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Parents and relatives invited to campus for Family Weekend 2017

Parents and relatives invited to campus for Family Weekend 2017

Posted on 15 September 2017 by



In addition to registering with the Office of Alumni Engagement at 423-636-7303 or, registration is also available through this online form. Events with a fee can be paid the day of the event.

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More than 700 put in day of service as part of ‘Nettie Day’

More than 700 put in day of service as part of ‘Nettie Day’

Posted on 14 September 2017 by

Tusculum students paint the rails along a handicapped ramp at Calvary Baptist Church as part of the annual Nettie Fowler McCormick Service Day. Students also painted interior hallways and rooms as well as update some of the landscaping around the church’s sign.

More than 700 students, faculty, staff and alumni of Tusculum College fanned out into the region on Wednesday to provide a day of service through helping others and improving the community.

All freshmen and first-year transfer students participated in Nettie Fowler McCormick Service Day as part of the Tusculum Experience course. Many other students, faculty, staff and alumni also pitched in totaling 726 participants working at 36 locations, including volunteers from the Knoxville Regional Center and the Greeneville campus, according to Dr. Ronda Gentry, director of the Center for Civic Advancement and coordinator of the event. This was the largest participation for a Nettie Service Day in more than a decade.

Nettie Fowler McCormick Service Day is one of the longest-held traditions on the Tusculum campus and involves students spending time in service to others. Some of the projects that the students undertook included working with local non-profit organizations, cleaning public spaces and working with local schools.

“Today we celebrate what Tusculum does and what it means to be a Tusculum Pioneer,” said Dr. Gentry. “Nettie Day serves as an introduction to our new students and a reminder to our entire community of the importance and value of community involvement.”

In the morning kick-off session, Dr. Gentry told the group that what they would do today would impact tens of thousands of lives.

This year, Nettie Day participants helped numerous organizations, including Rural Resources, the Greeneville/Greene County Humane Society, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Greeneville Theatre Guild, the Oaks Retreat Center, local parks and several schools. Service activities were also conducted on the Tusculum campus.

Nettie Fowler McCormick Service Day, which is conducted under the auspices of the Center for Civic Advancement, honors the memory and altruistic way of life of Nettie Fowler McCormick, widow of reaper inventor Cyrus McCormick, who was a 19th century supporter and advocate of Tusculum College. The McCormicks, staunch Presbyterians from Chicago, learned of Tusculum College through Tusculum graduates who attended their McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago and became some of the most significant donors in the college’s history.

One of the most recognizable landmarks along Snapp Ferry Road in Greeneville was the focus of one of the service projects at the American Legion Post 64 by Tusculum College students as part of Nettie Day.

Nettie McCormick is recognized as the college’s first benefactor, a term that in Tusculum usage denotes a donor whose cumulative gifts total at least $1 million. Nettie McCormick funded construction of several of Tusculum’s historic structures, including Haynes Hall, Rankin Hall, Welty-Craig Hall, Virginia Hall and McCormick Hall, which is named after the McCormick family.

McCormick Day, now often informally called Nettie Day at the college, began as a day of cleaning the campus in reflection of Nettie McCormick’s insistence on clean living environments. The day has evolved to take on a more generalized community service emphasis.






rimming trees at Oak Grove Cemetery in downtown Greeneville was one of the projects for Tusculum’s annual service day.






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‘Breakneck Hamlet’ to bring a high energy version of Shakespeare’s classic play to the stage

‘Breakneck Hamlet’ to bring a high energy version of Shakespeare’s classic play to the stage

Posted on 07 September 2017 by

Tim Mooney will bring his one-hour, high energy version of one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays to the stage at Tusculum College with the presentation of “Breakneck Hamlet” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 19, in the Behan Arena Theatre on campus.

Tim Mooney will bring his one-hour, high energy version of Hamlet to the stage Tuesday, Sept. 19, at Tusculum College.

Mooney’s “Breakneck Hamlet” will be presented at 7 p.m. in the Behan Arena Theatre on the lower level (side entrance) of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on the Tusculum campus. The performance is part of the 2017-18 Acts, Arts, Academia performance and lecture series, coordinated by Tusculum Arts Outreach.

Mooney has “recklessly sliced” his “Breakneck Hamlet” from Shakespeare’s original, cutting a four-hour play to a single hour with a single actor. This “breakneck” performance reveals Hamlet as a thrilling chameleon, with an immense intellectual capacity and a hilarious, wicked sense of humor. Rather than the melancholy Dane of more traditional interpretations of the play, Mooney’s Hamlet is a man of action with barely a second-long pause throughout.

The Chicago-based actor is a veteran of over 50 fringe festivals and 15 years of touring colleges and high schools across the US with popular one-man shows. “Breakneck Hamlet” is Mooney’s eighth (and he describes as best) one-man play, following, “Moliere than Thou,” “Lot o’ Shakespeare” (one monologue from each of Shakespeare’s plays), and “The Greatest Speech of All Time,” which included historical speeches ranging from Socrates to Martin Luther King, Jr.

Mooney has adapted 17 of the plays of Molière and is the author of the acting textbook, “Acting at the Speed of Life; Conquering Theatrical Style.” Mooney’s skill at turning rhetorical complexity into theatrical power gets its greatest test with “Hamlet.” (He has, in fact, published his complete adaptation, along with a facing-page concordance including research and acting notes, as “The Breakneck Hamlet Companion,” available via Amazon.)

“I was inspired to bring substance and passion to the soliloquies and great speeches (while bridging the gaps of the ongoing action with a playful, snarky commentary that I can’t quite resist),” Mooney says of “Breakneck Hamlet.”

“The intent is to add by subtraction,” he continues. “By removing a dozen actors and three hours of melancholy, we surface the power that the original Elizabethan audience must have felt. It gives the modern audience access to what is generally considered the greatest play of all time. We are suddenly more aware of a delicate and dangerous political battle, between two equally powerful, and equally aware players fighting over who gets to be king.”

Admission to the play is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 60 and over, and $5 for children 12 and under. Special discounts for adult or senior tickets are available for groups of 15 or more.

The Acts, Arts, Academia performance and lecture series is supported by Tusculum Arts Outreach, Hearts for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, the late Dr. Sam Miller in memory of Agnes Ault Miller and generous donors and volunteers.

To reserve tickets or for more information, contact Arts Outreach at 423-798-1620 or email


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Dr. James Hurley named 28th president of Tusculum College

Dr. James Hurley named 28th president of Tusculum College

Posted on 27 August 2017 by

Dr. James Hurley has been named the 28th president of Tusculum College. He will begin his tenure on Oct. 1. Dr. Hurley was selected after a nationwide search that was initiated following the retirement announcement by current president Dr. Nancy B. Moody earlier this year.

The announcement came after a called meeting of the Tusculum College Board of Trustees on Saturday, Aug. 26, on the main campus in Greeneville.

