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Torres earns three national pitcher of the year honors

Torres earns three national pitcher of the year honors

Posted on 06 June 2016 by

Placido Torres

Tusculum College’s Placido Torres has earned himself a place in Tusculum history has he has  been named the recipient of not one, not two, but three “National Pitcher of the Year” awards.

Torres has been named the 2016 NCAA Division II National Pitcher of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association; the 2016 NCAA Division II Conference Commissioner’s National Baseball Pitcher of the Year (selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America) and the the 2016 NCAA Division II National Pitcher of the Year by the National College Baseball Writers Association

In addition, he has been named the recipient of the  third annual Brett Tomko Award, which recognizes the DII National Pitcher of the Year by The annual award is bestowed to a college baseball pitcher whose on the field performance is deemed the most outstanding at the NCAA Division II level.

Torres is the first player in program history to earn national pitcher of the year laurels. He is the 21st baseball All-American in Tusculum history and the sixth Pioneer pitcher to garner All-America recognition.

He joins former Pioneers on the ABCA All-America list including: Guy O’Connell (2003), Greg Stotser (2006), Carlos Rivera (2007), Maikol Gonzalez (2008), Alexi Colon (2012) and Craig Goodman (2012).

The senior left-hander, from North Brunswick, N.J., is also a consensus DII Southeast Region Pitcher of the Year honoree, receiving the recognition from the NCBWA, ABCA and D2CCA. He was also named the 2015-16 Tusculum College Male Athlete of the Year.

Torres has accounted for the best season ever by a Tusculum hurler as he owns a perfect 11-0 record in his 14 starts where he pitched seven complete games, including a TC-single-season record four shutouts.

His 11 wins tied for second-most in a TC season and are the most by a Pioneer hurler during the NCAA Division II era (1999-present). His 0.70 earned run average is best in NCAA II (4th for all NCAA divisions) and is a new program and conference record. He leads all three NCAA divisions with a school single-season record 162 strikeouts. His seasonal strikeout total is the second most in SAC history and the 10th most in NCAA II history. He threw a school record 116 innings this season where he allowed 24 walks and limited the opposition to a .154 batting average. He also leads NCAA II in fewest hits allowed per nine innings pitched (4.73).

Earlier this season, the two-time All-SAC first team selection recorded a school single-game record 17 strikeouts against Stillman. He has posted 12 or more strikeouts on eight occasions this year, including 15 strikeouts in a one-hit shutout over Wingate, earning him national pitcher of the week honors by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA). Torres has been named SAC Pitcher of the Week six times and NCBWA Southeast Region Pitcher of the Week on four occasions.

Torres pitched a pair of complete game victories in his two postseason starts this year. He tossed a four-hit shutout in Tusculum’s SAC Tournament opener against Lincoln Memorial, earning him a spot on the SAC All-Tournament Team. He followed that with last Saturday’s nine-inning complete game victory over 15th-ranked Belmont Abbey in an elimination contest of the NCAA II Southeast Regional in Columbus, Georgia. In that game, he allowed a run on seven hits, with two walks and a dozen strikeouts.

During his two-year Tusculum career, he amassed a 20-3 record in his 31 mound appearances with a 1.43 ERA which is the lowest ever by a Pioneer pitcher. In his 27 career starts, he has pitched eight complete games, including a program-record five shutouts. His 272 career strikeouts are a new TC record and are the sixth-most in the SAC record book. His 201.1 career innings pitched are sixth in program history, while his 20 wins are fifth-most by a Pioneer.

Tusculum finished the year with a 38-18 overall record, including wins in five of its last seven games. The Pioneers captured a share of the SAC Tournament title for the program’s fourth league postseason crown. Tusculum earned the program its seventh NCAA II Tournament appearance, which are the second most of any SAC member. The Pioneers have accounted for 16 consecutive winning seasons, including 14 straight 30-win campaigns.

The Pioneers posted a 2-2 record at the NCAA II Southeast Regional to claim third place honors. The Pioneers lost its opening game 2-1 to 19th-ranked USC Aiken before bouncing back with wins over Belmont Abbey (7-1) and Mount Olive (3-2) before falling to USC Aiken again in the elimination bracket final.

Torres pitched a pair of complete game victories in his two postseason starts this year.


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Student athletes earn academic honors

Student athletes earn academic honors

Posted on 06 June 2016 by

Four Tusculum College student athletes have been recognized for their academic excellence at the conference and national level.

Max Gaubert, a member of the Pioneer football team, has been named to the National Football Foundation’s Hampshire Honor Society.

Tusculum also had three students named “Scholar Athlete of Year” for their respective sports in the South Atlantic Conference (SAC). Nick Forsberg was named the “Scholar Athlete of the Year” for men’s golf for the second year in a row. Tusculum scored a clean sweep in tennis – Erin Mills was named the honoree for women’s tennis and Jonas Winklelmann was the recipient for men’s tennis.

The SAC Scholar Athlete Award is presented to one male and one female student-athlete in each of the conference’s 18 championship sports.  The awards are selected by the league’s Faculty Athletic Representatives Committee.

Max Gaubert

Max Gaubert

To qualify for membership in the National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society, a student-athlete must: be a starter or significant reserve in one’s last year of eligibility at an accredited NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III or an NAIA college or university; achieve a 3.2 cumulative grade point average throughout the entire course of undergraduate study; and meet all NCAA-mandated progress towards degree requirements.

Gaubert, an offensive lineman from Bogart, Ga., has been an integral part of the Tusculum front line for the past four seasons, including the last three in the starting line-up.  He has a 3.34 cumulative grade point average and graduated in May with a Bachelor of Arts degree in special education.

The North Oconee High School graduate is a member of the South Atlantic Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll and the Tusculum Athletic Director’s Honor Roll.


Nick Forsberg

Nick Forsberg

Tusculum College’s Nick Forsberg was named the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Men’s Golf Scholar Athlete of the Year for a second consecutive year.

This marks the seventh time a Tusculum men’s golfer has earned this honor that recognizes academic achievement, athletic accomplishment, community service and leadership.  Tusculum’s seven honorees are the most by a league men’s golf program since 2000.

Forsberg, a native of Staples, Minn., graduated from Tusculum in May with a 3.73 cumulative grade point average and majored in sport management.  He is a four-time member of the South Atlantic Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll and the Tusculum Athletic Director’s Honor Roll.  A four-time Dean’s List honoree, Forsberg was named to the Charles Oliver Honors List.

“Nick is one of the most outstanding young men I’ve had the honor to in my 27 years at Tusculum,” said head coach Bob Dibble. “He’s an outstanding player, an outstanding teammate and a great student. It doesn’t get any better than that.”

Forsberg closed out his senior season with a 72.93 scoring average, which ranks fifth-best in program history while earning All-SAC first team accolades.  He turned in eight sub-par rounds during his senior campaign and won a share of medalist honors at the Etowah Spring Challenge.  His play helped the Pioneers to five tournament titles this past season and ended his career with a 74.40 stroke average to rank third in Tusculum history.  He posted seven top-10 finishes, including five times in the top-5.

In the 2015 South Atlantic Conference Championship, Forsberg earned medalist honors after firing a one-under par 143. As a team, the Pioneers took home five championships, including the 2015 South Atlantic Conference Men’s Golf Title last season.

He earned second-team All-Conference honors as a freshman and was named the Tusculum College Men’s Golf Most Valuable Player during his freshman and sophomore seasons.  During his sophomore campaign, Forsberg earned runner-up honors at the 2014 SAC Men’s Golf Championship.

In the community, Forsberg has served as a volunteer with the Greene County Food Bank all four years at Tusculum and has volunteered at the Nolichucky View Golf Course as a spotter at golf tournaments.  He has worked with the Make-A-Wish foundation as a volunteer and was a junior golf camp worker at the Craguns Golf Resort in his hometown in Minnesota. Forsberg is also busy on campus as he served this past year as president of the Pioneer Student-Athletes Advisory Council and was an intern in the Tusculum College Athletic Department.



