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Spring 2017 Dean’s List announced

Spring 2017 Dean’s List announced

Posted on 23 May 2017 by eestes@tusculum.edu

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

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

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

The President’s List includes those students who have earned a 4.0 grade point average during the semester while taking at least 12 or more hours for the term. These students are also included on the Dean’s List.

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

Below are the listings for the the spring 20-17 Dean’s List that includes both  the Traditional (residential) program and the Graduate and Professional Studies program for working adults. Students named to the President’s List are denoted with an *. Those who are listed on the Charles Oliver Gray Scholars List are noted with a +.

2017 Spring Dean’s List

Kristopher Scott Adams+

Shawn Travis Adcox

Ashley Elizabeth Akins*

Caleb Alder+

Dax Aleman+

Brandon Lee Alexander*+

Jennifer Rene Alfter+

Makenzi Lynn Alley*+

Evan R. Altizer*+

Jorge Alvarez

Ivan Andabak+

Morgan Tara Anderson

Katja Sabina Elisabeth Andersson*+

Ashley Marie Andrukonis

Amy Lee Anthony

Alicia Renea Armstrong

Hannah Beth Arnett+

Jaime Lee Arnold*

Eleonora Surenovna Assadova+

Charles Tyler Bailey

Kyle Bailey

Sarah Ann Baker+

Caleb Chance Bales

Brandon L. Ball+

Kevin Ray Ball

Sonja Ballmert+

Crystal Annette Banken+

Mindy Michelle Barton+

Seth Stanley Batsel

Taylor Alexandria N. Battle+

McKenzie Beavers+

Cheyenne Nicole Beeler*+

Keegan Michael William Bell+

Timothy Christian Bell+

Bryant Benitez+

Brian James Bennett+

Evan Tyler Bjarnason

Sheila D. Blair+

Christina Michelle Blevins+

Crystal Susan Boatman

William Henry Boney

Wesley Lynn Book

Courtney Elaine Booth+

Matthew Tyler Booth

Cassandra Marie Born

Dalton Thomas Boslooper+

Sarah Lynn Bouley

Melvin Christopher Bowen

Jule Brass*+

Alexander Neil Briggs*+

Brittany Starr Bright+

Brittani Allyn Brooks+

Bobbi Jean Brown+

David Bryan Brown+

Kaitlin Brooke Brown+

Lindsey Celeste Brown

William Gary Brown+

Jonathan Wayne Bryant+

Melissa Bryant

Sarah Ruth Buel*

Timothy Adam Bumgarner+

Lara Gail Burchfield*+

Christina Angela Burton

Stephanie Lynn Burton

Judith Cahansa Butler+

Lindsay Ann Butler*+

Melissa Kay Callahan+

Camille Nicole Calloway

Brandi Leigh Campbell

Corey Robert Cantrell

Hunter Mason Cantrell

Bradley Mitchell Capps*

Gary Lee Capps+

Jessie Leonard Carey+

Erin Helene Carmody+

Cathryn Carol Carpenter+

Ethan Wayne Carpenter

Laura Kaye Carr+

Michelle Carver+

Callie S. Casteel+

Matthew Keith Church+

Savannah Hope Clabough+

Alyssa M. Clifton*+

Melinda Marie Clonce

Christopher Murray Cochrane

Stephanie Leanne Cockrum

Tiffany Rose Cockrum+

Denise Nicole Coffey*

Angel Marie Cogdill

Stacey Coggins*+

Brittanee Danyell Collins

Chelsea Breanne Collins+

Robert Earl Colquitt+

Chad Dewayne Colvin

Dustin Daniel Conway+

Jeremy Brent Cooper*+

Justin Ross Cornett*+

Molly Elizabeth Cowart+

Polly Louise Cowart*+

Paige Arnelle Cowden+

Chester Craig+

Christen Janay Craig*+

Hannah E. Crespo+

Joshua Chase Cress+

Emily Lynne Cross

Heather Renee Crouch+

Bailey Alexandria Culler+

Craig Matthew Cutler+

Jacob Ryan Cutshall+

Ricardo Alexandre Rodr Da Silva

Mariah Kilday Dalton*

Miranda Brooke Dalton+

Ryan Clark Dalton

Gabriel James Dando*+

Anna Nicole Daugherty+

Eliza Lucille Davis+

Emily K Davis+

Henry Reed Whitaker Davis+

Thomas Alexander Deacon

Melissa Dearstone

Jessica Susan Deaton+

Payton Alexandra Dehart+

Carter Andrew Delsorbo+

Kayli Ashton Dempster+

Gabriella Derrera

Drew Allen Devoti

Kyle Joseph Dickson

Ashley Mae Dingus

Stephanie Nicole Nikki Dirmeyer+

Jessica Angela Dockery

Abby Lee Ann Dohrman*+

Kelly Chase Donnelly*+

Mattison L Dorman

Kelly Breann Ducote+

Jennifer Duff*+

Deidra Michelle Dunlap+

John Eric Durr+

Janice Lyn Dutcher*+

Blaine Leroy Dykes+

Michael Jason Eggert+

Deidre Michelle Elkins+

Savannah Elliott+

Melissa Jeannette Emerson+

Joseph Hall Exum+

Lori Ann Farmer*

Kasey Blake Fawbush*+

Kristoffer Mykell Fernandez*+

Lia Theresa Fiore+

Elizabeth Cheyanne Fisher+

Karli Payten Fisher+

Scott Allan Fisher+

Erica C. Fletcher

Camilo Florez+

Harper Nicole Ford+

Richard Jay Forsythe+

Amber Brooke Fortner

Tesa Lashae Fox+

Macy Amanda French*+

Franziska Funke*+

Amanda Gardner

Rachel Eileen Garnett

Alexandra Nicole Garrett+

Zachary Joel Gass

Justin Lee Gilland*

Kimberly Kay Gipfert+

Emily Ann Gleason+

Hannah Marie Graham+

Heather Brooke Greene

Kevin Wesley Greene

Michelle Amber Greene

Ashley Elizabeth Greer+

Alexandria Lexus Gregg

Crystal Lashae Gregg

Kimberly Grace Gregg+

Kelsey Griffith*+

Delaney Paige Guerrero

Tyler Guffey

Nicole Diane Guinn

Mandy Michele Haga*

Kevin Michael Haggerty

James Travis Hale*

Holly Brooke Hall+

David Haney

Lisa Denise Hannah*+

Melanie Jeanne Hardy

Olivia Elaine Harrell

Jimmy Wayne Harrison

Kazuhiko Hashiyama+

Christie Michelle Hayes+

Jonathan Hayes+

Tanya Marie Hayes*+

Maelyn Jade Head

Sheryl Ann Heater

Tarah Ranae Helms

Amie Nicole Helton

Robert Edward Helton

Dyer Keith Hendricks

Peyton Drew Henley*

Rylee Alizabeth Henry

Jessica Marie Hensley

Rachael Bethany Hensley*+

Emily Elizabeth Hester+

Mason Bradley Hewitt+

Ruth Ann Hickman+

Gregory Ward Hilemon+

Kristina Marie Hill

Bradford Blaine Hinkle*

Randall L. Hinton

Gina C Hobson*+

Ernest Tyler Hocket +

Amy Marie Hodge+

Caleb Jordan Hodnett+

Rachel Evelyn Holmes

Sayre Catherine Hopper+

Michelle Leigh Hoskins-Slaven+

Alec Robert Howard

Christian Deshawn Howard

Brittany K. Hoyle+

Tina Louise Hubbard*+

Ryan Wesley Hudson*+

Gregory Mitchell Hurd*+

Deanna Lynn Hutcheson+

