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Auditions scheduled for ‘How to Eat Like a Child – And Other Lessons in Not Being a Grown-Up’

Posted on 21 November 2014 by

An all-youth cast is needed for Theatre-at-Tusculum’s production of “How to Eat Like a Child – And Other Lessons in Not Being Grown Up” to be staged early next year.

The fast-paced musical needs actors, singers and dancers. Auditions are for boys and girls in the third through eighth grade, and are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 3 and 4, with possible callbacks on Friday, Dec. 5.

Auditions will begin at 4 p.m. in auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on campus with registration starting at 3:30 p.m. No prepared audition materials will be required, but those auditioning are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and clothing.

The audition committee hopes to cast approximately 25 youth.

Rehearsals for the play will begin in January with performances scheduled in Tusculum College’s Behan Arena Theatre for Feb. 27-28 and March 1, 5-8.

“How to Eat Like a Child – And Other Lessons in Not Being a Grown-Up” was written by Delia Ephron, John Forster and Judith Kahan with music and lyrics by John Forster.

The musical will be directed for Theatre-at-Tusculum by Mairlyn duBrisk. Brian Ricker will serve as assistant director, the vocal director will be Angie Clendenon and the choreographer will be Kim Berry.

For more information about the auditions, please contact Tusculum College Arts Outreach at 423-798-1620.



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Tusculum opens Little Free Library

Tusculum opens Little Free Library

Posted on 17 November 2014 by

The new Little Free Library is inside the first floor of the Rankin House. From left are Dr. Michael Bodary, assistant professor of English, and students Ryan Barker, Matthew Pierce and Madilyn Elliott.

Tusculum College is opening a new reading resource on the Greeneville campus for both the students and the community. Sponsored by the English honor society Sigma Tau Delta, the Little Free Library of Tusculum College is located on the first floor of Rankin House.

“This is an additional resource intended to foster leisure reading,” said Dr. Michael Bodary, assistant professor of English. Our hope is that it will provide an avenue for students, faculty, staff and the people of Greeneville to freely and easily share top-shelf books—good stories that can stir the imagination—with one another.”

Little Free Libraries can be found across the country, sprouting up through the generosity, commitment and creativity of those who support a free, unrestricted exchange of books. Using the Little Free Library at Tusculum College does not require a membership card, and it is open to everyone in the community. There are no due dates or late charges. It operates on the honor system and a “take a book, leave a book” exchange concept, although people who do not have a book to leave can always borrow a book and bring it back.

People can donate as well; however, as the library is very small, the focus for the library is on the quality of the books it offers—not the quantity. Like most higher education institutes, Tusculum College’s Garland library’s vast collection is focused on academia, research materials and literary documents.

According to Dr. Bodary, “We’re not competing with the historic, vastly larger academic library already on campus. The Little Free Library is focused on having a small and mostly fiction-based selection for pleasure reading.”

The exchanging of books will keep a variety of genres present for every reader to enjoy, from mysteries to science fiction to romance.

“We hope students will take books, but also replace them with others they are willing to share with other users of the library,” said Ryan Barker, a senior history and creative writing major from Laurens, S.C. “If we can encourage this, we will always have fresh selections.”


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Tusculum to present dramatization of “Lincoln/Johnson: The Winning Ticket in Time of War”

Posted on 14 November 2014 by

Through first-person interpretations, award-winning presenters Chris Small and Daniel Luther will bring President Abraham Lincoln and Vice President-elect Andrew Johnson to life on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. The performance will be held in the Behan Arena in the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Center on the Tusculum College’s Greeneville campus.

Presented by Tusculum College’s history and museum studies department and the Andrew Johnson National Historical Site, the lively first person interpretations will reveal the two politicians’ thoughts and opinions regarding the 1864 election, the impending end of war and the possible abolition of slavery, as well as their opinions about re-joining the nation after the uproar of the Civil War.

In addition, Lincoln and Johnson will be interviewed by the Tennessee Technological University Professor William Hardy. Lincoln was a Northern Republican and Johnson was a Southern Democrat who joined forces on the overwhelmingly successful National Union Party ticket in the 1864 elections. This was the one and only time in history that the National Union Party ticket was named in a presidential election.

The program is free of charge and open to the public.


