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Alumni Night at the Astros set for Aug. 25, Inky Johnson presentation Aug. 27

Alumni Night at the Astros set for Aug. 25, Inky Johnson presentation Aug. 27

Posted on 24 August 2016 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Alumni, friends of the College, students, parents, faculty staff and the community are invited to campus this week for two special events: a presentation by motivational speaker and former University of Tennessee student-athlete, Inky Johnson, and “Tusculum College Night at the Astros.”

Thursday, Aug. 25,  is also “Tusculum College Night at the Astros,” and alumni, students, parents, faculty and staff are all invited to enjoy an evening at the ball park.

Each Tusculum alumnus, parent, faculty member and staff member to RSVP will receive free tickets to the Greeneville Astros baseball game that night at Pioneer Park on campus (limit two per family). Additional tickets will be available at a discounted rate, $4 per person. Admission for Tusculum students is free with a student ID.

The Astros will be taking on the Danville Braves at 7 p.m. in Appalachian Minor League conference play. The Astros will have a special promotion that night – $1 Dog Night, Thirsty Thursday – Hot dogs are only $1.00. Discounted souvenir sodas are available at concessions stands.

Please RSVP for “Tusculum College Night at the Astros” by Monday, Aug. 18, by calling 423-636-7303 or emailing jbparker@tusculum.edu.

Johnson’s motivational and inspirational program will be at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27,  in the Pioneer Arena inside the Niswonger Commons.  Admission to the event is $10 per person and will be sold at the door on the day of the event beginning at 4 p.m. Tusculum College students, faculty and staff will be admitted free. Students, faculty and staff in the Greeneville and Greene County school systems will also be admitted free. The event is co-sponsored by Mortgage Investors Group – Office of Nick Hirschy (NMLS Unique Identifier # 491929, TN License # 124766) and South State Contractors, Inc. The presentation had originally been scheduled for Thursday but had to be changed due to some unforeseen scheduling conflicts.

Inky Johnson’s Background

September 9, 2006, started as a normal college football game at UT’s Neyland Stadium. For Inky Johnson, though, the game changed his life as a routine tackle turned into a life-threatening injury. Nothing has been normal for Inky ever since. Not with a paralyzed right arm. Not with daily pain. Not with constant physical challenges.

His dream had always been to play professional sports, and one might imagine that his injury would have crushed his spirit. But it didn’t.

Inquoris “Inky” Johnson could be described as the survivor of an underprivileged past. He could be described as a refugee of poverty and violence. He could be described as a success story stained by tragedy.

But look deeper and discover something else. Discover a man who asked, “Am I really failing, or is God prevailing?”  Johnson is a  a man gripped by the promise that God has purposes and plans far beyond our own. Audiences have found inspiration from his story and his relentless determination.

Johnson has a master’s degree in sports psychology from the University of Tennessee. He devotes much of his time to mentoring athletes and underprivileged youth.

For more information  about Johnson’s presentation, please contact Blake Cantrell at: (423) 636-7300 ext. 7331 or email at: bcantrell@tusculum.edu.

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Who do you contact? A guide for resolving various issues on campus

Who do you contact? A guide for resolving various issues on campus

Posted on 08 August 2016 by eestes@tusculum.edu

“I have tried but I just can’t get along with my roommate.” “I need this math class for my major, but I am not sure I am going to be able to pass.” “My ID card doesn’t work in the cafeteria, what should I do?”

Hopefully, you won’t hear these type of comments from your student in the coming weeks. But, if you do, the information will help you to know how to guide your student to find the assistance on campus he or she needs.

Tusculum encourages parents to listen to their students’ concerns and then advise them in who they should contact on campus in resolving their issues, whether it be resolving a conflict with a roommate, finding academic tutoring or getting help with a computer problem. Encourage your student to try to resolve the issue on his or her own, an important step in developing independence, offering them suggestions of whom to contact on campus.

Below is a listing of various topics and whom should be contacted about those topics:

- Academic advising. For questions regarding declaring majors or changing majors, please contact the director of academic advising in Room 121 of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building. The director of academic advising can also answer questions about academic requirements. Advisers are assigned as a student enters Tusculum. Students who are undecided as majors are assigned to general advisers until they decide which major to pursue, when they are assigned an adviser in that discipline.

- Accessibility for students with disabilities. Students who may need accommodations for disabilities, should contact the Academic Resource Center counselors on the first floor of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building.

- Arts and Lectures requirement – the director of academic advising. Please see academic advising above.

- Athletics. Any issues with the College’s varsity sports should be address to the athletic director in Rankin Hall. Any issues with an intramural sport should be brought to the attention of the Office of Student Affairs in Niswonger Commons.

- Automobile registration. All students should have the cars they are driving on campus registered. Contact the Director of Campus Safety on the main level of the Niswonger Commons about car registration or parking questions.

- Bills and payments issues, including deferred payments. Please contact the Business Office on the first floor of McCormick Hall.

- Campus activities and club and organization information. For campus activities, please call the student life coordinator for campus activities, whose office is in the Pioneer Gym. Club and organization questions should be directed to the associate sean of students on the main level of the Niswonger Commons.

- Computer services. For computer issues, students should contact the Computer Help Desk, located on the top level of the Niswonger Commons.

- Financial aid. For assistance with financial aid, please contact the director of financial aid in Virginia Hall on the second floor.

- Food services. For questions about dining options or concerns, please contact the campus dining manager in the Niswonger Commons cafeteria.

- Grade appeals. Tusculum has a process, outlined in the College catalog, for making grading appeals. The first person to contact is the instructor for the course.

- Hometown news. If you have questions about getting news about your student in the local newspaper, please call the Office of College Communication at 423.636.7304. The office sends releases about academic honors and other student achievement and activities to hometown newspapers.

- ID cards. If a student loses a card or the magnetic strip on the back stops working, please contact the student life administrative assistant in the Office of Student Affairs on the main level of the Niswonger Commons.

- International student services. Please contact the director of academic advising.

- Instructor/quality of instruction issues. The academic chair over that program should be contacted. Call the campus operator for contact information regarding the appropriate chair.

- Parking citation appeal. Appeals for parking tickets should be made to the dean of students in the Office of Student Affairs. The Motor Vehicle Operations Guide provides information about this process and can be found online under the “documents” menu on the Student Affairs webpage.

- Paychecks. While students pick up paychecks for work study in the Business Office, any issues regarding them need to be directed to the director of financial aid in Virginia Hall.

