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‘Lincoln at Gettysburg’ program on Feb. 1 recounts celebrated speech

‘Lincoln at Gettysburg’ program on Feb. 1 recounts celebrated speech

Posted on 22 January 2015 by

“Lincoln at Gettysburg” with Chris Small and local vocalists will explore the 16th president’s most famous speech in a program on Sunday, Feb. 1, at Tusculum College.

“What does it all mean?” At the height of the Civil War, a broken nation and its President were grappling with that question as Abraham Lincoln prepared to give a brief dedicatory speech for a new soldier’s cemetery at Gettysburg.

Lincoln’s contemplations that led to his most famous speech will be explored in “Lincoln at Gettysburg” on Sunday, Feb. 1. The program will begin at 2 p.m. in the Behan Arena on the lower level (side entrance) of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on the Tusculum College campus. It is part of Tusculum Arts Outreach’s Acts, Arts, Academia 2014-15 performance and lecture series.

In a moving and educational presentation by Lincoln impressionist Chris Small, the 16th president’s visit to the cemetery will be recounted. The audience will learn about the cost of war and the price of freedom. Lincoln’s own experiences as a young man and as President, as well as those of slaves yearning for emancipation and soldiers—North and South, white and black—who made the ultimate sacrifice, help give meaning to the national conflict.

Interspersed throughout the program will be period music from the Civil War, including military songs, spirituals and popular standards, performed live by the Newsome Sisters from Newport and Tara Cohen, with Brenda Silva, from Greeneville. The program will conclude with the Gettysburg Address, which has become Lincoln’s most famous speech.

This year marks the 152nd anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and is the final year of the nationwide Civil War Sesquicentennial commemoration. Lincoln’s participation in the ceremony was requested only 17 days prior to the dedication service when David Wills wrote to the president, asking him to “a few appropriate remarks” after the main oration. Lincoln’s presence and words, Wills thought, would “formally set apart these grounds to their Sacred use” and give gratification and confidence to soldiers still serving in the nation’s forces and to their families back at home.

Small, a winner of the Association of Lincoln Presenters Outstanding Abraham Lincoln Award, began portraying the 16th president in 1997, later founding The Lincoln Project® in 2003 and continuing to lead it into new territories of “Bringing Lincoln to Life.”

In 2010, he authored the children’s book, “Abraham Lincoln Puts on His Hat.” Through The Lincoln Project, he has produced three films: “Abraham Lincoln’s Faith” (2009), “Lincoln and Emancipation” (2009) and “War in Heaven, War on Earth: The Birth of the Seventh-day Adventist Church During the American Civil War” (2014).   Clients and partners of The Lincoln Project have included the National Park Service; the United States Post Office; the East Tennessee Historical Society; and numerous churches, schools and organizations throughout the United States.

Small has a graduate degree in communication, with a specialty in interpretation and performance studies, and has directed Playback Theatre, Bibliodrama, and Boal-based sociodrama. He has formerly served as a university lecturer and a Seventh-day Adventist minister.

Admission to the program is $6. For more information, please call Tusculum College Arts Outreach at 423-798-1620 or email


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Central Ballet Theatre to present ‘Rapunzel’ Jan. 16-18 in AHB Auditorium

Central Ballet Theatre to present ‘Rapunzel’ Jan. 16-18 in AHB Auditorium

Posted on 13 January 2015 by

Fionna Scruggs is one of three dancers to portray Rapunzel at various ages in “Rapunzel: A Tangled Tale,” a production of Central Ballet Theatre of Greeneville. Scruggs practices a dance with Joshua Kurtzberg, who portarys Brynn in the ballet, loosely adapted from Disney’s “Tangled.” Photo courtesy of PicsByHil Photography

Central Ballet Theatre of Greeneville will present “Rapunzel: A Tangled Tale,” a thought-provoking take on the classic story, Jan. 16-18 at Tusculum College.

The three-act ballet will be performed in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on the Tusculum College campus. Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 17, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 18.

Central Ballet’s productions differ from many other ballets in that they are narrated and use conservative costumes. “A very important goal for Central Ballet Theatre is to allow audience members to concentrate on the storyline and the characters as they come alive on the stage,” said Lori Ann Sparks, Central Ballet’s artistic director. “We want everyone to understand the story instead of just watching dancing. Our audiences are smart, so we perform stories that make the audience think through issues and leave with new thoughts, and hopefully leave feeling blessed. Even our youngest attendees will enjoy the story of ‘Rapunzel.’”

The ballet is loosely adapted from Disney’s movie, “Tangled,” which animator Glen Keane produced with the Bible verse James 1:17 in mind, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”

Audience members will find familiar characters in Central Ballet’s storyline, and its ballet version speaks of the Christian walk and emphasizes the Bible verse, 1 John 3:16, “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.”

“Rapunzel” includes the redemption of a sinful man and the return of the daughter of the King.  Along the way, it explores Mother Gothal’s total selfishness versus Rapunzel’s selfless love, Brynn’s growing understanding of goodness versus evil, and a steadfastness and parental love by a royal family.

Dillon Davis and Katie Kricko rehearse one of the dances of the King and Queen for the upcoming production of “Rapunzel: A Tangled Tale,” by Central Ballet Theatre of Greeneville. Performances will be this weekend at the Annie Hogan Byrd Auditorium on the Tusculum College campus. Photo courtesy of PicsByHil Photography

The cast includes both local dancers and professionals. Dancers will portray Rapunzel at different ages: little Rapunzel, alternately by Gretta Woodhouse and Carlie Shipley, both of Greeneville; middle Rapunzel by Elizabeth Bosse of Jefferson City and the older Rapunzel by Fiona Scruggs of Morristown. Other local dancers include Katie Kricko, who plays the Queen; Sarah Bosse, who portrays the Holy Spirit; David Sparks as the detective horse, and Ben and Elizabeth Sparks, who portray the thugs.

Mother Gothal will be portrayed by Central Ballet’s Artistic Director Lori Ann Sparks. Parke Brumit, a resident Central Ballet company dancer and president of its board, will be dancing the water pas de deux and the flower soloist as well as the King’s sister. A second guest dancer who works with Central Ballet on a regular basis is Joslyn Frazee of Jefferson City, who has helped in technical ballet direction this year.

The King is portrayed by Dillon Davis, a guest professional dancer from the Chattanooga Ballet who has danced professionally with the Nashville Ballet and Dance Theater of Tennessee, where he worked with world-renowned choreographers. Brynn is portrayed by guest artist Joshua Kurtzberg, whom audience may remember from his portrayal of the lead role in last year’s Central Ballet production of “Prince Caspian: Return to Narnia.”

