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‘Tusculum College Night at the Astros’ set for Monday, Aug. 25

‘Tusculum College Night at the Astros’ set for Monday, Aug. 25

Posted on 15 July 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Alumni, students, parents, faculty and staff members are all invited to enjoy an evening at the ball park Monday, Aug. 25, “Tusculum College Night at the Astros.”

Each Tusculum alumnus,  parent, faculty member and staff member to RSVP will receive free tickets to the Greeneville Astros baseball game that night at Pioneer Park on campus (limit two per family). Additional tickets will be available at a discounted rate, $4 per person. Admission for Tusculum students is $1 with a student ID.

The Astros will be taking on the Bluefield Blue Jays at 7 p.m. in Appalachian Minor League conference play. The Astros will have a special promotion that night – fans arriving early will receive a free Greeneville Astros stadium blanket as they enter the gates.

Please RSVP by M0nday, Aug. 18, by calling 423-636-7303 or emailing alumni@tusculum.edu

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High school students participate in first ‘Success and Self-Sufficiency’ summer institute

High school students participate in first ‘Success and Self-Sufficiency’ summer institute

Posted on 14 July 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

A group of 18 high school students on Friday finished the first “Women’s Search for Success and Self-Sufficiency” Summer Institute at Tusculum College.

Students from Carter, Cocke and Greene counties attended the program, which was hosted and coordinated by Tusculum College’s Talent Search program. The summer institute was funded through an $11,000 grant from the Women’s Fund of East Tennessee.

The “Women’s Search for Success and Self-Sufficiency” Summer Institute was designed as a first-generation college student mentoring program. The week-long program was filled with activities providing the participants a holistic view of what is needed for success in careers and life.

The students arrived on Monday, July 7, and spent the entire week living in one of the residence halls at Tusculum, providing some insight in what it is like to live away from home and the intrapersonal skills needed to get along with others in a non-family setting.

Participants in the summer institute are all part of the Talent Search program, which helps prepare potential first-generation college students to pursue higher education. This emphasis continued throughout the institute as the students not only toured Tusculum but also toured the East Tennessee State College of Pharmacy.

Personal habits and choices that affect future success were addressed in such activities as a health and nutrition session and a seminar about personal finance and budgeting. The high schoolers had the opportunity to put their new knowledge into practice when they went grocery shopping and then cooked a meal using healthy foods.

The participants learned about diversity and career preparedness from professionals at Tusculum. One of the topics of career preparedness session was what to wear to an interview and the type of dress expected in a professional environment. Two of the fun activities for the participants were related – students learned hair and make-up tips from local professionals and went shopping for a professional outfit.

Another of the sessions focused on proper etiquette and manners, and the participants worked with staff of Tusculum College Arts Outreach to improve their presentation and public speaking skills. The participants had the opportunity practice their etiquette and manners (and wear their new outfits) at a dinner at the Martha Washington Inn and a play at the Barter Theatre.

The participants in the summer institute take a moment to pose for a group photo before traveling to the Martha Washington Inn and Barter Theatre.

On the messier end of the practical lessons, one session focused on car maintenance and how to fix minor problems such as a flat tire.

The importance of teamwork was emphasized on the group’s visit to a challenging ropes course. The students also provided three hours of community service at local non-profits such as the Humane Society.

At the closing ceremony, Jeanne Stokes, director of the TRIO programs that include Talent Search, said that the Niswonger Foundation will be providing mentors from its Niswonger Scholar program for each of the participants. Stokes added that some money from the grant remained and would be used to bring the participants back for some more activities in the fall.

Each of the participants will continue to be served through the Talent Search program in the coming year as well, she said.

A video was shown during the ceremony chronicling the week’s activities. Each participant expressed their gratitude for the program during the video and students also got up during the ceremony to express their thanks to the Women’s Fund of East Tennessee for the grant and for the Talent Search staff that had worked with them through the week.

Teamwork was one of the lessons taught by the activities at the ropes course.

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2014 spring semester Dean’s List announced

2014 spring semester Dean’s List announced

Posted on 09 July 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

The Tusculum College academic honors lists have been announced for the spring 2014 semester.

Tusculum College students are recognized for their academic achievement 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 2014 Dean’s List for the Residential (traditional) 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 2014 Residential Program Dean’s List