- Roommate, residence hall issues. The Office of Student Affairs should be contacted for any issues regarding roommates, room assignments, switching rooms, etc.

- Transfer credit. Any questions or issues with transfer credit should be addressed by the Registrar’s Office on the ground level of Virginia Hall.

For issues not listed here, please contact the dean of students. A listing of issues and personnel and contact information can be found in the Student Handbook, which is provided online on the Student Affairs page.

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Family Weekend scheduled for Sept. 23-24

Family Weekend scheduled for Sept. 23-24

Posted on 08 August 2016 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Students and their families participate in some friendly competition during a cornhole tournament during a recent Family Weekend.

Mark your calendars and make plans to attend Family Weekend 2016 on September 23 and 24on the Tusculum College campus.

Tusculum welcomes parents, grandparents, siblings and other family members for a weekend of activities that allow students and their families to have fun together as well give families a better understanding of life on campus.

The schedule of activities is being finalized and will be announced soon. Continue to watch the website for details. Past year’s activities have included opportunities for families to attend class, tour new additions to campus such as the wetlands and arboretum, participate in some friendly competition with each other and attend an athletic event as a family.

Sept. 23 and 24 will be a busy time on campus. In addition to Family Weekend, there will be a  campus-wide “Zombie Tag” competition, prospective students will be visiting as part of an open house event and the Pioneer football and volleyball teams will have home contests.

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Tennis teams, men’s golf student-athletes earn academic accolades

Tennis teams, men’s golf student-athletes earn academic accolades

Posted on 08 August 2016 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Summer continues to bring more accolades for Tusculum student-athletes for their performance in the classroom.

The Tusculum Men’s and Women’s tennis teams have earned recognition from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) as All-Academic Teams, and four members of the men’s golf team have been named to the 2015-2016 NCAA Division II Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar Men’s Golf Team.

Tennis team honors

The Tusculum is one of only 49 NCAA Division II colleges and universities to have both its men’s and women’s teams earn ITA All-Academic Team honors. The ITA All-Academic Team Award is presented to any ITA program that has above a 3.2 cumulative grade point average for the academic year.   This is the 10th straight year the Pioneer men’s tennis team has earned the ITA All-Academic team award. It is the fifth straight year that the women’s tennis team has received the distinction.

All eight of the men’s tennis team earned the ITA Scholar Athlete distinction: Toby de Klerk, Tashique Kader, Eduardo Muñoz, Fabian Paier, Leon Seiz, David Siegle, Tim Stierle and Jonas Winkelmann. ITA Scholar Athletes are student-athletes who are a varsity letter-winner, have a GPA of 3.5 or higher for the current academic year and have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters.

Men’s tennis boasted an impressive 3.825 team GPA for this academic year, and the team members’ 3.646 cumulative GPA is the best of Tusculum’s 16 sponsored sports.

The women’s tennis team had seven of its members earn ITA Scholar Athlete distinction including Sarah Baker, Jule Brass, Franziska Funke, Adrienne Kaye, Erin Mills, Amanda Sumner and Emily Waters. The Pioneers recorded a 3.622 team GPA, the second-best of Tusculum’s sponsored sports.  The women’s tennis team has earned the ITA award 10 times in the last 13 years.

Tusculum’s fifth consecutive ITA All-Academic Team Award and 10th time in the last 13 years.

Men’s Golf honors

Seniors Nick Forsberg and Brad Hawkins return to the 015-2016 NCAA Division II Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar Men’s Golf Team for a second straight season, while juniors Taylor Smith and Preston Tucker make their inaugural appearances.

Ninety-one (91) Division II golfers in the country have been recognized by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) for the distinction. To be eligible, an individual must be a junior or senior academically, compete in at least three full years at the collegiate level, participate in 70 percent of his team’s competitive rounds and have a stroke average under 78.0 and maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.2. Honorees must also be of high moral character and be in good standing at his college or university.

Tusculum’s four honorees are the most in the South Atlantic Conference, which boasted 13 representatives.

Hawkins, a native of Knoxville, Tennessee, has a 3.61 cumulative grade point average and was also named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® first team earlier this summer.  The sport management major has been selected to the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll, Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, Dean’s List and Charles Oliver Gray Honors List.

Forsberg, a native of Staples, Minnesota, also garnered Academic All-America® recognition last month.  He graduated from Tusculum in May with a 3.75 GPA and majored in sport management.  He is a member of the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll, Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, Dean’s List and Charles Oliver Gray Honors List.  He has been named the SAC Men’s Golf Scholar Athlete of the Year in each of the last two seasons.

Smith, a native of Gray, Tennessee, has a 3.30 GPA and is majoring in business administration.  He is a member of the SAC Commissioner’s Honor and the Tusculum Athletic Director’s Honor Roll.

Tucker rounds out the Tusculum honorees on the GCAA All-America Scholar Team.  The Knoxville, Tennessee product has a 3.90 GPA while majoring in business administration.  He is a member of the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll, Dean’s List, President’s List, Charles Oliver Gray Honors List and the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll.

 

 

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Tusculum Bonner Leaders clean up College Creek

Tusculum Bonner Leaders clean up College Creek

Posted on 08 August 2016 by srichey@tusculum.edu

On Friday, Aug. 5, eight Tusculum College students from the Bonner Leader Program partnered with the Middle Nolichucky Watershed Alliance to complete their first service project of the academic year.

Individuals participated in a stream clean-up of College Creek, which is listed as an impaired stream on EPA’s 303d list. Students picked up one large trash bag of litter and helped to improve channel flow by clearing an area where twigs and debris were collecting around a tree fall.

The main non-point source pollution issues facing the creek are agricultural runoff and sedimentation. College Creek is just one of 58 impaired streams here in Greene County. Keeping local streams clean helps to improve wildlife habitat and improves the quality of water flowing into the Nolichucky River, which is used recreationally and as a source of drinking water for Greene and Washington County.

MNWA’s Adopt-a-Stream program is supported by a TVA Community Clean-up Grant, which helps MNWA to fulfill its vision to restore and protect the waters of Greene County and educate the public in ways to improve water quality. If you would like to schedule a stream clean-up, please contact Samuel Van Amberg at samuelvanamberg@yahoo.com.

 

Tusculum College Bonner Leaders complete first service project of the academic year.

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August move-in dates for students quickly approaching

August move-in dates for students quickly approaching

Posted on 14 July 2016 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Campus will be busy in a few weeks with students returning to the residence halls.

The fall 2016 semester will begin in about a month, and students will begin moving in during the first week of August.

