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Birding presentation by Ornithologist Don Miller is Tuesday, Sept. 23, at Tusculum College

Birding presentation by Ornithologist Don Miller is Tuesday, Sept. 23, at Tusculum College

Posted on 19 September 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Ornithologist Don Miller will be presenting “Birding in Northeast Tennessee: Quite an Earful,” the second event in the 2014-15 Acts, Arts, Academia performance and lecture series at Tusculum College on Tuesday, Sept. 23.

The performance and lecture series is a program of Tusculum College Arts Outreach and will feature 14 events throughout the academic year. Acts, Arts, Academic is supported by the late Dr. Sam Miller in memory of his wife Agnes Ault Miller, Arts Outreach, Hearts for the Arts and the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Don Miller’s presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in the Behan Arena Theatre (lower level side entrance of the Annie Hogan Byrd building).

As a child, Miller’s family shared their fascination of birds with him, and after college, his interest was rekindled by friends and associates in both Blacksburg, Virginia, and Northeast Tennessee. He will share this passion not only by specifying the birds of Northeast Tennessee but by giving instruction on how to learn the language of the regional birds and how to locate them by ear.

Miller worked with Tusculum College for more than eight years before assuming the position as Director of Greeneville-Greene County Public Library and its branch, the T. Elmer Cox Historical and Genealogical Library in 2000. He is a member of the Greeneville chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society, serving as president for many years. He has contributed to the seasonal reports of “The Migrant,” participated in the North American Breeding Bird Survey and is currently authoring a book that focuses on the birds of Greene County and surrounding areas.

The schedule for the remainder of the 2014-15 academic year includes the following events:

Theatre-at-Tusculum’s production of “The Addams Family” musical comedy will be Nov. 14-16 and Nov. 20-23. All performances will be at 7 p.m. in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium except the Sunday shows, which will be at 2 p.m.

The Tusculum College Band Christmas Concert will be Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium. There is free admission to the concert

The holiday events continue with Tusculum College Community Chorus’ annual Christmas concert on Monday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium. This year’s performance, which is free and open to the public, will be “Gaudete! A Christmas Concert.”

Central Ballet Theatre returns to the stage in January with “Rapunzel: A Tangled Tale.” Performances will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 16; 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 17, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 18. All the performances will be in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium.

“Lincoln at Gettysburg” with Chris Small of the Lincoln Project will be 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, in the Behan Arena Theatre. The cost is $6 per person.

“Kaleidoscope of Indian Classical Dance,” featuring Bharatha Natyam, Kuchipudi and Kathak classical dance, will be 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium.

The Tusculum College Band Winter Concert will be Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. in Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium. Admission is free.

Theatre-at-Tusculum’s production of the musical comedy, “How to Eat Like a Child,” will be 7 p.m. Feb. 27-28 and March 5-7 in the Behan Arena Theatre. Sunday matinees will be presented at 2 p.m. on March 1 and 8.

“Back on Broadway,” dazzling production numbers performed by the next generation of Broadway stars, will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium.

“5 x 10,” five 10-minute plays by Tusculum students under the direction of English professor Wayne Thomas, will be presented at 7 p.m. on April 17-18 and 24-25 with Sunday matinee performance at 2 p.m. on April 19 and 26. Admission for the plays, to be presented in the Behan Arena Theatre, is $6 per person.

The Tusculum College Band Spring Concert will be Thursday, April 30, at 7 p.m. in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

The series will conclude with the Tusculum College Community Chorus Spring Concert on Monday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium. Admission is free.

Unless otherwise noted, admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (60 years of age and older) and $5 for children 12 and under.

For more information on these events, please contact Arts Outreach at 423-798-1620423-798-1620 or visit its website at http://arts.tusculum.edu.

 

Written by Stephanie Turner, junior journalism major from Shelbyville, Tenn.

