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Dead Sea Scrolls to be focus of 2016 Theologian-in-Residence series

Dead Sea Scrolls to be focus of 2016 Theologian-in-Residence series

Posted on 15 January 2016 by

Dr. Travis Williams

The nature of scripture at the time of Jesus, as revealed in the Dead Sea Scrolls will be explored in February during Tusculum College’s annual Theologian-in-Residence lecture series.

Dr. Travis Williams, assistant professor of religion at Tusculum College, will be presenting the series of lectures, “The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible: Identifying, Altering and Preserving Scripture in Antiquity.”  Lectures will take place each Tuesday of the month – Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23 – in the series, sponsored by Tusculum College and partially funded by Ron Smith. Each lecture session will begin at 10 a.m. in the Chalmers Conference Center in the Niswonger Commons. The sessions typically end around 2 p.m., and lunch in the college’s cafeteria is included. There is no admission fee to attend the lectures.

Dr. Williams is the first return speaker of the series, now in its 25th year. He previously served as Theologian-in-Residence in 2014, lecturing on the formation of early Christian identity in response to persecution. As a New Testament scholar, Dr. Williams has published extensively in the area of I Peter. More recently, the Dead Sea Scrolls have come to hold an important place in his research. He has written on the interpretive commentaries on scripture found within the scrolls, particularly as they relate to the phenomenon of inspired exegesis, and he is currently exploring the traditions surrounding the Teacher of Righteousness within the Dead Sea communities.

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

During the first session on Feb. 2, “What are the Dead Sea Scrolls?,” Dr. Williams will introduce the Dead Sea Scrolls, explaining what they are and what they are not, as well as detailing the history of their discovery.

“Who Wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls,” the second session on Feb. 9, will focus on identifying the group associated with the Dead Sea Scrolls, considering various Jewish movements from the Second Temple period.

The third session on Feb. 16, “The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Transmission of Scripture,” will examine the fluidity of the scriptural text as revealed in the biblical manuscripts found at Qumran and review the phenomenon of “Rewritten Bible.”

In the concluding lecture on Feb. 23, Dr. Williams will discuss the view of continuing revelation which was held by the authors of the scrolls and its impact for understanding the nature of authoritative scripture.

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

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Tusculum College student receives internship opportunity at PriceWaterhouseCoopers

Tusculum College student receives internship opportunity at PriceWaterhouseCoopers

Posted on 15 January 2016 by

Michael Fernando, a senior Tusculum College student from Sri Lanka majoring in accounting, general management and economics and international business, has accepted an offer of internship at PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Charlotte, N.C.

According to Robin Lay, director of career services at Tusculum, Fernando is the first Tusculum student to obtain an internship with a “Big Four” accounting firm.

Michael Fernando

Fernando has made an impact on the Tusculum campus. He is president of the Student Government Association, chairperson of the Student Philanthropy Council and president of the Pioneer Business Club.  He is an active member of the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society, the Center for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship, the Study Abroad and Global Awareness organization and the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature.

“I am grateful for the confidence that PwC has placed in me,” said Fernando. “I intend to represent our college well and excel in fulfilling my duties with the company. I owe this great privilege to some very important people, especially Dr. Michelle Freeman, who tirelessly worked hard to ensure that her accounting students had a thorough understanding of the accounting discipline and opportunities within the industry. Her commitment to the professional success of her students is what motivated me to think differently, dream big and achieve what I have achieved today. I must also thank Ms. Robin Lay for her hard work in ensuring that students are career ready; her guidance was instrumental in my receiving this opportunity.”

Fernando added, “I must also thank my colleagues at Unaka Company Inc. who have consistently added value to my experience as an intern with their company. They have always supported my personal and professional growth and are excited about my next steps. I thank God for blessing me with the opportunity to attend Tusculum College and my parents who have worked so hard to ensure that I have the ability to pursue my education.

“I have learned so much from the faculty, staff and students at Tusculum College. As my time here as a student at Tusculum comes to an end, I look forward to my journey ahead. With courage and humility, I will travel to the frontier. I will always be a Pioneer.”

According to their website, PriceWaterhouseCoopers offers more than 700 internships annually across 29 countries and more than 88 percent of those interns accept careers with the company once they graduate.

Fernando plans to graduate in the spring, and either pursue a career with PriceWatehouseCoopers or attend East Tennessee State University for graduate school, also with a focus on accounting.

At Tusculum, Fernando provides mentoring and guidance to his fellow students as a tutor and as a resident assistant in one of the resident halls on campus. 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. His excellence as a freshman in an accounting course typically taken by upperclassmen led to an internship position at Plus Mark. Fernando has also worked internships at the accounting firm of Blackburn Childers and Steagall and Unaka Company Inc., where he currently is employed.


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Valentine’s Dinner and Swing Dance to benefit Tusculum College band program

Valentine’s Dinner and Swing Dance to benefit Tusculum College band program

Posted on 14 January 2016 by

Dinner, dancing and romance are on the agenda for the Valentine’s Day Dinner/Swing Dance, set for Saturday, Feb. 13 at 6:30 p.m., at the General Morgan Inn.

The evening event includes a reception, free dance lessons and a steak and shrimp dinner. Following dancing, a special dessert course will be served. Providing the music will be the Tusculum College Pioneer Jazz Band, along with special guests.

“When we decided to do a fundraiser for the band program, we were looking for a way to also provide entertainment to the Greeneville community,” said David Price, director of music at Tusculum College. “Spending a night dancing and eating good food with your sweetheart is what Valentine’s Day is all about.”

For anyone interested in honing skills for the dance floor, basic swing dance instruction will be offered immediately prior to the event from 6-6:45 p.m. by Dr. Bob and Christine Thorpe. The Thorpes have participated and competed in dance events across the southeastern United States for more than 20 years.

The Thorpes have been dancing together for 20 years and seize every opportunity to attend workshops, competitions and dance events from Pittsburgh to Cincinnati
and all over the southeastern US. They have taken private instruction in many styles of dance including Ballroom East and West Coast Swing, Waltz, Foxtrot, Carolina Shag and Latin Rumba, Cha-Cha and Tango.

Ticket prices for the event are $50 per person and include dance tickets, free dance lessons, an opening reception, dinner and a special dessert. Please call in advance to request a vegetarian substitution. A cash bar will be available.

Tickets are available for purchase at the General Morgan Inn or by contacting Price at 423-636-7303 or emailing A hotel package special is also available by contacting the General Morgan Inn at 423-787-1000.

Special table reservations are available for larger group seating by contacting Price.

The Pioneer Band Program at Tusculum College began in 2010, with the creation of the Pioneer Pep Band. The Pep Band became a much-enjoyed feature of the 2010 Pioneer football and basketball seasons, as the band performed at the Pioneer Club tailgate parties before each home football game and during pregame and half-time festivities.

Since that time a concert band, jazz band, marching band, handbell choir and several small ensembles have been added to the program. The groups play several events on campus each year, as well as events in the community.



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Central Ballet Theatre of Greeneville to bring “Cinderella” to the stage Jan. 22-24

Central Ballet Theatre of Greeneville to bring “Cinderella” to the stage Jan. 22-24

Posted on 13 January 2016 by

Sarah Bosse and Dillon Davis portray Cinderella and the Prince in Central Ballet Theatre's upcoming performance of the classic tale.

Central Ballet Theatre of Greeneville will bring the beloved story of “Cinderella” to the stage Jan. 22-24 with some novel and interesting twists to the classic tale.

A cast of 110 local and professional dancers will present the original ballet for all ages in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on the Tusculum College campus. Four performances are scheduled: 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22; 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 24.

