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Used eyeglasses, reading glasses needed for mission trip to Cambodia

Posted on 07 December 2016 by

Prescription eyeglasses, reading glasses and financial donations are being collected at Tusculum College to support a mission trip to Cambodia through the Asia’s Hope organization.

Dr. Patricia Hunsader, dean of the School of Education at Tusculum College, will participate in the mission trip later this month and is working through the college’s Center for Civic Advancement to collect items for the trip.

For Dr. Hunsader, this will be her thirteenth trip to serve the region through work projects such as the medical clinic planned for this trip.

“The people in the area served by the medical clinics do not have access to eye care of any kind,” said Dr. Hunsader.  “We are not medical professionals, we work with the trained personnel in Cambodia, but we can provide energy, organization and financial resources.”

As part of that, Dr. Hunsader will collect the glasses and financial resources and take them with her to the clinic.

Anyone wishing to donate may do so at the drop off location in the Charles Oliver Gray North building on the Greeneville campus. Items need to be received by Wednesday, December 14.

“Our team will host a medical clinic and plan to provide prescription eyeglasses to adults from five slums in Phnom Penh, Cambodia,” said Dr. Hunsader. “All of the items collected will be used for this purpose.”

She added that plans are in the works for a second trip in 2017 that will be organized to include students at Tusculum College.


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LeAnne Anderson named district director for Tennessee Department of Corrections

Posted on 06 December 2016 by

LeAnne Anderson has been promoted to district director of community supervision with the Tennessee Department of Correction. Additionally, she was selected to be one of six representatives from TDOC to be part of LEAD TN in 2017.

LEAD Tennessee is a statewide, 12-month development initiative for current and emerging leaders from all branches of government. It consists of six one-day summits of intense, high impact learning focused on eight leadership core competencies. The goal of LEAD Tennessee is to increase the state’s leadership bench strength by providing agencies a continuous pipeline of motivated and prepared leaders who share a common language and mindset about great leadership.

LeAnne Anderson

Anderson is a resident of Sneedville and is a 2007 graduate of Tusculum College, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in organizational management. She also holds two associate’s degrees from Walters State Community College and she is a graduate of the Police Academy program there as well.

Professionally, she previously served as probation and parole manager for the State of Tennessee and as a 911 dispatcher.

“When I realized I had to go back to school so I could have more options, I began looking for a school that would work with my schedule,” said Anderson. “Needless to say my options were few and far between. I wanted a good education, but I had to continue working. Tusculum was my school. The hours were perfect for me and the classes were awesome.

“I was able to work during the day and do my class at night. I didn’t miss any of my kids activities and finished with my degree really fast.”

According to Lindsey Seal, director of GPS enrollment at Tusculum College, “While the return isn’t always immediate, with dedication the investment in a college education does pay off. LeAnne’s story is proof of that.”


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Heritage Trust makes donation to Garland Library collections

Posted on 01 December 2016 by

At the November 21 meeting of the Greene County Heritage Trust, Museums of Tusculum Director Dollie Boyd accepted a copy of “Civil War Soldiers of Greene County, Tennessee: Vol. I,” a Civil War Sesquicentennial project of the Greene County Genealogical Society. The book was donated to the Tusculum College Library by the Heritage Trust. Its inclusion in the college’s library collection will ensure that it is available to genealogists, researchers, and students.

From left to right are Trust President Tim Massey, Museums of Tusculum Director Dollie Boyd and Trust Board Member Stevie Hughes.

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Tusculum College Community Chorus to present its Christmas concert on Monday, Dec. 5

Posted on 01 December 2016 by

Early American and classical Christmas carols will be featured in the annual holiday performance of the Tusculum College Community Chorus on Monday, Dec. 5.

The annual Christmas concert by the Community Chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building, and there is no admission charge for the program. The Chorus is under the direction of Kathy May and the accompanist is Matthew Brickey.

The program will open with three pieces based on Biblical text, including “Sicut Locutus Est” from Bach’s musical setting of Mary’s hymn of praise “Magnificat.” The chorus will also be performing the Spanish chorus “Esto Les Digo,” taken from text in Matthew 18 and “The Shepherds Bid Farewell to the Holy Family” from “The Infancy of Christ” by French composer Hector Berlioz.

Four early American Christmas carols will also be featured in the performance. They include “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” “The Shepherd’s Carol” and “A Virgin Unspotted.” “How Splendid Shines the Morning Star” will feature an arrangement by Benjamin May specially written for the Tusculum College Community Chorus, as well as a tenor solo and a semi-chorus.

The concert will conclude with “Christmas Day” featuring multiple soloists and a quartet, as well as an inspirational rendition of “Hallelujah” from Beethoven’s oratorio, “Mount of Olives.”