Below is a listing of the move-in days for various groups of students.

Wednesday, August 3 (9 a.m. – Noon) –  Resident Assistants and Bonner Leaders (students check-in with group advisors)

Thursday, August 4 (9 a.m. – Noon) –  Athletic Trainers, Orientation Leaders, Band/Colorguard (students check-in with group advisors)

Saturday, August 6 (9 a.m. – Noon) –  Football (check-in through Niswonger Lobby (“Living Room”)

Saturday, August 6 (11 a.m. – Noon) –  Women’s Soccer (check-in through Niswonger Lobby (“Living Room”)

Monday, August 8 (9 a.m. – Noon) –  Student Teachers, Cheerleading, Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, Men’s Soccer, Volleyball, President’s Society and  SGA Executive Officers (check-in through Niswonger Lobby (“Living Room”)

Friday, August 12 (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.)  -First-Year Student Move-in (check-in through Pioneer Arena)

Saturday, August 13 (9 a.m. – Noon) -  Returning Students Move-in (check-in through Niswonger Lobby [Living Room] except resident students who have completed Express Check-In by August 1 who will go to halls*)

An Express Check-in process is available to returning students who complete the following steps by August 1:

  1. Complete registration for 2016 Fall.
  2. Complete the Emergency Contact Form with Student Affairs (available on the Ellucian Mobile App).
  3. Make sure your FAFSA paperwork is completed.
  4. Complete all loan paperwork (MPN/Entrance Loan Counseling and Plus MPN/ Applications) online at www. Studentloans.gov.
  5. Pay the Fall 2016 balance on your student account in FULL or complete a payment plan application with the Business Office.

Students who use the Express Check-in and are returning prior to August 13 are to go the Living Room in the Niswonger Lobby to be issued their IDs and keys. Those students using Express Check-in who return on August 13 are to go to the tent nearest their residence hall on move-in day to receive their IDs and keys.

Academic Calendar

The first day of class for the Fall 2016 semester will be Monday, August 15. Block 1 will end on October 8. The second block of the semester will be October 10 through December 10. Block Three courses span the entire semester from August 15 to December 10.

Some important dates for the semester include Opening Convocation on Thursday, August 25; Constitution Day on  Saturday, September 17; Homecoming on October 21-22 and Commencement on Saturday on December 10. The Thanksgiving holidays will be November 21 -26 and Christmas Break will be December 10 through January 8.
Classes begin Monday, January 9, for the spring 2017 semester. Block Four classes will be January 9, through March 4, and Block Five classes will be March 13 through May 6. Block Six courses will span the entire semester.
Spring Break will be March 6 -11. The College will be closed on January 16 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and on April 14 for Good Friday. Honors Convocation will be April 27 and Spring Commencement will be May 6.

Residence Hall Necessities

“Back to School” sales have already begun. While all students need basic classroom supplies, what does your student need to settle successfully into residential life on the Tusculum campus?

For students living in a residence hall, essentials include a mattress pad, pillow(s) and pillow cases, extra-long twin sheets, comforter, blanket, towels and washcloths, shower shoes/flip flops, shower caddy, laundry bag/basket, detergent,  alarm clock, cell phone and charger and a music player. Also essential for students are forms of identification such as their driver’s license or insurance cards and access to financial resources through such items as n ATM card, checkbook or credit cards.

While not necessities, these housewares are recommended: a 3.1-cubic-foot or smaller refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, can opener, plastic food storage containers and lids, microwavable dishware, silverware, water filter pitcher, trash can liners (8 gallon), under-bed storage, fan, hangers, desk lamp and bulbs, floor lamp and bulbs, a mirror and posters.  Students who live in the apartments are also permitted to bring George Foreman grills. Also recommended are cleaning supplies, ear plugs, a first aid kit, electronic thermometer, dryer sheets, fabric softener, iron (with automatic shut-off), ironing board, photo albums, pictures, stuffed animals and a yearbook.

Electronic items that are recommended include a stereo (no subwoofer), computer/laptop and charger, ethernet cable, DVD player, gaming system, power strip with a surge protector (UL approved), printer and ink cartridges, computer paper, TV and TV coaxial cable.

Miscellaneous items recommended include a sticky putty, a dry erase board, flashlight, umbrella/rain gear, sports equipment and sunglasses.

Items not allowed in the residence halls for safety reasons are extension cords, fireworks, space heaters, candles, hot plates, lofts, toaster/toaster ovens, incense, popcorn popper (other than Air Poppers), guns of any kind including pellet, water or paint.

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Criminal justice majors organize Lambda Alpha Epsilon chapter

Criminal justice majors organize Lambda Alpha Epsilon chapter

Posted on 14 July 2016 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Ten students were recently inducted into Zeta Alpha Chi, Tusculum College’s chapter of Lambda Alpha Epsilon.

Lambda Alpha Epsilon is a national professional and scholastic organization for those in the field of criminal justice. The organization began as a police fraternity in California in 1937 and has evolved over time into a national group that has thousands of members representing all facets of the American criminal justice system.

Criminal justice is one of the newest majors on campus, but has already had a handful of graduates from the program in the past two years.

Students in the major organized the Tusculum chapter, completing all the necessary paperwork and other requirements, with the guidance of Chris Ramey, assistant professor of criminal justice.

Inducted were Lawson Burrow, Timothy Drumtra, Olivia Harrell, Brittany Horton, Morgan Jones, Elizabeth Lynn, Ragen McNair,  Becca Rhea, Brooke Sane and Amanda Werder. Elected officers were Lawson Burrow as president, Elizabeth Lynn as treasurer, Olivia Harrell as secretary Becca Rhea as vice president and Timothy Drumtra, sergeant at arms.

Ten students have been inducted into Zeta Alpha Chi, Tusculum College’s chapter of Lambda Alpha Epsilon, the national professional and scholastic organization for those in the field of criminal justice. From left are Ragen McNair, Morgan Jones, Brittney Horton, Brooke Sane, Chris Ramey (assistant professor of criminal justice), Lawson Burrow, Elizabeth Lynn, Olivia Harrell, Amanda Werder and Becca Rhea. Not pictured is Timothy Drumtra.

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Tusculum students earn All-American honors

Tusculum students earn All-American honors

Posted on 13 July 2016 by eestes@tusculum.edu

The past month has seen Tusculum College student-athletes garner All-American honors for their performance in competition and in the classroom.