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Tusculum announces 2014 Sports Hall of Fame class

Posted on 18 September 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

The 2014 Tusculum College Sports Hall of Fame class has been announced and three new members will be inducted next month.  This year’s inductee class includes: Pioneer golf coach Bob Dibble; 2003 All-American football linebacker Craig Pritchett; and 2007 South Atlantic Conference women’s golfer of the year Shannon Palenkas Stone.

The induction ceremonies will take place Saturday, October 18th during the College’s Homecoming weekend festivities.  The ceremony is part of the alumni breakfast, which will be held at the Chalmers Conference Center in the Niswonger Student Commons on the Greeneville campus.

The 2014 induction class will also be honored prior to the homecoming game against Carson-Newman University.

BOB DIBBLE

For the past quarter of a century, Bob Dibble has directed the golf fortunes at Tennessee’s oldest college. Dibble, a native of Peoria, Illinois has coached the men’s team for 25 years and started the women’s program in the 1997-1998 season.

His teams have captured seven conference titles and two region championships during his tenure. He guided the TC men’s squad to five consecutive national tournament appearances from 1993-1997. In the women’s inaugural campaign, the Pioneers placed 13th at the NAIA National Tournament.  In all, he has guided the Tusculum golf programs to an amazing 45 team tournament titles during his tenure.

He has been honored by his peers as conference coach of the year on nine occasions during his career, including the 2011-2012 campaign as he was named the South Atlantic Conference Women’s Golf Coach of the Year for a second time (He earned the inaugural SAC Coach of the Year accolade during the 1999-2000 season).  He led that team to a berth to the NCAA Division II Tournament as his team finished third or better in six of its 11 events, including two tournament titles.

He has mentored three All-Americans, 45 All-Conference players, four conference players of the year and three SAC Freshmen of the Year.  He has coached eight players who qualified for NCAA Division II region play, including three-time All-Conference standout Rachel McFarland who advanced to the 2003 NCAA II National Championship where she finished 16th individually.

Dibble’s players have also excelled in the classroom as 24 players have garnered All-America Scholar Athlete recognition, while five of his squads have captured the SAC Team Academic Award. He has also coached five SAC Scholar Athletes of the Year.

Dibble served as head professional at Link Hills Country Club in Greeneville, Tenn. from 1978 to 2000. He turned pro in 1957 and became a Professional Golf Association member in 1964. Dibble also squeezed in a stint serving in the United States Marine Corps.

Dibble served as Midwest PGA President from 1971-73 while living in Missouri and was a club pro in Florida as well. A veteran of the PGA Winter Tour, Dibble has qualified for the PGA National Club Pro Championship on three occasions. Junior golf has been Dibble’s passion for over 20 years. He has built one of the state’s strongest youth programs at Link Hills. Dibble has been honored on four occasions with the Tennessee PGA Junior Golf Leader of the Year Award. In 1982, he won the Tennessee PGA Horton Smith Award for his contributions to the game of golf.

Dibble played his collegiate golf at Central Missouri State in Warrensburg, Mo. He also attended the University of Missouri at Kansas City where he lettered on the basketball hardwood for the Kangaroos.

Dibble has been married to his wife Cindy for over 50 years and the couple has three grown children: Sandy, Tim and Chris. His son, Chris, is the head golf professional at Holston Hills Country Club in Knoxville. The Dibbles are also the proud grandparents of nine grandchildren.

CRAIG PRITCHETT (Tusculum, 2003)

From 1999-2003, Craig Pritchett was the epitome of the ideal college student-athlete.  He shined both on the Tusculum football field as well as in the classroom.

In his 43-game career, he recorded 277 tackles, which are the sixth-most all-time and the fourth highest tally by a TC linebacker.  He also amassed 39 tackles for loss, which are sixth in the TC record book, while his five fumbles forced and five fumble recoveries are the third and fifth most ever by a Pioneer, respectively.

The two-time All-South Atlantic Conference selection earned second team honors in 2002 and first team accolades in 2003.  He was a four-time team captain and led the Pioneers to a 31-12 combined record, which is one the most successful four-year periods in program history.  His teams recorded wins over three nationally-ranked opponents, including two times against arch-rival Carson-Newman.