Dr. Hurley comes to Tusculum from Lincoln Memorial University where he served as executive vice president, dean of the School of Business and professor of leadership and education. Under his guidance, LMU enrolled its largest class, added many new academic programs and the School of Business grew by more than 60 percent.

Dr. Hurley previously served as president of his alma mater, the University of Pikeville. During his tenure, UPIKE achieved its largest enrollment in history, experienced unprecedented programmatic growth and was named the 20th fastest-growing college in the U.S. by “The Chronicle of Higher Education.” Dr. Hurley’s vision and leadership resulted in three new colleges during his presidency including the Coleman College of Business, the Patton College of Education and the Kentucky College of Optometry. A successful fundraiser, Dr. Hurley launched an ambitious capital campaign, raising and securing more than $62 million.

Dr. James Hurley

“We are excited to announce that Dr.  Hurley has been named president of the college and will lead us into the next phase of Tusculum College history,” said Dr. Kenneth A. Bowman, chair of the Board of Trustees. “We are extremely confident in his ability and excited by his enthusiasm to become part of the Tusculum legacy.”

Throughout his 20-year career in education, Dr. Hurley has served as instructor, professor, dean, vice president and president. He has had extensive and varied experience at private, liberal arts, faith-based institutions and has shown an understanding of the challenges facing higher education, such as the increasingly competitive environment in which these institutions must simultaneously attract, retain and graduate students, as well as stabilize their fiscal health, grow their academic portfolio, and raise additional external funds.

“Dr. Hurley’s outstanding track record of executive leadership and administration has led to significant enrollment growth, faculty excellence, new programs and financial stability in the institutions he has served in his career,” said Dr. Greg Nelson, chairman of the Search Committee and member of the Tusculum College Board of Trustees. “His strong demonstrated capability to connect with students, faculty, staff and the greater community was evident to our entire Tusculum community during his campus visit. Not only does James bring a high energy level, knowledge, and passion for higher education in the Appalachian region, he also brings a strong network of regional and national leaders which will greatly benefit Tusculum College.”

Dr. Hurley holds a doctoral degree from Morehead State University in education leadership and finance; a Rank 1 Certification from the University of Kentucky in educational supervision; a Master of Science in education degree from Indiana University, and a bachelor’s degree in business education and management from Pikeville College. He has also completed the Institute for Presidential Leadership at Harvard University and received a certificate in higher education management from Vanderbilt University.

“I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to lead Tennessee’s oldest college with its rich history, heritage and commitment to higher education in Appalachia. I was drawn to Tusculum because of its intentional mission of educating first-generation college students, the deliberate focus on the Civic Arts and deeply committed trustees, faculty and staff. Tusculum is a special place with a prolific history and a bright future,” Dr. Hurley said. “My family and I are eager to join the Greeneville community and will pour our hearts and souls into strengthening Pioneer Nation.”

Dr. Hurley is committed to the community and region through service on nonprofit boards and community participation, which will continue throughout the Tri-Cities region. Dr. Hurley has extensive experience in globalization and diversity efforts. He has expanded international student opportunities and international campus partnerships on every campus he has served.

“Throughout his tenure at LMU, Dr. Hurley was integral in growing the university, strengthening our high-quality curriculum and recruiting excellent faculty and staff to improve our academic community. On behalf of LMU, I wish him well and offer him any support we can give,” said LMU Chairman Autry O.V. “Pete” DeBusk.

Dr. Hurley and his wife, Kindall, are expecting a child in the New Year, joining sons, Drew and Carter.

Also at the meeting on Saturday, Dr. Moody was recognized by the Board of Trustees by with the distinction of President Emerita.

“Through her tenure, Dr. Moody has provided strong and capable leadership to the institution and her students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends as the first female president,” said Dr. Bowman. “Under her guidance, the college has served its students to a greater and unequaled sense of accomplishment than ever before, and she has embraced the opportunity to encourage faculty, staff, students and volunteers to push Tusculum College forward through creative teaching and learning, responsible stewardship and a renewed commitment to service and civic engagement.

“Dr. Moody has led Tusculum College into a new era of growth and expansion, in terms of bricks and mortar, academic programs and opportunities, and fiscal responsibility. During Dr. Moody’s tenure the college has completed the most successful fund raising campaign in its history, raising more than $26 million, has constructed two new apartment-style residence halls, a 100,000 square foot, state-of-the art science building, and has increased the endowment by more than $6 million. The Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math will impact math, science, computer science, biology, chemistry, environmental science and nursing students for generations to come. Dr. Moody’s warm relationship with Verna June Meen has led to the naming of the building, the development of an endowed scholarship and an endowed professorship.”

Dr. Bowman added that he and the Board of Trustees fully expect Dr. Moody will continue to advocate for the growth and development of Tusculum College and her students long into the future.


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2017-18 Acts, Arts, Academia series to feature a variety of stage and musical performances

2017-18 Acts, Arts, Academia series to feature a variety of stage and musical performances

Posted on 14 August 2017 by

Everything from Shakespeare with a twist to the musical Oliver to a nationally known a cappella vocal group will be featured in the 2017-18 Acts, Arts, Academia performance and lecture series at Tusculum College.

The Acts, Arts, Academia performance and lecture series is a program of Tusculum College Arts Outreach and supported by the late Dr. Sam Miller in memory of Agnes Ault Miller, Hearts for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, Arts Outreach and generous donors and volunteers.

The series begins with a performance on Wednesday, Aug. 16, by MO5AIC, an a cappella vocal group, which has appeared on “America’s Got Talent” and won the “Top Pop Group” talent competition on MTV and also won the CBS News’ The Early Show’s nationwide search for the next great a cappella group.

MO5AIC, who will be appearing in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on campus, performs a unique blend of R&B, pop, rock, jazz, big band and Top 40 songs with a twist. Offering a different face of a cappella music, the five-man group performs with no instruments, using just their voices and microphones to create a full sound that has audiences frequently puzzled about where the band is.

The Acts, Arts, Academia series will continue on Tuesday, Sept. 19, with “Breakneck Hamlet,” a whirlwind of a performance by Tim Mooney of the popular Shakespeare stage classic. The performance will be in the Behan Arena Theatre, located in the lower level of the Annie Hogan Byrd building.

The 2017-18 Acts, Arts, Academia series at Tusculum College will begin with a performance by MO5AIC a cappella vocal group on Wednesday, Aug. 16, left, and Tim Mooney’s “Breakneck Hamlet” on Tuesday, Sept. 19.

On Oct. 11, the stage in the Behan Arena Theatre will come again to life with an evening of improvisation. Blue Plate Special’s “Improv Night in the BAT!” brings the popular group, who perform regularly in downtown Greeneville, to campus for an evening of fun and the unexpected.

