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

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

Posted on 05 March 2015 by

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Old Oak Festival returns to Tusculum College April 17-19

Old Oak Festival returns to Tusculum College April 17-19

Posted on 27 February 2015 by

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Coolers and alcohol are prohibited during the festival.

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



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Hutchinson recognized as ‘Student of the Block’ for Block Five

Hutchinson recognized as ‘Student of the Block’ for Block Five

Posted on 13 February 2015 by

Kate Hutchinson, left, accepts the “Student of the Block” award from Daniel Green, senior student life coordinator in the Office of Student Affairs at Tusculum.

Kate Hutchinson, from Calhoun, Ga., has been recognized as “Student of the Block” for Block Five at Tusculum College.

The senior pre-medicine major was recognized Wednesday, Feb. 11, during halftime of the women’s basketball game. The “Student of the Block Award” is presented by the Tusculum Office of Student Affairs and was established to recognize individuals who excel in their academic endeavors, campus involvement and/or athletic performance. The award is selected from nominations made by faculty and staff members. Plaques telling about the honorees are displayed in the Niswonger Commons and other campus buildings.

Hutchinson exemplifies the true meaning of the term “student athlete,” excelling in both the classroom and on the tennis court as a member of the Women’s Tennis Team.

She has maintained a 3.77 grade point average in her major and is a member of the Tusculum Chapter of the National Honor Society. Only the top 10 percent of juniors and seniors are invited to join the honor society. She has been recently accepted into medical school at Edward Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

In addition, she is a member of the President’s Society, a select group of students who serve as ambassadors for the college. She is also a member of the college’s Science Club, the Pioneer Student Athlete Advisory Council and the Greene County Humane Society.

On the tennis court, she has earned an Intercollegiate Tennis Association Scholar Athlete distinction and a 2013-14 All-South Atlantic Conference Honorable Mention after posting a 19-3 singles match record. She opened her collegiate career winning her first 11 singles matches. She has also been Tusculum’s No.1 flight player.

She has participated in various community service projects including fundraisers for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Habitat for Humanity.


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Fill out FAFSA forms by March 1 to be eligible for maximum in financial aid

Fill out FAFSA forms by March 1 to be eligible for maximum in financial aid

Posted on 12 February 2015 by

It is that time of the year again. Not only is the income tax deadline looming, but the financial aid deadlines are quickly approaching.

Students and families are encouraged to file their FAFSA as soon as possible to obtain the maximum amount of financial aid for which they are eligible.

To fill out the FAFSA form, please have your tax return or latest W-2 readily available.

If you have any questions or need some assistance with the FAFSA, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at



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New trees added to Greeneville campus

New trees added to Greeneville campus

Posted on 09 February 2015 by

Have you noticed the newest addition to the College? There are now new trees planted across the Tusculum College campus. A recent donor, who frequently donates to the college, chose to provide funds for the trees. According to Cody Greene, director of advancement services for the Office of Institutional Advancement, an anonymous donor provided restricted funding for new trees on campus. “We planted a total of 76 trees, that were approximately 7-9 feet tall,” said David Martin, director of facilities. The species of trees varied based on where they were planted on campus, he added. These new trees are in a variety of places around the Indoor Practice Facility parking area, the softball field and the apartments. Martin said the trees should start to be more developed by the spring time.



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


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‘Student of the Block’ recipients honored

‘Student of the Block’ recipients honored

Posted on 30 January 2015 by

Recipients of the “Student of the Block” award for the fall 2014 semester were recognized Wednesday during the halftime of the women’s basketball game.

The honorees included David Cooper for Block One, Monica Smith for Block Two, Ryan Barker for Block Three and Joseph Elphingstone for Block Four.

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

David Cooper

David Cooper, left, accepts his "Student of the Block" plaque from Daniel Green, senior student life coordinator in the Office of Student Affairs.