Erin Mills

Erin Mills

Mills was named the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Women’s Tennis Scholar Athlete of the Year for the first time in her career. This is the sixth time that a Pioneer has won the women’s tennis honor.

A native of Duluth, Ga., Mills graduated from Tusculum in May with a 3.76 cumulative grade point average while majoring in economics and international business.  She has been named to the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll and earned a spot on the Charles Oliver Gray Honors List, Tusculum Athletic Director’s Honor Roll and Dean’s List each of her four years at Tusculum.  Mills was also tabbed an ITA Scholar-Athlete during her years as a Pioneer.

“Erin’s successes both on and off the court are a direct reflection of her commitment to excellence in everything she does,” said TC head coach Adam Jackson.  “She is truly a dedicated, hard-working, exceptional student-athlete, and this is a well-deserved honor. Erin embodies all the traits we are looking for in our student-athletes at Tusculum.”

Mills went 16-7 in singles this season, including a 7-4 mark in conference play. She finished 20-4 in doubles with a 10-1 mark in SAC matches. For her career, she was 57-26 in singles and 65-16 in doubles, while helping the Pioneers to a 38-4 conference record during her four years at Tusculum.

Named the  2013 SAC Freshman of the Year, Mills also took home the SAC Women’s Tennis Tournament Most Valuable Player honor during the 2014 season.  She earned All-Conference accolades three straight years and was named the Astroturf Player of the Week four times in her career.  She closed her career out on the court as a team captain this past season.

Very active in the community, Mills  has volunteered Greene County Humane Society and the Brain Rehabilitation Facility each year she has been at Tusculum.  She has also assisted with “Project Tennis in Schools” and the Greene County Ministerial Alliance Food Bank.

Mills has served as a member of the Tusculum College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee throughout her time at Tusculum and taught a personal finance class as a junior and senior.  An assisted living volunteer, she was very involved with the Tusculum Tennis Adopt a Family program.


Jonas Winkelmann

Jonas Winkelmann

The SAC Men’s Tennis Scholar Athlete of the Year honor is the first for Winkelmann in his career, but marks the fifth consecutive year that a Pioneer has earned this honor which recognizes academic achievement, athletic accomplishment, community service and leadership.

Winkelmann, a senior from Böblingen, Germany, graduated with a 3.68 cumulative grade point average in business administration during the spring commencement in May.  He has earned Dean’s List, Athletic Director’s Honor Roll and SAC Commissioner Honor Roll honors in each of his four years at Tusculum.  He was also named to the Charles Oliver Gray Honors List all four years at TC to go along with earning CoSIDA Academic All-America® honors during his junior season.

“Jonas is a very talented student and athlete that supports his talent through hard work in the classroom and on the court,” said Tusculum head tennis coach Adam Jackson.  “He is exactly the kind of student, athlete, and person we are trying to recruit and develop here at Tusculum. His achievements as a player and as a student are a testament to the amount of effort he puts into everything he does.”

During the 2016 season, Winkelmann posted a 13-9 singles record, including an 8-3 mark in conference play.  His doubles tandem went 20-2 overall and 10-1 in league action.

Winkelmann has earned All-SAC honors in each of his four seasons as a Pioneer and was named the Astroturf South Atlantic Conference Player of Week three times in his career.  A three-time ITA Scholar-Athlete, he was a key player for a team that went 37-5 in the SAC during his time on the squad and earned two South Atlantic Conference team titles.  He finished his career with a 60-22 record in singles play and a 74-11 record in doubles action.

In the community, Winkelmann has served as a volunteer at a local hospital and has spent time with Project “Tennis in Schools” to promote the sport of tennis at area elementary schools.  Winkelmann also participated in Tusculum Tennis Adopt-a-Family initiative to help a local family during the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons.  He has been a youth tennis clinic volunteer in his home country of Germany and has worked with the Greene County Ministerial Alliance Food Bank as a volunteer.

Winkelmann has also stayed busy helping out on the Tusculum campus.  He is a member of the TC President’s Society and served on the Tusculum Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and attended the South Atlantic Conference Leadership Conference. He was a member of the college’s “Up to Us” team that placed fifth nationwide in the campus competition in which college students raise awareness on issues stemming from the national debt among their peers.


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Science, math and technology programs expected to expand at Tusculum College

Science, math and technology programs expected to expand at Tusculum College

Posted on 26 May 2016 by

Science, mathematics and technology programs are expected to expand at Tusculum College with the addition of new degree programs and the investment in new facilities.

With the re-introduction of chemistry as a major in 2013, the addition of a master’s degree in nursing and a new planned Bachelor of Science in health care administration degree program, growth is expected to continue in these areas, according to LeAnn Hughes, vice president of enrollment management and marketing and director of Graduate and Professional Studies.

Earlier this month, a Bachelor of Science in computer science, a Bachelor of Science in information technology and a Master of Accountancy were preliminarily approved by Tusculum’s Board of Trustees pending development of the curriculum. Also approved was the development of a minor in web design.

The new programs will be initiated between now and 2019.

“Tusculum has a reputation for producing science graduates that have gone on to great success within their respective fields. Bringing back the chemistry major as an additional opportunity was the beginning of a process to expand these offerings,” said Hughes. “Now, with the completion of the Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Mathematics just around the corner, we expect enrollment in these programs to expand.”

Following the addition of the chemistry major, Tusculum College invested significantly by purchasing equipment and other useful tools including high performance liquid chromatography, infrared spectrometer, atomic absorption spectrometer, gas chromatography and a visible spectrometer. These new instruments, partially funded by gifts from alumni, assist the program to equip chemistry majors for a career in industry or graduate studies and further enhance already robust undergraduate research opportunities.

The Meen Center for Science and Math, expected to be completed in January 2017, will be a four-story structure of approximately 100,000 square feet. Interiors include wings for biology, chemistry, mathematics, nursing, computer science and environmental science. There will also be lab space and research areas for both faculty and students.

The ground floor features the environmental science wing with large general classroom spaces and classrooms equipped for distance learning programs. A large lecture hall will be included on the ground floor. Space is also allocated to house the Bachelor of Science degree program in nursing and the Master of Science degree in nursing.

For more information about any of these programs, contact Melissa Ripley, director of operations for admissions at 1-800-729-0256 or email

Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math




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Trustees approve new academic programs, track and field

Trustees approve new academic programs, track and field

Posted on 19 May 2016 by

The Tusculum College Board of Trustees approved the addition of several new degree programs and a track and field program at its spring meeting, held May 13-14 on the Greeneville campus. With the addition of men’s and women’s track and field teams, the number of NCAA sports offered at Tusculum increases to 18.

The Board gave full approval to a Bachelor of Science in health care administration degree program. A Bachelor of Science in computer science, a Bachelor of Science in information technology and a Master of Accountancy were preliminarily approved pending development of the curriculum. Also approved was the development of a minor in web design.

The new programs will be initiated between now and 2019.

“As an institution it is important that we continue to be responsive to the students we serve as well as the communities around us,” said Dr. Kenneth A. Bowman, chair of the Board and 1970 alumnus of the college. “Changing, and particularly adding degree programs, allows us to serve the needs of students today and into the future.”

The Board also received a report on the recent Mock Disaster Scenario conducted on campus in March. The simulation was a tornado which had collapsed Katherine Hall at approximately 2 a.m. during an academic day. Participants included: Greene County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, Greene County Sheriff’s Office, Tusculum Volunteer Fire Department, Greeneville Police Department, Greeneville Fire Department, Greene County EMS, Greene County 911, Laughlin Memorial Hospital, and Takoma Regional Hospital. Tusculum College provided volunteers from employees and students to act as casualties.

The intent of the drill was to test Tusculum’s ability to initially respond to a natural disaster and communicate with local emergency responders in order to provide emergency care to the Tusculum community. Specifically, the college tested its ability to initially respond to a catastrophic emergency, its ability to handle a large number of casualties and displaced persons and its ability to perform long-term recovery operations and continue business operations.