James Lee Abbott+

Corrine Amelia Absher

Cynthia Paige Adkins+

Irim D. Aiken

Brian J. Alexander+

Andrea Jane Amettis

Benjamin A. Arnold+

Cheyene Leigh Arnold*+

Robert Britton Arrowood*+

Grace Ann Rose Arthur+

Nicole C. Arthur+

Juan Avendano Granda+

Sarah Ann Baker*+

Angela Nicole Ball

Toni Lyn Bates+

Elizabeth Ashley Bell

Patrick Allen Benson

Hannah Marie Berling+

Maggie Leigh Bernabei+

Emily Rae Bernin

Paige Nicole Bible

Thomas James Bitner+

Deaundra Pauline Bowker+

Andrew Tyler Bown*

Cheyenne Renee Bray

Katelyn Marie Brennan*+

Ashley Caroline Brooks

Kim Caroline Brown+

Alison Mae Buck+

Paige Buirch

Blakeley E. Burleson

Christopher Diquone Burns+

Justin Burnworth+

Lindsay Ann Butler

Ryan James Byars*+

Zachery Allen Carlson+

Callie S. Casteel*

Katharine Marie Chadwick

Mitchell Frank Lewis Chapman

Warren Henry Cheney

Sarah M. Clabo*+

Elizabeth Gail Coberly+

Denise Nicole Coffey+

Aisha Noelle Collins

John Zach Conlon+

Cynthia J Conte

David W. Cooper*+

Jacob William Countiss+

Tripper Denby Crisson+

Alec Cunningham+

Jarrod Daniel Cupp

Ricardo Alexandre Rodr Da Silva+

Eliza Lucille Davis+

Samuel George Davis*+

Derrian Danielle Debusk*

Kyle Joseph Dickson

Ashleigh Rose Dorrbecker+

Samantha M Durham+

Samantha Elizabeth Eldridge

Madilyn Joyce Elliott+

Joseph Elphingstone+

Brandon Joshua Evans

David Hamilton Fernandes

Hettige Joseph Michael Ruksha Fernando*+

Lia Theresa Fiore+

Lindsay Nicole Firster+

Thomas Codie Fleming+

Nicholas Larry Forsberg+

Kelsey Lynae Freeman+

Jennifer Michelle Frost+

Kaela MacKenzie Gardner+

Rachel Eileen Garnett*+

Zachary Joel Gass+

Sean Michael Gilbane

Megan Niquole Gililland

Kayla Leigh Gillispie+

Elizabeth Dawn Gray

Ashley Danielle Gregg*+

Amanda Marie Grempel+

Courtney Danielle Hackney+

Brock Daniel Hakalmazian

Carolee F Hale

Allison Marie Hall+

Macey Leann Hance+

Addie M. Hancock+

Edward Oliver Moore Hancock+

Paris Tanashia Hardnett

Shaquita Renee Harris*+

Tamara Denee Harris*+

Michala Katherine Hash+

Megan K Hasse*+

Mamie Britt Hassell+

Victoria Emily Hayes+

Logan Michael Haynes

James Owen Hensley+

Kristin Marie Hensley

Rachael Bethany Hensley

Dameon Franz Herring+

James Cameron High

Victoria Lael Hill+

Mindy Lee Hirsch

Carol Elaine Hogan

Zoe Elizabeth Holcomb+

Sarah Elizabeth Holly*+

Jacenta Chyeata Holtsclaw+

Kelly M. Horrell

Sara Chesnee Howard

Courtney Lynn Hutcherson

Katherine Grace Hutchinson+

Courtney Nicole Hux

William A. Jennings

Tyler Lynn Jinks

Jeffrey Tyler Johnson*

Martin Dan Jorgensen*+

Devon Aliva Justice+

Kristen C. Kelley+

Staci Nicole Knipp*+

Katheryn Michelle Kolodi

Alixandria Kruel

Pablo Laguna+

John Landers*+

Dustin Benjamin Lane

Kristen N. Lane*

Zachary Aaron Lane+

Bailey Nicole Lawson

Calley B. Lawson*+

Guillermo Lazcano Carrera

Lindsey Danielle Lewis+

Irene Inez Librado

Isiah Maurice Lyman

Yared W. Mamo

Miriah Elizabeth Martin*+

Chelsea Rene Masters

Russell Neal Matthews+

Melissa Raye Mauceri

Kelli Lynn McCalla+

Kristen Renee McMillion+

Craig R. Mills

Erin Ashley Mills*

James Curtis Moneyhun+

AAliyah Jada Montgomery+

Amy Leigh Morford+

Matthew James Moyer

McKayla Grace Myers*+

Jonathan Michael Nash*+

Amy Michelle Neltner+

Jacob Amiel Norris+

Dakota Lee Norton

Jonathan Ryan Norton

Hilary Grace Ann Nowatzki

Cierra R. Ockstadt+

Theodore C. Oing*+

Victor Olin+

Matthew Alan Olson+

Erin Christian Osborne+

Jordan Lynn Ottinger*+

Georgia Paturalski

Carly Jeanette Payne

Shaveen Perera+

Monica F. Perez

Jalesa Janae Perkins

John Perrucci+

Matthew Ralph Pierce*+

Roberto Pimentel+

Nicolas Planchard+

Leah Katelyn Powell

Bailee Lynn Price*+

Alisha Jean Pugh

Erica K. Ramsey+

Bryan Alonzo Ransom

Leif B. Ratliff*+

Tiffany L. Rednour*+

Chelsey Brooke Reed+

Jenna Marie Restivo

Leneice L. Rice+

Allyson Kathleen Rines+

Jeffrey Daniel Roberts

Jennifer P. Rossiter*+

Jamie L. Rossman*+

Ashley Nicole Sarmiento*+

Norman Cody Sauceman+

Jeffery Donovan Scott+

Michael Douglas Scott

Leon Seiz+

Tynan L. Shadle+

John-Austin Shepard

Roxanne Inez Shepard

Emily Grace Shipsey+

Zachary S. Shirah+

Melanie Renee Sigman

Jessyca Regina Simerly+

William James Sivyer

Christopher John Smith+

Garland Taylor Smith

John James Paul Smith+

Paige Nicole Sneed+

Gregg Aze Southerland

Perry Akeem Sparks

Jonathan Spicher*+

Danae K. Stauffer*

Kaytlin N. Stroinski+

Shannele Marjorie Sunderland

Meagan Elizabeth Talley*

Darian Dale Tipton+

Britney Nicole Turner+

Stephanie Marie Turner

Kassandra Marie Voelker+

Samantha Jean Vogt+

Rebekah Grace Voiles

 

Hung Jeremy Wagner

Alexandria Robin-Jean Walker+

Brooke Ellen Wallin

Courtney Lynn Ward

Jason Isaiah Ware

Nicholas Alexander Wasylyk*+

Emily Christine Waters+

Christopher Glenn Weems+

Victoria Kailand Weiss

Angel E. West+

Carly Leeanne White*+

Dorothy Shynese Whitener

Brad Michael Wight

Andrea Len Wilcox+

Ona Elisha Lynn Wilder+

Donna Nicole Wilkerson

Marissa J. Williams*+

Zachary James Williams+

Dawn Marie Winchester

Destini Shea Wingerter*+

Lukas Eiko Winkelmann+

Erica Denise Worrell+

Morgan Nicholas Wright

Rebecca Sue Wynne+

Dakota Lee Younce

Jeffery Tyler Yount

 

