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Additional rag rug workshop scheduled at Doak House Museum on August 12

Posted on 20 July 2017 by

The Doak House Museum will be hosting an additional rag rug-making workshop on Saturday, August 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“We had such a wonderful response from the community over the opportunity to learn three easy techniques for making rag rugs from old t-shirts and woven fabric that we have added an additional session to accommodate those that expressed interest,” said Dollie Boyd, director of museums for Tusculum. “Rag-rugging is a great beginning project for young people and adults who are new to crafting.”

Participants will learn how to make “toothbrush” rugs, hoop rugs, and a style of shag rug. The fee for the workshop is $10, and participants are asked to bring t-shirts, old sheets or fabric remnants to upcycle. All other needed tools will be provided.

The workshop is recommended for ages 12 and up. Space for each workshop is limited, Contact Boyd at 423-636-8554 or to reserve a spot.


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Higher education for veterans offered tuition-free at Tusculum College through Yellow Ribbon program

Posted on 19 July 2017 by

Veterans of all branches of the U.S. military who qualify for full entitlement of the Post 9/11 GI Bill can get their bachelor’s or master’s degree at Tusculum College tuition-free with the college’s participation in the federal Yellow Ribbon program. Children of veterans who have had full Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits transferred to them are also eligible.

The voluntary “Yellow Ribbon” program makes it possible for eligible veterans who meet the college’s admissions requirements to attend tuition-free at Tusculum College.

“Tusculum College has a long history of providing programs that allow the adult student to achieve their dream of higher education while balancing the responsibilities of career and family,” said Dr. Paul Pinckley, vice president for enrollment management and marketing at Tusculum College. “With the Yellow Ribbon program we can provide the opportunity to the men and women who have served our country and do it in a way that meets the needs of their current life situation.”

The Yellow Ribbon program is an agreement between Tusculum and the Veterans Administration that full tuition will be covered for eligible veterans who have served at least three years on active military duty, or at least 30 days for someone released for a service-connected disability, since September 11, 2001.

“We are proud to participate in the Yellow Ribbon program and sincerely hope that we will have the opportunity to serve many of the returning veterans in our areas,” said Tusculum College President Dr. Nancy Moody. “With the variety of locations, programs, majors, degrees and scheduling options offered at Tusculum College, we are uniquely suited to serve those who educational path was interrupted or who are considering higher education for the first time.”

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

Tusculum College has long offered assistance to veterans returning to higher education and furthered their commitment by hiring a full-time veteran services director to ensure veterans and their family members are assisted from pre-enrollment to veteran specific programs and activities during attendance.

For more information on the Yellow Ribbon program or Tusculum’s Veteran Services programs, contact Dale Laney at 423.636.7371 or email at Information may also be found at


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Tusculum Jazz Band featured at July 20 Lyrics on the Lawn event

Posted on 14 July 2017 by

Lyrics on the Lawn 2017 Summer Concert Series continues Thursday, July 20, at 7 p.m.  The free concert will be held on the lawn of the Dickson-Williams Mansion in the heart of downtown Greeneville.  The concerts take place each Thursday evening in July.  The opening act will begin at 7 p.m. with intermission scheduled for 7:45 p.m. and the headliner takes the stage at 8 p.m.  On site event food vendors for this concert include, Creamy Cup, and Top Dog Hot Dog.  Food service is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs and/or blankets and select your spot to enjoy the evening. The event is smoke-free.  Please note pets are welcome; however, they must remain within the designated Fido Friendly area during the event.



This Thursday – July 20

Tusculum Jazz Band

The Tusculum Jazz Band has definitely “got that swing.” Featuring a repertoire of swing and popular toe-tapping tunes, the Jazz Band has a growing reputation in Northeast Tennessee. The group has performed in not only concerts and activities on the Tusculum campus but also in the community. The jazz band has performed at events such as the Laughlin Foundation Derby Days, Music on the Square in Jonesborough and Main Street Greeneville’s Christmas in Downtown celebration. This group is an integral part of the Tusculum Band program, which began in 2010 with the formation of a Pep Band. In addition the program has grown to include a Marching Band, Concert Band, Handbell Choir and various small ensembles.












The Brother Boys

The Brother Boys have reunited to bring their tongue and groove harmony and infectious rhythm to the stage once again.  Ed Snodderly and Eugene Wolf began their brother-duet singing back in the 90s, releasing three critically acclaimed recordings; two for Sugar Hill, Plow, produced by Jerry Douglas and the self-produced Presley’s Grocery and one for England’s Zu-Zazz Records, Mulehead. Years before the term Americana was born, they called their music New Hillbilly, which sounded good at the time; a way to distinguish the blending of country, bluegrass and rockabilly. The Brother Boys have a knack for this old sound.  The emotions and country heartache tones match the landscape of East Tennessee, where they both grew up. The Brother Boys were recently featured on the Great Smoky Mountains Association release, On Top of Old Smoky; New Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music alongside Dolly Parton, Norman and Nancy Blake, Bryan Sutton, Jody Stecher and a host of the old-time musicians paying tribute to the music of the people who left the mountains in the 1930’s so the National Park could be established.


