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Tusculum College to re-open Allison Gallery with exhibition from namesake

Posted on 18 January 2017 by

Tusculum College will re-open its Allison Gallery in a new location in January with a reception for J. Clement Allison. Allison, the gallery’s namesake, will be the new location’s first featured artist.

According to Wayne Thomas, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and associate professor of English, the gallery has been relocated to the Shulman Center on the eastern side of the college campus. “The new location is spectacular,” said Thomas, “And, we are excited to celebrate the re-opening with an exhibition from Clem Allison.”

The first show, a retrospective exhibition of Allison’s artwork over the course of his lifetime, will be available for viewing January 18 – February 15. There is no admission fee and the event is open to the public. Additionally, a closing reception will be held on Friday, Feb. 10, from 4-7 p.m.

Clem Allison

The Allison Gallery, named in appreciation of J. Clement Allison’s three decades of exemplary commitment to Tusculum College, was created to provide a venue for a variety of artistic experience. To further this mission, the gallery hosts the exhibitions of local and regional artists as well as exhibitions by Tusculum College’s art students.

Artists of regional and national prominence are displayed year round, providing a unique and useful tool for the college community by allowing students, faculty and staff to view and experience art from across the country without leaving the Tusculum campus.

The residents of Tusculum, Greeneville and other surrounding communities also benefit from the opportunity, provided by the Allison Gallery, to access art from across the country at a local, easy to reach location. In fact, The Allison Gallery is the only art gallery in the Greene County area containing exhibitions from a wide array of both national and local artists and one of only a few such galleries in the region.


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Tusculum sponsors free federal income tax preparation program

Posted on 17 January 2017 by

A new program, implemented through the efforts of Tusculum College, will provide free tax preparation services in Greene and surrounding counties. The IRS-certified tax preparation program will provide three locations in the region where trained volunteers will be available to assist members of the public with the preparation of their tax returns.

Locations will include: Monday nights at Appalachian Community Federal Credit Union ’s community room in Gray, Thursdays at Tusculum and Saturdays at Greeneville Power and Light, starting Jan. 30.

The ACFCU has been a long-time partner with the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program in the area.

Led by Dr. Harold Branstrator, associate professor of management at Tusculum College, the VITA program offers a free alternative to the expensive services of a paid tax professional. The volunteers of the VITA program have completed roughly 1,000 returns annually since 2014, often saving clients $200 or more that they would have spent on payments for alternative, fee-based, services.

Taxpayers eligible for VITA services include: individuals with annual incomes of less than $54,000, individuals over 55 years of age, individuals diagnosed with a physical disability and non English-speaking citizens.

Appointments are required. Sites and days of operation include:

Mondays: ACFCU, 5034 Bobby Hicks Highway, Gray, TN 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.;

Thursdays: Tusculum College, 5:30-8:30 p.m.;

Saturdays: Greeneville Power and Light Boardroom, 110 N. College St., Greeneville, TN 9 a.m. – noon.

To schedule an appointment, call (800) 378-3778 and wait for the operator, or register online at



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Tusculum College students assist with FocusFirst vision project

Posted on 17 January 2017 by

Tusculum College students are working with Impact America to bring vision screenings to pre-school students through a project called FocusFirst.

Beginning in September, students from Tusculum participated in the project through the school’s annual Nettie Fowler McCormick Service Day. According to Dr. Ronda Gentry, director of the Center for Civic Advancement at the college, six different daycares/preschools were visited and volunteers used a special high-tech photo optic scan camera, provided by the program, to identify any  child with vision issues. Those who were identified were then referred to local physicians who treated them at low/no cost.

The goal of FocusFirst is to provide a cost-effective direct response to the vision problems of children living in urban and rural communities. During Fall 2016, Impact America – Tennessee AmeriCorps Members, working with college student volunteers, provided free vision screenings to more than 14,500 children at 414 Head Starts and daycare centers located in low-income communities in 16 Tennessee counties.

Tusculum College became the first to partner with Focus First in the State of Tennessee, now joined by The University of Tennessee. For the spring semester, Dr. Melinda Dukes, professor of psychology, will be working with a group of her students to screen at daycares and preschools as part of a service-learning project for her courses.