Putting together a performance the size of “Rapunzel,” requires much work from a number of volunteers from the local community in sewing costumes, building and painting sets, organizing the young dancers, working in the box office, preparing the music, ushering and working backstage. Every minute of a Central Ballet production has been estimated to require 150 man-hours from both volunteer and paid workers. Among those who have spent many volunteer hours in set production are Nan Anderson, Blair Berry and Sherry Peters. Costumes have been sewn by Jody Johnson, Becky Randles, Lisa Marie Hixon, Jeanettte Duryea, Tara Scruggs and many others. Cindy Kricko, Sharla Butler, Sara Aiken and Becky Johnson have assisted in coordinating activities needed in the pre-production.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students, children and senior citizens. To reserve tickets, call 423-724-7014 or visit the General Morgan Inn, Three Blind Mice or Richland Creek Gifts to purchase tickets in advance. Tickets may also be reserved by calling Tusculum College Arts Outreach at 423-798-1620. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.


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Relationship between science and religion to be explored in lecture series

Relationship between science and religion to be explored in lecture series

Posted on 12 January 2015 by

Dr. Jim Miller

How scientific discoveries have affected Christian ideology throughout the years will be explored in February during Tusculum College’s annual Theologian-in-Residence lecture series.

Dr. Jim Miller, president of the Presbyterian Association on Science, Technology and the Christian Faith, will be presenting a series of lectures, “Singing the Lord’s Song in a Strange Land,” about the relationship of science and religion. Lectures will take place each Tuesday of the month – Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24 – 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 the lectures.

Dr. Miller is an honorably retired ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He has worked in the School of Engineering at North Carolina State University and served as an ecumenical campus minister at Michigan Technological University, the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University and Chatham College. From 1996-2007, Dr. Miller was the senior program associate for the Program of Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

He is the editor or co-editor of five books on science and religion including “The Church and Contemporary Cosmology,” “Cosmic Questions” and “The Epic of Evolution: Science and Religion in Dialogue.” Dr. Miller is also currently the co-chair of the Broader Social Impact Committee of the Human Origins Program at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.

During the first session on Feb. 3, “The Baptism of Aristotle,” Dr. Miller will explore how the classical post-Socratic philosophy, particularly that of Plato and Aristotle, provided the primary intellectual framework within which the Christian faith and the cosmos were understood and its continuing influence on Christian faith today.

“How the World Was Divided,” the second session on Feb. 10, will focus on the Scientific Revolution of the 16th and 17th centuries that challenged previous thought and its practical theological legacy.

The third session on Feb. 17, “Trouble at the Foundations,” will explore the developments in geology, biology and physics that have been and are dramatically changing the understanding of nature and humanity’s place in the cosmos, as well as their theological significance.

In the concluding lecture on Feb. 24, Dr. Miller will consider what bearing scientific discoveries have on the Christian church and their implications for practical Christian living, individually and corporately, in the 21st century.

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


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Record 231 student-athletes named to Tusculum Athletic Director’s Honor Roll

Record 231 student-athletes named to Tusculum Athletic Director’s Honor Roll

Posted on 12 January 2015 by

A school record 231 student-athletes have been named to the 2014 Tusculum College Athletic Director’s Fall Honor Roll announced Frankie DeBusk, Tusculum College director of athletics.

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 higher on a 4.0 scale.

The Tusculum men’s tennis team had the highest cumulative grade point average of the 16 sports sponsored by the College with a 3.6788 team G.P.A. Of Tusculum’s 16 athletic programs, 12 boasted team G.P.A.s of 3.00 or more. The women’s tennis team was second with a 3.5625 G.P.A., followed by women’s cross country (3.5586), women’s golf (3.5100), men’s golf (3.4924), volleyball (3.3740), softball (3.3740), women’s lacrosse (3.2708), women’s basketball (3.1907), men’s cross country (3.1643), women’s soccer (3.1588) and men’s soccer (3.0562).

The Tusculum baseball and football teams boasted the most student-athletes on the honor roll with 34 honorees each. The Pioneer women’s soccer team was third on the list with 23 honorees, while the men’s soccer team was fourth with 22. The men’s lacrosse team is fifth with 18 honorees, followed by softball (15), volleyball (14), women’s lacrosse (14), men’s golf (10), women’s basketball (10), men’s tennis (8), women’s tennis (8), women’s cross country (7), women’s golf (6), men’s basketball (5) and men’s cross country (3).


