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’5 x 10′ returns to the stage April 24 – 26

’5 x 10′ returns to the stage April 24 – 26

Posted on 20 April 2015 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Holly Marshall and Tyler Miller rehearse a scene from “Copper."

The Tusculum College English Department and Acts, Arts, Academia will present the return of the “5×10” showcase during the annual Old Oak Festival at Tusculum College this weekend and April 24-26.

The show consists of five original, 10-minute plays written by Tusculum College students under the direction of Wayne Thomas, interim dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and associate professor of English; Frank Mengel, Arts Outreach technical director and instructor of theatre, and Brian Ricker, assistant to the director of Arts Outreach.

The production will run for six performances in the David Behan Arena Theatre in the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts building on the Tusculum campus in Greeneville. The production will be staged at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, April 17-18 and 24-25 2 p.m. on Sundays, April 19 and 26.

Aaron Martel portrays one of the toys in "Plush," a play about two toys who find themselves stored away in an attic.

The plays, which were written during Thomas’ Scriptwriting class during the fall 2014 semester, are varied in subject matter and are as distinct and unique from each other as the playwrights themselves. “I think folks will enjoy the work. This marks ten student playwrights that we’ve produced in the last couple of years. What a fantastic opportunity,” said Thomas.

With a wide range of themes including challenges of faith, mental disorders, and the repercussions of a decidedly flawed penal system, the plays range in genre from light comedy to heavy drama. Audiences are cautioned when considering bringing children to the production due to adult themes and strong language. The show is recommended for ages 13 and up, with parental guidance strongly advised.

The five plays to be featured are:

-          “Plush” written by Zach Gass, a sophomore from Greeneville, Tennessee, which centers on two plush toys, Milo and Toby, who are cast aside in an attic, and must deal with feelings of abandonment, challenges of faith, and maintaining optimism for an uncertain future.

-          “Copper” written by Hannah Berling a junior from Middletown, Ohio, is a comedy about the advances of a somewhat desperate young man, JT, as he tries to woo a young woman, Kendall, while the two wait in a dentist office waiting room, and the amusing repercussions of being deceitful while trying to attract the opposite sex.

Kristen Wiggins, left, and Macy French practice a scene from "Puddle Jumping," a comedy on the darker side about a child and his eccentric pet goldfish.

-          “Puddle Jumping” written by Sarah Holly and Tyler Jinks, juniors from Johnson City and Rogersville, Tennessee respectively, is a darker comedy focusing on the relationship between a young child, Jackson, and an egocentric pet goldfish, Puddles, who wishes for nothing more than a life away from his owner. However, the two must work in harmony in order to save Puddles from being flushed down the toilet by Jackson’s over-worked and demanding mother, Molly.

-          “Save Me” written by Joshua Fuller a sophomore from Alabaster, Alabama, highlights the struggles faced by individuals with mental disorders. Bill, a young man is trying to apply for a job, but must deal with the constant disruption of his mentally induced hallucinations during an interview.

Margo Olmsted, left, and Mike Lilly bring to life the story of an escaped prisoner and the therapist taken hostage.

-          “Psy-cho-ther-apy in Yazoo County, Mississippi” written by Jennifer Frost a sophomore from Friendsville, Tennessee, is about a convict who escapes prison and takes a therapist hostage in an attempt to work through the many emotional and mental problems brought on by life, crime, and a flawed penal system.

Bringing the student works to life will be a cast consisting of current Tusculum College students, Tusculum College Alumni, and veteran community actors. Also, with production assistance from the familiar Arts Outreach team of Costume Director, Barbara Holt, Arts Outreach Director and Artist-in-Residence, Marilyn duBrisk, and Arts Outreach Coordinator, Jennifer Hollowell.

The idea behind the “5×10” production was originally conceived a few years ago by Thomas when he was chair of the Fine Arts Department, in an effort to “promote interdisciplinary co-curricular engagement amongst various fine arts entities.”