According to Dr. Gentry, the plan is to make the assessments a regular part of the college’s service to community efforts.

Since the fall, 2,964 children have been screened in Northeast Tennessee.


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Valentine’s Dinner and Swing Dance to benefit Tusculum College band program

Posted on 13 January 2017 by

The Tusculum College Pioneer Jazz Band will host a Valentine’s Day Dinner/Swing Dance benefit on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at the General Morgan Inn. The reception begins at 6 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. The event includes dinner and a performance by the Pioneer Jazz Band, along with special guests.

The event is a fundraiser to raise money for much-needed equipment for the entire Tusculum band program, according to David A. Price, director of music at Tusculum College.

“This will be our fourth year for this event and it has proven to be a popular and enjoyable way to celebrate Valentine’s Day,” said Price. “Each year we have had tremendous feedback on the quality of the food, as well as the fun of dancing the night away to the sounds of jazz standards.”

Ticket prices for the event are $55 per person or $400 for a table of eight guests. Ticket or table purchases include dance tickets, free dance lessons, an opening reception, dinner and a special dessert. Please call in advance to request a vegetarian substitution. A cash bar will be available.

There will be dance lessons starting at 5:30 p.m. taught by Dr. Bob and Christine Thorpe the night of the dinner dance. This year in preparation for the event we are also featuring swing dance lessons at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31 and Thursday Feb. 9, in the Chalmers Conference Center in the Niswonger Commons on the Tusculum College campus. The lessons are free to anyone that has tickets and has signed up to attend the event. Dance lessons only are $10 per person.

Tickets are available for purchase at the General Morgan Inn or by contacting Price at 423-636-7303 or emailing A hotel package special is also available by contacting the General Morgan Inn at 423-787-1000.

Special table reservations are available for larger group seating by contacting Price.

The Pioneer Band Program at Tusculum College began in 2010, with the creation of the Pioneer Pep Band. The Pep Band became a much-enjoyed feature of the 2010 Pioneer football and basketball seasons, as the band performed at the Pioneer Club tailgate parties before each home football game and during pregame and half-time festivities.

Since that time a concert band, jazz band, marching band, handbell choir and several small ensembles have been added to the program. The groups play several events on campus each year, as well as events in the community.



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Old Oak Festival returns to Tusculum College April 21-23

Posted on 13 January 2017 by

The Old Oak Festival will return to Tusculum College campus April 21-23.

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.

Throughout the weekend on stage, the festival will present the sounds of the region, with a wide variety of music from bluegrass to jazz featuring local vocalists and instrumentalists.

There are limited spaces still available for artisan and crafter booths. Deadline for reserving a booth is March 31, or until all spaces are filled.

“This year’s festival is looking to be bigger and better, with great arts and crafts, performances and opportunities to enjoy a variety of fine arts experiences,” said David Price, director of Music and Band programs at Tusculum College.

This year’s special events will include an art show at Allison Gallery, student theater productions, literary readings, a student day on Friday and the return of the Lego construction contest.

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. For more information, contact Price at 423-636-7303. Entertainment and food continues into the evening.

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

For updates and more information, visit the website at or on Facebook.


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School-record 318 students named to Athletic Director’s Honor Roll

School-record 318 students named to Athletic Director’s Honor Roll

Posted on 13 January 2017 by

A school-record 318 student-athletes have been named to the 2016 Tusculum College Athletic Director’s Fall Honor Roll.

To be selected to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, a student-athlete must accumulate either a semester or cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.

The Tusculum football team boasted the most student-athletes on the honor roll with 56 honorees.  The Pioneer baseball team is second with 35 selections.  The TC women’s soccer team is third on the list with 28 honorees, while the Pioneer men’s lacrosse team is fourth with 23 selections.  The women’s lacrosse team is fifth with 22 honorees, softball is sixth with 21, while the Tusculum men’s soccer team is seventh with 18 representatives.  The TC men’s basketball team is eighth with 17 honorees, while women’s basketball and volleyball are tied for ninth with 15 each.  The Tusculum men’s golf and women’s cross country teams had 11 honorees apiece, followed by women’s tennis (nine), men’s tennis (eight), men’s cross country (seven) and men’s golf (six).