2014 Tusculum College Athletic Director’s Fall Honor Roll
Student-Athlete Sport(s)
Antoinette Allen, Women’s Soccer
Evan Altizer,  Football
Jorge Alvarez, Men’s Soccer
Andrea Amettis, Volleyball
LiRonta Archie, Football
Cody Armstrong, Football
Ben Arnold, Men’s Basketball
Shyanna Arnwine, Women’s Soccer
Nikki Arthur, Women’s Soccer/Lacrosse
Kellen Asmundson, Men’s Lacrosse
Kristen Atwell, Women’s Basketball
Juan Avendano, Men’s Soccer
Tyler Bailey, Baseball
Paul Bain, Football
Samuel Baker, Men’s Soccer
Sarah Baker, Women’s Tennis
Nicole Ball, Softball
Dalton Barrier, Football
Brandyn Bartlett, Football
Gunnar Beamer, Men’s Basketball
Miranda Beeler, Softball
Alexis Berlin, Women’s Cross Country
Hannah Berling, Volleyball
Brandon Black, Baseball
Brittany Bowers, Women’s Soccer
Taylor Boone, Volleyball
Sarah Bouley, Volleyball
Ben Boyd, Men’s Lacrosse
Sabrina Bradley, Women’s Soccer
Cheyenne Bray, Women’s Lacrosse
Spencer Brothers, Baseball
CJ Brown, Baseball
Blakeley Burleson, Women’s Basketball
Lawson Burrow, Men’s Cross Country
Lindsay Butler, Women’s Golf
Alison Camp, Women’s Soccer
Deryn Candelaria, Women’s Lacrosse
Corey Cantrell, Football
Hunter Cantrell, Football
Erin Carmody, Volleyball
Ethan Carpenter, Baseball
Darius Carter, Men’s Basketball
Ben Cash, Baseball
Cayla Cecil, Softball
Katie Chadwick, Women’s Soccer/Lacrosse
Mitch Chapman, Men’s Lacrosse
Warren Cheney, Men’s Golf
Chris Cochrane, Baseball
David Cooper, Men’s Cross Country
Logan Cornelius, Football
Christen Craig, Women’s Lacrosse
Heather Crouch, Women’s Soccer
Kelsey Crow, Women’s Lacrosse
Bailey Culler, Softball
Alec Cunningham, Women’s Golf
Caleb Cutshall, Men’s Cross Country
Maelyn Cutshaw, Women’s Basketball
Ricardo Da Silva, Men’s Soccer
Eliza Davis, Softball
Samuel Davis, Men’s Golf
Zach Davis, Men’s Basketball
Toby de Klerk, Men’s Tennis
Payton DeHart, Women’s Soccer
Seth DeHaven, Baseball
Rachel Del Duca, Women’s Lacrosse
Kyle Dickson, Men’s Soccer
Kelly Donnelly, Football
Tandon Dorn, Baseball
Kenneth Drummond, Football
Joe Elphingstone, Men’s Tennis
Cory Fagan, Men’s Basketball
David Fernandes, Men’s Lacrosse
Zach Finchum, Baseball
Hunter Foreman, Men’s Soccer
Nick Forsberg, Men’s Golf
Jordan Fuller, Men’s Lacrosse
Franziska Funke, Women’s Tennis
Rachel Garnett, Volleyball
Max Gaubert, Football
Sean Gilbane, Men’s Lacrosse
Guillem Giro, Men’s Soccer
Coleman Glick, Men’s Golf
Shelby Gray, Women’s Lacrosse
Ashley Gregg, Women’s Cross Country
Renato Grgic, Men’s Soccer
Courtney Hackney, Women’s Soccer
Logan Hafling, Men’s Lacrosse
Brock Hakalmazian, Baseball
Allison Hall, Women’s Cross Country
Ashley Hall, Women’s Basketball
Holly Hall, Women’s Soccer
Tyler Hall, Baseball
Sierra Hanson, Women’s Cross Country
Dillon Hardy, Baseball
Marius Harsjoen, Men’s Soccer
Harrison Harvey, Men’s Soccer
Michala Hash, Women’s Basketball
Megan Hasse, Volleyball
Brad Hawkins, Men’s Golf
Kealee Heffner, Women’s Tennis
Cameron High, Baseball
Christopher Hill, Football
Ryan Hill, Men’s Lacrosse
Sayre Hopper, Women’s Golf
Cody Housley, Men’s Golf
Justin Houston, Football
Kate Hutchinson, Women’s Tennis
Dominic James, Football
Zack Jones, Football
Tyler Josey, Football
Adrienne Kaye, Women’s Tennis
Tashique Kader, Men’s Tennis
Cody Kammerzell, Men’s Soccer
Jordan Keene, Softball
Andrew Krasberger, Men’s Lacrosse
Alix Kruel, Softball
Adam Kulbat, Men’s Soccer
Austin Kulp, Men’s Soccer
Andreas Kvam, Men’s Soccer
Taylor Lambertsen, Women’s Golf
Pablo Laguna, Men’s Soccer
Zack Lane, Football
Calley Lawson, Women’s Golf
Guillermo Lazcano, Men’s Soccer
David Lee, Baseball
Lillian Lesniewski, Women’s Lacrosse
Mariah Lewis, Volleyball
Tyler Linkous, Men’s Soccer
Ryan Logan, Baseball
Madison Malone, Women’s Lacrosse/Basketball
Tanner Maloof, Baseball
Miriah Martin, Women’s Soccer
Erika Mayfield, Women’s Soccer
Kelli McCalla, Women’s Soccer/Lacrosse
Chad McClanahan, Football
Octavis McKinney, Football
Kristen McMillion, Women’s Basketball
Rachel Medley, Softball
Johann Mejia, Men’s Soccer
Jake Mendenhall, Men’s Golf
Ethan Merrow, Men’s Lacrosse
Whitley Miller, Softball
Erin Mills, Women’s Tennis
Brianna Mitchell, Women’s Basketball
Amy Morford, Women’s Cross Country
Pauline Muiruri, Women’s Cross Country
Hunter Mullican, Football
Shannon Murphy,Volleyball
Conor McKenna, Men’s Soccer
Paula Ortiz-Gomez, Women’s Lacrosse
Ross Parsons, Men’s Lacrosse
Anthony Patrick, Football
Mark Patterson, Men’s Soccer
John Perrucci, Men’s Lacrosse
Roberto Pimentel, Men’s Soccer
Nic Planchard, Men’s Tennis
Wesley Powell, Football
Alisha Pugh, Women’s Soccer
Christian Raasch, Baseball
Matt Ramsay, Baseball
Robert Ramsey, Football
Leif Ratliff, Men’s Golf
Ciara Rattana, Women’s Golf
Austin Raynor, Football
Treslyn Reese, Softball
Jenna Restivo, Softball
Brooke Rhodes, Softball
Aly Rines, Women’s Soccer
Rachel Roberts, Women’s Soccer
Jay Roberts, Football
Nick Rodriguez, Baseball
Christopher Ryan, Men’s Lacrosse
DJ Samuels, Football
Sabrina Schleuger, Volleyball
Drew Schreder, Football
Michael Scott, Baseball
Leon Seiz, Men’s Tennis
Zach Shirah, Baseball
Jalen Shuffler, Baseball
David Siegle, Men’s Tennis
Deion Sims, Football
Erin Sims, Women’s Lacrosse
Zach Slagle, Baseball
Taylor Smith, Men’s Golf
Jonathan Spicher, Men’s Soccer
Danae Stauffer, Volleyball
Dominick Stefanacci, Baseball
Robin Stoner, Softball
Kaytlin Stroinski, Softball
Amanda Sumner, Women’s Tennis
Shannele Sunderland, Women’s Soccer
Martez Thompkins, Football
Benjamin Thompson, Men’s Lacrosse
Carlie Thornber, Women’s Soccer
Jack Timerson, Men’s Lacrosse
Jim Tolle, Baseball
John Topoleski, Baseball
Preston Tucker, Men’s Golf
Jeremiah Tullidge, Baseball
Cheyenne Upton, Women’s Soccer
Beze Uzoma, Football
Abby Van Bussum, Women’s Soccer
Dana Van Dyck, Volleyball
Erotokritos Varlas, Men’s Lacrosse
Austin Vazquez, Baseball
Austin Via, Men’s Lacrosse
Kevin Victoriano, Baseball
Veronica Vineyard, Women’s Soccer
Samantha Vogt, Women’s Cross Country
Brooke Wagner, Women’s Lacrosse
Devan Watts, Baseball
Jason Ware, Football
Chrstian Washington, Women’s Basketball
Nick Wasylyk, Football
Emily Waters, Women’s Tennis
George Weber, Baseball
Kaily Weiss, Volleyball
Laryssa Welch, Volleyball
Shynese Whitener, Women’s Basketball
Creighton Wilke, Baseball
Marissa Williams, Women’s Soccer
Carolyn Williamson, Softball
Darris Wilson, Men’s Lacrosse
Jonas Winkelmann, Men’s Tennis
Lukas Winkelmann,Men’s Tennis
Travis Winnon, Baseball
LJ Young, Football


