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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 eestes@tusculum.edu

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 B.C.E.to 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 eestes@tusculum.edu.

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 eestes@tusculum.edu

Dr. Travis Williams

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted on 13 January 2016 by eestes@tusculum.edu

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Posted on 08 January 2016 by eestes@tusculum.edu

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

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

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

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

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

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

2015 Fall Dean’s List for the Traditional Program

Jemima Abimbola Adisa*

Precious Toluwani Adisa

Cynthia Paige Adkins+

Makenzi Lynn Alley

Evan R Altizer*+

Jorge Alvarez+

Andrea Jane Amettis+

Pamela Michele Ammons

Lori M Anderson

Katja Sabina Elisabeth Andersson*

Thomas Cody Armstrong

Hannah Beth Arnett+

Benjamin A. Arnold+

Cheyene Leigh Arnold*+

Grace Ann Rose Arthur+

Ashlie Katelyn Ayres+

Charles Tyler Bailey

Kyle Bailey+

Samuel Ray Baker*+

Sarah Ann Baker

Toni Lyn Bates+

Taylor Alexandria N. Battle

Cheyenne Nicole Beeler*

Miranda Leeann Beeler*+

Keegan Michael William Bell

Alexis Hope Berlin

Hannah Marie Berling+

Emily Rae Bernin

Emory Leigh Bibb

Julie Anne Bielowski

Kyle Christopher Bittner*

John Russell Bivens

Danny Ohara Black

Jonathan Blaylock*+

Cassandra Marie Born

Andrew Scott Bowerman

Jule Brass*

Cheyenne Renee Bray

Spencer Darris Brothers+

Kaitlin Brooke Brown*+

Megan Lorraine Buczek*+

Lawson Henry Burrow*+

Lindsay Ann Butler*+

Mason Ray Calhoun

Shelbi Breanne Cameron+

Alison Faith Camp*+

Brianna Richelle Campbell

Amelia Ellen Cannon

Jessie Leonard Carey+

Erin Helene Carmody+

Ethan Wayne Carpenter+

Laura Kaye Carr*

Darius O’Neil Carter+

Benjamin T Cash

Callie S. Casteel+

Cayla Brooke Cecil+

Mitchell Frank Lewis Chapman+

Matthew Keith Church

Christina Daniell Clemons

Denise Nicole Coffey

Matthew S. Cole*

Cynthia J Conte+

Dustin Daniel Conway*+

Logan Scott Cornelius+

Jacob William Countiss

Kelsie Elizabeth Cox

Heather Renee Crouch

Bailey Alexandria Culler

Craig Matthew Cutler

Caleb Michael Cutshall+

Samantha Czapik*

Jennifer Leeann Dalton+

Eliza Lucille Davis*+

Samuel George Davis*+

Corinne Louise De Rohan

Payton Alexandra Dehart+

Carmen Nereida Diaz Mercado

Kayla Brooke Dodson

Tandon Gregory Dorn+

Renee Amens Doyle+

Gary Joseph Dunlop

James Dallas Dunn

John Eric Durr

Blaine Leroy Dykes

Michael Jason Eggert+

Samantha Elizabeth Eldridge

Madilyn Joyce Elliott*+

Savannah Elliott*+

Bryana Diane Thomas Ezell+

Kasey Blake Fawbush

Hettige Joseph Michael Ruksha Fernando*+

Amber Aleice Fields

Alisha Marie Fillers+

Sean Brenden Finucane

Lia Theresa Fiore

Karli Payten Fisher*+

Harper Nicole Ford

Nicholas Larry Forsberg*+

Kevin Michael Franklin

Kelsey Lynae Freeman*+

Zachary Hamby Freeman+

Macy Amanda French*+

Jennifer Michelle Frost+

Jordan D’Ann Fullerton*

Franziska Funke*+

Rachel Eileen Garnett+

Zachary Joel Gass+

Travis Maxwell Gaubert+

Alexus Breann Gibson

Eduardo Granados Munoz

Shelby Anne Gray+

Robert Anthony Greenier*

Jose Roberto Guerrero

Guillem Guil+

Allison Marie Hall*+

Holly Brooke Hall

Tyler James Hall

Macey Leann Hance+

Edward Oliver Moore Hancock*+

Tony L. Hannah

Sierra Paige Hanson+

Zachary Lee Hartle

Kayla Michele Hartley

William Harrison Harvey

Mamie Britt Hassell+

Bradley Daniel Hawkins+

Victoria Emily Hayes

Tarah Ranae Helms

Rachael Bethany Hensley*+

Emily Elizabeth Hester*

Benjamin Luke Hillis

Bradford Blaine Hinkle*+

Andrew Colby Hollingshead

Sarah Elizabeth Holly*+

Ronnie James Holt

Sayre Catherine Hopper+

Brittney Nicole Horton+

Logan Tyler Hunter

Addison Lawrence Ingram

Katie Elizabeth James

Brandon Kenneth Jeter

Jeffrey Tyler Johnson*+

J’Quen O. Johnson

Kenleigh A. Johnson*+

Sarah Jean Johnson+

Alexis Joiner+

Morgan Deanne Jones

Shelby May Jordan

Devon Aliva Justice+

Tashique Kader+

Briana Michelle Kaltenmark+

Cody Michael Kammerzell+

Adrienne Martine Kaye

Jordan Hayley Keene+

Teresa Ann Kinley

Toby De Klerk+

Miranda Leanna Knight

Staci Nicole Knipp*+

Andrew D Kransberger

Andreas M. Kvam+

Lindsey Nell Lafitte

Pablo Laguna+

Taylor Kara Lambertsen

Zachary Aaron Lane+

Calley B. Lawson*+

Shane Allen Lawson*+

Guillermo Lazcano Carrera+

Hannah Irene Lefler+

Lindsey Danielle Lewis+

Makenna Noel Lewis

Mariah Lynn Lewis

Meghan Nichole Lively

Ryan Logan*

Chrysta Leigh Long

Felisha Marie Loveless

Preston Donald Loveless*

Daniel Ray Lowery+

Emma Catherine MacDonald*

Morgan Mahaffey*

Yared W. Mamo

Lindsey Rose Mank*

Whitney Brianna Marshall+

Miriah Elizabeth Martin+

Shawna Ann Martin

James Wayne Mayes

Chase M McAllister

Mitchell Vance McCain

Kelli Lynn McCalla*+

Joseph Bryson McCarter*+

Reanna Dawn McClure*

Rory Walsh McClure

Billi L. McKenzie+

Nicole Sarah McMillen

Ragen Danielle McNair

Rachel Nicole Medley+

Charles Richard Mills

Erin Ashley Mills+

Ashlyn Nicole Misischia

James Curtis Moneyhun

AAliyah Jada Montgomery*+

Dana Stacia Morong

Pamela Kay Morong+

Margaret Ann Moss+

Yusuf Muhammed

William Frederick Munker+

Shannon Rose Murphy

David Michael New

Jordan Nicole Newby

Robert E. Nichols

Micah Brianne Nicley

William Lake Noel

Kylee Jordan Nolan+

Charla Deidre Odom

John Patrick Olzer

Erin Christian Osborne+

Fabian Paier*

Ross Gregory Parsons+

Kendall Patterson

Carly Jeannette Payne

Shaveen Perera

Matthew Ralph Pierce+

Amanda Leigh Ann Pipes

Diego C. Poore

Courtney Leigh Purkey

Rachel Elizabeth Purswell

Jasmine Ellesse Queen+

David Lee Quesenberry+

Erica K. Ramsey+

Jared Lee Ramsey

Heath Ratliff

Ciara Rattana

Troy Lee Reagan

Zachary James Redden

Tiffany L. Rednour+

Chelsey Brooke Reed*+

Michael Bryce Reed+

Treslyn Kelley Reese*+

Jonathon Gage Reynolds

Jamie Rebecca Rhea

Cassi L. Ricker

Allyson Kathleen Rines+

Rachel Elizabeth Roberts+

Terence Victor Roberts+

Carrie Leigh Rose

Kathleen J. Samples+

Norman Cody Sauceman*+

Sabrina L. Schleuger

Brooke Morgan Schreder

Blythe Elizabeth Scrivner

Leon Seiz+

Morgan Caroline Seymore

Roxanne Inez Shepard*+

Jaelyn Makelti Shoemaker

Madison Kate Shumaker

David Felix Siegle+

Payton Dakota Silcox*

Erin Janae Sims+

Zachariah William Slagle+

Cynthia Mae Smith

Garland Taylor Smith

John James Paul Smith+

Jordan Dianne Smith*

Tyler James Smith

Alexandra Marie Soldati

James William Spears

Jonathan Spicher*+

Clarissa Elaine Stanton

Danae K. Stauffer+

Tim Stierle*+

Robin Marie Stoner+

Toria Rose Strickland

Kaytlin N. Stroinski+

Teela Sullivan*+

Amanda Lynn Sumner+

Shannele Marjorie Sunderland*+

Joshua Taylor Suttles

Terrie Shea Taylor

Victoria Elizabeth Thames*

Carlie Amanda Thornber*+

Darian Dale Tipton+

Breanna Lynn Tolliver+

Elizabeth H. Tomassoni

Katherine A. Tomassoni*

Preston R Tucker*+

Britney Nicole Turner

Stephanie Marie Turner+

Taylor Linea Tyree

Cheyenne Upton+

Jane Esther Van Amberg

Samuel J. A. Van Amberg*

Samantha Jean Vogt+

Rebekah Grace Voiles

Nathan Russell Philip Wade

Brooke Elizabeth Wagner

Courtney Lynn Ward

Chase McClain Ware

Nicholas Alexander Wasylyk*+

Emily Christine Waters+

Devan Scott Watts+

Kara Lynn Webb

Daniel D. Wedding*

Amanda Marie Werder+

Brianna Michelle Werder

Nathaniel Gerome West

Carly Leeanne White+

Taylor Lindsey White

Dorothy Shynese Whitener

Kristen Faith Wiggins+

Donna Nicole Wilkerson

Roy Casey Wilkerson

Tiffany Anne Wilkerson*

Carolyn Elizabeth Williamson+

Sydney Nicole Wilson

Johnathan Cole Wilt

Jonas Burkhardt Siegfried Winkelmann+

Rachel Marie Wisner

Allison Nicole Woody+

Erica Denise Worrell+

Parker Katelyn Alisa Wright*

Rebecca L. Wyatt

Dakota Lee Younce+

 