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Information sessions to be held on Tusculum’s new online healthcare management degree

Posted on 13 July 2017 by

Two Information Sessions will be held in Knoxville and Gray to provide information and answer questions regarding Tusculum College’s new online healthcare management degree.

At the Information Sessions for Tusculum’s online Bachelor of Science in healthcare management, attendees may learn about the reduced tuition rate, meet with program leaders and explore the smooth admission process.

The first session will be held in Gray on Wednesday, July 19, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at the Appalachian Community Federal Credit Union at 5034 Bobby Hicks Highway in Gray. The second session will be held in Knoxville on Thursday, July 20, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at the Knoxville Regional Center at 1305 Centerpoint Blvd. in Knoxville.

Both sessions are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Kathryn Wilhoit at 423-444-3324 or Information may also be found at

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Nursing accreditation site visit scheduled

Posted on 10 July 2017 by

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education – a nationally recognized accrediting agency for baccalaureate and graduate degree programs in nursing and post-baccalaureate nurse residency programs – has scheduled an accreditation site visit for Tusculum College’s Master of Science in Nursing and Post-Graduate certification programs. In accordance with the CCNE Procedures for Accreditation of master and post-graduate certification programs, the Commission provides an opportunity for individuals and program constituents to submit, in writing, third-party comments concerning the program’s qualifications for accreditation status.


Third-party comments must be received at the CCNE offices by August 21, 2017. Third-party comments must be signed and must be related to the CCNE Standards for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs. Comments are shared only with the CCNE evaluation team appointed to review Tusculum’s master and post-graduate nursing programs. Please submit comments via email to; Or, if you prefer, mail your comments to:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Attn: Third-Party Comments

One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530

Washington, DC 20036


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Dr. Kathryn Wilhoit named special assistant to the dean for healthcare management at Tusculum

Dr. Kathryn Wilhoit named special assistant to the dean for healthcare management at Tusculum

Posted on 08 June 2017 by

Dr. Kathryn Wilhoit has been named special assistant to the dean for healthcare management at Tusculum.

Dr. Wilhoit joined the college in May and is responsible for providing vision, leadership, and oversight of the healthcare management academic program. She will work collaboratively with college academic leadership, enrollment, faculty and advising to offer a superior and up-to-date learning environment and assure program success.

Additionally, Dr. Wilhoit will take lead in marketing and student recruitment for the healthcare management program and will provide input for revisions of program policies, admissions, academic progress and graduation competencies.

Dr. Kathryn Wilhoit

According to Dr. Wilhoit, the bachelor’s degree in healthcare management at Tusculum intentionally combines business and healthcare administration courses, with the purpose of providing students with an understanding of the evolution in the healthcare industry towards operating as an outcomes, performance-based business.

The program is offered both in a fully-online format in Tusculum’s Graduate and Professional Studies programs and on-site on the Greeneville campus for traditional program students. The program will begin for all students Fall 2017.

“We are pleased to add Dr. Wilhoit to our capable staff in the School of Business and Technology. Her experience as a healthcare professional and as an educator makes her particularly suited for this position,” said Dr. Michael Dillon, dean of the School of Business and Technology.

Dr. Wilhoit is a doctoral prepared professional nurse with over forty years of practical and research-based nursing, administration and licensed nursing home administration experience in not-for-profit and for profit environments. She comes to Tusculum from Mountain States Health Alliance Health Resources centers where she served as community educator. Dr. Wilhoit assumed this position after her retirement from Mountain States where she served as corporate vice president for fourteen years.

She has previously served as associate dean at East Tennessee State University and as adjunct faculty.

She holds a Ph.D. from ETSU, as well as a master’s degree from the University of Virginia in nursing administration and a bachelor’s degree from ETSU, in nursing. Her doctoral dissertation focus was healthcare information systems. Dr. Wilhoit is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

The online healthcare management bachelor’s degree offers individuals working full-time the opportunity to attain a degree to enable employment advancement and other opportunities in the field of healthcare, an employment area that is projected to continue to grow rapidly in the future, said Dr. Wilhoit.

Anyone interested in the Tusculum healthcare management program may contact Dr. Wilhoit at 423-444-3324 or Information may also be found at


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Tusculum launches new scholarship program with

Tusculum launches new scholarship program with

Posted on 06 June 2017 by

Tusculum is excited to announce a new scholarship program aimed at motivating students to do better in high school and help them become more competitive for the college application process.