The initial assessment immediately following the event from Tennessee Emergency Management Agency was that the Tusculum College initial response and Emergency Operations Center performance was “excellent.”

As a result of recent state legislation, the Board reviewed its policies on guns on campus. As a result, both the faculty and student handbooks will be amended to state that the “Board of Trustees of Tusculum College has determined that Tusculum College and all of its property is a weapon-free school,” as described in Tennessee Code Annotated. “No person, except a person who is a sworn peace officer, is allowed to carry a firearm on any property owned or operated by Tusculum College.”

According to Jon Gresham, director of campus safety for Tusculum College, while new wording was adopted, the intent and extent of the policy remains consistent with the policy that had been in operation prior to recent legislation.

The Board also recommended preliminary approval of the 2016-2017 operating budget. The next meeting of the Tusculum College Board of Trustees will be October 2016.


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Spring semester 2016 Dean’s List recognizes academic achievement

Spring semester 2016 Dean’s List recognizes academic achievement

Posted on 13 May 2016 by

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

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

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

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

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

Below are the listings for the the spring 2016 Dean’s List for the Traditional (residential) program and the Graduate and Professional Studies program for working adults. Students named to the President’s List are denoted with an *. Those who are listed on the Charles Oliver Gray Scholars List are noted with a +.

Spring 2016 Dean’s List

Traditional program

Dennis Mensah Acquah

Cynthia Paige Adkins +

Antoinette Eva Allen

Makenzi Lynn Alley +

Evan R Altizer +

Jorge Alvarez +

Lori M Anderson +

Katja Sabina Elisabeth Andersson +

Ashley Marie Andrukonis +

Hannah Beth Arnett +

Benjamin A. Arnold +

Cheyene Leigh Arnold *+

Grace Ann Rose Arthur +

Ashlie Katelyn Ayres +

Charles Tyler Bailey +

Kyle Bailey +

Samuel Ray Baker +

Sarah Ann Baker +

Toni Lyn Bates +

Taylor Alexandria N. Battle +

McKenzie Beavers

Cheyenne Nicole Beeler *+

Miranda Leeann Beeler +

John Evan Bennett

Alexis Hope Berlin +

Hannah Marie Berling +

Emily Rae Bernin +

Emory Leigh Bibb +

Kyle Christopher Bittner +

John Russell Bivens +

Jonathan Blaylock +

Brandon Bolden

Eric Rufus Bowers

Benjamin Frederick Boyd

Sabrina Nichole Bradley

Jule Brass *+

Cheyenne Renee Bray +

Spencer Darris Brothers +

Victoria Nicole Browder

Kaitlin Brooke Brown +

Maggie Brown

Megan Lorraine Buczek *+

Lawson Henry Burrow *+

Lindsay Ann Butler *+

Brianna Elizabeth Byerley

Mason Ray Calhoun +

Shelbi Breanne Cameron +

Alison Faith Camp +

Amelia Ellen Cannon +

Michaelae Carden

Jessie Leonard Carey *+

Erin Helene Carmody +

Ethan Wayne Carpenter +

Laura Kaye Carr *+

Darius O’Neil Carter +

Benjamin T Cash +

Callie S. Casteel *+

Mitchell Frank Lewis Chapman +

Matthew Keith Church +

Lia Alexis Renae Clark

Christopher Murray Cochrane

Denise Nicole Coffey +

Matthew S. Cole +

Riley Edward Collins

Sarah D. Combs

West Thomas Connor

Dustin Daniel Conway +

Samuel Thomas Runion Cooley

Rebecca L. Cope +

Jacob William Countiss +

Christen Janay Craig

Emily Lynne Cross

Heather Renee Crouch +

Bailey Alexandria Culler +

Craig Matthew Cutler +

Samantha Czapik +

Jennifer Leeann Dalton +

Eliza Lucille Davis *+

Samuel George Davis *+

Zachary Robert Davis

Andre Alvaro Moreira De Giorgi

Melissa Dearstone

Payton Alexandra Dehart +

Rachel N Del Duca

Kayla Brooke Dodson +

Kelly Chase Donnelly

Tandon Gregory Dorn *+

Renee Amans Doyle +

Gary Joseph Dunlop +

John Eric Durr *+

Derrica Echols

Michael Jason Eggert +

Samantha Elizabeth Eldridge +

Madilyn Joyce Elliott *+

Savannah Elliott +

Micheal Harvey Emery

Kasey Blake Fawbush +

Hettige Joseph Michael Rukshan Fernando +

Todd Jamie Fidler

Zachary G Finchum

Sean Brenden Finucane +

Lia Theresa Fiore +

Karli Payten Fisher *+

Harper Nicole Ford +

Nicholas Larry Forsberg *+

Kelsey Lynae Freeman +

Macy Amanda French *+

Jennifer Michelle Frost +

Jordan D’Ann Fullerton *+

Franziska Funke *+

Rachel Eileen Garnett +

Cheyenne Garrison

Zachary Joel Gass +

Travis Maxwell Gaubert +

Alexus Breann Gibson *+

Haley Morgan Glenn

Hannah Marie Graham *

Eduardo Granados Munoz +

Shelby Anne Gray +

Ashley Skye Greene

Andrea Nichole Grooms

Guillem Giro Guil +

Courtney Danielle Hackney *

Brock Daniel Hakalmazian *

Allison Marie Hall *+

Holly Brooke Hall +

Tyler James Hall +

Macey Leann Hance *+

Edward Oliver Moore Hancock *+

Sierra Paige Hanson +

Olivia Elaine Harrell

Zachary Lee Hartle +

William Harrison Harvey +

Michala Katherine Hash *

Mamie Britt Hassell +

Bradley Daniel Hawkins +

Michael James Haycox

Kealee Heffner

Tarah Ranae Helms +

Dyer Keith Hendricks

Rachael Bethany Hensley +

Emily Elizabeth Hester +

James Cameron High

Benjamin Luke Hillis +

Bradford Blaine Hinkle *+

Sarah Elizabeth Holly *+

Ronnie James Holt +

Sayre Catherine Hopper +

Brittney Nicole Horton *+

Lynsey Brooke Hughes

Logan Tyler Hunter +

Cody Christopher Ingram

Katie Elizabeth James +

Kierney Lynn Jarvis

Jeffrey Tyler Johnson *+

Alexis Joiner +

Morgan Deanne Jones +

Tashique Kader *+

Briana Michelle Kaltenmark +

Adrienne Martine Kaye *+

Jordan Hayley Keene +

Seanmichael Gordon Kidder

Teresa Ann Kinley +

Tonya Michelle Kinley

Staci Nicole Knipp *+

Kelsi Hayden-Flaire Knox

Andrew D Kransberger +

Andreas M. Kvam +

Pablo Laguna *+

Taylor Kara Lambertsen *+

Taylor B. Lamons

Zachary Aaron Lane +

Bailey Elaine Laws

Calley B. Lawson *+

Shane Allen Lawson +

Guillermo Lazcano Carrera +

Hannah Irene Lefler +

Lilian Briane Lesniewski

Lindsey Danielle Lewis *+

MaKenna Noel Lewis +

Mariah Lynn Lewis +

Daniel Ray Lowery +

Emma Catherine MacDonald *+

Morgan Mahaffey *+

Yared W. Mamo +

Whitney Brianna Marshall +

Miriah Elizabeth Martin +

Shawna Ann Martin +

Miranda Danielle Mathews

James Wayne Mayes +

Mitchell Vance McCain +

Kelli Lynn McCalla +

Kassandra Lea McCamey

Joseph Bryson McCarter *+

Conor Patrick McKenna

Billi L. McKenzie *+