2015 Fall Dean’s List for Graduate and Professional Studies

Scott Eugene Adams

Brandon Keith Allen*

Kimberly Kay Anderson+

Lisa Nachelle Anderson*+

Robert Alexander Anderson+

Tiffany Headrick Andrews

Ashley Marie Andrukonis

Jaime Lee Arnold*+

Angel Renee Arrington

Eleonora Surenovna Assadova+

Amy Jeanette Atchley*

April Suzanne Bachman+

Anthony Maurice Bagwell*+

Kristin Marie Bair*+

Crystal Annette Banken

Ashley Diane Barger*+

Mindy Michelle Barton

Candace Angelique Baxter+

Leslie Deanna Ruth Beach+

Marcus Gabriel Blair*+

Sheila D Blair+

Kimberly Renee Boles+

Matthew Tyler Booth+

Stacie Lynn Botts+

Ashley N. Bowers

Brittany Paige Bowers

Bryan Allen Bowers*+

Mercedes L. Boyd+

Casey Elizabeth Bradley+

Mindy Dawn Bradley+

David M Breeden

Kristi Michelle Breeden

Morgan Maechelle Brewer*+

Daniel Clifford Britton+

Terry Dean Brooks

Charles A. Brown

David Bryan Brown+

Shannon Kay Brown*

Joshua Adam Broyles*+

Megan D. Bruce+

Janie Danielle Bryant+

Victoria Jacqueline Bryant

Keith Christopher Buch+

Kevin W Buckner

Adam Michael Burchfield*

Lara Gail Burchfield+

Amber Nicole Burgner*+

Jessica Caroline Burgner+

Robin Annette Burnette+

James Allen Butler+

Judith Cahansa Butler*

James Winston Cable

Carrie Chae Cagle

Melissa Callahan*

Billy Carroll Calwell*

Amber Spring Campbell

Deanna Roshelle Campbell+

Claire D. Carter+

Felicia Waynette Carter

Kirsten Dixie Carter

Daniel Cate

Tessa Marie Catlett-Mccroskey*

Kelsey Marie Chamberlain+

Hannah Lynn Champlin+

Brent Eugene Chapman*+

Ann Marie Cheezum+

Floyd Alden Cheyne*+

Brandon Anthony Chittum*

Savannah Hope Clabough

Delisa L. Cleveland

Kala L. Clifford

Candace Lee Cody*+

Mandy LaChelle Colburn+

Katie Lee Cole

Linda Darlene Coleman+

April Dawn Collins+

Robert Earl Colquitt+

Paula Renee Conley

Tabitha Lydia Cook

Amber Lawson Cooper*+

Jeremy Brent Cooper*+

Justin Ross Cornett

Donna Costa-White+

Stephanie Marie Cox+

Tyler Robert Cox+

Chester Craig

Amy Denise Crawford

Jamie Cunningham*+

Melanie Ann Cusmano+

Kari E. Cuthbertson

Gabriel James Dando*

Kira Lauren Dash

Alexandra Nicole Davis+

Allison Roxie Davis+

Heather D. Davis+

William Zachary Davis*

Kayla Gabrielle Dearstone*+

Jessica Susan Deaton

Mario Antonine Debro

Emily Marie Delacruz+

Alaina Christen Demay+

Angela Dawn Dixson*

Patrick Edwin Douthat+

Gilbert Charles Downey

Jennifer Duff*

Kimberly Lynn Duff

Amber Christine Duke+

Deidra Michelle Dunlap*

Janice Lyn Dutcher+

Brittney D. Dye*+

Tabitha Ann Dyer+

Jessica Lea Elkins+

Melissa Jeannette Emerson*

Abigail Leigh Ero

Joseph Hall Exum

Brianna Fannon+

Lori Ann Farmer

Lisa Josephine Feezell

Kristoffer Mykell Fernandez

Scott Allan Fisher*

Natalie Paige Foland+

Christie D. Forbis+

Amy Laurel Foreman

Justin Wayne Foster+

Logan Brian Foust*+

Taylor Victoria Fritz+

Roben Andrea Garland

Jamie L. Gass+

Maura Gilbert

Balinda Anne Gillis

David Allen Glasscock*+

Tiffany Marie Golden+

Jill Edith Goodpasture*+

Stevie Nicole Gorrell+

Mendy Lynn Goss+

Trisha Lear Gossett+

Tyler J Govert+

Kimberly Grace Gregg*+

Mandy Michele Haga*

James Travis Hale+

Justin Tyler Hamilton*+

Audrey Heather Hammack Robinson

Brittney Harrison+

Cory D. Harrison

Kazuhiko Hashiyama

Kelsi Jean Haskins+

Kimberly Marie Hatmaker

Tanya Marie Hayes*+

Danielle R. Henderson+

April Dawn Hensley*

Lisa Michelle Hensley

Brent Aaron Hickman*+

Ruth Ann Hickman

Crystal Lee Hicks

Gregory Ward Hilemon*+

Cassie Hiles

Jenny Rebecca Hill

Amy Marie Hodge+

Steven Chadwick Holder

Taylor Andrea Holdren*+

Arnold Keith Hooper*+

Cathleen Marie Hopson+

Ryan Wesley Hudson+

Velvet Dawn Hughes*+

Mark Anthony Hunley

Maleah Linda Huskey+

Andrea Lauren Hutchins*+

Chanc Milton Jackson+

Charlotte Nicole Jackson*+

Rebecca Michelle Jenkins*+

Angel M Jennings*+

Bertrane Jarvis Jennings+

Carol S. Jennings+

Jeffrey Adam Jennings+

Katelyn Jasanna Jennings*

Kiana Raelene Johnson

