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More than 225 receive degrees Saturday at Tusculum College

More than 225 receive degrees Saturday at Tusculum College

Posted on 15 December 2014 by

Graduating from Tusculum College during winter commencement ceremonies were 227 individuals in a ceremony held on Saturday, Dec. 13.

On Saturday 81 students earned Bachelor of Science degrees and 80 earned Bachelor of Arts degrees. In addition 36 graduates earned Master of Arts degrees and 20 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 “you have made a commitment and stuck with it to the point that you have forever changed the direction of your life for the better.” Adding, “I am confident that you learned to think critically, not to accept at face value everything you read, hear, or see. You demonstrated your ability to debate ideas and to see both sides of an argument before making judgment. These are a few of the qualities of an educated person.”

She told the group, “May you be fortunate enough to earn in the years ahead, and may you be wise enough to return some of your blessings to those who aspire to follow in your footsteps.”

Two student speakers addressed the graduates, including Jacquelyn Waddell of Greeneville, who received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.

Waddell spoke of the challenges of adult learners whose lives are already full of family and work responsibilities. She encouraged her fellow graduates to use whatever they have learned, but also take time to enjoy their accomplishment. “This is your moment.”

Also speaking was Martin Jorgensen, a residential sports science major from Beder, Denmark.

Graduation speakers representing the Class of 2014 were Jacquelyn Waddell, left, and Martin Dan Jorgensen.

“Every day is a new beginning,” he told fellow graduates. “I think of the friends I’ve made and the education I’ve earned. All of it can be used as a springboard into the real world.”

He encouraged his fellow graduates to be “like the weather” and not stagnate. “Although you don’t want to change constantly like the weather in East Tennessee, you do want to keep moving if the weather stagnates, you have a drought.”

Mark Stokes, college chaplain, presented a sermon titled “Great Expectations.” He told the audience, “Like beauty and brilliance, we are not responsible for having them, but we are very responsible for what we do with them. Our lives are gifts of God’s grace.”

He added, “Successful life management is a matter of exchanging a life you cannot keep for a life you cannot lose. It is trading the temporary goods of this world for unending, secure treasure. No matter how much or how little you may have in ability, opportunity or wealth, you can manage your life in such a way as to become very rich.”

Among those earning diplomas, by type of degree, were:

Lisa Yvonne Crowder
Alexandra Nichole Dalton
Vikki Hunt Dillard
Lyndsey Renee Elrod
Valerie Savannah Harrell
Kelli Patricia Heard
Toni Michelle Hobby, Honors
Amy Lynn Inman
Kristin Marie Mays, High Honors
Vicky LeAnne McCarter
Rebecca Rankin McKee, Honors
Courtney Bare Miller, Honors
Angela Kay Ott
Lori Paxton Ricker
Mark Anthony Seal
Benjamin Coy Willings

Amy Shyanne Bales
Carrie Michelle Bledsoe, Honors
Christa LeighAnn King, Honors
Charles Arthur Painter, High Honors

Robert William Minton

Emily Campbell
Patricia Ann Carroll
Tonya Mechelle Greenlee
Michelle Hawkins, Honors
Jane Pate Hutton, High Honors
Markus Eugene Jackson, Honors
Lisa Regina Kirk, Honors
Wendy Danielle Robertson
John Harold Rode
Tiffany Dee Rose, High Honors
Stacey Marie Sayne, Honors
Andrew David Traugot, High Honors
Anton V. Tuz, Honors
Vincent Whitright, Honors

Patrice Yolanda Blue
Justin Conley Harvey
Britney Marie Hopkins, High Honors
Lindsay Hope Welch, Honors

Matthew P. Albert
Jeffrey Michael Bowles
Paul Henry Britt Jr.
Lonnie Marc Burns
Dale L. Butler
Kevin Bradley Carter
Angela Marie Daugherty
Christopher Carl Gibbs
Crystal Ann Hill-Fields
Ryan S. Holliday
Sandra Lynn Lawson
Jessica Leach
Jose B. Lopez
Julie Ann Lopez
Michael James McClendon
Michael Ryan Newport
Jennifer Zubko Reynolds
Charles Michael Snow Jr.
Jeffrey Scott Yeomans

