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Old Oak Festival returns to Tusculum College April 21-23

Old Oak Festival returns to Tusculum College April 21-23

Posted on 21 March 2017 by

The Old Oak Festival will return to Tusculum College campus Friday, April 21 through Sunday, April 23.

Featuring a wide variety of music and food and fun, the Old Oak Festival will span across three days, featuring something for everyone, be it live music, theater, arts and crafts or fabulous festival food.

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

There are limited spaces still available for artisan and crafter booths. Deadline for reserving a booth is March 31, or until all spaces are filled.

“This year’s festival is looking to be bigger and better, with great arts and crafts, performances and opportunities to enjoy a variety of fine arts experiences,” said David Price, director of Music and Band programs at Tusculum College.

This year’s special events will include an art show at Allison Gallery, student theater productions, literary readings, a student day on Friday and the return of the Lego construction contest.

While the list of musical performers is not complete, currently several bands have announced plans to perform and include the Brother Boys, My New Favorites, Shiloh, Ashley Bean, Sigean, the Dread Scots, Poplar Hill Reunion, the Tusculum Jazz Band, the Tusculum Marching Band, the Tusculum Concert Band, the Tusculum Handbell Choir and the Bluegrass Outlaws.

There will also be jam sessions during the festival and visitors are encouraged to bring their instrument and join for a weekend of fun with other musicians.

Workshops for high school students will be held on Friday and include sessions on the Math and Science of Tree Identification, Contemporary Poetry, Instrumental Master Class (Band), Vocal Master Class, Introduction to Programming with Python, Drawing, the Brief Essay or Prose Poem, Medieval Siege Warfare, Songwriting, Playwriting, Political Jeopardy, Flash Fiction, SM-Art! Sensational Mathematical Art, as well as Animation.

Workshops are presented by faculty of Tusculum and other experts in the field.

There is no charge for students to participate in the workshop sessions and lunch will be provided.  Students need to register by Wednesday, April 12. To reserve a spot, contact Kelsey Trom, assistant professor of English at or (423) 636-7420 ext. 5420.

Other special events planned for this year’s festival include an art show at Allison Gallery, student theater productions and literary readings.

There is no fee to attend the festival. Art vendor hours will be Friday from noon until 6 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Entertainment and food continues into the evening, with the final performers ending at 10 p.m.

Service animals are welcome; however, no pets allowed. Coolers, firearms and alcohol are also prohibited on the Tusculum campus property during the festival. Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged.

For updates and more information, visit the website at or on facebook. For more information on registering as a vendor or performer or volunteering at the festival, contact Price at 423-636-7303.


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Stay prepared for severe weather and possible schedule changes

Stay prepared for severe weather and possible schedule changes

Posted on 07 March 2017 by

The possibility of severe weather last week was a reminder to the entire Tusculum College community about the importance of staying prepared for changing weather conditions and to have access to communications from the College about possible schedule changes.

While this winter has been relatively mild in East Tennessee, spring does bring the chance of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes to this region. To help ensure safety during a weather event, it is important for all students and all members of the Tusculum community to be aware of how cancellation or dismissal of classes and other schedule changes are communicated, make sure they have access to one of those lines of communication  and to heed any alerts to take shelter in case of severe weather.

Specific schedule changes will be communicated through the Tusculum College Pioneer Alert System, the Tusculum College website and social media (Facebook and Twitter) and local media outlets (radio and television stations in Greeneville, Morristown, Johnson City and Knoxville) as soon as possible.

Tusculum students, faculty and staff can sign up for the Pioneer Alert system, which sends messages through text and email. In the case of severe weather, messages are sent through this system about the forecast. as well as ad a reminder of the location of the emergency shelter on campus, which is the basement area underneath the Pioneer Arena in the Niswonger Commons.   Messages also provide instructions for sheltering in place if the emergency shelter cannot be reached safely.

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Fall class registration for traditional program begins later this month

Fall class registration for traditional program begins later this month

Posted on 07 March 2017 by

While spring is around the corner, registration for the fall 2017 semester is coming soon for the traditional program.

While students are enjoying spring break this week, they will find themselves busy once they return to campus with not just classes but some important events in the coming weeks.