Christopher Davis Hutson +

Blair Idol+

Emily Iorga*+

James Michael Malis Irwin+

Charlotte Nicole Jackson+

Dana Marshall Jackson*

Lindsay Erin Jackson+

Katie Elizabeth James+

Michael Gale Jarnagin*+

Kierney Lynn Jarvis

Rebecca Michelle Jenkins*+

Jeffrey Adam Jennings+

Katelyn Jasanna Jennings*+

Tracy Lynette Jett*+

J’Quen O. Johnson+

Morgan Deanne Jones

Rocky Deandre Jones

Tashique Kader+

Angela Marie Kagley+

Vithuran Karvannathasan

Stacey Caroline Keiser

Lindsey Ann Kelly*

Bailey Caroline Kennedy

Frankie Lorine Kington

Haylee Danielle Kirby+

Tyler James Klarner

Toby De Klerk+

Tomas Kmetko*

Kelsi Hayden-Flaire Knox

Andreas M. Kvam+

Christie Deanna Lamb

Kala Lashay Lamb

Kevin Brett Lane

Zachary Aaron Lane*+

Brandy Rose Lawson

Felicia Dawn Lawson+

Hannah Lawson

Mary Kristina Lawson*+

Matthew Travis Lawson*+

Taylor Rae Leatherman+

Macy Alexis Leatherwood+

Randall Steven Lee+

Jodi Marie Lister+

Toby Lee Livesay

Amber Lynn Loggains*

Chrysta Leigh Long+

Rachel Hope Looney*+

Preston Donald Loveless+

Brittany D. Lowery*+

Daniel Ray Lowery+

Benjamin Travis Lyle+

Emma Catherine MacDonald*+

Morgan Mahaffey*+

Katarina Majorova*+

Miriah Elizabeth Martin+

Shawna Ann Martin+

Hannah Danielle Mason

James David Massengill*

Kelli Lynn McCalla +

Joseph Bryson McCarter *+

Abraham McCauley*+

Tiaira Janay McCloud+

Kylie M. McCoy *

Emma E. McCuiston+

Annie Beth McCullough*+

Bethany N. McFall *

Kerrie Anne McGaha+

Sven McGaha+

Kiah B. McIsaac+

Madison Neil McKinney*+

Nanette Louise McLain+

Heather Nicole McMillan*

Nicole Sarah McMillen*+

Ragen Danielle McNair+

Matthew Edward Meese+

Rebecca Lashea Melton

Rocco Dante Menna

John J. Merritt*+

Hannah Elizabeth Metler+

Makayla J. Michaels*+

Tyler James Minchew

Patrick Neal Minton+

Brianna M. Mitchell

Vasco Miguel Monteiro

Kaitlyn M. Moore+

Kristen Leigh Morgan+

Robert Levi Morgan

Alycia Marjorie Morong+

Alexis Gray Morrow

Vanessa Morton*+

Margaret Ann Moss*

Brittany K. Motley+

Jason Mubarak*

Eduardo Granados Munoz+

Shannon Rose Murphy+

Tiffany Allyn Myers*

Loyd Benson Napier*

Tomi A. Nelson+

David Michael New+

Andrew Benjamin Newman+

Micah Brianne Nicley*+

Kellie Leeann Niles*+

Haley Marie Noe+

Kylee Jordan Nolan+

Amie Suzanne O’Brien*+

Kaitlyn Marie Odoms

Jacob Scott Owens

Fabian Paier*+

Ashley Dawn Palmer

Hannah Nicole Parton+

Kendall Patterson+

Loren Danielle Peeters*+

Pau Peiro’ Vila+

Lindsey Pennington+

Jalesa Janae Perkins

David Perry*+

Natasha D. Phillips

Zachary Sebastian Pike

Matthew Allen Piper+

Melissa Joy Preast*+

David Ray Presley+

Fabian Proesch+

Lyndsey Blake Pulliam+

Jasmine Ellesse Queen

Jacqueline Nicole Rader*+

Matthew Ryne Ramsay+

Tonya Marie Ratliff

Ciara Rattana+

Dakota Ryan Ray

Abigail Leigh Rea

Chelsey Brooke Reed*+

Michael Bryce Reed*

Tracy Reeder+

Treslyn Kelley Reese*+

Sunday Lynn Reeves*+

Jenna Marie Restivo

Jamie Rebecca Rhea

Daniel Dean Ricker+

Leslie Nicole Rimmer+

Allyson Kathleen Rines+

William Scott Ritter+

Rachael Elizabeth Roach*+

Kaara Heloise Roark+

Monica Sloan Roberts*+

Rachel Elizabeth Roberts+

Malinda Irene Rode+

Robin Roggeman

Kenneth Michael Romines*

Carrie Leigh Rose+

Christopher Scott Rose

Sarah Elizabeth Rowland+

Tabitha Ann Rue*+

Brittany M. Ruffner+

Amber Michaela Russell+

Kayla Marie Sager*+

Kathleen J. Samples

Kara Marie Santana

Bladimir Lenni Santiago Bautista+

Whitney Suzanne Scearce+

Sabrina L. Schleuger+

Brooke Morgan Schreder+

Blythe Elizabeth Scrivner

Kirsten Nicole Seals+

Talia Seiber*+

Leon Seiz+

Anitra Leshae Selmon

Dennis Eugene Sharp+

Jeffery Alan Shelton

Kaliah Alexis Sheppard+

Saasha Noel Shirooni*+

Jaelyn Makelti Shoemaker+

David Felix Siegle+

Payton Dakota Silcox+

John Cody Simmons+

Christian Alexander Sisto

Kimberly A Slayton*+

Cilvolya Sligh*

John Rufus Conagher Smith+

Jordan Dianne Smith+

Kayla Brooke Smith

Michael Jason Smith

Lisa Jane Snowden+

Carey L. Sommers+

James Allen Southerland

Jonathan Spicher*+

Laura Lynn Standifer+

Clarissa Elaine Stanton

Sandra J. Stelter

Emily Anne Stoklosa+

Robin Marie Stoner*+

John Frederic Storaska*+

Jason Andrew Strange+

Teela Sullivan+

Thomas Bradley Sullivan+

Shannele Marjorie Sunderland+

Rachel Delaney Swatzell+

Kathy Lyne Swick+

Rebecca Tallent

Anna Leigh Tate

Cameron Taylor

Jaron Michael Taylor+

Mindy Lashea Taylor*+

Raymond Allen Thacker*+

Rachel Thomas

James Kenneth Thompson+

James Kenneth Thompson

Jennifer Rae Thompson*

Carlie Amanda Thornber*+

Darian Dale Tipton

Jason Michael Titlow

Brent Adam Tittsworth*+

Breanna Lynn Tolliver

Elizabeth H. Tomassoni*

Katherine A. Tomassoni

William Ryan Tommie

John Robert Topoleski+

Daniel Joseph Tremaine+

Karen Michelle Trent+

Preston R Tucker*+

Jessica Leanne Turner*

Joshua Ryan Turner+

Amy Elizabeth Turpin

Linda Upmale*+

Cheyenne Upton*+

Samuel C. Urban

Destiny Lashea Vanzant+

Samantha Jean Vogt+

Rebekah Grace Voiles+

Madelyn J. Vossen+

Brooke Elizabeth Wagner+

Bailey F. Walker+

James D. Walker

Misty D. Wallen+

Brian Curtis Ward

Anna M. Wardwell

Jason Isaiah Ware*

Benjamin Harden Warnick+

Emily Jo Waryck

Devan Scott Watts+

Joshua Aaron Weaver

Daniel D. Wedding*+

Trevor Warren Weeks*+

Laryssa Carolyn Welch

Patrick Shane Wells+

Amanda Marie Werder

David James Whinery

Emily Marie White

Sarah Caitlin White+

Taylor Lindsey White+

Jonathan Douglas Whited

Amanda Adkins Whitson*+

David Jacob Wiedenbeck*+

Bradley Thomas Wilke*

Donna Nicole Wilkerson+

Debbie Lee Williams+

Taylor R. Williams+

Carolyn Elizabeth Williamson*+

William Pearce Wilson+

Kimberly Ruth Wise*+

Sarah Elizabeth Wisecarver

Timothy Ryan Wisecarver

Rachel Marie Wisner+

Corey Shane Wright

Ashley Dawn York*+

Hunter Slay Yount

Angelique Louise Zimcosky*+

Matija Zver

 


