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Updates on capitol campaign, science building given to Trustees

Updates on capitol campaign, science building given to Trustees

Posted on 26 October 2016 by

Brick now covers all the exterior of the new Meen Center for Science and Math. The building is on schedule to be opened for classes in January.

The Tusculum First Capital Campaign at Tusculum College is at the $23.1 million mark with eight months left in the campaign, and officials expect to move into the Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math in December.

These were among the topics covered when the Tusculum College Board of Trustees held its fall meeting on October 20-21 on the Greeneville campus.

Additionally, the Board gave full approval to Bachelor of Science degrees in computer science, environmental science, information technology and business administration. The Board approved a Bachelor of Arts degree in environmental studies and a Master of Accountancy degree program. The Board also approved changing the name of the health care administration degree program to health care management, pending approval of the faculty.

The new programs will be initiated for fall semester 2017.

According to Heather Patchett, vice president of Institutional Advancement, the Tusculum First campaign is on track for a successful finish.

“Tusculum is $4.35 million over the established goal for endowed scholarship and more than $17 million of the funds raised has been received for will be received in the next five years,” she reported.

“The amount of funds raised in the campaign for endowed scholarships truly shows our commitment to help students who most need financial assistance,” said Dr. Kenneth A. Bowman, chair of the Board and 1970 alumnus of the college. “With reductions across the board in federal aid and other federal aid programs, Tusculum is committed to continue to serve the students of our region.”

The Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math is near completion and plans are to move into the building during the Christmas break and hold classes in the facility beginning with the spring semester.

Residential enrollment numbers are up for the  2016-2017 academic year and the Board heard that this year’s entering residential class totals 368 incoming freshman and transfer students, an increase of 15 percent over 2015-2016. This number includes 296 entering freshmen, 52 transfer students and 20 new international students.

“Tusculum College’s residential program continues to grow for a number of reasons,” said Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody. “Our unique Civic Arts focus takes the liberal arts a step further in a nationally recognized approach to educating individuals of integrity and ideals. Additionally a wide range of majors – from museum studies to nursing – are combined with service learning and travel opportunities to create a completely unique experience.

“We are pleased to see the fruits of its expanded enrollment and retention efforts, furthering the goal of serving the region with accessible, affordable higher education opportunities.”

She added that enrollment numbers also reflect an increased focus on keeping enrolled students on campus until graduation. Tusculum’s support services for students provide everything from tutoring to book loan programs to help students achieve their dream of a college education. To this end, Tusculum College retained 68.2 percent of the first-time, full-time undergraduate students who enrolled during fall 2015, the highest retention rate in 10 years for the college’s residential program. This year’s retention rate was recorded at 68 percent, 9.1 percent over the previous year, and beating the previous high of 62 percent in 2014.

In other action, the Board approved revisions to the bylaws that came after previous revisions in the faculty handbook, by-laws and constitution were approved by the faculty.

Officers elected included: Chair, Dr. Bowman; Vice Chair, the Rev. Dr. Dan Donaldson; 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. Rev. Donaldson is the pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Greeneville. He also serves as director of the Calvin Center, the Camp and Conference Center for the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta.

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.
Re-elected for an additional term as board members were Dr. Bowman; Williams; Rev. Donaldson; Dr. Larry Brotherton, a 1970 graduate of the college; and Lester Lattany, a 1987 and 1991 graduate of the college.

Three retiring Board members were recognized and presented with a resolution from the Board, recognizing the value of their service. Retiring Board members include Frank Horsman, a 1968 graduate of the college; Charlotte Gray, and Anna Gamble.

The next meeting of the Tusculum College Board of Trustees will be February 2017.

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‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum’ opens Friday, Nov. 4

‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum’ opens Friday, Nov. 4

Posted on 24 October 2016 by

Steve Schultz as Pseudolus (left) attempts to prevent Hero, portrayed by Maxwell Reed, from spilling the beans about their grand plans of deception during rehearsal of this scene from “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” Theatre-at-Tusculum’s production of the Stephen Sondheim musical comedy opens Friday, Nov. 4. (Rehearsal photos courtesy of Carrie Tucker)

Theatre-at-Tusculum will bring something familiar, something peculiar, something for everyone to the stage in November with its production of the comedy “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.”

Opening Friday, Nov. 4, Director Marilyn duBrisk and a talented cast and crew will present the Stephen Sondheim musical comedy for two weekends only in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Fine Arts Building on the Tusculum College campus.