Theatre-at-Tusculum will bring Lionel Bart’s musical, “Oliver” to the stage in November. Performances are scheduled for Nov. 10-12 and 16-19 in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium.

Christmas will be celebrated in performances by the Tusculum College Band Program and Tusculum College Community Chorus. The band program’s annual holiday concert will be on

Thursday, Nov. 30, in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium. The Community Chorus’ Christmas concert will follow on Monday, Dec. 4, also in the auditorium.

The first performance in 2018 will be Central Ballet Theatre’s presentation of “The Twelve Dancing Princesses.”  Performances are scheduled for Jan. 26-28 in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium.

“The Legacy of the Late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia” will be the topic of a lecture Tuesday, Feb. 6, by Dr. David Scott, an instructor in political science at Tusculum.

Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” will be Theatre-at-Tusculum’s spring production. Performances are scheduled for Feb. 23-25 and March 2-4 in the Behan Arena Theatre.

The Tusculum Band’s winter concert is scheduled Tuesday, Feb. 27, in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium.

Acts, Arts, Academia’s series continues on Tuesday, March 20, with the lecture, “Upstream Approaches to Preventing Human Trafficking.” Featured speaker will be Dr. Hannah Britton, director of the Center for the Study of Injustice, and of the Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Initiative at the University of Kansas.

Special youth performances will be the highlight of the GLAWPIGT (Great Literature Alive, Well, Playing in Greeneville, Tennessee) Showcase during the Old Oak Festival. Performances will be April 20-22 in the Behan Arena Theatre.

The series will conclude with the spring concerts by the Tusculum Community Chorus and the Band Program. The Community Chorus will perform on Monday, April 23, and the band program’s presentation will be Thursday, April 26.

Admission to the events is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors above the age of 60 and $5 for children 12 years of age and under except for the Central Ballet Theatre performance, the lectures, the GLAWPIGT Showcase and the Tusculum Community Chorus and Band Program concerts. Admission to the Central Ballet performances will be $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. For the GLAWPIGT Showcase, as well as the Supreme Court and human trafficking lectures, admission will be $7. Admission is free for the Tusculum Band Program and the Tusculum Community Chorus concerts.

For more information on any of these events, call Tusculum College Arts Outreach at 423-798-1620 or email


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Vocal Group MO5AIC to perform Aug. 16

Vocal Group MO5AIC to perform Aug. 16

Posted on 10 August 2017 by

MO5AIC, who have been described by Tony Bennett as the “best vocal group I’ve heard,” will perform at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 16, in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on the Tusculum College campus.

MO5AIC, described by Tony Bennett as “the best vocal group I’ve heard,” will bring their special brand of music to the stage at Tusculum College on Wednesday, Aug. 16.

The five-man vocal group will be performing at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on the Tusculum campus. The performance will be the first in the 2017-18 Acts, Arts, Academia performance and lecture series, coordinated by Tusculum Arts Outreach.

MO5AIC performs a unique blend of R&B, pop, rock, jazz, big band and Top 40 songs with a twist. Offering a different face of a cappella music, the five-man group performs with no instruments, using just their voices and microphones to create a full sound that has audiences frequently puzzled about where the band is. MO5AIC features Josh Huslig, Heath Burgett, Jake Moulton, Corwyn Hodge and Roopak Ahuja. The group was started by Huslig, who was turned on to vocal music when he heard Prince’s “7” in high school and realized that the voice can be just as an interesting as the instruments accompanying it.

As the vocalists came together, their talent first received widespread attention when they submitted a video to CBS News’ The Early Show, which was conducting a nationwide search for
The Great A cappella Group.” The contest was judged by personal heroes of the members of MO5AIC, Boyz II Men, and they won.

In 2008, MO5AIC earned more attention and accolades through MTV’s “Top Pop Group,” talent show. While the contestants were to be pop groups, MO5AIC found themselves as the only a cappella group competing and had to fight to keep their all-vocal sound when asked to use instruments by the show’s executives. MO5AIC won the contest, much to the surprise of those executives.

The group has opened for such acts as Stevie Wonder, Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas, Jay Leno and the late Prince and appeared on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” MO5AIC’s talent also landed them a residency headlining the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas.

Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $5 for students.

The Acts, Arts, Academia performance and lecture series is supported by Tusculum Arts Outreach, Hearts for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, the late Dr. Sam Miller in memory of Agnes Ault Miller and generous donors and volunteers.

To reserve tickets or for more information, contact Arts Outreach at 423-798-1620 or email



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Tusculum Alumni Night at the Astros scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 22

Tusculum Alumni Night at the Astros scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 22

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Spring 2017 Dean’s List announced

Spring 2017 Dean’s List announced

Posted on 23 May 2017 by

The Tusculum College academic honors lists have been announced for the spring 2017 semester recognizing undergraduate students for their academic achievements.

Tusculum recognizes its students for academic achievements through three academic honors lists – the Dean’s List, the President’s List and the Charles Oliver Gray Scholars List.

The Dean’s List includes full-time students who have earned a 3.5 grade point average or higher during a semester. Students must complete 12 or more hours for the semester term to be included on the Dean’s List.

The President’s List includes those students who have earned a 4.0 grade point average during the semester while taking at least 12 or more hours for the term. 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 20-17 Dean’s List that includes both  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 +.