Three Tusculum student-athletes were named to the 2015-16 NCAA Division II Academic All-America® Men’s At-Large Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Senior golfer Brad Hawkins was tabbed to the Academic All-America® first team, while senior golfer Nick Forsberg and senior tennis standout Jonas Winkelmann garnered third team recognition.

Tusculum College student-athletes Calley Lawson and Franziska Funke have been named to the 2015-16 NCAA Division II Academic All-America® Women’s At-Large second team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Four members of the golf team – Calley Lawson, Ciara Rattana, Katie Tomassoni and Taylor White – were named to the 2015-16 Women’s Golf Coaches Association Division II All-American Scholar Team.

In addition to his academic recognition, Brad Hawkins was recognized for his performance on the links with inclusion on the 2016 NCAA Division II PING All-America Men’s Golf Team as chosen by the Golf Coaches Association of the America.

 

Academic All-America Men’s At Large Team

Senior golfer Brad Hawkins was tabbed to the 2015-16 NCAA Division II Academic All-America® first team, while senior golfer Nick Forsberg and senior tennis standout Jonas Winkelmann garnered third team recognition.

The CoSIDA Academic All-America® at-large program includes the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, water polo for both men and women; bowling, crew and field hockey for women; and volleyball and wrestling for men.

Brad Hawkins

Hawkins, a senior from Knoxville, Tennessee, earns his first CoSIDA Academic All-America® honor and becomes the second first team selection in program history.  He has a 3.61 cumulative grade point average and is majoring in sport management.  He been named to the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll, Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, Dean’s List and Charles Oliver Gray Honors List.

Hawkins was named the 2016 South Atlantic Conference (SAC) Player of the Year, becoming the fourth Pioneer in program history to earn the SAC’s top golf honor.  His 70.71 stroke average this year breaks the previous College best of 72.08 by Chase Carroll during the 2008-09 season.  It also tops the SAC single-season record average. He finished in the top-five in nine of his 12 events this year, including medalist honors at the State Farm Intercollegiate, Pioneer Classic and Hargett Memorial Intercollegiate. Hawkins posted a school single-season record 16 sub-par rounds, with nine of those in the 60s, including an 18-hole Tusculum and SAC record 63 at the Pioneer Classic last fall.  During the Pioneer Classic, he carded the lowest 36-hole score in school and SAC history with an eight-under par 132.  He also established the 54-hole TC and SAC record with a remarkable 16-under par 200 at the State Farm Intercollegiate.

Jonas Winkelmann

Winkelmann, a native of Böblingen, Germany, garnered Academic All-America® third team honors for a second straight year.  He is one of 11 male student-athletes on this year’s Academic All-America® Atl-Large team to repeat.  He graduated from Tusculum  in May with a 3.68 cumulative grade point average in business administration.  He is also a member of the South Atlantic Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll, Tusculum Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, Dean’s List and Charles Oliver Gray Honors List.  He was also was named the 2016 SAC Men’s Tennis Scholar Athlete of the Year.

During the 2016 season, Winkelmann posted a 13-9 singles record, including an 8-3 mark in SAC play.  His doubles tandem went 20-2 overall and 10-1 in league action.  He has earned All-SAC honors in each of his four seasons as a Pioneer and was named the SAC Player of Week three times in his career.  A three-time ITA Scholar-Athlete, he was a key player for a team that went 37-5 in the SAC during his time on the squad and earned three conference championships.  He finished his career with a 60-22 record in singles play and a 74-11 record in doubles action.

Nick Forsberg

Forsberg, a native of Staples, Minnesota, garners Academic All-America® recognition for a first time.  He graduated from Tusculum in May with a 3.75 GPA and majored in sport management.  He is a member of the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll, Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, Dean’s List and Charles Oliver Gray Honors List.  He has been named the SAC Men’s Golf Scholar Athlete of the Year in each of the last two seasons.

Forsberg closed out his senior season with a 72.93 scoring average, which ranks fifth-best in program history while earning All-SAC first team accolades.  He turned in eight sub-par rounds during his senior campaign and won a share of medalist honors at the Etowah Spring Challenge.  His play helped the Pioneers to five tournament titles and ended his career with a 74.40 stroke average to rank third in Tusculum history.  He garnered All-SAC laurels twice and was a two-time SAC All-Tournament honoree.

 

Academic All-America Women’s At-Large Team

Tusculum College student-athletes Calley Lawson and Franziska Funke have been named to the 2015-16 NCAA Division II Academic All-America® Women’s At-Large second team.

Calley Lawson

Lawson, a senior from Gaithersburg, Maryland, earns Academic All-America® honors for a second straight season, moving up to the second team after garnering third team accolades in last year.  She and former TC standout Jillian Corum are the only multiple Academic All-Americans® in program history.

Lawson has a perfect 4.00 cumulative grade point average and is majoring in elementary education and early childhood special education.  She finished her final collegiate campaign with an 84.18 scoring average which included two top-20 finishes. Lawson is a three-time WGCA All-America Scholar and a three-time recipient of the Tusculum Student-Athlete Academic Achievement Award.  In 2015, she earned the prestigious Bob Dibble Spirit of the Game Award, which is presented by the South Atlantic Conference women’s golf coaches and named in honor of Tusculum’s veteran skipper.   Her 86.18 career scoring average is the 15th-lowest in school history, while her 76.5 rounds played are the eighth most by a Pioneer.  She is a member of the Tusculum Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll, Dean’s List, President’s List, Charles Oliver Gray Honors List and the Alpha Chi Honors Society.

Franziska Funke

Funke, a sophomore from Bochum, Germany, becomes only the second player in program history to earn Academic All-America® distinction, joining Pam Holt who was a first team selection in 2002.  Funke has a perfect 4.00 GPA and is majoring in psychology.  She was this year’s co-recipient of the Tusculum Student-Athlete Academic Achievement Award, following up last year’s Tusculum reshman of the Year Academic Award accolade.  She is a member of the Tusculum Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll, Dean’s List, President’s List and Charles Oliver Gray Honors List.

Funke was named to the All-South Atlantic Conference first team in singles after finishing with a 22-1 record, including a 17-1 mark at the No. 2 spot in the lineup. Her only loss came in three sets in a match against Division I Western Carolina, and she compiled a perfect 10-0 mark in conference matches. Funke also had a 17-7 record in doubles play this season. In two years for the Pioneers, the two-time All-SAC selection has a 36-2 record in singles, including 21-1 in conference matches, and is 35-8 in doubles play.  She was also selected to the 2015 ITA All-Academic Team.

