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New degree programs starting in the fall

New degree programs starting in the fall

Posted on 08 February 2017 by

Tusculum College has several new degree programs coming next fall. Starting in August 2017 will be Bachelor’s programs in health care management and talent development as well as a Master program in accountancy.

Health Care Management

The Bachelor of Science in healthcare management is designed to prepare graduates for entry-level positions that manage day-to-day operations of healthcare organizations by giving them a firm foundation in the core disciplines of healthcare administration and management.

The program with be offered through both the traditional day program and the Graduate and Professional Studies program. The GPS program is a fully online program and may be completed in 21 months.

According to Dr. Lois Ewen, dean of the School of Nursing, Health Sciences and Human Services and professor of nursing, career opportunities for persons holding a Bachelor of Science in healthcare management can be found within a variety of healthcare organizations such as hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health agencies, outpatient facilities and doctors’ offices.

“Healthcare continues to be a dynamic and growing industry. Increased government involvement, new technology and changing population demographics have caused the business of healthcare to evolve, as well,” said Dr. Ewen. “With the industry facing a greater need for quality care, increased competition, decreasing financial reimbursements for provided services and the need to closely monitor costs, healthcare managers and providers are being challenged to operate more like traditional businesses, weighing how their decisions impact the quality of healthcare while assessing them from a business perspective.”

The bachelor’s degree in healthcare management at Tusculum College intentionally combines business and healthcare administration courses with the goal of preparing graduates to take advantage of the healthcare industry’s movement towards a more traditional business model, according to Dr. Michael Dillon, dean of the School of Business and associate professor of business.

The program is designed for anyone who would like to begin a career or advance their current career in healthcare and is a particularly good opportunity for current healthcare employees who have already earned an associate degree in a healthcare technical field but require a bachelor’s degree to seek a managerial position.

According to a survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, careers within the healthcare management field are expected to grow nearly 17 percent through the year 2024, 10 percent faster than the total national employment average, which is 6.5 percent. Additionally, the survey notes the median pay for medical and health service managers is $94,000 per year.

Talent Development

Tusculum College will begin both a Bachelor’s degree program in talent development and a Master of Arts degree in education: talent development program. The master’s program was previously called the Human Resource Development program.

Applications are being accepted now for both programs for the first semester of the programs. The master’s program will be offered through the Graduate and Professional Studies program, while the bachelor’s degree program will be offered in both traditional and adult student programs.

According to Dr. Tricia Hunsader, dean of the school of education, career opportunities for persons holding this degree include corporate trainers, project managers, strategic planners, team developers, process analysts and performance improvement consultants, all of which are needed by a wide variety of organizations.

“The curriculum addresses the major segments of the talent development field by focusing on concepts, models, skills and methods. Courses are designed so that theoretical foundations are complemented with practice and application that enable students to build skills and competence,” said Dr. Hunsader.

The master’s degree program will be exclusively offered in a fully-online format.

The master’s level talent development program is designed to lead students to develop training materials and programs based upon curricular and instructional design best practices, assess organizational needs for enhancing performance, apply adult learning theory and the Instructional System Design model into practice for organizational learning needs, as well as evaluate learning and impact of learning and develop team behaviors and leadership.

The bachelor’s degree program will be offered in two formats, one a fully online program and the other a hybrid program composed of a combination of online coursework and in class instruction.

According to Dr. Hunsader, the bachelor’s degree in talent development at Tusculum College will prepare students to work in organizations as entry level training and talent development. As they work towards the completion of their degree, students will develop skills in human resource development and training, instructional design, curriculum design, leadership, employee evaluation and adult learning.

For more information on these programs, contact Katie Tassell, senior enrollment representative, at 888.488.7285.


Master of Accountancy

Tusculum College has announced a new Master of Accountancy program beginning fall 2017, pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Graduates of the Master of Accountancy program have multiple career options including, but not limited to, forensic accounting, public accounting, auditing and compliance accounting, government accounting, and tax and payroll accounting.

According to Dr. Michael Dillon, dean of the School of Business and associate professor of business, earning a graduate degree in accounting is a common practice for those seeking attainment of a Certified Public Accounting license.

“The Tusculum College Master of Accountancy program was developed to provide students with a deeper and broader accounting education that prepares them for advanced career opportunities and preparation for the new set of CPA exams effective spring 2017,” said Dr. Dillon. “The Master of Accountancy program will be led by faculty that are highly qualified academically, but who also bring their extensive real world experience to the classroom.”

In the State of Tennessee, the requirements for application to complete the Certified Public Accounting examination were changed in March 2016, resulting in the requirement of 150 academic credit hours being removed. To sit for the CPA exam, candidates must now have a baccalaureate or higher degree with a major in accounting or a baccalaureate or higher degree with a major other than accounting which includes at least 30 semester credit hours in accounting (at least 24 credit hours in upper level coursework) and at least 24 semester credit hours in general business. The requirement of 150 academic credit hours is still required for the CPA license.