Mattie Renee Johnson

Rebecca Leann Johnson*+

Stephanie Michelle Josey

Wesley Justice+

Angela Marie Kagley+

Steve Alan Kelley*+

Courtney Michelle Kelly+

Marjorie Krystal Kennedy

Sarah Kenny*+

Bradley James Kidwell*

Justin Marc King

Frankie Lorine Kington*+

Wayne Craig Kiser*+

Thomas Robert Kosidowski+

Christie Deanna Lamb+

Stacey Lamb

Elissa Ruth Lane+

Kendra Michelle Lane

Kevin Brett Lane

James Adam Large+

Zachary Brown Lassiter

Mary Kristina Lawson+

Contessa D. Leverett

Heather Deann Lewis

Hannah E. Linkous*

Jodi Marie Lister*+

Allison Ray Lloyd+

Olivia Lobertini+

Rachel Hope Looney+

Gregory Glenn Lynn+

Amy Patrice Lyon+

Brooke Danielle Maloney+

Marcy Lee Marriott+

Phil Every Mauk*+

Lisa Loraine Maxwell

Brandi Michele McAmis+

Kevin Ray McAmis

Betsy Ann McClain+

Joshua Dylan McClure*+

Heather June McConnell

Ryan Pete McCord*+

Kylie M. McCoy*

Derek Channing McFall+

Josette McGaha*

Sven McGaha*+

Nancy Anne McKinley*+

Madison Neil McKinney

Nanette Louise McLain*+

Matthew Edward Meese+

Rebecca Lashea Melton

Lauren Angeline Menefee

Emily Ann Menner+

Alicia Rae Miller+

Denna Lee Miller+

Ruth Ann Mitchell

Evan Dewayne Monroe+

Sarah Jennifer Monroe*

Jonathan G. Moore*

Charles Mark Morgan

Alexis Gray Morrow

Vanessa Morton

Michael Mostella+

Daisy Tamara Mullins

Evelyn Deana Marie Myers

Aaron Jon Mynatt+

Cortney Mercedes Mynatt+

Tomi A. Nelson+

Craig Lee Newman+

Whitnie Elaine Norman*

Amie Suzanne O’Brien*

Tiffany Nichole Ogle*+

Tracy Michelle Olson+

Sherry Lynn Ottem*+

Laurence James Palais*+

Ashley Dawn Palmer+

Shaunna Passmore+

Samantha Paul

Christina Louise Paxton

Christopher David Payne*+

Heather Dawn Perry+

Matthew Allen Piper+

Juliana Cecelia Pressley+

Jill Elizabeth Purkey*

Jacqueline Nicole Rader+

Macy Makenzie Raines+

Rodney Scott Ramin*

Johnathan Hugh Reagan+

Madeline Kathleen Reddick

Sunday Lynn Reeves

April Danielle Renner*+

Abby Caitlin Reynolds

Kendra Irene Rickard

Mark C. Riley*

Shalynn Wallace Rippetoe

Rachael Elizabeth Roach

Matthew Garrett Roberts

Sharon S. Roberts

Jacqueline Anne Robinson+

Tabitha Ann Rue+

Rodney Lynn Russell

Stephen Paul Sabatino+

Roger Grant Sams*+

Mark Lee Sandburg

Regina Starr Sandidge*+

Monica Jo Sasscer*+

Audrey Lynn Sauls*+

Whitney Suzanne Scearce*

Kelly Schlitz

Mary Taylor Schmid

Cortnay Paige Scott

Destinee Ciera Scott+

Steven Douglas Scott*+

Chad William Seay+

Talor Elisabeth-Broo Shaddix+

Deborah Rolen Sharp*+

William Robert Sharp+

Jeffery Alan Shelton+

Kaliah Alexis Sheppard+

Saasha Noel Shirooni

John Cody Simmons

Robert Renoel Sitterson

David Grant Smith*

Michael Jason Smith

Rebecca Hildegard Smith-Gregg+

Wendy Marie Smothers

Lisa Jane Snowden+

Candice N. Spradlin+

Lindsey Nicole Stair*

Suzanne Michelle Starnes

Wayne Gordon Stokes*

David Eric Stott+

Amanda Carroll Strange+

Kendall John Strumpf+

Travis Carl Stuart*

Renea Danielle Styles

Jason Matthew Tarbet+

Angela Marie Taylor*+

Kenny Leon Taylor*+

Rockne Von Taylor*

Sara Kapileo Techur+

Raymond Allen Thacker

Kristi Ann Thomas

Rhonda Melissa Thompson+

Shannon Edward Thompson+

Timothy L Thompson

Miranda Lin Tobler*+

Daniel Joseph Tremaine+

Karen Michelle Trent*

Joshua Daniel Trivette+

Kenneth R. Tucker

John R. Tuggle*+

Remola Wanavee Turner

Matthew David Urnick

Angela Diane Vaughn*+

Robert Dylan Walden

Bailey F. Walker

Misty D. Wallen

Samantha Laynea Wallen+

David George Walton+

Kayla R Ward*+

Benjamin Harden Warnick*+

Jada Lynn Watts*+

Joshua Aaron Weaver+

Mitzi Michele Weese*

Patrick Shane Wells

Melissa Kim Whaley

Courtney Ann Whittington

Martin Lewis Whorley+

Leslie Kaye Wilhoit+

Leslie Camera Wilkerson+

Marti L. Willen*+

Rosa Dawn Williams

Calandra Livesay Williamson*+

Brandi Nichole Wilson+

Kimberly Ruth Wise+

Kristin Alexis Woods

Linda Gayle Woods+

Maggie Elizabeth Wright

Shauna Jane Wrinkle

Angela Dawn Young*+

Angelique Louise Zimcosky*

 