Alexis Blake Anderson
Nequoiah C. Anderson
Michael Clark Ayers
Thomas James Bitner, Cum Laude
Joseph Wade Borden†
Katharine Marie Chadwick
Aisha Noelle Collins
Darien Crank
Jarrod Daniel Cupp
Mia Karina Damico
Cassidy Rose Ebers
Zackery Tres Elliott
Lindsay Nicole Firster
Samuel Taylor Foster
Mason Andrew Fox
Melinda Jayne Franklin
Keagan Thomas Graham
Amanda Marie Grempel
Paris Tanashia Hardnett
Kristin Marie Hensley
Joshua Ronald Jaro
William Anthony Jennings
Martin Dan Jorgensen, Summa Cum Laude*
Stacie Marie Justis, Cum Laude
Katheryn Michelle Kolodi
Cyrus Jackson Lampley
Anthony Bernard Latimore Jr.
Melissa Raye Mauceri
Jennifer Dawn Mayo
Tyler James Miller
Corrinne E. Moore
Amy Leigh Morford, Cum Laude
Jonathan Ryan Norton
Georgia Paturalski
Leah Katelyn Powell
Jordan Tyler Rhinehart
Jeffrey Daniel Roberts, Magna Cum Laude
Jamie L. Rossman, Magna Cum Laude*
Jack Emile Scariano III
Tynan L. Shadle
Scott Charles Simmons Jr.
Madison Lashea Stephenson
Chelsea Elyse White

Lindsey Nicole Daniels, Magna Cum Laude
Rachael Jeanette Frantz
Kristi Leigh Seymour
Lauren Victoria Wallace, Cum Laude

Melissa Ann Alsip, Cum Laude
Abby Christina Anders
Kathryn Elizabeth Branam
Stephanie Michelle Brennan, Cum Laude
Yancey Britte Lynch
Steven Donald Mull
Ryan Clifford Ogle, Magna Cum Laude
Anthony Neal Palmer
Courtney Campbell Parton
Courtney LeAnn Payne
Natalie Ruth Saunders
Jeffery Dewayne Smith II
Emily Rebekah Teague
Madison Nicole Weems
Margaret Lynn Woods

Caroline Elizabeth Barton
Amanda Day Brooks, Cum Laude
Linda Gail Burton, Summa Cum Laude
Matthew Christopher Casey
Sarah Marie Cedillo, Cum Laude
Leslie Alicia Clemmons
Jennifer Ann Conner
Christina Renee Davis
Jamie Elizabeth DePriest
Melissa Gail Dunlap
Karen Jane Hatfield
Kimberly Joann Hayes
Brian Martin Hensley
Tammy Bray Johnson, Cum Laude
Jessica Briann Jones
Melissa S. Kelley, Cum Laude
Melanie Renee Kimbrough, Cum Laude
Pamela Christine Lamb
Leah Faye Lawrence
Jessica Machluf
Trena R. Russell
Tiquasia Deloris Simmons
Kyra Joelle Smallwood
Tracy Nicole Wells Vandiver
Jacquelyn Clintina Agee Waddell, Summa Cum Laude
Kavaldeep White

Mary Lyda Anderton
Logan Samuel Callahan
Sabrina Darlene Clark
Casey L. Cline, Magna Cum Laude
Tiffany Dawn Coffey
Hannah Sidney-Nicole Collins
Sara Len Douglas
Jordan Tyler Elkins
Robert Patrick Espinoza, Cum Laude
Hayley Elizabeth Fields
Gary Allen Fryman, Cum Laude
Angela Montgomery Gibby
Rachel Ilene Hazen Hale
Christopher Joel Hartwell
Angela Sue Hill
Amy Darlene Hinkle, Cum Laude
Eric Lynn Hinkle, Cum Laude
Tim Holseberg
Jason Hykle
Eric Barton Johnson, Magna Cum Laude
Matthew Jerry Johnson
Kay Jones
Renee Eileen Khan, Magna Cum Laude
Nathaniel Devin Lawrence
Dale Allen Linkous
William Keith McCord III
Dana Ruth Mihovch
Adam Ray Nelson
Ashley Ann Paulson
Patricia Ann Polfus, Magna Cum Laude
Tommy Lee Price II, Cum Laude
Nancy Denise Proske, Cum Laude
Justin Mark Reaves, Cum Laude
Joshua Michael Reeves
Mark Timothy Roberts, Cum Laude
Heather Juette Rollins, Cum Laude
Regina Sue Rose
Monica L. Smith
Dawn Marie Spangler
Nancy LeAnn Sutton
Jake Evan Turnmire
Michael Ryan Winstead

Brianna Hope Allen
Joseph Rhyne Brent
Stephen Wayne Buchanan, Magna Cum Laude
Lauren Elizabeth Bullerdick
David Anson Cagle
Jennifer Joy Cagle
Ashley Christine Carver
Susan Kaye Cutshall
Kristen Marie Johnson Dalton, Cum Laude
Brian Joseph Decker
Christopher Walter George
Eric Lee Henderson, Cum Laude
Zachary Hunter Holcombe
Renee Johnson
Kerri Ann Keaton
William Thomas Kidwell, Cum Laude
Bobby James Lambert
Tabitha Nicole Linkous
Tokena Decia Love
Jennifer Anne Mann, Magna Cum Laude
Shannon Ellison Marion
Michael Eugene Meade
Jared Houston Moore

