll Calwell*

Amber Spring Campbell

Deanna Roshelle Campbell+

Claire D. Carter+

Felicia Waynette Carter

Kirsten Dixie Carter

Daniel Cate

Tessa Marie Catlett-Mccroskey*

Kelsey Marie Chamberlain+

Hannah Lynn Champlin+

Brent Eugene Chapman*+

Ann Marie Cheezum+

Floyd Alden Cheyne*+

Brandon Anthony Chittum*

Savannah Hope Clabough

Delisa L. Cleveland

Kala L. Clifford

Candace Lee Cody*+

Mandy LaChelle Colburn+

Katie Lee Cole

Linda Darlene Coleman+

April Dawn Collins+

Robert Earl Colquitt+

Paula Renee Conley

Tabitha Lydia Cook

Amber Lawson Cooper*+

Jeremy Brent Cooper*+

Justin Ross Cornett

Donna Costa-White+

Stephanie Marie Cox+

Tyler Robert Cox+

Chester Craig

Amy Denise Crawford

Jamie Cunningham*+

Melanie Ann Cusmano+

Kari E. Cuthbertson

Gabriel James Dando*

Kira Lauren Dash

Alexandra Nicole Davis+

Allison Roxie Davis+

Heather D. Davis+

William Zachary Davis*

Kayla Gabrielle Dearstone*+

Jessica Susan Deaton

Mario Antonine Debro

Emily Marie Delacruz+

Alaina Christen Demay+

Angela Dawn Dixson*

Patrick Edwin Douthat+

Gilbert Charles Downey

Jennifer Duff*

Kimberly Lynn Duff

Amber Christine Duke+

Deidra Michelle Dunlap*

Janice Lyn Dutcher+

Brittney D. Dye*+

Tabitha Ann Dyer+

Jessica Lea Elkins+

Melissa Jeannette Emerson*

Abigail Leigh Ero

Joseph Hall Exum

Brianna Fannon+

Lori Ann Farmer

Lisa Josephine Feezell

Kristoffer Mykell Fernandez

Scott Allan Fisher*

Natalie Paige Foland+

Christie D. Forbis+

Amy Laurel Foreman

Justin Wayne Foster+

Logan Brian Foust*+

Taylor Victoria Fritz+

Roben Andrea Garland

Jamie L. Gass+

Maura Gilbert

Balinda Anne Gillis

David Allen Glasscock*+

Tiffany Marie Golden+

Jill Edith Goodpasture*+

Stevie Nicole Gorrell+

Mendy Lynn Goss+

Trisha Lear Gossett+

Tyler J Govert+

Kimberly Grace Gregg*+

Mandy Michele Haga*

James Travis Hale+

Justin Tyler Hamilton*+

Audrey Heather Hammack Robinson

Brittney Harrison+

Cory D. Harrison

Kazuhiko Hashiyama

Kelsi Jean Haskins+

Kimberly Marie Hatmaker

Tanya Marie Hayes*+

Danielle R. Henderson+

April Dawn Hensley*

Lisa Michelle Hensley

Brent Aaron Hickman*+

Ruth Ann Hickman

Crystal Lee Hicks

Gregory Ward Hilemon*+

Cassie Hiles

Jenny Rebecca Hill

Amy Marie Hodge+

Steven Chadwick Holder

Taylor Andrea Holdren*+

Arnold Keith Hooper*+

Cathleen Marie Hopson+

Ryan Wesley Hudson+

Velvet Dawn Hughes*+

Mark Anthony Hunley

Maleah Linda Huskey+

Andrea Lauren Hutchins*+

Chanc Milton Jackson+

Charlotte Nicole Jackson*+

Rebecca Michelle Jenkins*+

Angel M Jennings*+

Bertrane Jarvis Jennings+

Carol S. Jennings+

Jeffrey Adam Jennings+

Katelyn Jasanna Jennings*

Kiana Raelene Johnson

Mattie Renee Johnson

Rebecca Leann Johnson*+

Stephanie Michelle Josey

Wesley Justice+

Angela Marie Kagley+

Steve Alan Kelley*+

Courtney Michelle Kelly+

Marjorie Krystal Kennedy

Sarah Kenny*+

Bradley James Kidwell*

Justin Marc King

Frankie Lorine Kington*+

Wayne Craig Kiser*+

Thomas Robert Kosidowski+

Christie Deanna Lamb+

Stacey Lamb

Elissa Ruth Lane+

Kendra Michelle Lane

Kevin Brett Lane

James Adam Large+

Zachary Brown Lassiter

Mary Kristina Lawson+

Contessa D. Leverett

Heather Deann Lewis

Hannah E. Linkous*

Jodi Marie Lister*+