According to Dr. Dillon, the Tusculum College Master of Accountancy program curriculum was developed based on the announced changes to the 2017 CPA testing requirements.

“The program is an excellent option for new accounting undergraduates,” he said. “The program is also an excellent option for students who earned a business degree with some accounting coursework but need additional upper level accounting hours, or students who completed an undergraduate accounting program but have been out of the classroom for many years and need an up-to-date modern accounting curriculum.”

The Master of Accountancy program will be under Graduate and Professional Studies at Tusculum College.  While most Graduate and Professional Studies are designed for non-traditional, evening students, the Master of Accountancy program will be offered during the day.  Initially, the program will be offered at the Greeneville campus and at the Knoxville Regional Center simultaneously. The program is designed to be a one-year, full-time program beginning in the fall term and ending at the end of the summer term. The curriculum will be delivered during two afternoons each week.


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Tusculum College donates science equipment to Greene County Schools

Tusculum College donates science equipment to Greene County Schools

Posted on 06 February 2017 by

As Tusculum College settles into the new Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math, which opened for classes just after the holiday break, the Greene County School System is benefitting from a donation of science equipment from the old Tredway Hall.

According to Dr. Melissa Keller, assistant professor of biology and chair of the Department of Natural Sciences at Tusculum College, with the new building came the opportunity to purchase new equipment for the college’s science laboratories.

“Much of our new equipment has been custom installed and other items have been replaced with newer versions,” said Dr. Keller. “As a result, we are able to provide items such as microscopes and other equipment to the local school system.”

Dr. Keller added that the college is happy to be able to provide these items to local school science programs and support the work that is done by instructors and teachers in the Greene County School System.

“We realize that it would not have been possible to provide the thousands of dollars of equipment to the teachers without the generous donation by Tusculum,” said Steve Tipton, energy specialist with the Greene County School System. “The Greene County Schools are very appreciative, and much of the equipment has already been put to use in the classrooms.”

Some of the equipment was provided directly to the science departments at the four county high schools, while a “shop” was set up with other equipment that all county school teachers could access and take items that could be used in their classrooms.


Tusculum College has donated a variety of science equipment to the Greene County School System.


Students at West Greene High School display earth science instructional materials donated to the school by Tusculum College. From left are Sharnita Britt, Bayley Conkin and Jessica Cox.

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Make your special Pioneer smile on Valentine’s Day

Make your special Pioneer smile on Valentine’s Day

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Tusculum College addressing teacher shortage

Tusculum College addressing teacher shortage

Posted on 30 January 2017 by

With the recent announcement that Rutherford County School System in Middle Tennessee would be seeking to hire 400 new teachers in the next year, the teacher shortage is becoming more of a concern than ever and a national study points to a need for even more teachers in the years to come.

To address this, Tusculum College is continuing to promote its teacher education program to anyone interested in education as a career, including both students who are looking at education for the first time and those who are considering a career change.

According to Dr. Tricia Hunsader, dean of the School of Education and professor of education, Tusculum College offers a variety of degree programs that prepare students for teacher licensure, including the one-year Master of Arts in Teaching program designed to prepare a student with an existing bachelor’s degree in something other than education for licensure.

“The Master of Arts in Teaching offers individuals holding a bachelor’s degree in specified areas the opportunity to pursue teacher certification,” said Dr. Hunsader. “The K-5, 6-12, and K-12 (content specific) licensure programs are designed for working adults who currently hold a bachelor’s degree and wish to pursue the licensure sequence and obtain a master’s degree at the same time. Courses are delivered in an accelerated format at times convenient for working adults.”

And while there are reports of shortages in Tennessee, it is by no means limited to the state. A recent Learning Policy Institute study describes the shortage nationwide and predicts that it only stands to get worse.

“We are experiencing what appears to be the first major shortage since the 1990s,” said Linda Darling-Hammond, professor at Stanford University and president and CEO of the institute, a nonpartisan education organization launched last year. “And teaching is, in some respects, as an occupation, at its lowest point in 20 years.”

The report, more than a year in the making, uses data sets from the Department of Education and provides one of the most comprehensive looks at the teacher shortage to date.

The problem is multipronged: At a time when public school enrollment is on the upswing, large numbers of teachers are headed for retirement. Meanwhile, enrollment in teacher preparation programs is dropping dramatically, falling 35 percent nationwide in the last five years, the report found.

According to Dr. Hunsader, Tusculum College’s programs aim to direct students toward fulfilling teaching careers at a time when they are needed most.