The Tusculum cheerleading squad also had 13 members recognized on this semester’s honor roll.

Ten Tusculum student-athletes currently have a perfect cumulative GPA of 4.00 including: Ivan Andabak (men’s soccer), Brittani Brooks (women’s tennis), Alyssa Clifton (women’s basketball), Kayli Dempster (volleyball), Emma MacDonald (women’s soccer), Morgan Mahaffey (softball), Katarina Majorova (women’s tennis), Fabian Paier (men’s tennis), Lyndsey Pulliam (women’s tennis) and Carlie Thornber (women’s soccer).

Along with these individuals, 14 additional student-athletes had a perfect fall with a 4.00 semester GPA, including: Brandon Alexander (men’s golf), Makenzi Alley (women’s cross country), Katja Andersson (women’s soccer), McKenley Berry (baseball), Lindsay Butler (women’s golf), Cayla Cecil (softball), Jacob Cutshall (men’s cross country), Shannon Murphy (volleyball), Taylor Plemons (softball), Christian Raasch (baseball), Brooke Schreder (women’s soccer), Jordan Smith (women’s lacrosse), Robin Stoner (softball) and Samantha Vogt (women’s cross country).


2016 Tusculum College Athletic Director’s Fall Honor Roll

Student-Athlete               Sport(s)