A senior majoring in biology, Cooper has a perfect 4.0 cumulative grade point average. His academic excellence has earned him a number of accolades. He was named the 2014 South Atlantic Conference (SAC) Men’s Cross Country Scholar Athlete of the Year. He is a member of the Tusculum chapter of the Alpha Chi National Honor Society, for which only the top 10 percent of juniors and seniors are eligible. Cooper is a two-time selection to the Capital One Academic All-America® Men’s Cross Country/Track and Field Team selection. He has also been named each year to the Tusculum President’s List, the college’s Dean’s List and the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

On campus, Cooper, who is from Greeneville, is a resident assistant and has served in the President’s Society, a select group of students who act as ambassadors for the College. He has also served on the Tusculum Athletic Judicial Board and volunteered at the Greene County YMCA and the Greene County Human Society.

Cooper has served as a four-year team captain of the men’s cross country team and has completed one of the finest running careers in Tusculum history. He owns 10 of the top 25 running times in program history, including two of the top 10. He is a three-time All-SAC selection, earning first team honors in 2012. In 2011, he was named to the SAC All-Freshman Team.

Monica Smith

Monica Smith, right, is presented the Student of the Block award from Green. Smith is the first Graduate and Profesional Studies program student to receive the honor.

A December 2014 graduate with a bachelor’s degree in organizational management, Smith will begin work on her master of business administration degree next month.

At Tusculum, she served her fellow student as a mentor in Tusculum’s ARCHES (Adults Reaching Career Heights and Educational Success) program. ARCHES assists first-generation college students, those with learning disabilities or individuals from low income backgrounds who are being served in Tusculum’s Graduate and Professional Studies degree programs. The federally funded TRIO program provides assistance in a variety of areas, including academic support/tutoring, academic advising, career services and personal counseling.

In addition, Smith, who is from Knoxville, has worked with Special Olympics and been a peer tutor and youth mentor. She has also been involved in her community as a gymnast, basketball player and track runner.

Among her favorite memories of Tusculum were participating in ARCHES trips, listening to lectures and visiting Malta through Tusculum’s Global Studies program in 2013.

After obtaining her MBA, she plans to pursue a law degree and become a practicing attorney.

Ryan Barker

Ryan Barker, right, was honored as the Block Three recipient of the award by Green.

Barker, a senior from Laurens, S.C., is a double major in history and English with a concentration in creative writing. During Barker’s time at Tusculum, he has made his mark on the college through campus leadership and his contributions in the classroom.

Currently, he is the president of the Students of Museums and the Students of History Organization and served as the 2013-14 president of the Student Government Association. He has served on the student Judicial Review Board and on the Old Oak Festival planning committee.
Barker has served as a student editor of The Tusculum Review, the college’s literary magazine and is a published author.

Academically, Barker has excelled in his studies, and has presented papers at the Blue Ridge Undergraduate Research Conference. He is a member of Tusculum’s chapter of the Alpha Chi National Honor Society, for which only the top 10 percent of the junior and senior class are eligible. He is also a member of the Phi Alpha Theta National Honor Society for history majors and the Sigma Tau Delta National Honor Society for English majors. He has been recognized on the Tusculum College Dean’s List and Charles Oliver Gray List.

The son of Jeffrey and Debbie Craine, Barker has made the most of his opportunities at Tusculum. He has successfully completed three internships, one in the college’s Office of Communications, another for the Museums of Tusculum College and the third for the Niswonger Foundation. He visited Norway as part of Tusculum’s Global Studies program.

Joseph Elphingstone

Joseph Elphingstone was recognized with the "Student of the Block" award for the Fourth Block by Green.

Joseph Elphingstone is a senior majoring in biology and pre-medicine. The native of Calhoun, Ga., has a 3.91 cumulative grade point average and has been able to successfully balance his academic and athletic responsibilities. A member of the men’s tennis team, he has accounted for a 9-4 singles record and an 11-3 worksheet in doubles.

His academic accomplishments have earned him recognition on the Tusculum President’s List, the Dean’s List and Charles Oliver Gray Honor List. He has also been named to the Tusculum Athletic Director’s Honor Roll and the South Atlantic Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll. He is also a member of Tusculum’s chapter of the Alpha Chi National Honor Society, to which only the top 10 percent of the junior and senior class are invited to join and has served as an officer of the organization.