“The job outlook for licensed teachers is excellent, and more than that, it’s an area our communities need us to address,” said Dr. Hunsader.

In addition to the MAT program, Tusculum College offers four categories of teacher licensure programs:  elementary education (interdisciplinary studies), secondary education, K-12 physical education and special education.

All of Tusculum College’s teacher licensure programs are approved by the Tennessee Department of Education and are enhanced by the focused calendar, which facilitates early and frequent placement of education students in practicum experiences in area schools. These experiences enrich the knowledge gained in classroom work and more fully prepare students for their student teaching.

“Many students discover vital new interests in various aspects of education as a result of practicum experiences; sometimes confirming their choice of major, or in other cases, leading the students to select a different major more closely related to their interests,” said Dr. Hunsader.

A second master’s degree, in curriculum and instruction is also offered through the Tusculum College Graduate and Professional Studies program for students who are already licensed teachers.

For more information on the education programs at Tusculum College, call 800.729.0256 or visit


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Tusculum sponsors free federal income tax preparation program

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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Fall 2016 Dean’s List announced

Fall 2016 Dean’s List announced

Posted on 13 January 2017 by

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

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

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

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

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

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

2016 Fall Dean’s List

Dennis Mensah Acquah +

Kristopher Scott Adams

Caleb Alder

Dax Aleman

Brandon Lee Alexander *

Jennifer Rene Alfter *+

Brandon Keith Allen *+

Makenzi Lynn Alley *+

Evan R Altizer +

Ivan Andabak *

Robert Alexander Anderson

Katja Sabina Elisabeth Andersson *+

Hannah Beth Arnett +

Cheyene Leigh Arnold *+

Eleonora Surenovna Assadova +

Amy Jeanette Atchley +

Kristen Machel Atwell

Anthony Maurice Bagwell +

David Murphy Baker

Sarah Ann Baker +

Brandon L Ball

Sonja Ballmert

Crystal Annette Banken

Joshua Jay Barnett

Mindy Michelle Barton +

Joshua V Batson +

Taylor Alexandria N. Battle +

Robert Tyson Beach

McKenzie Beavers +

Cheyenne Nicole Beeler *+

Dabresha Necole Bell

Keegan Michael William Bell

Timothy Christian Bell

Bryant Benitez

Brian James Bennett

Hannah Marie Berling *+

Christopher Lee Berney

Kyle Christopher Bittner +

Sheila D Blair *+

Christina Michelle Blevins *

Courtney Elaine Booth

Dalton Thomas Boslooper

Brittany Paige Bowers

Casey Elizabeth Bradley +

Mindy Dawn Bradley +

Jule Brass +

Danielle Marie Breen

Alexander Neil Briggs +

Brittany Starr Bright

Daniel Clifford Britton

Autumn May Brooks

Brittani Allyn Brooks *

Bobbi Jean Brown *

David Bryan Brown +

Kaitlin Brooke Brown +

Shannon Kay Brown *+

William Gary Brown

Jonathan Wayne Bryant +

Victoria Jacqueline Bryant +

Kevin W Buckner +

Megan Lorraine Buczek +

Timothy Adam Bumgarner

Lara Gail Burchfield +

Judith Cahansa Butler

Lindsay Ann Butler *+

Mason Ray Calhoun +

Melissa Kay Callahan *+

Billy Carroll Calwell +

Brianna Richelle Campbell

Gary Lee Capps

Jessie Leonard Carey *+

Erin Helene Carmody +

Cathryn Carol Carpenter +

Laura Kaye Carr *+

Aleigha Ruth Carroll

Elizabeth Anne Carroll

Michelle Carver +

Callie S. Casteel +

Cayla Brooke Cecil *

Katelynne Ruth Cheatham

Matthew Keith Church +

Savannah Hope Clabough *+

Debra Nicole Clack +

Alyssa M. Clifton *