Nicole Sarah McMillen +

Kristen Renee McMillion

Ragen Danielle McNair +

Charles Richard Mills +

Erin Ashley Mills *+

Ashlyn Nicole Misischia +

Connor Grey Mitchell

James Curtis Moneyhun +

Vasco Miguel Monteiro *

AAliyah Jada Montgomery +

Brian Steve Montgomery

Dana Stacia Morong +

Pamela Kay Morong +

Margaret Ann Moss +

Yusuf Muhammed +

Shannon Rose Murphy +

Jordan Nicole Newby +

Mackenzie G. Newsome

Robert E. Nichols +

Micah Brianne Nicley +

Kylee Jordan Nolan +

Charla Deidre Odom +

Kaitlyn Marie Odoms

Erin Christian Osborne +

Fabian Paier *+

Breeanna Nicole Parker

Ross Gregory Parsons +

Callie Sierra Patterson

Kendall Patterson +

Carly Jeannette Payne *+

Shaveen Perera +

Jalesa Janae Perkins

Matthew Ralph Pierce +

Amanda Leigh Ann Pipes +

Christopher Edwin Pittman

Taylor Nicole Plemons

Diego C. Poore +

David Lee Quesenberry +

Christian Scholly Raasch

Heath Ratliff +

Ciara Rattana +

Zachary James Redden +

Tiffany L. Rednour *+

Chelsey Brooke Reed *+

Michael Bryce Reed +

Treslyn Kelley Reese +

Jenna Marie Restivo

Linda Joy Reyna

Jamie Rebecca Rhea +

Brooke A. Rhodes

Amie Elizabeth Rice

Cassi L. Ricker +

Allyson Kathleen Rines +

Kaara Heloise Roark

Rachel Elizabeth Roberts +

Malinda Irene Rode

Carrie Leigh Rose *+

Christopher John Ryan

Ciara Leigh Ryan

Kathleen J. Samples +

Donavon O’Neil Samuels

Brooke Ashley Sane

Sabrina L. Schleuger +

Brooke Morgan Schreder *+

Drew Henry Schreder

Leon Seiz +

Roxanne Inez Shepard *+

Sarah Rebecca Shipley

Madison Kate Shumaker +

David Felix Siegle *+

Payton Dakota Silcox +

Erin Janae Sims +

Zachariah William Slagle +

Garland Taylor Smith *+

Jacob Lee Smith

John Conagher Rufus Smith

John James Paul Smith +

Jordan Dianne Smith +

Tyler James Smith +

Tyrone Antonio Smith

Alexandra Marie Soldati +

Carey L. Sommers

James William Spears +

Jonathan Spicher *+

Danae K. Stauffer *+

Meagan Olivia Steelman *

Tim Stierle +

Robin Marie Stoner +

Teela Sullivan +

Amanda Lynn Sumner *+

Shannele Marjorie Sunderland *+

Joshua Taylor Suttles +

Kathy Lyne Swick

Carlie Amanda Thornber *+

Kayla B. Tipton *

Breanna Lynn Tolliver +

Elizabeth H. Tomassoni +

Katherine A. Tomassoni +

Donald James Townsend

Preston R Tucker +

Britney Nicole Turner *+

Stephanie Marie Turner +

Taylor Linea Tyree *+

Cheyenne Upton +

Samuel J. A. Van Amberg *+

Samantha Jean Vogt +

Rebekah Grace Voiles +

Brooke Elizabeth Wagner +

Brooke Ellen Wallin *

Nicholas Alexander Wasylyk *+

Emily Christine Waters +

Coneisha P. Waugh

Daniel D. Wedding +

Victoria Kailand Weiss

Amanda Marie Werder +

Jarett Jerell Wesley

Nathaniel Gerome West +

Savana Jeanette Wheeler

Carly Leeanne White +

Emily Marie White

Taylor Lindsey White +

Kristen Faith Wiggins +

Creighton Wilke

Donna Nicole Wilkerson +

Carolyn Elizabeth Williamson +

Sydney Nicole Wilson +

Johnathan Cole Wilt +

Jonas Burkhardt Siegfried Winkelmann +

Mark Lee Winningham

Rachel Marie Wisner +

Jennifer Renee Wolfenbarger

Christopher Devin William Woodson

Parker Katelyn Alisa Wright *+


Graduate and Professional Studies program

Natalia Acosta

Scott Eugene Adams *+

Shawn Travis Adcox

Jennifer Rene’ Alfter *

Brandon Keith Allen +

Lisa Nachelle Anderson *+

Amy Lee Anthony

Jaime Lee Arnold *+

Angel Renee Arrington +

Eleonora Surenovna Assadova +

Amy Jeanette Atchley +

Christopher Franklin Baber

April Suzanne Bachman +

Anthony Maurice Bagwell +

Kevin Ray Ball *

Mindy Michelle Barton +

Ashley Marie Bates

Joshua V Batson

Candace Angelique Baxter +

Leslie Deanna Ruth Beach +

Chiarra Leann Beasley

Marcus Gabriel Blair +

Sheila D Blair +

Joseph Adam Boles

Matthew Tyler Booth +

Elizabeth Anne Nicole Bowman

William Scott Bowman

Mercedes L. Boyd +

Casey Elizabeth Bradley +

Mindy Dawn Bradley +

Kristi Michelle Breeden *+

Morgan Maechelle Brewer +

Alexander Neil Briggs

Terry Dean Brooks *+

David Bryan Brown +

Shannon Kay Brown *+

Joshua Adam Broyles *+

Janie Danielle Bryant +

Jeffrey Allen Bryant

Jonathan Wayne Bryant *

Melissa Bryant

Victoria Jacqueline Bryant +

Keith Christopher Buch +

Kevin W Buckner +

Sarah Ruth Buel

Adam Michael Burchfield +

Lara Gail Burchfield *+

Jessica Caroline Burgner +

Robin Annette Burnette +

Christina Angela Burton

Carrie Chae Cagle *+

Melissa Callahan *+

Camille Nicole Calloway *

Billy Carroll Calwell +

Bradley Mitchell Capps

Cathryn Carol Carpenter

Claire D. Carter +

Kirsten Dixie Carter +

Michelle Carver *

Daniel Cate +

Hannah Lynn Champlin +

Brent Eugene Chapman *+

Ann Marie Cheezum *+

Floyd Alden Cheyne *+

Brandon Anthony Chittum *+

Savannah Hope Clabough +

Debra Nicole Clack

Dawn Trista Cody

Mandy LaChelle Colburn +

Katie Lee Cole +

Linda Darlene Coleman +

April Dawn Collins *+

Brittany Leigh Colon

Robert Earl Colquitt +

Paula Renee Conley +

Tabitha Lydia Cook +

Amber Lawson Cooper +

Gary Robert Cooper

Jeremy Brent Cooper *+

Justin Ross Cornett +

Donna M. Costa-White *+

Charles Harvey Cottrell

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Students recognized for academics, service during Honors Convocation

Students recognized for academics, service during Honors Convocation

Posted on 10 May 2016 by

Student excellence in academics and service were recognized during Tusculum College’s annual Honors Convocation Thursday, April 28.

The two top honors for students presented by the College are the President’s Award and the Bruce G. Batts Award. Nick Forsberg from Staples, Minn., was presented the President’s Award and Carly Payne of Greeneville, was presented the Bruce G. Batts Award.

Brian Click

The students were also addressed by Brian Click, a 1999 graduate from Tusculum, who spoke about the difference earning a degree at Tusculum has made in his life. The co-owner of Cornerstone Wealth Management Group encouraged the students to use their college education as a foundation for success and to take steps to plan their future if they had not.

The Student Government Association officers for the upcoming 2016-17 academic year were also sworn in during the program. Sworn in were Carrie Rose of Knoxville as president; Oliver Hancock of Mooresburg, TN, as vice president; Julie Bielowski of Point Pleasant Beach, N.J., as treasurer, and De’Erica Garrett of Greeneville as secretary.

President’s Award

Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College, presents the President's Award to Nick Forsberg.

