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Lecture to be rescheduled

Posted on 09 February 2016 by

Tusculum College lecture “Civil Rights and Liberties” is cancelled for tonight, rescheduled for March, date TBA.

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Tusculum College contractor wins world championship

Posted on 05 February 2016 by

Tony Shelton of Creative Masonry is the “Toughest Tender” in the world. Shelton competed in the Spec Mix Bricklayer 500 World Championships this week and was named “Toughest Tender.” Shelton competed as tender, the mason’s assistant, for Fred Campbell in Las Vegas, Nev., on Wednesday, Feb. 3.

The competition included more than 20 master craftsmen from across the globe. Campbell, while not a winner this year, is a past Bricklayer champion, winning in 2013 and 2015. Campbell’s company, Creative Masonry, is the contractor for the brickwork on the Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math, which is currently under construction at Tusculum College. Creative Masonry also was the brick layer for the new Walters State building in downtown Greeneville.

Shelton is a contractor in his own right, as was his father, and he owns and operates Limestone Construction.

“Tony’s the best mason I’ve ever been around, and I wish I could take him with me to every job,” said Joe Lane, superintendent for Rentenbach Constructors, contractor for the Tusculum math and science building.

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

Campbell led the team to the world championships through regional and national competitions, and Shelton served as tender to Campbell during the main competition. In the preliminary event, the tenders raced against the clock to set up a predefined work area for the mason, and Shelton took home the top award in his category with a winning time of 15:22.


By Stephanie Turner, senior journalism and professional writing major from Shelbyville


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Tusculum lecture to feature tenuous relationship of Tusculum College founders

Posted on 05 February 2016 by

A lecture examining the political and religious rivalry between Rev. Hezekiah Balch and Rev. Samuel Doak, founders of Tusculum College, will be presented on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Chalmers Conference in the Niswonger Commons by Jeff Lokey, assistant professor of business administration at Tusculum College.

“It’s interesting because their rivalry was transcended by Tusculum College,” said Lokey. “We haven’t forgotten it, but Tusculum doesn’t reflect that rivalry anymore.”

Balch’s and Doak’s animosity is historic to Greeneville. Several stories have been told detailing instances when the duo encountered each other.

As told by Richard Doughty, the late Greene County historian, “… [Balch and Doak] met one day on a plank over a particularly muddy spot. Doak was the first to speak. ‘I never make way for the devil.’ To which Balch quickly replied, ‘I do,’ and steeped aside in the mud to let Doak pass.”

While their rivalry is legendary, they both had a passion for higher education. Balch founded Greeneville College; Doak founded Washington College, formerly known as Martin Academy. Eventually, the two institutions merged to form Tusculum College.

Lokey said, “For more than 30 years, I have worked at Tusculum College, and I didn’t understand the rivalry between the two. I decided to find out what caused it.”

Part of the Tusculum College Humanities Series, the event will be open and is free of charge. For residential students, an Arts and Lectures credit is offered.


By Stephanie Turner, senior journalism and professional  writing major from Shelbyville


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Tusculum student receives Northwestern Mutual internship award

Posted on 04 February 2016 by

Northwestern Mutual has honored Tusculum College senior Kevin Jerome with its 2016 Southern Region Top Ten Intern award. The honor recognizes Jerome for an outstanding year with Northwestern Mutual, serving the financial security needs of clients and policy owners throughout the region.

“In a world of financial uncertainty, Northwestern Mutual financial experts like Kevin Jerome have helped deliver confidence to thousands of families,” says Greg Oberland, Northwestern Mutual president.

Kevin Jerome

During his internship with Northwestern Mutual, Jerome, an international business and economics major from Johnson City, offered personalized solutions that helped people reduce financial vulnerability and address a lifetime of needs and goals.

Through an on-campus recruiting event, he landed the internship with Northwestern Mutual. After only a few months, he was ranked nationally as Northwestern Mutual’s seventh leading intern in productivity.

In addition to school and work, Jerome is also a volunteer with the Young Professionals of Tri-Cities, Habitat for Humanity and Pou Yi Mou’n Yo, a charitable organization for children.

After graduation in May, Jerome will join the Atlanta office of Northwestern Mutual as a full time employee.

Robin Lay, director of Career Services at Tusculum College, helped Jerome apply for his internship and said, “Kevin has the unique confidence to ask very successful people for career advice—mixed with enough humility to make him teachable—which means that he will continue to grow personally and professionally.”

Northwestern Mutual financial professionals provide a comprehensive approach to financial planning in order to help clients meet a variety of personal and business needs. Clients are able to obtain personalized financial solutions through Northwestern Mutual’s commitment to financial strength, expertise with time-tested planning principles and comprehensive approach to planning – accompanied by a financial professional’s long-term commitment to listen, guide and encourage.