Spring 2014 GPS Dean’s List

Margot Elizabeth Abbott*+

Janet De la Caridad Acosta*+

Natalia Acosta+

Brett Michael Adams+

Scott Eugene Adams

Melissa Ann Alsip*+

Lisa Nachelle Anderson+

Robert Alexander Anderson

Kellie Marie Armstrong+

Rena Belle Arwood+

Michelle M. Autry+

Steven Leighton Ayers+

Tori Nicole Bacon

Jaime Nicole Bagwell

Ashley Diane Barger+

Melissa Anne Batson*+

Candace Angelique Baxter

Christine M Bealer+

Morgan Leschae Beckler+

Gregory Dale Belcher+

Brittney Sue Bellars+

Shelly Louise Biddinger+

Adam James Bishop

Danielle Nichole Bishop

Aretha Paige Blizzard+

Matthew David Bosse

William Scott Bowman

Fredrick Eugene Brabson+

Jennifer LeeAnn Brackett

Carrie Bradley+

Mindy Dawn Bradley

Kathryn Elizabeth Branam+

Ashton Brannon*+

David M Breeden+

Stephanie Michelle Brennan+

Crystal Dawn Brewer

Nykaya Lea Britton+

James Derek Brock*+

Terry Dean Brooks+

Charles A. Brown

David Bryan Brown

Jennifer Jeanne Broyles

Joshua Adam Broyles

Megan D. Bruce

Victoria Jacqueline Bryant+

Keith Chrisopher Buch

Seth Jay Bull

Lara Gail Burchfield*+

Peggy Jill Burgner*+

Samuel Lee Burke*+

Linda Gail Burton+

Judith Cahansa Butler

Barbara Michelle Buxton

Carrie Chae Cagle+

Jeffrey David Campbell*+

Misty Davis Campbell+

Dustin Michael Cansler*+

Emily Beth Carroll+

Felicia Waynette Carter*

Heather Lynn Carty+

Ashley Carver+

Sarah Marie Cedillo+

Erika Marie Chamberlin*+

Yvonne Sue Champlin+

Nathaniel Ross Chandler

Brent Eugene Chapman*+

Cynthia Michelle Chesney

Floyd Alden Cheyne+

Seongja Song Chung

Adam Wayne Clair+

Charlene Susie Clark

Morgan Gail Clark*

Katie Lee Clendenen+

Casey Lynnice Cline*

Candace Lee Cody+

Nathan Dale Coffman

Mandy Lachelle Colburn+

Linda Darlene Coleman*+

Kody Elizabeth Collingsworth*+

Hannah Sidney-Nicole Collins

Paula Renee Conley

Mary Beth Connard

Angela Nicole Conner

Jennifer Ann Conner

Kimberly Michelle Cook

Sarah Allison Cookenour

Amber Lawson Cooper+

Mark Houston Copas

Heather Natasha Cope

Tresa Rae Cowell+

David Michael Cox+

Lacci Nicole Cox+

Michael Adam Cox+

Olivia Cox

Stephanie Lynn Cox+

Tara A. Cox+

Timothy Scott Croft*+

Charlene Artemisa Crosby

Casey Renea Cummings*+

Susan Kaye Cutshall+

Kristen Marie Dalton+

Lindsey Nicole Daniels+

Angela Ruth Daniels-Taylor

Jamie Davenport+

Heather D. Davis+

Kelly Frances Davis+

Kayla Gabrielle Dearstone

Jamie Elizabeth Depriest+

Joy Sabrina Devault

Logan James Disney

Athena Dison

Kelsey Danielle Dockery+

Sara Len Douglas

Jessica L. Drinnon+

Stanley Edward Drozdowski+

Carolyn Sue Dudek*+

Amber Christine Duke*+

Brittney D. Dye

Matthew Shane Dyer+

Emily Rebekah Elkins*+

Melissa Jeannette Emerson

Robert Patrick Espinoza

Stormi Heather Estep+

Donna Carol Ewing+

Maria Rose Farnham+

Lisa Josephine Feezell+

Kristoffer Mykell Fernandez

Hayley Elizabeth Fields+

Brian Wayne Fletcher

Elizabeth Jean Fletcher

Nichole Marleah Fletcher

April Suzanne Floyd+

Logan Brian Foust

Rachael Beth Foust+

Gary Allen Fryman

Daniel John Gagnon

Marty Beth Gamble*+

Katrina Melissa Garcia*

Angela Gibby*

Haley Lynn Glandon+

David Allen Glasscock+

Tiffany Marie Golden*

Joel Gosnell

Mendy Lynn Goss+

Trisha Lear Gossett*+

Tyler J Govert+

Michael Anthony Graves

Jill Annette Grayson*

Heather Elaine Greene+

Kristy Gail Greene+

Emily Greenier+

Christian Grumbach+

Debra A. Hall+

Jeremy Allen Hall

Michael Harry Hall*+

Christie Lynn Hamlet*

Laurie Denise Hannah+

Matthew Joseph Harrell

Ronda Kay Harrell+

Cecil Leroy Hartline+

Karen Jane Hatfield+

Jonathan Hayes

Lindsey Brooke Hayes*+

Valerie Leeann Heater*+

Eric Lee Henderson

Todd Raymond Henrich+

David Lynn Hensley

Robin H. Herbert+

Brent Aaron Hickman

Ruth Ann Hickman*

Richard Tyler Hill+

Timothy Andrew Hill*+

Amy Darlene Hinkle

Eric Lynn Hinkle

Emily Nicole Hodge

Traci Leann Hodges+

Maggie Danielle Holbert+

Zachary Hunter Holcombe+

Steven Chadwick Holder+

Tim Holseberg+

Michelle Leigh Hoskins-Slaven

Marvin Shane House

Joseph Timothy Houser+

Rachael Jeanette Howerton*+

Ryan Wesley Hudson*

Matthew James Hughes+

Lori A. Hull*+

Adam Darren Hunley+

Steven Jerry Hutson*+

Jason Michael Hykle+

Chanc Milton Jackson+

Charlotte Nicole Jackson+

Bertrane Jarvis Jennings

Kendra Danielle Jennings*+

Barbara Ann Johnson+

Eric Barton Johnson*+

Kiana Raelene Johnson

Matthew Jerry Johnson

Sarah Lynn Johnson*+

Tammy Renee Johnson+

Valerie Marie Johnson+

Frankie Kay Jones+

Jessica Briann Jones

Shawna Jones

Tammy Louise Jones*+

Will Garrett Jones+

Wesley Justice

Kerri A. Keaton+

Melissa Sue Kelley

Steven James Kelley+

Chad Cantrell Kennedy

Sarah Kenny+

Renee Eileen Khan+

William Thomas Kidwell+

Brandon Michael King

Kevin King

Toni Michelle Kingery+

Frankie Lorine Kington

Thomas Robert Kosidowski

Christie Deanna Lamb

Tatum Elizabeth Lambert

April Michelle Lane

Daniel Quentin Lane+

Jennifer Lane+

Kandi M. Lantz+

Melissa June Lanzafame

Jason Ledford+

Gera Michele Lee+

Stephanie Nicole Lee+

Margaret Lynn Lemasters+

Tracy Marie Leonard+

Gordon Anthony Lewis+

Dale Allen Linkous+

Tokena Decia Love

Yancey Britte Lynch*+

Amy Patrice Lyon

Jennifer Anne Mann*+

Ashley Nicole Marshall+

Whitney Brianna Marshall+

David Carson Mays+

Brandi Michelle McAmis

Kevin Ray McAmis

Chaunquita Lanee McCallie

Sam McClanahan*

Ryan Pete McCord*+

Josette McGaha*

Kerrie Anne McGaha

Sven McGaha

Nanette Louise McLain

Tara Mary McMurtury

Garrett Meek+

Rebecca Lashea Melton

Dana Ruth Mihovch+

Denna Lee Miller

Erica Miller+

Jessica Mitchell

Joseph Christopher Moffitt*+

Tia Moua+

Steven Donald Mull+

Tyler Pittman Neal

John Timothy Nelson+

Jody Lynn Nix+

Ryan Clifford Ogle*+

Tiffany Nichole Ogle+

Tracy Michelle Olson

Orvil Johnathan Ownby

Joel Ray Paden

Laurence James Palais+

Anthony Neal Palmer+

Ashley Dawn Palmer+

Marisa Austin Parkes

Courtney Campbell Parton*

Tever Louise Parton

Derrick Patterson

Frances Melissa Patterson+

Tonya Renae Patterson