Brandon Alexander         Men’s Golf

Makenzi Alley                    Women’s Cross Country

Evan Altizer                        Football

Jorge Alvarez                     Men’s Soccer

Ivan Andabak                    Men’s Soccer

Katja Andersson               Women’s Soccer

Hazel Arwood                    Cheerleading

Ashley Andrukonis          Women’s Cross Country

Kristen Atwell                    Women’s Basketball

Kyle Bailey                          Football

Tyler Bailey                         Baseball

Sarah Baker                        Women’s Tennis

Sonja Ballmert                   Women’s Soccer

Brandyn Bartlett               Football

Maggienella Basile           Women’s Golf

Taylor Battle                       Softball

Ronnie Baylark                  Men’s Basketball

Tyson Beach                       Baseball

Gunnar Beamer                Men’s Basketball

Keegan Bell                        Men’s Lacrosse

Timothy Bell                       Football

William Bender                 Men’s Lacrosse

John Bennett                     Baseball

Patrick Benson                  Football

Alexis Berlin                       Cheerleading

Gabriel Bernardi               Men’s Tennis

McKenly Berry                  Baseball

Emory Bibb                         Volleyball

Carrigan Bishop                 Women’s Cross Country

Brandon Black                   Baseball

Breana Blair                        Cheerleading

Trey Blevins                        Men’s Basketball

Cassie Born                         Volleyball

Dalton Boslooper             Baseball

Sarah Bouley                      Volleyball

Brittney Bowers               Women’s Soccer

Ben Boyd                             Men’s Lacrosse

Jule Brass                            Women’s Tennis

Danielle Breen                  Women’s Soccer

Shemar Bridges                Football

Keveon Broadwater       Football

Brittani Brooks                  Women’s Tennis

Spencer Brothers             Baseball

Landon Brown                   Football

Kylen Butler                       Men’s Basketball

Lindsay Butler                    Women’s Golf

Edison Cabrera                  Baseball

Corey Cantrell                   Football

Hunter Cantrell                 Football

Gary Capps                         Men’s Soccer

Erin Carmody                     Volleyball

Conrad Carney                  Men’s Lacrosse

Ethan Carpenter               Baseball

Cayla Cecil                           Softball

Hunter Chandley              Men’s Golf

Georgios Charkoutsakis  Men’s Soccer

Katelynne Cheatham        Softball

Alyssa Clifton                     Women’s Basketball

Jerryka Clowers                Cheerleading

Chris Cochrane                  Baseball

Matthew Cole                     Football

Eamonn Collins                 Baseball

Sarah Combs                      Women’s Soccer

Regan Croff                        Women’s Basketball

Jalen Connor                      Football

Wesley Cordell                  Football

Christen Craig                    Women’s Lacrosse

Heather Crouch                Women’s Soccer/Basketball

Bailey Culler                       Softball

Juliette Cusano                 Women’s Lacrosse

Jacob Cutshall                    Men’s Cross Country

Ricardo Da Silva                 Men’s Soccer

Tia Dailey                             Women’s Basketball

Brandon Dansoh              Men’s Basketball

Deshawn Davis                 Football

Eliza Davis                            Softball

Zach Davis                           Men’s Basketball

Payton DeHart                  Women’s Soccer

Seth DeHaven                   Baseball

Rachel Del Duca                Women’s Lacrosse

Andre De Giorgi                Men’s Soccer

Kayli Dempster                 Volleyball

Jonathon Dennis              Men’s Cross Country

Kyle Dickson                       Men’s Soccer

Kelly Donnelly                   Football

Keaton Dotson                  Men’s Basketball

Garrett Dupuis                  Baseball

Dallas Dunn                        Men’s Soccer

Joel Edgar                            Men’s Lacrosse

Savannah Elliott                Women’s Lacrosse

Cory Fagan                          Men’s Basketball

Ivan Fast                              Football

Harper Ford                        Softball

Franziska Funke                Women’s Tennis

Rachel Garnett                  Volleyball

Emily Gleason                    Women’s Lacrosse

Garrett Goldberg             Baseball

Hannah Graham               Women’s Soccer

Shelby Gray                        Women’s Lacrosse

Javon Green                      Football

Robert Green                    Football

Alexandria Gregg             Women’s Soccer

Shelby Griffin                    Softball

Colby Grissom                   Baseball

Delaney Guerrero           Softball

Sierra Haas                          Women’s Lacrosse

Kevin Haggerty                 Men’s Lacrosse

Holly Hall                              Women’s Soccer

Tyler Hall                              Baseball

Dillon Hardy                        Baseball

Ethan Harmon                   Men’s Basketball

Jesse Harrell                       Men’s Cross Country

Cooper Harrison               Football

Zach Hartle                         Men’s Basketball

Kelsey Haun                       Women’s Golf

Aubrey Hawkins               Volleyball

Maelyn Head                     Women’s Basketball

Hunter Hensley                Football