 

Women’s Golf Coaches Association Honors

Tusculum College student-athletes Calley Lawson, Ciara Rattana, Katie Tomassoni and Taylor White have been named to the 2015-2016 Women’s Golf Coaches Association Division II All-American Scholar Team.

Criteria for the WGCA All-America Scholar Team include: having a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50 and have participated in 50 percent of the team’s competitive rounds.

Ciara Rattana

The Pioneers boast an impressive 3.49 team grade point average, which was the sixth highest of Tusculum’s 16 intercollegiate sports this year and one of the best amongst the 12 South Atlantic Conference women’s golf programs.

Lawson, a senior from Gaithersburg, Maryland, returns to the WGCA All-America Scholar Team for a fourth consecutive year.

Rattana, a sophomore from Chicago, Illinois, is making her second appearance on the WGCA All-America Scholar Team.  She has a 3.57 cumulative GPA and is majoring in business.  She is a member of the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll, Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, Dean’s List and Charles Oliver Gray Honors List. The two-time All-SAC first team selection led the Pioneers in scoring once again with her 78.54 stroke average which is the fifth lowest average in school history and the second-best by a TC sophomore.

 

 

Rattana recorded seven top-20 finishes in her nine events, including five times in the top-10 and twice in the top-five.  The 2015 SAC Freshman of the Year finished runner-up at the Pioneer Classic, which included a

Katie Tomassoni

season-low round 73 on the final day of the tournament.  She tied for third place at the Tusculum Fall Classic and posted a pair seventh place finishes at the Patsy Rendleman Invitational and this week’s Agnes McAmis Memorial.  She also finished seventh at the 2016 SAC Championship and earned a spot on the SAC All-Tournament second team. In her two seasons at Tusculum, Rattana has a 78.53 career scoring average, which is currently the second-lowest in program history.

Tomassoni, a freshman from Mason, Ohio, accounted for a 3.87 GPA in her rookie season while majoring in sport management.  She is a member of the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll and the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll.

She finished second on the team with her 80.22 stroke average which is 11th in program history and the third-best scoring average by a Tusculum freshman.  She played in nine events where she posted four finishes in the top-10 and three times in the top-three.  She finished third at the Tusculum Fall Classic, Rendleman Invitational and the

Taylor White

Pioneer Classic.  She also carded nine rounds in the 70s including a season-best 73 in the opening round of the Pioneer Classic.

White, a freshman from Kingsport, Tennessee, has a 3.85 GPA while majoring in athletic training. She is a member of the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll and the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

White tallied an 83.92 scoring average in her six events where she logged two finishes in the top-20, including a 10th place showing at the Pioneer Classic.  She also tied for 12th place at the Tusculum Fall Classic in her rookie campaign.

 

Ping All-America Golf Honors

Tusculum College’s Brad Hawkins has been named to the 2016 NCAA Division II PING All-America Men’s Golf Team as selected by the Golf Coaches Association of the America.

Hawkins was tabbed to the GCAA All-America second team, becoming only the four player in program history to garner All-America distinction.  Todd Ricker earned NAIA All-America honors in 1996, while Allen Atchley was a two-time NAIA All-American in 1996 and 1997.  Chase Carroll was the first player to earn NCAA II All-America accolades in 2009.

Hawkins, a senior from Knoxville, Tennessee, earns first All-America honor at Tusculum but his third of his collegiate career.  He garnered PING All-America honors in each of his two seasons at Walters State College (2nd team in 2013 and 1st team in 2014).

 

 

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Record number of Pioneers named to SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll

Record number of Pioneers named to SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll

Posted on 13 July 2016 by eestes@tusculum.edu

A school-record 158 Tusculum College student-athletes have been named to the 2015-2016 South Atlantic Conference (SAC) Commissioner’s Honor Roll. The conference had 1,555 student-athletes honored for their achievements in the classroom.

The SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll recognizes those student-athletes who carry at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average and have completed at least one season in the sports of football, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s lacrosse, and men’s and women’s outdoor track & field.

The 158 SAC Commissioner Honor Roll student-athletes are the most by Tusculum since joining the conference in 1999. Tusculum has finished in the top-half of the league in regards to honor roll selections every season in its 17-year association with the conference.

Queens University of Charlotte led the league with 164 student-athletes on the honor roll. Tusculum finished second with 158 honorees, followed by Lenoir-Rhyne (148), Newberry (142), Lincoln Memorial (134), Carson-Newman (133), Wingate (133), Catawba (122), Anderson (117), Coker (109), Mars Hill (111) and Brevard (88).

“SAC student-athletes are among the most well-rounded individuals on their respective campuses,” said SAC Commissioner Patrick Britz. “I’m extremely proud of the efforts made by our student-athletes and support staffs in making 2015-16 another record-breaking year in the classroom. We had over 226 more honorees this year than in 2014-15 so I think it’s safe say our vision of preparing our student-athletes academically as well as athletically is a reality.”

The SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll showcases the league member institutions’ commitment to achieving high levels of success both academically and athletically, as multiple sport-related award winners also garnered the distinction.

Tusculum honorees include CoSIDA Academic All-Americans Carlie Thornber (women’s soccer), Jonathan Spicher (men’s soccer), Brad Hawkins (men’s golf), Jonas Winkelmann (men’s tennis), Nick Forsberg (men’s golf), Calley Lawson (women’s golf) and Franziska Funke (women’s tennis). Winkelmann, Forsberg and Erin Mills (women’s tennis) were named their respective sport’s SAC Scholar Athlete of the Year.

2015-2016 South Atlantic Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll
(Tusculum Honorees Only)