Jessica Lynne Moore
John Timothy Nelson, Cum Laude
Marita Nicole Robinson
Maria Antonia Salami Tobuasiche
Clinton David Serman
Justin Grant Sewell, Cum Laude
Deanna Dolores Sheffey, Cum Laude
Megan Nicole Slack
Deborah Smith
Jordon Tyler Smith
Megan Elizabeth Smith
Sierra Grace Stair
Malinda Beth Thrasher, Cum Laude
Russell James Vandermeeden



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Winter Commencement Ceremony coming Saturday, Dec. 13

Winter Commencement Ceremony coming Saturday, Dec. 13

Posted on 08 December 2014 by

An educational journey will reach its successful end for more than 200 Tusculum College students on Saturday, Dec. 13, as they earn degrees during the Winter Commencement Ceremony.

The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in the Pioneer Arena, located inside the Niswonger Commons building on campus. Students will be earning degrees from the Residential College program, from master’s degree programs in education, in the Master of Business Administration program and from the Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) bachelor’s degree programs in education, organizational management, business administration and psychology.

Tusculum College applauds the graduates for their hard-earned achievements and is preparing for Dec. 13 as a day of celebration for the newest alumni and their families. The College is busy making preparations to make the day a memorable one and you can help.

Family members are asked to carpool if possible rather than bring multiple cars to the ceremony to help lessen congestion on campus. As you arrive on campus, security personnel will direct you to a parking area.

If you or any of your family members or guests requires special handicapped seating accommodations, please contact Bobbie Greenway at 423-636-7300 ext. 5154 so these needs can be addressed. There will be handicapped parking available in the large parking lot at the Niswonger Commons. If you need a handicapped parking space, please let the security personnel directing traffic and parking know as you enter campus and they will direct you to the lot. Please note that the College will not be able to provide wheelchairs. Those with special seating accommodations are asked to arrive at least 45 minutes prior to the beginning of the ceremony.

You can also assist by encouraging your graduate to be at the Pioneer Arena in time for graduation practice, which will begin at 8:45 a.m. Graduates who arrive prior to the practice times are asked to report to the cafeteria.

Graduates are not allowed to have personnel items such as purses and cameras with them during the ceremony. You can assist them by obtaining these items from them before graduation practice and holding them.  Prior to the practice is a good time for this and other communication between you and your graduate because after graduation practice, the graduates go to the cafeteria where they placed in order for the procession and for the ceremony. It is easier for the College staff getting the graduates in line if they stay inside the cafeteria during this period.

The Pioneer Arena will open for guest seating after completion of the rehearsal. Guests are asked to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the ceremony.

No tickets are required for graduation and there is no limit on the number of guests per graduate. However, to help provide seating for all, guests are asked to not hold seats for others in the last 45 minutes prior to the beginning of the ceremony.

Programs will be placed on the seat of each graduate and they will be distributed to guests at the Pioneer Arena primary entrances. For graduates unable to attend the ceremony, diplomas will be mailed to the graduates’ home addresses after Commencement Day provided all academic and financial obligations are satisfied.

To help preserve the prestigious decorum of the commencement ceremony, guests are asked to observe the following:

  • As a courtesy to other attendees, please consider making alternative arrangements for very young children.  Due to fire marshal regulations, no baby carriers or strollers will be allowed in the auditorium.
  • Cell phones are to be turned off or switched to the silent operating mode during the ceremony.  Do not speak on a cell phone or carry on a conversation during the ceremony as this prevents others from hearing and enjoying the ceremony.
  • Commencement is both a joyous and solemn event.  Please express your excitement in ways that will not prevent others from hearing the speaker and enjoying the ceremony.  Use of air horns, yelling or stomping are disruptive.
  • Please refrain from taking pictures until after your graduate receives his or her diploma.  This will allow the ceremony to flow smoothly and reduce the distractions and disturbances to other audience members as they try to see and hear ongoing presentations. Professional Lifetouch photographers will be taking diploma presentation and candid images during the ceremony. These photos will be available for viewing and purchase at Please call the local Lifetouch office at 423-764-3778 for more information about these photos.
  • As a courtesy to and out of respect for your fellow graduates, you and your family are requested to remain in the auditorium until the conclusion of the ceremony. At the conclusion of the ceremony, the faculty traditionally forms a gauntlet and applauds the graduates as they recess from the auditorium.  We ask that your family and friends be respectful of this tradition and remain in the auditorium until the graduates have exited the auditorium.

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Mark your calendars for these important spring 2015 semester dates

Mark your calendars for these important spring 2015 semester dates

Posted on 08 December 2014 by

While the thoughts of most on campus are about finishing the fall semester and enjoying the upcoming Christmas holidays, the spring 2015 semester is also just around the corner.

Please make note of these important dates for the spring semester.