 

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Students and faculty recognized for achievements during 2017 Honors Convocation

Students and faculty recognized for achievements during 2017 Honors Convocation

Posted on 09 May 2017 by eestes@tusculum.edu

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

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

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

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

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

President’s Award

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

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

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

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

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

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

Batts Award

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

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

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

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

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

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

Student-Chosen Awards

Dr. Ken Brewer

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

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

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

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

Academic Honors

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

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

Athletic Training – Miriah Martin of Roanoke, Virginia;

Biology  – Samantha Vogt of Maryville;

Criminal Justice – Morgan Jones of Winston, Georgia;

Economics – Eliza Davis of Lexington, North Carolina;

English, Creative Writing concentration – Macy French of Kingsport;

English, Literature concentration – Kiah McIsaac of Memphis;

Environmental Science – Jake McCracken of Bristol, Tennessee;

History – Zachary Lane of Fayetteville, Georgia;

Interdisciplinary Studies K-6 – Saasha Shirooni of Knoxville;

Management – Preston Tucker of Knoxville;

David Breeden, recipient of the Dr. Shirley Beck Award

Mathematics – Darian Tipton of Shelbyville;

Museum Studies – Hannah Arnett of Butler;

Nursing – Rachel Garnett of Middletown, Ohio;

Physical Education – Carolyn Williamson of Knoxville;

Political Science –Tiaira McCloud of Columbus, Ohio;

Psychology – Chelsey Reed of Morristown;

Special Education, Early Childhood – Rachael Hensley of Etowah;

Sport Management – Lindsay Butler of Milan, Ohio, and

Sports Science – Robin Stoner of Greensboro, North Carolina.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Service Awards

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

Micheal Emery received the Theatre Award from Marilyn duBrisk.

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alex Rolison receives the Service-Learning Award from Washburn.

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

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

Posted on 26 April 2017 by eestes@tusculum.edu

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The band program began in 2010 with the formation of a pep band and has grown to include a Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Handbell Choir and various small ensembles. The Band Program hosts three concerts each year, a Christmas performance and programs in the winter and the spring. In addition, each of the major groups as well as small ensembles have performed in community events such as the Greeneville Christmas Parade, the Old Oak Festival, Music on the Square in Jonesborough, the Laughlin Hospital Foundation’s Derby Days event.

 

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

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

Posted on 13 April 2017 by eestes@tusculum.edu

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

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Old Oak Festival to feature wide variety of musical performances

Old Oak Festival to feature wide variety of musical performances

Posted on 03 April 2017 by srichey@tusculum.edu

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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The Malpass Brothers to bring their traditional country sound to the stage March 16 at Tusculum

The Malpass Brothers to bring their traditional country sound to the stage March 16 at Tusculum

Posted on 03 March 2017 by eestes@tusculum.edu

The Malpass Brothers will bring their brand of traditional country music to the stage at Tusculum College on Thursday, March 16. The performance will begin at 7 p.m. in the Annie Hogan Byrd Auditorium on campus. (Photos © Chris Charles)

Traditional country music up-and-comers, the Malpass Brothers, will bring their unique sound to the stage at Tusculum College on Thursday, March 16.

The siblings and their band will perform at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on the Tusculum campus. The concert is part of Tusculum Arts Outreach’s Acts, Arts, Academia 2016-17 performance and lecture series.

“These guys just don’t just sound retro, they are retro,” has been said of the Malpass Brothers, and it is an apt description of siblings Christopher and Taylor.  As youngsters, the brothers soaked up the music of their grandfather’s record collection, and today they promote the music of the classic country artists they treasure while writing new songs and making their own mark in the lineage of a rich American cultural heritage.

With sincerity, honesty and an utter ease on stage beyond their years, the brothers’ smooth vocal blend and talented musicianship reflect their respect of the legends who have paved the way, such as the Louvin Brothers, Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins and Hank Williams, Sr. Add some good-humored quips between the siblings, and the Malpass Brothers take their audiences on a fun and engaging time-traveling musical journey.

“My brother Taylor and I do the type of music we do because this music speaks to us, and speaks to the souls of its listeners,” says Christopher Malpass. “For us, traditional country music is the ‘real deal’ – every song portrays life’s joys, heartaches, problems and happiness. It comes from the heart, and has depth and truth. Nothing is sugar coated. Our goal, really, is to see this music be revived, to help ensure it doesn’t fade away. It is so encouraging to have young people come to our shows with a new interest in our ‘old music.’ Being able to introduce what we love to another generation feels like a great accomplishment for us. We want this music to be around for our children’s children.”

The Malpass Brothers have toured with the late Don Helms, who was the former steel guitarist for Hank Williams. The siblings opened for the legendary Merle Haggard on multiple tours and appeared on stages from the Ryman Auditorium to Merlefest to “Larry’s Country Diner” television program.

Their video for “Memory That Bad” made CMT Pure Country’s Top Ten, and their most recent recording, the self-titled “Malpass Brothers” was produced by bluegrass legend Doyle Lawson. The brothers are also the focus of a film now in production showcasing a performance and their lives in their hometown of Goldsboro, N.C.

Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 60 and over and $5 for children 12 years of age and under. For more information or to reserve tickets, please call 423-798-1620 or email jhollowell@tusculum.edu.

 

 

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Discussion continues about a new approach to the academic study of Jesus’ life during lecture series

Discussion continues about a new approach to the academic study of Jesus’ life during lecture series

Posted on 23 February 2017 by eestes@tusculum.edu

The discussion of a new approach to the academic study of the gospels continued during the third session of the Theologian-in-Residence lecture series at Tusculum College, which is being led by Dr. Travis Williams.

Exploration of a different approach to the academic study of the life of Jesus continued on Tuesday during the third session of the Theologian-in-Residence lecture series at Tusculum College.

The topic of this year’s series is “Jesus in Early Christian Memory: Remember, Reconstructing and Rehearsing the Past.” Dr. Travis Williams, associate professor of religion at Tusculum, is the featured speaker of the series, which is sponsored by the college with support from Ron Smith.

In the second session of the series, Dr. Williams had introduced an approach to the scholarly study of Jesus’ life that incorporates recent research on memory and a variety of academic disciplines. As a historian, he said, studying the Bible through the lens of such disciplines as sociology and literature is not an attempt to downplay the text, but rather an effort to ascribe value to the Scriptures.

“As a valuable book, we want to bring all the approaches we can to study it,” he said. “We want to bring these disciplines to bear on the text to better understand it because it is important.” Theologians can then take this academic research and determine what it means on a spiritual level, he added.