Paige Mengel, left, and Tyler Miller rehearse a scene from "Save Me," a play about a man with a mental disorder and the challenges he faces in a job interview.

With the help of Mengel, the first “5×10” production premiered during the 2013 Old Oak Festival. According to Thomas, producing the showcase during the festival “seemed like a natural fit. [The Festival] is all about Fine Arts, so it seemed like a neat way to showcase our writing and theatre programs all at once.”

Tickets are $6 general admission and can be purchased at the box office which opens one hour prior to show time or reserved by contacting Arts Outreach at 423-798-1620, or by e-mail at jhollowell@tusculum.edu. Tickets may be purchased with cash or check only, no credit or debit cards.

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Dorrbecker and Fernando recognized as ‘Students of the Block’ for spring semester

Dorrbecker and Fernando recognized as ‘Students of the Block’ for spring semester

Posted on 09 April 2015 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Michael Fernando and Ashleigh Dorrbecker, front left and right, have been honored as “Student of the Block” award recipients at Tusculum College. On hand to congratulate the two students were Dr. Michelle Freeman, professor of business administration; Daniel Green, senior student life coordinator in the Office of Student Affairs, and Dr. Antonio Bos, professor of economics, back row from left.

Two student leaders in the classroom and on campus, Ashleigh Dorrbecker and Michael Fernando, have been recognized as “Student of the Block” award recipients at Tusculum College.

Michael Fernando, a native of Sri Lanka, was recognized as “Student of the Block” for Block Six. Ashleigh Dorrbecker of Montgomery, Ala., was honored as “Student of the Block” for Block Seven. Both were presented their awards prior to the Wednesday, April 8, Pioneer baseball game against Lee University.

The “Student of the Block Award” is presented by the Tusculum Office of Student Affairs and was established to recognize individuals who excel in their academic endeavors, campus involvement and/or athletic performance. The award is selected from nominations made by faculty and staff members. Plaques telling about the honorees are displayed in the Niswonger Commons and other campus buildings.

Michael Fernando

A junior majoring in accounting, international business and economics, Fernando has made an impact on the Tusculum campus. He is an active member of the Student Government Association, its Budgets and Organization Committee, the Study Abroad and Global Awareness organization, Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature and Business Club.

Fernando provides mentoring and guidance to his fellow students as a resident assistant in one of the resident halls on campus that predominantly houses freshman students. He is also a student peer tutor.

He is a member of the Honors Program and Leadership Tusculum. He has also been involved in Theatre-at-Tusculum, including a memorable role as “The Ghost of Christmas Past” in the 2013 production of “The Christmas Carol.”
An excellent student, he has been named to the President’s and Dean’s List during his time at Tusculum. He is a recipient of the Marjorie Nelle B. Cardwell Scholarship and the Charles Oliver Gray Scholarship.

His excellence as a freshman in an accounting course typically taken by upperclassmen led to an internship position at Plus Mark. Fernando is now serving an internship at the accounting firm of Blackburn Childers and Steagall.

Ashleigh Dorrbecker

Majoring in business administration with concentrations in international business and economics, Dorrbecker is also pursuing a minor in visual arts.

An excellent student, she has a 3.98 grade point average, but her college experience has not been filled with all lectures and homework assignments. She has taken advantage of the opportunities on Tusculum’s campus to develop her leadership skills and make an impact on the college community.

Dorrbecker is serving as president of the student body, but has also served as a senator and vice president of the Student Government Association. She has been chair of the SGA’s Food Committee, which has worked with the campus food service to bring more options to students. She has also served as chair of the Budget and Organization Committee.

A member of the Center for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship, she has gained valuable experience in putting her business knowledge and skills in practice to assist local small businesses and entrepreneurs.

She is the former president of the Anime Club and has served as an orientation leader. She was also recognized as a junior for having the highest grade point average of her class.

