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Inspirational presentation by hypnotist on Aug. 29 to kick off Acts, Arts, Academia series

Inspirational presentation by hypnotist on Aug. 29 to kick off Acts, Arts, Academia series

Posted on 18 August 2016 by

Wayne Lee will bring his hilarious mix of hypnosis and inspiration to Tusculum College on Monday, Aug. 29, at 7 p.m. in the Annie Hogan Byrd Auditorium.

Wayne Lee will bring his hilarious mix of hypnosis and inspiration to Tusculum College on Monday, Aug. 29, in the kick-off event of  the 2016-17 Acts, Arts, Academia performance and lecture series.

Lee’s performance will be at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on the Greeneville campus. The Acts, Arts, Academia performance and lecture series is a program of Tusculum College Arts Outreach and supported by the late Dr. Sam Miller in memory of Agnes Ault Miller, Hearts for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, Arts Outreach and generous donors and volunteers.

In his presentation, “Set your GPS for Success,” Lee challenges audiences to set their “Great Programmable Subconscious” to reach their goals. While keeping his audiences in stitches, Lee blends in encouraging and thought-provoking points in his presentation.

Over the years, Lee has used hypnosis to entertain, excite and mesmerize audiences across North America in thousands of shows and presentations and helped people to explore the unlimited potential of the human mind. Beginning with a childhood fascination with magic and visualization, Lee’s driving passion is to help people discover their potential, and acting on that passion has resulted in his opportunities to make presentations worldwide. As a former five-time Canadian amateur wrestling champion and a classroom instructor, Lee has practiced what he teaches.


Over the years, Lee has used hypnosis to entertain, excite and mesmerize audiences across North America in thousands of shows and presentations and helped people to explore the unlimited potential of the human mind.

The Acts, Arts, Academia series will continue on Tuesday, Sept. 30, with a lecture by Dr. Deborah Bryan, associate professor of art at Tusculum College. “Looking: Art Around You” will be presented at 7 p.m. in the Behan Arena Theatre on the lower level of the Annie Hogan Byrd Building (side entrance).

Theatre-at-Tusculum will hit audiences’ funny bones with its fall production, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.”  Performances are scheduled for Nov. 4-6 and 10-13 in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium.

The Christmas season will be marked by performances by the Tusculum College Band Program and Tusculum College Community Chorus. The band program’s holiday concert will be on Tuesday, Nov. 29,  in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium. The Community Chorus will perform its annual holiday concert under new director Kathy May on Monday, Dec. 5.

The first performance in 2017 will be Central Ballet Theatre’s presentation of “Sleeping Beauty: True Love’s Kiss.”  Performances are scheduled for Jan. 27-29 in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium.

On Tuesday, Feb. 7, audiences will have an opportunity to enjoy an evening with esteemed Southern author Crystal Wilkinson.

Theatre-at-Tusculum’s spring production will be “Disney’s My Son Pinocchio JR,” the classic tale of an aging toymaker and his beloved wooden puppet. Performances are scheduled for Feb. 17-19 and Feb. 23-26 in the Behan Arena Theatre.

The Tusculum Band will present its winter concert on Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium.

The Malprass Brothers will bring their brand of traditional country music to the stage on Thursday, March 16, in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium.

During the Old Oak Festival, Theatre-at-Tusculum in conjunction with the college’s English Department will present “5 x 10,” five-ten minute plays by Tusculum students. Performances will be April 20-23 in the Behan Arena Theatre.

The series will conclude with the spring concerts by the Tusculum Band Program and Community Chorus. The Community Chorus will perform on Monday, April 24, and the band program’s presentation will be Sunday, April 30.

Admission to the events is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors above the age of 60 and $5 for children 12 years of age and under except for the presentations by Dr. Deborah Bryan and Crystal Wilkinson and the “5 x 10” plays , which will be $7, and the band and Community Chorus concerts which have no admission charge.

For more information on any of these events, or to reserve tickets for the Wayne Lee  performance, call Tusculum College Arts Outreach at 423-798-1620, or email The Wayne Lee performance is required of Tusculum Experience students and is an Arts and Lecture event for all students.  Also, Tusculum faculty staff and students are admitted free with valid College ID, and tickets will only be available at the Box Office prior to the show.  All other tickets are will be the regular admission prices.

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Spring semester 2016 Dean’s List recognizes academic achievement

Spring semester 2016 Dean’s List recognizes academic achievement

Posted on 13 May 2016 by

The Tusculum College academic honors lists have been announced for the spring 2016 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 spring 2016 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 +.

