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New meditation garden dedicated at ceremony Tuesday afternoon

New meditation garden dedicated at ceremony Tuesday afternoon

Posted on 23 September 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

A dedication ceremony was held for the meditation garden located at the Honor Program House at Tusculum College on Tuesday, Sept. 23. The garden was a service project of several Tusculum classes, including students in the biology and visual arts programs. The garden was designed not only as a beautiful campus space, but as an ongoing project in support of ASafeHarborHome, an organization that assists domestic abuse victims and homeless with a disability. With the help of Office of Institutional Advancement, the biology class solicited donations to purchase plants and supplies. With each group donation, a plant identification marker will be placed to represent organization or departments/group on campus. Students from the “Service Learning in the Arts” class repaired, cleaned and re-tiled the benches; repainted the bird feeder; and created the stepping stone that is a feature in the garden. Students in service-learning classes taught by Robin Fife have worked with ASafeHarborHome for several years and continue to work the non-profit organization.

 

The meditation garden was created as a partnership between Tusculum College and ASafeHarborHome.

Lilly Gonzelez and Daniel Velez

The dedication ceremony included a welcome from Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College. Denise Coffey, student intern at ASafeHarborHome, shared what the meditation garden means to her. Dr.Melissa Keller, assistant professor of biology; Aurora Pope, assistant professor of art, and Fife described what their students did as part of the project. Daniel Velez, chief executive officer of ASafeHarborHome, Inc., and his wife, Lilly Gonzalez, expressed their appreciation of the Tusculum students and College community for their work. Velez said it is an example of people working together to meet a common goal to better the lives of others. Tusculum Chaplain Mark Stokes offered a prayer of dedication for the garden. Rev. Ronda Gentry, director of the Center for Civic Advancement, invited those in attendance to explore the garden.

 

Lowe's of Greeneville provided donations of some of the landscaping elements used in the garden.

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Tusculum announces 2014 Sports Hall of Fame class

Tusculum announces 2014 Sports Hall of Fame class

Posted on 18 September 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

The 2014 Tusculum College Sports Hall of Fame class has been announced and three new members will be inducted next month.  This year’s inductee class includes: Pioneer golf coach Bob Dibble; 2003 All-American football linebacker Craig Pritchett; and 2007 South Atlantic Conference women’s golfer of the year Shannon Palenkas Stone.

The induction ceremonies will take place Saturday, October 18th during the College’s Homecoming weekend festivities.  The ceremony is part of the alumni breakfast, which will be held at the Chalmers Conference Center in the Niswonger Student Commons on the Greeneville campus.

The 2014 induction class will also be honored prior to the homecoming game against Carson-Newman University.

BOB DIBBLE

For the past quarter of a century, Bob Dibble has directed the golf fortunes at Tennessee’s oldest college. Dibble, a native of Peoria, Illinois has coached the men’s team for 25 years and started the women’s program in the 1997-1998 season.

His teams have captured seven conference titles and two region championships during his tenure. He guided the TC men’s squad to five consecutive national tournament appearances from 1993-1997. In the women’s inaugural campaign, the Pioneers placed 13th at the NAIA National Tournament.  In all, he has guided the Tusculum golf programs to an amazing 45 team tournament titles during his tenure.

He has been honored by his peers as conference coach of the year on nine occasions during his career, including the 2011-2012 campaign as he was named the South Atlantic Conference Women’s Golf Coach of the Year for a second time (He earned the inaugural SAC Coach of the Year accolade during the 1999-2000 season).  He led that team to a berth to the NCAA Division II Tournament as his team finished third or better in six of its 11 events, including two tournament titles.

He has mentored three All-Americans, 45 All-Conference players, four conference players of the year and three SAC Freshmen of the Year.  He has coached eight players who qualified for NCAA Division II region play, including three-time All-Conference standout Rachel McFarland who advanced to the 2003 NCAA II National Championship where she finished 16th individually.

Dibble’s players have also excelled in the classroom as 24 players have garnered All-America Scholar Athlete recognition, while five of his squads have captured the SAC Team Academic Award. He has also coached five SAC Scholar Athletes of the Year.