This approach using a variety of academic disciplines and memory research is in contrast to the approach that has been used by a majority of scholars in their study of the gospels, which has sought to discover the “historic Jesus” by trying to peel away layers of interpretation and tradition to find the factual Jesus.

Building on his previous presentation that noted recent research into the memory process, Dr. Williams explored other aspects of memory that have been the subject of recent academic study – the impact of social environment on memory and eyewitness testimony.

As recent research has found, when an individual remembers an experience or event, it is not the process of retrieving the memory as from a filing cabinet as was previously thought, he noted, but the brain reconstructs the memory from various areas of the brain and this reconstruction is distorted by nature as it is influenced by a person’s current circumstances

In addition to being influenced by the present, an individual’s memories are influenced by his or her social group and environment. The trailblazer in research into the social dimension of memory was French scholar Maurice Halbwachs, who theorized that people’s recollections of the past are based on social environment. These include a person’s current circumstances, group affiliations, cultural environment and prior traditions.

Dr. Williams also discussed eyewitness testimony and recent research that has found people’s recollections can be malleable, influenced by such things as an individual’s bias or the passage of time.

Most scholars do not believe that the gospels were written by eyewitnesses or those who may have heard stories first-hand from eyewitnesses. “Historians look at plausibility in history,” he said, “and most scholars agree that the gospel authors most likely were not eyewitnesses, but this does not mean that the gospels are not based on eyewitness testimony.”

Looking through the perspective of social memory can bring a better understanding of Jesus by looking at how the circumstances of the later Christians who preserved the Jesus tradition may have impacted which memories were preserved and how he was remembered, Dr. Williams continued.

Reconstruction of memories does have constraints, he said, as the present does have an influence by memory is rooted in the past.

While historians cannot recreate the past or test it like a scientist, they can look at the imprint of the past, what is plausible, as they study the gospels, he noted, adding that is why historians are cautious in saying what they think Jesus is like.

The first step in this process would be to look at the circumstances of those who were transmitting the memories, look at how the memory process itself could have affected the recollections and then study the social context of those individual and how that could affect their perception of what they saw.

For example, he said, the question of the literacy of Jesus is a topic of debate. While some have debated this on theological grounds, others have debated the answer looking at historic evidence.

In looking at the context of the time, recent research has found that literacy was rare in the Palestine region during the time of Jesus (around three percent of the population), he said, and early Christianity was criticized for its uneducated leaders.

The memory process allows both representations of Jesus as either literate or illiterate to occur, Dr. Williams continued.  “In both cases, we have to explain the evidence as best we can,” he said. “The memory approach is an attempt to value the gospels. Instead of treating the stories found in the gospels as reciprocal parts of the real Jesus, the memory approach says all text is valuable. It is grounded in explaining sources instead of choosing between them for authenticity. What did the historical Jesus have to do to get them to remember him this way?”

In the concluding session of the series on Tuesday, Feb. 28, Dr. Williams’ focus will be the transmission of oral tradition within early Christian communities with particular attention given to the malleability and persistence of the Jesus tradition as it passed between people. The lecture will begin at 10 a.m. in the Chalmers Conference Center in the Niswonger Commons on the Tusculum College campus. Reservations are requested. Please call 423-636-7304 to make a reservation or email eestes@tusculum.edu.

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Second Theologian-in-Residence session explores new method for scholastic study of the gospels

Second Theologian-in-Residence session explores new method for scholastic study of the gospels

Posted on 16 February 2017 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Dr. Travis Williams explored recent memory research and how it provides parameters for a different scholastic method for study of the gospels during the second session of the annual Theologian-in-Residence lecture series.

Insights from recent research into the memory process and how they can be used in the scholastic approach to discover the “historic Jesus” were explored Tuesday during the second session of the Theologian-in-Residence series at Tusculum College.

“Jesus in Early Christian Memory: Remember, Reconstructing and Rehearsing the Past,” is the focus of this year’s series, being presented by Dr. Travis Williams, assistant professor of religion at Tusculum College. In its 26th year, the series is sponsored by Tusculum College with support from Ron Smith.

Critics of the authenticity of the gospels and the apologists who defend the factual nature of the gospels agree that there has been some distortion of the gospels in their transmission, but how much distortion is the issue that divides the two groups, according to Dr. Williams.

“The foundation of the majority of the scholarly research on the historic Jesus has been based on the assumption that something has been changed,” he said. “The goal is to separate the factual material from the layers of interpretation to find the raw fact.”

As an example of recent academic research, Dr. Williams noted the work of the Jesus Seminar, a group of scholars that began meeting in the 1980s and became well known in the 1990s with the goal of trying to determine which sayings and deeds of Jesus recorded in the gospels are authentic and making this general public aware of these scholarly studies.

The problem with the Jesus Seminar and the majority of other recent academic research into the historic Jesus is the method used in the effort to find the factual Jesus, Dr. Williams said.

“I would suggest that their scholarly search for the factual Jesus is misguided,” he continued. “If they are searching for authentic memories of Jesus, undiluted memories without any layers of interpretation, I would argue that they are going to be searching in vain. Those memories don’t exist.”

In the older view of memory, the brain is seen as storing memories in a singular place, analogous to a filing cabinet, he explained, with memory as a passive intellectual recall of factual details from the past. If this idea is applied to the Jesus stories, it would be that the disciples would have filed their memories of Jesus away and then recalled them as they told others.

However, Dr. Williams said, recent research into the memory process has shown that memory is by its nature distorted. This research has shown that the storage and retrieval of memories is a complex process in which an individual must reconstruct a memory from various sensory areas of the brain and is altered each time a person remembers as the memory is perceived in relation to a person’s current circumstances.

These insights into memory help provide two benefits in the scholarly analysis of the Jesus stories, he continued.

One is that it helps people avoid simplistic debates about the authenticity of memory in the gospels. “If distortion of memories of Jesus is the criteria that is used, then nothing qualifies as authentic, because no memory provides an uninterpreted view of the past,” Dr. Williams said. “If there are no undistorted memories, the foundation for both sides falls apart.”

While distortion has a negative connotation, there are positive benefits to distortion, he said.

Telescopes use a distortion of light to allow people to see planets, stars and other heavenly bodies that cannot be seen with a naked eye. Likewise, memories help people reconstruct a past that cannot be physically revisited, Dr. Williams explained, because memory distorts the distance between the present and the past and allows people to see what would otherwise be unrecoverable.

Secondly, distortion provides new ways to understand the variability of memories, Dr. Williams said, in relation to memory’s adaptive function to provide guidance in how to react in new situations.

“The early Christians were comfortable with the variations in the Jesus stories,” Dr. Williams said, giving as an example the debate amongst early Christians of whether the Jewish law should be observed or not, which is recounted in the book of Acts and Paul’s letters to the early church. This debate took place prior to the writing of the gospels, and a passage from Mark is written in such a way to support the view that the Jewish law should not have to be observed by Christians while that wording is not found in Matthew’s gospel, which most scholars agree is targeted toward a Jewish audience.

However, once the written form of the gospels replaced the oral form, much of this adaptive function was lost as the memory of Jesus became cemented in permanent forms,  he said.

In the next session of the series on Tuesday, Feb. 21, Dr. Williams will continue the exploration of this new approach to the Jesus stories with a discussion of another facet of memory, the impact of social environment on the construction of memories. The session will include an examination of the role of eyewitnesses in the formation and dissemination of the early Jesus tradition. The lecture will begin at 10 a.m. in the Chalmers Conference Center in the Niswonger Commons on the Tusculum College campus. Reservations are requested. Please call 423-636-7304 to make a reservation or email eestes@tusculum.edu.