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Tusculum inducts charter members into history national honor society

Tusculum inducts charter members into history national honor society

Posted on 06 April 2015 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College inaugurated its charter members into Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society on March 30.

Nine students were inducted during the ceremony including Ryan Barker, a senior double major in history and English from Laurens, S.C.; Erika Allison, a senior double major in history and museum studies from Alpharetta, Ga.; Melanie Sigman, a senior museum studies major from Covington, Ga.; Robert Owens, a senior history major from Afton; Chris Weems, a senior history education major from Dickson; Emily Cross, a sophomore history major from Russellville; Emily Bernin, a junior history major from Seymour; Matthew Moyer, a senior history major from Gray, and and Billie McKenzie, a junior history major from Allegan, Mich.

“We are very excited about our new chapter, and we are grateful to be able to recognize the extraordinary achievements of our history and museum studies majors through membership in this prestigious society,” said Dr. Scott McDermott, assistant professor of history at Tusculum, who presided over the ceremony.

“Not only does this express our tremendous pride in these students’ accomplishments, but Phi Alpha Theta will also give them a chance to grow in their historical knowledge and professional skill.”

Along with the nine students, faculty members Dr. Joel Van Amberg, associate professor of history and the department chair, and Dr. McDermott were inducted into the chapter. Other history department faculty, Dr. Angela Keaton, associate professor history and Dr. Peter Noll, assistant professor of public history, already Phi Alpha Theta members, were also in attendance.

“I have learned a great deal from this group of students,” Dr. McDermott said. “So, it is only fitting that I should be inducted side-by-side with them.”

Dr. Van Amberg added, “I am so proud of our students for this accomplishment. Many of our students are engaged in interesting historical research. Being part of the national history honor society will allow them to be recognized by a broader audience through conferences, publications and scholarships.”

Phi Alpha Theta is the national history honor society founded in 1921 at the University of Arkansas and houses more than 900 chapters and includes more than 350,000 members. The Tusculum chapter is named Alpha Pi Alpha, and its charter was initially sponsored by the East Tennessee State University Phi Alpha Theta chapter. Members in the honor society are eligible to attend and present research at regional and national conferences and may compete for more than 25 annual scholarships and prizes.

 

Tusculum College Phi Alpha Theta inductees included from left, Melanie Sigman, Robert Owens, Chris Weems, Emily Cross, Ryan Barker, Erika Allison, Emily Bernin, Matthew Moyer and Billie McKenzie.

 

 

 

 

By Ryan M. Barker, senior creative writing and history major from Laurens, S.C.

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Tusculum College:  A Degree in Three?

Tusculum College: A Degree in Three?

Posted on 26 March 2015 by srichey@tusculum.edu

After months of  study by students, faculty and staff, the Tusculum College Board of Trustees convened Monday, March 23, and approved changes to the general education curriculum and course delivery calendar. With the approved changes, motivated students may complete their degrees in three years.

The Board accepted recommendations, approved by a faculty committee tasked to address policy and procedural matters, to provide increased flexibility in course scheduling and improve students’ ability to transfer into Tusculum College.

“Tusculum’s faculty, staff, students and trustees have been working for more than a year to identify changes to meet the needs of today’s and future students who are impacted by the ever increasing cost of a college education. Recent changes reviewed by interdisciplinary work groups, town hall meetings, faculty and students and approved by the Board also help ensure the success of our students, the primary reason for any college or university to exist,” said Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College.

“Preparing students to be the new leaders in our ever changing world has been the goal of Tusculum College since its founding in 1794,” said Dr. Moody. “We are excited about the opportunities for our students as we address the changes we are seeing in higher education. The Board’s approved changes will make it easier for students to transfer to Tusculum and earn their college degree. Governor Bill Haslam’s Tennessee Promise program makes it possible for more Tennessee students to begin their college careers. Tusculum’s changes are designed to help them complete their college education and compete for the jobs available in today’s world.”