Advising and registration for the fall 2017 semester in the traditional program will begin later this month. Registration for juniors and seniors is scheduled for the week of March 20-24. The following week, March 27-31, will be registration for freshmen and sophomores.

In February, students were encouraged to participate in “The Registration Games,” a process that allowed them to check with the Business Office, Office of Financial Aid and the Registrar to make sure that they are ready to register for classes once registration begins. Students who participated in the “Registration Games” on Feb. 7 and 8 will received priority housing consideration. Those who completed the process after Feb. 8 will receive housing consideration on a first-come first-serve basis.

As part of the registration process, students are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisors to create a class schedule as well as visit the Business Office to make sure their are no holds on their account prior to submitting their registration form to the Registrar’s Office.

Registration is just the first of series of significant events on campus in the coming months. In April, students will recognized for their academic achievements during the annual Honors Convocation, which will be on Wednesday, April 26.

Also on April 26, seniors will have the opportunity to participate in the Lantern Festival. This long-held Tusculum College tradition allows seniors to chose an underclassmen to whom to “pass their light of leadership.” Seniors are also able to present a Lantern Award to professors who have had a significant impact on their Pioneer experience at Tusculum.

Spring commencement ceremonies will be on Saturday, May 6.

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Tusculum President Dr. Nancy Moody announces retirement

Tusculum President Dr. Nancy Moody announces retirement

Posted on 28 February 2017 by

Dr. Nancy B. Moody, the first female to serve as president of Tusculum College, will retire at the end of 2017.

Dr. Moody submitted her letter of intent to the Tusculum Board of Trustees during their February meeting. She will continue to serve until December 31. She has served as president of Tusculum College since 2009.

Dr. Kenneth A. Bowman, chair of the board and 1970 alumnus of the college, said that a presidential search committee is being formed and will be chaired by Dr. Greg Nelson, a Tusculum College trustee. The Board will also be interviewing search firms for possible use in the search for a new president.

In her letter, Dr. Moody stated, “I am honored to have had the opportunity to serve as the 27th president, and first female president, of this historic institution. In the last 7.5 years, the most memorable events for me have been the relationships that I have had the good fortune of developing with students, the Board of Trustees, alumni, members of the local community, faculty and staff, and particularly with donors, most notably Verna June Meen.

“Verna June came to love Tusculum and her interactions at events with members of the Board and others.  She expressed on more than one occasion, how proud she was to have provided support to Tusculum College for the Meen Center for Science and Math and for two endowments, one to fund scholarships and one to fund an endowed professorship in Chemistry.”

Dr. Bowman said, “It was eight years ago that Dr. Moody began the interview process for the presidency at Tusculum College.  During her tenure, she has led the college into a new era of growth and expansion, in terms of bricks and mortar, academic programs and fiscal responsibility.”

He added that one of the highlights of her term has been the construction of the Meen Center, the larger of the two academic building constructed in approximately 50 years on the Tusculum campus. The Thomas G. Garland Library renovation was the first in 2008. Dr. Moody shepherded the state-of-the-art 100,000-square foot Meen Center project every step of the way, from the initial approval to the funding and finally to overseeing the construction of this state-of-the-art facility which was occupied by students and faculty last month.

Dr. Nancy B. Moody

He added, since assuming the college presidency as the first female in Tusculum’s history to hold the position, Dr. Moody has faced several challenges.

“During her first full year at Tusculum College, we had a very successful review by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Since that time, we have added new academic programs including criminal justice, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing, an MBA program, the first associate degree program with more academic programs slated to begin this fall including a bachelor’s degree in healthcare management, a bachelor’s degree in talent development and a Master of Accountancy degree, all of which have been or will be reviewed and approved by SACSCOC.  We have also added new athletic programs in men’s and women’s lacrosse, track and field and STUNT, which will begin this fall.”

He continued, “Dr. Moody has embraced the opportunity to encourage faculty, staff, students and volunteers to push Tusculum College forward through creative teaching and learning into the world of online programming for dual enrollment, distance education and fully online programs.”

She has secured a total of $49.8 million in Community Facilities direct loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the construction of the new science and math facility, as well as for the construction of two new apartment-style residence halls. The lower 40-year, fixed-rate interest rates on these loans significantly lowered what the college pays in debt service, making the new construction and renovation possible while also improving the college’s overall finances.