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Dr. Ron May named vice president of academic affairs at Tusculum College

Dr. Ron May named vice president of academic affairs at Tusculum College

Posted on 06 November 2014 by

Dr. Ron May, who has been serving as interim vice president of academic affairs at Tusculum College since Aug. 11, has accepted the appointment of vice president of academic affairs.  Dr. May and his wife, Joan, have accepted an invitation to serve Tusculum College at least through June 30, 2016.

Dr. May, a 1968 graduate of the college, has had a distinguished career in higher education, retiring in June 2014 as president of Ancilla College in Donaldson, Ind. In his career he has taught public school, as well as served as a college professor, department head, dean, vice president and twice as a college president, at Ancilla and at Louisburg College in Louisburg, N.C.

Dr. Ron May


“Tusculum College is fortunate to have the opportunity to continue to benefit from Dr. May’s leadership in academic affairs,” said Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College. “His professional background provides a vast experience in higher education administration to keep Tusculum first.”

While his primary responsibilities will be leading the academic programs of the college, Dr. May will also hold faculty rank as professor of education.

In his career, Dr. May has been recognized by numerous organizations, including by the Leadership Marshall County program with their Leader of the Year Award in 2011. He served Tusculum College as dean of faculty from 1985 to 1988. He also served for a time as the president of the Tusculum College Alumni Association.


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Tusculum College professor publishes manuscript

Posted on 28 October 2014 by

Tusculum College’s Dr. Stephen Nettelhorst, assistant professor of psychology, has co-authored a research manuscript titled “Be Careful What You Wish For: The Impact of Advertisement Choice on Viewers’ Expectations,” which has been accepted for publication in the scholarly journal “Computers in Human Behavior.”

In this work, Dr. Nettelhorst, who joined Tusculum College in 2013, collaborated with colleagues at Kansas State University, where he received his doctorate in psychology. This research focuses on the change of viewer expectations of online advertisements before and after watching them.

“Computers in Human Behavior” is an interdisciplinary journal that focuses on the impact computer use has on individuals in their everyday lives.


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Tusculum College to host a Remote Area Medical clinic on Nov. 8-9

Posted on 28 October 2014 by

More than 600 people are expected to turn out for free health care services being offered at the upcoming Remote Area Medical clinic hosted by Tusculum College on Nov. 8-9.

Responding to a regional need, Tusculum College will bring the free clinic to Greene County for the first time this fall. The event is expected to draw those in need of services from all over the region and more than 200 volunteers are gearing up to pull off this significant event.

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

“This is an event that suits the Civic Arts mission of Tusculum College. It’s a documented need in the area, with more than 600 people expected over the weekend,” said Mark Stokes, Tusculum chaplain and organizer of the event. “We are hosting the event in conjunction with the community. We have hundreds of volunteers, not only from the RAM organization but from Greeneville and Greene County.”

Stokes added that he hopes anyone in need of basic health care services will take advantage of this opportunity through RAM

During the two-day, weekend clinics, RAM volunteers provide basic medical services, dental work and optometry services and glasses on-site free that day. Health care services provided include comprehensive screening for diabetes and hypertension, procedures such as mammography, colon cancer screening, retinal screening using telemedicine technology, chest x-rays, pulmonary function studies and some gynecological procedures.

On both days, the parking areas will open at midnight and RAM will begin handing out numbers for patient order at 3 a.m. The doors open at 6 am.

RAM, founded by adventurer Stan Brock in 1985, is dedicated to providing medical and veterinary access in rural and remote areas to anyone who needs it, both domestically and abroad.

For more information, visit RAM’s website at or email, or call (423) 636-7450.


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Family Weekend – Check out the planned events – Oct 31 – Nov 1

Family Weekend – Check out the planned events – Oct 31 – Nov 1

Posted on 24 October 2014 by

You can feel the excitement in the air as preparations are underway for our upcoming Family Weekend, set for October 31-November 1! We encourage you to join the excitement and be a special part of this weekend and share in the good time for families and their students as these parents did in years past.

Register here!


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Harkleroad, Wedding named to marketing staff at Tusculum College

Posted on 23 October 2014 by

Laralee Harkleroad and Brooke Wedding have joined the staff of Tusculum College’s Office of Marketing. Harkleroad has been named assistant director of marketing and Wedding will serve as graphic designer.

“With the expanding capabilities in marketing today, we are very pleased to have added two top-notch professionals to our team,” says Jamie Hamer, the director of marketing. “Both Laralee and Brooke bring skills and talents to the team and will help us accomplish our marketing goals.”