After graduation, Elphingstone plans to attend medical school and become an orthopedic surgeon.


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Alumni, Pioneer Club, Grad Finale and arts events set

Alumni, Pioneer Club, Grad Finale and arts events set

Posted on 13 January 2015 by

The Tusculum campus is alive with activity – classes for the spring 2015 semester have begun, and several events for students, parents, alumni and the community are scheduled for the coming weeks.

Mark your calendars for the coming events:

- Alumni gathering in Johnson City Monday, Jan. 19 (dutch treat) from 5 – 6:30 p.m. at Smokey Bones in Johnson City preceding the men’s basketball game vs. ETSU at Freedom Hall Civic Center (RSVP by Jan. 14 by calling 423-636-7303 or emailing

- Alumni gathering in Jefferson County Wednesday, Jan. 21 (dutch treat) from 4 to 6 p.m. at Ruby Tuesday  at Exit 417 off I-40 preceding the women’s and men’s basketball games at Carson-Newman (RSVP by Jan. 14 by calling 423-636-7303 or emailing

- Pioneer Club event Saturday, Jan. 24, in the Pioneer Perk between the women’s and men’s basketball games (Games are 2 and 4 p.m. with the cost of $10 per person. No admission fee for Mountaineer level and above. RSVP by Jan. 19 by calling 423-636-7303 or email

-Valentine’s Dinner and Swing Dance Saturday, Feb. 14, at the General Morgan Inn. Reception begins at 6:30 p.m. with a cash bar available. Dinner is at 7 p.m. (prime rib and shrimp with a special dessert). The dance, a benefit for the Tusculum College Band Program, will feature the Tusculum College Jazz Band and special guests. (Cost is $50 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the General Morgan Inn or by calling Tusculum at 423-636-7303. Hotel packages from GMI are also available)

- Grad Finales Feb. 26 on the Greeneville campus and Feb. 28 at the Knoxville Regional Center The Grad Finales are designed to allow graduating students to prepare for commencement at one place and at one time. Graduating students are able to order their cap and gown, make sure their accounts are in order with financial aid and the Business Office and make other preparations for commencement.

- Old Oak Festival April 17-19 Save the dates of the annual arts festival on the Tusculum campus. The festival features three days of live music, a theater production, an art exhibit, dozens of arts and crafts booths, museum activities, games for the children, storytelling, authors, and food vendors.


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Relationship between science and religion to be explored in lecture series

Relationship between science and religion to be explored in lecture series

Posted on 12 January 2015 by

Dr. Jim Miller

How scientific discoveries have affected Christian ideology throughout the years will be explored in February during Tusculum College’s annual Theologian-in-Residence lecture series.

Dr. Jim Miller, president of the Presbyterian Association on Science, Technology and the Christian Faith, will be presenting a series of lectures, “Singing the Lord’s Song in a Strange Land,” about the relationship of science and religion. Lectures will take place each Tuesday of the month – Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24 – 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 the lectures.

Dr. Miller is an honorably retired ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He has worked in the School of Engineering at North Carolina State University and served as an ecumenical campus minister at Michigan Technological University, the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University and Chatham College. From 1996-2007, Dr. Miller was the senior program associate for the Program of Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

He is the editor or co-editor of five books on science and religion including “The Church and Contemporary Cosmology,” “Cosmic Questions” and “The Epic of Evolution: Science and Religion in Dialogue.” Dr. Miller is also currently the co-chair of the Broader Social Impact Committee of the Human Origins Program at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.

During the first session on Feb. 3, “The Baptism of Aristotle,” Dr. Miller will explore how the classical post-Socratic philosophy, particularly that of Plato and Aristotle, provided the primary intellectual framework within which the Christian faith and the cosmos were understood and its continuing influence on Christian faith today.

“How the World Was Divided,” the second session on Feb. 10, will focus on the Scientific Revolution of the 16th and 17th centuries that challenged previous thought and its practical theological legacy.

The third session on Feb. 17, “Trouble at the Foundations,” will explore the developments in geology, biology and physics that have been and are dramatically changing the understanding of nature and humanity’s place in the cosmos, as well as their theological significance.