Emily Hester                       Softball

Mason Hewitt                   Football

Emma Hicks                        Women’s Cross Country

Trey Hinton                        Baseball

Caleb Hodnett                   Men’s Basketball

Trista Holder                      Women’s Golf

Campbell Holley               Men’s Lacrosse

Rachel Holmes                  Women’s Lacrosse

Sayre Hopper                    Women’s Golf

Chris Hutson                      Men’s Golf

James Irwin                        Baseball

Avery Johnson                  Football

David Johnson                   Football

J’Quen Johnson                Men’s Cross Country

Kasey Johnson                  Women’s Basketball

Andre Jones                       Football

Tashique Kader                 Men’s Tennis

Lindsey Kelly                      Women’s Soccer

Bailey Kennedy                 Softball

Jaylynn Kesterson           Football

Dante Key                           Baseball

Indya Kinard                       Women’s Basketball

Toby de Klerk                    Men’s Tennis

Steven Knowles               Men’s Tennis

Andrew Kransberger      Men’s Lacrosse

Dallas Kuykendall             Football

Andreas Kvam                   Men’s Soccer

Taylor Lambertsen          Women’s Golf

Zack Lane                            Football

Sharai Larry                         Women’s Basketball

Kaele Lawless                    Women’s Lacrosse

Bailey Laws                         Cheerleading

Guillermo Lazcano           Men’s Soccer

Taylor Leatherman          Softball

Lilian Lesniewski               Women’s Lacrosse

Mariah Lewis                     Volleyball

Tyler Linkous                      Men’s Soccer

Todd Lloyd                          Men’s Lacrosse

Julia Lopez                          Women’s Tennis

Bailey Lowery                    Women’s Lacrosse

Brittany Lowery                Women’s Lacrosse

Eric Lynch                            Football

Emma MacDonald           Women’s Soccer

Kaitlyn MacDonald          Women’s Cross Country

Liam MacDonald               Men’s Lacrosse

Morgan Mahaffey           Softball

Katarina Majorova           Women’s Tennis

Benedicta Makakala       Women’s Basketball

Madison Malone              Women’s Lacrosse

Daulton Martin                 Baseball

Miriah Martin                    Women’s Soccer

Chris Matheus                   Football

Cameron McAbee           Volleyball

Chase McAllister              Baseball

Mitch McCain                    Baseball

Kelli McCalla                       Women’s Soccer

Annie McCullough           Women’s Tennis

Quinn McKitrick                Men’s Lacrosse

Nicole McMillen               Women’s Soccer

Jordan Melvin                   Women’s Soccer

Rocco Menna                    Men’s Soccer

Ethan Merrow                   Men’s Lacrosse

Carly Mill                              Women’s Soccer

Micah Miller                       Baseball

Charles Mills                       Men’s Lacrosse

Tyler Minchew                  Football

Connor Mitchell                Men’s Basketball

Vasco Monteiro                Men’s Soccer

Kaitlyn Moore                   Women’s Lacrosse

Brandon Mosley               Cheerleading

Chase Mounce                  Men’s Basketball

Pauline Muiruri                 Women’s Cross Country

Eduardo Munoz                Men’s Tennis

Shannon Murphy             Volleyball

Cydney Murrell                 Women’s Golf

Ti’ke Mydell                       Football

Loyd Napier                        Football

David New                          Baseball

Mackenzie Newsome    Women’s Cross Country

Kent Noe                             Baseball

Will Noel                              Men’s Cross Country

Ian O’Grady                        Football

Alycea Ohl                           Women’s Lacrosse

Fabian Paier                       Men’s Tennis

Hunter Parrish                   Men’s Basketball

Ross Parsons                      Men’s Lacrosse

Allison Pate                        Softball

Callie Patterson                Women’s Basketball

Kendall Patterson            Men’s Basketball

Pau Peiro                             Men’s Soccer

Andrew Pereira                Football

Linden Perkins                  Women’s Lacrosse

Gracee Peters                   Volleyball

Matthew Petraglia          Men’s Lacrosse

Chrystal Pierce                  Women’s Tennis

Taylor Plemons                 Softball

Diego Poore                       Men’s Basketball

Aaron Pratt                         Baseball

Lyndsey Pulliam                Women’s Tennis

Jasmine Queen                 Women’s Basketball

Christian Raasch               Baseball

Matt Ramsay                     Baseball

Cory Ramsey                      Men’s Cross Country

Ciara Rattana                     Women’s Golf

Zachary Redden               Football

Treslyn Reese                    Softball

Jenna Restivo                    Softball

Andwele Richards            Football

Ally Rines                             Women’s Soccer

Monica Roberts                Women’s Basketball

Rachel Roberts                  Women’s Soccer

Cameron Rogers              Men’s Lacrosse

Chris Ryan                           Men’s Lacrosse

Vetle Salte                          Men’s Soccer

Reanna Saunders             Cheerleading

Sabrina Schleuger            Volleyball

Brooke Schreder              Women’s Soccer

Drew Schreder                  Football

Eric Schorr                           Baseball

Blythe Scrivner                  Women’s Golf