2017 Spring Dean’s List

Kristopher Scott Adams+

Shawn Travis Adcox

Ashley Elizabeth Akins*

Caleb Alder+

Dax Aleman+

Brandon Lee Alexander*+

Jennifer Rene Alfter+

Makenzi Lynn Alley*+

Evan R. Altizer*+

Jorge Alvarez

Ivan Andabak+

Morgan Tara Anderson

Katja Sabina Elisabeth Andersson*+

Ashley Marie Andrukonis

Amy Lee Anthony

Alicia Renea Armstrong

Hannah Beth Arnett+

Jaime Lee Arnold*

Eleonora Surenovna Assadova+

Charles Tyler Bailey

Kyle Bailey

Sarah Ann Baker+

Caleb Chance Bales

Brandon L. Ball+

Kevin Ray Ball

Sonja Ballmert+

Crystal Annette Banken+

Mindy Michelle Barton+

Seth Stanley Batsel

Taylor Alexandria N. Battle+

McKenzie Beavers+

Cheyenne Nicole Beeler*+

Keegan Michael William Bell+

Timothy Christian Bell+

Bryant Benitez+

Brian James Bennett+

Evan Tyler Bjarnason

Sheila D. Blair+

Christina Michelle Blevins+

Crystal Susan Boatman

William Henry Boney

Wesley Lynn Book

Courtney Elaine Booth+

Matthew Tyler Booth

Cassandra Marie Born

Dalton Thomas Boslooper+

Sarah Lynn Bouley

Melvin Christopher Bowen

Jule Brass*+

Alexander Neil Briggs*+

Brittany Starr Bright+

Brittani Allyn Brooks+

Bobbi Jean Brown+

David Bryan Brown+

Kaitlin Brooke Brown+

Lindsey Celeste Brown

William Gary Brown+

Jonathan Wayne Bryant+

Melissa Bryant

Sarah Ruth Buel*

Timothy Adam Bumgarner+

Lara Gail Burchfield*+

Christina Angela Burton

Stephanie Lynn Burton

Judith Cahansa Butler+

Lindsay Ann Butler*+

Melissa Kay Callahan+

Camille Nicole Calloway

Brandi Leigh Campbell

Corey Robert Cantrell

Hunter Mason Cantrell

Bradley Mitchell Capps*

Gary Lee Capps+

Jessie Leonard Carey+

Erin Helene Carmody+

Cathryn Carol Carpenter+

Ethan Wayne Carpenter

Laura Kaye Carr+

Michelle Carver+

Callie S. Casteel+

Matthew Keith Church+

Savannah Hope Clabough+

Alyssa M. Clifton*+

Melinda Marie Clonce

Christopher Murray Cochrane

Stephanie Leanne Cockrum

Tiffany Rose Cockrum+

Denise Nicole Coffey*

Angel Marie Cogdill

Stacey Coggins*+

Brittanee Danyell Collins

Chelsea Breanne Collins+

Robert Earl Colquitt+

Chad Dewayne Colvin

Dustin Daniel Conway+

Jeremy Brent Cooper*+

Justin Ross Cornett*+

Molly Elizabeth Cowart+

Polly Louise Cowart*+

Paige Arnelle Cowden+

Chester Craig+

Christen Janay Craig*+

Hannah E. Crespo+

Joshua Chase Cress+

Emily Lynne Cross

Heather Renee Crouch+

Bailey Alexandria Culler+

Craig Matthew Cutler+

Jacob Ryan Cutshall+

Ricardo Alexandre Rodr Da Silva

Mariah Kilday Dalton*

Miranda Brooke Dalton+

Ryan Clark Dalton

Gabriel James Dando*+

Anna Nicole Daugherty+

Eliza Lucille Davis+

Emily K Davis+

Henry Reed Whitaker Davis+

Thomas Alexander Deacon

Melissa Dearstone

Jessica Susan Deaton+

Payton Alexandra Dehart+

Carter Andrew Delsorbo+

Kayli Ashton Dempster+

Gabriella Derrera

Drew Allen Devoti

Kyle Joseph Dickson

Ashley Mae Dingus

Stephanie Nicole Nikki Dirmeyer+

Jessica Angela Dockery

Abby Lee Ann Dohrman*+

Kelly Chase Donnelly*+

Mattison L Dorman

Kelly Breann Ducote+

Jennifer Duff*+

Deidra Michelle Dunlap+

John Eric Durr+

Janice Lyn Dutcher*+

Blaine Leroy Dykes+

Michael Jason Eggert+

Deidre Michelle Elkins+

Savannah Elliott+

Melissa Jeannette Emerson+

Joseph Hall Exum+

Lori Ann Farmer*

Kasey Blake Fawbush*+

Kristoffer Mykell Fernandez*+

Lia Theresa Fiore+

Elizabeth Cheyanne Fisher+

Karli Payten Fisher+

Scott Allan Fisher+

Erica C. Fletcher

Camilo Florez+

Harper Nicole Ford+

Richard Jay Forsythe+

Amber Brooke Fortner

Tesa Lashae Fox+

Macy Amanda French*+

Franziska Funke*+

Amanda Gardner

Rachel Eileen Garnett

Alexandra Nicole Garrett+

Zachary Joel Gass

Justin Lee Gilland*

Kimberly Kay Gipfert+

Emily Ann Gleason+

Hannah Marie Graham+

Heather Brooke Greene

Kevin Wesley Greene

Michelle Amber Greene

Ashley Elizabeth Greer+

Alexandria Lexus Gregg

Crystal Lashae Gregg

Kimberly Grace Gregg+

Kelsey Griffith*+

Delaney Paige Guerrero

Tyler Guffey

Nicole Diane Guinn

Mandy Michele Haga*

Kevin Michael Haggerty

James Travis Hale*

Holly Brooke Hall+

David Haney

Lisa Denise Hannah*+

Melanie Jeanne Hardy

Olivia Elaine Harrell

Jimmy Wayne Harrison

Kazuhiko Hashiyama+

Christie Michelle Hayes+

Jonathan Hayes+

Tanya Marie Hayes*+

Maelyn Jade Head

Sheryl Ann Heater

Tarah Ranae Helms

Amie Nicole Helton

Robert Edward Helton

Dyer Keith Hendricks

Peyton Drew Henley*

Rylee Alizabeth Henry

Jessica Marie Hensley

Rachael Bethany Hensley*+

Emily Elizabeth Hester+

Mason Bradley Hewitt+

Ruth Ann Hickman+

Gregory Ward Hilemon+

Kristina Marie Hill

Bradford Blaine Hinkle*

Randall L. Hinton

Gina C Hobson*+

Ernest Tyler Hocket +

Amy Marie Hodge+

Caleb Jordan Hodnett+

Rachel Evelyn Holmes

Sayre Catherine Hopper+

Michelle Leigh Hoskins-Slaven+

Alec Robert Howard

Christian Deshawn Howard

Brittany K. Hoyle+

Tina Louise Hubbard*+

Ryan Wesley Hudson*+

Gregory Mitchell Hurd*+

Deanna Lynn Hutcheson+

Christopher Davis Hutson +

Blair Idol+

Emily Iorga*+

James Michael Malis Irwin+

Charlotte Nicole Jackson+

Dana Marshall Jackson*

Lindsay Erin Jackson+

Katie Elizabeth James+

Michael Gale Jarnagin*+

Kierney Lynn Jarvis

Rebecca Michelle Jenkins*+

Jeffrey Adam Jennings+

Katelyn Jasanna Jennings*+

Tracy Lynette Jett*+

J’Quen O. Johnson+

Morgan Deanne Jones

Rocky Deandre Jones

Tashique Kader+

Angela Marie Kagley+

Vithuran Karvannathasan

Stacey Caroline Keiser

Lindsey Ann Kelly*

Bailey Caroline Kennedy

Frankie Lorine Kington

Haylee Danielle Kirby+

Tyler James Klarner

Toby De Klerk+

Tomas Kmetko*

Kelsi Hayden-Flaire Knox

Andreas M. Kvam+

Christie Deanna Lamb

Kala Lashay Lamb

Kevin Brett Lane

Zachary Aaron Lane*+

Brandy Rose Lawson

Felicia Dawn Lawson+

Hannah Lawson

Mary Kristina Lawson*+

Matthew Travis Lawson*+

Taylor Rae Leatherman+

Macy Alexis Leatherwood+

Randall Steven Lee+

Jodi Marie Lister+

Toby Lee Livesay

Amber Lynn Loggains*

Chrysta Leigh Long+

Rachel Hope Looney*+

Preston Donald Loveless+

Brittany D. Lowery*+

Daniel Ray Lowery+

Benjamin Travis Lyle+

Emma Catherine MacDonald*+

Morgan Mahaffey*+

Katarina Majorova*+

Miriah Elizabeth Martin+

Shawna Ann Martin+

Hannah Danielle Mason

James David Massengill*

Kelli Lynn McCalla +

Joseph Bryson McCarter *+

Abraham McCauley*+

Tiaira Janay McCloud+

Kylie M. McCoy *

Emma E. McCuiston+

Annie Beth McCullough*+

Bethany N. McFall *

Kerrie Anne McGaha+

Sven McGaha+

Kiah B. McIsaac+

Madison Neil McKinney*+