Ashley Ann Paulson+

Christina Louise Paxton+

Courtney Leann Payne*+

Christopher Wayne Penley*+

Perna Lou Perkins+

David Jackson Perryman

Randall Steven Pettiford+

Patricia Ann Polfus+

Tommy Lee Price*+

Nancy Denise Proske*+

Marissa Lynne Pullins+

Janet Louise Purcell

Jill Elizabeth Purkey

Amber Brooke Pyle+

Roe B Rainey+

Brenden Andrew Rapp

Jessica Leigh Raxter*+

Jennifer Renee Reaves+

Justin Mark Reaves

April Danielle Renner+

Abby Caitlin Reynolds

Jeanna Edington Reynolds+

Kendra Irene Rickard+

Brandi Lea Ricker

Tammy Annette Ricker*+

Joy Daniele Riddle*

Andrea Lee Ridley

Ashley Brooke Roberts

Brian Wayne Roberts

Mark Timothy Roberts+

Sharon S. Roberts

Stephanie Wave Robinson

April Danielle Rodriguez+

Heather Juette Rollins

Regina Sue Rose+

Skyler E. Ross

Barbara Lynn Rowntree*+

Evan Joseph Rudd*+

Jessica Lynne Ruppel

Jessica Andrea Russell

Rodney Lynn Russell*

Trena R Russell

Brittany Michelle Sain

Maria Antonia Salami Tobuasiche+

Roger Grant Sams

Heather Michelle Sanders

Regina Starr Sandidge+

Joseph Christian Satterfield+

Audrey Lynn Sauls

Steven Douglas Scott*+

Jessica Nicole Seals+

Chad William Seay

Justin Grant Sewell+

Deborah Rolen Sharp*+

William Robert Sharp+

Deanna Dolores Sheffey+

Stephen Grant Sherrod*+

Mandi Suzanne Shropshire

Brandon Loyd Sizemore*+

Megan Nicole Slack

Amanda Nordman Smith+

David Grant Smith+

Johnny Max Smith*+

Joshua Cori Smith*+

Michael Jason Smith

Monica L Smith*+

Stacie Lorene Smith+

Rebecca Hildegard Smith-Gregg

Lisa Jane Snowden

Adam Tyler Solomon+

Michele Dorothy Somich*+

Jamie Wayne Spafford*+

Megan Nicole Starnes*

Ashley Steinhorst

Megan Noel Stinnett

Evelyn Rose Stone+

David Eric Stott+

Shawna Elizabeth Suggs

Elizabeth Armistead Summerall*+

Christopher Randall Sutton+

Nancy Leann Sutton

Vicki Sweeton+

Jesse Cannan Talley

Jason Tarbet

Angie Marie Taylor*

Heidi Moriah Taylor

Joshua John Taylor*+

Kenny Leon Taylor

Kristi Ann Thomas

Henrietta Annette Thompson+

Malinda Beth Thrasher

Shalee Ann Tipton*+

Miranda Lin Tobler*+

Rachel Gwen Todd+

Thomas Brock Toomey+

Charles Lester Tritt*+

Taylor Rhea Turner

Tracy Nicole Vandiver*+

Angela Diane Vaughn*

Jacquelyn Clintina Waddell*+

Mary Beth Walker+

Joshua Scott Wallace

Lauren Victoria Wallace+

David George Walton

Brian Curtis Ward

Danielle Kelley Warren+

Brian Glenn Watkins+

Carrie Jane Watts+

Madison Nicole Weems+

Jessica Renee Wells

Monica Pauline Whaley*+

Brendan Phillip Whelan*+

Cara Sue Whitson+

Brooke Danielle Wilhoit+

Jennifer Williams+

Amanda Dorene Willis+

Darrin Christopher Willis

Dylan Gabe Willis+

Sheena Lachelle Wilson

Travis James Wright*+

 

 

 

 

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‘Around the World’ history camp to be hosted by Doak House Museum July 21 – 25

‘Around the World’ history camp to be hosted by Doak House Museum July 21 – 25

Posted on 03 July 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Participants in the “Around the World” history camp at the Doak House Museum July 21-25 will use their imaginations and creativity as they learn about history. A group from a previous camp, above, pose for a photo in their paper hats prior to racing their homemade boats on Frank Creek.

Children will have a chance to discover what life was like 200 years ago during the “History Around the World” history camp July 21-25 at the Doak House Museum.

Reservations are still being accepted for the history camp at the museum, located on Erwin Highway and the Tusculum College campus.

The camp is open to children ages 6 -12, who will learn about different aspects of world history and explore through imaginative games, crafts and activities.

The deadline to register for the camp is Thursday, July 17. Tuition for the camp is $85, which includes the costs for all materials and a daily snack.

To make reservations or for more information, please contact the museum at 423-636-8554 or email dboyd@tusculum.edu.

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

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Online, non-credit math skills modules now available

Online, non-credit math skills modules now available

Posted on 23 June 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College is now offering online mathematics modules to remediate math skill weaknesses prior to the start of fall semester.

The non-credit hour modules are available free of charge to all currently enrolled Tusculum students, as well as new students who have submitted their enrollment deposit.

.The modules are being funded through the federal Investing in Innovation (I3) technology grant and a partnership with the National Repository of Online Coursework.

Modules are non-credit, skill-building programs that if completed successfully can eliminate the need for students to take remedial courses during the regular academic term.

After completion of the online program, students will have the opportunity to complete an assessment to demonstrate that skill weaknesses have been remediated.

For more information, contact Deborah Gietema, instructor of mathematics at dgietema@tusculum.edu.

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Potential new academic offerings discussed by Board of Trustees

Potential new academic offerings discussed by Board of Trustees

Posted on 19 May 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Potential new academic offerings at Tusculum College were discussed by members of the Board of Trustees when the Board held their spring meeting at the Greeneville campus May 16-17.

The board met for two days, which included the annual President’s Dinner celebration held on Friday night to celebrate the college’s major donors.

The board approved the recommendation of the Academic Affairs Committee to proceed with research and due diligence in investigating new programs to potentially add to the college’s current academic offerings in both the residential and Graduate and Professional Studies programs.