NOTICE: The Friday and Saturday performances of the Cinderella ballet have been postponed until next week due to weather. The Sunday, January 24 performance of Cinderella will take place at 2 pm at Annie Hogan Byrd Auditorium.

Adapted and choreographed by Central Ballet Theatre’s Artistic Director Lori Ann Sparks, this unique ballet is based on the familiar children’s story of a virtuous young woman who suffers hardships and injustice but endures and is miraculously rewarded for her courage and kindness. While she was writing the storyline of Cinderella, Sparks said she read every version of the fairy tale she could, including versions from foreign countries that helped her create a the title character as a young lady with great depth and generosity.

“Cinderella” includes something for everyone: from cute little butterflies and military mice to dancers welding swords in a wolf attack, from a fire-breathing dragon to a manly but kind prince, as well as modest yet beautiful costuming, intricate choreography, inspiring music, creative sets and lighting.

The ballet will feature three guest professional dancers, Dillon Davis, Joshua Krutzberg and Nanako Yamamoto.

Davis, a dancer and teacher at Chattanooga Ballet, portrays the Prince. Davis started his professional career as a trainee at Alabama Ballet under the direction of Wes Chapman. After completing his training at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Davis performed professionally with Nashville Ballet and Dance Theater of Tennessee.

Audiences may recognize Kurtzberg who has danced roles in previous Central Ballet productions including “Rapunzel” and “Caspian: Return to Narnia.” In “Cinderella” he will appear as the lead character’s father. Kurtzberg began his training on full scholarship with Atlanta Ballet. After four years, he was offered a company position but pursued his training with the Houston Ballet Ben Stevenson Academy on full scholarship. Kurtzberg danced with American Repertory Ballet (ARB) for six years and now resides in Atlanta

Yamamoto, a principal with ARB, appears as the Coral Fairy in “Cinderella.” A native of Japan, she attended the prestigious Royal Ballet Summer School, then auditioned for and was accepted to the Elmhurst School for Dance in association with the Birmingham Royal Ballet. Yamamoto has performed for his Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall and for the grand re-opening of Birmingham’s town hall. She has danced with ballet companies in Florida and is in her fourth season with ARB.

Sparks, the company’s resident professional dancer, returns to the stage in the role of Cinderella’s mother. In addition to serving as artistic director, storywriter and choreographer, Sparks is the founder of Central Ballet School and Central Ballet Theatre and is ballet mistress for both.

Company dancer Parke Brumit plays the role of Lady Tremaine, Cinderella’s wicked stepmother. Brumit majored in business administration and trained in ballet technique under Sydney Warren at Virginia Intermont College. As well as dancing with the ballet, she serves as Central Ballet Theatre’s board president and has garnered financial support from the generous donors in the community.

The title role of Cinderella will be danced by Dandridge Sarah Bosse. Greenevillian Hannah Randles will portray the Fairy Godmother.

Every part of the ballet has been designed, created and built by local community members. Helping lead a host of volunteers are Courtney Beddingfield, who oversees social media; Sara Aiken, who coordinates the children’s backstage; Cindy Kricko, who manages the box office; Kimberly Boschee and Jody Johnson, who have designed costumes and coordinated the sewing process, and Dave Johnson, who had edited music and is responsible for the sound during the productions. Parents became involved by assisting in set production and working in every facet of the backstage world of a production.

Talented local artists have added their touch to the production. “We are so blessed to work with Nan Anderson and Sherry Peters who paint the huge sets,” says Blair Berry, production manager for Central Ballet. “Brian Sparks, along with master builder, Scott Gailey, do a fantastic job of building several complicated sets, and we are always thankful for Frank Mengel’s (technical director for Tusculum College Arts Outreach) technical oversight and brilliant lighting design.” Central Ballet Theatre also appreciates the corporations, local business and individuals who financially support the organization to make productions such as “Cinderella” possible.

The thirteenth production for Central Ballet, “Cinderella” continues a tradition for the company in performing story ballets. Sparks said she enjoys the story ballets “because the pieces are highly educational and fulfilling in the sense that they encompass every part of a dancer’s being – physical, mental, spiritual and emotional. The most exciting part of my job is taking an empty stage, then placing dancers on it. From there, they learn ballet movement that displays what I want them to ‘say.’ Using music that sets the tone of the scene, we add costuming, sets and props, and Frank adds lighting. Viola! We have an entire scene. The scenes add up to a ballet that tells an amazing life story.

“A nice addition to any ballet is a variation of choreography. In this ballet, four of the dances are choreographed by other professionals, Marilyn duBrisk, Jen Kintner, Joshua Kurtzberg and Elizabeth Sparks, adding different styles of dancing. Central Ballet Theatre strives for excellence in all we do so as to honor the One who gives us this beautiful art of dance and to share this gift with the community. My goal is to see the audience, and dancers alike, leaving the theater uplifted and joyful from watching and participating in the ballet.”

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors 60 and over. Tickets are available for purchase at Three Blind Mice, the General Morgan Inn, Richland Creek Gifts, and Tusculum Arts Outreach. Tickets can also be reserved by calling (423) 724-7014 or (423) 798-1620.


Portraying the main characters of "Cinderella" are, from left, Parke Brumit as Lady Tremaine, Elizabeth Sparks as Anatasia Tremain, Sophia Sparks as Styles Tremaine, Hannah Randles as the Fairy Godmother, Emma Beddingfield as Bluebird, Dillon Davis as The Prince and Sarah Bosse as Cinderella. (Photos accompanying this article and the front teaser by Hiliary Bowman, courtesy of PicsByHil Photography)

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Eligible transfer students can receive associate degree through new program

Eligible transfer students can receive associate degree through new program

Posted on 12 January 2016 by

Did your student transfer from the Tennessee community college? If so, they might be eligible to receive their associate degree now. Reverse Transfer allows students to combine college credits from both the community college and their four-year institution toward an associate degree. The process is simple and takes two minutes to complete. Eligible students will receive emails from the registrar between January 25 – February 17. To participate in the program, students simply click on the opt-in link in the email. A degree audit will be run free of charge and students will be notified later in the spring if the degree will be awarded in May. It’s free, it’s a degree, so opt-in.


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Tusculum students recognized for academic achievements on Fall 2015 Dean’s List

Tusculum students recognized for academic achievements on Fall 2015 Dean’s List

Posted on 08 January 2016 by

The Tusculum College academic honors lists have been announced for the fall 2015 semester recognizing students for their academic achievements.

Tusculum students are recognized for academic achievements through three academic honors lists.

The Dean’s List includes full-time students who have earned a 3.5 grade point average or higher during a semester.

The President’s List includes those students who have earned a 4.0 grade point average during the semester. These students are also included on the Dean’s List.

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

Below are the listings for the the fall 2015 Dean’s List for the Traditional (residential) program and the Graduate and Professional Studies program for working adults. Students named to the President’s List are denoted with an *. Those who are listed on the Charles Oliver Gray Scholars List are noted with a +.