Dr. Moody also led the efforts that secured a $3.875 million gift for the naming of the Meen Center and two $1.5 million endowments to support faculty and students. She has successfully sought new gifts, donors and partnership in order to ensure the success of the new and existing programs. Working with donors, foundations and government agencies, she has encouraged the investment of millions of dollars into Tusculum College’s growth.

Dr. Bowman added that during her tenure, cash increased from $1.3 million to $3.7 million, long-term investments increased from $12.5 million to $27.7 million, capital assets increased from $58.9 million to $71.8 million and the college’s endowment increased from $14 million to $18.6 million.

The college’s Board of Trustees recognized Dr. Moody’s contributions to Tusculum by presenting her with the inaugural Founder’s Award in February 2013. The Founders’ Award, named in memory of Rev. Samuel Doak, Rev. Samuel Witherspoon Doak and Rev. Hezekiah Balch, is presented by the Tusculum College Board of Trustees to recognize those who with integrity, tenacity, commitment, ingenuity and drive have moved Tusculum College forward in serving its students, its community and the world at large.

Among other significant accomplishments, Dr. Moody was instrumental in obtaining a $264,000 grant from the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation for a simulation laboratory for use in the nursing and related programs by students and staff and area community partners. The simulation lab is used to produce highly-qualified BSN graduates skilled at clinical decision-making, who will provide safe, competent and improved health care for future generations of Tennesseans.

Partnerships with other institutions are at an all-time high. Tusculum College has arranged articulation and affiliation agreements with regional community colleges and professional schools to both increase enrollment in the bachelor’s degree programs and afford expedited graduate school opportunities for alumni of Tusculum College.

“She has engaged with alumni and friends of the College, encouraging their continued interest and support in the institution. She has reminded all of the Tusculum community what it means to be a Tusculum Pioneer,” said Dr. Bowman.

Prior to joining Tusculum College, Dr. Moody was president of Lincoln Memorial University for seven years.  Under her leadership, LMU’s enrollment increased by 90 percent.  The university also initiated the Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine and expanded the Caylor School of Nursing to include a master of science in nursing degree program with family nurse practitioner and nurse anesthesia concentrations.  Other programs initiated under her leadership included a master’s degree program preparing physician’s assistants and a doctorate of education degree.

A registered nurse, Dr. Moody began her academic career as a nursing instructor for Lincoln Memorial University in 1974 and advanced to hold several academic leadership positions there – including dean of the School of Nursing and Allied Health.  associate professor and department chair in the College of Nursing at East Tennessee State University, as the executive director of the Tennessee Center for Nursing, as assistant professor of nursing in the College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Prior to joining Tusculum College, Dr. Moody was president of Lincoln Memorial University for seven years.  Under her leadership, LMU’s enrollment increased by 90 percent.  The university also initiated the Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine and expanded the Caylor School of Nursing to include a master of science in nursing degree program with family nurse practitioner and nurse anesthesia concentrations.  Other programs initiated under her leadership included a master’s degree program preparing physician’s assistants and a doctorate of education degree.

She is the newly-elected chair of the Board of Trustees of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and has served as chair of the NCAA DII South Atlantic Conference, and an advisory board member for the Northeast Tennessee College and Career Readiness Consortium funded through an Investing in Innovation (i3) grant funded by the U. S. Department of Education and awarded to the Niswonger Foundation.

Dr. Moody received her associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in nursing from Eastern Kentucky University and earned a master of science in nursing from the Texas Women’s University Institute of Health Sciences-Houston Center in 1978.  She also received a doctorate in nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Nursing.

During her career, Dr. Moody has been recognized by all three of her alma maters, Eastern Kentucky University, Texas Woman’s University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing, where she received the Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award.

She is married to Tom Moody, a self-employed public accountant. She and Tom are proud parents of two adult children, daughter, Mykel, and son, Adam.



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Pioneer Fishing Club takes top spot in Southeastern tournament

Pioneer Fishing Club takes top spot in Southeastern tournament

Posted on 27 February 2017 by

The Tusculum College Fishing Club took first place in this weekend’s YETI FLW College Fishing Southeastern Conference event at Lake Guntersville.

Tusculum took the top spot with a slim 3-ounce margin over runner-up, the University of Georgia and in the process topped the largest field ever assembled for a college bass fishing tournament at 248 teams.

