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‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum’ opens Friday, Nov. 4

‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum’ opens Friday, Nov. 4

Posted on 24 October 2016 by

Steve Schultz as Pseudolus (left) attempts to prevent Hero, portrayed by Maxwell Reed, from spilling the beans about their grand plans of deception during rehearsal of this scene from “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” Theatre-at-Tusculum’s production of the Stephen Sondheim musical comedy opens Friday, Nov. 4. (Rehearsal photos courtesy of Carrie Tucker)

Theatre-at-Tusculum will bring something familiar, something peculiar, something for everyone to the stage in November with its production of the comedy “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.”

Opening Friday, Nov. 4, Director Marilyn duBrisk and a talented cast and crew will present the Stephen Sondheim musical comedy for two weekends only in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Fine Arts Building on the Tusculum College campus.

“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” will be performed at 7 p.m. on Nov. 4-5 and Nov. 10-12. Two Sunday matinee performances are scheduled for 2 p.m. on Nov. 6 and 13.

This is not the first time duBrisk has brought the Tony Award winning musical to the Greeneville stage. The first time was in 1999 at the Haberstick Auditorium in the Roby Fitzgerald Adult Center through a partnership with the former Little Theatre of Greeneville. In fact the show will take place almost 17 years to the day of the last production.

“You can do a show multiple times and it will always be different,” said duBrisk. “I loved my original cast and I love the cast I have now. It is the actors that bring the material to life, that is the exciting thing about live theater.”

When deciding what the line up would be for this fall, duBrisk knew she wanted to do an all children’s show in the spring and wanted something ‘fast, fun, and witty’ for adults in the fall. (While there is no adult language in the production, audience members should note that the the show is chock-full of hilarious situations and innuendo.)

The Proteans react to something "repulsive" during rehearsal of the opening number. From left are River Donnelly. Carter DelSorbo, Grayson Reed, Reagan Bunch, Mike Willis, Micheal Emory, Courtney Rieke and Victoria Harmon.

“It’s such witty, well-written material and you can’t beat a Sondheim musical,” said duBrisk. “The music is incredible and it challenges the actors to put their own spin on it.”

The music and lyrics were written by Sondheim, and the narrative by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gilbart takes audiences to three houses on a street in ancient Rome. One is the home of Senex a philandering, wimpy husband and his shrewd, overbearing wife Domina, portrayed by Greeneville theatre veterans Tom Sizemore and Laura Dupler. Their aloof, young son Hero (Tusculum College student Maxwell Reed) falls in love with Philia, a courtesan portrayed by the Sara Claiborne.

Philia belongs to the house of Marcus Lycus (Josh Beddingfield), who is a ‘peddler of the flesh.’ His house is next door to Senex’s home and is filled with dancing courtesans portrayed by Kelsie Cox, Whitney Marshall, Jordan Reed, Angel Smith, Kendra Tarlton and Laurie Grace Weems.

The third house is that of Erronious, an old man who has been away searching for his long lost children. Erronious is being brought to life by another local theatre favorite, Wess duBrisk.

Hysterium (Parker Bunch), Psuedolus (Steve Schultz) and Senex (Tom Sizemore) discuss the importance and benefits of having a maid as they rehearse 'Everybody Ought to Have a Maid'.

To Hero’s disappointment, Philia has been sold to the great Roman army captain, Miles Gloriosus (Tusculum senior and Theatre-at-Tusculum veteran Zach Gass), who is on his way to claim his bride with his group of bumbling soldiers portrayed by Daniel Brown, Carter DelSorbo, River Donnelly, Micheal Emery, Jeff Klepper and David Presley.

This unlikely group is brought together in situations of mistaken identity, classic farce and slapstick chaos by Pseudolos (Steve Schultz) and Hysterium (Parker Bunch). Pseudolus is slave to Hero, who offers him an opportunity to be a freed in exchange for his help in the arrangement of an elopement between Hero and Philia. Hysterium, the proud slave-in-chief to the house of Senex, becomes Pseudolos’ unwilling co-conspirator.

Rounding out the cast are the Proteans, an ensemble of actors portraying various characters from slaves to citizens including Reagan Bunch, Victoria Harmon, Grayson Reed, Courtney Rieke and Mike Willis.

Along with duBrisk, the production team bringing the musical to the stage includes assistant director Brian Ricker and long-time Theatre-at-Tusculum musical director Angie Clendenon. Clendenon leads the pit orchestra consisting of accompanist Kasie Shelnutt and percussionist David Price, as well as bassist Jeff Elkins and woodwind instrumentalist Keri Savell.