The Community Chorus was founded in the spring of 1996 with 35 singers as an avenue for people in the community and the college to come together to enjoy a shared love of vocal performance.  Over the years, more than 300 different singers have participated in the group and there are currently 50 vocalists in the chorus. The concert is part of Tusculum College Arts Outreach’s Acts, Arts, Academia 2016-17 performance and lecture series.


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Annual Christmas band concert set for Tuesday, Nov. 29

Posted on 22 November 2016 by

Sounds of Christmas will fill the air on the Tusculum College campus Tuesday, Nov. 29, as the Tusculum College Band program presents its annual holiday concert.

The local community is invited to the performance, which is free and open to the public.

Beginning at 7 p.m., the concert will feature the Concert Band, Jazz Band and Handbell Choir.

The Concert Band and Jazz Band’s repertoire includes some Christmas favorites as well as some pieces that may be new to the audience. The Concert Band will be performing “Feliz Navidad,” “Brazilian Bell Carol,” “Christmas Variants,” “Christmas Declaration” and “Fantasia on Silent Night.”

Toes will be tapping with the Jazz Band’s renditions of “Jingle Bells,” “Winter Wonderland,” “O Holy Night,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”

The Handbell Choir will be performing four pieces of diverse styles – “On Christmas Day in the Morning,” “Noel Nouvelet,” “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Still, Still, Still.”

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 annual Christmas Concert by the Tusculum College Band Program will be at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on campus.

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Youth auditions for ‘My Son Pinocchio JR’ scheduled Nov. 28 and 29

Posted on 17 November 2016 by

Youth ages seven to 18 are sought for the cast of “My Son Pinocchio JR,” the February 2017 production for Theatre-at-Tusculum and Actors Coming Together.

“My Son Pinocchio JR” is part of the popular Broadway Junior Collection of live-theater musicals and will be directed by Marilyn duBrisk with an all youth cast.

Auditions are scheduled Monday, Nov. 28, and Tuesday, Nov. 29, in the Behan Arena Theatre, located on the lower level (side entrance) of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on the Tusculum College campus. Registration begins at 3:30 p.m. with auditions starting at 4 p.m. and lasting until about 6 p.m. both days. Possible callbacks will be held 4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1. Those wishing to audition are not required to attend both audition dates but are asked to be available for possible callbacks on Dec. 1 if needed.

Auditions will consist of a singing portion, a choreography portion and readings from the show’s script. No prepared audition pieces are required but those wishing to audition are asked to wear comfortable clothing and shoes with closed toes.

The production features a cast of approximately 30 actors, singers and dancers. Characters include Geppetto, Pinocchio, Stromboli-the Puppet Master, The Blue Fairy and four “Fairies-In-Training.” Supporting roles include: Signora Giovanni, Pinocchio’s teacher; Professore Buongrazzoa, a mad scientist; Junior, his assistant and The Ringleader who runs Pleasure Island. In addition a large ensemble is needed for Town Children and Town Parents, Children of Idyllia and the Roustabouts and Delinquents of Pleasure Island.

Performances are scheduled for Feb. 17-19 and 23-26 with rehearsals beginning in January. Those wanting to audition are asked to be prepared to list any scheduling conflicts between Jan. 5 and the production show dates.

A tentative rehearsal schedule will be posted during auditions and will include some mandatory rehearsal dates and the mandatory performance dates. Rehearsals will take place on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and some Sunday afternoons from 2 p.m to 4 p.m. Specific times and days are dependant upon the individual role.

Show director duBrisk will lead the auditions along with her production team: assistant director Brian Ricker, musical director Angie Clendenon and choreographer Kim Berry, with help from the show’s accompanist, Kasie Shelnutt.

“My Son Pinocchio JR” has its roots in the classic Walt Disney animated feature filmPinocchio,” which premiered in 1940. 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. 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” starring Drew Carey.

The stage musical includes music and lyrics by Oscar and Grammy winning composer Stephen Schwartz (Broadway’s “Wicked,” and Disney’s “Pocahontas,” “The Prince of Egypt” and “Enchanted”) and book by David Stern.

For more information regarding auditions, the production or other Arts Outreach programs, please call 423-798-1620.


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Update on construction of the new Tusculum College science and math building

Update on construction of the new Tusculum College science and math building

Posted on 17 November 2016 by

The finishing touches are underway on the construction of the Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math at Tusculum College. Interior work continues with flooring, electrical and furniture installation well underway.

According to David Martin, director of facilities at Tusculum College, construction will be completed in the next few weeks and plans are to being moving into the building over the Christmas break. Classes will be held in the new facility beginning in January with the start of the spring semester.

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

The ground floor features the environmental science wing with a loading dock, as well as large general classroom spaces and classrooms equipped for distance learning programs. A large lecture hall will be included on the ground floor. Space is also allocated to house the Bachelor of Science degree program in nursing and the Master of Science degree in Nursing.