During his 2000 rookie season, he posted 66 tackles, including nine for loss, two sacks and four interceptions, which are tied for the third most in a TC single-season.  He also forced two fumbles, recovered two more and tallied seven passes defended.  For his efforts, he was named the 2000 SAC Defensive Freshman of the Year.

Pritchett recorded 82 tackles in 2001 as the Pioneers posted an 8-2 record and finished the season ranked 21st in NCAA Division II.

In 2002, he finished with 90 tackles, including 17 hits behind the line of scrimmage, which are the third most tackles for loss in school history.

In his 2003 senior campaign, Pritchett made 39 tackles, while leading Tusculum to a 9-2 record, a No. 19 national ranking and the program’s first South Atlantic Conference championship.  He was named to the Daktronics All-Region Team and the D2football.com All-America team.

In the classroom, Pritchett finished his undergraduate career with a 3.76 cumulative grade point average while majoring in visual arts.  He was named the SAC Football Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2002 and again in 2003.

The two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District selection was also recognized for his numerous community service endeavors with his selection to the 2003 American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team® and was one of only 11 players from NCAA Division I FCS, NCAA II, NCAA III and the NAIA to be chosen.

In 2003, he was also the recipient of the Tusculum College President’s Award and the Walter T. Dette Spirit Award.

He graduated from Tusculum in 2003 with magna cum laude honors and was a nominee for the Eisenhower Scholar Society.

Pritchett is in his 10th season on the football coaching staff at his prep alma mater Ridgeland High School in Rossville, Georgia.  He has served the last five years as RHS co-defensive coordinator and has guided Ridgeland to playoff appearances in eight of his 10 seasons, including 2012 where his squad advanced to the state championship game.

He is married to the former Susanne Chesney, who is a 2003 Tusculum graduate and they are the parents of a seven-year-old son, Braylon and five-year-old daughter, Chesney.

SHANNON PALENKAS STONE (Tusculum, 2007)

Shannon Palenkas Stone accounted for one of the best playing careers in the history of the Tusculum women’s golf program.

From 2003-2007, the Maryville, Tenn. native posted a career scoring average of 83.44, which was a school record upon her graduation and is currently the fifth lowest in the Tusculum record book.

She garnered All-South Atlantic Conference honors on three occasions, including two times on the first team.  In her senior campaign, she shot a then-school record 78.28 scoring average, which is the fourth best currently by a Pioneer.  In the 2006-2007 season, she won two individual tournament titles and was named the SAC Player of the Year.

She claimed the 2006 Tusculum Fall Classic crown with her two-day score of 148, which is the sixth-lowest 36-hole score in school history. Included in that tally was a career-best 71 (-1).  She would later cap off her stellar career by winning the 2007 SAC Tournament title.  She is the only women’s golfer in TC history to sweep SAC Player of the Year and SAC Tournament MVP honors in the same season.

The three-time SAC All-Tournament honoree finished in the top-20 on 24 occasions, including 14 times in the top-10 along with six top-5 performances.

At the end of the 2006-2007 academic year, she was named the Tusculum College Female Athlete of the Year, becoming the first women’s golfer to earn the College’s top athletic honor.

She graduated from Tusculum in 2007 with a degree in business administration.  Shannon is a creative service manager with the Pilot Travel Centers Corporation.

Shannon is married to Cody Stone, who was a point guard on the Pioneer men’s basketball team and graduated from Tusculum in 2004.  The Stones live in Maryville, Tennessee and they are the parents of two daughters, Ella and Harper.

 

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Students recognize Constitution Day

Posted on 17 September 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Tusculum students worked tables in recognition of Constitution Day to provide information on the voter registration process.

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Tusculum College students to provide a day of service in the community as part of campus tradition

Posted on 17 September 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College students dispersed throughout the community on Tuesday, Sept. 16, continuing one of the longest held traditions for the college.