According to tournament officials, the new participation record eclipses the previous mark of 214 teams set last season at the Bassmaster College Series Southern Regional at Lake Martin. The previous FLW record was set and later matched in 2016 at the FLW College Fishing Open on Kentucky Lake in April and the Southeastern Conference qualifier at Lake Chickamauga in September.

For its win at Guntersville, the Tusculum team of Nick Hatfield, a senior business administration major from Greeneville, and Cory Neece, a junior environmental science major from Bristol, earned a spot in the 2018 FLW College Fishing National Championship. The top 24 teams qualified for the championship from this event: the top 10 plus one additional team for every 10 teams over 100 that participated.

According to Neece, the keys to the team’s success were staying shallow around grass and accommodating for windy, post-frontal conditions.

“We found a lot of fish in practice, but the wind and the mud washed a lot of areas out because it was so bad out there today,” he says. “We had a couple of areas that were protected, and that’s where we caught our fish.”

He added. “You had to fish them real slow and had to pick the area apart to get them to bite, and really we were making multiple casts in the same spot. You know the fish are there. It’s just getting them to bite.”

As a result team being among the top 10 qualifiers in the tournament, the Fishing Club program received a donation of $2,000 from Fishing League Worldwide. The money will be put into the Tusculum Fishing Club program.

The Pioneer Fishing Club is sponsored by Dr. Jason Jones, assistant professor of physical education. Anyone interested in the club should email


Nick Hatfield and Corey Neece of Tusculum College


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New degree programs starting in the fall

New degree programs starting in the fall

Posted on 08 February 2017 by

Tusculum College has several new degree programs coming next fall. Starting in August 2017 will be Bachelor’s programs in health care management and talent development as well as a Master program in accountancy.

Health Care Management

The Bachelor of Science in healthcare management is designed to prepare graduates for entry-level positions that manage day-to-day operations of healthcare organizations by giving them a firm foundation in the core disciplines of healthcare administration and management.

The program with be offered through both the traditional day program and the Graduate and Professional Studies program. The GPS program is a fully online program and may be completed in 21 months.

According to Dr. Lois Ewen, dean of the School of Nursing, Health Sciences and Human Services and professor of nursing, career opportunities for persons holding a Bachelor of Science in healthcare management can be found within a variety of healthcare organizations such as hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health agencies, outpatient facilities and doctors’ offices.

“Healthcare continues to be a dynamic and growing industry. Increased government involvement, new technology and changing population demographics have caused the business of healthcare to evolve, as well,” said Dr. Ewen. “With the industry facing a greater need for quality care, increased competition, decreasing financial reimbursements for provided services and the need to closely monitor costs, healthcare managers and providers are being challenged to operate more like traditional businesses, weighing how their decisions impact the quality of healthcare while assessing them from a business perspective.”

The bachelor’s degree in healthcare management at Tusculum College intentionally combines business and healthcare administration courses with the goal of preparing graduates to take advantage of the healthcare industry’s movement towards a more traditional business model, according to Dr. Michael Dillon, dean of the School of Business and associate professor of business.

The program is designed for anyone who would like to begin a career or advance their current career in healthcare and is a particularly good opportunity for current healthcare employees who have already earned an associate degree in a healthcare technical field but require a bachelor’s degree to seek a managerial position.

According to a survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, careers within the healthcare management field are expected to grow nearly 17 percent through the year 2024, 10 percent faster than the total national employment average, which is 6.5 percent. Additionally, the survey notes the median pay for medical and health service managers is $94,000 per year.

Talent Development

Tusculum College will begin both a Bachelor’s degree program in talent development and a Master of Arts degree in education: talent development program. The master’s program was previously called the Human Resource Development program.

Applications are being accepted now for both programs for the first semester of the programs. The master’s program will be offered through the Graduate and Professional Studies program, while the bachelor’s degree program will be offered in both traditional and adult student programs.

According to Dr. Tricia Hunsader, dean of the school of education, career opportunities for persons holding this degree include corporate trainers, project managers, strategic planners, team developers, process analysts and performance improvement consultants, all of which are needed by a wide variety of organizations.