“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” will be performed at 7 p.m. on Nov. 4-5 and Nov. 10-12. Two Sunday matinee performances are scheduled for 2 p.m. on Nov. 6 and 13.

This is not the first time duBrisk has brought the Tony Award winning musical to the Greeneville stage. The first time was in 1999 at the Haberstick Auditorium in the Roby Fitzgerald Adult Center through a partnership with the former Little Theatre of Greeneville. In fact the show will take place almost 17 years to the day of the last production.

“You can do a show multiple times and it will always be different,” said duBrisk. “I loved my original cast and I love the cast I have now. It is the actors that bring the material to life, that is the exciting thing about live theater.”

When deciding what the line up would be for this fall, duBrisk knew she wanted to do an all children’s show in the spring and wanted something ‘fast, fun, and witty’ for adults in the fall. (While there is no adult language in the production, audience members should note that the the show is chock-full of hilarious situations and innuendo.)

The Proteans react to something "repulsive" during rehearsal of the opening number. From left are River Donnelly. Carter DelSorbo, Grayson Reed, Reagan Bunch, Mike Willis, Micheal Emory, Courtney Rieke and Victoria Harmon.

“It’s such witty, well-written material and you can’t beat a Sondheim musical,” said duBrisk. “The music is incredible and it challenges the actors to put their own spin on it.”

The music and lyrics were written by Sondheim, and the narrative by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gilbart takes audiences to three houses on a street in ancient Rome. One is the home of Senex a philandering, wimpy husband and his shrewd, overbearing wife Domina, portrayed by Greeneville theatre veterans Tom Sizemore and Laura Dupler. Their aloof, young son Hero (Tusculum College student Maxwell Reed) falls in love with Philia, a courtesan portrayed by the Sara Claiborne.

Philia belongs to the house of Marcus Lycus (Josh Beddingfield), who is a ‘peddler of the flesh.’ His house is next door to Senex’s home and is filled with dancing courtesans portrayed by Kelsie Cox, Whitney Marshall, Jordan Reed, Angel Smith, Kendra Tarlton and Laurie Grace Weems.

The third house is that of Erronious, an old man who has been away searching for his long lost children. Erronious is being brought to life by another local theatre favorite, Wess duBrisk.

Hysterium (Parker Bunch), Psuedolus (Steve Schultz) and Senex (Tom Sizemore) discuss the importance and benefits of having a maid as they rehearse 'Everybody Ought to Have a Maid'.

To Hero’s disappointment, Philia has been sold to the great Roman army captain, Miles Gloriosus (Tusculum senior and Theatre-at-Tusculum veteran Zach Gass), who is on his way to claim his bride with his group of bumbling soldiers portrayed by Daniel Brown, Carter DelSorbo, River Donnelly, Micheal Emery, Jeff Klepper and David Presley.

This unlikely group is brought together in situations of mistaken identity, classic farce and slapstick chaos by Pseudolos (Steve Schultz) and Hysterium (Parker Bunch). Pseudolus is slave to Hero, who offers him an opportunity to be a freed in exchange for his help in the arrangement of an elopement between Hero and Philia. Hysterium, the proud slave-in-chief to the house of Senex, becomes Pseudolos’ unwilling co-conspirator.

Rounding out the cast are the Proteans, an ensemble of actors portraying various characters from slaves to citizens including Reagan Bunch, Victoria Harmon, Grayson Reed, Courtney Rieke and Mike Willis.

Along with duBrisk, the production team bringing the musical to the stage includes assistant director Brian Ricker and long-time Theatre-at-Tusculum musical director Angie Clendenon. Clendenon leads the pit orchestra consisting of accompanist Kasie Shelnutt and percussionist David Price, as well as bassist Jeff Elkins and woodwind instrumentalist Keri Savell.

Tusculum College Arts Outreach Costume Director Barbara Holt has assembled a collection of classic Romanesque costumes that pop with color and texture. Audiences will be transported to the ancient city by the set, designed by Arts Outreach Technical Director Frank Mengel. Its columns, balconies and archways serve as perfect backdrop for the wild, physical comedy in the musical. Stage managers for the production are Tusculum College Arts Outreach volunteers Suzanne Greene and Jim Holt. The show is being presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International and is supported in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Pseudolus (center) is wooed by The Geminae, courtesans from the House of Lycus; Whitney Marshall (left) and Kendra Tarlton (right).

