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Tusculum College named to Top Military-Friendly School List

Tusculum College named to Top Military-Friendly School List

Posted on 17 November 2016 by srichey@tusculum.edu

For the seventh year in a row, Tusculum College has been named to the Military Friendly Schools® list. The 2017 list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and dependents and to ensure their academic success. Schools on the list earn the right to use the Military Friendly School logo.

Schools on the list range from state universities and private colleges to community colleges and trade schools. The common bond is their shared priority of recruiting students with military experience.

“Tusculum College strives to help our veterans find the right program and format to best suit them in completing their college degree in both our residential and Graduate and Professional Studies programs,” said Melissa , interim vice president for enrollment management and marketing at Tusculum College.

She added, “It is a priority of Tusculum College to provide access to any veteran who is seeking higher education opportunities and to make that access as simple and affordable as possible. We are pleased with the number of veterans who choose Tusculum College because of the personalized program that helps them every step along the path to graduation.”

The Military Friendly Schools list is a key resource in letting veterans know which schools will offer them the greatest opportunity, flexibility and overall experience. Ripley added that this is especially important now with so many schools competing for military students.

Tusculum College started participating in the Yellow Ribbon program in August 2009. Under the program, the school matches dollars put in by the Veterans Administration so veterans or their spouse or dependents can work toward their advanced degree, as well as qualify for money to help with housing. There are more than 44 students enrolled in Tusculum degree programs who are receiving the Yellow Ribbon benefits.

“Through the Yellow Ribbon program the college acknowledges the commitment of those who have served our country by providing them with financial support to complete their education,” said Tusculum College President Nancy B. Moody. “With the variety of locations, programs, majors, degrees and scheduling options offered at Tusculum College, we are uniquely suited to serve those whose educational path was interrupted or who are considering beginning or continuing their higher education.”

The Yellow Ribbon program is applicable towards all Tusculum College degree programs, which include traditional undergraduate programs, as well as the Graduate and Professional Studies programs. Tuition benefits under the program are also available to both full and part-time students.

In addition, Tusculum College has a long standing relationship with the United States Navy through its partnership with the U.S.S. Greeneville submarine. Since its christening, Tusculum College has partnered with the crew members, offering an annual scholarship to crewmen and/or members of their family. To date, four people benefiting from that relationship have become Tusculum College alumni and there are currently four students receiving this scholarship in the residential program.

Tusculum College has long offered assistance to veterans returning to higher education and Veterans Affairs Coordinator Pat Simons is available to specifically support veterans with their admissions and financial aid questions. For more information on the Yellow Ribbon program or other assistance provided by the college, contact Simons at 423-636-7300.

Additionally, Jerry Sullivan serves as Tusculum College’s enrollment representative military liaison. He is responsible for the recruitment and marketing of Tusculum College to active duty military, veterans and their dependents. He serves as a point of contact for all military personnel, coordinating with other departments to provide academic and financial advice for current and prospective students. Sullivan may be contacted at 800-729-0116.

Criteria for making the Military Friendly Schools list included efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, results in recruiting military and veteran students and academic accreditations.

 

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Tusculum College program offers free tax assistance

Tusculum College program offers free tax assistance

Posted on 09 November 2016 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Certified-IRS volunteers at Tusculum College will be available to provide income tax assistance through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

The Tusculum College Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is an IRS grant program that offers free tax preparation to qualifying taxpayers in Greeneville and the Tri-Cities region. All volunteers for the program are trained and certified by the Internal Revenue Service.

According to Dr. Harold Branstrator, associate professor of management at Tusculum College, although the program has been around for quite some time, this year marks the first year for the VITA program at Tusculum College. The Tusculum College VITA program is intended to assist a variety of taxpayers who need help in filing their own tax returns.

Person who qualify include those who generally earn less than $54,000 per year, persons with disabilities, limited English-speaking taxpayers and other urban and rural residents.

Participants in the program will be assisted by well-trained IRS-certified student volunteers.