Tiffany Rose Cockrum

Dawn Trista Cody +

Mandy LaChelle Colburn +

Katie Lee Cole +

Chelsea Breanne Collins

Riley Edward Collins +

Robert Earl Colquitt +

Sarah D. Combs +

Dustin Daniel Conway +

Amber Lawson Cooper *+

Jeremy Brent Cooper *+

Heather Natasha Cope

Justin Ross Cornett +

Charles Harvey Cottrell +

Jacob William Countiss +

Molly Elizabeth Cowart +

Polly Louise Cowart +

Paige Arnelle Cowden

Chester Craig *

Christen Janay Craig +

Hannah E. Crespo +

Joshua Chase Cress

Heather Renee Crouch +

Bailey Alexandria Culler +

Craig Matthew Cutler +

Jacob Ryan Cutshall *

Tiarra Rain Dailey

Miranda Brooke Dalton *

Gabriel James Dando *+

Dianna Kay Daniels *

Anna Nicole Daugherty

Alexandra Nicole Davis +

Destiny Sierra Davis

Eliza Lucille Davis +

Emily K Davis

Henry Reed Whitaker Davis

Rebecca Lee Davis +

Andre Alvaro Moreira De Giorgi +

Emily Marie De La Cruz +

Jessica Susan Deaton +

Payton Alexandra Dehart +

Carter Andrew Delsorbo

Kayli Ashton Dempster *

Kyleigh Cierra Denson

Stephanie Nicole Nikki Dirmeyer

Abby Lee Ann Dohrman *

Kelly Chase Donnelly +

River Sam Ash Donnelly *

Keaton Thomas Dotson

Gilbert Charles Downey +

Savanna Nicole Draper

Jessica L. Drinnon +

Kelly Breann Ducote

Jennifer Duff *+

Deidra Michelle Dunlap +

James Dallas Dunn

Garrett Scott Dupuis

John Eric Durr *+

Janice Lyn Dutcher

Tabitha Ann Dyer +

Blaine Leroy Dykes

Joel Cooper Edgar

Michael Jason Eggert +

Deidre Michelle Elkins

Savannah Elliott +

Melissa Jeannette Emerson +

Joseph Hall Exum

Kasey Blake Fawbush +

Kristoffer Mykell Fernandez +

Brittany Leigh Finucane +

Lia Theresa Fiore +

Elizabeth Cheyanne Fisher

Karli Payten Fisher +

Scott Allan Fisher *+

Camilo Florez *

Harper Nicole Ford +

Richard Forsythe *

Tesa Lashae Fox

Kelsey Lynae Freeman +

Macy Amanda French *+

Jennifer Michelle Frost +

Jordan D’Ann Fullerton *+

Amy Fullington *

Franziska Funke +

Kimberly Kay Gipfert

Emily Ann Gleason

Jill Edith Goodpasture +

Hannah Marie Graham +

Shelby Anne Gray +

Ashley Elizabeth Greer

Kimberly Grace Gregg +

Kelsey Griffith +

Brittany Danielle Grizzle +

Matthew David Groover

Holly Brooke Hall +

Justin Tyler Hamilton +

Edward Oliver Moore Hancock +

Jonnathan Handshoe

Lisa Denise Hannah *+

Zachary Lee Hartle +

Kazuhiko Hashiyama

Mamie Britt Hassell +

Michael James Haycox +

Christie Michelle Hayes +

Jonathan Hayes *+

Tanya Marie Hayes +

Rachael Bethany Hensley *+

Emily Elizabeth Hester +

Mason Bradley Hewitt

Ruth Ann Hickman +

Gregory Ward Hilemon *+

Jenny Rebecca Hill +

Gina C Hobson

Ernest Tyler Hockett

Amy Marie Hodge +

Caleb Jordan Hodnett

Rachel E. Holden

Malek Pierce Holman

Ronnie James Holt +

Sayre Catherine Hopper +

Michelle Leigh Hoskins-Slaven

Chilae Antonette Houston +

Brittany K Hoyle

Tina Louise Hubbard *

Ryan Wesley Hudson +

Velvet Dawn Hughes +

Gregory Mitchell Hurd

Maleah Linda Huskey +

Deanna Lynn Hutcheson +

Christopher Davis Hutson

Blair Idol *

Jessica Kay Inscore

Emily Iorga *

James Michael Malis Irwin

Charlotte Nicole Jackson *+

Lindsay Erin Jackson

Katie Elizabeth James +

Michael Gale Jarnagin *

Rebecca Michelle Jenkins *+

Jeffrey Adam Jennings +

Katelyn Jasanna Jennings *+

Brandon Kenneth Jeter

Tracy Lynette Jett

J’Quen O. Johnson

Jeffrey Tyler Johnson *+

Christiana Fe Jones

Sandra Rae Jones *+

Tashique Kader +

Angela Marie Kagley +

Briana Michelle Kaltenmark +

Colby R Kennedy

Landon Andrew King

Haylee Danielle Kirby

Toby De Klerk

Steven Frazier Knowles

Makayla Ellen Knuchel

Andrew D Kransberger +

Dallas Douglas Kuykendall

Andreas M. Kvam +

Stacey Lamb

Taylor Kara Lambertsen +

Elissa Ruth Lane +

Kendra Michelle Lane +

Zachary Aaron Lane +

Calley B. Lawson *+

Felicia Dawn Lawson

Mary Kristina Lawson +

Matthew Travis Lawson

Shane Allen Lawson +

Taylor Rae Leatherman

Macy Alexis Leatherwood