- Saturday, Jan. 10 – Residence halls reopen

- Monday, Jan. 12 – Block Five classes begin

- Monday, Jan. 19 – College closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

-Thursday, Feb. 5 – Block Five ends

- Monday, Feb. 9 – Block Six begins

- Wednesday, March 4 – Block Six ends

- Thursday, March 5 through Friday, March 13 – Spring Break

- Monday, March 16 – Block Seven begins

- Friday, April 3 – College closed for Good Friday

- Thursday, April 9 – Block Seven ends

- Monday, April 13 – Block Eight begins

- Wednesday, May 6 – Block Eight ends

- Saturday, May 9 – Spring Commencement Ceremony

Students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni and members of the community are also invited to a variety of events on campus that provide entertainment and education. Many of these events are also part of the events students can attend to earn the required arts and lecture credits. They include:

- Central Ballet Theatre’s production of “Rapunzel: A Tangled Tale” – Jan. 16-18;

- “Lincoln at Gettysburg” with Chris Small – Feb. 1;

- Theologian-in-Residence lecture series – Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24

- “Kaleidoscope of Indian Classical Dance” – Feb. 21

- Tusculum College Band Program’s Winter Concert – Feb. 24;

- Theatre-at-Tusculum’s production of “How to Eat Like a Child (And Other Lessons in NOT Being a Grown-up)” – Feb. 27-28 and March 1, 5-8;

- “Back on Broadway” – March 22

- Old Oak Festival – April 17-19

- “5×10,” a production of five 10-minute student written plays – April 17-19, 24-26

- Tusculum College Band Program’s Spring Concert – April 30

- Tusculum College Community Chorus’ Spring Concert – May 4.





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Cooper repeats as Conference Cross Country Scholar Athlete of the Year

Cooper repeats as Conference Cross Country Scholar Athlete of the Year

Posted on 08 December 2014 by

David Cooper

Tusculum College’s David Cooper has been named the 2014 South Atlantic Conference Men’s Cross Country Scholar Athlete of the Year.

The SAC Scholar Athlete of the Year Award is a distinction that recognizes excellence in athletics, academics, service and leadership. It is presented to one student-athlete in each of the conference’s 18 championship sports and is selected by the league’s faculty athletics representatives.

Cooper, a senior from Greeneville, Tenn., earns this honor for a second straight season and becomes only the second two-time honoree of this award in program history joining former Pioneer great Simon Holzapfel (2009, 2010). He also becomes only the seventh two-time recipient of the award in conference history.

Cooper carries a perfect 4.0 cumulative grade point average and is majoring in biology at Tusculum. He is a two-time Capital One Academic All-America® Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field Team selection, earning second team honors as a sophomore and was a first team honoree last year.

The Chuckey-Doak High School graduate is a member of the Tusculum Dean’s List, Tusculum President’s List and the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll. He is also a member of the Alpha Chi Honors Society and the Charles Oliver Gray Honors List. He is the recipient of the Greene County Endowed Scholarship, the Llewelyn M. Fox ’16 Memorial Annual Scholarship and the Ray L. Bowman ’42 Endowed Scholarship.

On the course, Cooper is a three-time All-SAC selection earning first team honors in 2012 and finished eighth at the conference championship in each of the last two years to garner second team recognition. In 2011, he named to the SAC All-Freshman Team and is a four-year team captain.

He has completed one of the finest running careers in Tusculum history. He owns 10 of the top-25 running times (8,000 meters) in program history, including two in the top-10. His career-best 8K time of 26:02 at this year’s Greater Louisville Classic is the fourth-lowest ever by a Pioneer. He recorded three individual wins in his career and led the Pioneers to a pair of team titles as well.

Cooper has been involved in numerous campus and community leadership roles, serving with the Nettie Day of Service, the Greene County YMCA, the TC Athletic Judicial Board and the Greene County Humane Society. He is also the current president of the Pioneer Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and is a past participant of the SAC Student-Athlete Leadership Conference.

This marks the 50th time that a Tusculum student-athlete has earned SAC Scholar Athlete of the Year honors, the most by any league member since 1999.


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Lyons nominated for national honors

Lyons nominated for national honors

Posted on 08 December 2014 by

Caushaud Lyons

Caushaud Lyons, a defensive end for the Tusculum College football team, has been named a finalist for two national awards and earned other regional honors.

Lyons, a senior from Ellenwood, Ga., has been named a national finalist for the 2014 Gene Upshaw Division II Lineman of the Year Award and a finalist for the 2014 Cliff Harris Award.

The Gene Upshaw Award is sponsored by the Manheim Touchdown Club and the award  recipient has the opportunity to play in two all-star games. The award is named for the late Mr. Upshaw, who was not only an All-Pro lineman for the Oakland Raiders, but later served as the executive director of the NFL Players Association for 25 years. Upshaw, a former standout offensive lineman at Texas A&I University (now Texas A&M Kingsville), was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007 in his first year of eligibility.