Laralee Harkleroad

Harkleroad was formerly executive assistant to the president of King University in Bristol. Prior to her experience at King, she worked for the law office of Baker Donelson, overseeing the marketing and recruiting efforts of their Johnson City office.

In her new position, she will be responsible for implementing the marketing initiatives of Tusculum College, which includes developing and maintaining the integrated marketing plan, strategies and campaigns, overseeing the use of the College’s logo and seal and providing assistance with internal communications, retention and students engagement activities. In addition, she will be preparing promotional and recruitment materials, as well as coordinating and planning key events.

Harkleroad received her Master of Business Administration degree with a specialization in human resources from King University earlier this year. In addition, she holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration in business management with a concentration in legal studies.

Brooke Wedding

Previously, Wedding, a 2010 graduate of Tusculum College, worked as a graduate assistant at East Tennessee State University, teaching the graphic design and the foundations of 2D design.

In her new position as a graphic designer, Wedding will be responsible for all aspects of the design and creation of campus-wide marketing and communication materials, including creating brand continuity across all media platforms and developing well-defined graphic identities for a variety of marketing, branding and advertising initiatives. She will also actively engage in on-going planning, analysis and evaluation.

Wedding has substantial experience in not only in the many forms of graphic design but in communication, marketing, photography and writing. She graduated from Tusculum College with a Bachelor of Arts in graphic design. She also holds an associate’s degree in photography from Pellissippi State Technical Community College in Knoxville. She is currently expected to graduate from ETSU with a Master of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in graphic design later this year.








Story by Stephanie Turner, junior journalism major from Shelbyville, Tenn


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Mentors Needed for TNAchieves

Posted on 23 October 2014 by

Greene County is in need of mentors to work with TNAchieves, a partnering organization to Governor Haslam’s Tennessee Promise. TNAchieves serves primarily first generation, low income students in an effort to increase this generation’s likelihood of earning a college credential. While the funding provided by Tennessee Promise is critical to increased post-secondary access, TNAchieves data confirms that working with a mentor further enhances students’ likelihood of entering the post-secondary pipeline. In fact, UT’s Center for Business and Economic Research found that students participating in TNAchieves are nearly 21 percent more likely to enter college.

The November 1 deadline for mentor registration is rapidly approaching, and 64 mentors are still needed to support the 107 Greeneville/Greene County students that have registered for the TNAchieves Program.

TNAchieves mentors report that they spend less than ONE hour per month serving as a resource to students. The role is simple but significant as mentors help students reach their potential. At its core, TNAchieves mentors complete an application, choose their preferred high school, complete a one-hour training session, attend two one-hour meetings, and communicate with students every two weeks via email, phone or text as they transition from high school to college.

If you are willing to become a mentor to the TNAchieves Program and are at least 21 years of age, please complete the online registration by visiting


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Tusculum College to host Career Fair Nov. 3

Posted on 22 October 2014 by

Tusculum College will be hosting Fall Career Fair 2014 at the Knoxville Regional Center on Monday, Nov. 3, from 4-6:30 p.m.

Students and alumni from all Tusculum campuses are invited to meet with employers from the East Tennessee region. A van has been reserved to transport Tusculum students from the Greeneville campus to the fair in Knoxville.

The Tennessee Career Coach Bus will be available on all four Tusculum campuses in the two weeks before the fair, to meet with students and alumni to review resumes and provide career advice in preparation for the fair.

The Coach Team will be providing job search and resume assistance along with career advising from staff from the local Workforce Investment Act Office.

More than 30 employers from the region will share information during the event about their firms, job positions available and skill sets they require in employees. Employers will also have information about opportunities for internships and co-ops and seasonal, part-time and full-time positions.

There is no registration fee for employers to participate in the event, and they are encouraged to register to participate as soon as possible because a limited number of tables are available. For more information about employer participation, please visit

The Career Fair is open to all Tusculum students and alumni. Those attending the event are encouraged to dress professionally, as they would for a job interview, and to bring several copies of their resumes and business cards to distribute to employers.

“At last year’s Fall Career Fair, 22 employers met with 55 Tusculum students and alumni and offered 85 interviews, according to the employer survey,” said Robin Lay, director of career services. “Employers have reported hiring several candidates from that fair. Some of those hired have already received job promotions. I expect this year’s fair will be even better.”