Nanette Louise McLain+

Heather Nicole McMillan*

Nicole Sarah McMillen*+

Ragen Danielle McNair+

Matthew Edward Meese+

Rebecca Lashea Melton

Rocco Dante Menna

John J. Merritt*+

Hannah Elizabeth Metler+

Makayla J. Michaels*+

Tyler James Minchew

Patrick Neal Minton+

Brianna M. Mitchell

Vasco Miguel Monteiro

Kaitlyn M. Moore+

Kristen Leigh Morgan+

Robert Levi Morgan

Alycia Marjorie Morong+

Alexis Gray Morrow

Vanessa Morton*+

Margaret Ann Moss*

Brittany K. Motley+

Jason Mubarak*

Eduardo Granados Munoz+

Shannon Rose Murphy+

Tiffany Allyn Myers*

Loyd Benson Napier*

Tomi A. Nelson+

David Michael New+

Andrew Benjamin Newman+

Micah Brianne Nicley*+

Kellie Leeann Niles*+

Haley Marie Noe+

Kylee Jordan Nolan+

Amie Suzanne O’Brien*+

Kaitlyn Marie Odoms

Jacob Scott Owens

Fabian Paier*+

Ashley Dawn Palmer

Hannah Nicole Parton+

Kendall Patterson+

Loren Danielle Peeters*+

Pau Peiro’ Vila+

Lindsey Pennington+

Jalesa Janae Perkins

David Perry*+

Natasha D. Phillips

Zachary Sebastian Pike

Matthew Allen Piper+

Melissa Joy Preast*+

David Ray Presley+

Fabian Proesch+

Lyndsey Blake Pulliam+

Jasmine Ellesse Queen

Jacqueline Nicole Rader*+

Matthew Ryne Ramsay+

Tonya Marie Ratliff

Ciara Rattana+

Dakota Ryan Ray

Abigail Leigh Rea

Chelsey Brooke Reed*+

Michael Bryce Reed*

Tracy Reeder+

Treslyn Kelley Reese*+

Sunday Lynn Reeves*+

Jenna Marie Restivo

Jamie Rebecca Rhea

Daniel Dean Ricker+

Leslie Nicole Rimmer+

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Students and faculty recognized for achievements during 2017 Honors Convocation

Students and faculty recognized for achievements during 2017 Honors Convocation

Posted on 09 May 2017 by

Alex Wiedemann, a 2013 alumnus of Tusculum, was guest speaker for the Honors Convocation.

Student excellence in academics and service were recognized during Tusculum’s annual Honors Convocation Wednesday, April 26.

The two top honors for students presented by the College are the President’s Award and the Bruce G. Batts Award. Jonathan Spicher of Cologne, Germany, was presented the President’s Award and Denise Coffey of Reagan was presented the Bruce G. Batts Award.

The students were also addressed by Alex Wiedemann, a 2013 graduate of Tusculum, who pursuing a doctorate in mathematics at the University of South Carolina. Wiedemann encouraged the students to take an active role in making a difference in their world.

The Student Government Association officers for the upcoming 2017-18 academic year were also sworn in during the program. Kristopher Adams of Rogersville will be serving as student body president; Donald Townsend of Greeneville as vice president, Savana Wheeler of Crossville as treasurer and Jazmyn Bishop of Rogersville as secretary.

President’s Award

Jonathan Spicier, a senior accounting major, was presented the President's Award by President Nancy B. Moody.

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

Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of the college presented the award to Spicher, noting both his academic achievements, his service to others and his athletic accomplishments. An accounting major, Spicher has a 4.0 cumulative grade point average. He was named the Men’s Soccer Scholar Athlete of the Year for 2016 by the South Atlantic Conference (SAC) and has been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America team for a two consecutive years. Spicher was also named as the inaugural recipient of the SAC Men’s Soccer Elite 18 Award for having the highest GPA at the final site of the 2016 Men’s Soccer Championship.

Spicher is a member of the Tusculum College President’s Society where he serves as an ambassador for the college in giving campus tours and assisting with alumni events.  He has served with Knoxville Pays It Forward as an accounting assistant with small businesses in the Knoxville area. A two-year member of the Pioneer Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, he helped the group lead the league with over $3,500 dollars raised for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

On the soccer pitch, in his 62 career games, which include 40 starts, Spicher posted 15 goals and four assists, with five of his goals being match-winners including one this past season that gave the Pioneers the victory over sixth-ranked and defending NCAA II national champion Pfeiffer University.

In addition, Spicher received the Senior Honor Key Award in accounting. Senior Honor Key Awards recognize students with exceptional capacities, abilities, achievements and aptitude in their major field, as was as their personality or personal characteristics.

Batts Award

Denise Coffey was presented the Bruce Batts Award to senior Denise Coffey, who has served as multi-cultural intern for the past year and a half.

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

This year’s recipient, Denise Coffey has been fully engaged in the Tusculum College experience and has seized many opportunities to serve and make others’ lives better.

Coffey has served as multicultural intern for the past year and a half, and has organized numerous activities and events to increase students’ awareness and appreciation of other cultures and differences. These include “community conversation” events regarding topics such as women’s issue, TED Talks screenings and a drum circle at the Old Oak Festival.

She is a member of the President’s Society, serving as an ambassador for Tusculum with such groups as prospective students and alumni. Coffey has also been committed to serving others in the community. She was recognized in 2015 with the Newman Civic Fellows Award, a honor given by National Campus Compact, recognizing her efforts as a volunteer for ASafeHarborHome, a local agency that serves victims of domestic violence.

Coffee also received the Senior Honor Key Award for the art and graphic design major. This award recognize students’ academic achievement, capacities, special abilities and aptitude in their major field.

Student-Chosen Awards

Dr. Ken Brewer

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

In presenting the award on behalf of the Greene County Partnership, Dr. Alan Corley said that Brewer has earned the respect and praise of his students for his teaching style and his availability and willingness to help students. This is the third year that Brewer has received the honor, selected through a vote of the students.