The President’s Award is presented to the graduating senior who has contributed the most to the college and who has been the most outstanding achiever in the combined areas of academic work, athletics, campus leadership and personality. The selection is made on the basis of the student’s total four-year record at Tusculum.

Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of the college, presented the award to Forsberg, a sport management major, who has excelled in both the classroom and on the links as a member of the Pioneer Men’s Golf Team. Throughout his time at Tusculum, he has been listed on the South Atlantic Conference (SAC) Commissioner’s Honor roll, the Tusculum Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, the Tusculum College Dean’s List and the Charles Oliver Gray Scholars List. He was named the SAC Men’s Golf Scholar Athlete of the Year for both 2015 and 2016 and has received Capital One Academic All-District first team and Golf Coaches Association of America All America Scholar honors. In 2015, he received the top academic award presented to students in the physical education, sport management and sports science majors.

Forsberg has also earned numerous athletic honors including being named the 2015 SAC Tournament Most Valuable Player Award and chosen for the 2014 and 2015 SAC All-Tournament Teams. He was also a member of the 2015 SAC Tournament Championship team that was also the first in school history to advance as a team to the NCAA Division II National Tournament.

With a packed academic and athletic schedule, Forsberg has also committed himself to being an active member of the Tusculum College community and giving back. He has served for the past two years as the president of the Pioneer Student Athlete Advisory Council. He is a volunteer for the Greene County Food Bank and the Make-A-Wish Foundation and has served as a volunteer for junior golf camps at a golf course in Minnesota.

Batts Award

Presented in memory of a beloved educator at Tusculum who helped define the college’s civic arts curricular focus, the Bruce G. Batts Award is presented to a student who clearly demonstrates the qualities that reflect the civic arts ideals.

Carly Payne receives the Bruce Batts Award from the Rev. Dr. Ronda Gentry.

This year’s recipient, Carly Payne of Greeneville, has demonstrated her commitment to excellence and serving others at Tusculum. She is currently president of the Tusculum Student Nurses Association and is a member of the National Student Nurses Association.

Payne has led the Tusculum organization through a variety of service and fundraising projects. For example during this past year, the organization has conducted a bake sale fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, sponsored a “Dress Down Day” to raise funds to help provide nutritious meals for children through the Feeding America summer program, collecting donations and boxes for Operation Christmas Child and promoting blood donation during the American Red Cross blood drive on campus.

Exemplifying the importance of serving others, Payne is a volunteer member of the East Tennessee Medical Reserve Corps and volunteer trainer for the Tennessee READY’s program.

In her nursing studies, Payne has achieved a high level of scholarship and uses critical thinking skills to carefully plan individualized care for all of her assigned patients, noted the Reverend Dr. Ronda Gentry, director of the Center for Civic Advancement, in presenting the award. “Carly consistently exhibits those characteristics that most define individuals we call ‘nurses’ – compassion, respect, civility, humility and kindness,” Gentry said.

In addition to the Bruce Batts Award, Payne also received the Nursing Student of the Year Award for the senior class. The award recognizes a student who demonstrates high moral values, communicates and acts with integrity, provides safe and effective nursing care, promotes and practices life-long learning, demonstrates a commitment and passion for the practice of nursing and has demonstrated academic excellence.

Student-Chosen Awards

Dr. Ken Brewer was presented the Outstanding Service to Students Award by Dr. Alan Corley, representing the Greene County Partnership.

Presented during the convocation were faculty, staff and community awards whose recipients were selected by student vote. Receiving the Outstanding Service to Students Award, a faculty honor, was Dr. Ken Brewer, assistant professor of psychology.

In presenting the award on behalf of the Greene County Partnership, Dr. Alan Corley said that Brewer has earned the respect and praise of his students for his teaching style and his availability and willingness to help students. This is the second year that Brewer has been honored with the award.

The Staff Award was presented to Tiffany Dearstone, senior student life coordinator. In presenting the award, Student Government Association President Michael Fernando noted that while Dearstone has held a variety of positions in the Office of Student Affairs, her first priority has always been the students and making sure their campus life experience is the best it can be.

Tiffany Dearstone, senior student life coordinator, receives the Staff Award from SGA President Michael Fernando.

Well known and respected local musician John Brown was the recipient of the Community Award, which is presented to an individual, organization or business that has made a significant contribution to the Tusculum campus community. In presenting the award, Fernando noted that Brown decided several years ago to find ways to give back to the community, including organizing the Dogwood Park summer concert series in Greeneville. Brown has provided support to the College’s Band Program and has been instrumental in the return of the Old Oak Festival to campus, serving as coordinator of the musical performers that appear at the festival.

Academic Honors

Senior Honor Key Awards were presented to students who have earned a 3.25 grade point average or higher in their major, shown achievement and aptitude in the major and possess strong character.  The following are the award recipients and their degree programs:

Accounting – Samuel Davis of Harriman;

Athletic Training – Grace Arthur of Maryville;

Art Education K-12 – Lindsey Lewis of Luttrell;

Art and Design, Graphic Design Concentration – MaKenna Lewis of Sevierville;

Biology  – Ben Arnold of LaFollette;

Criminal Justice – Lawson Burrow of Greeneville;

Economics and International Business – Erin Mills of Duluth, Ga.;

English, creative writing concentration – Sarah Holly of Jonesborough, TN;

English, journalism and professional writing concentration – Stephanie Turner of Shelbyville;

Environmental Science – Jonathan Blaylock of Chuckey;

Field Guide Naturalist – Shane Lawson of Talbott;

History – Billi McKenzie of Allegan, Mich.;

Interdisciplinary Studies K-6 – Cheyene Arnold of Morristown;

Interdisciplinary Studies K-6/Math 7-12 – Staci Knipp of Greeneville;

Management – Jonas Winkelmann of Boeblingen, Germany;

Museum Studies – Alexis Joiner of Wesley Chapel, Fla.;

Nursing – Cynthia Adkins of Bristol, Va.;

Political Science –Jeffrey Johnson of Greeneville;

Psychology – Hannah Lefler of Chapel Hill;

Special Education Early Childhood – Calley Lawson of Gaithersburg, Md.;

Special Education Modified and Comprehensive – Megan Buczek of Chattanooga;

Sport Management – Curtis Moneyhun of Kingsport, and

Sports Science – Drew Schreder of Cosby.

Senior members of the Alpha Chi National Honor Society were also recognized. Upperclassmen ranked in the top 10 percent academically of their classmates are invited to join the honor society. Those recognized included Grace Arthur of Maryville; Samuel Davis of Harriman; Madilyn Elliott of Hampton; Michael Fernando of Ragama, Sri Lanka; Sarah Holly of Jonesborough; Brittney Horton of Afton; Adrienne Kaye of Egg Harbor City, N.J.; Staci Knipp of Greeneville; Erin Mills of Duluth, Ga.; Tiffany Rednour of Mohawk; Britney Turner of Morristown. and Nicholas Wasylyk of Ontario, Canada.

Jonathan Spicher received the Alpha Chi Excellence Award from Dr. Troy Goodale.

The Alpha Chi Academic Excellence Award, which honors the highest academically ranked members of the junior class, was presented to Kaitlin Brown of Chuckey and Jonathan Spicher of Lindlar, Germany.

Eight students inducted in the Tusculum College chapter of the Psi Chi psychology honor society during the past year were recognized. The 2015-16 inductees include Amber Duke of Oak Ridge, Roben Hartsell of Seymour, Oliver Hancock of Mooresburg, Katelyn Jennings of Greeneville, Juliana Pressley of Morristown, Chelsey Reed of Morristown, Kathleen Samples of Greeneville and Carly White of Sevierville.

The Undergraduate Research Excellence in Psychology award was presented to Kelsey Freeman of Johnson City. This award recognizes a student who has completed a research project and presented it in a public forum.

Kelsey Freeman was presented the Psychology Research Award by Dr. Jennifer Harper.