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More than 225 receive degrees during Winter Commencement

More than 225 receive degrees during Winter Commencement

Posted on 15 December 2014 by

Graduating from Tusculum College during winter commencement ceremonies were 227 individuals in a ceremony held on Saturday, Dec. 13.

On Saturday 81 students earned Bachelor of Science degrees and 80 earned Bachelor of Arts degrees. In addition 36 graduates earned Master of Arts degrees and 20 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 “you have made a commitment and stuck with it to the point that you have forever changed the direction of your life for the better.” Adding, “I am confident that you learned to think critically, not to accept at face value everything you read, hear, or see. You demonstrated your ability to debate ideas and to see both sides of an argument before making judgment. These are a few of the qualities of an educated person.”

She told the group, “May you be fortunate enough to earn in the years ahead, and may you be wise enough to return some of your blessings to those who aspire to follow in your footsteps.”

Two student speakers addressed the graduates, including Jacquelyn Waddell of Greeneville, who received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.

Waddell spoke of the challenges of adult learners whose lives are already full of family and work responsibilities. She encouraged her fellow graduates to use whatever they have learned, but also take time to enjoy their accomplishment. “This is your moment.”

Also speaking was Martin Jorgensen, a residential sports science major from Beder, Denmark.

Graduation speakers representing the Class of 2014 were Jacquelyn Waddell, left, and Martin Dan Jorgensen.

“Every day is a new beginning,” he told fellow graduates. “I think of the friends I’ve made and the education I’ve earned. All of it can be used as a springboard into the real world.”

He encouraged his fellow graduates to be “like the weather” and not stagnate. “Although you don’t want to change constantly like the weather in East Tennessee, you do want to keep moving if the weather stagnates, you have a drought.”

Mark Stokes, college chaplain, presented a sermon titled “Great Expectations.” He told the audience, “Like beauty and brilliance, we are not responsible for having them, but we are very responsible for what we do with them. Our lives are gifts of God’s grace.”

He added, “Successful life management is a matter of exchanging a life you cannot keep for a life you cannot lose. It is trading the temporary goods of this world for unending, secure treasure. No matter how much or how little you may have in ability, opportunity or wealth, you can manage your life in such a way as to become very rich.”

Among those earning diplomas, by type of degree, were:

Lisa Yvonne Crowder
Alexandra Nichole Dalton
Vikki Hunt Dillard
Lyndsey Renee Elrod
Valerie Savannah Harrell
Kelli Patricia Heard
Toni Michelle Hobby, Honors
Amy Lynn Inman
Kristin Marie Mays, High Honors
Vicky LeAnne McCarter
Rebecca Rankin McKee, Honors
Courtney Bare Miller, Honors
Angela Kay Ott
Lori Paxton Ricker
Mark Anthony Seal
Benjamin Coy Willings

Amy Shyanne Bales
Carrie Michelle Bledsoe, Honors
Christa LeighAnn King, Honors
Charles Arthur Painter, High Honors

Robert William Minton

Emily Campbell
Patricia Ann Carroll
Tonya Mechelle Greenlee
Michelle Hawkins, Honors
Jane Pate Hutton, High Honors
Markus Eugene Jackson, Honors
Lisa Regina Kirk, Honors
Wendy Danielle Robertson
John Harold Rode
Tiffany Dee Rose, High Honors
Stacey Marie Sayne, Honors
Andrew David Traugot, High Honors
Anton V. Tuz, Honors
Vincent Whitright, Honors

Patrice Yolanda Blue
Justin Conley Harvey
Britney Marie Hopkins, High Honors
Lindsay Hope Welch, Honors

Matthew P. Albert
Jeffrey Michael Bowles
Paul Henry Britt Jr.
Lonnie Marc Burns
Dale L. Butler
Kevin Bradley Carter
Angela Marie Daugherty
Christopher Carl Gibbs
Crystal Ann Hill-Fields
Ryan S. Holliday
Sandra Lynn Lawson
Jessica Leach
Jose B. Lopez
Julie Ann Lopez
Michael James McClendon
Michael Ryan Newport
Jennifer Zubko Reynolds
Charles Michael Snow Jr.
Jeffrey Scott Yeomans

Alexis Blake Anderson
Nequoiah C. Anderson
Michael Clark Ayers
Thomas James Bitner, Cum Laude
Joseph Wade Borden†
Katharine Marie Chadwick
Aisha Noelle Collins
Darien Crank
Jarrod Daniel Cupp
Mia Karina Damico
Cassidy Rose Ebers
Zackery Tres Elliott
Lindsay Nicole Firster
Samuel Taylor Foster
Mason Andrew Fox
Melinda Jayne Franklin
Keagan Thomas Graham
Amanda Marie Grempel
Paris Tanashia Hardnett
Kristin Marie Hensley
Joshua Ronald Jaro
William Anthony Jennings
Martin Dan Jorgensen, Summa Cum Laude*
Stacie Marie Justis, Cum Laude
Katheryn Michelle Kolodi
Cyrus Jackson Lampley
Anthony Bernard Latimore Jr.
Melissa Raye Mauceri
Jennifer Dawn Mayo
Tyler James Miller
Corrinne E. Moore
Amy Leigh Morford, Cum Laude
Jonathan Ryan Norton
Georgia Paturalski
Leah Katelyn Powell
Jordan Tyler Rhinehart
Jeffrey Daniel Roberts, Magna Cum Laude
Jamie L. Rossman, Magna Cum Laude*
Jack Emile Scariano III
Tynan L. Shadle
Scott Charles Simmons Jr.
Madison Lashea Stephenson
Chelsea Elyse White