The Staff Award was presented to Terra Graham, office coordinator. In presenting the award, Student Government Association President Carrie Rose said students quickly discover Graham has a heart for serving others and has been a caring friend and mentor to numerous students.

The Community Award, which is presented to an individual, organization or business which has made a significant contribution to the Tusculum campus community, recognized Eric and Lynette Price, owners of the Creamy Cup, for the business’ continued support of the college and its students. The business actively promotes and support campus events and activities and provides employment opportunities to students.

Academic Honors

Morgan Mahaffey receives the Alpha Chi Award from Dr. Troy Goodale, faculty sponsor for the Tusculum chapter of the honor society.

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

Athletic Training – Miriah Martin of Roanoke, Virginia;

Biology  – Samantha Vogt of Maryville;

Criminal Justice – Morgan Jones of Winston, Georgia;

Economics – Eliza Davis of Lexington, North Carolina;

English, Creative Writing concentration – Macy French of Kingsport;

English, Literature concentration – Kiah McIsaac of Memphis;

Environmental Science – Jake McCracken of Bristol, Tennessee;

History – Zachary Lane of Fayetteville, Georgia;

Interdisciplinary Studies K-6 – Saasha Shirooni of Knoxville;

Management – Preston Tucker of Knoxville;

David Breeden, recipient of the Dr. Shirley Beck Award

Mathematics – Darian Tipton of Shelbyville;

Museum Studies – Hannah Arnett of Butler;

Nursing – Rachel Garnett of Middletown, Ohio;

Physical Education – Carolyn Williamson of Knoxville;

Political Science –Tiaira McCloud of Columbus, Ohio;

Psychology – Chelsey Reed of Morristown;

Special Education, Early Childhood – Rachael Hensley of Etowah;

Sport Management – Lindsay Butler of Milan, Ohio, and

Sports Science – Robin Stoner of Greensboro, North Carolina.

Rachael Hensley receives the Outstanding Education Student Award from Dr. Betsy Loveday, associate professor of education.

Recognized as Honor Students for having the highest grade point average of their class were:

Seniors – Jaime Arnold of Fall Branch; Kaitlin Brown of Chuckey; Jeremy Cooper of Knoxville; Karli Fisher of Greeneville; Rebecca Jenkins of Philadelphia; Katelyn Jennings of Greeneville; Joseph McCarter of Sevierville; Daniel Miget of Kingston; Chelsey Reed of Morristown; Jonathan Spicher of Cologne, Germany; Mark Taylor of Strawberry Plains, and Carlie Thornber of Oshawa, Ontario;

Juniors –  Makenzi Alley of Cincinnati, Ohio; Jule Brass of Duisburg, Germany; Franziska Funke of Bochum, Germany; Gregory Hilemon of Jonesborough; Bradford Hinkle of Mosheim; Gina Hobson of Knoxville; Morgan Mahaffey of Belmont, North Carolina; Brooke Schreder of Cosby, and Jordan Smith of Talbott;

Sophomores –Katja Andersson of Enstaberga, Sweden; Laura Carr of Surgoinsville; Elizabeth Fisher of Greeneville; Hannah Graham of Chapin, South Carolina; Emma MacDonald of Whitby, Ontario; Fabian Paier of Feldbach, Austria; Kayla Sager of McEwen; Samuel VanAmberg of Greeneville, and Parker Wright of Knoxville;

Freshmen – Kevin Ball of Greeneville; Brittani Brooks of Allen, Texas; Alyssa Clifton of Chuckey; Kayli Dempster of Floyds Knob, Indiana; Emily Iorga of Greeneville; Vithuran Karvannathasan of Brampton, Ontario; Alyssa Kolb of Gray; Katarina Majorova of Martin, Slovakia; Annie McCullough, of Belfast, Northern Ireland; Dewey Pendley of Bristol, Tennessee; Katie Potter of Bristol, Tennessee; Lyndsey Pulliam of Suwanee, Georgia; Bladimir Santiago Bautista of Graysville, and Mindy Taylor of Morristown.

Allen Thacker, left, and Sunday Reeves were presented the Jean Hixon Memorial Award by Dr. Jason Pierce, vice president of academic affairs.

Senior members of the Alpha Chi National Honor Society were also recognized. Upperclassmen ranked in the top 10 percent academically of their classmates are invited to join the honor society. Those recognized included Sarah Baker of Marietta, Georgia; Eliza Davis of Lexington, North Carolina; Rachael Hensley of Etowah; Zachary Lane of Fayetteville, Georgia; Treslyn Reese of Auburn, Alabama; Shannele Sunderland of Georgetown, Texas; Preston Tucker of Knoxville, and Samantha Vogt of Maryville.

The Alpha Chi Academic Excellence Award, which honors the highest academically ranked member of the junior class, was presented to Morgan Mahaffey of Belmont, North Carolina.

Five students inducted in the Tusculum College chapter of the Psi Chi psychology honor society during the past year were recognized. The fall 2016 inductees included Kendra Lane of Knoxville, Samantha Vogt of Maryville and Brooke Wagner of Snellville, Georgia. The spring 2017 inductees include Tabitha Dyer and Hannah Parton, both of Knoxville.

The Outstanding Achievement in Psychology, Behavioral Health Award was presented to Gregory Hurd of Rogersville. This honor recognizes a student who has earned a 3.25 GPA or higher in the major and emphasizes the student’s achievements and aptitude in the major as well as his leadership in and out of the classroom and personal characteristics.

Bryson McCarter was presented the Walter Johnson Award, recognizing an outstanding business and economics student, by Walter Johnson, center, and Dr. Antonio Bos, professor of business administration.

Members of the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society were also recognized. In order to become a member of this honor society, students must have taken at least 15 hours of history courses, have an overall 3.0 GPA and a 3.1 GPA in history. Inducted this past year were Laura Carr of Surgoinsville; Andrew Kransberger of Grand Rapids, Michigan; Chuck Morgan of Chuckey; Jonathan Nicholson of Mosheim, and Kristen Wiggins of Johnson City.

Students who were chosen for the 2017 Curtis and Billie Owens Literary Prizes were honored. Students submit original, creative works in the annual writing competition. Emily Warcyck of New Concord, Ohio, was the recipient in the poetry, nonfiction and fiction categories. Macy French of Kingsport was the recipient in the scriptwriting category.

The Dr. Shirley Beck Award for an outstanding Master of Arts in Education major was presented to David Breeden of Morristown.

Tara Willoughby of Knoxville was recognized with the Outstanding Human Resource Development Major Award, which is presented to a graduate student in the major who demonstrates excellence in academics, work ethic and character.

The Outstanding Master of Arts in Teaching Major Award was presented to Chesnea Hamilton of Talbott. The award recognizes a student in the major who demonstrates excellence in academics, work ethics, character and student teaching.

Eric Bowers, left, and Calyn Kelly were presented Nursing Student of the Year awards, for the junior and senior class, respectively. from Dr. Lois Even, dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences and professor of nursing.