Spring 2016 Dean’s List

Traditional program

Dennis Mensah Acquah

Cynthia Paige Adkins +

Antoinette Eva Allen

Makenzi Lynn Alley +

Evan R Altizer +

Jorge Alvarez +

Lori M Anderson +

Katja Sabina Elisabeth Andersson +

Ashley Marie Andrukonis +

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 +

McKenzie Beavers

Cheyenne Nicole Beeler *+

Miranda Leeann Beeler +

John Evan Bennett

Alexis Hope Berlin +

Hannah Marie Berling +

Emily Rae Bernin +

Emory Leigh Bibb +

Kyle Christopher Bittner +

John Russell Bivens +

Jonathan Blaylock +

Brandon Bolden

Eric Rufus Bowers

Benjamin Frederick Boyd

Sabrina Nichole Bradley

Jule Brass *+

Cheyenne Renee Bray +

Spencer Darris Brothers +

Victoria Nicole Browder

Kaitlin Brooke Brown +

Maggie Brown

Megan Lorraine Buczek *+

Lawson Henry Burrow *+

Lindsay Ann Butler *+

Brianna Elizabeth Byerley

Mason Ray Calhoun +

Shelbi Breanne Cameron +

Alison Faith Camp +

Amelia Ellen Cannon +

Michaelae Carden

Jessie Leonard Carey *+

Erin Helene Carmody +

Ethan Wayne Carpenter +

Laura Kaye Carr *+

Darius O’Neil Carter +

Benjamin T Cash +

Callie S. Casteel *+

Mitchell Frank Lewis Chapman +

Matthew Keith Church +

Lia Alexis Renae Clark

Christopher Murray Cochrane

Denise Nicole Coffey +

Matthew S. Cole +

Riley Edward Collins

Sarah D. Combs

West Thomas Connor

Dustin Daniel Conway +

Samuel Thomas Runion Cooley

Rebecca L. Cope +

Jacob William Countiss +

Christen Janay Craig

Emily Lynne Cross

Heather Renee Crouch +

Bailey Alexandria Culler +

Craig Matthew Cutler +

Samantha Czapik +

Jennifer Leeann Dalton +

Eliza Lucille Davis *+

Samuel George Davis *+

Zachary Robert Davis

Andre Alvaro Moreira De Giorgi

Melissa Dearstone

Payton Alexandra Dehart +

Rachel N Del Duca

Kayla Brooke Dodson +

Kelly Chase Donnelly

Tandon Gregory Dorn *+

Renee Amans Doyle +

Gary Joseph Dunlop +

John Eric Durr *+

Derrica Echols

Michael Jason Eggert +

Samantha Elizabeth Eldridge +

Madilyn Joyce Elliott *+

Savannah Elliott +

Micheal Harvey Emery

Kasey Blake Fawbush +

Hettige Joseph Michael Rukshan Fernando +

Todd Jamie Fidler

Zachary G Finchum

Sean Brenden Finucane +

Lia Theresa Fiore +

Karli Payten Fisher *+

Harper Nicole Ford +

Nicholas Larry Forsberg *+

Kelsey Lynae Freeman +

Macy Amanda French *+

Jennifer Michelle Frost +

Jordan D’Ann Fullerton *+

Franziska Funke *+

Rachel Eileen Garnett +

Cheyenne Garrison

Zachary Joel Gass +

Travis Maxwell Gaubert +

Alexus Breann Gibson *+

Haley Morgan Glenn

Hannah Marie Graham *

Eduardo Granados Munoz +

Shelby Anne Gray +

Ashley Skye Greene

Andrea Nichole Grooms

Guillem Giro Guil +

Courtney Danielle Hackney *

Brock Daniel Hakalmazian *

Allison Marie Hall *+

Holly Brooke Hall +

Tyler James Hall +

Macey Leann Hance *+

Edward Oliver Moore Hancock *+

Sierra Paige Hanson +

Olivia Elaine Harrell

Zachary Lee Hartle +

William Harrison Harvey +

Michala Katherine Hash *

Mamie Britt Hassell +

Bradley Daniel Hawkins +

Michael James Haycox

Kealee Heffner

Tarah Ranae Helms +

Dyer Keith Hendricks

Rachael Bethany Hensley +

Emily Elizabeth Hester +

James Cameron High

Benjamin Luke Hillis +

Bradford Blaine Hinkle *+

Sarah Elizabeth Holly *+

Ronnie James Holt +

Sayre Catherine Hopper +

Brittney Nicole Horton *+

Lynsey Brooke Hughes

Logan Tyler Hunter +

Cody Christopher Ingram

Katie Elizabeth James +

Kierney Lynn Jarvis

Jeffrey Tyler Johnson *+

Alexis Joiner +

Morgan Deanne Jones +

Tashique Kader *+

Briana Michelle Kaltenmark +

Adrienne Martine Kaye *+

Jordan Hayley Keene +

Seanmichael Gordon Kidder

Teresa Ann Kinley +

Tonya Michelle Kinley

Staci Nicole Knipp *+

Kelsi Hayden-Flaire Knox

Andrew D Kransberger +

Andreas M. Kvam +

Pablo Laguna *+

Taylor Kara Lambertsen *+

Taylor B. Lamons

Zachary Aaron Lane +

Bailey Elaine Laws

Calley B. Lawson *+

Shane Allen Lawson +

Guillermo Lazcano Carrera +

Hannah Irene Lefler +

Lilian Briane Lesniewski

Lindsey Danielle Lewis *+

MaKenna Noel Lewis +

Mariah Lynn Lewis +

Daniel Ray Lowery +

Emma Catherine MacDonald *+

Morgan Mahaffey *+

Yared W. Mamo +

Whitney Brianna Marshall +

Miriah Elizabeth Martin +

Shawna Ann Martin +

Miranda Danielle Mathews

James Wayne Mayes +

Mitchell Vance McCain +

Kelli Lynn McCalla +

Kassandra Lea McCamey

Joseph Bryson McCarter *+

Conor Patrick McKenna

Billi L. McKenzie *+

Nicole Sarah McMillen +