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Disney’s ‘My Son Pinocchio, JR’ opens Friday

Disney’s ‘My Son Pinocchio, JR’ opens Friday

Posted on 15 February 2017 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Professore Buonragazzo (Carter DelSorbo) welcomes Geppetto (Parker Bunch) to the land of Idyllia where he has developed a machine to make ‘the perfect children’ in this scene from the play.

More than 30 of the area’s finest young performers will fill the stage to present Disney’s “My Son Pinocchio, JR” during the last two weekends of February at Tusculum College.

Theatre-at-Tusculum and Actors Coming Together will present the musical in the Behan Arena Theatre in the lower level (side entrance) of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on the Tusculum College campus. Show times are 7 p.m. on Feb. 17-18, 23-25 and 2 p.m. on Feb. 19 and 26.

“My Son Pinocchio, JR” is based in part on the classic Walt Disney animated feature film “Pinocchio.” It is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International and is part of the Broadway Junior Collection. The musical includes the songs “When You Wish Upon a Star” and “I’ve Got No Strings” by Leigh Harline and Ned Washington from the animated film.

However, unlike the animated film, the stage production is told from the perspective of Geppetto rather than Pinocchio, similar to the 2000 Disney live-action television movie “Geppetto,” which featured Drew Carey. The musical includes music and lyrics by award-winning composer Stephen Schwartz (Broadway’s “Wicked” and Disney’s “Pocahontas,” “The Prince of Egypt” and “Enchanted”) and book by David Stern.

Under the direction of Marilyn duBrisk and Assistant Director Brian Ricker, the all youth cast consists of an assortment of first-time and veteran actors. Griffin Gricunas, a fourth grader at Hal Henard Elementary School, will be making his Tusculum stage debut as the title character, Pinocchio. Gricunas will play alongside local favorite Parker Bunch who portrays Geppetto, the lonely toymaker who longs for a son. Another Bunch is helping lead the cast, as Parker’s younger sister, Reagan Bunch takes on the role of the wish-granting Blue Fairy.

The show is truly a family affair with six sets of brothers and sisters featured in the cast, and even a set of cousins. The junior fairies will be played by Tusculum View fifth grader, Emma Waddell, sisters Jade Ward and Jorja Ward, both fourth graders at Hal Henard Elementary, and Anna Woods, a fourth grader at Providence Academy in Johnson City.

The Fairies in training perform “When You Wish Upon A Star” and celebrate The Blue Fairy’s record of 100 wishes granted…or so they think. From left are Viola (Jade Ward), The Blue Fairy (Reagan Bunch), Rosa (Anna Woods) and Arancia (Emma Waddell). (Photos courtesy of Carrie Tucker)

Other cast members include Greeneville High School senior Grayson Reed as the wicked Puppet Master Stromboli with his dancing marionettes played by EastView fifth grader Leah Beddingfield and Doak Elementary fourth grader Carter Copeland. Tusculum College students Carter DelSorbo of Greeneville and Emma McCuiston of Chattanooga will play Professore Buonragazzo and the Pleasure Island Ringleader respectively.

The rest of the cast members play multiple roles throughout the show. They include Doak Elementary students Aliah Campbell and Aden Moore; EastView Elementary students Trey Bailey, Elliott Tucker and Zach Wallin; Greeneville Middle School students Jackson Beddingfield, Mylee Doty, Maya Gricunas, Maggie Hartman, Claire Hoeke, Carissa Hopson, Lexi Humbert, Amora Klepper, Caedmon Oakes, Allie Shelto, and Todd Wallin; Hal Henard Elementary students Grace Lampe and Jack Lampe; Tusculum View second grader Lily Broyles, as well as GHS freshman Angel Klepper, West Greene High School freshman Elijah Collins and Emmaline Neas, a sophomore from Parrotsville.

The production staff includes Angie Clendenon, music director; Kasie Shelnutt, accompanist; Kim Berry, choreographer; Frank Mengel and Garry Renfro, light and set design; Barbara Holt, costume director; Suzanne Greene, stage manager; Trenda Berney, make-up director, and Jennifer Hollowell, box office manager.

Tickets to the musical are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 60 and over, and $5 for children 12 and under.  To reserve tickets, please call 423-798-1620 or email jhollowell@tusculum.edu.

 

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Past scholarly approaches to ‘historical’ Jesus explored in first Theologian lecture

Past scholarly approaches to ‘historical’ Jesus explored in first Theologian lecture

Posted on 08 February 2017 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Dr. Travis Williams speaks during the first session of the annual Theologian-in-Residence series on Tuesday at Tusculum College.

The various ways that scholars have approached the gospels and their search for the “historical Jesus” were explored Tuesday during the first session of the annual Theologian-in-Residence lecture series.

Dr. Travis Williams, assistant professor of religion at Tusculum College, is presenting the series of lectures, “Jesus in Early Christian Memory: Remembering, Reconstructing and Rehearsing the Past.”  In its 26th year, the series is sponsored by Tusculum College with support from Ron Smith.

During the first session, Dr. Williams summarized beliefs about the Gospels and its accounts of Jesus during recent centuries and scholars “historical quests” for Jesus and the approaches they have taken in their studies.

“What I would suggest in this series is that there is an alternate approach, which applies insights from memory studies to the early traditions about Jesus,” he said.  “In this series, we are not going to focus on whether the gospels are authentic, but rather on this alternate approach to the gospels, a way to read the gospels better.”

Questions of how closely the Gospels reflect what actually occurred in the life of Jesus have divided Biblical scholarship for many years. However, Dr. Williams noted, both skeptics and apologists believe that the validity of the gospels is grounded in the accuracy of their transmission and the historical events they record.

Up until the time of the Enlightenment, this was not an issue as Christians considered the spiritual claims in the Biblical to be more important than the historical details and did not separate the two, he explained.

However, after the Enlightenment when reasoning was considered the ultimate source of authority, many scholars began to take a historical approach toward the gospels using critical methodologies of modern scholarship.  These scholars questioned whether the spiritual claims in the Bible are true if the historical details are inaccurate, Dr. Williams noted.

As a result, there have been a series of academic searches for the historic Jesus. During the first quest, which began around 1778, scholars were skeptical of the Jesus presented in the gospels and asserted that a search must be made beyond the gospels to find the true personage of Jesus. “Scholars thought that the Christ of faith was different than the Jesus of history,” he said. “They argued that the historical Jesus was concealed in multiple layers added by church tradition and dogma.”

One of the first books questioning how Jesus was portrayed argued that Jesus was a political figure rather than a spiritual figure and was espousing the overthrow of the Roman government.

As one would expect, Dr. Williams said, there were many repercussions to the publishing of the work. Two major groups formed in regards to how the gospels were viewed. One group, the supernaturalists, asserted that the gospels recorded events that actually happened in history even though some are of a supernatural character. These were opposed to the rationalists who argued that the gospels recounted natural, historic events that were misperceived or misinterpreted, and thus described as miraculous.

Then came the influential work of Strauss, who proposed a middle way, introducing the category of myth, which set up a new paradigm for looking at Jesus. Strauss described the gospels as a history-like story whose purpose is to convey a religious truth that is important rather than a record of historical events, he said.

The first quest was brought to an end by the publishing of a book by Albert Schweitzer in 1906, which pointed out that how Jesus’ life was described was a reflection of the ideology of the scholars who wrote them.