Students took part in Nettie Fowler McCormick Service Day, also known as “Nettie Day.”  Participation in “Nettie Day” is required for all new students as part of the Tusculum Experience course, and upperclassmen from various student organizations also take part. More than 300 students, faculty and staff participated.

Students provided service hours for community and regional agencies that included Doak Elementary School, Tusculum View Elementary, Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Habitat for Humanity, the United Way of Greene County, Davy Crockett State Park, the National Park Service, Rural Resources, Tabernacle Soup Kitchen and several others.

“Nettie Day,” which is conducted under the auspices of the Center for Civic Advancement, honors the memory and altruistic way of life of Nettie Fowler McCormick, widow of reaper inventor Cyrus McCormick, who was a 19th century supporter and advocate of Tusculum College. The McCormicks, staunch Presbyterians from Chicago, learned of Tusculum College through Tusculum graduates who attended their McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago and became significant benefactors to the college.

Nettie McCormick is recognized as the college’s first benefactor, a term that denotes a donor whose cumulative gifts total at least $1 million to the college. Nettie McCormick funded the construction of several of Tusculum’s historic structures, including Haynes Hall, Rankin Hall, Welty-Craig Hall, Virginia Hall and McCormick Hall, which is named after the McCormick family.

McCormick Day began as a day of cleaning the campus in reflection of Nettie McCormick’s insistence on clean living environments. The day has evolved to take on a more generalized community service emphasis.

This year, Nettie Day is also part of “Orange Rush” week on campus. Activities planned ranged from career preparation sessions to intrumaral/hall war competitions to an academic fair to live entertainment.

Tusculum College, the oldest college in Tennessee and the 28th oldest in the nation, is a liberal arts institution committed to utilizing the civic arts in developing educated citizens distinguished by academic excellence, public service and qualities of Judeo-Christian character. Approximately twenty-one hundred students are enrolled on the main campus in Greeneville and three off-site locations in East Tennessee. The academic programs for both traditional-aged students and working adults served through the Graduate and Professional Studies program are delivered using focused calendars.

Tusculum students clean out the herb beds at Rural Resources as part of Nettie Fowler McCormick Service Day.

Students worked with Habitat for Humanity on a home construction project that included a handicap ramp.

Several groups of students worked for Keep Greene Beautiful cleaning and clearing roadside trash and debris.

At Tabernacle Soup Kitchen, students organized pantries, as well as did minor repairs and outdoor landscaping work.

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Information for December Graduates

Information for December Graduates

Posted on 15 September 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

IMPORTANT GRADUATION INFORMATION

2014 December GRADUATES

 

Commencement is a milestone in your life. It honors and recognizes your completion of the requirements established by Tusculum College to earn your degree.  It is also a big event in the lives of your family and friends.

The Office of Alumni Relations is sponsoring a Grad Finale Event to insure that your graduation is a most memorable one!  Grad Finale allows you to order your cap and gown and to have all of your questions concerning graduation answered at one place and at one time.

TC GRAD FINALE 2014

Greeneville (Chalmers)                 Thursday, September 25             3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Knoxville (TBD)                              Saturday, September 27               9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

 

PARTICIPATING DEPARTMENTS INCLUDE:

ALUMNI RELATIONS                     BUSINESS OFFICE                        FINANCIAL AID

GRADUATE & PROFESSIONAL STUDIES                   REGISTRAR

BOOKSTORE           CAREER SERVICES        JOSTENS                  SENIOR GIFT

This is your opportunity to order your cap and gown and graduation announcement products. It is also the perfect time to tie up any lose ends with the Tusculum College Business Office and Financial Aid Office. Staff members will be onsite for the event to help you with all your questions and concerns.

Jostens will have representatives at these events to assist you in ordering your

CAP & GOWN    *   TUSCULUM COLLEGE RING   *   ANNOUNCEMENT PRODUCTS

*discounted prices are available during the event only

 

Graduation fees are $100 and are due before November 1, 2014.

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE:                   Please make plans to attend one of these events to be measured for your cap and gown.

For more information, please call the Office of Alumni Relations at 423-636-7303423-636-7303 .