The Cliff Harris Award recognizes the top small college defensive player of the year for NCAA Division II, Division III and NAIA.

In addition, Lyons has been named to the 2014 Daktronics NCAA Division II Football All-Super Region Two second team and was named to the All South Atlantic Conference First Team for football.

Lyons, recorded one of the finest seasons ever by a Tusculum defensive lineman.  He led the Pioneers with 89 tackles this year, which are a new school single-season record for a defensive lineman.  Of those stops, 19 were for loss, which are the second most in College history and most by a Pioneer lineman. He averaged 8.1 tackles per game, which are most in the South Atlantic Conference and Super Region 2 for defensive lineman and fourth most in the nation (NCAA II).

In 2014, he recorded 10 or more tackles on four occasions, including a career-high 15 stops against Carson-Newman.  A week later, he posted seven tackles, including four for loss and two sacks in Tusculum’s 14-10 road win at Wingate.  Against the Bulldogs, he made five quarterback hurries and broke up a pass.  He was named the SAC Defensive Player of the Week and the Tennessee Sportswriters Association College Player of the Week.

Lyons wraps up his collegiate career with 181 tackles, which are a new Tusculum record for a defensive lineman.  His 28 career tackles for loss are 10th in school history and second most by a Pioneer lineman.  His 13 career sacks are tied for seventh in program history (3rd for defensive lineman).  He also was credited for two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and four passes defended, including an interception.

Tusculum finished the season with a 6-5 overall record, including a 4-3 league mark to finish in sole possession of third place in the conference.  After starting the year 1-4, the Pioneers rebounded by winning five of their final six contests, including a four-game winning streak to conclude the 2014 campaign.


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Tusculum opens Little Free Library

Tusculum opens Little Free Library

Posted on 17 November 2014 by

The new Little Free Library is inside the first floor of the Rankin House. From left are Dr. Michael Bodary, assistant professor of English, and students Ryan Barker, Matthew Pierce and Madilyn Elliott.

Tusculum College is opening a new reading resource on the Greeneville campus for both the students and the community. Sponsored by the English honor society Sigma Tau Delta, the Little Free Library of Tusculum College is located on the first floor of Rankin House.

“This is an additional resource intended to foster leisure reading,” said Dr. Michael Bodary, assistant professor of English. Our hope is that it will provide an avenue for students, faculty, staff and the people of Greeneville to freely and easily share top-shelf books—good stories that can stir the imagination—with one another.”

Little Free Libraries can be found across the country, sprouting up through the generosity, commitment and creativity of those who support a free, unrestricted exchange of books. Using the Little Free Library at Tusculum College does not require a membership card, and it is open to everyone in the community. There are no due dates or late charges. It operates on the honor system and a “take a book, leave a book” exchange concept, although people who do not have a book to leave can always borrow a book and bring it back.

People can donate as well; however, as the library is very small, the focus for the library is on the quality of the books it offers—not the quantity. Like most higher education institutes, Tusculum College’s Garland library’s vast collection is focused on academia, research materials and literary documents.

According to Dr. Bodary, “We’re not competing with the historic, vastly larger academic library already on campus. The Little Free Library is focused on having a small and mostly fiction-based selection for pleasure reading.”

The exchanging of books will keep a variety of genres present for every reader to enjoy, from mysteries to science fiction to romance.

“We hope students will take books, but also replace them with others they are willing to share with other users of the library,” said Ryan Barker, a senior history and creative writing major from Laurens, S.C. “If we can encourage this, we will always have fresh selections.”


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Tree Lighting and Christmas Band Concert set Tuesday, Dec. 2

Tree Lighting and Christmas Band Concert set Tuesday, Dec. 2

Posted on 14 November 2014 by

People gathered and sang carols following the tree lighting during last year's ceremony.

Get into the holiday spirit Tuesday, Dec. 2, at Tusculum College with a Christmas tree lighting and the annual holiday concert by the College’s Band Program.

The local community is invited to the celebration and concert, which are both free and open to the public.

Festivities will begin at 6 p.m. with the lighting of the tree and caroling in front of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on campus.  Wassail and cookies will be served in the lobby of the Byrd building following the lighting.

The Christmas Band Concert will follow at 7 p.m., featuring the Concert Band, Jazz Band and Handbell Choir.

The Concert Band and Jazz Band’s repertoire will include Christmas favorites. The Concert Band will be performing “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo,” “Merry Christmas Darling,” “Yes Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus” and “Wonderful Christmastime.” The Jazz Band will be performing “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “Three Guys.”

The Handbell Choir will be performing three traditional carols, “Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day,” “The Ukrainian Carol of the Bells” and “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming.”

The band program began in 2010 with the formation of a pep band and has grown to include a Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Handbell Choir and various small ensembles.


Come enjoy some refreshments between the tree lighting festivities and Band concert.

The College's Concert Band performs during last year's concert.