This began a period that lasted until 1953 in which most scholars were of the opinion that nothing concrete could be known about the historic Jesus and the focus should turn to the Christ of faith, Dr. Williams explained

However, in 1953, there were some scholars who began to argue there were some things that could be known about the historical Jesus – that a clearer picture could be obtained of Jesus if the distortions of later Christian interpretation could be cleaned away.

Thus began the second quest for Jesus, from 1953 through the 1980s. A first step in their efforts was the creation of a list of indisputable facts about Jesus, as well as a method for judging the authenticity of the gospel stories as ways to try to peel back the layers that have been added through tradition.

These efforts have led to the third quest, which is still in progress. Scholars now are espousing the study of Jesus in the Jewish cultural background of the time, Dr. Williams explained, and are using new methods to look at Jesus, drawing from other fields of study to adopt new approaches.

Scholars are using social-scientific approaches to look at the culture of the time and are using literary criticism to analyze Biblical narratives, and new source materials are helping build the picture of life in Jesus’ time such as the Dead Sea Scrolls, the apocryphal gospels and archeological finds.

Dr. Williams will begin looking at one of these new approaches in the next session on Tuesday, Feb. 14, as he discusses the various process involved in the cognitive formation of memory and the different ways that distortion would have shaped memories of Jesus. The lecture will begin at 10 a.m. in the Chalmers Conference Center in the Niswonger Commons on the Tusculum College campus. Reservations are requested. Please call 423-636-7304 to make a reservation or email eestes@tusculum.edu.

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‘Sleeping Beauty: True Love’s Kiss’ to be presented Jan. 27-29 in AHB Auditorium

‘Sleeping Beauty: True Love’s Kiss’ to be presented Jan. 27-29 in AHB Auditorium

Posted on 17 January 2017 by eestes@tusculum.edu

King Maldoer (Dillon Davis) and Maleficent (Sophia Sparks) rehearse a scene from “Sleeping Beauty: True Love’s Kiss,” the upcoming production by Central Ballet Theatre of Greeneville.

Central Ballet Theatre of Greeneville will bring the timeless tale of Sleeping Beauty to the stage Jan. 27-29 in a multi-faceted production.

Four performances of “Sleeping Beauty: True Love’s Kiss” are scheduled for the last weekend in January in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on the Tusculum College campus. The ballet will be performed at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27; at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29. The production is a part of Tusculum College Arts Outreach’s 2016-17 Acts, Arts, Academia performance and lecture series.

“Sleeping Beauty” continues Central Ballet’s tradition of presenting a multi-dimensional production and will feature majestic sets and backdrops, dynamic lighting and technical surprises brought together through classical and contemporary choreography to tell stories with emotional and spiritual depth. This year’s production will feature choreography that is much more contemporary in style to match the intense dance scenes found while also including the always popular pointe work and classical ballet.

A story of destruction wrought by bitterness and guilt and the overcoming power of forgiveness are the heart of “Sleeping Beauty.” Similar to the recent movie, “Maleficent,” Central Ballet’s “Sleeping Beauty” brings audiences into the world  of evil fairy, Maleficent, and helps them understand the anger and bitterness that leads her to curse the innocent baby Princess Aurora. The story follows what happens as Maleficent follows the growth of the princess and changes begin to happen in the heart of the maligned fairy, and a young Prince arrives on the scene, falling in love with the sweet princess.

Professional dancers Dillon Davis and Dante Adela join the local performers in the Central Ballet company for this production. In his third Central Ballet production, Davis will dance the role of King Maldoer. A member of Chattanooga Ballet, Dillon started his professional career as a trainee at Alabama Ballet under the direction of Wes Chapman. After completing his training at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Dillon performed professionally with Nashville Ballet and Dance Theater of Tennessee. While with Dance Theater of Tennessee, he had the opportunity to work with world renowned choreographers Ma Cong, Darrell Grand-Moultrie and Ron De Jesus of Hubbard Street.

Adela returns to Central Ballet stage as the Raven in “Sleeping Beauty.”  Adeala just completed touring for four years as Yao, the lead in Cirque du Soleil’s “Dralion.” Adela trained in dance at North Carolina School of the Arts and Lou Conte Dance Studio in Chicago then went on to dance in several professional companies including Orlando Ballet and Cedar Lake Ensemble. In past seasons with Central Ballet Theatre, Adela has danced Trumpkin in “Prince Caspian” and Pharoah’s son in “Exodus.”

Aurora will be danced by Meg Butler, a student at Greeneville High School, while Queen Oscilla will be portrayed by Katie Kricko, also a student at Greeneville High. Sophia Sparks, a performer from Greeneville will portray “Maleficent.” Two interesting characters added to the ballet’s storyline are Neene (the giver of evil) played by Elizabeth Bosse of Dandridge and Nahal (the good angel) played by Hallie Frank, a student at Chuckey-Doak High School.

A special addition to this version of “Sleeping Beauty” is speaking during the actual scenes versus a live narrator. CBT held two auditions this year: a dance audition and a voice audition. The voice for each character has its own actor, similar to characters in animated films. “We are quite pleased with the quality of our character portrayals through voice,” said Lori Ann Sparks, artistic director of Central Ballet Theatre. “It is an exciting new feature for our ballets!”

Central Ballet’s productions are the result of countless hours of a number of volunteers sharing their time and expertise. The process of writing the script, choosing music, preparing choreography, setting the scenes on the dancers, rehearsing, and topping the ballet off with local artists designing, building, and decorating sets, costuming, and technical preparations takes ten months and requires approximately 150 volunteer production hours per minute of the show.

“We have an amazing group of enthusiastic helpers who work together sharing ideas, building sets, designing and sewing special costumes, painting, moving dance floors, and construction whatever is needed,” said Blair Berry, secretary of Central Ballet. “We are blessed with a wonderful family of volunteers.”

In addition to its yearly ballet production, Central Ballet Theatre strives to offer outreach to the community. The company performs for nursing homes and gives classes to the Boys and Girls’ Club in Greeneville. “We are grateful for the support of our local and regional contributions from both the private and public sector which helps us afford these performances and give back to the community,” said Parke Brumit, president of Central Ballet.

Tickets for the ballet may be purchased at the General Morgan Inn, The Catalyst Coffee Company, Esther & Ella Boutique, Appalachian Chiropractic Center, from local dancers, or by calling 423-724-7014. Tickets may also be purchased at the door. Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for students and seniors ages 60 and up.

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Fall 2016 Dean’s List announced

Fall 2016 Dean’s List announced

Posted on 13 January 2017 by eestes@tusculum.edu

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

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

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

The President’s List includes those students who have earned a 4.0 grade point average during the semester while taking at least 12 or more hours for the term. These students are also included on the Dean’s List.

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

Below are the listings for the the fall2016 Dean’s List that includes both  the Traditional (residential) program and the Graduate and Professional Studies program for working adults. Students named to the President’s List are denoted with an *. Those who are listed on the Charles Oliver Gray Scholars List are noted with a +.