Kristen Renee McMillion

Ragen Danielle McNair +

Charles Richard Mills +

Erin Ashley Mills *+

Ashlyn Nicole Misischia +

Connor Grey Mitchell

James Curtis Moneyhun +

Vasco Miguel Monteiro *

AAliyah Jada Montgomery +

Brian Steve Montgomery

Dana Stacia Morong +

Pamela Kay Morong +

Margaret Ann Moss +

Yusuf Muhammed +

Shannon Rose Murphy +

Jordan Nicole Newby +

Mackenzie G. Newsome

Robert E. Nichols +

Micah Brianne Nicley +

Kylee Jordan Nolan +

Charla Deidre Odom +

Kaitlyn Marie Odoms

Erin Christian Osborne +

Fabian Paier *+

Breeanna Nicole Parker

Ross Gregory Parsons +

Callie Sierra Patterson

Kendall Patterson +

Carly Jeannette Payne *+

Shaveen Perera +

Jalesa Janae Perkins

Matthew Ralph Pierce +

Amanda Leigh Ann Pipes +

Christopher Edwin Pittman

Taylor Nicole Plemons

Diego C. Poore +

David Lee Quesenberry +

Christian Scholly Raasch

Heath Ratliff +

Ciara Rattana +

Zachary James Redden +

Tiffany L. Rednour *+

Chelsey Brooke Reed *+

Michael Bryce Reed +

Treslyn Kelley Reese +

Jenna Marie Restivo

Linda Joy Reyna

Jamie Rebecca Rhea +

Brooke A. Rhodes

Amie Elizabeth Rice

Cassi L. Ricker +

Allyson Kathleen Rines +

Kaara Heloise Roark

Rachel Elizabeth Roberts +

Malinda Irene Rode

Carrie Leigh Rose *+

Christopher John Ryan

Ciara Leigh Ryan

Kathleen J. Samples +

Donavon O’Neil Samuels

Brooke Ashley Sane

Sabrina L. Schleuger +

Brooke Morgan Schreder *+

Drew Henry Schreder

Leon Seiz +

Roxanne Inez Shepard *+

Sarah Rebecca Shipley

Madison Kate Shumaker +

David Felix Siegle *+

Payton Dakota Silcox +

Erin Janae Sims +

Zachariah William Slagle +

Garland Taylor Smith *+

Jacob Lee Smith

John Conagher Rufus Smith

John James Paul Smith +

Jordan Dianne Smith +

Tyler James Smith +

Tyrone Antonio Smith

Alexandra Marie Soldati +

Carey L. Sommers

James William Spears +

Jonathan Spicher *+

Danae K. Stauffer *+

Meagan Olivia Steelman *

Tim Stierle +

Robin Marie Stoner +

Teela Sullivan +

Amanda Lynn Sumner *+

Shannele Marjorie Sunderland *+

Joshua Taylor Suttles +

Kathy Lyne Swick

Carlie Amanda Thornber *+

Kayla B. Tipton *

Breanna Lynn Tolliver +

Elizabeth H. Tomassoni +

Katherine A. Tomassoni +

Donald James Townsend

Preston R Tucker +

Britney Nicole Turner *+

Stephanie Marie Turner +

Taylor Linea Tyree *+

Cheyenne Upton +

Samuel J. A. Van Amberg *+

Samantha Jean Vogt +

Rebekah Grace Voiles +

Brooke Elizabeth Wagner +

Brooke Ellen Wallin *

Nicholas Alexander Wasylyk *+

Emily Christine Waters +

Coneisha P. Waugh

Daniel D. Wedding +

Victoria Kailand Weiss

Amanda Marie Werder +

Jarett Jerell Wesley

Nathaniel Gerome West +

Savana Jeanette Wheeler

Carly Leeanne White +

Emily Marie White

Taylor Lindsey White +

Kristen Faith Wiggins +

Creighton Wilke

Donna Nicole Wilkerson +

Carolyn Elizabeth Williamson +

Sydney Nicole Wilson +

Johnathan Cole Wilt +

Jonas Burkhardt Siegfried Winkelmann +

Mark Lee Winningham

Rachel Marie Wisner +

Jennifer Renee Wolfenbarger

Christopher Devin William Woodson

Parker Katelyn Alisa Wright *+


Graduate and Professional Studies program

Natalia Acosta

Scott Eugene Adams *+

Shawn Travis Adcox

Jennifer Rene’ Alfter *

Brandon Keith Allen +

Lisa Nachelle Anderson *+

Amy Lee Anthony

Jaime Lee Arnold *+

Angel Renee Arrington +

Eleonora Surenovna Assadova +

Amy Jeanette Atchley +

Christopher Franklin Baber

April Suzanne Bachman +

Anthony Maurice Bagwell +

Kevin Ray Ball *

Mindy Michelle Barton +

Ashley Marie Bates

Joshua V Batson

Candace Angelique Baxter +

Leslie Deanna Ruth Beach +

Chiarra Leann Beasley

Marcus Gabriel Blair +

Sheila D Blair +

Joseph Adam Boles

Matthew Tyler Booth +

Elizabeth Anne Nicole Bowman

William Scott Bowman

Mercedes L. Boyd +

Casey Elizabeth Bradley +

Mindy Dawn Bradley +

Kristi Michelle Breeden *+

Morgan Maechelle Brewer +

Alexander Neil Briggs

Terry Dean Brooks *+

David Bryan Brown +

Shannon Kay Brown *+

Joshua Adam Broyles *+

Janie Danielle Bryant +

Jeffrey Allen Bryant

Jonathan Wayne Bryant *

Melissa Bryant

Victoria Jacqueline Bryant +

Keith Christopher Buch +

Kevin W Buckner +

Sarah Ruth Buel

Adam Michael Burchfield +

Lara Gail Burchfield *+

Jessica Caroline Burgner +

Robin Annette Burnette +

Christina Angela Burton

Carrie Chae Cagle *+

Melissa Callahan *+

Camille Nicole Calloway *

Billy Carroll Calwell +

Bradley Mitchell Capps