Randall Steven Lee +

Alvis T Legg

Amanda Chayne Lemings

Mariah Lynn Lewis +

Hayden Craig Lindemann

Jodi Marie Lister

Chrysta Leigh Long

Rachel Hope Looney +

Preston Donald Loveless

Brittany D. Lowery

Daniel Ray Lowery +

Benjamin Travis Lyle

Todd Eric Lynch

Amy Patrice Lyon +

Emma Catherine MacDonald *+

Morgan Mahaffey *+

Katarina Majorova *

Benedicta Makakala

Daulton Ray Martin

Miriah Elizabeth Martin +

Shawna Ann Martin +

Joie Cheyenne Massey

Kelli Lynn McCalla +

Joseph Bryson McCarter *+

Abraham McCauley

Shirleece Monique McClain

Tiaira Janay McCloud

Courtney Diane McCollister

Caleb Ray McCormick

Emma E. McCuiston

Annie Beth McCullough

Kerrie Anne McGaha

Sven McGaha *

Kiah B. McIsaac

Madison Neil McKinney +

Nanette Louise McLain +

Nicole Sarah McMillen +

Ragen Danielle McNair +

Ashley Nicole McPeek

Matthew Edward Meese +

Jordan Delaney Melvin

John J. Merritt

Hannah Elizabeth Metler

Makayla J Michaels

Charles Richard Mills +

Patrick Neal Minton *

Jason Randal Monroe +

Sarah Jennifer Monroe *+

AAliyah Jada Montgomery *+

Kaitlyn M Moore

Matthew Austin Moore

Hunter Andrew More

Charles Mark Morgan +

Kristen Leigh Morgan *+

Alycia Marjorie Morong

Vanessa Morton

Brittany K Motley

Eduardo Granados Munoz +

Shannon Rose Murphy *+

Tomi A. Nelson *+

David Michael New

Andrew Benjamin Newman

Robert E. Nichols +

Jonathan Edward Nicholson

Micah Brianne Nicley +

Kellie Leeann Niles *

Haley Marie Noe

Kylee Jordan Nolan +

Cortnay Paige Norman +

Whitnie Elaine Norman +

Amie Suzanne O’Brien +

Kevin Ryan O’Dell

Fabian Paier *+

Ross Gregory Parsons +

Hannah Nicole Parton

Kendall Patterson +

Kristen Leeann Patterson

Loren Danielle Peeters *

Glenda Pegues

Pau Peiro’ Vila

Austin David Pendergrass

Lindsey Pennington +

David Perry +

Matthew Petraglia

Ginger Faye Phillips

Matthew Ralph Pierce +

Matthew Allen Piper +

Amanda Leigh Ann Pipes +

Taylor Nicole Plemons *+

Diego C. Poore +

Melissa Joy Preast

David Ray Presley

Fabian Proesch

Lyndsey Blake Pulliam *

Courtney Leigh Purkey

Rachel Elizabeth Purswell

Jacqueline Nicole Rader *+

Matthew Ryne Ramsay

Ciara Rattana +

Zachary James Redden +

Chelsey Brooke Reed *+

Tracy Reeder

Treslyn Kelley Reese +

Sunday Lynn Reeves *+

Joshua Roy Repass

Linda Joy Reyna +

Daniel Dean Ricker

Leslie Nicole Rimmer

Allyson Kathleen Rines +

William Scott Ritter +

Rachael Elizabeth Roach +

Kaara Heloise Roark +

Monica Sloan Roberts

Rachel Elizabeth Roberts +

Malinda Irene Rode +

Alexander Mills Rolison

Carrie Leigh Rose +

Sarah Elizabeth Rowland +

Tabitha Ann Rue +

Brittany M. Ruffner *

Amber Michaela Russell *

Taylor Lashae Rymer

Kayla Marie Sager *

Bladimir Lenni Santiago Bautista *

Reanna Michael Saunders

Whitney Suzanne Scearce *+

Sabrina L. Schleuger +

Eric Thomas Schorr

Brooke Morgan Schreder *+

Drew Henry Schreder +

Kirsten Nicole Seals +

Talia Seiber +

Leon Seiz +

Dennis Eugene Sharp

Roxanne Inez Shepard +

Kaliah Alexis Sheppard +

Tara Ann Shields

Briley Nicole Shinlever +

Saasha Noel Shirooni +

Jaelyn Makelti Shoemaker

Megan Elizabeth Shortt

Madison Kate Shumaker +

David Felix Siegle +

Payton Dakota Silcox +

John Cody Simmons +

April Suzanne Skeen *+

Kimberly A Slayton

Adam Michael Smith +

Garland Taylor Smith +

John Rufus Conagher Smith +

Jordan Dianne Smith *+

Shelley Lynn Smith

Wendy Marie Smothers +

Lisa Jane Snowden

Elexis Sloan Snyder *+

Carey L. Sommers +

James William Spears +

Jonathan Spicher +

Candice Nicole Spradlin +

Laura Lynn Standifer

Paul John Stayskal

Karlee Nichole Stinson *

Wayne Gordon Stokes

Emily Anne Stoklosa

Robin Marie Stoner *+

John Frederic Storaska *

Jason Andrew Strange +

Travis Carl Stuart +

Renea Danielle Styles

Teela Sullivan +

Thomas Bradley Sullivan

Shannele Marjorie Sunderland +

Rachel Delaney Swatzell *

Kathy Lyne Swick +

Sarah Ann Symons