The facility is possible in part to the late Verna June Meen, whose $3.875 million gift towards funding the facility in memory of her husband, Dr. Ronald H. Meen, allowed the leadership of the college to move forward with plans for the facility.

Much of the laboratory equipment has been installed as the finishing touches are added to the Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math at Tusculum College.

The finishing touches on the exterior of the building are under way including sidewalk construction.



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Canned food drive effort to be held at basketball games Nov. 19

Posted on 17 November 2016 by

Tusculum College basketball fans will have the opportunity to help two local non-profit organizations at the upcoming Nov. 19 home games.

At both the men’s and women’s basketball games, fans can gain free admission with the donation of four non-perishable food items. The women’s game begins at 2 p.m. in Pioneer Arena on the Tusculum campus while the men’s game follows at 4 p.m. Both teams will be taking on Wingate University in South Atlantic Conference action.

The collection is part of a campus-wide canned food drive sponsored by the Psychology Club and the Center for Civic Advancement at Tusculum.

Donations will be distributed to the Greeneville-Greene County Community Ministries Food Bank and the Tabernacle Mission Soup Kitchen.

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Tusculum College named to Top Military-Friendly School List

Tusculum College named to Top Military-Friendly School List

Posted on 17 November 2016 by

For the seventh year in a row, Tusculum College has been named to the Military Friendly Schools® list. The 2017 list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and dependents and to ensure their academic success. Schools on the list earn the right to use the Military Friendly School logo.

Schools on the list range from state universities and private colleges to community colleges and trade schools. The common bond is their shared priority of recruiting students with military experience.

“Tusculum College strives to help our veterans find the right program and format to best suit them in completing their college degree in both our residential and Graduate and Professional Studies programs,” said Melissa , interim vice president for enrollment management and marketing at Tusculum College.

She added, “It is a priority of Tusculum College to provide access to any veteran who is seeking higher education opportunities and to make that access as simple and affordable as possible. We are pleased with the number of veterans who choose Tusculum College because of the personalized program that helps them every step along the path to graduation.”

The Military Friendly Schools list is a key resource in letting veterans know which schools will offer them the greatest opportunity, flexibility and overall experience. Ripley added that this is especially important now with so many schools competing for military students.

Tusculum College started participating in the Yellow Ribbon program in August 2009. Under the program, the school matches dollars put in by the Veterans Administration so veterans or their spouse or dependents can work toward their advanced degree, as well as qualify for money to help with housing. There are more than 44 students enrolled in Tusculum degree programs who are receiving the Yellow Ribbon benefits.

“Through the Yellow Ribbon program the college acknowledges the commitment of those who have served our country by providing them with financial support to complete their education,” said Tusculum College President Nancy B. Moody. “With the variety of locations, programs, majors, degrees and scheduling options offered at Tusculum College, we are uniquely suited to serve those whose educational path was interrupted or who are considering beginning or continuing their higher education.”

The Yellow Ribbon program is applicable towards all Tusculum College degree programs, which include traditional undergraduate programs, as well as the Graduate and Professional Studies programs. Tuition benefits under the program are also available to both full and part-time students.

In addition, Tusculum College has a long standing relationship with the United States Navy through its partnership with the U.S.S. Greeneville submarine. Since its christening, Tusculum College has partnered with the crew members, offering an annual scholarship to crewmen and/or members of their family. To date, four people benefiting from that relationship have become Tusculum College alumni and there are currently four students receiving this scholarship in the residential program.

Tusculum College has long offered assistance to veterans returning to higher education and Veterans Affairs Coordinator Pat Simons is available to specifically support veterans with their admissions and financial aid questions. For more information on the Yellow Ribbon program or other assistance provided by the college, contact Simons at 423-636-7300.

Additionally, Jerry Sullivan serves as Tusculum College’s enrollment representative military liaison. He is responsible for the recruitment and marketing of Tusculum College to active duty military, veterans and their dependents. He serves as a point of contact for all military personnel, coordinating with other departments to provide academic and financial advice for current and prospective students. Sullivan may be contacted at 800-729-0116.

Criteria for making the Military Friendly Schools list included efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, results in recruiting military and veteran students and academic accreditations.


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Dr. Paul Pinckley named vice president of enrollment management and marketing at Tusculum College

Posted on 16 November 2016 by

Dr. Paul Pinckley has been named vice president of enrollment management and marketing for Tusculum College effective January 1, 2017. He will also serve as assistant professor of education.

Dr. Pinckley comes to Tusculum with experience in marketing, fundraising, strategic planning and working with students through the enrollment process. Most recently he has served the University of Iowa as director of MBA admissions and financial aid for the Tippie College of Business.