“Tusculum College wants to continue to be the institution that is meeting the needs of its students and its future students. By continuously looking at our offerings and keeping up with what potential students are looking for in educational degrees and by anticipating what the job market will be, we will remain a relevant contributor to the economic well being of our region,” said President Nancy B. Moody.

The board also received an update on the Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math from the Building and Grounds Committee. Construction is set to begin this summer, with a completion time set for January 2016.

The Meen Center for Science and Math will be a four-story structure of approximately 94,000 square feet. Interiors include wings for biology, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, environmental science and nursing. 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 larger general classroom spaces and classrooms equipped for distance learning programs. A large lecture hall will also be included on the ground floor. Additional space on the fourth floor is earmarked for a new yet to be determined academic program.

“We have been anxious for this facility to become a reality for a long time,” said Dr. Ken Bowman, chair of the Board of Trustees and a 1970 graduate of Tusculum College. “It’s an exciting time to be a part of Tusculum College.”

The promotion of Dr. Troy Goodale to associate professor of political science was approved by the Board. Dr. Goodale joined Tusculum College in 2006 and is the author of a book, “Repealing State Legislative Term Limits: A Comparative Analysis of Legislative Statutes and Judicial Decision.”  In addition to his teaching duties, Dr. Goodale serves the college as chair of the political science and criminal justice programs, as the pre-law advisor and as faculty sponsor of the Alpha Chi National Honor Society.

In other action, the board gave preliminary approval to the 2014-15 operating budget and received a report on academic and office space conducted on campus facilities. Several classrooms have been refurbished, including academic spaces in five buildings on the Greeneville campus.

The next meeting of the Tusculum College Board of Trustees is October 16-17, in conjunction with the college’s Homecoming festivities.

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More than 300 receive degrees Saturday during spring commencement exercises

More than 300 receive degrees Saturday during spring commencement exercises

Posted on 10 May 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

More than 300 individuals received degrees during Tusculum College’s spring commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 10, including the presentation of an honorary doctorate to former Navy commander and alumnus Capt. Samuel L. Doak.

Ninety-eight students earned Bachelor of Science degrees and 152 earned Bachelor of Arts degrees. In addition, 19 graduates earned Master of Arts degrees in education, 14 earned Master of Business Administration degrees and 27 earned Master of Arts in Teaching degrees.

The new graduates were addressed by Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody, who congratulated them on their accomplishment. “Each of you made sacrifices, made adjustments and made some tough decisions along the way,” she said. “You have worked hard and you have given something of yourself to earn the right to sit in that chair this morning and to walk across this stage.”

Congressman Phil Roe addresses graduates during the morning ceremony.

The graduates were addressed during the morning ceremony by U.S Rep. Phil Roe (R-1), who challenged the graduates to keep learning all their lives. With the tremendous pace of change in the world, graduates have to be adapt rapidly to challenges, he continued.

Roe shared three secrets of career success with the graduates. “Number one, show up on time,” he said. “Number two, give your best effort every single day, and number three, be a team player.” For success in their personal lives, Roe advised the graduates to put God first in their lives, put family second, their careers third and fourth, give back to the community. Roe was introduced by respected local businessman and philanthropist Dr. Scott M. Niswonger, who is a 1987 graduate of Tusculum and received an honorary degree from the college in 2006.

Receiving an honorary doctorate of public service was Capt. Doak, who is a 1949 alumnus of the college and has served a valued and influential member of the Board of Trustees for 21 years. “Through service, leadership and lifelong support of the College, Capt. Doak exemplifies the Civic Art values that Tusculum College has promoted for 220 years,” said Dr. Moody in conferring the degree.

Capt. Samuel S. Doak, left, a 1949 alumnus of Tusculum and a member of its Board of Trustees, was conferred an honorary doctorate during the afternoon commencement ceremony. Presenting him the diploma and hood are Dr. Melinda Dukes, center, vice president for academic affairs and Dr. Nancy B. Moody, Tusculum president.

Doak, a direct descendent of the founders of the college, distinguished himself during his 30-year career in the Navy, and has contributed his time to building the local community through such activities as teaching senior citizen driving courses. He is an active and dedicated member of Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church and as a regular attendee of First Presbyterian Church of Greeneville. He has also served his Alma Mater as director of alumni affairs.

He and his wife, Emily, are frequently seen supporting art programs, athletic events, lecture programs and other outreach programs of the college. “Sam and Emily have been generous contributors to Tusculum College throughout their lives, supporting the growth, expansion and mission of the College at the highest levels,” Dr. Moody said. “These gifts have impacted the lives of thousands of students who lead better lives today because of the generosity of these two Pioneers who have blazed the trail that others might follow and have the opportunity for a college education. “

Graduating senior Addie Hancock of Mooresburg, center, and Cliff Ott, a member of the Class of 1964, present a combined class gift of $3,128 to Dr. Nancy B. Moody.

Walking with this spring’s graduates were 13 representatives of the Tusculum College Class of 1964 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 Golden Pioneers, along with the Class of 2014, presented a check to Dr. Moody for $3,128 as a gift to the college.

Four student speakers addressed the graduates, including Ashley Sarmiento, a double major in math and math education who represented her fellow bachelor degree graduates in the morning ceremony. She challenged her fellow graduates to be unforgettable. “It is our turn to give back to others, share our wisdom, show our love and leave a mark on others’ lives,” said Sarmeinto, who is from Dayton, Ohio. She encouraged her fellow graduates to always thank those who have made a significant impact in their lives and  to “go with purpose to leave an unforgettable impact on others like Tusculum College has done for us.”

Suzanne Richey, left, and Ashley Sarmiento represented their fellow graduates as speakers in the morning ceremony.

Selected to speak on behalf of the students earning master’s degrees during the morning ceremony was Suzanne Richey, who earned a graduate degree in education with a concentration in organizational training and education. Richey, who lives in Greeneville, expressed appreciation to her parents, who are also Tusculum alumni, as well as her teachers during her formative years and Tusculum professors who nurtured her love of learning and challenged her to reach goals she thought unattainable.

Congratulating her fellow graduates, Richey encouraged them to “Keep learning. Keep evaluating what you know. Keep your mind open to new ideas and diverse opinions. Read what you disagree with and understand why you disagree. Learn from anyone who will mentor you. And most importantly, keep sharing what you know and what you think with others.”

Speakers at the afternoon Tusculum College commencement service were Shalee Tipton of Maryville and Danielle Warren of Knoxville. Tipton is graduating with a bachelor science degree in organizational management. Warren is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Shalee Tipton, left, and Danielle Warren were selected as the speakers to represent their fellow graduates during the afternoon ceremony.