In the concluding lecture on Feb. 24, Dr. Miller will consider what bearing scientific discoveries have on the Christian church and their implications for practical Christian living, individually and corporately, in the 21st century.

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


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Record 231 student-athletes named to Tusculum Athletic Director’s Honor Roll

Record 231 student-athletes named to Tusculum Athletic Director’s Honor Roll

Posted on 12 January 2015 by

A school record 231 student-athletes have been named to the 2014 Tusculum College Athletic Director’s Fall Honor Roll announced Frankie DeBusk, Tusculum College director of athletics.

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 higher on a 4.0 scale.

The Tusculum men’s tennis team had the highest cumulative grade point average of the 16 sports sponsored by the College with a 3.6788 team G.P.A. Of Tusculum’s 16 athletic programs, 12 boasted team G.P.A.s of 3.00 or more. The women’s tennis team was second with a 3.5625 G.P.A., followed by women’s cross country (3.5586), women’s golf (3.5100), men’s golf (3.4924), volleyball (3.3740), softball (3.3740), women’s lacrosse (3.2708), women’s basketball (3.1907), men’s cross country (3.1643), women’s soccer (3.1588) and men’s soccer (3.0562).

The Tusculum baseball and football teams boasted the most student-athletes on the honor roll with 34 honorees each. The Pioneer women’s soccer team was third on the list with 23 honorees, while the men’s soccer team was fourth with 22. The men’s lacrosse team is fifth with 18 honorees, followed by softball (15), volleyball (14), women’s lacrosse (14), men’s golf (10), women’s basketball (10), men’s tennis (8), women’s tennis (8), women’s cross country (7), women’s golf (6), men’s basketball (5) and men’s cross country (3).