Lindsey Nicole Daniels, Magna Cum Laude
Rachael Jeanette Frantz
Kristi Leigh Seymour
Lauren Victoria Wallace, Cum Laude

Melissa Ann Alsip, Cum Laude
Abby Christina Anders
Kathryn Elizabeth Branam
Stephanie Michelle Brennan, Cum Laude
Yancey Britte Lynch
Steven Donald Mull
Ryan Clifford Ogle, Magna Cum Laude
Anthony Neal Palmer
Courtney Campbell Parton
Courtney LeAnn Payne
Natalie Ruth Saunders
Jeffery Dewayne Smith II
Emily Rebekah Teague
Madison Nicole Weems
Margaret Lynn Woods

Caroline Elizabeth Barton
Amanda Day Brooks, Cum Laude
Linda Gail Burton, Summa Cum Laude
Matthew Christopher Casey
Sarah Marie Cedillo, Cum Laude
Leslie Alicia Clemmons
Jennifer Ann Conner
Christina Renee Davis
Jamie Elizabeth DePriest
Melissa Gail Dunlap
Karen Jane Hatfield
Kimberly Joann Hayes
Brian Martin Hensley
Tammy Bray Johnson, Cum Laude
Jessica Briann Jones
Melissa S. Kelley, Cum Laude
Melanie Renee Kimbrough, Cum Laude
Pamela Christine Lamb
Leah Faye Lawrence
Jessica Machluf
Trena R. Russell
Tiquasia Deloris Simmons
Kyra Joelle Smallwood
Tracy Nicole Wells Vandiver
Jacquelyn Clintina Agee Waddell, Summa Cum Laude
Kavaldeep White

Mary Lyda Anderton
Logan Samuel Callahan
Sabrina Darlene Clark
Casey L. Cline, Magna Cum Laude
Tiffany Dawn Coffey
Hannah Sidney-Nicole Collins
Sara Len Douglas
Jordan Tyler Elkins
Robert Patrick Espinoza, Cum Laude
Hayley Elizabeth Fields
Gary Allen Fryman, Cum Laude
Angela Montgomery Gibby
Rachel Ilene Hazen Hale
Christopher Joel Hartwell
Angela Sue Hill
Amy Darlene Hinkle, Cum Laude
Eric Lynn Hinkle, Cum Laude
Tim Holseberg
Jason Hykle
Eric Barton Johnson, Magna Cum Laude
Matthew Jerry Johnson
Kay Jones
Renee Eileen Khan, Magna Cum Laude
Nathaniel Devin Lawrence
Dale Allen Linkous
William Keith McCord III
Dana Ruth Mihovch
Adam Ray Nelson
Ashley Ann Paulson
Patricia Ann Polfus, Magna Cum Laude
Tommy Lee Price II, Cum Laude
Nancy Denise Proske, Cum Laude
Justin Mark Reaves, Cum Laude
Joshua Michael Reeves
Mark Timothy Roberts, Cum Laude
Heather Juette Rollins, Cum Laude
Regina Sue Rose
Monica L. Smith
Dawn Marie Spangler
Nancy LeAnn Sutton
Jake Evan Turnmire
Michael Ryan Winstead

Brianna Hope Allen
Joseph Rhyne Brent
Stephen Wayne Buchanan, Magna Cum Laude
Lauren Elizabeth Bullerdick
David Anson Cagle
Jennifer Joy Cagle
Ashley Christine Carver
Susan Kaye Cutshall
Kristen Marie Johnson Dalton, Cum Laude
Brian Joseph Decker
Christopher Walter George
Eric Lee Henderson, Cum Laude
Zachary Hunter Holcombe
Renee Johnson
Kerri Ann Keaton
William Thomas Kidwell, Cum Laude
Bobby James Lambert
Tabitha Nicole Linkous
Tokena Decia Love
Jennifer Anne Mann, Magna Cum Laude
Shannon Ellison Marion
Michael Eugene Meade
Jared Houston Moore

Jessica Lynne Moore
John Timothy Nelson, Cum Laude
Marita Nicole Robinson
Maria Antonia Salami Tobuasiche
Clinton David Serman
Justin Grant Sewell, Cum Laude
Deanna Dolores Sheffey, Cum Laude
Megan Nicole Slack
Deborah Smith
Jordon Tyler Smith
Megan Elizabeth Smith
Sierra Grace Stair
Malinda Beth Thrasher, Cum Laude
Russell James Vandermeeden



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Tree Lighting and Christmas Band Concert set Tuesday, Dec. 2

Tree Lighting and Christmas Band Concert set Tuesday, Dec. 2

Posted on 14 November 2014 by

People gathered and sang carols following the tree lighting during last year's ceremony.

Get into the holiday spirit Tuesday, Dec. 2, at Tusculum College with a Christmas tree lighting and the annual holiday concert by the College’s Band Program.

The local community is invited to the celebration and concert, which are both free and open to the public.

Festivities will begin at 6 p.m. with the lighting of the tree and caroling in front of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on campus.  Wassail and cookies will be served in the lobby of the Byrd building following the lighting.

The Christmas Band Concert will follow at 7 p.m., featuring the Concert Band, Jazz Band and Handbell Choir.

The Concert Band and Jazz Band’s repertoire will include Christmas favorites. The Concert Band will be performing “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo,” “Merry Christmas Darling,” “Yes Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus” and “Wonderful Christmastime.” The Jazz Band will be performing “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “Three Guys.”

The Handbell Choir will be performing three traditional carols, “Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day,” “The Ukrainian Carol of the Bells” and “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming.”

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.


Come enjoy some refreshments between the tree lighting festivities and Band concert.

The College's Concert Band performs during last year's concert.




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Doak House Museum prepares to celebrate holidays with two programs

Doak House Museum prepares to celebrate holidays with two programs

Posted on 12 November 2014 by

The Doak House Museum is preparing to celebrate the holidays with a Christmas Open House on Dec. 6 and with its popular children’s program, “Storytelling and Gingerbread” through Dec. 18.

An open house will be held at the museum on the Tusculum College campus from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6. Free tours of the museum will be provided along with refreshments, crafts and games for the children, storytelling and specials in the museum’s gift shop with proceeds going toward the museum’s programs. A storyteller will perform at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and tours will offered throughout the event.

The museum, which is the 1830s home of Tusculum College co-founder the Rev. Samuel Witherspoon Doak, will be decorated in a charming 19th century style, as a home would be during that time period.