The first college graduate in her family, Tipton spoke about the support she has had from family, friends, co-workers, faculty and her fellow classmates. As a student at Tusculum, she said she has learned that she can accomplish her goals and that determination is the key to success.

As she has thought of graduation, Tipton said she has contemplated the meaning prosperity. While many think of that word in financial terms, she said, “I do believe that the best definition of prosperity is to thrive or flourish and my wish for each of my fellow graduates is that you leave this journey feeling prepared and energized for the next phase of your life.”

Warren recalled her educational journey began almost four years ago as she was invited to a Tusculum commencement by a close friend who was earning a degree and watching the graduates earn their degrees inspired to begin the process to achieve her own educational aspirations.

“One of the most valuable lessons that I will take with me from my time at Tusculum is the power of teamwork,” Warren said. “I have always been fiercely independent, so learning to rely on others was challenging at first. . . . If it had not been for the patience and support of my family and friends; the dedication and mentorship of the faculty and staff; and of course, my fabulous learning team, I would not be standing before you today.”

The afternoon ceremony featured a sermon by Tusculum Chaplain Mark Stokes in which he challenged the graduates to make a positive impact in the world around them. Noting the example of Tabitha in the Bible, who made clothes for needy widows, Stokes said she was placed by God in a place and time in which her skills were needed by others in her community.   Stokes challenged the graduates to allow God to guide them to the place where their skills and talents can make the lives of others better. “Can you make a positive impact?” he asked the graduates. “With God’s help, I am willing to believe you can.”

Receiving the Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership award for the Residential College was Dr. Bill Garris, associate professor of psychology who has led the college’s Quality Enhancement Program initiative. Receiving the award for the Graduate and Professional Studies program was Dr. Peggy Goodson-Rochelle, assistant professor of education.

10 a.m. Commencement Ceremony Program

1:30 p.m. Commencement Ceremony Program

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Winkelmann named ‘Student of the Block’ for Seventh Block

Winkelmann named ‘Student of the Block’ for Seventh Block

Posted on 05 May 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Tennis Head Coach Tommy Arnett, left, presents Lukas Winkelmann with the “Student of the Block” award during a ceremony on May 1.

Lukas Winkelmann, a junior from Boeblingen, Germany, has been recognized as “Student of the Block” for the Seventh Block at Tusculum College.

Winkelmann, who is majoring in pre-medicine, was recognized Thursday, May 1, in a brief ceremony in the Niswonger Commons. The “Student of the Block Award” is presented by the Tusculum Office of Student Affairs and was established to recognize individuals who excel in their academic endeavors, campus involvement and/or athletic performance. The award is selected from nominations made by faculty and staff members, and plaques telling about the honorees are displayed in the Niswonger Commons and other campus buildings.

Tommy Arnett, head coach of men’s and women’s tennis, nominated Winkelmann for the honor. During the ceremony, Arnett said that Winkelmann’s numerous achievements in the classroom and on the court speak for themselves, and he wanted to speak about Winkelmann as a individual. Three words that come to mind when he thinks about Winkelmann are “caring, passionate and leadership.”

Arnett said he has watched Winkelmann interact with the children, his peers and faculty and staff, and it is obvious he is a caring person. “By passionate, I mean that Lukas puts 100 percent into whatever he does – he goes above and beyond what is expected,” Arnett said.

During his time at Tusculum, Winkelmann has grown as a person and a leader, and Arnett said he appreciates the leadership he has shown as captain of the tennis team.

As he accepted the award, Winkelmann thanked Coach Arnett and his science professors for the encouragement and assistance they have given him. He noted that Coach Arnett emphasizes to tennis team members that academics are to come first and while the coach, of course, wants them to excel on the court, he checks regularly to make sure they are doing well academically.

Winkelmann also thanked Bobbie Greenway, an academic counselor at Tusculum, whom he described as his “mom at Tusculum.” Greenway was Winkelmann’s first advisor at Tusculum and helped him as an international student get acclimated to the college and also helped him in his efforts to improve his English.  “She welcomed me with a big heart and put forth a lot of effort in helping me to become successful here at Tusculum. When you are in an unfamiliar area, it pays to have someone that you can trust that will not take advantage of you.”

He also thanked former teammates Steven Lin, a 2012 Tusculum graduate, and Luis Zamora, a 2013 graduate, for providing an example of success for him to follow on both the court and in the classroom and encouraging him to be the best he can be.

As well as serving as captain of the men’s tennis team, he is a member of the Tusculum Chapter of the Alpha Chi National Honor Society and the Pioneer Student Athletic Advisory Council.

Winkelmann has been recognized numerous times for his success on the tennis court and in the classroom. Last week, he was honored as the South Atlantic Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year for men’s tennis, the second straight year he has received the honor. He has also been recognized for the past two years as the conference’s Men’s Tennis Player of the Year for his accomplishments on the court.

During the 2013-14 season, Winkelmann posted a perfect 23-0 singles record and 20-3 record in doubles, including 19-2 with his younger brother Jonas, who joined his brother last year as a student at Tusculum and member of the tennis team.

As a sophomore, Winkelmann was named to the 2012-13 Capital One Academic All-America® first team, the first Tusculum sophomore to garner Academic All-America® first team distinction. He has been named the Tusculum College Male Athlete of the Year in each of the last two years and recognized as the most valuable player of the tennis team three times.

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Ottinger named ‘Student of the Block’ for Block Six

Ottinger named ‘Student of the Block’ for Block Six

Posted on 01 May 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College Business Professors Dr. Antonio Bos, left and Dr. Michelle Freeman congratulate Jordan Ottinger as he receives the Student of the Block Award for the Sixth Block.

Jordan Ottinger, a business major from Newport who many in the community may know from his work with the Tusculum College’s Help Me Help You small business program, has been named “Student of the Block” for the Sixth Block at the college.

Ottinger, who is majoring in accounting with a minor in general management, recognized Tuesday, April 29, in a brief ceremony in the Niswonger Commons. The “Student of the Block Award” is presented by the Tusculum Office of Student Affairs and was established to recognize individuals who excel in their academic endeavors, campus involvement and/or athletic performance. The award is selected from nominations made by faculty and staff members, and plaques telling about the honorees are displayed in the Niswonger Commons and other campus buildings.

Dr. Michelle Freeman, professor of business administration, said that Ottinger has inspired her with his commitment to excellence academically and his generosity in helping others and being involved outside the classroom. Freeman nominated Ottinger for the honor along with Dr. Antonio Bos, professor of economics.

Active in the Tusculum College Business Club, he has served as its president. Ottinger is in the Tusculum Honors Program, serves as an ambassador for the college as a member of the President’s Society and is a member of the Tusculum Chapter of the Alpha Chi National Honors Society.