Dibble served as head professional at Link Hills Country Club in Greeneville, Tenn. from 1978 to 2000. He turned pro in 1957 and became a Professional Golf Association member in 1964. Dibble also squeezed in a stint serving in the United States Marine Corps.

Dibble served as Midwest PGA President from 1971-73 while living in Missouri and was a club pro in Florida as well. A veteran of the PGA Winter Tour, Dibble has qualified for the PGA National Club Pro Championship on three occasions. Junior golf has been Dibble’s passion for over 20 years. He has built one of the state’s strongest youth programs at Link Hills. Dibble has been honored on four occasions with the Tennessee PGA Junior Golf Leader of the Year Award. In 1982, he won the Tennessee PGA Horton Smith Award for his contributions to the game of golf.

Dibble played his collegiate golf at Central Missouri State in Warrensburg, Mo. He also attended the University of Missouri at Kansas City where he lettered on the basketball hardwood for the Kangaroos.

Dibble has been married to his wife Cindy for over 50 years and the couple has three grown children: Sandy, Tim and Chris. His son, Chris, is the head golf professional at Holston Hills Country Club in Knoxville. The Dibbles are also the proud grandparents of nine grandchildren.

CRAIG PRITCHETT (Tusculum, 2003)

From 1999-2003, Craig Pritchett was the epitome of the ideal college student-athlete.  He shined both on the Tusculum football field as well as in the classroom.

In his 43-game career, he recorded 277 tackles, which are the sixth-most all-time and the fourth highest tally by a TC linebacker.  He also amassed 39 tackles for loss, which are sixth in the TC record book, while his five fumbles forced and five fumble recoveries are the third and fifth most ever by a Pioneer, respectively.

The two-time All-South Atlantic Conference selection earned second team honors in 2002 and first team accolades in 2003.  He was a four-time team captain and led the Pioneers to a 31-12 combined record, which is one the most successful four-year periods in program history.  His teams recorded wins over three nationally-ranked opponents, including two times against arch-rival Carson-Newman.

During his 2000 rookie season, he posted 66 tackles, including nine for loss, two sacks and four interceptions, which are tied for the third most in a TC single-season.  He also forced two fumbles, recovered two more and tallied seven passes defended.  For his efforts, he was named the 2000 SAC Defensive Freshman of the Year.

Pritchett recorded 82 tackles in 2001 as the Pioneers posted an 8-2 record and finished the season ranked 21st in NCAA Division II.

In 2002, he finished with 90 tackles, including 17 hits behind the line of scrimmage, which are the third most tackles for loss in school history.

In his 2003 senior campaign, Pritchett made 39 tackles, while leading Tusculum to a 9-2 record, a No. 19 national ranking and the program’s first South Atlantic Conference championship.  He was named to the Daktronics All-Region Team and the D2football.com All-America team.

In the classroom, Pritchett finished his undergraduate career with a 3.76 cumulative grade point average while majoring in visual arts.  He was named the SAC Football Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2002 and again in 2003.

The two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District selection was also recognized for his numerous community service endeavors with his selection to the 2003 American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team® and was one of only 11 players from NCAA Division I FCS, NCAA II, NCAA III and the NAIA to be chosen.

In 2003, he was also the recipient of the Tusculum College President’s Award and the Walter T. Dette Spirit Award.

He graduated from Tusculum in 2003 with magna cum laude honors and was a nominee for the Eisenhower Scholar Society.

Pritchett is in his 10th season on the football coaching staff at his prep alma mater Ridgeland High School in Rossville, Georgia.  He has served the last five years as RHS co-defensive coordinator and has guided Ridgeland to playoff appearances in eight of his 10 seasons, including 2012 where his squad advanced to the state championship game.

He is married to the former Susanne Chesney, who is a 2003 Tusculum graduate and they are the parents of a seven-year-old son, Braylon and five-year-old daughter, Chesney.

SHANNON PALENKAS STONE (Tusculum, 2007)

Shannon Palenkas Stone accounted for one of the best playing careers in the history of the Tusculum women’s golf program.