Makenzi Alley, Women’s Cross Country
Evan Altizer, Football
Jorge Alvarez, Men’s Soccer
Andrea Amettis, Volleyball
Katja Andersson, Women’s Soccer
Ashley Andrukonis, Women’s Cross Country
Ben Arnold, Men’s Basketball
Kyle Bailey, Football
Tyler Bailey, Baseball
Sarah Baker, Women’s Tennis
Taylor Battle, Softball
Miranda Beeler, Softball
Keegan Bell, Men’s Lacrosse
John Bennett, Baseball
Hannah Berling, Volleyball
Danny Black, Football
Cassandra Born, Volleyball
Jule Brass, Women’s Tennis
Cheyenne Bray, Women’s Lacrosse
Spencer Brothers, Baseball
Lawson Burrow, Men’s Cross Country
Lindsay Butler, Women’s Golf
Alison Camp, Women’s Soccer
Hunter Cantrell, Football
Erin Carmody, Volleyball
Ethan Carpenter, Baseball
Ben Cash, Baseball
Cayla Cecil, Softball
Matthew Cole, Football
Sarah Combs, Women’s Soccer
Jalen Connor, Football
Christen Craig, Women’s Lacrosse
Heather Crouch, Women’s Soccer/Basketball
Kelsey Crow, Women’s Lacrosse
Bailey Culler, Softball
Caleb Cutshall, Men’s Cross Country
Jacob Cutshall, Men’s Cross Country
Eliza Davis, Softball
Samuel Davis, Men’s Golf
Payton DeHart, Women’s Soccer
Toby de Klerk, Men’s Tennis
Rachel Del Duca, Women’s Lacrosse
Kyle Dickson, Men’s Soccer
Kelly Donnelly, Football
Tandon Dorn, Baseball
Malik Drury, Football
Dallas Dunn, Men’s Soccer
Savannah Elliott, Women’s Lacrosse
Todd Fidler, Men’s Soccer
Harper Ford, Softball
Nick Forsberg, Men’s Golf
Jordan Fullerton, Women’s Soccer
Franziska Funke, Women’s Tennis
Rachel Garnett, Volleyball
Max Gaubert, Football
Guillem Giro, Men’s Soccer
Hannah Graham, Women’s Soccer
Shelby Gray, Women’s Lacrosse
Sierra Haas, Women’s Lacrosse
Courtney Hackney, Women’s Soccer
Brock Hakalmazian, Baseball
Holly Hall, Women’s Soccer
Tyler Hall, Baseball
Sierra Hanson, Women’s Cross Country
Cooper Harrison, Football
Zach Hartle, Men’s Basketball
Kayla Hartley, Volleyball
Harrison Harvey, Men’s Soccer
Michala Hash, Women’s Basketball
Kelsey Haun, Women’s Golf
Brad Hawkins, Men’s Golf
Emily Hester, Softball
Luke Hillis, Football
Sayre Hopper, Women’s Golf
Tashique Kader, Men’s Tennis
Adrienne Kaye, Women’s Tennis
Jordan Keene, Softball
Dante Key, Baseball
Andrew Kransberger, Men’s Lacrosse
Austin Kulp, Men’s Soccer
Andreas Kvam, Men’s Soccer
Pablo Laguna, Men’s Soccer
Taylor Lambertsen, Women’s Golf
Zack Lane, Football
Calley Lawson, Women’s Golf
Guillermo Lazcano, Men’s Soccer
Mariah Lewis, Volleyball
Meghan Lively, Women’s Soccer
Jeffrey Lohman, Men’s Soccer
Emma MacDonald,Women’s Soccer
Morgan Mahaffey, Softball
Lindsey Mank, Women’s Cross Country
Miriah Martin, Women’s Soccer
Mitch McCain, Baseball
Kelli McCalla, Women’s Soccer
Nicole McMillen, Women’s Soccer
Kristen McMillion, Women’s Basketball
Charles Mills, Men’s Lacrosse
Erin Mills, Women’s Tennis
Vasco Monteiro, Men’s Soccer
Eduardo Munoz, Men’s Tennis
Shannon Murphy, Volleyball
David New, Baseball
Mackenzie Newsome, Women’s Cross Country
Will Noel, Men’s Cross Country
Fabian Paier, Men’s Tennis
Ross Parsons, Men’s Lacrosse
Callie Patterson, Women’s Basketball
Taylor Plemonsm Softball
Diego Poore, Men’s Basketball
Jasmine Queen, Women’s Basketball
Heath Ratliff, Men’s Golf
Ciara Rattana, Women’s Golf
Zachary Redden, Football
Treslyn Reese, Softball
Jenna Restivo, Softball
Rachel Roberts, Women’s Soccer
Sabrina Schleuger, Volleyball
Brooke Schreder, Women’s Soccer
Drew Schreder, Football
Leon Seiz, Men’s Tennis
Madison Shumaker, Volleyball
David Siegle, Men’s Tennis
Erin Sims, Women’s Lacrosse/Basketball
Zach Slagle, Baseball
Jordan Smith, Women’s Lacrosse
Taylor Smith, Men’s Golf
Zack Smith, Football
Ally Soldati, Volleyball
James Spears V, Men’s Lacrosse
Jonathan Spicher, Men’s Soccer
Clarissa Stanton, Women’s Lacrosse
Danae Stauffer, Volleyball
Tim Stierle, Men’s Tennis
Robin Stoner, Softball
Kaytlin Stroinski, Volleyball
Amanda Sumner, Women’s Tennis
Shannele Sunderland, Women’s Soccer
Carlie Thornber, Women’s Soccer
Ellie Tomassoni, Women’s Soccer
Katie Tomassoni, Women’s Golf
Preston Tucker, Men’s Golf
Cheyenne Upton, Women’s Soccer
Samantha Vogt, Women’s Cross Country
Brooke Wagner, Women’s Lacrosse
Nick Wasylyk, Football
Emily Waters, Women’s Tennis
Devan Watts, Baseball
Kaily Weiss, Volleyball
Emily White, Softball
Taylor White, Women’s Golf
Shynese Whitener, Women’s Basketball
Carolyn Williamson, Softball
Sydney Wilson, Women’s Basketball
Jonas Winkelmann, Men’s Tennis
Rachel Wisner, Softball

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Tusculum ranked among top American colleges by The Economist

Tusculum ranked among top American colleges by The Economist

Posted on 29 June 2016 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College ranked among the top colleges in the State of Tennessee in the first-ever rankings of American colleges and universities by The Economist. Tusculum ranked an impressive 7th among the 36 Tennessee-based schools included. Overall, Tusculum College was ranked in the 57th percentile—meaning it was ranked ahead of 57 percent of the 1267 American colleges and universities included in the rankings.

The Economist rankings are based on the premise that the economic value of a college or university is equal to the gap between how much money its students subsequently earn, and how much they might have made had they studied elsewhere.

“Tusculum College offers a solid education and foundation for a career that will pay dividends for years to come. Our students are both prepared for graduate programs and the workforce and that is reflected in The Economist’s rankings,” said Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College.

“There are so many considerations when choosing a college home,’ said LeAnn Hughes, vice president of enrollment management and marketing and director of the Graduate and Professional Studies program at Tusculum College. “Considering value is a critical component. When you choose Tusculum College, it is an investment you make in the rest of your life.”