Jaron Michael Taylor

Mindy Lashea Taylor

Raymond Allen Thacker *+

James Kenneth Thompson

Kathryn Thompson

Timothy L Thompson

Carlie Amanda Thornber *+

Lauren Bryce Tino

Brent Adam Tittsworth +

John Robert Topoleski

Taylor Meriel Towe

Daniel Joseph Tremaine

Karen Michelle Trent

Kenneth R. Tucker +

Preston R Tucker +

Michael Alejandro Turk

Joshua Ryan Turner

Everett Cole Underwood

Linda Upmale

Cheyenne Upton +

Samuel J. A. Van Amberg +

Destiny Lashea Vanzant

Samantha Jean Vogt *+

Kristina Voiles

Rebekah Grace Voiles +

Madelyn J. Vossen

Brooke Elizabeth Wagner +

Bailey F. Walker *+

Misty D. Wallen +

Jake Thomas Wapinsky

Benjamin Harden Warnick +

Devan Scott Watts

Daniel D. Wedding +

Trevor Warren Weeks

Mitzi Michele Weese +

Seth Jacob Weisman

Victoria Kailand Weiss +

Patrick Shane Wells

Monique Alice Wesh *

Brodie T. West *

Kevin Eugene West

Samantha Ann West

Carly Leeanne White +

Sarah Caitlin White *

Taylor Lindsey White +

Amanda Adkins Whitson

David Jacob Wiedenbeck

Nicholas Ryan Wiley

Donna Nicole Wilkerson +

Debbie Lee Williams +

Peyton Melay Williams

Robert Clinton Williams

Taylor R. Williams

Taylor Ryan Williams *

Calandra Livesay Williamson +

Carolyn Elizabeth Williamson +

Jessica Renee Williamson

Kari Evelyn Wilson

Sydney Nicole Wilson +

William Pearce Wilson

Kaitlin Rose Winnie

Kimberly Ruth Wise +

Rachel Marie Wisner +

Ashley Woodall

Parker Katelyn Alisa Wright +

Ashley Dawn York *

Genevive Zaide +

Angelique Louise Zimcosky *+

Robert Donovan Zirkle





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Soccer student-athletes earn academic accolades

Soccer student-athletes earn academic accolades

Posted on 13 January 2017 by

Members of Tusculum’s men’s and women’s soccer teams have been recognized for their academic achievements.

Jonathan Spicher, a member of the men’s soccer team, was honored with the inaugural South Atlantic Conference (SAC) Men’s Soccer Elite 18 Award. Spicher has been recognized the SAC Men’s Scholar Athlete of the Year accolade. He also earned Academic All-America honors for the second straight year.

Also recognized were Spicher’s teammate Guillermo Lazcano and Carlie Thornber, a member of the women’s soccer team, who also earned Academic All-America honors.


Spicher Honors

Jonathan Spicher

In early November, it was announced that Spicher was named the 2016 SAC Men’s Soccer Elite 18 honoree. This  is a new award for the conference and honors the student-athlete with the top cumulative grade-point average based on a minimum of 48 credit hours who competed at the final site of each of the Conference’s 18 team championship sports

Spicher, a senior from Cologne, Germany, carries a 4.0 GPA with a double-major in management accounting and business administration.

In December, Spicher earned two more accolades for his academic performance. The conference named him Men’s Scholar Athlete of the Year, an honor he shared with Corey Brown of Queens University. The SAC Scholar Athlete of the Year Award is presented annually to a student-athlete in each of the conference’s 18 championship sports and is selected by the leagues faculty athletic representatives. He is only the third Pioneer in program history to earn this honor.

He also earned his second Academic All American honor in December. With the honor, Spicher becomes the first two-time Academic All-American® in program history.


“Jonathan is an outstanding young man and has been the model student-athlete since his arrival at Tusculum,” said Tusculum head men’s soccer coach Allen Vital.  “He has been an outstanding team player and has been a tremendous part of our program’s success, not only this year, but during his Pioneer career.  He emulates all of the qualities that exemplify a scholar athlete and is a true ambassador for the sport, Tusculum College and the South Atlantic Conference.”