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Tusculum College names Dr. Lisa Johnson associate vice president for student success

Posted on 15 September 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Dr. Lisa Johnson has been named associate vice president for student success at Tusculum College. While not a new position, the title change is part of an organizational restructuring around college goals. She will continue with her current responsibilities which include the office of the registrar, academic advising, and the Academic Resource Center.

Dr. Johnson previously served as assistant vice president for academic affairs, director of the School of Education and as assistant professor of education.

She will report to Dr. Ron May, interim vice president of academic affairs.

Dr. Lisa Johnson

“I look forward to working with the faculty, staff, leadership team and students as we pursue a variety of avenues to build and foster a sense of community that ensures the success of our students. The Board of Trustees and the administration of Tusculum College has shown long-term commitment to this effort, and it’s exciting to dive in and get to work on the projects we have in front of us,”  said Johnson.

In her new role she will serve as chair of the Retention Committee, develop and implement a comprehensive retention plan for all students, collaborate with the academic deans to establish Tusculum College as a transfer friendly institution, partner with faculty to foster engagement with students in activities both inside and outside the classroom, collaborate with core student success team to identify barriers to student success and develop an evaluation model to determine effectiveness as well as data to guide improved services.

“Dr. Johnson has contributed to the success of Tusculum College for many years in the various academic leadership and administrative roles she has held,” said Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody. “With her leadership in this new position, we are reinforcing our commitment to student success and retention.

“Having her skill sets dedicated to this endeavor will be to the benefit to our students, as she leads all the staff and faculty that have a role to play in this regard.”

Dr. Johnson, in her previous role, has led the efforts to institute Orange Rush week, a series of events on the Tusculum campus to encourage engagement among new students joining Tusculum as freshmen or as transfer students. Orange Rush activities began on Friday.

Dr. Johnson, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in special education from East Tennessee State University, also earned her master’s degree and doctorate of education, both in educational leadership and policy analysis, from ETSU.

Dr. Johnson also currently serves as a program evaluator for the Tennessee Board of Examiners.

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Tusculum to commemorate Constitution Day on Sept. 17

Posted on 12 September 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

On September 17, 1787, thirty nine members signed the United States Constitution to conclude the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. Since its ratification, the US Constitution, with few additions, has remained the framing document for the government of the United States. This document, with its twenty-seven amendments, also guarantees the numerous rights that define American citizenship.

Each September 17th, Tusculum College, along with other colleges and universities, sets aside time to commemorate the signing of the Constitution by providing opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to learn more about this important document. This year the focus of Constitution Day will be to encourage an informed voter population. Join us on Wednesday, September 17th from 11:30am-1:30pm in Niswonger Commons for a Constitution Day fair. Activities include:

  • Opportunities for voter registration, if you have not yet done so.
  • Information on the upcoming election on November 4, 2014.
  • Games to test your knowledge of the US Constitution.
  • Display of fact vs. fiction regarding the US Constitution.

If you are looking for more information about how your voice and your vote make a difference, both locally and nationally, or for more information about the process of registering to vote or requesting an absentee ballot, please explore the links  below:

 

 

 

This website provides resources regarding the voter registration process for each state and other processes such as requesting an absentee ballot.

 

A nonpartisan website created by state election officials through the National Association of Secretaries of State to help eligible voters figure out how and where to vote.

 

An excellent source of data on the civic and political participation of young Americans, including the voting patterns of youth and of college students specifically.

 

For faculty and students who will be out of the country for the election, this site offers detailed information and easy-to-use tools for registering to vote and receiving an absentee ballot overseas.

 

 

A nonpartisan organization with information on how to register to vote in each state, bios and voting records for members of Congress, and more.

 

A non-profit, non-partisan organization founded in 1990, Rock the Vote engages youth in the political process by incorporating the entertainment community and youth culture into its activities.

 

The Election Assistance Commission, established by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA), is an independent, bipartisan commission charged with developing guidance to meet HAVA requirements, adopting voluntary voting system guidelines, and serving as a national clearinghouse of information on election administration. The EAC also maintains the national mail voter registration form developed in accordance with the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.