“As the governing body of this institution, it is critical that we continue to reshape Tusculum College in ways that will make our students more successful while we also look after the future of the college,” said Dr. Kenneth A. Bowman, chair of the Board and 1970 alumnus of the college. “These improvements are necessary as we align Tusculum College’s curriculum with other colleges and universities in our country, while we keep the distinctiveness of the block schedule that is uniquely Tusculum’s.”

Dr. Bowman added that these changes are part of the overall strategic efforts of the college. These include the $25 million Tusculum First capital campaign launched in October and the upgrading of facilities, telecommunications and other technology at the Greeneville campus and locations in Knoxville, Morristown and Kingsport.

“As a Board, we usually meet in the summers to update and expand our strategic plan, as opportunities and threats continually arise,” said Dr. Bowman. “These changes are a result of that process.”

Also approved during the October 2014 Board of Trustee meeting was the transition to a 120-hour graduation requirement and three-hour course format as part of the overall effort to reposition Tusculum College to meet the needs of its students. A transition period is planned for current students.

“During the transition period, all students will have increased access to individualized academic advising,” said Dr. Ron May, vice president for academic affairs. “All students will have their academic plans reviewed to ensure continued academic progress toward graduation without delaying their timeline for completion. Students will also have the opportunity to maximize their course options by moving to the new 120-hour graduation requirement and the three-hour course format.”

Additionally on Monday, the Board approved changes to the general education curriculum effective no later than Fall 2016. Some former commons courses, previously required of all students, will be included in major course offerings, thus providing students with the option of taking these courses, as well as the added flexibility of selecting other electives. This general education curriculum reduces the required general education courses to 41-credit hours, as approved and recommended by the Tusculum faculty.

Under the new course delivery system, students may continue to take one course per day scheduled to meet two days a week. Students may also take a course over the entire semester on Wednesday morning with the afternoons being reserved for academic and student engagement activities, including service projects and special topic lectures. The new calendar will allow two to five classes to be taken in each eight-week period, up to 18 hours per semester for those receiving financial aid.

“The culminating effect of these changes in credit hours per course, credit hours required for graduation, change in the general education requirements, the modified delivery format and more opportunities for online courses will allow students the option of completing their baccalaureate degree in three years should they choose that option,” said Dr. Bowman.

“Throughout her 220-year history, Tusculum College has continually transformed herself. The transformations have included name changes when merging with other institutions, creating programs to meet the needs of non-traditional adult students, adopting a unique focused calendar and even how we teach,” said Dr. Moody. “Recent actions by the faculty and Board allow Tusculum College to once again adapt to change and move forward while continuing to make an impact on the world through the success of her graduates.”

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Students recognized for literary works

Students recognized for literary works

Posted on 23 March 2015 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College students Jennifer Frost, Carnes White and Cynthia Conte are the winners of the 2015 Curtis and Billie Owens Literary Awards.

The awards, which are given annually to recognize the literary achievements of the college’s students, are open to all Tusculum College students.

Frost, a sophomore creative writing major from Friendsville won both the competition’s drama and poetry categories. The drama piece she submitted was “Psy-cho-ther-apy in Yazoo, County, Mississippi” and the poetry piece was “For the Birds.”

White, a senior creative writing major from Pike Road, Ala., won the competition’s fiction category, for his work, titled “Conservation.”

Conte, a senior creative writing major from Chattanooga, won the competition’s nonfiction category with the submission of “Time Travelism.”

Honorable mentions were given in the fiction, poetry and nonfiction categories. Four students received an honorable mention for original works. Sarah Holly, a junior creative writing major from Johnson City, was recognized for “But Resist the Devil, and “He Will Flee From You” and Laine Callahan, a sophomore creative writing major from Morristown, was recognized for “Languish” in the fiction category. Emily Waryck, a sophomore creative writing major from New Concord, Ohio, was recognized for “’86” in the poetry category. Holly was also recognized for “Forking the Tongue” in the nonfiction category.