2015 Fall Dean’s List for the Traditional Program

Jemima Abimbola Adisa*

Precious Toluwani Adisa

Cynthia Paige Adkins+

Makenzi Lynn Alley

Evan R Altizer*+

Jorge Alvarez+

Andrea Jane Amettis+

Pamela Michele Ammons

Lori M Anderson

Katja Sabina Elisabeth Andersson*

Thomas Cody Armstrong

Hannah Beth Arnett+

Benjamin A. Arnold+

Cheyene Leigh Arnold*+

Grace Ann Rose Arthur+

Ashlie Katelyn Ayres+

Charles Tyler Bailey

Kyle Bailey+

Samuel Ray Baker*+

Sarah Ann Baker

Toni Lyn Bates+

Taylor Alexandria N. Battle

Cheyenne Nicole Beeler*

Miranda Leeann Beeler*+

Keegan Michael William Bell

Alexis Hope Berlin

Hannah Marie Berling+

Emily Rae Bernin

Emory Leigh Bibb

Julie Anne Bielowski

Kyle Christopher Bittner*

John Russell Bivens

Danny Ohara Black

Jonathan Blaylock*+

Cassandra Marie Born

Andrew Scott Bowerman

Jule Brass*

Cheyenne Renee Bray

Spencer Darris Brothers+

Kaitlin Brooke Brown*+

Megan Lorraine Buczek*+

Lawson Henry Burrow*+

Lindsay Ann Butler*+

Mason Ray Calhoun

Shelbi Breanne Cameron+

Alison Faith Camp*+

Brianna Richelle Campbell

Amelia Ellen Cannon

Jessie Leonard Carey+

Erin Helene Carmody+

Ethan Wayne Carpenter+

Laura Kaye Carr*

Darius O’Neil Carter+

Benjamin T Cash

Callie S. Casteel+

Cayla Brooke Cecil+

Mitchell Frank Lewis Chapman+

Matthew Keith Church

Christina Daniell Clemons

Denise Nicole Coffey

Matthew S. Cole*

Cynthia J Conte+

Dustin Daniel Conway*+

Logan Scott Cornelius+

Jacob William Countiss

Kelsie Elizabeth Cox

Heather Renee Crouch

Bailey Alexandria Culler

Craig Matthew Cutler

Caleb Michael Cutshall+

Samantha Czapik*

Jennifer Leeann Dalton+

Eliza Lucille Davis*+

Samuel George Davis*+

Corinne Louise De Rohan

Payton Alexandra Dehart+

Carmen Nereida Diaz Mercado

Kayla Brooke Dodson

Tandon Gregory Dorn+

Renee Amens Doyle+

Gary Joseph Dunlop

James Dallas Dunn

John Eric Durr

Blaine Leroy Dykes

Michael Jason Eggert+

Samantha Elizabeth Eldridge

Madilyn Joyce Elliott*+

Savannah Elliott*+

Bryana Diane Thomas Ezell+

Kasey Blake Fawbush

Hettige Joseph Michael Ruksha Fernando*+

Amber Aleice Fields

Alisha Marie Fillers+

Sean Brenden Finucane

Lia Theresa Fiore

Karli Payten Fisher*+

Harper Nicole Ford

Nicholas Larry Forsberg*+

Kevin Michael Franklin

Kelsey Lynae Freeman*+

Zachary Hamby Freeman+

Macy Amanda French*+

Jennifer Michelle Frost+

Jordan D’Ann Fullerton*

Franziska Funke*+

Rachel Eileen Garnett+

Zachary Joel Gass+

Travis Maxwell Gaubert+

Alexus Breann Gibson

Eduardo Granados Munoz

Shelby Anne Gray+

Robert Anthony Greenier*

Jose Roberto Guerrero

Guillem Guil+

Allison Marie Hall*+

Holly Brooke Hall

Tyler James Hall

Macey Leann Hance+

Edward Oliver Moore Hancock*+

Tony L. Hannah

Sierra Paige Hanson+

Zachary Lee Hartle

Kayla Michele Hartley

William Harrison Harvey

Mamie Britt Hassell+

Bradley Daniel Hawkins+

Victoria Emily Hayes

Tarah Ranae Helms

Rachael Bethany Hensley*+

Emily Elizabeth Hester*

Benjamin Luke Hillis

Bradford Blaine Hinkle*+

Andrew Colby Hollingshead

Sarah Elizabeth Holly*+

Ronnie James Holt

Sayre Catherine Hopper+

Brittney Nicole Horton+

Logan Tyler Hunter

Addison Lawrence Ingram

Katie Elizabeth James

Brandon Kenneth Jeter

Jeffrey Tyler Johnson*+

J’Quen O. Johnson

Kenleigh A. Johnson*+

Sarah Jean Johnson+

Alexis Joiner+

Morgan Deanne Jones

Shelby May Jordan

Devon Aliva Justice+

Tashique Kader+

Briana Michelle Kaltenmark+

Cody Michael Kammerzell+

Adrienne Martine Kaye

Jordan Hayley Keene+

Teresa Ann Kinley

Toby De Klerk+

Miranda Leanna Knight

Staci Nicole Knipp*+

Andrew D Kransberger

Andreas M. Kvam+

Lindsey Nell Lafitte

Pablo Laguna+

Taylor Kara Lambertsen

Zachary Aaron Lane+

Calley B. Lawson*+

Shane Allen Lawson*+

Guillermo Lazcano Carrera+

Hannah Irene Lefler+

Lindsey Danielle Lewis+

Makenna Noel Lewis

Mariah Lynn Lewis

Meghan Nichole Lively

Ryan Logan*

Chrysta Leigh Long

Felisha Marie Loveless

Preston Donald Loveless*

Daniel Ray Lowery+

Emma Catherine MacDonald*

Morgan Mahaffey*

Yared W. Mamo

Lindsey Rose Mank*

Whitney Brianna Marshall+

Miriah Elizabeth Martin+

Shawna Ann Martin

James Wayne Mayes

Chase M McAllister

Mitchell Vance McCain

Kelli Lynn McCalla*+

Joseph Bryson McCarter*+

Reanna Dawn McClure*

Rory Walsh McClure

Billi L. McKenzie+

Nicole Sarah McMillen

Ragen Danielle McNair

Rachel Nicole Medley+

Charles Richard Mills

Erin Ashley Mills+

Ashlyn Nicole Misischia

James Curtis Moneyhun

AAliyah Jada Montgomery*+

Dana Stacia Morong

Pamela Kay Morong+

Margaret Ann Moss+

Yusuf Muhammed

William Frederick Munker+

Shannon Rose Murphy

David Michael New

Jordan Nicole Newby

Robert E. Nichols

Micah Brianne Nicley

William Lake Noel

Kylee Jordan Nolan+

Charla Deidre Odom

John Patrick Olzer

Erin Christian Osborne+

Fabian Paier*

Ross Gregory Parsons+

Kendall Patterson

Carly Jeannette Payne

Shaveen Perera

Matthew Ralph Pierce+

Amanda Leigh Ann Pipes

Diego C. Poore

Courtney Leigh Purkey

Rachel Elizabeth Purswell

Jasmine Ellesse Queen+

David Lee Quesenberry+

Erica K. Ramsey+

Jared Lee Ramsey

Heath Ratliff

Ciara Rattana

Troy Lee Reagan

Zachary James Redden

Tiffany L. Rednour+

Chelsey Brooke Reed*+

Michael Bryce Reed+

Treslyn Kelley Reese*+

Jonathon Gage Reynolds

Jamie Rebecca Rhea

Cassi L. Ricker

Allyson Kathleen Rines+

Rachel Elizabeth Roberts+

Terence Victor Roberts+

Carrie Leigh Rose

Kathleen J. Samples+

Norman Cody Sauceman*+

Sabrina L. Schleuger

Brooke Morgan Schreder

Blythe Elizabeth Scrivner

Leon Seiz+

Morgan Caroline Seymore

Roxanne Inez Shepard*+

Jaelyn Makelti Shoemaker

Madison Kate Shumaker

David Felix Siegle+

Payton Dakota Silcox*