 

 

 

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

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

Posted on 08 January 2016 by eestes@tusculum.edu

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2015 Tusculum College Athletic Director’s Fall Honor Roll

Student-Athlete               Sport(s)

Antoinette Allen              Women’s Soccer/Lacrosse

Makenzi Alley                    Women’s Cross Country

Evan Altizer                        Football

Jorge Alvarez                     Men’s Soccer

Andrea Amettis                Volleyball

Katja Andersson               Women’s Soccer

Ashley Andrukonis          Women’s Cross Country

Ben Arnold                         Men’s Basketball

Kellen Asmundson          Men’s Lacrosse

Kristen Atwell                    Women’s Basketball

Kyle Bailey                          Football

Tyler Bailey                         Baseball

Sarah Baker                        Women’s Tennis

Brandyn Bartlett               Football

Hayley Bartlett                  Women’s Lacrosse

Taylor Battle                       Softball

Miranda Beeler                 Softball

Keegan Bell                        Men’s Lacrosse

John Bennett                     Baseball

Alexis Berlin                       Cheerleading

Hannah Berling                 Volleyball

McKenly Berry                  Baseball

Paige Bible                          Women’s Cross Country

Danny Black                        Football

William Boney                   Football

Cassandra Born                 Volleyball

Dalton Boslooper             Baseball

Sarah Bouley                      Volleyball

Brittney Bowers               Women’s Soccer

Sabrina Bradley                 Women’s Soccer

Jule Brass                            Women’s Tennis

Cheyenne Bray                 Women’s Lacrosse

Spencer Brothers             Baseball

Kyle Brown                         Men’s Lacrosse

Lawson Burrow                 Men’s Cross Country

Lindsay Butler                    Women’s Golf

Alison Camp                       Women’s Soccer

Corey Cantrell                   Football

Hunter Cantrell                 Football

Michaelae Carden           Cheerleading

Erin Carmody                     Volleyball

Ethan Carpenter               Baseball

Darius Carter                      Men’s Basketball

Ben Cash                             Baseball

Cayla Cecil                           Softball

Mitch Chapman                Men’s Lacrosse

Chris Cochrane                  Baseball

Matthew Cole                   Football

Eamonn Collins                 Baseball

Sarah Combs                      Women’s Soccer

Jalen Connor                      Football

Christen Craig                    Women’s Lacrosse

Heather Crouch                Women’s Soccer/Basketball

Kelsey Crow                       Women’s Lacrosse

Bailey Culler                       Softball

Destiny Cunningham      Cheerleading

Caleb Cutshall                    Men’s Cross Country

Jacob Cutshall                    Men’s Cross Country

Ricardo Da Silva                 Men’s Soccer

Deshawn Davis                 Football

Eliza Davis                            Softball

Samuel Davis                     Men’s Golf

Zach Davis                           Men’s Basketball

Andre De Giorgi                Men’s Soccer

Bryce Dequira                    Men’s Soccer

Payton DeHart                  Women’s Soccer

Seth DeHaven                   Baseball

Rachel Del Duca                Women’s Lacrosse

Kyle Dickson                       Men’s Soccer

Victoria Dierickx                Volleyball

Kelly Donnelly                   Football

Drake Dormann                Football

Tandon Dorn                      Baseball

Britney Dotson                  Cheerleading

Malik Drury                         Football

Gary Dunlop                       Men’s Soccer

Dallas Dunn                        Men’s Soccer

Isaiah Dunn                        Football

Savannah Elliott                Women’s Lacrosse

Cory Fagan                          Men’s Basketball

Todd Fidler                         Men’s Soccer

Harper Ford                        Softball

Nick Forsberg                    Men’s Golf

Jordan Fullerton               Women’s Soccer

Franziska Funke                Women’s Tennis

Rachel Garnett                  Volleyball

Nyssa Garrison                  Women’s Soccer

Max Gaubert                     Football

Guillem Giro                       Men’s Soccer/Cheerleading

Hannah Graham               Women’s Soccer

Shelby Gray                        Women’s Lacrosse

Davante Griffin                 Football

Sierra Haas                          Women’s Lacrosse

Courtney Hackney           Women’s Soccer

Kevin Haggerty                 Men’s Lacrosse

Brock Hakalmazian          Baseball

Holly Hall                              Women’s Soccer

Tyler Hall                              Baseball

Sierra Hanson                    Women’s Cross Country

Tim Hardy                            Baseball

Cooper Harrison               Football

Zach Hartle                         Men’s Basketball

Kayla Hartley                      Volleyball

Harrison Harvey                Men’s Soccer

Michala Hash                     Women’s Basketball

Kelsey Haun                       Women’s Golf

Brad Hawkins                     Men’s Golf

Peyton Haynes                 Football

Maelyn Head                     Women’s Basketball

Kealee Heffner                 Women’s Tennis

Emily Hester                       Softball

Cameron High                   Baseball

Luke Hillis                            Football

Rachel Holmes                  Women’s Lacrosse

Sayre Hopper                    Women’s Golf

Chris Hutson                      Men’s Golf

Kyron Inman                      Football

J’Quen Johnson                Men’s Cross Country

Tashique Kader                 Men’s Tennis

Cody Kammerzell             Men’s Soccer

Adrienne Kaye                  Women’s Tennis

Jordan Keene                    Softball

Jaylynn Kesterson           Football

Dante Key                           Baseball

Haley Klages                       Women’s Soccer

Tyler Klarner                      Men’s Lacrosse

Alexander Kleinberg       Men’s Lacrosse

Toby Klerk                           Men’s Tennis

Andrew Kransberger      Men’s Lacrosse

Dallas Kuykendall             Football

Andreas Kvam                   Men’s Soccer

Pablo Laguna                     Men’s Soccer

Taylor Lambertsen          Women’s Golf

Zack Lane                            Football

Bailey Laws                         Cheerleading

Calley Lawson                    Women’s Golf

Guillermo Lazcano           Men’s Soccer/Cheerleading

Mariah Lewis                     Volleyball

Meghan Lively                   Women’s Soccer

Jeffrey Lohman                Men’s Soccer

Emma MacDonald           Women’s Soccer

Morgan Mahaffey           Softball

Madison Malone              Women’s Lacrosse

Tanner Maloof                  Baseball

Lindsey Mank                    Women’s Cross Country

Miriah Martin                    Women’s Soccer

Stetson Mayes                  Football

Chase McAllister              Baseball

Mitch McCain                    Baseball

Kelli McCalla                       Women’s Soccer