Ottinger has also worked with the Help Me Help You program to assist small businesses with business plans, marketing and other areassince the program’s inception. He founded the personal finance program of Tusculum’s Center for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship. In addition, Ottinger has tutored in the areas of business and accounting as a member of the center.

An upbeat individual who has contributed much to campus, Ottinger said that Tusculum has given him the opportunity to live out his passions through campus organizations and allowed him to return to the community through the knowledge he has gained.. “Tusculum College has prepared me for a career in accounting, which I will begin before graduation in May,” he said.

Ottinger counts “time with friends and developing the Center for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship” as among his favorite memories of Tusculum. His favorite class was accounting as well as religion, and his two favorite professors are Dr. Freeman and Dr. Bos, he said, because they gave him the opportunity to excel in his fields of business and accounting. His advice for underclassmen is to achieve above what is required so it will transfer into their professional lives. The keys to succeeding at Tusculum are to be honest and diligent, he added.

After Ottinger graduates from Tusculum, he aspires to finish up the requirements to become a Certified Public Accountant. After he finishes his prerequisites he plans to get his Masters of Divinity and ultimately a Doctorate in Religion.

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Shipsey named ‘Student of the Block’ for Block Five

Shipsey named ‘Student of the Block’ for Block Five

Posted on 29 April 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Dr. Angela Keaton, right, congratulates Emily Shipsey for being named “Student of the Block” for Block Six.

Emily Shipsey, a museum studies major from Bath, Maine, was named “Student of the Block” for Block Five at Tusculum College.

Shipsey, who is originally from Nashville, was recognized Tuesday, April 22, in a brief ceremony in the Niswonger Commons. The “Student of the Block Award” is presented by the Tusculum Office of Student Affairs and was established to recognize individuals who excel in their academic endeavors, campus involvement and/or athletic performance. The award is selected from nominations made by faculty and staff members, and plaques telling about the honorees are displayed in the Niswonger Commons and other campus buildings.

During the ceremony, Dr. Angela Keaton, associate professor of history and the commons, said she nominated Shipsey because of her outstanding qualities including her intellectual curiosity and eagerness to learn, her work ethic and her honesty and strong moral character.

Shipsey is no stranger to accolades, starting from the time she was in high school to her internship at the Old Sturbridge Village museum in Massachusetts. She was the only intern chosen for this museum, and was also selected for the History Day Internship. Shipsey has a passion for helping younger students learn more about history.

In addition to work ethic, Shipsey believes there are three fundamental qualities of an outstanding individual – honesty, dedication and compassion, all qualities that she has exemplified as a student at Tusculum.

A graduate of Bellehaven Christian Academy where she was an active student in extracurricular activities, Shipsey has continued that level of involvement in the Tusculum community. She has served as a member of the President’s Society, helping recruit prospective students to the campus. As a museum studies major, she has engaged students here at Tusculum to deepen their understanding of the college’s history on a personal level. She also helped create two award-winning exhibits for display in the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library on campus.

The daughter of Mark and Susan Shipsey, Emily counts her mother as her role model along with Audrey Hepburn, Emily Dickenson, Charles Dickens and Will Ferrell.

As a Tennessee native, Shipsey said she has been blessed to attend a school like Tusculum and be part of the Museum Studies program. The friends she has made and her experiences have fueled her drive to pursue her goals, which include attending graduate school at Eastern Illinois University and seeking a master’s degree in historical administration.

Academically, she has enjoyed “Progressive America,” taught by Dr. David Key, assistant professor of history, and “Material, Culture and History and Uses of Gender” by Dr. Keaton.

Shipsey’s advice to future Tusculum students is “you can do better, don’t give into the trend of wearing sweatpants to class, respect your professors as well as their time and act your age because life isn’t a frat party.” She also advises students to develop their time management skills because it is the key to success at Tusculum.

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Tusculum College Band Program to present Spring Concert on Thursday, May 1

Tusculum College Band Program to present Spring Concert on Thursday, May 1

Posted on 28 April 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Classics from a variety of musical styles will be featured in the Spring Concert of the Tusculum College Band Program on Thursday, May 1.

The Tusculum College Concert Band, Jazz Band and Handbell Choir will be featured in the concert, which begins at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

One of Mozart’s most recognizable pieces, “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” will be performed by the Concert Band as well as Dvorak’s “Slavonic Dance #1”  and “National Emblem,” Edwin Eugene Bagley’s most famous march.  The Concert Band will also be performing Leroy Anderson’s “Blue Tango” and  Robert Smith’s “Legend of the Queen Anne’s Revenge,” based on the tale of the infamous pirate Blackbeard.

The Jazz Band, which played earlier this month at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center preview party, will perform such standards as Cole Porter’s “Night and Day,” Earle Hagen’s “Harlem Nocturne,” Sammy Nestico’s “Quiet Breaker and “Little Liza Jane,” one of the classics of the New Orleans brass band tradition. Guest vocalist Amy Saxonmeyer will join the Jazz Band during the performance.

The Handbell Choir’s repertoire for the concert varies from the “Wizard of Oz” favorite, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” to the classic rock anthem “Stairway to Heaven” to a recent pop favorite, “You Raise Me Up.”

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

The Tusculum College Concert Band will be one of the featured groups during the Tusculum Band Program’s upcoming Spring Concert.

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Local educators, students invited to ‘Pack the Park’ on May 3

Local educators, students invited to ‘Pack the Park’ on May 3

Posted on 28 April 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Fun and entertainment for all ages is planned for “Pack the Park for Education” activities surrounding the Saturday, May 3, Tusculum College Pioneer baseball game at Pioneer Park.

While providing a fun weekend outing for local families is one reason for Tusculum College to sponsor “Pack the Park for Education,” its primary goal is to honor those who are dedicated to providing a quality education to the community’s young people. Throughout the event, Tusculum College wants to express its appreciation to all those involved in the Greeneville and Greene County school systems whose efforts are preparing the leaders of tomorrow.

“What better way to spend a Saturday afternoon, enjoying baseball, music, food and fun, while honoring a profession central to the local community, economic development, and the future of the region, state and nation,” said Tusculum College President Nancy B. Moody.

Festivities will begin at 3:30 p.m. at Pioneer Park on the Tusculum campus with a free concert featuring recording artists Austin Baze, Michelle Leigh and Greeneville’s own Step Cousins.