Erin Janae Sims+

Zachariah William Slagle+

Cynthia Mae Smith

Garland Taylor Smith

John James Paul Smith+

Jordan Dianne Smith*

Tyler James Smith

Alexandra Marie Soldati

James William Spears

Jonathan Spicher*+

Clarissa Elaine Stanton

Danae K. Stauffer+

Tim Stierle*+

Robin Marie Stoner+

Toria Rose Strickland

Kaytlin N. Stroinski+

Teela Sullivan*+

Amanda Lynn Sumner+

Shannele Marjorie Sunderland*+

Joshua Taylor Suttles

Terrie Shea Taylor

Victoria Elizabeth Thames*

Carlie Amanda Thornber*+

Darian Dale Tipton+

Breanna Lynn Tolliver+

Elizabeth H. Tomassoni

Katherine A. Tomassoni*

Preston R Tucker*+

Britney Nicole Turner

Stephanie Marie Turner+

Taylor Linea Tyree

Cheyenne Upton+

Jane Esther Van Amberg

Samuel J. A. Van Amberg*

Samantha Jean Vogt+

Rebekah Grace Voiles

Nathan Russell Philip Wade

Brooke Elizabeth Wagner

Courtney Lynn Ward

Chase McClain Ware

Nicholas Alexander Wasylyk*+

Emily Christine Waters+

Devan Scott Watts+

Kara Lynn Webb

Daniel D. Wedding*

Amanda Marie Werder+

Brianna Michelle Werder

Nathaniel Gerome West

Carly Leeanne White+

Taylor Lindsey White

Dorothy Shynese Whitener

Kristen Faith Wiggins+

Donna Nicole Wilkerson

Roy Casey Wilkerson

Tiffany Anne Wilkerson*

Carolyn Elizabeth Williamson+

Sydney Nicole Wilson

Johnathan Cole Wilt

Jonas Burkhardt Siegfried Winkelmann+

Rachel Marie Wisner

Allison Nicole Woody+

Erica Denise Worrell+

Parker Katelyn Alisa Wright*

Rebecca L. Wyatt

Dakota Lee Younce+


2015 Fall Dean’s List for Graduate and Professional Studies

Scott Eugene Adams

Brandon Keith Allen*

Kimberly Kay Anderson+

Lisa Nachelle Anderson*+

Robert Alexander Anderson+

Tiffany Headrick Andrews

Ashley Marie Andrukonis

Jaime Lee Arnold*+

Angel Renee Arrington

Eleonora Surenovna Assadova+

Amy Jeanette Atchley*

April Suzanne Bachman+

Anthony Maurice Bagwell*+

Kristin Marie Bair*+

Crystal Annette Banken

Ashley Diane Barger*+

Mindy Michelle Barton

Candace Angelique Baxter+

Leslie Deanna Ruth Beach+

Marcus Gabriel Blair*+

Sheila D Blair+

Kimberly Renee Boles+

Matthew Tyler Booth+

Stacie Lynn Botts+

Ashley N. Bowers

Brittany Paige Bowers

Bryan Allen Bowers*+

Mercedes L. Boyd+

Casey Elizabeth Bradley+

Mindy Dawn Bradley+

David M Breeden

Kristi Michelle Breeden

Morgan Maechelle Brewer*+

Daniel Clifford Britton+

Terry Dean Brooks

Charles A. Brown

David Bryan Brown+

Shannon Kay Brown*

Joshua Adam Broyles*+

Megan D. Bruce+

Janie Danielle Bryant+

Victoria Jacqueline Bryant

Keith Christopher Buch+

Kevin W Buckner

Adam Michael Burchfield*

Lara Gail Burchfield+

Amber Nicole Burgner*+

Jessica Caroline Burgner+

Robin Annette Burnette+

James Allen Butler+

Judith Cahansa Butler*

James Winston Cable

Carrie Chae Cagle

Melissa Callahan*

Billy Carroll Calwell*

Amber Spring Campbell

Deanna Roshelle Campbell+

Claire D. Carter+

Felicia Waynette Carter

Kirsten Dixie Carter

Daniel Cate

Tessa Marie Catlett-Mccroskey*

Kelsey Marie Chamberlain+

Hannah Lynn Champlin+

Brent Eugene Chapman*+

Ann Marie Cheezum+

Floyd Alden Cheyne*+

Brandon Anthony Chittum*

Savannah Hope Clabough

Delisa L. Cleveland

Kala L. Clifford

Candace Lee Cody*+

Mandy LaChelle Colburn+

Katie Lee Cole

Linda Darlene Coleman+

April Dawn Collins+

Robert Earl Colquitt+

Paula Renee Conley

Tabitha Lydia Cook

Amber Lawson Cooper*+

Jeremy Brent Cooper*+

Justin Ross Cornett

Donna Costa-White+

Stephanie Marie Cox+

Tyler Robert Cox+

Chester Craig

Amy Denise Crawford

Jamie Cunningham*+

Melanie Ann Cusmano+

Kari E. Cuthbertson

Gabriel James Dando*

Kira Lauren Dash

Alexandra Nicole Davis+

Allison Roxie Davis+

Heather D. Davis+

William Zachary Davis*

Kayla Gabrielle Dearstone*+

Jessica Susan Deaton

Mario Antonine Debro

Emily Marie Delacruz+

Alaina Christen Demay+

Angela Dawn Dixson*

Patrick Edwin Douthat+

Gilbert Charles Downey

Jennifer Duff*

Kimberly Lynn Duff

Amber Christine Duke+

Deidra Michelle Dunlap*

Janice Lyn Dutcher+

Brittney D. Dye*+

Tabitha Ann Dyer+

Jessica Lea Elkins+

Melissa Jeannette Emerson*

Abigail Leigh Ero

Joseph Hall Exum

Brianna Fannon+

Lori Ann Farmer

Lisa Josephine Feezell

Kristoffer Mykell Fernandez

Scott Allan Fisher*

Natalie Paige Foland+

Christie D. Forbis+

Amy Laurel Foreman

Justin Wayne Foster+

Logan Brian Foust*+

Taylor Victoria Fritz+

Roben Andrea Garland

Jamie L. Gass+

Maura Gilbert

Balinda Anne Gillis

David Allen Glasscock*+

Tiffany Marie Golden+

Jill Edith Goodpasture*+

Stevie Nicole Gorrell+

Mendy Lynn Goss+

Trisha Lear Gossett+

Tyler J Govert+

Kimberly Grace Gregg*+

Mandy Michele Haga*

James Travis Hale+

Justin Tyler Hamilton*+

Audrey Heather Hammack Robinson

Brittney Harrison+

Cory D. Harrison

Kazuhiko Hashiyama

Kelsi Jean Haskins+

Kimberly Marie Hatmaker

Tanya Marie Hayes*+

Danielle R. Henderson+

April Dawn Hensley*

Lisa Michelle Hensley

Brent Aaron Hickman*+

Ruth Ann Hickman

Crystal Lee Hicks

Gregory Ward Hilemon*+

Cassie Hiles

Jenny Rebecca Hill

Amy Marie Hodge+

Steven Chadwick Holder

Taylor Andrea Holdren*+

Arnold Keith Hooper*+

Cathleen Marie Hopson+

Ryan Wesley Hudson+

Velvet Dawn Hughes*+

Mark Anthony Hunley

Maleah Linda Huskey+

Andrea Lauren Hutchins*+

Chanc Milton Jackson+

Charlotte Nicole Jackson*+

Rebecca Michelle Jenkins*+

Angel M Jennings*+

Bertrane Jarvis Jennings+

Carol S. Jennings+

Jeffrey Adam Jennings+

Katelyn Jasanna Jennings*

Kiana Raelene Johnson

Mattie Renee Johnson

Rebecca Leann Johnson*+

Stephanie Michelle Josey

Wesley Justice+

Angela Marie Kagley+

Steve Alan Kelley*+

Courtney Michelle Kelly+

Marjorie Krystal Kennedy

Sarah Kenny*+

Bradley James Kidwell*

Justin Marc King