Hughes added that many recent graduates have gone on to very promising careers at places such as PriceWaterhouseCooper, Presbyterian College and Mountain States Health Alliance.

“From the very beginning students at Tusculum are supported by our robust Career Services Office,” said Hughes. “Through the Pioneer Certified program students gain valuable experience related to job hunting, portfolio development, interviewing, networking, internships, meal etiquette, job shadowing, career fairs and professionalism.”

Using a comprehensive statistical formula, schools are ranked according to how much each school adds to (or subtracts from) its graduates earning potential, relative to other colleges and universities. According to The Economist‘s criteria, Tusculum College graduates earn, on average, $534 more per year than they would if they had attended another college or university.

For more information on Tusculum’s programs, contact an enrollment representative at 800.729.0256.

 

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Torres earns three national pitcher of the year honors

Torres earns three national pitcher of the year honors

Posted on 06 June 2016 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Placido Torres

Tusculum College’s Placido Torres has earned himself a place in Tusculum history has he has  been named the recipient of not one, not two, but three “National Pitcher of the Year” awards.

Torres has been named the 2016 NCAA Division II National Pitcher of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association; the 2016 NCAA Division II Conference Commissioner’s National Baseball Pitcher of the Year (selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America) and the the 2016 NCAA Division II National Pitcher of the Year by the National College Baseball Writers Association

In addition, he has been named the recipient of the  third annual Brett Tomko Award, which recognizes the DII National Pitcher of the Year by D2BaseballNews.com. The annual award is bestowed to a college baseball pitcher whose on the field performance is deemed the most outstanding at the NCAA Division II level.

Torres is the first player in program history to earn national pitcher of the year laurels. He is the 21st baseball All-American in Tusculum history and the sixth Pioneer pitcher to garner All-America recognition.

He joins former Pioneers on the ABCA All-America list including: Guy O’Connell (2003), Greg Stotser (2006), Carlos Rivera (2007), Maikol Gonzalez (2008), Alexi Colon (2012) and Craig Goodman (2012).

The senior left-hander, from North Brunswick, N.J., is also a consensus DII Southeast Region Pitcher of the Year honoree, receiving the recognition from the NCBWA, ABCA and D2CCA. He was also named the 2015-16 Tusculum College Male Athlete of the Year.

Torres has accounted for the best season ever by a Tusculum hurler as he owns a perfect 11-0 record in his 14 starts where he pitched seven complete games, including a TC-single-season record four shutouts.

His 11 wins tied for second-most in a TC season and are the most by a Pioneer hurler during the NCAA Division II era (1999-present). His 0.70 earned run average is best in NCAA II (4th for all NCAA divisions) and is a new program and conference record. He leads all three NCAA divisions with a school single-season record 162 strikeouts. His seasonal strikeout total is the second most in SAC history and the 10th most in NCAA II history. He threw a school record 116 innings this season where he allowed 24 walks and limited the opposition to a .154 batting average. He also leads NCAA II in fewest hits allowed per nine innings pitched (4.73).

Earlier this season, the two-time All-SAC first team selection recorded a school single-game record 17 strikeouts against Stillman. He has posted 12 or more strikeouts on eight occasions this year, including 15 strikeouts in a one-hit shutout over Wingate, earning him national pitcher of the week honors by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA). Torres has been named SAC Pitcher of the Week six times and NCBWA Southeast Region Pitcher of the Week on four occasions.

Torres pitched a pair of complete game victories in his two postseason starts this year. He tossed a four-hit shutout in Tusculum’s SAC Tournament opener against Lincoln Memorial, earning him a spot on the SAC All-Tournament Team. He followed that with last Saturday’s nine-inning complete game victory over 15th-ranked Belmont Abbey in an elimination contest of the NCAA II Southeast Regional in Columbus, Georgia. In that game, he allowed a run on seven hits, with two walks and a dozen strikeouts.

During his two-year Tusculum career, he amassed a 20-3 record in his 31 mound appearances with a 1.43 ERA which is the lowest ever by a Pioneer pitcher. In his 27 career starts, he has pitched eight complete games, including a program-record five shutouts. His 272 career strikeouts are a new TC record and are the sixth-most in the SAC record book. His 201.1 career innings pitched are sixth in program history, while his 20 wins are fifth-most by a Pioneer.

Tusculum finished the year with a 38-18 overall record, including wins in five of its last seven games. The Pioneers captured a share of the SAC Tournament title for the program’s fourth league postseason crown. Tusculum earned the program its seventh NCAA II Tournament appearance, which are the second most of any SAC member. The Pioneers have accounted for 16 consecutive winning seasons, including 14 straight 30-win campaigns.

The Pioneers posted a 2-2 record at the NCAA II Southeast Regional to claim third place honors. The Pioneers lost its opening game 2-1 to 19th-ranked USC Aiken before bouncing back with wins over Belmont Abbey (7-1) and Mount Olive (3-2) before falling to USC Aiken again in the elimination bracket final.

Torres pitched a pair of complete game victories in his two postseason starts this year.

 

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Student athletes earn academic honors

Student athletes earn academic honors

Posted on 06 June 2016 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Four Tusculum College student athletes have been recognized for their academic excellence at the conference and national level.

Max Gaubert, a member of the Pioneer football team, has been named to the National Football Foundation’s Hampshire Honor Society.

Tusculum also had three students named “Scholar Athlete of Year” for their respective sports in the South Atlantic Conference (SAC). Nick Forsberg was named the “Scholar Athlete of the Year” for men’s golf for the second year in a row. Tusculum scored a clean sweep in tennis – Erin Mills was named the honoree for women’s tennis and Jonas Winklelmann was the recipient for men’s tennis.

The SAC Scholar Athlete Award is presented to one male and one female student-athlete in each of the conference’s 18 championship sports.  The awards are selected by the league’s Faculty Athletic Representatives Committee.

Max Gaubert

Max Gaubert

To qualify for membership in the National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society, a student-athlete must: be a starter or significant reserve in one’s last year of eligibility at an accredited NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III or an NAIA college or university; achieve a 3.2 cumulative grade point average throughout the entire course of undergraduate study; and meet all NCAA-mandated progress towards degree requirements.

Gaubert, an offensive lineman from Bogart, Ga., has been an integral part of the Tusculum front line for the past four seasons, including the last three in the starting line-up.  He has a 3.34 cumulative grade point average and graduated in May with a Bachelor of Arts degree in special education.

The North Oconee High School graduate is a member of the South Atlantic Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll and the Tusculum Athletic Director’s Honor Roll.