Allison Ray Lloyd+

Olivia Lobertini+

Rachel Hope Looney+

Gregory Glenn Lynn+

Amy Patrice Lyon+

Brooke Danielle Maloney+

Marcy Lee Marriott+

Phil Every Mauk*+

Lisa Loraine Maxwell

Brandi Michele McAmis+

Kevin Ray McAmis

Betsy Ann McClain+

Joshua Dylan McClure*+

Heather June McConnell

Ryan Pete McCord*+

Kylie M. McCoy*

Derek Channing McFall+

Josette McGaha*

Sven McGaha*+

Nancy Anne McKinley*+

Madison Neil McKinney

Nanette Louise McLain*+

Matthew Edward Meese+

Rebecca Lashea Melton

Lauren Angeline Menefee

Emily Ann Menner+

Alicia Rae Miller+

Denna Lee Miller+

Ruth Ann Mitchell

Evan Dewayne Monroe+

Sarah Jennifer Monroe*

Jonathan G. Moore*

Charles Mark Morgan

Alexis Gray Morrow

Vanessa Morton

Michael Mostella+

Daisy Tamara Mullins

Evelyn Deana Marie Myers

Aaron Jon Mynatt+

Cortney Mercedes Mynatt+

Tomi A. Nelson+

Craig Lee Newman+

Whitnie Elaine Norman*

Amie Suzanne O’Brien*

Tiffany Nichole Ogle*+

Tracy Michelle Olson+

Sherry Lynn Ottem*+

Laurence James Palais*+

Ashley Dawn Palmer+

Shaunna Passmore+

Samantha Paul

Christina Louise Paxton

Christopher David Payne*+

Heather Dawn Perry+

Matthew Allen Piper+

Juliana Cecelia Pressley+

Jill Elizabeth Purkey*

Jacqueline Nicole Rader+

Macy Makenzie Raines+

Rodney Scott Ramin*

Johnathan Hugh Reagan+

Madeline Kathleen Reddick

Sunday Lynn Reeves

April Danielle Renner*+

Abby Caitlin Reynolds

Kendra Irene Rickard

Mark C. Riley*

Shalynn Wallace Rippetoe

Rachael Elizabeth Roach

Matthew Garrett Roberts

Sharon S. Roberts

Jacqueline Anne Robinson+

Tabitha Ann Rue+

Rodney Lynn Russell

Stephen Paul Sabatino+

Roger Grant Sams*+

Mark Lee Sandburg

Regina Starr Sandidge*+

Monica Jo Sasscer*+

Audrey Lynn Sauls*+

Whitney Suzanne Scearce*

Kelly Schlitz

Mary Taylor Schmid

Cortnay Paige Scott

Destinee Ciera Scott+

Steven Douglas Scott*+

Chad William Seay+

Talor Elisabeth-Broo Shaddix+

Deborah Rolen Sharp*+

William Robert Sharp+

Jeffery Alan Shelton+

Kaliah Alexis Sheppard+

Saasha Noel Shirooni

John Cody Simmons

Robert Renoel Sitterson

David Grant Smith*

Michael Jason Smith

Rebecca Hildegard Smith-Gregg+

Wendy Marie Smothers

Lisa Jane Snowden+

Candice N. Spradlin+

Lindsey Nicole Stair*

Suzanne Michelle Starnes

Wayne Gordon Stokes*

David Eric Stott+

Amanda Carroll Strange+

Kendall John Strumpf+

Travis Carl Stuart*

Renea Danielle Styles

Jason Matthew Tarbet+

Angela Marie Taylor*+

Kenny Leon Taylor*+

Rockne Von Taylor*

Sara Kapileo Techur+

Raymond Allen Thacker

Kristi Ann Thomas

Rhonda Melissa Thompson+

Shannon Edward Thompson+

Timothy L Thompson

Miranda Lin Tobler*+

Daniel Joseph Tremaine+

Karen Michelle Trent*

Joshua Daniel Trivette+

Kenneth R. Tucker

John R. Tuggle*+

Remola Wanavee Turner

Matthew David Urnick

Angela Diane Vaughn*+

Robert Dylan Walden

Bailey F. Walker

Misty D. Wallen

Samantha Laynea Wallen+

David George Walton+

Kayla R Ward*+

Benjamin Harden Warnick*+

Jada Lynn Watts*+

Joshua Aaron Weaver+

Mitzi Michele Weese*

Patrick Shane Wells

Melissa Kim Whaley

Courtney Ann Whittington

Martin Lewis Whorley+

Leslie Kaye Wilhoit+

Leslie Camera Wilkerson+

Marti L. Willen*+

Rosa Dawn Williams