“The curriculum addresses the major segments of the talent development field by focusing on concepts, models, skills and methods. Courses are designed so that theoretical foundations are complemented with practice and application that enable students to build skills and competence,” said Dr. Hunsader.

The master’s degree program will be exclusively offered in a fully-online format.

The master’s level talent development program is designed to lead students to develop training materials and programs based upon curricular and instructional design best practices, assess organizational needs for enhancing performance, apply adult learning theory and the Instructional System Design model into practice for organizational learning needs, as well as evaluate learning and impact of learning and develop team behaviors and leadership.

The bachelor’s degree program will be offered in two formats, one a fully online program and the other a hybrid program composed of a combination of online coursework and in class instruction.

According to Dr. Hunsader, the bachelor’s degree in talent development at Tusculum College will prepare students to work in organizations as entry level training and talent development. As they work towards the completion of their degree, students will develop skills in human resource development and training, instructional design, curriculum design, leadership, employee evaluation and adult learning.

For more information on these programs, contact Katie Tassell, senior enrollment representative, at 888.488.7285.


Master of Accountancy

Tusculum College has announced a new Master of Accountancy program beginning fall 2017, pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Graduates of the Master of Accountancy program have multiple career options including, but not limited to, forensic accounting, public accounting, auditing and compliance accounting, government accounting, and tax and payroll accounting.

According to Dr. Michael Dillon, dean of the School of Business and associate professor of business, earning a graduate degree in accounting is a common practice for those seeking attainment of a Certified Public Accounting license.

“The Tusculum College Master of Accountancy program was developed to provide students with a deeper and broader accounting education that prepares them for advanced career opportunities and preparation for the new set of CPA exams effective spring 2017,” said Dr. Dillon. “The Master of Accountancy program will be led by faculty that are highly qualified academically, but who also bring their extensive real world experience to the classroom.”

In the State of Tennessee, the requirements for application to complete the Certified Public Accounting examination were changed in March 2016, resulting in the requirement of 150 academic credit hours being removed. To sit for the CPA exam, candidates must now have a baccalaureate or higher degree with a major in accounting or a baccalaureate or higher degree with a major other than accounting which includes at least 30 semester credit hours in accounting (at least 24 credit hours in upper level coursework) and at least 24 semester credit hours in general business. The requirement of 150 academic credit hours is still required for the CPA license.

According to Dr. Dillon, the Tusculum College Master of Accountancy program curriculum was developed based on the announced changes to the 2017 CPA testing requirements.

“The program is an excellent option for new accounting undergraduates,” he said. “The program is also an excellent option for students who earned a business degree with some accounting coursework but need additional upper level accounting hours, or students who completed an undergraduate accounting program but have been out of the classroom for many years and need an up-to-date modern accounting curriculum.”

The Master of Accountancy program will be under Graduate and Professional Studies at Tusculum College.  While most Graduate and Professional Studies are designed for non-traditional, evening students, the Master of Accountancy program will be offered during the day.  Initially, the program will be offered at the Greeneville campus and at the Knoxville Regional Center simultaneously. The program is designed to be a one-year, full-time program beginning in the fall term and ending at the end of the summer term. The curriculum will be delivered during two afternoons each week.


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Tusculum College donates science equipment to Greene County Schools

Tusculum College donates science equipment to Greene County Schools

Posted on 06 February 2017 by

As Tusculum College settles into the new Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math, which opened for classes just after the holiday break, the Greene County School System is benefitting from a donation of science equipment from the old Tredway Hall.

According to Dr. Melissa Keller, assistant professor of biology and chair of the Department of Natural Sciences at Tusculum College, with the new building came the opportunity to purchase new equipment for the college’s science laboratories.

“Much of our new equipment has been custom installed and other items have been replaced with newer versions,” said Dr. Keller. “As a result, we are able to provide items such as microscopes and other equipment to the local school system.”

Dr. Keller added that the college is happy to be able to provide these items to local school science programs and support the work that is done by instructors and teachers in the Greene County School System.

“We realize that it would not have been possible to provide the thousands of dollars of equipment to the teachers without the generous donation by Tusculum,” said Steve Tipton, energy specialist with the Greene County School System. “The Greene County Schools are very appreciative, and much of the equipment has already been put to use in the classrooms.”