 

Nick Forsberg

Nick Forsberg

Tusculum College’s Nick Forsberg was named the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Men’s Golf Scholar Athlete of the Year for a second consecutive year.

This marks the seventh time a Tusculum men’s golfer has earned this honor that recognizes academic achievement, athletic accomplishment, community service and leadership.  Tusculum’s seven honorees are the most by a league men’s golf program since 2000.

Forsberg, a native of Staples, Minn., graduated from Tusculum in May with a 3.73 cumulative grade point average and majored in sport management.  He is a four-time member of the South Atlantic Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll and the Tusculum Athletic Director’s Honor Roll.  A four-time Dean’s List honoree, Forsberg was named to the Charles Oliver Honors List.

“Nick is one of the most outstanding young men I’ve had the honor to in my 27 years at Tusculum,” said head coach Bob Dibble. “He’s an outstanding player, an outstanding teammate and a great student. It doesn’t get any better than that.”

Forsberg closed out his senior season with a 72.93 scoring average, which ranks fifth-best in program history while earning All-SAC first team accolades.  He turned in eight sub-par rounds during his senior campaign and won a share of medalist honors at the Etowah Spring Challenge.  His play helped the Pioneers to five tournament titles this past season and ended his career with a 74.40 stroke average to rank third in Tusculum history.  He posted seven top-10 finishes, including five times in the top-5.

In the 2015 South Atlantic Conference Championship, Forsberg earned medalist honors after firing a one-under par 143. As a team, the Pioneers took home five championships, including the 2015 South Atlantic Conference Men’s Golf Title last season.

He earned second-team All-Conference honors as a freshman and was named the Tusculum College Men’s Golf Most Valuable Player during his freshman and sophomore seasons.  During his sophomore campaign, Forsberg earned runner-up honors at the 2014 SAC Men’s Golf Championship.

In the community, Forsberg has served as a volunteer with the Greene County Food Bank all four years at Tusculum and has volunteered at the Nolichucky View Golf Course as a spotter at golf tournaments.  He has worked with the Make-A-Wish foundation as a volunteer and was a junior golf camp worker at the Craguns Golf Resort in his hometown in Minnesota. Forsberg is also busy on campus as he served this past year as president of the Pioneer Student-Athletes Advisory Council and was an intern in the Tusculum College Athletic Department.

 

 

Erin Mills

Erin Mills

Mills was named the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Women’s Tennis Scholar Athlete of the Year for the first time in her career. This is the sixth time that a Pioneer has won the women’s tennis honor.

A native of Duluth, Ga., Mills graduated from Tusculum in May with a 3.76 cumulative grade point average while majoring in economics and international business.  She has been named to the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll and earned a spot on the Charles Oliver Gray Honors List, Tusculum Athletic Director’s Honor Roll and Dean’s List each of her four years at Tusculum.  Mills was also tabbed an ITA Scholar-Athlete during her years as a Pioneer.

“Erin’s successes both on and off the court are a direct reflection of her commitment to excellence in everything she does,” said TC head coach Adam Jackson.  “She is truly a dedicated, hard-working, exceptional student-athlete, and this is a well-deserved honor. Erin embodies all the traits we are looking for in our student-athletes at Tusculum.”

Mills went 16-7 in singles this season, including a 7-4 mark in conference play. She finished 20-4 in doubles with a 10-1 mark in SAC matches. For her career, she was 57-26 in singles and 65-16 in doubles, while helping the Pioneers to a 38-4 conference record during her four years at Tusculum.

Named the  2013 SAC Freshman of the Year, Mills also took home the SAC Women’s Tennis Tournament Most Valuable Player honor during the 2014 season.  She earned All-Conference accolades three straight years and was named the Astroturf Player of the Week four times in her career.  She closed her career out on the court as a team captain this past season.

Very active in the community, Mills  has volunteered Greene County Humane Society and the Brain Rehabilitation Facility each year she has been at Tusculum.  She has also assisted with “Project Tennis in Schools” and the Greene County Ministerial Alliance Food Bank.

Mills has served as a member of the Tusculum College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee throughout her time at Tusculum and taught a personal finance class as a junior and senior.  An assisted living volunteer, she was very involved with the Tusculum Tennis Adopt a Family program.

 

Jonas Winkelmann

Jonas Winkelmann

The SAC Men’s Tennis Scholar Athlete of the Year honor is the first for Winkelmann in his career, but marks the fifth consecutive year that a Pioneer has earned this honor which recognizes academic achievement, athletic accomplishment, community service and leadership.

Winkelmann, a senior from Böblingen, Germany, graduated with a 3.68 cumulative grade point average in business administration during the spring commencement in May.  He has earned Dean’s List, Athletic Director’s Honor Roll and SAC Commissioner Honor Roll honors in each of his four years at Tusculum.  He was also named to the Charles Oliver Gray Honors List all four years at TC to go along with earning CoSIDA Academic All-America® honors during his junior season.

“Jonas is a very talented student and athlete that supports his talent through hard work in the classroom and on the court,” said Tusculum head tennis coach Adam Jackson.  “He is exactly the kind of student, athlete, and person we are trying to recruit and develop here at Tusculum. His achievements as a player and as a student are a testament to the amount of effort he puts into everything he does.”

During the 2016 season, Winkelmann posted a 13-9 singles record, including an 8-3 mark in conference play.  His doubles tandem went 20-2 overall and 10-1 in league action.

Winkelmann has earned All-SAC honors in each of his four seasons as a Pioneer and was named the Astroturf South Atlantic Conference Player of Week three times in his career.  A three-time ITA Scholar-Athlete, he was a key player for a team that went 37-5 in the SAC during his time on the squad and earned two South Atlantic Conference team titles.  He finished his career with a 60-22 record in singles play and a 74-11 record in doubles action.

In the community, Winkelmann has served as a volunteer at a local hospital and has spent time with Project “Tennis in Schools” to promote the sport of tennis at area elementary schools.  Winkelmann also participated in Tusculum Tennis Adopt-a-Family initiative to help a local family during the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons.  He has been a youth tennis clinic volunteer in his home country of Germany and has worked with the Greene County Ministerial Alliance Food Bank as a volunteer.

Winkelmann has also stayed busy helping out on the Tusculum campus.  He is a member of the TC President’s Society and served on the Tusculum Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and attended the South Atlantic Conference Leadership Conference. He was a member of the college’s “Up to Us” team that placed fifth nationwide in the campus competition in which college students raise awareness on issues stemming from the national debt among their peers.

 

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