From 2003-2007, the Maryville, Tenn. native posted a career scoring average of 83.44, which was a school record upon her graduation and is currently the fifth lowest in the Tusculum record book.

She garnered All-South Atlantic Conference honors on three occasions, including two times on the first team.  In her senior campaign, she shot a then-school record 78.28 scoring average, which is the fourth best currently by a Pioneer.  In the 2006-2007 season, she won two individual tournament titles and was named the SAC Player of the Year.

She claimed the 2006 Tusculum Fall Classic crown with her two-day score of 148, which is the sixth-lowest 36-hole score in school history. Included in that tally was a career-best 71 (-1).  She would later cap off her stellar career by winning the 2007 SAC Tournament title.  She is the only women’s golfer in TC history to sweep SAC Player of the Year and SAC Tournament MVP honors in the same season.

The three-time SAC All-Tournament honoree finished in the top-20 on 24 occasions, including 14 times in the top-10 along with six top-5 performances.

At the end of the 2006-2007 academic year, she was named the Tusculum College Female Athlete of the Year, becoming the first women’s golfer to earn the College’s top athletic honor.

She graduated from Tusculum in 2007 with a degree in business administration.  Shannon is a creative service manager with the Pilot Travel Centers Corporation.

Shannon is married to Cody Stone, who was a point guard on the Pioneer men’s basketball team and graduated from Tusculum in 2004.  The Stones live in Maryville, Tennessee and they are the parents of two daughters, Ella and Harper.

 

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Tusculum to experience an ‘Orange Rush’ Sept. 12-16

Tusculum to experience an ‘Orange Rush’ Sept. 12-16

Posted on 10 September 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Tusculum will begin experiencing an “Orange Rush” on Friday.

“Orange Rush” is five days of activities to help students enjoy the first Block Break of the 2014-15 academic year as well as serve others and learn valuable life skills.

Friday’s activities include a presentation by “Mentor Guy” and best-selling author Bert Gervais, “Do’s and Don’ts of Professional Attire” fashion show, the kickoffs of the Intramural Cup/Hall Wars competition and Stadium Arcadium, 48 hours of gaming on big screens and multiple platforms.

One Saturday, events include a showcase of Tusculum musical and literary talent in a Coffee House series event at the Perk, the “zombie tag” kickoff, a cookout in the Library Bowl, and a late night pancake breakfast. Student are also encouraged to take part in the Grills Gone Wild BBQ Festival, which is taking place on campus Friday and Saturday. Events include an eating contest, a 5K Glow Run and a street party/costume contest.

On Sunday, there will be a worship service, giant games and a camp out at the upper practice field.

Monday’s events include an etiquette dinner and archery expo and a foam dance party.

Orange Rush concludes on Tuesday with Nettie Service McCormick Service Day activities in the morning, tie-dye and lunch in the Bowl, the intramural and zombie tag championships, a pig roast and academic fair and pool party.

Below is the full schedule of activities.

 

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Students to serve throughout the community as part of ‘Nettie Day’

Students to serve throughout the community as part of ‘Nettie Day’

Posted on 10 September 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College students scrape the entrance gate at the Andrew Johnson National Cemetery to prepare it for repainting during last year's Nettie Day.

Tusculum students will be found throughout the community on Tuesday, Sept. 16, continuing one of the longest held traditions for the College.

Students will be taking part in Nettie Fowler McCormick Service Day, also known as “Nettie Day.”  Participation in “Nettie Day”  is required for all new students as part of the Tusculum Experience course, and upperclassmen from various student organizations also take part.

The service projects for the students in the past have varied  from painting playground equipment for a local school to  grilling and serving lunch at a senior-citizen apartment complex to building a bridge for a dog walk at the local human society.

“Nettie Day, which is conducted under the auspices of the Center for Civic Advancement, honors the memory and altruistic way of life of Nettie Fowler McCormick, widow of reaper inventor Cyrus McCormick, who was a 19th century supporter and advocate of Tusculum College. The McCormicks, staunch Presbyterians from Chicago, learned of Tusculum College through Tusculum graduates who attended their McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago and became donors to the Northeast Tennessee school.