Cathryn Carol Carpenter

Claire D. Carter +

Kirsten Dixie Carter +

Michelle Carver *

Daniel Cate +

Hannah Lynn Champlin +

Brent Eugene Chapman *+

Ann Marie Cheezum *+

Floyd Alden Cheyne *+

Brandon Anthony Chittum *+

Savannah Hope Clabough +

Debra Nicole Clack

Dawn Trista Cody

Mandy LaChelle Colburn +

Katie Lee Cole +

Linda Darlene Coleman +

April Dawn Collins *+

Brittany Leigh Colon

Robert Earl Colquitt +

Paula Renee Conley +

Tabitha Lydia Cook +

Amber Lawson Cooper +

Gary Robert Cooper

Jeremy Brent Cooper *+

Justin Ross Cornett +

Donna M. Costa-White *+

Charles Harvey Cottrell

Molly Elizabeth Cowart *

Polly Louise Cowart

Tyler Robert Cox +

Amy Denise Crawford +

Nathan Wayne Criswell

Jamie A. Cunningham +

Melanie Ann Cusmano +

Mariah Kilday Dalton *

Ryan Clark Dalton

Gabriel James Dando +

Angela Ruth Daniels-Taylor

Kira Lauren Dash +

Alexandra Nicole Davis *+

Allison Roxie Davis +

Heather D. Davis +

Rebecca Lee Davis *

William Zachary Davis +

Kayla Gabrielle Dearstone *+

Jessica Susan Deaton +

Mario Antonine Debro +

Emily Marie Delacruz +

Alaina Christen DeMay +

Gilbert Charles Downey +

Jessica L. Drinnon *

Jennifer Duff +

Amber Christine Duke *+

Deidra Michelle Dunlap +

Tabitha Ann Dyer +

Brittany Ann Eck

Jessica Lea Elkins *+

Melissa Jeannette Emerson *+

Brianna Fannon +

Lori Ann Farmer *+

Lisa Josephine Feezell +

Kristoffer Mykell Fernandez +

Scott Allan Fisher +

Natalie Paige Foland *+

Christie D. Forbis +

Justin Wayne Foster +

David Andrew Franklin

Taylor Victoria Fritz *+

Amanda Gardner

Jamie L. Gass +

Maura Gilbert +

Balinda Anne Gillis +

David Allen Glasscock +

Tiffany Marie Golden *+

Jill Edith Goodpasture *+

Mendy Lynn Goss +

Trisha Cox Gossett *+

Kinsley Rhea Graves *

Jessica Danielle Green

Kimberly Grace Gregg *+

Tatum Elizabeth Gregory

Kelsey Griffith *

Brittany Danielle Grizzle

Mandy Michele Haga +

James Travis Hale +

Justin Tyler Hamilton +

Lisa Denise Hannah *

David Sean-Lloyd Harding

Ronda Kay Harrell

Philip Michael Harris

Brittney Colonalyn Harrison +

Roben Andrea Hartsell +

Jonathan Hayes

Randi Jean Hayes *

Tanya Marie Hayes *+

Danielle Rae Henderson +

Brent Aaron Hickman *+

Ruth Ann Hickman *+

Crystal Lee Hicks +

Gregory Ward Hilemon +

Jenny Rebecca Hill +

Kristina Marie Hill

Amy Marie Hodge +

Zoe Elizabeth Holcomb

Kirsten Nicole Honeycutt *

Cathleen Marie Hopson +

Chilae Houston

Ryan Wesley Hudson +

Velvet Dawn Hughes +

Mark Anthony Hunley +

Maleah Linda Huskey +

Deanna Lynn Hutcheson

Andrea Lauren Hutchins +

Charlotte Nicole Jackson *+

Rebecca Michelle Jenkins *+

Bertrane Jarvis Jennings +

Jeffrey Adam Jennings *+

Katelyn Jasanna Jennings *+

Kiana Raelene Johnson *+

Rebecca Leann Johnson +

Sandra Rae Jones *

Stephanie Michelle Josey +

Wesley Justice +

Angela Marie Kagley +

Stacey Caroline Keiser

Courtney Michelle Kelly +

Bradley James Kidwell +

Elissa Ruth Lane +

Kendra Michelle Lane +

Kevin Brett Lane +

Melissa June Lanzafame *

James Adam Large +

Zachary Brown Lassiter *+

Brandy Rose Lawson

Mary Kristina Lawson +

Heather Le Ann Lay

Randall Steven Lee

Stephanie Nicole Lee

Hannah E. Linkous +

Allison Ray Lloyd +

Olivia Lobertini *+

Rachel Hope Looney +

Gregory Glenn Lynn +

Amy Patrice Lyon +

Hannah Danielle Mason

David Michael Mathis

Phil Every Mauk *+

Joshua Dylan McClure *+

Shawn Tommie McClure *

Heather June McConnell *+

Kylie M. McCoy +

Derek Channing McFall +

Patrick David McKenzie *

Nancy Anne McKinley +

Madison Neil McKinney +

Nanette Louise McLain +

Jessie Marie McPeters

Matthew Edward Meese +

Rebecca Lashea Melton +

Evan Peter Mendes *

Lauren Angeline Menefee +

Emily Ann Menner +

Daniel Joseph Miget *

Kara Michelle Mitchell

Ruth Ann Mitchell +

Evan Dewayne Monroe *+

Jason Randal Monroe

Sarah Jennifer Monroe +

Jennifer Marie Moore

Jonathan G. Moore *+

Charles Mark Morgan +

Kristen Leigh Morgan *

Alexis Gray Morrow +

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 +

Shaunna Passmore +

Christina Louise Paxton *+

Christopher David Payne +

Lindsey Pennington *

David Perry *

Heather Dawn Perry +

Keith Calvin Phillips

Matthew Allen Piper +

Jacqueline Nicole Rader +

Rodney Scott Ramin +

Johnathan Hugh Reagan +

Rachel Renee Reed

Sunday Lynn Reeves +

Abby Caitlin Reynolds +

Rebecca Ann Richardson *

Mark C Riley *+