2014 Tusculum College Athletic Director’s Fall Honor Roll
Student-Athlete Sport(s)
Antoinette Allen, Women’s Soccer
Evan Altizer,  Football
Jorge Alvarez, Men’s Soccer
Andrea Amettis, Volleyball
LiRonta Archie, Football
Cody Armstrong, Football
Ben Arnold, Men’s Basketball
Shyanna Arnwine, Women’s Soccer
Nikki Arthur, Women’s Soccer/Lacrosse
Kellen Asmundson, Men’s Lacrosse
Kristen Atwell, Women’s Basketball
Juan Avendano, Men’s Soccer
Tyler Bailey, Baseball
Paul Bain, Football
Samuel Baker, Men’s Soccer
Sarah Baker, Women’s Tennis
Nicole Ball, Softball
Dalton Barrier, Football
Brandyn Bartlett, Football
Gunnar Beamer, Men’s Basketball
Miranda Beeler, Softball
Alexis Berlin, Women’s Cross Country
Hannah Berling, Volleyball
Brandon Black, Baseball
Brittany Bowers, Women’s Soccer
Taylor Boone, Volleyball
Sarah Bouley, Volleyball
Ben Boyd, Men’s Lacrosse
Sabrina Bradley, Women’s Soccer
Cheyenne Bray, Women’s Lacrosse
Spencer Brothers, Baseball
CJ Brown, Baseball
Blakeley Burleson, Women’s Basketball
Lawson Burrow, Men’s Cross Country
Lindsay Butler, Women’s Golf
Alison Camp, Women’s Soccer
Deryn Candelaria, Women’s Lacrosse
Corey Cantrell, Football
Hunter Cantrell, Football
Erin Carmody, Volleyball
Ethan Carpenter, Baseball
Darius Carter, Men’s Basketball
Ben Cash, Baseball
Cayla Cecil, Softball
Katie Chadwick, Women’s Soccer/Lacrosse
Mitch Chapman, Men’s Lacrosse
Warren Cheney, Men’s Golf
Chris Cochrane, Baseball
David Cooper, Men’s Cross Country
Logan Cornelius, Football
Christen Craig, Women’s Lacrosse
Heather Crouch, Women’s Soccer
Kelsey Crow, Women’s Lacrosse
Bailey Culler, Softball
Alec Cunningham, Women’s Golf
Caleb Cutshall, Men’s Cross Country
Maelyn Cutshaw, Women’s Basketball
Ricardo Da Silva, Men’s Soccer
Eliza Davis, Softball
Samuel Davis, Men’s Golf
Zach Davis, Men’s Basketball
Toby de Klerk, Men’s Tennis
Payton DeHart, Women’s Soccer
Seth DeHaven, Baseball
Rachel Del Duca, Women’s Lacrosse
Kyle Dickson, Men’s Soccer
Kelly Donnelly, Football
Tandon Dorn, Baseball
Kenneth Drummond, Football
Joe Elphingstone, Men’s Tennis
Cory Fagan, Men’s Basketball
David Fernandes, Men’s Lacrosse
Zach Finchum, Baseball
Hunter Foreman, Men’s Soccer
Nick Forsberg, Men’s Golf
Jordan Fuller, Men’s Lacrosse
Franziska Funke, Women’s Tennis
Rachel Garnett, Volleyball
Max Gaubert, Football
Sean Gilbane, Men’s Lacrosse
Guillem Giro, Men’s Soccer
Coleman Glick, Men’s Golf
Shelby Gray, Women’s Lacrosse
Ashley Gregg, Women’s Cross Country
Renato Grgic, Men’s Soccer
Courtney Hackney, Women’s Soccer
Logan Hafling, Men’s Lacrosse
Brock Hakalmazian, Baseball
Allison Hall, Women’s Cross Country
Ashley Hall, Women’s Basketball
Holly Hall, Women’s Soccer
Tyler Hall, Baseball
Sierra Hanson, Women’s Cross Country
Dillon Hardy, Baseball
Marius Harsjoen, Men’s Soccer
Harrison Harvey, Men’s Soccer
Michala Hash, Women’s Basketball
Megan Hasse, Volleyball
Brad Hawkins, Men’s Golf
Kealee Heffner, Women’s Tennis
Cameron High, Baseball
Christopher Hill, Football
Ryan Hill, Men’s Lacrosse
Sayre Hopper, Women’s Golf
Cody Housley, Men’s Golf
Justin Houston, Football
Kate Hutchinson, Women’s Tennis
Dominic James, Football
Zack Jones, Football
Tyler Josey, Football
Adrienne Kaye, Women’s Tennis
Tashique Kader, Men’s Tennis