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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with dinner and dancing and support the Tusculum College band program

Posted on 03 February 2016 by

Dinner, dancing and romance are on the agenda for the Valentine’s Day Dinner/Swing Dance, set for Saturday, Feb. 13 at 6:30 p.m., at the General Morgan Inn.

The evening event includes a reception, free dance lessons and a steak and shrimp dinner. Following dancing, a special dessert course will be served. Providing the music will be the Tusculum College Pioneer Jazz Band, along with special guests.

“When we decided to do a fundraiser for the band program, we were looking for a way to also provide entertainment to the Greeneville community,” said David Price, director of music at Tusculum College. “Spending a night dancing and eating good food with your sweetheart is what Valentine’s Day is all about.”

For anyone interested in honing skills for the dance floor, basic swing dance instruction will be offered immediately prior to the event from 6-6:45 p.m. by Dr. Bob and Christine Thorpe. The Thorpes have participated and competed in dance events across the southeastern United States for more than 20 years.

The Thorpes have been dancing together for 20 years and seize every opportunity to attend workshops, competitions and dance events from Pittsburgh to Cincinnati
and all over the southeastern US. They have taken private instruction in many styles of dance including Ballroom East and West Coast Swing, Waltz, Foxtrot, Carolina Shag and Latin Rumba, Cha-Cha and Tango.

Ticket prices for the event are $50 per person and include dance tickets, free dance lessons, an opening reception, dinner and a special dessert. Please call in advance to request a vegetarian substitution. A cash bar will be available.

Tickets are available for purchase at the General Morgan Inn or by contacting Price at 423-636-7303 or emailing A hotel package special is also available by contacting the General Morgan Inn at 423-787-1000.

Special table reservations are available for larger group seating by contacting Price.

The Pioneer Band Program at Tusculum College began in 2010, with the creation of the Pioneer Pep Band. The Pep Band became a much-enjoyed feature of the 2010 Pioneer football and basketball seasons, as the band performed at the Pioneer Club tailgate parties before each home football game and during pregame and half-time festivities.

Since that time a concert band, jazz band, marching band, handbell choir and several small ensembles have been added to the program. The groups play several events on campus each year, as well as events in the community.


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“The Tusculum Review” names advisory board members

Posted on 01 February 2016 by

“The Tusculum Review” recently named Ada Limon and Allison Joseph as members of The Tusculum Review Advisory Board.

The Tusculum Review Advisory Board consists of regionally and nationally renowned editors and writers, who support the literary magazine by promoting it to their peers and encouraging their contacts to submit their literary work, as well as advising members of “The Tusculum Review” editorial staff.

“Each member was carefully selected and invited because they all have made impressive contributions to the world of letters and have influenced the editors of the Review in some way as mentors or collaborators,” said Dr. Heather Patterson, associate professor of English at Tusculum College.

Ada Limon

Dr. Patterson added, “For instance, Jaimy Gordon won the National Book Award for fiction in 2010, and Bonnie Jo Campbell and Ada Limon were both National Book Award finalists. Allison Joseph is the author of many works such as ‘What Keeps Us Here,’ and ‘Imitation of Life.’ Among her many honors is the John C. Zacharies First Book Prize. Ada Limón is the author of four books of poetry which led to her becoming a finalist in the National Book Award.  The members on our advisory board are successful and innovative writers, and we are proud to have them.”

Allison Joseph

Board members include Limon, Gordon, Joseph, Campbell, Mary Cappello, Richard Greenfield, Martin Lammon, David Lazar, Patrick Madden, Michael Mortone, Wayne Thomas and Kellie Wells.

The Tusculum Review Advisory Board originated with Wayne Thomas, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and associate professor of English, when he was editor of the Review. Thomas invited working writers to become involved with Tusculum’s literary magazine, and when Dr. Patterson became editor, she did the same.

“The Tusculum Review” is an international literary journal that publishes visual art, drama, poetry, fiction and nonfiction. The journal is released annually. “The Tusculum Review” also offers students the chance to learn and refine their skills as reviewers of literature, critics of visual art and editors of the written word. These opportunities provide students with unique qualifications for graduate studies and employment in publishing.




By Kayla Freeman, freshman business major from Charleston, S.C.

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Tusculum College to participate in regional career fair

Posted on 28 January 2016 by

Originally scheduled for Jan. 25, the event will be open to the public.

“The Interstate Career Fair is an opportunity for students to make direct connections with employers,” said Robin Lay, director of career services at Tusculum College. “This is where students learn about professional opportunities and how to talk about themselves professionally.”