Calandra Livesay Williamson*+

Brandi Nichole Wilson+

Kimberly Ruth Wise+

Kristin Alexis Woods

Linda Gayle Woods+

Maggie Elizabeth Wright

Shauna Jane Wrinkle

Angela Dawn Young*+

Angelique Louise Zimcosky*





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Record number of students named to Fall 2015 Athletic Director Honor Roll

Record number of students named to Fall 2015 Athletic Director Honor Roll

Posted on 08 January 2016 by

Two-hundred and seventy-four student-athletes have been named to the 2015 Tusculum College Athletic Director’s Fall Honor Roll.  The 274 honorees are the most in school history.

To be selected to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, a student-athlete must accumulate either a semester or cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.

The Tusculum football team boasted the most student-athletes on the honor roll with 48 honorees.  The Pioneer baseball and women’s soccer teams were tied for second with 29 selections each.  The men’s soccer team was fourth on the list with 20 honorees, while the Pioneer men’s and women’s lacrosse teams were tied for fifth with 19 selections apiece.  The volleyball and softball teams tied for seventh with 16 honorees each, while the women’s golf and men’s basketball teams had 10 selections apiece and tied for ninth.  Women’s basketball and women’s cross country had nine honorees each and are tied for 11th, followed by women’s tennis (8), men’s tennis (7), men’s golf (7) and men’s cross country (6).

The Tusculum cheerleading squad also had 13 members recognized on this semester’s honor roll.

The Tusculum men’s tennis team had the highest cumulative grade point average of the 16 sports sponsored by the College with a 3.5782 team GPA.  Of Tusculum’s 16 athletic programs, 13 boasted team GPAs of 3.00 or better.

The women’s tennis team was second with a 3.5626 GPA, followed by volleyball (3.5436), softball (3.4919), women’s golf (3.4408), men’s golf (3.4327), women’s cross country (3.3661), men’s cross country (3.3289), women’s basketball (3.2705), women’s lacrosse (3.1554), women’s soccer (3.1460), men’s soccer (3.0632) and men’s lacrosse (3.0022).

Seventeen Tusculum student-athletes currently have a perfect cumulative GPA of 4.00 including: Katja Andersson (women’s soccer), Jule Bass (women’s tennis), Matthew Cole (football), Jordan Fullerton (women’s soccer), Franziska Funke (women’s tennis), Emily Hester (softball), Calley Lawson (women’s golf), Emma MacDonald (women’s soccer), Morgan Mahaffey (softball), Lindsey Mank (women’s cross country), Fabian Paier (men’s tennis), Treslyn Reese (softball), Jordan Smith (women’s lacrosse), Jonathan Spicher (men’s soccer), Katie Tomassoni (women’s golf), Carlie Thornber (women’s soccer) and Parker Wright (cheerleading).

Along with these individuals, seven additional student-athletes had a perfect fall with a 4.00 semester GPA, including: Evan Altizer (football), Lawson Burrow (men’s cross country), Eliza Davis (softball), Samuel Davis (men’s golf), Savannah Elliott (women’s lacrosse), Preston Tucker (men’s golf) and Nick Wasylyk (football)

2015 Tusculum College Athletic Director’s Fall Honor Roll

Student-Athlete               Sport(s)