Caleb McCormick             Football

Sadie McKay                      Cheerleading

Conor McKenna               Men’s Soccer

Dominic McLaren             Men’s Soccer

Nicole McMillen               Women’s Soccer

Kristen McMillion             Women’s Basketball

Rocco Menna                    Men’s Soccer

Ethan Merrow                   Men’s Lacrosse

Carly Mill                              Women’s Soccer

Charles Mills                       Men’s Lacrosse

Erin Mills                              Women’s Tennis

Connor Mitchell                Men’s Basketball

Vasco Monteiro                Men’s Soccer

Dominic Moore                 Football

Jaylen Moore                    Football

Brandon Mosley               Cheerleading

Chase Mounce                  Men’s Basketball

Pauline Muiruri                 Women’s Cross Country

Billy Munker                       Football

Eduardo Munoz                Men’s Tennis

Shannon Murphy             Volleyball

Cydney Murrell                 Women’s Golf

Loyd Napier                        Football

David New                          Baseball

Jordan Newby                   Women’s Soccer

Mackenzie Newsome    Women’s Cross Country

Will Noel                              Men’s Cross Country

Alycea Ohl                           Women’s Lacrosse

Paula Ortiz-Gomez          Women’s Lacrosse

Fabian Paier                       Men’s Tennis

Ridge Palmer                     Football

Rahmoi Parson                  Football

Ross Parsons                      Men’s Lacrosse

Anthony Patrick                Football

Callie Patterson                Women’s Basketball

Kendall Patterson            Men’s Basketball

Taylor Plemons                 Softball

Diego Poore                       Men’s Basketball

Jasmine Queen                 Women’s Basketball

Christian Raasch               Baseball

Matt Ramsay                     Baseball

Cory Ramsey                      Men’s Cross Country

Haylee Ramsey                 Women’s Soccer

Heath Ratliff                       Men’s Golf

Ciara Rattana                     Women’s Golf

Zachary Redden               Football

Treslyn Reese                    Softball

Jenna Restivo                    Softball

Alphonzo Rigby                 Baseball

Rachel Roberts                  Women’s Soccer

Isaac Robinson                  Football

Christopher Ryan             Men’s Lacrosse

Reanna Saunders             Cheerleading

Tyler Schafer                      Men’s Lacrosse

Brooke Schreder              Women’s Soccer

Drew Schreder                  Football

Sabrina Schleuger            Volleyball

Blythe Scrivner                  Women’s Golf

Leon Seiz                             Men’s Tennis

Matthew Sheppard        Football

Caleb Shiflett                     Football

Jordon Shippy                   Football

Jaelyn Shoemaker           Cheerleading

Matt Shown                       Men’s Basketball

Madison Shumaker         Volleyball

David Siegle                        Men’s Tennis

Matt Simon                        Football

Erin Sims                              Women’s Lacrosse/Basketball

Christian Sisto                    Football

Trevor Skiles                      Football

Zach Slagle                          Baseball

Jacob Smith                        Men’s Lacrosse

Jordan Smith                      Women’s Lacrosse

Joshua Smith                     Football

Taylor Smith                       Men’s Golf

Zack Smith                          Football

Alexandra Soldati             Volleyball

James Spears                     Men’s Lacrosse

Jonathan Spicher             Men’s Soccer

Clarissa Stanton                Women’s Lacrosse

Danae Stauffer                 Volleyball

Robin Stoner                      Softball

Chaz Story                           Football

Kaytlin Stroinski                Volleyball

Amanda Sumner              Women’s Tennis

Shannele Sunderland     Women’s Soccer

Terrie Taylor                       Cheerleading

Carlie Thornber                 Women’s Soccer

Jim Tolle                               Baseball

Ellie Tomassoni                 Women’s Soccer

Katie Tomassoni               Women’s Golf

Will Tommie                       Football

John Topoleski                  Baseball

Preston Tucker                 Men’s Golf

Cheyenne Upton             Women’s Soccer

Eric Varlas                            Men’s Lacrosse

Samantha Vogt                 Women’s Cross Country

Dallas Wade                       Men’s Lacrosse

Nate Wade                         Men’s Lacrosse

Brooke Wagner                Women’s Lacrosse

Lillian Wallace                    Women’s Cross Country

Morgan Ward                    Softball

Jason Ware                         Football

Nick Wasylyk                      Football

Emily Waters                      Women’s Tennis

Devan Watts                      Baseball

Coneisha Waugh              Women’s Soccer/Lacrosse

Kaily Weiss                          Volleyball

J.J. Wesley                          Baseball

Taylor White                      Women’s Golf

Shynese Whitener          Women’s Basketball

Creighton Wilke                Baseball

Carolyn Williamson          Softball

Jason Willis                         Men’s Lacrosse

Sydney Wilson                  Women’s Basketball

Jonas Winkelmann          Men’s Tennis

Kaitlin Winnie                    Women’s Lacrosse

Rachel Wisner                   Softball

Parker Wright                    Cheerleading

Sam Wyrick                         Football

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Nearly 200 receive degrees Saturday at Tusculum College

Nearly 200 receive degrees Saturday at Tusculum College

Posted on 14 December 2015 by srichey@tusculum.edu

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Download the December 2015 Commencement Program

 

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

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

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Pets on Campus – Q & A

Pets on Campus – Q & A

Posted on 18 November 2015 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Are pets permitted on campus?

Yes and no.

Yes, pets are permitted outdoors on most parts of campus (pets are not permitted in any of our athletic facilities). We have many guests who visit our campus with their pets.  However, owners are required to clean up after their pets.  Be considerate of others; carry poo disposal bags with you and dispose of waste in provided receptacles.

However, while pets are allowed outdoors in most areas, they are NOT allowed inside any of the campus buildings.  Students are NOT allowed to keep pets on campus, however…

 

Can I have a pet in my residence hall?

The only pets permitted by all students in the residence hall are fish and some aquatic frogs. Some student may have a documented medical need for assistance and have an ADA service animal or a pre-approved comfort animal on campus. The approval process for comfort animals begins with Ms. Bobbie Greenway in the Academic Resource Center in Annie Hogan Byrd and is only available to students who have a medical need as documented by a medical professional.

 

What’s the difference in a “comfort animal” and an “ADA service animal”?