On the soccer pitcher, Spicher played in 13 matches and scored one goal, but it was an important one as he netted the tying goal with 59 seconds left in regulation as the Pioneers upset sixth-ranked and defending NCAA II national champion Pfeiffer 3-2 in overtime.  In 62 career matches (40 starts), Spicher posted 15 goals and four assists for 34 points, with five of his goals being match-winners.


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


Academic All-American Honorees

Guillermo Lazcano

Guillermo Lazcano and Carlie Thornber also earned Academic  All America recognition in December.

Lazcano, a senior defender from Aviles,Spain,  garnered his first Academic All-America® recognition.  He has a 3.60 GPA as a sport management major. A captain, he played in 14 matches with 13 starts for the Pioneers and registered four goals, two of which came on penalty kicks against Pfeiffer and Mars Hill. In three seasons, Lazcano has seven goals and three assists for 15 points in 47 career matches (46 starts).


Thornber, a junior defender from Oshawa, Ontario, returns to the Academic All-America® squad after earning third team honors last season.  She also becomes only the second two-time Academic All-American® in school history


Carlie Thornber

She has a perfect 4.00 grade-point average as a pre-medicine major. She is a member of the South Atlantic Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll, Athletic Director’s Honor, Dean’s List, President’s List and Charles Oliver Gray Honors List. She was the 2014 recipient of the Tusculum Freshman of the Year Academic Award and was a 2015 Tusculum Student-Athlete Academic Achievement Award honoree.


The 2016 All-South Atlantic Conference first team selection started in 15 matches this season for the Pioneers, scoring three goals, all match-winners. Her biggest goal of the season came against King when she notched the tiebreaking tally with 3.9 seconds left in a 2-1 Tusculum victory. She also scored the first goals in a 2-0 win at Lincoln Memorial and a 2-0 victory over Catawba that clinched a share of the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Championship. Thornber is a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-District selection and is a three-year starter for the Pioneers while tallying eight goals in 53 matches.

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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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Annual lecture series will focus on how the story of Jesus was preserved by early Christians

Annual lecture series will focus on how the story of Jesus was preserved by early Christians

Posted on 12 January 2017 by

Dr. Travis Williams

Tusculum College’s annual Theologian-in-Residence lecture series in February will consider how the story of Jesus was preserved and transmitted by early Christians prior to being recorded in the Gospels.

Dr. Travis Williams, assistant professor of religion at Tusculum College, will present

the series of lectures, “Jesus in Early Christian Memory: Remembering, Reconstructing and Rehearsing the Past.”  By considering the latest research on memory and oral tradition, the series will explore how the Jesus tradition was preserved and transmitted by the earliest Christian communities and what this means for a modern faith perspective.

Lectures will take place each Tuesday of the month – Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28 – in the series, sponsored by Tusculum College and partially funded by Ron Smith. Each lecture session will begin at 10 a.m. in the Chalmers Conference Center in the Niswonger Commons. The sessions typically end around 2 p.m., and lunch in the college’s cafeteria is included. There is no admission fee to attend the lectures.

This will be the third time that Dr. Williams has led the series, now in its 26th year. He previously served as Theologian-in-Residence in 2014, lecturing on the formation of early Christian identity in response to persecution, and last year, as he presented informative sessions about the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Although a native of East Tennessee, Dr. Williams received his doctorate in New Testament from the University of Exeter in England. After moving back to the U.S., he began his career at Tusculum in 2010. His teaching duties at the college focus primarily on the Jewish and Christian traditions; however, he regularly leads courses that fall within the broader sphere of religious studies.

In his research, Dr. Williams focuses on a variety of different topics within the field of biblical studies, including the New Testament letter of 1 Peter, the Dead Sea Scrolls and the intersection between memory and ancient media culture. He has several books and articles published, including two recent articles about I Peter in academic journals and an essay about the reception of Jesus in the epistles of Peter and Jude in a reference series about Jesus’ reception in the first three centuries.

During the first session of the series on Feb. 7, “The Quest for Remembered Jesus,” Dr. Williams will provide a brief introduction to the quest for the historical Jesus. The session will consider where the search went off track and how a focus on memory could offer a helpful corrective.

“Jesus and the Cognitive Dimensions of Memory,” the second session on Feb. 14, will explore the various processes involved in the cognitive formation of memory. Most importantly, the session will focus on the different ways that distortion would have shaped the memories of Jesus.

The third session on Feb. 21, “Jesus and the Social Dimensions of Memory,” will consider the impact of social environment on the construction of memory. Part of this session will include an examination of the role of eyewitnesses in the formation and dissemination of the early Jesus tradition.