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Doak House Museum prepares to celebrate holidays with two programs

Doak House Museum prepares to celebrate holidays with two programs

Posted on 12 November 2014 by

The Doak House Museum is preparing to celebrate the holidays with a Christmas Open House on Dec. 6 and with its popular children’s program, “Storytelling and Gingerbread” through Dec. 18.

An open house will be held at the museum on the Tusculum College campus from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6. Free tours of the museum will be provided along with refreshments, crafts and games for the children, storytelling and specials in the museum’s gift shop with proceeds going toward the museum’s programs. A storyteller will perform at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and tours will offered throughout the event.

The museum, which is the 1830s home of Tusculum College co-founder the Rev. Samuel Witherspoon Doak, will be decorated in a charming 19th century style, as a home would be during that time period.

“Storytelling and Gingerbread,” the Doak House Museum’s most popular children’s program, will be continuing through Dec. 18. Molly Mouse is the guide for the children as they experience holiday customs that the Doak family enjoyed in the 19th century. They learn about holiday foods from the period, gift giving and decorating customs as people lived them 200 years ago.

The program is open to public and private school groups as well as home schooled children. The museum is also able to offer Title I schools a discounted admission.

On Friday, Dec. 12, the program will be offered for home school children. One adult per family will be admitted free of charge. The program will begin at 1:30 p.m.

For more information about the Open House, contact Leah Walker at the museum at 423-636-8554 or

To make a reservation for the “Storytelling and Gingerbread” program, please contact Dollie Boyd at 423-636-8554 or

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


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More than 700 served through RAM free health care clinic hosted by Tusculum

More than 700 served through RAM free health care clinic hosted by Tusculum

Posted on 11 November 2014 by

Through the Remote Area Medical health care clinic hosted by Tusculum College on the Greeneville campus this weekend, 761 people received professional medical care completely free of charge.

Remote Area Medical is a Knoxville-based organization providing free medical care for the uninsured and underinsured.

“What an experience to be part of this project and see a critical need in our region being met by hundreds of volunteers who worked tirelessly throughout the weekend,” said Dr. Nancy Moody, president of the college.

During the weekend clinic, volunteers provided medical services, dental work and optometry services and glasses on-site free of charge. Health care services provided included comprehensive screening for diabetes and hypertension, procedures such as retinal screening using telemedicine technology, chest x-rays, pulmonary function studies, chiropractic services and some gynecological procedures.

During the Tusculum clinic, $413,494 in medical services were provided free to anyone in need, including $338,102 in dental care, $71,737 in vision care and $3,655 in medical services. Additionally, 319 pairs of prescription eyeglasses were given out. More than 6,700 volunteer hours were dedicated to the event, from more than 500 volunteers, two-thirds of which were professionals in medical-related fields. Volunteers included staff, faculty, alumni and students from Tusculum College, medical students from other colleges and universities and hundreds of volunteers from the community.

Tusculum nursing students were among the volunteers taking vital signs and making notes about patient's medical histories in the "triage" area each visited prior to getting in line for either vision or dental services.

“It was a very humbling experience to see the critical nature of what the RAM organization has adopted as its mission,” said Mark Stokes, Tusculum chaplain and planning committee chairman. “This community responded with such incredible generosity, it is impossible to thank everyone who supported the event.”

Businesses, churches and community organizations responded by donating time and resources at a tremendous level. Food for volunteers, transportation resources and equipment were just a few of the needs met by the local community, according to Stokes.

Students came from Tusculum College, University of Buffalo Dental School, Virginia Southern University, Middle Tennessee State University, East Tennessee State University, the Southern College of Optometry, the University of Tennessee, Lincoln Memorial University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. More than 40 Tusculum College nursing students worked throughout the weekend, alongside their faculty and dean, Dr. Lois Ewen.

Dental students from the University of Buffalo received valuable experience during the clinic performing tooth extractions and fillings.

“Many of these students talked about how the experience had changed their lives, as well as giving them a learning experience that was invaluable,” said Dr. Ewen.

Dr Moody added, “What a sense of real impact was felt by everyone involved in this project. We were aided by many community organizations, including the East Tennessee Foundation, which provided a grant of $12,000 through the Dr. J. G. Hawkins Memorial Fund. I am personally awed by the students, faculty, staff, alumni,  friends and local businesses who dedicated their time, talent and resources to make this happen for those in need.”

Planning Committee members included Stokes, Dr. Moody, Dr. Ewen, Steve Gehret, vice president and chief executive officer; Audrey Brackens, administrative assistant for the School of Nursing, Health Sciences and Psychology; Jennifer Hollowell, Arts Outreach coordinator; Ronda Gentry, director of the Center for Civic Advancement, Jon Gresham, campus safety director; David Martin, director of facilities; Suzanne Richey, director of college communications; Mike Hollowell, executive director of the Greene County YMCA, and Vickie Andrew, vice president for chamber operations at the Greene County Partnership.