An ADA service animal means any dog (or miniature horse) that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Tasks performed can include, among other things, pulling a wheelchair, retrieving dropped items, alerting a person to a sound, reminding a person to take medication, or pressing an elevator button. Comfort Animals are often used as part of a medical treatment plan as therapy animals, they are not considered service animals under the ADA.

 

Why do I care about the difference in an ADA animal and a comfort animal?

Because comfort animals do not actually do work as an ADA service animal does, comfort animals are only permitted to be in the student-owner’s assigned room and outdoors in areas where pets are permitted.

However, ADA animals are permitted to go wherever their owners go.

 

What if I don’t know which my animal is?

ADA service animals are rigorously and professionally trained to attend to their owner’s disability and do not interact with other humans while “working”, while comfort animals receive no particular kind of training. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Bobbie Greenway.

 

What are my responsibilities as a pet owner?

Be nice. Well, first, a comfort animal is part of your family so we expect you to be a kind and compassionate owner/companion.

 

Make certain your pet is trained and nice too. Second, animals are just like children—they are a lot of work! Living in a residence hall is stressful for an animal and doubly so for an animal which has not been trained, so students are expected to have already trained their comfort animal for daily expectations (non-aggressive, house-broken, non-disruptive, etc.).

 

Crate Training. You are obligated to crate train your comfort animal while it resides on campus.  Anytime you are not present in your room, your comfort animal is to be crated.  This protects both your comfort animal and our students and staff.  Animals can be very loving and still unpredictable.  Even the best-behaved animal can react badly when it feels a stranger has entered its territory.  So make sure you keep everyone, including your comfort animal, safe by crating responsibly.

 

Do the doo. Your animal has business to do.  Of course, we all prefer that happen outside (versus in your room).  You must clean up after your comfort animal by bagging the doo and properly disposing of it.  It makes your animal harder to love (and you) when we keep stepping in your animal doo scattered around campus.  That’s not really the impression we want to make, is it?

 

Know the territory. Your comfort animal is ONLY permitted in your room and outside. It is NOT permitted in other residential areas, classrooms, cafeteria, recreational areas, or administration buildings.

 

Shots. You have to produce documentation that your comfort animal it up to date on all of its vaccinations.

 

Registration. You may send a photo of your comfort animal to Student Affairs so we can make it an ID card.  Then, if someone inquires about your comfort animal, you can easily show your animal is permitted on campus.

 

Leashes. All pets must be on a leash when outside of the room where they reside.  Regardless of how well-behaved and well-loved your pet is, for the safety of everyone it must be on a leash.

 

Dog-sitting. Unfortunately, your comfort animal is not permitted in other residential spaces, dog-sitting in the residence halls is not permitted.

 

Damages. Pets are curious, and sadly, understand limited English, so training them can take a long time with many mishaps.  Despite that, any damage your animal creates on campus is your financial responsibility.

 

What happens if I don’t do those things listed under “responsibilities”?

If you fail to be a responsible pet owner as outlined above, your comfort-animal status will be revoked.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Campus community mourns loss of beloved Chaplain Mark Stokes

Campus community mourns loss of beloved Chaplain Mark Stokes

Posted on 27 October 2015 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Mark Stokes was known for his quick wit and good nature. A trustee has reflected that "just seeing his warm smile, genuine greeting and interest in you is God’s message to all of us. Thank you Mark for living God’s message of loving others."

The Tusculum College community suffered the loss of one of its most respected and beloved members with the passing of Chaplain Mark Stokes on the evening of October 13.

Both Mark and his wife, Jeanne, are among the most well known and respected representatives of Tusculum College in the community at large. In his 26 years at Tusculum, Mark provided leadership in a variety of areas at Tusculum including admission, student affairs, development and facilities management and had been commissioned as chaplain in February 2014. Jeanne Stokes joined Tusculum more than 20 years ago and serves as the director of the TRIO Programs.

“Mark Stokes made an incredible impact on Tusculum College, this community and the lives of all those with whom he came into contact,” said Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum. “Mark’s faith served as a beacon for others and his smile a light of friendship.  He was solid, quick with a laugh and worked as hard as he could to get the things done he was asked to do. He was part of the ‘Over the Hill’ gang who came to breathe life back into Tusculum College when it needed it badly and was the last of those to remain here.

“In his more than 25 years at the College, Mark was a chameleon, doing whatever task was needed to be done to advance the College as long as it was moral, ethical and legal. He was beloved by all and made a special place in his heart for students. As chaplain he became known for having an open door to our students, providing an ear when they were in times of trouble, indecision or crisis. He and Jeanne on several occasions opened their home to students in need. He was so well suited in his final role at the college, as chaplain and liaison for community relations. It just suited him. He was a true representative of Tusculum College. He was the kind of person that just cannot be replaced.”

Stokes came to Tusculum in 1989 as vice president of enrollment management, heading Tusculum’s admission efforts. Through the years, he also headed student affairs, institutional advancement, facilities management and served as vice president of administration, overseeing such diverse areas as the museums, information systems and building projects.

In addition, Stokes served Tusculum as its primary liaison with the Presbyterian Church USA for many years. He attended meetings of the Holston Presbytery and Presbytery of East Tennessee as Tusculum’s representative, served on committees of both presbyteries and helped coordinate College Days for both presbyteries, in which representatives from Tusculum would speak about the College during church services. He coordinated the annual Theologian-in-Residence lecture series for many years. He also coordinated the updating and renewal of covenants between the College and the Holston Presbytery, the Presbytery of East Tennessee and the Synod of Living Waters.

Mark Stokes was recognized for 25 years of service of Tusculum College in 2014. He is wearing a stole that was made for him to celebrate his commissioning as chaplain.

After the retirement of long-time chaplain Dr. Steve Weisz, Stokes assumed responsibility for weekly chapel services and special services for Christmas and Easter as part of his duties as then director of church and community relations. He also began three years of study to be commissioned as a Ruling Elder (formerly known as a Lay Pastor) in Holston Presbytery and the Presbyterian Church (USA). After commissioning as a Ruling Elder, he was commissioned as chaplain at Tusculum in February 2014 and again during the Tusculum College Sunday service at First Presbyterian Church of Greeneville the following April.

Stokes was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church in Greeneville, serving in important leadership roles there as well including elder, teacher and choir member.

He was also well known in the community for his significant roles in the Kiwanis Club of Greeneville, as a member of the Green Coat Committee of the Greene County Partnership and other community organizations. Stokes served twice as president of the Greeneville Kiwanis Club and was a former Lt. Governor of the Kiwanis division of which the local club is part.

A memorial service for Stokes on campus is being planned and will be announced once details are confirmed.

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Tusculum benefactor Verna June Meen remembered for ‘pioneering’ life

Tusculum benefactor Verna June Meen remembered for ‘pioneering’ life

Posted on 27 October 2015 by eestes@tusculum.edu

In 2013, Verna June Meen was presented with the Distinguished Service Award during the President's Dinner. Presenting the award were Dr. Kenneth Bowman '70, chair of the College's Board of Trustees, and Dr. Nancy B. Moody, Tusculum's president.