Cody Kammerzell, Men’s Soccer
Jordan Keene, Softball
Andrew Krasberger, Men’s Lacrosse
Alix Kruel, Softball
Adam Kulbat, Men’s Soccer
Austin Kulp, Men’s Soccer
Andreas Kvam, Men’s Soccer
Taylor Lambertsen, Women’s Golf
Pablo Laguna, Men’s Soccer
Zack Lane, Football
Calley Lawson, Women’s Golf
Guillermo Lazcano, Men’s Soccer
David Lee, Baseball
Lillian Lesniewski, Women’s Lacrosse
Mariah Lewis, Volleyball
Tyler Linkous, Men’s Soccer
Ryan Logan, Baseball
Madison Malone, Women’s Lacrosse/Basketball
Tanner Maloof, Baseball
Miriah Martin, Women’s Soccer
Erika Mayfield, Women’s Soccer
Kelli McCalla, Women’s Soccer/Lacrosse
Chad McClanahan, Football
Octavis McKinney, Football
Kristen McMillion, Women’s Basketball
Rachel Medley, Softball
Johann Mejia, Men’s Soccer
Jake Mendenhall, Men’s Golf
Ethan Merrow, Men’s Lacrosse
Whitley Miller, Softball
Erin Mills, Women’s Tennis
Brianna Mitchell, Women’s Basketball
Amy Morford, Women’s Cross Country
Pauline Muiruri, Women’s Cross Country
Hunter Mullican, Football
Shannon Murphy,Volleyball
Conor McKenna, Men’s Soccer
Paula Ortiz-Gomez, Women’s Lacrosse
Ross Parsons, Men’s Lacrosse
Anthony Patrick, Football
Mark Patterson, Men’s Soccer
John Perrucci, Men’s Lacrosse
Roberto Pimentel, Men’s Soccer
Nic Planchard, Men’s Tennis
Wesley Powell, Football
Alisha Pugh, Women’s Soccer
Christian Raasch, Baseball
Matt Ramsay, Baseball
Robert Ramsey, Football
Leif Ratliff, Men’s Golf
Ciara Rattana, Women’s Golf
Austin Raynor, Football
Treslyn Reese, Softball
Jenna Restivo, Softball
Brooke Rhodes, Softball
Aly Rines, Women’s Soccer
Rachel Roberts, Women’s Soccer
Jay Roberts, Football
Nick Rodriguez, Baseball
Christopher Ryan, Men’s Lacrosse
DJ Samuels, Football
Sabrina Schleuger, Volleyball
Drew Schreder, Football
Michael Scott, Baseball
Leon Seiz, Men’s Tennis
Zach Shirah, Baseball
Jalen Shuffler, Baseball
David Siegle, Men’s Tennis
Deion Sims, Football
Erin Sims, Women’s Lacrosse
Zach Slagle, Baseball
Taylor Smith, Men’s Golf
Jonathan Spicher, Men’s Soccer
Danae Stauffer, Volleyball
Dominick Stefanacci, Baseball
Robin Stoner, Softball
Kaytlin Stroinski, Softball
Amanda Sumner, Women’s Tennis
Shannele Sunderland, Women’s Soccer
Martez Thompkins, Football
Benjamin Thompson, Men’s Lacrosse
Carlie Thornber, Women’s Soccer
Jack Timerson, Men’s Lacrosse
Jim Tolle, Baseball
John Topoleski, Baseball
Preston Tucker, Men’s Golf
Jeremiah Tullidge, Baseball
Cheyenne Upton, Women’s Soccer
Beze Uzoma, Football
Abby Van Bussum, Women’s Soccer
Dana Van Dyck, Volleyball
Erotokritos Varlas, Men’s Lacrosse
Austin Vazquez, Baseball
Austin Via, Men’s Lacrosse
Kevin Victoriano, Baseball
Veronica Vineyard, Women’s Soccer
Samantha Vogt, Women’s Cross Country
Brooke Wagner, Women’s Lacrosse
Devan Watts, Baseball
Jason Ware, Football
Chrstian Washington, Women’s Basketball
Nick Wasylyk, Football
Emily Waters, Women’s Tennis
George Weber, Baseball
Kaily Weiss, Volleyball
Laryssa Welch, Volleyball
Shynese Whitener, Women’s Basketball
Creighton Wilke, Baseball
Marissa Williams, Women’s Soccer
Carolyn Williamson, Softball
Darris Wilson, Men’s Lacrosse
Jonas Winkelmann, Men’s Tennis
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Central Ballet Theatre to present ‘Rapunzel’ Jan. 16-18 in AHB Auditorium