The Outstanding Achievement in Psychology, Behavioral Health Award was presented to Zoe Holcomb of Knoxville. This award recognizes academic excellence, achievements and aptitude in the major, as well as personal characteristics and leadership in and out of the classroom.

Members of the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society were also recognized. In order to become a member of this honor society, students must have taken at least 15 hours of history courses, have an overall 3.0 GPA and a 3.1 GPA in history. Inducted during this past year were Mamie Hassell of Hermitage; Victoria Hawk of White House; Zachary Lane of Fayatteville, Ga.; Aaliyah Montgomery of Memphis, and Allison Woody of Newport.

Recognized with the Billie and Curtis Owens Literary Award were Jennie Frost and Sarah Holly. Presenting the award was Wayne Thomas. Not present for the photo was Emily Waryck.

Students who were chosen for the 2016 Curtis and Billie Owens Literary Prizes were honored. Students submit original, creative works in the annual writing competition. Jennie Frost of Friendsville earned top honors in the fiction category; Sarah Holly of Jonesborough in the non-fiction category, and Emily Waryck of New Concord, Ohio, in poetry.

The Dr. Shirley Beck Award for an outstanding Master of Arts in Education major was presented to William Scott Kilgore of Kingsport.

The Outstanding Education Student Award was presented to Jaime Arnold of Fall Branch.

William Scott Kilgore was presented the Dr. Shirley Beck Award by Dr. Raymond Hatfield.

Trisha Gossett of Greeneville and Roben Hartsell of Seymour were presented the Jean Hixon Memorial Award, named in honor of a long-time member of the Graduate and Professional Studies staff. Hixon’s sister Anne Hall and her husband, James Hall, presented the award. The award recipients are chosen by Tusculum faculty and staff and are students who have demonstrated academic achievement with a GPA of 3.50 or better and dedication to community service.

The Barnett, Conley and Davis Award in Natural Sciences and Mathematics was presented to Nicholas Wasylyk of Ontario, Canada. The award recognizes a graduating senior outstanding in the combined fields of natural sciences and mathematics. The award is based on overall GPA, science and math GPA, depth of interest in science and math and academic service to the college such as tutoring and/or research.

Jaime Arnold received the Outstanding Student in Education Award.

Josh Suttles of Seymour was the recipient of the Doug Ratledge Environmental Science Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to an outstanding student majoring in environmental science or the field guide naturalist program.

Michael Fernando of Sri Lanka was presented the Walter R. Johnson Award, which recognizes the graduating senior determined most outstanding in business and economics.

Rachel Garnet of Middletown, Ohio, was presented Nursing Student of the Year award for the junior class. The award recognizes a student who demonstrates high moral values, communicates and acts with integrity, provides safe and effective nursing care, promotes and practices life-long learning, demonstrates a commitment and passion for the practice of nursing, demonstrates high professional standards of conduct and has demonstrated academic excellence.

Receiving the Jean Hixon Memorial Award were Trisha Gossett, left, and Roben Hartsell, right. The award was presented by from Hixon's sister and brother-in-law Anne and James Hall, center.

The Theatre Award was given to Alexis Joiner from Wesley Chapel, Fla., for her participation and dedication to the theater program at Tusculum College.

Toni Bates of Chuckey of Greeneville was the recipient of the David Behan Award for her contributions to the theater program both onstage as an actress and part of the backstage technical crew.

The James E. Ward Future Professionals Award is selected by the physical education faculty to recognize an outstanding major in the field and was awarded to Shannele Sunderland of Georgetown, Texas.


Service Awards

Nicholas Wasylyk was presented the Barnett, Conley and Davis Award by Dr. Debra McGinn.

The Service-Learning Award was presented to Robert Nichols of Dresden. Nichols was recognized for his many hours of volunteering in various capacities at the Paul E. Hayden Wetlands on campus.

The Bonner Leaders Program Award was presented to Megan Buczek of Chattanooga. The award is presented to a student within the Bonner Leaders Program, who has exhibited exemplary long-term dedication to the six keys of the program – community building, civic engagement, diversity, international perspective, social justice and spiritual exploration.

Josh Suttles receives the Doug Ratledge Environmental Science Scholarships from Dr. Melissa Keller.










Michael Fernando was presented the Walter Johnson Award by tho honor's namesake, a 1971 alumnus of the College.












Rachel Garnet and Carly Payne receive Nursing Student of the Year Awards for the junior and senior classes.










Toni Bates is presented the David Behan Award by Marilyn duBrisk.











Shannele Sunderland was the recipient of the James E. Ward Future Professionals Award, presented by Suzanne Byrd.











Dr. Gentry presented the Service Learning Award to Robert Nichols.













Megan Buczek receives the Bonner Leaders Program Award from Dr. Gentry.

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Tusculum tradition continues as students celebrate Lantern Festival

Tusculum tradition continues as students celebrate Lantern Festival

Posted on 10 May 2016 by

The soon-to-be graduates sign the tops of their lanterns prior to the passage of the lanterns.

On April 27, one of the longest traditions at Tusculum College continued as students soon-to-be graduates passed their legacy of leadership to underclassmen as part of the Lantern Festival.

The Lantern Festival began in the 1950s and continued until the late 1970s. The custom involved seniors, garbed in academic regalia and carrying lanterns, walking in procession to an outdoor stage on the evening before commencement. The seniors shared what Tusculum had meant to each of them. The event closed with the seniors passing their robes on to members of the junior class.

The rebirth of the tradition came in Tusculum’s Bicentennial year of 1994. Since then, the Lantern Festival has been celebrated a week or two prior to graduation and has become a celebration of the close relationships nurtured at the College.

The Lantern Festival continues to include a procession with lanterns and the passing of robes to underclassmen. The lanterns are not only symbolic of the light of leadership of the soon-to-be graduates, but also the the difference they have made in the lives others while also being positively impacted by others themselves.  Many of the lantern bearers carry the lantern “willed” to them by a previously graduating senior and inscribed with both of their names.

This year, 12 graduating seniors passed their lanterns to underclassmen. Stories about how bonds were formed between the students in the classroom, in the residence halls and in student activities were shared as the students passed lanterns and robes.

In recent years, the Lantern Festival has evolved to also allow students to recognize faculty and staff members who have made a positive impact in their lives at Tusculum. More than 20 students presented Golden Lantern Pins to faculty and staff members with some students choosing to recognize more than one faculty and staff member.

The lantern has been a central icon in the traditions of Tusculum. The terms “Sit Lux” and depiction of a lamp or lantern appears on the Tusculum College seal. “Sit Lux” is the motto of the College, and the Latin words translate as “Let There Be Light.” The phrase is consistent with Tusculum’s tradition of sending students forth to be a light in the world through their character and good works.  By the close of the Lantern Festival, it was apparent to those in attendance that that tradition remains strong as well.

The students participating in the Lantern Festival gather for a group following on the terrace of the Chalmers Conference Center.

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Nearly 300 receive degrees Saturday at Tusculum College

Nearly 300 receive degrees Saturday at Tusculum College

Posted on 09 May 2016 by

Graduating from Tusculum College during spring commencement were 295 individuals in two ceremonies held on Saturday, May. 7.

On Saturday 102 students earned Bachelor of Science degrees and 134 earned Bachelor of Arts degrees. In addition 41 graduates earned Master of Arts degrees and 18 received Master of Business Administration degrees.

Walking with this spring’s graduates were 17 representatives of the Tusculum College Class of 1966 who are celebrating their 50th anniversary year. Representatives walked in the procession, clothed in golden caps and gowns and were recognized during the ceremony by Dr. Moody.

The new graduates were addressed by Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody, who recognized the hard work of the path to graduation, saying “Commencement is an occasion of celebration and completion. It is a culmination event for the graduates.” Adding, “Today is a testament to your efforts, to your persistence. Each of you made sacrifices, made adjustments and made some tough decisions along the way.”