 

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Tusculum College offering informational session on business development program, Sept. 18

Posted on 11 September 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College’s Center for Economic Development & Entrepreneurship is offering an informational workshop on the business development program, “Help Me Help You” on Thursday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m. in the Chalmers Conference Room in Niswonger Commons on the college’s main campus in Greeneville.

To kick off the new year, the Center for Economic Development & Entrepreneurship will host the informational session to discuss the 2014-15 goals, provide more information about the HMHU course and allow possible course attendees to meet the individuals that comprise the CEDE.

Registration for this event is encouraged. Registration and information is available by calling extension 5256 or by e-mailing cede@tusculum.edu.

The “Help Me Help You” certificate program is supported by the Greene County Partnership, Main Street Greeneville and Rural Resources. The free program, designed to support small businesses, will consist of 10 sessions between September 25 and December 11 at the Greeneville campus. It will be open to 15 participants.

Fall semester spots are limited, and anyone wishing to sign up is encouraged to do so as soon as possible before the deadline on Sept.18.

Interested business owners will be asked to provide their name, contact information, business name and a brief summary about themselves, their business and their product or service.

Through the 10-week program, sessions will focus on market definition, cost administration, pricing, marketing and sales strategies, body language in business, financing, legal issues, networking and business presentations.

The program provides a huge opportunity for Tusculum students and local small-business owners to work and grow together both personally and professionally, thanks to community partners who have picked up expenses in order to allow the program to become established.

Operated by Tusculum College’s Center for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship, HMHU is committed to helping participants increase profits, create a business plan, expand their network and improve practical and interpersonal skills through a variety of globally tested activities. In the last three years, the HMHU course has assisted dozens of small business and organizations to reach their goals including retail operations, restaurants and other food establishments, service providers, non-profit and community organizations.

The program has the support of the Tusculum College administration, as well as the School of Business, the Center for Civic Advancement and the Office of Institutional Advancement. Because of community support, participants will not be charged a fee.

“The Help Me Help You course has been a perfect Christmas present for my business,” said Warren Verity, a participant in the course and the owner of a local photography studio.

“Two big take-aways from the class are being able to talk through and discuss the business plan in detail. The HMHU team has been there for me, encouraging, leading, understanding and providing a much-needed kick in the backside. Each team member has had my best interests at heart,” Verity said.

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Tusculum College professor to participate in Salzburg Global Seminar

Posted on 09 September 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Tusculum’s faculty are a rare and unique breed, as working with students in three-hour blocks calls for talent, creativity and a constant desire to learn some innovative technique or interesting method to engage the students. This is certainly true with Heather Patterson, assistant professor of English and chair of the English Department.

Patterson has recently received a fellowship to attend the Salzburg Global Seminar where she hopes to bring back new ideas to motivate her student writers.

The Seminar’s mission is to challenge current and future leaders to solve issues of global concern. The seminar Patterson will be attending is “Defining America: New Writing, New Voices, New Directions,” and will focus on changing patterns in the American identity through literature. It will include a look at the disappearance of bookstores and the voices of new and established writers in an attempt to find out what direction American is heading.

“We have only exceptional writers amongst our faculty in Arts and Sciences,” said Wayne Thomas, interim dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. “Heather being selected for a Salzburg Seminar evidences that she’s amongst the best. Heather’s selection is quite an honor to her and to the institution that is Tusculum College.”

Patterson explained that the Salzburg Global Seminar, “will tender an important dialog that I can bring back to my institution to enhance the work we’ve very undergone to revamp our literature concentration. Since Tusculum College has made a commitment to exposing students to works often excluded by older models of literary canons, I’d like to return from this Salzburg Seminar with new ideas and approaches to introducing our students to ‘voices, writing, directions’ that have not only been neglected in the past, but that are also now emerging around us due to demographic changes, new connections made available through expanding technologies, changes in political climates.”