Leon Seiz                             Men’s Tennis/Soccer

Tara Shields                        Women’s Basketball

Jaelyn Shoemaker           Cheerleading

Megan Shortt                    Women’s Lacrosse

Madison Shumaker         Volleyball

David Siegle                        Men’s Tennis

Matt Simon                        Football

Erin Sims                              Women’s Lacrosse

Christian Sisto                    Football

Trevor Skiles                      Football

Zach Slagle                          Baseball

Chris Slater                         Football

Heather Slocum                Women’s Soccer

Alex Smith                          Women’s Soccer

Brooklyn Smith                 Women’s Cross Country

Jordan Smith                      Women’s Lacrosse

Taylor Smith                       Men’s Golf

Zack Smith                          Football

Mason Snelson                 Men’s Cross Country

James Spears                     Men’s Lacrosse

Jonathan Spicher             Men’s Soccer

Clarissa Stanton                Women’s Lacrosse

Brooke Statler                   Volleyball

Ethan Stewart                   Baseball

Colton Strickland              Football

Emily Stoklosa                   Women’s Cross Country

Robin Stoner                      Softball

Thomas Sullivan                Football

Shannele Sunderland     Women’s Soccer

Selena Sutton                    Cheerleading

Corey Szewczyk                Football

Joshua Taylor                     Football

Cameron Thomas            Football

Brandon Thompson        Football

Carlie Thornber                 Women’s Soccer

Lauren Tino                        Cheerleading

Ellie Tomassoni                 Women’s Soccer

Katie Tomassoni               Women’s Golf

Will Tommie                       Football

John Topoleski                  Baseball

Mekayla Trantham          Cheerleading

Preston Tucker                 Men’s Golf

Austin Upleger                  Football

Cheyenne Upton             Women’s Soccer

Austin Vanderhoof         Men’s Lacrosse

Destiny Vanzant               Cheerleading

Eric Varlas                            Men’s Lacrosse

Veronica Vineyard           Women’s Soccer

Samantha Vogt                 Women’s Cross Country

Maddie Vossen                Women’s Soccer

Cole Waddell                     Football

Dallas Wade                       Men’s Lacrosse

Nate Wade                         Men’s Lacrosse

Brooke Wagner                Women’s Lacrosse

James Walker                    Football

Lillian Wallace                    Women’s Cross Country

Jake Wapinsky                  Baseball

Morgan Ward                    Softball

Jason Ware                         Football

Hunter Weismore            Football

Kaily Weiss                          Volleyball

Samantha West                Softball

David Whinery                  Men’s Golf

Emily White                        Softball

Taylor White                      Women’s Golf

Jakareon Williams            Baseball

Jason Willis                         Men’s Lacrosse

Sydney Wilson                  Women’s Basketball

Kaitlin Winnie                    Women’s Lacrosse

Seth Wiseman                   Men’s Soccer

Rachel Wisner                   Softball

Christopher Woodson   Football

Parker Wright                    Cheerleading

Tarique Wynn                    Men’s Basketball

Robert Zirkle                      Football

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Bill Bledsoe named interim chair of the Fine and Performing Arts Department at Tusculum College

Posted on 12 January 2017 by

William “Bill” Bledsoe has been named interim chair of the Fine and Performing Arts Department at Tusculum College, effective January 1. All academic offerings in art and design (studio art and visual communications design), theatre and music report through the Fine and Performing Arts Department.

“Bill has energy and vision,” said Wayne Thomas, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. “Bill is friendly and student-centered. Bill is a staple in our community and a longtime and strong advocate of Tusculum College. Bill is exactly who we need leading Fine and Performing Arts.”

Bledsoe has been an art instructor for 27 years and a working artist for more than 40 years. Prior to coming to Tusculum, he worked in both the Fine Art Department and Digital Media Department at East Tennessee State University, headed the Secondary Art Department at Providence Academy in Johnson City and coordinated curriculum and art instruction for the Mary B. Martin Foundation in conjunction with the McKinney Arts Center in Jonesborough.

Bledsoe’s career highlights include working as an artist for the United State Air Force in Europe, as assistant to art direction for Walt Disney/Pipeline Productions and as a freelance artist/designer with  NFL Properties. He was recognized as one of the 100 Outstanding Artists of Tennessee by the Tennessee Arts Council in 1991-1992 and Outstanding ETSU Alumni in the Arts in 2013.

He won Good Housekeeping Magazine’s award for Outstanding Children’s Book Illustration in 2006. He has illustrated numerous books and publications, created public artworks, contributed artwork for to raise funds and awareness of many charitable organizations. His artwork is in numerous personal and corporate collections nationally and in Europe, China and Japan. He is best known for his artwork commemorating the National Storytelling Festival for 27 consecutive years.