Antoinette Allen              Women’s Soccer/Lacrosse

Makenzi Alley                    Women’s Cross Country

Evan Altizer                        Football

Jorge Alvarez                     Men’s Soccer

Andrea Amettis                Volleyball

Katja Andersson               Women’s Soccer

Ashley Andrukonis          Women’s Cross Country

Ben Arnold                         Men’s Basketball

Kellen Asmundson          Men’s Lacrosse

Kristen Atwell                    Women’s Basketball

Kyle Bailey                          Football

Tyler Bailey                         Baseball

Sarah Baker                        Women’s Tennis

Brandyn Bartlett               Football

Hayley Bartlett                  Women’s Lacrosse

Taylor Battle                       Softball

Miranda Beeler                 Softball

Keegan Bell                        Men’s Lacrosse

John Bennett                     Baseball

Alexis Berlin                       Cheerleading

Hannah Berling                 Volleyball

McKenly Berry                  Baseball

Paige Bible                          Women’s Cross Country

Danny Black                        Football

William Boney                   Football

Cassandra Born                 Volleyball

Dalton Boslooper             Baseball

Sarah Bouley                      Volleyball

Brittney Bowers               Women’s Soccer

Sabrina Bradley                 Women’s Soccer

Jule Brass                            Women’s Tennis

Cheyenne Bray                 Women’s Lacrosse

Spencer Brothers             Baseball

Kyle Brown                         Men’s Lacrosse

Lawson Burrow                 Men’s Cross Country

Lindsay Butler                    Women’s Golf

Alison Camp                       Women’s Soccer

Corey Cantrell                   Football

Hunter Cantrell                 Football

Michaelae Carden           Cheerleading

Erin Carmody                     Volleyball

Ethan Carpenter               Baseball

Darius Carter                      Men’s Basketball

Ben Cash                             Baseball

Cayla Cecil                           Softball

Mitch Chapman                Men’s Lacrosse

Chris Cochrane                  Baseball

Matthew Cole                   Football

Eamonn Collins                 Baseball

Sarah Combs                      Women’s Soccer

Jalen Connor                      Football

Christen Craig                    Women’s Lacrosse

Heather Crouch                Women’s Soccer/Basketball

Kelsey Crow                       Women’s Lacrosse

Bailey Culler                       Softball

Destiny Cunningham      Cheerleading

Caleb Cutshall                    Men’s Cross Country

Jacob Cutshall                    Men’s Cross Country

Ricardo Da Silva                 Men’s Soccer

Deshawn Davis                 Football

Eliza Davis                            Softball

Samuel Davis                     Men’s Golf

Zach Davis                           Men’s Basketball

Andre De Giorgi                Men’s Soccer

Bryce Dequira                    Men’s Soccer

Payton DeHart                  Women’s Soccer

Seth DeHaven                   Baseball

Rachel Del Duca                Women’s Lacrosse

Kyle Dickson                       Men’s Soccer

Victoria Dierickx                Volleyball

Kelly Donnelly                   Football

Drake Dormann                Football

Tandon Dorn                      Baseball

Britney Dotson                  Cheerleading

Malik Drury                         Football

Gary Dunlop                       Men’s Soccer

Dallas Dunn                        Men’s Soccer

Isaiah Dunn                        Football

Savannah Elliott                Women’s Lacrosse

Cory Fagan                          Men’s Basketball

Todd Fidler                         Men’s Soccer

Harper Ford                        Softball

Nick Forsberg                    Men’s Golf

Jordan Fullerton               Women’s Soccer

Franziska Funke                Women’s Tennis

Rachel Garnett                  Volleyball

Nyssa Garrison                  Women’s Soccer

Max Gaubert                     Football

Guillem Giro                       Men’s Soccer/Cheerleading

Hannah Graham               Women’s Soccer

Shelby Gray                        Women’s Lacrosse

Davante Griffin                 Football

Sierra Haas                          Women’s Lacrosse

Courtney Hackney           Women’s Soccer

Kevin Haggerty                 Men’s Lacrosse

Brock Hakalmazian          Baseball

Holly Hall                              Women’s Soccer

Tyler Hall                              Baseball

Sierra Hanson                    Women’s Cross Country

Tim Hardy                            Baseball

Cooper Harrison               Football

Zach Hartle                         Men’s Basketball

Kayla Hartley                      Volleyball

Harrison Harvey                Men’s Soccer

Michala Hash                     Women’s Basketball

Kelsey Haun                       Women’s Golf

Brad Hawkins                     Men’s Golf

Peyton Haynes                 Football

Maelyn Head                     Women’s Basketball

Kealee Heffner                 Women’s Tennis