2016 Fall Dean’s List

Dennis Mensah Acquah +

Kristopher Scott Adams

Caleb Alder

Dax Aleman

Brandon Lee Alexander *

Jennifer Rene Alfter *+

Brandon Keith Allen *+

Makenzi Lynn Alley *+

Evan R Altizer +

Ivan Andabak *

Robert Alexander Anderson

Katja Sabina Elisabeth Andersson *+

Hannah Beth Arnett +

Cheyene Leigh Arnold *+

Eleonora Surenovna Assadova +

Amy Jeanette Atchley +

Kristen Machel Atwell

Anthony Maurice Bagwell +

David Murphy Baker

Sarah Ann Baker +

Brandon L Ball

Sonja Ballmert

Crystal Annette Banken

Joshua Jay Barnett

Mindy Michelle Barton +

Joshua V Batson +

Taylor Alexandria N. Battle +

Robert Tyson Beach

McKenzie Beavers +

Cheyenne Nicole Beeler *+

Dabresha Necole Bell

Keegan Michael William Bell

Timothy Christian Bell

Bryant Benitez

Brian James Bennett

Hannah Marie Berling *+

Christopher Lee Berney

Kyle Christopher Bittner +

Sheila D Blair *+

Christina Michelle Blevins *

Courtney Elaine Booth

Dalton Thomas Boslooper

Brittany Paige Bowers

Casey Elizabeth Bradley +

Mindy Dawn Bradley +

Jule Brass +

Danielle Marie Breen

Alexander Neil Briggs +

Brittany Starr Bright

Daniel Clifford Britton

Autumn May Brooks

Brittani Allyn Brooks *

Bobbi Jean Brown *

David Bryan Brown +

Kaitlin Brooke Brown +

Shannon Kay Brown *+

William Gary Brown

Jonathan Wayne Bryant +

Victoria Jacqueline Bryant +

Kevin W Buckner +

Megan Lorraine Buczek +

Timothy Adam Bumgarner

Lara Gail Burchfield +

Judith Cahansa Butler

Lindsay Ann Butler *+

Mason Ray Calhoun +

Melissa Kay Callahan *+

Billy Carroll Calwell +

Brianna Richelle Campbell

Gary Lee Capps

Jessie Leonard Carey *+

Erin Helene Carmody +

Cathryn Carol Carpenter +

Laura Kaye Carr *+

Aleigha Ruth Carroll

Elizabeth Anne Carroll

Michelle Carver +

Callie S. Casteel +

Cayla Brooke Cecil *

Katelynne Ruth Cheatham

Matthew Keith Church +

Savannah Hope Clabough *+

Debra Nicole Clack +

Alyssa M. Clifton *

Tiffany Rose Cockrum

Dawn Trista Cody +

Mandy LaChelle Colburn +

Katie Lee Cole +

Chelsea Breanne Collins

Riley Edward Collins +

Robert Earl Colquitt +

Sarah D. Combs +

Dustin Daniel Conway +

Amber Lawson Cooper *+

Jeremy Brent Cooper *+

Heather Natasha Cope

Justin Ross Cornett +

Charles Harvey Cottrell +

Jacob William Countiss +

Molly Elizabeth Cowart +

Polly Louise Cowart +

Paige Arnelle Cowden

Chester Craig *

Christen Janay Craig +

Hannah E. Crespo +

Joshua Chase Cress

Heather Renee Crouch +

Bailey Alexandria Culler +

Craig Matthew Cutler +

Jacob Ryan Cutshall *

Tiarra Rain Dailey

Miranda Brooke Dalton *

Gabriel James Dando *+

Dianna Kay Daniels *

Anna Nicole Daugherty

Alexandra Nicole Davis +

Destiny Sierra Davis

Eliza Lucille Davis +

Emily K Davis

Henry Reed Whitaker Davis

Rebecca Lee Davis +

Andre Alvaro Moreira De Giorgi +

Emily Marie De La Cruz +

Jessica Susan Deaton +

Payton Alexandra Dehart +

Carter Andrew Delsorbo

Kayli Ashton Dempster *

Kyleigh Cierra Denson

Stephanie Nicole Nikki Dirmeyer

Abby Lee Ann Dohrman *

Kelly Chase Donnelly +

River Sam Ash Donnelly *

Keaton Thomas Dotson

Gilbert Charles Downey +

Savanna Nicole Draper

Jessica L. Drinnon +

Kelly Breann Ducote

Jennifer Duff *+

Deidra Michelle Dunlap +

James Dallas Dunn

Garrett Scott Dupuis

John Eric Durr *+

Janice Lyn Dutcher

Tabitha Ann Dyer +

Blaine Leroy Dykes

Joel Cooper Edgar

Michael Jason Eggert +

Deidre Michelle Elkins

Savannah Elliott +

Melissa Jeannette Emerson +

Joseph Hall Exum

Kasey Blake Fawbush +

Kristoffer Mykell Fernandez +

Brittany Leigh Finucane +

Lia Theresa Fiore +

Elizabeth Cheyanne Fisher

Karli Payten Fisher +

Scott Allan Fisher *+

Camilo Florez *

Harper Nicole Ford +

Richard Forsythe *

Tesa Lashae Fox

Kelsey Lynae Freeman +

Macy Amanda French *+

Jennifer Michelle Frost +

Jordan D’Ann Fullerton *+

Amy Fullington *

Franziska Funke +

Kimberly Kay Gipfert

Emily Ann Gleason

Jill Edith Goodpasture +

Hannah Marie Graham +

Shelby Anne Gray +

Ashley Elizabeth Greer

Kimberly Grace Gregg +

Kelsey Griffith +

Brittany Danielle Grizzle +

Matthew David Groover

Holly Brooke Hall +

Justin Tyler Hamilton +

Edward Oliver Moore Hancock +

Jonnathan Handshoe

Lisa Denise Hannah *+

Zachary Lee Hartle +

Kazuhiko Hashiyama

Mamie Britt Hassell +

Michael James Haycox +

Christie Michelle Hayes +

Jonathan Hayes *+

Tanya Marie Hayes +

Rachael Bethany Hensley *+

Emily Elizabeth Hester +

Mason Bradley Hewitt

Ruth Ann Hickman +

Gregory Ward Hilemon *+

Jenny Rebecca Hill +

Gina C Hobson

Ernest Tyler Hockett

Amy Marie Hodge +

Caleb Jordan Hodnett

Rachel E. Holden

Malek Pierce Holman

Ronnie James Holt +

Sayre Catherine Hopper +

Michelle Leigh Hoskins-Slaven

Chilae Antonette Houston +

Brittany K Hoyle

Tina Louise Hubbard *

Ryan Wesley Hudson +

Velvet Dawn Hughes +

Gregory Mitchell Hurd

Maleah Linda Huskey +

Deanna Lynn Hutcheson +

Christopher Davis Hutson

Blair Idol *

Jessica Kay Inscore

Emily Iorga *

James Michael Malis Irwin

Charlotte Nicole Jackson *+

Lindsay Erin Jackson

Katie Elizabeth James +

Michael Gale Jarnagin *

Rebecca Michelle Jenkins *+

Jeffrey Adam Jennings +

Katelyn Jasanna Jennings *+

Brandon Kenneth Jeter

Tracy Lynette Jett

J’Quen O. Johnson

Jeffrey Tyler Johnson *+

Christiana Fe Jones

Sandra Rae Jones *+

Tashique Kader +

Angela Marie Kagley +

Briana Michelle Kaltenmark +

Colby R Kennedy

Landon Andrew King

Haylee Danielle Kirby

Toby De Klerk

Steven Frazier Knowles

Makayla Ellen Knuchel

Andrew D Kransberger +

Dallas Douglas Kuykendall

Andreas M. Kvam +

Stacey Lamb

Taylor Kara Lambertsen +

Elissa Ruth Lane +

Kendra Michelle Lane +

Zachary Aaron Lane +