For more information on the Fall Career Fair 2014, The Tennessee Career Coach events or to reserve transportation, contact Lay at or 423-636-7447


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Tusculum President Dr. Nancy Moody receives University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Nursing Alumni Award

Posted on 22 October 2014 by

Dr. Nancy Moody, president of Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tenn., was the fall 2014 recipient of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Nursing Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award. The award recognizes her distinguished career in higher education. Last year she received the Texas Woman’s University Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award.

“This award is so well deserved for Nancy, who throughout her career has demonstrated a consistent pattern of leadership in nursing and health care workforce development,” said University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing Dean Doreen Harper. “Very few of our graduates are presidents of colleges and universities, and we are proud of all she has accomplished. Nancy is an exemplar of our distinguished alumnus at the UAB School of Nursing.”

Dr. Moody has served as president of Tusculum College since 2009.  During her tenure, she has led the college’s successful reaffirmation of accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and secured a $45 million Community Facilities direct loan for the construction of two new apartment style residence halls and a science and math facility and to refurbish an existing academic building.  She also secured a $3.8 million gift for the naming of the Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math that will be complete in 2016.  In addition, Dr. Moody has overseen the efforts to bring several new undergraduate and graduate programs to the college including nursing, chemistry, criminal justice, psychology and a master of business administration degree. The college’s board of trustees recently recognized Dr. Moody’s contributions to Tusculum by presenting her with the inaugural Founder’s Award in February 2013.

Prior to joining Tusculum College, Dr. Moody was president of Lincoln Memorial University for seven years.  Under her leadership, LMU’s enrollment increased by 90 percent.  The university also initiated the Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine and expanded the Caylor School of Nursing to include a master of science in nursing degree program with family nurse practitioner and nurse anesthesia concentrations.  Other programs initiated under her leadership included a master’s degree program preparing physician’s assistants and a doctorate of education degree.

A registered nurse, Dr. Moody began her academic career as a nursing instructor for Lincoln Memorial University in 1974 and advanced to hold several academic leadership positions there – including dean of the School of Nursing and Allied Health –  prior to being named LMU president.  Her career also includes serving as the executive director of the Tennessee Center for Nursing, as an assistant professor of nursing in the College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and as associate professor and department chair in the College of Nursing at East Tennessee State University.

She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and an advisory board member for the Northeast Tennessee College and Career Readiness Consortium funded through an Investing in Innovation (i3) grant funded by the U. S. Department of Education. Previously, Dr. Moody served on the NCAA DII President’s Council, was chair of the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association, and a member of the Board of the Appalachian College Association.

Dr. Moody received her associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in nursing from Eastern Kentucky University and earned a master of science in nursing from the TWU Institute of Health Sciences-Houston Center in 1978.  She also received a doctorate in nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing at Birmingham.



University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Nursing Dean Doreen Harper presents Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College, with the Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award.


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CISC 100: Computer as a Tool Computer Literacy Test-Out date for Block 3 – 2014

Posted on 21 October 2014 by

CISC 100:  Computer as a Tool Computer Literacy Test-Out date for Block 3 – 2014

Students who are proficient in the Microsoft Office 2010 applications of Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint, can opt out of taking the required CISC 100: Computer as a Tool course by passing a computer literacy test-out exam. The exam involves completing a set of given tasks for each of the four aforementioned applications. A review session for the computer literacy test-out exam will be held from 3:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 4, in Room 102 of Annie Hogan Byrd. While the review session is not mandatory, it is highly recommended that you attend so you can be registered and ensure your ability to log-on to the Moodle site for resources. The actual computer test-out exam will be held from 3:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. on Thursday, Nov.6, in Annie Hogan Byrd Hall, Room 102. You must pass the exam in order to bypass CISC 100: Computer as a Tool. In order to take the exam review session and/or the exam itself, you must be able to login to the lab computers in Room 102 of Annie Hogan Byrd and access Moodle before Tuesday, Nov.4 and/or Thursday, Nov. 6. If you find that you cannot login to the lab computers, you will need to contact Information Systems – Help Desk (extension 5346 – Niswonger fourth floor) to get your account working. Please understand that if you cannot log on on the test day you will not be able permitted to take the exam. If you have taken the CISC 100: Computer as a Tool test-out exam two times and have failed two times, you are not allowed to take the test-out exam a third time. In that case, you must take the CISC 100: Computer as a Tool course, which will count as a 4-hour credit. Knoxville, Kingsport, and Morristown students will take the exam on the same day at their registered locations.


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