“Storytelling and Gingerbread,” the Doak House Museum’s most popular children’s program, will be continuing through Dec. 18. Molly Mouse is the guide for the children as they experience holiday customs that the Doak family enjoyed in the 19th century. They learn about holiday foods from the period, gift giving and decorating customs as people lived them 200 years ago.

The program is open to public and private school groups as well as home schooled children. The museum is also able to offer Title I schools a discounted admission.

On Friday, Dec. 12, the program will be offered for home school children. One adult per family will be admitted free of charge. The program will begin at 1:30 p.m.

For more information about the Open House, contact Leah Walker at the museum at 423-636-8554 or

To make a reservation for the “Storytelling and Gingerbread” program, please contact Dollie Boyd at 423-636-8554 or

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


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More than 700 served through RAM free health care clinic hosted by Tusculum

More than 700 served through RAM free health care clinic hosted by Tusculum

Posted on 11 November 2014 by

Through the Remote Area Medical health care clinic hosted by Tusculum College on the Greeneville campus this weekend, 761 people received professional medical care completely free of charge.

Remote Area Medical is a Knoxville-based organization providing free medical care for the uninsured and underinsured.

“What an experience to be part of this project and see a critical need in our region being met by hundreds of volunteers who worked tirelessly throughout the weekend,” said Dr. Nancy Moody, president of the college.

During the weekend clinic, volunteers provided medical services, dental work and optometry services and glasses on-site free of charge. Health care services provided included comprehensive screening for diabetes and hypertension, procedures such as retinal screening using telemedicine technology, chest x-rays, pulmonary function studies, chiropractic services and some gynecological procedures.

During the Tusculum clinic, $413,494 in medical services were provided free to anyone in need, including $338,102 in dental care, $71,737 in vision care and $3,655 in medical services. Additionally, 319 pairs of prescription eyeglasses were given out. More than 6,700 volunteer hours were dedicated to the event, from more than 500 volunteers, two-thirds of which were professionals in medical-related fields. Volunteers included staff, faculty, alumni and students from Tusculum College, medical students from other colleges and universities and hundreds of volunteers from the community.

Tusculum nursing students were among the volunteers taking vital signs and making notes about patient's medical histories in the "triage" area each visited prior to getting in line for either vision or dental services.

“It was a very humbling experience to see the critical nature of what the RAM organization has adopted as its mission,” said Mark Stokes, Tusculum chaplain and planning committee chairman. “This community responded with such incredible generosity, it is impossible to thank everyone who supported the event.”

Businesses, churches and community organizations responded by donating time and resources at a tremendous level. Food for volunteers, transportation resources and equipment were just a few of the needs met by the local community, according to Stokes.

Students came from Tusculum College, University of Buffalo Dental School, Virginia Southern University, Middle Tennessee State University, East Tennessee State University, the Southern College of Optometry, the University of Tennessee, Lincoln Memorial University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. More than 40 Tusculum College nursing students worked throughout the weekend, alongside their faculty and dean, Dr. Lois Ewen.

Dental students from the University of Buffalo received valuable experience during the clinic performing tooth extractions and fillings.

“Many of these students talked about how the experience had changed their lives, as well as giving them a learning experience that was invaluable,” said Dr. Ewen.

Dr Moody added, “What a sense of real impact was felt by everyone involved in this project. We were aided by many community organizations, including the East Tennessee Foundation, which provided a grant of $12,000 through the Dr. J. G. Hawkins Memorial Fund. I am personally awed by the students, faculty, staff, alumni,  friends and local businesses who dedicated their time, talent and resources to make this happen for those in need.”

Planning Committee members included Stokes, Dr. Moody, Dr. Ewen, Steve Gehret, vice president and chief executive officer; Audrey Brackens, administrative assistant for the School of Nursing, Health Sciences and Psychology; Jennifer Hollowell, Arts Outreach coordinator; Ronda Gentry, director of the Center for Civic Advancement, Jon Gresham, campus safety director; David Martin, director of facilities; Suzanne Richey, director of college communications; Mike Hollowell, executive director of the Greene County YMCA, and Vickie Andrew, vice president for chamber operations at the Greene County Partnership.

Patients seeking vision care were given a thorough exam and those needing new prescription glasses were able to get them at the clinic as well.


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‘The Addams Family’ coming to the stage Nov. 14-16, 20-23

‘The Addams Family’ coming to the stage Nov. 14-16, 20-23

Posted on 03 November 2014 by

Erin Hensley-Schultz (Morticia) and Chris Greene (Gomez) rehearse a scene from the musical, based on the beloved Charles Addams' cartoon characters.

They’re spooky, a bit kooky and they’re coming to the stage soon in Northeast Tennessee.

Theatre-at-Tusculum is presenting “The Addams Family,” the first time the Broadway-award winning musical has been staged in East Tennessee. The musical, based on the beloved Charles Addams’ cartoons, will be presented  at 7 p.m. on Nov. 14-15, 20-22 and 2 p.m. on Nov. 16 and 23 in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on the Tusculum College campus.

Well known and respected actors from the Northeast Tennessee fill the cast for the musical that finds the weird and wonderful Addams family with an affinity for all things macabre with a developing crisis. Wednesday Addams has fallen in love with nerdy Lucas Beineke, who is from a “normal” family. Meanwhile, well meaning Uncle Fester has been working behind the scenes with the Addams family ancestors, who set about helping the family with its new challenging situation, and the fun ensues for the audience.

Under the direction of Marilyn duBrisk, the talented cast includes Erin Hensley-Schultz, a well-known Johnson City thespian, who is bringing Morticia to life, opposite Chris Greene who is portraying the suave Gomez.  Wednesday Addams is brought to life by Hannah Faith Rader, who has performed in Jonesborough and Johnson City productions, and her love interest, Lucas Beineke, is talented Parker Bunch, who many will remember from his role as Bob Cratchit in Theatre-at-Tusculum’s 2013 production of “A Christmas Carol.”

Undertaking Fester and also acting as assistant director is Brian Ricker, who has become a local favorite through his many roles in the Theatre-at-Tusculum program. A relative newcomer to the local stage, but who is also quickly becoming a favorite, is Audrey Shoemaker, who is being transformed for the show into 102-year-old Granny Adams. Young newcomer Tate Brumit plays obnoxious and cheeky little brother while Mike Willis, who delighted audiences as the Ghost of Christmas Future in “A Christmas Carol,” will bring the memorable Lurch to life. Lucas’ parents, Mal and Alice Beineke will be portrayed by Josh Davis, who has starred in roles in Morristown productions, and Jodi Carter, another veteran of Theatre-at-Tusculum productions.