Tickets may be reserved by calling Tusculum College Arts Outreach at 423-798-1620 or by emailing Arts Outreach Coordinator and Box Office Manager Jennifer Hollowell at Tickets will also be available at the box office on the night of the performances, payable by cash or check only. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors (60 and over), and $5 for children (12 and under).

For more information regarding this production or other Arts Outreach programming, please call 423-798-1620, visit or the Arts Outreach page on facebook.

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Tusculum receives $381,170 ARC grant for new facility

Tusculum receives $381,170 ARC grant for new facility

Posted on 19 September 2016 by

Tusculum College has received a $381,170 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission to purchase instructional equipment to enhance the academic programs housed in the new Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math.

The grant will be used to purchase equipment for programs in biology, chemistry, environmental science, math, geology, physics, computer science and nursing, according to Michelle Arbogast, director of foundation and donor relations at the college.

“This contribution from the Appalachian Regional Commission will have a tremendous impact on the region for years to come,” said Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College. “The purchase of state-of-the-art instructional equipment will allow Tusculum College to enhance the educational programs and achievements of students to strengthen the capacity of the Appalachian Region to compete in the global economy through workforce and economic development.”

The Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math will replace Tredway Hall, long known as Science Hall, on the Tusculum College campus as the home of science and math. Tredway was constructed in 1928 for a much smaller student population, at a time when scientific research and instrumentation was much different.

The new Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math will also bring changes to the teaching of math and the sciences at Tusculum College. More spacious classrooms will accommodate students comfortably, with ready access to technology. Labs will incorporate the latest instrumentation and safety features. With additional labs, all students will have the opportunity for hands-on experiences in scientific research.

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.


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Make plans to attend Family Weekend Sept. 23-24

Make plans to attend Family Weekend Sept. 23-24

Posted on 18 September 2016 by

Parents, siblings, grandparents and others who have been significant in the lives of Tusculum students  are invited to be special guests on campus September 23 and 24 for Family Weekend festivities.

Make plans today to attend this fun weekend on campus. You can register by visiting this link.

The schedule for the weekend includes:
Friday, Sept. 23
11 a.m.-4 p.m. – Family registration in Pioneer Perk

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Registration for Zombie Tag, hosted by Tusculum Activities Board

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. – Lunch in the café with your student
2-4 p.m. – Campus tours given by the President’s Society departing from Niswonger Commons
7 p.m. – Pioneer volleyball vs. Queens in Pioneer Arena

7 p.m. “Clue,” a mock crime scene/murder mystery hosted by Lambda Alpha Epsilon Criminal Justice Association in the Library Bowl
7:30 p.m. – Jonesborough Repertory Theatre – “Camelot” (call 423-753-1010 for ticket information)

Saturday, Sept. 24
10 a.m.-Noon – Family registration at Pioneer Club Tailgate Tent
11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Cornhole tournament  sponsored by Bonner Leaders, next to Pioneer Club tailgate tent in front of Pioneer Field, $5 per team to enter
11:45 a.m.  -  Campus tours given by the President’s Society departing from Niswonger Commons.
12-1:30 p.m. – Pioneer Club tailgate – Located under large tent in front of Pioneer Field.
1:30 p.m. – Pioneer football vs. Newberry College

2 p.m. Pioneer volleyball vs. Catawba
2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. – Jonesborough Repertory Theatre – “Camelot” (call 423-753-1010 for ticket information)
8 p.m. Outdoor Movie presented by the Pioneer Anime Club

On Sunday, families are encouraged to attend the church service of your choice. First Presbyterian Church of Greeneville (110 N. Main Street, Greeneville, TN 37743) is the mother church of the College. Its early service is at 8:30 a.m., Sunday School at 9:30 and the traditional service at 10:45 a.m. Learn more at

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Tusculum College named Best Bang for the Buck college

Tusculum College named Best Bang for the Buck college

Posted on 30 August 2016 by

Tusculum College has been ranked 23rd among the Best Bang for the Buck Colleges in the Southern category of the 2016 Washington Monthly College Rankings.

Additionally, Tusculum was named 78th among all colleges and universities that offer master’s degree programs.

Washington Monthly rates institutions based on three criteria: social mobility, research and civic engagement. The ranking also includes colleges that are doing the best job of helping students attain marketable degrees at a reasonable cost.