Bledsoe earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in graphic design and undergraduate degree in studio art at ETSU. He resides in Jonesborough, with his wife of 25 years, Jennifer. They have two sons, Will and Greyson, and a daughter, Cassity.


Bill Bledsoe, interim chair of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts


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Be ready for winter weather!

Be ready for winter weather!

Posted on 06 January 2017 by

Given the possibility of inclement weather during the winter months, unforeseen may force the cancellation or delay/early dismissal of classes at one or more of the Tusculum College sites. Specific schedule changes will be communicated through the Tusculum College Pioneer Alert System, the Tusculum College website and social media (Facebook and Twitter) and local media outlets (radio and television stations in Greeneville, Morristown, Johnson City and Knoxville) as soon as possible.



Tusculum students, faculty and staff should review and, if necessary, update their contact information within Pioneer Alert, also known as Regroup. Please follow the instructions for checking your account.

If you have questions, please notify Dr. Jonita Ashley at or Jon Gresham at to enroll or update contact information pertaining to the Pioneer Alert System.

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Museums of Tusculum College receive National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation Access Grant

Posted on 04 January 2017 by

The Museums of Tusculum College have been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to conduct a preservation assessment of their textile collections.

A $6,000 National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation Access Grant has been awarded to the Museums of Tusculum to fund the preservation assessment of textile collections in the two museums on campus, the Doak House Museum and the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library.

The collections in the two museums include items owned by President Johnson and his family, objects related to the history of Tusculum College and textiles created by notable East Tennessee women.

In addition to the assessment, the consulting conservator will also hold a workshop on the care and preservation of textiles for museum staff, volunteers and students in the museum studies, history and public history programs at Tusculum. Remaining funds will be used to purchase supplies to improve collections care.

“We are honored to be the recipients of this grant and are looking forward to working with an expert in textile care,” said Museums Director Dollie Boyd. “Items made from cloth and other wearable materials can be notoriously hard to care for and preserve long-term. This is a great opportunity to insure that our one-of-a-kind pieces will be given the very best treatment going forward.”

Boyd is working the college’s museum studies and history programs to schedule the conservator’s visit this spring.

The Doak House Museum and the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library are operated by the Department of Museum Program and Studies of Tusculum College. In addition to the museums, the department is responsive for the College Archives and offers one of the few undergraduate Museum Studies degree programs in the country. The two museums are also part of the National Historic District on the Tusculum campus. Follow the museums on Facebook and Twitter to learn the latest news and upcoming events or visit to learn more about the variety of programs offered at the museums.

The Museums of Tusculum College have been awarded a National Endowment for Humanities Preservation Access Grant for an assessment of their textile collections, such as these quilts housed at the Doak House Museum.

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Dr. Jo Alison Lobertini named assistant vice president of academic affairs at Tusculum College

Posted on 21 December 2016 by

Dr. Jo Alison Lobertini will join Tusculum College in mid-January as the assistant vice president of Academic Affairs and assistant professor of literature.

Dr. Lobertini comes to Tusculum from Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa, where she served as dean of adult and graduate studies and interim chair of the Department of Accounting and Business Administration.

As assistant vice president for academic affairs, Dr. Lobertini will be responsible for the oversight of the operations of the Graduate and Professional Studies program, including delivery of instruction and support services and facilities at all off-site locations. She will work collaboratively with the vice president of enrollment management and marketing to assure GPS programs are fully enrolled and aggressively marketed.

Additionally, she will ensure compliance with the Principles of Accreditation of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and with other accrediting agencies and is responsible for developing and maintaining, while assuring accuracy of all administrative publications and policy documents for the GPS program.

Dr. Jo Alison Lobertini

“We are very pleased that Dr. Lobertini will be joining Tusculum College,” said Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College. “Her experience in working with adult students and their particular educational needs make her a perfect match for this position. We look forward to having her as part of our academic and administrative teams.”

In her career, Dr. Lobertini has served as dean of the College of Adult and Professional Studies at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas, and as assistant dean and chair of the School of Continuing Studies and Academic Outreach at East Tennessee State University. She also served as department chair during her time at ETSU.