The Outstanding Education Student Award, recognizing overall achievement and aptitude in the major, was presented to Rachael Hensley of Etowah.

Sunday Reeves of Morristown and Allen Thacker of Harriman were presented the Jean Hixon Memorial Award, named in honor of a long-time member of the Graduate and Professional Studies staff. The award recipients, one from the Northeast region and one from the Southeast region, are chosen by Tusculum faculty as students who have demonstrated academic achievement with a GPA of 3.50 or better and dedicated community service.

Joseph “Bryson” McCarter of Sevierville was presented the Walter R. Johnson Award, which recognizes the graduating senior determined most outstanding in business and economics, with grade point average and achievement part of the criteria for the award.

Calyn Kelly of Ellenwood, Georgia, was presented the Nursing Student of the Year award for the senior class and Eric Bowers of Greeneville was presented the honor for the junior class. The award recognizes a student who demonstrates high moral values, communicates and acts with integrity, provides safe and effective nursing care, promotes and practices life-long learning, demonstrates a commitment and passion for the practice of nursing, demonstrates high professional standards of conduct and has demonstrated academic excellence.

Zach Gass receives a Theatre Award from Marilyn duBrisk, director of Tusculum's Arts Outreach program.

Theatre Awards were presented for Zach Gass of Greeneville and Micheal Emery of Bean Station for their participation and dedication to the theater program at Tusculum.

Carrie Rose of Knoxville was the recipient of the David Behan Award for her contributions to the theater program. Rose has appeared on stage in productions and also worked backstage in a variety of roles, including as lighting director for the production of “My Son Pinocchio, Jr.” this past spring.

The Pinnacle Award for highest scores on annual comprehensive examinations taken by athletic training education majors was presented to Allyson Rines of Jefferson City.

Presented the James E. Ward Future Professionals Award for her achievement in the physical education major was Christina Blevins of Jonesborough.

Service Awards

The Service-Learning Award was presented to Alex Rolison of Pilot Mountain, North Carolina. Rolison went above and beyond in his volunteer activities at a non-profit organization in Jonesborough as part of his Service-Learning Class and now has an internship at the organization, said Courtney Washburn, coordinator of the Center for Civic Advancement and the Bonner Leader program, in presenting the award.

Micheal Emery received the Theatre Award from Marilyn duBrisk.

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

The David Behan Award was presented to Carrie Rose for her support of the Theatre program by duBrisk.












Allyson Rines was presented the Pinnacle Award by Amy Brooks, assistant professor of athletic training.













Christina Blevins received the James E. Ward Future Professionals Award from Dr. Suzanne Byrd, assistant professor of physical education.













Morgan Jones received the Bonner Leaders Progam award from Courtney Washburn, coordinator of the Center for Civic Advancement and Bonner Leader Program.













Alex Rolison receives the Service-Learning Award from Washburn.

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Tusculum Band Program to present spring concert on Sunday, April 30

Tusculum Band Program to present spring concert on Sunday, April 30

Posted on 26 April 2017 by

The Pioneer Jazz Band will be featured, as well as the Tusculum Concert Band and Handbell Choir, in the spring concert by the Tusculum Band Program at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 30. (Tusculum College photo)

The Tusculum Band Program invites audiences to enjoy a Sunday afternoon filled with music as it presents its spring concert on April 30.

The concert will begin at 2 p.m. in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building. The local community is invited to the performance, which will feature the Concert Band, Jazz Band and Handbell Choir.

A sense of place is present in the repertoire to be performed by the Concert Band. That sense of place is readily evident in “An American Fanfare,” “God Bless America,” “March of the Belgian Paratroopers,” and “Mars,” a movement from Holst’s symphonic masterpiece, “The Planets.” Two places are brought to mind by the jazz standard “Tuba Tiger Rag,” first, New Orleans as the home of Dixieland Jazz and second, Canada, as the tune as become synonymous with the Canadian Brass. Jeff Bennington, who shares his talents in all three of the Tusculum groups to perform in the concert, will be the featured tuba soloist on the song.

Less familiar to the audience may be the beautiful “In Perfect Silence, I Often Gaze at the New Stars,” a musical tribute written by Richard L. Saucedo about those who lost their lives in the May 2011 tornado that devastated the city of Joplin, Missouri, and the heroes that sacrificed of themselves to help the victims.

Special guest string musicians under of the direction of Galina Timofeev will also join the Concert Band for performances of “God Bless America,” “March of the Belgian Paratroopers” and “Mars.” The string musicians will also be performing “The Star Spangled Banner,” “For the Beauty of the Earth” and “America the Beautiful.” A professional violinist, Timofeev performs as part of the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra and teaches violin at the University School at East Tennessee State University, as well as in private lessons to students of all ages.

Those attending the performance of the Pioneer Jazz Band during the Old Oak Festival on the Tusculum campus got a preview of some of the tunes to be performed during the Spring Concert. Toe-tapping “Mack the Knife” will feature vocalist Amy Saxonmeyer, and vocalist Sandi Moore is featured on the soulful, “God Bless the Child,” a tribute to the late Al Jarreau. In another tribute to the late Chuck Barris, the Jazz Band will play “Jumpin’ at the Woodside/Two O’Clock Jump,” songs featured on Barris’ television classic, “The Gong Show.” The Jazz Band will also be performing “Copacabana,” Herb Albert’s “Tijuana Taxi,” Quincy Jones’ arrangement of “Fly Me to the Moon” and “Feeling Good.”

Spring is the subject of the first movement of one of the pieces to be performed by the Handbell Choir. In addition’s to a handbell arrangement of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons,” the Choir will be performing some popular music classics, “Eleanor Rigby,” Floyd Cramer’s “Last Date,” the 1960s pop hit “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” and a Neil Sedaka-penned tune made famous by the Captain and Tennille, “Love Will Keep Us Together.”

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 Band Program hosts three concerts each year, a Christmas performance and programs in the winter and the spring. In addition, each of the major groups as well as small ensembles have performed in community events such as the Greeneville Christmas Parade, the Old Oak Festival, Music on the Square in Jonesborough, the Laughlin Hospital Foundation’s Derby Days event.


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‘5x10s’ return during Old Oak premiering original dramatic works by Tusculum students

‘5x10s’ return during Old Oak premiering original dramatic works by Tusculum students

Posted on 13 April 2017 by

Maxwell Reed, Emma McCuiston and Micheal Emery rehearse a scene from “All Dogs Go to Hades,” one of the original dramatics works by Tusculum students to be featured during the “5x10” production during the 2017 Old Oak Festival on the Tusculum campus.

Theatre-at-Tusculum, in conjunction with the Tusculum English Department, will present the “5×10” plays beginning April 20 with an additional four performances during the annual Old Oak festival at Tusculum College.