Central Ballet Theatre to present ‘Rapunzel’ Jan. 16-18 in AHB Auditorium

Posted on 03 January 2015 by

Fionna Scruggs is one of three dancers to portray Rapunzel at various ages in “Rapunzel: A Tangled Tale,” a production of Central Ballet Theatre of Greeneville. Scruggs practices a dance with Joshua Kurtzberg, who portarys Brynn in the ballet, loosely adapted from Disney’s “Tangled.” Photo courtesy of PicsByHil Photography

Central Ballet Theatre of Greeneville will present “Rapunzel: A Tangled Tale,” a thought-provoking take on the classic story, Jan. 16-18 at Tusculum College.

The three-act ballet will be performed in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on the Tusculum College campus. Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 17, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 18.

Central Ballet’s productions differ from many other ballets in that they are narrated and use conservative costumes. “A very important goal for Central Ballet Theatre is to allow audience members to concentrate on the storyline and the characters as they come alive on the stage,” said Lori Ann Sparks, Central Ballet’s artistic director. “We want everyone to understand the story instead of just watching dancing. Our audiences are smart, so we perform stories that make the audience think through issues and leave with new thoughts, and hopefully leave feeling blessed. Even our youngest attendees will enjoy the story of ‘Rapunzel.’”

The ballet is loosely adapted from Disney’s movie, “Tangled,” which animator Glen Keane produced with the Bible verse James 1:17 in mind, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”

Audience members will find familiar characters in Central Ballet’s storyline, and its ballet version speaks of the Christian walk and emphasizes the Bible verse, 1 John 3:16, “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.”

“Rapunzel” includes the redemption of a sinful man and the return of the daughter of the King.  Along the way, it explores Mother Gothal’s total selfishness versus Rapunzel’s selfless love, Brynn’s growing understanding of goodness versus evil, and a steadfastness and parental love by a royal family.

Dillon Davis and Katie Kricko rehearse one of the dances of the King and Queen for the upcoming production of “Rapunzel: A Tangled Tale,” by Central Ballet Theatre of Greeneville. Performances will be this weekend at the Annie Hogan Byrd Auditorium on the Tusculum College campus. Photo courtesy of PicsByHil Photography

The cast includes both local dancers and professionals. Dancers will portray Rapunzel at different ages: little Rapunzel, alternately by Gretta Woodhouse and Carlie Shipley, both of Greeneville; middle Rapunzel by Elizabeth Bosse of Jefferson City and the older Rapunzel by Fiona Scruggs of Morristown. Other local dancers include Katie Kricko, who plays the Queen; Sarah Bosse, who portrays the Holy Spirit; David Sparks as the detective horse, and Ben and Elizabeth Sparks, who portray the thugs.

Mother Gothal will be portrayed by Central Ballet’s Artistic Director Lori Ann Sparks. Parke Brumit, a resident Central Ballet company dancer and president of its board, will be dancing the water pas de deux and the flower soloist as well as the King’s sister. A second guest dancer who works with Central Ballet on a regular basis is Joslyn Frazee of Jefferson City, who has helped in technical ballet direction this year.

The King is portrayed by Dillon Davis, a guest professional dancer from the Chattanooga Ballet who has danced professionally with the Nashville Ballet and Dance Theater of Tennessee, where he worked with world-renowned choreographers. Brynn is portrayed by guest artist Joshua Kurtzberg, whom audience may remember from his portrayal of the lead role in last year’s Central Ballet production of “Prince Caspian: Return to Narnia.”

Putting together a performance the size of “Rapunzel,” requires much work from a number of volunteers from the local community in sewing costumes, building and painting sets, organizing the young dancers, working in the box office, preparing the music, ushering and working backstage. Every minute of a Central Ballet production has been estimated to require 150 man-hours from both volunteer and paid workers. Among those who have spent many volunteer hours in set production are Nan Anderson, Blair Berry and Sherry Peters. Costumes have been sewn by Jody Johnson, Becky Randles, Lisa Marie Hixon, Jeanettte Duryea, Tara Scruggs and many others. Cindy Kricko, Sharla Butler, Sara Aiken and Becky Johnson have assisted in coordinating activities needed in the pre-production.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students, children and senior citizens. To reserve tickets, call 423-724-7014 or visit the General Morgan Inn, Three Blind Mice or Richland Creek Gifts to purchase tickets in advance. Tickets may also be reserved by calling Tusculum College Arts Outreach at 423-798-1620. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.


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More than 225 receive degrees during Winter Commencement

More than 225 receive degrees during Winter Commencement

Posted on 15 December 2014 by

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

On Saturday 81 students earned Bachelor of Science degrees and 80 earned Bachelor of Arts degrees. In addition 36 graduates earned Master of Arts degrees and 20 received Master of Business Administration degrees.

The new graduates were addressed by Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody, who recognized the hard work of the path to graduation, saying “you have made a commitment and stuck with it to the point that you have forever changed the direction of your life for the better.” Adding, “I am confident that you learned to think critically, not to accept at face value everything you read, hear, or see. You demonstrated your ability to debate ideas and to see both sides of an argument before making judgment. These are a few of the qualities of an educated person.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Robert William Minton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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Winter Commencement Ceremony coming Saturday, Dec. 13

Winter Commencement Ceremony coming Saturday, Dec. 13

Posted on 08 December 2014 by

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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