Nettie McCormick is recognized as the college’s first benefactor, a term that denotes a donor whose cumulative gifts total at least $1 million to the college. Nettie McCormick funded the construction of several of Tusculum’s historic structures, including Haynes Hall, Rankin Hall, Welty-Craig Hall, Virginia Hall and McCormick Hall, which is named after the McCormick family.

McCormick Day began as a day of cleaning the campus in reflection of Nettie McCormick’s insistence on clean living environments. The day has evolved to take on a more generalized community service emphasis.

This year, Nettie Day is also part of “Orange Rush” week on campus. Activities planned ranged from career preparation sessions to intrumaral/hall war competitions  to an academic fair to live entertainment.

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Next Pioneer Pete Tailgate Party to be Saturday, Sept. 20

Next Pioneer Pete Tailgate Party to be Saturday, Sept. 20

Posted on 10 September 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

The National Guard tent at the Sept. 4 tailgate was popular as people of all ages, especially Tusculum students, were drawn to try the punching bag game that measures speed and force

A Pioneer Pete Tailgate Party featuring music, games, food and activities for all ages will precede to each Tusculum football game this year.

Designed as an event for Tusculum students and the community, the Pioneer Pete Tailgate Party began last year and has grown this year.

The tailgate includes games, inflatables, face painting, special displays and other activities.  A tailgate also means food and there will be concessions from local vendors.

There is no charge for any of the tailgate activities except for food and a ticket to the game. The tailgates begin about two and a half hours prior to kickoff.

The Pioneer football team was victorious in its home opener against the College of Faith, setting two NCAA defensive records and tying another.

The remaining home games are on Sept. 20, Oct. 11,(Oct. 18, Nov. 1 and Nov. 6.

Tusculum hosts North Greenville at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, as the Pioneers will be celebrating Local Heroes Night and Take-A-Kid the Game Night at Pioneer Field.  Children ages 12 and under will be admitted free.  It will also be Youth Football Night as all players of the Boys & Girls Club, Greene County YMCA Flag Football League, and the Greeneville/Greene County Youth Football Association will  be admitted free.  All youth players are asked to wear their game t-shirt or game jersey to gain free admittance. (All youth must have adult supervision).  All youth football players will lead the Tusculum team out onto the field prior to kickoff.

The Tusculum Baseball Team ran one concession stand as a fundraiser during the first tailgate. Local favorites Creamy Cup and Auntie Ruth were also on hand with delicious ice cream, donuts and soft pretzels.

As Local Heroes Night, the College is inviting all law enforcement, fire and emergency medical professionals and members of the Armed Forces to attend the Sept. 20  game free of charge. Members of the aforementioned agencies may either present their ID badge or be in uniform for free admission to the game. The ID badge admits the public servant and one (1) guest.

Tusculum hosts South Atlantic Conference foe Newberry College at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, for Breast Cancer Awareness Day and Local Church Day.  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month as the Pioneers and their fans will be donning pink and will be raising funds and awareness in the battle against breast cancer.  Tusculum will also be recognizing and honoring churches in the community as the Pioneers take on the Wolves at 2:30 p.m.

The Pioneers will take on arch-rival Carson-Newman on Saturday, Oct. 18. for Homecoming 2014 as the game is slated to begin at 2:30 p.m.  Be there for all the pageantry and tradition of homecoming weekend with the parade, alumni reunions and the homecoming court.  It is also Sports Hall of Fame weekend as members of the 2014 induction class will be honored.

 

Carson Peters, a 10-year-old fiddler who has been on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the Grand Ole Opry, performed during the first tailgate.

Tusculum hosts 2013 NCAA Playoff participant UNC Pembroke at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, for Senior Day.  The Pioneers will honor its senior members of the football team as well as the senior members of the cheerleading squad and the Pioneer Marching Band prior to kickoff.  It is also Family Weekend on the Greeneville campus.

The Pioneers conclude their season at 7 p.m. on Nov. 6 against conference foe Brevard.  There will be a fireworks display following the game.

 

 

 

 

The inflatable slide is a favorite with youngsters and college students.