Frankie Lorine Kington*+

Wayne Craig Kiser*+

Thomas Robert Kosidowski+

Christie Deanna Lamb+

Stacey Lamb

Elissa Ruth Lane+

Kendra Michelle Lane

Kevin Brett Lane

James Adam Large+

Zachary Brown Lassiter

Mary Kristina Lawson+

Contessa D. Leverett

Heather Deann Lewis

Hannah E. Linkous*

Jodi Marie Lister*+

Allison Ray Lloyd+

Olivia Lobertini+

Rachel Hope Looney+

Gregory Glenn Lynn+

Amy Patrice Lyon+

Brooke Danielle Maloney+

Marcy Lee Marriott+

Phil Every Mauk*+

Lisa Loraine Maxwell

Brandi Michele McAmis+

Kevin Ray McAmis

Betsy Ann McClain+

Joshua Dylan McClure*+

Heather June McConnell

Ryan Pete McCord*+

Kylie M. McCoy*

Derek Channing McFall+

Josette McGaha*

Sven McGaha*+

Nancy Anne McKinley*+

Madison Neil McKinney

Nanette Louise McLain*+

Matthew Edward Meese+

Rebecca Lashea Melton

Lauren Angeline Menefee

Emily Ann Menner+

Alicia Rae Miller+

Denna Lee Miller+

Ruth Ann Mitchell

Evan Dewayne Monroe+

Sarah Jennifer Monroe*

Jonathan G. Moore*

Charles Mark Morgan

Alexis Gray Morrow

Vanessa Morton

Michael Mostella+

Daisy Tamara Mullins

Evelyn Deana Marie Myers

Aaron Jon Mynatt+

Cortney Mercedes Mynatt+

Tomi A. Nelson+

Craig Lee Newman+

Whitnie Elaine Norman*

Amie Suzanne O’Brien*

Tiffany Nichole Ogle*+

Tracy Michelle Olson+

Sherry Lynn Ottem*+

Laurence James Palais*+

Ashley Dawn Palmer+

Shaunna Passmore+

Samantha Paul

Christina Louise Paxton

Christopher David Payne*+

Heather Dawn Perry+

Matthew Allen Piper+

Juliana Cecelia Pressley+

Jill Elizabeth Purkey*

Jacqueline Nicole Rader+

Macy Makenzie Raines+

Rodney Scott Ramin*

Johnathan Hugh Reagan+

Madeline Kathleen Reddick

Sunday Lynn Reeves

April Danielle Renner*+

Abby Caitlin Reynolds

Kendra Irene Rickard

Mark C. Riley*

Shalynn Wallace Rippetoe

Rachael Elizabeth Roach

Matthew Garrett Roberts

Sharon S. Roberts

Jacqueline Anne Robinson+

Tabitha Ann Rue+

Rodney Lynn Russell

Stephen Paul Sabatino+

Roger Grant Sams*+

Mark Lee Sandburg

Regina Starr Sandidge*+

Monica Jo Sasscer*+

Audrey Lynn Sauls*+

Whitney Suzanne Scearce*

Kelly Schlitz

Mary Taylor Schmid

Cortnay Paige Scott

Destinee Ciera Scott+

Steven Douglas Scott*+

Chad William Seay+

Talor Elisabeth-Broo Shaddix+

Deborah Rolen Sharp*+

William Robert Sharp+

Jeffery Alan Shelton+

Kaliah Alexis Sheppard+

Saasha Noel Shirooni

John Cody Simmons

Robert Renoel Sitterson

David Grant Smith*

Michael Jason Smith

Rebecca Hildegard Smith-Gregg+

Wendy Marie Smothers

Lisa Jane Snowden+

Candice N. Spradlin+

Lindsey Nicole Stair*

Suzanne Michelle Starnes

Wayne Gordon Stokes*

David Eric Stott+

Amanda Carroll Strange+

Kendall John Strumpf+

Travis Carl Stuart*

Renea Danielle Styles

Jason Matthew Tarbet+

Angela Marie Taylor*+

Kenny Leon Taylor*+

Rockne Von Taylor*

Sara Kapileo Techur+

Raymond Allen Thacker

Kristi Ann Thomas

Rhonda Melissa Thompson+

Shannon Edward Thompson+

Timothy L Thompson

Miranda Lin Tobler*+

Daniel Joseph Tremaine+

Karen Michelle Trent*

Joshua Daniel Trivette+

Kenneth R. Tucker

John R. Tuggle*+

Remola Wanavee Turner

Matthew David Urnick

Angela Diane Vaughn*+

Robert Dylan Walden

Bailey F. Walker

Misty D. Wallen

Samantha Laynea Wallen+

David George Walton+

Kayla R Ward*+

Benjamin Harden Warnick*+

Jada Lynn Watts*+

Joshua Aaron Weaver+

Mitzi Michele Weese*

Patrick Shane Wells

Melissa Kim Whaley

Courtney Ann Whittington

Martin Lewis Whorley+

Leslie Kaye Wilhoit+

Leslie Camera Wilkerson+

Marti L. Willen*+

Rosa Dawn Williams

Calandra Livesay Williamson*+

Brandi Nichole Wilson+

Kimberly Ruth Wise+

Kristin Alexis Woods

Linda Gayle Woods+

Maggie Elizabeth Wright

Shauna Jane Wrinkle

Angela Dawn Young*+

Angelique Louise Zimcosky*





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Record number of students named to Fall 2015 Athletic Director Honor Roll

Record number of students named to Fall 2015 Athletic Director Honor Roll

Posted on 08 January 2016 by

Two-hundred and seventy-four student-athletes have been named to the 2015 Tusculum College Athletic Director’s Fall Honor Roll.  The 274 honorees are the most in school history.

To be selected to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, a student-athlete must accumulate either a semester or cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.

The Tusculum football team boasted the most student-athletes on the honor roll with 48 honorees.  The Pioneer baseball and women’s soccer teams were tied for second with 29 selections each.  The men’s soccer team was fourth on the list with 20 honorees, while the Pioneer men’s and women’s lacrosse teams were tied for fifth with 19 selections apiece.  The volleyball and softball teams tied for seventh with 16 honorees each, while the women’s golf and men’s basketball teams had 10 selections apiece and tied for ninth.  Women’s basketball and women’s cross country had nine honorees each and are tied for 11th, followed by women’s tennis (8), men’s tennis (7), men’s golf (7) and men’s cross country (6).

The Tusculum cheerleading squad also had 13 members recognized on this semester’s honor roll.

The Tusculum men’s tennis team had the highest cumulative grade point average of the 16 sports sponsored by the College with a 3.5782 team GPA.  Of Tusculum’s 16 athletic programs, 13 boasted team GPAs of 3.00 or better.

The women’s tennis team was second with a 3.5626 GPA, followed by volleyball (3.5436), softball (3.4919), women’s golf (3.4408), men’s golf (3.4327), women’s cross country (3.3661), men’s cross country (3.3289), women’s basketball (3.2705), women’s lacrosse (3.1554), women’s soccer (3.1460), men’s soccer (3.0632) and men’s lacrosse (3.0022).