Emily Hester                       Softball

Cameron High                   Baseball

Luke Hillis                            Football

Rachel Holmes                  Women’s Lacrosse

Sayre Hopper                    Women’s Golf

Chris Hutson                      Men’s Golf

Kyron Inman                      Football

J’Quen Johnson                Men’s Cross Country

Tashique Kader                 Men’s Tennis

Cody Kammerzell             Men’s Soccer

Adrienne Kaye                  Women’s Tennis

Jordan Keene                    Softball

Jaylynn Kesterson           Football

Dante Key                           Baseball

Haley Klages                       Women’s Soccer

Tyler Klarner                      Men’s Lacrosse

Alexander Kleinberg       Men’s Lacrosse

Toby Klerk                           Men’s Tennis

Andrew Kransberger      Men’s Lacrosse

Dallas Kuykendall             Football

Andreas Kvam                   Men’s Soccer

Pablo Laguna                     Men’s Soccer

Taylor Lambertsen          Women’s Golf

Zack Lane                            Football

Bailey Laws                         Cheerleading

Calley Lawson                    Women’s Golf

Guillermo Lazcano           Men’s Soccer/Cheerleading

Mariah Lewis                     Volleyball

Meghan Lively                   Women’s Soccer

Jeffrey Lohman                Men’s Soccer

Emma MacDonald           Women’s Soccer

Morgan Mahaffey           Softball

Madison Malone              Women’s Lacrosse

Tanner Maloof                  Baseball

Lindsey Mank                    Women’s Cross Country

Miriah Martin                    Women’s Soccer

Stetson Mayes                  Football

Chase McAllister              Baseball

Mitch McCain                    Baseball

Kelli McCalla                       Women’s Soccer

Caleb McCormick             Football

Sadie McKay                      Cheerleading

Conor McKenna               Men’s Soccer

Dominic McLaren             Men’s Soccer

Nicole McMillen               Women’s Soccer

Kristen McMillion             Women’s Basketball

Rocco Menna                    Men’s Soccer

Ethan Merrow                   Men’s Lacrosse

Carly Mill                              Women’s Soccer

Charles Mills                       Men’s Lacrosse

Erin Mills                              Women’s Tennis

Connor Mitchell                Men’s Basketball

Vasco Monteiro                Men’s Soccer

Dominic Moore                 Football

Jaylen Moore                    Football

Brandon Mosley               Cheerleading

Chase Mounce                  Men’s Basketball

Pauline Muiruri                 Women’s Cross Country

Billy Munker                       Football

Eduardo Munoz                Men’s Tennis

Shannon Murphy             Volleyball

Cydney Murrell                 Women’s Golf

Loyd Napier                        Football

David New                          Baseball

Jordan Newby                   Women’s Soccer

Mackenzie Newsome    Women’s Cross Country

Will Noel                              Men’s Cross Country

Alycea Ohl                           Women’s Lacrosse

Paula Ortiz-Gomez          Women’s Lacrosse

Fabian Paier                       Men’s Tennis

Ridge Palmer                     Football

Rahmoi Parson                  Football

Ross Parsons                      Men’s Lacrosse

Anthony Patrick                Football

Callie Patterson                Women’s Basketball

Kendall Patterson            Men’s Basketball

Taylor Plemons                 Softball

Diego Poore                       Men’s Basketball

Jasmine Queen                 Women’s Basketball

Christian Raasch               Baseball

Matt Ramsay                     Baseball

Cory Ramsey                      Men’s Cross Country

Haylee Ramsey                 Women’s Soccer

Heath Ratliff                       Men’s Golf

Ciara Rattana                     Women’s Golf

Zachary Redden               Football

Treslyn Reese                    Softball

Jenna Restivo                    Softball

Alphonzo Rigby                 Baseball

Rachel Roberts                  Women’s Soccer

Isaac Robinson                  Football

Christopher Ryan             Men’s Lacrosse

Reanna Saunders             Cheerleading

Tyler Schafer                      Men’s Lacrosse

Brooke Schreder              Women’s Soccer

Drew Schreder                  Football

Sabrina Schleuger            Volleyball

Blythe Scrivner                  Women’s Golf

Leon Seiz                             Men’s Tennis

Matthew Sheppard        Football

Caleb Shiflett                     Football

Jordon Shippy                   Football

Jaelyn Shoemaker           Cheerleading

Matt Shown                       Men’s Basketball

Madison Shumaker         Volleyball

David Siegle                        Men’s Tennis

Matt Simon                        Football

Erin Sims                              Women’s Lacrosse/Basketball

Christian Sisto                    Football

Trevor Skiles                      Football

Zach Slagle                          Baseball

Jacob Smith                        Men’s Lacrosse

Jordan Smith                      Women’s Lacrosse