William Scott Ritter

Rachael Elizabeth Roach +

Matthew Garrett Roberts +

Sharon S. Roberts +

Jacqueline Anne Robinson +

Sarah Elizabeth Rowland

Tabitha Ann Rue *+

Roger Grant Sams +

Regina Starr Sandidge +

Kara Marie Santana

Audrey Lynn Sauls +

Whitney Suzanne Scearce *+

Cortnay Paige Scott +

Steven Douglas Scott +

Talia Seiber *

Christina Shackleford

Deborah Rolen Sharp *+

William Robert Sharp *+

Jeffery Alan Shelton +

Kaliah Alexis Sheppard +

Briley Nicole Shinlever

Saasha Noel Shirooni +

Jennifer Amanda Silcox

John Cody Simmons +

Robert Renoel Sitterson +

Adam Michael Smith

David Grant Smith +

Michael Jason Smith +

Wendy Marie Smothers +

Elexis Sloan Snyder

James Allen Southerland

Candice N. Spradlin +

Lindsey Nicole Stair +

Suzanne Michelle Starnes +

Christie Michelle Steele

Ashley Catherine Mae Steinhorst

Sandra J. Stelter

Jason Andrew Strange

Travis Carl Stuart +

Jason Matthew Tarbet +

Rockne Von Taylor +

Sara Kapileo Techur +

Raymond Allen Thacker +

James Kenneth Thompson *

Shannon Edward Thompson +

Joshua Thorn *

Jason Michael Titlow *

Brent Adam Tittsworth

Miranda Lin Tobler *+

Kenneth R. Tucker +

Kristene Martha Turner

Remola Wanavee Turner +

Matthew David Urnick +

Angela Diane Vaughn *+

Bailey F. Walker *+

Misty D. Wallen +

Samantha Laynea Wallen *+

Kayla Renee Ward +

Benjamin Harden Warnick +

Jada Lynn Watts +

Joshua Aaron Weaver +

Mitzi Michele Weese *+

Melissa Kim Whaley +

Courtney Ann Whittington +

Martin Lewis Whorley +

Leslie Camera Wilkerson +

Marti L. Willen *+

Debbie Lee Williams

Jennifer Williams *

Rosa Dawn Williams +

Calandra Livesay Williamson +

Misty Dawn Wilson

Kimberly Ruth Wise +

Kristin Alexis Woods +

Angela Dawn Young +

Genevive Zaide

Angelique Louise Zimcosky *+




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Students recognized for academics, service during Honors Convocation

Students recognized for academics, service during Honors Convocation

Posted on 10 May 2016 by

Student excellence in academics and service were recognized during Tusculum College’s annual Honors Convocation Thursday, April 28.

The two top honors for students presented by the College are the President’s Award and the Bruce G. Batts Award. Nick Forsberg from Staples, Minn., was presented the President’s Award and Carly Payne of Greeneville, was presented the Bruce G. Batts Award.

Brian Click

The students were also addressed by Brian Click, a 1999 graduate from Tusculum, who spoke about the difference earning a degree at Tusculum has made in his life. The co-owner of Cornerstone Wealth Management Group encouraged the students to use their college education as a foundation for success and to take steps to plan their future if they had not.

The Student Government Association officers for the upcoming 2016-17 academic year were also sworn in during the program. Sworn in were Carrie Rose of Knoxville as president; Oliver Hancock of Mooresburg, TN, as vice president; Julie Bielowski of Point Pleasant Beach, N.J., as treasurer, and De’Erica Garrett of Greeneville as secretary.

President’s Award

Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College, presents the President's Award to Nick Forsberg.

The President’s Award is presented to the graduating senior who has contributed the most to the college and who has been the most outstanding achiever in the combined areas of academic work, athletics, campus leadership and personality. The selection is made on the basis of the student’s total four-year record at Tusculum.

Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of the college, presented the award to Forsberg, a sport management major, who has excelled in both the classroom and on the links as a member of the Pioneer Men’s Golf Team. Throughout his time at Tusculum, he has been listed on the South Atlantic Conference (SAC) Commissioner’s Honor roll, the Tusculum Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, the Tusculum College Dean’s List and the Charles Oliver Gray Scholars List. He was named the SAC Men’s Golf Scholar Athlete of the Year for both 2015 and 2016 and has received Capital One Academic All-District first team and Golf Coaches Association of America All America Scholar honors. In 2015, he received the top academic award presented to students in the physical education, sport management and sports science majors.