Dr. Branstrator, a former IRS employee, oversees the VITA Program at Tusculum College. The program prepares students who are trained extensively and certified by the Internal Revenue Service to prepare returns for the citizens of Greeneville and the surrounding area. Additionally, said Dr. Branstrator, through the program, student volunteers learn valuable skills in tax preparation, professionalism and interviewing, while serving the community.

 

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Tusculum students secure $3,000 grant for elementary school library

Tusculum students secure $3,000 grant for elementary school library

Posted on 03 November 2016 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Students at Camp Creek Elementary will soon have some new reading material at their disposal, as a grant written by students in a Tusculum College grant writing course has made possible the purchase of new books for the school’s library program.

“We are so excited about the grant, and so appreciative of the students at Tusculum College for doing this for us,” said Jennifer Reeves, the Camp Creek Elementary School librarian. “The vast majority of the money will go toward the purchase of new book titles for students in the school to read and check out.”

Reeves said that with limited funds each year, it is hard for them to keep current titles in the library, and it is disappointing to not have an exciting new series when a student comes in and asks for it.

The grant is from the Dollar General and also allows some of the funds to be used for library programming.

Dr. Michael Bodary, associate professor of English who taught the grant writing course offered at Tusculum College, explained why he enjoys teaching it. “Tusculum has an ongoing commitment to civic engagement, so I am constantly looking for opportunities where students can apply what they learn in the classroom to help better the lives of those around them. With one success under their belts, I hope these students are encouraged to write more grants after they graduate—or even explore grant writing as a career.”

Tusculum students who worked on the grant were journalism and professional writing majors Madilyn Elliott Whitley from Hampton, who graduated in May, Meg Franklin of Newport, and Jonathon Dennis of Rome, Georgia.

“What made our grant different was how out-of-the-box it was, I think,” said Whitley. “Reading doesn’t just mean novels and stories, so we played on that. This program gets kids reading nontraditional material, like video game guides and magazines, and has people in ‘dream jobs’ telling them how reading is important in every career field. We wanted to break the mold of reading programs, and I think that contributed to it getting funded.”

She added, “I chose to work on this grant because reading is and always has been a priority to me. I come from a school like Camp Creek, where the library had little money to spend on new books. Sometimes libraries are the only access kids have to reading, and it is vital that we give kids every opportunity to read, expand their horizons, and figure out who they want to be. Dollar General is doing a great service in funding literacy programs, and I’m just grateful that I was able to help connect them to a local school.”

 

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Updates on capitol campaign, science building given to Trustees

Updates on capitol campaign, science building given to Trustees

Posted on 26 October 2016 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Brick now covers all the exterior of the new Meen Center for Science and Math. The building is on schedule to be opened for classes in January.

The Tusculum First Capital Campaign at Tusculum College is at the $23.1 million mark with eight months left in the campaign, and officials expect to move into the Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math in December.

These were among the topics covered when the Tusculum College Board of Trustees held its fall meeting on October 20-21 on the Greeneville campus.

Additionally, the Board gave full approval to Bachelor of Science degrees in computer science, environmental science, information technology and business administration. The Board approved a Bachelor of Arts degree in environmental studies and a Master of Accountancy degree program. The Board also approved changing the name of the health care administration degree program to health care management, pending approval of the faculty.

The new programs will be initiated for fall semester 2017.

According to Heather Patchett, vice president of Institutional Advancement, the Tusculum First campaign is on track for a successful finish.

“Tusculum is $4.35 million over the established goal for endowed scholarship and more than $17 million of the funds raised has been received for will be received in the next five years,” she reported.

“The amount of funds raised in the campaign for endowed scholarships truly shows our commitment to help students who most need financial assistance,” said Dr. Kenneth A. Bowman, chair of the Board and 1970 alumnus of the college. “With reductions across the board in federal aid and other federal aid programs, Tusculum is committed to continue to serve the students of our region.”

The Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math is near completion and plans are to move into the building during the Christmas break and hold classes in the facility beginning with the spring semester.