One of Tusculum College’s most recent benefactors, Verna June Meen, passed away Saturday, Oct. 24, after a sudden illness.

Two weeks ago, Meen had attended a “topping out” ceremony for the new Center for Science and Math, which is named for her and her husband, and signed a steel beam that is now part of the framework for the highest point of the four-story building under construction.

Although coming late in her life, her relationship with Tusculum College was a natural as  Meen was a true “pioneer” throughout her life. Meen was born in Wolcottsville, Ind., with a strong sense of how education could change a person’s life. At a time when few women attended college, she set her sights on an accounting degree at Indiana University. With $80 and a merit scholarship, Meen set out to finance her education and worked her way through school, earning top marks. She worked hard, eventually graduating in two and two-thirds year.

Following graduation, Meen was highly recruited, receiving three job offers before earning her degree. Of the offers, she was most interested in one from Eastman Chemical Company, which she knew to be a good company. She looked up Kingsport on a map, accepted the position and found herself transplanted to East Tennessee as the very first female accountant at Eastman. She also purchased land, designed the house she would live in until her death and paid for its construction. Meen was independent and a woman of her own means.

She met Dr. Ronald Meen, a graduate of Toronto University, early in their years at Eastman. Dr. Meen was an organic dye chemist who courted her for years. She turned down his proposals of marriage, as she did not want to burden him with the responsibility of caring for her mother. However, shortly after the passing of her mother, Dr. Meen presented her a ring and asked her again. Not long thereafter she agreed and they were married. The two shared a life together that included summer trips to Canada, his home country, reading on the back deck and taking boat rides on Muskoka Lake. She also took care of his mother in her later years, initially staying with her in Canada before bringing her to Tennessee where she cared care for her in her home. Their marriage lasted until his death in 2008.

Meen signs the steel beam during the "topping out" ceremony for the new Center for Science and Math.

In her later years, Meen was a significant philanthropist, providing generous support to many non-profits in East Tennessee as well as Tusculum. Meen wanted to contribute to Tusculum as a way to honor her husband and provide educational opportunities for others, and the Ronald H. and Verna June Center for Math and Science will open in September 2016. She also established the Verna June Meen Endowed Scholarship Fund to be used primarily for female accounting majors and the Ronald H. Meen Endowed Distinguished Professorship in Chemistry. With her generosity, she became one of Tusculum’s benefactors, a term used to describe those who have given a total of $1 million or more to the College.

 

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Teffeteller wins full tuition scholarship in “Finish Strong” essay competition

Teffeteller wins full tuition scholarship in “Finish Strong” essay competition

Posted on 23 October 2015 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Aimee Teffeteller, right, was the grand prize winner of a full tuition scholarship at Tusculum College. At left is LeAnn Hughes, vice president of marketing and enrollment management at Tusculum College.

Aimee Teffeteller of Townsend was the winner of a full tuition scholarship to Tusculum College in the “Finish Strong” essay competition. Winners and finalists were announced on Thursday, Oct. 22, at Tusculum College’s Knoxville Regional Center.

“We are pleased to announce the winner and to welcome her to the Tusculum College family,” said LeAnn Hughes, vice president for enrollment management and marketing at Tusculum College. “The Tusculum College Finish Strong Scholarship Giveaway recognizes the hard work and sacrifices our adult students put forth when returning to school to finish their degree.”
She added, “Tusculum has always been committed to providing education to the community in meaningful ways. As the first in the region to offer accredited adult-oriented degree programs, we furthered our commitment to making lifelong education possible for those living in the communities we serve.

“Balancing work, family and school can be challenging, and our adult students put in a great deal of time, effort, heart and soul to fulfill their dream of a college degree. This Scholarship Giveaway is a great opportunity for the Tusculum community to honor these Pioneers who go the extra mile to further the future of their families.”
First runner up and finalists were also announced and received recognition. First runner up was Donnie Todd Spence of Sevierville. Finalists were Deanna Hutcheson of Kingston, Joshua Higgins of Maryville and Keith Phillips of LaFollette.

 

Finish Strong finalists included, from left, Todd Spence, Aimee Teffeteller, Joshua Higgins, Deanna Hutcheson and Keith Phillips.

“While it is our extreme pleasure to be able to offer this scholarship to the winner, it was not easy to choose one from the five worthy finalists. We hope that each of you will continue to seek out ways to attain your degree because you all exhibit qualities key to succeeding: perseverance, strong work ethic and an unwavering commitment to your goal,” said Hughes.
In her winning essay, Teffeteller wrote about turning dreams into plans, sharing how obtaining her bachelor’s degree would mean she would finally have a career, instead of a job. As a single mother to her 7-year-old daughter, she works two jobs to help make sure her child’s needs are met.

Her passion is working with children and she works as a bus driver for Blount County Schools during the morning and afternoon and, in between, she works as a Special Education teaching assistant at Mary Blount Elementary School. Her hope is to attain her degree so that she may become a licensed teacher.

She shared that, “There are few things more gratifying than the look of pride and excitement on a child’s face the first time they realize that they ‘got it’.” Exhibiting true determination to achieve her degree, she went on to state that, “…the question is not if I will complete my degree, but when.”

Getting people back to school to finish their degrees is life changing, said Lindsey Seal, director of Graduate and Professional Studies enrollment. “Through this essay contest, we learned individual stories of our students and hope to be able to share them with others who wish to follow in their footsteps.”

The grand prize package consists of a tuition-paid scholarship to one of Tusculum College’s degree-completion programs which can be redeemed at any of the Knoxville, Morristown or Greeneville locations and can be applied to pay all of the regular tuition charges for an undergraduate degree-completion program in business administration, management, interdisciplinary studies (education, K-5) and psychology,  behavioral health concentration.

For more information on Tusculum’s degree programs of financial aid, contact the Admissions Office at 888.488.7285.

 

 

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Theatre-at-Tusculum’s performance of ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ to open Nov. 13

Theatre-at-Tusculum’s performance of ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ to open Nov. 13

Posted on 16 October 2015 by eestes@tusculum.edu

A flying car will take center stage as Theatre-at-Tusculum presents Ian Fleming’s “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” as its annual fall musical production.

The musical is the stage adaptation of the 1968 film starring Dick Van Dyke who played the lead character Caractus Potts. The film and subsequent stage adaptation are based on the novel, “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Magical Car,” a children’s story by author Ian Fleming, who is probably best known for his James Bond novels.

Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. on Nov.13-14, 19-21 and at 2 p.m. on Nov. 15 and 22 in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on the Tusculum College campus.

Caractus Potts, portrayed by Chris Greene, and Truly Scrumptious, played by Audrey Shoemaker, rehearse “Doll on a Music Box” from the upcoming Theatre-at-Tusculum’s production of “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.”