As vice president for enrollment management and marketing, Dr. Pinckley will be responsible for directing activities related to Tusculum’s comprehensive college-wide student enrollment, marketing and communications operation for the residential and Graduate and Professional Studies programs.

Dr. Paul Pinckley

“We are very pleased that Dr. Paul Pinckley will be joining us at Tusculum College,” said Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College. “His experience and success in enrollment management will support continuing success as the college builds upon current strategies to grow our programs.”

In his career, Dr. Pinckley has served as ship manager for The Ship of Life – Partners in Progress, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia; as executive director of student recruitment for the Graziadio School of Business & Management at Pepperdine University, and as director of admissions and vice president for enrollment management at Freed-Hardeman University.

“I am enthused about the opportunity to return home to Tennessee, and work with such a well-respected institution as Tusculum College. The mission, vision and goals of Tusculum College are needed in higher education, now, more than ever. I am honored to be a part of this great work,” said Dr. Pinckley.

He has a doctorate in organizational leadership from Pepperdine University, a master’s degree in communication and theater arts from the University of Memphis and a bachelor’s degree in communication from Freed-Hardeman University.

Dr. Pinckley has served on the Board of Directors of the California Education and Training Export Consortium, was selected to serve on Business School Advisory Board for the Graduate Record Exam, was selected to serve on School Advisory Group for the Graduate Management Admission Council and was twice named Teacher of the Year at Faulkner University. He is married to Debbie Pinckley.


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Tusculum College receives Tennessee Higher Education Commission grant for improved teacher quality efforts

Posted on 11 November 2016 by

Tusculum College has received a $74,991 grant from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission to fund a regional educational effort to improve skills of high school mathematics and computer science teachers.

The grant will be used to fund the Tusculum College Python TEAM2 project, which is designed to enhance the content knowledge, pedagogical skills and pedagogical content knowledge of high school mathematics and computer science teachers in the high-needs school districts surrounding Tusculum College’s home campus in Greene County and its instructional sites in Hamblen and Knox counties.

Project participants will benefit from five on-site days of professional development in Tusculum College’s Meen Center for Science and Math along with a 10-month online credit-bearing course in the Python computer language. The content focus will be on the use of Python computer programming to solve mathematical problems. Participants will explore mathematical concepts, learn the Python programming language and develop programs to solve the kinds of problems they teach in their high school classrooms.

According to Dr. Tricia Hunsader, dean of the School of Education and professor of education, participants’ growth in content knowledge related to mathematics concepts, programming basics and the Python computer language will be assessed via a pre-test and post-test. Participant surveys will assess teachers’ perceptions of the learning experiences and their growth in content knowledge, pedagogical skills, and pedagogical content knowledge.

“The primary content objectives are to increase high school mathematics and computer science teachers’ knowledge of and practical skills in fundamental mathematical concepts directly applicable to computer programming, essential structures and algorithms used in object-oriented programming, the writing of Python code to solve mathematical problems and numerical methods applicable to the high school mathematics curriculum,” said Dr. Hunsader.

The program is a partnership among Tusculum College’s Department of Mathematics and Computer Science within the School of Arts and Sciences, Tusculum College’s School of Education and regional high-need school systems, which include Greene County, Greeneville City, Hamblen County, Hawkins County, Jefferson County, Knox County and Washington County school districts.

THEC administers this federal program, which was established to provide grants for colleges and universities to develop and implement workshops for K-12 teachers in the areas of mathematics, science and humanities. The purpose is to establish a collaborative planning partnership between higher education and K-12 education for teacher preparation and continuing professional development. – See more at:


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Tusculum College program offers free tax assistance

Tusculum College program offers free tax assistance

Posted on 09 November 2016 by

Certified-IRS volunteers at Tusculum College will be available to provide income tax assistance through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

The Tusculum College Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is an IRS grant program that offers free tax preparation to qualifying taxpayers in Greeneville and the Tri-Cities region. All volunteers for the program are trained and certified by the Internal Revenue Service.

According to Dr. Harold Branstrator, associate professor of management at Tusculum College, although the program has been around for quite some time, this year marks the first year for the VITA program at Tusculum College. The Tusculum College VITA program is intended to assist a variety of taxpayers who need help in filing their own tax returns.

Person who qualify include those who generally earn less than $54,000 per year, persons with disabilities, limited English-speaking taxpayers and other urban and rural residents.

Participants in the program will be assisted by well-trained IRS-certified student volunteers.

Dr. Branstrator, a former IRS employee, oversees the VITA Program at Tusculum College. The program prepares students who are trained extensively and certified by the Internal Revenue Service to prepare returns for the citizens of Greeneville and the surrounding area. Additionally, said Dr. Branstrator, through the program, student volunteers learn valuable skills in tax preparation, professionalism and interviewing, while serving the community.


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