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Free medical care to be available during RAM health clinic Nov. 8 and 9 at Tusculum

Free medical care to be available during RAM health clinic Nov. 8 and 9 at Tusculum

Posted on 10 September 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College will be the host for a Remote Area Medical (RAM) free health-care clinic on November 8 and 9.

RAM is a Knoxville-based organization providing free medical care for the uninsured and underinsured. The RAM organization recruits skilled professionals and students in the medical, dental and optometry fields to provide care to hundreds of people.

During the two-day, weekend clinics, commonly called expeditions, RAM provides basic medical services, dental work and optometry services and glasses on-site free that day.

On both days, parking will be available on campus. The doors open at 6 a.m.

RAM, founded by adventurer Stan Brock in 1985, is dedicated to providing medical and veterinary access in rural and remote areas to anyone who needs it, both domestically and abroad.

For more information, visit RAM’s at http://www.ramusa.org/.

 

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Two Events Set for September at the Doak House

Two Events Set for September at the Doak House

Posted on 08 September 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Join staff and volunteers at the Doak House Museum on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for Fall Fun Day. The museum is hosting this family-friendly event featuring make-and-take learning stations, live animals, living history and more.

There will be art demonstrations, costumed historic interpreters, a dance performance, a booth sponsored by Hands On! Museum and several interactive learning stations. There is no charge to attend the event; donations will be accepted for make-and-take activities.

Later in September, the museum will host a Volunteer Appreciation Picnic for all who have given their time to the museum in the past and those who would like to volunteer in the future. The picnic will be Thursday, Sept. 18, at 5:30 p.m. Food and drinks will be provided and RSVPs are requested.

For more information about either event or to RSVP to the picnic invitation, contact the museum’s Facebook page, call 423-636-8554423-636-8554 or email lwalker@tusculum.edu.

 

Children learn how to write with a quill pen at the Doak House Museum.

 

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‘Pioneer Pete’ tailgate Sept. 4 to feature live music, activities for all

‘Pioneer Pete’ tailgate Sept. 4 to feature live music, activities for all

Posted on 26 August 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Live music, games, food and activities for all will be part of the Pioneer Pete Tailgate Party Thursday, Sept. 4, prior to the Tusculum football team’s home opener.

The community is invited to come and be part of the fun, which includes a performance by Carson Peters, the 10-year-old fiddler who has appeared on the Jay Leno Show and performed at the Grand Ole Opry. The tailgate will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the area just outside the Niswonger Sports Complex and Pioneer Field.

Carson Peters

The Fiddlin’ Carson Peters Band also include his father, Jamie Peters, and two Greene Countians, Tom and Bobbie Dier. Carson, who began playing fiddle at three, says his main inspiration is using “the talent God gave me to make people smile!”

The tailgate will include games, inflatables, face painting and other activities for all ages.

Tasty food will also be plentiful as Creamy Cup, Auntie Ruth Donuts and Soft Pretzels and other concessions will be part of the tailgate.

There is no charge for any of the activities except for food and a ticket to the game. Tusculum  will be taking on the College of Faith with kickoff scheduled at 7 p.m. Fireworks will follow the game.

The Pioneer Club will also be having a tailgate on Thursday with information available about how to become a member and support Tusculum student-athletes and athletic programs.

Games and inflatables will be part of the Pioneer Pete Tailgate Party.

The Thursday night game is the first of six home games for Tusculum this season. The other home games include against North Greenville (Sept. 20), Newberry (Oct. 11), Carson-Newman (Oct. 18), UNC Pembroke (Nov. 1) and Brevard (Nov. 6).

Tusculum hosts North Greenville on Saturday, Sept. 20, as the Pioneers will be celebrating Local Heroes Night and Take-A-Kid the Game Night at Pioneer Field.  Children ages 12 and under will be admitted free.  It will also be Youth Football Night as all players of the Boys & Girls Club, Greene County YMCA Flag Football League, and the Greeneville/Greene County Youth Football Association will  be admitted free.  All youth players are asked to wear their game t-shirt or game jersey to gain free admittance. (All youth must have adult supervision).  All youth football players will lead the Tusculum team out onto the field prior to kickoff.