The story follows Caractus Potts, a widower, who is being brought to life by Theatre-at-Tusculum veteran, Chris Greene, and his two children, Jeremy and Jemima Potts, played by Jackson Beddingfield and Mylee Doty respectively. Beddingfield and Doty were last seen on the stage in the Theatre-at-Tusculum production of “How to Eat Like a Child and Other Lessons in Not Being a Grown-Up.”  Audiences may also remember Beddingfield from his role as Tiny Tim in “A Christmas Carol” and Doty from her role as Tassel in “The Addams Family Musical.”

Other main characters include Grandpa Potts, played by Wess duBrisk’ Truly Scrumptious played by Audrey Shoemaker’ Baron and Baroness Bomburst of Vulgaria played by Tom Sizemore and Sandy Nienaber, the Toymaker played by Angela Willis, and the wicked Childcatcher played by Margo Olmsted. Bringing added fun and laughter to the production are Vulgarian Captain played by Mike Willis and his two Vulgarian Soldiers played by Kendra Tarlton and Casey Martha as well as Vulgarian Spies, Boris and Goran, played by Jeff Ward and Brian Ricker.

The cast includes an adult ensemble of 24 playing various roles including an English crowd at the 1910 British Grand Prix, workers in a candy factored owned by Lord Scrumptious (played by Richard Schuech), a Fun Fair crowd and ‘Morris Men’ dancers, a group of ancient inventors, and lords, ladies, and townspeople of the fictional nation of Vulgaria.

A junior ensemble made up of 32 children portray Fun Fair crowd children and the poor banished children of Vulgaria who are in hiding from the Childcatcher who has been employed by the Baroness of Vulgaria who has banished children from the nation.

Leading the production team are Director Marilyn duBrisk and Assistant Director Brian Ricker.

With a cast of nearly 70 and several cast members playing multiple roles, Costume Director Barbara Holt and her team of volunteers have been busy preparing over 140 costumes for the production.

Rehearsing a scene from “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” in which Grandpa Potts is in danger of being beheaded by the sinister Baron and his soldiers are, from left, Mike Willis as a Vulgarian captain, Tom Sizemore as Baron Bomburst, Casey Martha as a Vulgarian soldier, Wess duBrisk as Grandpa Potts, and kneeling is Kendra Tarlton as a Vulgarian soldier.

Costuming is not the only massive undertaking with this production as Technical Director, Frank Mengel, with help from local artist Garry Renfro and volunteers, have tackled the challenge of creating a world that includes turn-of-the-century England, the fictional country of Vulgaria, and of course, a flying car. Stage Managers, Jim Holt and Suzanne Greene are charged with the task of running the show and all its technical intricacies. Props will be managed by Hannah Faith Rader and Kayeanna Olmsted, with help from props gatherer Sandy Nienaber.

Choreographer Kim Berry has been busy creating several dance sequences that include many styles of dance, including traditional English Morris Men dancing, tap, and Samba, just to name a few.

Musical Director Angie Clendenon with assistance from accompanist Kasie Shelnutt and percussionist David Price have been working hard to bring the well-known score to the stage including the Academy Award nominated song, “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.”

Music and lyrics in the score were written by famed Disney composers Richard M. Sherman and Robert M. Sherman whose work include the musical scores to “Mary Poppins,” “The Parent Trap,” “The Jungle Book” and “Bedknobs and Broomsticks.” The film’s script was written by Roald Dahl (“Matilda,” “James and the Giant Peach,” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”) and Ken Hughes, who also directed the film. Music and lyrics were written by famed Disney composers Richard M. Sherman and Robert M. Sherman whose work include the musical scores to “Mary Poppins,” “The Parent Trap,” “The Jungle Book” and “Bedknobs and Broomsticks.” The film was adapted for stage by Jeremy Sams and the music is presented through special arrangement with Sony/ATV Publishing

Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors (60 and over) and $5 for children (12 and under). Tickets may be reserved by calling Tusculum College Arts Outreach at 423-798-1620 or by e-mailing Box Office Manager Jennifer Hollowell at jhollowell@tusculum.edu.

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Tusculum holds “topping out” ceremony for Meen Center for Science and Math

Tusculum holds “topping out” ceremony for Meen Center for Science and Math

Posted on 15 October 2015 by eestes@tusculum.edu

A milestone in the construction of the Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math at Tusculum College was celebrated Oct.15 in a “topping out” ceremony.

The ceremony culminated in the placement of two beams at the topmost point of the building. One of the beams was signed during the ceremony by Verna June Meen, who gave a $3.875 million towards the building’s construction and Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of the college.

Verna June Meen, a significant donor to the construction of the new Center for Science and Math at Tusculum College, signs the topping beam.

“These kinds of accomplishments take teams of people to bring about,” said Dr. Nancy B. Moody. “This building will be here for years to come and have an immeasurable impact. What we are doing will change lives.”

Attending the brief ceremony were Tusculum students, faculty, staff and members of the college’s Board of Trustees, as well co-workers of Dr. Ronald H. Meen at Eastman Chemical during his career there.

Attached to the steel beams were steel plates containing signatures of Tusculum students, faculty, staff, alumni and trustees, as well as community members. The plates were available for faculty, staff and trustees to sign at a campus event last week. Students, alumni and community members were able to sign a plate during the Homecoming football game on Oct. 10, and students were provided an opportunity to sign it earlier this week as well.

The beams also contain two quotes. “Sit Lux,” the college’s motto that is part of the Tusculum seal, was painted on the smaller beam. A Latin phrase, it can be translated as “let there be light” or “be the light.”

The larger beam contains the quote, “Join hands and heart in our mission to develop educated citizens distinguished by academic excellence, public service, and qualities of Judeo-Christian character,” from the Rev. Dr. Angus Shaw, a life trustee of the college.

Also affixed to the beam were an American flag and a cedar tree, which reflect long-standing traditions of topping out ceremonies that have their origins in early northern Europe. The placing of the tree on the beam can be traced back to Scandinavia and has come to represent good fortune for the occupants of the building. In America, it also can be traced back to an acknowledgment of a Native American belief that no structure should be taller than a tree.

The placement of the flag is an American tradition that dates back more than a century. When steel framing became popular, the flags were placed to show patriotism, to represent the American dream, to thank American soldiers and to acknowledge a foundational product made in the U.S.A.

The topping beam for the Dr. Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math at Tusculum College was capped off with a cedar tree and an American flag.

The two beams were placed at the center of the building and provide the framing for one of the architectural design features of the building, an arched entryway. Work continues on the steel framing of the building by the contractors, Rentenbach Constructors Incorporated. Construction on the building began in early May. The construction progress can be viewed on the Tusculum College web site at http://my.tusculum.edu/cam/.

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 will feature 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.

The building’s construction is part of the Tusculum First Campaign, which seeks to provide students with the best possible living and learning communities, innovative and responsive academic programs, and expanded opportunities for students to become engaged as global citizens. For more information on how to contribute to the campaign, contact Heather Patchett, vice president for Institutional Advancement, directly by calling 423-636-7303 or 1-800-729-0256 ext. 5303 or by emailing hpatchett@tusculum.edu.

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