Some of the equipment was provided directly to the science departments at the four county high schools, while a “shop” was set up with other equipment that all county school teachers could access and take items that could be used in their classrooms.


Tusculum College has donated a variety of science equipment to the Greene County School System.


Students at West Greene High School display earth science instructional materials donated to the school by Tusculum College. From left are Sharnita Britt, Bayley Conkin and Jessica Cox.

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Make your special Pioneer smile on Valentine’s Day

Make your special Pioneer smile on Valentine’s Day

Posted on 06 February 2017 by

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Tusculum College addressing teacher shortage

Tusculum College addressing teacher shortage

Posted on 30 January 2017 by

With the recent announcement that Rutherford County School System in Middle Tennessee would be seeking to hire 400 new teachers in the next year, the teacher shortage is becoming more of a concern than ever and a national study points to a need for even more teachers in the years to come.

To address this, Tusculum College is continuing to promote its teacher education program to anyone interested in education as a career, including both students who are looking at education for the first time and those who are considering a career change.

According to Dr. Tricia Hunsader, dean of the School of Education and professor of education, Tusculum College offers a variety of degree programs that prepare students for teacher licensure, including the one-year Master of Arts in Teaching program designed to prepare a student with an existing bachelor’s degree in something other than education for licensure.

“The Master of Arts in Teaching offers individuals holding a bachelor’s degree in specified areas the opportunity to pursue teacher certification,” said Dr. Hunsader. “The K-5, 6-12, and K-12 (content specific) licensure programs are designed for working adults who currently hold a bachelor’s degree and wish to pursue the licensure sequence and obtain a master’s degree at the same time. Courses are delivered in an accelerated format at times convenient for working adults.”

And while there are reports of shortages in Tennessee, it is by no means limited to the state. A recent Learning Policy Institute study describes the shortage nationwide and predicts that it only stands to get worse.

“We are experiencing what appears to be the first major shortage since the 1990s,” said Linda Darling-Hammond, professor at Stanford University and president and CEO of the institute, a nonpartisan education organization launched last year. “And teaching is, in some respects, as an occupation, at its lowest point in 20 years.”

The report, more than a year in the making, uses data sets from the Department of Education and provides one of the most comprehensive looks at the teacher shortage to date.

The problem is multipronged: At a time when public school enrollment is on the upswing, large numbers of teachers are headed for retirement. Meanwhile, enrollment in teacher preparation programs is dropping dramatically, falling 35 percent nationwide in the last five years, the report found.

According to Dr. Hunsader, Tusculum College’s programs aim to direct students toward fulfilling teaching careers at a time when they are needed most.

“The job outlook for licensed teachers is excellent, and more than that, it’s an area our communities need us to address,” said Dr. Hunsader.

In addition to the MAT program, Tusculum College offers four categories of teacher licensure programs:  elementary education (interdisciplinary studies), secondary education, K-12 physical education and special education.

All of Tusculum College’s teacher licensure programs are approved by the Tennessee Department of Education and are enhanced by the focused calendar, which facilitates early and frequent placement of education students in practicum experiences in area schools. These experiences enrich the knowledge gained in classroom work and more fully prepare students for their student teaching.

“Many students discover vital new interests in various aspects of education as a result of practicum experiences; sometimes confirming their choice of major, or in other cases, leading the students to select a different major more closely related to their interests,” said Dr. Hunsader.

A second master’s degree, in curriculum and instruction is also offered through the Tusculum College Graduate and Professional Studies program for students who are already licensed teachers.

For more information on the education programs at Tusculum College, call 800.729.0256 or visit


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Tusculum sponsors free federal income tax preparation program

Tusculum sponsors free federal income tax preparation program

Posted on 17 January 2017 by

A new program, implemented through the efforts of Tusculum College, will provide free tax preparation services in Greene and surrounding counties. The IRS-certified tax preparation program will provide three locations in the region where trained volunteers will be available to assist members of the public with the preparation of their tax returns.

Locations will include: Monday nights at Appalachian Community Federal Credit Union ’s community room in Gray, Thursdays at Tusculum and Saturdays at Greeneville Power and Light, starting Jan. 30.

The ACFCU has been a long-time partner with the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program in the area.