As Local Heroes Night, the College is inviting all law enforcement, fire and emergency medical professionals and members of the Armed Forces to attend the Sept. 20  game free of charge. Members of the aforementioned agencies may either present their ID badge or be in uniform for free admission to the game. The ID badge admits the public servant and one (1) guest.

Tusculum hosts South Atlantic Conference foe Newberry College on Saturday, Oct. 11, for Breast Cancer Awareness Day and Local Church Day.  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month as the Pioneers and their fans will be donning pink and will be raising funds and awareness in the battle against breast cancer.  Tusculum will also be recognizing and honoring churches in the community as the Pioneers take on the Wolves at 2:30 p.m.

The Pioneers will take on arch-rival Carson-Newman on Saturday, Oct. 18. for Homecoming 2014 as the game is slated to begin at 2:30 p.m.  Be there for all the pageantry and tradition of homecoming weekend with the parade, alumni reunions and the homecoming court.  It is also Sports Hall of Fame weekend as members of the 2014 induction class will be honored.

 

Tusculum hosts 2013 NCAA Playoff participant UNC Pembroke at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, for Senior Day.  The Pioneers will honor its senior members of the football team as well as the senior members of the cheerleading squad and the Pioneer Marching Band prior to kickoff.  It is also Family Weekend on the Greeneville campus.

 

The Pioneers will host South Atlantic Conference foe Brevard for a rare Thursday night battle on Nov. 6, at 7 p.m.  Following the regular-season home finale, there will be a fireworks show.

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“Grills Gone Wild” barbecue cook-off and festival coming to campus Sept. 12-13

“Grills Gone Wild” barbecue cook-off and festival coming to campus Sept. 12-13

Posted on 26 August 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Going for the hardwood smoked, tasty goodness prize, those who think they know barbecue will be on the Tusculum College campus in September for the first-ever Grills Gone Wild barbecue cook-off and festival.

The event is scheduled for September 12-13 on the Tusculum College campus. The Grills Gone Wild Barbecue Festival is organized by the Inferno Group of Harrogate, Tenn., and will feature top-flight barbecue masters competing for the $5,000 competition prize.

This is the first year for the event, and organizers hope to draw people from around the region to participate and attend the festivities. The event has previously been held in London, Ky.

Grills Gone Wild is a family-friendly event, which will include a barbecue cook-off, a car show, a 5K fundraiser run and many other activities. The event will be held in front of Pioneer Park.

The public is cautioned that professional barbecuers will not be offering samples of their barbecue, but there will be food vendors available during the Festival.

On Saturday, the car show begins at 2 p.m. and will include awards for Best of Show, Best Engine, People’s Choice and many others.  The “Run in Glow Motion” 5k Run/Walk begins at 8 p.m., with registration beginning at 6:30 p.m.  A post-race party will be held at 9:30 p.m. Registration for the race includes a gift bag with t-shirt, glow glasses and various glow products.

Other weekend activities include vendors, inflatable attractions for children, live music and a cornhole tournament.

This is a Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned event, where the teams will prepare their best ribs, chicken, beef brisket and pork.

Grills Gone Wild activities will be tied in to Orange Rush weekend on campus, a series of events on the Tusculum campus to encourage engagement among new students joining Tusculum as freshmen or as transfer students.

“We are very excited to blend the events of this festival with those set for Orange Rush Weekend,” said Dr.  Lisa Johnson, interim vice president for Academic Affairs. Encouraging our students to become part of the community is a big part of what the Orange Rush Weekend wants to achieve.”

For more information on the event, contact David Martin, director of facilities at Tusculum College at 423.636.7300.

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New student orientation begins on Friday

New student orientation begins on Friday

Posted on 11 August 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

The newest Pioneers will arrive on campus Friday to move into their residence halls and to begin Orientation 2014.

Tusculum welcomes its new students through orientation, and it is an opportunity for new students to get to know Tusculum and one another. Orientation will begin Friday, Aug. 15 and conclude on Sunday, Aug. 17.