Residential enrollment numbers are up for the  2016-2017 academic year and the Board heard that this year’s entering residential class totals 368 incoming freshman and transfer students, an increase of 15 percent over 2015-2016. This number includes 296 entering freshmen, 52 transfer students and 20 new international students.

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

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

She added that enrollment numbers also reflect an increased focus on keeping enrolled students on campus until graduation. Tusculum’s support services for students provide everything from tutoring to book loan programs to help students achieve their dream of a college education. To this end, Tusculum College retained 68.2 percent of the first-time, full-time undergraduate students who enrolled during fall 2015, the highest retention rate in 10 years for the college’s residential program. This year’s retention rate was recorded at 68 percent, 9.1 percent over the previous year, and beating the previous high of 62 percent in 2014.

In other action, the Board approved revisions to the bylaws that came after previous revisions in the faculty handbook, by-laws and constitution were approved by the faculty.

Officers elected included: Chair, Dr. Bowman; Vice Chair, the Rev. Dr. Dan Donaldson; Treasurer, Dwight Ferguson, and Secretary, Mark R. Williams.

Bowman, who currently resides in Apollo, Pa., has been a member of the board since 1998 and chair since 2006. Rev. Donaldson is the pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Greeneville. He also serves as director of the Calvin Center, the Camp and Conference Center for the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta.

Ferguson joined the board in 2009. He is retired from Nuclear Fuel Services, Inc., located in Erwin, where he served as president and chief executive officer from March 1992 until January 2009. Williams, of Greeneville, joined the board in 2001. He is a broker with Century 21 Legacy.
Re-elected for an additional term as board members were Dr. Bowman; Williams; Rev. Donaldson; Dr. Larry Brotherton, a 1970 graduate of the college; and Lester Lattany, a 1987 and 1991 graduate of the college.

Three retiring Board members were recognized and presented with a resolution from the Board, recognizing the value of their service. Retiring Board members include Frank Horsman, a 1968 graduate of the college; Charlotte Gray, and Anna Gamble.

The next meeting of the Tusculum College Board of Trustees will be February 2017.

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

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

Posted on 24 October 2016 by eestes@tusculum.edu

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Two Tusculum students spend semester in Ireland

Two Tusculum students spend semester in Ireland

Posted on 21 October 2016 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Two Tusculum College students are well into their fall semester, but not at the Greeneville campus. Instead, Haylee Reed and Kristen Wiggins are taking classes at universities in Ireland.

Reed, a senior biology major from Winchester, is attending the University of Ulster in Colerain, Ireland, and Wiggins, a sophomore history major from Johnson City, is attending Queens University in Belfast, Ireland, through the Irish-American Scholars Program supported by Tusculum College.

The Irish-American Scholars Program is designed to promote an understanding of Northern Ireland culture and religion.

Kristen Wiggins

“I’ve always wanted to study abroad and I love to travel and see new cultures,” said Wiggins. “I went to Barcelona a year ago with Tusculum College, and it was amazing. Ronda Gentry recommended me to the Irish-American Scholars Program, which is why I went to Ireland.”

She added that her month in Ireland has been the best of her life. “The Irish people are phenomenally nice and Belfast, even though it’s a city, is quiet and feels like home. Queens University is absolutely amazing, and I’m seriously considering coming back for graduate school now. The academic side of being here is much less intimidating than I initially thought and easy to adjust to.”

She said she would highly recommend the program to anyone interested in study abroad. “It gives you the opportunity to go on so many adventures and branch outside of your comfort zone like you wouldn’t at home. I never knew adjusting to living in a different country could be so easy.”

Wiggins is blogging about her experience at

https://anamericanwerewolfinbelfast.wordpress.com/.

Reed reported that her courses are going very well so far and there is always much to do in Northern Ireland. “If my classes don’t keep me busy then my weekend trips around the rest of the U.K. sure do,” she said. “My courses here include a lot of hands-on learning and field excursions to many historical places in Northern Ireland like the Giant’s Causeway. There are also many cultural events always happening at and around campus so it’s a very encompassing place to be.”