Tusculum College Arts Outreach Costume Director Barbara Holt has assembled a collection of classic Romanesque costumes that pop with color and texture. Audiences will be transported to the ancient city by the set, designed by Arts Outreach Technical Director Frank Mengel. Its columns, balconies and archways serve as perfect backdrop for the wild, physical comedy in the musical. Stage managers for the production are Tusculum College Arts Outreach volunteers Suzanne Greene and Jim Holt. The show is being presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International and is supported in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Pseudolus (center) is wooed by The Geminae, courtesans from the House of Lycus; Whitney Marshall (left) and Kendra Tarlton (right).

Tickets may be reserved by calling Tusculum College Arts Outreach at 423-798-1620 or by emailing Arts Outreach Coordinator and Box Office Manager Jennifer Hollowell at Tickets will also be available at the box office on the night of the performances, payable by cash or check only. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors (60 and over), and $5 for children (12 and under).

For more information regarding this production or other Arts Outreach programming, please call 423-798-1620, visit or the Arts Outreach page on facebook.

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Tusculum celebrates families during weekend

Tusculum celebrates families during weekend

Posted on 11 October 2016 by

Tusculum College celebrated parents, grandparents, siblings and other relatives special to students during the 2016 Family Weekend.

More than 44 families attended this year’s activities and participated in more than a dozen events on campus. Activities included Zombie tag,  a cornhole tournament, tours of campus, lunch with students, athletic events, outdoor movies, and more.


Greg and Eli were the winners of this year's Family Weekend Cornhole Tournament and received a gift certificate to the Tusculum College Bookstore.


Parents and other family members of the Tusculum Marching Band and Color Guard enjoyed a picnic lunch in the Chalmers Conference Center.

Friendly competition was the theme of the day during the Cornhole Tournament as participants braved the unusually hot September morning.

Students and parents alike enjoyed the tournament.

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Dr. Jason Pierce named vice president of academic affairs

Dr. Jason Pierce named vice president of academic affairs

Posted on 06 October 2016 by

Dr. Jason Pierce has been named vice president of academic affairs for Tusculum College effective January 2, 2017.  Dr. Pierce replaces Dr. Ron May who announced his retirement in April.

Dr. Pierce comes to Tusculum from Mars Hill University, where he has served most recently as interim vice president for academic affairs and enrollment management.

“Dr. Pierce’s exemplary record of achievement as a teacher, a scholar, an academic administrator and advocate for higher education will ensure that Tusculum College realizes its full potential in the years ahead. I look forward to having Dr. Pierce join the Tusculum College Family,” said Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College

Dr. Jason Pierce (Photo courtesy of Mars Hill University)

As chief academic officer, Dr. Pierce will be responsible for the academic integrity of the institution, for all programs and administrative offices related to the academic enterprise, and — in consultation with faculty, officers, and trustees — for long-range academic strategic planning, resource allocation and the implementation of new academic programs.

In his career, Dr. Pierce has served in both academic and administrative roles at Mars Hill University, serving as assistant and associate vice president for academic affairs, chief information officer, SACSCOC accreditation liaison and as director of institutional effectiveness.  He has served as chair of the division of humanities, as chair of the department of English and as webmaster. He also taught English as an assistant and an associate professor.

Dr. Pierce earned his doctorate in English from the University of South Carolina. He also holds a Master of Arts in English from the University of Maine and a Master of Letters in Scottish literature from the University of Saint Andrews, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Maine.

He is widely published academically and has presented nationally on a variety of topics, including programs to support first-year student persistence and models for college Honors programs.

Dr. Pierce has been married to Dr. Joanna Tapp Pierce, a faculty member at Mars Hill, for seventeen years. They have two sons.


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Tusculum named to Presidential Honor Roll for Community Service for tenth time

Tusculum named to Presidential Honor Roll for Community Service for tenth time

Posted on 26 September 2016 by

Tusculum College has been honored by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the U.S. Department of Education with a place on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the tenth year in a row. This year, Tusculum received an additional recognition: Honor Roll with Distinction, for the first time since 2007.

The designation recognizes colleges and universities for exemplary service efforts and service to America’s communities.

Tusculum College was selected for the Honor Roll for its work in education, hunger, homelessness, environmental stewardship, economic empowerment and youth development in the East Tennessee region. Students have worked with Rural Resources, Greene County Habitat for Humanity, the Greeneville and Greene County school systems, the Boys and Girls Club, Opportunity House, the United Way of Greene County, the Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park and many other groups.

“Since 1794 Tusculum College has desired to teach its students to serve their communities and to develop strong values that included service to humankind,” said Tusculum College President Nancy B. Moody.