Earlier this year, Tusculum College was ranked among the top colleges in the State of Tennessee in the first-ever rankings of American colleges and universities by The Economist.

“There are so many considerations when choosing a college home,’ said LeAnn Hughes, vice president of enrollment management and marketing and director of the Graduate and Professional Studies program at Tusculum College. “Considering value is a critical component. When you choose Tusculum College, it is an investment you make in the rest of your life.”

Hughes added 75 percent of recently surveyed alumni reported obtaining a position in their field of study within nine months of graduation. Additionally, 95 percent of recently surveyed alumni reported that Tusculum prepared them well for their current job or graduate studies.

“From the very beginning students at Tusculum are supported by our robust Career Services Office,” said Hughes. “Through the Pioneer Certified program students gain valuable experience related to job hunting, portfolio development, interviewing, networking, internships, meal etiquette, job shadowing, career fairs and professionalism.”

The full rankings can be found at

For more information on Tusculum’s programs, contact an enrollment representative at 800.729.0256.


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Tusculum students to provide a day of service in the community

Tusculum students to provide a day of service in the community

Posted on 26 August 2016 by

Tusculum College students will demonstrate the college’s commitment to both learning and serving on Wednesday, Sept. 14, as they spend a day helping others and improving the community.

All freshmen and first-year transfer students will participate in Nettie Fowler McCormick Service Day as part of the Tusculum Experience course. Many other students, faculty, staff and alumni have also made plans to volunteer. 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 will undertake include working with local non-profit organizations and schools.

“Community engagement is a key element of the Tusculum College experience,” said Ronda Gentry, director of the Center for Civic Advancement and coordinator of the event. “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.”

This year, Nettie Day participants will fan out into the region helping numerous organizations, including Rural Resources, the Greeneville/Greene County Humane Society, local parks and several schools. Service activities will be conducted at all the Tusculum sites and campus in Greeneville, Knoxville and Morristown.

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.

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.

This year’s Nettie Day is made possible through a gift from the estate of Nancy and Leon Leslie. Leon “Moose” Leslie was a key member of the last football team at Tusculum College prior to it being reinstated in the 1990s. He graduated from Tusculum in 1951 with a major in economics. He married his Westwood, New Jersey high school sweetheart, the former Nancy Hill. Mr. Leslie was elected a trustee of his alma mater in 1990 and served with distinction on the Athletic Committee until his death in 1996. Mr. and Mrs. Leslie served in the Bicentennial Campaign as members of the East Coast Advance Gifts Committee. In recognition of their generous support of Tusculum College throughout the capital campaign, the Leslie Resident Apartment in Craig Hall was named in their honor.



Each year, Tusculum College students help in the community on "Nettie Day"


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Tusculum College begins recycling program

Tusculum College begins recycling program

Posted on 25 August 2016 by

Students, faculty and staff at Tusculum College will have the opportunity to recycle mixed paper on campus beginning in September.

Led by the student organization, the Green Team, the new program developed through a partnership with the college’s facilities management department, the Center for Civic Advancement and the Town of Greeneville.

According to Courtney Washburn, program coordinator for the Center for Civic Advancement, the program will provide the campus with the opportunity to recycle mixed paper.

“We are launching a small and focused recycling program in an effort to create sustainable change,” said Washburn. “We expect to see the program grow and expand in availability and acceptable materials as it becomes ingrained within the Tusculum culture and community.”

According to Washburn, marked mixed paper recycling bins are being placed at three locations on campus: the Niswonger Commons, the Thomas J. Garland Library and McCormick Hall. These bins may be used by anyone on campus and will be clearly marked as mixed paper recycling containers. Students from the Green Team will service the bins once a week and take them to collection containers serviced by the Town of Greeneville.

Items that may be placed in the bins include  non-confidential documents and items such as newspaper, mixed office paper, notebook paper, magazines, phone books, envelopes (including window envelops) and sticky notes.  Paper may contain staples; however no paper clips, binder slips or spiral binding may be placed in the bins. Cardboard, cardstock and paperboard, such as cereal boxes, are not being collected at this time.

“We are beginning with mixed paper because on a college campus, it is the largest volume of recyclable material,” said Washburn. She added, however, that as the program grows, waste audits will be conducted to determine what materials would have the most impact when diverted from the college’s waste stream to recycling collection.