Seventeen Tusculum student-athletes currently have a perfect cumulative GPA of 4.00 including: Katja Andersson (women’s soccer), Jule Bass (women’s tennis), Matthew Cole (football), Jordan Fullerton (women’s soccer), Franziska Funke (women’s tennis), Emily Hester (softball), Calley Lawson (women’s golf), Emma MacDonald (women’s soccer), Morgan Mahaffey (softball), Lindsey Mank (women’s cross country), Fabian Paier (men’s tennis), Treslyn Reese (softball), Jordan Smith (women’s lacrosse), Jonathan Spicher (men’s soccer), Katie Tomassoni (women’s golf), Carlie Thornber (women’s soccer) and Parker Wright (cheerleading).

Along with these individuals, seven additional student-athletes had a perfect fall with a 4.00 semester GPA, including: Evan Altizer (football), Lawson Burrow (men’s cross country), Eliza Davis (softball), Samuel Davis (men’s golf), Savannah Elliott (women’s lacrosse), Preston Tucker (men’s golf) and Nick Wasylyk (football)

2015 Tusculum College Athletic Director’s Fall Honor Roll

Student-Athlete               Sport(s)

Antoinette Allen              Women’s Soccer/Lacrosse

Makenzi Alley                    Women’s Cross Country

Evan Altizer                        Football

Jorge Alvarez                     Men’s Soccer

Andrea Amettis                Volleyball

Katja Andersson               Women’s Soccer

Ashley Andrukonis          Women’s Cross Country

Ben Arnold                         Men’s Basketball

Kellen Asmundson          Men’s Lacrosse

Kristen Atwell                    Women’s Basketball

Kyle Bailey                          Football

Tyler Bailey                         Baseball

Sarah Baker                        Women’s Tennis

Brandyn Bartlett               Football

Hayley Bartlett                  Women’s Lacrosse

Taylor Battle                       Softball

Miranda Beeler                 Softball

Keegan Bell                        Men’s Lacrosse

John Bennett                     Baseball

Alexis Berlin                       Cheerleading

Hannah Berling                 Volleyball

McKenly Berry                  Baseball

Paige Bible                          Women’s Cross Country

Danny Black                        Football

William Boney                   Football

Cassandra Born                 Volleyball

Dalton Boslooper             Baseball

Sarah Bouley                      Volleyball

Brittney Bowers               Women’s Soccer

Sabrina Bradley                 Women’s Soccer

Jule Brass                            Women’s Tennis

Cheyenne Bray                 Women’s Lacrosse

Spencer Brothers             Baseball

Kyle Brown                         Men’s Lacrosse

Lawson Burrow                 Men’s Cross Country

Lindsay Butler                    Women’s Golf

Alison Camp                       Women’s Soccer

Corey Cantrell                   Football

Hunter Cantrell                 Football

Michaelae Carden           Cheerleading

Erin Carmody                     Volleyball

Ethan Carpenter               Baseball

Darius Carter                      Men’s Basketball

Ben Cash                             Baseball

Cayla Cecil                           Softball

Mitch Chapman                Men’s Lacrosse

Chris Cochrane                  Baseball

Matthew Cole                   Football

Eamonn Collins                 Baseball

Sarah Combs                      Women’s Soccer

Jalen Connor                      Football

Christen Craig                    Women’s Lacrosse

Heather Crouch                Women’s Soccer/Basketball

Kelsey Crow                       Women’s Lacrosse

Bailey Culler                       Softball

Destiny Cunningham      Cheerleading

Caleb Cutshall                    Men’s Cross Country

Jacob Cutshall                    Men’s Cross Country

Ricardo Da Silva                 Men’s Soccer

Deshawn Davis                 Football

Eliza Davis                            Softball

Samuel Davis                     Men’s Golf

Zach Davis                           Men’s Basketball

Andre De Giorgi                Men’s Soccer

Bryce Dequira                    Men’s Soccer

Payton DeHart                  Women’s Soccer

Seth DeHaven                   Baseball

Rachel Del Duca                Women’s Lacrosse

Kyle Dickson                       Men’s Soccer

Victoria Dierickx                Volleyball

Kelly Donnelly                   Football

Drake Dormann                Football

Tandon Dorn                      Baseball

Britney Dotson                  Cheerleading

Malik Drury                         Football

Gary Dunlop                       Men’s Soccer

Dallas Dunn                        Men’s Soccer

Isaiah Dunn                        Football

Savannah Elliott                Women’s Lacrosse

Cory Fagan                          Men’s Basketball

Todd Fidler                         Men’s Soccer

Harper Ford                        Softball

Nick Forsberg                    Men’s Golf

Jordan Fullerton               Women’s Soccer

Franziska Funke                Women’s Tennis

Rachel Garnett                  Volleyball

Nyssa Garrison                  Women’s Soccer

Max Gaubert                     Football

Guillem Giro                       Men’s Soccer/Cheerleading

Hannah Graham               Women’s Soccer

Shelby Gray                        Women’s Lacrosse

Davante Griffin                 Football

Sierra Haas                          Women’s Lacrosse

Courtney Hackney           Women’s Soccer

Kevin Haggerty                 Men’s Lacrosse

Brock Hakalmazian          Baseball

Holly Hall                              Women’s Soccer

Tyler Hall                              Baseball

Sierra Hanson                    Women’s Cross Country

Tim Hardy                            Baseball

Cooper Harrison               Football

Zach Hartle                         Men’s Basketball

Kayla Hartley                      Volleyball

Harrison Harvey                Men’s Soccer

Michala Hash                     Women’s Basketball

Kelsey Haun                       Women’s Golf

Brad Hawkins                     Men’s Golf

Peyton Haynes                 Football

Maelyn Head                     Women’s Basketball

Kealee Heffner                 Women’s Tennis

Emily Hester                       Softball

Cameron High                   Baseball

Luke Hillis                            Football

Rachel Holmes                  Women’s Lacrosse

Sayre Hopper                    Women’s Golf

Chris Hutson                      Men’s Golf

Kyron Inman                      Football

J’Quen Johnson                Men’s Cross Country

Tashique Kader                 Men’s Tennis

Cody Kammerzell             Men’s Soccer

Adrienne Kaye                  Women’s Tennis

Jordan Keene                    Softball

Jaylynn Kesterson           Football

Dante Key                           Baseball

Haley Klages                       Women’s Soccer

Tyler Klarner                      Men’s Lacrosse

Alexander Kleinberg       Men’s Lacrosse

Toby Klerk                           Men’s Tennis

Andrew Kransberger      Men’s Lacrosse

Dallas Kuykendall             Football

Andreas Kvam                   Men’s Soccer

Pablo Laguna                     Men’s Soccer

Taylor Lambertsen          Women’s Golf

Zack Lane                            Football

Bailey Laws                         Cheerleading

Calley Lawson                    Women’s Golf

Guillermo Lazcano           Men’s Soccer/Cheerleading

Mariah Lewis                     Volleyball

Meghan Lively                   Women’s Soccer

Jeffrey Lohman                Men’s Soccer

Emma MacDonald           Women’s Soccer

Morgan Mahaffey           Softball

Madison Malone              Women’s Lacrosse

Tanner Maloof                  Baseball

Lindsey Mank                    Women’s Cross Country

Miriah Martin                    Women’s Soccer

Stetson Mayes                  Football

Chase McAllister              Baseball

Mitch McCain                    Baseball

Kelli McCalla                       Women’s Soccer

Caleb McCormick             Football

Sadie McKay                      Cheerleading

Conor McKenna               Men’s Soccer

Dominic McLaren             Men’s Soccer

Nicole McMillen               Women’s Soccer

Kristen McMillion             Women’s Basketball

Rocco Menna                    Men’s Soccer

Ethan Merrow                   Men’s Lacrosse

Carly Mill                              Women’s Soccer

Charles Mills                       Men’s Lacrosse

Erin Mills                              Women’s Tennis

Connor Mitchell                Men’s Basketball

Vasco Monteiro                Men’s Soccer

Dominic Moore                 Football

Jaylen Moore                    Football

Brandon Mosley               Cheerleading