The “5x10s” are a collection of five, ten minute plays written by Tusculum students and produced as part of the Acts, Arts, Academia Performance and Lecture Series. The collection of original dramatic works will premiere on Thursday, April 20, at 7 p.m. and will run as part of the annual Old Oak Festival.

The annual festival hosted by Tusculum promotes a wide array of art and music from the region, and the “5x10s” offer Tusculum student playwrights the opportunity to see their dramatic works brought to the stage as part of the festival’s offerings. Show times during festival will be 7 p.m. on Friday, April 21; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 23.

All the performances will take place in the Behan Arena Theatre in the lower level of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts building on the Tusculum campus.

Paige Mengel and Larry Bunten practice as scene from "Damage Control."

Two of the plays to be featured, “Walking In The Light” and “Damage Control,” were written by Tusculum senior Macy French. Both are directed by Frank Mengel, technical director of Tusculum Arts Outreach. French was recently awarded the 2017 Curtis and Billie Owens Literary Award for Drama for “Walking In The Light.”

Also to be featured is “Here, Kitty Kitty,” by Tusculum junior Parker Wright. The play will be directed by Wayne Thomas, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Tusculum.

The work of another Owens Literary Award winner will be staged – “It’s Only Plastic,” by Tusculum senior Emily Waryck. She was the 2017 Owens Literary Award recipient in the poetry, fiction and nonfiction categories. “It’s Only Plastic,” will be directed by Brian Ricker, assistant director of Tusculum Arts Outreach.

River Donnelly and Rebekah Voiles are part of the cast of "Here, Kitty Kitty."

Freshman River Donnelly is finishing his first year at Tusculum with a highlight as his “All Dogs Go to Hades” was chosen to be staged at Old Oak. Ricker is also directing this play.

Audiences are cautioned when considering bringing children to the production due to adult themes and some mild language. The show is recommended for ages 13 and up, with parental guidance advised.

Bringing the original works to life will be a total cast of 12 including Tusculum students River Donnelly, Johnny Durr, Micheal Emery, Emma McCuiston, Katie Odoms, Carrie Rose, Maxwell Reed and Rebekah Voiles. Tusculum alumna Paige Mengel, local actor Larry Bunton, and North Greene High School freshman Gracie Weems round out the cast for the plays.

Production assistance has been given by the Arts Outreach team of Costume Director Barbara Holt, Arts Outreach Director and Artist-in-Residence Marilyn duBrisk, and Arts Outreach Coordinator Jennifer Hollowell.

“This is a true collaboration of the arts here at Tusculum,” Ricker said. “The students’ writings, the visual art components of the production, the acting process, it all is a perfect fit for the Old Oak Festival.”

Katie Odoms, Carrie Rose and Paige Mengel practice "It's Only Some Plastic."

The idea for the“5×10” production was originally conceived a few years ago by Thomas when he was chair of the Fine Arts Department in an effort to “promote interdisciplinary co-curricular engagement amongst various fine arts entities.” With the help of Mengel, the first “5×10” production premiered during the 2013 Old Oak Festival.

General admission is $7, and tickets can be purchased at the box office, which opens one hour prior to show time. Tickets may be reserved by calling 423-798-1620 or by e-mail at Tickets may be purchased with cash or check only, no credit or debit cards.





Carrie Rose and Emma McCuiston practice "Walking in the Light."

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Old Oak Festival to feature wide variety of musical performances

Old Oak Festival to feature wide variety of musical performances

Posted on 03 April 2017 by

Jazz, country, gospel, bluegrass and rock and roll are a few of the musical stylings that will be featured at the 2017 Old Oak Festival planned April 21-23 on the campus of Tusculum.

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

“We are very excited about the wide variety of performers that we have committed to this year’s festival,” said David Price, director of music and band programs at Tusculum and coordinator of the festival.

“This year’s musical acts offer something for everyone and show off amazing artistic talent from folks in our region and beyond.”

While the list of musical performers is not complete, currently several bands have announced plans to perform and include the Brother Boys, My New Favorites, Shiloh, Ashley Bean, Sigean, the Dread Scots, Poplar Hill Reunion, the Tusculum Jazz Band, the Tusculum Marching Band, the Tusculum Concert Band, the Tusculum Handbell Choir and the Bluegrass Outlaws.

There will also be jam sessions during the festival and visitors are encouraged to bring their instrument and join for a weekend of fun with other musicians.

In addition to music, workshops for high school students will be held on Friday and include sessions on the Math and Science of Tree Identification, Contemporary Poetry, Instrumental Master Class (Band), Vocal Master Class, Introduction to Programming with Python, Drawing, the Brief Essay or Prose Poem, Medieval Siege Warfare, Songwriting, Playwriting, Political Jeopardy, Flash Fiction, SM-Art! Sensational Mathematical Art, as well as Animation, Abel Brown, as well as Shimmy and the Burns.

Workshops are presented by faculty of Tusculum and other experts in the field.

There is no charge for students to participate in the workshop sessions and lunch will be provided.  Students need to register by Wednesday, April 12. To reserve a spot, contact Kelsey Trom, assistant professor of English at or (423) 636-7420 ext. 5420.

The Museums of Tusculum College will be hosting the Old Oak’s second annual LEGO contest, “LEGO® Historians!” Participants, using their own LEGO® or other compatible plastic bricks, design and build a unique creation (not from a designed kit) based on any historical topic. Registration is open now. Deliver completed projects to the Doak House Museum, 690 Erwin Highway, Greeneville 37745. Projects may be dropped off from April 17-20, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The museums will also operate a Family Photo Preservation Station during the Old Oak Festival. The public is invited to bring up to 20 family photographs or 20 pages of family documents (letters, certificates, etc.) for digital scanning and preservation. Documents or photos will be scanned and saved to a writable CD which we will provide, or bring a personal thumb drive. Participants will also receive a handy guide to caring for their family heirlooms according to best archival & museum standards. RSVP to or 4123-636-8554 to sign up for an appointment time.

Other special events planned for this year’s festival include an art show at Allison Gallery, student theater productions and literary readings.

New this year will be archery tag, sponsored by the Tusculum Office of Student Affairs. Archery tag is played similar to dodgeball with our bows and patented foam-tipped arrows. This exciting, action-packed game offers the ultimate family-friendly experience that engages everyone.

There is no fee to attend the festival. Art vendor hours will be Friday from noon until 6 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Entertainment and food continues into the evening, with the final performers ending at 10 p.m.

Service animals are welcome; however, no pets allowed. Coolers, firearms and alcohol are also prohibited on the Tusculum campus property during the festival. Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged.

The event is being sponsored by the Old Oak Tap Room, Artistic Printers, The Greeneville Sun and Radio Greeneville.

For updates and more information, visit the website at or on facebook. For more information on registering as a vendor or performer or volunteering at the festival, contact Price at 423-636-7303.


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