She told the group, that while there was no doubt they were thinking about the many people in their lives who have stood by them on this journey, that graduation day was a moment to celebrate the completion of a goal they had worked hard to attain. “Relish the victory that you claim today.”

The Golden Pioneers, represented by Bruce C. Howell, of  Hackettstown, N.J. and the Class of 2016, represented Michael Fernando, a business major from Sri Lanka, presented a check to Dr. Moody for $50,818 as a gift to the college to be used to endow the Tusculum First Scholarship.

Commencement speakers David Baker, at left, and Nicholas Wasylyk

The new graduates were addressed by Dr. David Baker, senior vice president of field services for the DIRECTV Group, Inc. and a member of the Tusculum College Board of Trustees. Dr. Baker shared with the graduates in both ceremonies things he has learned in the more than three decades of his career.

Among his advice, he told graduates to never pass up a chance to help someone or to say something nice. Adding, that this is the base level for building relationships, which are critical throughout life in all capacities.  He also told the audience to always be positive, and when in doubt to smile. “It is easy to go negative,” he said, “Be openly and visibly positive.”

Afternoon Commencement Speaker John Shaw, Jr.

He stressed the importance of communication skills and creative thinking, which he said are skills that grow in value as one progresses in his career.

“One of the best things you can take into a career is a strong set of personal values. With that, you can work your way through some very difficult and complex situations.”

Speaking at the morning ceremony was Nicholas Wasylyk, a pre-med major from Ontario, Canada. Wasylyk has been a member of the Pioneer Football team and president of the Science Club. He has been a member of the President’s Society and Alpha Chi Honor Society and spent countless hours helping other students as a Tusculum College tutor.

Wasylyk told the group to cherish the wonderful memories made with friends, faculty and family. “It is an honor to receive a degree from Tusculum College. We are all now staring at an open door, and all we have to do is run head-first through it. We have the key to our future – knowledge.”

Speaking during the afternoon ceremony was John Shaw, Jr., who received his Master in Business Administration. John also received his undergraduate degree at Tusculum in 1997. He is a project manager at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge. John has been married to his wife, Brenda, for 33 years and they have two daughters, Shanna and Aleia.

His advice to graduates was to find new opportunities to put new skills and knowledge to work. “The important thing is finding your passion,” he said.  “In life, control is an illusion. Treasure and relish each moment.”

Beth Brimer, at left, accepted the Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership award for the traditional program for her late husband, Bill Brimer. At right is Dr. Michael Dillon, dean of the School of Business, who received the award for the Graduate and Professional Studies program.

Also during the ceremony, members of the Tusculum College faculty were recognized. Receiving the Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership award for the Residential College was the late Bill Brimer, accepted on his behalf by his wife, Beth. Receiving the award for the Graduate and Professional Studies program was Dr. Michael Dillon, dean of the School of Business.


After receiving their degrees, students at Tusculum College “walk the gauntlet,” receiving congratulations from the faculty.

Left front, Dr. Nancy B. Moody welcomes back former Tusculum College President Douglas Trout, right front, along with members of the graduating class of 1967. Celebrating their 50th reunion year, the Golden Pioneers walked with the graduates at the Spring Commencement ceremony.


Members of the Golden Pioneers pose with Dr. Moody and Dr. Trout.

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Students contribute ‘Up to Us’ prize money to College

Students contribute ‘Up to Us’ prize money to College

Posted on 27 April 2016 by

A team of students from Tusculum College was awarded fifth place in the fourth annual Up to Us campus competition. The group of seniors has decided to contribute the prize money the team received to the College

During the annual School of Business Banquet in late April, the team members presented more than $2,000 to Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody as a contribution to the Tusculum First Scholarship. The Tusculum First Scholarship was established by the 2015 graduating seniors as their class gift to help future students achieve their educational goals as others had helped them achieve their goals. The class of 2016 also donated its class gift to the Tusculum First Scholarship.

The team members included Michael Fernando, Haylee Reed, Leon Seiz, David Siegle and Jonas Winklemann.

Members of the Up to Us team present Dr. Nancy B. Moody,Tusculum president, with its prize money during the School of Business Banquet on April 26.

Up to Us is a project coordinated by Net Impact, working in partnership with the Peter. G. Petersen Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative. The organization provides an opportunity to college students to educate their peers on issues stemming from the national debt, giving students the chance to speak up and make an impact on the nation’s long-term fiscal and economic health.

During the 2016 Up to Us campaign, 230 students on 53 teams in 28 states worked on their individual campuses to engage other students in understanding the national debt through in-person outreach, events and activities on campus.

“It’s been a rewarding experience,” said Michael Fernando, a senior Tusculum College student from Sri Lanka majoring in accounting, general management and economics and international business, who headed the effort at Tusculum College. “After we were invited to participate in Up to Us, such a prestigious competition, I knew we would have to give it all we had. We had a great team, and I am glad that we were as successful as we were.”

According to Fernando, Tusculum College participated in the campaign from October 22, 2015 through February 21, 2016, launching weeks of creative, non-partisan and thought-provoking campus campaigns to raise awareness of the impact of America’s long-term national debt.

The Tusculum College team led some innovative campaign strategies, including a TED Talk style forum regarding the national debt, he said. Students participated in the project “Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees,” during which they made signs detailing how they cared about the national debt and hung them around trees on the Greeneville campus and even made special announcements during a basketball game.

As part of their award, the team will also be awarded a cash prize, which they have chosen to donate to Tusculum College. The team leaders from the top 10 teams have also been invited to Washington, D.C. to attend the Peter G. Peterson Foundation’s 2016 Fiscal Summit; they will meet with economists and national political leaders to discuss the national debt and its impact on millennials. Fernando also traveled to the University of California, Berkeley to the Clinton Global Initiative University conference in early April where the winning teams were recognized by former President Bill Clinton.

Teams from the 2016 Up to Us campaign were assessed by a panel of judges that included several elite business executives and Chelsea Clinton, vice chair of the Clinton Foundation.

For more information on the Up to Us initiative, visit


By Madilyn Elliott, senior journalism and professional writing major from Hampton

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Tusculum receives grant for nursing simulation lab expansion

Tusculum receives grant for nursing simulation lab expansion

Posted on 14 April 2016 by

Tusculum College’s nursing program has been awarded a $116,159 grant from the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation for expansion of the nursing simulation lab.

Grant funds will be used to expand the nursing programs simulation laboratory by adding an infant and a pediatric simulator for infant and pediatric nursing training.

According to Michelle Arbogast, associate director of foundation and donor relations, the purpose of this grant is to educate nursing students in practical clinical exercises without causing any harm to patients.

“It will provide an alternative to the pediatric clinical experience,” said Dr. Lois Ewen, dean of the School of Nursing, Health Sciences and Human Services and professor of nursing. “Simulation allows students an opportunity to make clinical decisions and see the consequences of those decisions. We all learn from our mistakes. With simulation, students can learn from their mistakes without harming a patient.”

The infant and pediatric simulators join two adult simulators purchased through a previous grant from the BCBS and the Tennessee Health Foundation in spring 2013.

The simulation lab provides opportunities for other academic programs at Tusculum, such as physiology courses in the science and physical education departments and the athletic training program, as well as other health care organizations in the Greeneville community.

Dr. Ewen said, “We open the lab for our community partners, which enhances the health of our community as a whole.”


From left, Michelle Arbogast, associate director of foundation and donor relations; Heather Patchett, vice president of institutional advancement; Dr. Jerry Ward, trustee; Jane Brown, nursing faculty; Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president Dawn Abel, manager of community relations and foundations for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation; Dr. Linda Garrett, assistant dean of nursing; Dr. Lois Ewen, dean of nursing, and Tammy Albright, chief nursing officer, Takoma Regional Hospital.


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Spring Commencement will be Saturday, May 7

Spring Commencement will be Saturday, May 7

Posted on 13 April 2016 by

May 7 will mark a milestone for about 350 Tusculum College students who will reach the successful completion of their educational journey by earning degrees during the Spring Commencement Ceremony that day.