Chase Mounce                  Men’s Basketball

Pauline Muiruri                 Women’s Cross Country

Billy Munker                       Football

Eduardo Munoz                Men’s Tennis

Shannon Murphy             Volleyball

Cydney Murrell                 Women’s Golf

Loyd Napier                        Football

David New                          Baseball

Jordan Newby                   Women’s Soccer

Mackenzie Newsome    Women’s Cross Country

Will Noel                              Men’s Cross Country

Alycea Ohl                           Women’s Lacrosse

Paula Ortiz-Gomez          Women’s Lacrosse

Fabian Paier                       Men’s Tennis

Ridge Palmer                     Football

Rahmoi Parson                  Football

Ross Parsons                      Men’s Lacrosse

Anthony Patrick                Football

Callie Patterson                Women’s Basketball

Kendall Patterson            Men’s Basketball

Taylor Plemons                 Softball

Diego Poore                       Men’s Basketball

Jasmine Queen                 Women’s Basketball

Christian Raasch               Baseball

Matt Ramsay                     Baseball

Cory Ramsey                      Men’s Cross Country

Haylee Ramsey                 Women’s Soccer

Heath Ratliff                       Men’s Golf

Ciara Rattana                     Women’s Golf

Zachary Redden               Football

Treslyn Reese                    Softball

Jenna Restivo                    Softball

Alphonzo Rigby                 Baseball

Rachel Roberts                  Women’s Soccer

Isaac Robinson                  Football

Christopher Ryan             Men’s Lacrosse

Reanna Saunders             Cheerleading

Tyler Schafer                      Men’s Lacrosse

Brooke Schreder              Women’s Soccer

Drew Schreder                  Football

Sabrina Schleuger            Volleyball

Blythe Scrivner                  Women’s Golf

Leon Seiz                             Men’s Tennis

Matthew Sheppard        Football

Caleb Shiflett                     Football

Jordon Shippy                   Football

Jaelyn Shoemaker           Cheerleading

Matt Shown                       Men’s Basketball

Madison Shumaker         Volleyball

David Siegle                        Men’s Tennis

Matt Simon                        Football

Erin Sims                              Women’s Lacrosse/Basketball

Christian Sisto                    Football

Trevor Skiles                      Football

Zach Slagle                          Baseball

Jacob Smith                        Men’s Lacrosse

Jordan Smith                      Women’s Lacrosse

Joshua Smith                     Football

Taylor Smith                       Men’s Golf

Zack Smith                          Football

Alexandra Soldati             Volleyball

James Spears                     Men’s Lacrosse

Jonathan Spicher             Men’s Soccer

Clarissa Stanton                Women’s Lacrosse

Danae Stauffer                 Volleyball

Robin Stoner                      Softball

Chaz Story                           Football

Kaytlin Stroinski                Volleyball

Amanda Sumner              Women’s Tennis

Shannele Sunderland     Women’s Soccer

Terrie Taylor                       Cheerleading

Carlie Thornber                 Women’s Soccer

Jim Tolle                               Baseball

Ellie Tomassoni                 Women’s Soccer

Katie Tomassoni               Women’s Golf

Will Tommie                       Football

John Topoleski                  Baseball

Preston Tucker                 Men’s Golf

Cheyenne Upton             Women’s Soccer

Eric Varlas                            Men’s Lacrosse

Samantha Vogt                 Women’s Cross Country

Dallas Wade                       Men’s Lacrosse

Nate Wade                         Men’s Lacrosse

Brooke Wagner                Women’s Lacrosse

Lillian Wallace                    Women’s Cross Country

Morgan Ward                    Softball

Jason Ware                         Football

Nick Wasylyk                      Football

Emily Waters                      Women’s Tennis

Devan Watts                      Baseball

Coneisha Waugh              Women’s Soccer/Lacrosse

Kaily Weiss                          Volleyball

J.J. Wesley                          Baseball

Taylor White                      Women’s Golf

Shynese Whitener          Women’s Basketball

Creighton Wilke                Baseball

Carolyn Williamson          Softball

Jason Willis                         Men’s Lacrosse

Sydney Wilson                  Women’s Basketball

Jonas Winkelmann          Men’s Tennis

Kaitlin Winnie                    Women’s Lacrosse

Rachel Wisner                   Softball

Parker Wright                    Cheerleading

Sam Wyrick                         Football

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Nearly 200 receive degrees Saturday at Tusculum College

Nearly 200 receive degrees Saturday at Tusculum College

Posted on 14 December 2015 by

Graduating from Tusculum College during winter commencement ceremonies were 198 individuals in a ceremony held on Saturday, Dec. 12.

On Saturday 86 students earned Bachelor of Science degrees and 76 earned Bachelor of Arts degrees. In addition 20 graduates earned Master of Arts degrees and 16 received Master of Business Administration degrees.

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

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

Two student speakers addressed the graduates, including Pamela Ammons, a nursing graduate from Midway. Ammons returned to Tusculum to complete her Bachelor of Science in nursing after having earned her associate degree 1990. “I would like to express my gratitude and thanks to the faculty and staff of Tusculum College, without each and every one of you, we would not be here today.”

She added, “We have all had a goal to accomplish and that day is today. It will forever be a day we will never forget. It has been a journey well taken.”

Also speaking was Michael Scott, of Colorado Springs, Colo. who received his MBA, after earning his bachelor degree from Tusculum College in 2013.

“We are more similar to real Pioneers than we give ourselves credit for,” he told his fellow graduates. “We didn’t fight bears or wrestle alligators, but we did work day and night and studied for hours. We moved forward no matter the sacrifice.”

The Rev. Dr. Dan Donaldson, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, the mother church of Tusculum College, and a member of the Tusculum College Board of Trustees also spoke to the graduates.

He spoke in tribute to the late Mark Stokes, Tusculum College chaplain, who passed away suddenly this fall, and had for several years provided the commencement sermon. Dr. Donaldson said that in Stokes’ nearly 30 years of service to Tusculum College he saw a remarkable amount of change.

“The world is changing so rapidly and higher education is no different,” he said. “Take your education and change with it as you go.”

Download the December 2015 Commencement Program


Graduation speakers representing the Class of 2015 were Michael Scott, left, and Pamela Ammons.

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

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New initiative provides opportunities for families to get involved in Tusculum’s mission

New initiative provides opportunities for families to get involved in Tusculum’s mission

Posted on 08 December 2015 by

Pioneer Families is a new initiative at the College to provide parents and families greater opportunities to get involved and support Tusculum’s mission to provide a quality education to its students.

While Tusculum has a number of outstanding students who are excelling in the classroom and faculty, staff and administrators who are dedicated to helping students succeed, the College still needs the involvement of parents, alumni and friends to continue to provide that quality education.

Pioneer Families provides an additional vehicle for current and past parents and family members to support the mission of Tusculum College.  The College is appreciative of the first families to join this new initiative: John and Cindy Cordell, Aubrey Ducker and Laurie Weatherford, and Philip and Catherine Horrell.

To become a Pioneer Family, parents/family members are asked to contribute a specific amount to Tusculum each year they wish to be members. Gifts may be designated to either the Tusculum Fund, Pioneer Club, scholarships, academic programs, technology, or another area that supports the College.  Gifts may be contributed in entirety as one payment or may be contributed through installment payments throughout the fiscal year (beginning July 1 and ending June 30 of each year).