Hensley-Schultz practices a dance with the Addams Family Ancestors during rehearsal. From left are Angie Willis, Austin Bird, Josh Beddingfield, Hensley-Schultz, Charlene Kight, Laura Berry, Zach Gass (partially hidden) and Toni Bates.

Portraying Gomez has meant lots of practice in using a Spanish accent for Greene. “It has been challenging, but a lot of fun.” Audiences will find lots to love about the show,

Greene says, and he has especially enjoyed the music. “The music in this show is great. It is different from the other musicals – the songs are a lot more in the rock and jazz vein.” Greene is a local favorite, and some of his memorable leads include The Cat in the Hat in “Seussical,” the Scarecrow in “Wizard of Oz” and Sir Toby in “Twelfth Night.”

Hensley-Schultz is returning to the Theatre-at-Tusculum stage as Morticia, a role she has wanted to play since a child. She recalls seeing the Addams Family movies and finding the Morticia to be the “coolest character” because of her dark beauty and graceful movements. Hensley-Schultz was in duBrisk’s productions while in high school and then moved away from the region and recently moved back to the region.  Among her memorable roles are Patsy Cline in “Always Patsy Cline,” Winifred in “Once Upon a Mattress” and Columbia in “Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

Bringing the “very loaded” character of Wednesday to life has been a welcome challenge to Rader. Falling in love has pulled Wednesday in a new direction from the dark world that is her norm. “The Addams Family” is a show that has something for everyone, Rader says. “It has a great message in terms of love,” she said. “Although the Addams family members are weird, they are all about family, they look out for each other.” Rader’s recent work includes Jonesborough Repertory Theatre’s “Hairspray,” and Blue Moon Dinner Theatre’s production of “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” She also appeared in several productions while in college at Carson-Newman University.

Wednesday’s new love, Lucas Beineke, is portrayed by Bunch, who finds himself playing a shy teenager in love, much like the character of Peter in Theatre-at-Tusculum’s production of “Anne Frank,” but unlike his own outgoing personality.  Audiences will find the musical to be funny, with lots of great music and costumes, he says. Bunch has been featured in such plays as “Christmas Carol,” but says he especially enjoyed being part of last spring’s production of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare.”

The role of Uncle Fester is much like The Cat in the Hat in “Seussical” in moving the action along, said Ricker of the role. Uncle Fester also has some interaction with the audience. “I love that,” he said. “It is sort of like improvisation – it makes you be on your toes and focused.” Ricker is also taking on the additional role of assistant director, which has been a fun challenge. “I can’t say enough about the amazing cast, they are absolutely brilliant,” he said, noting that it will be difficuult for him during the performances to stay focused on his character as he will also be thinking about things that need to be happening backstage and onstage.

Shoemaker says it has fun but challenging to play a 102-year-old. “The lines are awesome,” she said of the part, but the role is also physical as Granny’s body language is as important as the lines. Shoemaker’s past Theatre-at-Tusculum roles in such shows as “Carnival,” “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” and “Seussical,” have all been strong character roles, which has been an enjoyable change. Prior to coming to Theatre-at-Tusculum, she was primarily cast in leading roles, but she said she is more comfortable in playing the character roles such as Granny.

The youngest member of the cast is Brumit, whose portrayal of Pugsley is his first leading role. While the play has been fun, he says, it has also been a lot of work. “Most of my parts are in the first act. It is hard because I go on and off stage several times.” Brumit’s experience in the theater began with a role in “Seussical.” “I really liked it a lot and enjoyed being in it with my friends.”

A veteran of both Morristown and Greeneville theater, Davis has been tasked with playing the much older character of Mal Beineke, Lucas’ father. Returning to work with duBrisk and a talented cast has been the best part of his experience with the Addams Family, Davis says, and invites audiences to come enjoy the fun musical. “The Addams Family are American icons and it is fun to see them brought to life on the stage,” he notes. “There are some things about the show you will not be expecting but there are different things you should expect. It is very funny, and there are lots of surprises.” Audiences have enjoyed Davis in such roles as Lord Farquaad in “Shrek the Musical” and as the lead role in the production of “Sweeney Todd” at Walters State Community College in Morristown.

Portraying Mal’s wife Alice is Carter, who agrees with her stage husband that the best part of the production has been the camaraderie among the cast. A music teacher in the Greene County School System, Carter’s first experiences under the tutelage of duBrisk was as a participant in the GLAWPIGT (Great Literature Alive, Well and Playing in Greeneville, Tennessee) program for students in grades 3-12). She has had lead roles in “Seussical,” “The Wizard of Oz” and “Oliver.”

The production staff includes Angie Clendenon, music director; Chris Beste, accompanist; David Price, percussion, and Kim Berry as the show’s choreographer. Frank Mengel is technical director and set designer; Barbara Holt, costume director; Suzanne Greene and Jim Holt, stage management; Zach Holdich, lighting design; Margo Olmsted and Sandy Neinaber, props management; Trenda Berney, make-up director; and Jennifer Hollowell, house manager in charge of the box office.

Parents are cautioned that while “The Addams Family” is family friendly, it is rated as a “PG” show due to a few instances of rough language.

With  music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and story by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice,  the original show opened in April 2010 with Nathan Lane as Gomez and Bebe Neuwirth as Morticia.  The show won a Audience Award for Favorite New Broadway Musical and played 722 performances before closing on December 31, 2011.  It then went on tour both in the U.S. and Internationally.

Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 60 and over, and $5 for children 12 and under.  To reserve tickets, please call 423-798-1620 or email


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Tuition, other fees at Tusculum College will not see increase in 2015

Tuition, other fees at Tusculum College will not see increase in 2015

Posted on 17 October 2014 by

There will be no increase in tuition and room and board rates for Tusculum College students in the 2015-2016 year, as members of the Tusculum College Board of Trustees voted to freeze fees for the upcoming year at their fall meeting on the Greeneville campus, October 15-17.

The board met for three days, which included the kick-off celebration for the Tusculum First Capital Campaign held on Thursday night.

“We are pleased to announce that tuition, room and board at Tusculum College will remain at the same rate,” said President Nancy B. Moody. “It is our challenge and our duty to control costs for our students to the best of our ability.”

The tuition freeze will be applied to both the residential and the Graduate and Professional Studies programs.