She hopes to explore the city during her time in Salzburg. Some of the places she hopes to see include Mozart’s birthplace and museum, the Hellbrunner Monatsschlösschen (a folklore museum), several art museums and galleries, and the Salzburg Cathedral.

“My participation in this seminar will certainly aid me in my mission to process the ways in which American writing is changing, the reasons for these changes and how I might open our literary journal and classrooms to the consideration of these transformations.”

She added, “I’m proud to represent Tusculum College in Salzburg. This is a global seminar, so I will be able — and so will those who are afforded the opportunity after me — to enter into a conversation that isn’t restricted by geographic boundaries, an important conversation that centers on imagination, sustainability and justice, the themes of the seminar that hold keys to human progress.”

Patterson has a Master of Fine Arts in fiction from Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Georgia College and State University.

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Academic freedom and students’ right to read is topic of Tusculum College forum

Posted on 09 September 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College is pleased to host two-time Watauga District Teacher of the Year, Mary Kent Whitaker, for the first Humanities Series event of the year. Whitaker will be giving a presentation on “Academic Freedom and Students’ Right to Read,” specifically discussing her and her students’ activism for the right to read Isabel Allende’s “The House of the Spirits.

This event will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 11, in the lobby of the Thomas J. Garland Library on the Greeneville campus.

Whitaker, a high school English teacher in Boone, N.C., has been an educator for 38 years. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and is currently the Watauga County District Teacher of the Year. She also received this honor four years ago and is the only teacher in the history of Watauga County Schools to receive this honor twice.

Written in 1982, by the award-winning “The House of the Spirits” follows three generations of one family as they deal with the Chilean Revolution. This is the selected reading for the sophomore honors English class at Watauga High School.

Content in the book upset a parent in 2013, who formally requested the Watauga Board of Education take it off the required reading list for all sophomore honors English students

Whitaker and students in the class opposed the action, arguing that class members have alternatives to this book. They can read “Moby Dick,” take a different English class or take honors English online. Also, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction lists “The House of the Spirits” as appropriate reading for sophomores in North Carolina.

In February of this year, members of the Watauga County School Board finally settled the controversy. With a vote of 3-to-2, they decided to keep “The House of the Spirits” in the curriculum for sophomore honors English.

Whitaker graduated from Columbia College in South Carolina with a major in English and a minor in art. She received her master’s degree from Appalachian State University.

She began her career in education as a high school English teacher in 1971.  Following that she was program assistant and then director of the Upward Bound program at Appalachian State University, served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Eastern Caribbean and was director of the Center for Exceptional Children in Jefferson, N.C.

Whitaker’s teaching license includes high school English, middle school language arts, mentally disabled, learning disabled and academically gifted students.  For 10 years she taught the academically gifted and students with learning disabilities in Ashe County, N.C., followed by four years teaching middle school language arts. She has been teaching high school English at Watauga High School for the last twelve years.

This event is part of the Humanities Series, sponsored by the Tusculum College English Department. The reading is free and open to the public. Arts and Lecture credit is available for Tusculum College residential students.

For more information, contact Dr. Clay Matthews, assistant professor of English, at cmatthews@tusculum.edu

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Academic freedom and students’ right to read is focus of Tusculum forum Sept. 11

Posted on 09 September 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College is pleased to host two-time Watauga District Teacher of the Year, Mary Kent Whitaker, for the first Humanities Series event of the year. Whitaker will be giving a presentation on “Academic Freedom and Students’ Right to Read,” specifically discussing her and her students’ activism for the right to read Isabel Allende’s “The House of the Spirits.

This event will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 11, in the lobby of the Thomas J. Garland Library on the Greeneville campus.

Whitaker, a high school English teacher in Boone, N.C., has been an educator for 38 years. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and is currently the Watauga County District Teacher of the Year. She also received this honor four years ago and is the only teacher in the history of Watauga County Schools to receive this honor twice.

Written in 1982, by the award-winning “The House of the Spirits” follows three generations of one family as they deal with the Chilean Revolution. This is the selected reading for the sophomore honors English class at Watauga High School.