The winners’ works will be included in a publication to be released during the 2015 Old Oak Festival, April 17- 19.

The Curtis Owen Literary Award was established by Curtis Owens, a 1928 graduate of Tusculum College who went on to a teaching career at what is now Pace University in New York, and his wife, Billie. He and his wife established the Owens Award at his alma mater to encourage and reward excellence in writing among Tusculum College students.

The announcement of the winners was made during a reading by creative nonfiction writer Juljia Šukys. Šukys was a judge for the final round of the competition. The reading was pieces from her most recent book “Epistolophilia: Writing the Life of Ona Šimaitė. “

Šukys is a creative nonfiction writer who at first studied literature and continued through her doctoral program and dissertation in literature at the University of Toronto. She began with her first book called “Silence is Death: The Life and Work of Tahar Djaout,” which is about an Algerian author that was gunned down.

Her next book, “Epistolophilia: Writing the Life of Ona Šimaitė. Epistolophilia” won the 2013 Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Award for Holocaust Literature.

Šukys is currently teaching creative writing at the University of Missouri, Columbia. She publishes a blog that includes the processes of writing creative nonfiction and the life of a writer.

 

From left to right, Carnes White, Juljia Šukys, Jennifer Frost, Sarah Holly, Emily Waryck and Cynthia Conte.

 

 

 

 

By Ashley Bell, a senior journalism and professional writing major from Nashville

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Tusculum students spend spring break on service trip

Tusculum students spend spring break on service trip

Posted on 20 March 2015 by srichey@tusculum.edu

In early March, students from Tusculum College’s Bonner Leader program participated in an alternative spring break that included a focus on service, rather than surf time.

The students took a trip to Orlando, Fla., where they stayed with members of the College Park Baptist Church and took part in activities that benefited the community. Due to the onset of snow, they arrived a day late to Florida but they were nonetheless excited to start their spring break and volunteering, according to Ronda Gentry, director of the Center for Civic Advancement at the college.

“The Orlando trip was a great experience,” said Megan Buczek, a junior education major from Chattanooga, Tenn. “Through this week not only did I grow in unexpected ways, but I had the honor of watching our group grow in the ways they care about the community and each other.”

Over the duration of their stay in Florida, they worked with the church and helped paint the building and remove wallpaper from the office. They also worked with the Give Kids the World Village, which is a vacation resort run mainly by volunteers for families whose children are suffering from life-threatening illnesses. For the families, the stay is free and many of the entrances to Orlando’s famous themes parks are as well.

The volunteering students got to operate rides for the children while others served dinner at the Gingerbread House. While they were there, they also worked with several non-profit organizations, including the Mustard Seed Foundation, which provides household items for those transitioning to homes or those who have lost everything due to a disaster.

“Coming together as a group and serving others outside Tusculum was a heart-filling experience that will be long-lived,” said Denise Coffey, a sophomore graphic arts major for Reagan.

The students were able to have a recreational day at Universal Studio’s Island of Adventure. They were able to explore the World of Harry Potter at Hogwarts, ride various roller coasters, shop for souvenirs and meet their favorite characters and some dinosaurs. On their day off they were asked about their Alternative Spring Break t-shirts which gave them an opportunity to share what they were doing and their other experiences at Tusculum College.

“It was great to spend my Spring Break doing something meaningful and memorable rather than having the usual Spring Break party experience,” said Josh Suttles, a sophomore environmental science major from Seymour, Tenn.

In addition to Buczek, Coffey and Suttles, other students participating included Kelsey Freeman, a sophomore psychology major from Johnson City; Brianna Werder, a junior education major from Greeneville; Amanda Werder, a freshman from New Market, Ala.; Morgan Jones, a sophomore criminal justice major from Winston, Ga.; Torrey Klee, a nursing major from Jonesborough; Noel Reed, a freshman psychology major from Church Hill;

Miranda Ferguson, a sophomore nursing major from Church Hill; James Ducker, a freshman athletic training major from Winter Park, Fla.; Jacob Hensley, a freshman from Mosheim; Michael Emery, a sophomore education major from Bean Station; Christian Howard, a special education major from Greeneville; Nicole Wilkerson, a sophomore English literature major from Loudon.; and Charlene Garner, a sophomore creative writing major from New Market, Ala. Gentry and Jonathan Calloway, program coordinator for the Center for Civic Advancement, also participated in the trip.