In other business, the board approved revised floor plans and construction budget for the Dr. Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math.

The Meen Center for Science and Math will be a four-story structure of nearly 100,000 square feet. Interiors include wings for biology, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, environmental science and nursing. There will also be lab space and research areas for both faculty and students.

The building features the environmental science wing with a loading dock, as well as larger general classroom spaces and classrooms equipped for distance learning programs. A large lecture hall will also be included on the ground floor. Additional space is earmarked for new yet-to-be-determined academic programs.

“We are ready to see this vision become a reality,” said Dr. Ken Bowman, chair of the Board of Trustees and a 1970 graduate of Tusculum College. “With the announcement Thursday night of the Tusculum First campaign and approval today on a construction budget for the science building, we have made giant strides in moving Tusculum College forward.”

Upon the recommendation of the faculty, the board approved changes in the number of credit hours required for graduation and credit hours earned per course for a large number of offerings in the academic program. Students will be required to earn 120 credits to graduate, down from 128. It is anticipated that this change will be implemented with the input of faculty, staff and administration by fall 2016.

Also approved was a fully-online degree program for the Bachelor of Science in management program.

In other action, the board gave approval to the 2014-2015 operating budget, approved December graduates and elected officers.

Officers elected included: Chair, Dr. Bowman; Vice Chair, Dr. Jerry Ward; Treasurer, Dwight Ferguson, and Secretary, Mark R. Williams.

Bowman, who currently resides in Apollo, Pa., has been a member of the board since 1998 and chair since 2006.

Dr. Ward resides in Greeneville and has served on the board since 2009.  He has served as assistant principal, principal and superintendent of schools in the Greeneville City School System. Dr. Ward served on the faculty of Tusculum College from 1994 until 2004, serving as distinguished service professor of education, department chair and division chair.

Ferguson joined the board in 2009. He is retired from Nuclear Fuel Services, Inc., located in Erwin, where he served as president and chief executive officer from March 1992 until January 2009. Williams, of Greeneville, joined the board in 2001. He is a broker with Century 21 Legacy.

Also re-elected for an additional term as board members were Dr. Ward, Dr. Alan B. Corley, Dr. Judith Domer, Anna Gamble, Dr. Paul E. Stanton, Frank Horsman and Dr. Angelo Volpe.

The next meeting of the Tusculum College Board of Trustees will be in February 2015.


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Tusculum College kicks-off $25 million capital campaign

Tusculum College kicks-off $25 million capital campaign

Posted on 17 October 2014 by

Tusculum College kicked off a $25 million dollar capital campaign Thursday night in a gathering of college alumni and friends at the General Morgan Inn.

More than 150 people attended the dinner held in conjunction with Homecoming 2014 and the October meeting of the Board of Trustees. The campaign, Tusculum First, is designed to strengthen the college and what is offered by the institution to the community and the region.

Campaign Chairman Scott Niswonger, an alumnus of the college and member of the Tusculum College Board of Trustees, announced that to date, $18 million had been raised.

“By giving to the Tusculum First Campaign, donors will provide resources that enable Tusculum to continue to grow and thrive,” said Niswonger. “To reach our goal, we are appealing to everyone in our community – alumni, students, parents and friends of the college – to join us in making our community first in education.”

According to Niswonger, Tusculum First is designed to address the college’s areas of greatest need including a new center for science and math, growth of academic programs, endowed scholarships, student life improvements, technology, an environmental resources and facilities center and support to the Tusculum Fund.

The campaign, which follows the college’s long line of firsts, “was initiated to improve and expand Tusculum College and its programs for the benefit of both the internal and external community. It is designed to improve the areas that most affect student success and inspire them to be contributing members of society,” said Dr. Nancy B. Moody, the college’s president.

Moody went on to explain that the campaign is a continuing effort to keep Tusculum first, and that it will provide improved academic programs and scholarship opportunities to help students develop as global citizens. The overall goal of the campaign is to give the Tusculum community the best education environment possible.

“Tusculum College is in a state of becoming, one we hope to continue for centuries more. Tusculum First will make these transformational opportunities a reality,” added Moody. “The success of Tusculum First depends on every member of the Tusculum community joining together to set the next stage of transformation.”

Dr. Ken Bowman, a 1970 alumnus of the college and chair of Tusculum’s Board of Trustees, told the group how proud he was to be part of continuing the tradition of firsts that is so prominent in the institution’s history.

“We have a duty, a responsibility, to be stewards of what has been passed forward to us since the days our founders chose to take on the task of providing higher education to those on the frontier,” said Bowman. “We are up to the task, and if we stand together, can provide for our future through what we can offer to generations to come.”


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New meditation garden dedicated at ceremony Tuesday afternoon

New meditation garden dedicated at ceremony Tuesday afternoon

Posted on 23 September 2014 by

A dedication ceremony was held for the meditation garden located at the Honor Program House at Tusculum College on Tuesday, Sept. 23. The garden was a service project of several Tusculum classes, including students in the biology and visual arts programs. The garden was designed not only as a beautiful campus space, but as an ongoing project in support of ASafeHarborHome, an organization that assists domestic abuse victims and homeless with a disability. With the help of Office of Institutional Advancement, the biology class solicited donations to purchase plants and supplies. With each group donation, a plant identification marker will be placed to represent organization or departments/group on campus. Students from the “Service Learning in the Arts” class repaired, cleaned and re-tiled the benches; repainted the bird feeder; and created the stepping stone that is a feature in the garden. Students in service-learning classes taught by Robin Fife have worked with ASafeHarborHome for several years and continue to work the non-profit organization.


The meditation garden was created as a partnership between Tusculum College and ASafeHarborHome.

Lilly Gonzelez and Daniel Velez

The dedication ceremony included a welcome from Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College. Denise Coffey, student intern at ASafeHarborHome, shared what the meditation garden means to her. Dr.Melissa Keller, assistant professor of biology; Aurora Pope, assistant professor of art, and Fife described what their students did as part of the project. Daniel Velez, chief executive officer of ASafeHarborHome, Inc., and his wife, Lilly Gonzalez, expressed their appreciation of the Tusculum students and College community for their work. Velez said it is an example of people working together to meet a common goal to better the lives of others. Tusculum Chaplain Mark Stokes offered a prayer of dedication for the garden. Rev. Ronda Gentry, director of the Center for Civic Advancement, invited those in attendance to explore the garden.


Lowe's of Greeneville provided donations of some of the landscaping elements used in the garden.


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