She has Doctorate of Education, in postsecondary and private sector leadership from East Tennessee State University, a Master of Arts in English from ETSU and a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Tennessee.

Dr. Lobertini has served on the Advisory Board for the Unicoi County/Erwin Head Start and for the County Crisis Center. She has also served as a recruiter, mentor and facilitator for the Tennessee Scholars Program and as a mentor and speaker for the Chamber of Commerce Youth Leadership Program.

A native of LaFollette, Tennessee, Dr. Lobertini is married to Paul Mareth and has two children, Leland Davidson and Emily Davidson.


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More than 900 pounds of food collected in Psychology Club food drive

Posted on 16 December 2016 by

The Tusculum College Psychology Club in conjunction with Tusculum’s Center for Civic Advancement collected 941 pounds of non-perishable food items for local community organizations during a recent food collection drive. The food collected has been donated to the Greeneville-Greene County Community Ministries Food Bank, the Tabernacle Mission Soup Kitchen at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church and Second Harvest Food Bank. Vice President of the Psychology Club Kate Samples organized the food drive, which included collection points on the Tusculum campus, as well as special collections prior to Tusculum football, volleyball and basketball games. At the delivery of items to the Tabernacle Mission Soup Kitchen are from left above, Mary Goldman, a volunteer at the soup kitchen; Samples, and Donald Townsend, president of the Open Door Society at Tusculum, one of the student organizations that helped in the food drive.

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Tusculum’s Dr. Nancy B. Moody Elected as Chair Southern Association of Colleges and Schools-Commission on Colleges Board

Posted on 15 December 2016 by

Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College has been elected chair of the Board of Trustees of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. She is the first female elected to this position.

Dr. Moody has served on the SACSCOC board since 2012 and was appointed to the Executive Council in 2014. Additionally, Dr. Moody holds the distinction of being the first chair of the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association Board of Directors, the first female president of Lincoln Memorial University and the first female president of Tusculum College.

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As chair of the SACSCOC Board of Trustees, Dr. Moody will preside at all meetings of the Executive Council, the SACSCOC Board of Trustees and the College Delegate Assembly.  She will be responsible for the appointment of persons to fill vacancies on the Board of Trustees and make committee appointments. She remains a member of the Board of Trustees as well.

As president of Tusculum College, Dr. Moody has served the students of Tusculum College since 2009 and has embraced the opportunity to encourage faculty, staff, students and volunteers to push Tusculum College forward through creative teaching and learning, responsible stewardship and a renewed commitment to service and civic engagement. Dr. Moody has led Tusculum College into a new era of growth and expansion, in terms of bricks and mortar, academic programs and fiscal responsibility.

During her tenure, she was instrumental in securing a $45 million Community Facilities direct loan for the construction of two new apartment style residence halls, a science and math facility and to refurbish an existing academic building. Dr. Moody led efforts that secured a $3.875 million gift for the naming of the Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math that will be completed in 2016, as well as numerous grants and gifts to support the Tusculum First capital campaign.

Dr. Moody heralds from Middlesboro, Kentucky, where she attended St. Julian’s Catholic School and graduated from Middlesboro High School. She earned associate and baccalaureate degrees in nursing from Eastern Kentucky University, a Master of Science in nursing from Texas Woman’s University (Houston) and a Ph.D. in nursing from the University of Alabama School of Nursing at Birmingham.

She held teaching and administrative appointments at Lincoln Memorial University, East Tennessee State University and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Dr. Moody was the inaugural Executive Director of the Tennessee Center of Nursing, funded initially through a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (which she co-authored), BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee and the Tennessee Board of Nursing.

During her career, Dr. Moody has been recognized by all three of her alma maters, Eastern Kentucky University, Texas Woman’s University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing, where she received the Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award. Dr. Moody was also the inaugural recipient of the Founders Award, presented in February 2013 by the Tusculum College Board of Trustees who acknowledged her for distinguished service as an executive leader through her vision, hard work and dedication to Tusculum College.

She is married to Tom Moody, a self-employed public accountant. She and Tom are proud parents of two adult children, daughter, Mykel, and son, Adam.


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