Austin Baze, the duo of Brian Buckner and Nick Gunter, will be joined by musicians Dave Fowler, Jack Gavin and Jason Roller, who have played with such artists as Tracy Lawrence, Charlie Daniels, Dolly Parton, Tanya Tucker, Dave Mason and others. Michelle Leigh is an up-and-coming southern-rock performer who has toured with the “Young Guns of Country.” Local band Step Cousins mixes past and present country and has played in the popular Dogwood Park Concert Series. Dave Fowler and Dave Fowler Productions have been instrumental in helping the college provide this concert to the community. (Please see the bio information below  for more information about each of the artists.)

A “fun zone” for kids and those young at heart will feature inflatables, corn hole, face and body painting and other free activities outside Pioneer Park during the event.

Concessions will be available and an area will be open to all who want to bring a blanket or chairs and tailgate prior to the baseball game against Bluefield State.

Admission to the baseball game will be free to all students, teachers, teacher assistants, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, custodians and maintenance personnel, school board members, etc. Throughout the game, local educators will be honored in a variety of ways.

A fireworks display, sponsored by Watauga Orthopaedics, will immediately follow the game to conclude the day’s festivities.

Concert Performers

Austin Baze with Dave Fowler, Jack Gavin and Jason Roller:

Austin Baze  (Brian Buckner and Nick Gunter) –  Austin Baze is a duo from the foothills of Western North Carolina and Greeneville, Tenn., carrying on their strong music heritage and deep rooted beliefs. They grew up influenced by generations of musicians in the Appalachian Mountains.  ” I remember when we sat around the porch, hill top, or just wherever…pickin and singing with all our family and friends. ” said Brian Buckner…..” We have been singing together since we were kids in church, and other venues in the later years. “adds Nick Gunter. The years have passed and now here they are; writing songs about life, love, and their experiences. They are excited to be back together in their element doing what they love. “We are working on a new project with our producer Dave Fowler of Dave Fowler Productions, and looking forward to sharing our music with all of you!!”

 

Dave Fowler: Nashville record producer, tour manager, and professional artist.  He has composed, arranged, and recorded many original songs along with producing records for a number of artists.  He was Dolly Parton’s tour manage and band coordinator from 2005 to 2009 and has managed Collin Raye. He has played bass guitar for more than 30 years and has toured with Lorrie Morgan, Tracy Lawrence, Rhett Akins, Dottie West, Edwin McCain, Cinderella, John Michal Montgomery, Chely Wright, Dolly Parton, Collin Raye, Joe Diffie and Mark Chesnut.

 

Jack Gavin - played drums for Charlie Daniels band for 15 years. He also played and tour managed Tanya Tucker for 10 years. He and Dave Fowler were also were the rhythm section for country artist Tracy Lawrence for 5 years.

 

Jason Roller - plays electric guitars. He has toured with Tracy Lawrence, Joe Diffie, Wynonna, Dave Mason, Dolly Parton and many others.

 

 

Michelle Leigh:

Edgy and honest, Michelle Leigh brings a no-holds barred approach to her writing and her music. The Southern Rock Uprising Records recording artist’s songwriting style can only be described as raw and honest. Her songs amplify real-life situations, real-life problems and real-life solutions.  She has crafted a sound and style that mixes Southern Rock (a traditionally male dominated genre) with Country and Pop elements. Michelle has toured with the “Young Guns of Country” and won the Charlotte Music Awards 2013 Women in Rock Showcase.  Michelle performs regularly throughout the region and most recently at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino.  She spends her time between her home in Marshall, North Carolina and Nashville, Tennessee.

 

Step Cousins:

A local group providing a pure mixture of past and present country, with a light alternative sense and a feel of something new. Their high energy show appeals to people of any age.  Step Cousins was formed in the fall of 2012, cultivating a sound all their own in their hometown of Greeneville. They have had many local accomplishments since their formation, including a first place finish in the Appalachian Fair youth talent show, a performance in American Downtown, Tusculum College’s tailgate series, Coffeehouse series and a slot in the Dogwood Park series.

 

Austin Baze with Dave Fowler, Jack Gavin and Jason Roller:

Austin Baze  (Brian Buckner and Nick Gunter) –  Austin Baze is a duo from the foothills of Western North Carolina and Greeneville, Tenn., carrying on their strong music heritage and deep rooted beliefs. They grew up influenced by generations of musicians in the Appalachian Mountains.  ” I remember when we sat around the porch, hill top, or just wherever…pickin and singing with all our family and friends. ” said Brian Buckner…..” We have been singing together since we were kids in church, and other venues in the later years. “adds Nick Gunter. The years have passed and now here they are; writing songs about life, love, and their experiences. They are excited to be back together in their element doing what they love. “We are working on a new project with our producer Dave Fowler of Dave Fowler Productions, and looking forward to sharing our music with all of you!!”

 

Dave Fowler: Nashville record producer, tour manager, and professional artist.  He has composed, arranged, and recorded many original songs along with producing records for a number of artists.  He was Dolly Parton’s tour manage and band coordinator from 2005 to 2009 and has managed Collin Raye. He has played bass guitar for more than 30 years and has toured with Lorrie Morgan, Tracy Lawrence, Rhett Akins, Dottie West, Edwin McCain, Cinderella, John Michal Montgomery, Chely Wright, Dolly Parton, Collin Raye, Joe Diffie and Mark Chesnut.

 

Jack Gavin - played drums for Charlie Daniels band for 15 years. He also played and tour managed Tanya Tucker for 10 years. He and Dave Fowler were also were the rhythm section for country artist Tracy Lawrence for 5 years.

 

Jason Roller - plays electric guitars. He has toured with Tracy Lawrence, Joe Diffie, Wynonna, Dave Mason, Dolly Parton and many others.

 

 

Michelle Leigh:

Edgy and honest, Michelle Leigh brings a no-holds barred approach to her writing and her music. The Southern Rock Uprising Records recording artist’s songwriting style can only be described as raw and honest. Her songs amplify real-life situations, real-life problems and real-life solutions.  She has crafted a sound and style that mixes Southern Rock (a traditionally male dominated genre) with Country and Pop elements. Michelle has toured with the “Young Guns of Country” and won the Charlotte Music Awards 2013 Women in Rock Showcase.  Michelle performs regularly throughout the region and most recently at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino.  She spends her time between her home in Marshall, North Carolina and Nashville, Tennessee.

 

Step Cousins:

A local group providing a pure mixture of past and present country, with a light alternative sense and a feel of something new. Their high energy show appeals to people of any age.  Step Cousins was formed in the fall of 2012, cultivating a sound all their own in their hometown of Greeneville. They have had many local accomplishments since their formation, including a first place finish in the Appalachian Fair youth talent show, a performance in American Downtown, Tusculum College’s tailgate series, Coffeehouse series and a slot in the Dogwood Park series.

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