Full of information and fun activities, orientation assists new students in adjusting to life  on campus, informs them about the College’s primary academic opportunities and introduces them to a wide range of student support services.

Check out the full schedule.

 

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Questions?  Learn who to contact on campus

Questions? Learn who to contact on campus

Posted on 11 August 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

“My roommate is impossible. I can’t stand to be in my room.” “I just don’t understand math and definitely not what we are studying in College Algebra.” “My ID card stopped working and I don’t know what to do.”

Hopefully, these are words that you won’t hear from your student in the coming weeks. However, if you do,  there are people on campus to help your student with any difficulty they may be facing. Tusculum encourages parents to listen to their students’ concerns and then advise them in who they should contact on campus in resolving their issues, whether it be resolving a conflict with a roommate, finding academic tutoring or obtaining assistance when they are ill. Encourage your student to try to resolve the issue on his or her own, an important step in developing independence, offering them suggestions of whom to contact on campus.

Below is a listing of various topics and whom should be contacted about those topics:

- Academic advising. For questions regarding declaring majors or changing majors, please contact the Director of Academic Advising in Room 121 of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building. The Director of Academic Advising can also answer questions about academic requirements. Advisers are assigned as a student enters Tusculum. Students who are undecided as majors are assigned to general advisers until they decide which major to pursue, when they are assigned an adviser in that discipline.

- Accessibility for students with disabilities. Students who may need accommodations for disabilities, should contact the Academic Resource Center Counselors on the first floor of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building.

- Arts and Lectures requirement – the Director of Academic Advising. Please see academic advising above.

- Athletics. Any issues with the College’s varsity sports should be address to the Athletic Director in Rankin Hall. Any issues with an intramural sport should be brought to the attention of the Office of Student Affairs in Niswonger Commons.

- Automobile registration. All students should have the cars they are driving on campus registered. Contact the Director of Campus Safety on the main level of the Niswonger Commons about car registration or parking questions.

- Bills and payments issues, including deferred payments. Please contact the Business Office on the first floor of McCormick Hall.

- Campus activities and club and organization information. For campus activities, please call the Student Life Coordinator for Campus Activities, whose office is in the Pioneer Gym. Club and organization questions should be directed to the Associate Dean of Students on the main level of the Niswonger Commons.

- Computer services. For computer issues, students should contact the Computer Help Desk Assistant, located on the top level of the Niswonger Commons.

- Personal counseling. For help with interpersonal issues, please contact the Campus Counselor in the Health and Wellness Center on the lower level of the Niswonger Commons.

- Financial aid. For assistance with financial aid, please contact the Director of Financial Aid in Virginia Hall on the second floor.

- Food services. For questions about dining options or concerns, please contact the Campus Dining Manger in the Niswonger Commons cafeteria.

- Grade appeals. Tusculum has a process, outlined in the College catalog, for making grading appeals. The first person to contact is the instructor for the course.

- Hometown news. If you have questions about getting news about your student in the local newspaper, please call the Office of College Communication at 423.636.7304. The office sends releases about academic honors and other student achievement and activities to hometown newspapers.

- ID cards. If a student loses a card or the magnetic strip on the back stops working, please contact the Student Life Administrative Assistant in the Office of Student Affairs on the main level of the Niswonger Commons.

- International student services. Please contact the Director of Academic Advising.

- Instructor/quality of instruction issues. The Academic Chair over that program should be contacted. Call the campus operator for contact information regarding the appropriate chair.

- Parking citation appeal. Appeals for parking tickets should be made to the Dean of Students in the Office of Student Affairs. The Motor Vehicle Operations Guide provides information about this process and can be found online under the “documents” menu on the Student Affairs Webpage.

- Paychecks. While students pick up paychecks in the Business Office, any issues regarding them need to be directed to the Director of Financial Aid in Virginia Hall.

- Physical illness or injury. Students who are ill or who have an injury may see the campus nurse in the Health and Wellness Center on the lower level of the Niswonger Commons. For an emergency or need for care at night, contact 911, the Office of Campus Safety or Student Affairs personnel.