Through an online program called, students may now earn micro-scholarships from Tusculum starting in ninth grade for a wide range of individual achievements. For example, scholarships may be earned for making good grades, visiting college campuses, scoring well on the ACT/SAT exams and logging community service hours.

In addition to improving clarity and access around financial aid, the new program allows students to track specific goals they want to accomplish throughout high school, helping them become more competitive college applicants and more successful college students. Students may earn up to an $8,000 maximum in scholarships to Tusculum. is a social enterprise focused on expanding access to higher education, especially among low-income and first-generation students. The program was developed in response to the fact that most scholarships and grants today are awarded by colleges at the very end of high school. At this time a student has already done well or not, applied to a college or not, and been accepted or not – which is often too late to impact a student’s college ambitions or choices.

“Through the program, students can see their scholarship money increase as a direct effect of the efforts they are making to do well in school, by taking challenging courses and by participate in community service,” said Dr. Paul Pinckley, vice president of enrollment management and marketing at Tusculum. has partnered with a diverse set of nearly 150 schools, including Carnegie Mellon University, Colby College, Georgia Tech, Penn State, the University of Rochester and Tulane University. is free for students and also provides a free portal for high school counselors to help students track their progress.

Students, educators and parents can learn more by visiting the Tusculum admissions site at or by calling 423-636-7312.


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Tusculum student art exhibit featured at Tipton Gallery

Posted on 25 May 2017 by

“Just Another Roadside Attraction,” a rotating collection of Tusculum student artwork, will be the exhibition at the Tipton Gallery in Johnson City throughout the month of June. Opening receptions will be held on June 1 and 2, from 6-9 p.m.

The exhibit will feature additional Tusculum student art in subsequent weekends. There will be a closing reception on Wednesday, June 28, f\rom 6-9 p.m.

“Just Another Roadside Attraction” is a presentation of various art projects that Professor Bill Bledsoe and Tusculum students have put together over the past year. The Tipton Gallery is located on 126 Spring Street in Johnson City. The Thursday exhibit coincides with the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles album Sgt. Pepper.  A special body of work was created for this occasion, for which, the students assisted with developing.

The Friday opening coincides with Johnson City’s “First Friday” celebration and the Blue Plum Festival.  The closing reception will feature a finale of artwork that celebrates the history of East Tennessee.

“Just Another Roadside Attraction” is on loan to the Tipton Gallery as a Clem Allison Gallery/Shulman Exhibit. All events are open to the public


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New English degree and minor in gender studies approved at Tusculum College Board of Trustees meeting

Posted on 16 May 2017 by

The Tusculum College Board of Trustees approved a new Bachelor in Arts in English education 6-12  and a minor in gender studies at their recent meeting held May 12-13 on the Greeneville campus.

Both programs will be enrolling for fall semester.

“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 recommended preliminary approval of the 2017-2018 operating budget. Additionally a report was made on the ongoing presidential search, as Dr. Nancy B. Moody announced in February her intent to retire at the end of the year. A nationwide search for a new president of Tusculum is moving forward as a designated search committee begins accepting inquiries from potential candidates.

Board of Trustees Member Dr. Greg Nelson is chairing the search committee and a presidential search webpage has been created to keep the campus community informed and updated on progress of the search. The webpage contains the Presidential Profile and information about Tusculum for prospective candidates.

The Board also recognized the service and success of retiring Golf Coach Bob Dibble. Dibble, who announced his retirement in June, has been the golf coach at Tusculum College for the last 28 years.

Dibble has led the men’s team for all 28 years and has guided the women’s program for 20 years. His teams have won a combined 59 tournament titles, eight conference titles and two region championships. The men’s team played in five consecutive national tournaments from 1993-97. He was the invited guest and was recognized by the Board at their lunch meeting on Friday.

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


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Highland Elementary student tour Tusculum’s Paul E. Hayden Wetland

Posted on 12 May 2017 by

On Wednesday, May 10, Tusculum hosted 32 fourth graders from Highland Elementary School for a tour the Tusculum College Paul E. Hayden Wetland.

The student participants toured the Wetland while identifying a variety of plant species and learning how wetlands are beneficial to the environment and water quality.

They also learned how contaminates can spread downstream, and they were able to talk about muskrats and how they are one of many mammals that surround the wetland.

Students also were able to test water quality and see the difference between the Wetland water quality and the stream’s water quality it empties into. The Middle Nolichucky Watershed Alliance and volunteers partnered with Tusculum to make this tour a success.

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Tusculum College announces Master of Education program with a concentration in special education

Posted on 10 May 2017 by

Tusculum College has announced a new Master of Education program with a concentration in special education: interventionist K-8/comprehensive K-12, beginning August 2017.