 

 

Front row standing from left to right is Christian Howard, Denise Coffey, kneeling is Michael Emery, Charlene Garner. Second row from left to right is Nicole Wilkerson, Amanda Werder, Brianna Werder, Ronda Gentry, Jonathan Calloway, Morgan Jones. Third row from left to right is Josh Suttles, Miranda Ferguson, Megan Buczek, Noel Reed, Jacob Hensley, Kelsey Freeman.

 

 

 

 

 

By Emily Watson, freshman creative writing major from Watauga

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Online summer classes announced

Online summer classes announced

Posted on 10 March 2015 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College will be offering a number of classes online this summer to give students more options in meeting degree requirements.  Please see the informational material below for a list of classes.

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Seniors part of effort to leave legacy through Graduates Give Back Campaign

Seniors part of effort to leave legacy through Graduates Give Back Campaign

Posted on 10 March 2015 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Each year, the graduating class undertakes a special fundraising effort to leave a legacy gift to Tusculum College. The 2015 Graduates Give Back Campaign is designed to honor graduating seniors during their final year at Tusculum and establish a lasting tribute to their accomplishments. In the past, the Graduate Gift Campaign has been instrumental in raising money for special gifts that fund worthwhile projects and physical enhancements that otherwise would not have been possible.

This year, the focus of the 2015 Graduates Give Back Campaign is a scholarship for future students. Gifts from the class of 2015, combined with contributions from this year’s Golden Pioneers (the class of 1965) and the 25th year reunion (the class of 1990), will help provide a scholarship to future students for years to come. Scholarships make college accessible and affordable, especially in the face of diminishing federal aid for hundreds of Tusculum students. Their contribution to scholarships makes this possible!

Gifts from parents of seniors wishing to honor their students’ achievements are welcomed to the 2015 Graduates Give Back Campaign. For a parent of a Tusculum student, the 2015 Graduates Give Back Campaign can be a generous tribute to that student’s college experience and achievements.  For the College, it is a tremendous acknowledgement of success of the students, the College, the community, and, yes, parents . It is a sign that all  together have nurtured and nourished a new group of young people who are educated and enthusiastic, caring and competent. They are ready for life ahead.

If you have any questions about the 2015 Graduates Give Back Campaign, please contact Nicole Wagner, Coordinator of the Tusculum Fund, at 423.636.7303 or nwagner@tusculum.edu.

Help your child leave their legacy and put Pioneers First today!

During the May 2014 commencement ceremony, graduating senior Addie Hancock of Mooresburg, center, and Cliff Ott, a member of the Class of 1964, present their combined class gift to Dr. Nancy B. Moody.

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Pioneer Club events in softball, lacrosse and tennis scheduled

Pioneer Club events in softball, lacrosse and tennis scheduled

Posted on 10 March 2015 by eestes@tusculum.edu

The Pioneer Club will be celebrating Tusculum spring sports with three upcoming events.

Lacrosse will be the focus of a Pioneer Club event Saturday, March 21. The event is scheduled from noon until 3 p.m. at Pioneer Field. The President’s Box will be open from noon to the end of the men’s game for members of the Pioneer Club.

March will hopefully go out like a lamb  for the Pioneer tennis teams. A Pioneer Club event is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, next to the tennis courts. The matches will begin at 1 p.m.

A softball event has been scheduled for Saturday, April 11. The event will be from 1 – 2 p.m. next to the Red Edmonds Field. The game will begin at 2 p.m. This event had been originally scheduled for March 14.