In the concluding lecture on Feb. 28, “Jesus and the Oral Transmission of Memory,” Dr. Williams will focus on the transmission of oral tradition within early Christian communities. In particular, attention will be given to the malleability and persistence of the Jesus tradition as it passed through human agents.

Although the series has no admission fee, reservations are required. For more information or to make a reservation for the series, please call 423-636-7304 or email

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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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Alumni, family and friend events set for 2017

Alumni, family and friend events set for 2017

Posted on 13 December 2016 by

Mark your calendars and make plans to attend an alumni, family and friend events in your area. Event details will be announced at a later date.







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Nearly 300 receive degrees Saturday at Tusculum College

Nearly 300 receive degrees Saturday at Tusculum College

Posted on 12 December 2016 by

Graduates walk the faculty gauntlet following Commencement services on Saturday at Tusculum College.

Graduating from Tusculum College during winter commencement ceremonies were 287 individuals in two ceremonies held on Saturday, Dec. 10.

On Saturday 92 students earned Bachelor of Science degrees and 105 earned Bachelor of Arts degrees. In addition 63 graduates earned Master of Arts degrees and 27 received Master of Business Administration degrees.

The new graduates were addressed by Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody, who recognized the hard work of the path to graduation, saying “Commencement is an occasion of celebration and completion.” Adding, “Today is a testament to your efforts, to your persistence, and today is your day. Be proud of yourself and your accomplishment.”

She told the group, that while there was no doubt they were thinking about the many people in their lives who had helped them and supported them on this journey, that graduation day was a moment to celebrate the completion of a goal they had worked hard to attain.

“You are not finished today, but you are beginning. You have worked hard to reach this milestone, but its value will depend on what you do from this point forward.”

Calley Lawson

Two student speakers addressed the graduates, including Calley Lawson, a special education major from Gaithersburg, Maryland. Lawson was a member of the Pioneer Women’s Golf Team. She was a member and president of Alpha Chi Honor Society, a mentor for the program TNAchieves and the golf team representative for Pioneer Student Athlete Advisory Committee. She was twice named an Academic-All American.

Lawson encouraged the graduates to “acknowledge and appreciate the investment Tusculum has made” in each one of them and credited the supportive environment that encouraged personal connections for an “unforgettable experience.” Adding, that the “bond created here at Tusculum will keep us connected for years to come as Pioneers.”

Also speaking was Roben Hartsell, of Seymour, who received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. Hartsell addressed the challenges of adult students who return to

Roben Hartsell

school to seek their degrees, all the while managing work and family responsibilities. She talked about learning to hustle – to become resourceful, savvy and hardworking, while staying in balance and maintaining sanity. “It doesn’t end here,” she said. “You will be fully prepared to recognize the significance of hard work, and I hope you recognize and appreciate everything that encouraged your hustle.”

Dr. Ron May was the featured guest speaker at both ceremonies. Dr. May, vice president of academic affairs at Tusculum College and a 1968 graduate, has had a distinguished career in higher education, retiring in June 2014 as president of Ancilla College in Donaldson, Indiana. In his career he has taught public school, as well as served as a college professor, department head, dean, vice president and twice as a college president, at Ancilla and at Louisburg College in Louisburg, North Carolina. Dr. May also holds faculty rank as professor of education.

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

Dr. May earned a Doctorate of Education from Indiana University, a Master of Arts in Teaching from East Tennessee State University and an Associate of Science from Vincennes University. He returned to serve as interim vice president of academic affairs in June 2014.

He told the graduates he intended to give them one last exam before they were done. A vocabulary quiz, focused on five words: commencement, servant, leader, difference and “Sit Lux.”

He discussed commencement in the terms of beginning – a new stage in their lives that began that day. Servant leadership, he explained, go together. “It is my hope that you will all be leaders.” Adding, “Through service to others, lead and change lives, serving first with the conscious choice to aspire to lead.”

He told the graduates that difference is what they should try to make in their lives and their world, and that they should recognize those who have made a difference in their lives.  Finally he addressed “Sit Lux,” the motto of Tusculum College that means “Let there be light.” Since 1794 he said, “Graduates of Tusculum College have brought light into the world. I challenge you to continue to be the light.”

Following his address during the morning commencement ceremony, Dr. May was presented an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. During the presentation, Dr. Moody called him a “true Pioneer, who has had a life committed to education, family, faith and his alma mater.”

Dr. Ron May, vice president of Academic Affairs at Tusculum College and a 1968 graduate, was presented and Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.

She added, “Dr. May returned to Tusculum College in 2014 and has led the college’s academic programs for the past two years as vice president for academic affairs. Tusculum College is fortunate to have had the opportunity to continue to benefit from Dr. May’s leadership. His professional background has provided a vast experience in higher education administration and has support the College’s efforts to keep Tusculum first. He will most certainly leave Tusculum a better place for having been here.”


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