According to Dr. Ronda Gentry, director of the Tusculum College Center for Civic Advancement, 172,301.5 hours were recorded by members of the Tusculum College community during 2015. This included community service through service learning courses, the Bonner Leader program, student athletes, Nettie McCormick Fowler Service Day, Upward Bound and many other groups associated with Tusculum College.

“The vast majority of our service hours are contributed by our students,” said Dr. Gentry. “However, the idea of service and giving back to the community is prevalent among everyone associated with the college.”

Dr. Gentry added that the hours recorded for 2015 were contributed by 2,644 volunteers.

“We calculate the average value of an hour of service at $23.07 per hour, making our contribution in 2015 a total value to the community of $3,974,995.60.

Launched in 2006, the Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. Honorees for the award were chosen based on a series of selection factors including scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.

The Honor Roll is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is presented during the annual conference of the American Council on Education.

The complete list of schools recognized is at


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Fall enrollment numbers up from previous year

Fall enrollment numbers up from previous year

Posted on 20 September 2016 by

The first weeks of Tusculum College enrollment for 2016-2017 has passed last year’s numbers. This year’s entering residential class totals 368 incoming freshman and transfer students, an increase of 15 percent over 2015-2016.

The official registration total was announced by LeAnn Hughes, vice president for enrollment management and marketing and director of the Graduate and Professional Studies program for Tusculum College, who said that the number includes 296 entering freshmen, 52 transfer students and 20 new international students.

“Tusculum College’s residential program continues to grow for a number of reasons,” said Hughes. “Our unique Civic Arts focus takes the liberal arts a step further in a nationally recognized approach to educating individuals of integrity and ideals. Additionally a wide range of majors – from museum studies to nursing – are combined with service learning and travel opportunities to create a completely unique environment.”

Officials at the college are pleased to see the fruits of its expanded enrollment and retention efforts, furthering the goal of serving the region with accessible, affordable higher education opportunities.

Dean of Students David McMahan also reported that housing numbers are up for this fall at the college.  There are currently 792 in-residence students, up 46 from fall 2015.

“Tusculum College was founded in 1794 to serve a population that had no other access to the opportunities of higher education,” said Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College. “Today we continue that tradition by continuing to provide access and opportunity to many students who would not otherwise be able to further their dreams through higher education.”

Hughes said the college will continue to recruit new students and is still accepting applications and registrations for students who will be able to start classes in either Block Two or in January, the beginning of the spring semester.

Enrollment numbers also reflect an increased focus on keeping enrolled students on campus until graduation. Tusculum’s support service for students provides everything from tutoring to book loan programs to help students achieve their dream of a college education. To this end, Tusculum College retained 68.2 percent of the first-time, full-time undergraduate students who enrolled during fall 2015.

“We are reassured that students and their parents are realizing that even in difficult economic times, an education is a valuable investment, and we are pleased that so many of those families have chosen Tusculum College as a place where they feel confident their student can be successful,” said Hughes.

In addition to the college enrollment, Tusculum College currently has 63 students from high schools across the region enrolled in dual enrollment courses. Tusculum offers a variety of courses and course options for high school students wanting to get a head start in their college career or needing specific classes. The courses are offered online, a convenience for students in not having to drive to campus during the school day, and scholarship and financial aid assistance is available.

Anyone interested in enrolling at Tusculum College, may still register. For registration information, contact the Office of Enrollment at 423-636-7374.


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Tusculum receives $381,170 ARC grant for new facility

Tusculum receives $381,170 ARC grant for new facility

Posted on 19 September 2016 by

Tusculum College has received a $381,170 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission to purchase instructional equipment to enhance the academic programs housed in the new Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math.

The grant will be used to purchase equipment for programs in biology, chemistry, environmental science, math, geology, physics, computer science and nursing, according to Michelle Arbogast, director of foundation and donor relations at the college.

“This contribution from the Appalachian Regional Commission will have a tremendous impact on the region for years to come,” said Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College. “The purchase of state-of-the-art instructional equipment will allow Tusculum College to enhance the educational programs and achievements of students to strengthen the capacity of the Appalachian Region to compete in the global economy through workforce and economic development.”

The Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math will replace Tredway Hall, long known as Science Hall, on the Tusculum College campus as the home of science and math. Tredway was constructed in 1928 for a much smaller student population, at a time when scientific research and instrumentation was much different.

The new Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math will also bring changes to the teaching of math and the sciences at Tusculum College. More spacious classrooms will accommodate students comfortably, with ready access to technology. Labs will incorporate the latest instrumentation and safety features. With additional labs, all students will have the opportunity for hands-on experiences in scientific research.