Funding to initiate the recycling program came from the Tusculum College Student Government Association.

For more information on the program or to arrange for a large volume mixed paper pick up, contact Washburn at


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

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

Posted on 18 August 2016 by

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

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

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

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

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


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

The Acts, Arts, Academia series will continue on Tuesday, Sept. 20, with a lecture by Dr. Deborah Bryan, associate professor of art at Tusculum College. “Looking: Art Around You” will be presented at 7 p.m. in the Behan Arena Theatre on the lower level of the Annie Hogan Byrd Building (side entrance).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Spring semester 2016 Dean’s List recognizes academic achievement

Spring semester 2016 Dean’s List recognizes academic achievement

Posted on 13 May 2016 by

The Tusculum College academic honors lists have been announced for the spring 2016 semester recognizing students for their academic achievements.

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

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

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

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

Below are the listings for the the spring 2016 Dean’s List for the Traditional (residential) program and the Graduate and Professional Studies program for working adults. Students named to the President’s List are denoted with an *. Those who are listed on the Charles Oliver Gray Scholars List are noted with a +.

Spring 2016 Dean’s List

Traditional program

Dennis Mensah Acquah

Cynthia Paige Adkins +

Antoinette Eva Allen

Makenzi Lynn Alley +

Evan R Altizer +

Jorge Alvarez +

Lori M Anderson +

Katja Sabina Elisabeth Andersson +

Ashley Marie Andrukonis +

Hannah Beth Arnett +

Benjamin A. Arnold +

Cheyene Leigh Arnold *+

Grace Ann Rose Arthur +

Ashlie Katelyn Ayres +

Charles Tyler Bailey +

Kyle Bailey +

Samuel Ray Baker +

Sarah Ann Baker +

Toni Lyn Bates +

Taylor Alexandria N. Battle +

McKenzie Beavers

Cheyenne Nicole Beeler *+

Miranda Leeann Beeler +

John Evan Bennett

Alexis Hope Berlin +

Hannah Marie Berling +

Emily Rae Bernin +

Emory Leigh Bibb +

Kyle Christopher Bittner +

John Russell Bivens +

Jonathan Blaylock +

Brandon Bolden

Eric Rufus Bowers

Benjamin Frederick Boyd

Sabrina Nichole Bradley

Jule Brass *+

Cheyenne Renee Bray +

Spencer Darris Brothers +

Victoria Nicole Browder

Kaitlin Brooke Brown +

Maggie Brown

Megan Lorraine Buczek *+

Lawson Henry Burrow *+

Lindsay Ann Butler *+

Brianna Elizabeth Byerley

Mason Ray Calhoun +

Shelbi Breanne Cameron +

Alison Faith Camp +

Amelia Ellen Cannon +

Michaelae Carden

Jessie Leonard Carey *+

Erin Helene Carmody +

Ethan Wayne Carpenter +

Laura Kaye Carr *+

Darius O’Neil Carter +

Benjamin T Cash +

Callie S. Casteel *+

Mitchell Frank Lewis Chapman +

Matthew Keith Church +

Lia Alexis Renae Clark

Christopher Murray Cochrane

Denise Nicole Coffey +

Matthew S. Cole +

Riley Edward Collins

Sarah D. Combs

West Thomas Connor

Dustin Daniel Conway +

Samuel Thomas Runion Cooley

Rebecca L. Cope +

Jacob William Countiss +

Christen Janay Craig

Emily Lynne Cross

Heather Renee Crouch +

Bailey Alexandria Culler +

Craig Matthew Cutler +

Samantha Czapik +

Jennifer Leeann Dalton +

Eliza Lucille Davis *+

Samuel George Davis *+

Zachary Robert Davis

Andre Alvaro Moreira De Giorgi

Melissa Dearstone

Payton Alexandra Dehart +

Rachel N Del Duca

Kayla Brooke Dodson +

Kelly Chase Donnelly

Tandon Gregory Dorn *+

Renee Amans Doyle +

Gary Joseph Dunlop +

John Eric Durr *+

Derrica Echols

Michael Jason Eggert +

Samantha Elizabeth Eldridge +

Madilyn Joyce Elliott *+

Savannah Elliott +

Micheal Harvey Emery

Kasey Blake Fawbush +