Calley B. Lawson *+

Felicia Dawn Lawson

Mary Kristina Lawson +

Matthew Travis Lawson

Shane Allen Lawson +

Taylor Rae Leatherman

Macy Alexis Leatherwood

Randall Steven Lee +

Alvis T Legg

Amanda Chayne Lemings

Mariah Lynn Lewis +

Hayden Craig Lindemann

Jodi Marie Lister

Chrysta Leigh Long

Rachel Hope Looney +

Preston Donald Loveless

Brittany D. Lowery

Daniel Ray Lowery +

Benjamin Travis Lyle

Todd Eric Lynch

Amy Patrice Lyon +

Emma Catherine MacDonald *+

Morgan Mahaffey *+

Katarina Majorova *

Benedicta Makakala

Daulton Ray Martin

Miriah Elizabeth Martin +

Shawna Ann Martin +

Joie Cheyenne Massey

Kelli Lynn McCalla +

Joseph Bryson McCarter *+

Abraham McCauley

Shirleece Monique McClain

Tiaira Janay McCloud

Courtney Diane McCollister

Caleb Ray McCormick

Emma E. McCuiston

Annie Beth McCullough

Kerrie Anne McGaha

Sven McGaha *

Kiah B. McIsaac

Madison Neil McKinney +

Nanette Louise McLain +

Nicole Sarah McMillen +

Ragen Danielle McNair +

Ashley Nicole McPeek

Matthew Edward Meese +

Jordan Delaney Melvin

John J. Merritt

Hannah Elizabeth Metler

Makayla J Michaels

Charles Richard Mills +

Patrick Neal Minton *

Jason Randal Monroe +

Sarah Jennifer Monroe *+

AAliyah Jada Montgomery *+

Kaitlyn M Moore

Matthew Austin Moore

Hunter Andrew More

Charles Mark Morgan +

Kristen Leigh Morgan *+

Alycia Marjorie Morong

Vanessa Morton

Brittany K Motley

Eduardo Granados Munoz +

Shannon Rose Murphy *+

Tomi A. Nelson *+

David Michael New

Andrew Benjamin Newman

Robert E. Nichols +

Jonathan Edward Nicholson

Micah Brianne Nicley +

Kellie Leeann Niles *

Haley Marie Noe

Kylee Jordan Nolan +

Cortnay Paige Norman +

Whitnie Elaine Norman +

Amie Suzanne O’Brien +

Kevin Ryan O’Dell

Fabian Paier *+

Ross Gregory Parsons +

Hannah Nicole Parton

Kendall Patterson +

Kristen Leeann Patterson

Loren Danielle Peeters *

Glenda Pegues

Pau Peiro’ Vila

Austin David Pendergrass

Lindsey Pennington +

David Perry +

Matthew Petraglia

Ginger Faye Phillips

Matthew Ralph Pierce +

Matthew Allen Piper +

Amanda Leigh Ann Pipes +

Taylor Nicole Plemons *+

Diego C. Poore +

Melissa Joy Preast

David Ray Presley

Fabian Proesch

Lyndsey Blake Pulliam *

Courtney Leigh Purkey

Rachel Elizabeth Purswell

Jacqueline Nicole Rader *+

Matthew Ryne Ramsay

Ciara Rattana +

Zachary James Redden +

Chelsey Brooke Reed *+

Tracy Reeder

Treslyn Kelley Reese +

Sunday Lynn Reeves *+

Joshua Roy Repass

Linda Joy Reyna +

Daniel Dean Ricker

Leslie Nicole Rimmer

Allyson Kathleen Rines +

William Scott Ritter +

Rachael Elizabeth Roach +

Kaara Heloise Roark +

Monica Sloan Roberts

Rachel Elizabeth Roberts +

Malinda Irene Rode +

Alexander Mills Rolison

Carrie Leigh Rose +

Sarah Elizabeth Rowland +

Tabitha Ann Rue +

Brittany M. Ruffner *

Amber Michaela Russell *

Taylor Lashae Rymer

Kayla Marie Sager *

Bladimir Lenni Santiago Bautista *

Reanna Michael Saunders

Whitney Suzanne Scearce *+

Sabrina L. Schleuger +

Eric Thomas Schorr

Brooke Morgan Schreder *+

Drew Henry Schreder +

Kirsten Nicole Seals +

Talia Seiber +

Leon Seiz +

Dennis Eugene Sharp

Roxanne Inez Shepard +

Kaliah Alexis Sheppard +

Tara Ann Shields

Briley Nicole Shinlever +

Saasha Noel Shirooni +

Jaelyn Makelti Shoemaker

Megan Elizabeth Shortt

Madison Kate Shumaker +

David Felix Siegle +

Payton Dakota Silcox +

John Cody Simmons +

April Suzanne Skeen *+

Kimberly A Slayton

Adam Michael Smith +

Garland Taylor Smith +

John Rufus Conagher Smith +

Jordan Dianne Smith *+

Shelley Lynn Smith

Wendy Marie Smothers +

Lisa Jane Snowden

Elexis Sloan Snyder *+

Carey L. Sommers +

James William Spears +

Jonathan Spicher +

Candice Nicole Spradlin +

Laura Lynn Standifer

Paul John Stayskal

Karlee Nichole Stinson *

Wayne Gordon Stokes

Emily Anne Stoklosa

Robin Marie Stoner *+

John Frederic Storaska *

Jason Andrew Strange +

Travis Carl Stuart +

Renea Danielle Styles

Teela Sullivan +

Thomas Bradley Sullivan

Shannele Marjorie Sunderland +

Rachel Delaney Swatzell *

Kathy Lyne Swick +

Sarah Ann Symons

Jaron Michael Taylor

Mindy Lashea Taylor

Raymond Allen Thacker *+

James Kenneth Thompson

Kathryn Thompson

Timothy L Thompson

Carlie Amanda Thornber *+

Lauren Bryce Tino

Brent Adam Tittsworth +

John Robert Topoleski

Taylor Meriel Towe

Daniel Joseph Tremaine

Karen Michelle Trent

Kenneth R. Tucker +

Preston R Tucker +

Michael Alejandro Turk

Joshua Ryan Turner

Everett Cole Underwood

Linda Upmale

Cheyenne Upton +

Samuel J. A. Van Amberg +

Destiny Lashea Vanzant

Samantha Jean Vogt *+

Kristina Voiles

Rebekah Grace Voiles +

Madelyn J. Vossen

Brooke Elizabeth Wagner +

Bailey F. Walker *+

Misty D. Wallen +

Jake Thomas Wapinsky

Benjamin Harden Warnick +

Devan Scott Watts

Daniel D. Wedding +

Trevor Warren Weeks

Mitzi Michele Weese +

Seth Jacob Weisman

Victoria Kailand Weiss +

Patrick Shane Wells

Monique Alice Wesh *

Brodie T. West *

Kevin Eugene West

Samantha Ann West

Carly Leeanne White +

Sarah Caitlin White *

Taylor Lindsey White +

Amanda Adkins Whitson

David Jacob Wiedenbeck

Nicholas Ryan Wiley

Donna Nicole Wilkerson +

Debbie Lee Williams +

Peyton Melay Williams

Robert Clinton Williams

Taylor R. Williams

Taylor Ryan Williams *

Calandra Livesay Williamson +

Carolyn Elizabeth Williamson +

Jessica Renee Williamson

Kari Evelyn Wilson

Sydney Nicole Wilson +

William Pearce Wilson

Kaitlin Rose Winnie

Kimberly Ruth Wise +

Rachel Marie Wisner +

Ashley Woodall

Parker Katelyn Alisa Wright +

Ashley Dawn York *

Genevive Zaide +

Angelique Louise Zimcosky *+

Robert Donovan Zirkle

 

 

 

 

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