Joshua Smith                     Football

Taylor Smith                       Men’s Golf

Zack Smith                          Football

Alexandra Soldati             Volleyball

James Spears                     Men’s Lacrosse

Jonathan Spicher             Men’s Soccer

Clarissa Stanton                Women’s Lacrosse

Danae Stauffer                 Volleyball

Robin Stoner                      Softball

Chaz Story                           Football

Kaytlin Stroinski                Volleyball

Amanda Sumner              Women’s Tennis

Shannele Sunderland     Women’s Soccer

Terrie Taylor                       Cheerleading

Carlie Thornber                 Women’s Soccer

Jim Tolle                               Baseball

Ellie Tomassoni                 Women’s Soccer

Katie Tomassoni               Women’s Golf

Will Tommie                       Football

John Topoleski                  Baseball

Preston Tucker                 Men’s Golf

Cheyenne Upton             Women’s Soccer

Eric Varlas                            Men’s Lacrosse

Samantha Vogt                 Women’s Cross Country

Dallas Wade                       Men’s Lacrosse

Nate Wade                         Men’s Lacrosse

Brooke Wagner                Women’s Lacrosse

Lillian Wallace                    Women’s Cross Country

Morgan Ward                    Softball

Jason Ware                         Football

Nick Wasylyk                      Football

Emily Waters                      Women’s Tennis

Devan Watts                      Baseball

Coneisha Waugh              Women’s Soccer/Lacrosse

Kaily Weiss                          Volleyball

J.J. Wesley                          Baseball

Taylor White                      Women’s Golf

Shynese Whitener          Women’s Basketball

Creighton Wilke                Baseball

Carolyn Williamson          Softball

Jason Willis                         Men’s Lacrosse

Sydney Wilson                  Women’s Basketball

Jonas Winkelmann          Men’s Tennis

Kaitlin Winnie                    Women’s Lacrosse

Rachel Wisner                   Softball

Parker Wright                    Cheerleading

Sam Wyrick                         Football

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Nearly 200 receive degrees Saturday at Tusculum College

Nearly 200 receive degrees Saturday at Tusculum College

Posted on 14 December 2015 by

Graduating from Tusculum College during winter commencement ceremonies were 198 individuals in a ceremony held on Saturday, Dec. 12.

On Saturday 86 students earned Bachelor of Science degrees and 76 earned Bachelor of Arts degrees. In addition 20 graduates earned Master of Arts degrees and 16 received Master of Business Administration degrees.

The new graduates were addressed by Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody, who recognized the hard work of the path to graduation, saying “Commencement is an occasion of celebration and completion.” Adding, “Today is a testament to your efforts, to your persistence, and today is your day. Be proud of yourself and your accomplishment.”

She told the group, that while there was no doubt they were thinking about the many people in their lives who had helped them and supported them on this journey, that graduation day was a moment to celebrate the completion of a goal they had worked hard to attain.

Two student speakers addressed the graduates, including Pamela Ammons, a nursing graduate from Midway. Ammons returned to Tusculum to complete her Bachelor of Science in nursing after having earned her associate degree 1990. “I would like to express my gratitude and thanks to the faculty and staff of Tusculum College, without each and every one of you, we would not be here today.”

She added, “We have all had a goal to accomplish and that day is today. It will forever be a day we will never forget. It has been a journey well taken.”

Also speaking was Michael Scott, of Colorado Springs, Colo. who received his MBA, after earning his bachelor degree from Tusculum College in 2013.

“We are more similar to real Pioneers than we give ourselves credit for,” he told his fellow graduates. “We didn’t fight bears or wrestle alligators, but we did work day and night and studied for hours. We moved forward no matter the sacrifice.”

The Rev. Dr. Dan Donaldson, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, the mother church of Tusculum College, and a member of the Tusculum College Board of Trustees also spoke to the graduates.

He spoke in tribute to the late Mark Stokes, Tusculum College chaplain, who passed away suddenly this fall, and had for several years provided the commencement sermon. Dr. Donaldson said that in Stokes’ nearly 30 years of service to Tusculum College he saw a remarkable amount of change.

“The world is changing so rapidly and higher education is no different,” he said. “Take your education and change with it as you go.”

Download the December 2015 Commencement Program


Graduation speakers representing the Class of 2015 were Michael Scott, left, and Pamela Ammons.

Graduates walk the faculty gauntlet following Commencement services on Saturday at Tusculum College.

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