Forsberg has also earned numerous athletic honors including being named the 2015 SAC Tournament Most Valuable Player Award and chosen for the 2014 and 2015 SAC All-Tournament Teams. He was also a member of the 2015 SAC Tournament Championship team that was also the first in school history to advance as a team to the NCAA Division II National Tournament.

With a packed academic and athletic schedule, Forsberg has also committed himself to being an active member of the Tusculum College community and giving back. He has served for the past two years as the president of the Pioneer Student Athlete Advisory Council. He is a volunteer for the Greene County Food Bank and the Make-A-Wish Foundation and has served as a volunteer for junior golf camps at a golf course in Minnesota.

Batts Award

Presented in memory of a beloved educator at Tusculum who helped define the college’s civic arts curricular focus, the Bruce G. Batts Award is presented to a student who clearly demonstrates the qualities that reflect the civic arts ideals.

Carly Payne receives the Bruce Batts Award from the Rev. Dr. Ronda Gentry.

This year’s recipient, Carly Payne of Greeneville, has demonstrated her commitment to excellence and serving others at Tusculum. She is currently president of the Tusculum Student Nurses Association and is a member of the National Student Nurses Association.

Payne has led the Tusculum organization through a variety of service and fundraising projects. For example during this past year, the organization has conducted a bake sale fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, sponsored a “Dress Down Day” to raise funds to help provide nutritious meals for children through the Feeding America summer program, collecting donations and boxes for Operation Christmas Child and promoting blood donation during the American Red Cross blood drive on campus.

Exemplifying the importance of serving others, Payne is a volunteer member of the East Tennessee Medical Reserve Corps and volunteer trainer for the Tennessee READY’s program.

In her nursing studies, Payne has achieved a high level of scholarship and uses critical thinking skills to carefully plan individualized care for all of her assigned patients, noted the Reverend Dr. Ronda Gentry, director of the Center for Civic Advancement, in presenting the award. “Carly consistently exhibits those characteristics that most define individuals we call ‘nurses’ – compassion, respect, civility, humility and kindness,” Gentry said.

In addition to the Bruce Batts Award, Payne also received the Nursing Student of the Year Award for the senior class. The award recognizes a student who demonstrates high moral values, communicates and acts with integrity, provides safe and effective nursing care, promotes and practices life-long learning, demonstrates a commitment and passion for the practice of nursing and has demonstrated academic excellence.

Student-Chosen Awards

Dr. Ken Brewer was presented the Outstanding Service to Students Award by Dr. Alan Corley, representing the Greene County Partnership.

Presented during the convocation were faculty, staff and community awards whose recipients were selected by student vote. Receiving the Outstanding Service to Students Award, a faculty honor, was Dr. Ken Brewer, assistant professor of psychology.

In presenting the award on behalf of the Greene County Partnership, Dr. Alan Corley said that Brewer has earned the respect and praise of his students for his teaching style and his availability and willingness to help students. This is the second year that Brewer has been honored with the award.

The Staff Award was presented to Tiffany Dearstone, senior student life coordinator. In presenting the award, Student Government Association President Michael Fernando noted that while Dearstone has held a variety of positions in the Office of Student Affairs, her first priority has always been the students and making sure their campus life experience is the best it can be.

Tiffany Dearstone, senior student life coordinator, receives the Staff Award from SGA President Michael Fernando.

Well known and respected local musician John Brown was the recipient of the Community Award, which is presented to an individual, organization or business that has made a significant contribution to the Tusculum campus community. In presenting the award, Fernando noted that Brown decided several years ago to find ways to give back to the community, including organizing the Dogwood Park summer concert series in Greeneville. Brown has provided support to the College’s Band Program and has been instrumental in the return of the Old Oak Festival to campus, serving as coordinator of the musical performers that appear at the festival.

Academic Honors

Senior Honor Key Awards were presented to students who have earned a 3.25 grade point average or higher in their major, shown achievement and aptitude in the major and possess strong character.  The following are the award recipients and their degree programs:

Accounting – Samuel Davis of Harriman;

Athletic Training – Grace Arthur of Maryville;

Art Education K-12 – Lindsey Lewis of Luttrell;

Art and Design, Graphic Design Concentration – MaKenna Lewis of Sevierville;

Biology  – Ben Arnold of LaFollette;

Criminal Justice – Lawson Burrow of Greeneville;

Economics and International Business – Erin Mills of Duluth, Ga.;

English, creative writing concentration – Sarah Holly of Jonesborough, TN;

English, journalism and professional writing concentration – Stephanie Turner of Shelbyville;

Environmental Science – Jonathan Blaylock of Chuckey;

Field Guide Naturalist – Shane Lawson of Talbott;

History – Billi McKenzie of Allegan, Mich.;

Interdisciplinary Studies K-6 – Cheyene Arnold of Morristown;

Interdisciplinary Studies K-6/Math 7-12 – Staci Knipp of Greeneville;

Management – Jonas Winkelmann of Boeblingen, Germany;

Museum Studies – Alexis Joiner of Wesley Chapel, Fla.;

Nursing – Cynthia Adkins of Bristol, Va.;

Political Science –Jeffrey Johnson of Greeneville;

Psychology – Hannah Lefler of Chapel Hill;

Special Education Early Childhood – Calley Lawson of Gaithersburg, Md.;

Special Education Modified and Comprehensive – Megan Buczek of Chattanooga;

Sport Management – Curtis Moneyhun of Kingsport, and

Sports Science – Drew Schreder of Cosby.