Tusculum First is designed to address the college’s areas of greatest need including a new center for science and math, growth of academic programs, endowed scholarships, student life improvements, technology, an environmental resources and facilities center and support to the Tusculum Fund.


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Make plans to attend Family Weekend Sept. 23-24

Make plans to attend Family Weekend Sept. 23-24

Posted on 18 September 2016 by

Parents, siblings, grandparents and others who have been significant in the lives of Tusculum students  are invited to be special guests on campus September 23 and 24 for Family Weekend festivities.

Make plans today to attend this fun weekend on campus. You can register by visiting this link.

The schedule for the weekend includes:
Friday, Sept. 23
11 a.m.-4 p.m. – Family registration in Pioneer Perk

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Registration for Zombie Tag, hosted by Tusculum Activities Board

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. – Lunch in the café with your student
2-4 p.m. – Campus tours given by the President’s Society departing from Niswonger Commons
7 p.m. – Pioneer volleyball vs. Queens in Pioneer Arena

7 p.m. “Clue,” a mock crime scene/murder mystery hosted by Lambda Alpha Epsilon Criminal Justice Association in the Library Bowl
7:30 p.m. – Jonesborough Repertory Theatre – “Camelot” (call 423-753-1010 for ticket information)

Saturday, Sept. 24
10 a.m.-Noon – Family registration at Pioneer Club Tailgate Tent
11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Cornhole tournament  sponsored by Bonner Leaders, next to Pioneer Club tailgate tent in front of Pioneer Field, $5 per team to enter
11:45 a.m.  -  Campus tours given by the President’s Society departing from Niswonger Commons.
12-1:30 p.m. – Pioneer Club tailgate – Located under large tent in front of Pioneer Field.
1:30 p.m. – Pioneer football vs. Newberry College

2 p.m. Pioneer volleyball vs. Catawba
2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. – Jonesborough Repertory Theatre – “Camelot” (call 423-753-1010 for ticket information)
8 p.m. Outdoor Movie presented by the Pioneer Anime Club

On Sunday, families are encouraged to attend the church service of your choice. First Presbyterian Church of Greeneville (110 N. Main Street, Greeneville, TN 37743) is the mother church of the College. Its early service is at 8:30 a.m., Sunday School at 9:30 and the traditional service at 10:45 a.m. Learn more at

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Tusculum students to provide a day of service in the community

Tusculum students to provide a day of service in the community

Posted on 26 August 2016 by

Tusculum College students will demonstrate the college’s commitment to both learning and serving on Wednesday, Sept. 14, as they spend a day helping others and improving the community.

All freshmen and first-year transfer students will participate in Nettie Fowler McCormick Service Day as part of the Tusculum Experience course. Many other students, faculty, staff and alumni have also made plans to volunteer. Nettie Fowler McCormick Service Day is one of the longest-held traditions on the Tusculum campus and involves students spending time in service to others. Some of the projects that the students will undertake include working with local non-profit organizations and schools.

“Community engagement is a key element of the Tusculum College experience,” said Ronda Gentry, director of the Center for Civic Advancement and coordinator of the event. “Nettie Day serves as an introduction to our new students and a reminder to our entire community of the importance and value of community involvement.”

This year, Nettie Day participants will fan out into the region helping numerous organizations, including Rural Resources, the Greeneville/Greene County Humane Society, local parks and several schools. Service activities will be conducted at all the Tusculum sites and campus in Greeneville, Knoxville and Morristown.

Nettie Fowler McCormick Service Day, which is conducted under the auspices of the Center for Civic Advancement, honors the memory and altruistic way of life of Nettie Fowler McCormick, widow of reaper inventor Cyrus McCormick, who was a 19th century supporter and advocate of Tusculum College. The McCormicks, staunch Presbyterians from Chicago, learned of Tusculum College through Tusculum graduates who attended their McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago and became some of the most significant donors in the college’s history.

Nettie McCormick is recognized as the college’s first Benefactor, a term that in Tusculum usage denotes a donor whose cumulative gifts total at least $1 million. Nettie McCormick funded construction of several of Tusculum’s historic structures, including Haynes Hall, Rankin Hall, Welty-Craig Hall, Virginia Hall and McCormick Hall, which is named after the McCormick family.

McCormick Day, now often informally called Nettie Day at the college, began as a day of cleaning the campus in reflection of Nettie McCormick’s insistence on clean living environments. The day has evolved to take on a more generalized community service emphasis.