Hettige Joseph Michael Rukshan Fernando +

Todd Jamie Fidler

Zachary G Finchum

Sean Brenden Finucane +

Lia Theresa Fiore +

Karli Payten Fisher *+

Harper Nicole Ford +

Nicholas Larry Forsberg *+

Kelsey Lynae Freeman +

Macy Amanda French *+

Jennifer Michelle Frost +

Jordan D’Ann Fullerton *+

Franziska Funke *+

Rachel Eileen Garnett +

Cheyenne Garrison

Zachary Joel Gass +

Travis Maxwell Gaubert +

Alexus Breann Gibson *+

Haley Morgan Glenn

Hannah Marie Graham *

Eduardo Granados Munoz +

Shelby Anne Gray +

Ashley Skye Greene

Andrea Nichole Grooms

Guillem Giro Guil +

Courtney Danielle Hackney *

Brock Daniel Hakalmazian *

Allison Marie Hall *+

Holly Brooke Hall +

Tyler James Hall +

Macey Leann Hance *+

Edward Oliver Moore Hancock *+

Sierra Paige Hanson +

Olivia Elaine Harrell

Zachary Lee Hartle +

William Harrison Harvey +

Michala Katherine Hash *

Mamie Britt Hassell +

Bradley Daniel Hawkins +

Michael James Haycox

Kealee Heffner

Tarah Ranae Helms +

Dyer Keith Hendricks

Rachael Bethany Hensley +

Emily Elizabeth Hester +

James Cameron High

Benjamin Luke Hillis +

Bradford Blaine Hinkle *+

Sarah Elizabeth Holly *+

Ronnie James Holt +

Sayre Catherine Hopper +

Brittney Nicole Horton *+

Lynsey Brooke Hughes

Logan Tyler Hunter +

Cody Christopher Ingram

Katie Elizabeth James +

Kierney Lynn Jarvis

Jeffrey Tyler Johnson *+

Alexis Joiner +

Morgan Deanne Jones +

Tashique Kader *+

Briana Michelle Kaltenmark +

Adrienne Martine Kaye *+

Jordan Hayley Keene +

Seanmichael Gordon Kidder

Teresa Ann Kinley +

Tonya Michelle Kinley

Staci Nicole Knipp *+

Kelsi Hayden-Flaire Knox

Andrew D Kransberger +

Andreas M. Kvam +

Pablo Laguna *+

Taylor Kara Lambertsen *+

Taylor B. Lamons

Zachary Aaron Lane +

Bailey Elaine Laws

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David Lee Quesenberry +

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Jenna Marie Restivo

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Amie Elizabeth Rice

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Brooke Ashley Sane

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Drew Henry Schreder

Leon Seiz +

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Sarah Rebecca Shipley

Madison Kate Shumaker +

David Felix Siegle *+

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Erin Janae Sims +

Zachariah William Slagle +

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Jacob Lee Smith

John Conagher Rufus Smith

John James Paul Smith +

Jordan Dianne Smith +

Tyler James Smith +

Tyrone Antonio Smith

Alexandra Marie Soldati +

Carey L. Sommers

James William Spears +

Jonathan Spicher *+

Danae K. Stauffer *+

Meagan Olivia Steelman *

Tim Stierle +

Robin Marie Stoner +

Teela Sullivan +

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Elizabeth H. Tomassoni +

Katherine A. Tomassoni +

Donald James Townsend

Preston R Tucker +

Britney Nicole Turner *+

Stephanie Marie Turner +

Taylor Linea Tyree *+

Cheyenne Upton +

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Brooke Elizabeth Wagner +

Brooke Ellen Wallin *

Nicholas Alexander Wasylyk *+

Emily Christine Waters +

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Daniel D. Wedding +

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Jarett Jerell Wesley

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Mark Lee Winningham

Rachel Marie Wisner +

Jennifer Renee Wolfenbarger

Christopher Devin William Woodson

Parker Katelyn Alisa Wright *+


Graduate and Professional Studies program

Natalia Acosta

Scott Eugene Adams *+

Shawn Travis Adcox

Jennifer Rene’ Alfter *

Brandon Keith Allen +

Lisa Nachelle Anderson *+

Amy Lee Anthony

Jaime Lee Arnold *+

Angel Renee Arrington +

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April Suzanne Bachman +

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Joshua V Batson

Candace Angelique Baxter +

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Marcus Gabriel Blair +

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William Scott Bowman

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Victoria Jacqueline Bryant +