The Pioneer Club helps provide annual scholarship funds for more than 300 Tusculum College student-athletes.  Gifts to the Pioneer Club provides scholarships and program support to enable the Pioneers to excel in the classroom and find success on the field, court, or course of competition.  Tusculum College’s Athletic Program has been built on a solid foundation of support from alumni, parents, and friends.  To join, please call 423-636-7303 or email bcantrell@tusculum.edu.

Admission to each of the March Pioneer Club events is $10. No admission fee for Mountaineer level and above Pioneer Club members. Please RSVP by calling 423.636.7303.

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Mark your calendars for these upcoming family events on campus

Mark your calendars for these upcoming family events on campus

Posted on 10 March 2015 by eestes@tusculum.edu

-Pack the Park for Education May 2 Mark your calendars to join the Tusculum community for an afternoon of family fun with live music, games and children’s activities prior to the Tusculum College Pioneer baseball game against Bluefield State. Fireworks will follow the game.
- Commencement Saturday May 9 Celebrate with the graduates who have reached a milestone in their academic journey.
-Homecoming October 9-10Join alumni and students in the annual Homecoming festivities.
- Family Weekend November 6-7 It is not too early to make plans to enjoy a weekend on the Tusculum campus as our special guests.

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Old Oak Festival returns to Tusculum College April 17-19

Old Oak Festival returns to Tusculum College April 17-19

Posted on 27 February 2015 by eestes@tusculum.edu

The Old Oak Festival will feature a variety of craft vendors along with musical entertainment, theater, art exhibits, poetry readings and activities for children of all ages.

The Old Oak Festival is returning to the Tusculum College campus April 17-19.

The arts and music festival will span across three days and will feature something for everyone, including crafts, music, art, theater, storytelling and area authors, as well as gallery and museum exhibits.

“I would describe this year’s Old Oak Festival to be bigger and better than last year,” said David Price, director of music at Tusculum College and festival coordinator. “There will be arts on every level and something to interest everyone.”

In addition to artist vendors and music performances throughout the day on Friday and Saturday, there will be three performances during the festival of “5X10,” presented by Tusculum students under the direction of Wayne Thomas, the interim dean of the arts and sciences, Frank Mengel, arts outreach technical director and instructor, and Brian Ricker, arts outreach and assistant.

Performances will be held in the Behan Arena Theatre in the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Center. Show times are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

The college’s Allison Gallery will be open throughout the weekend, featuring a faculty and family spotlight exhibition by Deborah Bryan.

The festival is being coordinated by a committee of college and community representatives who are working to promote arts and music in the East Tennessee region.

“We are expecting a wide variety of artists, including painters, craftsmen and sculptors, whose work will be available for purchase. Arts will include pottery, woodcrafts and folk art,” said Price. Demonstrations will also be conducted on pottery, blacksmithing and cooking.

There are limited spaces still available for artisan and crafter booths. Deadline for reserving a booth is April 8, 2015, or until all spaces are filled.

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

Both the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library and the Doak House Museum will be open to visitors during the festival and will have special activities planned for adults and children from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 1-4 p.m. on Sunday.

The Doak House Museum will sponsor a batik workshop during the three days of the festival. Participants will learn how to make stunning designs on natural fiber cloth using the wax-resist dyeing method. Reservations and advance deposits are required. The workshop will be held in the heart of the festival on the main campus. Reservation and deposit are required. Contact Leah Walker at 423-636-8554 or lwalker@tusculum.edu for reservations and more information.

Fiddlin’ Carson Peter’s Band and the Old Time Travelers, a duo from Chattanooga Tennessee, will perform on the Doak House lawn on the Saturday of the festival. Picnic tables are available to the public to bring a lunch, tour the museum and hear great bluegrass and old-time music. Performance times will be announced at a later date.