- Roommate, residence hall issues. The Office of Student Affairs should be contacted for any issues regarding roommates, room assignments, switching rooms, etc.

- Transfer credit. Any questions or issues with transfer credit should be addressed by the Registrar’s Office on the ground level of Virginia Hall.

For issues not listed here, please contact the Dean of Students. A listing of issues and personnel and contact information can be found in the Student Handbook, which is provided online on the Student Affairs page.

 

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Andy Stoll’s travel adventure presentation to kick-off annual series

Andy Stoll’s travel adventure presentation to kick-off annual series

Posted on 11 August 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Andy Stoll

A presentation by Andy Stoll on Monday, Aug. 25, about his 40-country journey of self-discovery is the first event in the 2014-15 Acts, Arts, Academia performance and lecture series at Tusculum College.

The performance and lecture series is a program of Tusculum College Arts Outreach and will feature 14 events throughout the academic year. Acts, Arts, Academic is supported by the late Dr. Sam Miller in memory of his wife Agnes Ault Miller, Arts Outreach, Hearts for the Arts and the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Andy Stoll’s presentation, “How (and Why) to Travel Around the World” will begin at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on the Tusculum campus. The cost is $6 per person.

After finishing college, Stoll set off on a four-year, 40-country trip in search of experiences far off the beaten path in order to get a better understanding of how the world works. During his travels, he handed out micro-loans in China, played a 19th century British soldier in a Bollywood movie, worked in a dress factory in Bangkok for 60 cents an hour, lived in a mud hut village in Zambia and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro with 10 Tanzanian street kids.

Stoll’s presentation is much more than a travel slideshow. It is an insightful, inspiring, entertaining and often hilarious look at what it takes to find one’s place in the world and achieve one’s dreams.

The schedule for the remainder of the 2014-15 academic year includes:

“Birding in Northeast Tennessee: Quite an Earful,” a presentation by Don Miller, will be Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. in the Behan Arena Theatre (lower level side entrance of the Annie Hogan Byrd building). The cost is $6 per person.

Theatre-at-Tusculum’s production of “The Addams Family” musical comedy will be Nov. 14-16 and Nov. 20-23. All performances will be at 7 p.m. in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium except the Sunday shows, which will be at 2 p.m.

The Tusculum College Band Christmas Concert will be Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium. There is free admission to the concert

The holiday events continue with Tusculum College Community Chorus’ annual Christmas concert on Monday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium. This year’s performance, which is free and open to the public, will be “Gaudete! A Christmas Concert.”

Central Ballet Theatre returns to the stage in January with “Rapunzel: A Tangled Tale.” Performances will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 16, 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 17 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 18. All the performances will be in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium.

“Lincoln at Gettysburg” with Chris Small of the Lincoln Project will be 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, in the Behan Arena Theatre. The cost is $6 per person.

“Kaleidoscope of Indian Classical Dance,” featuring Bharatha Natyam, Kuchipudi and Kathak classical dance, will be 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium.

The Tusculum College Band Winter Concert will be Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. in Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium. Admission is free.

Theatre-at-Tusculum’s production of the musical comedy, “How to Eat Like a Child,” will be 7 p.m. Feb. 27-28 and March 5-7 in the Behan Arena Theatre. Sunday matinees will be presented at 2 p.m. on March 1 and 8.

“Back on Broadway,” dazzling production numbers performed by the next generation of Broadway stars, will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium.

“5 x 10,” five 10-minute plays by Tusculum students under the direction of English professor Wayne Thomas, will be presented at 7 p.m. on April 17-18 and 24-25 with Sunday matinee performance at 2 p.m. on April 19 and 26. Admission for the plays, to be presented in the Behan Arena Theatre, is $6 per person.

The Tusculum College Band Spring Concert will be Thursday, April 30, at 7 p.m. in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

The series will conclude with the Tusculum College Community Chorus Spring Concert on Monday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium. Admission is free.

Unless otherwise noted, admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (60 years of age and older) and $5 for children 12 and under.

For more information on these events, please contact Arts Outreach at 423-798-1620 or visit its website at http://arts.tusculum.edu.

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