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Danielle Rae Henderson +

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Ruth Ann Hickman *+

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Jenny Rebecca Hill +

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Matthew Edward Meese +

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Kara Michelle Mitchell

Ruth Ann Mitchell +

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Jonathan G. Moore *+

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Tomi A. Nelson +

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Sunday Lynn Reeves +

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Students recognized for academics, service during Honors Convocation

Students recognized for academics, service during Honors Convocation

Posted on 10 May 2016 by

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

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

Brian Click

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

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

President’s Award

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

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

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

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

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

Batts Award

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Student-Chosen Awards

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

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

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

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

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

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

Academic Honors

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

Accounting – Samuel Davis of Harriman;

Athletic Training – Grace Arthur of Maryville;

Art Education K-12 – Lindsey Lewis of Luttrell;

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

Biology  – Ben Arnold of LaFollette;

Criminal Justice – Lawson Burrow of Greeneville;

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

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

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

Environmental Science – Jonathan Blaylock of Chuckey;

Field Guide Naturalist – Shane Lawson of Talbott;

History – Billi McKenzie of Allegan, Mich.;

Interdisciplinary Studies K-6 – Cheyene Arnold of Morristown;

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

Management – Jonas Winkelmann of Boeblingen, Germany;

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

Nursing – Cynthia Adkins of Bristol, Va.;

Political Science –Jeffrey Johnson of Greeneville;

Psychology – Hannah Lefler of Chapel Hill;

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

Special Education Modified and Comprehensive – Megan Buczek of Chattanooga;

Sport Management – Curtis Moneyhun of Kingsport, and

Sports Science – Drew Schreder of Cosby.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jaime Arnold received the Outstanding Student in Education Award.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Service Awards

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

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

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

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










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












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










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











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











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













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

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Nearly 300 receive degrees Saturday at Tusculum College

Nearly 300 receive degrees Saturday at Tusculum College

Posted on 09 May 2016 by

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

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

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

The new graduates were addressed by Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody, who recognized the hard work of the path to graduation, saying “Commencement is an occasion of celebration and completion. It is a culmination event for the graduates.” Adding, “Today is a testament to your efforts, to your persistence. Each of you made sacrifices, made adjustments and made some tough decisions along the way.”

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

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

Commencement speakers David Baker, at left, and Nicholas Wasylyk

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

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

Afternoon Commencement Speaker John Shaw, Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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Tusculum Band Program returns to the stage Thursday, April 28 for spring concert

Tusculum Band Program returns to the stage Thursday, April 28 for spring concert

Posted on 25 April 2016 by

After performing outdoors for the recent Old Oak Festival, the Tusculum College Band program will return to more familiar environs for its annual spring concert on Thursday, April 28.

The Concert Band, Jazz Band and Handbell Choir will be performing in the Band Program’s final concert on campus for the 2015-16 academic year in the auditorium in the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building. The concert, which begins at 7 p.m., is free and open to the public.

The Old Oak Festival served as an appetizer for the Spring Concert as extended sets by the Jazz Band and Handbell Choir featured some of the pieces they will be performing next Thursday while members of the Concert Band showed their skill and versatility during “Conduct Us,” a popular part of the Old Oak Festival that allows festival goers to try their hand at conducting the band.

After successful performances at the recent Old Oak Festival, the Tusculum College Concert Band (above), Jazz Band and Handbell Choir will be returning to the stage on campus for the spring concert on April 28. (Tusculum College photo)

Thursday’s performance will feature a variety of musical styles in the repertoire of the Concert Band, including the always popular “Phantom of the Opera” and the classic “Just a Closer Walk With Thee.” The Concert Band will also be performing “Into the Clouds,” “Perthshire Majesty,” “Lightning Field” and “Billboard March.”

Toes promise to be tapping during the Jazz Band’s performance, which will feature favorites such as “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” made famous by Duke Ellington, the Glen Miller signature tune, “Pennsylvania 6-5000,” and “September,” a hit for Earth, Wind & Fire. The Jazz Band’s set will also include the Big Band classic, “Big Noise from Winnetka;” “When I Fall in Love,” which won a Grammy in 1996 for the “duet” version by Natalie Cole with Nat King Cole, and “Life Without You.”

The Handbell Choir’s performance will provide a taste of secular, Latin, popular and classical music with a twist. The choir will be performing “Pie Jesu,” “Sway,” “The Pink Panther Theme” and “PDQ Bells.”

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

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