With more than 70 employers and graduate schools seeking qualified candidates, there will be opportunities for full-time, part-time, internship and summer positions.

Lay said, “Career fairs are incredibly valuable. When students talk to potential employers and graduate school representatives, it really brings it home what they’ve learned.”

Employers from across the East Tennessee region will be recruiting at the fair, and assistance with resumes, interview preparation and job-databases will be provided at no cost by the Tennessee Career Coach staff, who will also attend the event. For more information about Tennessee Career Coach, visit

Sponsored by the Interstate Career Council, the Interstate Career Fair provides students and alumni the opportunity to network with employers and graduate schools.

The Interstate Career Council consists of 17 colleges and universities, including Tusculum, Bluefield State College, Carson-Newman University, Concord University, East Tennessee State University, Emory & Henry College, King University, Lincoln Memorial University, Milligan College, Northeast State Community College, Old Dominion University, Southwest Community College, Tennessee Wesleyan College, University of Virginia at Wise, Virginia Highlands Community College, Virginia Tech and Wytheville Community College.


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Health Care discussion to take place at Tusculum College on Feb. 11

Posted on 28 January 2016 by

A discussion titled “Health Care: How Can We Reduce Costs and Still Get the Care We Need?” will be hosted by Tusculum College on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. in Chalmers Conference Center in the Niswonger Commons on the Greeneville campus and in the large first floor classroom at the Knoxville Regional Center. The joint session will be simulcast.

“Everyone has an interest in affordable, quality health care,” said Dr. Ronda Gentry, director for the Center for Civic Advancement at Tusculum. “By participating in this discussion, every individual has the chance to voice their concerns about the costs and quality of health care.”

As part of a national conversation, health care workers, community members and students are invited to discuss finding a balance between the quality and cost of health care. Participants will explore the advantages and disadvantages of the three options that were proposed through the National Issues Forum.

The results of Tusculum College’s discussion will join the results of other conversations across the country in an effort to direct the national response to the need for affordable health care.

Dr. Gentry said, “As an institution of higher education, Tusculum encourages students, faculty and staff, and community members to take part in this discussion and impact it for the better.”

Sponsored by the Center for Civic Arts and the School of Business, this discussion between the Knoxville and Greeneville campuses will be video linked, increasing the depth of responses and sharing of ideas. No RSVP is required. For more information, contact Dr. Ronda Gentry at



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Tusculum students welcome Bill Darden

Posted on 14 January 2016 by

Tusculum College was pleased to host Mr. Bill Darden, field representative for Congressman Phil Roe, as a speaker at a student luncheon today. Mr. Darden spoke to the students about work as a "political staffer" and gave them tips for being successful post-graduation. Top of the list were honing time management and conversational skills. The event was co-hosted by Career Services and the Department of Political Science.

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Tusculum students gain legislative experience at intercollegiate legislature

Posted on 10 December 2015 by

Six Tusculum College students learned the ins and outs of participatory government when they recently attended the 46th General Assembly of the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature, a mock legislature at the state capitol building in Nashville.

The Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature is a forum for the top echelon of the state’s campus leaders to exchange ideas, express their opinions and learn how government works.

The Tusculum delegation consisted of Michael Fernando, a senior accounting, international business and economics and general management major from Sri Lanka and president of the Student Government Association; Paul Johnston, a senior museum studies major from Smyrna, Del.; Stephanie Turner, a senior journalism and professional writing major from Shelbyville, Tenn.; Haylee Reed, a biology major from Winchester, Tenn.; William Mountain, a freshman criminal justice major from Memphis, Tenn.; and Toni Forbes, a freshman business management major from Bluffton, S.C.

Fernando, chair of the delegation, served as a senator, and Reed served in the House of Representatives.

Fernando said, “Haylee and I had the opportunity to go to the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature, where [we] met with student leaders from across the state and beyond and had the ability to influence policy at a state level. [We] discussed issues ranging from the death penalty to abortion to student debt to the state beverage.”

In addition, Johnston and Mountain lobbied for the Tennessee Gun Association and Tennessee Law Enforcement groups.

“We were able to discuss a lot of important issues with people who were really informed,” said Johnston. “Everything passed by TISL goes to the governor, who takes some of our legislation to the state Senate and House. It was a wonderful opportunity.”

Turner and Forbes served as media personnel, focusing on print newsletters and social media.

Forbes said, “We met a lot of great people, and it was nice to be in a room full of young, productive people like myself. I recommend everyone to try TISL at least once.”