Patients seeking vision care were given a thorough exam and those needing new prescription glasses were able to get them at the clinic as well.


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Tusculum welcomes parents to campus for Family Weekend

Tusculum welcomes parents to campus for Family Weekend

Posted on 11 November 2014 by

Tusculum College recently welcomed parents, grandparents, siblings and friends of students to campus for Family Weekend.
While the cold, rainy-snowy weather caused some changes to events, including moving the cornhole tournament inside the Indoor Practice Facility, families and students still enjoyed time together during the weekend.
Friday’s highlights included an ice cream social and the opportunity to learn the latest updates about the college from President Nancy B. Moody and the Cabinet and ask them questions.
On Saturday, Jim Allison and his daugher, Erika, successfully defended their title as Family Weekended cornhole tournament champions, winning for the fourth year. Below are some of the photos from Family Weekend.

Erika and Jim Allison were cornhole tournament champions. The duo has won the tournament for the past four years.



Dr. David McMahan, dean of students, talks to parents about student life at Tusculum during a panel Saturday morning. Robin Lay, director of Career Services, also shared information about the services her offices provides students.



Parents and Tusculum staff members mngle and enjoy a delicious mid-afternoon snack during the ice cream social on Friday.


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‘The Addams Family’ coming to the stage Nov. 14-16, 20-23

‘The Addams Family’ coming to the stage Nov. 14-16, 20-23

Posted on 03 November 2014 by

Erin Hensley-Schultz (Morticia) and Chris Greene (Gomez) rehearse a scene from the musical, based on the beloved Charles Addams' cartoon characters.

They’re spooky, a bit kooky and they’re coming to the stage soon in Northeast Tennessee.

Theatre-at-Tusculum is presenting “The Addams Family,” the first time the Broadway-award winning musical has been staged in East Tennessee. The musical, based on the beloved Charles Addams’ cartoons, will be presented  at 7 p.m. on Nov. 14-15, 20-22 and 2 p.m. on Nov. 16 and 23 in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on the Tusculum College campus.

Well known and respected actors from the Northeast Tennessee fill the cast for the musical that finds the weird and wonderful Addams family with an affinity for all things macabre with a developing crisis. Wednesday Addams has fallen in love with nerdy Lucas Beineke, who is from a “normal” family. Meanwhile, well meaning Uncle Fester has been working behind the scenes with the Addams family ancestors, who set about helping the family with its new challenging situation, and the fun ensues for the audience.

Under the direction of Marilyn duBrisk, the talented cast includes Erin Hensley-Schultz, a well-known Johnson City thespian, who is bringing Morticia to life, opposite Chris Greene who is portraying the suave Gomez.  Wednesday Addams is brought to life by Hannah Faith Rader, who has performed in Jonesborough and Johnson City productions, and her love interest, Lucas Beineke, is talented Parker Bunch, who many will remember from his role as Bob Cratchit in Theatre-at-Tusculum’s 2013 production of “A Christmas Carol.”

Undertaking Fester and also acting as assistant director is Brian Ricker, who has become a local favorite through his many roles in the Theatre-at-Tusculum program. A relative newcomer to the local stage, but who is also quickly becoming a favorite, is Audrey Shoemaker, who is being transformed for the show into 102-year-old Granny Adams. Young newcomer Tate Brumit plays obnoxious and cheeky little brother while Mike Willis, who delighted audiences as the Ghost of Christmas Future in “A Christmas Carol,” will bring the memorable Lurch to life. Lucas’ parents, Mal and Alice Beineke will be portrayed by Josh Davis, who has starred in roles in Morristown productions, and Jodi Carter, another veteran of Theatre-at-Tusculum productions.


Hensley-Schultz practices a dance with the Addams Family Ancestors during rehearsal. From left are Angie Willis, Austin Bird, Josh Beddingfield, Hensley-Schultz, Charlene Kight, Laura Berry, Zach Gass (partially hidden) and Toni Bates.

Portraying Gomez has meant lots of practice in using a Spanish accent for Greene. “It has been challenging, but a lot of fun.” Audiences will find lots to love about the show,

Greene says, and he has especially enjoyed the music. “The music in this show is great. It is different from the other musicals – the songs are a lot more in the rock and jazz vein.” Greene is a local favorite, and some of his memorable leads include The Cat in the Hat in “Seussical,” the Scarecrow in “Wizard of Oz” and Sir Toby in “Twelfth Night.”