For the length of the festival only, the museum will open its collections storage to display never before exhibited Appalachian chairs and other furnishings, titled “Sittin’ Pretty: Selections from the Doak House Furniture Collection.” Admission is free and donations are appreciated.

The President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library will sponsor a 19th Century Toys and Games booth in the children’s area. Come and play with traditional folk toys and make-and-take your very own toy as a souvenir.

From 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library will feature the “Reaper: Nettie Fowler McCormick and the Machine that Built Tusculum College” exhibit. This exhibit explores the changes wrought by the mechanical harvest and explores the context through which Mrs. McCormick viewed her philanthropic mission.”

The festival will feature children’s activities on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and again on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. There will be storytelling performances on stage and around the festival grounds.

The Walnut Ridge llamas, previous favorites of the festival, will visit the Tusculum College campus over the weekend.

Throughout the weekend, there will be everything from bed racing to surprise performances to craft workshops.

Food selection will include festival favorites, such as homemade strawberry shortcake, Philly cheese steak, and Mennonite doughnuts. Music and food will be available until 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and until 4 p.m. on Sunday.

There is no fee to attend the festival. Art vendor hours will be Friday from noon until 6 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information, contact Price at 423-636-7303.

Coolers and alcohol are prohibited during the festival.

For updates and more information, visit the website at www.oldoakfestival.org or on Facebook at www.facebook/OldOakFestival.

 

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Theatre-at-Tusculum to present comedic musical revue ‘How to Eat Like a Child’

Theatre-at-Tusculum to present comedic musical revue ‘How to Eat Like a Child’

Posted on 20 February 2015 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Practicing the scene “how to stay home from school” from the upcoming Theatre-at-Tusculum production of “How to Eat Like a Child” are, from left, Emma Beddingfield, Reagan Bunch and Allie Shelton.

Theatre-at-Tusculum and Actors Coming Together will invite audiences to revisit their childhood in the production of the musical comedy, “How Eat Like a Child (And Other Lessons in NOT Being a Grown-Up)” during the weekends of Feb. 27-March 1 and March 5-8.

The musical will be performed at 7 p.m. on Feb. 27-28 and March 5-7 in the Behan Arena Theatre (lower level side entrance) of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building. Sunday matinees are scheduled at 2 p.m. on March 1 and 8.

Director Marilyn duBrisk has assembled a cast of 28 talented young people for a hilarious musical romp through the joys and sorrows of childhood. Lessons in such subjects as how to beg for a dog, how to act after being sent to your room, how to laugh hysterically, and of course, how to eat like a child are presented in a series of fast-paced vignettes that should delight and amuse both the young and the young at heart.

“How to Eat Like a Child” is based on the book of the same by Delia Ephron and has been adapted for the stage with book by Ephron, Judith Kahan and John Forster, who also wrote the music and lyrics. The musical version was originally produced as a NBC prime time television special in 1981 starring Dick Van Dyke.

The stage production has been called a “musical revue for children that can also be enjoyed by adults [with] a charming and witty score” by Backstage magazine. “Applause, applause, applause!” wrote Steve Allen and the Hollywood Reporter called it “delightfully clever.” TV Guide praised the show’s Broadway-style songs and imaginative script.”

Assisting duBrisk in bringing this production to the stage are assistant director Brian Ricker, vocal director Angie Clendenon and choreographer Kim Berry. Costume creation is under the direction of Barbara Holt, and the stage and lighting design is by Frank Mengel. Pianist Christopher Beste will provide musical accompaniment.

Admission for the performance is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 60 and over and $5 for children. For ticket information or reservations, please contact Jennifer Hollowell, Arts Outreach coordinator, at 423-798-1620 or by email at jhollowell@tusculum.edu.

“How to Eat Like a Child” features a series of fast-paced vignettes about the joys and sorrows of childhood including “how to ride in a car,” featuring Dawson Ottinger, Emma Waddell and Jorja Ward, front row from left, and Jade Ward, Victoria Oliver and Dawson McGill, back row from left.

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