Led by Dr. Harold Branstrator, associate professor of management at Tusculum College, the VITA program offers a free alternative to the expensive services of a paid tax professional. The volunteers of the VITA program have completed roughly 1,000 returns annually since 2014, often saving clients $200 or more that they would have spent on payments for alternative, fee-based, services.

Taxpayers eligible for VITA services include: individuals with annual incomes of less than $54,000, individuals over 55 years of age, individuals diagnosed with a physical disability and non English-speaking citizens.

Appointments are required. Sites and days of operation include:

Mondays: ACFCU, 5034 Bobby Hicks Highway, Gray, TN 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.;

Thursdays: Tusculum College, 5:30-8:30 p.m.;

Saturdays: Greeneville Power and Light Boardroom, 110 N. College St., Greeneville, TN 9 a.m. – noon.

To schedule an appointment, call (800) 378-3778 and wait for the operator, or register online at



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Fall 2016 Dean’s List announced

Fall 2016 Dean’s List announced

Posted on 13 January 2017 by

The Tusculum College academic honors lists have been announced for the fall 2016 semester recognizing undergraduate students for their academic achievements.

Tusculum recognizes its students for academic achievements through three academic honors lists – the Dean’s List, the President’s List and the Charles Oliver Gray Scholars List.

The Dean’s List includes full-time students who have earned a 3.5 grade point average or higher during a semester. Students must complete 12 or more hours for the semester term to be included on the Dean’s List.

The President’s List includes those students who have earned a 4.0 grade point average during the semester while taking at least 12 or more hours for the term. 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 fall2016 Dean’s List that includes both  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 +.

2016 Fall Dean’s List

Dennis Mensah Acquah +

Kristopher Scott Adams

Caleb Alder

Dax Aleman

Brandon Lee Alexander *

Jennifer Rene Alfter *+

Brandon Keith Allen *+

Makenzi Lynn Alley *+

Evan R Altizer +

Ivan Andabak *

Robert Alexander Anderson

Katja Sabina Elisabeth Andersson *+

Hannah Beth Arnett +

Cheyene Leigh Arnold *+

Eleonora Surenovna Assadova +

Amy Jeanette Atchley +

Kristen Machel Atwell

Anthony Maurice Bagwell +

David Murphy Baker

Sarah Ann Baker +

Brandon L Ball

Sonja Ballmert

Crystal Annette Banken

Joshua Jay Barnett

Mindy Michelle Barton +

Joshua V Batson +

Taylor Alexandria N. Battle +

Robert Tyson Beach

McKenzie Beavers +

Cheyenne Nicole Beeler *+

Dabresha Necole Bell

Keegan Michael William Bell

Timothy Christian Bell

Bryant Benitez

Brian James Bennett

Hannah Marie Berling *+

Christopher Lee Berney

Kyle Christopher Bittner +

Sheila D Blair *+

Christina Michelle Blevins *

Courtney Elaine Booth

Dalton Thomas Boslooper

Brittany Paige Bowers

Casey Elizabeth Bradley +

Mindy Dawn Bradley +

Jule Brass +

Danielle Marie Breen

Alexander Neil Briggs +

Brittany Starr Bright

Daniel Clifford Britton

Autumn May Brooks

Brittani Allyn Brooks *

Bobbi Jean Brown *

David Bryan Brown +

Kaitlin Brooke Brown +

Shannon Kay Brown *+

William Gary Brown

Jonathan Wayne Bryant +

Victoria Jacqueline Bryant +

Kevin W Buckner +

Megan Lorraine Buczek +

Timothy Adam Bumgarner

Lara Gail Burchfield +

Judith Cahansa Butler

Lindsay Ann Butler *+

Mason Ray Calhoun +

Melissa Kay Callahan *+

Billy Carroll Calwell +

Brianna Richelle Campbell

Gary Lee Capps

Jessie Leonard Carey *+

Erin Helene Carmody +

Cathryn Carol Carpenter +

Laura Kaye Carr *+

Aleigha Ruth Carroll

Elizabeth Anne Carroll

Michelle Carver +

Callie S. Casteel +

Cayla Brooke Cecil *

Katelynne Ruth Cheatham

Matthew Keith Church +

Savannah Hope Clabough *+

Debra Nicole Clack +

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Soccer student-athletes earn academic accolades

Soccer student-athletes earn academic accolades

Posted on 13 January 2017 by

Members of Tusculum’s men’s and women’s soccer teams have been recognized for their academic achievements.