This program is particularly important due to recent changes made by the Tennessee Department of Education, according to Dr. Tricia Hunsader, dean of the School of Education and professor of education. “Beginning in the 2017-18 school year, special educator emergency permits and waivers will no longer be accepted. This means that all special educators (new and current) must hold a full, valid license with a special education endorsement. The department will not approve any permits or waivers for the 2017-18 school year.”

According to a letter received from Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen, Tusculum College has been asked to collaborate with the state in order to provide a way for teachers to earn the special education endorsement and meet the new requirements.

“This program allows educators to do just that,” said Dr. Hunsader.

Candidates for the graduate-level advanced-degree program who are seeking interventionist K-8 and comprehensive K-12 endorsement must have completed an initial licensure program at an approved institution and currently hold licensure in either the elementary or middle school grade range.

According to Dr. Hunsader, all courses in this program are K-12 and prepare candidates to instruct students across the developmental spectrum. Candidates will tailor their course assignments to the grade range for which they are seeking interventionist endorsement.

She added that the addition of this program is especially timely given the state’s recent change to the special educator credential requirement. Teachers who complete this program and pass the national Praxis exam will meet all state requirements for full licensure in special education.

In addition to this new graduate program, Tusculum has also announced that the special education: interventionist K-8/comprehensive K-12 coursework will be offered to non-degree seeking students as a concentration of six courses and a practicum experience. Completion of the non-degree coursework will also satisfy the state’s new requirements.

For more information or to enroll in the program contact Katie Tassell at 888-488-7285 or visit


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Former Library Director Smith publishes 89th book

Posted on 09 May 2017 by

Tusculum College Professor Emeritus Myron J. “Jack” Smith, Jr., has authored a new book, “Joseph Brown and His Civil War Ironclads: The USS Chillicothe, Indianola and Tuscumbia.” This is the 89th volume published by the Newmansville-area resident who was director of Thomas J. Garland Library from 1990-2015.

A Scottish immigrant to Illinois, Joseph Brown made his pre–Civil War fortune as a miller and steamboat captain who dabbled in riverboat design and the politics of small towns. When war erupted, he used his connections (including a friendship with Abraham Lincoln) to obtain contracts to build three ironclad gunboats for the U.S. War Department—the Chillicothe, Indianola and Tuscumbia. Often described as failures, these vessels were active in some of the most ferocious river fighting of the 1863 Vicksburg campaign, including the Yazoo Pass Expedition of March and the passage of the citadel’s batteries and the Battle of Grand Gulf in April.

Despite the spotty combat records of his ironclads, Brown was also able to obtain a near monopoly at Cincinnati on the modification at of small sternwheel steamboats into light draught gunboats, handling 55 of the 66 “tinclads” acquired by the USN. “Captain Joe” returned to Missouri and in 1866 was commodore of the steamboat fleet that conveyed President Andrew Johnson from Alton, Illinois, to St. Louis during the western phase of the “swing around the circle.”

Brown was not one of those Civil War participants who just faded away, but, instead, took an active role in the commercial, civic, economic, and social life of his community, gathering even further laurels as a businessman, politician and raconteur.  A mayor of a small town before the great conflict, he served two terms as mayor of the country’s fourth largest city in the early 1870s and his administration was regarded as both colorful and successful.

Brown supported public health and education, opening a special woman’s health facility and  what became the St. Louis Public Library, and, as a fanatical opera fan, gloried in the arts. During the Panic of 1873, he used his own fortune to personally guarantee script issued by the city (“Brownbacks”) and organized a soup kitchen that fed 1,200 destitute people every day in cold weather.

He also pushed construction of the famous Eads Bridge over the Mississippi, opened in 1874. Today, one of the most successful Civil War contractors and Reconstruction-era mayors is unknown  and, like his brother George T., the man who served Johnson his impeachment notice from Congress,  no photograph of him exists. This book covers his life and career, as well as the construction and operational histories of his controversial trio of large warships.

The historian’s latest volume is the eighth in a series of related works from the same publisher and his ninth Civil War title overall. It is available from McFarland & Company, which is located in Jefferson, N.C. and publishes more than 400 books a year on all subjects. It may also be purchased from Amazon or the Tusculum College bookstore.

Smith is currently penning “Civil War Ironclad Captains: A Biographical Directory.” Modeled on his award-winning 2015 title “Civil War Biographies from the Western Waters,” the work will profile 150 of the commissioned and volunteer naval officers who skippered monitors and other ironclads warships on the coasts and inland waterways during the conflict.

Prior to his retirement, Smith was a professional librarian for 50 years. In 1993, he received pro football’s Nelson Ross Award and in 2006, was the first Greene Countian to publish an e-book. He is the only American to have received the Richard Franck Preis for historical bibliography from the German Government.


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