Senior members of the Alpha Chi National Honor Society were also recognized. Upperclassmen ranked in the top 10 percent academically of their classmates are invited to join the honor society. Those recognized included Grace Arthur of Maryville; Samuel Davis of Harriman; Madilyn Elliott of Hampton; Michael Fernando of Ragama, Sri Lanka; Sarah Holly of Jonesborough; Brittney Horton of Afton; Adrienne Kaye of Egg Harbor City, N.J.; Staci Knipp of Greeneville; Erin Mills of Duluth, Ga.; Tiffany Rednour of Mohawk; Britney Turner of Morristown. and Nicholas Wasylyk of Ontario, Canada.

Jonathan Spicher received the Alpha Chi Excellence Award from Dr. Troy Goodale.

The Alpha Chi Academic Excellence Award, which honors the highest academically ranked members of the junior class, was presented to Kaitlin Brown of Chuckey and Jonathan Spicher of Lindlar, Germany.

Eight students inducted in the Tusculum College chapter of the Psi Chi psychology honor society during the past year were recognized. The 2015-16 inductees include Amber Duke of Oak Ridge, Roben Hartsell of Seymour, Oliver Hancock of Mooresburg, Katelyn Jennings of Greeneville, Juliana Pressley of Morristown, Chelsey Reed of Morristown, Kathleen Samples of Greeneville and Carly White of Sevierville.

The Undergraduate Research Excellence in Psychology award was presented to Kelsey Freeman of Johnson City. This award recognizes a student who has completed a research project and presented it in a public forum.

Kelsey Freeman was presented the Psychology Research Award by Dr. Jennifer Harper.

The Outstanding Achievement in Psychology, Behavioral Health Award was presented to Zoe Holcomb of Knoxville. This award recognizes academic excellence, achievements and aptitude in the major, as well as personal characteristics and leadership in and out of the classroom.

Members of the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society were also recognized. In order to become a member of this honor society, students must have taken at least 15 hours of history courses, have an overall 3.0 GPA and a 3.1 GPA in history. Inducted during this past year were Mamie Hassell of Hermitage; Victoria Hawk of White House; Zachary Lane of Fayatteville, Ga.; Aaliyah Montgomery of Memphis, and Allison Woody of Newport.

Recognized with the Billie and Curtis Owens Literary Award were Jennie Frost and Sarah Holly. Presenting the award was Wayne Thomas. Not present for the photo was Emily Waryck.

Students who were chosen for the 2016 Curtis and Billie Owens Literary Prizes were honored. Students submit original, creative works in the annual writing competition. Jennie Frost of Friendsville earned top honors in the fiction category; Sarah Holly of Jonesborough in the non-fiction category, and Emily Waryck of New Concord, Ohio, in poetry.

The Dr. Shirley Beck Award for an outstanding Master of Arts in Education major was presented to William Scott Kilgore of Kingsport.

The Outstanding Education Student Award was presented to Jaime Arnold of Fall Branch.

William Scott Kilgore was presented the Dr. Shirley Beck Award by Dr. Raymond Hatfield.

Trisha Gossett of Greeneville and Roben Hartsell of Seymour were presented the Jean Hixon Memorial Award, named in honor of a long-time member of the Graduate and Professional Studies staff. Hixon’s sister Anne Hall and her husband, James Hall, presented the award. The award recipients are chosen by Tusculum faculty and staff and are students who have demonstrated academic achievement with a GPA of 3.50 or better and dedication to community service.

The Barnett, Conley and Davis Award in Natural Sciences and Mathematics was presented to Nicholas Wasylyk of Ontario, Canada. The award recognizes a graduating senior outstanding in the combined fields of natural sciences and mathematics. The award is based on overall GPA, science and math GPA, depth of interest in science and math and academic service to the college such as tutoring and/or research.

Jaime Arnold received the Outstanding Student in Education Award.

Josh Suttles of Seymour was the recipient of the Doug Ratledge Environmental Science Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to an outstanding student majoring in environmental science or the field guide naturalist program.

Michael Fernando of Sri Lanka was presented the Walter R. Johnson Award, which recognizes the graduating senior determined most outstanding in business and economics.

Rachel Garnet of Middletown, Ohio, was presented Nursing Student of the Year award for the junior class. The award recognizes a student who demonstrates high moral values, communicates and acts with integrity, provides safe and effective nursing care, promotes and practices life-long learning, demonstrates a commitment and passion for the practice of nursing, demonstrates high professional standards of conduct and has demonstrated academic excellence.

Receiving the Jean Hixon Memorial Award were Trisha Gossett, left, and Roben Hartsell, right. The award was presented by from Hixon's sister and brother-in-law Anne and James Hall, center.

The Theatre Award was given to Alexis Joiner from Wesley Chapel, Fla., for her participation and dedication to the theater program at Tusculum College.

Toni Bates of Chuckey of Greeneville was the recipient of the David Behan Award for her contributions to the theater program both onstage as an actress and part of the backstage technical crew.

The James E. Ward Future Professionals Award is selected by the physical education faculty to recognize an outstanding major in the field and was awarded to Shannele Sunderland of Georgetown, Texas.