Jonathan Spicher, a member of the men’s soccer team, was honored with the inaugural South Atlantic Conference (SAC) Men’s Soccer Elite 18 Award. Spicher has been recognized the SAC Men’s Scholar Athlete of the Year accolade. He also earned Academic All-America honors for the second straight year.

Also recognized were Spicher’s teammate Guillermo Lazcano and Carlie Thornber, a member of the women’s soccer team, who also earned Academic All-America honors.


Spicher Honors

Jonathan Spicher

In early November, it was announced that Spicher was named the 2016 SAC Men’s Soccer Elite 18 honoree. This  is a new award for the conference and honors the student-athlete with the top cumulative grade-point average based on a minimum of 48 credit hours who competed at the final site of each of the Conference’s 18 team championship sports

Spicher, a senior from Cologne, Germany, carries a 4.0 GPA with a double-major in management accounting and business administration.

In December, Spicher earned two more accolades for his academic performance. The conference named him Men’s Scholar Athlete of the Year, an honor he shared with Corey Brown of Queens University. The SAC Scholar Athlete of the Year Award is presented annually to a student-athlete in each of the conference’s 18 championship sports and is selected by the leagues faculty athletic representatives. He is only the third Pioneer in program history to earn this honor.

He also earned his second Academic All American honor in December. With the honor, Spicher becomes the first two-time Academic All-American® in program history.


“Jonathan is an outstanding young man and has been the model student-athlete since his arrival at Tusculum,” said Tusculum head men’s soccer coach Allen Vital.  “He has been an outstanding team player and has been a tremendous part of our program’s success, not only this year, but during his Pioneer career.  He emulates all of the qualities that exemplify a scholar athlete and is a true ambassador for the sport, Tusculum College and the South Atlantic Conference.”


On the soccer pitcher, Spicher played in 13 matches and scored one goal, but it was an important one as he netted the tying goal with 59 seconds left in regulation as the Pioneers upset sixth-ranked and defending NCAA II national champion Pfeiffer 3-2 in overtime.  In 62 career matches (40 starts), Spicher posted 15 goals and four assists for 34 points, with five of his goals being match-winners.


Spicher has been a mainstay in the community and on campus as he has been a part of a number of philanthropic organizations.  He is a member of the Tusculum College President’s Society where he serves as an ambassador for the College in giving campus tours and assisting with alumni events.  He is currently serving with Knoxville Pays It Forward as an accounting assistant with small businesses in the Knoxville area.  A two-year member of the Pioneer Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, he helped the group lead the league with over $3,500 dollars raised for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.


Academic All-American Honorees

Guillermo Lazcano

Guillermo Lazcano and Carlie Thornber also earned Academic  All America recognition in December.

Lazcano, a senior defender from Aviles,Spain,  garnered his first Academic All-America® recognition.  He has a 3.60 GPA as a sport management major. A captain, he played in 14 matches with 13 starts for the Pioneers and registered four goals, two of which came on penalty kicks against Pfeiffer and Mars Hill. In three seasons, Lazcano has seven goals and three assists for 15 points in 47 career matches (46 starts).


Thornber, a junior defender from Oshawa, Ontario, returns to the Academic All-America® squad after earning third team honors last season.  She also becomes only the second two-time Academic All-American® in school history


Carlie Thornber

She has a perfect 4.00 grade-point average as a pre-medicine major. She is a member of the South Atlantic Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll, Athletic Director’s Honor, Dean’s List, President’s List and Charles Oliver Gray Honors List. She was the 2014 recipient of the Tusculum Freshman of the Year Academic Award and was a 2015 Tusculum Student-Athlete Academic Achievement Award honoree.


The 2016 All-South Atlantic Conference first team selection started in 15 matches this season for the Pioneers, scoring three goals, all match-winners. Her biggest goal of the season came against King when she notched the tiebreaking tally with 3.9 seconds left in a 2-1 Tusculum victory. She also scored the first goals in a 2-0 win at Lincoln Memorial and a 2-0 victory over Catawba that clinched a share of the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Championship. Thornber is a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-District selection and is a three-year starter for the Pioneers while tallying eight goals in 53 matches.

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