By Stephanie Turner, senior journalism and professional writing major from Shelbyville


Tusculum College delegates to the 46th General Assembly of the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature included Haylee Reed, William Mountain, Michael Fernando, Stephanie Turner, Paul Johnston and Toni Forbes.

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Reverse Transfer program allows transfer students at Tusculum College to receive associate degrees

Posted on 08 December 2015 by

Students enrolled at Tusculum College who started their college journey at a Tennessee community college may be eligible to receive their associate’s degree through a program called Tennessee Reverse Transfer.

Reverse Transfer makes it possible for students who transferred from a Tennessee community college before earning a two-year degree to retroactively receive that credential when requirements are met in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree.

“Tusculum College is committed to providing seamless transitions for our transfer students. We are very pleased to announce our participation in the Tennessee Reverse Transfer program,” said Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College. “This complements our existing articulation agreements with regional community colleges and offers prospective students an opportunity to complete both their associate and bachelor degrees.”

The program represents a partnership involving the state’s three public and private higher education systems and is an example of Tennessee’s commitment to helping more students earn college degrees. Approximately 2,300 students transfer each year from Tennessee’s community colleges to four-year colleges and universities, with at least 45 of the 60 credit hours required for most associate degrees.

“The process allows students who early-transfer the opportunity to have their completed four-year courses and grades combined with their completed community college courses and grades to determine if they meet the requirements for an associate degree,” said Gloria Gammell, project coordinator for Tennessee Reverse Transfer and program manager for the University of Tennessee System.

Eligible transfer students are those admitted and enrolled at Tusculum College and who have earned a minimum of 15 college-level credits from a Tennessee community college, transferred before earning an associate degree and completed a combined total of 60 college-level credits post-transfer.

Participating students will be contacted in the late fall by their former community college and notified if the degree will be awarded or if courses for an associate degree are lacking. Eligible transfer students will be identified and notified each semester.

“The benefits of a Tennessee Reverse Transfer degree include having a credential that matters in the world of work, serving as a motivator to complete the bachelor’s degree and having the satisfaction of receiving a degree already earned,” said Gammell.

The program is funded by a State of Tennessee appropriation and a “Credit When It’s Due” grant from Lumina Foundation, an Indianapolis-based private foundation dedicated to expanding access to and success in education beyond high school.

For more information about Tennessee Reverse Transfer, visit or contact the Tusculum College Admissions Office at 800.729.0256.

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Auditions for Theatre-at-Tusculum’s production of ‘The Odd Couple’ Dec. 8-9

Posted on 24 November 2015 by

The Odd Couple are moving to Tusculum College.

Neil Simon’s award winning comedy, “The Odd Couple” will be the spring production of Theatre-at-Tusculum, and actors and actresses are being sought for the play to be directed by Marilyn duBrisk.

Open auditions will be held Tuesday, Dec. 8, and Wednesday, Dec. 9, in the David Behan Arena Theatre in the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on the Tusculum campus.

Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the auditions beginning at 6 p.m. on both days. No prepared audition pieces will be required. Auditions will consist of readings from the script.

The comedy has six roles for men and two roles for women of varying ages. The female roles are those of the giggly Pigeon sisters, Cecily and Gwendolyn, who are upstairs neighbors to Oscar and Felix.

Performance dates will be Feb. 26-28 and March 3-6 in the Behan Arena Theatre.

Theatre-at-Tusculum Technical Director Frank Mengel and Director Marilyn duBrisk discuss props and pause for a photo with the audition poster for the spring production of Neil Simon's comedy, “The Odd Couple.”

“The Odd Couple” follows the lives of two distinctly different best friends, Oscar Madison and Felix Unger. The tightly wound, hypochondriac Felix is forced to move in with the slovenly and brash Oscar. Hilarity ensues as they try to make peace with their opposing personalities. They are supported by their poker buddies – the police officer Murray, the gruff and sarcastic Speed, the henpecked Vinnie and the dry-witted Roy.

The play premiered on Broadway in 1965 with Walter Matthau and Art Carney portraying Oscar and Felix. The production was awarded several Tony Awards including Best Actor (Play) for Matthau and Best Author for Simon, and was nominated for Best Play that year. The play spawned the 1968 film of the same name, starring Matthau and Jack Lemmon, and also the hit 1970s television show featuring Jack Klugman and Tony Randall. A remake of the series premiered on CBS in February 2015 starring Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon.

“The Odd Couple” helped Simon become one of the best known American playwrights of the 20th Century, and the play has become culturally iconic and an American theatre staple, leading The New York Times to opine, “There is scarcely a moment that is not hilarious.”

For more information regarding auditions please call Tusculum College Arts Outreach at 423-798-1620.


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