Two ceremonies are planned and both will take place in the Pioneer Arena of the Niswonger Commons. The first will be at 10 a.m. and will include students earning degrees from the Traditional College program. The second will be at 2 p.m. and include students earning Master’s degrees and the students earning degrees from the Graduate and Professional Studies bachelor’s programs.

Tusculum College applauds the graduates for their hard-earned achievements and is preparing for May 7 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 and shuttles will provided from outer lots to the Niswonger Commons.

If you are any of your family members or guests requires special handicapped seating accommodations, please contact Bobbie Greenway at 423-636-7300 ext. 5154 so your needs can be addressed. There will be handicapped parking available in the large parking lot at the Niswonger Commons. Please let the security personnel directing traffic and parking know that you need handicapped parking if it is needed and they will direct you to the lot. Please note that Tusculum 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 help by helping your graduate be at the Pioneer Arena in time for graduation practice. For the morning ceremony, practice begins at 8:45 a.m. and it begins 12:45 p.m. for the 2 p.m. ceremony. 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 prior to 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. The program will also posted on the Tusculum web site following the ceremony. 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.
  • 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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Old Oak Festival returns this weekend, April 15-17

Old Oak Festival returns this weekend, April 15-17

Posted on 11 April 2016 by

The Carson Peters Band will be returning to the Old Oak Festival.

The Old Oak Festival will return this weekend to the Tusculum College campus April 15-17, featuring crafts, music, art shows, theater, children’s activities, festival food and much, much more.

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

Craft vendors will include pottery, painting, jewelry, stoneware, weaving, woodworking, gourd art, pine needle baskets and much more.

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 regionally-known vocalists and musicians.

Fiddlin’ Carson Peters returns again to headline the Old Oak Festival, along with the Smoky Mountain Bluegrass band and a host of regional talent. Musicians kicking off the show on Friday include Bean Tree Remedy featuring Ashley Bean, Dave Nunez and the Perfect World Band, Mike Joy, My New Favorites and Prism – a tribute to Pink Floyd. Friday night will also feature Jack & Michael on the Terrace entertaining for a faculty and alumni social event.

On Saturday, expect good old-fashioned fun from Shiloh and the Tusculum College Band closing out the night, but also plan to get to the festival early to hear Stem Winder, the Thursday Night Boys, Jakie Keasling & Friends, New Chronic Dream, the Kevin Wilder Group, The Dandy Lions, Absinthe Gray, Jimmie D and the House Rockers and the Madisons. The night will conclude with a drum circle. There will be a parade at the center of the Tusculum campus, beginning at 10:45 a.m.

The Carson Peters Band will be on the main stage on Saturday as well. Additionally on Saturday, some favorite features return, including the “Conduct Us” session with the Tusculum College Band, where anyone can step up and take over the conductor’s baton.

Winners of this year’s annual Curtis-Owens Literary Awards will be the main event at the Tusculum Review Launch Party set for the Thomas J. Garland Library Terrace, 4-6 p.m. This year’s event will feature 2016 winners Jennie Frost (fiction), Sarah Holly (nonfiction), and Emily Waryck. These readers will be paired with winners from years’ past, David Roncskevitz, Andrew Baker and Joseph Wade Borden. Additionally, copies of the 2016 The Tusculum Review will be available.

Following the 10 a.m. Old Oak Festival Church Service in the main tent, Sunday’s artists will include Jim and Curtis Moneyhun, Steve Brown, the Tusculum College Handbell Choir, the Matthew Hurd Band, Able Brown and the regional favorite, the Great Smoky Mountain Bluegrass band.

“Each year the festival grows and this year is no exception,” said David Price, festival coordinator and director of music for Tusculum College. “There are many high quality craft vendors, more authors and surprises planned for throughout the weekend.”

One surprise that Price said will be unique to the festival is the launching of a trebuchet, built by Tusculum faculty and students. There will also be a catapult craft activity for children of all ages.

According to Dr. Peter Noll, assistant professor of history, “Over the past year, students and faculty have been meeting informally via a teaching and learning circle to read about and discuss a book about medieval technology and social change. The trebuchet we built represents the “enhancement” activity for group.”

According to Dr. Noll, the trebuchet is a gravity powered machine that changed the way siege warfare occurred beginning in the 13th century until it was supplanted by cannon. “We have built a scaled down version that is capable of launching a grapefruit 90 yards, oranges about 75. We plan on demonstrating it throughout the day on Saturday.”

The two museums on the Tusculum camps, the Doak House Museum and the President Andrew Johnson Library and Museum will both be offering free tours on Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Fiddlin’ Carson Peters Band will have an encore concert at the Doak House on Saturday afternoon as well.

A reception at will be held at the President Andrew Johnson Library and Museum on Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. for new exhibit “Prologue: Andrew Johnson’s Political Career before the Vice Presidency.”

Throughout the festival, the Tusculum College Gaming Club will be hosting a video gaming event in the Pioneer Perk in Niswonger Commons on the Greeneville campus. The event will run Friday from 4 p.m. to midnight; Saturday from noon until 1 a.m., and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. The event will feature multiple televisions and game sets with various games such as Guitar Hero, SingStar, Super Smash Bros., Call of Duty, FIFA and League of Legends. Attendees may come play the games from our library or bring their own.

During the weekend the LEGO contest entries will be on display at the Doak House, and the winners will be announced at 2 p.m. on Sunday. For more information and rules on the LEGO competition, contact Dollie Boyd, director of museums at

Additional new features include horse and carriage rides, sponsored by Tymley Travel, and a lineup of 10 workshops designed for high school students, through which five participants will be awarded a $500 scholarship.

The high school workshops will be offered in morning and afternoon shifts, from 9-11 a.m. and 12:30-2:30 p.m. Workshop topics include an educational wetland tour and nature writing, contemporary poetry, drawing, playwriting, and music theory and songwriting. Acting, brief essay or prose poem, tree identification, photo manipulation and songwriting will be offered as well.

As part of the entertainment, Old Oak attendees will have the opportunity to see GLAWPIGT (Great Literature Alive & Well, Playing In Greeneville, Tennessee) as they present a one-hour showcase during each day of the Festival. Show times are Friday, April 15, at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 16, at 2 p.m. and Sunday, April 17, at 2 p.m.

A truly varied hour of entertainment, the showcase includes sketch comedy, young adult fiction, poetry, amusing literary analysis, unique interpretations of fairy tales, Shakespeare and even Vaudeville style comedy.

General seating is $5 and tickets will be available one-hour prior to show time at the box office. The performance will be held in the Behan Arena Theatre in the lower level of the Annie Hogan Byrd building.

GLAWPIGT, which is celebrating its 30th year, is a literary performance group founded by Tusculum College Artist-in-Residence Marilyn duBrisk and sponsored by Tusculum College Arts Outreach. The group meets weekly during the academic year. It is comprised of students from East Tennessee ranging in ages from 10 to 17. For more information about the show case or GLAWPIGT, please contact Arts Outreach at 423-798-1620.

Another returning favorite is Joyce Carroll, puppet master. Carroll will be a puppet troubadour, appearing through the festival with spontaneous performances.

Sponsors of the event include Artistic Printers, Fatz Cafe, The Greeneville Sun, Radio Greeneville and Wayne Thomas.

There is no fee to attend the festival, other than the admission fee for the GLAWPIGT performances. Art vendor hours will be Friday from noon until 6 p.m. Author Row and the food vendors will remain open until 9 p.m. On Saturday, hours will be from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. for art vendors and 9 p.m. for the rest of the festival. Sunday hours are 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information, contact Price at 423-636-7303.

Coolers and alcohol are prohibited.

For updates and more information, visit the website at or on facebook.



Crafters of all types will be featured at this weekend’s Old Oak Festival at Tusculum College, as well as music, theater and festival food.


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