Service Awards

Nicholas Wasylyk was presented the Barnett, Conley and Davis Award by Dr. Debra McGinn.

The Service-Learning Award was presented to Robert Nichols of Dresden. Nichols was recognized for his many hours of volunteering in various capacities at the Paul E. Hayden Wetlands on campus.

The Bonner Leaders Program Award was presented to Megan Buczek of Chattanooga. The award is presented to a student within the Bonner Leaders Program, who has exhibited exemplary long-term dedication to the six keys of the program – community building, civic engagement, diversity, international perspective, social justice and spiritual exploration.

Josh Suttles receives the Doug Ratledge Environmental Science Scholarships from Dr. Melissa Keller.










Michael Fernando was presented the Walter Johnson Award by tho honor's namesake, a 1971 alumnus of the College.












Rachel Garnet and Carly Payne receive Nursing Student of the Year Awards for the junior and senior classes.










Toni Bates is presented the David Behan Award by Marilyn duBrisk.











Shannele Sunderland was the recipient of the James E. Ward Future Professionals Award, presented by Suzanne Byrd.











Dr. Gentry presented the Service Learning Award to Robert Nichols.













Megan Buczek receives the Bonner Leaders Program Award from Dr. Gentry.

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Nearly 300 receive degrees Saturday at Tusculum College

Nearly 300 receive degrees Saturday at Tusculum College

Posted on 09 May 2016 by

Graduating from Tusculum College during spring commencement were 295 individuals in two ceremonies held on Saturday, May. 7.

On Saturday 102 students earned Bachelor of Science degrees and 134 earned Bachelor of Arts degrees. In addition 41 graduates earned Master of Arts degrees and 18 received Master of Business Administration degrees.

Walking with this spring’s graduates were 17 representatives of the Tusculum College Class of 1966 who are celebrating their 50th anniversary year. Representatives walked in the procession, clothed in golden caps and gowns and were recognized during the ceremony by Dr. Moody.

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. It is a culmination event for the graduates.” Adding, “Today is a testament to your efforts, to your persistence. Each of you made sacrifices, made adjustments and made some tough decisions along the way.”

She told the group, that while there was no doubt they were thinking about the many people in their lives who have stood by them on this journey, that graduation day was a moment to celebrate the completion of a goal they had worked hard to attain. “Relish the victory that you claim today.”

The Golden Pioneers, represented by Bruce C. Howell, of  Hackettstown, N.J. and the Class of 2016, represented Michael Fernando, a business major from Sri Lanka, presented a check to Dr. Moody for $50,818 as a gift to the college to be used to endow the Tusculum First Scholarship.

Commencement speakers David Baker, at left, and Nicholas Wasylyk

The new graduates were addressed by Dr. David Baker, senior vice president of field services for the DIRECTV Group, Inc. and a member of the Tusculum College Board of Trustees. Dr. Baker shared with the graduates in both ceremonies things he has learned in the more than three decades of his career.

Among his advice, he told graduates to never pass up a chance to help someone or to say something nice. Adding, that this is the base level for building relationships, which are critical throughout life in all capacities.  He also told the audience to always be positive, and when in doubt to smile. “It is easy to go negative,” he said, “Be openly and visibly positive.”

Afternoon Commencement Speaker John Shaw, Jr.

He stressed the importance of communication skills and creative thinking, which he said are skills that grow in value as one progresses in his career.

“One of the best things you can take into a career is a strong set of personal values. With that, you can work your way through some very difficult and complex situations.”

Speaking at the morning ceremony was Nicholas Wasylyk, a pre-med major from Ontario, Canada. Wasylyk has been a member of the Pioneer Football team and president of the Science Club. He has been a member of the President’s Society and Alpha Chi Honor Society and spent countless hours helping other students as a Tusculum College tutor.

Wasylyk told the group to cherish the wonderful memories made with friends, faculty and family. “It is an honor to receive a degree from Tusculum College. We are all now staring at an open door, and all we have to do is run head-first through it. We have the key to our future – knowledge.”

Speaking during the afternoon ceremony was John Shaw, Jr., who received his Master in Business Administration. John also received his undergraduate degree at Tusculum in 1997. He is a project manager at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge. John has been married to his wife, Brenda, for 33 years and they have two daughters, Shanna and Aleia.

His advice to graduates was to find new opportunities to put new skills and knowledge to work. “The important thing is finding your passion,” he said.  “In life, control is an illusion. Treasure and relish each moment.”

Beth Brimer, at left, accepted the Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership award for the traditional program for her late husband, Bill Brimer. At right is Dr. Michael Dillon, dean of the School of Business, who received the award for the Graduate and Professional Studies program.

Also during the ceremony, members of the Tusculum College faculty were recognized. Receiving the Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership award for the Residential College was the late Bill Brimer, accepted on his behalf by his wife, Beth. Receiving the award for the Graduate and Professional Studies program was Dr. Michael Dillon, dean of the School of Business.


After receiving their degrees, students at Tusculum College “walk the gauntlet,” receiving congratulations from the faculty.

Left front, Dr. Nancy B. Moody welcomes back former Tusculum College President Douglas Trout, right front, along with members of the graduating class of 1967. Celebrating their 50th reunion year, the Golden Pioneers walked with the graduates at the Spring Commencement ceremony.


Members of the Golden Pioneers pose with Dr. Moody and Dr. Trout.

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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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