Content in the book upset a parent in 2013, who formally requested the Watauga Board of Education take it off the required reading list for all sophomore honors English students

Whitaker and students in the class opposed the action, arguing that class members have alternatives to this book. They can read “Moby Dick,” take a different English class or take honors English online. Also, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction lists “The House of the Spirits” as appropriate reading for sophomores in North Carolina.

In February of this year, members of the Watauga County School Board finally settled the controversy. With a vote of 3-to-2, they decided to keep “The House of the Spirits” in the curriculum for sophomore honors English.

Whitaker graduated from Columbia College in South Carolina with a major in English and a minor in art. She received her master’s degree from Appalachian State University.

She began her career in education as a high school English teacher in 1971.  Following that she was program assistant and then director of the Upward Bound program at Appalachian State University, served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Eastern Caribbean and was director of the Center for Exceptional Children in Jefferson, N.C.

Whitaker’s teaching license includes high school English, middle school language arts, mentally disabled, learning disabled and academically gifted students.  For 10 years she taught the academically gifted and students with learning disabilities in Ashe County, N.C., followed by four years teaching middle school language arts. She has been teaching high school English at Watauga High School for the last twelve years.

This event is part of the Humanities Series, sponsored by the Tusculum College English Department. The reading is free and open to the public. Arts and Lecture credit is available for Tusculum College residential students.

For more information, contact Dr. Clay Matthews, assistant professor of English, at 423-636-7300.

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Tusculum College to host “Grills Gone Wild” barbecue contest and festival on September 12-13

Posted on 02 September 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Professional barbecue cooks from across the country will converge on Tusculum College when the first-ever Grills Gone Wild barbecue cook-off and festival comes to town in September.

The event is scheduled for September 12-13 on the Tusculum College campus. The Grills Gone Wild Barbecue Festival is organized by the Inferno Group of Harrogate, Tenn., and will feature top-flight barbecue masters competing for the $5,000 competition prize.

Grills Gone Wild is a family-friendly event, which will include a barbecue cook-off, a car show, a 5K fundraiser run and many other activities. The event will be held in front of Pioneer Park baseball stadium on the Tusculum College Greeneville campus.

The public is cautioned that professional barbecuers will not be offering samples of their barbecue, but there will be food vendors available during the Festival.

Confirmed Pro Cook Teams that will be competing at this event include Contagious Q, Smoke On This, Sons of Smoke, Hoggy Bottom Boys BBQ, Under the Radar- TN, Our Dogs Like It! BBQ, East Tennessee Q Crew, Caught By The Fire, Last Smoker Standing, Pull My Meat, River Road Grillbillies, Uncle Butch BBQ and Harlan County Coal Burners.

On Saturday, the car show begins at 2 p.m. and will include awards for Best of Show, Best Engine, People’s Choice and many others.  The “Run in Glow Motion” 5k Run/Walk begins at 8 p.m., with registration beginning at 6:30 p.m.  A post-race party will be held at 9:30 p.m. Registration for the race includes a gift bag with t-shirt, glow glasses and various glow products.

Other weekend activities include vendors, inflatable attractions for children, live music and a corn hole tournament.

This is a Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned event, where the teams will prepare their best ribs, chicken, beef brisket and pork.

Grills Gone Wild activities will be tied in to Orange Rush weekend on campus, a series of events on the Tusculum campus to encourage engagement among new students joining Tusculum as freshmen or as transfer students.

This is the first year for the event, and organizers hope to draw people from around the region to participate and attend the festivities. The event has previously been held in London, KY.

In addition to Tusculum College, sponsors for this event include Big Green Egg, Amedisys, Fatz Café, DirecTV, Big Adventure Inflatables, Durham-Hensley Health and Rehabilitation and Fit Club. Stage entertainment and events will be provided by Electric 94.9 FM.

For more information on the event, contact David Martin, director of facilities at Tusculum College at 423.636.7300423.636.7300.

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