This year’s Nettie Day is made possible through a gift from the estate of Nancy and Leon Leslie. Leon “Moose” Leslie was a key member of the last football team at Tusculum College prior to it being reinstated in the 1990s. He graduated from Tusculum in 1951 with a major in economics. He married his Westwood, New Jersey high school sweetheart, the former Nancy Hill. Mr. Leslie was elected a trustee of his alma mater in 1990 and served with distinction on the Athletic Committee until his death in 1996. Mr. and Mrs. Leslie served in the Bicentennial Campaign as members of the East Coast Advance Gifts Committee. In recognition of their generous support of Tusculum College throughout the capital campaign, the Leslie Resident Apartment in Craig Hall was named in their honor.



Each year, Tusculum College students help in the community on "Nettie Day"


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Tusculum College begins recycling program

Tusculum College begins recycling program

Posted on 25 August 2016 by

Students, faculty and staff at Tusculum College will have the opportunity to recycle mixed paper on campus beginning in September.

Led by the student organization, the Green Team, the new program developed through a partnership with the college’s facilities management department, the Center for Civic Advancement and the Town of Greeneville.

According to Courtney Washburn, program coordinator for the Center for Civic Advancement, the program will provide the campus with the opportunity to recycle mixed paper.

“We are launching a small and focused recycling program in an effort to create sustainable change,” said Washburn. “We expect to see the program grow and expand in availability and acceptable materials as it becomes ingrained within the Tusculum culture and community.”

According to Washburn, marked mixed paper recycling bins are being placed at three locations on campus: the Niswonger Commons, the Thomas J. Garland Library and McCormick Hall. These bins may be used by anyone on campus and will be clearly marked as mixed paper recycling containers. Students from the Green Team will service the bins once a week and take them to collection containers serviced by the Town of Greeneville.

Items that may be placed in the bins include  non-confidential documents and items such as newspaper, mixed office paper, notebook paper, magazines, phone books, envelopes (including window envelops) and sticky notes.  Paper may contain staples; however no paper clips, binder slips or spiral binding may be placed in the bins. Cardboard, cardstock and paperboard, such as cereal boxes, are not being collected at this time.

“We are beginning with mixed paper because on a college campus, it is the largest volume of recyclable material,” said Washburn. She added, however, that as the program grows, waste audits will be conducted to determine what materials would have the most impact when diverted from the college’s waste stream to recycling collection.

Funding to initiate the recycling program came from the Tusculum College Student Government Association.

For more information on the program or to arrange for a large volume mixed paper pick up, contact Washburn at


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Tusculum College receives 2016 Veteran Reconnect grant

Tusculum College receives 2016 Veteran Reconnect grant

Posted on 25 August 2016 by

Tusculum College is one of six colleges and universities to receive a 2016 Veteran Reconnect grant from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. The six campuses will receive nearly $1 million in funds, with Tusculum College receiving $185,470 for its veterans programs.

The THEC grant is part of the State of Tennessee’s larger efforts to support and encourage adult learners, many of whom are veterans, studying at Tennessee institutions.

The most recent round of the Veteran Reconnect program, which was awarded through a competitive proposal process, aims to build on proven practices to support veterans on campuses and will provide funding for a 22-month grant period.

“This grant will allow us to move forward with plans for expanding our reputation for being a veteran-friendly institution,” said Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College. “We want to provide a wide range of services to a growing number of veterans and their dependents that will insure college and career success on a much larger scale than currently possible. In recent years, the enrollment of military veterans at Tusculum College has significantly increased and we see that trend continuing.”

Tusculum College will use Veteran Reconnect funds to develop, create and hire the position of Director of Veterans Affairs. In addition, the college will enhance the services of its Veteran Education Program by providing veterans with streamlined enrollment, promotion of student veteran resources, financial advisement, implementation of faculty and staff training to increase awareness of veterans’ needs and workforce partnerships.

“Every student enrolled in college has a unique set of needs and that is especially true for veteran students,” said THEC Executive Director Mike Krause. “Veteran Reconnect is assisting veterans on Tennessee campuses to both connect with their campus and with their fellow servicemen.”

The programs funded through Veteran Reconnect will increase campus services for student veterans and provide veteran-specific resources, such as the expansion of campus veteran centers or professional development for faculty and staff on the specific needs of students with military experience.

Community partners supporting the grant include ABC Family Dentistry, DTR Tennessee Inc., the General Morgan Inn, Landair, Laughlin Memorial Hospital Inc., Parker Hannifin Corporation Hydraulics Group, the Town of Greeneville, and the United States Army Reserve Center.


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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

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

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:

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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

“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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