She agreed that study abroad is an exceptional opportunity. “I truly love the opportunity I’ve gotten to study abroad here, and I encourage anyone else to give study abroad the chance, if not to Northern Ireland, then somewhere else just as amazing, if that is possible. It’s just great craic!” (“Craic” is Irish slang for a great time.)

Studying abroad offers Tusculum students the ability to experience a culture and educational system outside their own, according to Rev. Dr. Ronda Gentry, director of the Center for Civic Advancement at Tusculum College.

“In an increasingly global society it is important for Tusculum students to be aware of and have experience with other cultures and know how to work with and relate to diverse groups. Employers are seeking students who not only have global awareness but global experience. By studying abroad our students are better prepared professionally for their future. Further, our students learn more about themselves, their chosen field of study, and the global community. I highly encourage students to study abroad, as they will not only be better prepared for the work-force, but they will be better engaged and informed world citizens.”

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Tusculum College student retention rates highest in 10 years

Tusculum College student retention rates highest in 10 years

Posted on 14 October 2016 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Students were able to register to vote as part of the "Rock the Vote" and Constitution Day S.P.I.E.S. event in October. Other S.P.I.E.S. events have focused on such topics as physical fitness, good financial stewardship and respecting others faith and cultures.

With official 2016-17 enrollment numbers recorded in September, Tusculum College official have announced that student retention numbers are the highest in 10 years for the college’s residential program.

According to Lisa Johnson, associate vice president for academic affairs, student success and engagement, this year’s retention rate was recorded at 68 percent, 9.1 percent over the previous year, and beating the previous high of 62 percent in 2014.

Student retention is defined as the percentage of first-time, full-time undergraduate students who enter during a fall term and re-enroll the following fall term.

“Tusculum College is committed to supporting student growth in and outside the classroom,” said Dr. Johnson. “As reflected in our mission statement, our intention is to promote intellectual and social growth along with full preparation for professional life. Our commitment is to provide all necessary resources for authentic learning, persistence to graduation and readiness of our graduates to participate in their professional and civic spheres.”

A big part of this effort was the implementation of the college’s new Individual Health through Community Wellness program, called S.P.I.E.S. (social, physical, intellectual, emotional, spiritual). A full schedule of weekly S.P.I.E.S. events have been implemented, which are held each Wednesday to address issues pertaining to S.P.I.E.S. health and wellness. According to Dr. Johnson, these events are interactive and include full engagement of faculty and staff and have been exceptionally well received by students.

Additionally, a peer mentoring program was implemented by Tusculum College’s Student Support Services department that provides peer mentors for students in both the residential and Graduate and Professional Studies programs. SSS staff are currently pursuing national certification for these programs.

Dr. Johnson added that the college’s Tutoring Center has experienced significant growth in utilization of services over previous years. The Nelson Learning Resources Program operated by the Tutoring Center provides students with textbooks for loan. “These services have been a key factor in the retention of several students.  The Nelson Learning Resources Project experiences have increased utilization each year.”

 

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Tusculum celebrates families during weekend

Tusculum celebrates families during weekend

Posted on 11 October 2016 by eestes@tusculum.edu

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

Students and parents alike enjoyed the tournament.

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Dr. Jason Pierce named vice president of academic affairs

Dr. Jason Pierce named vice president of academic affairs

Posted on 06 October 2016 by srichey@tusculum.edu

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Posted on 26 September 2016 by srichey@tusculum.edu

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The complete list of schools recognized is at http://www.nationalservice.gov/special-initiatives/honor-roll.

 

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Fall enrollment numbers up from previous year

Fall enrollment numbers up from previous year

Posted on 20 September 2016 by srichey@tusculum.edu

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Tusculum receives $381,170 ARC grant for new facility

Tusculum receives $381,170 ARC grant for new facility

Posted on 19 September 2016 by srichey@tusculum.edu

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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