Hensley-Schultz is returning to the Theatre-at-Tusculum stage as Morticia, a role she has wanted to play since a child. She recalls seeing the Addams Family movies and finding the Morticia to be the “coolest character” because of her dark beauty and graceful movements. Hensley-Schultz was in duBrisk’s productions while in high school and then moved away from the region and recently moved back to the region.  Among her memorable roles are Patsy Cline in “Always Patsy Cline,” Winifred in “Once Upon a Mattress” and Columbia in “Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

Bringing the “very loaded” character of Wednesday to life has been a welcome challenge to Rader. Falling in love has pulled Wednesday in a new direction from the dark world that is her norm. “The Addams Family” is a show that has something for everyone, Rader says. “It has a great message in terms of love,” she said. “Although the Addams family members are weird, they are all about family, they look out for each other.” Rader’s recent work includes Jonesborough Repertory Theatre’s “Hairspray,” and Blue Moon Dinner Theatre’s production of “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” She also appeared in several productions while in college at Carson-Newman University.

Wednesday’s new love, Lucas Beineke, is portrayed by Bunch, who finds himself playing a shy teenager in love, much like the character of Peter in Theatre-at-Tusculum’s production of “Anne Frank,” but unlike his own outgoing personality.  Audiences will find the musical to be funny, with lots of great music and costumes, he says. Bunch has been featured in such plays as “Christmas Carol,” but says he especially enjoyed being part of last spring’s production of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare.”

The role of Uncle Fester is much like The Cat in the Hat in “Seussical” in moving the action along, said Ricker of the role. Uncle Fester also has some interaction with the audience. “I love that,” he said. “It is sort of like improvisation – it makes you be on your toes and focused.” Ricker is also taking on the additional role of assistant director, which has been a fun challenge. “I can’t say enough about the amazing cast, they are absolutely brilliant,” he said, noting that it will be difficuult for him during the performances to stay focused on his character as he will also be thinking about things that need to be happening backstage and onstage.

Shoemaker says it has fun but challenging to play a 102-year-old. “The lines are awesome,” she said of the part, but the role is also physical as Granny’s body language is as important as the lines. Shoemaker’s past Theatre-at-Tusculum roles in such shows as “Carnival,” “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” and “Seussical,” have all been strong character roles, which has been an enjoyable change. Prior to coming to Theatre-at-Tusculum, she was primarily cast in leading roles, but she said she is more comfortable in playing the character roles such as Granny.

The youngest member of the cast is Brumit, whose portrayal of Pugsley is his first leading role. While the play has been fun, he says, it has also been a lot of work. “Most of my parts are in the first act. It is hard because I go on and off stage several times.” Brumit’s experience in the theater began with a role in “Seussical.” “I really liked it a lot and enjoyed being in it with my friends.”

A veteran of both Morristown and Greeneville theater, Davis has been tasked with playing the much older character of Mal Beineke, Lucas’ father. Returning to work with duBrisk and a talented cast has been the best part of his experience with the Addams Family, Davis says, and invites audiences to come enjoy the fun musical. “The Addams Family are American icons and it is fun to see them brought to life on the stage,” he notes. “There are some things about the show you will not be expecting but there are different things you should expect. It is very funny, and there are lots of surprises.” Audiences have enjoyed Davis in such roles as Lord Farquaad in “Shrek the Musical” and as the lead role in the production of “Sweeney Todd” at Walters State Community College in Morristown.

Portraying Mal’s wife Alice is Carter, who agrees with her stage husband that the best part of the production has been the camaraderie among the cast. A music teacher in the Greene County School System, Carter’s first experiences under the tutelage of duBrisk was as a participant in the GLAWPIGT (Great Literature Alive, Well and Playing in Greeneville, Tennessee) program for students in grades 3-12). She has had lead roles in “Seussical,” “The Wizard of Oz” and “Oliver.”

The production staff includes Angie Clendenon, music director; Chris Beste, accompanist; David Price, percussion, and Kim Berry as the show’s choreographer. Frank Mengel is technical director and set designer; Barbara Holt, costume director; Suzanne Greene and Jim Holt, stage management; Zach Holdich, lighting design; Margo Olmsted and Sandy Neinaber, props management; Trenda Berney, make-up director; and Jennifer Hollowell, house manager in charge of the box office.

Parents are cautioned that while “The Addams Family” is family friendly, it is rated as a “PG” show due to a few instances of rough language.

With  music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and story by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice,  the original show opened in April 2010 with Nathan Lane as Gomez and Bebe Neuwirth as Morticia.  The show won a Audience Award for Favorite New Broadway Musical and played 722 performances before closing on December 31, 2011.  It then went on tour both in the U.S. and Internationally.

Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 60 and over, and $5 for children 12 and under.  To reserve tickets, please call 423-798-1620 or email


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Family Weekend – Check out the planned events – Oct 31 – Nov 1

Family Weekend – Check out the planned events – Oct 31 – Nov 1

Posted on 24 October 2014 by

You can feel the excitement in the air as preparations are underway for our upcoming Family Weekend, set for October 31-November 1! We encourage you to join the excitement and be a special part of this weekend and share in the good time for families and their students as these parents did in years past.

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