Members of the Pioneer Families will receive an invitation for two people to attend two annual events on campus: an event on the Friday evening of Family Weekend at the President’s House to honor Pioneer Families and the President’s Dinner in May, which is a formal event to recognize and thank those who support Tusculum’s mission.

A care package will also be delivered by the Office of Institutional Advancement each semester to students whose parents or families are members of Pioneer Families.

Members will receive Pioneer Club benefits that include a 20% Tusculum bookstore discount, a football media guide, two general admission All-Sports Passes that grant admission into regular season Tusculum athletic contests throughout the year, President’s Box access for games held at Pioneer Field, free admission to three Pioneer Club events on campus, and a Pioneer Club window cling, stadium chair, T-shirt and polo shirt.

For more information about the Pioneer Families initiative or to join, please contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 423-636-7303 or


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Tusculum College voter drive results in tripling of registrants

Tusculum College voter drive results in tripling of registrants

Posted on 01 December 2015 by

More than 125 students were registered this year during Tusculum College’s recent annual voter registration drive.

Tusculum’s Constitution Day program, coordinated by the Student Government Association under the leadership of Michael Fernando, a senior from Sri Lanka, majoring in accounting, general management and international business and economics, and Jeff Lokey, assistant professor of management, was critical in helping triple the number of registrants statewide.

“Everyone who votes has an impact on public policy and government leadership,” said Stephanie Turner, a senior journalism and professional writing major. “Voting is a learned behavior, and when people don’t vote, it undermines representative democracy. We can’t take democracy for granted; it needs our help to succeed.”

Tusculum College registered 127 during this year’s National Voter Registration Month.

Professor Lokey said the annual drive is critical, as he feels it is essential to the “future of our youth that we not only register to vote but that we actually use this power to get out and vote.”

“Everyone, especially the youth, need to be active registered voters,” he said, and this idea helped fuel efforts to pull off the amazing accomplishment of registering 127 Tusculum College students in this year’s drive.

Others on campus were involved as well, including Dean of Students David McMahan, who encouraged students who had registered to “visualize themselves voting so that they could continue to develop a habit in support of good citizenship.”


By Kayla Freeman, freshman business major from Charleston, S.C.


Students fill out forms to register to vote at a display earlier this year that was part of the voter registration drive.

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Dr. Ron May to continue as vice president of academic affairs

Dr. Ron May to continue as vice president of academic affairs

Posted on 20 November 2015 by

Dr. Ron May, vice president of academic affairs at Tusculum College, has extended his tenure to serve through the 2016-17 academic year. Dr. May had originally accepted an invitation to serve Tusculum College through June 30, 2016.

Dr. May, a 1968 graduate of the college, has had a distinguished career in higher education, retiring in June 2014 as president of Ancilla College in Donaldson, Ind. In his career he has taught public school, as well as served as a college professor, department head, dean, vice president and twice as a college president, at Ancilla and at Louisburg College in Louisburg, N.C.

Dr. Ron May

“Tusculum is in the process of transformation in our academic program, and we are delighted that we will continue to have the leadership of Dr. May as we move forward with a number of significant changes approved by the Board of Trustees in the past year,” said Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College. “His professional background provides a vast experience in higher education administration and will be invaluable as we move forward. We look forward to the continued service and presence of Dr. May and his wife, Joan.”

While his primary responsibilities include leading the academic programs of the college, Dr. May also holds faculty rank as professor of education.

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

Dr. May earned a Doctorate of Education from Indiana University, a Master of Arts in Teaching from East Tennessee State University and an Associate of Science from Vincennes University.

He returned to serve as interim vice president of academic affairs in June 2014. He previously served Tusculum College as dean of faculty from 1985 to 1988.

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Pets on Campus – Q & A

Pets on Campus – Q & A

Posted on 18 November 2015 by

Are pets permitted on campus?

Yes and no.

Yes, pets are permitted outdoors on most parts of campus (pets are not permitted in any of our athletic facilities). We have many guests who visit our campus with their pets.  However, owners are required to clean up after their pets.  Be considerate of others; carry poo disposal bags with you and dispose of waste in provided receptacles.

However, while pets are allowed outdoors in most areas, they are NOT allowed inside any of the campus buildings.  Students are NOT allowed to keep pets on campus, however…


Can I have a pet in my residence hall?

The only pets permitted by all students in the residence hall are fish and some aquatic frogs. Some student may have a documented medical need for assistance and have an ADA service animal or a pre-approved comfort animal on campus. The approval process for comfort animals begins with Ms. Bobbie Greenway in the Academic Resource Center in Annie Hogan Byrd and is only available to students who have a medical need as documented by a medical professional.


What’s the difference in a “comfort animal” and an “ADA service animal”?

An ADA service animal means any dog (or miniature horse) that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Tasks performed can include, among other things, pulling a wheelchair, retrieving dropped items, alerting a person to a sound, reminding a person to take medication, or pressing an elevator button. Comfort Animals are often used as part of a medical treatment plan as therapy animals, they are not considered service animals under the ADA.


Why do I care about the difference in an ADA animal and a comfort animal?

Because comfort animals do not actually do work as an ADA service animal does, comfort animals are only permitted to be in the student-owner’s assigned room and outdoors in areas where pets are permitted.

However, ADA animals are permitted to go wherever their owners go.


What if I don’t know which my animal is?

ADA service animals are rigorously and professionally trained to attend to their owner’s disability and do not interact with other humans while “working”, while comfort animals receive no particular kind of training. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Bobbie Greenway.


What are my responsibilities as a pet owner?

Be nice. Well, first, a comfort animal is part of your family so we expect you to be a kind and compassionate owner/companion.


Make certain your pet is trained and nice too. Second, animals are just like children—they are a lot of work! Living in a residence hall is stressful for an animal and doubly so for an animal which has not been trained, so students are expected to have already trained their comfort animal for daily expectations (non-aggressive, house-broken, non-disruptive, etc.).


Crate Training. You are obligated to crate train your comfort animal while it resides on campus.  Anytime you are not present in your room, your comfort animal is to be crated.  This protects both your comfort animal and our students and staff.  Animals can be very loving and still unpredictable.  Even the best-behaved animal can react badly when it feels a stranger has entered its territory.  So make sure you keep everyone, including your comfort animal, safe by crating responsibly.


Do the doo. Your animal has business to do.  Of course, we all prefer that happen outside (versus in your room).  You must clean up after your comfort animal by bagging the doo and properly disposing of it.  It makes your animal harder to love (and you) when we keep stepping in your animal doo scattered around campus.  That’s not really the impression we want to make, is it?


Know the territory. Your comfort animal is ONLY permitted in your room and outside. It is NOT permitted in other residential areas, classrooms, cafeteria, recreational areas, or administration buildings.


Shots. You have to produce documentation that your comfort animal it up to date on all of its vaccinations.


Registration. You may send a photo of your comfort animal to Student Affairs so we can make it an ID card.  Then, if someone inquires about your comfort animal, you can easily show your animal is permitted on campus.


Leashes. All pets must be on a leash when outside of the room where they reside.  Regardless of how well-behaved and well-loved your pet is, for the safety of everyone it must be on a leash.


Dog-sitting. Unfortunately, your comfort animal is not permitted in other residential spaces, dog-sitting in the residence halls is not permitted.


Damages. Pets are curious, and sadly, understand limited English, so training them can take a long time with many mishaps.  Despite that, any damage your animal creates on campus is your financial responsibility.


What happens if I don’t do those things listed under “responsibilities”?

If you fail to be a responsible pet owner as outlined above, your comfort-animal status will be revoked.







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